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are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have
These news articles include revealing information on illegal government
surveillance, pending legislation affecting press freedom, photographic
evidence of UFOs at Roswell, and more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim
the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to
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By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
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In Intelligence World, A Mute

July 15, 2007, Washington

independent oversight board created to identify intelligence abuses after
the CIA scandals of the 1970s did not send any reports to the attorney
general of legal violations during the first 5 1/2 years of the Bush
administration's counterterrorism effort, the Justice Department has told
Congress. The President's Intelligence Oversight Board -- the principal
civilian watchdog of the intelligence community -- is obligated under a
26-year-old executive order to tell the attorney general and the
about any intelligence activities it believes "may be unlawful." The
was vacant for the first two years of the Bush administration. The
mandate is to provide independent oversight, so the absence of such
communications has prompted critics to question whether the board was
doing its job. "It's now apparent that the IOB was not actively employed
in the early part of the administration. And it was a crucial period when
its counsel would seem to have been needed the most," said Anthony
Harrington, who served as the board's chairman for most of the Clinton
administration. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick J.
Leahy (D-Vt.) added: "It is deeply disturbing that this administration
seems to spend so much of its energy and resources trying to find ways to
ignore any check and balance on its authority and avoid accountability to
Congress and the American public."

'Code Orange' for press freedom

July 15, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

arguments against a federal shield law might be frightening if they were
not so ludicrous.
There are two ways to reassure yourself that legislation to allow
journalists to protect the identity of confidential sources will not be
exploited by terrorists, thugs, identity thieves, sleazy sleuths and
anarchists who expose trade secrets.
One is to look at the experience of 49 state laws that grant varying
levels of protection for journalists using anonymous sources.
The other is to read the bill.
"The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007,'' sponsored by Reps. Mike
Pence, R-Ind., and Rick Boucher, D-Va., does not provide an absolute
for journalists to protect their sources. Under their HR2102, a
could be forced by the courts to reveal his or her source if the
disclosure involved:
-- A threat to national security.
-- A threat of imminent death or significant [bodily] harm to a person.
-- A trade secret of significant value.
-- Personal financial or health information.
[The] Justice Department, which has wielded subpoenas and threats of jail
time against journalists in pursuing government leaks, has never liked
idea of a shield law. So it was hardly a surprise when it recently
testified against HR2102. What was eye-poppingly outrageous was a
Justice official's straight-faced attempt to suggest that criminals or
terrorists would invoke the bill's protection for journalists to thwart
"Totally absurd," House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said of
the terrorism argument.
However, the dangers that overzealous
prosecutors pose to a free and independent press that Pence calls
"essential to an informed" electorate are very real and growing. As Pence
put it, "there may never be another Deep Throat" if whistle-blowers
worried that journalists cannot keep a promise of confidentiality.

Fame from outer space

July 15, 2007, Fort Worth
(One of the leading newspapers of Texas)

J. Bond
Johnson is one of this newspaper's most famous photographers. He has been
portrayed in Hollywood films and documentaries and discussed at length in
magazine articles. His photos have been a prominent exhibit for almost
decades in a museum that draws 150,000 visitors a year. And they are "the
most frequently requested images from our Fort Worth Star-Telegram
collection -- really from all of our photo collections," said Brenda
McClurkin of the University of Texas at Arlington Library of Special
Collections. That's because on a warm afternoon in July 1947, Johnson, at
the age of 21, took the only known photographs of the supposed remains of
the UFO crash near Roswell, N.M.. What looked like beams of balsa wood
sheets of tinfoil were laid out on the carpet in the office of the
commander, Maj. Gen. Roger M. Ramey. Boxes around the office were thought
to hold more wreckage that had not been examined. Ramey and Maj. Jesse A.
Marcel, who brought the debris from Roswell, posed for pictures holding
the material. After filling both sides of three glass-plate negatives ...
Johnson, on deadline, rushed back to the paper, printed his photos,
them -- still wet -- to his editors and went home. By sunrise the next
morning, his photos of the shiny material adorned newspapers around the
world, accompanied by a story that the Army had explained the wreckage as
a fallen weather balloon. "I asked him one time if he believed
artifacts were from alien beings," said his daughter, Janith Johnson.
"Having the conservative and religious background that he did, he said,
don't know, but it was like nothing I have ever seen on this

Are UFOs Real?

July 13, 2007, CNN

KING: A return to Roswell, New Mexico, where the UFO controversy
began 60 years ago with the man who says his father showed him debris
an alien spacecraft.
Dr. Jesse Marcel ... was shown UFO debris
his father, Major Jesse Marcel. Tell us about your dad. DR. JESSE
JR.: He was the base intelligence officer for the 509th Bomb Group, which
is the bomb group that dropped the atomic bomb on Japan that won the war.
KING: They were based at Roswell? MARCEL: They were. As the intelligence
officer, his job was to investigate unusual events. He found a large area
of strange looking debris. This was not remains of a weather balloon. He
picked up a certain representative portion of the debris, brought it in
Roswell. KING: Julie Shuster ... your father was ... Walter Haut. He
public information officer. JULIE SHUSTER: My father ... issued the press
release [which] basically said ... we have in our possession a flying
saucer. And he used the words "not of this Earth." KING: Julie, did
father go to his grave believing? SHUSTER: Yes. He was very firm in the
fact that he said it was not of this Earth. FIFE SYMINGTON, FORMER
GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA: I saw the Phoenix Lights
along with hundreds if not thousands of people. To my astonishment this
large sort of delta-shaped, wedge-shaped, craft moved silently over the
valley ... dramatically large, very distinctive leading edge with some
enormous lights. I was absolutely stunned. It was definitely not an
airplane. And it was certainly not high-altitude flares because flares
don't fly in formation. We have a lot of evidence, a lot of photographs,
lot of news media coverage of it. You can't just [say] everybody in
was hallucinating.

Isn't it interesting that Roswell happened to be the military base for
what at the time was the only nuclear-equiped jet squadron in the world?
For Dr. Marcel's book The Roswell Legacy, click
here. This interview also includes Dr. Stanton
Friedman, a nuclear physicist who has spent many years studying
Roswell and has little doubt that the military covered up the incident.
Note that CNN fails to mention in the entire interview that Friedman is a
respected nuclear physicist who worked numerous years with top
corporations in this capacity. For lots more reliable, verifiable
information on this intriguing topic, see our UFO Information

Marine says beatings urged in

July 15, 2007, Los Angeles

A Marine
corporal, testifying Saturday at the murder trial of a buddy, said that
Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after being ordered by
officers to "crank up the violence level." Cpl. Saul H. Lopezromo said
Marines in his platoon, including the defendant, Cpl. Trent D. Thomas,
were angry when officers criticized them as not being as tough as other
Marine platoons. "We're all hard-chargers, we're not there to mess
so we took it as an insult," Lopezromo said. Within weeks of allegedly
being scolded, seven Marines and a Navy corpsman went out late one night
to find and kill a suspected insurgent in the village of Hamandiya near
the Abu Ghraib prison. Unable to find their target, the Marines and
corpsman dragged another man from his house, fatally shot him, and then
planted an AK-47 assault rifle near the body to make it look like he had
been killed in a shootout, according to court testimony. "We were
told to crank up the violence level," said Lopezromo, who testified for
the defense. He indicated that during daily patrols the Marines became
much rougher with Iraqis. Asked by a juror to explain, he said, "We beat
people, sir."
Lopezromo said he believed that officers knew of
the beatings, and ... said he saw nothing wrong in what Thomas and the
others did. "I don't see it as an execution, sir," he told the judge. "I
see it as killing the enemy." He added that Marines, in effect, consider
all Iraqi men as part of the insurgency. Prosecution witnesses testified
that Thomas shot the 52-year-old Iraq at point-blank range after he had
already been shot by other Marines and was lying on the ground. Lopezromo
said a procedure called "dead-checking" was routine. Marines are taught
"dead-checking" in boot camp ... he said.

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The state can take your dreams,

July 15, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

Revelli vividly remembers the day the U.S. Supreme Court issued its
infamous Kelo decision that allowed local governments to condemn private
property under eminent domain, not only for public uses such as roads and
schools, but also to accommodate private developers. "The Kelo decision,"
the former owner of Revelli Tires in Oakland [said,] "came out on June 23
of '05, and the deadline that the city put up against us to move out was
July 1." The U.S. Constitution states, "Nor shall private property be
taken for public use, without just compensation." The big bench wrongly
ruled that "public use" could be whatever states want it to be --
including private developments designed to expand the tax base. The
allowed the City of New London, Conn., to seize the land under Susette
Kelo's "little pink cottage" and hand it over to a private developer for
development featuring high-end waterfront homes.
And Oakland went ahead with its plans to seize Revelli Tires [as well as]
Autohouse -- a business owned and run by first-generation American Tony
Fung -- in order to accommodate a private apartment project. Revelli and
Fung lost their businesses and their property. As former Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor, who dissented on Kelo, warned, "The specter of
condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state
replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall,
or any farm with a factory."
No government should be able to
take your land to give it to a corporation. When states and cities, in
search of a richer tax base, can take your land and give it to a private
developer -- they have license to trample on everyone's rights. And no
one, except the very rich, is safe.

Old oil fears don't match 2007

July 15, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

is debating action to address the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
would seem to be good news. Not necessarily.
While tightening requirements on fuel efficiency is a good idea, many
other envisioned policies aimed at "energy independence" fix a problem
that no longer exists, while moving in the wrong direction with regard to
today's actual energy challenges -- particularly those related to climate
change. Rather than staying the course with energy priorities of the
congressional leaders should declare independence from oil fears and
an energy policy relevant to the 21st century. Do you believe that the
United States is dangerously vulnerable to oil supply disruptions? Then,
ask yourself: "When was the last time I saw clear evidence of this
vulnerability?" If you're like most Americans, you'll think back to the
Arab oil embargo of 1973, with its long gas lines and associated
recession. There are three problems with using 1973 as a point of
reference: -- First, the long gas lines in 1973 were caused by
price controls imposed by President Richard Nixon in 1971, not embargoes
of oil imposed by Arabs two years later.
Without price controls,
we would have had higher prices at the pump when supplies were reduced,
not long lines. Unpleasant, but not as memorable. -- Second, many studies
of the era -- including a landmark 1997 paper co-authored by current
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke -- have found that monetary policy
had more to do with the recessions of the '70s than did oil price shocks.
-- Third, 2007 is not 1973.

Don't Underestimate the Power of a Good Red

July 13, 2007, ABC News

When a
gunman crashed a garden party at [a] private Capitol Hill home ... around
midnight on June 16, guests were just finishing up a summer meal ... when
a man with a hood over his head entered through the back patio and put a
gun to the head of a fourteen-year-old girl. "Everybody give me your
money. I am being very serious," the gunman said, according to witnesses.
None of the guests had any cash. Guest Michael Rabdau, 51, whose daughter
was being held at gunpoint, even put his hands in his pockets and pulled
them out to prove he had nothing. But another guest, Cristina Rowan, 41,
had something different for the young man: a lecture. Striking a parental
tone, she asked him what his mother would think if she saw him doing
The gunman replied, "I don't have a mother." At this point, there was
dramatic shift in the group dynamic. Rowan told the young man to calm
and have a glass of wine. "Damn, that's really good wine!," the
gunman exclaimed. After a few sips, the man relaxed and slowly put his
weapon away. "He took a piece of cheese and we filled his glass and he
said, 'you know, I think I came to the wrong house,'"
recalled. Before leaving, the man asked if he could have a group hug. The
group was perplexed. Just moments before, the man was threatening their
lives. Nevertheless, they agreed to the unusual request. The gunman had
one more sip of wine, then quietly apologized and left the same way he
came in. After the police arrived, a lone crystal wine glass was found,
carefully placed to the side in the alley near the home.

FBI Plans Initiative To Profile

July 11, 2007, Washington

Federal Bureau of Investigation is developing a computer-profiling system
that would enable investigators to target possible terror suspects. The
System to Assess Risk, or STAR, assigns risk scores to possible suspects
based on a variety of information, similar to the way a credit bureau
assigns a rating based on a consumer's spending behavior and debt. The
program focuses on foreign suspects but also includes data about some
residents. Some lawmakers said ... that the report raises new questions
about the government's power to use personal information and intelligence
without accountability. "The Bush administration has expanded the
use of this technology, often in secret, to collect and sift through
Americans' most sensitive personal information," said Sen. Patrick J.
(D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The
use of data mining in the war on terror has sparked criticism. An
airplane-passenger screening program called CAPPS II was revamped and
renamed because of civil liberty concerns. An effort to collect
personal and financial data called Total Information Awareness was
Law enforcement and national security officials have continued working on
other programs to use computers to sift through information for signs of
threats. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, flags
entering and leaving the United States who may be potential suspects
through a risk-assessment program called the Automated Targeting

FBI Would Skirt the Law With Proposed Phone
Record Program, Experts Say

July 10, 2007,

proposed new FBI program would skirt federal laws by paying private
companies to hold millions of phone and Internet records which the bureau
is barred from keeping itself, experts say. The $5 million project would
apparently pay private firms to store at least two years' worth of
telephone and Internet activity by millions of Americans, few of whom
would ever be considered a suspect in any terrorism, intelligence or
criminal matter. The FBI is barred by law from collecting and storing
such data if it has no connection to a specific investigation or
intelligence matter. In recent years the bureau has tried to encourage
telecommunications firms to voluntarily store such information, but
corporations have balked at the cost of keeping records they don't
need. "The government isn't allowed to warehouse the information, and the
companies don't want to, so this creates a business incentive for the
companies to warehouse it, so the government can access it later," said
Mike German, a policy expert on national security and privacy issues for
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "It's a public-private
partnership that puts civil liberties to the test." In March, an FBI
official identified the companies as Verizon, MCI and AT&T. Even
the bureau's own top lawyer said she found the [FBI's] behavior
"disturbing," noting that when requesting access to phone company
it repeatedly referenced "emergency" situations that did not exist,
claimed grand juries had subpoenaed information and failed to keep
on much of its own activity.

Lawsuit Against Wiretaps

July 7, 2007, Washington



appeals court removed a serious legal challenge to the Bush

administration's warrantless wiretapping program yesterday, overruling


only judge who held that a controversial surveillance effort by the

National Security Agency was unconstitutional. Two members of a

three-judge panel ... ordered the dismissal of a major lawsuit that

challenged the wiretapping, which President Bush authorized secretly to

eavesdrop on communications ... shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001,


The court did not rule on the spying program's legality. Instead,

it declared that the American Civil Liberties Union and the
who brought the case -- including academics, lawyers and journalists --
not have the standing to sue because they could not demonstrate that they
had been direct targets of the clandestine surveillance.

decision vacates a ruling in the case made last August by a U.S. District

Court judge in Detroit, who ruled that the administration's program to

monitor private communications violated the Bill of Rights and a 1970s

federal law. Steven R. Shapiro, the ACLU's legal director, said: "As a

result of today's decision, the Bush administration has been left free to

violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which Congress adopted

almost 30 years ago to prevent the executive branch from engaging in

precisely this kind of unchecked surveillance."
Organic fruit and vegetables really are better
for your heart

July 5, 2007, The Times


fruit and vegetables may be better for the heart and general health than

eating conventionally grown crops, new research has found. A
ten-year study comparing organic tomatoes with standard produce found
they had almost double the quantity of antioxidants called flavonoids
help to prevent high blood pressure and thus reduce the likelihood of
disease and strokes.
Alyson Mitchell, a food chemist, who led


research at the University of California, believes that flavonoids can

also help to stave off some forms of cancer and dementia. Her findings

are due to be published in full in the Journal of Agricultural and Food

Chemistry. The team believes that the different levels of flavonoids in

tomatoes are due to the absence of fertilisers in organic farming. Plants

produce flavonoids as a defence mechanism; they are triggered by nutrient

deficiency. Feeding a plant with too many nutrients, such as inorganic

nitrogen commonly found in conventional fertiliser, curbs the development

of flavonoids. The lower levels of flavonoids in conventional tomatoes

were caused by “over-fertilisation”, the research team concluded.

America's Secret Obsession

June 10, 2007, Washington

In April

1971, CIA officer John Seabury Thomson paddled his aluminum canoe across

the Potomac on his daily commute from his home in Maryland to CIA

headquarters in Langley. When he reached the Virginia shore, he noticed a

milky substance clouding the waters around Pulp Run. A fierce

environmentalist, Thomson traced the pollution to its source: his

employer. The murky white discharge was a chemical mash, the residue of

thousands of liquefied secrets that the agency had been quietly disposing

of in his beloved river. He single-handedly brought the practice to a

halt. Nearly four decades later, though, that trickle of secrets would be

a tsunami that would capsize Thomson's small craft. Today the nation's

obsession with secrecy is redefining public and private institutions and

taking a toll on the lives of ordinary citizens. Excessive secrecy is at

the root of multiple scandals -- the phantom weapons of mass destruction,

the collapse of Enron, the tragedies traced to Firestone tires and the

arthritis drug Vioxx, and more. In this self-proclaimed "Information


our country is on the brink of becoming a secretocracy, a place where the

right to know is being replaced by the need to know. [There] is a

confluence of causes behind it, among them the chill wrought by 9/11,

industry deregulation, the long dominance of a single political party,

fear of litigation and liability and the threat of the Internet. But

perhaps most alarming [is] the public's increasing tolerance of
secrecy. Without timely information, citizens are reduced to mere
residents, and representative government atrophies into a
image of democracy as illusory as a hologram.


The author of this superb article is Ted Gup. He is a journalism


at Case Western Reserve University and author of Nation
of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of

Find your inner Paul Potts

July 5, 2007, MSNBC

“But my

secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know.” Those are the

words, roughly translated, from the famous Puccini aria “Nessun Dorma.”

You’ve probably heard Luciano Pavarotti sing it once or twice, and the

song has made its way into many films. But it has never had so much

meaning as it did on a stage in Great Britain, being sung by a mobile

phone salesman named Paul Potts. Potts is an average-looking bloke whose

teeth aren’t straight, and he admits to having battled self-confidence

issues his whole life. Still, he decided to audition for a television

show called “Britain’s Got Talent.” Beat box artists, break dancers and

jugglers combined with a few people trying to be pop stars. On his first

night, Potts took to the stage and sang that famous aria from “Turandot,”

after telling judge Simon Cowell that he felt he needed to pursue his

first love, opera. You could hear the snickers from the crowd, see


telltale eye roll, and practically feel the ... sweat rolling down Potts’

brow. But then he sang. From the first note floating from his

snaggle-toothed beak, it was clear there was no competition for him in

that room. The crowd gave him a standing ovation in what is now one of


Internet’s most popular viral videos. It has been viewed on YouTube


more than 2.4 million times. What’s the reason for this
Pottsmania? It’s something my high school English teacher called “the
triumph of the human spirit.” Watch the video, seriously.


To watch the incredibly moving four-minute video of Paul's audition, click here.

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