By Tom Burghardt From Antifascist Calling…Exploring the shadowlands of the corporate police state
The Washington Post revealed Friday that the FBI is continuing its systematic violation of Americans’ Fourth Amendment guarantees against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”
A Justice Department report concluded that the Bureau had repeatedly abused its intelligence gathering “privileges” by issuing bogus “national security letters” (NSLs) from 2003-2006. On at least one occasion, the FBI relied on an illegally-issued NSL to circumvent a ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain records the secret court deemed protected by the First Amendment.
While the Bush regime claims that the Bureau requires sweeping authority to invade the privacy of American citizens to “protect the homeland” from the Afghan-Arab database of disposable intelligence assets, al-Qaeda, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine determined that fully “60 percent of the nearly 50,000 security letters issued that year  by the FBI targeted Americans,” according to Post reporter Dan Eggen.
Despite the FISA court twice rejecting Bureau requests to obtain sensitive private records, determining “the ‘facts’ were too thin” and the “request implicated the target’s First Amendment rights,” the FBI used an NSL as a “work around” and proceeded anyway.
The stunning disregard for all legal norms under the Bush regime is encapsulated by FBI general counsel Valerie E. Caproni’s statement to investigators that “it was appropriate to issue the letters in such cases because she disagreed with the court’s conclusions.”
Fine asserted in the Inspector General’s report that the Bureau has… Continue reading
Take Action and save the life of Dr. Sami Al-Arian!
Save a life! Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Al-Arian was acquitted in 2005
of bogus "terrorism" charges by a Tampa Bay jury, yet he still remains
imprisoned in the United States.
Dr. Sami Al-Arian is currently on the fifteenth day of a no food or water hunger
strike to protest the legal manipulations and harassment by the Bush Administration
that are keeping him behind bars despite his acquittal by jury and subsequent
plea bargain (signed under significant pressure from the U.S. government) that
promised his release in May of 2006.
Dr. Al-Arian, a diabetic, is already losing his eyesight and is in extraordinary
danger of renal failure. The federal medical facility where he has been moved
to in Bunter, North Carolina has not given him an IV, despite their legal obligation
to keep him alive. The situation is urgent! Please write immediately to your
elected officials and the federal medical facility to protest this legal harassment
and torture and to demand his release. Dr. Al-Arian’s life depends on it.
Specifically, please contact (call and email):
Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 299-3339
The Honorable John Conyers, Jr
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0072 Fax
Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Attorney General Michael Mukasey
Department of Justice
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
In the streets!
Market & Sansome Sts.
San Francisco, California 94104
DIRECT ACTIONS ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR: DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
7:30 am Multiple actions at multiple locations.
Market and Sansome
Marches to direct action locations leaving from Market and Sansome throughout
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On March 19, 2008 – the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq – Direct
Action to Stop the War (http://www.actagainstwar.net/)
will be organizing a day of decentralized, multiple-target direct action against
government offices and war profiteers in downtown San Francisco. We have created
a list (see the website) of San Francisco offices of federal agencies, corporations
with military contracts or contracts in Iraq, politicians who have failed to
stop the war, and foreign embassies of countries linked to the war in Iraq.
We are focusing primarily on corporations with military or Iraqi contracts,
because we want to focus attention on the prominent role played by war-profiteering
corporations in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. We will take direct action on March
19th against as many of these locations as possible, in order to send a clear
message to the economic and political elites that control this country: No business
as usual until all U.S. troops are withdrawn from Iraq!
**How you can plug into the March 19th San Francisco Day of Direct Action:**
We?re asking that you:
On March 19, 2008, we will set up a nonviolent blockade of the national Internal
Revenue Service headquarters in Washington, DC, as part of the day of actions
against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Just as military recruiters supply the bodies for the war, the IRS supplies
the funding. Just as some soldiers have the courage to resist the war, we —
as tax payers — should have the courage to resist paying the taxes that
send soldiers to war. We call on all war opponents to help dramatize our opposition
and to disrupt business as usual by joining this nonviolent blockade.
For at least this one day — March 19, 2008 — we need to create
a disturbance in the smug complacency of the IRS/Pentagon money-axis.
We will gather in our affinity groups at 7 am on Wednesday morning, March 19,
at McPherson Sq., 15th & K Sts. NW. From these areas we will march —
with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra — to the IRS main entrance at 1111
Constitution Ave. (at 12th Street), NW, and across from the Smithsonian’s
Museum of Natural History. Once at the entrance, some of us will sit down to
prevent the IRS from opening as usual, while others will hold signs and banners,
pass out flyers, talk with passersby, and generally call attention to the cost
of the war and our collective responsibility to stop funding it.
911Truth.org will post a series of articles about events, actions, plans for this horrible fifth anniversary of the War on Iraq. You will not agree with the ideology of every group taking action, but that’s the beauty of this massive People’s Movement! If you don’t like what one group is doing, don’t do it. Find, or create, something else (and tell us about your national group’s event–webmaster (at) 911truth.org). But no matter how you feel about what other Americans are doing, appreciate that SO MANY of us are taking some kind of action.
We hope every reader will find a way to get involved this week. This is your Republic. Act like it!
In 1971, a courageous group of veterans exposed the criminal nature of the Vietnam War in an event called Winter Soldier. This weekend, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War will give first-person accounts of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground. The event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan – and present video and photographic evidence of war crimes they have witnessed. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans’ health benefits and support.
NO LIES RADIO Will Have LIVE COVERAGE:
Friday, March 14th – 9am-7pm EST (6am-4pm PST) (14:00-00:00 GMT)
Saturday, March 15th – 9am-7pm EST (6am-4pm PST) (14:00-00:00 GMT)
Sunday, March 16th – 10am-4pm EST (7am-1pm PST) (15:00-21:00 GMT)
CO-ANCHORED BY: — Aimee Allison, former Army medic and KPFA Morning Show host — Aaron Glantz, journalist and author of “How America Lost Iraq”
NO LIES RADIO Winter Soldier Schedule
All times below are Eastern Time. Schedule subject to change. This coverage
will pre-empt our regular schedule.
Friday, March 14
9:00AM – 10:45AM Rules of Engagement: Part One
11:00AM – 12:30PM The Crisis in Veterans’ Heathcare
2:00PM – 3:30PM Corporate Pillaging and Military Contractors
4:00PM – 6:00PM Rules of Engagement: Part Two
7:00PM – 8:30PM Aims of the Global War on Terror:… Continue reading
EFF Applauds House Passage of Surveillance Bill with No Telecom Immunity Bill Would Allow Spying Cases to Proceed Fairly and Securely
Washington, D.C. – This morning the House of Representatives passed a compromise surveillance bill that does not include retroactive immunity for phone companies alleged to have assisted in the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program. The bill would allow lawsuits like the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s case against AT&T to proceed while providing specific security procedures allowing the telecom giants to defend themselves in court.
The House bill succeeded 213 to 197 despite the president’s threat to veto any bill that does not include immunity.
“We applaud the House for refusing to grant amnesty to lawbreaking telecoms, and for passing a bill that would allow our lawsuit against AT&T to proceed fairly and securely,” said Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. “Amnesty proponents have been claiming on the Hill for months that phone companies like AT&T had a good faith belief that the NSA program was legal. Under this bill, the companies could do what they should have been able to do all along: tell that story to a judge.”
The Senate is expected to consider the House bill when it returns from recess on Monday, March 31. House and Senate staff are expected to spend much of the break negotiating over differences between the new House bill and a previous Senate bill that includes immunity provisions.
“This newly-passed House bill represents a true compromise on the amnesty issue:… Continue reading
Secrecy: Censoring Your Right to Know”
March 19, 2008, 1 – 2:30 PM (EDT) Participate in person at the National Press
Club in Washington DC, at a Registered Site, or Online Anywhere
Note: Individual viewers of the webcast need only register at the National
Press Club’s webcast page. The registration process with OpenTheGovernment.org
is for groups hosting events.
I. The Secret Executive — What Can Congress and the Public Do?
Confirmed Speakers: Ann Beeson, Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society
Institute and previously Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties
Union, Mickey Edwards, Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in
Public Leadership and former Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma for
16 years (1977-92), and John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer
of the Center for American Progress, Chief of Staff to President William J.
Clinton from October 1998 until January 2001, and formerly in senior staff positions
in Congress, will discuss executive branch power and secrecy, congressional
rights and responsibilities, the role of the courts and of the public and public
interest sector in combating government secrecy. Patrice McDermott, Director
of OpenTheGovernment.org, will moderate the discussion.
II. Citizen Self-Help: Finding the Information You Need
We will be visiting and talking with creators of… Continue reading
AN APPEAL TO CONSCIENCE
In Support of Those Refusing to Pay for War
“Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes.”
–Gen. Alexander Haig, U.S. Secretary of State, June 12, 1982
“If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them and enable the state to commit violence and shed innocent blood.”
–Henry David Thoreau, during Mexican-American War of 1846-48
To all people of goodwill everywhere:
We stand in profound opposition to our government”s aerial bombardment, military invasion, and armed occupation of Iraq, which we consider morally reprehensible and an outrage against conscience and humanity. The reasons for our opposition, in brief, include the following:
This series of military actions has cost the lives of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and hundreds of American soldiers, and it has resulted in even greater numbers of people left injured, orphaned, and widowed. It has further devastated Iraq”s already crippled infrastructure, which was destroyed by U.S. aerial bombardment in 1991, further depriving countless Iraqi children as well as adults of adequate electricity, clean water, sewage treatment, and medical facilities. It has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks against the U.S., its citizens, and those of our military allies. It has caused untold damage to the environment and human health, including that of American soldiers, as a result of the depleted uranium used… Continue reading
THIS MARCH END THE MADNESS
After 5 years of senseless, endless war, torture, government deception and suppression . . .
YOU have a voice
YOU have a choice
Bush Program of Endless Imperialistic War or Join us March 19
More Torture, Rendition to Secret CIA Prisons or Demand a No Torture State! Display a No Torture Banner
Accept the Bush Agenda of Oppression and Suppression or Join the Resistance Movement or Become a WCW Member
Allow Your Government to Abolish Privacy or Support the March 19 Actions
Complacency and Complicity as Our Constitution, Our Rights Quickly Erode or Declare It Now! Drive Out the Bush Regime!
The Choice is Yours:
Will this month be 31 more days of bloodshed, corporate war-mongering, death and devastation?
Or will this be the month we unite to end the madness and drive out the Bush regime?
World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime
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WHY HOPE FOR CHANGE WHEN YOU CAN BE THAT CHANGE?
Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime
After Bush vetoes ban on torture, including waterboarding, what will you do to tell the world that we won’t live in a torture state?
On the 5th Anniversary of Endless and Criminal War in Iraq,… Continue reading
It is now undeniable that the Federal Government has failed us completely.
We have asked our representatives to hold the Bush Administration accountable.
Instead, they have blocked the Impeachment movement all over our country.
As we approach the anniversary of the illegal Iraq invasion, we have not given
up on the idea of holding the criminals in the Bush Administration or those
who enable them accountable. Justice can only come through peace. Since the
Bush administration has insisted they will not end the occupation while they’re
in office, if we wish for the occupation to end before 1/20/09, we must impeach.
There is something that YOU can do. It is now time for Plan B.
Impeach for Peace researched a method for impeaching the President or Vice
President using a little known and rarely used part of the Rules of the U.S.
House of Representatives (“Jefferson’s Manual”). This document actually
empowers individual states to initiate the impeachment process. All that’s required
is that the MN House and Senate pass an impeachment resolution.
So spread the word, tell your friends, your family, your coworkers, your allies.
We will hold a rally Monday, March 17th, on the steps of the Capitol Building
in St Paul. When we are finished with the rally, we will storm the Capitol Building.
We shall demand that the Minnesota House and Senate immediately pass a resolution
calling for the Impeachment of George W Bush and Dick… Continue reading
United for Peace & Justice
(Please see UPJ website for all links, details of all following events.)
MARCH 18-20: GLOBAL DAYS OF PROTEST
ON THE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR
* End the War *
* Bring the Troops Home Now *
* Rebuild Our Communities *
March 18-20 marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. bombing and invasion of Iraq. At least 765 U.S. towns and cities, in all 50 states are holding anti-war events – more than double the number of anti-war actions on the first anniversary of the war last year.
– List of U.S. towns and cities holding anti-war events
– Calendar of March 18-20 events
– Interactive Map of Events
– Download mobilizing leaflets
– Add your March 18-20 event to our calendar
– Receive our action alerts
LOCAL ACTIONS NATIONWIDE
Supporters of peace and justice in every corner of the country, in communities large and small, will be organizing local protests against the war through the weekend. The unprecedented number and geographic spread of these events reflect the growing breadth of U.S. peace organizing, which is reaching into more communities than it ever has. A majority of Americans now agree with the peace movement that the Iraq War was a mistake.
VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES CALL FOR THE TROOPS TO COME HOME NOW
Many of the events throughout the country will feature veterans and family members of active-duty soldiers speaking out against the war. In Fayetteville, NC, military families and veterans have been… Continue reading
By DAVID GAMBACORTA
Philadelphia Daily News
March 1, 2008
The call of duty has brought them together again, for one more vital mission.
Their hair is a little longer, their faces are a little scruffier and their
military garbs are a little more disheveled.
But when the signal is given shortly before 10 a.m. today at the Constitution
Center, 20 members of the Philadelphia chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the
War will march once more.
trek along Kelly Drive, past the Art Museum and Boathouse Row, across the Strawberry
Mansion Bridge and continue out west until they meet about 90 other veterans
at Valley Forge on Sunday afternoon.
Along the way, they hope to dispel a few myths about the Iraq war and give
regular people an idea of the grim reality that their fellow soldiers still
“We wanted to do something in solidarity that could send a message to
the American people,” said Steve Mortillo, the president of the Philadelphia
chapter of IVAW, who served in Iraq with the U.S. Calvary 1st Squadron Infantry
“It’s been five years since the war started, and a lot of us have feelings
that Americans only should die in combat if it’s a cause that’s going to save
more American lives than it’s going to cost.”
Today’s march also will promote IVAW’s Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan,
a three-day gathering for veterans of both wars that will take place next month
in Washington, D.C.
The organization boasts… Continue reading
March 12, 2008
by Ian Woods
NEWS RELEASE: The long awaited Volume 1 of the “Greatest Crime of All Time” series from Global Outlook is finally here! Volume 2, which was published first, in November of 2006, won wide acclaim from such 9/11 researchers as David Ray Griffin: “This should really be considered one of the major 9/11 publications, to be mentioned alongside the leading books.”
Now Global Outlook has published its next ground-breaking new book: “9/11: Solving the Greatest Crime of All Time — The Best of Global Outlook, Vol. 1.” It is the result of six years of collective efforts to expose the truth and lies about 9/11. In it, Global Outlook has pulled together all the best articles from the back issues (#1 through #10) of Global Outlook and complied them in this 352-page book which documents the march of 9/11 activists toward the revelation that 9/11 was an INSIDE JOB.
“Assembling all the best articles from 80 different contributors, over a four year period [2002 to 2005], in one dynamic compendium focusing on the 9/11 Truth movement, is unprecedented,” says editor, Ian Woods. “This book will open more than a few eyes, that’s for sure!”
Contributing editors include author Barrie Zwicker and 9/11 researcher Terry Burrows. This is not only a collector’s item, and a key reference manual for all 9/11 Truthers — new and seasoned, but it is also a new tool that can easily bring fence-sitters into the movement. Reasonably priced, in full color,… Continue reading
From March 13-16th, U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan will testify to what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground in these occupations. To provide a preview, we’ve created this short film. The film features three members who will be testifying at Winter Soldier and includes videos and photographs of Iraq from their deployments. This video contains graphic content. We need your support to help make Winter Soldier a success. Find out more about Winter Soldier.
All week, you can watch proceedings of the Winter Soldier hearings live at the IVAW site or on satellite television, or listen live on Internet radio (KPFA Rocks!!)–details here.
Please — support Operation Winter Soldier as generously as you can.
By Editorial Staff, AlterNet
March 11, 2008
This week, on March 13-16, a new generation of "Winter Soldiers"
— veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq — will descend on the
nation’s capitol to tell America in their own words what they saw during their
service in the "war on terror," the Bush administration’s signature
policy. They’ll give a ground’s eye perspective on the occupation’s toll on
the people of those countries and the costs to the military, and they’ll tell
stories of what it was really like in places like Fallujah and Ramadi — places
that are just names on a map to most of the people back home.
They’ll be following large footsteps. In the early months of 1971, a group
of Vietnam vets, organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), gave
two days of testimony about the Vietnam that they had seen, up close and all-too-personally,
in the original "Winter Soldier" investigation. While largely dismissed
by the political establishment, their wrenching testimony redoubled the peace
movement’s efforts to end that war.
In his opening statement 37 years ago, William Crandell, a 26 year-old lieutenant
who served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division — the division
that committed the infamous My Lai Massacre — told the hushed room, "The
Winter Soldier Investigation is not a mock trial. There will be no phony indictments;
there will be no verdict against Uncle Sam." He promised "straightforward
testimony — direct testimony — about acts which are war… Continue reading
Release Date: March 10, 2008
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is conducting the largest cyber security exercise ever organized. Cyber Storm II is being held from March 10-14 in Washington, D.C. and brings together participants from federal, state and local governments, the private sector, and the international community.
Cyber Storm II is the second in a series of congressionally mandated exercises that will examine the nation’s cyber security preparedness and response capabilities. the exercise will simulate a coordinated cyber attack on information technology, communications, chemical, and transportation systems and assets.
“Securing cyberspace is vital to maintaining America’s strategic interests, public safety, and economic prosperity,” said Greg Garcia, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications. “Exercises like Cyber Storm II help to ensure that the public and private sectors are prepared for an effective response to attacks against our critical systems and networks.”
Cyber Storm II will include 18 federal departments and agencies, nine states (Calif., Colo., Del., Ill., Mich., N.C., Pa., Texas and Va.), five countries (United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom), and more than 40 private sector companies. They include ABB, Inc., Air Products, Cisco, Dow Chemical Company Inc., Harris Corporation, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Microsoft, NeuStar, PPG Industries, and Wachovia.
Cyber Storm II objectives include:
* Examining the capabilities of participating organizations to prepare for, protect against, and respond to the potential effects of cyber attacks
* Exercising strategic decision making and interagency coordination of incident response in accordance with national level policy and procedures
* Validating information sharing relationships and communications paths for the collection and dissemination of cyber incident situational awareness, response and recovery information
* Examining means and processes through which to share sensitive information across boundaries and sectors without compromising proprietary or national security interests
For more information on Cyber Storm II visit:http://www.dhs.gov/xprepresp/training/gc_1204738275985.shtm
Many more details about this at this DHS Fact Sheet.…Continue reading
By Ryan Paul
March 06, 2008
Computer security analyst Babak Pasdar says that a major mobile telecommunications
carrier has a built-in backdoor that provides an undisclosed third-party with
unfettered access to its internal technical infrastructure, including the ability
to eavesdrop on all calls through its network. In an affidavit that describes
the circumstances and basis for the allegations, Pasdar provides evidence which
could indicate that the FBI is on the other side of the secret line, engaging
in warrantless surveillance of mobile communications.
Pasdar discovered evidence of the backdoor when he was part of a rapid deployment
team that was brought in to facilitate a large-scale network security hardware
migration for the mobile carrier. During the migration, Pasdar was instructed
not to migrate the traffic for one particular DS-3, which was referred to as
the "Quantico Circuit" by consultants who worked closely with the
carrier (the FBI Academy is based in Quantico, Virginia).
According to Pasdar, the consultants informed him that the Quantico Circuit
is supposed to have no firewalls of any kind and no access control—it
is given complete access to everything in the carrier’s internal network and
there is no way to tell conclusively what has been accessed through it. The
consultants indicated that they knew who was at the other end of the Quantico
Circuit, but they refused to divulge this information to Pasdar.
When Pasdar insisted that the Quantico Circuit should at least have the minimum
level of security access logging if not access control, the… Continue reading