Vatican Radio epidemiological study


Town rejects 'fake tree' phone mast


Health aspects of wireless communication: auditory perception of microwaves --- hearing microwaves


2005, l'année de la transition


We do not ‘buy’ anything from you, our money pays you to attend to our needs and you owe us


The Imperious President

by David Isenberg, TomPaine.com

When we see activity like illegal citizen surveillance in other countries, we usually call them police states.


'Fool Me Once...'

Eric Alterman writes that the willingness of our most powerful media corporations to defer to this White House for reasons that relate far more to political embarrassment than national security is deeply disconcerting.


Abramoff and His Vanishing Friends

E.J. Dionne Jr. writes that Abramoff, who used to pal around with close Bush allies Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed in the College Republicans, and who has been a central figure in the rise of Republican dominance in Washington, is not a lone wolf.


Levin Protests Move to Dismiss Detainee Petitions

Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) said that the Bush administration cannot use recent legislation he helped craft to seek the dismissal of habeas corpus petitions filed on behalf of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, contending that the law applies only to new cases.


Bush Bypasses Senate to Appoint Under-Qualified DHS Disaster Chief

When Tracy A. Henke assumes a top homeland security job Monday, she will begin under a swirl of controversy. Critics said she had little experience relevant to the job she is about to assume, while others questioned her role in a racial-profiling study last year that resulted in some discord within the Justice Department.


Tyco Acknowledges $1.6M Link to Abramoff

Tyco International, whose former CEO became a symbol of corporate corruption, acknowledged Thursday it is the Jack Abramoff client referred to as "Company A" in court documents describing the lobbyist's scheme to funnel millions of dollars in lobbying fees to himself.


Domestic Spying Scandal Overshadows Patriot Act Debate

President Bush continues to push reauthorization of the worst parts of the Patriot Act, but as revelations about warrantless NSA spying continue to shock the nation, the ACLU and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are now calling for a full investigation into his authorization of these illegal activities. This week the ACLU ran the third advertisement in a series of messages sharply criticizing the president for violating the Constitution and lying to the public.

The fight to reform the Patriot Act won a crucial victory at the end of December, when a bipartisan group of Senators successfully filibustered the White House's Patriot Act reauthorization bill. Supporters of freedom sent a clear signal to President Bush that Americans believe that we can be both safe and free.

The Patriot Act in its existing form has been extended for one month, to allow time for the addition of vital reforms that protect the privacy and civil liberties of innocent Americans.

The failed bill faced staunch opposition for its proposals to make all of the expiring powers permanent. Although the final bill set a four-year expiration date on two of the act's most egregious provisions, it also contained changes that would have worsened the controversial National Security letter powers.

The ACLU and many others have been questioning the administration's assurances about the Patriot Act and government surveillance for a long time. In attempts to assuage the mounting concerns of Americans, they have lied about their actions. The president now must explain assertions made in a speech given in 2004, in which he called for Patriot Act renewal:

Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.

The White House has argued that President Bush was just talking about domestic surveillance, but the NSA's warrantless wiretap program unequivocally applies to communications from American citizens originating in the United States.

This week's ACLU ad also quotes President Bush discussing the Patriot Act on June 9, 2005, stating that law enforcement officers need a federal judge's permission to engage in electronic surveillance of a suspected terrorist. But, in light of the president's repeated NSA authorizations, our ad asks, "Why did we bother debating the Patriot Act if President Bush could make up his own rules about spying on U.S. citizens?"

The ACLU will be working tirelessly this month in Congress, working closely with lawmakers to ensure that the Patriot Act renewal includes real reform and protections for the privacy and freedoms of innocent Americans.

In advertisements and other grassroots outreach, the ACLU is calling for a special counsel to determine if oaths of office were broken or federal laws were violated. We have also requested records from the NSA and other agencies in our ongoing campaign to reveal and limit unchecked government spying on Americans.

President Bush's secret authorization of the NSA's warrantless spying on Americans violated the law and raises the specter of Nixon and Watergate.


IMPEACHMENT: From "inside" the White House

Richard Pierce


"The sole topic of conversation inside knowledgeable Washington circles this holiday season is the coming impeachment of Bush and the removal of Cheney from office. And this is not solely restricted to Democrats by any means but also includes a growing majority of Republican lawmakers, the military commands, the senior federal judiciary and those who comprise the so-called Power Elite of this country. Bush is seen as completely out of control. As Bush is a very weak man, he constantly needs reinforcement by those around him to assure him of his manliness and ability. He lacks both but his staff has spent years filling him full of sycophantic and dangerous propaganda to the point that Bush now actually believes that he is divinely protected and a great leader in his own right. Most do not know of currently-discussed plans among certain foreign countries to force Bush and Cheney before the World Court on charges of war crimes to include planned massacres of unarmed civilians, theft of private property, making illegal warfare and lesser charges such as the deliberate killing of foreign journalists. None of this has come to pass. Yet. But the very discussion of the idea in the chancelleries and foreign offices of Europe, and the Middle East is only adding fuel to the fires now lit under two of three branches of the American government."

Informant: ranger116


Die Energieressource Uran ist als erste erschöpft

Der Bundesumweltminister: "Die Energieressource Uran ist als erste erschöpft" (06.01.06)

Bundesumweltminister Sigmar Gabriel hat als Konsequenz aus dem aktuellen Gaskonflikt zwischen Russland und der Ukraine eine "ökonomisch und ökologisch nachhaltige Energiestrategie" gefordert. "Im Kern stehen wir vor einer Änderung unserer Energiepolitik", sagte Gabriel am Donnerstag in Berlin. Als gleichrangige Ziele nannte er, Versorgungssicherheit, Stabilität bei den Strompreisen und Erfolge im Klimaschutz zu erreichen. Der Atomenergie erteilte er diesem Zusammenhang eine klare Absage: "Uran ist von allen Energieressourcen die einzige, bei der Deutschland zu 100 Prozent von Importen abhängig ist. Gleichzeitig ist Uran von allen Energieressourcen diejenige, die wir weltweit als erste erschöpft haben werden. Die Menschen, die das erleben werden, sind heute schon geboren", so Gabriel. Der Bundesumweltminister mahnte, die notwendige Diskussion sachlich statt abstrakt und ideologisch motiviert führen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Axis of Fanatics


Murtha promotes "hell no, I won't go"

Human Events
by Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)


A few days after returning from my seventh trip to Iraq for FOX News, I was called upon to comment on the most recent affront to those who are fighting terrorists in Saddam's former fiefdom. The offense occurred during the January 2nd broadcast of ABC News' 'Nightline,' when Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a combat-decorated Marine veteran of Korea and Vietnam, was asked by interviewer John Donovan about the Congressman's willingness to serve in our Armed Forces: Q: 'Would you join today?' A: 'No.' Donovan then opined, 'And I think you're saying that the average guy out there who's considering recruitment is justified in saying I don't want to serve.' A: 'Well, exactly right'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Abramoff's crimes sign of deeper cesspool

by Robert Scheer


Abramoff is now detailing the massive web of corruption he spun inside the Beltway which has already snared a top Bush official, procurement chief David H. Safavian, on charges of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation, and reportedly threatens dozens of other D.C. players. 'When this is all over, this will be bigger than any [government scandal] in the last 50 years, both in the amount of people involved and the breadth to it,' Stan Brand, a former U.S. House counsel who specializes in representing public officials accused of wrongdoing, told Bloomberg News. 'It will include high-ranking members of Congress and executive branch officials'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Let us prey

by Joe Conason


Rarely has the contrast between the rhetoric of the religious right and the behavior of its leaders been so starkly exposed as in the Abramoff scandal. The most obvious example was the manipulation of Christian activists in Louisiana and Texas by Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition, who said he was helping them fight gambling when he was actually using them to promote Indian casinos (and to make a few million bucks for himself). That episode alone should have alerted honest Christians to the moral rot within the Republican leadership that professed to represent their interests. But there is of course much more evidence of the religious cynicism of Abramoff and his cronies... [subscription or ad view required]


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Three imperial edicts

Liberty For All
by Sean Haugh


The question is fascinating, 'if (I could) pass any three pieces of legislation, without having to worry about the approval of Congress, what would they be?' I always associate legislation specifically with congress or the general assembly. I can relieve that contradiction by framing my answers not as legislation, but rather as executive orders, or even better, edicts. So, as the Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico (my preferred title, after Emperor Norton), here are my first three proclamations ...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wal-Mart moves money out of communities

The Raw Story


According to a report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, $100 spent in locally owned businesses provides the town and surrounding area $44.60, while large retail chains only give back $14.10 to local communities, mainly in the form of wages and service. Therefore, local communities lose at least $30.50 for every $100 spent at Wal-Mart. For this holiday season, Wal-Mart's record-breaking sales mean staggering losses for Main Street, U.S.A.: $20.3 billion. Had that $66 billion been spent at locally owned businesses, it would have generated some $29.7 billion for local communities. However, thanks to Wal-Mart, that $66 billion translates to only $9.4 billion going into local economies...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government Web sites are keeping an eye on you



Dozens of federal agencies are tracking visits to U.S. government Web sites in violation of long-standing rules designed to protect online privacy, a CNET News.com investigation shows. From the Air Force to the Treasury Department, government agencies are using either 'Web bugs' or permanent cookies to monitor their visitors' behavior, even though federal law restricts the practice...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush ICE appointment an end-run around Senate

Houston Chronicle


President Bush on Wednesday appointed a 36-year-old lawyer to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Homeland Security Department despite critics' concerns about her qualifications. Bush's recess appointment of Julie L. Myers was an end-run around the Senate, where her nomination to lead the massive, troubled immigration and customs operation had been stalled...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Dems weigh Alito confirmation vote delay

Indianapolis Star


Senate Democrats are considering a plan that could delay a committee vote on Samuel Alito's Supreme Court nomination for at least a week, slowing what could have been a quick confirmation for President Bush's pick to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter had hoped to hold a committee vote on Alito's nomination Jan. 17, a little over a week from Monday's start of the federal appellate judge's confirmation hearings...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Court halts tuition voucher program

Miami Herald


In a stunning blow to the education policies that Jeb Bush has made the centerpiece of his governorship, the Florida Supreme Court struck down the state's tuition voucher program Thursday, saying it violates the state Constitution because it diverts public money to private schools. Although the 5-2 ruling applies only to one of three voucher programs now in existence, it could place all such Florida programs in legal jeopardy. ... The ruling is a major setback for Bush, who won legislative approval for the voucher program as a cornerstone of his ''A-plus'' education policies during his first year in office in 1999. The voucher program allows students in failing schools to take state money and use it in private schools...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



Hallo. I am from Israel , a very small country were the cellular, industry, with help of govermernt authorities install thousands of cellular antennas with maximum radiation of 45 microwatt, at distance about 40 meter or less from houses. It is very difficult to fight such corruption done only for the greed of money. I am asking - from all citizens suffering electro-pollution radiation all over the world.

TO PUT A BLACK RIBBON or a black flag in the windows, balcony, etc as a protest against this dangerous technology of third generation cellular antenas that is for the only one purpose of children and teens seeing multimedia and games through cellulars. Please put a black ribbon also for all those who have died or will die as consequence of microwave artificial radiation that is in every place, every town, inside our houses, and even this radiation penetrates inside our bodies without any limits.


Please contribute with YOUR comments and YOUR protest.

Best regards.


E-mail: agnes@mast-victims.org

Peter Schaar fordert modernisiertes Datenschutzgesetz


Mobile phones 'may trigger Alzheimer's'


Report on the Russian Medical EMR literature


12 years old boy-against mobile mast!


The End of Innocence: Cellphones, Cellphone Antennas


Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Humans in the Frequency Range 0 to 3 GHz


"The Government want us to say that these masts are completely safe and aren't dangerous, but we can't say that"


Letter writers sick of cell phone masts


Occupational exposure to RF/MW and "Microwave sickness"


Worldwide CANCER and EMF increases during 20th Century


Electromagnetic Compatibility of Medical Devices with Mobile Communications


Spherical Cow Concept


Interactive effect of chemical substances and occupational electromagnetic field exposure on the risk of gliomas and meningiomas in Swedish men


Association between occupational exposure to power frequency electromagnetic fields and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis


RF brain damage link found in Swedish study


Introduction to Electrical Pollution


Pharming Cytokines in Transgenic Crops


Globe Service for Mobile (GSM) Operational specifications


Mobile phone drivers warned


Campaign at a glance


Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia


Radiation may leak into brain - Possible Cell Phone Danger To Brain




How even very weak electric and magnetic fields can affect cells


Mobile Phone Exposure Causes Brain Damage in Rats


China plans health limits on mobiles


Reach out and find another way to raise cash


Students say no to cell tower


Cell tower variation opposed by residents


The abberant tornado phenomena witnessed in Limassol was a natural or manmade event


Against the Corporate Takeover of Science


Are electrical appliances dangerous to your health?


Cell Phones 'Blind' Drivers


Changing Patterns of Disease: Human Health and the Environment


Base Station Radiation Maps for the City of Ottawa, Canada


New York: Cell phones prohibition in public performances


Is mast safe? No guarantee - phone firm


Israel is getting active in finding some wrong things with the cellular


Copy of Letter to WHO


Newmann appeal on cancer suit


Health hazards of cell phones and cell towers


Newman's lawyers to file appeal on cancer suit


A Families Story




That's Chris Nunn in Bardsey but Roy Ashwood has also taken his case to the EU but not sure what happened in the end.. its been going on for several years. See his site at


Chris has helped Mast Sanity in the past as one of our phone line advisors and is currently our North East email Coordinator and Roy helped me set Mast Sanity up.



Spanish epidemiologist: electromagnetic fields one of the head-environment risk factors for leukaemia


Application of the Precautionary Principle to EMF


The Impact of Environmental Molds in the Home


Cellphones and children


Children and mobile phones

Stealth Antennae Try to Blend In


Imelda O'Connor writes to Amnesty International, Irish Division


Mobile phones blamed for sparrow deaths



Sparrows and wireless services

Does the coverage of house sparrows correlate with the coverage development of wireless services?

Here you find the coverage of house sparrows:


There are regional differences in the recent fate of House Sparrows. The latest Breeding Bird Survey figures for House Sparrows (1994-2002) are as follows. Note - this is only a short period. Most declines had happened before the start of BBS in 1994.

England down 13%
Scotland up 29%
Wales up 63%
Northern Ireland down 34%
SW England stable
SE England down 28%
London down 71%
East England down 22%
East Midlands up 18%
West Midlands stable
NW England down 12%
Yorkshire & Humberside down 11%
NE England too few records received

Here you find a map of coverage of GSM and 3G (by Vodafone):

Let us assume that wireless services such as mobile communications, but also radio, television and other wireless services, have always about the same geographical development in time, they grow about the same way. Now check the 3G development.

Where is still few 3G at this moment?
Scotland (sparrows up 29%).
Wales (sparrows up 63% - did they flee from England?)
South West (sparrows stable)
East Midlands (sparrows up 18%)

Where is a lot of 3G already?
England (sparrows down 13%)
Northern Ireland (sparrows down 34%)
SE England (sparrows down 28%)
London (sparrows down 71%)
East England (sparrows down 22%)
West Midlands (sparrows stable)
NW England (sparrows down 12%)
Yorkshire & Humberside (sparrows down 11%)

If the assumption is true, then there is a correlation between wireless services going up and sparrows going down.


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

No hanging up on the cellphone debate


Participate in the January 6-9 Peoples Lobby for Impeachment



Low Level EMF Bioeffects Research Results Show Many Cell Responses




Exposure of human peripheral blood lymphocytes to electromagnetic fields associated with cellular phones leads to chromosomal instability


Fighting a cellular installation in Los Angeles


How Exposure to GSM & TETRA Base-station Radiation can Adversely Affect Humans




A Report on the Nature and Incidence of Electrical Sensitivity, Induced by Exposure to Low Level Non-ionising Radiation




Help us to stop base-station antennas


Protein folding/homocysteine/amyloid





Autism/Alzheimer's/heme/beta-amyloid plaques


Health Effects of EMF Exposure


Synergistic possibilities and Charting the hidden force at street corners


Correspondence with a victim attacked with micro waves


EMF effects with various waveforms (square, pulsed, sine) and steady DC


Fire crews grounded over phone mast row


Reports from ES/EHS sufferers


Brainstem auditory evoked response in adolescents with acoustic mycotic neuroma due to environmental exposure to toxic molds


Heat Shock Protein


Mind-Blowing Poisoning Of US By American 'Industry'




An EHS sufferer reports from Romania


The Decline and Fall of Modern Society


Effects of EMFs on Birds, Bees, Bat-Rays, Butterflies & Buzzards


Wildlife Vanished at Ouruhia

Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril

The Emerging Global Pattern of Insect Pollinator Decline

How Shall we Cope With the Increasing Amounts of Airborne Radiation?

Electricity allergy 'incurable'


Electromagnetic waves affect childhood leukemia


Phone mast terror raid


A Cancer cluster and conference report from Israel


Evidence of a conection between Sparrow decline and the introduction of Phone mast GSM


Peak Oil and the End of Empire


Informant: Scott Munson

Update from the Field- 1/05/06


Tell the Bush administration to keep our national forests wild

The Bush administration is ruthlessly pursuing a scheme to sacrifice the last wild stretches of our national forests to logging and harmful development. We urgently need your help once again to protest this attack and protect our legacy of irreplaceable wildlands.

Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction.asp right away and join with other Americans in opposing the Bush administration's repeal of the historic Roadless Rule that banned destructive logging and roadbuilding in pristine national forestlands.

Supported by millions of Americans, the Roadless Rule safeguarded unspoiled areas of America's national forests -- including vast expanses of Alaska's Tongass rainforest, California's Sierra Nevada and Los Padres regions, backcountry habitat in the Rockies and stretches of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide national scenic trails.

Early last year, though, the Bush administration quietly abolished this crucial safeguard, saying that governors can petition the Forest Service if they wish to keep roadless areas intact, but not assuring that any protections will be granted. Clearly, the administration is aiming to attack our national forest heritage one state at a time.

We can't afford to lose a single wild forest! We have already sacrificed more than half of our national forests -- over 90 million acres nationwide -- to invasive logging and roadbuilding. The Roadless Rule is one of the most important tools we have for preventing chainsaws and bulldozers from destroying the critical habitat of endangered wildlife -- and for preserving these unique wildlands for the enjoyment of millions of Americans.

NRDC is prepared to fight this raid on our natural heritage in the courts, in the media, in the halls of Congress and in corporate offices across the country. At every step, though, we will need proof in hand of how much these lands mean to the American public.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction.asp and speak out against the Bush administration's repeal of the Roadless Rule. We'll collect your signature, along with millions of others, to show the Bush administration that the overwhelming majority of Americans want to keep our national forests wild.

Thank you for taking action to save our last wild national forests.


Frances G. Beinecke
President Natural Resources Defense Council

Informant: Martin Greenhut

Let's Do Something Historic


January 5, 2006

Dear Martin,

Let's do something historic. Let's make 2006 the year we end the war in Iraq, and let's join together with women from every corner of the world to do it!

TODAY, January 5th, CODEPINK is launching a new campaign called "Women Say No to War" to bring together US women like Alice Walker, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Susan Sarandon, Cindy Sheehan and Dolores Huerta with women from countries such as Britain, Canada, Australia, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, Jordan, Iran and especially Iraq. Our purpose? To tell our leaders - and the world - that women have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and we want the foreign troops and foreign fighters to leave Iraq now.

So far, more than 200 prominent women - political leaders, military mothers, veterans, actors and authors - have endorsed the "Women Say No to War" campaign, and some 4,000 women have signed the Women's Call for Peace - even before we've officially launched! We want to get at least 100,000 women from around the world to sign this global call by March 8, 2006, when we'll deliver the signatures to the White House and to US embassies around the world.

This effort could be truly historic but to succeed, we need your help: Please sign the call TODAY: Go to
http://www.womensaynotowar.org . Then forward the call to everyone you can think of in every country on the globe.
(To forward the Call, cut and paste from below or click here) Help organize a local Women Say No to War event on March 8 or join us in Washington DC. Mark your calendars for Mother's Day, when we'll launch a vigil outside the White House to keep the momentum going to stop the war in 2006.

Eve Ensler, Margaret Cho, Anne Lamott, Maxine Hong Kingston, Barbara Ehrenreich, Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Cynthia McKinney, Iraqi women's rights advocate Yanar Mohammed, Iraq War Veteran Kelly Dougherty-these are just a sampling of the amazing women who have signed this Urgent Appeal. Please join them - and us - in a sending a powerful message that women worldwide have said "Enough!"

In peace and solidarity, Dana, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Rae, Rouane & Tiffany

Spread the word -- forward this email to your friends!

Women's Call for Peace: An Urgent Appeal

We, the women of the United States, Iraq and women worldwide, have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and the cruel attacks on civilians around the world. We've buried too many of our loved ones. We've seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We've watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families' basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet. We've had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities.

This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. With fire in our bellies and love in our hearts, we women are rising up - across borders - to unite and demand an end to the bloodshed and the destruction.

We have seen how the foreign occupation of Iraq has fueled an armed movement against it, perpetuating an endless cycle of violence. We are convinced that it is time to shift from a military model to a conflict-resolution model that includes the following elements: The withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq; Negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis into all aspects of Iraqi society; The full representation of women in the peacemaking process and a commitment to women's full equality in the post-war Iraq; A commitment to discard plans for any foreign bases in Iraq; Iraqi control of its oil and other resources; The nullification of privatization and deregulation laws imposed under occupation, allowing Iraqis to shape the trajectory of the post-war economy; A massive reconstruction effort that prioritizes Iraqi contractors, and draws upon financial resources of the countries responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq; Consideration of a temporary international peacekeeping force that is truly multilateral and is not composed of any troops from countries that participated in the occupation.

To move this peace process forward, we are creating a massive movement of women - crossing generations, races, ethnicities, religions, borders and political persuasions. Together, we will pressure our governments, the United Nations, the Arab League, Nobel Peace Prize winners, religious leaders and others in the international community to step forward to help negotiate a political settlement. And in this era of divisive fundamentalisms, we call upon world leaders to join us in spreading the fundamental values of love for the human family and for our precious planet.

Informant: Martin Greenhut

Reid says Chertoff should resign

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called for the resignation of Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday, one day after the government dropped Las Vegas from a list of cities considered potential high-risk targets eligible for special anti-terrorism grants.


From Information Clearing House

On “The First Truly Global Empire” and its Impact on Latin America

Former “Economic Hit Man”

John Perkins on “The First Truly Global Empire” and its Impact on Latin America.


From Information Clearing House

DNA of 37% of black men held by police

The DNA profiles of nearly four in 10 black men in the UK are on the police's national database - compared with fewer than one in 10 white men, according to figures compiled by the Guardian.


From Information Clearing House

4-Year-Old Boy on Government 'No-Fly' List

"I don't want to be on the list. I want to fly and see my grandma," the 4-year-old boy said, according to his mother.


From Information Clearing House

Branded: "I'm sorry, sir," she said, "You've been placed on the No Fly Watch List"

"There seems to be a problem. You've been placed on the No Fly Watch List."


Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions

Abramoff raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, making him an honorary Bush "Pioneer." But the campaign is giving up only $6,000, which came directly from Abramoff, his wife and one of the Indian tribes the lobbyist represented.


Abramoff Lobbying Scandal: Big Timber Falls Hard

Republican Dennis Hastert, speaker of the House, yesterday shed himself of tainted campaign contributions totaling $70,000. He gave the money to an unspecified charity.


From Information Clearing House

Abramoff says he could implicate 60 lawmakers

It is commonplace for lawmakers to solicit campaign donations from lobbyists, who routinely offer them in hopes of gaining advantage. Yet Mr. Abramoff also went far beyond routine practice by furnishing lawmakers with lavish trips, free meals and entertainment as well.


From Information Clearing House

Did Bush wiretap CNN's Christiane Amanpour?

New York Times reporter James Risen first broke the story two weeks ago that the National Security Agency began spying on domestic communications soon after 9/11. In a new book out Tuesday, "State of War," he says it was a lot bigger than that.


From Information Clearing House

Nuclear War against Iran

The launching of an outright war using nuclear warheads against Iran is now in the final planning stages. Coalition partners, which include the US, Israel and Turkey are in "an advanced stage of readiness".


From Information Clearing House

Rice Says Patience With Iran Waning

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signaled Thursday that time is running out for Iran to avoid being hauled before the U.N. Security Council over its disputed nuclear program, and she denied that the threat is mere "saber rattling."


From Information Clearing House

CIA had plenty of evidence Iraq had no illegal weapons

THE CIA had evidence from 30 Iraqi weapons scientists that Saddam Hussein had abandoned its weapons of mass destruction programs long before the US invaded, an explosive new book on America's spying operations says.


From Information Clearing House

Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 130 Cities

Local organizations have planned over 130 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. Most of the events are town hall forums, and several will feature members of Congress, including Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Bob Filner, Martin Sabo, Jim Moran, Marty Meehan, and John Murtha.


From Information Clearing House


Out of Iraq Events Planned for Saturday in 136 Cities

Sign up for an event near you:

Series of events kicked off Thursday evening:

A town hall forum hosted by Congressman Jim Moran and featuring Congressman Jack Murtha packed a large room in Arlington, Va., Thursday evening, and filled an overflow room, and had to turn away another 500 people. The media was well represented.

Both Moran and Murtha spoke strongly in support of ending the war as quickly as possible and pulling all U.S. troops out of Iraq. Murtha complained repeatedly that the Bush Administration contributes only "rhetoric" and no "substance" to this debate.

"Sixty to eighty percent of Iraqis want us out," Murtha said. "And 45 pecent say it's justified to kill Americans. The State Department's own polls say the same thing. It's time to let Iraqis take over this effort. Let them solve their own problems, as we did in the revolutionary war."

"A number of senators running for president called me," Murtha added. "I told them there were two policies. One is redeployment. The other is the President's 'stay the course.' And they're in between. I told them they're missing an opportunity to show leadership. They're so hesitant to take a position."

Report, Audio, and Photos:

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Here's a national press advisory. Local groups can modify it and use it locally. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6252

Here's an important flyer to hand out at events to help organize people for further action.

Here are scorecards for citizens to use in scoring congressmembers. (Provided by the Backbone Campaign)

Make Impeachment signs to post everywhere on Jan 8th.

Make Call to Conscience flyers.

There are lots more resources here:

Sign up for an event near you:

National Call-In Day on Accountability Planned for January 9th

Tens of thousands of members of Progressive Democrats of America and other organizational members of the After Downing Street Coalition will phone Members of Congress in their district offices on January 9, urging them to cosponsor three bills: H.Res.635 to create a select committee to investigate and to make recommendations on grounds for impeachment, H.Res.636 to censure Bush, and H.Res.637 to censure Cheney. http://tinyurl.com/dus2q


Baghdad Burning

Here we are in the first days of 2006. What does the ‘6’ symbolize? How about- 6 hours of no electricity for every one hour of electricity? Or… 6 hours of waiting in line for gasoline that is three times as expensive as it was in 2005? Or an average of six explosions per day near our area alone?


From Information Clearing House

The Army of Good Americans

By Manuel Valenzuela

One day, in the not too distant future, in the middle of the night, a knock will come at their door, it being not a dream nor a fantasy, its noise an ominous reminder of the police state now upon America, coming to serve power on those who thought they had nothing to fear by sacrificing liberty and freedom for so-called security.


The Erosion of Worker Safety

Peter Rousmaniere says that it has become easier for employers to cut corners on their legal obligations. If Congress succeeds in criminalizing undocumented worker status, it will become even easier.


Brave Neuro World

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Pentagon Loses Legal Round on Guantanamo Names

A federal judge rejected the US Defense Department's argument for not disclosing the names of detainees at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but stopped short of ordering that the names be released. Judge Jed S. Rakoff's order on Wednesday was a victory for the Associated Press, which sued the Pentagon in April 2005, seeking the names of detainees and transcripts of US military hearings meant to determine whether the detainees were properly classified as enemy combatants.


Democrats Don't Rule Out Alito Filibuster

Democrats haven't completely given up the notion of filibustering Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, though they're certainly not talking about it before his confirmation hearings. A slip of the tongue, an intractable attitude or a dramatic revelation next week could still bring another Senate showdown.


Planning TV disputes programme: we want the mast issue on the agenda

From: Eileen O'Connor
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 00:02:07 -0000
Subject: Planning TV disputes programme

Please see enclosed report in Sutton News paper on 30/12/2005

I would like to encourage as many people as possible to phone or e-mail as we want the mast issue on the agenda.

Best wishes


Families in planning disputes wanted for TV programme

A television production company working on a BBC series about planning disputes and planning law is looking for people 'in the middle of a planning dispute, or anxiously awaiting a planning decision from the council.'

The series currently being researched by North One Television, aims to follow home and small business owners through the planning process, concentrating on unusual, difficult or contested applications. It is, says the company, 'purely observational and does not attempt to advise or to influence the process in any way'.

Colin Byrne, from North One, said: "Ultimately, we will be looking for case to follow in our pilot episode. At this stage it is just a question of having a chat with people on the phone at a time which is convenient for them, and the conversation remains confidential."

Anyone interested in taking part is asked to get in touch with Colin on 0121 697 1920 or e-mail colin.byrne@northonetv.com .

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From ufpj-news

Attacking habeas corpus: the damage will be irretrievable

Magie Burns

Thu Jan 5, 2006 13:19

Attacking habeas corpus
by margieburns
at 10:45AM (CST) on January 5, 2006


Republican Senator Lindsey O. Graham of So. Carolina is not up for re-election until 2008, and I cannot find that South Carolina has any provisions for a recall campaign except for its statewide offices. Presumably this is partly why Graham was picked to spearhead the White House attack on habeas corpus.

"HABEAS CORPUS. Lat. (You have the body.) The name given to a variety of writs, (of which these were anciently the emphatic words,) having for their object to bring a party before a court or judge."

"The sole function of the writ is to release from unlawful imprisonment. . . The office of the writ is not to determine prisoner's guilt or innocence, and ONLY ISSUE WHICH IT PRESENTS IS WHETHER PRISONER IS RESTRAINED OF HIS LIBERTY BY DUE PROCESS." (Black's Law Dictionary, 4th ed., caps added)

Make no mistake. Current moves in our GOP-dominated Congress regarding the "detention" of "terrorists" are not security measures. They do not defend the American people. They do not protect us from actual terrorists -- some of whose relatives may well have been shepherded out of the U.S. right after 9/11 by this White House. They do not attack terrorists. They attack the ancient right of habeas corpus, which underlies our most immediate freedoms, namely the everyday right NOT to have our persons or property seized without reason, or for unnamed reasons.

This point is so fundamental that it is impossible that Sen. Graham fails to understand it. Lindsey Graham is an attorney, and every law student is required to take a Constitutional Law course in law school.

Only the most ignorant or gullible person, and Mr. Graham is neither, could honestly believe that accused terrorists should be treated differently from other accused persons. An accusation is still an accusation. Only to the abjectly ignorant, and Mr. Graham is not that, does the word "terrorist" mean "someone with magical powers." Only a pitiably ignorant, rabidly bigoted or quasi- illiterate individual could seriously believe that accused terrorists have such telepathic powers, like Johnny Carson in his turban reading an envelope through his forehead, that our security is undermined by -- by what? By merely telling them the charges against them.

Any infringement on habeas corpus is a straight-out, cynical taking advantage of ignorance.

But worse than that, it is a practice that puts all of us in danger of the same fate as accused terrorists. Make no mistake. This is not a practice that can be limited to one category of individuals. The basis of the right of a writ of habeas corpus is humanity. You don't have to be some special kind of person; you just have to be a person. Therefore, since we are all people, any law or procedure that takes it away, takes it away from all of us.

If anyone can be detained without even being told the charges against him -- then, anyone can be detained without being told the charges against him or her.

It is small consolation that Sen. Graham himself could become a "detainee." By the time things get so horrendous, so overt, that even individuals like him rebel, the damage will be irretrievable.

Without Justice, there is JUST_US! "The Law"!

Word Study from Bouvier's 1856 Law Dictionary "Truth / True"

Word Study from Bouvier's 1856 Law Dictionary "Oath"

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The Oath required by the Constitution and Federal Law

Ervin Swartwoudt

Thu Jan 5, 2006 12:49

Article. VI. United States Constitution

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any state to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

The oath of office as required by the sixth article of the Constitution of the United States, and as provided by section 2 of the act of May 13, 1884 (23 Stat. 22), to be administered to The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. , the text of which is carried in 5 U.S.C. 3331: (Emphasis added)

TITLE 5 > PART III > Subpart B > CHAPTER 33 > SUBCHAPTER II > § 3331Prev | Next § 3331. Oath of office

An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath: "I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God." This section does not affect other oaths required by law.

(such as this one below) (Emphasis added)


Sec. 101. Oath by members of legislatures and officers

Every member of a State legislature, and every executive and judicial officer of a State, shall, before he proceeds to execute the duties of his office, take an oath in the following form, to wit: ``I, A B, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States.''

TREASON (Treason is a Hanging offense)

Whenever a judge acts where he/she does not have jurisdiction to act, the judge is engaged in an act or acts of treason. U.S. v. Will, 449 U.S. 200, 216, 101 S.Ct. 471, 66 L.Ed.2d 392, 406 (1980); Cohens v. Virginia, 19 U.S. (6 Wheat) 264, 404, 5 L.Ed 257 (1821).

Therefore, if a judge does not fully comply with the Constitution, then that judge's orders are void. In re Sawer, 124 U.S. 200 (1888), he/she is without jurisdiction, and he/she has engaged in an act or acts of treason. (Emphasis added)

Under Federal law which is applicable to all states, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that if a court is "without authority, its judgments and orders are regarded as nullities. They are not voidable, but simply void; and form no bar to a recovery sought, even prior to a reversal in judgments or sentences, are considered, in law, as opposition to them. They constitute no justification; and all persons concerned in executing such trespassers". Elliot v. Piersol, 1 Pet. 328, 340, 26 U.S. 328, 340 (1878) (Emphasis added)

"The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." -- 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec. 177, late 2d, Sec 256

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Sinnkrise bei den Robin Hoods der Datenwelt: Hacker geben den Krieg gegen Big Brother verloren

6. Januar 2006, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Der verstärkte Aufbau neuer Kontroll- und Überwachungsinfrastrukturen mit der Computertechnik nach dem 11. September hat die Hackerszene in eine Sinnkrise gestürzt. Bei ihrem jährlichen Stelldichein, dem Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, suchte sie händeringend nach «Plan B» zur bürgerrechtsfreundlichen Technikgestaltung.

Dem Mythos nach sind Hacker die einzigen Wesen der Welt, die den Computer verstehen und die Informationstechnik beherrschen. Die Angehörigen der Szene selbst beschreiben sich als die Guten, die öffentliche Daten nützen, private aber schützen wollen. Eine «schöpferisch- kritische» Technikgestaltung schwebt den modernen Robin Hoods der Cyber-Wälder vor in ihrem Kampf gegen die «dunklen» Seiten der Datenverarbeitungskräfte, die statt zu mehr Informationsfreiheit in eine Orwellsche Überwachungsgesellschaft führen könnten.

Pessimistische Töne

Am jüngsten Chaos Communication Congress kurz vor dem Jahreswechsel probten die Vordenker der Hacker in Berlin den Abschied von diesem Heroismus. «Wir haben den Krieg verloren», lautete der Titel der am meisten diskutierten Veranstaltung. Frank Rieger, ehemaliger Sprecher des Chaos Computer Clubs (CCC), der die Veranstaltung seit Jahren organisiert, schlug pessimistische Töne an. Er wähnte sich und seine meist männlichen Kollegen in einem Polizeistaat übelster Sorte: «Wir leben jetzt in der dunklen Welt der Science-Fiction-Romane, die wir niemals wollten.» Ein Grossteil der Privatsphäre und anderer grundrechtlich geschützter Werte seien im «Krieg gegen den Terror» verloren gegangen.

Die Hacker haben vor allem die Einführung nationaler Ausweissysteme mit biometrischer «Zwangserfassung», das zunehmende Data-Mining und Profiling, die verdachtsunabhängige Speicherung von Telefon- und Internetdaten in der EU und die Ausdehnung der Videoüberwachung im Visier. Rob Gonggrijp, Gründer des Amsterdamer Providers XS4ALL, meinte, der entstehende «Kontrollkomplex» sei «ohne historische Parallelen». Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Um sich für «weitere Kriege» zu rüsten, arbeiteten die Aktivisten einen Schlachtplan aus. Für nötig erachten sie zum einen die bessere Kollaboration mit Überläufern aus den eigenen Reihen zu Geheimdiensten sowie mit gleichgesinnten zivilgesellschaftlichen Gruppen. Zum anderen erkannten sie den Verbesserungsbedarf bei der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, über die Spionagetätigkeiten künftig klar als «Datenverbrechen» gebrandmarkt werden sollen. Wie in früheren Jahren predigten die Vorsprecher auch, Verschlüsselungs- und Anonymisierungsdienste sowie andere technische Möglichkeiten zum Selbstschutz der Privatsphäre zu verbessern.

Mehrere Hacker demonstrierten, dass auch ein «Polizeistaat» Knackstellen hat und die Kontrolltechnik zweckentfremdet werden kann. Zwei Vertreter der österreichischen Bürgerrechtsorganisation Quintessenz führten vor, wie sie gemäss dem Kongressmotto «Private Investigations» mit einer billigen Satelliten-TV-Ausrüstung, einer Antenne aus Polen und einem Videorecorder die Signale einer analogen Überwachungskamera der Wiener Polizei am Schwedenplatz in der österreichischen Hauptstadt selbst überwacht hatten. Demnach machten die Beamten auch Jagd auf «fliegende Drogenhändler»: Sie schwenkten mehrfach von einem Fenster der benachbarten Häuser in oberen Stockwerken zum nächsten und zoomten dicht heran. Man hätte beobachten können, «was sich hinter den Gardinen abspielt». Für die Aktivisten ein weiterer Beweis für ihre These, dass Videoüberwachung die Falschen trifft und für die Strafverfolgung wenig bringt.

Eine Vertreterin des Chaos Computer Clubs Wien stellte Erkenntnisse des Projekts «Data- Mining the NSA» der Wiener Organisation Quintessenz vor. Über eine Sicherheitslücke ist diese in Besitz einer Mailingliste der amerikanischen National Security Agency (NSA) gelangt, und ebenso von Beiträgen von 2500 Personen aus Militär- und Regierungskreisen, die sich über einen Zeitraum von zehn Jahren zum Projekt «The Biometric Consortium» äusserten. Dieses hat die Erforschung und Entwicklung biometrischer Technologie für die Identifizierung von Personen zum Ziel. Sicherheitslücke bei Blackberry

Auch sonst präsentierten die Hacker im Stundentakt schwere Risse in Sicherheitsmechanismen der Informationstechnik, insbesondere bei Handhelds und Funkübertragungen. Laut dem Team Phenoelit ist die Architektur des E-Mail-Push- Dienstes Blackberry anfällig für Missbrauch. So fanden die Sicherheitsprüfer einen Weg, über Lücken im Protokoll zum Nachrichtenversand über die gerade bei Managern beliebten mobilen Begleiter Botschaften auf einen Schlag «an alle Blackberrys der Welt zu senden». Ein gefundenes Fressen für Spammer. Im Programm, das Bilder auf den Handhelds darstellt, konnten die Tüftler einen Speicherüberlauf bei der Bearbeitung von TIFF- und PNG-Dateien auslösen. Eine solche Schwäche ermöglicht es Angreifern häufig, die Kontrolle über den anfälligen Prozess oder das ganze System zu erlangen. Verwundbarkeit attestierten die Hacker auch dem Server fürs Aufrufen von Dateianhängen bei E-Mails.

Die Organisation Trifinite startete die Beta- Phase für Blooover II. Die Java-Applikation für Smartphones, die Sicherheitsmängel bei Bluetooth aufdecken helfen soll, fasst eine Reihe bekannter Angriffe auf Bluetooth-Geräte wie Bluesnarf oder Bluebug zusammen. Mit dem «Audit- Werkzeug» können Angreifer heimlich Daten wie Adressverzeichnisse, Kalender, Uhrzeit oder auch Visitenkarten ändern beziehungsweise sogar unbemerkt Anrufe lancieren oder SMS-Nachrichten versenden. Die neue Version verfügt laut Trifinite über eine «Brutfunktion», dank der sie sich auf andere Handy ausdehnt. Die «Babys» können sich aber nicht weiter fortpflanzen; so wird eine virusartige Ausbreitung verhindert.

Nicht mehr Sicherheit bietet der Einsatz von Infrarot: Der Hacker Major Malfunction demonstrierte, wie über damit arbeitende Fernbedienungen Geräte wie Hotel-TV-Systeme, Garagenöffner oder Roboter-Spielzeuge gänzlich von einem Angreifer auf Systemebene «übernommen» und zweckentfremdet werden können. Auf dem Kongress fiel zudem der öffentliche Startschuss für das Projekt free60.org zum Hacken der Xbox 360 von Microsoft. Ziel ist es, wie schon auf der Vorgängerkonsole Linux zum Laufen zu bringen. Fussball-WM als Techno-Spielfeld

In ihrem ironischen Ausblick auf die «Sicherheits-Albträume» für 2006 kürten die Computerexperten die Fussball-WM 2006 zu ihrem «grossen Techno-Spielfeld». Die geplante Nabelschau deutscher Sicherheitstechnik mit «mehr Überwachungskameras als Zuschauern» und RFID- Tickets mache es möglich. Zu einem Trend erkoren die Hacker das Warflying, eine Abart des Wardriving zum Aufspüren offener WLAN- Netzwerke auf Langstreckenflügen der Lufthansa. Nur die Flugkontrollgeräte sollten dabei «in Frieden» gelassen werden. Ein Sicherheitsfiasko droht laut kritischen Informatikern zudem bei der elektronischen Gesundheitskarte.

Fraglich ist, inwieweit die Tester künftig überhaupt noch auf Lücken im System hinweisen dürfen. Mit der anstehenden Umsetzung eines EU- Rahmenbeschlusses zum Schutz vor Angriffen auf Informationssysteme und der Cybercrime- Konvention des Europarates dürfte «Hacken komplett gebannt werden», warnte der Kölner Rechtsinformatiker Marco Gercke vor einer geplanten «Kriminalisierung» der Szene. Er befürchtet auch eine neue Debatte über ein Verbot oder eine bewusste Schwächung von Verschlüsselungssoftware sowie das staatliche Einschreiten gegen Anonymisierungsdienste. Die Feindbilder dürften den Hackern so nicht ausgehen.

Stefan Krempl

Copyright © Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG


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