Sunday September 17th, 2006
|Big Brother is shouting at you
posted 09/17/2006, 9:03 PM (The Daily Mail)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.
The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts - from dropping litter to late-night brawls - to send out a verbal warning: 'We are watching you'.
Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras in an experiment already being hailed as a success. Jack Bonner, who manages the system, said: 'It is one hell of a deterrent. It's one thing to know that there are CCTV cameras about, but it's quite another when they loudly point out what you have just done wrong.
'Most people are so ashamed and embarrassed at being caught they quickly slink off without further trouble.
'There was one incident when two men started fighting outside a nightclub. One of the control room operators warned them over the loudspeakers and they looked up, startled, stopped fighting and scarpered in opposite directions.
'This isn't about keeping tabs on people, it's about making the streets safer for the law-abiding majority and helping to change the attitudes of those who cause trouble. It challenges unacceptable behaviour and makes people think twice.'
The Mail on Sunday watched as a cyclist riding through a pedestrian area was ordered to stop.
'Would the young man on the bike please get off and walk as he is riding in a pedestrian area,' came the command.
The surprised youth stopped, and looked about. A look of horror spread across his face as he realised the voice was referring to him.
He dismounted and wheeled his bike through the crowded streets, as instructed.
Law-abiding shopper Karen Margery, 40, was shocked to hear the... (more)
|U.S. wartime prison network grows into legal vacuum for 14,000
posted 09/17/2006, 9:03 PM (Associated Press)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the U.S. military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law.
Disclosures of torture and long-term arbitrary detentions have won rebuke from leading voices including the U.N. secretary-general and the U.S. Supreme Court. But the bitterest words come from inside the system, the size o... (more)
|Chavez proposes creation of 'Bank of the South'
posted 09/17/2006, 9:03 PM (PTI)|
Havana, Sept. 17 (PTI): Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has proposed the creation of a bank of south-American nations to use international reserves for financing the development of these countries.
"If we are going to have a 'Bank of the South', we cannot lose one single day to use our international reserves to finance our development," he told the 14th Summit of 118-nation NAM here on Friday.
"Where are our reserves today?... in the countries of the North. This is... (more)
|False Reports on Iran a Replay of Run-Up to Iraq War
posted 09/17/2006, 9:01 PM (Editor and Publisher)|
NEW YORK A report today by veteran McClatchy (formerly Knight Ridder) reporters John Walcott and Warren P. Strobel warns that some of the same type of shaky intelligence that proved false in the run up to the Iraq war may be rearing its head again in regard to Iran.
"U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials say Bush political appointees and hard-liners on Capitol Hill have tried recently to portray Iran's nuclear program as more advanced than it is and to exaggerate Tehran... (more)
|Congress Agrees on Expanding FEMA
posted 09/17/2006, 9:01 PM (Washington Post)|
The Federal Emergency Management Agency would be expanded within the Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA's chief could obtain direct access to the president in a crisis, under terms of a compromise overhaul of the troubled agency announced last night by congressional negotiators.
Reached one year after Hurricane Katrina triggered a catastrophe on the Gulf Coast and a governmental emergency in Washington, the tentative deal would give the 2,500-worker agency more power to pre... (more)
|'Green' arms the new killing trend
posted 09/17/2006, 9:01 PM (News Limited)|
BRITISH arms manufacturer BAE Systems is designing "environmentally friendly" weapons, including "reduced lead" bullets, "reduced smoke" grenades and rockets with fewer toxins, The Sunday Times said.
Other initiatives include developing armoured vehicles with lower carbon emissions, safer and more sustainable artillery and even recycling or composting waste explosives, the newspaper added.
"Weapons are going to be used and when they are, we try to make them as safe ... (more)
|FCC ordered TV study destroyed
posted 09/17/2006, 9:01 PM (Associated Press)|
WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says.
The report, written in 2004, came to light during the Senate confirmation hearing for FCC Chairman Kevin Martin.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. received a copy of the report "indirectly from someone within the FCC who believed the inform... (more)
|Sarko and the “al-Qaeda” Wannabe Threat
posted 09/17/2006, 9:01 PM (Kurt Nimmo)|
In order to justify repressive “anti-terrorism” legislation, various scary miscreants are required, never mind if they lack persuasiveness.
For instance, in France, a recently enacted “law facilitates the surveillance of communications allowing the police to obtain communication data from telephone operators, Internet Services Providers, Internet cafes,” according to European Digital Rights.
“The t... (more)
|U.S. holds AP photographer in Iraq 5 mos
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (Associated Press)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing.
Military officials said Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi citizen, was being held for "imperative reasons of security" under United Nations resolutions. AP executives said the news cooperative's review of Hussein's work did not find anything to indicate inappropriate contact with insurgents, and any eviden... (more)
|Are Parents Increasing The Need For Psychotropic Drugs?
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (Rense.com)|
There is an irreplaceable, precious treasure being destroyed as you read this. This cannot be replaced, but we have the power to stop the damage. Without effort, our next generation will be lost. As adults of this generation it's up to us to save it. What's being stolen? The very minds of our children - and the future of America and the entire world.
|The American Military's Cult of Cruelty
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (The Independent)|
In the week that George Bush took to fantasising that his blood-soaked "war on terror" would lead the 21st century into a "shining age of human liberty" I went through my mail bag to find a frightening letter addressed to me by an American veteran whose son is serving as a lieutenant colonel and medical doctor with US forces in Baghdad. Put simply, my American friend believes the change of military creed under the Bush administration--from that of "soldier... (more)
|UK troops 'to spend 10 years' in Afghanistan
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (The Times)|
THE commander of the British taskforce in southern Afghanistan said last week that UK troops could be in the country for as long as 10 years.
In his first interview since arriving in Afghanistan, Brigadier Ed Butler said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt we will be here for a considerable time. There will need to be training teams and embedded officers for 10 years or so.”
Butler, commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, took full responsibility for setting up the “plat... (more)
|Bill Maher Not "Free" To Speak On CBS
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (Media Bistro)|
Before Katie Couric debuted on the CBS Evening News, Drudge said Bill Maher was one of the upcoming participants for the new "freeSpeech" segment. But he hasn't appeared yet, and now we apparently know why.
"On Friday's Real Time on HBO, Maher explained that CBS approached him to do a 'freeSpeech' segment on the new Evening News. He asked if he could talk about religion but was rejected and told that he would be provided with a list of 'approved' topics," an e-mailer says. A secon... (more)
|Bush Says G.O.P. Rebels Are Putting Nation at Risk
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (New York Times)|
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 — President Bush made an impassioned defense on Friday of his proposed rules for the interrogation and prosecution of terrorism suspects, warning that the nation’s ability to defend itself would be undermined if rebellious Republicans in the Senate did not come around to his position.
Speaking at a late-morning news conference in the Rose Garden, Mr. Bush said he would have no choice but to end a C.I.A. program for the interrogation of high-level terrorism sus... (more)
|Uncovering the Truth about the Death of David Kelly
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (Global Research)|
SUSPICIONS FROM THE START
During 2002/3 it was obvious to many that the search for WMD in Iraq was a disingenuous ploy to secure regime change. Blair and his aides had claimed that it would take only 45 minutes for Saddam to launch a CBW attack on British bases, and that mobile laboratories found in Iraq were for the purpose of making chemical/biological weapons. In asides to journalists Dr David Kelly had shot both assertions down in flames. So when he was found ‘dead in the wood... (more)
|Spanish set to allow therapeutic cloning
posted 09/17/2006, 9:00 PM (Reuters)|
[Category: Brave New World]
Spain is set to become one of only a handful of countries to approve therapeutic cloning, despite opposition from the Catholic Church.
The Socialist government said on Friday it had drawn up legislation to approve the technique, a move likely to provoke sharp criticism from the conservative opposition which is closely allied to the Church.
"(Once passed) this will mean it is now possible for our researchers to use nuclear transfer techniques. Spain now joins a group... (more)
|Virtually dead in Iraq
posted 09/17/2006, 8:59 PM (Salon.com)|
To protest the war in Iraq, a media artist infiltrates the U.S. Army's popular online video game and gets himself shot. While angry gamers, soldiers and even some peace activists call him a nuisance, others say his message hits home.
Sep. 16, 2006 | On the online video game "America's Army," a strapping guy in camouflage scrambles on his belly across cracked dirt in a war-torn city that looks like Baghdad. As he peers out from behind a low stone wall, he peels up to his feet and s... (more)
|Major Problems At Polls Feared
posted 09/17/2006, 8:59 PM (Washington Post)|
An overhaul in how states and localities record votes and administer elections since the Florida recount battle six years ago has created conditions that could trigger a repeat -- this time on a national scale -- of last week's Election Day debacle in the Maryland suburbs, election experts said.
In the Nov. 7 election, more than 80 percent of voters will use electronic voting machines, and a third of all precincts this year are using the technology for the first time. The changes ... (more)
|77% Believe Iran is Likely to Have Nukes "Soon"
posted 09/17/2006, 8:59 PM (Rasmussen Reports)|
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Americans believe that Iran is likely to develop nuclear weapons in the near future. Most doubt that anything can be done to prevent such a development.
These findings from the latest Rasmussen Reports poll come as officials of a United Nations' agency complained to the Bush Administration about a Congressional report on Iran's nuclear capabilities. Representatives from the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called parts of the report ... (more)
|Bush 'prepares emissions U-turn'
posted 09/17/2006, 8:59 PM (The Independent)|
President Bush is preparing an astonishing U-turn on global warming, senior Washington sources say.
After years of trying to sabotage agreements to tackle climate change he is drawing up plans to control emissions of carbon dioxide and rapidly boost the use of renewable energy sources.
Administration insiders privately refer to the planned volte-face as Mr Bush's "Nixon goes to China moment", recalling how the former president amazed the world after years of refusin... (more)
|Bush's approval rating up to 40%
posted 09/17/2006, 8:59 PM (Associated Press)|
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Republicans want to convince voters the unpopular Iraq war is central in the anti-terror fight. Democrats argue they can win control of Congress if voters view Iraq -- and the continued bloodshed there -- on its own.
The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found Republicans haven't made their case despite a sustained effort to link the conflicts; a majority of the public views the two as distinct.
Sticking to the GOP strategy on Frida... (more)
|Spy Agencies Outsourcing to Fill Key Jobs
posted 09/17/2006, 8:59 PM (LA Times)|
WASHINGTON — At the National Counterterrorism Center — the agency created two years ago to prevent another attack like Sept. 11 — more than half of the employees are not U.S. government analysts or terrorism experts. Instead, they are outside contractors.
At CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., senior officials say it is routine for career officers to look around the table during meetings on secret operations and be surrounded by so-called green-badgers — nonagency employees who carr... (more)
|Tourism slump worries US
posted 09/17/2006, 8:58 PM (The Times)|
CRYSTAL RESENDEZ was working in the Virgin Megastore in New York’s Union Square on the morning of 9/11, and vividly remembers crowds of people fleeing the World Trade Center covered in ash.
Today Resendez, 30, is general manager of the store, next to Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Boulevard, one of the hottest tourist spots on America’s West Coast. “There’s no doubt we’re still suffering much more than New York from the drop-off in foreign visitors,” she said. “The Union Squa... (more)
No one wants to go through the hellish so-called "security".