The Plight of Whistleblowers

The plight of whistleblowers – those employees who sound the alarm about anything from dangerous conditions in the workplace to missed or ignored intelligence regarding our nation’s security – is a story that seems to grow stronger and with more frequency every day.


From Information Clearing House

Wartime Prosecutions Come Under Scrutiny

A soldier who admitted executing a wounded Iraqi teenager received three years in prison. His co-defendant got a one-year term. A captain convicted of charges in the fatal shooting of another wounded Iraqi was dismissed from the armed forces, but received no prison time.


What’s Up With the Downing Street Memo?

If I had lost a loved one fighting in Iraq or currently had a soldier over there, I would be enraged over the Downing Street Memo. Even without that link, I am fuming about this formerly “extremely sensitive” and now public memorandum.


From Information Clearing House

Bush's optimism clashes with pessimism in Iraq

The disconnect between Rose Garden optimism and Baghdad pessimism, according to government officials and independent analysts, stems not only from Bush's focus on tentative signs of long-term progress but also from the shrinking range of policy options available to him if he is wrong.


Amnesty official says US running " archipelago" of prisoners around the world

"The United States is maintaining an archipelago of prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons into which people are being literally disappeared and in some cases, at least, we know that they are being mistreated, abused, tortured and even killed," he said.


Experts warn U.S. of space isolation


Informant: kevcross5

Non-thermal biological effects of microwaves


It is important to avoid some of the terminology that confuses! The only "thermal radiation" is infra-red, or radiated heat. It's why you feel the warmth across a room from a radiant fire. You can get warm from the circulating warmed air as well, but you know when you get close you feel the direct heat.

Radio-frequency, including microwave frequency, electromagnetic radiation is not this. When people talk about the "thermal effects" they refer to microwave energy being absorbed by matter and causing molecular vibration by energy transfer. This is regarded as causing a kind of molecular friction that generates heat (thermal) energy. Heating parts of the body up is bad news and known to cause damage. Of course for that to happen there has to be sufficient microwave energy! That's where ICNIRP comes in. Inside a microwave oven there is a great deal of energy, well above ICNIRP!, and it bounces around millions of times until its energy is lost in exciting molecules (especially of water) and thereby generating heat. The microwaves themselves are not hot, they just make the food hot.

Melatonin reduction is a biological effect that takes place at EMR levels well below the heating threshold. Therefore it cannot be a "thermal (or heating) effect".

So why is it? It could be just that microwaves or radiowaves "illuminate" the pineal gland that produces melatonin, by passing through the skull. We know that melatonin production is governed by daylight, for example.

An intriguing possibility

However, it is not all that simple. One intriguing factor that connects almost everything we say about these non-thermal biological effects, is the role of nitric oxide (NO) in various parts of the body. It is involved, for example, in melatonin production, not least perhaps in that it regulates REM sleep. It also affects the way serotonin works. It affects blood platelets, reacts with haemoglobin, is part of the way calcium CA2+ ions work, affects the blood brain barrier, is implicated in mast cells (perhaps histamine reactions: another aspect of EHS is itchy skin, rashes etc.), affects memory, inflammation, and ultimately "programmed cell death" (apoptosis) that kills damaged or aged cells etc. It plays a role in motor neurone disease, even asthma. It is also a free radical itself, and potentially carcinogenic, so if it "runs away" at the same time that melatonin is suppressed, for example, you lose out both ways. The point of saying this is that NO is held in a very fine balance, and if that balance is disturbed lots of things can go wrong.

And we know that EMR affects levels of NO generation (the body makes it) in rats:

and mice:

NO affects blood flow (it is a vasodilator) and blood pressure. It increases stress oxidation by extending the life of free radicals. It could therefore help explain the ageing issue in the latest Egyptian (Cairo) study from use of mobile phones. It could explain why blood flow to the optic nerve is decreased by using a mobile phone, and why there is increased NO in exhaled breath from using phones. Glaucoma involves NO, viagra works by increasing NO production, and Viagra has just been associated with blindness.

It could also explain why the symptoms of EHS (electrical hypersensitivity), MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) and CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) are so similar.

There are lots of "possibles" where NO is involved in chain reactions, and it would explain so much. But all those chain reactions themselves are complex so the answer won't be tomorrow. It is easy to try and finger a prime suspect, and natural to want to. NO might be just that culprit, or it might just be an intriguing suspect. But whatever, NO does appear to be disrupted by EMR, and that is very dodgy for lots of reasons.

What response?

Now remember that we find this technology really useful because of WHAT it does, not because of HOW it does it. The answer is actually not in the emission levels at all, but most probably in the microwave frequencies and the amplitude modulation. You could knock the emission levels down so low that we need to have masts every 100 metres or less (can you imagine?) and still find biological problems in the resulting chronic exposure to electrosmog. Hence I still argue that ICNIRP is a red herring. Emissions are already typically (not always) hundreds or thousands of times below ICNIRP. How low should ICNIRP go? To the point at which phones won't work, as in Salzburg?



From Mrs. G. Lyden, 172 Common Rd. Kensworth, Dunstable, Beds. LU6 2PH. Tel 01582 873460

Amendments to email sent yesterday see *

Dear Sir,

So Professer Lawrie Challis is initiating yet another highly expensive test to 'find out' if electromagnetic radiofrequency emissions (EMR) from mobile 'phones and masts can harm our health, when it has already been proved that they do!

When residents in Schwarzenberg, Switzerland demanded scientific tests to find out if the transmitter which had been making them ill for many years with the same type of emissions, those tests proved beyond doubt that when the mast was switched on the hormone melatonin was inhibited in both the humans and the many cows that lived in the area.

Dr. Neil Cherry tells us in his document 'EMR *Reduces Melatonin in Humans and Animals' that human residents urine and the saliva of 3 herds of cows was tested many times when the transitter was on (when melatonin night time levels were too low) and when it was turned off randomly ( when melatonin levels were normal).

Melatonin (which fosters restful sleep) takes over from serotonin (which keeps us awake during the day). Without melatonin we either cannot sleep or have very disturbed sleep. This is the explanation for the main symptom of chronic insomnia found in the presence of EMR.

Lack of sleep has an adverse effect on the immune system.

Melatonin also triggers Tcells to kill off any cells which have mutated during the day. Without it these mutated cells (caused by the many things to which we are exposed including the natural Schumann Resonances) may proliferate and cause benign tumours or cancer. This is not the only evidence as the Russians found these effects in the 1950s amongst workers in the industry, but the West ignored their warnings. The problem is that these non-thermal EMR emissions are pulsed and at a frequency close which affects people badly.

We do not want to lose this valuable, useful technology, but it is imperative that people who are ill when near masts should be listened to and that tests are done in the areas where the effects are felt and NOT merely in the laboratory. It is impossible to replicate the situations where houses are at differing angles to masts; bedrooms are sometimes right in line with antennae; readings can vary considerably from one area in a house to another meaning that one child or adult in a house can be exposed to more of the emissions than parent or spouse.

It is very wrong that rapidly increasing numbers of people are left to suffer for years (4 years in my village where some residents 14 metres from an Orange mast have suffered insomnia; headaches, nausea and vertigo, earache and tinnitus and frequent nosebleeds the whole time - one man cannot sleep in any of his bedrooms, but sleeps on the floor at the back of his lounge! Two people have developed raised white bloodcell count (a symptom found amongst many staff in the American Embassy in Moscow in the 60s and 70s where the Ambassador died of 'a Leukaemia like' illness after the Russians bombarded his office with radar.)

Professer Challis, Dr. Jill Meara at NRPB; the Dept. of Health etc. have all seen Dr. Cherry's evidence and heard of the suffering of increasing numbers of people. 3G and Tetra are causing even more serious symptoms which override even the protective material put up at great expense by those who can afford the astronomical price. To surround a bed *(which cuts off emissions completely and enables sleep) and curtain one room costs £400!

All we ask is that emissions are made safe, because the present 'safe levels' are nothing of the sort.

Yours sincerely, Gill Lyden

Environment atlas reveals planet wide devastation


Informant: NHNE




I don’t know if your local newspaper ran this story at the top of the front page like mine did, but the headline reads,


The sub-headline reads,

“Bush administration has repeatedly warned countries against harboring terrorists”

The story was co-authored by Katherine Schrader and John Solomon of the Associated Press.

You may recall that a few months ago, Scott Ritter, the former weapons inspector, warned that President Bush had already set into motion a plan to attack Iran in the month of June. Well, it’s June and this front page “news” is tantamount to an artillery barrage intended to “soften-up” a beachhead for invasion, only it’s just you and me who need to be softened-up enough (again) do nothing while this president goes about his business of killing people in yet another sovereign nation that did not attack us or our allies.

Apparently, Scott Ritter is a very “dialed-in” guy. Ritter did everything he could to refute the Bush administration’s contention that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and intended to use them against us or our allies “imminently”. We now know Saddam didn’t have the WMD, because they weren’t there when we invaded Iraq, and the infamous “Downing Street Memo” has proven to be the smoking gun that reveals Bush knew Saddam didn’t have WMD and didn’t have a relationship with al Qaeda or any other terrorist group. Further, the Downing Street Memo reveals Bush and his people conspired to “fix the facts and intelligence”, meaning Bush deliberately misled the American people before he ordered the attack on Iraq March 19, 2003.

You could say Bush lied in order to “soften-up” domestic resistance against invading Iraq. This latest headline and story appear to be exactly the same kind of thing: Get the American people to believe Iran is “harboring” the terrorists who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, and an attack on Iran is thereby justified in the public mind.

But if there are terrorists hiding out in Iran, you can be rest-assured the government of Iran is not knowingly or actively “harboring” them. They know better than to give the U.S. any excuse to attack, and they know the U.S. will launch an attack over the slightest provocation, so we citizens can all safely assume this headline and story is nothing more than U.S. Government propaganda. For example, I could hide out in the mountains of California, but that in no way translates into the government of California “harboring” me. See what I mean?

Iran knows the U.S. wants any excuse to destroy their nuclear program in order to prevent Iran from developing nuclear warheads they would use against Israel. Unlike the Iraqi nuclear facility that Israel destroyed in a lightning air strike, the Iranians built their nuclear facilities deep underground. Coincidentally, the U.S. recently sold Israel hundreds of “Bunker-Buster” bombs than can penetrate the earth 100 feet or more before detonating. The tricky part is knowing for a certainty where all of the Iranian nuclear facilities are located, and I’m fairly certain the Iranians deliberately built a number of decoy facilities, as well as carefully hidden ones Israeli and U.S. intelligence may not know about. If the U.S. and Israel are planning a joint attack on Iran this month, it means they have reached a level of near certainty that their intelligence has located and identified the targets of interest. We can only hope.

When you are a super-power like the United States, the nation can be temporarily led by a complete moron because our wealth and military power can make up for a lot of stupid mistakes. Of course, it costs a lot of money and our soldiers have to die in the process, but that’s just the way it is.

The characteristic I’ve noticed in President Bush is his impulsiveness to act without considering the consequences beyond that first move, and I doubt very much he has considered what actions the Iranians might take in retaliation for a pre-emptive United States/Israeli attack.

When I wrote, “If I Were Saddam” months before our invasion of Iraq, I accurately predicted what Saddam and his regime would do in almost every detail, including a well-funded and well-armed insurgency. That doesn’t mean I’m the brightest bulb on the tree; it just means I considered Saddam’s limited options and predicted he’d use them. As simple as that is, our president and his boys didn’t look ahead of the invasion itself, and that is why a lot of American parents have a tri-folded American flag sitting on their mantle instead of their son or daughter coming to visit for Sunday dinner.

I do have a bit more faith where the attack on Iran is concerned, because it involves Israel, a nation so small and vulnerable they cannot make the mistake of temporarily electing even one stupid leader.

I do not believe Iran will mass an army and counter-attack because they know we can beat them on the ground with fewer soldiers and our deadly military technology. They saw what we did to Saddam’s army in Desert Storm, so the options left to the Iranians, short of an American/Israeli land invasion, which I do not foresee as even possible, is to send thousands of well-armed and well-funded Iranian fighters covertly into Iraq to bolster the Iraqi Resistance and kill as many American soldiers as they can. In the highly unlikely event Bush is stupid enough to try a land invasion of Iran following the air strikes, the Iranians will resort to an insurgency just like Saddam effectively did.

That’s what I would do, and it would exacerbate an already stressed American military. The Iranians know the U.S. military is facing its worst manpower shortage in U.S. history because they can read American newspaper reports just like we can. They know how demoralizing repeat combat duty can be on an all-volunteer army, and they know that if the U.S. is forced to reinstate the draft, which they are prepared to do overnight, the American public backlash will be massive and swift.

Bush’s impulsiveness absolutely scares the bejeebers right out of me. He’s like a monkey who reaches for a banana through narrow bars and will not relinquish it even though he can’t get his hand and the banana back in. That’s is why Bush will keep throwing soldiers at the problem in Iraq indefinitely, whereas a President Kerry, who actually served in combat in Vietnam, would have known when it was time to say “enough”.

Anyway, if my instincts serve me as the usually do, today’s headline and story are no different than a flare shot up to signal a night attack, and I believe that night attack will commence shortly against Iran’s nuclear facilities by joint U.S. and Israeli forces.

Carl F. Worden

Kundgebung "Gesundheitsvorsorge beim Mobilfunk" für das Allgäu in Kempten

Als Auftakt zum Volksbegehren " Für Gesundheitsvorsorge beim Mobilfunk" veranstalten die Unterstützungsinitiativen der Kreise Lindau, Oberallgäu, Kempten, Ostallgäu, Kaufbeuren und Teile des Kreises Mindelheim eine zentrale Kundbebung am Samstag 11.06.05 um 11.00 Uhr an der "Freitreppe" in Kempten. Hauptredner wird B. Suttner, der Landesvorsitzende der ödp Bayern sein. Vertreter der unterstützenden Organisationen werden ebenfalls sprechen. Die Veranstaltung wird musikalisch umrahmt.

Georg Weixler


Government sponsored WHEATHER MODIFICATION Senate Bill S-517

Government sponsored WHEATHER MODIFICATION (Chem Trails?) Senate Bill S-517


S. 517 (is) To establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes. [Introduced in Senate]



To establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes. (???????)



(3) Research and development.--The term "research and development'' means theoretical analysis, exploration, experimentation , and the extension of investigative findings and theories of scientific or technical nature into practical application for experimental and demonstration purposes, including the experimental production and testing of models, devices, equipment, materials, and processes.

(4) Weather modification.--The term "weather modification'' means changing or controlling , or attempting to change or control, by artificial methods the natural development of atmospheric cloud forms or precipitation forms which occur in the troposphere.


This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2005.

In the US media, a mission to explain has been replaced by a mission to avoid


From Information Clearing House

War Pimp Alert: Intelligence gathers growing evidence of terrorists hiding in Iran

U.S. intelligence and foreign allies have growing evidence that wanted terrorists have been residing in Iran despite repeated American warnings to Tehran not to harbor them.


From Information Clearing House

None Of Us Are Free - If One Of Us Is Chained

Flash presentation

Guantanamo Bay: A "Gulag Of Our Times" or a "Model Facility"?

A Debate on the U.S. Prison & Amnesty International.

Real Audio & Transcript

U.S. Effort to “Spread Democracy” Leaves A Trail of Conflict and Suffering

One-Tenth of Arabs live directly under foreign occupation. — Statement by Rima Khalaf, assistant secretary-general of the United Nations Development Program, New York Times, April 6, 2005.

By Rachelle Marshall

Given George Bush’s practice of saying one thing while doing another (hailing the “advancing rights of mankind” at the United Nations while his Justice Department was jailing immigrants without due process), it is not surprising that his campaign to bring democracy to the Middle East so far has only meant replacing unfriendly regimes with more obliging ones. The people of Afghanistan and Iraq are still waiting for real freedom.


Weitere Abu Ghraib-Bilder müssen nach Gerichtsurteil vom Pentagon freigegeben werden

Bislang konnte das Pentagon die Veröffentlichung weiterer, angeblich schrecklicher Bilder von Misshandlungen irakischer Gefangener verhindern, jetzt droht erneut Ungemach.


Judge thinks radiation of 3G-mast could possibly be harmful


Die "hyper-rich" hängen die Reichen ab

In den USA wächst wie anderswo die Kluft zwischen den Reichen und Armen immer schneller.


Stop Japan from killing Whales


Urge countries to stop Japan from killing humpbacks



“Why did the whale songs disappear?” Let’s hope our children, and the generations that follow, never have to ask this question. Famous for serenading the seas with their beautiful, haunting melodies, the humpback whale has been protected since 1966 after becoming nearly extinct from commercial whaling.

But Japan is planning on killing humpbacks once again for their meat, defying international agreements and sanctuaries in the false name of “scientific research.” And only we can stop them.

I desperately need your help to stop this horrible tragedy before its too late.

Help keep the “Songsters of The Sea” singing

The grace, power, and beauty of the humpback whale as it glides underwater, leaps toward the sky, or simply lifts its flukes and slides into the sea symbolizes the vanishing poetry of nature.

The humpback’s song is one of nature’s greatest wonders. With a range that covers eight octaves, the songs of the male humpback can last up to 30 minutes, improvised and embellished between other males like jazz musicians.

Performed in the whales' mating and calving areas, these captivating songs may serve to attract females, scare away other males, or maintain the distance between other singers. But whatever the true purpose of their songs, one thing is certain: These magnificent, endangered creatures are meant to be witnessed in their natural beauty and heard, not eaten.

There is no humane way to kill a whale

Using a loophole that allows whales to be killed for scientific study, more than 25,000 whales have been hunted and killed since a worldwide ban on commercial whaling was passed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986. Yet it is unnecessary to kill whales in order to research them, especially when non-lethal study alternatives already exist.

To kill whales, whalers launch grenade-tipped spears. Some whales continue to live up to an hour after the harpoon explodes inside them. These same cruel methods, first employed over a hundred years ago, are still used today.

Several countries hold the key votes in this month’s July 20th IWC meeting to pass or reject Japan's outrageous proposal to hunt humpback whales. Our sources tell us that these countries are very sensitive to external opinion, and with a little pressure, they can be swayed to vote to protect the whales, instead of slaughter them.

That’s why I need your help right now to contact the Swiss, Danish, South Korean, and Chinese Ambassadors in your country. Please ask them to support the IWC Conservation Committee and to reject Japan's proposal to expand its cruel whale hunt to include humpback and fin whales.


Every voice matters. This is your chance to speak out for the rest of the world, to make a real difference in keeping our "ocean’s" alive with nature’s most precious song.

I know that together, we can keep the humpbacks singing.

Informant: David Atlas

Leave My Child Alone



Informant: Friends

Treason against the Soveirgn removes Immunity



Bush Family Connection Research Sites



George Orwell 1984

Someone has posted that you can read George Orwell's "1984" online.

© Virginia Metze


1984 - The Movie - George Orwell

Pentagon details mishandling of Quran

Detainees’ copies of holy book kicked, splashed with urine

The Associated Press

Updated: 7:28 p.m. ET June 4, 2005

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday released new details about mishandling of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, confirming that a soldier deliberately kicked the Muslim holy book and that an interrogator stepped on a Quran and was later fired for “a pattern of unacceptable behavior.” For the details go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8090656/

© Virginia Metze

BEFORE the US attacked Iraq: Facts Every War Supporter Should Have Known


Informant: Friends

Bush/Cheney big lie about ‘progress’ in Iraq raising hackles


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Ungeheuerliche Behörden-Willkür zwingt zur Flucht aus Deutschland

Berlin am Sonntag, 05.06.2005

Bestens dokumentiert liefert uns das Finanzamt Cuxhaven den Beweis, wohin bei uns die dringend notwendige Rechtsstaatlichkeit abhanden gekommen ist.

Wer heute beklagt, daß zu viele Firmen und Vermögens-Inhaber reihenweise in ausländische Standorte wechseln, sollte viel tiefer in die Ursachenforschung gehen. Leider wird diese dringend notwendige Analyse sträflichst unterlassen. Es gibt neben den diskutierten Standort-Bedingungen aus Steuersätzen und Lohnsummen noch mindestens einen weiteren wichtigen Grund: Die ungestörte und ungebremste Willkür von Behörden gegenüber kleinen Betrieben und fleißigen Menschen.

In Niedersachsen kämpft der bis heute unbescholtene Bürger Burghard Lenniger vergeblich um sein grundgesetzlich verbrieftes Recht auf korrekt verlangte Besteuerung.

Unter der SPD-Landesregierung Gabriel fand er weder Gehör noch Gerechtigkeit. Die Form der Bearbeitung der damaligen Petition ist eine Schande für jeden aufrechten Demokraten.

Die Regierung wechselte, aber die Ungerechtigkeit durch haltlose Willkürmaßnahmen dauert unverändert an.

Der Fall "Tierfilmer Lenniger" schlug im Landtag von Niedersachsen hohe Wellen. Die Beschwerde-Akte zum Fall "Tierfilmer Lenniger" lag Herrn Ministerpraesident Christian Wulff persönlich vor. Es half nichts, Herr MP Wulff läßt genau wie sein Vorgänger im Amte Ungerechtigkeit und Willkür wissend geschehen. Es half nichts, daß die Vorsitzende des Finanzausschusses im Landtag persönlich vor Ort die zu beurteilenden Verhältnisse in Augenschein nahm und selbst zur Erkenntnis kam, daß hier offensichtlich Unrecht geschieht.

Gleichzeitig erfährt man aus Kreisen von Steuerprüfern, dass bei politisch genehmen Steuersündern Prüfungen vereitelt werden. Da unterscheiden sich SPD und CDU in der angewandten Praxis absolut nicht.

Auf meinen Erkundungsreisen im Ausland spreche ich oft mit Deutschen, die unser Land aus Verzweiflung über diese Behörden-Willkür verließen, um wieder in gelassener Vernunft leben zu können. Von dort wird immer wieder behauptet, dass der hier im Inland anzutreffende ganz normale Bürokraten-Wahnsinn anderswo nicht erlebt und nicht erduldet werden muß.

Wer da noch behaupten will, es handele sich nur um einen ganz unbedeutenden Einzelfall, der irrt. Die Besonderheit am Fall "Tierfilmer Lenniger" ist nur, daß ein besttrainierter Kriminalbeamter in Sachen Beweis-Sicherung und Ablauf-Dokumentation gegenüber allen anderen der Willkür hilflos ausgelieferten Menschen im Vorteil ist und jede vorsätzlich gestellte Falle früh genug erkannte.

Wer diese seltene beruflich erworbene Sonderbegabung nicht aufweisen kann, gerät in Lebensangst und grenzenlose Panik. Der redliche kleine finanzschwache Wollhändler aus der historischen Altstadt von Einbeck (ebenfalls Niedersachsen) wußte aus einer ganz ähnlichen behördlichen Willkürfalle keinen anderen Ausweg, als sich gemeinsam mit dem zur Versteigerung vorgesehenen historischen Haus in einem schrecklichen Brand auszulöschen. Unbeteiligte Menschen wurden dadurch mit ins Unglück gerissen.

Knut W. Schlanert
fax +49 30 78716378
email: knut@schlanert.de

More Trouble for Bolton: New Allegations He Fought to Fire Top Arms Control Diplomat

A former [John] Bolton deputy says the U.S. undersecretary of state felt Jose Bustani "had to go,'' particularly because the Brazilian [diplomat and head of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad. That might have helped defuse the crisis over alleged Iraqi weapons and undermined a U.S. rationale for war.


The Woman Who Tried to Save the World

The heroic life and final days of Marla Ruzicka, an American martyr.


Amnesty International Continues Calling Cuban Prison a 'Gulag'

Open records, open government are part of what make a democracy strong and free: The executive director of Amnesty International says, "President Bush should insist upon a truly thorough, independent investigation of those who tried to circumvent global prohibitions on torture, and he should open all detention centers to scrutiny by independent human rights groups."


Wreck It and Run

Among the many unhappy developments in American industry in recent decades has been the advent of "wreck it and run" management. A small coterie of senior managers takes over a company and makes a brilliant show of short-term profits while actually driving the business into the ground. They bail out just before it crashes, cashing in their stock options as they go, and leave the employees, ordinary stockholders, and customers holding an empty bag. It is increasingly clear that under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. armed forces have also been taken over by "wreck it and run" management. When Rumsfeld leaves office, what will his successor inherit?


It's the Manpower, Stupid

President Bush's May 27 commencement address at the Naval Academy was one of his strangest speeches. The U.S. military is approaching a genuine crisis—the iceberg looms before the Titanic—and here stood the commander in chief boasting of the new high-gloss deck chairs.


Aspartame Distroys optic-nerve in eyes and causes impotence




Deep Throat and the Power of the People

Future Hope column, June 5, 2005

Deep Throat and the Power of the People

By Ted Glick

There is no question that former top FBI guy Mark Felt's decision to provide information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in the early '70s was one important part of what led to Richard Nixon's eventual resignation from office in August of 1974. But, not surprisingly, the corporate media have left out the decisive factor which led to that result: the sentiments and the actions of the U.S. American people at the grassroots.

From the fall of 1973 to the fall of 1974 I was one of the national coordinators of the National Campaign to Impeach Nixon (NCIN). Over the course of a few short months, this effort grew to include working local contacts in 33 states and over 100 cities and towns. During the three months of

February, March and April of 1974, we organized a national lobby-in in Washington, D.C., a national conference in Chicago and a national demonstration of 10,000 people in D.C. on April 27th that received widespread media coverage.

Looking back over thirty years later, it's easy to think that Nixon's resignation was a foregone conclusion once Woodward and Deep Throat hooked up and the organized cover up of widespread illegality on the part of the Nixon administration began to be revealed. But this was not the case.

There were prominent liberals, for example, who publicly opposed impeachment on the grounds that it would be better to have a weakened Nixon in office than an empowered Gerald Ford, Nixon's Vice-President. This was the argument made by Nicholas Von Hoffman, a Washington Post columnist, in a piece published on December 26th, 1973.

My NCIN co-coordinator, Kitty Tucker, and I wrote a response to Hoffman that was printed in the January 12th, 1974 Post. We said there that, "We believe the key to 'those same interests' [that both Nixon and Ford represented] being strongly opposed, the key to a Congress becoming responsible, is a movement of citizens in the cities and towns of this country. This movement sees the protection of our constitutional rights as the most important priority. Congress was forced to move on impeachment because of the massive outpouring of protest after Mr. Nixon fired Special Prosecutor [Archibald] Cox on October 20, 1973.

"We believe that to allow Richard Nixon's abuses of power to go unprosecuted would set an ominous precedent for future Presidents. . . In the process of impeaching Richard Nixon certain gross abuses of power would have to be pinpointed. . ., thus making the same thing more difficult in the future. And if, in the process of impeachment, a movement is built which refuses to accept imperial rulers or undemocratic regimes, 'those same interests' which Ford represents will find it more difficult to get their way."

Nixon was under great pressure to resign as 1974 evolved and various underlings were indicted and some were convicted. But he had more than a few defenders, right wing political commentators and organizations who were doing what they could to paint the efforts to impeach him as little more than a vast, left wing conspiracy to weaken the office of the Presidency. A group called "Americans for the Presidency," for example, with sponsors like Norman Vincent Peale and Bob Hope, took out full-page ads in close to 50 Sunday newspapers.

And these efforts were having an effect. Following the Cox firing, Representative Thomas Rees of California was receiving mail that was 80-20 against Nixon. By mid-April of 1974 it was 60-40 in support. Rep. Don Riegle of Michigan's mail went from overwhelmingly pro-impeachment to 50-50.

In a press release issued by the National Campaign to Impeach Nixon right before its April 27th march on Washington, we said, "The impeachment of President Nixon is necessary, but it is not necessarily happening. As the House Judiciary Committee's investigation drags on, past every deadline, it becomes increasingly clear that the legal and moral issues of impeachment are being overridden in Congress by the concerns of partisan politics. Republicans view impeachment with one eye on the ballot box, and Democrats realize they can only benefit by having Richard Nixon in office to kick around for two more years. If Congress allows the legal maneuvers of the White House to drag on through the summer, there's a good chance Nixon will be permitted to finish his term."

Fortunately, the combination of continuing popular and legal pressure and, soon after our demonstration, the exposure of the Oval Office tape recording system which eventually led to the erased 18 key minutes on one of them, eventually forced Nixon to resign.

In a different political environment, the recent exposure of the 2002 Downing Street memo should have the same effect as those Oval Office tapes. This proof of the White House's criminal intention to wage war against Iraq for no legally justifiable reason should prompt a new impeachment movement. It is these connections to Watergate that we who struggle for justice and peace must be making.

Ted Glick works with the Independent Progressive Politics Network http://www.ippn.org and the Climate Crisis Coalition
http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org . He can be reached at indpol@igc.org or P.O. Box 1132, Bloomfield, N.J. 07003.

From ufpj-news


(Lest we forget, Bolton's confirmation vote still remains pending on the US Senate's agenda.)

Walter Lippmann

From: activist
Sent: Jun 5, 2005 6:56 AM
Subject: John BOLTON and the Downing Street memo scandal


By now you know from The Downing Street memo that the very highest officials of the British government said there was no just cause for war against Iraq, and that "the facts and intelligence" were "being fixed around the policy" by the U.S. to force it to happen anyway. That was 1600 American deaths, over 10,000 greviously wounded, and 300 billion missing from our treasury ago.

But now also consider that in the run up to the Iraq it was John Bolton who was PERSONALLY responsible for creating a fact sheet
for the U.N and the media containing known lies about Iraq seeking yellow cake uranium from Niger. And of course, we also know from the Senate hearings that John Bolton repeatedly manipulated intelligence, intimidiating his own staffers to do so. Put it all together and you see Bolton was one of the key players who put in the very intelligence "fix" referred to in the Downing Street memo. Then tell your senators again that this standing alone must preclude his confirmation as U.N. ambassador.


Are there 51 senators good and true to vote down this nomination? If not then it is all the more critical for those with the integrity to do so to take responsibility for stopping this by MAINTAINING THE FILIBUSTER, regardless of party affiliation. Tell your senators you have read the Downing Street memo and demand accountability.


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

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Weniger Konzernmacht, mehr Konsumentenpower: Gegen den Ausverkauf unseres Planeten

McPlanet.com - Konsum. Globalisierung. Umwelt.

Presseerklärung vom 5. Juni 2005

* Weniger Konzernmacht, mehr Konsumentenpower!

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Die Politik muss den Welthandel von Grund auf ökologischer und sozialer gestalten, KonsumentInnen müssen mehr Politik mit dem Einkaufskorb betreiben und Konzerne müssen globale Verantwortung übernehmen. Mit diesem Aufruf endet heute der dreitägige Kongress "McPlanet.com – Konsum. Globalisierung. Umwelt". Zu diesem Kongress von Attac, BUND und Greenpeace in Kooperation mit der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung und dem Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energiewaren 1500 TeilnehmerInnen in die Universität Hamburg gekommen.

"McPlanet.com – Das ist Widerstand gegen den Ausverkauf des Planeten", sagt Sven Giegold von Attac. "Der freie Welthandel à la WTO wird politisch immer weniger in Schranken verwiesen. Konzerne setzen auf Sozial- und Umweltdumping. Nach der Bundestagswahl werden die ökologischen Skrupel beim neoliberalen Umbau der Republik noch kleiner sein als bisher. Dagegen hilft nur eine politische Umweltbewegung als Teil eines breiten gesellschaftlichen Bündnisses."

Martin Rocholl, Friends of the Earth Europe: "Die Politik unterwirft sich zunehmend der Globalisierung. Bei der Reform der EU-Chemiepolitik etwa stehlen sich die Chemiekonzerne aus der Verantwortung, die Gefährlichkeit ihrer Chemikalien zu überprüfen. Die Regierungen geben diesem Druck auf Kosten von Mensch und Umwelt immer mehr nach und verpassen Innovationschancen. Das ist inakzeptabel. Die EU muss die Globalisierung ökologisch und sozial gestalten."

Gerd Leipold, Chef von Greenpeace International: "Konzernbosse, die unter dem Vorwand des weltweiten wirtschaftlichen Konkurrenzdrucks Urwälder zerstören, Meere leeren, das Klima aufheizen und die Gentechnik in der Landwirtschaft durchsetzen, müssen wir "outen" und auf die Anklagebank setzen. Gleichzeitig können Verbraucher im Supermarkt, im Baumarkt, bei der Wahl des Verkehrsmittels und des Stromversorgers Produktionsweisen und Handelströme beeinflussen."

Barbara Unmüßig von der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung unterstrich: "McPlanet.com hat die zentralen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit ins Blickfeld gerückt. Die produktiven Debatten um die soziale und ökologische Verantwortung von Politik, Wirtschaft und Verbrauchern haben ein großes, vor allem junges Publikum mobilisiert. Von McPlanet.com geht ein kraftvolles Signal aus: gegen ein umweltpolitisches Rollback und für eine gerechte Gestaltung der Globalisierung."

In der gemeinsamen Abschlussaktion stellen Hunderte Kongress- TeilnehmerInnen am heutigen Internationalen Tag der Umwelt einen schwarz-weißen Strichcode, wie er zur Warenkennzeichnung eingesetzt wird. Unter dem Motto: "Mehr leben, weniger kaufen!" protestieren sie damit gegen den Konsumwahn und ermutigen Konsumenten zu einem nachhaltigen Lebensstil. Dem Credo "Konsumiere viel, damit die Wirtschaft wächst" setzen die Aktivisten entgegen: "Kaufe nicht, was du nicht brauchst" und "Kaufe nur, was nachhaltig produziert und fair bezahlt wurde".

In sieben großen Panels und rund 80 Foren, Workshops und Philosophischen Salons diskutierten die TeilnehmerInnen über Konsum zwischen Freiheit und Verführung und über die Grenzen des globalen Handels. Unter dem Motto "Die Umwelt in der Globalisierungsfalle" hatten die gleichen Träger 2003 in Berlin den ersten "McPlanet.com"-Kongress veranstaltet.

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Murat Kurnaz: One Muslim's Odyssey to Guantanamo

June 5, 2005

(Very few of the individuals being imprisoned at Guantanamo are known to the public in any detailed manner. That's a deliberate policy by US officials so that the public thinks that "where there's smoke, there's fire, and nothing but "bad guys" are being held there. But as we can see in this report, that's hardly the case.

(Bush, Cheney and their media reject the opinion of Amnesty that Guantanamo is part of a world-wide gulag archipelago being operated by the United States government. Readers may have a different opinion of the population at Guantanamo after they finish reading this. IMPORTANT.)

Walter Lippmann

June 5, 2005
One Muslim's Odyssey to Guantanamo

BREMEN, Germany - About two months after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the Pakistani police picked up Murat Kurnaz, a 19-year-old Muslim from Germany who was traveling by bus near the city of Peshawar.

The police turned Mr. Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen born in Germany, over to the American military in Pakistan, who in turn transferred him to Afghanistan, and he was held as a terrorist suspect.

Mr. Kurnaz, it seemed, had chosen a poor time to go to Pakistan, just as the American war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban was getting started. Could he have been a Muslim fighter, recruited to help the enemy? The fact that he was a religious young Muslim from this city in northern Germany, only an hour's train ride from Hamburg, where the main plotters of the Sept. 11 attacks had lived, apparently supported the American suspicions that he was.

Indeed, Mr. Kurnaz's lawyer in the United States said that interrogators in Afghanistan seemed convinced that he was an associate of Mohamed Atta, who is believed to have piloted one of the hijacked planes flown into the World Trade Center.

Though no link to Mr. Atta was ever found, Mr. Kurnaz was sent to the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he has been held for about three years now as an enemy combatant, specifically accused of being a member or ally of Al Qaeda or its terrorist network. The evidence against him is that, while he was traveling in Pakistan, he was the guest of a militant Islamic group said to have supported terrorist acts against the United States.

In addition, Mr. Kurnaz was known to have intended to travel to Pakistan with a close friend, Selcuk Bilgin, another Turkish citizen from Bremen. And Mr. Bilgin, according to an American military tribunal's findings on Mr. Kurnaz, later carried out a suicide bombing.

But in recent months, as details of the charges against Mr. Kurnaz have come to be known, German officials here in Bremen who have investigated both Mr. Kurnaz and Mr. Bilgin have reacted to the American conclusions about Mr. Kurnaz with astonished incredulity.

The most striking element in the picture is that, contrary to the American assumption about Mr. Bilgin having carried out a suicide bombing, the Germans say that claim is demonstrably false.

"He lives here," Uwe Picard, the Bremen criminal prosecutor who carried out the German investigation into Mr. Bilgin, said in an interview in his office here. "He is still alive."

Moreover, even American documents indicated that much of the evidence on Mr. Kurnaz actually seemed more to exonerate him than to incriminate him. The decision of the three-member Guantanamo tribunal that found Mr. Kurnaz to be an enemy combatant last September refers to classified material in his file and indicates that that is where the reputed links to Al Qaeda would be documented.

But a Federal District Court judge, Joyce Hens Green, in reviewing Mr. Kurnaz's case early this year, found that there was only a single document, called R-19, that incriminates Mr. Kurnaz as a member of Al Qaeda. About this material she concludes, "Not only is the document rife with hearsay and lacking in detailed support for its conclusions, but it is also in direct conflict with classified exculpatory documents."

Judge Green's summary of the classified file was briefly unclassified earlier this year and reported on by The Washington Post in March. It contained several intelligence reports that exonerated Mr. Kurnaz of the very charges the Guantánamo tribunal made against him.

There is one report by the Command Intelligence Task Force, the intelligence unit of the Southern Command whose responsibility includes Guantanamo, that said, "CITF has no definite link/evidence of detainee having an association with Al Qaeda or making any specific threat against the United States."

Yet, Mr. Kurnaz remains in detention in Guantanamo, and the three-member Combatant Status Review Tribunal that heard his case last year concluded, "By a preponderance of the evidence, Mr. Kurnaz meets the criteria to be designated as an enemy combatant." It is a designation that means in theory that Mr. Kurnaz can be kept in prison until President Bush declares that the campaign against terrorism is over.

Asked the reasons for the determination in the Kurnaz case, a Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. Alvin Plexico, said, "The bottom line is that we have a Combatant Status Review Tribunal to review all this information, and they have come to the conclusion that he is an enemy combatant, and they are certainly in a better position to judge than you and I are."

But an investigation of Mr. Kurnaz's case reveals no evidence that he ever fought against the United States or planned to.

Though Mr. Kurnaz was born in Bremen he has remained a Turkish citizen because his parents, who came to Germany as guest workers from Turkey more than three decades ago, never became German citizens.

He grew up in Bremen in a largely secular Muslim family. But when he became 17 or 18, Mr. Kurnaz became more religiously observant, his mother, Rubiye Kurnaz, said in an interview in his lawyer's office in Bremen. He grew a beard, she said, and began going to a largely Arab mosque, rather than the Turkish mosque that his family attended. He also began to criticize other members of his family for what he saw as their lack of piety.

Three weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Kurnaz decided to go to Pakistan. The purpose of his trip, according to his German lawyer, Bernard Docke, was to deepen his knowledge of Islam. Mr. Bilgin intended to accompany him on this trip.

As things turned out, Mr. Bilgin was stopped from leaving Germany by the border police because he had failed to pay a fine for an unrelated misdemeanor. According to Mr. Picard, the prosecutor, when the police called Mr. Bilgin's family to see if the fine could be paid so Mr. Bilgin could leave, one of the family members said that they did not want him going to Pakistan for fear that he would join a Muslim group there fighting against the United States.

It was this comment that prompted Mr. Picard's investigation into Mr. Bilgin and the Abu Bakr mosque that he and Mr. Kurnaz attended.

"Of course, we were concerned with the possibility that Murat Kurnaz had been radicalized by a preacher at the mosque," Mr. Picard said. According to some officials, German intelligence has identified one member of the Abu Bakr mosque as having recruited fighters for pro-Qaeda groups, which would seem to justify an effort to find out if Mr. Kurnaz was one of them.

But Mr. Picard said his investigation of the mosque, which included interrogations of the suspected recruiter and a search of his home, produced no evidence of terrorist connections or of any attempts to recruit Muslims there to fight against the United States.

"We get rumors sometimes that they preach hatred there," Mr. Picard said of the Abu Bakr mosque. "But there is no proof."

Though Mr. Bilgin was prevented from leaving Germany, Mr. Kurnaz did go to Pakistan on Oct. 3, 2001. About three weeks later, he was arrested by the Pakistani police in a routine check of a passenger bus near the northern city of Peshawar. According to Mr. Docke, the Pakistani police held Mr. Kurnaz for about a week and then turned him over to the American military in Pakistan. From there, Mr. Kurnaz was taken to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and eventually transferred to Guantánamo, where he has been since.

"For us what is very important," Mr. Docke said, "is that he had no weapons when he was arrested, that he was arrested in Pakistan, not on the battlefield in Afghanistan, and he was arrested by the Pakistani police during a routine check of a bus."

But his very presence in Pakistan raised suspicions among American military interrogators, and so did the fact that, by his own account, he was the guest in Pakistan of an Islamic group, Tablighi Jamaat. The group, which is based mostly in Pakistan and Bangladesh and keeps up an energetic fundamentalist missionary drive in many European countries, was described by the Guantanamo tribunal as a supporter of terrorism. That link, and Mr. Kurnaz's association with Mr. Bilgin, are the two unclassified charges made against him to support the tribunal's conclusion that he is an "enemy combatant."

Furthermore, the tribunal's findings listed no particulars of how Tablighi Jamaat is thought to have supported terrorism against the United States. Some experts say it has no record of supporting terrorism or Islamic militancy, but others have said it supported the mujahedeen fighting Russians in Afghanistan and aids Muslim separatists in Kashmir. The tribunal's decision on Mr. Kurnaz only refers to the fact that he received free food, lodging and schooling from the group.

As for Mr. Kurnaz's travels from mosque to mosque in Pakistan, some people who make such trips come into contact with more militant schools of Islam, and counterterrorism experts have noted that some of those who are attracted to the group move on to more militant groups.

But one expert on Tablighi, Jamal J. Elias, a professor of religion at Amherst College, wrote in a letter that Mr. Kurnaz's travels were exactly the sort of activity that the group undertakes in its efforts to encourage greater Muslim piety and that nothing he was reported to have done with the group indicated that he was being recruited as a terrorist.

* Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

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Arrests in Indianapolis


Please post widely

As of now, 20 Roadblock EF!ers have been arrested outside of the state capitol building in Indianapolis, IN. The charges may be disorderly conduct, but there may be more serious charges because of the whole Roadless Summer program and the fact that the demonstration was on state property. Police surrounded and attacked a demonstration protesting the plan to build the I69 superhighway. Demonstrators were stunned with tazors, pepper-sprayed (resulting in a severe asthma attack for one young woman demonstrator)and wrestled to the ground, resulting in injuries. As of now, the demonstrators are being held, handcuffed back to back, patted down and their personal effects have been removed, but they remain on the ground in front of the capitol. They have not been moved to the jail, as of yet. Local sources are saying that they will not be released until Monday, because of the political nature of the arrest.

The local jail number is (317) 231-8263
The Marion County state police number is (317)327-3811
The local major paper is (317) 444-6000, the Indy Star

Please call and demand that the protesters be released and that all charges be dropped.

Informant: Marie Mason

Die Nacht, als mir Franz Müntefering erschien


Anne Miller: George W. Bush’s declaration that the Iran is part of an “axis of evil” is “ridiculously foolish as well as just plain false”


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Kahlschlag im Tropenwald

Mit einem Waldverlust von 26.000 Quadratkilometern – das entspricht etwa der halben Fläche der Schweiz - hat das Kahlschlag-Tempo im brasilianischen Regenwald im vergangenen Jahr erneut zugenommen. Es ist die zweithöchste jährliche Entwaldungsrate im Amazonas.


Klare Botschaft für ein sozialeres Europa

Mit großer Freude hat Attac Deutschland den Ausgang des französischen Referendums über die EU-Verfassung aufgenommen. "Das französische Nein ist eine klare Botschaft: Die Menschen wollen ein sozialeres Europa und ein Ende der neoliberalen Politik", sagte Heike Hänsel, Sprecherin der bundesweiten Attac EU-AG.


Milliarden Dollar gegen Terror statt gegen Hunger

Die Washingtoner "Forschungsgesellschaft für Innere Sicherheit" hat errechnet, dass die Regierungen im Jahre 2005 über 191 Milliarden Dollar für den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus ausgeben.


Schnappauf zeigt das wahre Atomgesicht der CSU

Zu den Äußerungen des bayerischen Staatsministers Schnappauf zum Ausstieg vom Atomausstieg erklärt Hans-Josef Fell, Sprecher für Forschung und Technologie Bündnis90/ Die Grünen.


Jede fünfte Vogelart gefährdet

Jede fünfte Vogelart weltweit ist gefährdet. Das hat die jährliche Bestandsaufnahme der Umweltorganisation Birdlife International ergeben. 1212 Arten sind demnach direkt vom Aussterben bedroht.


Viele Weißstörche in Nord- und Ostdeutschland bleiben aus


Höheres Krebsrisiko durch Strommasten

Hinweise auf zwei Ursachen gaben in jüngster Zeit Studien aus Brüssel und Oxford. Die EU geht davon aus, dass in Europa pro Jahr 300.000 an Krebs sterben, die durch Feinstäube und Dieselruß zu ihrem Krebsleiden kamen. Und eine ganz neue Studie aus Oxford gibt zusätzliche Aufschlüsse über die Ursachen von Krebs. Danach steigt das Blutkrebsrisiko bei Kindern, die in der Nähe von Hochspannungsmasten leben.


Der Ausstieg aus der Erdölwirtschaft muss extrem beschleunigt werden, der steigende Ölpreis bedroht das Fundament der Weltwirtschaft

Gastkommentar von Hans-Josef Fell MdB - Forschungspolitischer Sprecher von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Der Ausstieg aus der Erdölwirtschaft muss extrem beschleunigt werden, wenn die nationale und die Weltwirtschaft von Schaden bewahrt werden soll. Der Ölpreis steigt und steigt. Er ist erneut weltweites Konjunkturrisiko Nr. 1. Mehr noch: Der hohe und immer weiter steigenden Ölpreis bedroht das Fundament der existierenden Weltwirtschaft.


Guantanamo: Our Own Devil's Island?


Contact: Wayne Smith or Tiana Gierke
Center for International Policy
(202) 232 -3317
Fax (202) 232-3440

Abuses at Guantanamo and the Administrations Misrepresentations

Washington D.C., June 3, 2005 -

Today the Center for International Policy (CIP) is releasing a report entitled "Guantanamo: Our Own Devil's Island?" It is based on a conference held in April dealing with the abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo and the fact that in turning the base into a detention center, the U.S. is in flagrant violation of the international treaty on which its presence at Guantanamo is based. Participants in the conference were Wayne Smith of Center for International Policy, Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Wendy Patten of Human Rights Watch, and Robert Muse of Muse & Associates.

CIP also wishes to take sharp issue with statements over the past few days by senior members of the Bush administration to the effect that there have been no abuses at Guantanamo and that any reports to the contrary are "ridiculous". "Referring to an Amnesty International report dated May 25 of "atrocious human rights violations" at Guantanamo and other U.S. detention centers, Vice President Cheney on May 30, for example, said the Amnesty accusations were "lies."

Detainees at Guantanamo, the vice president went on, have been "well treated, treated humanely and decently".What we are doing down there has, I think, been done perfectly appropriately."

But this statement is as false as the vice president's flat assertion on August 26 of 2002 that: "We now know that Saddam Hussein has resumed his efforts to acquire nuclear weapons."

And President Bush on May 31 dismissed the Amnesty report as "absurd" and said it was based largely on the stories of "people who hate America," i.e., the detainees.

But reports of abuses come not just from detainees and former detainees, they come also from the eye-witness accounts of members of the International Red Cross and FBI agents who were on the base (and surely FBI agents do not "hate America"). In other words, the president's statement was also false. As false as his insistence before he invaded Iraq that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction ready to fire. Or as false as his statement on July 14, 2003, that we had given Hussein "a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a responsible request, we decided to remove him from power."

This, of course, was an outright falsehood, as President Bush had to have known as he spoke those words. The inspectors had been allowed back in and wanted to press ahead with their work. But Bush at the time insisted the threat was so imminent that we didn't have time to wait for inspections, and so we went to war.

General Richard B. Meyers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also got into the act. The Amnesty report, he said on May 29, was "absolutely irresponsible. We struggle with how to handle [the detainees], he said, but we've always handled them humanely and with the dignity they should be accorded."

Always? The evidence indicates otherwise, as is made clear in our just-issued IPR described above.

If you wish to receive a hard copy of "Guantanamo: Our Own Devil's Island?" please contact us at cubaintern@ciponline.org or 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20036. Provide a return address so we can mail the report and a check or money order for $2.50. Free downloads are available at http://ciponline.org/cuba/IPR_Guantanamo.pdf

Informant: Walter Lippman


Probable connection between EM radiation and H5N1 Avian Virus outbreak

I have done extensive and exhausting field research on the Avian Virus outbreak here in Abbotsford BC (it began in February 2004) that strongly suggest a connection between the initial outbreak site and EM radiation from a very high power, multi frequency, military transmitter site located directly across the road from the poultry factory where it all began. I have presented my research to government agencies and ultimately to a Federal goverment Investigative Commission and they have apparently chosen to ignore it!

I have shared this information with quite a few people that I have met and will continue to do so. I believe the science is conclusive and more than that it was conclusive over 35 years ago !!!! The single most important fact that people tend to forget, or are unaware of is that the effects of radiation are CUMULATIVE and I strive to emphasize this point.

I truly believe that EM radiation was a vital component of the toxicities and bad management practises that ignited the H5N1 Avian Virus threat here last year.

This is my presentation to the Parliamentary Commission here in Abbotsford last Jan 18. It shows the probable connection between EM radiation and modern poultry production methods.

The science is empirical and archived at NRC Canada.

This paper is now on record with Ottawa.


I have shared and discussed it thoroughly with several scientists including Dr Magda Havas of Trent University at Peterborough Ontario. She is totally supportable and encouraging. There are quite a few others as well.

The attachements are not exactly in order - suggest begin with 'cover page' then 'introduction' then the rest will make sense. This provides empirical scientific archived proof of the harmful effects of EM radiation on 'living systems' and Randy White encouraged me to present it. Needless to say there is much much more to this paper and I have it all.

Larry Blackhall


Radiation Flu?

H5N1 the virus that is supposed to wipe out 1/2 the planet's animal/bird/human population soon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H5N1

Pandemic could cause food shortages, expert warns

Evolving H5N1 Bird Flu Alarms Experts


U.S. chastised on flu preparedness

Report warns that not enough is being done to prevent influenza spread

By Rebecca Vesely, STAFF WRITER

A new report is warning that California would be hit hard in the event of a pandemic influenza and that the U.S. government isn't doing enough to prepare for it.

The report, released Friday by the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan public health group, warns that as many as 8 million Californians could be infected by a pandemic flu and nearly 61,000 could die.

The resurgence of a lethal strain of avian flu, H5N1, in Southeast Asia is raising concerns among global health experts that a pandemic influenza may be on the horizon.

Using models developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Trust for America's Health estimates that more than half a million Americans could die and 2.3 million could be hospitalized if a moderately severe strain of pandemic flu virus hits the United States. About 67 million would be at risk of contracting the illness.

The authors will present the findings Thursday to members of the House Government Reform Committee at a hearing on U.S. preparedness for pandemic flu.

As the most populous state, California could be most affected. The projections were based on 1999 U.S. Census figures and previous pandemics in1918 and in the 1960s. The authors assumed a 25 percent infection rate, a figure they called conservative.

"This country is lagging in its readiness for pandemic flu," said Shelley A. Hearne, executive director for the Trust for America's Health. "There is great concern that this emerging strain of avian flu could be the next pandemic."

Dr. Carol Glaser, chief of the California Department of Health Services' viral branch in Richmond, said the numbers are highly speculative, but not wild guesses. "There are many variables to this so it's impossible to project," she said.

The CDC has estimated that a pandemic flu could kill

200,000 Americans, including about 20,000 Californians — less than the group's new estimates but still substantial numbers.

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, said this issue should not be taken lightly.

"The Trust for America's Health report clearly demonstrates that the emergence of a pandemic flu could exact a tremendous toll on U.S. health and economic stability," Davis said in a statement.

The H5N1 subtype of bird flu has killed 54 of the 107 people in Southeast Asia since its re-emergence.

Two very good blogs updating us on the H5N1 Avian Bird Flu Virus:

Informant: beefree


H5N1 bird flu - The Global Crisis Advisory

Interpandemic Period - H5N1 bird flu




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