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May 3, 2007

Turning Tide of History #21: Days of Reckoning Ahead

Hello everysoul!

The Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost!...

Kucinich introduced House Resolution 333 to Impeach Richard Cheney... California Democrats Pass Impeachment Resolution calling on the US Congress to use its subpoena power to investigate misdeeds of President Bush and Vice President Cheney... VIRGIN AIRWAYS is showing "Loose Change 2" in-flight... (it might also be shown in US theaters this year!) A huge sex scandal is about to break in Washington DC thanks to DC Madam who vowed thousands names would be revealed unless charges of running a 300-dollar-an-hour prostitution service against her were dropped. Karl Rove e-mails are sought by House investigators and there is no telling what they will uncover in this treasure trove... Israeli PM Olmert is shown the door...

And it goes on and on and on... and the naked king cannot veto the truth juggernaut engulfing his administration.

None of this is coming too soon as the Bush cabal has been working nonstop to set up a fascist hell in America.

All hands and all hearts are needed on deck for this vital movement to succeed... Get involved and use whatever you'll find below to get others informed and involved as well...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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KEY FEATURE ISSUE

For the immediate attention of all American citizens...

From a Code Pink list:

"PLEASE CALL Nancy Pelosi's office right now. Here's the deal as forwarded to me:
House Speaker Pelosi's office is taking calls voting for Impeachment of Bush/Cheney at 202-225-0100. For toll free numbers to Congress: (800) 828-0498, (800) 459-1887, (800) 614-2803, (866) 340-9281, (866) 338-1015, (877) 851-6437

Folks, each of you who have been wanting impeachment need to commit right now to ask at least 10 others to call and ask each person to commit to asking 10 others to call and so on. It needs to happen fast and NOW.

Let's deluge the Speaker's office with demands for Impeachment of Bush AND Cheney. Congressman Kucinich (http://kucinich.us) has recently introduced legislation to impeach Dick Cheney (See Washington Post article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/24/AR2007042401542.html) [and see Kucinich Officially Moves to Impeach Cheney below]. Please mention Kucinich's House Resolution 333 when you call.

And for easy instructions on how to write or call your other political and media representatives on this key issue: http://www.WantToKnow.info/contactmediapoliticalrepresentatives

Note that though you are not seeing it in the media, in at least 16 states the state Democratic Party has passed a resolution asking for impeachment. See http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=25767 for more on this.

Please make a call, and thanks so very much.

California Democrats Pass Impeachment Resolution
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050107L.shtml
Sparked by an insurgency among delegates, the California Democratic Party has taken an historic step forward on the issue of impeachment. In a resolution affirmed by the full state party convention Sunday, the Democrats called on the US Congress to use its subpoena power to investigate misdeeds of President Bush and Vice President Cheney — and to hold the administration accountable "with appropriate remedies and punishment, including impeachment." The delegate insurgency was coordinated by Progressive Democrats of America and its allies.

Text of CA Democratic Party Impeachment Resolution (April 30, 2007)
http://pdamerica.org/articles/campaigns/2007-04-30-22-44-10-campaigns.php
CALLING FOR FULL INVESTIGATION INTO ABUSES OF POWER BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND RICHARD B. CHENEY

Video of Impeachment Protests at Dem Party Convention
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/21981
Watch the Video of Impeachment Protests at CA Dem Party Convention, 4/27-29, including respectful FOX news interview of protester.

Christians Demand Bush be Impeached for Worshiping Satan (04-30-2007) http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=1845
(MANCHESTER, NH) -- A Christian based group known as the Christian’s Liberation Movement has concluded that George W. Bush is a fake Christian and worships Satan. The group is demanding his impeachment not only for his crimes against humanity but for lying to the American people about his worship of Satan. (...) Evidence of George W. Bush’s worship of Satan is clear when one considers the secret societies that he is affiliated with. These include Skull and Bones as well as the Bohemian Club. Both organizations are confirmed to be heavily involved with Satan worship. (...) Why would a Christian man be associated with an organization that has members who secretly engage in homosexual acts, satanic rituals and other bizarre behavior? If George W. Bush were really a good Christian man why would he wage an endless war on terror based on lies and propaganda? It has already become clear that the war in Iraq was based off of lies and has thus far resulted in the deaths of nearly one million people. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the attacks of September 11th, 2001 were a government inside job, meaning that the entire war on terror that Bush promotes is also based off of lies and falsehoods.The United States is spending close to one billion dollars building an embassy in Iraq that is going to be as big if not bigger than Vatican City. How can Bush justify spending this money on an embassy when Baghdad is still in shambles and the Veteran’s Administration in the United States is in complete disarray? It is clear that Bush doesn’t care about U.S. military personnel, or the Iraqi people. Instead, Bush is more concerned with building a new modern day version of Babylon as part of an effort to further the influence of his satanic New World Order masters. CLIP

Italian TV Network on WTC7: Hot Coverage! MUST WATCH! (6 min)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2007/020507_b_Italian.htm
Excellent report, including CNN and BBC announcement that WTC7 had collapsed--long before it did! Also, firemen clearing the area yelling at pedestrians that WTC7 was going to explode. Best audio ever of the multiple explosions. Hello, mainstream US media? PLUS make sure to review "Avalanche gaining momentum..." below!



THE QUOTES

"Jean, I became acquainted with “The Immortal Child” through the material of Matthew Ward. I then read most of your website, and I must say, you are the first one that I ever encountered with so much patience, sincerity, and perseverance. You have been tracking on your inner guidance, and willing to actively manifest your beliefs. I believe that when people put into practice, their inner guidance, everyone will find their purpose and be guided to their “life contract”. Keep up your inspirational work."

— Pierre Dumas (pierredumas@sympatico.ca)


"This month, at the time of the Wesak, I asked The Council of 12 to address questions people have about living their mission during these times. In my work with people from all over the world, this topic comes up frequently. Sometimes people feel they know what their mission is, but living it seems a distant dream. Other times people lack clarity about their purpose, and doubt that what they are doing in the world is important enough. Feelings of disempowerment can result from either view. The following is The Council’s response to this topic, and I trust that it will be helpful to you."

— Selacia -- Taken from Messages from The Council of 12 : Living Your Mission of Light The Grand Finale ! (24 April 2007) See also: Life Purpose and Life Intentions: Ideas on How to Find Your Life Purpose and Life Intentions.


"30 years ago Earth Day was established to remind us each year, for at least one day, how important it is that we understand, appreciate and renew our planet. Today, I am pleased to share with you a preview a major endeavor that will be unveiled later this week. It is called the Earth Portal - a new non-commercial destination on the Web for news, learning and debate about the state and future of our environment. Backed by hundreds of the world's top scientists spanning 49 countries, the Earth Portal will enable a new community to emerge, directly connecting scientists, journalists, policy makers and you. Watch the vision of the Earth Portal now at http://www.earthportal.org. Given the trends we all are seeing more clearly every day, the future of our planet is at stake in the decisions we make in the next few years, and the Earth Portal community may make a pivotal difference in that future.

— Joe Firmage (joe@firmage.org) -- Recommended by Stephanie Sutton (ssutton@flantech.com)



CONTENTS

1. Feedback on the cell phone risks
2. Check Out Head of NY Rotary Club And You May Get To The Bottom Of Who Caused 9/11
3. Avalanche gaining momentum...
4. Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps
5. Kucinich Officially Moves to Impeach Cheney
6. Why There Was No Exit Plan
7. 9 Palestinians killed by Israelis in past 24 hours
8. A Political Tsunami
9. Canada a fraud?
10. FDA Public Comments On Supplements Deadline Extended To May 29 - NOT SO!
11. Life Is Hanging By A Thread
12. Aspartame's Safety Questioned Again - Another Study Suggests It Heightens Cancer Risk
13. Federally Funded Researchers Plan to Close down the Internet
14. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldiers



WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

George Galloway: "What Happened To Iraq Is About To Happen To Iran
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/1337/1/

UFOs sighted off coast - watch report http://www5.channelonline.tv/news/templates/cinews2.aspx?articleid=9013&zoneid=1
Pilots and aircraft passengers have confirmed sightings of two large Unidentified Flying Objects off the coast of Guernsey. The mysterious shapes were spotted earlier in the week and are described as long objects that measured up to a mile wide. Radar screens picked up some activity in the area and pilot witnesses are now preparing reports for the relevant authorities. Aurigny Pilot Ray Bowyer (pictured) is a professional pilot who has been flying for 20 years. He said: "In my years of experience I've never seen anything like this and frankly I'd be perfectly happy not to ever again. It's a pretty chilling thing and from my first sighting of it - it appeared to be fairly small but it must have been fairly huge." To see Mr Bowyer's diagram of the object, click to watch the full report, above.

Pilot’s UFO shock
http://www.thisisguernsey.com/code/shownewsarticle.pl?ArticleID=002080
UFO sightings are being investigated by the Ministry of Defence.

Exopolitics with Alfred Webre, Author of "Exopolitics: A Decade of Contact"(Video: 59 mins)
http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/members/awebre.htm
Exopolitics is the study of politics, government and law in an intelligent universe. Alfred Lambremont Webre is at the forefront of efforts to create protocols for beginning contact with intelligent near-earth (off-planet) beings to help take earth off the “quarantine” list. He posits that we are at the brink of an evolutionary shift in human consciousness that would make us welcome in the universal community of intelligent species. CLIP
Recommended by Arthur Bond (pitcairn9@yahoo.co.uk)

U.N. to debate contact with extraterrestrial civilizations
http://www.ufodigest.com/unufo.html
U.N. General Assembly Now Has Resolution To Establish United Nations Decade Of Contact & Diplomatic Relations With E.T.s For the first time in almost 27 years, the United Nations General Assembly will be debating the issue of establishing diplomatic relations with advanced Extraterrestrial Civilizations that may now be visiting Earth. CLIP Check also http://www.mayanmajix.com/art_ms.html where there is an incredible amount of amazing stuff!!

Check Out This Whale Video - And Much More!
http://www.joanocean.com/#anchor666867
Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

Morgellons nanotech invasion of living human tissue- DETAILED ARTICLE ON THIS PENULTIMATE HORROR!
http://alcuinbramerton.blogspot.com/2006/08/morgellons-mystery.html
Morgellons Disease appears to be a communicable nanotechnology invasion of human tissue in the form of self-assembling, self-replicating nanotubes, nanowires, and nanoarrays with sensors. Other nanoconfigurations associated with Morgellons Disease carry genetically-altered and spliced DNA or RNA. The nanomachines which precipitate Morgellons Disease use the human host's bio-electric energy as one of their power sources. There is evidence that certain of the tiny machines possess their own internal batteries as well. The Morgellons Disease nanomachines are configured to receive specific tuned microwave, EMF and ELF signals and radio data. Many new images of Morgellons Disease nanotech structures are being published. Here are ten of them: CLIP

Rare Flight 93 Footage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZekosYOmXc
FOX and NBC live coverage never seen again on TV. Why? Because it's obvious the plane exploded in mid-air. As the "news reporters" say, "the debris is spread out over a three to four mile radius", there are no recoverable pieces "larger than a phone book", and the hole the plane supposedly disappeared into is "20 to 15 feet long and approximately 10 feet wide." As the "journalist" says, ironically, "The pictures really do tell the story". The wrong story.

Video: September 11 Revisited (1 hour 43 min) #3 on Google Video!! (Over 388,000 views as of April 29)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4194796183168750014&q=september+11+revisited
September 11th Revisited is perhaps the most riveting film ever made about the destruction of the World Trade Center. This is a powerful documentary which features eyewitness accounts and archived news footage that was shot on September 11, 2001 but never replayed on television. Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses & firefighters, along with expert analysis by Professor Steven E. Jones, Professor David Ray Griffin, MIT Engineer Jeffrey King, and Professor James H. Fetzer. This film provides stunning evidence that explosives were used in the complete demolition of the WTC Twin Towers and WTC Building 7. Visit http://www.911revisited.com to get the DVD of this movie. NOTE: If you cannot watch it all, skip to 19 min into the video to watch Professor David Ray Griffin's 6 min conference excerpt...

The Secrets of Mind Control by Fred Burks
http://www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrol
CIA Mind Control Documents Declassified: Verifiable Evidence of Programmed Assassins

Mind control: 'A Trance Formation'
ttp://video.google.com/videosearch?q=TRANCE+FORMATION+">ttp://video.google.com/videosearch?q=TRANCE+FORMATION+

The Planetary Creatrix -- From the Hathors through Tom Kenyon, April 15, 2007
http://www.tomkenyon.com/hathors.php
You are on the brink of an escalation of intergalactic energies coming to you from deep space. As we have indicated in previous communications, this wave activity, related to the expansion of consciousness, is on the rise. Specifically, the expansion of consciousness has to do with a greater awareness of the subtleties and complexities of your life as terrestrial beings, but also as intergalactic and interdimensional beings.
One of the effects of these waveforms of energy from deep space is an increase in volatility—emotional volatility. As these waveforms increase in both number and intensity, they will increase irritability, sleep disturbances, irrational thoughts and behaviors. These will most likely be acted out between individuals, but also collectively. CLIP

Snatam Kau Music
http://www.snatamkaur.com/
Recommended by Steve Lawrie (steve.lawrie@wanadoo.fr) who wrote: "Through Deepak Chopra, I came across this AMAZING MUSIC on this site by Snatam Kaur, who I didn't happen to know until the other day when I sat there mesmerized by all the beauty. Just go into the site and the music (10 of her songs) starts automatically. I'd love to share this with your other readers. Keep up your excellent efforts to bring good news to thirsty people."

Revealing News: Columbine Records Sealed, Atlantis Explained, Cheney Impeachment - And Much More!
http://www.WantToKnow.info/070428newsgovernmentsecretscolumbineatlantis

50 Ways To Go Green, Part 1
http://video.nbc5.com/player/?id=92691
Asa gives you the first 10 tips on living a life that’s easier on the environment.

Ecological Internet's "End Ancient Forest Logging" Campaign Intensifies
http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=congo
Africa's Congo Basin contains the world's second largest rainforest; a haven for vital global biodiversity and ecosystem services, and a safeguard against runaway global warming. This locally, regionally and globally critical ecological system is being devastated by illegal logging. Sadly, many organizations trusted by their members and funders to protect ancient rainforests continue to emphasize "improved forest governance", "sustainable forest management" and "forest certification" after decades of failure to reform industrial logging. Requirements for global ecological sustainability and socially just, equitable sustainable development dictate that the Earth's entire remaining large, contiguous rainforests are protected from any further industrial development. Sadly, this will require confronting the global ancient forest logging apologist industry. The ultimate aim of Ecological Internet's "End Ancient Forest Logging" campaign is to get the World Bank, other donors and mainstream conservation bureaucracies completely out of the business of supporting industrial ancient forest logging. Let Congo rainforest stakeholders know you demand a future for the Congo that is free of industrial rainforest clearance. And put the World Bank, WWF and Greenpeace on notice that their forest conservation policies are opposed and will be exposed and stopped. Take action now and forward widely: http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=congo - Tell the World Bank, WWF and Greenpeace to stop aiding and abetting failed "sustainable" and "certified" forest management for the Congo Basin, and instead commit to End Ancient Rainforest Logging... This is quite possibly the most important rainforest alert ever in my 16 year history of rainforest campaigning. The facts are irrefutable - please take action and forward widely or the world's ancient rainforest wildernesses will either be lost or turned into tree plantations.

AN URGENT PETITION TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cbcmonitor/
WE DEMAND THAT THE CBC, INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY, TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO: DISMANTLE RACIALLY SELECTIVE MASS INCARCERATION - AID AND EMPOWER THOSE DISPERSED AND DISPOSSESSED BY KATRINA - END THE WAR IN IRAQ NOW - GET THE U.S. MILITARY OUT OF AFRICA - TRANSFORM THE CITIES AND CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS - ESTABLISH TRULY UNIVERSAL, SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE - ENSURE VOTING RIGHTS

Obama, the Phony Anti-War Candidate: Kucinich is the Real Deal (25 April 2007)
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=191&Itemid=1
Through his own statements, Barack Obama relentlessly destroys his former anti-war credentials. In an effort to establish himself as a "statesman" in the eyes of the power structure, Obama now advocates a much larger Army and Marine Corps to allow the U.S. to "lead the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good." Do not expect a "peace dividend" under a President Barack Obama. The only genuine peace candidate is Rep. Dennis Kucinich, of Ohio - which is why the corporate media pretend Kucinich doesn't exist. Barack Obama has delivered the third of his long national security speeches, and has once again revealed that he is an imperialist at heart.  CLIP

The SaveNetRadio Coalition
http://www.savenetradio.org/
The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). If the increased rates remain unchanged, the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date. Internet radio needs your help! H.R. 2060, The Internet Radio Equality Act was introduced by Representatives Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL ) to save the Internet radio industry. Please call your congressperson to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2060 by going at http://www3.capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/callalert/index.tt?alertid=9679516&type=TA
Read also Will May 15th Bring the Sound of Silence? and other such blog entries at http://www.savenetradio.org/blog.html



ALSO RECOMMENDED


US Troops April Death Toll in Iraq Passes 100
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/043007A.shtml
Five US troops were killed in separate attacks in the capital this weekend, including three in a single roadside bombing, the military said on Monday, pushing the death toll past 100 in the deadliest month of the year so far.

The Republican’s Lost War: The Harring Report: America’s Young Man’s Meat Grinder
http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2675.htm
Once it became evident that what had been expected to be a short, successful military campaign against Saddam Hussein had turned into a long drawn out and escalating guerilla war, the Department of Defense, acting on orders from the White House, began to reduce the daily public casualty list. Families and survivors of the dead were duly notified and the bodies were shipped back to the States for private burial but the numbers of the dead, and the wounded, were deliberately kept as low as possible for political reasons. For internal use only, a realistic, and accurate, monthly report was issued for those concerned but it was not made public. When this private report was located by outside sources and sent around the Internet, the site was immediately shut down. This original listing showed that as of mid-2005, the death count in both Iraq and Afghanistan topped 10,000 with 20,000 seriously wounded.  By 2007, the death toll has risen to over 15,000 (and rising daily) with officially reported serious woundings (required out of theater hospitalization) at 50,508 as per a report published in the New York Times of January 30, 2007. Also not discussed are the over 10,000 desertions (from March, 2003 to date) The Bush-Cheney Butchers’ Bill - Officially 96 military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq from 1 April to 26 April, 2007, with a total of 4,252 total official casualties to date. Official Casualty Lists for April, 2007.

Price Tag for War in Iraq to Top $500 Billion
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050107J.shtml
The bitter fight over the latest Iraq spending bill has all but obscured a sobering fact: The war will soon cost more than $500 billion. That's about ten times more than the Bush administration anticipated before the war started four years ago, and no one can predict how high the tab will go.

The Green Zone Follies - Baghdad, 21 Apr 07
http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2672.htm#004
“Six days ago, I was in an armed convoy driving through the McCain-safe streets of Baghdad when a non-existent rocket, made right here and not in Tehran, blasted into a truck carrying fifteen GIs. We had to stop, could not turn around because there were vehicles behind us, frantically trying to flee in all directions, and so I saw what were the shredded remains of all fifteen soldiers littering the street and smoldering. Not the sort of thing to look at, or smell, after breakfast or before lunch. There was not a word of this in our media at home and the official casualty lists, posted on the net didn’t mention any of them. There are fifteen that never got reported. Fellow in the next building from me does the casualty reports for transmitting back to the States and he says they publish the names of one in ten. This has been a very bad month with over 300 known dead! That doesn’t cover those with faces missing or legs up on a local roof, feeding the birds. This place has become a living hell, what with occasional snipers shooting our men inside the “really safe” Green Zone, setting off bombs in the “heavily guarded” Iraqi government compound and blowing up the hand puppet legislators at lunch, mortar rounds from the “defeated insurgents’” slamming down at all times of the day and night, and so on. This crazy Bush ‘surge ‘is not working because we have had to withdraw all our troops from outlying provinces and they have been replaced with local religious crazies who shoot anything that moves. The insurgents have virtually destroyed the power grids so Baghdad gets electric power a few hours a day (at the very best); the water supply has been “interfered with” so the locals get shit-infested water from the river but we, who are Bringing Bush Democracy to the benighted heathens have our own generators and our own water, carefully filtered of shit and body parts, so we can cheerfully, and proudly, show the world how better the locals are off with our brand of vicious tyranny as opposed to Saddam’s. They ought to bring Bush and Cheney over here, strip them buck naked and use them as decoys and then we’d see a rapid withdrawal for certain! And hear loud cheers as the GIs would be struggling with the locals to pick up presidential and vice presidential body parts as souvenirs.”

Green Zone hit again by mortar barrage (May 1)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq;_ylt=AlgYOC9mLgkHC0mLETe6jsXMWM0F
BAGHDAD - Mortar rounds crashed into the U.S.-controlled Green Zone on Tuesday — the second such barrage in a 12-hour span — and gunmen ambushed Shiite travelers as part of attacks that killed at least 44 people nationwide. One of the mortars hit within 100 yards of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office, an Iraqi official said. The U.S. military reported no casualties in the two attacks since late Monday.Although such strikes on the Green Zone have been common, the latest occurred despite the ongoing U.S.-led security crackdown and suggested that extremists have not been daunted by the nearly 11-week operation. The attacks appeared to come from a mostly Shiite district. CLIP

Serving British soldier exposes horror of war in 'crazy' Basra (27 April 2007)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2488848.ece
"A British soldier has broken ranks within days of returning from Iraq to speak publicly of the horror of his tour of duty there, painting a picture of troops under siege, 'sitting ducks' to an increasingly sophisticated insurgency. 'Basra is lost, they are in control now. It's a full-scale riot and the Government are just trying to save face', said Private Paul Barton." "Basra is lost" Isn't that in the same vein as a remark by Senator Harry Reid this past week about the situation in Iraq? "The war is lost". Undiscerning Americans need to wake up to the reality that this war is lost, and we need to either throw in another 500,000 troops or withdraw the poor guys now on the ground in that land. Cutting Edge was warning as early as March, 2003, that the Iraq War was a scripted war planned not to win! Just as the Vietnam War was planned not to win. During the times we reported this unfortunate reality, only a hardy few dared believe it. The time has come to believe it, and act upon it, to avoid losing more men and killing more civilians. Now, let us return to this personal testimony of this British soldier: "His public protest is a sign of the groundswell of anger among the troops, and predictions that more will come forward to break the traditional covenant of silent service ... on Monday, Cpl Richard Bradley also chose to air his views on television: 'Blokes are dying for no cause at all and blokes are getting injured for no cause at all'." Another soldier dared tell his story. "We were losing people and didn't have enough to replace them. You hear about the fatalities but not the injuries. We have had four who got shot in the arm, a bloke got blown up twice by roadside bombs and shot in the neck and survived." A British soldier who was in Iraq on his third tour could understand how badly matters had deteriorated. "Of the 40 tents in the base, just five remained unscathed by the end of the tour, he said. 'We were just sitting ducks ... On the last tour we were not mortared very often. This tour, it was two to three times a day. Fifteen mortars and three rockets were fired at us in the first hour we were there.""He added: 'Towards the end of January to March, it was like a siege mentality. We were getting mortared every hour of the day. We were constantly being fired at. We basically didn't sleep for six months. You couldn't rest. Psychologically, it wore you down. Every patrol we went on we were either shot at or blown up by roadside bombs. It was crazy." "He insisted that the insurgents appeared to be considerably better trained, funded and equipped than had been the case during their first tour of duty. 'Last tour, I never fired my rifle once. This time, I fired 127 rounds on five different occasions. And, in my role [providing medical support], I shouldn't have to fire'. He added: 'We have overstayed our welcome now. We should speed up the withdrawal. It's a lost battle. We should pull out and call it quits'."This is the bottom line reality: "We should speed up the withdrawal. It's a lost battle. We should pull out and call it quits'."

‘Dry run’ attack forces Prince Harry retreat (April 27, 2007)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1712049.ece
Army chiefs fear that a fatal attack on two British soldiers in Iraq last week was a dry run for an attempt on Prince Harry’s life, The Times has learnt. The attack was made on a type of vehicle that the Prince will use, and took place in a part of the country where he is due to be deployed as early as next month. The two died when their Scimitar reconnaissance vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb – the first time that British soldiers had been killed in a Scimitar as a result of enemy action. The Army fears that extremists deliberately chose the vehicle knowing that the Prince is a troop leader for a Scimitar-equipped unit. Prince Harry faces a kidnap threat from insurgents, who have become active this month even within bases used by the British Army in southern Iraq. Security has been tightened at Camp Sparrowhawk, a base in Maysan Province used by reconnaissance units such as Prince Harry’s. (...) The eleventh-hour review about sending Prince Harry to the area follows an alarming rise in attacks this year. Of the 17 British personnel to be killed in 2007, 11 died in the last month. Prince Harry, 22, has been trained to take command of four Scimitars when his unit, A Squadron The Blues and Royals, part of the Household Cavalry, is sent to Iraq. (...) Even sitting in a base has become risky as every location where British soldiers are serving comes under fire almost daily. “Nowhere is perfectly safe in Iraq,” one defence source admitted.But the current intelligence judgment is that the insurgents have not acquired a new capability that made it easier for them to target British units, or to close in on Prince Harry’s squadron. Royal sources made it clear that the final decision was in the hands of the Army. They said that he was still eager to go and that he would be “extremely disappointed” if the decision was reversed. CLIP COMMENT FROM AND UNKNOWN SOURCE: ".. the plan for the 'Modern World-State' would succeed in its third attempt (Third World War) and would come out of something that would occur in Basra, Iraq." ["The Shape of Things To Come", by H.G. Wells, 1933, quoted in "The Globalists: The Power Elite Exposed", by Dr. Dennis Cuddy, p. 50) Just as World War I began with the murder of a Royal, so World War III could begin with the brutal murder of a Royal. Prince Harry, at 22 years of age, is the perfect age to be an Illuminati sacrifice! We shall have to wait to see how this all plays out!

Secrets and lies - how war heroes returned to haunt Pentagon (April 26, 2007)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2486641.ece
"Truth, it is famously said, is the first casualty of war. And thus it has been for two of the most celebrated official heroes of America's campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. One was Pat Tillman, the pro-football star who gave up the NFL's riches to serve, and ultimately die for, his country. The other was a young woman from West Virginia whose capture and rescue in the early days of the Iraq conflict inspired the TV drama-documentary 'Saving Jessica Lynch'. Now, however, the two stories have returned to haunt the Pentagon. Both stand revealed as propaganda operations in which the truth was deliberately distorted to inspire a country and allay public doubts about the righteousness of the cause. For the US military they have become a colossal embarrassment; for gleeful Democrats they are another stick with which to beat an already battered administration." Details of the Jessica Lynch lie was the first discussed: "... the initial version of her capture and release, featuring her as a latter-day Annie Oakley who went down all guns firing, and her liberators as all-American supermen, had been demolished as a feel-good PR special dreamt up by the Pentagon ... From early on, Ms Lynch complained that she felt she had been used ... 'The story of the little girl Rambo from the hills who went down fighting is not true', she said. 'The bottom line is, the American people are capable of determining their own ideals for heroes, and they don't need to be told elaborate lies'." The lies about Pat Tillman are even more damaging to the reputation of the Pentagon and the Bush Administration. CLIP

Generals to President: You've Failed Us
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050207B.shtml
Today, Generals Eaton and Batiste, who led troops in Iraq, expressed outrage at the president's veto of the US Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act.

Army Recruiters Saying War Is Over, No One Going to Iraq
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2626032

Bill Moyers Journal: "Buying the War"
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042707H.shtml
"Buying the War," a documentary film from Bill Moyers, examines the media's coverage in the lead-up to the war as evidence of a paradigm shift in the role of journalists in democracy. And four years after the invasion, Mr. Moyers wonders what has changed? Truthout provides the full documentary and a transcript of the program.

Bill Moyers Talks With Jon Stewart - MOST EXCELLENT!!!
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050107C.shtml
Bill Moyers talks with comedian Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," about how faking the news can reveal more of the truth than all of the Sunday-morning talk shows put together.

Tom Engelhardt | Bush's Texas Chainsaw Massacre
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050107D.shtml
Tom Engelhardt writes: "This White House has plunged Iraq and the world into the geopolitical equivalent of a blood-and-gore exploitation film that simply won't end. Call that 'Mission Accomplished!'"

Pentagon Study Says Oil Reliance Strains Military
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050107E.shtml
A new study ordered by the Pentagon warns that the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil - the lifeblood of fighter jets, warships and tanks - will make the US military's ability to respond to hot spots around the world "unsustainable in the long term."

Wolfowitz facing stiffening opposition (April 28)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070428/ap_on_bi_ge/world_bank_wolfowitz;_ylt=AkVJc0gOvHrJBLi5t.FWpOvMWM0F
WASHINGTON - Paul Wolfowitz encountered stiffening opposition Saturday to staying on as World Bank president amid allegations he showed favoritism in arranging a promotion and pay package for his girlfriend. European countries led by Germany and France want Wolfowitz to step down, while support for the embattled president has eroded in Nordic nations and elsewhere, according to bank officials and others close to the situation. (...) The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported Saturday that the panel concluded that Wolfowitz breached ethics rules by arranging the compensation package for Riza. The panel was considering whether to explicitly recommend that Wolfowitz resign, according to the report. (...) The United States, the bank's largest shareholder, continues to stand by Wolfowitz. By tradition, the World Bank has been led by an American. President Bush tapped Wolfowitz and the bank's board approved the selection despite complaints from Europeans about Wolfowitz's role in the Iraq war.Before joining the bank in June 2005, Wolfowitz was the No. 2 official at the Pentagon and played a main role in mapping out the U.S.-led war in Iraq. CLIP

Venezuela to quit World Bank, IMF (01 May 2007)
http://tinyurl.com/2nea9z
President Hugo Chavez has announced that he would formally pull Venezuela out of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "We will no longer have to go to Washington, neither to the IMF, nor the World Bank, not to anyone,'' said Chavez who has already canceled Venezuela's debts to the Washington-based international lending organizations. Chavez said he wanted to formalize Venezuela's exit from the lending institutions which he said are to blame for continued poverty throughout Latin America. He reportedly plans to create a lending bank run by nations in the region. Venezuela has recently repaid its debts to the World Bank five years ahead of schedule, which saved the country eight million dollars. The OPEC country also paid off all its debts to the IMF shortly after Chavez first took office in 1999. IMF closed its offices in the country last year.

'Mr. Bush, tear down those Baghdad walls!' (April 27)
http://tinyurl.com/yrr6xv
(...) President Bush, Vice President Cheney and their cohorts are writing another sad chapter of the Iraq tragedy. They started construction last week of a 12-foot-high concrete wall surrounding a Baghdad suburb to try to control the civil war between Sunnis and Shiites. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday that construction of the wall must stop. Baghdad residents, both Sunni and Shiite, took to the streets to peacefully protest the wall. Bush has been silent on the subject. The Pentagon issued ambiguous statements. The controversial wall is the latest example of barriers being erected to keep Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds from forming a united Iraq. CLIP NOTE: A great deal of the US military strategy to deal with the insurgency in Iraq is copied on the Israeli's barbaric methods to repress the Palestinian insurgency...

President George W. Bush - greatest evil? (04/28/2007)
http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/28-04-2007/90668-bush_evil-0
President George W. Bush was called "greatest evil" Saturday by Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for refusing to withdraw American troops from Iraq. "Here are the Democrats calling you to withdraw or even set a timetable and you are not responding," al-Sadr's statement said. "It is not only them who are calling for this but also Republicans, to whom you belong." Al-Sadr's statement was read during a parliament session by his cousin, Liqaa al-Yassin, after the U.S. Congress ordered U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq by Oct. 1. Bush pledged to veto the measure and neither the House nor the Senate passed the measure with enough votes to override him. "Here are the Democrats calling you to withdraw or even set a timetable and you are not responding," al-Sadr's statement said. "It is not only them who are calling for this but also Republicans, to whom you belong." "If you are ignoring your friends and partners, then it is no wonder that you ignore the international and Iraqi points of view. You will not benefit from this stubbornness," he added. CLIP

Bush Has Destroyed Iraq and America By Paul Craig Roberts
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17621.htm
The violence and killing that Bush brought to Iraq has spread antagonism between Sunni and Shiite throughout the Middle East with potentially draconian consequences. Bush's war has turned Muslim hearts and minds against America and made terrorism an acceptable means to resist American hegemony. With his mindless war, Bush has created more terrorism than the world has ever seen.

Rosie O'Donnell leaving ABC's 'The View' (April 25)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_en_tv/tv_o_donnell_exits;_ylt=AnE
Rosie O'Donnell's stormy tenure on "The View" will be a short one. The opinionated host was unable to agree on a contract with ABC, and she'll leave the show in June.O'Donnell said on the show Wednesday that she wanted to stay for one more year, and ABC wanted three. So she decided to leave, although she said she will appear occasionally next season for things like a planned one-hour special on autism."It just didn't work," she said, "and that's show biz. But it's not sad because I loved it here and I love you guys and I'm not going away."O'Donnell has helped raise the ratings for the daytime chat show invented by Barbara Walters. But her outspokenness has caused continual controversy, including a nasty name-calling feud with Donald Trump that placed Walters squarely in the middle."We have had, to say the least, an interesting year," Walters said.Walters said she had nothing to do with the decision, reached after talks between representatives for ABC Daytime and O'Donnell. CLIP - Recommended by Mark Graffis (mgraffis@gmail.com) who wrote: "I heard elsewhere she's out because of the 911 controversy. ABC wouldn't let her have Prof Jones and others on." Rosie O'Donnell site has 9/11 Truth links: http://www.rosie.com/blog/911/ and one is William Rodriguez's site: http://www.william911.com/ see also Rosie's Show on 9/11 First Responders at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zFI35TVXao and Rosie O'Donnell Joins 9/11 Truth -- Building 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa3kNG7KZEs

Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water (April 25, 2007.)
http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/50994/
The Bush administration is helping multinationals buy U.S. municipal water systems, putting our most important resource in the hands of corporations with no public accountability. -- All across the United States, municipal water systems are being bought up by multinational corporations, turning one of our last remaining public commons and our most vital resource into a commodity. The road to privatization is being paved by our own government. The Bush administration is actively working to loosen the hold that cities and towns have over public water, enabling corporations to own the very thing we depend on for survival.The effects of the federal government's actions are being felt all the way down to Conference of Mayors, which has become a "feeding frenzy" for corporations looking to make sure that nothing is left in the public's hands, including clean, affordable water.Documentary filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman recently teamed up with author Michael Fox to write "Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water" (Wiley, 2007). The three followed water privatization battles across the United States -- from California to Massachusetts and from Georgia to Wisconsin, documenting the rise of public opposition to corporate control of water resources.They found that the issue of privatization ran deep. CLIP

18 Missing Inches in New Orleans By Greg Palast
http://www.gregpalast.com/18-missing-inches-in-new-orleans/#more-1705
Before the Big Bust, we learned a little more about how New Orleans drowned. Given my line of work, I'm not shocked at much. Yet, this one got to me. "By midnight on Monday the White House knew. Monday night I was at the state Emergency Operations Center and nobody was aware that the levees had breeched. Nobody." (...) But in New Orleans, instead of compensation, 73,000 have been sentenced to life in FEMA's trailer-parks in Louisiana. Even more are displaced to other states. I asked van Heeerden about the consequences of the White House's failures, the information about the levee being just one of a list."Well, fifteen hundred people drowned. That's the bottom line."But why did the levees fail at all if the hurricane missed the city? The professor showed me a computer model indicating the levees were a foot and a half too short - the result of a technical error in the Army Corp of Engineer's calculation of sea level when the levees were built beginning in the 1930s.And the Bush crew knew it. Long before Katrina struck, the White House staff had sought van Heerden's advice on coastal safety. So when the professor learned of the 18-inch error, he informed the White House directly. But this was advice they didn't want to hear. The President had already sent the levee repair crew, the Army Corp of Engineers, to Afghanistan and Iraq.

US Didn't Accept Most Foreign Katrina Aid
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042907F.shtml
Allies offered the United States $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash to aid Hurricane Katrina victims. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to US officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent. MUCH more through http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=fr&q=Katrina+site:truthout.org&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Sea life at risk as acid levels rise in oceans (April 24, 2007)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003678459_acidocean24m.html
Carbon dioxide released by fossil fuel combustion has increased acidity levels of the ocean by 30 percent, and in the decades ahead will create new risks for coral, zooplankton and other creatures that help support North Pacific fisheries, according to researchers who gathered Monday at the University of Washington.In a two-day workshop that ends today, these scientists are reviewing what is known about this grim corner of climate change and brainstorming ways to measure and assess the threats to a marine ecosystem that yields North America's largest seafood harvests. The acidification is caused by the ocean's absorption of carbon dioxide produced by fossil-fuel combustion. Currently, this is about 2 billion tons of the gas each year. As this gas dissolves, it sets off a chemical reaction that produces carbonic acid, which in high-enough concentrations can erode protective shells and other structures of some sea creatures. "We have significant changes in chemistry," said Richard Feely, a Seattle-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer who helped to organize the conference. "And if we project over time ... we are talking about massive changes that will take place." Some of the most acidic waters are found in the North Pacific, which has absorbed more carbon dioxide than tropical oceans. The North Pacific appears to be more acidic because it is colder than tropical oceans, which enables it to absorb more carbon, and because it has older, more carbon-rich water than the North Atlantic. In some areas of the North Pacific — at depths ranging from about 300 to more than 1,000 feet — researchers already have detected a kind of saturation point where acidity causes shells to disintegrate faster than they can grow. This contrasts to the North Atlantic, where the saturation point typically is at depths that exceed 7,500 feet, according to Feely. By the end of the century, these North Pacific saturation zones are expected to expand and extend into much shallower waters. Last year, Feely helped measure the acidity in these zones, and in the years ahead he will start to check the acidity levels of the most productive fishing zone: the Bering Sea.Researchers also are starting to understand the expanding saturation zones' possible effects on sea life. CLIP

Australia's epic drought: The situation is grim (April 24, 2007)
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=56&ItemID=12655
Australia has warned that it will have to switch off the water supply to the continent's food bowl unless heavy rains break an epic drought - heralding what could be the first climate change-driven disaster to strike a developed nation. The Murray-Darling basin in south-eastern Australia yields 40 per cent of the country's agricultural produce. But the two rivers that feed the region are so pitifully low that there will soon be only enough water for drinking supplies. Australia is in the grip of its worst drought on record, the victim of changing weather patterns attributed to global warming and a government that is only just starting to wake up to the severity of the position. The Prime Minister, John Howard, a hardened climate- change sceptic, delivered dire tidings to the nation's farmers yesterday. Unless there is significant rainfall in the next six to eight weeks, irrigation will be banned in the principal agricultural area. Crops such as rice, cotton and wine grapes will fail, citrus, olive and almond trees will die, along with livestock. A ban on irrigation, which would remain in place until May next year, spells possible ruin for thousands of farmers, already debt-laden and in despair after six straight years of drought. CLIP Recommended by Anne-Marie Cook(light4us@verizon.net) who wrote: "It occurred to me - as I was reading - that when I was a child, my friends and I used to lay on the grass and play with 'moving the clouds'. It seemed quite an easy task - we were never surprised that they moved - WE ALWAYS KNEW WE COULD MOVE THE CLOUDS!!! Well, I know it is true that we can't see the clouds in Australia, however, in our mind's eye - we can 'see' rain clouds moving to Australia and then releasing their rain. Would you take a moment from your busy day, close your eyes, and move some rain clouds with me?"

Global Warming Equals True Equivalent of War: Frederick Kempe (April 24)
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_kempe&sid=aHrRgVR9Hcl8
You know climate change has become a top priority in Washington when it starts penetrating the thinking of leaders in the U.S. military and intelligence community. Eleven retired generals and admirals have sent out a warning shot about national-security threats from climate change, calling it a "threat-multiplier'' that will make unstable regions shakier through increased drought, extreme weather, migrations and rising extremism. No less than President George W. Bush has issued a clarion call, citing the "serious challenge of global climate change'' in his last State of the Union address. His administration's intelligence community had begun work looking at how global warming could pressurize unstable regions even before the Senate introduced legislation calling for a National Intelligence Estimate on it. "Moving climate change into the national security realm is a watershed event,'' says Sherri Goodman, a former Pentagon official who directed the Military Advisory Board at the CNA Corp., a national-security research organization in Alexandria, Virginia. sThat's all further evidence of a seismic shift in America on climate change as a mainstream issue, which may soon have the world's biggest energy user leapfrogging Europe and elsewhere on the science of reducing emissions and on studies of the political consequences if those efforts fall short. CLIP

Weather wars (April 22, 2007)
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/4738132.html
U.N. debate about global warming's effects foresees a grim future of climate-induced conflict. - As human-induced heating of the globe moves from scientific prediction to reality, there is a growing awareness that the threat goes far beyond bad weather. In a groundbreaking debate at the United Nations Security Council last week, diplomats raised the chilling specter of large areas of the world torn by armed conflicts among populations beset by flood, drought and other side effects of climate change. Pressing the case that global warming represents a threat to international security, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett told the council "an unstable climate will exacerbate some of the core drivers of conflict, such as migratory pressures and competition for resources."Opposing the British initiative are China and an alliance of developing nations. Those nations' diplomats contend the Security Council is dominated by major powers and is not the place to be debating an issue that effects all nations. A U.N. study suggests that the countries most severely affected by climate change in the short term will lie in the tropical Third World already wracked by poverty, political instability and sectarian violence. (...) The price tag for climate change in blood and money will grow exponentially the longer the United States refuses to join the international community in curtailing the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel the phenomenon. Even if the worst effects of global warming occur elsewhere, we will be begetting an infinitely more dangerous and desperate world to future Americans.That is truly an unacceptable outcome.

Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us (February 22, 2004)
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1153513,00.html
Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents. Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,' concludes the Pentagon analysis. 'Once again, warfare would define human life.' The findings will prove humiliating to the Bush administration, which has repeatedly denied that climate change even exists. Experts said that they will also make unsettling reading for a President who has insisted national defence is a priority. CLIP

Arctic Sea Ice Melting Much Faster Than Expected
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/050107EA.shtml
Arctic summer sea ice is melting at a significantly faster rate than projected by even the most advanced computer models, according to a new study that concludes recent UN reports on warming underestimate the changes in the Arctic.

The First Refugees of Global Warming
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/050207EA.shtml
Bangladesh, which has 140 million people packed into an area a little smaller than Illinois, is one of the most vulnerable places as climate changes. As the sea level slowly rises, this nation, which is little more than a series of low-lying delta islands amid some of Asia's mightiest rivers, is seeing saltwater creep into its coastal soils and drinking water. Scientists say that in many ways it represents climate change's "perfect storm" of challenges because the country is extremely poor, extremely populated and extremely susceptible.

How to Stop the Planet From Burning
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/050207EB.shtml
George Monbiot writes: "All over Washington, you can hear the giant scraping sound of officials and legislators frantically back-tracking. After years of obfuscation, denial and lies about climate change, all but the most hardened recidivists are rebranding themselves as friends of the earth."

UN Facing a Backlash on Emissions Action Plan
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/050107EB.shtml
This week the world's leading climate change experts will outline highly controversial plans to save the world from global warming. Their proposals - which include a major expansion in nuclear power, the use of GM crops to boost biofuel production, and reliance on unproven technologies, including underground storage of carbon dioxide - will put the UN's climate group on a collision course with a host of environmental groups.

World Observes ‘Darfur Day’: What Next?
http://themoderatevoice.com/places/europe/12533/world-observes-darfur-day-what-next/
Celebrities including Elton John, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, George Clooney and Mia Farrow have appealed to the international community to do more to protect the civilians of Darfur, the province of Sudan where 200,000 have died in four years of war, and millions have lost their homes. This appeal comes from these celebrities to mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict, and coincides with the Global Day of Darfur being observed by Britain and 33 other countries. “Though thousands of people across five continents will today urge their leaders to ‘do something’ about Darfur, few leaders can agree on what that ’something’ is,” reports The Independent.“The US, which is alone in labelling the conflict ‘genocide’, is preparing to increase its sanctions on Sudan. Britain is talking up the idea of a no-fly zone, but one non-British Western diplomat in Khartoum was quick to point out that this was being suggested only by Mr Blair. “So far, though, the outside world is just talking - not acting. Numerous UN resolutions urging action remain unenforced. A no-fly zone was even agreed in 2005, but was never implemented.” More here… Another report states: “What began as a rebellion by three non-Arab tribes against perceived marginalisation by the Arab-dominated Khartoum government has escalated into a complex multi-layered conflict.“There are Arabs fighting alongside the rebels and Africans siding with the government. Arab tribes are fighting other Arab tribes - some are even fighting themselves. Desertification has increased tensions, between everybody, as tribes fight to gain control over precious water points. “If it was ever as simple to describe the conflict as a ‘genocide’ of black Africans by an Arab government - and few analysts in Sudan believe it was - it certainly is not now. “Sudan’s government is arming any group that is prepared to attack anyone connected with the rebels, be they African or Arab. In some cases they have even armed both sides of the same mini-conflict. It is less about ethnic cleansing and more about power. Khartoum, argue some analysts, may not even want the war to end.” ‘This government has always had a crisis,’ said Dr Madawi Ibrahim, a Darfurian expert with close ties to the rebel movement. ‘You keep people busy with a crisis’.”

The wave that destroyed Atlantis (20 April 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6568053.stm
The legend of Atlantis, the country that disappeared under the sea, may be more than just a myth. Research on the Greek island of Crete suggests Europe's earliest civilisation was destroyed by a giant tsunami. Until about 3,500 years ago, a spectacular ancient civilisation was flourishing in the Eastern Mediterranean. The ancient Minoans were building palaces, paved streets and sewers, while most Europeans were still living in primitive huts. But around 1500BC the people who spawned the myths of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth abruptly disappeared. Now the mystery of their cataclysmic end may finally have been solved. A group of scientists have uncovered new evidence that the island of Crete was hit by a massive tsunami at the same time that Minoan culture disappeared. "The geo-archaeological deposits contain a number of distinct tsunami signatures," says Dutch-born geologist Professor Hendrik Bruins of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. "Minoan building material, pottery and cups along with food residue such as isolated animal bones were mixed up with rounded beach pebbles and sea shells and microscopic marine fauna. "The latter can only have been scooped up from the sea-bed by one mechanism - a powerful tsunami, dumping all these materials together in a destructive swoop," says Professor Bruins. The deposits are up to seven metres above sea level, well above the normal reach of storm waves. "An event of ferocious force hit the coast of Crete and this wasn't just a Mediterranean storm," says Professor Bruins. (...) But what caused the tsunami? The scientists have obtained radiocarbon dates for the deposits that show the tsunami could have hit the coast at exactly the same time as an eruption of the Santorini volcano, 70 km north of Crete, in the middle of the second millennium BC. Recent scientific work has established that the Santorini eruption was up to 10 times more powerful than the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. It caused massive climatic disruption and the blast was heard over 3000 miles away. Costas Synolakis thinks that the collapse of Santorini's giant volcanic cone into the sea during the eruption was the mechanism that generated a wave large enough to destroy the Minoan coastal towns. It is not clear if the tsunami could have reached inland to the Minoan capital at Knossos, but the fallout from the volcano would have carried other consequences - massive ash falls and crop failure. With their ports, trading fleet and navy destroyed, the Minoans would never have fully recovered. The myth of Atlantis, the city state that was lost beneath the sea, was first mentioned by Plato over 2000 years ago. It has had a hold on the popular imagination for centuries. Perhaps we now have an explanation of its origin - a folk memory of a real ancient civilisation swallowed by the sea.

Doctors Change the Way They Think About Death
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368186/site/newsweek/
The new science of resuscitation is changing the way doctors think about heart attacks—and death itself.

Honeybee die-off threatens food supply (May 2)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sc/honeybee_die_off
BELTSVILLE, Md. - Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet. Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons.In fact, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even cattle, which feed on alfalfa, depend on bees. So if the collapse worsens, we could end up being "stuck with grains and water," said Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for USDA's bee and pollination program. "This is the biggest general threat to our food supply," Hackett said.While not all scientists foresee a food crisis, noting that large-scale bee die-offs have happened before, this one seems particularly baffling and alarming.U.S. beekeepers in the past few months have lost one-quarter of their colonies — or about five times the normal winter losses — because of what scientists have dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder. The problem started in November and seems to have spread to 27 states, with similar collapses reported in Brazil, Canada and parts of Europe. CLIP

Cell Phones Join Pesticides & GMOs as Possible Cause of Mass Disappearances of Bees
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_4861.cfm

COLLAPSING COLONIES - Are GM Crops Killing Bees? (March 22, 2007)
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,473166,00.html
A mysterious decimation of bee populations has German beekeepers worried, while a similar phenomenon in the United States is gradually assuming catastrophic proportions. The consequences for agriculture and the economy could be enormous. DDPIs the mysterious decimation of bee populations in the US and Germany a result of GM crops? Walter Haefeker is a man who is used to painting grim scenarios. He sits on the board of directors of the German Beekeepers Association (DBIB) and is vice president of the European Professional Beekeepers Association. And because griping is part of a lobbyist's trade, it is practically his professional duty to warn that "the very existence of beekeeping is at stake."The problem, says Haefeker, has a number of causes, one being the varroa mite, introduced from Asia, and another is the widespread practice in agriculture of spraying wildflowers with herbicides and practicing monoculture. Another possible cause, according to Haefeker, is the controversial and growing use of genetic engineering in agriculture.As far back as 2005, Haefeker ended an article he contributed to the journal Der Kritischer Agrarbericht (Critical Agricultural Report) with an Albert Einstein quote: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." Mysterious events in recent months have suddenly made Einstein's apocalyptic vision seem all the more topical. For unknown reasons, bee populations throughout Germany are disappearing -- something that is so far only harming beekeepers. But the situation is different in the United States, where bees are dying in such dramatic numbers that the economic consequences could soon be dire. No one knows what is causing the bees to perish, but some experts believe that the large-scale use of genetically modified plants in the US could be a factor. CLIP

Honeybeeworld ... EMF exposures?
http://freepage.twoday.net/stories/3656661/

Honey bees navigate by observing changes as small as 0.6% in the Earth's magnetic field
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3662270/

Mobile Phones and Vanishing Bees
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3656399/

A honey trap set by phone masts
http://freepage.twoday.net/stories/3665837/
FEARS that radiation from phone masts is killing bees could affect decisions over the location of masts in Bolton. Radiation from masts has been blamed for dwindling honey bee populations, with scientists claiming it interferes with the insects' navigation systems and stops them finding their way back to their hives. Research by Landau University in Germany found that 70 per cent of bees exposed to radiation failed to find their way back to their hive after searching for pollen and nectar. CLIP

Do You Have Microwave Sickness?
http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/do_you_have_microwave_sickness5[1].doc
I've compiled the simple explanations for leaflet distribution - since people seem to be so oblivious to the dangers this technology poses. Feel free to make leaflets and pass it around or just forward it to everyone you know.

Experts May Have Found What's Bugging the Bees (April 26, 2007)
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-bees26apr26,1,7929894.story
A fungus that caused widespread loss of bee colonies in Europe and Asia maybe playing a crucial role in the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder that is wiping out bees across the United States, UC San Francisco researchers said Wednesday. Researchers have been struggling for months to explain the disorder, and the new findings provide the first solid evidence pointing to a potential cause. But the results are "highly preliminary" and are from only a few hives from Le Grand in Merced County, UCSF biochemist Joe DeRisi said. "We don't want to give anybody the impression that this thing has been solved." Other researchers said Wednesday that they too had found the fungus, a single-celled parasite called Nosema ceranae, in affected hives from around the country - as well as in some hives where bees had survived. Those researchers have also found two other fungi and half a dozen viruses in the dead bees.

Deserted Beehives, Starving Young Stun Scientists
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/050207EC.shtml
"The bees were gone," David Hackenberg says. "The honey was still there. There are young brood (eggs) still in the hive. Bees just don't do that." On that November night last year in the Florida field where he wintered his bees, Hackenberg found 400 hives empty. Another 30 hives were "disappearing, dwindling or whatever you want to call it," and their bees were "full of a fungus nobody's ever seen before."

Heartwrenching Video of Dying Bees
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2007/04/28.html#d
Coast listener Larry shares this video of bees dying (slightly graphic) in a grocery store parking lot. About the video Larry writes: "On April 16, Doris and I were leaving a local grocery store, when I noticed a bee. I was glad to see it, until Doris pointed out that all around us there were bees trying, and failing to stay aloft. The parking lot was covered with them. Most were struggling to crawl, or regain their feet. It was truly heart-wrenching. On our way to our car, we noticed that there was a whole swarm dying at our feet. I got out my video camera, squatted next to my car, and took some footage of their struggles. To us, it seemed that the bees were reacting to an airborne toxin." Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

Hundreds of dead seals wash up on shore )May 2)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070503/ap_on_sc/kazakhstan_dead_seals;_ylt=ApyRo3Bl4qex.14MRTKSIwJxieAA
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Hundreds of dead seals have washed up on Kazakhstan's Caspian Sea shoreline in the past several days, bringing the total number of the animals found dead along the shoreline in recent weeks to 832, the Emergencies Agency said Wednesday. Environmental officials in the Central Asian nation were trying to determine what killed seals — most of them young — the agency said in a statement. Preliminary tests showed some of the animals were infected with the distemper virus, authorities said.Several dozen dead seals were found by oil workers on the Caspian shore in western Kazakhstan's Mangistau region about a month ago. By mid-April, the number had risen above 500.A series of viral epidemics have killed thousands of Caspian seals since the late 1990s.Environmentalists also have been concerned about the effect on wildlife of increasing exploration of the inland sea's extensive oil reserves.Last year, 350 seals and thousands of sturgeon died as a result of a heavy metal leak from an oil field.

Animal Extinction - the greatest threat to mankind (April 30, 2007)  GET THIS!!! http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2494659.ece
(...) Scientists recognise that species continually disappear at a background extinction rate estimated at about one species per million per year, with new species replacing the lost in a sustainable fashion. Occasional mass extinctions convulse this orderly norm, followed by excruciatingly slow recoveries as new species emerge from the remaining gene-pool, until the world is once again repopulated by a different catalogue of flora and fauna. From what we understand so far, five great extinction events have reshaped earth in cataclysmic ways in the past 439 million years, each one wiping out between 50 and 95 per cent of the life of the day, including the dominant life forms; the most recent event killing off the non-avian dinosaurs. Speciations followed, but an analysis published in Nature showed that it takes 10 million years before biological diversity even begins to approach what existed before a die-off. Today we're living through the sixth great extinction, sometimes known as the Holocene extinction event. We carried its seeds with us 50,000 years ago as we migrated beyond Africa with Stone Age blades, darts, and harpoons, entering pristine Ice Age ecosystems and changing them forever by wiping out at least some of the unique megafauna of the times, including, perhaps, the sabre-toothed cats and woolly mammoths. When the ice retreated, we terminated the long and biologically rich epoch sometimes called the Edenic period with assaults from our newest weapons: hoes, scythes, cattle, goats, and pigs. But, as harmful as our forebears may have been, nothing compares to what's under way today. Throughout the 20th century the causes of extinction - habitat degradation, overexploitation, agricultural monocultures, human-borne invasive species, human-induced climate-change - increased exponentially, until now in the 21st century the rate is nothing short of explosive. The World Conservation Union's Red List - a database measuring the global status of Earth's 1.5 million scientifically named species - tells a haunting tale of unchecked, unaddressed, and accelerating biocide.When we hear of extinction, most of us think of the plight of the rhino, tiger, panda or blue whale. But these sad sagas are only small pieces of the extinction puzzle. The overall numbers are terrifying. Of the 40,168 species that the 10,000 scientists in the World Conservation Union have assessed, one in four mammals, one in eight birds, one in three amphibians, one in three conifers and other gymnosperms are at risk of extinction. The peril faced by other classes of organisms is less thoroughly analysed, but fully 40 per cent of the examined species of planet earth are in danger, including perhaps 51 per cent of reptiles, 52 per cent of insects, and 73 per cent of flowering plants.By the most conservative measure - based on the last century's recorded extinctions - the current rate of extinction is 100 times the background rate. But the eminent Harvard biologist Edward O Wilson, and other scientists, estimate that the true rate is more like 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate. The actual annual sum is only an educated guess, because no scientist believes that the tally of life ends at the 1.5 million species already discovered; estimates range as high as 100 million species on earth, with 10 million as the median guess. Bracketed between best- and worst-case scenarios, then, somewhere between 2.7 and 270 species are erased from existence every day. Including today.We now understand that the majority of life on Earth has never been - and will never be - known to us. In a staggering forecast, Wilson predicts that our present course will lead to the extinction of half of all plant and animal species by 2100.You probably had no idea. Few do. A poll by the American Museum of Natural History finds that seven in 10 biologists believe that mass extinction poses a colossal threat to human existence, a more serious environmental problem than even its contributor, global warming; and that the dangers of mass extinction are woefully underestimated by almost everyone outside science. By the end of the century half of all species will be extinct. Does that matter? CLIP

EMF-Omega-News 21. April 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3637194/

EMF-Omega-News 28. April 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3666854/

Omega-News Collection 21. April 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3637208/

Omega-News Collection 28. April 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3666861/




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From: Jennifer Schmid (jschmid@epix.net)
Date: 27 Apr 2007
Subject: Re: http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2007/Veracity18.htm">Veracity Series #18: The Real Stories Behind the Media's Myopic Stories

Dear Jean,

Every time I finally have a moment to sit down and go through your emails, I think “Wow! That’s amazing!”

I am particularly overwhelmed by all of the articles on cell phone and wireless usage and dangers. Overwhelmed, not only because my husband and I are somewhat dependent on it, but because it resonates within me as the truth, and I know my family must make radical changes, the way we were able to change our diet many years ago.

I have a question for you and all of the other lightworkers out there, especially those with “connections” :) I have read many times about the incredible technologies of Star Visitors and others; does “safe” wireless technology exist, or is the technology simply “within” us (i.e., through telepathy)? There are so many cases of the Illuminati et al hiding better technologies for their own financial gain. Is this just one of them?

Thank you for all you do, for all of the information you gather and send out, for keeping the light going.

Peace,
Jennifer Schmid

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Dear Jennifer

Thanks for your comment and question. I'm not aware of what other safe ET communication technology might exist, but I'm quite sure we will find out about this in the coming decade. However, I know from an excellent documentary with Dr. Carlo I saw on TV here in Quebec (you may view a trailer of "Cell Phone War" at http://www.emf-health.com/dr-george-carlo.htm) that the Pentagon has invested millions to pay scientists to devise a means to make safe the use of a cell phone. In the documentary, the researcher explains they have first proven that the current cell phone technology is indeed dangerous for human beings, but also that they have devised a tiny electronic component that, once installed in a cell phone, scrambles the cell phone signal in a way that is makes it (apparently!) harmless for humans. So the Pentagon is now using this technology to protect their officers and soldiers against the harmful effects of cell phone technology -- at least it protects the individual user, but the base station signal is not rendered harmless through this method. The documentary also explains that the cell phone industry has refused to use this component because it would implicitly be an admission that their current technology is dangerous and thus expose them to huge liabilities. They prefer to protect their bottom line rather than protect their billions of clients...

Now if enough people would wake up to this lethal and stealthy threat to their health, perhaps enough pressure can be exerted upon politicians and regulatory agencies to actually force the industry to quickly resolve this problem and implement safeguards against excessive electrosmog from all sources. Asbestos and tobacco were proven unsafe for humans and regulated accordingly. Now it is time to do the same with all sources of electromagnetic pollution.

Best regards

Jean

AN INTERVIEW WITH 'HENRY DEACON' (Transcript) http://ufoexperiences.blogspot.com/2006/10/interview-with-henry-deacon.html
Recommended by Ken (panacea1@peoplepc.com) who wrote: "In this interview this scientist refers to a technology that the elite have which is "safe" wireless ... but they would NEVER let us have it because it cannot be monitored, tapped into, or even billed for, so how can they profit by it or control people with it?" HERE is the relevant part: (...) What else do you know as a physicist working on these projects? OK. This may interest you if you have a physics background. You know what signal non-locality is, right? When two particles in different parts of the universe can apparently communicate with each other simultaneously, no matter what the distance. Communications devices have been made for communicating across vast distances and also locally using a methodology that's impossible to eavesdrop on, because there's nothing traveling between the two devices that can be intercepted. It's impossible to crack or codebreak or eavesdrop because no signal travels anywhere, so there's no signal to be intercepted or decoded. It just doesn't work like that. The beauty of it is that the devices are actually so simple to build. You can create two chaotic circuits, on a couple of small breadboards using cheap components which anyone can buy, and they communicate with each other in this way. You can build these if you know how. CLIP




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From: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042507L.shtml

Kucinich Officially Moves to Impeach Cheney

Kucinich's Impeachment Proposal Takes Antiwar Stand to New Lengths

By Marie Horrigan - Congressional Quarterly

24 April 2007

Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich on Tuesday introduced articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney for "high crimes and misdemeanors" related to his participation in the buildup for the war in Iraq - and what the longshot Democratic presidential contender said was belligerent rhetoric toward Iran.

In an 18-page draft resolution, Kucinich outlined three charges against Cheney: that he "manipulated the intelligence process ... by fabricating the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction" to justify the war in Iraq; that he deceived citizens and Congress "about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda" to justify the war; and that he has "openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran, absent any real threat to the United States, and has done so with the United States' proven capability to carry out such threats."

"In all this, Vice President Richard B. Cheney has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as vice president, and subversive to constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and the manifest injury of the people of the United States ... [and] by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office," the resolution concluded.

Kucinich introduced the articles at a news conference held at 5 p.m. Tuesday on Capitol Hill, which was delayed for several hours. The event was originally planned for noon, but Kucinich initially postponed it based on news reports Cheney was undergoing emergency medical treatment for a chronic blood clot condition in his leg. When subsequent news reports indicated the tests were more routine, Kucinich rescheduled the event.

Kucinich - who opposed military intervention in Iraq from the start and voiced strong criticism of the Bush administration's policy during a quixotic run for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination - again has made his antiwar stance a main issue of his bid for the White House.

Democratic leaders, who have stated repeatedly they have no intentions of pursuing the impeachment of either President Bush or Cheney, do not support the impeachment effort. Kucinich said Tuesday that he did not have any co-sponsors for the resolution. But he proclaimed that he had the support of "millions of Americans."

Speaking at the news conference, Kucinich said he was pursuing impeachment of Cheney, and not Bush, for practical reasons. "It's significant and responsible to start in this way, because if the same charges would relate to the president as relate to the vice president, you would then have to go through the constitutional agony of impeaching two presidents consecutively," he said.

Kucinich posted his proposed articles of impeachment on his congressional Web site:
http://kucinich.house.gov/SpotlightIssues/documents.htm

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VOTE NOW: Should Vice President Cheney be IMPEACHED?

From: The Pen democracy@peaceteam.net">
Date: April 25, 2007

TELL CONGRESS WHETHER TO IMPEACH VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY OR NOT

On April 24, 2007, U.S. House Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced H.Res. 333, calling for articles of impeachment to be sent to the U.S Senate with regards to Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

We have created a VOTING action page on this.  We want maximum participation so we can reflect the true sense of the American people.  Please vote whether you support impeachment or not.

ACTION PAGE:
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The grounds of the proposed impeachment are that the Vice President:

1. fabricated a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,

2. purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda, and

3. has threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, all in detriment to the national interest of the United States.

If you are an established commentator on the internet or elsewhere, and you have arguments to submit on either side of the issue, please email back with links and we will put them also on the action page.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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From: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/24/AR2007042401542.html

Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Cheney

April 24, 2007 - Transcript

REP. DENNIS J. KUCINICH, D-OHIO: Thank you very much for being here.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that, among these, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the government; and, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.

These words from the Declaration of Independence are instructive at this moment. Because not only whenever any form of government, but whenever any government official becomes destructive of the founding purposes, that official or those officials must be held accountable.

Because I believe the vice president's conduct of office has been destructive to the founding purposes of our nation. Today, I have introduced House Resolution 333, Articles of Impeachment Relating to Vice President Richard B. Cheney. I do so in defense of the rights of the American people to have a government that is honest and peaceful.

It became obvious to me that this vice president, who was a driving force for taking the United States into a war against Iraq under false pretenses, is once again rattling the sabers of war against Iran with the same intent to drive America into another war, again based on false pretenses.

Let me cite from the articles of impeachment that were introduced this afternoon, Article I, that Richard Cheney had purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and the Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the use of the United States armed forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security.

That despite all evidence to the contrary, the vice president actively and systematically sought to deceive the citizens and the Congress of the United States about an alleged threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

That preceding the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the vice president was fully informed that no legitimate evidence existed of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The vice president pressured the intelligence community to change their findings to enable the deception of the citizens and the Congress of the United States.

That in this the vice president subverted the national security interests of the United States by setting the stage for the loss of more than 3,300 United States service members and the loss of 650,000 Iraqi citizens since the United States invasion; the loss of approximately $500 billion in war costs, which has increased our federal debt; the loss of military readiness within the United States armed services, through an overextension and lack of training and lack of equipment; and the loss of United States credibility in the world affairs and decades of likely blowback created by the invasion of Iraq.

That with respect to Article II, that Richard Cheney manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and the Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and Al Qaida in order to justify the use of United States armed forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security.

And that, despite all evidence to the contrary, the vice president actively and systematically sought to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and Al Qaida.

That preceding to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the vice president was fully informed that no credible evidence existed of a working relationship between Iraq and Al Qaida, a fact articulated in several official documents.

With respect to Article III, that in his conduct while vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran, absent any real threat to the United States, and has done so with the United States's proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security interests of the United States.

That despite no evidence that Iran has the intention or the capability of attacking the United States, and despite the turmoil created by the United States's invasion of Iraq, the vice president has openly threatened aggression against Iran.

Furthermore, I point out in the articles that Article VI of the United States Constitution states, and I quote, "This Constitution and the laws of the United States shall be made in pursuance thereof and all treaties made or which shall be made under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land. Any provision of an international treaty ratified by the United States becomes the law of the United States."

The United States is signatory to the U.N. Charter, a treaty among the nations of the world. Article II, Section 4 of the United Nations Charter states, and I quote, "All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations."

The articles conclude by pointing out that the vice president's deception upon the citizens and the Congress of the United States that enabled the failed United States invasion of Iraq forcibly altered the rules of diplomacy so that the vice president recent belligerent actions toward Iran are destabilizing and counterproductive to the national security of the United States of America.

These articles of impeachment are not brought forth lightly. I've carefully weighed the options available to members of Congress and found this path the path that is the most important to take.

The justifications used to lead our nation to war have unquestionably been disproved. Brave soldiers and innocent civilians have lost their lives in a war the United States should never have initiated. The weight of the lies used to lead us into war has grown heavier with each death. Now is the time for Congress to examine the actions that led us into this war, just as we must work to bring the troops home. This resolution is a very serious matter, and I will urge the Committee on Judiciary to investigate and carefully consider this resolution.

At this time, I'm happy to take any of your questions.

QUESTION: Congressman, at this point do you have any other -- any fellow members support this?

KUCINICH: At this very moment, the resolution is being transmitted to members of Congress. Because this resolution is so weighty in its import, it's going to be important for members of Congress to have sufficient time to study the articles. This is unlike any other type of legislation or resolution. This is not something that you can ask anyone to make a snap judgment on. It took me a while to come to this point. And I would expect that members of Congress, given the opportunity to review these articles, will be able to come to a conclusion consistent with their own concerns and the concerns of their constituents.

QUESTION: But at this point, you stand alone, at this point?

KUCINICH: At this point, I believe that I stand with millions of Americans who have expressed concern through their state legislatures, through petitions to Congress, through contact with their members of Congress, that something has to be done to reclaim our country's goodness, to reclaim a government which the American people want to be honest, want to be just.

And so I do not stand alone. I have multitudes of people backing this.

CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/24/AR2007042401542.html




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Date: 25 Apr 2007
From: Antares Antares@magickriver.com">
Subject: Avalanche gaining momentum...

The House of Cheney and the House of Bush will soon emerge as a House of Cards... let's focus on GETTING THE TRUTH OUT... or the rest of humanity is in for an EXTREMELY ROUGH RIDE FOR THE NEXT TWO GENERATIONS!!

THIS IS ANOTHER USEFUL LINK! - http://911proof.com/6.html

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Subject: Avalanche gaining momentum...

It's an avalanche that only continues to grow...How much more "proof" do the skeptics need? Are all these experts wrong? Yes, denial is a terrible thing. I invite you to visit Professors Question 9/11 for more statements: http://patriotsquestion911.com/professors.html ...

Scientists Debunk Official 9/11 Theories
http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2006/09/jones.html

http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2006/09/jones.html%3E

Numerous credible scientists have recently disproven some of the most commonly-held, but false, theories about the collapse of the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001:

A prominent physicist with 33 years of service for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, said that the official theory for why the Twin Towers and world trade center building 7 collapsed "does not match the available facts" and supports the theory that the buildings were brought down by controlled demolition
http://patriotsquestion911.com/professors.html#Griscom

A prominent physicist, former U.S. professor of physics from a top university, and a former principal investigator for the U.S. Department of Energy, Division of Advanced Energy Projects, stated that the world trade centers were brought down by controlled demolition
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635160132,00.html

A U.S. physics professor who teaches at several universities believes that the World Trade Centers were brought down by controlled demolition
http://innworldreport.net/video_launcher.php?2007-04-23i

A professor emeritus of physics and former division chairman from a small community college said "My wife and I, transfixed in front of a TV as the horror of 9/11 unfolded, watched as the topmost, undamaged floors of the WTC South Tower started to gradually lean (rotate) in the direction of the damage due to impact. In an instant, the rotation stopped, and that which was rotating began to fall, as if only under the influence of gravity! The fulcrum was no longer there! I blurted out, "My god, they wired the building." http://patriotsquestion911.com/professors.html#Hawryluk

An expert on controlled demolition said that the trade centers were brought down with explosives http://www.bt.dk/nyheder/artikel:aid=67849/ (and see TV interview here; both in Danish)

An architect, member of the American Institute of Architects, who has been a practicing architect for 20 years and has been responsible for the production of construction documents for numerous steel-framed and fire-protected buildings for uses in many different areas, including education, civic, rapid transit and industrial use, has disputed the claim that fire and airplane damage brought down the World Trade Centers and believes there is strong evidence of controlled demolition
http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2007/04/911-family-members-file-petition-with.html
(see also this video, part 2 here , and part 3 here

A former guidance systems engineer for Polaris and Trident missiles and professor emeritus, mathematics and computer science at a university concluded that the Twin Towers "were brought down by planted explosives." http://patriotsquestion911.com/professors.html#henry

A professor of mathematics said "The official explanation that I've heard doesn't make sense because it doesn't explain why I heard and felt an explosion before the South Tower fell and why the concrete was pulverized".
http://patriotsquestion911.com/professors.html#welz

Two structural engineers at a prestigious Swiss university said that, on 9/11, World Trade Center 7 was brought down by controlled demolition (translation here)

A Dutch demolition expert stated that WTC 7 was imploded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_z8VMKL1ww

A safety engineer and accident analyst for the Finnish National Safety Technology Authority stated regarding WTC 7 that "The great speed of the collapse and the low value of the resistance factor strongly suggest controlled demolition."
http://www.saunalahti.fi/wtc2001/WTC7_collapse_examination.pdf

A Danish professor of chemistry said, in a mainstream Danish newspaper, "WTC7 collapsed exactly like a house of cards. If the fires or damage in one corner had played a decisive role, the building would have fallen in that direction. You don't have to be a woodcutter to grasp this." http://www.911truth.dk/first/en/art_Harrit.htm (translated) See this scientific journal and this web page (skip to "Mathematics, Science and Engineering") for additional scientists who question 9/11.

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"The attack on 911 was planned, organized and committed by treasonous perpetrators
that have infiltrated the highest levels of our government." -- Colonel Guy S. Razer, USAF (ret.), http://www.patriotsquestion911.com

Demand a new investigation.
Stand up. Be counted.

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Related articles:

VIRGIN AIRWAYS showing "Loose Change 2" in-flight
http://www.virgin-atlantic.com:80/en/us/whatsonboard/inflightentertainment/tv/documentarylisting.jsp
Warning: Contains disturbing scenes. Was 9/11 a government set up? You decide.Everyone's talking about it so we thought you'd like to see the film that started out as a home movie and became one of the most downloaded documentaries of all time. Was 9/11 a government set up? Were the twin towers brought down in a controlled explosion for an insurance payday? These questions and more are posed in this controversial film, seen by millions, derided by many. Now it's your chance to make up your own mind. -- Check their other most interesting on-flight movies as well!

Ex-CIA analyst: Forged 'yellowcake' memo 'leads right back to' Cheney:
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/ExCIA_analyst_Forged_yellowcake_memo_leads_0430.html
Appearing on MSNBC's Tucker Carlson show, Ray McGovern who served in the CIA for twenty-seven years, said, "the [forged] memo leads right back to the doorstep of the Vice President of the United States."

The Star Wars Beam Weapons (LOTS of unique videos and puzzling material there...)
http://janedoe0911.tripod.com/StarWarsBeam7.html
(...) Here are the principal data that must be explained: The Twin Towers were destroyed faster than physics can explain (free fall speed "collapse"). The protective bathtub was not significantly damaged by the destruction of the Twin TowersThe rail lines, rail cars and tunnels had only light damage. The WTC mall survived well, witnessed by Warner Bros. Road Runner and friends. The seismic impact was minimal, far too small based on our comparison with the Kingdome controlled demolition. The Twin Towers were destroyed from the top down, not bottom up, unlike WTC7. The upper 80 percent, approximately, of each tower was turned into fine dust and did not crash to the earth. File cabinet with folder dividers survive.Office paper was densely spread throughout lower Manhattan, unburned, often along side burning cars. Vertical round holes were cut into buildings 4, 5 and 6, plus a cylindrical arc into Bankers Trust and into Liberty street in front of Bankers Trust. All planes but top secret missions were ordered down until 10:31 a.m. (when only military flights were allowed to resume), after both towers were destroyed, and only two minutes after WTC 1 had been destroyed. Approximately 1,400 motor vehicles were towed away, toasted in strange ways during the destruction of the Twin Towers. The order and method of destruction of each tower minimized damage to the bathtub.Twin Tower control without damaging neighboring buildings, in fact all seriously damaged or destroyed buildings had a WTC prefix, and no others. The north wing of WTC 4 was left standing, neatly sliced from the main body which virtually disappeared. The WTC1 and WTC2 rubble pile was far too small to account for the mass, unlike that of WTC7. Eyewitness testimony about toasted cars, instant disappearance of people by "unexplained" waves, a plane turning into a mid-air fireball and electrical power cut off moments before WTC 2 destruction, the sound of explosions. The possibility that a technology exists. Since invention of the microwave for cooking in 1945 and laser beam in 1955*, commercial and military development of beam technology has proceeded apace, so use of high-energy beams are likely.

A Refutation of the Official Collapse Theory
http://janedoe0911.tripod.com/BilliardBalls.html

Many related videos at http://janedoe0911.tripod.com/videos.html">http://janedoe0911.tripod.com/videos.html

Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons (October 4, 2004)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/04/MNGM393GPK1.DTL
Program was touted publicly, then came official gag order - (...) "The energy from colliding positrons and antielectrons "is 10 billion times ... that of high explosive," Edwards explained in his March speech. Moreover, 1 gram of antimatter, about 1/25th of an ounce, would equal "23 space shuttle fuel tanks of energy." Thus "positron energy conversion," as he called it, would be a "revolutionary energy source" of interest to those who wage war.It almost defies belief, the amount of explosive force available in a speck of antimatter -- even a speck that is too small to see. For example: One millionth of a gram of positrons contain as much energy as 37.8 kilograms (83 pounds) of TNT, according to Edwards' March speech. A simple calculation, then, shows that about 50-millionths of a gram could generate a blast equal to the explosion (roughly 4,000 pounds of TNT, according to the FBI) at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. "




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EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THIS ONE BELOW, YOU OUGHT TO MAKE TIME! SOMEONE IN THE BRITISH MEDIA (at the Guardian!) HAD THE BALLS TO PUBLISH THIS... YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE THE NERVE AND MORAL FORTITUDE TO READ THIS AND REALIZE HOW MUCH IS AT STAKE RIGHT NOW.

Forwarded by Mark Graffis (mgraffis@gmail.com)

From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2064157,00.html

Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps

From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all

April 24, 2007

The Guardian

Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.

They were not figuring these things out as they went along. If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways. But it is always effective. It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy -- but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.  

As difficult as this is to contemplate, it is clear, if you are willing to look, that each of these 10 steps HAS ALREADY BEEN INITIATED TODAY in the United States by the Bush administration.  

Because Americans like me were born in freedom, we have a hard time even considering that it is possible for us to become as unfree -- domestically -- as many other nations. Because we no longer learn much about our rights or our system of government -- the task of being aware of the constitution has been outsourced from citizens' ownership to being the domain of professionals such as lawyers and professors -- we scarcely recognise the checks and balances that the founders put in place, even as they are being systematically dismantled.

Because we don't learn much about European history, the setting up of a department of "homeland" security -- remember who else was keen on the word "homeland" -- didn't raise the alarm bells it might have. It is my argument that, beneath our very noses, George Bush and his administration are using time-tested tactics to close down an open society.

It is time for us to be willing to think the unthinkable -- as the author and political journalist Joe Conason, has put it, that it can happen here. And that we are further along than we realise. Conason eloquently warned of the danger of American authoritarianism. I am arguing that we need also to look at the lessons of European and other kinds of fascism to understand the potential seriousness of the events we see unfolding in the U.S.

1) INVOKE A TERRIFYING INTERNAL and EXTERNAL "ENEMY" 

After we were hit on September 11 2001, we were in a state of national shock. Less than six weeks later, on October 26 2001, the USA Patriot Act was passed by a Congress that had little chance to debate it; many said that they scarcely had time to read it. We were told we were now on a "war footing"; we were in a "global war" against a "global caliphate" intending to "wipe out civilization." 

There have been other times of crisis in which the U.S. accepted limits on civil liberties, such as during the civil war, when Lincoln declared martial law, and the second world war, when thousands of Japanese-American citizens were interned.    

But this situation, as Bruce Fein of the American Freedom Agenda notes, is unprecedented: all our other wars had an endpoint, so the pendulum was able to swing back toward freedom; this war is defined as open-ended in time and without national boundaries in space -- the globe itself is the battlefield.

"This time," Fein says, "there will be no defined end."

Creating a terrifying threat -- hydra-like, secretive, evil -- is an old trick. It can, like Hitler's invocation of a communist threat to the nation's security, be based on actual events

(One Wisconsin academic has faced calls for his dismissal because he noted, among other things, that the alleged communist arson, the Reichstag fire of February 1933, was swiftly followed in Nazi Germany by passage of the Enabling Act, which replaced constitutional law with an open-ended state of emergency.)   

Or the terrifying threat can be based, like the National Socialist evocation of the "global conspiracy of world Jewry," on myth. It is not that global Islamist terrorism is not a severe danger; of course it is. I am arguing rather that the language used to convey the nature of the threat is different in a country such as Spain -- which has also suffered violent terrorist attacks -- than it is in America.

Spanish citizens know that they face a grave security threat; what we as American citizens believe is that we are potentially threatened with the end of civilisation as we know it. Of course, this makes us more willing to ACCEPT RESTRICTIONS ON OUR FREEDOMS.

2) CREATE A GULAG  

Once you have got everyone scared, the next step is to create a prison system outside the rule of law (as Bush put it, he wanted the American detention centre at Guantánamo Bay to be situated in legal "outer space") -- where torture takes place. 

At first, the people who are sent there are seen by citizens as outsiders: troublemakers, spies, "enemies of the people" or "criminals." Initially, citizens tend to support the secret prison system; it makes them feel safer and they do not identify with the prisoners. But soon enough, civil society leaders -- opposition members, labour activists, clergy and journalists -- are arrested and sent there as well.  

This process took place in fascist shifts or anti-democracy crackdowns ranging from Italy and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s to the Latin American coups of the 1970s and beyond. It is standard practice for closing down an open society or crushing a pro-democracy uprising. 

With its jails in Iraq and Afghanistan and, of course, Guantanamo in Cuba, where detainees are abused, and kept indefinitely without trial and without access to the due process of the law, America certainly has its gulag now. Bush and his allies in Congress recently announced they would issue no information about the secret CIA "black site" prisons throughout the world, which are used to incarcerate people who have been seized off the street.    

Gulags in history tend to metastasise, becoming ever larger and more secretive, ever more deadly and formalised. We know from first-hand accounts, photographs, videos and government documents that people, innocent and guilty, have been tortured in the U.S.-run prisons we are aware of and those we can't investigate adequately.

But Americans still assume this system and detainee abuses involve only scary brown people with whom they don't generally identify. It was brave of the conservative pundit William Safire to quote the anti-Nazi pastor Martin Niemöller, who had been seized as a political prisoner: "First they came for the Jews."

Most Americans don't understand yet that the destruction of the rule of law at Guantánamo set a dangerous precedent for them, too. By the way, the establishment of military tribunals that deny prisoners due process tends to come early on in a fascist shift. Mussolini and Stalin set up such tribunals.

On April 24 1934, the Nazis, too, set up the People's Court, which also bypassed the judicial system: prisoners were held indefinitely, often in isolation, and tortured, without being charged with offences, and were subjected to show trials. Eventually, the Special Courts became a parallel system that put pressure on the regular courts to abandon the rule of law in favour of Nazi ideology when making decisions.

3) DEVELOP A THUG CASTE  

When leaders who seek what I call a "fascist shift" want to close down an open society, they send paramilitary groups of scary young men out to terrorise citizens. The Blackshirts roamed the Italian countryside beating up communists; the Brownshirts staged violent rallies throughout Germany.

This paramilitary force is especially important in a democracy: you need citizens to fear thug violence and so you need thugs who are free from prosecution.

The years following 9/11 have proved a bonanza for America's security contractors, with the Bush administration outsourcing areas of work that traditionally fell to the U.S. military. In the process, contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars have been issued for security work by mercenaries at home and abroad.

In Iraq, some of these contract operatives have been accused of involvement in torturing prisoners, harassing journalists and firing on Iraqi civilians. Under Order 17, issued to regulate contractors in Iraq by the one-time U.S. administrator in Baghdad, Paul Bremer, these contractors are immune from prosecution. 

Yes, but that is in Iraq, you could argue; however, after Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Homeland Security hired and deployed hundreds of armed private security guards in New Orleans.

The investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill interviewed one unnamed guard who reported having fired on unarmed civilians in the city. It was a natural disaster that underlay that episode -- but the administration's endless war on terror means ongoing scope for what are in effect privately contracted armies to take on crisis and emergency management at home in U.S. cities.

Thugs in America? Groups of angry young Republican men, dressed in identical shirts and trousers, menaced poll workers counting the votes in Florida in 2000. If you are reading history, you can imagine that there can be a need for "public order" on the next election day. Say there are protests, or a threat, on the day of an election; history would not rule out the presence of a private security firm at a polling station "to restore public order."

4) SET UP AN INTERNAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM    

In Mussolini's Italy, in Nazi Germany, in communist East Germany, in communist China -- in every closed society -- secret police spy on ordinary people and encourage neighbours to spy on neighbours. The Stasi needed to keep only a minority of East Germans under surveillance to convince a majority that they themselves were being watched.

In 2005 and 2006, when James Risen and Eric Lichtblau wrote in the New York Times about a secret state programme to wiretap citizens' phones, read their e-mails and follow international financial transactions, it became clear to ordinary Americans that they, too, could be under state scrutiny.

In closed societies, this surveillance is cast as being about "national security"; the true function is to KEEP CITIZENS DOCILE and INHIBIT their ACTIVISM and DISSENT. 

5) HARASS CITIZENS' GROUPS 

The fifth thing you do is related to step four -- you infiltrate and harass citizens' groups. It can be trivial: a church in Pasadena, whose minister preached that Jesus was in favour of peace, found itself being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, while churches that got Republicans out to vote, which is equally illegal under U.S. tax law, have been left alone.

Other harassment is more serious: the American Civil Liberties Union reports that thousands of ordinary American anti-war, environmental and other groups have been infiltrated by agents: a secret Pentagon database includes more than four dozen peaceful anti-war meetings, rallies or marches by American citizens in its category of 1,500 "suspicious incidents."

The equally secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (Cifa) agency of the Department of Defense has been gathering information about domestic organisations engaged in peaceful political activities: Cifa is supposed to track "potential terrorist threats" as it watches ordinary U.S. citizen activists.

A little-noticed new law has REDEFINED ACTIVISM such as animal rights protests as "terrorism." So the DEFINITION of "TERRORIST" slowly expands to INCLUDE THE OPPOSITION.

6) ENGAGE IN ARBITRARY DETENTION and RELEASE 

This scares people. It is a kind of cat-and-mouse game. Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the investigative reporters who wrote "China Wakes: the Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power," describe pro-democracy activists in China, such as Wei Jingsheng, being arrested and released many times. In a closing or closed society there is a "list" of dissidents and opposition leaders: you are targeted in this way once you are on the list, and it is hard to get off the list.

In 2004, America's Transportation Security Administration confirmed that it had a list of passengers who were targeted for security searches or worse if they tried to fly. People who have found themselves on the list? Two middle-aged women peace activists in San Francisco; liberal Senator Edward Kennedy; a member of Venezuela's government -- after Venezuela's president had criticised Bush; and thousands of ordinary U.S. citizens. 

Professor Walter F Murphy is emeritus of Princeton University; he is one of the foremost constitutional scholars in the nation and author of the classic Constitutional Democracy. Murphy is also a decorated former marine, and he is not even especially politically liberal. But on March 1 this year, he was denied a boarding pass at Newark, "because I was on the Terrorist Watch list." 

"Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that," asked the airline employee.

"I explained," said Murphy, "that I had not so marched but had, in September 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the constitution."  

"That'll do it," the man said.

Anti-war marcher? Potential terrorist. Support the constitution? Potential terrorists. History shows that the categories of "enemy of the people" tend to expand ever deeper into civil life. 

James Yee, a U.S. citizen, was the Muslim chaplain at Guantánamo who was accused of mishandling classified documents. He was harassed by the U.S. military before the charges against him were dropped. Yee has been detained and released several times. He is still of interest. 

Brandon Mayfield, a U.S. citizen and lawyer in Oregon, was mistakenly identified as a possible terrorist. His house was secretly broken into and his computer seized. Though he is innocent of the accusation against him, he is still on the list. It is a standard practice of fascist societies that once you are on the list, you can't get off.

7) TARGET KEY INDIVIDUALS 

Threaten civil servants, artists and academics with job loss if they don't toe the line. Mussolini went after the rectors of state universities who did not conform to the fascist line; so did Joseph Goebbels, who purged academics who were not pro-Nazi; so did Chile's Augusto Pinochet; so does the Chinese communist Politburo in punishing pro-democracy students and professors.  

Academe is a tinderbox of activism, so those seeking a fascist shift punish academics and students with professional loss if they do not "coordinate," in Goebbels' term, ideologically. Since civil servants are the sector of society most vulnerable to being fired by a given regime, they are also a group that fascists typically "coordinate" early on: the Reich Law for the Re-establishment of a Professional Civil Service was passed on April 7 1933.

Bush supporters in state legislatures in several states put pressure on regents at state universities to penalise or fire academics who have been critical of the administration. As for civil servants, the Bush administration has derailed the career of one military lawyer who spoke up for fair trials for detainees, while an administration official publicly intimidated the law firms that represent detainees pro bono by threatening to call for their major corporate clients to boycott them.

Elsewhere, a CIA contract worker who said in a closed blog that "waterboarding is torture" was stripped of the security clearance she needed in order to do her job. Most recently, the administration purged eight U.S. attorneys for what looks like insufficient political loyalty. When Goebbels purged the civil service in April 1933, attorneys were "coordinated" too, a step that eased the way of the increasingly brutal laws to follow.

8) CONTROL THE PRESS   

Italy in the 1920s, Germany in the 30s, East Germany in the 50s, Czechoslovakia in the 60s, the Latin American dictatorships in the 70s, China in the 80s and 90s -- all dictatorships and would-be dictators target newspapers and journalists. They threaten and harass them in more open societies that they are seeking to close, and they arrest them and worse in societies that have been closed already.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says arrests of U.S. journalists are at an all-time high: Josh Wolf (no relation), a blogger in San Francisco, has been put in jail for a year for refusing to turn over video of an anti-war demonstration; Homeland Security brought a criminal complaint against reporter Greg Palast, claiming he threatened "critical infrastructure" when he and a TV producer were filming victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Palast had written a bestseller critical of the Bush administration.

Other reporters and writers have been punished in other ways. Joseph C Wilson accused Bush, in a New York Times op-ed, of leading the country to war on the basis of a false charge that Saddam Hussein had acquired yellowcake uranium in Niger. His wife, Valerie Plame, was outed as a CIA spy -- a form of retaliation that ended her career.

Prosecution and job loss are nothing, though, compared with how the U.S. is treating journalists seeking to cover the conflict in Iraq in an unbiased way. The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented multiple accounts of the U.S. military in Iraq firing upon or threatening to fire upon unembedded (meaning independent) reporters and camera operators from organisations ranging from al-Jazeera to the BBC.

While westerners may question the accounts by al-Jazeera, they should pay attention to the accounts of reporters such as the BBC's Kate Adie. In some cases reporters have been wounded or killed, including ITN's Terry Lloyd in 2003. Both CBS and the Associated Press in Iraq had staff members seized by the U.S. military and taken to violent prisons; the news organisations were unable to see the evidence against their staffers.

Over time in closing societies, real news is supplanted by fake news and false documents. Pinochet showed Chilean citizens falsified documents to back up his claim that terrorists had been about to attack the nation. The yellowcake charge, too, was based on forged papers. 

You won't have a shutdown of news in modern America -- it is not possible. But you can have, as Frank Rich and Sidney Blumenthal have pointed out, a steady stream of lies polluting the news well. What you already have is a White House directing a stream of false information that is so relentless that it is increasingly hard to sort out truth from untruth.

In a fascist system, it's not the lies that count but the muddying. When citizens CAN'T TELL THE REAL NEWS FROM FAKE, they give up their demands for accountability bit by bit.

9) DISSENT EQUALS TREASON  

Cast dissent as "treason" and criticism as "espionage'. Every closing society does this, just as it elaborates laws that increasingly criminalise certain kinds of speech and expand the definition of "spy" and "traitor."

When Bill Keller, the publisher of the New York Times, ran the Lichtblau/Risen stories, Bush called the Times' leaking of classified information "disgraceful," while Republicans in Congress called for Keller to be charged with treason, and rightwing commentators and news outlets kept up the "treason" drumbeat.

Some commentators, as Conason noted, reminded readers smugly that one penalty for violating the Espionage Act is execution. Conason is right to note how serious a threat that attack represented. It is also important to recall that the 1938 Moscow show trial accused the editor of Izvestia, Nikolai Bukharin, of treason; Bukharin was, in fact, executed.

And it is important to remind Americans that when the 1917 Espionage Act was last widely invoked, during the infamous 1919 Palmer Raids, leftist activists were arrested without warrants in sweeping roundups, kept in jail for up to five months, and "beaten, starved, suffocated, tortured and threatened with death," according to the historian Myra MacPherson. After that, dissent was muted in America for a decade.

In Stalin's Soviet Union, dissidents were "enemies of the people." National Socialists called those who supported Weimar democracy "November traitors."

And here is where the circle closes: most Americans do not realise that since September of last year -- when Congress wrongly, foolishly, passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 -- the president has the power to call ANY U.S. citizen an "enemy combatant."

He has the power to define what "enemy combatant" means. The president can also delegate to anyone he chooses in the executive branch the right to define "enemy combatant" any way he or she wants and then seize Americans accordingly.

Even if you or I are American citizens, even if we turn out to be completely innocent of what he has accused us of doing, he has the power to have us seized as we are changing planes at Newark tomorrow, or have us taken with a knock on the door; ship you or me to a navy brig; and keep you or me in isolation, possibly for months, while awaiting trial.

(Prolonged isolation, as psychiatrists know, triggers psychosis in otherwise mentally healthy prisoners. That is why Stalin's gulag had an isolation cell, like Guantánamo's, in every satellite prison. Camp 6, the newest, most brutal facility at Guantánamo, is all isolation cells.)

We U.S. citizens will get a trial eventually -- for now. But legal rights activists at the Center for Constitutional Rights say that the Bush administration is trying increasingly aggressively to find ways to get around giving even U.S. citizens fair trials. "Enemy combatant" is a status offence -- it is not even something you have to have done.

"We have absolutely moved over into a preventive detention model -- you look like you could do something bad, you might do something bad, so we're going to hold you," says a spokeswoman of the CCR.

Most Americans surely do not get this yet. No wonder: it is hard to believe, even though it is true. In every closing society, at a certain point there are some high-profile arrests -- usually of opposition leaders, clergy and journalists. Then everything goes quiet. After those arrests, there are still newspapers, courts, TV and radio, and the facades of a civil society. There just isn't real dissent. There just isn't freedom. If you look at history, just before those arrests is where we are now.

10) SUSPEND THE RULE OF LAW

The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 gave the president new powers over the national guard. This means that in a national emergency -- which the president now has enhanced powers to declare -- he can send Michigan's militia to enforce a state of emergency that he has declared in Oregon, over the objections of the state's governor and its citizens.

Even as Americans were focused on Britney Spears's meltdown and the question of who fathered Anna Nicole's baby, the New York Times editorialised about this shift: "A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night ... Beyond actual insurrection, the president may now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or any 'other condition'."

Critics see this as a clear violation of the Posse Comitatus Act -- which was meant to restrain the federal government from using the military for domestic law enforcement. The Democratic senator Patrick Leahy says the bill encourages a president to declare federal martial law.

It also violates the very reason the founders set up our system of government as they did: having seen citizens bullied by a monarch's soldiers, the founders were terrified of exactly this kind of concentration of militias' power over American people in the hands of an oppressive executive or faction.

Of course, the United States is not vulnerable to the violent, total closing-down of the system that followed Mussolini's march on Rome or Hitler's roundup of political prisoners. Our democratic habits are too resilient, and our military and judiciary too independent, for any kind of scenario like that.

Rather, as other critics are noting, our experiment in democracy could be closed down by a process of erosion. It is a mistake to think that early in a fascist shift you see the profile of barbed wire against the sky. In the early days, things look normal on the surface; peasants were celebrating harvest festivals in Calabria in 1922; people were shopping and going to the movies in Berlin in 1931.

Early on, as WH Auden put it, the horror is always elsewhere -- while someone is being tortured, children are skating, ships are sailing: "dogs go on with their doggy life ... How everything turns away, quite leisurely from the disaster."

As Americans turn away quite leisurely, keeping tuned to internet shopping and American Idol, the foundations of democracy are being fatally corroded.

Something has changed profoundly that weakens us unprecedentedly: our democratic traditions, independent judiciary and free press do their work today in a context in which we are "at war" in a "long war" -- a war without end, on a battlefield described as the globe, in a context that gives the president -- without U.S. citizens realizing it yet -- the power over U.S. citizens of freedom or long solitary incarceration, on his say-so alone.    

That means a hollowness has been expanding under the foundation of all these still- free-looking institutions -- and this foundation can give way under certain kinds of pressure. To prevent such an outcome, we have to think about the "what ifs."  

What if, in a year and a half, there is another attack -- say, God forbid, a dirty bomb? The executive can declare a state of emergency. History shows that any leader, of any party, will be tempted to maintain emergency powers after the crisis has passed.

With the gutting of traditional checks and balances, we are no less endangered by a President Hillary than by a President Giuliani -- because any executive will be tempted to enforce his or her will through edict rather than the arduous, uncertain process of democratic negotiation and compromise.

What if the publisher of a major U.S. newspaper were charged with treason or espionage, as a rightwing effort seemed to threaten Keller with last year? What if he or she got 10 years in jail? What would the newspapers look like the next day? Judging from history, they would not cease publishing; but they would suddenly be very polite.

Right now, only a handful of patriots are trying to hold back the tide of tyranny for the rest of us -- staff at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who faced death threats for representing the detainees yet persisted all the way to the Supreme Court; activists at the American Civil Liberties Union; and prominent conservatives trying to roll back the corrosive new laws, under the banner of a new group called the American Freedom Agenda.

This small, disparate collection of people needs everybody's help, including that of Europeans and others internationally who are willing to put pressure on the administration because they can see what a U.S. unrestrained by real democracy at home can mean for the rest of the world. 

We need to look at history and face the "what ifs." For if we keep going down this road, the "end of America" could come for each of us in a different way, at a different moment; each of us might have a different moment when we feel forced to look back and think: that is how it was before -- and this is the way it is now.

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands ... is the definition of tyranny," wrote James Madison.

We still have the choice to stop going down this road; we can stand our ground and fight for our nation, and take up the banner the founders asked us to carry.

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Naomi Wolf's, "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot" (An impassioned call to action to Americans from all walks of life to restore the checks and balances and our time-honored protections against abuses of power outlined by our Founding Fathers.) will be published by Chelsea Green in September.

To review over 238 comments on this article above, go at http://alternet.org/waroniraq/51150/ including this one...

This is an excellent article, all ten steps to fascism can easily be footnoted by historical sources. What Wolf mentioned off particular interest to me was “… our experiment in democracy could be closed down by a process of erosion.” I believe it is being closed down already and in a very clever way most Americans fail to realize or if they know about it, deem it unimportant. Working in collusion with the stripping of our civil rights is what the Federal Reserve system is doing to our way of life. Federal Reserve may sound like a boring or irrelevant subject but it is at the very heart of the changes that are taking place in the U.S. now. See the information on this subject presented here. Americans need to do more now than make hopeful comments and take action before it’s too late. There are two things Americans can do: Call a Constitutional Convention under article V (this to reorganize our political system) and demand that before we elect our politicians they must sign a statement they promise to vote to shut down the federal reserve system.

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Journalist Proves Bush Family Nazi Traitors (9 min. 49 sec.)
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Investigative reporter for 35 years, John Buchanan is the first journalist in US history to pore over thousands of documents in the National Archives and Library of Congress to prove "beyond a shadow of a doubt or any refutation of the facts" that G.W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, and his maternal great grandfather, George Herbert Walker, "were Nazi traitors to the country who should have been tried for treason." Buchanan describes the close alliance of 9/11 and Hitler's Reichstag fire and concludes, "It's critical that every citizen of this country rise up and do something because the day of reckoning is at hand and these people are Nazis, they are practicing Nazi philosophy and they are mimicking Nazi tactics and time is running out."




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From: "Suzanne Ward" suzy@pacifier.com">
Subject: Connections go deep to the White House and Vatican - Who Caused 9/11
Date: 23 April 2007

Hi dear!

I just read this and thought that probably others have forwarded it to you. If you're wondering whether to include it in a compilation, you might like to know what Matthew told me when I asked him about it. He says he can confirm the basic information, just not the names -- he's not saying they aren't correct, only that he isn't familiar with all names of Illuminati members who are "defecting" (he stated some time ago that lower level members were joining the light).

He told me to remember what he has said in many messages starting right after 9/11: He explained its purpose, who perpetrated it, and said the truth would come out ("A Spiritual Response to Terrorism" in Revelations for a New Era); that on October 5, 2002 and again December 18, 2002, he told you that nothing could stop the invasion of Iraq and why ("War" in Illuminations for a New Era); that what major media are revealing about the Bush administration's activities is only the tip of the iceberg; Bush acts on orders from the Illuminati, whose members have infiltrated every organization that influences/controls our lives; low-ranking members of secret societies (like the Masons) have no idea about the darkness at the top; and the deepest entrenchment of the darkness on the planet is in the Vatican.

Like always, with love and gratitude for your invaluable light service...

Suzy

Note from Jean: The December 18, 2002 message from Matthew that Suzy refers to above (IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MATTHEW IN HEAVEN - a compilation of several emails between me and Suzy/Matthew) is archived at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2003/MatthewOnIraq.htm
Check out also Matthew & Friends - a radio show hosted by Suzanne Ward, Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00 PM (PST) 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST) go at http://www.bbsradio.com/bbc/matthew_and_friends.php - And the Show's archives are at http://www.bbsradio.com/archives/matthew_and_friends.php
If you wish to read Matthew and Suzy's excellent books, you may order them through http://www.matthewbooks.com

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From: http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/18-Apr-2007.html

Check Out Head of NY Rotary Club And You May Get To The Bottom Of Who Caused 9/11

Connections go deep to the White House and Vatican , according to Illuminati insiders. Further, high level P2 Masons knew about 9/11 before it happened.

By Greg Szymanski

April 18, 2007

Leo Zagami, a former high level Mason and member of the Illuminati, said the head of the Monte Carlo P2 Lodge and the head of the New York Rotary Club, Georgio Hugo Balestrieri, told him in private conversations they had prior knowledge of 9/11.

The conversations, according to Zagami, took place in Europe before 9/11, adding that he had personal information many high level Masons overseas also had prior knowledge of 9/11, including former P2 head and personal friend of former President Reagan, Licio Gelli.

Zagami said these European connections lead directly to the Vatican and especially the Jesuit Gen., Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, who were instrumental in hatching and carrying out the 9/11 tragedy.

Further, he added these connections will lead to high-level U.S. and Vatican officials like President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Cardinal Egan and former New York Mayor Giuliani, all who had prior knowledge and were instrumental in causing 9/11.

Besides Zagami, a high level insider has been feeding information to the Arctic Beacon about Balestrieri's connection to 9/11 and other Illuminati wrongdoings as well as his Vatican and U.S. connections, saying "you are at the tip of an iceberg that is 10 kilometers below the surface."

The source added Balestrieri is a lower level Illuminati minion and thug who has at least two higher levels working above him and directing his activities, which now include his position as head of the New York Rotary Club as well as business holdings in U.S. airport security.

In a previous Arctic Beacon article, the source provided inside information about Balestrieri's New World Order connections to the Vatican, U.S. officials and P2 members abroad. The source now adds more information, referring to Balestrieri as B:

B is a low level Ninja who gets his orders from a couple of layers high above him.

The day of 911 he was conveniently not at his office but at a Rotary meeting at the UN.

B is currently being investigated by a couple of European (UK , France, Germany , Switzerland , Austria etc.) services and the Russians. Due to his old connections to Russia it is suspected that he is instrumental in helping to facilitate the Russian 'informal' sector in the Republic of San Marino. San Marino is a totally independent country, and a landlocked territory right near Rimini/Italy - Adriatic Sea - . San Marino is not an EU member but is allowed to use the EURO. The Russian mobsters try to anchor into San Marino with gambling operations. This is a nightmare for the Italian government since they could not touch them there. The middle of the Adriatic Sea are international waters. The mobsters are meeting out there with their interlocutors from the mainland and it is very easy for them to slip in and out.

Since the Ugolini Foundation is registered in San Marino and its president Boccardelli has diplomatic status, B is believed to try to use this structure as a Trojan donkey for his hidden agenda to facilitate the Russians so they can establish casino there to launder their money and to run drugs via the Kosovo/Albania through San Marino into the EU. It is a fact that Boccardelli is absolutely clueless with respect to B really is and what is agenda is.

B seems also to use the humanitarian container 'relieve' shipments to wherever, to ship whatever else is shipped in those containers to those countries. After all, he has been doing this in the past.

B's Turkish activities with Kaan Soyak are also being investigated. Kaan Soyak is also an US 'asset' being told what to do by his higher ups.

B was at one time involved in business that related to Barsani in the Kurdish part of Iraq but it is believed that he was squeezed out there due to his utter incompetence.

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Related articles

New Information Surfaces About Masonic/Vatican 9/11 Perps (April 15, 2007)
http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/15-Apr-2007.html
In the last five years, there have been very few solid leads appearing in the mainstream and alternative media as to who really pulled the strings behind the scenes, causing 9/11.Of course, the mainstream still clings to the bogus 19 Arab terrorist theory while the alternative media pussyfoots around, casting blame on the Bush administration and, of course, the Jews. But, in truth, besides pointing fingers at tin-horn politicians, the trail leading to the real 9/11 puppet masters has been conveniently covered-up by their loyal minions working in the media, government and religious organizations.And according to a number of credible researchers, the reason the truth about 9/11 will never be known is that "everybody is covering" for the evil masterminds working behind the scenes -- The Vatican and their henchmen in the Jesuit Order Gestapo. However, recently the first chink in the Vatican's tightly knit and devious New World Order armor was made concerning 9/11 when Italian aristocrat and former high level Illuminati figure, Leo Zagami, began naming names, linking 9/11 to the Vatican and their Freemason followers. CLIP

Jesuit Gestapo Coming Down On America's Freedom (April 13, 2007)
http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/13-Apr-2007.html
(...) In this Confession to the Jesuits No. 25, let's look at how the Jesuits control of Hitler correlate to their control of George W. Bush and plans now being instituted under the cover of darkness with Homeland Security and FEMA. Also let's look at Rome's true goal -- the destruction of Protestant America. To cover these topics we call on two writers. First, Professor Arthur Noble who penned an article in 2001 and Michael Bunker who wrote an article entitled Homeland Security: The Jesuit Gestapo. These articles are a must read: (...) Why Rome hates America: Lincoln understood well the threat of Romanism to American democracy. Jeremiah Crowley, in his famous book Romanism. A Menace to the Nation, provides a concise summary of why the Vatican hates America and everything for which the United States Constitution stands:The Declaration of American Independence asserts human equality: Rome denies it. The Constitution of the United States proclaims the sovereignty of the people; it prohibits any union of Church and State; and it guarantees freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Rome repudiates the sovereignty of the people; she demands the union of Church and State, and proclaims herself to be the Church to the exclusion of all others; and she condemns freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The non-sectarian public school has become an American institution, and is championed by the vast majority of the American people. […] Rome condemns the non-sectarian school and asserts that the control of the education of the nation's youth belongs solely to her. The United States Constitution has been regarded by the fathers and builders of American institutions as a priceless document, and not only a blessing to Americans but a boon to mankind: Rome condemns liberties which the Constitution of the United States guarantees. (...) Opus Dei and the McGovern Presidential Campaign: Few Americans, even American Roman Catholics, have any idea of the extent to which the Church of Rome is still working to impose its religious dogma on all Americans through law-making, judicial decision-making and the administration of government. (...) Opus Dei is an ultra-secret society with clandestine political ambitions. In the United States, where church-state relations are currently being re-examined, the activities of Opus Dei pose a most serious threat to the Constitution and democracy. While many religious organisations lobby openly through licensed organisations, Opus Dei seeks to influence policy-making clandestinely under a vow never to divulge its membership. CLIP

MUCH more though http://www.arcticbeacon.com/ including...

Greg Szymanski Interviews High-Ranking Illuminati Figure---Much to be learned here! April 6 2007 -- Hour 1 and Hour 2
http://www.republicnewsradio.com/station/archives/17




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From: http://tinyurl.com/yo5xpl

Also from: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050107F.shtml

Why There Was No Exit Plan

By Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg

The San Francisco Chronicle - 30 April 2007

There are people in Washington ... who never intend to withdraw military forces from Iraq and they're looking for 10, 20, 50 years in the future ... the reason that we went into Iraq was to establish a permanent military base in the Gulf region, and I have never heard any of our leaders say that they would commit themselves to the Iraqi people that 10 years from now there will be no military bases of the United States in Iraq.

— Former President Jimmy Carter, Feb. 3, 2006

For all the talk about timetables and benchmarks, one might think that the United States will end the military occupation of Iraq within the lifetimes of the readers of this opinion editorial. Think again.

There is to be no withdrawal from Iraq, just as there has been no withdrawal from hundreds of places around the world that are outposts of the American empire. As UC San Diego professor emeritus Chalmers Johnson put it, "One of the reasons we had no exit plan from Iraq is that we didn't intend to leave."

The United States maintains 737 military bases in 130 countries across the globe. They exist for the purpose of defending the economic interests of the United States, what is euphemistically called "national security." In order to secure favorable access to Iraq's vast reserves of light crude, the United States is spending billions on the construction of at least five large permanent military bases throughout that country.

A new Iraq oil law, largely written by the Coalition Provisional Authority, is planned for ratification by June. This law cedes control of Iraq's oil to western powers for 30 years. There is major opposition to the proposed law within Iraq, especially among the country's five trade union federations that represent hundreds of thousands of oil workers. The United States is working hard to surmount this opposition by appealing directly to the al-Maliki government in Iraq.

The attack upon, and subsequent occupation of, Iraq can be seen as a direct result of the 2001 National Energy Policy Development Group (better known as vice president Cheney's energy task force) that was comprised largely of oil and energy company executives. This task force - the proceedings of which have been kept secret by the administration on the grounds of "executive privilege" - recommended that the U.S. government support initiatives in Middle Eastern countries "to open up areas of their energy sector to foreign investment." As Antonio Juhasz, an analyst with Oil Change International wrote last month in the New York Times, "One invasion and a great deal of political engineering by the Bush administration later, this is exactly what the proposed Iraq oil law would achieve."

The people of the United States have indicated, in the national election last November and in countless polls, that they no longer support the Bush administration's war. The Scooter Libby trial revealed that top administration officials, including the vice president, "cherry-picked" and distorted intelligence in order to sell a "pre-emptive" war to a spooked public. The squandering of hundreds of billions of dollars, some billions of which, according to Seymour Hersh writing in the New Yorker, is being siphoned into "black-ops" programs being run out of Cheney's office (a stunning redux of Iran-Contra carried out by many of the same actors), has also strained the patience and credulity of the American people.

Another betrayal is the "contracting out" of "war-related activities" to corporations such as Halliburton, Bechtel, Chemonics and Blackwater. Halliburton, Vice President Cheney's previous employer, calls itself an "energy services company" but has tentacles reaching into nearly every aspect of the war (originally dubbed Operation Iraqi Liberation until some bright bulb among the Bushies realized that "OIL" might not be the best handle for this venture). Halliburton has also profited handsomely from no-bid government contracts awarded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the construction at the national embarrassment known as "Gitmo," and most recently, from the fiasco at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Unfortunately, all this corruption, mayhem and death are good for some (or it wouldn't go on).

The U.S. military budget, larger than the military budgets of the rest of the world's nations combined, continues skyward, even without all the "supplementals" passed regularly by Congress to fight the "war on terror."

The question we must ask as citizens is this: Is the United States a democratic republic or an empire? History demonstrates that it's not possible to be both.

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Lewis Seiler is president of Voice of the Environment. Dan Hamburg, a former US representative, is executive director.

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Related articles:

Bush Bailout Pal Drooling For Iraqi Oil
http://www.consumersforpeace.org/news_abboud_toxic_bob_waiting.html
While blood is flowing freely in Iraq's streets, A. Robert Abboud, a man who helped bail George W. Bush out of his Harken Energy fiasco, is angling for a contract that will give his firm, Ivanhoe Energy Inc., access to a major oil field in north central Iraq.

Accounting for Iraq's Oil Revenue
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14427
A May 2006 study of oil production and export figures by Platt's Oilgram News, an industry magazine, showed that up to $3 billion a year is unaccounted for.

After Thousands Have Died, Tenet Comes Clean
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050207F.shtml
Robert Scheer writes: "Tenet, knowing the administration was willfully leading our nation into a horrific war in Iraq that would detract from the real fight against terrorism, had an obligation to resign and go public with his knowledge when the war could have been prevented. Tenet knew that the Bush administration had sold the public a package of lies, but he waited to reveal that truth until he could turn a hefty book profit."




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Forwarded by Mark Graffis (mgraffis@gmail.com)

From: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2007/04/23/9-palestinians-killed/

9 Palestinians killed by Israelis in past 24 hours

April 23rd, 2007

Palestinian Minister of Information: Palestinian Peace Initiatives met with Israeli Military Escalation Reveal Absence of Israeli Partner

Ramallah, 22-04-07: The Palestinian Minister of Information and Official Government Spokesperson, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, today demanded that the international community end its policy of double standards towards Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people, and warned that Israel is dragging the region into a dangerous cycle of violence through its escalation of military activity in the Palestinian territories.

In a press conference held at his Ramallah office, the Minister of Information pointed out that 23 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the formation of the National Unity Government on 18 March, most of whom were civilians including 3 children, while no Israelis have been killed in the same period. He drew attention to the case of a 17-year-old girl, Bushra Barghish, who was killed in her home in Jenin yesterday by a shot to the head during a so-called Œarrest operation‚, highlighting that 127 such invasions have been conducted by the Israeli military into cities and villages throughout the West Bank and the northern Gaza Strip over the past month.

Dr. Barghouthi added that most of those killed by the Israeli army have died of injuries to the head and chest, indicating a deliberate policy of 'shoot to kill'.

The Minister emphasized that this aggression is taking place after the Israeli army spokesperson declared a tangible reduction in homemade rocket incidents since early April. This betrays Israel's real response to the four latest initiatives made by the Palestinian and Arab governments: (1) the formation of the National Unity Government with a flexible political platform, (2) the Arab peace initiative for a comprehensive, complete solution to the conflict, (3) the Palestinian proposal for the complete cessation of all forms of violence through a mutual, reciprocal ceasefire agreement, and (4) the Palestinian proposal for a prisoner swap in exchange for the Israeli soldier captured in June 2006.

He stressed the absence of an Israeli peace partner for the Palestinians in that the Israeli government‚s response to these initiatives has been to step up violence. He added that this was a deliberate strategy on the part of the Israeli government to buy time to irreversibly change facts on the ground through the continued expropriation of land and other natural resources, the construction of the Apartheid Wall, and the expansion of illegal settlements.

Dr. Barghouthi noted that Israel's latest aggression was systematic, and based on three main components: an escalation of military violence; encouraging acts that undermine the rule of law in the Palestinian Territories; and the consolidation of the siege imposed on the Palestinian people and government especially through the continued withholding of some US$ 600 million in tax revenues. The minister added that Israel was coupling this aggression with an international incitement campaign conducted by Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with the aim of sustaining the siege under which the entire Palestinian population is suffering.

He called urgently on the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people and to uphold their legitimate rights. He stated that it was the duty of the international community to put an end to Israel's impunity while it continuously violates international law.

Dr. Barghouthi urged the Arab states to call for an international peace conference and to prevent Israel from proposing the issue of normalisation with the Arab countries as an alternative to that conference, or to solving the Palestinian issue.

The Minister concluded by wishing the French people a successful democratic process in today's elections and expressed hope that France will continue supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

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Related articles:

How Can the Gaza Ceasefire Be Rescued? (April 25, 2007)
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=107&ItemID=12659
The "low" level of violence between Israel and the Palestinians since the Gaza ceasefire on 26 November 2006 had reached alarming totals even before this weekend's escalation left nine Palestinians dead and led Hamas to end the ceasefire. The Institute's Senior Fellow Nadia Hijab shows how the missed opportunity to extend the Gaza ceasefire to the West Bank and the slow motion nature of negotiations have both helped to undermine diplomatic efforts. or much of the world, the violence on the ground since the 26 November 2006 ceasefire was negotiated between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been overshadowed by diplomatic maneuvers, including four trips by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the 8 February 2007 Mecca Agreement that led to the Palestinian unity government, and the Arab peace initiative re-launched at the 28-29 March 2007 Arab summit. Moreover, Israeli incursions, "targeted assassinations," and arrests, and Palestinian rocket fire, have become so commonplace that they are almost taken for granted as par for the course. Yet the daily figures add up to alarming totals. From 26 November 2006 up until 3 April 2007,Israeli forces in the West Bank killed 51 Palestinians, and three more Palestinians died from lack of care while stopped at checkpoints. Israeli forces wounded 154 Palestinians, and Israeli settlers wounded another eight. During their incursions, which included 314 arrest raids and 312 house searches, Israeli forces demolished 92 homes (other buildings were also partly or completely destroyed).Israeli forces in Gaza killed at least 13 Palestinians, wounded 56, and arrested 22 in land and sea attacks.Palestinian attacks, including rocket fire, killed 3 Israelis and injured 13. The Impact of West Bank Attacks on the Gaza CeasefireThroughout the past five months, there has been a clear link between Israeli attacks on the West Bank and Palestinian rocket fire against Israel from Gaza. CLIP

40 Peacemakers in Israel and Palestine
Beginning today, our American Friends Service Committee web site is featuring 40 short profiles of Israelis and Palestinians who have strived for peace and justice in the Middle East. New profiles will go online every weekday from today until June 8, in time for the 40th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza after the 1967 war. Read the profiles - On June 10-11, thousands of people from throughout the country will converge on Washington, D.C., for a protest, teach-in, and lobby day calling for an end to U.S. support for Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Find out how you can help.




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From: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050107G.shtml

"A Political Tsunami"

Rene Backmann Interviewed by Alain Roux

Le Nouvel Observateur - 30 April 2007

The Israeli Report on the War in Lebanon.

Roux: How are Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz reacting to the approach of this report's publication?

Backmann: At the moment, the Israeli press has only published analyses of the document that will be made public this afternoon. And that document is not yet the report itself, but a sort of plan of a report or "preliminary report." The full and definitive report will not be made public for several weeks. Consequently, we shall not know Olmert's and Peretz's true reaction until that time. What may be said as of now is that their first response strategy has been revealed by their entourage, which has been making a point since this morning of explaining that the whole government was in agreement to conduct this war, and that it supported the way it was conducted. The same people are reminding us that the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) had also given its approval. Which is a way of saying: we are not the only ones responsible.... That strategy could be jeopardized by the final report if, for example, it turned out that the MPs did not have access to reliable information on the mili tary situation in the north on which to base their decision.

Does the population still support the government and, even more, Ehud Olmert?

Even before publication of the preliminary document, one thing was already clear: this government is one of the least popular in Israeli history. A few weeks ago, a poll gave Olmert a two percent approval rating. This unpopularity is not only due to the disastrous way the war in southern Lebanon was conducted, but also to the multiple financial and sexual scandals in which members of the government - including Olmert - are involved. This unpopularity is very likely to increase once the final report is published. What we know already is that the Israeli population has taken it very badly that 4,000 Hezbollah rockets fell on Israel, with the Army unable to find an adequate response. The people reproach the Army and those who direct it, for having been unable to protect them. The victims, the destruction, the days spent in shelters and the population displacements to the south have constituted a trauma. Added to that is the fact that the Army was also unable to liberate the two Israeli soldiers Hezbollah took prisoner July 12.

This anger among the public has already provoked the January 17 resignation of the Israeli Defense Force's chief of staff, General Dan Halutz. It's true that public opinion also reproached Halutz with a kind of "insider trading." While the country was getting ready to go to war, he sold off at least part of his stock portfolio, a decision revealed by the press that was been very poorly received.

Could this report benefit Likud leader Benyamin Netanyahu?

That's one of the possibilities - and one of the risks. If Olmert is forced to resign after publication this summer of the definitive document, new elections could bring his right-wing opposition to power. That is, Likud and its leader Netanyahu, allied with other right-wing parties. To tell the truth, it's hard to see how Olmert could escape this fate. The Israeli media describe the report as a "Political Tsunami" and the daily Yediot Aharonot deems that Olmert is waging "a war for his survival." It remains to be seen whether power will inevitably slip to Olmert's right-wing adversary, or whether the prime minister's Kadima party will be able to reinvent itself. It could present the candidacy of a "new" face - for example, that of Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni. In this regard, we should remember a historical detail: this is not the first time a report has been published after a poorly conducted war. The Shimon Agranat commission also investigated the Army after the Yo m Kippur War. It demanded that the General Staff and military command be fired. It did not propose political resignations. But the pressure of popular discontent pushed then-Prime Minister Golda Meir to resign on April 11, 1974.

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Related articles and information:

Israel: Top Party Official Calls for Olmert to Resign (May 2, 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050207D.shtml
A senior official in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's own party openly called for him to resign today, adding to mounting pressure in the wake of a damning report about Mr. Olmert's performance in last summer's war against Hezbollah.

POLITICAL TSUNAMI SWEEPING ISRAEL (May 1)
http://www.isracast.com/Articles/Article.aspx?ID=578
A political tsunami is now sweeping Israel after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz declared they will not resign after the Winograd Enquiry condemned their conduct of the Second Lebanon War. Labor Party Cabinet Minister Eitan Kabel has resigned declaring that he could no longer serve in a cabinet lead by Olmert. Israelis from different parts of Israel for a big protest demonstration against the government in Tel Aviv on Thursday night. IsraCast reports that both Olmert and Peretz appear to be on borrowed time as they face a growing wave of protest.

Olmert fights for political life after war report (May 1, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070501/wl_nm/israel_olmert_dc_5
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert fought for his political survival on Tuesday as pressure mounted for him to resign after an official report criticized his handling of a war last year in Lebanon. The fallout against Olmert began with the resignation of a cabinet minister of his main governing partner, the Labour Party. It later engulfed Olmert's own ruling Kadima party whose parliament deputies drafted a letter urging him to quit. "I can no longer sit in a government headed by Ehud Olmert," Eitan Cabel, a minister without portfolio, said, describing the move as a bid to force Olmert out of office.But Olmert suffered his toughest blow since the findings issued on Monday accused him of a "serious failure" in decision-making, when Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a close associate, was quoted as telling aides "he must go." Ministry officials could neither confirm nor deny the reports that were carried by two Israeli television networks.Olmert, who has defied the calls to quit, lobbied to save his job but told aides, according to Channel 2 television, he was "not convinced" he would survive the political storm. "Some are counting the days until the government falls," the state-owned Channel 1 station said in an opening remark on the evening news. Newspaper headlines spoke of a "noose tightening around his neck" and a "gun to his head."Party sources said the head of the Kadima faction in parliament, Avigdor Yitzhaki, was gathering signatures for a letter he would present to Olmert on Thursday, asking him to resign.Under Kadima's bylaws Olmert can only be ousted by agreement. But parliament could force him out by a no confidence vote for which there does not yet appear to be a majority. Despite the growing dissent in his party, Olmert's key coalition partners have so far stuck by him, apparently keen to avoid an early election that could reduce their parliamentary power. CLIP

Benjamin Netanyahu (Wikipedia Entry)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Netanyahu
(...) In response to Iran's pursuit of uranium enrichment, Netanyahu said that "it is the year 1938 and Iran is Germany." He reiterated this in a March 8, 2007 interview with CNN, emphasizing that there is only one difference between Nazi Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran; the first entered a worldwide conflict and then sought the atomic weapons, while the latter is first seeking the atomic weapon and, once it reaches it, will start the war. This is part of a series of statements of the Iranian-Israeli diplomatic conflict which include Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's aim to "wipe the leaders of Israel from the page of time" and denial of the holocaust.

From: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/810/re61.htm

Last ditch effort

6 September 2006

Hoping to end the strangulating US-Israeli blockade on Palestinian society, Hamas and Fatah agree to move ahead on a national unity government

(...)

Israel and its guardian ally, the United States, rejected the outcome of Palestinian parliamentary elections in January after Hamas scored a resounding victory over the erstwhile ruling party, Fatah, led by Mahmoud Abbas, who is largely viewed as a favourite of the West. Apparently with explicit American backing, Israel has ever since imposed draconian punitive measures against the nominally autonomous enclaves of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, causing unprecedented suffering and hardship to the estimated 3.8 million Palestinians and pushing the most vulnerable segments of society to the brink of starvation.

In addition to withholding hundreds of millions of dollars of Palestinian tax revenue returns, Israel has effectively barred Palestinians from accessing work and food by erecting hundreds of roadblocks manned by trigger-happy Israeli troops. For its part, the Bush administration has come to view Israel's slow-motion genocide against the Palestinians as part of its so-called "war on terror", continued to impose crippling sanctions on Palestinian and other banks operating in the West Bank and Gaza, preventing them from dealing with the Hamas-led government or transferring money donated by Muslim and Arab states into the occupied territories.

Harsh sanctions, which are being imposed with unprecedented vindictiveness and hostility, have led the Palestinian government to being unable to pay the salaries of over 160,000 public employees and civil servants, including 70,000 security cadres. A UN report published this week pointed out that the bulk of Gazans were already nearing the brink of starvation. In the West Bank, poverty rates are catching up, with more Palestinian families unable to meet the basic needs of life due to their loss of income.

As for the future, it is too soon to judge whether the formation of a new Palestinian government will prompt Israel and the United States to end their present siege on the Palestinians. Israel's preoccupation with the Palestinian issue, aside from the daily forays of murder and terror, is at an all- time low as Israeli political society is struggling to face the after effects of its ill-fated war with Hizbullah, including the prospect of the downfall of the Olmert government which may spark fresh general elections.

Some observers have suggested that Israel may seek (as though it is not doing so enough already) to beat down the Palestinians further as a kind of compensation for the wholesome defeat the Israeli army suffered at the hands of resistance fighters in South Lebanon. Indeed, the current Israeli government, dominated by erstwhile Likud hawks eager to outmanoeuvre their jingoistic far right wing opponents like former prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu, seems determined to bring down the Hamas-led government in order to lower Palestinian expectations with regard to any future conflict settlement with Israel.

Netanyahu, whose popularity has skyrocketed since the war with Hizbullah, favours "strategic escalation" in the region until Israel and the West achieve a "total victory" over emerging Islamic forces. In numerous interviews with Western news agencies and TV networks, Netanyahu has claimed that there can be no peace or stability in the Middle East unless the West defeats anti-Israeli forces.

Utterly ignoring Israel's decades-old occupation of Palestine and systematic persecution and dispossession of its people -- which is the central cause of war and instability in the region -- Netanyahu ranted ad nauseam that Israel was standing at the forefront of the confrontation between the West and the Muslim world. In other words, Netanyahu is keener on fighting a "war of civilisations" between Islam and the West than doing anything in good faith to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

What is truly dangerous is the possibility that his ravings will be accepted by some influential circles in Israel, and especially in the US where the pro-Israeli neo-cons have had a conspicuous stranglehold on the Bush administration. Bush himself, two weeks ago, spoke of "a confrontation with Islamic fascists", ignoring decades of Israeli terror and aggression against the peoples of the Arab world.

That all of this can be discussed in the general media while Israel's occupation army continues to wreak havoc and terror on Palestinian population centres in the West Bank and Gaza Strip beggars belief. On Saturday, 26 August, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 15-year-old Muntaser Suleiman Akka in downtown Nablus. Twenty-two other minors and children were injured, many by live ammunition, during what the Israeli army termed "confrontations" between stone-throwing youngsters and heavily-armed and heavily-armoured Israeli occupation soldiers.

Earlier, the Israeli army destroyed a six-storey building in Nablus on the grounds that two Fatah resistance fighters were hiding inside the building.

Fifteen more Palestinians were killed in four days (from Saturday to Tuesday) including an unarmed civilian guard in Ramallah.

According to an additional UN report issued 24 August, the Israeli occupation army killed 202 Palestinians since the June capture by Hamas fighters of an Israeli soldier. The figure doesn't include the nearly 20 Palestinians killed after 24 August, which brings the tally of the Israeli army to an average of four Palestinians per day.

The human cost is not the only price the Palestinians pay for illogical Western support of Israeli state terrorism. The Israeli army has destroyed the bulk of civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including power stations, schools, colleges, bridges, streets, as well as thousands of residential homes.

Israel's "scorched earth" rampage, which Palestinian officials have likened -- and with evidential justification -- to the German blitz during World War II, was ostensibly "retaliation" for the capturing of a single Israeli soldier by Palestinian resistance fighters. Rejecting any prisoner swap deal (Israel is holding as many as 10,000 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds of women and children and political internees without charge or trial), Israel rained down indiscriminate destruction upon Gaza, largely while the world was watching its army do the same in Lebanon.

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The Planned World War 3 - A Play in Numerous Act
http://www.threeworldwars.com/world-war-3/ww3.htm
World War Three in Brief - A Three World War scenario was developed several decades ago (see Conspiratorial History). Two World Wars have already been achieved, and the Third and final World War envisions an attack on Iraq, Iran and/or Syria as being the trigger to set the entire Middle East into fiery conflagration. Once America is firmly entrenched into the Middle East with the majority of her first-line units, North Korea is to attack South Korea. Then, with America's forces stretched well beyond the limit, China is to invade Taiwan. This will usher in the start of World War Three. (...)

World War 3 Timeline

These are, I believe, the elements of the planned Third World War:

Prelude - The events leading up to the start of World War Three, including Sept 11, 2001.
Act 1 - The Middle East. Widespread conflict to bring the entire region into the flames of war, possibly triggered by Iran or militants in Pakistan using North Korean supplied nuclear arms. The first Scene in this Act is the US Invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003.
Act 2 - Israel at War -- Against her Arab neighbors, possibly Palestine. A Palestinian State will be established, so that all Israelis will be fully separated from Palestinians (listen out for mention of a 7-year treaty to be confirmed by a World Leader - probably Bush), only for Israel to viciously attack Palestine shortly thereafter.
Act 3 - Far East -- "Hair-raising nuclear confrontation that threatens mankind's existence" - Peter Lemesurier, author of The Armageddon Script, p. 223, written in 1981. Includes China invading Taiwan and a nuclear eruption on the Korean Peninsula.
Act 4 - Erosion of Confidence in 'The System' so severe citizens will be panicked into giving up liberties and Constitutional form of government. The plan calls for the dissolution of the US Constitution, triggered by a significant enough 'terrorist' attack. The ultimate intent is to introduce a global government and one-world religion.
Act 5 - The collapse of the US, and other Western economies and morals.
Act 6 - Significant population reduction using natural and man-made disasters.Curtain.

Who can tell how this war will end? Both Biblical prophecy and the Illuminati plan state that Israel is the key. The Third World War is planned to begin when Israel goes to war against her Arab enemies. Then and only then will all the other elements begin to occur and they will occur in rapid succession. The plan is to have one disaster following another in such rapid succession that, before people can mentally and emotionally handle one disastrous news event, they will be hit with another. It is also true to say that until ALL the elements for WW3 are in place, the plan will not commence.While it would be naive to suggest a specific timeline for the events leading up to and including World War 3, we do know that the plans for World War 3 are well advanced, and our leaders involved in this secret plan are waiting only for the right signal before all-out war begins.We are in the last stages of the preparation to so globalize the world that the Masonic New Age Christ (Antichrist) can appear to receive all the political and economic power of the world's rulers. This is the Illuminati plan and Biblical prophecy (Revelation 17:12-17).

Tibetan Monks Remote View 2012
http://www.mindpowernews.com/TibetanRV.htm
Remote viewing is nothing new in Tibetan monasteries. For thousands of years remote viewing in the middle of other spiritual activities have dominated Tibetan culture. What some Indian tourists came to learn from a few Tibetan monasteries under the current Chinese rule is extremely alarming and fascinating. According to these tourists remote viewers are seeing world powers in the course of self-destruction. They also see that the world will not be destroyed. Between now and 2012 the world super powers will continue to engage in regional wars. Terrorism and covert war will be the main problem. In world politics something will happen in and around 2010. At that time the world powers will threaten to destroy each other. Between 2010 and 2012, the whole world will get polarized and prepare for the ultimate dooms day. Heavy political maneuvers and negotiations will take place with little progress. In 2012, the world will start plunging into a total destructive nuclear war. And at that time something remarkable will happen, says, Buddhist monk of Tibet. Supernatural divine powers will intervene. The destiny of the world is not to self-destruct at this time. Scientific interpretation of the monks‚ statements makes it evident that the Extra-Terrestrial powers are watching us every step of the way. They will intervene in 2012 and save the world from self-destruction. When asked about recent UFO sightings in India and China, the monks smiled and said the divine powers are watching us all. Mankind cannot and will not be allowed to alter the future to that great extent. (...) When asked if these extra-terrestrials will show up in reality in 2012, the answers remote viewers are giving is: they will reveal themselves in such a way that none of us are scared. They will reveal themselves only if they have to. As our science and technology progresses, we are destined to see them and interact with them any way. According to the remote viewers, our earth is blessed and is being saved continuously from all kinds of hazards all the time that we are not even aware of. As our technologies progress we will realize how external forces saved us. Forwarded by Isis (ladyisis@verizon.net)




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Date: 01 May 2007
From: Ricken Patel - Avaaz.org (avaaz@avaaz.org)
Subject: Canada a fraud?

Dear fellow Canadians,

Wow, I couldn't believe it when I heard about our government's sneaky ways of undermining the world's efforts to stop climate change. This week, the press reported Al Gore calling the Harper government plan on CO2 emissions "a complete and total fraud…designed to mislead the Canadian people". Recently, Canada also received the international "Fossil Award" for misleading countries and quietly undermining international efforts at the climate negotiations in Kenya.

Canada? Misleading people and undermining the world's efforts to save their children's futures and stop deadly flooding, storms, desertification, diseases? Not my Canada. Surely not.

Well, it's true. And now I'm a strange mixture of hopping mad and really sad. This isn't our country, not one bit, and we need to let our Prime Minister know which country he's leading, and remind him that he works for us. Please click below to send a message directly to Stephen Harper asking him to come up with a real plan on climate change that doesn't disgrace our nation and let down good people around the world:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/harperdotherightthing

Will the Prime Minister do the right thing this time? It's an election year and he has a minority government. If he knows he can't fool us with a fake plan, he'll have to meet our demand for a real one that doesn't put Canada almost 20 years behind schedule on the Kyoto treaty targets.

We'll need one heck of a flood of messages to get him to finally listen. But Avaaz has over 100,000 members in Canada. If each of us can respond to this message, and then forward this email to a few friends, that's going to add up fast, maybe even to the number of voters that tipped the balance for Harper in the last election. That's a number he'll notice. Oh Canada, let's do it!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/harperdotherightthing

With much respect and hope,

Ricken Patel,
Director
Avaaz - The World in Action

PS - Here's some links and more information on this issue:

David Suzuki Calls the government's new plan a national embarrassment: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/latestnews/dsfnews04270701.asp

Reuters reports Canada receives international "Fossil" award for misleading countries on climate change: http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/39038/story.htm

Al Gore Calls Canada's Climate Plan a Fraud: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_re_ca/gore_canada_warming

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Related articles:

Canada sets reduced climate goal (27 April 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6600585.stm
The Canadian government has published its strategy on climate change, which acknowledges that the country will not meet its Kyoto Protocol commitment.Its new target is to cut emissions by 20% between now and 2020. Environment groups have labelled the strategy a sham, and say that when combined with industrial policies, the country's emissions could rise.Canada is the first nation to publicly abandon its Kyoto target without leaving the protocol.The US and Australia are the only two countries with Kyoto targets to have left the 1997 treaty. The Kyoto treaty committed Canada to reducing emissions by 6% from 1990 levels by the period 2008-2012, but emissions are currently about 30% above the 1990 figure. Many other nations inside the protocol, such as Spain and Ireland, are a long way from their own targets; and the Canadian decision opens up the possibility that others will follow suit and choose not to meet their commitments. (...) Environmental groups and the opposition expressed outrage. "The national target is wholly inadequate," fumed Matthew Bramley of the Pembina Institute, an environmental research foundation. "It falls short of Canada's legal commitment and falls short of what is needed for the environment." The opposition Liberals, target of Mr Baird's criticism for inaction during their period in office up to the beginning of 2006, pledged to re-instate the Kyoto target. (...) The Canadian strategy has emerged at a time when the international community is struggling to find a new path to reducing emissions when the current Kyoto targets expire in 2012. It is also grappling with the knowledge that the treaty has been far less effective than was envisaged by its architects - and that it contains no effective mechanism for compelling member countries to meet their commitments.With a number of major governments publicly opposed to binding international targets, and with voluntary agreements such as the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate springing into existence, Canada's decision will make the development of a meaningful new global deal even more difficult.

Federal climate plan an embarrassment to Canadians (April 27, 2007)
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/latestnews/dsfnews04270701.asp
Toronto - Yesterday's announced federal environment plan is a national embarrassment that is completely out of touch with Canadian values, David Suzuki said today at a news conference at Toronto's Green Living show.The federal strategy, released yesterday in Toronto, still relies on emissions intensity targets that allow actual greenhouse pollution to rise for several years. According to the new strategy, Canada won't meet its Kyoto targets until 2025 - 13 years too late."Calling this plan a strategy is actually giving it far too much credit," said Dr. Suzuki. "It's a sham, and a complete abdication of our international commitment."Dr. Suzuki pointed out that according to recent polls, the majority of Canadians still support the Kyoto Protocol and don't believe that meeting its targets would put an undue burden on the economy. He also recently completed a 40-city national tour that generated more than 30,000 votes in favour of Kyoto."By abandoning Kyoto, Prime Minister Harper is dragging Canada's name through the mud," Dr. Suzuki said. "He's thumbing his nose at all the countries that are well on their way to meeting their targets and at the majority of Canadians who want to do the right thing."According to Dr. Suzuki, Bill C-30, the Conservatives original Clean Air Act, has gone through an extensive multi-party revision and is now a much more comprehensive and robust plan to fight the growing threat of global warming."We're not asking for a perfect plan, no one is," said Dr. Suzuki. "We're just asking for a plan that is fair and balanced and will actually stop Canada from being an international embarrassment on this issue. Bill C-30 isn't perfect, but it's now an honest attempt to address the problem."

David Suzuki delivers results of unprecedented national dialogue to Parliament Hill (April 20, 2007)
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/latestnews/dsfnews04200701.asp
OTTAWA - Dr. David Suzuki delivered the environmental priorities and vision of more than 30,000 Canadians to Parliament Hill today at a news conference.Dr. Suzuki was fulfilling his promise to deliver the public's ideas on how to best protect the environment to the country's political leaders. The comments were collected during his month-long cross-Canada bus tour in February 2007."We listened to Canadians from Newfoundland and Labrador to B.C.," said Dr. Suzuki. "It's clear that Canadians want action. And they want it right now. "The "If YOU were Prime Minister" tour visited 41 communities and attracted tens of thousands of Canadians to Dr. Suzuki's lectures. The public was also invited to sign ballots proclaiming their support for the environment and upload short web videos to YouTube.com. The David Suzuki Foundation received almost 30,000 ballots and e-mail submissions. In addition, more than 600 videos were uploaded to YouTube.

Five themes emerged from the public comments collected during the tour:

1. Build a sustainable, affordable public transportation system.
2. Introduce a carbon tax system to help Canada meet our Kyoto commitments.
3. Entrench the right to clean water, breathable air and a safe food supply in the Constitution.
4. Identify and protect the habitat that species-at-risk need to recover.
5. Institute a national program to penalize polluters and reward green initiatives.

These five themes translate into policy recommendations for federal leaders:

1. Develop a national sustainability plan.
2. End subsidies to polluting industries.
3. Set significant pollution reduction targets for large industries starting in 2008.
4. Meet or exceed California's vehicle emission targets by 2009.
5. Meet our Kyoto targets.6. Protect Canada's species-at-risk.

"Canadians want this country to be a world leader in conservation again, and they know we can do it. They're tired of hearing politicians saying we can't," said Dr. Suzuki. "Places like Europe are showing that becoming more sustainable is great for the economy," said Dr. Suzuki. "We're already seeing the effects of global warming, and it's time our leaders get their act together with new ideas."After the press conference Dr. Suzuki was scheduled to meet with Hon. John Baird, Minister of the Environment; Stephane Dion, Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition; Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party. For more information: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/tour/report/default.asp




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THIS IS MOST OUTRAGEOUS!!! ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DECEITFUL AND CORRUPTED NATURE OF THE US GOVERNMENT, TOTALLY SOLD OUT TO POWERFUL CORPORATE INTERESTS - for anyone who had not noticed yet...

Forwarded by Shoshanna (Sh0shanna@aol.com) on April 28

LAST MINUTE ADDITION!

FDA hoodwinks public over CAM Guidelines comment period, slams door shut on public comments one month early (May 02, 2007)
http://www.newstarget.com/021824.html
The FDA has slammed the door shut on accepting public comments over its contentious "CAM Guidelines" that threaten to destroy natural medicine by classifying virtually all health-enhancing foods, juices, nutritional supplements and functional foods as "unapproved drugs." NewsTarget has acquired emails from an FDA employee and key author of the CAM Guidelines. This email contains statements that directly contradict the FDA's own website and reveal a tactic designed to silence public commentary by retroactively declaring the comment period to be closed even while the FDA's own documents state the period should continue for another 30 days.Check it out yourself: The FDA website says the comment period ends May 29, 2007 (click here to see the screen capture). But in an email received today by NewsTarget, the FDA's Philip L. Chao claims "...the entry (for which you provided the link) was mistakenly changed by an employee in mid-April, and we will correct that error soon. Thus, internet media reports claiming that FDA has extended the comment period to May 29 are NOT correct." Thus, the public comment period for CAM Guidelines is now closed, one month ahead of what the FDA's own website provides as the comment closing date. And this is explained as being due to a "mistake" by an FDA employee that will be retroactively corrected, only after the public comment period has been officially closed. Covert tactics at the FDA - NewsTarget editors believe these actions on the part of the FDA are not merely accidental. They are deliberate, and they follow a pattern of deception that appears to be designed to sneak CAM Guidelines under the radar and avoid public scrutiny. Consider this: (...) Does it all seem bewildering? A little too much to track it all? That's the whole point: Distract the public and then steal away the health freedom of Americans under the cover of confusion. It's a brilliant strategy, given that so many Americans have so little time to actually investigate these issues, much less take action on them. And while lawmakers, Big Pharma and the FDA are popping smoke to conceal their tactical movements, the citizens of our so-called "free" nation are having their freedoms systematically stripped from them, right under their noses, spearheaded by the very lawmakers they elected to "represent" them. CLIP

FDA Revitalization Act renamed, amended and still hotly debated; floor vote is imminent (May 02, 2007)
http://www.newstarget.com/021825.html
The hotly-debated S.1082 legislation sponsored by Sen. Kennedy has now been renamed the Enhancing Drug Safety and Innovation Act of 2007, reports Brenna Hill of the Health Freedom Foundation and American Association (www.HealthFreedom.net). The bill is being hotly debated and has been delayed by two days due to the introduction of various amendments. The health freedom community is continuing its grassroots efforts to rally public support for defeating the bill, even while some lawmakers such as Sen. Byron Dorgan are proposing much-needed amendments that would vastly improve it. (...) Of special interest is the development of a new amendment that would end the U.S. pharmaceutical monopoly and allow Americans to purchase prescription drugs from other countries. This single amendment, which would bring free trade to medications and save American citizens, corporations, cities and states billions of dollars in reduced pricing for prescription drugs, has Big Pharma and their legislative lapdogs circling the wagons, hoping to pass this bill quickly before any other "bright ideas" threaten Big Pharma's stanglehold on organized medicine.What's at stake here is nothing less than the future of our nation. Because if we cannot end this medical monopoly and radically reform the FDA, Big Pharma will bankrupt our national economy and leave America broke, diseased and medicated from the cradle to the grave. CLIP

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HERE IS THE PREVIOUS POSTING FROM NEWSTARGET ON THIS ISSUE

From: http://www.newstarget.com/021810.html

FDA Public Comments On Supplements Deadline Extended To May 29

FDA's attempts to slip its CAM Guidelines under the radar fail; deadline for public comment extended to May 29 

Following widespread criticism by the public over proposed CAM Guidelines that the agency tried to slip under the radar (see below), the Food and Drug Administration has now extended the deadline for public comment to May 29. (It was previously April 30). The CAM Guidelines (click here to read them yourself) represent a new era of thinking at the FDA and describe the agency's intentions to regulate herbs, functional foods, therapeutic oils, nutritional supplements and even physical devices such as massage rocks as either "drugs" or "medical devices." Click here to read our previous story describing the CAM Guidelines. These guidelines have been widely described as a brazen FDA attempt to destroy naturopathy and alternative medicine.

The FDA was petitioned on April 22 by health freedom attorney Ralph Fucetola, a trustee of the non-profit National Solutions Foundation (www.HealthFreedomUSA.com), to extend its deadline for public comment. The petition also specifically requested that the FDA hold public hearings on the issue, but no decision has apparently been made on that issue.

It now seems that the FDA attempted to sneak the new CAM Guidelines under the radar, hoping the public would never notice the guidelines until they had already been adopted and approved. The original CAM Guidelines document was quietly posted by the FDA on the day after Christmas, 2006, yet did not appear in the Federal Register until several months later. By the time the document was able to be found and commented on by the natural health community, only about thirty days remained in the public comment period. Thanks to public pressure and the National Solutions Foundation petition, the public comment period has now been extended by an additional thirty days to May 29th.

To date, more than 108,000 comments have been received by the FDA on their CAM Guidelines. The issue has received widespread coverage in the natural health community, including articles on NewsTarget.com. The National Solutions Foundation says that an additional 267,000 people attempted to post comments but were unable to do so. NewsTarget previously suggested that comments posted to the FDA might be intentionally ignored or deleted, and according to the NSF, letters that are written to the FDA about this docket are routinely ignored.

Your comments are still needed to protect health freedom

The most effective way to make your voice heard on this topic is to either post your comments electronically, or write your representative in Washington to apply pressure on the FDA from the legislative side.

Click here to post your comments directly to the FDA on the FDA Docket Management Comment Form. Keep in mind that all comments become part of the official FDA record, so write your comments carefully.

The National Solutions Foundation also has aweb comment form posted here, which uses the "Democracy In Action" engine to send comments to the FDA and adds your name to a petition asserting our collective right to health freedom. This petition needs approximately another 90,000 electronic signatures to be taken seriously by the FDA, so please consider signing this petition as well.

"My middle name is not Darth Vader" claims FDA official

Late last week, John Weeks from The Integrator Blog (click here for the full interview) published an interview with Philip Chao, the only FDA official referenced in the CAM Guidelines document.

That interview asks the important question: Why was the CAM Guidelines document posted in the Federal Register on February 27, with a comment deadline of April 30, when the document itself says there will be a 90 day comment period? The Integrator asks, "Can't you see how, with a suspicious public out there and all this hoopla that just extending to 90 days from February 27 makes some sense." CLIP

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Related website:

Sign Citizens PRO HEALTH Petition, watch a video on this and MUCH MORE!
http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/index.php
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS is:
Harmful to nutritional supplements
Harmful to organic agriculture and clean food
Harmful to organic meat and dairy
Criminalizes natural health products
Would toxify our world even more 
Thank you for helping to protect our freedom to eat healthy food and our freedom to choose natural health products!
Recommended by Susan Boland (stboland@comcast.net)




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From: http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/04/23/684/

Life Is Hanging By A Thread

by Jane Goodall - Published on Monday, April 23, 2007 by The Miami Herald

Recently the International Panel on Climate Change issued a report predicting an alarming array of impacts of climate change around the globe, including drought, floods, lower crop yields, threatened food security, wildfire and ocean acidification. It seems that no living thing in this web of life we are a part of will be unaffected by climate change.As a primatologist, I am particularly concerned by the prediction that 20 percent to 30 percent of species will face increased risk of extinction.

We know that a majority of the world’s species live in rainforests, from many flagship species like elephants, tigers and chimpanzees to smaller species like insects and algae. Some play a role in curing human diseases, or may in the future.

These forests are threatened both by large-scale commercial exploitation and by rapidly increasing numbers of poor people who are destroying the forests to make charcoal or to open the land for subsistence agriculture. Some of the other effects of climate change predicted by the IPCC, such as drought and food insecurity, will only exacerbate the plight of these people.

A relatively new danger to these forests is the growing enthusiasm for biofuels. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, forest blocks that were previously reserved for conservation or sustainable forestry are being converted to sugar cane and palm oil plantations, whose output will be used as fuel for ethanol or biodiesel plants.

The irony of cutting down forests for biofuels is that forests store a significant fraction of the world’s stocks of carbon. If these carbon-capturing trees are felled and burned — whether as firewood or to clear land — the oxidation of their carbon will release billions more tons of carbon dioxide.

The tropical rainforests of Africa, Latin America and South Asia are particularly important in this regard.

Tropical deforestation contributes 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere annually, compared to approximately 6 billion tons from burning fossil fuels. Saving these forests would not only prevent the release of carbon currently stored in them, but it also would allow them to continue absorbing carbon in the future.

While population pressures cannot be quickly reversed, nor the businesses of logging and mining phased out, there is much we can do to save these forests. The core of a successful strategy involves working not only with national leaders, but also, and most important, with local people to raise living standards, especially in the areas near the forest preserves. By providing technical assistance to farmers to raise their incomes, education to young people, healthcare to families and economic investments in ecotourism, these rural communities can become the custodians of the forests, not their destroyers.

These strategies have other benefits as well: They promote local stability and security. Rural prosperity, education and effective public-health systems serve as natural defenses against outbreaks of pandemic disease, war, terrorism and political instability. By working with local people to save forests, we help to create stable communities that will surely improve global security.

The governments of the United States and other developed nations bear a special responsibility to promote these programs. Not only are Western nations the greatest consumers of oil, timber and other carbon-generating industries, they have the wealth to bring about change in poor developing countries. Relatively small increases in aid directed toward rural community development, especially through microcredit programs, can have an extraordinary impact on saving wilderness areas, including forests, and the array of life forms they sustain.

Only a few centuries ago, each of the developed nations on the continents of Europe, Asia and North America destroyed their own forests and many of the species inhabiting them in an unsustainable scramble toward wealth. Now only remnant forests remain on those continents.

The developed nations have an opportunity to enable developing nations to avoid making the same mistakes. By investing more in environmentally sustainable development, we can save valuable species, help prevent the escalation of global warming, and increase global security. Helping to preserve the forests of developing nations is in our interests, as well as theirs.

Jane Goodall is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a U.N. “Messenger of Peace.”

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Related resources:

Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!
http://freepage.twoday.net/stories/3515163/
Plant trees, lots of them, we can never plant enough! First and foremost they will keep cool our environment! That is how we can control the global warming, replace the wood we consume with new trees, trees which need Co2 to live.

A million trees? No, we need a billion
http://www.ippmedia.com/ipp/guardian/2007/02/15/84419.html
(...) The major reason for embarking seriously on reforestation and afforestation drives has to do with global warming and climate change. The more trees are cut and the more we convert forest land to other uses the more carbon emissions are released into the atmosphere. Reports on deforestation are alarming. Six million hectares of primary forests, for example, are lost each year due to deforestation caused by logging and other human interventions. These are the kind of forests in which adulteration through human activities is not conspicuous and where ecological processes are not significantly. Worldwide, the rate of deforestation stands at about 13 million hectares per year with trees cut for timber and fuel amounting to 3.1 billion cubic metres in 2005. CLIP

HELP PROTECT THE EARTH - 100 simple ways on how you can change the world
http://www.eco-gaia.net/forum-pt/index.php/topic,203.0.html
1. Open an ethical bank account with Smile/Co-OP: http://www.smile.co.uk or
http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk
2. Invest your other savings ethically: http://www.eiris.org
3. Change your electricity supplier to a renewable one http://www.npower.com/yourhome/green/juiceandwindpower or http://www.unit-e.co.uk
4. Buy local http://www.buylocalfood.co.uk
5. Buy less! Save yourself time and money as well as the planet: http://www.buynothingday.co.uk
6. Buy organic: http://www.soilassociation.org
7. Eat seasonal food: http://www.foodlinks.info/buying/VegSeasons.php
8. Volunteer: http://www.csv.org.uk
9. Give to charity http://www.charitychoice.co.uk
10. Buy fair trade: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk or http://www.maketradefair.com
11. Get on your bike – get fit, get around and see the world at an entirely different pace: http://www.sustrans.org.uk
12. Compost your garden and kitchen waste in a heap or a wormery. Reduce the waste you send to landfill sites and get lovely compost for your plants into the bargain! - http://www.compost.org.uk or
http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk
CLIP

101 Ways To Live More Ecologically
http://www.lib.niu.edu/ipo/1996/ip960321.html




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HERE IS AN ISSUE I'VE BEEN COVERING A LOT IN THE PAST. IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE YET JUST HOW BAD ASPARTAME CAN BE FOR YOUR HEALTH, EXPLORE http://www.dorway.com OR REVIEW WHAT I'VE NETWORKED IN PREVIOUS COMPILATIONS ON THIS THROUGH http://tinyurl.com/28qzd9

Date: 29 Apr 2007
From: Dr. Betty Martini (Bettym19@mindspring.com)
Subject: Aspartame's Safety Questioned Again - Another Study Suggests It Heightens Cancer Risk

Hi Jean,

Came back from New York where Dr. M Soffritti from Ramazzini accepted the Irving J. Selikoff Award, only given three times in history for his outstanding contributions to the identification of environmental and industrial carcinogens and his promotion of independent scientific research. He released a new study on aspartame using only low doses of aspartame and, of course, again showing cancer. He released the study on Monday and Friday the FDA put out a note not accepting the first study for no reason, of course, so people would be stumbled and think aspartame is safe.

Sepp in Italy put my information below on press distribution, you see the FDA's lies, and you see my letter to her which was also put on press distribution. In fact, I was on radio all day long and one of the hosts read the letter to the FDA. Thought you would like to put it on your lists. Maybe we can get it off the market now. We're very close to having a case filed in New York. They are only taking aspartame brain tumor cases in New York and New Jersey.

All my best,
Betty
http://www.wnho.net and http://www.dorway.com

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From: http://www.laleva.org/eng/2007/04/aspartames_safety_questioned_again_another_study_suggests_it_heightens_cancer_risk.html

Aspartame's Safety Questioned Again - Another Study Suggests It Heightens Cancer Risk

NEW YORK, April 24, 2007

(CBS) A new report indicates aspartame, the artificial sweetener that's the main ingredient in Nutrasweet and Equal, heightens the risk of cancer.

But the Food and Drug Administration has said repeatedly, and as recently as last Friday, that aspartame is safe.

On The Early Show Tuesday, medical contributor Dr. Mallika Marshall explained to co-anchor Julie Chen that, "These were researchers in Italy who have believed for some time that aspartame poses an increased risk of cancer."

Marshall said the researchers gave aspartame to pregnant rats, and to the baby rats beginning five weeks after birth.

"After the dose was adjusted for the smaller body weights of the rats," Marshall continued, "(the researchers) say there was a slightly increased risk of cancer among those rats who were given about 40 percent of what the FDA has deemed a maximum accepted daily dose of aspartame. Among those rats who got twice that dose, they say the risk of cancer was significantly higher."

That's a possible source of concern, Marshall pointed out, because aspartame is "all over the place. It's estimated there are 6,000 products worldwide that contain it … from diet sodas to reduced calorie foods, to gum and sugar-free candy. It can even be found in some medications to sweeten the taste to 'help the medicine go down.' so to speak. It's so all around us."

So, how concerned should consumers be?

"There are a couple of things to keep in mind," Marshall responded. "First of all, for the past 25 to 26 years, aspartame has generally been regarded as safe in the United States, based on previous studies that haven't shown a significant link with cancer or any other serious health problems. Also, this study wasn't particularly large, and the data hasn't even been published yet. I think it's going to take some time to tease out this information and try to figure out whether there is a health risk and how that should change how we handle aspartame in our food supply.

"That said, however, parents of children should keep one thing in mind. And that is, if there is a toxic effect of aspartame, and I'm not saying there is, the jury is still out, but if there is, the effects are probably going to be greater, the smaller your body weight, so children would be more susceptible than adults.

"I know we have this growing problem of childhood obesity in this country, and parents are looking for any way to reduce the caloric intake of their kids. But I think we should probably be a little less cavalier about giving our children tons of foods with artificial sweeteners and probably should go back to the basics of milk and water and fruits and vegetables instead of diet soda and reduced calorie foods."

The researchers cautioned that pregnant moms that consumed aspartame appeared to pass on the cancer risk to fetuses, with the vulnerability of fetuses being such that exposure in womb seemed to add to cancer risk later in life. The researchers noted that that parallels the human experience.

Just last Friday, the FDA shot down the conclusion of the same researchers, based on a 2005 study they did, that aspartame raises cancer risks. Previously, the European Food Safety Authority had done the same when it looked at that 2005 study.

See also:

Letter to FDA: Why are you lying about aspartame?
http://www.laleva.org/eng/2007/04/letter_to_fda_why_are_you_lying_about_aspartame.html

Aspartame - FDA Spins News On Second Cancer Study
http://story.100.com/?rid=8049213&cat=656c762851046e9d

Natural Health News latest RSS
http://news.100.com/?c=656c762851046e9d

More articles on this issue at http://www.laleva.org/eng/sweetners/aspartame.html




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From: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/04/25/18404715.php

Here Comes Big Brother With The Gag

by Steve Watson/ Brian Harring
April 25th, 2007

Article on plans to destroy the internet and replace it with the same hired lies permeating other "American" (sic) media

Federally Funded Researchers Plan to Close down the Internet

Need further funding from Congress for “clean slate” and Internet 2

April 18, 2007

by Steve Watson

Global Research

Researchers funded by the federal government want to shut down the internet and start over, citing the fact that at the moment there are loopholes in the system whereby users cannot be tracked and traced all the time.

Time magazine has reported that several foundations and universities including Rutgers, Stanford, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are pursuing individual projects, along with the Defense Department, in order to wipe out the current internet and replace it with a new network which will satisfy big business and government:

One challenge in any reconstruction, though, will be balancing the interests of various constituencies. The first time around, researchers were able to toil away in their labs quietly. Industry is playing a bigger role this time, and law enforcement is bound to make its needs for wiretapping known.

There's no evidence they are meddling yet, but once any research looks promising, "a number of people (will) want to be in the drawing room," said Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor affiliated with Oxford and Harvard universities. "They'll be wearing coats and ties and spilling out of the venue."

The projects echo moves we have previously reported on to clamp down on internet neutrality and even to designate a new form of the internet known as Internet 2.

This would be a faster, more streamlined elite equivalent of the internet available to users who were willing to pay more for a much improved service. providers may only allow streaming audio and video on your websites if you were eligible for Internet 2.

Of course, Internet 2 would be greatly regulated and only "appropriate content" would be accepted by an FCC or government bureau. Everything else would be relegated to the "slow lane" internet, the junkyard as it were. Our techie rulers are all too keen to make us believe that the internet as we know it is ";already dead".

Google is just one of the major companies preparing for internet 2 by setting up hundreds of "server farms" through which eventually all our personal data - emails, documents, photographs, music, movies - will pass and reside.

However, experts state that the "clean slate" projects currently being undertaken go even further beyond projects like Internet2 and National LambdaRail, both of which focus primarily on next-generation needs for speed.

In tandem with broad data retention legislation currently being introduced worldwide, such "clean slate" projects may represent a considerable threat to the freedom of the internet as we know it. EU directives and US proposals for data retention may mean that any normal website or blog would have to fall into line with such new rules and suddenly total web regulation would become a reality.

In recent months, a chorus of propaganda intended to demonize the Internet and further lead it down a path of strict control has spewed forth from numerous establishment organs:

· In a display of bi-partisanship, there have recently been calls for all out mandatory ISP snooping on all US citizens by both Democrats and Republicans alike.

· Republican Senator John McCain recently tabled a proposal to introduce legislation that would fine blogs up to $300,000 for offensive statements, photos and videos posted by visitors on comment boards. It is well known that McCain has a distaste for his blogosphere critics, causing a definite conflict of interest where any proposal to restrict blogs on his part is concerned.

· During an appearance with his wife Barbara on Fox News last November, George Bush senior slammed Internet bloggers for creating an "adversarial and ugly climate."

· The White House's own recently de-classified strategy for "winning the war on terror" targets Internet conspiracy theories as a recruiting ground for terrorists and threatens to "diminish" their influence.

· The Pentagon recently announced its effort to infiltrate the Internet and propagandize for the war on terror.

· In a speech last October, Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff identified the web as a "terror training camp," through which "disaffected people living in the United States" are developing "radical ideologies and potentially violent skills." His solution is "intelligence fusion centers," staffed by Homeland Security personnel which will go into operation next year.

· The U.S. Government wants to force bloggers and online grassroots activists to register and regularly report their activities to Congress. Criminal charges including a possible jail term of up to one year could be the punishment for non-compliance.

· A landmark legal case on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America and other global trade organizations seeks to criminalize all Internet file sharing of any kind as copyright infringement, effectively shutting down the world wide web - and their argument is supported by the U.S. government.

· A landmark legal ruling in Sydney goes further than ever before in setting the trap door for the destruction of the Internet as we know it and the end of alternative news websites and blogs by creating the precedent that simply linking to other websites is breach of copyright and piracy.

· The European Union, led by former Stalinist and potential future British Prime Minister John Reid, has also vowed to shut down "terrorists" who use the Internet to spread propaganda.

· The EU data retention bill, passed last year after much controversy and with implementation tabled for late 2007, obliges telephone operators and internet service providers to store information on who called who and who emailed who for at least six months. Under this law, investigators in any EU country, and most bizarrely even in the US, can access EU citizens' data on phone calls, sms', emails and instant messaging services.

· The EU also recently proposed legislation that would prevent users from uploading any form of video without a license.

· The US government is also funding research into social networking sites and how to gather and store personal data published on them, according to the New Scientist magazine. "At the same time, US lawmakers are attempting to force the social networking sites themselves to control the amount and kind of information that people, particularly children, can put on the sites."

We are being led to believe that a vast army of maniac pedophiles or terrorists are on the loose and we must do away with all forms of privacy in order to stop them. This is akin to saying that blanket cctv prevents crime. As if to say "if we film everyone all the time, even innocent people, then no one will ever commit any crimes."

Increasingly we are seeing this in every aspect of our lives. Recording, tracking and retaining our data in the name of keeping us all safe. Everyone is now treated as guilty until proven innocent.

Make no mistake, the internet, one of the greatest outposts of free speech ever created is under constant attack by powerful people who cannot operate within a society where information flows freely and unhindered. Both American and European moves mimic stories we hear every week out of State Controlled Communist China, where the internet is strictly regulated and virtually exists as its own entity away from the rest of the web.

The Internet is freedom's best friend and the bane of control freaks. Its eradication is one of the short term goals of those that seek to centralize power and subjugate their populations under a surveillance panopticon prison, whether that be in Communist China, Neoconservative America or the Neofascist EU . CLIP

Related comment:

From: http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2672.htm
The Voice of the White House Washington, D.C., April 22, 2007: “This report covers three subjects: The plan to take over and completely control the U.S. internet; and the Russian responses to publication of plots against Putin.The current power structure of the United States exercises almost complete control over both the print and television media. They do not, however, control the flow of information, some it potentially disastrous, on the internet. An uncontrolled internet has exposed many lies and plots against the public safety and so, the current administration reasons, it must come under strict governmental control.Therefore, there is now pending a joint attempt by the Department of Justice, FBI, and DEA to bring all access to the Internet within the scope of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The current CALEA legislation gives law enforcement agencies access to communications traffic under specific legal conditions and constraints. The vehicle for this control, which is slated to be under the Department of Defense, is the so-called Internet2. This is to be a regional internet program and at present, it is controlled by the FBI but in the event this is officially expanded to take over internet control on a national level, it will then be controlled by the DoD.At the present time, a number of very prominent and well-used internet and telecommunication services, such as Google, SBC, AOL and others, report directly to government agencies on the activities of their subscribers and users. For example, Google automatically notes any searches for subjects the government deems “inappropriate” such as interest in any group or philosophy in the Muslim world, any interest in technical subjects such as bombs or pathogens or any and all persons expressing anger with the government or any of its agencies or personnel.Telecommunication companies fall all over each other to send daily reports on telephone, fax and other communications send or received by such of their patrons whose names have been supplied to the companies. These can be as harmless as anti-draft groups, Democrat activists, anyone expressing anti-Semitic views and so on. CLIP




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Note from Jean: I watched an interview on The Hour this April 30 with ex-child soldier Ishmael Beah and was moved by his amazing story and how he survived an excruciatingly difficult experience to because a most articulate young man with wisdom beyond his age. To me, this young man epitomized hope... hope that despite the abyss of cruelty man can descend into, it is possible for the soul to rise against all odds and for the human host to become a walking, living angel. If Ishmael can rise up from such a hellish abomination and shine like a living expression of God, our entire world can be redeemed and Love, Beauty and Peace can reign once again everywhere... as I truly believe it will one day soon not far from now...

I checked Amazon and found 137 reviews (!!), as of May 1, on the autobiographic book he personally wrote. Here are two of them as an introduction...

From : http://www.amazon.com/Long-Way-Gone-Memoirs-Soldier/dp/customer-reviews/0374105235

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

"I began to develop an interest in the civil war in Sierra Leone after watching the movie Blood Diamonds, and came across this title. The book is a gripping biography, made all the more horrific as it tells the story of a young boy, Ishmael who finds himself fleeing the comforts of family and normal life at 12, only to be kidnapped and forced to undergo indoctrination and training to be a boy soldier/killer. This poor kid and many others of his age group were not only brainwashed but completely dehumanized, being fed a steady diet of drugs and hatred, and unleashed as killers. It was only with UNICEF's intervention that Beah is rescued from a monstrous fate and rehabilitated. His story is very relevant in a world filled with hate and violence, and all the more necessary given how little most of us know about the atrocities occurring in third world nations today. Definitely a must-read!"

"There are so many memoirs out there and this one is getting such unbelievable hype (e.g., available for purchase at Starbucks). That was enough to almost made me stay away. I'm glad I did not. This really is a remarkable story of survival. Every page you read you are floored that this man lived to tell this story. More, he is one of the thousands of children this has happened to. If this book doesn't make you thankful for the freedoms you have, nothing will. When you think of the fact that he woke up one day, walked to a dance contest and subsequently lost everything dear to him ... He's a remarkable person and it's a story well worth reading; and hopefully, it will prompt world change for the kids affected by war and forced to become government soldiers when their lives have been destroyed and they have nowhere else to turn.

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I also found this excellent New York Times book review at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/books/review/Boyd.t.html?ex=1330059600&en=f5887594f0d61a58&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss where you will also find a picture of Ishmael

Babes in Arms

By WILLIAM BOYD

February 25, 2007

What is it about African wars that is so disturbing? Why do they unsettle us so? We in the civilized West know all about bestial and mindless cruelty, as the events of 1939-45 graphically prove. And yet as we read about Darfur and Mogadishu today and recall Rwanda and Sierra Leone not long ago, or Biafra and Congo further back, we realize that these vicious, bitter African conflicts have left their trace on contemporary history, and on contemporary consciousness, in ways somehow different from the usual squalid reckoning that modern warfare encourages.

The great benefit of Ishmael Beah's memoir, "A Long Way Gone," is that it may help us arrive at an understanding of this situation. Beah's autobiography is almost unique, as far as I can determine - perhaps the first time that a child soldier has been able to give literary voice to one of the most distressing phenomena of the late 20th century: the rise of the pubescent (or even prepubescent) warrior-killer.

Beah was 12 years old when the civil war in Sierra Leone entered his life, in 1993. Sierra Leone, a former British colony in West Africa, sandwiched between Guinea and Liberia, suffered the usual post-independence rites of passage of corruption, unrest, military coups and gerrymandered elections. In the '90s, civil strife in Liberia prompted the rise of the R.U.F. (the Revolutionary United Front), a ragtag liberation army headed by a former corporal, Foday Sankoh, who took over the diamond mines in eastern Sierra Leone and whose brutal militia (with a horrible penchant for amputating hands) moved on toward the country's capital, Freetown. There is a historical chronology at the back of the book, but you will gain little idea of the internecine political struggle from Beah's account.

In a sense, however, this is beside the point. A 12-year-old is conscious only of immediate circumstances, and in Beah's case the arrival of the rebels in his small town meant sudden separation from his parents and months of indeterminate flight from danger with a handful of other boys. These terrified youngsters wandered aimlessly along jungle tracks, starving and desperate, harassed and suspected as they scrounged for food and tried to make sense of what was going on. Finally they reached the Atlantic Ocean, but, once again, fearful villagers sent them packing, and they were eventually recruited into the Sierra Leone Army as boy soldiers.

Given rudimentary training, an AK-47 and as many drugs as he could consume (amphetamines, marijuana and a toxic mix of cocaine and gunpowder called "brown brown"), Beah seems then to have gone on a two-year mind-bending killing spree, until he was rescued by some Unicef fieldworkers and sent to a rehabilitation center in Freetown. There, with counseling, care and attention, and the psychological ministrations of a kindly nurse named Esther, Beah's slow return to normality began, further augmented when he was sent to the United Nations with the task of explaining the lot of the child soldier to a baffled and concerned international community. He came to live in the United States, graduating from high school and Oberlin College. "A Long Way Gone" is his first, remarkable book.

It is interesting to try to comprehend what act of remembering is going on here. Who of us in our 20s could accurately summon up our day-by-day lives as preteens? As you read "A Long Way Gone," the details allow you to distinguish precise recall from autobiographical blur. Beah can remember the logo on the sneakers he is issued by the army. When he is captured by hostile villagers, he is released because he has a few rap cassettes on him (LL Cool J, Naughty by Nature, among others) and can mime the songs and dance to them. All this has the idiosyncratic ring of precisely remembered truth. But with lines like these, the effect is quite different: "We walked around the village and killed everyone who came out of the houses and huts." Or: "After every gunfight we would enter the rebel camp, killing those we had wounded." The horror is duly registered, but its vagueness and generality don't add up to moments of lived personal history. Indeed, Beah's time in the army, and the accounts of the patrols and firefights he was caught up in, represent only a small portion of this book. And who can blame him? The blood-lust of a drug-crazed adolescent on the rampage with an assault rifle would challenge the descriptive powers of James Joyce. Beah confesses to slitting the throat of a trussed prisoner, and writes lines like: "I angrily pointed my gun into the swamp and killed more people. I shot everything that moved." If these and similar passages are to be given credence, his personal body count must total many dozens. Such knowledge is shocking, but it's the reader's imagination that delivers the cold sanguinary shudder, not the author's boilerplate prose. It is a vision of hell that Beah gives us, one worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, but as though depicted in primary colors by a naïve artist.

However, perhaps this gives us a clue to the nature and effect of these terrifying African conflicts. I have been close to only one, in Nigeria from 1968 to 1970, during that country's civil war, known as the Biafran war. I was in my teens too, not much older than Beah, and far from the actual fighting. But at dusk one night with my father, our car was stopped at a roadblock on a back road in the bush by a unit of Nigerian soldiers. They were young, aggressive, drunk on beer, bored and ostensibly looking for currency smugglers. They waved their Kalashnikovs at us and angrily ordered us out of the car. We were roughly searched, the trunk was opened, and then my father cracked a joke and everybody laughed. But for a few moments I was profoundly aware that anything might have happened to us: there was no control, no "rules of engagement," no chain of command. We were powerless; they had all the power. Night was falling, and there were no witnesses. It was a moment of pure potential anarchy that could have gone any way.

Beah's book confirms this feeling. The unbelievable violence and dread, the blood and death, seem - if this does not appear too awful an oxymoron - somehow guileless and innocent, random, unpremeditated. Is that what fundamentally disturbs us about these African conflicts? Beah tells a story of a messenger sent by the rebels. All his fingers had been amputated except his thumbs. In more peaceful times, Sierra Leoneans used to give one another a thumbs-up sign that meant "one love" (a gestural echo of the reggae song), and that is what the R.U.F. called this mutilation. A joke is made: the cost is unimaginable.

Beah's memoir joins an elite class of writing: Africans witnessing African wars. I think of "Sozaboy," Ken Saro-Wiwa's masterly novel about a young soldier during the Biafran war, or "Machete Season," Jean Hatzfeld's book of blood-chilling interviews with Rwandan killers. "A Long Way Gone" makes you wonder how anyone comes through such unrelenting ghastliness and horror with his humanity and sanity intact. Unusually, the smiling, open face of the author on the book jacket provides welcome and timely reassurance. Ishmael Beah seems to prove it can happen.

See also:

First Chapter: 'A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier'
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/books/chapters/0225-1st-beah.html?ei=5070&en=bdf7cb8e162ba539&ex=1178164800&pagewanted=print




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