SOA Protest Message: 'We Ain't Going Away'

There was no doubt Sunday they were still there: more than 15,000 SOA Watch protesters gathered outside the main gate of Fort Benning. For the 16th consecutive year, the protesters demanded the closing of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas.


How the Bush Administration Got Spooked

Tom Engelhardt writes that it's finally Wizard of Oz time in America. You know - that moment when the curtains are pulled back, the fearsome-looking wizard wreathed in all that billowing smoke turns out to be some pitiful little guy, and everybody looks around sheepishly, wondering why they acted as they did for so long.


Bolton Threatens a Showdown at the UN

A growing dispute over the future division of authority at the United Nations has prompted showdown talk among diplomats and a warning from John R. Bolton, the American ambassador, that the United States may look elsewhere to settle international problems.


Time to Leave

Paul Krugman writes that President Bush and his apologists speak in vague generalities about staying the course and finishing the job. But Mr. Murtha spoke of mounting casualties and lagging recruiting, the rising frequency of insurgent attacks, stagnant oil production and lack of clean water.


Peak Oil and Thanksgiving Day are now linked

Thanksgiving Day 2005

Kelpie Wilson writes that peak oil and Thanksgiving Day are now linked. Geologist Kenneth Deffeyes predicted two years ago that the peak moment of world oil production would occur on Thanksgiving Day 2005.


Smears, Lies And Videotape


Pass It On: Smears, Lies And Videotape
by ThinkProgress

Match White House spin about the CIA leak against the facts in this new video.


Watch ThinkProgress' video compilation of the facts and players in the Plamegate scandal.

The "Civil Liberties Seven"

Just as it's become cool on the Hill to denounce the war in Iraq, the intrusive PATRIOT Act is attracting more critics, too.


What I Knew Before The Invasion


by Bob Graham, The Washington Post

The former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence explains how the administration manipulated Congress.


Woodward's Weakness

by Russ Baker, TomPaine.com

The famed reporter's knack for making nice with powerful insiders is evidence anew that journalism must be reformed.


Murtha And The Colonels

by Ray McGovern, TomPaine.com

The gentleman from Pennsylvania has galvanized the Dems. But it was the colonels that may undermine the hawks.


WHO and Electric Utilities: A Partnership on EMFs


Email 11-21-05 to Joanne Mueller from Assoc. Prof. Olle Johansson:

Dear Joanne,

The "Microwave News"-article is so very important! And, your comment: "As Iris points out, "industry" is still very much in control!!! There is a price to pay for dishonesty, greed and deception so the truth continues to come out........." definitely should be included in all future textbooks in science philosophy!

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


Petition to remove Dr. Mike Repacholi

The President's Exclusive Access

President Bush, in defense of his decision to use force in Iraq, lasciviously and falsely contends that the Congress supported the decision and that it had access to the same intelligence available to the White House.


16,000 Protest School of the Americas

16,000 protesters gathered Saturday near the main gate of Fort Benning to protest the US Army's Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.


Joking Around with the Lives of the Troops

Jaun Cole's Iraq withdraw method is mirrored by Murtha's called for an end to US military "action" in Iraq, as in, presumably, the counter-productive destruction of cities and practical "redeployment" of US ground troops.


Abramoff Scandal Threatens GOP Lawmakers

The Justice Department has signaled for the first time in recent weeks that prominent members of Congress could be swept up in the corruption investigation of Jack Abramoff, the former Republican super-lobbyist who diverted some of his tens of millions of dollars in fees to provide lavish travel, meals and campaign contributions to the lawmakers whose help he needed most.


Woodward Joins a Decadent Dance


The Art of Not Wanting to Know: A Reminder from Abroad


Setting The Record Straight


A Black Mark for Media


Bush People Have Cranked Up the Ol' Fog Machine


They Don't Know Jack


CIA's Harsh Interrogation Techniques Lead Sometimes to Death

CIA's Harsh Interrogation Techniques Described; Sources Say Agency's Tactics Lead to Questionable Confessions, Sometimes to Death.


Uproar in House as Parties Clash on Iraq Pullout


Leading Dem: "I helped Bush lie for war"

This article is written by Bob Graham, Democratic head of the Senate Intelligence committee to refute Bush's claim that the Democrats had the same intelligence he did when they voted for war. Instead Graham proves that he knew the war rationale was bs... (and he voted no) but he wouldn't share that information with his Democratic colleagues (or even warn them off the record that the war was bs...), so it was OK that they voted for war.

This still leaves aside, of course, the fact that millions around the world with NO classified information at our fingertips knew the Republicans AND Democrats were bs...us.

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The Washington Post - Nov 20, 2005

What I Knew Before the Invasion

By Bob Graham

In the past week President Bush has twice attacked Democrats for being hypocrites on the Iraq war. "[M]ore than 100 Democrats in the House and Senate, who had access to the same intelligence, voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power," he said.

The president's attacks are outrageous. Yes, more than 100 Democrats voted to authorize him to take the nation to war. Most of them, though, like their Republican colleagues, did so in the legitimate belief that the president and his administration were truthful in their statements that Saddam Hussein was a gathering menace -- that if Hussein was not disarmed, the smoking gun would become a mushroom cloud.

The president has undermined trust. No longer will the members of Congress be entitled to accept his veracity. Caveat emptor has become the word. Every member of Congress is on his or her own to determine the truth.

As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and the run-up to the Iraq war, I probably had as much access to the intelligence on which the war was predicated as any other member of Congress.

I, too, presumed the president was being truthful -- until a series of events undercut that confidence.

In February 2002, after a briefing on the status of the war in Afghanistan, the commanding officer, Gen. Tommy Franks, told me the war was being compromised as specialized personnel and equipment were being shifted from Afghanistan to prepare for the war in Iraq -- a war more than a year away. Even at this early date, the White House was signaling that the threat posed by Saddam Hussein was of such urgency that it had priority over the crushing of al Qaeda.

In the early fall of 2002, a joint House-Senate intelligence inquiry committee, which I co-chaired, was in the final stages of its investigation of what happened before Sept. 11. As the unclassified final report of the inquiry documented, several failures of intelligence contributed to the tragedy. But as of October 2002, 13 months later, the administration was resisting initiating any substantial action to understand, much less fix, those problems.

At a meeting of the Senate intelligence committee on Sept. 5, 2002, CIA Director George Tenet was asked what the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) provided as the rationale for a preemptive war in Iraq. An NIE is the product of the entire intelligence community, and its most comprehensive assessment. I was stunned when Tenet said that no NIE had been requested by the White House and none had been prepared. Invoking our rarely used senatorial authority, I directed the completion of an NIE.

Tenet objected, saying that his people were too committed to other assignments to analyze Saddam Hussein's capabilities and will to use chemical, biological and possibly nuclear weapons. We insisted, and three weeks later the community produced a classified NIE.

There were troubling aspects to this 90-page document. While slanted toward the conclusion that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction stored or produced at 550 sites, it contained vigorous dissents on key parts of the information, especially by the departments of State and Energy. Particular skepticism was raised about aluminum tubes that were offered as evidence Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear program. As to Hussein's will to use whatever weapons he might have, the estimate indicated he would not do so unless he was first attacked.

Under questioning, Tenet added that the information in the NIE had not been independently verified by an operative responsible to the United States. In fact, no such person was inside Iraq. Most of the alleged intelligence came from Iraqi exiles or third countries, all of which had an interest in the United States' removing Hussein, by force if necessary.

The American people needed to know these reservations, and I requested that an unclassified, public version of the NIE be prepared. On Oct. 4, Tenet presented a 25-page document titled "Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs." It represented an unqualified case that Hussein possessed them, avoided a discussion of whether he had the will to use them and omitted the dissenting opinions contained in the classified version. Its conclusions, such as "If Baghdad acquired sufficient weapons-grade fissile material from abroad, it could make a nuclear weapon within a year," underscored the White House's claim that exactly such material was being provided from Africa to Iraq.

From my advantaged position, I had earlier concluded that a war with Iraq would be a distraction from the successful and expeditious completion of our aims in Afghanistan. Now I had come to question whether the White House was telling the truth -- or even had an interest in knowing the truth.

On Oct. 11, I voted no on the resolution to give the president authority to go to war against Iraq. I was able to apply caveat emptor. Most of my colleagues could not.

[The writer is a former Democratic senator from Florida. He is currently a fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics.]

© 2005 The Washington Post Company

Informant: acpollack2

From ufpj-news

Wal-Mart: Billig ist nicht gleich gut

„Derzeit findet in den USA eine Aktionswoche gegen die Unternehmenspraxis der Wal-Mart-Kette statt. Gewerkschafterinnen und Mitarbeiter protestieren dort gegen die neue Strategie des Konzerns, seine Sozialausgaben in den USA zu senken. Wal-Mart versichert ohnehin nur weniger als die Hälfte seiner Angestellten, die restlichen sind im Krankheitsfall zumeist auf die Armenfürsorge angewiesen, in den USA sind die wenigsten kranken- und rentenversichert. Nun wurde ein betriebsinternes Memorandum bekannt, das besagt, dass in Zukunft alle kranken und schwächeren Wal-Mart-Angestellte durch harte körperliche Arbeit für möglichst alle Beschäftigten "abgeschreckt“ werden sollen. Außerdem sei eine billige Krankenversicherung mit hohen Zuzahlungen im Krankheitsfall wünschenswert…“ Flugblatt (pdf), das am 16.11.05 anlässlich des Buss- und Bettages vor der Hauptzentrale von Walmart in Wuppertal unter Beteiligung von etwa dreißig Personen verteilt wurde.


Aus: LabourNet, 21. November 2005

Door thwarts quick exit for Bush


Informant: Russ Ferriday

Ist aktive Sterbehilfe durch gepulste Mobilfunksenderstrahlung Mord?

Sehr geehrter Herr Hüppe,

am 11.11.2005 um 21.03 haben Sie in der Sendung "Quergefragt" im Fernsehprogramm "Eins Extra" an der Diskussion über aktive Sterbehilfe teilgenommen. Sie, stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Ethik-Kommission des deutschen Bundestags, haben sich sehr aggressiv gegen die aktive Sterbehilfe ausgesprochen! Es ist ja verständlich, dass Sie - aus Gewissensgründen und als CDU-Abgeordneter - die aktive Sterbehilfe ablehnen.

Wie ist es mit Ihren christlichen Moralvorstellungen vereinbar, dass vielen Menschen aktive Sterbehilfe geleistet wird, die überhaupt nicht sterben wollen? Man kann das auch Massenmord nennen! Das ist unglaublich, leider aber wahr, nämlich beim Mobilfunk!!

Die Grenzwerte für die Mobilfunksenderstrahlung wurden grob fahrlässig - zur Gewinnmaximierung bei den Betreibern eventuell sogar absichtlich - so hoch festgelegt, dass Gesundheitsschäden wie z.B. Krebs und Leukämie (speziell bei Kindern) auftreten! Zusätzlich beziehen sich die Grenzwerte nur auf den harmlosesten Teil der Strahlung, nämlich die Wärmestrahlung. Die Strahlung ist leider auch noch so gepulst, dass sie die im Menschen selbst vorhandenen elektrischen Signale stört und so zu Krankheiten führt! Warum setzen sich denn viele Ärzteinitiativen für einen gesundheitsverträglichen Mobilfunk ein? Sie können die kritiklose Hinnahme von Krankheit und Tod ihrer Patienten durch die gepulste und millionenfach überhöhte Mobilfunksenderstrahlung nicht mit ihrem hippokratischen Eid vereinbaren!

Es ist die Pflicht der Ethik-Kommission des deutschen Bundestags, jetzt endlich die Erfahrungen dieser Ärzte zu nutzen und entsprechende Gesetze anzuregen und durchzusetzen!!

Wenn die Ethik-Kommission gefordert ist, dann jetzt. Sie wollen doch nicht in die Moralvorstellungen der Zeit zwischen 1933 und 1945 zurückfallen!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Bürgerinitiative Icking zum Schutz vor Strahlenbelastung
G. Pischeltsrieder



Quelle: http://www.impf-report.de/jahrgang/2005/25.htm



Quelle: http://www.impf-report.de/jahrgang/2005/25.htm





Quelle: http://www.impf-report.de/jahrgang/2005/25.htm


Ein Überblick über 9 Übersichtstudien zum Erfolg von Impfungen und Behandlungsmethoden bei Influenza ergab in weiten Bereichen einen eklatanten Mangel an beweiskräftigen Daten:


Quelle: http://www.impf-report.de/jahrgang/2005/25.htm

Former CIA Director Accuses Cheney of Overseeing Torture


Informant: Milo

Joe Wilson Rips Bush, Cheney


Informant: Milo

Ending the Occupation

In a bombshell that reverberated throughout the country, Congressman John Murtha called Thursday for an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. "The US cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily," Murtha said. "It is time to bring [the troops] home.... They have become the enemy." Phillis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says there is a civil war raging in Iraq, but not a conflict between Sunni and Shi'a. It is a clash between those who support the occupation and those who oppose it. She estimates there are only about 1,000 armed terrorists that target civilians. If the US ended its occupation, the Iraqi resistance forces would continue to fight each other for a while, but they would isolate the hardcore terrorists.


Why fight over intelligent design?

Fox News
by Andrew J. Coulson


Supporters of the theory of human origins known as 'intelligent design' want it taught alongside the theory of evolution. Opponents will do anything to keep it out of science classrooms. The disagreement is clear. But why does everyone assume that we must settle it through an ideological death-match in the town square? Intelligent design contends that life on Earth is too complex to have evolved naturally, and so must be the product of an unspecified intelligent designer. Most adherents of this idea would undoubtedly be happy just to have it taught to their own children, and most of my fellow evolutionists presumably believe they should have that right. So why are we fighting? We’re fighting because the institution of public schooling forces us to, by permitting only one government-sanctioned explanation of human origins...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

White House plays chicken with a war hero

Boston Globe
by Derrick Z. Jackson


The White House is so deluded, it actually believes it can turn a soaring hawk into a scrounging chicken. Stung by the call by US Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania to pull out of Iraq, Scott McClellan, President Bush's press secretary, said this week, 'It is baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party.' Talk about playing the chicken-hawk card. A White House where most of the architects of war avoided combat in their own lives dared to associate two people who are worlds apart in world views. Moore made the anti-Bush 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' which infuriated the right wing by breaking box office records for a documentary film. Moore was booed at the 2004 Republican National Convention...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The next CIA leak case

Christian Science Monitor
by Daniel Schorr


A CIA leak to be investigated and maybe punished ... What! Not again! Now, as with the leak of the identity of covert agent Valerie Plame, the offense is the leak, not what was leaked. In the case of Valerie Plame, the news was that her husband, Joseph Wilson, had been sent to Niger to investigate whether Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium to make a nuclear weapon, and had returned with word that there was no evidence of this. This was embarrassing to a White House, which had taken America to war on the assertion that we were in imminent danger from unconventional, possibly nuclear, arms. But that issue was buried in the quest to find out who had leaked...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Heed the lesson of Nuremberg

Forward Magazine
by Benjamin Ferencz


'We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow,' Chief Justice Robert Jackson warned at the opening session of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, on November 20, 1945. 'To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well.' As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Nuremburg trials this week, it increasingly appears that Jackson's warning is falling on deaf ears in America...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Nuremberg: BBC and Supreme International Crime

The vices of a declining empire

by Silver


Reading Gibbon's masterpiece feels like being hit in the face with a 2x4 over and over again. The parallels of the decaying Roman empire with those of modern America are frequent, obvious, and always dismaying. It is simply astonishing that a work written in the 1770’s about events that occurred nearly 2,000 years ago should so frequently, and devastatingly, describe our plight. The passage I quoted above is not the best, it is simply the last one I read. It is rare to read as much as 10 pages without encountering something equally sobering. What I find remarkable is not the painful parallels, which many learned and eloquent writers have been pointing out for decades. My airport discussions have invariably turned to the subject of the declining American empire. When I mention the striking similarity of decaying Roman society to our own, the response is always: 'Yes, but the fall of the Roman empire took four hundred years'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

What next, a "War Against the Drag Bunt?"

Las Vegas Review Journal
by Vin Suprynowicz


It's widely asserted we're fighting a 'war on terror.' But that's absurd. Terror is a tactic -- an attempt to undermine the morale of a much stronger foe, whom the 'terrorists' know they cannot defeat in traditional battle. ... Making war on a tactic is just silly. Imagine the New York Yankees taking the field against the Baltimore Orioles, and announcing their opponent this night was not the Orioles themselves, but that instead they were waging a 'battle against the bunt.' They could bring all of their players well inside the base paths and pretty successfully stop the bunt. Of course, the Orioles would circle the bases like merry-go-round ponies after hitting what would otherwise be easily-caught flies to the outfield. But darn it, the bunt would be defeated!...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The end begins in Iraq

Human Events
by Mac Johnson


Last week saw the most important development in Iraq since the invasion began. This momentous event is the beginning of the end of the American war in Iraq and will -- if not reversed -- lead to partial U.S. disengagement sooner rather than later. And, no, I am not talking about Rep. Jim Murtha's embarrassing pants-wetting session before the U.S. media, in which he declared defeat and retreat in the panicked, exaggerated tones of a paranoid chat room gasbag. As well publicized as Murtha's wobbly soliloquy was, it was of transient consequence. No, the event that could end the war was the discovery of a 'torture center' being run in an Iraqi government detention facility in Baghdad...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The malady recurs

by Pat Buchanan


We Americans are lousy imperialists. We lack the patience and perseverance. We will not support the daily loss of American lives, with pictures of the fallen on television every night and in the paper every day, unless we are persuaded something vital is at risk. And who rules Iraq is not something Americans are willing to bleed or die for indefinitely. But as the air is full of allegations of lying, we at least need to tell ourselves the truth about what we are inviting, what we are risking, if, as seems possible now, America should lose this war...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

We must hold the scoundrels accountable

by Paul Craig Roberts


Under the Nuremberg standard, it is a war crime to initiate military aggression. It is a criminal act both in the US and the UK to commit military forces to action under false pretenses. Many aspects of the conduct of the war are criminal. Torture, murder of civilians, corruption in contracts. Prosecutors could build a list of charges against President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Prime Minister Blair. In England it is not Blair who is on trial for participating in what he knew was a wrongful act that has resulted in thousands of deaths. It is not the crimes committed in secret that get punished. The people who are punished are the ones who leak memos that reveal wrongdoing has occurred. Blair may escape punishment for his treachery to the British and Iraqi people. Bush, however, may not...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Habeas corpses

by Julian Sanchez


The man with graying hair had 'blunt force injuries complicated by compromised respiration,' the result of a synthetic hood placed over his head during interrogation by Navy Seals and 'Other Government Agency,' which typically means the CIA. The obese 56-year-old died of 'asphyxia due to smothering and chest compression;' the circumstances surrounding his death are classified. The 47-year-old died gagged and shackled to a door frame; his autopsy revealed numerous rib fractures and lung contusions. These are a few of the findings from 44 reports of autopsies on U.S. detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last month under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Eight of the 21 deaths classed as homicides, the ACLU concluded, appeared to have resulted from abusive interrogation tactics, with strangulation, asphyxiation, and blunt force injuries listed as causes of death. Because the documents sought by the ACLU are trickling out slowly, month by month, it is unclear how many more such reports remain to be uncovered...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Murtha is right

by Justin Raimondo


Murtha made a trenchant point when he said that the American people are 'way ahead' of their government on this issue -- and one can only wonder how long this yawning gap can be maintained. The elites are committed to a foreign policy that assumes American hegemony and the ever-present possibility of a U.S. military strike somewhere in the world, at any given moment. To any half-normal, ordinary American, such a foreign policy is just asking for trouble. So far, the War Party has managed to keep a lid on the debate by controlling both parties and never letting anyone of consequence step out of line. Murtha, however, has defied them and must either be humbled or appeased. There can be no middle ground...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FDA approves injecting ID chips in patients


Lords threaten rough ride for anti-terror bill

Guardian [UK]


Tony Blair warned the House of Lords last night not to defy public opinion by moving to wreck the government's terror bill today as further objections to the measures emerged from chief police officers and the civil liberty lobby. On the eve of the second reading in the Lords, leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties gave Downing Street notice that they would give the bill 'a thorough going-over' and scrutinise its provisions line-by-line before sending it back to the Commons. After a revolt by 49 Labour backbenchers, MPs have already modified a central clause of the bill. It would now permit the police to hold terrorist suspects for 28 days without charge pending further investigation -- instead of the current 14 and the 90 days initially proposed. But the much-trumpeted support senior police officers gave that clause does not extend to the entire bill, the Guardian has learned...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A deadly legacy: the cluster bomb

Independent [UK]


Tony Blair is facing fresh fury over the use of controversial munitions in the Iraq war. Campaigners lambasted the Ministry of Defence over its use of deadly cluster bombs and shells during the invasion, warning that they could contravene international law. MPs are to table a raft of new questions today over the affair amid fears that thousands of bomblets released during the war will leave a deadly legacy for Iraqi civilians. They warned that any unexploded bomblets could kill or maim civilians for years to come. The dispute over British use of cluster bombs will be intensify this week with the publication of a report by the pressure group Landmine Action, which raises questions over the efforts made to ensure that the weapons did not harm civilians...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Executed man may have been innocent



Doubts are being cast on the guilt of a Texas man executed more than a dozen years ago after the crime's lone witness recanted and a co-defendant said he allowed his friend to be falsely accused under police pressure, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday. Ruben Cantu was 17 in 1984 when he was charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a man during an attempted robbery in San Antonio. The victim was shot nine times with a rifle before the gunman unloaded more rounds into the only eyewitness...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Powell aide: Torture "guidance" from VP



A former top State Department official said Sunday that Vice President Dick Cheney provided the 'philosophical guidance' and 'flexibility' that led to the torture of detainees in U.S. facilities. Retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, who served as former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, told CNN that the practice of torture may be continuing in U.S.-run facilities. 'There's no question in my mind that we did. There's no question in my mind that we may be still doing it,' Wilkerson said on CNN's 'Late Edition'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

41 arrested protesting Army school

Houston Chronicle


The Rev. Jerry Zawada has already served a federal prison term for trespassing on government property to protest a Fort Benning school he blames for human rights abuses in Latin America. On Sunday, the 68-year-old Catholic priest risked another one. Zawada was among at least 41 protesters arrested during an annual protest calling for the closing of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Corporation, formerly known as the Army's School of the Americas, organizers said Sunday...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US unprepared for super-flu pandemic - Pandemic panic

Indianapolis Star


The U.S. is unprepared for the next flu pandemic, lacking the manufacturing capacity to provide 300 million doses of a vaccine for three to five more years, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Sunday. 'What we all learned from (Hurricane) Katrina is that sometimes we have to think very clearly about the unthinkable,' Leavitt said. 'We're not as prepared as we need to be. ...We will not have enough for everyone.' A strain of a bird flu that has killed 67 people in Asia has sparked concerns of a super-flu that could kill millions worldwide, and U.S. officials acknowledge that the strain in its current form could reach here through a migratory bird...


Pandemic panic

Washington Times
by Michael Fumento


'The indication is that we will see a return of the 1918 flu virus,' warns the nation's top health official. 'The projections are that this virus will kill 1 million Americans.' A quote ripped from today's headlines about an impending 'bird flu' pandemic? No, the year was 1976 and the prediction regarding the 'swine flu' fell 999,999 deaths short. That's something to remember as we endure the current hysteria. Another is that we've been here before with the same virus everybody is currently squawking about -- avian influenza type H5N1 -- which hit Hong Kong in 1997. Typical headline: 'Race to prevent world epidemic of lethal 'bird flu.'' I was there too, with a piece that was antihysteria (therefore grossly irresponsible). The world death toll from that 'wave?' Six. … But the best prediction is no avian flu pandemic at all, especially in the short period before we have stockpiles of effective vaccines and drugs...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Patriot Act reauthorization stalls

Mercury News


A near-agreement to extend the controversial Patriot Act was blocked Friday by an odd-bedfellows coalition of liberals and conservatives who protested that it did too little to protect Americans' civil liberties. The Patriot Act, which gives law-enforcement officials significant power to wiretap and search suspects in the United States, was Congress' main response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But critics have always complained about the powers it gives police to invade the privacy of citizens, including the right to examine library records and search homes without residents knowing it. As a result of such continuing concerns, an unusual coalition of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and House was sufficiently upset at the latest proposed revisions in the Patriot Act that leaders Friday agreed to drop the immediate consideration of it, partly to avoid a threatened filibuster in the Senate over the weekend. Congressional leaders still plan to finalize reauthorization of the Patriot Act by year's end, but the delay was a disappointment to the White House and at least a temporary victory for civil libertarians on the right and left...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Urteil: Wertminderung durch Mobilfunk in Frankreich



Nachtrag zu HLV INFO 177/AT vom 17-11-2005

Dr. Claus Scheingraber 19-11-05

Heute erhielt ich die ergänzende Auskunft zur Wertminderung durch Mobilfunkbasisstationen in Frankreich! Bitte noch mal bringen! Ich halte das Urteil schlichtweg für eine Sensation !!! In Deutschland wird so ein Urteil noch lange auf sich warten lassen, denn die Feigheit deutscher Richter sich hinter dem Gesetz zu verstecken hat in unserem Land ja eine lange Tradition.

Herzliche Grüße aus München

Claus Scheingraber

Von: Marion DUPUIS
Gesendet: Samstag, 19. November 2005 00:47
An: Claus.Scheingraber
Betreff: Wertminderung durch Mobilfunk in Frankreich!

Lieber Claus, salut !

Um auf Deine Frage (und die Deines Kollegen zu antworten), habe ich folgende Antwort von Priartem aus Paris erfahren, ich übersetze sie Dir :

Dans le Jugement du Tribunal de grande instance de Bordeaux la Société BOUYGUES TELECOM a été condamnée à payer aux époux verdeau/pinsard les sommes suivantes:

- la somme de 8 000 euros au titre du trouble de jouissance

- la somme de 30 490 euros du fait de la dépréciation de leur maison

- la somme de 2 500 euros au titre de l'article 700 du Nouveau Code de Procédure Civile

BOUYGUES TELECOME a été condamnée également aux entiers dépens avec application des dispositions de l'article 699 du Nouveau Code de Procédure Civile.


Im Urteil des Oberen Landgerichts (Tibunal de Grande Instance) von Bordeaux wurde die Firma Bouygues Telecom (einer unserer drei Mobilfunkbetreiber) angewiesen, dem Ehepaar V .... folgende Summen auszuzahlen :

* den Betrag von 8 000 Euros wegen Einschränkung der Nutznießung ihres Besitzes ( = trouble de jouissance: ich kenne den deutschen Ausdruck dafür nicht)

* den Betrag von 30.490 Euros für den Wertverlust ihres Hauses

* den Betrag von 2.500 Euros in Anwendung des Absatzes 700 des Neuen Zivilrechts

Bouygues Telecom wurde außerdem zur Zahlung aller Prozedurkosten in Anwendung der Verfügungen des Absatzes 699 des Neuen Zivilrechts verurteilt.

Tschüss, mach's gut !

Deine Marion




Dr. Claus Scheingraber



Liebe Freunde,
sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

vor etlichen Wochen habe ich von meiner Informantin aus Frankreich bereichtet, dass ein Gericht in Bordeaux einen Mobilfunkbetreiber zu Schadenersatz an eine benachbarte Familie verurteilt hat. Nach einigen Bemühungen ist es meiner französischen Partnerin gelungen das Aktenzeichen des Urteil zu erhalten.

Zur Erinnerung die Sachlage:

Das Tribunal de Grande Instance ( Oberes Landgericht, als Berufungsgericht) von Bordeaux hat die Mobilfunkbetreiberfirma Bouygues Telecom am 20. Sept. 2005 verurteilt, der klagenden Partei nachstehende Geldbeträge zu erstatten:

€ 30.490,-- wg. Wertverlust des Anwesens

€ 8.000,-- wg. Nutzungsschwierigkeiten bzw. -einschränkungen

€ 2.500,-- wg. rechtlicher Ansprüche aus Art. 700 des Nouveau Code de Procédure Civile

Des Weiteren wurde Bouygues Telecom zur Übernahme der Gerichtskosten, nach Art. 699 des Nouveau Code de Procédure verurteilt.

Hier jetzt endlich die Details betreffend des Gerichtsurteils von Bordeaux:

Arrêt rendu par la cour d'appel de Bordeaux / Berufungsgericht von Bordeaux le 20 Septembre 2005 Cinquième chambre / 5. Kammer

Numéro de rôle 04/01348 / Nr. des Gerichtsurteils

betreffend : Monsieur Serge Verdeau Madame Maryse Pinsard épouse Verdeau c/ SA Bouygues Télécom

Nature de la décision : Au fond

Grosse délivrée le 23/9/05 à avoués

Priartem ist bereit, das ganze Urteil schriftlich (auf frz.) zu übermitteln, wenn Interesse besteht !

Ich hoffe vor allen den Anwälten geholfen zu haben, vielleicht kann man ja auf europäischer Ebene mehr Recht bekommen als in Deutschland!?

Herzliche Grüße

Dr. Claus Scheingraber - Arbeitskreis Elektro-Biologie e.V.
Taubenstr. 14


Dazu auch: Arbeitskreis Elektrobiologie e.V. neues Mobilfunkurteil aus Frankreich, kurz zusammengefassst: der Besitzer einer Villa hat den Nachbarn, der einen Mobilfunkbestandsvertrag abgeschlossen hat, und den Mobilfunkbetreiber geklagt: - Entfernen der Antenne - Schadenersatzzahlung von 70.000 Euro

Die Gerichtsentscheidung lautet: Der Sender muss entfernt werden! Die 70.000,-- Euro erhält der Kläger nicht.

Begründung: Im Rapport des Gesundheitsministers ZMIROU 2001 wurden Kinderkrippen, Schulen, Spitäler ... als sensible Zonen ausgewiesen, die nicht direkt vom Hauptsendestrahl getroffen werden sollen, wenn sie näher als 100 m beim Sender sind. Begründung: das Vorsorgeprinzip. Nachdem heute kein Beweis der Risikofreiheit des Mobilfunks vorliegt, und mit der Erfahrung betr. Asbest, wo etliche Jahre vergangen sind, bis die Gefahr für die menschliche Gesundheit erkannt worden ist, obwohl eine kleine Gruppe von Personen die Gefahr schon viel früher vermutet hatte, und die bekämpften Mobilfunksender in einem Wohngebiet errichtet wurden, in welchem Familien mit Kindern sowie ältere Menschen und Kranke leben, und dies nur wenige Meter vom Kläger entfernt, so kann einem Nachbarn nicht aufgezwungen werden, gegen seinen Willen, sich einem hypothetischen Risiko auszusetzen mit der einzigen Alternative, ausziehen zu müssen, um dieses Risiko zu vermeiden.

Es handelt sich daher um eine Beeinträchtigung der Nachbarschaft und nur die Wiederherstellung des ursprünglichen Zustandes kann dem ein Ende setzen. Es wird daher entschieden, den Nachbarn und die Mobilfunkfirma zum Abbau der Sender zu verurteilen.

Die Kläger stellen keinen sicheren Zusammenhang her zwischen: den physischen Befindlichkeitsstörungen, unter denen sie leiden, und einem Zusammenhang mit den Mobilfunksendern, selbiges für ihren Überseeaufenthalt und die zeitweise Vermietung ihrer Villa anstelle eines üblichen 3-Jahres-Mietvertrages.

Der Sender ist innerhalb eines Monats abzubauen, sollte diese Frist nicht eingehalten werden, sind für jeden Tag der Verzögerung 100,-- Euro zu bezahlen.

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Three years to see if mobiles hurt kids: it is unlawful to experiment on children

From Sylvia

Mike Clark, presenting at the TETRA Conference in Dorset, said it was unlawful to experiment on children:

Three years to see if mobiles hurt kids

November 20, 2005

A world-first study will begin in Australia this week to find out if mobile phones are damaging the health of children.

The study of 12- and 13-year-olds will measure if mobile-phone use affects factors such as hearing, memory, sleep and ability to concentrate.

It follows recommendations by the World Health Organisation that more research be urgently done on whether children's central nervous systems are more vulnerable than adults' to the effects of electromagnetic radiation.

Australian children have one of the highest rates of mobile-phone ownership in the world - almost half of those aged 13 to 15 and a third of those aged 10 to 13 own one.

The National Health and Medical Research Centre study, which will follow 300 Melbourne children over three years, is being conducted by the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research.

The children will have their cognitive functions, hearing and blood pressure tested at regular intervals, ACRBR executive director Dr Rodney Croft said. "These are areas that are likely to be affected, if there are any effects," he said.

Several studies have shown EMR exposure causes no harm to the physical development of children over age two or a higher likelihood of cancer.

Dr Croft said the research was a response to community concerns about children and mobile phones.

"What we are working on is the precautionary principle," he said.

WHO radiation program coordinator Dr Mike Repacholi, who was in Australia last week as part of a workshop on EMR and health effects at Melbourne's Swinburne University, said filling the gaps in research was a high priority because of the increasing number of children using mobile phones.

"Children as young as five are using mobile phones," Dr Repacholi said. "Yet international standards on exposure [to EMR] are the same for children and adults."

He said children absorbed more radiation because of their smaller heads and thinner skulls. This could possibly cause behaviour, learning and concentration problems.

"So the net result is that children do receive higher exposures," he said. "We could see some subtle effects on the central nervous system."

In January, the British Government's chief adviser on mobile phones, Sir William Stewart, said children aged three to eight should not use mobiles and older children should strictly limit their use until more research had been done.

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association spokesman Randal Markey said new research was welcome but more than 400 studies on mobile phones had already shown no health consequences, either for adults or children.

Mr Markey said advice from the WHO, the Health Council of the Netherlands and the US Food and Drug Administration was that limiting the use of mobile phones by children was unnecessary.

"The present information does not support that mobile phones for children should be limited," he said.

Omega this is not true. See under:

Children and mobile phones

Petition to remove Dr. Mike Repacholi


Three years to see if mobiles hurt kids

In the USA last year, The EPA came under fire because of its proposed “Children’s Environmental Exposure Research Study” (CHEERS) that proposed exposing children to household chemicals that are known to be toxic to see the health effects on the kids over a two year span. I believe that proposal was finally cancelled due to much opposition. It was seen as like using children as lab rats in a study organised by the chemical industry that now is the EPA biggest “partner” in research. Ethical considerations aside, a mere two years is nowhere long enough to pick up long term health problems, such as cancer. The study would have run the two years, no increase in cancer rates would have been the likely outcome with the predictable headlines “Chemical cancer risk for children disproven” appearing nationally.

Now we have an Australian study (below) that claims to be be working on the precautionary principle by using 12-13 year olds to function as lab rats for testing effects of their mobile phone use. Will the researchers first be advising the kids of the possible consequences of their cell phone use? Will they be advicing them to limit their use, following Sir William Stewart’s recommendation? Will the study exclude kids who just text message and thus do not get the exposure that one gets when the phone is held against the head? This study has NOTHING to do with the precautionary principle. It also only runs for three years which is far too short to pick up any increased cancer or acoustic neuroma risk that it is known to take at least 10 years to be apparent. Three years is simply not long enough to determine if there is a long-term health hazard but that won’t stop the “Study finds kid’s use of cell phones safe” headlines if they fail to find anything.

Remember Michael Repacholi’s criteria for children and cell phone studies: “where more science is needed to rule out concerns” and that is where this study is likely headed.

Don Maisch

Three years to see if mobiles hurt kids

The Sidney Morning Herald
Date: November 20 2005

By Danielle Teutsch

A world-first study will begin in Australia this week to find out if mobile phones are damaging the health of children. Go to full article at:


Source: http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=320

Canada Health Official Warns Consumers to Limit Cell Phone Use

From mast-victims.org:

Sounding Circle: Canada Health Official Warns Consumers to Limit Cell Phone Use


Canada Health Official Warns Consumers to Limit Cell Phone USe 0 comments

16 Jul 2005 @ 06:32,
by Raymond Powers

Canada Health Official Warns Consumers to “Limit Cell Phone Use” Especially by Children

The Toronto Star July 12, 2005

Limit cell use: Health officer

Long-term phone risks aren’t yet known, says agency head WHO conference looking at global `precautionary’ approach By TYLER HAMILTON AND ROB CRIBB STAFF REPORTERS

The country’s top public health officer says Canadians should consider moderating their use of cellphones - and their children’s - until science overcomes nagging uncertainties about long-term health effects.

Dr. David Butler-Jones, in opening remarks yesterday to a three-day conference hosted by the World Health Organization, told more than 100 academics, public health officials and scientists from around the world that constantly changing technology has created a moving target, leaving scientists playing a game of catch-up.

“Our technology has passed our ability to understand what biological effects are positive or negative,” said Butler-Jones, who heads the new Public Health Agency of Canada, often described as the Canadian equivalent to the United States Surgeon General.

“What would be the message? The message would be that moderation is a good thing,” he said in an interview after his presentation. “Talking for two hours every night on cellphones, would I advise that? No.” Butler-Jones said use of the devices in childhood could also have an impact on obesity and the way children interact socially with family and friends.

His comments, the first he has publicly made on possible health risks related to cellphones, follow a weekend Toronto Star investigation into the wireless industry’s new marketing focus on children and what some scientists view as potential health effects that might take decades to prove or disprove as a problem.

Among the new crop of child-targeted phones already on store shelves or on their way are devices branded with such popular images as Barbie, Disney characters and Hilary Duff.

The conference, held in partnership with the University of Ottawa, is looking at the merits of what’s often called a “precautionary approach” to public health policy.

The idea is to develop an international framework that member countries can adopt in cases of scientific uncertainty about potential health risks, such as cellphone frequencies or radiation from power lines.

“It’s just good public hygiene to be precautionary,” said Dr. Michael Repacholi, head of the radiation and environmental health unit of the World Health Organization. “Is there something we should be saying that we’re not?”

Health Canada has remained quiet on the issue of children and the potential health risks of cellphones even as several European health experts and authorities have issued precautionary statements and messages to parents.Magda Havas, a professor of environmental studies at Trent University who has studied the impact of low frequencies on human health, said many in the scientific community outright dismiss studies that have shown biological effects on lab animals and cell cultures, effects that may hint at possible health risks.

“I think once again the health authorities aren’t looking at the science, the same way they didn’t with tobacco and asbestos,” she said at the conference yesterday. “My concern is that this is actually going to hurt the cellphone industry. If they don’t clean up their act …, they’re going to produce a generation that’s so sensitive to these frequencies they won’t be able to use the product.”

She said evidence is already growing that certain people have “electrical hypersensitivity.”

Joel Tickner, a research professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an international expert on the precautionary approach, was scheduled to speak at the conference but backed out, saying the agenda has been watered down.

“Precaution is controversial; the cellphone industry doesn’t want to hear about it,” said Tickner, adding the industry doesn’t want to be constrained from marketing its products. “As long as there’s uncertainty in the science, we wait and don’t do anything, which is unfortunate.”

Peter Barnes, chief executive of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, says his industry’s products are safe, and no links have been proven between the devices and health effects. He says all cellphones sold in Canada “meet or exceed” all emission standards set by Industry Canada, which acts on the guidance of Health Canada experts.

The overwhelming majority of readers who contacted the Star in connection with the series said Health Canada should publicly state the potential risks to Canadians, and industry should back off from its new marketing focus on children.

“Health Canada’s minister and bureaucrats should be in the business of protecting the health of us taxpayers who pay their salaries rather than nesting in the hip pocket of the cellular communications industry, whose primary business is selling mobile phones,” said Jane Holmes, who lives in Brighton, Ont.

Peterborough resident Matt Keefer said the wireless industry is “crossing the line” by marketing to children.

“Government needs to step in and protect the interests of our youngsters by making it illegal for companies to qualify them as consumers.”



Letter to Commission of Public Sector Integrity

Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 10:04 PM
Subject: Letter to Commission of Public Sector Integrity

Dear Dr. Martin MP

Please find attached a letter I wrote to the Commissioner of Public Sector Integrity, who, I have been told, has the responsibility for overseeing public civil servants. As I said in the letter, I have received no adequate response to my petition to the Auditor General. Health Canada and Industry Canada have shown nothing but contempt to the public and for the public's health. I ask you to do whatever you can to ensure that the Commissioner follows through with a thorough investigation into these departments and their relationships with the telecommunications industry. It is long overdue.

Sharon Noble

Victoria, BC V9C 3V5

December 2, 2008

Commissioner, Public Sector Integrity Canada
60 Queen Street, 7th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Y7

Dear Sir or Madam,

In June of this year I submitted a petition to the Auditor General regarding Health Canada and Industry Canada, asking about Health Canada's use of industry-funded research regarding electromagnetic radiation from telecommunication transmitters. I have tried for more than 2 years to obtain information explaining why Health Canada's Safety Code 6, which regulates the amount of radiation to which the general public can be exposed, allows levels higher than those allowed in many other countries. Also, I have asked why independent studies from credible international scientists are not considered when establishing these levels.

In the petition, I provided evidence of direct associations between researchers both within Health Canada itself and the various professional panels, such as the Royal Society, and the telecommunications industry which they are authorized to monitor. I gave specific examples of industry funding for research used to justify the current public exposure limits. It is a widely acknowledged that funding can and often does influence the outcome of research. But Health Canada chose to ignore the evidence. It chose, instead, to respond, in virtually all instances, with the phrase "Safety Code 6 is safe."

Meanwhile, people are suffering the consequences with skin problems, neurological disorders including memory loss, and, even, cancer. These health disorders are shown in numerous studies to be the effect of prolonged exposure to non-thermal levels of radiation far below those allowed under Safety Code 6. Even though the WHO and ICNIRP, another investigative body, both acknowledge that Safety Code 6 standards are for thermal radiation only, and not non-thermal, Health Canada, for reasons of its own, maintains that they apply to non-thermal radiation as well.

As more cellular transmitters and Wi-Fi are being brought into schools and residential neighbourhoods, people, especially children, are being exposed to ever increasing amounts of electromagnetic radiation. Dr. Martin Blank, Associate Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, and co-author of the BioInitiative Report, 2007, has said this is a monumental epidemic waiting to happen.

And Industry Canada, which is empowered with enforcing the out-dated Safety Code 6, is not performing its job. In June, 2008, Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, measured radiation levels at my home and found that they exceeded Safety Code 6 maximum allowable limits by more than 200%. When, at Dr. Havas’s urging, I subsequently asked for a test of FM transmitters 100 meters from my home, I was told Industry Canada does not test the output of transmitters to determine if the level of radiation is within Safety Code 6, even though, under Industry Canada’s mandate, one of its prime responsibilities is the regular monitoring of telecommunication antennae. The explanation I was given by the Regional Director of Industry Canada on Vancouver Island was that there are too many transmitters so they only test if there is reason to suspect a transmitter of not being in compliance. When I asked what would cause a suspicion of non-compliance if no testing were done, the Director did not reply.

It appears as if no one is watching out for the public's welfare -- neither Health Canada which sets the regulations nor Industry Canada which is charged with enforcing them. Prior to the testing which was done on July 30 as a result of my request (the results of which are still being kept from us), the power of the transmitters was reduced drastically. This was confirmed by meters and by reduction in levels of harmful interference with telephones, electrical equipment, etc. experienced by neighbours as far away as 2 kilometres. Certainly it appears as if collusion between Industry Canada and the broadcasters is occurring, with the officials giving forewarning of testing to the very people they are supposed to be monitoring.

Many members of the public, including doctors and scientists, have been asking Health Canada and Industry Canada for years to reconsider the radiation levels, only to be ignored. Given the magnitude of evidence that Safety Code 6 levels of non-thermal radiation are dangerously high, and the fact that both Health Canada and Industry Canada are being negligent in performing their jobs, it is high time that action be taken. Could your department investigate the officials and researchers in these departments, including the members of the panels to whom they look for advice, for conflicts of interest?

My petition to the Auditor General contains over 20 pages of detailed evidence. If you feel that it might assist you in considering my plea, I would be most happy to send it to you.

Yours respectfully,

Sharon Noble

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Haringey Supplementary Planning Policy

Glebelands Otterton EX9 7JJ

12th October 2005

Rep Nos. 3581.D4 & 3581.R1

Dear Mr Pritchard

Thank you for your letter of 26th September 2005. As explained in our recent telephone conversation, the enclosure that came with this letter, was unfortunately not as stated, but luckily Mrs Wright contacted me a few days ago about this matter, and kindly posted me a copy of the EDDC response.

This letter and all points raised in it, is in addition to the letter dated 12th October 2005 from my Solicitor, Mr Alan Meyer, and I wish to make the following supplementary statement on the EDDC Proof of Evidence:

1. In my original letter to Claire Rodway dated 24th October 2003, I brought up the issue of lawful mast/antenna heights for the purpose of GPDO applications. It is essential that detailed reference is made in the Local Plan Policy to clarify for all time, to the phone companies and their agents, the planning officers and the district councillors what the exact lawful measurements must be for any application made under GPDO. As a result of not properly determining lawful mast/antenna heights, there have already been serious, unpleasant and time-consuming planning administration problems arising, one example is the case at Beare Hamlet.

On 16th August 2005, the Planning Inspectorate issued Revised Guidance regarding the Telecoms Appeal Code - please see copy enclosed - which related to the need for Local Planning Authorities to check properly the height of 15 metre masts to see that they properly qualified as 'permitted development' if correctly measured as set out in the final paragraph of this Appeal Code to avoid applications submitted on 'a false basis'.

I understand this Guidance arose partially out of yet another Vodafone 'overheight' mast application and many Councils' wrong interpretation of mast/antenna height measurements allowed under GPDO, thereby disadvantaging the residents living near certain mast sites.

Please will the Inspector ensure that all the enclosed Inspectorate guidance that sets out what constitutes lawful GPDO mast/antenna heights is included in the Local Plan to ensure complete clarity? This will prevent any further applications being processed by East Devon District Council on a 'false basis'.

2. The EDDC Proof of Evidence seems to contradict itself regarding PPG8 and ICNIRP guidelines. The Proof does not take into account current High Court Decisions, i.e. the Skelt case and the Harrogate case which both clearly state that ICNIRP certification and guidelines are not by themselves sufficient consideration of health issues.

In the recent Harrogate Court of Appeal Judgment, it was determined that health concerns are relevant in exceptional circumstances. It is therefore essential that the Local Plan follows the law and includes health concerns because there may well be 'exceptional circumstances' present.

In the second Stewart Report issued on 11th January 2005, Paragraphs 62 - 64, Professor Stewart stated that an element of the population are Electro-Sensitive, and their well-being can be adversely affected by the insensitive siting of masts. Mobile Phones and Health 2004: Report by the Board of NRPB. Please refer to the NRPB Executive summary (Published 11th January 2005), Heading 'Sensitive groups', Paragraphs 62 - 64. I would also like to draw your attention to the enclosed Sunday Times report dated 11th September 2005, which states that "…The Health Protection Agency has now reviewed all scientific literature on electro-sensitivity and concluded that it is a real syndrome. The condition had previously been dismissed as psychological."

3. Obsolete technology/apparatus. The Telecommunications Paragraph 10.40 of the East Devon Local Plan - January 2002 states, "Telecommunications is a rapidly expanding and evolving technology. As this technology develops, existing infrastructure will become obsolete. It is a requirement under the 1984 Telecommunications Act for redundant apparatus to be removed."

This paragraph follows the law, is very clear and contains a safeguard against abuse or ignorance of planning procedures. The wording is pro-active, and allows for the removal of 'obsolete' masts/antenna equipment. The wording is up-to-date in its mention of the rapid evolution of new, less invasive and more efficient technology that is already available in this country. In view of the new technologies becoming available, i.e. fibre optic cabling, broad band, communications satellites, more efficient mobile phones, etc, that will lessen the need for masts, it would be wrong not to include the words 'obsolete' and 'redundant' apparatus in the new Local Plan Policy.

In EDDC's Proof of Evidence, the words, "Planning permission granted will be conditioned so as to require the demolition and removal of all works undertaken, both above and below ground, should or when any facility ceases to be used or falls into disrepair", are so unclear and loose they will create a loophole and create confusion. This loophole would effectively allow any phone operator to secretly replace 'obsolete apparatus/technology' with different, possibly more dangerous technology without anyone's knowledge or permission.

A further problem with the EDDC Proof is that as each type of technology, i.e. 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G etc, will have a different effect and impact on the local community and landscape, it would allow the original planning permission to be used as ongoing 'blanket cover' for any other type of technology. Change of technology does constitute change of use.

4. UK Acts of Parliament and PPG8 give legal protection to World Heritage sites, AONBs and other sensitive conservation areas and gives them priority over all other development, including telecommunications.

In the enclosed copy pages from Mr I C Clark of the DTLR on Page 2, paragraph 3, he states, " …. In view of our plan-led planning system of development control, a local planning authority should include in its development plan specific planning policies relating to a World Heritage Site in its area. This is so that the sites features of interest and importance and the need to protect them would be given due weight when a planning application is determined. Furthermore UNESCO now expects all nominations of sites for World Heritage status to be accompanied by managements plans".

As set out in the enclosed copy pages from the official guide to the Jurassic Coastline, World Heritage status means that Sites should be protected conserved presented and passed intact to future generations. It also means that this designated area recognises nationally important landscapes, conserving both the Site and the wider countryside that surrounds it." It is therefore essential that the EDDC Local Plan takes into account this exceptional area's needs, which by definition are to keep it natural, i.e. free of ugly, unnatural, inappropriate structures.

The Local Plan should accommodate the rapid advances that are constantly becoming available in telecommunications technology. There are now efficient alternatives to mast structures already in use, i.e. fibre optic cabling, communications satellites, more efficient phone antennas, all of which remove or lessen the need for masts. These advances together with new 'mast free' telecommunications technologies - make it possible to avoid siting any mast/antenna in sensitive and protected areas.

5. I attended and spoke at the Public Inquiry on the 18th May 2005 and some of the points I raised were agreed and were to be included in the Supplementary Planning Guidance as stated by Claire Rodway and this would be forthcoming. As yet, I have not seen the Supplementary Planning Guidance, as it has not been put out for public consultation. Please will the Inspector investigate at what stage of progress the work on the Supplementary Planning Guidance has reached and whether it has been completed yet?

As I cannot rely on the 'unseen' Supplementary Planning Guidance to include the points that were agreed at the Public Inquiry, I am extremely worried that the Inspector with the imminent closing of the Inquiry may not realise that my concerns (and other peoples concerns) addressed by him through the Public Inquiry route have not been recognised or implemented in the EDDC Supplementary Guidance.

There is a strong possibility that all these issues will be watered down by the phone companies, and this seems very wrong because myself and others did take the time and trouble to attend and speak at the Public Inquiry and go through all the proper democratic processes. It now seems that our only opportunity to have the matters already agreed at the Public Inquiry for inclusion in the Supplementary Planning Guidance, is for the Inspector to consider the points raised in this letter. I have to make sure that everything that I raised and was agreed at the Public Inquiry is in this letter and is now put to the Inspector for his opinion.

Please will the Inspector keep the Public Inquiry open until he has investigated why there no mention in the EDDC Supplementary Planning Guidance for a Policy specific for the first British natural World Heritage Site and its surrounds here in East Devon? Before the Public Inquiry is wound up, please will the Inspector ensure that such a Policy is prepared and the public given a sight of it, before and after, he accordingly makes his recommendations to modify the Local Plan Policy? Please will the Inspector investigate why this Government requirement has not been addressed before now?

Please may I have a copy of all the Inspector's recommendations on Telecommunications in the Local Plan Policy including the Supplementary Planning Guidance? Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

I have enclosed two other copies of this letter and its enclosures for your use.

Yours truly,


Mr Peter Pritchard
Programme Officer East Devon Local Plan Public Inquiry
Royal Avenue
Exmouth Devon EX8 1EN

The New Bush Doctrine

by George Soros

President George W. Bush's second inaugural address set forth an ambitious vision of the role of the United States in advancing the cause of freedom worldwide, fueling worldwide speculation over the course of American foreign policy during the next four years. The ideas expressed in Bush's speech thus deserve serious consideration.

"[I]t is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture," Bush declared, "with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."

There is a bow to diplomacy in the assurance that fulfilling this mission "is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend our friends and ourselves by force of arms when necessary." Similarly, Bush recognizes that outsiders cannot force liberty on people. Instead, "Freedom by its nature must be chosen and defended by citizens and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities."

Finally, there is acceptance of diversity, for "when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom and make their own way."

I agree with this goal, and have devoted the last fifteen years of my life and several billion dollars of my fortune to attaining it. Yet I find myself in sharp disagreement with the Bush administration. It is not only that there is a large gap between official words and deeds; I find that the words sometimes directly contradict the deeds in a kind of Orwellian doublespeak.

When Bush declared war on terror, he used that war to invade Iraq. When no connection with Al Qaeda could be established and no weapons of mass destruction could be found, he declared that we invaded Iraq to introduce democracy. We are about to convert elections in Iraq into a civil war between a Shi'a-Kurd dominated government and a Sunni insurrection.

In Iraq and beyond, when Bush says that "freedom will prevail," many interpret him to mean that America will prevail. This has impugned our motives and deprived us of whatever moral authority we once had in intervening in other countries' domestic affairs. If, for example, we offer support to Iranian students who are genuinely striving for greater freedom, we are now more likely to endanger them and reinforce regime hardliners.

To explain what is wrong with the new Bush doctrine, I have to invoke the concept of open society. That is the concept that has guided me in my efforts to foster freedom around the world. The work has been carried out through foundations operating on the ground and led by citizens who understand the limits of the possible in their countries. Occasionally, when a repressive regime expels our foundation – as has happened in Belarus and Uzbekistan – we operate from the outside.

Paradoxically, the most successful open society in the world, the US, does not properly understand the first principles of an open society; indeed, its current leadership actively disavows them. The concept of open society is based on the recognition that nobody possesses the ultimate truth, and that to claim otherwise leads to repression. In short, we may be wrong.

That is precisely the possibility that Bush refuses to acknowledge, and his denial appeals to a significant segment of the American public. An equally significant segment is appalled. This has left the US not only deeply divided, but also at loggerheads with much of the rest of the world, which considers our policies high-handed and arbitrary.

President Bush regards his reelection as an endorsement of his policies, and feels reinforced in his distorted view of the world. The "accountability moment" has passed, he claims, and he is ready to confront tyranny throughout the world according to his own lights.

But we cannot forego the critical process that is at the core of an open society – as we did for eighteen months after September 11, 2001. That is what has led us into the Iraq quagmire.

A better understanding of the concept of open society would require us to distinguish between promoting freedom and democracy and promoting American values and interests. If it is freedom and democracy that we want, we can foster it only by strengthening international law and international institutions.

Bush is right to assert that repressive regimes can no longer hide behind a cloak of sovereignty: what goes on inside tyrannies and failed states is of vital interest to the rest of the world. But intervention in other states' internal affairs must be legitimate, which requires clearly established rules.

As the dominant power in the world, America has a unique responsibility to provide leadership in international cooperation. America cannot do whatever it wants, as the Iraqi debacle has demonstrated; but, at the same time, nothing much can be achieved in the way of international cooperation without US leadership, or at least active participation. Only by taking these lessons to heart can progress be made towards the lofty goals that Bush has announced.


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Diebold set to STEAL Certification - Stop Diebold electronic voting

From: Jim Stewart
Subject: URGENT: Diebold set to STEAL Certification Monday am Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 17:04:10 -0800

ACTION PAGE: http://www.usalone.com/diebold2.htm

The Secretary of State has scheduled a hearing for November 21, 2005 on the question of whether certain Diebold voting systems will should be certified before the end of the year. But "The Secretary of State has disbanded the Voting Systems Panel that's supposed to conduct these hearings and has replaced it with one person, a stenographer, and a tape recorder," said Sherry Healy, a steering committee member of the California Election Protection Network (CEPN), a non-partisan organization of over 25 groups across California who have come together to try and ensure the integrity of California's election systems.

The rally/protest is this Monday in Sacramento, we have ONLY Monday to voice our concerns so they go on the record.

Monday Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - May be your last chance to block Diebold Secretary of State's Office, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(Downtown Sacramento - 11th and "O" Streets) CONTACT: Dagmar Zakim (415) 389-0250 (there will be carpools)


Believe me, I really don't want to ruin your day. But you need to hear this. This is an URGENT ACTION ALERT.

If you don't read this and take action, you are allowing your vote to be stolen. California will turn red.

If you read this and do nothing, you are giving up your rights as a citizen. Do it for your country. Your children. Our future.

All Californians who care about the sanctity of their vote must let Secretary of State McPherson know that they WILL NOT ALLOW him to certify Diebold machines, that they are OUTRAGED that he is undermining our democracy.

CALL OR FAX: Bruce McPherson, Secretary of State
916-653-6814 (main menu, press 6, then 3 - starting at 8:00 am Monday) 916-653-3214 (the FAX is on tis weekend)

McPherson was appointed by Schwarzenegger to replace Democrat Kevin Shelley. Folks, if they can't win legally, they WILL steal the votes they need. THAT'S YOUR VOTE.

This is a Republican coup, and they are counting on YOU, and ME to do NOTHING. Is it worth FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME to send a FAX, an email or make a call? PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know. From Mimi Kennedy, PDA Chair ...

Trouble in election land!!!!!!!!!! The Sec of State is pulling a fast one. A hearing scheduled for Monday the 21st in Sacramento has been turned into a sham. See below. It looks like Diebold is going to be certified. The Sec of State is relying on no-one caring about this hearing so he can just certify Diebold more or less in secret. He didn't comply with state regs in publicizing this hearing with sufficient advance notice. And it's not going to be a full panel - it's going to be one man with a tape recorder. The tape may never be listened to! We are calling a demonstration. We need everyone who can make it to get to the street in front of the Secretary of State's office on Monday morning. See below. It is a long e-mail. If you can make it into something terser, please do! Send to everyone. It's urgent we have live bodies on the street. Contact Joan Quinn: 916-396-9714. She is the point person in Sacramento. P.S. PDA had a fanastic two days in Washington, D.C. More on that later - but if we lose CA to election machines, nothing grassroots do will be of much use!


CALIFORNIA ELECTION PROTECTION NETWORK a non-partisan organization of over 25 groups across California coming together to achieve our mutual election integrity goals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2005

Contacts: Northern California: Dagmar Zakim (415) 389.0250 Southern California: Sarah Rath (310) 204.5674

California Election Protection Network Protests Secretary of State Bruce McPherson's Decision To Hold A "No Hearing Hearing"

On November 21, 2005, citizens may voice their concerns about what voting system will record their votes, but thanks to a decision by Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, there's absolutely no guarantee that anyone with the authority to certify voting systems in California will hear those voices.

California law requires the Secretary of State to conduct a public hearing as a condition of certifying any voting systems in the state. The Secretary of State has scheduled a hearing for November 21, 2005 on the question of whether certain Diebold voting systems will should be certified before the end of the year.

"The Secretary of State has disbanded the Voting Systems Panel that's supposed to conduct these hearings and has replaced it with one person, a stenographer, and a tape recorder," said Sherry Healy, a steering committee member of the California Election Protection Network (CEPN), a non-partisan organization of over 25 groups across California who have come together to try and ensure the integrity of California's election systems. "How the Secretary of State can classify this as true 'public input' is beyond me. If he had any interest in what the public had to say about these Diebold systems, he would have joined the VSP panel at this public hearing instead of disbanding it and sending a tape recorder and a stenographer in its place."

"Doesn't this sound like a Dick Cheney-style closed-door public hearing?" asked Carole Mills, Co-Chair of the Marin Democracy For America (DFA) group.

Dagmar Zakim, another steering committee member of the CEPN, asked "Is this legally sufficient for a public hearing? I mean is this the new government trend for public hearings - just give the people a room and a tape recorder?"

Jody Holder, a long time election reform activist, summed his concerns up by saying "What Bruce McPherson, the chief elections officer of our state, is trying to do is to prevent people from using their right to influence the process for approving the voting systems. It's these people's votes these machines are counting! Time and time again, this administration has arbitrarily disregarded all established precedents on how public's voice can be heard.

"For two years, concerned voters of this state have been traveling to Sacramento to voice their concerns about 'faith-based' voting on electronic voting machines at public hearings," continued Holder. "Their concerns have been increasingly recognized by the Legislature, resulting in new laws requiring paper verification of their votes, and requiring that the paper record be used in the required manual audit and in any recount (SB 370 [Bowen]). Unfortunately, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson opposed using voter verified paper records for any audit and recount.

"Now, Secretary McPherson has made it virtually impossible for people to provide meaningful testimony, expert witnesses, and public comment on the proposal to certify the Diebold machines for use in California," continued Holder. "In June, over 200 people traveled to Sacramento to voice their concerns at a public hearing before a panel of advisors to the Secretary of State on voting systems. Since then, every scheduled meeting of the VSP has been cancelled, and now the Secretary has simply disbanded the VSP without notice, without hearings about what will replace it, without any type of due process."

The California Election Protection Network is calling on Secretary McPherson to reverse his arbitrary abandonment of established procedures and to allow people to provide meaningful input on the voting systems approved for use in this state. CEPN believes the voters of California are entitled to be able to choose their representatives with the confidence that their votes are recorded and counted accurately. It is the duty of the Secretary, as the chief elections officer of the state, to make sure voting systems are approved in the interests of Californians, not the voting system vendors or the local election officials. The most important duty of a Secretary of State is assuring the citizens that we can vote with confidence on the voting systems he approves.

Sarah Rath of CEPN and CitizensAct said, "Even if this turns out to be legal by some technicality, it illuminates for us all what Bruce McPherson stands for, and against."

For more information: http://www.califelectprotect.net.

What: "Early Turkey Monday" November 21, 2005

When: Meet in front of the Secretary of State's Building at 9:30 a.m.
(Hearing begins at 10 a.m.)

Where: Secretary of State's Office, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (Downtown Sacramento - 11th and "O" Streets)

Please sign up to speak your mind about Diebold-for up to two minutes. While many are a bit intimidated by the prospect of speaking at a podium for even a minute, this is really no big deal. It's remarkably easy and it feels great to muster the courage to speak your mind and make a difference. How it usually works is that you may sign up for each of the agenda items (wares to be discussed), as itemized on the "agenda" listed below. Just sign up a few minutes before the hearing by walking to the front of the auditorium and filling out a card. Usually the card requests that you specify which agenda item you plan to speak on. So, again, see the list below for the alphabetical letter correlating to a specific Diebold product. Choose one even if you want to speak generally about Diebold. If this doesn't make sense to you, no worries. Just show up a few minutes early and ask someone there for assistance.

Tentative Agenda (subject to change without notice):

1. Diebold Election Systems

a. GEMS Software version 1.18.24
b. AccuVote-TSX with Accuview Printer Module (AVPM) hardware
c. AccuVote-TSX Ballot Station firmware version 4.6.4
d. AccuVote-OS (model D) with firmware version 1.96.6
e. AccuVote-OS Central County firmware version 2.0.12
f. Voter Card Encoder Version 4.6.1
g. Key Card Tool software version 4.6.1
h. VC Programmer software version 4.6.1
i. AccuFeed

John Johnson
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DIEBOLD Voting Machines

In a message dated 11/20/05 4:10:20 PM, marianshapiro:

For those of you who don't get PEN, the People's Email Network, thought you might be willing to take action with a call or FAX.

Cheers, Marian

ACTION PAGE: http://www.usalone.com/diebold2.htm

The Secretary of State has scheduled a hearing for November 21, 2005 on the question of whether certain Diebold voting systems will should be certified before the end of the year. But "The Secretary of State has disbanded the Voting Systems Panel that's supposed to conduct these hearings and has replaced it with one person, a stenographer, and a tape recorder," said Sherry Healy, a steering committee member of the California Election Protection Network (CEPN), a non-partisan organization of over 25 groups across California who have come together to try and ensure the integrity of California's election systems.

The rally/protest is this Monday in Sacramento, we have ONLY next week to voice our concerns so they go on the record.

Monday Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - May be your last chance to block Diebold Secretary of State's Office, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(Downtown Sacramento - 11th and "O" Streets) CONTACT: Dagmar Zakim (415) 389-0250 (there will be carpools)


Believe me, I really don't want to ruin your day. But you need to hear this. This is an URGENT ACTION ALERT.

If you don't read this and take action, you are allowing your vote to be stolen. California will turn red.

If you read this and do nothing, you are giving up your rights as a citizen. Do it for your country. Your children. Our future.

All Californians who care about the sanctity of their vote must let Secretary of State McPherson know that they WILL NOT ALLOW him to certify Diebold machines, that they are OUTRAGED that he is undermining our democracy.

CALL OR FAX: Bruce McPherson, Secretary of State
916-653-6814 (main menu, press 6, then 3 - starting at 8:00 am Monday) 916-653-3214 (the FAX is on tis weekend)

McPherson was appointed by Schwarzenegger to replace Democrat Kevin Shelley. Folks, if they can't win legally, they WILL steal the votes they need. THAT'S YOUR VOTE.

This is a Republican coup, and they are counting on YOU, and ME to do NOTHING. Is it worth FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME to send a FAX, an email or make a call? PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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Stop Diebold electronic voting! CA's Republican plans to STEAL YOUR VOTE


Informant: Sasha Karlik

Break Up Cheney's Cabal



Having listened to Daryl Smith´s interview with Christopher Bollyn, especially Hour 2, I see the world in a completely different way and what I see isn´t pretty. It´s ugly, evil, hellish and utterly depressing.

What can we tell our children and grandchildren? We are sorry that we give you hell and we understand that you are cursing us. We were so deceived, so stupid, so cowardly and so scared that we sacrified your lives to survive.

I am old and I hope I havn´t long left because I don´t want to live in a world like this. What advice can we give our kids (as you call them even if they are 25)? Well we could say: steal as much as you can, cheat as much as you can and see to it that you don´t have to give up anything. Because that is the new morality.

A completely disillusioned


http://www.iamthewitness.com/index.html -----
Original Message -----
From: Rory Winter
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 12:21 AM
Subject: Break Up Cheney's Cabal


Break Up Cheney's Cabal

*Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith*

Americans disapprove of the way President Bush is handling the situation in Iraq by nearly two to one, according to a new Gallop poll http://poll.gallup.com/content/?ci=19891 . A majority want US troops withdrawn from Iraq within twelve months--a higher proportion than wanted to withdraw from Vietnam in the summer of 1970. Catering to public sentiment, on November 15 the Senate voted 79 to 19 for a Republican resolution saying 2006 should be a year of "significant transition" for US withdrawal from Iraq.

But no transition, phased redeployment or any other change in Iraq policy is likely until the cabal that got us into this war is excised.

The word "cabal" was recently introduced to the ongoing debate on the war when Col. Lawrence Wilkinson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's top assistant, disclosed
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102505L.shtml what many had suspected: In the early days of the Bush Administration the US government was essentially hijacked by "a cabal between the Vice President of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld," supported by a handful of top staffers like I. Lewis Libby, John Bolton and David Addington. These men not only lied us into war in Iraq; they set the stage for torture at Abu Ghraib and encouraged the outing of Valerie Plame. Frighteningly, they still control US policy.

We don't yet know President Bush's relation to this shadowy group of decision-makers, who bypassed normal routes and made their own policy decisions in secret. Did he lead the cabal? Willingly participate? Encourage it with a wink and a nod? Regard it with indifference? Whatever Bush's involvement, one thing is clear: These men must now be repudiated by President Bush, Congress and the American people if we are to find our way out of the mess they've made in Iraq.

Cosmetic changes to the White House staff will achieve little for the Bush Administration and less for the country. As long as the perpetrators of the yellowcake uranium fraud
http://www.commondreams.org/%20views03/0706-02.htm and the abuse of terror suspects are in positions of power and honor, nothing will change.

Breaking the power of this cabal is the prerequisite to moving toward a solution in Iraq.

The first reason is obvious: Cheney and Rumsfeld still control the levers of power within the Administration. They are dedicated to imposing "regime change" throughout the Middle East to install governments subservient to the United States. They remain in a position to manipulate evidence and provoke incidents--even to entangle us in a new war with Syria or Iran.

The second reason is less obvious but perhaps even more important: The US government is unlikely to find partners for making peace as long as it is dominated by a clique that is perceived as having manufactured the case for war, encouraged torture and alienating the American people.

Indeed, the level of foreign distrust has risen so high that a senior Administration official recently told the /Washington Post/, "The debate in the world has become about whether the US complies with its legal obligations." The world won't cooperate with the United States to develop new solutions for Iraq until the cabal is removed and repudiated.

Any other President faced with policy failure and plummeting support would have brought in a new team long ago. As the stalemated war in Vietnam became increasingly unpopular, Lyndon Johnson replaced the war's architect, Robert McNamara, with Wall Street lawyer and Washington power broker Clark Clifford. When Ronald Reagan's popularity plummeted after the Iran//contra/ scandals, he brought in a new, more moderate team that pursued a whole new set of broadly popular policy initiatives.

Some Republican Congressional and party leaders urged George Bush to emulate Reagan's strategy
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-11-12-bush-%20comeback_x.htm in the aftermath of the Libby indictment. They were summarily rebuffed.

George Bush's bunker mentality is creating a nightmare for Republicans. They clearly perceive their defeats in the recent election as flowing from their identification in the public mind with the President and therefore with the Iraq debacle. And many believe they are already headed for personal and party defeat in 2006.

Republicans are now scrambling to put distance between themselves and the war and other presidential policies. But that is unlikely to cure their malady. After all, if people want to repudiate the President, voting against Republicans is the obvious way to do it.

Of course, Republicans could put plenty of distance between themselves and the President by initiating impeachment proceedings for using false intelligence to lead the country to war. But this is unlikely unless and until he is personally pinned with crimes so heinous that Republicans have no choice.

One possible way out for Republicans is to pressure Bush to purge those who have led him and the country into disaster--/a k a/ the cabal. A new team of moderates would be charged with /changing/ the course rather than /staying/ it.

If the past is any guide, President Bush is likely to hold out against such an action for as long as possible. But Republican critics of the Administration might find some interesting bedfellows.

Blame for a failed and unpopular war is not good for the military. Top military officials today are facing the same doom to their institution and careers that their predecessors faced as the prospects for military victory and popular support drained away during the Vietnam War. Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha's startling call for withdrawal from Iraq bears special significance, as he is an acknowledged ally and spokesman for military leaders on Capitol Hill. The cabal's efforts to promote war with Syria and Iran threaten the military with an even greater fiasco. They have a strong interest in putting the blame for America's catastrophe on the likes of Rumsfeld and Cheney.

Rumsfeld and Cheney have tried to blame the intelligence "failures" that they used to get us into Iraq on the CIA and other intelligence agencies. That gives these agencies a motive for putting the blame back where it primarily belongs--on the cabal. This week, sixteen former intelligence officials asked Bush for a pledge not to pardon anyone involved in the Plame leak. And former CIA director Adm. Stansfield Turner accused Cheney of overseeing policies that allowed torture of terror suspects and damaged the nation's credibility. Just as a top FBI official was the Deep Throat who secretly blew the whistle on Nixon in the Watergate scandals, so might intelligence officials have evidence that would be damning to Cheney, Rumsfeld and their advisers.

It is impossible to predict just what string of circumstances would lead these forces to act. It might be resistance to the Administration's next attempt to draw the United States into war in Syria or Iran. (Congress put its first serious constraints on President Nixon when he expanded the Vietnam War into Cambodia and Laos.) It might be the release of still more evidence of criminality--more indictments from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, for example. It might be a dramatic surge in US deaths in Iraq--remember the Tet Offensive, Lebanon and Mogadishu. Or it might simply be the accumulation of failures--something reminiscent of the Politburo's removal of Khrushchev for "commandism and hare-brained schemes."

Though it may seem a liberal fantasy, a breakup of the cabal is already on the political radar screen. Libby, one of its top operatives, is under indictment. Cheney has isolated himself even from Republican senators by his outrageous defense of the right to torture, and conservative pundits are demanding that he reveal the truth about his involvement in the Plame outing. Rumors of Rumsfeld's future resignation have appeared in the press.

Most of these officials serve at the pleasure of the President. Republican Congressional and party leaders add their voices to those already calling for a Bush Administration house-cleaning. If the President continues to refuse, they have a wide range of hardball threats, ranging from investigations to defeats for his legislative programs. Such actions were almost unthinkable as long as they desired the President's support, but Republicans who fear being tarred along with the President have strong motivation to jump ship if he doesn't shape up.

Bush can't fire Cheney, but increasing attention to the evidence of Cheney's "high crimes and misdemeanors" is likely to grow if he won't leave voluntarily. And unlike a President, a Vice President can be prosecuted while in office.

A focus on the cabal can also help Democrats and progressives address the strategic dilemma they face. Obviously, Bush is ultimately responsible for the policies that have made him so unpopular with the American people. But it is hard to parlay his unpopularity into a force for change--at least until election time.

The President can be removed by impeachment, but that is unlikely unless Democrats control both houses of Congress. But by putting a big part of the blame for Bush's disastrous policies on Cheney and his henchmen, Democrats and progressives can help make the cabal such a liability to Bush and the Republican Party that they may have to excise it.

We're probably stuck with President Bush for the next three years. But leveraging Cheney, Rumsfeld and their advisers out of power could turn a new page in America's relations with the rest of the world. It would be possible to develop new roles in Iraq for US allies, Middle Eastern countries and the United Nations. And the embattled parties in Iraq could begin negotiating their own future, free from manipulation by a US leadership determined to impose its own vision on their country.


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