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Senator Lugar making strides 
Monday, November 5, 2007, 06:00 PM - Policy
Posted by Administrator
Each autumn, Senator Richard Lugar joins the Indianapolis community in a 5K run for charity. Lugar's thoughtfulness has earned him election campaigns with 88% victories. He is well-loved by both liberals and conservatives in this state as one of the few genuine representatives of the people in Washington D.C.

Senator Lugar has recently made strides with his policy in Washington as well as with the people at home. He received a great deal of media attention in June when he boldly spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to President Bush's plan for Iraq.

That same week, we were in D.C. for the Day of Action for Law & Justice, sponsored by the ACLU and many other organizations. Our primary goal that day was to restore the writ of habeas corpus, allowing all detainees, citizen or not, to be granted basic defense rights to the accusations made against them by the U.S. government.

At Senator Lugar's office, more than a dozen Hoosiers encountered opposition from his staff on this issue. He had voted in favor of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which had brought about the rise in concern about habeas corpus. In June of 2007, the Lugar office was still defending the vote and expressing support for the military commissions program.

A few weeks ago, I literally jumped for joy when I read the roll call for Senator Specter's amendment to restore habeas corpus. I immediately wrote to Senator Lugar to thank him for changing his policy in favor of the Constitution. Here is an excerpt from the response I just received from him:

There has been vigorous debate, both in the Congress as well as in the federal courts, about appropriate due process for detainees apprehended during prosecution of the Global War on Terror. On September 19, 2007, during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, I supported an amendement offered by Senator Specter which would restore habeas rights to those detained by the United States. While the amendment did not succeed, I will continue to support measures to ensure appropriate detention and review of enemy combatants within the confines of the law and our Constitution.


This year, we have proven time and time again that grassroots calling, petitioning and lobbying on behalf of the Constitution can succeed. At least here in Indiana, we can claim a victory in support of human rights and the U.S. Constituion. Be sure to call Senator Lugar at (202) 224-4814 and thank him for protecting your rights to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
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Threats & Deception: Cheney plans his next terrorist attack 
Sunday, October 21, 2007, 09:08 PM - Foreign Policy, News, Opinion
Posted by Administrator
The world has been reminded once again this weekend of the disgusting hypocrisy of the Bush administration regarding the nuclear development of Iran.

Vice President Cheney told the Washington Institute for Near East Studies today, "The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course the international community is prepared to impose serious consequences."

He more simply put it to the American Israel Public Affairs March 7, 2006, "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."

Ironically, less than a month before on February 13, 2006, The Raw Story reported that Valerie Plame, the CIA agent who's identity was revealed by the Vice President's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, "was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran."

Intelligence sources told Raw Story "that her outing resulted in "severe" damage to her team and significantly hampered the CIA's ability to monitor nuclear proliferation."

The Bush administration's outing of Valerie Plame through conservative columnist Robert Novak was allegedly retaliation for a New York Times op-ed by her husband Joseph Wilson, which asserted that White House officials twisted pre-war intelligence on Iraq.

The Raw Story returned to that story this Saturday, discussing Plame's involvement in a "highly classified mission to deliver fake nuclear weapons blueprints to Tehran."

For a second time, a report about the Bush administration's sabotage of intelligence operations to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran has been followed by calls from Dick Cheney to aggressively hault Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program.

Earlier this week, Bush continued his pressure, saying "We got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel." This misquotation of the Iranian President has of course been discredited for many months now.

Bush went on, "So I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," a quote reminiscent of "mushroom cloud" warnings preceding the invasion of Iraq.

Mr. President, your lies and your threats are once again exposed. Your wars for Israel end here.

I call on every American to rise and be heard. We must counter the Bush administration's threats with an equally aggressive force of information. Write to your Senators and Representative, your local newspaper and blog, and make sure your friends and associates know too.

Bush is setting up for a preemptive strike against Iran, just like he has done with Iraq. His entire justification is based on lies, which he accompanies with images intended to intimidate those who would otherwise use logic to oppose him.

Many of our Senators and Representatives are part of this terror campaign, included most of the leading candidates for the 2008 presidential election. Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, Giuliani, Romney, Thompson, Clinton, Obama, Edwards. Their names should ring with the same shreaking tone of Osama bin Laden. The "War on Terror" is being conducted by terrorists.

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Terminator: [Eyes] of the Machines 
Sunday, September 30, 2007, 09:49 PM - News
Posted by Administrator
Telecommunications giant AT&T has recently updated its Legal Policy to say "AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service ... for conduct that AT&T believes ... tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries."

Since termination of service "also constitutes termination ... of your license to use any Software," you could also assume the router and any hardware purchased upon installation to be useless. If that isn't enough money to waste, consider the startup cost of a new service, that is if you do not live in a neighborhood such as mine, which is monopolized by the company. Further, imagine if you spent 600 dollars on an iPhone, exclusively available on AT&T's wireless network, before AT&T decided to terminate your service.

As an AT&T customer, I am curious to know what qualifies as "conduct that tends to damage the name or repuation of AT&T." I personally believe it should be the constitutional defenition of slander. But, could speaking the truth be enough for them to terminate your service? Let's find out...

In January of 2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T, accusing the company of "violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive, illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications."

"This configuration appears to have the capability to enable surveillance and analysis of internet content on a massive scale, including both overseas and purely domestic traffic," wrote J. Scott Marcus, a former CTO for GTE and a former adviser to the FCC. AT&T has 15 to 20 rooms around the country capable of monitoring nearly 10 percent of purely domestic internet traffic.

USA Today reported in May 2006 that the NSA was "secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth."

One of USA Today's sources called it "the largest database ever assembled in the world," adding that the NSA's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the United States.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.


USA Today reported that AT&T and the other companies were "working under contract with the NSA."

If AT&T's new termination policy is to quell criticism of its "Big Brother" program, then they could terminate services from Wired, USA Today, countless other mainstream media outlets, the EFF, and IndyTruth. But are these messengers damaging the reputation of AT&T, or is the company damaging its own reputation through its creepy surveillance? Perhaps, AT&T should read its own termination policy and terminate itself.

As always, surveillance programs will not scare me from speaking my mind. Company policies or even U.S. Law will not discourage me from exposing the truth. AT&T and the NSA are illegally spying on American citizens. No spokesman's claim will shroud the crime. No threats of "termination" will suppress the concerned public. Big government and big business will never fully succeed in databasing all human behavior. Liberty will prevail.

Submitted by Douglass.
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The Truth About Iran 
Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 07:37 PM - Foreign Policy, News
Posted by Administrator
A source within the neoconservative movement revealed last week that Vice President Cheney has planned a campaign to rally support for attacking Iran. Taking place during the week after Labor Day, the campaign would use the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox and others to "assault on the airwaves" and "knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained." Cheney intends for his propaganda to bring support for a war up to 35-40% (apparently he does not need a majority). To counter Cheney's week of lies, we bring you the truth about Iran.

Like every single other nation in the world including the United States, Iran has crime, corruption, tyranny, religious fanaticism, basic rights which are not fully protected, and many policies which people disagree with. Two things that Iran does not have -- and the U.S. does -- are nuclear weapons and an aggressive foreign policy.

Iran is one of the fastest growing nations in the "third world." Growth requires energy. Plants grow from sunlight, animals from food. A nation uses electrical energy. For a highly developed nation, most of that comes from coal (50% in America, 80% in China). China is primarily using coal to develop, building two power plants a week. As a result, 6,000 Chinese miners died in 2004, and China's CO2 emissions rose by 9% last year.

According to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), more than 98% of primary energy in Iran is derived from oil and gas resources. Only a fraction of the nation's coal is exploitable, and at a very high cost. Solar and wind power are very expensive and far less productive, leaving the IAEA to conclude, the "nuclear option is the most competitive to fossil alternatives."

The IAEA was established by the United Nations to promote "safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies." The UN also created the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which was signed by the United States, Iran, and over a hundred other countries. The NPT asserts "the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination."

Building nuclear power plants does not give a country nuclear weapons capability. In fact, production of weapons-grade nuclear material is a more expensive and complex process than enrichment for electrical energy. A country must either convert an existing nuclear facility or construct a small, dedicated facility to produce weapon-grade material. It is a lengthy process of converting large quantities of 3% material to small quantities of 90% material. It would be very difficult to complete this process without the detection of the IAEA.

Just last Tuesday, the IAEA reported "significant" cooperation from Iran with its nuclear probe. Tehran has slowed uranium enrichment, and are adhering to a "strict timetable" revealing the progress and intentions of the program. Rather than commend Iran's cooperation with the UN, the Bush administration plans to "ratchet up the pressure." Making a fool of himself, State Department spokesman Tom Casey urged Tehran to "serve the real needs of their people instead of trying to pursue a nuclear weapon." The State Department is apparently not capable of clicking on IAEA.Org and reading the UN documents which indicate that Iran needs electricity.

There is no proof of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Nearly all of the evidence suggests it is only peaceful nuclear energy within the limits of the NPT. On the side of the accusations are the speculations of UN officials who are not in the IAEA and therefore not experts on nuclear development, and members of the Bush administration, the people who lied about weapons of mass destruction -- including nuclear weapons -- to go to war with Iraq.

If the lies are not enough, let's examine the hypocrisy of the Bush administration's criticisms. In March of last year, President Bush signed a controversial deal with India, giving the country "access to U.S. civil nuclear technology." Sharing civil nuclear technology complies with the NPT, and is even encouraged by it, but President bush is sharing the technology with a country that has not signed the treaty. India has no legal obligation to obey the NPT.

Bush and many other U.S. politicians including most of the Republican and Democrat "top-tier" candidates for the 2008 presidential election refuse to take the nuclear option "off the table" for dealing with countries such as Iran.

The other significant piece of the Iran conflict is the Bush administration's claim that Iran supports terror and is a threat to the United States.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that "Iranian weapons are falling into the hands of anti-government Taliban fighters," and that the Irani government "likely" knows about it. He would not directly accuse the government, because it would be absurd. The Irani government has long disapproved of the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan, and a Shi'ite power would not want to arm a neighboring Sunni power.

This is where the Bush administration's hypocrisy is most troubling. ABC News reported in May that the Central Intelligence Agency "received secret presidential approval to mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government." The CIA "supported and encouraged" Jundullah, a militant group "that has conducted deadly raids inside Iran." Based in Afghanistan, Jundullah primarily targets pro-U.S. rulers in Pakistan. It also works for al-Qaeda's media wing, the al-Sahab Foundation. Jundullah is allegedly headed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda operational commander of the September 11th attacks.

To reiterate, President Bush authorizes a CIA operation supporting al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out 9/11.

While Iran is slowing its uranium enrichment, the Bush administration continues to condemn its nuclear program and make it out to be the weapons program that it is not. Iran is complying with the IAEA and the NPT, while the U.S. is violating the treaty by threatening Iran's "inalienable right," and sharing technology with a nation that has not signed the treaty. The hypocrisy of the situation is made even more disturbing by the President's direct support of al-Qaeda terrorists.

As Vice President Cheney floods the media with propaganda this week, look back to the truths revealed in this paper. Call Congress and let them know that they must not allow this administration to attack a sovereign nation. Inform everyone you know and care about that Iran does not have nuclear weapons, that Bush is the terrorist, and that Cheney's campaign is a pack of lies aimed at further death, destruction, and destabilization of the Middle East.

Submitted by Douglass. Posted with footnotes at IndyTruth.Org.
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Congress wants chaos in Iraq 
Monday, September 3, 2007, 02:14 PM - Foreign Policy, Opinion
Posted by Administrator
Representative Jon Porter (R-NV) returned from a visit to Iraq this week, reporting, "they said there would be genocide, gas prices in the U.S. would rise to eight or nine dollars a gallon, al-Qaida would continue its expansion, and Iran would take over that portion of the world if we leave."

Never mind that genocide is already taking place in Iraq, gas prices are already out of control, and Iran is a more stabilizing force in the region than the U.S. and its alleged allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. It seems that if we stay in Iraq, the same thing will happen that Porter claims will happen if we leave.

Iran has much to gain from the success of the Iraqi government. They are happy that the prime minister is Shi'ite (Hillary Clinton and the neo-cons hate that). Iran wants the nations on its borders to be more stable. They regularly meet with other leaders in the Middle East to work toward those goals. Iran has not attacked another country since well before the 1979 revolution, so there is little indication that they would make the same mistake we did and try to occupy Iraq with their military.

Iran is also quickly developing. That is why they are trying to develop nuclear energy (in full cooperation with the IAEA, as the neo-cons neglect to mention in their alarmist calls for war). If Iran progresses beyond third world status, they can help other nations in the region advance as well. I would much rather see Iran's money and resources spent on Iraq than ours. We are pushing ourselves into an economic crisis trying to pay for this war. Iraq's oil supply along with Iran's support should be sufficient to finance their redevelopment.

As this site previously reported, Iran needs nuclear development to grow any further. They have not undertaken any weapons-level enrichment, and are working well within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The globalists refuse to allow Iran's development, because they thrive on third world nations dependent on foreign aid. Sovereign nations with self-sufficient economies do not fit into their agenda for one world government and significant reduction of the world population.

The Bush administration, Congress, and the many organizations which influence them have absolutely no interest in a peaceful solution to the Iraq war or the Iran conflict. Their agenda is just the opposite. To carry out the globalists' sick and twisted scheme of order out of chaos, the United States will continue to occupy Iraq.

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