25.May.2006 FBI Probes Jewish Leaders for Lobbyist Ties
25.May.2006 Former U.S. Navy Senior Council Says Bush Administration Open To War Crime Charges
25.May.2006 The Legal Reader: The "State Secret" Privilege
25.May.2006 Negroponte Can Waive SEC Rules for "National Security"
25.May.2006 Re: Sic Semper Tyrannis 2006: The VA Data Theft (et al) (Now if this doesn't make your feelers go up, nothing will.)
After doing a search on the Net for the Bank of America laptop theft I referenced earlier, I found an article about the same laptop scenario involving a completely different incident. (Yes, that's right folks: same stolen laptop scenario, SAME bank, DIFFERENT incidents!)The story below references a theft which happened on August
25.May.2006 Bush official aided lobbyist - Politics - MSNBC.com
Prosecutor: Bush official aided lobbyist - Politics - MSNBC.com: "David Safavian provided substantial amounts of information about government-controlled properties that the lobbyist wanted for himself or his clients"
25.May.2006 Building near WTC entombs toxins, remains - Yahoo! News
25.May.2006 FBI blew many chances to ID spy - U.S. Security - MSNBC.com
FBI blew many chances to ID spy - U.S. Security - MSNBC.com MSNBC.com Report: FBI blew many chances to identify spy Agency failed to see that suspected Chinese spy ‘was in bed with’ bureau The Associated Press Updated: 7:50 a.m. CT May 24, 2006 WASHINGTON - The FBI missed many opportunities to identify a suspected Chinese spy and her FBI lover, including a tip that she “was in bed with” the
25.May.2006 Study: No marijuana link to lung cancer - Health - MSNBC.com
25.May.2006 AN EX-CIA OFFICIAL TELLS WHY HAYDEN IS WRONG
Ziki - Bgiltner's last others My aggregated content at Ziki.com AN EX-CIA OFFICIAL TELLS WHY HAYDEN IS WRONG FOREIGN POLICY - The selection of Gen. Michael Hayden to succeed Porter Goss as director of the CIA raises questions about intelligence reform once again. Michael Scheuer, former chief of the
24.May.2006 Bush's Garroting of Democracy CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS - LiveJournal.com
Bush's Garroting of Democracy By Robert Parry
Over the past weekend, George W. Bush + his Justice Department signaled to the U.S. press corps and Congress that
25.May.2006 Osama Bin Distractin By George Washington
The day after the first national poll showed that 70 million Americans support a new 9/11
25.May.2006 New York Daily News - World & National Report - 2 in CIA to testify Libby lied on leak
25.May.2006 Fitz: Libby knew he was revealing classified info. when he outed Plame 5/23 AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth
25.May.2006 Zoellick 'ready to quit' White House Robert Zoellick, the US deputy secretary of state, is preparing to leave the Bush administration + has held talks with Wall Street investment banks on job options, according to people close to the administration.
25.May.2006 Bin Laden says Moussaoui not part of Sept 11: tape?|?Reuters.com
This is too funny. Who is this wizard behind the curtain. Why didn't he want to let us in on the secret before this?
25.May.2006 Preview of new 911 Eyewitness By somebigguy Rick Siegel post at LetsRoll911.org:
911 Eyewitness Hoboken, which just stunned the audience on a sneak preview in London, shows absolute proof that explosives were used. Several different kinds. Absolute Proof only a click away
911 Eyewitness has evidence you can take to court. We are ready. Let's go. This clip has proof fires were out, OUT
25.May.2006 ABC News: FBI: Computer Maps Found in Sniper's Car had Maps to Shootings By STEPHEN MANNING The Associated Press ROCKVILLE, Md. -
A laptop computer found in convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad's car held maps plotting routes to the scenes of shootings that were marked by skull-+-crossbones symbols, including one with the comment "good one,"an FBI.. 25.May.2006 Blunt Obituary: Sherman Sholnick
Wing TV - Connect The Dots I don't claim to know what he was up to and whose side he was on. I think this review is on the harsh side.
For all of us who need truth tellers more than ever, it's understandable that misleading tales leading to nowhere might be enraging.
21.May.2006 In open split with Bush, top US conservative calls for independent movement by Maxim Kniazkov WASHINGTON (AFP) -
The patriarch of US conservatives has urged his followers to halt their financial support of the Republican Party + start an independent movement, signaling a major political shift that could result in heavy losses for the US ruling party in upcoming elections.
Richard Viguerie, who was instrumental in cementing the winning coalitions behind Ronald Reagan 00.000.1980 +
00.000.2000 George W. Bush declared that conservatives were "downright fed up" with both the president + Republican-controlled Congress.
"At the very least, conservatives must stop funding the Republican National Committee and other party groups," Viguerie wrote in a lengthy essay in The Washington Post Sunday.
He suggested conservatives "redirect their anger into building a third force," which he defined as a movement independent of any party + laying the groundwork for the 2008 election campaign.
25.May.2006 Yahoo News: "Settlers can kill, shoot, attack, do anything"
Palestinians, Israelis horrified at Hebron 'jungle'
"There is no justice. It's a jungle law here. Settlers can kill, shoot, attack, do anything," complains Palestinian coffeeshop owner Hani Abu Haikal to a group of visiting Israelis in war-torn Hebron.
Settlers attack schoolchildren Palestinian school children from Um Touba village, in the West Bank, were attacked on Sunday morning by an extremist settlers group living in the Ma'oun illegal settlement outpost.
25.May.2006 I HOPE THIS ISN'T TRUE By cosmici
But I'm afraid it might be. PEACEFILMS: ...If he didn't answer the way we liked, we would shoot his youngest kid in the head...[*] That wasn't a quote from a mafia gangster, but a former Army Ranger in Iraq.
25.May.2006 Is the NSA Conducting Electronic Warfare On Americans? https://freepage.twoday.net/stories/2037859 /
21.May.2006 And look at these 911 Financial Affiliations — Patricia Johnson-Holm,
21.May.2006 R.I.P. Sherman Skolnick — DAnne Burley
25.May.2006 Notorious Database Vows to Attack Abbas
Shabak, otherwise known as Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service, is busy at work as of late. “A previously unknown group that links itself to al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a failed attempt to kill the Palestinian intelligence chief, according to a Web statement Sunday,” reports Reuters. “The group, called the Qaeda Organisation of the State of Palestine, also vowed to target other senior officials, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.”
25.May.2006 YouTube - Molten Metal WTC Thermite
25.May.2006 Justice and 9-11
25.May.2006 Iran Badge Story: More Neocon Propaganda
Kurt Nimmo It never ends with the neocons?illusory weapons of mass destruction, aluminum tubes, yellow cake, Mohammed Atta in Prague, argumentum ad nauseam, ab ovo usque ad mala?they are seasoned and pathological liars. "Iran?s announced intention to force non-Muslims to wear an identifying badge is causing many to make the comparison to Hitler and the Nazis, who forced Jews to wear badges in the shape of the Star of David," declares the American Thinker, or rather non-thi! nker since there is a good chance the story is nonsense, a cheap and gaudy propaganda contrivance, another log tossed on the attack Iran pile...
Read the full article/Leggi l'articolo completo: https://www.uruknet.info/?p=23425
25.May.2006 Does Israel have the right to exist in its current form?
Remi Kanazi, Online Journal Contributing Writer May 15 marked the 58th anniversary of Al Nakba (The Catastrophe). Every year, Palestinians recount the tragedy of 1948.
I recall my grandmother?s anguish: she was seven months pregnant with my mother when she was forced to flee to Lebanon by boat.
She waited in Lebanon. The weeks turned into months. The months turned into years . . .
Fifty-eight years later, my grandmother has yet to return to her house in Jaf! fa.
When the Zionists forces (the Haganagh, Irgun + Stern Gang) tore Palestine limb from limb, depopulating villages, uprooting cemeteries + pillaging arable fields, Israel had not even been created.
Today we see a fight for Israel?s "right to exist." But what right does Israel have to exist in its current form?... Read the full article/Leggi l'articolo completo: https://www.uruknet.info/?p=23423
25.May.2006 [911InsideJobbers] Art Frame "Videos" on Fox Notice how they handled the lack of a "plane" by cropping the new video down to the fireball and showing the fireball over and over.
https://www.lonelantern.net/downloads/New%20Pentagon%20Footage%20-%20FOX%20-%20 (LoneLantern.org).AVI 46 megs of Fox News Claptrap.
21.May.2006 Daily digest - Volume: 2 Issue: 1396 (15 messages) imra 2006 Volume 2 : Issue 1396
In this issue of the imra daily Digest: VPM Peres on panel with PA Pres. Abu Mazen -Sharm El Sheikh
LIVNI INSTRUCTS ISRAELI AMB. TO POLAND TO MEET WITH POLISH LEADERS 'US won't support convergence' Israel + U.S. at odds over nuclear treaty proposal Text: PM Olmert New York Times interview
25.May.2006 White House Knew RNC Helped Phone Jammer
Drudge Retort Red Meat for Yellow Dogs White House Knew RNC Helped Phone Jammer Manchester Union-Leader: The former chairman of the Republican National Committee remembers telling someone at the White House that he had decided to have the RNC pay the legal defense bills for convicted phone-jamming conspirator James Tobin, but he canÂ?t remember who. [Bandelier]
25.May.2006 'One puff' link to future smoking Trying just one cigarette can lead to a smoking habit years later, a study of school children suggests.
25.May.2006 Alarm at human bird flu cluster The WHO says it is very worried about a cluster of recent human deaths from bird flu in Indonesia.
25.May.2006 Sex education 'too biological' Children find sex education "too biological" and should learn more about emotion, a report says.
25.May.2006 Security vs. Privacy: The Rematch Let's put an end to this false debate. Privacy and security aren't mutually exclusive -- in a free society, we can have both. Commentary by Jennifer Granick.
25.May.2006 Photos: Protesters March on AT&T Dozens of concerned citizens raise a ruckus outside the San Francisco switching center that houses internet-monitoring equipment allegedly used by the NSA.
25.May.2006 Brain Waves Make Robot Move Honda researchers develop a "brain-machine interface" that links an MRI machine's output to a robotic hand, allowing a human to "think" a fist into existence.
25.May.2006 Jihad Video Is 'Just for Fun' A satirical short based on a violent video game ends up playing in Congress as proof that Muslim militants use the internet as a recruiting tool.
But its creator says the movie was anything but political.
25.May.2006 Rants 'n' Raves: Views on Freedom Readers debate Wired News' publishing of the AT&T documents.
25.May.2006 The Eternal Value of Privacy Supporters of wholesale government surveillance are fond of saying that only the guilty should be worried about spying.
Let's put that spurious argument out to pasture once and for all. Commentary by Bruce Schneier.
25.May.2006 Can we generate power by walking? Also on News.com Extra: Leaks feared as sacked MI6 spy launches blog.
25.May.2006 Student Faces Expulsion for Blog Post samzenpus 96 ThPhox writes
"A student in the Plainfield School District in New Jersey is facing expulsion from the school district for a post made on his personal blog during non school hours. From the article:
"A 17-year-old student who his blog site that he was being bullied and threatened by the Plainfield School District will face an expulsion hearing this week, a local attorney said.""
25.May.2006 European Commission Reverses its Views on Patents samzenpus 54prostoalex writes
"ZDNet UK News reports "The European Commission said last week that computer programs will be excluded from patentability in the upcoming Community Patent legislation + that the European Patent Office (EPO) will be bound by this law". Politician Adam Gierek posted a question to European Commission asking the institution to clarify its standings on software patents."
25.May.2006 Looking for Life in Light samzenpus 75Gearoid_Murphy writes
"Earth-like planets around distant stars may be too far away to be reached by spacecraft but scientists could still investigate whether they harbour life. Telescope technologies are being developed that will probe the very faint light from these objects for tell-tale signs of biology. These are the same "life markers" known to be present in light reflected off the Earth - so-called "earthshine"."
25.May.2006 Bacteria As Fuel Cells? 99 KantIsDead writes
"MIT's Tech Review is running an interview with Boston University Bioengineer Tim Gardner about the possibility of using bacteria to produce electricity. If fuel cells running off sugar are nearly here, alcohol-powered robots cannot be far." From the article: "While typical fuel cells use hydrogen as fuel, separating out electrons to create electricity, bacteria can use a wide variety of nutrients as fuel. Some species, such as Shewanella oneidensis and Rhodoferax ferrireducens, turn these nutrients directly into electrons. Indeed, scientists have already created experimental microbial fuel cells that can run off glucose and sewage. Although these microscopic organisms are remarkably efficient at producing energy, they don't make enough of it for practical applications."
25.May.2006 Cheney may be called as a witness Judd in Scooter Libby’s trial, according to a recent court filing by Patrick Fitzgerald.
25.May.2006 Breaking: Speaker Hastert Under Investigation By the FBI Over Abramoff Ties ABC News reports:
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is seeking to determine his role in an ongoing public corruption probe into members of Congress, ABC News has learned from high level official sources.
Federal officials say the information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.
Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with other tribes.
ABC indicates that the investigation of Hastert is an extension of the ongoing Abramoff probe.
Some details on Hastert’s ties to the criminal lobbyist:
CONTRIBUTIONS — HASTERT RECEIVED $100,000 FROM ABRAMOFF AND HIS CLIENTS: “Hastert ultimately collected more than $100,000 in donations from Abramoff’s firm and tribal clients between 2001 and 2004.” In Jan. 2006, Hastert pledged to give approximately $70,000 of the donations to charity. [AP, 11/17/05; CNN, 1/3/06]
COUSHATTA CAMPAIGN — DELAY ORGANIZED HASTERT, BLUNT + CANTOR TO BACK ABRAMOFF EFFORT: One of Abramoff’s tribal clients, the Coushattas, “opposed a plan by the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians to open a casino at a non-reservation site, expected at the time to be outside Shreveport, La., not far from a casino owned by the Coushattas.” Abramoff lobbied DeLay’s office to organize a June 10, 2003 letter to Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton endorsing a view of gambling law benefiting the Coushattas. The letter was eventually co-signed by DeLay, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Deputy Whip Eric I. Cantor (R-VA), a “group of people, who do not normally weigh in on Indian issues.” [Washington Post, 9/28/04]
COUSHATTA CAMPAIGN — HASTERT HELD FUNDRAISER AT ABRAMOFF RESTAURANT, SUPPORTED COUSHATTA LETTER: “House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, held a fundraiser at Abramoff’s Signatures restaurant in Washington on June 3, 2003, that collected at least $21,500 for his Keep Our Majority political action committee from the lobbyist’s firm and tribal clients. Seven days later, Hastert wrote Norton urging her to reject the Jena tribe of Choctaw Indians’ request for a new casino.” [AP, 11/17/05]
25.May.2006 Bush Downplays the Major Sources of Iraq Violence Payson
Yesterday, President Bush told Americans that suicide bombers are the “main weapon of the enemy” in Iraq:
It is a difficult task to stop suicide bombers . That’s the — but that’s one of the main — that’s the main weapon of the enemy , the capacity to destroy innocent life with a suicider.
President Bush wants the American people to think that “suiciders” are causing all the violence in Iraq. Yet while suicide attacks do take place, it is the “galaxy of armed groups, each with its own loyalty and agenda, which are accelerating the country’s slide into chaos.”
According to the Brookings Institution’s Iraq Index, 56 percent of U.S troop deaths this month have been the result of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) - not suicide bombs. (In 2005, only 411 of all 34,131 insurgent attacks in Iraq involved suicide car bombs.)
The violence is systemic + Bush is incorrect to say “suiciders” are the main cause of bloodshed. From today’s Washington Post:
Human rights in Iraq are being “severely undermined” by growing insecurity, violence and a “breakdown of law and order” caused by militias and criminal gangs, the U.N. mission here said Tuesday. …
Baghdad’s main morgue - which handles only the remains of victims of violent or suspicious deaths, not including bombing victims - issued 1,155 death certificates in April , the U.N. agency reported.
Threats to Iraqi security go beyond suicide bombers.
25.May.2006 Desperate for Supporters, DeLay Turns to Stephen Colbert
A good sign that Tom DeLay doesn’t have the facts on his side: the top source for his latest defense against his critics is Stephen Colbert.
This morning, DeLay’s legal defense fund sent out a mass email criticizing the movie “The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress,” by “Outfoxed” creator Robert Greenwald.
The email features a “one-pager on the truth behind Liberal Hollywood’s the Big Buy,” and the lead item is Colbert’s interview with Greenwald on Comedy Central (where Colbert plays a faux-conservative, O’Reilly-esque character). The headline of the “fact sheet”:
DeLay thinks Colbert is so persuasive, he’s now featuring the full video of the interview at the top of the legal fund’s website. And why not? According to the email, Greenwald “crashed and burned” under the pressure of Colbert’s hard-hitting questions, like “Who hates America more, you or Michael Moore?”
Apparently the people at DeLay’s legal fund think that Colbert is actually a conservative. Or maybe they’re just that desperate for supporters.
25.May.2006 General Motors will reward buyers of gas-guzzling SUVs, Amanda
capping gas prices for SUV drivers in Florida and California at $1.99 a gallon by offering monthly credits.
Eligible cars include the Hummer H2, the Chevrolet Tahoe and the GMC Yukon — three vehicles that average 15 miles per gallon.
25.May.2006 Bush Administration Uses ‘State Secrets Privilege’ To Escape Accountability Amanda
This week, six private citizens — including author Studs Terkel — joined the ACLU in a lawsuit against AT&T, claiming the company gave the NSA “sensitive information about massive numbers of domestic phone calls.”
But AT&T and the government may force the courts to shut down the case. With increasing frequency, the Bush administration is employing the state secrets privilege, “a once-rare tactic that essentially gives the government a blank check to kill civil suits.” (Verizon picked up the administration’s lead and invoked the privilege to shield itself from public scrutiny over the NSA surveillance program.)
A look at the government’s increasing abuse of the practice:
– A recent study found that the federal government “has successfully asserted the secrets privilege at least 60 times since the early 1950 s and has been stymied five times .”
– “It was invoked only four times in the first 23 years after the U.S. Supreme Court created the privilege in 1953, but now the government is claiming the privilege to dismiss lawsuits at a rate of more than three a year .”
Even more troubling is that the state secrets privilege is based on a 1953 Supreme Court decision that was “based more on concealing negligence than preserving national security.”
Kevin Drum has more.
25.May.2006 Pelosi Calls on Jefferson to Resign From Ways & Means Committee
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called on Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) to resign his seat on the House Ways & Means Committee. Jefferson is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly accepting bribes to help a technology company win several contracts and business deals. Her letter is below:
Dear Congressman Jefferson:
In the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus, I am writing to request your immediate resignation from the Ways and Means Committee.
Pelosi recently took a major step towards breaking the 16-month ethics deadlock in the House when she called publicly for an ethics investigation of Jefferson, a member of her own caucus.
Pelosi said the ethics committee “should investigate the Democrats and they should investigate the Republicans.”
Pelosi’s statement helped end “more than a year of partisan deadlock that blocked any inquiries” in the ethics committee,
which subsequently launched an investigation of Jefferson, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) + the activities of former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA).
Despite the massive ethical problems within his own caucus, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) has not advocated any ethics investigations.
UPDATE: Jefferson rejects Pelosi’s call:
In a statement released by his office, Jefferson said he would not agree to Pelosi’s demand.
“I have received your letter of this date requesting my immediate resignation from the Ways and Means Committee. With respect, I decline to do so,” Jefferson said.
25.May.2006 Bush Environmental Adviser: Gore’s Film Gives The ‘Same Advice I’ve Been Giving For Years’ Faiz
When asked on Monday whether he would watch Al Gore’s new movie on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, President Bush said, “Doubt it.”
At a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Monday, the White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Jim Connaughton distanced himself from his boss and advised the audience to go watch Gore’s film. According to E&E News (sub. req’d):
Connaughton also surprised some by praising Gore’s new film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” as well as the recent Advertising Council campaign sponsored by Environmental Defense and the Robertson Foundation.
In both cases, Connaughton said the messages presented on both campaigns’ Web sites mirror the Bush administration’s themes of better consumer practices and development of new technologies.
“I encourage you to go to them,” Connaughton said. “They’re giving the same advice I’ve been giving for years.”
Gore’s advice in the film, which opens today in NYC and LA, is simple: “that the world is facing catastrophic climate change because of the negligence of mankind.”
Politicians – including Bush – have failed to acknowledge the “inconvenient truth” that human activity is contributing to global warming.
If this is the “same advice” that the President is receiving from his senior environmental adviser, then why is Bush now arguing that we should “set aside” the scientific evidence?
25.May.2006 Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick will resign Amanda
if he isn’t named to replace Treasury Secretary John Snow. Zoellick is one of the few influential moderates in the Bush administration.
25.May.2006 Media Reports Gonzales’ Misleading Legal Analysis on NSA Program, Ignores All Opposing Views Judd
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales won’t confirm that the federal government collected the phone records of millions of Americans, as reported on May 11 in USA Today.
But yesterday, Gonzales claimed that doing so was perfectly legal. From the Washington Post:
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said yesterday that the government can obtain domestic telephone records without court approval under a 1979 Supreme Court ruling that authorized the collection of business records…Gonzales told reporters that, under the Smith v. Maryland ruling, “those kinds of records do not enjoy Fourth Amendment protection. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in those kinds of records.”
This is a classic case of misdirection. The issue isn’t simply whether or not collecting domestic phone records is constitutional. The issue is whether it’s legal. If the USA Today story is accurate, the NSA program appears to be illegal, not because it violates the fourth amendment, but because it violates two statutes.
Significantly, Smith v. Maryland considers activities that occurred in 1976. Both of the statutes that prohibit the activity described by USA Today were enacted after that date:
1. The Stored Communications Act of 1986 (SCA). The law prohibits the telecommunications companies from handing over telephone records to the government without a court order. (18 USC 2702-3.) There are several exceptions, none of which apply in this circumstance. The SCA was enacted in response to Smith v. Maryland.
2. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). The law allows this kind of domestic surveillance in two circumstances: 1) the government obtains a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or 2) the government obtains a certification from the Attorney General that the program is legal under FISA. According to the USA Today article, neither action was taken.
The Washington Post story on Gonzales’ comments, however, doesn’t mention the Stored Communications Act or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. For that matter, it doesn’t include any legal analysis from anyone other than Gonzales.
25.May.2006 ThinkFast: May 24, 2006
“Iran has followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent letter to President Bush with explicit requests for direct talks on its nuclear program ,” marking a “profound change” away from Iran’s long-held “taboo against contact with Washington.” In the U.S., “government experts have exerted mounting pressure on the Bush administration to reply to the letter,” without success.
The Federal Communications Commission refuses to pursue complaints about the National Security Agency’s telephone data-mining program “because it cannot obtain classified material.”
Despite Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff’s assertion that the U.S. is “much more prepared as a nation than we have ever been to confront a major hurricane,” problems remain as hurricane season approaches . “Hundreds of thousands of displaced victims from last year’s hurricanes [are] still living in more than 100,000 trailers,” efforts to effectively track supplies are “uncoordinated,” and “FEMA’s hurricane operations plan is unfinished.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.), a longtime champion of free speech, may block free speech by its board. The group is weighing new standards that state “a director may publicly disagree with an A.C.L.U. policy position, but may not criticize the A.C.L.U. board or staff .” One former board member said of the proposal: “I can’t think of anything more contrary to the reason the A.C.L.U. exists.”
“ Nobody is being tortured at Guantanamo Bay ,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters yesterday, part of a “counter-attack against Amnesty International.” The group’s latest annual report found that U.S. policies are undermining human rights around the globe.
“The headlong, American-backed effort to arm tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and officers,” the New York Times reports, “coupled with a failure to curb a nearly equal number of militia gunmen, has created a galaxy of armed groups , each with its own loyalty and agenda, which are accelerating the country’s slide into chaos.”
Meanwhile, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq issued a human rights update yesterday that found “execution-style killings… have increased during a surge of sectarian violence.” “Baghdad’s main morgue - which handles only the remains of victims of violent or suspicious deaths, not including bombing victims - issued 1,155 death certificates in April.”
The African Union, which at times has resisted having U.N. peacekeeping troops sent to curb the genocidal violence in Darfur , suggested yesterday U.N. forces should be sent “within two months to bolster a peace accord and prevent the humanitarian crisis from worsening.” (For that to happen, Sudan’s government must first approve the decision.)
Trial begins today for David Safavian, formerly the Bush administration’s top procurement official. Safavian “is charged in a five-count indictment with making false statements to Senate and GSA investigators looking into his relationship with Abramoff.
And finally: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been performing heart surgery on the National Zoo’s gorillas. The Washington Post sets the post-surgery mood: “At 9:30 a.m., Frist opened the Senate, gripping the corners of the lectern, as he had the operating table. Across the city, rolling in a bed of hay, Kuja opened his eyes and grunted. The gorilla kept touching his tongue to his tooth. Something had changed inside of the beast while he slept. Frist smiled and spoke unremarkably from the lectern, reeking of silverback testosterone.”
25.May.2006 Hayden approved 12-3 by Senate Intel Committee
to replace Porter Goss as CIA Director. Sens. Russ Feingold (D-WI), Evan Bayh (D-IN), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) opposed the nomination. “If the Senate approves him before Memorial Day, as expected, Hayden could be sworn in by the end of the week.”
25.May.2006 In Any Language, Sen. Coburn’s Amendment Should Make You Sick Guest
Executive Order 13166, signed by President Clinton on August 11, 2000, improves quality health care access for all patients, regardless of their primary language. This executive order requires Medicare and Medicaid providers to offer limited-English-proficiency (LEP) patients with a full interpreter or translator services in their own language.
This week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) plans to offer an amendment that repeals this mandate. A look at some current problems Coburn’s amendment would make worse:
– Parents with limited English proficiency are three times more likely than parents who report speaking English “very well” to have a child in fair or poor health .
– Parents often report language barriers as the single greatest issue to garnering access to health care .
– 19 percent of Spanish-speakers report having forgone needed health treatment due to a language barrier .
At a time when the United States is more linguistically diverse than at any other time since the early 1900s, we should be working to overcome barriers that may affect an individual’s access and quality of care. Coburn’s amendment undermines the steps this country has taken to ensure access to health care.
– Meredith King
25.May.2006 Exxon-Backed Pundit Compares Gore To Nazi Propagandist Judd
Sterling Burnett is a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, an organization that has received over $390,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. This afternoon on Fox, Burnett compared watching Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, to watching a movie by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to learn about Nazi Germany. Watch it:
ExxonMobil doesn’t have a substantive answer to Gore’s movie, so it bankrolls people like Burnett to smear Gore personally.
Dutifully, Burnett recently wrote an editorial defending former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond’s lavish compensation (which amounted to $190,000 a day in 2005). He failed to mention his financial connection to the company.
That’s the problem. If I thought Al Gore’s movie was as you like to say, fair and balanced, I’d say, everyone should go see it. But why go see propaganda? You don’t go see Joseph Goebbels’ films to see the truth about Nazi Germany. You don’t go see Al Gore’s films to see the truth about global warming.
FACT CHECK: Rove Deputy Peddling False Claims About Pre-War Iraq Intelligence Faiz
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Peter Wehner, Karl Rove’s deputy and the director of the White House’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, writes an op-ed attempting to debunk “antiwar myths.” The White House has been emailing the article to reporters this morning. Employing the same tactic that led the nation into war, the White House continues to use the media to peddle false claims in the hopes they will be accepted. Below is a debunk of their debunk:
1) To rebut the “myth” that “The president misled Americans to convince them to go to war,” Wehner claims, “Important assumptions turned out wrong; but mistakenly relying on faulty intelligence is a world apart from lying about it.”
FACT: Administration Created Stovepipes To Feed Politicized Intelligence. In his nomination hearing last week, Gen. Michael Hayden admitted that he “wasn’t comfortable” with the administration’s approach to Iraq intelligence. Hayden’s comments reveal that intelligence experts like himself were sidelined in the run-up to the war while political leaders like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz + Doug Feith set up intelligence stovepipes to “get the information they wanted directly to the top leadership.”
FACT: Administration Had Its Sights Set on War Regardless of Intelligence. Despite Bush’s insistence that he didn’t want war, there is overwhelming evidence he made up his mind to go to war well before the intelligence community rendered its judgments.
2) To rebut the “myth” that “The Bush administration pressured intelligence agencies to bias their judgments,” Wehner claims, “This myth is shattered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s bipartisan Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq.”
FACT: Roberts Blocking Phase II. The question of whether the administration exerted political pressure over pre-war intelligence was left to Phase II of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Cover-Up Committee, continues to thwart the completion of the report.
FACT: CIA Review Panel Found Analysts Were Subjected To Pressure. A July 2003 report produced by a “CIA review panel found that agency analysts were subjected to ‘steady and heavy’ requests from administration officials for evidence of links between Iraq and al-Qaida, which created ‘significant pressure on the Intelligence Community to find evidence that supported a connection.’”
3) To rebut the “myth” that “Because weapons of mass destruction stockpiles weren’t found, Saddam posed no threat,” Wehner states, “[W]hile we did not find stockpiles of WMD in Iraq, what we did find was enough to alarm any sober-minded individual.”
FACT: Charles Duelfer, the Administration’s Own Iraq Investigator, Found No Evidence That Saddam Posed an Immediate Threat. Duelfer, 10/6/04: “We found no evidence that he was passing to terrorist groups WMD material.” “We found no evidence [of an active nuclear weapons program], nor do we judge that there was one.” “It was my judgment that Iraq retained, perhaps, a strategic reserve — in other words, a deterrent, not an offensive capability.”
4) To rebut the “myth” that “Promoting democracy in the Middle East is a postwar rationalization,” Wehner states, “President Bush argued for democracy taking root in Iraq before the war began,” citing an example from February 2003.
FACT: Major Iraq Speeches Failed To Mention Democracy. In a major speech on Iraq in October 7, 2002 in Cincinnati, Bush failed to mention his desire to bring “democracy” to Iraq even once. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union failed to mention Bush’s desire to bring “democracy” to Iraq. Instead, Bush spent paragraph after paragraph laying out the false intelligence for going to war.
FACT: Bush Said Disarmament Was Mission In Iraq. Bush, 3/6/03: “Our mission is clear in Iraq. Should we have to go in, our mission is very clear: disarmament. And in order to disarm, it would mean regime change. I’m confident we’ll be able to achieve that objective, in a way that minimizes the loss of life. No doubt there’s risks in any military operation; I know that. But it’s very clear what we intend to do. And our mission won’t change. Our mission is precisely what I just stated. We have got a plan that will achieve that mission, should we need to send forces in.”
25.May.2006 Fox News: ‘Al Gore’s Global Warming Movie: Could It Destroy Our Economy?’
This weekend on Fox News, host David Asman asked his guests to discuss the following question: “If people buy into [Al Gore’s] global warming hysteria, will it put him in the White House and our economy on the skids?” Steve Forbes answered yes + called Gore’s new movie “a real recipe for more socialist regulation.”
For what it’s worth, the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental groups, has developed a plan to “develop alternative fuels, increase energy efficiency, rebuild and expand public transportation networks and come up with other initiatives to reduce fossil fuel use” that would create more than three million jobs in the process.
ASMAN: Al Gore’s new documentary, An inconvenient Truth, it hits the theaters this week. If people buy into his global warming hysteria, will it put him in the White House and our economy on the skids? Steve, first off, is it gonna get him in the White House?
FORBES: No, if he believes that’s gonna get him in the White House, he needs to rub on something stronger than this sunscreen.
ASMAN: Alright, but if his global warming agenda somehow gets mixed up into our agenda, the national agenda, what’ll it do to the economy?
FORBES: It will ice the economy. And after all, some people do believe the DiVinci Code, so some will believe the DiGore Code. [Laughter] But the fact of the matter is, the policies that result from it would hurt the economy, would create unemployment. It’s a real recipe for more socialist regulation.
25.May.2006 O’Reilly on ThinkProgress: ‘All Decent Americans Should Reject These Haters’ Judd
Last night, Bill O’Reilly attacked ThinkProgress and Media Matters, falsely claiming we encouraged our readers to complain to NPR because their contributors appear on Fox. Watch it:
A quick fact check:
1. ThinkProgress never encouraged anyone to contact NPR, nor did we criticize them for allowing their contributors to appear on Fox. We noted that one of their contributors, Mara Liasson, falsely claimed “it’s Democrats not just Republicans taking money from Abramoff.” In fact, only Republicans accepted campaign contributions from Abramoff.
2. MediaMatters did encourage its readers to contact NPR, but only to note the inaccuracy of Liasson’s statement, not to complain that she appeared on Fox. In fact, MediaMatters is a strong advocate of more ideological diversity on Fox, including the O’Reilly Factor.
3. The NPR ombudsman, Jeffery Dworkin, claims ThinkProgress and Media Matters misinterpreted Liasson’s comments due to a misplaced comma in the original Fox transcript. In fact, we didn’t use the Fox transcript; we transcribed the segment directly from the video. (Note: this isn’t the first time Liasson has gotten her facts wrong about Abramoff’s contributions.) Nevertheless, we updated our original post with a link to Dworkin’s column so readers could judge for themselves.
O’REILLY: [T]he ombudsman for NPR recently lashed out a two dishonest far-left websites, Media Matters and ThinkProgress, for urging their readers to complain the National Public Radio because some of their contributors appear here on the Fox News channel. Jeffery Dworkin wrote, “The blogs encouraged people to complain to NPR and hundreds did, many with a surprising level of rancor and vituperation, which was shockingly intense, even in these times of take-no-prisoners-and-shoot-the-wounded political debate.” The ombudsman has learned firsthand how vicious the far left blogs are. All decent Americans should reject these haters.
25.May.2006 CIA officials will testify against Libby.
“Two top CIA officials will bolster prosecutors’ charge that Vice President Cheney’s chief aide lied to them, court papers show.” The New York Daily News reports: Prosecutors say Scooter Libby learned Valerie Plame’s identity “from, among others, agency officials who will be called to testify at his trial for perjury, false statements and obstruction of justice. Both CIA officials - including a top architect of the 2003 Iraq invasion - discussed Plame with Libby a month before columnist Robert Novak blew her cover in July 2003, prosecutors charge.”
25.May.2006 ThinkFast: May 23, 2006
Writing in this weekend’s Washington Post, prominent conservative fundraiser Richard Viguerie criticized “Bush’s base betrayal.” Yesterday, the White House responded by emailing around previous quotes of Viguerie’s criticisms of Ronald Reagan. Viguerie responds, “That is standard operating procedure for this White House: Put the spotlight on the president’s critic, rather than respond to the critic’s arguments.”
Despite Condoleezza Rice’s insistence that “No one would like to shut down Guantanamo more than this administration,” Bloomberg reports, “They’re settling in for the long haul at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba .” Work is almost complete on a new $30 million state-of-the-art detention facility.
A story written by Amir Taheri, a prominent neo-con, regarding new legislation in Iran “ allegedly requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive-colored badges circulated around the world last weekend before it was exposed as extremely dubious.” Juan Cole described the article as “typical of black psychological operations campaigns,” particularly in its origin in an “out-of-the-way newspaper that is then picked up by the mainstream press.”
“Railroad to Nowhere” off the tracks? A wasteful $700 million earmark to relocate a railroad line in Mississippi “will not be included in the conference report for the emergency supplemental bill…, a Frist budget aide said Monday,” though “a spokeswoman for the author of the provision, Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) said it was still on the table.”
Public Citizen yesterday released a report, “The Bankrollers: Lobbyists’ Payments to the Lawmakers They Court ,” which provides “more proof of the symbiotic relationship between K Street and Capitol Hill.” The report found lobbyists and their political action committees have given members of Congress $103 million since 1998.
President Bush once again labeled a political milestone in Iraq as the crucial “ turning point .” “We can expect the violence to continue, but something fundamental changed this weekend,” Bush said.
“ U.S. anti-terror policies worldwide undermined human rights in 2005,” according to Amnesty International’s newest annual report. “The US relentlessly pursued its ‘war on terror’ under a shroud of secrecy, unlawfully transferring terror suspects around the world, ignoring allegations of torture and ill-treatment refusing to close the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay.”
The last reporter in Iraq for the federally-funded Voice of America news service is leaving, and VOA’s Baghdad bureau is closing . But the reporter “isn’t leaving because of the general violence. She’s leaving because ever since she reported on a Shiite-run government torture center, she’s been threatened, had her phone tapped + had two apparent assassination attempts against her.”
Corruption in Iraq “has worsened dramatically since the war began,” ranging from “epic schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts [to] smaller-scale cases such as the purchase of better grades by university students.”
And finally: The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature recommended that “ Oregon legislators and staff members should not be drunk while performing their official duties.” “The new policy was suggested by Steve Doell, president of Crime Victims United, who said he and another member of the group noticed alcohol on the breath of at least one legislator at the end of the 2005 session while they were advocating tougher drunken-driving penalties.”
25.May.2006 Rove expects Fitzgerald decision ‘at any time.’
MSNBC’s David Schuster: “It’s now been 26 days since Rove testified to the grand jury for the 5th time. Defense lawyers say prosecutors remain focused on Rove’s claim of a bad memory regarding a conversation with Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper. Rove’s legal team and former prosecutors tracking the investigation expect Patrick Fitzgerald to announce a decision at any time. … The CIA leak grand jury is scheduled to meet again this Wednesday.”
25.May.2006 U.S. military: Victory no longer an option in Iraq. Amanda
“The U.S. military is already gearing up for this outcome [long-term ‘containment’ of violence], but not for ‘victory’ any longer. It is consolidating to several ’superbases‘ in hopes that its continued presence will prevent Iraq from succumbing to full-flown civil war and turning into a failed state.”
25.May.2006 Bush ‘Doubts’ He’ll See Gore Movie; Wants To ‘Set Aside’ Global Warming Science Faiz
President Bush was asked this morning whether he will watch Al Gore’s new movie on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. “Doubt it,” the president answered. He went on to argue that we need to “set aside whether or not greenhouse gases have been caused by mankind or because of natural effects.”
Two important points need to be made:
1. Bush casts his answer in terms of a debate that exists on whether greenhouse gases are caused by human activity. In fact, as ThinkProgress has repeatedly documented, there is no scientific debate on this issue. Not a single peer-reviewed study conducted between 1993 and 2003 challenged the consensus that the earth’s temperature is rising due to human activity.
2. Bush cannot solve the problem of global warming if he does not understand its root cause. By “setting aside” the issue of why the globe is warming, Bush wants to also sidestep the need for his administration to begin efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, as he once pledged to do.
Sounds like Bush is someone who could really benefit from watching the movie. (It’s playing close to the White House. Here’s a map.)
25.May.2006 Data theft affects 26.5 million veterans. Faiz
“Personal data, including Social Security numbers of 26.5 million U.S. veterans, was stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee this month after he took the information home without authorization. … The theft of stolen information comes as the department has come under criticism for shoddy accounting practices and for falling short on the needs of veterans.”
UPDATE: The data theft appears to impact all military veterans.
25.May.2006 Rep. Doolittle Just Wants The Same Benefits Every American Doesn’t Have Amanda
Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) was a regular at Jack Abramoff’s skybox at sporting events and guided his aides and family members to lucrative consulting jobs. But evidently those perks weren’t enough. Since he entered office in 1991, he has tried to boost lawmakers’ compensation and benefits. Doolittle argued members of Congress should have:
– “a corps of staff to assist the members, to perform routine tasks such as rides to airports, pickups, deliveries, etc;”
– “an additional automobile” to use around the nation’s capital; and
– government-funded moving expenses when they relocate to Washington, DC.
Doolittle’s spokesman, Dan Blackenburg, tried to justify the congressman’s efforts:
“He thinks that Members of the House, the staff and all federal employees should have the same benefits that all Americans are insured with ,” Blankenburg said, pointing out that federal employees, for example, currently don’t receive a dental or vision benefit .
Doolittle needs to get out of Abramoff’s skybox and talk to some real Americans. 41 percent of the American middle-class didn’t even have basic health insurance for part or all of 2005 and only 29 percent of companies now offer dental and vision benefits. (Statistics on how many Americans have a personal “corps of staff” to “perform routine tasks” were unavailable.)
Doolittle and his spokesman also need to check his federal health insurance program. While most plans don’t offer vision and dental benefits, some do. (New enhanced dental and vision benefits will also be offered to federal employees in the fall.)
25.May.2006 Murtha on Iraq: ‘There’s Not Only No Progress, It’s Worse Than It Was Prewar’ Judd
This morning, Jack Murtha appeared on CBS’ The Early Show to talk about the Iraq war. Murtha offered a sobering assessment:
[T]here’s not only no progress, it’s worse than it was prewar. this thing has been mishandled so badly. The American people needed to hear. we’re spending $450 billion on this war by the end of the year, $9 billion a month + so we need to change course.
The facts appear to back Murtha up. Here’s a summary of key indicators, drawn from the Brookings Institute’s Iraq Index, using the most recent data available: Pre-War Levels Now
Crude oil production 2.5 million barrels 2.14 million barrels [Apr. 2006]
Electricity 3,958 Megawatts 3,600 Megawatts [Apr. 2006]
People with access to potable water 12.9 million 8.25 million [Nov. 2005]
People with access to sewer system 6 million 5 million [Nov. 2005]
CHEN: Congressman Murtha, your act of courage would be last fall when you spoke out against the war, after voting for it. Was that a difficult decision for you?
MURTHA: Well, they were irresponsive. And the thing that worried me, the troops – they went in with inadequate forces and inadequate equipment. Then in addition to that the army down the road was broken as far as I could see. And yet all the things they said were illusion. They said how much better it was getting and every progress report I saw was mischaracterized, misrepresented. So I felt an obligation to speak out in order to try to turn this thing around. The military won a victory. It was time to get out. As a matter of fact, these guys have done a marvelous job. The troops, you couldn’t ask for any more. But they’re caught in the middle of a civil war. I got a lot of criticism. I got lot a lot of people initially — as matter of fact — the war — over 50% of the people supported when I spoke out. And of course now it’s changed considerably. Because i think they wanted to hear exactly what has happened. Exactly whether there’s progress. And I said there’s not only no progress, it’s worse than it was prewar. This thing has been mishandled so badly. The American people needed to hear. We’re spending $450 billion on this war by the end of the year, $9 billion a month + so we need to change course.
25.May.2006 “He’s in real trouble.” Judd
– Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on President Bush
25.May.2006 Title: ThinkFast: May 22, 2006
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales yesterday suggested that journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information. “There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility,” Gonzales said.
The former top procurement officer in the White House Office of Management and Budget, David Safavian, goes on trial this week to face charges, evidenced by a string of e-mails, that “he concealed [Jack] Abramoff’s interest in government business when seeking permission to accept airfare for a Scotland golf trip from the lobbyist in 2002. Safavian is also accused of obstructing inquiries into the matter.”
“There is no official Category 6 for hurricanes , but scientists say they’re pondering whether there should be as evidence mounts that hurricanes around the world have sharply worsened over the past 30 years — and all but a handful of hurricane experts now agree this worsening bears the fingerprints of man-made global warming.”
A Virginia businesswoman whom Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) allegedly tried to scam was an FBI informant . Under investigation for bribery, Jefferson was videotaped accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from the informant whose conversations with the lawmaker were also recorded.
People who hire undocumented workers are “21st century slave masters …just as immoral as the 19th century slave masters we had to fight a civil war to get rid of,” said House immigration point-person Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) yesterday. Conservative bloggers blasted the analogy as “dangerous,” “insane moral equivalence,” and “dumb.”
U.S. warplanes attacked an Afghan village , killing an estimated 50 Taliban fighters. Villagers claim another “50 civilians had been killed and dozens more wounded in the attack.”
1 in 136: The proportion of U.S. residents serving time in prison, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report. The report “found that 62 percent of people in jails have not been convicted, meaning many of them are awaiting trial.”
A new report from University of California, Berkeley professor Raymond Seed found that many of the “ major breaches in the New Orleans levee system during Hurricane Katrina were caused by flaws in design, construction and maintenance - and parts of the system could still be dangerous even after the current round of repairs by the Army Corps of Engineers.”
The Bush administration is “ shunning pressure from allies for direct dialogue with Iran [and] shifting toward a more confrontational stance and intensifying efforts to undercut the country’s ruling clerics.” Under pressure from the United States, “four of the biggest European banks have started curbing their activities in Iran.”
And finally: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow “told reporters that he spent [a flight last week] in the staff cabin watching Gen. Michael V. Hayden’s confirmation hearings to be the new C.I.A. director - on CNN.” “There is no official channel at the White House ,” the former Fox news anchor claimed. Someone should tell Cheney.
25.May.2006 Naive Umweltschützer geben Mainstream-Medien Stichworte sfux
Karl Weiss, Rio de Janeiro - In einem Artikel zu Kraftstoffen aus Biomasse vom 11. Mai greift die ?Süddeutsche" erneut eine Sage auf, die bereits geraume Zeit im Blätter- und Bildschirmwald herumgeistert: Das Zuckerrohr für den Alkohol, der bereits 60% aller brasilianischen Kraftstoffe ausmacht, werde auf Gelände angebaut, das dem Regenwald durch Roden entrissen würde. Falsch.
25.May.2006 Börsen und Währungen gehen in die Knie sfux
Karl Weiss - Am Montag, den 22. Mai 2006 machten sich die ersten Anzeichens der kommenden Weltwirtschaftskrise bemerkbar: Die Börsen und Währungen der sogenannten ?Emerging Markets" (Schwellenländer, Schwellenmärkte) gingen weltweit in die Knie. Indien erlebte den größten dort je verzeichneten Börsensturz. Ein paralleles Ereignis hatte sich im Jahre 1998 abgespielt, als erster Vorbote der Weltwirtschaftskrise, die dann 2000 ausbrach, die Aktienmärkte in den imperialistischen...
25.May.2006 Newsbattery 07 das Politmagazin der Blogsphäre sfux
Ein CIA-Flieger wurde mit Kokain erwischt. Wofür braucht ein Geheimdienst Kokain? Und dazu auch noch so viel - 128 Koffer voll mit dieser Droge. Bei der Beantwortung dieser Frage könnte es hilfreich sein, sich daran zu erinnern, dass in den edlen Toiletten des Deutschen Bundestages unlängst Spuren von Kokain entdeckt wurden. Natürlich will keiner der Abgeordneten und Minister zu den Kokain-Konsumenten gehören.
25.May.2006 In Bayern ist wieder der Braune los sfux
Harald Haack ? Während Mainstream-Medien für die ?braune Sauce?, wie sie dort neuerdings genannt werden, die aggressiven und hirnlosen Hänflinge deutscher Nationalisten, die "Werbetrommel" rührt und jeden Punch wie bei einer Boxveranstaltung penibel registriert, hat es wieder einmal ein Brauner geschafft die österreichisch-bayerische Grenze nächtens zu überwinden. Doch dieses Mal...
25.May.2006 Schweiz: Covassi - der Spion, der in die Kälte kam ... sfux
World Content News - Stellen Sie sich mal vor, ein Agent des BND würde Kontakt mit der Bildzeitung aufnehmen: "Hi, mein Name ist Reiner Mahlstedt, ich bin ein Spion und möchte aussteigen, ich habe das und das gemacht, meine Decknamen lauten ..., meine Vorgesetzten sind..., hier ist ein Foto von mir".
Uuups, fette Story. Diskussionsthema Nr.1. Nicht so jedoch in der Schweiz. Dort...
25.May.2006 Pentagon gibt Bombardierungsplan Iran bekannt sfux
Karl Weiss - Wie der britische ?Herald"am 16.5.06 meldete, hat das US-Verteidigungsminister Einzelheiten seines Plans zum Militärschlag gegen den Iran bekanntgegeben. Da man allerdings solche Pläne nicht bekanntgibt, wenn man den Angriff demnächst durchführen will, bedeutet dies eher, daß die US-Regierung beschlossen hat, den Angriff auf den Iran jetzt noch nicht durchzuführen, wahrscheinlich nicht vor den Wahlen in den USA im Spätjahr.
25.May.2006 Robert Fisk: ?Unbekannte Amerikaner? bomben im Irak sfux Karl Weiss - Bereits seit geraumer Zeit war zu vermuten, daß die fast täglichen Terroranschläge auf friedliche oder betende Schiiten im Irak, die von ?US-Sicherheits-Quellen" dem Geist Al Zarkawi zugeschrieben werden, in Wirklichkeit Werk der Besatzer im Irak sind. Sie werden in den Medien meist als Selbstmordanschläge bezeichnet, haben aber oft die typischen Anzeichen ferngezündeter Bomben, wie sie der CIA verwendet. Unklar blieb aber weiterhin, wer dann die wirklichen Selbstmordanschläge...
25.May.2006 Gastarbeiter und Flüchtlinge sollen implantiert werden sfux Stephan Fuchs ? Geht es nach Verichip, dem Anbieter von implantierbaren Chips, sollen Gastarbeiter und Flüchtlinge demnächst mit dem Reiskorn grossen Chip implantiert werden. Auftrieb gab Mr. Bush's Aufruf zur High-Tech Überwachung mexikanischer Immigranten.
25.May.2006 Is Another 9/11 in the Works? If you were President George W. Bush with all available US troops tied down by the Iraqi resistance, and you were unable to control Iraq or political developments in the country, would you also start a war with Iran? Yes, you would. Bush's determination to spread Middle East conflict by striking...
25.May.2006 Secret FEMA Plan To Use Pastors as Pacifiers in Preparation For Mart
Secret FEMA Plan To Use Pastors as Pacifiers in Preparation For Martial Law Nationwide initiative trains volunteers to teach congregations to "obey the
25.May.2006 New Zogby Poll Frightens Masters Of Terror Into Releasing 'Bin Laden
New Zogby Poll Frightens Masters Of Terror Into Releasing 'Bin Laden Tape' Nearly half of entire country sees 9/11 cover-up, 24 hours later 'Bin Laden tape'
25.May.2006 What Would Flight 77 Eyewitnesses Have Actually Seen? What Would Flight 77 Eyewitnesses Have Actually Seen? Video suggests 'passengers in windows' comment is a fraud
25.May.2006 Former Pilot Says 'Jet Blast' Dismissal Doesn't Fly Former Pilot Says 'Jet Blast' Dismissal Doesn't Fly Contradicts facts of previous story about Flight 77 knocking cars off Pentagon highway
25.May.2006 Would Flight 77 Have Really Thrown Cars & People Off The Highway? Would Flight 77 Have Really Thrown Cars & People Off The Highway? Wake turbulence argument doesn't stand up to scrutiny
25.May.2006 www.wmterror.de - Des Wahnsinns fette Beute! William C. Gaines
Noch drei Wochen bis zum Beginn der Fußball-WM. Drei Wochen, in denen damit zu rechnen ist, daß die damit einhergehende Hysterie neue Höhepunkte erklimmen wird.
25.May.2006 Vorrundenaus Frank Rijkaard Die Kampagne der Naturfreundejugend zur Fussball-WM ist gestartet.
25.May.2006 Bild erklärt Deutschland für überfremdet Der wahre antideutsche
Schon gestern druckte die Bildzeitung ein Interview mit einem rassistischen Proffesor ab, der Deutschland für überfremdet erklärte. An den Fragen die Bild dem Mann stellte konnte man sehen das sie der gleichen Meinung waren. Ein solches Interview hätte so auch in der jungen Freiheit stehen können... Heute wurde nochmal einer draufgesetzt!
25.May.2006 Web inventor warns of 'dark' net The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said.
Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels of online access web were not "part of the internet model," he said in Edinburgh.
25.May.2006 Desperate for Supporters, DeLay Turns to Stephen Colbert
A good sign that Tom DeLay doesn’t have the facts on his side: the top source for his latest defense against his critics is Stephen Colbert.
This morning, DeLay’s legal defense fund sent out a mass email criticizing the movie “ The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress ,&#...
25.May.2006 GM incentive: A gas price cap General Motors Corp. is doing what politicians wish they could do: Lower the price of gas to $1.99 a gallon.
GM on Tuesday announced a promotion that caps gas at $1.99 a gallon for one year for buyers of certain full-size sport-utility vehicles and midsize cars in California and Florida.
25.May.2006 Why We Published the AT&T Docs The public's right to see the documents provided by whistle-blower Mark Klein trumps the telecommunications giant's secrecy claims.
By Evan Hansen,Wired News'editor in chief
25.May.2006 Breaking: Speaker Hastert Under Investigation By the FBI Over Abramoff Ties ABC News reports : The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is seeking to determine his role in an ongoing public corruption probe into members of Congress, ABC News has learned from high level official sources. Federal officials say ...
25.May.2006 MIT poet develops 'seeing machine' An MIT poet has developed a small, relatively inexpensive "seeing machine" that can allow people who are blind, or visually challenged like her, to access the Internet, view the face of a friend, "previsit" unfamiliar buildings and more. Recently the machine received positive feedback from 10 ...
25.May.2006 WorldChanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century This is the way the debate ends: not with a bang but a press availability. President Bush today in a backhand way admitted that climate change is here, but said we shouldn't get caught up in discussion about what is causing it and instead focus on solutions: "And in my judgment we need to set ...
25.May.2006 Bernanke admits a 'lapse' Ritholtz Interesting admission from Fed Chair Ben Bernanke:Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke admitted Tuesday to Congress that he made a mistake talking to a television reporter about market perception of his inflation-fighting credentials. Bernanke appeared before the Senate Banking Committee to talk ...
25.May.2006 Verizon's 'free gift' to customers: Giving payment data to credit bureaus Verizon Communications Inc. has begun reporting to the nation's three credit bureaus which Massachusetts customers pay their bills on time and which ones don't, a practice a company spokesman described as ''a free gift to the public." The telecommunications giant says its reports to Equifax, ...
25.May.2006 Yet another wacky school board member wants to ban books she never bothered to read! SN School board member wants to ban books she never read!
25.May.2006 The Amaranth Jarrod Whaley BY JARROD WHALEY. CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE USA (CINEMA MINIMA) — The Amaranth is an open-ended movie produced and presented in parts. New, sequentially numbered parts will appear from time to time. At some time in the future, the parts will be presented together as a complete movie. Each part ...
25.May.2006 Police act on German file-sharing Police in Germany have charged 3,500 users of a file-sharing network in the biggest single action against the illegal distribution of music online. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) - the record industry's global body - said each could face five years in prison.
25.May.2006 Voice Encryption May Draw U.S. Scrutiny The designer of PGP e-mail encryption has released a free Windows software program, Zfone, that encrypts Internet voice conversations.
25.May.2006 Co-creating with customers Matt Trendwatching.com recently published a roundup of companies that are co-creating with customers . And from a business and innovation angle, we’d like to argue that the CUSTOMER-MADE trend, co-creating with your customers, is the most important one to watch. Not because everything has to or ...
25.May.2006 Whistle-Blower's Evidence, Uncut Former AT&T technician Mark Klein's firsthand account tells how he discovered a secret room routing American internet traffic straight to the NSA -- along with all the documents he says prove his case.
25.May.2006 Working with Technorati to Listen to the Global Conversation Steve Rubel Earlier this month in his State of the Blogosphere update David Sifry posted that two thirds of the global blog conversation is in non-English languages. For example, 15% of the discussion is in Chinese. Also, as noted earlier, the most...
25.May.2006 Time for U.S. to Form an "Army of Mercenaries"? NEW YORK Little known to the American public, there are some 50,000 private contractors in Iraq, providing support for the U.S. military, among other activities. So why not go all the way, hints Ted Koppel in a New York Times op-ed on Monday + form a real "mercenary army"? Such a move involving ...
25.May.2006 The One Bit of Info Google Withholds: How It Works Advertisers, competitors and Wall Street analysts are frustrated by the company's secrecy.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. evolved from a tiny start-up to the shining star of American enterprise in less than a decade by bringing knowledge to billions of people.
25.May.2006 Drudge Falsely Smears Gore Matt Drudge is looking for any excuse to smear Al Gore and his new movie, An Inconvenient Truth . He’s been running this story, unsourced, all day :
ThinkProgress contacted Gore’s representatives, who unequivocally confirmed that Al Gore and his associates walked from the Majestic ...
25.May.2006 Some Ships Get Coast Guard Tip Before Searches LONG BEACH, Calif. — Under intense pressure from shipping companies concerned about costly delays, the Coast Guard is tipping off some large commercial ships about security searches that had been a surprise, according to high-ranking Coast Guard officials. The searches began after the Sept. ...
25.May.2006 FBI to get veto power over PC software? The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves. No, really.
In an obscure "policy" document released ...
25.May.2006 More on the Arctic Mike By Michael Mann & Phil Jones (guest) Svalbard, an Arctic island in the Northern North Atlantic, is predicted to warm considerably more than most of the rest of the earth in many model-based scenarios. See for example the figure to the right, which represents a relatively high-end IPCC Third ...
25.May.2006 Thank you for emitting Group A recent movie, 'Thank You for Smoking', amusingly highlighted the lengths that PR reps for the tobacco companies would go to distort the public discourse on the health effects of smoking. Lest you thought that was of merely historical relevance, we would like to draw your attention to two of ...
25.May.2006 The DaVinci Code? Try the Da Xerox Code The DaVinci Code is all over the place, but I don't think you actually get to solve a puzzle or decode anything - in MAKE 06 we show you how to read the tracking dots in your color Xerox printer. Xerox and other printer makers put little hidden tracking dots on printed pages - MAKE 06 - Page 126.
25.May.2006 BarCamp * We've done some talking and it looks like we should be able to set up (at least on the Amsterdam end) a dedicated box with a projector and speakers for the BarCampBrusselsForTheImpatient people. Long live the internet! The SlackerLounge! We're going to set up a corner for people to sit and have ...
25.May.2006 BarCamp * We've done some talking and it looks like we should be able to set up (at least on the Amsterdam end) a dedicated box with a projector and speakers for the BarCampBrusselsForTheImpatient people. Long live the internet! The SlackerLounge! We're going to set up a corner for people to sit and have ...
25.May.2006 Donny's Blog Update! Friday 6:03 PM, (May 19, 2006) Email From A Concerned Economist - Tim points out that if this trend continues, the world economy will collapse!. Read the full article to find out why this is happening and what you can do to stop it. We have all heard how the RIAA is suing people over piracy,
25.May.2006 Rivals push for Palestinian unity Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas hold crisis talks to try to heal deep divisions which have sparked clashes.
25.May.2006 Divide 'remains' after 2001 riots The author of a report on Oldham five years after riots in the town says community divisions are still "entrenched".
25.May.2006 Anti-terror police quiz suspects Eight are held in anti-terrorist raids in England to target people police suspect of plotting attacks abroad.
25.May.2006 Russia and EU to discuss energy The EU and Russia are due to focus on the politics of energy at a summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
25.May.2006 Prostate therapy benefits doubted Many men diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer do not benefit from radical treatment, research suggests.
25.May.2006 Australia troops land in E Timor Australians commandos land in East Timor to secure the capital's airport, as gunbattles rage for a third day.
25.May.2006 US immigration bill clears hurdle The US Senate clears the way for controversial immigration reform but tough talks lie ahead before it becomes law.
25.May.2006 Reid 'furious' over wrong figures John Reid is understood to be furious after he had to admit giving MPs the wrong figures on foreign prisoners.
25.May.2006 Spotty mice flout genetics laws RNA may explain why the laws of genetic inheritance can sometimes be broken, scientists have found.
25.May.2006 Fusion reactor work gets go-ahead Seven international parties involved in an experimental nuclear fusion reactor project have initialled a 10bn euro (£682m) deal.
After you quit the game, you wanted to write a book and come clean, but you received bribes and threats for over a decade.
What made you break your silence?
Shortly after 9/11, I went to ground zero + as I stood there smelling the charred flesh + seeing the smoke still rising, I knew I had to write this book + take responsibility for my past.
What happened that day was a direct result of the empire building my fellow EHMs and I participated in.
It was an act of mass murder by a mass murderer, but it represented the anger that seethes around the world.
Osama Bin Laden has unfortunately become a hero not just in the Middle East, but also in much of Latin America and many other places.
He shouldn't be in this position and I realized that the American people needed to hear the real story.
I had to come clean in a way that would help Americans wake up to the corporatocracy and understand why U.S. policies stoke so much hatred.
Unless we change direction, the future is a bleak one for the younger generations and we'll only change when we come to understand what's going on.
With Katrina, the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, rising resistance in South America, a shaky House of Saud + the embattled status of the U.S. dollar, do you believe the corporatocracy is at a breaking point?
History tells us that no empire survives. This one is no exception. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population and we're consuming more than 25 percent of the world's resources.
That's not a model that can be replicated. What we are is a failure that is causing unheard of inequality and environmental damage on a global scale. Ours is an empire in the throes of collapse.
Daniel McLeod is a mental health counselor, freelance writer and member of the Western Massachusetts Committee on Corporations and Democracy.
14.May.2006 https://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread204012/pg9 Post Number: 2181856 (post id: 2206892) - printer friendly
OK, Agonizer, this is the same Adnan Khashoggi from Iran-Contra sales. Interesting. What a trail of crooks and scum. And these people have had connections with U.S. government + military contractors over the years. Hmmmmm + Bush Sr.'s name comes up again.
14.May.2006 https://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread204012/pg9 Post Number: 2181650 (post id: 2206686) - printer friendly
Ok, here comes the next step. Bare with me..
As earlier noted Sky Way's mysterious 'duPont investment fund' is linked to Red Sea Management's address in Costa Rica.
This PDF document describes the ties between Canadian Stephen Taub and David Ricci of Red Sea management. Red Sea management works on referral only basis. Stephen Taub referred Red Sea to Rakesh Saxena, a man who embezzled $88M from a bank in Thailand.
The same document says that Stephen Taub is also involved in establishing an offshore corporate account for Qaiser Imran. Qaiser Imran is brother of Rubina Khan, who is the wife of banned stock promoter Rafi Khan.
Rafi Khan was involved in pumping-up Khashoggi's GenesisIntermedia stock prices. This scheme happened around 9-11. The plot depended upon foreknowledge of the Wall Street stock tumble that would follow the destruction of the Trade Center towers. link, link
So next to Elgindy again there is strong indication of foreknowledge of the 9-11 attacks. Interestingly both cases involve people who operate in the same small circle of people. It's Red Sea Management who connects them.
13.May.2006 https://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread204012/pg9 Post Number: 2179698 (post id: 2204734) - printer friendly
Anthony Elgindy a guy associated with Curshen apparently is suggested to have had foreknowledge about the 9-11 attacks. How come this doesn't surprise me?
Pair accused of fraud in short-selling scheme
NEW YORK - Stock picker Anthony Elgindy was convicted of racketeering and fraud yesterday for parlaying illegal tips from an FBI agent into trading profits by short-selling stocks of companies under government investigation. Elgindy, 36, who also went by the name Anthony Pacific, was convicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., after four days of deliberations in a trial that began in November. The former agent, Jeffrey Royer, 41, also was convicted. The two men could face 10 to 20 years in prison. ...
00.May 2002 -After his arrest- federal prosecutors suggested that Elgindy may have had advance knowledge of the
11.Sep.2001, terrorist attacks because he had predicted beforehand that the stock market would collapse and had tried to sell stock in his children's trust funds.
Royer was accused of tipping Elgindy to an FBI probe into whether the Egyptian-born trader knew about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before they occurred.
That investigation did not result in charges against Elgindy, but jurors heard references to it throughout the trial. Elgindy's attorneys said they would examine the issue as they began to plan an appeal. source
25.May.2006 Unconstitutional The War On Our Civil Liberties
Unconstitutional explicitly reveals details of the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens + immigrants alike have been infringed upon, curtailed + rolled back since 11.Sep.2001 + the USA Patriot Act. A must watch video. Windows Media
25.May.2006 Amnesty urges U.S. on Iraq contractor: The United States is riding roughshod over human rights by outsourcing key anti-terror work in Iraq to private contractors, who operate beyond Iraqi law and outside the military chain of command, Amnesty International said Tuesday.
25.May.2006 U.S. is urged to stop paying Iraqi reporters : A Defense Department investigation of Pentagon-financed propaganda efforts in Iraq warns that paying Iraqi journalists to produce positive stories could damage American credibility and calls for an end to military payments to a group of Iraqi journalists in Baghdad,
25.May 2006 Eyeing Iran, Israel seeks cruise missiles: sources: Israel has speeded up efforts to develop long-range cruise missiles of a type that could be used should the Jewish state try to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities,
Iran asks for direct talks with U.S. on its nuclear program : Tehran -- Iran has followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent letter to President Bush with explicit requests for direct talks about its nuclear program, according to U.S. officials, Iranian analysts and foreign diplomats.
25.May 2006 U.S. refuses direct talks with Iran : State Department spokesman Sean McCormack confirmed that Iran has been showing interest in holding talks with the United States through intermediaries, but he said the United States has not replied.
25.May 2006 Tehran has repeatedly announced readiness to hold talks with US unconditionally: : Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Wednesday referring to the recent claims made by the US President George W Bush about Iran's nuclear activities stressed that Tehran has repeatedly announced its readiness to hold talks without any precondition.
25.May 2006 Iran deploys its war machine: From several interviews with Iranian officials, researchers and foreign diplomats, it is clear that the Iranian army considers itself ready to repel a US land offensive and increasingly sees itself as the main regional power.
25.May 2006 Olmert: Bush and I are in full agreement on how to confront Iran : There is full agreement between Israel and the U.S. on how to confront the Iranian nuclear issue, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli journalists early Wednesday, hours after his White House meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush
25.May 2006 War Pimp Alert: PM urges U.S. to end threat of nuclear Iran : Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a joint meeting of the United States Houses of Congress on Wednesday that a "nuclear armed Iran is an intolerable threat to the peace and security of the world," which "cannot be permitted to materialize."
25.May 2006 War pimp alert: European banks bow under US pressure to cut Iran ties: Four of Europe's biggest banks have been strong-armed by the US into cutting ties with Iran in what some western media are calling anti-nuclear sanctions through the "back door."
25.May.2006 Olmert's health offer is hypocritical: I must, reluctantly, tip my cap to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his propaganda machine for their sheer audacity. The more that Israeli troops, settlers and official occupation policies injure and kill Palestinians and make life miserable for the whole population, the more eloquently Israeli officials praise their own humanitarianism in front of the world.
25.May.2006 Bush backs Israel's border plan : In a policy shift, the White House has praised Israel's plan to set its borders with the Palestinians and is convinced those boundaries could create side-by-side states if a negotiated solution proves elusive.
25.May 2006 Democracy Now: President Bush Embraces “Bold” Israeli Plan To Annex West Bank Settlements: President Bush condemned Hamas and said he believes a negotiated settlement could still be reached between Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
25.May.2006 Canada out of Afghanistan: This has nothing to do with peacekeeping.
25.May 2006 First Female Conscientious Objector Sentenced for Refusing Deployment to Afghanistan : Army National Guard Specialist Katherine Jashinski received a bad conduct discharge today and was sentenced to 120 days confinement after pleading guilty to the charge of “refusal to obey a legal order.
25.May 2006 A Taliban comeback? : As unprecedented Taliban violence sweeps across southern Afghanistan, four players in the region — Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and NATO — are locked in a tense standoff rather than cooperating to defeat the terrorists
25.May 2006 Amnesty slams world powers on rights abuses: The tide has turned against countries that abuse human rights in the name of anti-terrorism policies, says the head of Amnesty International, Irene Khan.
25.May 2006 How Much Longer Can the Dollar Reign Supreme? : Gulf nations, in particular the UAE and Qatar, are said to be suffering inflationary pressures due to the weakened dollar and there is discussion as to whether the dirham and the riyal should be released from their longtime hinge to the greenback. Some economists are making the case for Gulf currencies to be linked to a basket of foreign currencies instead.
25.May 2006 In case you missed it: Vanity Fair Reports on Alleged Turkish Bribes of Hastert: A senior official at the Turkish Consulate is said to have claimed in one recording that the price for Hastert to withdraw the resolution would have been at least $50,000.?
25.May 2006 Speaker Hastert Protests to Bush Over Raid: The FBI's raid on a congressman's office is rippling through Capitol Hill, with majority Republicans in the House complaining to President Bush and predicting a constitutional showdown in the Supreme Court.
25.May 2006 Intelligence Czar Can Waive SEC Rules: President George W. Bush has bestowed on his intelligence czar, John Negroponte, broad authority, in the name of national security, to excuse publicly traded companies from their usual accounting and securities-disclosure obligations.
25.May 2006 Web inventor warns of 'dark' net : He warned that if the US decided to go ahead with a two-tier internet, the network would enter "a dark period".
25.May.2006 FBI Investigating GOP House Speaker Denny Hastert for Bribery and Corruption. Despite Justice Dept. Public Denial, Officials Privately Say Story Is True. Is the White House Sending Hastert a Message That He's Been Making Too Much Noise?
25.May 2006 Send a BuzzFlash "Liberty" Card Around the Nation. Ben Franklin and FDR Team up on a BuzzFlash Post Card to Remind Us of the Spirit of America that the Busheviks are Destroying.
Fitzgerald may ask Cheney to testify in Plame case. 5/25
25.May 2006 CNN's Jack Cafferty notes how interesting it is that suddenly Republicans in Congress are all upset about their civil liberties when they couldn't give a damn about ours. 5/25
The Taliban Blew Up Centuries-Old Buddhas; Bush Blows Up the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
25.May 2006 Now, Even the Republicans in the House Understand that No One is Immune to the Secret Police Tactics of the Busheviks: If They Can Raid the House in Congress, They Will Raid Your House Whenever They Want, Rest Assured.
Negroponte Can Waive SEC Rules for "National Security"; "waiving of reporting requirements for companies could be used to mask the funding of secret CIA or Pentagon assignments." 5/25
25.May 2006 Jean Sara Rohe: This Week's BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award" Winner. She threw away her graduation speech and stood up to the hypocrisy of John McCain. Weirdest story yet from the Washington Post. This time they write an homage to Bill Frist that is downright creepy. Gorilla testosterone covered his sweaty body - we're not kidding, read it. 5/25
25.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ A couple of other items:
1. The drug plane had a sister aircraft owned by known CIA front companies.
2. Makram Chams -- the strange Lebanese man who, when he was in Venice, Florida, was witnessed interacting in mysterious ways with Mohammed Atta -- went to work for Titan + later sued the firm. Hopsicker was able to confirm that the "Titan" Chams and the "Atta" Chams are one and the same.
There's more. You gotta hear what Hopsicker has to say... Permalink
25.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Daniel Hopsicker hasn't written up his latest findings in the Skyway/Titan case yet, but he has described his research in a remarkable interview.
Click here + here -- + trust me, if you have followed this story at all, you will want to hear this .
I haven't the time to summarize his findings, but here is the major bombshell: The original owner of Skyway was a man named Michael Farkas -- a bigwig in the American branch of the Kach party .
Kach, which is banned in Israel, represents Meyer Kahane's shotgun wedding between Zionism and Fascism.
I did a little googling to double-check Hopsicker's statement + stumbled across this gem:
25.May.2006 Großbrand am Flughafen Istanbul: Kurdengruppe spricht von Sabotageakt
25.May.2006 08:48)Atomstreit: Teheran soll zu Zugeständnissen bereit sein
24.May.2006 https://www.google.ch/search?q=la+ola+welle&meta= Web Ergebnisse 1 - 100 von ungefähr 264'000 für la ola welle . ( 0.30 Sekunden
24.May.2006 Hirnforschung: Lerner haben La-Ola-Wellen im Gehirn | Wissen ... Nun haben Forscher herausgefunden, was im Schlaf bei diesem Prozess im Gehirn passiert:
Verschiedene Nervenzellen formen gemeinsam eine Art " La-Ola - Welle " ... www.br-online.de/wissen-bildung/artikel/0407/02-lernen-im-schlaf/index.xml
24.May.2006 "Colonia Dignidad": 20 Jahre Haft für Sektengründer Schäfer
24.May.2006 Atomstreit: USA bieten Iran direkte Gespräche nur unter Bedingungen an
24.May.2006 Medienwandel: AP umarmt Technorati
24.May.2006 Reisemedizin: Impfschutz in Europa wird wichtiger
24.May.2006 Russland: Regierung beunruhigt über US- Raketensystem in Polen
24.May.2006 Orientierungssinn: Warum Frauen sich verlaufen
24.May.2006 Rüstung: Pentagon sieht China als künftigen Hauptgegner
24.May.2006 15 Konzerte betroffen: Rolling Stones verschieben Europatournee
24.May.2006 Gestohlene Datensätze: Boomgeschäft Identitätsklau
24.May.2006 Rechtsextremismus: Zentralrat der Juden fordert Patriotismus- Debatte
24.May.2006 Psychologie: Glückliche Kindheit macht schön
24.May.2006 Bundeswehreinsatz im Inland: Jung verteidigt geplantes Sicherheitskonzept
24.May.2006 Atomstreit: Bericht über iranisches Verhandlungsangebot an die USA
24.May.2006 Katholikentag in Saarbrücken: Das zweifelhafte Comeback der Kirche
They added: "Whether cholesterol lowering on such a scale should be attempted with drugs raises philosophical, psychological, and economic considerations."
Professor Durrington's team also said more effective national policies on nutrition to reduce reliance on statins should also be considered.
They highlighted a "lack of resolve in tackling Britain's unhealthy diet," which has led to one in three of Europe's obese children being British.
24.May.2006 'Bin Laden' denies Moussaoui role A man claiming to be Osama Bin Laden says Zacarias Moussaoui was not involved in the 11.Sep.2001 attacks.
24.May.2006 Bush urges Israel on peace talks US President George W Bush urges visiting Israeli PM Ehud Olmert to resume direct talks with the Palestinian leader.
24.May.2006 Senegal 'seizes 1,500 migrants' Senegal's navy stopped more than 1,500 people trying to sail to Spain's Canary Islands over the weekend, it says.
24.May.2006 US warns against Chinese build-up China's has extended its military reach and could prose a threat across Asia, the Pentagon warns in a report.
24.May.2006 Amnesty attacks UK over torture The UK has damaged human rights by trying to undermine the ban on torture, says Amnesty International.
24.May.2006 Dental complaints system launched Complaints about private dental care are to be dealt with by a new independent body.
24.May.2006 Fishing 'major threat' to turtles Ocean longline fishing is a greater threat to turtles than previously believed, according to a study.
24.May.2006 Web inventor warns of 'dark' net The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, has warned of the dangers of introducing a two-tier internet.
24.May.2006 Drugs 'blight most parts of UK' Three quarters of people in the UK say drugs are a problem in their area, according to a BBC survey.
24.May.2006 Woman in court over recycling A 30-year-old mother of three appears before magistrates in Devon accused of not recycling household waste properly.
24.May.2006 Taleban chief still at large A Taleban member caught in Afghanistan last week is not Mullah Dadullah, a US military spokesman says.
24.May.2006 New DNA holding powers for police Police are to keep DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes, even if they are not convicted.
24.May.2006 High earners in debt firing line The number of high earners struggling to meet debts is on the rise, the Consumer Credit Counselling Service says.
24.May.2006 Goldsmith examines Gaza deaths The UK attorney general is considering bringing charges against two Israeli soldiers who killed two Britons.
24.May.2006 Russia, US review uranium deal Russia and the US are to review a deal regulating the recovery of uranium from old Soviet nuclear weapons.
24.May.2006 India stock markets halt trading Trading is suspended in India's leading stock exchanges after the markets drop by 10%.
24.May.2006 Stiffer sanctions on knife crime Anyone caught carrying a knife faces arrest and jail until appearing in court, under new guidelines.
24.May.2006 Hard knocks make gullible adults A study from the University of Leicester finds individuals who suffer a troubled childhood and adolescence are easily misled.
24.May.2006 Legal bid over junk food ad ban The TV regulator Ofcom could be taken to court to force it to consider a pre-watershed ban on junk food advertising. 24.May.2006 UK heart drug policy 'not enough' The UK's policy for giving cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent heart disease is inadequate, experts say.
24.May.2006 Concern over 'bigger Mac' burger McDonald's is pressing ahead with plans for a World Cup burger bigger than its Big Mac, despite MPs calling for a ban.
24.May.2006 WHO Probes Bird Flu Spread The World Health Organization warns that human-to-human transmission of the disease could be to blame for the deaths of six Indonesians.
24.May.2006 Whistle-Blower's Evidence, Uncut Former AT&T technician Mark Klein's firsthand account tells how he discovered a secret room routing American internet traffic straight to the NSA -- along with all the documents he says prove his case.
24.May.2006 Why We Published the AT&T Docs The public's right to see the documents provided by whistle-blower Mark Klein trumps the telecommunications giant's secrecy claims. By Evan Hansen, Wired News' editor in chief
24.May.2006 Breaking News, From the Source The pervasive nature of the internet makes it damned difficult to claim a scoop these days. The Associated Press teams up with a search engine to try and direct surfers to sites run by the newspaper responsible for breaking the original story.
24.May.2006 Exotic Food Packaging Fights Rot When it comes to perishables, it's all about shelf life. Forbes.com highlights the latest innovations to keep your fruit -- and other foods -- safe and fresh. From Forbes.com.
24.May.2006 By 2020, kiss the snows of Kilimanjaro goodbye Carbon dioxide is getting into the atmosphere and making the Earth warmer. Florida is in a lot of trouble.
24.May.2006 Will the forests return to China? Blog: China is, environmentally speaking, a mess. Only 19 percent of the people living there have access to tap water, said C.S. Kiang,...
24.May.2006 The snooping goes beyond phone calls Also on News.com Extra: Why tech is hurting.
24.May.2006 Clocking speed on the nanoscale Blog: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found a way to track the reaction time of atoms to electrical fields at...
24.May.2006 Ethanol car wins fuel-efficiency challenge Car runs 6,786 miles per gallon, beating out hydrogen-powered vehicles at the Shell Eco-marathon in Europe. Racing at 6,786 miles per gallon
24.May.2006 University server in hackers' hands for a year Intruders go undetected on three servers containing student data at Ohio University.
24.May.2006 Robo-Gecko Climbs Glass 55galactic_grub writes
"Researchers at Stanford have developed a robot that mimics the extraordinary climbing skills of the Gecko. These creatures can climb sheer surfaces thanks to the intermolecular forces exerted by millions of tiny hairs their feet, called setae. The robot, Stickybot, has polymer pads on its feed with synthetic setae. Check out the video of it climbing up a sheet of glass."
24.May.2006 DRM Protest in Hazmat Suits 211johnsu01 writes
"The Free Software Foundation launched a new anti-DRM initiative today with a flash protest at Bill Gates's keynote speech to Microsoft developers in Seattle. They're calling the new campaign 'Defective by Design' and have named Big Media, device manufacturers and proprietary software companies as targets. CivicActions is participating as a coalition partner in the campaign. Protesters donned HazMat suits, apparently to emphasize the hazard Digital Restrictions Management poses to their rights." There are also a few pictures available over at Defectivebydesign.org.
24.May.2006 Free Nationwide Wireless Internet Access? 293LiquidEdge writes
"ISP-Planet is reporting that startup M2Z wants to offer 95% of America free wireless Internet access using the 20Mhz frequency allocation. They're backed by Kleiner Perkins, one of the most successful VC firms in history + being started by the guy who built the @Home network and a former FCC Wireless Bureau Chief. 384/128 speeds will be free and they'll sell the higher speeds and the government will get a kickback of the revenue."
24.May.2006 New Sensor Technology Looks at Molecular 'Fingerprint' 99
New sensor technology developed by engineers at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory can now detect chemical, biological, nuclear + explosive materials much more quickly and efficiently. From the article: "The millimeter/terahertz technology detects the energy levels of a molecule as it rotates. The frequency distribution of this energy provides a unique and reproducible spectral pattern - its 'fingerprint' - that identifies the material. The technology can also be used in its imaging modality - ranging from concealed weapons to medical applications such as tumor detection."
24.May.2006 Scientists Search Deep Sea Reefs for Wonder Drugs 120+
ScienceDaily is reporting that a team of scientists will be venturing some 2000-3000 feet below the ocean surface in order to explore deep-sea reefs discovered last December. From the article: "A primary goal of the upcoming expedition, which is funded largely by the State of Florida's 'Florida Oceans Initiative,' will be to search for marine organisms that produce chemical compounds with the potential to treat human diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's."
24.May.2006 Zimmermann, Encrypted VoIP + Uncle Sam CmdrTaco 112+
An anonymous reader noted that Phillip Zimmermann and his VoIP encryption software are the subject of a NY Times article today. The article touches on the FCC, privacy + related issues. Given all the suspicious behavior of the Bush Administration relating to wiretaps and phone records, this sort of thing is all the more important to be very aware of.
24.May.2006 Bloggers are the New Plagiarism CmdrTaco 212+mjeppsen writes
"PlagiarismToday offers a thought-provoking article that frankly discusses concerns with plagiarism and rote content theft among bloggers. In the section entitled "Block quotes by the Dozen" the author mentions the so-called "gray area". That is PlagiarismToday's classification of the common blogger practice of re-using large blocks of text/content from the original article or source, even when the source is attributed."
24.May.2006 Biggest Obstacle of Nuclear Fusion Overcome? Hemos 332+ Yetihehe writes
"Nuclear fusion could become a more viable energy solution with the discovery of way to prevent super-hot gases from causing damage within reactors. The potential solution, tested at an experimental reactor in San Diego, US, could make the next generation of fusion reactors more efficient, saving hundreds of millions of euros a year."
24.May.2006 Wired Releases Full Text of AT&T NSA Document Hemos 422+ifitzgerald writes
"This morning, Wired News released the full text of the AT&T NSA wiretap documents that are currently under court seal. From the article: 'AT&T claims information in the file is proprietary and that it would suffer severe harm if it were released. Based on what we've seen, Wired News disagrees. In addition, we believe the public's right to know the full facts in this case outweighs AT&T's claims to secrecy. As a result, we are publishing the complete text of a set of documents from the EFF's primary witness in the case, former AT&T employee and whistle-blower Mark Klein -- information obtained by investigative reporter Ryan Singel through an anonymous source close to the litigation. The documents, available on Wired News as of Monday, consist of 30 pages, with an affidavit attributed to Klein, eight pages of AT&T documents marked "proprietary," and several pages of news clippings and other public information related to government-surveillance issues.'"
24.May.2006 Gonzales Says Publishing Leaks Is A Crime Hemos 709+loqi writes
"The NY Times is reporting on a statement from US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales declaring that journalists may be prosecuted by the federal government for publishing classified information. On the 1st amendment ramifications: "'But it can't be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity,' he said. 'And so those two principles have to be accommodated.'" So our 1st amendment rights don't trump the right of the federal government to violate them?"
According to a new Zogby poll, less than half of Americans are convinced that that the events of September 11 have been thoroughly investigated, RAW STORY has learned. Advertisement
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In the telephone survey of 1200 individuals, just 47% agreed that "the 9/11 attacks were thoroughly investigated and that any speculation about US government involvement is nonsense." Almost as many, 45%, indicated they were more likely to agree "that so many unanswered questions about 9/11 remain that Congress or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success."
The poll is the first survey that has attempted to gauge the level of Americans' doubts about 9/11 and was carried out for the "9/11: Revealing the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future" conference to be held in Chicago in June.
24.May.2006 Soldiers bond with iRobot machine; CEO dreams big U.S. soldiers in Iraq are giving nicknames and forming emotional bonds with bomb-defusing robots they have come to regard as teammates, according to the founder of the company that invented the machines.
24.May.2006 Less than half of Americans satisfied with 9/11 investigations According to a new Zogby poll, less than half of Americans are convinced that that the events of September 11 have been thoroughly investigated, RAW STORY has learned.
24.May.2006 The Snooping Goes Beyond Phone Calls How the government sidesteps the Privacy Act by purchasing commercial data.
24.May.2006 Nahostkonflikt: Bush lobt Nahostplan Israels
Up to January 4 th 1970, when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr recorded their last album "Let It Be", "The Beatles" had produced 22 single records and 14 long playing records. 13 These figures delineate quite obviously the inconceivable success of the Fab Four during the Sixties. Nowadays the Beatles stand for a decade, in which music was an outlet for young people that was to reduce negative emotions and aggressions.
24.May.2006 Linksruck - 10 Gründe gegen Bush Chevron/Texaco hält beispielsweise 55 % an der Ölgesellschaft, die das Tengis -Ölfeld in Kasachstan am Kaspischen Meer ausbeutet. ... www.sozialismus-von-unten.de/lr/artikel_493.html
23.May.2006 Political Elite Sex rings The Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese agreed to pay him $32,000 in exchange for a vow of silence. www.fathers.ca/political_elite_sex_rings.htm
23.May.2006 Montenegro Splits From Serbia, Redrawing Europe's Map: Citizens of Montenegro voted Sunday to cut ties with neighboring Serbia, crumbling the last vestige of communist-era Yugoslavia, according to early results released today.
23.May 2006 Democracy Now Interviews Arundhati Roy : On India, Iraq, U.S. Empire and Dissent
23.May 2006 2 in CIA to testify Libby lied on leak : Two top CIA officials will bolster prosecutors' charge that Vice President Cheney's chief aide lied to them, court papers show.
23.May 2006 U.S. mortgage firm to settle earnings-fraud case : Fannie Mae, the giant buyer of U.S. mortgages, was expected to pay more than $400 million Tuesday as part of a settlement to resolve charges that executives manipulated earnings in the 1990s so they could receive bigger bonuses, according to two people briefed on the situation.
23.May 2006 Capital Exchange Controls For The U.S.?: If the U.S.$ declined substantially, it could lead to Capital Controls to protect against foreign governments' withdrawal of their investments in the U.S.A. - The U.S. would be particularly likely to impose Capital Controls because of the huge volumes of externally owned U.S. currency.
23.May 2006 Money plus secrecy equals trouble: Lawmakers and executives are making out like bandits while taxpayers and company shareholders are getting ripped off.
23.May.2006 Shell fined $18 Million for Niger Delta damage: Shell refused to pay and has since been targeted by Ijaw militants who have attacked the company’s workers and facilities. The fine was upheld this week by the Nigerian Federal High Court.
23.May.2006 Gordon Prather: Another 'Coalition of the Willing'?: According to Bush – the problem is that the NPT "has a loophole which has been exploited by nations such as North Korea and Iran. These regimes are allowed to produce nuclear material that can be used to build bombs under the cover of civilian nuclear programs." Wrong!
23.May 2006 Will Elena Benador Start World War III? : Joseph Cannon  rightly calls our attention to Elena Benador, the woman who played a crucial role in brainwashing millions of Americans into supporting the invasion of Iraq - and is trying to do the same in Iran.
23.May.2006 Israel's UN ambassador praises U.S. envoy Bolton : Gillerman, addressing a New York meeting of B'nei Brith International, a Jewish humanitarian organization, heaped praise on U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, jokingly describing him at one point as "a secret member of Israel's own team at the United Nations."
23.May 2006 Israel turns blind eye to attacks on Palestinians: Amnesty: - Israeli security forces and settlers are being allowed to perpetrate abuses against Palestinians with no real fear of being brought to justice, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday.
23.May.2006 Afghan president to summon top US commander over civilian deaths: Kandahar’s provincial governor has said at least 16 civilians were killed in the operation that started late Sunday in Panjwayi district but villagers say the number of civilian dead is far higher.
23.May 2006 Stratfor Afghan Report: The Other Theater of Operations: Unable to subdue insurgents in Afghanistan; the United States -- with perhaps a tenth of the number of forces that the Soviets had there -- doesn't have a chance.
23.May 2006 Hamas PM Haniyeh: Withdrawal to 1967 borders will bring peace : Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told Haaretz Monday that the Hamas government is prepared to agree to an extended cease-fire if Israel withdraws to the 1967 lines.
23.May.2006 Boeing unveils new light-weight bomb fit for urban combat : Boeing Co. on Monday unveiled a line of small, lightweight bombs that the U.S. Air Force will use in urban combat situations like the war in Iraq.
23.May 2006 Iraq doctor brings evidence of US napalm at Fallujah : EVIDENCE to support controversial claims that napalm has been used by US forces in Iraq has been brought to Australia by an Iraqi doctor.
23.May 2006 War Provoking Terror, Amnesty Says : The war on terror is provoking more terror, Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan told IPS in an interview Tuesday at the launch of the human rights group's 2005 annual report.
23.May.2006 Easily Dispensable: Iraq's Children By Dahr Jamail
If, as I would like to believe, the above quote suggests all children and not merely those born in Western democracies, I am no longer certain that we live in a civilized society. Continue
23.May 2006 Bush has his hand in the Monkey Trap By Abid Ullah Jan
"If the U.S. administration, the pundits in the “mainstream” media, their allies in the non-Muslim world and the puppets in the Muslim world believe that they will remain the same despite their crimes against humanity, they are totally out of their mind like a monkey in the Indian trap. Silencing one Macbeth or one liar posing as Macbeth can hardly hide the reality of the U.S. crimes against humanity that are still underway. " Continue
23.May 2006 Former U.S Navy Senior Council Says Bush Administration Open To War Crime Charges BBC Newsnight Albert Moro, in his first broadcast interview. Click here to view Real Video
23.May 2006 Amnesty attacks US 'disappearances' By Peter Walker -Washington had failed to bring to account those potentially guilty of war crimes or crimes against humanity, it added. Continue
23.May 2006 Time for Abbas to Retire - By Mike Whitney -
Abbas is exactly the president that Israel wants, a feeble, ineffective bureaucrat who gets his marching-orders from Tel Aviv and poses no threat to Israel’s territorial ambitions. Continue
23.May 2006 OECD warns rebalancing of US deficit may drive dollar down sharply -By AFX
The OECD has warned that the eventual rebalancing of the US current account gap 'looks increasingly unavoidable' and will send shock waves across the globe, starting with a slump in the dollar's exchange rate. The OECD said in its world economic outlook that the depreciation faced by the dollar could be 'of the order of one-third to one-half.' Continue
23.May 2006 Slaves to the "Free Market" Unite -By Jason Miller
When laws in the United States began making it prohibitive for the Social Darwinists to exploit employees and the environment to the extent that it engorged their bank accounts, they began moving their operations to countries which did not have these “harsh constraints”. Continue
23.May.2006 "Jellocrats" (Except for 3) Cave Again And Join the Republican Busheviks to Endorse Man Who Committed Illegal Acts, Hayden, as CIA Director. 12-3 Vote by Senate UnIntelligence Committee
"Winter Soldier": This documentary, famous among dissenters of the Vietnam War, was long out of circulation. It is being made available again to the American public for the first time in nearly 25 years through release in DVD format, with many additional features. This is a powerful, necessary and often painful film to watch.
Dennis Hastert Gave the Dems the House, If They Want It -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
23.May 2006 Peter Phillips: Inflated Terrorism - Propaganda Lies - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
Things are Getting Incrementally Worse in Iraq, George. Try Telling the Truth. "Insurgents Keep U.S. at Bay in Ramadi."
Dianne Feinstein Actually Offers a Good Amendment, On Immigration, And It is Defeated in the Senate 5/24
23.May 2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Congressional Leaders Challenge FBI Raid on U.S. House Office -- And This is From Hastert: "I expect to seek a means to restore the delicate balance of power among the branches of government that the founders intended.'' Dennis, Welcome to the Bushevik KGB America.
23.May 2006 The Federal Communications Commission does not plan to investigate purported links between an American spy agency and several of the country's largest phone companies. 5/34
Gore on the Florida election controversy: There may come a time when I speak on that," Gore says, "but it's not now; I need more time to frame it carefully if I do." Gore sighs. "In our system, there's no intermediate step between a definitive Supreme Court decision and violent revolution." Does He Think the Election Was Stolen (Which It Was)? Read on. 5/23
23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ The reference is to Amir Taheri, the guy behind the recent propaganda yarn that Iran had passed a law to make Jews wear identifying insignia. From Greg Sargent at The Horse's Mouth: Meanwhile, Amir Taheri, the fellow who penned one of the original stories, has posted a press release on the site of his rep Benador Associates that is anything but a mea culpa. Taheri seems to be standing by the story, though he concedes that his "column was used as the basis for a number of reports that somehow jumped the gun." He doesn't address the small problem that the law appears to have made no mention of religious minorities, only saying that his "sources" are telling him that the ideas of special markers for followers of Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism are "being discussed," though we're not told by whom.
23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ When you want war -- call BENADOR The whiff of war pervades the air, and we all know what the first casualty is. emptywheel at the Next Hurrah notes that
...Judy is back on the Neocon payroll (or at least some faction thereof) + that John Bolton is pursuing regime change. And that, by association, Judy got her toes wet on the Iran warmongering at the same time as her former speakers bureau, Benador Associates, started placing outrageously fraudulent stories to justify a war.
23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Here is the web page for Benador. And here is a very revealing quote about Benador from the Asia Times of August 15, 2003 :
When historians look back on the United States war in Iraq, they will almost certainly be struck by how a small group of mainly neo-conservative analysts and activists outside the administration were able to shape the US media debate in ways that made the drive to war so much easier than it might have been… But historians would be negligent if they ignored the day-to-day work of one person who, as much as anyone outside the administration, made their media ubiquity possible. Meet Eleana Benador, the Peruvian-born publicist for Perle, Woolsey, Michael Ledeen, Frank Gaffney and a dozen other prominent neo-conservatives whose hawkish opinions proved very hard to avoid for anyone who watched news talk shows or read the op-ed pages of major newspapers over the past 20 months.
23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ More: New York-based Benador Associates is less than two years old, but has a star-studded client roster of 38 people, most of them Middle East specialists. Benador estimates that she arranges for her clients each week between 15 and 30 interviews on US and foreign television. In the same period, she places an average of about five op-eds by them in the most influential newspapers, such as the Times, the Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. She acquired that kind of clout in two years ? Such things do not happen by accident. Hard work alone won't do the trick. This woman is connected . I would bet that someone else -- some larger organization -- set up Benador.
Her husband, you may be intrigued to learn, is a Swiss art dealer. I don't yet know his name, but I feel fairly sure that he owned the Galerie Benador in Geneva. He may be Emmanuel Benador, the Picasso expert.
23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Incidentally, another Benador-linked neocon is the well-known propagandist Laurie Mylroie, who co-wrote a book on Saddam Hussein with Judith Miller. Dr. Barry Rubin, the proprietor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (often considered a MOSSAD front) is also in the Benador orbit.
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23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Why did we invade Iraq? Did we invade to steal oil? Were we a cudgel wielded by the Israelis? Were both factors involved?
If you're inclined to dismiss oil as the chief motive for the crime, read this.
23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Of primary importance I hope you can take the time to go to Down With Tyranny + read a remarkably good analysis of some primary races which deserve your attention + support.
23.May.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/ The widow of a Wiccan soldier killed in Afghanistan has gone to war with the Veteran's Administration.
After Patrick was killed in a helicopter attack last September, his wife asked for the encircled five-pointed star to be put on his plaque on the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Wall in Fernley.
But since the pentacle is not currently approved by the department, his space on the wall has remained blank. Why the wait? I doubt that this is a matter of mere bureaucratic lethargy.
It's a prejudice against a non-monotheistic faith:
"Die Wahrheit ist, dass er [Moussaoui] keinerlei Verbindung zu den Ereignissen des 11. Septembers hatte. Ich bin mir dessen sehr sicher, weil ich selbst verantwortlich dafür war, die 19 Brüdermit den Anschlägen zu beauftragen", sagte eine Stimme, die wie die von Bin Laden klang. Über die Echtheit des Tondokuments war zunächst nichts bekannt. Es wurde auf einer Website veröffentlicht, die häufiger von al-Qaida benutzt wird.
23.May.2006 Flüchtlingsansturm: EU sagt Spanien Abwehrhilfe zu
23.May.2006 Auszeichnung: Heine- Preis für Handke
23.May.2006 Italien: Prodi nimmt die letzte Hürde
23.May.2006 Proteste in Bangladesch: Textilarbeiter zünden Fabriken an
23.May.2006 Personalentscheidung: Bundesbank- Vize wechselt zur Europäischen Zentralbank
23.May.2006 PEN- Kongress: "Schreiben in friedloser Welt"
23.May.2006 Spitzel- Affäre: Gericht schränkt Veröffentlichung des BND- Berichts ein
23.May.2006 Flugzeugabsturz: Griechischer Kampfjet bei Abfangversuch mit türkischem Militärflugzeug kollidiert
23.May.2006 Studentenprotest: 100 Rückansichten für Condi
23.May.2006 CDU- Politiker Brok zu Guantanamo: "Fast eine mentale Folter"
23.May.2006 Verbraucherschutz: Energiekonzerne sollen bei Mängeln an Kunden zahlen
Die Karlsruher Richter hatten entschieden, dass die bundesweite Rasterfahndung nach "Schläfern" in der Zeit nach dem 11. September 2001 verfassungswidrig war. Als Begründung hieß es, es habe keine konkrete Gefahr für die innere Sicherheit oder Leib und Leben von Menschen gegeben. Das damalige Gesetz hatte dies als Voraussetzung für die Rasterfahndung vorgesehen, die zuständigen Gerichte hatten diese Voraussetzung jedoch sehr weit ausgelegt und "bereits eine entfernte Möglichkeit eines Schadenseintritts" genügen lassen.
23.May.2006 Bärenjagd: Auch Österreich erlaubt den Abschuss
AN>Analyse: Karlsruhe dezimiert das Arsenal der Terror- Fahnder
AN>Reaktionen: "Besorgnis erregende Entscheidung"
23.May.2006 Feinstaub: Gericht verdonnert Bayern zu Aktionsplan
(Auto, 16:22)Kommunale Schulden: Bundesagentur droht mit Stopp von Mietkosten- Zahlungen
23.May.2006 Rumänien: Vogelgrippe- Quarantäne in Bukarest
Doch um die Raucher herum gedeiht das Leben, weil sie nicht nur Wärme spenden, sondern auch Nährstoffe aus dem Gestein herauslösen. Bisher galten 402 Grad als Hitzerekord für Schwarze Raucher, waren jedoch bloß im Pazifik gemessen worden, wie die International University Bremen (IUB) mitteilte. "Die Erhöhung des Temperaturweltrekords um nur fünf Grad Celsius mag auf den ersten Blick unerheblich scheinen; sie hat jedoch erhebliche Konsequenzen", sagt die Bremer Geowissenschaftlerin Andrea Koschinsky.
An der Fundstelle, dem mittelatlantischen Rücken, wo die afrikanische und die südamerikanische Kontinentalplatte jährlich vier Zentimeter auseinander driften, tritt heißes Wasser normalerweise bis zu 350 Grad warm aus. 407 Grad seien aber jenseits einer besonderen Grenze, erklärte Koschinsky.
Bei den in der Tiefe herrschenden Druckverhältnissen tritt Wasser mit dieser Temperatur nicht mehr als Flüssigkeit aus, sondern in einem Zwischenzustand aus flüssig und gasförmig. Dieser überkritische Dampf löst aus dem umliegenden Gestein Bestandteile ganz anders heraus, als heißes Wasser es tut. "Das Ergebnis sind superheiße Lösungen mit außergewöhnlichen Zusammensetzungen", sagte Koschinsky. Das könne Auswirkungen auf die Lebensbedingungen um besonders heiße Schwarze Raucher haben.
Brutal lives of Stone Age Britons By Paul Rincon BBC News science reporter
A survey of British skulls from the early part of the New Stone Age, or Neolithic, shows societies then were more violent than was supposed.
Early Neolithic Britons had a one in 20 chance of suffering a skull fracture at the hands of someone else and a one in 50 chance of dying from their injuries.
Details were presented at a meeting of the Society for American Archaeology and reported in New Scientist magazine.
23.May.2006 https://www.journalofvision.org/5/7/5/article.aspx Volume 5, Number 7, Article 5, Pages 650-658 doi:10.1167/5.7.5 https://journalofvision.org/5/7/5/ISSN 1534-7362
Visual working memory for briefly presented scenes
23.May.2006 Ausgaben für Anzeigen: Werbung knackt die 30- Milliarden- Grenze
23.May.2006 Heiße Unterwasser- Quelle: Hitzerekord tief im Atlantik
23.May.2006 Tournee- Start: Madonna am Kreuz empört Katholiken
23.May.2006 Abgabe auf Zinserträge: Union plant Abgeltungsteuer
23.May.2006 Menschenrechtsbericht: Amnesty fordert mehr Druck auf China und USA
23.May.2006 Flugzeugabsturz: Türkischer und griechischer Kampfjet prallen zusammen
23.May.2006 Amnesty- Jahresbericht: Menschenrechtler kritisieren Kampf gegen den Terror
23.May.2006 Alliierte Pläne: Amerikaner und Briten wollen Abzug aus Irak beschleunigen
Nach bisherigem Kenntnisstand ging die Ära der Riesenechsen mit einem Meteoriten-Einschlag auf der Halbinsel Yucatan vor 64 Millionen Jahren zu Ende. Allerdings ziehen neueste Forschungsergebnisse dies in Zweifel: Geologischen Datierungen zufolge schlug der Meteorit etwa 300.000 Jahre zu früh ein, um als Dinosaurier-Killer in Frage zu kommen.
Auch Torns Team hat einen klaren Zusammenhang zwischen der globalen Temperatur und der Konzentration von Treibhausgasen in der Atmosphäre gefunden. Die Warmperioden seien durch verstärkte Sonneneinstrahlung ausgelöst worden, doch die tatsächlichen Temperaturen seien mit der Sonnenaktivität allein nicht erklärbar, argumentieren die Wissenschaftler. Sie machen die gestiegene Konzentration von CO2 und Methan für das Mehr an Wärme verantwortlich.
Deshalb glauben auch Torn und ihre Kollegen, dass man die bisherigen Klimaprognosen deutlich nach oben korrigieren muss. Die bisherigen Modelle gingen von einem Anstieg von 1,5 bis 4,5 Grad Celsius aus, sollte sich die CO2-Konzentration in der Atmosphäre verdoppeln. Doch die von der Rückkopplung ausgelöste verstärkte Kohlendioxid-Freisetzung könnte diesen Wert auf 1,6 bis 6 Grad steigern - wobei der höhere Wert der Wahrscheinlichere sei.
Am Ende des 21. Jahrhunderts könne sich so eine Steigerung der globalen Durchschnittstemperaturen um 7,7 Grad gegenüber dem heutigen Wert ergeben. In einem solchen Fall drohen dramatische Folgen: Neben verheerenden Wetterkapriolen könnten schon bald Küstenstädte versinken, während es in Deutschland womöglich mediterrane Klimaverhältnisse geben wird.
In einer weiteren Studie, ebenfalls in der aktuellen Ausgabe der "Geophysical Research Letters" erschienen, liefern Wissenschaftler jedoch anhand eines anderen Rechenmodells konkrete Zahlen für den Temperaturanstieg. Auch sie kommen zu dem Ergebnis: Die bisherigen Schätzungen sind zu niedrig.
Andere Forscher, ähnliche Ergebnisse
Die Forscher um Margaret Torn vom Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in den USA haben Bohrkerne aus der Vostok-Eisplatte in der Antarktis zutage gefördert, die rund 360.000 Jahre in die Vergangenheit zurückreichen. Die Analyse zeige, dass die Temperatur auf der Erde bis zum Ende dieses Jahrhunderts um 6 Grad Celsius, schlimmstenfalls sogar bis um 7,7 Grad ansteigen dürfte.
Im Fachblatt "Geophysical Research Letters" schreiben die Forscher, dass frühere Temperatur-Prognosen ohne Berücksichtigung der Rückkopplung um 15 bis 78 % nach oben korrigiert werden müssten. "Der Wert von 78 % liegt am extremen oberen Ende und ist eher unwahrscheinlich", räumt Brovkin ein. Die Wahrheit liege wahrscheinlich in der Mitte, doch sei das bereits ein beachtlicher Anstieg. Brovkins Kollege Scheffer geht davon aus, dass sich die Erwärmung um 50 % steigern wird.
Im Einzelnen seien es zwei Faktoren, die für die Rückkopplung verantwortlich sind. "Wenn es wärmer wird, nehmen die Meere weniger Kohlendioxid auf", erklärt Brovkin.
Ein zweiter Effekt sei an Land zu beobachten: "Bei steigenden Temperaturen wird mehr organisches Material zersetzt, was den Ausstoß von CO2 steigen lässt."
Methan-Ausstoß gar nicht berücksichtigt
"Wir haben einen mächtigen Mechanismus entdeckt"
Jetzt haben Wissenschaftler neue Daten vorgelegt - und die besagen nichts Gutes.
"Frühere Untersuchungen haben die Rückkopplung nicht ignoriert, aber zu niedrig angesetzt", sagt Victor Brovkin vom Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung.
Das liege zum Teil daran, dass die Rückkopplung bisher nur im Computer simuliert worden sei.
Brovkin hat nun gemeinsam mit seinen Kollegen Marten Scheffer von der niederländischen Universität Wageningen + Peter Cox vom Centre for Ecology and Hydrology im englischen Dorset geologische Daten in Eisbohrkernen und Baumringen analysiert, die aus der Zeit der sogenannten Kleinen Eiszeit von 00.000.1550-00.000.1850 stammen.
Forscher kommen in neuen Studien zu alarmierenden Ergebnissen: Die Rückkopplungseffekte, mit denen sich die Erwärmung automatisch verstärkt, seien bisher unterschätzt worden.
Der Anstieg der globalen Temperaturen müsse um 15 bis 78 % nach oben korrigiert werden.
Die Wechselwirkung zwischen menschlichem Treibhausgas-Ausstoß und natürlichen Prozessen bereitet Klimaforschern seit Jahren Kopfzerbrechen.
Die Prognosen reichen von sanften Effekten bis hin zu Horrorszenarien, in denen die Erwärmung selbst zu immer größeren natürlichen Klimagas-Emissionen und damit in einen galoppierenden Treibhauseffekt führt.
23.May.2006 Alliierte Pläne: Amerikaner und Briten wollen Abzug aus Irak beschleunigen
23.May.2006 Grundsatzurteil: Rasterfahndung bekommt enge Grenzen
23.May.2006 Massenrazzia: Fahnder nehmen 3500 deutsche eDonkey- Nutzer ins Visier
23.May.2006 Arme Länder: Mehr Todesfälle durch Kaiserschnitte
23.May.2006 Internet- Gebühren in Afrika: Ein Gigabyte für 1800 Dollar
23.May.2006 Neue Studien: Erde erhitzt sich schneller als befürchtet
23.May.2006 Konjunktur: Wirtschaft wächst deutlich
23.May.2006 Raubsaurier: Dino- Kralle entzückt Forscher
23.May.2006 Grundsatzurteil: Verfassungsrichter schränken Rasterfahndung ein
23.May.2006 Bär in Oberbayern: Politiker und Tierschützer empören sich über Abschuss- Beschluss
23.May.2006 US- Politik: Bush verspricht Wende im Irak
23.May.2006 The incredible shrinking Palestine : Israel is whittling away at Palestinians' land again, but it needs the U.S. to sharpen the knife.
23.May 2006 Failed State? Yes, but for other reasons.: Musharraf regime is feeling jittery since the American journal Foreign Policy has put Pakistan in the top ten failing states.
23.May 2006 US covert operations underway in Somalia; resource conflict escalates over Horn of Africa
23.May 2006 Russian bourse to start trading oil, oil products, gold on June 8 : exporting nation, should establish its own oil exchange to trade crude and petroleum products for rubles.
23.May 2006 Target Russia?: Beating up on Russia's shrinking democracy has become a geopolitical blood sport from Vice President Dick Cheney down to unreconstructed cold warriors who gleefully say, "I told you so." They see no contradiction in berating Vladimir Putin's governing style and imprecatory Bush administration diplomatic efforts to enlist the Russian president's support to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
23.May 2006 James Petras: Latin America, the European Union and the US: The New Polarities: With “friends of the Bolivian people” like these, who needs imperialists to exploit the poorest country in Latin America?
23.May 2006 Jan Allen: Straussism: The Philosophy Directing The Age Of Tyranny: The purpose of this document is to present the principles of Straussism as a rosetta stone to give one the knowledge to decipher and translate the rhetoric and behavior of the George Bush neocon administration into some degree of coherent meaning.
23.May 2006 Decline and fall in the US: Iraq, healthcare, a possible Bush impeachment. The Republicans are in trouble on all fronts
23.May 2006 Zogby Poll: Over 70 Million American Adults Support New 9/11 Investigation : Less than half of the American public trusts the official 9/11 story or believes the attacks were adequately investigated.
23.May 2006 Whistle-Blower's Evidence, Uncut: AT&T's Implementation of NSA Spying on American Citizens
23.May 2006 Homeland Security Seeks Deportation Aid: It will take nearly 35,000 more jail beds to end a much-criticized "catch and release" program for dangerous illegal immigrants in the United States, but the Bush administration has not budgeted enough to do that, the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog said Friday.
23.May 2006 Seymour M. Hersh: National Security Department: Listening In : The N.S.A.’s carefully constructed rules were set aside.
23.May 2006 Police State? Supreme Court Backs Police in Emergencies : The Supreme Court reaffirmed Monday that police can enter homes in emergencies without knocking or announcing their presence. 23.May.2006
U.S. report: 2.2 million now in prisons, jails: Racial disparity persists
23.May 2006 Chris Floyd: Gates of Eden: A Nation in Chains : The International Centre for Prison Studies at King's College London released its annual World Prison Population List. And there, standing proudly at the head of the line, towering far above all others, is that shining city on the hill, the United States of America 23.May.2006
In case you missed it: : Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons: Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
23.May 2006 BBC VIDEO: History of Guantanamo Bay : US officials have described riots at Guantanamo Bay as the most intense outbreak of violence since if opened in 2002. But Guantanamo has been in existence for more than a decade. Peter Marshall reports on its last forgotten prisoners
23.May 2006 BBC Report: Fingerprints in the dock: Can fingerprints at a crime scene still be considered infallible evidence? Panorama investigates.
23.May 2006 05/21/06 Paranoia, depression, or a world of hope : By Stephen Soldz
The country that proportionally consumes more of the world’s resources than any other is concerned that others want to steal from us, to take away the resources we stole fair and square. And every once in a while our defenses weaken and we glimpse the environmental destruction that awaits us if we do not change the path we are on. Continue
23.May.2006 War pimp alert: Iran may already have nuclear bomb: Expert: Iran may already possess a nuclear bomb but is "smart" enough to pretend to be on the way to achieving nuclear capability so that it could induce concessions from the international community, an Israeli nuclear expert has claimed.
23.May 2006 War pimp alert: Olmert: Iran near nuke ability: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Iran is only months away from its first nuclear weapon.
23.May 2006 War pimp alert: US wants new base in Europe to counter possible missiles from Iran: THE Bush Administration is moving to establish a new anti-missile site in Europe that would be designed to stop attacks by Iran against the United States and its European allies.
23.May 2006 War pimp alert: Hezbollah may be planning U.S. attack: Quoting law-enforcement and intelligence officials, the newspaper said about a dozen hard-core supporters of Hezbollah have been identified in recent weeks as operating in the New York area. The Iranian Mission to the United Nations also is being watched.
23.May 2006 Hizbollah sees no need to aid Iran if U.S. strikes: Lebanon's Hizbollah, a close ally of Iran, would not jump to Tehran's defence if the U.S. launched a strike against its nuclear programme but would step in if the conflict spread to Lebanon, its deputy chief said on Monday.
23.May 2006 War pimp alert: No security guarantee for Iran, Rice says : The U.S. has not offered a guarantee against attacking or undermining Iran's hard-line government in exchange for having Tehran curtail its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
23.May 2006 Britain confirms meeting of world powers on Iran: enior officials from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany will meet in London on Wednesday to discuss the next steps on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, a British official confirmed on Monday.
23.May 2006 Israeli firm suspected of trying to smuggle drones to China: The police and the Defense Ministry are conducting an investigation into suspicions that an Israeli company sought to smuggle defense-related reconnaissance drones to China.
23.May.2006 Paul Craig Roberts: The Administration That Won’t Stop Lying: The Bush Regime has killed tens of thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan, mainly women and children.
23.May 2006 US sets up £215m deal for Afghan arms - from Russia : American defence officials have secretly requested a "prodigious quantity" of ammunition from Russia to supply the Afghan army in case a Democrat president takes over in Washington and pulls out US troops.
23.May.2006 The beasts who would destroy us By Sheila Samples
We are a confused nation, beset on all sides by fear and paranoia. After the orchestrated 9-11 attack on New York City and Washington D.C. + its follow-up anthrax attack on Democratic legislators, Americans of all stripes rushed en masse to George Bush's Fools' Gate to trade their morality and compassion for empty promises of security. Continue
23.May 2006 Vladimir Putin and the rise of the petro-ruble By Mike Whitney
Russia is planning a preemptive strike on the United States that is likely to trigger a market meltdown and economic disaster in America . Continue
23.May 2006 Update On Rove Indictment? By Marc Ash
"What We Believe" - Rove may be turning state's evidence. We suspect that the scope of Fitzgerald's investigation may have broadened - clearly to Cheney Continue
23.May 2006 Fruit of the Poison Tree By Charles Sullivan
Every aspect of American politics is enacted within the shell of Plutocratic corporate rule. Therefore, the Plutocratic tree will continue to bear the fruit of Plutocracy, regardless of which party is in power. During the past fifty years of the American experiment the difference between Democrat and Republican has become increasingly subtle. In essence there is only one party—that of wealth and privilege. Continue
23.May 2006 U.S. Bombs Kill 80 Suspected Taliban, At Least 16 Civilians : Bloodied men, women + children who streamed into a nearby hospital using vehicles that withstood the bombing said dozens of civilians died + scores more were wounded.
23.May 2006 Video Report: Warplanes attack Taliban kill 16 civilians
22.May.2006 Terrorismus: Führender Qaida- Mann gefasst
22.May.2006 Irak- Krieg: Bitterer Empfang für Rice an US- Uni
22.May.2006 Hurrikan- Saison: US- Küste droht neue Wirbelsturmserie