February 19, 2003

Miscellaneous Subjects #176: Keeping Track of Other Important Issues

Hello everyone

Here are various other topics also needing attention.

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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"The World Wide Web is where the genuine information is today. The mass media have deteriorated into a deceptive and delusional miasma of propaganda pitches designed not to tell the truth about current events, but to spin them in ways that will be profitable to the patricians who own the media outlets and pay for the deceptive advertising that ruin the health and the fortunes of ordinary citizens who are just trying to live their lives in a peaceful and orderly manner."

- John Kaminski -- Kaminski's list of best sites is at

"Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to kill on that fateful morning, I would have done everything in my power to protect the American people."

- Lying Monkey Boy

"No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up."

- Lily Tomlin


1. Latest news on the 9-11 movement
3. Nuclear weapons and pollution linked to 65 million deaths
4. Report on the Privacy Act
5. Attack Dog in the House

See also: Shut Down! Stifling the Voice of Reason (Feb 11)
The well known alternative news publication was just shut down without explanation by its hosting company! It recently published an article by an Iraqi nuclear scientist! The campaign to stifle dissent and censor any questioning of current U.S. policies vis-a-vis the Middle East in general, and Iraq in particular, has reached new levels. CLIP

Iraq is the catalyst for the emerging tripartite world (Feb 12)
"In which the euro, the dollar and monetised gold compete for spoils. Or so the money beast would like. (...) This is in line with George Orwell's scenario, in his book 1984." Most interesting take by Boudewijn Wegerif...

IRAQ and the Tug of War between DOLLAR and EURO
The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War With Iraq - it is an oil currency war!

Egypt: Growing Numbers of Arrests (Feb 14)
Emergency Legislation Used to Suppress Free Expression. Recent arrests of demonstrators in Egypt may signal increasing repression of public dissent, Human Rights Watch said today.

Iraq: Prepare for Humanitarian Crisis
(New York, February 13, 2003) - Iraqi civilians could face tremendous hardship if war disrupts their access to food and water or forces them to join hundreds of thousands of people already displaced from their homes. A 25-page briefing paper released today by Human Rights Watch describes the unique potential for humanitarian disaster in Iraq. Most Iraqi civilians depend on centralized infrastructure for providing food, water, and sanitation, which could be immediately disrupted by war. The potential for crisis is particularly acute in Iraq's central and southern regions, where possibly tens of thousands of people rely solely on government rations and could immediately face serious shortages, Human Rights Watch said. In the event of an extended conflict this population would join the already huge number of displaced Iraqis. "If central services are disrupted in Iraq, the effects on civilians will be very swift and very severe," said Alison Parker, a refugee protection expert at Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch takes no position on the legality of the use of military force, including possible U.S.-led military action in Iraq. Its work on Iraq focuses on continuing human rights abuses and, if there is a war, the compliance by all parties with international humanitarian law and protections for Iraqi civilians. U.N. and humanitarian groups estimate that there are between 700,000 and one million internally displaced persons in Iraq and between one and two million refugees outside the country. U.N. agencies predicted in December that war in Iraq could displace an additional 1.1 million people inside Iraq and 900,000 would become refugees outside the country. Although war has been foreshadowed for months, donor governments and U.N. agencies have not openly prepared for the humanitarian emergency. "U.N. agencies and governments have not wanted to prepare openly for something they don't necessarily support," said Parker. "At the same time, without sharing details publicly and coordinating efforts, crisis response may be inadequate." CLIP

Germany Highlights the Risk of a Catastrophic Scenario in Iraq

Exclusive: U.S. Military Document Outlines War Coverage (Feb 14)
Promises Wide Access, But Strict Limits. The U.S. military plans to take extraordinary steps to provide the media access to combat zones in Iraq, but only after making reporters agree to a series of strict prohibitions CLIP

The Economics of War by Monbiot (Feb 18),3604,897766,00.html
Our marches were unprecedented, but they have, so far, been unsuccessful.

Anti-U.S. Sentiment Builds in Afghanistan (Feb 10)
Stepped-Up Attacks And A New Call For Holy War - Islamabad, Pakistan -- A call to wage holy war against American-led forces and their allies in Afghanistan by a self-proclaimed spokesman for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has pointed up the dangers of rising anti-U.S. sentiment ahead of a possible war with Iraq. (...) Observers fear that nongovernmental organizations, which are similarly falling victim to increased attacks -- 16 in the last two weeks alone -- will be forced to pull their international personnel and suspend operations in the face of the more severe attacks promised by anti-coalition forces should America attack Iraq. "If that happens, the already slow reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan may grind to a halt," said the worried diplomat. CLIP

U.S. Should Renounce Torture before Powell Speech to U.N.
(New York, February 3, 2003) - Before U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presents evidence on Iraq's weapons programs and terror links to the United Nations on Wednesday, the Bush administration should respond to allegations that intelligence has been obtained from detainees through torture, Human Rights Watch said. Recent reports indicate that at least some of the evidence Secretary Powell intends to present was derived from interrogations of detainees held by the United States and its allies in the war on terrorism. A December 26 article in the Washington Post quoted unnamed officials of the Bush administration suggesting that al-Qaida suspects have been tortured or mistreated in U.S. custody in Afghanistan, and that others have been rendered to countries where the United States knew they would likely be tortured. Since the publication of that article, no U.S. official has disavowed its assertions or announced any corrective measures. CLIP

The U.S. Press and the Israeli Government (Jan 24)
Witnesses watched as more than 60 Palestinian shops were bulldozed to the ground this week in one West Bank village, while the owners stood by and watch helplessly. But not one American in ten saw or heard about this in the US press.

Israel Proposes Gradual Withdrawal Plan (Feb 8)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has proposed a gradual withdrawal from occupied West Bank cities where it sees Palestinian security forces making serious attempts to prevent militant attacks, a high-ranking Israeli official said Saturday. The proposal was raised last week in the first direct meeting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held with Palestinians in nearly a year and came as the United States steps up preparations for a possible strike on Iraq. Washington has repeatedly appealed to Israel and the Palestinians to rein in violence ahead of any military action it may take in the Gulf. (...) At least 1,820 Palestinians and 700 Israelis have been killed since the Palestinian uprising began in September 2000. CLIP


Subject: Latest news on the 9-11 movement...
Date: 12 Feb 2003
From: Carol Brouillet <>

Dear friends and fellow activists,

I just posted an article on the 9-11 movement at

In brief, a 9-11 Truth Alliance has formed

and is working towards creating a People's Truth Commission to highlight the shortcomings of the official Whitewash Commission

The new documentary Aftermath, Unanswered Questions from 9-11 is finished (33 minutes long)

-- It's time to organize public screenings!

Last October, we printed 10,000 Deception Dollars and ran out of them in less than a month. In December we printed 100,000 new and improved Deception Dollars and ran out of them at the January 18th SF rally...

This time we have improved them greatly, and had 500,000 of them printed in four color- so they actually look like real money- see the latest Deception Dollar at

(We made two versions- one has a message in red "No Blood for Oil" & "Impeachment, Not War" on them- viewable at-

We are shipping them all over the country, in time for the big anti-war demonstrations this Saturday/Sunday. We also made four gorgeous 8' by 4' banners with the Deception Dollar images on them for marches/rallies/events with "Support a People's Commission" on the front side, and "9-11 Follow the Money" on the back side; it will be hard for the media to ignore them!

Carol Brouillet


Date: 10 Feb 2003
From: "John T. Linnell" <>


Health Sciences Institute e-Alert

February 10, 2003

Dear Reader,

After sending you the e-Alert last week about irradiated beef ("Don't Beam Me Up" 2/4/03), I came across a news item announcing that a popular supermarket chain began selling irradiated ground beef on February 2nd in six mid-Atlantic states, including Maryland, where I live. These stores are among some 4,000 nationwide that currently sell irradiated beef.

This alone would be unsettling enough. But in response to that e-Alert, I received a reply from HSI Panelist Jon Barron with additional information about the irradiation process that I guarantee will make you think twice the next time you stop off at your grocery to buy meat products.


Who let the nutrients out?

To briefly recap: Irradiation is a process by which a food product is exposed to extremely high doses of radiation to kill bacteria, parasites and funguses that may cause spoilage or disease. And if that were all irradiation did, that would be fine. But as we'll see, there's much more to it than that.

Jon begins by describing the process in more detail: "Food is exposed to 'hard' irradiation, usually gamma rays from a source like cobalt-80, in doses of 100,000 to 3,000,000 rads. To give you a sense of how high a dose this is, understand that a dose of just 10,000 rads will totally destroy any living tissue."

As HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., made clear last week, an abundance of nutrients are also eliminated by this process. Jon agrees, and says, "as much as 70% of the Vitamin A, B1 and B2 in irradiated milk is destroyed, and about 30% of Vitamin C." Unfortunately, irradiation also accelerates the growth of aspergillus mold, "which produces the most potent natural carcinogens known to man, called aflatoxins."

I wish I could say that's the worst of it - but we're just getting started.


A radiotoxin by any other name...

Processing food with the extremely high levels of gamma rays described above results in the creation of some very dangerous molecules, about which Jon gives this interesting but frightening background: "They were originally called 'radiotoxins' by Russian researchers. Since that word would be frightening to American consumers, the FDA came up with a couple of 'softer' terms. They call them 'known radiolytic products' to describe the molecules that are created such as formaldehyde and benzene (known carcinogens), and as for those chemical molecules created by irradiation and that have never before been seen by man, the FDA came up with the equally soft 'unique radiolytic products.'"

Long before the FDA started assigning more palatable terms for these very unappetizing results, it had already reviewed more than 400 studies about the irradiation process. But Jon tells us where that review process fell woefully short: "They accepted 226 studies for further review. They then narrowed their criteria and selected only 69 for in-depth review. Of these, the FDA itself reported that 32 of the 69 showed adverse effects, and 37 showed safety problems. Then without explanation, they eliminated all but 5 of the 69 (including every negative study) and said they would base their decision on those 5 alone.

"In the FDA's final report approving food radiation, they wrote that when up to 35% of the lab-animal diet was radiated, feeding studies had to be terminated because of premature mortality or morbidity." And in one test at the Medical College of Virginia, rats fed irradiated beef "died of hemorrhagic syndrome in 34 days."


Running from the radura

According to Jon, "Foods already approved for irradiation include: fruits, vegetables, wheat, flour, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, peas, pork, and chicken." And to that we can add ground beef - now in a supermarket in my neighborhood, and very likely in yours as well.

If you don't like the idea of irradiated food (and at this point I can't imagine how anyone possibly could), you can look for a symbol called the "radura" which is required on the packaging of irradiated foods. The radura is a green circle (broken into four segments at the top of the circle), enclosing a flower image represented by a large green dot with two petals below the dot.

But even if you avoid products marked with the radura, you're still not in the clear. As Jon explains, "The FDA requires a label stating a food has been radiated if, and only if, it was radiated as a 'whole food' and then is sold unchanged. But, if you process it in any way, if you add any other ingredients to it, it no longer requires a label stating that it (or any of its ingredients) were irradiated. To put it simply, an irradiated orange would require a label; irradiated orange juice would not."


An uncomfortable level of comfort

But even if people see the radura on a package of ground beef, a bag of Brazil nuts, or a sticker on an apple - do they know what its significance is? And worse, do they have any idea of the risks? By and large, my guess is "no." In a report from Reuters last December, a survey conducted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association found that almost half of Americans say they would feel comfortable purchasing irradiated meat. This response was 10 percent higher than it had been to the same question on a similar nationwide survey earlier in the year.

In other words, people are apparently becoming comfortable with the idea of irradiated food. And it seems they'll have ample opportunity to buy it. SureBeam Corporation (the largest provider of irradiation technology in the U.S.) plans to process more than 300 million pounds of beef this year. Last year they processed only 15 million pounds.

Feel free to forward this e-Alert to friends and relatives. Help us spread the word that this idea, whose time has apparently come, is not a good idea, although it looks like it's probably here to stay. So it may be the best that we can do to avoid irradiated foods by looking for the odd green flower.

My thanks to Jon Barron for his exhaustive profile of this subject. Jon has researched and written extensively about alternative medicine, nutrition, and herbal remedies for almost thirty years. For more information about Jon and his work, visit his web site at


Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" <>


Nuclear weapons and pollution linked to 65 million deaths

31 January 2003

Pollution from nuclear energy and weapons programmes up to 1989 will account for 65 million deaths, according to a European scientific committee headed by an adviser to the British Government.

Research published yesterday by the European Committee of Radiation Risk claims that previous figures massively underestimate the nuclear industry's impact on human life.

The ECRR is an international body of 30 independent scientists, led by Dr Chris Busby, a member of the Government's radiation risk committee and adviser to the Ministry of Defence on the use of depleted uranium. The findings prompted immediate calls for the Government to rethink its support for the nuclear industry or share responsibility for millions of deaths worldwide.

The report came as the European Commission yesterday published two new draft directives setting up the first EU-wide standards on nuclear power plant safety, decommissioning and the management of radioactive waste. The study by ECRR, which was formed in Brussels in 1998, is based on a risk assessment model developed over the last five years, and uses evidence from recent discoveries in radiation biology and from human epidemiology. It found that radioactive releases up to 1989 have caused, or will eventually cause, the death of 65 million people worldwide.

It concludes that the cancer epidemic is a result of pollution from nuclear energy and of exposures to global atmospheric weapons fallout, which peaked in the period 1959-63. The research cites evidence such as the levels of breast cancer in women who were adolescent between 1957 and 1963, when nuclear weapons testing was at its peak.

Dr Lucas said: "The fact that existing analysis could not account for the abnormally high local levels of illnesses like childhood leukaemia was more a reflection on the research methodology than the acclaimed safety of the nuclear project."

Caroline Lucas, Green MEP for South-east England, said the figures gave the nuclear debate a renewed urgency. "The Government must call an immediate review of its support for the nuclear industry or bear moral, and potentially legal, responsibility for this tragic and avoidable loss of human life."

The ECRR findings challenge the conventional methods of calculating risk of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, which has been criticised as being too close to the nuclear industry.

Scientists have fiercely debated claims that radiation causes cancer clusters near plants such as BNFL's site at Sellafield but Ireland and Scandinavian countries have long complained about the risk.

In Brussels, the European Commission adopted two proposals for directives aimed at improving nuclear standards ahead of enlargement, when countries with ailing power plants, such as the Czech Republic, enter the EU. Britain has previously objected to the proposals and some Government officials are concerned that EU-wide powers may interfere with Britain's nuclear industry.

One of the directives states that nuclear safety "cannot be guaranteed without making available adequate financial resources" and sets up rules on the management and use of decommissioning funds.




Report on the Privacy Act


Commissioner's Overview

It is my duty, in this Annual Report, to present a solemn and urgent warning to every Member of Parliament and Senator, and indeed to every Canadian:

The fundamental human right of privacy in Canada is under assault as never before. Unless the Government of Canada is quickly dissuaded from its present course by Parliamentary action and public insistence, we are on a path that may well lead to the permanent loss not only of privacy rights that we take for granted but also of important elements of freedom as we now know it.

We face this risk because of the implications, both individual and cumulative, of a series of initiatives that the Government has mounted or is actively moving toward. These initiatives are set against the backdrop of September 11, and anti-terrorism is their purported rationale. But the aspects that present the greatest threat to privacy either have nothing at all to do with anti-terrorism, or they present no credible promise of effectively enhancing security.

The Government is, quite simply, using September 11 as an excuse for new collections and uses of personal information about all of us Canadians that cannot be justified by the requirements of anti-terrorism and that, indeed, have no place in a free and democratic society.

As of the date this Report went to press, January 17, the Government has shown no willingness to modify these initiatives in response to privacy concerns. Whether the Government's awareness of the imminence of this Report will have brought about any change by the time the Report is tabled, I cannot foresee.

I wish to emphasize at the outset that I have never once raised privacy objections against a single actual anti-terrorist security measure. Indeed, I have stated repeatedly ever since September 11 that I would never seek as Privacy Commissioner to stand in the way of any measures that might be legitimately necessary to enhance security against terrorism, even if they involved some new intrusion or limitation on privacy.

I have objected only to the extension of purported anti-terrorism measures to additional purposes completely unrelated to anti-terrorism, or to intrusions on privacy whose relevance or necessity with regard to anti-terrorism has not been in any way demonstrated. And still the Government is turning a resolutely deaf ear.

Specifically, I am referring to: the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's new "Big Brother" passenger database; the provisions of section 4.82 of Bill C-17; dramatically enhanced state powers to monitor our communications, as set out in the "Lawful Access" consultation paper; a national ID card with biometric identifiers, as advanced by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Denis Coderre; and the Government's support of precedent-setting video surveillance of public streets by the RCMP.

These initiatives are all cause for deep concern because of the intrusions on privacy that they directly entail. But they are even more disturbing because of the thresholds they cross and the doors they open. Each of these measures establishes a devastatingly dangerous new principle of acceptable privacy invasion.

The CCRA's database introduces the creation of personal information dossiers on all law-abiding citizens for a wide variety of investigative purposes. Section 4.82 of Bill C-17 requires, for the first time, de facto mandatory self-identification to the police for general law enforcement. The "Lawful Access" paper advocates the widespread monitoring of our communications activities and reading habits.

A national ID card would remove our right to anonymity in our day-to-day lives. The RCMP's video surveillance constitutes systematic observation of citizens by the police as we go about our law-abiding business on public streets.

These are not abstract or theoretical concerns. If these measures are allowed to go forward and the privacy-invasive principles they represent are accepted, there is a very real prospect that before long our lives here in Canada will look like this:

- All our travels outside Canada will be systematically recorded, tracked and analyzed for signs of anything that the Government might find suspicious or undesirable. "Big Brother" dossiers of personal information about every law-abiding Canadian -- initially travel information, but eventually supplemented by who knows what else -- will be kept by the federal Government and will be available to virtually every federal department and agency, just in case they are ever handy to use against us.

- Any time we travel within Canada, we will have to identify ourselves to police so that their computers can check whether we are wanted for anything or are otherwise of interest to the state.

- Police and security will be able to access records of every e-mail we send and every cellular phone call we make. Information on what we read on the Internet, every Web site and page we visit, will likewise be readily available to government authorities.

- We will all be fingerprinted or retina-scanned by the Government. This biometric information will be on compulsory national ID cards that will open the way to being stopped in the streets by police and required to identify ourselves on demand.

- Our movements through the public streets will be relentlessly observed through proliferating police video surveillance cameras. Eventually, these cameras will likely be linked to biometric face-recognition technologies that will match our on-screen images to file photos -- from such sources as drivers' licences, passports or ID cards -- and enable the police to identify us by name and address as we go about our law-abiding business in the streets.


The place to stop unjustified intrusions on a fundamental human right such as privacy is right at the outset, at the very first attempt to enter where the state has no business treading. Otherwise, the terrain will have been conceded, and the battle lost.

Consequently, if the Government's current initiatives are allowed to go forward, there is a very real risk that privacy as we know it will soon become a distant, irretrievable memory.

The situation is made all the more worrisome by the fact that the Government is doing all this in blatant, open and repeated disregard of the concerns that it is my duty to express as the Officer of Parliament mandated to oversee and defend the privacy rights of all Canadians.

This disregard threatens the privacy rights of Canadians not only directly through the intrusive measures in question, but also indirectly by undermining the whole edifice of privacy protection that has been in place in this country for nearly two decades.

Regrettably, this Government has lost its moral compass with regard to the fundamental human right of privacy.

It appears to have become convinced that privacy must be sacrificed bit by bit, day by day, in pursuit of greater goods: reassuring a public frightened by the outrages of September 11; mollifying an insistent U.S. government; meeting the wishes of police, security forces and other Government institutions that have recognized the aftermath of September 11 as an opportunity to expand their powers.




IDENTITY CARDS: Frequently Asked Questions
READ ESPECIALLY THE RESPONSE TO "Do ID cards facilitate an increase in police powers ?" AND "To what extent will an ID card become an internal passport? An ID card, by definition, is a form of internal passport. Virtually all ID cards worldwide develop a broader usage over time, than was originally envisioned for them. This development of new and unintended purposes is becoming known as function creep." CLIP


From: "Mark Macy" <>

3 Feb 2003


A buddy of mine saw the movie "Signs" in the theater when it was released, enjoyed it, and bought the DVD shortly after it was made available. He invited me to watch it with him, I obliged and, well, I was disappointed.

I shook my head a few times during the movie but tried to restrain the urge to mutter something about how impractical everything wasóthe plot, the creatures' intentions, the creatures' physical make-up, the creatures' limitations and weaknesses, the whole dark focus of the movie - . I didn't want to ruin it for my buddy. According to the movie, the green and lanky, clawed aliens were here on a simple mission: to conquer Earth and destroy humanity. They obviously possessed advanced technology to get here, but they were vulnerable to rainwater. How stupid is that? While I didn't want to ruin the movie for my buddy by seeming too put off by the whole thing, I couldn't help but grunt and shake my head a few times. He said, "Hey, cool it, guy. It's just entertainment."

In recent decades we seem to have become accustomed to Hollywood's current trend: the darker and bloodier the better. "Relax, it's just entertainment," that resigned little voice within us seems to whisper.

Well, it's more than just entertainment. Having evolved on Earth, we humans have not only a gentle, trusting, and loving side, but also certain in-bred tendencies to stalk and kill when hungry, to mistrust strangers, to fear the unknown, and to strike when afraid. Humanity on Earth is like an attack dog in the house. If the family nurtures the dog's gentle, loving side by fulfilling its needsóespecially the need for loveóthen it can be a gentle, playful member of the family. But if the animal is abused and teased, and its fears and resentments and rage are stirred up, then its destructive side comes out, and it can be a danger to the family and the neighborhood.

When moviemakers and other opinion-formers feed the fears and resentments and the rage of the public through the sensationalistic portrayal of violence and horror, they're stirring up the destructive side of human nature. It's not too big an exaggeration to compare them to the ornery boy who teases a confined dog until it's raging and frothing. As violence and horror stir the hormones within us, our attack side comes out, and we humans become more of a danger to our neighbors.

When it all boils over into society - when the R-rated movies, graphic news reports, and anti-terrorist propaganda all spread quickly through the population via modern information networks, stirring up our fears and resentments and our rage - then our society begins to froth, and we become more of a menace to the world community.

This is of particular concern to me because my line of research, instrumental transcommunication or ITC (an advanced form of spirit communication through technology) is made possible when the decent side of human nature attracts positive spiritual influences into our lives and into our world - but the growing climate of fear and rage in the USA and elsewhere is making that increasingly difficult. On one hand, the situation does not bode well for the spread of ITC on a large scale in our lifetime. On the other hand, the world is in growing need of enhanced ITC contacts that can bring Light and understanding into our world. Under the circumstances, I believe that those connections across the veil will only be established by small groups of resonant researchers and scientists who are committed to decency in their thoughts, words, and actions. They will have to insulate themselves from the darkness that is spreading across the face of the globe today, much of it from Hollywood.

Mark Macy


From: "Lisa" <>
Date: 14 Feb 2003

Washington, DC (Reuters) -- A tragic fire has destroyed the personal library of President George W. Bush. Both of his books have been lost.

The President is reportedly devastated; apparently he had not finished coloring the second one.


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