Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Sunday, 27 August 2006
A young solider named Jason, said he cant shoot young children in Iraq
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: Another Soliders Sucide in a Sicking Illegal War
Topic: WAR

On his death bed,

he told his mother,

"I can't go out there and

shoot at young children.

I just can't go to Iraq.

I don't care what side they

are on... I can't do it."

Tony Chelsea, 58, a factory production supervisor, said: "My son, Jason, was made very, very lonely by what was happening to him. He was very sad inside and he bottled up what was causing it. It was only after the overdose that he told us about his fears over what might happen in Iraq

His mother added: "Jason said that during the training for Iraq he had been told that children as young as two carry bombs and the time may come when he would have to shoot one to save himself and his friends. I think they need to think again about the training they give to young soldiers before Iraq.

He had even told his parents that he had been warned by his commanders that he could be ordered to fire on child suicide bombers. It was a fear that he never confronted. Within 48 hours of confessing his concerns to his family, Jason at the young age of 19 years old, was dead after taking an overdose of painkillers and slashing his wrists.

**********

After watching a football match on the night of 10 August, he calmly wrote the suicide note, telling his father it was a letter to a relative, took 60 painkillers then slashed his wrists. As he lay bleeding, the soldier dialed 999, telling the operator: "I have done something stupid."

In normal circumstances, Pte Chelsea, who suffered from dyslexia, may have recovered from his injuries. But when doctors began tests to assess the damage caused to his liver by the drugs, it was found that the organ had been irreparably damaged by alcohol. His family were told his liver was similar to that of someone who had been an alcoholic for 20 years and he would not survive a transplant. He died on 14 August at St James's Hospital in Leeds after his family gave consent for his other organs to be used for transplants.

His father said he believed t he reasons behind his son's drinking had provoked a previous suicide attempt in 2004, when he cut his wrists in his barracks. After this incident, Pte Chelsea was treated by an Army psychiatrist which the family said had restored his confidence.

Mr Chelsea said: "My son started drinking 18 months ago. He destroyed his liver in less than a year and a half. I believe that is because he was being bullied again. He did not want to make anything of it. He was in the Army, he knew he had to be tough. But it only takes a few words. He said he would hear comments aimed at him because of his dyslexia. He was told he would get his colleagues killed because he was stupid.

"I support the British Army and what it does. But I would like to stand before my son's unit with a picture of him in uniform and ask those who made these comments to him time after time to think about the effect they had."

The young soldier's despair was displayed in the note he wrote to his parents before his overdose. He said: "Really sorry, mum and dad. I'm just no good for you. I have got to finish it. I am just a waste."

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Four days before the infantryman attempted to take his life, the British MoD released figures showing that 1,541 soldiers who served in Iraq are suffering from psychiatric illness.

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN FULL FOUND HERE: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article1221649.ece

There is an article titled  "Soldier suicides hint at military failures" it can be read at this link here: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060612/NEWS08/606120345/1018/NEWS

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:37 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 27 August 2006 8:49 PM PDT
Even the kids will tell you!
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Dad, What is a War Criminal?
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT

 

 


 

 




 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/27/AR2006072701908_pf.html

An obscure law approved by a Republican-controlled Congress a decade ago has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts.

*****

Z 3 Readers

I share this report by Daniel Sherman

The United States'

arms policy is hypocritical

 http://www.iowastatedaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/06/02/42a09f324ee14

 

The hypocrisy of the American government has escalated to a point where the future and foundation of our nation is in serious danger. This danger is disturbingly evident in the ominous difference between what we preach and what we practice.

Take, for example, the review conference on the non-proliferation treaty that recently ended in failure this past month. The United States went into the meeting with two priorities: North Korea and Iran. It called for amendments to the treaty which would block the development of nuclear weapons by these countries. Yet, at the same time, the United States regarded its obligations under the treaty as voluntary, not mandatory and refused to reaffirm disarmament commitments. Such behavior is easily perceived as arrogant.

The United States develops new nuclear weapons and pursues the idea of weapons in space, which is prohibited under the treaty, while it selectively scolds other nations for pursuing nuclear energy programs, which is not prohibited under the treaty.

The rationale of the United States is that the development of nuclear weapons will aide in stopping proliferation by acting as a deterrent. The problem is that the United States has lost its credibility and its rationale has no merit.

A recent report by the World Policy Institute depicts this hypocrisy: "Arming repressive regimes in all corners of the globe while simultaneously proclaiming a campaign for democracy and against tyranny undermines the credibility of the United States in international forums and makes it harder to hold other nations to high standards of conduct on human rights and other key issues."

Prior to the war on terrorism, 27 countries were banned from purchasing U.S.-made military equipment because of human rights abuses, nuclear testing and/or the harboring of terrorists. After the war began, however, many of these bans were lifted and military assistance was subsequently provided to nations contributing to the fight against terrorism.

It is puzzling to find out that two years after these restrictions were lifted, 20 of the top 25 U.S. arms clients in the developing world were classified by the State Department as being either undemocratic regimes or governments with records of major human rights abuses.

Countries included are Angola, Algeria, Colombia, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Georgia and Uzbekistan, to name a few. Some of these offer strategic military value, while others offer oil. They all offer business to arms manufacturers, however.

Though dealing arms and providing military assistance to undemocratic regimes seems to be contradictory to our quest for democracy, our government justifies such businesses by claiming that these countries are partners in the war against terrorism. The CIA used the same reasoning when it worked hand in hand with Osama bin Laden, while battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

Ironic, isn't it? Essentially, America is bankrolling the abuse of human rights. We preach respect for the dignity of human life, yet we fund its destruction. We claim to fight terror, yet we create it. We want to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction, yet we develop new ones.

It is this hypocrisy that discredits and endangers us. Already, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been affected by the Iraq war. More than 1,600 American soldiers have died. Terrorist attacks continue to increase throughout the world. Basic human rights are being neglected, and instances of torture by the orders of military and civilian leaders are grotesquely indicative of our hypocrisy.

It is time that we consider our collective fate. Despite our differences, it is imperative that we realize our future will be endured together. Should we bring our children and grandchildren into a world of fear and lies or should we stand up together, as one, and demand that the right to life is universal and the act abusing that right is unacceptable? We are the source of our ruler's power; ultimately, it is our decision. ~Daniel Sherman <is a sophomore in liberal arts and sciences-open option from Ames.>


 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:52 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 27 August 2006 2:57 AM PDT
Saturday, 26 August 2006
Native Americans Speak Up About Grassy Narrows Logging
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: DEVASTATION
Topic: NATIVE AMERICANS

 


So how far away does it have to be ...before you say

"It doesn't affect me"? ......Zebra 3 readers the world is your backyard. These are your brothers and sisters. Lets reach out and support Justice, Peace, and Love. Let us support those that are being BEAT DOWN and are political prisoners, or are being repressed and neglected. Let us stand in Solidarity, and stand up to Government abuse of its authority and abuse of the people of this beautiful Mother Earth.

Let us listen to the cry of the protester .......he may indeed be justified and he may indeed be warning us all....if nothing else ask your self

....What is he yelling about? Some people are willing to die for their cause ...better hear them when they were alive than to hears the message when they are gone!

 

At what point would "you" start protecting what is "YOURS" 

I ask you my fair conscientious reader?

Well I hope you don't have to get off your ass, like these folks have had to do. They did what they "needed to do" Sitting on ones ass reading the Zebra 3 Report is much easier to do, huh?

But let us be aware and informed at what is happening to and in..,

"OUR COMMUNITIES"

People will need to "Take Action" in order to not be bullied and stolen from. If you do "nothing = you get nothing"

I am not willing to settle for nothing.

Watch these North American Natives In the Grassy Narrows Video stand together for their cause ...to protect what is theres

http://freegrassy.org/multi_media/video/

"we are here to "...Protect & Preserve

WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO

It shows the outcome of all this LOGGING that is going on

- and its impact!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrwoUp6lb-0

Warehouser tells you the spin but this video points it all out!

DO YOU CARE?  or -  DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:20 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:17 AM PDT
Friday, 25 August 2006
Zebra 3 Reports on Cluster Bombs in Lebanon
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: White Phosphorus and Cluster Bombs
Topic: WAR

I posted the following article on PORTLAND INDY MEDIA today

-> http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/08/345005.shtml <--

********************************************************


On Tuesday, a UN de-mining official said that Israel dropped cluster bombs on at least 170 villages in southern Lebanon during its 34-day war with Hezbollah guerrillas.

Israel has defended its right to use cluster bombs and says it only deploys them in accordance with international law.

Oddly enough Israel has not admitted that it used them in the Lebanon war?

 

Yet according to tobacco farmer Majed Abu Della, many tobacco fields are also littered with these bombs!

I also read that according to a report published in The New York Times on Thursday, agreements with the US restrict the use of these weapons.

So…… now we are hearing that “made in the USA” cluster bombs, that were used by Israel is also in violation of an US agreement?

Human Rights Watch accuses the Israelis of using such bombs in civilian areas, in violation of international standards.

 

How is it we sell/give Israel cluster bombs to use, that they are not suppose to be using?

And I read where it is stated that The Times has been reporting that: there are three different types of US made cluster bombs that were used

In fact another article form à http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L17443145.htm I read where experts have identified at least 10 places where air strikes were used to drop cluster bombs. These bombs are designed to puncture tank armor and spray molten shrapnel inside to kill the crew. These US made cluster bombs are released above their targets by jets or artillery.

 

The group from Human Rights said the 10 sites identified were in the areas of Nabatiyeh, Tibnin and Beit Yahoun, and along the road connecting the latter two villages. There is speculation that as many as 10 % of these types of cluster bombs “may not explode” leaving behind an estimate of 8,000 to 9,000 un-exploded DUD laying around

In one city alone it is reported over that they stopped counting bombs at 200. I read that more than 100 Israelis, most of them soldiers have now been killed in the conflict.

And more than 1,000 Lebanese, most of them civilians have also been killed from this conflict as well.

 

I read in a link here à http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/10/1339247  that Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy who is a reporter, and was waiting outside of FOX NEWS studio, last Sunday in Washington DC, to ask the Israel's ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon,. He was part of a part of a press stakeout. So he grilled Ayalon on Israel's targeting of civilians and use of cluster bombs in Lebanon, Israel's nuclear arsenal and its lack of adherence to United Nations Security Council resolutions. Read the following few sentences that sound to this average joe anybody as …..bald face LIES

 

SAM HUSSEINI: Are you using cluster bombs in Lebanon?

DANIEL AYALON: No, we are not. We're not using anything which is not approved by the UN conventions and charters.

SAM HUSSEINI: Why did you bomb the electrical facilities in Lebanon?

DANIEL AYALON: Lebanon has electric capabilities, which is running. They have running water. We are not targeting any of the infrastructures. We could have done a lot of damage, which we're not doing, specifically because we're very much concerned about the humanitarian conditions over there.

And to add more back up proof that these claims of cluster bombs being  used in spite of the LIES that Daniel Ayalon is purporting.., Independent journalist Dahr Jamail, who exposed how the U.S. used white phosphorus bombs in Iraq, says Israel is using the same tactic in Lebanon –

All this is now confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior in Lebanon, from what I have read on this INDY link here à http://www.indymedia.ie/article/77507    In fact in this article I read where it is also confirmed that in a Southern Lebanon city named Nabatiya, it is not only been suspected that White Phosphorus has been used it also is confirmed by the Minister of the Interior.

Have A Nice Day ~ Work For Peace

www.joe-anybody.com

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:43 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:18 AM PDT
Thursday, 24 August 2006
Chomsky will explain what other obfuscate
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Conversations With Noam Chomsky
Topic: MEDIA

 

 

 

Hey there how about a good Noam Chomsky lecture to help settle your nerves? This looks to me as to be coming from a  Berkeley College web site.

I really enjoyed the topics and the insight Noam provides....the last topic in his 5 subject lecture was on ACTIVISM and is rather enriching. Watch and listen to this educational and enlightening film from March 2002

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people2/Chomsky/chomsky-con0.html

The subjects are

  1. Background (his)
  2. Anarchism & Power
  3. Thinking & Power
  4. The US Role in the World
  5. Activism (my favorite)

I hope you make the time, to listen to this man explain why some of the horse shit we are fed and manipulations we are dealing with have got to be addressed by Activism and Solidarity. He tells you why and he tells you how.......now who is listening is the problem.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:02 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 25 August 2006 1:22 AM PDT
Monday, 21 August 2006
PROTEST AGAINST USA MILITARY BASE IN KOREA
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: DAMN USA IMPEARLISM
Topic: PROTEST!

Joe Anybody Say's

 

"Go Home Yankee" 


Zebra3 Readers look at this:

 

Anti-USA MILITARY Protest

 

They don't want America to have a

MILITARY BASE on their LAND

More Information on US Military presence in Korea: http://www.usinkorea.org/


 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:35 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 21 August 2006 10:03 PM PDT
Advertising Slime Ball Loose On School Buss
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Mind Control? .....what if your child I'm talking about?
Topic: CORPORATE CRAP

 


And what about the stinking sneaky corporate advertising SLIME BALL that is being targeted at our children on their way to school? 

Now is that is a rather . . . Sleazy "sales slime ball" if I ever did see one!

I'm talking about the School Buss Advertising plots that are being proposed by the group on this link --> http://www.eastbayri.com/story/322161115460030.php

The slime ball sale site is here: http://www.busradio.org/

 


Mostly the concept is to pump music and ADDS into the busses, while selling the idea of Safety and getting the children to behave.

Then there is the giving away of PRIZES if the child goes and "LOGS-IN on-line" to the company (propaganda) website and listens to more adds selling products all of course, in between music and prizes and sales pitches, oh my!

Ahhhhhhhh..this is HOGWASH, its corporate sales to kids crap!

I found this Portland Oregon website which has publicized and interesting thing worth reading over. I urge you to check it out, and take action as I did.

It is called the Children's Bill Of Rights you can read it here at this link I provide for all my "child caring concerned good Z3 Readers"

 http://www.commercialalert.org/pbor.pdf

Now Get Active ***** Send you congressman a quick Internet email to let him know you are concerned and aware that a slime ball is loose in our kids school buss, and its not just and only the buss issue. It is in regards to pushing products at our children, it is about stopping corporations from sell and promoting JUNK SLIME AND GARBAGE to the little kids....it must be stopped by people like you and me ...we can help make change, little kids don't need this, and I don't want them to have it!

I ask you Zebra3 Report Readers, Please Support the

 

Parents' Bill of Rights!

Tell your Members of Congress that children are more important than corporate profits. It's quick and real easy to do.

 http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/commercialalert/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=577

 

 

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:25 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 21 August 2006 2:45 PM PDT
LIVES IN THE BALLANCE
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: This is
Topic: WAR

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11924.htm

The USA is a

 

Killing Machine!

 

How does that make you feel?


 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:10 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 21 August 2006 5:55 PM PDT
Friday, 18 August 2006
Be Prepared
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Ya! Living in the USA .....!
Topic: ANYBODY * ANYDAY

The regular Z3 Reader will know that I do not buy this "trumped up" TERROR crap,

....but I wouldn't put anything past this administration to fake some major scare, or fabricate some terror and then be the first to say      

...... "see look - scary terror!" - "suspend the constitution!"

well that thought prompted me to write this  link here on Indy Media

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/08/344285.shtml

 Also as a note and the crux of my post today:

The terrorist are .......our own government .....with that said .......anything could happen......yes you might want to prepare your fellow work friends, your self and loved ones........because as I am insinuating...... if a terror strike "is allowed again" you better take some good free advise from Liz Sykes  -->

"Be Prepared!"

By Liz Sykes

 http://www.aqr.org.uk/inbrief/document.shtml?doc=liz.sykes.01-05-2006.crisismanagement

So you thought ‘crisis management’ just applied to the big boys? Well, Liz Sykes advises you to think again, and plan for the day when a spanner might get into your works.

 

If there’s one thing that the events of 9/11 have taught us, it’s to take nothing for granted. This is just as relevant for market researchers as the big corporate players.

Just take the London bombings in the summer of 2005. How many of us, for example, found ourselves in a tricky situation? Maybe we weren’t able to get to fieldwork, or were left wondering how to handle the situation sensitively with participants.

There are no handy guides as to whether it is best to carry on interviewing, or call it a day, given that market research could be deemed an irrelevance in such situations.

Yet it is precisely because our world is so precarious that we should plan for the unthinkable. ‘Crisis management’ is not the exclusive preserve of the Enrons or Wal-Mart of this world. It is, as the Institute of Crisis Management defines it, pre-empting ‘problems or disruptions that trigger negative stakeholder reactions that could impact the organisation’s business and financial strength’.

Crisis, too, has many definitions. It need not be a major catastrophe, man-made or environmental. It could just as easily involve a lawsuit, discrimination, financial damage, a hostile takeover, mismanagement, sexual harassment or white-collar crime.

Crisis management’s main function is to be proactive in forecasting potential crises and planning how to deal with them.

Potential problems
How, for example, would your company cope if your computer or telephone system failed? Could you function if your building burnt down or flooded?

If you work on your own, what would you do if you were mugged and had your laptop, mobile phone and all your research equipment stolen?

Should the direst predictions prove true, and Avian Flu or another contagious disease prompt mass quarantine, how would you conduct field work?

If energy stocks cause power failures, how are you going to cope?

Scenario planning
The time to draw up a crisis management plan, identifying likely scenarios that could impact on an organization, is long before the crisis hits. The most effective are devised when individuals have the luxury of time and resources to plan.

Be a company large or small, and the crisis man-made or an act of nature, a management plan has real benefits. These include:

  • Identifying the real nature of a current crisis
  • Intervening to minimise damage
  • Helping an organization to recover from it
  • The use of effective internal and external communications to allay stakeholder fears.

So why, if crisis management is just sensible planning, do most people look to the skies when the term is mentioned? Is it fair to label anyone who champions it a ‘nerd’ or an ‘anorak’ rather than a true ‘creative’?

The sad truth is that most companies – and the market research industry is no means unique here – are too busy dealing with the daily grind to plan for something that might never happen.

All responsible businesses do, however, need a plan. It’s like insurance: just because you have it doesn’t mean that you will need to use it. Conversely, the lack of one could be catastrophic.

Common procedures
There are several simple procedures that should be planned for, some applying to all businesses and others specific to research. A short list will include:

  1. The appointment of a crisis management team
  2. The drawing up of a crisis management plan
  3. The communication of the plan to all staff
  4. Informing clients and key sub-contractors

The crisis management team needs to have its function spelled out and to re-visit its responsibilities regularly. It will need to be empowered to make decisions for its area or location when a crisis arises in accordance with the CMP. It will also be responsible for implementing its part of the plan.

Drawing up the CMP should involve the crisis management team and the board. The plan will need to be tested before it goes live across the organisation. Once it does gain board approval, it needs to be communicated to the staff and should be rehearsed.

The crisis management team should ensure that there is adequate information during a crisis, that staff are given clear and concise directions and are kept informed as the situation unfolds.

Communication alternatives
Good communication is vital in a crisis, but it needs to be controlled to minimize panic. Communication cascades can take the form of a chain where one person contacts the next, but this risks each person embellishing the information, thus altering it as it moves along the chain.

Another option is a pyramid. Here one person is responsible for informing a certain number of people, who in turn inform others, and so on. Key to this is the knowledge of just where all members of staff should be during working hours, so people don’t endanger their lives searching for John from accounts who’s gone to the dentist.

It is essential that the client communication plan keeps key clients informed of the situation and any impact this may have on on-going or potential projects and how your organization can continue to work with them. They need to be updated without the situation being sensationalised.

Key sub-contractors are likely to be computer support people, telephone handset and line suppliers, utility companies, managing agents for the office building, lawyers, surveyors, designers, etc. This includes anyone or any company that is essential to re-building your business. The board and the crisis management team should have all these details to hand and the CMP should be clear who should contact whom.

Common crises
One of the most likely crises is a complete loss of IT, either through flood, fire, theft or even corruption via viruses. All companies or organisations should make a daily back-up of computerised data files and these should be stored off-site to enable fast replication of your IT needs. Some companies guarantee new systems up and running within 24 hours!

If a building is lost for a long period of time due to flood, fire, or damage from any other source it may be necessary to find an alternative working space. In the meantime, people may be able to work from home, or from other sites within the same company. Ensure people have the contact details of other sites they are to report to. The crisis management team must know where people are supposed to be and have their contact details to hand.

With the increased use of technology we are all totally reliant on electricity for everything we do in the office. Even a power cut for a few hours can throw businesses into disarray, so a CMPorganizationminimizeorganizationsensationalized neorganizationscomputerizededs to include what to do in the case of failure. Torches will really come into their own, as will mobile phones.

One of the most threatening things that could happen to the qualitative research business is the restriction of the general public’s movements, either due to fuel rationing, extreme weather or a global disease outbreak.

What would we do if quarantine controls meant travel was restricted to essential journeys or banned entirely? Would it be as harmful to our industry as the foot and mouth outbreak was to farming and the rural economy?

If people were not allowed to move freely there would be no respondents to talk to, no moderators to do fieldwork or attend client meetings. We could be talking of a virtual shutdown.

What could we do? One potential solution is to beef up our technology so that as many people as possible could work from home. Another is to invest in video conferencing or web cams so that, if quarantining does happen in specific regions, those outside it can still communicate. Think of ways to interview people via the telephone and the web.

Market research is, above all else, a ‘people’ business and as such communication is key. The hope is that we won’t again have to deal with the after-effects of terrorism, but if we have learnt one lesson, surely it is organize a system so that people know who to ring when they’re stuck, and that helps them make the necessary decisions.

We can call it ‘crisis management’, effective planning, or just plain old ‘being prepared’, but surely it’s better than chaos?

The following websites may act as useful sources for further information.

Liz Sykes, Director is one of the leading figures in UK Qualitative Recruitment and is Treasurer and Honorary Secretary for the AQR and chairperson of the VFA. Liz has been 'in the business' for 16 years and joined Field Initiatives in 1996 from Strategic Research Group where she was Field Director.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:16 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 19 August 2006 12:44 AM PDT
BUSH TOLD
Now Playing: Shit for Brains - Today Judges tells George he is not KING

 


Judge Taylor summed it up perfectly when she wrote in her decision:

We must first note that the Office of the Chief Executive has itself been created, with its powers, by the Constitution. There are no hereditary Kings in America and no power not created by the Constitution.

She also says:

"It was never the intent of the Framers to give the President such unfettered control, particularly where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights."

Well God Bless America

+++++++++++++++++++

 THE FOLLOWING IS COPIED FROM THE WONDERFUL ACLU WEBPAGE

https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=SplashPage&id=477&JServSessionIdr005=em7drxcv22.app20a 

This summer, a fierce battle is underway in our courts and in Congress over illegal spying and the abuse of presidential power .

In a landmark legal victory, the ACLU defeated the Bush administration in the first challenge to his NSA spying program ever argued before a federal court. U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor declared the program unconstitutional and called for an immediate halt.

But on Capitol Hill, the government is pushing for new ways to invade your privacy, with two new bills crafted under Dick Cheney’s supervision. These dangerous proposals would expose our homes, cell phone records and email inboxes to new kinds of spying that are currently completely illegal. If you believe that in America no one is above the law, not even the president, take action now and let Congress know that you've had enough.

Tell Congress to reject Dick Cheney's spying proposals and stand up for checks and balances.
Supporters claim the Cheney-Specter and Cheney-Wilson bills are "surveillance we can live with," but the fact is these so-called compromises vastly expand the government's power to spy on and search Americans without judicial checks to protect individual rights, including enhanced power to monitor any e-mail you send, if the government does not know where you or all of the recipients are physically located.

After five years of unprecedented abuses of presidential power, it's time that Congress fulfilled its obligation to provide the checks and balances at the heart of our democratic system.

No new surveillance powers should be granted to this or any administration without a commitment to follow the laws already on the books, and without independent checks to protect civil liberties, as required by our Constitution and recommended by the 9-11 Commission.

This latest effort to define away Americans' basic rights must be recognized as the executive power grab that it is, and rejected.

Last week's revelations from London only underscore the need to ensure that anti-terrorism resources are focused on genuine threats and not squandered trolling through the e-mails and phone calls of innocent American residents.

In an emergency, the government can begin surveillance and easily get a court order if an American is conspiring with al Qaeda, but the Bush administration should stop using fear as an excuse to get the power to conduct warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans. It wastes money and makes us no safer, but less free.


 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:14 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 18 August 2006 1:26 AM PDT

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