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Dear friends,

are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have missed.
These news articles include revealing information on the newly authorized
expansion of domestic spying by the U.S. government, 9/11-related suits
brought against the CIA and FBI by U.S. airlines, new scientific findings
on the risks of chemicals from plastic, 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
By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
the word, we can and will build a brighter

best wishes,

Tod Fletcher and Fred
Burks for PEERS and the Team

Same Agencies to Run, Oversee Surveillance

August 7, 2007, Washington

Bush administration plans to leave oversight of its expanded foreign
eavesdropping program to the same government officials who supervise the
surveillance activities and to the intelligence personnel who carry them
, senior government officials said yesterday. The law, which
permits intercepting Americans' calls and e-mails without a warrant if the
communications involve overseas transmission, gives Director of National
Intelligence Mike McConnell and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales
responsibility for creating the broad procedures determining whose
telephone calls and e-mails are collected. It also gives McConnell and
Gonzales the role of assessing compliance with those procedures. The law
... does not contain provisions for outside oversight -- unlike an earlier
House measure that called for audits every 60 days by the Justice
Department's inspector general. The controversial changes to the 1978
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were approved by both chambers of
the Democratic-controlled Congress despite privacy concerns raised by
Democratic leaders and civil liberties advocacy groups. Central to the new
program is the collection of foreign intelligence from "communication
service providers," which the officials declined to identify, citing
secrecy concerns. Under the new law, the attorney general is required to
draw up the governing procedures for surveillance activity, for approval
by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Once the procedures are
established, the attorney general and director of national intelligence
will formally certify that the collection of data is authorized. But the
certification will be placed under seal "unless the certification is
necessary to determine the legality of the acquisition," according to the
law signed by Bush.

Bush administration defends spy

August 7, 2007, Los Angeles

The Bush
administration rushed to defend new espionage legislation Monday amid
growing concern that the changes could lead to increased spying by U.S.
intelligence agencies on American citizens. But officials declined to
provide details about how the new capabilities might be used by the
National Security Agency and other spy services. And in many cases, they
could point only to internal monitoring mechanisms to prevent abuse of the
new rules that appear to give the government greater authority to tap into
the traffic flowing across U.S. telecommunications networks. Officials
rejected assertions that the new capabilities would enable the government
to cast electronic "drift nets" that might ensnare U.S. citizens [and]
that the new legislation would amount to the expansion of a controversial
— and critics contend unconstitutional — warrantless wiretapping program
that President Bush authorized after the 9/11 attacks. Intelligence
experts said there were an array of provisions in the new legislation that
appeared to make it possible for the government to engage in
intelligence-collection activities that the Bush administration officials
were discounting. "They are trying to shift the terms of the
debate to their intentions and away from the meaning of the new law,"
said Steven Aftergood, an intelligence policy analyst at the
Federation of American Scientists. "The new law gives them
authority to do far more than simply surveil foreign communications
abroad," he said.
"It expands the surveillance program beyond
terrorism to encompass foreign intelligence. It permits the monitoring of
communications of a U.S. person as long as he or she is not the primary
target. And it effectively removes judicial supervision of the
surveillance process."

Airlines Sue FBI, CIA Over Sept.

August 7, 2007, Associated

and aviation-related companies sued the CIA and the FBI on Tuesday to
force terrorism investigators to tell whether the aviation industry was to
blame for the Sept. 11 attacks. The two lawsuits in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan sought court orders for depositions as the aviation entities
build their defenses against lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in
damages for injuries, fatalities, property damage and business losses
related to Sept. 11, 2001. The aviation companies said the
agencies in a series of boilerplate letters had refused to let them depose
two secret agents
, including the 2001 head of the CIA's special
Osama bin Laden unit, and six FBI agents with key information about
al-Qaida and bin Laden. The [plaintiffs] said they were entitled
to present evidence to show the terrorist attacks did not depend upon
negligence by any aviation defendants and that there were other causes of
the attacks.
In the CIA lawsuit, companies ... asked to interview
the deputy chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit in 2001 and an FBI agent
assigned to the unit at that time. The names of both are secret. In the
FBI lawsuit, the companies asked to interview five former and current FBI
employees who had participated in investigations of al-Qaida and al-Qaida
operatives before and after Sept. 11. Those individuals included Coleen M.
Rowley, the former top FBI lawyer in its Minneapolis office, who sent a
scathing letter to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller in May 2002 complaining
that a supervisor in Washington interfered with the Minnesota
investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks.
Requests to interview the agents were rejected as not sufficiently
explained, burdensome or protected by investigative or attorney-client
privilege, the lawsuits said.

For a concise summary of reliable, verifiable information on the 9/11
coverup, click

Scientists issue warning on

August 3, 2007, Los Angeles

In an
unusual effort targeting a single chemical, several dozen scientists on
Thursday issued a strongly worded consensus statement warning that an
estrogen-like compound in plastic is likely causing an array of serious
reproductive disorders in people. The compound, bisphenol A or
BPA, is one of the highest-volume chemicals in the world and has found its
way into the bodies of most human beings. Used to make hard plastic, BPA
can seep from beverage containers and other materials. It is used in all
polycarbonate plastic baby bottles
as well as ... large water
cooler containers, sports bottles and microwave oven dishes, along with
canned food liners and some dental sealants for children. The scientists —
including four from federal health agencies — reviewed about 700 studies
before concluding that people are exposed to levels of the chemical
exceeding those that harm lab animals. Infants and fetuses are most
vulnerable, they said. The statement, published online by the journal
Reproductive Toxicology, was accompanied by a new study from
researchers from the National Institutes of Health that found uterine
damage in newborn animals exposed to BPA. That damage is a possible
predictor of reproductive diseases in women, including fibroids,
endometriosis, cystic ovaries and cancers. It is the first time BPA has
been linked to disorders of the female reproductive tract, although
earlier studies have found early-stage prostate and breast cancer and
decreased sperm counts in animals exposed to low doses. The scientists'
statement and the new study — accompanied by five scientific reviews
summarizing the 700 studies — intensify a contentious debate over whether
the plastic compound poses a public threat. So far no government agency
here or abroad has restricted its use.

Some risk linked to plastic

August 9, 2007, Los Angeles

A federal
panel of scientists [has concluded] that an estrogen-like compound in
plastic could be posing some risk to the brain development of babies and
children. Bisphenol A, or BPA, [a component of polycarbonate plastic,] is
found in low levels in virtually every human body. The decision by the 12
advisors of the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction
... is the first official, government action related to the chemical. The
scientists ranked their concerns about BPA, concluding they had "some
concern" about neurological and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and
children, but "minimal" or "negligible" concern about reproductive effects.
The findings put the panel roughly in the middle -- between the chemical
industry, which has long said there is no evidence of danger to humans,
and the environmental activists and scientists who say it is probably
harming people. Environmentalists lambasted the panel, saying it had
minimized the risks and ignored important research. "Only the
chemical industry agrees with the decision that BPA has little or no human
health risks. That by itself should speak volumes about the corrupted
process endorsed by the panel today,"
said Dr. Anila Jacob of the
Environmental Working Group. The
panel's preliminary report on BPA was drafted by a private consulting firm
with financial ties to the chemical industry.
The National
Toxicology Program fired the company but ruled that the report was
unbiased. The panel rejected several dozen animal studies that found
reproductive effects. The decision to reject the studies has been
controversial with toxicologists.

The Fear of Fear Itself

August 7, 2007, New York

It was
appalling to watch over the last few days as Congress — now led by
Democrats — caved in to yet another unnecessary and dangerous expansion of
President Bush’s powers, this time to spy on Americans in violation of
basic constitutional rights. Many of the 16 Democrats in the Senate and 41
in the House who voted for the bill said that they had acted in the name of
national security, but the only security at play was their job
security. What [do] the Democrats ... plan to do with their majority in
Congress if they are too scared of Republican campaign ads to use it to
protect the Constitution and restrain an out-of-control
[?] The White House and its allies on Capitol Hill
railroaded Congress into voting a vast expansion of the president’s
powers. They gave the director of national intelligence and the attorney
general authority to intercept — without warrant, court supervision or
accountability — any telephone call or e-mail message that moves in, out
of or through the United States as long as there is a “reasonable belief”
that one party is not in the United States. While serving little purpose,
the new law has real dangers. It would allow the government to intercept,
without a warrant, every communication into or out of any country,
including the United States. The Democratic majority has made strides on
other issues like children’s health insurance against White House
opposition. As important as these measures are, they do not excuse the
Democrats from remedying the damage Mr. Bush has done to civil liberties
and the Bill of Rights. That is their most important duty.

In Bush we trust - or else

August 5, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

Bush's latest affront to the U.S. Constitution [is] in plain view on the
White House Web site: "Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain
Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq." This far-reaching
order ... is a frontal assault on the Fifth Amendment, which decrees that
the government cannot seize an individual's property without due process.
[The order asserts] the authority to freeze the American assets of anyone
who directly or indirectly assists someone who poses "a significant risk"
[to] the "peace and stability" of [Iraq] or the reconstruction effort.
"On its face, this is the greatest encroachment on civil liberties
since the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II," said Bruce
, a constitutional lawyer who was a deputy attorney general
in the Reagan administration. Fein said the sanctions against
suspected violators would amount to "a financial death penalty. King
George III really would have been jealous of this power."
executive order not only calls for the freezing of assets of anyone who
directly or indirectly [opposes US policy in Iraq,] it prohibits anyone
else from providing "funds, goods or services" to a blacklisted
individual. In other words, a friend or relative could have his or her
assets seized for trying to help someone whose bank account is suddenly
frozen. An attorney who offered legal help could risk losing everything he
or she owned. Then again, there's not much need for lawyers in the world of
this executive order. The blacklist would be drawn up by the "secretary of
treasury, in consultation with the secretary of state and the secretary of
defense." The Fifth Amendment was written for good reason: It's dangerous
to give the government unchecked authority to seize private property
without judicial review.

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Abu Ghraib whistleblower's

August 5, 2007, BBC

When Joe
Darby saw the horrific photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison he was
stunned. So stunned that he walked out into the hot Baghdad night and
smoked half a dozen cigarettes and agonised over what he should do. Darby
was a ... soldier with US forces at Abu Ghraib prison when he stumbled
across those images which would eventually shock the world in 2004. They
were photographs of his colleagues, some of them men and women he had
known since high school -- torturing and abusing Iraqi prisoners. His
decision to hand them over rather than keep quiet changed his life
forever. He fears for the safety of his family. Joe Darby knew what he saw
was wrong, but it took him three weeks to decide to hand those photographs
in. When he finally did, he was promised anonymity and hoped he
would hear no more about it. But he was scared of the repercussions. And
then he was sitting in a crowded Iraqi canteen with hundreds of soldiers
and Donald Rumsfeld came on the television to thank Joe Darby by name for
handing in the photographs.
"I don't think it was an accident
because those things are pretty much scripted," Mr Darby says. "I really
find it hard to believe that the secretary of defence of the United States
has no idea about the star witness for a criminal case being anonymous."
Rather than turn on him for betraying colleagues, most of the soldiers in
his unit shook his hand. It was at home where the real trouble started.
His wife ...had to flee to her sister's house which was then vandalised
with graffiti. Many in his home town called him a traitor. But he does not
see himself as a hero, or a traitor. Just "a soldier who did his job - no
more, no less. I've never regretted for one second what I did when I was
in Iraq, to turn those pictures in," he says.

Author investigates Roswell

August 5, 2007, Philadephia
(Philadelphia's leading newspaper)

Carey has dedicated the last 16 years of his life to uncovering what
exactly happened on July 4, 1947, outside Roswell, N.M. Now, along with
coauthor Don Schmitt, [he] has published Witness
to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-year Cover-Up
, documenting his
findings concerning the alleged extraterrestrial event. "The goal was to
write a book for those not already initiated in the Roswell case," said
Carey, 66. "We wanted to do something that would interest the general
public." Though originally rejected by 11 of 12 publishers contacted, the
book is in its fourth printing of 10,000 copies. And curiosity continues
to grow. After a recent interview on Art Bell's Coast to Coast AM show,
Carey said logged 2,000 sales the next day. What has made the
book so explosive, Carey said, are two previously unreleased "smoking-gun
documents." The new testimony includes the heretofore sealed
affidavit of recently deceased First Lieutenant Walter G. Haut attesting
to the bizarre debris and bodies recovered from the crash site. The
second, a note scribbled by former Roswell Army Air Field base adjutant
Patrick Saunders ... appears to confirm the Air Force's coverup of the
. Carey acknowledges that there are some "kooks"
involved in the field of UFOlogy, but his mission has been to use science
to take the fiction out of science fiction. "This is a historical mystery
that just happens to involve UFOs," he said. A former anthropology student
at the University of Toronto, Carey said he has always been more interested
in the empirical evidence as opposed to intangibles such as alien
abductions and crop circles.

For a succinct summary of powerful testimony on UFOs by military personnel
and pilots, click

Who’s Minding the Mind?

July 31, 2007, New York

[findings] have poured forth in psychological research over the last few
years. New studies have found that people tidy up more thoroughly when
there’s a faint tang of cleaning liquid in the air; they become more
competitive if there’s a briefcase in sight, or more cooperative if they
glimpse words like “dependable” and “support” — all without being aware of
the change, or what prompted it. Psychologists say that “priming” people in
this way is not some form of hypnotism, or even subliminal seduction;
rather, it’s a demonstration of how everyday sights, smells and sounds can
selectively activate goals or motives that people already have. More
fundamentally, the new studies reveal a subconscious brain that is far
more active, purposeful and independent than previously known. Goals,
whether to eat, mate or devour an iced latte, are like neural software
programs that can only be run one at a time, and the unconscious
is perfectly capable of running the program it chooses. The give and take
between these unconscious choices and our rational, conscious aims can
help explain some of the more mystifying realities of behavior, like how
we can be generous one moment and petty the next
, or act rudely
at a dinner party when convinced we are emanating charm. John A. Bargh, a
professor of psychology at Yale, [said] “We’re finding that we have these
unconscious behavioral guidance systems that are continually furnishing
suggestions through the day about what to do next, and the brain is
considering and often acting on those, all before conscious awareness.
Sometimes those goals are in line with our conscious intentions and
purposes, and sometimes they’re not.” Scientists have spent years trying
to pinpoint the exact neural regions that support conscious awareness, so
far in vain.

Attack of the mutant rice

July 2, 2007, Fortune

In the
spring of 2001, a ... rice farmer named Jacko Garrett watched a fleet of
18-wheelers haul away truckloads of rice that he had grown with great
care. "It just bothers me so bad," Garrett said. "I'm sitting here trying
to find food to feed people, and I've got to bury five million pounds of
rice." Garrett's rice was genetically modified, part of an experiment that
was brought to an abrupt halt by its sponsor, a ... biotechnology company
called Aventis Crop Science. The company had contracted with a handful of
farmers to grow the rice, which was known as Liberty Link because its
genes had been altered to resist a weed killer called Liberty, also made
by Aventis. In January 2006, small amounts of genetically engineered rice
turned up in a shipment that was tested ... by a French customer of
Riceland Foods. Because no transgenic rice is grown commercially in the
U.S., the people at Riceland were stunned. Then came another shock.
Testing revealed that the genetically modified rice contained a
strain of Liberty Link that had not been approved for human consumption.
What's more, trace amounts of the Liberty Link had mysteriously made their
way into the commercial rice supply in all five of the Southern states
where long-grain rice is grown. The tainted rice was everywhere.
If in the past year or so you or your family ate Uncle Ben's,
Rice Krispies, or Gerber's, or drank a Budweiser ... you probably ingested
a little bit of Liberty Link, with the unapproved gene. Last November, over
the howls of anti-GMO activists, the USDA retroactively approved the
Liberty Link rice, known as LL601. The department said the genes that it
approved are similar to those inserted for years into canola and corn,
with no apparent ill effects.

To read a ten-page summary of Seeds of Deception, a
ground-breaking exposé of the dangers of the genetic engineering of foods,
click here.

Have you driven a Fjord lately?

July 31, 2007, Business 2.0

pinstriped London investors stand outside an electric car factory in the
green fields of the Norwegian countryside, waiting their turns to
test-drive a stylish two-seater called the Think City. But first, Think
CEO Jan-Olaf Willums takes the wheel. [He] turns the ignition, and the
stub-nosed coupe silently rolls toward an open stretch of pavement.
Suddenly he punches the pedal, and the car takes off like a shot, the AC
motor instantaneously transferring power to the wheels. The only sound is
the squealing of tires as Willums throws the little car into a tight turn
and barrels back toward his startled guests. Did someone kill the electric
car? You wouldn't know it on this bright May morning in Scandinavia, where
the idea of a mass-produced battery-powered vehicle is being resurrected
and actual cars are scheduled to begin rolling off the production line by
year's end. Shuttling between Oslo and California, Willums has raised $78
million from Silicon Valley and European investors captivated by [his]
vision of a carbon-neutral urban car. Willums's pitch is this: He's not
just selling an electric car; he's upending a century-old automotive
paradigm, aiming to change the way cars are made, sold, owned, and driven.
Taking a cue from Dell, the company will sell cars online, built to
order. It will forgo showrooms and seed the market through car-sharing
services like Zipcar. Every car will be Internet-and Wi-Fi-enabled,
becoming, according to Willums, a rolling computer that can communicate
wirelessly with its driver, other Think owners, and the power
"The timing is right. We are on a path now toward electric
cars, and there is no going back." says Ed Kjaer, an electric vehicle
veteran who runs the EV program for Southern California Edison.

To read about the mysterious disappearing Toyota Eco Spirit, a proven car
design capable of achieving 100 mpg, click here.

Key Articles From Years Past

The Meaning of Freedom

May 5, 1961, Time

"I want
to talk about our common responsibilities in the face of a common danger,"
President Kennedy told the American Newspaper Publishers Association. [He]
asked his audience to reconsider the meaning of freedom of the press.
"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and
we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies,
to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.* We decided
long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of
pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.
Even today there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if
our traditions do not survive with it ... This I do not intend to permit."
Perhaps the time had come, the President concluded, to re-examine the
responsibilities of a free society's free press: "This nation's foes have
openly boasted of acquiring through our newspapers information they would
otherwise hire agents to acquire . . . The newspapers which printed these
stories were loyal, patriotic, responsible and well-meaning . . . But in
the absence of open warfare, they recognized only the tests of journalism
and not the tests of national security . .. Every newspaper now
asks itself, with respect to every story: 'Is it news?' All I suggest is
that you add the question: 'Is it in the interest of national security?'
" *[note in original] To more than 20 million
Americans, the word "secrecy" is not as repugnant as all that. They are
the members of U.S. secret and fraternal societies, which include, besides
student fraternities ... the Masonic orders, the Elks, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and the Loyal Order of the Moose. Of the
U.S.'s 34 Presidents, 13 have been Masons. President Kennedy himself is a
member of the Knights of Columbus
, the Catholic counterpart of

This article from early in his administration makes clear that President
Kennedy was actually arguing for more secrecy at the same time that he
rhetorically championed the importance of an open society.

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