May 20, 2002
Miscellaneous Subjects #143: Moonlighting
I'll try to keep up with my compilations this week - LOTS of gardening work! - but doubt I'll be able to process and reply to emails. So if you don't hear back from me, now you know why.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. I recommend you go read my latest Media compilation #73: "Connecting the Dots Back to the Source of 9-11" at http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Archives2002/MediaCompilation73.htm --- which was introduced this way: "Dear journalist, It will come as no surprise to you that I would want to send you some more revealing information for your review as there is so much much more than what meets the eye in the little details that have been released so far concerning the acquiescent silence of the higher-ups in the U.S. government with regard to the poorly staged but masterly spinned guided-plane attacks on American soil. Now is no time to shy away from exposing the truth no matter how ugly and machiavellian it may turn out to be... Denial is not an option."
This compilation included:
- Terrorist Warnings - Statement by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
- The Terrorists Flew and Bush Knew
- A TIMELINE SURROUNDING SEPTEMBER 11TH (Compelling!)
1. Atrocities In American Airports
2. THE DAM BREAKS -- Major Opinion Makers Express Suspicions About 9-11
3. Amira Hass: IDF's Destruction & Degradation in the West Bank
4. CELL OUTS & ENRON'S END RUN
To the Drums of War, India Expels Pakistan's Ambassador (May 19, 2002)
Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other on Saturday with heavy mortar and artillery fire.
Rather Says; Patriotic Fever Caused Him to Go Easy on Questions (May 17)
Cover-up and conspiracy: The Bush administration and September 11 (18 May)
U.S. Action on Iraq Slowed by Rift Over Whom to Support (May 9)
Human Rights Watch report into Jenin accuses Israel of war crimes (May 10)
America Used Islamists To Arm The Bosnian Muslims (April 22)
The Srebrenica Report Reveals The Pentagon's Role In A Dirty War
(...) Arms purchased by Iran and Turkey with the financial backing of Saudi Arabia made their way by night from the Middle East. Initially aircraft from Iran Air were used, but as the volume increased they were joined by a mysterious fleet of black C-130 Hercules aircraft. The report stresses that the US was "very closely involved" in the airlift. Mojahedin fighters were also flown in, but they were reserved as shock troops for especially hazardous operations. CLIP
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Why Stick People Are Extinct
Sent by Ken Hardy <NCEpanacea@aol.com> on Thu, 9 May 2002
The following occurred to a friend of mine...
ATROCITIES IN AMERICAN AIRPORTS
If you, or someone from your family, have any plan to visit the US in a near future, I strongly suggest you to continue reading this text, where I describe the experiences I had in LA International Airport, late Feb 24, 2002.
My name is Ricardo Abude E. Da Silva, I'm an Electronic Engineer graduated in 1982 and today am managing our family's businesses in the farming sector. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Throughout my 42 years of age I've traveled several times to the US, both on business and tourism. Late Feb 23 I embarked in Rio heading to LA, in possession of my third Visa to the US, issued in November 1999, and valid until November 2009.
I was aware of the increased airport security for US trips, due to Sep 11 attacks, and in Rio International Airport one can already notice the routine change, but I could have never imagined what would happen next.
From now on I describe, step by step, the horrendous and unimaginable nightmare that I went through:
Saturday Feb 23 21:50 hrs I depart from Rio with Varig flight RG 8836, going to LA.
Sunday Feb 24 07:00 hrs I arrive in LA and proceed towards passport control. The officer looks at my Passport for about five minutes, and asks me to proceed towards an INS office known as 'Secondary One'. It is the first time something like that happens to me, but I imagine I´m going to be interviewed for additional information concerning my stay. 'Extra safety measures....' I thought.
Sunday Feb 24 07:30 hrs A Second officer asks me to collect all my luggage and accompany him inside Secondary One. "...the interview is going to be in there." I thought again. All of a sudden, I am brutally pushed inside a 2x2 yd cell, all my luggage, money, documents and personal belongings are confiscated, and they take away my belt and shoe strings. As I protest against the unexpected treatment, the two officers respond with loud screams and threats of beating me and keeping me confined. I am violently pushed against the wall, they frisk me from head to toe, and all my personal belongings are searched. Again I´m pushed against the wall, my picture is taken, I'm fingerprinted and am finally thrown into a filthy, stinky, unventilated hall, already crowded with people. I notice, by their looks, that they've gone through the same 'ritual', and even though I am still stunned by the long flight, the jet lag, and mainly by the violent, outraging disrespect of civil and human rights, I face the crude fact of life "there's no such thing as interviews - I'm a prisoner."
Sunday Feb 24 09:00 hrs The scene resembles a Greek tragedy, a 4x4 yd room, filthy chairs, a stinking black carpet, no ventilation, huge 50" TV turned on all the time volume blasting. Tired, hungry people, sick people, people throwing up....worried about a friend, who was waiting for me outside the airport I ask for a phone call.
- "Shut-up! No phone calls." - They answered.
Sunday Feb 24 10:00 hrs Arrested, hungry, thirsty, no communication, and without the slightest idea of what was going to happen next, I noticed the continuos flow of tourists coming to our cell and I face the degrading scandal the very same treatment is given to women, teenagers, children even elderly people a truly barbarian act! Revolted, I witness two INS officers arguing over the privilege of frisking the prettiest ladies, without any concern of hiding their sickening lust from their respective fathers, husbands or brothers, doing their commentaries, invitations, and obscene declarations right on their faces.
- "I've just frisked a disgusting latino....now it's my turn to frisk this Italian fox !" stated an Officer to his colleague, referring to the wife of an Italian tourist. The blunt disrespect made my stomach churn in revolt....
Kicking, pushing, screaming, threathening, heavily armed bullies displayed their brutality, prejudice, and arrogance upon the constant flow of tourists coming into our cell, getting more and more crowded by the minute, holding an unbearable stench....
Sunday Feb 24 14:00 hrs After seven hours of ordeal, I'm finally taken to an almost surrealistic "interview" with Officer Sanchez, and Officer Lee, both subordinate to Officer Green, from INS. He "explains" to me that since all my papers and my Visa were in perfect order, he would "kindly" give me two options :
- The first was to sign a document in which I "requested" the withdrawal of my Visa, returning to Brazil in the first available flight.
- If I refused to sign the hoax I'd be arrested for an undetermined period and he'd start a compulsory deportation process, sending me back to my Country thus.
An important detail on the "deal" -- so long as I refused to sign the document I'd not receive any food, or water. What would you choose? Oh well, me, too.
Sunday Feb 24 16:00 hrs I am taken, with another five "prisoners" to a different cell. We are all handcuffed, and escorted by armed officers, we are made to stroll through the airport lounge. The terrified tourists make way, frightened by the grotesque scene. They take us all to a van, parked outside the terminal, and transfer us to the other cell. The humiliation is suffocating ....
- Sunday Feb 24 17:00 hrs Apparently, they have forgotten to make me sign a few forms at the Secondary One, so I'm taken again for a couple of strolls (going there and coming back) in the Airport Lounge. Those strolls remember are with cuffs and 'escorts.'
Sunday Feb 24 18:00 hrs Due to my unceasing protests, they finally allow me to make a phone call. I contact a Lawyer in LA, in the hope he´d get me out of that hell, but the information I get from him is even more surprising, and disheartening:
- "Ricardo, the INS grounds at the Airport are not legally considered American soil, so I cannot invoke any civil right to take you out of there..." he tells me. How about that?
In other words, I realize I'm in a no-man's land, a lawless place, arrested by arbitrary Nazis in the guise of INS Officers, that, due to this legal technicality, have the power to do whatever they please with you and what is worse with your family. I start to dream of the moment of catching a plane back home to Brazil.....however, before that, I'd still have to go through the worst night of my life.....
Night of Sunday to Monday Feb 25 I start to dread the moment in which tiredness is going to win the battle and make me lie down on those filthy chairs. It´s very cold, but even so, the prospect of using the slimy blankets is not at all attractive. Five officers are in the night shift, and feeling bored, they pass time kicking "disgusting Chinese", cursing "stupid niggers", threatening "filthy latinos". Our uneducated officers are unable to articulate three consecutive words without using the "F.." word, and we spend the night immersed in this sea of racial prejudice, brutality, violence, arrogance and cowardice.
Monday Feb 25 13:00 hrs After the worse 30 hours of my life, two armed officers escort me to my plane (Varig flight RG 8837) and deliver my passport to the stewardess. They set guard by the plane door until take off. Just a last minute humiliation I guess....
Tuesday Feb 26 07:30 hrs I arrive tired, but immensely happy in Cumbica International Airport, in SP. I call my girlfriend Sarah in Belo Horizonte. After her recovery from the initial shock and the necessary explanations I invite her to celebrate our unexpected meeting with a trip to Ouro Preto, of course!
I relate this unfortunate episode hoping to bring these facts to light, to a wider number of people. Maybe those who, like me, were planning an innocent trip to this country might think twice before permitting their wife's, parents and children to be subjected to this infamous tribe of uncivilized barbarians. Daily, in every American Airport, hundreds of people from the four corners of the world are falling into the claws of these arrogant, racist, brutes, barbarian Nazis, and I think every single citizen of the globe shall contribute in whichever way they can to end this grotesque stain from the face of the free world.
To Mr G. Bush one suggestion: in the attempt to eradicate the World of terrorism and it's "Evil Axis", start at home in the American Immigration and Naturalization Service INS.
A very important note: this narrative would not be complete without doing justice to Victor, one of the INS officers. He came into our cell Monday morning. Right when I lay my eyes on him I noticed a different glow, quickly explained by his attitudes he'd take care of one of us, feed and give water to another, he was always ready to help, at least send a smile, say a friendly word.... He moved like a star, shedding light into the darkness. I had the privilege to talk with him for a few minutes, when I had the chance to convey my admiration, respect and gratitude for what he was doing for all those people, brutally subjected to such a painful experience. Son of Mexican Immigrants, educated in India, and possessing a spirituality impossible to hide behind such shinning eyes, this man, who represents so well the best of the East and the West told me simply "Ricardo, I don't do much, all I can do is try to transmit to these people a little compassion, a little love...."
* I hereby authorize any individual or corporation to divulge or reproduce this text.
May God bless us all.
Ricardo Abude E. da Silva
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Protesters Detained in Milwaukee: Are You on the No Fly List? (April 27)
Sent by "Judith Iam" <email@example.com> on Tue, 7 May 2002
THE DAM BREAKS -- Major Opinion Makers Express Suspicions About 9-11 -- Government "Reactions" Are Likely
McKinney Breaks the Ice on 9-11, Stuns Critics
Major Names Speak Out on 9-11 Foreknowledge and Empire: Nightline, Vidal, Hersh, Moore
By Michael C. Ruppert
The weight of evidence that was so apparent to me and others -- from the moment the second hijacked airliner hit the World Trade Center -- has grown steadily for eight months and has begun to reach the minds of recognized opinion makers. This is one genie that cannot be put back in the bottle.
But the toughest battles may lie ahead.
In mid-April, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., was the subject of a Washington Post article as a result of statements she had made on Berkeley radio station KPFA on March 25. Her position: Congress needs to take a thorough look at what was known by the Bush Administration before the attacks of 9-11, and who has profited from them. Reaction from the major media: horror, shock, outrage, scorn, ridicule. Reaction from the people: surprising levels of agreement and support for McKinney (See full story, this issue).
On April 22 best-selling author Michael Moore, whose brilliant book, "Stupid White Men," is holding near the top of the NY Times list, was speaking in Eugene, Ore. He was asked about FTW and our work. His response: "I've read his [Mike Ruppert's] website. He's asking some good and scary questions, much scarier than mine. We should all be asking these questions."
On April 25 and 26, ABC News Nightline ran a two-part series looking into the history of Caspian Sea oil in the Central Asian Republics and started connecting dots to current events. The series mentioned the unrequited Unocal pipeline across Afghanistan that is now being built, and it reported that the new Afghani prime minister, Hamid Karzai, is a former Unocal employee. And it talked about the major oil companies' need to recoup billions in investments that had been frustrated for a decade by the Taliban.
The legendary writer Gore Vidal was interviewed on April 24 in Salon magazine (www.salon.com). He had reached many of the same conclusions we have. Among his more notable quotes:
"But the whole story in Afghanistan is not about Osama and his religious views, although they have some bearing, but is about a great coup on the part of the United States to grab all of the oil and natural gas out of Central Asia. And that is what we set out to do.But far larger than the Persian Gulf is the Caspian Sea oil, and Uzbekistan, and all the other -stans that used to be part of the Soviet Union. We have been deliberately encircling that section of the world.
"What we have been looking for is a trigger. We had already planned to go into Afghanistan in October of '01. We had been desperately trying to put a pipeline that runs through Afghanistan, Pakistan, down to Karachi and the Indian Ocean...
"Well, the giveaway was, when Tommy Franks, the commanding general of our forces there, arrived in Afghanistan, people kept asking, 'Where is Osama bin Laden?' And he said, well, it would be nice if we found Osama bin Laden, but that's not really why we're here.
"Ordinarily we'd have hearings.there would be hearings immediately, as there were after Pearl Harbor, an investigation into why we spend $30 billion a year on intelligence and we didn't know about what was obviously a plot that took about four years.
"Well any sane country is going to investigate, particularly with such a vast and proud military as we've got, why it took 90 minutes before the planes were in the air. Something is going on."
When asked if he believed that there was American foreknowledge of the attacks, Vidal replied, "Of course there was."
When asked if, because of FDR's foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack, he felt the Bush Administration would have permitted the attack of 9-11 as a pretext to invade Afghanistan, he replied, "You have said it. I didn't say it. I think it's a possibility. I would rather the Congress found out for me; that's what we pay them for."
And about halfway through the lengthy interview Vidal observed, "And unfortunately, we have no government in the U.S. We have no foreign policy. We have oil policy. We have a lot of Realpolitik stuff going on, which has to do with our national wealth and private wealth as well."
On May 2, Chicago Magazine scored a coup by securing an interview with the dean of American investigative journalists, Seymour Hersh. In commenting on the evisceration of the Constitution since 9-11, especially in the case of the so-called 20th hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui, Hersh commented, "We have an attorney general that is, I don't know, how would you describe him, demented? We have an attorney general who doesn't seem to understand the law.
"I don't know about you, but I think one of the great costs of 9-11 has been this tremendous attack on the Constitution."
After noting that Moussaoui, who did not participate in the attacks, has been held in a windowless, six-by-six cell with the lights on 24 hours a day for eight months and has been denied free access to counsel, Hersh commented, "The justification for this extraordinary procedure of not letting his lawyers unfettered access to him is because, the government says again and again he is capable of passing a message -- 'By God, if we let him have an unfettered exchange that we don't monitor, even with a lawyer, the Sears Tower will go down tomorrow.' You have to understand what's driving this. What's driving this is fear.
"So there was a hearing that you all read about. When the hearing began he raised his hand and the judge let him speak, and for 50 minutes he buried himself. This is what's interesting to me about it. This is a man who the federal government says cannot be allowed to communicate with anybody unfettered in any way, because he's gonna pass the message.He spoke for 50 minutes. It was live on the Internet. Hundreds of reporters were listening.Not once did it [the government] say, 'Your Honor, let's go into chambers with this. He has a right to speak but we can't have him speak publicly because we think he's capable of doing something.'"
On the entire course of events since 9-11 Hersh was more pointed.
"Al Qaeda was not destroyed in the war. Afghanistan was.
"Where are the Democrats? Where are the Republicans who know better?.
"And I'm telling you right now, it's gonna get much worse."
As most of you know, FTW has been the object of some blistering, if impotent and feeble, attacks as a result of the effectiveness we have had in reaching large numbers of people since 9-11. However, that people and institutions such as those described above have begun to acknowledge the abundant and clear evidence of the Bush Administration's guilt before and during the attacks, as well as its abhorrent conduct after the attacks, is a clear sign that the dam of denial has cracked -- much more quickly than I had expected. But it would be both naïve and short sighted to believe this means we have won.
The beast has only been mildly wounded, and wounded beasts are the most dangerous. Aside from possessing enormous wealth, the Bush Administration and those it represents also possess incredible technology and power. As these recent statements from opinion-molders affirm the position FTW has taken from day one and begin to seep into the mainstream consciousness, the real fight has just begun. There must be reactions. They will not be pleasant, and those who have been fighting for these breakthroughs must now realize the point has been reached where challenges have been issued, the gloves are off and it is time for a fight.
At this time I would also like to thank and acknowledge all of those who have helped to bring the fight to this point: Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Jared Israel, Dan Hopsicker, Dr. Len Horowitz, Mike Davidson, Greta Knutzen, Joe Taglieri, Tom Flocco, Kyle Hence, Larry Chin and so many more. As authentic journalists you have put your names and lives on the line and I am honored to be on the field with you. And special thanks to so many more who have helped with research, like Virginia Raines and Patricia Dole, Ph.D. -- and to the hundreds of people who fill my in-box daily with stories, documents and leads from all over the world. Please don't stop. My deepest thanks go out to all of the Internet warriors who have taken the FTW model of using mainstream and unquestioned documentation to wage the unpleasant, but necessary battles that demonstrate that liberated minds, with access to good information, can not only think for themselves -- but defend themselves and the truth nobly in the face of shameless spin-mongering and the tyrannical tactics of deceit and distraction.
The top-down, authoritarian model of waging intellectual warfare is not capable, either in its structure or conception, of defeating a people who know how to think and speak for themselves.
To quote Winston Churchill, "This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning."
THE FOLLOWING SPEAKS VOLUME ABOUT WHAT THE IDF STANDS FOR RIGHT NOW. JUST A SMALL TOKEN OF THE DESTRUCTION VISITED UPON A BASICALLY DEFENSELESS PEOPLE AMIDST A SEA OF DEADLY WANTON DESTRUCTION. NOW LET'S HOPE THE PALESTINIANS - AND ALL OF US! - WILL HAVE A BIG ENOUGH HEART TO FORGIVE THOSE SOLDIERS AND THEIR LEADERS FOR WHAT THEY DID AND SHOW THEM THE WAY TOWARDS LOVE AND COMPASSION WHICH IS THE ONLY ANTIDOTE TO THE HATRED AND VILE MEANNESS DEMONSTRATED BY ALL THE PERPETRATORS OF ACTS OF VIOLENCE ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS TERRIBLY SAD CONFLICT.
Amira Hass: IDF's Destruction & Degradation in the West Bank
May 06, 2002
Someone even managed to defecate into the photocopier
The IDF soldiers who moved into West Bank cities left behind destruction and degradation, Amira Hass reports.
by Amira Hass
No one deluded himself that the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, which takes up five of the eight floors of a new building in the center of El Bireh, would be spared the fate of other Palestinian Authority offices in Ramallah and other cities - that is, the nearly total destruction of its contents and particularly its high-tech equipment.
After all, Israel Defense Forces troops were deployed in the building for about a month.
Armed vehicles were always parked in front of the building, around which the familiar pictures of destruction accumulated; crushed cars, banks of earth, deep ditches in the roads, broken pavements, dismantled stone fences, toppling electricity poles, loose cables and clouds of dust and dirt enveloping every vehicle, tree and roof in thickening layers.
The Ministry of Culture is located in the large residential area the IDF kept under curfew, even after its partial withdrawal from Ramallah on April 21 and its focus on the siege of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's headquarters.
Every night the neighbors, who hid in their houses, heard the sounds of objects smashing as they were hurled through the windows of the Ministry of Culture.
During the 10 days that preceded the lifting of the siege on Arafat's office, the force in this building shot every night at the Asra, a large commercial building opposite the ministry, on the slope of the hill.
The residents of the neighborhood at first tried to locate armed Palestinians who had perhaps opened fire at random in the direction of the military base. But there were no armed Palestinians there.
The neighbors concluded that this was nightly entertainment for the soldiers.
All that was left for them to do was to stay awake and alert for four or five hours every night and listen, against their will, to the ceaseless shooting that the walls and windows of the Asra building, causing fragments of building stone to fall straight onto the roof of the small stone house nearby with a noise that echoed through all of the valley east of the building.
After one bullet got stuck in the wall of the home of H. and her two daughters, they decided to leave.
One night the neighborhood awoke to the sound of barking: They saw that someone had attached a speaker to a tape recorder and was playing a recording of barking dogs. Within a few minutes all the dogs in the neighborhood woke up and joined the racket. Very soon the barking reached more distant neighborhoods. A night's sleep down the drain.
This is an established neighborhood of single-story or two-story stone houses, surrounded by gardens and thick with cypress and fruit trees. L. remembers how her husband planted some of the trees several decades ago. The rural character of the neighborhood was unaffected despite its proximity to the busy main streets and the tall commercial buildings that have sprung up during the past 10 years.
A few days after the partial withdrawal, neighbors were astounded to hear bulldozers and the cutting down of he shady row of cypresses.
One cypress tree was lying across the road, a natural barrier against cars, and an apricot tree laden with fruit had been uprooted from the garden of one woman who lives in the neighborhood and whose entire world is her 35-year-old son who is mentally retarded.
On the evening of Wednesday, May 1, when the siege on Arafat's headquarters was lifted and the armored vehicles and the tanks had rumbled out, the executives and officials of the ministry who had rushed to the site did not
expect to find the building the way they had left it.
Employees of the local radio and television station, Amwaj, also hastened to the scene, as did the employees of the local television channel, Istiqlal, which take up three stories of the building.
But what awaited them was beyond all their fears, and also shocked representatives and cultural attaches of foreign consulates, who toured the site the next day.
In other offices, all the high-tech and electronic equipment had been wrecked or had vanished - computers, photocopiers, cameras, scanners, hard disks, editing equipment worth thousands of dollars, television sets. The broadcast antenna on top of the building was destroyed.
Telephone sets vanished. A collection of Palestinian art objects (mostly hand embroideries) disappeared. Perhaps it was buried under the piles of documents and furniture, perhaps it had been spirited away. Furniture was dragged from place to place, broken by soldiers, piled up. Gas stoves for heating were overturned and thrown on heaps of scattered papers, discarded books, broken diskettes and discs and smashed windowpanes.
In the department for the encouragement of children's art, the soldiers had dirtied all the walls with gouache paints they found there and destroyed the children's paintings that hung there.
In every room of the various departments - literature, film, culture for children and youth books, discs, pamphlets and documents were piled up, soiled with urine and excrement.
There are two toilets on every floor, but the soldiers urinated and defecated everywhere else in the building, in several rooms of which they had lived for about a month. They did their business on the floors, in emptied flowerpots, even in drawers they had pulled out of desks.
They defecated into plastic bags, and these were scattered in several places. Some of them had burst. Someone even managed to defecate into a photocopier.
The soldiers urinated into empty mineral water bottles. These were scattered by the dozen in all the rooms of the building, in cardboard boxes, among the piles of rubbish and rubble, on desks, under desks, next to the furniture the solders had smashed, among the children's books that had been thrown down.
Some of the bottles had opened and the yellow liquid had spilled and left its stain. It was especially difficult to enter two floors of the building because of the pungent stench of feces and urine. Soiled toilet paper was also scattered everywhere.
In some of the rooms, not far from the heaps of feces and the toilet paper, remains of rotting food were scattered. In one corner, in the room in which someone had defecated into a drawer, full cartons of fruits and vegetables had been left behind. The toilets were left overflowing with bottles filled with urine, feces and toilet paper.
Relative to other places, the soldiers did not leave behind them many sayings scrawled on the walls.
Here and there was the candelabrum symbols of Israel, stars of David, praises for the Jerusalem Betar soccer team.
Someone had forgotten to take his dog tag with him. His name is recorded in the newspaper's editorial offices.
Now the Palestinian Ministry of Culture is considering leaving the building the way it is. A memorial.
There is a Solution to This Filthy War - Foreign Occupation http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0508-04.htm
02 May-08 May 2002
If you count yourself among the cell-phone-hating masses (and doesn't almost everyone at least claim to, even if owning one on the sly?), here's more fuel for your fire: Within three years, Americans alone will discard about 130 million cellular telephones annually, generating 65,000 tons of toxic trash, according to a recent report. On average, cell-phone-owning Americans (135 million of them and counting) hang on to their hi-tech toys for 18 months before tossing them in the garbage, according to Inform, the environmental organization that released the report. Into the garbage with them (and from there into the landfill) goes an entire alphabet soup of toxins, from arsenic to zinc, that have been associated with cancer and neurological problems, especially in children. The report urges the cell phone industry to expand "take-back" programs so phones and batteries can be recycled, as well as to standardize technical and design features so users don't have to throw their phones away when they switch services.
CNN.com, Associated Press, 08 May 2002
Death calling -- is your cell phone killing you? -- and other gems from assorted magazines in our Best of the Rest section
ENRON'S END RUN
Here's another victim of Enron: the Chiquitano Dry Tropical Forest, one of the two most valuable forests in Latin America and one of the 200 most endangered eco-regions in the world, according to the World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund, respectively. The forest was the largest remaining undeveloped land of its kind in South America -- until Enron built a 390-mile natural gas pipeline directly through it. Perhaps even more horrifying, the project was given the go-ahead and $200 million by a U.S. agency, Overseas Private Investment Corp., that is charged with protecting sensitive forest areas. Enron needed OPIC's backing because no commercial bank would finance the project; OPIC needed Enron because of a congressional battle to eliminate the agency. Enron successfully lobbied against the elimination, and OPIC backed the pipeline project even though one of its environmental reviewers is said to have exclaimed that there was "no way in hell" it should be funded.
Washington Post, James V. Grimaldi, 06 May 2002
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