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Portland 9/11 Discussion Group : a sample of internal newsletter + weekly meeting invite

Our weekly meeting Thursday May 12th, 7-9pm, will be at Haven Coffee shop  http://www.havencoffee.com/, per portland.indymedia calendar. This is a discussion meeting, no video/dvd/audio program, called to discuss how best to focus our efforts in support of Mike Ruppert appearance in Portland the evening of Thursday June 2nd.
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I forwarded a copy of our internal email letter to portland.indymedia (once-off only) because I thought too few readers might be following likk to our googlegroup from indymedia.calendar entry.
NOTE : contents of this newsletter-as-newswire item will probably raise few eyebrows among the portland.indymedia crowd. But it will give an idea of the spectrum of things we include as relating profoundly to the entire 9-11 scam. This is nothing like a complete list ...
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From: "Richard Frager" < science@zzz.com>
Date: Sun, 08 May 2005 04:05:16 -0700
Local: Sun,May 8 2005 7:05 am
Subject: Minutes From The 9/11 Discussion Group for 5/5/05
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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Yet another fantastic meeting! Tip Oı the Hat to: Ray, Vivian, Phyllis, Cherie, Bryan, Courtney, Glen I, Craig, Mike, Harry, Glen II, Petros, Per, Aldona and Yours Truly, Richard.
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* For the video showing the last Thursday this month, Glen has made arrangements with Laughing Horse.
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Hopefully, Courtney or another member such as Craig can take notes. Yours Truly will try to make it, but may miss one or two; although that hasnıt happened yet!!
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The evening of May 5th
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We viewed some videos by Alex Jones and Jim Hoffman, co-author of 9/11Crimes in NYC. The book by Jim Hoffman and Don Paul "Waking Up From Our Nightmare The 9/11/01 Crimes in New York City" can be ordered from this web site:
 http://www.peaceproject.com/books/BK12.htm
Webster Tarpleyıs new book on 9/11 "Synthetic Terror" can be purchased
through this web site:
 http://www.waronfreedom.org/index.html#synth
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* Scientific American Plans 911 Hit Piece similar to the Popular Mechanics disinformation deformity. Also, Vanity Fair plans a Jeff Gannon exposé, which also may be a whitewash.
 http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2005/050505hitpiece.htm
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*WTC Jet Engine Confirmed NOT From Boeing 767
 http://www.thehandstand.org/archive/may2005/articles/911.htm
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* Press Releases: Court Allows Government to Use Secrecy to Avoid
Accountability
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WASHINGTON&#8249;In a one-line order with no explanation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the dismissal of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmondsı case, despite a Justice Department Inspector Generalıs report which concluded that Edmondsı whistleblower were in fact "the most significant factor" in the FBIıs decision to terminate her.
 link to www.911citizenswatch.org
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* Human Faces of War Project now displayed at the Tribe Theatre Gallery 510 NW Glisan.
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* Mike wants to know if anybody wants to take another poll. This involves
interviewing random people about who they believe is responsible for 9/11.
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NOTES FROM THE 9/11 DISCUSSION GROUP:
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* The 9/11 WTC Collapses: Questions the Media Won't Address
 http://whatreallyhappened.com/9-11_wtc_media.html
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* The Mysterious Death Of Dr. Diesel By Joshua Tickell
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When Rudolph Diesel unveiled the diesel engine at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, France, he shocked reputable scientists by pouring peanut oil into the engine. It is not surprising that Diesel designed the diesel engine to run on vegetable oil considering that this brilliant inventor spent his childhood in the agricultural provinces of France and Germany. He grew up around farmers, and knew of their troubles and needs.
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Diesel promoted the benefits of using agricultural fuel throughout his career. In 1913, Diesel was on a trip across the English Channel when he disappeared. A few days later his body was found afloat. The British newspapers suggested that Dr. Rudolph Diesel was assassinated by foreign agents.
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After Deisel's death, the idea of fueling engines with vegetable oil was quickly and quietly swept under the rug. His original designs were modified, and diesel engines were made to run on the cheapest most abundant fuel available: petroleum.
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Joshua Tickell is the author of From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank. Earth First! March-April 2003 Terry T. Pascher The University of Akron History Department World Civilizations: Latin America
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Gas prices have some looking at used cooking oil-Biodiesel is more attractive as gas gets expensive
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Spurred by rising energy prices, groups and individuals across the country are considering diving into used frying oil and local seed crops as diesel fuel. Among them is the Montana-based Alternative Energy Resource Organization, which is considering establishing a new cooperative to process fuel from those sources to make whatıs known as biodiesel.
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AERO member Doug Crabtree said the discussions are in an early phase but similar efforts have been successful elsewhere. "It takes the initial investment and getting all the players to the table," Crabtree said. "Itıs not insurmountable."
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Crabtree, who owns two diesel-powered trucks, said he believes the success of Sustainable Systems in Missoula can be emulated by Helena-based AERO. The Missoula firm got started by recovering the used frying oil from the University of Montana campus and using the resulting fuel in buses.
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"I have a personal, vested interest in making this happen," Crabtree said. "I fully intend to have something going this spring or summer. Whether thatıs on an individual basis or with a small co-op, itıs too soon to say." Matt Elsaesser, chairman of the SAVE Foundation, said his organization plans to add a biodiesel truck to its Helena recycling route. Burning the fuel, he said, offers both environmental and economic advantages over its conventional diesel, now selling at about $2.50 a gallon.
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Elsaesser said SAVE will get its biodiesel from Tanner Franklin, who produces small quantities of the product at his Canyon Ferry residence using waste frying oil. From raw product to burnable diesel fuel involves about eight hours. "Itıs something weıve always looked at," Elsaesser said. "Using a renewable fuel has a lot of appeal to us. This is a great way for us to demonstrate our commitment to the environment."
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The fuel is made through a chemical process where glycerin is separated from vegetable oil fat. Supporters say the resulting product has lower emissions than conventional diesel, is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. "The fact that you can take a product thatıs already been used once and turn it into a fuel has a lot of appeal to me," Franklin said. "I think it will catch on in this part of the country." Franklin makes his own fuel in 15-gallon batches.
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City of Berkeley Takes Pride in Burning New Fuel By SUDEV SHETH
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Berkeley&#8249;where school buses run on soybeans. Not quite, but all city-owned diesel vehicles, including school buses and garbage trucks, will start running on biodiesel, city officials announced this month.
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Putting the clean-burning derivative of recycled vegetable or soybean oil to use is the latest attempt to make Berkeley a more environmentally friendly city. "I'm really happy that the city is doing something to make the planet a cleaner place," said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. "It is important to clean up the city and it is a priority for us."
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Berkeley's biodiesel switch began in January, when about 180 of the city's 200-vehicle fleet was converted to the fuel. The conversion, which included garbage trucks and school buses, is one of the largest in comparison to similar cities.
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"I'm elated because Berkeley is the first city in the nation to do this to this extent," Bates said.
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Converting to biodiesel will cost the city&#8249;already struggling to balance its budget&#8249;an extra $150,000 this year.
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"Doing the right thing isn't always the cheapest," said Jenna Higgins, spokesperson for the National Biodiesel Board. "You have to look at the benefits. It's better for the environment, it is domestically produced, and it works with existing infrastructure."
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Mayor Bates said the cost of converting to biodiesel was already incorporated into the current budget.
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Biodiesel is regarded by many city officials as a safe alternative to diesel fuel because it is biodegradable and nontoxic.
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The conversion to the new fuel will decrease many harmful emissions, including a major factor in ozone depletion, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and two major components of acid rain, according to the U.S. Department of Energy and Agriculture.
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Converting to biodiesel will also cause an 85 to 90 percent drop in cancer-causing compounds and a decrease in particles that cause asthma, said Dave Williamson, recycling operations manager of the Ecology Center in Berkeley.
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But the conversion to biodiesel hurts vehicles' performance, Williamson said. The switch to biodiesel decreased trucks' gas mileage by 17 percent and cars' by 10 percent.
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Some allege biodiesel is not the environmental miracle it is made out to be.
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"Biodiesel is terrible for the environment," said Mark Jacobson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. "They are the worst types of fuel in terms of health."
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Biodiesel adds smog into the atmosphere by putting out more nitrogen oxide, even though it emits less hydrocarbons, Jacobson said.
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But supporters of the transformation say the benefits of biodiesel outweigh the risks.
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"(Biodiesel) reduces reliance on international oil and military intervention in foreign countries regarding oil," said Patrick Keilch, deputy director of public works in Berkeley. "It immediately reduces pollution in Berkeley and it even smells like french fries to some."
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* The Bush Doctrine: Hitlerian Machtpolitik
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Chris Floyd wrote in the Moscow Times on February 8th. "So let's have no illusions about where we are. Gangsters are in charge, and nothing and no one will be allowed to challenge their dominion. They are waging aggressive war to cement their position and that of their allies: the energy barons, the arms merchants, the construction and services cartels, the investment bankers. These power blocs now command monstrous resources and unfathomable profits; they can buy out, buy off or bury any force that opposes them.
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"Meanwhile, they use the loot of the stolen Republic -- its blood and treasure -- as fuel for their ever-expanding war machine: Bush now has a "secret watch-list" of 25 more countries ripe for military intervention, the Financial Times reported. With more war crimes afoot, last month Bush issued an official "National Defense Strategy" that openly declares "judicial processes" as one of the enemies confronting the United States, actually equating them with terrorism, the Associated Press reported. Law is "a strategy of the weak," says the Bush Doctrine, in a chilling echo of Hitlerian machtpolitik: Might makes right. The judicial process must not be allowed to "constrain or shape" American behavior in any way, the gangsters declared. Think of it: Law is now the enemy. Democracy, as we've seen above, is the enemy. This, the demented code of criminals and tyrants, has become the ruling doctrine of the United States replacing the Constitution, replacing the noble struggle for liberty and enlightenment with the howl of the beast, with a freak show of avarice and death."
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They are criminals and we know it. There is mounting opposition- so many demonstrations and protests that no one can go to more than a small fraction of them all. The press still tries to ignore the overwhelming evidence/facts of wrong doing at the highest levels of government. Propaganda pieces continue to be churned out by the big money interests who can flood Hollywood, the networks, C-Span and PBS with the illusion that "everything is under control- that our 'leaders are legitimate and doing the best they can to serve the 'people'"... Resistance is rising, however; there will be major protests against Halliburton in Houston, against the G8 in Scotland... The media blackout against the Bilderberger meeting will continue, as will the race between resistance and repression, thwarting and igniting warfare.
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Chossudovsky summarizes at the end of his article- The Antiwar Movement- The antiwar movement must act, consistently, to prevent the next phase of this war from happening. This is no easy matter. The holding of large antiwar rallies will not in itself reverse the tide of war. High ranking officials of the Bush administration, members of the military and the US Congress have been granted the authority to uphold an illegal war agenda. What is required is a grass roots network, a mass movement at national and international levels, which challenges the legitimacy of the military and political actors, and which is ultimately instrumental in unseating those who rule in
our name.
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War criminals occupy positions of authority. The citizenry is galvanized into supporting the rulers, who are "committed to their safety and well-being". Through media disinformation, war is given a humanitarian mandate. To reverse the tide of war, military bases must be closed down, the war machine (namely the production of advanced weapons systems) must be stopped and the burgeoning police state must be dismantled.
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The corporate backers and sponsors of war and war crimes must also be targeted including the oil companies, the defense contractors, the financial institutions and the corporate media, which has become an integral part of the war propaganda machine. Antiwar sentiment does not dismantle a war agenda. The war criminals in the US, Israel and Britain must be removed from high office. What is needed is to reveal the true face of the American Empire and the underlying criminalization of US foreign policy, which uses the "war on terrorism" and the threat of Al Qaeda to galvanize public opinion in support of a global war agenda."
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* The American Vote - Made in America - By the Manufacturers By Colleen OıBrien
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There are a lot of solutions out there for "fixing" the way Americans now vote. And for good reason. Consider this, says Alan Dechert, president, Open Voting Consortium: "In November of 2000, about 12 percent of the ballots in America were invisible, created with secret software. In 2002, it was about 18 percent. In 2004, over 30 percent of the ballots in America were invisible. Thatıs more than 30 million invisible ballots created with secret software in the most recent and controversial election!" America, we have a problem. We are entombing our right to vote. When we entomb our votes, we entomb democracy. Whatever happened to local people casting, local people counting, and local people monitoring their neighbors as they vote? Remarkable idea. It used to be called the democratic process.
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Consider this. Electronic voting machines are paperless. Thereıs no way to verify that your vote was correctly recorded. Thereıs no way to check on how the machines work. Theyıre expensive. And a biggy - theyıre controlled by their manufacturers. Could the The Oz Wizard be manipulating the vote behind the black box? Thereıs an ongoing collusion among vendors, politicians and election officials that could be betraying us right now without a trace. At least Alan Dechertıs group has come up with an open source voting system that has the security of hand-countable paper ballots. More on their program is available at www.OpenVoting.org.
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Right now, 80 percent of all votes in this country are counted by two companies: Diebold, and ES & S. Household words? Hardly. But they should be. The Vice President of Diebold and the president of ES & S are brothers. And the chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush supporter who vowed this past presidential election to deliver the electronic votes to Bush. Iım not sure what kind of Democracy weıve got right now. We want efficiency? Well, brothers and sisters, weıve got that. After all, we swipe ATM cards? And we slide credit cards? And we touch screen our votes, right? Wait a minute. Holy smokes! That vote just disappeared or switched, before my eyes! Now where did that lilı ole vote go? Well up in, not smoke, but cyberspace for sure. Out there in the wild blue yonder. Out there with the bits and bytes somewhere - controlled by secret software, remote manufacturers, and anonymous programmers. But my gawd, Maude. Ainıt we efficient now? Yeah. And we got trouble. Right here in River City.
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When I was growing up, we had the League of Women Voters. They were our poll watchers. We knew our votes, when it came to countinı time, were in good hands. They were our teachers, our PTA mothers, our next-door neighbors, after all. Where are they now? We need the likes of the League of Women Voters back. We need us back. Votinı in front of our neighbors. And countinı in front of our neighbors. As Congressman Pete King (R-NY) put it on Oct. 11, 2004, "Itıs already over. The electionıs over. We won. Itıs all over but the counting. And well take care of the counting." Well, you can fool all of the people some of the time.
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* Environmental Groups Blast New Bush Forest Rule by Christopher Doering
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WASHINGTON - Environmental groups criticized President George Bush Thursday for reopening 60 million acres of federal forests to logging and road building after the administration formally overturned a Clinton-era rule that protected the land from development. A new US Forest Service final regulation will exempt states from federal restrictions on road construction in environmentally sensitive forest areas unless a governor asks for specific land to be protected.
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The regulation is supported by logging, energy and mining companies, which need to build roads to operate in federal forests.
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Green groups and Democratic lawmakers said the proposal was a complete reversal of a 2001 rule developed by former President Bill Clinton that would have kept these forests under federal control.
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"The minute this rule is put into effect, the 2001 rule as we all know it is wiped off the books. Federal protections are gone," said Robert Vandermark, director for the Heritage Forests Campaign. "These lands are now at immediate risk to any kind of development from the logging, mining and drilling industries."
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Signed just days before leaving office, the Clinton rule virtually halted development on 58.5 million acres of federal forest deemed worthy of special protections to save endangered species or local habitats from irreversible damage.
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Under the new rule, governors have 18 months to submit a request to the federal government for any forest land they want protected. A national advisory committee composed of groups "interested in conservation" will review each petition.
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The Forest Service, a division of the US Agriculture Department, first proposed the current plan in July.
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"The reality on the ground tomorrow will remain the same as it was yesterday," said Mark Rey, the US Agriculture Departmentıs undersecretary of natural resources. "These areas will remain protected ... and that will continue to be so as we move ... to develop state specific rules," he said. The controversial Clinton rule has been the subject of nine lawsuits since its adoption, mostly from western states where the vast majority of the land is located. Boise Cascade Co., a major paper products company, also was involved in litigation.
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Rey said the Clinton rule faced, "at best, an uncertain legal future" and would be mired in litigation that prevented it from being implemented effectively.
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A 2001 decision by an Idaho federal judge halted the plan, but it was later overturned by the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco. The rule also was blocked by a Wyoming federal judge and has been appealed to the 10th Circuit Court in Denver, which heard arguments this week.
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"Early in his presidency, the Bush Administration announced their support for President Clintonıs roadless rule," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the US House Democratic leader.
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"Since then, they failed to defend the rule from the lawsuits of the timber industry, and in fact worked hand in hand with opponents to overturn the rule in court," she said. by TheHostPros
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* One year since the torture revelations at Abu Ghraib-Mistrial in reservistıs court martial By Bill Van Auken
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One year after photographs of American soldiers torturing and humiliating naked and hooded Iraqi prisoners triggered a wave of international revulsion, the US Army was forced Wednesday to declare a mistrial in the prosecution of one of a handful of junior-ranking enlisted personnel charged in the matter.
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Private First Class Lynndie England, an Army reservist, had pled guilty two days earlier to charges of mistreating Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison and conspiracy. "I had a choice, but I chose to do what my friends wanted me to," said England.
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The 22-year-old woman, recruited into the military from rural West Virginia, was at the center of the furor over Abu Ghraib because of pictures showing her holding a leash attached to a naked prisoner who was apparently being dragged across the floor. In other photos, she was seen with a cigarette dangling from her mouth, pointing to the genitals of naked and hooded detainees and standing next to naked prisoners stacked in human pyramids.
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The mistrial came because of testimony by Englandıs immediate superior at Abu Ghraib, Pvt. Charles Graner Jr., who in civilian life is a prison guard. Graner was convicted on similar charges last January and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He impregnated England while the two were assigned to Abu Ghraib, but subsequently married another enlisted woman involved in the scandal.
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According to Graner, he asked England to pose for the pictures and took them to document what he said was a "planned use of force" to extract a prisoner from his cell. While Granerıs testimony was supposed to support the defense attorneyıs plea for leniency in sentencing, it contradicted the principal charge&#8249;that she had conspired with others to abuse and humiliate the detainees. "You canıt have it both ways," said the military judge in declaring a mistrial. "You can only plead guilty if you believe you are guilty."
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The collapse of the trial was met with evident perplexity by the mass media, which described the case as returning to "square one." Englandıs conviction was supposed to have been the final act in Washingtonıs whitewashing of the torture revelations and clearing nearly all but a few hapless reservists who were portrayed as "rogue soldiers" acting on their own.
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Granerıs testimony, however, reopens the issue that the government had sought to bury: the obscene atrocities photographed on tier 1 of Abu Ghraib prison resulted from criminal orders that came down a chain of command that reached all the way into the White House.
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In the year since the broadcast and publishing of the Abu Ghraib photographs, a steady stream of revelations has established beyond any doubt that the torture as well as murder of prisoners portrayed in these images was anything but an aberration.
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They were prepared by legal opinions produced by the then-White House counsel and now US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who rationalized torture and argued that the protections of the Geneva Convention did not apply to those captured in Washingtonıs "global war on terrorism."
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The same methods of sexual and religious humiliation used at Abu Ghraib were first tried out at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and then exported to Iraq. Specific forms of torture&#8249;keeping prisoners in "stress positions," threatening them with attack dogs and other methods&#8249;received explicit authorization from US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Lieut. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the former commander of US forces in Iraq. Yet not a single senior official or military officer has been held accountable.
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Rather, the Armyıs inspector general concluded an investigation last month exonerating Sanchez and every other senior commander.
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When the photographs from Abu Ghraib first surfaced, Bush and other top administration officials feigned shock and disgust over the torture. In a transparent attempt to defuse the explosive anger that swept the Arab world, they promised to hold those responsible accountable.
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At the time, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said he told foreign officials concerned about the revelations: "Watch how we deal with this. Watch how America will do the right thing."
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Well, a year has passed and the world can see how America, or more precisely its rulers, has dealt with Abu Ghraib. They behaved in the same way as the fascist-military dictatorships Washington helped bring to power in Latin America in the 1970s. Faced with incontrovertible evidence exposing one example of widespread torture, they placed the blame on the lowest-ranking soldiers involved in order to cover up their own responsibility and ensure that the systemic practice continues.
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Every day, fresh evidence emerges of the impunity with which the US military is allowed and encouraged to inflict violence upon the people of occupied
Iraq.
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On Wednesday, the US Marine Corps announced that it has cleared a corporal who was filmed executing a wounded Iraqi inside a Fallujah mosque last November. The horrific scene of the enraged marine shouting obscenities, screaming that the Iraqi was "faking heıs dead" and firing point-blank into the wounded manıs head was broadcast over television in the US and internationally.
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The Marine Corps investigation not only found that the corporalıs actions were "consistent with the established rules of engagement" in Fallujah, but also revealed that he killed two other wounded men in the mosque in the same way. And a fourth wounded Iraqi was similarly executed, but an investigation is continuing into who shot him.
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Those executed in the mosque had been wounded by another US unit the day before, taken prisoner and then left behind. The exoneration of those responsible for this atrocity only demonstrates that the "rules of engagement" prescribed to the troops in Fallujah were criminal, violating the most basic precepts of the Geneva Conventions. They boiled down to "kill anything that moves."
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Then there is the report exonerating the US forces who shot and killed the Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari March 4 on the road to Baghdad airport. The incident, which occurred after Calipari had succeeded in freeing journalist Giuliana Sgrena from hostage-takers, provoked outrage in Italy.
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The military once again found that the troops firing the fatal shots were only following "rules of engagement." There is widespread suspicion in Italy that more may be involved in the killing, reflecting Washingtonıs displeasure with any negotiations with anti-occupation forces.
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Putting that aside, once again the rules of engagement amount essentially to shoot anything that moves. What happened to Calipari and to those wounded in the car is almost a daily occurrence for Iraqis. In these less publicized cases, the Pentagon is just as loath to admit any blame. "The American troops have adopted an atmosphere of impunity," a recent joint report issued by Occupation Watch and the Defense of Human Rights in Iraq concluded. "Arrogant and violent behavior goes unpunished and continues."
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This impunity, arrogance and violence is a measure of the demoralization that has set in among the US occupation force, the same demoralization that led the reservists at Abu Ghraib to participate enthusiastically in the torture and humiliation of fellow human beings. These troops are fighting a war that the majority of the American people oppose. In most cases, they have little understanding of why they are there, and see the Iraqi population itself as the enemy.
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A revealing glimpse of the demoralized state of the US military emerged in a column last week by New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, who interviewed Aidan Delgado, a former Army private who sought conscientious objector status because of his revulsion over the war. Delgado spoke of "gratuitous violence... routinely inflicted by American soldiers on ordinary Iraqis."
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He told the Times: "Guys in my unit, particularly the younger guys, would drive by in their Humvee and shatter bottles over the heads of Iraqi civilians passing by. Theyıd keep a bunch of empty Coke bottles in the Humvee to break over peopleıs heads." Asked why they did it, the soldiers told him it was because they "hated being in Iraq" and hated "Hajis," the derogatory and racist term employed to describe the occupied Iraqi people.
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A year after the revelations about Abu Ghraib, the social and political cancer revealed in the photographs has continued to spread. While professional military commanders normally discourage such atrocities in wartime, knowing the damage they do to both the morale and discipline of the soldiers they command, in Iraq such practices have received encouragement from both the top civilian leadership of the Pentagon and the Bush White House itself.
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Aside from mouthing the same hypocritical expressions of shock and dismay as the Republicans, the Democratic Party has carefully avoided making the atrocities carried out by US troops in Iraq a political issue.
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Politically sanctioned and defended routinely within the military, the "atmosphere of impunity" and "gratuitous violence" in Iraq has ominous implications.
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The atrocities at Abu Ghraib are not that alien to American society. Similar forms of torture, abuse and sexual humiliation take place in US prisons, immigrant detention centers and police stationhouse bathrooms.
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While by no means every soldier sent to Iraq has carried out the kind of crimes committed at Abu Ghraib, the war is feeding this reactionary social tendency. Disconnected from society and immersed in a culture of violence, elements are being trained that can serve as the raw material for a future fascist movement.
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The methods developed in Iraq can be brought home, with death squads and torture becoming tools for suppressing popular unrest and eliminating political opposition within the United States itself.
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* The historical development of US imperialism By Nick Beams
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The immediate opportunity for the US to openly deploy its military might was
provided by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Viewed against the backdrop of
the history of the twentieth century as a whole, however, the impact of this
event was not so much a re-orientation of US foreign policy as the removal
of the constraints imposed upon it during the previous seven decades. An
examination of the origins and historical development of American
imperialism makes this clear.
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The foundations for American capitalismıs rise to global prominence were securely established in the decades immediately following the Civil War and the victory of the rising industrial bourgeoisie of the North. The next thirty years saw the establishment of the giant corporation&#8249;taking the leading role in economic development from the single-owner or family business&#8249;the opening up of the entire continent to the development of capitalist industry and farming, the development of new forms of industrial production&#8249; the beginnings of the assembly-line methods that would shape the economy of the twentieth century&#8249;and, just as important, the development of new forms of corporate management.
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By the end of the century American capitalism was ready to take its "place in the sun" along with the other capitalist great powers. It announced its arrival with the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the subsequent colonisation of the Philippines at the cost of 200,000 Filipino lives.
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Notwithstanding the Philippinesı conquest, America did not so much demand a formal empire, but rather the "open door"&#8249;the freedom of American economic interests to penetrate any part of the world. This policy reflected the position of the United States: by the time it was ready to take its place on the world stage, the globe had been carved up among the other great capitalist powers&#8249;France, Germany and, above all, the British Empire. The principles of liberty and freedom proclaimed by the rising American power therefore reflected its immediate interest in open markets and trade.
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If military interventions were carried out they were aimed not at enforcing a particular American interest but to support universal principles of civilisation.
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As President Theodore Roosevelt put it in December 1904 during a struggle to secure control of the Panama Canal: "It is not true that the United States feels any land hunger or entertains any projects as regards the other nations of the Western Hemisphere save such as are for their welfare. All that this country desires is to see the neighbouring countries stable, orderly, and prosperous."
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Any country that conducted itself with decency, kept order and paid its obligations need have no fear of the United States. However "chronic wrongdoing" or impotence resulting in a general loosening of the "ties of civilisation" would ultimately require "intervention by some civilised nation". Furthermore there was no over-arching right to independence. According to Roosevelt: "It is a mere truism to say that every nation ... which desires to maintain its freedom, its independence, must ultimately realize that the right of such independence can not be separated from the responsibility of making good use of it" (See Oscar Barck ed. America in the World, Meridian Books 1961 p. 80).
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These sentiments were widely shared by the ruling elites. As the future president Woodrow Wilson explained in a lecture delivered in 1907: "Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the nations which are closed must be battered down."
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And even more than this. According to the future advocate of the self-determination of nations: "Concessions obtained by financiers must be safeguarded by ministers of state, even if the sovereignty of unwilling nations be outraged in the process" (cited in William Appleman Williams, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, p. 72).
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Americaıs entry into the world arena was driven by its dynamic economic expansion. By the time of World War I, the US economy was dependent on the international economy as a whole. Its industries had expanded to such a point, Wilson explained during his campaign for the 1912 elections, that "they will burst their jackets if they cannot find a free outlet to the markets of the world." Domestic markets, he insisted, no longer sufficed. America needed foreign markets. The demands of the war helped provide these markets, transforming the US from a debtor to a creditor nation.
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America entered the war espousing the universal principles of freedom, the right of nations to self-determination and, above all, democracy. The reality was, however, that American industries and finance houses could not afford a loss by the allies, so great had been their financial involvement.
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Americaıs goals were summed up with remarkable frankness by former president Roosevelt in the autumn of 1917. The US, he insisted, did not go to war to "make democracy safe". Rather America intended to make the world "safe for ourselves". "This is our war, Americaıs war. If we do not win it we shall some day have to reckon with Germany single-handed. Therefore, for our own sake let us strike down Germany" (cited in Arno Mayer, The Political Origins of the New Diplomacy, pp. 344-345).
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Mr Paul Baird
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Fax(Alternate): +612 8838 2333
Ph: +612 9635 0752
 privac...@hotmail.com
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The satellites are not available to law enforcement agencies. Instead they protect illegal operators (like drug traders and corporate criminals) who in fact spy on law enforcers, lobbyists etc. They also facilitate remote, non-consensual human experimentation by the US military, the CIA and so on. In fact when asked who was centrally responsible - the military, defence contractors, the agencies, the media, or the mafia - one senior AFP executive replied: "Well, they all have access don't they".
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CATEGORIES OF SURVEILLANCE/HARASSMENT TECHNOLOGIES
(Source - US Congress Office of Technology Assessment)
Electronic Eavesdropping Technology- (Audio Surveillance).
+ Radiating devices & receivers (e.g. miniature radio & ultrasonic transmitters)
+ Non-radiating devices (eg wired surveillance systems including phone taps and concealed microphones)
+ Tape recorders
+ Laser-facilitated listening devices, rifle mikes and other "remote " equipment (incl. satellites)
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Even phones can be made "hot on the hook" i.e. turned into microphones when not in use.
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Optical/Imaging Technology- (Visual Surveillance)
+ Photographic techniques (incl. zoom lens and infra red cameras)
+ Television (e.g. closed circuit)
+ Night vision devices (e.g. image intensifiers)
+ Satellite based viewing (up to and including the monitoring of writings as they are written; indoors)
+ Aircraft facilitated viewing
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Computers & Related Technologies- (Data Surveillance)
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Microcomputers - decentralisation of machines and distributed processing
Computer networks
Software (eg. expert systems)
Pattern recognition systems
Voice Activated & thought activated computers (incl. "remote" equipment)
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In many countries the military operates tracking stations; assisting the giant American National Security Agency. The NSA covertly monitors every call, fax, e-mail, telex and computer data message. The relevant computers search for key words/phrases. Anything/anyone of interest is drawn to the attention of agency operatives. This can lead to a large scale personal surveillance operation by the NSA or other agencies; like the CIA and their criminal connections. The current system is called ECHELON.
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Sensor Technology
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Magnetic sensors
Seismic sensors
Infra red sensors
Strain sensors
Electromagnetic sensors (incl. brain wave sensors)

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I am not impressed with operation of googlegroups 30.May.2005 18:46

glen theKnownUniverse@yahoo.com

Attached is the submission I made to  portland911@googlegroups.com as well as the attachment 'Richard Frager Digest' at Monday May 30th.
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Let's talk about transferring to a groups using yahoo as soon as we can. this constant need to check and recheck for frequent system failures is wearing me out.

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