December 24th, 2005

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More on the Bushist violation of everyone's 4th-amendment rights

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/24/politics/24spy.html?ei=5094&en=efaa31928aa6c87b&hp=&ex=1135400400&partner=AOL&pagewanted=print

December 24, 2005
Spy Agency Mined Vast Data Trove, Officials Report
By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 - The National Security Agency has traced and analyzed large volumes of telephone and Internet communications flowing into and out of the United States as part of the eavesdropping program that President Bush approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to hunt for evidence of terrorist activity, according to current and former government officials.

The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system's main arteries, they said.

As part of the program approved by President Bush for domestic surveillance without warrants, the N.S.A. has gained the cooperation of American telecommunications companies to obtain backdoor access to streams of domestic and international communications, the officials said.…

Since the disclosure last week of the N.S.A.'s domestic surveillance program, President Bush and his senior aides have [lied repeatedly].…

What has not been publicly acknowledged is that N.S.A. technicians, besides actually eavesdropping on specific conversations, have combed through large volumes of phone and Internet traffic in search of patterns that might point to terrorism suspects. Some officials describe the program as a large data-mining operation.

The current and former government officials who discussed the program were granted anonymity because it remains classified.…

The use of similar data-mining operations by the Bush administration in other contexts has raised strong objections, most notably in connection with the Total Information Awareness system, developed by the Pentagon for tracking terror suspects, and the Department of Homeland Security's Capps program for screening airline passengers. Both programs were ultimately scrapped after public outcries over possible threats to privacy and civil liberties.

But the Bush administration regards the N.S.A.'s ability to trace and analyze large volumes of data as critical to its expanded mission to [turn the United States into a totalitarian dictatorship and subjugate the rest of the world by military and economic threat].…
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Heads roll at Veterans Administration: Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed

[Is this article correct in its facts?]


http://www.sfbayview.com/012605/headsroll012605.shtml

Heads roll at Veterans Administration

Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed

by Bob Nichols

Project Censored Award Winner

Considering the tons of depleted uranium used by the U.S., the Iraq war can truly be called a nuclear war.

Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged Monday that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War.

Writing in Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter No. 169, Arthur N. Bernklau, executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, stated, “The real reason for Mr. Principi’s departure was really never given, however a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military.”

Bernklau continued, “This malady (from uranium munitions), that thousands of our military have suffered and died from, has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being revealed.”

He added, “Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf War), of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of ‘Disabled Vets’ means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of permanent medical problems!” The disability rate for the wars of the last century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam.

“The VA Secretary (Principi) was aware of this fact as far back as 2000,” wrote Bernklau. “He, and the Bush administration have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret’s report, (it) ... is far too big to hide or to cover up!”

“Terry Jamison, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, at the VA Central Office, recently reported that ‘Gulf Era Veterans’ now on medical disability, since 1991, number 518,739 Veterans,” said Berklau.

“The long-term effects have revealed that DU (uranium oxide) is a virtual death sentence,” stated Berklau. “Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist, who retired from the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, and was also involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in the soldiers (from the 2003 Iraq War) as ‘spectacular … and a matter of concern!’”

When asked if the main purpose of using DU was for “destroying things and killing people,” Fulk was more specific: “I would say it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people!”

Principi could not be reached for comment prior to deadline.

References

1. Depleted uranium: “Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets: A death sentence here and abroad” by Leuren Moret, http://www.sfbayview.com/081804/Depleteduranium081804.shtml.

2. Veterans for Constitutional Law, 112 Jefferson Ave., Port Jefferson NY 11777, Arthur N. Bernklau, executive director, (516) 474-4261, fax 516-474-1968.

3. Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter. Email Gary Kohls, gkohls@cpinternet.com, with “Subscribe” in the subject line.

Email Bob Nichols at bobnichols@cox.net.
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Barron's editorial page editor calls for Bush to be impeached…

Actually he tries to give the Leader every possible way out of impeachment there is, and in my opinion unnecessarily mentions the Clinton impeachment (at best it was a waste of column space), but essentially this is a call for Bush's impeachment. It is delivered in a way that lets the writer back out easily, but it's better than nothing.

He also faults Jay Rockefeller, again a waste of column space at best, although I think the criticism is deserved. Rockefeller should have found a way to leak what he knew, notwithstanding that it could get him killed (as Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy almost were by means of anthrax [more on that in a moment]).
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A circumstantial case for suspecting Bush-Cheney of the anthrax murders

I've never been closer to suspecting Bush-Cheney of the 'Amerithrax' killings.

The deadly letters were mailed to Democrats and prominent 'news' media personalities, but one also was sent to the offices of the publisher of The National Enquirer. That 'newspaper' is hardly major media in the usual sense; it is, rather, a magazine of fiction sometimes based on current events, and of gossip. Why send anthrax to The National Enquirer? Here is a possible reason: in 2000, days before the presidential election, it was The National Enquirer that reported about Bush's drunk driving conviction in Maine. Was anthrax sent to National Enquirer as retaliation and a warning? You tell me.

Now about the nearly-killed Democrats. Anthrax letters were mailed to Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy. The former was Senate majority leader, the latter was Senate judiciary committee chairman, thus charged with oversight of the FISA law. I have only heard this, but supposedly the first anthrax letters were dated right about the same time as when Bush failed to get domestic powers in the war resolution. (Tom Daschle recently wrote about the latter event.) Was Bush-Cheney attempting the intimidation or outright murder of Daschle and Leahy, in a way supposed to make the assumption of domestic powers go uncontested? You tell me.

The National Enquirer is a really oddball target for anthrax letters, and Pat Leahy isn't exactly the most visible person in Washington. Why them?