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Jan
2006

Wiltshire phone mast denied

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega103.htm

Document on epidemiology of base stations

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega103.htm

More on Non-Lethal Weapons

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega102.htm

FELONY PLEA OF GOP LOBBYIST SETS D.C. PLAYERS SCRAMBLING

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/3881/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Earth to Exxon: Stop trying to drill in the Arctic Refuge!

What would you do with $25 billion? Well, if you were ExxonMobil you'd continue to insist on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, sabotage efforts to slow global warming, and try to weasel out of paying the full amount owed to the fishermen and Native Americans affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, which killed hundreds of thousands of seals, otters, birds, fish and whales. That's what ExxonMobil is doing with its historic $25 billion in profits from 2005.

But we're making a difference. Wildlife supporters from across the country banded together last month to narrowly defeat ExxonMobil's latest attempt to industrialize the Arctic Refuge. This was a huge victory for the polar bears, caribou and other wildlife that call the Refuge home!

If we want to guarantee lasting protection for our wildlife in Alaska and beyond, ExxonMobil must change its ways. That's where you come in. Defenders of Wildlife and other leading conservation groups are calling for a boycott of ExxonMobil - join the boycott today!

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If just 25,000 Care2 members pledge to boycott Exxon, we could have a huge impact. At current astronomical gasoline prices, with Americans spending perhaps $50 to $70 a week on gasoline our boycott would mean at least $1.25 million in lost income each week. That's $65 million a year. That should get their attention!

Since money is the only language ExxonMobil understands, it's time for all Americans to talk to them in that language. Join the boycott of ExxonMobil - sign our petition to ExxonMobil to let them know that you will not purchase their gasoline until they change their polluting ways!

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Boycott ExxonMobil Until It Becomes a Responsible Corporate Citizen!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/705437564

Hazardous product warning: DECT phones

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=355

Comments on DECT phones

From Katharina Gustavs:

Don, Yes, wireless cordless phones using the DECT technology (or here in Canada it usually says 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz on the base station) are the stuff nightmares are made of. I would rate it the single most trouble-causing device in modern homes. This technology was first introduced to Europe, around 1988 I believe. When I took my building biology training in Germany, Leberecht von Klitzing, a medical physicist from the University of Luebeck who observed EEG changes during cell phone radiation exposure (von Klitzing L: Low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields influence EEG of man. Physica Medica 1995; 11 (2): 77-80.), was one of the instructors. He told me in a personal conversation that in the beginning of the 1990s he all of sudden had infants brought to him who were perfectly healthy, but their heart beat started going crazy for no obvious reasons. As soon as the DECT cordless phone was removed from the bedroom or neighboring apartment, the infant’s heart beat went back to normal.

RF radiation emitted from DECT cordless phones have a similar pulsed low-frequency (100 Hz) signal like certain cell phone technologies (e.g. 217 Hz) and in the case of DECT phones this type of radiation easily reaches up to 30?. And the worst thing about these phones is that they do radiate 24 hours a day whether you place a phone call or not! Peak power can be up to 250 mW.

Back in 1999 Leberecht von Klitzing already told me that there are much higher frequencies occurring within human brain wave patterns than previously thought. So the ELF signals attached to a lot of wireless communication technologies are not operating in a void space, but living organisms obviously already make use of these frequency bands. Imagine Industry Canada (or the FCC or whatever the name of the agency in a country that is allowed to sell the usage of frequency bands) would have a chart at their office wall, which shows all the frequency bands already utilized by living organisms. And the most essential frequency bands are highlighted and designated as protected frequencies so they cannot be auctioned off anymore for “human consumption”.

Well, if my memory serves me right, he mentioned such numbers like 100 Hz for human brain wave frequencies. He explained that EEG monitoring instrumentation was not capable to actually pick up on the higher frequencies until recently. The first brain waves (alpha and beta) were recorded by Berger back in 1929. By now neuroscience textbooks describe a gamma frequency range, between 20 up to 60 Hz and sometimes up to 100 Hz for humans. Brain wave frequencies for rodents are documented up to 200 Hz. Gamma oscillations in the human brain seem to be related to meaningful object perception, learning and memory. (Memory-matches evoke human gamma-responses: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2202/5/13 ) And it looks like that certain patterns in the high frequency range (> 20 Hz) during sleep are associated with symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. (High frequency EEG activity during sleep: characteristics in schizophrenia and depression:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15683195&query_hl=12&itool=pubmed_docsum ).

In 1999 the Professional Association of Building Biology Consultants in Germany (Verband Deutscher Baubiologen
http://www.baubiologie.net ) demanded to ban the DECT cordless phone technology. In October 2002, fifty medical doctors from Germany shared their concern about negative health impacts associated with the use of 2.4 GHz cordless as well as mobile phones in the Freiburg Appeal - an initiative of the Interdisciplinary Society of Environmental Medicine (IGUMED). The Freiburg Appeal states that heart disturbances, extreme fluctuations in blood pressure and behavioral disorders among others could be observed in an increasing number of people using such mobile phone devices and demands that current digital phone technologies should be reviewed and adjusted to our biological needs. The English version of the Freiburg Appeal can be found in the News Archives of the Swedish Association for the Electrosensitive
http://www.feb.se/NEWS/news2001-2002.html

After the first results of the REFLEX study came out last summer 2005, the Association of Medical Doctors from Vienna (Austria) (Ärtztekammer aus Wien www.aekwien.at) joined the British Medical Association and issued a warning that children under the age of 16 should not be using cell phones. And in fall 2005, the Medical Doctors from Vienna even went a step further and wrote up “10 Medical Rules for Cell Phone Use” for everybody, not just children. The poster, which was sent out to all members of the association, also recommends against the use of cell phones in waiting rooms.

Here you find the original poster in German
http://www.aekwien.at/media/Plakat_Handy.pdf

Please find my English translation, which was authorized by the Ärtztekammer Wien, attached further below. You are very welcome and even encouraged to distribute it on your e-mail list.

[Don’s note: I cannot attach pdf files on this list so if you want a copy of the poster please email me.]

And while I finally sit down to write to you, I also wanted to apologize for not responding earlier to your e-mail about a year ago, in which you asked me about my opinion on RF radiation and filter technologies. It took me a little while to borrow some Stetzer filters and do some experimentation. I never had luck with those filters on the projects I was consulted on.

First of all, I would like to point out that in building biology, the first line of defense is to eliminate all AC electric and magnetic fields from the sleep environment. The installation of Stetzer filters in the best-case scenario reduces harmonics, but does nothing about the 60 or 50 Hz that can be just as damaging during sleep. So for sleep any external (transmitters) or internal (DECT cordless phones) RF sources including voltages on the home wiring should be eliminated.

Now it sounds like when you shut off the main panel, the hum is still there, which would mean that the external field is quite high and/or building components of the house seem also to go in resonance. It would be interesting to know how well the grounding system performed. The few experiments in a rural setting I did with the Stetzer filters taught me that when the grounding system of the electrical installation has a real good ground connection, the filters did not make such a huge difference, but when the grounding system is poor, the filters may first increase the actual exposure. I would agree with your assumption that certain portions of the energy must be traveling along the neutral conductor or any metal piping, which usually is not shut off in the main panel. If a system is grounded at some metal piping AND a grounding rod or plate, things usually get even worse.

It would be interesting to here how the mitigation efforts in the house at Hobart turned out and whether the installation of Stetzer filters removed the humming, which would surprise me because those filters would be unable to shield against the incoming wireless microwave radiation. I find humming worse in homes with a strong RF source nearby and that have more metal in the building components such as metal roofing, metal mesh for stucco, metal cladding, extra steel reinforcing, etc. To eliminate such humming is often a daunting task.

Once I had a client who had an entire array of cell phone repeaters right across from his windows. He opted for shielding the whole house, which seemed to be cheaper than moving his business, and it felt amazingly quiet inside afterwards. Occupants could sleep again and did not have to be bothered by humming. It was a challenging project because the original home wiring was not shielded and RF shielding and electrical wires, of course, interact.

Thanks again for your invaluable service to keep everybody connected, informed and encouraged.

With best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year, Katharina

Katharina Gustavs Building Biology Consultant

Phone: 250-642-2774 Fax: 250-642-2785 E-mail: gustavs@buildingbiology.ca

HIDDEN-SEE Building Biology Services
5237 Mt. Matheson Rd. Sooke BC V0S 1N0 Canada

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=356

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In addition:

I have also had an experience with DECT. I have Alasdair's COM and acoustic COM, and someone asked me to help her see if the cellular antennas near her house were a possible cause for her suffering inside her home. She felt ill and she was running away from certain rooms in her house but had no explanation why. She asked her husband to sell their house and move somehwhere else because of the antennas that she sees from her window. But the cellular antennas didn't seem to affect her house - there was no radiation on the side of the antennas, but on the other side of the house- all her kitchen was irradiated, the COM was reading the maximum. She turned off the microwave, but it was still reading maximum (6.5 V/m, it could be more but the device shows up to 6.5). It turned out that the reason was a DECT phone in the kitchen - not in use DECT phone. As soon as she removed the DECT phone - her kitchen was not irradiated anymore....now she doesn't want to sell her house anymore....and she also bought Alasdair's COM in order to warn others, she shows them how their cell phones irradiate. At the same time, I was told by people who bought DECT phones that they were told in the store that DECT phones do not emit radiation at all!

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"he all of sudden had infants brought to him who were perfectly healthy, but their heart beat started going crazy for no obvious reasons. As soon as the DECT cordless phone was removed from the bedroom or neighboring apartment, the infant’s heart beat went back to normal."

Iris Atzmon

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Dear Alasdair: I appreciate this forward from Iris very much!!!

I need to "absorb the information" -- review to see whether "milligauss readings" were also done but right now I don't recall that.

The problem of having any electrical appliances/devices/meters by the head of one's bed is "so critical," it is almost impossible to fathom!!!

At first, I thought the larger electric clock radios were sort of in a category by themselves until I happened to purchase a small electric clock and discovered "identical readings" of 200 milligauss over the motor/mechanism in each case.

I am not familiar with the type of cordless phone referred to in the email; however, again, I am measuring "200 milligauss" on the "power supply" for ALL cordless phones, electronic games -- anything with a little black power supply box.

I located the mom of a 15 yr. old boy the other day who has been diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome. Their story was on CNN Paula Zahn because of the rarity of this condition that causes one to sleep too much -- sometimes for days!

As we spoke on the phone, the boy's mom removed his electric clock (I had noticed the shining numbers on TV -- nightstand next to head of bed). I "strongly suspect" disruption of his sleep/wake cycle -- circadian rhythm -- plus possibly some other "neurological effects" that are not being diagnosed, that resulted from this "too close exposure" to the clock.

Fortunately, the mom also moved the charging base for the new I-Pod that was a Christmas gift! She reported there was no phone close to head of his bed but now I also will let her know about this new information. I don't think there was a phone in his room.......

She will be addressing this issue this week at the Kleine-Levein Syndrome Foundation Board Meeting. I have sent her information by email and will be sending more by regular mail. She will let me know if she locates other families with similar situations re electrical appliances/devices that are too close to heads of beds. There are only 500 reported cases of KLS in the world.

You know, of course, the stories re my grandsons and guinea pigs and drastic health changes/problems due to sleeping (cage placed by) against "powerwall" in bedrooms.

I have requested "permission to share" information with our Minnesota Health Department regarding an extended family member's relative on other side of family and the occurrence of "a rare tumor" that almost invaded the brain of a young girl. It was "fortuitous" that the girl happend to be moved away from "powerwall" around the same time she began treatment, all the while the parents knew nothing of possible dangers. They are "trying to absorb" the information at this time.........

Most who know about my work also know that Bonnie Boyum (Minnesota) has granted me permission to share information regarding her son's death due to Leukemia. He was 23 years old when he died. She reports that he had an electric clock and small fan on his headboard.......

I need to determine whether or not I can afford your meter but wonder whether you are not finding high milligauss readings on all power supply boxes? Thanks and take care!!! Joanne


Joanne C. Mueller Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55448-2127 USA Phone: 763-755-6114 Email: jcmpelican@aol.com


"No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakens into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted for the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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Lloyd Morgan on DECT phones
http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=358

German soldiers sue over cancer

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega101.htm

Mobile mast destroyed over cancer fears

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega99.htm

Phone mast is vandalised

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega97.htm
http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega122.htm

Effect of electromagnetic field produced by mobile phones on the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD-1)

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega96.htm

Regional increase in cancer numbers leads to checking of radiation levels

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega95.htm

The people from Chernovil

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega95.htm

The Excluded Biology

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega94.htm

Tory tycoon in phone mast protest

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega93.htm

Non-Thermal Effects

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega92.htm

Fields of Influence

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega91.htm

Melatonin metabolite excretion among cellular telephone users

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega91.htm

Residents block 'ugly' phone mast

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega90.htm

A Plague on the Plains

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega89.htm

The sparrows of London

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega89.htm

Mobile radio changes brain activity

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega89.htm

The Microwave Phaser

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega88.htm

The significance of melatonin-deficiency for the cancer origin

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega88.htm

Profiteure herkömmlicher Energiestrukturen: Umweltschützer fordern Energiekonzept ohne Öl, Gas, Kohle und Uran

05.01.06

Gerhard Timm, Bundesgeschäftsführer des Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND), sieht im Atomstreit innerhalb der schwarz-roten Koalition den Vorboten kommender Kämpfe um die Energieressourcen. Öl, Gas, Kohle und Uran würden als endliche Energieträger zunehmend knapp, die Ausbeutung ihrer Vorkommen schwieriger und teurer. Es sei absehbar, dass die Profiteure herkömmlicher Energiestrukturen versuchen würden, ihren Einfluss auf die Politik zu erweitern. Teile der Union würden ihren Ton gegenüber dem Koalitionspartner SPD dann vermutlich noch verschärfen. Bundesumweltminister Sigmar Gabriel müsse diese Attacken zurückweisen und sein Gewicht weiter für eine moderne Energiepolitik in die Waagschale werfen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=12619

Denounce Torture

Amnesty International USA is committed to doing all it can to make 2006 the year to stop torture and ill-treatment in the “war on terror.” But we need your help to be successful. Make your commitment today by declaring your new year's resolution as taking action to help stop torture and ill-treatment in the “war on terror.” Click here to learn how Amnesty International USA’s Denounce Torture Initiative will help you keep your resolution in 2006!
http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7130868310612138222505265

Why Now? As vocal public opposition to torture and ill-treatment grows, so does evidence that the U.S. continues to use torture and ill-treatment. In the past several months, new allegations of torture have emerged from Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, Afghanistan and in secret U.S. detention centers around the world, indicating that we must redouble our anti-torture efforts.

How Can I Help Stop Torture in 2006? Grassroots activism to stop torture and ill-treatment has had a tremendous impact over the past few months. When the Denounce Torture Initiative was launched this past spring, we had two aims. First, to educate a broad spectrum of people living in America about the scope of abuses being committed by the U.S. government in the name of the “war on terror.” Second, to galvanize people to take action to stop the abuses and hold perpetrators throughout the chain of command accountable.

We have been amazed by the response:

* More than 250,000 actions urging the President and Congress to stop the use of torture and ill-treatment.

* Over 200 delegations across America lobbying against torture in the district offices of members of Congress.

* Hundreds of community teach-ins to educate people across the country about the use of torture and ill-treatment by agents of the U.S. government.

* Intense grassroots phone campaigns supporting the Anti-Torture Amendment introduced by Senator McCain.

What's my next step? Click here to make your new year's resolution today.

http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7130867310612138222505265

The Denounce Torture Initiative is committed to helping you keep your resolution by giving you tools for effective action against torture in the "war on terror," based on your own level of commitment and the amount of time you have available.

Many thanks for all you have done. We look forward to working with you in 2006 to stop torture and ill-treatment!


Sincerely,

Eric Sears
Project Manager
Denounce Torture Initiative Amnesty International
USA

Bald ausgefischt?

In kurzer Zeit wurden Tiefseefischarten fast vollständig durch den Fischfang dezimiert.

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/21/21712/1.html

Hat die CIA Iran die Bauanleitung zu einer Atombombe geliefert?

In einem Buch schildert NYT-Reporter Risen zudem, wie die CIA 2004 ihr Agentennetz im Iran auffliegen ließ und daher ausgerechnet jetzt, wo die Bush-Regierung Iran ins Visier nimmt, keine Informationen mehr hat.

http://www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/21/21717/1.html

Key Democrat Says Spying Violated Law

January 5th, 2006 2:28 am

By Scott Shane / New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 - The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that the limited Congressional briefings the Bush administration has provided on a National Security Agency eavesdropping program violated the law.

In a letter to President Bush, the representative, Jane Harman of California, said the briefings did not comply with the National Security Act of 1947. That law requires the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to be "kept fully and currently informed" about the spy agencies' activities.

The briefings on the program under which Americans and other people in the United States are selected for eavesdropping without court warrants were limited to the so-called Gang of Eight. That consists of the Republican and Democratic leaders of each house and of the Intelligence Committees. Because of turnover in those positions, 14 members of Congress attended one or more briefings.

Ms. Harman wrote in her letter that the law allowed briefings to be limited to the eight leaders only in cases of covert action. The National Security Agency program does not qualify as a covert action, which the law says does not include activities whose "primary purpose is to acquire intelligence," she wrote.

Asked about the letter, a spokesman for the National Security Council, Frederick Jones, said, "We believe Congress was briefed appropriately on this matter."

Unlike some Democrats, Ms. Harman has defended the eavesdropping, which focuses on people in the United States who officials believe have possible links to terror suspects overseas. In a statement on Dec. 21, she said she believed that the program was "essential to U.S. national security and that its disclosure has damaged critical intelligence capabilities."

She has also called for a full briefing and open hearings on N.S.A. activities.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Peter Hoekstra, Republican of Michigan, has said the briefings made clear that Americans would be targets of some of the eavesdropping and that Democrats had offered at least tacit approval.

http://michaelmoore.com/words/index.php?id=5406


Informant: John Calvert

Cindy Sheehan urges about 750 to help stop the war and impeach Bush



http://starbulletin.com/2006/01/05/news/story02.html


Informant: root



Cindy Sheehan
http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Sheehan

Bush Reserves Right To Order Torture of Prisoners

This update on a story we have been tracking closely. Last week President Bush officially signed a bill outlawing torture of detainees. While the bill signing received significant press coverage, what Bush did following the signing has not. According to the Boston Globe, Bush quietly issued what is known as a signing statement in which he lays out his interpretation of the new law. In this document Bush declared that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. Legal experts say this means Bush believes he can waive the anti-torture restrictions. New York University Law Professor David Golove criticized Bush's move. He said ''The signing statement is saying 'I will only comply with this law when I want to, and if something arises in the war on terrorism where I think it's important to torture or engage in cruel, inhuman, and degrading conduct, I have the authority to do so and nothing in this law is going to stop me' "

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/05/1454235


Informant: John Calvert

Abramoff-Bush: Ties That Bind?

The Bush-Cheney campaign is returning only a fraction of the contributions it received through Abramoff connections. During 2004, Abramoff was a top fundraiser for the Bush re-election effort, raising more than $100,000 for the campaign. While exact figures on how much he raised aren't known, Abramoff told the New York Times in July 2003 - months before active fundraising even began - that he had already raised $120,000 for Bush and Cheney. "And I haven't even started making phone calls," the lobbyist told the Times.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010506Y.shtml

Toxic exposures including EMR

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega86.htm

Tower Trauma in Nova Scotia Canada

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega86.htm

State Ruling Acknowledges EMF/Cancer Link

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega86.htm

Distance Related Effects near Radio and Television Transmitters

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega86.htm

Neurological changes induced by a mobile phone

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega85.htm

Losing Their Minds

More US soldiers than ever are sustaining serious brain injuries in Iraq. But a significant number of them are being misdiagnosed, forced to wait for treatment or even being called liars by the Army.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010506N.shtml

The Death of Freedom

The Quiet Death of Freedom?

John Pilger writes that Bush has carried out the recommendations of a Messianic conspiracy theory called the "Project for a New American Century." Written by his ideological sponsors shortly before he came to power, it foresaw his administration as a military dictatorship behind a democratic facade: "the cavalry on a new American frontier," guided by a blend of paranoia and megalomania.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010506L.shtml

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The death of freedom

FPF-fwd.: the excellent John Pilger The death of freedom + Gulag links

Fri Jan 6, 2006 03:42

FPF: After all those horrible years NOT ONE of the hundreds of people illegally held in the US concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay has been charged, in court or convicted. There's no evidence of 'terrorism' by them: only terror and torture in the PNAC's Gulag*:
http://tinyurl.com/caut7

The criminals at present 'managing' and 'bleeding' The Netherlands - in the same way as the US - officially support this. The Dutch don't.

THE DEATH OF FREEDOM

The rights of ordinary people to speak out against an unjust war and atrocities unleashed in their name are being crushed. Fascism is at the door. Who else will fight it?

by John Pilger

6th Jan, 2006 - On Christmas Eve, I dropped in on Brian Haw, whose hunched, pacing figure was just visible through the freezing fog. For four and a half years, Brian has camped in Parliament Square with a graphic display of photographs that show the terror and suffering imposed on Iraqi children by British policies. The effectiveness of his action was demonstrated last April when the Blair government banned any expression of opposition within a kilometre of parliament. The high court subsequently ruled that, because his presence preceded the ban, Brian was an exception.

Day after day, night after night, season upon season, he remains a beacon, illuminating the great crime of Iraq and the cowardice of the House of Commons. As we talked, two women brought him a Christmas meal and mulled wine. They thanked him, shook his hand and hurried on. He had never seen them before. "That's typical of the public," he said. A man in a pinstriped suit and tie emerged from the fog, carrying a small wreath. "I intend to place this at the Cenotaph and read out the names of the dead in Iraq," he said to Brian, who cautioned him: "You'll spend the night in the cells, mate." We watched him stride off and lay his wreath. His head bowed, he appeared to be whispering. Thirty years ago, I watched dissidents do something similar outside the walls of the Kremlin.

As the night had covered him, he was lucky. On 7 December, Maya Evans, a vegan chef aged 25, was convicted of breaching the new Serious Organised Crime and Police Act by reading aloud at the Cenotaph the names of 97 British soldiers killed in Iraq. So serious was her crime that it required 14 policemen in two vans to arrest her. She was fined and given a criminal record for the rest of her life.

FREEDOM IS DYING.

Eighty-year-old John Catt served with the RAF in the Second World War. Last September, he was stopped by police in Brighton for wearing an "offensive" T-shirt which suggested that Bush and Blair be tried for war crimes. He was arrested under the Terrorism Act and handcuffed, with his arms held behind his back. The official record of the arrest says the "purpose" of searching him was "terrorism" and the "grounds for intervention" were "carrying plackard and T-shirt with anti-Blair info" (sic).

HE IS AWAITING TRIAL.

Such cases compare with others that remain secret and beyond any form of justice: those of the foreign nationals held at Belmarsh Prison who have never been charged, let alone put on trial. They are held "on suspicion". Some of the "evidence" against them, whatever it is, the government has now admitted, could have been extracted under torture at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. They are political prisoners in all but name. They face the prospect of being spirited out of the country and into the arms of a regime which may torture them to death. Their isolated families, including children, are quietly going mad.

AND FOR WHAT?

Between 11 September 2001 and 30 September 2005, 895 people in total were arrested under the Terrorism Act. Only 23 have been convicted of offences covered by the act. As for real terrorists, the identities of two of the 7 July bombers, including the suspected mastermind, were known to MI5, yet nothing was done. And Blair wants to give the security services more power. Having helped to devastate Iraq, he is now killing freedom in his own country.

Consider parallel events in the United States. Last October, an American doctor, loved by his patients, was punished with 22 years in prison for founding a charity, Help the Needy, which helped children in Iraq stricken by an economic and humanitarian blockade imposed by America and Britain. In raising money for infants dying from diarrhoea, Dr Rafil Dhafir broke a siege which, accor-ding to Unicef, had caused the deaths of half a million under the age of five. [FPF: Albright - The price is worth it - CBS - Url.:
http://tinyurl.com/dneux ] - John Ashcroft, the then US attorney general, called Dr Dhafir, a Muslim, a "terrorist", a description mocked by even the judge in a politically motivated travesty of a trial.

THE BUSH REGIME'S "RIGHT" TO IMPRISON AN AMERICAN CITIZEN "INDEFINITELY" WITHOUT CHARGING HIM WITH A CRIME

The Dhafir case is not extraordinary. In the same month, three US circuit court judges ruled in favour of the Bush regime's "right" to imprison an American citizen "indefinitely" without charging him with a crime. This was the case of Jose Padilla, a petty criminal who allegedly visited Pakistan before he was arrested at Chicago airport three and a half years ago. He was never charged and no evidence has ever been presented against him. Now mired in legal complexity, the case puts George W Bush above the law and outlaws the Bill of Rights. Indeed, on 14 November, the US Senate in effect voted to ban habeas corpus by passing an amendment that overturned a Supreme Court ruling allowing Guantanamo prisoners access to a federal court. Thus, the touchstone of America's most celebrated freedom was scrapped. Without habeas corpus, a government can simply lock away its opponents and implement a dictatorship.

A related, insidious tyranny is being imposed across the world. For all his troubles in Iraq, Bush has carried out the recommendations of a Messianic conspiracy theory called the "Project for the New American Century". Written by his ideological sponsors shortly before he came to power, it foresaw his administration as a military dictatorship behind a democratic facade: "the cavalry on the new American frontier", guided by a blend of paranoia and megalomania. More than 700 American bases are now placed strategically in compliant countries, notably at gateways to sources of fossil fuels and encircling the Middle East and central Asia. "Pre-emptive" aggression is policy, including the use of nuclear weapons.

The chemical warfare industry has been reinvigorated. Missile treaties have been torn up. Space has been militarised. Global warming has been embraced. The powers of the president have never been greater. The judicial system has been subverted, along with civil liberties. The former senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who once prepared the daily White House briefing, told me that the authors of the PNAC and those now occupying positions of executive power used to be known in Washington as "the crazies". He said: "We should now be very worried about fascism."

THE SYSTEMATIC BRUTALITY, THE WIDESPREAD ATROCITIES, THE RUTHLESS SUPPRESSION OF INDEPENDENT THOUGHT

In his epic acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Literature on 7 December, Harold Pinter* spoke of "a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed". He asked why "the systematic brutality, the widespread atrocities, the ruthless suppression of inde- pendent thought" of Stalinist Russia were well known in the west while US state crimes were merely "superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged".

A silence has reigned. Across the world, the extinction and suffering of countless human beings can be attributed to rampant American power, "But you wouldn't know it," said Pinter. "It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest."

To its credit, the Guardian published every word of Pinter's warning. To its shame, though unsurprising, the state television broadcaster ignored it. All that Newsnight flatulence about the arts, all that recycled preening for the cameras at Booker Prize-giving events, yet the BBC could not make room for Britain's greatest living dramatist, so honoured, to tell the truth.

THE SENATE VOTE BANNING FREEDOM NEVER HAPPENED

For the BBC, it simply never happened, just as the killing of half a million children by America's medieval siege of Iraq during the 1990s never happened, just as the Dhafir and Padilla trials and the Senate vote banning freedom never happened. The political prisoners of Belmarsh barely exist; and a big, brave posse of Metropolitan police never swept away Maya Evans as she publicly grieved for British soldiers killed in the cause of nothing except rotten power.

Bereft of irony, but with a snigger, the newsreader Fiona Bruce introduced, as news, a Christmas propaganda film about Bush's dogs. That happened. Now imagine Bruce reading the following: "Here is delayed news, just in. From 1945 to 2005, the United States attempted to overthrow 50 governments, many of them democracies, and to crush 30 popular movements fighting tyrannical regimes. In the process, 25 countries were bombed, causing the loss of several million lives and the despair of millions more." (Thanks to William Blum's Rogue State, published by Common Courage Press.)

The icon of horror of Saddam Hussein's rule is a 1988 film of petrified bodies of people in the Kurdish town of Halabja, killed in a chemical weapons attack. The attack has been referred to a great deal by Bush and Blair and the film shown a great deal by the BBC. At the time, as I know from personal experience, the Foreign Office tried to cover up the crime at Halabja. The Americans tried to blame it on Iran. Today, in an age of images, there are no images of the chemical weapons attack on Fallujah in November 2004. This allowed the Americans to deny it until they were caught out recently by investigators using the internet. For the BBC, American atrocities simply do not happen.

In 1999, while filming in Washington and Iraq, I learned the true scale of bombing in what the Americans and British then called Iraq's "no-fly zones". During the 18 months to 14 January 1999, US aircraft flew 24,000 combat missions over Iraq; almost every mission was bombing or strafing. "We're down to the last outhouse," a US official protested. "There are still some things left [to bomb], but not many." That was seven years ago. In recent months, the air assault on Iraq has multiplied; the effect on the ground cannot be imagined. For the BBC, it has not happened.

The black farce extends to those pseudo-humanitarians in the media and elsewhere, who themselves have never seen the effects of cluster bombs and air-burst shells, yet continue to invoke the crimes of Saddam to justify the nightmare in Iraq and to protect a quisling prime minister - [FPF: like in Holland] - who has sold out his country and made the world more dangerous. Curiously, some of them insist on describing themselves as "liberals" and "left of centre", even "anti-fascists". They want some respectability, I suppose. This is understandable, given that the league table of carnage by Saddam Hussein was overtaken long ago by that of their hero in Downing Street, who will now support an attack on Iran.

This cannot change until we, in the west, look in the mirror and confront the true aims and narcissism of the power applied in our name, its extremes and terrorism. The usual double standard no longer works; there are now millions like Brian Haw, Maya Evans, John Catt and the man in the pinstriped suit, with his wreath. Looking in the mirror means understanding that a violent and undemocratic order is being imposed by those whose actions are little different from the actions of fascists.

The difference used to be distance.

Now they are bringing it home.

John Pilger's new book, Freedom Next Time, will be published in June by Bantam Press

Source: New Statesman
http://www.newstatesman.com/200601090004

FPF: Related links for the whole week end:

* The Nuremberg principles: "Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment." - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/byurp

* "People do not forget. They do not forget the death of their fellows, they do not forget torture and mutilation, they do not forget injustice, they do not forget oppression, they do not forget the terrorism of mighty powers. They not only don't forget: they also strike back." - 2005 Nobel Literature Prize winner Harold Pinter - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/9cyeq

* Who Are the War Criminals? Naming Names. - Behind every war criminal is a criminal idea - by Justin Raimondo - Url.:
http://tinyurl.com/duab3

* 'The war in Iraq is illegal' - BBC: video & text-interview of the United Nation's Secretary General Kofi Annan - Url.:
http://tinyurl.com/5pl2v

* PNAC.info - Exposing the Project for the New American Century - Url.: http://www.pnac.info/

* Holland - an American 'Lapdog of War' - Url.:
http://tinyurl.com/93c97

* Dutch 'Special Forces' Kill and Destroy for the US - Url.:
http://tinyurl.com/6mpw2

* Afghanistan - Torturing and killing for 'Freedom'? - Url.:
http://tinyurl.com/4nf2b

* AP - English - - Dutch F-16's at the Bagram base Url.:
http://tinyurl.com/47zvr

* Dutch Air Force web site confirming F-16 arrival in Kabul (in Dutch) - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/4wc52

* MSNBC Poll: Ninety-four percent believes that George Bush and the neocon media mislead the nation to go to war with Iraq - Url.:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8248969/

* TIME/Life poll: The Biggest Threat To Peace - Which country really poses the greatest danger to world peace in 2003? TIME asked for readers' views - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/4f34

* WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /U.S. Newswire/ - According to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll President Bush's national approval rating has declined to 39 (today 35) percent, the lowest level during his Presidency. And among African-Americans, Bush has only a 2 percent - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/b365o

* GULAG: Russian 1970 Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn described the Soviet prison camp system in his best-selling book 'The Gulag Archipelago'. He has since 2000 been globally declared 'dead' by the people involved, when he published about 'the last taboo on Russia' - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/bkoz8

* Reference guide to the Geneva Conventions - Url.:
http://www.genevaconventions.org

* The leaked 'Downing Street Memos' expose the criminal lies by war criminals like Bush, Blair, Berlusconi (It.) Balkenende (NL) - their collaborating media and other malignant ilk - Url.:
http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/

* The infamous US 'Lie Factory' - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/8ncal

* Who's financing? - The 'Federal Reserve' and it's usurers is the absolute biggest crime against all humanity ever. - Url.:
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm

* Help all the troops - of whatever nationality - to come back from abroad! - AND WITH ALL THEIR WEAPONS, WHICH WE WERE FORCED TO PAY FOR BY TAXES - [
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm ] - We need them badly at home in many countries to fight with us against our so called 'governments' and their malignant managers - Url.:
http://www.bringthemhomenow.org/

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Bush Ignoring Senate on Appointments

Since the Senate held a pro forma session Tuesday and then adjourned, the White House contends the second session of the 109th Congress has begun and Bush's recess appointments are valid until the following session concludes at the end of 2007.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010506K.shtml

NSA Destroyed Evidence of Domestic Spying

The National Security Agency, the top-secret spy shop that has been secretly eavesdropping on Americans under a plan authorized by President Bush four years ago, destroyed the names of thousands of Americans and US companies it collected on its own volition following 9/11, because the agency feared it would be taken to task by lawmakers for conducting unlawful surveillance on United States citizens without authorization from a court.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010506I.shtml

The Last Stand of the American Republic

http://www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=369&Itemid=1


Informant: Hopedance

College Not Combat, Troops Out Now!

Join Cindy Sheehan, Camilo Mejia, Kathy Kelly, and students who've fought repression and won at Berkeley, SFSU, CCNY, HCC, GMU, Kent State, Hampton, and Madison, in supporting...

NATIONAL WEEK OF CAMPUS ACTION Week of March 13-17 Students Say NO to War in Iraq! College Not Combat, Troops Out Now!

On March 13-17*, students will hold events at high schools and colleges around the country demanding an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq and money for young people's education, not military recruitment. This week of action leads into the global days of protest on March 18-19, where students will join many others in marking the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and demanding to bring the troops home now!

(*Spring break alternative: Schools on spring break during March 13-17 will hold events the week of March 20)

Student week of action coordinated by the Campus Antiwar Network
http://www.campusantiwar.net RecruitersOut@yahoo.com [Full endorsement list below]


WHY YOUTH & STUDENTS NEED TO STAND UP:

The illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq has taken the lives of over 2,000 American soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqis. It has destroyed the lives of countless more. This war affects young people everywhere, at home and abroad. Iraqis are faced with the brutality of occupation, under threat of bombs, guns, and torture. In the United States, we see our educational prospects diminished and recruitment to the military held up as our only viable future.

Now is the time for young people to stand up. And we are joined by a growing majority that sees the lies, the torture, the chemical weapons, and the corruption and arrogance of our politicians and says NO MORE.

There is a student movement bringing this message to campuses around the country: kicking military recruiters off of a dozen schools, defending free speech in the face of repressive administrators and government spying, bringing grassroots relief to New Orleans and the truth about the occupation to our schools. On the third anniversary of the war in March 2006, this movement's voice will be heard!


WHAT YOU CAN DO

Email RecruitersOut@yahoo.com to: - Endorse this day of action - If you're a student: let us know about an action being planned at your school, or ask us to put you in touch with other students near you - If you're an activist off-campus: Help organize massive protests on March 18-19. We will put you in touch with the anti-war student groups nearest you to facilitate grassroots coordination.

COLLEGE NOT COMBAT! TROOPS OUT NOW! Campus Antiwar Network http://www.campusantiwar.net

ENDORSED BY:

Organizations: AfterDowningStreet, Bay Area United Against War, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Goldstar Families for Peace, International Socialist Organization, Progressive Democrats of America, San Juan Peace Network, Stop the War Coalition (UK); Texans for Peace, Traprock Peace Center

Individuals: (*all affiliations for identification only)

ANTHONY ARNOVE, author, “Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal,” co-editor with Howard Zinn, “Voices of a People’s History of the US”;

CAMILO MEJIA, war resister who spent six months in military prison for refusing to return to Iraq;

CHARLES JENKS, Chair of Advisory Board, Traprock Peace Center;

CHARLES PETERSON, Holyoke Community College assaulted by security for peaceful protest;

CINDY SHEEHAN, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and mother of Casey Sheehan, who died in Iraq;

DAHR JAMAIL, independent journalist ; DANIEL LEWKOWICZ, National Youth Organizer, Hip Hop Caucus, and President, Community Roots at UMD;

DAVID ROVICS, progressive songwriter and musician;

DAVID SWANSON, co-founder, AfterDowningStreet.org;

DENNIS KYNE, Gulf War veteran and activist;

DIRK ADRIAENSENS, coordinator of SOS Iraq and member of the Executive committee of the Brussells Tribunal;

FRANCES CROWE, founder of Northampton Draft Information Center in 1968 and co-founder of Traprock Peace Center and Western Mass AFSC;

HOWARD ZINN, Professor Emeritus, Boston University;

JUDY LINEHAN, activist - Military Families Speakout;

JUSTINO RODRIGUEZ, HADAS THIER, and NICK BERGREEN of the “City 4, ” arrested and banned from campus for peaceful protest;

KATHY KELLY, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence;

MAX WATTS, writer and activist (Australia);

MICHAEL HOFFMAN of the “SFSU 3,” who faced campus repression for peaceful protest;

NATYLIE BALDWIN, Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center:

NORMAN SOLOMON, author, “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning us to Death”;

PAOLA PISI, editor Uruknet;

PAUL PRYSE, Madison student threatened with expulsion for peaceful protest;

RANDY KEHLER, co-founder, Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign; co-founder Traprock Peace Center; Imprisoned Vietnam-era Draft Resister;

SNEHAL SHINGAVI, RACHEL ODES and MICHAEL SMITH (the Berkeley 3);

STAN GOFF, Master Sergeant Retired, US Army;

SUNNY MILLER, Executive Director, Traprock Peace Center;

TARIQ KHAN, George Mason University student and Air Force vet assaulted and arrested for peaceful protest;

TIM CARPENTER, Director of PDA;

TODD CHRETIEN, Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate, California;

WARD REILLY, SE National Contact - Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Baton Rouge


Charles Jenks
Chair of Advisory Board and Web Manager Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road Deerfield, MA 01342
413-773-7427 fax 413-773-7507
http://www.traprockpeace.org


From ufpj-news

Mobile Phone-Fever

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega85.htm

How does the mobile radio influence biological systems?

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega85.htm

Mobile radio: will the illness costs explode soon?

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega85.htm

Bobbies to be 'guinea pigs' testing cancer fear radios

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega84.htm

Cronies At The FEC

by James Sample, TomPaine.com

Congress just helped Bush sneak through appointees who will further weaken oversight of federal elections in America.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20060105/cronies_at_the_fec.php

The NSA eavesdropping revelation is a threat to the separation of powers

J. Edgar Hoover With Supercomputers

by Ray McGovern, TomPaine.com

The NSA eavesdropping revelation is more than just an diminishment of civil liberties. It's a threat to the separation of powers.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20060105/j_edgar_hoover_with_supercomputers.php

Is your laptop ruining your sex life?

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega84.htm

Is driving while dialing worth it?

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega84.htm

Mass demonstration with more than 100.000 participants prevents High-voltage power lines

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega83.htm

T-Mobile issues mobile mast warning

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega83.htm

Police officer settled a lawsuit against an Australian Police Service

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega83.htm

Occupational EMF library hazard reported in Japan

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega82.htm

Orange ordered to cover phone tower risks

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega82.htm

POLICE RADIOS GAVE US BREAST CANCER

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega82.htm

Industry Member Becomes Cell Tower Activist

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega82.htm

Non-thermal effects are based also upon resonance

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega81.htm

The cause of Cancer

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega80.htm

Cellular telephones and effects on the brain

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega80.htm

They don't tell him anything

The Free Press
by Molly Ivins

01/03/06

My theory is that they don't tell him anything, that's why the president keeps sounding like he doesn't know what he's talking about. There he was at Brooke Army Medical Center over the weekend, once again getting it wrong: 'I can say that if somebody from al-Qaida's calling you, we'd like to know why. In the meantime, this program is conscious of people's civil liberties, as am I. This is a limited program ... I repeat, limited. And it's limited to calls from outside the United States, to calls within the United States.' So then the White House had to go back and explain that, well, no, actually, the National Security Agency's domestic spying program is not limited to calls from outside the United States, or to calls from people known or even suspected of being with al-Qaida. Turns out thousands of Americans and resident foreigners have been or are being monitored and recorded by the NSA...

http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/1/2006/1290


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The spy plan's spoiler

Los Angeles Times
by staff

01/04/06

James B. Comey can hardly be considered soft on terrorism. As deputy attorney general, he has been one of the Bush administration's chief prosecutors of the war on terror, pursuing accused bombers and terrorists from Riyadh to Chicago. So his refusal to approve the administration's warrantless wiretaps of Americans cannot simply be dismissed as the rantings of an Al Qaeda apologist. ... Last, and most important, the NSA's surveillance program is an affront to the American system of checks and balances -- and Americans' right to privacy as guaranteed by the 4th Amendment. The president fails to grasp this point. Asked Sunday what he'd say to Americans worried about violations of their privacy, Bush responded with a breathtaking non sequitur. 'If somebody from Al Qaeda is calling you,' he said, 'we'd like to know why.' So, no doubt, would James Comey. But at least he understands that, even in a time of war, the government is not free to simply tap your phone to find out who's calling you and why...

http://tinyurl.com/ajfad


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Sun Tzu and the art of spying

AlterNet
by Noah Leavitt

01/05/06

Last week, White House spokeperson Trent Duffy provided the Bush administration's rationale for its extralegal program to spy on United States citizens. Duffy quipped: 'The fact is that Al Quaida's play book is not printed on Page 1, and when America's is, it has serious ramifications. You don't need to be Sun Tzu to understand that.' Duffy was referencing the 'big idea' of Sun Tzu's seminal work, 'The Art of War,' which could be stated as 'the ideal strategy is to win without fighting -- to defeat the enemy before combat becomes necessary.' It was an odd but telling comment, and worth exploring for the critical insights it provides about Bush's views on spying and executive branch power...

http://www.alternet.org/rights/30394/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's war on professionals

Salon
by Sidney Blumenthal

01/05/06

[T]here is a consistency between his absence of fervor in discovering who was behind the outing of Plame and his furor over the reporting of warrantless NSA domestic spying. In the Plame case, the administration officials who spun her name to conservative columnist Robert Novak and others intended to punish and intimidate former ambassador Joseph Wilson for having revealed that a central element of the administration case for the Iraq war was bogus. In the NSA case, Bush is also attempting to crush whistle-blowers. Bush's war on professionals has been fought in nearly every department and agency of the government, from intelligence to Interior, from the Justice Department to the Drug Enforcement Administration, in order to suppress contrary analysis on issues from weapons of mass destruction to global warming, from voting rights to the morning-after pill. Without whistle-blowers on the inside, there are no press reports on the outside...

http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2006/01/05/spying/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

All the talk of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq is just that: talk

Troop reduction legerdemain

AntiWar.Com
by Charles Pena

01/05/06

Ultimately, all the talk of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq is just that: talk designed to create the illusion that the administration is serious about ending the occupation to appease restless voters. And the reason for all the talk should be abundantly clear: the looming 2006 midterm elections that threaten to unseat Republican control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said that 'all politics is local,' and President Bush understands that local politics means here in the United States, not in Iraq. But just because he is talking the talk does not mean he will walk the walk...

http://www.antiwar.com/pena/?articleid=8344


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Bush administration's continuing insistence that it is above the law

Taking a leak

Kn@ppster
by Thomas L. Knapp

01/04/06

The disclosure of the program's existence and its criminal nature did not damage the national security; it only damaged the president's reputation. It did not endanger the United States; it only endangered the president's ability to continue committing crimes with impunity. If there's any parallel between the Plame case and this one, that parallel is to be found in the Bush administration's continuing insistence that it is above the law. To their everlasting shame, Malkin and friends' political raison d'etre seems to have become defending that insistence at all costs...

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2006/01/taking-leak.html

The unrestrained presidency

Mother Jones
by Tom Engelhardt

01/04/06

As 2006 begins, we seem to be at a not-completely-unfamiliar crossroads in the long history of the American imperial presidency. It grew up, shedding presidential constraints, in the post-World War II years as part of the rise of the national security state and the military-industrial complex. It reached its constraint-less apogee with Richard Nixon's presidency and what became known as the Watergate scandal -- an event marked by Nixon's attempt to create his own private national security apparatus which he directed to secretly commit various high crimes and misdemeanors for him. It was as close as we came -- until now -- to a presidential coup d'etat that might functionally have abrogated the Constitution...

http://tinyurl.com/cdv47


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Groups go to court over wiretap rule for Internet calls

Foster's Online

01/04/06

A new federal regulation making it easier for law enforcement to tap Internet phone calls is being challenged in court. Privacy and technology groups asked the federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule that expands wiretapping laws to cover Internet calls -- or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Law enforcement agencies already can obtain a subpoena for the contents of VoIP calls from Internet access providers. But the FBI and others want the ability to capture the technology live and they want systems designed so it would be easy to do that. 'The whole process of innovation on the Internet would be seriously damaged,' said John Morris, staff counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology...

http://tinyurl.com/a8sh4


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Supreme Court: US can "launder" Padilla kidnapping with charges

Indianapolis Star

01/04/06

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to let the military transfer accused 'enemy combatant' Jose Padilla to Miami to face criminal charges in at least a temporary victory for the Bush administration. The justices overruled a lower court, which had attempted to block the transfer as part of a rebuke to the White House. The high court said it would decide later whether to consider the inmate's argument that President Bush overstepped his authority by ordering Padilla's indefinite detention in 2002...

http://tinyurl.com/djt24


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FISA court seeks answers on Bush spy plot

Washington Post

01/05/06

The members of a secret federal court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism cases are scheduled to receive a classified briefing Monday from top Justice Department and intelligence officials about a controversial warrantless-eavesdropping program, according to sources familiar with the arrangements. Several judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said they want to hear directly from administration officials why President Bush believed he had the authority to order, without the court's permission, wiretapping of some phone calls and e-mails after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ... The court is made up of 11 judges who, on a rotating basis, hear government applications for surveillance warrants. But only the presiding judge, currently Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, was notified of the government eavesdropping program. One judge, James Robertson, who also serves on the federal bench in Washington, resigned his seat on the surveillance court in protest shortly after the wiretapping was revealed by the New York Times in mid-December...

http://tinyurl.com/bppx6


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Return to Organic Cotton & Avoid the Bt-Cotton Trap

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/ROC.php

The largest scandal to hit the capital in decades

Incoming

William Rivers Pitt writes: All of official Washington is at this moment waiting with bated breath for the avalanche. Jack Abramoff, the disgraced super-lobbyist, has made a plea agreement in the massive prosecution against him and his cronies. Every talking head who has spoken on the subject has stated bluntly that the fallout from this plea deal will almost certainly result in the largest scandal to hit the capital in decades.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010506Z.shtml

The heat is on - Object of the week: the microwave oven

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega79.htm

EMF effects from cellular phones transmission towers

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega79.htm

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Is prolonged exposure to environmental level powerline frequency electromagnetic fields a co-factor to consider in treatment?

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega79.htm

Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega79.htm

Electrophonic Effects

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega79.htm

Legal threat to police radio network

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega79.htm

Low Frequency, High Tension

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega78.htm

Don't Hold the Phone: Various Testimonies

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega78.htm

EMR health effects

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega77.htm

EFFECTS OF VERY LOW INTENSITY RFR

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega76.htm

Mobile masts fear after two friends die

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega76.htm

I have recently complained to my works department about my Nokia mobile phone

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega76.htm

Antenna assembly was placed on the roof top Portland, Oregon

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega76.htm

Inoperable malignant brain tumor

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega76.htm

History of health problems related to Cellular telephone use

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega75.htm

We Are Being Roasted Alive By Phone Mast

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega75.htm

Letter from Dr George Carlo to the Chairman and CEO of AT&T

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega75.htm

Did phone masts kill Ena?

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega75.htm

Emergency radios can jam patients' lifelines

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega74.htm

Soldier's health damage due to radar radiation recognized as injury at work

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega74.htm

EMF Hypersensitivity - Tower Trauma In Canada

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega73.htm

Alex would like people to know his story

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega73.htm

Testimonial of Dalana MCaren

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega73.htm

Research into possible health effects, Sweden

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega72.htm

Mobile phones and health: a UK perspective

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega72.htm

Intensity of electric and magnetic fields from power lines

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega71.htm

Thousands of families in Europe are suffering serious health problems

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega70.htm

New guide for planners and mobile phone operators, and the code of best practice encouraging greater consultation between mobile phone operators, local authorities and local communities

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega69.htm

Microwave exposure from cellular phone base stations

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega68.htm

THE MELATONIN HYPOTHESIS - AN INTRODUCTION

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega67.htm

Army's secret 'people zapper' plans

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega67.htm

Die Kombilohn-Debatte verschleiert nur das Scheitern von Hartz IV

"Alle paar Monate eine neue Idee"

Dass Kombilöhne kaum Arbeitsplätze schaffen, ist längst nachgewiesen, sagt Thomas Münch, Professor im Fachbereich Sozialarbeit an der FH Düsseldorf. Die Kombilohn-Debatte verschleiere nur das Scheitern von Hartz IV. Interview Dirk Eckert in der taz NRW vom 4.1.2006

http://www.taz.de/pt/2006/01/04/a0022.nf/text


Aus: LabourNet, 5. Januar 2006

Die Gesellschaft des Ich - Die Wiederkehr des ordinären Kapitalismus - Die Globalisierung der Ungleichheit

Langfassung der Artikelserie von Winfried Wolf, zuerst erschienen in der jungen Welt im Dezember 2005. Inhalt: Die Globalisierung der Ungleichheit; Der kapitalistischen Krisenzyklus – Entzaubertes BRD-„Wirtschaftswunder“; Die politische Ökonomie von Reich und Arm; Krise des Profits – Antwort des Kapitals; Die Gesellschaft des Ich, Ich, Ich. Insgesamt 32 Seiten als (156kB pdf)

http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/allg/wwolf.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 5. Januar 2006

Noch mehr europaweiter Protest - Stoppt den Bolkestein-Hammer!

„Die EU-Richtlinie für Dienstleistungen in Europa muss verhindert werden – wir brauchen soziale, ökologische Regeln und demokratische Kontrolle. Wir rufen auf zur Beteiligung an der europäischen Demonstration am 11. Februar 06 in Strasbourg. Wir unterstützen die Kundgebungen in Berlin und anderen Hauptstädten und die Aktionen am 14.2. in Strasbourg und anderswo…“ Aufruf vom attac-Bundesbüro vom 04.12.2006
http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/eu/sopo/bolke_attac110206.pdf


DGB und ATTAC lösen Erstaunen aus

„Wünsche der regionalen Initiativen deutschlandweit übergangen. Das Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland ist über die 2 Demonstrationsaufrufe gegen die EU Dienstleistungsrichtliniedes DGB und ATTAC in Berlin und Straßburg erstaunt. Ähnlich äußerte sich auch das Aktionsbündnis Sozialproteste, ein Zusammenschluss vieler regionaler sozialer Initiativen in der Bundesrepublik. Der DGB mobilisiert zum Dienstag, 14. Februar nach Straßburg und ATTAC plant, zum 11.02.2006 eine Beteiligung an der Großdemonstration gegen die Bolkesteinrichtlinie in Straßburg, ruft aber für den gleichen Tag zu Aktionen in Berlin auf. Damit setzt sich ATTAC über regionale Strukturen und Wünsche der Initiativen und Netzwerke in Berlin hinweg, die bisher eine Beteiligung an der Großdemonstration am 11.02.2006 in Straßburg geplant haben. In diesen Zusammenhang weist der Berliner Politikwissenschaftler Peter Grottian darauf hin, dass entgegen seiner gestrigen Terminbekanntgabe zur Großdemo in Straßburg, er nicht Samstag den 14. Januar 2006 gemeint hatte, sondern Samstag den 11. Februar 2006… Presseerklärung von Martin Behrsing („Erwerbslosen Forum Deutschland“, Bonn) vom 02.01.06 (pdf)

http://www.erwerbslosenforum.de/presse/02_01_06.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 5. Januar 2006

Attention Deficit Disorder By Wireless Waves.COM

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega67.htm

Planned School Moved Away From Power Lines

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega67.htm

ELF-EMF Damage Mice Ovarian Follicles

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega67.htm

Faulty towers?

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega66.htm

Using RF "non-thermal" effects for "non-lethal"weapons

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega66.htm

History of lymphocytosis, neutropenia, hypersegmented neutrophils, eosinophilia, asthma and osteomyelitis, all of which resolved after reduction of EMF/EMR exposure

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega66.htm

Protestors ready for mast fight

Published: 5th January 2006

OBJECTORS to a mobile phone mast proposed for Manchester Old Road have pulled together once again as the plans go to appeal.

Planning permission to build a T-Mobile mast on ground in front of the West Croft Industrial Estate was refused by the Middleton Township Planning Sub-Committee back in September, on the grounds that such an erection could have an adverse effect on the local area.

But T-Mobile appealed against the decision and the deadline for residents to once again raise their objections, this time to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol, was last Monday.

At the original meeting a representative from T-Mobile said that the proposed mast would fit in with local street furniture, standing in between existing streetlamps of a similar height, and that the company had also rejected other proposed sites as they were closer to residential areas.

They also pointed out that erecting this mast near an existing one that already stands just 30m from the proposed site would not encourage further masts to be built, but instead decrease the likelihood as phone companies could come together and use each other’s technology.

But they were opposed by an entourage of approximately 15 objectors who helped to convince the committee that such a mast was not wanted in Rhodes – and the residents have risen once again.

Councillor Peter Williams, just one of the objectors, has many reservations about the proposed mast – not least that the siting of a new control box at its base could ‘provide cover for unsavoury characters’ of the type that frequent Rhodes Lodges.

He wrote to the inspectorate: "The reason for my strong objections to the application are that one phone mast already exists near the application site and there was no evidence that the company had tried to liaise with the owners of the original mast to see if there could be co-location as is recommended practice.

"The addition of a further mast in the area will set a principle for further masts to be sited there and it is unacceptable to the residents that they bear the brunt of mobile phone technology for the Rhodes area.

"A further mast at this site, so close to the other mast, would represent an unacceptable increase in street clutter by the side of the road at the entrance to Rhodes village."

First published by the Middleton Guardian

http://www.middletonguardian.co.uk/news/s/207/207830_protestors_ready_for_mast_fight.html

Dishes put up on mast say residents

Jan 5 2006

Weekly News

A GROUP of Farnworth residents are determined to kick up a stink after claiming contractors installed three dishes on a mobile phone mast while nobody was looking.

The residents, whose houses back on to Moon Meadow, claim the work went ahead without prior notice.

They say they were told the mast could not be expanded once it was built in 2001 and are angry the Government is allowing the mobile phone companies to bypass the normal planning procedures and fear the three new dishes, bringing the total to four, on a 70ft-plus monopole is just the start.

Don Lyons, of Derby Road, said: 'We're upset and angry that the companies have the authority to add dishes without consulting anyone. It's not morally right.

'The jury's still out on whether these things are safe and there are a lot of families with children here.

http://tinyurl.com/8nla5

Bad Chemistry

http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem1.asp
http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem2.asp
http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem3.asp
http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem4.asp
http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem5.asp
http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/06win/chem6.asp


Informant: NHNE

Cancer Cell Study Revives Cell Phone Safety Fears

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/grn/omega65.htm

State-sponsored medical terrorism

Texas authorities arrest parents, kidnap their teenage daughter, and force her through chemotherapy against her will.

http://www.newstarget.com/016387.html


Informant: NHNE

THE UNSEEN HAND WILL DECIDE WHO GETS ELECTED

http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd153.htm

U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Alito Seen as Ally by Businesses

Business will support Alito:

Corporate America should find some cheer in Alito's strictly conservative judicial philosophy.

http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/31/news/economy/alito_nomination/



U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Alito Seen as Ally by Businesses:

U.S. business groups, already cheered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s appointment, anticipate getting another ally in Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=IPD4YP076GHT


From Information Clearing House

Roberts, Alito regarded as allies to business on high court

One represented corporate interests as a private attorney; the other often sided with employers in lawsuits filed by workers.

http://tinyurl.com/8ubwz


From Information Clearing House

Many around the world, including some Americans, have written off the possibility that the United States is capable of acting with morality and sanity

Our history books tell us that George Washington was the father of the abomination America has become. Many around the world, including some Americans, have written off the possibility that the United States is capable of acting with morality and sanity. Yet hope remains on the horizon for our country.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11454.htm

Lobbying Plan Was Central to GOP's Political Strategy

The corruption investigation surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff shows the significant political risk that Republican leaders took when they adopted what had once seemed a brilliant strategy for dominating Washington: turning the K Street lobbying corridor into a cog of the GOP political machine.

http://tinyurl.com/c2a83


From Information Clearing House

Foundation's Funds Diverted From Mission

Records Detail Spending By GOP Lobbyist Abramoff: Tax and spending records of the Capital Athletic Foundation obtained by The Washington Post show that less than 1 percent of its revenue has been spent on sports-related programs for youths.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11455.htm

Abramoff Money Halted Sweat Shop Legislation

East Bay Congressman George Miller just couldn't understand why his legislation to end sex and textile sweat shops in the Northern Mariana Islands -- a U.S. protectorate in the Pacific -- was being blocked in the House of Representatives. Now, he has his answer.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/5839523/detail.html


From Information Clearing House

Thousands of Americans and resident foreigners have been or are being monitored and recorded by the NSA

They don't tell him anything

Turns out thousands of Americans and resident foreigners have been or are being monitored and recorded by the NSA. It's more like information-mining, which is what, you may recall, the administration said it would not do. But now Bush has to investigate The New York Times because Bush has been breaking the law, you see?

http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/1/2006/1290


From Information Clearing House

The Bush administration downplays its illegal wiretapping

Something to Hide:

As the Bush administration downplays its illegal wiretapping, the New York Times' chiefs keep quiet about their role in the scandal.
http://www.alternet.org/story/30352/


From Information Clearing House

Justice to Try to Toss Gitmo Challenges

The Justice Department will seek dismissal of lawsuits from more than 300 Guantanamo Bay detainees fighting the legality of their confinement, using a new law that the Bush administration says sharply limits existing challenges. Advocates for detainees quickly registered their opposition Tuesday.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11453.htm

It is 'showtime' for Syria

The current international pressure on Syria is "entirely deserved" and it is now "showtime" for its president, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4579442.stm


From Information Clearing House

US presses Syria on al-Hariri inquiry

John Bolton said, "Syria's record to date has been one of obstructing the investigation, of tampering with the evidence and not making witnesses available in a timely fashion."

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F651DB94-EC80-4628-B1BD-814F241754EE.htm


From Information Clearing House

Iran Elbows Afghanistan From Pipeline Project With Turkmenistan

The US will be dismayed as its oil and gas company UNOCAL's efforts to pass gas pipeline from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan to Pakistan had been delayed because India and Pakistan have opted to sign an accord with Iran, analysts say.

http://tinyurl.com/apu2x


From Information Clearing House

Time to Talk to Tehran

Does President Bush intend a preventive war, early this year, to effect the nuclear castration of Iran? Or are we rattling sabers?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11450.htm

War pimp alert: Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile

The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11449.htm

Iran to brief U.N. on atomic research plan

Iran says its atomic work aims solely to generate electricity and years of IAEA inquiries have found nothing to clearly disprove this.

http://tinyurl.com/dnzjq


From Information Clearing House

US threatens action if Iran resumes N-fuel works

"Our view is that if Iran takes an further enrichment-related steps, the international community will have to consider additional measures to constrain Iran's nuclear ambitions," McCormack told reporters.

http://tinyurl.com/e4ffj


From Information Clearing House

Billion Dollar Bunker

U.S. plans Baghdad embassy more secure than Pentagon.
http://tinyurl.com/96785


From Information Clearing House

Draft Iraq Indictment

The 2003 U.S. invasion and its ongoing occupation of Iraq are illegal, immoral and unjust, aimed at furthering U.S. imperialist aims in the Middle East and the world, not liberating the Iraqi people, but rather subjecting them to new, more brutal and direct forms of foreign domination and turning Iraq into a platform for further aggression and imperial maneuvers.

http://www.bushcommission.org/iraq.htm


From Information Clearing House

Scott Ritter: Elections in 2005, Civil War in 2006?

When Paul Bremer signed into law his dictate that banned the Ba'ath Party, he forgot the age-old notion that the enemy has a vote. In this case the enemy was the two-million plus members of the Ba'ath party who were suddenly disenfranchised from any legitimate role in determining the future of Iraq.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/themix/30299


From Information Clearing House

The country’s on the verge of a civil war

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, V Corps commander since 2003
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=34094


From Information Clearing House

U.S. Bombs Kill Women and Children

Enrages Iraqi Officials: United States warplanes killed nine members of an Iraqi family, including women and young children, during a bombing strike Monday night that obliterated a home near the northern industrial city of Bayji, Iraqi officials said today.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11448.htm

'Radical' Bush 'signing statement' rejects torture ban

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/3879/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Emergency Preparedness Against The "Universal Adversary" Orwellian "Scenarios"

http://tinyurl.com/7at5g

Oil Boom a Bust for Us, Villagers Say in Court

A photo exhibit at San Francisco City Hall documents the devastating effects of more than three decades of oil extraction in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. 30,000 plaintiffs have joined in a class-action lawsuit that alleges Chevron Corp. failed to clean up billions of gallons of toxic waste dumped in pristine rainforest in Ecuador.

http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/010406EA.shtml

Abramoff Enters New Guilty Plea in Florida

A day after he pleaded guilty to three felony counts in Washington, Jack Abramoff, a once prominent Republican lobbyist, pleaded guilty today to two felony charges of conspiracy and fraud in a case stemming from his purchase of a casino boat line in 2000.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406Q.shtml

Make sure that the power and water where YOU live remain under the control of local community-based public utilities

Wow - it's all going down rather fast, huh? Those of you that don't have a copy of the End of Suburbia may want to watch it. It's a documentary and is very sobering. (thanks C&J for sending me one!)

Anna

Begin forwarded message:
From: Greg
Date: January 4, 2006 7:05:06 AM HST


This excerpt below parallels the issue of privatizing resources/water/seeds that Anna, Juliette, and others have brought up. Under the new Republican "energy" bill, the public utility power company concept has been killed--replaced by the consolidation of utilities in mega corporations privately owned by the super rich. What this means down the road is that when peak oil and natural gas shortages hit electrical generation and heating, rather than everyone "sharing the pain," the mega corps will simply shut off power and heat to the marginal markets. This could mean many small communities stuck in the dark and cold for periods of time. Word to the wise: make sure that the power and water where YOU live remain under the control of local community-based public utilities. Better yet, secure your own water and power supplies.

Stupid rhetorical question: why is it that "deregulation," touted as bringing competition, efficiency, consumer choice, and lower prices always creates exactly the opposite? Hmmm....

Greg

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/010306_end_grid_summary.shtml

"January 4, 2006 0800 PST (FTW) – With the eagerness and drive of a baseball player on steroids, the largest financial powerhouses in the nation have been gobbling up publicly owned utilities since George W. Bush signed the new energy bill last fall. It is not just that ownership of these life-essential services is being concentrated in a few rich and unregulated hands — it is the identities of the owners that should make worry about what's coming. If the writing on this wall got any clearer, you'd need to buy a box of popcorn and sit down for the horror show.

Best get a blanket and some long johns first.

Since the passage of America's most recent energy bill on August 8th, many public utilities have been acquired by some of the wealthiest people on the planet. With the loss of public regulation that came with the repeal of the Public Utility Company Holding Act as part of that measure, these "cash cows," to which tens of millions of people make monthly payments, are being converted into liquid giants that can be used to acquire other utility companies, or to trade ever-diminishing energy resources for profit. There is no rationing by government yet, only the rationing of the "free markets." That's only until the wheels come off and Peak Oil and Gas trigger uprisings and "civil unrest" (I absolutely detest that term – the word is "riot," and it is not solved by a quick second or third mortgage). Only then will government step in, and then only to try and prop up the façade of a sustainable paradigm of infinite growth.

Instead of maintaining the grid for as long as possible, these amalgamating giants will now accelerate its demise. What is about to happen is the living embodiment of a statement made by a Dutch economist at a Paris Peak Oil conference in the spring of 2003: "It may not be profitable to slow decline."

No more will utilities invest ratepayers' money in extra capacity for the 20-year drought, the 50-year heat wave or the 100-year cold snap. Instead, every ounce of extra capacity will be sold off, under-maintained, or discontinued to maximize cash on hand for the next buyout or LBO. Ratepayer money will be used for the benefit of shareholders, not ratepayers. When it comes time to decide whether to make a handsome profit or keep people warm, there won't even be a debate. These privately owned giants will be able to arbitrage energy to the highest bidder. They will be able to buy other, smaller entities just as the major oil companies have been doing for decades, adding the smaller companies' reserves and net profits onto their price/earnings (P/E) ratios."

(snip)

The cellular companies will have to pay compensation even without a proven health harm

Just look at this, from Iris in Israel.

It looks as if things are finally on the right road.

Best regards.

Agnes.


Summary from Haaretz News
by Eran Gabai and Maariv
National Newspaper 3.1.06

The cellular companies will have to pay compensation even without a proven health harm

The cellular companies will have to pay compensation of 100% to the local authorities, according to the decision of the national authority for planning and construction from today, and the decision will enter to validity immediately.

The committee stressed that since local authorities do not share the profits of the cellular industry, there is no reason why they should pay/ be responsible to pay to citizens who sue for property value reduction.

A strong hit for the cellular companies. The national authority for planning and construction decided today that the compensation document (commitment of the cellular companies to pay) will serve as a condition to every permission of cellular antennas. Lawsuits of hundreds of millions shekels were filed until today. The authority will present its decision to the government.

A journey of pressures is expected from the cellular companies.

The subject of compensation was the central issue which was discussed with regard to the antennas law, which passed in the parliament. According to the new law the cellular companies must pay compensation to the local authorities for future lawsuits for property value reduction, and there is a need to set the distance of antennas from sensitive places.

A Nuclear Katrina in the Making

http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0104-04.htm

Bush's Ownership Society Suits Jack's Entrepreneurial Style

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0104-20.htm

Pundits Disguising Their Own Iraq Failures

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0104-22.htm

Let's Rejoin the World

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0104-23.htm

Will the Environmentalists Find Their Voice?

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0104-27.htm

US Warplane Used to Target Iraqi Family Home

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0104-07.htm

The Man Who Bought Off Washington

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0104-06.htm

Bush Issues 'Signings Statement' to Bypass Torture Ban

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0104-02.htm

Files Say NSA Initiated Growth of Spying Operation

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0104-03.htm

Nixon Junior

John Dean on Bush's wiretapping.
http://writ.corporate.findlaw.com/dean/20051230.html


Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Omni-Incompetent State

The feds can't even do a giveaway program anymore. Article by Jacob Sullum.

http://www.reason.com/sullum/010406.shtml


Informant: Lew Rockwell

George Bush Might Call Me a Defeatist

Am I a 'Defeatist'?

Jim Glaser on the Bush analysis.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/glaser/glaser48.html

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff sows panic through Washington

Terror in DC

John Dickerson on who's going down (to start) with Jack Abramoff.
http://www.slate.com/id/2133666/nav/tap1/


Informant: Lew Rockwell

On the cult of presidential power

Deified Caesar
Tom Engelhardt on the cult of presidential power.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt149.html

The Federal Annihilator

Michael S. Rozeff on how the government wiped out $1 trillion in wealth.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff57.html

Think Twice Before You Place That Call

http://www.nmia.com/~bobpace/mw.htm

Chris Anderson would like all visitors to deposit their cellular phones in the cement mixer by his front door
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1364460/

Chris Anderson would like all visitors to deposit their cellular phones in the cement mixer by his front door

Dear Olle: I found this information interesting. A site I have not seen before and I also am not familiar with Chris Anderson's work. I am doing more checking to try and determine whose sit this is since the webpage does not identify....... Take care - Joanne

Joanne C. Mueller
Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55448-2127
USA
Phone: 763-755-6114
Email: jcmpelican@aol.com

"No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakens into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted for the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer


Cell phone plea by Chris Anderson, EMR-mitigation specialist.....
From: JCMPelican@aol.com
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 18:21:33 EST

Contributed by: admin

Though intended for renovations, Chris Anderson would like all visitors to deposit their cellular phones in the cement mixer by his front door. This sounds excessive until you step into Anderson's orchard, where the pegged needle of a shrieking electromagnetic radiation (EMR) meter placed beside a connected cellphone still shows significant exposure 100 feet away. Much to the chagrin of this certified EMR-mitigation specialist, every day some 300 million cell phone users are "reaching out and touching someone you love. Yourself, and anyone else within range of the microwaves emitted by your cell phone."

http://alternativecomplementarymedicine.com/article.php/CellPhoneGraveDangers

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Think Twice Before You Place That Call
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1364478/

If America left Iraq

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/3877/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Electing a Congress to Impeach Bush and Cheney

(excerpt)

ImpeachPAC | Electing a Congress to Impeach Bush and Cheney
http://www.impeachpac.org/

A U.S. Congressman a couple years ago said, The Founding Fathers did not put the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution to guarantee Americans the Right to hunt for food, But the Right to hunt Elected Officials who try to take our rights away.

The Bush Administration They Hate Our FREEDOM !

"All Laws Which Are Repugnant to The Constitution Are Null And Void"

Marbury Vs. Madison 5 US 137, 174, 176
http://www.restoringamerica.org/documents/marburyVmadison_text.html

Give us Liberty or Give us Death --------- - Bring it On ! Let's Roll !

"We Don't Give Up Our Rights ! -- That's What Makes Us AMERICANS!"

Hear The TRUTH for a Change !

87+ Air America Radio Stations Listed Here:
http://www.airamericaradio.com/

& From the Hosts & Call in Listeners all over the USA, Listen to - The Power Hour with Joyce Riley & Dave VonKleist Times & Freqs --> : http://www.thepowerhour.com/

Alex Jones on Short Wave at: http://www.infowars.com/

Politically correct speech is just government censorship.

Prejudicial speech is just free speech about what a lifetime of experiences has taught you. "tlb 2001"

More on Politically Correct Speech:
http://www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2003/0708.html

From The US Declaration of Independence:
http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/declaration.html

"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

-- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, It is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, Laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

The Government that Governs Least Governs Best !!

The Keyboard Is Mightier Than The Sword ©1999 tlb

Thomas Lee Buyea
Florida News Service
Miami, Fla.
USA


Informant: ranger116



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

Mexico Furious over Proposed American Wall

Across the border, the proposed anti-immigration law - the most repressive in decades - is causing an uproar. It may have domestic repercussions on the GOP also.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406H.shtml

Iran's Future: Watch the Streets

For months Iranian activists and even moderate clerics have been concerned about the radical tendencies of Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But there is another development in Iran - this one positive and with great potential - that the world should not miss: civic defiance against Ahmadinejad's authoritarianism is increasing.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406G.shtml

CIA 'Ignored Iraqi Weapons Evidence'

The Bush administration is facing new charges over its handling of pre-war intelligence, with a book alleging that the CIA ignored a mass of evidence gleaned from Iraqi weapons scientists, months before the 2003 invasion, that Saddam Hussein had abandoned his WMD programs.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406F.shtml

IMF Occupies Iraq, Riots Follow

Bad enough that the US military is occupying Iraq. Now the IMF is occupying the country. And as Iraqis watch their standard of living plummet - thanks to the IMF - they are going to be even more irate at the United States, which they know controls the IMF, writes Matthew Rothschild.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406E.shtml

The Unrestrained President

Tom Engelhardt considers the nature of the cult of imperial presidential power that we now face.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406C.shtml

Lobbyist to Reveal All in Congress Bribes Scandal

A well-connected Republican lobbyist agreed yesterday to give evidence against top politicians whom he allegedly bribed, in what analysts predict may prove to be the biggest congressional scandal in American history.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406B.shtml

Bush Prepares to Bypass New Torture Ban

When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406A.shtml
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