16
Jun
2005

Outrage is the Only Word

What You Can Do

1) Contact your Senators http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=20345343&url_num=1&url=http://www.2020vision.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=869
and urge them to vote against the pending Energy Bill. We need to ensure that energy independence is achieved through increased fuel economy and investment in renewable resources. Nothing is achieved by giving money to the energy companies.

2) Join the Stop ExxonMobil Alliance to express your anger at this example of bad corporate citizenship.
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=20345343&url_num=2&url=http://www.stopexxonmobil.org/ The revolving door is driven by the companies that pay for it, and it has to stop.

We've all heard about the political "revolving door," in which private sector influence peddlers join the government for a time, and then return to lobbying at vastly increased salaries. Frequently, the revolving door is at the root of some of the most outrageous government decisions. And all too often, we fail to notice how private industry takes over the government, and rewards those who do its bidding.

That's why we think it's important to spread the word about this story.
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=20345343&url_num=3&url=http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/15/science/14cnd-climate.html?hp&ex=1118808000&en=5cd3e1222ecd6bea&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Phillip Cooney is a former lawyer and lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, the main lobbying arm for the oil industry. He has no scientific training, but that didn't stop him from becoming chief of staff to President Bush's environmental policy commission.

Mr. Cooney obviously failed to notice the difference between working as a lawyer and lobbyist for private industry and serving the public as a government employee. The New York Times reported that he repeatedly revised government scientific reports on global warming in ways that cast doubt on the link between greenhouse-gas emissions and rising temperatures. In the wake of those news reports, Cooney announced that he was stepping down from his government position.

But Mr. Cooney was not destined to become an unemployment statistic. ExxonMobil hired him immediately, though they declined to say what they were hiring him to do. The revolving door has swung again, and, again, we pay the price.

I wish this story were unique. But it's not. Industry lobbyists are hard at work right now to pass the "Energy Bill." The bill is a conglomerate of giveaways to the energy industry. Even supporters acknowledge that the bill would do little to ensure reductions in oil imports, the prime stated goal of the bill. Instead, the Senate energy bill prolongs our dependence on foreign oil, wastes taxpayer money to subsidize big energy companies, and opens the door for drilling in Western Arctic Alaska and other wild lands.

That's why we're joining with our allies in the environmental movement to stop this bill.
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=20345343&url_num=4&url=http://www.2020vision.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=869
The Senate is scheduled to begin debate this week, and is expected to vote within the next two weeks on the bill. And while the energy companies have money with which to buy influence, the environmental community has a much more important resource: ourselves.

Please, take a moment to contact your Senators.
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=20345343&url_num=5&url=http://www.2020vision.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=869
Let them know where you stand. Let them know that you believe our energy future must include environmental protection. Remind them that the air we breathe and the climate in which we live is not a perk, but our birthright, and our children's birthrights.

Then, consider joining an alliance of environmental, human rights and pro-democracy groups who are focusing on putting pressure on ExxonMobil. From its corrupting influence in Washington, where it has spent over $47 million on lobbying in the last 8 years, to it efforts to corrupt the global warming debate, to its complicity in human rights violations, ExxonMobil has been a bad corporate citizen. Add your voice to those calling for change.

The revolving door is spinning again, and corporations are looking to profit from it. Now is the time to stop it. Now is the time to say, "Enough!"

Ron Zucker

Violations of Civil Liberties are an American Tradition

by Gene C. Gerard

President Bush is currently lobbying Congress to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act that are scheduled to expire. While the Patriot Act contains provisions much needed in the war on terrorism, it also has elements that are in conflict with the civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution. Many of the provisions are violations of the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. The Patriot Act allows the government to search someone’s home or office without informing them. It allows the government to obtain an individual’s library records, medical history, and financial documents, among many other items, without any probable cause of a crime. It requires judges to approve of wiretaps without knowing whom the suspect is. Immigrants and non-citizens can be jailed for an indefinite period of time, without any requirement that the government demonstrate that they are a threat to national security. It’s not surprising that the federal government is attempting to strip people of their fundamental rights and freedoms. During the last two centuries, this has been a common occurrence in America during a time of war...

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/June05/Gerard0616.htm

Declare Your Independence from Oil

My fellow Americans:

July 4th marks our nation's birthday and our annual celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We barbecue, we attend parades, and we celebrate freedom and democracy. Today, however, our freedom is threatened by the tyranny of oil. With less than 5 percent of the world's population, we consume more than a quarter of the world's oil. Of the 20 million barrels a day we burn, nearly half of that is wasted in gas guzzling cars, trucks and SUVs. We're writing to ask you to stand up for our freedom and sign the Declaration of Independence from Oil!

http://action.ran.org/ctt.asp?u=2844473&l=97139

American automakers are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to fuel economy. Of all automakers, Ford Motor Company's cars, trucks and SUVs waste the most gas. Ford's overall average fuel efficiency today is less than the Model T nearly a century ago! It's time to send a message to Ford Motor Company that Americans are demanding an end to the tyranny of oil!

Getting off oil is much more than just an environmental issue. 41% of all Americans live in areas that exceed federal health guidelines for clean air. Asthma has reached epidemic levels and is the leading cause of chronic illness among children. Over 1,700 of our sons and daughters have paid the ultimate price in Iraq, a war with no end in sight. Join the energy revolution at FreedomFromOil.com today!

http://action.ran.org/ctt.asp?u=2844473&l=97139

Americans deserve better. American ingenuity has helped cure polio and put a man on the moon. We can once again be a symbol of justice, democracy and hope, but right now, we are spending billions of American tax dollars to buy oil from despots and dictators. America can do better. Our future as a nation depends on safe, secure and sustainable energy. Sign the declaration and help break our dependence on oil! Join the energy revolution today!

http://action.ran.org/ctt.asp?u=2844473&l=97139

Together we can make a difference!

Sincerely,

Mike Brune
Executive Director
Rainforest Action Network

Kyoto Good bye, George W. Hello?

Salto rückwärts verheißt Angela Merkels Energiepolitik.

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/20/20320/1.html

Große Koalition beim Lauschangriff

Der im Vermittlungsausschuss des Bundestags gefundene Kompromiss erweitert die Abhörmöglichkeiten.

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/20/20335/1.html

Legal fight to stop Japanese whalers

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18424740.600


Informant: Shanti Renfrew

The World According to Bush

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1025.htm

Conyers issues statement in advance of hearing: 122 Dems onboard

We are here because many of us find it unacceptable for any Administration - be it Democratic or Republican - to put our troops in harms way based on false information.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9161.htm

From Downing Street to Capitol Hill

Two senior British government officials today acknowledged as authentic a series of 2002 pre-Iraq war memos stating that Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program was "effectively frozen" and that there was "no recent evidence" of Iraqi ties to international terrorism—private conclusions that contradicted two key pillars of the Bush administration's public case for the invasion in March 2003.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8234762/site/newsweek/


From Information Clearing House

Impeaching Presidents for Stains

Acts ordered by state leaders that kill thousands of people without just cause are usually petitioned to war crimes tribunals.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9155.htm



http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

Army Zeroes In on Dog Handler in Abuse Scandal

With criminal charge sheets obtained Tuesday accusing him of abusing five Iraqi detainees, including a pair of juvenile prisoners, in a macabre game to frighten inmates at the U.S.-run prison near Baghdad.

http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes687.html


From Information Clearing House

The US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article6492.htm

Why Business Needs Government

by James Gustave Speth, TomPaine.com

Reagan had it wrong. Climate change and ecosystem depletion are so pervasive that business, on its own, cannot lead far enough or fast enough.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050615/why_business_needs_government.php

Patriots Against USA PATRIOT

by Arsalan Iftikhar, TomPaine.com

The reviled PATRIOT act is back in the news. But an unlikely alliance is working to improve its most dangerous clauses.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050616/patriots_against_usa_patriot.php

Urge Congress to Shut Down Guantanamo Bay and Secret Prisons - And Restore Rights

https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=225&JServSessionIdr005=pcskbpe611.app26a

Harpunierter Wal bei grausamer Jagd von Gewehrkugeln durchsiebt

Walfang: Harpunierter Wal bei grausamer Jagd von Gewehrkugeln durchsiebt (16.06.05)

Neues, brisantes Filmmaterial über eine Waljagd bestätige die Brutalität des Walfangs, schreibt die WSPA (Welttierschutzgesellschaft in Deutschland). Das bisher unveröffentlichte Material widerlege den Mythos, dass die Jagd und das Töten eines Wals mit einer Spreng-Harpune nur zwei Minuten dauern. WSPA und EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency ) veröffentlichen die schockierende Dokumentation nur wenige Tage vor der diesjährigen Jahrestagung der Internationalen Walfangkommission (IWC) in Ulsan, Südkorea. Hier soll nächste Woche über die Zukunft der Wale entschieden werden. Erstmals seit Bestehen des Walfangverbots im Jahre 1986 besteht die ernste Gefahr, dass die Walfangnationen das Fangverbot wieder kippen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=11246

Castor-Transporte nach Ahaus waren unnötig

Atomtransporte: Rossendorf-Chef gesteht: Castor-Transporte nach Ahaus waren unnötig (16.06.05)

Die Anti-Atomkraft-Initiativen werfen der sächsischen Landesregierung eine bewusste Täuschung der Öffentlichkeit vor, weil diese immer behauptet hat, dass die Castor-Transporte von Dresden nach Ahaus sicherheitstechnisch nötig seien. Nun hat der Chef der Rossendorfer Atomanlage, Udo Helwig, laut Presseberichten eingeräumt, dass die 18 Castor-Behälter in Dresden-Rossendorf genauso sicher hätten gelagert werden können. Die Transporte waren also nicht erforderlich, folgern die Bürgerinitiative "Kein Atommüll in Ahaus", Widerstand gegen Atomanlagen (WIGA) Münster, Aktionsbündnis Münsterland gegen Atomanlagen, Menschen gegen Atomanlagen (MEGA) Waltrop und das Anti-Atom-Forum Ostwestfalen-Lippe.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=11253

John Conyers' Hearing on the Downing Street Memo

http://pacifica.org/programs/20050616_Downing_Street_Memo_Hearings_Special_John_Conyers.html

Francis A. Boyle
Law Building
504 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
217-333-7954 (voice)
217-244-1478 (fax)
fboyle@law.uiuc.edu
(personal comments only)



http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

Fig leaf for war: Paper indicates U.N. was misled

http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/5457360.html


Informant: Bob Reuschlein

From ufpj-news

Help protect Canada's globally important Boreal Forests, Watersheds, Wetlands and Creatures

http://www.cpaws.org/boreal/english/getinvolved/action.html

FBI inspector general’s report: more evidence of government complicity in 9/11 attacks

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/jun2005/fbi-j15.shtml


Informant: Karana777

Not Your Father's Anti-War Movement

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/archive/arianna-huffington/not-your-fathers-antiwa_2307.html

The OTHER ' Memos' from Downing Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=437&row=0


Informant: NHNE


http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

US regime forces the world to help Big Brother track everybody

http://www.theinsider.org/mailing/article.asp?id=1289

Patriot Act Push Angers Some on Right

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-patriot12jun12,1,6253853.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

THE NATION

Patriot Act Push Angers Some on Right

A Senate panel vote riles conservatives concerned about the reach of federal power.

By Tom Hamburger

Times Staff Writer

June 12, 2005

WASHINGTON — A closed-door vote by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week to expand law enforcement powers under the USA Patriot Act is prompting sharp criticism from some conservative leaders who are otherwise among the most vocal allies of President Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress.

The conservative leaders — who have formed a coalition with critics on the left, including the American Civil Liberties Union — vowed to press their concerns in coming days with public statements, rallies and radio advertisements in key congressional districts.

The conservatives, including former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) and political activists who have been long-standing critics of the anti-terrorism law, lashed out with particular force last week against the White House, members of Congress and Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. They said they had expected a more open review of the Patriot Act in which lawmakers considered some limits in order to safeguard civil liberties.

The conservatives complained that the Senate panel had moved in secret to expand the act. They are particularly upset about proposed "administrative subpoenas" that would let the FBI obtain a person's medical, financial and other records in terrorism cases without seeking a judge's approval.

Their criticism gathered force as Bush devoted two public events last week to pressing Congress to renew parts of the act due to expire at the end of this year.

The White House and the congressional leadership generally enjoy enthusiastic support from conservative activist organizations, though the Republican base has experienced profound disagreements over the decision to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare and over the general expansion of government under President Bush.

But now, said conservative activist Grover Norquist, every major conservative grass-roots organization has expressed concern about expanding the Patriot Act. He emphasized that his concern was directed not at the White House but at Congress. Other conservative leaders, however, are aiming their criticism at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

"It is a slap in the face to the Constitution," said Barr, who leads a bipartisan coalition calling for limits on the act.

Passed six weeks after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Patriot Act was intended to give law enforcement more power to fight terrorism. But Barr and other critics say the law goes too far and gives federal investigators unbridled power that endangers civil rights. The proposed "administrative subpoenas" approved by the intelligence panel last week would "wipe away the 4th Amendment" protection against unreasonable searches, Barr said.

Barr also accused the president of giving "the back of his hand" to concerns about constitutional protections "that so many have fought and died for."

The head of the American Conservative Union, David Keene, said he was upset that the administration appeared to be encouraging the Patriot Act provisions' renewal through the more secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, despite pledges of openness and of a willingness to consider compromise. The Senate Judiciary Committee also has jurisdiction over renewing the act, but it has not begun deliberations, which are generally open to the public.

Keene is particularly upset with Atty. Gen. Gonzales, who has agreed in recent meetings with conservative activists, participants said, to the principle of open discussion and careful review of the Patriot Act before 16 of its most important provisions are renewed. The Intelligence Committee's decision to proceed on the Patriot Act was made without objection from the White House or from Gonzales.

"I find it disquieting that he talks like he is a reasonable guy and then, when it comes down to it, acts like he is not," Keene said. "We need to know: Who is the real Gonzales?"

Although Barr, Keene and a handful of other well-known conservatives are working with groups on the political left to limit the Patriot Act, Keene rejected arguments from the left that "there is a Republican plot to deprive of us of our rights. The fact is, this is what governments do," regardless of who is in power, particularly in time of war.

Supporters of the Patriot Act (an acronym for Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) say the law fixes some of the intelligence and law enforcement problems that allowed the Sept. 11 terrorists to enter the country and proceed without detection.

Among other things, the massive, quickly approved measure permits "roving wiretaps" that allow officials to tap multiple phones used by a targeted person. It also encourages information sharing among law enforcement and intelligence agencies and permits investigators to subpoena library records.

Barr voted for the bill when he was in Congress and, like Keene, he insists he wants most of the 16 expiring sections renewed. In testimony on Capitol Hill, Barr said his coalition sought modest modifications of the law, such as limiting the length of time and number of targets covered by a roving wiretap.

The White House said it wants all 16 sections renewed. Bush also has supported the idea of allowing FBI agents to obtain certain records without a judge's signature, though he has never advocated its inclusion in the Patriot Act.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Saturday that administrative subpoenas were already allowed in certain criminal and civil investigations, so the Senate panel's proposal "would simply allow a long-standing constitutional tool to be used in terrorism investigations."

Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said the attorney general backed administrative subpoenas as "a helpful tool, but the reauthorization of the Patriot Act remains the No. 1 priority." She added that Gonzales had been committed to "open dialogue, based on facts, explaining to the public that there are no verified civil liberties claims against the Patriot Act."

Keene, who had recently praised Gonzales for his outreach efforts, said Friday that the administration commitment to openness and review "appears to me to be just spin, a public relations effort, not a real willingness" to consider "whether the new powers government wants to assert are justified."

Perino said that the White House welcomed the Senate Intelligence Committee's taking the lead on renewing the Patriot Act but that it had no position on which committee should work on the legislation. Those decisions are determined by Senate rules and procedures, she said.

Keene and Barr's alliance plans to send letters to Capitol Hill this week calling for rejection of the administrative subpoenas and urging a more careful review of the act itself.

In addition, Barr said, radio ads are being readied for key congressional districts, paid for by Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances, a coalition of that includes the American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the American Civil Liberties Union, gun rights advocates, the Libertarian Party and some left-of-center groups.

Activists also plan to rally next weekend in Harrisburg, Pa., in the home state of Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter.

Specter must decide how his committee will proceed on the legislation. Senate aides said he could choose to try to modify the Intelligence Committee's proposal or could send a competing package to the Senate floor. Specter has told reporters that the Patriot Act pits "fundamental questions of security of our country with basic constitutional rights."

The coalition critical of the Patriot Act prefers alternative legislation that limits some of the most controversial measures but does not repeal any of them. That legislation, sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho), would limit roving wiretaps and require earlier notification of subjects of "sneak and peak" searches, in which people are not immediately told their property has been searched.

PATRIOT Act dismantling guaranteed liberties

06/15/05

The White House has summoned its Justice Department officials to put on a full court press toward the purpose of convincing Congress to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act that are scheduled to sunset. The argument is that the Patriot Act must be renewed in order to help win the war on terrorism. However, instead of helping to win the war on terrorism, the Patriot Act is helping to dismantle fundamental liberties protected by the U.S. Constitution. The first argument used by the feds is the Justice Department's report that the Patriot Act has been used by law enforcement to conduct investigations leading to the conviction of more than 200 defendants for terrorist-related crimes. However, according to The Washington Post, 'the numbers are misleading at best'...

http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin243.htm

from News With Views, by Chuck Baldwin -- Hat Tip to Sierra Times


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The left gets a memo

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0616/p09s01-coop.html


http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

The folly of space weapons

06/15/05

The White House let it be known on May 18 that President Bush will soon issue a national security directive on the subject of weapons in space. The announcement and accompanying statements by Air Force officials, together with earlier developments, reveals much about the connection between missile defense and the militarization of space, and the possible consequences for nuclear proliferation. The president is expected to adopt a new policy incorporating the long-standing view of the Air Force and the present civilian leadership of the Pentagon who advocate U.S. military superiority in space. This view, in its present form, goes back to the 2001 report of the commission headed by Donald Rumsfeld which recommended, among other things, that a) the United States should move forward with a missile defense program and b) the president should have the option of deploying weapons in space...

http://tinyurl.com/7ojhy

from Tom Paine, by Richard F. Kaufman


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

European Union's governing elite refuses to give up globalist schemes

http://tinyurl.com/8m2r9

Biowarfare and "domestic violence"

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/061505_world_stories.shtml#3


Informant: Friends


http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=microbiologist

The meaning and history of liberty

06/15/05

You can only read so many books in a lifetime. How tragic it would be if among these that the subject of liberty itself would be neglected. Thus am I currently at work on a fascinating project: the 100 most important books on liberty. It will not only be a list but eventually a book that will include summaries, discussions, and study questions. You will hear more about that in the future. For now, however, I have compiled a different list: 125 books in print, useful for understanding liberty and the system of individual enterprise. Thus does it emphasize, with a few exceptions, modern rather than historical works...

http://www.mises.org/story/1830

from Ludwig von Mises Institute, by David Gordon


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The menace of imperialism

06/15/05

You'd think history would have taught us that empires are a menace. In their name more murderous killing has taken place than for any other purpose. Yet, in some ways, imperialism is very much part of the contemporary age. It may not amount to the sort of vast military missions with which it is so prominently associated, although, sadly, much of that continues today. Another type of imperialism tempts too many people who would never think themselves followers of the imperial tradition...

http://www.freemarketnews.com/pview/5834/1785/html/index.php

from Free Market News Network, by Tibor R. Machan


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Loving our veterans

06/16/05

Despite the holidays of Memorial Day and Veteran's Day there is little appreciation for veterans. Oh there may be a few generals and politicians pontificating and maybe a concert but that's usually seen as patriotic blather for the media and the public that believes it. Very few veterans show up. Of course I am talking about the guys who really paid a big price in a war. The amputee, the horribly disfigured and those who will be in and out of hospitals for the rest of their lives. And then there are those who were so heavily traumatized that they cannot handle the crowds, the rhetoric and the fireworks will not be brought out or would come out for these events. It would be too upsetting for all concerned...

http://www.libertyforall.net/2005/june26/Veterans.html

from Liberty For All, by Don Meinshausen


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Pick your battles wisely - Pick your allies wisely

06/15/05

Civil disobedience is fine if you're willing to pay the consequences of such action, that is, going to jail. That's precisely the decision the civil rights protesters made in the '60s. They had a cause which which most American's agreed. They laws they protested really did limit liberty. My guess is few will agree with [Russell Kanning]. Few will agree that his dignity is more important than their security (no matter how false a sense they get from airport security). I'd also imagine few will sympathize with his contention that his government is more dangerous than any terrorist, at least in terms of air travel...

http://www.qando.net/details.aspx?Entry=2015

from The QandO Blog, by McQ



Pick your allies wisely ... if you can

06/15/05

The airlines and the government keep trying to blame each other for the fact that virtually every airport in America is crawling with government employees pawing the passengers, demanding their wallets and shoes, and stealing their stuff. The airlines say the government is forcing the requirements on them. The government says there aren't any such requirements and that it's the airlines doing it ... but when you get to the airport, it isn't a stewardess patting you down while she offers you a bag of peanuts, it's a thug flashing a federal government badge and drawing a federal government paycheck. That pretty much answers that question...

http://tinyurl.com/bzwgn


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Deadly immunity

06/16/05

When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data -- and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic... [subscription or ad view required]

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/06/16/thimerosal/

from Salon, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Anger at plans for phone mast in church spire

http://www.hornseyjournal.co.uk/content/haringey/hornseyjournal/news/story.aspx?brand=HCEJOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newshcej&itemid=WeED15%20Jun%202005%2010%3A39%3A28%3A153


Informant: NoName

MP JOINS CEMETERY PHONE MAST BATTLE

http://www.stratford-herald.co.uk/mainstory.php?ID=315&PHPSESSID=2ecbac7bfec2fbc93be6e976d0a32049


Informant: NoName

Bare Truths about the War

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/columns/shoptalk_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000961543


Informant: Kev Hall

Guantanamo Bay - Camp Delta

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=85339;show_parent=1

Niedersachsen: Grenzwerte werden deutlich unterschritten - Keine Gefahr für Anwohner durch Mobilfunk?

http://mitglied.lycos.de/newsomega/news/grenzwerte_werden_deutlich_unterschritten.htm

Strahlung unterm Grenzwert
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/749085/

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Mobilfunkrisiken richtig beurteilen

Sehr geehrter Herr Prof. Dr. Hagenauer,

in dem Symposium "Mobilfunk: Fakten, Nutzen, Ängste" haben die Mitglieder des "Forums Technologie" der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften u.a. folgende Schlussfolgerungen gezogen:

"Die Energiedichte der elektromagnetischen Wellen ist bereits wenige Meter von einer Basisstation entfernt wesentlich geringer (um den Faktor 100 bis 1000) als beim Betrieb eines Handys in Kopfnähe. Außer einer geringfügigen (0,1 Grad) thermischen Gewebeerwärmung etwa durch das dauernd betriebene Handy in Kopfnähe sind in der Wissenschaft bei Einhaltung der gültigen Grenzwerte derzeit keine merkbaren negativen oder gar Krankheiten auslösende Faktoren bekannt."

Mir wurde von einer - bei einem Patienten nachgewiesenen - Gewebeerwärmung von 0,7 Grad berichtet. Weitere Einzelheiten sind mir nicht bekannt.

In einer Live-Diskussion des tvm-Stadtgesprächs am 7.6.2005 haben Sie die Aussage gemacht, dass es k e i n e Wirkungsunterschiede zwischen ungepulster und gepulster Strahlung gäbe!! Ferner, warum sollte Mobilfunk schädlich sein, wo doch die Rundfunk- und Fernsehsender vielhundertfach stärker senden. Es tritt unter der Mobilfunkantenne keine Strahlung auf und die vielen wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten der letzten Jahre hätten alle keinen Nachweis erbracht, dass Mobilfunk krank macht.

Von der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und ihren Repräsentanten würde man erwarten, dass sie wissenschaftlich neutral sind und nicht die Interessen einer Wirtschaftsgruppe (Mobilfunk) vertreten!

Ist Ihnen nicht bekannt, dass schon in der ehemaligen Sowjetunion negative gesundheitliche Auswirkungen der Mobilfunkstrahlung festgestellt und deshalb niedrigere Grenzwerte, als in Deutschland eingeführt wurden. Die Sowjets wollten ihre Bürger nicht unnütz gesundheitlich schädigen. Können wir uns die Schädigung unseres Humankapitals leisten?

Ca. 2000 Ärzte setzen sich für einen gesundheitsverträglichen Mobilfunk ein (Freiburger Appell, Nailaer Arztstudie, Hofer Appell, Bamberger Appell: "Dokumentierte Gesundheitsschäden unter dem Einfluss hochfrequenter elektromagnetischer Felder", niederländische Studie des Instituts TNO über UMTS-Signale). Sollten diese und alle anderen Arbeiten über negative gesundheitliche Auswirkungen des Mobilfunks der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften nicht bekannt sein??

Prof. Dr. Ing. Alexander H. Volger hat in "Mobilfunk und seine Technikfolgen, Sachstand und Handlungsbedarf (Aktualisierte Fassung Sept. 2002) u.a. festgestellt: "Die derzeit bekannten Versuche, die ECOLOG-Studie und weitere kritische wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse zu relativieren und nicht anerkennen zu müssen, sind völlig unqualifiziert und lassen massive Voreingenommenheit erkennen.

Omega siehe "Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander H. Volger: Mobilfunk und seine Technikfolgen u.a." unter: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/168670/

Soweit bisher erkennbar, dürfte die angewandte periodische niederfrequente Pulsung auch bei sehr geringen Einstrahlungsdosen einen oder den entscheidenden Beitrag zur Schädlichkeit ausmachen.

Die Schutzbehauptung, "die Schädlichkeit sei nicht erwiesen", es fehle an der wissenschaftlichen Qualitätshöhe (z.B. Veröffentlichung und Verteidigung auf Kongressen, Reproduzierbarkeit), ist falsch und sogar absurd: Die Einzelwirkungen sind von renommierten Wissenschaftlern erforscht und dargestellt, und sie sind reproduzierbar, die epidemiologischen Studien sind ausreichend statistisch abgesichert, die berichteten Schadensfälle sind absolut zahlreich, aber einen Tumorfall sollte man wohl besser nicht reproduzieren wollen. Außerdem: Wo gibt es das sonst, dass die "Beschuldigten" für die Misere (Betreiber, Bundesregierung, Bundesämter, Strahlenschutzkommission) selbst die Beweiskriterien festlegen und die Beweise aussortieren dürfen?"

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

G. Pischeltsrieder
Bürgerinitiative Icking zu Schutz vor Strahlenbelastung

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Verleumdungstaktik der Politik

Den von oft hochkarätigen und gut dotierten Wissenschaftlern bei offiziellen Anlässen verbreiteten Desinformationen begegne ich immer wieder mal mit einem Brief nach etwa dem folgenden Muster:


Sehr geehrter Herr Professor Hagenauer,

es verwundert mich sehr, dass unter Ihrer Mitwirkung zum Thema Mobilfunk von der Bay. Akademie der Wissenschaften das Resümee gezogen wird, es gäbe unterhalb der thermischen Grenzen keine Gesundheitsstörungen. Als Allgemeinarzt habe ich mehrfach Patienten erlebt, die eindeutig durch Mobilfunk krank geworden sind und ihre Beschwerden nach einer entsprechenden Sanierung verloren haben.

Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass Sie als Fachmann solche nicht gerade seltenen Beobachtungen nicht kennen. Warum ignorieren Sie sie? Muss ich hier wieder einmal davon ausgehen, dass Geld schwerer wiegt als die wissenschaftliche Wahrheit und als die Gesundheit der Bevölkerung. Wie lange werden Sie diese Verleumdungskampagne bezüglich der Gesundheitsschäden durch Mobilfunk noch durchhalten können?

Für Tausende von Bürgerinitiativen und all die leidenden Betroffenen sind Sie jetzt schon unglaubwürdig, und für Ihre forschenden Kollegen, die die Situation durchschauen, ohnehin schon lange.

Ich muss schon fragen, für wie dumm hält man uns Bürger eigentlich, wenn gebetsmühlenartig diese immer offensichtlicher werdenden Gesundheitsschäden von einer inzwischen sehr wohl bekannten Gruppierung von Personen immer wieder geleugnet werden, dann aber doch Vorsichtsregeln gegeben werden.

Wenn eines Tages all dies ans Tageslicht kommt und die Verantwortlichen zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden, können Sie nicht sagen, sie hätten nichts gewusst und sich aus der Affäre ziehen.

Aus diesen meinen etwas emotionalen Ausführungen sollte Ihnen klar werden, wie ernst die Lage ist. Stellen Sie sich als Wissenschaftler klar auf die Seite der Wahrheit und flüchten sich nicht in unerfüllbare Beweis-Szenarien der Schäden durch Mobilfunk und in die Länge gezogene Studien.

Der Großversuch an vielen Hundert Millionen Menschen und auch Tieren und Pflanzen weltweit läuft seit wenigstens 10 Jahren. Es ist genügend Beobachtungsmaterial vorhanden, man braucht es nur zur Kenntnis zu nehmen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Dr. Dietrich Grün


In der Regel erfolgt auf solche Briefe natürlich keine Antwort, das ist auch nicht meine Absicht. Aber die betreffenden Personen wissen dann, dass man sehr wohl weiß, was hier gespielt wird, und was sie selbst eigentlich auch wissen müssten. Mit solch einem Wissen im Hintergrund lügt es sich nicht mehr so leicht, und dazu noch, wenn einem klar gemacht wird, dass man mehr und mehr an Glaubwürdigkeit verliert und eigentlich auf verlorenem Posten kämpft, denn die Wahrheit lässt sich nicht allezeit unterdrücken.

Quelle: http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/elektrosmog-liste/message/5393

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Gedanken zum Thema Elektrosmog

Grundsätzliches zum Thema Mobilfunk/Elektrosmog

Früher war das überhaupt kein Thema, da sich die Belastung mit elektromagnetischen Feldern in engen zeitlichen und räumlichen Grenzen hielt: Rasierapparat, Staubsauger, Mikrowelle, Computer usw. waren nur minutenweise oder stundenweise in Betrieb, außerdem konnte man ganz schlicht durch Nichtbenutzung oder Ausschalten dem Problem entgehen. Hochspannungsfreileitungen waren schon immer sehr problematisch und nur durch ausreichenden Abstand zu entschärfen.

Da haben die Belastungen durch DECT-Telefone und Mobilfunk eine ganz andere Dimension erreicht: erstens: die 24 Stunden non Stop Bestrahlung und zweitens hat man kaum noch eine Chance, dem zu entgehen, weil hier eine flächendeckende Versorgung mit elektromagnetischen Wellen besteht.

Nun scheint mir bei vielen (6 % Elektrosensible gibt es bereits) das Maß voll. Der Mobilfunk ist also m.E. der Tropfen, der das Fass zum überlaufen bringt. Einige von uns haben sozusagen ein größeres Fass, da läuft noch nichts über. Aber dies scheint mir nur eine Frage der Zeit, falls wir weiterhin ungebremst und ungehemmt die Belastung mit Elektrosmog steigern.

Hier stellt sich mir grundsätzlich die Frage, wann reagieren wir und stoppen diese (vermeidbare) Belastung ? bei 10 % Elektrosensiblen oder erst bei 20 % ? oder erst dann, wenn wir alle krank sind und endlich die vielbeschworenen „Beweise“ haben (Vodafone-Beschwichtigungshymne, Vers 1 : „es ist ja noch nicht bewiesen“, Vers 2 : “Alle Grenzwerte sind eingehalten“) (und wenn man weiß, wie diese Grenzwerte zustande gekommen sind und wer alles in dieser Kommission sitzt, macht man ohnehin hier ein großes Fragezeichen dran und diskutiert nicht weiter)

Ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass zunächst mal die Sendeleistung halbiert wird und kein weiterer Sendemast installiert wird. Dies kann ohne große Einbußen bereits mit den vorhandenen Handys geschehen. Will man jedoch auch im hintersten Kellerverlies noch einwandfreien Handyempfang haben, müsste man andere Handys entwickeln mit verbesserter Empfangs- und Antennentechnik.

Das Problem ist also grundsätzlich lösbar. Es passiert allerdings nichts, wenn wir nicht erkennen, dass die eigene Gesundheit viel wichtiger ist, als der Vodafone-Umsatz. (gemeint sind hier „Vodafone und Konsorten“, also alle Netzbetreiber, die lediglich ihre Geschäftsinteressen durchsetzen wollen)

Eckardt Giese
http://space.arcor.de/eckardtgiese

Quelle: http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/elektrosmog-liste/message/5395

Torture's Part of the Territory

http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news3/latimes92v.htm


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Shiites: Game, Kurds: Set, Sunnis: Match, US: Loss

http://www.lewrockwell.com/hadar/hadar17.html

Killing Heartily in the Name of the Lord

http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance48.html



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More Damning than Downing Street

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0615-33.htm

A Soldier/Father's Perspective On the War

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0615-08.htm

Depleted Uranium cleanup of Building 502 at TCAAP

According to the Pentagon, DU in Iraq is only a heavy metal toxic hazard not a radiological hazard. After all, it emits only low intensity radiation, which does not penetrate the skin barrier. However, it looks like DU in Minnesota is, indeed, a radiological hazard

http://www.circlevision.org/alliantaction/atk/scoop/du/tcaap.html


Informant: David Diggins

Ask Senators to SIGN Kerry DSM letter

http://tinyurl.com/8fezd



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We're TIRED of Bolton too, but we must speak out again

FILIBUSTER FOR THE RIGHT REASON

It is looking more and more like the Bolton nomination is about to collapse, but not only must we sustain the filibuster, we must do it for the RIGHT reason and that reason is the PRINCIPLE that Bolton is totally unacceptable with or without any additional documents.

The other side will try to claim a message spin victory by hanging their latest foul slur "obstructionist" on us. That is why we must encourage all our senators to make strong statements on the MERITS. What we are doing is demanding something positive, that the president tender a better nominee for this critical post of U.N. Ambassador. And if the other side will not take responsibility and lacks the backbone or integrity to make that demand, THEN WE WILL! And we do it proudly, firmly and without any apologies and that is what our senators must say on the floor. You can tell them just that at the action page below.

http://www.usalone.com/bolton.htm

The message to the American people isn't that we have been as appeasing as possible. The message must be that the other side has been absolutely and totally NOT cooperative. The message must be that our side is here to fight for what we believe in and never, ever compromise on principle. And the principle here is that Bolton was, is and will always be wrong and must be ultimately rejected for that reason ALONE.

Please take action NOW on this and post and forward this message everywhere you can to you know.


From activist_zz

Impeachment is in the Air

Rep. John Conyers to Hold June 16 Hearing on the Downing Street Memo

Join the tens of thousands on September 24
Who Will Call for Impeachment
Gather at the White House at 12 noon

Everyone in the ImpeachBush.org movement should feel very heartened that the grassroots effort of the past two years has laid the foundation for what will be the next big move.

The movement to impeach George W. Bush is about to reach its highest level yet. The catastrophic invasion and occupation of Iraq is now exposed. The people of the country, and more and more members of Congress, are turning against the war and demanding that President Bush be held accountable. We will insist that accountability means impeachment.

We are writing to announce two very important and exciting events:

1) Congressman John Conyers is holding a hearing tomorrow (June 16) into the Downing Street Memo which reveals that the Bush administration was lying to the people of the U.S. as they forged forward on their planned path of war against, and conquest of, Iraq.

2) September 24 National March in Washington, D.C. - Members of the impeachment movement from all over the country will be marching together as a massive contingent in the huge September 24 antiwar demonstration in Washington, D.C., with coordinated actions in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

You can help build this movement

We are able to do all of this work only because of the generous donations of people who believe in impeachment. The expenses will be great in the coming period. With your donation, will be able to print hundreds of thousands of flyers and posters, make banners, send out large-scale mailings, and begin renting buses to make sure that the message of impeachment is seen throughout Washington, D.C. that day and rings through the hallways of the White House where we will assemble at 12 noon. Your help is needed now. Please make a contribution now by clicking here for access to the online donation form and the secure server, where you can also get information to write a check.

http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=XbTUFVtBSgYNG__PpCXNhw..

ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org members have worked tirelessly over the past two-and-half-years to raise the political consciousness in the U.S. and the halls of Congress demanding that Bush and other high officials of his administration be impeached for their criminal conduct. This work is now reaching a new level - discussion of Impeachment is being picked up by many across the progressive spectrum and it is increasingly being mentioned in commentary and news analysis as a proper course of action. In recent weeks the Green Party, Veterans for Peace, Ralph Nader and many others have issued statements calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush. This list is sure to grow in the coming months.

The Downing Street Memo and the Case for Impeachment

Tomorrow, June 16, Congressman John Conyers will hold a hearing into the Downing Street Memo, the leaked British briefing notes that document the Bush Administration's intention to attack Iraq and its efforts to create public rationale for their pre-planned illegal war.

The Downing Street Memo is the "smoking gun" for those still searching for one indicting President Bush and his administration for high crimes and misdemeanors of the most serious and deadly kind. Its authenticity has not been disputed by either the British or U.S. governments since it was made public by the Times of London on May 1, 2005. While largely ignored for nearly a month by most of the corporate media here, it has now made its way into some news outlets. Rep. John Conyers and 88 other members of Congress have demanded an explanation from the White House.

The memo is a document containing minutes transcribed during a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair, members of his cabinet and other top military and security officials, on July 23, 2002. The head of British foreign intelligence (MI 6), Richard Dearlove, identified in the memo as "C," had just returned from a meeting with the U.S. National Security Council in Washington.

"C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

The key phrase here is, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." It makes clear beyond question that the Bush administration had set the course for war on Iraq at least eight months before the U.S./British invasion.

In recent days, additional leaked British memos have confirmed the underlying information in the Downing Street Memo and further revealed that the Bush administration was making its plans to launch a war against Iraq and to find a basis to justify the illegal attack as early as March 2002. For instance a memo dated March 22, 2002, revealed that officials in the Blair government recognized that additional efforts would need to be made to justify the war since there was a lack of proof of connections between the Iraqi government and Al Qaida, and that the Iraqi government was not arming itself with weapons of mass destruction as the Bush Administration had claimed.

Now, more than 26 months after the invasion, 100,000 Iraqis have been killed (according to the British medical journal The Lancet) and Iraq is in chaos. Over 1,700 U.S. troops have been killed and tens of thousands have been maimed, suffering from serious wounds, injuries and illnesses, including enormous psychological trauma.

All this killing, dying and suffering is the result of a war justified by a deliberate campaign of unmitigated lies and deception knowingly carried out by Bush and his top associates - Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Wolfowitz, et. al. All who remain in office should be removed and face trial for their war crimes. It is worth noting that the most serious category of war crimes is the Crime Against Peace; that is, planning and carrying out a war of aggression against another state which poses no threat to the aggressor state.

Read the full text of the Downing Street Memo:
http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=z6nbEdiBTqzHOpNZ8dMu_g..

Help spread the word about impeachment everyday. Visit the ImpeachBush Resource Center: http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=qZavvuwhEDregGEQYh41SA..

--All of us at ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org



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"After Downing Street" rallies planned

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/downloads/rally.pdf

LOCAL RALLIES PLANNED AROUND COUNTRY

Supporters of this campaign are independently organizing rallies on Thursday at locations around the country.

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=211

AfterDowningStreet.org is a rapidly growing coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005, a campaign to urge the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war.

David Swanson david@davidswanson.org 202-329-7847
Jonathan Schwarz jonathan_schwarz@sbcglobal.net 773-296-0838


Informant: Michael Novick



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Inuit to File Anti-US Climate Petition

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