September 28, 2006

The Empire of Darkness Series #35: Marching Into Nuclear Oblivion

Hello everyone!

I don't want to sound pessimistic here, but from what I gathered for this compilation, its title seems to correctly represent what is looming ahead of us all right now. People Power, if enough people wake up and throw enough sand in the wheels of the US/Israeli military/industrial war machine, could still make the crucial difference. But we are passed the eleventh hour and the midnight doomsday bell is just about to ring...

And there is also the other Way, the spiritual Way, if enough of us rally as one Love-resonant collective mind to catalyze a critical mass of Will for Peace... Even soldiers and generals will rebel against the insane madness of the terminally desperate and frightened lost souls still at the helm of the mightiest military power on Earth, because everything in them will refuse to follow them any longer in their mad dash towards oblivion.

There will be a new Meditation Focus issued for this next Sunday global meditation. Guess what the focus will be...

Jean Hudon
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"9/19: Bush's speech at the UN today sounded like a bomb threat in a velvet glove. The world's governments were told to get behind thinly veiled threats on the entire Middle East, and in particular Iran. This is a president whose diplomacy comes off like a bully on the schoolyard; but what's at stake is not lunch money, but quite literally the fate of millions of people around the world. (...) This is truly a moment in which the future is being shaped one way or another. As Bush's recent series of "war on terrorism" speeches have made clear, this regime has every intention of steamrolling ahead with their endless war for empire, and NO WHERE in the official political structures, including the upcoming midterm election, is anyone even saying they will stop this. The diplomacy being conducted in the halls of the UN is nothing more that than the Bush administration letting the world know its disastrous plans and demanding everyone and every government either sign on or submit. As the very right wing, pro-Bush National Review reported when two of its writers did an interview with Bush recently, "his language suggests that the thesis that the seemingly interminable Iran diplomacy is the necessary run-up to a strike on Iran has something to it. Bush says, 'It is very important for the United States to try all diplomatic means.' That's what we did in Iraq." The question people around the world are asking is when will the American people stand up and stop this, and at present time Bush's voice is speaking louder than the widespread anger and discontent that exists among millions of people in this country. October 5th will be a day to change that – to answer the Bush regime's clear intentions to commit even bigger crimes with massive protests across the country determined to bring all this to a halt. This is what the world demands of us right now."

- Taken from Bush's UN Speech: Bomb Threat in a Velvet Glove

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

- Albert Einstein

"The human experience has been a fear-based series of events and lifetimes. Everyone ends up dying. When we do not know who we are, that is very frightening…and we have all forgotten. Some have called it collective unconsciousness or created amnesia. That’s why the leaders can hold up the mirror of terror and generate the fear they desire. It’s easy—except among those who are starting to remember, a number that is increasing exponentially, by the way.What is it that WE are remembering? As we peer more deeply into out own fear of mortality, images fade in and out of view. These recollected images reveal something beyond the fear, or perhaps even hidden deep within it. They are images of immortality, images indicating that we are more than mere finite beings having a human experience. We are Spirit. However, unless you are able to sense those images in some manner and accept that they are revealing deeper reality, you won’t get it. You’re stuck in the surface layers, which offer little hope. That hope comes in the deeper layers, which everyone who is willing can access. In fact, Life keeps on presenting us with mirrors until we become willing. That’s called Love, believe it or not. Life Loves life! That’s its job. It loves us so much that it never quits; it never gives up on us. We are all Children of Life whose destiny is to rediscover that we are all Masters of Love, too."


"Ultimately, being "right" or "wrong" is irrelevant, a puerile ego game. Living, breathing, thinking, BEING FREE is what everything is all about - free of dogma, ideology, hate, violence, compulsive ego competition and the desire to sabotage the joy of other living beings."

- Antares>

"Many sensitives and adepts are feeling the ongoing shifts of energy which are exponential in nature like great waves passing through the Earth. These shifts are creating change on every level. We are being told over and over there will be another grand shift yet this one has some real big hitters involved. Universal Beings coming together for this event to assist adding their consciousness to the already ongoing awakening and healing process. The negative grid as we speak is being shattered, the denser energies which allowed the forces of tyranny, the concepts of separation and againstness as well as competition over cooperation are finding it harder and harder to operate. Those who hold onto and operate in alignment with these energies are experiencing physical aliments such as heart attacks and mental disorders as seen in the top levels of almost all institutions. What was hidden is being revealed, the true nature and motive of each individual is surfacing. With the great wave of energy coming in November it just may very well be the end of tyranny, the dismantling and fall of individuals and collectives which are not aligned with the awakening and healing process. I would expect to see some great changes on every level between now and November continuing on until December. We are not getting details of the events yet the same message over and over is BIG EVENT coming in November."

— James Gilliland> - September 22, 2006 -
Recommended by "Barbara Tomczyk"> -- See also "UFOs and the Days to Come" at the very end of this compilation.

Worthy of Your Attention

The World can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush regime - Protests planned in over 105 cities
October 5: No Work. No School. Protest in the Streets. Check also

Stephen Wiltshire, the living camera
Autistic savant draws perfect Rome

If you have not yet watched anything about the movie America - From Freedom to Fascism, there is a new 14 minutes trailer that neatly summarizes the whole movie. It is absolutely worth your complete attention...
Then check also

Jerusalem Peacemakers
This is a web-based project supporting and honouring the efforts of grassroots peace-builders and interfaith workers who stand on the frontline of the reconciliation movement in the Holy Land. They bring a spiritual-humanitarian dimension to the peace process, working to heal separation between two peoples who in reality are so intertwined. Recommended by Suzanne Keehn> - Please, check also below the related item on Ibrahim Issa.

U.S. $8.5 trillion dollars in debt
All U.S. citizens should look at this debt report - Be sure to check out the second page on foreign debt and how our children and grandchildren will inherit our debts. Recommended by Ariel Ky (

Strange Atmospheric "Waves" in the Caribbean


1. Silence in a Time of Torture is Complicity
2. War Signals?
3. Why Bush Will Nuke Iran
4. Bush Administration Plans for a US War vs. Iran
5. The March to War: Iran Preparing for US Air Attacks
6. Imperialism 101 - The US Addiction to War, Mayhem and Madness
7. Bush Fighting Hard Against Impeachment!
8. Rumsfeld’s Guinea Pigs: US Citizens at Risk for Military-Weapons Testing
9. Feedback to Announcing a Day of Mass Resistance
10. Meeting Ibrahim Issa and the Hope Flowers School
11. Feedbacks to Veracity Series #15 & Tax resistance suggestion
12. International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations
13. UFOs and the Days to Come

See also:

Bush War III: Going to War to Save His Own Ass
Dave Lindorff writes: "Unless the American people and their ostensible representatives in Congress act quickly to make it clear that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force does not apply to an attack on Iran, and that it did not make the president a dictator with the power to make war at will, I'm betting that we'll be at war with Iran before Election Day." MUCH MUCH MORE ON THIS IN THE MAIN ITEMS BELOW!

Torture reaches new depths in Iraq
Torture in Iraq is reportedly worse now than it was under deposed president Saddam Hussein, the United Nations' chief anti-torture expert said Thursday. Manfred Nowak described a situation where militias, insurgent groups, government forces and others disregard rules on the humane treatment of prisoners."What most people tell you is that the situation as far as torture is concerned now in Iraq is totally out of hand," said Nowak, the global body's special investigator on torture. (...) "You have terrorist groups, you have the military, you have police, you have these militias. There are so many people who are actually abducted, seriously tortured and finally killed," Nowak told reporters at the UN's European headquarters. "It's not just torture by the government. There are much more brutal methods of torture you'll find by private militias."Nowak has yet to make an official visit to Iraq, and said such a mission would not be feasible as long as the security situation was so dangerous. He based his comments on interviews with people during a visit to Amman, Jordan and other sources. "You find these bodies with very heavy and very serious torture marks," he said. "Many of these allegations, I have no doubt that they are credible."

Democrats Wary of Detainee Trials Compromise
The Senate compromise on detainee trials is "legal mumbo jumbo to obscure the fact that the CIA will continue to be allowed to use torture and will actually be insulated from legal liability for previous acts of torture," says Congressman Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

FBI Protests CIA Interrogation Tactics
Abu Zubaydah, the first Osama bin Laden henchman captured by the United States after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was bloodied and feverish when a CIA security team delivered him to a secret safe house in Thailand for interrogation in the early spring of 2002. The events that unfolded at the safe house over the next few weeks proved to be fateful for the Bush administration.

Why Retired Military Brass Don't Want Torture (September 24, 2006),1,326876.story
For all 43 retired generals and admirals, it was a combination of moral outrage and deep disgust over President Bush's proposed legislation on interrogating terrorist suspects that propelled them. "None of us feels comfortable speaking out publicly," said retired Rear Adm. John D. Hutson, who served as the Navy's judge advocate general from 1997 to 2000. "That's not the nature of what military officers do. [But we] care very, very much about the country and the military." The group of retired flag officers first came together in 2005, when a dozen of them signed a letter opposing the nomination of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general for his role in developing Bush's policies on torture in the war on terror. Late last year, they supported Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) ban on cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees in U.S. custody anywhere in the world. The retired officers believe that the negative consequences of the president's anti-terror policies could have been avoided if the administration had followed traditional military practices. No higher-ups were prosecuted for the abuses uncovered at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. What further fuels the officers' outrage is that the policies they believe have undermined the military were mostly formulated by men, like Bush, who have not seen combat. "Cheney made mention in the days after 9/11 that he wanted to operate sort of on the dark side," [Brig. Gen. James] Cullen said. "Here was a guy who never served, and now something terrible had happened, and he wanted to show that he was a tough guy. So he's going to operate outside the rules of law. Bad message."

US Threatened to Bomb Pakistan Back to Stone Age
Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said the US threatened to bomb his country back to the Stone Age if he did not assist the administration's war on terrorism. The threat was delivered after the attacks of September 11, 2001, by Richard L. Armitage, then deputy secretary of state, to Musharraf's intelligence director, the Pakistani leader told CBS's "60 Minutes" for Sunday's broadcast.

CENTCOM Sergeant Details Traitorous Stand Down Orders On 9/11 (September 26 2006)
Military whistleblower comes forward with key information - Alex Jones was joined on air yesterday by a former Sergeant in the United States Army named Lauro "LJ" Chavez. Chavez was stationed at MacDill AFB where he claims he witnessed unusual preparations for a potential airplane hitting the base on the morning of 9/11 and distinctly heard officers talking about a stand down. This has led him to go public in questioning the NORAD stand down and the demolition of the twin towers. (...) Then we see the other plane come in and hit it and at that point everybody is standing up. The air force had commanders in contact with NORAD. The plane, or whatever, hit the Pentagon and then we were like 'Why aren't they scrambling jets?' We were asking, there was eight or nine people... Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels asking the Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the air force 'why isn't NORAD scrambling jets? and he said 'we received an order to stand down''. And that just perplexed everybody." Mr Chavez did not know the Lieutenant Colonel and so does not know his name, yet if he can be identified, then we have uncovered a direct link to the stand down order. If that man or any others who were present at CENTCOM on 9/11 can be identified and made to testify under oath, then the whole cover operation could be blown. A real independent investigation would have secured this. CLIP P.S. Apparently, Lauro Chavez has been fired by his employer, Domin-8 Enterprise Solutions, just days after his allegations about 9/11 were made public.

Pentagon May Lift Restraints on Guard Deployments
Pentagon may change policy limiting National Guard deployments in order to send more weekend warriors to Iraq after November elections.

A Broken, De-Humanized Military in Iraq
Dahr Jamail writes: "While the deranged chicken-hawks who 'lead' the US continue their efforts to wage another unprovoked war of aggression, this time against Iran, what's left of their already overstretched military continues to be bled in Iraq. When the situation is so critical that even the corporate media is forced to report on it, you know it's bad."

White House Admits Iraq Fuels Extremism
Bush has been trying to convince Americans that the war has made America safer, but with the release of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq and terrorism, which represents the comprehensive consensus findings of the 16 US intelligence agencies, the White House admits that the war in Iraq has fueled the spread of extremism.

Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat
The American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism, according to portions of the highly classified National Intelligence Estimate.

House OKs additional $70 billion for occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
House lawmakers who remain deeply divided over the course of the war in Iraq have easily approved another $70 billion for the military operations there and in Afghanistan.

Dozens Arrested in Several Demonstrations for Peace Held Near Capitol
The quiet, sunny atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building was transformed into a chaotic scene yesterday when dozens of war protesters filed into the lobby. A circle of protesters saying prayers and reading the names of the Iraq war dead, civilian and military, were arrested. Thirty-five additional peace demonstrators were arrested yesterday around the US Capitol in related protests. Hundreds of anti-war actions have taken place across the country this week as faith-based and other groups push for a timetable for the United States to leave Iraq.

UN says Gaza crisis 'intolerable' (26 September 2006)
Standards of human rights in the Palestinian territories have fallen to intolerable new levels, says a UN expert on the Mid-East conflict. John Dugard said Israel was largely to blame for turning Gaza into "a prison" and "throwing away the key". But he also criticised the US, Canada and Europe for withdrawing funds to the Palestinian Authority, run by Hamas militants who do not recognise Israel. An Israeli official said the statement was unrealistic and over-simplified. Mr Dugard, UN special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, said three-quarters of Palestinians in Gaza now depended on food aid - a result, he added, of Israeli military raids, blockades and demolitions." I hope that my portrayal... will trouble the consciences of those accustomed to turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the suffering of the Palestinian people," Mr Dugard told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. (...) Palestinian people are punished for having democratically elected a regime unacceptable to Israel, the US and the EU. (...) "What Israel chooses to describe as collateral damage to the civilian population is in fact indiscriminate killing prohibited by international law," he said. Mr Dugard also criticised the embargo on funding to the Palestinian Authority since the victory by Hamas early this year." Israel violates international law as expounded by the Security Council and the International Court of Justice and goes unpunished," he said." But the Palestinian people are punished for having democratically elected a regime unacceptable to Israel, the US and the EU. "In effect, the Palestinian people have been subjected to economic sanctions - the first time an occupied people has been so treated," he said. CLIP

Hi-tech firm boycotts Israel over 'war crimes',7340,L-3308579,00.html
Belgian hi-tech company specializing in development consulting notifies manager of Israeli company seeking cooperation that 'your country has conducted war crimes and is an apartheid regime'

Million bomblets' in S Lebanon (26 September 2006)
Up to a million cluster bomblets discharged by Israel in its conflict with Hezbollah remain unexploded in southern Lebanon, the UN has said. The UN's mine disposal agency says about 40% of the cluster bombs fired or dropped by Israel failed to detonate - three times the UN's previous estimate. It says the problem could delay the return home of about 200,000 displaced people by up to two years. The devices have killed 14 people in south Lebanon since the August truce. The manager of the UN's mine removal centre in south Lebanon, Chris Clark, said Israel had failed to provide useful information of its cluster bomb strikes, which could help with the clearance operation. Last month, the UN's humanitarian chief, Jan Egeland, accused Israel of "completely immoral" use of cluster bombs in the conflict. CLIP

Israel Occupation Forces Steal Millions in Bank Raids Across West Bank
Palestinian security sources said that "millions of dollars, documents, and files were stolen" when Israeli troops raided 24 banks and money exchange shops in several towns, including Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, and Jenin.

Top secret: Banff security meeting attracted U.S., Mexico officials (September 21, 2006)
A North American security meeting was secretly held in Banff last week, attracting high-profile officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada.The North American Forum was hosted with the help of the Canada West Foundation and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.Among the attendees at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel affair was Stockwell Day, Canada's minister of public safety. The gathering may not have made headlines, but it is still the talk of Banff. Taxi Driver Chris Foote said he first learned of the meeting when he stopped into a submarine shop for a late night snack last week and heard rumours U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld was in town."Here they are talking in my backyard, no media to tell Canadians, Mexicans and Americans about what's going on. [I am] completely outraged," he said. "This is an assault on democracy." John Larson, a spokesperson for the North American Forum, said reporters were not told about the conference. He won't confirm who attended the meeting nor will he give any concrete details about what was discussed." The participants joined the conference essentially knowing that it would be a private function," said Larson. Mel Hurtig, author and founder of the Council of Canadians, obtained internal documents about the Sept. 12-14 forum revealing that the gathering was called Continental Prosperity in the New Security Environment. Rumsfeld was slated to be a keynote speaker and topics on the agenda included North American energy strategy and security co-operation. "We're talking about such an important thing, we're talking about the integration of Canada into the United States. For them to hold this meeting in secret and to make every effort to avoid anybody learning about it, right away you've got to be hugely concerned," Hurtig said. Hurtig says questions should be raised in the House of Commons about why Canadians are being kept in the dark on meetings attended by officials like Day.

Getting closer to Uncle Sam (September 20, 2006) in the Toronto Star
Public kept in dark as business leads talks about North American integration. Away from the spotlight, from Sept. 12 to 14, in Banff Springs, Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day and Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor met with U.S. and Mexican government officials and business leaders to discuss North American integration at the second North American Forum. The guest list included such prominent figures as U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Mexican Secretary of Public Security Eduardo Medina Mora and Canadian Forces chief General Rick Hillier. The event was chaired by former U.S. secretary of state George Schultz, former Alberta premier, Peter Lougheed and former Mexican finance minister Pedro Aspe. Organizers did not alert the media about the event. Our government...refuses to release any information about the content of the discussions or the actors involved. The event was organized by! the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.... The media have paid little attention to this far-reaching agreement, so Canadians are unaware that a dozen working groups are currently "harmonizing" Canadian and U.S. regulations on everything from food to drugs to the environment and even more contentious issues like foreign policy. This process... is about priming North America for better business by weakening the impacts of such perceived obstacles as environmental standards and labour rights. This is why the public has been kept in the dark while the business elite has played a leading role in designing the blueprint for this more integrated North America.

Voice of the White House (September 7, 2006)
With the frightening November mid term elections coming upon us, there has been a growing panic in senior, and junior, Republicans, both inside and outside of Congress. A probably loss of the House and a very possible loss of the Senate is stirring up panic. Why? Because there is no doubt that if the Democrats gain control of the House, there will be impeachment articles drawn up with Bush as their target and very probably serious investigations launched by them into certain senior Republicans for, among other matters, massive corruptions and bribery. There have been hinted at ‘October surprises’ which may or may not happen or, if they do, have any success. (...) can tell you that all the circumstantial evidence on pre-knowledge of the 9/11 attack very clearly points to the fact that George W. Bush, his top people, to include, Vice President Cheney, Attorney General John Ashcroft, top advisor Karl Rove, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and very probably a number of other senior government persons had been well and very timely informed of the attack, when it would happen, where it would happen and how it would happen. That they did and said nothing but awaited the attack for the many political opportunities it would afford the President and the leadership makes all of them willing parties to murder. At law, this is called being an accessory before the fact. CLIP

Voting machines put U.S. democracy at risk (September 20, 2006)
There is little assurance your vote will count. As we've been reporting almost nightly...for more than a year, electronic voting machines are placing our democracy at risk. These machines time and again have been demonstrated to be extremely vulnerable to tampering and error, and many of them have no voter-verified paper trail. Only 27 states have laws requiring the use of voter-verified paper trails. 15 states [have] no mandated requirements for safeguarding your vote. During the 2004 presidential election, one voting machine...added nearly 3,900 additional votes to Bush's total. Officials caught the machine's error because only 638 voters cast presidential ballots at that precinct, but in a heavily populated district, can we really be sure the votes will be counted correctly? [In] the May primary election in Cuyahoga County, Ohio...the electronic voting machines' four sources of vote totals -- individual ballots, paper trail summary, election archives and memory cards -- didn't even match up. The report concluded that relying on the current system for Cuyahoga County's more than 1.3 million people should be viewed as "a calculated risk." Are we really willing to risk our democracy? A 2005 Government Accountability Office report on electronic voting confirmed the worst fears of watchdog groups and election officials. "There is evidence that some of these concerns have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes." That is simply unacceptable. Congress and the White House need to immediately take steps to assure the integrity of electronic voting with paper trails that could be audited in any recount. Note: For lots more reliable, verifiable information on the various aspects of the elections cover-up, see

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Will The Next Election Be Hacked?
Fresh disasters at the polls -- and new evidence from an industry insider -- prove that electronic voting machines can't be trusted

What Would Real Election Integrity Mean?
"A voting system that cannot assure that every vote is accurately counted is fundamentally broken," write Evan Frisch and Arianna Siegel. "We must recognize this broken system as a far greater threat to our democracy than the threat of undocumented or "criminal" voters, and make its correction our highest priority."

Consumers See "String-Pulling," Believe '06 Election Affecting Gas Prices
Almost half of all Americans believe the November elections have more influence than market forces. For them, the plunge at the pump is about politics, not economics.

The ID Chip You Don't Want in Your Passport (September 15, 2006)
If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it -- even if it's not set to expire anytime soon. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don't want one of these chips in your passport. RFID stands for "radio-frequency identification." Passports with RFID chips store an electronic copy of the passport information: your name, a digitized picture, etc. And in the future, the chip might store fingerprints or digital visas from various countries. By itself, this is no problem. But RFID chips don't have to be plugged in to a reader to operate. Like the chips used for automatic toll collection on roads or automatic fare collection on subways, these chips operate via proximity. The risk to you is the possibility of surreptitious access: Your passport information might be read without your knowledge or consent by a government trying to track your movements, a criminal trying to steal your identity or someone just curious about your citizenship. Security mechanisms are also vulnerable, and several security researchers have already discovered flaws. One found that he could identify individual chips via unique characteristics of the radio transmissions. Another successfully cloned a chip. The Colorado passport office is already issuing RFID passports, and the State Department expects all U.S. passport offices to be doing so by the end of the year. Many other countries are in the process of changing over. So get a passport before it's too late.

Global Warming Nears "Dangerous" Level
Global temperatures are dangerously close to the highest ever estimated to have occurred in the past million years, scientists reported Monday. In a study that analyzed temperatures around the globe, researchers found that Earth has been warming rapidly, nearly 0.36 degrees Fahrenheit (0.2 degrees Celsius) in the last 30 years.

Toxic Waste Headed for a Third World Dump
The Panamanian-flagged ship Probo Koala unloaded more than 550 tons of toxic waste at a port in Cote d'Ivoire a month ago. Emissions from that toxic waste have killed seven people and poisoned thousands. Environmental experts estimate that more than 100 million tons of toxic waste is produced worldwide every year, and about 10 percent of this waste is exported.

Mass Tourism and Climate Change Could Lead to Destruction of World's Wonders (September 22, 2006)
Gloomy predictions of extreme heat and destruction of some of the world's leading holiday destinations were made yesterday in a report assessing the impact of the dangers of mass tourism and climate change. The Future of World Travel report found that by 2020 the natural features of some of the wonders of the world will be damaged by global warming, while other resorts will become seriously overcrowded. It has predicted that in a little more than a decade global warming will erode Goa's beaches and lead to more hurricanes sweeping across the Everglades, while the increase in tourism would send an army of skiers into the once remote kingdom of Nepal.In particular, the report warned that climate change will heat up many Mediterranean destinations, such as Athens, which it said would regularly swelter in temperatures of more than 40C causing "unbearably" hot and humid nights. Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in Italy will see more heatwaves, with an increase in dry days and a greater risk of fire. Southern Spain "may become a suitable habitat for malaria-bearing mosquitoes," said the report by Churchill Insurance.The report, written with the help of the Centre for Future Studies think-tank, said the rise in mass tourism could result in popular destinations becoming swamped with visitors. Some of the world's most famous sites were likely to become so damaged by tourism that visits would have to be limited. CLIP

Sea levels are rising faster than predicted, warns Antarctic Survey (Sept 20)
The global sea level rise caused by climate change, severely threatening many of the world's coastal and low-lying areas from Bangladesh to East Anglia, is proceeding faster than UN scientists predicted only five years ago, Professor Chris Rapley, director of the British Antarctic Survey, said yesterday. Climate change is causing sea levels to rise around the world because water expands in volume as it warms, and because land-based ice, such as that contained in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, adds to the volume when it melts and slips into the sea. (...) Last week, two American studies showed that the melting of the winter sea ice in the Arctic had accelerated enormously in the past two years, with a section the size of Turkey disappearing in just 12 months. CLIP

White House Blocked Report Linking Hurricanes to Global Warming
The Bush administration has blocked the release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes.

Earth within whisker of hottest climate in million years: NASA (AFP) (26 September 2006)
WASHINGTON - The Earth’s rapid warming has pushed temperatures to their hottest level in nearly 12,000 years and within a hairbreadth of a million years, a study by the US space agency showed on Monday. Global warming, which has added 0.2 degree Celsius (0.36 degree Fahrenheit) per decade over the past 30 years, has caused temperatures to reach and now pass through the warmest levels in the current interglacial period, which lasted almost 12,000 years, according to the study led by James Hansen, a leading climatologist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The study, published in the September 26 of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that Earth was now within about 1.0 C (1.8 F) of the maximum estimated temperature of the past million years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration researcher said that was the most important finding of the team’s research. ‘That means that further global warming of 1.0 degree Celsius defines a critical level. If warming is kept less than that, effects of global warming may be relatively manageable. During the warmest interglacial periods the Earth was reasonably

Rare Woodpecker Sends a Town Running for Its Chain Saws
BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C., Sept. 23 (AP) — Over the past six months, landowners here have been clear-cutting thousands of trees to keep them from becoming homes for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.The chain saws started in February, when the federal Fish and Wildlife Service put Boiling Spring Lakes on notice that rapid development threatened to squeeze out the woodpecker. The agency issued a map marking 15 active woodpecker “clusters,” and announced it was working on a new one that could potentially designate whole neighborhoods of this town in southeastern North Carolina as protected habitat, subject to more-stringent building restrictions. Hoping to beat the mapmakers, landowners swarmed City Hall to apply for lot-clearing permits. Treeless land, after all, would not need to be set aside for woodpeckers. Since February, the city has issued 368 logging permits, a vast majority without accompanying building permits. The results can be seen all over town. Along the roadsides, scattered brown bark is all that is left of pine stands. Mayor Joan Kinney has watched with dismay as waterfront lots across from her home on Big Lake have been stripped down to sandy wasteland. “It’s ruined the beauty of our city,” Ms. Kinney said. To stop the rash of cutting, city commissioners have proposed a one-year moratorium on lot-clearing permits. The red-cockaded woodpecker was once abundant in the vast longleaf pine forests that stretched from New Jersey to Florida, but now numbers as few as 15,000. The bird is unusual among North American woodpeckers because it nests exclusively in living trees. CLIP

The USDA has finally reacted to the contamination of the U.S. rice supply by an unapproved, genetically engineered variety of rice created by the Bayer Corporation. Three weeks ago, it was discovered that Bayer's mutant rice, gene-spliced to survive heavy doses of a powerful herbicide called glufosinate, had contaminated U.S. long grain rice stocks. The USDA admitted it had "no idea" how extensive the contamination was. Meanwhile Japan has banned all U.S. rice imports, while the EU is rejecting U.S. imports that test positive for contamination. The rice industry has been in a state of upheaval, with rumors of a massive market recall spreading across the country. This week, the USDA announced its plan of action: instead of recalling this illegal, and potentially unsafe rice, it is working with Bayer to fast-track the approval process. "Illegal, potentially hazardous rice in grain bins, on supermarket shelves, in cereal, beer, baby foods, and all rice products. It should be a no-brainer. Recall this stuff to make sure no one eats it," said Joseph Mendelson, Legal Director of the Center for Food Safety. "Instead, USDA plans to rush through 'market approval' of a genetically engineered rice that Bayer itself decided was unfit for commerce. Why? To free Bayer from liability." The question is what to eat: no spinach, no rice, no meat. This is a global crisis because all GMO foods can contaminate natural species, even organic crops. It is long past time to organize effectively to protect our heritage and the future. Recommended by "Anne Marie Cook">

Protectorate Union of the Citizens and Initiatives for the Protection against Electrosmog
Tons of information related to the cancer-causing excessive exposure of millions of people to electromagnetic pollution (cell phone towers, cell phone use, electric power lines, etc.) For instance, check...

Cell Phones & Children: Hazardous Mix?
I don't want to scare the bejeebers out of everyone with children who use cell phones, but there are some irrefutable facts. Until children go through puberty (approximate age 16), they are still forming the thickness of the scull's protective barrier and this raises some alarming concern. Additionally, the brain development continues until approximately 25 years old, so their developing nervous system is likely to be more vulnerable than ours. Between 20-80% of the cell phone's Radio Frequency (RF) waves are absorbed into the user's head, it depends on how close the user is to the antenna. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) measured the Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) waves for various household appliances. EMF is a poison we cannot see or smell, and many neighborhoods are exposed to this danger as cell phone towers emit up to 2.5 miles away. Even at several miles away, the radiation emitted from these towers can cause DNA damage, cancer, suppressed immune function, miscarriage, depression, neurological and issues. (...) In 1993, Motorola hired Dr. George Carlo, a leading epidemiologist. Motorola was determined to prove that cell phones are "safe". After six years of research, Dr. Carlo became alarmed, when his sponsors attempted to alter and suppress his findings. At that point, Dr. Carlo became a whistleblower. He and Martin Schram tell the story in Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: Dr. Carlo's research showed alarming signs: "that cell phones interfere with pacemakers, that developing skulls of children are penetrated deeply by the energy emitted from a cell phone, that the blood brain barrier which prevents invasion of the brain from toxins can be compromised by the cell phone radiation and, most startling, that radio frequency radiation creates micronuclei in human blood cells, a type of genetic damage known to be a diagnostic marker for cancer." CLIP

Gas Is Down - Go Back to Sleep
Kelpie Wilson looks at the politics of gas prices, how prices can be manipulated, and whether the recent drop in prices can help the GOP in November.

Will We All Become Electrosensitive?
(...) Each year an increasing number of people claim to suffer from electrosensitivity, also known as being electrically hypersensitive (EHS). There are also other diseases, such as fibromyalgia and burn-out syndrome, that have symptoms similar to those exhibited by people suffering from electrosensitivity.(...) The extrapolated trend indicates that 50% of the population can be expected to become electrosensitive by the year 2017. CLIP

Omega-News Collection 23. September 2006



House Passes Bush's Interrogation Bill
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill backed by President George W. Bush setting rules for interrogating and trying foreign terrorism suspects, dismissing warnings from Democrats that courts will reject the plan.


Silence in a Time of Torture is Complicity

We have now come to a defining moment, where before the world's eyes the U.S. Congress is poised to legalize torture. We reject such a course outright. It does not represent us.

We remember the images from Abu Ghraib prison -- photos of depravity, even death.  And what of the images we have never been shown from a world of even more disturbing and more "professional" horrors that have been concealed in secret prisons around the world?

To anyone of conscience, this is unacceptable.  But this is exactly what your government will be making legitimate. With bi-partisan support, the "Military Commissions Act of 2006" will be made law unless people act to stop it.

Sold as a "compromise", this bill is fundamentally worse than what has gone before.

The bill takes what has existed in the shadowy world of clandestine action and now gives it the openly declared mantle of official, legal approval.  While the compromise is being sold as complying with the Geneva Conventions, it gives the President huge freedom to, by executive order, define "special methods" of interrogation that HE feels "fit" that Convention. It removes the right of anyone to raise the Geneva Conventions in federal court to challenge government action against them.

The compromise allows the government the power to use confessions and other testimony derived from torture as evidence in criminal proceedings.  The compromise officially, and legally, puts Congress on record approving that the president may, at his own discretion, declare anyone an "enemy combatant". This means the president can name anyone anywhere as such and remove them from the reach of family or legal counsel and hold them indefinitely without trial. It ends the Constitutional right of habeas corpus.

All this is now to be done openly, and in our name. All these actions -- and the Bush Regime which has commissioned war crimes -- must be brought to a halt. What is being met with silence in the halls of power must be manifested as a real opposition in the streets.  At stake here is what kind of country and what kind of people we choose to be.

Let it not be said that the people did nothing when their government moved to make torture lawful. Let the world know that the people of this country did not acquiesce, but instead stood up and said



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Excellent opinion pieces against torture:

Ariel Dorfman in the Washington Post Sunday 9-24-06

Molly Ivins in



See also:

The United States Of Torture (September 27, 2006)
(...) Consequently, the United States now presents itself as what amounts to the globe's largest and most powerful rogue state—a nuclear-armed superpower capable of projecting military force to the furthest corners of the earth, acting utterly without legal or moral constraint whenever the president proclaims it necessary. The idea that striking such a posture on the world stage will serve our long-term interests is daft. American power has, for decades, rested crucially on the sense that the United States can be trusted and relied upon, on the belief that we use our power primarily to defend the community of liberal states and the liberal rules by which they conduct themselves rather than to undermine them.An America prepared to casually toss out the most fundamental principles of international humanitarian diplomacy—along with basic human decency and the rule of law as side helpings—is not a country others are going to want to cooperate with. It will constitute a threat to their interests and values. Nor will it be a country blessed with a lot of accurate intelligence. As Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has pointed out , an intelligence service shot-through with demands that it torture people "degenerates into a playground for sadists," the service itself "an army of butchers" skilled at terrorizing its victims but hardly capable of unraveling complicated investigations.It's a grim future brought to us by grim and deranged men—by people who seem to have developed an unhealthy level of admiration for America's enemies. (They want the country they run to transform itself into a facsimile of its evil adversaries.) It's a future in which it may become increasingly hard for decent citizens of this country to say truthfully that they're proud to be Americans.

Are We Really So Fearful? by Ariel Dorfman (9-24-06)
It still haunts me, the first time -- it was in Chile, in October of 1973 -- that I met someone who had been tortured. To save my life, I had sought refuge in the Argentine Embassy some weeks after the coup that had toppled the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, a government for which I had worked. And then, suddenly, one afternoon, there he was. A large-boned man, gaunt and yet strangely flabby, with eyes like a child, eyes that could not stop blinking and a body that could not stop shivering.That is what stays with me -- that he was cold under the balmy afternoon sun of Santiago de Chile, trembling as though he would never be warm again, as though the electric current was still coursing through him. Still possessed, somehow still inhabited by his captors, still imprisoned in that cell in the National Stadium, his hands disobeying the orders from his brain to quell the shuddering, his body unable to forget what had been done to it just as, nearly 33 years later, I, too, cannot banish that devastated life from my memory.It was his image, in fact, that swirled up from the past as I pondered the current political debate in the United States about the practicality of torture. Something in me must have needed to resurrect that victim, force my fellow citizens here to spend a few minutes with the eternal iciness that had settled into that man's heart and flesh, and demand that they take a good hard look at him before anyone dare maintain that, to save lives, it might be necessary to inflict unbearable pain on a fellow human being. Perhaps the optimist in me hoped that this damaged Argentine man could, all these decades later, help shatter the perverse innocence of contemporary Americans, just as he had burst the bubble of ignorance protecting the young Chilean I used to be, someone who back then had encountered torture mainly through books and movies and newspaper reports. (...) Can't the United States see that when we allow someone to be tortured by our agents, it is not only the victim and the perpetrator who are corrupted, not only the "intelligence" that is contaminated, but also everyone who looked away and said they did not know, everyone who consented tacitly to that outrage so they could sleep a little safer at night, all the citizens who did not march in the streets by the millions to demand the resignation of whoever suggested, even whispered, that torture is inevitable in our day and age, that we must embrace its darkness?Are we so morally sick, so deaf and dumb and blind, that we do not understand this? Are we so fearful, so in love with our own security and steeped in our own pain, that we are really willing to let people be tortured in the name of America? Have we so lost our bearings that we do not realize that each of us could be that hapless Argentine who sat under the Santiago sun, so possessed by the evil done to him that he could not stop shivering?

Torture (April 2006)
How can a President say: "We do not torture" but reserve the right to do so? This type of deception and brutality is losing us essential and necessary friends all over the world. We are also losing our souls in exchange for an imaginary, short-term gain. In fact, some of the "intelligence" obtained by torture that there were WMDs in Iraq demonstrates that people who are being tormented will say anything to make the pain go away. We know of at least 28 prisoners that were killed during interrogation during our recent wars. One was a high-ranking Iraqi officer who, apparently, was not providing enough "actionable intelligence" on WMDs. While God may forgive us for our actions, others nations are not as generous.The reality is that the United States has employed torture and has transported people to certain torture -- and perhaps death. Torture is not an American value, and the President's signing statement reserving the right to torture is a clear violation of international and U.S. law that makes all of us -- and especially our soldiers -- less safe. The dismissal of the Geneva Convention as "quaint" and the legal gymnastics performed by this administration to justify brutalizing another human should shock all of us. The failure of Congress to confront the President over the lawless signing statement is another disturbing chapter in its failure to exercise oversight of an "out of control" administration.For the head of the C.I.A. to testify in front of Congress that "water boarding" is a "professional interrogation technique" is horrifying. In essence, the American people are being told that Thomas de Torquemada and the rest of the Spanish Inquisitors were not torturers when they used the "aselli," the water torment; they were merely professional and forceful questioners. Let us be candid, water boarding is a war crime. And following the administration's legal analysis, the Spanish inquisitors were not guilty of torture because their goal was not to inflict pain, it was merely to save souls. The fact that people would suffer pain was just an unfortunate by-product of saving souls.Nothing is more misleading -- or immoral -- than the use of the "ticking time bomb" scenario. Even if such a scenario existed -- which has yet to be documented -- does it justify wholesale torture and the brutalization of people we suspect could or might do something in the future? As we have learned, framing all threats as "imminent" is a convenient way to anaesthetize people's consciences to agree that the ends do justify the means. The America that people around the world have come to love and admire is being destroyed by degrees by messianic militarists who believe that torture and force are the tools God has given them to use. Clearly, if they simply employ them to merely save lives, why not employ them to save immortal souls? Torture degrades us as a people. History has shown that when torture is employed, interrogators become lazy and brutal, and many, many innocent people die or are destroyed for life. Our humanity is the first death in the process. My reasons for opposing torture are not just the clear moral prohibition, but a more practical reason: What would you do if your child was tortured -- especially if they were innocent, as so many tortured people are? Torture breeds torture and brutality. Torture is a slope no American should step onto.

Torture and civilian deaths reach record levels in Iraq (September 23, 2006)
The latest UN findings on Iraq provide a devastating picture of torture, escalating civilian deaths and lawlessness that represents a damning indictment of US-led occupation. Three years after the illegal invasion, the violent activities of the US military and its allies in suppressing any opposition have been supplemented by a spiralling sectarian civil war. According to a United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) report released on Wednesday, the civilian death toll throughout the country reached a record of 6,599 for July and August, or more than 100 a day, up from 5,818 for previous two months. The UNAMI figures plot a rise from 710 in January to 1,129 in April and 3,149 in June followed by 3,590 in July and 3,009 in August. The actual toll is likely to be far higher. (...) It is no surprise that shadowy government forces and various militia groups operate networks of secret torture chambers throughout Baghdad. Washington’s handpicked prime minister Awad Allawi set the example in 2004 when, according to eyewitness accounts to the Sydney Morning Herald, he personally shot dead at least six handcuffed prisoners in Baghdad’s Al-Amariyah security centre in front of police and US military personnel. As one of the eyewitnesses declared: “Allawi wanted to send a message to his policemen and soldiers not to be scared if they kill anyone.”Torture and brutal executions are now an everyday occurrence. The UNAMI report stated: “Bodies found at the Medico-Legal Institute often bear signs of severe torture, including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances, missing skin, broken bones (back, hands and legs), missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills and nails.” Speaking in Geneva on Thursday, Manfred Nowak, the UN’s special rapporteur on torture and cruelty, declared that torture was “totally out of hand” in Iraq. “The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it had been in the times of Saddam Hussein,” he said. “You have terrorist groups, you have the military, you have police, you have these militias. There are so many people who are abducted, seriously tortured and finally killed.” (...) The UNAMI report said 35,000 Iraqis were being held in detention at the end of August, a 28 percent increase from the end of June. Of those, 13,571 were being held by US and other foreign forces, which continue to conduct arbitrary, widespread searches and detentions. All the prisoners in US custody are being held indefinitely without charge, in flagrant violation of their basic democratic rights. As of September 9, only 1,445 had been put on trial in Iraqi courts, and 1,252 convicted. CLIP

Bush's 'Dirty War' Amnesty Law
The United States is following the lead of "dirty war" nations, such as Argentina and Chile, in enacting what amounts to an amnesty law protecting U.S. government operatives, apparently up to and including President George W. Bush, who have committed or are responsible for human rights crimes.

Say No To Torture! - A Must Watch 2 Minute Video
Torture is immoral, ineffective, and makes a mockery of civilization. The United States Congress is currently trying to write a law that would legalize torture and put those who commit such crimes, and the law that justifies them beyond the reach of any court.

Congress in dark on terror program
As lawmakers prepare to debate the CIA's special interrogation program for terrorism suspects, fewer than 10 percent of the members of Congress have been told which interrogation techniques have been used in the past, and none of them know which ones would be permissible under proposed changes to the War Crimes Act.




War Signals?

Dave Lindorff - September 21, 2006

This article was updated Sept. 27 to clarify the timing of the shift in deployment of the US Naval strike force. While the Eisenhower was nearing a scheduled deployment following nuclear refueling, its departure from Norfolk was recently moved forward so that it can reach the Iran region before November.

As reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have moved up the deployment of a major "strike group" of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran's western coast. This information follows a report in the current issue of Time magazine, both online and in print, that a group of ships capable of mining harbors has received orders to be ready to sail for the Persian Gulf by October 1.

As Time writes in its cover story, "What Would War Look Like?," evidence of the forward deployment of minesweepers and word that the chief of naval operations had asked for a reworking of old plans for mining Iranian harbors "suggest that a much discussed--but until now largely theoretical--prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran."

According to Lieut. Mike Kafka, a spokesman at the headquarters of the Second Fleet, based in Norfolk, Virginia, the Eisenhower Strike Group, bristling with Tomahawk cruise missiles, has received orders to depart the United States in a little over a week. Other official sources in the public affairs office of the Navy Department at the Pentagon confirm that this powerful armada is scheduled to arrive off the coast of Iran on or around October 21.

The Eisenhower had been in port at the Naval Station Norfolk for several years for refurbishing and refueling of its nuclear reactor; it had not been scheduled to depart for a new duty station until at least a month later, and possibly not till next spring. Family members, before the orders, had moved into the area and had until then expected to be with their sailor-spouses and parents in Virginia for some time yet. First word of the early dispatch of the "Ike Strike" group to the Persian Gulf region came from several angry officers on the ships involved, who contacted antiwar critics like retired Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner and complained that they were being sent to attack Iran without any order from the Congress.

"This is very serious," said Ray McGovern, a former CIA threat-assessment analyst who got early word of the Navy officers' complaints about the sudden deployment orders. (McGovern, a twenty-seven-year veteran of the CIA, resigned in 2002 in protest over what he said were Bush Administration pressures to exaggerate the threat posed by Iraq. He and other intelligence agency critics have formed a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.)

Colonel Gardiner, who has taught military strategy at the National War College, says that the carrier deployment and a scheduled Persian Gulf arrival date of October 21 is "very important evidence" of war planning. He says, "I know that some naval forces have already received 'prepare to deploy orders' [PTDOs], which have set the date for being ready to go as October 1. Given that it would take about from October 2 to October 21 to get those forces to the Gulf region, that looks about like the date" of any possible military action against Iran. (A PTDO means that all crews should be at their stations, and ships and planes should be ready to go, by a certain date--in this case, reportedly, October 1.) Gardiner notes, "You cannot issue a PTDO and then stay ready for very long. It's a very significant order, and it's not done as a training exercise." This point was also made in the Time article.

So what is the White House planning?

On Monday President Bush addressed the UN General Assembly at its opening session, and while studiously avoiding even physically meeting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was also addressing the body, he offered a two-pronged message. Bush told the "people of Iran" that "we're working toward a diplomatic solution to this crisis" and that he looked forward "to the day when you can live in freedom." But he also warned that Iran's leaders were using the nation's resources "to fund terrorism and fuel extremism and pursue nuclear weapons." Given the President's assertion that the nation is fighting a "global war on terror" and that he is Commander in Chief of that "war," his prominent linking of the Iran regime with terror has to be seen as a deliberate effort to claim his right to carry the fight there. Bush has repeatedly insisted that the 2001 Congressional Authorization for the Use of Force that preceded the invasion of Afghanistan was also an authorization for an unending "war on terror."

Even as Bush was making not-so-veiled threats at the UN, his former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, a sharp critic of any unilateral US attack on Iran, was in Norfolk, not far from the Eisenhower, advocating further diplomatic efforts to deal with Iran's nuclear program--itself tantalizing evidence of the policy struggle over whether to go to war, and that those favoring an attack may be winning that struggle.

"I think the plan's been picked: bomb the nuclear sites in Iran," says Gardiner. "It's a terrible idea, it's against US law and it's against international law, but I think they've decided to do it." Gardiner says that while the United States has the capability to hit those sites with its cruise missiles, "the Iranians have many more options than we do: They can activate Hezbollah; they can organize riots all over the Islamic world, including Pakistan, which could bring down the Musharraf government, putting nuclear weapons into terrorist hands; they can encourage the Shia militias in Iraq to attack US troops; they can blow up oil pipelines and shut the Persian Gulf." Most of the major oil-producing states in the Middle East have substantial Shiite populations, which has long been a concern of their own Sunni leaders and of Washington policy-makers, given the sometimes close connection of Shiite populations to Iran's religious rulers.

Of course, Gardiner agrees, recent ship movements and other signs of military preparedness could be simply a bluff designed to show toughness in the bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program. But with the Iranian coast reportedly armed to the teeth with Chinese Silkworm antiship missiles, and possibly even more sophisticated Russian antiship weapons, against which the Navy has little reliable defenses, it seems unlikely the Navy would risk high-value assets like aircraft carriers or cruisers with such a tactic. Nor has bluffing been a Bush MO to date.

Commentators and analysts across the political spectrum are focusing on Bush's talk about dialogue, with many claiming that he is climbing down from confrontation. On the right, David Frum, writing on September 20 in his National Review blog, argues that the lack of any attempt to win a UN resolution supporting military action, and rumors of "hushed back doors" being opened in Washington, lead him to expect a diplomatic deal, not a unilateral attack. Writing in the center, Washington Post reporter Glenn Kessler saw in Bush's UN speech evidence that "war is no longer a viable option" in Iran. Even on the left, where confidence in the Bush Administration's judgment is abysmally low, commentators like Noam Chomsky and Nation contributor Robert Dreyfuss are skeptical that an attack is being planned. Chomsky has long argued that Washington's leaders aren't crazy, and would not take such a step--though more recently, he has seemed less sanguine about Administration sanity and has suggested that leaks about war plans may be an effort by military leaders--who are almost universally opposed to widening the Mideast war--to arouse opposition to such a move by Bush and war advocates like Cheney. Dreyfuss, meanwhile, in an article for the online journal, focuses on the talk of diplomacy in Bush's Monday UN speech, not on his threats, and concludes that it means "the realists have won" and that there will be no Iran attack.

But all these war skeptics may be whistling past the graveyard. After all, it must be recalled that Bush also talked about seeking diplomatic solutions the whole time he was dead-set on invading Iraq, and the current situation is increasingly looking like a cheap Hollywood sequel. The United States, according to Gardiner and others, already reportedly has special forces operating in Iran, and now major ship movements are looking ominous.

Representative Maurice Hinchey, a leading Democratic critic of the Iraq War, informed about the Navy PTDOs and about the orders for the full Eisenhower Strike Group to head out to sea, said, "For some time there has been speculation that there could be an attack on Iran prior to November 7, in order to exacerbate the culture of fear that the Administration has cultivated now for over five or six years. But if they attack Iran it will be a very bad mistake, for the Middle East and for the US. It would only make worse the antagonism and fear people feel towards our country. I hope this Administration is not so foolish and irresponsible." He adds, "Military people are deeply concerned about the overtaxing of the military already."

Calls for comment from the White House on Iran war plans and on the order for the Eisenhower Strike Group to deploy were referred to the National Security Council press office, which declined to return this reporter's phone calls.

McGovern, who had first told a group of anti-Iraq War activists Sunday on the National Mall in Washington, DC, during an ongoing action called "Camp Democracy," about his being alerted to the strike group deployment, warned, "We have about seven weeks to try and stop this next war from happening."

One solid indication that the dispatch of the Eisenhower is part of a force buildup would be if the carrier Enterprise--currently in the Arabian Sea, where it has been launching bombing runs against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and which is at the end of its normal six-month sea tour--is kept on station instead of sent back to the United States. Arguing against simple rotation of tours is the fact that the Eisenhower's refurbishing and its dispatch were rushed forward by at least a month. A report from the Enterprise on the Navy's official website referred to its ongoing role in the Afghanistan fighting, and gave no indication of plans to head back to port. The Navy itself has no comment on the ship's future orders.

Jim Webb, Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan Administration and currently a Democratic candidate for Senate in Virginia, expressed some caution about reports of the carrier deployment, saying, "Remember, carrier groups regularly rotate in and out of that region." But he added, "I do not believe that there should be any elective military action taken against Iran without a separate authorization vote by the Congress. In my view, the 2002 authorization which was used for the invasion of Iraq should not extend to Iran."


See also:

The October Surprise
Gary Hart: "It should come as no surprise if the Bush administration undertakes a preemptive war against Iran sometime before the November election. Were these more normal times, this would be a stunning possibility, quickly dismissed by thoughtful people as dangerous, unprovoked, and out of keeping with our national character. But we do not live in normal times."

Iran Threatens 'Lightning' Response To Attacks (September 22, 2006)
Iran has warned its armed forces would strike back "like lightning" against any attack on the country and will destroy "the enemy." Iranian Vice President Parviz Davudi was speaking at an army parade to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in 1980. Davoodi also said that nuclear weapons have no place in Iran's defense doctrine and that Iran's Supreme Leader has declared them illegal. In comments also made on September 22, the commander in chief of Iran's army, Ataollah Salehi, said Iran does not need "unconventional weapons" to defeat any "foreign enemy." Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful but the West suspects Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. The United States is pressing for sanctions after Iran ignored an August 31 UN Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment. U.S. President George W. Bush has said all options are on the table to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Russia Selling Iran Missiles to Protect Bushehr Nuclear Reactor:
Russia, pledging to complete the Bushehr reactor, has offered to sell a range of surface-to-air missile systems to protect Iran's nuclear facilities, the Middle East Newsline reports.

Bush Solution to Global Warming: Bomb Iran by Dave Lindorff (September 24, 2006 )
(...) Having just written a piece exposing evidence of the Bush administration's plans for war against Iran, let me suggest here why this might not be such a bad idea. (...) By some accounts, if the U.S. pops off a bunch of missiles at Iran, and ignites another major war in the Middle East, the result will be the effective shutdown not just of Iran, the world's second biggest producer of oil, but probably also of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, by far the largest oil producer in the world. This is because, as many military strategists have pointed out, Iran's responwse vwill be to incite the Shites who live in countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to go after American interests-and there is no bigger American interest than oil. Wells and pipelines are infinitely easier to destroy than to protect.Some analysts are projecting that oil prices could shoot past $150/barrel to as high as $200/barrel if an American-Iranian War breaks out in the Gulf. That might even be conservative thinking.At such prices, Americans would surely start car-pooling, and might even take up bicycling (which would also solve the nation's obesity epidemic). SUVs, trucks and vans would quickly end up in scrapyards, or mouldering in back yards. Air conditioners would vanish and home insulation would become a hot item, along with long underwear, sweaters and wool socks.An added benefit of war with Iran is that it would so drain the U.S. treasury that either the dollar would collapse, taking the U.S. economy along with it, as the government was forced to crank up interest rates, or else taxes would be raised to such a level as to crush consumer spending, with the same end result. Either way, the U.S. economy would end up in the tank-further reducing energy demand.I certainly have no desire to see anyone killed, American or Iranian, and consider that any attack on Iran by the U.S, besides being stupid, would be a war crime-a so-called "Crime Against Peace" under the Nuremburg Charter. That said, while Bush should be impeached, dragged before the Senate, removed from office and then indicted for war crimes if he launches yet another unprovoked war of aggression, at least we'll have the satisfaction of seeing a significant slowdown in global warming. Maybe then, with that brief respite, and with Bush and the Republican Congress mercifully out of the way, we can start figuring out how to live at peace, not just with one another, but with the earth itself.

Israel Won't Allow Iran To Produce Nuclear Weapons (09-26-06)
JERUSALEM (AP)--Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in comments published Tuesday that Israel wouldn't allow Iran, which it considers its top enemy, to produce nuclear weapons. "Israel can't accept the possibility of Iranians having nuclear weapons and we will act together with the international forces, starting with the Americans, in order to prevent it," Olmert told The Jerusalem Post daily in an interview. Olmert said he thought U.S. President George W. Bush was "absolutely determined" to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Israel, he added, won't accept a situation in which Iran possesses such arms. "I don't think Israel can be reconciled (to this)," Olmert said. "I don't intend to. This is a danger that is just one thing that we can't afford." Israel's concerns about Iran's nuclear capabilities have been compounded by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's repeated calls to have Israel "wiped off the map." CLIP

Warships head to Iran: What are you going to do?
Ellsberg became a hero to the people when he released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. These papers exposed the deceit and lies the US government, during the administration of Lyndon Johnson, to expand and extend the war in Southeast Asia during the 1960's.Ellsberg spoke at the September 7th World Can’t Wait meeting in San Francisco. He spoke of the massive demonstrations that took place in the fall of 1969 across the US, and said of the demonstrators "What they didn’t know was that in fact they were stopping nuclear war. The president (at that time, Nixon) had made threats of nuclear war secretly several times starting in May and in August and September, saying that he was prepared to use nuclear weapons on Vietnam. They said that to the Russians and the North Vietnamese directly in Paris. And with 2 million people in the streets, he had to conclude that an ultimatum which was dated for November 1- … Historical analogy here: the fact is that when people did march in October and November 1969 - without even realizing that a crisis was imminent, they just saw the war was going on - they in fact stopped a massive escalation of the war. Which did take part sequentially – Laos, Cambodia, Haiphong--over the years, but the nuclear part, no."Now, we know that an attack on Iran is being planned and mobilized by the Bush regime. Read the latest articles in The Nation and Time Magazine for further exposure of this. And we know that Bush and several of his spokesmen have openly said that "all options are on the table". This, as everyone knows, means everything up to and including the use of nuclear weapons – "portable holocausts", to cite Ellsberg again. The consequences of this are horrific beyond description.The Democrats are aiding and abetting the Bush drive for war with Iran. They are assisting in providing justifications for it. Nothing less than a massive public repudiation of the entire Bush agenda and program can have any impact on stopping this. The question is: what are you going to do?

Media Tall Tales for the Next War
Norman Solomon writes, "When the USA's biggest news weekly devotes five pages to scoping out a US air war against Iran, as Time did ... it's yet another sign that the wheels of our nation's war-spin machine are turning faster toward yet another unprovoked attack on another country."



Why Bush Will Nuke Iran

By Paul Craig Roberts

09/26/06 "Information Clearing House" -- -- The neoconservative Bush administration will attack Iran with tactical nuclear weapons, because it is the only way the neocons believe they can rescue their goal of US (and Israeli) hegemony in the Middle East.

The US has lost the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Generals in both war theaters are stating their need for more troops. But there are no troops to send.

Bush has tried to pawn Afghanistan off on NATO, but Europe does not see any point in sacrificing its blood and money for the sake of American hegemony. The NATO troops in Afghanistan are experiencing substantial casualties from a revived Taliban, and European governments are not enthralled over providing cannon fodder for US hegemony.

The “coalition of the willing” has evaporated. Indeed, it never existed. Bush’s “coalition” was assembled with bribes, threats, and intimidation. Pervez Musharraf, the American puppet ruler of Pakistan, let the cat out of the bag when he told CBS “60 Minutes” on September 24, 2006, that Pakistan had no choice about joining the “coalition.” Brute coercion was applied. Musharraf said Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Pakistani intelligence director that “you are with us” or “be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.” Armitage is trying to deny his threat, but Dawn Wire Service, reporting from Islamabad on September 16, 2001, on the pressure Bush was putting on Musharraf to facilitate the US attack on Afghanistan, states: “’Pakistan has the option to live in the 21st century or the Stone Age’ is roughly how US officials are putting their case.”

That Musharraf would volunteer this information on American television is a good indication that Bush has lost the war. Musharraf can no longer withstand the anger he has created against himself by helping the US slaughter his fellow Muslims in Bush’s attempt to exercise US hegemony over the Muslim world. Bush cannot protect Musharraf from the wrath of Pakistanis, and so Musharraf has explained himself as having cooperated with Bush in order to prevent the US destruction of Pakistan: “One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that’s what I did.” Nevertheless, he said, he refused Bush’s “ludicrous” demand that he arrest Pakistanis who publicly demonstrated against the US: “If somebody’s expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views.”

Bush’s defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel’s defeat by Hezbollah in Lebanon have shown that the military firepower of the US and Israeli armies, though effective against massed Arab armies, cannot defeat guerillas and insurgencies. The US has battled in Iraq longer than it fought against Nazi Germany, and the situation in Iraq is out of control. The Taliban have regained half of Afghanistan. The King of Saudi Arabia has told Bush that the ground is shaking under his feet as unrest over the American/Israeli violence against Muslims builds to dangerous levels. Our Egyptian puppet sits atop 100 million Muslims who do not think that Egypt should be a lackey of US hegemony. The King of Jordan understands that Israeli policy is to drive every Palestinian into Jordan.

Bush is incapable of recognizing his mistake. He can only escalate. Plans have long been made to attack Iran. The problem is that Iran can respond in effective ways to a conventional attack. Moreover, an American attack on another Muslim country could result in turmoil and rebellion throughout the Middle East. This is why the neocons have changed US war doctrine to permit a nuclear strike on Iran.

Neocons believe that a nuclear attack on Iran would have intimidating force throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iran would not dare retaliate, neocons believe, against US ships, US troops in Iraq, or use their missiles against oil facilities in the Middle East.

Neocons have also concluded that a US nuclear strike on Iran would show the entire Muslim world that it is useless to resist America’s will. Neocons say that even the most fanatical terrorists would realize the hopelessness of resisting US hegemony. The vast multitude of Muslims would realize that they have no recourse but to accept their fate.

Revised US war doctrine concludes that tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons cause relatively little “collateral damage” or civilian deaths, while achieving a powerful intimidating effect on the enemy. The “fear factor” disheartens the enemy and shortens the conflict.

University of California Professor Jorge Hirsch, an authority on nuclear doctrine, believes that an American nuclear attack on Iran will destroy the Non-Proliferation Treaty and send countries in pellmell pursuit of nuclear weapons. We will see powerful nuclear alliances, such as Russia/China, form against us. Japan could be so traumatized by an American nuclear attack on Iran that it would mean the end of Japan’s sycophantic relationship to the US.

There can be little doubt that the aggressive US use of nukes in pursuit of hegemony would make America a pariah country, despised and distrusted by every other country. Neocons believe that diplomacy is feeble and useless, but that the unapologetic use of force brings forth cooperation in order to avoid destruction.

Neoconservatives say that America is the new Rome, only more powerful than Rome. Neoconservatives genuinely believe that no one can withstand the might of the United States and that America can rule by force alone.

Hirsch believes that the US military’s opposition to the use of nuclear weapons against Iran has been overcome by the civilian neocon authorities in the Bush administration. Desperate to retrieve their drive toward hegemony from defeat in Iraq, the neocons are betting on the immense attraction to the American public of force plus success. It is possible that Bush will be blocked by Europe, Russia and China, but there is no visible American opposition to Bush legitimizing the use of nuclear weapons in behest of US hegemony.

It is astounding that such dangerous fanatics have control of the US government and have no organized opposition in American politics.

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I fully agree with Mr. Roberts conclusions. It is no longer a matter of if, but a matter of when we attack Iran. Oh, there will be some manufactured pretext like a Gulf of Tonkin incident which was used to escalate the Vietnam War. Or a "terrorist attack" which we will blame on Iran just like we initially blamed Iraq for 9/11. When Iran retaliates, like they have every right to do, they will be attacked. As far as the nuclear scenario; we'll likely use low grade nuclear weapons to "save American lives in Iraq" or claim that the nuclear fallout is a result of our "precision missiles" destroying the Iranian nuclear bomb making factories. I can hear Fox News already spinning the above and at least 60% - 70% of the ignorant American people believing, even applauding it. But in the end, wars have unintended consequences and the consequences of this attack will plague us as long as this republic, or what's left of it, endures.


The myth of a special and unique role for the U.S. among all the countries of the world has driven American foreign policy since the beginning. It was there in manifest destiny justifying the depraved butchering of native Americans; it has been behind one coup after the other over the last century, most recently the attempt to overthrow Chavez in Venezuela.

The only good thing I can say about the present horrific events is that this grandiose myth is getting a sword through its heart. We can only hope that with its death will come the death of neoconservatism, faith-based approaches to government intervention, new respect for the Bill of Rights, new restrictions on corporate control of governmental policy, and the death of Zionism. Of course, none of that is going to happen any time soon. People don't give up their fear-based delusions that easily. But what will happen is a growing check on U.S. and Israeli power, as this author points out. What he doesn't mention is the likely radicalization of Pakistan and its ability to give nukes to terrorists if we bomb Iran. The policies of the neocons and the Israelis are creating exactly what they feared. Perhaps that's their real game; only if we generate real threats to our security can our war on terror and transparent whines of victimization and antisemitism continue to have any credibility with voters.


There is certainly plenty of evidence of intent to use "bunker busting" nuclear weapons against Iran in several deeply researched articles by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker. Roberts can perhaps be faulted for presuming to gauge the rationale behind such an insane decision. I for one fully expect the madmen who invaded Iraq, set up torture gulags around the world, and conspired with Israel to obliterate Lebanon, to do exactly what Roberts predicts.




Bush Administration Plans for a US War vs. Iran

by Dennis Kucinich

September 23, 2006

Urgent Letter from Dennis Kucinich about Bush Administration Plans for a US War vs. Iran

Dear Friends,

The Bush Administration is preparing for war against Iran, using an almost identical drumbeat of weapons of mass destruction, imminent threat, alleged links to Al Queda, and even linking Iran with a future 911.

In the past few months reports have been published in Newsweek, ABC News and GQ Magazine that indicate the US is recruiting members of paramilitary groups to destabilize Iran through violence. The New Yorker magazine and the Guardian have written that US has already deployed military inside Iran. The latest issue of Time writes of plans for a naval blockade of Iran at the Port of Hormuz, through which 40% of the world’s oil supply passes. Other news reports have claimed that an air strike, using a variety of bombs including bunker busters to be dropped on over 1,000 targets, including nuclear facilities. This could obviously result in a great long term humanitarian and environmental disaster.

Earlier this year, I demanded congressional hearings on Iran and was able to secure the promise of a classified briefing from the Department of Defense, the State Department and the CIA. When the briefing was held, the Department of Defense and the State Department refused to show and are continuing to block any congressional inquiry into plans to attack Iran.

Just this past week, the International Atomic Energy Agency called “erroneous, misleading and unsubstantiated” statements relating to Iran’s nuclear program which came from a staff report of the House Intelligence committee. Other intelligence officials have claimed over a dozen distortions in the report which, among other things, said Iran is producing weapons grade uranium. The Washington Post wrote: “The IAEA called that ‘incorrect’ noting that weapons grade uranium is enriched to a level of 90 percent or more. Iran has enriched uranium to 3.5% under IAEA monitoring.”

I have demanded that the Government Oversight subcommittee on National Security and International Relations, of which I am the ranking Democrat, hold hearings to determine how in the world the Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte, viewed the report without correcting the obvious inaccuracies before it was published. Once again a case for war is being built on lies.

You will recall that four and a half years ago I warned this nation about the deception behind the build up to war against Iraq. Everything I said then turned out to be 100% right. I led 125 Democrats in opposing the Iraq war resolution in March of 2003. The very same people who brought us Iraq in 2003 are getting ready to bring us a war against Iran.

With your help, I will lead the way to challenge the Bush Administration’s march to war against Iran. Please support my campaign for re-election with a generous donation to help continue my work in the Congress. The plan to attack Iran, on its face, threatens the safety of every US soldier serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the countless Iranian lives at risk and the threat to world peace and environmental catastrophes.

With your support, I intend to continue to insist upon:

(1) Direct negotiations with Iran.
(2) The US must guarantee Iran and the world community that it will not attack Iran.
(3) Iran must open once again to international inspections of its nuclear program.
(4) Iran must agree not to build nuclear weapons.
Many of you joined me three years ago as I ran for President to challenge the deliberate lies about WMDs, Iraq and 911, Iraq and Al Queda and the Niger “yellowcake” claims which put us onto the path of an unnecessary, illegal, costly war in Iraq. The Iraq war has caused greater instability and violence in the world community. In the meantime, our government has used the oxymoronic war on terror to trample our Constitution, rip up the Bill of Rights and rule by fear.

Please join with me as we continue our efforts for the end of fear and the beginning of hope, for international dialogue, for cooperation and for peace.

Thank you,




The March to War: Iran Preparing for US Air Attacks

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

September 21, 2006

Iran is bracing itself for an expected American-led air campaign. The latter is in the advanced stages of military planning.  
If there were to be war between the United States and Iran, the aerial campaign would unleash fierce combat. It would be fully interactive on multiple fronts. It would be a difficult battle involving active movement in the air from both sides.  
If war were to occur, the estimates of casualties envisaged by American and British war planners would be high.  
The expected wave of aerial attacks would resemble the tactics of the Israeli air-war against Lebanon and would follow the same template, but on a larger scale of execution.  
The U.S. government and the Pentagon had an active role in graphing, both militarily and politically, the template of confrontation in Lebanon. The Israeli siege against Lebanon is in many regards a dress rehearsal for a planned attack on Iran.1     

A war against Iran is one that could also include military operations against Syria. Multiple theatres would engulf many of the neighbors of Iran and Syria, including Iraq and Israel/Palestine.  
It must also be noted that an attack on Iran would be of a scale which would dwarf the events in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Levant. A full blown war on Iran would not only swallow up and incorporate these other conflicts. It would engulf the entire Middle East and Central Asian region into an extensive confrontation. 
An American-led air campaign against Iran, if it were to be implemented, would be both similar and contrasting in its outline and intensity when compared to earlier Anglo-American sponsored confrontations.  
The war would start with intense bombardment and attacks on Iran's infrastructure, but would be different in its scope of operations and intensity.  
The characteristics of such a conflict would also be unpredictable because of Iran's capabilities to respond. And in all likelihood, Iran would launch its own potent attacks and extend the theatre of war by attacking U.S. and American-led troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf.  
The United States must also take into account the fact that Iran unlike Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon would be an opponent with the capability to resist the US sponsored attacks on the ground, but also on the sea and in the air.  

Unlike the former opponents faced by the United States and its partners, Iran would be able to target the military launch pads used by the United States. Iran would also be able to attack the U.S. supply and logistical hubs in the Persian Gulf. American ships carrying supplies, troops, and warplanes would be vulnerable to Iranian counter-attacks by way of Iranian missiles, warplanes, and naval forces. It is no mere coincidence that Iran has been demonstrating its military capabilities during the “Blow of Zolfaqar” war games conducted in late August .2 
Iranian Preparations for an American-led Air Campaign 
The United States has continually threatened to attack Iran. These threats are made under the pretext of halting the development of nuclear weapons in Iran. The development of nuclear weapons by Iran is something the IAEA and its inspectors have refuted as untrue3, but the United States insists on continuing the charade as grounds for a military endgame with Iran.  
The threat of an American-led attack against Iran with the heavy involvement of Israel and Britain, amongst others, has primed Iran to prepare itself for the anticipated moment. Over the years, this has led Iran to stride for self-sufficiency in producing its own advanced military hardware and the development of asymmetrical tactics to combat the United States. 
Iranian defense planners have stated publicly that they have learned from the cases of neighbouring Afghanistan and Iraq. They are acutely aware of the U.S. military’s heavy reliance on aerial strikes.  
August 2006 saw the start of the virtually unprecedented events of the Blow of Zolfaqar war games throughout Iran and its border provinces.4 These were similar to those conducted in April 2006.

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See also:

The Dangers of Nuclear War (2006-08-01)
Authoritative analysis of the devastating impacts of a nuclear attack on Iran - by Helen Caldicott. -- Truly horrendous fall-out consequences especially if the US and/or Israel cross the Armageddon threshold and use nuclear or even thermonuclear bombs against Iran... with deadly consequences -- millions of tons of radioactive rock pulverized and the fall out quickly reaching Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, with millions of dead in Iran and ever-lasting radiation sickness for tens of millions of people, and soon the entire Northern hemisphere would also be contaminated. She also exposed what she described as "the most serious crisis the Earth has ever faced, right now," because of the US plans to attack Iran, most possibly with nuclear weapons, which could open the Pandora box of other countries resorting to nuclear weapons as well.



Imperialism 101 - The US Addiction to War, Mayhem and Madness

- Part II - Part I at

By Stephen Lendman 

Part I of this article explained that the US was always a warrior, imperial nation, building it in steps and addicted to its madness. First we took it from its original inhabitants; then we expanded it beyond our borders by seizing the half of Mexico we wanted; later we established colonies abroad; and now, our method of choice is to rule the world through compliant leaders in client states everywhere serving our interests. We began doing it gradually following WW II when we emerged as the only dominant nation left standing, unchallengeable as the world's only economic, political and military superpower. Even before the war ended, we planned to take full advantage of that indomitable status once it did. We pursued it throughout the "cold war" and in the 1990s when it was over. Then came 9/11, the gloves came off in the Bush administration, and top officials in it ended any pretense of what our real aims are. The rest, as they say, is history, and the nations we target in our quest for world dominance and our own people at home pay a dreadful price. Below is a case study of our imperial madness in Iraq documenting how painful that price is.

A Case Study In Imperial Mayhem and Madness and Its Disasterous Consequences - First the Victims 

If the US had a slogan or motto on how best to fight wars it might be "all's surely fair in war as well as love." The only rules we observe are the ones we make up as we go along. With that code of conduct and with total disregard for the rule of domestic or international law, designated targets can only expect their earth scorched followed by a living hell delivered in the name of democracy and liberation. Iraq, like Southeast Asia in the sixties and seventies and Nicaragua and El Salvador in the eighties, is a classic example with Afghanistan being more of the same. The people on our receiving end of our gunsights know democracy American-style is none at all.

For anyone paying attention to events unfolding in Iraq from the few credible sources available (meaning unembedded journalists, reports from our disillusioned military and leaks including high level ones), there's little doubt the situation on the ground is disastrous and getting worse - for us as well as the Iraqis. From these reports on the ground, we continue learning more of what the Pentagon and administration try to suppress, always with the full cooperation of the corporate-run media. But the truth can't be hidden, the lies are unravelling, and the charade of progress is being seen as a shamless myth.

For 26 million Iraqis, liberation American-style is none whatever. For them it's an endless living hell nightmare since the US first attacked and invaded in January, 1991. At that time we deliberately and illegally destroyed essential infrastructure like power generating stations and clean water facilities vital to the health, welfare and safety of the people. We also wontonly slaughtered many thousands of defenseless civilians and Iraqi military who had given up the fight they wanted no part of in the first place. The likely toll was at least 100,000 killed in just a few weeks of brutal one-sided combat mostly inflicted from the air against a target country we knew was defenseless. Our initial cost was modest for an operation involving 580,000 military personal - 146 killed (including by friendly fire) and 467 wounded. A far greater cost to US forces would show up later that's discussed below.

What followed Operation Desert Storm was a dozen years of continued air-assault bombings along with oppressive and unjustifiable economic sanctions. Combined they destroyed all the institutions of a modern civil society which Iraq was prior to 1991. They left in their wake an epic humanitarian disaster by every measure imaginable including median Iraqi income creating mass poverty. Because of the country's oil wealth, Iraq was once the most advanced and developed country in the Middle East with a per capita income of $2,313 in 1979. By 2003, that income had declined to $255 per capita and in 2004 it had fallen further to about $144. It's easy to understand why based on a study by the college of economics at Baghdad University that estimated the unemployment rate to be about 70%. Even the so-called "oil for food" program did little to relieve the crisis prior to the current invasion and war. It wasn't intended to as the US plan was to inflict the greatest possible hardships on the people hoping it would encourage them to rise up and topple Saddam. In fact, it had the opposite effect despite the severity of the toll. Instead of blaming Saddam, Iraqis relied on him for whatever relief they could get. It wasn't much or nearly enough because the US allowed him little to give.

The combination of war and economic sanctions likely caused the death of at least one million by even conservative estimates including 500,000 children. Other estimates put the number as high as 1.5 million in total by the end of the nineties. When Denis Halliday resigned in 1998 as UN head of Iraqi humanitarian relief he said he did so because he "had been instructed to implement a policy that satisfies the definition of genocide: a deliberate policy that has effectively killed well over one million individuals, children and adults." He went on to say 5,000 Iraqi children were dying needlessly every month.

Conditions got far worse following the US illegal aggression beginning in March, 2003. The daily toll of death and destruction from the ongoing endless conflict is unknown precisely, but even honest conservative estimates are appalling and shocking despite efforts by the Pentagon to suppress them. The British Lancet reported in October, 2004 by their "conservative assumptions" an Iraqi toll of about 100,000 "excess deaths" post March, 2003. They then updated their earlier estimate in February, 2006 to a likely 300,000 that seven months later is considerably higher. Other assessments suggest an even greater number, up to 500,000 according to one estimate a few months ago. Whatever the true number, the US inflicted disaster on Iraq and its people is one of epic proportions in all respects.

It's destroyed a once prosperous nation and left in its wake today a surreal lawless armed camp wasteland with few or no essential services like electricity, clean water, medical care, fuel or most everything else needed for sustenance and survival. It shows up in Baghdad's morgue that can't cope with the number of corpses it gets daily while those still living can't get desperately needed care at hospitals unable to provide it. It's also there in the US-run torture-prisons where anyone can be brutalized in a kind of a ritual foreplay for no reason at all. Thing's aren't improving. They get steadily worse as the occupation grinds on and death squads room at will including the US "Salvador option" ones modeled after the types used in the Reagan era against the leftist guerrilla resistance in El Salvador in the 1980s that murdered many thousands. This is what life in most of Iraq is now like, and it clearly warrants the label genocide. It also makes all US officials at the highest levels responsible for it guilty of egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity. Will they ever be held to account for what they've done? Never, as long as the US occupier lives by the rules of victor's justice that insures none at all for the victims.

A notable sign of US-style justice happened at the end of July when the Pentagon awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM) to retiring General Geoffrey Miller who supervised the infamous US torture-prisons at Guantanamo and later Abu Ghraib. The DDSM was established by Richard Nixon's 1970 Executive Order so the Secretary of Defense could award it to officers of the US Armed Forces "whose exceptional performance of duty and contributions to national security or defense have been at the highest levels." Clearly generals or other officers in charge of torture now qualify for the award.

The Toll of Mayhem and Madness On Our Own Military Forces On the Ground and Reporters 

No one should ever believe anything from government sources, especially our own. We practically invented and defined the art of disseminating lies and practicing deceit. We're at it daily, particularly in how and what we report on the war in Iraq. The military holds update briefings at its media nerve center for the war - CentCom. It's a worthless exercise there and whenever else US officials report on the war. Anyone expecting to get a true picture of conditions on the ground won't ever because the most important information known is censored or suppressed. In times of war, the first casualty is truth, and the corporate-run media is always willing to oblige to keep it that way.  

The Pentagon is also ready to use its muscle to censor, shut down, or destroy any news source in the country that may reveal what it wants suppressed. It repeatedly harasses and assaults Al-Jazeera closing it down and in 2003 attacked its Baghdad offices by air killing one of its correspondents and injuring another. Previously in Afghanistan in November, 2001, Al-Jazeera's Kabul offices were destroyed by a US missile in a deliberate attempt to stop unfavorable news reports from coming out. Another time a US tank with no provocation fired point blank at the Palestine Hotel in the capitol where most non-embedded international journalists are based killing reporters from Reuters and the Spanish network Telecino. These are just a few examples of the deadly effects of US efforts to silence honest news reporting from the country.  The International Press Institute (IPI) keeps a journalist death watch count and reports that including all of 2003 76 journalists have been killed in Iraq by all assailants making this country by far the most dangerous venue in the world for members of the fourth estate. That number has now been updated by other sources that report since March, 2003 to the present 107 journalists and other media workers have been killed in this most dangerous of all places for them to work.

In spite of the danger and toll its taken, much of what Washington and the corporate-run media conceal is being reported from unembedded journalists and a growing number of unofficial accounts emerging or leaking out. They show what conditions are really like on the ground and the effect the conflict has had on US ground forces in the country. They're being increasingly stressed and terrified out of their minds, most are physically and/or psychologically traumatized or ill, many quite seriously from the deadly effects of depleted uranium (DU) poisoning and other toxins that have already disabled as many as 350,000 or more Gulf war veterans according to what can be pieced together from the little information the Veterans Administration (VA) reports (they don't explain from what or make a serious effort to find out). The psychological toll is also growing from witnessing or obeying orders to participate in the daily barbaric slaughter of Iraqi civilians including women, children, the elderly and infirm. The result is the rate of suicides is believed to be rising to alarming levels as is the number of desertions the Pentagon reports to be about 40,000 since 2000 from all branches of the military, half of them from the Army. Over 5,500 of them are Iraq related (the Pentagon keeps this very quiet) with many dozens more joining their ranks each month. In addition, many others are refusing to return to Iraq for another tour of duty after serving there one or more times. Those who do it unannounced are being quietly discharged in most cases, while the ones going public to denounce the war saying they won't serve in it any longer face courts martial, dishonorable discharge and possible prison terms.

Little of the above information has been reported, but most disturbing of all is the true unreported daily death and injury toll of US military personnel that's far higher than the official numbers. Department of Defense (DOD) reports are now being quietly circulated indicating over 12,000 dead, not the current announced total approaching 2,700. That figure includes thousands of previously unreported deaths of US military personnel who died en route to German or other hospitals or after arriving there. There's also evidence from Military Air Transport Service (MATS) manifests that show many more bodies shipped to Dover Air Force Base than are officially reported when there are any reports at all.

The true number of serious injuries has also been grossly understated. It could be twice as high as the official numbers based on reports from the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany alone that has treated over 25,000 wounded military patients even as the DOD only officially acknowledges around 15,000 in total and then quietly at first increased the number to about 19,000. These injuries, rarely discussed, include loss of limbs, brain damage and other debilitations that will scar those affected by them for the rest of their lives if after treatment and recovery they even survive. And there's never any mention of the later physical and/or psychological pain and suffering veterans endure or how many of them had or likely will have their lives shortened as a result of the time they spent in combat theaters "serving their country."  

In addition to the stress of trauma, possible death or serious injury US forces face, they must also cope with the problems of daily life on the ground making their lives difficult or too often unbearable. Many of their Forward Operations Bases don't get enough daily drinking water and other necessities such as proper food to eat regularly. It makes an intolerable situation even worse. For many there's also a lack of basic amenities like clean clothes, a daily shower and a comfortable bed to sleep in. In addition, the equipment on the ground is being consumed and not replaced including weapons, vehicles, ordinance, body armor and most everything else. Despite the multi-billions spent on this imperial adventure, too little of it is going to "the boots on the ground," because too much of it is budgeted for corporate friends of the administration feasting on huge no-bid contracts. The situation isn't improving. In fact, it's steadily deteriorating despite official denials.

By the time our forces are finally withdrawn from Iraq, as one day they will, the human disaster will be almost incomprehensible. From just a short one-time deployment during the 1991 Gulf war, hundreds of thousands of our forces sent there are now on some form of disability either from the deadly effects of DU poisoning, the stew of other toxins they were exposed to, the physical injuries they received or the permanent psychological scars they may take to the grave. But the worst is yet to come. Beginning with the Afghanistan war in late 2001 and the Iraq war from March, 2003, over 1.3 million of our military forces have served one or more tours of duty for extended periods in what are beyond question the most dangerous and toxic environments on earth. The best estimates (because the VA won't say) are that between 30 - 70% of Gulf war vets so far are now on some kind of disability. If only that same range is applied to the 1.3 million of our military now serving or having served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, between 400,000 and 900,000 of them may end up on disability or die from exposure to the DU munitions used in these wars which we've learned are vastly more toxic than the ones used in the Gulf war. And if they manage to avoid DU poisoning, they may succumb to the effects from the many other toxic pollutants they had to live with or become scarred or maimed for life from the violent environments they had to serve in or the acts they had to commit fulfilling their duty there.

In simple terms, it's likely we can expect an eventual overall catastrophic human disaster and one being covered up because of its enormity. US high officials and Pentagon brass that planned this holocaust to both sides likely knew the human cost to our forces alone would be high but decided anyway the innocent mostly young people we sent to fight were expendable and could be written off to be replaced by new and fresh equally innocent recruits - as long as their dirty secret never gets out. The lives lost or ruined on both sides are dismissed as "collateral damage" or just a "price that has to be paid." It's a human price and one that's paid to enrich well-connected big corporations that love wars because they're so profitable.

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Note from Jean: I managed to read this horror story up to this point - which is about one third of the whole article - but had to stop there in utter complete disgust. Not that I had learned lots of new things, but the stark reminder of all these appalling crimes put together, things that, to remain a sane human being, one usually simply pushes back far in the back of one’s mind, is becoming too much to bear. I would love to be able to leave you with an empowering, encouraging note, but all that comes to mind is to pray for all the souls who have been brutally assaulted by the soulless cruelty of the desperately lost souls responsible for these ignominious crimes. A time of reckoning will soon come when all will see what has been done, and what needs to happen to heal the wounded hearts, atone for all that madness, and forever ban greed, war and violence from the face of the Earth, to leave only compassion, peace and love to reign in every land and every heart.


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Bush Fighting Hard Against Impeachment!

by Julie Washington

September 22, 2006

Democrats, Independents, and all Americans who care deeply about this county, must work hard against this Administration like our lives depend on it. Bush Is!

Does one really believe that President Bush is campaigning/making all those public speeches on tortue, terrorism, etc., solely to help Republican candidates for the upcoming November elections? No. He is running, fighting hard not to be Impeached, not to have Investigations into his illegal wire tapping, Halliburton's mishandling of funds, and the lies and misconceptions which got us into this war/occupation in Iraq.

So too, must we American people, fight hard to defeat this insult and injustice on our Country like our lives depended on it, BECAUSE it does. Our lives, our neighbor's lives, the soldiers' lives, our children and the lives of those innocent people in Iraq.

Although Iraq voted for a government, it is a Dummy government, in name only. Whenever the Iraqi people need anything from their government, they go to the U.S. Occupying Forces there, not their democratic elected government, because they have no power; they control nothing. Not the oil, not the water, not the electricity. In fact, the Iraqi people only have the use of water and electricity about half of the day. And, where are the hospitals and schools they promised to build? However they are Building U.S. Bases (4) and the soldiers are protecting the oil in Iraq but not the Iraqi people to ensure their health, wealth and welfare. Haliburton, Cheney and Bush control the oil and make all the profits and manipulate the prices for their own gain while our soldiers die for them, not our country!

And, just like they let the Iraqi people down, they have let our Country down. Our jobs have gone over seas or are slowly going out of business and there are mass layoffs. They manipulate the oil prices here and in Iraq. They manipulate the terror threats and try to keep us in fear. They fight a War on Terror, but our borders are not secure and the suggestions of the 911 Commission have yet to be implemented. Money is spent in Iraq for Bases and to protect the Oil but not for the Iraqi people or the American people here at home. We are in deep trouble, and yes, we must fight this injustice like our lives depend on it, like our World depends on it, because it does.

- Concerned citizen who works in the legal, political, literary and spiritual fields.


"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set
brush fires in people's minds."

- Samuel Adams


See also:

We, The People Of The United States Of America, Have The Legitimate Authority And Responsibility To Govern Ourselves by Rev. Bill McGinnis (September 24, 2006 )
(...) The American People are the sovereign power. We are self-governing. Acting through our Government, under the Constitution, we can make or modify any or all of the rules by which our economy and our country operate. We make the laws; and we can unmake them. We create the corporations; and we can un-create them. We have allowed some people to accumulate disproportionate wealth and power; and we can disallow it. We even have the power to change the Constitution, following the procedures set forth in the Constitution for its own amendment. Our Government is a Democracy; it is ours. And it belongs equally to all of us. I hope and pray that We The People will be strong enough, and smart enough, and diligent enough to take back this wonderful gift we have inherited, and not let it be soiled and corrupted any further by this misguided band of Neo-Conservatives who think it now belongs to them alone. CLIP



Rumsfeld’s Guinea Pigs: US Citizens at Risk for Military-Weapons Testing

by Heather Wokusch

September 20, 2006

It barely made news last week when Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne called for the testing of nonlethal weaponry on US citizens in crowd-control situations. According to Wynne, "If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation."

“War on terror” blowback hits Main Street.

But it’s naïve to think that once developed, US military weapons will only be used against foreign populations. The Bush administration’s "you’re with us or against us" mentality leaves little room for domestic dissent, and as the line blurs between military and national security technologies, folks back home will find themselves increasingly targeted.

One example of a crowd-control device possibly coming to your hometown is Raytheon’s Active Denial System heat-beam, which a US Air Force fact sheet describes as a "focused speed-of-light millimeter wave energy beam to induce an intolerable heating sensation." How long before a weapon like that is illicitly used for interrogations, let alone for torture?

There’s also the crowd-control Taser, an updated version of the "stun gun" already authorized for US government use against civilians. The Taser delivers a short-term electrical charge of 50,000 volts and though marketed as a non-lethal weapon, has been linked to a number of deaths. While the Taser’s dart-firing technology is of little use for crowd control or on vehicles, a new laser version of the gun will reportedly be able to deliver a similar 50,000-volt shock across a crowd.

In other words, protest rallies could soon become much more dangerous for those with medical conditions (such as heart problems) potentially exacerbated by electric shocks.

If testing painful heat-beam and electric-shock weapons on hometown crowds seems a little farfetched, keep in mind that it wouldn’t be the first time the government has used US citizens as guinea pigs for weapons experiments. In 2003, for example, the Pentagon admitted to having tested biological/chemical agents on 5,842 service members in secret trials conducted over a ten-year period (1962-73).

In operations called Project 112 and Project SHAD, the Defense Department assessed its WMD capabilities on service members aboard Navy ships, and in all sorts of other despicable ways – including spraying a Hawaiian rainforest and parts of Oahu. All in all, tests were conducted in six states (Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Utah) as well as in Canada, Britain and Panama.

Many military personnel were not even informed when the toxic agents were being tested on them, and only decades later, as crucial documents slowly become declassified, have the veterans’ health complaints been acknowledged.

"Could never happen today," you might think, "too many legal protections for citizens in place." Think again.

There’s a tricky clause in Chapter 32/Title 50 of the United States Code (the aggregation of US general and permanent laws). Specifically, Section 1520a lists the following cases in which the Secretary of Defense can conduct a chemical or biological agent test or experiment on humans if informed consent has been obtained:

(1) Any peaceful purpose that is related to a medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or research activity.

(2) Any purpose that is directly related to protection against toxic chemicals or biological weapons and agents.

(3) Any law enforcement purpose, including any purpose related to riot control.

The definition is a little too open-ended for comfort; apparently there are a lot of circumstances under which the Secretary of Defense can test chemical or biological agents on human beings, but at least informed consent has to be obtained in advance.

Or does it. Get a load of Section 1515, another part of Chapter 32, this one entitled "Suspension; Presidential authorization":After November 19, 1969, the operation of this chapter, or any portion thereof, may be suspended by the President during the period of any war declared by Congress and during the period of any national emergency declared by Congress or by the President.

You got it. If the President or Congress decides we’re at war then the Secretary of Defense doesn’t need anybody’s consent to test chemical or biological agents on human beings. Gives one pause during these days of a perpetual "war on terror."

It’s not a stretch to wonder what kind of clandestine WMD tests the Defense Department could be conducting in the US right now, on military or civilian populations, without consent, let alone on populations abroad.

It all boils down to this: If US citizens allow our government to pull out of international arms control agreements and invest billions in weaponry, and if we allow ourselves to live in a mindset of perpetual war, then we lose the right to be surprised when that war and those weapons are inevitably turned against us.

Action Ideas:

1. To read a veteran’s blog on "men and women used as guinea pigs in America's military experiments" visit

2. Is a university or military facility in your area involved in biological weapons research? One resource to help you locate biodefense projects is Project Sunshine’s "Map of High Containment and Other Facilities of the US Biodefense Program," under "Biodefense" at

3. If Tasers are part of your local police force’s arsenal you might want to ask some questions: What training do officers receive regarding how to use Tasers? In what situations is use authorized? Is it standard operating procedure to involve a medical responder to check on those who have received the Taser’s strong electric jolt? Similar questions will need to be asked about the crowd-control version of the Taser, as soon as it is released.

This article is partially excerpted from The Progressives’ Handbook: Get the Facts and Make a Difference Now (Volume I) by Heather Wokusch. For more Action Ideas or to learn more about The Progressives’ Handbook series, visit Heather can also be reached at


Date: 21 Sep 2006
From: Patrick Chudleigh>
Subject: Re: Veracity Series #15: Waking Up and Growing Some Balls

Dear ERN:;

Jean, thank you for the highly rewarding compilations you magically conjure week in and week out. It is likely you are unaware of the true magnitude of your effort. So in difficult times take heart in that.

Commentary: A Canadian Perspective

While the tax justice issue gains momentum aided by the likes of the film From Freedom to Fascism, I ponder.

America is a general term describing a diverse nation, but one subjected to a unified, powerful propaganda campaign hoisted aloft through mass media, driven through subversive effort.

What has me concerned is this. The intensely held belief that the process of politics has given Americans their cherished freedoms and enshrined constitutional rights is the very same belief system that has you all now thoroughly centered in this awful neo-con, Bushian mess. How is it then, that belief in this same system is going to get you out of trouble, bent as it is? Especially when the art of rigging results, hidden agendas, and secret operations is the skilled purvey of both political colours.

What is troubling still further is the growing presence of 'good politicians' and other disenfranchised executive ex-leaders, typically well heeled and in general agreement about 'who knows what,' gathering in the wings and not clearly identified with either political party, or any truly definable belief system of any obvious kind. Shuffling around beneath vaguely articulated eco-themes, truth now agendas, and dissension-centric causes, one common theme unites them: they do not practice what they preach.

Take Al Gore, for example, (change the first two letters around and you get Galore) pumps his non-specific green agenda while splattering a huge, messy personal eco-footprint. Where does true accountability begin? One is left wondering just how out of place Gandhi would at first appear were he to suddenly arrive in our midst today.

Is it inevitable that our dear American friends will in fact trade one kind of darkness for another shade of grey, believing they are doing the right thing in the process? The world does not exist that would welcome such an outcome. America Wake Up!

I guess what I am saying is that perhaps it really is time to stop squeezing this tired old political cow for the milk it is absolutely unable to give. Cowabunga! Misguided though he was, Timothy Leary coined an operative phrase; Turn on, Tune in, Drop out. Perhaps we can do it this time without the drugs. Turn on to true, personal alternatives, Tune to inner harmony, Drop out of the propaganda broadcast. And create a very different reality. Perhaps the only adjustment that needs to be made is to realize that it must of necessity look very different from the one we currently live within.

Nice to speak with you again and very best regards,

Patrick Chudleigh



Dear Jean;

You know, once the tap begins to flow............a Canadian's perspective.

I have the following observations to submit to your very well intentioned ERN compilation. This especially pertains to the planned Social Disruption Action on October 5th this year. It is my recommendation that this not be the last of its kind, and that this placid action could demonstrate its collective power in the following way.

As has been said many times before, follow the money and uncover the problem. You know, when Canada's constitution was formed a very strict set of conditions were put in place for the granting of corporate charters. These special 'dead' entities were to be granted to but a select few organizations and to be closely monitored to ensure that the elimination of personal liability would not, could not be abused.

Examples of charter qualifying bodies were aid agencies, public service agencies and the like, bodies generally tasked with serving the public good. It was made very clear that this special status would not be made available to businesses or individuals without evidence of good cause (need).

With the fraudulent alteration of the bank act; theft of the Bank of Canada by an exclusive private party along with the subsequent private control of our money supply, the restriction on corporate charters was disemboweled and aggressively exploited to shield the newly freed greed machine. What is so whacky about our capitalist business world today is but the extrapolation of a flawed practice gone unchecked. We have, in fact, been bent for many decades. The same event has transpired in the U.S.A.

The evolution of the stock market with all its blemishes, lends vivid validation to this point by exposing the rotten core of business malpractice. We need to remember that our wizened founding fathers knew only too well the base line requirement that all citizens must be free. Free to live peacefully, free to speak, free to gather, free of taxation and so on. The business entities which utilize the social and physical infrastructure to make profits must absolutely be tasked with the responsibility to maintain it. They alone should pay a profit (income) based tax. To cross the T and dot the i, what is today the common practice of allocating shareholder income is simply a diversion of some portion of business tax into the hands of a relative few at the expense of society at large. This is just one of many tactical diversionary financial leaks and subsequent avoidance of fiscal responsibility.

To cut to the chase I recommend the following action:

Refuse to pay personal income tax at the source. Demand from your employer that wage deductions be eliminated, they are not binding anyway, just an accepted precedent. File an irrelevant federal tax return, as required, without payment of any kind. In the transition we should take the portion indicated as our state/provincial tax amount down to our local civic centers for use in serving local needs. A signed document should also be delivered indicating that one may or may not continue in this practice, serving notice that alternative funding sources must be found for future civic needs.

If critical mass ever had any power, then this is where it will make itself visible.

Organized by employee groups on a per company basis, this demand for change cannot go unnoticed nor long be denied. Will there be hardship? You bet. Yet I predict it might be much less than continuing forward on our present course. And it serves one fundamental, primary truth which every true resistance movement has included in their philosophy; namely the inalienable right to individual existence free from social shackles of any kind. The key difference being that this approach does not continue to pay illegal fees that blindly fund the domination of true freedoms. If we continue to pay them why should they change? Thieves will always congregate wherever the free money pools. It's simply time to turn off the tap.

Warm regards,

Patrick Chudleigh


Note from Jean: Here are some resources to find out more about Tax resistance...

Tax Resistance entry in Wikipedia (very detailed)

Anti-war activists promote 'tax resistance' as direct protest

War Tax Resistance Made Simple

If You Work for Peace, Stop Paying for War

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (in the U.S.)

Conscience Canada - a Peace Tax Trust Fund

Conscience and Peace Tax International - access to similar movements around the world

139,000 Google results with "Tax resistance"


Note from Jean: My good friend Palden Jenkins from Glastonbury ( has been dedicating for some time his remarkable writing skills to a very worthy cause: helping to cocreate peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I highly recommend this very moving story to your attention and hope that you might see fit to send whatever support you can afford to the Hope Flowers School featured in this article and its most courageous and heroic caretaker and director, Ibrahim Issa.


Meeting Ibrahim Issa

by Palden Jenkins

On Wednesday 8th December, Pam Perry, Suzanne Keehn and I drove up to London to meet Ibrahim Issa, project director of the Hope Flowers School. He was on a support-raising visit to Britain, organised by Pam, Trish Dickinson and Irene Bruegel. He had been invited to speak at a meeting of the Ministry for Peace at the Houses of Parliament. As we arrived, we emerged into a dissonant wall of sound emanating from the loud-speakers of an anti-Iraq demonstration demanding that British troops be pulled out by Christmas. Fat chance! Had we not understood the speech that was amplified to headache-stimulating proportions, we might have wondered whether these people were advocating war. Such are the bizarre contradictions of our day.

Ibrahim is an engineer who, on the death of his father, Hussein Issa, the founder of the Hope Flowers School, made a big choice. Abandoning his doctoral academic work in the Netherlands, he took over the school in 2000 and, together with its staff, has kept it alive ever since. During his watch the school's mixed-religion students have reduced in number due to road closures and the separation wall, and due to the decline in parents' incomes arising from Bethlehem's economic collapse. Part of the school has been threatened with demolition to make way for the separation wall. This pressure has been two-sided, not only from Israelis but also from Muslim extremists who have threatened the school and its staff for teaching reconciliation, personal tension-management and Hebrew.

While he was speaking, Ibrahim was notable in his mildness and humility. He is surely aware of the pioneering significance of the work of the school, but I don't think he fully understood the potency of what he was saying to the assembled audience. The school is directly addressing the longterm causes of terrorism, providing the world with a brave initiative to show how inter-communal violence can be turned around, through the children. There were British educational speakers too, but their work with bullying and child-frustration in British schools, though noble, somehow pales in significance in comparison to what the Hope Flowers School is doing.

He talked of protecting the children from trauma and grief. In Britain, head teachers worry about security at schools, child pornography, abduction, drugs and crime, but at Hope Flowers School the issue is snipers and a perpetual risk of military incursion, demolition or total closure. He talked of the effect of emotional disturbance and pain on the children, who had seen tanks and military bulldozers in their own streets, whose fathers were dead, jailed or unemployed, whose mothers were harassed, poor and helpless to do much about their situation. While visiting Britain, his own wife and family in Bethlehem were themselves hemmed in at home, surrounded by snipers, causing much concern to Ibrahim during his trip.

Ibrahim outlined how they involve children's families in the trauma-relief process. They invite parents to speak of their situation, to learn how to release their woes and cooperate with each other. How can the school help schoolchildren when their families are traumatised, on edge and deprived? He showed how they teach both children and adults to participate in meetings and exercise their democratic rights. The school used to organise exchange visits with Israeli schools, but now, thanks to the separation wall, such interactions are possible only by Internet, or in third-party countries such as Germany. Yes, it is easier, he said, to go to Germany than to Jerusalem, just ten kilometres away, to meet up with Jewish schoolchildren. Palestinians encouraging Jewish children to visit Germany? Now isn't this in itself a historic healing?

Ibrahim sat next to John McDonnell MP who chairs these meetings. During question time, someone asked what politicians could do about the situation. Ibrahim's answer was considered and apolitical, derived from his experience yet politically sharp in implication. He said politicians cannot help because the world of politics is preoccupied not with peace and reconciliation but with war, weapons, waste and division. To Ibrahim this was just fact. The answer, he said, had to come from bottom up, by healing a new generation of young people who would, by personal inclination and disposition, choose to engage in peaceful ways. This was his mission. This would eventually relieve the world of insensitivity and violence. He spoke with a mild authority and, though his statement was critical in effect but not in intent, it simply stated a truism that even the MP sitting next to him could not deny. The 'peace process' isn't just the domain of politicians, diplomats and journalists: it starts on the streets and with children's bedtime stories.

Someone else asked what evidence there was for the efficacy of peace education. There was muttering in the audience about longterm and short-term outcomes, and the difficulty of measuring such evidence. By now, Ibrahim was tired, probably privately anticipating his return to Bethlehem the following day, where he would have to duck and run to get home. So he missed the key point he could have made here. The answer he needed to give is plainly stated in the Hope Flowers School's literature: not one of the school's graduates has engaged in violent or socially-polarising activities. If this isn't proof, what is? How far do we have to look for evidence? If we argue about what constitutes due proof, what happens meanwhile to the children and supporting them?

The Hope Flowers School does not accept differences. It teaches Hebrew to Palestinians and invites Israeli rabbis and Palestinian sheikhs and priests to give interfaith lessons. Ibrahim expressed regret that Israeli children could no longer attend, because of the separation wall, and that every Palestinian child is regarded by Israelis to be a potential terrorist. He mentioned how one third of the former students could now no longer reach the school.

But Ibrahim, this unassuming engineer-turned-educationalist, from a little, world-famous and benighted town, is going to carry on, regardless. With the help of his dedicated staff. With the help of foreign volunteers. With the help of parents. For the love of their kids. The school is independent or, shall we say, mainly dependent on the support of well-wishers, with hardly a government education department or NGO in sight. Isn't it strange how, amidst the greatest darkness, a light like this shines out? The research and experience so uniquely gained at this school will one day bring benefit to schools and neighbourhoods worldwide. In most schools elsewhere, Catholics and Protestants, Christians and Muslims, if even they attend the same school, separate when it comes to religious education and services. Not so at Hope Flowers: all faith is one faith and all renderings of God are one God. They practice faith in the human spirit and in human nature. Practical faith.

Personally, I admire this man, and look forward to meeting his colleagues. He'd be the last to regard himself as a saint. But strangely, in this little town of Bethlehem, where tradition has it that the Christ-light was born in a humble backyard stable, here's something which exemplifies what that great teacher taught. Love your enemies as you love yourself. Peace and goodwill unto all. Let the little children come unto me. These people are doing something that makes our well-meaning prayers, petitioning and protestations look rather inadequate. They're not setting out to be heroes - they're just doing the best they can in a dreadful situation.

We can give a little power to their elbows, some encouragement and support. We can help the school pay its teachers' modest salaries, keep the school from being demolished, support the psychological support program. Some of us can take a holiday in Bethlehem - the school has guest accommodation. They also have conference facilities. There is plenty of voluntary work to do in the gardens, on the buildings, with the children and handling the office work. Ever thought of doing such a thing?

Do visit the school's website. Failing all else, this Christmas, before you tuck in to that dinner, just ask your fellow celebrants to stop for a moment and make a quiet, sincere prayer. A prayer that this school and its work may continue. Because it will benefit our own kids and grandchildren too. This town became famous because of one baby born in a stable. Today we see a few hundred kids in a parallel situation. King Herod is alive and well. And so too are the shepherds, posing as teachers, and the wise men from afar, posing as visitors and volunteers. In some respects, little changes. But with our help, perhaps it can. - Hope Flowers online


You might consider taking a two-pronged approach by making a credit card donation to the Hope Flowers School. You can make a single donation, a monthly contribution for a year, or even form a support community amongst your friends or co-workers. If you're interested, visit


More on all this at>ttp://

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HERE IS ALSO ANOTHER RELEVANT EXCERPT FROM THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER THAT PALDEN JENKINS HAS POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 21. This newsletter has not been archived yet on the web but you may receive a copy through Palden> or Suzanne Keehn>

Ibrahim Issa and the Hope Flowers School

Bethlehem, West Bank

In 2004 the school began its psychological support program 'Listen to My Voice' with money raised by its friends in the UK.
The program is in its second year of implementation and has been extremely successful. Its director has been told by the Palestinian Union for Psychologists and Social Workers that the school has become a profound professional in the field.

Ibrahim Issa says, "As a result, in our interactions with educationalists and interested people in other countries, we have found that this program is more widely significant than we first understood. Palestinians are by nature peaceful and friendly ˆ violence has grown over time because of the sheer scale of problems and violations they have faced. Yet there is inherent moral support in our local community for non-violence and, after initial reluctance was overcome, a momentum of support has built up in the local community".

The Listen to My Voice Project objectives are:

* To provide help for the children at the school and for their families in Bethlehem to address the effects of the downward-spiralling cycle of violence and trauma that has arisen from the Intifada and the occupation, and to remove the basis of future hostile behaviour.
* To create a model for wider use in Palestinian schools, to become a centre of excellence and dissemination of psychological support for people of the West Bank, and to share our accumulated knowledge and experience with the wider world.

The Program details are:

* Observation of individual children at the school - in some cases teacher attention can assist them; personal counselling and attention for children by our psychologist, helping them bring out their feelings and develop ways to transform their attitudes, behaviour and plans;
* Discussion and home visits with parents, to help them manage family and neighbourhood problems; coordination between psychologists, social workers and teachers, to incorporate new educational methods for emotional release and development;
* Training of teachers from Hope Flowers and other schools; holding meetings and forums for parents; generally taking initiatives and innovating according to need and as situations develop.

Unless issues arising from trauma and deprivation are positively resolved, violence is likely to carry on into future generations. The program arose from behavioural and learning difficulties observed amongst children at the Hope Flowers School.

The situation is further deteriorating as security barriers are being built to surround Bethlehem and other West Bank towns. They will limit the movement of residents, reducing contact with the surrounding area and the outside world, further damaging possibilities for growth and revival, stopping integration and negatively affecting living conditions. Ghettos are being created which will increase the strain on everyone living in our towns, damaging the developing psyches of the young. The Bethlehem barrier will pass very near to the Hope Flowers School, directly impacting on it and its visual environment, and causing the likely demolition of the school cafeteria. The Listen to my Voice program intends to prevent deterioration in the mental health of families and children due to increased pressure.

Despite their difficulties Palestinians have become one of the world's most highly qualified ethnic groups in academic terms. Through this program and our educational work we enable our children, hungry for education, to continue this trend because it gives us HOPE. Palestinian society is by nature friendly, peaceful and cooperative, and it is important that bitterness and psychological problems do not weaken and undermine this.

School History: The Hope Flowers School is an independent, integrated private school with conference facilities located in south Bethlehem. Internationally renowned and respected since 1984 it has worked to become a unique example of education for PEACE and DEMOCRACY and is much cited as a hope for peace in this region of great conflict.

Can you help the school fund the third year of this project? Money is desperately needed. PayPal facilities (online donations) are available at

Bethlehem requests the presence of internationals in its attempt to remain an open town. Hope Flowers School has conference facilities and good accommodation. It welcomes people wishing to visit and 'bear witness'. Do consider a trip to Bethlehem.


See also:

Me and My Shadow: The aftermath of the Lebanon war - by Palden Jenkins (August 30, 2006)
In the relative quiet following the recent war in Lebanon and Palestine, a potent fermentation is bubbling up. In war we see an orgy of accusation and projection, in which inaccuracies, lies, judgements and propaganda obscure the picture. In the shock following this war, all parties — close-in and more distant — are left with ringing ears. Attention is now curving back like a boomerang on all of the contributors to this devastation. It was all too much, disproportionate, mad — the sledgehammer was far too big, and the nut could have been cracked by other means. 'There is no other way' was the implied message, but there is another way. There were problems, and now there are new ones. But this, this has been the stuff of nightmares, of personal dramas fatefully dumped onto others. Why do we project our fears, ambitions and nightmares on others? To avoid looking at our own hidden agendas, our own sludge-heaps of unprocessed anxieties and unresolved questions. For the future, one positive message has emerged: this cannot go on. So, Israelis are now distraught over the failure of their military prowess. Their horrors, usually outwardly projected, are being internalised, aimed now at their political and military top brass, but exposing something deep, dark and heaving underneath. CLIP

Palestinian despair as donors meet (2006/09/01)
Diplomats and aid donors are gathering in the cool and the calm of a conference centre in Stockholm to consider the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian Territories. (...) The humanitarian consequences of the intensified conflict will be high on the Stockholm conference's agenda.Since late June the Israelis have put Gaza under sustained and at times intense military pressure. There have been more than 270 air strikes, numerous ground raids and many days of incessant artillery fire. The United Nations says that $30m worth of damage has been done in this poverty stricken place. The Israelis are trying to counter the militants who fire crudely made rockets from Gaza randomly into Israeli towns and villages. And the army is also trying to find and free an Israeli soldier captured in late June. The Hamas government has suggested truce talks, and has proposed swapping the soldier for some of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.But there has been no deal so far, and the killing goes on. The casualty figures show how very one-sided the recent conflict has been.More than 200 Palestinians have died - including many civilians - and hundreds more have been injured. One Israeli soldier has been killed - shot accidentally by his own side. Eleven Israeli civilians have been wounded in rocket fire from Gaza. In the course of the campaign thousands of people have fled their homes to escape Israeli artillery shells or advancing tanks. But even for those unscathed by the violence, Gaza has become a darker place. The Israelis bombed its only power plant, and now there is as little as six hours of electricity a day. On many nights the alleyways of the refugee camps are lost in complete darkness. Behind the doors of crowded homes, life goes on by candlelight. And on top of the stifling summer heat, Gazans are enduring serious water supply problems. CLIP


Note From Jean: Another of my good friends, Antares (from Malaysia), sent me a copy of his reply to a friend’s comment regarding my last post which he had forwarded to him/er — as many have apparently done to their own list of contacts. Although his/er view is rather caustically lucid — many may agree with her on most of his/er comments but still hold on to the hope that taking also some active responsibility on the outer stage of existence is still a relevant method that may help topple a major “impediment” to Life on Earth, while not somehow creating a worst monster in the process, as s/he surmises — I greatly enjoyed the stimulating effect his/er thoughts created in me (and BTW, of course, the name of "our" game as I see it - and as previously stated - is global self-empowerment and being all that we can BE to manifest the New Earth that already exists in the unmanifested realm of reality) and so I googled a bit to find out more writings from Sha'Tara, which you will also find below. Feel free to share your own reactions with me, Antares and Sha'Tara to all of this.

From: Antares>
Date: 23 Sep 2006
Subject: Re: [Fwd: Announcing a Day of Mass Resistance + Secret North American Union Meeting]

Hiya Sha!

I'm generally in total agreement with you. But I enjoy engaging with the mass consciousness from time to time. It's good exercise and effectively serves as a prophylactic against bitterness, aloofness, and isolation.

Besides, the kid in me loves the sight of another emblem of Sauron crumbling to dust... if you can't enjoy something as simple as that, well, no more movies for you... because they all revolve around the dramatic interplay of Light and Dark.

Glad you're still firing away! Jean Hudon is from Quebec... and I'm told HE looks a lot like me (he's exceptionally dedicated to networking info and I view him as a soul brother, though operating on a slightly different track, but vive la difference! :-)



Sha'Tara> wrote:

Hello Antares,

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Every revolution sows the seeds of its own demise."

The Bush "regime" is nothing new, nor is it any worse that any other that has come and gone on this benighted world. Real change will never come from "mass resistance" as history so clearly demonstrates. This "empire of unmitigated evil" was founded by the American revolution, which came from "mass resistance." The supremely capitalistic base of the USSR regime also came from "mass resistance" to an older - and subsequently discovered, less oppressive regime - than the one it installed.

The article about Canada being sucked into a North American Union is old hat. Ever since there was a Canada next to an America, it's been a truism that "when America sneezes, Canada catches cold."

Canada is America. There is no difference except in name. Like Austria and Nazi Germany, the "Aunchluss" is inevitable. Same people, same values, same land, indistinguishable "border." That Canada still exists at all is the anomaly, not the other way around. Canadian politics have never differed from American politics. As there were exceptions in America, there were exceptions in Canada. But exceptions prove the rule.

Just remember that those who beat the drums "against" the pathetic cartoon character in the tarnished white house are just waiting for a chance to take his place. Now, who, I wonder, will that be? A spoiled and utterly decadent society is not going to agree to changing its ways in favour of saving the planet and helping the poorer segments of earth live better. So if "political" pressure is to be applied to force change, those who replace the "Bush Regime" will have to be dictators and nothing less.

If we are spiritual beings in material form we are faced with two paths: the Common path and the Golden path. They exist side by side and often resemble each other so much only an adept has any hope of walking the right one.

Jean Hudon - or those he speaks for - like Starhawk, is barking up a tree with a dead raccoon. The methods advocated to combat this "evil" are dated and now useless. While "the people" are busy throwing rocks at the windows of the white house, another power, much more deadly, is quietly readying itself to strike and swallow all in its own bid for world domination.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out who will come out on top should this "endless war" spread much further. Bush is not Hitler. America is already bled dry. Time to look at a new power.

But of course the Golden path calls for a different approach - the self-empowered individual approach that has no need for armies or mass resistance to anything, for nothing can resist the self-empowered.

It is a tough choice, but I've tried the ones expounded in these articles and I remember only too well the fear, the paranoia, the anger and the hate these things promote. Binder Dundat, don't work. It takes a lifetime of dedication and self-sacrifice to learn the elementary steps of compassion, and these people think that one day of "mass protest" - of "solidarity" is going to topple a world power? A day isn't a sacrifice yet even that will be too much of most of America's bloated consumers.

Instead of another farce, I offer compassion in self-empowerment. Otherwise known as common sense.

Be well, always




The Magic of a Human Child

[Voice from the Other Side - Sha'Tara]

If we ponder human population resurgence, however much nature, gods and man himself try to cut down the numbers, we have to wonder.

Some say its a "biological imperative" but that's ridiculous. Such an imperative would obey cyclical natural "laws" which humans would be unable to violate.

Nor can we accept the biblical exhortation to mankind to "be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth" as another reason, since most humans today have little use for the bible's fiats. Also, with the knowledge that over 30,000 helpless babies and young children die each day, why would such a fiat be necessary? Seems to me that is one biblical injunction mankind has taken to "heart" without much thought in the matter.

Sexual drive, however powerful, cannot be the cause either since there are countless contraceptive methods known. Now you can have your cake and eat it too... hmmm...

Then there are those who propose that the vast majorities who live in poverty engender children in order to have them as security in old age. Do we really think poor humans are stupid as well? You bring forth children you cannot feed and starve along with them as an old age security package? Spare me that "stupid white man" thinking.

What then? Magic.

A new life -particularly a human life for humans- is full of magical essences. It could be said that most people involved in this new life fail to "see" the magic in the side unpleasantness and responsibilities, but then, earth is the planet of the magic-killers so let's not be surprised at this. Nevertheless some of the magic happens, though hidden and silent. Holding a baby or young child equates magic.

That magic is innocence. In a well-ordained system, such innocence would be nurtured and protected, of course. Here it is masterfully expunged from the individual, through religious, medical, governmental and social rituals designed exactly for that purpose. Innocent beings make lousy slaves. They don't jump to the carrot on the stick and don't understand the whip of power. If left to their own devices, they are gentle and quiet. They won't become greedy, won't demand, won't destroy and won't fight. They won't consume things they have no need for. Nor will they rush off to join the Big Machine, the Status Quo, the Competition. Being alive is all they need.

Innocents are useless to the System. So it is taken from them at the earliest possibility. The magic is peeled away, layer by layer until the human is ready to take its place at the Wheel, to serve the Machine, mindless, heartless and often ruthless.

Innocence knows itself as an individual but not without others being on par with itself. Innocents know that everything belongs to everyone. They don't have to be taught this. Only after their innocence has been stripped must they be re-programmed to care or to share and now it is no longer natural and is of little value and effect.

Last night I dreamt of being at an airport. I had two packages with me: a child in a bundle and a bag, both colored blue, both about the same size. In the commotion, the child-bundle disappeared and I went into pure panic. I searched everywhere, madly, wildly, retracing my steps over and over. I asked hundreds of people, watched for the blue bundle somewhere, anywhere. Nothing. I even woke up fully, sat in bed and told myself I was dreaming of my loss of innocence. Still I went back into the dream to find that baby. I never did. But I know - I knew - I was being shown how I too had been stripped of my most valued attribute when I was still a child. How my magic was taken away and I would never get it back in this life. By the way, the other blue bundle stayed with me... of course -- it is the "me" now!

We have children in order to touch once more the magic that was taken from us only to lose it over again as we allow it being taken from these children as well. Any wonder we are so lost?



Partials and Other Possibilities from the Endless

[voice from the Other Side - Sha'Tara]

That we do not understand ourselves is not for lack of trying on ideas. Problem is, most of those are regurgitated from those that have passed here before and are out of touch, or from less than savory characters who masquerade as "special" entities with a right to guide and control.

That we do not understand who we truly are is not for lack of information, but that the information is jumbled and confused... and really, most prefer it that way.

To understand then, means to know what I am, not just who I am. "What" is totally inclusive, whether I like what shows up or not. And the reason we don't know "what" we are is because of a lack of mortar in our parts.

I've read some philosophy and religion - branches of studies that can take us beyond the material - and I've seen an appalling failure from most of those to put it all together. It seems that much of human learning is more competition than a quest for truth. Truth then is the mortar I am looking for to put it together in a way that it would hold together - at least until the passage of time (it's or mine!)

If you'd wanted to find out all that you own, you'd do an inventory. In the process you would find the things that were misplaced and the ones you no longer need or want. You'd not only "count" your stuff but do a cleaning as well. You would discover areas that needed remodeling, strengthening, tearing down and replacing entirely. In our philosophical/spiritual realm, how often do we do this? We tend not to do it simply because most of our philosophy and belief systems are hand-me-downs. They are not things we've invested much time or effort cobbling together in order to shape ourselves thereby.

The longer we let this sad state continue, the more likely the "inventory" will never happen. We will die and once more fall prey to whatever it is we believed in, and we will end up pretty much back where we left off. Logical?

We exist in an infinite web of possibilities. The only limitations are the "containers" we offer to the unlimited - ourselves. If we are full of ideas concocted by others there will be no room in our containers for anything new. You don't go to a smorgasbord to fill your plate on the first dish, but try to mix/match a sampling of all that wonderful food. After all, the price is the same, why not truly enjoy? Life is such a smorgasbord. It encourages change - OF MIND!

Let's look at reincarnation as a philosophy that requires a change of mind. Each time we remember another "past" life we have to change our mind about who we are! We have to consciously and consistently work that aspect of us into the me of today. That is not an easy thing to do, especially if we discover a life in which we were rather nasty, or one in which we were better than what we are today. So we adapt ourselves to ourselves - we grow through forgiveness and acceptance.

Now I've come across another twist in the concept of reincarnation. Past lives aren't the only aspects we need to come to grips with. Turns out we are much more than the lives we've actually lived. We are also made up of "partials" - bits and pieces if you will - of all the things we've ever encountered or had relationships with. You know how they say 'you are what you eat'? Well the concept of being made up of "partials" is like that. I may not have lived as a nun in a 14th Century convent in Spain, but I may have touched one in a past life or through another person (or spirit being) and a part of her attached itself to me. That is a permanent stamp upon my expanding personality. It will, depending on the level of touch, always direct a part of my nature. It will cause me to think about and perhaps even desire to do, certain things which otherwise I would not.

We probably can never quantify or qualify all of our partials. But we can see ourselves better if we know this about what we are. Knowing what we are gives us a much more potent idea for who we would be. Knowing how we are "cobbled" together can free us from the laws and fiats of divine entities or others who would claim to have total authority over us. Yes, a part of us is a partial of theirs inasmuch as we've touched them and they've touched us. They have authority over that part of us that is now in them. But that does not give them the right to control us.

This understanding applies to all authoritarianism. To rulers and leaders; to bosses and teachers; to angels and divinities; to spirit guides and alien life-forms.

Talk of partials is just another way to re-state that all of life is symbiotic. That is what I call life's mortar - that which holds it all together in such a way that growth is inevitable and infinite.

When anyone or anything claims control over, that one has crossed the line; has violated 'nature' and gone evil - in the truest sense of the word. Whatever "controls" is parasitic and predatory. That controlling thing will eventually die out, but not before it kills many hosts. Understanding the concept of "partials" is another way out of the trap that is currently closing upon Earthian humans.


See also:

Evolution's Secret Unraveled [Voice from the Other Side - Sha'Tara]

Thanya of Norda - Another Past Life Story [Voice from the Other Side - Sha'Tara]


From: "WRM - World Rainforest Movement">
Subject: International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations
Date: 20 Sep 2006


- September 21st: International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

In many southern countries monoculture tree plantations are advancing rapidly, causing serious negative impacts on local communities as well as on the environment.

In the year 2004, following an initiative of the Brazilian "Network against the Green Desert," an organization with a long track record of resistance to tree plantations, 21 September -national tree day- was chosen as a significant date to commemorate internationally the struggle against monoculture tree plantations.

In spite of the innumerable complaints against the impacts of these plantations, governments continue to promote forestry plans consisting of a package of legislative measures promoting large-scale plantations, mainly through subsidies, tax exemptions, soft loans, land concessions or other promotional mechanisms.

Those policies are increasingly being challenged by organizations and communities in affected areas and what follow are opinions from some campaigners in Africa, Asia and Latin America on this third International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations.

Soumitra Ghosh, from NESPON and National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers says: "India has a long experience of monoculture plantations that have destroyed forests and pastures, and livelihoods of people. We want no more monocultures and demand that the Government makes no attempt to hand over forest land to industrial houses for raising more eucalyptus or pine plantations. Let monocultures be banned everywhere."

"Timber plantation expansion now being promoted by the South African government in the Eastern Cape province will not benefit local communities. Instead they will only bring more suffering to an already impoverished and marginalised region." said Wally Menne, chairperson of the Timberwatch NGO Coalition. He concluded saying that "The South African government must reverse its decision to promote the expansion of unsustainable timber plantations and should rather assist rural communities with sustainable projects around organic food production, tourism and small-scale manufacturing, that will genuinely help to ensure their long term welfare and self-reliance."

In the case of Chile, Lucio Cuenca, Director of the Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts, affirmed "that if the Government really wants people to believe in its slogan of 'Citizen Government' it should first eliminate the laws the dictatorship enacted to make the rich, richer and which even now are still in force, such as Decree 701 that gave subsidies and special credits and tax breaks to carry out plantations." Cuenca also denounced that the companies have managed to implement new strategies getting the State bodies to grant even greater amounts of public funds for the promotion of plantations. He concluded by saying that "an increasingly impoverished society is subsidising companies that are getting richer all the time. This cannot be defined as citizen government‚."

Indonesia has a long history of forest destruction and substitution by large-scale oil palm and pulpwood plantations. Rully Syumanda, from WALHI/Friends of the Earth stresses that "the introduction of oil palm plantations has been made at the expense of forests and forest peoples‚ rights and have made local communities poorer. The main issue is therefore that indigenous rights to land are recognised in national legislation and that the right to free, prior and informed consent allows communities to accept or refuse plantations on their land."

In the case of Brazil, Carla Villanova, from Friends of the Earth, stated that "taking into account the negative impacts of the plantation experience in other parts of Brazil, we totally oppose the State and Federal Governments' plans to support plantation companies." She added that "what is needed is not the support to major industries, but government support to other productive alternatives, benefiting those who really need it."

"Peoples throughout the South are struggling against large scale plantations", said WRM international coordinator Ricardo Carrere. "On this International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations, we demand that governments put an end to the promotion of these socially and environmentally destructive plantations and to instead support efforts made by local communities to improve their quality of life in harmony with their environment", he concluded.

For further information or interviews please contact:

World Rainforest Movement
International Secretariat
Ph: + 598 2 4132989
Fax: + 598 2 4100985



UFOs and the Days to Come 

July 31, 2006

The UFO sightings are going to increase exponentially and soon it will be undeniable. The media will have to address the issue along with those who have participated in the cover-up. Disclosure is coming from the skies, over 70-80% of the people believe UFOs are real and there is a government cover-up which leads us to the next question who does those who are participating in the cover-up serve and where is their integrity? To whom do they hold their allegiance? Certainly not to the American people, truth, honesty or professional journalism. UFO investigators are ridiculed, giggled at and held by mainstream scientists as unprofessional crackpots. Who is unprofessional? Einstein said condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance and armchair investigation and research is based on pure ignorance. From what research or data do these professionals draw? Zip, nada, and there are no courses in the universities about UFOs or fueless energy for that matter. So what do they base there statements on, how can they make an educated statement on a subject for which they have no education or research? Why does society put these people on documentaries and give them headlines concerning the subject? 

Wake up people, you had cars that ran on water decades ago not to mention all the fueless energy gained from crash retrievals and suppressed breakthroughs by a myriad of scientists. Everything you need to turn this planet around, provide all of your energy and transportation needs with clean Earth friendly energy has been on the planet for decades. The only thing missing is leadership with integrity. The enslaved through dependency game along with the pollution that comes with it has gone on for decades as well. Humanity has become so programmed most cannot even imagine a vehicle running on water, running on fueless energy devices, take it one step further and add anti and counter gravity and you would not even need tires. And yes the back engineered computer, microwave, fiber optics and soon biological computers all came from crash retrievals. The greater family of man/woman throughout the cosmos are in many cases your ancestors. 

They are returning. They have blocked kill shots from the sun, massive solar flares and CMEs. They have diverted comets and meteors or blasted them into nothing before impact. They have intervened and lessened the severity of many cataclysmic Earth changes. These spiritually and technologically advanced interstellar and interdimensional off world visitors have transcended disease, war, and all cultural and religious boundaries. They serve Creation yet we meet them with aggression and fear. When you attack a race in the interest of national security that has far superior technology there is a lack in logic. In the interest of National Security we should greet them with ambassadors, discern their intentions, learn from them and utilize their knowledge and technologies to end war, disease, and restore the environment. This is the logical, rational intelligent path to take. This is what is being offered by these off world visitors despite Hollywood and those who attempt to create a threat and assume in arrogance we can defeat them, steal their technology and use it for world domination. 

You are going to see them in your skies very, very soon. They are here now. Before the end of 2007 it will be undeniable due to the conditions of the consciousness and the environment. For those who follow the Mayan calendar there is a 5 year discrepancy between the Gregorian calendar. 2012 is this December and November 11 will be the great shift with a lot of shifts leading up to it. Where will you be in consciousness and location for this event? The off worlders work here to preserve a race bent on destroying itself and its environment will make it necessary to take a hands on approach. If less than twenty percent of the people prayed for divine intervention you would have it. Now is the time to rise in consciousness and deed. Ask for assistance in the days to come. If enough people drop the false belief in separation, release the past and ask for help you will see heaven on Earth. Health, longevity, peace, brother/sisterly love and a grand reunion with the greater family of man throughout the cosmos is our future if we have the courage to stand up for it.

Be well

James Gilliland

Also recommended to your attention...

A Galactic Exchange Univer-City - By James Gilliland
(...) The time has arrived where Humanity must come together as a collective to agree upon and live by the basic Universal Principles as the first and foremost priority. When this occurs, Humanity will have met the protocols necessary for contact and the exchange of knowledge and information can begin. We are meeting these protocols which is why we have been highly successful in contact and telepathic exchange with these benevolent spiritually and technologically advanced beings. Rather than being called aliens, it is more appropriate to call them members of the greater family of man/woman. They are not here to be worshiped. They are not here to conquer Earth and it's inhabitants. They are not here to take our natural resources. The simple fact that they have not done so by now shows that this is not their agenda. They are here to inspire each individual to make their own personal God connection and live by the Universal Principles necessary for a healthy society and environment. They are here to assist Humanity in a birthing process into the Fifth World, or the 'Golden Age of God' spoken of in ancient prophecies in most every culture on Earth. It is a turbulent, rocky road with many personal and collective challenges. They are here to alleviate the severity of some of the events in the days to come. Some in the past have referred to them as Gods. Others as angels. While there is a dark side within the alien agenda, it is a thimble full compared to the benevolent side. The dark side is being ushered out, finishing lessons that are now fast coming to a close. The days of tyranny on Earth and the Universe are ending. It is a cosmic plan so vast and powerful that those not able to flow with it will be energetically unable to sustain themselves. It is plan that no man can stop, implemented by beings with full use of the creational energies. We need to make way for the Light. The greater family of man/woman has many forms. There is a vibrational continuum and they exist in many states of awareness and forms along this continuum. Some are pure consciousness. Some have magnetized light bodies, energy bodies and some are physical. There are also many advanced races with technology as advanced as their spirituality. What we today in our limited understandings call a miracle is to them nothing more than the science of using creational energy. CLIP

How the men from the ministry hid the hunt for UFOs (September 25, 2006),,1880292,00.html
The Ministry of Defence went to extraordinary lengths to cover up its true involvement in investigating UFOs, according to secret documents revealed under the Freedom of Information Act. The files show that officials attempted to expunge information from documents released to the Public Records Office under the "30-year rule" that would have revealed the extent of the MoD's interest in UFO sightings. The ministry wanted to cover up the operation of a secret unit dedicated to UFO investigations within the Defence Intelligence Staff. The files were made public following FOI requests by David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University and his colleague Andy Roberts. "These documents don't tell us anything about UFOs but they do show how desperate the MoD have been to conceal the interest which the intelligence services had in the subject," said Dr Clarke. A [1976] note from the UFO desk to the MoD's head of security [states] "It is undesirable that even a hint of this should become public and we are currently consulting... on ways of expurgating the official records against the time when they qualify for disclosure." In a note dated April 28 1993 from DI55 to the public UFO desk the unnamed author argued the unit's involvement should be excised from records due to be released under the 30-year rule.

For a riveting two-page summary of reliable information on UFOs:


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