The Murder of Dr. David Kelly


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Unanswered Questions


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Microbiologist a very dangerous profession

Dead Scientists DO Tell Tales

Iraq Is An Absolute Disaster

Journalist Michael Ware is the Baghdad Bureau Chief for Time Magazine. He was embedded in Fallujah during the recent US offensive earlier this month, and has covered the war in Iraq since February 2003. He joins us today with his perspective on the situation in Iraq. Real Audio...


The Sad Saga of Gary Webb

Gary Webb and the art of the CIA cover-up

AMAZING Excerpt:

The homeowner was dead from two (2) gunshot wounds to his head. How can a Brain dead shoot the second shot??? Must have missed the first time!!!OH SHOOT!!

52 journalists died during 2003 in the practice of their chosen profession. Reporters are becoming an endangered species and excellent, fearless reporters who do not bend to the power of industry money and government are a true rarity. The current situation begs for a strong first amendment and citizens with the courage to demand the freedoms it assures from their government and from the courts.

You can read this entries at:

Shanti Renfrew

Gary's Memorial Webpage

Gary Webb: Do What He Did

Informant: Carolyn


12/18 - One Green recounts Gary Webb Memorial Service

I went up to Sacramento for Gary Webb's funeral service this afternoon. I managed to get to the ballroom at the Doubletree just after the last seat was taken in a room that had at least 200 people in it, most of them pillars of the community, but a sprinkling of motorcycle type friends of his kids and so forth. Across the front of the room were pictures from his life, awards he had won for his journalism (I saw his Pulitzer Prize among them). and nice arrangements of flowers. There was a laptop computer with an attached projector to the left of most stuff, and it was projecting a snapshot of Gary with a serious look on his face, with the caption Gary Webb, 1955-2004 on the screen behind the podium.

Almost immediately, Gary's brother kicked things off by telling the story of his life. He started with the mimeograph machine they had gotten as little kids. The speaker had gotten bored with it after about seven words, but it had fascinated Gary. It had shown him the power of the written word, and after playing with it the guy knew he wanted to write. All his life the guy had aimed for being a journalist, and the twenty years he spent doing investigative journalism were the happiest of his life. Gary's brother explained that the guy was not expecting to have his character assassinated by the mainstream media after he broke the story of the CIA's selling of cocaine to finance their dirty little wars. After the damage was done, Gary had found it impossible to get another job in the field, his wife had left him with their kids, and he just got tired of waking up every day with nothing to do.

He was followed by a string of other speakers. Family members spoke highly of the guy's loyalty and willingness to help. A Latino guy that had never met Gary talked about his friends in college that had gotten lots of cheap drugs "from these two big Mexican guys." He said that in reading the book he recognized them from their descriptions, so he knew the book was the real deal. Michael Rupert, the author of Crossing the Rubicon, said that this was a dark day for the profession of journalism. He said that if professional journalism has sunk to the point where talents like Gary Webb are not treasured, the time has come to fight back. He explained the Revolutionary Latin American custom of calling the roll of those willing to fight, and that every person who was willing to stand with a fallen leaders cause to the end would exclaim "Presente!" when the roll call reached their name, partly to scare the status quo that wanted that person forgotten. He finished by reading off "Gary Webb", and we all said "Presente!" on que. The last thing was a slide presentation by Webb's sons, showing pictures from his life to the tune of the long solo on the back side of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

After the prepared speeches were finished, we went down stairs for a reception. I found myself at a table with a couple of other guys, one of whom was bubbling with conspiracy theories about who shot Gary Webb. After a little while two young women sat down and introduced themselves as the daughters of Gary and his brother. They said that Gary had clearly committed suicide. Later, talking to his sister in law, I heard the same story. She said the guy had sent letters to every family member about it, saying things like "scatter my ashes in the ocean at the beach on a sunny summer day, so I can body surf for eternity."

Tian Harter
My conclusion is that the people who really killed Gary Webb were the ones that poisoned his name to protect the drug runners and the people they were funding.

Informant: sash


Gary Webb Memorial Forum

This Sunday December 26th at 1:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles 2936 West 8th. St., Los Angeles, CA., 90005


Gary Webb's children will spend this Christmas Holidays without their father. As you may know he was found dead at his home in Sacramento, on Friday, December 10th by a moving company workers who called authorities. The mainstream press has kept strict silence about the event, a very different approach to the one they took in August of 1996 when the San José Mercury News published his explosive 3 article series about the CIA, the Contras and Cocaine trafficking into the United States.

The Nicaraguan American National Association, NICANA and the Oscar Romero Ministry of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, cordially invites you to a Forum about Gary Webb's life. Although the Holidays are already with us, we ask you to take a couple of hours of your precious family time to come and join us as a tribute to Gary's memory. The Forum will take place this Sunday, December 26th at 1:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles; 2936 West 8th. St., Los Angeles, CA., 90005. For more information please call (213) 364-2909 or (323) 633-0537. Parking available at corner of 8th and Westmoreland. First Church is located 1/2 block East of Vermont on 8th St.

Hope to see you there. Many thanks,

Lenin Barahona,

Informant: Frank


Journalist Who Blew Whistle On CIA Drug Trade 'Commits Suicide'

Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who wrote a controversial series of stories linking the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking in Los Angeles, has died at age 49. Webb was found Friday morning at his home in Sacramento County, dead of an apparent suicide. Moving-company workers called authorities after discovering a note posted on his front door that read, "Please do not enter. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance."

Webb died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Sacramento County coroner's office.

Webb was part of the San Jose Mercury News reporting team that won a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake.



Evidence Begins To Indicate Gary Webb Was Murdered

Webb Spoke Of Death Threats, 'Government People' Around His Home Credible sources who were close to Gary Webb have stated that he was receiving death threats, being regularly followed, and that he was concerned about strange individuals who were seen on multiple occasions breaking into and leaving his house before his apparent 'suicide' on Friday morning. Webb, a Pullitzer prize winning journalist, exposed CIA drug trafficking operations in a series of books and reports for the San Jose Mercury News. He was found dead on Friday morning in what the police said was an apparent suicide. Webb's 1996 series in the Mercury News alleged that Nicaraguan drug traffickers had sold tons of crack cocaine in Los Angeles and funneled millions of dollars in profits to the CIA-supported Nicaraguan Contras during the 1980s.

Today's Alex Jones Show, aired on the GCN radio network featured interviews with Chico Brown and Cele Castillo. Castillo is author of "Powder Burns", Cocaine, Contras & The Drug Connection. A retired DEA agent, Castillo personally witnessed CIA drug smuggling operations. Chico Brown, was former business parter and co-defendent with 'Freeway' Ricky Ross, the biggest drug dealer on the west coast supplied by the CIA.


Assassination of US Investigative Journalist Gary Webb?

What a weekend for conspiracy theory! I don't know where to begin. Why not with Gary Webb? Yesterday I wrote about Potential Witness Syndrome, one symptom of which is "suicide by multiple gun shot wounds to the head". This is apparently exactly what Gary Webb died of (watch as the stories are refined to change 'wounds' to 'a gunshot wound'). Webb was one of the premier investigative journalists in the United States, and author of the classic book "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion", a book that everyone should read, both for its content and as an model of how to do investigative reporting. The disgusting American press did a hack job on him, claiming that he overstated his case, an outright lie which you can see if you read his book. He was meticulous in defining his thesis, which was that the CIA turned a blind eye to the selling of crack in Los Angeles because proceeds from the sales were used to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. This thesis was true, but was deeply embarrassing to the CIA and other journalists who failed to cover the story.

It was a particularly dangerous idea because it demonstrated what a crock of shit the war on drugs is, with the U.S. government allowing extremely destructive drug sales - and drug sales which were particularly destructive to one racial group - in the United States when such sales suited it for other political purposes.


Gary Webb Death - New Math Of Bush Reporter 'Suicides'

Now that Gary Webb joins Mark Lombardi, J.H. Hatfield, and Danny Casalaro as the fourth 'suicide' by a researcher who had a detailed understanding of the structure and function of the Bush crime family, the math on the odds of the Bush suicides have changed. "Examining the male U.S.suicide rate for recent years , we can extrapolate a conservative estimate of 17 male suicides per 100,000 people, or 0.017%. The odds of 4 specific, male biographers committing suicide would be the 4th power of 17/100000, or 8.3521 4.913 x 10^-17...roughly 1 chance 10,000,000,000,000,000. About as good a definition of impossible as you can get. A person would stand a better chance of playing the Canadian lottery 6/49 exactly twice in one's lifetime and winning the grand jackpot BOTH TIMES! (That is, picking 6 numbers out of 49 possible numbers and matching all 6 numbers out of 6 random draws, on 2 separate occasions, and having only purchased two Canadian lottery tickets ever.)

This calculation should be regarded as a conservative estimate: the actual odds against such a "coincidence" would be much greater. For example, if any of the biographers were female, the odds would be even greater."

The press hasn't even bothered with the usual 'he was known to be depressed' stories yet.

Aftermath News
Top Stories - December 18th, 2004


Why they hate Gary Webb

by Alexander Cockburn


There are certain things you aren't meant to say in public in America. The systematic state-sponsorship of torture by the US used to be a major no-no, but that went by the board this year (even though Seymour Hersh treated the CIA with undue kindness in Chain of Command: the Road to Abu Ghraib). A prime no-no is to say that the US government has used assassination down the years as an instrument of national policy; also that the CIA's complicity with drug dealing criminal gangs stretches from the Afghanistan of today back to the year the Agency was founded in 1947. That last one is the line Webb stepped over. He paid for his presumption by undergoing one of the unfairest batterings in the history of the US press, as the chapter from Whiteout we ran on our site yesterday narrates...


Dangers of questioning government actions

by Don Wycliff

Chicago Tribune


I have a confession to make: I still think Gary Webb had it mostly right. I think he got the treatment that always comes to those who dare question aloud the bona fides of the establishment: First he got misrepresented -- his suggestion that the CIA tolerated the contras' cocaine trading became an allegation that the agency itself was involved in the drug trade. Then he was ridiculed as a conspiracy-monger -- joked one commentator, Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post, 'Oliver Stone, check your voice mail.' In the end, Webb was rendered untouchable. I know that I risk being marked down as something of a nut for saying I think Webb was fundamentally right...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


CIA, Contras And Cocaine

An interview with the recently deceased investigative reporter -- Gary Webb -- who exposed CIA involvement in contra drug trafficking.

Investigative reporter Gary Webb died last week. Webb reported on a dark chapter in U.S. foreign policy that in the end exposed connections between cocaine trafficking and the Nicaraguan contras.

To learn more about the story -- especially if you were playing with Legos back in 1996 and don't know who the "contras" are-- watch this video of Webb talking.


Correction and new information on the email I forwarded to you about Gary Webb last Monday December 20th

From Frank Dorrel

Last Monday, December 20th, I forwarded you an email which I had received from John Judge regarding the death of Gary Webb. I should have made some calls and done a little research of my own before I forwarded that email to you. Since then I have learned that some of the statements in that message are not true.

In an email sent to John Judge by Kurt Webb (Gary's brother), Kurt said that the suicide letters Gary sent to his children were not forgeries. This was somehow either misinterpreted or misunderstood by John Judge, in his talks with John Hankey or misinformation coming from the investigator that John Hankey hired to look into this case.

The family all believes that these suicide notes from Gary were real. The family definitely believes that Gary committed suicide and has made it clear that if they had any doubt, they would have called for an investigation. Some of the family members have been made aware of this email I forwarded and were very upset by it. I apologize for sending it to each of you without checking into to it more thoroughly. Kurt Webb, in his email to John Judge, asked him to stop and desist all further emails of this kind as it has been hurtful to the family. He made it clear that the family is not cooperating with John Hankey in any type of investigation.

Mike Ruppert contated me as soon as he received the email I forwarded and asked me to not send that email out to any more people, as it contained some incorrect information and was being hurtful to the family. Mike was very upset with John Hankey and with me for forwarding it.

I have talked with John Hankey since then. I want to say that I have known John for some time now. I like and respect John very much. He teaches English in East Los Angeles to (I believe) 8th graders and has bought many copies of "Addicted To War" from me to give to his students over the last few years. John also made the new film called "JFK II" which was used as a premium during the last fund drive at KPFK and sold many copies. I believe that John was doing what he thought was the right thing to do by hiring an investigator. In no way did he have any wrong or bad intentions with the actions he took. But sometimes things can be misunderstood or become confused as information is pased from one person to another and then to another and as people allow their hurt or anger begin to interfer with open & sincere communication.

I'm sure that all of us feel very sad over the death of Gary Webb, a man who was a fearless truth-teller, a journalist who revealed some very important and shocking information about what certain elements of the CIA and our government were doing. And I am also certain that we all feel compassion for Gary's family in this situation. Many of us have wondered if maybe it wasn't a suicide and that somehow Gary was killed by someone represeting the government. This was the concern of both John Hankey, John Judge and others.

In closing I want to say that it is my wish that those of us who are involved in the Peace and Justice Movement can and need to continue to work together and not allow misunderstandings or differences of opinion to separate us from doing the work we are all engaged in. Our job, our mission is difficult enough as it is. I would like to be in support of all of you, of all of us who are trying to make the world a better place for all of the people who share this Earth with us. We all have made mistakes and will probably continue to do so. But by working together and trying to understand each other a little more we will have a much better chance of helping to bring peace and justice to the human race.

If you would like to send a contribution to the Gary Webb Memorial Fund (which goes to the family) or send condolences to the family, the address is listed below:

Gary Webb Memorial Fund
Susan Bell
552 Fisher Circle
Folsom, CA 95630


Dangers of questioning government actions:

It has been almost a month since he died and I haven't been able to get Gary Webb out of my mind. You remember Gary Webb, don't you? He's the investigative reporter who in 1996 produced a series of stories, on the connections between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Nicaraguan contras.


From Information Clearing House


Gary Webb was not 'murdered'?


The Life and Times of Gary Webb


A Cuban Perspective on Gary Webb





Microbiologist a very dangerous profession

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Dead Scientists DO Tell Tales

The Murder of Dr. David Kelly

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Giuliana Sgrena: 'My truth'

Squad seeks tips in death of researcher - What you know WILL kill you


Your Papers Please



To go with the new biometric ID cards carrying fingerprints and iris scans, and £1000 fine for not telling the government when you move house, now they are going to satellite track every car. They have also started taking fingerprints and DNA swabs from everyone who is arrested, even if they are not charged.


Informant: billder

Asking Kerry To Put teeth In His Recount Requests, & Other Urgent Actions

By now everyone probably knows about the explosive allegations of vote fraud and suppression that have emerged from Conyers Ohio hearings and about Kerry's lawyer, McTigue sending a request for 11 ways to conduct the recount in Ohio that would increase transparancy and help ensure every vote is counted. However, Blackwell spokesperson said Kerry was in "no position to dictate the recount." And Kieth Olbermann of MSNBC-- the only mainstream commentator who has been taking the allegations of vote fraud in Ohio and elsewhere seriously--said that if Kerry really meant business he would have his own investigation and be more vocal.

(If you don't know about these developments, check out democrats.com blog http://blog.democrats.com/node/1935 and also see first comment)

Furthermore, another article said that several county officials claimed they did not have the money for Kerry's requests or were otherwise non-committal.

TAKE ACTION: Although Kerry is to be applauded for making these 11 requests, he could do more that would put teeth into them. He has collected 50 million dollars for recounts (while the election was still ongoing) and has another 15 million left over from the campaign. He could use this money to do his own investigation; he could be more vocal about evidence of vote fraud and suppression; and he could ask for his own recount to increase his standing with election officials and in the courts for his recount requests.

For sample letter and contact info for Kerry, DNC and Ohio Dems, Click here:

Furthemore if you know anyone in PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS AND WEST VIRGINIA. AND INDIANA, the Green Party needs recount co-ordinators in these states right now (you don't have to be a Green party member) contact Holly hhartus@yahoo.com

TO TAKE MORE URGENT ACTION to help recount, uncover vote fraud, and challenge electors, please go to this page which contains a simple short list of actions with links (many actions are user-friendly with pop-up windows containing pre-written messages), and if you can please also try to reply to this forum to keep it up in the blog longer and nominate it for home page.

Click here for actions on Forum Page:

If this link doesn't work, the information is also on this alerts page which should be checked for updates

BTW, one action which is new and intriguing (I haven't seen it being passed around like most of the others) is this Call 20 Ohio voters to find out if they have had problems voting

Click here For New Action: http://www.projectforamerica.org/index.php?form=call_voters

Take care,
Cheryl Guttman

Action Alert On 2004 Election Voting Irregularities

Ask for Congressional Hearing on 2004 Election Voting Irregularities

Congressman Conyers needs a million emails asap

Ask him to hold Congressional Hearing on 2004 Election Voting Irregularities.

Please help distribute this all over to progressive and democrats.

Send it to all your list etc. Write your own version or use sample
shown here.

This is URGENT!! Rep. John Conyers feels he needs a million e-mails to compel the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings about the 2004 election.

Go here and tell the Judiciary Committee you want hearings on Ohio! www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/contact.html

Sample emails

House Judiciary Committee - Democratic Staff
B-351-C Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

To the House Judiciary Committee:

I am writing to urge the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings as soon as possible on the irregularities of the 2004 election. I need not remind the Judiciary Committee members that the United States is a beacon of democracy for the rest of the world.

If we truly wish to remain the embodiment of democratic values, then we must treat the right of every citizen to vote and for their vote to count as sacred.

Ample evidence has arisen that this right was violated or undermined for many Americans in the 2004 election. I strongly believe that holding hearings to investigate and resolve these irregularities would be an act of Congress. I witnessed and held hearings here in Cincinnati, Ohio.

There were real voting fraud and irregularities and needs to be investigated by Congress.

Please come to our aid and help our vote count.

Tremendous patriotism on the part of Congress, and would serve as a declaration that we are the world's greatest democracy not only in word, but in deed.

Harvey Arden harvey@haveyouthought.com

To the House Judiciary Committee:

Please push to hold congressional hearing on the voting irregularities in Ohio. What good is our democracy when there is a widening realization that our election system has been seriously compromised by all sorts of dirty tricks, fraud and voting machines that leave no paper trail and sometimes count backwards?

This is America, not some kind of third world country or facist state.

The American people deserve more and this kind of hypocracy needs to end and our representatives ought to be outraged enough to do something about it.

Why are we being so complaisant?

I wish the American people and its leaders could rise to the occasion like the people of the Ukraine recently did or when the people in the Philippines rose up to overthrow the U,S, backed Marcos regime.

Its time for the Democractic Party and its leaders to stop doing business as usual and stand up to the issue at hand and protect our individual rights and freedoms that our veterans have fought and died for.

-Alan Moore - Director
Musicians and Fine Artits for World Peace

Informant: Friends

Ralph Nader on the Ohio Recount

Ralph Nader on the Ohio Recount, Bush's Cabinet Reshuffle and the White House "Lowballing" of U.S. Casualties in Iraq


From Information Clearing House

Battlefield Earth

The environment is in trouble and the religious right doesn't care. It's time to act as if the future depends on us – because it does.

Listening and Talking to God About Invading Other Countries

Like the Republican who initiated US overseas military expansion, the current President also talks to God and hears His words. Like McKinley, Bush understands that the stars and stripes stand for inseparable US commercial interests and pious purposes.

Why did the United States Government Invade and Destabilize Iraq?

Remind Us: Why did the United States Government Invade and Destabilize Iraq?

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From Information Clearing House

Pentagon and Bush White House Caught in More Lies

Don't Depend on Major U.S. Media To Expose the Lies or to Tell You the Truth...

We Americans talk of 'Peace on earth,' but our actions speak louder than words


World Tribunal on Iraq

Premeditated Death and Destruction Unleashed Against a Sovereign Nation and People

by Niloufer Bhagwat

Opening statement before the Iraq tribunal hearings at Tokyo

Deserters: We Won't Go To Iraq


Informant: NHNE

Mis-reporting the Russian Cell Phone Conference

Lies, Damn Lies and the WHO

The report sent has yet again been updated (page 1 -2 only) and the absolute final version is now on my web site as a pdf file.


Don Maisch

Exactly the same happened at the meeting on heat-shock proteins in Helsinki earlier this year. You may remember the discussion referred to in Louis Slesin's newsletter. The final conclusion from that meeting was written by a hand lead by the telecommunication industry i.e. Motorola and all the others. This statement completely ignored and left out other opinions and scientific facts mentioned during the discussions, as it did not suit them.

At the meeting in Kos, WHO's Mike Repacholi also said that scientists should certainly not address the public directly and worse of all politicians and the press. If scientists wanted to tell something, this should be done through the authorized bodies like WHO, ICNIRP etc.

Sianette Kwee

Omega see also:

Workshop on Biological Effects of EMF, Kos, Greece

Letter and attachment to the WHO in response to its Precautionary Framework

Ohio Electors Pick Bush, Despite Challenge




Climate Change Impacts On Nature Worse Than Thought


Informant: NHNE

Use Your Power - Choose the Blue

Before your next shopping trip, take a look at this and see where the major companies in this country put their money in the recent election:


Informant: Bigraccoon

Free Speech Protection Act of 2004

To find your congressional people this is a quick and easy way: (TO FIND THEM INDIVIDUALLY) http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

TO FIND THEM BY COMMITTEE AND AS ASSOCIATED WITH TOPIC: http://capwiz.com/fconl/dbq/media/

‘‘Free Speech Protection Act of 2004’’

A BILL To establish protections against compelled disclosure of sources, and news or information, by persons providing services for the news media.

A bill that would permit reporters to keep their sources, notes and reporting materials confidential in most circumstances has been introduced by Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D – Conn). Thirty-one states have similar legislation but there is no federal law. Sen. Dodd filed his bill th day after Providence reporter Jim Taricani was found guilty of contempt.

Informant: Marsha V. Hammond

Dollar Doom - Alien Assault


Informant: Anna Webb



Informant: Martin Greenhut

Ohio Sec. of State Blackwell's Worthless, Non-Committal Letter about Voting Irregularities in Ohio and Rep. Conyers' Letter in Response

Informant: Diana Davies

Kerry urges Rev. Jackson to take an more active role in Ohio


Informant: Diana Davies

Sozialrechtsexperten bestätigen PDS-Verfassungskritik an Hartz IV

Datum: 15.12.2004
© www.sozialisten.de


Sozialrechtsexperten bestätigen PDS-Verfassungskritik an Hartz IV

Zu Aussagen von Sozialrechtsexperten, die Bundesregierung habe die Zusammenlegung der Arbeitslosen- und Sozialhilfe genutzt, den "Regelsatz ganz gezielt runterzurechnen", und es gäbe "verschiedene Gründe, daran zu zweifeln, dass die neuen Regelsätze dem Verfassungsgebot einer ausreichenden Existenzsicherung genügen werden", erklärt der PDS-Vorsitzende Lothar Bisky:

Die Berechnungen von Sozialrechtsexperten haben die von der PDS in Auftrag gegebene verfassungsrechtliche Begutachtung und unsere grundsätzliche politische Kritik an Hartz IV bestätigt: Mit den pauschalierten Regelsätzen von Hartz IV hat die Bundesregierung assistiert von Union und FDP massiv Leistungen gekürzt und zwar für alle Betroffenen - Arbeitslosenhilfe- wie Sozialhilfeempfänger/innen.

Hartz IV wird damit zum Haushaltssanierungsprogramm auf dem Rücken der sozial Benachteiligten in diesem Land. Wenn die Wissenschaftler feststellen, dass der Regelsatz 448 Euro statt 345 Euro betragen müsste - ganz zu schweigen von der vollkommen ungerechtfertigten nochmaligen Herabstufung der Betroffenen in Ostdeutschland auf 331 Euro, heißt das nichts anders, als dass Hartz IV in der Tat Armut per Gesetz produziert.

Die Zusammenlegung von Arbeitslosenhilfe und Sozialhilfe auf dem vorgesehenen Niveau der Sozialhilfe unterschreitet den Bedarf der Betroffenen und ist deshalb mit dem Grundrecht auf Menschenwürde gemäß Artikel 1 Absatz 1 in Verbindung mit dem Sozialstaatsgebot des Grundgesetzes nicht vereinbar. Das hat der von der PDS beauftragte Gutachter festgestellt. Das wird nun von weiteren Experten bestätigt.

Rot-Grün hat im Verein mit Schwarz-Gelb ein verfassungswidriges Gesetz beschlossen. Hartz IV wird in Karlsruhe landen und dort nicht ungeschoren davon kommen.

Doch die Betroffenen sind ab Januar mit den verfassungswidrigen Auswirkungen von Hartz IV konfrontiert. Wenn einem alleinerziehenden Vater in zwei Wochen 100 Euro in jedem Monat gestrichen werden, hat das für ihn und das Kind gravierende Auswirkungen. Deshalb fordere ich die Bundesregierung auf, nicht auf höchstrichterliche Urteile zu warten und sich Zeit zu lassen, um die Hartz IV-Wirkungen zu beobachten, sondern umgehend zu handeln:

* Anhebung des Regelsatzes auf mindestens 400 Euro, besser noch 450 Euro in Ost und West

* 1000 Euro Freibetrag bei der Anrechnung von Partnereinkommen

* Zumutbarkeitsregelungen strikt an tariflicher Entlohnung orientieren

* Verträge entsprechend der so genannten 58er Regelung respektieren

Das ist das Mindeste, was an Veränderungen sofort in Angriff genommen werden kann und muss.

Datum: 20.12.2004
© www.sozialisten.de

Auch Caritas und Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband bestätigen PDS-Kritik an Hartz IV

Der Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband und die Caritas haben heute der Bundesregierung vorgeworfen, den Regelsatz für Arbeitslosengeld II, Sozialhilfe und Sozialgeld klein gerechnet zu haben, so dass der Regelsatz um 19 Prozent unter dem Bedarf liegt und auf einheitlich 412 Euro in Ost und West angehoben werden müsse. Dazu erklärt der PDS-Vorsitzende Lothar Bisky:

Immer mehr erweist sich: Hartz IV ist ein schlechtes Gesetz,schlecht für den Westen und Gift für den Osten. Immer mehr Verbände und Experten bestätigen die bereits in der von der PDS in Auftrag gegebenen verfassungsrechtlichen Begutachtung getroffene Feststellung, dass der Regelsatz des Arbeitslosengeldes II nicht bedarfsdeckend ist. Dass davon vor allem Kinder und Jugendliche betroffen sind, macht die Sache noch schlimmer. Die Befürchtungen des Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverbandes, dass 2005 jedes zehnte Kind in Deutschland unterhalb der Armutsschwelle leben muss, sprechen Bände.

Hartz IV verstößt damit eklatant gegen das Grundrecht auf Menschenwürde in Verbindung mit dem Sozialstaatsgebot des Grundgesetzes. Hartz IV wird in Karlsruhe landen und dort nicht ungeschoren davon kommen.

Die Betroffenen sind ab Januar mit den Auswirkungen von Hartz IV konfrontiert. Ich unterstütze die Forderung des Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverbandes, die Festlegung des Regelsatzes zu einer Sache des Gesetzgebers und damit zum Gegenstand öffentlicher Debatte zu machen.

Wenn die Höhe der Abgeordnetendiäten vom Parlament festgelegt wird, sollte das auch für den Sozialhilferegelsatz gelten. Doch um die Lage der Betroffenen sofort zu verbessern, ist schnelles Handeln geboten.

Deshalb erneuere ich meine Forderung an die Bundesregierung, nicht auf höchstrichterliche Urteile zu warten und sich Zeit zu lassen, um die Hartz IV-Wirkungen zu beobachten, sondern umgehend zu handeln:

* Anhebung des Regelsatzes auf das verfassungsmäßige Niveau, wie es der Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband einheitlich für Ost und West
errechnet hat

* 1000 Euro Freibetrag bei der Anrechnung von Partnereinkommen

* Zumutbarkeitsregelungen strikt an tariflicher Entlohnung orientieren

* Verträge entsprechend der so genannten 58er Regelung respektieren

Das ist das Mindeste, was an Veränderungen sofort in Angriff genommen werden kann und muss.

Ohio Vote Fraud Battle Heats Up


Informant: Diana Davies





Informant: Friends

Chimeras, Cloning and Freak Human-Animal Hybrids


Speicherung von Telefon- und Internetdaten zweifelhaft


Der Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien (BITKOM) hat eine Studie zum Stand und zu den Perspektiven der Vorratsdatenspeicherung im internationalen Vergleich vorgelegt. Anlass ist der gemeinsame Entwurf eines EU-Rahmenbeschlusses der vorsieht, dass sämtliche Telekommunikationsverkehrsdaten in den Bereichen Festnetz, Mobilfunk und Internet für einen Zeitraum von mindestens einem Jahr gespeichert werden müssen. Damit sollen die Ermittlungsarbeiten der Strafverfolgungsbehörden insbesondere bei der Bekämpfung der organisierten Kriminalität und des Terrorismus verbessert werden.

Die BITKOM-Studie hat ergeben, dass der Bedarf für eine so umfangreiche Speicherung von TK-Verkehrsdaten zweifelhaft und die Effektivität der Vorratsdatenspeicherung zur Verbrechensbekämpfung fraglich ist. Auch zeigen Erfahrungen anderer EU-Mitgliedstaaten, dass sich Anfragen der Strafverfolgungsbehörden in der Regel auf einen Zeitraum erstrecken, der nicht länger als 3 Monate zurückliegt, obwohl deutlich mehr Daten zur Verfügung ständen. Außerdem seien Datenschutzaspekte sowie die zu erwartende Kostenbelastung für die Unternehmen bei der Diskussion bisher nicht ausreichend berücksichtigt worden. Denn die geplanten Maßnahmen würden im Ergebnis zu einer Speicherung auf Vorrat von personenbezogenen Daten unbescholtener Bürger führen.

BITKOM fordert deshalb die Bundesregierung auf, bei ihrer zurückhaltenden Haltung zu bleiben und den EU-Rahmenbeschluss durch ein Veto zu verhindern. Insbesondere vor dem Hintergrund der zahlreichen Möglichkeiten, die Überwachung zu umgehen, scheint eine Vorratsdatenspeicherung nicht geeignet, um Terrorismus und organisierte Kriminalität besser bekämpfen zu können. Statt der aufwändigen Pläne sollten nach BITKOM-Ansicht erst einmal alternative Lösungsansätze, wie z.B. die in den USA als ausreichend befundene so genannte „Data-Preservation“ bzw. „Data-Freeze“ geprüft werden. (jb)


Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim

Nov2Truth.org news update 15 Dec 2004




Informant: NHNE

The definition of insanity

by Brandi Neal

Common Dreams


The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over in the same way and expecting different results. The parallel between Iraqi vets and those of Vietnam is staggering. A study conducted in July reveals that mental illness suffered by soldiers serving in Iraq has reached Vietnam levels and 1 in 4 Marines surveyed reported killing Iraqi civilians while half reported handling human remains.

We obviously haven't learned from the mistakes of the recent past and history is sadly repeating itself. An unjust war, no clear enemy, millions of tax dollars going to a war we don't understand. In Vietnam we were told that it was our duty to stop the spread of communism. Bush says we attacked Iraq to stop the spread of terrorism, but we are again fighting civilians with no clear goal...


The definition of insanity


Sometimes you look at the people Bush appoints to high public office and the only possible response is, 'What were they thinking?' Zalmay Khalilzad for U.S. ambassador to Iraq? Why not just send Richard Perle? Khalilzad is a second-rank neo-con with all the same credentials as the rest of those bozos -- pre-emptive war, world hegemony, Project for a New American Century ... the whole stinking lot of it. Plus, he's been a big booster for Iran's ayatollahs, the Afghani Mujahideen and the Taliban, not to mention an oil company consultant. Isn't that just jim-dandy? What this tells us is that the administration has learned exactly nothing from the past three years of insurgency in Iraq...


from Working for Change, by Molly Ivins

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Client state

by Chris Floyd



The years of George W. Bush's sour misrule have been disastrous for many of his staunchest supporters. The Heartland folk have seen their jobs taken, liberties curtailed, communities withered, states bankrupted, prices hiked, schools neglected, pensions gutted, air poisoned, water tainted, and their children killed and maimed in an unjust war for profit that's made the world more dangerous. Yet still they swear allegiance to a leader whose every action as opposed to the honeyed hokum of his speeches ­expresses nothing but vicious contempt for those he governs...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Battle for the future not over

by Pat Buchanan



What appears to be happening is this: While there is no shortage of neocon war plans for a Pax Americana, President Bush is bumping up against reality -- a U.S. Army tied down and bleeding in Iraq, the rising costs of war, soaring deficits, a sinking dollar and an absence of allies willing to fight beside us or even help. He is facing the Vietnam dilemma. Does he plunge deeper into Iraq in hope of victory, risking all, or cut his losses and revert to a more affordable, less ambitious foreign policy that secures the nation, but no longer seeks to convert the world to the American idea of democracy? For 15 years, some of us have warned that if we fail to adopt a traditionalist foreign policy, the world will, to our humiliation, impose such a policy upon us...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Protect the rights we celebrate

by James W. Lark III

Roanoke Times


I don't doubt that many advocates of the PATRIOT Act and similar measures are well-meaning people who see such limitations upon our freedom as both necessary and temporary. Government officials charged with protecting our security face a very difficult task. Those who would perpetrate such attacks against America generally don't play fair, and it is understandable that people responsible for our safety want all the help they can muster in the effort to protect us. However, it is precisely at times such as these, when it is proclaimed that the situation is grave and there is a rush to restrict liberty, that we must be most vigilant to protect our rights...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Navy documents detail claims of Marine abuse

USA Today


U.S. Marines forced Iraqi juveniles to kneel while troops discharged a weapon in a mock execution, used electric shock on one prisoner and set fire to a puddle of solvent that burned a prisoner, according to U.S. Navy documents released Tuesday. The documents portray a series of abuse cases stretching beyond the Abu Ghraib prison where photos surfaced this year of U.S. troops forcing prisoners -- often naked -- to pose in humiliating positions. The files document a crush of abuse allegations, most from the early months of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, that have swamped investigators. The approximately 10,000 files include investigation reports from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and witness interviews...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hartz IV: Auf dem Weg in den autoritären Staat - Viele ALG II - Bescheide sind fehlerhaft


Viele ALG II - Bescheide sind fehlerhaft - Tacheles ruft zum Widerspruch auf!

Tacheles hat eine Kampagne gestartet. Zudem ruft Tacheles dringend zum Widerspruch auf, da nur so die Ansprüche der Betroffenen realisierbar sind. Alle Materialien auf der Kampagnenseite

Hartz IV und Flüchtlinge
Abschiebungen wegen "Hartz IV"? "Karawane" demonstrierte am Tag der Menschenrechte. "Migranten befürchten neue Härten durch "Sozialreformen" Anläßlich des internationalen Tages der Menschenrechte demonstrierten am Samstag in Hamburg und München mehrere hundert Unterstützer der "Karawane für die Rechte der Flüchtlinge und Migranten". Auf einer Pressekonferenz hatte die Organisation zuvor darauf aufmerksam gemacht, daß Flüchtlingen im kommenden Jahr durch das Zuwanderungsgesetz und "Hartz IV" neue Härten drohen…" Artikel von Nick Brauns in junge Welt vom 13.12.2004

Hartz IV bzw. das neue SGB II: Auf dem Weg in den autoritären Staat
Eine Material- und Argumentationssammlung von Prof. Dr. P. Schruth, Stand: September 2004, als pdf-Datei bei Tacheles

Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 20, Eintrag 12

1-Euro-Jobs müssen nicht sein

1-Euro-Jobs - vom Verarmungsprogramm Hartz IV profitieren

1-Euro-Jobs müssen nicht sein: Steigen Sie aus! Oder steigen Sie gar nicht erst ein! Aufruf der Sozialpolitischen Opposition Hamburg (pdf)


Aus dem Text: "…Nein sagen, ist gar nicht so schwer! Und der Verzicht auf Kooperationsvereinbarungen ist ein durchaus wirksames Mittel, um Sand ins Getriebe des 1-Euro-Programms zu streuen. Für die meisten Einrichtungen geht es dabei nicht um die Existenz. Es geht aber sehr wohl um die eigene Glaubwürdigkeit und um die fachlichen Standards sozialer Arbeit und um die Arbeitsbedingungen im Sozial- und Bildungsbereich.

Die Sozialpolitische Opposition fordert deshalb alle Einrichtungen auf: Beteiligen Sie sich nicht am 1-Euro-Programm! Auch nicht durch Kooperationen! Helfen Sie nicht mit bei der Installation eines flächendeckenden Zwangsdienstes! Machen Sie nicht mit bei der Abschaffung des sozialen Hilfesystems!"

Siehe dazu auch "Sagen Sie Nein! SoPo fordert Träger auf, sich nicht am 1-Euro-Programm zu beteiligen" - die Pressemitteilung der Sozialpolitischen Opposition Hamburg vom 13.12.04 (pdf)

Handlungsempfehlung der BA Bundesdirektion zur Umsetzung der 1-
Euro-Jobs vom 24.11.04 (pdf) veröffentlicht bei Tacheles

Einmal Ein-Euro-Jobber, immer Ein-Euro-Jobber. Wo jede Arbeit zumutbar ist und erzwungen werden kann, wird die Gelegenheit zu arbeiten, egal unter welchen Bedingungen, selbst zum Lohn. Artikel von Andreas Grünwald in junge Welt vom 11.12.2004

Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 20, Eintrag 12

1-Euro-Jobs: Rechte und Möglichkeiten der betrieblichen Interessenvertretung
- Praktische Hinweise für betriebliche Interessenvertretungen von und bei ver.di (pdf)

Es gibt wichtige Gründe gegen die Ausübung von "1-Euro-Jobs"!
Kleine Handlungshilfe zum Thema "Zumutbarkeit" gemäß § 10 SGB II von Anne Alex (pdf)

Wehret den Anfängen. Elf Argumente zur Diskussion der "gemeinnützigen Arbeit" aus Sicht eines Mitarbeiters eines Wohlfahrtverbandes. Wolfgang Völker arbeitet im Diakonischen Werk Hamburg. Er hat sich mit den gängigen Begründungen zur Einführung der so genannten "Arbeitsgelegenheiten" auf Basis von Hartz IV (hier § 16 SGB II) auseinander gesetzt und diese kritisch geprüft. Seine Thesen richten sich insbesondere an die Wohlfahrtsverbände als künftige "Arbeitgebern" für die zwangsverpflichteten "1-Euro-Jobber" sowie an deren Beschäftigte.


Pflichtarbeit als Lückenbüßer. 1-Euro-Jobs ersetzen öffentliche Regelaufgaben und ruinieren das soziale Hilfesystem.

"Die flächendeckende Einführung der Pflichtarbeit ohne Lohn setzt nicht nur Erwerbslose unter Druck oder bedroht reguläre Beschäftigungsverhältnisse. Die 1-Euro-Arbeitsgelegenheiten ersetzen auch öffentliche Regelaufgaben und unterminieren die Trägerstrukturen des sozialen Hilfesystems. Doch die Gegenwehr steckt noch in den Anfängen - auch bei den Gewerkschaften…."

Artikel von Gaby Gottwald in ak - analyse + kritik - Zeitung für linke Debatte und Praxis vom 21.1.2005

Unzitat des Tages

Aus den RTL - SAT 1 - Kotz 5 - Anfragen an die LabourNet-Redaktion:

"Wir brauchen für die heutige Sendung zum Thema "Ich bin arbeitswillig und die Arbeitsagentur verweigert mir den 1-Euro-Job" sofort einen männlichen ALG II-Bezieher."

Wie hätten Sie ihn denn gerne?

"so zwischen 46 und 47 Jahre alt, 1-2 Kinder, 173-175 cm gross, Schuhgrösse 44 - und er muss richtig wirkungsvoll vor der Kamera heulen können…."

Wiederbelebte Aktionsform: Spaziergänge, nun gegen Ein-Euro-Jobs - siehe Konzept und Bericht aus Berlin

Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung

Hartz IV - ALG II - 1-Euro-Jobs - Zwangsarbeit - Verfolgungsbetreuung

"Moderne Sklavenarbeit": Sozialverband gegen Ein-Euro-Jobs in der Privatwirtschaft

Ein-Euro-Jobs Illegal

Siemens bezahlte Vorsitzende des Forschungsausschusses

Year 4 - Number 25 - 12/04/2004


Electronic Medical Implants - Promises & Perils


EU-Rat nickt Verordnung für Biometriepässe ab


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Möglichst konkrete Aussagen und Belege müssen unbedingt vorliegen, gerade weil dies u.a. im Hinblick auf die Befangenheit bzw. die Interessenkollision des Verordnungsgebers schon auf Grund seiner Beteiligung an einem der größten Mobilfunkunternehmen so bedeutsam ist.

Natürlich bedingt das seit Jahrzehnten eingeübte "System" der die Forschung überwiegend dominierenden Gruppen (und die realen Machtverhältnisse), dass solche nicht leicht zu haben sind.

Abgesehen von den Schicksalen kritischer Wissenschaftler habe ich das bisher wohl konkreteste über die "Manipulationen" der Forschung und der Forscher am 12. Juni 2004 auf einem Symposium des BUND in Mainz bei einer Aussprache des Koordinators des REFLEX-Projekts, Herrn Prof. Adlkofer, in prägnanter Weise gehört.

Nach dem Dr. Warnke aus Saarbrücken in der Aussprache nach seinem Vortrag grundsätzliche Kritik an einer seiner Ansicht nach kaum noch vorhandenen ethischen Grundlage von Wissenschaftlern im Vergleich zu der Zeit, als er mit seinen Forschungsarbeiten begonnen hat, äußerte, erwiderte ihm Prof. Adlkofer wörtlich:
"Herr Warnke, Sie haben absolut recht mit Ihrer Kritik an der Wissenschaft. Aber ich möchte betonen, die Wissenschaft, die sich mit elektromagnetischen Feldern beschäftigt, hier handelt es sich um einen Sonderbereich, die meiner Meinung nach weltweit zu 80% von der Industrie kontrolliert wird. Ich selbst habe das mit unseren Daten aus dem REFLEX-Projekt erlebt - Sie werden später verstehen, warum (Anm. sein Vortrag folgte noch). Die Reaktion auf solche Ergebnisse ist zuerst: Ignorieren. Wenn dann das nicht mehr länger funktioniert, dann geht es um Kritisieren - zum Teil mit brauchbaren, zum Teil mit völlig unbrauchbaren Argumenten. Und wenn auch das nicht mehr hilft - und da sind wir im Augenblick angelangt - dann kommt das Diffamieren - und das ist das Übelste. Und so geht es all denen, die mit Ergebnissen, die nicht in die jeweilige Landschaft passen ....... Ich kenne auch die Wissenschaft in anderen Bereichen. Ich möchte wirklich ausschließen, dass dort in derselben Art und Weise vorgegangen wird. Es gibt einen großen Teil der Wissenschaft, der heute noch genauso denkt, wie Sie vor 40 oder 30 Jahren, als Sie (Anm. gemeint ist weiterhin Dr. Warnke) mit Forschung begonnen haben, gedacht haben."

Auf Betreiben der übermächtigen Industrielobby war es zu diesem "Rapport" gekommen, um bei der noch ausstehenden Veröffentlichung der Ergebnisse des REFLEX-Projektes "subjektive" oder gar "emotionale Verfälschungen" zu verhindern. Nicht einmal, dass sich sämtliche Forschungen des Projektes unterhalb der Grenzwerte bewegten, dürfe in die Veröffentlichung aufgenommen bzw. darin hervorgehoben werden, äußerte der bereits als sachverständiger Zeuge benannte Prof. Adlkofer!

So wird alles andere als eine "ausgeglichene wissenschaftliche Sicht der Debatte ermöglicht", wie dies z.B. in der Dezemberausgabe 2001 des Newsletters der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk (FGF) auf Seite 28 vorgegeben wurde.

Damals ging es um Prof. Hyland, der ebenfalls ein höchst übles Schicksal im Umgang mit der Industrielobby erleiden musste, was Prof. Adlkofer im Übrigen bestätigte.

Weitere konkrete Belege ergeben sich aus den zahlreichen Fällen, bei denen unerwünscht kritische Äußerungen von Wissenschftlern empfindliche berufliche Konsequenzen zur Folge hatten (vgl. etwa bei http://www.gabnet.com/pol/ethikschutz-3.htm ).

Dietmar Freund

Nachricht von Volker Hartenstein, MdL a.D. (Auszug)


ForumMobil diffamiert Schwedischen Top-Wissenschafter

Forscher und Forschungsergebnisse von der Industrie bezahlt

Wahrheit und Täuschung im Informationskrieg

Das Pentagon sucht weiter nach Akzeptanz, Medien und Öffentlichkeit im Ausland mit manipulierten Informationen zu versorgen...


Abschied von der Aufklärung

Die Ära der kritischen Journalisten ist vorbei, sagt der Medienwissenschaftler Norbert Bolz...



Forscher und Forschungsergebnisse von der Industrie bezahlt

ForumMobil diffamiert Schwedischen Top-Wissenschafter

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Living Under Fascism


Informant: Shanti Renfrew

Living Under Fascism

The style of governing into which America has slid is most accurately described as fascism

By Rev. Davidson Loehr

Pat Robertson and his Christian Reconstructionists, or Dominionists. Long dismissed by most of us as a screwball, the Dominionist style of Christianity which he has been preaching since the early 1980s is now the most powerful religious voice in the Bush administration.


Example Of Fascism In America

Video of Police Attack On Utah Rave

This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault rifles, tear gas, camouflage -wearing soldiers.... why?

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All Hell Breaks Loose in Utah - 2000+ Protest Bush (Video)

From Information Clearing House

Proof of Ohio Election Fraud Exposed



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