Bush's Faith Plan Faces Judgment


Informant: Mari

Government Weather Control Won't Stop Hurricane Wilma


Scott Ritter on the Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein


Informant: Sasha Karlik

Before it Begins

Thank you for your overwhelming response to last week's message by Senator Kennedy about stopping torture. Over 25,000 of you came together to tell your Members of Congress that torture is not acceptable in the United States.

I hope we can come together now on another important issue.

With the Judiciary Committee's hearing on Harriet Miers's nomination to the Supreme Court now scheduled to begin on November 7th, America needs to know that Republicans and Democrats alike have questions of Harriet Miers. Many people are already asking those questions.

What questions do you have for Harriet Miers?


Over the past few weeks more information has been revealed about Harriet Miers, but it's nowhere near enough to make a realistic picture. Republican surrogates like James Dobson and two current Texas judges have claimed to know how she will decide certain cases.

But Harriet Miers herself remains unwilling to discuss her views or her understanding of the Constitution. Before the hearings begin, Americans need to know the huge uncertainty that exists about her views and qualifications.

We must show the country that despite the lack of any realistic record on Harriet Miers, Americans still have questions that need to be answered by her before the Senate votes on her nomination.


As the Senate prepares for the hearing, your questions will help make sure that elected leaders in Washington, D.C., know that the American people want honest answers from Harriet Miers.

The issue is especially critical, because Harriet Miers was nominated to replace Sandra Day O'Connor who was often the most critical vote on 5-4 court decisions. Miers can therefore have a powerful impact on the direction of this country on fundamental issues. The lives of every American will be affected by her decisions, and it's our duty to make sure we understand what's at stake.

What are the questions for Harriet Miers that America needs her to answer?


President Bush obviously wants Miers to be approved, no matter what questions Americans have about her.

But this time the questions are coming from Republicans as well as Democrats -- we need to make sure that the people's voices are heard.

Thank you so much for being part of this essential issue.


Marty Walsh

Informant: Martin Greenhut

Concealing The Suburban Nightmare

by James Howard Kunstler, TomPaine.com

Last week's Times Sunday magazine cover story conveniently ignores the realities that make America's suburbs unsustainable.


Fitzgerald's Historic Opportunity

by James Moore, TomPaine.com

The author of Bush's Brain says Patrick Fitzgerald has the power to restore Americans' faith in the rule of law.


L'affaire Plame and federal espionage law

October 07, 2005

I Spy

The New Pravda adds to the speculation that Patrick Fitzgerald may soon put Karl Rove and/or Scooter Libby and/or their "high-level unindicted co-conspirators" in the same category as the AIPAC 3 -- i.e. espionage agents:

Recently lawyers said that they believed the prosecutor may be applying new legal theories to bring charges in the case. One new approach appears to involve the possible use of Chapter 37 of the federal espionage and censorship law, which makes it a crime for anyone who "willfully communicates, delivers, transfers or causes to be communicated" to someone "not entitled to receive it" classified information relating the national defense matters.

Under this broad statute, a government official or a private citizen who passed classified information to anyone else in or outside the government could potentially be charged with a felony, if they transferred the information to someone without a security clearance to receive it.

This idea actually has been kicking around for several years -- John Dean raised it in a column shortly after L'affaire Plame erupted, Mark Kleiman suggested it back in July, and Jim VandeHei and Walter Pincus wrote about it in the Washington Post just a couple of days ago.

But of course, the New Pravda's been too busy covering the Scooter and Judy romance (the TomKat story for ugly people) to pay much attention to All The News That's Not Fit to Print. So when it describes the "theory" that the espionage statute might apply in the Plame case as "new," it means new to the arrogant pinheads who populate the New Pravda's Washington bureau.

(Having met more than a few of them, I can assure you that many, if not most, would not have felt out of place in Monty Python's upper class twit of the year contest.)

The reality, as Dean pointed out way back when, is that the application of the espionage statute to cases that have nothing to do with, well, espionage, is neither new nor a theory. It was pioneered by the Reagan Administration more than 20 years ago, in its prosecution of Samuel Morrison, a Naval intelligence analyst caught leaking satellite photos of a Soviet aircraft carrier to Jane's Defense Week:

Although the photos compromised no national security secrets, and were not given to enemy agents, the Reagan Administration prosecuted the leak. That raised the question: Must the leaker have an evil purpose to be prosecuted? The Administration argued that the answer was no. As with Britain's Official Secrets Acts, the leak of classified material alone was enough to trigger imprisonment for up to ten years and fines. And the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed. It held that the such a leak might be prompted by "the most laudable motives, or any motive at all," and it would still be a crime. As a result, Morrison went to jail. (emphasis added)

It's interesting that the New Pravda doesn't remember this, since in its previous incarnation as the New York Times, it was one of a number of media organizations that filed an amici curiae brief in support of Morrison. I guess Keller and Pinch had that episode erased along with the rest of the old Times's institutional memory.

But I'm sure the Cheney administration itself is well aware of the precedent -- which probably explains why the Rovians have been so terrified of this investigation all along. The ultimate irony of this case is that they, along with their ideological soulmates in the Reagan administration, are the precisely ones who gave Fitzgerald the legal tools he needs to send their asses prison.

Under the the leadership of former Grand Inquisitor John Ashcroft, the Justice Department used the Morrison precedent to go after such grave threats to national security as a researcher at the DEA who leaked details about a money laundering operation in Belize (maybe DeLay had a piece of the action) to a British journalist.

Rove and his attorneys probably have already noticed that in that particular case the Grand Inquisitor supplemented the espionage count with charges brought under a 1994 statute designed to punish the unauthorized use of government computers, or the unauthorized disclosure of the information stored therein. This could become a real problem if the information about Plame that Scooter and Karl shared with their phone buddies (and/or "special friends") in the Washington press corps was taken from a computerized data base, or transmitted via e-mail, or printed off on a work station printer or . . . well, it's hard to imagine the leak didn't involve the unauthorized use of government computers, if Fitzgerald's team is as inclined as the Ashcroft Justice Department to make the law fit the crime.

We still don't know for sure that they are, but thanks to the 4th Circuit, there's no legal reason why they shouldn't or couldn't -- assuming, of course, that the Rovians learned about Plame's CIA affiliation from a classified document (like the infamous State Department memo) knew that it was classified, and leaked it any way.

The notion that Fitzgerald is dreaming up "new" legal theories to take the espionage statute where it has never been before is just typical White House disinformation. If the New Pravda reporter
(David Johnson, not to be confused with the talented and aggressive David Cay Johnson) had even a cursory understanding of the case -- or had spent a few minutes with Google -- he might have realized that.

Update 1:55 PM ET: When White House officials refuse to comment on the Plame case because (they claim) the special prosecutor has asked them not to talk, they get pilloried by the press -- including the New Pravda's editorial page. But when it's the paper's own heinie that's hanging out there in the breeze, suddenly the rules change:

Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, said Ms. Miller had been cautioned by her lawyers not to discuss the substance of her grand jury testimony until Mr. Fitzgerald finished questioning her. "We have launched a vigorous reporting effort that I hope will answer outstanding questions about Judy's part in this drama," Mr. Keller said. "This development may slow things down a little, but we owe our readers as full a story as we can tell, as soon as we can tell it."

Sure Bill -- just like you've promised a year-and-a-half ago to launch a "vigorous reporting effort" to expose the truth behind Miller's fraudulent WMD stories:

We consider the story of Iraq's weapons, and of the pattern of misinformation, to be unfinished business. And we fully intend to continue aggressive reporting aimed at setting the record straight. I'm sure you'll forgive us if we in the reality-based community don't hold our collective breath.

Posted by billmon at October 7, 2005 12:10 PM

Informant: maintzger

Water Privatization in Latin America

Although transnational water companies have suffered setbacks in places like Puerto Rico, Bolivia and Uruguay, they continue with plans to appropriate the region's hydrological resources—rivers, aquifers, wells and aqueduct systems. While "privatization" has become a loaded term in the water business, companies prefer a softer discourse, employing concepts such as "decentralization," "civil society participation" and "sustainable development."


Fitzgerald Is No Ken Starr

With the mounting anticipation that Bush administration officials will be indicted in the CIA leak investigation, Joe Conason writes that we have arrived at the stage that was always inevitable: a wave of preemptive attacks on special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his expected prosecutions.


Name That War

Tom Engelhardt writes that our President launched his war of choice in Iraq, an invasion given the soaring name Operation Iraqi Freedom. What followed - from the days of unrestrained looting after Baghdad fell to the present violent and chaotic moment - has gone strangely nameless.


Post-Rove Thinking Underway

Out of the hushed hallway encounters and one-on-one conversations, several scenarios have begun to emerge if Rove or vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis Libby is indicted and forced out.


Aide Says FEMA Ignored Warnings

For 16 critical hours, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, including former director Michael D. Brown, dismissed urgent eyewitness accounts by FEMA's only staffer in New Orleans that Hurricane Katrina had broken the city's levee system.


EU-Datenschützer zweifeln an Sinnhaftigkeit von Vorratsspeicherung


Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim


Kommissions-Entwurf abgelehnt: EU-Datenschutzbeauftragte gegen Speicherung aller Kommunikations-Daten (21.10.05)

Die Datenschutzbeauftragten der EU-Mitgliedstaaten haben am Freitag den Vorschlag der EU-Kommission entschieden abgelehnt, sämtliche Kommunikationsdaten aller Einwohner Europas auf Vorrat zu speichern. Auf einer Sondersitzung in Brüssel sprachen sie sich gegen den Entwurf einer Richtlinie aus, die alle EU-Mitgliedsstaaten verpflichten würde, sämtliche Verbindungs- und Standortdaten von Telefon, SMS, e-Mail, WWW-Surfen oder anderen Kommunikationsdiensten langfristig zu speichern. Eine solche obligatorische generelle Vorratsdatenspeicherung greife in das unverletzliche Grundrecht auf eine vertrauliche Kommunikation ein. "Die Anbieter von Telekommunikations- und Internetdiensten würden zum ersten Mal gezwungen, Milliarden von Telefon- und Internetdaten aller Bürger für Ermittlungszwecke zu speichern", kritisierte der deutsche Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz, Peter Schaar. Mit diesen Daten soll es möglich sein, Kommunikations- und Bewegungsprofile Verdächtiger zu erste llen. Kritiker halten die geplante Datenspeicherung jedoch für wirkungslos im Kampf gegen Terrorismus und Verbrechen, während hingegen die Bedrohung der Freiheitsrechte jedes einzelnen Bürgers enorm sei. Jede Auswertung von Internetadressen beispielsweise könne etwas über die Interessen, Vorlieben und politischen Präferenzen der Nutzer verraten.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Libby Targeted Joe Wilson

Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was so angry about the public statements of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a Bush administration critic married to an undercover CIA officer, that he monitored all of Wilson's television appearances and urged the White House to mount an aggressive public campaign against him, former aides say.


Fitzgerald Launches Web Site

Very exciting! He's not going to let them spin him to death. Like having his own personal C-SPAN. Seeing what they did to Joe Wilson and Earl (Delay's accuser) He's fighting back against the evil empire. Breathtaking. He's going for the TOP, at least Cheney. Internet vs.Fox News


"Oravec, Jo Ann" wrote:

good news J

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Stafford
Sent: Fri 10/21/2005 1:27 PM
To: IL Progressive Dems; AB_Progressives; Progressive Subject: [PDI] Washington Post: Fitzgerald Launches Web Site

Washington Post:

Fitzgerald Launches Web Site

By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Friday, October 21, 2005; 1:00 PM

Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has just launched his own brand-new Web site http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/osc/index.html .

Could it be that he's getting ready to release some new legal documents? Like, maybe, some indictments? It's certainly not the action of an office about to fold up its tents and go home.

Full story & direct link:

"Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it."


Informant: Bob Reuschlein

From ufpj-news

Selbstmörderische Regierungspolitik und Intrigen in Washington

Die Kritik an der Außenpolitik der Bush-Regierung nimmt zu, nun haben sich auch Wilkerson, ehemaliger Stabschef im Außenministerium unter Powell, sowie der ehemalige Sicherheitsberater Brzezinski lautstark eingeschaltet.


Elektrosmog macht krank



Der nachfolgende Brisant TV-Beitrag lief auch heute über MDR um 18.20 Uhr

Info Gerhard Kampschulte 21-10-05

Elektrosmog macht krank


BRISANT | 21.10.2005 | 17:15 Uhr

Kathrin Luginbühl aus dem Schweizer Kanton Sankt Gallen, schläft im Keller und verbringt ihre freie Zeit so oft sie kann in einer abgelegenen Berghütte. Aber nicht, weil es ihr Spaß macht. Diese Orte sind die einzigen, an denen sie sich einigermaßen wohl fühlt. Kathrin Luginbühl leidet an Elektrosensibilität.

Keine Reisen, kein Restaurantbesuch

Jeder Aufenthalt in Gebieten mit niederer und hochfrequenter Strahlung schwächt die Schweizerin. "Ich kann nicht mehr in Restaurants gehen, ich kann nicht mehr auf Reisen gehen, ich kann keine öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel mehr benutzen. Also ich kann mich nicht mehr mit anderen Leuten treffen, weil ich mich einfach nicht mehr dort aufhalten kann, wo sich die anderen wohl fühlen."

Von Übelkeit zum Strahlenflüchtling

Vor 15 Jahren bemerkte die Direktionsassistentin, dass ihr in der Nähe von Computern übel wurde. Konzentrationsschwäche, Herzrhythmusstörungen - die Beschwerden nahmen zu. Sie entwickelt sich zum Strahlenflüchtling, zieht dreimal um, denn immer wieder werden in Wohnnähe Mobilfunkmasten aufgestellt. Trotz spezieller Schutzvorhänge ist auch die jetzige Wohnung für sie nicht frei von Belastungen. "Ich spüre einfach, es kommt bei mir alles durcheinander und ich habe keine Chance etwas dagegen zu tun."

Messergebnis: Nur im Keller herrscht Strahlungsfreiheit

Die Schweizerin lässt ihre Wohnung auf Belastungen kontrollieren. Die Ingenieure René und Ernst Ackermann können mit ihrem extra entwickelten Gerät auch die Strahlen nachweisen, die im biologischen Bereich von Herz und Hirn wirken und von der offiziellen Messtechnik nicht erfasst werden.

In Frau Lungenbühls Wohnung machen die Experten Langzeitaufnahmen von der Stube, dem Schlafzimmer und im Luftschutzkeller. Mit einem Wert bei 0, müsste im Keller eigentlich der beste Ort sein. Das war dann wohl auch das wichtigste Ergebnis dieser Aktion. Frau Luginbühl geht seitdem jeden Abend zum Schlafen in den Keller.

So oft sie kann, steigt die Elektrosensible in die Berge auf und verbringt ihre Tage in einer Holzhütte. Dort ist die Strahlenbelastung extrem niedrig. Innerhalb weniger Stunden verschwinden ihre Symptome. "Wenn ich diesen Fluchtort nicht hätte, ich hätte das Gefühl oder ich wäre überzeugt, dass ich nicht überleben könnte. Ich bin gezwungen, täglich aus der Strahlenbelastung hinauszugehen."

Spuren: Verklumpte rote Blutkörperchen und Zellstörungen

Symptome von Elektrosensibilität sind im EKG nur unmittelbar nach dem Aufenthalt im schädigenden Gebiet festzustellen. Dr. Hansueli Schär, Frau Luginbühls Arzt, erklärt, der Zusammenhang zwischen Ursache und Wirkung ist bei Elektrosensibilität noch unbekannt. Auswirkungen sind aber am Blutbild erkennbar. In einer Dunkelfeldmikroskopie, sehe man zum Beispiel wie sich rote Blutkörperchen, die normalerweise verteilt sind, verklumpen. Dann sehen sie aus wie Geldrollen. Zudem kann Eiweißausschwitzung nachgewiesen werden, was wiederum zu Stoffwechselstörungen an der Zelle und damit zu Störungen am ganzen Körper führt.


Was für viele das non plus ultra ist, scheint andere krank zu machen. Wie Frau Luginbühl reagieren inzwischen weltweit Menschen empfindlich auf Handy- und andere Strahlen. Leider ist die so genannte Elektrosensibilität ein Phänomen das bisher wenig erforscht ist. Viele Ärzte sind angesichts der Leiden ratlos. In der Schweiz ist Elektrosensibilität deshalb nur als Krankheit anerkannt, wenn psychische Ursachen nachgewiesen werden.

Frau Luginbühl klagt dagegen vor Gericht. "Ich hoffe, dass ich in absehbarer Zeit ein wegweisendes Urteil bewirken kann, dass möglicherweise auch anderen Leidensgenossinnen und Leidensgenossen hilft in ihrer Situation."

DasErste.de, (21.10.05 16:59 Uhr)

Sie finden den Artikel im Internet unter der Webadresse: http://www.mdr.de/brisant/2224635.html



• Beweis der Mobilfunk-Schadwirkung auf Herz, Hirn und Nerven
• Kritik zur „Messempfehlung“ BUWAL


A Palpable Silence at the White House


Informant: John Calvert

Prosecuting Bush in Canada for torture

by Justine Davidson


On Monday, October 17th Gail Davidson and Howard Rubin along with Jason Gratl and Micheal Vonn representing B.C. Civil Liberties stepped into courtroom 55 of the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver with the hopes of lifting the publication ban which, since December of 2004 August, has kept the case out of the public eye. After a relatively short session of 45 minutes they emerged successful. 'I don't know that I would call it a victory quite yet,' said Ms. Davidson, 'but it is at least a step in the right direction. People deserve to know what is happening here.' What is happening is that Ms. Davidson and Lawyers Against the War have laid charges against George Bush Jr; accusing him of aiding, abetting, and counseling the commission of torture...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Does it take a crisis to pull us together?

Hawaii Reporter
by Bill Spencer


I just returned from the mainland where I had the opportunity to join a few million Texans escape the potential wrath of mother nature in the form of Hurricane Rita. As I sat in seemingly endless traffic jams and waited in slow moving lines to catch a flight out, I had time to think about how people behave both before and after a crisis. Much of the gulf coast was struggling with the ravages of hurricane Katrina when Rita began spinning up to force-five strength. After Katrina, the nation had opened its hearts to the victims providing aid and shelter...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's bastardized "conservatism"

by Ilana Mercer


"[Bruce Bartlett's] courageous column was only part of the fusillade he intends to let fly. To pre-empt his forthcoming book, 'The Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy,' the former Reagan aid was dismissed from the National Center for Policy Analysis. My hopes for a conservative coup may have been premature. Bartlett has deviated from the party line on matters upon which the GOP High Priests have pronounced. His dismissal tracks perfectly with the current anti-intellectual, 'You-are-either-with-us-or-against-us,' tribalism. Adherents of this tradition judge ideas and opinions not on their merit -- wrestling with substantive arguments is not an option -- but in accordance with whether they comport with preordained positions. Or according to who originates them. (If Nancy Pelosi seriously supported balancing the budget, Republicans would reject it as a liberal idea.)"


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Does democracy lead to the end of terrorism?

Christian Science Monitor


The Bush administration has pushed ahead with its idea that bringing democracy to the Middle East will lead to a state of affairs where, as the President put it recently, 'extremists will be marginalized and the flow of violent radicalism to the rest of the world will slow and eventually end.' Increasingly, however, foreign policy experts, commentators, and even US military commanders on the ground in Iraq are starting to doubt that this is true. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that some senior US officials no longer believe that establishing democracy in Iraq 'can erode and ultimately eradicate the insurgency gripping the country.' Even as millions of Iraqis voted in the recent constitutional referendum, these officials are concerned that the quest for democracy in Iraq, at least in its current form, could actually strengthen the insurgency. Experts on the Middle East agree.


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FEMA official says boss ignored warnings

Detroit Free Press


In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying. No response came from Brown. Instead, less than three hours later, an aide to Brown sent an e-mail saying her boss wanted to go on a television program that night -- after needing at least an hour to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge, La., restaurant...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Amazon "stealth" logging revealed

BBC News [UK]


Scientists from Brazil and the US say new research suggests deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has been underestimated by at least 60%. The team has completed a study using a more advanced technique of satellite imagery that can pick up more types of logging activity. These include selective logging, where loggers pick out trees of value but leave the surrounding forest intact. Brazil's government welcomed the report but said the figures were exaggerated. … The researchers concluded that the area of rainforest destroyed between 1999 and 2002 was thousands of square kilometres bigger than previously thought. They also found that about 25% more carbon had been released into the atmosphere than estimated -- possibly enough to affect climate change...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Forest Service limited too many activities



The U.S. Forest Service went overboard when it suspended mushroom picking, the cutting of Christmas trees and other activities to comply with a court order declaring it had to give the public a greater say in forest management decisions, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Clarifying an earlier ruling, U.S. District Judge James Singleton Jr., wrote that the Forest Service needs to take public comments and consider appeals on major projects, such as timber sales and new off-highway vehicle trails, not on minor things such as permits for hunting guides or gathering mushrooms.

… Environmental groups accused the Bush administration and the Forest Service of intentionally trying to create a train wreck to build support for legislation to further limit public participation in logging on national forests...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

It's an outrage: Congress may strip horse slaughter ban

With your help, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to ban horse slaughter in the United States. All of your great work was essential to these dual victories in Congress.

But that work is in danger of being undone!

We fear that the horse slaughter ban is going to be stripped during final passage of the Agriculture Appropriations bill. We cannot allow this outrageous action -- which would violate the overwhelming majorities in both the House and the Senate. If the horse slaughter ban is dropped, nearly 100,000 horses will be slaughtered for human consumption overseas next year.

We have only days left before this issue is decided.

Reach for your phone now and call your two U.S. Senators and Representative in Washington, D.C. and urge them to oppose the final Agriculture Appropriations conference report if it doesn't contain the horse slaughter ban.

Worried about making a phone call? It's simple! Your call will take no more than two minutes. You will speak to a staff assistant who will take your message and pass it along to your Representative or Senators. You can reach your members of Congress through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you need to to find out who represents you, click here:


Not sure what to say? Here's a sample phone call script:

"Hello, I'm calling from [your town and state] to let you know I've heard that the ban on horse slaughter in the Agriculture Appropriations bill is being stripped by the conference committee. After landslide votes in both House and Senate, that is an outrage. I want [your Representative or Senators' names] to oppose any Agriculture Appropriations conference report that doesn't include the ban on horse slaughter. Thank you."

We need a massive outcry in the halls of Congress immediately if we hope to save our horses. Thank you for your fast action on this critical issue.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Copyright © The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) | All Rights Reserved.

The Humane Society of the United States | 2100 L Street, NW | Washington, DC 20037, humanelines@hsus.org | 202-452-1100 | http://www.hsus.org

Cover-Up Seen as Focus in Leak Inquiry

As he weighs whether to bring criminal charges in the CIA leak case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel, is focusing on whether Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, sought to conceal their actions and mislead prosecutors, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday.


Zur Ökonomie der Habgier


Heuschrecken über Berliner Verlag

Holtzbrinck kurz vor Abschluß. Der Verkauf des Berliner Verlages an Investorengruppe ist fast perfekt. Die Belegschaft attackiert Konzernvertreter

„Zum ersten Mal wird in der Bundesrepublik ein regionaler Zeitungsverlag an eine Finanzgruppe verkauft. Die Verhandlungen zwischen der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, zu dem der Berliner Verlag mit der Berliner Zeitung und dem Berliner Kurier gehört, und einem Konsortium aus der britischen Beteiligungsgesellschaft 3i, dem Unternehmen Mecom um den Medienmanager David Montgomery und der US-Finanzgruppe Veronis, Suhler, Stevenson stehen kurz vor dem Abschluß…“ Artikel von Arnold Schölzel in junge Welt vom 19.10.2005


»Unsere Kollegen sind sauer bis wütend«

»Heuschrecken«-Alarm im Berliner Verlag. Betriebsrat und Beschäftigte zeigen sich kämpferisch. Ein Gespräch mit Nico Kramer, stellvertretender Betriebsratsvorsitzender des Berliner Verlags, in dem der Berliner Kurier und die Berliner Zeitung erscheinen. Der Verlag steht zusammen mit seinen Tochterfirmen vor der Übernahme durch ein Finanzkonsortium. Interview von Peter Wolter in junge Welt vom 19.10.2005


Berliner Verlag: ver.di fordert von Holtzbrinck Moratorium

"Einmalig und begrüßenswert ist, dass Belegschaften, Redaktionen und Chefredaktionen nicht nur gegen diese falsche Unternehmensentscheidung Stellung nehmen, sondern dies auch in den Publikationen des Verlages tun", sagte Werneke. Beim Protest und Widerstand gegen das Vorgehen von Holtzbrinck könnten sich die Beschäftigten auf die Unterstützung durch ver.di verlassen. Alle potenziellen Käufer hätten ihre Pläne den Belegschaften und Redaktionen darzulegen….“ Verdi-Pressemitteilung vom


Hoher gewerkschaftlicher Organisationsgrad beim „Berliner Verlag“. Gewerkschaft fordert Zusagen vom Käufer

Pressemitteilung von verdi- Landesbezirk Berlin-Brandenburg vom 19. Oktober 2005 (pdf)


Holtzbrinck macht‘s möglich – Verkauf die Zweite: Britische Finanzdienstleistervor der Tür der Berliner Verlagsgruppe

Die Betriebsräte der zum Berliner Verlag gehörenden Unternehmen haben sich in einer gemeinsamen Betriebsratsinfo zum geplanten Verkauf geäußert. (pdf)


Netzwerk Recherche warnt vor Einstieg Montgomerys bei der Berliner Zeitung Innere Pressefreiheit gefährdet/Anschlag auf die Zeitungskultur

Pressemitteilung der Journalistenvereinigung Netzwerk Recherche vom 14.10.2005 (pdf)


Aus: LabourNet, 21. Oktober 2005


Trotz aller Proteste: Berliner Verlag wird verkauft

„Die Würfel sind gefallen: Der Berliner Verlag wird an die Investoren der britischen Mecom und der amerikanischen Firma Veronis Suhler Stevenson verkauft. Heute morgen um neun Uhr haben die Chefredakteure und leitenden Manager des Berliner Verlags davon erfahren…“ Artikel von Michael Hanfeld bei FAZ online vom 25.10.05


ver.di fordert Garantien für Berliner Verlagsgruppe

„Anlässlich des Verkaufs der Berliner Verlagsgruppe an die Investorengruppe Mecom/VSS fordert die Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di) Garantien für die gesamte Berliner Verlagsgruppe („Berliner Zeitung“, „Kurier“, „Tip“, „Abendblatt“, Berliner Zeitungsdruck) mit ihren rund 750 Beschäftigten….“ ver.di-Pressemitteilung vom 25.10.05 (pdf)



Pressefreiheit ist nicht die Freiheit von Finanzjongleuren, mit Zeitungen zu zocken.

In einem vom netzwerk recherche initiierten Aufruf verlangen mehr als 130 Journalisten, Publizisten, Schriftsteller, Künstler, Wissenschaftler und Politiker einen "seriösen, kompetenten, verantwortungsvollen Verleger" für den Berliner Verlag. Aufruf zur Unterstützung der Berliner Zeitung beim netzwerk recherche


Aus: LabourNet, 25. Oktober 2005


Ach du Heuschreck! Am Ende hat auch geballte Prominenz nicht mehr geholfen: Der Berliner Verlag geht an ein britisch-amerikanisches Investorenkonsortium

„Es war ein gewaltiges Blätterrauschen in den vergangenen Wochen, seit bekannt wurde, dass Finanzinvestoren ein Auge auf den Berliner Verlag geworfen hatten. Auch die verlagseigenen Blätter Berliner Zeitung und Berliner Kurier stemmten sich mit eindeutig formulierten Artikeln gegen die Übernahme. Und gestern wurde bekannt, dass 140 Schriftsteller, Künstler und Prominente dem Aufruf des Netzwerks Recherche gefolgt sind und gegen die Übernahme durch "Finanzjongleure" votiert haben. Doch die Medienkampagne kam zu spät…“ Artikel von Jörn Hagenloch in telepolis vom 25.10.2005


„Klassischer Kapitalist“. Wie der neue Eigentümer des Berliner Verlags, David Montgomery, mit Zeitungen umgeht, hat sich in England schon mehrmals gezeigt. Artikel von Jürgen Krönig in Die ZEIT online vom 25.10.2005


Britische Botschaft. Der Berliner Verlag geht an Finanzinvestoren. Die geben sich als verantwortungsvolle Verlagsbesitzer – schon aus ökonomischem Kalkül. Artikel von Götz Haman in DIE ZEIT vom 27.10.2005


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The Larry Franklin-Plame connection


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Do not let the House release CIA from the prohibition on TORTURE


The Pen wrote:

Do not let the House release CIA from the prohibition on TORTURE


Having already threatened to veto the entire defense bill if restrained in any way from continuing its policy of international torture crimes, administration operatives will try to gut the McCain amendment in conference committee. Although passed 90-9 by the senate, three of the senators who voted for MORE torture, Ted Stevens (AK), Thad Cochran (MS) and Kit Bond (MO) with be on the committee to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the defense bill. And Stevens has already declared he will try to EXEMPT the CIA, the primary offender in acts of illegal torture, from being covered by the provision.

STOP TORTURE NOW AT http://www.actspeak.com/no_torture.htm

Those who are trying to grant Bush the right of an absolute dictator to torture anybody he wants anytime and anywhere he pleases must not be allowed to sneak a CIA "get out of atrocity free" card into the bill. An explicit exemption for the CIA would not only pervert the intent of the McCain amendment, it would cut the heart out of existing law and actually WEAKEN prohibitions on such abominable conduct.


In a bill written by gun manufacturers' attorneys themselves, the House is about to pass a bill (S 397) that would exempt them from essentially any civil litigation for any cause. This has NOTHING to do with gun owners or the right for them to keep and bear the arms they have now. If you actually read the text of the bill it presumes to exempt the entire industry from negligence, breach of contra! ct, and just about any other reasonable cause of action that any OTHER industry would have to respect that was not selling a product designed to kill and maim.

TAKE ACTION NOW AT http://www.actspeak.com/gun_liability.htm

Nowhere in the Constitution do we find a "thou shalt not sue corporations" amendment. Yet over the last century they have demanded and been granted full rights of personhood. That's a truly lethal combination, all the rights of a person under the Constitution but NONE of the responsibility. And all this bill represents is another giant step to making corporations effectively unaccountable to we the people for any reason whatsoever.

Informant: Andrea Ball

U.S. Navy Sued over 'Ear-Splitting' Sonar on Whales


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Indictment Is Easy Way Out For Bush Officials



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Mast Antiprotests at Cork University Hospital and in Co. Meath, Ireland

I am sending you along newspaper reports of recent anti-mast protests that have taken place in the eastern and southern parts of Ireland. Both were well-supported by local leaders, medical specialists and significant politicians. In the Cork University Hospital anti-mast protest below, an IDEA (Irish Doctors Environmental Association) doctor and a prominent Green Party T.D. (Irish Member of Parliament) carried protest placards alongside us. The protest also had the full support of the Co. Cork MEP (Independent), Kathy Sinnott.

Imelda O'Connor

IRISH EXAMINER, SATURDAY 15.10.2005 "Local News" section, Page 8



The location of mobile phone masts on the roof of Cork University Hospital contradicts Government policies, a prominent doctor claimed yesterday. Dr Sean Dunphy of the Irish Doctors Environmental Association was speaking as more than 30 protestors campaigned for the removal of Vodafone and O2 masts from the hospital's roof. "We presented a report to the Oireachtas Committee on this issue," said Dr Dunphy. "They decided that while possible health side-effects of the mast emissions were unknown, a precautionary stance should be taken with regards to their location. "With this in mind, to place masts on the roof of the hospital is risky to say the least. They shouldn't be located anywhere near hospitals, schools or playgrounds." He added that the hospital could face compensation claims in the future if the masts are not removed. "In Holland, current views suggest that masts should not be located within 300 metres of populated areas," he said. "It can take time for the side effects to show, so there could be a number of compensation claims made in years to come." Yesterday's protest was undertaken by the Better Environment and Safer Telecommunications group. Spokesman John Cummins said while the group were not anti-mobile phone, they felt the location of masts was a serious issue. "We aren't against mobile phone masts, but we think they should be located in more suitable areas," he said. "We put together a questionnaire for the public coming in and out of the hospitel, and 30 out of 30 people said they agreed with us."


[by] Olivia Kelleher

Protesters at Cork University Hospital have demanded the removal of O2 and Vodafone phone mast equipment attached to the building, citing their concern for the health and safety of people in the area.

John Cummins of Better Environment and Safer Telecommunications said yesterday it was highly irresponsible for a hospital to facilitate mobile phone operators by allowing antennae to be situated on its building.

He said the hospital should follow the example of Sligo General Hospital where recent proposals for phone masts were rejected by management, forcing Vodafone to withdraw its application for permission. Proposals for a mast had been strongly opposed by the Irish Nurses' Organisation, hospital staff and Siptu.

Mr Cummins said a recent report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources had called for a ban on phone masts near sensitive areas. These were deemed to be in particular hospitals, schools, health centres, creches and playgrounds.

About 20 protesters, including Cork Green Party TD Dan Boyle, took part in the demonstration.

A spokesman for the Health Service Executive Southern Area said the antennae served a variety of purposes including the forging of a vital link between ambulance services in Cork University Hospital and St Mary's Orthopaedic Hospital. "There is also transmitting equipment used for links between CUH and St Finbarr's Hospital and between the hospital and the ambulance base at Kinsale Road."

Cork Green Party councillor Chris O'Leary, who attended the protest, said the issue of electrosensitivity was becoming increasingly common as more and more masts were erected. Electrosensitivity is a condition where people suffer headaches, nausea and muscle pains when exposed to electromagnetic fields from mobile phones, computer screens and electricity pylons.

Mr O'Leary said there were already nine masts in Mahon where he lived on the south side of Cork city. Residents in Mahon are lodging an opposing submission to a Vodafone Ireland application for a 52.35-metre telecommunications mast on the grounds of the National Software Centre.

© The Irish Times

Below is the protest letter sent to the General Manager of Cork University Hospital

B. E. S. T. (Better Environment and Safer Telecommunications)

Chairperson: John Cummins, Pearse Street, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Tel: 052 41487

Secretary: Michael Ryan, Knockalough, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Tel: 0504 54347

P.R.O.: Pat O’Donovan, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick.
Tel: 069 61851

Joint Treasurers: Rose Ryan, Daingean, Golden, Co. Tipperary.
Br. Anthony Keane, Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick

13th October 2005

Mr. Tony McNamara General Manager Cork University Hospital Wilton Road Cork


Dear Mr. McNamara,

The B.E.S.T. Group and concerned citizens are staging a protest today, 14th October 2005, from approximately 1:00p.m. to 3:30p.m. outside the main entrance to Cork University Hospital where we will be appealing to the Management at the Hospital to remove antennae that supports the mobile phone network which is attached to the main building of the Hospital. It has been confirmed by Mr. Peter Dineen that this antennae is in the ownership of O2 Communications and Vodafone Ireland Ltd. For your perusal and information we are attaching a synopsis of the Groups aims and objectives.

We will now outline the various points which demonstrate how we have come together today to make this emphatic appeal to the Cork University Hospital’s Management to remove the said antennae without delay.

1. The Mobile Phone Network and associated technologies are very recent phenomena in Ireland with the network gaining momentum in the past five years. Mobile Phone Base Stations, in particular, have come under a great deal of scrutiny particularly in the past five years at an international level through various work programmes and studies which have been carried out by reputable doctors of science and medicine, particularly in countries where the technology has been active for over seven or more years. These studies have focused on whether or not emissions from mobile phone base stations/antennae can cause adverse health effects among the general population at levels below those recommended internationally, specifically by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). All of these studies have one common factor – not one body of work has concluded that Emissions from Antennae which support the Mobile Telephone Network are completely without harm to human health and well-being. Indeed results from many of these studies clearly show adverse health effects among those residing and working in close proximity to base stations with symptoms of ill-health being experienced such as chronic headaches, nausea, fatigue, nosebleeds, sleep disturbance, hearing problems, loss of memory and concentration, weakened immune system and skin disorders with more sinister findings of diseases such as cancer, with cancer clusters appearing in areas surrounding base stations that are in place in that particular area for over five years. I am attaching a list of some of these studies for your perusal and further investigation. I would also like to highlight Study No. 6 on this list, The REFLEX Study, which was an EU funded cross country collaboration where twelve institutes in seven countries all reported the same findings. The aim of the study was to assess whether more time and finances should be spent on research into the possible adverse health effects of EMR exposure. The conclusion, as you can clearly see for yourself, was that it is clear that in-vitro damage is real and that it is important to carry out much more research into this area.

Indeed as far back as 2001, The International Agency for Cancer Research classified low frequency electromagnetic fields as a possible carcinogen to humans.

Indeed in Sweden, the issue of electromagnetic hypersensitivity has been addressed nationally, accepted as a physical impairment, and a scheme is in place to improve both home and working conditions for people who are electro- sensitive. The symptoms of electro-sensitivity are as outlined above, i.e. chronic headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbance/insomnia, skin rashes, sore eyes etc. There is a scheme also in place that allows people to register themselves as hypersensitive and many thousands of people have done so. In fact, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the UK under the Chair of Sir William Stewart is currently reviewing all scientific literature on electro-sensitivity and its report is due out in December.

This body of evidence should clearly indicate to all concerned the great need for precaution to be exercised when dealing with our new technology. Unfortunately, precaution has not been exercised by those responsible for granting permission for the placement of the said antennae on Cork University Hospital by O2 Communications and Vodafone Ireland Ltd.

2. The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Children was questioned by a Minister within his Department regarding the possible effects of electromagnetic radiation on health. This is the Chief Medical Officer’s view on the matter:

“I have had the matter examined…….The research evidence that has been gathered over the last number of years indicates that uncertainties still exist about the potential impact of electromagnetic fields on human health. In such a situation, the precautionary principle should apply and the proposition that electromagnetic fields may have some possible effect on human health cannot be discounted into the future.”

(This is an excerpt of letter from Dr. Jim Kiely, Chief Medical Officer dated 7th April 2004 – a copy of this letter can be provided on request).

Indeed, the Environmental Health Unit at the Department of Health and Children has confirmed to our Group that Ireland does indeed adopt the precautionary principle in its dealings with the mobile telephone network and advises that this principle is exercised.

3. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications Marine and Natural Resources included a review of phone masts and mobile phones as part of its work programme for 2005 and the Committee duly published its report in June 2005. Noel O’Flynn TD, Chairman of the Committee together with the other members of the Committee acknowledge people in Ireland who live and work in close proximity to phone masts and who are suffering ill-heath as a result. In Chairman O’Flynn’s own words it was with these people in mind that the Committee included a review of phone masts and mobile phones as part of its work programme for 2005. Among its fourteen recommendations the Committee has called for Planning Regulations, Guidelines and Exemptions to be reviewed immediately which will ensure that no equipment which emits Electromagnetic Radiation will be placed near hospitals, health centers, schools, playgrounds, pitches or near any locations where the most vulnerable in our communities would be exposed. Instrumental also to the Committee preparing and publishing its Report were submissions from the Irish Doctors Environmental Association which included its review on international data on ill-health effects from base stations together with its own findings from an epidemiological study it undertook on people living in close proximity to one or more base stations. The IDEA has carried out a great deal of research into this particular area and is gravely concerned by the lack of precaution being exercised in Ireland particularly in terms of where base stations/antennae are being situated. The IDEA fully supports the appeal we are making today to the Management at Cork University Hospital for the removal of the said antennae from its building. Also in support of our protest today is Kathy Sinnott MEP, to whom our Group has made a presentation recently.

4. Generally, it is accepted that one does not use a mobile phone in a hospital. Indeed your Hospital’s Mobile Phone policy clearly prohibits the use of mobile phones within the Hospital as they may interfere with sensitive hospital equipment for monitoring patient care. This would seem to be an excellent precautionary approach and supports the many field test studies such as those commissioned by the Medical Devices Agency (UK) which show that many types of hospital equipment are susceptible to RF radiation. In this light alone, we cannot therefore understand why permission was given for the placement of the said Antennae on the Hospital Building which said antennae support the mobile telephone network.

Recent proposals for phone mast antennae to be attached to the roof of Sligo General Hospital were rejected by the Hospital’s management which will now force Vodafone to withdraw its application for permission which it had submitted to Sligo Borough Council. This rejection followed strong opposition to the development from the INO, staff at the hospital and SIPTU. It is this type of precautionary approach that is needed with regard to telecommunications equipment especially where the young, old and sick, the vulnerable members in our community, are concerned.

Therefore, it does not seem prudent for Cork University Hospital, a Hospital with a 600 bed capacity and plans in place for a 200 bed capacity maternity unit and neo-natal facility to be supporting such technologies around which serious doubts continue to remain. Reasoned thinking would suggest that around such deficiencies and gaps in knowledge then the most vulnerable in our community i.e. children whose skulls are thinner, whose immune systems are still developing and the sick and elderly should not be unduly exposed to such emissions until they are proven to be 100% safe.

We are appealing to the Management of the Cork University Hospital to protect the interests of its patients and staff and take the necessary steps to remove the mobile phone antennae from its building without delay.

We look forward with great anticipation to your response to this letter and our appeal.

Yours faithfully,

John Cummins Chairperson On Behalf of the B.E.S.T. Group

c.c. Mary Harney T.D., Minister for Health and Children

Attached to the letter were these studies:


1. Study of the health of people living in the vicinity of mobile phone base Stations. Santini et al. (Pathologie Biologie (Paris) 2002; 50: 369 – 73)

Found significant health effects on people living within 300 metres of mobile phone base stations. Conclusions include this recommendation:

“….it is advisable that mobile phone base stations not be sited closer than 300 meters to populations…”

2. Study for the Netherlands Ministries of Economic Affairs, Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Health and Welfare and Sport. Carried out by Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research “Effects of Global Communications System Radio-Frequency Fields on Well Being and Cognitive Function of Human Subjects With and Without Subjective Complaints” (September 2003)

Found significant effects on well being, according to a number of internationally recognised criteria (including headaches, muscle fatigue/pain, dizziness etc.) from 3G mast emissions well below accepted ‘safety’ levels (less than 1/25,000th of ICNIRP Guidelines). Those who had previously been noted as ‘electro-sensitive’ under a scheme in that country were shown to have more pronounced ill-effects, though others were also shown to experience significant effects.

3. The Microwave Syndrome – Further Aspects of a Spanish Study
(1)Oberfeld Gerd, (2) Gomez-Perretta Claudio (2)Portoles Manuel, (3) Navarro A. Enrique, (4) Maestu Ceferino,

1) Public Health Department, Salzburg, Austria
2) University Hospital La Fe. Valencia, Spain
3) Department of Applied Physics, University Valencia, Spain
4) Foundation European Bioelectromagnetism (FEB) Madrid, Spain

Presented at an International Conference in Kos (Greece) 2004.

This study found significant ill-health effects in those living in the vicinity of 2 GSM mobile phone base stations. They observed the following:

“The strongest five associations found are depressive tendency, fatigue, sleeping disorder, difficulty in concentration and cardiovascular problems”.

As their conclusion the research team wrote:

“Based on the data of this study the advice would be to strive for levels not higher than 0.02 V/m for the sum total, which is equal to a power density of 0.0001 uW/cni2 or 1 uW/m2, which is the indoor exposure value for GSM base stations proposed on empirical evidence by the Public Health Office of the Government of Salzburg in 2002.”

4. Report on Incidence of cancer near a cell-phone transmitter station.

(1) Ronni Wolf MD, (2)Danny Wolf MD

(1) The Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Centre, Rechovot and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

(2) The Paediatric Outpatient Clinic, Hasharon Region, Kupat Holim, Israel

Published in the International Journal of Cancer Prevention Volume 1, No. 2 April 2004

This Study, based on medical records of people living within 350 metres of a long established phone mast, showed a fourfold increased incidence of cancer generally compared with the general population of Israel, and a tenfold increase specifically among women, compared with the surrounding locality further from the mast.

5. Naila Study, Germany (November 2004) Research for Report carried out by 5 medical doctors

Following the call from Wolfram Konig, President of the Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz (Federal Agency for Radiation Protection) to all doctors of medicine to collaborate actively in the assessment of the risk posed by cellular radiation, the aim of this study was to examine whether people living close to cellular transmitter antennae were exposed to a heightened risk of taking ill with malignant tumours.

The basis of the data used for the survey were PC files of the case histories of patients between the years 1994 and 2004. While adhering to data protection, the personal data of almost 1,000 patients were evaluated for this study, which was completed without any external financial support. It is intended to continue the project in the form of a register.

The result of the study shows that the proportion of newly developing cancer cases was significantly higher among those patients who had lived during the past ten years at a distance of up to 400 metres from the cellular transmitter site, which has been in operation since 1993, compared to those patients living further away, and that the patients fell ill on average 8 years earlier.

In the years 1999-2004, i.e. after five years’ operation of the transmitting installation, the relative risk of getting cancer had trebled for the residents of the area in the proximity of the installation compared to the inhabitants of Naila outside the area.

6. REFLEX STUDY (December 2004) The REFLEX Report is a EU funded cross country collaboration report looking into the effect of EMR and whether, or not, more money should be spent on research into the possible adverse health effects of EMR exposure.

Twelve institutes in seven countries have found genotoxic effects and modified expressions on numerous genes and proteins after Radio Frequency and extremely low frequency EMF exposure at low levels, below current international safety guidance, to living cells in-vitro. These results confirm the likelihood of long-term genetic damage in the blood and brains of users of mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic fields. The idea behind the REFLEX study as to attempt the replication of damage already report to see if the effects were real and whether, or not, more money should be spent on research into the possible adverse health effects of EMF exposure. They concluded that in-vitro damage is real and that it is important to carry out much more research, especially monitoring the long-term health of people.

NOTE: The first five studies are the only studies known of to date that specifically consider the effects of masts on people and show clear and significant ill-health effects. The REFLEX Study is ground breaking in terms of recognising that there is a significant and real geneotoxic effect to EMR exposure. There are no known studies relating to health effects from masts that do not show such ill-health effects and nor are there any Studies, published or unpublished which categorically conclude this exposure to be completely without effect on health.

Below is the report of the antimast protest on the eastern coast. It may be noted in passing that this area--The Skryne Valley--is also involved in a campaign to save its Hill of Tara--the historic home of the High Kings of Ireland--from another form of "progress": an M3 Motorway!

The report below featured in THE MEATH CHRONICLE, Saturday, Oct 15, 2005


"Residents in pledge to fight phone masts in Skryne area
[BY] Paul Murphy

A YOUNG mother of three children stood before an audience in a packed community hall in Skryne on Friday and pleaded with local residents to fight against the erection of telecommunications masts by Hutchinson 3G at Derrypatrick and Tullaghmeaden.

Martina Halpin, who is a cancer sufferer, said: “If you have children or grandchildren and you want them to grow up without disability or handicap, then stand up and fight. If you don’t, your voice will never be heard.”

The meeting was organised by Skryne Concerned Residents and Derrypatrick/ Tullaghmeaden Community Concerned Parents and was addressed by a number of activists, and by a man who said he had suffered gravely from the proximity of a mobile phone mast near his home. Approximately 100 residents attended the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, which was chaired by Heinrich Liesner, members of the audience were invited to join a committee which is being set up to campaign against phone masts. One has already been erected in the area and another is planned.

Mr Liesner said that Minister Noel Dempsey had been invited to attend, and had replied that he could not come to this particular meeting but might attend a future meeting.

Francis Fitzpatrick of Fine Gael said that he was attending the meeting “because I’m a dad with five kids and because I’m terrified of the implications of this mast. All of these phone companies tell you that masts are no danger to your health. But it sounds very hollow indeed.”

He added: “Two European countries have deemed the masts to be dangerous and said they should not be placed near schools or homes.” They were not against progress, he said, and they were reasonable people seeking to participate in the future progress of their community.

“Our own Government wants to be seen as pro-business, and so do we - but not at the expense of our children,” Mr Fitzpatrick added.

Mr John Cummins of the BEST Group (Better Environmental Safer Telecommunications) said he lived 100 metres from a mobile phone mast at Cahir, Co Tipperary, and suggested there were serious health implications for people living in the vicinity of these masts. In the last three years, 20 people living near the mast had been diagnosed with cancer and a number had died, he said.

“One study has shown that children are magnets for radiation because their skulls are so thin. In Summerhill in Dublin, there were three illegal masts and Tony Gregory TD was asked to investigate. When he got in touch with the health board they told him any illnesses were more to do with social conditions than the masts.”

John Ryan, a farmer from Tipperary, said that he had suffered greatly from the presence of a mobile phone mast 220 yards from his home. He had written to every minister about his health problems. “When I went to the Department of Health they put me back to the Department of Communications. My wife gets flashes behind her eyes and can’t go into the yard. My grandson is five years-old and he has woeful problems. He goes berserk in the school. He drinks five to six pints of milk a night.”

Mr Ryan said he had accepted e10,000 for the erection of a mast on his land but the phone company had told him it would cost him e50,000 to have it taken away, “and even then, they wouldn’t accept it and it’s still there.”

Mr Con Colbert, a retired teacher who works with the Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association, said he lived in Raheny and there were numerous illegal masts where he lived. “There is no planning permission for any of them. You should all be worried about your health and about the state of democracy in this country,” he told the audience.

He said the doctors’ association had carried out research on 16 people living near masts and they suffered from a range of conditions, including buzzing in their ears, stress, anxiety, depression, abnormal throat sensations, and tingling in their lower limbs.

Dr Don MacAuley, Mast Action in Meath (MAIM), said that he had no apologises to make for the fact that MAIM was “the bane of Meath County Council and the phone companies.”

They had fought against the erection of 14 masts to date, he said. “We have won nine and lost five. We have been trying to put safety zones around these masts for the past four years and we are fighting against both the Government and the phone companies who are more interested in profit than health.

“We are going to have 5,000 masts going ahead in Ireland over the next three to four years as the system is rolled out. As a group, we have been pretty effective in fighting these masts. At the moment, the county council will not accept health as a factor in the planning decisions,” Dr MacAuley said.

“Comreg is useless in controlling this situation. When you ask where these masts are, nobody can tell you. The county councils don’t know, the only ones who know are the phone companies. They are being disguised inside chimneys, on gable ends, one inside a crucifix, one disguised as a tree, others in light fittings,” he claimed.

Mr Pat Donnellan, representing Deputy Shane McEntee of Fine Gael, said Deputy McEntee had visited the site at Skryne. He had also had discussions with the company applying to have the mast erected at Skryne and it had said it would be willing to meet local residents. “The mast at Carlanstown is also of concern to Deputy McEntee and he has asked me to say here that he will support the people of Skryne in any way he can.”

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"When the possibility of far-reaching war crimes and crimes against humanity exists, people of conscience have a solemn responsibility to inquire into the nature and scope of these acts and to determine if they do in fact rise to the level of war crimes" from the Charter http://www.bushcommission.org/

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The First Session of the 2005 International Commission of Inquiry On Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration held Oct 21-22, Check here soon for on-line video:


In the spirit of Nuremberg, the Bertrand Russell Tribunal, and the World Tribunal on Iraq The Not In Our Name statement of conscience is proud to sponsor this Commission

Keynote addresses: The Moral Challenge and Responsibility of our Time • Howard Zinn, Historian, special videotaped message to the commission • Marcus Raskin, Institute for Policy Studies and The Nation editorial board

• Ann Wright, former foreign service officer who resigned from the State to protest the war on Iraq • Michael Ratner, president, Center for Constitutional Rights

"When we conducted missions, it became clear that there was no regard for the lives of the Iraqis. We conducted our operations in the cities. There are no trench lines in Iraq. The war is being fought in every corner of that country. Not in the deserts, not in the mountains, but next to the schools, the neighborhoods, the mosques... I could stand here for hours, go on and on about everything that I saw that was wrong. But I think that the main thing that creates violence in Iraq is that there is a sense among the Iraqi people that we are there to stay permanently to occupy and oppress them -- occupy and oppress their land -- and they are resisting that occupation. It does not matter if we have good feelings or we are acting out of fear or we are acting out of frustration. The fact is that we have no right to be there and they realize that…" -Camilo E. Mejia, GI resistor and member Iraq Veterans Against the War in testimony to the Commission


1. Wars of Aggression
2. Torture and Indefinite Detention
3. Destruction of the Global Environment
4. Attacks on Global Public Health and Reproductive Rights

Jury of conscience: Dennis Brutus, South African exile poet;
Abdeen Jabara, former president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee;
Ajamu Sankofa, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-NY

Prosecutors and Witnesses: Amy Bartholomew, professor of law, Carleton University; Stephen Bronner, professor of political science, Rutgers University; Larry Everest, author, Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda; Thomas Fasy, MD, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Ted Glick, Climate Crisis Coalition; Denis Halliday, ex-UN Assistant Secretary-General, former head of UN Humanitarian Mission In Iraq; Eric Lerner, New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee; Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst; Camilo E. Mejia, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Barbara Olshansky, Center for Constitutional Rights and co-ordinator of Guantanamo detainee defense; Sarah Sohn, Immigration Equality

The full prosecution of the indictments will take place in a second session to be held by January, 2006.

For more information and to view on-line video coming soon:

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The fix is in

by Chris Floyd

If anyone in the White House is actually indicted and convicted for the high crime of exposing the identity of an undercover agent -- in wartime, no less -- they will certainly be pardoned when George W. Bush finally limps away from the steaming, stinking, blood-soaked ruin of his presidency. Nobody will do any hard time; in the end, the whole sick crew will simply pass through the golden revolving door into the lifetime gravy train of corporate grease and right-wing lecture-circuit glory.


Congressman wants new Able Danger probe

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A vocal House Republican is calling for a new probe into what he says is a "witch-hunt" by defense officials against a Sept. 11 intelligence whistleblower.

Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Penn., told United Press International that officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, had "conducted a deliberate campaign of character assassination" against the whistleblower, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer.

Shaffer has said that a highly classified Pentagon data-mining project he worked on, codenamed Able Danger, identified the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 terror attacks as linked to al-Qaida more than a year before they hijacked four planes and crashed them, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Weldon told UPI he had written to the Department of Defense inspector general to ask for "an immediate formal inquiry, with people testifying under oath," into what he called "a clear witch-hunt" against Shaffer, who has been on administrative leave while minor allegations about some expenses are investigated.

Weldon's move comes after Shaffer said that boxes of his personal effects, returned to him by the DIA earlier this month, contained both government property and classified documents.

"Sending classified material through the mail is a felony, and much more serious than any of these minor, trumped up charges against (Shaffer)," he said, adding that "I want the appropriate persons held accountable."

Weldon said that the DIA had now taken steps to fire Shaffer. "It's outrageous and scandalous," he said.

A DIA spokesman had no immediate comment.


"Able Danger" & 9/11 Foreknowledge
by William F. Jasper
October 31, 2005

The ongoing coverup concerning the secret Able Danger operation provides further evidence that the "war on terror" is a farce...

According to Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), in September 2000 the Able Danger team initiated at least three separate efforts to get its information on the hijackers to the FBI "so they could bring that cell in and take out the terrorists." That was one year before 9/11. Army Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Schaffer, one of the principal members of Able Danger, has stated in interviews given this past August that Able Danger had identified five al-Qaeda cells, including two of the three cells that ultimately would be used to pull off the 9/11 terror attacks. Lt. Col. Schaffer set up one Able Danger/FBI meeting in the fall of 2000. It was canceled — as were all other efforts to inform the FBI — per orders from higher-ups in the Department of Defense...


Informant: John Calvert

Senate Panel Approves Arctic Drilling

The Senate Energy and Commerce Committee approved a measure on Wednesday to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas production. The plain is a way station on the annual migration of thousands of caribou and many more migratory birds.


DeLay Fingerprinted, Photographed and Released on Bail

US Rep. Tom DeLay on Thursday turned himself in at the Harris County Sheriff's bonding office, where he was photographed, fingerprinted and released on bond on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.


Copy Of Tom Delay's Arrest Warrant

The Great Martingale Massacre

Stirling Newberry: This is the basic mathematics of George Bush, the double-down President. Each time he fails, he goes back to his backers among the privileged and doubles the bet. Eventually, he will bankrupt anyone with a finite amount of money.


"Sell" War To The Public And Press

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich Uses Resolution Of Inquiry To Demand Documents From White House Group That Developed Strategy To "Sell" War To The Public And Press.


Brutal Treatment of Hunger Striking Detainees at Gitmo


Attack Syria? Invade Iran? By What Constitution?


Attack Syria? Invade Iran?

Brecher and Smith: As the old saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!" Congress and the American people allowed President Bush to fool us into war with Iraq. Shame on us if we allow him to do it again in Syria, Iran, or anywhere else!


Feingold to Rice: Finish Mission, Bring Troops Home


Bill Bennett, Bob Bennett and the Criminal Element


Grandmas Knew Iraq Score Early


The War in Iraq is Not a "Loose End"


US Earthquake Assistance to Pakistan: Good Samaritan or Strategic Calculator?


Prosecutors Find Rove and Libby Spoke of Contact With Media


Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Say Feeding Tubes Employed as Torture


Powell Aide Blasts Rice - Cheney - Rumsfeld 'Cabal'


POPs kill 5 million children a year


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Electrosmog in Japan

I am an American who has been living in Japan for the past 17 years. Recently, I have become aware that the Electrosmog caused by the more and more ubiquitous microwave antennas has been seriously negatively affecting my health.

Are there communities I can go to to get away from the Electrosmog and if so where are they?


Art Kab


Replying to Art Kab, I too left Tokyo because my health was seriously affected. I am now living in a rural area near Mt. Fuji, and I feel much better. There are really no areas without cell phone antennas, but if you go into the mountains it is much better. If you like to hike, most of the wild places are practically free of cellular pollution. There are still satellites, though, and I think the BS broadcasting satellite is particularly bad. Going to Okinawa or further south gets you out of the stronger part of the beam, but there is no place that is completely free.

I went in to central Tokyo this morning to a dentist for removal of one of my amalgams (and will go back to get the others done later--I will see if this also helps with my health), and became dizzy. I am seriously affected by the electrosmog in Ginza. I try to avoid spending too many hours in central Tokyo. In August, when I spent two days in central Tokyo, I came down with what appeared too be meningitis, so now I don't go to central Tokyo without a very good reason.

A shame, though! The anti-cell phone group has apparently chosen a name: Keitai Off. (keitai means cellphone) And they've gotten a good start, but are having all their meetings in central Tokyo, so I just can't join them. I'll try to get more news from them somehow and relay it to everyone.

All the best,

Pat Ormsby

Schulen sollen handyfreie Zonen werden - Schulärzte raten zu Verbot von Handys

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Michael Meyer
Risiko Mobilfunk Österreich
Plattform Sozialstaat Österreich - Netzwerk Zivilcourage
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Schulen sollen handyfreie Zonen werden

Wiens Schulärzte haben gesprochen. Geht es nach ihrem Willen, werden alle Schulen zu handyfreien Zonen. Die Schulärzte empfehlen den Schuldirektoren, ein Handyverbot in die Hausordnungen aufzunehmen. Denn die Handy-Strahlung könne jungen Menschen schaden, was nicht erwiesen ist. Andererseits fehlt aber auch der klare Gegenbeweis.

Also meinen die Schulärzte: "Sicher ist sicher!"

Die kürzlich ausgesprochene Empfehlung der Schulärzte wurde in einem Kreis von AHS-Schuldirektoren bei einer Dienstbesprechung mit dem Schulärztlichen Dienst zunächst mündlich getätigt.

Begründet wurde sie mit dem Vorliegen einer Studie, die einen negativen Effekt der Mobilfunkstrahlen speziell auf junge Menschen befürchtet. Die Mobilfunkbetreiber wiesen diese Studie zurück und verwiesen darauf, dass alle WHO-Richtlinien eingehalten würden. Dennoch nahm die Wiener Ärztekammer ebendiese Studie im Sommer zum Anlass für Warnungen vor dem übermäßigen Handy-Gebrauch. Logischerweise stellten sich die Schulärzte auf den selben Standpunkt.

Nun wurde aus der mündlichen Empfehlung eines Handy-Verbots eine schriftliche: Der Stadtschulrat erklärte sich "gern" bereit, die Empfehlung schriftlich an die AHS-Direktoren weiterzuleiten.

In diesem Schreiben steht: "Eine kürzlich präsentierte Studie weist eindeutig einen gentoxischen Effekt von Mobilfunkstrahlen nach. Daher hat die Wiener Ärztekammer. . . ausdrücklich vor übermäßigem Handy-Telefonieren vor allem bei Kindern gewarnt. . .

Solange nicht eindeutig das Gegenteil bewiesen ist, empfehlen wir die Schulordnung/Hausordnung ihrer Schule zu überprüfen und wenn möglich ein Handyverbot auszusprechen. Sicher ist sicher!"

Des Weiteren zählt das auf Stadtschulrat-Papier verschickte Schreiben Empfehlungen der Ärztekammer zum Gebrauch von Handys.
"Die Empfehlung gilt natürlich auch für die Pflichtschulen", erklärt man im Stadtschulrat. Die praktizieren ein Handy-Verbot - mehr oder weniger streng - seit geraumer Zeit.

Schaumgebremst wendet es Direktor Jürgen Peters von der Franz-Jonas-Europaschule in der Floridsdorfer Deublergasse an: "Bei uns darf man ein Handy zwar mithaben - es muss aber unhör- und unsichtbar bleiben. Bei Verstößen wird das Handy kassiert und nur den Eltern ausgefolgt. Bei der Gelegenheit erkläre ich ihnen freundlich den Sinn des Verbots."

"Handy fern vom Körper halten"

Auszug aus den jüngsten Empfehlungen der Ärztekammer:

Kinder unter 16 Jahren sollten Handys nicht oder nur in dringenden Fällen kurz benutzen.

Das Handy in der Hosentasche und auch SMS-Versenden unter der Schulbank kann die Fruchtbarkeit beeinträchtigen und sollte daher gänzlich unterlassen werden.

Beim Versenden von SMS sollte das Handy vom Körper fern gehalten werden.

Handy während des Gesprächsaufbaues nicht an den Kopf halten.

Das Handy nachts ausschalten oder nicht in Kopfnähe aufbewahren.

Nicht in Fahrzeugen (Auto, Bus, Bahn) telefonieren, da hier das Handy mit höherer Leistung strahlt.

Auch Headsets sind nicht empfehlenswert.

Keine Spiele am Handy spielen.

Internet nur über Kabelverbindungen nutzen. UMTS und WLAN führen zu hohen Strahlenbelastungen.



Gesundheit: Streit um Handy-Verbot an Schulen



Stadtschulrat empfiehlt zahnloses Verbot. Ärztin warnt Eltern vor Hysterie. Bald Funkstille für Wiens Kinder?

(c) APA

WIEN. Laut einer Warnung der Wiener Ärztekammer kann Handystrahlung krank machen, im schlimmsten Fall Krebs verursachen. Jetzt reagiert der Wiener Stadtschulrat darauf.

Omega siehe dazu „Neue Untersuchungen bestätigen Gefahr von Mobilfunk-Strahlung“ unter: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/939195/

In einem Schreiben empfiehlt die Leiterin des Schulärztlichen Dienstes, Andrea Kubec, den Wiener AHS-Direktoren, "wenn möglich ein Handy-Verbot auszusprechen". Grundlage dafür die ist die Warnung der Ärztekammer aus dem Sommer, die sich auf die international durchgeführte "Reflex-Studie" bezog (siehe

http://www.diepresse.com/Artikel.aspx?channel=c&ressort=w&id=513929 ).

Ausgerechnet dort hält man die Empfehlung jetzt für überzogen. Gudrun Weber, Schulärztereferentin der Wiener Ärztekammer zur "Presse": "Ich halte es für absolut übertrieben, mit so einer Empfehlung an die Schulen zu gehen." Es bestünde die Gefahr, "dass die Sache Beine bekommt und eine Eigendynamik, vergleichbar mit einer Hysterie vor der Vogelgrippe, entwickelt". Für Weber ist ein Verbot der falsche Weg mit der Gefahr umzugehen. "Handys sollte man an Schulen aus anderen, nicht aber aus gesundheitlichen Gründen verbieten."

Im Büro der Wiener Stadtschulratspräsidentin Susanne Brandsteidl nimmt man die Empfehlung von Landesschulärztin Andrea Kubec sehr ernst. Neben den höheren Schulen will man die Warnung auch an Pflicht- und Privatschulen weiterleiten. "Uns geht es nicht darum Hysterie zu schaffen", erklärte Sprecher Matias Meissner. Allerdings könne man die Empfehlung der Ärzte - gerade wenn es um Kinder geht - auch nicht negieren. Meissner: "Frau Kubec wird gute Gründe für ihre Empfehlung gehabt haben."

In der Praxis ist ein Verbot von Handys jedoch schwer exekutierbar. Genauso wie Schultaschen nicht nach Waffen durchsucht werden dürfen, können die Schüler nicht auf Handys "gefilzt" werden. Einzig: Über die Hausordnung kann - ähnlich wie beim Rauchverbot - ein Handy-Verbot festgeschrieben werden.

In den meisten Wiener Gymnasien ist dies ohnehin der Fall. Wer beispielsweise im GRG Wenzgasse in Hietzing in der Pause per Handy telefoniert, dem wird das Gerät bis zum Ende des Tages abgenommen.

Anders im Theresianum im vierten Bezirk. "Das Telefonieren in der Pause ist wichtig für den Kontakt mir der Familie", so Administrator Fritz Tiefenbrunner. Ansonsten habe das Theresianum kein Handyproblem. "Die Schüler halten sich daran, dass ihr Telefon während der Stunde abgeschaltet sein muss", so Tiefenbrunner, "wenn wir nichts ändern müssen, tun wir es nicht". Karin Lobner, Administratorin im Gymnasium Rahlgasse in Mariahilf hält ein totales Handy-Verbot für nicht umsetzbar: "Wir haben keine Möglichkeit. Wenn wir das Telefon während der Stunde wegnehmen, müssen wir es am Ende der Einheit zurückgeben. Wenn wir es in der Pause einziehen, dann am Ende der Pause."

Kärnten hat indes schon ein Handyverbot, allerdings nur ein theoretisches. Denn Schulreferent Martin Strutz (BZÖ) sandte am 13. September an alle Pflichtschulen ein Schreiben, in dem er an die Direktoren appellierte, ein Verbot in der Hausordnung festzuschreiben. Begründung: Mobiltelefone seien nicht nur aus medizinischen Gründen bedenklich, sie verursachten hohe Kosten und störten an vielen Schulen den Unterricht.

Bei den Lehrern ist Strutz' Anliegen auf wenig Gegenliebe gestoßen. "Nicht einmal ignorieren" laute das Motto an den betroffenen Schulen, sagt Vize-Landesschulrats-Präsident Rudi Altersberger (SP) im Gespräch mit der "Presse". Das Verbot sei nämlich unkontrollierbar, denn: Das Durchsuchen der Rucksäcke und Jacken von Schülern sei nur bei Gefahr in Verzug erlaubt und von einer solchen könne man bei Mobiltelefonen wohl nicht sprechen. Altersberger: "Es gibt keine vernünftige Begründung, mit der man in der Demokratie jemandem die Benützung eines allgemein gebräuchlichen Kommunikations-Mittels verbieten könnte."

Omega doch, die Begründung lautet: Schutz der Gesundheit von Minderjährigen. Siehe dazu auch „Mobilfunk in der Schule“ unter: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/338094/


Quelle: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1076985/



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Description of symptoms as well as occurrence of IgE and positive Phadiatop Combi in persons with the physical impairment electrohypersensitivity

Please, note that I have got yet another article published - in Swedish only [the title is translated below into English]:

Holmboe G, Johansson O, "Symptombeskrivning samt förekomst av IgE och positiv Phadiatop Combi hos personer med funktionsnedsättningen elöverkänslighet", (="Description of symptoms as well as occurrence of IgE and positive Phadiatop Combi in persons with the physical impairment electrohypersensitivity", in Swedish), Medicinsk Access 2005; 1 (5): 58-63


I have now made a short summary of our recent article:

Holmboe G, Johansson O, "Symptombeskrivning samt förekomst av IgE och positiv Phadiatop Combi hos personer med funktionsnedsättningen elöverkänslighet", (="Description of symptoms as well as occurrence of IgE and positive Phadiatop Combi in persons with the physical impairment electrohypersensitivity", in Swedish), Medicinsk Access 2005; 1 (5): 58-63

SUMMARY In this paper, the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity is investigated. The aim of the study was to characterize the complex set of symptoms and to order them according to the WHO's ICQ10 register of diagnoses. Furthermore, we also tested for the presence of increased levels of IgE or signs of a positive Phadiatop Combi (which is a screening test for allergies towards certain articles of food, pollen, insects and other animals) which both would be indicators of an immune system alert. If such increases would be found, they could then be used in the diagnosis of electrohypersensitivity.

Twenty-two persons (5 men, 17 women) participated. The age range was between 25 and 79 years. The symptoms were given in a ranked scale where the symptoms were attributed points according to the following: 0 = no symptoms at all, 1 = occasional, mild symptoms 2 = occasional, severe symptoms 3 = regular, mild symptoms 4 = regular, severe symptoms.

Symptoms of the skin and the nervous systems dominated the picture. The most frequent ones were skin redness, eczema and sweating, loss of memory, concentration difficulties, sleep disturbances, dizziness as well as muscular and joint-related pain, and muscular and joint-related weakness. Headache, faintness, nose blockade and fatigue were also common. In addition, 19 of the persons had symptoms from the gastrointestinal tract. All (!) the persons with the impairment electrohypersensitivity had tinnitus.

No connection between IgE blood levels and symptoms could be found, all the persons with electrohypersensitivity had normal values (<122 kU/l). Only 3 persons had a positive Phadiatop Combi.

In summary, it is of paramount importance to continue the investigation of persons with the impairment electrohypersensitivity. We would favour studies of electromagnetic fields' interaction with mast cell release of histamine and other biologically active substances, studies of lymphocyte viability as well as studies of the newly described serotonin-containing melanocytes. Also, continued analysis of the intraepidermal nerve fibers and their relations to these mast cells and serotonin-containing melanocytes are very important. Finally, not to be forgotten, a general investigation - of persons with the impairment electrohypersensitivity versus normal healthy volunteers - regarding the above markers as well as other markers for cell traffic, proliferation and inflammation is very much needed.

Such scientific work may lay a firm foundation for necessary adjustment of accessibility, thus helping and supporting all persons with the impairment electrohypersensitivity.

Olle Johansson,
assoc. prof.
The Experimental Dermatology Unit Department of Neuroscience Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm


This information includes the English version of the above-referenced, study -- a "very important evaluation" that will hopefully go a long way toward moving away from "allergic-type sensitivity" to deal with the "real issue of EMF/EMR-induced toxicity" -- or "the poisoning" that results from chronic, prolonged exposures to even low levels of electromagnetic radiation pollution!!!

Those in a position of making decisions regarding funding will be making a major contribution toward the cause of improved health for everyone --- children are particularly vulnerable -- by providing financial support for Dr. Olle Johansson to help in his quest for truth.

Persons (I know more than one) who are helping and have helped support Dr. Johansson's efforts, deserve "special thanks," the words for which are impossible to come up with!!!

Take care everyone!!! Joanne

Joanne C. Mueller Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W. Minneapolis,
Minnesota 55448-2127
Phone: 763-755-6114
Email: jcmpelican@aol.com [10-26-05]

Betreff: IgE...EHS patients...2005 Epidem Study Johansson/Holmbee Von: JCMPelican@aol.com Datum: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 22:33:49 EDT An: JCMPelican@aol.com

Email 10-26-05 from Assoc. Prof. Olle Johansson to Joanne C. Mueller:

Dear Joanne,

This is (as usual) brilliant! I wonder too: What are the IgE levels after exposure to ionizing radiation? My guess would be that they would be increased.

Yes, EHS could very well not be a real "hypersensitivity" as in "allergic reaction," but rather "poisioning" which varies considerably depending on particularly daytime or nighttime EMF/EMR exposures.

The idea of adaption is also very tasty - it certainly deserves deep investigation...but by whom? ['Money, money, money - were art thou?'] Actually, there are - in older materials here in Sweden - quite strong indications for such an adaption in EHS.

Finally, one finding of our study - as well as of others - is that the base-line level of IgE has risen during the last decades, indicating that we all are drifting towards a general state of allergy/oversensitivity!

Take care!!

Best regards Yours Olle

(Olle Johansson, assoc. prof. The Experimental Dermatology Unit Department of Neuroscience Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm Sweden)

* * *

Email 10-26-05 from Joanne C. Mueller to Assoc. Prof. Olle Johansson:

Dear Olle: An interesting and important study!!! Since IgE levels were not found to be elevated except in a few exposed persons (consistent with my two grandsons' rare immune -- low IgG subclasses 1 and 3 signifying "ageing"), I am wondering if you have any information re IgE levels after exposure to ionizing radiation?

It appears to me that your study supports what has happened in our family and in my guinea pig studies -- that EHS is not really "hypersensitivity" as in "allergic reaction," but rather "poisioning" which varies considerably depending on particularly nighttime EMF/EMR exposures. Perhaps IgE levels only rise "initially" when exposure occurs so that levels return to normal after "adaptation?" This makes me question whether IgE levels rise in response to low levels of arsenic (will also check Medline, etc.).

I am wondering whether "lymphocyte viability" would give information re a "left or right shift" and, if not, would you consider "absolute white count" as necessary for determining "inflammation?" I assume so, since I think I do have your study re "hypersegmented neutrophils" (slowed DNA synthesis -- "a marker for irradiation"). [Forgive "explanations" -- intended to help in my research as well as provide info to others.]

In thinking over the research, I do not recall right now whether C-reactive protein has been a part of EMF/EMR research but need to check that out. It does concern me a great deal that my Internist and Cardiologist do not check C-reactive protein while "hung up" (the big money/drug company issue re statins) on huge emphasis and need for lipid/cholesteol levels even tho "inflammation" may be the real culprit in heart disease and mosthealth problems. As you know, I have taken my Alzheimers' patient husband off of Lipitor (statin) due to possibility that cholesterol offers protection to the brain.

Anyway, thanks for the study re IgE which, as I said, confirms what we know about the boys. One can have low overall IGG levels as well as IgG subclass deficiencies with "inflammatory problems" such as chronic asthma, chronic sinus infections due to chronic, prolonged exposure to nighttime EMF/EMR (electric meter re boys) which would suggest an "allergic-type inflammatory response" but not have elevated IgE (Mayo Clinic RAST and/or your new study).

Sorry to branch out so far with cholesterol comments, etc. but....... Take care - Joanne

Joanne C. Mueller Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W. Minneapolis,
Minnesota 55448-2127
Phone: 763-755-6114
Email: jcmpelican@aol.com [10-26-05]


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Let's Fix This Mess

Molly Ivins: Listening to the Democratic debate on what to do now, it seems to me some of the brethren and sistren are asking the wrong questions. The question is not, "How Do We Win?" That's a technical question that comes after, "What the H... Can We Do About This Disaster?"


Secrets, Evasions and Classified Reports

The lengthy account by New York Times reporter Judy Miller about her grand jury testimony in the CIA leak case inadvertently provides a revealing window into how the Bush administration manipulated journalists about intelligence on Iraq’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.


Save the Fischer old growth: fraudulant logging by Boise Cascade in the Fischer Timber Sale

Unidentified activists have provided us with photographic evidence of fraudulant logging by Boise Cascade in the Fischer Timber Sale. These pictures were taken in an area of our National Forest currently closed to public entry, so those who collected this damning information risked legal penalties to do so.

Images available online at
See the "Ongoing Logging" album.

Some of the very first logging took place directly in the camp of forest defenders, with trees felled inches from tents and gear in a clear sign of intimidation and harrassment. Photographs of this are in the "Logging in Camp" album.

Want to get involved in the ongoing campaign to save the Fischer old growth and hold the line against Boise Cascade's broken environmental promises? Contact me, Justin, with the Seattle Rainforest Action Group today!

See you in the forest and on the streets, Justin

Justin Rolfe-Redding ~Seattle Rainforest Action Group~
(503) 261-3349

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