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22.Jan.2007 Kölner Arbeitspapiere zur internationalen Politik
Agenda-Setting durch Dick Cheney und George W . Bush .

00.Jan.2001 -Anfang -wenige Wochen vor der Inauguration George W . Bushs, schrieb ...
20050317 Mär.2005 New USA Threats against Venezuela Unveiled in Miami: New USA threats ...

Mar.2005 Land of “ Murka ” The Fundamentalist Threat -By Manuel Valenzuela ...

Jeder zweite Deutsche lebt in einer Art Dauer- Jetlag, hatte Rönneberg Anfang vergangenen Jahres in der Fachzeitschrift "Chronobiology International" geschrieben.

Langschläfer leiden demnach wegen des frühen Schul- und Arbeitsbeginns unter einem permanenten Schlafdefizit - + greifen häufiger zu Alkohol + Zigaretten.

Auch die Kirchen in dem bitterarmen Land an der Westküste Afrikas kritisieren die "schlechte Regierungsführung" und halten Conté die Verschlechterung der Lebensbedingungen der Bevölkerung vor.

Die Regierung bezeichnet den Generalstreik als "politischen Aufstand".

Am Sonntag hatte Uno-Generalsekretär Ban Ki Moon Regierung und Opposition in Guinea zur Zurückhaltung aufgerufen.
Fall Kurnaz: USA boten angeblich nie Freilassung an
22.Jan.2007 Autobranche: Deutschland hintertreibt strengere Klimaschutz- Regeln
22.Jan.2007 Citigroup: Kronprinzessin steigt um
22.Jan.2007 Nordirland: Britische Polizei soll Morde gedeckt haben

22.Jan.2007 Geplante Radaranlage: Russland fühlt sich durch US- Raketenabwehr in Osteuropa bedroht
22.Jan.2007 Innere Uhr: Ostdeutsche wachen früher auf
22.Jan.2007 Hintermann im Fall Dink: Extremist soll Jugendlichen zu Journalistenmord angestiftet haben
22.Jan.2007 Serbien- Wahl: Trügerischer Erfolg für Europa
22.Jan.2007 Kurnaz- Affäre: Merkel stellt sich hinter Steinmeier
22.Jan.2007 Ex- RAF- Terroristin: Bundesanwaltschaft fordert Freilassung von Mohnhaupt
22.Jan.2007 Export- Prognose: Deutschland verliert Weltmeister- Titel 2009 an China
22.Jan.2007 Indien: Raumkapsel in Bengalischer Bucht eingeschlagen
KSK- Kräfte in Afghanistan: Elektroschocks im Drahtkäfig
Weltweiter Einsatz: Überfordertes US- Militär vernachlässigt Drogenbekämpfung

22.Jan.2007 Afghanistan: Wie Psycho- Krieger die Taliban bekämpfen
22.Jan.2007 Unglücksfrachter "MSC Napoli": Hunderte Strandräuber fallen über Ladung her
22.Jan.2007 Rauswurf: Airline verbannt Passagier wegen Anti- Bush- T-Shirt von Bord
22.Jan.2007 Kohlendioxid: EU will Autohersteller zu besserem Klimaschutz zwingen

22.Jan.2007 Akrobaten der Lüfte: Fledertiere sollen Flugzeugen Modell stehen
22.Jan.2007 Atomstreit: USA und Nordkorea nähern sich an
What Really Happened)
"It is worth noting that the Pentagon's top financial officer at the time, Dov Zakheim, who also acknowledged the 'missing' trillions, had a company that specializes in aircraft remote control technology."
Curiously, like many top level civilians working at the Pentagon on 911, Zakheim held duel citizenship, US and Israel.

Flight 77, or the remote controlled aircraft that blew concentric holes through six walls (airplane parts indicate the latter), slammed into the newly remodeled Army financial management/audit area + the Army personnel offices, one of two main west section offices heavily destroyed in the Pentagon attack. The other section being the Naval Command Center. Casualties were heavy.
No one knows. The New York city media, once again as complicit as co-conspirators, chose to ask few embarrassing questions about that crushed truck found weeks later below the WTC or who had loaded it.
WTC-7 burst into flame, a suspicious, haphazard fire that raged hours through several key floors long after the twin towers fell.

Several of the floors housed Security & Exchange records pertaining to multi-billion dollar investigations. The Los Angeles Times reported on

17.Sep.2001 that an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 cases were destroyed.

They included SEC's major inquiry into the manner in which investment banks divided up hot shares of initial public offerings (IPOs) during the high-tech boom.
By destroying the building, the fire and subsequent collapse destroyed the records forever and meant a huge net savings for CEOs and corporations being investigated.

Add several hundred millions, perhaps billions to our crime spree so far.
Consider the targets chosen. The WTC complex was an enormous architectural white elephant filled with asbestos and with far too few tenants. But

because the WTC had been built much too big and much too well, the cost of deconstruction, an estimated 15 billion, far outweighed whatever profit an owner might gain from years of ownership. But

suppose a buyer stepped forward and purchased the property, with the foresight to realize the towers were targets?

And suppose that buyer, possessed insider information about an attack + insured them against such a fate? And suppose that buyer collected when those white elephants crashed to the ground within months?

In fact that is exactly what did happen, to the extent of 3.5 billion dollars.
Perle: ‘I Have Very Little Doubt’ That Bush Would Order ‘Necessary Military Action’ Against Iran - Faiz -

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) recently warned that the Bush administration is building a case against Iran. “This whole concept of moving against Iran is bizarre,” he said.

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) warned

- last week- that President Bush does not have the authority to launch an attack against Iran without congressional approval, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino responded that she was “puzzled” because Reid seemed “to be fanning [the] flames where there’s no fire.”

That’s not the view of Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative proponent of the Iraq war. Speaking at a conference this weekend in Israel, Perle suggested Bush would attack Iran before he leaves office:

“Would this president do it?

I think that until the day he leaves office, this is a president that, if he is told, ‘Mr. President, you are at the point of no return,’ I have very little doubt that this president would order the necessary military action.”[…]

“I’m not convinced that we have a lot of time. Given the peril that would result, its astonishing to me that we do not now have a serious political strategy with Iran,” he said, adding he thought regime change is “the only significant effective way” to deal with the Iranian threat.

“If we continue on our current course, we have only a military option.

So what I’m urging + this should have happened a very long time ago, is that we make a serious effort to work with the internal (Iranian) opposition,” Perle said.

Perle is reported to have once said, “The first time I met Bush 43 … two things became clear. One, he didn’t know very much.

The other, that he had the confidence to ask questions that revealed he didn’t know very much.”
22.Jan.2007 Defence cell genetics unravelled US scientists unravel the genetic make-up of cells vital to the body's defences against infection.
22.Jan.2007 Missile shield 'threatens Russia' A US plan to expand its missile defence scheme to eastern Europe directly threatens Russia, Moscow says.
22.Jan.2007 Iranian cleric attacks president Key Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Montazeri attacks the president over nuclear and economic issues.
22.Jan.2007 Canada acts to protect rainforest Canada announces a cash injection to help preserve a vast swathe of temperate rainforest on its western coast.
22.Jan.2007 'Altruistic' brain region found Scientists say they have found part of the brain that predicts whether a person will be selfish or altruistic.
22.Jan.2007 Tuna conservation talks in Japan A major effort to reverse the dramatic decline in global tuna stocks gets under way in Japan.
22.Jan.2007 Madrid clashes over Latin gangs About 1,000 Spanish youths angry about Latin American gangs clash with police on the outskirts of Madrid.
22.Jan.2007 Nuclear Areva targets clean power French nuclear firm Areva makes a $1bn offer for Germany's Repower, in a bid to tap into the clean energy market.
22.Jan.2007 Requiem for the Magic Bullets Antibiotic-resistant bacteria aren't heading to the hills. The buggers are on the rise + there's no super drug to defeat these super bugs. By Steve Silberman from Wired magazine.
22.Jan.2007 A new crop of kids: Generation We In tech-savvy homes, researchers say, kids are gaining a much more global outlook at a younger age.
22.Jan.2007 India Brings Back Orbiting Satellite to Earth - timothy 45 - bharatm writes

"In a pathbreaking event heralding its arrival as a space power with capability to recover an orbiting satellite, India

today successfully brought back a spacecraft to earth, giving a new impetus to the proposed manned mission to space in the next decade."
Does this explain the Neocons and the 9/11 Inside Job? - BG - When Lying, Cheating + Manipulating is Okay
22.Jan.2007 Bogus Eyewitnesses (9/11) - BG -
It's 8:46am and let's say you just happened to see a plane crash into the WTC.Is your first thought really going to be to try to find the number for or ABC or FOX and then try to call and get through?

And what are the odds of getting over the initial shock, then thinking you should call the news, then FINDING the number + then getting hold of a producer or someone who will put you on air-

- all within 15 minutes (giving you two minutes to talk on air), the time before the 2nd hit?

It's not like cable networks are call-in shows like they have on C-SPAN with the number on the bottom of the screen.

So how else would these networks get eye-witnesses to the 1st plane early on?It stands to reason that any eyewitnesses to the 1st + 2nd planes who spoke early on live network TV are plants. Pure and simple.

An... Source:
22.Jan.2007 Follow the money to the 911 players - BG -
You have to admire such chutzpah (Yiddish word for audacity). You have to admire, grudgingly, such cold-blooded, calculating cruelty, such amazing vision, however sadistic and criminal.

911 remains a master plan ridden with obvious flaws.

The master planners stood to gain TRILLIONS in profits, (although paid in blood money), for their skillful concept carried out like the climax of a suspenseful :
22.Jan.2007 Paris in January - BG - Parisians walk past tents for the homeless as the French government announced new measures to accommodate homeless people.
WASHINGTON D.C.--I was watching all of the C-SPAN coverage of the

Thursday hearings by the Judiciary Committee into the Bush administration's warrantless wiretaps + hadn't heard anything about the protesters (4-or-5 of them, maybe more) at the end of the hearings.

Amazingly, they were not arrested or led-out by Capitol Hill security! They got pretty-loud, but only once the hearings were officially over.

One of the protesters was an older-man in an orange top + another man around his age had a makeshift-sign made from a newspaper with something about Guantanamo.

That seemed to comprise what most of their comments were about + illegal-rendition.

Interesting how most coverage omitted Leahy's comments on restoring Habeus Corpus, or the protesters. A curious ...Source:
22.Jan.2007 Muslims protest '24' - BG -
CLIFTON, New Jersey (AP) -- Two years ago, Muslim groups protested when the plot of the hit Fox drama "24" cast Islamic terrorists as the villains who launched a stolen nuclear missile in an attack on America.

Now, after a one-year respite during which Russian separatists played the bad guys on the critically acclaimed series, Muslims are back in the evil spotlight.

Unlike last time, when agent Jack Bauer saved the day, the terrorists this time have already succeeded in detonating a nuclear bomb in a Los Angeles suburb.

Being portrayed again as the heartless wrongdoers has drawn renewed protests from Muslim groups, including one that had a meeting with Fox executives two years ago over the issue. (Watch why "24" is worrying Muslims )
21.Jan.2007 Hillary's Everest -By Jesse Stanchak

The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times each lead with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton announcing her intention to run for President.

While Sen. Clinton is technically only launching an exploratory committee, the papers all treat it as the official start of her campaign, understandable since the sound bite from her announcement video is "I'm in and I'm in to win." The New York Times fronts Hillary, but leads instead with reports that the Pakistani government may be aiding a resurgent Taliban.

Everyone points out that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., announcing an exploratory committee last week may have forced Clinton's hand. The papers all argue Clinton had to act now to keep potential donors from defecting to Obama's ranks, as billionaire philanthropist George Soros did last week. The WP reports that Clinton's announcement was timed to undercut next week's State of the Union address. All the paper's call Clinton the presumptive primary frontrunner, before adding all the usual caveats about Clinton's chances in a national race, her slimmer profile in several early primary contests and the generally unpredictable nature of presidential primaries. The NYT plays up the divided loyalties of former Pres. Clinton staffers, donors and supporters who'll have tough choices to make in the months ahead. For the WP, this angle is a separate story, focusing on Illinois Dem. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the mastermind of the Dem's congressional takeover last fall, who got his start in Bill Clinton's Whitehouse, but has a longstanding friendship with the Obama. The WP also teases inside features on Hillary's support from women voters and on the technical prowess of her website. Sen. Clinton's announcement came the same day that Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., announced his candidacy and one day before New Mexico's Democrat Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to add his name to the list of Presidential wannabes. To continue reading, click here.
22.Jan.2007 Mohamed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus - BG -
Venice, Florida, where three of the four terrorist pilots learned to fly, is the biggest 11.Sep.2001 crime scene that wasn’t reduced to rubble.
Investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker went searching for evidence that Mohamed Atta and his Hamburg cadre received outside help while they were in the U.S., as authorities initially stated, from a shadowy 'global network,' or even from foreign governments.

22.Jan.2007 Foreword and Links to My Podcast! - BG1 This Blog's RSS 2.0 Feed: Link
Let me start by listing the major "red herrings" that exist in the 9/11 Truth Movement
1. Israel (or Zionist Influences) are wholly responsible for 9/11.
2. The New World Order (NWO) is wholly responsible for 9/11.
3. Cheney (or the Bush Crime Family) are wholly responsible for 9/11.
4. Drug Running International Gangsters are wholly responsible for 9/11.
5. Wall Street and International Bankers are wholly responsible for 9/11.
While I reject all of the above arguments,

I think there can be a fair argument made that all of the above have preferred (and supported in some cases) the cover up of the truth of 9/11 + will fare poorly if the complete truth is revealed. Summary: Discussion of truth of 9/11 The Legend of 911truth:
What the Fuss is All About: tinyurl:

22.Jan.2007 Former spy lines up to replace Israel's leader - Sent Using Google Toolbar - BG - Telegraph | News | Former spy lines up to replace Israel's leader
For Tzipi Livni, her role as vice-prime minister means that in an emergency – such as the sudden illness that snatched the former prime minister, Ariel Sharon, from office last year – the position would automatically be hers.
22.Jan.2007 Bush gets caught off guard on 9/11 prior knowledge question
Police hit back at cash for honours 'scheming' | Politics | The Observer - BG - Police go to war over No 10 honours arrest,,1995327,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1
22.Jan.2007 Guantanamo fails to meet basic British standards: lawmakers - BG - LONDON (Reuters) -

The U.S. detention center in Guantanamo fails to meet even basic British standards for prisoners,

British lawmakers who visited the base said on Sunday... Source:
22.Jan.2007 Al-Maliki Blames Strengthened Insurgency on U.S. Refusal to Provide More Equipment, Arms to Iraqis - BG -
BAGHDAD ? America's refusal to give Baghdad's security forces sufficient guns + equipment has cost a great number of lives, the Iraqi prime minister said

yesterday. (Read on Source)... Source:
22.Jan.2007 Daily Kos: Habeas: Gonzales NOT Wrong - BG - Daily Kos: Habeas: Gonzales NOT Wrong
22.Jan.2007 The LA Times sinks lower - BG -
22.Jan.2007 Former FEMA head in NYC: party politics played role in Katrina - BG - .. to Brown's remarks.

'This is exactly what we were living but could not bring ourselves to believe.

Karl Rove was playing politics while our people were dying,' Blanco said through a spokeswoman, referring to Bush's top political ... Source:
22.Jan.2007 On Any Other Day But 9/11... - BG -
most people would find it odd that the video that is supposed to show a 767 attacking the WTC doesn't really show a 767:

On any other day but 9/11

... most people would find the damage pattern to the steel columns of the outer WTC wall supposedly made by a plane wing very odd:

On any other day but 9/11... most people would find it odd that key videos of the 2nd WTC attack have such a strong blue coloring:

On any other day but 9/11... most people might be surprised that there is no exit hole in the north face of WTC2, after videos were shown where the nose of the plane passed through the building:

On any other day but 9/11... most people might think it very strange how... Source:
22.Jan.2007 January 22, 2007 - Think Progress -

“President Bush’s record of getting his State of the Union proposals enacted, after successes in his early years in office, has dropped off substantially.”

Of the 12 initiatives that he proposed or called on Congress to pass 00.000.2006, the White House can claim complete success on just three.

25: Number of U.S. service members killed on Saturday, marking “the third-deadliest day for American troops since the

00.Mar.2003 invasion of Iraq.”

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong said he’s concerned that President Bush has proposed cutting funding to the National Cancer Institute for the second year in a row.

“The people who want to be president 00.000.2008 should talk about something that kills 600,000 Americans a year,” he said.

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who have strongly backed sending more U.S. troops to Iraq,

indicated they may not support a promotion for Gen. George Casey, the current military commander there, because of past U.S. mistakes.

33 %: President Bush’s approval rating according to a Washington Post-ABC poll.

“Only two presidents” — Richard Nixon + Harry Truman — “have had lower approval ratings on the eve of a State of the Union speech.” 71 % of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction.

Today marks the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. President Bush will call in his support to the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally.

Pro-choice activists will hold a vigil at the Supreme Court and present political leaders with a pro-choice petition signed by thousands of women.

In an interview with the USA Today, Bush said he “can’t guarantee that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of his presidency because ‘we don’t set timetables.’”

“Stretched thin from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has sharply reduced its role in the war on drugs, leaving significant gaps in the nation’s narcotics interdiction efforts.”

The Taliban plans to open its own schools in areas of southern Afghanistan under its control, following “a violent campaign by the fundamentalist Islamic group against state schools in the five years since its ouster by U.S.-led forces.” Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s education minister, said the Taliban’s announcement “is like putting salt into the wound.”

And finally: Rich Little previews a “joke” he hopefully will not tell at the White House Correspondents Association dinner. In the President’s voice: “George W. Bush here. I tell you, I’m between I-raq and a hard place.” “That’s funny,” Little claimed. “But, believe me, you won’t hear the word ‘Iraq’ out of my mouth the whole evening. They know I’m a safe bet over there at the White House.”
22.Jan.2007 Senate Intel Chairman warns of Iran drumbeat. - Nico -

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) tells the New York Times the Bush administration is “building a case against Tehran even as American intelligence agencies

still know little about either Iran’s internal dynamics or its intentions in the Middle East. ‘To be quite honest, I’m a little concerned that it’s Iraq again.‘” Rockefeller had sharp words for President Bush.

“I don’t think he understands the world,” Mr. Rockefeller said. “I don’t think he’s particularly curious about the world. I don’t think he reads like he says he does.”
McCain: Bush Escalation Is Too Small - Faiz -

00.Oct.2006 Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for “another 20,000 troops in Iraq.” In

00.Jan.2007 President Bush accepted the idea + announced he would send 21,500 more soldiers into the middle of Iraq’s civil war. McCain quickly endorsed the strategy.

Since that time, McCain has been slowly back-pedaling from the escalation plan, offering numerous reasons for why the strategy will not succeed.

He has argued the Pentagon was “dragging its feet” in implementing the strategy. Now, he is arguing that the escalation is too small.

On NBC’s Meet the Press, McCain said, “I would have liked to have seen more” troops sent to Iraq. He added, “If it had been up to me,” more U.S. troops would be on their way into Baghdad. Watch it:

Bush_Escalation_Is_Too_Small">Digg It! Full transcript:

RUSSERT: [quoting The Economist] ‘Adding around 20,000 to the 132,000 currently there will increase U.S. capabilities but not enough to stabilize the country.’ Do you agree with that?

MCCAIN: I am concerned about it, whether it is sufficient numbers or not. I would have liked to have seen more.

I looked General Petraeus in the eye and said is that sufficient for you to do the job? He assured me he thought it was and that he had been told if he needed more, he would receive them.

I have great confidence in General Petraeus. I think he’s one of the finest generals that our military has ever produced + he has a proven record on that. He wrote the new army counterinsurgency manual.

But do I believe that if it had been up to me would there have been more? Yes.

But one of the keys to this is get them over there quickly, rather than feed them in piecemeal as some in the Pentagon would like to do today.

22.Jan.2007 Hagel Says Cheney Criticism Is ‘Complete Nonsense’ - Payson -

Last weekend on Fox News Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney claimed congressional opposition to the administration’s escalation plan undermines the troops. Cheney said “you cannot run a war by committee,” + whatever Congress does “would not affect the president’s ability to carry out his policy.”

Today, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) said it “is complete nonsense to say we’re undercutting the support of the troops.”

00.000.1968 Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, said that as a soldier, he “would have welcomed the Congress of the USA to pay a little attention as to what was going on.”

Hagel added: “What are we about? We’re Article 1 of the Constitution. We are co-equal branch of government. Are we not to participate?

Are we not to say anything? Are we not to register our sense of where we’re going in this country on foreign policy?”

Watch it: Transcript:

SCHEIFFER: Let me ask you this, Senator. Vice President Cheney says this sort of thing undercuts the troops. What’s your response?

HAGEL: Let me tell you this. I served in Vietnam 00.000.1968.

Others did too. Jim Webb, John McCain. John Kerry. Other members in the House.

00.000.1968 when I was there with my brother, worst year, deaths, I would have welcomed the Congress of the USA to pay a little attention as to what was going on. I would have welcomed that.

That is complete nonsense to say we’re undercutting the support of the troops. What are we about? We’re Article 1 of the Constitution. We are co-equal branch of government. Are we not to participate?

Are we not to say anything? Are we not to register our sense of where we’re going in this country on foreign policy?

Bottom line is this: our young men and women and their families, these young men and women who are asked to fight and die deserve a policy worthy of those sacrifices. I don’t think we have one now.
Brownback Opposes Escalation, But Attacks Senate Resolution Against Bush Plan - Faiz -

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) has come out against President Bush’s escalation plan. He recently said:

I do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq is the answer. … Iraq requires a political rather than a military solution.

On ABC’s This Week, Brownback explained that after talking to Iraqi and U.S. military leaders on a recent trip to Iraq, he was convinced that the escalation plan could not succeed.

But when pressed by host George Stephanopoulos on whether he would register his opposition by supporting a bipartisan Senate resolution opposing Bush’s plan, Brownback said he would not.

Instead, he attacked the resolution, arguing, “That just says, OK, we’re against this.” Watch it: Full transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But last week, you spoke out against the idea. What changed?

BROWNBACK: I went to Baghdad. I was there last week. I was there the week before last, rather. I met with the military officials.

I met with the Sunni and Shiite leaders, none of which really supported the idea.

And then, the capstone on all of it was, I went to the Kurdish region. I went to Erbil and I met with Mr. Barzani, the head of the Kurdish region.

And I asked him, will you send Kurdish troops, your Kurdish troops, into Baghdad to quell the violence? And he said, why should I get in the middle of a Sunni-Shiite fight?

STEPHANOPOULOS: I thought they were doing that, though.

BROWNBACK: He’s not sending the core of his troops. And I asked him, would you send — if you were me, would you vote for more troops?

And he said, I don’t see why you would do that at this point in time? […]

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, Senator Hagel has joined the Democrats in introducing a resolution to oppose the president’s sending of more troops. Will you vote for that?

BROWNBACK: No. That doesn’t give us a route forward. That just says, OK, we’re against this. What I think we really have got to do today is sit down with Democrat leaders and say, what will you support?
Kristol On War Critics: ‘It’s So Irresponsible That They Can’t Be Quiet For Six Or Nine Months’ - Nico -

This morning on Fox News, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol said that opponents of escalation in Congress are “leap-frogging each other in the degrees of irresponsibility they’re willing to advocate.”

Kristol said, “It’s just unbelievable. … It’s so irresponsible that they can’t be quiet for six or nine months,” adding, “You really wonder, do they want it to work or not? I really wonder that.”

NPR’s Juan Williams told Kristol his analysis was “totally ahistorical,” and pointed out that yesterday was the deadliest day for U.S forces in Iraq in two years.

“There’s something going on here you might pay attention to as opposed to just the politics of, ‘If you don’t support this president, you don’t really want us to win.’”

Watch it: Digg It! Full transcript:

KRISTOL: They’re playing — they’re leap-frogging each other in the degrees of irresponsibility they’re willing to advocate.

And I really think people are being too sort of complacent and forgiving almost of the Democrats. ‘Oh, it’s politics, of course. One of them has a non-binding resolution. The other has a cap.’ It’s all totally irresponsible.

It’s just unbelievable. The president is sending over a new commander, he’s sending over troops + the Democratic Congress, in a pseudo-binding way or non-binding way, is saying, ‘It won’t work. Forget it.

You troops, you’re going over there in a pointless mission. Iraqis who might side with us, forget it, we’re going to pull the plug.’

It’s so irresponsible that they can’t be quiet for six or nine months and say the president has made a decision, we’re not going to change that decision, we’re not going to cut off funds and insist on the troops coming back, so let’s give it a chance to work. You really wonder, do they want it to work or not?

I really wonder that. I hate to say this about the Democrats. They’re people I know personally and I respect some of them. Do they want it to succeed or not?

WILLIAMS: I think everybody wants it to succeed who believes in the idea that we are over there and our people are at stake. I don’t think there’s any question. I think that’s sort of a rhetorical tool on your part. But your analysis seems to be totally ahistorical. It’s as if mistakes haven’t been made repeatedly, as if people don’t feel like they’ve been misled down this path, that there’s been tremendous support for this president and war effort and it’s come to naught. It’s come to a bad place. Yesterday was the deadliest, I think, in two years. Nineteen Americans killed. There’s something going on here you might pay attention to as opposed to just the politics of, if you don’t support this president, you don’t really want us to win.

KRISTOL: What are Democrats doing that would change the 19 Americans that were killed yesterday? Nothing. Zero. Except, except no reinforcements. You guys are on your own. That’s what they’re saying.

WILLIAMS: If you think — do you think reinforcements will make some radical change? No. I think what people are saying is, it’s time to redeploy, look at new strategies, look at political compromise. That’s what’s not being done by this administration.
Escalation begins. - Nico -

Despite overwhelming opposition among Americans, “more than 3,000 US troops have arrived in Baghdad, the first deployment of extra forces promised for the Iraqi capital by President Bush. The US military confirmed the troops’ arrival, as seven people were killed in Baghdad by two bombings.”
22.Jan.2007 Pelosi and Reid say no - Nico - to the Bush/Lieberman terrorism “working group.”
22.Jan.2007 As Bush Celebrates ‘Sanctity Of Human Life Day,’ NIH Official Says Stem Cell Policy Is Blocking Cures - Nico -

President Bush yesterday issued a formal White House proclamation declaring

21.Jan. to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2007.”

National Sanctity of Human Life Day helps foster a culture of life and reinforces our commitment to building a compassionate society that respects the value of every human being. …

One of our society’s challenges today is to harness the power of science to ease human suffering without sanctioning practices that violate the dignity of human life. With the right policies, we can continue to achieve scientific progress while living up to our ethical and moral responsibilities.

On the very same day, Story Landis, the National Institutes of Health official overseeing President Bush’s restrictive embryonic stem cell policy, suggested that Bush’s approach is delaying life-saving cures in “an unusually blunt assessment for an executive branch official.”

When Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) asked her how the policy was affecting medical research, she said, “We are missing out on possible breakthroughs.” The ability to work on newly derived stem cell colonies — precluded from federal funding under the Bush plan — “would be incredibly important,” she added.

Landis also declared that “science works best when scientists can pursue all avenues of research. If the cure for Parkinson’s disease or juvenile diabetes lay behind one of four doors, wouldn’t you want the option to open all four doors at once instead of one door?”

The promise of stem cell research is clear. In just the last six months, media reports have noted that embryonic stem cells have been used to help paralyzed rats walk; to create T-cells, which could lead to a cure for AIDS; to slow vision loss in rats; to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in rats; to create insulin-secreting cells, which could be used to treat diabetes; and to make a vaccine that protects mice from lung cancer; to create cardiovascular “precursor” cells, which could be used to treat heart disease.

President Bush says he plans to veto the stem cell research bill passed last week by the House of Representatives.
22.Jan.2007 Mutmasslicher Terror-Helfer in Lugano vor Gericht - sfux SDA -

Vor dem Bundesstrafgericht, das ausnahmsweise nicht in Bellinzona, sondern in Lugano tagt, beginnt heute Montag der erste Al-Qaida-Prozess in der Schweiz.

Angeklagt sind fünf Einwanderer aus Jemen sowie je ein Iraker und ein Somalier.
Sie alle sollen sich an einer vom Hauptangeklagten, einem 59-jährigen Jemeniten, gebildeten kriminellen Organisation beteiligt haben.

00.000.1998-00.000.2004 -zwischen- haben sie -Laut Anklage- Dutzende von Personen vor allem aus...
The Susurluk Legacy - sfux 
Ten years ago, a horrific car accident grimly illuminated how Turkish state officials colluded with drug barons to traffic drugs into Europe + Britain.

Adrian Gatton investigates how corruption has smoothed the path of heroin from Afghanistan into the UK. Adrian...
22.Jan.2007 Das Lügennetz über dem Iran - sfux Malte Olschewski -

Rund vierzig Kilometer von Maschad entfernt, nahe der Stadt Neyshapur, unter Gemüsefeldern und in 150 Meter Tiefe:

Dort sollen in einem gewaltigen, unteridischen Technopalast 155 000 Turbinen sausen, um Uran für die Atombombe der Mullahs anzureichern.

Die israelische Agentur DEBKA will es genau wissen:

00.000.2002 sei für das ?Projekt 8? Baubeginn gewesen. Im

00.Jan.2006 seien...
Kampf um Rohstoffe und Absatzmärkte - Köhler schon wieder in Afrika - sfux Dr. Alexander von Paleske -

Vergangenes Wochenende fand in Ghana ein Treffen statt. Eingeladen hatten der Bundespräsident von Deutschland, Horst Köhler + der Präsident von Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor.

Das Ganze nannte sich ?Afrika-Forum?. 50 ?Young Professionals?, zur Hälfte aus Afrika und Deutschland, sollten mit ihren Präsidenten über Umwelt, Bildung, Krieg und Konflikte, Demokratie und...
Show Me the Intelligence! - sfux Ray McGovern @ Consortiumnews -

An important back story of the Iraq War disaster has been the Bush administration's success in manipulating and/or ignoring intelligence that didn't fit with preordained decisions.
Anti-Terror-Gesetze früher und heute - sfux - Robert Harris´ These über das neue Detainee-Treatment-Gesetz in den USA -Karl Weiss -

In einem Artikel von überraschender Aktualität über eine Geschichte aus dem alten Rom, die über 2000 Jahre her ist, berichtet die ?New York Times? über weitgehende Schlußfolgerungen angesichts der Verabschiedung der ?Detainee-Treatment-Bill? im US-Kapitol. Wird es das Ende der US-Republik...
Brain cancers shrink in drug test A new treatment to starve brain tumours of blood has shown positive results in clinical trials.
22.Jan.2007 Libya to axe public sector staff The Libyan government is to lay off more than a third of its workforce to help to ease public spending.
22.Jan.2007 UK report criticises Guantanamo MPs who visited Guantanamo Bay say Britain and the international community should help the US close it.
22.Jan.2007 Home Office split 'within months' Splitting the Home Office into separate justice and security departments "would not take long", a minister says.
22.Jan.2007 US suffers heavy losses in Iraq US forces in Iraq suffer some of their heaviest casualties in recent months, with 18 personnel killed.
22.Jan.2007 Guantanamo Moroccans cleared Five Moroccan men freed from Guantanamo Bay are cleared of terrorism-related charges in Morocco.
22.Jan.2007 Mexico extradites drug suspects Mexican extradites key drugs smuggling suspects to the US, including the reputed leader of a powerful drug cartel.
22.Jan.2007 Bush briefed on Middle East trips President George W Bush is briefed on the Mid-East trips of his secretary of state and defence chief.
Home Office could be split in two Home Secretary John Reid suggests the Home Office be split into separate justice and security departments.
22.Jan.2007 Cleaning Up No-Fly Lists A Homeland Security official says names of innocent people are being scrubbed from airport security watch lists -- but who's doing that + how? We're looking into it. In 27B Stroke 6.
22.Jan.2007 Grant Funds Coal-to-Hydrogen Plan An Ohio State University team gets $1.6 million from the DOE for a three-year project

to generate hydrogen from coal in a process they say is economical, efficient + low-emission.
Sundance: Power to the People Documentary Chicago 10 examines the

00.000.1968-after the Democratic National Convention -political shift in America's youth .

The director brilliantly combines archival footage + animation to bring the seminal events to life. In Table of Malcontents.
Games Packing Political Punch A growing number of games focus on political and social issues -- one designer calls such games "playable editorial cartoons."
20051026 Question: Why on earth would SISMI want to goad the US into invading Iraq? Answer: They wouldn't. Someone else was using Pollari, Nucera and so forth. ...
22.Jan.2007 Powell's Books - Deconstructing Public Relations PR by Utilizing case studies from public relations, advertising + marketing to illustrate deconstruction and analysis of public relations ...
22.Jan.2007 Advertising, Public Relations + Propaganda (Yale Research Guide ... Public relations (NOTE: the term " Public relations " may also be a subheading, as ...
22.Jan.2007 Mystery in the Potomac 

Two years ago when Sharpsburg resident Dave Lemarie learned that male fish containing eggs had been discovered in the Potomac River basin, he and his wife stopped drinking tap water.
Lemarie, a biologist who is not studying the river - reasoned that if the water did that to the fish, it could not be good for people.
posted by Prof. Hex
22.Jan.2007 Police identify man they believe poisoned Russian spy  The suspected killer was captured on cameras at Heathrow as he flew into Britain to carry out the murder.
Friends of the ex-spy say that the man was a hired killer, sent by the Kremlin, who vanished hours after poisoning Alexander Litvinenko.
posted by Prof. Hex at

22.Jan.2007 Surge in carbon levels raises fears of runaway warming:

Carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere much faster than scientists expected, raising fears that humankind may have less time to tackle climate change than previously thought.

Landmark UN study backs climate theory: 2,000 scientists all but end the debate: Human activity causes global warming

22.Jan.2007 Tony Blair top aid arrested over 'cash for honors': Video: Turner was arrest and questioned in connection to the "cash for honours" affair.

Three others with close connections to Tony Blair have also been arrested.

22.Jan.2007 Custodial deaths highest in India: Arundhati Roy: India accounts for the highest number of custodial deaths, writer-activist Arundhati Roy said

Thursday, arguing that atrocities against tribals would lead to a violent situation.

22.Jan.2007 Google News As Censors? We think the exclusion of alternative media through search engines results is government/corporate tactics to harness the free flow of information on the Internet.
22.Jan.2007 Initial Rule By Decree Bill Approved For Chavez: The country's National Assembly has passed its initial approval of the bill that will allow President Hugo Chavez to rule by decree for 18 months. It is expected to easily gain final approval on its second reading at the assembly next week.

22.Jan.2007 Chavez tells US to 'go to hell': A State Department spokesman on Friday said Mr Chavez's reform plans have caused "some concern,"

describing the proposal allowing presidents to rule by decree as "a bit odd" in a democracy.

22.Jan.2007 Chávez accuses telecom of spying: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Friday accused his nation's main telecommunications company of spying on him and suggested it was at the bidding of the USA.

22.Jan.2007 Bush Orders More CIA Activity in Venezuela:

Current CIA chief General Michael V. Hayden revealed President George W. Bush had requested his agency “pay more attention” to the activities of President Hugo Chávez + his government in Venezuela.

22.Jan.2007 U.S., Iran and Venezuelan battling for influence in Ortega's new Nicaragua : SAN JOSE, Nicaragua – The U.S. is again battling leftists in Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua.

This time, the fight is being waged not with guns and guerrilla warfare, but with free tractors, health clinics and donated electrical plants.

22.Jan.2007 UK admits prior knowledge of secret CIA prison network : British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett admitted Friday in a written response to a parliamentary question that

00.Sep.200- -prior to- a speech by President Bush Britain was "aware of the existence of a secret US detention program" acknowledging the existence of CIA-operated secret prisons

22.Jan.2007 Guantanamo "fails to meet basic British standards": The U.S. detention centre in Guantanamo fails to meet even basic British standards for prisoners, MPs who visited the base said on Sunday.

22.Jan.2007 US prison is 'threat' to Geneva treaties: THE USA is undermining international law by unilaterally rejecting demands to grant detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp protection against mistreatment and torture, an influential committee of British MPs has warned.

22.Jan.2007 World Social Forum focuses on Africa's economic struggles:

More than 80,000 people gathered for an annual anticapitalism conference yesterday in Kenya's capital and marched on Nairobi's largest slum to protest globalization policies they say hurt the poor.
"A true friend of Israel" Shalom, Ayalon Respond to Clinton Candidacy : She supported Israel’s right to build the separation wall after the international court in the Hague ruled that it should be removed.

22.Jan.2007 China tries to reassure the world on space missile 'aimed at peace';

China signalled yesterday that its first missile strike against an orbiting satellite was intended to force the US into talks aimed at abolishing weapons in space

22.Jan.2007 US asks Czechs to host radar base : The USA has asked the Czech Republic to host a key part of its global anti-missile system, the country's prime minister has said.

22.Jan.2007 Tribe: U.S., not Pakistan, hit village: Tribesmen from a Pakistani mountain village where an airstrike hit a suspected al-Qaida hideout claimed

Friday that missiles were fired from an American plane and denied the dead were terrorists.
Jewish Groups Head to Emirates, as Worries Grow Over Iran : The main umbrella group of American Jewish organizations is set to visit Dubai + Abu Dhabi

next month in a sign of the growing concern among Sunni regimes over Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions.
Troops as pawns: The True Face Of This Administration Fully Revealed:

I cannot imagine in any other democracy that the person who made this statement would not immediately be told to resign from his non-elected high office of influence

22.Jan.2007 Defense official says Pentagon hid unspent funds in accounts : The Pentagon has hidden at least $1.4 billion in other agencies' accounts instead of returning unspent money to the U.S. Treasury, the Defense Department's internal watchdog told Congress Wednesday

22.Jan.2007 Iraqi president urges US to talk to Syria: - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is urging the USA to talk with Syria, claiming in an interview that Damascus "supports" Iraq in fighting the insurgency.

22.Jan.2007 Rice: More Iran sanctions may come : "I think people ought to think about the risk of further sanctions. The USA is clearly sanctioning Iranian banks and our laws are very tough on those who deal with banks that we have sanctioned."

22.Jan.2007 Iran plans 3 days of missile war games: Iran plans three days of military maneuvers, including short-range missile tests, beginning Sunday — its first since the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against it in late December, state-run television said.

22.Jan.2007 Iran’s strongman loses grip as ayatollah offers nuclear deal:

IRAN’S supreme leader is considering a change of policy on the country’s nuclear programme in an effort to defuse growing tension with the West, according to senior sources in Tehran.

22.Jan.2007 War pimp alert: Netanyahu: West must stop Iran from executing new Holocaust:

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday passionately called on the world to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions in its tracks by imposing sanctions on the Tehran regime.
Robert Fisk: Fear climate change, not our enemies -By Robert Fisk
Did we really think that after we had impoverished them and destroyed so many of their children; after a generation of Iraqis had been "physically and morally crippled", they were going to welcome our "liberation"? From this wreckage of Iraq was bound to come the insurgencies and the hatreds now tearing its people apart and destroying the presidency of George W. Bush and the prime ministership of Tony Blair.

22.Jan.2007 The Arabs' feelings of love and hate for Saddam Hussein -By Ramzy Baroud
I am certainly not a fan of tyranny. I've spoken out against human-rights violations since my early years. In Cairo, I stood in alliance with students protesting government crackdowns; in Seattle, I marched for equal opportunities for African-American students demanding the preservation of affirmative action. I lived most of my life in a Palestinian refugee camp, under Israeli military occupation in Gaza.

22.Jan.2007 First Bomb Carter; Then Nuke Iran! -The Israel Lobby Trips and Tilts - By Alexander Cockburn
For weeks now the lobby has hurled its legions into battle against Carter. He has been stigmatized as an anti-Semite, a Holocaust denier, a patron of former concentration camp killers, a Christian madman, a pawn of the Arabs who “flatly condones mass murder” of Israeli Jews. (This last was from Murdoch’s New York Post editorial, relayed to its mailing list by the Zionist Organization of America.)

22.Jan.2007 UK Spying On Muslims Who Visit Mecca -By David Leppard - THE intelligence agencies are monitoring every Muslim who travels from Britain to Mecca on pilgrimage in a wider effort to piece together intelligence on suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist activity. Continue

22.Jan.2007 The Beginning of the End for Corporate-Led Globalization? -By William Greider
If Congress can protect the rights of dogs and cats in foreign trade, will it do the same for the young girls -- some as young as 11 -- who work in sweatshops? They stitch garments for as little as 6 cents an hour and typically work twelve- to sixteen-hour days, sometimes longer and often in brutal conditions.

22.Jan.2007 Lying Like It’s 2003 -By Frank Rich
Scooter Libby, the mastermind behind the White House’s bogus scenarios for ginning up the war in Iraq, is back at Washington’s center stage, proudly defending the indefensible in a perjury trial.

Ahmad Chalabi, the peddler of flawed prewar intelligence hyped by Mr. Libby, is back in clover in Baghdad,

where he purports to lead the government’s Shiite-Baathist reconciliation efforts in between visits to his pal Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran. Continue

22.Jan.2007 Diseases kills hundreds in south Sudan : Meningitis and another unknown disease have killed at least 1,000 people in one week in south Sudan, the governor of Warap state has said.
22.Jan.2007 For a deservedly brutal treatment of AG Gonzales by Sen. Leahy last Thursday, I recommend readers go to this As It Happens website and listen to the first part's audio.
22.Jan.2007 Krugman: Gold-plated indifference -- Now Bush doesn't even try to hide callousness towards uninsured Americans
Five Americans killed by insurgents wearing U.S. uniforms

22.Jan.2007 "Every single person out there that is of any consequence knows the vice president doesn't know what he's talking about.

I can't be more blunt than that," Biden said. "He is yet to be right one single time on Iraq."
"Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had a surprise for President Bush when they sat down with their aides in the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan.

Firing up a PowerPoint presentation, Maliki and his national security adviser proposed that U.S. troops withdraw to the outskirts of Baghdad and let Iraqis take over security in the strife-torn capital.

Maliki said he did not want any more U.S. troops at all, just more authority."

22.Jan.2007 In "jaw-dropping" bungle at Dep't of Interior, oil companies were allowed to drill without paying $10 billion in royalties as required 1/22
Bush wants to tax worker health benefits 1/22

22.Jan.2007 Global warming is destined to have a far more destructive and earlier impact than previously estimated, the most authoritative report yet produced on climate change will warn next week. 1/22
Stars join fight to save diamond industry from "Blood Diamond" movie's bad press 1/22

22.Jan.2007 Hurt badly by closeness to Bush policies, McCain desperately searches for ways to disassociate himself: How about criticizing the Army chief of staff nominee? 1/22
22.Jan.2007 Yes surge, no surge Bush has told Maliki: "No extra troops unless you start doing your part."

Now we learn that Mailiki told Bush: "But we don't want any more of your troops!" As Joy Tomme puts it:

So, watch out Mr. Prime Minister, if you don’t obey Crazy George, he’s not going to give you something you don’t want.

22.Jan.2007 Geschichte des Glases Den ägyptischen Königsgräbern werden die ersten Glas-Urnen mit Überfang + ... Einhard Kunsthandwerkstätten für Mosaik und Glasmalerei in Aachen errichten ...
20050929 Adolf Hitler . „Die katholische Kirche hat 1500 Jahre lang die Juden als Schädlinge angesehen. ...

00.Sep.2005 Fliehkraft-Technik: Fahrrad schaltet automatisch ...

Der Tunfisch ist nicht die einzige Tierart, die vom Fischfang bedroht ist. Erst im November haben Forscher Berechnungen veröffentlicht, denen zufolge schon im Jahr

00.000.2048 sämtliche Bestände von Speisefischen und Meeresfrüchten kollabiert sein könnten, sollte kein Umdenken in der Fischereipolitik stattfinden.

Unabhängige Experten bezweifelten diese Prognose zwar.

Doch neben dem Fischfang setzen auch Umweltverschmutzung + Klimawandel den Meeresbewohnern zu. Wissenschaftler sprechen inzwischen vom größten Massensterben seit dem Verschwinden der Dinosaurier.

Umweltschutzorganisationen, die als Beobachter an der Konferenz teilnehmen, fordern die Regierungen zum sofortigen Schutz der Tunfische auf.

Einer Studie des WWF zufolge zählen die Tiere zu den am stärksten überfischten Arten der Weltmeere. Im Indischen Ozean sei der Bestand des Roten Tuns bereits um 90 % geschrumpft. Die Zahl der erwachsenen atlantischen Blauflossen-Tunfische auf 19 % des Niveaus von

00.000.1975 gesunken, wie im Jahr 2004 erhobene Daten besagten. Ähnlich alarmierend sei auch die Situation im Mittelmeer.

Kobe/Tokio - "Die Tunfisch-Bestände sind überfischt + wir müssen dieses Problem aus globaler Sicht angehen", sagte Toshiro Shirasu, Generaldirektor des japanischen Fischereiamts.

Er sprach zum Auftakt der Konferenz in der Hafenstadt Kobe vor rund 300 Vertretern der Fischfangindustrie und Regierungen aus rund 60 Ländern und Regionen.
Atomstreit: USA und Nordkorea nähern sich an
22.Jan.2007 Fischfang: Konferenz soll Tunfisch retten
22.Jan.2007 Havarierte "MSC Napoli": Schiffsbetreiber gerät in die Kritik
22.Jan.2007 Strommarkt: Gutachter kritisieren fehlende Transparenz

22.Jan.2007 Präsidentschaftskandidatur: Umfragen sehen Hillary Clinton vorn
22.Jan.2007 Serbien: Ultranationalisten gewinnen Parlamentswahl
22.Jan.2007 A useful comparison: Congress also reined in Nixon from attacking Cambodia 1/22
"In my opinion, Bush is either incompetent, insane or morally corrupt.

The scariest ? + perhaps most likely, given the litany of his offenses ? is that he?s a combination of all three.

Our collective national consciousness has been anesthetized by the staggering number + enormity of the egregious acts committed by this president against our nation?s principles, its people, its resources +

against the world at large."

22.Jan.2007 Biden:

"Every single person out there that is of any consequence knows the vice president doesn't know what he's talking about. I can't be more blunt than that. He is yet to be right one single time on Iraq." 1/22
More of the Bush/Cheney Foreign Policy for Losers: Pakistan is Likely Aiding the Taliban Resurgence, Which Ends up in the Death of Our GIs 1/22

22.Jan.2007 Why Not Just Have the RNC Buy the Tribune Company + Make Republican Media Ownership Official? "

Carlyle has emerged as the private-equity firm bidding for Tribune?s TV station group, reports the Wall Street Journal." 1/22
The CIA's airlines: What's in the baggage compartment?

The CIA's "rendition" flights have given rise to a hobbyist subculture of plane-spotters. But how many of them have wondered if those flights also carried a non -human cargo?
The "Bayard" jet is known informally as the
Guantanamo Bay Express. It changes N-numbers more rapidly than some men change their pants.
Originally N581GA, it became N379P 00.000.2000 when it was acquired by Premier Executive Transport Services.

00.Dec.2003 it became N8068V.

01.Dec.2004 it was renamed N44982 + ownership was transferred to Bayard Foreign Marketing, an apparent shell company registered in Portland, Oregon.

20.Jan.2006 It was renamed once more to N126CH + registered to XXXXX, 2930 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137-4122.

18.Aug.2006 It was sold + reregistered to Wilmington Trust Company, 1100 N Market St, Wilmington, Delaware, And:

00.000.2006 -Sometime in late- the records for N44982 seem to have disappeared from the FAA's resgistration database.

This page suggests that the plane is now owned by a firm called Keeler & Tate Management, which is probably another dummy front. Premier Executive Transport Services was another apparent on-paper-only company.
This report from Amnesty has the most extensive listing I could find of the front companies used by the CIA's air transport division.

22.Jan.2007 Before proceeding, you must realize is that the Skyway bust was hardly the first one.

Also understand that, for whatever reasons, five tons (or thereabouts) seems to be the standard coke payload on these flights.
With those facts in mind, let me re-quote the
earlier piece: Hopsicker scores a breakthrough, however, when he identifies a major stockholder in Skyway (which, you will recall, was a scam operation designed to bilk investors): Argyll Equities of Boerne, Texas, a subsidiary of the the Argyll group of La Jolla.
Argyll previously arranged for a $17 million loan to a Mexican businessman, who in turn provided "significant capital" to a “Chilean narcotics trafficker" named Manuel Vicente Losada, arrested in the Chilean capital of Santiago after being “linked to a shipment of five tons of cocaine which U.S. drug enforcement officials in Miami intercepted over six years ago on the vessel Harbour, as it headed toward Guantanamo Bay.” "Guantanamo Bay"? asks Hopsicker. The implications hang in the air.

22.Jan.2007 We have harrowing tales by the prisoners themselves; see the accounts here and here.)
22.Jan.2007 passage from the Amnesty report: The Gulfstream IV plane that took Abu Omar to Egypt from Germany after his kidnapping in Italy.

Its owners have admitted leasing the plane to the CIA, but have said it is not used exclusively by the agency.

00.Feb.2005-00.Jul.2005 -between-There are 488 relevant recorded landings or takeoffs .
Everyone is now waking up to the fact that most of those detainees in Cuba were innocents, fingered by local Afghans to collect the reward offered by Americans.

Are we to believe that the USA has really captured thousands of genuine Al Qaeda terrorists?

We know from 9/11: Press for Truth (and other sources) that the American military deliberately allowed Al Qaeda fighters to escape -- by plane! -- from Afghanistan to the wilder areas of Pakistan.
CIA rendition flights have taken off and landed in Spain, the U.K., Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Thailand, Uzbekistan and other nations. Although officially civilian, the jets are allowed to land at American military bases. Virtually anything could be shipped without detection on those flights.
Look at the destinations. Look at the transport capacities. Look at America's apparent unwillingness to deal with the real Al Qaeda fighters.
Then ask yourself: Do you think prisoner rendition is the only reason for all those flights?
# posted by Joseph : 4:23 AM

Comments: interesting that the CIA still uses tail numbers.... many white aircraft without letters and numbers fly in my area.... low enough for everyone to notice and see... + frequently enough to be frightened about.# posted by Anonymous
22.Jan.2007 MIT Labs Moves Ahead In Synthesizing Spider Silk - Zonk 113 -icepick72 writes in with a link to an ExtremeTech article on new methods for creating synthetic spider silk.

This material, like lycra in many ways, has a number of unique properties. The MIT lab that created it is being monitored by military elements, keenly interested in applications of this material to front-line technologies. From the article: "The secret of spider silk's combined strength and flexibility, according to scientists, has to do with the arrangement of the nano-crystalline reinforcement of the silk as it is being produced--in other words, the way these tiny crystals are oriented towards (and adhere to) the stretchy protein. Emulating this process in a synthetic polymer, the MIT team focused on reinforcing solutions of commercial rubbery substance known as polyurethane elastomer with nano-sized clay platelets instead of simply heating the mixing the molten plastics with reinforcing agents."
The Failing Right of Laptop Privacy - Zonk 82+ - davidwr writes

"Wired has an interesting editorial on laptop searches and seizures. It raises some interesting issues, including employee rights against police searches in the workplace, routine vs. non-routine searches at ports of entry + police use of unrelated data found in a database search. The article ends saying: 'Of course, there's a chance that the courts will not recognize the different scope of privacy interests at stake in computer searches, or will not be adept at crafting a rule that gives enough leeway and guidance to law enforcement, while also protecting privacy. At that point, the Constitution may fail us + we will have to turn to Congress to create rules that are better adapted for the information age.'"
Chinese Prof Cracks SHA-1 Data Encryption Scheme - Zonk 188+ -Hades1010 writes to mention an article in the Epoch Times (a Chinese newspaper) about a brilliant Chinese professor who has cracked her fifth encryption scheme in ten years.

This one's a doozy, too: she and her team have taken out the SHA-1 scheme, which includes the (highly thought of) MD5 algorithm. As a result, the U.S. government and major corporations will cease using the scheme within the next few years. From the article: " These two main algorithms are currently the crucial technology that electronic signatures and many other password securities use throughout the international community. They are widely used in banking, securities + e-commerce. SHA-1 has been recognized as the cornerstone for modern Internet security. According to the article, in the early stages of Wang's research, there were other data encryption researchers who tried to crack it. However, none of them succeeded. This is why in 15 years Hash research had become the domain of hopeless research in many scientists' minds. "
Ultra-Dense Optical Storage on One Photon - CowboyNeal 93+ - Andreaskem submitted this story about researchers being able to encode an image into a photon and to later retrieve it intact. From the article:

"It's analogous to the difference between snapping a picture with a single pixel and doing it with a camera — this is like a 6-megapixel camera... You can have a tremendous amount of information in a pulse of light, but normally if you try to buffer it, you can lose much of that information... We're showing it's possible to pull out an enormous amount of information with an extremely high signal-to-noise ratio even with very low light levels."
Ohio Recount Rigging Case Goes to Court - MarkusQ (posted by CowboyNeal) 162 -
The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that the trial of the three election workers accused of rigging the 2004 presidential election recount in Cuyahoga County is finally underway. As you may recall, this was the case where poll workers 'randomly' selected the precincts to recount by first eliminating from consideration precincts where the number of ballots handed out on Election Day failed to match the number of ballots cast and, then opening the ballot boxes in private and pre-counting until they found cases which would match up. What is interesting here is that they have already admitted doing this and that it was clearly counter to the letter and the spirit of the law, but still insist it wasn't really 'wrong,' presumably since they only did it to avoid having to go to the bother of a full recount as required by law.

Wahlen in Serbien: Ultranationalisten nach Hochrechnungen stärkste Partei

22.Jan.2007 Bürgervotum: Kreuzberger wollen ihre Rudi- Dutsche- Straße
22.Jan.2007 Rivalen: Palästinenser- Präsident Abbas trifft Hamas- Chef
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Besides that, Shackley is credited with having operated a "Secret Team" of assassins, drug traffickers + arms salesman, which consisted of General John Singlaub, Thomas Clines, Carl Jenkins, David Morales, Raphael Quintero, Felix Rodriguez, Edwin Wilson, Richard Armitage and likely a few others.
Conrad Gerber is another Cercle member with a connection to this region. He worked as an economist in the white minority government of Rhodesia

in the 1970s, where he was involved in circumventing international sanctions to purchase oil for his country.

He did this with controversial partners as John Deuss and Ted Shackley, the latter becoming one of his closest friends. So close, that Gerber was even present at Shackley's deathbed (85) .
The greatest enemy of the Cercle has been the Soviet Union and members have been crusading against communist subversion for many decades. During this process, Cercle members unfortunately have accused almost every nationalist and socialist government, every labour union, every terrorist + every serious investigator of western intelligence of being in bed with the KGB.

Le Cercle and t he struggle for the European continent | Membership list
Private bridge between Vatican-Paneuropean- and Anglo-American intelligence
Hotel Negresco in Nice, France. Once a meeting place of the Cercle.   "I had first learned about it in October 1967 when Carlo Pesenti, the owner of a number of important Italian corporations, took me aside at a Chase investment forum in Paris and invited me to join his group... The discussions were conducted in French + usually I was the sole American present... Members of the Pesenti Group were all committed to European political and economic integration... My Chase associates, who feared my membership could be construed as "consorting with reactionaries," eventually prevailed upon me to withdraw."
- 2002, David Rockefeller, 'Memoirs', p. 412-413.
"Formed in the Fifties... One of the most influential, secretive, and, it goes without saying, exclusive political
clubs in the West... One member contacted by this newspaper said he could not talk about it "even off, off the record". Another simply put the phone down... The source of its funding is a mystery..."
29.Jun.1997 The Independent, 'Aitken dropped by the Right's secret club', one of the very few mainstream reports on Le Cercle.
"Coudenhove said: "You know, it is awfully difficult to make Europe with the English, but without them, it is impossible". That is very true."
- Otto von Habsburg, key founder of Le Cercle, head of the Paneuropa Union and one of the most central players in the underground Vatican-Paneuropa network.


At least two other names were mentioned by Greer's conversation partner: Maxwell Rabb and the Petersons.

Rabb has been working in the shadows of some very important people: the Pilgrims executive Henry Cabot Lodge and the alleged co-founder of MJ-12, James Forrestal.

Forrestal was a very important banker at Dillon, Read & Co., the Pilgrims bank that had those business deals with Fritz Thyssen, next to Hjalmar Schacht the most important backer of Hitler.

Interestingly, Rabb has long-time connections to the Italian-US mafia and
might also have been a major player in the so-called post-war Fascist International. His bio can be found
Pete Peterson, one of the four or five heads of the CFR since the end of WWII, is one of the largest globalist players in the world today + one of the closest associates of David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger + Maurice Greenberg (AIG). All these people are busy with "opening up" China's domestic market. Peterson is head of the Blackstone Group, a front company for US intelligence to launder money, according to some. It owned
the WTC7 mortgage since 2000 + Peterson, like many of his friends, now play a key role in rebuilding Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attack. Peterson's full bio can be found
here. A shorter version can be found in the June 13 update, in which he was identified as a Pilgrims Society member.

21.Jan.2007 20041206 The CIA + MI6 collaborated to spread disinformation about the Labour Party + ... The existence of Operation Stay Behind has been officially admitted in : ...
Sollten die USA aus dem Irak abziehen? - Seite 4 - FTD Debatte Guantanamo wird nicht geschlossen, sondern ausgebaut: keine Protestnote aus Berlin ... und dem in Vietnam über Zivilisten versprühten Agent Orange besteht.
2004080709_und_Report Aug.2004 Agent Orange, the Next Generation: One suit filed on behalf of as many as four million Vietnamese says their land and people were so poisoned by ...
21.Jan.20007 Attac-Netzwerk Deutschland. AG Globalisierung und Krieg Amerikanische FriedensaktivistInnen haben aktuell einen Kurswechsel im US-Senat erreichen können: der neue demokratische Mehrheitsführer Harry Reid wurde ...
21.Jan.2007 Shining Light In Dark Corners: Conditions in Iraq Archives At some point they will have to cave into the will of the masses or face loss ... and then just like Fallujah, Ramadi, Tel Afar, the insurgents will flee to ...
21.Jan.2007 Fight To Survive: The Sure Cure For Boredom There is no bright end of the tunnel for W’s failed and flawed presidency, ...

Then we went to TEl Afar and got told that we had to stay for a year now.

Kritik an einer möglichen Freilassung Klars übte der Stuttgarter Generalstaatsanwalt Pflieger.

Er sagte, bei früheren Entlassungen von RAF-Häftlingen hätten gesundheitliche Gründe vorgelegen und die Inhaftierten hätten ihre Taten bedauert.

Diese Kriterien seien im Fall Klar nicht zu erkennen. "Gnade vor Recht sollte die ganz große Ausnahme bleiben", sagte der Generalstaatsanwalt, der die Anklagen gegen Klar + Mohnhaupt dem Bericht zufolge koordiniert hatte.
Zu hoffen ist, dass Amerikaner und Chinesen zur Vernunft kommen und sich an einen Tisch setzen, um die Aufrüstung im All zu verhindern. Mit dem kriegerischen Präsidenten Bush ist dies allerdings kaum zu erwarten.

Nun demonstrieren die Chinesen, dass sie auch im Weltraum mithalten wollen. Schon lange haben Falken im Militär die Entwicklung von Anti-Satelliten-Waffen gefordert. Sie beweisen den Nachbarn, dass sie in der Lage sind, mit einem Schlag die Kommunikation über Asien zu kappen.

Es ist allerdings hilfreich, den Weltraum-Knaller in die richtige Perspektive zu setzen. Man kann sich des Gefühls nicht erwehren, dass aus Washington eine Welle der Heuchelei heranschwappt.

Denn die Amerikaner erheben den Anspruch, als einzige Nation den Kosmos militarisieren zu dürfen. Das Pentagon beantragte im vorigen Jahr Hunderte von Millionen Dollar, um Weltraumwaffen zu erproben, darunter Raketen und eine Laserwaffe, die in der Lage sind, Satelliten in eine Staubwolke zu verwandeln.

Chinesen holen US-Tests aus den achtziger Jahren nach
Die Proteste der späten 1960er und 1970 Jahre - um nur auf die späten Ereignisse in einer durchaus langen Kette renitenten Verhaltens hinzuweisen - entluden sich in der Bundesrepublik heftiger als in den meisten anderen Ländern dieser Welt.
Die Orte gemeinsamer Erfahrungen und Verständigungsprozesse über kollektive Arbeit, Organisationen und Handlungen sind im Vergleich zur originären Industriegesellschaft minimal geworden.
Wenn im wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung die Inhaber des "Normalerwerbsverhältnisses" und die Repräsentanten der alten "Bürgerlichkeit" sie noch weiter abhängen sollten, dann wird die Frustration sich entladen.

Doch richtig ist eher das Gegenteil. In ökonomischen Krisen sind die davon hauptsächlich betroffenen Menschen meist ermattet, ohne Hoffnung, dadurch passiv, resigniert. In Zeiten wirtschaftlicher Dürre und Entbehrung hissen die Menschen nicht die Fahnen des Umsturzes. In solchen Zeiten fehlt ihnen dazu einfach die Energie, gewissermaßen die Kraft für eine andere Zukunft. Erst müssen sich die strangulierenden Fesseln der ökonomischen Pressionen zu lösen beginnen. Erst muss sich das soziale Elend in bewusste Unzufriedenheit übersetzen können. Erst dann ist langfristig angelegte Auflehnung und Gegenwehr ernsthaft zu erwarten.
Putin und Merkel: Gipfeltreffen vorbei - Irritationen bleiben
21.Jan.2007 Gnadendebatte: Politiker wollen RAF- Rädelsführer freilassen
21.Jan.2007 Haushaltskrise: Libyen feuert 400.000 Staatsangestellte
21.Jan.2007 Raketentest: Peking rebelliert gegen Amerikas All- Macht

21.Jan.2007 Sturmschäden: Havariertes Schiff verliert Gift- Container
21.Jan.2007 Tropischer Parasit: Würmer im Blut als Reisesouvenir
21.Jan.2007 Palästinensische Einheits- Regierung: Treffen zwischen Abbas und Maschaal geplatzt
21.Jan.2007 Medien-Ethik: 11. September

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Wackenhut and the CIA

Frequent rumors that his company was in the employ of the Central Intelligence Agency, particularly in the 1960s, were never substantiated, but Wackenhut, who was obsessive about high-tech security gadgets in his private life, did not discourage the suggestion. Several of his senior executives were former CIA operatives + his company's board of directors included former FBI director Clarence M. Kelley, former National Security Agency director Bobby Ray Inman + former Defense secretary and deputy CIA director Frank Carlucci. On rare occasions, the company's clandestine work did land in the headlines. 00.000.1991, a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigated charges that a Wackenhut executive, working for a consortium of oil companies, illegally spied on a whistleblower, former independent oil executive Chuck Hamel, exposing environmental damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill [1]. The executive, who had also discussed trying to implicate a California congressman in his sting, resigned immediately after a meeting with George Wackenhut.
21.Jan.2007 Defendant turns on others, tells of rape, killing  Good article on the horrific 1979 rape and murder of Janet Chandler by Wackenhut Security Guards. posted by Prof. Hex
21.Jan.2007 Mr Benn where has our £400m Afghan aid money gone?: Hundreds of millions of pounds in British aid has been pumped into Afghanistan to help children like little Dawoud. And yet he is dying.

21.Jan.2007 China Shows Assertiveness in Weapons Test: China’s apparent success in destroying one of its own orbiting satellites with a ballistic missile signals that its rising military intends to contest American supremacy in space, a realm many here consider increasingly crucial to national security.

21.Jan.2007 Chinese missile destroys satellite in space: Britain today joined the US, Japan and Australia’s condemnation of China after the communist country used a ballistic missile to destroy a orbiting satellite.

21.Jan.2007 In case you missed it: Beijing secretly fires lasers to disable US satellites: China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by "blinding" their sensitive surveillance devices, it was reported yesterday.

21.Jan.2007 Robert Fisk : Award-winning writer shot by assassin in Istanbul street : He tried to create a dialogue between the two nations to reach a common narrative of the 20th century’s first holocaust. And he paid the price : two bullets shot into his head and two into his body by an assassin in the streets of Istanbul yesterday afternoon.

21.Jan.2007 The Future of Food : Video: The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade
21.Jan.2007 Kurdish Iraqi soldiers are deserting to avoid the conflict in Baghdad: Kurdish soldiers from northern Iraq, who are mostly Sunnis but not Arabs, are deserting the army to avoid the civil war in Baghdad, a conflict they consider someone else's problem.

21.Jan.2007 Andrea heeded America's call + paid with her life: All foreigners are targets in Iraq, Americans especially. Even those who come to the country to do good share the fate of those who come to kill.

21.Jan.2007 Bush Vs. War Powers Act: The Iraq resolution invoked the War Powers Clause, therefore requiring the President of the USA to gain congressional approval for all troop deployment, as stated in Section 2(b) of the War Powers Act, which points to the Necessary and Proper Clause of the Constitution as the basis for legislation on the war powers.

21.Jan.2007 War costs to hit $8.4bn per month : The steadily rising Iraq war price tag will reach about $8.4 billion a month this year, Pentagon spokesmen said

21.Jan.2007 US plans envision broad attack on Iran -analyst : U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Friday.

21.Jan.2007 Iran masses troops along borders with Iraq - source :

A Pishmerga source said that Iran has beefed up its troops stationed along the main border crossing (Pashmakh), midway between the Kurdish Penjavin city + the Iranian Miriwan city.
How Congress Can Stop the Iran Attack- Or be complicit in nuclear war crimes - By Jorge Hirsch
President Bush is invoking his "commander in chief" authority to escalate the war in Iraq + he will likely also invoke it to launch an aerial attack against Iran. Congress has long ago abdicated and delegated to the President its constitutional responsibility to initiate wars. Yet Congress still has one surefire way to influence events: it has the constitutional authority to make the "nuclear option" against Iran illegal. In so doing, it would stop the relentless drive to war against Iran dead in its tracks.

21.Jan.2007 Show Me The Intelligence - By Ray McGovern
Have you noticed? Neither President George W. Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney have cited any U.S. intelligence assessments to support their fateful decision to send 21,500 more troops to referee the civil war in Iraq. This is a far cry from

00.Oct.2002 , when a formal National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was rushed through in order to trick Congress into giving its nihil obstat for the attack on Iraq. Continue

21.Jan.2007 Bush’s War on Perception -The bombing of the Golden Mosque -By Mike Whitney
We’ve heard a lot about the bombing of Samarra’s Golden Mosque lately.

Bush has brought it up twice in the last week alone. It’s a critical part of the administration’s rationale for the occupation of Iraq, so we can expect to be reminded of it nearly as often as 9-11. Continue

21.Jan.2007 The Central Question-By Charley Reese
Government routinely lies + so do many corporations. That mysterious commitment to the public good, which once joined Americans from many different classes and positions, seems to have dissolved. Integrity, which simply means being true regardless of consequences to one's own beliefs, seems to have no market value in America today.

21.Jan.2007 Agents of Influence - By Robert Dreyfuss
Did Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, run a covert program with operatives in high-level US government positions to influence the Bush Administration's decision to go to war in Iraq? The FBI wants to know.

21.Jan.2007 Rogue State America - By John B. Judis
What exactly are we doing in the horn of Africa, where we have encouraged the Christian government of Ethiopia to invade Somalia and replace its Islamic government? As far as I can tell, we have violated international law, committed war crimes, helped Al Qaeda recruit new members + involved ourselves in a guerrilla war that could last decades.

21.Jan.2007 One Hundred Years of Jewish Solitude - BY Gilad Atzmon
Zionism is no longer a young movement. It has been almost one hundred and ten years since the 1st Zionist Congress was held and nearly ninety years have passed since the Balfour Declaration (1917) was issued. It’s been just under six decades since the formation of the Jewish State and the mass ethnic cleansing of the vast majority of the indigenous Palestinian population took place.

21.Jan.2007 Israel/Palastine : One Country: Reviewing an Alternative Vision - By Remi Kanazi
A new line of thinking transpired during Ariel Sharon's administration. The iron-fisted military man, once fixated on annexing the remainder of occupied Palestine, came to grips with Israel's demographic reality: Israel could not forever control the occupied territories without eventually assuming responsibility of its inhabitants .

21.Jan.2007 Who Will Rescind Bush and Cheney's Death Warrant on Our GIs? "At least 20 American service personnel were killed in military operations Saturday in one of the deadliest days for U.S. forces since the Iraq war began + authorities also announced two U.S. combat deaths from the previous day.
Bill Moyers for President Campaign Button

21.Jan.2007 Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (Hardcover): "This is a stunning work, broad in scope and well documented, revealing a history that reverberates in African Americans' continued distrust of the medical profession."
Oregon Bar asks lawyer about mysterious jet owner of CIA rendition plane 1/21

21.Jan.2007 The Reality of Bush's Kafkaesque Fiasco: Insurgent TV channel turns into Iraq's newest cult hit
With a Year to Go Before the First Primary, Clinton Anouncement Sends Race Into High Gear

21.Jan.2007 The steadily rising Iraq war price tag will reach about $8.4 billion a month this year. This is OUR Hard-Earned money going down the Bush tube of death and war profiteering.
Bill Moyers: Life on the Plantation -- A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution

21.Jan.2007 Will the Clinton Entry Propel California to Move Its Primary Up to February, 2008? 1/21
Castro battling for his life, says Chavez 1/21

21.Jan.2007 Now, according to Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, criminal prosecutions have arisen from that morass: Prosecutors say these cases involve "rigging" the recount in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), where tens of thousands of votes were shifted from John Kerry to George W. Bush, or else never counted. Meanwhile, corroborating evidence continues to surface throughout Ohio illuminating the GOP's theft of the presidency. According to the AP, County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter opened the Cuyahoga trial by charging that "the evidence will show that this recount was rigged, maybe not for political reasons, but rigged nonetheless." Baxter said the three election workers "did this so they could spend a day rather than weeks or months" on the recount. That's going to be the fallback position, methinks: "We didn't want to toss it to Dubya -- we just wanted to save time." But Cleveland, which usually gives Democrats an extremely heavy margin, was crucial to Bush's alleged victory of roughly 118,000 votes out of 5.5 million counted. Some 600,000 votes were cast or counted in Cuyahoga County. But official turnout and vote counts varied wildly and improbably from precinct to precinct. Overall the county reported about a 60% turnout. But several predominantly black precincts, where voters went more than 80% for Kerry, reported turnouts of 30% or less. In one ward, only a 7% turnout was reported, while surrounding precincts were nearly ten times as high. Independent studies indicate Kerry thousands of votes in Cuyahoga County that rightfully should have been counted in his column. The story goes on to describe what we already knew: During the recount, Ohio law required a random sampling of precincts; instead, the choice was anything but random.
Meanwhile, Daniel Hopsicker has a
new story on Sarasota County and the questionable Florida 13 race. More on that soon (probably on Monday)... Permalink

21.Jan.2007 the impeachment of the Attorney General makes perfect sense.

We have ample grounds for this move in the firings of independent prosecutors and his denial that the Constitution grants an inherent right to habeus corpus. Go here to find out more. Permalink
00.000.1946 Cold War develops. —Captain Hyman G. Rickover arrives at Oak Ridge to begin study of atomic energy. —Greater Underwater Propulsion Power (GUPPY) program for W WII. fleet boat modernization begins.
1776 7 Sep — Turtle, a one-man submarine built by 34-year-old Yale graduate David Bushnell of Saybrook, Connecticut, unsuccessfully tries to attach a keg of gunpowder to the hull of HMS Eagle, Admiral Howe's flagship, anchored in New York harbor. However, the powder keg exploded in the harbor prompting the American General Putnam to exclaim, "God 'scurse 'em, that'll do it for 'em."
1942 27 Jan — USS Gudgeon (SS 211) sinks the Japanese I-173, the first confirmed sinking of an enemy warship by a U.S. submarine in history.
21.Jan.2007 DoD News: Donald Winter Sworn In as New Secretary of the Navy

Donald Winter Sworn In as New Secretary of the Navy ... 74th secretary of the Navy by Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense GordonEngland.
Der Grünen-Politiker Volker Beck nannte es völlig unverständlich, warum die Türkei Dink trotz Morddrohungen keinen Personenschutz gewährt habe.

Dink war allein, als er am Freitagnachmittag vor dem Gebäude seiner Redaktion erschossen wurde. Der Istanbuler Gouverneur Muammer Güler wies die Vorwürfe zurück.

Dink habe keinen Schutz beantragt und deshalb auch keinen bekommen.

"Es wurden nur allgemeine Sicherheitsvorkehrungen getroffen."
Ex-FEMA chief: Politics affected Katrina response Read full story for latest details.

E00.000.2002 involvierter, namentlich nicht genannter SPD-Politiker sagte den "Stuttgarter Nachrichten": "Berlin wünschte sich einen erstklassigen Freispruch für Kurnaz." Er fügte hinzu: "Die Regierung wollte sich nicht jemanden ans Bein binden, der keinen deutschen, sondern einen türkischen Pass hatte und der aus US-Sicht immerhin so gefährlich war, dass er 24 Stunden am Tag zu beobachten ist."
Der Vize-Fraktionschef der Grünen, Jürgen Trittin, sagte der "Frankfurter Rundschau", es sei unbestritten, "dass das Bundesinnenministerium damals mit Deckung des Kanzleramts versucht hat, die Freilassung von Murat Kurnaz zu hintertreiben".

Der CDU-Außenpolitiker Andreas Schockenhoff sagte der "Welt am Sonntag": "Die Bundesregierung muss schon sehr starke sicherheitspolitische Gründe gehabt haben, um sich nicht für die Freilassung von Kurnaz einzusetzen." Die CDU-Abgeordnete Kristina Köhler sagte der Zeitung, es habe keinerlei Gründe gegeben, "Kurnaz in diesem rechtlosen Zustand in Guantánamo verharren zu lassen."
Der Vorsitzende des Ausschusses, Siegfried Kauder (CDU), sagte der "Welt", für konkrete Vorwürfe sei es noch zu früh. Sollte sich aber nach Aufklärung des Falls bewahrheiten, dass die damalige rot-grüne Bundesregierung es tatsächlich unterlassen habe, sich für einen unschuldig einsitzenden Bürger einzusetzen, "dann kann das nicht ohne Konsequenzen bleiben".
Steinmeiers Sprecher stellte heute eine baldige Aussage des Ministers in Aussicht. Zunächst müssten aber Kurnaz' erneute Vernehmung am 1. Februar und die Aussagen der Verhörpersonen in Guantánamo abgewartet werden, sagte Ministeriumssprecher Martin Jäger der "Welt am Sonntag".

Warum ging die Bundesregierung 2002 nicht auf die Angebote der US-Behörden ein, den deutschen Guantánamo-Häftling Murat Kurnaz freizulassen? Frank-Walter Steinmeier, damals Kanzleramtschef, gerät zunehmend unter Druck. Der Minister kündigte an, bald vor dem Untersuchungsausschuss auszusagen.

Berlin - Politiker der Oppositionsparteien wollen von Steinmeier, vormals Chef des Bundeskanzleramts, vor allem wissen, warum die damalige rot-grüne Bundesregierung ab 2002 an nicht auf die angeblichen Angebote amerikanischer Behörden einging, den aus Bremen stammenden Deutschtürken Kurnaz aus dem US-Gefangenenlager Guantánamo zu übernehmen.
Das Rheinland ist den Eburonen eine Ausstellung schuldig. Es sollte eine Aussage über ihr Schicksal gemacht werden, über die ganze Tragik uns so, am besten irgendwo am Rhein. In Xanten, Köln, Bonn oder Mainz oder so. Als Thema käme Supergeil das Schicksal einer keltisch-germanischen Familie in der Zeit der gallischen Kriege à la Tolstoi zum Tragen (zum heulen).
Arbeitstitel: Römer, Kelten und Germanen. Krieg und Frieden im Rheinland und die daraus resultierende Romanisierung (zu lang).

20.Jan.2007 Fall Kurnaz: Steinmeier in Erklärungsnot
20.Jan.2007 Medien- Krise: Älteste Zeitung der Welt wird nicht mehr gedruckt
20.Jan.2007 Zurück ins Weiße Haus: Hillary Clinton steigt in Präsidentschaftswahlkampf ein
20.Jan.2007 The idiot's guide to pronouncing "nuclear" and other difficult words (satire)
00.Oct.2006 Sen. John Kerry put himself in hot water with a joke that implied U.S. troops were, shall we say, less than "A" students.

Republicans convulsed in an uproar, claiming that the troops are not only smart enough to win the war in Iraq, but their Commander In Chief is also so smart...
Al Jazeera English - Middle East - BG -
The head of Israel's central Holocaust memorial has criticised Jewish settlers who harass Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron.

20.Jan.2007 Gonzales' Trojan horse. - By Patrick Radden Keefe - Slate Magazine - BG - Gonzales' Trojan HorseFISA-approved surveillance may not be a civil-liberties coup.
20.Jan.2007 Unbowed - Joe Lieberman believes a bipartisan stampede out of Iraq will result in devastating consequences. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
20.Jan.2007 The Coming Exaflood - 'Network neutrality' will inhibit all the technological innovations currently on the edge. By BRET SWANSON
20.Jan.2007 Al Jazeera English - Central/S. Asia - BG -
Pakistan's army has denied claims by tribesmen that a US aircraft was involved in a bombing raid on their village in which innocent people died.<br/><br/>

20.Jan.2007 Context to the coverage of the London Bombings, etc. - BG -
It was reported by AP that the Israeli Embassy received advance warning of the attacks from Scotland Yard. U.S. Army Radio reported very much the same thing. Later, London Police Chief Sir Ian Blair is reported as stating that there was no advance warning. Obviously, both can't be true. Either there was a warning before the bombs went off, or there wasn't. The contradiction was quickly... Source:

20.Jan.2007 Reversing itself, the Defense Department says an espionage report it produced that warned about Canadian coins with tiny radio-frequency transmitters - BG -

20.Jan.2007 Negroponte: Spy Program Was 'Critical' - BG - U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte on Friday cited the Bush administration's

recently disbanded domestic spying program as a critically important post-11.Sep.2001 change in intelligence practices.
20.Jan.2007 Defense official says Pentagon hid unspent funds in accounts - - BG - Defense official says Pentagon hid unspent funds in accounts
20.Jan.2007 Henry Kissinger: Iraq really is all about the oil + we'll be there for a long, long time | CorrenteWire - BG -

Henry Kissinger: Iraq really is all about the oil + we'll be there for a long, long time
00.000.1998 Student murdered was writing about OBL (pt 1)
20.Jan.2007 President and Vice President say Americans dont know enuff
00.000.1961 Military-Industrial Complex Speech Dwight D. Eisenhower
20.Jan.2007 U.S. trying to spread instability from Iraq to Lebanon - BG -
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran,

19.Jan.2007 A top Iranian official accused the USA on Friday of trying to expand the current conflict in Iraq to nearby Lebanon.... Source:
20.Jan.2007 Kucinich Supports War, Zionism And Globalization - BG -
20.Jan.2007 German ex-chancellor accused of 'abandoning' German-born Gitmo detainee - BG -
[JURIST] Members of a German parliamentary committee investigating the detention of German-born Turk Murat Kurnaz [Wikipedia profile] at Guantanamo Bay alleged Thursday that the government of German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder [BBC profile] allowed hi...

20.Jan.2007 AIPAC is pushing us to war with Iran for Israel
What Would We Do Without Moles? "Alleged Canada Terror Leader Was 'Time-Bomb': Mole"--headline, Reuters, Jan. 18
20.Jan.2007 James Zogby: Carter's Critics Warp the Debate He Hoped to Create - BG -
20.Jan.2007 Libby's Trial Crafted to Protect Bush-Cheney Gang (by William Hughes) - Media Monitors Network (MMN) - BG -
.Jan.2007 Politics: Gonzales' Trojan Horse - BG - jurisprudence
Gonzales' Trojan Horse
FISA-approved surveillance may not be a civil-liberties coup. -By Patrick Radden Keefe
When Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sent a cryptic, four-paragraph
letter to the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday, maintaining that from now on, the Bush administration will conduct its domestic surveillance program "subject to the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court," it looked like the administration was backing down. "Bush Retreats," the Washington Post declared, adding that the letter marked the president's "latest step back from the expansive interpretation of executive power."

But civil libertarians and administration foes should keep the Champagne on ice for the moment, because while Gonzales' letter looks like a surrender, it may prove to be a Trojan horse.

A close read of the administration's Delphic pronouncements on this about-face reveals a major, unresolved contradiction:

The National Security Agency surveillance program + the FISA system, as it currently exists, are fundamentally incompatible.

Any hasty reconciliation of the two will involve either a dramatic revision of our espionage activities or a very creative reading of the wiretapping statute.

For this marriage to work, one of them must be compromised. The question is, which one? To continue reading, click here.
20.Jan.2007 "A declaration of war on Iran"
Excerpt: American forces stormed Iranian government offices in northern Iraq, hours after President George Bush issued a warning to Tehran that was described as a "declaration of war".
The soldiers detained six people, including diplomats, according to the Iranians + seized documents and computers in the pre-dawn raid which was condemned by Iran. A leading UK-based Iran specialist, Ali Ansari, said the incident was an "extreme provocation". 
Russian missiles delivered to Iran Excerpt:

Russia has delivered new anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran and will consider further requests by Tehran for defensive weapons, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Tuesday.
"We have supplied the modern short-range anti-aircraft systems TOR-M1 in accordance with our contracts," Ivanov told reporters.

"Iran is not under sanctions and if it wants to buy defensive ... equipment for its armed forces then why not?"
Impeachment: Hurry up! Here's why...- by Pavel C., Unknown News  Excerpt:

Bush doesn't see that he is creating his own failures. He thinks that all this is someone else's fault. And he is emotionally lashing out, using the American military as a substitute for facing reality. He is in denial, still thinking he has a chance to redeem everything by continuing as before.

The coming third front in Bush's war -by The Canadian, Unknown News  
Excerpt: There is nothing more dangerous than a zealot, be they Persian, Arab, Israeli or American Fundamentalist Christian. The US has re-elected a man more dangerous than I had anticipated.

20.Jan.2007 Somalia for dummies
Comment: In brief, we are attacking a popular Muslim group that has had a stabilizing effect on Somalia and which has no proven ties to al Qaeda, by claiming that they're in league with al Qaeda. Plus, our violent actions are creating many actual terrorists. It's a little like Iraq, if Saddam had been really popular and if the invasion of Iraq got almost no press coverage.    Madeline Zane    

20.Jan.2007 I hate to say Bush is right about anything, but ...- by Herb Ruhs, MD, Unknown News  
Excerpt: What goes around comes around. We should consider ourselves lucky to eventually suffer anything less than complete annihilation at the hands of the rest of the world for the crimes America has participated in.

20.Jan.2007 Bush the liar and unfortunately still the decider-by Leon Fisher, Unknown News  
Excerpt: The Bush Administration, posing as the legitimately-elected government of the People, is a criminal entity which has seized + maintained power through the manipulation of two national elections in order to carry out an agenda based on the Project for the New American Century, the blueprint for American + Israeli hegemony over the oil producing nations of the Middle East.

Obama/Muslim smear spreads. - Nico - Media Matters tracks today’s right-wing talking point.
20.Jan.2007 Chavez admits Castro gravely ill Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez says that Cuban leader Fidel Castro is "battling for his life".
20.Jan.2007 Bird flu prompts cull in S Korea South Korea prepares to destroy almost 300,000 poultry after a fresh outbreak of a virulent strain of bird flu.
20.Jan.2007 Tests confirm Abu Sayyaf death DNA tests confirm a man killed by Philippines troops was al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf leader Khaddafy Janjalani.
20.Jan.2007 Australians face snake invasion Australian wildlife experts warn that a drought is driving tens of thousands of thirsty snakes into urban areas.
20.Jan.2007 World Social Forum opens in Kenya Activists march in Nairobi at the start of the World Social Forum, an annual meeting of anti-capitalist groups.
20.Jan.2007 Mexico extradites drug suspects Mexican extradites key drugs smuggling suspects to the US, including the reputed leader of a powerful drug cartel.
20.Jan.2007 Bush to be briefed on Middle East President George W Bush is to be briefed on the Mid-East trips of his secretary of state and defence chief.
Labour anger over honours arrest Labour politicians question police tactics in arresting a senior aide to Tony Blair in the "cash-for-honours" probe.
20.Jan.2007 How the Camera Phone Changed the World - Zonk 48 - theodp writes

"Ten years after the amazing Philippe Kahn married a cell phone and a digital camera to capture the birth of daughter Sophie, Slate takes a look at the impact of the camera phone, the gadget that perverts, vigilantes + celebrity stalkers can all agree on. 'With this kind of device,' Kahn told Wired, 'you're going to see the best and the worst of things.'"

20.Jan.2007 Microsoft, Google Agree to NGO Code of Conduct - Zonk 27 -
Aditi.Tuteja writes "Technology companies have come under fire for providing equipment or software that permits governments to censor information or monitor the online or offline activities of their citizens. For example, last year, Google's approach to the China market was criticized over its creation of a censored, local version of its search engine. Microsoft, Google + two other technology companies will develop a code of conduct with a coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) to promote freedom of expression and privacy rights, they announced Friday. The two companies along with Yahoo + Vodafone Group said the new guidelines are the result of talks with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School."

So we were beyond infinite! (‘To infinity and beyond,’ to steal a line from Toy Story .) In our experiment, we measured a negative transit time corresponding to a negative group velocity of -52 m/s.”
Robertson. “Using the definition for speed as being equal to distance divided by time, we measured a negative time and thus realized a negative velocity.”
It might not seem that a negative velocity would exceed the speed of light, but in this case, Robertson said, the speed of the pulse is actually much faster than c.

20.Jan.2007 Corals show Aussie drought link to Asian monsoon Space & Earth science/Earth Sciences 19 hours ago | User rating: not shown ( 3 vote(s) )

Droughts of greater severity and length could be in store for Australia and Indonesia if the Asian
Improved Nanodots Could Be Key to Future Data Storage Nanotechnology/Physics 16 hours ago | User rating: 5/5 after 7 vote(s)

The massive global challenge of storing digital data--storage needs reportedly double every year--may be met with a tiny yet powerful solution: magnetic particles just a few billionths of a meter across. This ...
Ultra-Dense Optical Storage -- on One Photon

19.Jan.2007 User rating: not rated yet Researchers at the University of Rochester have made an optics breakthrough that allows them to encode an entire image's worth of data into a photon, slow the image down for storage + then retrieve the image ...

20.Jan.2007 There is a dark side to the humble raindrop

19.Jan.2007 User rating: not rated yet A single drop is harmless, but when billions of raindrops fall from a cloudburst onto bare soil they strike like billions of tiny hammers, dislodging tons of soil per acre which is carried away by surface runoff.

20.Jan.2007 U.S. high school physics enrollment up J

18.Jan.2007 User rating: not rated yet U.S. high school physics class enrollment is increasing + the number of U.S. physics bachelor's degrees is up 31 % since 2000.
.Jan.2007 'Mach c'? Scientists observe sound traveling faster than the speed of light

11.Jan.2007 Human Error May Have Doomed Mars Probe

09.Jan.2007 Geologists Discover Origin of Earth's Mysterious Black Diamonds

10.Jan.2007 Research Continues for Deep Space Travel Propulsion
.Jan.2007 New details of first major urban battle emerge along with clues about civilization’s origins

08.Jan.2007 Eavesdropping on the Universe

09.Jan.2007 Seven or Eight Dwarf Galaxies Discovered Orbiting the Milky Way

10.Jan.2007 A New Reflection in the Mirror

15.Jan.2007 Tests show 'artificial sun' is reliable
Improved Nanodots Could Be Key to Future Data Storage
China under pressure to explain satellite missile strike
.Jan.2007 Ultra-Dense Optical Storage -- on One Photon

20.Jan.2007 - Experts Call Sharks Misunderstood Fish

20.Jan.2007 Judge Orders Review of Salamander Status

19.Jan 2007 Super honeycomb shows more potential for carbon nanotubes
20.Jan.2007 Anti-Smoking American Milestone Reached

19.Jan.2007 Researchers observe superradiance in a free electron laser

20.Jan.2007 Hackers Attack Gorbachev's Web Site
“If you have the most valuable nickel in the world + if nobody knows about it, it's just worth a nickel” he said.
20.Jan.2007 Mona Lisa's Resting Place May Be Found 

It may be that the world's most famously enigmatic woman has shed some of her mystery. posted by Prof. Hex at 4:56 PM

Mystery visitor makes 58th appearance at Poe's grave 

For the 58th year in a row, a mystery visitor has paid tribute to Edgar Allan Poe by placing roses and a bottle of cognac on the writer's grave to mark his birthday. posted by Prof. Hex
20.Jan.2007 Finding Aid Name Index Browse (full view)

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20.Jan.2007 Watch - Archived news and commentary: September 4 - 10, 2006

But the protests 'rose and fell in tandem with the suicide bomb attacks, ... Edward Kaplan of Yale University's School of Management + Charles Small of ...
20.Jan.2007 Suicide bombers not easily foiled by technology - mech-tech - 04 ...

When it comes to preventing suicide-bomb attacks technology cannot beat good ... according to Edward Kaplan at Yale University, Connecticut, US.
20.Jan.2007 Tears reveal some of their deepest secrets to researchers  It's no secret why we shed tears. But exactly what our tears are made of has remained a mystery to scientists. posted by Prof. Hex
20.Jan.2007 Whoops! Spy coins not true 

Reversing itself, the Defense Department says an espionage report it produced that warned about Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters was not true. Suuuure. With pic. posted by Prof. Hex
20.Jan.2007 US condemns China 'space weapon' :

The Americans say the Chinese sent up a ballistic missile to destroy an ageing weather satellite. They say the test went against the spirit of co-operation both countries aspire to in the area of civil space.

20.Jan.2007 Pentagon 'detainee" manual may lead to executions based on 'hearsay evidence' : "We have learned that the Pentagon has just completed a manual for the coming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorist to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence or coerced testimony," said Nora O'Donnell, the chief Washington correspondent for NBC

20.Jan.2007 Gonzales warns judges not to meddle: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday warned federal judges not to meddle in cases involving national security, following a string of judicial rebukes of the Bush administration's anti-terrorism initiatives.

20.Jan.2007 2 U.S. Attorneys Quit, Critics Say Bush Forced Them Out:

Two U.S. Attorneys in California announced they are stepping down, as critics alleged political pressure from the Bush administration was pushing them and others out of their jobs.

20.Jan.2007 ACLU Report Shows Widespread Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists: The American Civil Liberties Union today released a new report revealing that the Pentagon monitored at least 186 anti-military protests in the USA and collected more than 2,800 reports involving Americans in an anti-terrorist threat database.

20.Jan.2007 Foreclosures Up 35% from '05 - '06; Subprime to Blame : Americans continue having difficulties paying their mortgage obligations, with December foreclosure rates above the 100,000 mark for the fifth straight month

20.Jan.2007 US housing bust getting worse, warns Goldman Sachs:

The US Federal Reserve will need to slash interest rates three times this year as the housing slump goes from bad to worse + the American consumer begins to buckle, Goldman Sachs has warned.

"Americans have shown a complete lack of self-control.

00.Apr.2005 -since- The personal savings rate is at its lowest point ever + has actually been negative .

20.Jan.2007 Existing-home sales to fall 8.1% 00.000.2007: Fannie Mae:

00.000.2007 -In an economic + housing outlook, Fannie Mae said- sales of new homes are expected to drop by 7.1%,

while sales of existing homes are expected to drop 8.1% this year.

20.Jan.2007 Bernanke warns of threat to US prosperity:

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke warned in stark terms on Thursday of the long-term threat to US prosperity posed by the soaring cost of unfunded entitlement programmes such as Medicare and Social Security.
Hysteria Over Iran and a New Cold War with Russia: Peak Oil, Petrocurrencies and the Emerging Multi-Polar World

20.Jan.2007 Iran discovers new onshore oil field: Iran has discovered a new onshore oil field with an estimated reserve of two billion barrels, state-run television reported Thursday.

20.Jan.2007 Michael T. Klare : Petro-Power and the Nuclear Renaissance: -Not "Islamo-fascism" but "Energo-fascism" -- the heavily militarized global struggle over diminishing supplies of energy - will dominate world affairs (+ darken the lives of ordinary citizens) in the decades to come

20.Jan.2007 It's five minutes to Armageddon + Hawking tells the world to wake up

20.Jan.2007 Bush's War Strategy Shifts to Iran, Christian Zionists Gear Up for the Apocalypse: Christian Zionists are dancing the hora in San Antonio. Armageddon appears to be at hand.
Israel calls for harsher Iran sanctions: ISRAELI Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni today urged the international community to impose harsher sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, but

stopped short of calling for military action.

20.Jan.2007 Iran 'ready' for nuke strike: IRAN believes that a military strike against its nuclear installations is "highly improbable" but has nonetheless taken the necessary precautions in case it is attacked.

20.Jan.2007 Defense Minister Describes Invasion of Iran as Suicide : Islamic Republic's Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar here on Wednesday viewed Israel's nuclear invasion of Iran as a bluff, describing it as a suicidal act for the Zionist regime.
20.Jan.2007 Turkey welcomes U.S. raid on Iraq camp, wants more : Turkey on Thursday welcomed a raid by U.S. and Iraqi forces on a refugee camp of Turkish Kurds in northern Iraq as a first step towards combating Kurdish rebels, but insisted the camp must be shut down

20.Jan.2007 Iraq seeks wanted Saddam's aides in Syria: Talabani told Reuters an official request will be made after security officials accompanying him on a visit to Syria -- the first by an Iraqi president in decades -- finish meetings with their Syrian counterparts and return to Baghdad.

20.Jan.2007 Saddam's aides were tortured by executioners, defence team claims: The defence team of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Wednesday charged that two former Saddam aides were 'killed and tortured' and not executed as claimed by the Iraqi authorities.

20.Jan.2007 Top Iraqi rebukes US on Iran: One of the most powerful Shia leaders in Iraq has condemned recent US action against Iran.

20.Jan.2007 Iran envoy: Iraq to free captured Iranians: Iran's ambassador said Thursday that Iraq's foreign minister promised him that Iranians captured by U.S. troops in north of the country last week will be freed "within days," adding that their detention was an insult to the Iraqi government and people.
20.Jan.2007 Sen. Hagel introduces resolution opposing Bush troop plan : The resolution, sponsored by Senators. Hagel, Joseph Biden, D-Del., Carl Levin, D-Mich. + Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is the latest effort congressional opponents of Bush's war plan are using to persuade the president to change course on America's war in Iraq.

20.Jan.2007 Full Text of Bipartisan Resolution Opposing Iraq War Escalation [pdf]
.Jan.2007 Terror and starvation in Gaza - By John Pilger - Pilger on the genocide that is engulfing Palestine as bystanders silently look on . Continue

20.Jan.2007 Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank -By Ilan Pappe
A creeping transfer in the West Bank and a measured genocidal policy in the Gaza Strip are the two strategies Israel employs today. From an electoral point of view, the one in Gaza is problematic as it does not reap any tangible results; the West Bank under Abu Mazen is yielding to Israeli pressure and there is no significant force that arrests the Israeli strategy of annexation and dispossession.

20.Jan.2007 A New Chance For Peace? -By Jimmy Carter
The clear fact is that Israel will never find peace until it is willing to withdraw from its neighboring occupied territories and permit the Palestinians to exercise their basic human and political rights.

20.Jan.2007 Nothing but the oil truth -By Munir Daair
It is not surprising- that Bush will order additional 20,000 American soldiers to risk their lives in Iraq. They will be needed to fight "terrorism" that is sure to rise as Iraqis resist the raping of their country. The world will be treated to a continuing spectacle of bloodletting. Young Iraqis dying to stop and young Anglo/Americans dying to ensure Iraq's wealth going to enrich Bush and Cheney's already rich buddies.

20.Jan.2007 An Impartial Interrogation of George W. Bush -By George McGovern
My question, Mr. President: If God asked you to bombard, invade and occupy Iraq for four years, why did he send an opposite message to the Pope? Did you not know that your father, George Bush, Sr., his Secretary of State James Baker and his National Security Advisor General Scowcroft were all opposed to your invasion? Wouldn't you, our troops, the American people and the Iraqis all be much better off if you had listened to your more experienced elders including your earthly father? Instead of blaming God for the awful catastrophe you have unleashed in Iraq.

20.Jan.2007 Western Complicity In The Halabja Massacre -5 Minute Video - Shocking clip from a French documentary exposing how governments and corporations in the west knowingly aided and abetted Saddam's most ruthless crimes. Click to view

20.Jan.2007 Is Energo-Fascism In Your Future? The Global Energy Race and Its Consequences - By Michael T. Klare
It has once again become fashionable for the dwindling supporters of President Bush's futile war in Iraq to stress the danger of "Islamo-fascism" and the supposed drive by followers of Osama bin Laden to establish a monolithic, Taliban-like regime -- a "Caliphate" -- stretching from Gibraltar to Indonesia.

20.Jan.2007 History is not preordained: a new cold war can be averted -By Mikhail Gorbachev
US military arrogance has led to a global crisis. But there is still time to change course and build a democratic world order.

20.Jan.2007 Iran's President Did Not Say "Israel must be wiped off the map" -By Arash Norouzi
Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran's President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, "Israel must be wiped off the map". Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as this article will prove.

20.Jan.2007 Sen. Leahy Slams Gonzalez Over Torture : Senator Leahy blasted Alberto Gonzalez at todays briefing over the treatment of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen who was detained and sent to Syria, where he was regularly tortured for almost a year before being released uncharged.

20.Jan.2007 Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

20.Jan.2007 Bill Moyers: Life on the Plantation: Video: It has long been said (ostensibly by Benjamin Franklin, but we can't be sure) that "democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.

Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." My fellow lambs:

20.Jan.2007 Robert Parry : Scooter Libby's Time-Travel Trial: The real significance of the Libby trial is that it could demonstrate how far George W. Bush went

00.000.2003 to shut down legitimate criticism of his Iraq War policies as well as questions about his personal honesty

20.Jan.2007 Prosecutor: Ohio County Rigged Recount: Three county elections workers conspired to avoid a more thorough recount of ballots in the

04.Nov.2004 presidential election, a prosecutor told jurors during opening statements of their trial Thursday.

20.Jan.2007 Rogers Says Oil Will Rise to $100 After `Correction': Oil will resume its march toward $100 a barrel after a ``correction,'' said Jim Rogers, who in

00.000.1999 predicted the start of the commodities rally
Professor says America seeks Afghanistan Oil Deal: The mounting U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries may enable Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, UNOCAL + other giant corporations to lay claim to "the number-one prize in world oil." But the extension of U.S. military power and economic domination into this region comes with very grave risks

20.Jan.2007 Pyongyang claims deal reached with US on N-talks: North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said three days of talks in Berlin between US envoy Christopher Hill and North Korea’s main nuclear negotiator Kim Kye Gwan had been held “in a positive and sincere atmosphere and a certain agreement was reached there.” No further details were given.

20.Jan.2007 Ex-US Defense Chief Suggests Military Action Against North Korea : The USA should consider military action against North Korea if China and South Korea refuse to prod Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons program, former US defense secretary William Perry proposed Thursday

20.Jan.2007 Simplify, then exaggerate:the neo-cons' route to disaster: Neo-conservative columnists have tended to follow the trial lawyers' approach to expertise. First, decide what you want to argue then find an expert who agrees with you.
20.Jan.2007 UK general: UK troops to stay in Iraq through 2007 : Britain's senior representative in Iraq on Friday said British forces will remain in Iraq through 2007 and perhaps into 2008 if the Baghdad government asks for continued help.

20.Jan.2007 The Letter: 'Sick or injured children, are left to die in hundreds': We ask that all the revenues from Iraq's oil now pass directly to the Iraqi people + that illegal contracts entered into by the Coalition Provisional Authority are revoked.

20.Jan.2007 Iraq War Costs Going Through Stratosphere : The cost of the Iraq War in addition to costing thousands of American and Iraqi lives is bleeding the American treasury at dangerous levels.

20.Jan.2007 Auditors Report Billions in Reconstruction Waste and Fraud in Iraq: President Bush is asking for another $1.2 billion for rebuilding and jobs in Iraq. But with so much uncertainty, the committee chairman wants the government auditors to return in two months with estimates on how much money has been wasted in Iraqi reconstruction.

20.Jan.2007 Iraq tells Iran, US to take their fight elsewhere: "We demand that all respect Iraq's sovereignty. We don't want to be a party to any strife aimed at settling scores," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told a Baghdad news conference.

20.Jan.2007 Talabani says Iranians ready for talks with U.S. on regional security: Talabani, currently on a visit to Syria, said "the Iranians showed flexibility. I will say it for history that they said they are ready for an understanding with American from Afghanistan to Lebanon. They are ready for discussions in order to reach results that please both sides."

20.Jan.2007 US firm on nuclear condition for Iran talks: The USA on Friday stuck by its demand that Iran freeze sensitive nuclear activity before any bilateral talks, after Iraq's president said Tehran was ready to discuss several key disputes.

20.Jan.2007 U.S. Launches Armed Force to "Block Iranian Influence" in Iraq: The special operations mission, known as Task Force 16, was created late last year to target Iranians trafficking arms and training Shiite militia forces. The operation is modeled on Task Force 15, a clandestine cadre of Navy SEALs, Army Delta Force soldiers + CIA operatives with a mission to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives and Baathist insurgents in Iraq.

20.Jan.2007 US lawmakers demand Bush ask Congress before invading Iran : The bill, introduced by longtime Iraq war critic Walter Jones, a Republican + five other US lawmakers calls on the president obtain authorization for an attack on Iran, unless the USA or US interests are attacked first.

20.Jan.2007 Jordan will develop nuclear power : Jordan aspires to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes and believes that unless all sides move quickly toward a peace settlement in the region, the recent confrontation in Lebanon is only a hint of disasters to come.

20.Jan.2007 Britain deeply concerned at death of Palestinian girl: The British Government said Friday it was deeply concerned to hear of the death of a 10-year-old Palestinian girl as a result of an Israeli operation in Anata, east of Jerusalem.
20.Jan.2007 Main Aide of Muqtada Al-Sadr Arrested : An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, however, denied the government knew in advance about the raid
20.Jan.2007 Who will stop the US from attacking Iran? - By Salim Lone
HARD AS IT IS TO IMAGINE, it is likely that another major war is being planned by the US, this time against Iran. And the arguments being marshalled by the Bush administration are exactly identical to what was being said against Iraq in the build-up to that war 00.000.2003.

20.Jan.2007 BBC Report: Cheney Rejected Iran's 'Help' Video - Newsnight has uncovered an extraordinary letter written after the invasion of Iraq 00.000.2003 where Tehran offers to withdraw military backing for Hamas and Hezbollah as well as give open access to their nuclear facilities, but Vice-President Dick Cheney's office rejected the plan, the official said. Continue

20.Jan.2007 Iraq: Shiites Will Resist Efforts To Destroy Them Says Moqtada Al-Sadr -By AKI
Iraqi Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr said he has never trusted prime minister Nouri al-Maliki nor his predecessor Iyad Allawi, whom he described as the brains behind a US-backed plot to destroy him and his militia.

20.Jan.2007 Nouri al-Maliki can see what is coming. - By Patrick J. Buchanan
Put me down on Maliki's side. It is he who is taking the real risk here – with his life.

It is he who is likely to learn what Kissinger meant when he observed that in this world, while it is often dangerous to be an enemy of the USA, to be a friend is fatal. Continue

20.Jan.2007 The battle to save Iraq's children - By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
"Sick or injured children who could otherwise be treated by simple means are left to die in hundreds because they do not have access to basic medicines or other resources," the doctors say.

"Children who have lost hands, feet and limbs are left without prostheses. Children with grave psychological distress are left untreated," they add. Continue

20.Jan.2007 Rogue State America - By John B. Judis
What exactly are we doing in the horn of Africa, where we have encouraged the Christian government of Ethiopia to invade Somalia and replace its Islamic government?

As far as I can tell, we have violated international law, committed war crimes, helped Al Qaeda recruit new members + involved ourselves in a guerrilla war that could last decades. Continue

20.Jan.2007 Democrat Agenda Omissions - By Stephen Lendman
It a system of savage capitalism at its worst, bordering on the tipping edge of fascism. It's based on corporatism, patriotism and nationalism backed by iron-fisted militarism and "homeland security" enforcers.

It's waging a permanent war on humanity, intolerant of dissent and opposition in an age where the law is what the chief executive says it is and checks and balances no longer exist. Continue

20.Jan.2007 Cruelty and xenophobia shame and stir the lucky country - By John Pilger
John Pilger returns to his homeland, Australia + described the social regression of a once proud liberal democracy and says that the flag-waving "values" of the neo-con prime minister may be coming unstuck in Guantanamo Bay.

20.Jan.2007 Lieberman And The Palestinian “Demographic Threat” - By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth 
The other day I was at a checkpoint near Nablus, one of several that are being converted by Israel into what look suspiciously like international border crossings, even though they fall deep inside Palestinian territory.  

20.Jan.2007 Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft: Abteilung Verfassungs ... Unternehmer wie August Thyssen, Alfred Krupp und Hugo Stinnes sind auch heute noch ...

Regelmäßige Vorbereitung und Teilnahme, Referat (und Handout ), ...
20.Jan.2007 The Reality of Bush's Kafkaesque Fiasco: Insurgent TV channel turns into Iraq's newest cult hit
God Protest Us from Rasputin (Cheney) + His Sociopath (Bush):

"U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes +

would effectively unleash a war against the country.

"You're talking about a war against Iran" that likely would destabilize the Middle East for years,

White told the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington think tank."

20.Jan.2007 Pelosi said Bush "has dug a hole so deep he can't even see the light on this.

It's a tragedy. It's a stark blunder." The Dems Have Their Platform Now + They are Using It. Thank You, Nancy! 1/20
Party politics played a role in decisions over whether to take federal control of Louisiana + other areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, former FEMA director Michael Brown said Friday.

"Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking

'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor + we have a chance to rub her nose in it," he said.

Can the Bush Crime Family Get Any More Revolting? 1/20

20.Jan.2007 Dems to fight terror trial rules allowing hearsay evidence that could be the basis for executing a person under Bushevik guidelines 1/20
A new poll has found that the American people dislike President Bush more than they dislike ... Dick Cheney.

The poll ? by Fox News, of all people ? finds that President Bush's unfavorable rating is 58%, while Cheney's unpopularity rating is five points lower at 53%. 1/20
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Roll Call that his party is ?low on new ideas." 1/20

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Rev. Andrew Greeley: Bush is a Picture of Defeat 1/20

20.Jan.2007 New Rules Still Allow Congress Many Perks: Policies on Lobbying Are Selectively Strict 1/20
20.Jan.2007 C&H: Afghans get Wood This is too funny...

BOGOTA, Colombia - The USA' top military official said Friday that American-backed anti-drug and counterinsurgent operations in Colombia — the world's largest producer of cocaine —

could serve as a template for Afghan efforts to fight drug production.

More... Afghanistan has been plagued by skyrocketing heroin production. But critics say it would be a mistake for the country to duplicate Colombia's model, which they say has been ineffective.
Pace's comments, at the end of a two-day visit, were made in the presence of William Wood, who on Thursday was nominated by the White House to become its next ambassador in Afghanistan.

Wood has served as U.S. ambassador to Bogota since 2003.

Is any further comment necessary? Probably not. I trust the hipness of my readers. But while we are on the subject of Wood, let's recall this

00.000.2005 -gem from- A group of US soldiers arrested for alleged cocaine smuggling cannot be allowed to stand trial in Colombia, Washington's envoy to Bogota has said.
Colombian senators have been calling for the men, who were based in the country, to be extradited from the US.
But US ambassador William Wood said the soldiers are immune from prosecution. The soldiers tried to smuggle the dope in a military aircraft.
I'm sure ambassador Wood will keep up the fine work in Afghanistan.

Das bedeutet, dass die Akteure das kurzfristige Risiko als hoch einschätzen. Laut einer Studie der US-Zentralbank Federal Reserve ist eine inverse Zinsstruktur in der Vergangenheit der sicherste Indikator für eine bevorstehende Rezession gewesen - mit einem Vorlauf von rund einem Jahr.

00.000.2000 -erstmals seit-

00.000.2005 -Just Ende- trat das seltene Phänomen wieder auf


"Die Hoffnung auf eine sanfte Landung hatten wir in jeder Rezession", meint dazu Claus Vogt, Leiter Research und Vermögensverwaltung der Berliner Effektenbank + Co-Autor eines Buchs mit Leuschel.

Dass es 2007, von den USA ausgehend, zu einer neuen Wirtschaftskrise kommt, hält Vogt für beinahe ausgemacht:

"Die Wahrscheinlichkeit beziffere ich auf 80 bis 90 %." Sogar den Zeitpunkt kann Vogt eingrenzen, nämlich auf das zweite oder dritte Quartal.

Im ersten Quartal spiele das ungewöhnlich milde Wetter noch mit.

US-Immobilienmarkt liefert Grund zur Skepsis

Doch nun beginnt auf der anderen Seite die große Mehrheit der notorischen Optimisten zu zweifeln.

"Inzwischen ist die Volatilität einzelner Aktien schon wieder sehr hoch, und eine Korrektur nach den jüngsten Kursanstiegen ist eigentlich absehbar", sagte

Peter Oppenheimer, Europa-Stratege der Investmentbank Goldman Sachs, jüngst auf einer Strategiekonferenz der Bank. Korrektur wohlgemerkt, von einem Crash mochte Oppenheimer nicht sprechen.

Langfristig gehe das Börsenwachstum weiter, versprach der Investmentbanker.

Manche der Mahner und Warner haben ihr feines Gespür für künftige Entwicklungen schon mehrfach unter Beweis gestellt. sind schon lange im Geschäft.

Der Vermögensverwalter und ehemalige Direktor der Banque Bruxelles Lambert (heute ING) Roland Leuschel etwa sah die Börsencrashs von

00.000.1987 und

00.000.2000 rechtzeitig voraus, gefährdete seinen Ruf später aber mit konstanten Warnungen vor neuen Krisen, die nicht eintrafen.

Nach eigenen Angaben hat Leuschel Mitte 2006 alle Aktien verkauft - zu früh, weil er damit die Jahresendrally verpasste.

Selbst den Vergleich mit 1929 hält Albrecht für passend. "Die bemerkenswerteste Parallele ist die Liquiditätsblase", sagt der ehemalige Hedgefondsmanager.

Das Finanzvermögen in den G8-Ländern wachse um ein Vielfaches schneller als die Produktivität, davon lasse sich nur ein Bruchteil mit der Inflation erklären.

"Also ist es eine Blase", folgert Albrecht. Seine Hauptsorge sei, dass ein Ansturm auf Hedgefonds zu einer großen Krise der internationalen Finanzmärkte führt.

Selbst Optimisten beginnen zu zweifeln

Hamburg - Die Zwerge haben zu tief und zu gierig geschürft. So lautet in J.R.R. Tolkiens Fantasy-Epos "Herr der Ringe" die düstere Erklärung, warum das einstmals goldene Minenreich Moria von Tod + Verderben überzogen wurde und nun schreckliche Fabelwesen, die Balrogs, beherbergt. Ähnlich mystisch und abwegig mögen Beobachtern der Börsenhausse im

00.Jan.2007 moderne Kassandrarufe erscheinen, die Party sei bald vorbei. Doch diese Rufe werden lauter - und die Begründungen werden besser.
Fall Litwinenko: Giftmörder soll aus Hamburg angereist sein (
20.Jan.2007 Bundeswehr: Kanzleramt fürchtet Ausweitung des Afghanistan- Einsatzes
20.Jan.2007 Journalistenmord in China: Kohlegrube- Betreiber unter Verdacht
20.Jan.2007 Karneval: Kuba feiert die wildeste Party
20.Jan.2007 Angst- Erforschung: Phobiker sollen Spinnen anfassen
Online- Trends: Vormarsch der Senioren
20.Jan.2007 Guantanamo- Häftling: Neue Kurnaz- Vorwürfe - Kritik an Steinmeier wächst

20.Jan.2007 Psychiatrieprojekt: Kranke helfen Kranken

20.Jan.2007 Börse: Experten warnen vor dem großen Crash