Information Clearing House Archive Part 6 June 27-30 2005

30 June 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 June 27-30 2005
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 53 Days

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How They Get Away With It

Three reasons Washington‚s empire-builders don‚t have to worry about ‚60s-style dissent˜not including the volunteer Army

by Scott McConnell

In the absence of an antiwar movement or serious domestic political opposition, only the outside world can put the brakes on American policy˜only when Bush‚s war plans come up against foreign obstacles that produce a dramatic defeat or humiliation or generate a financial crisis that the administration can‚t overcome. Barring that, the American future may be war for as long as anyone can foresee.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9354.htm

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Media Lens: Conspiracy – The Downing Street Memo – Part 2

30 June 2005 — Media Lens

The Real News

We have to admit that our attention was elsewhere when Michael Smith published his Sunday Times article on the Downing Street memo on May 1. We were busy focusing on our own pre-election Media Alerts and then immediately moved on to the task of completing the first Media Lens book: Guardians Of Power – The Myth of The Liberal Media (forthcoming, Pluto Press, January 2006).

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Unpacking the Imperium: The Washington Post reveals all By William Bowles

29 June 2005

“No doubt from the British point of view Iraq has been a strategic blunder – not just a mistake, but a mistake that we’re still paying for,” said Clarke, of King’s College. “Still, while no one in government would ever say it, the rationale from the British point of view is that our strategic relationship with the U.S. is more important than any single campaign we fight on its behalf. The basic calculation was: Right or wrong, it is in our interest to stand with the United States.”
Michael Clarke, director of the International Policy Institute at King’s College, London.

Ah the injustice of it all, is it any wonder that people feel compelled to sacrifice their own lives when up against such imperial power as that wielded by the US?

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Media Lens: Conspiracy – The Downing Street Memo – Part 1

27 June 2005 — Media Lens

At the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal in 1946, Nazi leaders like Goering, von Ribbentrop, Jodl and Streicher were sentenced to death by hanging for “Crimes against Peace: namely, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a Common Plan or Conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing.” (Article 6, Charter of the International Military Tribunal, August 8, 1945, www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/nuremberg/NurembergIndictments.html)

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 June 22-25 2005

25 June 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
June 22-25 2005
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 48 Days

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This is how fascism comes.

Bush administration officials join ranks of tyranny

By Robert Zaller

It comes through creating legal nonpersons of citizens and noncitizens alike. It comes through violating human rights standards, sanitizing torture, and condoning murder.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9272.htm

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Crunch time in ‘old’ Europe By William Bowles

24 June 2005

Euro BlairApropos my last piece (’Premature Burial’), although not my favourite commentator, Boris Kargarlitsky, enfant terrible of the late Soviet period has a piece, ‘The EU’s Crisis at the Top’ in the Moscow Times (23/6/05) that points to a very interesting phenomenon (but one largely confined to continental Europe more’s the pity) in which he says in regard to the French and Dutch rejection of the proposed EU ‘constitution’,

“In their initial reaction, the ruling elite seemed to takes [sic] their cues from the immortal words of Bertolt Brecht: Because the people proved unworthy of the government’s confidence, the government was forced to dissolve the people and elect a new one. Even before the results of the referendums in France and the Netherlands were known, the business media were abuzz with articles by the cream of the ideologue crop, stating that important matters should not be trusted to popular votes.

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Statewatch News Online, 23 June 2005 (24/05)

23 June 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: Legislative proposals on SIS II
2. UK: Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill
3. EU: Visa Information System confusion
4. Spain: Court dismisses terrorist charges in Basque youth association trial
5. Spain: Court report on the Gabriele Kanze case
6. USA: General Accountability Office (GAO) Report on RFIDs
7. UK/EU: Amnesty International reports on asylum
8. EU: European Council, 18 June, press release
9. France: Le Forum des droits sur l‚internet on national identity card project
10. G8 – Gleneagles Summit,

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Premature Burial By William Bowles

22 June 2005

No matter, the BBC and the rest of the state’s media/propaganda arsenal have effectively buried the Downing Street Minutes here in the UK, preferring to ignore the story rather than mount a counter offensive, no doubt operating on the principle of ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

In the US however, the story is somewhat different if only because the corporate press has been hoisted on its own propaganda petard and forced onto the defensive as the petulant (and slanderous) piece by the Washington Post so clearly demonstrated.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 June 17-21 2005

21 June 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 June 17-21 2005
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
“I hear much of people‚s calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent.” — Daniel Defoe [Daniel Foe] (1660-1731)
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 44 Days

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They Died So Republicans Could Take the Senate

Freedom wasn’t the goal of George W. Bush or his neoconservative Republican colleagues. It was political power. And they were willing to lie us into a war to achieve it.

by Thom Hartmann

It was a war for political power. That had to be first. Everything else – oil, profits, ongoing PATRIOT Act powers, easy manipulation of the media – all could only come if political power was seized and held through at least two decisive election cycles. The Bush administration lied us into an invasion to get and keep political power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9217.htm

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Media Lens: Kicking the People Who Write the Cheques

20 June 2005 — Media Lens

The Guardian and Lexus Cars

Emily Bell, editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited, writes of how the website declined to be added to the media schedule for Playboy’s website and television channel, citing “a danger that it would impact on our brand”. (Bell, ‘Advertisers pile on the pressure,’ The Guardian, June 13, 2005)

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 June 12-16 2005

16 June 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 June 12-16 2005
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 39 Days

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More Damning than Downing Street

Why aren’t we talking about this?

by Paul Rogat Loeb

As the Downing Street memo confirms, they had so little evidence of real threats that they knew from the start that they were going to have manufacture excuses to go to war. What’s more damning still is that they effectively began this war even before the congressional vote.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9156.htm

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Statewatch News Online, 15 June 2005 (23/05)

15 June 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: Updated documents on EU Terrorism Action Plans
2. EU-UK: European Union Committee, House of Lords: Evidence by Commissioner Frattini
3. UK: Violent Crime Reduction Bill
4. Italy/Spain: Big Brother Awards
5. Denmark: Greenpeace verdict introduces collective punishment into law
6. CoE: Report by CPT Committee on Belmarsh and Woodhill detainees
7. European Commission against Racism and Intolerance – report on UK
8. Statewatch’s ASBOwatch updated
9. New publication: The glass consumer: Life in a surveillance society
10. EU: Forsenic DNA databasing: A European Perspective
11. USA: Justice Department report on FBI role prior to 11 September 2001
12. Lord Steyn: On Belmarsh and Guantánamo detentions
13. Norway: Update on the Krekar case

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Downing Street Memos – the silence is deafening by William Bowles

13 June 2005

“The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy’’ – Downing Street Memo, 23 July 2002

The Washington Post this morning is still at it. They quote that sentence, and they say, “Well, this is vague, but intriguing.” Well, there’s nothing vague about that at all, and it’s not at all intriguing. It’s highly depressing. Now, we veteran professionals, we professionals that toil long and hard in the intelligence arena are outraged at the corruption of our profession, but we are even more outraged by the constitutional implications here because as Congressman Conyers has just pointed out, we have here a very clear case that the Executive usurped the prerogatives of Congress of the American people and deceived it into permitting, authorizing an unauthorizeable war. – Ray McGovern, 27-year career analyst with the CIA and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

As the memos pour forth from who knows where (somebody on the inside is obviously very pissed off with the actions of the Blair government), aside from the two articles in the Sunday Times, as far as I’ve been able to ascertain not a single mainstream media outlet in the UK has picked up on what is now known as DSM or the Downing Street Memos.

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War preparations or how the media ‘disappeared’ the secret memo by William Bowles

10 June 2005

Tony BlairSome time in mid-2002 (most likely June), George Bush and Tony Blair met to discuss their war plans, or as they would prefer to call it, ‘regime change’.

On May 1, 2005, the Sunday Times published the secret memo that detailed the results of the meeting. The memo, dated 23 July 2002 and marked:

“SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL – UK EYES ONLY” with the added proviso “This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents”

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Statewatch News Online, 9 June 2005

9 June 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. Council of Europe report on human rights in UK
2. Statewatch analysis: Revising EU border control rules
3. EU: Impact of the Amsterdam Treaty on justice and home affairs
4. Ethnic Profiling by Police in Europe
5. UK: Union call to end tagging of workers
6. European Parliament reject mandatory data retention
7. Letter from NGO to European Parliament on mandatory data retention
8. EU-Libya: Council Conclusions

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 2 June 7-10 2005

7 June 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
June 7-10 2005
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 33 Days

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Exit strategy: Civil war

The plan is an exact replica of an extreme right-wing Israeli plan to balkanize Iraq – an essential part of the balkanization of the whole Middle East

By Pepe Escobar

Against all odds, a national liberation front is emerging in Iraq. Washington hawks may see it coming, but they certainly don’t want it. Many groups in this front have already met in Algiers. The front is opposed to the American occupation and permanent Pentagon military bases; opposed to the privatization and corporate looting of the Iraqi economy; and opposed to the federation of Iraq, ie balkanization.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9099.htm

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Africa Bound By William Bowles

6 June 2005 — williambowles.info

Kwame Nkrumah and Martin Luther King

Africa’s winner-takes-all politics lies at the heart of everything that has gone wrong with Africa… It is the reason why it has fallen behind the rest of the world economically, the reason for its wars and poverty.
Richard Dowden, director of the Royal Africa Society and former Africa editor of the Independent. The Independent, 1/6/05, p.2

The statement above pretty well sums up the Western propaganda line on Africa, the alleged ‘basket-case’. That it’s written by the director of the Royal Africa Society and former Africa editor for the Independent speaks reams about the interlocking nature and hence common ideological thrust that the Western ‘intelligentsia’ peddles to the ‘masses’ about how Africa got to be where it is today.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 1 June 2-6 2005

6 June 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 June 2-6 2005
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 29 Days

False freedom is very expensive.

The criminals foisted a Lie of Historic Proportions on the world.

By Cindy Sheehan

The evidence is overwhelming, compelling, and alarming that George and his indecent bandits traitorously had intelligence fabricated to fit their goal of invading Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9069.htm

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