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00.000.1976 disappearance of a left-wing activist-

12.Jan.2007 Warrant for ex-Argentine leader An Argentine judge orders the arrest of ex-President Isabel Peron over the-
Syphilis rates 'soaring in China' China is experiencing an alarming rise in the number of cases of syphilis, a medical study warns.
12.Jan.2007 Mass Resignation at Carter Center - BG -
Quite a blow to America's worst former president today, as 14 members of the advisory board of the Carter Center resign en masse:

Carter Center Board Members Resign Over Palestine Book. (Hat tip: Rednek.)

ATLANTA — Fourteen members of an advisory board at the Carter Center resigned today, concluding they could "no longer in good conscience continue to serve" following publication of former President Jimmy Carter's controversial book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

"It seems that you have turned to a world of advocacy, including even malicious advocacy," the board members wrote in a letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

"We can no longer endorse your strident + uncompromising position. This is not the Carter C... Source:
12.Jan.2007 Protesters bring Guantánamo to Grosvenor Square | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited - BG -
Protesters bring Guantánamo to Grosvenor Square,,1988228,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1

12.Jan.2007 US Forces Storm Iranian Consulate in Irbil - BG -
The US... US Forces Storm Iranian Consulate in Irbil The US military stormed the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraq Kurdistan city of Irbil on Thursday.

Irbil is the fied of Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, which he leads, is semi-autonomous and maintains a regional army, the Peshmerga, of 60,000 men.

Kurdistan authorities say that no federal Iraqi army troops may set foot in Kurdistan. Kurdistan is eager to retain its semi-autonomy + hopes ultimately for independence.

It cannot expect the Baghdad government to fund its military. Sunni guerrillas have sabotaged oil exports from Kirkuk.

One scenario you could imagine is that Iran was sending some aid and weaponry to the Peshmerga on condition it be shared with the Badr Corps paramilitary of the Shiite Supreme Council for...

12.Jan.2007 The World Can't Wait! Drive Out The Bush Regime - HOME - BG -
11.Jan.2007 Politics: Deus ex Maliki - BG -politics
Deus ex Maliki
Bush bets big on Iraq's prime minister. -By John Dickerson

Two months ago, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley wondered whether Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was clueless, incompetent, or devious.

Now, Bush is betting the farm on him. His troop surge is based on a plan that he says Maliki authored. He is banking on the leader's promise to end the vicious cycle of sectarian violence.

Bush also promises that Maliki will form a plan to share oil revenues, create new jobs, reform de-Baathification laws + establish a fair process for considering amendments to Iraq's constitution.

The president isn't just asking the American people to buy into a new military strategy for Baghdad;

he's asking the country to embrace Iraqi leadership that, in the same speech, the president portrayed as so fragile it would collapse if U.S. troops pulled back.

Two months ago, Donald Rumsfeld considered the government so infantile he referred to giving it more responsibility as "taking our hand off the bicycle seat."

Bush's plan takes as a matter of faith that Maliki can deal with Muqtada Sadr and his militia--to which the Iraqi prime minister is politically beholden.

It assumes that ragtag Iraqi troops will shortly be trained, equipped + capable. Bush was admirably blunt this time about his past mistakes and the slog ahead.

But the confidence he expressed in the Iraqi government--without caveats, doubts, or warnings--seemed utterly fantastical. To continue reading, click here.
11.Jan.2007 today's papers
"Unacceptable" -m By Daniel Politi
All the papers lead with President Bush's nationally televised address where he announced that troop levels in Iraq will
increase by 21,500.

"The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people + it is unacceptable to me," Bush said. Everyone notes up high that, for the first time, the president acknowledged he did not send enough troops to Iraq.

Bush issued several warnings to members of the Iraqi government saying they must take firm steps to bring peace and unity to their country. "America's commitment is not open-ended," he declared.

The Los Angeles Times says Bush's speech "was short on specifics" while the New York Times emphasizes that the president "gave no indication that the troop increase would be short-lived."

The president did warn that Americans should expect more casualties in the coming months.

The Washington Post declares, "Bush's new plan acknowledges that security must be the priority of the mission ? not political reform, as many in the U.S. military have argued."

Democrats and some Republicans started criticizing the plan before the president's address.

USA Today quotes Republican Sen. Sam Brownback saying he opposes the increase in troops because "Iraq requires a political rather than a military solution."

The Wall Street Journal points out it is not clear whether the new plan has any chance of success because "the administration's ability to control events on the ground in Iraq is rapidly diminishing." To continue reading, click here. 12.Jan.2007 Afghan Warlord: I Helped Osama Escape - BG -

Pakistani television broadcast claims by Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar that

00.000.2001 -in late- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar fighters helped Osama bin Laden escape intense U.S. forces in the eastern Afghan mountains. Source:
12.Jan.2007 The Headless Horseman of the Apocalypse - BG -Norman Solomon writes

"President Bush may be a headless horseman.

But the biggest problem is what he rode in on. Martin Luther King Jr. had a good name for it 40 years ago:

'The madness of militarism.' We can blame Bush all we want - and he does hold the reins right now - but his main enablers these days are the fastidious public servants in Congress.

They keep preparing the hay, freshening the water, oiling the saddle, even while criticizing the inappropriately jocular rider.

And when the band plays 'Hail to the Jockey,' most of the grown-up stable boys and girls can't help saluting.... Source:
12.Jan.2007 Leak Probes Stymied, FBI Memos Show - BG -
A lack of cooperation from one or more intelligence agencies led the FBI to abandon several recent criminal investigations into leaks of classified information to the press, records obtained by The New York Sun indicate. (Read on Source)... Source:

10.Jan.2007 : Recent links of interest - BG -
Innocents at Gitmo Wednesday,

10.Jan.2007 And there is this revealing information:

"This 86 % of the detainees captured by Pakistan or the Northern Alliance were handed over to the USA at a time when the U.S... Source:
12.Jan.2007 Crooks and Liars » Brit Hume is fed up with Bush too - BG -
12.Jan.2007 CIA says it can't reveal interrogation method documents - -BG-

CIA says it can't reveal interrogation method documents,0,5045366.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork

12.Jan.2007 Yet ANOTHER Training Exercise Predicts 9/11 | - BG -
12.Jan.2007 Secret CIA Ops Plan: We Pay Lebanon's President To Fight Hezbollah For Israel - BG -
Today is CIA secrets day!

Now we learn the CIA is turning Lebanon's President into a spook puppet. Money will flow to anti-Hezbollah actions. What Israel wants, Israel gets.

We have no reason to think twice about Hizbollah, do we? It has nothing to do with us, does it? They didn't attack us on 9/11 or 9/12 or any time at all. Source:
12.Jan.2007 Friends - BG -
"Neocon godfather Norman Podhoretz set out the plan for Middle East conquest several years ago in Commentary magazine...

Podhoretz disguises the neoconservative attack against diversity with contrived arguments, but its real purpose is to use the US military to subdue Arabs and to create space for Israel to expand.

Not enough Americans are aware that this is what the "war on terror" is all about."

Bush is not listening

Did Hitler have friends in Britain?

MI5 rejected Hitler suicide mission

Hitler died 00.000.1960 ?


Prince George, MI6 and the Nazis

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Da Vinci, Buccleuch, Hess, Oscar Wilde Domville, Knight, Mosley, Blunt ... Nona: Black magic, spies and child abuse

The True Lies of 9/11 (Part I) The True Lies of 9/11 (Part 2) Bali Bomb - inside job. Our 9/11 Ambassadors take Malaysia b... Source:
12.Jan.2007 British MP Asking More Questions About Bilderberg - Paul Joseph Watson -This time the next Prime Minister is the focus
12.Jan.2007 Bush Administration Empowers Somali Warlords Who Killed U.S. Troops - Paul Joseph Watson -Bombing clears path for re-emergence of "Black Hawk Down" savages, to cost of Somali people
The Real Agenda Of The Global Elite In Somalia - Paul Joseph Watson -Neocons are backing the same warlords that slaughtered US troops 00.000.1993
12.Jan.2007 Media stuck on surge. - Nico - Despite the lack of a timetable, media persist in calling Bush’s troop increase a “surge.”
12.Jan.2007 Matthews Battles Snow Over Iran Attack, Says He Fears ‘Extra-Constitutional War’ - Nico - Tonight on MSNBC, Chris Matthews aggressively questioned White House Press Secretary Tony Snow about whether President Bush’s rhetoric last night was a “precursor for a rationale for an attack” on Iran.

Matthews said he feared the Bush administration would use a skirmish with Iranian fighters in Iraq as a reason to “bomb the hell out of them + hit their nuclear installations without any without any action by Congress. That’s the scenario I fear, an extra-constitutional war is what I’m worried about.” Snow told Matthews “you have been watching too many old movies,” but Matthews interrupted.

“No, I’ve been watching the war in Iraq, is what I’ve been watching.” Watch it: Digg It! Full transcript:

MATTHEWS: Well, he did say we’re gonna disrupt the attacks on our forces. “We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran.” Does that mean stopping at the Iranian border or going into Iran?

SNOW: Well, again, I think what the president’s talking about is the war in Iraq, Chris.

MATTHEWS: So he will seek congressional approval before any action against Iran?

SNOW: You are talking about something we are not even discussing.

MATTHEWS: Yeah, but you are, Tony, because look at this. “I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region.” Isn’t that about Iran?

SNOW: It, it — yeah, it is, in part + what it is is it’s saying, look, we are going to make sure that anybody who tries to take aggressive action — but when Bill Clinton sent a carrier task force into the South China Sea after the North Koreans fired a missile over Japan, that was not as a prelude to war against North Korea. You know how it works.

MATTHEWS: No, I’m just concerned because, very much in the years, in the months building up to this war in Iraq, we heard a kind of a drumbeat of the dangers from Iraq and the nuclear weaponry and what we’re going to do about it + then gradually we went to war. And I’m just wondering we’re looking here at the precursor for a rationale for an attack of some kind on — you say — I’ll take it at your word. If the president is not going to attack Iran, we’ll move on.

SNOW: Ok, but, let me just do a couple of things here.

I think you understand and most Americans understand Iran is the foremost financier of global terror. It’s a problem. But you don’t deal with everything militarily, as you know.

The USA exhausted all diplomatic options before going into Iraq + I think what you’re doing if you’re trying to go down the road of speculation that is just way ahead of events. Right now, we’re working on making Iraq a success. One other thing about Iran, Chris. The Iranian public, most which of is young, is very pro-American. We got a lot of people —

MATTHEWS: Boy, do I agree with you on that. Completely agree with you. My concern is we’re gonna see a ginning up situation whereby we fall in hot pursuit any effort by the Iranians to interfere with Iraq. We take a couple shots at them, they react, then we bomb the hell out of them and hit their nuclear installations without any without any action by Congress. That’s the scenario I fear, an extra-constitutional war is what I’m worried about.

SNOW: Well, you have been watching too many old movies —

MATTHEWS: No, I’ve been watching the war in Iraq, is what I’ve been watching. As long as you say to me before we leave tonight that the president has to get approval from Congress before making war on Iran.

SNOW: Let me put it this way. The president understands you got to have public support for whatever you do. The reason we are talking to the American public about the high takes in Iraq and why it is absolutely vital to succeed is you’ve got to have public support + the president certainly, whenever he’s taken major actions, he has gone before Congress.
Rice Rejects ‘Escalation’ Language, Calls Bush Iraq Plan ‘Augmentation’ - Payson -

Yesterday, President Bush announced to the nation that he plans to increase America’s presence in Iraq by approximately 22,000 troops, with no timetable for when troop levels would be drawn back down.

Today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tried her best to make this escalation plan more palatable to the American public. “I think that I don’t see it + the president doesn’t see it, as an escalation,” Rice told an incredulous Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE). Hagel responded, “Putting 22,000 new troops, more troops in, is not an escalation?” “I would call it, senator, an augmentation,” Rice said.

Watch it: Transcript:

RICE: So I think you will find support among the people who are supporting Prime Minister Maliki in his desire to end the sectarian violence. And that is more than Prime Minister Maliki…


HAGEL: My question was the escalation of American troops in Iraq.

RICE: But I think you asked who was supporting it. And I said the Kurdish parties, Prime Minister Maliki and his Shia allies + the IIP support a plan to do this. And they know that the augmentation of American forces is part of that plan.

Now, as to the question of escalation, I think that I don’t see it + the president doesn’t see it, as an escalation. What he sees…

HAGEL: Putting 22,000 new troops, more troops in, is not an escalation?

RICE: Well, I think, Senator, escalation is not just a matter of how many numbers you put in. Escalation is also a question of, are you changing the strategic goal of what you’re trying to do? Are you escalating…

HAGEL: Would you call it a decrease + billions of dollars more that you need for it?


RICE: I would call it, Senator, an augmentation that allows the Iraqis to deal with this very serious problem that they have in Baghdad.
Kingston: Americans Should ‘Marry and Work Longer Hours’ To Escape Poverty – Nico -

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) made headlines last month after complaining about Congress’ new schedule that requires members to work five days a week:

“Keeping us up here eats away at families,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. “Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families — that’s what this says.”

Yet, last night, Kingston offered this advice to Americans living in poverty: work longer hours. During House debate over the minimum wage, Kingston said raising the minimum wage would do nothing for poor Americans. Instead, if people marry and work longer hours, “they would be out of poverty,” he said. “It’s an economic fact.” Watch it:

Kingston is wrong. The annual salary for full-time workers earning the federal minimum wage “still leaves a family of three about $6,000 short of the poverty threshold.” Digg It! Full transcript:

KINGSTON: If the Democrat Party truly wanted to take on poverty, they would have to say what is the relationship between marriage and the poverty level and between hours worked and the poverty level, because the truth of the matter is, if people end poverty, many of them would marry and work 40 hours a week, they would be out of poverty. … It’s not something I have the knowledge of or the information of, but it’s an economic fact that I hope we could have committee hearings on and discuss this. If we want to attack poverty, that’s where we need to go. With that, I yield back the balance of my time.
House passes stem cell research bill. - Nico -

“The House of Representatives fell short of a veto-proof margin in approving legislation today to lift President George W. Bush’s 2001 ban on federal funding for new embryonic stem-cell research. Lawmakers voted 253 to 174 to expand federal funding for stem-cell research using discarded human embryos.”
12.Jan.2007 Hagel On Escalation: ‘The Most Dangerous Foreign Policy Blunder in this Country Since Vietnam’ - Payson -

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) passionately argued against President Bush’s escalation plan during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today.

During questioning of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Hagel called the new strategy “morally wrong” + “tactically, strategically, militarily wrong,” + declared, “I have to say, Madam Secretary, that I think this speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.”

Audience members in the hearing room clapped as Hagel concluded, “I will resist it.” Watch it: Digg It! Transcript:

I think what the president said last night — and I listened carefully and read through it again this morning — is all about a broadened American involvement — escalation — in Iraq and the Middle East.

I do not agree with that escalation.

And I would further note that when you say, as you have here this morning, that we need to address and help the Iraqis and pay attention to the fact that Iraqis are being killed, Madam Secretary, Iraqis are killing Iraqis. We are in a civil war. This is sectarian violence out of control; Iraqi on Iraqi.

Worst, it is inner-sectarian violence; Shia killing Shia.

To ask our young men and women to sacrifice their lives to be put in the middle of a civil war is wrong.

It’s, first of all, in my opinion, morally wrong. It’s tactically, strategically, militarily wrong.


When you were engaging Chairman Biden on this issue on the specific question of, Will our troops go into Iran or Syria in pursuit, based on what the president said last night?, you cannot sit here today — not because you’re dishonest or you don’t understand — but no one in our government can sit here today and tell Americans that we won’t engage the Iranians and the Syrians cross-border.

00.000.1970 -Some of us remember- Madam Secretary.

And that was Cambodia. And when our government lied to the American people and said, We didn’t cross the border going into Cambodia, in fact we did.

I happen to know something about that, as do some on this committee.

So, Madam Secretary, when you set in motion the kind of policy that the president is talking about here, it’s very, very dangerous.

As a matter of fact, I have to say, Madam Secretary, that I think this speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam — if it’s carried out.

I will resist it. (APPLAUSE)
70 %. - Amanda - Number of Americans who oppose sending more troops to Iraq, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll.

“Just 35 % think it was right for the USA to go to war, a new low in AP polling + a reversal from two years ago, when two-thirds of Americans thought it was the correct move.”


An ABC News/Washington Post poll taken after Bush’s speech last night finds that just 36 % of the American public supports his plan to send more troops to Iraq.

Barely three in 10 accept Bush’s claim that a “troop increase now will end the war more quickly.”
Condoleezza Rice hearts Fox News. - Amanda -  

“In comments overheard on an open microphone between morning television interviews, including one with Fox, the top U.S. diplomat said: ‘My Fox guys, I love every single one of them.’”
12.Jan.2007 Great moments in Bush’s Iraq speeches. - Judd - MSNBC takes a look back from “this will not be a campaign of half-measures” to “mistakes have been made.”
State Department a mess under Rice -Amanda- Robert Novak, in today’s Washington Post: “Republicans in Congress who do not want to be quoted tell me that the State Department under Condoleezza Rice is a mess. This comes at a time when the U.S. global position is precarious. While attention is focused on Iraq, American diplomacy is being tested worldwide — in Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Korea + Sudan.

The judgment by thoughtful Republicans is that Rice has failed to manage that endeavor.”
12.Jan.2007 Fox Anchor: ‘Internet Blogs’ Say I Called Kennedy A ‘Hostile Enemy,’ But ‘I Didn’t Mean It That Way’ - Amanda -  

Yesterday on Fox News, anchor Gretchen Carlson called Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) a “hostile enemy” of the USA because he has demanded that Congress vote on whether to approve funding for escalation in Iraq.

This morning, instead of apologizing for her comments, Carlson said “Internet blogs” misconstrued her statements: “Of course, I didn’t mean it that way. Trust me. I don’t think Sen. Kennedy is any enemy in any way.” Watch it: Watch Carlson’s comments from yesterday here and judge for yourself. Transcript:

STEVE DOOCY: Anyway, Gretchen, you’ve got something.

GRETCHEN CARLSON: Yeah, we’ve been talking a lot about e-mails and blogs and you guys know that I don’t know much about any of those Internet blogs. I just found out about YouTube like, three months ago. But anyway, I apparently made it on some of them yesterday. I was talking to presidential counselor Dan Bartlett. I was interviewing him about this time yesterday. I was trying to compare the conflict in Iraq with the political conflict right here at home. Well, apparently, it sounded like I called Sen. Ted Kennedy an enemy on the home front. Of course, I didn’t mean it that way. Trust me. I don’t think Sen. Kennedy is any enemy in any way. All right?

So hopefully we cleared that all up. Let’s go to the weather with Steve.
January 11, 2007 - Think Progress -  

The U.S. military plans to create “gated communities” in Baghdad, the L.A. Times reports. “The idea is to seal off areas of the city, remove the insurgents + then have troops present to ensure no fighting breaks out.”

The same tactic was “tried in Vietnam (at the time they were called ’strategic hamlets’) but it ended up being a ‘spectacular failure.‘”

“Senior House Democrats said yesterday that they will attempt to derail funding for President Bush’s proposal to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq,

setting up what could become the most significant confrontation between the White House and Congress over military policy since the Vietnam War.”

Aides to President Bush “hinted that the administration had already come up with a ‘Plan B’ in case the latest strategy failed, with one saying ‘there are other ways to achieve our objective.’

But he would not describe that strategy.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was named the ranking member of the House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee yesterday. “The Democrats in the Senate have signaled they’re going to make climate change a big issue,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “We need to have our guys locked and cocked over here.”

J. Steven Griles, the former No. 2 official in the Interior Department, has been notified by federal prosecutors that he will most likely be indicted for lying about his relationship with the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff . With the prospect of his indictment, Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the assistant attorney general for environment and natural resources who has been reportedly dating Griles, tendered her resignation this week.

“There were 744,000 homeless people in the USA in 2005, according to the first national estimate in a decade.” A majority of the homeless were single adults, but about 41 % were in families.

One of the caucus’ most influential centrists, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), expressed interest in Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-MA) legislation to seek congressional approval for Bush’s proposed escalation policy. “I’m very interested in it,” Baucus said of the Kennedy proposal.

President Bush “will insist” that privatization “be part of any discussion on overhauling Social Security, even though Democrats say the idea is a nonstarter that they put to bed during the president’s previous attempt to revamp the nation’s retirement system in 2005,” CongressDaily reports.

Tony Blair will soon announce that “ almost 3,000 [UK] troops are to be cut from the current total of 7,200, allowing the military to recover from four years of battle that have left it severely overstretched.”

And finally: What President Bush could learn from Apple’s Steve Jobs about announcing new proposals. “Bush speeches tend to take on a funereal air, what with the dark suits and somber tone.

A nice mock turtleneck and snug-fitting jeans could lighten the mood.
12.Jan.2007 Bush Warns Iran: ‘I Recently Ordered The Deployment Of An Additional Carrier Strike Group To The Region’ - Nico -  

President Bush’s address to the nation tonight included “some of his sharpest words of warning to Iran.”

Bush accused the Iranian government of “providing material support for attacks on American troops” + vowed to “seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies.”

Bush added, “I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region.” Watch it:

Also today, the White House released a Powerpoint presentation with details about the president’s new policy. “Increase operations against Iranian actors” was listed in the “Key Tactical Shifts” section.

The New York Times notes, “One senior administration official said this evening that the omission of the usual wording about seeking a diplomatic solution [to the Iranian nuclear stand-off] ‘was not accidental.’”
12.Jan.2007 So much for consulting Congress. - Nico -  

“President Bush’s speech may be scheduled for tonight, but the troop surge in Iraq is already under way. ABC News has learned that the ’surgeBush is expected to announce in a prime time speech tonight has already begun. Ninety advance troops from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Baghdad today. An additional battalion of roughly 800 troops from the same division are expected to arrive in Baghdad Thursday.”
12.Jan.2007 House votes to increase minimum wage. - Nico -  For the first time in nearly a decade, the House of Representatives voted 315-116 today to boost the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
Bush’s speech includes ’stark new warning to Iran.’ - Nico -  

New York Times: “Mr. Bush’s speech, which will be broadcast at

9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, is also expected to include a stark new warning to Iran against what the administration says are its efforts to promote violent attacks in Iraq against American targets.”
12.Jan.2007 McCain: Iraq War Was ‘Easy’ - Faiz -  

As the Carpetbagger Report noted, today on MSNBC, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) defended his statement from Oct. 2002 when he claimed, “I believe that the success [in Iraq] will be fairly easy.” McCain told Tim Russert, “It was easy, it was easy. I said the military operation would be easy.” Watch it:

McCain’s claim that the war “was easy” fails to acknowledge that there never was an end to “major combat operations” as President Bush once proclaimed. Contrary to McCain’s suggestion that “the military operation” was easy, difficult military operations have continued to this day.

Despite McCain’s efforts to defend his faulty pre-war prognostications, the truth is he simply failed to realize the difficulty of the mission in Iraq prior to the war.

C&L has more. Digg It! Full transcript:

RUSSERT: Go back, Senator, to 2002. The administration saying we would be greeted as liberators. John McCain saying you thought success would be fairly easy.

MCCAIN: It was.

RUSSERT: In all honesty…

MCCAIN: It was easy, it was easy. I said the military operation would be easy. It was easy. We were greeting as liberators. Look at the films of when we rolled into Baghdad.
Conrad Burns cashes in. - Nico -  

“Former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), whose ties to lobbyists helped sink his re-election bid, has landed at a new workplace: a Washington lobbying firm,” the AP reports.

“Burns will work for his former chief of staff, Leo Giacometto, at the firm Gage,

which has lobbied for Montana interests + several national technology companies, often making headlines for its connections to Burns + his staff.”

Both Burns and Giacometto are under FBI investigation for earmark improprieties.
12.Jan.2007 McConnell Claims Congress Can’t Restrict Funds For Iraq, Voted To Restrict Clinton In Somalia - Payson -  

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) came out against the Kennedy bill requiring President Bush to gain new congressional authority before escalating the war in Iraq.

“I think it is inappropriate for the Congress to try to micromanage, in effect, the tactics in a military conflict,” McConnell said. “I don’t think Congress has the authority to do it.

But Congress does have the authority to use “several different policy levers to guide U.S. national security policy as it relates to the deployment of American troops.”

Congress has done so many times over the last 35 years.

00.Nov.1993 McConnell supported a move by Congress to place limits on military spending for U.S. troop deployments in Somalia.

Section 8151 of Public Law 103-139 “limited the use of funding in Somalia for operations of U.S. military personnel only until 31.Mar.1994 ?

and permitted “expenditure of funds for the mission thereafter only if the president sought and Congress provided specific authorization.”

The language passed the Senate as an amendment introduced by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV). McConnell voted for it. He also spoke on the Senate floor about the legislation:

The narrow issue before us tonight is simply how do you leave?

We are leaving, we all agree on that. …

The only issue here tonight is how we leave and, in my judgment, the Byrd amendment better defines the proper exit for the USA in this most unfortunate experience in Somalia, at least since May.

[Congressional Record, S13447, 10/14/93]

It’s one thing for McConnell to support Bush’s escalation plan. It’s another to mislead about what Congress can do to stop it.
12.Jan.2007 Gates to push Boykin out of Pentagon. - Nico -  

“[W]ord around the Pentagon” is that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is pushing controversial Lt. Gen. William Boykin out of his Pentagon role overseeing anti-terror special operations.

A devout evangelical Christian, Boykin was infamously videotaped “telling a church audience that the god of a Muslim warlord was ‘an idol’ and that ‘my God was a real God.’”
Chrysler attacks ‘quasi-hysterical Europeans’ on climate change. - Payson -  

At a private breakfast panel, Chrysler’s chief economist Van Jolissaint “launched a fierce attack on ‘quasi-hysterical Europeans’ and their ‘Chicken Little’ attitudes to global warming,” the BBC reports.

“In response to a question from the floor,” Jolissaint also said that “global warming was a far-off risk whose magnitude was uncertain.”
Windows Vista - provided by NSA - sfux World Content News -

Den nächsten Big Brother Awards hätte sich diesjährig wohl Microsoft redlich...
12.Jan.2007 CIA gets the go-ahead to take on Hizbollah - sfux Toby Harnden, US Editor -

The CIA has been authorised to take covert action against Hizbollah as part of a secret plan by President George W. Bush to help the Lebanese government prevent the spread of Iranian influence. Senators and...
Die neue (Un)Sicherheitspolitik Deutschlands (8) Umwelt und Bundeswehr - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ? Zum Jahreswechsel

31.Dez.2006-01.Jan.2007 drohte der russische Staatskonzern Gazprom seinem Nachbarstaat Weißrussland den Gashahn zuzudrehen,

wenn die Weißrussen den geforderten viermal so hohen Preis pro Kubikmeter Gas nicht bezahlen.

Inzwischen hat Weissrussland zwar nicht den Gashahn, wohl den Ölhahn für die Weiterleitung nach Deutschland kurzzeitig zugedreht, um ihn jedoch...
Die neue (Un)Sicherheitspolitik Deutschlands (7) Abschottung und Versagen - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

Deutschland rüstet sich mit Abschiebeknästen gegen den Ansturm von Flüchtlingen aus den Staaten der ?Dritten Welt? + treibt die Abschottung der EU voran.

Bundeswehr + Regierung sagen zwar, sie wollen den Flüchtlingen helfen + Missstände beheben, doch soll offensichtlich - koste was es wolle - verhindert werden, dass Flüchtlinge in die EU eindringen. Notfalls...
Der rechte Hammer Gottes schlägt aus Dschibuti - CIA Paramilitärs in ätiopischen... - sfux Stephan Fuchs ?

Die US Special Operations haben Dörfer und vermeintliche al-Qaida Stellungen in Somalia mit AC-130 Gunship Fliegern angegriffen.

Das Pentagon sagt, das Ziel seien Mitglieder der Terrorattacke gegen die amerikanische Botschaft in Nairobi und Dar es Salaam von 00.000.1998 gewesen.

Der Angriff kam wenige Wochen nachdem die von Amerika unterstützte äthiopische Armee Somalia überrannte und Mogadischu eingenommen...
US: Iraq PM is 'on borrowed time' The US secretary of state says the Iraqi PM is living "on borrowed time", but she trusts him to deliver security.
12.Jan.2007 US House passes stem cell bill The House of Representatives in the US backs embryonic stem cell research, in a major challenge to President Bush.
12.Jan.2007 Protesters rally at Guantanamo Protesters demand the closure of the US jail at Guantanamo on the fifth anniversary of the first detentions.
12.Jan.2007 EU to ban imports of wild birds Animal welfare campaigners welcome an EU decision to make a ban on importing wild birds permanent.
12.Jan.2007 Insurer loses Katrina payout case An insurance company must pay for damage caused to a couple's home by Hurricane Katrina, a US judge rules.
12.Jan.2007 Healthy stocks send oil tumbling Oil prices fall beneath the $52-a-barrel mark for the first time since 00.May 2005 as the US enjoys a mild winter.
12.Jan.2007 US Iraq raid draws Iranian anger US forces seize six people said to be Iranians in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil, prompting a diplomatic incident.
12.Jan.2007 Israeli PM buoyed by China visit Israeli PM Ehud Olmert says talks with China's president were "beyond expectation", at the end of his trip to Beijing.
Afghan warlord 'aided Bin Laden' An Afghan rebel leader says he helped Osama Bin Laden escape a 2001 US-led hunt in eastern Afghanistan.
12.Jan.2007 Shock as UK interest rates rise to 5.25% The Bank of England increases interest rates by a quarter of a point to 5.25% to curb inflation.
12.Jan.2007 Family found for gigantic flowers The 200-year-old mystery of where the world's largest flower sits in the botanical family tree is finally solved.
12.Jan.2007 Cocaine on '100% of Irish euros' One hundred % of euro notes in the Republic of Ireland carry traces of cocaine, a study has found.
12.Jan.2007 Brazil mine dam bursts after rain Torrential rains burst a dam at a bauxite mine in south-east Brazil, flooding a river with residues and creating a mud slick.
12.Jan.2007 Nicaragua's Ortega to be sworn in Leftist Daniel Ortega is being sworn in as the next president of Nicaragua after a 17-year absence from power.
12.Jan.2007 Magellanic Clouds 'just passing' Two nearby galaxies, thought to be true companions of the Milky Way, may just be drifters, say astronomers.
12.Jan.2007 House Seat Hangs by a Byte

With 18,000 votes missing, the putative loser of a tight Florida congressional race is demanding to see the source code for the electronic voting machines that squeaked her opponent into office.

A key House committee is joining her call, even as the winner moves to Capitol Hill. By Kim Zetter.
Tiny Satellites Watch Earth Warm

They weigh less than an average man and are small enough to carry in an SUV. But the six Cosmic microsatellites provide a giant payload of highly accurate climate data. By John Hudson.
Privacy Gets Fresh Senate Focus

The new head of the Senate Judiciary Committee sends a message that oversight of Bush administration antiterrorism programs will be a key priority. Will subpoenas be far off? In 27B Stroke 6.
Court grants media cred to bloggers for 'Scooter' Libby trial Blog: It won't be only throngs of the so-called mainstream media filing dispatches from the trial of former senior White House aide...
12.Jan.2007 Senator revives data leak proposals Democrat Dianne Feinstein reintroduced measures regarding data security breaches, but some worry her bills make too many exceptions.
12.Jan.2007 Senators pledge scrutiny of federal data mining Calling oversight of hundreds of oft-secret programs long overdue, Democrats say they'll reintroduce bills to monitor those projects.
12.Jan.2007 Taser's C2 shocks at CES The term "pocket protector" takes on a whole new meaning with a petite new stun gun designed for consumers.
10.Jan.2007 the big idea
Dogs and Democrats
Why Congress won't stop Bush's surge. -By Jacob Weisberg
Several decades ago, psychologist Martin Seligman developed his theory of "
learned helplessness."

Subjected to repeated punishment, animals and humans often come to believe they have no control over what happens to them, whether they actually do or not.

In Seligman's original experiment, dogs subjected to repeated electrical shocks would prostrate themselves and whine, even when escaping the abuse lay within their power.

As with canines, so with congressmen. In theory, Democrats now control a co-equal branch of government.

In practice, they seem so traumatized by their years of mistreatment at the hands of a contemptuous executive that they continue to cower + simper whenever master waves a stick in their direction. To continue reading, click here.
12.Jan.2007 Gerald McEntee: Tom Friedman: Wrong on Iraq, Wrong on Economics - BG -
12.Jan.2007 Independent Media Center | | ((( i ))) Joseph P. Diaferia, 20.02.2004 16:05. The defeat of the Bush regime may require both a national and international effort -- J. Diaferia ...

12.Jan.2007 Scoop: Bush-Nazi Connections: Beware The Cornered Rat Bush-Nazi Connections: Beware The Cornered Rat. Saturday,

22.Jun.2002 Opinion: Joseph P. Diaferia.

Revelations Of Foreknowledge: Beware The ...
Man Bites Dogma - A conversation with Robert Anton Wilson Liccio Gelli, the grandmaster of the P2 Lodge, was on the payroll of the CIA ... doing it for Ronald Reagan + the money is going into the Vatican Bank. ...
The map is not the territory: November 2005 After the second world war, Liccio Gelli was shrewd enough to start an escape ... doing it for Ronald Reagan and the money is going into the Vatican Bank. ...
Daily Kos: State of the Nation (Scroll a bit less than halfway down to a photo of Gelli, ... brings us to one of the most controversial characters in this story, a man named Liccio Gelli.
[] Les réseaux du Vatican Un système fonctionnant sous la houlette du grand vénérable licio Gelli, ...

On sait, depuis l’affaire de l’"Iran gâte" sous le règne de Ronald Reagan, ...
AMPP: Establishment Organization On the death of Ronald Reagan, whom he advised, Mr. Friedman wrote on these pages ...

WWII. -After- Liccio Gelli was shrewd enough to start an ...
20050209 Bush + Reagan are both knighted in the Order of the Bath. ... OVER NAZI the Vatican was the mysterious Liccio Gelli, a former Italian Black Shirt ...

11.Jan.2007 Politics Canada Forum - Quotes only Please

''It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks + groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation.
11.Jan.2007 And no one in the MSM is paying any attention to the stealth bombers sent this week to South Korea.

I find myself waiting for assassinations of Chavez, Morales + Castro to coincide with the first nuke that gets sent in to Iran.

Resembles too much for my taste Michael Corleone's simultaneous mass slaughter of his enemies, but then this whole mafia government seems taken right out of The Godfather series.

Except that was really good filmmaking; this administration's fictions don't even achieve B-grade status + their reality is far far worse.
Nothing legit about any of it. Once again Bush undertakes a highly unConstitutional approach to a highly illegal enterprise.

Which leads to my final point for now in all this insanity. (To read the rest, click "Permalink" below)
Did you guys notice how
unbelievably nervous Bush was last night?

He got a little better as the minutes passed, but not much.

He went from looking perfectly petrified to simply dying to get it over with.

There was no swagger, no smile, no attempt to charm the audience.

It appeared it was all he could to to just read the prompter with something resembling prosodic consistency.
Which got me to thinking, just why was he so nervous now?

Of course, there are the plummeting polls (assuming he's made aware of them) + there are all the generals he's had to fire to get what he wants + there is the increasing threat of real war crimes growing everywhere around him + there is this annoying Congressional shift that will not rubber stamp his every whim.

But he's spent how many weeks now preparing for all these changes? I have to believe he put off the speech until he had everything in place, so he could just get out there and tell the world that he has done what needed to be done, so let's all do a big huddle hug and get on with it.

But we didn't get a single heh heh heh .
Bush has demonstrated altogether too frequently in the past that he is more than capable of matchless swagger in the face of his earned consequences + terminal smirks with a big ol' raspberry in the face of reality.

Kiss my grits. Which is pretty much what the content of his speech conveyed. But nothing, nothing in his presentation came across that way.
No, there was something arresting and most unsettling about his fear last night.

It could be that he is getting some sense that the jig is up, that his circle of friends is getting very very tiny + that despite all his swagger and smirking and shoulder rubs and nicknames and bravado and grandiose hooplah hell-raising with all those good ol' boys, nobody's buyin' it but Karl and the Big Dick.
That one scene in Paul O'Neill's memoire where Rove is pushing the second tax cut and Bush actually asks, "Didn't we already give them one?" That scene makes me wonder sometimes if there's a soul in there somewhere, if perhaps he sometimes struggles with his puppeteers. Not to give him too much credit; he does ultimately make these heinous decisions. But he has also relied too heavily on Karl and the Big Dick. So why would he be listening to either of them after November? Why would he be relying on anyone he's ever listened to in the past that got him here now?
With even his
flocksters peeling away, not to mention the NRA and even many bankers and businessmen + now Blair's last minute abandonment, plus the undoubtedly huge fight he's had to wage to avoid doing what the ISG (that Congress appointed and Daddy annointed) said needed to be done, well...he's got to be feeling a bit lonely about now.
Still, ya just gotta wonder what it was that got in the way of his being able to rally his smirk and swagger last night, of all nights. Perhaps something like that Sunday-come-to-meetin' chat Billy Graham had with him before he 'quit' drinking?
Maybe God finally did really talk to this sad little man?

If so, clearly W didn't hear a word that was said to him. He only got the crap scared out of him, but then went through with it, essentially telling God to kiss his grits. Permalink
11.Jan.2007 I read a while back that the sole intent was to draw the USA deeper and deeper into the Middle East for annilation.

So far, Bush is playing the cards right into the hands of the terrorists.

He did by the way mention that the terrorists want to change our way of life.

He forgot to mention how much he has changed our way of life, like listening to our phone calls, reading our mail, flying unmarked airplanes over our homes all day long......
The "terrorists" are winning.
# posted by Anonymous

11.Jan.2007 Americans overwhelmingly oppose sending more U.S. forces to Iraq, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll that serves as a strong repudiation of Bush's plan to send another 21,500 troops.
All the King's Men Sign a Death Warrant on American GIs -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
UK Guardian: Defiance and delusion. "George Bush's announcement last night that he is going to pour more troops into Iraq was the last throw of the dice in a misconceived enterprise that has dragged his country, this country and the Middle East into a nightmare." 1/11

11.Jan.2007 New Episode! A lonely kind of honor - Episode 51 of The Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.

11.Jan.2007 News Release: Denver to Host 2008 Democratic National Convention
Lockheed Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Hey, you really can just say you "read Playboy for the articles." 1/12
Bob Herbert, Home in the Ruins 1/12

11.Jan.2007 Bush's troop-boosting plan for Iraq was headed straight into a political gale in Congress, with Democrats, some Republicans and an increasingly organized anti-war movement arrayed against the buildup. 1/11

Pavão äußerte sich enthusiastisch über das Experiment. "Die leuchtenden Bälle schienen lebendig zu sein", sagte der Forscher.

"Sie gaben kleine Strahlen ab, die sie hin und her zu stoßen schienen." Anhand der blauweißen bis orangeweißen Farbe ihrer Feuerkugeln schätzen Pavão und Paiva die Temperatur der Gebilde auf rund 1700°C.

Die Labor-Kugelblitze waren in der Lage, Plastik zu schmelzen, und brannten sogar ein Loch in Paivas Jeans.
Alles, was Forscher zustande brachten, waren Kugelblitze mit einer Lebensdauer von wenigen Sekundenbruchteilen.

Das aber hat sich nun geändert. Brasilianischen Forschern ist es gelungen, Kugelblitze zu erzeugen, die bis zu acht Sekunden durchs Labor schwebten + die Größe von Tischtennisbällen erreichten.

Damit, so glauben nicht nur die Brasilianer, könnte das Mysterium der Kugelblitze endgültig gelöst sein.

Verdampfter Sand lässt Lichtkugeln entstehen
US- Gefangenenlager Guantanamo: Weltweite Proteste zum Jubiläum

11.Jan.2007 Niederlage für Bush: US- Demokraten stimmen für Stammzellenforschung

11.Jan.2007 Irak- Strategie von Bush: Viel Lob von Blair - aber keine Soldaten

11.Jan.2007 Sturm über Europa: Orkanböen blasen fahrende Lkw um
11.Jan.2007 Mord an russischem Notenbanker: Polizei verhaftet mutmaßlichen Drahtzieher

11.Jan.2007 Neue Irak- Strategie: Republikaner verweigern Bush die Gefolgschaft
11.Jan.2007 Attacke auf Konsulat: Bush und Rice warnen Iran vor Einmischung im Irak
11.Jan.2007 Mysteriöse Lichterscheinungen: Rätsel der Kugelblitze gelöst
11.Jan.2007 Neue Irak- Strategie: Pentagon braucht 92.000 zusätzliche Soldaten
11.Jan.2007 Energie: Zerschlagung der Konzerne kostet Milliarden
11.Jan.2007 Drogenpolitik: Union blockiert Heroinabgabe - trotz erfolgreicher Studie
11.Jan.2007 Nahost: Hamas verneint Existenzrecht Israels
11.Jan.2007 EZB: Währungshüter signalisieren Zinserhöhung im März
11.Jan.2007 "Mars Global Surveyor": Nasa soll Sonde selbst lahmgelegt haben
11.Jan.2007 Orkantief Franz: Meteorologen warnen vor extremer Gefahr

11.Jan.2007 Einkommen: Sprudelnde Gewinne, mickrige Löhne

11.Jan.2007 Zugverkehr London - Festland: "Da Vinci Code" verhalf Eurostar zu Rekorden

Bioweapon labs in New Orleans: what next will Katrina turn up?
Pravda.RU Menatep director Stephen Curtis dies in helicopter crash ...

Menatep Director Stephen Curtis died in a helicopter crash near the Bournemouth airport in Great Britain late yesterday evening.
Pundita: The death of Stephen Curtis ~ was a lawyer who set up a breathtakingly vast + complex web of shell ...

Stephen Curtis knew enough to put Khordokovsky away for life.
Daily Kos: 9/12/2001: Hunter S. Thompson Saw It Coming You have proof that CDI, (none/0).

the company named Controlled Demolition Incorporated, destroyed WTC 7 + the Twin Towers? Well, let's have it then! ...
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Controlled Demolition Incorporated ( CDI ) has the appropriate experience + expertise to assist Department of Defense (DOD) agencies + contractors in ...
CDI: Information from The family of chairman Walter Garrison owns about 32% of CDI.

Controlled Demolition Incorporated, a demolition company based in Phoenix, Maryland ...
Öl - Firmen verdienen wie selten zu vor ! Der hohe Ölpreis lässt die Kassen bei den Ölfirmen klingeln.

BP Chef John Brown führt diese Ergebnisse auf Synergieeffekte und die hohen Öl- + ...
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00.Dez.1918 Die Antibolschewistische Liga – antibolschewistische Front- wurde im von Eduard Stadtler, Mitbegründer der Solidarier, gegründet. - 101
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00.Dez.1918 Die Antibolschewistische Liga wurde von Eduard Stadtler gegründet ...

Jan.2006 Stadtler Antibolschewistische Liga Gefahr Millionen Hugo Stinnes
JSTOR: Advertising Seizes Control of Life: Berlin Dada + the ...

95 More direct attacks on the Left were made by the Antibolschewistische Liga, which had been organized by Eduard Stadtler + had assembled a huge secret ...
JSTOR: Grimaces on the Walls: Anti-Bolshevist Posters + the ...

23 The Antibolschewistische Liga was the name given to the central office which coordinated the efforts of various groups against the Bolshevist threat ...
Bracken Library Archives and Special Collections Research Center - HTML-Version
Wir rufen Europa; die antibolschewistische Front, die Rettung des Abendlandes. [We ... Magyar Reviziós Liga, Budapest. Aide-mémoire sur la situation de la ...

Roll List for Berlin Document Center Library Collection, A3345-B ...
Leitheft - Die deutsche Liga für Menschenrechte (Guide - German ...

Die Schutzstaffel als antibolschewistische Kampforganisation (The SS as ...
Moçambique para todos: Economia - Transportes - Obras Públicas ... americana de especialidade em implosão, a Controlled Demolition Incorporated ( CDI ), ...

Note that he owns only 10% of this firm and is mainly the local.
detailed evidence and commentary from various sources CDI calls itself ‘the innovator + global leader in the controlled demolition + implosion of structures.’ Loizeaux, who cleaned up the bombed Alfred P. ...

11.Jan.2007 Jim Hougan: Strange Bedfellows ... as well) by Yeoman Charles Radford, a young Mormon acting on orders of Adm. ... Jim Hougan, Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat and the CIA (Random ...

Cannonfire Secret Agenda author Jim Hougan - who also writes terrific spy novels under the name "John ... (Among them, the very interesting Yeoman Charles Radford.
Astrocartography of Richard Nixon's Least-aspected Uranus

... was even forced to resign when Navy Yeoman Charles Radford confessed to ... Colodny + Gettlin cite Jim Hougan, Secret Agenda: Watergate, ...
Jack Kelly Navy Yeoman Charles Radford, who was assigned to the staff of the ...

00.000.1984 -In his book- "Secret Agenda," journalist Jim Hougan speculated the CIA got Nixon ...
[NYTr] Strange Bedfellows: Deep Throat, Bob Woodwrd & the CIA ... as well) by Yeoman Charles Radford, a young Mormon acting on orders of Adm. ...

[Jim Hougan is an investigative reporter + former Washington editor of ...
2005060210 Jun.2005 Jim Hougan has a new DT piece - actually, a much-expanded version of a text posted ...

At the same time, the naive, young Yeoman Charles Radford, ...
Silent Coup: The Removal of a President. (book reviews) - National ... Jim Hougan, in a

1984 book, Secret Agenda: Deep Throat and the CIA, ... In it Admiral Welander describes how naval yeoman Charles Radford was engaged in ...
Proposed increase in FBI's powers - Forums By JIM HOUGAN

That Deep Throat should turn out to be Mark Felt is not the ... as well) by Yeoman Charles Radford, a young Mormon acting on orders of Adm.
ne033x Working through Yeoman Charles Radford, Moorer stole papers clearly marked ... According to some respected writers, for example, Jim Hougan, author of ...

11.Jan.2007 Franz von Papen und der deutsche Faschismus Vordergründig erschien der deutsche Faschismus

seit dem Sommer/Herbst 1934 als ... Vereinslebens ( Herrenklub ) mit besten Verbindungen zur Wirtschaftselite. ...
? Juniklub - Infos und Erklärungen auf im

00.Dez.1924 Heinrich von Gleichen gründete den „ Deutscher Herrenklub “ +

00.Apr.1926 Max Hildebert Boehm gründete das „Institut für Grenz- und ...

11.Jan.2007 N 42/7 Deutscher Herrenklub, Berlin + Civil-Kasino, Berlin ... 7, Deutscher Herrenklub, Berlin + Civil-Kasino, Berlin ...

Informationsbroschüre über den Deutschen Herrenklub mit Satzung, Mitgliederlisten des ...

Gäa - Deutscher Herrenklub . Wochenzeitschrift Das Gewissen. Enge Kontakte bestanden zu Karl Haushofer. Kontakte bestanden auch zur Gäa. Im.. ...

11.Jan.2007 Pambazuka News : Issue 183

00.000.1999 there were indications of ballot box stuffing in Changara. A review of the film from the San Francisco chronicle states: “One thing the ...There ...

00.Oct.2006 Hirsi Ali in Kassel : "Immer mehr Frauen verhüllen sich wie Eulen"

01.Oct.2006 Hochrechnungen: Kanzler- Partei in Österreich verliert deutlich ...

Nun wird Amerika von einem neuen Kampf in Anspruch genommen, der den Kurs für ein neues Jahrhundert setzen wird.

Wir können und wir werden siegen.

Wir gehen voran in dem Vertrauen, dass der Urheber der Freiheit uns durch diese Stunden der Prüfung leiten wird. Danke und gute Nacht."

Die Herausforderung, die sich im größeren Nahen Osten abspielt, ist mehr als ein militärischer Konflikt.

Es ist der entscheidende ideologische Kampf unserer Zeit.

Auf der einen Seite sind die, die an Freiheit und Mäßigung glauben.

Auf der anderen Seite sind die Extremisten, die die Unschuldigen töten und ihre Absicht erklärt haben, unsere Lebensart zu zerstören. (...)

Um jedem irakischen Bürger einen Anteil an der Wirtschaft des Landes zu geben,

wird der Irak ein Gesetz verabschieden, das die Öl-Einnahmen unter allen Irakern verteilt
11.Jan.2007,1518,druck-459035,00.html Unsere Feinde im Irak werden alles unternehmen um sicherzustellen, dass unsere Fernsehbildschirme mit Bildern von Tod und Leiden gefüllt sind.
11.Jan.2007,1518,druck-459035,00.html Wenn die irakische Regierung ihren Versprechungen nicht nachkommt, wird sie die Unterstützung des amerikanischen Volkes verlieren. (...)
11.Jan.2007,1518,druck-459035,00.html Deswegen wird Amerika unsere Strategie ändern,
11.Jan.2007,1518,druck-459035,00.html Und es gab zu viele Restriktionen für die Truppen, die wir haben.
11.Jan.2007,1518,druck-459035,00.html Und eine Botschaft kam laut und deutlich zum Vorschein: Ein Scheitern im Irak wäre eine Katastrophe für die Vereinigten Staaten. (...)
11.Jan.2007,1518,druck-459035,00.html Aber 2006 geschah das Gegenteil. Die Gewalt im Irak, vor allem in Bagdad, überrannte die politischen Errungenschaften der Iraker.

Al-Qaida-Terroristen und sunnitische Aufständische erkannten die tödliche Gefahr, die die irakischen Wahlen für ihre Sache darstellten.

Und sie antworteten mit schändlichen Mordakten, gerichtet gegen unschuldige Iraker. (...)

Die Situation im Irak ist für das amerikanische Volk inakzeptabel - und sie ist inakzeptabel für mich.

Unsere Truppen im Irak haben tapfer gekämpft. Sie haben alles getan, worum wir sie gebeten haben.

Wo Fehler gemacht wurden, liegt die Verantwortung bei mir.

Es ist klar, dass wir unsere Strategie im Irak ändern müssen.

Daher haben mein Team für die nationale Sicherheit, militärische Kommandeure und Diplomaten eine umfassende Überprüfung vorgenommen.
Entscheidung der Zentralbank: Zinsen bleiben im Euro- Raum unverändert

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Aber Bush sagt, Amerika könne sich gar nicht zurückziehen, die Zukunft der ganzen Region stehe auf dem Spiel.

Riedel: Da hat er wohl Recht. Das Risiko ist ungeheuer hoch, es ist das Ergebnis seiner Entscheidung im Irak einzumarschieren.

Jetzt ist eingetreten, wovor uns Franzosen und Deutsche vor vier Jahren gewarnt haben: Die Lage wird Stück für Stück kritischer und die Optionen werden düsterer.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Die Empfehlungen der überparteilichen Baker-Hamilton-Kommission hat Bush beinahe vollständig ignoriert.

(AZ: III ZR 302/05). DPA

Bundesgerichtshof in Karlsruhe:

Rechte der Bürger gestärkt

Der geschädigte Bauträger hatte Mitte der 90er Jahre für 16 Millionen Euro auf der Ostsee-Insel Fehmarn 45 Ferienwohnungen gebaut und verkauft.

Die Gelder sollten erst fließen, sobald die Käufer im Grundbuch per Vormerkung eingetragen waren.

Darauf musste der Bauträger allerdings ein Jahr und acht Monate warten, weil der dafür zuständige Rechtspfleger des Amtsgerichts "überlastet" war.

Den Zinsschaden in Höhe von rund 450.000 Euro verlangt nun die finanzierende Sparkasse anstelle des insolventen Bauherren vom Land Schleswig-Holstein zurück.

Der BGH bejahte diese Ersatzansprüche wegen ungerechtfertigter Verzögerung. Laut Urteil hat jede Behörde "die Amtspflicht, Anträge mit der gebotenen Beschleunigung zu bearbeiten".

Sei dies wegen Überlastung des zuständigen Beamten nicht gewährleistet,

müssen etwa bei Grundbucheintragungen nicht nur die zuständigen Amtsgerichte, sondern auch übergeordnete Stellen bis hin zum Justizministerium Abhilfe schaffen.

Im aktuellen Fall muss nun das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Schleswig prüfen, inwieweit sie dazu in der Lage gewesen wären.

Zudem hat der Grundstückseigentümer laut BGH neben dem Amtshaftungsanspruch womöglich noch einen Anspruch auf Entschädigung für die entgangene Nutzung seines Eigentums,

weil die unzumutbare Verzögerung einem "enteignungsgleichen Eingriff" gleich komme. Auch dies muss das OLG nun prüfen.
Gerichtsurteil: Staat haftet für schlampige Verwaltung
Transplantation: Chirurg plant Gebärmutter- Verpflanzung
11.Jan.2007 EuGH- Entscheidung: Bundesagentur für Arbeit muss für Job- Vermittlung ins Ausland zahlen

11.Jan.2007 "Koalition der Willigen": Unterstützung für USA dramatisch geschrumpft
11.Jan.2007 US- Verbündete zu Bush: Lob für den Präsidenten - aber keine neuen Truppen
11.Jan.2007 Neue Irak- Strategie: "Ich habe Bush noch nie so verstört erlebt"
11.Jan.2007 Nicaragua: Ex- Revolutionsführer Ortega übernimmt die Macht
11.Jan.2007 Thailand: Angeblich ausgestorbene Schildkröten- Art taucht wieder auf

11.Jan.2007 Pipeline- Streit: Russisches Erdöl erreicht Deutschland
11.Jan.2007 Abhöraktion: Spionage- Münzen in US- Rüstungsfirmen aufgetaucht
Internationale Presseschau: Die Schlacht im Irak - Bushs letzte Chance
11.Jan.2007 Lebensretter Festplatte: Backups gegen die digitale Amnesie
Militäraktion: US- Truppen stürmen iranisches Konsulat in Arbil
11.Jan.2007 Heute in den Feuilletons: Die Goldene Kutsche der Monarchie

11.Jan.2007 Studie: In den USA leben 744.313 Obdachlose

11.Jan.2007 Bushs Grundsatzrede: "Ein Scheitern im Irak wäre eine Katastrophe"

11.Jan.2007 Kraftstoff aus Algen: Sprit aus dem Ozean

11.Jan.2007 Kleine Magellansche Wolke: Junge Sterne benehmen sich daneben

11.Jan.2007 Bruttoinlandsprodukt: Deutsche Wirtschaft wuchs 2006 rasant

11.Jan.2007 Gerichtsakte: Schmutzige Details der Yoko- Ono- Erpressung veröffentlicht
11.Jan.2007 IT- Sicherheit: Windows Vista - powered by NSA?
11.Jan.2007 Rechtsextremismus: NPD wächst, DVU und Reps schrumpfen

11.Jan.2007 Bushs TV- Ansprache: Mehr Blut, mehr Geld, mehr Zweifel
11.Jan.2007 Energiestreit: Russland pumpt wieder Erdöl durch die Druschba- Pipeline
Neue Strategie: Bush bekennt sich zu Fehlern in der Irak- Politik

11.Jan.2007 Venezuela: Chávez will unbegrenzte Amtszeit für Präsidenten
11.Jan.2007 Supreme Court Clears Patent Invalidity Suits - ScuttleMonkey 37 - The Empiricist writes

"The United States Supreme Court has cleared the way for entities to sue over the validity of a patent — even while paying user fees to the patent holder.

The eight-to-one Medimmune v. Genetech decision, written by Justice Scalia, held that by paying royalties to a patent holder, one does not necessarily waive the right to challenge the validity of the patent."
Astronomer Discovers the Most Distant Stars Ever Observed From Earth - ScuttleMonkey 154 - Cryolithic writes to tell us

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that a University of B.C. astronomer recently used NASA's Hubble telescope to see a cluster of stars one billion light-years from Earth, the farthest stars ever observed from Earth.

From the article: "That's interesting, he explains, because given that light travels at a finite speed - 300,000 km a second - the light emitted from the star cluster he and Kalirai saw was emitted one billion years ago.

That means the cluster as it appeared to them two months ago was the way it looked one billion years ago. In other words, they were looking one billion years back in time."
The source also said that the crash has been witnessed by people in several cities + mentioned that the rendezvous point is located 100 kilometers from the provincial capital city of Kerman.
He said that people in the city of Rafsanjan also reported to have witnessed a similar incident several days ago.
Similar crash incidents have been witnessed frequently during the last year all across Iran + officials believe that the objects could be spy planes or a hi-tech espionage device.


It was perhaps to help lay to rest the larger matter of the elder Bush's past associations

that the former president went out of his way during his recent eulogy for President Ford to sing the praises of the Warren Commission Report as the final authority on those days.

"After a deluded gunman assassinated President Kennedy, our nation turned to Gerald Ford and a select handful of others to make sense of that madness.

And a conspiracy theorist can say what they will, but the Warren Commission report will always have the final definitive say on this tragic matter.


Because Gerry Ford put his name on it + Gerry Ford's word was always good."

In fact, Ford's role on the Warren Commission is seen by many experts as a decisive factor in his rise to the top.

As a Commission member, Ford altered its report in a significant way.

00.000.1997 -As the Associated Press reported- “Thirty-three years ago,

Gerald R. Ford took pen in hand + changed - ever so slightly - the Warren Commission's key sentence on the place where a bullet entered John F. Kennedy's body when he was killed in Dallas.

The effect of Ford's change was to strengthen the commission's conclusion that a single bullet passed through Kennedy and severely wounded Texas Gov. John Connally - a crucial element in its finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman.”

This modification played a seminal role in ending talk of a larger conspiracy to kill the president.

Knowledge of Ford's alteration has encouraged theorists to scrutinize the constellation of other figures who might have had a motivation to cover up the affair.

Meanwhile, there is much more to learn about George H. W. Bush's friend, Thomas Devine.

The newly surfaced memos explain that Devine, from

00.000.1963 on, had authority from the agency to operate under commercial cover as part of an agency project code-named WUBRINY.

Devine at that time was employed with the Wall Street boutique Train, Cabot and Associates, described in the memos as an “investment banking firm which houses + manages the [CIA] proprietary corporation WUSALINE.” These nautical names - 'Saline' + 'Briny' - or, for the Bay of Pigs invasion 'Wave' - are CIA cryptonyms for the programs + companies involved.

George H.W. Bush's own ties are amplified in the

29.Nov.1975 CIA memo, dated November 29, which makes it clear that he had knowledge of CIA operations prior to being named the new director of the CIA in the fall of that year.

00.000.1975 -The-memo notes that, through his relationship with Devine, “Mr George Bush [the CIA director-designate] has prior knowledge of the now terminated project WUBRINY/LPDICTUM which was involved in proprietary commercial operations in Europe.”

00.000.1998 The Bush documents, part of a batch of 300,000 records the CIA provided to the House Select Committee on Assassinations,

were publicly released as the result of a lawsuit, donated to a foundation, scanned into a database - and only just noticed by an independent researcher.

Click the following to view original supporting documents: [1] [2] [3]

Russ Baker, founder of the Real News Project + Jonathan Z. Larsen, Real News editorial board member, are at work on a book about George W. Bush + the Bush clan, due out later this year.

They may be reached at: russ [at]
10.Jan.2007 Geologists Discover Origin of Earth's Mysterious Black Diamonds 

If indeed "a diamond is forever," the most primitive origins of Earth's so-called black diamonds were in deep, universal time, geologists have discovered.

Black diamonds came from none other than interstellar space. posted by Prof. Hex
10.Jan.2007 Human skin is an anthropologist's map 

For more than a decade, Jablonski has been trying to get her arms around a ubiquitous and yet mysterious topic: the biology, evolution and social function of human skin. The results of her studies have been published by the University of California Press as "Skin: A Natural History." posted by Prof. Hex
10.Jan.2007 Bush Sr. Early CIA Ties Revealed 

23.Nov.1963 -the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.-

Previously disclosed FBI files include a memo from bureau director J. Edgar Hoover,

noting that his organization had given a briefing to two men in the intelligence community on

The memo refers to one as "Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency" + the other as "Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency."
00.000.1988 -When Nation magazine contributor Joseph McBride first uncovered this document-

George Herbert Walker Bush,

then vice president + seeking the presidency, insisted through a spokesman that he was not the man mentioned in the memo:

"I was in Houston, Texas, at the time + involved in the independent oil drilling business.

00.000.1963 -in late- 'And I was running for the Senate.

I don't have any idea of what he's talking about." The spokesman added, "Must be another George Bush." Via Raw Story. posted by Prof. Hex
10.Jan.2007 Canary in a Coalmine  Thousands of birds fall from sky in W Australia
Bird Deaths Shut Down Downtown Austin
Barn owls dying by thousands along I-84 Hat tip.
posted by Prof. Hex
10.Jan.2007 Spies embedding tiny transmitters in Canadian coins, U.S. report says 

Canadian coins containing tiny transmitters have mysteriously turned up in the pockets of at least three American contractors who visited Canada, says a branch of the U.S. Defense Department.
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10.Jan.2007 John Gideon at BradBlog has a powerful story on the still-unreleased CIBER report -- which does exist, even though the Election Assistance Commission says it doesn't.
The Florida 13 race STILL ain't over:
Michael Collins has the important story of Democratic candidate Christine Jennings' fight to overturn the fisher-than-a-sushi-bar results of last November's race in that district.

10.Jan.2007 Election news Daniel Hopsicker is being sued by a leading figure within the giant voting machine firm ES&S:

A vice president of election giant Election Software & Services who figures in two separate controversies currently raging over the way American elections are run and American votes counted, has accused the MadCowMorningNews of slandering him in a recent article + announced plans to sue in Federal Court in Washington, D.C.
Gary Greenhalgh was instrumental in bringing electronic touch screen voting to Katherine Harris' Congressional district.

He sold $4.5 million worth of electronic voting machines to the Republican Election Supervisor of Sarasota County in Florida which are suspected of undercounting as many as 18,000 votes in the closely-contested Congressional election there "won" by the Republican candidate by a few hundred votes.
In addition to that brouhaha, Greenhalgh two decades ago helped establish the system of certification of U.S. electronic voting systems under increasing suspicion in a drama working its way out now concerning CIBER, Inc., a company which tests voting machines. He founded and later was President of The Election Center, a murky private non-profit based in Houston whose ill-defined quasi-public role in "certifying the certifiers" is at odds, say many computer experts, with the funding it has received from the very companies whose testing it approves, including CIBER.

Writing in Human Events, right-wing icon Oliver North argues, "Sending more U. S. combat troops [to Iraq] is simply sending more targets."
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10.Jan.2007 Antonia Juhasz Sizes Up the 'Bush Agenda' -

- Corporate Globalization, Oil, Wealth and Power -- A BuzzFlash Interview. Bush Will Send More Troops to Die in Iraq to Ensure U.S. Marketplace Dominance, Oil Company Concessions in Iraq + Because He is a Sociopath.

All Very Bad Reasons to Send People Off to be Killed.

10.Jan.2007 Tackling a top priority, House Democrats pushed a $2.10 an hour increase in the federal minimum wage toward passage Wednesday, calling it only a partial restoration of purchasing power for America's lowest-paid workers. Democrats Restore Congress from "Do-Nothing" to "Do-Something;" Homeland Security Bill Passes House on First Day -- A BuzzFlash News Alert

10.Jan.2007 CODEPINK, an organization of women who use innovative techniques and a sense of humor to try to end the Iraq War, have not forgotten the importance of highly visible protests.

They are the winner of this week's BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award."
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Join the Nationwide Day of Protest on Thursday, Jan. 11th! America Says NO More Troops! Click here for an event near you.
AP: "New" war plan sounds suspiciously like last year's 1/10

10.Jan.2007 A Veteran New York Times Reporter Pulls the Fire Alarm on the Christian Fascist Movement That's the Rocket Booster for the GOP: "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America"
10.Jan.2007 US- Truppenaufstockung: Bush gibt Fehler in der Irak- Strategie zu

10.Jan.2007 Druschba- Pipeline: Russisches Öl fließt wieder nach Europa

10.Jan.2007 Prognose 2007: Uno erwartet gebremste Weltkonjunktur
10.Jan.2007 US- Truppenaufstockung: Bush will Fehler in der Irak- Strategie zugeben

10.Jan.2007 Energie- Debatte: Atomstrom - ja, bitte?
10.Jan.2007 Vergewaltiger getötet: Hoffnung für junge Iranerin in der Todeszelle
10.Jan.2007 Hintergrund: Deutschlands Energie - alle Fakten

10.Jan.2007 Zerschlagung der Monopole: Energiekonzerne fürchten Enteignung
10.Jan.2007 Pipeline- Streit: "Druschba"- Leitung weiterhin blockiert
10.Jan.2007 Kreuther Klausur: CSU fordert strikte Kriterien für Bundeswehr- Einsätze
Kritik an US- Außenpolitik: Brzezinski bewertet Irakkrieg als Desaster
10.Jan.2007 US- Strategie: "Es gibt keine militärische Lösung für den Irak"
Raumfahrt: Briten wollen allein zum Mond
10.Jan.2007 Irak- Politik: Demokraten planen symbolischen Widerstand
10.Jan.2007 Monopole: EU- Kommission will Energiekonzerne zerschlagen
10.Jan.2007 Kühlsystem für Exoplaneten: Stürme in Überschall- Geschwindigkeit
10.Jan.2007 Klimapolitik: EU will Treibhausgas- Ausstoß um 20 Prozent senken
Berlin: Rot- roter Senat gegen Ehrenbürgerschaft für Biermann
10.Jan.2007 Media Misleading Americans By Using ‘Surge’ To Describe Bush Policy - Nico -  Research compiled by ThinkProgress shows that

00.Nov.2006 -when “surge” was first adopted by the mainstream media- the term was specifically defined as a “temporary,” “short-term” increase in U.S. forces.

In fact, we now know that the Bush administration + the most prominent advocates of escalation all reject a short-term increase in U.S. forces.

Rather, they advocate a long-term increase of forces lasting at least 18 months.

The media, in other words, has continued to use the term “surge” even though its definition has fundamentally changed.

The choice of words is not an academic point. A CBS poll released Monday found that only 18 % of Americans support an escalation of forces in Iraq.

However, when asked whether they support a “short-term troop increase,” the number jumps to 45 % approval (48 % disapproval).

Every time the media repeats the word “surge,” they are helping to mislead the American people about the long-term escalation being proposed.

Reporters and news organizations have a responsibility to stop using the term to describe President Bush’s policy.

Details below:



“In Washington, a leading Republican supporter of the war, Senator John McCain of Arizona, said American troops in Iraq were ‘fighting + dying for a failed policy.’

But Mr. McCain continued to argue vigorously for a short-term surge in American forces + he gained a vocal ally in Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina…” [New York Times, Brian Knowlton, 11/19/06]


“Speculation over a temporary surge in troops has been fueled in part by sources close to administration deliberations on Iraq strategy.” [Christian Science Monitor, Howard LaFranchi, 11/20/06]


“Under this mixture of options, which is gaining favor inside the military, the U.S. presence in Iraq, currently about 140,000 troops, would be boosted by 20,000 to 30,000 for a short period, the officials said.

The purpose of the temporary but notable increase, they said, would be twofold…” [Washington Post, Thomas Ricks, 11/20/06]


Pentagon officials conducting a review of Iraq strategy are considering a substantial but temporary increase in American troop levels +

the addition of several thousand more trainers to work with Iraqi forces, a senior Defense Department official said Monday.

The idea, dubbed the ’surge option’ by some officials, would involve increasing American forces by 20,000 troops or more for several months… ‘There are people who believe that a short-term surge would have a beneficial impact, but there isn’t universal agreement on that yet,’ said the senior official.” [New York Times, David Cloud, 11/21/06]


Let’s talk a bit about some of the plans that the Pentagon is supposedly considering.

First of all, sending 20,000 more troops into Iraq, a short-term surge in an effort to try to stabilize Baghdad. [Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC, 11/21/06]


“The new Marine Corps commandant General James Conway … said the idea some people are now suggesting of creating a temporary surge of U.S. forces in Iraq could be accomplished with the current force of about 180,000 Marines, but would have an undesirable impact later on.” [Brit Hume, Fox News, 11/22/06, available on Lexis]


“A temporary increase in US force levels in Iraq. And what General Conway said is that the Marine Corps could facilitate a temporary surge of no more than 60 days, really.

He said that’s about the limit.” [ABC News, Jonathan Karl, 11/22/06, available on Lexis]



“Sometime next week the President is expected to propose a surge in the number of U.S. forces in Iraq for a period of up to two years.” [Time, 1/4/07]


In a joint Washington Post op-ed, retired Gen. Jack Keane and right-wing scholar Fred Kagan said they needed to “cut through the confusion” +

admitted a troop increase would require “at least 30,000 combat troops lasting 18 months or so. Any other option is likely to fail.” [Washington Post joint op-ed, 12/27/06]


The New York Times reported on Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno.

“The new American operational commander in Iraq said Sunday that even with the additional American troops likely to be deployed in Baghdad under President Bush’s new war strategy it might take another ‘two or three years’ for American and Iraqi forces to gain the upper hand in the war. [New York Times, 1/8/07]


“There are two keys to any increase in U.S. force levels: It must be substantial + it must be sustained…

The worst of all worlds would be a small, short surge of U.S. forces.” [Sen. John McCain, Sacramento Bee op-ed, 1/9/07]
BREAKING: Bush escalation will cost $6.8 billion. - Nico -  

NBC News reports that President Bush will announce an escalation of 21,500 troops — 17,500 to Baghdad and 4,000 to Anbar province. The cost of the new strategy will be $6.8 billion.
FACT CHECK: Significant Number Of Recent Medical Breakthroughs Have Involved Embryonic Stem Cells - Guest -  

In Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Tony Snow said, “The vast majority of breakthroughs right now, virtually all, have involved those other than embryonic stem cells.”

In fact, however, over the last year there have been a large number of medical breakthroughs involving embryonic stem (ES) cells:

20.Jun.2006 CBS reports that ES cells have been used to help paralyzed rats walk.

05.Jul.2006 Science Daily reports that ES cells have been used to create T-cells, which could lead to a cure for AIDS.

11.Jul.2006 The Guardian reports that ES cells have been used to create sperm that successfully fertilize mouse eggs, which could aid those with infertility.

21.Sep.2006 The Washington Post reports that ES cells have been used to slow vision loss in rats.

23.Oct.2006 The Washington Post reports that ES cells have been used to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in rats.

31.Oct.2006 The New Scientist reports that ES cells have been used to create insulin-secreting cells, which could be used to treat diabetes.

10.Nov.2006 Nature reports that ES cells have been used to make a vaccine that protects mice from lung cancer.

22.Nov.2006 The New Scientist reports that ES cells have been used to create cardiovascular “precursor” cells, which could be used to treat heart disease.

Embryonic stem cells remain the most promising type of stem cell due to their ability to become any type of cell in the human body. Sam Berger
10.Jan.2007 Fox News Anchor Calls Ted Kennedy A ‘Hostile Enemy Right Here On The Home Front’ - Judd -  

This morning on Fox News, anchor Gretchen Carlson called Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) a “hostile enemy” of the USA because he has demanded that Congress vote on whether to approve funding for escalation in Iraq. In an interview with White House counselor Dan Bartlett, Carlson compared Kennedy to insurgents and terrorists in Iraq, saying that Kennedy represented the same kind of force “right here on the home front.” Watch it:

Dan Bartlett disagreed, saying that the White House doesn’t “view Ted Kennedy as a hostile enemy” of the USA. Digg It! Transcript:

GRETCHEN CARLSON: You talk about the hostile enemy, obviously being Iraq, but hostile enemies right here on the home front. Yesterday Senator Ted Kennedy, proposing that any kind of a troop surge should mean there should be congressional approval of that. A lot of democrats not coming to his side on this. But obviously this is not going to be an easy sell on Capitol Hill, even if it’s not an easy sell to the American Public.

BARTLETT: We don’t view Ted Kennedy as hostile enemy but we do view him to be an open and often critic of the war. He has been from the outset. I don’t think that’s anything new.
Romney supports escalation. - Nico -  

Prominent conservative and former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) “has broken his silence” on escalation, releasing a written statement this morning: “In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops. … Success will require rapid deployment.”
10.Jan.2007 January 10, 2007 - Think Progress -  

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow admitted yesterday that Congress had funding control over the Iraq war but said “ the president could ultimately do what he wants .” Snow told reporters, “The President has the ability to exercise his own authority if he thinks Congress has voted the wrong way.”

“ Last year was the warmest in the continental USA in the past 112 years — capping a nine-year warming streak ‘unprecedented in the historical record’ that was driven in part by the burning of fossil fuels, the government reported yesterday.”

“Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad,” the New York Times reports, “forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.”

Faculty members at Southern Methodist University, the “likely site” of Bush’s presidential library, “are raising sharp questions about the school’s identification with his presidency .” Yesterday, 150 faculty members voiced “a range of concerns, particularly on whether the school’s academic freedom and political independence might appear compromised by an association with not only the Bush library but also a museum that would accompany it.”

Federal prosecutors have notified a former deputy secretary of the interior, J. Steven Griles, that he is a target in the public corruption investigation of Jack Abramoff’s lobbying activities.”

Pentagon insiders say members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have long opposed the increase in troops and are only grudgingly going along with the plan because they have been promised that the military escalation will be matched by renewed political and economic efforts in Iraq.”

“An Army private charged with the slaughter of an Iraqi family was diagnosed as a homicidal threat by a military mental health team three months before the attack.” The private was given medication and ordered to “get some sleep,” then returned to duty the next day “in the particularly violent stretch of desert in the southern Baghdad suburbs known as the ‘Triangle of Death.’”

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) is now a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he “directs a program called ‘America’s Enemies,’” which will “focus on identifying, studying + heightening awareness of the threats posed to America and the West.”

National taxpayer advocate Nina Olson told Congress yesterday to “repeal the authority it gave the Internal Revenue Service to use private debt collectors,” calling the program “inefficient, uneconomical and prone to abuse.” 10.Jan.2007 Bush lifts Alaska drilling ban -Admin-“President Bush lifted the drilling ban Tuesday for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, clearing the way for the Interior Department to open the fish-rich waters to oil and natural gas development.”
10.Jan.2007 Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) Calls Kennedy’s Iraq Escalation Bill ‘A Good Idea’ - Payson -  

Today, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) said Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) new legislation requiring the president to gain congressional authority before escalating the Iraq war is “a good idea.” “The more the Congress can be involved in the decision making, the better,” Smith told . (Read more about the Kennedy bill here.)

Watch it:

Smith has called Bush’s Iraq policy “criminal,” a “dereliction,” and “deeply immoral.” Transcript:

BASH: But the President can no longer rely on a GOP firewall of support. Republican Senator Gordon Smith,

recently soured on the war, tells he thinks Kennedy’s idea for a new congressional authorization is a good one.

SMITH: But he more the Congress can be involved in the decision making, the better — and that is what the American people are asking for;

they are going to hold us accountable then let’s have the tools of accountability so we can be held responsible.
Bush Gravely Warns Democrats About America's Credibility - BG -
Bush Warns Democrats About Effects of Troop Pullout From IraqPresident Bush gravely warned House Democrats yesterday that America's credibility would be shattered if the USA pulled its troops from Iraq...

What credibility? Sorry!

That was shattered when Bush gravely warned the entire world about Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction.



No, Seriously. We're certainly very... Source:
10.Jan.2007 Did the 9/11 Commission receive all the documents it requested? (David Marin/ ...) - BG -
Did the 9/11 Commission receive all the documents it requested?

Davis Releases Berger Report — Washington, D.C. - Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Tom Davis (R-VA) released the following statement today on a committee report that sheds important new light … Source: - David Marin Link:… memeorandum permalink... Source:
10.Jan.2007 Lawyers, Guns and Money: Proxy - BG -Well, the "Ethiopia would have attacked anyway" defense of US support for the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia is looking worse all the time
10.Jan.2007 How Coordinated is this kind of Kennedy/Kerry 'fake' opposition? -BG- US Senator Edward Kennedy has launched a bid to prevent President George W Bush sending more troops to Iraq.
10.Jan.2007 Another bloody silly conspiracy theory - BG -
We all make assumptions. Four guys were carrying bombs that blew up.

They knew each other, they had travelled together that day, twoAsians from Leeds, an Asian friend from Leeds who had moved to Luton + a West Indian guy who had recently arrived in Aylesbury.

The four men joined the Thamesmead train from Luton to London Kings Cross carrying rucksacks.

They looked, said a police man who has... Source:
10.Jan.2007 Norman Solomon: The Headless Horseman of the Apocalypse - BG -

We can blame Bush all we want -- and he does hold the reins right now -- but his main enablers these days are the fastidious public servants in Congress.... Source:
10.Jan.2007 Black Oops! - BG -
The recriminations appear to be well and truly underway now that the 'cat is out of the bag'. A sign perhaps that some at MI5 have begun to play the blame game.

Some sections of the press eye each other, warily trying to anticipate who'll break the story first, who's head will roll and who's bacon is safe?

To think... the Security Service, terrorised as a result of their own wire taps, hung by their own infostructure. Fear is a two way street. Source:
10.Jan.2007 Officials believe White House chose new Intelligence chief in effort to darken Iran Intelligence Estimate, broaden domestic surveillan - BG -
Nominee's company audited SWIFT banking spy program
The nomination of retired Vice Admiral John Michael "Mike" McConnell to be Director of National Intelligence is part of an effort by the Vice President to tighten the Administration's grip on domestic intelligence + grease the wheels for a more aggressive stance towards Iran, current and former intelligence officials believe.

10.Jan.2007 Santorum Gets A New Job As Director Of "America's Enemies Program" For The Ethics And Public Policy Center... - BG -
Rick Santorum has gone from junior senator to senior fellow: As of today, the Pennsylvania Republican is an employee of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank.

"I want to contribute to the world of ideas," he says. After 16 years in Congress -- four in the House, 12 in the Senate -- Santorum lost his bid for reelection in November.

Yet he hopes to remain in the public spotlight as director of the EPPC's brand-new America's Enemies program. ...   Source:
10.Jan.2007 Rebuttal to DODIG and SSCI reports on Able Danger - BG -
Just received the following from sources in the House in response to the SSCI "investigation" of Able Danger.

Click here for a fifteen page rebuttal of the DODIG report, on which SSCI relied.

Here is their introduction: We always suspected + received many indications, that the SSCI "investigation" of ABLE DANGER was pursued lethargically and with great reluctance.

SSCI deliberately avoided witnesses who could corroborate the claims of the ABLE DANGER team.

SSCI refused to exercise its subpoena powers against targets we recommended that could have cracked the case.

Many in the public and among the press fail to understand that SSCI, like the DOD IG, is an oversight institution in name only. The truth is that the relationship between SSCI and the intelligence agencies they oversee, and... Source:
10.Jan.2007 WSJ: CIA Blocking Investigation Of Fmr. Director Linked To Incarcerated Ex. Rep Cunningham... - BG -
The CIA is refusing to cooperate with federal prosecutors investigating the Duke Cunningham scandal, the Wall Street Journal's Scott Paltrow reports today. Before getting caught in 2005, Cunningham was involved in a sprawling corruption ring between Congress and the national security community. The scandal allegedly enjoyed the participation of current and former CIA officials, including Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the executive director of the agency. Foggo would be the highest-ranking CIA official to be prosecuted in the agency's history, according to Paltrow. ... Source:

09.Jan.2007 OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today - January 9, 2007 - BG -Best of the Web Today - By JAMES TARANTO

Gas, Lies and Audiotape
31.Jan.2003 -It was-. Congress had declared war on the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein

3 1/2 months earlier, but the actual shooting would not begin for another month and a half.

The New York Times was urging America to back away from the conflict + the paper's op-ed page published a piece by one Stephen C. Pelletiere, an erstwhile CIA analyst, who asked:

"Until Washington gives us proof of Saddam Hussein's supposed atrocities, why are we picking on Iraq on human rights grounds, particularly when there are so many other repressive regimes Washington supports?"
10.Jan.2007 Pollard is hardly the only Israeli spy operating in the USA.

He just had the misfortune to get caught.

Here are just a few examples of the Israeli spy operations that have been detected.

00.000.1947 Information collected by the ADL in its spy operations on US citizens is used by the House Select Committee on Unamerican Activities. Subcommittee Chair Clare Hoffman dismisses the ADL's reports on suspected communists as "hearsay."

00.000.1950 John Davitt, former chief of the Justice Department's internal security section notes that the Israeli intelligence service is the second most active in the USA after the Soviets.

00.000.1954 A hidden microphone planted by the Israelis is discovered in the Office of the US Ambassador in Tel Aviv.

00.000.1956 Telephone taps are found connected to two telephones in the residence of the US military attaché in Tel Aviv.

00.000.1954 "The Lavon Affair". Israeli agents recruit Egyptian citizens of Jewish descent to bomb Western targets in Egypt + plant evidence to frame Arabs, in an apparent attempt to upset US-Egyptian relations. Israeli defense minister Pinchas Lavon is eventually removed from office, though many think real responsibility lay with David Ben-Gurion.

00.000.1965 Israel apparently illegally obtains enriched uranium from NUMEC Corporation. (Washington Post, 6/5/86, Charles R. Babcock, "US an Intelligence Target of the Israelis, Officials Say.")

00.000.1967 Israel attacks the USS Liberty, an intelligence gathering vessel flying a US flag, killing 34 crew members. See "Assault on the Liberty," by James M. Ennes, Jr. (Random House). In 2004, Captain Ward Boston, Senior Legal Counsel for the Navy's Court of Inquiry into the attack swears under oath that President Lyndon Johnson ordered the investigation to conclude accident, even though the evidence indicates the attack was deliberate. Given the use by Israel of unmarked boats and planes + the machine-gunning of USS Liberty's lifeboats, the most likely explanation is that USS Liberty was to be sunk with all hands, with evidence left to frame Egypt for the sinking. This would have dragged the US into the war on Israel's side.

00.000.1970 While working for Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Richard Perle is caught by the FBI giving classified information to Israel. Nothing is done.

00.000.1978, Stephen Bryen, then a Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer, is overheard in a DC hotel offering confidential documents to top Israeli military officials.

Bryen obtains a lawyer, Nathan Lewin + the case heads for the grand jury, but is mysteriously dropped. Bryen later goes to work for Richard Perle.

00.000.1979 Shin Beth [the Israeli internal security agency] tries to penetrate the US Consulate General in Jerusalem through a "Honey Trap", using a clerical employee who was having an affair with a Jerusalem girl.

00.000.1985 The New York Times reports the FBI is aware of at least a dozen incidents in which American officials transferred classified information to the Israelis, quoting [former Assistant Director of the F.B.I.] Mr. [Raymond] Wannal. The Justice Department does not prosecute.

00.000.1985 Richard Smyth, the owner of MILCO, is indicted on charges of smuggling nuclear timing devices to Israel (Washington Post, 10/31/86).

00.000.1987 April 24 Wall Street Journal headline: "Role of Israel in Iran-Contra Scandal Won't be Explored in Detail by Panels"

00.000.1992 The Wall Street Journal reports that Israeli agents apparently tried to steal Recon Optical Inc's top-secret airborne spy-camera system.

00.000.1992 Stephen Bryen, caught offering confidential documents to Israel 00.000.1978, is serving on board of the pro-Israeli Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs while continuing as a paid consultant -- with security clearance -- on exports of sensitive US technology.

00.000.1992 "The Samson Option," by Seymour M. Hersh reports, "Illicitly obtained intelligence was flying so voluminously from LAKAM into Israeli intelligence that a special code name, JUMBO, was added to the security markings already on the documents. There were strict orders, Ari Ben-Menashe recalled: "Anything marked JUMBO was not supposed to be discussed with your American counterparts."

00.000.1993. The ADL is caught operating a massive spying operation on critics of Israel, Arab-Americans, the San Francisco Labor Council, ILWU Local 10, Oakland Educational Association, NAACP, Irish Northern Aid, International Indian Treaty Council, the Asian Law Caucus and the San Francisco police. Data collected was sent to Israel + in some cases to South Africa.

Pressure from Jewish organizations forces the city to drop the criminal case, but the ADL settles a civil lawsuit for an undisclosed sum of cash.

00.000.1995 The Defense Investigative Service circulates a memo warning US military contractors that "Israel aggressively collects [US] military and industrial technology."

The report stated that Israel obtains information using "ethnic targeting, financial aggrandizement + identification and exploitation of individual frailties" of US citizens.

00.000.1996 A General Accounting Office report "Defense Industrial Security: Weaknesses in US Security Arrangements With Foreign-Owned Defense Contractors" found that according to intelligence sources "Country A" (identified by intelligence sources as Israel, Washington Times, 2/22/96) "conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the USA of any US ally."

The Jerusalem Post (8/30/96) quoted the report, "Classified military information and sensitive military technologies are high-priority targets for the intelligence agencies of this country."

The report described "An espionage operation run by the intelligence organization responsible for collecting scientific and technologic information for [Israel] paid a US government employee to obtain US classified military intelligence documents." The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (Shawn L. Twing, 00.Apr.1996) noted that this was "a reference to the 1985 arrest of Jonathan Pollard, a civilian US naval intelligence analyst who provided Israel's LAKAM [Office of Special Tasks] espionage agency an estimated 800,000 pages of classified US intelligence information."

The GAO report also noted that "Several citizens of [Israel] were caught in the USA stealing sensitive technology used in manufacturing artillery gun tubes."

00.000.1996 An Office of Naval Intelligence document, "Worldwide Challenges to Naval Strike Warfare" reported that "US technology has been acquired [by China] through Israel in the form of the Lavi fighter + possibly SAM [surface-to-air] missile technology." Jane's Defense Weekly (2/28/96) noted that "until now, the intelligence community has not openly confirmed the transfer of US technology [via Israel] to China."

The report noted that this "represents a dramatic step forward for Chinese military aviation." (Flight International, 3/13/96)

00.000.1997 An Army mechanical engineer, David A. Tenenbaum, "inadvertently" gives classified military information on missile systems and armored vehicles to Israeli officials (New York Times, 2/20/97).

00.000.1997 The Washington Post reports US intelligence has intercepted a conversation in which two Israeli officials had discussed the possibility of getting a confidential letter that then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher had written to Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.

One of the Israelis, identified only as "Dov", had commented that they may get the letter from "Mega", the code name for Israel's top agent inside the USA.

00.000.1997 US ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, complains privately to the Israeli government about heavy-handed surveillance by Israeli intelligence agents.

00.000.1997 Israeli agents place a tap on Monica Lewinsky's phone at the Watergate + record phone sex sessions between her + President Bill Clinton.

The Ken Starr report confirms that Clinton warned Lewinsky their conversations were being taped + ended the affair. At the same time, the FBI's hunt for "Mega" is called off.

00.000.2001 It is discovered that US drug agents' communications have been penetrated.

Suspicion falls on two companies, AMDOCS and Comverse Infosys, both owned by Israelis.

AMDOCS generates billing data for most US phone companies and is able to provide detailed logs of who is talking to whom.

Comverse Infosys builds the tapping equipment used by law enforcement to eavesdrop on all American telephone calls, but suspicion forms that Comverse, which gets half of its research and development budget from the Israeli government, has built a back door into the system that is being exploited by Israeli intelligence + that the information gleaned on US drug interdiction efforts is finding its way to drug smugglers.

The investigation by the FBI leads to the exposure of the largest foreign spy ring ever uncovered inside the USA, operated by Israel.

Half of the suspected spies have been arrested when 9-11 happens.

11.Sep.2001 5 Israelis are arrested for dancing + cheering while the World Trade Towers collapse.

Supposedly employed by Urban Moving Systems, the Israelis are caught with multiple passports + a lot of cash. Two of them are later revealed to be Mossad.

As witness reports track the activity of the Israelis, it emerges that they were seen at Liberty Park at the time of the first impact, suggesting a foreknowledge of what was to come.

The Israelis are interrogated + then eventually sent back to Israel.

The owner of the moving company used as a cover by the Mossad agents abandons his business + flees to Israel.

The USA Government then classifies all of the evidence related to the Israeli agents + their connections to 9-11.

All of this is reported to the public via a four part story on Fox News by Carl Cameron.

Pressure from Jewish groups, primarily AIPAC, forces Fox News to remove the story from their website.

11.Sep.2001 -Two hours prior to the 9-11 attacks- Odigo, an Israeli company with offices just a few blocks from the World Trade Towers, receives an advance warning via the internet.

The manager of the New York Office provides the FBI with the IP address of the sender of the message, but the FBI does not follow up.

00.000.2001 The FBI is investigating 5 Israeli moving companies as possible fronts for Israeli intelligence.

00.000.2001 JDL's Irv Rubin arrested for planning to bomb a US Congressman. He dies before he can be brought to trial.

00.000.2002 The DEA issues a report that Israeli spies, posing as art students, have been trying to penetrate US Government offices.

00.000.2002 police near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in southern Washington State stop a suspicious truck and detain two Israelis, one of whom is illegally in the USA.

The two men were driving at high speed in a Ryder rental truck, which they claimed had been used to "deliver furniture."

The next day, police discovered traces of TNT + RDX military-grade plastic explosives inside the passenger cabin and on the steering wheel of the vehicle.

The FBI then announces that the tests that showed explosives were "false positived" by cigarette smoke, a claim test experts say is ridiculous.

Based on an alibi provided by a woman, the case is closed and the Israelis are handed over to INS to be sent back to Israel.

One week later, the woman who provided the alibi vanishes.

00.000.2003 The Police Chief of Cloudcroft stops a truck speeding through a school zone.

The drivers turn out to be Israelis with expired passports.

Claiming to be movers, the truck contains junk furniture and several boxes. The Israelis are handed over to immigration. The contents of the boxers are not revealed to the public.

00.000.2003 Israel deploys assassination squads into other countries, including the USA. The US Government does not protest.

00.000.2004 Police near the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Tennessee stop a truck after a three mile chase, during which the driver throws a bottle containing a strange liquid from the cab.

The drivers turn out to be Israelis using fake Ids. The FBI refuses to investigate and the Israelis are released.

00.000.2004 Two Israelis try to enter Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, home to eight Trident submarines. The truck tests positive for explosives.

This brings us to the present scandal.

Two years into an investigation of AIPAC's possible role as a spy front for Israel, Larry Franklin, a mid-level Pentagon Analyst is observed by the FBI giving classified information to two officials of AIPAC suspected of being Israeli spies.

AIPAC hires lawyer Nathan Lewin to handle their legal defense, the same lawyer who defended suspected Israeli spy Stephen Bryen 00.000.1978.
10.Jan.2007 Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals EMAIL THIS PAGE TO A FRIEND

Once again, Israel has been caught with spies at the highest levels of the US Government. At the heart of the investigation are two people who work at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

The FBI investigation, headed up by Dave Szady, has involved wiretaps, undercover surveillance and photography that CBS News was told document the passing of classified information from the mole, to the men at AIPAC + on to the Israelis.

CBS sources say that last year the suspected spy, described as a trusted analyst at the Pentagon, turned over a presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran while it was, "in the draft phase when U.S. policy-makers were still debating the policy." This put the Israelis, according to one source, "inside the decision-making loop" so they could "try to influence the outcome." [ CBS News]

Once again Israel denies wrongdoing, or faced with incontrovertible evidence (in this case one of the spies has reportedly cooperated with the FBI) dismisses the spying with the claim that such spying is harmless, because Israel and the USA are such good friends.

Well, let us take a closer look at that idea of "harmless espionage" by recalling Israel's most famous failed spy, Jonathan Pollard.

Jonathan Pollard is an American of Jewish descent, born in Galveston Texas, who established a career as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy.

There have been many theories offered as to why Pollard decided to betray his country of birth to the Jewish state, but that Pollard did betray his country of birth to Israel is beyond all doubt. Pollard's defense was that he did not spy so much against the USA, only that he spied for Israel, sending them documents that in his opinion the US should have shared with Israel anyway.
"Bush Senior Early CIA Ties Revealed" - BG -
>From The Real News Project: "Newly released internal CIA documents assert that former president George Herbert Walker Bush's oil company emerged from a 1950's collaboration with a covert CIA officer.

"Bush has long denied allegations that he had connections to the intelligence community prior to 1976, when he became Central Intelligence Agency director under President Gerald Ford. At the time,...

10.Jan.2007 Stench in N.Y.C. traced to N.J., officials say - BG -

"With the way we tracked the dispersion of the smell and the prevailing winds indicates that it came from New Jersey, somewhere near Secaucus," Sturcken said early today by telephone.

10.Jan.2007 New 24 Season Showcases Mass Terror, Concentration Camps - Paul Joseph Watson 24 Opener Contains Mass Terror Attacks And Justifying Building Concentration Camps In America Propaganda Keeps Being

Pushed by FOX
The USA Of Hysteria - Paul Joseph Watson -Strange smells and dead birds frighten many in the age of terror
10.Jan.2007 Full Steam Ahead For "The Invasion" & The American Union - Paul Joseph Watson -Government funded drug running cartels, secret illegal social security programs and Pesos for Pizzas.
10.Jan.2007 Texas Prison Camp Future American Gulag? - Paul Joseph Watson -Detention facility currently holds as many as 200 children incarcerated after midnight arrests
10.Jan.2007 Fair Jury Could Crack Diana Cover-Up - Paul Joseph Watson -Queen backs away from Royal jury as whitewash charges pre-empt inquest hearing
10.Jan.2007 Democrats Beef Police State With 9/11 Commission Bill - Paul Joseph Watson -Political "opposition" also helping Bush gain traction for Iran military strike
10.Jan.2007 Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) Calls Kennedy’s Iraq Escalation Bill ‘A Good Idea’ - Payson -  

Today, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) said Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) new legislation requiring the president to gain congressional authority before escalating the Iraq war is “a good idea.” “The more the Congress can be involved in the decision making, the better,” Smith told . (Read more about the Kennedy bill here.) Watch it:

Smith has called Bush’s Iraq policy “criminal,” a “dereliction,” and “deeply immoral.” Transcript:

BASH: But the President can no longer rely on a GOP firewall of support. Republican Senator Gordon Smith, recently soured on the war, tells he thinks Kennedy’s idea for a new congressional authorization is a good one.

SMITH: But he more the Congress can be involved in the decision making, the better — and that is what the American people are asking for; they are going to hold us accountable then let’s have the tools of accountability so we can be held responsible.
Snow Falsely Claims That Bush Said ‘Just The Opposite’ Of ‘Mission Accomplished’ - Amanda -  

In today’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow tried to distance President Bush from his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, claiming that Bush said “just the opposite” of “Mission Accomplished”:

I think the public ought to just listen to what the president has to say. You know that the mission accomplished banner was put up by members of the USS Abraham Lincoln + the president, on that very speech, said just the opposite, didn’t he?

For that

01.May 2003 Bush stood in front of a large banner that read, “Mission Accomplished.”

In the opening of his speech, he declared, “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.

In the battle of Iraq, the USA and our allies have prevailed.”

He called the “battle of Iraq” a “victory.”

In his radio address shortly after the speech, he boasted, “I delivered good news to the men and women who fought in the cause of freedom: their mission is complete and major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”

Additionally, as Bob Woodward reported in October, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had to pressure the White House to take out of the speech the actual phrase “Mission Accomplished,” but he couldn’t “get the sign down.”

In Oct. 2003, then-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan admitted that the White House — not members of USS Lincoln — had “take[n] care of the production of the banner.”

Full transcript below:

QUESTION: Tony, this goes to your previous acknowledgment that the president is aware of public anxiety about the situation in Iraq.

What would your guidance be to a public that has seen the president stand under a mission accomplished banner, proclaim an end to major combat operations, a vice president talking about the last throes?

How should the public go into viewing this speech tomorrow?

SNOW: I think the public ought to just listen to what the president has to say.

You know that the mission accomplished banner was put up by members of the USS Abraham Lincoln + the president, on that very speech, said just the opposite, didn’t he?

He said it was the end of major combat operations, but he did not say it was the end of operations.

Instead, he cautioned people at the time that there would be considerable continued violence in Iraq + that there would be continued operations for a long period of time.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT),- Payson- the “new chairman of the powerful U.S. senate banking committee,” today “vowed to crack down on ‘outrageous’ credit card fees + unscrupulous lenders that target minorities + military families.”
10.Jan.2007 Murtha takes aim at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo. - Nico -  

“Now that he is back in power, [Rep. John] Murtha (D-PA) wants to make sure Abu Ghraib prison is shut down + he is sending his staff to inspect conditions at Guantanamo in Cuba.” Referring to the upcoming military supplemental legislation, Murtha said, “I will try to shut it [Abu Ghraib] down in this bill.

00.May 2004 President Bush “vowed in a speech to build ‘a modern, maximum security prison’ + then destroy Abu Ghraib prison — with the Iraq government’s approval.”
FACT CHECK: Congress Has Repeatedly Placed Limits On Military Deployments And Funding - Judd -  

Tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST, President Bush will address the nation and announce an escalation of the war in Iraq by sending about 20,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq. Can Congress do anything about it?

Some members have claimed that anything other than symbolic action is unconstitutional. Legal scholars on both the left and the right say that’s false. History supports their case.

A new report from the Center for American Progress details how, over the last 35 years, Congress has passed bills, enacted into law, that capped the size of military deployments, prohibited funding for existing or prospective deployment + placed limits and conditions on the timing and nature of deployments. Some examples:

December 1970. P.L. 91-652 — Supplemental Foreign Assistance Law. The Church-Cooper amendment prohibited the use of any funds for the introduction of U.S. troops to Cambodia or provide military advisors to Cambodian forces.

December 1974. P.L. 93-559 — Foreign Assistance Act of 1974. The Congress established a personnel ceiling of 4000 Americans in Vietnam within six months of enactment and 3000 Americans within one year.

June 1983. P.L. 98-43 — The Lebanon Emergency Assistance Act of 1983. The Congress required the president to return to seek statutory authorization if he sought to expand the size of the U.S. contingent of the Multinational Force in Lebanon.

June 1984. P.L. 98-525 — The Defense Authorization Act.

The Congress capped the end strength level of USA forces assigned to permanent duty in European NATO countries at 324,400.
November 1993. P.L. 103-139. The Congress limited the use of funding in Somalia for operations of U.S. military personnel only until March 31, 1994, permitting expenditure of funds for the mission thereafter only if the president sought and Congress provided specific authorization.

Read the full report for more examples.
10.Jan.2007 Exxon’s New Position On Global Warming, Same As Its Old Position On Global Warming - Amanda -  

The Guardian is reporting that ExxonMobil chairman + CEO Rex Tillerson recently promised investors that it plans to “soften” its public image on global warming.

But as one person at the meeting noted, Exxon doesn’t actually plan to change its positions:

Chairman and chief executive Rex Tillerson made clear to a select group of top Wall Street fund managers + equity analysts that it would not be changing its basic position on global warming - just explain it better. …

A note put out after the meeting by Fadel Gheit, oil analyst at the Oppenheimer brokerage in New York, says the company “has clearly taken a much less adversial + more reconciliatory position on key environmental issues.”

But the note adds: “ Although the tone has changed, the substance remains the same .”

The company told the Guardian that its official position on climate change is that greenhouse gas emissions “are one of the factors that contribute to climate change” and despite the “scientific uncertainties, the risk (of global warming) is so great that it justifies taking action.”

Exxon can attempt to soften its language as much as it wants, but its record remains clear.

According to a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Exxon has “funneled nearly $16 million between 1998 and 2005 to a network of 43 advocacy organizations that seek to confuse the public on global warming science.” The big-oil front group the Competitive Enterprise Institute has received $1.6 million from Exxon since 1998, using the funding to distort global warming research and attack any meaningful action to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.
10.Jan.2007 Kennedy Introduces Bill Requiring Congressional Approval For Iraq Escalation - Nico -  

Today, Sen. Ted Kennedy will introduce the first legislation demanding accountability for President Bush’s Iraq policy. Kennedy’s bill will require the president to gain new congressional authority before escalating the war in Iraq. Below, a summary of the bill from Kennedy’s office:

The legislation requires the Congress to vote before the President escalates troop levels in Iraq.

The legislation claims the people’s right to a full voice in the President’s plan to send more troops into the Iraq civil war. It says that no funds can be spent to send additional troops to Iraq unless Congress approves the President’s proposed escalation of American forces.

The Iraq War Resolution of 2002 authorized a war against the regime of Saddam Hussein because he was believed to have weapons of mass destruction and an operational relationship with Al Qaeda + was in defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolutions.

The mission of our armed forces today in Iraq no longer bears any resemblance to the mission authorized by Congress.

Iraq has descended into civil war and sectarian violence continues to escalate. …

President Bush should not be permitted to increase the number of USA troops in harm’s way in the civil war without a specific new authorization from Congress.

ThinkProgress has obtained a copy of the bill, which you can read HERE.

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Oliver North Says Nearly All U.S. Troops In Iraq Oppose Escalation - Judd -  

Last night on the O’Reilly Factor, former Col. Oliver North — now a conservative military analyst for Fox News — said that on his recent trip to Baghdad he learned that “nearly all” U.S. troops opposed escalating the war in Iraq. They told North, “We don’t need more American troops; we need more Iraqi troops.”

North added that Bush’s proposal “sounds eerily like Lyndon Johnson’s plan to save Vietnam in the 60s by gradual escalation as a way not to lose.”

Greg Sargent has more. Transcript:

NORTH: No, I don’t. None of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and marines that I interviewed in my eighth trip told me they wanted more US boots on the ground. Nearly all expressed just the opposite. ‘We don’t need more American troops; we need more Iraqi troops’ was a common refrain. My concern is that incremental increase in US troop strength…as first suggested last summer during the congressional campaign sounds eerily like Lyndon Johnson’s plan to save Vietnam in the 60s by gradual escalation as a way not to lose.
January 9, 2007 - Think Progress -  

After a meeting between President Bush and more than 30 Republican senators yesterday, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) said, “‘It was clear to me that a decision has been made for a surge ‘ of at least 20,000 additional troops.” Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) noted that most senators didn’t embrace Bush’s plan: “I think I was the only senator who acted like he would be supportive.”

The CIA has submitted portions of a book manuscript by former Director George Tenet to the White House for review amid speculation the memoirs will be critical of President Bush. A CIA spokesman denied allegations that the book had been submitted for review of negative comments about Bush.

The new congressional leadership’s “100 hour agenda” begins today as the House votes on a bill to enact several 9/11 Commission recommendations. Commission co-chair Lee Hamilton said yesterday, “if this bill is enacted, then almost all of the recommendations of the commission will have been put into law” and the “American people will be safer.

$2 trillion. The amount the U.S. spent on health care, “fueled by the cost of hospital care, doctor fees and prescription drugs.” “Health-care spending grew 6.9 % to about $1.99 trillion from about $1.86 trillion in 2004.”

“Tony Blair will make clear this week that Britain is not going to send more troops to Iraq even if the US pushes ahead with a ’surge.’” The Prime Minister will “insist that the UK will stick to its own strategy of gradually handing over to the Iraqi army.”

One in eight. Number of Iraqis who have now left their homes, “with up to 50,000 people leaving each month,” according to the U.N. Refugee Agency. It noted that the “exodus was the largest long-term movement since the displacement of the Palestinians after the creation of Israel 00.000.1948.”

A federal investigation of former CIA Executive Director Kyle “Dusty” Foggo “has stalled because of CIA reluctance to turn over classified documents requested by prosecutors, people close to the investigation say.” Foggo is under scrutiny for his role in the Duke Cunningham scandal.

President Bush “pushed for renewal of the No Child Left Behind education law Monday in a meeting with congressional leaders but was noncommittal on their request for more money to help schools meet the law’s requirements.”

A Pentagon Inspector General review of offices under former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith is “expected to be completed within the next few weeks.”

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Monday proposed a system of universal health insurance for Californians that would make the nation’s most populous state the third to guarantee medical coverage for all its residents.” Some 6.5 million people, one-fifth of the state’s population, do not have health insurance.
10.Jan.2007 26. - Nico -   %-age of Americans who support the job President Bush is doing in Iraq, a record low, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll. “Bush will outline his ‘new way forward’ in Iraq on Wednesday to a nation that overwhelmingly opposes sending more U.S. troops and is increasingly skeptical that the war can be won.”
10.Jan.2007 Congress can check Bush on escalation. - Nico -

So says legal experts Marty Lederman (Georgetown University professor) and Neil Kinkopf (President Clinton’s former constitutional advisor), as well as House Defense Appropriations Chairman Jack Murtha (D-PA). Watch it:
10.Jan.2007 Say cheese. - Nico -

CREW finds the first second photo of President Bush and criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff, taken at a December 2003 fundraiser.

Flashback: Abramoff: “[Bush] has one of the best memories of any politician I have ever met. … The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings + joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything. Who knows.”
10.Jan.2007 Saddam's Well-Timed Execution - sfux Robert Parry -

The rushed hanging of Saddam Hussein appears even more sinister after the genocide trial resumed for his co-defendants with the playing of a tape recording in which the dead dictator chillingly describes the lethality of chemical weapons on civilians.If George W. Bush hadn't...
Die neue (Un)Sicherheitspolitik Deutschlands (5) Wechselbalg Deutsche Marine - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

Nach der Mythologie ist ein Wechselbalg ein unterschobener Säugling. Für ?Kuckuckskinder? machte man böse Geister oder, um im Sprachgebrauch der Militärs zu bleiben, ?Feinde? verantwortlich. Die Marinen anderer Staaten können auf historische Beständigkeit verweisen, jedoch nicht die Deutsche Marine, die von staatlichen Wechseln geprägt wurde und dem entsprechend...
Die neue (Un)Sicherheitspolitik Deutschlands (6) "Peng Bumm Paff Buff"... - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

Aufgrund mangelnder Rohstoffe im eigenen Land war die Bundesrepublik Deutschland schon immer ein Rohstoff importierendes und fertige Produkte exportierendes Land. Das Bundeswehr-Weißbuch nimmt dazu auf seiner Seite 23 Stellung: ?Deutschland, dessen wirtschaftlicher Wohlstand vom Zugang zu Rohstoffen, Waren und Ideen abhängt,...
American Passports Found on Bodies of Al Qaeda Fighters in Somalia - sfux Alexis Debat -

A senior official in the Somali government's new Ministry of the Interior told ABC News government forces had recovered "dozens of foreign passports," including several American passports, on the bodies of al Qaeda fighters killed...
US-Atom-U-Boot hat Tanker gerammt - sfux Ein atombetriebenes amerikanisches U-Boot ist im Arabischen Meer nahe der Strasse von Hormus mit einem japanischen Tanker kollidiert.
Japanische Medien zitierten einen Vertreter der US-Marine sowie den Ölkonzern Showa Shell Sekiyu, wonach es bei dem Zusammenstoss am Vorabend Ortszeit weder zu einem radioaktiven noch zu einem Ölleck kam.
Das atomar betriebene Jagd-U-Boot «USS Newport News» der Los- Angeles-Klasse sei südlich der Strasse von Hormus...

10.Jan.2007 Negroponte ins US-Aussenministerium - sfux SDA -

US-Geheimdienstdirektor John Negroponte wird neuer Vize-Aussenminister. US-Präsident George W. Bush wolle den Postenwechsel am Freitag bekannt geben, teilte ein ranghoher Regierungsvertreter mit.
Nach Angaben des Senders NBC hat Negroponte bereits akzeptiert, Stellvertreter von Aussenministerin Condoleezza Rice zu werden. Das Vizeamt ist seit dem Rücktritt von Robert Zoellick im Juni vergangenen Jahres unbesetzt.Der 67-jährige...

Bush's Rush to Armageddon - sfux Robert Parry -

George W. Bush's shakeup of top military and intelligence officials for the Middle East may have a worrisome subtext. Though widely viewed in Official Washington as routine personnel changes, the removal of key critics of military...
Special Forces clash with the CIA - sfux Greg Miller -

U.S. Special Forces teams sent overseas on secret spying missions have clashed with the CIA + carried out operations in countries that are staunch U.S. allies, prompting a new effort by the agency + the Pentagon to tighten the rules for military units engaged in espionage, according to senior U.S....
Die neue (Un)Sicherheitspolitik Deutschlands (3) ?Entwicklungshilfe? mit Überwachungskameras... - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

Die Bundeswehr wagt einen neuen Schritt. Zwar ist die Bundeswehr als Entwicklungshelfer nur eine Täuschung, tatsächlich aber ist sie der Grund für mangelnde Entwicklungshilfe aus Deutschland, denn sie hat sich neue ?zivil-militärische? Aufgaben geschaffen und sich diese auch zugeschoben.
Ein Beispiel: Der Kongo-Einsatz der Bundeswehr 2006...

Die neue (Un)Sicherheitspolitik Deutschlands (4) Partytime - die angriffslustige... - sfux Michael Schulze von Glaßer ?

Die Bundeswehr will sich offensichtlich nicht von ihrem aggressiven Weg abbringen lassen. Mittels ?Transformation? will sie sich verändern. Zurück zu einer Wehrmacht? Der Hinweis auf Seite 22 im Weißbuch weist darauf hin:
?Die Bundeswehr beschreitet seit Jahren konsequent den Weg des Wandels zu einer Armee im Einsatz und verändert...

Insulin pill is 'on the horizon' An insulin pill made from a chemical found in shrimp shells is being developed by Taiwanese scientists.
10.Jan.2007 Blood test predicts heart attack A blood test may give doctors an early warning that a heart patient's condition is about to get worse.
10.Jan.2007 Indonesian boy dies of bird flu Bird flu kills an Indonesian teenager as fears mount about the virus' spread during Asia's cooler months.
10.Jan.2007 Uranium 'killing Italian troops' Italian soldiers are still dying following exposure to depleted uranium in Bosnia and Kosovo, their relatives say.
10.Jan.2007 How spicy foods can kill cancers Scientists reveal capsaicin, which makes jalapeno peppers hot, attacks the energy-making mitochondria of cancer cells.
10.Jan.2007 Milk in tea 'blocks health gains' Adding milk to a cup of tea can destroy its ability to protect against heart disease, according to research.
10.Jan.2007 Snap decisions sometimes the best Trusting your instincts may help you to make better decisions than thinking hard, a study suggests.
10.Jan.2007 Cartoons to aid autistic children Cartoon cars and trains with human faces are proving an effective way to help autistic children understand emotions.
10.Jan.2007 Smoking at home probe A complaint by a woman about neighbours smoking in their home is investigated by Gwynedd Council.
10.Jan.2007 'New stem cell source' discovered US scientists say they have discovered a source of stem cells which does not involve the use of human embryos.
10.Jan.2007 EU plans 'industrial revolution' The EU calls on member states to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2020, in a new strategy.
10.Jan.2007 Belarus ditches oil transit tax Belarus has cancelled the transit tax it had imposed on Russian oil shipments, the country's prime minister says.
10.Jan.2007 Venezuela's Chavez sworn-in Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is sworn-in for a third term following his December election landslide.
10.Jan.2007 Chrysler queries climate change The chief economist of US car firm Chrysler attacks the "quasi-hysterical" European attitude to global warming.
10.Jan.2007 Bush set to reveal Iraq strategy The US president prepares to deliver his strategy for Iraq, as Democrats oppose any troop increase.
Ecuador-Colombia row escalates Ecuador takes its challenge to Colombia's border coca-spraying programme to the regional body.
10.Jan.2007 Olmert 'to discuss Iran' in China Israeli PM Ehud Olmert is likely to discuss Iran's nuclear programme during talks in Beijing.
10.Jan.2007 US blacklists Iranian state bank The US blacklists an Iranian bank, accusing it of funding the development of weapons of mass destruction.
10.Jan.2007 New EU path on climate and energy The European Commission will propose measures to combat climate change while securing consumer energy supplies.
10.Jan.2007 Star may have four magnetic poles The neutron star inside the Crab Nebula may have as many as four magnetic poles, researchers say.
10.Jan.2007 Russia 'in new threat to Belarus' Russia threatens to put duties on all Belarusian imports, reports say, as a trade row between the two escalates.
10.Jan.2007 Chavez plans hit market Venezuela's financial markets tumble after President Chavez unveils plans to nationalise key phone and power firms.
10.Jan.2007 Iran smog 'kills 3,600 in month' Pollution led to 3,600 deaths in Tehran in just one month, Iranian officials say, with the annual total put at 10,000.
10.Jan.2007 End-Time for the Internet Jonathan Zittrain, professor of internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, lays out a nasty scenario. By Lucas Graves from Wired magazine.
10.Jan.2007 Civil Liberties Showdown Looms Privacy proposals in the Democratic bill revisiting the 9/11 commission's recommendations both expand privacy officials' powers and require them to report to Congress.

The Bush administration is likely to balk. In 27B Stroke 6.
Prison Guards Saved by Syrup A new viscous gel that hardens on impact could make bulky, conspicuous body armor a thing of the past. By Vince Beiser from Wired magazine.
10.Jan.2007 RFID coming to scooters, diapers IBM's RFID tracking software finds its way into an Italian scooter plant and plastic wrap that will track tampering of consumer goods.
10.Jan.2007 2006 Was the Warmest Year Ever - kdawson 329 - kpw10 writes

"Dr. Jeff Masters from Wunderground has a great summary of this year's rather abnormal weather (his blog is the best source on the net for in-depth weather analysis). The post discusses some of the cyclical climate forces at work this year and compares this year's record temperatures to records from the past. There are some interesting differences, particularly in the extent of the northern hemisphere seeing record highs this year." From the article: "December's weather in the Northeast U.S. may have been a case of the weather dice coming up thirteen — weather not seen on the planet since before the Ice Age began, 118,000 years ago. The weather dice will start rolling an increasing number of thirteens in coming years + an ice-free Arctic Ocean in summertime by 2040 is a very real possibility..." Here is the The National Climatic Data Center's report announcing the entry of 2006 into the record books.
The Astronomical Event Search Engine - kdawson 78 - eldavojohn writes

"Google has signed on with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project that will construct a powerful telescope in Chile by 2013. Google's part will be to 'develop a search engine that can process, organize + analyze the voluminous amounts of data coming from the instrument's data streams in real time. The engine will create "movie-like windows" for scientists to view significant space events.' Google's been successful on turning its search technology on several different media and realms. Will they be successful with helping scientists tag and catalog events in our universe?" The telescope will generate 30 TB of data a night, for 10 years, from a 3-gigapixel CCD array.
A 3D Printer On Every Desktop? - kdawson 353 - holy_calamity writes

"Two Cornell researchers have designed an open source 3D printer that costs just $2,400. The self-assembly kit is part of what they call the Fab@Home project — they hope it will spark development of rapid prototyping for the consumer market in the same way the Altair 8800 did for personal computing in seventies." Here is a video showing a completed machine constructing a silicone bulb (16-MB WMV). Update: 01/10 04:02 GMT by KD : The developers of this kit are at Cornell, not Carnegie Mellon University as the original post erroneously stated.
A Fully Programmable Mobile Robot - kdawson 78 - paxmaniac writes

"iRobot has announced Create: a new fully programmable mobile robot based on the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. People have been hacking the Roomba since the day it came out. Well, hacking just got a whole lot easier. A command module for the Create provides a programmable 8-bit Atmel micro controller, four DB-9 ports for your own sensors + a number of sample programs that can be compiled and uploaded to the command module via USB. Botmag has more details and some cool applications. This looks like the perfect robotics platform for hobbyists, schools + universities alike."
New Nanoparticle Cancer Therapy - kdawson 75 -quixote9 tips us to a BBC story on a promising new cancer therapy using targeted nanoparticles. From the article:

"The researchers used the nanoparticles to zero in on the network of blood vessels that supply the tumors in mice with nutrients and oxygen... [They] developed a technique for amplifying [the nanoparticles'] homing ability by designing a multifunctional nanoparticle that binds to a protein structure found only in tumors and associated blood vessels... The tests showed that within hours of the injection, the artificial platelets began blocking the supply without harming normal tissues. The scientists believe the nanoparticles could also be used to carry drugs to the tumor."
NASA Will Go Metric On the Moon - kdawson 576+ - An anonymous reader writes

" is reporting that NASA has decided to use the metric system for its new lunar missions. NASA hopes that metrication will allow easier international participation and safer missions. The loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter was blamed on an error converting between English units and metric units. 'When we made the announcement at the meeting, the reps for the other space agencies all gave a little cheer,' said a NASA official."
Germany Searches Credit Cards For Child Porn Payments - kdawson 243+ - narramissic writes

"According to an ITworld article, police in the German state of Sachsen-Anhalt have teamed with credit card companies to sift through the transactions of over 22 million customers looking for those who may have purchased child pornography online. To date they have identified 322 suspects." From the article: "German data privacy laws allow police to ask financial institutions to provide data about individuals but only if the investigators meet certain conditions, including a concrete suspicion of illegal behavior and narrowly defined search criteria, according to Johann Bizer, deputy director of the Independent Center for Privacy Protection... In the case under investigation, police were aware of a child pornography Web site outside of Germany that was attracting users inside the country. And they asked the credit-card companies to conduct a database search narrowed to three criteria: a specific amount of money, a specific time period and a specific receiver account."
News Hounds: On FOX News It's Never Too Early To Start Worrying ... ... they would want the first black American woman president to be a Republican.
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"The connection between the field + its source has always been + still is the most difficult problem in classical + quantum electrodynamics."

[D. K. Sen, Fields and/or Particles, Academic Press, London and New York, 1968,p. viii.]
20050413 Apr.2005 US audit probes possible Halliburton $212m overcharge Halliburton, the Houston-based oil services company, may have overcharged the USA government ...

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10.Jan.2007 Cabinet Bios

00.Aug.2004 Alexander Vladimirovich Saltanov, 58, was reappointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Sep.2004 Grubenunglück: 19 Arbeiter sterben in brennendem Bergwerk (Panorama )

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Irak- Politik: Bush ignoriert den Rat seiner Generäle
10.Jan.2007 Umweltschutz: China verfehlt selbst gesteckte Ziele bei weitem
10.Jan.2007 Duft des Heimatriffs: Fische erschnüffeln Weg nach Hause
10.Jan.2007 Alternative Ölquellen: Tanker statt Pipeline
10.Jan.2007 Energie- Politik: Gabriel warnt EU- Kommission vor Ja zum Atomstrom
10.Jan.2007 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Nichts ist leiser als Denken"
Umweltschäden: Bush hebt Ölbohr- Verbot in der Bristol- Bucht auf
10.Jan.2007 Konjunktur: Mittelstand ist so optimistisch wie seit Jahren nicht mehr
10.Jan.2007 Irak- Politik: US- Rechnungshof rügt Bushs Feldzug als Fehlinvestition
10.Jan.2007 Russischer Manager Wainschtok: Pipeline- Zar von Putins Gnaden

10.Jan.2007 Pipeline- Blockade: Streit über Atom- Energie voll entbrannt

10.Jan.2007 Mailänder Entführungsprozess: Die CIA auf der Anklagebank

10.Jan.2007 Schönheit: Schmale Taille verzückt Männer seit Jahrhunderten
09.Jan.2007 USA: Wärmstes Jahr seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen
09.Jan.2007 Israel: Ermittlungen gegen Ministerpräsident Olmert
Irak: Blair kritisiert Saddams Hinrichtung

The findings announced Sunday provided a "first glimpse of the cosmic web" in true-to-life, three-dimensional detail, said Caltech's Richard Ellis, another member of the COSMOS team.

The lead author of the Nature paper, Caltech astronomer Richard Massey, said the COSMOS study provides the best confirmation that dark matter determines "the underlying structure of space." Galaxies as well as primordial globs of gas and dust form "within this dark-matter scaffolding," he said.

Massey said the findings were consistent with the current mainstream view among astronomers — in which ordinary matter accounts for just 4 % of the universe, dark matter accounts for another 23 % + a mysterious repulsive force known as dark energy takes in the other 73 %.
09.Jan.2007 Satanists trapped between the devil and the Holy See 
Priests are to work alongside Italian police officers to tackle a rising tide of crimes linked to devil worship. posted by Prof. Hex
09.Jan.2007 Canadian victim of CIA brainwashing seeks class-action against government  MK Ultra and Dr. Ewen Cameron torture Canadians. posted by Prof. Hex
09.Jan.2007 U.S. Arms Sales: Agreements with and Deliveries to Major Clients, 1998-2005 - [pdf format]

09.Jan.2007 'We are on a knife edge – we have to engage Bush': Global trade talks that are intended to improve the lives of billions of poor people stand on the brink of failure, Peter Mandelson, the European Trade Commissioner, has told The Times.

09.Jan.2007 FTSE100 companies see profits double: New research, estimates that companies in the FTSE100 generated profits after tax of £73.2bn last year, an increase of more than 100 per cent from 2003 levels
09.Jan.2007 Experts Suggest the CIA, Not Kim Jong-il, is Counterfeiting Dollars : “Sources allege that the CIA prints the falsified 'Supernotes' at a secret facility near Washington to fund covert operations without Congressional oversight.”

09.Jan.2007 Bush Senior Early CIA Ties Revealed : -Newly released internal CIA documents assert that former president George Herbert Walker Bush's oil company emerged from a 1950's collaboration with a covert CIA officer.
09.Jan.2007 War with Iran is imminent: In addition to moving additional military forces into the region, President Bush is putting into place a new political + military command team,

all in preparation for an expanded war in the Middle East.

09.Jan.2007 Democrats: Nuclear Iran unacceptable: Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable, new House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post hours after entering the party leadership position. - He also said that the use of force against Teheran remained an option.

09.Jan.2007 Military strike is only way to stop Iran, says top Israeli strategist : A top Israeli strategic analyst says armed force is the only way to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons if the international community does not impose effective sanctions.

09.Jan.2007 U.S. puts squeeze on Iran's oil fields: As Washington wages a very public battle against Iran's quest for nuclear power, it is quietly gaining ground on another energy front: the oil fields that are the Islamic Republic's lifeblood.

09.Jan.2007 Pentagon Exaggerates China’s Nuclear Capability: The U.S. military, intelligence agencies + conservative think tanks and news organizations are exaggerating China’s nuclear weapons capability to justify developing a new generation of nuclear and conventional weapons, according to a report issued today by the Federation of American Scientists

09.Jan.2007 Where the Bombs Are: Ever wondered where all those U.S. nukes are stored? : A new review published in the November/December issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists shows that the USA stores its nearly 10,000 nuclear warheads at 18 locations in 12 states and six European countries

09.Jan.2007 Fallout Calculator : This java-based interactive calculator shows the distribution of fallout, by wind, from nuclear bomb blasts of various yields. In using the calculator, you may select from an assortment of virtual satellite maps of major world cities.
09.Jan.2007 Sniper celebrates with cigar after killing "Taliban officer":

A ROYAL Marine sniper from Edinburgh has described marking his first kill with a cigar after "slotting" a Taliban commander from more than 1000 metres.

09.Jan.2007 22 to a cell - life in a notorious Afghan prison: She shares a bunk-lined room with 11 other women and 10 children.
09.Jan.2007 China 'anti-terror' raid kills 18 : Chinese police have killed 18 people in a raid on an alleged militant training camp in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang, officials say.
09.Jan.2007 New U.S. Iraq commander says may need three years: The new commander of U.S. combat forces in Iraq said on Sunday it may take two to three years to meet American goals but that an increasingly independent Iraqi government may change the U.S. role there within a year.

09.Jan.2007 Iraq war could cost US over $2 trillion, says Nobel prize-winning economist: The real cost to the US of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion (£1.1 trillion), up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by a Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert.

09.Jan.2007 Saddam lawyers claim his body was abused: Lawyers of deposed Iraqi leader say they will sue Iraqi government at International Court of Justice over abuses by executioners during and after execution.

She claimed that Muqtada al-Sadr was present at the execution.

09.Jan.2007 Mahathir wants to criminalise war : George Bush and Tony Blair are war criminals worse than Saddam Hussein, Mahathir Mohamad, the former Malaysian prime minister has said.

09.Jan.2007 Baghdad 2025: The Pentagon Solution to a Planet of Slums:

So you think that American troops, fighting in the urban maze of Baghdad's huge Shiite slum, Sadr City, add up to nothing more than a horrible mistake, an unexpected fiasco?

The Pentagon begs to differ
Is Bush’s War Winding Down or Heating Up?
The Coming Attack on Iran -Paul Craig Roberts
The US media is totally unreliable. It cannot go against Israel + it will wrap itself in the flag just as it did for the invasion of Iraq.

The American public has been deceived (again) and believes that Iran is on the verge of possessing nuclear armaments to be used to wipe Israel off the map. Continue

09.Jan.2007 Many more sons will die while the Democrats do nothing to stop the war -By Gary Younge
They have failed to take on the principal reason they were elected and, tragically, the US public is unlikely to force them to.

09.Jan.2007 The Fed’s role in the Housing Crash of ‘07 -By Mike Whitney
The American people appear to be oblivious to the economic hurricane which is expected to touchdown in late 2007.

That’s when $1 trillion in ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages) will “reset” triggering a massive increase in foreclosures and plunging the country into a deep recession. Continue

09.Jan.2007 South America: Toward an alternative future -Noam Chomsky
The subcontinent, from Venezuela to Argentina, may yet present an example to the world on how to create an alternative future from a legacy of empire and terror.

09.Jan.2007 CIA kidnap victim offered $2 million In hush money -By John Crewdson,
17.Feb.2003 is when Abu Omar vanished while walking down a side street in Milan, Italy.

Prosecutors in Milan charge that he was kidnapped by the CIA and flown to Egypt, where he has been imprisoned for most of the time since then. Continue
09.Jan.2007 Kennedy: "Iraq is George Bush?s Vietnam"
A Veteran New York Times Reporter Pulls the Fire Alarm on the Christian Fascist Movement That's the Rocket Booster for the GOP: "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America"
Dr. Kevorkian is Alive and Well and Living in the White House. Escalation of Troops in Iraq is Not a Political Act; It is Murder. A BuzzFlash Editorial

09.Jan.2007 Bush Enters Somalia Conflict: A U.S. aerial gunship has attacked suspected al Qaeda targets in southern Somalia,

a senior Pentagon official said Monday.

Note the word "suspected." This is just a little fireworks to scare up the crowd before Bush's Wednesday "speech." 1/9
Heather Wokusch: Making a Killing on Perpetual War: Bush and the F-Word Forever, Part III - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
Claiming the Prize: Bush Escalation of War Aimed at Securing Iraqi Oil.

"Put simply, the Bush Family and their allies and cronies represent the confluence of three long-established power factions in the American elite: oil, arms and investments." Iraq represents all three.
In a blunt challenge to Bush, the leader of the Senate's new Democratic majority said

Monday he will "look at everything" within his power to wind down the war in Iraq, short of cutting off funding for troops already deployed.
Tony Snow: Democrats Can Cut Off Funds, But Can't Stop Bush from Sending More GIs off to Die for the Vanity, Profiteering and Psychiatric Needs of Bush and Cheney
Carol Davidek-Waller: Bush's Quagmire (It's Not a War)-- A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution

09.Jan.2007 Elliot D. Cohen: Bush's Global Mission: His Flawed Logic for Escalating the Iraq War - A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution

00.000.2006 -Ende- habe sich das Geldvermögen der privaten Haushalte auf insgesamt 4,53 Billionen Euro belaufen, heißt es in einer noch unveröffentlichten Berechnung der Dresdner Bank, die SPIEGEL ONLINE vorliegt. Der Vorjahreswert wurde demnach um rund 240 Milliarden Euro übertroffen. Damit sei das private Vermögen binnen Jahresfrist um sechs % gewachsen, etwas stärker als üblich.
11.Sep.2001 -Bei den Attentätern des- kann Ekman anhand der wenigen schlechtaufgelösten Videoaufnahmen keine Vermutungen darüber anstellen, ob man in ihren Gesichtern die perfide Absicht ihres Flugs hätte erkennen können.

Immerhin äußerte ein Sicherheitsbeamter damals, ihm sei das Verhalten eines der Terroristen sehr auffällig erschienen.

Ekman: "Der Mann war allerdings nicht fähig, genau zu bestimmen, was ihm an dieser Person aufgefallen war."

In ihren Befürchtungen sahen sich die Kritiker bestätigt, als die Spot-Einheiten

in diesem Sommer ausgerechnet bei dem farbigen Koordinator einer Anti-Rassendiskriminierungs-Kampagne zuschlugen + ihn wegen angeblich verdächtiger Gesichtszüge in die Mangel nahmen.

Nun sind Gerichtsverfahren anhängig, die klären sollen, ob das mit Recht und Gesetz vereinbar war.
Banken- Berechnung: Deutsche vermögend wie noch nie
09.Jan.2007 Irak- Strategie: US- Demokraten streiten über Anti- Bush- Kurs
09.Jan.2007 Pipeline- Blockade: Im Ölstreit wird Putin zum Buhmann
09.Jan.2007 Kosmetik und Klebstoff: Beiersdorf erzielt Rekordumsatz
09.Jan.2007 Urteil: 30 Jahre Haft wegen geplanten Anschlags auf New Yorker U- Bahn

09.Jan.2007 Klimastudie: EU warnt vor Dürren und Zehntausenden Toten
09.Jan.2007 Bushs neue Irak- Strategie: Mehr Sicherheit durch mehr Soldaten und Geld
Verkaufswelle: Manager stoßen Aktien ab
09.Jan.2007 Schlag gegen Kinderpornografie: Spur zu Hintermännern verliert sich auf den Philippinen

09.Jan.2007 Deutschland 2067: Die Zukunft ist schwarz- rot- greis
09.Jan.2007 Deutschlands Öl- Abhängigkeit: "Wir brauchen dringend ein Energieministerium"
09.Jan.2007 Pipeline- Blockade: Merkel und EU attackieren Russland - Putin stimmt auf längere Krise ein
09.Jan.2007 Britische Dokumente: Geheimdienst lehnte Selbstmordanschlag auf Hitler ab

09.Jan.2007 Trotz "Druschba"- Blockade: Ölpreis deutlich gefallen
09.Jan.2007 220403antiwarblogg If you want to express your support, you 're encouraged to enlist ... gives his ultimatum to invade Iraq .

Hitler had protectorates, Bush has regime changes.
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00.Jan.2006 Ost- Afrika : Sechs Millionen Menschen vom Hungertod bedroht
09.Jan.2007 split over Iraq strategy BUSH'S SPEECH President Bush will announce his revamped strategy for Iraq during a speech to the nation at 8 p.m. CST Wednesday. WASHINGTON — The new Democratic majority in Congress is divided over how to assert its power in opposing President Bush's... 5 hours ago from Houston Chronicle Blogs
Say Good-bye to a Future Republican Presidency There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

President George W. Bush, contrary to the will of the American + Iraqi peoples + his own military commanders, seems ready to embark on a potentially disastrous...
Court Drops Kurd Charges Against Saddam  Court Drops Charges Against Saddam for Deaths of Kurds When Trial Resumes After Hanging - ABC News
The longer this conflict goes on, the more difficult it becomes for the hundreds of thousands of people displaced + the communities that are trying to help them - both inside + outside Iraq.

Antonio Guterres said this in: UN seeks USD 60 million to aid Iraqi refugees from ddi News
Experten befürchten unterdessen, dass Somalia zum Schauplatz eines regionalen Kriegs am Horn von Afrika werden könnte.

Einem Uno- Bericht zufolge beliefern schon jetzt zehn Staaten die Konfliktparteien in Somalia mit Waffen und Ausrüstung.

Die Islamisten

Der Rat der Islamischen Gerichte ist eine islamistische Bewegung mit teils gemäßigten, teils radikalen Führern.

Sie haben es in den vergangenen Monaten geschafft, große Teile des umkämpften Südens von Somalia unter ihre Kontrolle zu bekommen.

Die Sicherheitslage war dort vergleichweise gut, weshalb sich viele Somalier von der Machtübernahme der Islamisten zunächst zumindest Ruhe und Stabilität versprachen.

Die Islamisten bekommen seit Monaten Unterstützung durch ausländische Kämpfer, muslimische Milizionäre und Soldaten aus dem mit Äthiopien verfeindeten Eritrea.

Die US-Angriffe sollen letzten Berichten zufolge um die 30 Toten gefordert haben. Ihre Identitäten sind noch ungeklärt.

Sollten einige der gesuchten und nachweislich auf Terror fixierten Personen darunter sein, wäre die Operation ein veritabler Schlag gegen den internationalen Terrorismus.

Es ist zwar in den meisten Fällen unklar, wie belastbar die Beziehungen von Figuren wie Sudani zu den Resten der Führung der Qaida sind.

Wenn sie aber nachweislich auf den Kurs und die Ideologie von Bin Laden und Zawahiri eingeschworen sind, dann sind sie auch so brandgefährlich.

Terrorforscher Paz warnt zudem vor der Möglichkeit, al-Qaida oder verwandte Organisationen könnten sich mit Piraten zusammentun und maritimen Terrorismus ausüben.

Um eben dies zu verhindern, ist unter anderem die deutsche Marine am Horn von Afrika auf Patrouille.
Doch der aktuelle Luftangriff bedeutet wohl nicht, dass die USA erneut an eine Bodenoffensive in dem Land denken.

"Einige Figuren bewegten sich gerade durch ein ziemlich unbesiedeltes Gebiet des Landes", zitiert die "Washington Post" eine anonyme US-Quelle.

"(Die Operation) basierte auf einem Zusammentreffen von Information und Gelegenheit."

Mit anderen Worten: Der Luftschlag ist eher ein Paradebeispiel für die Umsetzung der nach dem 11.Sep.2001 beschlossenen US-Doktrin, Terroristen immer dort zu anzugreifen und zu töten, wo es möglich ist.

Die Operation ist deshalb am besten als eine Schlacht im "Krieg gegen den internationalen Terrorismus" zu verstehen, nicht etwa als Einmischung in somalische Angelegenheiten.

Sie ist in diesem Sinne zum Beispiel vergleichbar mit der Tötung eines Qaida-Kaders im Jemen durch eine Drohne 2002 oder

dem Versuch, Bin Ladens Stellvertreter Aiman al-Zawahiri vor wenigen Monaten in Pakistan in einem vermuteten Versteck ebenfalls per Drohne auszuschalten.

Paradebeispiel für den "Krieg gegen den Terrorismus"

Der US-Luftschlag war die erste offizielle Aktion der Vereinigten Staaten in Somalia

seit 1993 - jenem Jahr, in dem eine US-Invasion in Mogadischu am heftigen Widerstand lokaler Kämpfer scheiterte.

18 US-Soldaten kamen in einer dramatischen Schlacht ums Leben.

00.Mär.1994 Der damalige US-Präsident Bill Clinton ließ die Truppen abziehen - ein Vorgang, den al-Qaida + die lokalen Milizen als Triumph über die Weltmacht werteten.

Wegen des damaligen Fehlschlags gilt Somalia als Trauma für die US-Armee.

Die Leichen einiger der damals getöteten Soldaten wurden in einem grausamen Akt durch die Straßen von Mogadischu geschleift und geschändet.

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Das Unglück in der Straße von Hormus richtete allerdings nach Angaben der US-Marine + der japanischen Regierung keinen größeren Schaden an. Verletzt wurde niemand, auch trat kein Öl aus dem Tanker aus.

An dem atomgetriebenen U-Boot "Newport News" entstand ebenso wie an dem Öltanker "Mogamigawa" nur leichter Schaden, wie beide Seiten mitteilten.
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