Oct. 1, 2005

Why not Torture Judith Miller?

These are the facts! Mycos~ Why not Torture Judith Miller?: "The Times' hypocrisy is incidental compared to the inequities of a system that protects criminals like Miller while dispatching Muslims to Guantanamo for lesser offenses. By any measure, Miller's withholding of evidence posed a direct threat to national security. Whoever leaked the name of Valerie Plame to the press knew that her 'outing' would put covert operations and CIA agents working in the field at direct risk. It's clear that Miller knows who that person is and is acting as their accomplice by refusing to reveal his name." cont.....

Pot activist to face charges in Canada

Pot activist to face charges in Canada :: PEJ News :: Stories, Features, Opinion and Analysis :: Peace, Earth & Justice News: "Pot activist to face charges in Canada by Gerry Deiter, PEJ News In a new twist to the story, a private citizen is filing charges against pot activist Marc Emery and two of his associates, with the intent that the action will throw a wrench into U.S. plans to extradite them to face drug charges in that country." cont......

Ontario Womans Murder should Be A Warning To Martin

Why Paul Martin seems so determined to follow Dubya's lead in modeling the world in the way that his PNAC/neocon advisors have been doing is made all the more ineffable when one sees the kind of world...the social world and it's behaviours that led to the creation of men who would dream up that way of wanting to model the world. Is this what he wants to import into Canada? Is this the world of the 21st century that Martin wants?....that the neocons have moved hell and high water to foist upon the world? Or is Martin just so naive that he doesn't realize that PNAC is what is happening in the White House as recommended social policy for the rest of the world? Is Paul Martin simply a wealthy fool like so many others who have no claim to elitism other than the dollars in their pocket? His actions of late give every indication of being so. Mycos~ News | canada.com network: "Ont. woman's final moments relived Last moment's of terror recounted in Ohio courtroom"

Buying of News by Bush's Aides Is Ruled Illegal - New York Times

Buying of News by Bush's Aides Is Ruled Illegal - New York Times One would certainly hope that such an offence would be impeachable. I'm crossing my fingers anyhow :D Mycos~

MILOSEVIC'S POLICE AND THE MASSACRES

This may be old news to many but I would like to remind people that nationalism is still alive and doing very well in many troublespots in the world, including of course the United States. Nationalism to me is best described as the unquestioning patriotism of someone to a particular set of borders, and/or to a leader of said country as long as those leaders are percieved as doing it for "Their country". This mindset is at least as dangerous as religious fanaticism and the intolerance that it breeds. I could go on at length about how very wrong it is to put something as intangible, as changeable, as negotiable as as mere borders ahead of human life, but the subject is one requiring some deep personal reflection on the part of the reader, and so is not suited to a "blog". Anyhow, on with the "My country, right or wrong" show..... Mycos~ "MILOSEVIC'S POLICE AND THE MASSACRES New revelations about the Serbian police involved in the Srebrenica operation. By Emir Suljagic in The Hague Bosnian Serb police documents obtained by IWPR in The Hague provide new details of how Slobodan Milosevic's police participated in the massacre in the United Nations 'Safe Area' of Srebrenica in July 1995. Belgrade's hand in the slaughter was first exposed two weeks ago when IWPR obtained from the tribunal a copy of an order from Bosnian Serb interior minister Tomislav Kovac ordering police units that included members of Serbia's interior ministry, MUP, to be relocated from Sarajevo to Srebrenica on July 10, 1995." cont......

Century of Lies

Century of Lies for 09/30/05 now online, Dr. Robert Melamede, Biology Professor U of Colorado, discusses medical cannabis + Dr. Frank Fisher on the DEA & pain in America + Fed MMJ patient Irv Rosenfeld http://www.drugtruth.net/CenturyAudio/colmp3/COL_093005.mp3

Sep. 30, 2005

Original 'state secrets' case papers not 'fraud on court'

If CNN, FOX atc were doing their job, we'd be hearing all kinds of yapping from the talking heads about this case. It is an extremely important one. I believe it's safe to say that the history of the US would be very different were it not for the precedent this case set, one that the government has relied on ever since. The fix was in on this one. You can bet your ass on that..... Mycos~ NMU (09/28/2005): Original 'state secrets' case papers not 'fraud on court': "Original 'state secrets' case papers not 'fraud on court' * The landmark 1953 'state secrets' case in which the government ostensibly withheld air crash records for national security reasons will stand, a federal appeals court has ruled, even though recently declassified documents about the B-29 bomber crash reveal no military secrets."

Letter To Manhattan Institute Regarding Bennett And His Apologists

I watched with great sadness how your fellow Manhattan Institute "expert" on race matters tried to obscure the racist words of Bill Bennett. It was a very poor showing from someone whom you had apparently thought highly enough to have given this responsibilty. The attempt to alter Bennetts words from being those of a racist, expressing his opinion that if Blacks were aborted then the crime rate would go down, to those of someone who was only expressing a hypothetical, failed miserably. But then again, the task was momnumental. Bennett's words were clear. For Dr. McWhorter to have even attempted to try the angle he did gives me cause to think that his position as a Senior Fellow was granted using some other criteria than his common sense. What he failed to express during the interview on CNN was that *any* group of people who's population has been reduced, be it through abortion, war, disease, etc., will commit less crime. It is a statistical certainty. To be a little clearer about the situation, the crime rate among Venusians is extremely low. This should not be a surprise, yet the logic of that seems to have escaped both McWhorter and Bennett, as well as any number of news-anchors and pundits who, unfortunately, have been placed in a position to influence the minds of Americans. Given the mathematical certainty of the crime/population ratio as I have painted for you above, the question should then be; why did Bennett choose Blacks as being the group who's numbers, if reduced, would lead to an overall decline in criminal activity? The answer is clear. He equates blacks *in particular* with crime. This is racism. Mycos

Sep. 29, 2005

Manipulating the Public Mind

Manipulating the Public Mind: Excerpt: "The major networks have consistently underestimated the size of anti war protests. This has been the case with every march on Washington that I have participated in. By deliberately under estimating its size the media gives the impression that opposition to U.S. militarism and America’s war on the poor and the working class is significantly smaller than they really are. "

Liberals abandon long-held nuclear policy

Further evidence that the Canadian government, under Martin, is moving in a manner that appears to be uncomfortably similar to the Bush government and it's adoption of PNAC as a foriegn policy. This is of course combined with the increasingly obvious implementation of Darwinian economic system. i.e. those that have, will keep it at all and any cost --- a situation which makes civil unrest inevitable if justice and fair play are to be realized as a national ideal. Mycos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TheStar.com - Liberals abandon long-held nuclear policy: "Liberals abandon long-held nuclear policy"

The War Pornographers :: NowThatsFuckedUp.com

eastbayexpress.com :: Photo Gallery :: The War Pornographers :: NowThatsFuckedUp.com

Even sicker yet?

UPDATE! Hows this for a quick an thorough investigation? LOL U.S. Army ends probe on porn site photos of Iraq corpses 28 Sep 2005 19:59:07 GMT Source: Reuters By Will Dunham WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army after a brief inquiry has failed to determine whether U.S. soldiers provided grisly photos of people killed in the Iraq war to a porn Web site in exchange for free access to it, officials said on Wednesday. cont..... http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28310515.htm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Independent Online Edition > Americas : app4 US troops upload photos of dead Iraqis for porn And here's the website offering the "service" Mycos

Bill Bennett: "[Y]ou could abort every black baby .....

How sick is sick? Mycos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Bill Bennett: '[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down'" Audio file here.....

Sep. 28, 2005

A Pentagon Whitewash

By Rory O'Connor, AlterNet. Posted September 28, 2005. Amid feeble excuses, the Pentagon refuses to allow key witnesses to testify in the investigation of destroyed counter-terrorism intelligence. Those on-again, off-again Senate Judiciary Committee hearings concerning a once-secret military intelligence unit called 'Able Danger' are off, again. Citing national security concerns, top Defense Department officials refused to allow key witnesses to testify last week, setting off a firestorm of criticism from both the right and the left. Those same unnamed officials abruptly reversed course this week -- their previous concern over our (their?) security presumably vaporized -- and decided the witnesses could appear before the Committee, at new hearings set for October 5." cont.....

ACLU Seeks Information on the Fate of 6,500 New Orleans Prisoners

ACLU Seeks Information on the Fate of 6,500 New Orleans Prisoners Locked Prisoners Were Abandoned by Guards When Katrina Struck; More Than 500 Missing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2005 CONTACT: Emily Whitfield, ACLU, (212) 549-2666 or media@aclu.org NEW ORLEANS - Citing eyewitness reports of locked prisoners being abandoned to drown in their cells in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the American Civil Liberties Union today demanded access to the relocated prisoners it represents under a longstanding class-action lawsuit over prison conditions. "It is critically important to discover the truth about whether New Orleans officials left these prisoners to die a nightmare death. If true, they not only abandoned their duty, they abandoned basic human decency," said Eric Balaban of the ACLU's National Prison Project. "While surrounding parishes managed to get guards and prisoners to safety, Orleans Prison Parish was plunged into chaos. We are asking the court to grant us access to our clients so that we can get to the bottom of this horror." Earlier this month, the ACLU filed state and federal Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information about what happened to the prisoners, if dead bodies were disposed of, and what evacuation plans were in place at the time Katrina struck. In a motion filed today before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the ACLU cites both eyewitness accounts and news reports saying that no evacuation plans were in place and that the sheriff of the prison, Marlin N. Gusman, did not seek state assistance until midnight on August 29, days after other parish prisons had already called for help. The prison is located within miles of the 17th Street Canal Levee, which was breached on August 29, the day the hurricane struck. The ACLU also cited reports by the New Orleans Times-Picayune that after generators failed and the jail ran out of food, deputies walked off their posts, "tossing their badges down and turning their shirts inside out." Further, according to a report by Human Rights Watch, also cited in the ACLU's legal papers, prisoners housed in one building known as Templeman III reported that as of August 29, there were no correctional officers in the building, which held more than 600 inmates. As the water inside the locked building began to rise, the prisoners frantically signaled people outside the building by setting fire to blankets and shirts and hanging them out of broken windows. The prisoners in this unit were not evacuated until September 1, four days after flood waters in the jail had reached chest-level, the report said. In addition to today's motion seeking access to its clients, on September 19 the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the U.S. Marshals, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Justice, seeking records regarding: * Deaths that occurred in the prison since August 26, 2005 * The collection and disposition of dead bodies from the prison since August 26, 2005 * Any evacuation plans in effect as of August 26, 2005 * Any documents pertaining to evacuation plans in effect as of August 26, 2005 Further, on September 22, the ACLU also filed a state public records request seeking information about the collection and disposition of dead bodies andany evacuation plans in effect at the time of the hurricane. That requestwas sent to Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Mayor Ray Nagin, Dr. Frederick P. Cerise of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Richard Stalder, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and Dr. Frank Minyard, Coroner of the Orleans Parish. Orleans Parish Prison is the ninth largest in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Under the terms of a longstanding class action lawsuit over prison conditions, the ACLU has acted as counsel for the more than 6,500 OPP prisoners since 1989. In that capacity, the ACLU has sought to enforce court orders regarding the medical and mental health and environmental conditions of the prisoners. The motion filed today, Hamilton v. Morial, Civ. Action No. 69-2443, is online at: http://www.aclu.org/Prisons/Prisons.cfm?ID=19172 &c=26 The Sept. 19, 2005 federal FOIA requests are online at: http://www.aclu.org/Prisons/Prisons.cfm?ID=19176 &c=26 The Sept. 22, 2005 state FOIA requests are online at: http://www.aclu.org/Prisons/Prisons.cfm?ID=19174 &c=26 The Human Rights Watch report is online at http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/09/22/usdom11773.htm Paul Wright, Editor Prison Legal News 972 Putney Rd. PMB 251 Brattleboro, VT 05301 (802) 257-1342 pwright@prisonlegalnews.org www.prisonlegalnews.org Seattle Office: 2400 NW 80th St. PMB 148 Seattle, WA 98117 (206) 246-1022

Sep. 26, 2005

Bush Cares?

Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed." "OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!" His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands. Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"

Sep. 25, 2005

People who advocate freedom

"People who advocate freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without the awful roar of the thunder and lightning. Without struggle, there is no progress. This struggle might be a moral one. It might be a physical one. It might be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. People may not get all that they pay for in this world, but they certainly pay for all that they get." Frederick Douglas (1817-1896)

The Afghanistan Food Crisis by Noam Chomsky

Sunday, September 04, 2005 The Afghanistan Food Crisis Posted by Noam Chomsky I plead guilty of failing to write anything at all about this at the time when it mattered, or even to mention it except in some scattered interviews and a few remarks in talks. That failure was deplorable, since the threat of bombing, and then the bombing, were among the most disgraceful acts of modern history, as was known instantly. In these few scattered remarks, I quoted the international relief agencies, which bitterly denounced the threat of bombing, then the implementation of the threat. As they warned, the threat of bombing, which forced them to leave the country, and then the bombing itself, put huge numbers of people at risk of starvation. Cont......