Nail It to the White House Door

On the eve of the Conyers hearing on June 16th, William Rivers Pitt writes on the Downing Street Minutes -the document leaked by a British version of Deep Throat that describes in plain language the manner in which the Bush and Blair administrations planned to manipulate their way into an invasion of Iraq. A collection of more than 120 organizations and news outlets came together for the purpose of nailing the facts of the Downing Street Minutes to the White House door.



Dead Messengers: How the US Military Threatens Journalists

2004 was the deadliest year for reporters since 1980. At the time many reporters believed that the military was purposely targeting journalists. As a result TruthOut Director, Marc Ash asked Steve Weissman to investigate this claim. In this award winning five part series that came out early 2005, Steve Weissman reports his findings.


Mr. Fitzgerald Calling

One of the years biggest stories, federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's dramatic quest to bring White House officials to justice for revealing the name of under cover CIA agent Valerie Plame needed special coverage. TruthOut was there.


A Swedish study shows that brain cells die from mobile radiation


It's an affront to the Constitution, and the rights of American Muslims

For instance, because two Muslim men, both of them U.S. citizens speaking with Arab accents, complained to an apartment manager about the apartment complex's sales staff, the FBI approached the men.


From Information Clearing House

Oil riches bring blood to Nigerian villagers

The conflict has left dozens dead and wounded, sent hundreds fleeing their homes and roiled this once-quiet part of the Niger Delta. It has also laid bare the desperate struggle of impoverished communities to reap crumbs from the lavish banquet the oil boom has laid in this oil-rich yet grindingly poor area.


From Information Clearing House

Skirmishes in the Information Wars

The newly minted “Dept of Strategic Information” is an attempt to institutionalize lying as a basic function of government. It conflates perfectly with administration theories on propaganda, deception and perception-management.


UK: Prescott satellite to spy on your home

John Prescott has told tax inspectors to use satellites to snoop on householders' attempts to improve their homes.


From Information Clearing House

Leak Hypocrisy

The Bush Administration's new offensive against leakers just reminds us that when the President's political standing is at stake all is fair if the purpose is to protect the Pres...., er I mean the nation. Too bad George Bush did not express the same outrage when Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and others in his employ, told eager journalists that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative.


From Information Clearing House

Impeachment is Now Real

We shall soon see the consequences of those warrantless searches, the consequences of the government’s five years of secrecy, and even the citizens of the “Red States” will be outraged.



Behind the Eavesdropping Story, a Loud Silence

THE New York Times's explanation of its decision to report, after what it said was a one-year delay, that the National Security Agency is eavesdropping domestically without court-approved warrants was woefully inadequate. And I have had unusual difficulty getting a better explanation for readers, despite the paper's repeated pledges of greater transparency.


Justice Dept. official resisted spy program

A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight, according to officials with knowledge of the tense internal debate.


From Information Clearing House

British, Greek Intelligence Agents Accused of Torture

Several Greek and British intelligence agents may be subpoenaed to appear in court in Greece to testify in a lawsuit alleging that almost 30 Pakistanis were abducted, transported to Greece, and were beaten and tortured. It's alleged that this occurred right after the July terrorist bombings in London.


From Information Clearing House

Craig Murray and the Letters from Tashkent

In an interview with BBC radio's PM programme Craig talks about his decision to release key confidential documents on the internet and the implications for the UK government.


From Information Clearing House

Imperialism and its young admirers

Democracy talk was a sham, and realists in Washington are getting worried as the vacant character of the neo-cons is exposed for what it is: adolescent, dangerous bravado.


The Iraqi endgame is about to begin

The good news is that 2006 will see the effective end of the western occupation of Iraq. It will end because everyone will be exhausted: the Americans, the British, the Iraqis and their neighbours. It will end because all justification for its continuance will have evaporated.


US forces step up Iraq airstrikes

The number of airstrikes in 2005, running at a monthly average of 25 until August, surged to 120 in November and an expected 150 in December, according to official military figures.


Fuel shortages, darkness greet Iraqis in 2006

Much of Iraq ushered in the new year under a near blackout Sunday as a week-old power crunch worsened across huge sections of northern and central Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

NSA Gave Other U.S. Agencies Information From Surveillance

Fruit of Eavesdropping Was Processed and Cross-Checked With Databases

By Walter Pincus

Information captured by the National Security Agency's secret eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been passed on to other government agencies, which cross-check the information with tips and information collected in other databases, current and former administration officials said.



Associated Press Friday, December 30, 2005


SEATTLE, Washington - Roughly every three seconds, the equivalent of a large dump truck load of lava -- 10 cubic yards -- oozes into the crater of Mount St. Helens, and with the molten rock comes a steady drumfire of small earthquakes.

The unremitting pace, going on for 15 months now, is uncommon, said U.S. Geological Survey geologist Dave Sherrod. Experts say it is unclear what the activity signifies or how much longer it will continue.

"One view of this eruption is that we're at the end of the eruption that began in 1980," Sherrod said. "If it hadn't been so cataclysmic ... it might instead have gone through 30 or 40 years of dome building and small explosions."

St. Helens' violent May 18, 1980, eruption blasted 3.7 billion cubic yards of ash and debris off the top of the mountain. Fifty-seven people died in the blast, which left a gaping crater in place of the perfect, snowclad cone that had marked the original 9,677-foot peak known as "America's Mount Fuji."

St. Helens -- now 8,325 feet -- rumbled for another six years, extruding 97 million cubic yards of lava onto the crater floor in a series of 22 eruptions that built a 876-foot dome.

The volcano, about 100 miles south of Seattle, fell silent in 1986.

Then, in September 2004, the low-level quakes began -- occasionally spiking above magnitude 3. Since then, the mountain has squeezed out about 102 million cubic yards of lava, more in 15 months than in the six years after the eruption.

Sherrod describes the movement of lava up through the volcano as being "like a sticky piston trying to rise in a rusty cylinder. These quakes are very small -- we think they're associated with that sticking and slipping as the ground is deformed and relaxes."

The dome collapses and grows and collapses and grows, he said. "It changes its location ... it can't seem to maintain its height at much more than it is now " -- about 1,300 feet. "Then it kind of shoves the sandpile aside and starts over."

It's not entirely clear where the lava is coming from. If it were being generated by the mountain, scientists would expect to see changes in the mountain's shape, its sides compressing as lava is spewed out.

At the current rate, "three or four months would have been enough time to exhaust what was standing in the conduit. ... The volume is greater than anything that could be standing in a narrow 3-mile pipe," Sherrod said.

That suggests resupply from greater depths, which normally would generate certain gases and deep earthquakes. Neither is being detected.

"That's one of the headscratchers, I guess," Sherrod said.

All the recent activity has remained within the crater, though scientists -- keenly aware of the potential damage that silica-laced ash can pose to jet engines -- monitor St. Helens closely for plumes of smoke and ash. Some have gone as high as 30,000 feet.

Informant: NHNE

Bankers legally have power to create money out of thin air & then loan that money back to us & charge interest for the use of it

An update from
Paul Grignon


Note: If the weather looks unfavorable as of Monday evening, January 2nd, I will email you to cancel the meeting. I will also telephone you if I have your number and know you are planning to attend. Please advise me if you are planning to attend and also give me your phone number in case it is needed. Call me at (319) 753-1148 or click reply and email me that you plan to attend, be sure to include your name and phone number. Thanks.

VOTE YOUR CHOICE: Let's find out what day of the week is best for you for our Monetary meetings, please take a moment and vote, just click Reply and then indicate the day and time you would prefer for our monthly meetings. Please click reply right now and vote, then continue reading this newsletter. Thank you.

At this meeting we will show a short video which explains how the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was written in strict secrecy and why that secrecy was necessary to get Congress to pass it. If, as I hope and expect, we have a number of new people at this meeting, we will also rerun the video "Money as Debt." Then we will have a question and answer session and also discuss ways to make more people aware of the serious need to reform our monetary system. Please bring a friend with you. Explain to your friend that every year hundreds of billions of new U. S. dollars are created and put into circulation (looks like over $900 billion this year) and that there are two ways this can be done:

1. Have the U. S. government create the money and spend it into circulation as a dividend for us all. or

2. Have the government give the money to the Federal Reserve and its fractional reserve banking system, free of charge, and then let them loan our own money back to us with an interest charge attached, resulting in an increase of our total interest-bearing debt.


Then explain to your friend that, In order to use option #1, we must first eliminate fractional reserve banking, otherwise money spent into circulation would multiple up to 20 times under the fractional reserve system. Invite your friend to come to our meeting and learn more about this issue. Based on the first eleven months, the Federal Reserve and the fractional reserve banking system will create $913 billion this year. If the U.S. Government used option #1, the citizens of this country would have received a $913 billion tax-free and debt-free dividend. Instead, Congress continues to use option #2, and, as a result, in order to create the new $913 billion our country will be $913 billion plus interest deeper in debt. Here's what the late Congressman and Chairman of the House Banking Committee, Wright Patman (D-TX), had to say about this process:

"I have never yet had anyone who could, through the use of logic and reason, justify the Federal Government borrowing the use of its own money....I believe the time will come when people will demand that this be changed. I believe the time will come in this country when they will actually blame you and me and everyone else connected with the Congress for sitting idly by and permitting such an idiotic system to continue." Congressman Wright Patman.

An exchange between Congressman Wright Patman and Federal Reserve Chairman Eccles on 9/30/41:

PATMAN: "How did you get the money to buy two billion dollars worth of government securities in 1933?"

ECCLES: "We created it."

PATMAN: "Out of what?"

ECCLES: "Out of the right to issue money."

PATMAN: "And there is nothing behind it, is there, except our government's own credit?"

ECCLES: "That is what our money system is. If there were no debts, there wouldn't be any money."

"This is the most incredible part of the Federal Reserve operation and one which is difficult for people to understand. How can any American citizen grasp the concept that there are people in this country who have the power to make an entry in a ledger that the government of the United States owes them two billion dollars, and to then collect the interest and the principal on this "loan." Congressman Wright Patman.

Ask yourself why bankers, alone among all our citizens, should legally have the power to create money "out of thin air" and then loan that money back to us and charge interest for the use of it. If you read and understood what Congress Patman said then you know why we MUST get rid of the existing fractional reserve banking system - that system is forcing us deeper and deeper into debt at a faster and faster pace. We must change this debt-based system before it collapses of its own weight. As I have said before, this system is a mathematical impossibility, it requires us to always try to pay back more money than there is because when banks loan money into existence, only the principal is created, but we are supposed to pay back the principal plus interest. Here is what the late Congressman Jerry Voorhis (D-CA) had to say about the present monetary system:

"The Constitution of the United States says, "Congress shall have power to coin money and regulate the value thereof." Congress does no such thing, which is the heart of our trouble. Private banks coin our money and regulate its value. In doing so they take from the government and the people of the United States a large chunk of their sovereighty, a large chunk of the taxing power, and the key to a prosperous economy without inflation." Congressman Jerry Voorhis.

"A nation's money supply is created by either government's spending new money into existence or a bank's loaning it into existence. The former approach allows a government to pay for public services beyond the amount of its tax revenues. The latter generates large profits for private bankers. Though it's not generally recognized by the public, virtually all money is now loaned into existence by private banks, which means a nation's money supply and the stability of its money system depend on continuously expanding debt to create enough money to repay the old debts and avoid bankruptcy - a primary reason why capitalist economies are prone to collapse if they do not grow exponentially. Placing a 100% Reserve on Demand Deposits in the banking system and returning the function of creating national currencies to government would largely eliminate the Federal Government's need to borrow and would reduce the power of the Banking System." David Korten, Author of When Corporations Rule the World.

Join us in support of the American Monetary Act which will (1) Nationalize the Federal Reserve Banks, (2) Eliminate fractional reserve banking, (3) Return the power to create, issue and regulate the value of money to the U. S. Government where it constitutionally belongs (Article I, Section 8, Clause 5), and (4) Rebuild the public infrastructure with interest free loans to state and local governments. By passing this Act we would have money working FOR us. Under the present system, money is working AGAINST us in the form of ever increasing interest-bearing debt. The American Monetary Act will reclaim control of our money and let us regain control of our lives. A far better world IS possible, all we have to do is claim it. Please call me now at (319) 753-1148 and let me know if you will be at our Jan. 3 meeting.

The "Money as Debt" video we showed at our last meeting is now available on the internet, please click on the link below and be patient, it may take a few seconds for the video to appear, then click on the right facing arrow to start the video.


Published on Saturday, December 24, 2005 by CommonDreams.org

"Peace on Earth" Means "No More War"

by John Dear (This is a small portion of the article, click on the following link to read it all).


This weekend, as tens of millions of Christians across the country celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, the U.S. wages war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Columbia and elsewhere, crushes the hungry, homeless, elderly, imprisoned and refugee, and maintains the world's ultimate terrorist threat - its nuclear arsenal. Like Herod, Pilate and their soldiers, we have rejected the angels' call for "peace on earth." When Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their warmaking supporters celebrate Christmas, they mock Christ and his steadfast nonviolence, and carry on the massacre of the innocents. If the angels are correct, then Christmas requires us to welcome God's gift of peace on earth. In such a time, that means we have to work for an end to war. Christmas calls us to become like Christ - people of active, creative, steadfast nonviolence who give our lives in resistance to empire and war.

Christmas demonstrates that God sides with the poor, becomes one with the poor, and walks among the poor. God does not side with the rulers, the rich or the powerful, but with the homeless, the hungry and the refugees. Christmas puts poverty front and center and demands that we work to abolish poverty itself so that every human being has food, clothing, housing, healthcare, education, employment and a lifetime of peace.

Since the birth of Christ means that every human life is beloved by God, that all human beings are God's children, we have to treat every human being on the planet as our very own sister and brother which means we must oppose war and work for the abolition of war itself. In particular, we denounce Bush's war on Iraq, demand that the troops return home, and call for reparations and nonviolent solutions to the horrors we have brought upon the people of the Middle East.

Finally, Christmas invites us to be human in an inhuman time. The scandal of the story is that God wants to become human and show us how to be human. We, on the other hand, want to play God, to be powerful, in charge, in control, to dominate the world. Perhaps the best way to celebrate Christmas and welcome the beautiful gift of peace on earth is simply to be human, despite the callous inhumanity around us, and to trust that our modest, vulnerable humanity - our nonviolence, compassion and love - like the humanity of the child in the crib, will one day bear good fruit and sow the seeds of peace on earth. THE "PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY" (PNAC)SPELLS OUT BUSH ADMINISTRATION MIDDLE-EAST GOALS. The way I see it, the War in Iraq is not about democracy or freedom, it is about control of Mideast oil and about permanent military bases in Iraq. It will not bring peace, it will bring unending war. There is no exit plan because the Bush administration does not intend to leave the Middle East. It continues to follow the overall plan prepared by the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). In September, 2000, the PNAC released a major policy study "Rebuilding America's Defenses". It stated a policy of U. S. world dominance, both economically and militarily. It also stated that no other nation will be allowed to challenge U. S. supremacy. On Iraq, PNAC stated: The United States has sought for decades to play a more permanent role in the Persian Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification for war, the need for a "large military footprint" in the Gulf transcends the issue of Saddam Hussein. The strategy detailed in the PNAC was supported by, among others, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, James Woolsey, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, James Bolton, Jeb Bush, Zalmay Khalilzad and William Bennet. Before George W. Bush was even elected, these men signed on to this policy: "The challenge of this coming century is to preserve and enhance this "American Peace," and, "in order to preserve this "peace," the U.S. must be able to "fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major-theatre wars." (Italics in quotes are mine for emphasis). The PNAC is a blueprint for a U. S. Empire. In the eyes of International Law, the Iraq war is an illegitimate war of aggression, but that does not concern these policy makers. After the November, 2000 election, many of these men became decision makers in the administration of George W. Bush, and, in 2002, the official National Security Strategy of the United States (in accordance with the PNAC stated policy) asserted the right to use military force, anywhere in the world, at any time it chooses, against any country it believes to be, or may, at some future time become, a threat to American interests. All at the discretion of the President. No country has ever made such a broad claim to global domination. Their plans for "multiple" wars went awry because of the Iraqi resistance to our occupation, but this does not mean they have given up. Syria or Iran may well be next if and when the Iraq situation is stabilized. Click on the link below to see the entire PNAC plan, then click on "Defense & National Security," then on "Rebuilding America's Defenses." This policy statement is 78 pages long and it advocates an American Empire, which is, at least in my opinion, completely un-American. We need to take back our country in the next election and stop the current course of action. http://www.newamericancentury.org/ THE CONTINUING COST OF "STAYING THE COURSE" Here are the latest casualty reports: American Deaths since the war began: 2,174 American Wounded since the war began: 16,155 Iraqi civilian deaths since war began: 27,592 to 31,115 (no accurate figures available). Some estimates of civilian deaths in Iraq go as high as 100,000. Estimated Iraqi wounded since war began: no estimate available. American Deaths in Afghanistan: 246 Total American Deaths Iraq and Afghanistan: 2,420 Source of above: http://www.antiwar.com/casualties/

BUSH IS TOTALITARIAN - THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE... Bush is totalitarian - Big Brother is watching - The Oakland Tribune - Dec. 23, 2005. "We are fighting a war with no end to create a peace with no defined victory. We occupy a foreign land that doesn't want us, while at home our civil liberties are discounted. We are told that it's better not to know what our government is doing in our name, for security purposes. Meanwhile, our government is becoming omnipresent, spying on us whenever it deems it necessary. War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell was right after all. In 1949, Orwell penned "1984," a dark, futuristic satire in which the totalitarian government used indoctrination, propaganda and fear to enforce order and conformity. In America today, Big Brother is watching. He's watching because President Bush told him to. Shortly after 9/11, Bush secretly authorized warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens making or receiving international calls and e-mails. When it comes to fighting terror, Bush is totalitarian -- remember, "you're either with us or against us." "Trust me to get it right", he says. Debate on the law is not only not needed, it's evil." There is no doubt in my mind that the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq was unjust, illegal, immoral, unnecessary and was based on deception and outright lies. Under Nuremberg rules this Iraq invasion is a war of aggression - a war crime by definition. The Iraq war is also illegal under the U.N. charter. The deaths of 2,174 American soldiers and over 30,000 Iraqi men, women and children is also a war crime, as is the torture of prisoners. The use of depleted uranium ammunition and the use of white phosphorus ammunition against people in Fallujah is another war crime. Bush claims that his war crimes are justified because thay are committed in the name of "freedom and democracy." The whole world rejects this excuse. Sooner or later, even Bush's remaining supporters will turn away in shame from the dishonor Bush has brought to America. Perhaps in November we will elect a Congress which will pursue the impeachment of Bush and Cheney for these crimes.


(The following is just part of what Rep. Murtha had to say - the web site of the full article follows these excerpts) Armed with graphs, bar charts, and intimate knowledge of what is actually happening on the ground in Iraq, the former U.S. Marine, Represenative John Murtha, shredded Bush's claims, blazing a path for his fellow Democrats, which most of them continue to avoid. Venturing on ground normally shunned by his fellow Democrats, Murtha derided Bush's description of resistance in Iraq as terrorism. He insisted it is an insurgency, empowered by the U.S. military presence and by U.S. tactics. Murtha stated: "Fallujah happened about the same time as Abu Ghraib -- we put 150,000 people out of their homes in Fallujah. If you remember in Jordan, the bomber said that the reason she became a bomber was because two of her relatives were killed in Fallujah. We lost the hearts and minds of the people." "Now let me tell you the major problem we have. You heard the president talk about terrorism. Every other word was "terrorism." Bin Laden said he attacked the United States because of the troops in Saudi Arabia. That's terrorism. Terrorism was in London. Terrorism was in Spain. Terrorism, obviously, was in the United States." "That's completely separate from what's going on in Iraq. Iraq is an insurgency. At one of the hearings early on, Secretary Rumsfeld denied there was an insurgency.....they wouldn't admit that they were having real problems over there. They kept being unrealistic, illusionary about what was going on in Iraq." "80 percent of the people, according to a British poll reported by the Washington Times, say they want the United States out; 77 percent of the people in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt say there's a better chance of democracy if the United States in not there because we're considered occupiers; 45 percent of the people in Iraq think that it's justified to kill Americans. They even had an official communique that says it's justified to attack Americans." "So in this country, when I made my initial proposal to redeploy the troops and make a diplomatic effort, the only way I think this will work -- I don't think you can continue to draw down the way they're talking about. They're going to withdraw. There's no question they're going to withdraw. I predict a big proportion of the troops will be out by next year." "But the problem is they're just as vulnerable. The biggest vulnerability we have in Iraq is the convoys. Every convoy is attacked. When I was in Anbar, at Haditha, every single convoy was attacked that goes there to bring the logistics and supplies that they need. That's the most vulnerable part of our deployment. And if you have half the troops there, you're going to still have to supply them, resupply them on the ground and they're going to be attacked." "When I said we can't win a military victory, it's because the Iraqis have turned against us. They throw a hand grenade or a rocket into American forces and the people run into the crowd and....nobody tells them where they are. The conclusion I've reached is there will be less terrorism, there will be less danger to the United States and it'll be less insurgency once we're out. I think the Iraqis themselves will turn against this very small group of Al Qaida." "Now, my plan says redeploy to the periphery -- and if there's a terrorist activity that affects our allies or affects the United States national security, we can then go back in. I'm not talking about going back in if there's a civil war, because we're in a civil war right now. We're caught in between a civil war right now." Click on the link below for the complete article. http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn12092005.html Those were just a small part of Rep. Murtha's remarks. He is offering a reasonable way out of the mess we are in. Unfortunately, the Project for a New American Century wants us to have a strong military presence and control of the Mideast's oil permanently and the Bush administration is following that strategy, so, in my opinion, we will continue to lose lives in Iraq until we get rid of this administration, get rid of the PNAC's ideas, get rid of the Bush National Security policy of pre-emptive, preventive warfare, and return our country to what it should be and has been in the past - a beacon of democracy in the world. I just hope we don't have to wait three more years to do so.


A new book "Petrodollar Warfare" by William R. Clark (available in our Burlington Library) tells the whole story. I will attempt to summarize the secret deal and its possible results. To get the complete story I recommend reading that book.

Back in 1973, the big banks in New York and London offered a secret deal to Saudi Arabia and OPEC. The deal was that Saudi Arabia and the rest of OPEC would be allowed to quadruple the price of oil in return for two conditions. One, all oil purchases must be made with U.S. dollars. Two, any surplus dollars held by OPEC nations would be invested back in the United States. What was in this deal for OPEC? Obviously being able to quadruple the price of oil was very profitable to the OPEC nations and also very profitable to U.S. and British oil companies. What is less readily seen is that it would also be very profitable to the big banks because they would create the needed new U.S. dollars "out of thin air" and loan them into existence with an interest-charge attached. A sudden sharp increase in the world price of oil meant an equally dramatic increase in world demand for U.S. dollars to pay for the oil. The big banks would win, the OPEC nations would win, and the big oil companies would win. Who would lose? We consumers. We would not only pay more for gas and oil, we would be forced much deeper into interest-bearing debt as new dollars were created.

This deal was accepted and is still in effect. Oil importing nations must pay for oil with dollars. This means that these countries must acquire dollars - primarily by selling goods and services to the United States - which allows the U.S. to run huge trade deficits. The number one export of the United States is now the dollar itself. The U.S. buys oil by simply "creating the money" to do so. This explains why the U.S. banking system can create $600 to $800 billion or more new dollars, year after year, and we do not suffer serious inflation as a result. Why? Because a large portion of these new dollars are spent for oil, then OPEC re-invests the dollars back in the U.S. economy in the form of U.S. government bonds, the stock market, corporate bonds, or the purchase of other U.S. assets. These excess new dollars do not compete for consumer goods and services and thus do not cause inflation, but the more dollars our fractional reserve banking system creates, the deeper in debt we are. Our total debt is now over $38 trillion. Just the interest on that debt is over $2 trillion a year. World trade is now a game in which the U.S. produces debt-based dollars and the rest of the world produces things that dollars can buy.

Asian central banks also buy and hold hundreds of billions of U.S. treasury securities for one simple reason. To prevent their own currencies from appreciating versus the dollar. A weak dollar would hurt their exports to the U.S. by making their goods and services more expensive. In doing this these Asian banks also invest these newly created dollars back into the U.S. In a way this almost sounds like a good deal for the United States, and it is IF these dollars do not come back to the United States to compete for consumer goods and services. But, at some point, that WILL happen. For example, in 2004, the U.S. trade deficit was $665 billion which means the U.S. must borrow from other nations a minimum of $1.8 billion EVERY DAY to avoid a dollar collapse. This year's trade deficit will be over $800 billion. The Federal Reserve is now walking a tight-rope as it continues to raise interest rates in order to attract outside dollars while hoping that the higher interest rates will not throw the U.S. economy into recession.

On September 24, 2000. a new factor entered into this cozy deal for OPEC, the oil companies and the big banks. On that day, Saddam Hussein announced that Iraq would conduct all oil sales in Euros, not dollars. And Iran, Venezuela and Russia all have indicated they are considering doing the same thing. It is very likely that Saddam Hussein's action was another big reason for the invasion of Iraq - to send a strong message to oil producing countries not to abandon the dollar. And as soon as we occupied that nation, Iraq began again accepting only dollars for oil.

What would happen to the U.S. if the sales of oil were denominated in Euros instead of dollars? All Hell would break loose. Oil purchasing countries would no longer want dollars, they would want to acquire Euros instead to pay for oil. This would mean that a large portion of dollars now held around the world would return to the U.S. Inflation would run wild. The value of the dollar would probably drop by 40 to 50 percent. Foreign funds would be withdrawn from the U.S. stock and bond markets, and the U.S. would no longer be able to support a huge trade deficit. Central banks in Japan, China and elsewhere would also try to get rid of their dollar denominated investments before they dropped even futher in value. The recent economic collapse in Argentina would be repeated on a grand scale in the United States. This could be the "financial armageddon" that many, including myself, have predicted and expected.

Click on the links below for more on the Argentine economic collapse:




The need to change our monetary system is urgent. Hopefully, working together throughout the country, we can convince the Congress to replace the present debt-based system with the dividend system proposed by the American Monetary Act before such a financial catastrophe occurs.

The one "silver lining" of such a catastrophe would be that it would present a real "window of opportunity" to get Congress to pass the American Monetary Act and get rid of fractional reserve banking. With that change the United States could counter the disaster and put our county on the right track to a quick recovery. Remember what the news story in London said when President Lincoln first issued the Greenbacks by spending them into circulation: "If this mischievious financial policy shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North America. - Editorial, The Times [London].

Lincoln also made the following statements:

"Money is the creature of law and the creation of the original issue of money should be maintained as the exclusive monopoly of national government." Abraham Lincoln.

"I have two great enemies, the southern army in front of me and the financial institutions in the rear. Of the two, the one in my rear is the greatest foe. The Government should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power." - Abraham Lincoln.

Informant: Friends

Schoolkids to be tagged with RFID chips


Cell Phones and Risk for Brain Tumors


Is Washington Planning a Military Strike on Iran?

Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran's suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program.


Effect of 900 MHz electromagnetic fields on energy metabolism in postnatal rat cerebral cortical neurons

Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2005 Mar;34(2):155-8.

[Article in Chinese]

Wang Q, Cao ZJ, Bai XT.

National Institute of Environmental Health and Related Product Safety, China CDC, Beijing 100021, China.

OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of 900MHz low intensity microwave electromagnetic fields (EMF) on AMPA GluR2 and the concentration of intracellular calcium in postnatal rat cerebral cortical neurons. METHODS: Neurons were exposed to low intensity 900MHz continuous microwaves EMF (SAR = 3.22W/kg, 2.23W/kg, 1.15W/kg) for 2 hours per day in 4 or 6 consecutive days and for 12 hours at a time (SAR = 3.22W/kg). Such exposures were carried out to have knowledge of the effect of microwave on protein of GluR2 and intracellular calcium ions.

RESULTS: The results of immunochemistry and laser confocal scan showed that compared with sham, protein of GluR2 of exposed neurons were significantly down-regulated (P < 0.01), while intracellular calcium ions were significantly up-regulated (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: The microwaves play a role of accumulation in the effect on exposed neurons, the trends in dose response relationship were found between the exposure intensity and the effects, effect of the microwave on exposed neurons should be classified as athermal effects of EMF.

PMID: 15952649 [PubMed - in process]


Cong.Conyers Releases Report on the Misconduct of the Bush Administration Concerning Iraq War

(pass it on)

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. Home Page Address:

House Committee on the Judiciary, Democratic Members Address:

Iraq Report 109th Congress Address:

Informant: ranger116

Total Information Awareness


Informant: Scott Munson

Tell BLM not to spray a million acres of weeds

To those concerned about toxic overload of our environment: The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to spray almost a million acres per year with herbicides to kill invasive plants. This triples the agency's current herbicide use. BLM is asking for comments about this proposal. The deadline for comments is January 9. E-mail your comments to vegeis@nv.blm.gov. Address your comments to Brian Amme, project manager, BLM Nevada State Office, and mention the "Vegetation Treatments Using Herbicides Programmatic EIS." Tell BLM that this is not an effective way to deal with the agency's invasive plant problem. So far BLM has refused to consider the causes of invasive plant problems. Instead, the agency is putting itself on a treadmill of pesticide use. Livestock grazing, road construction and use, use of off-road vehicles, timber harvests, and fuel reduction projects all encourage invasive weeds on BLM land. BLM needs to change the way the agency manages these activities in order to prevent invasive plant problems. BLM also needs to make a strong commitment to reducing its reliance on herbicides.

Tips for writing comments: Tell BLM that the agency must adopt strong prevention-based practices for activities (livestock grazing, road construction and use, use of off-road vehicles, timber harvests, and fuel reduction projects) that encourage invasive plants. Also tell BLM that the agency needs to make a specific measurable commitment to reducing reliance on herbicides. Personal comments are most effective. Tell BLM about activities that you've seen that encourage invasive plants on BLM land where you hike, camp, or fish. Tell the agency that it needs to manage these activities so they don't encourage the spread of weeds.

For more details, and/or please send a copy your letter by e-mail to NCAP at invasive@pesticide.org.

Thanks so much for your help. It makes a difference.

Caroline Cox Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides PO Box 1393 Eugene OR 97403

Informant: Scott Munson

Why Impeach Bush & Cheney?


Committee To Impeach Bush And Cheney

Why Impeach Bush & Cheney?

The following are some of the top reasons for impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney:

. Bush and Cheney have woefully neglected the country's borders in order to pander to immigrants in the hopes that it will translate into more campaign funds from big business and more votes for the Republican Party.

. Bush and Cheney lied the country into attacking Iraq, which has resulted in the death and wounding of over 10,000 U.S. soldiers and killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

. Bush and Cheney lied about or underestimated the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

. Bush and Cheney have bankrupted the country with unparalleled spending and government growth.

. Bush and Cheney enthusiastically support free trade insanity that kills American industry and jobs, permitting low-wage countries like China, Mexico, etc. to flood the U.S. market.

. Bush and Cheney have enriched the military-industrial-banking complex at the expense of American taxpayers.

. Bush and Cheney have carried on the policy of using highly toxic depleted uranium on the battlefield, ignoring the rules of humane warfare.

. Bush and Cheney have approved the use of torture at U.S.-run concentration camps which have been set up around the world.

. Bush and Cheney knew well in advance of the attack on 9-11 and have sought to whitewash the facts which establish that it was an inside job.

. Bush and Cheney Stole two Presidential elections.

.Bush and Cheney Carried out 9/11 completely -- Or knew it was going to happen and helped by scheduling air force exercises to fool the air force into Not responding and put explosives in the support columns of the WTC or Just did Not stop the terrorist (if they ever existed ?) from doing 9/11 after many indications it was going to happen.

.Bush and Cheney have given tens of Billions of Taxpayers dollars to
(Bush election contributors) the Military Industrial Complex for overpriced low quality military equipment, To Haliburton / KBR for overpriced / non existent rebuilding of Iraq and sold Iraqi Oil to ? for ? Price ? and Who ? Has gotten the Money ?

.Bush and Cheney have spent like there was no limit to the the US cash reserve and made the US into a debtor nation that may go in to a serious depression in the not too distant future ?

.Bush and Cheney are responsible for drafting the Patriot Act and forcing it on Congress soon after 9/11 without giving Congress copies to read and cancelling/stealing many of US Citizens Constitutional rights and guarantees.

.Bush and Cheney have given large tax breaks to the super rich while paying for it by making cuts in food stamps, medicaid, school lunches etc.

Add a couple more and pass it on !!

And On And On and On -- Until Everybody Knows the TRUTH !

Help Us Fight for Responsible Government To help launch our efforts to impeach Bush & Cheney. Either call toll free 1-888-699-6397 or mail to Committee to Impeach Bush & Cheney, 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, #100 Washington, D.C. 20003

Informant: ranger116


Britain Goes Public on US Torture

Britain's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has defied the Foreign Office by publishing on the internet documents providing evidence that the British Government knowingly received information extracted by torture in the "war on terror."


Two-Tiers Plan Continues to Strangle American Manufacturing Workers

With the rash of corporate bankruptcies, labor disputes and the unprecedented increases in corporate management salaries, bonuses and fringes, profitable corporations are using the same unfair, disrespectful and discriminatory practices to increase their ever growing profits at the expense of the working class.


Controversial lobbyist had close contact with Bush team

In President Bush's first 10 months, GOP fundraiser Jack Abramoff and his lobbying team logged nearly 200 contacts with the new administration as they pressed for friendly hires at federal agencies and sought to keep the Northern Mariana Islands exempt from the minimum wage and other laws, records show.


From Information Clearing House

Bush removal ended Guam investigation

A US grand jury in Guam opened an investigation of controversial lobbyist Jack Abramoff more than two years ago, but President Bush removed the supervising federal prosecutor, and the probe ended soon after.


From Information Clearing House

Abramoff ready to rat on members of Congress

The plea agreement would secure the Republican lobbyist's testimony against several members of Congress who received favors from him or his clients.


From Information Clearing House

Whipping up a criminal investigation into who dared tell the public that they were breaking the law

Go To The Light:

The irony of Bush, the NSA and Gonzales whipping up a criminal investigation into who dared tell the public that they were breaking the law will be lost on far too many Americans.


Son revisits the sins of the father on America


From Information Clearing House

Padilla Lawyers Urge Supreme Court to Block Transfer

The lawyers acknowledged that Mr. Padilla would prefer to be in civilian custody eventually. But they said it appeared that the only reason for the government's rush to move him was to bolster the administration's efforts to discourage the Supreme Court from reviewing the crucial underlying issue of whether President Bush had the authority to detain Mr. Padilla.


British Used Intel After Torture

A former British ambassador has published government documents he says prove that Britain knowingly received intelligence extracted under torture from prisoners in Uzbekistan.


From Information Clearing House

Iran is NPT compliant

Iran is NPT compliant: German official :

A member of the German parliament’s foreign policy committee, Ruprecht Polenz, has said that Iran presently complies with the NPT regulations, U.S. media reported Thursday.


From Information Clearing House

U.S. preparing NATO for possible strike on Iran

German media sources have recently reported that the Bush Administration is preparing its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies for a potential attack on nuclear sites in Iran.


Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?

Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran's suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program.


From Information Clearing House

Nation's tense debate about the war in Iraq

Sign Tallying Military Deaths Upsets Army :

Scott Cameron never imagined his modest memorial to American troops in Iraq would transform a quiet street here into the latest front of the nation's tense debate about the war in Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

Soldiers trying to get out of Army

Some soldiers trying to get out of Army:

Increasing numbers of men and women in uniform are seeking honorable discharges as conscientious objectors. Others are suing the military, claiming their obligation has been wrongfully extended. Many have simply deserted, refusing to appear for duty.


From Information Clearing House

VOTER support for John Howard's decision to go to war in Iraq is in freefall

Australia: Voters abandon PM over Iraq war:

VOTER support for John Howard's decision to go to war in Iraq is in freefall, with even Coalition supporters who backed the 2003 invasion now questioning the value of the protracted conflict.


From Information Clearing House

The ebb tide of American and British power in Iraq

Bush and Blair Plot Their Exit Strategy, as the Nation Falls Apart at the Seams:

This was the year in which the US admitted it was not going to defeat the insurgency. It was the ebb tide of American and British power in Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

A Call For Help And Justice: Massacre of Tel Afar

We lay before the international public opinion and international human rights organisations the truth of what is happening in Tel Afar of the extreme use of force and the use of internationally forbidden weapons of poison gases, cluster, microwave and napalm bombs, we demand autopsies be carried out on the corpses of our sons who fell in the barbaric aggression by international medical bodies to verify the inhuman practices carried out by the American forces of occupation and to expose the stooge militias that participated in the massacre of Tel Afar.


Terrorists in High Places


Informant: Friends

Domestic spying: be afraid, be very afraid


Laurie Flynn: take the TeenScreen survey and ride out of town


Informant: Richard

In der Chemie- und Gentechnikpolitik drohen Rückschritte

BUND: 2005 viel Zeit verloren beim Umwelt- und Klimaschutz


2006: In der Chemie- und Gentechnikpolitik drohen Rückschritte, Gedenken an 20 Jahre Tschernobyl.


SPD bleibt standhaft in Anti-Atom-Linie


CDU outet sich wieder einmal als Atom-Lobby und will schon nach wenigen Wochen die Koalitionsvereinbarungen brechen.


Die globale Zerstörung beschleunigt sich noch immer, Tag für Tag

Der ökologische Jesus – Vertrauen in die Schöpfung

Seit 30 Jahren gibt es eine starke Umweltbewegung. Doch ihre Erfolge sind eher bescheiden. Die globale Zerstörung beschleunigt sich noch immer - Tag für Tag. Die bisherige Umweltpolitik und die heutige Umwelttechnik werden uns nicht retten. Wohin aber sollen Rettung und Heilung kommen?


TV-TIPP: Wunderbare Welt

1. Teil: "Klima im Aufruhr - die Fieberkurve steigt"
ZDF | 04.01.2006 | 14:15 Uhr

2. Teil: "Wege aus der Krise"
ZDF | 05.01.2006 | 14.15 Uhr

Jahr für Jahr ändert sich das Klima auf unserem Planeten. Es ist der Aufbruch in eine neue Epoche. "Die Fieberkurve steigt" und wir Menschen sind Verursacher und Opfer zugleich. Viele Wissenschaftler betrachten die Erderwärmung als Folge der industriellen Revolution, des Bevölkerungswachstums und unbedachten Fortschrittglaubens. Und noch ist kein Ende der kontinuierlichen Aufheizung unseres Planeten in Sicht.




Elektroempfindlichkeit als logisches Umweltsyndrom


Von NSA zu Wiener Cops


Happy Slapping: brutale Angriffe auf dem Handy gefilmt


Russlands Präsident ist handylos



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