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The Ultimate Con

July 22, 2007
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This 9/11 documentary has no narration and makes no conjectures– it only showcases footage and interviews to expose the truth.

The public has been trained into believing only the word of these people, so I used that philosophy in creating the documentary.

A person can not watch this documentary and walk away without having questions about the real truth regarding 9/11 and the aftermath caused by that day.

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“Stranded Polar Bears” Global Warming Hoax Exposed

July 17, 2007
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The Associated Press published the photo two years after it was taken. The image was snapped in August, a time when polar icecaps naturally melt and the wider shot would have shown that the bears were near land mass. Oh yeah, and polar bears can swim! All this didn’t stop Al Gore from using the photo as emotional propaganda to support his case.


The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness

July 14, 2007
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Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. These combat veterans, some of whom bear deep emotional and physical scars, and many of whom have come to oppose the occupation, gave vivid, on-the-record accounts. They described a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or chronicled in newspaper accounts.


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Bush acknowledges administration official leaked Plame’s name

July 14, 2007
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At a White House press conference Thursday, President Bush acknowledged that someone in his administration leaked the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame, but he avoided addressing the question of whether he saw it as a moral issue or was at all disappointed in his senior advisers.


Climate Expert Questions Gore’s Global Warming Campaign

July 14, 2007
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This past weekend concerts took place around the world to focus attention on the problem of global warming, which former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says is the greatest single threat facing humankind today.  Most of the world’s scientists agree that it is a problem and that it is largely caused by human use of fossil fuels, which produce so-called greenhouse gases that trap the Earth’s heat.  Al Gore and scientists who wrote the United Nations report on climate change say the debate is over and the time has come to act. But some prominent climate scientists are objecting to that, claiming that the debate has yet to even begin. VOA’s Greg Flakus recently spoke to one of them and filed this report from Fort Collins, Colorado.


SUN ‘NOTHING TO DO WITH EARTH’S CLIMATE’ SAY BOFFINS

July 14, 2007
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THE Sun has “no influence whatsoever” on how hot the earth is, according to a new scientific study by Glasgow’s Clyde University.

The Earth gets hotter during daylight hours due to a combination of the heat given off by trendy coffee shop cappuccino machines and people “just moving around a lot”, the scientists said.

And it gets cold when the Sun goes in because everyone turns their central heating off at the same time and “it just does”, added research team leader Professor Tom Booker.

Meanwhile winds are caused by trees waving their arms around a lot, he said, while rain is really just God crying.

Prof Booker, head of climatology at the University, said the research was conclusive proof that global warming was man-made, and largely caused by Starbucks.

He said: “Before Starbucks average temperatures on all of the Earth were ten degrees below freezing and everyone had to wear long johns all year around.

“After Starbucks the Earth became so hot you could not touch it anymore, and many people had to stop wearing any underwear at all.”


Ron Paul On Tucker Carlson 7/11/07

July 13, 2007
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Ron Paul talks about how he raised more money than McCain and how the momentum of his campaign is growing at a breakneck speed.


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Shaken Baby Syndrome: The Vaccination Link

July 13, 2007
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Recently there has been quite an “epidemic” of the so-called “shaken baby syndrome”. Parents, usually the fathers, or other care-givers such as nannies have increasingly been accused of shaking a baby to the point of causing permanent brain damage and death. Why? Is there an unprecedented increase in the number of people who commit infanticide or have an ambition to seriously hurt babies? Or is there something more sinister at play?

Some time ago I started getting requests from lawyers or the accused parents themselves for expert reports. A close study of the history of these cases revealed something distinctly sinister: in every single case, the symptoms appeared shortly after the baby’s vaccinations.

While investigating the personal medical history of these babies based on the care-givers’ diaries and medical records, I quickly established that these babies were given one or more of the series of so-called routine shots-hepatitis B, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus), polio and HiB (Haemophilus influenzae type B)-shortly before they developed symptoms of illness resulting in serious brain damage or death.


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Ron Paul On Morning Joe, MSNBC

July 13, 2007
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Ron Paul appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough. The Texas Congressman discusses why he is so popular on the Internet and why he has raised more money than former frontrunner John McCain.


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Praying for a Terrorist Strike: The GOP’s Newest Political Strategy

July 13, 2007
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Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum made the grand crusade against “Islamic fascism” the central focus of his unsuccessful 2006 re-election effort.

On numerous occasions the preening Keystone State solon – who couldn’t glance at a mirror without seeing Churchill’s bulldog demeanor glowering back at him – insisted that it was the “destiny” of “this generation” to fight an apocalyptic war against radical Islam. Unlike his more equivocal comrades in the Republican branch of the War Party, Santorum made it clear that his preferred “exit strategy” for Iraq would be to invade (or at least bomb) Iran.


Michael Moore vs. Wolf Blitzer – Day 2

July 13, 2007
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The continuation of yesterday’s Blitzer Day Massacre involved a lot of Wolf kissing Michael Moore’s arse. While not as many fireworks as yesterday this is well worth the watch for Moore’s last second comment to Blitzer which is priceless to say the least.


Michael Moore slams CNN, Wolf Blitzer on live TV

July 12, 2007
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Before a live interview with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, CNN aired a segment entitled “Sicko Reality Check” in which Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network’s chief medical correspondent, aimed to keep Moore “honest” and fact check his new film, Sicko.

The 4-minute piece concluded that Moore “did fudge the facts,” and implied that Sicko was misleading in portraying health care systems in other countries, such as France, the UK, and Canada, as better than the one in the US.

When given a chance to speak, Moore immediately put host Wolf Blitzer on the defensive.


The US Invasion of Afghanistan was Announced Months Before the 9/11 Attacks

July 12, 2007
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In the summer of 2001, while the American media kept the people distracted with “All Condit All The Time“, the US Government was informing other governments that we would be at war in Afghanistan no later than October.

How lucky for our government that just when they are planning to invade another country, for the express purpose of removing that government, a convenient “terrorist” attack occurs to anger Americans into support for an invasion.


Posted in 9/11, Afghanistan

British Terror Head: “Be a little bit un-British and inform on each other”

July 11, 2007
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Britain faces a 15-year battle to end the threat posed by Islamist terrorists, the Government’s new security supremo has admitted.

Admiral Sir Alan West, the former First Sea Lord, said the overall danger facing the country, from both home-grown and foreign terrorists, was at its greatest ever level and that a new approach was badly needed to tackle it.

In his first interview since his surprise appointment by Gordon Brown as security minister, Sir Alan called on people to be “a little bit un-British” and even inform on each other in an attempt to trap those plotting to take innocent lives.

“Britishness does not normally involve snitching or talking about someone,” he said. “I’m afraid, in this situation, anyone who’s got any information should say something because the people we are talking about are trying to destroy our entire way of life.”


Brown wants international terror register

July 11, 2007
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday he wanted a central register of known or suspected terrorists so that information could be shared internationally.

He spoke as his new Security Minister Admiral Alan West warned the defeat of militant radicalism could take up to 15 years, and urged people to become informers.


Nuclear alert by ex-head of MI5

July 11, 2007
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More than 100 suspects are awaiting trial in British courts for terrorist offences – a figure unprecedented in modern criminal history – Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former spy chief, has revealed.

Britain is a centre of intense plotting and faces a terrorist threat of “unprecedented scale, ambition and ruthlessness”. In a stark warning for the future, Dame Eliza added: “It remains a very real possibility that they may, sometime, somewhere attempt a chemical biological, radiological or even nuclear attack”.


Posted in UK, War On Terror

Terror suspect’s jet bomb plot link

July 11, 2007
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A terror suspect involved in bomb attacks on London and Glasgow was a known associate of a senior al-Qaeda figure caught plotting to blow up passenger jets four years ago.
Kafeel Ahmed, an Indian doctor, knew one of the terror group’s most high-profile bomb makers in Europe, according to senior security sources.

Ahmed, 27, who remains critically ill in hospital after the failed car bomb attack last weekend on Glasgow Airport, was involved with convicted terrorist Abbas Boutrab when he was planning to target airliners.

He met Boutrab in Belfast while studying for a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering at Queen’s University between 2001 and 2004. The disclosure will raise fresh questions over the extent of information held by MI5 on suspects involved in the attempted car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow.


Hotel bans 9/11 truther

July 11, 2007
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A CONSPIRACY theorist who survived the 9/11 attacks has been banned from a Grange hotel over his controversial views.

Decorated hero William Rodriguez, who believes the US government were behind the attacks, has been told he is not welcome at Graythwaite Manor Hotel because of his “political views”.

Mr Rodriguez, a former janitor credited with saving countless lives on 9/11, is due to give a talk on his experiences at the Victoria Hall in Grange tonight (july 5) as part of his European lecture tour.

In February, Mr Rodriguez planted a tree in the grounds of Graythwaite Manor to remember those who died on September 11, 2001, when terrorists flew jets into the Twin Towers.

He was due back at the hotel tonight and tomorrow night as the guest of owners Jimmy and Jane Duncan.

But in a press statement yesterday, Graythwaite Manor Hotel said he would no longer be staying there.


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U.S. Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in ’05

July 11, 2007
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A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials.

The target was a meeting of Qaeda leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group’s operations.

But the mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, rejected an 11th-hour appeal by Porter J. Goss, then the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said. Members of a Navy Seals unit in parachute gear had already boarded C-130 cargo planes in Afghanistan when the mission was canceled, said a former senior intelligence official involved in the planning.


Chapter on Watergate from George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin

July 11, 2007
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In November, 1972, Bush’s “most influential patron,” Richard Nixon [fn 1], won re-election to the White House for a second term in a landslide victory over the McGovern-Shriver Democratic ticket. Nixon’s election victory had proceeded in spite of the arrest of five White House-linked burglars in the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate building in Washington early on June 17 of the same year. This was the beginning of the infamous Watergate scandal, which would overshadow and ultimately terminate Nixon’s second term in 1974.


Fred Thompson aided Nixon on Watergate

July 11, 2007
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Fred Thompson gained an image as a tough-minded investigative counsel for the Senate Watergate committee. Yet President Nixon and his top aides viewed the fellow Republican as a willing, if not too bright, ally, according to White House tapes.

Thompson, now preparing a bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, won fame in 1973 for asking a committee witness the bombshell question that revealed Nixon had installed hidden listening devices and taping equipment in the Oval Office.

Those tapes show Thompson played a behind-the-scenes role that was very different from his public image three decades ago. He comes across as a partisan willing to cooperate with the Nixon White House’s effort to discredit the committee’s star witness.


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Australia Spies, Immigration Share Info

July 11, 2007
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The government has accelerated plans to let spies share information with immigration officials, a week after a foreign doctor was arrested in connection with the failed British terror attacks, the prime minister said Sunday. Prime Minister John Howard said that new software linking the computer systems of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organization and the Immigration Department will allow deeper background checks on anyone applying to enter Australia.

Howard called it a “major upgrade of Australia’s control system.”

“These new resources … give us extraordinary additional capacity to drill down into the backgrounds of people who seek to come to Australia,” he told reporters.


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Judges OK warrantless monitoring of Web use

July 11, 2007
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Federal agents do not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect’s computer use and determine the e-mail addresses and Web pages the suspect is contacting, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.


EU treaty: the great double deception

July 11, 2007
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Many people must have rubbed their eyes in disbelief at Gordon Brown’s statement to MPs last Tuesday when, in announcing his new “constitutional settlement”, he promised to give “more power to Parliament and the British people” on the one hand while, on the other, ruling out a referendum on the new EU treaty – which would take away a lot more power from Parliament and the British people.

The layers of spin and deceit that surround this wretched EU treaty are so convoluted that it takes some working out to disentangle the contradictions, U-turns and straight lies it has come to involve.


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Brzezinski, Kissinger, et al, Shill Global Slave Plantation

July 11, 2007
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Back on May 19, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch poked fun at the New World Order tinfoil hatters, that is to say those of us who understand what the global elite have in mind for the people of North America. “Forget conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination, black helicopters, Sept. 11, 2001. This is the big one,” the newspaper wrote, adding that a “rumor is sweeping the Internet, radio and magazines, spread by bloggers, broadcasters and writers who cite the ‘proof’ in the writings of a respected American University professor, in a task force put together by the Council on Foreign Relations and in the workings of the Commerce Department. As do many modern rumors, fears of a North American Union began with a few grains of truth and leapt to an unsubstantiated conclusion.”

As it turns out, these “few grains of truth” soon transmutated into a virtual silo of evidence, not that we should expect the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to publish a follow-up. A few days later, on May 24, WorldNetDaily reported: “A powerful think tank [the Center for Strategic & International Studies] chaired by former Sen. Sam Nunn and guided by trustees including Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, William Cohen and Henry Kissinger, is in the final stages of preparing a report to the White House and U.S. Congress on the benefits of integrating the U.S., Mexico and Canada into one political, economic and security bloc.”


When the Crimes of the White House are Unpunishable

July 11, 2007
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On the day that Scooter Libby’s prison sentence was lifted by President Bush, Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to prison, again, in Israel. In both cases, the underlying offense was the same: speaking to journalists. In each case, the nominal charges were otherwise. For Libby, lying under oath about the circumstances, thereby obstructing justice. For Vanunu, it was breaking a restriction laid upon him when he emerged from prison three years ago, after serving an earlier full sentence of eighteen years, also for speaking to journalists: he was ordered not to speak, at all, to journalists or foreigners. Like a free man, he did both, openly and repeatedly.

But whereas Libby had passed classified information, and Vanunu had served his earlier sentence for doing the same, in this instance Vanunu was not charged with revealing any secrets. The transcripts or published accounts of his conversations being available, it was open knowledge that what he had mainly talked about was the truth of his personal convictions about nuclear weapons: that they should universally be abolished, Israel’s among them.


US concerns over China weapons in Iraq

July 11, 2007
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The US has raised concerns with the Chinese government about the discovery of Chinese-made weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Richard Lawless, departing senior Pentagon official for Asia, on Friday said Washington had flagged the issue with Beijing. In recent months, the US has become increasingly alarmed that Chinese armour-piercing ammunition has been used by the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq.


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Kosovo Guerrilla Veterans Warn Of New War

July 11, 2007
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Veterans of Kosovo’s 1998-99 guerrilla war said on Sunday they were prepared to take up arms again if deadlock between the West and Russia continued to block the province’s independence from Serbia.

Veterans of the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) warned the international bodies running the territory, primarily the United Nations, not to block the process.

Kosovo Albanian leaders “should not accept any delay to a status decision, nor new talks, which would bring only new hostility,” the veterans said in a statement published in several Kosovo newspapers. They called on parliament to declare independence.


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Mike Gravel Meets the Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth

July 11, 2007
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Student Scholars member, Eric Jackman asks Sen. Mike Gravel about his career and a new 9/11 investigation…


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Counting on Failure, Energy Chairman Floats Carbon Tax

July 11, 2007
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A powerful House Democrat said on Friday that he planned to propose a steep new “carbon tax” that would raise the cost of burning oil, gas and coal, in a move that could shake up the political debate on global warming.

The proposal came from Representative John D. Dingell of Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and it runs directly counter to the view of most Democrats that any tax on energy would be a politically disastrous approach to slowing global warming.

But Mr. Dingell, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on C-Span, suggested that his goal was to show that Americans are not willing to face the real cost of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. His message appeared to be that Democratic leaders were setting unrealistic legislative goals.


Al Gore slams global warming doubters at Live Earth

July 11, 2007
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Former US vice president Al Gore took a swipe at global warming doubters Saturday as he opened the Washington leg of the worldwide Live Earth concerts that he helped organize.

Washington was a last-minute addition to the global event months after organizers failed to find a space on the US capital’s National Mall, a sprawling green space featuring monuments including the Congress building.

Other events had reportedly already booked spaces for the same day on the Mall, while a subsequent bid by some lawmakers to bring the show to the doorsteps of the US Capitol was blocked by some Republican lawmakers.


Airstrikes kill scores of Afghan civilians officials

July 10, 2007
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NATO and U.S. airstrikes have killed scores of Afghan civilians this week, residents and officials said on Saturday, deaths likely to deepen discontent with foreign forces and the Western-backed Afghan government.


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Santorum Suggests New Terror Attacks Will Change View Of War

July 10, 2007
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In an alarming display of fearmongering, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum has suggested that a series of “unfortunate events,” namely terrorist attacks, will occur within the next year and change American citizen’s perception of the war.

Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Santorum also hyped the necessity of “confronting Iran in the Middle East,” and predicted that Giuliani, Romney and Tommy Thompson would be the three surviving Republican candidates who would go head to head in the race for the nomination.

Santorum went on to clearly imply that terror attacks will occur inside America which will alter the body politic and lead to a reversal of the anti-war sentiment now dominating the country.


Posted in 9/11, USA, War On Terror

EU wants tax on books and children’s clothes

July 10, 2007
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Britain was on a collision course with Brussels last night as fears grew of a new European Union push to end the right to exempt children’s clothes, newspapers and books from VAT.

The Treasury said the exemption was worth more than £28 billion to UK households each year and saved low income households four per cent of their annual spending.

It vowed to wield the national veto if necessary after the European Commission announced a new “political debate” on how to streamline the patchwork of VAT rules that apply across the 27 EU states. Under these rules, Britain is able to keep a so-called “zero rate” of VAT on the printed word and children’s clothes indefinitely.

But the EU tax commissioner, Laszlo Kovacs, signalled that he wanted to look again at simplifying the regime – which could end the UK’s exemptions. Mr Kovacs said he would seek the opinions of member states.


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Gordon Ross 9/11 Collapse Presentation

July 10, 2007
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Engineer Gordon Ross MEng. at the Indian YMCA, London on the 8th June 2007 discussing the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001.


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Live Earth is promoting green to save the planet – what planet are they on?

July 10, 2007
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As Madonna bounds on to the huge Wembley stage to save the planet, how the assembled Greenies will cheer.

The superstar is today fronting the massive Live Earth event, with nine concerts played over 24 hours across seven continents before an audience of two billion.

The much-hyped bid to save the world is being masterminded by former U.S. vice president Al Gore – who helped focus attention on the environmental movement with his Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth – and features artists including The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, UB40 and Metallica.

No doubt to rapturous applause, Madonna will call for mass global change to reduce carbon emissions and to tackle ‘climate crisis’.

Watching the veteran star lap up the adoration, her entourage could, however, be forgiven for exchanging slightly jaded glances – having witnessed her jet in for the concert from New York.

For her 2006 World Tour, she flew by private jet, transporting a team of up to 100 technicians and dancers around the globe. Waiting in the garage at home, she has a Mercedes Maybach, two Range Rovers, an Audi A8 and a Mini Cooper S.

Indeed, Madonna’s carbon footprint is dwarfed only by her ego – she has vowed that she will ‘speak to the planet’ at Wembley. In fact, an apology might be in order – for the superstar’s energy consumption is only the tip of the iceberg in this epic vanity-fest.


Another Al Qaeda In Iraq Leader Killed Twice By U.S.

July 10, 2007
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The U.S. military command in Iraq was forced to retract showpiece statements made this week that they had killed a high profile Al Qaeda leader due to the fact that they had already announced the killing one year ago.

A military spokesman acknowledged the mistake after it was called to his attention by The Examiner. He said public affairs officers will be more careful in announcing significant kills.


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Police are gangs too

July 10, 2007
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Watch this shocking behaviour by officers of the law.


FOX Officially Names Giuliani “Mr. 9/11”

July 10, 2007
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FOX News now has the gall to officially and overtly refer to Giuliani as “Mr. 9/11”– previously reserved for actual satire, like The Onion piece ‘Giuliani to Run for President of 9/11.’


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Senior French Govt. Official Questions 9/11

July 10, 2007
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Today, nearly six years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, does anyone doubt the Bush administration and the mass media’s grand narrative about just who was responsible for those shocking, sudden, well-coordinated and super-destructive events?

Well, yes.


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‘Super’ Zoom Surveillance Cams Used At Orlando Fireworks Show For First Time

July 10, 2007
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For the first time, Orlando police used high-tech surveillance cameras with the ability to zoom in on individual faces from great distances to monitor this year’s Fourth of July festivities, Local 6 News has learned.Seven cameras were strategically set up around Lake Eola to continually monitor every angle of the event.


Keith Olbermann Scathing Special Comment

July 10, 2007
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Keith Olbermann’s closing Special Comment on his show Countdown from July 3rd, 2007. This is after Bush commutes “Scooter” Libby’s jail term in spite of public opinion and outrage and possibly in an attempt to keep certain unknown things secret in a cover up. His final remarks call for the President and the Vice President to resign.


Lou Dobbs On Dangerous Chinese Imports

July 10, 2007
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From toothpaste to children’s toy’s Chinese imports are endangering the health and well being of everone who purchases them.


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Glasgow Airport attack, the SNP and the security services

July 10, 2007
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The Scottish people tend to be anti-Iraq war and pro-Palestinians.

The Glasgow Airport incident looks like an action by a certain security service to turn the people of Scotland against Moslems and against the SNP.

Some of those involved in the plot may have been double agents and some may have been patsies.


“Behavior-Detection” Graduates from Airports to Bus and Train Stations

July 10, 2007
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In celebration of Independence Day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the feds have increased the visibility of armed goons at train stations and bus terminals across the country. “Officials from the Transportation Security Administration, formed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said the additional security is not a response to any specific threat to any of the regions,” reports the Examiner. In other words, there are no terrorists and you are not in danger. Since the Constitution is nothing more than a “goddamned piece of paper,” according to the decider-commander guy, it makes sense the government has decided to roll out this in-your-face escalation—from airports to bus stations—on the same day baby-kissing politicians blabber on about liberty, freedom, equality under the law, inalienable rights, and representative government, blah, blah, blah. “The federal security officers are part of the TSA’s Visual Intermodal Protection and Response teams, which consist of behavior-detection officers, federal air marshals not scheduled for flights, and rail, security and aviation inspectors,” the Examiner continues. “The VIPR (pronounced ‘viper’) program has conducted 84 targeted security assignments in the last 18 months.”

Behavior-detection officers. How perfectly Orwell. These guys are trained to detect “micro-expressions,” that is to say “a sign of an emotion being concealed,” as Paul Ekman, writing for the CIA’s favorite newspaper describes it. Had a fight with your wife, or experienced the death of a relative? Don’t show your emotions in public, bub, not unless you want three or four goons to “pull you aside,” that is to say interrogate you for the crime of inappropriate behavior in a public place. Not long ago, especially on the day we supposedly celebrate our freedom, this would have outraged most Americans. Now we thank the automatic weapon-toting goons and behavior-detection officers for treating us like criminals and slaves.


Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month

July 10, 2007
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A state-of-the-art research study published in October 12, 2006 issue of The Lancet (the most prestigious British medical journal) concluded that–as of a year ago–600,000 Iraqis had died violently due to the war in Iraq. That is, the Iraqi death rate for the first 39 months of the war was just about 15,000 per month.That wasn’t the worst of it, because the death rate was increasing precipitously, and during the first half of 2006 the monthly rate was approximately 30,000 per month, a rate that no doubt has increased further during the ferocious fighting associated with the current American surge.


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Voters Believe Iraq Is Creating More Terrorists, Distracting From Domestic Priorities

July 10, 2007
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ThinkProgress has obtained results of a new poll released yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a conference hosted by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute. The poll finds that voters of all parties are overwhelmingly pessimistic about the war in Iraq, believing the United States will fail. The war has distracted from the fight against terrorism and other domestic priorities


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Globalist Think Tanks Call For Balkanization Of Iraq

July 6, 2007
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A plan gaining traction in the Congress to separate Iraq into three autonomous territories directly mirrors long term globalist plans to “divide and conquer” in Iraq, an ongoing semi-covert project which has involved the intentional stoking of sectarian violence by occupying forces.

The authors, Edward P. Joseph of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, are hoping to draw the attention of George W. Bush administration policymakers, reports Iranian news wire Press TV.

The three main spheres proposed in the report would be Shia, Sunni and Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurds already control Kurdistan. The report also acknowledges that the plan also echoes long term Council on Foreign Relations balkanization mantra.


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North American union plan headed to Congress in fall

July 6, 2007
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A powerful think tank chaired by former Sen. Sam Nunn and guided by trustees including Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, William Cohen and Henry Kissinger, is in the final stages of preparing a report to the White House and U.S. Congress on the benefits of integrating the U.S., Mexico and Canada into one political, economic and security bloc.


Globalists To Formally Propose Merger Of U.S., Canada, Mexico

July 6, 2007
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Globalist political heavyweights are preparing to formally propose to Congress the merger of the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a North American Union at the end of summer after they held secret meetings to devise a plan that will be presented to representatives of all three governments.

“A powerful think tank chaired by former Sen. Sam Nunn and guided by trustees including Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, William Cohen and Henry Kissinger, is in the final stages of preparing a report to the White House and U.S. Congress on the benefits of integrating the U.S., Mexico and Canada into one political, economic and security bloc,” reports World Net Daily.


Russia gives Gazprom right to form armed units

July 6, 2007
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Russia’s parliament handed gas giant Gazprom the right to form its own armed units on Wednesday with a law one legislator said opened a “Pandora’s box” that could lead to the creation of a private army.A law backed by 341 lawmakers in the 450-seat State Duma lower house of parliament gave Gazprom, and oil pipeline monopoly Transneft, special exemption from strict limits on private businesses wielding arms.

The two state-controlled companies will for the first time be allowed to employ their own armed operatives instead of contracting an outside security firm. Their armed units will also have access to more weapons and more freedom to use them than private security companies.


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Researcher spots China’s new nuclear sub on Google Earth

July 6, 2007
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A satellite image of China’s new nuclear ballistic missile submarine is available on the Google Earth Internet site.


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Rothschild Global Warming Handbook Accompanies Hyped 7/7 Live Earth Concert

July 6, 2007
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“The most irritating thing about this book is that it is based, not on scientific investigation, but on the quarterlife crisis of some long-haired middle-class rich boy. The author is David de Rothschild – and yes, he’s a member of the super-wealthy Rothschild banking family. These are the kind of people now telling the rest of us to live in little houses and wear £5 jumpers.”


Fed Up With War, Some Won’t Pay Taxes

July 6, 2007
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When the United States invaded Iraq more than four years ago, war opponent David Gross asked his bosses for a radical pay cut, enough so he wouldn’t have to pay taxes to support the war.“I was having a hard time looking at myself in the mirror,” Gross said. “I knew the bombs falling were in part paid with my tax dollars. I had to actually do something concrete to remove my complicity.”


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UK Attacks a Model for U.S. Assault

July 6, 2007
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U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials believe the attempted terrorist attacks last weekend in England are a preview of the next terrorist assault on the United States.According to the Washington Post, the unsophisticated, near-simultaneous attacks are designed more to provoke widespread fear and panic than to cause major losses of life, require little training, and are difficult to prevent.

CIA Director Michael Hayden told agency employees on Tuesday via an internal memo that “events in Great Britain since last Friday serve as a reminder — if we ever needed one — that this remains a dangerous world and that our work in defending America is as important as ever.”


The Black Hitler

July 6, 2007
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“Kill the white women in South Africa – if they are white, kill them all!”

“Why kill the (white) women, why kill the babies when they are just innocent blue-eyed babies? Because they grow up to rule your babies, so kill them ALL now!”

“Kill the (white) women because the women are the military manufacturing sitters and every nine months they lay down on their backs and a reinforcement rolls out from between their legs, so kill the white women…kill them all!”

“And kill all the old whites in South Africa. Why did they get old…because they suppressed the blacks in South Africa, that’s how they got old…”

“And then go to their goddamned graves and kill them again because they didn’t die hard enough.”


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Made in China: tainted food, fake drugs and dodgy paint

July 6, 2007
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China is facing a global crisis of consumer confidence as the country’s food safety watchdog acknowledged this week that almost a fifth of the domestic products it inspects fail to reach minimum standards. Following a number of contamination scandals in the US, the world’s biggest exporter is struggling to prove that it can match quality with quantity.In the first half of 2007, 19.1% of products made for domestic consumption were found to be substandard, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on Tuesday. Among products made by small firms, the failure rate was nearly 30%.

“These are not isolated cases,” Han Yi, director of the administration’s quality control and inspection department, told the state media. Underlining his concerns, officials said hundreds of bottles of fake human blood protein were found in hospitals and excessive amounts of additives and preservatives were detected in children’s snacks.


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Senator accuses Bush of being ‘brain dead’

July 6, 2007
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At a campaign stop in Des Moines, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had some tough words for the President, along with two GOP presidential candidates. “This guy is brain dead,” Biden said of Bush, eliciting a chorus of laughter from his audience. Known for his slips of the tongue, Biden added, “I know I’ll be quoted, I’ll be killed for that.”

Speaking of Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of Scooter Libby, Biden stated, “This is a guy who is on the balls of his heels, here’s a guy who is lower off in the polls than any president in modern history and he goes ahead and he does something that just flies in the face of the sensibilities of the American people.”


ABC News Accused Of Aiding Terrorists

July 6, 2007
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ABC News has been accused of aiding potential terrorists after a news article that discussed why the attempted terror attacks on the UK were unsuccessful led to many angry readers claiming the the company was educating future car bombers on how to better hone their techniques.

In a story entitled, Exclusive: U.K. Terror Plot — Why the Bombs Failed, writers Richard Esposito and Jim Sciutto attempt to explain why the car bombs discovered in two Mercedes in London last week failed to ignite, citing a “medical syringe used as part of the firing mechanism,” that “caused a malfunction.”

This provoked dozens of furious responses from those who commented on the article who accused ABC of directly educating terrorists on how to perfect the construction of a car bomb for the next attack.


John Pilger – Freedom Next Time

July 6, 2007
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Journalist, author, film maker John Pilger speaks in Chicago at Socialism 2007: Socialism for the 21st Century.


US scholars propose a divided Iraq

July 6, 2007
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With US war policy clouded by failures, two American scholars have proposed a partition plan that would divide Iraq into three main regions. The authors, Edward P. Joseph of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, are hoping to draw the attention of George W. Bush administration policymakers.

The three main spheres proposed in the report would be Shia, Sunni and Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurds already control Kurdistan.

The scholars are circulating their suggestions within the Bush administration, AP reported.


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More contractors than troops in Iraq

July 6, 2007
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The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government’s capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns.More than 180,000 civilians — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense Department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Including the recent troop surge, 160,000 soldiers and a few thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq.

The total number of private contractors, far higher than previously reported, shows how heavily the Bush administration has relied on private corporations to carry out the occupation of Iraq — a mission criticized as being undermanned.


Al Gore’s son out on bail after arrest in O.C.

July 6, 2007
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The son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested early Wednesday in Orange County on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs, the latest in a series of incidents with law enforcement agencies in recent years.Albert Gore III was taken into custody about 2:15 a.m. after Orange County sheriff’s deputies stopped him for driving about 100 mph on the southbound Interstate 5 in Laguna Niguel.

When deputies approached the Toyota Prius at the Crown Valley Parkway exit, they detected the “strong odor of marijuana,” said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department. A search of the car found marijuana and prescription drugs Vicodin, Valium, Xanax and Adderall, an amphetamine used to treat attention deficit disorder, Amormino said.


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7/7 survivors are ‘the forgotten’

July 6, 2007
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Survivors of the 7 July London bombings say officials have made them feel like “the forgotten people”.
Speaking to BBC London to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy, they spoke of their difficulty in trying to gain compensation for their injuries.

They also reiterated their demands for a public inquiry into the bombings on the city’s transport network, which killed 52 people and injured hundreds.

The government said the victims had always been “very high on the agenda”.


Posted in 7/7

Glasgow airport bomber left suicide note

July 6, 2007
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One of the two men accused of trying to bomb Glasgow airport left a suicide note, it has been claimed.

Police were said to have found the note, describing the men’s motives and grievances, CNN reported.


Airports to get ‘virtual tripwire’ CCTV

July 6, 2007
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Sophisticated closed circuit television camera systems is set to be introduced at a number of British airports, it emerged last night.

Negotiations are understood to have started for installation of technology known as Video Analytics – the use of computers to monitor CCTV images.

The Daily Telegraph has learned that a number of airports – both major and smaller regional ones – have been in talks with companies involved in developing the systems.


US military warns Turkey off Iraq raid

July 6, 2007
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The US military warned Turkey Tuesday against destabilizing northern Iraq by carrying out a threatened cross-border raid on Kurdish rebels.The US armed forces have a “great relationship with the military of Turkey,” said Brigadier General Perry Wiggins, deputy director for operations of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

But he cautioned: “As the secretary of defense (Robert Gates) has said, any disruption up in northern Iraq would not be helpful at this time.”


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Australia ‘has Iraq oil interest’

July 6, 2007
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Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has admitted that securing oil supplies is a key factor behind the presence of Australian troops in Iraq.
He said maintaining “resource security” in the Middle East was a priority.

But PM John Howard has played down the comments, saying it was “stretching it a bit” to conclude that Australia’s Iraq involvement was motivated by oil.

The remarks are causing heated debate as the US-led Iraq coalition has avoided linking the war and oil.


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Oldest DNA ever recovered shows warmer planet: report

July 6, 2007
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Scientists who probed two kilometers (1.2 miles) through a Greenland glacier to recover the oldest plant DNA on record said Thursday the planet was far warmer hundreds of thousands of years ago than is generally believed. DNA of trees, plants and insects including butterflies and spiders from beneath the southern Greenland glacier was estimated to date to 450,000 to 900,000 years ago, according to the remnants retrieved from this long-vanished boreal forest.

That contrasts sharply with the prevailing view that a lush forest of this kind could only have existed in Greenland as recently as 2.4 million years ago, according to a summary of the study, which is published Thursday in the journal Science.

The samples suggest the temperature probably reached 10 degrees C (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer and -17 C (1 F) in the winter.


Arctic Monkeys shiver at Live Earth ‘hypocrisy’

July 6, 2007
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Rock group Arctic Monkeys have become the latest music industry stars to question whether the performers taking part in Live Earth on Saturday are suitable climate change activists.

“It’s a bit patronising for us 21 year olds to try to start to change the world,” said Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, explaining why the group is not on the bill at any of Al Gore’s charity concerts.

“Especially when we’re using enough power for 10 houses just for (stage) lighting. It’d be a bit hypocritical,” he told AFP in an interview before a concert in Paris.

Bass player Nick O’Malley chimes in: “And we’re always jetting off on aeroplanes!”


Backlash fears as Asian newsagent is firebombed

July 6, 2007
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Fears of a backlash against Muslims are rising tonight in the wake of the car bomb plot.

It came as a Pakistani-born Scotsman’s newsagents was ram-raided and fire-bombed in Glasgow.

Racial incidents rose in the days after the July 7 bombings and there was a similar backlash after the September 11 attack.

Tonight a prominent Muslim leader spoke of his fears of a “rising hostility” towards the Asian community.

Osama Saeed, the Muslim Association of Britain’s Scottish spokesman, made the warning as police launched an investigation into the attack on a newsagent’s in the early hours of the morning.


NY extends search for remains at September 11 site

July 6, 2007
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New York City will continue searching for remains of victims of the September 11 attacks indefinitely, saying on Tuesday it could no longer complete the task in one year as planned.

Bits of human remains continue to turn up more than five years after the attacks that killed 2,759 people in New York, including the 10 hijackers aboard the two jetliners that crashed into the World Trade Center.

Remains have not been found for all of the victims. Surviving relatives say it helps with their grieving to know that some physical remains have been recovered.


Posted in 9/11

Cheney and Bush Declare Autonomous Dictatorial Powers

July 6, 2007
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The Vice President and the President have casually declared their offices to be independent of the executive branch and completely autonomous, with Dick Cheney also attempting to abolish agencies his office is supposed to be accountable to.


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Bush BREAKS hundreds of laws

July 6, 2007
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President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ”whistle-blower” protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush’s assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ”to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ”execute” a law he believes is unconstitutional.


Bush And Cheney Declare Themselves Above The Law Again

July 6, 2007
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George W Bush has decided that if you happen to work in the White House a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for intentional obstruction of a federal investigation and four counts of perjury is “too harsh”. As a result the President has commuted the sentence of convicted felon Scooter Libby and sent him home with a pat on the back and orders to put his feet up.

Amid all the frothing media terror hype, the fact that the Bush administration has once again declared itself above the law has been relegated to the “and also in the news” sections.


Saved from prison by Bush’s favour: the White House aide who lied to a grand jury

July 6, 2007
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George Bush created a political storm yesterday by intervening to stop the disgraced White House aide, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, from going to jail. The president, in a statement, said the prison sentence imposed on Mr Libby, who was found guilty of perjury in a complex spy case linked to the Iraq war, was too harsh.Mr Bush, who made the statement after leaving a summit with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, at Kennebunkport, Maine, said: “I respect the jury’s verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence is excessive.”


Fingerprints and iris scans as hospitals tighten security

July 6, 2007
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DOCTORS in South Australian hospitals may be subjected to biometric fingerprint and iris scans if they want to access sensitive patient records and prescribe drugs.

The technology, which includes keyboard-mounted fingerprint scanners and smartcard readers, could be deployed in hospital emergency departments within 12 months.

The scanners would be used to strengthen security around patient records as hospitals build new links between the numerous information systems used to manage medical data.


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Chertoff: ‘Lieberman Is Dead Right’ In Calling For Increased Wiretapping

July 6, 2007
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Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) used the foiled terror attempts in London to call for greater domestic spying in the United States. “I hope these terrorist attacks in London wake us up here in America to stop the petty partisan fighting going on about…electronic surveillance,” Lieberman said, referencing the Senate Judiciary Committee’s recent subpoenas of documents related to Bush’s wiretapping program that the White House has refused to release.

Today, on Fox and Friends, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff echoed Lieberman’s call, arguing that Lieberman was “dead right” in calling for increased domestic surveillance:


Lieberman calls for wider use of surveillance cameras

July 6, 2007
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Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said Sunday he wants to “more widely” use surveillance cameras across the country.

“The Brits have got something smart going in England, and it was part of why I believe they were able to so quickly apprehend suspects in the terrorist acts over the weekend, and that is they have cameras all over London and other of their major cities,” Lieberman said.


Oklahoma City Mayor Calls for North American Union

July 6, 2007
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“If we can have but three nations and one economy,” said Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornettt “I think it would be much easier for us to solve a lot of the social problems with the end migration.”These remarks came in a video interview at the 2004 United States Conference of Mayors which was held in Boston, for which Mayor Cornett was describing the development of Oklahoma City. The Conference of Mayors is, according to their website, “the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more,” and has been in existence since 1932.

This signifies how local governments across the nation are either moving forward with, or directly supporting, the economic integration of North America, also called the North American Union. While such a pursuit may seem like the stuff of conspiracy theories, it is increasingly becoming more apparent that our government, with the direct support of private sector participants, is building a union in North America comparable to the European Union.


Building a North American Union Conspiracy

July 6, 2007
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The deniers, white washers, shills, and propaganda masters are purposely misleading the public into believing that that the North American Union is a conspiracy theory. Unfortunately, most people are too busy or lazy to care and check it out for themselves. Some of the articles debunking the NAU do little of the sort, but even bad propaganda can fool the people. The NAU is being kept secret in the sense that working groups are meeting without public participation or knowledge in some cases, and are conducting business without debate or oversight. Wouldn’t the NAU require massive amounts of legislation with new agencies and institutions having to be created? The whole point is to bypass this process. It is through these working groups that the NAU is being formed with unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats assuming the power. In fact, the only legislation that has been introduced by Congress or state legislatures is resolutions to block the NAU. The push for total amnesty, open borders, and the NAU will continue even with the Senate recently blocking the immigration bill. When one starts to read the documentation pertaining to the creation of an NAU, they will find out for themselves that it is much worse than I or others are reporting.


‘Don’t tell British about the EU treaty’

July 6, 2007
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The new European Union treaty will mean “transfers of sovereignty” from Britain and Gordon Brown is right to hide the fact from the public, an EU leader admitted yesterday.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg’s premier and leader of the bloc of 13 single currency members, spoke out as the Prime Minister faced rising calls for a referendum on the treaty drawn up following the rejection of the old EU constitution by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

Mr Juncker said he supported public debate on the treaty – except in Britain.


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When Presidents Pardon Their Own Crimes

July 6, 2007
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George Mason (1725-1792), the father of the Bill of Rights (1791-2002), argued at the Constitutional Convention in favor of providing the House of Representatives the power of impeachment by pointing out that the President might use his pardoning power to “pardon crimes which were advised by himself” or, before indictment or conviction, “to stop inquiry and prevent detection.”

James Madison (1751-1836), the father of the U.S. Constitution (1788-2007), added that “if the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty.”

Of course, Bush has long been connected in a suspicious manner to Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and others. Madison would probably have called for Bush’s impeachment when Bush first refused to investigate or hold anyone accountable for leaking Valerie Plame’s identity, or rather when Bush lied us into the war in the first place, or when he confessed to illegal spying, or when he detained people without charge and tortured them, or when he overturned laws with signing statements or refused to comply with subpoenas, and so on and so forth. Madison wouldn’t have wanted to see his Constitution tossed aside until the moment Bush commuted Libby’s sentence. But he certainly would have acted now if not before.


Iran rejects US ‘ridiculous claims’

July 6, 2007
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Iran has strongly rejected the allegations by the US that the country is involved in the training, financing and arming of Iraqi insurgents. US officials have always been leveling ‘baseless and ridiculous’ accusations at Iran without providing any proof, Iran’s Mehr news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini on Monday as saying.


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Syria: US travel ban absurd

July 6, 2007
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Syria has described as absurd a US travel ban on Syrian officials, saying it indicates the failure of US policy in the Middle East.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem said the move to stop the Syrian officials from entering the US “did not need comment because of its absurdity.”

“American statements against Syria only show the failure of American policy in the region … especially in Iraq,” he told reporters in Damascus on Tuesday, Reuters reported.


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Iran nuclear plant will not open before 2008: Russia

July 6, 2007
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Iran’s first nuclear power plant, which Russia is building in the town of Bushehr, will not be completed before 2008, Russia’s top nuclear official said Wednesday.


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Evidence Of Iranian Involvement In Iraq Attacks Faked

July 6, 2007
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Confederate Yankee this morning has a picture provided by Multi-National Corps-Iraq which purports to be of Iranian explosives seized in Iraq.

The Yankee accepts this provenance without question, but I think there are good reasons to look twice at it.


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Three Girls Died, Others Hospitalized, After HPV Vaccine

July 6, 2007
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Amid controversy over state legislatures in the U.S. requiring young girls to take Gardasil, Merck’s new vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), severe side effects are being reported.1,637 adverse reactions have been reported by Judicial Watch, a public interest watchdog, including three girls who died shortly after receiving the immunization. Judicial Watch obtained the reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration using the Freedom of Information Act.


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‘Scepticism’ over climate claims

July 6, 2007
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The public believes the effects of global warming on the climate are not as bad as politicians and scientists claim, a poll has suggested. The Ipsos Mori poll of 2,032 adults – interviewed between 14 and 20 June – found 56% believed scientists were still questioning climate change.

There was a feeling the problem was exaggerated to make money, it found.

The Royal Society said most climate scientists believed humans were having an “unprecedented” effect on climate.

The survey suggested that terrorism, graffiti, crime and dog mess were all of more concern than climate change.


Happy Fourth Of July: Are We Fit To Be Free?

July 6, 2007
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Today we tend to think of the Fourth of July as a day off from work, an occasion for shooting off fireworks, having a backyard barbecue, or climbing in our cars and visiting distant friends and relatives. Hardly anybody harks back to that momentous day, what it meant, or how it affects us down to this very day.

What we mark on July Fourth is the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an astonishing event when a handful of men of different backgrounds and different colonies with no organized armed force at their disposal, came together and wrote a document that in effect, told the mighty British empire to bug off and leave them and their colonies alone.

It was what must be seen as a foolhardy act. They defied a monarch and his government with the finest and most powerful army on the face of the earth, knowing full well what the consequences would be if they failed in achieving independence from Britain. With Adams they understood the “Toil and Blood and Treasure,” it would cost them “to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. “


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From Cakewalk to Quicksand

July 6, 2007
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John Lukacs in his monograph, June 1941: Hitler and Stalin, reports that “the best military experts throughout the world predicted the defeat of the Soviet Union within a few weeks, or within two months at the most” following Hitler’s invasion of Russia on June 22, 1941.While the superb German military machine made an excellent showing, by the beginning of 1943 its offensive capability was exhausted and the Germans were defeated at Stalingrad. Germany lost the war one and one-half years before the US could manage the invasion of Normandy. If HItler had not depleted the German Army in Russia, a US invasion of Normandy could not have been contemplated.

Lukacs concerns himself with unintended consequences of June 22, 1941. It is not too early, or too late, to concern ourselves with the unintended consequences of March 20, 2003.


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‘Iran ready for all-out defense’

June 29, 2007
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Iran’s Majlis speaker says the nation is ready to defend its independence and territorial sovereignty against any military attack.

“The prospect of a war against Iran is very weak but it is possible that the US policy makers take such an unwise decision,” Gholam-Ali Hadad-Adel said Wednesday at a press conference.

“The Islamic Republic has never sought any confrontation (with other countries) but we are ready for an all-out defense of our independence and territorial sovereignty,” the Iranian lawmaker emphasized.


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US Congress bids to punish foreign oil firms linked to Iran

June 29, 2007
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US legislation aiming to punish foreign energy companies that do business with Iran took a step forward Tuesday as lawmakers attacked the Islamic republic’s nuclear drive and “terrorism.”The foreign affairs panel of the House of Representatives passed the proposed law by 37 votes to one, with Democrats and Republicans alike accusing Iran of using energy investment for nefarious ends.

“Foreign investment in Iran equals money for terrorism and attacks on Americans,” Democrat Gary Ackerman said.

“Investment in Iran’s petroleum sector enables that country to pursue nuclear weapons, to arm insurgents fighting American troops, and to underwrite Hezbollah and Hamas,” he said.


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Iraqi Official: US ‘behind Baghdad hotel blast’

June 29, 2007
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An Iraqi official has accused the United States of being behind the suicide bomb that killed at least 12 in a hotel in central Baghdad. Muhammad al-Saberi, Iraqi envoy for talks with tribal leaders in Jordan and Syria, on Tuesday held the Bush Administration responsible for the blast at the Mansour Hotel, where a group of Sunni tribal leaders from Iraq’s Anbar province had gathered to discuss ways and means of curbing ongoing violence in the country.

“Because the gathering [in the hotel] was supposed to be a step toward establishing national unity among Iraqi tribes, the US, through its terrorist operatives, tried to thwart the move,” IRIB quoted al- Saberi as saying.


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Vaccinated Children Two and a Half Times More Likely to Have Neurological Disorders Like ADHD and Autism, New Survey in California and Oregon Finds

June 29, 2007
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As the first trial in Vaccine Court explores the relationship between vaccines and autism, a new survey released today indicates a strong correlation between rates of neurological disorders, such as ADHD and autism, and childhood vaccinations. The survey, commissioned by Generation Rescue, compared vaccinated and unvaccinated children in nine counties in Oregon and California. Among more than 9,000 boys age 4-17, the survey found vaccinated boys were two and a half times (155%) more likely to have neurological disorders compared to their unvaccinated peers. Vaccinated boys were 224% more likely to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and 61% more likely to have autism.

For older vaccinated boys in the 11-17 age bracket, the results were even more pronounced. Vaccinated boys were 158% more likely to have a neurological disorder, 317% more likely to have ADHD, and 112% more likely to have autism. Complete survey results are available at http://www.generationrescue.org/.


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FDA says unmoved by aspartame- cancer report

June 29, 2007
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A U.S. consumer group called for an urgent Food and Drug Administration review of the safety of aspartame on Monday, but the FDA said there was no immediate need to do so despite a new study showing the sweetener may cause cancer.

Italian researchers published a new study last week that showed aspartame — widely used in soft drinks — might cause leukemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in rats.

“This is the second study by the same lab showing that aspartame causes cancer in rats,” Center for Science in the Public Interest executive director Michael Jacobson said in a telephone interview.

Aspartame is used mostly in soft drinks but is also sold in packets to use in coffee, tea or on food. “People can easily avoid products using Nutrasweet or Equal and keep these products away from kids,” Jacobson added.

Morando Soffritti of the Ramazzini Foundation in Bologna, Italy and colleagues tested aspartame in rats, which they allowed to live until they died naturally.


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Questions raised over ID cards as Gordon Brown moves in

June 27, 2007
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The government has delayed procurement for its controversial £5.3bn ID card scheme as Gordon Brown prepares to take over as prime minister.

James Hall, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service, said a “major” procurement process for IT systems to support the scheme was set to begin, but “we’re not quite ready yet”.

Hall, speaking at Gartner’s identity management conference in London, did not say when procurement would start.

The delay could signal a rethink as the long-anticipated transfer of power from prime minister Tony Blair to his chancellor, Gordon Brown, finally takes place. Brown’s arrival in Number 10 is expected to produce shifts on some of the more contentious areas of government policy.


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Blair rejects call for EU referendum

June 27, 2007
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Holding a referendum on the EU treaty would entail “sucking the energy out of the country for months”, Tony Blair said today.

Making his final full statement as prime minister before retiring on Wednesday, the prime minister rejected outright Tory demands for a plebiscite on the weekend agreement.

In an unusual move, the prime minister was joined on the frontbench for the statement by the new Labour leader, Gordon Brown, who will have to pilot the bill through parliament this autumn.

Mr Blair repeated his principal reason for refusing to grant a referendum: that Britain’s “red lines” had not been breached by the marathon negotiations, which only came to a close at 5am on Saturday morning.
But Mr Blair conceded that the 48-hour talks had comprised “an exceptionally difficult negotiation”.


Former NSA chief doubts NKorea will give up nukes

June 27, 2007
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Former US National Security Agency director Bobby Ray Inman voiced doubt Tuesday that North Korea would give up its nuclear arms, as UN inspectors arrived in Pyongyang after a near five-year absence.
“My scepticism comes from the fact I don’t think any country that has actually got nuclear weapons has given them up,” he told reporters during a visit to Japan.

Instead, the international community may only be able to persuade North Korea not to build more nuclear weapons, the 76-year-old retired admiral said.


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Kremlin Powers May Be Split After Putin

June 27, 2007
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Two top Kremlin officials have shown up on state-controlled television regularly for months, appearing decisive and statesmanlike, inspiring speculation that they are competing for the job of President Vladimir Putin.And so they may be. But at least one prominent analyst predicts the two men will split the current presidential powers when Putin leaves office next year, with one serving in a weakened presidency and the other becoming a stronger prime minister.

Many who follow Russian politics assume Putin, barred by the constitution from seeking a third consecutive term, plans to endorse either the stern Sergei Ivanov, 54, or the boyish Dmitry Medvedev, 41, in the March presidential contest. Both are first deputy prime ministers.


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