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2004

General's role in prison probe raises conflict worries

The Army general who reported last fall there was no mistreatment at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq also commands the criminal investigators now pursuing the abuse cases, raising concerns about a potential conflict of interest...

//www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2606332


From Information Clearing House

The Secret Government

Video

Bill Moyers, documents U.S. support of terrorist regimes and the brutality of Americas foreign policy...

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3281.htm

US frantic to soften harsh language in UN rights report on Iraq

The United States is scrambling to soften allegedly harsh and inflammatory criticism of the US-led coalition in Iraq that is expected to be contained in a UN human rights report to be released this week...

//sg.news.yahoo.com/040602/1/3ksdw.html


From Information Clearing House

Two Marines plead guilty to torturing Iraqi prisoner

Two 19-year-old Marines pleaded guilty to giving electric shocks to an Iraqi prisoner they were guarding in early April, months after the Abu Ghraib prison abuse, military officials said...

//www.adn.com/24hour/nation/story/1413404p-8713139c.html


From Information Clearing House

Insulting the Spirit of the Geneva Convention

From the Pen of Hank Roth

//g0lem.net/bravo/GENeva.shtml


Informant: Chai

Uranium Weapons Cover-ups In Our Midst

//www.stopnato.org.uk/du-watch/bein/hamburg.pdf

excerpts:

* Relatively small amounts of depleted uranium were used during the first Gulf 'war' yet 58% of US troops who were exposed are now dead.

* The USA has systematically destroyed 1000s of military medical records concerning DU deaths of service personnel.

* The USA spent $5 billion to decontaminate a firing range of DU - the range only covered 39 square miles.

* It is estimated that 28 tons of depleted uranium has been collected for use on strategic targets in the USA and that over the next decade more than 500 tons of depleted uranium will be deployed within the USA.


Informant: Harry Mobley

Some Prisoners that Died in U.S. Custody were Beaten, Shot or Strangled

More than a third of prisoners who perished while in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were beaten, strangled or shot by U.S. personnel before they died, according to death certificates and a high-ranking U.S. military official (USA Today 6/2/04).

//www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20040601/6248555s.htm

Omega-News Collection 3. June 2004

YOUR LIFE AS A HUMAN TEST SUBJECT
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232690/

Chemtrails over Pennsylvania and Maryland
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232762/

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California considers program to measure pollutants in people
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231628/

PEER Forces Army About-Face
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231633/

US Endangered Species Act Under Attack
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232099/

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ACLU suit uncovers secrets of secret surveillance
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231681/

PM regrets: I've been misled
//www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/01/1086058855474.html

The neocons' war
//www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=2727

Dropping the sovereignty baton
//www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF02Ak06.html

Neocon collapse in Washington and Baghdad
//www.lewrockwell.com/ips/lobe93.html

The patriot
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231613/

Zero tolerance on torture: How hard is that?
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231619/

Abu Ghraib means triumphalism
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231621/

Government is not "us"
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232782/

Proof, Negative
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232785/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Let's face up to it - we are torturers too
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231642/

On-the-ground-reality TV
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231644/

Hawks Eating Crow
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231646/

An empire of denial
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231648/

The lying game
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231649/

Electorate Is Wising Up to the Iraq Blunder
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231650/

The Way Of The Armchair Warrior
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231653/

The Fruits of Saint George
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231657/

Soros Admits Donating $16 Million to Defeat Bush
//omega.twoday.net/stories/231662/

Iraqi Death Toll Amounts to a Holocaust
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232703/

Questions for the President
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232728/

Colonial Violence Against Women in Iraq
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6272.htm

Army noted Geneva Conventions violations in Iraq prisons last fall
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232729/

Mea culpa, that's what we want
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232732/

Freedom vs. Security: A False Choice
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232737/

Code Red
//www.tompaine.com/articles/code_red_states.php

Rick MacArthur and Scott Ritter On The Lies of Our Times
//www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/01/142200

Rober Fisk Interview
Transcript
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232750/

Think-tank warns of anti-Islam 'time bomb'
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232755/

Costs for Iraq war eat into U.S. deficits
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232756/

The Pentagon's New Map
//www.nwc.navy.mil/newrulesets/ThePentagonsNewMap.htm

A New Age of Empire in the Middle East, Courtesy of the US and UK
//www.commondreams.org/views02/1110-03.htm


From Information Clearing House

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Voter verified paper ballots
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232697/

The United States Civil Flag of Peacetime
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232768/

Fahrenheit 9/11
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232769/

STAND against TORTURE & for FREEDOM of EXPRESSION
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232797/

How a Superpower Lost its Stature
//omega.twoday.net/stories/232801/

How a Superpower Lost its Stature

By Michael Lind

Financial Times, June 1, 2004

The image of America the Liberator has been replaced by the image of America the occupier and America the torturer

The debacle in Iraq has discredited the American neoconservative dream of a benevolent CS empire, freed from the petty restraints of multilateral diplomacy and international law. But the neoconservative vision is not the only dream that has died in the rubble of Falluja and torture cells of Abu Ghraib prison. What until recently was the alternative endorsed by many Democrats and some centrist Republicans US world leadership exercised through multilateral security institutions can also now be included in the collateral damage done by George W. Bush s war In Iraq...

//fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/lindft.htm


Informant: kevcross5

STAND against TORTURE & for FREEDOM of EXPRESSION

Please Forward Widely

Saturday, June 5th, 11:00 - 1:00

Armed Forces Recruiting Center, 141 Tremont St. (steps from Park St)

What to expect: ~An Energized Demonstration~ ~Political Theater~ ~Demands for Accountability~ ~Appearance of a Cabinet-Level Bush Official~

What it's all about:

Most of you know that the physical and psychological torture that took place at Abu Ghraib was not restricted to Iraq. These practices were already well established in Afghanistan and Guantanamo, where the Geneva Conventions have been deemed inconvenient. Moreover, military and media investigations have revealed that these acts were not the work of a few "bad apples," but were widespread. This is combined with the Red Cross's conclusion that 90% of Abu Ghraib's prisoners should never have been detained in the first place.

These gross injustices demand a response, but the Boston Police Department hasn't reviewed the Bill of Rights recently. One week ago, a small, peaceful demonstration at the recruiting center ended when an activist dressed as a prisoner was arrested. The story and photos are available at:

//portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/289729.shtml

The pattern of arresting people on bogus charges to stifle dissent must be stopped. Having the charges thrown out a few months (or years) down the line does not preserve our freedom of expression. This ongoing police strategy is unconstitutional!

COME OUT SATURDAY TO DEMAND JUSTICE & SHOW THE CITY THAT WE WILL BE HEARD!!

I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today--my own government....we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values....

When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered.

Martin Luther King, Jr
Ebenezer Baptist Church, April 30, 1967

//www.radioproject.org/sound/King11.mp3


Informant: Jeff Duritz

The Justice Department's triumphant victory over the Constitution

Proof, Negative

By Dahlia Lithwick

Posted Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at 4:02 PM PT

With a triumphant chorus of "We-told-you-so"s, the Justice Department unveiled yesterday a seven-page document summarizing all the accumulated evil that lurks in the heart of alleged enemy combatant Jose Padilla. Why release all this information now? The folks at Justice say they were just responding to a request from Sen. Orrin Hatch. As though Hatch's was the first and only demand for some tangible piece of evidence against Padilla. ...

//slate.msn.com/id/2101632/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government is not "us"

06/02/04

Future of Freedom Foundation

by Sheldon Richman

"It could be that those who line up are making a distinction that Rumsfeld seems unable to make, namely, the distinction between the American people and the U.S. government. There's a world of difference between them. Poll after poll in the Middle East indicates that the public there understands that difference."

//www.fff.org/comment/com0406b.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Fahrenheit 9/11

//www.fahrenheit911.com/


Informant: Carolyn

The United States Civil Flag of Peacetime

//www.barefootsworld.net/uscivilflag.html


Informant: Harry Mobley

Chemtrails over Pennsylvania and Maryland

//ecolog.twoday.net/stories/232689/

Costs for Iraq war eat into U.S. deficits

Even by Washington standards, the $119.4 billion that President Bush and Congress have provided for the first two years of the war in Iraq is real money...

//www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2004/06/01/costs_for_iraq_war_eat_into_us_deficits/

//tinyurl.com/yw4ht

Think-tank warns of anti-Islam 'time bomb'

Growing Islamophobia in Britain in the wake of the September 11 attacks could lead to a dangerous backlash of riots and extremism, it was reported today...

//news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=527306

Rober Fisk Interview

Transcript

The interesting thing, when Sept 11th happened, and it was an international crime against humanity, and nobody said why!

//www.kiwinews.co.nz/cgi-bin/editor/print.pl?article=4411

Freedom vs. Security: A False Choice

Rep. Ron Paul

The obvious lesson of September 11th is that government cannot protect us. Self-reliance and self-defense are American virtues; trembling reliance on the illusion of government-provided security is not.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6271.htm

Mea culpa, that's what we want

Where are the tumbrels for those who actually voted for war, dispatching other people's sons and daughters to kill and be killed on a hoax? No minister on either side of the Atlantic has lost their job over the war or the subsequent shameful conduct of the occupation...

//www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1229422,00.html
//www.dissidentvoice.org/June04/Amr0602.htm


From Information Clearing House

Army noted Geneva Conventions violations in Iraq prisons last fall

An Army general who visited Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last fall complained that the military was violating international war standards by incarcerating common criminals along with insurgents...

//www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-06-01-prison-abuse_x.htm


From Information Clearing House

Questions for the President

Chalmers Johnson

Please tell us: If we plan to return Iraq to the Iraqis, why is the U.S. currently building fourteen permanent bases there?

//www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/indexprint.mhtml?pid=1468


From Information Clearing House

Iraqi Death Toll Amounts to a Holocaust

The actual Iraqi death toll is not being reported and publicly discussed. Ignoring mass human mortality in Iraq amounts to holocaust denial...

//www.control.com.au/bi2004/255conScience.pdf


From Information Clearing House

Voter verified paper ballots

We all remember the election of 2000. Because of faulty and mismanaged election systems, George W. Bush won Florida's electoral votes and the presidency. And now look at the mess we're in.

People demanded improvements, and now states are spending millions to buy new voting machines. So far, so good. But many key states, including Florida, Ohio and other battlegrounds, are installing "black box" voting machines -- computer voting terminals that don't produce a paper ballot.

Without a paper ballot, there's no way to know if our votes are counted correctly. Also, computers are vulnerable to malfunction -- how often does yours freeze up?

It's time to take action to protect our votes. Join our call for Voter-Verified Paper Ballots, at:

//www.moveon.org/protectourvotes/

If ATMs and gas pumps can print receipts, then voting terminals can print paper ballots. Every voter should be able to make sure that his or her vote will count as it was cast, by verifying a paper ballot that can be audited and re-counted. And wherever electronic voting terminals are used, backup paper ballots should also be available, so no voters will be turned away from the polling place if the terminals aren't working.

Over the past few weeks, MoveOn members have been calling legislators and officials in many states to demand Voter-Verified Paper Ballots. And along with other citizen's groups, large and small, we have won important victories.

A month ago, our side won its biggest victory yet. California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley decertified 14,000 black box voting terminals made by Diebold Inc., and said that this November, every California voter will be able to vote on a paper ballot.

Every voter in every state should have the same right -- to verify that his or her vote was recorded correctly, with full confidence that it will be counted correctly. We shouldn't have to hand our elections over to manufacturers like Diebold and blindly trust them with the results.

This is not about partisan politics. It's about the foundation of our democracy: our votes. There's no reason Americans should have anything less than the most accessible, secure and reliable voting system possible.

Join our campaign by clicking this link:

//www.moveon.org/protectourvotes/

Thank you, for everything you do.

Sincerely,
--Carrie, Joan, Noah, Peter, and Wes
The MoveOn.org Team
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

P.S.: See our website for helpful background information on this
issue.

YOUR LIFE AS A HUMAN TEST SUBJECT

YOU ARE NOW ELECTRO-SENSITIVE
//www.luxefaire.com/electro.html

John Ryan: Phone mast wrecks my life

Print media coverage of Irish farmer John Ryan

With an Irish General Election taking place on Friday, June 11, and the promises of desperate-for-votes Irish politicians becoming increasingly reckless, the mast issue here has elbowed its way into the limelight.

Con Colbert, Dublin, current secretary of our Irish EHS support group, IERVN (Irish Electromagnetic Radiation Victims Network, founded in August, 1999), has alerted me to the following.

There is big media focus right now on the Irish EHS farmer, John Ryan, of Cashel, Co. Tipperary, who had to flee his farm due to the severe bioeffects he suffers from the mast he allowed to be erected on his land. You have posted Klaus on 5/12/2003 (Citizens Initiative Omega) a report I sent you of John and his wife Rosie being interviewed by a prime time Irish T.V. farming programme.
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/omega051203.htm

Last Sunday (May 30, 2004) John's tragic experience with masts featured in three Sunday newspapers:

SUNDAY WORLD (news@sundayworld.com , Journalist: Karl Hanlon);

THE STAR (firstname.lastname@thestar.ie also: Karl Hanlon);

NEWS OF THE WORLD (news@news-of-the-world.co.uk) also:
Karl Hanlon.

I will transcribe the NEWS OF THE WORLD article.

Please note while reading it the similarity of John Ryan's obervation that the signal power appeared to be turned down while official testing was in progress on his farm with that made by Cathy Hawk about the Doe farming family official testing in your entry "Occupational Exposure to RF/MW and Microwave Sickness" of Citizens Initiative Omega, dated 13/2/03.
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/omega144.htm

And a vital fact in the second last paragraph for ALL mast-affected farmers, wherever they reside, is this:

"THE IRISH FARMERS' ASSOCIATION IS BACKING MR. RYAN, AND HAS CALLED ON VODAFONE TO CEASE TRANSMISSION FROM THE MAST."

I am including toward end key email addresses for making supportive contact with IFA (Irish Farmers Association) and IFJ (Irish Farmers Journal). I have also listed above email contacts for the three newspapers. John and Rosie Ryan have asked that similarly affected people contact those newspapers for max support on the issue. There may be more Irish media accounts appearing shortly.

Best, Imelda, Cork


From: NEWS OF THE WORLD 30/5/04

"Phone mast 'wrecks my life' by Karl Hanlon

Farmer John Ryan puts a silver-plated mesh on his head when he strides off to work. And in the middle of the night he gets up and drives away from home to sleep in his 4 by 4 vehicle.

He claims a mobile phone mast on his land in Daingean, Tipperary, is giving him headaches, nosebleeds, dizzy spells and burning sensations.

Mr Ryan said: 'As soon as the mast went up I started to feel the effects. After putting serious pressure on Vodafone it was switched off for three weeks and everything was fine but the minute it was switched back on my symptoms returned.' His wife Rosie and daughter Linda get similar symptoms when working outside. Mr. Ryan wants the mast shut down and has offered to return the 10,000 euros Vodafone paid him to erect it. But the firm won't remove it unless he pays the 50,000 euros it cost to put up the mast.

Medical tests support Mr. Ryan's claim that he is being exposed to some form of microwave radiation. He wears the headnet to block out 99 per cent of microwave emissions. He said the net is 'like a pair of ladies' tights.'

Vodafone says its equipment complies with current limits on emissions set by the International Radiation Protection
Association.

REJECT

They reject Mr. Ryan's claims that the mast causes his problems. Tests have been carried out at the site, but Mr. Ryan insists: 'When the tests were done you could hardly get a single bar of signal on a mobile phone even when standing right next to the mast. In dry weather, the problems are not too bad but when it rains the power on the mast is turned up to make up for the loss of the signal.'

The Irish Farmers' association is backing Mr. Ryan, and has called on Vodafone to cease transmission from the mast. A spokesman said: 'Mr Ryan is unable to stay on his farming premises. His farming is being neglected and dairy cows are going unmilked.


IRISH FARMERS ASSOCIATION

KEY CONTACTS

The Irish Farmers Association,
Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12.
Telephone: 00 353 (1) 4500266 Fax: 00 353 (1) 4551043
Fax: 00 353 (1) 4565146 Email : postmaster@ifa.ie

Below are contacts for REGIONAL IFA representatives

Teresa Curran
FBD House, Fels Point, Dan Spring Rd, Tralee,
CO. KERRY
kerry@ifa.ie Tel: 066-7123279
066-7127149


Una Keane
Livestock Mart, Athenry,
CO. GALWAY
galway@ifa.ie 091-844268
091-844902


Brenda Ryan
40 Kenyon Street, Nenagh,
CO. TIPPERARY
tipperary@ifa.ie 067-32213
067-32936


Noelle Rogerson
Stonecourt House, Roscommon.
CO. ROSCOMMON
roscommon@ifa.ie 090-6625235
090-6625419


Denise Wilson
The Diamond, Raphoe,
CO. DONEGAL
donegal@ifa.ie 074-9145658
074-9145693


Barbara Martin
Farm Centre, Mill Park Road, Enniscorthy,
CO. WEXFORD
wexford@ifa.ie 054-33090
054-33807


Emer Barry
Unit 2A (Rear), University Technology Centre, Curraheen Road, Cork.
cork@ifa.ie 021-4545944
021-4545736


Ann Rose
Barrack street, Kilkenny.
CO. KILKENNY
kilkenny@ifa.ie 056-7763404
056-7763815


Teresa Walsh
Harbour Street,
Tullamore,
CO. OFFALY
offaly@ifa.ie 0506-41447
0506-41082


Sinead Hoare
1 Church Street,
St. John's Square,
CO. LIMERICK
limerick@ifa.ie 061-314196
061-317135


Geraldine Duffy
Main Street, Ballybay,
CO. MONAGHAN
monaghan@ifa.ie 042-9744870
042-9741660


Maria Meegan
Bective Street, Kells,
CO. MEATH
kells@ifa.ie 046-9240436
046-9241270


Reception
Irish Farm centre,
Bluebell,
DUBLIN 12.
postmaster@ifa.ie 01-4500266
01-4501935



IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL

KEY CONTACTS

Staff Contacts
Irish Farmers' Journal Contacts
EDITOR: Matt Dempsey
Tel: 01-4199500
Web: //www.farmersjournal.ie
Email: mdempsey@farmersjournal.ie

EDITORIAL OFFICE: Lena Doody
Tel: 01-4199530
Fax: 01-4520876
Email: ldoody@farmersjournal.ie

NEWS: Pat O’Keeffe
Tel: 01-4199539
Email: pokeeffe@farmersjournal.ie

NEWS: Paul Mooney
Tel: 01-4199527
Email:pmooney@farmersjournal.ie

NORTHERN EDITOR: James Campbell
Tel: 048-91-812054
Fax: 028 9182 0946.
Email:jcampbell@farmersjournal.ie

Northern Diary email: morrow@farmersjournal.ie

AGRI-BUSINESS AND EU NEWS: Eric Donald
Tel: 01-4199528
Email:edonald@farmersjournal.ie
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