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'AP Learns Gitmo Guards Brag of Beatings . By Thomas Watkins. The Associated Press.

Camp Pendleton, California - Guards at Guantanamo Bay bragged about beating detainees and described it as common practice, a Marine sergeant said in a sworn statement obtained by The Associated Press.
The two-page statement was sent Wednesday to the Inspector General at the Department of Defense by a high-ranking Marine Corps defense lawyer.
The lawyer sent the statement on behalf of a paralegal who said men she met on Sept. 23 at a bar on the base identified themselves to her as guards. The woman, whose name was blacked out, said she spent about an hour talking with them. No one was in uniform, she said.
A 19-year-old sailor referred to only as Bo "told the other guards and me about him beating different detainees being held in the prison," the statement said.
"One such story Bo told involved him taking a detainee by the head and hitting the detainee's hea…

Irak 102

De Christian Science Monitor bericht:

'How Al Qaeda Views a Long Iraq War.
A letter from Al Qaeda leaders found in Iraq shows that the group sees the war as a boon for its cause.

Cairo - In appearances across the US, President Bush has been campaigning against withdrawing troops from Iraq, arguing that to leave now would hand a historic victory to Al Qaeda and inspire new generations of jihadists to attack the US.
But a letter that has been translated and released by the US military indicates that Al Qaeda itself sees the continued American presence in Iraq as a boon for the terror network, which has recently shown signs of expanding into the Palestinian territories and North Africa.
"The most important thing is that the jihad continues with steadfastness ... indeed, prolonging the war is in our interest," says the writer, who goes by the name Atiyah. The letter, released last week, was recovered in the rubble of the Iraqi house where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, former lea…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 9

Dit is het resultaat van het neoliberale geloof dat ook onze regering aanhangt:

'The Gap Is Getting Wider.

You can imagine that the latest release of income and poverty statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau landed with a thud at the White House.

The headline is that for the first time since President Bush has been in office, the poverty rate has not increased; it has instead remained stable. But there is worse news under the headline: Because the poverty rate was unchanged, but real median household income rose 1.1 percent between 2004 and 2005, that can only mean one thing: Income inequality between the rich and the poor in America is getting worse.

It gets still worse: According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the increase in median income in 2005 was driven by an increase in the income of elderly households. Non-elderly households—working families—saw their median income actually fall by 0.5 percent. Since 2001, the median income for non-elderly hous…

The Empire 23

Onze bondgenoot in de zogeheten war on terror is bankroet. De VS heeft zich vandaag uit Afghanistan teruggetrokken. De NAVO, waaronder Nederland, mag zich nu in de schulden steken voor een zinloos militair avontuur.'U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK.
The Outstanding Public Debt as of 06 Oct 2006 at 06:51:42 PM GMT is:
The estimated population of the United States is 299,643,567so each citizen's share of this debt is $28,532.02.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of$1.66 billion per day since September 30, 2005!Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

Een redactioneel commentaar van de New York Times:'Deeper and Deeper.
There is fresh evidence, if any more were needed, that excessive borrowing during the Bush years will make the nation poorer.
For most of the past five and a half years, interest rates have been low, allowing the government to borrow more and more — to cut taxes while fighting two expensive wars — without having to shoulder higher interest pay…

Joachim Fest 15

Joachim Fest in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis: ''De winst voor de wetenschap is soms een verlies voor de fantasie; literatuur en kunst ontlenen hun wezenlijke leven namelijk aan het geheim.'

Flying Dogs

Van de zomer zag ik in een sport- en recreatiewinkel in Flagstaff, Arizona, hele kleine zonnebrilletjes. Toen ik aan een verkoper vroeg waar die dingetjes voor waren zei hij: 'Voor honden.' Toen ik mijn wenkbrouwen fronste voegde hij daar zonder blikken of blozen aan toe: 'I have seen dogs at 14.000 feet.' Ik geloofde hem onmiddellijk.

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'War Signals: Is An 'October Surprise' Attack On Iran Imminent?

As reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have moved up the deployment of a major "strike group" of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran's western coast. This information follows a report in the current issue of Time magazine, both online and in print, that a group of ships capable of mining harbors has received orders to be ready to sail for the Persian Gulf by October 1.
As Time writes in its cover story, "What Would War Look Like?," evidence of the forward deployment of minesweepers and word that the chief of naval operations had asked for a reworking of old plans for mining Ir…

Sean Penn

De Amerikaanse acteur Sean Penn zei het zo:'The Arrogant, the Misguided and the Cowards.
Out of Iraq, Out with Bush.
The arrogant, the misguided, the cowards would argue that an immediate pull-out of our troops from Iraq would inspire lack of confidence and the lost credibility of the United States. President Bush and his functionaries indeed have lost enormous credibility for the perception of our country internationally. Perhaps more damaging than that, they have created the greatest cultural, religious, and political divide domestically since our own Civil War.
We the people of the United States have a unique opportunity. We can show each other and the world that what the Bush administration claims is their mission is not ours. And, by leading our country as a citizenry and demanding of our government an immediate end to our own military and profit investments in Iraq, display for the entire world that democracy is a government of the people. What more powerful message to send th…

The Empire 22

Alexander Hamilton, een groot bewonderaar van de monarchie en als mede samensteller van de Amerikaanse Grondwet een van de grondleggers van de Verenigde Staten, verklaarde in 1787 tijdens de Conventie die de Constitutie bekrachtigde: 'All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and well born, the other the mass of the people. The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true in fact. The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the Second... Can a democratic assembly who annually resolve in the mass of people, be supposed steadily to pursue the public good? Nothing but a permanent body can check the imprudence of democracy... It is admitted that you cannot have a good executive upon a democratic plan.' …

Blanco Lijst

Ik kreeg deze email opgestuurt van de dichter Ko Kabboord:'Hallo Stan,

Wat zou je ervan vinden om aandacht te besteden aan de blancolijst op je weblog?

>> Blanco Lijst is geen politieke partij en heeft geen partij programma. <<

In verschillende kiesdistricten moeten nog steunverklaringen worden verzameld.

Een formulier downloaden per kiesdistrict kun je hier!

Laten ondertekenen op het gemeentehuis. En dan zorgen dat deze steunverklaring zsm (uiterlijk 9 oktober) bij de coördinator van het district is. Op 10 oktober moeten de steunverklaringen worden ingeleverd door de coördinator. Wie de coordinator is in je district kun je ondermeer te weten komen via:

Onder blancolijst valt een scala aan sociale en ecologische groeperingen. Voor een volledige lijst van alle mensen die op de blancolijst staan:

Met vriendelijke groet,


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The Erosion Of Democracy And Freedom In America

Countercurrents bericht:

'On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the US Congress the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He said that "date....will live in infamy" because of what the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan did. Two and one-half months later on February 19, 1942, FDR himself committed an infamous act signing into law Executive Order 9066 which authorized the internment of 120,000 Japanese civilians, two-thirds of whom were US citizens. These Americans committed no crimes and were only "guilty" of being of Japanese ancestry and thus by presidential edict were judged potential enemies of the state. Because of FDR's action, these otherwise ordinary peace-loving Americans lost all their sacred constitutional protections including habeas corpus and their rights of trial by jury and to own and keep their property. They also lost all their other freedoms and were trea…

Joachim Fest 14

Joachim Fest in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis: 'De moderne wereld is onverbiddelijk. Ze verdraagt het bijzondere niet.'

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De New York Times bericht: 'Records Show Tenet Briefed Rice on Al Qaeda Threat.
Jidda, Saudi Arabia - A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001, about the looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said Monday.
The account by Sean McCormack came hours after Ms. Rice, the secretary of state, told reporters aboard her airplane that she did not recall the specific meeting on July 10, 2001, noting that she had met repeatedly with Mr. Tenet that summer about terrorist threats. Ms. Rice, the national security adviser at the time, said it was "incomprehensible" she ignored dire terrorist threats two months before the Sept. 11 attacks.
Mr. McCormack also said records show that the Sept. 11 commission was informed about the meeting, a fact that former intelligence officials and members of the commission confirmed on Mon…

Robin van Persie

De stijl van Robin van Persie is ronduit poetisch. Mijn zoon Dylan wees me op deze goal. Kijkt u zelf maar:

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InformationClearingHouse bericht:

'Powell says he was fired by Bush Admin.

Colin Powell claims he was 'fired' by the Bush Administration, according part of Powell's official biography published in the Washington Post. Powell and the Bush Administration used the cover story that Powell resigned of his own accord from his position as Secretary of State.
10/01/06 Video Runtime 3 Minutes

The following is the relevant text of Powell's official biography published in the Washington Post:"The president would like to make a change," Card (chief of staff White House) said, using a time-honored formulation that avoided the words "resign" or "fire." He noted briskly that there had been some discussion of having Powell remain until after Iraqi elections scheduled for the end of January, but that the president had decided to take care of all Cabinet changes sooner rather than later. Bush wanted Powell's resignation letter dated two days hence, on F…

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De New York Times bericht:

'9/11 Panel Members Weren't Told of Meeting.

Washington - Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, about an imminent al Qaeda attack and failed to persuade her to take action.
Details of the previously undisclosed meeting on July 10, 2001, two months before the Sept. 11 terror attacks, were first reported last week in a new book by the journalist Bob Woodward.
The final report from the Sept. 11 commission made no mention of the meeting nor did it suggest there had been such an encounter between Mr. Tenet and Ms. Rice, now secretary of state.
Since release of the book, "State of Denial," the White House and Ms. Rice have disputed major elements of Mr. Woodward's account, with Ms. Rice insisting throu…

Mr. Tutu Johnson

Oplichters zijn zo oud als de mensheid, ze zijn er in alle maten en vormen. Hoe vindt u deze? Ik kreeg vanmiddag een email van hem:'BE MY PARTNERMy Dear
I am Mr Tutu Johnson a Zimbabwean, and I have a very sensitive for you. In view of the urgent and private nature of our intentions to go into a joint investment programme with your establishment in your Country, although it might come to you as surprised , but I have no option than to write you my Business proposal, which I wish and request that you forward to me the direct contact of your Establishment. I understand that your country is good for an investment, although this might not be your field; still I believe it will benefit you and your family. I am soliciting your humble attentions to this matter as we will like to discuss the terms and conditions of the investment policies before we can commence with the perfection of documentations that will assume this venture the beneficiary of the investment funds. We (Late MR. BOCKRIE…

Joachim Fest 13

Joachim Fest in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis: 'De ontoereikende overheid die Rome altijd had gehad, was een spiegelbeeld van de inwoners.'

De Bush Bende 22

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at:

In Counterpunch schrijft hij:

'How the US Government Planned America's Downfall.
The New Face of Class War.

The attacks on middle-class jobs are lending new meaning to the phrase "class war". The ladders of upward mobility are being dismantled. America, the land of opportunity, is giving way to ever deepening polarization between rich and poor.
The assault on jobs predates the Bush regime. However, the loss of middle-class jobs has become particularly intense in the 21st century, and, like other pressing problems, has been ignored by President Bush, who is focused on waging war in the Middle East and building a police state at home. The lives and careers that are being lost to the…

Nederland en Afghanistan 95

Het is geen politiek vraagstuk in Nederland, de oorlog die Nederland voert in Afghanistan, die volgens de commerciele media honderden doden veroorzaakt, vooral onder de Afghanen. Het is een uitzichtloze oorlog, waarvoor geen geldige rechtvaardiging bestaat en waarvoor het kabinet Balkenende geen verantwoordiging tegenover het parlement hoeft af te leggen. Terwijl toch de voormalige wethouder van Borculo en tegenwoordig minister van Defensie, Henk Kamp, meermaals niet de waarheid heeft verteld over die oorlog. Feit is dat Nederland die oorlog voert in opdracht van Washington. Tot straks hier of daar door 'robuust' optreden van Afghaanse strijders onder Nederlanders doden vallen, kan dit kabinet zijn oorlogsmissie ongestoord voortzetten. Voor alle duidelijkheid is hier een overzicht van die mislukte oorlog.Information Clearing House bericht: 'Afghanistan: The Other Lost War By Stephen Lendman.In his important new book Freedom Next Time , dealing with "empire, its facade…

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Het Amerikaanse tijdschrift The Nation bericht:

' Revolt of the Generals.

A revolt is brewing among our retired Army and Marine generals. This rebellion - quiet and nonconfrontational, but remarkable nonetheless - comes not because their beloved forces are bearing the brunt of ground combat in Iraq but because the retirees see the US adventure in Mesopotamia as another Vietnam-like, strategically failed war, and they blame the errant, arrogant civilian leadership at the Pentagon. The dissenters include two generals who led combat troops in Iraq: Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack Jr., who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division, and Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who led the First Infantry Division (the "Big Red One"). These men recently sacrificed their careers by retiring and joining the public protest.
In late September Batiste, along with two other retired senior officers, spoke out about these failures at a Washington Democratic policy hearing, with Batiste saying Defense Secre…

Martelen 51

De Los Angeles Times bericht:

As America's politicians, media and citizens get used to wartime abuses, Bush's horrific policies get a pass.

A year ago this week, a military jury convicted Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie R. England of maltreating detainees. The face of the Abu Ghraib scandal, England is forever fixed in photographs as the girl with the bowl cut and the pixie smile who pointed at Iraqi prisoners while they were forced to masturbate and who held a writhing, naked man by a leash. Before sentencing, the Army prosecutor thundered: "Who can think of a person who has disgraced this uniform more? Who has held the US military up for more dishonor?"
Indeed, it was that uniform - not the breach of immutable standards of decency held by this nation - that put England in the dock and eventually in prison. It was that uniform and nothing else, because if England and the others charged in the scandal had been civilian interrogators instead of military police, they would be …

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Joachim Fest in Tegenlicht. Een Italiaanse reis: 'Het is ook het vermoeden dat de mens de elementaire behoefte aan verfraaiing, die hij eens bezat, heeft verloren... Achtervolgd door dergelijke angsten, ontroostbaar over het einde van de schone oude wereld heeft Pier Paolo Pasolini gesproken van de "antropologische moord" van de mens op zichzelf.'

De Bush Bende 21

Keith Olbermann van MSNBC haalt opnieuw uit naar de Bush regering:

'A Textbook Definition of Cowardice
Keith Olbermann: "Our tone should be crazed. The nation's freedoms are under assault by an administration whose policies can do us as much damage as al Qaida; the nation's marketplace of ideas is being poisoned by a propaganda company so blatant that Tokyo Rose would've quit. Bill Clinton did what almost none of us have done in five years. He has spoken the truth about 9/11, and the current presidential administration."'


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De Washington Post bericht:

'Two Months Before 9/11, an Urgent Warning to Rice

Sunday 01 October 2006
Editor's Note: How much effort the Bush administration made in going after Osama bin Laden before the attacks of September 11, 2001, became an issue last week after former president Bill Clinton accused President Bush's "neocons" and other Republicans of ignoring bin Laden until the attacks. Rice responded in an interview that, "what we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years." -The Washington Post

On July 10, 2001, two months before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, then-CIA Director George J. Tenet met with his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, at CIA headquarters to review the latest on Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Black laid out the case, consisting of communications intercepts and other top-secret intelligence showing…