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Ik kreeg vandaag dit email van Amnesty International:

'USA: Congress rubber stamps torture and other abuses.

By passing the Military Commissions Act, the United States Congress has, in effect, given its stamp of approval to human rights violations committed by the USA in the “war on terror”. This legislation leaves the USA squarely on the wrong side of international law, and has turned bad executive policy into bad domestic law. Amnesty International will campaign for repeal of this act and fully expects the constitutionality of this legislation to be challenged in the courts.In the “war on terror”, the US administration has resorted to secret detention, enforced disappearance, prolonged incommunicado detention, indefinite detention without charge, arbitrary detention, and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Thousands of detainees remain in indefinite military detention in US custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay. Congress has failed these detainees and…

Joachim Fest 11

Joahim Fest schrijft in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis over 'een tijd waarin wij door vernieuwingen verslagen worden en nauwelijks weten hoe we ons daartegen moeten verweren. Zich onthouden van handelen is vaak even verdienstelijk als het handelen zelf, al valt daarop minder licht. De gedachte is dat een beschaving slechts een beperkte mate van verandering kan verdragen. In tijden van versnelde ontwikkelingen is het belangrijker het traditionele te behouden dan het af te breken... Anders breken bij het voorwaarts dringen ook de emotionele bindingen met het vroegere, waaraan zowel maatschappij als enkeling zijn houvast te danken heeft.'

The Empire 17

De VS mag dan wel het machtigste land ter wereld lijken, maar het is tegelijkertijd ook het armste land ter wereld, gezien de immense schuld dat het heeft. Via Globalcirclenet kreeg ik dit bericht: 'In the late 1990s and up to Fiscal Year 2001the federal government falsely claimed a budget surplus - yet debt increased each year faster than before -
- and for FY 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 debt was even higher - - dramatic pictures tell the story
The Grandfather Economic Reports is a series of picture reports of threats to the economic future of families and their children, compared to prior generations. You are now at the chapter on Federal Government Debt trends. Welcome. We hope your visit will find useful information to help you and your loved ones. (see report at http://mwhodges.home.att.net/ ).
This is page 1 of a 2-page mini-report about the high dependence of the economy on government debt, impacting families and the young, presented in an easy-to-understand format with 8 colo…

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Toen ik van de zomer duizenden kilometers langs prikkeldraad was gereden waarmee de 'High Desert' in het zuidwesten van de VS is afgezet (met overal borden No Trespassing en Private Property) arriveerde ik net voor de grens van Arizona en New Mexico een gedenksteen met een plaquette: ‘Near here Geronimo last Apache chieftain and Nachite with their followers surrendered on sept. 6th 1886 to general Nelson A. Miles. U.S. Army lieutenant Chas. B. Gatewood with Kieta and Martine Apache scouts risked their lives to enter the camp of the hostiles to present terms of surrender offered to them by general Miles. After two days, Gatewood received the consent of Geronimo and Nachite to surrender. The surrender of Geronimo in Skeleton Canyon on that historic day, forever ended Indian warfare in the United States. This memorial erected A.D. 1934 by the City of Douglas, with federal C.W.A. funds.’

Er stond het woord 'hostiles.' Maar wie waren nu eigenlijk de vijandigen geweest? De bl…

The Empire 15

Globalcirclenet bericht:

'(CBS) Veteran Washington reporter Bob Woodward tells Mike Wallace that the Bush administration has not told the truth regarding the level of violence, especially against U.S. troops, in Iraq. He also reveals key intelligence that predicts the insurgency will grow worse next year.
In Wallace's interview with Woodward, to be broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the reporter also claims that Henry Kissinger is among those advising Mr. Bush.
According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret. "It's getting to the point now where there are eight-, nine-hundred attacks a week. That's more than 100 a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces," says Woodward.
The situation is getting much worse, says Woodward, despite what the White House and the Pentagon are saying in public. "The truth is that the assessment…

The Empire 14

Common Dreams bericht:

'Economy Booming for Billionaires.

Millionaires are so last millennium. The new Forbes 400 list of richest Americans is billionaires only.
If you're net worth is a mere $999 million, forget it. A billion means a thousand million, and that's the Forbes 400 minimum -- up from $900 million in 2005.
Donald Trump and two of his kids grace the Forbes 400 cover, but ranked No. 94 with $2.9 billion, Trump's a long way from No. 1 Bill Gates with $53 billion.
The combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans is a record-breaking $1.25 trillion. That's about the same amount of combined wealth held by the 57 million households who make up half the U.S. population.
The economy is booming for billionaires. It's a bust for many other Americans.
A record 400 Americans are billionaires -- and a record 47 million Americans have no health insurance.
America has 400 billionaires -- and 37 million people below the official poverty line.
The official poverty line for on…

Stemmachines

Ik ontving deze email:'From: Frank Tiggelaar Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet (We don't trust voting computers)
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>During the Dutch campaign warning of the dangers of using voting
>computers during the upcoming November 22 parliament elections, one of
>the arguments against the use of such machines came from the USA:
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>Virus beats voting machines
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>Princeton computer scientists say they have written a virus that can
>override the functions of Diebold voting machines, the U.S.'s most
>popular, altering vote counts with little chance of detection,
>Bloomberg News reported from New York.
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>The virus could modify all of the machine's records, audit logs and
>counters, the scientists, Ariel Feldman, J. Alex Halderman and Edward
>Felten, said. Someone with access to Diebold's AccuVote-TS machine, or
>to a memory card installed in it, can infect its operations in about a
>minute's time, they said.
>
>More than 33,0…

The Empire 13

Free Camilo bericht: 'Camilo Mejia freed from Oklahoma Army prison.

Iraq CO and family honored by Oklahoma peace activists

Camilo Mejia was sentenced to one year in an Oklahoma Army prison for "desertion" when he refused to continue to participate in a war he felt was immoral. His release was celebrated by dozens of local activists who were notified of his low-key re-entry into "normal" life.
Camilo Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison for "desertion" when he refused to continue to participate in a war he felt was immoral.
On February 15, Camilo Mejia was released from the prison at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, where he had been incarcerated since last June. He was welcomed by members of his family, including his mother, aunt and 5-year-old daughter. The family met with Oklahoma peace activists for a celebratory dinner before going on to Miami, where Camilo will take up residence to be near his daughter (he and her mother are divorced).
Camilo, who holds dual …

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Democracy Now bericht:

'Army reservist Sergeant Marshall Thompson spent a year in Iraq working as a military journalist. He reported from across Iraq, interviewing thousands of US soldiers. Now back home in his native Utah, he is planning a 500-mile walk across the state to protest the war and call for a withdrawal of US troops. [includes rush transcript]
His goal is to walk from the Utah/Idaho border to the Utah/Arizona border in 26 days, that’s one day for every 100 soldiers who have died in Iraq. He’ll have to average about 20 miles a day.
I spoke with Sergeant Marshall Thompson on Monday in Salt Lake City in his first national broadcast interview. He began by talking about why he was planning the walk.
SGT. MARSHALL THOMPSON: Well, I got back from Iraq about two months ago, and I knew I’d have to do something to make things right. And so I decided, my wife and I, that it would be a good idea to do a walk through Utah. Utah is my home state, and I love it. It's also the reddest…

Joachim Fest 10

Joachim Fest in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis: 'Et quid amabo quod aenigma est? Wat moet ik liefhebben, zo niet het raadsel.'

Israelisch Expansionisme 25

Het International Middle East Media Center bericht: 'Jewish rabbi calls for extermination of all Palestinian males.

A Jewish rabbi living in the West Bank has called on the Israeli government to use their troops to kill all Palestinian males more than 13 years old in a bid to end Palestinian presence on this earth.

Extremist rabbi Yousef Falay, who dwells at the Yitzhar settlement on illegally seized Palestinian land in the northern part of the West Bank, wrote an article in a Zionist magazine under the title "Ways of War", in which he called for the killing of all Palestinian males refusing to flee their country, describing his idea as the practical way to ensure the non-existence of the Palestinian race.

"We have to make sure that no Palestinian individual remains under our occupation. If they (Palestinians) escape then it is good; but if anyone of them remains, then he should be exterminated", the fanatic rabbi added in his article.

Falay is not the first to hav…

Joachim Fest 10

Joachim Fest in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis: 'Over de levenskunst van de Romeinen. Francois had in de loop der jaren drie belangrijke maximes ontdekt. Er zijn waanzinnige dingen die je niet kunt tegenhouden. Vervolgens: men moet de noodlottige gebeurtenissen, die altijd groot zijn, vergeten en ten volle genieten van het geluk, dat klein is. Ten slotte: de dwaasheden waarin de mensen vastlopen, moet je begrijpen, misschien moet je erom glimlachen, maar je mag ze nooit veroordelen.'

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Associated Press bericht:

'Retired Officers to Criticize Rumsfeld.
Retired military officers on Monday are expected to bluntly accuse Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of bungling the war in Iraq, saying U.S. troops were sent to fight without the best equipment and that critical facts were hidden from the public.
"I believe that Secretary Rumsfeld and others in the administration did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq," retired Maj. Gen. John R. S. Batiste said in remarks prepared for a hearing by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
A second witness, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, is expected to assess Rumsfeld as "incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically ...."
"Mr. Rumsfeld and his immediate team must be replaced or we will see two more years of extraordinarily bad decision-making," said his testimony prepared for the hearing, to be held six weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections i…

The Empire 10

De Los Angeles Times onderzocht Amerikaanse oorlogsmisdaden in Afghanistan.

'Two Deaths Were a 'Clue That Something's Wrong'

A Special Forces team in Afghanistan failed to alert its superiors. Witnesses tell of torture.

WAZI, Afghanistan — The Green Berets of ODA 2021 were on high alert as their convoy rumbled down the winding, rutted road that day in March 2003. The team had been tipped that armed men loyal to the notoriously volatile warlord Pacha Khan Zadran lay in wait around the bend.As they approached this mountain village in eastern Afghanistan, the Americans spied the warlord's fighters high on a ridge to their right. They scrambled for cover behind their trucks and Humvees.
Moments later, machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades rained down on their vulnerable position. Though pinned down, the Americans responded with a fusillade of their own."The air was snapping like Rice Crispies [sic]," the Special Forces team's newly assigned commander…

The Empire 9

De oorlogsstaat is in financiele moeilijkheden, want oorlog is bijzonder duur.

Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short. An extraordinary action by the chief of staff sends a message: The Pentagon must increase the budget or reduce commitments in Iraq and elsewhere.
Washington - The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding.
The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon officials.
"This is unusual, but hell, we're in unusual times," said a senior Pentagon official involved i…

The Empire 8

Why Retired Military Brass Don't Want Torture Firsthand combat experiences compel old guard to attack Bush's "alternative interrogation."43 generaals en admiraals van de Amerikaanse strijdkrachten hebben zich fel uitgesproken tegen wat zij noemen martelingen (en die opmerkelijk genoeg in de Nederlandse avondkrant de NRC 'hardhandige verhoren' heten). De Los Angeles Times bericht: 'For one 83-year-old veteran of World War II, it was the searing memory of a Japanese prisoner who helped turn the tide on Iwo Jima. For a 40-year veteran of Army intelligence, it was a trip to the battlefield at Gettysburg. 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 into unfamiliar territory.
"None of us feels comfortable speaking out publicly," said retired Rear Adm. John D. Hutson, who served as the Navy…

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Axel Merk is Manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund.

The Economy in Denial: Fallout From the Bursting Housing Bubble


PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Every day, another economist claims that the impact of the slowdown in housing on the economy is overrated; a few months ago, many still disputed there even was a housing bubble. There has been a housing bubble, the bubble has only started to deflate, and it may have very negative long-term implications for the U.S. economy as well as the U.S. dollar.
Almost every day, a high profile company directly or indirectly targeting the U.S. consumer warns that its outlook is bleak. Let it be Yahoo warning about advertising revenues; let it be Kellogg’s warning about its high costs; let it be Dell’s warning that its eternal rebate programs cannot push sales anymore; let it be the automakers that sell many of their brands at prices below last year’s level, yet are still unable to boost volume. All these incidents are linked to the U.S. consumer; and U.S. consume…

Joachim Fest 10

Joachim Fest in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis: 'Alle perioden van verval beginnen met de macht van het historische. Wie alleen maar wil behouden, is al aan het einde.'

The Empire 6

De geschiedschrijver Sallustius schreef dat de oosterse vorst Mithridates over de Romeinen had gezegd: 'De Romeinen hebben maar 1 reden om oorlog te voeren met alle landen, alle volkeren en alle koningen: hun onverzadigbare honger naar macht en rijkdom. Vroeger, toen ze nog gewoon een stelletje struikrovers waren, hebben ze zich alleen maar in een stad verenigd om op die manier een plaag voor de hele aarde te kunnen worden. Geen enkele goddelijke of menselijke wet zou hen kunnen verhinderen te plunderen, hun bondgenoten en vrienden te overvallen en iedereen als vijand te behandelen die hun slaaf niet is. De Romeinen strijden het hardnekkigst tegen degenen van wie de nederlaag hun de rijkste buit belooft.'