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Baquba Denied the Healing Touch Inter Press Service
Saturday, 28 July 2007 01:29
by Dahr Jamail and Ahmed Ali

BAQUBA, Jul 25 (IPS) - Diyala General Hospital in the provincial capital Baquba has been hit by severe lack of supplies amid ongoing attacks by militants.

Located 50km northeast of Baghdad, the city of Baquba has become known now for both the huge U.S. military operations and the presence of al-Qaeda.

The shortages coupled with a lack of basic infrastructure have left the largest hospital in Diyala province short of supplies, and staffed by terrorised doctors often unable to do their job.

Diyala General Hospital, built in the 1970's, was never adequately resourced since the devastating Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and the dozen years of economic sanctions since the early 1990s.

When the U.S.-led occupation began in April 2003, administrators promised reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq's healthcare system. It never came. This hospital, like countless others in Iraq, is in a far worse condition today than even during the sanctions period when more than half a million Iraqi children died from malnutrition, disease and lack of adequate healthcare.

The problems appear to begin and end with lack of security.

"One day, a number of Iraqi army casualties caused by a suicide car bomb were brought to the hospital by a military patrol," Mohammed Ali, a 39-year-old orthopaedic surgeon told IPS. "The soldiers began to insult the staff, and hit two physicians after ordering them to leave other patients and treat the wounded soldiers first."

Doctors announced a strike, Ali said. "A few days later the head of the physicians syndicate called an end to the strike after intervention by the mayor."

But doctors have continued to face abuse, Nasseer Adil, a 42-year-old pathologist told IPS. "It has become very normal that any person can come and insult anyone in the hospital."

Over time, the abuse and threats have driven many doctors to leave their job, and when they can, the country.

"The staff members began to come to work intermittently, and sometimes we could hardly see one physician in the whole hospital," Haleem Kareem, a 46-year-old receptionist at the hospital told IPS.

Dr Ahmed Shibad, a 30-year-old orthopaedic surgeon, fled the hospital for Syria four months ago after he said he received death threats from Iraqi soldiers backed by U.S. forces.

During an interview with IPS in Damascus in May he said, "The Iraqi forces who regularly came into the hospital to order us around and abuse us were supported by the American military. The American soldiers watched the Iraqis do this to us, and this is another reason why I left."





FAIR: NY Times Responds on Fallujah Weapons
Monday, 23 July 2007 14:02
Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting: Update

NY Times Public editor sides with reporter's dismissal

On July 18, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt responded to FAIR's June 11 Action Alert "Incendiary Weapons are No Allegation." FAIR's action alert took issue with a New York Times review (5/29/07) of the British play Fallujah, in which reviewer Jane Perlez called into question the "objectivity" and "authenticity" of the playwright, Jonathan Holmes, over "the scenes that deal with the use of napalm in Falluja, an allegation made by left-wing critics of the war but never substantiated."

In his response, Hoyt stood by Perlez's criticism that alleged that the play erroneously referenced napalm attacks in Fallujah. He also criticized FAIR for supporting its argument with documentation about the use Mark 77 firebombs—a modern version of napalm — in another, earlier, attack in Iraq, but not in Fallujah.

FAIR's point in taking issue with Perlez's criticism of the play is that there had been a serious controversy about the use of incendiary weapons in Fallujah: U.S. government officials denied that they were being used, while some independent journalists said that they had been. The New York Times took the government's side in this controversy with reporter Scott Shane reporting (11/13/05):

"A documentary on Italian television on Tuesday accuses American forces of using white phosphorus shells in the assault on Fallujah last year not just for nighttime illumination, their usual purpose, but to burn to death Iraqi insurgents and civilians. The mainstream American news media, whose reporters had witnessed the fighting and apparently seen no evidence of this, largely ignored the claim."

Unfortunately for the U.S. government and for the Times, it turned out that U.S. forces were on record as discussing the use of white phosphorus (WP) as a weapon in Fallujah (Field Artillery, 3–4/05). (The distinction between civilians and insurgents, which Hoyt stresses in his response, does not seem to have been taken as seriously by the U.S. military in Fallujah — see below.)

Moreover, the U.S. military has admitted to using Mark 77 in Iraq. Hoyt points out that WP is not napalm at all, which FAIR did not argue. Rather, the point was that a chemical agent with potentially lethal effects was used in a battle in a major Iraqi city.

In the context of the New York Times' acceptance of the false denials, a Times critic quibbling with a playwright about what particular form of incendiary weapons were used on which Iraqi city — in a phrasing that gives the reader no indication that any kind of incendiary weapons were used anywhere — is more than a little grotesque. As FAIR said in the original alert:

If Perlez meant to say that the U.S. military had only confirmed the use of a napalm-like weapon elsewhere in Iraq, not in Fallujah, while the only incendiary weapon admitted to have been used in Fallujah was white phosphorus, then that's a very slender technicality with which to call into question the "objectivity" and "authenticity" of a playwright.

In his response to FAIR, Hoyt relied on the testimony of Dexter Filkins, a New York Times reporter who was embedded with the Marines during the siege of Fallujah. Filkins, Hoyt wrote,
"said in an e-mail that he doesn’t buy the charges of large numbers of civilian deaths, from whatever cause. 'The city was a ghost town by the time the Marines went in, at least in the neighborhoods that I went through, and we traveled from one end of the city to the other on foot,' he said."

With all due respect to Filkins, Hoyt would have done better to consult the reporters who were actually in Fallujah during the siege rather than one who was with the forces bombarding it. Journalists like Rahul Mahajan and Dahr Jamail described the roughly half of Fallujah's 300,000 residents who were still in the city being subject to indiscriminate attacks by U.S. forces. Wrote Mahajan (CounterPunch, 11/6/04):

"The best estimates are that roughly 900-1000 people were killed directly, blown up, burnt or shot. Of them, my guess, based on news reports and personal observation, is that 2/3 to 3/4 were noncombatants."

Hoyt's response did reveal that Filkins witnessed the use of white phosphorus in Fallujah — information that might have helped his colleague Shane avoid his embarrassing dismissal of white phosphorus reports, had Filkins bothered to report it at the time. It strains credulity to imagine that an incendiary weapon that put fist-sized holes in the gear of an embedded reporter didn't burn civilians to death in the city where the weapon was directed.

FAIR activists who wish to comment on Hoyt's response can do so at the Times website (at the link below). What follows is Hoyt's response in full:


July 18, 2007, 3:03 pm
Was There Napalm in Fallujah?
By Clark Hoyt

On May 28, Jane Perlez reported from London on a play called “Fallujah,” which purported to tell the story of the November, 2004 assault by U.S. forces on the Iraqi city where four American contract workers had been killed the previous spring and hung from a bridge.

The Perlez story set off a mini-storm of e-mails because of this paragraph:

“The denunciations of the United States are severe, particularly in the scenes that deal with the use of napalm in Falluja, an allegation made by left-wing critics of the war but never substantiated.” (Times style is to spell the city’s name without the “h.”)

A media watchdog group called Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), which describes itself as progressive, took Perlez to task in an “Action Alert,” declaring that “Incendiary Weapons Are No ‘Allegation.’” FAIR urged its readers to contact me to get The Times to set the record straight.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking into this. Here’s what I found:

Perlez was correct. There are no substantiated reports of the use of napalm — or a “napalm derivative,” as the play’s author and director said — in the battle of Fallujah.

FAIR’s complaint started with the assertion that U.S. forces “did use the modern equivalent of napalm in Iraq.” Notice, that FAIR said “Iraq,” not “Fallujah.” That’s because the source for FAIR’s statement was an August, 2003 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune quoting a Marine colonel as saying that the successor weapon to napalm was used during the invasion of Iraq, as Marines battled toward Baghdad. The article was written more than a year before the battle of Fallujah.

After discussing napalm, FAIR slid over to a discussion of white phosphorus (WP), a different incendiary weapon that the U.S. military first denied – and then admitted – using directly against insurgents in Fallujah.

FAIR quoted accurately but selectively from an article in “Field Artillery,” the journal of the Army’s Field Artillery: WP was such “an effective and versatile munition” that U.S. forces “saved our WP for lethal missions.” Those quotes suggest the WP was dropped directly on Iraqis to kill them.

But a close reading of the article indicates a different story: WP was used for screening missions and later “as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE (high explosives). We fired ‘shake and bake’ missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out.”

Michael Stebbins, the director of biology policy at the Federation of American Scientists, a non-partisan, non-profit group that deals with national security issues, told me that napalm and white phosphorus are “very different.” He said, “No experienced military person would mistake one for the other.”

Napalm and its successor use jellied petroleum products, require an ignition and often kill by suffocating their victims because the fire they create is so intense it uses up all the nearby oxygen. WP ignites on contact with the air and can inflict deep wounds because it burns as long as it has a supply of oxygen.

These are weapons with horrible potential effects, and you might say, “What’s the difference, they both kill.” But, so do 500-pound bombs dropping on Iraq and all the other weaponry employed in a war that inspires strong passions.

Calling what was used in Fallujah “napalm” may have greater emotional impact than calling it WP. Napalm raises images of Vietnam and, especially, that tragic 1972 photograph of a naked little girl, running down a street, screaming in agony from napalm burns.

A playwright may take such license to achieve a dramatic effect. A journalist needs to deal precisely with facts, such as which weapons were actually used in a particular battle.

The sub-text here comes from a 2005 documentary shown on Italian television. It charged that WP was used against civilians in Fallujah in November 2004, something that has also not been substantiated.

Dexter Filkins of The Times, who accompanied the Marines who assaulted Fallujah, said in an e-mail that he doesn’t buy the charges of large numbers of civilian deaths, from whatever cause. “The city was a ghost town by the time the Marines went in, at least in the neighborhoods that I went through, and we traveled from one end of the city to the other on foot,” he said.

Filkins did experience WP first hand. He said the unit with which he was traveling took friendly fire, and chunks of WP burned holes the size of fists through his backpack and sleeping bag.

“But, honestly, I don’t know what that phosphorus was being used for. A flare? A weapon? I don’t know. We were under heavy fire, and it didn’t seem significant enough at the time to ask.”






The Science and the Politics of 9/11 Conference To Be Held in Madison, Wisconsin
Monday, 23 July 2007 13:58

Scholars for 9/11 Truth will be holding its first conference, "The Science and the Politics of 9/11: What's Controversial, What's Not", at the Radisson Madison from August 3-5 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Madison, WI (PRWEB) July 20, 2007 — Scholars for 9/11 Truth will be holding its first conference at the Radisson Madison from August 3-5 in Madison, Wisconsin. The conference, titled "The Science and the Politics of 9/11: What's Controversial, What's Not," will review the many reasons why the "official account" of 9/11 cannot possibly be true, and will explore issues that have generated controversy in the research community. Space is limited so call 608-835-2707 to register.

The conference will allow students of 9/11 research to interact personally with leading investigators. Additional topics include 9/11 in the context of the Neocon agenda, with a final session devoted to assessing the state of current research.

Special Guest Speakers Include:

Professor James H. Fetzer — A former Marine Corps officer with a Ph.D. in the history and the philosophy of science, he has published 28 books, including, most recently, The 9/11 Conspiracy: The Scamming of America, with contributions from eleven experts on different aspects of the case. He is the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth (http://www.911scholars.org) and has appeared on Hannity and Colmes on FOX News and The O'Reilly Factor with Bill O'Reilly.

Leuren Moret — An independent radiation specialist, who has worked in 46 countries as a professional geo-scientist. An expert witness on Depleted Uranium weaponry at the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan in Tokyo, she was also appointed as an expert witness on DU for the Canadian Parliament and has published on HAARP, weather-modification, tectonic warfare, mind-control, 4th generation nuclear weapons, and scientific issues related to 9/11.

Jim Marrs — An investigative journalist and best-selling author, he has published books on many controversial subjects, including UFOs, secret societies, and the assassination of JFK. The book Crossfire, for example, was a primary source for Oliver Stone's "JFK". His work on 9/11 now includes Inside Job: Unmasking the 9/11 Conspiracies and The Terror Conspiracy: Deception, 9/11 and the Loss of Liberty (co-authored with Barbara Honegger).

Doug Rokke, Ph. D. — Former Director of the U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental science, environmental engineering, nuclear physics, emergency management, and served as a staff physicist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 19 years. His military career spanned four decades, including combat duty in Vietnam and Gulf War I.

Barbara Honegger - Graduate of the Naval War College master's program in National Security Decision Making and the Senior Military Affairs Journalist at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Department of Defense's premiere science, technology, and national security affairs graduate school. She is the author of "The Pentagon Attack Papers", which David Ray Griffin has suggested will "transform the discussion of what happened at the Pentagon". The author of October Surprise, the first book to expose the origins of Irangate, she was one of two members of the Ronald Reagan Administration to resign from conscience.

Kevin Barrett, Ph. D. — A leading 9/11 activist in the world today, he is the author of Truth Jihad, co-editor of 9/11 and American Empire, and the founder of MUJCA-NET, a society that brings together Christians, Muslims, and Jews in pursuit of the truth about 9/11. He will present an overview about political aspects of 9/11 activism.

Morgan Reynolds, Ph. D. — Economics Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University and former Chief Economist in the Department of Labor in the Bush Administration, he has also served as Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis, Dallas, TX.

Bob Fitrakis — Political Science Professor at Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio. He has published many books, including Star Wars, Weather Modification and Full Spectrum Dominance. An expert on election fraud, he has received many awards for excellence in investigative journalism.

Dave Von Kleist — As witnessed in his documentary 9/11: In Plane Site, he was among the first to spot problems with the videos of the planes hitting the South Tower. He is an outstanding activist and researcher who co-hosts "The Power Hour" (http://www.thepowerhour.com) with Joyce Riley. His latest DVD entitled 9/11: Ripple Effect, has just been released.

Alfred Webre, J.D., M.Ed. — An author, lawyer and futurist, as well as peace and environmental activist who promotes the ban of space weapons, he was a co-architect of the Space Preservation Treaty and of the Space Preservation Act, introduced to the U.S. Congress by Representative Dennis Kucinich and endorsed by more than 270 NGOs worldwide. Webre is a judge on the Kuala Lumpur International War Crimes Tribunal and is the International Director of the Institute for Cooperation in Space. He is co-author of the 9/11 Independent Prosecutor Act, and author of Exopolitics: Politics, Government and Law in the Universe. He and Leuren Moret have proposed a Citizens 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal.

Judy Wood, Ph. D. — Perhaps the most qualified scientist studying 9/11 in the world, she holds a B.S. in civil engineering, an M.S. in engineering mechanics, and a Ph.D. in materials engineering science. A former professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University, Dr. Wood has conducted pioneering research on the destruction of the WTC and maintains a web site at drjudywood.com, an important research web site in the 9/11 community.

Jerry V. Leaphart, J.D. — An activist civil rights trial lawyer and a bar member in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut with more than 33 years experience as a lawyer in both domestic and international areas. He was the force behind the use of the Data Quality Act to submit Request for Correction to the NIST, which may lead to shattering the 9/11 cover-up.

Alexander "Ace" Baker — A music composer and producer, he is currently the co-composer for "American Dragster" on ESPN. He is also the composer for the independent feature film "Mohave Phone Booth", winner of multiple film festival awards and scheduled for SHOWTIME. In scoring for film and TV, Ace works with digital video on a daily basis and has completed a study of television film fakery involving the hit on the South Tower, which is entitled, "Chopper 5 Composite".

"The Science of 9/11: What's Controversial, What's Not" Conference will be held August 3-5, 2007, at the Radisson Hotel Madison located at 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI 53719.

Registration, including two lunches, is $125, but seating is limited to the first 150 so call 608-835-2707 or email jfetzer@d.umn.edu in order to register. Members of the media will receive complimentary registration and should also call 608-835-2707. Full conference schedules are available at http://911scholars.org/







Mass Graves Dug to Deal With Death Toll
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 11:37
by Dahr Jamail & Ahmed Ali

BAQUBA (IPS) - The largest morgue in Diyala province is overflowing daily. Officials told IPS they have had to dig mass graves to dispose of bodies.

More and more bodies of victims of the ongoing violence are being found every day in Baquba, capital city of the province, 50km northeast of Baghdad.

"The morgue receives an average of four or five bodies everyday," Nima Jima'a, a morgue official, told IPS. "Many more are dropped in rivers and farms -- or it is sometimes the case they are buried by their killers for other reasons. The number we record here is only a fraction of those killed."

Ambulances, now able to move again after weeks of restrictions, have been removing bodies of victims from the current fighting. But they have also found skulls and bones, evidence of other killings long ago.

Dealing with these remains is becoming difficult. Like the rest of the city, the morgue suffers from continuing lack of electricity. Over the last two weeks, two of its refrigerators have been shut down. The smell of decomposing bodies hits visitors 100 metres away.

Morgue officials told IPS that a local U.S. military commander recently ordered them to bury all bodies within three days.

"We got 30 bodies out of the refrigerator on Sunday, put a number on each, and put them in plastic bags provided by U.S. troops," morgue official Kareem al-Rubaee told IPS. "We asked families to have a look at the bodies. Then, they were buried collectively."

There is expected to be a need now to bury bodies collectively every 15-20 days in order keep the capacity of the refrigerator intact, al-Rubaee said.

Families are often unable to identify and collect the bodies, morgue officials say. It is still extremely dangerous to travel around the city. Also, most bodies are never brought to the morgue at all to be identified or counted.

Many victims of U.S. air strikes have been buried under the rubble of their homes for days, sometimes weeks, residents say. The military operation has been launched to target al-Qaeda, amid local reports that the operation began after the al-Qaeda suspects had fled town.

People in the town feel targeted by killings from all sides. Foreign terror groups, like those who claim to be following the model of al-Qaeda, have kidnapped many people who are never heard from again.

Groups believed to be al-Qaeda have been known to kill and then drop the body in selected places that they call "the execution zone." This is intended to show people the power of al-Qaeda.

Police vehicles and ambulances have been moving bodies mainly from such spots to the morgue.





'Arrowhead' Becomes Fountainhead of Anger
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 14:24
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail

BAQUBA, Jul 10 (IPS) - Ongoing U.S. military operations in Diyala province have brought normal life to an end, and fuelled support for the national resistance.

Baquba, 50km northeast of Baghdad, and capital city of the volatile Diyala province, has born the brunt of violence during the U.S. military Operation 'Arrowhead Ripper'.

Conflicting reports are on offer on the number of houses destroyed and numbers of civilians killed, but everyone agrees that the destruction is vast and the casualties numerous.

The operation was launched Jun. 18 "to destroy the al-Qaeda influences in this province and eliminate their threat against the people," according to Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, deputy commanding officer of the 25th Infantry Division.

But most Iraqis IPS interviewed in the area say the operation seeks more to break the national Iraqi resistance and those who support it. Adding credibility to this belief is the fact that the U.S. operational commander of troops involved in the operation told reporters Jun. 22 that 80 percent of the top al-Qaeda leaders in Baquba fled before the offensive began.

"Americans want Sunni people to leave Diyala or else they face death," Salman Shakir from the Gatoon district in Baquba told IPS outside the U.S. military cordon around the besieged city. "They warned al-Qaeda days or maybe weeks before they attacked the province and so only us, the citizens, stayed to face the massacre."

Shakir said many of his relatives and neighbours were killed by the military while attempting to leave the area. "I cannot tell you how many people were killed, but bodies of civilians were left in the streets."

"We all know now that the U.S. military is using the name of al-Qaeda to cover attacks against our national resistance fighters and civilians who wish immediate or scheduled withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq," Hilmi Saed, an Iraqi journalist from Baghdad told IPS on the outskirts of Baquba.

The Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni political group in the Iraqi cabinet, issued a statement Jul. 1 alleging that more than 350 people had been killed in the U.S. military operation in Baquba.

The group called the operation "collective punishment" and said "neighbourhoods in western Baquba have witnessed, since last week, fierce attacks by occupation forces within Operation Arrowhead Ripper."n)





Researchers claim 9/11 sicknesses in the U.S. related to environmental radiation contamination
Thursday, 28 June 2007 14:36

by David Jones

Various researchers and activists inspired by the work of Dr. Karl Ziegler Morgan claim that 9/11 sicknesses are related to environmental radiation contamination.

The International 9/11 Citizen's War Crimes Tribunal documents that Leuren Moret reported for example, "elevated radiation readings downwind from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. Two days after 9/11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed that the Pentagon crash site rubble was radioactive and that the probable contaminant was Depleted Uranium (DU)."

"The entry and exit holes through the Pentagon crash site were the signature of a kinetic energy penetrator, such as a Cruise missile, and the term "punch-out hole" was written by crash site investigators over the exit hole. This is a military term used for kinetic energy penetrators. Major Doug Rokke, former Director of the Gulf War I DU Cleanup Team, reported that an email from the Pentagon 30 minutes after impact confirmed a nuclear device hit the Pentagon on 9/11."

In April, 2007, Leuren Moret exposed the U.S. military's illegal use of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons in target practice in Hawaii, in violation of U.S. military environmental regulations. The elevated radiation readings she recorded were carried by ABC-TV news in Hawaii on April 29 and 30, 2007.

The demonstrated public health effects of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons include: Diabetes; Cancer; Birth defects; Chronic diseases caused by neurological and neuromuscular radiation damage; Mitochondrial diseases (Chronic fatigue syndrome, Lou Gehrig's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's; Heart and brain disorders); Global DNA damage in men's sperm; Infertility in women; Learning disabilities such as autism, and dyslexia; Mental Illness; Infant mortality and low birth weights; Increase in death rates and decrease in birth rates.

Around the Pentagon there were reports of high radiation levels after 9-11 American Free Press has documentation that radiation levels in Alexandria and Leesburg, Va., were much higher than usual on 9-11 and persisted for at least one week afterward.

In Alexandria, seven miles south of the burning Pentagon, a doctor with years of experience working with radiation issues found elevated radiation levels on 9-11 of 35 to 52 counts per minute (cpm) using a "Radalert 50" Geiger counter.

One week after 9-11, in Leesburg, 33 miles northwest of the Pentagon, soil readings taken in a residential neighbourhood showed even higher readings of 75 to 83 cpm.

"That's pretty high," Cindy Folkers of the Washing ton-based Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) told AFP. Folkers said 7 to 12 cpm is normal background radiation inside the NIRS building, and that outdoor readings of between 12 to 20 cpm are normal in Chevy Chase, Md., outside Washington.

The Radalert 50, Folkers said, is primarily a gamma ray detector and "detects only 7 percent of the beta radiation and even less of the alpha." This suggests that actual radiation levels may have been significantly higher than those detected by the doctor's Geiger counter.

"The question is, why?" Folkers said.

If the radiation came from the explosion and fire at the Pentagon, it most likely did not come from a Boeing 757, which is the type of aircraft that allegedly hit the building.

"Boeing has never used DU on either the 757 or the 767, and we no longer use it on the 747," Leslie M. Nichols, product spokesperson for Boeing's 767, told AFP. "Sometime ago, we switched to tungsten, because it is heavier, more readily available and more cost effective."

The cost effectiveness argument is debatable. A waste product of U.S. nuclear weapons and energy facilities, DU is reportedly provided by the Department of Energy to national and foreign armament companies free of charge.

DU is used in a wide variety of missiles in the U.S. arsenal as an armor penetrator. It is also used in the bunker-buster bombs and cruise missiles. Because no photographic evidence of a Boeing 757 hitting the Pentagon is available to the public, 9-11 skeptics and independent researchers claim something else, such as a missile, struck the Pentagon.

A white flash, not unlike those seen in videos of the planes as they struck the twin towers, occurs when a DU penetrator hits a target.

Workers and FEMA officials at the Pentagon were seen wearing special protective outfits and respirators. FEMA photos show the workers going through decontamination procedures. Bellinger told AFP that the U.S. Department of Defense was responsible for on-site safety procedures at the Pentagon.

In New York, however, considerably less attention was paid to the health risks the burning rubble posed to workers at the WTC site. A recent screening done by Mount Sinai Hospital found that nearly three-quarters of the 1,138 first responders had experienced respiratory problems while working at Ground Zero, and half had respiratory ailments that persisted for an average of eight months afterward.

"We were dumfounded by how many people were sick, and how sick they were, and how sick they still are," said Robin Herbert, co-director of the program.

"If high radioactive levels were found near the Pentagon (and they were) it certainly would not hurt to similarly test for the presence of radiation sickness in those who spent time around Ground Zero, as well," says Cathy Garger.

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Curfew-Bound Fallujah On The Boil Again
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 18:20
by Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

FALLUJAH, Jun 27 (IPS) - Strict curfew and tight security measures have brought difficult living conditions and heightened tempers to residents of this besieged city.

The siege in this city located 60km west of Baghdad has entered its second month. There is little sign of any international attention to the plight of the city. Fallujah, which is largely sympathetic to the Iraqi resistance, was assaulted twice by the U.S. military in 2004.

The second attack in November destroyed roughly three-quarters of the city of 350,000 residents. Now, Fallujah faces assault of another kind by way of a strict curfew where people are closed in from all sides.

Many people who had earlier supported the Iraqi police that works with the U.S. military, now oppose it.

"We gave full support to the police force despite opposition from others to forming this force," a community leader in the city who asked to be referred to as Ahmed told IPS. "Others told us this force would only serve the occupation forces, but we accused them of being against stability and order. Unfortunately, they appeared to be absolutely right."

Cars have not been permitted to move on the streets of Fallujah for nearly a month now. A ban was also enforced on bicycles, but residents were later granted permission to use them.

"Thank God and President Bush for this great favour," said Ala'a, a 34-year-old schoolteacher. "We are the only city in the liberated world with the blessing now of having bicycles moving freely in the streets."

On May 21 U.S. and Iraqi forces imposed a security crackdown on the city following continuing attacks. Local non-governmental organisations such as the Iraqi Aid Association (IAA) have told reporters that the U.S. military is not allowing them access to the city.

"We have supplies but it is impossible to reach the families. They are afraid to leave their homes to look for food, and children are getting sick with diarrhoea caused by the dirty water they are drinking," IAA spokesman Fatah Ahmed told reporters. "We have information that pregnant women are delivering their babies at home as the curfew is preventing them from reaching hospital."

Medical services are inaccessible to most because the hospital is located on the other side of the Euphrates River from the rest of the city. Extra security checkpoints have severely hampered movement within the city, and most businesses have closed. A year ago the local police cut mobile phone services.





Nobel Peace Laureates Oppose Iraqi Oil Law Imposition
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 12:38
Nobel Peace Laureates Oppose Iraqi Oil Law Imposition

WASHINGTON - JUNE 26 - In the past few weeks, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and the chief U.S. commander in the Mideast, Admiral William Fallon, have all traveled to Baghdad to press Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to pass a controversial oil law.

Five Nobel Peace Prize laureates have just released a statement against the U.S. pressure on the Iraqi government.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureates -- Betty Williams, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Wangari Maathai -- have released the statement in opposition to the Iraq Oil Law and U.S. pressure on the Iraqi government to pass the law, which favors foreign companies.


The Laureates' statement is as follows:

"In support of the people of Iraq, we the undersigned Nobel Peace Prize Laureates state our opposition to the Iraq Oil Law. We also oppose the decision of the United States government to require that the Iraq government pass the Oil Law as a condition of continued reconstruction aid in legislation passed on May 24, 2007. A law with the potential to so radically transform the basic economic security of the people of Iraq should not be forced on Iraq while it is under occupation and in such a weak negotiating position vis-à-vis both the U.S. government and foreign oil corporations. The Iraq Oil Law could benefit foreign oil companies at the expense of the Iraqi people, deny the Iraqi people economic security, create greater instability, and move the country further away from peace. The U.S. government should leave the matter of how Iraq will address the future of its oil system to the Iraqi people to be dealt with at a time when they are free from occupation and more able to engage in truly democratic decision-making. It is immoral and illegal to use war and invasion as mechanisms for robbing a people of their vital natural resources."





Sudan’s Reported Acceptance of Peacekeepers for Darfur Must Be Followed by Immediate Deployment
Thursday, 14 June 2007 10:32
As Sudan Announces Acceptance of Hybrid Peacekeeping Force, Africa Action Urges that Obstacles Be Removed and that the Deployment Process Begin Now

Atlantic Free Press - Thursday, June 14, 2007 (Washington, DC) – In the aftermath of the government of Sudan’s announcement that it would accept the latest plan for deployment of the African Union (AU)-United Nations (UN) hybrid peacekeeping force, Africa Action urged that the plan be put on a fast-track and implementation begin immediately.  Today, the UN Security Council will discuss the plan for international peacekeepers in Darfur.  Africa Action stressed that the U.S. and other Security Council members must ensure that no more delays be allowed to prevent the immediate provision of a protection force for at-risk civilians and humanitarian aid workers.

This deployment of 17,000 to 19,000 troops would mark the third and final phase of the hybrid peacekeeping force first proposed in November 2006.  While Sudan stated in April 2007 that it would accept a second phase or “heavy support package” of 3,000 UN personnel, that phase has yet to deploy in any substantial way.

Sudan’s announcement yesterday followed negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was greeted by the AU as an important step in addressing deteriorating security in Darfur.  However, the government of Sudan attached certain conditions to this deal, insisting that the majority of personnel in the hybrid force be African.  Non-African troop contributions will only be solicited if African countries cannot meet the required numbers.

Nii Akuetteh, Executive Director of Africa Action, said today, “Sudan is allowing too many conditions in the deployment of the peacekeeping force.  Such haggling and delays are unconscionable, causing more deaths and prolonged suffering among millions of innocent Sudanese in Darfur.  Today, the Security Council must put the third phase deployment on a fast track.  The U.S. must work to put pressure on key international players, such as China, to ensure that deployment is not held up.”

Africa Action underscores that vigorous U.S. leadership to stop the genocide in Darfur is essential and that other foreign policy priorities must not trump the imperative to end human rights abuses.  A report from the Los Angeles Times this week revealed extensive collaboration between the U.S. and Sudan in the “war on terror,” as Sudan has cooperated with the U.S. in providing intelligence on insurgent activities in Iraq.

In the coming week, the UN Security Council will begin a trip to Africa, with a first stop in Sudan.  Africa Action emphasized that this marks a key opportunity for the U.S. and other Security Council members to express to Sudanese President Bashir the urgency of the situation and the need for the removal of any obstacles to the deployment of the joint force.

For more information on Africa Action’s Campaign to Stop Genocide in Darfur, see http://www.africaaction.org/darfur





Campaign Begins to Stop Congress’ Brazen Violation of the Constitution
Tuesday, 12 June 2007 09:13
Atlantic Free Press - In letters to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the newly formed national organization Friends of the Article V Convention declared its challenge to Congress. “The time has come to stop playing games with the U.S. Constitution and respect the rights of Americans,” said FOAVC founder and National Press Secretary Joel S. Hirschhorn, a former senior congressional staffer.

FOAVC told Pelosi and Reid that Congress has a legal obligation to call a convention and that it is initiating a national campaign to build public pressure on Congress for a convention. "The one and only requirement specified in Article V for a convention is that two-thirds of state legislatures apply for a convention. With over 500 applications from all 50 states on record with the Congress that sole requirement has been more than met. Congress has never passed any law to expand or further specify requirements for an Article V convention, meaning the language in Article V prevails,” said FOAVC.

“Congress has cheated Americans by not obeying Article V of the Constitution. Members of Congress are violating their oath of office to faithfully obey the Constitution,” said Hirschhorn, “and we must hold them accountable.”

“Members of Congress seem more effective as lawbreakers than lawmakers,” added California congressional candidate Byron De Lear and an FOAVC founder. “If Congress can silently and unilaterally ignore or veto one part of the Constitution, then it can disobey any part of it,” said De Lear.

Thomas E. Brennan, former Chief Justice, State of Michigan, and an FOAVC founder has said publicly that a convention “is necessary, desirable, and feasible.” The convention option “is to be taken seriously…it is not a joke, nor an illusion. It would bring a new, responsible dimension to American politics,” said Brennan.

“Operating outside the control of the federal government convention delegates could, like members of Congress, consider any constitutional amendments they deem necessary to address unresolved national problems – and that’s what frightens politicians,” noted Hirschhorn.

De Lear said, “Congress can’t have it both ways. Give Americans its first Article V convention or propose a constitutional amendment to remove the convention option.” FOAVC reminded Pelosi and Reid that Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower supported use of the convention option. “Sadly, no current Democratic or Republican presidential candidate has done likewise, especially mavericks like Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel and ‘champion of the Constitution’ Ron Paul,” noted De Lear.

The non-partisan FOAVC at www.foavc.org urges Americans and state legislatures to demand that Congress obey the Constitution, respect states’ rights, and announce the first Article V convention. FOAVC does not support any specific constitutional amendment, though it invites groups advocating specific reforms that might be achieved through amendments to become Affiliate Members.





DU Expert Leuren Moret To Address Vancouver 9/11 Conference On Depleted Uranium (DU) Public Health Risk And On Illegal Use Of Canadian Uranium In DU Weapons, In Non-compliance With Canadian Law
Tuesday, 12 June 2007 08:52

Atlantic Free Press – Leuren Moret, Expert Witness at the 2004 Tokyo International Tribunal for War Crimes in Afghanistan and former Environmental Commissioner of the City of Berkeley, CA, will speak publicly for the first time in Canada, and address the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Conference on June 22-24, 2007 on the serious public health risk to Canada and the world posed by the use of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons by the U.S. military forces in Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.  Israel dropped over 4000 DU bunker-buster bombs on Lebanon in July 2006.

In April, 2007, Leuren Moret exposed the U.S. military’s illegal use of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons in target practice in Hawaii, in violation of U.S. military regulations.  The elevated radiation readings she recorded were carried by ABC-TV news in Hawaii on April 29 & 30, 2007.

DU & 9/11

Leuren Moret reported similar elevated radiation readings downwind from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001.  Two days after 9/11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) confirmed that the crash site rubble was radioactive and that it was probably Depleted Uranium (DU) contaminating the Pentagon crash site rubble. The entry and exit holes through the Pentagon crash site were the signature of a kinetic energy penetrator, such as a Cruise missile, and the term “punch-out hole” was written by crash site investigators over the exit hole.  This is a military term used for kinetic energy penetrators.   Major Doug Rokke, former Director of the Gulf War I DU Cleanup Team, reported that an email from the Pentagon 30 minutes after impact confirmed a Cruise missile hit the Pentagon on 9/11.

Recently vast Uranium deposits have been reported in Khazakstan and Afghanistan. Khazakstan is expected to out-produce Canada in Uranium production within 12 years. This exposes the economic interests behind the events of 9/11, specifically the unjustified military attack by the U.S. on Afghanistan using 9/11 as a pretext.


The demonstrated public health effects of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons include: Diabetes; Cancer; Birth defects; Chronic diseases caused by neurological and neuromuscular radiation damage; Mitochondrial diseases (Chronic fatigue syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; Heart and brain disorders); Global DNA damage in men’s sperm; Infertility in women; Learning disabilities such as autism, and dyslexia; Mental Illness; Infant mortality and low birth weights; Increase in death rates and decrease in birth rates.

Leuren Moret and Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, of the Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS) will also address the issue of the illegal use of Canadian Uranium in U.S. Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons world-wide.  Canada is the world’s largest exporter of Uranium, and supplies 30% of the world’s uranium.  60% of Canadian Uranium is exported to the USA.  According to experts such as Dr. Rosalie Bertell, the preponderant majority of Depleted Uranium in U.S. DU weapons used in the Iraq War I (1991); Balkans War (1998); the Iraq No Fly Zone (1991-2003); the Afghanistan War (2001-2007); and Iraq War II (2003-2007) is of Canadian origin, in non-compliance with Canadian law.  The regulations of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the Canada-US Nuclear Cooperation Agreement prohibit the use of Canadian uranium in weapons, including DU weapons.

Depleted Uranium and DU weapons are already prohibited as Weapons of Mass Destruction under existing international conventions and treaties, including the 1923 Geneva Poison Gas Protocol.  According to an August 2002 report by the UN Sub-commission, laws which are breached by the use of DU shells include: “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the Charter of the United Nations; the Genocide Convention; the Convention Against Torture; the four Geneva Conventions of 1949; the Conventional Weapons Convention of 1980; and the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, which expressly forbid employing 'poison or poisoned weapons' and 'arms, projectiles or materials calculated to cause unnecessary suffering'.  All of these laws are designed to spare civilians from unwarranted suffering in armed conflicts."

Atomic weapons, Depleted Uranium poison gas weapons and the first Agent Orange prototype were developed in World War Two under the Manhattan Project to target civilian populations, for the specific purpose of depopulation.  The global pollution of the atmosphere, with Depleted Uranium radioactive poison gas since 1991, is causing a global epidemic of chronic illnesses, which will contribute to extensive depopulation and ecological destruction.  This is newly defined as Omnicide. Depopulation became the top U.S. National Security priority detailed in the “Global 2000” Report written by Henry Kissinger, Z. Brzezinski, Gen. Alexander B. Haig, and Sen Edward Muskie for Pres. Jimmy Carter.  This National Security Policy of Depopulation is now being carried out by means of global low level radioactive DU pollution. The result, an increase in death rates and decrease in birth rates, will achieve the goals of maximizing profits and concentrating wealth upwards, for the benefit of an international War Crimes Racketeering Organization.

Joining Leuren Moret on a Special Panel on Depleted Uranium (DU) will be Dr. Bill Deagle, a medical toxicologist experienced in DU and environmental health; Dennis Kyne, a former Gulf War I U.S. military combat veteran with DU exposure, author and leader in revealing the Depleted Uranium scandal, and Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, International Director of the Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS).

International Citizen’s 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal

Alfred Webre, an international lawyer and Member of the Pro Tem Committee for the Kuala Lumpur International War Crimes Tribunal to be held in 2008, will address the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Conference, on the issue of “The 9/11 False Flag Operation as a War Crime under International Law.” 9/11 was a pretext to engage in Genocidal & Ecocidal Depleted Uranium (DU) bombing of Central Asia (Afghanistan and Iraq). In order to prosecute the 9/11 perpetrators under the 9/11 Independent Prosecutors Act,  Alfred Webre and Leuren Moret will call for the establishment of an International Citizen’s 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal to prosecute President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld and other Jane and John Does for War Crimes under the Geneva Conventions, including Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes Against Peace.  The International Citizen’s 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal would be convened under the jurisdiction of the Kuala Lumpur International War Crimes Tribunal, established in February 2007 as a permanent citizen’s Tribunal by The Perdana Global Peace Organization, chaired by Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, who is the first prominent world leader to take up the DU radiation issue. 

The 9/11 Truth Conference: Canada, 9/11 and the New World Order brings together over 18 international speakers on issues: •    The History of False Flag Terrorism by governments and intelligence agencies to justify military interventions, spending, and extraordinary domestic measures.

•    Canada's participation in the War On Terror and in Afghanistan, and that country's real relationship to 9/11.

•    Solid Scientific and Historical Evidence that directly contradicts the Official Narrative of 9/11

•    Gatekeeping:  Suppression of information by the mass media, political parties, authors and political commentators.

•    The importance, methods and means of 9/11 Truth Activism

•   The use of Depleted Uranium (DU) Weapons and their effects on local populations, soldiers and the world, as well Canada's role in producing such weapons.

•    Canadian Pension Funds at the Provincial and Federal levels are heavily invested in the US military-industrial complex.  Taking the profit out of war is the most effective way to support peace.  It is mandatory that Pension fund be divested from the war machine.

•    Preventing the Weaponization of Space through an international Space Preservation Treaty-signing with a caucus of five or more progressive nations,  the 178 Nations which voted against the weaponization of space at the 2006 U.N. General Assembly.   

•    Globalization and “New World Order” agenda for Canada and the world. The emerging culture of surveillance of ordinary citizens in Canada and worldwide.

•    The S.P.P. (Security and Prosperity Partnership) between the USA, Canada and Mexico, which many contend is a blueprint for a North American Union (without citizen input nor public debate), as well as the fate of democracy, sovereignty, civil rights, Canadian culture, and our national identity.

Vancouver 9/11 Truth Conference                       http://www.v911truth.org/conference2007.html

9/11 Independent Prosecutor Act            http://peaceinspace.blogs.com /911/


KITV Hawaii - Depleted Uranium Hawaii (2 Mins 33 Seconds)


Leuren Moret – Bio


Leuren Moret – Expert Testimony at the Tokyo International Tribunal for War Crimes in Afghanistan


DU: Dirty Bombs, Missiles, Bullets by Leuren Moret


DU: Occupational Hazards of War by Dr. Rosalie Bertell







The Eighth Front
Thursday, 07 June 2007 15:09
by Juan Cole

According to Turkish sources, hundreds of Turkish troops crossed into Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in hot pursuit of Kurdish terrorists. There was some skepticism about whether this incident actually occurred, and it was both affirmed and denied by various Turkish sources in the course of the day. MSNBC showed footage of the incursion, but I don't know if that was stock footage or if it showed today's events accurately (shouldn't they label these things?). A US military spokesman in Baghdad could not confirm the border incursion but said "we are very concerned." As well he should be.

A hot eighth front may have just opened up in the kaleidoscopic Iraq War, which appears to be gradually fulfilling its potential for unravelling the entire Middle East as it was constituted by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 in the aftermath of WW I.

How many fronts are there in the Iraq War? The Sunni Arab guerrillas of the center, west and north are themselves fighting a four-front war. They are fighting US troops. They are fighting Shiites. They are fighting Kurds in the Kirkuk region and Ninevah and Diyala provinces. And they are fighting other Sunni Arab forces (Baathists fight Salafi fundamentalists, and both fight tribal levies gravitating to the Americans).

Then there is a muted Shiite front with two dimensions. Radical Shiites attack US forces. And, in Basra, Diwaniya and elsewhere, there is Shiite on Shiite violence as the Badr Corps paramilitary of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (often infiltrated into the Iraqi police) fights the Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr.

So that makes 6 - four Sunni Arab fronts and 2 Shiite fronts.

Then there are the Kurds. Of course they are fighting the Sunni Arabs. But they have also given haven to two terrorist groups. One is the PKK, or Kurdish Worker's Party, which operates in Turkey's eastern Anatolia, blowing things up and killing people. Some 5,000 PKK fighters are holed up in Iraqi Kurdistan, to the rage of the Turkish government in Ankara. The other is PEJAK, an Iranian-Kurdish terrorist group that launches attacks in Iran. Both Iran and Turkey have lobbed mortars and artillery shells over the border into villages of Iraqi Kurdistan as a way of lodging a complaint and making a threat against these Kurdish forces.

So in addition to the Arab-Kurdish front already counted, that makes 2 more fronts, for a grand total of 8. Not all 8 are very active at all times. But all 8 do break out into substantial violence from time to time. And we may have just seen a flare-up in no. 8.

By the way, why does the Bush administration allow its Kurdistan allies to harbor PKK terrorists? I thought that sort of thing was a no-no in the age of the war on terror? Wasn't it even the casus belli for Bush's two big invasions? Or is it all right to do terrorism to Turkey and Iran, but not to the US and Britain? I'm confused. 





G8 Summit Must Deliver on Two-Year Old Promises on Debt and HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 09:22

As the World’s Wealthiest Nations Gather, Africa Action Recalls Key G8 Targets on Debt and HIV/AIDS in Africa; Organizations Also Call Attention to the Threat of Vulture Funds

June 5, 2007 (Washington, DC) – The day before the Group of 8 (G8) wealthiest nations are to gather in Heiligendamm, Germany for their annual summit, Africa Action emphasized the lack of progress on key targets set by the G8 at their meeting in 2005 in Gleneagles, Scotland. At the Gleneagles summit, in the stated interests of addressing the challenges faced by Africa, the G8 committed to provide debt cancellation to a select group of countries and to work towards making universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment available by 2010, among other targets.

Today, Africa Action released a new resource on the action needed now from the G8. In this resource, Africa Action stressed that these targets only represent a minimal step in tackling the roots of poverty and exploitation in Africa and that the U.S. and other G8 nations have demonstrated an absence of political will to address these issues. Africa Action also released a letter addressed to President Bush and signed by more than 100 religious leaders, demanding action from the U.S. at this year’s G8 summit.

Nii Akuetteh, the Executive Director of Africa Action said today, “The G8 must become serious toward Africa. It can and must do much more to assist the continent in responding to daunting challenges. In Heiligendamm this week, these wealthy nations must take two big steps. First, they must go further in canceling debt and increasing aid. Second, and even more important, they must seize this last chance to rescue their own credibility by keeping the promises they made in 2005. In the two years since Gleneagles, both debt cancellation and HIV assistance have lagged seriously behind the promises made. It is in the self-interest of the G8 to take these two steps.”

The 2005 G8 debt deal has resulted in only eighteen African countries receiving debt cancellation. As this handful of countries have begun to see the gains of this cancellation, Africa Action and other advocates have also called attention to the increasingly emerging threat of vulture funds. These companies purchase the debt of low-income countries at a reduced price, and subsequently sue that country for the full amount.

Africa Action underscored that vulture fund activity undermines G8 policies on debt cancellation. Africa Action further stated that the U.S. must not allow business interests to outweigh the imperative for effective debt cancellation in Africa and that the U.S. must support a strong statement against vulture funds at this week’s G8 summit.

Africa Action today released its annual resource, the Africa Action Talking Points on the G8 and Africa. This resource can be found here: http://www.africaaction.org/newsroom/docs/G8TalkingPoints2007.pdf
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