Information Clearing House Archive Part 6 May 25-31 2005

31 May 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest May 25-31 2005
br>Date: Tues, 31 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 23 Days

So This Is How Liberty Dies?

How has our system degenerated so badly that those advocating authoritarian policies are outspoken and arrogant while those supporting our freedom are wishy-washy and pathetic?

by Steven LaTulippe

An agent of the executive branch paraded into the Senate Chamber with a proposal that directly trashes one of the most important protections in our Bill of Rights, and the esteemed legislator‚s only reply was that he cannot say if it is “right or wrong”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8993.htm

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Media Lens: Manufactured Consensus – The Sun and Saddam Hussein

31 May 2005 — Media Lens

How Anti-War Dissidents Are Singled Out For Attack

Just over one year ago, British journalists and politicians were fulminating over photographs published in the Daily Mirror that appeared to show Iraqi prisoners being abused by British soldiers. The British military, it was claimed, now possessed incontrovertible proof that the pictures were fake. Mirror editor, Piers Morgan – a fierce opponent of the war – was condemned far and wide for inciting additional hatred of British troops in Iraq, so putting their lives at risk. The Daily Mail’s Melanie Phillips said on BBC’s Newsnight programme: Continue reading

The crime against humanity that is the state of Israel. Is there no end? by William Bowles

30 May 2005


An elderly Palestinian woman tries to protect her Olive grove from destruction

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it – Winston Churchill

Every day I get flooded with news, appeals, analysis and background on the crime against humanity that is the state of Israel, but as far as the West is concerned, the daily atrocities being committed against the people of Palestine are non-events. Were such crimes being committed by virtually any country other than Israel, the media clamour would be deafening.

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Why I’m still a lefty or the rake’s progress by William Bowles

27 May 2005

blair as studentI’ve come to the conclusion that the UK exists in some kind of parallel universe, outside of normal space and time. A medieval bubble of a place, where ‘tradition’ has replace reason, where animals engender more concern than people. A place where mediocrity rules and which appears to be hurtling back into the past at an alarming rate of knots, faster even than Dr Who’s Tardis.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 May 20-24 2005

24 May 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House Digest
May 20-24 2005
Date: TUES, 24 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and16 Days

Pakistan: U.S. Citizens Tortured, Held Illegally

By Human Rights Watch

U.S. FBI agents operating in Pakistan repeatedly interrogated and threatened two U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin who were unlawfully detained and subjected to torture by the Pakistani security services.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8940.htm

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The British (State) Broadcasting Corporation – A Coalition of the Killing? by William Bowles

24 May 2005

BBCNAGG:
Me pap!

HAMM:
Give him his pap.

CLOV:
There’s no more pap.

HAMM (to Nagg):
Do you hear that? There’s no more pap. You’ll never get any more pap.

NAGG:
I want me pap!
Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’

On May 23, we had an entire day without the BBC’s blanket non-coverage of important events due to a strike by the three main unions over threatened redundancies. A blessing in disguise? Well maybe… And if I may strike a totally au contraire view of the BBC’s plans for the future, perhaps laying off a few thousand comfortable pen-pushing peons for the state is long overdue? After all, without the complicity of those who prostitute themselves in return for a pension, perhaps they could put their hard-won skills to better use?

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Media Lens: BBC still Ignoring Evidence of War Crimes in Iraq

24 May 2005 — Media Lens

BBC News Director Helen Boaden Responds

“Professional journalism relies heavily on official sources. Reporters have to talk to the PM’s official spokesperson, the White House press secretary, the business association, the army general. What those people say is news. Their perspectives are automatically legitimate… This is precisely the opposite of what a functioning democracy needs, which is a ruthless accounting of the powers that be.” (Robert McChesney, professor of communications, University of Illinois)

Scores of readers responded to our Media Alert, ‘BBC Silence on Fallujah’ (May 17, 2005), in which we highlighted the evasions of BBC news director Helen Boaden in her Newswatch article at: news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid_4390000/newsid_4396600/4396641.stm

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Out Damn Spot – Oil Prices! By William Bowles

23 May 2005

Fuller

ABUNDANCE ECONOMICS: Design Science’s more with less advantaging has proven the Malthus dictated scarcity ethic, which is the working assumption of the world’s major states, is fallacious. The scarcity ethic dictates that there is not enough of the World’s resources to go around; Design Science’s abundance ethic/economics frame of reference dictates that there is enough for everyone if we utilize the Earth’s resources comprehensively and anticipatorily.

R. Buckminster Fuller, ‘The World Design Science Decade’ (PDF 3.8mb)

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 May 12-15 2005

15 May 2005 — Information Clearing House

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Information Clearing House
Digest May 12-15 2005
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 342 Days

Iraq: how we were duped

All three leaders of the “Coalition of the Willing” – the United States, Australia and Great Britain – had survived politically after a war that divided citizens and challenged long established principles of international law.

By Gary Hughes

The three leaders survived despite evidence – still emerging – that now seems to prove that the detailed justifications for the war were not only wrong, but in many cases known to be wrong or uncertain before the war began. This is the second battle for Iraq – the battle for the truth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8839.htm

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 May 16-19 2005

19 May 2005 — Information Clearing House

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Information Clearing House
Digest May 16-19 2005
Date: Thurs, 19 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 346 Days

“Catastrophe” in Iraq

Under international law it is the primary responsibility of the occupier to safeguard the citizens of the country they occupy.

Dahr Jamail

There has been a low-grade civil war going on for quite some time-but now the veil has been ripped off by the statements made by Dhari. All Sunni mosques in Iraq will be closed for three days…an ominous symbol of things to come.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8882.htm

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Statewatch News Online, 19 May 2005 (18/05)

19 May 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: SIS II fait accompli? Construction of EU’s Big Brother database underway
2. EU: From the SIS to SIS II and the Visa Information (VIS): the proposals explained
3. Denmark: Greenpeace charged under anti-terror laws
4. European Commission: Technical Mission to Libya on illegal immigration
5. EP: draft report on minimum standards on procedures for granting and withdrawing refugee status
6. EU: European Arrest Warrant figures for 2004
7. UK’s House of Lords report on the European Union Bill – the Constitution’s Passerelle Provisions:
8. Externalisation of controls at the Southern borders of Europe
9. AI: report on: USA: Guantánamo and beyond
10. European Court of Human Rights: Judgement in the case of Ocalan v Turkey
11. European Court of Justice: Judgment in the case of Sison v Council
12. EU: Feasibility study (2002) on: “The setting up of a European Border Police

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Media Lens: BBC Still Silent on Fallujah

17 May 2005 — Media Lens

The BBC Has Failed To Respond To Doubts About Its Claims On US Atrocities In Iraq

“The truth is replaced by silence, and the silence is a lie.” (Yevgeney Yevtushenko)

Last week, the editors of Media Lens wrote to the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, about her failure to respond to public concerns over BBC misreporting from Iraq: Continue reading

Uzbekistan: They speak with forked tongue by William Bowles

16 May 2005

“I wouldn’t be sitting here if I didn’t think that the United States benefited greatly from our partnership and strategic relationship with Uzbekistan”
12 August 2004, General Richard Myers, the Chairman of the US Joint Chief’s of Staff speaking in Tashkent.

Yes, well you bet they do as the US maintains a major space and intelligence base, a so-called “Forward Operating Location”, at Khanabad Air Base in Uzbekistan and why the US underwrites Karimov’s dictatorship to the tune of nearly $500 million a year. Not that it’s exactly a new relationship as in October 2001, Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, visited Tashkent, shortly before a contingent of 1,000 American troops arrived in the country. US-Uzbek military relations are, he told us:

“growing stronger every month … We have benefited greatly in our efforts in the global war on terror and in Afghanistan from the wonderful co-operation we’ve received from the government of Uzbekistan.”

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The media’s complicity in suppressing the reality that is Haiti today By William Bowles

15 May 2005

“I only saw three murdered (homeless) children between 1995 and the beginning of 2004,” says one missionary who works with homeless children and asked that her name not be used. “Since Feb. 29, I have seen or heard of over 150 murders of street children and have personally witnessed the attacks on more than a dozen occasions.” – ‘Too Tired to Cry’ by Lyn Duff, January 12, 2005

Whilst the world rushed to the aid of the victims of the Tsunami and the leaders of the ‘free world’ pontificated on how humanitarian they are, children, in all likelihood, hundreds of children are being exterminated by death squads, aided and abetted by US/UN occupation forces in Haiti. But if you wanted to find out about this outrage in the corporate or state-run media, you’ll look in vain as it’s yet another example of how the media fails to report events that will disturb the carefully constructed illusion that surrounds the armed overthrow of the first and only democratically elected leader, Jean Bertrand Aristide, Haiti has ever had.

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(S)Peaking of oil… again ‘Peak oil’ – Newsspeak for ‘too many poor people’ By William Bowles

12 May 2005

I don’t think there is [a solution to the energy shortage]. The solution is to pray. Pray for mild weather and a mild winter. Pray for no hurricanes and to stop the erosion of natural gas supplies. Under the best of circumstances, if all prayers are answered there will be no crisis for maybe two years. After that it’s a certainty. –

Matthew Simmons speaking to Michael Ruppert in 2003

Simmons is the CEO of the world’s largest energy investment bank, Simmons & Company International. Simmons’ clients include Halliburton; Baker & Botts, LLP; Dynegy; Kerr-McGee and the World Bank and he is a close pal of George Bush.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 2 May 8-11 2005

11 May 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest May 8-11 2005
Date: Wed, 11 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 338 Days

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New Evidence: Terror Alerts Were Used As Electoral Weapons:

Combined with what Ridge has said, and the chart linked above, can there be any doubt that the Bush administration was frequently raising the terror alerts to help his election chances and increase his political capital rather than to signal actual threats?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8814.htm

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Statewatch News Online, 10 May 2005 (18/05)

10 May 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. JOURNALISM, CIVIL LIBERTIES AND THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Special report by the International Federation of Journalists and Statewatch

2. EU: Role of new Internal Security Committee being decided by the Council – in secret
3. EU: European Commission: “The Hague Programme: Ten priorities for the next five years”:
4. EU-Biometrics: Two reports
5. CoE: Human Rights report
6. Data retention: ALDE press release

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The Law of the Jungle – New Labour’s Version by William Bowles

10 May 2005

The challenge to the postmodern world is to get used to the idea of double standards. Among ourselves, we operate on the basis of laws and open cooperative security. But when dealing with more old-fashioned kinds of states outside the postmodern continent of Europe, we need to revert to the rougher methods of an earlier era – force, pre-emptive attack, deception, whatever is necessary to deal with those who still live in the nineteenth century world of every state for itself. Among ourselves, we keep the law but when we are operating in the jungle, we must also use the laws of the jungle. In the prolonged period of peace in Europe, there has been a temptation to neglect our defences, both physical and psychological. This represents one of the great dangers of the postmodern state.
The new liberal imperialism’, Robert Cooper

There could be no clearer example of the return to the age of imperialism than Cooper’s statement above, taken from an essay published in April 2002. Cooper, a former Foreign Office official was, and no doubt still is, one of Blair’s chief ideological advisors (Cooper was based in Afghanistan, then Iraq and then back in the EU as a military expert).

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The Case of Kamel Bourgass: The sound of one hand clapping or a conspiracy of one by William Bowles

9 May 2005

COP killer Kamel Bourgass was yesterday unmasked as Osama Bin Laden’s master poisoner – with a mission to murder as many Britons as possible.
The Sun

[A]lleged plots to smear powdered castor bean on door handles are most probably rubbish, something copied from tales of American ricin trouble-makers, like the Minnesota Militia.
MORE UK TERROR TRIAL: Evil foiled or more mendacity? by George Smith, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, GlobalSecurity.Org

Kamel BourgassPerhaps the most difficult thing for your ‘average’ citizen to take in is the idea that your government would deliberately lie and deceive you over a thing like terrorism. After all, the state is meant to protect its citizens, isn’t that why we have a raft of laws and an incredibly expensive enforcement system replete with tens of thousands of state employees, surveillance systems and so forth?

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 1 May 1-6 2005

6 May 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest May 1-6 2005
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 333 Days

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Memo: Bush made intel fit Iraq policy

The memo said “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

By WARREN P. STROBEL and JOHN WALCOTT

A highly classified British memo, leaked in the midst of Britain’s just-concluded election campaign, indicates that President Bush decided to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by summer 2002 and was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8757.htm

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