America's Protected Wilderness Turns 40

Attempted Subpoena for Indymedia Logs




Did you know that some of the members of the Bildeburg group are very powerful media tycoon's? Can you ever expect that main press will be anything but controlled.

Just to refresh our memories in case they fade, Bilderburg's next meeting (2005) is in the UK!!!

Some past and present media members - l can take a long shot, and dare to suggest that this is why the press is not quite on the ball (laugh).

x x Gigot, Paul, Washington Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Friedman, Thomas L., Foreign Affairs columnist New York Times

Graham, Donald E. - Publisher, The Washington Post x x Graham,

Katherine, Chair, Exec Committee, Washington Post Co

Hoagland, Jim - Associate Editor, The Washington Post x x x Hoge,

Jr., James F. - Editor, Foreign Affairs

Jennings, Peter, Anchor and Senior Editor, ABC News: World News Tonight

Kann, Peter R., Chair, CEO Dow Jones & Co., publisher Wall Street Journal

Stahl, Lesley R. National Affairs Correspondent, CBS News.

Zuckerman, Mortimer B, Editor, US News and World Report


Republicans dishonor our armed forces


Morton Blackwell, a prominent Virginia delegate, had been handing out the heart-covered bandages to delegates, who've worn them on their chins, cheeks, the backs of their hands and other places.

Blackwell is president of the Leadership Institute, an educational foundation he founded in 1979. According to its Web site, the institute prepares conservatives for success in politics, government and the news media.

Informant: ItalysBadBoy

Neue Enthüllungen über George W. Bush


Biggest Pay Cut in U.S. History

Media Miss Story of Biggest Pay Cut in U.S. History:

On August 23, the Bush Administration's Department of Labor eliminated the right to time-and-a-half pay for overtime work for millions of Americans in what amounted to the biggest pay cut in American history.


From Information Clearing House

9/11 In Plane Sight


The Book of Slaughter and Forgetting

In G. W. Bush's administration, new Neocon is but old Reaganite writ large, and they fear the same enemy: the American public. When the US populace comes to understand what is being done in their name, they are appalled, so they must be distracted, somehow.


Democracy must begin at home

The people around Bush are likely to cause very serious, perhaps irreparable, harm if given another term in office. The prospect of a government that serves popular interests is being dismantled here.


Bush's Words... The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


From Information Clearing House

Political fluff masks serious issues

The press is getting spun like yarn by the conservative spin machine. And the real news is pretty scary. Here are some of the issues playing out beneath the spin-meister's banner headlines.


From Information Clearing House

Perverted messages from preachers of hate

Perverted messages from preachers of hate :

The Republican Party was at pains to keep the pentecostalism quiet at this week's convention but the President cannot help himself. He is a true believer in this perverted strain of Christianity that lacks the essential love, and consequently the human insights, of the real thing.


"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job." -- George W. Bush

Not anti-American, but anti-Bush :

The hundreds of thousands of Americans who marched on the eve of the Republican National Convention gathered to express in their own way what most Europeans have been saying since the invasion of Iraq:


From Information Clearing House

Prison abuses 'had precedents'

AT LEAST five US officials given the job of organising Iraq's prison system following the war have been linked to abuses of inmates at jails in the US...


From Information Clearing House

Neuer Vorstoß für ein Weltparlament

Eine Nichtregierungsorganisation will mit breiter politischer Unterstützung die Uno stärker demokratisieren und in ein wirkungsvolles Instrument globaler Steuerung verwandeln...



Mobile Heilsbringer

Umweltmedizin: Harmlose Handys?

Macht das Handy krank?

Machen Handys und ihre Sender krank?

Handy-Strahlung: So gefährlich ist sie wirklich

Schockstudie der EU: Handys knacken die DNS und bewirken schwere Zellschädigung

Nachweis für Gesundheitsrisiko durch Mobiltelefone

Mobilfunk macht krank!

Mobilfunk – ein Massenexperiment am Menschen

Zunehmende Krebserkrankungen bei Jugendlichen

Hirnschäden durch Handys?


Schlaganfall bei Kindern

Schlaganfälle bei Kindern

Weniger Kinder durch das Handy

Handys können Fruchtbarkeit reduzieren - Einfluss elektromagnetischer Wellen auf die Spermienmotilität - Kinderlos durch Mobilfunkstrahlung?

Funkwellen vom Handy schädigen das Erbgut

Mobilfunk und Tinnitus

Bekommen Handy-Telefonierer leichter Tinnitus?

Mobilfunk und Epilepsie

Mobilfunk und Migräne

Handys, schnurlose Telefone harmlos?

DECT - Gesundheitsschäden durch DECT-Telefone

Ein Millionstel Watt Mobilfunkstrahlung kann bereits eine menschliche Nervenzelle abtöten

Beobachtungen zum Mobilfunk aus einer psychotherapeutischen Praxis

Dauerstress durch Handys?

Mehr Mobiltelefone in Zuckertüten

Kinder und Mobilfunk

Wenn ihr gesunde Enkel haben wollt, dann verbietet euren Kindern das Handy

Der Teufel wohnt im Handy

Tödliche Unfälle durch Handy am Steuer

Her mit den Handy-Studien

Handy - Mensch wenn ich das gewußt hätte

Mediziner: Elektrosmog durch Handys höher als durch Sendemasten

Neuer Zündstoff für Diskussion über Handy-Gefahr

Gesundheitsgefährdung durch Mobilfunk und DECT

Sag' mal, wie stark strahlt denn das Ding ?

Handys vor Gericht

Ärzte und Mobilfunk

Wissenschaft und Mobilfunk

Ein Beitrag der hoffentlich "Schule" macht

"Keine Ahnung ... ich ruf dich an"

Mobilfunk ist ein Störenfried

Zeitzeichen - Grenzen des Weghörens

Detektoren gegen Handybelästigung

Immer mehr Beschäftigte werden bespitzelt

Handy schuld an Kennedy-Absturz

Bus stürzt von Autobahn

Handystrahlen als Ursache für Amokfahrt?

VCS fordert weniger Ablenkung im Auto

Teure Tore via Telefon

Jugendliche auf Dauerempfang - Handy Statussymbol und Schuldenfalle

Großer deutscher Lauschangriff geplant

Wenn Eltern zu Big Brother werden

Handy-Ortungsdienste kommen in Mode

Hacker schießen Handys ab

Informations-Faltblätter der Bürgerwelle e.V.

Risiko Mobilfunk

Handy - Mensch wenn ich das gewußt hätte

Handys und der Strahlungswahnsinn

Mobile phone risk revealed

Mike Ruppert spoke at Commonwealth Club of California

Mike Ruppert spoke at San Francisco's prestigious Commonwealth Club of California


Informant: Debi Clark

Omega-News 4. September 2004

Egosurfing für Einreisewillige empfohlen

Häufung des terroristischen Wahnsinns

Strenger Schutz für Artenvielfalt gefordert

Anhaltende Proteste bei Montagsdemos setzen Bundesregierung unter Druck

Jagdsaison auf Zugvögel beginnt

Hamburger Senat im Law-and-Order-Wahn

EU-Abstimmung über Gentechnik-Rückstände im Saatgut

Der Wald leidet als Open-Air-Fitnessstudio

Let's play Curveball

Die Fieberkurve der Erde steigt

Genfood: 1500 Aktivisten auf dem Schlachtfeld

Hunderte Bush-Gegner festgenommen

Die Amerikaner kontrollieren gar nichts! Nicht mal sich selbst!

Proteste wirken! Metro verzichtet auf Papier aus Regenwaldzerstörung

Handelskonzern will auf Papier aus Regenwaldzerstörung verzichten

Datenschutzgarantien für biometrische Merkmale in Pässen gefordert

Leben ist kein Abfall

Forscher wollen mit neuen Netzen und Signaltechnik Schweinswale retten

Monsanto testet heimlich Gen-Weizen weiter

Arbeitslose als Sicherheitskräfte in den Irak

RFID-Chips unsicher?

FBI und Heimatschutzministerium geben Anweisungen für das Melden von Verdächtigem

Freiheit für die Gefangenen von Hundington

EU-Kommission will Deutschland Gen-Anbau aufzwingen

Unkontrollierter Holzhandel gefährdet tropische Sumpf-Wälder

Vernichtungen von genmanipulierten Pflanzen

Gentech in Europa: Vernichtungen von genmanipulierten Pflanzen in Frankreich und Kroatien


Während in Kroatien Felder vom Staat vernichtet werden erwartet in Frankreich Bauern und Mitaktivisten in den nächsten Tagen der Prozess.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:


Theft of the Presidency

BBC-TV Newsnight

Thursday, February 15, 2001

by Greg Palast


View the full video here:

Also, a flash presentation http://www.ericblumrich.com/gta.html

Jack Topel

US standing with Arabs hits a low

98 percent of Egyptians have unfavorable view of US.

Cleric Says It's Right to Fight U.S. Civilians in Iraq:
An Egyptian cleric based in Qatar and often described as a moderate has ruled that it is a religious duty for Muslims to fight Americans in Iraq...


From Information Clearing House

The War


From Information Clearing House

A dog fight for the presidency


From Information Clearing House

High Plains Grifter


From Information Clearing House

U.S. press puts Iraq dead on back pages

U.S. newspapers are moving stories of American troops dying in Iraq to the back pages, the Washington Monthly has reported.


From Information Clearing House

Iraq war real crime

German minister: Iraq war real crime

From Information Clearing House

Another Catastrophic Success?

The Republican Convention: Another Catastrophic Success?

Feel the Hate


The Chemical Wars, Part 2

September 02, 2004


Clarity of Message


Informant: maraki724

Iraq War Veterans Want Debate on Iraq, Not Vietnam


Public Concern Over GM Foods Increases


September 2004 - Issue 88


US Illegally Removes Pages from Iraq UN Report

Throughout the winter of 2002, the Bush administration publicly accused Iraqi weapons declarations of being incomplete. The almost unbelievable reality of this situation is that it was the United States itself that had removed over 8,000 pages of the 11,800 page original report.

This came as no surprise to Europeans however, as Iraq had made extra copies of the complete weapons declaration report and unofficially distributed them to journalists throughout Europe. The Berlin newspaper Die Tageszetung broke the story on December 19, 2002 in an article by Andreas Zumach.

At the same time, according to the investigation by Michael Niman, the Iraq government sent out official copies of the report on November 3, 2002. One, classified as "secret," was sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency, another copy went to the UN Security Council. The U.S. convinced Colombia, chair of the Security Council and current target of U.S. military occupation and financial aid, to look the other way while the report was removed, edited, and returned. Other members of the Security Council such as Britain, France, China and Russia, were implicated in the missing pages as well (China and Russia were still arming Iraq) and had little desire to expose the United States' transgression. So all members accepted the new, abbreviated version.

But what was in the missing pages that the Bush administration felt was so threatening that they had to be removed? What information were Europeans privy to that Americans were not?

According to Niman, "The missing pages implicated twenty-four U.S.-based corporations and the successive Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. administration in connection with the illegal supplying of Saddam Hussein government with myriad weapons of mass destruction and the training to use them." Groups documented in the original report that were supporting Iraq's weapons programs prior to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait included:

- Eastman Kodak, Dupont, Honeywell, Rockwell, Sperry, Hewlett-Packard, and Bechtel,

- U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture and Department of Defense,

- Nuclear weapons labs such as Lawrence-Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia.

Beginning in 1983, the U.S. was involved in eighty shipments of biological and chemical components, including strains of botulism toxin, anthrax, gangrene bacteria, West Nile fever virus, and Dengue fever virus. These shipments continued even after Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran in 1984. Later, in 1988 Iraq used the chemical weapons against the Kurds.

But perhaps most importantly, the missing pages contain information that could potentially make a case for war crimes against officials within the Reagan and the Bush Sr. administrations. This includes the current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — for his collaboration with Saddam Hussein leading up to the massacres of Iraqi Kurds and acting as liaison for U.S. military aid during the war between Iraq and Iran.


The first time I had a story nominated for a Project Censored award was in 1989 after I went into the bush on Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula to track pirate gold miners and the U.S. military. I drank stagnant water to battle dehydration and picked ticks from my body. In short, I went after the story.

This was different. I didn’t break this story. It was broken by German reporter Andreas Zumach and brought to the U.S. by Amy Goodman on her Democracy Now radio show. No media outlet in my hometown of Buffalo covered it, so I added some media analysis, a few rants about censorship, and ran it in Buffalo’s weekly ArtVoice. Since the national media never picked up the story, The Humanist took my story nationwide. I didn’t use primary sources for this story. I just monitored the alternative and foreign press. With such thorough self-censorship in the U.S. press – reading the international press is now akin to going into the remote bush.

It is now five months later and there are still no new developments regarding this story. No corporate or government figures have been indicted. There is no investigation. The major media still hasn’t carried the story. In its place, however, most media outlets ran false pronouncements from the Bush administration about pending Iraqi weapons programs. We now know that these weapons no longer existed. And that the Bush administration was able to hijack the U.S. into war based on a combination of misinformation and missing information.

Project Censored - Sonoma State University
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(707) 664-2500

Informant: Debi Clark

Handy-Ortungsdienste kommen in Mode

London (pte) - Ortungsdienste, die den Aufenthalt von Personen übermitteln, kommen allerorten in Mode. In Großbritannien ist in der abgelaufenen Woche ein GPS (Global Positioning System)-Überwachungsdienst für kriminelle Wiederholungstäter gestartet worden.

In den USA wird demnächst ein kombiniertes WLAN/GPS/RFID-System eingeführt, mit dem Schulkinder per Web-Interface auf ihren Fahrten mit dem Schulbus überwacht werden. In Deutschland schließlich gibt es den Ortungsdienst "Trackyourkid", mit dem Eltern ebenfalls über den Aufenthaltsort ihres Nachwuchses auf dem Laufenden gehalten werden.

Großbritannien sieht seine GPS-Überwachung in Anlehnung an das US-amerikanische Motto "Gefängnis ohne Gitter." Vorerst wird das System an Wiederholungstätern und Pädophilen erprobt. Sie erhalten GPS-Geräte ans Bein montiert, mit denen der Aufenthaltsort des Trägers "fast bis auf den Meter genau" festgestellt werden kann. 120 verurteilte Täter, die auf Bewährung freigelassen oder zu gemeinnütziger Arbeit verurteilt wurden, werden als erste mit dem Gerät ausgestattet. Sobald sie gegen die Auflagen verstoßen, wird automatisch die Polizeizentrale informiert, berichtet die Computerwelt. Bei wegen Pädophilie verurteilten Straftätern piepst das Gerät, sobald sich der Träger in der Nähe von Schulen, Spielplätzen oder Kindergärten aufhält. Bis zu 5.000 überführte Diebe, Räuber, Einbrecher und Sexualtäter sollen in der Endstufe den Apparat tragen müssen. "Sie sollen ständig daran erinnert werden, dass wir sie beobachten", sagte Paul Goggins, Staatssekretär im Innenministerium


Die "Hauptzielgruppe" für GPS-Überwachung sind aber meistens nicht Kriminelle, sondern Kinder. Der US-Anbieter Wherify http://www.wherifywireless.com etwa bietet seit zwei Jahren eine Kinderarmbanduhr (Bild) mit eingebautem GPS-Empfänger an. Das Armband lässt sich nur per Fernbedienung öffnen, die Kinder selbst können es wie bei einer Fessel nicht abstreifen. In der Uhr sitzt ein kleines Handy, welches ständig mit dem Mobilfunknetz Kontakt hält. Das Produkt soll künftig auch in Europa, vorerst in Großbritannien, für rund 148 Euro erhältlich sein. In Deutschland wiederum gibt es den Handy-Ortungsdienst "Track your kid"
http://www.trackyourkid.de/ .

Die Anbieterfirma Armex http://www.armex.de ortet mit Hilfe des zuständigen Mobilfunkproviders das Handy der Kinder und verständigt die Eltern per SMS über den Aufenthaltsort ihrer Sprösslinge.

In Japan schließlich startet im Oktober ein Pilotversuch mit Funketiketten (RFID). Eine Grundschule im japanischen Ort Wakayama will die Schulrucksäcke ihrer Schüler mit Funketiketten versehen, um deren Überwachung auf dem Schulweg zu ermöglichen. Die Schuleingänge sollen mit RFID-Lasern ausgestattet werden, die die Funketiketten jedes einzelnen Kindes identifizieren. Auf diese Weise wissen Eltern wann ihre Schützlinge in der Schule ankommen und bekommen eine Nachricht per SMS direkt auf ihr Mobiltelefon geschickt.

geschrieben von: Admin 04.09.2004, 11:15 Uhr


Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim

Macht das Handy krank?

----- Original Message -----

From: Gottlieb Pischeltsrieder
To: <AU@wortundbildverlag.de>
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 7:47 PM
Subject: "Macht das Handy krank" in "Apotheken Umschau" vom 1.8.2004

Sehr geehrte Herren,

der Artikel "Macht das Handy krank" in Ihrer Zeitschrift "Apotheken Umschau" vom 1.8.2004 stellt eine Werbung für den gesundheitsgefährdenden Mobilfunk dar. Für eine Zeitschrift, die sich für die Gesundheit einsetzt ist das schon ein dicker Hund.

Sie schreiben z.B.: "Wer heute keine Mobilnummer vorweisen kann, entlarvt sich als Kommunikations-Dinosaurier...Die elektromagnetischen Felder des Mobilfunks zählen .... zur hochfrequenten Strahlung.... Ihre Energie liegt allerdings noch millionenfach unter den Röntgenstrahlen, die tatsächlich das Erbgut schädigen und Krebs auslösen können. "Nach dem derzeitigen wissenschaftlichen Kenntnisstand geht von Sendeanlagen und Handys keine gesundheitliche Gefahr aus, wenn die entsprechenden Grenzwerte eingehalten werden", fasst Wolfram König, Präsident des BfS, die aktuelle Datenlage zusammen....Die meisten Wissenschaftler gehen heute davon aus, daß unterhalb der geltenden Grenzwerte keine athermischen Wirkungen von gesundheitlicher Bedeutung auftreten."

Als Informationsquellen nennen Sie das Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz und das Informationszentrum für Mobilfunk. Beide stehen dem Mobilfunk völlig unkritisch gegenüber!

Durch die Werbung entsteht - um "in" zu sein - auch bei vielen Jugendlichen eine Handy-Sucht, die zur Überschuldung und - auf längere Sicht - zu vielen Krankheiten führt. Informationen darüber finden Sie


bei: http://www.gigaherz.ch, http://www.buergerwelle.de , http://omega.twoday.net und speziell unter: http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/eltern_enkel_01_031116.doc ,

Die REFLEX-Studie weist nach, daß durch die Bestrahlung mit Handyfrequenzen Zellschäden um den Faktor drei zunehmen:

Am 21.7.2004 wurde die Nailaer Arztstudie vorgestellt. Die Mobilfunkanlage besteht seit 1993. Die Krebsfälle im Bereich bis zu 400 m um diese Anlage haben sich von 1994 bis 1999 verdoppelt und von 1999 bis 2004 verdreifacht im Vergleich zu dem über 400 m entfernten Bereich!! Die Patienten waren im Durchschnitt 8 Jahre jünger: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/291645 !!!

Lt. http://omega.twoday.net/stories/291620 wurde in La Nora, Murcia, Spanien, in der Umgebung zweier GSM-Mobilfunksender eine Gesundheitsbefragung durchgeführt, dabei ergaben sich statistisch signifikante Expositions-Wirkungs-Beziehungen zwischen dem E-Feld und den folgenden Beschwerden: Abgeschlagenheit, Reizbarkeit, Kopfschmerzen, Übelkeit, Appetitverlust, Schlaflosigkeit, Depressionen, Unbehagen, Konzentrationsstörungen, Gedächtnisverlust, Sehstörungen, Schwindel und Herz-Kreislaufprobleme ("The Microwave Syndrome: A preliminary study in Spain", Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, Volume 22, Issue 2, (2003): 161-169).

Im Freiburger Appell vom 9.10. 2002, der u.a. von über 100 Ärztinnen und Ärzten unterzeichnet wurde, berichten niedergelassene Ärztinnen und Ärzte über einen dramatischen Anstieg schwerer chronischer Erkrankungen und ein immer zahlreicheres Auftreten von unterschiedlichen, oft bei Patienten als psychosomatisch fehlgedeuteten Störungen.

Lt. einer niederländischen Studie, im Auftrag diverser Ministerien, durchgeführt vom technologischen Institut TNO wurden durch UMTS-Signale bei Versuchspersonen ein kribbelndes Gefühl, Kopfschmerzen und Brechreiz ausgelöst!

Wenn der Mobilfunk so unschädlich ist, warum kämpfen allein in Deutschland mehr als 12.000 Bürgerinitiativen für drastisch gesenkte Grenzwerte, gegen Mobilfunksender, gegen DECT-Telefone, die genauso wie Mobilfunksender ununterbrochen strahlen und für einen nicht gesundheitsgefährdenden Mobilfunk.

Was die Ungefährlichkeit des Mobilfunks betrifft, möchte ich hier Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Volger ("Mobilfunk und seine Technikfolgen, Sachstand und Handlungsbedarf", 14.9.2002) auszugsweise zitieren: "Soweit bisher erkennbar, dürfte die angewandte periodische niederfrequente Pulsung auch bei sehr geringen Einstrahlungsdosen einen oder den entscheidenden Beitrag zur Schädlichkeit ausmachen. Die Schutzbehauptung, "die Schädlichkeit sei nicht erwiesen", es fehle an der wissenschaftlichen Qualitätshöhe (z.B. Veröffentlichung und Verteidigung auf Kongressen, Reproduzierbarkeit), ist schlicht falsch und sogar absurd:

Die Einzelwirkungen sind von renommierten Wissenschaftlern erforscht und dargestellt, und sie sind reproduzierbar (wenn man es nur wollte....), die epidemologischen Studien sind ausreichend statistisch abgesichert, die berichteten Schadensfälle sind absolut zahlreich, aber z.B. einen Tumorfall sollte man besser nicht reproduzieren wollen. Außerdem: Wo gibt es das sonst, daß die "Beschuldigten" für die Misere (Betreiber, Bundesregierung, Bundesämter, Strahlenschutzkommission) selbst die Beweiskriterien festlegen und die Beweise aussortieren dürfen?"

Nachdem Sie meine Informationen gelesen haben, werden auch Sie überzeugt sein, daß ein neuer Artikel mit den richtigen Informationen in der "Apotheken Umschau" erforderlich ist.

Teilen Sie mir bitte mit in welcher Ausgabe dieser Zeitschrift dieser neue Artikel erscheint.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
G. Pischeltsrieder
Bürgerinitiative Icking zum Schutz vor Strahlenbelastung

Omega Links:



Schockstudie der EU: Handys knacken die DNS und bewirken schwere Zellschädigung

Handys und der Strahlungswahnsinn

Mobile phone risk revealed

Hirnschäden durch Handys?


Orwell Rolls in His Grave

"Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?..."

Director Robert Kane Pappas’ "Orwell Rolls In His Grave" is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn’t like to talk about: itself.

This is a must see documentary. Click here to watch it now! Real Video.



“Orwell Rolls in His Grave”: Great Concept, Flawed Film

“Orwell Rolls in His Grave” is an interesting but uneven new semi-documentary film by Robert Kane Pappas that examines the relationship between the 5 or so big media companies that manufacture our info-tainment “news” and the political operatives in Washington DC. The film is in limited release. Mr. Pappas gets high marks for reminding the audience of “forgotten” stories from the 24/7 news cycle and how the media often manufactures series of unimportant stories on trivial matters, while missing or simply failing to report stories that editors and news directors deem “too difficult” or “too complex” for the general public. The tools and techniques of propaganda are examined alongside the relationships between the politicians who regulate the media, and who, at the same time, are beholden to the media in order to get their faces and sound bites before their constituents. Pappas makes stunning use of timelines and quotes, as well as historical and literary references to reveal just how superficial, manipulative and down-right wrong “news” reporting is on a regular basis.

While thought provoking and worth the price of admission, the film is flawed by Mr. Pappas’s limited interviews and sources. A legitimate, thorough, documentary on such a complex topic as the Orwellian manipulation of our news and political discourse cannot rest solely on the interview of just one congressman (among other journalists and academics) – particularly when that congressman is Bernie Sanders, the "Independent” (Socialist) from Vermont. Does Mr. Pappas wish us to believe that no other congressman were willing to go on camera and talk about this subject? Doesn’t Mr. Pappas have an obligation to interview (or even attempt to interview -- a la’ Michael Moore) a broader cast of congressional characters?



Sag Harbor-Basement Pictures

Director Robert Kane Pappas’ ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn’t like to talk about: itself. Meticulously tracing the process by which media has distorted and often dismissed actual news events, Pappas presents a riveting and eloquent mix of media professionals and leading intellectual voices on the media.

Among the cast of characters in ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE are Charles Lewis, director of the Center for Public Integrity, Vincent Bugliosi, former L.A. prosecutor and legal scholar, film director and author Michael Moore, Rep. Bernie Sanders, Danny Schecter, author and former producer for ABC and CNN, and Tony Benn, former member of the British Parliament.


Aftermath News
Top Stories - September 4th, 2004

The full story on Arnold Schwarzenegger


Aftermath News
Top Stories - September 4th, 2004

Austrians Doubt Schwarzenegger's Memories

Informant: ItalysBadBoy

Spy-in-the-sky tags attacked as cheap alternative to jail

David Blunkett was accused yesterday of planning to use satellite technology to track criminals as a cheap alternative to jail. The Home Secretary gave the go-ahead for a pilot scheme involving around 120 offenders in three areas who will be fitted with tags and monitored through the Global Positioning System network.

He called the initiative - which could be extended to cover thousands of offenders - a "prison without bars". It will be used as an alternative to custody and to enforce licence conditions imposed on people, including sex offenders, released from jail. The idea was first floated several years ago by the Conservatives but Dominic Grieve, a Tory legal spokesman, questioned the Government's motives for bringing in the scheme yesterday.

"While we support the tagging of certain prisoners, David Blunkett should not tag prisoners and let them out of jail earlier simply as a way of freeing up space in our already overcrowded prisons," he said...


Welcome to the prison without bars

Satellite trackers mean police can watch offenders' every step "Every step you take, I'll be watching you," sang the pop trio, The Police, in 1983. Now the real law enforcement agency is using satellite technology to do just that. Officers will keep tabs on paedophiles, domestic abusers and other prolific criminals 24 hours a day, thanks to an innovative tracking scheme launched in three pilot areas in England yesterday.

A total of 120 offenders, 40 each in Greater Manchester, Hampshire, and the West Midlands, will be fitted with devices that can pinpoint their position to within two metres...


How tracking of offenders works

The satellite tracking of offenders being piloted by the government from Thursday allows their location to be pinpointed to within two metres. Offenders wear an electronic ankle tag with a wireless connection to a belt-worn device that transmits co-ordinates to the tracking system. An alarm is triggered if this device is separated from the anklet. Home Secretary David Blunkett has said satellite tracking technology could create a "prison without bars" where "first-time low-level non-violent offenders would actually be tracked rather than sent to short-term prison sentences". Several US states use satellite technology to monitor offenders' movements. Florida introduced the technology in 1998 and is the largest user, tracking around 3,000 criminals.

The technology will be used following an offender's release from prison or to ensure compliance with an exclusion order stopping an offender going to certain places.


Aftermath News
Top Stories - September 4th, 2004

Suppress the African American Vote, by any means possible

More Blacks locked up, denied vote in key election states

A new report released Wednesday examining prison growth in the 17 key battleground states found that prison spending grew five times as fast as higher education spending between 1985 and 2002. Nearly 2 million adults in the 17 key electoral states are ineligible to vote due to felony disenfranchisement laws in those states. Both trends disproportionately affect the African American population in those 17 states, according to the report by the non-profit Justice Policy Institute. “Prisons are growing, education is suffering and the African American community hit hardest is increasingly shut out of the debate,” states Vincent Schiraldi, executive director of the institute and report co-author. “As presidential candidates mine these states for votes, voters need to hear about how they intend to create a more balanced approach to crime that doesn’t rob education to fund prisons.”

As with previous studies, “Swing States and Prisons” found a dubious connection between increases in incarceration and decreases in crime, both within and outside the swing states: Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate grew more than twice as much as Ohio’s between 1993 and 2002 - 52.9 percent vs. 19.6 percent - yet they had similar declines in crime...


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The sham of GOP Black voter outreach is over and the true Republican mission has begun: suppress the African American vote, by any means possible...


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The People's Right to Know

Pentagon Censors Gov't Openness 'Right to Know' Videotape

The Pentagon censored some footage in public versions of a Humphrey Bogart-themed videotape that cost $70,500 to produce and was intended to teach government employees to respond to citizens' requests for information. Parts of the training video, "The People's Right to Know" were blacked out and replaced with the message, "copyrighted material removed for public viewing." Defense Department officials said they did so because they worried the government did not have legal rights to some historical footage that was included.

Citing the Freedom of Information Act, The Associated Press asked the Pentagon for a copy of the video nearly 18 months ago. The department released an edited version of the tape and acknowledged the irony of censoring a video promoting government openness. "We knew it would be embarrassing," said Suzanne Council of the Army Office of the Chief Attorney, which gave advice to censor the scenes because of copyright concerns.

The 22-minute video features a narrator in a trench coat who resembles Sam Spade, the detective played by Bogart in the 1941 classic "The Maltese Falcon."


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Guantanamo on the Hudson

Police hold 1,000 at 'Guantanamo on the Hudson'

DEMONSTRATORS rallied at a makeshift detention centre dubbed “Guantanamo on the Hudson” yesterday after a night of skirmishes outside the Republican Convention in New York led to almost 1,000 arrests. The former bus garage on Pier 57 on the Hudson River in Manhattan has been converted into a holding pen and is now crowded with protesters picked up during street battles with police during a day of “direct action”. “In that building, there are pens 10-12ft wide ringed by concertina wire and they are putting 30 to 40 people into the pen at a time,” Katya Komisaruk, a lawyer from the National Lawyers’ Guild, said. She added that she had been barred from meeting detainees. “The people in that building have been chanting: ‘We want to see our lawyers. We want to see our lawyers’,” she said. “Their cellphones have been taken from them.” United for Peace and Justice, the group which called the demonstration, said that the building contained asbestos and spilt oil from its former use. One woman who had to sleep on the ground, the group said, was taken to hospital because of reaction to a chemical beneath the concrete floor.

The arrests came as protesters converged on police barricades surrounding the Republican convention at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Tuesday night...


First pictures from inside Pier 57

Making Protest Painful: Detained RNC Protesters Held in Crowded, Oil-Contaminated Conditions

Hundreds of detained protesters remain in a holding facility in New York despite a judge's order to release them.

Protests against the Republican convention continued yesterday throughout New York City. The police arrested 19 people in separate incidents, bringing the total of those detained so far during seven days of relentless convention-related protests to more than 1,760 - a record for a political convention. Hundreds of people protested the conditions under which those arrested are being held before going to court saying the site was contaminated with oil and asbestos. Pier 57 is a three-story, block-long pier that has been converted to a holding pen. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has denied the city was operating what some called "Guantanamo-on-the-Hudson." And defended the use of the of the pier garage saying "It's not supposed to be Club Med."

Last night, a judge ordered protesters who had been held for 24-hours released with desk appearance tickets if they were not charged with serious crimes. Before midnight, some protesters started emerging from 100 Centre St. around the block from our firehouse studio. Some 200 supporters greeted them with cheers and offered food and medical treatment. Despite the judge's orders, a large number of protesters remain imprisoned...


NYPD Cracks Down On RNC Protestors

A day of organized protests at the Republican National Convention resulted in more than 1,000 arrests all over New York on Tuesday. As police sirens squealed through the evening twilight across Manhattan — with confrontations occurring from the Ground Zero site downtown to the New York Public Library on 42nd Street — many observers were left questioning what led to so many arrests, and how the arrested parties were chosen. As had been openly discussed by activists for weeks before the convention, August 31 was earmarked as the day when licensed marches would give way to covert, non-violent direct actions. Yet their plans were so thoroughly publicized on the Internet that a Tuesday-morning edition of The New York Times printed a map correctly forecasting many of the locations where such events were going to take place. And, as members of the New York Police Department are perfectly capable of opening a daily newspaper, an overwhelming presence of officers was prepared at every site.

Despite the fact that most actions remained non-violent as advertised, and contrary to negotiations with protesters at numerous locations that may have allowed those actions to continue, the NYPD ended up using a strategy of arrests, rather than containment. Spokespeople for the NYPD did not return MTV News' calls for comment at press time.


Thousands arrested in battle for New York

There have been complaints and plaudits for the New York police this week as they toiled to contain myriad protests that erupted in Manhattan, arresting almost 2,000 people over four days, but mostly managing to keep activists away from the Republican Convention. Once again yesterday, the streets of the city were coloured dark blue with the uniforms of thousands of police officers, and the skies vibrated with helicopters and a large NYPD airship as commanders braced for more noisy demonstrations on the last night of the convention, attended by President George Bush.

While many more people have been arrested than at the famously anguished Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968, there has been little serious violence, barring any ugly turn of events later last night. Most arrests have come when protesters marched without permits or blocked roads or pavements.


Police arrest more than 900

A massive wave of civil disobedience hit New York City yesterday as thousands of activists sat in the streets, screamed "Shut up!" to Fox News and attempted a march on Madison Square Garden to protest President Bush's administration and the Republican National Convention. More than 900 people were arrested during the planned day of "direct action" that began with protests at a GOP breakfast sponsored by Halliburton and culminated in the evening with a surreal scene at Herald Square where barricaded demonstrators yelled anti-Bush slogans as helicopters circled above and police loaded patrol wagons. While all this was going on around him, MSNBC's Chris Matthews broadcast his show, "Hardball," from the center of the square. Throughout the day, scores of police on motor scooters, bicycles and horseback rode from one demonstration to another, in some cases rounding up protesters, and even some bystanders, with orange netting.

Although police reported a few assaults on officers by protesters, and witnesses said some protesters were treated roughly, the chaotic day was largely peaceful. The activity was consistent with that of previous days, with peaceful demonstrations on a scale never recorded at a political convention.


A Federal Protective Service officer wears a riot helmet equipped with a in-helmet camera during a demonstration of security technologies at Police headquarters in New York City, August 25, 2004. Security agencies were showing their latest technologies to members of the media as they prepared for the Republican National Convention which begins in New York on August 30. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Robocop Now in Beta

Police at this summer's US political conventions are being outfitted with unblinking digital eyes connected to a wireless optic nerve. If you're in New York City when the Republican National Conventions kicks off next week, watch for police officers watching you with extra sets of megapixel peepers. The Federal Protective Service has outfitted patrol officers with helmets embedded with wireless video cameras. The images from the helmet-cams and traditional surveillance cameras mounted in federal buildings are streamed to a headquarters-on-wheels where deployment decisions can be made. "This is an added bonus," the service's regional director, Ronald Libby, told New York Newsday. "I want to know what he [a patrol officer] sees to make a decision. ... This takes the guess work out of it." According to the Newsday article, the signals are then encrypted and beamed to the Net via satellite for other officers to view via wirelessly enabled mobile PCs. The system is part of a larger digital video-surveillance system accessible via traditional Internet protocols. LiveWave Inc. provided the network capabilities through their FirstView product, a combination video encoder, camera controller and server that supports thousands of cameras, sensors, and users.

LiveWave was contracted to deploy the same technology in Boston for last month's Democratic National Convention.


New York Police Tighten Security as Terror Alert Names Targets

New York ``Hercules'' police teams wearing body armor and toting submachine guns surrounded the New York Stock Exchange today, one of five buildings in New York, Washington and New Jersey cited by U.S. officials as likely targets of an al-Qaeda bomb plot. Amid the clampdown, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and NYSE Chief Executive John Thain stood for about 20 minutes at the Broad and Wall streets entrance of the exchange, greeting employees as they passed with their green identification cards. ``The security has been unbelievable,'' said Brian Teague, 21, a University of Connecticut student working as a summer intern for the exchange. ``The police are everywhere.'' Thain repeatedly told reporters that today was ``business as usual'' at the 212-year-old institution, which closed for four trading days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Schumer said he and Thain were ``there to show solidarity with the people of the New York Stock Exchange and the people of New York City. New Yorkers are a plucky group.'' U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced the alert and identified the potential targets yesterday after intelligence authorities discovered al-Qaeda plans that Ridge described as unusually specific. The plot aims at major attacks on financial institutions symbolic of U.S. influence in the global economy, according to Ridge.


Tools of Crowd Control: Scooters and Mesh Netting

With no permit but an agreement with police commanders to keep sidewalks clear and not block traffic, antiwar marchers on Tuesday afternoon stepped off the curb near ground zero for a march to Madison Square Garden. But in less than 10 minutes, hundreds of the protesters were corralled behind orange mesh netting, folding their arms behind their backs to be handcuffed and crying out to police officers, "Why are we being arrested?" "What are the charges?" The arrests of roughly 200 people engaged in a peaceful rally emerged as a flashpoint yesterday, with civil libertarians complaining that the efforts to keep streets and sidewalks clear and not allow demonstrations near the Garden without a permit have come at the cost of First Amendment rights.

The police, on the other hand, argued that they have bent over backward to accommodate peaceful protesters even when they lack permits, and are forced to act when certain rules are broken.


Close-Range Video: Deployment of Orange "Freedom Netting"

Man Held for Coming Within Feet of Cheney

A 21-year-old Yale student, posing as a volunteer at the Republican National Convention, got within 10 feet of Vice President Dick Cheney and shouted anti-war statements before being dragged away, authorities said Tuesday. Secret Service Agent Shannon Zeigler said Cheney "was never in any harm or danger" during the incident Monday night in Madison Square Garden. The suspect, Thomas Frampton, was charged with assaulting federal officers and impeding the operation of the Secret Service.

Frampton was released on $50,000 bail and told to stay 100 feet from Cheney and President Bush. He also was ordered to give back a red convention volunteer's shirt he used to get into the arena, along with any convention passes.


Third-grader arrested for disorderly conduct

An Espanola third-grader was handcuffed and arrested by police after hitting another student with a basketball, the child's mother and her lawyer say. "The Legislature never envisioned that the law would be used to lock an 8-year-old in any jail, especially an adult jail," attorney Sheri Raphaelson said. "This is the most egregious example of poor judgment by police that I've ever seen in my 15 years of practicing law," she said. According to a juvenile citation for disorderly conduct, Jerry Trujillo was arrested Thursday and booked into the Espanola jail after he "got out of control and refused to go back to class."

Police Chief Richard Guillen, who was not at work Thursday, said he had few details but that officers "couldn't deal with" the boy before taking him into custody.


This image was taken from a training videotape, 'The People's Right to Know,' produced by the Defense Department to teach its employees how to respond to public requests for government information available under federal law. In the tape a narrator, made to resemble Sam Spade, Humphrey Bogart's character in the 1941 film 'The Maltese Falcon,' explains the government's rules about the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. (AP Photo/Department of Defense (news - web sites)

Protesters Allege 9/11 Terror Attacks Were Government Conspiracy

On the final day of the Republican National Convention, protesters gathered where the World Trade Center once stood to allege a massive government conspiracy and cover-up regarding the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The protest, which was part of the official "counter convention calendar" of events, alleged that the U.S. government needed an excuse to seize power in America, and it either allowed the terror attacks to happen or was actively involved in them. The afternoon event, sponsored by 911truth.org, was called "Vigil For Truth at Ground Zero." "[9/11] was an inside job, a fraud, a scam, equivalent of the [burning] of the Reichstag that led to a reign of terror across Nazi Europe. And it seems like that's what is happening now," protestor David Hylander told CNSNews.com. The burning of the Reichstag, Germany's parliament building, in 1931 gave Adolph Hitler the opportunity to consolidate his power and suppress civil liberties. Hylander, from Vermont, carried a sign that featured a photo likeness of President George W. Bush as Osama bin Laden. The sign read, "Wanted for terror, murder: Osama 'Bush' Laden." The government has served as "the conspirators in this in order to unleash a reign of terror on the planet," Hylander said.

"We have seen stolen elections, the abrogation of international treaties, the escalation of the destruction of the planet" since 9/11, he added.


Zogby Poll: Half of New Yorkers Believe Government Complicity in 9/11

Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and “Consciously Failed” To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York's Attorney General, New Zogby International Poll Reveals On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbols, sound bytes and imagery, half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll conducted by Zogby International.

The poll of New York residents was conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5. The poll is the first of its kind conducted in America that surveys attitudes regarding US government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy. Despite the acute legal and political implications of this accusation, nearly 30% of registered Republicans and over 38% of those who described themselves as "very conservative" supported the claim. The charge found very high support among adults under 30 (62.8%), African-Americans (62.5%), Hispanics (60.1%), Asians (59.4%), and "Born Again" Evangelical Christians (47.9%).


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Freedom is on the march

Freedom is on the march: Bush

Declaring that "freedom is on the march", he expressed his determination to finish the job in Iraq, defeat global terrorism and spread democracy throughout the Middle East. Invoking powerful memories of September 11, President George W Bush launched his final drive to the November election today by presenting himself as a battle-tested leader who can guide the nation through dangerous times. Acknowledging his flaws as well as his strengths, Bush asked Americans to give him four more years to make the country safer, stronger and more prosperous.

He assured cheering delegates at the Republican convention that he would never falter in his "solemn duty to protect the American people".

Bush accepted his party's presidential nomination in Madison Square Garden, several kilometres from the site of the terrorist attacks that shook the nation and altered the course of his president...



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by Marty Jezer

The Republican Party is determined to sell George W. Bush as the indispensable commander-in-chief, the one political leader bold enough to win the war against terror. He’s another Winston Churchill, Rudy Giuliani gushed in his speech at the Republican National Convention. Bush has taken the fight to the terrorists and is going to destroy them, Giuliani promised. Wimpy Europeans and waffling Democrats, by contrast, show weakness preferring diplomacy, he argued. Keynote speaker Zell Miller even suggested that Bush was more than just a mere President. As Commander-in-Chief, Bush stands above criticism, Miller implied. Democrats who dare to denigrate his leadership are unpatriotic. But the rhetoric of the Republican National Convention doesn’t mesh with observable reality. One could argue, and the Democrats should argue, that George W. Bush has been spectacularly inept as commander-in-chief of the war against terrorism....


Let The San Joaquin Flow

Federal Judge Says: Let The San Joaquin Flow!

by Dan Bacher

After 15 years of litigation, fish advocates and environmental groups won a huge legal victory on August 27 when a federal court judge ruled that the Bureau of Reclamation illegally dried up the San Joaquin River when Friant Dam was built in the 1940’s. The ruling means that the bureau will have to release water from Friant Dam near Fresno for the first time in 55 years, according to the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), the lead plaintiff in a broad coalition of fishing and environmental groups....


Media Reform Needed for a Continuing Democracy

by Peter Phillips

The First Amendment of the US constitution, guaranteeing freedom of the press, was established to maximize citizen cognition of critical issues in society. It was understood clearly by the founders that Democracy could only be maintained through an informed electorate. A daily newspaper, along with the three major TV networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, are the major sources of news and information for most Americans. News stories and the invidious entertainment segments from these corporate sources generally have similar themes and common frames of understanding. This concentration of access to media sources leaves most Americans with very narrow parameters of news awareness and an almost complete lack of competing opinions.

Important questions that impact most Americans are generally ignored. Why are 45 million American without health care? Why is poverty increasing in the US? What happened to the safety net of social programs for the disadvantaged? What are the underlying reasons - other than oil - for the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan? Will the military draft be re-instituted in the US after the 04 election? What is the truth behind global warming and extreme weather conditions? Where have all the living wage jobs gone? Why is minimum wage now at 60% of its value in 1968? Who got rich in the 90s and kept the money? Who owns the electronic voting machine companies?


Prisons, Profits, and Prophets

Prisons, Profits, and Prophets: The nation's largest private prison corporation joins forces with conservative faith-based ministries

by Bill Berkowitz

In an era where the Bush administration touts faith-based organizations as engines of individual and social transformation, and is actively recruiting and funding religious organizations to deliver a bevy of social services, it isn't surprising that a high-powered politically-savvy corporation wants in on the action. The Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest owner and operator of private prisons, is trucking out a new product line with a little help from its fundamentalist friends: Prison Conversions to Christ....


Corporals Don't Order Nuclear Radiation Weapons

Corporals Don't Order Nuclear Radiation Weapons, Presidents Do

by Bob Nichols

President George W. Bush's on demand concert performance dubbed "Shock and Awe" hit the Iraqis hard. It was March 20, 2003 and the full court press was totally ON! It was us or them. No Choice! Surprise! The whole world now knows the nation of Iraq was defenseless before the "only remaining" Mighty Super Power War Machine. It was a turkey shoot. Like shooting fish in a barrel. The far superior American weapons guaranteed killing, maiming, cooking, and dismembering Iraqi soldiers and civilians; that much was child's play. The really good part, as far as a beaming President Bush and his Neo-Cons were concerned, was the unseen slaughter of the Iraqi soldiers' and civilian's children and grand children into eternity with great birth defects and fearsome cancers! War Crimes are a good thing to the Neo-Cons. Iraq is a Nuclear Radiation War fought against a long vanquished enemy with Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons for fun and profit. This is as real as it gets....


"I trust God speaks through me"

"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job."
-- George W. Bush

Mark Twain would not have considered President Bush's piety to be genuine or unique. In 1905 Twain wrote: "There was never a century nor a country that was short of experts who knew the Deity’s mind and were willing to reveal it." In addition to the neocons who are running the Pentagon, it also sounds like Twain had Lt. Gen. William Boykin pegged too. While describing a battle against a Muslim warlord in Somalia in 1993, Boykin said, "I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol." Imagine Mark Twain presiding over a White House prayer breakfast with this petition....


From Protest to Rebellion

by Jeff Milchen and Jeffrey Kaplan

When Tom Paine published his pamphlet “Common Sense” in January of 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed, he had a clear objective: to transform protest into rebellion. Though armed clashes began several months earlier in Massachusetts and the South, colonists generally viewed themselves as English subjects fighting a tyrannical king and government. For all of their anger, colonists were protesting the king and Parliament for disregarding rights, not challenging the government's legitimacy. . . .Common Sense” was wildly successful. By the spring of 1776 newspapers were reporting on "innumerable converts to independence,” including “tens of thousands of common farmers and tradesmen.” Though Paine called with burning urgency for the colonies to break away from Britain, he began by persuading readers that the source of the colonists' problems went far beyond corrupt or abusive English government to the very structure of rule by hereditary kings and nobility.

Paine's approach may inform our own strategy as we struggle to halt oppression at the hands of the dominant institution of our time -- the corporation. Today's corporations not only wield immense power over our law and government, they also control many physical conditions of our existence. Agribusiness dominates our food supply; the oil, energy and chemical industries determine what's in the air we breathe; and, to a frightening extent, corporations influence whether we live in peace or in war....


What’s Driving the Attack on Pensions?

by Lee Sustar

Corporate America is rushing to get out of pension payments while the getting is good--before the crisis in retirement benefits eases. And for organized labor, the stakes on pensions are higher than ever. The news that United Airlines is prepared to kill its $8.3 billion pension plan and hand over the remains to the federal Pensions Benefits Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) raised the possibility that other airlines would follow suit....


The Bush Administration's War Against Our Health

by Nicholas Skala

In an attempt to discourage the cross-border flow of reasonably priced pharmaceuticals, the FDA recently announced fears that terrorists might target foreign drugs bound for the U.S. But for millions of needy Americans, the Bush administration’s friendly ties with health industry CEOs constitute a far greater danger. Now that Western intervention has brought Afghanistan boundless prosperity and the Iraqi model of freedom and democracy is inspiring backward Arab nations to abandon their despotic ways, the Bush Administration has seen fit to open up the next front in the War on Terrorism in the world's newest rogue nation: Canada. Our northern neighbor continues to provide safe haven that most loathsome of threats: affordable prescription medications for sick Americans.
Good news for patients, but a danger to drug companies with an interest in keeping American drugs the most expensive on the planet and the deep pockets to buy politicians. After sustaining sufficient embarrassment over their charge that Canadian drugs were too “unsafe” for Americans to reimport, the FDA -- who has recently intervened in three lawsuits on behalf of potentially unsafe medical products -- announced a new reason for keeping inexpensive medicine on the far side of the border: terrorists might tamper with them....


Taking on Dangerous Lies

Taking on Dangerous Lies: A Response to Zell Miller’s Speech

by M. Junaid Alam

On September 1st Democratic Senator Zell Miller delivered a speech to the Republican National Convention gushing with praise for the president and venom for his own party’s nominee. He exalted the Republican Party as the only force that can best protect and preserve the future of his “most precious possession” - his family - because of its aggressive stance in the international “war on terror,” and derided the Democrats for making the country “weaker” with their “manic obsession” to unseat Bush. What strikes the conscious American as most disgraceful about the senator is not his betrayal of the party to which he belongs, but his allegiance to the most dishonest set of positions to which justice and reason have never belonged. The promulgation of poisonous myths about the war abroad, like the eagerness of a nervous public to eat up those myths, is the greatest danger confronting America today....


Republican Conventional Lies

Have you no sense of decency, Karl?

by Ahmed Amr

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove went public with the GOP’s battle plan. Speaking of Bush, he said, “People know who he is and they know what his beliefs are and they know who he is and they know what his beliefs are.” Is that clear enough? Because if it isn’t, Rove went on to repeat the same redundant lines. “We’re going to be able to remind people of who he is and what he is all about. I mean, this is a person that, whether you agree with his policies or not, people tend to like him. They know that he believes what he believes and says what he believes.”.

. . . One must give grudging credit to the GOP for the Stalinist discipline of their party. Starting with Rudy Giuliani’s speech at the Republican National Convention, every line was vintage ‘Rove speak’. McCain, Schwarzenegger, Zell Miller and Cheney echoed much of what Rudy said – especially in regards to the war on terror. What was remarkable about all five speeches was the absence of any reference to Bin Laden, Abu Ghraib, neo-conservatives, non-existent WMDs, the Iraqi insurgency and the fact that Afghanistan remains unfinished business....


Plutocracy Today, Kleptocracy Tomorrow?

A Look at Corporate America's Latest Megascandal

by Sam Pizzigati

We here in the United States currently have more people behind bars than any other developed nation in the world. In fact, as a percentage of population, we have five times more people in jail than the British, ten times more than the Swedes, and fifteen times more than the Japanese...


Stop the Peonization of American Labor

by Dennis Rahkonen

American workers are deliberately being turned into little more than glorified peons. Their good union jobs have been outsourced to peanut-pay locales overseas, and those lucky enough to find any replacement employment at all must try making ends meet with annual wages averaging $9,000 less than before. Benefits and pensions have broadly been whittled away to uselessness, or eliminated altogether. Recent data disclosed that U.S. poverty climbed for the third straight year, as did the number of our citizens without health insurance. Nearly 45 million of us are medically uninsured, a larger total than the entire population of many world countries. In a high percentage of those countries, however, affordable, single-payer insurance protects everyone. What an embarrassment for America to be so backward in such a key human regard! Our shameful decline is humiliatingly evident in other pivotal areas as well....


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