24
Dez
2005

Bush's False Choices

Ellen Goodman highlights the president's "whatever it takes" approach to post 9/11 counter-terrorism as "whatever the president says it takes," citing his continual division of the country, separating his supporters from his critics.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122405H.shtml


From Information Clearing House

The Lincoln Group Cashes In on Iraq War

While working under a US military contract, the newly formed Lincoln Group paid Iraqi journalists to place highly controversial pro-democracy stories in the media.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122405C.shtml


From Information Clearing House

Enron's Ex-Accounting Chief Could Testify vs. Lay and Skilling

Federal prosecutors are engaged in plea negotiations with former Enron Corp. official Richard A. Causey, working toward a deal that could provide crucial momentum for the government heading into the signature trial of the corporate scandal era.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122405B.shtml


From Information Clearing House

NSA-Spying Files Bigger than White House Said

The National Security Agency has traced and analyzed large volumes of telephone and web communications flowing in and out of the United States as part of the eavesdropping program that President Bush approved after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122405A.shtml

Internet Creates Local Political Movements

Frustrated by government and empowered by technology, Americans are filling needs and fighting causes through grass-roots organizations they built themselves - some sophisticated, others quaintly ad hoc. This is the era of people-driven politics.

//www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5502087,00.html


From Information Clearing House

Godalming geek made millions running the Pentagon's propaganda war in Iraq

IT WAS astounding enough for Washington’s political elite: last month they discovered that the man at the heart of a scandal over the planting of US propaganda in Iraqi newspapers was a dapper but unknown 30-year-old Oxford graduate who had somehow managed to land a $100 million Pentagon contract.

//www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1958479,00.html


From Information Clearing House

Poland supresses CIA prisons report

The Polish Government has decided not to make public the results of an inquiry into the possible existence of United States CIA prisons on Polish soil.

//www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200512/s1537545.htm


From Information Clearing House

Domestic Spying & Incident of Intimidation of Military Families

Letter From a Military Mom:
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11375.htm

Iran hails “first Islamist Arab state” in Iraq

The editorial of Iran’s leading hard-line daily hailed the outcome of Iraq’s parliamentary elections as “the creation of the first Islamist state in the Arab world”, and warned against “American plots” to prevent the formation of the new Iraqi government by Iranian-backed Shiite groups.

//www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5006


From Information Clearing House

You can vote, but you can't win

Iraqi court disqualifies prominent Sunni candidates: An Iraqi court has ruled that some of the most prominent Sunni Muslims who were elected to parliament last week won't be allowed to serve because officials suspect that they were high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party.

//www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/13476434.htm


From Information Clearing House

The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged

Spy Agency Mined Vast Data Trove, Officials Report

By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN

The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system's main arteries.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11372.htm

Speculations over US attack against Iran

By Jürgen Gottschlich

Are the USA planing a rocket attack against targets in Iran? In secret discussions Washington was preparing the Allies for appropriate air strikes in 2006, agencies disclosed to day. Especially in the NATO country Turkey, speculations about an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities are taking place.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11373.htm

THE KUALA LUMPUR INITIATIVE TO CRIMINALISE WAR

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-----Original Message----- From: GlobalResearch.ca [mailto:crgeditor@yahoo.com] Sent: Saturday, December 24, 2005 9:13 AM To: crgeditor@yahoo.com Subject: GlobalResearch.ca - THE KUALA LUMPUR INITIATIVE TO CRIMINALISE WAR

Global Research Feature Article

THE KUALA LUMPUR INITIATIVE TO CRIMINALISE WAR

December 23, 2005 Kuala Lumpur Global Peace Forum


THE KUALA LUMPUR INITIATIVE TO CRIMINALISE WAR

17TH DECEMBER 2005

THE Kuala Lumpur Global Peace Forum of concerned peoples from all five continents

UNITED in the belief that peace is the essential condition for the survival and well-being of the human race,

DETERMINED to promote peace and save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,

OUTRAGED over the frequent resort to war in the settlement of disputes between nations,

DISTURBED that militarists are preparing for more wars,

TROUBLED that use of armed force increases insecurity for all,

TERRIFIED that the possession of nuclear weapons and the imminent risk of nuclear war will lead to the annihilation of life on earth.

To achieve peace we now declare that:

1. Wars increasingly involve the killing of innocent people and are, therefore, abhorrent and criminal.

2. Killings in war are as criminal as the killings within societies in times of peace.

3. Since killings in peace time are subject to the domestic law of crime, killings in war must likewise be subject to the international law of crimes. This should be so irrespective of whether these killings in war are authorized or permitted by domestic law.

4. All commercial, financial, industrial and scientific activities that aid and abet war should be criminalised.

5. All national leaders who initiate aggression must be subjected to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

6. All nations must strengthen the resolve to accept the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and institute methods to settle international disputes by peaceful means and to renounce war.

7. Armed force shall not be used except when authorised by a Resolution passed by two-thirds majority of the total membership of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

8. All legislators and all members of Government must affirm their belief in peace and pledge to strive for peace.

9. Political parties all over the world must include peace as one of their principal objectives.

10. Non-Governmental Organisations committed to the promotion of peace should be set up in all nations.

11. Public servants and professionals, in particular in the medical, legal, educational and scientific fields, must promote peace and campaign actively against war.

12. The media must actively oppose war and the incitement to war and consciously promote the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

13. Entertainment media must cease to glorify war and violence and should instead cultivate the ethos of peace.

14. All religious leaders must condemn war and promote peace.

To these ends the Forum resolves to establish a permanent Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur to -

IMPLEMENT this Initiative.

OPPOSE policies and programmes that incite war.

SEEK the cooperation of NGOs worldwide to achieve the goals of this Initiative.

Signed by:

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Prof Francis A. Boyle
Dr. Helen Caldicott
Mr Matthias Chang
Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Prof Shad Saleem Faruqi
Mr Denis J. Halliday
Dato' Mukhriz Mahathir
Dr Chandra Muzaffar
Dato' Michael O.K. Yeoh
Mr Hans-Christof Von Sponeck


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Wirkmodell für athermische Bioeffekte von EMF

//openpr.de/news/73090

Ich möchte aus gegebenem Anlass daran erinnern, dass ein plausibles Wirkmodell für Bioeffekte im athermischen Bereich für EMF's aller Frequenzen bis in den Terrahertz - Bereich schon erforscht, in unabhängigen Universitätsinstituten bestätigt und in Fachzeitschriften mit Peer Review publiziert wurde, siehe Zusammenfassung in der Anlage

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/wirkmodell_fuer_athermische_bioeffekte.doc

und unter //www.mikrowellensmog.info/Elektrosmog.html

Studien zu Mikrowellen mit Zusammenfassung
//omega.twoday.net/stories/1329287/


Univ.-Doz.Dr.Ferdinand Ruzicka
habilitiert für "Medizinische Physik mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Zytophysik (cytophysics)" an der Med.Univ.Wien

Dürre am Amazonas

Das größte Regenwaldgebiet der Welt leidet unter heftiger Trockenheit.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/21/21617/1.html

Der Abhörskandal weitet sich aus

Die NSA durchsucht mit Hintertüren bei den Providern in den USA Telefon- und Internetkommunikation, der Kongress soll der Bush-Regierung ausdrücklich die Ausübung der Kriegsrechte in den USA untersagt haben.

//www.telepolis.de/tp/r4/artikel/21/21650/1.html

Buckley 'golf balls' may be ears for Bush spying

//www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4339703,00.html


Informant: Loring Wirbel

D-Rep Releases Potentially 'Lethal' Impeachment Doc

//www.rense.com/general69/imr.htm


Informant: ranger116



//omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Downing+Street+Memo

Umfrage: US-Bürger hoffen auf den Sturz der Bush-Regierung

//tinyurl.com/95c2y

Nach einer Umfrage auf dem Nachrichtenportal von MSNBC wünscht sich eine große Mehrheit der US-Bürger den Sturz der Bush-Regierung: 85% befürworten ein Impeachmentverfahren zur Absetzung des Präsidenten. Wesentlichen Anteil an diesem Ergebnis hatte offensichtlich auch die illegale Anordnung Bush's zum NSA-Lauschangriff.

Über 140.000 Stimmen wurden auf dem MSNBC-Newsportal abgegeben zur Frage ob ein Impeachment (Absetzungs-)Verfahren gegen die Bushregierung angebracht sei. Nur 13% äußerten sich hierzu ablehnend. Die Verstrickung der Regierung in die lügenhafte Begründung des Irakkriegs ebenso, wie das heimliche Abhören von US-Bürgern ohne richterlichen Beschluss waren anscheinend ausschlaggebende Gründe für dies für Bush vernichtende Votum.

MSNBC betreibt ein größeres Nachrichtenportal des Microsoft Networks mit dem amerikanischen Nachrichtenkanal NBC.


G.Wendebourg / metainfo hamburg

Link zum Beitrag / Hintergrundinfo oder Pressehinweis:
//www.hh-online.com?lid=23304 und
//links.net-hh.de?lid=23304

Infopool / metainfo hamburg www.hh-online.com

US Airstrikes Take Toll on Civilians

US Marine airstrikes targeting insurgents sheltering in Iraqi residential neighborhoods are killing civilians as well as guerrillas along the Euphrates River in far western Iraq.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122405Y.shtml



Operations in Anbar killing many civilians (WP)
//www.ufppc.org/content/view/3838/2/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

MOBILFUNK-Vortrag in BAD NAUHEIM

Anliegend meine Erkenntnisse aus meinem Vortrag:
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/keim_vortrag_nachbericht.doc


MfG

dieter keim

051223 - R - Mobilfunk - Newsletter

//www.omega-news.info/051223_r_mobilfunk_newsletter.rtf

List of FBI Co-Intel Programs Busted Spying on American's

COINTELPRO: Counterintelligence Program

Co-Intel list of civilrights violations by the FBI and others in which they were busted violating the civil rights of "political activists"

FYI - The 1991 Gulf War Vets have more on this and "other programs" including medical research abuse on unsuspecting American's, bioweapons and a thing about "Beyound Treason" at

//www.gulfwarvets.com


Dot's Information Service Hot line "Unbossed and unbought news and information you can use" Visit The DISH online at //www.thedish.org Vol. 8 No 51...Dedicated to the Dialogue on Race... 12-23-05

Table of Contents

1. Intuit's Vibe...The Spying Spider...By Don Tidwell
2. Hood Notes...Counterintelligence Program
3. Bit of History...John Edgar Hoover (1895-1972)
4. Disgruntled
5. It's Just A Piece of Paper...By John Burl Smith
6. Politics Y2K5...Abramoff's Aria
7. News You Use...Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
8. Mailbox

Intuit's Vibe The Spying Spider By Don Tidwell -snip- This guy killed a spider in his bathroom. That's not cool. Spiders deserve to live. Put them outside.
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Hood Notes: Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO)

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover spied on hundreds of blacks and civil rights groups in an effort "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize" their activities. After the landmark Supreme Court school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Hoover launched his Counter Intelligence Program
(COINTELPRO), which targeted civil rights groups and others.

By 1957, FBI agents routinely spied on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). FBI "black bag" operations and dirty tricks included unauthorized wiretaps, break-ins, planted news articles, the dissemination of false information, inciting street warfare between rival groups, and using the IRS to harass targeted individuals and organizations.

On March 4, 1968, FBI Headquarters issued a memo expanding its domestic surveillance activities. It warned that Dr. King, among others, could emerge as a 'messiah' that could unite and electrify the black nationalist movement. The memo called for the use of "imaginative" techniques and required a progress report within 30 days. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Conservative Judge Laurence H. Silberman, who recently co-chaired the bipartisan presidential commission on intelligence failures, called for Hoover's name to be removed from the FBI building. According to Silberman, Hoover allowed the Bureau to be used by presidents for nakedly political purposes. He maintained secret files with bits of dirt on political figures and used this information to blackmail his political enemies. Hoover offered Bureau files to presidents, including Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson.

Ironically, the explanation offered by the Bureau for its illegal activities was that the agency found them to be necessary to protect national security and to prevent violence. For "security reasons, the FBI announced it was terminating COINTELPRO as of April 27, 1971.
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Bit of History: John Edgar Hoover (1895-1972)

Born in Washington, D.C., on January 1, 1895, John Edgar Hoover was valedictorian of his Central High School class (1913). After high school, Hoover worked for the Library of Congress and attended night classes at George Washington University Law School. In 1916, he earned his LL.B. The following year he received his LL.M and was admitted to the bar. On July 26, 1917, Hoover began his lengthy service with the United States Department of Justice.

Until November 1918, when he was named Assistant to the Attorney General, Hoover led the Department's General Intelligence Division
(GID). In 1921, the GID moved to the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) and Hoover became Assistant Director of the BOI. On May 10, 1924, Attorney General Harlan Fiske Stone appointed Hoover as Acting Director of the BOI. By the end of 1924, Hoover was FBI Director. At that time, the agency had a bad reputation for political corruption.

Director Hoover reorganized the department, fired political appointees and/or unqualified agents, and instituted rigorous selection and training methods for FBI agents. He ordered background checks, interviews, and physical examinations for new applicants. Hoover also required agents to be trained in the law or accounting. In 1928, Hoover established the school for FBI personnel training.

In 1932, Hoover set up the FBI Laboratory to provide forensic analysis. He established the world's largest fingerprint file and introduced the most up-to-date scientific criminology and research programs as the agency went to war against violent criminals. Under Hoover, many of the nation's most notorious gangsters were captured, incarcerated, or killed.

In 1933, he formed the Civil Identification Section to supply information on missing persons. Several years later, the FBI National Academy was opened for training policemen from all parts of the country in the latest methods of crime detection.

Hoover wrote Persons in Hiding (1938), several other books and numerous articles on crime and crime detection. From the 1940s and after WWII, the FBI became the nation's lead agency on counterintelligence, counterespionage, and counter-sabotage. President Roosevelt tasked the FBI with running the Special Intelligence Service or SIS, a foreign intelligence service in the Western Hemisphere.

Early in the Cold War, the Bureau conducted background checks of government employees to ensure that foreign agents did not infiltrate the government. During the 1960s and early 1970s, the FBI expanded its investigations to include civil rights organizations and organized crime. The threat of political violence occupied many of the Bureau's assets, as did the threat of foreign espionage.

Hoover received numerous awards and honorary degrees. A lifelong bachelor, Hoover headed the FBI for 48 years; he died May 2, 1972. Through Public Law 92-520, which President Richard Nixon signed May 4, 1972, the FBI building became the J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building. President Gerald Ford dedicated the building September 30, 1975.

Sources:
//www.fbi.gov
//www.aaregistry.com
//www.cnn.com, and
//www.larouchepub.com

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Disgruntled feels: Incredulous! The evening news recently featured a teenager that audaciously robbed a bank to pay off his gambling debt. Gambling, like NASCAR auto racing, is romanticized and packaged as a sport, similar to tennis and golf. In commercials and television programs, they are great American past-times. It is simply incredulous that the public can still act surprised when impressionable young people die in car crashes as a result of speeding and get deep in debt from gambling. They are simply imitating what the media and industry push as "sports."

Disgruntled wants to know: An effective dirty trickster requires great intelligence. Karl Rove's political savvy has no other contemporary equal. His reputation for political character assassination suggests Rove enjoys access to a wealth of reliable information. Known as George W. Bush's Brain, Rove has been very successful in using dirty tricks against his boss' political opponents. While Bush takes the moral high ground feigning born-again innocence, Rove ravages his opponents. One cannot help but wonder, does Rove enjoy access to spy information collected by Bush authorized illegal surveillance on U.S. citizens?

Disgruntled says: In an impassioned speech before the Senate in support of a measure calling for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) forthrightly stated, "Oil is a matter of national security!" For those unwilling to accept previous assertions that oil played a vital role in the war in Iraq, now you know better. When U.S. leaders claim we were defending our national security interest there, you know they are referring to Iraq's oil.

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It's "Just A Piece of Paper" By John Burl Smith

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, is a Fourth Amendment right granted by the US Constitution. Last week (12-15-05), U.S. citizens learned that following September 11, 2001 George W. Bush unilaterally suspended the Constitution (4th Amendment) and became a dictator. The New York Times revealed and Bush admitted he authorized the National Security Agency (NSA), without probable cause or a court order, to spy on U.S. citizens. Although he claimed to have the authority to do so, Bush forced the New York Times to keep quiet about his actions for more than a year.

A year after learning of this illegal government operation, the New York Times says, following 9-11, Vice President Dick Cheney called congressional leaders of both parties, which included the chairman and ranking members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, to the White House and briefed them on their plans to suspend the 4th Amendment to spy on U.S. citizens. It was not until 2003, when Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) became vice-chairman did anyone on the intelligence committee express concern.

Bush claims Congress' resolution supporting the war on terror, a
2002 Justice Department brief claiming "the Constitution vests in the President inherent authority to conduct surveillance of foreign powers or their agents" and a decision by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review allowing cooperation between prosecutors and intelligence officers granted him powers to violate citizens' constitutional rights and spy on them without any court's authorization. To the contrary, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who oversees the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, questioned whether information obtained in this manner could be used, since it was illegally obtained. Some officials believe warrantless wiretaps inside the U.S. are unlawful and unconstitutional; they amount to illegal searches. However, like the war of aggression in Iraq, Bush proceeded over their cogent objections.

The problem some members of Congress, watchdog groups, immigrants and civil rights advocates have with any search without a warrant is it erodes personal protections guaranteed by 4th Amendment civil liberties and intrudes on privacy rights. These concerns are at the heart of opposition to the USA Patriot Act, which expanded domestic surveillance by the FBI to collect information from libraries and the Internet. Moreover, this is another "foot-in-the-door" that makes spying on protestors easier. It negates the court ban against the government using public and private databases to spy on US citizens.

As a survivor of COINTELPRO, Bush's contempt for the Constitution surpasses the dirty tricks of Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover. The lack of an outcry from those who profess to believe in "the rule of law" is most troubling. Those who were victims of COINTELPRO see others reliving the nightmare of having their rights violated by government officials, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges, while the media spins government concocted stories of conspiracies to commit terrorist acts, fund terrorist groups and disseminate erroneous information. Even though the truth about COINTELPRO is known, many victims are still imprisoned (Mumia Abu Jamal) or on the run (Shakur Assata). Back then, everyone was like George Bush today, "Damn the Constitution, it's just a fucking piece of paper!"

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Politics Y2K5 Abramoff's Aria

According to recent reports, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff might be talking with federal prosecutors to cut a deal in the Justice Department investigation of allegations that he defrauded his American Indian clients and conspired to corrupt public officials. In November, Abramoff's business partner Michael Scanlon pleaded guilty to plying public officials with gifts and defrauding his clients. Scanlon's singing makes things difficult for Abramoff.

The possibility of Abramoff joining the chorus puts pressure on politicians that have taken campaign contributions from his former lobbying firm and helped promote favorable legislation for his clients. If Abramoff sings, a number of congressmen will be asked to furnish notes to explain how they came to be in Abramoff's lyrics.

Having joined Abramoff on expensive excursions, accepted campaign contributions and promoted his clients' interests, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay and others will have some serious explaining to do to escape charges of political corruption. Abramoff has said he is broke and might sing to avoid an expensive trial. Political junkies eagerly await Abramoff's aria.

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News You Use Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (F.I.S.A.)

"Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."-- Benjamin Franklin

In general, the Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens from unwarranted searches and seizure. To obtain a search warrant, there must be probable cause that a crime has been or is being committed. Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978 to established procedures for legally conducting "foreign intelligence" surveillance. Basically, FISA grants the government the right to spy on people in the United States in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Initially limited to electronic eavesdropping and wiretapping, FISA was amended in 1994 to permit secret searches in connection with "security" investigations. In 1998, it was amended to permit pen/trap orders. A pen register collects outgoing phone numbers placed from a specific telephone line, and a trap and trace device captures the incoming numbers placed to a specific phone line. In addition, FISA can be used to obtain certain business records.

To adjudicate surveillance requests, FISA established the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which is composed of federal district court judges that are appointed by the Chief Justice. FISC judges review surveillance applications, which must be personally approved by the Attorney General. Since its inception, FISC has approved more than 18,000 warrants. Rarely does the FISC deny a search warrant request. A few were denied in 2003 for the first time in the court's history.

Passed by Congress in 2001, the USA Patriot Act expanded the government's ability to use FISA to obtain the personal records of ordinary U.S. citizens from libraries and Internet Service Providers, to conduct secret searches of their homes and offices, obtain a pen register/trap and trace device "for any investigation to gather foreign intelligence," and use "roving wiretaps" to intercept communications made to or by a target without specifying the particular telephone line, computer, or facility to be monitored.

The use of "generic" surveillance orders could significantly impact the privacy rights of large numbers of innocent users, particularly those who access the Internet through public facilities such as libraries, university computer labs, and cybercafes. All communications transmitted can be monitored, if the FBI suspects an intelligence target might use those facilities.

With the revelation that the Bush Administration engaged in domestic surveillance without FISC approval, concerns about potential constitutional rights violations under the USA-Patriot Act are justified. Coupled with a 2002 FBI memo, which "reveals that agents illegally videotaped suspects, intercepted e-mails without court permission, recorded the wrong phone conversations, and allowed electronic surveillance operations to run beyond their legal deadline, we should all question whether we give up too much liberty for whatever temporary safety is achieved in trashing the Constitution. For more about FISA and the USA-Patriot Act, see: //www.epic.org

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Mailbox: E-Mails, Faxes, and Telephone Calls

Email==> johnb ga.net The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. No congressional act supersedes it. George Bush claims the congressional resolution supporting the war on terror authorized him to spy on U.S. citizens without a court order, but it did not amend the Constitution. If Bush can suspend constitutional rights, he can dissolve Congress, as Adolf Hitler did the Reichstag. Guilty of either breaking the law or suspending it, if he is not held accountable for this high crime, Bush is an American Hitler. As such, the interloper should be flushed.

Email==> //www.washingtonpost.com

U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation without providing an explanation. Associates familiar with his decision said that Robertson expressed deep concern about Bush's warrantless surveillance program.

Email==> //www.msn.com

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday passed a six-month extension of the terror-fighting USA Patriot Act as a last resort after Democrats and a small group of GOP senators blocked the Republican attempt to make most of the anti-terrorism law permanent. Approval of the six-month extension came on a voice vote, and cleared the way for a final vote in the House possibly as early as Thursday. Sixteen provisions in the current law expire Dec. 31 unless the Congress and White House acts. Patriot Act critics said White House-pushed legislation did not provide enough civil liberty safeguards and blocked the Republican-controlled Senate from approving it last week.


Informant: Scott Munson

We live off each other: can we be free?

//tinyurl.com/9xrz7

Informant: Friends

Mr. Cheney's Imperial Presidency

The New York Times: George W. Bush has quipped several times during his political career that it would be so much easier to govern in a dictatorship. Apparently he never told his vice president that this was a joke.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122305G.shtml

Tom Daschle: Power We Didn't Grant

Tom Daschle: As Senate majority leader at the time, I helped negotiate that law with the White House counsel's office over two harried days. I can state categorically that the subject of warrantless wiretaps of American citizens never came up.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122305D.shtml

Iraqis March, Say Elections Were Rigged

Large demonstrations broke out across Iraq on Friday denouncing parliamentary elections that protesters claimed were "rigged" in favor of the main religious Shiite coalition.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122305B.shtml

USA bereiten Angriff auf Iran vor

//tinyurl.com/8l29l

(SPON/DDP) Nach Informationen der Nachrichtenagentur DDP bereiten die USA nun einen Angriff auf den Iran vor. Außer der Türkei werden in die Planungen auch bereits westliche Geheimdienste einbezogen, von denen rückhaltlose Zusammenarbeit erwartet wird.

Von den Plänen wurden außerdem eine Reihe von Verbündeten im arabischen Raum informiert darunter die Regierungen von Saudi-Arabien, Jordanien, Oman und Pakistan. Nach den Berichten hat CIA-Chef Goss der Türkei grünes Licht gegeben, PKK-Stützpunkte im Norden des Iran anzugreifen. Die türkische Regierung werde wenige Stunden vor dem Angriff unterrichtet.

Möglicherweise versucht die Bush-Regierung die Gelegenheit der Parlamentsferien zu nutzen, in denen sie Entscheidungen unter Umgehung des Kongresses treffen kann, insbesondere, wenn ausgegangen werden kann, dass "Gefahr im Verzug" sei.


G.Wendebourg / metainfo hamburg

Link zum Beitrag / Hintergrundinfo oder Pressehinweis:
//www.hh-online.com?lid=23302 und
//links.net-hh.de?lid=23302


Infopool / metainfo hamburg www.hh-online.com

And the Saga on Arctic Oil Drilling Continues

Arctic oil drilling was thwarted this past Wednesday when two Republicans joined 42 Democrats in filibustering the defense bill that would have authorized drilling. The saga is not over, however, as both proponents of the bill and defenders of the Arctic Refuge expect another drilling fight next year.

//www.truthout.org/issues_05/122305EC.shtml

Fears for Dwindling Forests in Pakistani Quake Zone

The October 8 earthquake that flattened much of northern Pakistan has taught a lesson to mountain villagers that conservationists had long failed to instill: the importance of their forests. Despite the harsh lesson, conservationists and government officials are worried that necessity will drive survivors to cut down trees to save themselves from the winter.

//www.truthout.org/issues_05/122305EB.shtml

A Junior Aide Had a Big Role in Terror Policy

A two-year justice department junior aid was a critical player in the Bush administration's legal response to terrorist threats and an influential advocate for the expansive claims of presidential authority.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122305S.shtml

Alito Defended Officials from Wiretap Suits

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito defended the right of government officials to order domestic wiretaps for national security when he worked at the Reagan Justice Department, an echo of President Bush's rationale for spying on US residents in his war on terror.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122305Q.shtml

HLS's Goldsmith A War Criminal: House Judiciary Comm. Report

-----Original Message----- From: Boyle, Francis Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 7:04 PM To: 'AALSMIN-L@lists.ubalt.edu' Cc: Lawrence Summers (lawrence_summers@harvard.edu) Subject: HLS's Goldsmith A War Criminal:House Judiciary Comm.Report Importance: High

From The Constitution in Crisis, Report of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff, page 164:

" There is also substantial evidence that then Attorney General Ashcroft and then White House Counsel Gonzales bear responsibility for documented, unlawful removal of detainees from Iraq in contravention of the War Crimes Act. Among other things, these individuals appear to have requested and approved a March 19, 2004 legal memorandum {written by now Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith} which, according to intelligence officials "was a green light" for the CIA to improperly remove detainees from Iraq."

Nevertheless, when the Washington Post published Goldsmith's criminal memorandum on its web-page, HLS Dean Kagan, responding thereto, publicly boasted how "proud" she was to have hired this notorious war criminal. Kagan must be fired at HLS Dean. Harvard must place Goldsmith on paid administrative leave for the good of the Institution. Harvard must not permit a notorious war criminal to teach its students, let alone train Lawyers, Members of the Bar and Officers of the Court. If you agree with me, then simply forward this email message to Harvard President Lawrence Summers as indicated above.

Francis A. Boyle former Chair, HLS Fund Campaign for Greater Illinois


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Antiwar Activists to Place Toy Soldiers Under Christmas Trees at White House

//www.commondreams.org/news2005/1223-02.htm

Chrome-Plated Fraud: How PG&E'S Scientists-for-Hire Reversed Findings of a Cancer Study

//www.commondreams.org/news2005/1223-01.htm

When Power Corrupts

//www.commondreams.org/views05/1223-22.htm

Shoot the Moon and Forget about the Bell Curve

//www.commondreams.org/views05/1223-25.htm

Subpoena Power to the People

//www.commondreams.org/views05/1223-29.htm

On Opinion Page, a Lobby's Hand Is Often Unseen

//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1223-03.htm

Wiretaps Said to Sift All Overseas Contacts

//www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1223-08.htm

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Wiretaps Said to Sift All Overseas Contacts

The National Security Agency, in carrying out President Bush's order to intercept the international phone calls and e-mails of Americans suspected of links to Al Qaeda, has probably been using computers to monitor all other Americans' international communications as well.

//tinyurl.com/a3afn


From Information Clearing House

IMPEACHMENT BREAKTHROUGH

Since we told you Tuesday night about Congressman Conyers' new bills to hold Bush and Cheney accountable for their war lies, 26,000 people have visited the action alert page, and 17,000 have Emailed their Congress Members. You can add to those numbers here:

//capwiz.com/pdamerica/issues/alert/?alertid=8329176

Already there are seven cosponsors of a bill to create an investigation and make recommendations on impeachment, four cosponsors on a bill to censure Bush, and five cosponsors on a bill to censure Cheney.

//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/5768

This work, combined with our polling on impeachment, and the news that Bush authorized illegal spying on Americans, has pushed impeachment into the media.

For many months the media wouldn't cover and Congress wouldn't talk about the public's demand for impeachment of Bush and Cheney because the pollsters wouldn't poll on it, and the pollsters wouldn't poll on it because it wasn't in the media and wasn't in Congress. Remember Gallup's excuse for not polling?

//www.democrats.com/gallup-drop-dead

The week before Christmas, things changed. Look at the spike in instances of the I word in recent media punditry.

//www.impeachpac.org/?q=impeachment-news

And Congress Members and Senators are talking about impeachment. Rep. John Lewis says he favors it. Rep. John Conyers has introduced a bill to create an investigation into grounds for it, and seven other Congress Members have immediately signed on. Senator Barbara Boxer announced that she is asking legal scholars for advice on it. Senator Kerry said there are grounds for impeachment; then he flip-flopped -- but it wouldn't be Kerry without that.

No longer can pollsters honestly claim that they are refusing to ask the public about impeachment because it's not a topic in the news or the halls of Congress. But that doesn't mean they won't keep doing so dishonestly, unless we let them know how many of us are watching, unless we use the internet and the radio the way we did to force the Downing Street Minutes into the news.

ASK THE POLLSTERS TO POLL ON IMPEACHMENT:
//www.democrats.com/bush-impeachment-polls

ASK THE MEDIA TO COVER THE ISSUE:
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/1084

Here's info on the few polls that have been done:
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/polling

Here's an analysis of the pollsters' inconsistency:
//mediamatters.org/items/200512200006

NATIONAL DAY OF TOWN HALL FORUMS ON ENDING THE WAR

Organize public meetings or smaller gatherings on Saturday, January 7, on the topic of ending the war!

//www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

There are 60 events already planned around the country. Many Congress Members have been invited to attend by their constituents. Some have already commited to doing so, including: Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Adam Smith, and Dave Reichert.

One focus of some of these events will be Congressman John Conyers' new resolutions to censure Bush and Cheney and to create a select committee to investigate and make recommendations on impeachment. Rep. Conyers, and many other Congress Members, are likely to participate.

Also already confirmed to take part are several congressional and senatorial candidates, various local elected officials, and leaders of the peace movement, including Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan.

We are joining with Backbone Campaign, Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, Democracy Cell Project, Cities for Peace, MilitaryFreeZone.Org, Operation Ceasefire, United for Peace and Justice, U.S. Tour of Duty, Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, World Can't Wait, Gold Star Families for Peace, PeaceMajority Report, Global Exchange, Bring Them Home Campaign, UP (United Progressives) for Democracy, 20 20 Vision, Impeach Bush Coalition, and Peace Action, in asking you to sign up and attend one of these events, or – if there is not one scheduled near you – help organize one and post it on the website for others to attend.

The war is costing us dearly in lives, in security, and in resources. We need this national day to make our demand heard and bring the war to an end. (Events can also be held on days other than the 7th, to fit the schedules of those involved.)

SIGN UP FOR AN EXISTING EVENT OR CREATE A NEW ONE HERE:
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/event


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//omega.twoday.net/search?q=impeach
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Legal, political, & judicial maneuvering in the NSA spy scandal

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/3837/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Avian flu scare is a money bonanza for researchers

//onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_347.shtml


Informant: Friends

Getting Fooled: Forgeries, Fingerprints and Forensic Fakery

//www.counterpunch.org/cockburn09182004.html


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Lunar Slum Patrol

//www.lewrockwell.com/rogers/rogers191.html

"WE THE PEOPLE" ARE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

//www.newswithviews.com/Levant/nancy19.htm

Teen-Screen and The Created Crisis

//www.newswithviews.com/Stuter/stuter75.htm
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