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Dear friends,

Below
are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have
missed.
These news articles include revealing information on sweeping
surveillance
by the National Security Agency (N.S.A.), the politicization of
government
science, U.S. arms sales to the Middle East, and more. Each excerpt is
taken verbatim from the major media website listed at the link provided.
If any link fails to function, click
here
. Key sentences are highlighted for those with
limited
time.
By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
the word
, we can and will build a brighter
future
.

With
best wishes,

Tod Fletcher and Fred
Burks
for PEERS and the WantToKnow.info Team



NSA Spying Part of Broader
Effort


August 1, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/31/AR2007073102137.html


The Bush
administration's chief intelligence official said yesterday that
President
Bush authorized a series of secret surveillance activities under a single
executive order in late 2001. The disclosure makes clear that a
controversial National Security Agency program was part of a much broader
operation than the president previously described. The disclosure by Mike
McConnell [is] the first time that the administration has publicly
acknowledged that Bush's order included undisclosed activities beyond the
warrantless surveillance of e-mails and phone calls that Bush confirmed
in
December 2005. McConnell [disclosed] that the executive order following
the
Sept. 11, 2001 attacks included "a number of . . . intelligence
activities"
and that a name routinely used by the administration -- the Terrorist
Surveillance Program -- applied only to "one particular aspect of these
activities, and nothing more. This is the only aspect of the NSA
activities that can be discussed publicly, because it is the only aspect
of those various activities whose existence has been officially
acknowledged." News reports ... have detailed a range of activities
linked
to the program, including the use of data mining to identify surveillance
targets and the participation of telecommunication companies in turning
over millions of phone records. Kate Martin ... of the Center for
National
Security Studies, said the new disclosures show that ... administration
officials have "repeatedly misled the Congress and the American public"
about the extent of NSA surveillance efforts. "They have
repeatedly tried to give the false impression that the surveillance was
narrow and justified," Martin said. "Why did it take accusations of
perjury before the DNI disclosed that there is indeed other, presumably
broader and more questionable, surveillance?"



A Push to Rewrite Wiretap Law

August 1, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/31/AR2007073101879.html


The Bush
administration is pressing Congress this week for the authority to
intercept, without a court order, any international phone call or e-mail
between a surveillance target outside the United States and any person in
the United States. It would also give the attorney general sole authority
to order the interception of communications for up to one year as long as
he certifies that the surveillance is directed at a person outside the
United States. Civil liberties and privacy groups have denounced the
administration's proposal, which they say would effectively allow the
National Security Agency to revive a warrantless surveillance program
conducted in secret from 2001 until late 2005. They say it would also
give
the government authority to force carriers to turn over any international
communications into and out of the United States without a court order.
An unstated facet of the program is that anyone the foreigner is calling
inside the United States, as long as that person is not the primary
target, would also be wiretapped. Caroline Fredrickson, director of the
ACLU's Washington legislative office [said], "What the
administration is really going after is the Americans. Even if the
primary
target is overseas, they want to be able to wiretap Americans without a
warrant."
The proposal would also allow the NSA to ... have
access to the entire stream of communications without the phone company
sorting, said Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security
Studies. "It's a 'trust us' system," she said. "Give us access
and
trust us."




It's time to check the balance of
power


July 29, 2007, San Francisco
Chronicle
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/07/29/ING0UR6C1D1.DTL


Since
9/11, President Bush's repeated assaults on the Constitution and
celebration of international lawlessness ... have needlessly made
Americans less safe. The president, for example, has flouted the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act in intercepting the conversations and
e-mails of American citizens on American soil on his say-so alone. He has
claimed authority to break into and enter our homes, open our mail and
commit torture. He has insisted that the entire United States is a
battlefield -- even pizza parlors -- where lethal military force may be
employed to kill ... suspects with bombs or missiles. He has detained
citizens and noncitizens alike as enemy combatants based on secret
evidence. And he has insisted that he is constitutionally empowered to
keep U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely. Congress should restore the
Constitution's checks and balances and protections against government
abuses. The most frightening of Bush's abuses travels under the
banner of "extraordinary rendition." In its name, Bush has kidnapped,
secretly imprisoned, and tortured. The practice is what would be expected
of dictators such as the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin or Iraq's Saddam
Hussein.
The detainees are held incommunicado without accusation
or trial. No judge reviews the allegedly incriminating evidence. No law
restricts interrogation methods or the conditions of confinement. And the
innocent are left without recourse as "collateral damage" in Bush's ...
global [war on terrorism].

Note:
The author, Bruce
Fein
, served as Associate Attorney General under President
Reagan.


Politics reportedly stifled health
report


July 29, 2007, San Francisco
Chronicle/Washington Post



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/07/29/MNG48R95UC1.DTL


A
surgeon
general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global
health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political
appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public
health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's
policy accomplishments. The report described the link between poverty and
poor health, urged the U.S. government to help combat widespread diseases
as a key aim of its foreign policy, and called on corporations to help
improve health conditions in the countries where they operate.
Its
publication was blocked by William Steiger,
a specialist in
education and a scholar of Latin American history whose family
has
long ties to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Since
2001, Steiger has run the Office of Global Health Affairs in the
Department of Health and Human Services. Richard Carmona, who
commissioned
the "Call to Action on Global Health" while serving as surgeon general
from
2002 to 2006, recently cited its suppression as an example of the Bush
administration's frequent efforts during his tenure to give scientific
documents a political twist. Carmona told lawmakers that, as he fought to
release the document, he was "called in and again admonished ... via a
senior official who said, 'You don't get it. This will be a
political document, or it will not be released.
' "
A few days before the end of his term as the nation's senior medical
officer, he was abruptly told he would not be reappointed.


White House To Push Mideast Arms
Sales


July 28, 2007, CBS News/Associated
Press



http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/28/national/main3107184.shtml


The Bush
administration will ask Congress to expand multibillion-dollar aid and
weapons sales packages to friendly nations in the Middle East. Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice will announce proposed extensions and
enlargements of foreign aid to Israel and Egypt, and a proposed arms
sales
package to Persian Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia. The
Israeli
and Egyptian proposals would lock in U.S. commitments for the next 10
years. The total for Israel would rise from $2.4 billion to about $3
billion a year, and Egypt would continue to receive $1.3 billion a
year.
The Bush administration also wants Congress to give their
stamp of approval to an arms sale package for Saudi Arabia. Overall, the
aid and arms packages would total $20 billion ... which is double what
officials first estimated when details first became public this past
spring. Terrorism expert Sajjan Gohel says the Saudi arms sale might not
be a good idea. "It shows that the Bush administration isn't looking
really at the long-term, but seems to be ... concerned about trying to
secure oil reserves and deposits in Saudi Arabia," Gohel said.

Note:
For decades Israel, with a population now of just over 7 million, has
been receiving U.S. tax dollars to the tune of over $300 per year for
every man, woman, and child? The new proposal will increase that to over
$400. This is more than 10 times what any other nation receives per
capita. And what results has all of this aid brought? Click here
for a 2002 Christian Science Monitor article which starts off
"Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If
divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person."



State Vote Machines Lose Test To
Hackers


July 28, 2007, San Francisco
Chronicle
(SF's leading newspaper), Front Page



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/07/28/MNGP6R8TJO1.DTL


State-sanctioned
teams of computer hackers were able to break through the security
of virtually every model of California's voting machines and change
results or take control of some of the systems' electronic functions,
according to a University of California study. The researchers
"were able to bypass physical and software security in every machine they
tested,'' said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who authorized the "top to
bottom review" of every voting system certified by the state.
Neither Bowen nor the investigators were willing to say exactly
how vulnerable California elections are to computer hackers
. The
review included voting equipment from every company approved for use in
the state. Bowen said ... that the report is only one piece of
information she will use to decide which voting systems are secure enough
to use in February's presidential primary election.

Note:
For more reliable, verifiable information on the problems with new
electronic voting machines, click here.


Bechtel meets goals on fewer than half of its
Iraq rebuilding projects


July 26, 2007, International Herald
Tribune



http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/26/africa/26reconstruct.php


One of
the largest American contractors working in Iraq, Bechtel National, met
its original objectives on fewer than half of the projects it received as
part of a $1.8 billion reconstruction contract, while most of the rest
were canceled, reduced in scope or never completed as designed. But the
report, by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, an
independent agency, places a large share of the blame for the failures on
the government overseers at the United States Agency for International
Development who administered the contract. [USAID] assigned just
two people in Iraq to oversee the giant contract, which included some 24
major projects and 150 subcontractors and stipulated that all invoices be
approved or denied in just 10 days.
The report is the first of a
planned series of audits of Western contractors that have received large
slices of the roughly $40 billion in American taxpayer money that has
been
spent on the troubled program to rebuild Iraq. Stuart Bowen Jr., who
heads
the special inspector general's office, said the United States government
clearly shared responsibility with the company for the project failures.
"I would say there's fault on both sides," Bowen said in an interview
Wednesday. He added that neither the aid agency nor the United States
Army
Corps of Engineers, which also oversaw aspects of the contract, ever came
close to filling all their staff positions in Iraq. "This isn't so much
an indictment of Bechtel as it is a criticism of the system," said
Stephen
Ellis, a vice president at Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington.

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U.S. dropped Enron-like fraud
probe


July 23, 2007, Sacramento Bee
(Leading newspaper of California's capital city)



http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/286713.html


Two
years
into a fraud investigation, veteran federal prosecutor David Maguire told
colleagues he'd uncovered one of the biggest cases of his career. Maguire
described crimes "far worse" than those of Arthur Andersen, the
accounting giant that collapsed in the wake of the Enron scandal.
Among those in his sights: executives from a subsidiary of
Berkshire Hathaway, the investment empire overseen by billionaire Warren
Buffett. In May 2006, he felt strongly enough about his case that he
prepared a draft indictment accusing executives from a Virginia insurer,
Reciprocal of America, of concocting a series of secret deals to hide its
losses from regulators. Although he didn't name anyone from Berkshire
Hathaway's subsidiary, he described the company as a participant in the
scheme. But Maguire never brought those charges. Months after preparing
the draft, he was removed as the lead prosecutor on the case and
reassigned. His replacement, a prosecutor who hadn't been involved in the
case until then, soon announced that the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary,
General Reinsurance, would not be indicted. By April of this year, the
entire investigation ... had fizzled.
Former employees and policyholders of the Richmond-based insurer were
astounded. Why had the Justice Department spent upward of $2
million to investigate the case only to decline to prosecute?

Maguire and his team of investigators had secured two related guilty
pleas, interviewed dozens of witnesses and gathered 7,000 boxes of
documents. Tom Gober, a certified fraud examiner who worked on the case
... concluded that the Justice Department had buckled under pressure from
defense lawyers. "It just stinks," he said. "You don't come in out of
nowhere and in no time kill three years of sophisticated effort."




Chips: High Tech Aids or Tracking
Tools?


July 22, 2007, ABC News/Associated
Press



http://www.abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=3402044


CityWatcher.com,
a provider of surveillance equipment, attracted little notice itself
until
a year ago, when two of its employees had glass-encapsulated microchips
with miniature antennas embedded in their forearms. The "chipping" of two
workers with RFIDs radio frequency identification tags ... was merely a
way of restricting access to ... sensitive data and images ... the
company
said. Innocuous? Maybe. But the news that Americans had, for the first
time, been injected with electronic identifiers to perform their jobs
fired up a debate over the proliferation of ever-more-precise tracking
technologies and their ability to erode privacy in the digital age. To
some, the ... notion of tagging people was Orwellian. Chipping,
these critics said, might start with Alzheimer's patients or Army
Rangers,
but would eventually be suggested for convicts, then parolees, then sex
offenders, then illegal aliens until one day, a majority of Americans,
falling into one category or another, would find themselves
electronically
tagged.
"It was scary that a government contractor that
specialized in putting surveillance cameras on city streets was the first
to incorporate this technology in the workplace," says Liz McIntyre,
co-author of Spychips:
How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with
RFID
. Within days of the company's announcement, civil
libertarians and Christian conservatives joined to excoriate the
microchip's implantation in people.

Note:
For educated speculation on how certain powerful people might like to
have
everyone implanted with microchips for security and control purposes, click here.



Intricate Toiling Found In Nooks of DNA Once
Believed to Stand Idle


June 14, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/13/AR2007061302466.html


The
first
concerted effort to understand all the inner workings of the DNA molecule
is overturning a host of long-held assumptions about the nature of genes
and their role in human health and evolution, scientists reported
yesterday. The new perspective reveals DNA to be not just a string of
biological code but a dauntingly complex operating system that processes
many more kinds of information than previously appreciated. The findings
... confirm growing suspicions that the stretches of "junk DNA"
flanking hardworking genes are not junk at all. But the study goes
further, indicating for the first time that the vast majority of the 3
billion "letters" of the human genetic code are busily toiling at an
array
of previously invisible tasks.
The new work also overturns the
conventional notion that genes are discrete packets of information
arranged like beads on a thread of DNA. Instead, many genes overlap one
another and share stretches of molecular code. The new picture of the
inner workings of DNA probably will require some rethinking in the search
for genetic patterns that dispose people to diseases such as diabetes,
cancer and heart disease, the scientists said, but ultimately the
findings
are likely to speed the development of ways to prevent and treat a
variety
of illnesses. One implication is that many, and perhaps most, genetic
diseases come from errors in the DNA between genes rather than within the
genes, which have been the focus of molecular medicine. Complicating the
picture, it turns out that genes and the DNA sequences that regulate
their
activity are often far apart along the six-foot-long strands of DNA.




Florida Man Invents Machine To Cure
Cancer


February 27, 2007, WPFB-TV (ABC affiliate
in Palm Beach, FL)



http://www.wpbf.com/health/11125485/detail.html


A
Florida
man with no medical training has invented a machine that he believes may
lead to a cure for cancer. John Kanzius ... wondered if his background in
physics and radio could come in handy in treating the disease from which
he suffers himself. After 24 rounds of chemotherapy, the former
broadcaster decided that he did not want to see others suffer trying to
cure the disease. Kanzius said it was watching kids being treated that
affected him the most. "Particularly, young children walk in with smiles,
and then you'd see them three weeks later and their smiles had
disappeared. I said to myself, 'We're in a barbaric type of
medicine." Kanzius said his machine basically makes cells act like
antennae to pick up a signal and self-destruct. Unlike current cancer
treatment, Kanzius' machine does not use radiation, and unlike today's
radio-frequency treatments, it's noninvasive. Now, some of the
nation's most prominent doctors and scientists are using Kanzius'
machines
in their research. In January, researchers said they performed a
breakthrough at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "The
complete
killing of pancreatic cells in laboratory conditions is
encouraging,"
Dr. Steve Curley said. Kanzius explained that his
machine uses a solution filled with nanoparticles, which measure no more
than one-billionth of a meter. A test subject would be injected with
either gold or carbon nanoparticles, which would make their way through
the body and attach to the cancerous cells. The test subject would then
enter the machine and receive a dose of radio frequency waves,
theoretically heating and killing the cancerous cells in moments and
leaving nearby cells untouched.

Note:
To watch a video clip of this exciting machine in action, click
here
. For other major media articles relating potential cancer cures,
click
here
.


Touching Heaven and Hell

July 10, 2007, ABC News


http://www.abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=3359251


Matthew
Dovel says he calls himself "a hostile witness to heaven and hell." Dovel
is one of the thousands of Americans who have reported what are called
near-death experiences. Many people brought back from the brink of death
swear they've been to heaven. Far fewer report visiting hell, but Dovel
believes he's seen both. Dovel's first near-death experience happened
when
he was 12 years old and was trying to swim the entire length of a pool
underwater. As he surfaced, his friends playfully pushed him back under.
"I was completely out of breath," he said. "The instant that I took the
breath of water in, a white light engulfed me. And I flashed back over my
life. It was just all these good moments in my life. I was completely
happy to be at this place." In that moment, Dovel says, a "beautiful
creature" came out of the light. He said you've got to go back."
Dovel had been rescued by his friends, but that glimpse into the
afterlife
left him confused and profoundly depressed. "A rage came over me and an
uncontrollable anger towards God that I had to come back." The next
decade
became a constant cycle of booze and cocaine-fueled binges [ending in a
suicide attempt]. Dovel's lifelong wish to return to heaven ... ended in
a
personal vision of hell. "It was extremely hot and very humid and dense,"
he said. The experience then became extremely painful not physically,
but
emotionally. "I'm living in my past," he said. "And all the
people
that I had met throughout my life, they would come to me and ... start
pushing and screaming and I would relive a moment that I had caused them
pain. This is something so horrific that when I came out of that, I quit
a
$1,000-a-week drug habit cold turkey."
Dovel sobered up and
devoted his life to suicide prevention through International Suicide Prevention,
his nonprofit organization.
Note:
To see an ABC News "20/20" report on Matthew Dovel's near-death
experiences, click
here
.




Key Articles From Years Past


The boy who lived before

September 8, 2006, The Sun (highest
circulation
English-language daily)



http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2001290023-2006410683,,00.html


Cameron
Macaulay was a typical six-year-old, always talking about his mum and
family. He liked to draw pictures of his home too — a long single-storey,
white house standing in a bay. But it sent shivers down his mum’s spine —
because Cameron said it was somewhere they had never been, 160 miles away
from where they lived. And he said the mother he was talking about was
his
“old mum.” Convinced he had lived a previous life Cameron worried his
former family would be missing him. [He] said they were on the Isle Of
Barra. Mum Norma, 42, said: “Ever since Cameron could speak he’s come up
with tales of a childhood on Barra. He spoke about his former parents,
how
his dad died, and his brothers and sisters. Eventually we just had to
take
him there to see what we could find. It was an astonishing experience.
Cameron wouldn’t stop begging me to take him to Barra. It was constant.
When we got to the island and DID land on a beach, just as
Cameron
had described, he turned to ... me and said, ‘Now do you believe me?’ He
got off the plane, threw his arms in the air and yelled ‘I’m
back.’"
The Macaulays booked into a hotel and began their
search for clues to Cameron’s past. Norma said: “We contacted the
Heritage
Centre and asked if they’d heard of a Robertson family who lived in a
white
house overlooking a bay." Next the family received a call from their
hotel to confirm that a family called Robertson once had a white house on
the bay. Norma explains: “We didn’t tell Cameron anything. We just drove
towards where we were told the house was and waited to see what would
happen. He recognised it immediately and was overjoyed. But as we walked
to the door all the colour drained from Cameron’s face and he became very
quiet."

Note:
A powerful documentary on Cameron's story was broadcast on the U.K.'s
Channel Five and can be viewed by clicking here.





Special Note:
For the latest on 9/11 film producer Korey Rowe,
click
here
. For those who support Representative Kucinich's effort to
impeach Dick Cheney, click
here
. To watch a two-minute ABC news clip on how Michael Moore's work
has saved the home of an American couple, click here. To read
about Benjamin Fulford, a Forbes bureau chief for six years who
uncovered some deep corruption, click here. For an
intriguing six-minute video of a 16-year-old boy in India who meditated
for six months under a tree without moving, click here. For
lots
more on this unusual young man, click here.
For
a very well researched, eye-opening article on the little-known history
of
the Bible and New Testament, click
here
. For those who are interested in a seven-page speculative
summary
of the big picture by WantToKnow.info founder Fred Burks, click here.






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