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Dear
friends,


Civil
liberties are the fundamental freedoms to which all people are entitled
as inalienable rights. In the United States many of them are codified in
the Bill of Rights. Since 9/11, governments around the world have passed
many new laws to restrict our civil liberties, ostensibly in the name of
"national security." Reliable, verifiable information like that given
below is a basis on which we can preserve these civil liberties.

This
message contains many highly revealing one-paragraph excerpts of
important
civil liberties articles from the mainstream media.
Links are
provided
to the full articles on major media websites. If any link should fail to
function, click
here. By choosing to educate ourselves on these important issues 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






US plans to 'fight the net' revealed

2006-01-27, BBC
News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4655196.stm

A
newly
declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US
military's
plans for "information operations". The declassified document is called
"Information Operations Roadmap". It was obtained by the National
Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom
of Information Act. Officials in the Pentagon wrote it in 2003. The
Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, signed it. The operations
described in the document include a surprising range of military
activities: public affairs officers who brief journalists, psychological
operations troops who try to manipulate the thoughts and beliefs of an
enemy, computer network attack specialists who seek to destroy enemy
networks. The military's psychological operations, or Psyops, is finding its
way onto the computer and television screens of ordinary Americans.
"Psyops messages will often be replayed by the news media for much larger

audiences, including the American public. Strategy should be based on
the
premise that the Department [of Defense] will 'fight the net' as it
would an enemy weapons system," it reads. The document recommends that
the United States should seek the ability to "provide maximum control
of
the entire electromagnetic spectrum". US forces should be able
to
"disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging
communications
systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic
spectrum".
The fact that the "Information Operations Roadmap" is
approved by the Secretary of Defense suggests that these plans are
taken
very seriously indeed in the Pentagon.




[url=][/url]
[url=]Echelon spy network revealed[/url][url=]
1999-11-03, BBC News
[/url]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/503224.stm
Imagine a
global spying network that can eavesdrop on every single phone call, fax
or e-mail, anywhere on the planet. It sounds like science fiction, but
it's true. Two of the chief protagonists - Britain and America -
officially deny its existence. But the BBC has confirmation from the
Australian Government that such a network really does exist and
politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are calling for an inquiry. The
base is linked directly to the headquarters of the US National Security
Agency (NSA) at Fort Mead in Maryland, and it is also linked to a series
of other listening posts scattered across the world, like Britain's own
GCHQ. The power of the network, codenamed Echelon, is astounding.
Every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission
can
be listened to by powerful computers capable of voice recognition. They
home in on a long list of key words, or patterns of messages.

They are looking for evidence of international crime, like terrorism. The
network is so secret that the British and American Governments refuse to
admit that Echelon even exists. But another ally, Australia, has decided
not to be so coy. The man who oversees Australia's security services,
Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Bill Blick, has confirmed
to the BBC that their Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) does form part of
the network. Asked if they are then passed on to countries like Britain
and America, he said: "They might be in certain circumstances." But the
system is so widespread all sorts of private communications, often of a
sensitive commercial nature, are hoovered up and analysed.


[url=][/url]
[url=]CIA and DOD Human Subjects Research
Scandals
[/url][url=]
2007-00-00, U.S.
Department of Energy Website

[/url]http://hss.energy.gov/healthsafety/ohre/roadmap/achre/chap3_4.html
In December
1974, the New York Times reported that the CIA had conducted illegal
domestic activities, including experiments on U.S. citizens during the
1960s. That report prompted investigations by both Congress (in the form
of the Church
Committee) and a presidential commission (known as the Rockefeller
Commission) into the domestic activities of the CIA, the FBI, and
intelligence-related agencies of the military. Congressional
hearings and the Rockefeller Commission report revealed to the public for
the first time that the CIA and the DOD had conducted experiments on both
cognizant and unwitting human subjects as part of an extensive program to
influence and control human behavior through the use of psychoactive
drugs
(such as LSD and mescaline) and other chemical, biological, and
psychological means.
They also revealed that at least one
subject
had died after administration of LSD. Frank Olson, an Army scientist, was
given LSD without his knowledge or consent in 1953 as part of a CIA
experiment and apparently committed suicide a week later. Subsequent
reports would show that another person ... died as a result of a secret
Army experiment involving mescaline. The CIA program, known principally
by
the codename MKULTRA, began in
1950
and was motivated largely in response to alleged Soviet, Chinese, and
North
Korean uses of mind-control techniques on U.S. prisoners of war in Korea.
Most of the MKULTRA records were deliberately destroyed in 1973 by order
of then-Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms.

Note:
This highly revealing article on a U.S. government website shows that the
CIA was actively involved in mind control projects. For an excellent
summary based on thousands of pages of declassified CIA documents showing
the secret creation of unknowing assassins or "Manchurian
Candidates," click
here.


[url=][/url]
[url=]Whistle-blower Had to Fight NSA, LA Times to
Tell Story
[/url][url=]
2007-03-06,
ABC
News

[/url]http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/03/whistleblower_h.html
Whistle-blower
AT&T technician Mark Klein says his effort to reveal alleged government
surveillance of domestic Internet traffic was blocked not only by U.S.
intelligence officials but also by the top editors of the Los Angeles
Times.
Klein describes how he stumbled across "secret NSA
rooms"
being installed at an AT&T switching center in San Francisco and later
heard of similar rooms in at least six other cities. Eventually, Klein
says he decided to take his documents to the Los Angeles Times, to blow
the whistle on what he calls "an illegal and Orwellian project." But
after
working for two months with LA Times reporter Joe Menn, Klein says he was
told the story had been killed at the request of then-Director of
National
Intelligence John Negroponte and then-director of the NSA Gen. Michael
Hayden. Klein says he then took his AT&T documents to The New York
Times, which published its exclusive
account last April. In the court case against AT&T, Negroponte
formally
invoked the "state secrets privilege," claiming the lawsuit and the
information from Klein and others could "cause exceptionally grave damage
to the national security of the United States." The Los Angeles Times'
decision was made by the paper's editor at the time, Dean Baquet, now the
Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. As the new Washington
bureau chief of The New York Times, Baquet now oversees the reporters who
have broken most of the major stories involving the government
surveillance program, often over objections from the government.

Note:
So after the NY Times has the guts to report this important story, the
man
who was responsible for the censorship at the LA Times is transferred to
the very position in the NY Times where he can now block future stories
there. For why this case of blatant media censorship isn't making
headlines, click
here.


[url=][/url]
[url=]Making Martial Law Easier[/url][url=]
2007-02-19, New York Times
[/url]http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/opinion/19mon3.html?ex=1329541200&en=b63c90...
A
disturbing
recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of
American democracy have been passed in the dead of night. So it was with
a
provision quietly tucked into the enormous defense budget bill at the
Bush
administration's behest that makes it easier for a president to override
local control of law enforcement and declare martial law. The provision,
signed into law in October, weakens two obscure but important bulwarks of
liberty. One is the doctrine that bars military forces, including a
federalized National Guard, from engaging in law enforcement. The other
is the Insurrection Act of 1807, which ... essentially limits a
president's use of the military in law enforcement to putting down
lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion, where a state is violating
federal law or depriving people of constitutional rights. The newly
enacted provisions upset this careful balance. The president may
now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a
natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or to any "other
condition." Changes of this magnitude should be made only after a
thorough
public airing. But these new presidential powers were slipped into the
law
without hearings or public debate.
The president made no mention
of the changes when he signed the measure, and neither the White House
nor
Congress consulted in advance with the nation's governors.


[url=][/url]
[url=]First, do no harm (to whites)[/url][url=]
2006-12-31, San Francisco
Chronicle
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

[/url]http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/31/RVGNGN44B91.DTL&type=...
[Book
Review
of] Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on
Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present.
Harriet
Washington opens the door on the torture room in "Medical Apartheid".
Experimental operations on the skulls of slave children, Washington
writes, were a favorite pursuit of a particularly sadistic South
Carolinian doctor named J. Marion Sims, widely revered today as the
"father of gynecology." For years, Sims experimented on a group of slave
women, to whom he refused anesthesia. The most notorious post-slavery
racial crime of American medicine [was] the Tuskegee Syphilis Study,
conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service between 1932 and 1972.
More than 100 black subjects ... were denied treatment, even and
especially after the discovery of penicillin in 1943. The research
required that they suffer and die, the more slowly the better.

Tuskegee was hardly unique. The Rockefeller Institute ... conducted a
study in 1910 that saw 470 black syphilitics injected with a deadly
strain
of malaria. Black Americans were also disproportionately used ... as
subjects in government inquiries into the effects of radiation.
Washington's chilling history ends with contemporary case studies. At the
Incarnation Children's Center in New York, Columbia University doctors
continue to administer experimental AIDS drugs to minority orphans, even
after many develop painful and debilitating reactions. As for current
clinical trials in Africa, Washington describes the continent as the new
"laboratory for the West," where unsuspecting patients regularly receive
experimental therapies that might never receive state sanction in the
United States or Europe.

Note:
For more reliable, verifiable information on major corruption in the
health
industry, click
here. It's also interesting to not that no
other major media chose to review this important book.

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[url=][/url]
[url=]Assault on Press Freedom[/url][url=]
2006-11-26, San Francisco Chronicle (San
Francisco's leading newspaper)

[/url]http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/26/INGAKMHOCV1.DTL
In a nation
that preaches the virtues of democracy, the United States government has
consistently eroded the media's ability to report. U.S. press freedom has
been slipping away since Sept. 11, 2001. Many other countries are now
ranked freer than the United States. In the most recent survey by Freedom
House [the U.S.] tied for 17th place. International free-press advocates
Reporters Without Borders ranked us 53rd, tied with Botswana, Croatia and
Tonga. Now that we are in a seemingly permanent "war" on
terrorism, the government claims wartime powers that result in
restricting
press freedom.
The Bush administration has multiplied
exponentially the number of documents it classifies as secret. The office
of Vice President Dick Cheney claims to be exempt from reporting even the
numbers of records it brands with the "classified" stamp. Within weeks
after 9/11, President Bush issued Executive Order 13233, allowing him to
veto public release not only of his own presidential papers but those of
former [presidents]. One of former Attorney General John Ashcroft's
first
post-Sept. 11 acts was to issue a directive to federal agencies
restricting
access to government records under the Freedom of Information Act. Cheney
[refused] to disclose even the identity of the corporate executives he
met
with to determine the administration's energy policy. The U.S. Supreme
Court held ... that there is no such thing as a First Amendment right of
access to government information or facilities. The Bush administration
did not advance press freedom by producing ... favorable "news" stories
with fake reporters. It is hard to stomach the hypocrisy of claiming to
spread democracy abroad while restricting at home the very freedoms that
make democracy possible.



[url=][/url]

[url=][N.Y.] City Police Spied Broadly Before G.O.P.
Convention
[/url][url=]

2007-03-25,
New York Times


[/url]http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/nyregion/25infiltrate.html?ex=1332475200&en...

For at

least

a year before the 2004 Republican National Convention, teams of

undercover

New York City police officers traveled to cities across the country,

Canada

and Europe to conduct covert observations of people who planned to

protest

at the convention, according to police records and interviews. From

Albuquerque to Montreal, San Francisco to Miami, undercover New York

police officers attended meetings of political groups, posing as

sympathizers or fellow activists. They made friends, shared meals,

swapped

e-mail messages and then filed daily reports with the department's

Intelligence Division. In hundreds of reports stamped "N.Y.P.D.
Secret," the Intelligence Division chronicled the views and plans of
people who had no apparent intention of breaking the law.
These

included members of street theater companies, church groups and antiwar

organizations. Three New York City elected officials were cited in the

reports. In at least some cases, intelligence on what appeared to be

lawful activity was shared with police departments in other cities. In

addition to sharing information with other police departments, New York

undercover officers were active themselves in at least 15 places outside

New York -- including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia,

Illinois,

Massachusetts, Michigan, Montreal, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon,

Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. -- and in Europe. To date, as the

boundaries of the department's expanded powers continue to be debated,

police officials have provided only glimpses of its

intelligence-gathering.





[url=][/url]

[url=]My National Security Letter Gag
Order
[/url][url=]

2007-03-23,
Washington Post


[/url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/22/AR20070322018...

The Justice

Department's inspector general revealed on March 9 that the FBI has been

systematically abusing one of the most controversial provisions of the

USA

Patriot Act: the expanded power to issue "national security letters." It

no

doubt surprised most Americans to learn that between 2003 and 2005 the

FBI

issued more than 140,000 specific demands under this provision. It did

not, however, come as any surprise to me. Three years ago, I received a

national security letter (NSL) in my capacity as the president of a small

Internet access and consulting business. The letter ordered me to provide

sensitive information about one of my clients. There was no indication

that a judge had reviewed or approved the letter, and it turned out that

none had. The letter came with a gag provision that prohibited me from

telling anyone, including my client, that the FBI was seeking this

information. Based on the context of the demand -- a context that the FBI

still won't let me discuss publicly -- I suspected that the FBI was

abusing its power. Living under the gag order has been stressful
and surreal. Under the threat of criminal prosecution, I must hide all
aspects of my involvement in the case -- including the mere fact that I
received an NSL -- from my colleagues, my family and my friends.


When I meet with my attorneys I cannot tell my girlfriend where I am

going

or where I have been. I hide any papers related to the case in a place

where she will not look. When clients and friends ask me whether I am the

one challenging the constitutionality of the NSL statute, I have no

choice

but to look them in the eye and lie. At some point -- a point we passed

long ago -- the secrecy itself becomes a threat to our democracy.







[url=][/url]

[url=]An Orwellian solution to kids skipping
school
[/url][url=]

2007-02-20,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta's leading
newspaper)


[/url]http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2007/02/19/0220truants.html

Let's
say your teenager is a habitual truant and there is nothing you can do
about it. A Washington area politician thinks he might have the solution:
Fit the child with a Global Positioning System chip, then have police
track him down.
"It allows them to get caught easier," said

Maryland Delegate Doyle Niemann (D-Prince George's), who recently

co-sponsored legislation in the House that would use electronic

surveillance as part of a broader truancy reduction plan. "It's going to

be done unobtrusively. The chips are tiny and can be put into a hospital

ID band or a necklace." Niemann's legislation mirrors a bill sponsored by

state Sen. Gwendolyn Britt (D-Prince George's). Both would provide

truants

and their parents with better access to social services, such as mental

health evaluations and help with schoolwork. Electronic monitoring would

be a last resort. Still, the prospect of tagging children and using them

in some "catch and release" hunt by police casts a pall over everything

that's good about the plan. Odd how billions and billions of dollars keep

going to a war that almost nobody wants, but there's never enough to fund

the educational programs that nearly everybody says are needed. Aimed

solely at students in Prince George's -- the only predominantly black

county in the Washington area -- the truancy effort is called a "pilot

program," a first-of-its-kind experiment. It would cost $400,000 to keep

track of about 660 students a year.



Note:

For more reliable information on the push to microchip the entire

population, click
here.





[url=][/url]

[url=]Victim owed compensation in CIA case, judge
told
[/url][url=]

2007-01-11, Globe
and Mail
(One of Canada's leading newspapers)


[/url]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070111.BRAINWASH11/TPStory...

Patients

were

put in isolation, tied down or drugged, and subjected to hours and hours

of

taped recordings meant to brainwash them at the behest of the Central

Intelligence Agency. They were subjected to massive electroshocks,

experimental drugs and LSD, most of them unwilling and unknowingly part

of

the U.S. spy agency's experimentation. Now it's time for the federal

government to compensate those victims, lawyer Alan Stein argued. Mr.

Stein is seeking court approval for a class-action lawsuit on behalf of

his client, Janine Huard, one of the hundreds of patients of Ewen Cameron

to be subjected to the Cold War-era experiments. "She never knew ... that

she was being used by Dr. Cameron and his staff as a guinea pig," Mr.

Stein told the court. The CIA ... recruited Dr. Cameron to experiment

with

mind-control techniques beginning in 1950. The experiments ... were

jointly

funded by the CIA and the Canadian government. They were part of a larger

CIA program called MK-ULTRA,

which

also saw LSD administered to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels

without their knowledge. Ms. Huard was one of nine Canadian victims who

received nearly $67,000 (U.S.) from the CIA in 1988 to compensate her for

her suffering. But her claim for compensation from the federal government

... was rejected three times. In 1994, 77 patients were awarded
$100,000 each from the federal government, but more than 250 others were
denied compensation because they were not "totally depatterned."




Note:
What this article fails to mention is that Dr. Cameron was also

the president
of
both the American Psychicatric Association and the World Psychiatric

Association. For more reliable information, click here.





[url=][/url]

[url=]Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish
Vision
[/url][url=]

2004-08-14,
Los
Angeles Times


[/url]http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-turley14aug14.story

Atty. Gen.

John Ashcroft's announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to

be "enemy combatants" has moved him from merely being a political

embarrassment to being a constitutional menace. Ashcroft's plan,
disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the
indefinite incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of
their constitutional rights and access to the courts by declaring them
enemy combatants.
Ashcroft hopes to use his self-made "enemy

combatant" stamp for any citizen whom he deems to be part of a wider

terrorist conspiracy. Aides have indicated that a "high-level committee"

will recommend which citizens are to be stripped of their constitutional

rights and sent to Ashcroft's new camps. Few would have imagined any

attorney general seeking to reestablish such camps for citizens. We have

learned from painful experience that unchecked authority, once tasted,

easily becomes insatiable. We are only now getting a full vision of

Ashcroft's America. Ashcroft seems to dream of a country secured from

itself, neatly contained and controlled by his judgment of loyalty. For

more than 200 years, security and liberty have been viewed as coexistent

values. Ashcroft and his aides appear to view this relationship as

lineal,

where security must precede liberty. Every generation has its test of

principle in which people of good faith can no longer remain silent in

the

face of authoritarian ambition. If we cannot join together to fight the

abomination of American camps, we have already lost what we are

defending.



Note:

If the above link fails, click here. This

aritcle was written by Jonathan Turley, a professor of constitutional law

at George Washington University. Though Ashcroft resigned, the laws he

crafted remain in place.
















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