Aviation Week & Space Technology September 5, 2005 Pg. 50
Directed energy takes an unexpected turn and surfaces as a handy antimissile device that can be built into aircraft, ship and ground-based radars
By David A. Fulghum and Douglas Barrie
Radar is emerging as one of the key weapons--nearly all of them still shrouded by secrecy--in the Pentagon's growing arsenal of nonexplosive devices.
Knowledge that radar can produce violent effects on electronic systems is not new. More than 20 years ago, bomber aircraft radars were capable of generating enough concentrated noise jamming to burn out the valve amps (tube amplifiers) in fighters attempting an interception. The emergence over the last few years of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, and its ability to provide high average power for appreciable times, makes such electronically destructive devices all the more attractive and effective.
The weapons-effect utility of the AESA will provide a useful adjunct to other "nonkinetic"--not relying on explosives or impact--weapons research being done in the U.S. and in Europe. The intent is to develop an arsenal of weaponry that limits, or perhaps eliminates, collateral damage and unintended casualties, a particular concern with civilians in countries that coalition forces are trying to aid.
Arrays designed for carriage by aircraft appear to be focused on cruise missiles and self-defense against anti-radiation, home-on-jam and air-to-air missiles. The radars seem particularly effective against the latter categories because energy available to focus on the approaching missile increases as an inverse square as distance decreases.
With large ground- or sea-based AESA-type arrays, the targets are to include ballistic missile warheads, supersonic sea-skimming missiles or shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that threaten airport operations.
Some of the airborne AESA radars, designed for X-band frequencies, use thousands of small transmitters/receivers, each a couple of inches square, that allow the array to conduct many tasks simultaneously. Those include detection of small, even stealthy targets, tracking and communications. Along with the AESA's high average power, there are also bandwidth benefits and the ability to utilize flexible waveforms.
They can also be used for "jamming," a term now encompassing weapons effects on enemy electronics from the right combination of power, waveform, frequency and pulse length. Possible AESA techniques for attacking another radar could include burning through the target radar's antenna side-lobes, filter side-lobes, or other known features of the target system. Radar specialists suggest it is reasonable to suppose this capability is already available to some fielded systems.
The AESA transmitters can also be focused on other targets to deliver bursts of X-band radio frequency energy into the vulnerable electronics of missiles--the current focus--or enemy aircraft and helicopters or computer systems. Under such assault, computers become confused and missiles lose interest in their targets.
MOREOVER, THE AESA radar is related to high-power microwave (HPM) just beginning to emerge as missile defense systems. The primary difference is that AESA radars produce a sustained pulse for microseconds over a limited frequency range to create an effect while HPM produces a one-pico-sec. pulse of much greater power over gigahertz of frequencies, says a long-time Pentagon radar specialist. A laser beam, by comparison, would have to be held on the target for several seconds.
Some industry specialists say such descriptions oversimplify the technology because both AESA radars and HPM can produce a variety of pulse lengths and bandwidths. They contend the only difference between AESA radars and HPM systems are the waveforms and RF power levels. Both systems use the same electronics technologies and those electronics are optimized for the performance needed to achieve the desired radar or HPM effect. That goal is often to confuse or damage enemy electronics.
These capabilities aren't openly discussed. Moreover, those with knowledge of the technology offer many caveats.
"It's not wise to characterize all AESA radars as potential weapons," says an aerospace industry expert in advanced radars. "Most radars are for defensive purposes only." Also, "one does not need an AESA to turn a radar into a weapon. It can be done with other technologies. High power is required, but beyond that, it's mostly a software issue.
"Wide bandwidth is needed in order to find a vulnerable frequency for the target," he says. "Purpose-built HPM systems would be better in this than most AESAs."
THE NEWLY EMERGING "HPM [devices] come in different flavors," says a second industry specialist. "It can make it uncomfortable for a human being to be in the beam by relying on high average power to heat the skin. Another is used to confuse or burn out missile seekers. The level of peak and/or average power depends on the specific technique being used to counter the threat.
"In general, high peak power is not unique to HPM [devices]," he says. "Radars also use high peak power in long-range search modes, and AESA [arrays] are used for both. The discriminators are the waveform properties and techniques, which include power, duty cycle, pulse length, etc., to counter the various threats, not the technology that goes into the AESA itself. AESA [arrays] support HPM, radar, communications and electronic warfare applications. What makes them unique are the properties of the waveforms that are transmitted."
There are AESAs fielded that operate at HF frequencies (re-locatable over the horizon radar) to millimeter waves (communications and other radar applications). The transmitter/receiver (T/R) modules for these devices can range from several feet to less that 1/4-in. square. Moreover, many frequencies beyond Xband can be exploited to produce weapons effects.
AESA radars on fighter aircraft aren't particularly suited to create weapons effects on missiles because of limited antenna size, power and field of view, a senior U.S. Air Force official says. And, while weapons effects from radars are interesting, "There's no requirement yet for the capability," at least on smaller aircraft, he says. The military's primary concern for now is high-resolution radar with moving target and synthetic aperture capabilities.
While it's easier to plug the energy-hungry system into city electrical power grids as ground-based systems or the Navy's next generation of electric-propulsion ships such as DD(X), the capability is also quickly moving into airborne systems.
A weapons capability exists in a handful of F-15Cs modified with the APG-63(V)2 radars for cruise missile defense and the latest production F/A-18E/Fs. It will soon be part of the F/A-22 and B-2 as part of their radar upgrades, and AESA is also to equip the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. HPM is eventually to be part of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System payload, and the huge 4 X 21-ft. MP-RTIP AESA radar array is to fly on the E-10. An AESA array is also to be carried by the British Astor.
As to weapons effects, the AESA radar offers the best way to generate high, sustained power where countermeasures demand average power, the radar specialist says. However, weapons effects or countermeasures will vary depending on the target's sensitivities. Very high peak power, short duration pulse may be the best method for attacking enemy electronics. In that case, the attack might better and more cheaply be delivered by an HPM weapon. An AESA is best used where it can use its radar function to locate the target and focus its energy. It can then rapidly move to other targets and select how long it wants to dwell on each.
The radar's weapons effect is measured in watts/sq. cm. AESA arrays are more efficient and reliable since their RF and low-noise amplifiers are near the radiators so that very little energy is lost. The beam is produced by ganging the effects of thousands of lower-wattage T/R modules.
There are lots of similarities between ground-based HPM systems and AESA radars including the T/R modules. In fact, ground-based HPM is becoming affordable because the proliferations of AESA radars has driven the price of modules down.
"HPM and AESA radar are not much different," said the radar specialist. However, "HPM is not trying to be a radar. It's much simpler to concentrate the beam into a peak power pulse [since it's not busy detecting, tracking and identifying targets]. The instantaneous power it creates can burn out missile front ends [including focal planes and imagers]."
BY COMPARISON, AESA "radar uses more elaborate wave forms that focus on detection," he says. "They put more sustained energy onto enemy missiles and burn out the low noise amplifiers and receivers in a seeker." Other specialists caution this generalization isn't necessarily always true.
While HPM produces higher peak power, AESA often generates greater average power. That produces different operational and targeting strategies. For example, Raytheon's airport protection system uses infrared sensors to find the target and determine where to focus its beam. It also produces effects at longer range, possibly as much as 100 mi., because it produces powerful pulses of energy. AESA radar has the built-in ability to find and track a target, so it can be held on the target for the necessary additional microseconds needed to create its weapons effect.
Some HPM pulses are designed to be very broadband, covering "many gigahertz" of frequencies, so they are more likely to find any opening or vulnerability in a target, the radar specialist says. AESA radar has a narrower frequency range, but it uses its radar capability to identify a target, search a library for its vulnerable frequencies and then tailor the signal for the specific target.
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Birmingham Council’s brave stand to refuse masts near schools is probably doomed to failure if it has to go up against Prescott. He could be reminded of his infamous legal challenge, but as we all know, he never had any intention of winning that battle – and he will certainly not support B’ham council in this – he will hide behind the law he made!
My (purely personal) view is that there is really only one way to fight this and win. People Power. If Birmingham parents took their children out of those schools which were near masts, and refused to let them go back until the masts were removed – the government would HAVE to take notice, especially if the publicity triggered mass action further afield ie nationwide. This direct action by parents would be a huge embarrassment to the Government, and could have the potential to force a change of policy. It’s the scale of the action that would determine its success. If it was big enough, what government would want to be seen as going up against parents, city / nationwide, whose only crime is to put their childrens’ health before the profits of global big business? It’s not a vote winner! And they have Stewart’s recommendation as a weapon to further embarrass Prescott and Blair.
As a charity I realise we can no longer suggest or even hint at direct action, let alone do it. A great shame, I think. Dr Ian Gibson MP seems to support direct action and expressed amazement that it wasn’t happening. Frankly, with 3G going up like there was no tomorrow, I think our efforts of gentle persuasion and convincing scientific arguments, laudable though they undoubtedly are, mean very little to the powers that be. They may not be laughing at us any more, in fact I’m sure they now take us very seriously, but so what, if all they do is propose limited action in some distant future, when they know it will be too late. That’s the Government/Industry tactic we face - and we are unlikely to overcome it in time to save ourselves and our children. That is the reality.
I do not write this as a member of Mast Sanity, but as someone who is angry and frustrated by the complete lack of morality of this government. As a private individual therefore, I desperately hope that campaigns across the country will ask themselves what tactics they can employ to achieve their goal. Perhaps removing their children from schools near masts might triumph where prayers and reasoned argument have failed.
This is the link to the full Birmingham Post report
Jen, I've just been talking to Lynne Insley (SCRAM) about this, because I wasn't aware that BCC had taken this decision, and I wanted to check that I hadn't missed anything while I was away. It turns out that Lynne and the rest of the SCRAM committee aren't aware of this policy either - so none of us campaigners have been consulted or informed about this policy, which seems very strange, as the Scrutiny Committee which was responsible for lifting the ban on masts on Council Land have all of our contact details, and usually fall over themselves to be 'seen' to act even when they've no intention of representing the public. Certainly, the fiasco I witnessed on the day the ban was lifted was a disgrace, and we were sold out completely. So, in a nutshell, I smell a rat with regards to this policy, and suspect that it is a publicity stunt by BCC to offset their atrocious performance when they lifted the ban....BUT....if it turns out to be a genuine move on the part of the City Council, rest assured that there will be a very high profile campaign, and Two Jags Prezzer will find that he has bitten off more than he can chew, as his colleagues in the education department could well be cursing him - there are already parents in nearby North Warwickshire keeping their children off school because of the masts at Coleshill (their MP is Solicitor General Mike O'brien). If Bham City Council are acting honestly, (for a change) then I forsee a lot of action!
The plot thickens then! Thanks a lot for the info Amanda - so good to hear from you and to know that it's all happening down there, and the b....'s aren't going to be allowed to get away with anything. Massive direct action could win the day. Whatever BCC's motives, in the end it's going to be down to the parents. They need to band together and act in force. You know the old saying 'United we stand, divided we fall ...' You take care, too! Jenny
City may lift phone mast ban
Sep 6 2005
By Paul Dale, Chief Reporter
An attempt by Birmingham City Council to stop mobile phone masts being sited close to schools and hospitals could be declared illegal.
The Government Office for the West Midlands has lodged an objection to the council's telecommunications policy, which it says is out of step with national planning guidelines.
There should be no no-go areas for masts, according to the Government.
GOWM's decision could lead to formal intervention by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, forcing the council to backtrack.
A report to the council cabinet sets out GOWM's view that the introduction of sensitive areas where masts would not normally be permitted could inhibit the growth of telecommunications systems.
Local authorities should not seek to exclude masts from certain areas, according to GOWM.
Council planners say their policy is justified given the concerns expressed in the 2004 Stewart Report, which raised the possibility that radiation from masts could be harmful, particularly to children.
In its response to GOWM, the council said: "The main objective of the policy is to ensure that there is full consideration of alternatives and that telecommunications equipment is sited in optimal locations which take account of technical considerations, visual obtrusiveness and other amenity issues.
"There is no blanket ban or cordon sanitaire, nor does the policy define a minimum distance between telecommunications equipment and existing development.
"The policy does not state that all applications within sensitive areas should be refused, but that they should be avoided in such areas, where possible."
Mick Wilkes, chairman of the council's main scrutiny committee, who championed the sensitive sites policy, said it was significant that none of the mobile phone companies had objected to the stance on schools and hospitals.
Coun Wilkes (Lib Dem Hall Green) added: "The intervention by the Government Office seems unhelpful and out of kilter with what most people would regard as a desirable policy.
"We should not yield ground on this issue because we are absolutely right."
Operators are seeking about 200 new sites in Birmingham to help to roll out the third generation of mobile phones.
Earlier this year the council lifted a ban on siting new masts on local authority property.
The masts row is one of several issues raised by people and organisations objecting to modifications to the Birmingham Unitary Development Plan - setting out development rules over the next decade.
Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency, is opposing the council's wishes to promote only high-technology employment in the A38 Central Technology Belt, which includes the MG Rover site at Longbridge.
AWM believes the policy is inflexible and that other uses should be allowed.
Supermarket giants Sainsbury's is also objecting on the grounds that all large sites have been allocated for hightech employment.
Other retail operators are objecting to the council's " restrictive" policy making it difficult to obtain planning permission for superstores on sites close to the outer ring road.
Companies including Tesco and Morrison want the council to undertake a study to discover the extent of consumer demand for supermarkets.
Is the council right to ban mobile phone masts near schools and hospitals?
Councillor Wilkes is the very same man who stood in the Council Chamber and told Councillors that they could not vote against lifting the ban if they used a Mobile! As he's the head of the scrutiny committee responsible for the lifting of the ban, it's ironic that he's referred to in the article as the instigator of a ban which the City Council must know that the ODPM are going to block, they were given enough evidence. I could, of course, be mistaken, and there is always the possibility that BCC might just put their money where their mouth is. I've sent the following email hedging bets:
The City Council should certainly stand their ground on this issue and act in accordance with the Precautionary Principle. However, if the ban on masts on Council Properties/land had not been lifted, the Council would have at least been able to keep the power to refuse masts on their land near to schools.
If the arrogance and doublespeak of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to date is anything to go by, the City Council will be steamrollered into submission.
We have a number of examples of he ODPM's failure to intervene effectively in cases where they could and should have, Winchester and Harrogate among them. It will be interesting to see how much effort they put into this intervention.
It is up to parents and residents to support a ban on masts near schools and nurseries by making their views known to the City Council and to the ODPM.
Any parents who are concerned and want to contact the relevant departments should contact the Scrutiny Committee to support the ban, and also their MPs and the ODPM if possible.
Advantage West Midlands are also one of the sponsors of a project to provide young people with Mobiles that we complained about a while ago, I remember being incensed and asking John Hemming, who was then deputy leader of Bham CC and is now MP for Yardley South, where their funding came from. He told me that they get their funding from the Government, not the Local Authority, so there can be no mistake about whose interests are being represented by 'Advantge' West Midlands!
I'll pass some information on to one of our local journos and see if they pick it up, but there is so much corruption in this nest of vipers that I believe that our local rag are also wary about who they upset, as has been the case in the past.
Reuters - Mon Sep 5,12:11 AM ET Cuban doctors sit with their backpacks during a speech by Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana September 4, 2005. Castro put on display some 1,500 doctors equipped with medical supplies on Sunday in hopes of persuading arch-enemy the U.S. to allow them to treat victims of Hurricane Katrina. Castro, in a televised meeting with the doctors, said the U.S. had not responded to his offer to send medical workers and 26 tonnes of supplies to the devastated U.S. Gulf Coast.
"George Bush has been an incompetent failure his entire life. Fortunately, for humanity, he was just partying his way through school, running companies into the ground and being an alcoholic and cocaine abuser for most of that time and his incompetence was limited to hurting the people who worked for him and his own family. The people in his life who were hurt by his incompetence probably have been able to "get on" with their lives. Now, though, his incompetence affects the world and is responsible for so many deaths and so much destruction. How many of us did not foresee the mess he would make of the world when he was selected the first time? We saw what he had done to Texas. How many of us marvelled and were so discouraged and amazed when he was "re-elected" the second time? We saw what he had done to the world. Dangerous incomptence should never be rewarded, let alone be rewarded so handsomely as in George's case." http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/2598
Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Lies: Time for Action
Congress is back in session after summer break, and there are now 61 co-sponsors of Barbara Lee's Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memos - including one Republican member of the International Relations Committee, Jim Leach. A vote in committee will come between Sept. 6 and Sept. 15. Now is the time to contact YOUR congress member. Whether or not they serve on the IR Committee, we need them to co-sponsor the Resolution. They come back to work on Tuesday. Call them first thing!
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Out of Iraq Hearings and Rally in D.C. on September 15
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Missing the Forest for the Uprooted Floating Trees
Natural calamities provide the EXCUSE FOR TYRANNY. The sequence of steps that have been taken, in this country, is the most common pathway to dictatorship.
In every call for more power for government there should be a reminder that nothing in the measure will abrogate the constitutional rights of American citizens. We must not destroy freedom in the name of defending freedom. Be careful about elimination of rights, or the setting up of totalitarian instruments.
Creating terrorism provides the EXCUSE FOR TYRANNY.
THE SHEEPLE ASK: "You would rather we let or guard down and suffer terrorist attacks on our own soil?" "Can't the government cut a few corners to help with natural calamities?"
Government officials making searches without warrants, demanding identification without probable cause, to believe that a crime has been committed IS a terrorist attack on our own soil. For Hitler, the national emergency was the burning of the Reichstag Building. Then he set up the Gestapo.
We have 9-11 and "HomeLand Security". It even sounds like "Fatherland"
Totalitarians gain power through techniques that have been developed over the entire history of mankind. Most of these techniques have been written down in "training manuals" for would be dictators.
The book called "Tragedy and Hope" was written by Dr. Carroll Quigley. Carroll Quigley claimed that he was not a "defector" but that he wrote ""Tragedy and Hope"" to PROMOTE what he called the "network". Dr. Quigley is an authority on the world's secret power structure because HE IS ONE OF THE INSIDERS. He boasts that he has been a part of this network for most of his life. He writes approvingly of their power, and influence. To assure his readers of his own qualifications for the writing of this book, Dr. Quigley states:
"I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies. . . but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known."
Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time - $39.95
Liberal university college professor Carroll Quigley praises the efforts of "an international Anglophile network" whose goal is to rule the world. He boasts of having been permitted “to examine its papers and secret records,” and confirms the existence of an over-arching conspiracy, and details the origin and eventual power of the CFR and allied groups. (1997 ed, 1348pp, hb)
The creation of "emergencies" is a part of the totalitarian agenda. The creation of "emergencies" gives the government an excuse to "crack down". Then the creation of tyranny becomes justifiable and inevitable.
When "emergencies" erupt the population accepts totalitarian measures as "the only alternative to the chaos". The action is in the REACTION.
This tactic is called "pressure from above and pressure from below".
The Communist book, called "And Not a Shot is Fired" by Jan Kozak , explains this entire strategy. Jan Kozak, who was then a member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party Central Committee, explains how a free government was actually transformed into a totalitarian dictatorship - legally. "And Not a Shot Is Fired" originated as an internal Czechoslovak Communist Party strategy paper.
"And Not a Shot is Fired" is a "'how-to' manual for takeover of a free and elected system of government, through legal means. Kozak's discussion is not theory about what "might" be possible to accomplish the seizure of power. It is a history of a technique that was actually proven, by its implementation.
Pressure from above is what Jan Kozak called "revolutionary parliamentarianism". "Revolutionary parliamentarianism" means working INSIDE of the system to change laws in such a way as to increase the power of government.
Pressure from below consists of the creation of the "emergencies"; which are then used as the excuses to increase the power of government. Karl Marx referred to pressure from below as "the proletarian struggle". Pressure from below might involve violence, or it might simply be the creation of the appearance of popular support for the increase in the power of government.
Our government leaves our border WIDE OPEN to illegal aliens, but then claims to "protect" us, by creating totalitarian measures against law abiding American citizens.
Robin Lovin, ethics professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said it's too convenient to blame one branch of government when they are all, at some level, failing people. From Watergate to Clinton's impeachment, governmental institutions have disappointed the public. "Bush, Congress, the mayor - each of them are symptoms of a bigger problem, that we don't have accountability for disasters or challenges of this scale," Lovin said. "That's all the public wants in trying times - accountability." Thus, Americans are doing what people do when government lets them down - they're turning to each other. Donations are pouring into charities. Internet sites are being used to find relatives. Residents of far-off states are opening their homes to victims. The community spirit is reminiscent of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. So is the second-guessing. It will happen again after the next crisis. You've heard the warnings: a cataclysmic California earthquake, another terrorist strike, a flu pandemic, a nuclear plant meltdown, a tsunami, the failure to address mounting U.S. debt - and on and on. Will the public and its leaders be better prepared next time?
Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched .... Yet just as the risks of a killer storm are rising, the city's natural defenses are quietly melting away. From the Mississippi border to the Texas state line, Louisiana is losing its protective fringe of marshes and barrier islands faster than any place in the U.S. Since the 1930s some 1,900 square miles (4,900 square kilometers) of coastal wetlands—a swath nearly the size of Delaware or almost twice that of Luxembourg—have vanished beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Despite nearly half a billion dollars spent over the past decade to stem the tide, the state continues to lose about 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) of land each year, roughly one acre every 33 minutes... [Editor's note: Predicting the disaster in 2004 and showing what happens from environmental devastation... -MLS](2004)
An amazing story written by National Geographic in 2004 which validates the theory that the horrible tragedy provoked by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans could have been avoided if negligence didn't happened.
Nature really kicks the door down once in a while, and let's us know how humans have made a mess of things .... There are all sorts of bargains the rich and the powerful in any society make with the poor. But one way or another through bread, circuses, the dole, the promise that Anyone Can Make It there's the offer of a deal: Don't make trouble: we'll take care of you. Empires collapse when the offer the "marginal rate of return" becomes empty: we won't take care of you. Or, we can't take care of you. We don't need you and we're not frightened of you. We're at that point here. Malthus, a Christian, proposed locating the surplus poor next to unhealthy marshes, in the hope they would get sick and die. How much of a difference is there between that and the "emergency preparedness" and evacuation procedures before, during and after Katrina? How did Washington perceive New Orleans and most of the Gulf coast? Basically as a vast huddle of the mostly poor and the mostly black. So, year after year, they denied funds to shore up levees that all experts agree are bound to give way in more than a Force Three storm. They hollowed out every state economy so that in the end Mississippi's tax base was its cut of the gambling take, from floating casinos because the Christians said the Devil's Work couldn't take place on dry land...
As we enter the celebrity telethon phase of the Katrina tragedy, NBC's "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" stands as a blueprint for its own kind of institutional failure. By censoring Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West's remarks critical of President Bush during its West Coast feed of the program Friday night, the network violated the most moving and essential moment in an otherwise sterile, self-serving corporate broadcast. "It would be most unfortunate," the network said in a statement defending its action, "if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person's opinion."Excuse me, but whose tragedy is this: NBC's or America's?
Apparently, Hurricane Katrina is not directly responsible for this monumentally rotten state of affairs. As I said above, the city of New Orleans has survived far worse in the past. If this were a game of Clue we're playing, the winning answer to "Who murdered this fine old city?" would have to be: government at every level, with your money, in Washington, D.C., Baton Rouge, and the Crescent City itself. Most of the blame belongs to the feds, of course—especially to the stupefyingly idiotic Chimpanzee-in-Chief currently running it—but there is plenty of blame left over to go around, and it'll be months, years, or possibly forever getting itself sorted out to anybody's satisfaction...
While a rising chorus in the press has taken the White House, FEMA and the Pentagon to task for performing miserably in their response to the human disaster on the Gulf Coast, few have focused on the most telling aspect of the entire failure. It’s not just incompetence. It’s a shameful lack of concern: The 9/11 “My Pet Goat” dithering on an administration-wide scale. Simply stated, the president and his top advisers chose vacation over action. While the media has done a good job in portraying the overall deadly failure of leadership, it has not focused enough on this deadly dereliction of duty..... And what of FEMA chief Michael Brown? He was so out-of-it that he didn’t even know about 10,000 evacuees living and dying at the Convention Center, even after they had received wide TV coverage for hours and hours. The next day, the president greeted him with, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job'...
"The lesson from New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina is clear and frightening: Mother Nature can create a disaster, but it is man who makes a catastrophe. The scenes of devastating destruction and flooding by Katrina pale against the suffering caused by policymakers and leaders who failed to adequately plan for the inevitable and then decided to initially write off a whole group of people when the going got tough. Again, it was the poor and mostly African-Americans who endured the misery and indignity. Most could not evacuate because of a lack of transportation or an elderly loved one who could not be moved or would not go. It would be easy to attach the nation's long history of racism to this outrage, but New Orleans has an African-American mayor...
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
'No one can escape the influence of a prevailing ideology,' wrote Ludwig von Mises, and Gulf Coast residents know precisely what it means to be trapped — ostensibly by a flood but actually by statist policies and ideological commitments that put the government in charge of crisis management and public infrastructure. For what we are seeing in New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region is the most egregious example of government failure in the United States since September 11, 2001...
And all of those fools, you and I both, have been mulcted many times over to pay for this fiasco and others just like it. Well? Where's my f***ing refund? I can turn on a satellite receiver and see corpses floating in the flooded-out areas of Bangladesh during monsoon season. I was under the impression that the reason I have my wealth repeatedly confiscated at gunpoint is so that I need not ever see or suffer such tragedy here in America. Isn't that right? .... The problem is, in summary, the wealth-destroying and lie-generating machinery of the State, which chews up productive labor, capital and lives, and spits back shabby half-assed ersatz replicas of effective solutions, all the while mumbling vaguely pleasant-sounding blandishments about "the greater good." These are the problem, not the current Maximum Leader. Keep that in mind. Keep it in everybody else's mind, too. .... Lady Katrina--hateful, murderous b... though she was--has given us many truths in her passage. Those truths are ugly. They were also expensive. Make damn sure, then, that every time you speak on this subject, those truths are driven home, not wasted. Do not permit the facts surrounding this disaster to be spun into a State triumph or "disappeared" into the Memory Hole, as has happened with so many other State failures of our time. To do so is to squander what little good might be salvaged from this farce, this tragedy, this gd... waste...
Please bring this matter to the attention of the people of the United States. They need to know that New Orleans is deliberately being denied food and water. Perhaps if the people there had food and water, they might not be shooting off guns...
If New Orleans doesn't radicalize you, what will? Troops "fresh back from Iraq" are at this moment engaged in "hunting down" people defined as "looters." An Army Times report described the mission as a struggle to put down "the insurgency in the city." The only thing to prevent us from describing the Crescent City as Baghdad-on-the-bayou is the thought that Fallujah might be a better analogy, given the scale of destruction. .... Of course the military occupation of New Orleans has been spun as an effort to protect the innocent and the defenseless from thuggery, to "get the city back under control."Having left the people to die in a hurricane (after recommending Greyhound and Amtrak to any of the poor and disabled who wished to evacuate along with the well-to-do), and then having failed to deliver food, water, and medical care, they now wish to "protect" them...
As President Bush scurries back to the Gulf Coast, it is clear that this is the greatest challenge to politics-as-usual in America since the fall of Richard Nixon in the 1970s.Then as now, good reporting lies at the heart of what is changing. But unlike Watergate, "Katrinagate" was public service journalism ruthlessly exposing the truth on a live and continuous basis. Instead of secretive "Deep Throat" meetings in car-parks, cameras captured the immediate reality of what was happening at the New Orleans Convention Center, making a mockery of the stalling and excuses being put forward by those in power.
Amidst the horror, American broadcast journalism just might have grown its spine back, thanks to Katrina...
Buses taking Hurricane Katrina victims far from the squalor of the Superdome stopped rolling early Saturday. As many as 5,000 people remained in the stadium and could be there until Sunday, according to the Texas Air National Guard. Officials had hoped to evacuate the last of the crowd before dawn Saturday. Guard members said they were told only that the buses had stopped coming and to shut down the area where the vehicles were being loaded. "We were rolling," Capt. Jean Clark said. "If the buses had kept coming, we would have this whole place cleaned out already or pretty close to it."
Those left behind early Saturday were orderly, sitting down after hearing news that evacuations were temporarily stalled. .... At one point Friday, the evacuation was interrupted briefly when school buses pulled up so some 700 guests and employees from the Hyatt Hotel could move to the head of the evacuation line — much to the amazement of those who had been crammed in the Superdome since last Sunday. "How does this work? They (are) clean, they are dry, they get out ahead of us?" exclaimed Howard Blue, 22, who tried to get in their line. The National Guard blocked him as other guardsmen helped the well-dressed guests with their luggage. The 700 had been trapped in the hotel, near the Superdome, but conditions were considerably cleaner, even without running water, than the unsanitary crush inside the dome...
Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and airlifted to salvation Saturday, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care. No one knows how many were killed by Hurricane Katrina's floods and how many more succumbed waiting to be rescued. But the bodies are everywhere: hidden in attics, floating among the ruined city, crumpled on wheelchairs, abandoned on highways. And the dying goes on at the convention center and an airport triage center, where bodies were kept in a refrigerated truck...
In the absence of information and outside assistance, groups of rich and poor banded together in the French Quarter, forming "tribes" and dividing up the labor. As some went down to the river to do the wash, others remained behind to protect property. In a bar, a bartender put near-perfect stitches into the torn ear of a robbery victim.While mold and contagion grew in the muck that engulfed most of the city, something else sprouted in this most decadent of American neighborhoods — humanity. "Some people became animals," Vasilioas Tryphonas said Sunday morning as he sipped a hot beer in Johnny White's Sports Bar on Bourbon Street. "We became more civilized." .... Even without water and power, most preferred it to the squalor and death in the emergency shelters set up at the Superdome and Convention Center. But what had at first been a refuge soon became an ornate prison. Police came through commandeering drivable vehicles and siphoning gas. Officials took over a hotel and ejected the guests. An officer pumped his shotgun at a group trying to return to their hotel on Chartres Street. "This is our block," he said, pointing the gun down a side street. "Go that way'...
Amid the chaos and sweltering heat of the New Orleans Superdome, exhausted survivors of Hurricane Katrina pleaded for help that was slow to come. Hungry, thirsty and desperate for relief, they wondered why their government had led them to shelter, and then abandoned them without basics such as enough food or water. As each day passed, the news media images of desperation fueled the anger U.S. residents directed at the government for failing to keep people in the region safe. 'It looks like everybody's going to have to fend for themselves at this point,' said Jamie Lawhon, 28, of Huntington, W.Va. 'The government has definitely lost some trust.' Sylvia Contreras agrees. 'People I know have never really trusted the government,' said Contreras, 48, of San Jose, Calif. 'This tells them they were right.'" [editor's note: Dare we find a long-term "silver lining" in all of this? Could the realization that "Big Brother cannot save us" be far behind? - SAT]
Politics is on the minds of many as the federal government comes under fire for not responding fast enough to the devastation caused along the Gulf Coast last week by Hurricane Katrina. One veteran Republican aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, suggested that recent Republican gains in Louisiana, a state President Bush carried in 2004, could begin to erode. 'If a vote was taken in Louisiana today, I think we'd all be in the tank,' he said, pointing to the perception that the Bush administration was slow to provide help to New Orleans. Congressional Democrats have begun to point fingers at the Bush administration, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying Friday that Mr. Bush displayed a 'failure of leadership' in the early days of the crisis." [editor's note: The only possible good that can come of this would be abolishing FEMA and DHS, and a housecleaning of the administration itself -- and then they can start on the Demeaucrats, who were just as blameworthy! - SAT]
Louisiana's largest newspaper is lashing out at the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina. In an open letter to President Bush, the Times-Picayune is calling for every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be fired -- especially director Michael Brown. The editorial says 'We're angry, Mr. President, and we'll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry.' The newspaper goes on to say 'Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame.' The letter says 'No expense should have been spared. No excuses should have been voiced.'" [editor's note: Although the anger is properly directed, it is for the response, not the preparation; the T-P editors seem to ignore the fact that the whole disaster could have mitigated beforehand, were it not for the theft of Congress-appropriated funds that were supposed to reinforce the levees! - SAT]
An Angry 'Times-Picayune' Calls for Firing of FEMA Chief and Others in Open Letter to President On Sunday
By E&P Staff
Published: September 04, 2005 10:40 AM ET
Editor & Publisher
NEW YORK The Times-Picayune of New Orleans on Sunday published its third print edition since the hurricane disaster struck, chronicling the arrival, finally, of some relief but also taking President Bush to task for his handling of the crisis, and calling for the firing of FEMA director Michael Brown and others. [...] Read the rest at http://tinyurl.com/abkhx
Sen. Trent Lott berated both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and his own state's emergency management, MEMA, for being mired in red tape at a time of urgent need given the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. Lott said he has been trying to get FEMA to send 20,000 trailers 'sitting in Atlanta' to the Mississippi coast, and he urged President Bush during a meeting Monday to intervene. He said FEMA has refused to ship the trailers until contracts are secured...
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that Iraq has become an even greater 'center for terrorist activities' than Afghanistan under the Taliban. Annan, speaking to British Broadcasting Corp., said many young Muslims are angry, and their anger has been exacerbated by what is happening in Iraq. 'They feel victimized in their own society; they feel victimized in the West'...
Tony Blair apologised yesterday to Britons who complained of lack of support from the Foreign Office after their Hurricane Katrina ordeal. His comments came as the Foreign Office claimed that British diplomats had been unable to get into New Orleans until Sunday. A spokesman said more than 20 diplomats had been willing to go but requests for permission from the US state department and the Louisiana state government had been repeatedly rebuffed. .... Nine officials from the Foreign Office rapid deployment team had flown to the US on Thursday to support British staff converging on the hurricane-hit area from around the US. "When we were made aware there were Britons in the Superdome, we raised the conditions with the US authorities and not long after that they were moved."
Britons caught up in the hurricane continued to arrive back in the UK yesterday. One family said American police took snapshots of trapped tourists instead of helping them. .... "At one point, there were a load of girls on the roof of the lobby saying 'Can you help us?' and the policemen said 'Show us what you have got' and made signs for them to lift their T-shirts. When they said no, they said 'Fine' and motored off down the road in their motorboat"...
However Vera Smith may have lived her life, one thing was certain. In death, she had no dignity. Killed in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, her body lay under a tarpaulin at the junction of Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue for five full days. Not her friends, her grieving husband, not her neighbours could persuade the authorities to take her corpse away. Finally, disgusted by the way she had been abandoned - and concerned, too, about the health implications of advancing decomposition - her friends buried her in a makeshift grave. A local man fashioned a simple cross, and on top of the soil that was shovelled over her body he placed a white plastic sheet and wrote "Here Lies Vera. God Help Us"...
Good for Shepard Smith. He made his point eloquently even though Bill attempted to apply the usual spin, Monday night.
The reason Bill's ratings are high, is mainly because many people love to hate him and cannot miss the show.
I used to love him until I learned what he was really made of. His time is short so maybe he should be replaced now, by Shepard or someone more human.
When Bill said they should force the people to leave the flood areas when they refused, because it would mean leaving their pets, what exactly does he mean?
Does he think the military should shoot the pets under the circumstances to encourage them to leave?
If they will rebuild, why not leave those there needing and willing to stay? Maybe it would be just easier to steal all the land to make sure everyone is gone?
What about all the money the differing charity agencies are known for keeping? Can't some be allocated to those who can and are able to start their own rebuilding, now? Give them the damn money like it was donated for instead of what really happens to the majority of it, for a change. How about that? Will you help?
Bill himself, first exposed this type of theft and deception after the 911 tragedy when the Red Cross showed their true colors. I loved Bill then and even wished he were president.
Is Bill encouraging more scams to be perpetrated on the people by not being with them, opposed to being on the side of the already known, corrupt powers that be?
Let's hope not. If Fox News wants to redeem themselves in the eyes of the people, they have to stop helping to enable the criminal element to continue the deceptions the majority of the thinkers are now aware of.
Bill can be seen right through and we want him out of business because we mean business.
For God's sake and the children's, why won't he help "US" as well as all of you at Fox? The other networks are way ahead of you in telling truth in media.
"We The People" need you to help "US" now too. Please!
For the record. Our president doesn't hate black people just as O'Lielly doesn't. It seems they hate all those they consider peasants, equally, no matter what race, color or creed.
Wenn man ein Ding, das elektromagnetische Strahlung aussendet, an das empfindliche menschliche Ohr hält, stundenlang, jahrelang, lebenslang - dass so etwas ungesund ist, dazu brauche ich keine wissenschaftliche Untersuchung, das sagt mir der gesunde Menschenverstand.
Weil aber dieser heutzutage nicht reicht, bin ich froh, dass es nun eine Untersuchung der Ärztekammer gibt: Handys können gesundheitsschädlich sein, insbesondere für Kinder.
Dass die Handy-Industrie laut aufschreit, halte ich eher für ein Zeichen schlechten Gewissens als für sonst was. Sie will jeden Österreicher jedes Jahr ein neues Handy anhängen, ein noch schöneres, moderneres, das noch mehr kann als das Handy, das jeder ohnehin schon hat.
Aber ob ihre wunderbaren Handys strahlungssicher sind, hat sie bisher noch nie interessiert. Sie sind es nicht. Die Ohrfeige der Wissenschaft ist wohlverdient.
Die Handy-Konzerne sind in einen mörderischen Konkurrenzkampf verstrickt. Sie erschlagen sich gegenseitig. Jeder will größer und stärker werden und noch besser verdienen. Es ist ein Krieg, in welchem keiner seine Zeit verschwenden will für Nebensachen wie Gesundheit.
In einem sind sich die wild einander konkurrierenden Konzerne aber einig: Sie stürzen sich auf die Ärztekammer. Es sei "verantwortungslos", sich in den blühenden Handy-Markt einzumischen; Motto: Wir wollen Handys verkaufen und nicht über Strahlenschäden diskutieren. Raus mit den Ärzten aus der Handy-Schlacht!
Die Handy-Konzerne sind Großmächte, sie werden sich mit allen Mitteln wehren. Es wird also nötig sein, den mutigen Ärzten beizuspringen.
Was ist wichtiger: dass unsere Kinder schon ab drei Jahren mit eigens für sie entworfenen Handys herumtelefonieren - oder dass ihr Erbgut vor Schädigung geschützt wird? Die Antwort ist selbstverständlich. Aber die Frage nach dem Strahlenschutz stellt sich nicht nur beim Handy für Kleinkinder - sondern sehr viel allgemeiner.
Wir sind unterwegs in die "strahlende Zukunft": Auf dem Globus sind rund fünfhundert Atomkraftwerke und sonstige Atomanlagen in Betrieb. Die von ihnen ausgehende Dauerstrahlung bleibt ununtersucht.
Eine Endlagerung der weiterhin strahlenden Atomabfälle ist nicht gefunden und wird sich auch nicht finden lassen. Das haben wir schon vergessen und verdrängt.
Die von Hochspannungsleitungen verursachte Strahlung - bleibt ununtersucht. Die vom allgegenwärtigen Wald ungezählter Handy-Masten ausgehende Strahlung - bleibt ununtersucht.
Die von den Handys abgestrahlte Schadwirkung steht zwar jetzt aktuell im Mittelpunkt - aber von einer Lösung sind wir weit entfernt. Das ist unsere "strahlende Zukunft": Die Gesundheitswünsche der Bevölkerung und die Verdienstwünsche der Wirtschaft klaffen weit auseinander.
Umso dankbarer müssen wir den Ärzten sein, dass sie den Knäuel der Probleme wenigstens an einem Ende aufgerollt haben.
It's a good thing that people across the political spectrum, even conservatives, have been speaking up to condemn what many see as the criminal negligence of the government, particularly Bush and his FEMA and Homeland Security Agency, in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and it's a good thing that there is a tremendous outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result. Because the likelihood is very high that there will be more and more hurricanes, floods, droughts, people displaced and other natural disasters hitting the U.S. in the coming years.
Indeed, God forbid, it is possible that Louisiana and Mississippi could be hit by another killer hurricane sometime this fall.
The scientists' predictions of what would happen as a result of global warming are coming true. There have been many other examples over the past several years, none in this country as disastrous, but Katrina may well be the wake-up call to galvanize a popular movement around this urgent survival issue that our threatened ecosystem badly needs.
Katrina is also example number one of this fact: global warming will disproportionately hurt black, Latino and other people of color, both in the U.S. and globally.
It is people of color who live on the islands in the South Pacific which have been shrinking as the oceans rise. Some of them will go under completely within the next 5-10 years.
It is the people of Bangladesh, most likely millions, who will be forced to leave their low-lying homes as sea levels continue to rise.
It is Indigenous, African, Asian and Latin American people who have been suffering as oil, coal and natural gas companies extract fossil fuels with little or no regard for the economic, social or environmental impacts of their operations.
It is disproportionately people of color who, as we have seen in New Orleans, tend to live in the areas of cities most vulnerable to flooding. White people with privilege tend to live disproportionately in the suburbs or exurbs.
But all people will be affected. Most of the 25,000 or so people who died as a result of the heat wave in Europe in the summer of 2003 were not people of color. Most were elderly white people. For that matter, all taxpayers in the United States will see tens of billions of dollars of their tax money go to pay for the damage done to New Orleans. This might have been avoided if Bush and Congress had not cut needed funding to strengthen the system of levees prior to Katrina at the same time that they were spending hundreds of billions for an illegal and unnecessary war.
The government's response to Hurricane Katrina is also having a huge political impact.
I was astounded a few nights ago to watch national public television news and hear David Brooks, a George Bush supporter and apologist, sharply criticize Bush's woeful performance as regards Hurricane Katrina. Not only that; he predicted that the anger and outrage among so many over the government's negligence and incompetence could well fuel a progressive movement of historic proportions. He was joined in this assessment by liberals Tom Oliphant of the Boston Globe and Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune.
The word "racism" is actually being spoken by mainstream columnists to describe, accurately, an essential aspect of what is going on. Sometimes the truth of things just can't be hidden.
On the other hand, I was not surprised to receive hundreds of angry, hurting and solidly critical emails from grassroots activists and others around the country all through last week. I was struck by how Katrina and its aftermath was uniting in action people from many different organizations and networks to provide immediate aid to the suffering. And just in the last couple of days I am beginning to see alternative proposals and projects put forward to try to have a positive, progressive, community-based impact upon the reconstruction process.
Perhaps the disaster caused by Katrina, both natural and government-made, will be another kind of beginning, the beginning of a grassroots-based, multi-cultural, anti-racist, massive, independent people's movement. One which has no use for dishonest and deceitful politicians of any party, which operates democratically and transparently, and which raises up and supports the leadership of those who have been most hurt by this system's oppressive institutions. A movement which links the issues of global warming, war, racism, class inequality, and the need for a fundamental restructuring of our economy toward sustainability and justice for all.
As I said in a poem written in 1997, "We must use our anger, our outrage, our humanity, our love, burning like a low flame, a pilot light, flaring up as necessary into a burning torch to lead others into a future, a future world, we must, we have to, claim and win."
Ted Glick is the coordinator of the Climate Crisis: USA Join the World! campaign http://www.climatecrisis.us , although these ideas are solely his own. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 1132, Bloomfield, N.J. 07003.
CAMPAIGNERS are battling yet again to stop another mobile phone mast being built just ten metres from their back gardens.
Plans have been submitted by the mobile phone company Vodafone to build a ten foot-high mast at the junction of Farnborough Road and Ship Alley, but residents are picking up their pens in protest against the proposals.
They plan to bombard Rushmoor Borough Council with letters objecting to the mast.
Last May the Mail reported Farnborough residents’ fight to stop a T-Mobile mast being built outside the Ship Inn, in Ship Lane, Farnborough, 20 metres away from the latest proposed site.
But despite the 200-strong petition from angry residents the mobile phone giant was given permission to build the 32 foot-high mast.
Now people are even more determined that they do not want two mobile phone masts so close together.
Donovan Baines, who lives just ten metres away from the proposed site, said that another mast would be a case of “overkill” and is rallying neighbours into a protest group.
He said: “I just want to stir it up and make a little bit of a scene to make everybody else aware.
“It’s far too close to the houses.”
Mr Baines wants as many people as possible to write to the council objecting to the plans.
He said: “In the next few years companies are going to put these masts everywhere.
“It’s not just happening on my doorstep, it will happen everywhere.”
And Mr Baines has the full backing of ward councillor Steve Masterson.
Cllr Masterson has already registered his objections to the council and said that he will support anyone else who wants to make their views known about the unwanted plans.
He said: “I’m totally opposed to the mast being situated in residential areas.
“They should keep them away from residential areas until the health risk is proven to be negative and the debate is no longer open.
“It’s in reasonably close proximity to schools and I’m not happy with that.
“There’s also the risk of the devaluation of people’s properties.”
But a Vodafone spokeswoman hit back at the claims and said that a report released by the Health Protection Agency in January claimed there was no scientific basis for citing minimal distances between masts and areas of public occupancy.
Covered in the Evening News today is the story of how the mast must move. T-Mobile had erected one of their telephone masts in the wrong position. Local residents hope to be even more pleased than they were when the Council voted to take enforcement action against t-Moble because the rumour is that there is a gas main just below where the mast got planning permission to be erected.
Locals remember when there used to be a house on the site and have fairly good information that when t-Mobile were erecting the mast they watched the erectors trying in the right place then moving further south, towards the school and sticking the mast where they could.
A T-Mobile spokesman admitted the whole saga had been “embarrassing”. He said: “We are aware we will be presented with formal notice to move the mast.
“If that’s the decision I think we can promise it will be moved. “There’s no doubt at all this was a mistake. It’s unfortunate and slightly embarrassing. “But the need for a base station to serve mobile traffic in that area has not altered.”
It may be a bit more embarrasing for the company if they try to move the mast and hit on the suspected gas main!
Believe it or not, the the Councillors did an amazing job against the opposition of their Enforcement Officer who recommended keeping the mast where it was - 4 meters closer to the Brunstane Primary and Nursery School. Special mentions must go to Alnwickhill’s Councillor Ian Murray who spoke out furiously aginst the mast, Councillor Longstaff who said “it’s not like we are asking them to move a house” and even local councillor Maureen Child played a blinder on the day.
A thank you to all the planning committee who really saw sense on this matter and took the appropriate action. I hope we are not getting too soft!
Good morning and Happy Tuesday, America and fellow earth citizens! I think this one needs to be very widely circulated. Please pass it on...
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 8:32 PM
Subject: The President who destroyed America
George Bush is going to go down in history as the President Who Destroyed America.
Oh sure, there were problems before he ever took office. Every nation has problems. But in the year 2000, the USA was at a fairly high point. The economy was growing. Science was moving forward. International relations were fairly good. The future looked bright. And then, an election was rigged, and a "President" who was never properly elected took office.
We all know how all the different stories about inappropriate election practices during the 2004 election. The cheating. The manipulation of the polls. The fact that people from largely Democrat demographics were prevented from voting. If you don't know about all this stuff... then you weren't paying attention. We also know that the 2000 elections were b... . But it's too late for that. We got the c... in the Oval Office, and we've got to deal with him. Too bad the War-Monger president, who doesn't even know HOW to run a war in the first place, also doesn't know how to run a country. The disaster on September 11th, 2001 was handled very well... not by Bush, but by Rudy, the esteemed former mayor of NYC. The only reaction from Bush to the whole fiasco: LET'S GO TO WAR! But... that's in the past. What about now?
Our country is already hurting financially because of the actions of our "president", or inactions, as the case might be. Our international relations are shot to hell - EVERYBODY hates us. The education system is hurting. Our entire economy is likely to fall into recession, if not an actual depression to rival the crash of the 1920s. The average citizen can't even afford gasoline - but if we'd invested in cars that used non-petroleum fuel sources (a technology we've had for a couple of decades but never developed) we wouldn't have this problem in the first place! (Hmm, does anyone else detect a connection between the oil companies, the government who funds research, and the car companies?) The progress of the scientific community is being thwarted by Chimp-Boy's religious convictions.
Bush was too busy "stopping the fags from destroying our nation" to bother running the nation. I wonder how much money went into his "Protect Marriage" campaign. How much money and resources have been spent on a war overseas, when our own infrastructure needs desperate help? DID YOU KNOW that Bush wanted to implement a universal health-care system in Iraq, funded by our own tax dollars, when we don't even have universal health care here? I don't have health coverage, but MY MONEY is going to help give medical care to some Iraqi. THIS IS B...!
Now, not all of these things fall solely on the shoulders of George W. Bush. It's his entire pathetic administration, but he's the man with the final say. He's the guy who was given all sorts of extra powers of authority by the Patriot Act. He's the i... leading the p... . I'm sorry, "leading" was the wrong word. Leadership is a quality he doesn't have.
Let's look at the situation we have right now. Our National Guard is overseas when we need them at home. Yes, they're calling them back home now, but they should have been here in the first place. People are dying, in America, of dehydration, hunger, and disease, because we took too long to respond to an emergency. The US Army can drop a bomb with pinpoint precision overseas within an hour of receiving the mission, and they're telling me it took our leaders THREE F... DAYS to drop food and water on our own soil? MORE BS...! American citizens are dying, on American soil. Oh sure, the "president" went to visit the poor victims, and he hugged women and girls for the camera, and shook people's hands... what a wonderful photo opportunity it must have been. But when he climbed aboard his helicopter to fly to the disaster area, did he even bother to think of loading a couple of extra crates of water, and maybe some food, for the victims? I'm sure there was space. And it may not have helped everybody, but to the family that would have received those supplies, it could mean the difference between life and death. Compassionate-conservativism, my f... a... .
This whole disaster-relief operation is a textbook example of "too little, too late." It's a textbook example of S... LEADERSHIP. All the way from the bottom up. For the first 24 hours, the mayor of New Orleans told people he had it under control, and they didn't need help. Two days later, he's screaming and swearing at people for not coming sooner. What? Did he think the National Guard just shows up on its own? You have to ask! We, the soldiers of the Reserves and Guard, don't sit in our unit headquarters, watching CNN, and say, "Oh look! A disaster! Let's go!" WE CAN'T. We have to have orders. We need authorization. And we need to be requested. And then, what about the governor of Louisiana? Have we even heard anything from her? She should have realized that the mayor of New Orleans wasn't seeing the situation clearly, and acted. But no. And then there's the "president." WHAT THE F...? There has been a failure in EVERY level of our civilian chain of command. And then there's FEMA. Don't even get me started. They're running a logistical nightmare. Yes, communications are down, but they knew that would happen! They were supposed to have been planning for this for years! The people of that organization are paid dearly, specifically to be ready in case of an emergency. And then, the emergency happens, and it all falls to hell. The Army can go in, and within 24 hours, we could have had food and water and medical facilities on the ground, IF we had been requested... but we weren't, until it was too late, and people were already dead and dying of preventable causes. 50,000 people were stranded in a convention center, and FEMA didn't know ANYTHING about them until four days after the storm. They would have known all about it if they'd just turned on the television, because apparently CNN has better information than the people who are supposed to handle the disaster. This is pitiful, and inexcusable.
Opportunities have been wasted, resources have been poorly used. Every vehicle going into that region, whether traveling by land, air, or sea, should be carrying food, water, clothing, medicine, and other supplies in, and carrying people out. It doesn't matter if they can only fit a little bit on a helicopter. If a helicopter is going to pick up medical evacuees, they have room in their cargo hold to carry supplies in, before picking up the patient. Who the f... was running the logistics here, and did we check to make sure they'd at least graduated kindergarten before hiring them? Things only started to work when the Army took over (thank God for General Honore), and I'm sure they're going to need much more help before it's over. I'm a qualified officer in the Army Engineer Corps. SEND ME, D... IT! I'm sitting here, making LJ entries, when I should be helping to save lives! I'm going insane, wanting to do something!
To finish off, I'd like to address Mr. George W. C... Bush, the President Who Destroyed America:
Your citizens are dying, and I personally hold you responsible for their lives. As the president, you are a public servant, NOT a king. Your job is to serve the people of the United States of America and to uphold the Constitution, not to preach your Biblical beliefs and to play golf. I'm sorry the hurricane disrupted your vacation. It must be awful for you, but I assure you, it's far worse for the victims.
Today, you addressed the nation, and admitted that you made some mistakes - that everyone involved in the relief effort made some mistakes. That's not good enough. Apologies won't bring back the people who died needlessly. As the highest authority in the land, you can't afford those sorts of mistakes. "Oops!" is not an answer. You were supposed to do something, but you didn't until it was too late for many of them, and more are going to die. Their blood is on your hands. There are still people living in filth, sleeping in the streets, crowded into crumbling buildings, stranded on rooftops, dehydrated, sick, dying, and desperate for just a bottle of water and a bit of food. These are American citizens - your highest priority... but you are incapable of understanding their suffering because you've been so sheltered all your life, you can't even comprehend the sensations of true hunger, thirst, or desperation. You've never had to worry about your next meal, or of having a roof over your head. And when you left New Orleans, after hugging a few people while surrounded by cameras, and you flew back to Washington, DC in the comfort of your helicopter, WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER? I'll bet it was delicious, wasn't it?
Oh, and by the way, how much money are you going to donate to the victims of the hurricane, Mr. Bush? How much money is going to come out of your personal bank account? You're independantly wealthy, and could live comfortably on JUST the pension from your presidency for the rest of your life. Children are giving their lunch money. What are you going to give? How much do you really love America?
The American people don't want your lies, excuses, and apologies anymore. How many mistakes can you make before you stop making them? How many more people have to die for your stupidity? Should we just wait for the next major disaster to strike, just in case you do better next time? We don't want a "next time", Mr. Bush. We don't want your promises of a better tomorrow. We want your resignation.
~Michelle J. d'Entremont
2LT, US Army Reserves, Engineer Corps
(I have no fear of publicly using my name for this. Pass it on. These are my words, and I stand behind them with my name, rank, and convictions. And if it ends up on CNN, with my name, and Bush reads it, even better.)
„10 Mitglieder des Kieler Bündnisses gegen Sozialabbau und Lohnraub führten am Sonntagnachmittag (04.09.) im Vorfeld des bundesweiten Aktionstages der sozialen Bewegung eine Theateraktion am Falkensteiner Strand durch. Der Falkensteiner Strand wurde als Aktionsort gewählt, da dort seit diesem Sommer 1€-Jobber tätig sind: Im prestigeträchtigen Projekt „Strandgut“ der DLRG werden Liegestühle, Sonnenschirme und Kinderbetreuung angeboten. Weniger auffällig sind die 1€-Jobber, welche morgens ab fünf Uhr für die Reinigung des Strandes sorgen; eine Aufgabe welche früher tariflich bezahlte MitarbeiterInnen der Stadtwerke erledigten…“ Artikel von „Beobachter“ auf Indymedia vom 05.09.2005
Tag des sozialen Protestes gegen Hartz IV: Bunte Aktionen in 57 Städten
In 57 Städten Deutschlands fanden gestern zum Tag des sozialen Protestes Aktionen gegen die Hartz IV-Reformen statt. »Wer auch immer regieren wird und weiteren Sozialabbau betreibt, muss mit unserem massiven Widerstand rechnen«, war die Losung des Tages.
Am Montag, 5. September 2005 fand ein dezentraler Aktionstag "Hartz-Schluss" in mehr als 100 Städten statt. Dieser bundesweite Aktionstag wurde im Juli beim Sozialforum in Erfurt beschlossen. Es fanden neben den Montagsdemonstrationen viele verschiedene Aktionen statt. Aktualisierte Berichte von den Aktionen in verschiedenen Städten bei Indymedia http://de.indymedia.org/2005/09/127256.shtml
Liebe Mitstreiterinnen und Mitstreiter, liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
das Aktionsbündnis der Sozialproteste hat mit seinem bundesweiten Aktionstag "Hartz-Schluss" die Wahlinszenierung der Parteien ins grelle Licht der Sozialproteste gerückt. Die Rechnung, mit TV-Schattenboxen die Opfer des Sozialabbaus von der Wahlkampftribüne zu drängen, wurde durchkreuzt.
Reiche Vielfalt von Aktionen: Von Demonstrationen bis zur Belagerung von ARGEn In Berlin wurde Hartz IV offiziell beerdigt. In Magdeburg wurde mit Gierhard Schröder Schlitten gefahren. In Bielefeld wurde die Wäsche wieder per Hand gewaschen, weil sich Arbeitslose keine Waschmaschine mehr leisten können. In Wittenberg wurde ein Armutsgewöhnungsfrühstück eröffnet. In Hamburg wurde Gierhard Schröder der 1-Euro Wanderpokal verliehen. Der Pokal zeigt einen Arbeitslosen. In Giessen wurde die Sinnlosigkeit der 1-Euro-Jobs durch eine Alu-Leiter, 2 Wassereimer, einen Wasserschlauch und einen Trichter symbolisch demonstriert. Und es sind noch viel mehr tolle Aktionen gelaufen, bundesweit! Viele lokale Netzwerke konnten ihre Anliegen in den regionalen Medien oft sehr klar zur Sprache bringen. Und auch die Ansprache von Betroffenen in den Behörden ist an dem Aktionstag mancherorts sehr gut gelungen. Viele Berichte, Pressemeldungen, Fotos, Bewertungen der lokalen Initiativen etc. sind in der Dokumentation auf der Homepage zu finden. Wir möchten noch einmal alle ermuntern, Berichte, Fotos oder auch Internet-Adressen mit Berichten an die Email-Adresse des Aktionsbündnis (die-soziale-bewegung(at)web.de) zu senden.
Die Kampagne Hartzschluss wurde auch von den bundesweiten Medien, z.B. der Tagesschau, anfangs bildhungrig aufgenommen. Wir werden auch zukünftig damit leben, dass die Journalisten ein größeres Polit-Event der sozialen Proteste in einer der zentralen Medienstädte für ihre Berichterstattung haben wollen. Wir können und wollen uns aber nicht mit einer Massendemonstration wie am 3. April des letzten Jahres messen.
6000 TeilnehmerInnen waren an den bundesweiten aber regionalen Aktionen beteiligt. Das ist in den 60 beteiligten Städten eine deutliche Steigerung der Teilnehmerzahlen gegenüber der "normalen" Montagsdemo. Damit hat sich das Konzept, zur Zeit des Wahlkampfes den Schwerpunkt auf regionale Aktionen zu legen, bestätigt. Unsere Handlungsfähigkeit ist die Voraussetzung, um auf die sozialen Angriffe jeder zukünftigen Regierungskoalition eine zuspitzende Mobilisierung weit über unsere Netzwerke hinaus entgegen zu stellen.
Der Sozialprotest konnte mit unseren Hartz-Schluss Aktionen von keiner Partei für ihren Wahlkampf vereinnahmt werden. Es ist auch nicht die Aufgabe von sozialen Bewegungen, Wahlempfehlungen auszusprechen und auf parlamentarische Stellvertreter zu hoffen, sondern sich selber und direkt intervenierend in die politischen Entscheidungsfindungen und Umsetzungen einzumischen.
Die Sozialproteste gehen aber an den Nerv der Rechtfertigungen des Sozialraubs, weil sie den Finger in die Wunde der sozialen Verletzungen legen. Die neue politische Landschaft war bereits Thema für den Spiegel gewesen. Der Spiegel Nr. 34 warnte: "Ein Gespenst kehrt zurück. Die neue Macht der Linken". Gemeint ist der soziale Protest. Die Linkspartei selber ist nur eine Fußnote dieses von uns erkämpften Einflusses. Vor dem Hintergrund eines hohen Druckes dieser Linken, in den Wahlen nicht gespalten aufzutreten, hat Gierhard Schröder seine Rechnung ohne diese Linke gemacht. Sie hat ihre Kräfte gebündelt, die Parteien zu einer schnellen Einigung gedrängt, und die Linkspartei schickt sich an, mit einer zweistelligen Prozentzahl den etablierten Parteien gehörig Schreck einzujagen.
Aus den Startlöchern gekommen Die Aktion Hartzschluss hat demonstriert, dass es dem Aktionsbündnis Sozialproteste gelingt, seine Kräfte überregional zusammenzuführen und dass es aus den Startlöchern heraus gekommen ist. Das ist auch bitter notwendig. Während aus allen Mülleimern der tiefste Dreck über die Linke gegossen wird, wird zwar die Linkspartei als Ziel genannt, gemeint sind aber wir. Das Wahlspektakel und die Schlammschlacht gegen die Linke sollen den Boden bereiten, nach der Wahl die sozialen Grausamkeiten weiter zu steigern. Aber auch hier werden die Parteien die Rechnung ohne die Sozialproteste gemacht haben. Hartzschluss war der Auftakt für Ausbau, Intensivierung und Verbreiterung des Aktionsbündnisses Sozialproteste.
Ohne diesen Protest würde auch die Linkspartei schnell im Sumpf des wohlfinanzierten etablierten Parlamentarismus verrotten. Dass sich der Stachel Linkspartei ins Fleisch des Parteiensumpfs mit allen Widerhaken einbohrt, ist auch unsere Verantwortung. Nur durch unsere außerparlamentarischen Aktionen kann die Linke so zum Jagen getragen werden, dass der Sozialraub auch parlamentarisch seine Durchsetzungsfähigkeit verliert.
Mit Hartzschluss haben wir gemeinsam einen ersten Erfolg erzielt. Der nächste Schwerpunkt können konkrete Projekte sein, die wir am 19. und 20. November auf der Aktionskonferenz vortragen, die bisher aus dem personellen Umfeld des Sozialforums in Deutschland heraus geplant wird. Ein paar Mitglieder des Koordinierungskreises und weitere Personen unseres Aktionsbündnis haben am vergangenen Freitag an einem diesbezüglichen Vorbereitungstreffen in Frankfurt teilgenommen.
Das nächste bundesweite Treffen des Aktionsbündnis Sozialproteste wird am 1. Oktober, wahrscheinlich nicht wie angekündigt in Göttingen, sondern in Kassel, statt finden. Dort wird es um die Nachbereitung des Aktionstages, um die weitere Entwicklung des Aktionsbündnis und seiner Strukturen und um Planungen kommender Aktivitäten gehen.
Es wird von unserer Seite noch keine fertigen Projekte geben. Ein beinahe fertiges Projekt, wie Hartzschluss es war, haben wir bisher nicht "im Petto". Vielleicht sind nach dem Projekt Hartzschluss, das wir schon nach kurzer Vorbereitung gemeinsam in die Tat umsetzen konnten, für kommende Aktivitäten ein gründlicher Vorlauf und sorgfältige Vorabsprachen mit potentiellen Bündnispartnern notwendig. Wir möchten zu diesem Zeitpunkt daher nur ein paar Fragen aufwerfen:
- Wahrscheinlich werden weiterhin viele Menschen davon bedroht sein, aus ihren Wohnungen vertrieben zu werden. Könnte organisierter ziviler Ungehorsam, in Absprache mit den Betroffenen, unsere adäquate Antwort auf diese Bedrohung gegen einzelne Menschen sein?
- Wie sieht die Situation nach der Wahl aus? Bei einer schwarz-gelben Regierungskoalition ist zu erwarten, dass die Gewerkschaften sich teilweise neu positionieren werden. Welche Bedeutung hat das für unsere Möglichkeiten, Bündnispolitik zu betreiben?
- Wie sieht die Situation bei den anderen möglichen Regierungskoalitionen aus?
Wir würden uns freuen, Euch am 1. Oktober in Kassel begrüßen zu dürfen.
Mit solidarischen und kämpferischen Grüßen Wolfram Altekrüger, Claudio Coladangelo, Renate Gaß, Peter Grottian, Ottokar Luhn, Michael Maurer, Edgar Schu, Detlef Spandau, Rainer Wahls, Helmut Woda
September 4, 2005 -- US Embassy in Baghdad inquires into reports that American troops in Iraq have mutinied against their officers. WMR has learned that the US embassy in Baghdad is checking into reports that U.S. troops in Iraq, including National Guardsmen, Army and Marine Corps Reserves, and regular military troops from Louisiana and Mississippi, have mutinied against their officers and are demanding to be immediately sent back home to help their families. It is not known whether the reported mutinies involve physical violence. The reports of rebellions among U.S. troops are filtering out of the Green Zone and at Baghdad International Airport from Iraqis who are working alongside their American counterparts at both locations.
Remember 9/11 - Remember Katrina - Remember New Orleans Impeach the entire neo-con administration !
I wonder if bushco didn't get to kill two birds with one stone. Surely if there was discontent in the military to this degree, they knew it. So, they stall on helping NOLA, which they were probably going to do half-assed anyway, but now they make it a worse, so that while we're all watching NOLA, the mutiny in Iraq goes un-noticed. Sure, they'll be fall out from the way they handled NOLA, but they can spin a lot of it which will work on some people, form a partisan "investigation" who'll say no one in the govt. was to blame, repeat the lies about how they didn't know about the levee, etc. It'll be a good excuse to get rid of even more "drains on the economy" then they had originally planned to eliminate(because we know they planned something since they didn't evacuate the poor people). So while everyone is watching the humanitarian scandal, hardly anyone notices the really big POLITICAL deal, that US soldiers in Iraq are mutinying.
I think they think they can pull themselves out of the NOLA scandal. They have a chance. I'm afraid that if the dems don't get spines quickly, they might be successful, at least to a certain degree. Who out their in middle class america knows what we know here on the internet? Do you think people know that they were refusing aid, actually stopping buses from getting people, etc. But soldiers mutinying in Iraq, whoo, hoo, that's the big one.
Actually, I don't consider it mutiny. I consider it a people's revolution to take back their country.
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Chicago. Die so genannte Elektroschockpistole Taster ist nach Aussage des gleichnamigen Herstellers die "effektivste aller nichttödlichen Waffen". Dem widersprechen jetzt Kinderärzte aus Chicago. Im New England Journal of Medicine dokumentieren sie den Beinahetodesfall eines Teenagers, der nach dem Einsatz von Tasers in ein Kammerflimmern rutschte.
Der junge Mann war von den beiden Nadeln des Geräts getroffen worden, das einen Stromschlag von 50 000 Volt mit einer Stromstärke von etwa 3,6 Miliampere versetzt, wenn die Angaben des Herstellers zutreffen. Der Strom erreicht die Nadeln über zwei Drähte, die nach dem Schuss mit dem Schussgerät verbunden bleiben. Das Ziel der Waffe ist die rasche Immobilisierung des Gegners.
Der Stromstoß führe zu einem unmittelbaren Verlust der "neuromuskulären Kontrolle" heißt es in den Gebrauchsanweisungen. Für einen Moment sei der Angreifer wehrlos und könne von der Polizei überwältigt werden. Der Hersteller betont die hohe Sicherheit der Waffe und beruft sich dabei auf mehrere Gutachten der britischen und amerikanischen Polizei, die die Waffe seit 2001 einsetzten.
Aus kardiologischer Sicht sind Elektroschocks jedoch nicht unbedenklich, da sie, wenn sie in der vulnerablen Phase des EKGs appliziert werden, ein Kammerflimmern auslösen können. Dieser Fall ist jetzt erstmals medizinisch dokumentiert worden. Der junge Mann kollabierte nach dem Taser-Treffer, konnte aber von den anwesenden Sanitätern wiederbelebt werden. Die Reanimation begann innerhalb von zwei Minuten nach dem Taser-Treffer. Erforderlich waren vier Stromstöße aus dem Defibrillator. Außerdem erhielt der Patient Noradrenalin, Atropin und Lidocain. Ohne die sofortige Reanimation wäre der Patient verstorben, behauptet Wayne Franklin vom Childrens`s Memorial Hospital. Er rät deshalb der Polizei, automatische Defibrillatoren bei ihren Einsätzen mitzuführen, um auf diese Komplikationen vorbereitet zu sein.
Nach Recherchen von Amnesty International vom Dezember 2004 sind in den USA seit der Einführung der Taser-Waffen mehr als 70 Menschen nach dem Einsatz der Modelle M 26 oder X26 ums Leben gekommen. Der Hersteller bestreitet bisher einen kausalen Zusammenhang - auch in dem jetzt vorliegenden Fall, obwohl ein Kammerflimmern eindeutig vorlag. Der Zusammenhang sei rein spekulativ und wissenschaftlich nicht erwiesen, schreibt Richard Luceri von Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in einer E-Mail, die der Hersteller an die Presse weiterleitete.
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