Wednesday, May 10, 2006

[911TruthAction] Digest Number 1280

There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. A Day in the Life: 5/10/6
From: "President, USA Exile Govt."
2. We are RIPE for harvesting! Any wonder why the geopolitics are the w
From: "Naveed"
3. Please vote to replace frist with a democrat
From: "Bugs"
4. Must Read
From: "Bugs"


Message 1
From: "President, USA Exile Govt."
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 8:23am(PDT)
Subject: A Day in the Life: 5/10/6

Free Americans Reaching
Out to Amerika's Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free
Via <>

May 10, 2006

NOTE: It's interesting that pimp/whore CNN is willing to circulate
this; it may mean that Boosch is toast. -- kl, pp

Hussein Attorney Slams Tribunal,

Lawyer also calls for tribunal to be abolished, trial to be moved
From Paul Courson
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 Posted: 2318 GMT (0718 HKT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- He's questioned the legality of the court. He's
called the trial "pure chaos." He's called a judge's attempt to protect
attorneys and witnesses "absurd."

Now, a member of Saddam Hussein's defense team is saying they need an
extra month to prepare the defense of the former Iraqi dictator because
the court has been uncooperative.

Ramsey Clark, who served as U.S. attorney general under President
Lyndon B. Johnson, said Tuesday that Hussein's legal team won't be
prepared to defend its client against war crime charges May 15, the
date the team is scheduled to present its case to the Iraqi Special
Tribunal in Baghdad.

Hussein's defense lawyers "haven't had the central documents to
prepare the defense, which we have asked for time and time again. We
don't even have the transcript of the testimony that has been given,"
Clark said.

At a Washington news conference, Clark leveled accusations at the White
House, which he said is using the tribunal "to vindicate its invasion,
to validate occupation and to make the world believe that the Iraqi
people demanded that Saddam Hussein and other leaders in his government
be executed."

He added in a written statement, "The trial is clearly the planned
continuation of the essentially unilateral war of aggression waged by
the Bush administration against Iraq."

Clark also echoed remarks he made earlier this year about the legal
validity of the court, which he questions because of its alleged
inability to protect participants and because of what he feels is the
court's bias against Hussein.

The former Iraqi leader and seven other members of his regime are
charged with torturing and killing 148 civilians in the Shiite town of
Dujail 23 years ago. The killings are believed to be retaliation for a
failed assassination attempt on Hussein, a Sunni.

Clark, who said Tuesday that the tribunal should be abolished and that
Hussein's trial should be moved to a neutral court, made similar
comments earlier this year. Two defense attorneys had already been
killed when he joined the defense team in late November.

Sadoon Janabi, an attorney for Awad Hamad Bandar, the former chief
judge of Hussein's Revolutionary Court, was kidnapped and shot in the
head October 20, the day after the trial began. Adil Muhammed
al-Zubaidi, who was representing former Iraqi Vice President Taha
Yassin Ramadan, was shot to death November 8.

Though Clark did not request a specific change of venue for the Hussein
trial, he suggested that Hussein may have a better shot at a fair trial
in the United States.

The U.S. court system holds promise, Clark said, because a federal
jury recently declined to issue a death sentence to Zacarias Moussaoui,
the al Qaeda operative who pleaded guilty to having a connection to the
September 11, 2001, attacks.

Clark said the Moussaoui jury acted fairly in deciding that there
wasn't enough evidence to justify the death penalty, and he said an
American jury would be more objective than the Iraqi Special Tribunal.

Clark has been a civil rights attorney and controversial activist in
recent years. He opposed the war in Iraq and met with Hussein in
February 2003, just before the U.S.-led invasion of the country.

In January, Clark suggested during an interview with The Associated
Press that a lack of proper medical care caused the death of former
Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, whom Clark said "became
president during a time of great crisis." (Full story)

Milosevic died during a U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague,
Netherlands, where he faced 66 counts of war crimes, including

Saying it was important to remember Milosevic's "struggle to preserve
Yugoslavia," Clark told the AP that during the tribunal, "everyone knew
his health was failing, but he was not granted proper medical care.
Amid the struggle, his heart gave up."


From: janet phelan <>
Date: May 10, 2006 10:02:54 AM EST
Subject: [911TruthAction]
Update on Susan Lindauer

Reporter and activist Susan Lindauer's initial court date on whether or
not she will be committed to a mental institution and/or forcibly
medicated was May 4.� According to J. Fields, who was in court that
day, things did not go well for Susan.� Fields stated to me that there
were two witnesses who consumed most of the time in court.� These two
psychiatric experts�testified that Susan's "psychosis"--which
apparently is comprised of such symptoms as "delusions of
persecution"�--(seriously, how transparent can they get?) may not be
treatable at all.� There were citings of psychiatric clinical trials,
in which standard anti-psychotic medications do not work with people
who have these delusions.� In a nutshell, the considerations in court
had narrowed to whether Susan should be committed and forcibly
medicated or simply committed.

Her attorney, Sanford Talkin, had initially contacted these
psychiatrists for their opinions.� It was Talkin who had made the moves
towards declaring Lindauer incompetent.

Dr. Kennedy, whose pre-trial counseling with Lindauer produced a sheath
of documents stating that she was quite sane, was not called as a

Along with J. Fields, Mark Bilk and I had been doing some of the radio
interviews about Susan's plight--Republic Broadcast Network,
Preparedness Now, etc.� Bilk contacted a National Lawyer's Guild
attorney of his acquaintance,�Riva Enteen, who�was able to locate an
attorney in NYC who expressed interest in this case and sat in�on the
proceedings on May 4.� Through diligent eleventh-hour networking and
hours on the phone, Mark Bilk was able to arrange for this lawyer to
begin the legal maneuverings toward having�Sanford Talkin removed as
Susan's attorney and having herself substituted.

The hearing had been continued to May 9, yesterday.� At this point in
time, the new attorney, Liz Fink, was able to get a continuance until
June.� She has a concrete strategy to obliterate the "incompetency"
declarations, and believes that the "espionage" case is quite weak.

In other words, this is wonderful news.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Mark Bilk, J. Fields
and Riva Enteen, whose involvement in Susan's plight may have
facilitated a minor miracle for Lindauer.� Thanks also to Dick Heiser
and all others who took it upon themselves to contact Sanford Talkin
and/or Judge Mukasey.

I'll keep you all updated as to what transpires in June.� Things are
looking much brighter for Lindauer at this point in time.

Janet Phelan


From: Henri the Celt <>
Date: May 9, 2006 9:42:45 PM EST
Subject: Fw: Depleted Uranium, Forty-Seventh Edition

Depleted Uranium, Forty-Seventh Edition

�Greetings to all Email Update Members,����������� From: Karl W B

�There have been numerous nuclear exposure incidents in the United
States as a result of air and surface testing, firing of DU type
weapons, contamination releases from manufacturing and laboratory

If you caught the news May 8 there was a nuclear incident near
Flagstaff, Arizona when a tractor trailer rig carrying nuclear waste
hit another tractor rig. �One dead, one critically injured and no word
from the feds if nuclear waste was spilled in the accident.�

Some reports regarding the full implementation of the Yucca Mountain
Nuclear Waste Storage facility in Nevada indicates that up to 50
million Americans would have nuclear waste transported within one-half
mile from where they live. �Yes, they plan to ship this waste on our
freeways to get it to Yucca Mountain and there would be many loads
each year, many chances for massive accidents and spills.

These are some of those many things that the United States government
likes to keep quiet and also reasons that they can and will ignore the
elephant in the living room to keep lying to you.� They want you to
keep ignoring the elephant in your living room too.

Go back to soccer, beer, work, shopping, Little League, TV, whatever
it takes to get America to not pay attention.

The policies of our government are detrimental to your health, not


�Legend for �Percent Increase in Cancer Incidence, Cancer Mortality,
and Other Health Effects of Human Exposure to Ionizing Radiation�

1.���� 1500% increase in incidence of testicular and ovarian cancer in
children on Navaho reservation in uranium mining area

2.���� 500% increase in bone cancer in children affected by uranium

3.���� 250% increase in leukemia (all ages) in the Navaho population

4.���� 200% increase in each of the following non-cancer effects:
miscarriage, infant death, congenital defects, genetic abnormalities,
learning disorders.
Baseline for 1-4: Navajo residents living near Uranium facilities were
compared to Navajo residents in non-uranium areas

5.���� 500% increase in birth defects when compared to the national
(Southwest Research and Information Center. �Uranium Legacy.� The
Workbook, v 8, no 6. Albuquerque, NM: 1983.)

6.���� 400% increase in leukemia incidence in the population living
downwind of the Pilgrim nuclear power reactor in Massachusetts in the
first 5 years after fuel was know to have leaked excess radioactivity.
Baseline: Disease in population before and after Pilgrim radioactive
releases and comparison to upwind population.
(Morris M. Knorr R. The Southeastern Massachusetts Health Study
1978-1986-Report of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
October 1990. See also: Clapp R. Cobb S. et al. �Leukemia Near
Massachusetts Nuclear Power Plant.� Letter in Lancet. December 5,

7.���� 300�400% increase in lung cancer in the general population
within the plume of the Three Mile Island accident releases

8.���� 600�700% increase in leukemia in the general population within
the plume of Three Mile Island accident releases Baseline: Disease in
population upwind (out of the radiation plume path) is compared to
disease in population downwind (in the pollution plume.)
(Wing S. Richardson D. et al. �A Reevaluation of Cancer Incidence Near
the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant: The Collision of Evidence
and Assumptions.� Environmental Health Perspectives, v 105, no 1.
National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, Maryland. January 1997.)

9.���� 50% increase in childhood cancer incidence in the Three Mile
Island area for each 10 millirem increase in radiation exposure per
Baseline: Children living with different radiation levels are compared
for evidence of disease.

(Hatch M. et al. �Background Gamma Radiation and Childhood Cancers
Within Ten Miles of a US Nuclear Power Plant.� International Journal of
Epidemiology, v 19, no 3. 1990.)

10. 8000% increase in thyroid cancer in Belarussian children living
near Chernobyl, reported 6 years after the meltdown.
Baseline: Comparison of population health before and after the
Chernobyl explosion.
(Hudson RL. �Child Cancers Found to Rise Near Chernobyl.� The Wall
Street Journal. September 3, 1992. The article they quote was published
in Nature on the same day and was researched by the World Health

Further effects found in victims of the Chernobyl accident less than
ten years after the meltdown

11. 500% increase in thyroid cancer in Ukrainian children.

12. 75% increased incidence of heart disease

13. 200% increase in respiratory and digestive disease

14. 200% increase in birth defects

15. 200% increase in spontaneous abortions
Baseline: Comparison of population health before and after the
Chernobyl explosion
(Rupert J. �Illness Tied to Disaster Still on Rise.� The Washington
Post. June 24, 1995.The reporter was quoting Britain�s Imperial Cancer
Research Fund, The Ukrainian Health Ministry and the United Nations.)

16. 63% increase in leukemia incidence among workers at Oak Ridge
National Laboratories(US) who received very low doses of external
(gamma) radiation on the job.

17. 123% increase in leukemia incidence in the same population where
there were also very low internal doses of radioactivity
Baseline: Cohort comparison of worker deaths and radiation exposure
(Wing S. Shy C. et al. �Mortality Among Workers at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory: Evidence of Radiation Effects in Follow-up Through 1984.�
JAMA, v 265 no 11. March 20, 1991.)

18. 80% increase in eight types of cancer deaths in Department of
Energy atomic workers exposed to external doses of radiation. Baseline:
Various baselines. Usually cohort comparison of workers with various
doses and their deaths from resulting diseases were used.
(Mancuso TF. Stewart A. Kneale G. �Radiation Exposures of Hanford
Workers Dying From Cancer and Other Causes.� Health Physics, v 33.
Pergamon Press, Great Britain. November 1977.)

19. 200% increase in leukemia in children of atomic workers Baseline:
The parents of children with cancer were compared for occupation to
discern if those adults who worked with radiation had more children
with cancer than those who worked in other jobs.
(Roman E. et al. �Case-control Study of Leukemia and Non-Hodgkin�s
Lymphoma Among Children Aged 0-4 years Living in West Berkshire and
North Hampshire Health Districts.� BMJ 1993 #306.)

20. 287% increase in cancer incidence in children of nuclear workers
who received internal radiation in England
Baseline: The parents of children with cancer were compared for
occupation to discern if those adults who worked with radiation had
more children with cancer than those who worked in other jobs.
(Sorahan T. Roberts PJ. �Childhood Cancer and Paternal Exposure to
Ionizing Radiation: Preliminary Findings From the Oxford Survey of
Childhood Cancers.� American Journal of Industrial Medicine, v 23:
343-354. 1993.)

21. 250% increase in all cancers among atomic workers

22. 190% increase in leukemia incidence
Baseline: General Population
(Kendall. GM. et al. �Mortality and Occupational Exposure to
Radiation: First Analysis of the National Registry for Radiation
Workers.� BMJ v 304: 220-5. 1992.)

23. 500% increase in childhood leukemia in children visiting the beach
once a week near the French nuclear reprocessing facility at LaHague

24. 760% increase in childhood leukemia if they ate the local fish

25. 345% increase in childhood leukemia associated with drinking well
water from the vicinity of the nuclear facility
Baseline: Observed leukemia cases were compared to expected leukemia
(Viel JF. Pobel D. Incidence of Leukaemia in Young People Around the La
Hague Nuclear Waste Reprocessing Plant: A Sensitivity Analysis.�
Statistics in Medicine, v 14: 2459-2472. 1995.)

26. 1200% increase in all cancers exist around the Sellafield,
(formerly Windscale) reprocessing facility and of these,

27. 600-1000% increase in leukemia of children whose fathers were
exposed to certain amounts of radiation prior to conception

28. 1000% increase in lymphoma was found in children near a
reprocessing facility in Cumbria
Baseline: Local and Area Controls
(Gardner et al. �Results of Case-control Study of Leukemia and Lymphoma
Among Young People Near Sellafield Nuclear Plant in West Cumbria.� BMJ
v 300. February 17, 1990.)

29. 1000% increase in leukemia incidence in children living near a
nuclear reprocessing facility
Baseline: Children of the same age in the same area prior to the
facility�s operation.
(Heasman et al. �Childhood Leukemia in Northern Scotland.� Lancet, v
1:266. 1986.)

30. 27.3% increase in all cancer deaths among atomic workers exposed
to internal doses of radiation
Baseline: Comparison of worker deaths and radiation exposure levels.
(Morgenstern H. Froines J. Epidemiologic Study to Determine Possible
Adverse Effects to Rocketdyne/Atomics International Workers from
Exposure to Ionizing Radiation. State of California Health and Welfare
Agency. June 1997.)

31. 500% increase in leukemia among Utah nuclear bomb test Downwinders

32. 121% increase in thyroid cancer incidence in the same group

33. 200% increase in breast cancer

34. 700% increase in bone cancer
Baseline: Utah Mormons exposed to bomb fallout are compared to all
Utah Mormons.
(Johnson CJ. �Cancer Incidence in an Area of Radioactive Fallout
Downwind From the Nevada Test Site.� JAMA, v 251 n 2: 231-6. January
13, 1984.)

35. a greater then 120% increase in thyroid cancer in those who drank
milk laced with Iodine-131 from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests
Baseline: Estimated cases are based on dose reconstruction where
estimated exposures were between 6-112 rads per individual child in the
bombs� plumes.
(Ortmeyer P. Makhijani A. �Let Them Drink Milk.� The Bulletin of the
Atomic Scientists, Nov/Dec. 1997.)

36. 200% increase in lung cancer in women who received radiation
treatments for breast cancer
Baseline: Breast cancer patients treated with radiation were compared
to those who were treated only by other methods.
(Bishop JE. �Study Links Breast Cancer Treatment to Higher Risk of the
Disease in Lungs.� The Wall Street Journal, May 14, 1993: B6.)

37. 66�96% increase in early cancer deaths due to background radiation
Baseline: Deaths of children living with different radiation levels
are compared for cancer.
(Kneale GW. Stewart AM. �Childhood Cancers in the UK and their Relation
to Background Radiation.� Radiation and Health. 1987.)

This list was compiled by Cindy Folkers & Mary Olson on 4/24/98,
Nuclear Information & Resource Service, 1424 16 th St, NW Suite 404,
Washington, DC 20036 (202)328-0002 -- it is arbitrarily based on what
studies are on file at NIRS.

A partial list of non-cancer health effects of human exposure to

Downs Syndrome
Cleft Lip and Palate
Kidney and Liver Damage
Thyroid Disease
Low Birthweight
Increased Infant Mortality
Increased Stillbirth
Genetic Mutations/Chromosomal Aberrations
Spinal Defects
Congenital Malformations

Even if those percentages were cut in half, it is way above what is
normal in the human population. �

Nuclear toxicity is deadly, it will ruin your health, and whether you
get heavy metal poisoning or radioactive side effects neither are good
for your health.

They ignore the consequences of their actions and they want you to
ignore it too.

If you remember the lung cancer spike information that came out in
March, just look at the numbers above. �Such spikes are inevitable as
long as they continue to pollute our environment and walk free.� The
photos of birth defects from Iraq and Afghanistan are to be expected
here too and some of our soldiers have already had such tragedies visit
their lives.

They have exposed 1.3 million of our soldiers to this deadly DU
material in Iraqi Freedom and even more when you factor in Afghanistan,
Bosnia and the Desert Storm misadventures. �They have exposed tens of
millions of Americans that work in the bases, live near enough to be
exposed from the test firing of such weapons.

The insanity has gone on long enough and it is time for some rational
sane people to lead us out of this mess.

Best regards,



From: Henri the Celt <>
Date: May 9, 2006 9:31:17 PM EST
Subject: The Oil Boil

The Oil Boil

Anwaar Hussain

May 8, 2006

As America�s naval armadas continue to surf the Persian Gulf, hovering
just off the Iranian waters, the supreme commander of the US armed
forces recently said that threats from Mr Ahmadinejad, particularly
towards Israel, had to be "dealt with". He told Germany's Bild am
Sonntag newspaper that if Mr Ahmadinejad was ready to destroy one
country (Israel), "then he would also be ready to destroy others".
President Bush added: "This is a threat that needs to be dealt with."

Are the Iranian president�s blustering statements towards Israel really
the cause for this ominous proclamation from the US president? Or is it
Iran�s nuclear ambitions that have caused it? Or is the oil boil
finally reaching its global critical temperature?

The answer most probably lies in events likely to unfold in the very
near future in a tiny Iranian island by the name of Kish.

A little bit about Kish first.

This beautiful oval-shaped Iranian island in the Persian Gulf is
roughly a hundred square kms in area and is located only 18 km off the
southern coast of the Islamic Republic. Because of its beauty, Kish has
historically become known as the Pearl of the Persian Gulf since
ancient times.

In the year 325 BC, Alexander the Great commissioned one of his naval
commanders by the name of Niarkus to set off an expedition voyage into
the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Niarkus's writings indicate that
he visited Araracta in the 4th century BC. Araracta is one of the the
olden names of the present day Kish Island.

Kish has a long history of about 3,000 years. It has been called under
various names such as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss in the course
of time. Other than Niarkus, two other great travellers of their times,
Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta, too wrote about the beauty of the island.

In the year 2006, Kish is about to re-enter history in a most
momentous style. A few days from now, the first Iranian Oil Bourse will
come into being on this island.

The question is, why this outwardly innocuous looking Iranian bid in
pursuit of their legitimate national interests may seem so menacing to
some in the West, particularly in America?

To answer this question, let us first have a look at America�s current
financial health. Here are the main highlights;

* America, already the world's largest international debtor with $5.7
trillion in cumulative trade deficits in goods since 1985, exploded
international trade deficits to new records as it depends more and more
on the production and savings of others than on itself (see
International Trade Report ).

* With a total debt of $44 trillion, and rising rapidly, America now
has the highest debt ratio in history that translates to $147,312 per
man, woman and child - - or $589,248 per family of 4, $44,312 more debt
per family than last year.

* Last year debt increased $3.5 Trillion, 5 times more than GDP.
Household debt soared 12%.

The debt level of US is increasing at an alarming 80 million dollars
per hour. To sustain this American trend, the world�s readiness to soak
up the soon to be worthless American dollars is increasingly becoming a
key issue. China and Japan, the two main debt holders of America for
example, who together hold an accumulated $1.7 trillion in US
securities and currency, are already steadily moving away from the
dollar towards the Euro.

America�s financial health report, to say the least, is grim and the
future prospects grimmer.

Currently there are only two exchanges for trading oil in the world.
One is called the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and the other as
International Petroleum Exchange (IPE). Oil remains the chief commodity
on both exchanges.

NYMEX, together with its subsidiary New York Commodities Exchange
(COMEX), is the world's largest physical commodity futures exchange
located in New York City. Together they handle the buying and selling
of billions of dollars worth of energy products, metals, and a whole
range of other commodities. Needless to say, all transactions are done
in US dollars and the prices quoted for these deals on the exchange are
the basis for prices that people pay for those items throughout the

The IPE, based in London, is another one of the world�s largest energy
futures and options exchanges. Brent Crude is a world benchmark for oil
prices. This exchange additionally handles futures contracts and
options on Oil Gas, natural gas and electricity.

In simpler language, these two institutions presently ensure that the
world stays awash with US dollars. Their locations too are not a very
faint hint at the names of the two main coalition partners that
attacked and occupied Iraq.

Although since 1971 the US $ value has not been openly linked to any
commodity, it has in fact stayed linked to the Middle Eastern oil after
the US secured the oil-for-US $ deal with Saudi Arabia in return for
supporting the House of Saud. Since then, however, the US dollar has
continued to lose value and now stands at a mere 10% of what it was
forty years back.

With the arrival of Euro on the scene, the US dollar�s hegemony started
to wane at even greater pace. The Euro began to appeal to many oil
selling countries. In 2000, for example, Iraq converted all its oil
transaction to Euros. To stem the trend and send a chilling warning to
other would-be Euro lovers, Iraq was attacked and occupied by the
dollar keepers immediately later. When U.S. took over Iraq in 2003, one
of the first things it did was to return oil sales from the Euro to the
U.S. dollar.

Likewise, in 2001 Venezuela's ambassador to Russia spoke of them
switching to Euro for all oil sales. Within a year there was a coup
attempt on democratically elected Hugo Chavez, reportedly with the
assistance of the CIA. Chavez has been, since then, called a Hitler and
a dictator and his name has been promoted on America�s most wanted list
to immediately below Iran�s Ahmadinejad's.

Now let us come to Iran's cardinal sin. Since the beginning of 2003,
Iran has required Euros in payment of exports toward Asia and Europe,
though prices are still expressed in US dollars. Now Iran is planning
to open a commodity exchange, the Iranian Oil Bourse, for the sole
purpose of trading oil, petrochemicals and gas in various non-dollar
currencies, primarily the Euro. When successful, this would establish a
Euro-based pricing mechanism for oil trading. That would, in time,
break the stranglehold of NYMEX and IPE on the world�s financial market
by sending the US dollar into a graveyard spin. The US economy would be
an unfortunate, but sure, accompaniment.

To imagine that the American and British bankers, the principle war
profiteers, are unaware of the coming fate of the US dollar, is hoping
for an ice flake to survive in hell. To keep blinders on the US
dollar�s coming instability, they have already taken their first
action. The United States Federal Reserve, from March 23, 2006, has
stopped reporting the M3 money supply data of the U.S. dollar. (M3 is
the quantity of money available within the economy to purchase goods
and services.)

Any wonder then that the chief spokesman of the bankers, the president
of United States, says that Iran "is a threat that needs to be dealt

Kish is at an aerial distance of 1052 kms from Tehran, more than 10,000
kms from Washington DC and roughly half that distance from London.
Also, unless something is done about it, Kish is now a mere breath away
from becoming a host to an institution that may begin the final
unraveling of The Empire.

Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain

Sources :

1. Various articles on Wikipedia
2. A Guardian Report


From: Henri the Celt <>
Date: May 10, 2006 6:57:44 AM EST
To: AAAHenri <>
Subject: Iraqi Resistance Report

Iraqi Resistance Report for Events of Tuesday, 9
May 2006

Translated and/or compiled by
Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Tuesday, 9 May 2006.

������� Four US troops reported killed in Resistance bombing on road
from al-Fallujah to as-Saqlawiyah.

�������� US preparing massive offensive against ar-Ramadi, likely to
begin at dawn Wednesday.

�������� Fighting in ar-Ramadi leaves four US troops reported dead.

�������� Resistance bomb south of Abu Ghurayb blasts US patrol killing
a reported four American troops.

�������� Six residents of al-A'zamiyah reported killed and four more
wounded in Monday night attack by US-backed Shi'i sectarian gunmen and
puppet forces.

�������� Humanitarian disaster looms over Samarra� as residents endure
fifth day locked indoors with no water, food, medicine, or
electricity.� US troops reportedly carry out summary executions in
front of friends and family.� Following Zionist practices, American
troops bulldoze houses of suspected Resistance fighters.

�������� Jaysh al-Mahdi official: Muqtada as-Sadr movement not
involved in shooting down British helicopter in al-Basrah on Saturday.


From: Tim Barton <>
Date: May 10, 2006 4:28:45 AM EST
To: _BlueGreenEarth Forum <>
Subject: [bluegreenearth] Katrina Activist Research Workgoups

Katrina Activist Research Workgoups

From: Lance Hill <lhill at>
Southern Institute for Education and Research

Dear Friends:

So many of us are overwhelmed here in New Orleans by the basic research
tasks necessary to counter the racial injustices of the recovery. To
address this need, I would like to float a proposal for this summer.
Many people plan to travel to New Orleans to engage in humanitarian
relief work--primarily gutting flooded houses. To complement this
much-needed work, though, I recommend that we encourage out-of-town
groups to organize "Katrina Research Workgroups" to come down to New
Orleans this summer to research and develop brief and accessible reports
on social justice issues surrounding education, housing, homelessness,
employment, social services, resettlement patterns, community
organizing, the environment, etc The mechanisms that reproduce
inequality and prevent poor African American's from returning are
sophisticated and not discernible through simple human interactions or
gutting houses. There are a set of research imperatives that will help
demystify these processes and illuminate strategies for overcoming them.
The government and planning elites are not going to take on this work
and it the projects provide an extraordinary opportunity for volunteers
to place their academic skills in the service of humanity.

I envision these research working groups as comprised of experienced
researchers, perhaps graduate students working in partnership with
established scholars local community people to develop reports based on
community needs. They could come for one week from the same area or
networked via the internet and perhaps stay at "common ground" facility
in the Ninth Ward and operate out of volunteered space near the
campuses. We have five workstations, ten phone lines, meeting space for
20, internet connections and use of library resources, etc. I am sure
that Loyola and Xavier might have some space as well. The working group
would develop their own goals and research and writing plan from day
one, letting the expressed needs of local community members guide their
research agenda. Our own organization, the Southern Institute for
Education and Research at Tulane will be recruiting volunteers to do
research on ethnic conflict trauma stress in the wake of Katrina and a
long-term racial healing and reconciliation training program for schools
and communities.

I have already asked some University of Kansas grad students in
education to do a similar research project on schools this
summer--interview students and parents and do a survey of the charter
schools and new State-run schools. No one is "watch" these issues, or if
they are then there findings are making their way into the public
discourse. It would be a great way to encourage voluntarism and
self-organized research in the service of social justice. In all
events, we want people interacting and learning from local people who
have made it back, rather than gutting houses where they are isolated
from the community--or worse yet--locked in a room doing research all

Would a web site help with this--where people could sign-up for projects
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forward this notice to interested educational and religious groups and
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I would be happy to connect you to (1) local organizations that have
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From: "paul illich" <>
Date: May 9, 2006 12:16:33 PM EST
Subject: [bluegreenearth] fwd: German 'Robin Hoods' give poor a taste
of the high life

German 'Robin Hoods' give poor a taste of the high life


A GANG of anarchist Robin Hood-style thieves, who dress as superheroes
steal expensive food from exclusive restaurants and delicatessens to
give to
the poor, are being hunted by police in the German city of Hamburg.

The gang members seemingly take delight in injecting humour into their
raids, which rely on sheer numbers and the confusion caused by their
presence. After they plundered Kobe beef fillets, champagne and smoked
salmon from a gourmet store on the exclusive Elbastrasse, they
presented the
cashier with a bouquet of flowers before making their getaway.

The latest robbery is part of a pattern over the past several months,
suggesting that the thieves deliberately set out to highlight what they
perceive as the inequality inherent in German society.

However, the authorities do not agree. Bodo Franz, a police spokesman,
"They get off feeling they are just like Robin Hood. There are about 30
the group. But whatever their motives, they are thieves, plain and

Carsten Sievers, the manager of a luxury supermarket in the wealthy
Blankenese area of Hamburg, recently watched the robbers run off with
trolleys full of expensive foodstuffs, including Kobe beef which, at
than �100 a pound, is always on their illicit shopping list.

In another recent swoop, the gang emptied a groaning buffet table in a
restaurant into sacks, while one of their number held up a sign saying.
fat years are over" - the title of a hit film currently doing the
rounds in

In internet statements, the gang have made a point of saying their
booty is
distributed to Hartz IV recipients - the poorest of Germany's long-term
unemployed. The benefit is named after the disgraced Volkswagen
director Peter Hartz who, before he lost his job with the car-maker in a
prostitutes-and-bribes scandal, devised the new means-testing which is
loathed and derided by society's most economically challenged.

When the gang robbed the gourmet store in April - triggering a massive
police investigation that cost �20,000 in taxpayers' money without an
being made - they left a note behind saying: "Without the abilities of
superheroes to help them, it would be impossible for ordinary people to
survive in the city of the millionaires."

Police say they are concentrating their investigation on a loose
of anarchists and malcontents called "Hamburg in Vain", to which they
believe the superheroes belong. But they admit there is a certain
and skill about their robberies.

The gang are also behind black market cinema tickets which they
free to the poor, and they have printed leaflets telling passengers how
dodge ticket inspectors on the city's underground and buses.

Mr Franz said: "They try to make crime fun but are politically


From: "Chihaya" <>
Date: May 9, 2006 9:34:04 PM EST
To: <"Undisclosed-Recipient:;">
Subject: My letter to the local paper

"Mothers' Day" Is for Peace

I do pay respect to those who went to wars and fought for what
they were made to believe, who have been killed, maimed and
traumatized. And I believe "determination, courage and mateship"
should be handed down to our youth. However I strongly oppose the
way ANZAC Day has been displayed in these years.

It should be a day to seek solution for any conflict, in order to
achieve peace in the region and the world, so that our children
won't have to have any horrific experiences in wars. Instead they
are glorifying the wars and instilling our children to think that
it is patriotic and wonderful to go to war when wars as a matter
of fact, are for a fraction of the population to make $$$.

They say "go and fight for our country" but what is a country to
begin with? It consists of us, citizens. People who live
there. It is not for the Government or military.

And the pattern is like this: those in power create a potential
enemy somewhere, nurture them and fund them, then eventually turn
around, calling them evil and start a war to sell weapons and to
steal resources. So, we should not allow ourselves to be used and

And now, Mother's Day is coming up. But most of us don't know the
origin of the day. It was not a day to thank your mother for what
she does--before shops made it that way. It actually started as
"Mothers' Day"(note where the apostrophe is) and it was the day
for mothers to march demanding an end of wars--and peace.

When the US seems to go ahead to attack Iran and the Howard Government
quite likely to support it while Iran has their right to develop
and research nuclear for peaceful use as the NPT clearly states,
why don't we mothers on earth demand PEACE loud and clear!


Message 2
From: "Naveed"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 8:26am(PDT)
Subject: We are RIPE for harvesting! Any wonder why the geopolitics are the w

Dumbed Down Americans: Chattel for Global Tyranny
Wednesday May 03rd 2006, 8:18 am

Education in America has done a fine job. “Despite nearly constant news coverage since the war there began in 2003, 63 percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 failed to correctly locate the country on a map of the Middle East. Seventy percent could not find Iran or Israel,” reports National Geographic. “Young Americans just don’t seem to have much interest in the world outside of the U.S.,” mused David Rutherford, a specialist in geography education at the National Geographic Society in Washington. Young Americans are so ill-educated, half of them can’t find New York on a map, let alone Iran and Iraq. “Many young Americans also lack basic map-reading skills…. Told they could escape an approaching hurricane by evacuating to the northwest, only two-thirds could indicate which way northwest is on a map.” But it is not simply geography.
“Three in ten respondents put the U.S. population between one and two billion (it’s just under 300 million, according the U.S. Census Bureau). Seventy-four percent said English is the most commonly spoken native language in the world (it’s Mandarin Chinese).” Considering the widespread ignorance of the American public—and older Americans are not much better when it comes to finding countries on a map, or for that matter naming their state representative—it makes perfect sense a gaggle of neocons, espousing what amounts to fascist authoritarianism, were able to capture the government, invade two countries in six years, and now threaten to attack a third.
As John Taylor Gatto writes, “the once mighty reading Samson of America was led eyeless to Gaza with the rest of the slaves.” Gatto points out a few astounding facts. “Looking back, abundant data exist from states like Connecticut and Massachusetts to show that by 1840 the incidence of complex literacy in the United States was between 93 and 100 percent wherever such a thing mattered,” writes Gatto, a former New York teacher of the year.
According to the Connecticut census of 1840, only one citizen out of every 579 was illiterate and you probably don’t want to know, not really, what people in those days considered literate; it’s too embarrassing. Popular novels of the period give a clue: Last of the Mohicans, published in 1826, sold so well that a contemporary equivalent would have to move 10 million copies to match it. If you pick up an uncut version you find yourself in a dense thicket of philosophy, history, culture, manners, politics, geography, analysis of human motives and actions, all conveyed in data-rich periodic sentences so formidable only a determined and well-educated reader can handle it nowadays. Yet in 1818 we were a small-farm nation without colleges or universities to speak of. Could those simple folk have had more complex minds than our own?
Dictatorship and despotism thrive when ignorance and stupidity rule societies. “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be,” Thomas Jefferson declared in 1816. At the time, the populace of America understood the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people and are exercised by the people, not the government. Americans read and comprehended the Preamble of the Constitution, where specific tasks are assigned to government. In the early 19th century, John Locke’s “liberal” philosophy of natural rights (universal rights derived from natural law) inspired and guided many Americans. Now most Americans follow the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, although they have no idea of Hobbes or what he wrote about government. Hobbes believed that sovereignty was vested in the state. As an example of the Hobbesian state, consider that most Americans believe only the government may grant “civil rights,” when
in fact rights are natural, much like the physical laws of nature, and inalienable, that is to say the government cannot take them away.
In 1810, an editorialist for the Portland Gazette and Maine Advertiser wrote in response to Napoleon Bonaparte’s banning of printing presses: “When people are … determined to be ignorant, what is the use of printing? When a man is determined that he will not receive information, it is of very little use to lay it before him…. You may talk to him, and print for him, he will still be ignorant…. An ignorant man is easily led astray—he envies the man of enlightened mind, and would sooner vote for an unprincipled blockhead, than an honest and upright man of talents and learning. This kind of system leads to riot and anarchy—anarchy leads to absolute despotism, and ignorance fits the people to bear that despotism.”
In Napoleon’s time, “prefects of departments and special censors” micromanaged news and information. Now we have the corporate media releasing select government propaganda to masses dumbed-down by decades of public education. Many people are functionally illiterate and unable to navigate the written language. Knowing the characters of American Idol is more important than knowing the names of state representatives. In such a fetid environment, tyranny grows quite naturally and unopposed—and thanks to the corporate media and state administered education, most people do not know their country is now a dictatorship, or dangerously close to this condition, and the situation will be nearly complete after our Napoleon and his minions ban the equivalent of the printing press.
Of course, for our neolib rulers and their bankster handlers, widespread ignorance—especially ignorance of geography and, more importantly, igorance of the concepts of our one-time constitutional republic—is the preferred state of existence, for chattel unenlightened make for better slaves. As George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel, 1984, the state depends on ignorance and fear to control the masses, who are of course the ultimate enemy:
At this moment, for example, in 1984 (if it was 1984), Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
- Notebook, 1904

Message 3
From: "Bugs"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 8:51am(PDT)
Subject: Please vote to replace frist with a democrat

From The Tennessean paper in Nashville,Tn.,VOTE PLEASE
Celebrity money lines Ford coffers
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WASHINGTON � If TV ratings, movie box office receipts or Billboard music rankings decided elections, Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Memphis, would already have won his bid for U.S. Senate.

Ford, the superstar politician with the athletic good looks and charismatic personality, is attracting celebrity donors to his campaign from Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr., to Donald Trump, from NBA Commissioner David Stern to "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David.

In fact, of the $3.75 million raised by Ford from individuals since the beginning of last year, 59 percent comes from outside Tennessee, according to PoliticalMoneyLine, a company that analyzes campaign finances. Ford has raised a total of about $4.5 million.

The three Republican candidates, Van Hilleary, Ed Bryant and Bob Corker, have received 88 percent, 90 percent, and 94 percent, respectively, of their individual contributions from Tennesseans, according to PoliticalMoneyLine.

They, too, have some celebrity donors, such as NFL star quarterback and former UT Vol Peyton Manning, who gave Corker $4,200 in February. But Ford's campaign disclosure list drops the most names of all.

Among those giving to Ford in the first quarter of 2006 was Rob Reiner, of "All in the Family" fame, now a director and producer. He donated $2,000. Fellow Californian Johnson, the businessman and former NBA star, donated $3,700 in March. He already had donated $500 in December.

From the music industry, Ford snared donations from such legends as composer Quincy Jones, Motown creator Berry Gordy and former Eagles band member Don Henley. But the 35-year-old Ford, who celebrates a birthday Thursday, also has tapped into the contemporary music scene with contributors who include Lisa Ellis, president of Sony Urban Music.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has been trying to label Ford as an elitist pretty boy. It launched a Web site,, in March that highlighted Ford's use of campaign funds to pay for a $2,549 Giorgio Armani suit and frequent pedicures.

Nathan L. Gonzalez, political editor for The Rothenberg Political Report, doubts opponents will be able to hang a he's-not-one-of-us tag on Ford.

"His family has a history in the state, for better or worse," said Gonzalez, referring to the legal problems of Ford relatives.

But he does expect Republicans, seeking to retain the seat held by retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, will label Ford "as too liberal for the state."

Gonzalez, along with several other Washington, D.C., political pundits, has in recent weeks identified the Tennessee race as critical if Democrats have any chance of reclaiming control of the Senate. And like others, Gonzalez gives Ford a good chance of winning.

Ford's finance chairman, Charles Robert Bone, said in a written statement: "Republicans and Democrats alike are unsettled by the drift our country has taken and are investing in people like Harold Ford who can solve problems."

"We have out-raised all of our opponents. We will raise a lot more to fend off attacks," Bone said. "From Kefauver to Baker to Gore to Sasser to Thompson, Tennessee has had nationally recognized and respected senators who are guided by and grounded in Tennessee values. Harold Ford shares those values." �


Message 4
From: "Bugs"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 8:55am(PDT)
Subject: Must Read

Reply to John Fitz Re: Dubai Company Takes Over 9 U.S. Military Facilities


Early last month, another bit of news, that did not even get mentioned in the blogger sphere - let alone our main press, was the following tid bit.

Just like with the outrage with the "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska, for millions of dollars that was taken out of the Highway Bill, it managed to "re-surface again, on ly that "this time, the money was allocated to highway construction.

There is nothing that Congress can do to make Alaska use that funding for highways instead of the dam bridge.

BTW, alaska has a 35 BILLION dollar surplus in the State coffers mainly due to the override they charge for every barrel of oil that comes out of thir pipeline!!!


Port & Space Updates
First hour guest Capt. Kelly Sweeney raised concerns regarding a Dubai investment company's recent purchase of Inchcape Shipping Services which handles sensitive port, cargo, and financial information.

Below, is the brief report from Capt. Sweeney, last night, on Coast to Coast radio.;f=YDKIEE&ps=13&p=1 (8 min)


Also, if you think that the 'sneaky" purchase from Dubai is alarming, you should listen to the interview of Alan Watt below, it will pale by comparison to the disclosures that were presented in the same radio show last night.

It will be worth the $7.00 price to be able to listen for a whole month to the daily Coast to Coast daily shows plus access to 90 days worth of past radio shows in their archive

Illuminati's Agenda
Researcher of esoteric history, Alan Watt discussed how ultra high level sects have controlled the course of history to a pre-determined goal and are still in power. Currently, the agenda of the group he referred to as the Illuminati is a kind of "world planning" in which the population would be massively cut back in order to create a more pristine environment for the 500 million or so that remain.

This might be achieved by a "scientific dictatorship" denying food to countries that overpopulate, he outlined, and chaos installed by pandemics, quakes and war, that would ready a populace for control by a "new world order." Among those behind such plans, he pointed towards the upper echelon of societies such as the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons, the Rhodes Foundation, futurist think tanks and the creators of the Project for the New American Century.

Ultimately the Illuminati seek to create a new clone type, hermaphroditic in nature, that could replicate itself on space journeys, and eliminate the need for women, Watt suggested. To fight back, people should inform themselves from the available data and bombard their politicians to put a stop to such plans, he said.

wrote:Dubai Company Takes Over 9 U.S. Military Facilities

By Chuck Baldwin

As I warned earlier in this column

a United Arab Emirates company has been given control of some 9 U.S. military facilities. The deal is now official.

According to an AP report that ran in my hometown newspaper, The Pensacola News Journal, on Saturday, April 29, 2006, "President Bush has approved the takeover by a Dubai-owned company of American plants that make parts for jets and tanks after a review that seems to have satisfied lawmakers who helped block an earlier Dubai deal." The AP report also said, "Initial reaction from Capitol Hill was favorable."

Specifically, the Dubai company takes over control of at least nine factories, including military production facilities in Connecticut and Georgia. Dubai settled the deal for $1.2 billion.

Therefore, Dubai will now take over operations of factories that produce engine components and turbine blades for military platforms. Clients include Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell, and Pratt and Whitney. Please understand that when we talk about a Dubai company we are talking about a foreign government!


Jack Topel

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1. Facing the Media Crisis - October 6-8, Burlington, VT
2. USDA Officials Asked to Spread Iraq Manure
3. Former Oilman Aims To Overturn WWF's Anti-Nuclear Policy
4. Covert Recruiting Video in Schools, on Planes and TV
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The man nominated today to head the CIA by President George W. Bush,
General Michael V. Hayden, has been tracked by SourceWatch (the
"mother-wiki" of Congresspedia) users on his own profile page since
2003. It's still basic, but now that he's famous for more than not
knowing what the 4th amendment says while serving as the Principal
Deputy Director of National Intelligence (see his profile), we hope
it will be expanded by our community of contributors.
As he moves through his confirmation process I also expect to
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Action Coalition on Media Education (ACME) convenes its national
conference this October 6 -8 in Burlington, Vermont, and
registration has begun on ACME's website. Dozens of presenters will
include Amy Goodman, Bill McKibben, Jean Kilbourne, Robert Jensen,
Jerome Armstrong, Carrie McLaren, Jeff Chester, Sut Jhally, Bob
McCannon, Diane Wilson, Josh Silver, Peter Phillips, Anthony Riddle,
Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Hannah Sassaman, Pete Tridesh, and Sara
Voorhees. CMD's John Stauber will deliver one of the keynotes titled
"What’s Reality? Fake News, Real News and Weapons Of Mass
Perception." Stauber will examine the Lincoln Group's planting of
fake news in Iraq and other issues in The Best War Ever, the new
Rampton/Stauber book to be published on September 14.
SOURCE: ACME, May 10, 2006
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On May 2, a U.S. Department of Agriculture speechwriter emailed 60
USDA staff that "the President has requested that all members of his
cabinet and sub-cabinet incorporate message points on the Global War
on Terror into speeches, including specific examples of what each
agency is doing to aid the reconstruction of Iraq," reports Al
Kamen. An email attachment listed "examples of GWOT messages within
agriculture speeches," such as, "Several topics I'd like to talk
about today -- Farm Bill, trade with Japan, WTO, avian flu ... but
before I do, let me touch on a subject people always ask about ...
progress in Iraq." The email said such language is "being used by
[USDA] Secretary Johanns and deputy secretary Conner in all of their
remarks," and urged recipients to "use these message points as often
as possible" and report back when they do, for "a weekly account
sent to the White House."
SOURCE: Washington Post, May 8, 2006
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Greg Bourne, the former president of BP Australia and current head
of WWF Australia (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund), last
week argued that Australian environmentalists should learn to live
with uranium mining. "The key issues are if we're going to be a
nation exporting uranium, we have to know absolutely it's only being
used for peaceful purposes and waste products are being stored
safely," he said. This week, Bourne is in London at WWF
International's global energy taskforce, where he wants to overturn
the group's stance that "WWF does not believe that nuclear power is
the solution to global warming. In fact, WWF has a vision for the
future which phases out the use of fossil fuel and nuclear in the
share of energy use across the globe." The Australian reports that
in March, Bourne apparently "ordered the organisation's global
anti-nuclear policy be removed from WWF Australia's website."
SOURCE: The Australian, May 9, 2006
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4. COVERT RECRUITING VIDEO IN SCHOOLS, ON PLANES AND TV,1,212661.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed
United Airlines' new in-flight video "was produced and funded by the
Department of Defense -- a fact passengers do not learn from
watching it," reports Jason George. The 13-minute segment, "Today's
Military," profiles five "military glamor jobs." It shows only "one
soldier beyond U.S. borders," who's "doing humanitarian work in
Thailand" -- a remarkable focus at a time of war. The Defense
Department paid United $36,000 to run the video for one month. A
United spokesperson said "between 7 to 15 minutes" of their two-hour
programming is sponsored video. The military video was excerpted
from a 48-minute feature, produced by the Mullen firm, that's aired
on at least two Illinois TV stations: Springfield's ABC and Peoria's
UPN affiliates. The feature "does not say who produced it until the
final credits roll" and the Defense Human Resources Activity is
listed. The goal is to educate "influencers," including parents and
teachers. "This fall, 40,000 copies" of the feature "will be shipped
to high school guidance counselors for distribution to students."
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, May 6, 2006
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Wendy Brown reports, "Critics say the Citizens' Alliance for
Responsible Energy ... is a classic front group for the oil-and-gas
industry. CARE claims its purpose is to educate people about energy
policy and undo some of the spin that left-wing groups have
propagated about alternative fuels like ethanol and hydrogen. But
John Stauber ... disagrees. 'If the big, polluting, price-gouging
energy corporations funding this group of 'citizens' were out in
front pushing their agenda, the press and public would be
appropriately skeptical. Instead, industry uses the tried-and-true
method of hiding behind a front group with a consumer-friendly
name.' ... CARE's Web site contains position papers arguing that
global warming is not a man-made problem, that nuclear power is an
environmentally responsible power source and that the public should
proceed with caution in developing renewable energies like solar and
hydrogen." CARE is staffed by Mark E. Mathis, a former TV anchor,
current radio talk show host and consultant with the Independent
Petroleum Association of New Mexico.
SOURCE: The New Mexican, May 7, 2006
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"A new broadband TV channel dedicated to showing films about the
environment is offering companies a chance to broadcast their
green-tinged messages -- for nothing," reports BBC News. "Already,
films by energy giant Npower and ice cream maker Ben & Jerry have
been shown by the channel," called Founder Ade Thomas
said, "Anyone who makes films about environmental issues can
broadcast them for free via ... We're an aggregator of
editorial content." Thomas explained that initial plans called for
an editorial board to oversee content, but now the channel will
"clearly mark who has made each film," and allow viewers "to prick
holes in any film peddling lies or misleading praise of companies"
on its blog. partners include Greenpeace and Friends of the
Earth. Internationally, it receives support from the United Nations
Environment Program, Water Aid and The World Conservation Union.
SOURCE: BBC News, May 2, 2006
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As gas prices rise and oil companies enjoy record profits, the
industry is increasing its PR efforts. The American Petroleum
Institute (API) hired The Hawthorn Group and Edelman's advertising
practice, spending "more than $20 million over the last few months."
Talking points developed by API and others include: "forces of
demand have outstripped supply," especially with China's economic
growth; "oil industry profits are not outsize by the standards of
other major industries"; and "Western oil companies have only a
limited share of the crude oil market." The industry has retained
"familiar Washington figures like the former Reagan official,
Michael K. Deaver, and former Senator J. Bennett Johnston of
Louisiana," to gain Congressional support. PR Week reports that
ExxonMobil is "discussing its Energy Outlook presentation ... with
policymakers, citizen groups, and the media." Shell Oil is promoting
its "Fuel Stretch Principles," which "help people improve their fuel
economy," and its credit card, "which offers a 5% rebate on gas
SOURCE: New York Times, May 3, 2006
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"Putting VNRs, b-roll, and SMTs on the Web is quickly becoming a
corporate necessity," claims PR Week, referring to sponsored "news"
packages, interviews and other video. A MultiVu executive "notes
that pharma companies in particular are using broadcast content on
the Web to reach out to a different audience. ... MultiVu recently
produced a VNR package about osteoporosis for spinal-product company
Kyphon and later incorporated the footage into a multimedia news
release ... to target physicians." PR Week also suggests
distributing corporate video via podcasts, RSS feeds and iTunes. In
related news, "VNR Queen" Robin Raskin is featured on the new Yahoo!
Tech website. In their release announcing the site, Yahoo! calls
Raskin "The Boomer," and says she will provide "regular coverage
focused on a maturing audience." Red Herring writes that Yahoo! Tech
is "designed to help consumers and provide a preferred advertising
platform for product marketers."
SOURCE: PR Week (sub req'd), May 1, 2006
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The New York Times, Washington Post and other "major U.S. newspapers
often quote Jeff Kagan -- regarded as one of the most influential
telecommunications analysts -- but invariably leave out the fact
that he is paid by many companies in the industry to offer his
comments to the media," reports Tim Arango. Kagan's web site
describes him as a "'fee-based' analyst" who "gives interviews,
analysis and insights to the media for free, and charges everyone
else." Sprint, Verizon and BellSouth are among the companies that
have hired Kagan. "Kagan admits he is rarely asked by reporters if
he is being paid by the companies he is speaking about," writes
Arango. "He said he is more frequently asked if he has an investment
relationship with a particular company, and does not hold stock in
the companies he counts as clients."
SOURCE: New York Post, May 3, 2006
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Mark Matthews, reporter for KGO, the ABC TV affiliate in San
Francisco, traveled to Washington, DC, to investigate Rick Berman,
the booze, food and tobacco lobbyist behind and
many other front groups. Reports Matthews, "Berman set up the Center
for Consumer Freedom and a number of other tax exempt educational
organizations. And those educational non-profits all seem to support
messages that dove tail nicely with the food beverage and tobacco
industries that have hired Richard Berman. ... When we tried to ask
Rick Berman himself about that, he ducked out of our interview. ...
Berman wouldn't talk with us about how his non-profits are connected
financially to his lobbying business, and his research director
(David Martosko) didn't tell us. 'I don't know the firms that send
the Center for Consumer Freedom money. I don't want to know. It's
not my business to know.' ... The most recent available tax records
for the Center for Consumer Freedom show in 2004 Berman and Co. took
in a million-and-a-half dollars from the Center for Consumer
Freedom. ... Representative Pete Stark of Fremont, calls Berman's
operation an abuse."
SOURCE: KGO TV, San Francisco, May 3, 2006
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[911TruthAction] Digest Number 1279

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Rep.Bill to Take Away Coverage on 50% of your "Payed" Med.Insurance+
From: ""
2. Fw: Reynolds: "Come Out of the White House with Your Hands Up!"
From: "Debi Clark"
3. Fw: A success, and next actions
From: "Victor Forsythe"
4. Nat Hentoff: CIA Secret Prisons -- The disappeared: Are they dead?
From: "Dick Eastman"
5. Lloyd Miller's questions about "conspiracy theories" answered by Dic
From: "Dick Eastman"
6. [Al Pope] Is this called resistance?
From: "Edward Pickersgill"
From: "Bugs"
8. Re: VOTE
From: "Scott Peden"
9. Port Scans by DoD
From: "Cait"
10. Re: VOTE
From: "JP Liggett"
11. Re: Port Scans by DoD
From: "JP Liggett"
12. Joost van Stennis: Where is the eliteworld? The 71st letter (p
From: "Dick Eastman"
13. Re: Port Scans by DoD
From: "Cait"
14. whacko Jewish conspiracy theories about American Anti-Semites out to
From: "Dick Eastman"
15. Re: Port Scans by DoD
From: "JP Liggett"
16. Full Text : President Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad of Iran's Letter To Presi
From: "Dick Eastman"
17. A Day in the Life: 5/9/6
From: "President, USA Exile Govt."
18. S. 1955 - Health Plan Proposal Could Hurt Older Workers
From: "Bugs"
19. CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM (Cunningham bribery scandal)
From: "APFN"
20. Oil
From: "Bugs"
21. Re: Port Scans by DoD
From: "John Perna"
22. Letter from President of Iran speaks of 911 Truth on page 4
From: "MarshaMcClelland"
From: "John Perna"
24. Surely the "Hand Of Allah" - 9/11 update - tvnl news
From: "reggie501"
25. Update on Susan Lindauer
From: "janet phelan"


Message 1
From: ""
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 11:17am(PDT)
Subject: Rep.Bill to Take Away Coverage on 50% of your "Payed" Med.Insurance+

Rep.Bill to Take Away Coverage on 50% of your "Payed" Med.Insurance++

Republican: Enzi Bill Would Eliminate Crucial State Health Protections
for 85 Million People

Taking away insurance coverage for about
half of the medical procedures that your current " Payed " Insurance
policy Now covers you for ! -Yes your Payed policy - Not medicare, etc.

Speak Up NOW ! and Stop it from Being Passed !


````````````````````````````````````````````````` - U.S. Govt. tipping Mexico to Minuteman patrol
Locations !

(It is time to remove the treasonous Bastards any way it takes !)


Mandatory yearly Aids tests for Americans My Way News - CDC Wants
Routine AIDS Virus Testing

`````````````````````````````````````````````` - Stop the illegal immigration Billboard campaign.



Message 2
From: "Debi Clark"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 1:06pm(PDT)
Subject: Fw: Reynolds: "Come Out of the White House with Your Hands Up!"

9-11 truth coming out. Read the article below. scroll down
----- Original Message -----
From: Kevin Barrett
To: ;
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2006 4:16 PM
Subject: Reynolds: ?Come Out of the White House with Your Hands Up!?
Reynolds: ?Come Out of the White House with Your Hands Up!?

Ex-Bush Official Busts 9/11 Perps at U.W. Historical Society

Madison, WI
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Kevin Barrett, 07.05.2006 13:06

An enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd overfilled the 300-seat Wisconsin
Historical Society auditorium Saturday to hear ex-Bush Administration
insider Morgan Reynolds prosecute top administration and military officials
for the 9/11 inside job.

Reynolds to Cheney: "You're BUSTED!"

Reynolds indicted Richard Cheney, George W. Bush, former Joint Chiefs
Chairman Richard Meyers, confessed WTC demolisher and insurance-fraudster
Larry Silverstein, and others for mass murder, conspiracy, and other charges
including high treason. The enthusiastic response from the overflow crowd
was a de facto vote for conviction on all counts.

The former Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center
for Policy Analysis, showed that the defendants conspired to create a false
cover story of suicide hijackings in order to ?blow the World Trade Center
to kingdom come? with explosives?a shock-and-awe psy-op designed to coerce
the American people into supporting a pre-planned ?long war? in the Middle
East, massive increases in military spending, and the rollback of
Constitutional civil liberties.

Reynolds stated that everyone in the worldwide intelligence community knew
that 9/11 was an inside job as soon as it happened, with the obvious
stand-down of US air defenses, controlled demolition of the World Trade
Center, and non-protection of the President in Florida being the biggest
tip-offs. The head of the Russian equivalent of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
the former head of the German intelligence service Andreas Von Bulow, former
National Security Agency official Wayne Madsen, and former MI-6 agent David
Schayler have all openly called 9/11 an inside job, while former CIA
official Ray McGovern has confirmed this directly in private, and indirectly
in public by way of his ringing endorsement of David Ray Griffin?s work on

Reynolds, who served as George W. Bush?s Labor Department Chief Economist in
2001-2002, believes that a 9/11 truth victory is looming on the near-term
horizon. He predicted that one or more of the 9/11 insiders will soon ?give
it up? and come forward with what they know, saying ?Remember, you heard it
here first.? He said that most of those complicit in the attacks did not
realize how over-the-top the plot was, due to the need-to-know
compartmentalization of such covert operations, and that some semi-complicit
individuals will probably be coming forward. Reynolds said that most of his
email acquaintances are now worried that the 9/11 truth movement is going to
win, triggering the greatest Constitutional crisis in U.S. history. For
Reynolds, this is less a cause for worry than for rejoicing: ?We need a
Constitutional crisis!?

Reynolds argued that 9/11 truth is a matter of extreme urgency, since the
perpetrators seem to be preparing another 9/11-style terror hoax as a
pretext for attacking Iran with nuclear weapons. He said that exposing the
9/11 fraud is the best way to stop Cheney?s plan to stage an unprovoked
nuclear attack on Iran, and the military draft and Pinochet-style prison
camps and death squads for dissenters that might accompany it.

Reynolds urged the audience to help educate the American public about the
9/11 inside job. Personal contact with family and friends, the internet,
alternative media, and public events like this are all good educational
strategies, he said, adding that a demonstration of 100,000 9/11 truth
supporters at Ground Zero next year would be hard for the media to ignore.

Politicians and the media will help expose the 9/11 inside job, he said,
only after the growing grassroots movement reaches critical mass. The
organizers of Reynolds? talk urged audience members to come to the upcoming
international 9/11 truth conference in Chicago, 9/11: Revealing the Truth,
Reclaiming Our Future, June 2nd-4th, 2006: ?

* * *

Introduction to Dr. Reynolds Presentation

(delivered in much abbreviated form due to time constraints)

by Dr. Kevin Barrett
Coordinator, Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth: ?http://mujca
Member, Scholars for 9/11 Truth: ?
Member, Scientific Professionals Investigating 9/11 (SPINE):

Friends, we are gathered here today not just to speak truth to power, but to
start fighting back. The information you are hearing today is political
dynamite. It is the stuff of which revolutions are made.

Evil rulers use divide-and-conquer strategies against their subjects. In
Iraq, the occupiers blow up mosques and markets, and murder thousands of
bystanders, in a lame attempt to provoke a Sunni-Shia civil war. But they?re
not fooling anybody. The Iraqis all know who?s really doing these bombings,
just as 90% of the Arab and Muslim world knows that 9/11 was an inside job.
Here in Ersatz America, our criminal rulers are trying to divide us by
whipping up emotional hysteria: abortion, immigration, gay marriage, liberal
versus conservative, religious versus secular, Christian and Jewish versus
Muslim?anything to distract us and keep us from seeing what they?re doing to
all of us.

9/11 truth unites ALL of us ? left and right, gay and straight, religious,
spiritual and secular, Muslim, Christian and Jewish, military and civilian ?
in revolutionary outrage against this evil regime, and in determination to
overthrow it by any means necessary.

We hope the 9/11 truth revolution will be a nonviolent revolution. We are
starting with education, symbolism, and nonviolent action. Please honor the
request of Veterans for 9/11 Truth (? to fly the American
flag upside down as a symbol of Constitutional distress. And please come to
Chicago for the international 9/11 truth strategy conference June 2nd ? 4th,
sponsored by and the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11
Truth. Posters are available at the table outside. We are meeting in Chicago
to figure out how to win on 9/11 truth. And we are going to win. See:

And when we win, the brave man we have invited here today will get a big
chunk of the credit.

Dr. Morgan Reynolds is Professor Emeritus at Texas A & M University. He
served as Chief Economist in the Department of Labor under George W. Bush
during the Cheney regime?s first illegitimate term. He is the former
director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy
Analysis, and appeared on innumerable political discussion shows in the
mainstream media ? back when we used to have a mainstream media rather than
a Ministry of Propaganda. I?m sorry, I shouldn?t say that ? it?s the
Ministry of Love. Wait a minute, that?s the one that runs Abu Ghraib and the
sex torture gulag. Or is that der Ministry of Unheimlich Insecurity? I?m
sorry, I grew up back when we had something vaguely resembling a democracy
?I can?t keep all this stuff straight. In any case, Dr. Reynolds has a
stellar resume, and the best part of it is that he is a Wisconsin Badger
with three degrees from this great university ? and he is living up to its
motto, The Truth Will Set You Free! Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Morgan

* * *

(For Morgan Reynolds? work, see his website <--------DEFINITELY worth the time to check out.



Message 3
From: "Victor Forsythe"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 1:25pm(PDT)
Subject: Fw: A success, and next actions

----- Original Message -----
From: Jewish Voice for Peace
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 2:04 PM
Subject: A success, and next actions

We have achieved a small victory in the struggle against HR 4681. Due in large part to your unprecedented opposition to anti-Palestinian legislation, the House leadership has unexpectedly removed HR 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, from today's list of scheduled votes! Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee has asserted its jurisdiction over the bill and will hold a "mark-up" session tomorrow, Wed., May 10, to discuss possible amendments to it. This committee deals with visas, a critically important part of the bill.

Contact the House Judiciary Committee today through the Capitol switchboard at 1-800-355-3588 or directly at 202-225-3951 and tell the committee that the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act should conform to current US law and only deny visas to members of groups the United States considers to be a "foreign terrorist organization". Ask the committee to amend the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act to include a provision that would continue to grant visas to Palestinian politicians who are not members of US-designated "foreign terrorist organizations".

Also, if your Representative is on the House Judiciary Committee, please call them today as well with the same message.

House Judiciary Committee Members

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Chair, (R-WI-5), 202-225-5101

Rep. John Conyers, Ranking Member (D-MI-14), 202-225-5126

Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL-6), 202-225-4561
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA-28), 202-225-4695

Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC-6), 202-225-3065
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA-9), 202-225-3861

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21), 202-225-4236
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8), 202-225-5635

Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA-24),202-225-5811
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3), 202-225-8351

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6), 202-225-5431
Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC-12), 202-225-1510

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH-1), 202-225-2216
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-16), 202-225-3072

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA-3), 202-225-5716
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), 202-225-3816

Rep. William Jenkins (R-TN-1), 202-225-6356
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-35), 202-225-2201

Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT-3), 202-225-7751
Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA-5), 202-225-3411

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL-6), 202-225-4921
Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA-10), 202-225-3111

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC-4), 202-225-6030
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL-19), 202-225-3001

Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN-8), 202-225-4636
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY-9), 202-225-6616

Rep. Mark Green (R-WI-8), 202-225-5665
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA-29), 202-225-4176

Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL-8), 202-225-2176
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA-39), 202-225-6676

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), 202-225-3906
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8), 202-225-5341

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ-6), 202-225-2635
Rep. Debbie W. Schultz (D-FL-20), 202-225-7931

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN-6), 202-225-3021

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA-4), 202-225-6365

Rep. Steve King (R-IA-5), 202-225-4426

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL-24), 202-225-2706

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ-2), 202-225-4576

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1), 202-225-3035

HR 4681, a bi-partisan measure introduced by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Tom Lantos (D-CA) is an extremist bill. It will starve and deprive the Palestinian people. It is very likely to increase support for Hamas. But it is virtually certain to lead to increased hardship, misery and death for Palestinians. This will also mean more Palestinians willing to engage in violent attacks on Israelis. Click here to go to JVP's action page, where you can write an e-mail to your representative (writing again is still helpful even if you've already sent one); get their snail mail and phone information to contact them directly or even set up a meeting with them; and compose a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Even if you've taken these steps before, it is crucial that you repeat them today!

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is pushing hard to get this bill passed. If it should fail, this, combined with the still-looming scandal about AIPAC's involvement with passing classified information to Israel could have a significant impact on AIPAC's influence in the future. AIPAC's strong support for HR 4681 demonstrates that not only are indifferent to Palestinian suffering, but they are equally indifferent to increasing the insecurity of ordinary Israelis. Click here to take action and help to stop them.

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Message 4
From: "Dick Eastman"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 2:20pm(PDT)
Subject: Nat Hentoff: CIA Secret Prisons -- The disappeared: Are they dead?

CIA Secret Prisons Exposed
The disappeared: Are they dead? Are they alive? Ask Congress. Ask the president.

by Nat Hentoff
May 7th, 2006 7:59 PM

illustration: Matthew Leake

CIA officers soon learned one thing for sure—prisoners sent to Bright Light and [other CIA secret prisons] . . . were probably never going to be released. "The word is that once you get sent to Bright Light, you never come back," said the CIA's Counterterrorism Center veteran. James Risen, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

May is the month that the United States has been summoned to Geneva by the United Nations Committee Against Torture to, as Reuters reported on April 18, "provide information about secret detention facilities and specifically whether the United States assumed responsibility for alleged acts of torture in them."
The committee also wants a list of all these secret prisons. So do I—along with every major human rights organization and some members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. However, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, rigidly keeps refusing to authorize an investigation into these "black sites," as they are called in CIA internal communications. (The United States is a faithless signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and is now being called to account.)
Meanwhile, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte said the prisoners in these hidden gulags will be there as long as "the war on terror continues." He added, in an April 12 Time interview: "I'm not sure I can tell you what the ultimate disposition of those detainees will be."As far as their families are concerned, these "detainees" have vanished from the face of the earth.
Time says that Negroponte's comments "appear to be the first open acknowledgement of the secret U.S. detention system" (authorized by the president soon after 9-11).
Actually, when the CIA recently fired senior official Mary O. McCarthy—for allegedly providing classified information about CIA secret prisons in Eastern Europe to The Washington Post's Dana Priest—that public accusation also officially revealed the existence of the "black sites." (McCarthy denies that she was a source for Priest.)
The cover has long ago been blown on these dungeons by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, and the ceaseless researchers at NYU law school's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. And in the Voice, I've been writing on what I can find out about them since the end of 2002.
But the CIA, the president, Alberto Gonzales, Condoleezza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld have nothing to say about these gulags, which are wholly removed from American law and the international treaties we have signed.
Now, however, in an explosive, documented April 5 Amnesty International report—"Below the Radar: Secret Flights to Torture and 'Disappearance' "—there is direct testimony, for the first time, from three men who have been salted away in these secret CIA prisons.
This 41-page report, currently reverberating throughout Europe, also includes a wide range of detailed information about the CIA's kidnapping and "renditions" of suspects to countries known for torturing prisoners. But most revealing are Amnesty International's interviews with the three men from Yemen who were "held in at least four secret US-run facilities . . . probably in Djibouti, Afghanistan, and somewhere in Eastern Europe."
In their last "black site," where they were disappeared for 13 months, Muhammad Bashmilah, Salah Ali Qaru, and Muhammad al-Assad were imprisoned—they believe it was in Eastern Europe—where "they were never allowed to look outside. . . . And for month after month, the men had no idea whether it was day or night . . . or whether their torment of spending endless days staring at blank walls, or being interrogated, would ever end."
Why they were finally returned to Yemen is unknown; but there—where they were first arrested two and a half years ago before falling into CIA crevasses—they were charged on February 13, 2006, with having forged a travel document. Amnesty International emphasizes:
"None was charged with any terrorism-related offense; [and] the Chief of Special Prosecution in Yemen told Amnesty International that they were not suspected of any such involvement."
On the old forgery charge, the judge in Yemen sentenced them to time served, the trial record notes, "in an unknown place by the USA."
They were then released. But, AI adds, "All continue to suffer the dire mental and physical health consequences of torture and ill-treatment, including the prolonged periods in isolation."
As Eric Olson, acting director of government relations at Amnesty International USA, says, their long-term solitary imprisonment can, by international standards, "be considered cruel and inhuman treatment," and two "were in a facility where they were chained to a ring on the floor permanently."
But what of the others who have been disappeared in the CIA's secret prisons? In the Voice nearly two years ago, I quoted Jack Cloonan, a 27-year veteran of the FBI who, in New York, as senior agent on the FBI's bin Laden squad, headed the investigation of the master Al Qaeda strategist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Cloonan had been directing the interrogation of Mohammed in a once secret CIA interrogation center at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan (which Dana Priest exposed in The Washington Post).
Concerned at the time about the network of still hidden CIA interrogation centers around the world, Cloonan asked: "What are we going to do with these people when we're finished . . . with them? Are they going to disappear? Are they stateless? . . . What are we going to explain to people when they start asking questions about where they are? Are they dead? Are they alive? What oversight does Congress have?"
Will the elite Washington press finally ask this question of presidential press secretary Tony Snow—and Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts? And especially George W. Bush at his next press conference? What are these American values, Mr. President, we stand for against the terrorists?,hentoff,73121,6.html


Message 5
From: "Dick Eastman"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 3:03pm(PDT)
Subject: Lloyd Miller's questions about "conspiracy theories" answered by Dic

Lloyd Miller's questions answered by Dick Eastman

> >
> > 1. Why are right-wing conspiracy theories appealing?

A conspiracy theory is an attempt to uncover and understand a crime against society. Crimes against society are very costly to society (for example perpetrating the 9-11 frame-up to instigate profitable wars that meet the Zionist racist/genocidal agenda cost people lives and means of living) -- and there is benefit to exposing and stopping such costly.harmful crimes.

> > 2. What is the purpose of most right-wing conspiracy theories?

To protect society (the nation) from the crimes that groups of people conspire to commit and do commit.

> > 3. How does one go about proving or disproving a conspiracy theory?

The same way one goes about proving or disproving any crime -- evidence and detectivework leads to explanations of what happened. "Will it stand up in court before an impartial jury," is the test.

> > 4. What principles of human behavior and fact-finding seem to be absent
> > from most right-wing conspiracy theories?

Same repertoire of behaviors of any scientific, criminalogical or journalistic investigators. We are talking about theories of criminal conspiracies in government, we are not talking about Urban Legends. With Urban Legends you tell a whopper that some people might accept, usually for ones own amusement or satisfaction/attention as a teller of whoppers.

> > 5. Why is it that most right-wing conspiracy adherents never seem able
> > (or willing) to definitively disprove alternative (competing) theories?

In order to solve a crime you have to eliminate all other possibilities -- you have to narrow events down to what actually happened. In the case of the 9-11 conspiracy you have to subject the "official story" to tests of accuracy. For example, the following pieces of investigation eliminate the possibility that the official account of the attack on the Pentagon could be true.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 There is a difference between merely being suspicious about a crime and actually seeking determine that a crime has been committed and gathing the evidence to get a conviction. Conspriacy theorists like myself attempt to do the latter.

> > 6. Perhaps the most successful purveyor of right-wing conspiracy
> > theories in the U.S. has been the John Birch Society.
> >
> >
> > (a) Why does the JBS effusively praise J. Edgar Hoover in its
> > publications as an indisputably reliable, authoritative, and trustworthy
> > source of information about the communist conspiracy but simultaneously
> > the JBS routinely rejects or contradicts his judgments and evaluations?

The FBI under Hoover investigated the Communist conspiracy and reported their findings, which Hoover put into several books. The man made mistakes and had personal weaknesses and prejudices.
> >
> > (b) What does this tell us about the intellect of right-wing conspiracy
> > theory adherents?

Not sure what you mean by "right-wing" conspiracy theorists -- is there a right-wing or a left-wing police detective? Either men are committing a conspiracy against society or they are not. In investigating this possibility we construct theories based on what we know, on what the evidence shows and we continually test that theory until we either reject it as unfounded or we beguin to accept it based on its own strength of logic and evidence and survival in the empirical competetion of plausible explanations.

Now take the Israel Lobby ... they have conspiracy theories about anti-Semites etc. -- are they "right-wing"? I think so.

Dick Eastman
Yakima, Washington

> >
> > *then please send your request to:***
> > * <>*

researcherxr wrote:
> My new Group [AOCT = Analysis of Conspiracy Theories] is predicated upon
> the idea that a rational discussion and analysis of evidence about
> conspiracy theories is possible.
> Robust critiques and comments are welcome from everyone. However,
> participants in this Group should be willing to answer questions about
> their point of view and they should be able to specify the evidentiary
> sources for whatever statements they make. In other words, this is NOT
> a forum to merely exchange insults or to avoid being held accountable
> for what you write.
> *WARNING*: *If you are easily upset by critics or by people that
> challenge you to substantiate your assertions with factual
> evidence----then this new Yahoo group is definitely* *NOT* *for you*.
> (1) Facts matter.
> (2) Accurate history matters.
> (3) Mistaken ideas, if believed, usually have undesirable consequences.
> *My new group will consider questions such as:***


Message 6
From: "Edward Pickersgill"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 3:27pm(PDT)
Subject: [Al Pope] Is this called resistance?

Al Pope, May 8, 2006

Is this called resistance?

Last week, the War Resisters Support Campaign and the Council of Canadians brought US peace activist Cindy Sheehan to Ottawa to speak at a press conference, appealing to the government to offer sanctuary to American war resisters.

Now, nobody is expecting this endeavor to bear fruit anytime soon. Stephen Harper is as likely to don a tutu and perform Swan Lake as he is to open the borders to US military deserters, and no one knows that better than the Council of Canadians. The point in bringing in a celebrity activist like Cindy Sheehan is to get public attention to your cause, and to get people to consider it as a real alternative, because once a notion takes hold in the national consciousness it can easily outlive recalcitrant governments.

My Homepage:

Message 7
From: "Bugs"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 3:34pm(PDT)
Subject: VOTE

Go to www.LOUBOBBS.COM Vote

Which political party is offering the American people the best resolution for the energy crisis, the illegal immigration crisis and the war in Iraq?

Republicans 2%

Democrats 26%

Neither 72%

This QuickVote is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate. The results cannot be assumed to represent the opinions of Internet users in general, nor the public as a whole. The QuickVote sponsor is not responsible for content, functionality or the opinions expressed therein.

a.. Send your questions and comments to "Lou Dobbs Tonight"


Message 8
From: "Scott Peden"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 3:44pm(PDT)
Subject: Re: VOTE

Man, there are a mess of places to do surveys at BUT, where is this one?
Yes, I found the site, but the direct link to that survey?

Guess it took me more than a few minutes and I still couldn’t find it, I ain
’t voting on it.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Bugs
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 3:34 PM
To: women;;;
Subject: [911TruthAction] VOTE

Go to www.LOUBOBBS.COM <http://www.LOUBOBBS.COM> Vote

Which political party is offering the American people the best resolution
for the energy crisis, the illegal immigration crisis and the war in Iraq?






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to represent the opinions of Internet users in general, nor the public as a
whole. The QuickVote sponsor is not responsible for content, functionality
or the opinions expressed therein.
* Send your questions and comments to "Lou Dobbs Tonight"

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Message 9
From: "Cait"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 4:03pm(PDT)
Subject: Port Scans by DoD

After reviewing my firewall and other anti malware logs, I found many
attempted port scans by the DoD on my computer. Might be an idea to check
your own. If you don't have a decent program to stop them, try Peer Guardian
(its free and works very well). You can download it here: http://phoenixlabs

Not sure exactly what the scans mean, but I certainly don't like it!


Stand up! Speak your mind!
My weblog:

"US Constitution, The Bill of Rights 12/15/1791";
'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the government for a redress of grievances.'


Message 10
From: "JP Liggett"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 4:29pm(PDT)
Subject: Re: VOTE

it looked a bit off to me too, the link said lou BOBBs not dobbs. This
person uses a few aliases, one being brawny1946. and bugs. could be a
typo...... or more off topic BS. I suggest we keep it focused on point.
if everyone thinks education is the only way for now, it's fine. otherwise
if you're in NYC and want to participate in some IYF action, contact me off
list. We have a few places to bring our education table with video to.
Everything will be legit, just like this group, we are too legit to quit.


Message 11
From: "JP Liggett"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 4:36pm(PDT)
Subject: Re: Port Scans by DoD

Thanks for the tip. Could you provide some originating IP addresses or
ranges, so I can cut them off at the router? TIA

> To
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attempted port scans by the DoD on my computer. Might be an idea to check
your own. If you don't have a decent program to stop them, try Peer
Guardian (its free and works very well). You can download it here:

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Message 12
From: "Dick Eastman"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 5:00pm(PDT)
Subject: Joost van Stennis: Where is the eliteworld? The 71st letter (p

If there is one writer the whole (mass-) world should be reading, it is this grand strategist of populist victory. -- de

Most political analysts concentrate on the question who the elitepeople are that reign over the masses, who the Illuminati are, who the members of the Bilderberg Group are. I concentrate on the reason why they want to be on top of the world. They only want to have the power to remain forever in the agreeable eliteworld that is far from the often not so very nice massworld.

----- Original Message -----
From: power elite
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 10:14 AM
Subject: Where is the eliteworld? The 71st letter

Amsterdam, May 10 2006

Where is the eliteworld?

Dear reader, this is the 71st Letter of an Autonomous Thinker

Everybody should know that a small group of super-rich people that live on the safe and privileged eliteworld (far from our often harsh massworld) takes decisions without and over us.

In 1968 Ferdinand Lundberg for example wrote the book "The rich and the super-rich" (Bantam Books 1968) in which he pinpointed many of the super-rich and also described what they did with the money they had amassed.

But, though it can be interesting to know who the top people of the world are, this knowledge will not transform the world. Therefore human activity is needed. I propose that masspeople invade the eliteworld. Then the elite will be confronted with the "other people". Decisions should not be taken in favour of a small group of already privileged people but to advance all humanity. See for example my concept of the action method Creative Disturbance, .

The central question is not how many super-rich there are but where they are. Where is the eliteworld and what can masspeople do to unite the massworld with the eliteworld to get the New World on which everyone has equal status.

The eliteworld is an isolated part of our earth where masspeople are not welcome. In the massworld die for example each year five million children because they do not have enough food to survive. Problems as inadequate food, housing or schooling that can easily be solved only exist in the massworld. They are non-existent in the eliteworld.

But where is the eliteworld?

Let's assume that most masspeople earn less than 4000 euro a month and that elitepeople have mostly a much higher income. (The amount of 4000 euro is arbitrarily and some masspeople will earn more while some elitepeople temporarily can earn less than this amount).

When you earn less than 4000 euro per month you cannot afford to stay in 5-star hotels, to travel first class on a plane (or possess your own jet), to have security guards to protect you and your possessions, to buy a car of 200.000 euro or a house of 2.000.000 euro. You cannot become member of a golf club that ask a 100.000 euro a year, to shop in Bangkok when you are living in Europe or to sit on the best places on the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. You cannot afford to pay 500 euro for a diner, 20 euro for a glass of beer or wear clothes that cost 10.000 euro a piece. You are not allowed to enter the elite world because you have not enough money.

I could lengthen this litany about things elitepeople can and masspeople cannot afford. Many things are exclusively reserved for people with money. Our world looks unified but in some places you see only elitepeople.

Elite- and massworld are separated from each other. Some masspeople are allowed to enter the eliteworld as servants, as a lesser kind of humans that makes the life of elitepeople more comfortable. These masspeople are not considered to be real people. Elitepeople do not have a human conservation with the butler and the rest of the personnel is even more invisible.

I only give a vague idea where the eliteworld can be found. Maybe later I will give more details but I think that everybody can discover where the eliteworld is. There live the people with power, there decisions are taken. But most actions take place in the massworld as is the case with demonstrations and other actions in front of official buildings (when the top of the elite is never targeted). I call on masspeople to invade those elitist places they are not allowed to enter. Only then the road to One World for all people will be opened.

Most political analysts concentrate on the question who the elitepeople are that reign over the masses, who the Illuminati are, who the members of the Bilderberg Group are. I concentrate on the reason why they want to be on top of the world. They only want to have the power to remain forever in the agreeable eliteworld that is far from the often not so very nice massworld. I propagate to invade the eliteworld in order to confront the elite with the fact that there are more humans on our earth than elitepeople. They should be drowned in the sea of masspeople. And because there are more than a hundred masspersons for each eliteperson, it must be possible to get a New World on which all people have equal status.

Yours truly, Joost van Steenis

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Message 13
From: "Cait"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 5:00pm(PDT)
Subject: Re: Port Scans by DoD

In case you can't see the image above, the IP address is 22.209.184

-------Original Message-------

From: JP Liggett
Date: 05/09/06 18:41:49
Subject: Re: [911TruthAction] Port Scans by DoD

Thanks for the tip. Could you provide some originating IP addresses or
ranges, so I can cut them off at the router? TIA

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attempted port scans by the DoD on my computer. Might be an idea to check
your own. If you don't have a decent program to stop them, try Peer
Guardian (its free and works very well). You can download it here:

Not sure exactly what the scans mean, but I certainly don't like it!


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Message 14
From: "Dick Eastman"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 5:37pm(PDT)
Subject: whacko Jewish conspiracy theories about American Anti-Semites out to

; -D


Message 15
From: "JP Liggett"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 5:59pm(PDT)
Subject: Re: Port Scans by DoD

yep they own the whole range - I believe its
somewhere north of 16 million host addresses.

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Message 16
From: "Dick Eastman"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 6:03pm(PDT)
Subject: Full Text : President Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad of Iran's Letter To Presi

note: PBUH = Peace Be Upon Him

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Full Text : The President of Iran's Letter To President Bush
Translated by "Le Monde"
Posted 05/09/06

Mr George Bush,

President of the United States of America

For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, specially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.

Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God, Feel obliged to respect human rights, Present liberalism as a civilization model, Announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs, Make "War and Terror" his slogan, And finally, Work towards the establishment of a unified international community - a community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern, But at the same time, Have countries attacked; The lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed and on the slight chance of the . of a . criminals in a village city, or convoy for example the entire village, city or convey set ablaze. Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one country, it is occupied, around one hundred thousand people killed, its water sources, agriculture and industry destroyed, close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of private homes of citizens broken, and the country pushed back perhaps fifty years.

At what price?

Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certain other countries and tens of
thousands of young men and women - as occupation troops - put in harms way, taken away from family and love ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to so much psychological pressure that everyday some commit suicide ant those returning home suffeThere are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have not been tried, have no legal representation, their families cannot see them and are obviously kept in a strange land outside their own country. There is no international monitoring of their conditions and
fate. No one knows whether they are prisoners, POWs, accused or criminals. European investigators have confirmed the existence of secret prisons in Europe too.

I could not correlate the abduction of a person, and him or her being kept in secret prisons, with the
provisions of any judicial system. For that matter, I fail to understand how such actions correspond to the values outlined in the beginning of this letter, i.e. the teachings of Jesus Christ (PBUH), human rights and liberal values. Young people, university students and ordinary people have many questions about the
phenomenon of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with some of them. Throughout history many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times.

Students are saying that sixty years ago such a country did no exist. The show old documents and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel. I tell them to study the history of WWI and II. One of my students told me that during WWII, which more than tens of millions of people perished in, news about the war, was quickly disseminated by the warring parties. Each touted their victories and the
most recent battlefront defeat of the other party. After the war, they claimed that six million Jews had been killed. Six million people that were surely related to at least two million families. Again let us assume that these events are true. Does that logically translate into the establishment of the state of Israel in the Middle East or support for such a state? How can this phenomenon be rationalised or explained?

Mr President, I am sure you know how - and at what cost - Israel was established:

- Many thousands were killed in the process.

- Millions of indigenous people were made refugees.

- Hundred of thousands of hectares of farmland, olive plantations, towns and villages were destroyed.

This tragedy is not exclusive to the time of establishment; unfortunately it has been ongoing for sixty years now.

A regime has been established which does not show mercy even to kids, destroys houses while the occupants are still in them, announces beforehand its list and plans to assassinate Palestinian figures and keeps thousands of Palestinians in prison. Such a phenomenon is unique - or at the very least extremely rare - in recent memory. Another big question asked by people is why is this regime being supported? Is support for this regime in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ (PBUH) or Moses (PBUH) or liberal values?

Or are we to understand that allowing the original inhabitants of these lands - inside and outside Palestine - whether they are Christian, Muslim or Jew, to determine their fate, runs contrary to principles of democracy, human rights and the teachings of prophets? If not, why is there so much opposition to a referendum?

The newly elected Palestinian administration recently took office. All independent observes have confirmed that this government represents the electorate. Unbelievingly, they have put the elected government under pressure and have advised it to recognise the Israeli regime, abandon the struggle and follow the programs of the previous government.

If the current Palestinian government had run on the above platform, would the Palestinian people have voted for it? Again, can such position taken in opposition to the Palestinian government be reconciled with the values outlined earlier? The people are also saying "why are all UNSC resolutions in condemnation of Israel vetoed?"

Mr President,
As you are well aware, I live amongst the people and am in constant contact with them -- many people from around the Middle East manage to contact me as well. They dot not have faith in these dubious policies either. There is evidence that the people of the region are becoming increasingly angry with such policies. It is not my intention to pose to many questions, but I need to refer to other points as well.

Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East regions is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime? Is not scientific R&D one of the basic rights of nations.

You are familiar with history. Aside from the Middle Ages, in what other point in history has scientific and technical progress been a crime? Can the possibility of scientific achievements being utilised for military purposes be reason enough to oppose science and technology altogether? If such a supposition is true, then all scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc. must be opposed.

Lies were told in the Iraqi matter. What was the result? I have no doubt that telling lies is reprehensible in any culture, and you do not like to be lied to.

Mr President,
Don't Latin Americans have the right to ask, why their elected governments are being opposed and coup leaders supported? Or, why must they constantly be threatened and live in fear?

The people of Africa are hardworking, creative and talented. They can play an important and valuable role in providing for the needs of humanity and contribute to its material and spiritual progress. Poverty and hardship in large parts of Africa are preventing this from happening. Don't they have the right to ask why their enormous wealth - including minerals - is being looted, despite the fact that they need it more than others? Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of Christ and the tenets of human rights?

The brave and faithful people of Iran too have many questions and grievances, including: the
coup d'etat of 1953 and the subsequent toppling of the legal government of the day, opposition to the Islamic revolution, transformation of an Embassy into a headquarters supporting, the activities of those opposing the Islamic Republic (many thousands of pages of documents corroborates this claim), support for Saddam in the war waged against Iran, the shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane, freezing the assets of the Iranian nation, increasing threats, anger and displeasure vis-à-vis the scientific and nuclear progress of the Iranian nation (just when all Iranians are jubilant and collaborating their country's progress), and many other grievances that I will not refer to in this letter.

Mr President,
September Eleven was a horrendous incident. The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world. Our government immediately declared its disgust with the perpetrators and offered its condolences to the bereaved and expressed its sympathies.

All governments have a duty to protect the lives, property and good standing of their citizens. Reportedly your government employs extensive security, protection and intelligence systems - and even hunts its opponents abroad. September eleven was not a simple operation. Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services - or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess.

Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?

All governments have a duty to provide security and peace of mind for their citizens. For some years now, the people of your country and neighbours of world trouble spots do not have peace of mind. After 9.11, instead of healing and tending to the emotional wounds of the survivors and the American people - who had been immensely traumatised by the attacks - some Western media only intensified the climates of fear and insecurity - some constantly talked about the possibility of new terror attacks and kept the people in fear. Is that service to the American people? Is it possible to calculate the damages incurred from fear and panic? American citizen lived in constant fear of fresh attacks that could come at any moment and in any place. They felt insecure in the streets, in their place of work and at home. Who would be happy with this situation? Why was the media, instead of conveying a feeling of security and providing peace of mind, giving rise to a feeling of insecurity?

Some believe that the hype paved the way - and was the justification - for an attack on Afghanistan. Again I need to refer to the role of media.

In media charters, correct dissemination of information and honest reporting of a story are established tenets. I express my deep regret about the disregard shown by certain Western media for these principles. The main pretext for an attack on Iraq was the existence of WMDs. This was repeated incessantly - for the public to, finally, believe - and the ground set for an attack on Iraq.

Will the truth not be lost in a contrive and deceptive climate? Again, if the truth is allowed to be lost, how can that be reconciled with the earlier mentioned values? Is the truth known to the Almighty lost as well?

Mr President,
In countries around the world, citizens provide for the expenses of governments so that their governments in turn are able to serve them.

The question here is "what has the hundreds of billions of dollars, spent every year to pay for the Iraqi campaign, produced for the citizens?" As your Excellency is aware, in some states of your country, people are
living in poverty. Many thousands are homeless and unemployment is a huge problem. Of course these problems exist - to a larger or lesser extent - in other countries as well. With these conditions in mind, can the gargantuan expenses of the campaign - paid from the public treasury - be explained and be consistent with the aforementioned principles?

What has been said, are some of the grievances of the people around the world, in our region and in your country. But my main contention - which I am hoping you will agree to some of it - is:

Those in power have specific time in office, and do not rule indefinitely, but their names will be recorded in history and will be constantly judged in the immediate and distant futures. The people will scrutinize our presidencies.

Did we manage to bring peace, security and prosperity for the people or insecurity and unemployment?

Did we intend to establish justice, or just supported especial interest groups, and by forcing
many people to live in poverty and hardship, made a few people rich and powerful - thus trading the approval of the people and the Almighty with theirs'?

Did we defend the rights of the underprivileged or ignore them?

Did we defend the rights of all people around the world or imposed wars on them, interfered illegally in their affairs, established hellish prisons and incarcerated some of them?

Did we bring the world peace and security or raised the specter of intimidation and threats?

Did we tell the truth to our nation and others around the world or presented an inverted version of it? Were we on the side of people or the occupiers and oppressors?

Did our administration set out to promote rational behaviour, logic, ethics, peace, fulfilling obligations, justice, service to the people, prosperity, progress and respect for human dignity or the force of guns. Intimidation, insecurity, disregard for the people, delaying the progress and excellence of other nations, and trample on people's rights?

And finally, they will judge us on whether we remained true to our oath of office - to serve the people, which is our main task, and the traditions of the prophets - or not?

Mr President,
How much longer can the world tolerate this situation?
Where will this trend lead the world to?
How long must the people of the world pay for the incorrect decisions of
some rulers?
How much longer will the specter of insecurity - raised from the
stockpiles of weapons of
mass destruction - hunt the people of the world?
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How much longer will the blood of the innocent men, women and children
be spilled on the
streets, and people's houses destroyed over their heads?
Are you pleased with the current condition of the world?
Do you think present policies can continue?
If billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns and troop
movement were instead
spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion of
health, combating
different diseases, education and improvement of mental and physical
fitness, assistance to
the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment opportunities
and production,
development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of peace,
mediation between
disputing states and distinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic and
other conflicts were would
the world be today? Would not your government, and people be justifiably
Would not your administration's political and economic standing have
been stronger?
And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever increasing
global hatred of the
American governments?
Mr President, it is not my intention to distress anyone.
If prophet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael, Joseph or Jesus Christ (PBUH)
were with us
today, how would they have judged such behaviour? Will we be given a
role to play in the
promised world, where justice will become universal and Jesus Christ
(PBUH) will be
present? Will they even accept us?
My basic question is this: Is there no better way to interact with the
rest of the world? Today
there are hundreds of millions of Christians, hundreds of millions of
Moslems and millions of
people who follow the teachings of Moses (PBUH). All divine religions
share and respect on
word and that is "monotheism" or belief in a single God and no other in
the world.
The holy Koran stresses this common word and calls on an followers of
divine religions and
says: [3.64] Say: O followers of the Book! Come to an equitable
proposition between us and
you that we shall not serve any but Allah and (that) we shall not
associate aught. With Him
and (that) some of us shall not take others for lords besides Allah, but
if they turn back, then
say: Bear witness that we are Muslims. (The Family of Imran).
Mr President,
According to divine verses, we have all been called upon to worship one
God and follow the
teachings of divine prophets.
"To worship a God which is above all powers in the world and can do all
He pleases." "The
Lord which knows that which is hidden and visible, the past and the
future, knows what goes
on in the Hearts of His servants and records their deeds."
"The Lord who is the possessor of the heavens and the earth and all
universe is His court"
"planning for the universe is done by His hands, and gives His servants
the glad tidings of
mercy and forgiveness of sins". "He is the companion of the oppressed
and the enemy of
oppressors". "He is the Compassionate, the Merciful". "He is the
recourse of the faithful and
guides them towards the light from darkness". "He is witness to the
actions of His servants",
"He calls on servants to be faithful and do good deeds, and asks them to
stay on the path of
righteousness and remain steadfast". "Calls on servants to heed His
prophets and He is a
witness to their deeds." "A bad ending belongs only to those who have
chosen the life of this
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world and disobey Him and oppress His servants". And "A good and eternal
paradise belong
to those servants who fear His majesty and do not follow their
lascivious selves."
We believe a return to the teachings of the divine prophets is the only
road leading to
salvations. I have been told that Your Excellency follows the teachings
of Jesus (PBUH), and
believes in the divine promise of the rule of the righteous on Earth.
We also believe that Jesus Christ (PBUH) was one of the great prophets
of the Almighty. He
has been repeatedly praised in the Koran. Jesus (PBUH) has been quoted
in Koran as well;
[19,36] And surely Allah is my Lord and your Lord, therefore serves Him;
this is the right
path, Marium.
Service to and obedience of the Almighty is the credo of all divine
The God of all people in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, the Pacific and
the rest of the world
is one. He is the Almighty who wants to guide and give dignity to all
His servants. He has
given greatness to Humans.
We again read in the Holy Book: "The Almighty God sent His prophets with
miracles and
clear signs to guide the people and show them divine signs and purity
them from sins and
pollutions. And He sent the Book and the balance so that the people
display justice and avoid
the rebellious."
All of the above verses can be seen, one way or the other, in the Good
Book as well.
Divine prophets have promised:
The day will come when all humans will congregate before the court of
the Almighty, so that
their deeds are examined. The good will be directed towards Haven and
evildoers will meet
divine retribution. I trust both of us believe in such a day, but it
will not be easy to calculate
the actions of rulers, because we must be answerable to our nations and
all others whose lives
have been directly or indirectly effected by our actions.
All prophets, speak of peace and tranquillity for man - based on
monotheism, justice and
respect for human dignity.
Do you not think that if all of us come to believe in and abide by these
principles, that is,
monotheism, worship of God, justice, respect for the dignity of man,
belief in the Last Day,
we can overcome the present problems of the world - that are the
result of disobedience to the
Almighty and the teachings of prophets - and improve our performance?
Do you not think that belief in these principles promotes and guarantees
peace, friendship and
Do you not think that the aforementioned written or unwritten principles
are universally
Will you not accept this invitation? That is, a genuine return to the
teachings of prophets, to
monotheism and justice, to preserve human dignity and obedience to the
Almighty and His
Mr President,
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History tells us that repressive and cruel governments do not survive.
God has entrusted
The fate of man to them. The Almighty has not left the universe and
humanity to their own
devices. Many things have happened contrary to the wishes and plans of
governments. These
tell us that there is a higher power at work and all events are
determined by Him.
Can one deny the signs of change in the world today?
Is this situation of the world today comparable to that of ten years
ago? Changes happen fast
and come at a furious pace.
The people of the world are not happy with the status quo and pay little
heed to the promises
and comments made by a number of influential world leaders. Many people
around the wolrd
feel insecure and oppose the spreading of insecurity and war and do not
approve of and accept
dubious policies.
The people are protesting the increasing gap between the haves and the
have-nots and the rich
and poor countries.
The people are disgusted with increasing corruption.
The people of many countries are angry about the attacks on their
cultural foundations and the
disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed with the fading of
care and compassion.
The people of the world have no faith in international organisations,
because their rights are
not advocated by these organisations.
Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help
realize the ideals of
humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can
already hear the
sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the
liberal democratic
We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a
main focal point -
that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the
teachings of the
prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you
is: "Do you not want to
join them?"
Mr President,
Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards faith in the
Almighty and justice
and the will of God will prevail over all things.
Vasalam Ala Man Ataba'al hoda
Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Message 17
From: "President, USA Exile Govt."
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 6:36pm(PDT)
Subject: A Day in the Life: 5/9/6

Free Americans Reaching
Out to Amerika's Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

Via <>

May 9, 2006

From: Henri the Celt <>
Date: May 9, 2006 12:32:11 AM EST
To: AAAHenri <>
Subject: Ice-capped roof of world turns to desert

Ice-Capped Roof of World Turns to

Scientists warn of ecological
catastrophe across Asia
as glaciers melt and
continent's great rivers dry up

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor

Published: 07 May 2006

Global warming is rapidly melting the ice-bound roof of the world, and
turning it into desert, leading scientists have revealed.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences - the country's top scientific body -
has announced that the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau are vanishing so
fast that they will be reduced by 50 per cent every decade. Each year
enough water permanently melts from them to fill the entire Yellow

They added that the vast environmental changes brought about by the
process will increase droughts and sandstorms over the rest of the
country, and devastate many of the world's greatest rivers, in what
experts warn will be an "ecological catastrophe".

The plateau, says the academy, has a staggering 46,298 glaciers,
covering almost 60,000 square miles. At an average height of 13,000
feet above sea level, they make up the largest area of ice outside the
polar regions, nearly a sixth of the world's total.

The glaciers have been receding over the past four decades, as the
world has gradually warmed up, but the process has now accelerated
alarmingly. Average temperatures in Tibet have risen by 2 degrees
Fahrenheit over the past 20 years, causing the glaciers to shrink by 7
per cent a year, which means that they will halve every 10 years.

Prof Dong Guangrong, speaking for the academy - after a study analysing
data from 680 weather stations scattered across the country - said that
the rising temperatures would thaw out the tundra of the plateau,
turning it into desert.

He added: "The melting glaciers will ultimately trigger more droughts,
expand desertification and increase sand storms." The water running off
the plateau is increasing soil erosion and so allowing the deserts to

Sandstorms, blowing in from the degraded land, are already plaguing the
country. So far this year, 13 of them have hit northern China,
including Beijing. Three weeks ago one storm swept across an eighth of
the vast country and even reached Korea and Japan. On the way, it
dumped a mind-boggling 336,000 tons of dust on the capital, causing
dangerous air pollution.

The rising temperatures are also endangering the newly built world's
highest railway, which is due to go into operation this summer. They
threaten to melt the permafrost under the tracks of the £1.7bn Tibetan
railway, constructed to link the area with China's northwestern Qinghai

Perhaps worst of all, the melting threatens to disrupt water supplies
over much of Asia. Many of the continent's greatest rivers - including
the Yangtze, the Indus, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Mekong and the
Yellow River - rise on the plateau.

In China alone, 300 million people depend on water from the glaciers
for their survival. Yet the plateau is drying up, threatening to
escalate an already dire situation across the country. Already 400
cities are short of water; in 100 of them - including Beijing - the
shortages are becoming critical.

Even hopes that the melting glaciers might provide a temporary respite,
by increasing the amount of water flowing off the plateau - have been
dashed. For most of the water is evaporating before it reaches the
people that need it - again because of the rising temperatures brought
by global warning.

Yao Tandong, head of the academy's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Research
Institute, summed it up. "The full-scale glacier shrinkage in the
plateau regions will eventually lead to an ecological catastrophe," he


From: Henri the Celt <>
Date: May 7, 2006 7:14:27 PM EST
To: AAAHenri <>
Subject: Fw: Pan Am 103 and 9/11 Connection

Pan Am 103 and 9/11 Connection
By Russell Pickering

In the recent Rense-linked article Police Chief - Lockerbie Evidence
was Faked, there is a huge clue as to what may have happened to 9/11
evidence as well (1). The key lies in the fact that the exact same
person "handled" both investigations. In fact, the person who led the
Pan Am 103 investigation for Bush Sr.'s "Justice" department just
happened to be appointed the director of the FBI by Bush Jr. just seven
days prior to 9/11.

"Robert Mueller was nominated by President George W. Bush and became
the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on September
4, 2001". (2)

"After spending 1988 and 1989 in private practice, he joined the staff
of Attorney-General Richard Thornburgh, and his star rose at the
Justice Department as the head of the criminal division under President
George Bush's father from 1990 to 1993.

And he led the investigations of the 1991 collapse of the Bank of
Credit and Commerce International banking and the 1988 bombing of Pan
Am 103." (3)

Here is a link about Pan Am 103 ( ) - note the part about
the Intelligence Officers on board.

I tried to find out more at the George Bush Sr. Presidential Library
since Pan Am sued the US government and, "In its suit, Pan Am alleged
that the United States Government had prior knowledge of an impending
terrorist attack on a Pan Am airliner". But as luck would have it the,
".....court transcripts, affidavits, depositions, motions, objections,
reports, and news addition [to] the remaining NSC
files deal[ing] specifically with the Lockerbie bombing and the
subsequent investigation which led to the indictment of two Libyan
nationals..... are closed because of various security classifications".

As we know, literally all evidence regarding 9/11 has been under FBI
lock and key for nearly 5 years. That includes the fact that
no National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) crash reports were
done on any of the four aircraft because the FBI took the investigation
away from them, that the Pentagon videos confiscated by the FBI are not
being released and that the "hijackers" remains have never been
positively identified. (5)

I will highlight two specific details where Robert Mueller was directly
involved in 9/11 evidence. One is the Flight 77 cockpit voice recorder
and the other was the identities of the 19 "hijackers".

The NTSB claimed:

"Over the next few days, working the 3 p.m. to morning shift, she and
several other NTSB experts struggled to separate airplane parts from
office parts. Early on the morning of Sept.14, while Cushman was at the
site, the cockpit voice recorder, or CVR, was found. It was quickly
transported across the Potomac to the NTSB lab in Washington, D.C.,
where Cushman works with three other analysts, and its data was

"Ordinarily, that would have been just the start of Cushman's
association with the device, but this time, it was the end. The events
of Sept. 11 had already been classified as criminal acts, rather than
accidents, so the FBI, which has its own forensic audio lab, took
charge of the box and its data.

That's also why Cushman can't say much more about her role in that
investigation, or about the work she did on the recorders recovered
from Flight 93, which plowed into a field in Pennsylvania after
passengers apparently thwarted another hijacking. Like the Pentagon
CVR, the black box from that plane came to NTSB only for the extraction
of its data before being turned over to the FBI". (6)

Robert Mueller had a different story:

"FBI Director Robert Mueller said Friday that the agency has gotten
information from the flight data recorder recovered in the crash of
American Airlines Flight 77, which slammed into the Pentagon. He
declined to say what information the FBI received from the recorder,
which tracks an airplane's flight movements for the last 25 hours. He
said the agency had not gotten any information from the voice data
recorder from Flight 77". (7)

When it came to the identities of the alleged 19 hijackers Robert
Mueller said, "that the identity of several of the suicide hijackers is
in doubt". That is no surprise since the BBC has documented that a
couple of them are alive and well. (8)

The FBI controlled every aspect of the Pentagon incident from start to
finish. They still control it with total secrecy. How did they know to
show up within minutes at the civilian video locations? Why did the
Pentagon originally claim to have no video surveillance? I believe the
answers may lie in the statement that the FBI Director's "star rose"
under Bush Sr. and he already had Pan Am 103 under his belt. Maybe
that's why the evidence was snapped up and secured so quickly.
Russell Pickering



From: "paul illich" <>
Date: May 9, 2006 12:18:08 PM EST
Subject: [bluegreenearth] fwd: EC approved GM crops despite safety
fears [uk telegraph/bbc]

EC approved GM crops despite safety
fears: The Daily Telegraph


The European Commission approved a range of GM foods and crops despite
having serious doubts over their health and environmental impacts,
according to new documents released by green charities.

Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth said the documents revealed
scientific arguments put forward behind closed doors in the European
Commission's recent GM trade dispute.

The groups have called for the immediate suspension in the use and
sale of all GM foods and crops until the safety issues have been

In the documents, the Commission argues that there were "large areas
of uncertainty about the health risks posed by GM produce," and that
"some issues have not yet been studied at all."

The papers also say "there simply is no way of ascertaining whether
the introduction of GM products has had any other effect on human
health," and "no unique, absolute, scientific cut off threshold
available to decide whether a GM product is safe or not."

Among other revelations, the documents suggested ther were huge
disagreements between the Commission and the European Food Safety
Authority, the agency that is responsible for GM risk assessments.

At the same time as the Commission wrote and submitted these documents
to the World Trade Organisation highlighting safety concerns it
approved seven GM foods, despite a lack of support from the majority
of EC member states.

Clare Oxborrow, a Friends of the Earth GM Campaigner, said: "This is a
political scandal. The European Commission must call a halt to the
sale and growth of all genetically modified food and crops given the
serious concerns over their safety that have come to light.

"When the EU Commission broke the moratorium and forced GM foods into
Europe, it told the public they were safe. But the Commission clearly
knew this was not the case and was prepared to recognise the risk
behind closed doors. The UK Government must now reveal whether it had
access to these documents and whether it voted in support of GM foods
while knowing the risks they posed."


From: Peter Myers <>
Date: May 9, 2006 4:52:32 AM EST
To: clem clarke <>
Subject: The US's geopolitical nightmare, by F William Engdahl

Asian Central Banks Preparing to Dump
the US Dollar Currency Peg

Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 18:57:24 -0400 From: "David Chiang"

Asia Is Getting Ready to Dump the Dollar Peg: Andy Mukherjee

May 8 (Bloomberg) -- Li Yong, China's vice minister for finance, said
he had heard a "rumor" that the U.S. dollar was headed for a 25 percent
drop. If the gossip was true, the consequences would be "shocking," he

Li's comment, which he made at a discussion on global financial
imbalances last week at the annual meeting of the Asian Development
Bank in the Indian city of Hyderabad, was aimed directly at fellow
panelist Tim Adams, the U.S. Treasury undersecretary of international

The unspoken message was: "Don't try to talk the dollar down." And
Adams knew better than to ask, "Well, what are you going to do about
it?" The answer to that question has already begun taking shape: Asia
may be getting ready to fix its currencies to a local anchor, dumping
the region's unofficial dollar peg.

Even as they continue to pile up U.S. debt in their foreign-exchange
reserves to keep their currencies stable against the dollar, Asian
nations, China among them, are preparing for a scenario where the
dollar does indeed collapse under the weight of a record U.S. current
account deficit.

At the Hyderabad meeting, finance ministers of China, Japan and South
Korea got together with their counterparts from the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean. The 13-nation group said it would
sponsor a research project, titled "Toward greater financial stability
in the Asian region: Exploring steps to create regional monetary

Asian Currency Unit

This is no innocuous academic exercise. Regional monetary units are a
euphemism for a parallel Asian currency, an idea that has been around
since the 1997-98 financial crisis and is now, for the first time,
entering the realm of policy-making.

Both Japan and China are extremely serious about it and are vying to
take ownership of the project.

An Asian Currency Unit, or ACU, will be an index that seeks to capture
the value of a hypothetical Asian currency by taking a weighted average
of several of them. The weight for a particular currency in the index
may be determined by the size of the economy and the quantity of its
total trade.

What's the big deal with the ACU? Given the data, anyone can set up an
index. It isn't that Asia is talking about replacing its national
currencies with the ACU. A European-style single currency in Asia is at
least decades away. The ACU is an accounting unit; it won't change
hands in the physical world.

The ACU will start making a difference when it becomes the fulcrum of
exchange-rate management in Asia. There is some sign that Asian nations
want to do just that.

A New Peg

Korea, Japan and China agreed in Hyderabad to "immediately launch
discussions on the road map for a system to coordinate foreign exchange

The ACU can help a lot in such coordination. It can become a basket
peg against which any Asian nation can fix the value of its currency
within a band. The ACU, itself, will float.

Why might the ACU work when the now-defunct European Currency Unit, on
which the concept is modeled, didn't? One good reason, as noted by
economist Barry Eichengreen of the University of California, Berkeley,
is that Europe's need for a parallel currency was satisfied by the

The ACU may well emerge as a viable currency for denominating export
invoices, bank loans and bond issuances if the dollar is no longer
perceived as a safe storage of value.

So far, Japan has been driving the ACU concept. Haruhiko Kuroda, a
former Japanese vice minister of finance and currently the president of
the Asian Development Bank, was vigorously pursuing it. The ADB was
going to start computing and publishing several ACUs sometime this

China in Control

One such ACU would have comprised 13 members, including the Japanese
yen, the Chinese yuan, the Korean won and the currencies of Singapore,
Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar
and the Philippines. Another ACU would have included both the yuan and
the Taiwan dollar -- and that would have been anathema to China. Nor
would China have liked to peg the yuan to an ACU that was overly
dominated by the yen.

Now China has taken control. While the research will still be
conducted in Japan, Asean will take the decision on the composition of
the ACU. While Japan is a member of this club, its influence is in
decline. The association is now firmly under China's thumb.

While China continues to exhort the U.S. not to follow weak-dollar
policies, it, like everyone else, can only guess about the longevity of
the present global imbalances.

If there is a sudden collapse in the dollar, the U.S. appetite for
imported goods may vanish. The Chinese export engine may seize up and
its fragile banking system may collapse under a spate of new bad loans.
The idea behind the ACU is to buy some insurance, however inadequate,
against all of this.


With its "my currency is your problem" attitude, the U.S. has made a
negotiated settlement of global imbalances a diplomatic non-starter.
China isn't willing to consider the U.S. argument that quicker
appreciation of the yuan may prevent a costly adjustment later.

Once again in Hyderabad, Undersecretary Adams tried valiantly to get
this message across to Chinese Vice Finance Minister Li. He was wasting
his breath.

Li, as Adams noted wryly, "knows all my talking points."

To contact the writer of this column: Andy Mukherjee in Singapore


From: "Graham Jukes" <>
Date: May 8, 2006 7:38:54 AM EST
Subject: Grandin on Rumsfeld's Latin American Wild West Show

----- Original Message -----

From: m
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 3:20 PM
Subject: Grandin on Rumsfeld's Latin American Wild West Show

"Our neighbors are allies who, in general, share similar values. The
Western Hemisphere has a lot to teach the world," said McCaffrey's boss
Secretary of Defense William Cohen two years later, "as the world
reaches for the kind of progress we have made."

now let us see what these similar values are that have so enriched
Western Society and given them the much bragged about progress and the
civilising force that the Third World, Non White Western Nations has
been so kindly gifted with by the Mighty America and its fellow White
European dictators;

Exploitation of the country's rich resources such as Oil, gas, minerals

Exploitation of the country's populace who have been convenient cheap
labour for the greedy Corporations- they reap the profits while the
indigenous workers struggle to make ends meet for themselves and their

Exploitative financial "Aid" in the form of 'economic loans',, or
better still- USURY - lending at exorbitantly high interest rates and
unreasonable payback periods, resulting in bleeding the governments
dry, forcing them into unconscionable repayment terms that keep them
under the stifling tight screws of the Money Lenders- the infamous
corrupt World Bank and IMF and the equally corrupt and manipulated
United Nations!!

Exploitation of rich resources for corrupt use- namely drug trafficking
and money laundering which the UN, the USA, Israel are deeply
entrenched in, along with also a not much publicised scandal of Human
Trafficking, especially Latino children!

Exploitation and interference in the political structures of Government
in these Latino countries where the Western hemisphere, in order to
protect its profit making assets, encourage unrest, instigate military
coups, attempt Election Rigging through bullying, harassments, threat,
and Voter ballot tampering, and installing like minded Dictators to do
their bidding and protect their long term 'investments, at the tragic
expense of the indigenous people!! We had Chile as a classic example of
American democracy at its working best in the 1970s, and the CORRUPT
leaders the CIA installed in Nicaragua, Colombia, Grenada etc...
Of course we must also NOT forget the foreign policies of this Great
Master of democracy doing its dutiful bidding and transformation, its
great civilising handy work that has brought so much JOY and PEACE and
brotherly love and Humanity to the Iraqi people, the Afghani people, to
the oppressed Palestinians

Then we have their wonderful Prison system they wish to teach us all
about- their greatest prized trophies of course have been Guantanamo,
on the stolen island that belongs to Cuba, and naturally Abu Ghraib,
the Diego Garcia prisons along with the outsourcing torture cells they
have going in non American/Israeli Cells, such as in the shameful
puppet Arab Muslim countries of Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Saudi,
and even in some East European Hosts (Poland, Hungary I recall). Even
within the US, it has prisoners serving time for unproven crimes with
no legal representation, incarcerated indefinitely or once taken to
court our acquitted by their jury but none the less deprived of their
freedom by their Zionist controlled Government (Sami Al Aryan for
example). and then This master of Democracy ahs the audacity to preach
to other countries about Human Rights!!

We also have their Education system which only teaches a limited
version of history and geography that keeps many of its citizens in
ignorance, many not even knowing where countries their Government is
waging its Terrorist wars on are situated in the world.
As for their Legal system which is in the hands of corrupt, bought and
paid for Judges and its Censorship Media again owned by the very same
Money lenders and Corporations
Last but by far not least, the Endless WARS perpetrated by the this
Western Hemisphere country that has slaughtered, murdered, killed,
tortured, maimed, bombed, destroyed so many nations and their innocent
citizens, more than any other country on this miserable planet!!!

YES this Western IDOL has indeed much of its 'values' to extol,
encourage and to teach to the other Human World where it deems they
lack its UNIQUE style of civilising and progression: WARS and
EXPLOITATION and to emulate the 'human values' of characters like all
the corrupt, murderous NEOCONS, Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Cheney, Bolton,
Wolfowitz, Clintons, Blair etc
This is the wrong kind of idol worship!

Grandin on Rumsfeld's Latin American Wild West Show
posted May 7, 2006 at 4:59 pm

The Wide War
How Donald Rumsfeld Discovered the Wild West in Latin America
By Greg Grandin

How fast has Latin America fallen from favor? Just a decade ago the
Clinton administration was holding up the region as the crown jewel of
globalization's promise: All is quiet on "our southern flank," reported
the head of the US Southern Command, General Barry McCaffrey, in 1995,
"our neighbors are allies who, in general, share similar values." "The
Western Hemisphere has a lot to teach the world," said McCaffrey's boss
Secretary of Defense William Cohen two years later, "as the world
reaches for the kind of progress we have made."

Today, with a new generation of leaders in open rebellion against
Washington's leadership, Latin America is no longer seen as a beacon
unto the world but as a shadowy place where "enemies" lurk. "They
watch, they probe," Donald Rumsfeld warns of terrorists in Latin
America; they look for "weaknesses." According to the new head of
Southcom General Bantz Craddock, the region is held hostage by a league
of extraordinary gentlemen made up of the "transnational terrorist, the
narco-terrorist, the Islamic radical fundraiser and recruiter, the
illicit trafficker, the money launderer, the kidnapper, [and] the gang

"Terrorists throughout the Southern command area of responsibility,"
Craddock's predecessor warned, "bomb, murder, kidnap, traffic drugs,
transfer arms, launder money and smuggle humans." Problems that
Clinton's Pentagon presented as discrete issues -- drugs, arms
trafficking, intellectual property piracy, migration, and money
laundering, what the editor of Foreign Policy Moisés Naín has described

as the "five wars of globalization" -- are now understood as part of a
larger unified campaign against terrorism.

The Pentagon's Wide War on Everything in Latin America

Latin America, in fact, has become more dangerous of late, plagued by a
rise in homicides, kidnappings, drug use, and gang violence. Yet it is
not the increase in illicit activity that is causing the Pentagon to
beat its alarm but rather a change in the way terrorism experts and
government officials think about international security. After 9/11,
much was made of Al Qaeda's virus-like ability to adapt and spread
through loosely linked affinity cells even after its host government in
Afghanistan had been destroyed. Defense analysts now contend that, with
potential patron nations few and far between and funding sources cut
off by effective policing, a new mutation has occurred. To raise money,
terrorists are reportedly making common cause with gun runners, people
smugglers, brand-name and intellectual-property bootleggers, drug
dealers, blood-diamond merchants, and even old-fashioned high-seas

In other words, the real enemy facing the U.S. in its War on Terror is
not violent extremism, but that old scourge of American peacekeepers
since the days of the frontier: lawlessness. "Lawlessness that breeds
terrorism is also a fertile ground for the drug trafficking that
supports terrorism," said former Attorney John Ashcroft a few years
ago, explaining why Congress's global counterterrorism funding bill was
allocating money to support the Colombian military's fight against
leftist rebels.

Counter-insurgency theorists have long argued for what they describe as
"total war at the grass-roots," by which they mean a strategy not just
to defeat insurgents by military force but to establish control over
the social, economic, and cultural terrain in which they operate.
"Drying up the sea," they call it, riffing on Mao's famous dictum, or
sometimes, "draining the swamp." What this expanded definition of the
terrorist threat does is take the concept of total war out of, say, the
mountains of Afghanistan, and project it onto a world scale: Victory,
says the Pentagon's 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, "requires the
creation of a global environment inhospitable to terrorism."

Defining the War on Terror in such expansive terms offers a number of
advantages for American security strategists. Since the United States
has the world's largest military, the militarization of police work
justifies the "persistent surveillance" of, well, everything and
everybody, as well as the maintenance of "a long-term, low-visibility
presence in many areas of the world where U.S. forces do not
traditionally operate." It justifies taking "preventive measures" in
order to "quell disorder before it leads to the collapse of political
and social structures" and shaping "the choices of countries at
strategic crossroads" which, the Quadrennial Defense Review believes,
include Russia, China, India, the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast
Asia -- just about every nation on the face of the earth save Britain
and, maybe, France.

Since the "new threats of the 21st century recognize no borders," the
Pentagon can, in the name of efficiency and flexibility, breach
bureaucratic divisions separating police, military, and intelligence
agencies, while at the same time demanding that they be subordinated to
U.S. command. Hawks now like to sell the War on Terror as "the Long
War," but a better term would be 'the Wide War," with an enemies list
infinitely expandable to include everything from DVD bootleggers to
peasants protesting the Bechtel Corporation. Southcom Commander
Craddock regularly preaches against "anti-globalization and anti-free
trade demagogues," while Harvard security-studies scholar and leading
ideologue of the "protean enemy" thesis, Jessica Stern, charges,
without a shred of credible evidence, that Venezuelan President Hugo
Chávez is brokering an alliance between "Colombian rebels and militant
Islamist groups."

A Latin American Wild West

In Latin America, the tri-border region of Paraguay, Brazil, and
Argentina, centered on Paraguay's legendary city of Ciudad del Este, is
ground zero for this broad view of global security. It's the place
where, according to the Pentagon, "all the components of transnational
lawlessness seem to converge." The region had been on the Department of
Defense watch list ever since two Lebanese residents were implicated in
the 1992 and 1994 Hezbollah bombings of the Israeli embassy and a
Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

Right after 9/11, Douglas Feith, Pentagon Undersecretary and neocon
ultra, suggested that the U.S. hold off invading Afghanistan and
instead bomb the tri-border region, just to "surprise" al-Qaeda and
throw it off guard. Attention to the region increased after U.S. troops
discovered what CNN excitedly called "a giant poster of Iguaçu Falls"
-- Latin America's most visited tourist destination, a few miles from
Ciudad del Este -- hanging on the wall of an al-Qaeda operative's
abandoned house in Kabul. Since then, security analysts and journalists
have taken to describing the place as a "new Libya," where Hamas raises
money for its operations and al-Qaeda operates training camps or sends
its militants for a little R and R.

Rio may have its favelas, Mexico its Tijuana, and Colombia its jungles
overrun by guerrillas, drug lords, and paramilitaries, but none of
these places hold a candle to the tri-border zone. It is truly the
last, or at least the most well-known, lawless territory in the
Americas, the War on Terror's very own "Wild West," as one military
official dubbed it.

The Pentagon's overheated definition of the terrorist threat melts away
distinctions between Shiites from Sunnis or either from Marxists. Thus,
we have former CIA director James Woolsey claiming that Islamic
extremists and criminals in the tri-border region work together "sort
of like three different Mafia families," who occasionally kill each
other but more often cooperate. Jessica Stern says that there
"terrorists with widely disparate ideologies -- Marxist Colombian
rebels, American white supremacists, Hamas, Hezbollah, and others --
meet to swap tradecraft." In Ciudad del Este, "international crimes
like money laundering, gunrunning, migration fraud, and drug
trafficking," according to military analyst Colonel William Mendel,
"recombine and metastasize." The proceeds of these various illicit
trades reportedly arm Latin America's leftist guerrillas, fund Islamic
terrorism, and enrich the Russian, Asian, and even Nigerian mafias --
everybody, it seems, but the Corleone family. Rumors drift through the
Pentagon's world that Osama bin Laden even turns a nice profit running
untaxed cigarettes into Brazil.

It's difficult to assess the truth of any of these lurid allegations.
The second largest city in South America's second poorest country,
Ciudad del Este is a free-trade boomtown, home not only to roughly
30,000 Lebanese and Syrian migrants but to lots of Koreans, Chinese,
and South Asians, many of them undocumented. The city is no doubt a
"free zone for significant criminal activity," as former FBI director
Louis Freeh once described it. Its polyglot streets are packed with
money changers, armored cars, and stalls selling everything from
bootlegged War of the Worlds DVDs and dollar-a-pop Viagra to the latest
sermons by respected Shiite Imams. Everyday, more than 40,000 people
cross the International Friendship Bridge from Brazil, many looking for
brand-name knockoffs either for personal use or for resale on the
streets of Rio or São Paulo. Surrounded by porous borders and
crisscrossed by river routes linking the continent's interior to the
Atlantic, the city is certainly a trading post for Andean cocaine,
Paraguayan marijuana, Brazilian weapons, and dirty money.

But security experts have found it a distinct stretch to link any of
this criminal activity to al-Qaeda. A couple of years ago, for example,
senior U.S. Army analyst Graham Turbiville pointed to the purchase of
30,000 ski masks by a Ciudad del Este Lebanese businessman as evidence
that terrorism was flourishing in the region. The transaction, he said,
"raised many questions" -- one of which was whether Turbiville was even
aware that some of the world's best skiing takes place in the nearby

Newspaper accounts depicting the region as Osama's lair are inevitably
based not on investigative reporting but on the word of Pentagon
officials or analysts, who either recycle each other's assertions or
pick up rumors circulated in the Latin American press -- stories many
Latin Americans insist are planted by the CIA or the Pentagon.
Brazilian and Argentine intelligence and police agencies, which have
done much to disperse tri-border criminal activity elsewhere, insist
that no terrorist cells exist in the area.

Ciudad del Este is thick with spies from Israel, the U.S., various
Latin American countries, and even China. "There are so many of us," an
Argentine spook recently remarked, "that we are bumping into each
other." If any of al-Qaeda's operatives were actually prowling the
city, odds are that at least one of them would have been found by now.
Yet the State Department says that no "credible information" exists
confirming that the group is operating in the tri-border region, while
even Southcom chief Brantz Craddock admits that the Pentagon has "not
detected Islamic terrorist cells" anywhere in Latin America.

Establishing Dominion over Ungoverned Spaces

Whether or not bin Laden's deputies kick back at Iguaçu Falls with
skinheads and Asian gangsters to trade war stories and sip mate, the
specter of this unholy alliance provides plenty of cover for the
Pentagon to move forward with its militarization of hemispheric
relations, even as nation after nation in the region slips out of
Washington's political and economic orbit.

According to the Department of Defense, the hydra-headed terrorist
network now supposedly spreading across southern climes cannot be
defeated if Latin American nations continue to think of criminal law
enforcement and international warfare as two distinct activities. What
is needed is a Herculean Army of One, a flexible fighting machine
capable of waging a coordinated war against criminal terrorism on all
its multiple fronts and across any border. Secretary of Defense
Rumsfeld regularly tours the region urging security officials to break
down bureaucratic firewalls in order to allow local police, military
and intelligence services to act in an integrated manner. The goal,
according to the Pentagon, is to establish "effective sovereignty" or,
more biblically, "dominion" over "ungoverned spaces"-- boundary areas
like the tri-border region, but also poor city neighborhoods where
gangs rule, rural hinterlands where civil institutions are weak, and
waterways and coastlines where illegal trafficking takes place.

So far, the Pentagon has had the most success in implementing this
program in Central America and Colombia. In Central America, the Bush
administration has pushed the region's defense ministers to set up a
multinational "rapid-response force" made up of military and police
officers to counter "emerging transnational threats." Such a force, the
formation of which is underway, worries human rights activists, who
have worked hard since the region's fratricidal civil wars of the 1980s
to strictly limit military mandates to the defense of national borders.

According to Adam Isacson, who monitors Washington's Colombia policy
for the Center for International Policy, the U.S. is "carrying out a
host of activities that would have been unthinkable back in 2000."
Then, the Clinton administration promised that no portion of its $4
billion counter-narcotic funding package would be used to fight leftist
rebels. In 2002, however, a newly emboldened Republican Congress tucked
money into its global counterterrorism funding bill to support
Colombia's counterinsurgency program. Since then, the Pentagon has
increasingly taken the lead in directing what is now being called a
"unified campaign" against cocaine and guerrillas. Over the last couple
of years, the number of U.S. troops allowed in country has doubled to
800. Some of them teach Colombian police officers light-infantry
training tactics, skills usually associated with low-intensity warfare,
not civilian law enforcement; but many are involved in directly
executing Colombia's counterinsurgency offensive, coordinating police
and military units, and providing training and intelligence support for
mobile brigades and Special Forces.

Well-armed Diplomacy

In Latin America more generally, it is increasingly the Pentagon, not
the State Department, which sets the course for hemispheric diplomacy.
With a staff of 1,400 and a budget of $800 million, Southcom already
has more money and resources devoted to Latin America than do the
Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, and Agriculture combined. And
its power is growing.

For decades following the passage of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act,
it was the responsibility of the civilian diplomats over at Foggy
Bottom to allocate funds and training to foreign armies and police
forces. But the Pentagon has steadily usurped this authority, first to
fight the War on Drugs, then the War on Terror. Out of its own budget,
it now pays for about two-thirds of the security training the U.S.
gives to Latin America. In January 2006, Congress legalized this
transfer of authority from State to Defense through a provision in the
National Defense Authorization Act, which for the first time officially
gave the Pentagon the freedom to spend millions from its own budget on
aid to foreign militaries without even the formality of civilian
oversight. After 9/11, total American military aid to the region jumped
from roughly $400 million to more than $700 million. It has been
steadily rising ever since, coming in today just shy of $1 billion.

Much of this aid consists of training Latin American soldiers -- more
than 15,000 every year. Washington hopes that, even while losing its
grip over the region's civilian leadership, its influence will grow as
each of these cadets, shaped by ideas and personal loyalties developed
during his instruction period, moves up his nation's chain of command.

Training consists of lethal combat techniques in the field backed by
counterinsurgency and counter-terror theory and doctrine in the
classroom. This doctrine, conforming as it does to the Pentagon's broad
definition of the international security threat, is aimed at
undermining the work civilian activists have done since the end of Cold
War to dismantle national and international intelligence agencies in
the region.

Chilean General Augusto Pinochet's infamous Operation Condor in the
1970s, for example, was in effect an international consortium of state
intelligence agencies that served as the central command for a
continental campaign of political terror, compiling execution lists of
left-wing activists, while coordinating and directing the work of
police, military, and death-squad units throughout Latin America.
Condor was dismantled when Chile returned to civilian rule in the early
1990s. However, a similarly integrated system is exactly what the newly
established Counter-Terrorism Fellowship Program, run (with no
Congressional supervision) out of the Pentagon's Office of Special
Operations and Low Intensity Warfare Conflict, evidently hopes to
restore. Every year the Program's curriculum encourages thousands of
select Latin American Fellows to return to their home countries and
work to increase the "cooperation among military, police, and
intelligence officials" and create "an intelligence sharing network
with all other governments in the region."

During the Cold War, Washington urged Latin American soldiers to police
their societies for "internal enemies," which anti-Communist military
regimes took as a green light to commit mass slaughter. Today, the
Pentagon thinks Latin America has a new "internal enemy": Southcom's
General Craddock recently told a class of Latin American cadets at the
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (née School of
the Americas, the alma mater of some of the region's most infamous
executioners) to be on guard against anti-free trade populists who
"incite violence against their own government and their own people."

Osama at the Falls

Outside Washington's sphere of influence in Central America and
Colombia, the Bush administration is finding most Latin American
militaries a hard sell. Since the end of the Cold War brought sharp
reductions in their budgets, the region's cash-starved armed forces
eagerly take U.S. money, training, and equipment, and regularly
participate in Pentagon-led conferences, war games, and military
maneuvers. Police agencies work with the FBI and the Department of
Homeland Security to combat money laundering as well as gun- and
drug-running operations.

But most regional security officials have snubbed Washington's attempt
to rally them behind a broader ideological crusade. Two years ago at an
inter-American meeting of defense ministers in Quito, Ecuador,
Rumsfeld's Latin American counterparts rejected a proposal that they
coordinate their activities through Southcom. Chile's defense minister
insisted that the UN is the "only forum with international legitimacy
to act globally on security issues." "We are very good at taking care
of our borders," sniffed Argentina's defense minister in response to
Rumsfeld's claim that borders don't matter in a world of stateless
terrorism. They likewise rebuffed a U.S. plan to draw up a regional
list of suspected terrorists to prevent them from obtaining visas and
traveling between countries.

In contrast to the Pentagon's attempt to ratchet up a sense of
ideological urgency, the region's military leaders have sounded quite a
different note. "The cause of terrorism," said Brazil's José Alencar,
"is not just fundamentalism, but misery and hunger." When the U.S.
delegation at the meeting pushed for "narco-terrorism" to be ranked the
hemisphere's number-one challenge, the Latin Americans balked,
insisting that poverty was the major threat to stability. From the
sidelines, the former head of Ecuador's armed forces mordantly observed
that in "Latin America there are no terrorists -- only hunger and
unemployment and delinquents who turn to crime. What are we going to
do, hit you with a banana?"

During the Cold War, Washington was able to mobilize fear of Communism
-- which for Latin America's political and economic leaders generally
translated into fear of democracy -- and so make its particular
security interests seem like the region's collective security
interests. Today, a majority of South Americans not only oppose the
U.S. occupation of Iraq, but refuse to get too worked up about
terrorism in general. Polls have repeatedly revealed, not surprisingly,
that poverty is their major concern.

Last year, a publicity foray by the Brazilian tourist town of Foz de
Iguaçu, just outside of Ciudad de Este, to capitalize on its post-9/11
notoriety captures just how untroubled so many Latin Americans are by
Islamic terrorism. Its city government ran full-page advertisements in
leading newspapers featuring a photograph of Osama bin Laden above the
caption: "When he's not busy blowing up the world, bin Laden takes a
few days to relax at Iguaçu." Asked about the ads, a city spokesperson
explained, "Where there is laughter, there is no terror."

In sharp contrast to the unanimity with which the hemisphere
sequestered Cuba during the Cold War, the region's governments have
roundly rejected the Bush administration's attempts to redefine
Venezuela as a pariah state. Brazil, in fact, signed a "strategic
alliance" with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez last year, promising
military cooperation and economic integration, including joint projects
on energy development.

The region's refusal to follow Washington's various leads on a whole
range of issues reflects a broadening rift over economic issues,
undercutting Washington's ability to cast the War on Terror as a common
struggle. More and more Latin Americans -- not just the poor and the
outspoken who marched against Bush during last year's Summit of the
Americas in Argentina, but many of the region's elites -- understand
that the free-market orthodoxy promoted by the U.S. over the last two
decades has been the very font of their problems. In one country after
another, national elections in recent years have brought to power a new
Latin America left sharply critical of unbridled capitalism. Brazil,
Venezuela, Argentina, and Bolivia, among other countries, are now
working together to contest Washington's hemispheric authority.

A Train Wreck of a Policy

Even the Pentagon acknowledges that the "roots" of Latin America's
"poor security environment" can be found in the "hopelessness and
squalor of poverty." At times, it goes so far as to admit, as Southcom
did in its most recent annual report, that the "free market reforms and
privatization of the 1990's have not delivered on the promise of
prosperity." But rather than build on this insight to trace, say, the
connections between financial liberalization and money laundering or to
examine how privatization and cheap imports have forced rural peasants
and urban workers into the informal, often illegal, economies in areas
like the tri-border region, the Department of Defense is now openly
positioning itself as globalization's Praetorian Guard, making the
opening up of markets across Latin America a central objective of its

During the Cold War, the Pentagon had a surprisingly small physical
presence in Latin America. Except for some Caribbean bases, its
strategists preferred to work through local allies who shared their
vision of continental security. But the failure to rally Latin America
behind the War on Terror, combined with the rise of economic
nationalism, has led the Pentagon to return to more historically
traditional methods of flexing its muscle in the region. It has
recently been establishing in the Caribbean and the Andes a chain of
small but permanent military bases, known euphemistically as
"cooperative security locations." The Pentagon also calls them "lily
pads" and from them imagines itself leapfrogging troops and equipment,
shifting its weight from one "pad" to another as crises dictate to
project its power deep into Latin America.

This is where the obsession with Ciudad del Este comes in. With
Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela acting in unison to temper U.S.
ambitions, corrupt and repressive Paraguay is the new darling of the
Bush administration. In 2003, Nicanor Duarte became the first
Paraguayan head of state to be hosted by the White House. In August
2005, Donald Rumsfeld flew to Asunción, the first time a Secretary of
Defense visited Paraguay. That trip was shortly followed by a meeting
between Dick Cheney and his Paraguayan counterpart.

Even though the terrorist threat reportedly emanating from the
tri-border region has yet to be substantiated, it serves as an
effective stalking horse, topping the agenda not only of these
high-level meetings but of every ministerial gathering sponsored by
Southcom. And the drumbeat is producing some rain.

Last summer, Paraguay, over the angry protests of its neighbors,
invited the Pentagon to begin eighteen months of bilateral military
exercises, training local troops in "domestic peacekeeping operations,"
small-unit maneuvers, and border control. Washington and Asunción
insist that the training mission is only temporary, yet observers point
to the U.S.-built Mariscal Estigarribia air base in the northern part
of the country, capable of handling large-scale military air traffic,
as an indication that the Bush administration is there to stay. If so,
it would give Washington its southernmost bridgehead in Latin America,
within striking distance not just of the storied Ciudad del Este, but
of the Guarani Aquifer, one of the world's largest bodies of fresh
water, not to speak of Bolivia's important natural gas reserves.

At the moment, it is ridiculous to say, as Gen. Craddock recently did,
that "transnational terrorism" is Latin America's "foremost" problem.
Then again, Iraq was not a haven for Islamic jihadists until our
national security establishment made it so.

The Pentagon today is pursuing a train-wreck of a policy in the region.
It continues the march of free-market absolutism, which its officials
insist, despite all evidence to the contrary, will generate economic
opportunities and rein in crime. At the same time, as it did during the
Cold War, it is going forward with the militarization of the hemisphere
in order to contain the "lawlessness" that such misery generates; and,
once again, it is trying to rally Latin American troops behind an
ideological crusade. So far, the region's officer corps has refused to
get on the bandwagon, but Washington's persuasive powers are
considerable. If those in charge of the Bush administration's
hemispheric diplomacy continue down these tracks, the disaster that
waits may very well transform much of Latin America into the Ciudad del
Este of their dreams, the wild west of their imaginations.
Greg Grandin teaches Latin American history at NYU. He is the author of
the just published Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States,
and the Rise of the New Imperialism, part of the American Empire
Project series. He has written for Harper's Magazine, the Nation, and
other publications.


NOTE: Excellent that there'll be a remake of this magnificent earlier
effort! -- kl, pp

From: "Graham Jukes" <>
Date: May 7, 2006 5:12:21 PM EST
Subject: "I am Not a Number I am a Free Man"

I am Not a Number I am a Free Man"
Will the return of The Prisoner to TV prompt a new generation to
question reality?

Steve Watson | May 5 2006

British TV channel Sky One today confirmed plans for a big budget
remake of cult 1960s classic The Prisoner, with former Doctor Who actor
Christopher Eccleston expected to take the lead role.

The original series was way ahead of its time in exposing the globalist
agenda and the coming emergence of a big brother surveillance society.

The lead character in the original, played by Patrick McGoohan, was a
British government agent who mysteriously resigned and was subsequently
abducted and re-located to the nightmarish cosmopolitan community known
as the "village" on an unknown island.

Number 6, as McGoohan's character was dubbed, was informed that he was
there because the information stored in his head had made him too
valuable “outside.” Thus, Number 6 was a prisoner, although his prison
was an idyllic setting with parks, green fields, recreational
activities and even a butler.

Every week Number 6 , was grilled in a variety of ways for
information. Methods included psychometric brainwashing, implanting
false memories and manufacturing phony situations to trick him into
cracking. McGoohan's character would try to escape most weeks, only to
be pursued by a huge drones and brought back to the village.

The program was an attempt at forewarning against the accelerating
relationship between science, technology, and tyranny, and how it would
be used to enslave a docile population concerned only with mindlessness
and convenience.

Residents in the village have been turned into rotting cabbages,
encouraged not to think for themselves and expressly informed that they
are constantly under surveillance and that there is no way out of the
village. The majority have simply accepted this in favour of a simple,
carefree existence.

The hierarchy of power was represented by a glowing pyramid with an
all-seeing eye in the center of The Village control room. Meanwhile the
identity of the mysterious Number One, the overlord was never
ultimately revealed.

In addition to 24-hour surveillance, loud speakers all around the
village would inform residents when to awake and when to sleep and what
mundane activities were on offer that day.

Common phrases among residents included the loaded "Be Seeing You", and
"A still Tongue makes a happy life".

The climax of the series saw McGoohan escape the prison of The Village
and re-enter society only to discover that society itself was the
prison and that, in his words, "freedom is a myth."

The Prisoner is especially relevant in today’s advertisement-driven,
image-preoccupied, television-saturated, surveillance dominated,
frenetically hustling consumer society that is propelled by post-9/11
paranoia and fear and dominated by government scare tactics.

Just as McGoohan was referred to as a number and not a man in the
village, so too will we get our own number with our ID card and our
entry onto the biometric database in the UK. Are we to allow ourselves
to be "pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and

The database will contain electronic "biometric" eye scans and
fingerprints as willing volunteers line up to lick the boots of the
government who promise to keep them safe by taking scans of their
eyeballs. The government itself has admitted that the information WILL
NOT keep us safe from fraud and identity theft, nor will it prevent

Furthermore, the British government has passed legislation to make
every offence arrestable. Every suspect arrested, even if proven
innocent, has their DNA added to the criminal database and stored
forever in perpetuity.

Will the new series of the Prisoner address such issues within the
village and relate them to the wider world, encouraging us to question
the control mechanisms placed upon our society after 9/11, or will it
simply be a big budget pro-state propaganda tool such as 24 or Threat

Will it once again encourage the masses to scream "I am not a number, i
am a Free man!", or will it be simply be another one of the mindless
distractions that the original series warned would kill off
individuality and free thought?

Be Seeing You.



Message 18
From: "Bugs"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 8:09pm(PDT)
Subject: S. 1955 - Health Plan Proposal Could Hurt Older Workers

S. 1955 - Health Plan Proposal Could Hurt Older Workers----- Original Message -----
From: USDR Action Alerts
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 7:17 PM
Subject: S. 1955 - Health Plan Proposal Could Hurt Older Workers

S. 1955 - Health Plan Proposal Could Hurt Older Workers

Thanks to the AARP for the following alert --

The United States Senate is considering a bill, S. 1955, " Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act of 2005," which could make health insurance less accessible and less affordable for workers aged 50+ years, individuals with preexisting conditions or chronic illnesses, and women of child bearing age.
If passed, S. 1955 would weaken good state laws that protect these individuals. As a result, these vulnerable populations could face higher premiums and reduced health coverage.

Please send an email to your Senators and let them know in your own words that you oppose this bill. In your email, be sure to tell them:

* You are their voting constituent.
* They should vote "No" on S. 1955
* Congress should make health insurance more accessible and affordable -- and weakening state laws that require insurers to cover specific benefits is not the way to achieve it.
* Vulnerable populations could face higher premiums and reduced health coverage as a result of this bill.
* They should reject S.1955 in its current form and go back to the drawing board.
* Thank them for their support.

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Message 19
From: "APFN"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 8:20pm(PDT)
Subject: CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM (Cunningham bribery scandal)

12333--United States intelligence activities Conduct of Intelligence
Activities, Tue May 9 13:27
Order 12333--United States intelligence activities Conduct of
Intelligence Activities2.1 Need. Accurate and timely information about
the capabilities, intentions and activities of foreign powers,
organizations, or persons and their agents is essential to informed
decisionmaking in the areas of national... more
CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM By
Justin Rood, Tue May 9 22:56
is best known for illegally spying on Americans Randi, Tue May 9
By Justin Rood
CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM
Tue May 9, 2006
nominee Hayden linked to MZM Inc., ... Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden
will be
as the next chief of the CIA, President Bushs national
security ...
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM
By Justin Rood - May 8, 2006, 11:33 AM
While director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden
contracted the services of a top executive at the company at the center
of the Cunningham bribery scandal, according to two former employees of
the company.
Hayden, President Bush's pick to replace Porter Goss as head of the CIA,
contracted with MZM Inc. for the services of Lt. Gen. James C. King,
then a senior vice president of the company, the sources say. MZM was
owned and operated by Mitchell Wade, who has admitted to bribing former
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with $1.4 million in money and gifts. Wade
has also reportedly told investigators he helped arrange for prostitutes
to entertain the disgraced lawmaker, and he continues to cooperate with
a federal inquiry into the matter.
King has not been implicated in the growing scandal around Wade's
illegal activities. However, federal records show he contributed to some
of Wade's favored lawmakers, including $6000 to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA)
and $4000 to Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL).
Before joining MZM in December 2001, King served under Hayden as the
NSA's associate deputy director for operations, and as head of the
National Imagery and Mapping Agency.
King worked at NSA Headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland, in 2004 and
2005, both sources told me. "King was out there working on same floor as
Hayden," one former employee with firsthand knowledge of the arrangement
said. "He was doing special projects for Hayden as an MZM employee."
Neither former employee knew details of King's work for Hayden; one said
he thought he was doing "special projects" for the director, while the
other speculated it was "high-ranking advisory work."
The NSA did not immediately respond to my request for comment. Hayden
left the NSA in April 2005 to take the post of Deputy Director of
National Intelligence. The DNI office referred my call on the matter to
the NSA.
As an MZM employee, King was involved in a number of controversial
projects. In 2002, he was a key adviser to the team creating CIFA, the
Pentagon's domestic surveillance operation. In 2004, he was one of three
MZM staffers who worked on the White House Robb-Silberman Commission,
which recommended expanding CIFA's powers.
NSA is home to its own controversial project, of course -- the post-9/11
warrantless domestic wiretapping operation known as the "terrorist
surveillance program." There is no indication that King has been
involved in that project.
"I don't see anything nefarious" about King's work for Hayden, one
employee told me, although he conceded he did not know what projects
King worked on. "I think Hayden needed help."
King became president of MZM when Wade left the company in June 2005,
following revelations he bribed Cunningham to win lucrative federal
contracts. The company has since been sold and renamed Athena Innovative
Solutions. It did not return my call for comment.
Inc. is a "high-tech national security firm based in Washington, D.C.,"
Brooke Williams of the Center for Public Integrity wrote
J. Wade started MZM in 1993 and stepped down in June [2005] after news
suggested he did financial favors for Rep. Randy "Duke"
Cunningham (R-Calif.) while the
lawmaker pushed funding in Congress for
programs on classified military intelligence
programs on which MZM
worked." [1]
Top 100 Federal Prime Contractors -- 2005
MZM Inc. Top 100 List ... Sources: Washington Technology, Federal
Sources Inc. ...
1996-2006 Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. All Rights
Reserved. ... - Secret military spending gets little oversight
It took more than a decade for Mitchell Wade to turn his company, MZM
from a small-time Pentagon consulting firm into a booming
business ...
Cunningham issues statement on home sale North County Times ...
five-page statement defends his relationship with Mitchell J. Wade, the
defense contractor
whose firm, MZM Inc., saw its number of government
Border Patrol, telling Mex Gov where they are By Sara A. Carter Staff
Writer, Tue May 9 19:24
border patrols watchedU.S. warns Mexico about MinutemenBy Sara A.
Carter Staff WriterWhile Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye
out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an
eye out for Minutemen - and telling the Mexican government where they
are.According to three documents... more
Control Telling Mexican Gov where they are and Randi 05/09/06 Lou Dobbs
re:, Tue May 9 22:30


Message 20
From: "Bugs"
Date: Tue May 9, 2006 8:24pm(PDT)
Subject: Oil

May 4 , 2006 CONTACT:
Annie E. Strickler (415) 977-5619
Josh Dorner (202) 675-2384



(May 4, 2006)


$2.92… Average retail price for regular gasoline, up 69 cents from a year ago. [1]

$2,873… Amount average family of four spent on gasoline in 2005[2]

$3,343… Amount an average family will spent this year, up 75 percent from 2001. [3]

$73.75… Price per barrel of crude oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange[4]


$15.7 billion… Combined first-quarter profits of ExxonMobil ($8.4), ChevroTexaco ($4) and ConocoPhillips ($3.3)

$63.8 billion… combined 2005 profits of ExxonMobil ($36.1 billion), Chevron ($14.1 billion) and ConnocoPhillips ($13.5 billion). [5]


$30 million… Amount the top 10 oil companies spent on lobbying in 2005[6]

$80 billion… in subsidies and tax loopholes to the oil and gas and other polluting energy industries in the energy law signed in 2005.[7]

$7 billion… Amount oil companies would gain over the next five years by avoiding royalty payments for Gulf oil and gas drilling, thanks to an obscure provision in the 2005 energy bill. The costs could soar to $28 billion.[8]

$100… Amount some in Congress proposed giving to Americans in the form of a tax rebate later this summer.

$400 million…. Retirement package for former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond -- $141,000 a day or $6,000 an hour. [9]


25% … Percentage of world oil production consumed by the United States.

3% … Percentage of world’s oil reserves located in the United States.[10]


1 cent… Amount of savings for consumers at the pump if we drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.[11]

20 years… When consumers would see the penny savings.[12]

47 days… Amount of oil from opening up parts of Lease Sale 181 in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico to drilling


4 million… The number of barrels of oil per day that the United States would save if fuel economy standards were raised to 40 miles per gallon within 20 years. [13]

$2,200… Amount that the average driver would save at the gas pump over the lifetime of a vehicle if fuel economy standards were raised to 40 miles per gallon over the next 10 years, a conservative estimate based on lower gas prices. [14]


71… Percentage of Americans who disapprove of the way President Bush is handling energy policy[15]

82…. Percentage of Americans who don’t think President Bush has a clear plan for keeping gas prices down [16]



[2] Consumer Expenditure Survey from Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Energy Information Administration

[3] [EIA, Household Vehicle Use: Latest Data and Trends, 11/05 Energy OUtlook 2006]]


[5] U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission data


[7] Taxpayers for Common Sense –

[8] New York Times, March 28, 2006

[9] ABC News, 4/14/06

[10] Energy Information Administration (EIA) –


[12] ibid

[13] Friedman et al. "Drilling In Detroit: Tapping Automaker Ingenuity to Build Safe and Efficient

Automobiles." Union of Concerned Scientists & Center for Auto Safety. June 2001.

[14] ibid



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Message 21
From: "John Perna"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 5:13am(PDT)
Subject: Re: Port Scans by DoD

Cait <> I found this message
in my "bulk mail folder",
treated as spam,
but it is actually political censorship.
The message may have been trimmed out to avoid the key word censorship.

Censorship tactics on THE INTERNET
When you are a member of an egroup,
you can watch the censorship happen before your very own eyes.
You send a message to the group, and you get your own message back,
because you are one of the members of the group.
I sent a message to the group, and did NOT get that message back.
I checked to see if it was a moderated group,
and the message HAD not yet been approved.
Sometimes I sent a test message, and the test message was delivered.
Then I found that the censored message had been marked as "spam",
and put into the "spam" folder.
Interestingly enough, every message which
triggered this "glitch" once ; almost always triggered this "glitch" every time that it is sent. Even a REPLY to such a message will trigger the CAPCHA censorship window UNLESS the censored message is trimmed out.
ALMOST ALL of these messages were critical of something that the Department of Homeland Security had done.
Now what about the strange problems in just getting the message OUT?
FIRST I sent a message ANNOUNCING that the censored message was
about to be sent, within five minutes.
THEN I sent the censored message.
I got LOTS of emails back from people;
who got the announcement,
but did NOT get the censored message.

Below you will see a few of the problems,
that I encountered trying to sent the censored message
NONE of the things, that you see below, EVER happened,
while sending the ANNOUNCEMENT.
Just a few of the censorship tactics that I saw
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Freedom of speech - Use it or lose it

When they took away the 4th Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we didn't deal drugs.

When they took away the 6th Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we were innocent.

When they took away the 2nd Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we don't own guns.

Now they have taking away the 1st Amendment,
and very soon,
if we continue to be quiet,
we will have no choice,
but to be continue to be quiet.

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Message 22
From: "MarshaMcClelland"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 5:37am(PDT)
Subject: Letter from President of Iran speaks of 911 Truth on page 4


Message 23
From: "John Perna"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 7:04am(PDT)


ONE NEW LAW- which is actually ENFORCED:

The penalty for illegal immigration to the United States is FIVE YEARS AT HARD LABOR... building a wall at the United States border.

After the sentence is served- Deportation to the country of origin.

The penalty for SECOND OFFENCE for illegal immigration to the United States is TEN YEARS AT HARD LABOR... building a wall at the United States border.

After the sentence is served- Deportation to the country of origin.

They might be too old for the hard labor.

Our future if we do not control immigration

Did we not notice what happened to the Indians because they did not control immigration?
If you woke up tonight with a gun at your head,
you would agree that burglary should be illegal.
So is illegal immigration.
Those who were born here of parents who were citizens,
are our citizens.
The fact that our ancestors were immigrants is irrelevant when discussing the invasion that is now taking place.
THE QUESTION IS Do WE keep criminals out of our own home?

Did you see the photos of the demonstrators?
The signs said things like this:

"We did not cross the border.
The border crossed us"

"This is our land. Gringos should leave"

"All Europeans who came here since 1492 were illegal"

They flew Mexican flags and did the national anthem in Spanish.
Did your ancestors try to change our language?

Do a google search on "Atzlan". In case you do not want to bother,
I will tell you that "Atzlan" is the name of the new country,
that they plan to form after they take the south west away from the "gringos".

When will the bloodshed stop in Israel?
What is it like in South Africa now?
Did we learn nothing from studying Roman history?
Do we want the same thing here?

If the number of illegal immigrants,
that we have now,
are having boycotts, demonstrations, demanding "rights", and claiming to own this country,
If they have it so bad here, why are they coming in droves?
If they have it so bad here, why don't they go back?

What we are seeing now is IMPORTED CLASS STRUGGLE.
To understand what happens to a nation that becomes engulfed in CLASS STRUGGLE
read the Communist Manifesto.
Their demonstrations and boycotts were on May First.
May First is a communist holiday.

The FTAA would open our borders totally


Unfortunately, many Congressmen have accepted this hype that the so-called Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are just designed to open up markets for American exports.

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Message 24
From: "reggie501"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 7:48am(PDT)
Subject: Surely the "Hand Of Allah" - 9/11 update - tvnl news

9/11 News :

· Surely the "Hand Of Allah" - The number of coincidences that
occurred in those few days is mind boggling. Passports surviving fires
and found blocks away and belonging to terrorists, the Miracle of a
bag that did not get onto the flight that included the names and
details of every hijacker. Persons receiving warnings out of the ether
not to fly on that day. Cell phones suddenly working where they had
never worked before along with people recording their calls. People
barely trained in flying aircraft performing miraculous corkscrew
maneuvers in Jumbo Aircraft!


Message 25
From: "janet phelan"
Date: Wed May 10, 2006 8:03am(PDT)
Subject: Update on Susan Lindauer

Reporter and activist Susan Lindauer's initial court date on whether or not she will be committed to a mental institution and/or forcibly medicated was May 4. According to J. Fields, who was in court that day, things did not go well for Susan. Fields stated to me that there were two witnesses who consumed most of the time in court. These two psychiatric experts testified that Susan's "psychosis"--which apparently is comprised of such symptoms as "delusions of persecution" --(seriously, how transparent can they get?) may not be treatable at all. There were citings of psychiatric clinical trials, in which standard anti-psychotic medications does not work with people who have these delusions. In a nutshell, the considerations in court had narrowed to whether Susan should be committed and forcibly medicated or simply committed.

Her attorney, Sanford Talkin, had initially contacted these psychiatrists for their opinions. It was Talkin who had made the moves towards declaring Lindauer incompetent.

Dr. Kennedy, whose pre-trial counseling with Lindauer produced a sheath of documents stating that she was quite sane, was not called as a witness.

Along with J. Fields, Mark Bilk and I had been doing some of the radio interviews about Susan's plight--Republic Broadcast Network, Preparedness Now, etc. Bilk contacted a National Lawyer's Guild attorney of his acquaintance, Riva Enteen, who was able to locate an attorney in NYC who expressed interest in this case and sat in on the proceedings on May 4. Through diligent eleventh hour networking and hours on the phone, Mark Bilk was able to arrange for this lawyer to begin the legal maneuverings toward having Sanford Talkin removed as Susan's attorney and having herself substituted.

The hearing had been continued to May 9, yesterday. At this point in time, the new attorney, Liz Fink, was able to get a continuance until June. She has a concrete strategy to obliterate the "incompetency" declarations, and believes that the "espionage" case is quite weak.

In other words, this is wonderful news.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Mark Bilk, J. Fields and Riva Enteen, whose involvement in Susan's plight may have facilitated a minor miracle for Lindauer. Thanks also to Dick Heiser and all others who took it upon themselves to contact Sanford Talkin and/or Judge Mukasey.

I'll keep you all updated as to what transpires in June. Things are looking much brighter for Lindauer at this point in time.

Janet Phelan

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