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January 18, 2004
The Days of Infamy Series #6: Coronation of The Corporate Oligarch & MORE!
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Worthy of Your Attention
Russell Hoffman's website decrying nuclear technology madness
Sleeper Cells in our Midst (Hilarious, most telling cartoon)
1. Thursday, January 20 - Not One Damn Dime Day
2. The Normalization of Horror
3. Why the Sun seems to be 'dimming'
4. Planet Under Pressure
5. Washington Post Reports on Fred Burks' Resignation from State Department
6. Letter From Ground Zero - Something Strange
7. Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?
8. Opening Statement of Senator Barbara Boxer Confirmation Hearing of Condoleezza Rice
9. Caduceus - Democracy Betrayed
10. ALTERNATIVE THINKERS UNITE!
11. Palestinian Elections -- Analysis from ADL
12. Pictures paint a thousand words of hatred
13. New and Novel "weapons" for the Pentagon
14. Should Frank McKenna be the next Canadian ambassador to the U.S.?
LAST MINUTE ADDITION
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January 16, 2005
New, And Ominous Warnings Being Given to the Americas
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Russian Subscribers
As the world continues to reel today from a seeming to be never ending series of global chaotic events, more ominous signs of imminent cataclysmic events are continuing to occur.
Reports have been received today that another warning sign from the whales has now been delivered to the doorsteps of the Americas with the beaching of a large pod of "at least 17" whales in the North Carolina Region of the United States. Another media report says about this event, "More than 30 pilot whales beached themselves on the coast early Saturday, and at least 15 of them died, officials said."
Prior warnings to the Great Tsunami of 2004 were given by the whales to the peoples of the Indian Ocean region, and where in this news report we can read, "In late November a pod of 53 pilot whales beached themselves at Maria Island less than a day after 97 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins died on King Island."
Western people continue to be in much amazement with animal warnings, and especially with the news reports from the Indian Ocean region where, it is acknowledged, "Wildlife officials have found no evidence of large-scale animal mortality, instead there was evidence of life - wild and free. Along the Cuddalore coast, where thousands perished, cattle, dogs and other domestic animals survived." , as detailed in this one report titled, "Animal Instincts Can Save" from India.
Animal instincts are so linked to each other, and human beings, and to such a strong extent, that among the hundreds of reports received from the devastated regions we can see that even the elephants worked to save themselves, and also human beings, from mass death. "Agitated elephants felt the tsunami coming, and their sensitivity saved about a dozen foreign tourists from the fate of thousands killed by the giant waves." it was reported by media sources from New Zealand.
The connection to human beings also with these warnings can be seen also by independent Swiss Researcher Michael St. Clair in this report from the Australia Magazine Nexus about the 1908 Tunguska Explosion in the Siberian Region of Russia, in which it is said, "Obeying some inner sense and supporting, as it were, the pronouncements of the shamans, the wild animals began to leave. The birds flew from their nesting grounds, the swans left the lakes and the fish disappeared from the rivers. An immense expanse of taiga, measuring several tens of thousands of square kilometers, lost its fauna. Only those who did not believe the shamans' words remained in the danger zone."
Another serious connection between these new whale beachings in the Americas and those prior to the Great Tsunami lie in the geography of the Atlantic Ocean areas similarities to the Antarctica and Indian Ocean waters in both geologic formations and magnetic anomalous features, and as I had previous written about in my report to you, "Continuing Earth Changes Cripple American Submarine and Pose New Dangers for the American Continents", and where was written:
"More interesting in the light of these recent events are that these two events have more in common than their historically rare power in that both the Antarctica event and the Indian Ocean event are connected by their sameness in both geological and magnetic anomalous features, and as previously mapped by scientists.
One such other area on the earth is known as the Cayman Trough and is located in the Northwest Caribbean Sea.
A number of the world's top scientists in their fields have reported on this region in a report that in part says, "We review the plate tectonic evolution of the Caribbean area based on a revised model for the opening of the central North Atlantic and the South Atlantic, as well based on an updated model of the motion of the Americas relative to the Atlantic-Indian hotspot reference frame. We focus on post-83 Ma reconstructions, for which we have combined a set of new magnetic anomaly data in the central North Atlantic between the Kane and Atlantis fracture zones with existing magnetic anomaly data in the central North and South Atlantic oceans and fracture zone identifications from a dense gravity grid from satellite altimetry to compute North America-South America plate motions and their uncertainties."
Of such concern is there about these events in the West that a group of International scientific researchers are preparing for immediate experiments in the Gulf of Mexico Region. "Marine seismologists from the University of Texas Institute of Geophysics, the Geophysics Institute at Mexico's Autonomous National University and Cambridge and London universities will use underwater seismic pulses to learn more about the Chicxulub (pronounced Sheek-shoo-LOOB) Crater, a depression measuring about 120 miles in diameter and centered just outside the port of Progreso, 190 miles west of Cancun."
Occurring also today are more warnings signs from the sun with the releasing of yet another Corneal Mass Ejection towards earth from an X Class Flare, and which according to much research will have an even more continuing worsening effect upon the already chaotic weather systems. As reported by the United States Space Weather Bureau, "Although the Sun is 150 million kilometers away, the sudden expulsion of particles and gas that we see in solar flares and coronal mass ejections can have a strong effect on the Earth."
Most of the scientific research in the Western nations devoted to sun signs is centered on their economic impact to their growing networks of space satellites and electricity grids and not towards the warnings it provides to people about upcoming drastic weather changes. The interconnectedness of earth weather, the sun, the planets and our solar systems relationships with other systems in our universe are all ignored.
To ignore these relationships are the cause of much loss of human life, and as the events of the Great Tsunami have shown. For all of the West's technological abilities those who had a reliance on them for warnings have all perished. The animals and the older peoples of the earth who did not rely on the West's technology were saved.
To the Americas the warnings are being given now, but very few are listening. More is their concern for not looking foolish in listening to the many warnings they are being given. To the many of the older peoples warning them also much is the ridicule and scorn.
Not to these warnings do they heed, not even to those inside of their own souls. "To shoot always the messengers", as an old Western saying goes and to the silencing of their own inner soul warnings by their medicines, hypnotic television pronouncements by their leaders and much alcohol they turn to instead.
And, 'like the shades in a painting, necessary to bring out the light of the composition and the beauty and harmony of the whole', it has been said about earths great cataclysms, they know nothing about the giant brushstroke about to change the colours of their world.
34 whales dead after beaching on Outer Banks (Jan 17)
Rescuers euthanize seven animals found along 5-mile stretch
Report: U.S. Conducting Secret Missions inside Iran (16 January 2005)
WASHINGTON - The United States has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran to help identify potential nuclear, chemical and missile targets, The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday. The article, by award-winning reporter Seymour Hersh, said the secret missions have been going on at least since last summer with the goal of identifying target information for three dozen or more suspected sites. Hersh quotes one government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon as saying, "The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible." One former high-level intelligence official told The New Yorker, "This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush administration is looking at this as a huge war zone. Next, we're going to have the Iranian campaign." The White House said Iran is a concern and a threat that needs to be taken seriously. But it disputed the report by Hersh, who last year exposed the extent of prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. CLIP
'US planning strike on Iran' (January 18, 2005)
THE Bush administration is conducting secret reconnaissance missions in Iran aimed at identifying three dozen targets it suspects are linked to the Islamic state's alleged nuclear, chemical weapons and missile programs, according to the New Yorker magazine.Pulitzer prize-winning author Seymour Hersh claims there are about 13 sites suspected of nuclear development and the US might strike this year despite the heavy strain on its military in neighbouring Iraq. CLIP
Missile defence sovereignty meltdown
Remember Ronald Reagan's mad scientist program commonly called Star Wars? Well it's back, morphed and repackaged from the strategic defence initiative, now sold as ballistic missile defence Like Star Wars, this prodigy is a violation of international law, particularly the clauses that prohibit the manufacture, transport, deployment, or use of weapons of mass destruction.So why does Canada, a nation that supposedly supports international law, want to violate those same laws? Is the friendship between Canadian militarists and US military manufacturers more important? Let's not let that become the case. More likely, Canadians have become used to being bullied by a superpower.But, oh, how proud we were when Prime Minister Diefenbaker said No to the US request to send troops to Vietnam and when Jean Chrétien refused to participate in the assault on Iraq.Signing on to missile defence is not a simple act of being corralled one more time into going along with the bully. Canadian sovereignty will very likely go into meltdown. It's one thing to be occasionally forced into a "coalition of the willing," but quite another when our defence becomes infused with the history of a country that has on questionable grounds, invaded 130 other nations. Too many Canadians know too little about the history of US aggression. Nor do many of us know that the US has invaded Canada four times. Learn for yourself by reading David Orchard's book, The Fight for Canada. CLIP
Thousands of Protestors Expected for "Counter-Inaugural" (14 January 2005)
Washington - Thousands of protestors are expected to descend on Washington this week in what could be an unprecedented level of inaugural discord. Groups angry about the Iraq war, the economy, President Bush's environmental policies, and a myriad of other issues promise to put their mark on Thursday's celebration with several marches, rallies and acts of civil disobedience. One group plans to carry 1,000 coffins representing some of the soldiers who have died in Iraq and another is planning for hundreds to turn their backs on the president as he makes his way down Pennsylvania Avenue. All the groups say their events will be peaceful. Previous anti-Bush protests have led to clashes with police. During the Republican National Convention in New York last year, more than 1,700 protesters were arrested over several days. The Department of Homeland Security and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department are planning a huge security operation for the first presidential inauguration since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. CLIP
BUY THE BALLS
Inauguration funded by industry; cynics jump to conclusions.
Above we report on an interview in which President Bush said that nuclear energy answers the "environmental issue" and the "dependency issue." Turns out it also partially answers the "incredibly expensive inauguration issue." The Nuclear Energy Institute, a lobbying group, is coughing up $100,000 for the lavish $40 million-plus affair, though that's small beans compared to the bucks being put up by a number of oil, gas, and mining companies. They join more than 100 interests (companies, trade associations, and individual executives), nearly all of which have benefited from the Bush administration's policies, contributing a collective $18 million (so far) to the spectacle, which will include fireworks, a parade, an elaborate swearing-in, and nine black-tie balls. (If it's not obvious, campaign-finance law does not apply to these gifts.) Cynics like Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington say, "They're giving the money because they want something." But hey, maybe they just have ... er, enjoy balls. Taken from GRIST MAGAZINE http://grist.org - Details at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/01/11/MNGN9AO7JG1.DTL
Y o u ' r e i n v i t e d ? (01/11/2005)
Be ready for metal detectors, personal body searches and the highest security in inauguration history. CLIP Recommended by "meriaheller" email@example.com> who wrote: "Unbelievable paranoia! Other instructions given performers include a warning not to look directly at Bush while passing the presidential reviewing stand, not to look to either side and not to make any sudden movements. When you read this article, you will realize the dictatorship we are now living under and the dictator ruining the country and planet. Not looking directly at Bush is something most of us already can't do, but for different reasons. Mr. "I love my dog" has banned pets too. Don't want Fido crapping or pissing on his leg. Where it says the Federal Government is paying - that's me and you. Paying for this lockstep adoration of the new Fuhrer. Crosses are banned by a man who speaks to God and found Jesus. Guess he doesn't want one held up to his face in the daylight! Since no mention is made of wearing black armbands (perhaps with a swastika on them) I think they would make a great "touch" to the coronation of the new King George. America is now a distant memory except to the millions of Americans who still believe it exists."
City of ghosts
On November 8, the American army launched its biggest ever assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, considered a stronghold for rebel fighters. The US said the raid had been a huge success, killing 1,200 insurgents. Most of the city's 300,000 residents, meanwhile, had fled for their lives. What really happened in the siege of Falluja? In a joint investigation for the Guardian and Channel 4 News, Iraqi doctor Ali Fadhil compiled the first independent reports from the devastated city, where he found scores of unburied corpses, rabid dogs - and a dangerously embittered population - Watch an extract from the documentary at http://guardian.co.uk/guardianfilms/fallujah
Americans talking to themselves in Fallujah (Jan 9)
(...) In an interview with BBC News, acting director of the Falluja general hospital Dr Saleh Hussein Isawi reported what he found on entering the city on Christmas Eve:I was there, inside the city - about 60% to 70% of the homes and buildings are completely crushed and damaged, and not ready to inhabit at the moment. Of the 30% still left standing, I don't think there is a single one that has not been exposed to some damage. One of my colleagues... went to see his home, and saw that it is almost completely collapsed and everything is burnt inside. When he went to his neighbours' home, he found a relative of his was dead and a dog had eaten the meat off him. I think we will see many things like this, because the US forces have cleared the dead people from the streets, but not from inside the homes. Dazed Iraqis returning to the rubble following the US onslaught are having to suffer the additional indignity of full fingerprinting and retinal scans at US military checkpoints. (...) How can the destruction of the infrastructure of a city of 300,000 inhabitants, so severe that between 60-75% of structures are demolished and utilities will take months to reconnect, possibly create any sense of peace and security for its residents? What has happened in Fallujah is a powerful example of the self-defeating insanity of the Bush Administration strategy in its "War Against Terror" a war which doesn't seem to grasp the difference in terms of international legitimacy between acts of resistance against foreign occupation and acts of terrorism against civilians. The Administration has no understanding of the most obvious fact that true peace can only come to a situation in which people are not dealing with the basics of survival, where they have homes, utilities, and a sense of security. Peace has been pushed generations back in Fallujah. CLIP
Iraqi Victim: 'U.S. Torture Worse Than Saddam' (Jan 13)
FORT HOOD, Texas - A former inmate at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison forced by U.S. guards to masturbate in public and piled onto a pyramid of naked men said on Tuesday even Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein did not do such things.The inmate testified at the court martial of reservist soldier Charles Graner, accused ringleader of guards who engaged in the abuse, which prompted outrage when pictures of the sexual humiliation were published around the world. (...) But investigations have shown many prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba also suffered abusive treatment after the government looked at ways to obtain more information in its war against terrorism. CLIP
The Scent of Fear (January 10, 2005)
The assembly line of carnage in George W. Bush's war in Iraq continues unabated. Nightmares don't last this long, so the death and destruction must be real. You know you're in serious trouble when the politicians and the military brass don't even bother suggesting that there's light at the end of the tunnel. The only thing ahead is a deep and murderous darkness. With the insurgency becoming both stronger and bolder, and the chances of conducting a legitimate election growing grimmer by the day, a genuine sense of alarm can actually be detected in the reality-resistant hierarchy of the Bush administration. CLIP
A ManMade Tsunami
Why Are There No Fundraisers For The Iraqui Dead? (...) According to the only scientific estimate attempted, Iraqi deaths since the war began number more than 100,000. The tsunami death toll is in the region of 150,000. Yet in the case of Iraq, the media seems reluctant to impress on the public the scale of the carnage.I haven't seen many TV reporters standing in the ruins of Falluja, breathlessly describing how, in 30 years of reporting, they've never seen a human tragedy on this scale. The Pope hasn't appealed for everyone to remember the Iraqi dead in their prayers, and MTV hasn't gone silent in their memory.Nor are Blair and Bush falling over each other to show they recognise the scale of the disaster in Iraq. On the contrary, they have been doing their best to conceal the numbers killed.When the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimated the figure of 100,000 killed in Iraq and published their findings in one of the world's leading scientific journals, the Lancet, Downing Street questioned their methodology, saying "the researchers used an extrapolation technique, which they considered inappropriate, rather than a detailed body count". Of course "a detailed body count" is the one thing the US military will not allow anyone to do.What is so odd is the way in which so much of the media has fallen into line, downplaying the only authoritative estimate of casualties in Iraq with the same unanimity with which they have impressed upon us the death toll of the tsunami.
The Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004
HERE IS JUST ONE TELLING EXAMPLE: 8. LOCKHEED MARTIN: Lockheed Martin remains the king among war profiteers, raking in $21.9 billion in Pentagon contracts in 2003 alone. With satellites and planes, missiles and IT systems, the company has profited from just about every phase of the war except for the reconstruction. The company's stock has tripled since 2000 to just over $60. Lockheed is helping Donald Rumsfeld's global warfare system (called the Global Information Grid), a new integrated tech-heavy system that the company promises will change transform the nature of war. In fact, the large defense conglomerate's sophistication in areas as diverse as space systems, aeronautics and information and technology will allow it to play a leading role in the development of new weapons systems for decades to come, including a planned highly-secure military Internet, a spaced-based missile defense system and next-generation warplanes such as the F-22 (currently in production) and the Joint Strike Fighter F-35. E.C. Aldridge Jr., the former undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and procurement, gave final approval to begin building the F-35 in 2001, a decision worth $200 billion to the company. Although he soon left the Pentagon to join Lockheed's board, Aldridge continues to straddle the public-private divide, Donald Rumsfeld appointed him to a blue-ribbon panel studying weapons systems. Former Lockheed lobbyists and employees include the current secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, secretary of transportation Norm Mineta (a former Lockheed vice president) and Stephen J. Hadley, Bush's proposed successor to Condoleeza Rice as his next national security advisor. Not only are Lockheed executives commonly represented on the Pentagon various advisory boards, but the company is also tied into various security think tanks, including neoconservative networks. For example, Lockheed VP Bruce Jackson (who helped draft the Republican foreign policy platform in 2000) is a key player at the neo-conservative planning bastion known as the Project for a New American Century.
Congress Passes 'Doomsday' Plan (09 January 2005) ARE THEY PLANNING FOR MILITARY DICTATORSHIP?...
Washington - With no fanfare, the U.S. House has passed a controversial doomsday provision that would allow a handful of lawmakers to run Congress if a terrorist attack or major disaster killed or incapacitated large numbers of congressmen. "I think (the new rule) is terrible in a whole host of ways - first, I think it's unconstitutional," said Norm Ornstein, a counselor to the independent Continuity of Government Commission, a bipartisan panel created to study the issue. "It's a very foolish thing to do, I believe, and the way in which it was done was more foolish." But supporters say the rule provides a stopgap measure to allow the government to continue functioning at a time of national crisis. GOP House leaders pushed the provision as part of a larger rules package that drew attention instead for its proposed ethics changes, most of which were dropped. Usually, 218 lawmakers - a majority of the 435 members of Congress - are required to conduct House business, such as passing laws or declaring war. But under the new rule, a majority of living congressmen no longer will be needed to do business under "catastrophic circumstances." Instead, a majority of the congressmen able to show up at the House would be enough to conduct business, conceivably a dozen lawmakers or less. The House speaker would announce the number after a report by the House Sergeant at Arms. Any lawmaker unable to make it to the chamber would effectively not be counted as a congressman. The circumstances include "natural disaster, attack, contagion or similar calamity rendering Representatives incapable of attending the proceedings of the House." The House could be run by a small number of lawmakers for months, because House vacancies must be filled by special elections. Governors can make temporary appointments to the Senate. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), one of few lawmakers active on the issue, argued the rule change contradicts the U.S. Constitution, which states that "a majority of each (House) shall constitute a quorum to do business. "Changing what constitutes a quorum in this way would allow less than a dozen lawmakers to declare war on another nation," Baird said.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" Named Best Picture of the Year by the American People (Jan 10)
Tsunami: Secret mass grave for tourists (5 Jan 2005)
Our correspondent discovers a burial site for 10,000 bodies near a Buddhist temple in Thailand - Bodies of children and adults share a grave in Thailand. They were buried with no ceremony - THE bodies of British and other Western tourists are being secretly buried in vast mass graves in an open field close to a busy road.Families still searching for missing relatives were not told of the decision to dispose hastily of hundreds of unidentified victims yesterday with no ceremony or memorial in a mass burial site on scrubland owned by a nearby Buddhist temple.Local Red Cross officials told The Times that they were ordered to prepare a site for 10,000 bodies, far more than the Thai Government says were killed by the tsunami, raising doubts that a true count of victims will ever be known. CLIP
A True Story About Sex, Child Abuse, Murder and Drugs, Covered up By Authorities
Conspiracy of Silence, a documentary listed for viewing in TV Guide Magazine was to be aired on the Discovery Channel, on May 3, 1994. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies. Many children suffered the indignity of wearing nothing but their underwear and a number displayed on a piece of cardboard hanging from their necks when being auctioned off to foreigners in Las Vegas, Nevada and Toronto, Canada. At the last minute before airing, unknown congressmen threatened the TV Cable industry with restrictive legislation if this documentary was aired. Almost immediately, the rights to the documentary were purchased by unknown persons who had ordered all copies destroyed. A copy of this videotape was furnished anonymously to former Nebraska state senator and attorney John De Camp who made it available to retired F.B.I. chief, Ted L. Gunderson. While the video quality is not top grade, this tape is a blockbuster in what is revealed by the participants involved.
A reflection of our collective psychosis: Bush's sickness is our own (Jan 15)
(...) The malignant egophrenia epidemic is happening right in front of us. It is self-evident for all who have eyes to see. If we don't look at what's happening,if we turn away, ignore it, and contract against it, we are lying to ourselves.Then we're colluding with and unknowingly feeding the disease. Our looking away is a form of blindness. Our looking away is a form of ignorance. Our looking away, our contraction, is itself the disease. Our resulting complacency and inaction is, in fact, an expression of our lack of compassion. To quote Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. "One who passively accepts evil [allowing it to happen]is as much involved in it as the one who perpetrates it." CLIP
Bush, Rumsfeld, Blair, Straw entry banned to Church of Nativity
Editor's Note:The US News media has not reported this story. Spread the word to Church parishes in the US and around the World. Unseat the War criminals. BETHLEHEM, April 01 (Online): The Church of Nativity, widely believed to be the birth-place of Jesus Christ, decided to ban entry each of the US President George Bush, his Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign Secretary Jack Straw the privilege of visiting this sacred place, which is one of the holiest Christian shrines. The move came in protest of "the aggressive war these leaders have waged against Iraq," top Clergy of the church said.The Church Parishioner Father Panaritius made the decision public at a massive protest demonstration organized by Orthodox institutions in front of the Church of Nativity. "They are war criminals and murderers of children. Therefore the Church of Nativity decided to ban them access into the holy shrine for ever," the parishioner said.
Peace in Sudan: Good News for People or Oil Companies? (Jan 15)
The new year brought a whisper of good news. In the first week of January, Sudanese rebels and the Khartoum government signed a pact ending one of Africa's longest wars. Since 1983, more than two million people have died, and another four million have fled their homes in fighting that pitched North against South.The agreement outlines a six-year process for the two regions to share power and equitably distribute resources. Combatants need to be disarmed and employed, and economic development, long frozen by the war, needs to be restarted. And that's where oil comes in. Sudan is an oil-rich nation with proven reserves of 635 million barrels. The ink is barely dry on the peace agreement, and oil companies are lining up to take advantage of these largely untapped reserves.If the peace agreement is a genuine first step toward development and democracy, can oil be the engine? History says no. International oil companies and Khartoum have a long record of turning oil into war. The 2003 Human Rights Watch report Sudan, Oil, and Human Rights, asserts that the Sudanese government has "used oil infrastructure to support military action, and has increased its military spending as its oil revenues have increased." Between 1998 and 2001, oil revenues went from zero to almost 42% of total government revenue. In 2001, Khartoum generated $580 million in oil revenue, 60% of which went to the military to purchase foreign weapons and establish a domestic arms industry. CLIP
Tons of heroine from Afghanistan inundate Russia (01/13/2005)
Hundreds of people die in Chechnya, although the drugs from Afghanistan kill up to 70,000 Russians every year - It is an open secret that Afghanistan is the source of drugs for the whole world. Millions of Afghanis are seriously involved in the drug trafficking business there. Poppy plantations take up to 60 thousand hectares of land. Western satellites are watching the "agricultural production" in Afghanistan from space: Afghanis supposedly produced 400 tons of heroine in 2004. A quarter of this lethal harvest - 100 tons - is meant for Russia. Heroine arrives in Russia in big Kamaz trucks. Afghan drugs pose a much bigger threat to Russia than the invasion of Chechen guerrillas, for example. Hundreds of people die in Chechnya, although the drugs from Afghanistan kill up to 70,000 Russians every year. (...) The British authorities pay Afghan peasants for turning poppy plantations into cornfields. Farmers take the money, sow grains, but continue growing poppy anyway. According to experts' estimates, poppy is 30 times more profitable than wheat and 40 times more profitable than cotton. It goes without saying that it is impossible to reform the drug-based economy within a year or so, not to mention the Afghani psychology. Talibs, for example, used to think that the export of drugs was a form of struggle with infidels. CLIP
RED AND BLUE MAKE ... GREEN?
New York announces historic power-plant agreement
This week, New York Gov. George Pataki (R) and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D), whose ambition to replace Pataki is no secret, stood amicably side by side to make a joint announcement. If that news wasn't shocking enough in itself, what the Dynamic Bipartisan Duo announced was pretty impressive too: Six New York power plants have agreed to substantially cut emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, which cause acid rain and smog. The cuts will amount to removing 2.5 million cars from New York roads, said state officials. New York-based power plants (many of which also agreed to pay substantial fines) will achieve what one utility called "regulatory certainty," state residents will endure thousands fewer asthma attacks and dozens fewer premature deaths, and, say state officials, power costs will not rise. The deal is historic, said Pataki, and "not just because I'm holding a press conference with Eliot Spitzer." Taken from GRIST MAGAZINE http://grist.org - Details at http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=322533&category=CAPITOL&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=1/12/2005
Glaciers Melting at Alarming Rate
(...) Around the world, high-altitude regions are warming and melting. Kilimanjaro's glaciers have all but disappeared. Glacier National Park's are melting so fast that federal computer models predict they'll be gone by 2030. Mark Dyurgerov, a University of Colorado glacier expert and former alpinist, calculated that the volume of the world's glaciers has dropped by about 10 percent in the past four decades. The decline is even faster in some places, he said, including the popular climbing meccas of Alaska, the Andes and the Alps. CLIP
Thursday, January 20 - Not One Damn Dime Day
Location: Anywhere, AnyCity, AW
On Not One Damn Dime Day those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During Not One Damn Dime Day please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases in person or online or by credit card. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.
It doesn't really matter that everyone will be out spending what they didn't the next day - a point or two will have been made. Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20, 2005 is Not One Damn Dime Day in America.
On Not One Damn Dime Day, please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut down the retail economy. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it. Not One Damn Dime Day is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into the coffers of U.S. politicians.
Not One Damn Dime Day is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now more than 1,200 brave young Americans and some estimated 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan - a way to come home.
There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left- or right-wing agenda to rant about. On Not One Damn Dime Day you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed. For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.
HORRIFIC! AND THAT'S CERTAINLY JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG!
The Normalization of Horror
By Ted Rall
2 January 2004
American gulags become permanent.
New York - A new documentary, "Hitler's Hit Parade," runs 76 minutes without narration. Comprised entirely of archival footage, the film prompts its reviewers to remark upon Hannah Arendt's famous observation about the banality of evil. German troops subjugated Europe and shoved millions of people into ovens; German civilians went to the movies, attended concerts, and gossiped about their neighbors. People lived mundane, normal lives while their government carried out unspeakable monstrosities.
As Congress prepared to rubberstamp the nomination of torture aficionado Alberto Gonzales as the nation's chief prosecutor, the Washington Post broke news that would have torn a saner nation apart. The Bush Administration, the paper reported January 2, is no longer planning to keep hundreds of Muslim prisoners currently rotting away in U.S. concentration camps at Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and Bagram merely "indefinitely." The Defense Department and CIA are now planning "a more permanent approach for potentially lifetime detentions" for these innocents.
We're locking them up forever. Without due process.
Before gangsters like Alberto Gonzales seduced us into abandoning our values, a person was considered innocent before being proven guilty. Now we're locking people away because "the government does not have enough evidence to charge [them] in courts." And everyone, including Democrats, is OK with this.
Untold thousands of people are being held without charges, tortured and occasionally murdered in the system of gulags hastily strung together by the CIA, FBI, INS and Pentagon. According to the government itself, only a few dozen are former Al Qaeda officials. Most of these postmodern miserables were farmers, truck drivers, grunt militiamen and political enemies sold into bondage by Afghan warlords and similarly trustworthy souls for cash bounties on a no questions asked basis. We know they have no ties to terrorism, but they've already spent years getting beaten up. Releasing them would serve as a tacit admission that we were wrong to describe them as - in Dick Cheney's words - "the worst of the worst." They would sue our government, and eventually win. Worst of all, they have unpleasant tales to tell about systemic sodomy and countless other forms of horrific taxpayer-funded abuse. We can never let them out.
Bush plans to divide U.S. concentration camp victims into two groups. One set of "lifers" will end up in U.S.-run stalags like Gitmo's new Camp 6, built to hold 200 "detainees who are unlikely to ever go through a military tribunal for lack of evidence, according to defense officials." But not to worry: Camp 6 would "allow socializing among inmates."
Others captured in the "war on terrorism" will be outsourced "to third countries willing to hold them indefinitely and without proceedings" in foreign-run gulags that pledge to make victims available for torture by American interrogators. This practice, some claim, is "an effective method of disrupting terrorist cells and persuading detainees to reveal information."
"The threat of sending someone to one of these countries [where they are likely to be tortured] is very important," said Rohan Gunaratna, author of "Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror."
But the so-called "ticking time bomb" rationale for torture is patently fallacious. We've heard the scenario repeatedly: wouldn't it be worth torturing someone who knew the location of a nuclear bomb that was about to destroy Manhattan? The short answer, to a moral person, is obviously no. Moreover, its logic is ludicrous.
Suppose we had captured Osama bin Laden on 9/10 and immediately gone to work on him with our Alberto Gonzales-approved psychotropic drugs and our Alberto Gonzales-approved "waterboard" dunking technique. It wouldn't take long for Osama's pals to notice that he'd failed to show up at the Terrorcave. They'd assume that we had him and were torturing him. They'd assume that he'd tell us everything he knew. So they'd delay 9/11 to 10/11 or 11/12 or 9/11/02. Or go to Plan B. Or develop a Plan C. No one in an underground organization, not even its top leader, is indispensable. Arrests are inconvenient, not debilitating.
The information a person possesses at the moment of his capture ages like a ripe cheese in hot sun. Even if what he told you at the beginning was true, anything you'd get out of him days and weeks and months and years later would be completely worthless.
Wait a minute.
Look at what we're talking about. Consider the breezy way we Americans - Americans! - are debating the pros and cons of torture. Marvel at our moral bankruptcy. The liberal argument against torture used to be that it was wrong. Now it's that it doesn't work.
Read any good books lately?
A Global Gulag to Hide the War on Terror's Dirty Secrets (14 January 2005)
Bush is now thinking of building jails abroad to hold suspects for life. The promise of imminent release for four British detainees held at the notorious U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay is obviously welcome, but it is only a tiny exception in the surge of bad news from the Bush team on the human rights front. The first few days of the new year have produced two shocking exposures already. One is the revelation that the administration sees the U.S. not just as a self-appointed global policeman, but also as the world's prison warder. It is thinking of building jails in foreign countries, mainly ones with grim human rights records, to which it can secretly transfer detainees (unconvicted by any court) for the rest of their lives - a kind of global gulag beyond the scrutiny of the International Committee of the Red Cross, or any other independent observers or lawyers. The other horror is the light shone on the views of Alberto Gonzales, the White House nominee to be the chief law officer, the attorney general. At his Senate confirmation hearings last week he was revealed to be a man who not only refuses to rule out torture under any circumstances but also, in his capacity as White House counsel over the past few years, chaired several meetings at which specific interrogation techniques were discussed. As Edward Kennedy pointed out, and Gonzales did not deny, they included the threat of burial alive and water-boarding, under which the detainee is strapped to a board, forcibly pushed under water, wrapped in a wet towel, and made to believe he could drown. Since its establishment after 9/11, the U.S. camp for foreigners at Guantánamo Bay has become a beacon of unfreedom, a kind of grisly competitor to the Statue of Liberty in the shopfront of authentic American images. The trickle of releases of prisoners from its cages has brought direct testimony of the horrors which go on there. So it is no wonder that the Bush administration would like to find less visible places to hold prisoners, and keep them there for ever so that they cannot tell the world. CLIP
First They Came For The Terrorists... by Thom Hartmann (January 10, 2005)
The Gonzales confirmation is not just about the torture memos. It's much bigger than that. If Bush continues to roll back human and civil rights - and the installation of Alberto Gonzalez as America's chief law enforcement officer is very much a part of his campaign to do so - we may be facing a "Pastor Niemöller moment" sooner than most of us could have imagined. Tuesday, January 10, 2005, is the third anniversary of the opening of America's first concentration camp since Japanese Americans were shamefully interred during WWII. Since the first Guantanamo camp was opened, the Bush administration has built additional concentration camps - the latest known as Camp Five - in Cuba, and is asking Congress for $29 million to build concentration Camp Six. These concentration camps detain uncharged, untried, unconvicted individuals, who may be held for the rest of their lives because, as the UK's Guardian newspaper noted on January 5th of this year, the Bush administration "lacks proof" that they are either criminals or POWs.This is one of the more visible parts of a much larger campaign the Bush administration has embarked on to reverse not only 229 years of the American rule of law regarding the rights of average citizens, but nearly eight centuries of human rights that go back to an epic moment in 1215 on a meadow by the River Thames. CLIP
Gonzales' Unbelievable Argument (January 14, 2005)
The attorney general nominee claims he and then Texas Gov. Bush held "rolling" discussions before executions were approved. He's almost certainly not telling the truth. (...) The written record on executions under Bush is both vast and meticulously cataloged by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and it suggests just how implausible this claim really is. Records provided by the archives make it shockingly clear that in not one case did Gonzales send Bush a clemency petition, the one document that would have laid out the most forceful argument on behalf of an individual condemned to death. We also know from the archives' own review of the files left behind by Gonzales and his staff that for nearly every inmate executed under Bush, there was voluminous correspondence that never made it to Bush's desk - correspondence from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, district attorneys, local law enforcement officials, inmates, attorneys for the condemned, and family and friends of victims.
The Washington Post | Gonzales "Does Not Deserve to Be Confirmed"
AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE BELOW, I REALIZED THAT MOST OTHER CONCERNS PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE FOLLOWING SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY...
13 January, 2005
Why the Sun seems to be 'dimming'
By David Sington
Scientists have been studying solar measurements for decades. We are all seeing rather less of the Sun, according to scientists who have been looking at five decades of sunlight measurements. They have reached the disturbing conclusion that the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth's surface has been gradually falling.
Paradoxically, the decline in sunlight may mean that global warming is a far greater threat to society than previously thought. The effect was first spotted by Gerry Stanhill, an English scientist working in Israel.
Comparing Israeli sunlight records from the 1950s with current ones, Dr Stanhill was astonished to find a large fall in solar radiation.
"There was a staggering 22% drop in the sunlight, and that really amazed me." Intrigued, he searched records from all around the world, and found the same story almost everywhere he looked. Sunlight was falling by 10% over the USA, nearly 30% in parts of the former Soviet Union, and even by 16% in parts of the British Isles.
Although the effect varied greatly from place to place, overall the decline amounted to one to two per cent globally every decade between the 1950s and the 1990s. Dr Stanhill called it "global dimming", but his research, published in 2001, met a sceptical response from other scientists.
It was only recently, when his conclusions were confirmed by Australian scientists using a completely different method to estimate solar radiation, that climate scientists at last woke up to the reality of global dimming.
Dimming appears to be caused by air pollution.
Burning coal, oil and wood, whether in cars, power stations or cooking fires, produces not only invisible carbon dioxide - the principal greenhouse gas responsible for global warming - but also tiny airborne particles of soot, ash, sulphur compounds and other pollutants.
This visible air pollution reflects sunlight back into space, preventing it reaching the surface. But the pollution also changes the optical properties of clouds. Because the particles seed the formation of water droplets, polluted clouds contain a larger number of droplets than unpolluted clouds.
Recent research shows that this makes them more reflective than they would otherwise be, again reflecting the Sun's rays back into space. Scientists are now worried that dimming, by shielding the oceans from the full power of the Sun, may be disrupting the pattern of the world's rainfall.
There are suggestions that dimming was behind the droughts in sub-Saharan Africa which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the 1970s and 80s. There are disturbing hints the same thing may be happening today in Asia, home to half the world's population.
"My main concern is global dimming is also having a detrimental impact on the Asian monsoon," says Professor Veerhabhadran Ramanathan, professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at the University of California, San Diego. "We are talking about billions of people."
But perhaps the most alarming aspect of global dimming is that it may have led scientists to underestimate the true power of the greenhouse effect. They know how much extra energy is being trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by the extra carbon dioxide we have placed there.
What has been surprising is that this extra energy has so far resulted in a temperature rise of just 0.6 degree Celsius. This has led many scientists to conclude that the present-day climate is less sensitive to the effects of carbon dioxide than it was, say, during the ice age, when a similar rise in CO2 led to a temperature rise of six degrees Celsius.
But it now appears the warming from greenhouse gases has been offset by a strong cooling effect from dimming - in effect two of our pollutants have been cancelling each other out. This means that the climate may in fact be more sensitive to the greenhouse effect than previously thought. If so, then this is bad news, according to Dr Peter Cox, one of the world's leading climate modellers.
As things stand, CO2 levels are projected to rise strongly over coming decades, whereas there are encouraging signs that particle pollution is at last being brought under control. "We're going to be in a situation unless we act where the cooling pollutant is dropping off while the warming pollutant is going up. "That means we'll get reducing cooling and increased heating at the same time and that's a problem for us," says Dr Cox.
Even the most pessimistic forecasts of global warming may now have to be drastically revised upwards. That means a temperature rise of 10 degrees Celsius by 2100 could be on the cards, giving the UK a climate like that of North Africa, and rendering many parts of the world uninhabitable.
That is unless we act urgently to curb our emissions of greenhouse gases.
NOW FACTOR THIS IN...
Planet Under Pressure
Planet under pressure is a six-part BBC News Online series looking at some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the human race today.
We are a successful breed. Our advance from our hominid origins has brought us near-dominance of the world, and a rapidly accelerating understanding of it. Scientists now say we are in a new stage of the Earth's history, the Anthropocene Epoch, when we ourselves have become the globe's principal force.
But several eminent scientists are concerned that we have become too successful - that the unprecedented human pressure on the Earth's ecosystems threatens our future as a species. We confront problems more intractable than any previous generation, some of them at the moment apparently insoluble.
BBC News Online's Planet under Pressure series takes a detailed look at six areas where most experts agree that a crisis is brewing:
* Food: An estimated 1 in 6 people suffer from hunger and malnutrition while attempts to grow food are damaging swathes of productive land.
* Water: By 2025, two-thirds of the world's people are likely to be living in areas of acute water stress.
* Energy: Oil production could peak and supplies start to decline by 2010
* Climate change: The world's greatest environmental challenge, according to the UK prime minister Tony Blair, with increased storms, floods, drought and species losses predicted.
* Biodiversity: Many scientists think the Earth is now entering its sixth great extinction phase.
* Pollution: Hazardous chemicals are now found in the bodies of all new-born babies, and an estimated one in four people worldwide are exposed to unhealthy concentrations of air pollutants.
All six problems are linked and urgent, so a list of priorities is little help.
It is pointless to preserve species and habitats, for example, if climate change will destroy them anyway, or to develop novel crops if the water they need is not there.
And underlying all these pressures is a seventh - human population. There are already more than six billion of us, and on present trends the UN says we shall probably number about 8.9 billion by 2050.
Population growth means something else, too: although the proportion of people living in poverty is continuing to fall, the absolute number goes on rising, because fecundity outstrips our efforts to improve their lives.
Poverty matters because it leaves many people no choice but to exploit the environment, and it fuels frustration. Above all, it condemns them to stunted lives and early deaths - both avoidable.
Planet under pressure is more about questions than answers. What sort of lifestyle can the Earth sustain?
How many of us can live at northern consumption levels, and what level should everyone else be expected to settle for? How can we expect poor people to respect the environment when they need to use it to survive?
Are eco-friendly lives a luxury for the rich or a necessity for everyone? And how can we act when sizeable and sincere parts of society say we are already overcoming the problems, not being overwhelmed by them?
As many see it, we are not doing too badly. More people are living healthier and longer lives. For increasing numbers, the future offers living standards undreamt of even a generation ago. But we do have to think through the implications of our success and to realise its weaknesses.
Living within the planet's means need not condemn us to giving up what we now assume we need for a full life, just to sharing it. The challenge we face is not about feeling guilty for our consumption or virtuous for being "green" - it is about the growing recognition that, as the human race, we stand or fall together.
Ingenuity and technology continue to offer hope of a better world. But they can promise only so much. You do not need ingenuity and technology to save the roughly 30,000 under-fives who die daily from hunger or easily preventable diseases.
And facing up to the planet's pressure points is about their survival, and ours.
HERE IS AN EMAIL FROM FRED BURKS THAT I INITIALLY INTENDED TO PASS ALONG TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THE SO-CALLED GERMAN GUY "REVELATIONS" MADE BEFORE CHRISTMAS PERTAINING TO A POSSIBLE FAKED TERRORIST NUCLEAR ATTACK AGAINST HOUSTON LAST DECEMBER 27, AS MENTIONED IN THE LAST ITEM OF A RECENT COMPILATION. BUT FIRST HERE IS SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING THAT CONCERNS THE WEBSITE WHERE THIS DIS??INFORMATION WAS FIRST POSTED
Date:12 Jan 2005
Subject: Re: The Writing on the Wall Series #35: A Tsunami of News & Info
From: "Diamond" email withheld by request>
A quick note in reference to german guy. I was one of the forum members at Godlikeproductions when he started posting the info you included in this last batch of articles. I want to say that shortly after he began posting, glp was bought-out (under very mysterious circumstances) and now has a new owner with a dubious reputation who proceeded to ban 100's of it's long time members. In addition, visitors to the site are now infected with spyware that many former faithful members of the forum had great difficulty removing.
I thought it was my duty to inform you and your readers of this interesting side note and to say that the former glp is now at
Thank you so much for your wonderful articles and happy new year
NOTE FROM JEAN: I then asked Diamond what was his understanding of this whole thing? Disinformation of genuine? A distraction of a ploy to discredit the Internet as a source of Intel on the Hidden Hand activities? What are - in a nutshell - the views of others in his forum on all this? Here is what he replied:
Information posted on GLP (or any forum for that matter) must be taken with a grain of salt and discernment is a necessary skill one must learn to develop. Given that, the info GG passed on was most interesting and I believe was directed to more than just the readers of that forum. I really can't say what his intentions were but, if it was to inform the public of Paul Wofowitz's activities, and to introduce the the concept of The Library, I think he was
successful (see link). The people who operate within this world (intel) are masters at spreading (dis)info cloaked in an agenda which is what he was doing; just what his agenda is or was has yet to be determined. For the complete text and a very good analysis by someone known as Ears (who some posters believe is GG himself) here is the link:
AFTER REVIEWING THIS LETTER ABOVE MARK GRAFFIS MADE THE FOLLOWING COMMENT:
"Something I didn't say when passing on the info that 'Voice of the White House' implied German guy was one of those working for Rove (and only by way of alluding to bomb threats) is that whoever's been reporting in since his prediction of the smallpox outbreak as being Voice, seems to be another person altogether. Either that or if he's the same person, he's been cut off from his sources and become totally subdued and uninformative. My guess is that 'Voice', or at least the current 'Voice' is the plant and that German guy was for real. What happened to GLP sure sounds like retribution for it's having been the source of GG's information.
From: "Fred Burks" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Washington Post Reports on Fred Burks' Resignation from State Department
Date: 30 Dec 2004
This message is available on the Internet at http://www.WantToKnow.info/fredburksresigns
First, for those interested in contributing online to relieve suffering from the massive death and destruction caused by the recent earthquake and tidal wave, I personally know key people involved with the Nonviolent Peaceforce and Sri Lankan based Sarvodaya. I fully trust that all money sent to the link below will be used as wisely as possible by these organizations to alleviate suffering. I encourage each of us to be aware of the massive needs of those who have lost family, friends, and homes in this huge disaster and consider providing support through a contribution.
My Resignation. Many of you know from an earlier email that after working for 18 years as a language interpreter with the U.S. Department of State, I resigned last month because of a requirement to sign a new agreement which requires excessive secrecy. For those who don't know, I have served as an interpreter in the Indonesian language for Bush, Clinton, Gore, Cheney, Powell, Albright, and numerous other top officials over the years in my work with the State Department. The new secrecy clause of the contract I refused to sign states that interpreters "shall not communicate to any person or organization any information known to them by reason of their performance of services that has not been made public," unless written approval is obtained from our superiors. And this applies for the rest of our lives.
This means that if my itinerary has not been made public, I can't even tell my friends and family in what city and hotel I'm staying while I'm away working. It means that if someone tells me a good joke while I'm working, I can never tell it to anyone unless it somehow is made public. It means that if I have heart-warming, inspiring experiences with my visitors (which I've had many), I would not be able to share them without written approval from my superiors. I certainly understand the need for some secrecy, but this level of secrecy is ridiculous. This new contract sadly reflects the rampant secrecy which only seems to be growing over recent years in government.
Realizing that my resignation might be of interest to the media, I sent out an email to my press contacts, and in fact received some good coverage. You can read an article in the Washington Post at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49449-2004Dec8.html (free subscription required) or http://www.wanttoknow.info/fredburksresignspost (no subscription required)
For an article in the Oakland Tribune:
If you are interested in reading some of the fascinating, revealing stories from my high-level interpreting, you can read a three-page summary I've complied at: http://www.wanttoknow.info/fredburksinterpretingstories
And for a short, inspiring story of the many little miracles that led me to interpret for presidents: http://www.gcforall.org/inspirations0111#interpreter
Though I am sad to leave this fascinating, enjoyable work, I am now free to focus even more of my time and energy on my deep commitment to personal and global transformation through love and empowerment. All four of the websites I founded and coordinate (see bottom of email) and these emails are manifestations of this deep commitment.
Matrix Realizations. Along the lines of personal and global transformation, I'd like to share with you a realization I had recently about the movie "The Matrix." For those who haven't seen it, this thought-provoking movie depicts a future where the entire population of the Earth has become hooked up to a gigantic supercomputer called the Matrix. While everyone's bodies are in reality held in pods still and unmoving, enslaved by this master computer which feeds upon their energy, their brains are busy experiencing what is perceived to be a completely normal life. Their minds are responding to and living out a highly sophisticated computer program run and controlled by the Matrix. A few brave people in the move take the "red pill" and manage to escape this computer-generated reality to do battle with this all-powerful machine. Below is something that recently came to me about this movie while I was on a beautiful run up in the Berkeley hills.
Transforming the Matrix
You remember the movie "The Matrix"?
Well, guess what. We do live in the Matrix.
It is a matrix constructed of our own fears,
both individual and collective.
Acknowledging and exploring the roots of the matrix,
the roots of the fears inside of ourselves,
frees us from this controlling matrix
and allows us to more consciously create our reality.
By opening to acceptance and understanding of all parts of ourselves,
both the fear and the love, the light and the dark,
we can transform the matrix;
we can transform our fears
into a web of interconnection made of our love,
both individual and collective.
By choosing to recognize fear as an invitation to growth,
We can transform the Matrix into a Web of Love - http://www.weboflove.org
An Email with Fascinating Intelligence Information. Along the lines of this matrix and the potential for transformation, I recently received an email confirming something I had suspected for quite a while. As background, I know that in every organization around the world, there are both those who are focused on helping others and doing what's best for all, and those who are focused on serving their own needs and desires, often at the expense of others. We all have these two tendencies within us. Whether we fall more on the self-serving or the service to others portion of this spectrum is largely a matter of where we choose to focus our attention and intention.
In my research of the major cover-ups going on in the world, I've found that intelligence agencies around the world play a decisive role in political and economic developments through their secret manipulations and a wide variety of clandestine operations. As in any organization, some of the agents in these intelligence agencies are acting largely out of selfish or deluded motives, while others are truly doing what they believe to be best for their respective countries.
Over many decades, the self-serving intelligence agents have often succeeded in manipulating the unsuspecting public into unnecessary wars and a variety of other activities that benefit the power elite at the expense of those below them in the power hierarchy. Yet other intelligence agents who are deeply committed to serving their respective countries have witnessed these self-serving manipulations by their colleagues over the years and have done what they could to prevent them.
If the email I recently received is correct, a small, but powerful group of influential intelligence agents in service of the greater good from around the world long ago formed a group called the Library. Over many decades, members of the Library have collected and archived key information on all of the secret manipulations committed by the self-serving group and the resulting effects on global politics and economics. When the self-serving group occasionally gets out of control, Library members leak certain information to the appropriate sources to prevent some really ugly things from happening.
The email I received relayed information from someone calling himself "the German guy," who claimed to be a member of the Library. His communication was designed to prevent a purported major attack on Dec. 27th. I chose not to send this email out before the 27th, as the information was not from a reliable source, and I didn't want to induce fear. I was also fairly certain that the attack he mentioned would be averted, as I know his information got into the hands of the people who could do something about it. Even so, the information this gentleman provided in his communications about the Library and intelligence services was most revealing, and even inspiring. Though I know of no way to verify this information, for those interested in these kinds of things, you may find the link below to be most interesting and inspiring.
http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=2601 - six pages of communications from "The German Guy"
For those who might want more, contact me and I can email you a summary of all 25 pages or so of his communications which I can no longer find on the Internet.
A Speculative Interview. And for those who are interested in my own speculation regarding what is going on in the world in the big picture, I was interviewed for almost an hour on this topic by a friend, Al, who is a radio DJ on an independent radio station in San Diego. The interview is available for free listening at the link below. The file requires the Windows Media Player and may take a while to download. The first 23 minutes is music. Once the download has progressed enough, you can use the cursor on the bottom left to fast forward to the start of the interview at 23:30.
Thanks for your continued interest in what is going on in the world and in working together to build a brighter future. As we continue to open ourselves to personal and global transformation, I have no doubt that we can and will build a better world together. I wish you a most meaningful, inspiring new year ahead.
With much love and joy,
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Letter From Ground Zero - Something Strange
by Jonathan Schell
As I followed the initial coverage of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, I was reminded of a time in the early1980s when I spent some months researching the effects of a nuclear war-- the thermal pulses from the detonations, the bursts of radiation, the blast waves spreading out from ground zero, the immediate local fallout and the delayed stratospheric fallout. Of course, my research was into a merely possible event--humanity's only actual experience of nuclear blasts having been the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki--whereas the news from the Indian Ocean was actual.
Still, the similarities were striking. As would happen in a nuclear war, villages and small cities were scoured from the face of the earth. "Before" and "after" satellite photographs showed the erasure even of geographic features of the landscape. Islands sank. New harbors formed. Towns were lakes. Like photographs of bombing damage, the before photos showed the fine articulation of human cultivation and dwelling--in this case, a salad of greenery laced with lines of red tile roofs and roads--and the after pictures were a smear of browns. As in nuclear war, the sweep of destruction was immense, involving a dozen countries, some as far away as East Africa. As in nuclear war, the ground was carpeted with corpses. Like the fires set by nuclear war, the flooding waters tore friends and families apart, leaving some to die while others saved themselves. As in nuclear war, it was not just immense numbers of individual lives that had been swept away; it was also the support systems of human life--transportation, fresh water, power, medical services. And so many of the injured who might otherwise have survived could not be cared for, and died. As in nuclear war, the many tales of individual survival both brought the experience to life and yet at the same time seemed to falsify it. For at its heart were the tens of thousands who had perished and could tell nothing.
Yet while a nuclear war would be man-made, the tsunami was nature's work. "There is something strange happening with the sea," someone called out to Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, who was vacationing in Sri Lanka and saw the sea suddenly rise. Just as strange, it then withdrew with a sucking sound, leaving a wide stretch of the seabed bare, the fish gasping. And then it rushed back in again. A man in Indonesia said, "The water separated, and then it attacked." A Kenyan man said, "It was like seeing the sun setting in the east. The tide was crazy. The water wasn't following the rules." Something strange happened with the land, too, when the earthquake that caused the tsunami struck. And soon even the sky seemed to be acting strange. "It was like Armageddon," said Zukarnaen Buyung, a Sumatran construction worker. "We didn't know it was a wave. We thought it was some kind of rain. Everything behind us was black. The sky, the water." All of nature--water, land and sky--was breaking the rules, and attacking.
Few disasters have come as greater surprises than this one, and part of that surprise was its origin in nature rather than man. Perhaps that's one reason George W. Bush and Tony Blair, shuttered in the closed universe of the man-made "war" on man-made terror, were so slow to awaken to the dimensions of the catastrophe. (Both leaders remained on vacation for more than a week after the event.) They seemed unable to conceive of a tragedy that was both irrelevant to their crusade and hugely exceeded it in scale and human importance. But in truth, most people around the world seemed disoriented by nature's shock. The human capacity for mass destruction has been so highly developed in our time that we seem, without quite realizing it, almost to have claimed title to the art, as if to say, "Wait, how can nature do this? Isn't killing hundreds of thousands of people our business?"
Certainly, the response was slow, both locally and internationally. The original American offer of $15 million was a disgrace to the country. Even to mention such a figure in the face of such suffering was a mockery. The word "stingy," used by UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, is one of the kindest that might be applied. Of course, as Egeland soon pointed out, he had not explicitly singled out the US response to the tsunami for criticism; he had spoken more generally of the miserly contributions in recent years from all rich nations--which nowhere reach even 1 percent of GDP--to international humanitarian aid. (In this company, the United States is a veritable Scrooge, giving about 0.15 percent of GDP.) But coming the same day as Bush's $15 million commitment (a third of the sum that a businessman has just paid to buy a large house in Wainscott, Long Island, and less than last year's year-end bonus for the president of Goldman Sachs), it was inevitable that the criticism would be taken as it was. The US commitment has now risen to a more respectable $350 million and is likely to rise further. Misinterpretations don't usually lead to good results, yet this one has.
But the literal meaning of Egeland's criticism was as important a message as the salutary misreading. In his exact words, "We were more generous when we were less rich, many of the rich countries, and it is beyond me why we are so stingy, really.... Even Christmastime should remind many Western countries, at least, how rich we have become." He was referring to the historical fact that in the past few decades the richer the rich have become, the less they have given in aid. Why, we might ask, is there, alongside armed forces in almost every country, no established international rescue army--no well-funded international force fully equipped with emergency gear ready to give prompt aid in any large-scale catastrophe? Initial funding might be $100 billion--a mere 10 percent of the trillion or so the world spends annually on arms. Why, when human need is the greatest, should the human response always be left to improvisation? There is no reason to think that nature had any lesson in mind, whether about the world's bloated, multiplying nuclear arsenals or anything else, when it shoved one tectonic plate beneath another, causing the earthquake that caused the tsunami. But we are free to draw a lesson: Leave mass destruction to nature. Our job should be to protect and preserve life.
Jonathan Schell, The Nation's peace and disarmament correspondent, is the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute and the author of The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (Metropolitan) and A Hole in the World, a compilation of his "Letter From Ground Zero" columns, which has just been published by Nation Books.
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Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?
Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2005
Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist?
To even raise the question amid all the officially inspired hysteria is heretical, especially in the context of the U.S. media's supine acceptance of administration claims relating to national security. Yet a brilliant new BBC film produced by one of Britain's leading documentary filmmakers systematically challenges this and many other accepted articles of faith in the so-called war on terror.
"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear," a three-hour historical film by Adam Curtis recently aired by the British Broadcasting Corp., argues coherently that much of what we have been told about the threat of international terrorism "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services and the international media."
Stern stuff, indeed. But consider just a few of the many questions the program poses along the way:
- If Osama bin Laden does, in fact, head a vast international terrorist organization with trained operatives in more than 40 countries, as claimed by Bush, why, despite torture of prisoners, has this administration failed to produce hard evidence of it?
- How can it be that in Britain since 9/11, 664 people have been detained on suspicion of terrorism but only 17 have been found guilty, most of them with no connection to Islamist groups and none who were proven members of Al Qaeda?
- Why have we heard so much frightening talk about "dirty bombs" when experts say it is panic rather than radioactivity that would kill people?
- Why did Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claim on "Meet the Press" in 2001 that Al Qaeda controlled massive high-tech cave complexes in Afghanistan, when British and U.S. military forces later found no such thing?
Of course, the documentary does not doubt that an embittered, well-connected and wealthy Saudi man named Osama bin Laden helped finance various affinity groups of Islamist fanatics that have engaged in terror, including the 9/11 attacks. Nor does it challenge the notion that a terrifying version of fundamentalist Islam has led to gruesome spates of violence throughout the world. But the film, both more sober and more deeply provocative than Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," directly challenges the conventional wisdom by making a powerful case that the Bush administration, led by a tight-knit cabal of Machiavellian neoconservatives, has seized upon the false image of a unified international terrorist threat to replace the expired Soviet empire in order to push a political agenda.
Terrorism is deeply threatening, but it appears to be a much more fragmented and complex phenomenon than the octopus-network image of Al Qaeda, with Bin Laden as its head, would suggest.
While the BBC documentary acknowledges that the threat of terrorism is both real and growing, it disagrees that the threat is centralized:
"There are dangerous and fanatical individuals and groups around the world who have been inspired by extreme Islamist ideas and who will use the techniques of mass terror the attacks on America and Madrid make this only too clear. But the nightmare vision of a uniquely powerful hidden organization waiting to strike our societies is an illusion. Wherever one looks for this Al Qaeda organization, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the 'sleeper cells' in America, the British and Americans are chasing a phantom enemy."
The fact is, despite the efforts of several government commissions and a vast army of investigators, we still do not have a credible narrative of a "war on terror" that is being fought in the shadows.
Consider, for example, that neither the 9/11 commission nor any court of law has been able to directly take evidence from the key post-9/11 terror detainees held by the United States. Everything we know comes from two sides that both have a great stake in exaggerating the threat posed by Al Qaeda: the terrorists themselves and the military and intelligence agencies that have a vested interest in maintaining the facade of an overwhelmingly dangerous enemy.
Such a state of national ignorance about an endless war is, as "The Power of Nightmares" makes clear, simply unacceptable in a functioning democracy.
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Opening Statement of Senator Barbara Boxer
Confirmation Hearing of Dr. Condoleezza Rice
I'd like to begin by welcoming Dr. Rice to this committee hearing.
It is my hope that today, we will have a candid discussion, Dr. Rice, because I believe it is crucial that a Secretary of State speak openly and honestly with the American people and with Congress. Frankly, this issue of candor is where my concern lies.
Since 9/11, we have been engaged in a just fight against terrorism. I voted to use force against Osama bin Laden and the terrorists in Afghanistan, and I assumed that we would focus on that challenge, not stopping until we got bin Laden, dead or alive, and broke the back of al Qaeda.
However, instead, with you in a lead role Dr. Rice, we went into Iraq. I want to read you one paragraph that best expresses my views, and the views of millions of Californians, on the impact of the Iraqi war on the war against terrorism. It was written by one of the world's experts on terrorism and foreign policy, Peter Bergen, five months ago. He wrote:
"What we have done in Iraq is what bin Laden could not have hoped for in his wildest dreams: We invaded an oil-rich Muslim nation in the heart of the Middle East, the very type of imperial adventure that bin Laden has long predicted was the United States' long-term goal in the region. We deposed the secular socialist Saddam, whom bin Laden has long despised, ignited Sunni and Shia fundamentalist fervor in Iraq, and have now provoked a "defensive" jihad that has galvanized jihad-minded Muslims around the world. It's hard to imagine a set of policies better designed to sabotage the war on terrorism."
This conclusion was reiterated last Thursday by the National Intelligence Council, the CIA Director's think tank, which released a report saying that Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of "professionalized" terrorists. NIC Chairman Robert L. Hutchings said that Iraq is "a magnet for international terrorist activity."
These quotations are significant to this hearing, Dr. Rice, because as a major proponent and spokesperson for the war in Iraq, and as someone who was asked by the President to make the case for this war to the American people, and as the person in charge of the reconstruction effort -- you have many questions to answer to the American people.
This war was sold to the American people -- as Chief of Staff to President Bush, Andy Card said -- like a "new product." You rolled out the idea and then you had to convince the people, and as you made your case, I personally believe that your loyalty to the mission you were given overwhelmed your respect for the truth.
That was a great disservice to the American people. But worse than that, our young men and women are dying. So far, 1342 American troops have been killed in Iraq. More than 25 percent of those troops were from California. More than 10,000 have been wounded.
I don't want their families to think for a minute that their lives and bodies were given in vain. Because when your commander in chief asks you to sacrifice yourself for your country, it is noble to answer the call. I am giving their families all the support that they want and need, but I will also not shrink from questioning a war that was not built on the truth.
Perhaps the most well known statement you have made was the one about Saddam Hussein launching a nuclear weapon on America, with the image of a "mushroom cloud." That image had to frighten every American into believing that Saddam Hussein was on the verge of annihilating them if he was not stopped.
I will be placing into the record a number of other such statements which have not been consistent with the facts nor the truth.
As the nominee for Secretary of State, you now must answer to the American people through the confirmation process.
I continue to stand in awe of our founders, who understood that ultimately, those of us in the highest positions of our government, must be accountable to the people we serve.
From: "Meria Heller" MeriaHeller@cox.net>
Sent: January 18, 2005
Subject: RE: Rice's confirmation hearing...
I was watching Dr. Rice's hearing before the Senate this morning to hear Sen. Boxer blast her for several items. While waiting for Sen. Boxer to speak, I learned that as of last week, with little fanfare, the Bush administration called a halt to the search for WMD in Iraq; the reason, they could not find any.....
Yesterday, while watching a documentary on the rise of Hitler, I noted one of his (Hitler's) comments made privately: "What good fortune for government that people do not think". It is my firm belief that this administration also follows this ideology. Lastly, while listening to Dr. Rice speak, she spoke of halting Iran and Syria's nuclear development. My first reaction was, "how hypocritical to think we are the only nation allowed to have nuclear capability", then the thought came, "well wouldn't we be doing Israel a great service if WE went in and destroyed Israel's largest threat".
Sen. Biden, the ranking member of the Sen. Foreign Relations Committee has already stated that he is approving her already, before the confirmation hearings are even started. He, being a Democrat, has proven the point that we, the average American's do not have a voice in Congress. Sen. Boxer has gathered at least 30,000 signatures opposing Dr. Rice as the next Sec. of State for reasons of lying to the American public at large, misrepresenting facts to get us involved in an illegal war in Iraq, a war on WMD, for which none have been found and this administration has called a halt to searching for such items. So, what did we go into Iraq for really is the $64,000 question of the day; officially that is????
As so many of my guests have explained and added to, we went for many reasons but #1 was EMPIRE.
When people say it's the oil, I tell them that's the least of the reasons. We were getting plenty of oil from Iraq BEFORE we invaded them. Now we get lots less oil from Iraq.
2. Saving the U.S. dollar vs the Euro
3. Looting Babylon and antiquities
4. Set up permanent geopolitical bases in Iraq
5. Build our friendship with Israel
6. Neo-cons PNAC
7. Religious Wrong-wing agenda
8. Privatization of all resources (American companies couldn't have cornered the market in Iraq otherwise)
9. Distraction of Bush's policies at home
I'd say this is a good starting list.
The Last Voyage of the Condoleezza Rice
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Caduceus - Democracy Betrayed
The horror of Depleted Uranium is not limited to Iraq - it may well be at our doorsteps. The information which some governments are concealing is presented here.
By James Denver
'I'm horrified. The people out there - the Iraqis, the media and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car.'
The speaker is not some alarmist doom-sayer. He is Dr Chris Busby, the British radiation expert, Fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Faculty of Medicine and UK representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk, talking about the best kept secret of this war: the fact that, by illegally using hundreds of tons of depleted uranium (DU) against Iraq, Britain and America have gravely endangered not only the Iraqis but the whole world. For these weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that - whipped up by sandstorms and carried on trade winds - there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate - including Britain. For the wind has no boundaries and time is on their side: the radioactivity persists for over 4,500,000,000 years and can cause cancer, leukaemia, brain damage, kidney failure, and extreme birth defects - killing millions of every age for centuries to come. A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time.
Yet, officially, no crime has been committed. For this story is a dirty story in which the facts have been concealed from those who needed them most. It is also a story we need to know if the people of Iraq are to get the medical care they desperately need, and if our troops, returning from Iraq, are not to suffer as terribly as the veterans of other conflicts in which depleted uranium was used.
A dirty Tyson
'Depleted' uranium is in many ways a misnomer. For 'depleted' sounds weak. The only weak thing about depleted uranium is its price. It is dirt cheap, toxic, waste from nuclear power plants and bomb production. However, uranium is one of earth's heaviest elements and DU packs a Tyson's punch, smashing through tanks, buildings and bunkers with equal ease, spontaneously catching fire as it does so, and burning people alive. 'Crispy critters' is what US servicemen call those unfortunate enough to be close. And, when John Pilger encountered children killed at a greater distance he wrote: 'The children's skin had folded back, like parchment, revealing veins and burnt flesh that seeped blood, while the eyes, intact, stared straight ahead. I vomited.' (Daily Mirror)
The millions of radioactive uranium oxide particles released when it burns can kill just as surely, but far more terribly. They can even be so tiny they pass through a gas mask, making protection against them impossible. Yet, small is not beautiful. For these invisible killers indiscriminately attack men, women, children and even babies in the womb - and do the gravest harm of all to children and unborn babies.
A terrible legacy
Doctors in Iraq have estimated that birth defects have increased by 2-6 times, and 3-12 times as many children have developed cancer and leukaemia since 1991. Moreover, a report published in The Lancet in 1998 said that as many as 500 children a day are dying from these sequels to war and sanctions and that the death rate for Iraqi children under 5 years of age increased from 23 per 1000 in 1989 to 166 per thousand in 1993. Overall, cases of lymphoblastic leukemia more than quadrupled with other cancers also increasing 'at an alarming rate'. In men, lung, bladder, bronchus, skin, and stomach cancers showed the highest increase. In women, the highest increases were in breast and bladder cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.1
On hearing that DU had been used in the Gulf in 1991, the UK Atomic Energy Authority sent the Ministry of Defence a special report on the potential damage to health and the environment. It said that it could cause half a million additional cancer deaths in Iraq over 10 years. In that war the authorities only admitted to using 320 tons of DU - although the Dutch charity LAKA estimates the true figure is closer to 800 tons. Many times that may have been spread across Iraq by this year's war. The devastating damage all this DU will do to the health and fertility of the people of Iraq now, and for generations to come, is beyond imagining.
We must also count the numberless thousands of miscarried babies. Nobody knows how many Iraqis have died in the womb since DU contaminated their world. But it is suggested that troops who were only exposed to DU for the brief period of the war were still excreting uranium in their semen 8 years later and some had 100 times the so called 'safe limit' of uranium in their urine. The lack of government interest in the plight of veterans of the 1991 war is reflected in a lack of academic research on the impact of DU but informal research has found a high incidence of birth defects in their children and that the wives of men who served in Iraq have three times more miscarriages than the wives of servicemen who did not go there.
Since DU darkened the land Iraq has seen birth defects which would break a heart of stone: babies with terribly foreshortened limbs, with their intestines outside their bodies, with huge bulging tumours where their eyes should be, or with a single eye - like Cyclops, or without eyes, or without limbs, and even without heads. Significantly, some of the defects are almost unknown outside textbooks showing the babies born near A-bomb test sites in the Pacific. Doctors report that many women no longer say 'Is it a girl or a boy?' but simply, 'Is it normal, doctor?' Moreover this terrible legacy will not end. The genes of their parents may have been damaged for ever, and the damaging DU dust is ever-present.
Blue on blue
What the governments of America and Britain have done to the people of Iraq they have also done to their own soldiers, in both wars. And they have done it knowingly. For the battlefields have been thick with DU and soldiers have had to enter areas heavily contaminated by bombing. Moreover, their bodies have not only been assaulted by DU but also by a vaccination regime which violated normal protocols, experimental vaccines, nerve agent pills, and organophosphate pesticides in their tents. Yet, though the hazards of DU were known, British and American troops were not warned of its dangers. Nor were they given thorough medical checks on their return - even though identifying it quickly might have made it possible to remove some of it from their body. Then, when a growing number became seriously ill, and should have been sent to top experts in radiation damage and neurotoxins, many were sent to a psychiatrist.
Over 200,000 US troops who returned from the 1991 war are now invalided out with ailments officially attributed to service in Iraq - that's 1 in 3. In contrast, the British government's failure to fully assess the health of returning troops, or to monitor their health, means no one even knows how many have died or become gravely ill since their return. However, Gulf veterans' associations say that, of 40,000 or so fighting fit men and women who saw active service, at least 572 have died prematurely since coming home and 5000 may be ill. An alarming number are thought to have taken their own lives, unable to bear the torment of the innumerable ailments which have combined to take away their career, their sexuality, their ability to have normal children, and even their ability to breathe or walk normally. As one veteran puts it, they are 'on DU death row, waiting to die'. Whatever other factors there may be, some of their illnesses are strikingly similar to those of Iraqis exposed to DU dust. For example, soldiers have also fathered children without eyes. And, in a group of eight servicemen whose babies lack eyes seven are known to have been directly exposed to DU dust. They too have fathered children with stunted arms, and rare abnormalities classically associated with radiation damage. They too seem prone to cancer and leukaemia. Tellingly, so are EU soldiers who served as peacekeepers in the Balkans, where DU was also used. Indeed their leukaemia rate has been so high that several EU governments have protested at the use of DU.
The vital evidence
Despite all that evidence of the harm done by DU, governments on both sides of the Atlantic have repeatedly claimed that as it emits only 'low level' radiation DU is harmless. Award winning scientist, Dr Rosalie Bertell who has led UN medical commissions, has studied 'low level' radiation for 30 years.2 She has found that uranium oxide particles have more than enough power to harm cells, and describes their pulses of radiation as hitting surrounding cells 'like flashes of lightning' again and again in a single second.2 Like many scientists worldwide who have studied this type of radiation, she has found that such 'lightning strikes' can damage DNA and cause cell mutations which lead to cancer. Moreover, these particles can be taken up by body fluids and travel through the body, damaging more than one organ. To compound all that Dr Bertell has found that this particular type of radiation can cause the body's communication systems to break down, leading to malfunctions in many vital organs of the body and to many medical problems. A striking fact, since many veterans of the first Gulf war suffer from innumerable, seemingly unrelated, ailments.
In addition, recent research by Eric Wright, Professor of Experimental Haematology at Dundee University, and others, have shown two ways in which such radiation can do far more damage than has been thought. The first is that a cell which seems unharmed by radiation can produce cells with diverse mutations several cell generations later. (And mutations are at the root of cancer and birth defects.) This 'radiation induced genomic instability' is compounded by 'the bystander effect' by which cells mutate in unison with others which have been damaged by radiation - rather as birds swoop and turn in unison. Put together, these two mechanisms can greatly increase the damage done by a single source of radiation, such as a DU particle.
Moreover, it is now clear that there are marked genetic differences in the way individuals respond to radiation - with some being far more likely to develop cancer than others. So the fact that some veterans of the first Gulf war seem relatively unharmed by their exposure to DU in no way proves that DU did not damage others.
The price of truth
That the evidence from Iraq and from our troops, and the research findings of such experts, have been ignored may be no accident. A US report, leaked in late 1995, allegedly says, 'The potential for health effects from DU exposure is real; however it must be viewed in perspective... the financial implications of long-term disability payments and healthcare costs would be excessive.'3
Clearly, with hundreds of thousands gravely ill in Iraq and at least a quarter of a million UK and US troops seriously ill, huge disability claims might be made not only against the governments of Britain and America if the harm done by DU were acknowledged. There might also be huge claims against companies making DU weapons and some of their directors are said to be extremely close to the White House. How close they are to Downing Street is a matter for speculation, but arms sales makes a considerable contribution to British trade. So the massive whitewashing of DU over the past 12 years, and the way that governments have failed to test returning troops, seemed to disbelieve them, and washed their hands of them, may be purely to save money.
The possibility that financial considerations have led the governments of Britain and America to cynically avoid taking responsibility for the harm they have done not only to the people of Iraq but to their own troops may seem outlandish. Yet DU weapons weren't used by the other side and no other explanation fits the evidence. For, in the days before Britain and America first used DU in war its hazards were no secret.4 One American study in 1990 said DU was 'linked to cancer when exposures are internal, [and to] chemical toxicity - causing kidney damage'. While another openly warned that exposure to these particles under battlefield conditions could lead to cancers of the lung and bone, kidney damage, non-malignant lung disease, neuro-cognitive disorders, chromosomal damage and birth defects.5
A culture of denial
In 1996 and 1997 UN Human Rights Tribunals condemned DU weapons for illegally breaking the Geneva Convention and classed them as 'weapons of mass destruction' 'incompatible with international humanitarian and human rights law'. Since then, following leukaemia in European peacekeeping troops in the Balkans and Afghanistan (where DU was also used), the EU has twice called for DU weapons to be banned.
Yet, far from banning DU, America and Britain stepped up their denials of the harm from this radioactive dust as more and more troops from the first Gulf war and from action and peacekeeping in the Balkan and Afghanistan have become seriously ill. This is no coincidence. In 1997, while citing experiments, by others, in which 84 percent of dogs exposed to inhaled uranium died of cancer of the lungs, Dr Asaf Durakovic, then Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington was quoted as saying, 'The [US government's] Veteran Administration asked me to lie about the risks of incorporating depleted uranium in the human body.' He concluded, 'uranium. does cause cancer, uranium does cause mutation, and uranium does kill. If we continue with the irresponsible contamination of the biosphere, and denial of the fact that human life is endangered by the deadly isotope uranium, then we are doing disservice to ourselves, disservice to the truth, disservice to God and to all generations who follow.' Not what the authorities wanted to hear and his research was suddenly blocked.
During 12 years of ever-growing British whitewash the authorities have abolished military hospitals, where there could have been specialized research on the effects of DU and where expertise in treating DU victims could have built up. And, not content with the insult of suggesting the gravely disabling symptoms of Gulf veterans are imaginary they have refused full pensions to many. For, despite all the evidence to the contrary, the current House of Commons briefing paper on DU hazards says 'it is judged that any radiation effects from.possible exposures are extremely unlikely to be a contributory factor to the illnesses currently being experienced by some Gulf war veterans.' Note how over a quarter of a million sick and dying US and UK vets are called 'some'.
The way ahead
Britain and America not only used DU in this year's Iraq war, they dramatically increased its use - from a minimum of 320 tons in the previous war to at minimum of 1500 tons in this one. And this time the use of DU wasn't limited to anti-tank weapons - as it had largely been in the previous Gulf war - but was extended to the guided missiles, large bunker busters and big 2000 pound bombs used in Iraq's cities. This means that Iraq's cities have been blanketed in lethal particles - any one of which can cause cancer or deform a child. In addition, the use of DU in huge bombs which throw the deadly particles higher and wider in huge plumes of smoke means that billions of deadly particles have been carried high into the air - again and again and again as the bombs rained down - ready to be swept worldwide by the winds.
The Royal Society has suggested the solution is massive decontamination in Iraq. That could only scratch the surface. For decontamination is hugely expensive and, though it may reduce the risks in some of the worst areas, it cannot fully remove them. For DU is too widespread on land and water. How do you clean up every nook and cranny of a city the size of Baghdad? How can they decontaminate a whole country in which microscopic particles, which cannot be detected with a normal geiger counter, are spread from border to border? And how can they clean up all the countries downwind of Iraq - and, indeed, the world?
So there are only two things we can do to mitigate this crime against humanity. The first is to provide the best possible medical care for the people of Iraq, for our returning troops and for those who served in the last Gulf war and, through that, minimize their suffering. The second is to relegate war, and the production and sale of weapons, to the scrap heap of history - along with slavery and genocide. Then, and only then, will this crime against humanity be expunged, and the tragic deaths from this war truly bring freedom to the people of Iraq, and of the world.
Read the full article in issue 60 of Caduceus...
1. The Lancet volume 351, issue 9103, 28 February 1998.
2. Rosalie Bertell's book Planet Earth the Latest Weapon of War was reviewed in Caduceus issue 51, page 28.
TAB L_Research Report Summaries
The secret official memorandum to Brigadier General L.R.Groves from Drs Conant, Compton and Urey of War Department Manhattan district dated October 1943 is available at the website http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2003/Leuren-Moret-Gen-Groves21feb03.htm
5. http:/www.gulflink.osd.mil/du_iitab11.htm tab L_research report summaries
The Low Level Radiation Campaign hopes to be able to arrange a limited number of private urine tests for those returning from the latest Gulf war. It can be contacted at: The Knoll, Montpelier Park, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LW. 01597 824771. Web: http://www.llrc.org
James Denver writes and broadcasts internationally on science and technology.
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ALTERNATIVE THINKERS UNITE!
We Have a Common Enemy: The New World Order
The Synthesis of Individualism & Wholism
By Jack Allis
Alternative thinkers today live in separate worlds. They squabble over countless issues, deflecting them from what's really important, and often ignore each other completely. Worse yet, they shoot themselves in foot by their unwillingness to put aside their differences, and work together to defeat a common enemy that is perched to reduce them both to dust, and has the power to do so. This enemy is the emerging fascist world government, or New World Order, that is taking shape around us at a frightening pace, and transforming the people of the world into a herd of mindless sheep.
By alternative thinker, I am referring to those people, who believe that the mainstream corporate and political system in the modern world is decadent, and unless drastic changes are made, will soon collapse. They have philosophies, strategies and life-styles that are alternatives to the norms of this system, and they are driven by their desire to change this system, and to create a different and better world. And there's not much time.
I am going to call these two factions of the alternative thinking world individualism and wholism (the "w is added to denote whole). I am uniquely qualified here because I live comfortably in both these worlds, though I differ with each on various issues. And I am one of the rare few. I have studied them both for decades, and my work, as a personal growth teacher and writer, incorporates them.
The individualists are on the right side of the political spectrum. They consist of Libertarians, Christian Patriots, and those who believe in a limited government, which strictly adheres to the Constitution, and free market economics. The individualists also tend to see the entire system as corrupt, and in need of an overhaul, not just certain elements of it, such as the Republicans or Democrats. As far as The New World Order is concerned, the individualists tend to get it.
The wholists, on the left side of the spectrum, are a bit more apolitical and amorphous, and therefore more difficult to label. In general, they believe in environmentalism, wholistic health, and spirituality, of the non-denominational or universal type. Wholists loved the movies "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "What the #$*! Do We Know!?" (dealing with Quantum Physics and higher consciousness). They tend to see a conspiracy, but they believe it's a right wing, Republican conspiracy. They thought John Kerry was a good guy, or at least clearly enough the lesser of two evils that he would really make a difference.
If alternative thinkers intend to bring about meaningful change, these two worlds must unite. If we could succeed in this one thing, we do have the capability to generate enough critical mass to wake up enough people to make a dent in the existing system. In order to initiate this push, two fundamental things are necessary. The first is to act like grown-ups, not children, and learn to tolerate our differences, so we can coexist and work together.
Tolerance also means respecting the right of everybody to believe in whatever form of religion or spirituality or atheism they choose. It's OK to discuss our metaphysical differences, but we must remember that ultimately this is a personal matter, and should be left on the side. We must agree that the world we want to create is one of religious and spiritual diversity.
The second is to recognize the one titanic thing we do have in common: the enemy. Defeating The New World Order must be our central rallying point. If the New World Order reaches its goal, which is complete ownership and control of the planet Earth and all its people, alternative thinkers will be the first to go.
But much more importantly, individualists and wholists must come to understand that their positions are not inherently contradictory or exclusive of each other. They do tend to create this impression by the stereotypes they fling back and forth, and the names they call each other. You hear the Libertarians deride the environmentalists as a bunch of weirdo tree-huggers, who are more concerned about an endangered species of mice than they are about human progress, and the environmentalists think the Libertarians are a bunch of angry guys, without souls, who hate nature, and who wear fur coats just to tick them off. Neither is correct, and they both need to stop doing this, or they'll get a spanking.
Actually, by clearing up some basic misunderstandings, and with a little tweaking here and there, individualists and wholists can fit quite nicely together, and become complementary pieces in a much bigger picture. In fact, if alternative thinkers are to make a difference, individualism and wholism must be synthesized. They are both essential ingredients to changing the world. The ultimate lesson is that they can't live without each other. There's absolutely nothing preventing a Libertarian or a Christian Patriot from being an environmentalist, and it's totally reasonable for an environmentalist to believe in limited government and free market solutions to the environmental crisis.
So, who or what exactly is this common enemy: The New World Order? I am only going to give a sketch of this here. However, there are mountains of evidence to support what you're about to hear. A few of my favorites are the work of G. Edward Griffin, Jon Rappoport, Alex Jones and David Icke (though David does tend to blow some fuses). If you want specific references, send me an email.
Here goes: The world is owned and controlled by a small group of people who operate entirely behind the scenes. I will call them The Global Elite. There is a wide range of disagreement about who they actually are, but we can safely say that they consist of interlocking genetic bloodlines, and they see themselves as divinely ordained to rule the planet Earth, and to decide what's best for the human race. Earlier in history, they operated more overtly through the monarchies and royal families, and through mainstream religious institutions, such as the Vatican. More recently, they coordinate their agenda, and wield their power through a vast network of secret societies. In the modern world, some of these pose as public policy think tanks, such the Council on Foreign Relations in the U.S., the Bilderberg Group in Europe, and many others.
The Global Elite own everything, most importantly the major international banking institutions and the huge multi-national corporations, including all the major media outlets. This also gives them total control of all the governments of the major nations. And in the U.S., this includes both major political parties, including the Liberal Democrats and John Kerry. The Global Elite is able to totally control the information the world is exposed to through their control of the media and the educational systems. They use this to manipulate the minds of the people of the world by fabricating history, and creating a vast world of illusion that covers all this up.
The ultimate goal of the Global Elite is The New World Order. The New World Order will consist of one central world government, one global army, one global currency, and the all the people of the world will be micro-chipped, or linked by some kind of I.D. to a global central computer.
Sound like anything that's dangerously close to happening? With stakes as high as these, individualists and wholists must learn to get along. And the first step is to take off our blinders, and get to know each other a little better.
The term individualism is derived from the primary and most fundamental issue of politics, and that is individualism versus collectivism. All other matters of politics are subordinate to this, and they are mutually exclusive. You can't be a little of each. This issue, of course, has been around forever, but the philosopher Ayn Rand was the first contemporary thinker, to my knowledge, to bring it to the forefront, and more recently, writer G. Edward Griffin has elucidated upon it with great effectiveness.
In a system of politics, individualism means that the primary responsibility of government is protecting the rights of the individual, as was so clearly and eloquently spelled out in the Declaration of Independence: the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And the authority of the government is derived from free and empowered individuals. It is a system that works from the bottom up, as opposed to the top down in a collectivist system, where authority is derived from the collective or the group. The reason there was no real choice between Bush and Kerry is because they are both collectivists. A system of government that was based on individualism was the intention of the Founding Fathers when they wrote the U.S. Constitution.
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New Osama Tape, DeeperPropaganda Twists
In the minds of indoctrinated masses in the United States and the West, whatever the Osama image says is a lie. It is a neat trick. In Crossing the Rubicon, Mike Ruppert writes: "I believe that bin Laden was, and remains, a CIA/US government/Wall Street asset. This would explain why he has never been caught. There are still wars to fight. He can't be caught for a variety of reasons, including his family's enormous and diverse financial connections to the same elites that control the United States financial system, and his close interrelationship with a Saudi ruling class that could pull the plug on the US economy even before Peak Oil does. Osama bin Laden also knows way too much, and without him, the Bush administration would have had no excuse for any of what it has done over the last four years. From a strategic point of view, Osama is Dick Cheney's best friend."And Osama videos are the CIA's best weapons. It is not a stretch to expect future bin Laden tapes to issue more specific planted facts about a variety of issues that the Bush administration wants American citizens to oppose.
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Subject: Palestinian Elections -- Analysis from ADL
The Palestinian Elections: Hope for the Peace Process
January 10, 2005
While there is plenty of room for pessimism, including Mohammed Abbas's comments leading up to the Palestinian elections about not taking on the terrorist groups, about the "Zionist enemy," and about the need to insist on the "right of return," the election of Mr. Abbas to the position of President of the Palestinian Authority and the way it was carried out offer real hope that change is possible.
The key element that is necessary for change is a Palestinian leadership and system that truly respond to the needs of the Palestinian people rather than directing hatred toward Israel to avoid responsible governance and sharing power. Mahmoud Abbas is not a lover of Zion; neither, however, was Anwar Sadat. What is hoped for, and about which there are indicators, is that Abbas, like Sadat, is looking for ways to positively affect the lives of his people. This was completely missing during decades of Arafat rule.
Abbas and the Terrorist Groups
Take the issue of terrorism. It is unsatisfactory that Abbas has indicated an unwillingness to take on the terrorist groups. It is also far from ideal that when he calls for an end to terrorism he does not assert that terror is fundamentally immoral.
Still, the very fact that he repeatedly talks about how terrorism has hurt the Palestinians, how Arafat, in his support or tolerance of terror, has set back the Palestinians politically, socially and economically, suggests that Abbas is asking himself some of the right questions.
None of which is to suggest near-term breakthroughs to peace. What it does speak to, together with Prime Minister Sharon's determination to carry out the disengagement plan, is an opening toward very different explorations of how the two peoples might live side-by-side, in two states, in the future.
Can Abbas Make Change?
The greatest challenge that lies ahead after the election of Abbas may be less whether there is a desire for change (though the jury is still out here as well), but whether he can pull it off. Here the challenges are immense, including questions about Abbas's strength and support; about Hamas's role in undermining change; about whether the EU and international communities will finally reverse their destructive roles.
And a big question: what should the US and Israel be doing? In what ways can the US become more involved with the Palestinians to ensure that reform-- the building of civil society, providing space for moderate and responsible voices, the end of teaching, preaching and propagandizing hate-- is realized without building expectations about a political breakthrough that if dashed can once again send the region into a dangerous tailspin?
Israel's Dilemma: Security Concerns v. Rewarding Moderation
How can Israel protect itself against the ongoing threat of terrorism and still take steps to help the Palestinian people understand that change is good for them?
In this regard, Israel's approach since Arafat's death-- giving Palestinians space during the funeral, not overly embracing Abbas so as to avoid a negative reaction against him, allowing free passage, despite security concerns, to allow the elections to go off as smoothly as possible--should bolster the view that there rewards for moderation.
Arafat's demise created opportunities that didn't exist before. Abbas now has the chance to bring about a new Palestinian reality.
-- The Anti Defamation League
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Pictures paint a thousand words of hatred
January 13, 2005
By Akiva Eldar
In the winter of 2003, when between suicide attacks in Jerusalem people were updating their gas masks and equipping themselves with plastic sheeting in preparation for the war in Iraq, Assi Sharabi was making a tour of schools in the country. "Imagine for a few minutes that you are Palestinian children," the young student asked sixth-graders, "and write what you think about the Israelis and about the conflict and what, in your opinion, the solution should be."
The children were asked to draw pictures to go with the essays that would depict the image of Palestinian children and their thoughts. Recently Sharabi completed the analysis of the essays and drawings for his Ph.D. thesis in social psychology for the London School of Economics.
Some 123 students from three schools - in a large city, in a veteran Jewish settlement in the territories and in a secular kibbutz - presented him with a unique picture of the Arab as seen by a Jewish schoolchild.
"Children, like a great many adults, find it difficult to look at the reality from the other's point of view," says Sharabi. The essays and the drawings served as a means for the children to express their feelings and their opinions about the other. A few weeks ago Sharabi read in these pages an article about Israeli textbooks that dealt, among other things, with the stereotypes of the Arabs and the meager attention paid to the Palestinian narrative and Palestinians' problems. This week, during a short home visit, he said his study proves that the textbooks, no doubt with the help of parents, teachers, the media and other environmental factors, do a good job of reinforcing these images.
The traces of the stereotypes are very evident in the essays, and scream from the drawings. The words and the images reveal a deep abyss of hostility, hatred, alienation and despair. Of similar findings that might emerge from a study of Palestinian children it would be said that there was no better evidence that the schools in the territories were engaged in inciting the youth against Israel. However, we can take some comfort in the assumption that had the survey been done before October, 2000 and before the series of suicide attacks, the essays and the drawings would have been more optimistic.
`See you in the grave'
The study reveals that in the eyes of the Israeli child, the Palestinian child is mostly Mohammed (or Mahmoud), a child who has grown up in a home of limited means, sometimes in primitive conditions, and he holds a rifle in his hands or is wearing an explosive belt. The most outstanding phenomenon that was found in the essays of the children from all three groups was the delegitimization of the Palestinians.
The compositions by the city children and the children from the Jewish settlements are full of descriptions of cruel people who think about only one thing - slaughtering Israelis. The Palestinian is depicted as a bloodthirsty terrorist. In the eyes of the city and settlement children, Palestinian violence is seen as a basic and immutable characteristic; they are cruel, irrational and violent people, impelled by a blind hatred of Israel.
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Date: 14 Jan 2005
Subject: New and Novel "weapons" for the Pentagon
Pentagon reveals rejected chemical weapons
THE Pentagon considered developing a host of non-lethal chemical weapons that would disrupt discipline and morale among enemy troops, newly declassified documents reveal.
Most bizarre among the plans was one for the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the proposal says.
Other ideas included chemical weapons that attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats to troop positions, making them uninhabitable.
Another was to develop a chemical that caused "severe and lasting halitosis", making it easy to identify guerrillas trying to blend in with civilians.
There was also the idea of making troops' skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight.
The proposals, from the US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, date from 1994. The lab sought Pentagon funding for research into what it called "harassing, annoying and 'bad guy'-identifying chemicals".
The plans have been posted online by the Sunshine Project, an organisation that exposes research into chemical and biological weapons.
Spokesman Edward Hammond says it was not known if the proposed $7.5 million, six-year research plan was ever pursued.
Bioweapons and Biodefense
THE CHOICE OF FRANK MCKENNA WHOSE REAL BACKGROUND JUST CAME TO THE SURFACE SAYS AS MUCH AS TO WHERE PAUL MARTIN'S REAL ALLEGIANCE IS AS IT INDICATES WHERE HE WANTS TO LEAD CANADA IF LEFT UNOPPOSED BY ALL PEACE-LOVING CANADIANS WHOSE NUMBERS JUST KEEP GROWING
Date: 15 Jan 2005
Subject: Should Frank McKenna be our next ambassador to the U.S.?
January 15th, 2005
I was very concerned last week when I heard that Prime Minister Paul Martin had asked former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna to be the next Canadian Ambassador to the United States.
Most Canadians don't know that Frank McKenna is an active member of the Carlyle Group, a multi-billion-dollar Washington D.C.-based private investment firm. It has more than $18.9 billion worth of holdings, mostly companies involved in the high-tech aerospace, telecommunications, defence and homeland security industries.
Watch CBC TV The National's story that aired January 11, 2005. To download the "The McKenna File." click on this link http://www.ceasefire.ca/mailout_redirect.cfm?mailout_code=jan_15_05_mckenna&id=2917&path=http://www.ceasefire.ca/McKenna_Polaris_CBC.wmv
If you saw Michael Moore's film, Fahrenheit 9/11, you will remember the segment about the Carlyle Group and its connections to Osama bin Laden's estranged family, who were in Washington D.C. coincidentally for a Carlyle Group meeting the morning of September 11, 2001.
The Carlyle Group also has deep links with the Bush administration and is run by former politicians and powerbrokers from the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA. Even George Bush Sr. was a member of their advisory board from 1998 until 2003.
The bottom line is this: Frank McKenna is deeply connected with hawkish elements of the Republican Party, including the Bush family, and he is involved in promoting the arms industry and profiting from the War on Terrorism.
Is he the appropriate choice for the next Canadian Ambassador to the United States?
This week the Polaris Institute released a new report entitled "The McKenna File", documenting Frank McKenna's involvement in the Carlyle Group. You might have seen the story on CBC TV's The National this week, or read a story in the newspaper like the one below. See the Mckenna File:
I think you'll agree that Canadians need to know more about Frank McKenna before he goes to Washington. Where does he stand on missile defence? On the invasion of Iraq? On U.S. future invasions which Canada may be asked to join?
When he was campaigning to be the Liberal Party leader, Paul Martin said that as prime minister he would allow the multi-party parliamentary committees review important appointments, such as ambassadors.
The Foreign Affairs committee should be allowed to interview Frank McKenna in a public forum and ask him questions about his involvement in the Carlyle Group, and his views on the arms industry, missile defence and other pressing issues.
Please take a moment to send a letter to your local newspaper, or even The Globe and Mail or the National Post. It is crucial that we let other Canadians know about the concerns that we have about the future direction of our relationship with the U.S. government, and how Frank McKenna as our ambassador will influence that relationship.
Take a moment to visit http://www.ceasefire.ca and send your letter today.
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