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These news articles include revealing information on the military medical
ethics scandal at Guantánamo, the link between micro-chips and cancer,
U.S. exports of dangerous products, and more. Each excerpt is taken
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Doctors accuse US of 'unethical practices' at
Guantanamo Bay

September 7, 2007, Independent
of the U.K.'s leading newspapers)

260 doctors from around the world have launched an unprecedented attack
the American medical establishment for its failure to condemn unethical
practices by medical practitioners at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in
Cuba. In a letter to The Lancet, the doctors from 16 countries,
including Britain and America, say the failure of the US regulatory
authorities to act is "damaging the reputation of US military medicine".
They compare the actions of the military doctors, whom they
of being involved in the force-feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and
of turning a blind eye to evidence of torture in Iraq and elsewhere, to
those of the South African security police involved in the death of the
anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko
30 years ago. The group
highlighted the force-feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay last year
suggested the physicians involved should be referred to their
bodies for breaching internationally accepted ethical guidelines. The
doctors wrote: "No healthcare worker in the War on Terror has been
or convicted of any significant offence despite numerous instances
documented including fraudulent record-keeping on detainees who have died
as a result of failed interrogations ... The attitude of the US military
establishment appears to be one of 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no
evil'." The US introduced the policy of force-feeding, in which prisoners
are strapped to a chair and a tube is forced down the throat into the
stomach, after more than 100 prisoners went on hunger strike in 2005.
"Fundamental to doctors' responsibilities in attending a hunger striker
the recognition that prisoners have a right to refuse treatment," the
doctors wrote.

Chip implants linked to animal

September 9, 2007, Associated

When the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in
humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan
the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost
instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and
sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."
neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A
series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s,
stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice
and rats. "The transponders were the cause of the tumors," said Keith
Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist
, explaining ... the
findings of a 1996 study he led at the Dow Chemical Co. Leading cancer
specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and ... said
the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members
to receive implants, and all urged further research before the
glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people. To date, about
2,000 of the so-called radio frequency identification, or RFID, devices
have been implanted in humans worldwide. Did the agency know of the tumor
findings before approving the chip implants? The FDA declined repeated AP
requests to specify what studies it reviewed. The FDA is overseen by the
Department of Health and Human Services, which, at the time of VeriChip's
approval, was headed by Tommy Thompson. Two weeks after the device's
approval took effect on Jan. 10, 2005, Thompson left his Cabinet post,
within five months was a board member of VeriChip Corp. and Applied
Solutions. He was compensated in cash and stock options.
For more reliable information about the use and dangers of microchips, click

Investigative Report: U.S. ships unsafe

September 9, 2007, Sacramento Bee
(leading newspaper of California's capital)

Ten days
ago, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced another in a series
of well-publicized recalls of Chinese-made goods: children's art sets
containing crayons, markers, pastels, pencils, water colors -- and lead
distributed by Toys "R" Us. "Consumers should immediately take the
away from children," warned a news release from the federal government's
watchdog for thousands of household items. "The CPSC is committed to
protecting consumers and families." But 13 months earlier, in July 2006,
the CPSC ... authorized a Los Angeles company to export to Venezuela
16,520 art sets that violated the same CPSC standard protecting children
from dangerous art supplies. The following month, the agency authorized a
Miami company to export to Jamaica 5,184 sets of wax crayons that also
violated the standard. For decades the federal agency has allowed
American-based companies to export products deemed unsafe here. Those
products can present an even greater danger in a country that has only a
handful of government employees devoted to consumer protection, said R.
David Pittle, a former acting CPSC chairman who spent 22 years as a
vice president for Consumers
Union. "If the United States doesn't have very many inspectors, how
many do you think there are in Honduras or Jamaica or Trinidad or
Bulgaria?" Pittle asked. Using the CPSC's database of exports of
non-approved products and hundreds of pages of documents obtained through
the federal Freedom of Information Act, The Bee found that
between October 1993 and September 2006, the CPSC received 1,031 requests
from companies to export products the agency had found unsafe for
consumers. The CPSC approved 991 of those requests, or 96

It's all Friedman's doing

September 9, 2007, Toronto Star
(Toronto's leading newspaper)

Klein in her new book The
Shock Doctrine
] argues persuasively that over the last 40 years,
no single thinker has shaped the economic and political policies of
corporate CEOs, military dictators, presidents, prime ministers and
bankers more than [Milton] Friedman. His thesis was simple: The job of
governments is to facilitate the free flow of capital across national
borders by removing any impediments to trade [and establishing] a drastic
regimen of market deregulation, free trade treaties, spending cuts to
social programs, the breaking of labour unions and mass privatization of
publicly owned resources and industries ... chiefly through the careful
manipulation of collective crises such as wars, military coups, natural
disasters and economic recessions and depressions. For Friedman's ideas
be implemented, a nation's existing economy and civic society must first
reduced to a state of tabula rasa before being rebuilt according to the
[Chicago School] model. [Klein contends] that this capitalist doctrine
also has its roots in a series of mind-control experiments performed on
often unwilling patients by psychiatrist Ewan Cameron, working out of
McGill University in the late 1950s. He imposed a sustained regimen of
sensory deprivation, isolation, enforced sleep and a cocktail of LSD,
insulin and barbiturates [and] a barrage of electroshock therapy.
The CIA, which paid for Cameron's experiments, modified these
techniques for use in prisoner-interrogation sessions. The results were
good that the CIA taught the methods to the Latin American security
in charge of reprogramming anyone who dared resist the devastating free
market "reforms"
that swept through South and Central America
after Augusto Pinochet's successful, Chicago-School inspired (and
CIA-sponsored) coup of populist leader Salvador Allende in 1973.

The shock doctrine

September 8, 2007, Guardian (One
the U.K.'s leading newspapers),,2165023,00.html

[A]t the
big Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ... the news ... was that
the Republican Congressman Richard Baker had told a group of lobbyists,
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it,
but God did." Joseph Canizaro, one of New Orleans' wealthiest developers,
had just expressed a similar sentiment: "I think we have a clean sheet to
start again. And with that clean sheet we have some very big
opportunities." All that week Baton Rouge had been crawling with
lobbyists helping to lock in those big opportunities: lower taxes, fewer
regulations, cheaper workers and a "smaller, safer city" - which in
practice meant plans to level the public housing projects. One of those
who saw opportunity in the floodwaters of New Orleans was the late Milton
Friedman, grand guru of unfettered capitalism and credited with writing
the rulebook for the contemporary, hyper-mobile global economy. "Most New
Orleans schools are in ruins," Friedman observed, "as are the homes of
children who have attended them. The children are now scattered all over
the country. This is a tragedy. It is also an opportunity." Friedman's
radical idea was that instead of spending a portion of the billions of
dollars in reconstruction money on rebuilding and improving New Orleans'
existing public school system, the government should provide families
vouchers, which they could spend at private institutions. In sharp
to the glacial pace with which the levees were repaired and the
grid brought back online, the auctioning-off of New Orleans'
system took place with military speed and precision. Within 19 months,
most of the city's poor residents still in exile, New Orleans' public
school system had been almost completely replaced by privately run

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Prisons Purging Books on Faith From

September 10, 2007, New York

the walls of federal prisons nationwide, chaplains have been
quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials
that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries. The chaplains
were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves of any books,
tapes, CDs and videos that are not on a list of approved
In some prisons, the chaplains have recently
dismantled libraries that had thousands of texts collected over decades,
bought by the prisons, or donated by churches and religious groups. Some
inmates are outraged. Two of them, a Christian and an Orthodox Jew, in a
federal prison camp in upstate New York, filed a class-action lawsuit
month claiming the bureau’s actions violate their rights to the free
exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment and the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bureau, an agency of the Justice
Department, defended its effort, which it calls the Standardized Chapel
Library Project, as a way of barring access to materials that could, in
its words, “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize.”
“It’s swatting a fly with a sledgehammer,” said Mark Earley, president of
Prison Fellowship, a
Christian group. “There’s no need to get rid of literally hundreds of
thousands of books that are fine simply because you have a problem with
isolated book or piece of literature that presents extremism.” A chaplain
who has worked more than 15 years in the prison system, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because he is a bureau employee, said: “At some of
the penitentiaries, guys have been studying and reading for 20 years, and
now they are told that this material doesn’t meet some kind of criteria.
It doesn’t make sense to them."

Dirty Secret: Green Cars Automakers Won't Sell

September, 2007,

On a
recent run from Boston to Cape Cod, I test drove the 2008 Honda Accord,
the latest version of this family favorite. The new Accord boasts an
environmental first: a six-cylinder gasoline engine that's cleaner than
many hybrid systems. There's only one catch: You can't actually buy this
ultra-green Accord, or the four-cylinder version that also produces
near-zero pollution. That is, unless you live in California, New York or
six other northeast states that follow California's tougher pollution
rules. Only there can you buy this Accord, or the roughly two dozen other
models that meet so-called Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle standards, PZEV
for short. Not only can't you buy one, but the government says
it's currently illegal for automakers to sell these green cars
outside of the special states. Under terms of the Clean Air Act —- in the
kind of delicious irony only our government can pull off -— anyone
(dealer, consumer, automaker) involved in an out-of-bounds PZEV sale
be subject to civil fines of up to $27,500.
Volvo sent its
a memo alerting them to this fact, noting that its greenest S40 and V50
models were only for the special states. So, just how green is a PZEV
machine? Well, if you just cut your lawn with a gas mower,
congratulations, you just put out more pollution in one hour than these
cars do in 2,000 miles of driving. Grill a single juicy burger, and
cooked up the same hydrocarbon emissions as a three-hour drive in a Ford
Focus PZEV. As the California Air Resources Board has noted, the tailpipe
emissions of these cars can be cleaner than the outside air in smoggy
cities. PZEV models are already available from Toyota, Ford, Honda, GM,
Subaru, Volvo and VW. But chances are, you've never heard of them.

For many exciting articles about new, efficient and clean energy
inventions, click

Radical banking: You shop locally -- why not
bank locally too?

September 4, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

... lives what some might consider the perfect alternative lifestyle. She
makes enough money to pay for rent and food (from the farmer's market) by
teaching classes at the Solar Living Institute and selling her
self-published zine about alternative fuel. She grows much of her own
and raises chickens and bees in her backyard. As a child, her family life
centered around growing food and cooking meals together. Her parents
emphasized money. She hasn't strayed far from her upbringing. When asked
about her views on money, she said: "It's better to be happy than to
about your credit card bill or working a lot." One of the key points of
being happy, for Jessica, is to bank at Cooperative Center Federal Credit
Union. Jessica's made it a point to convert her friends to using credit
unions, which are nonprofit banks. "I say to people: So you shop
at a farmer's market. You use alternative fuel or bike or take public
transportation. But you still bank at Bank of America?"
laughed at the paradox of the small-is-beautiful crowd supporting a
corporation. "With banks, it's a business and all your money goes to make
someone you don't know rich -- but with credit unions, all the
money goes back into the community,"
Jessica explained.
"It's people banding together to share the abundance."
Credit unions -- also called cooperative banks or people's banks -- have
origins in Europe. They were first started by German farmers in the 1860s
who felt private banks were charging unfair fees. These rural people
pooled money together in order to make loans within their tight-knit
community. In North America, the idea of credit unions was first embraced
by Canadians. These days in the United States, there are over 8,000
credit unions; 536 of them are in California.

HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding

August 31, 2007, Washington

In an
attempt to raise the nation's historically low rate of breast-feeding,
federal health officials commissioned an attention-grabbing advertising
campaign a few years ago to convince mothers that their babies faced real
health risks if they did not breast-feed. It featured striking photos of
insulin syringes and asthma inhalers topped with rubber nipples.
Plans to run these blunt ads infuriated the politically powerful
infant formula industry, which hired a former chairman of the Republican
National Committee and a former top regulatory official to lobby the
Health and Human Services Department.
Not long afterward,
department political appointees toned down the campaign. The ads ran
instead with more friendly images of dandelions and cherry-topped ice
cream scoops, to dramatize how breast-feeding could help avert
problems and obesity. In a
February 2004 letter (pdf), the lobbyists told then-HHS Secretary
G. Thompson they were "grateful" for his staff's intervention to stop
health officials from "scaring expectant mothers into breast-feeding,"
asked for help in scaling back more of the ads. The formula industry's
intervention -- which did not block the ads but helped change their
content -- is being scrutinized by Congress in the wake of last month's
testimony by former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona that the Bush
administration repeatedly allowed political considerations to interfere
with his efforts to promote public health. "This is a credible allegation
of political interference that [may] have had serious public health
consequences," said [Rep. Henry] Waxman, a California Democrat. The
campaign HHS eventually used had no discernible impact on the nation's
breast-feeding rate, which lags behind the rate in many European

Special military group looks ahead to fight
America's future wars

August 26, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

For half
a century, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - a low-profile
but vital division of the Defense Department - has ... been the force
behind dozens of weapons, from the M-16 rifle and night-vision goggles to
smart bombs and stealth aircraft. Now, DARPA is planning for a long war
which U.S. troops will be expected to face guerrilla adversaries. And
as during the Cold War, DARPA is counting on high-tech Silicon Valley to
give U.S. forces the edge. More than 3,000 scientists, entrepreneurs and
military leaders ... gathered in Anaheim ... for the agency's 50th
anniversary conference.
The agency is operating on a $3.1 billion budget, up 8 percent from
2006. Virtually every Silicon Valley company, from the obvious
candidates like Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space to ... Google, has
touched in some way by DARPA. "Almost every great digital oak has a DARPA
acorn at the bottom," said futurist Paul Saffo.
During three
in Anaheim, DARPA and Pentagon officials made 60 presentations, painting
picture of a future in which the United States will have to spend $1
million on countermeasures for every dollar shelled out by bomb-building
guerrillas like those U.S. forces are encountering in Iraq. But DARPA's
high-tech dreams have their critics, who view its "visions" as
the nation can't afford. "I think it (DARPA) is basically a jobs
said Chalmers Johnson, a retired University of California political
scientist. Thomas Barnett, author of The
Pentagon's New Map
, one of the treatises that lay out the
for these asymmetrical wars that planners expect, [said] "The
million-to-one (ratio) is unsustainable."

Green-tech startup says battery's time has

September 4, 2007, Associated

of inventions pass quietly through the U.S. patent office each year.
Patent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until energy insiders spotted six words in
the filing that sounded like a death knell for the internal combustion
engine. An Austin-based startup called EEStor promised "technologies for
replacement of electrochemical batteries," meaning a motorist could plug
in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip between Dallas
Houston without gasoline. By contrast, some plug-in hybrids on the
would require motorists to charge their cars in a wall outlet overnight
and promise only 50 miles of gasoline-free commute. And the popular
hybrids on the road today still depend heavily on fossil fuels. "It's a
paradigm shift," said Ian Clifford, chief executive of Toronto-based ZENN
Motor Co., which has licensed EEStor's invention. "The Achilles' heel to
the electric car industry has been energy storage. By all rights, this
would make internal combustion engines unnecessary." Clifford's company
bought rights to EEStor's technology in August 2005 and expects EEStor to
start shipping the battery replacement later this year for use in ZENN
Motor's short-range, low-speed vehicles. The technology could also help
invigorate the renewable-energy sector by providing efficient,
lightning-fast storage for solar power, or, on a small scale, a
flash-charge for cell phones and laptops. EEStor's secret ingredient is a
material sandwiched between thousands of wafer-thin metal sheets, like a
series of foil-and-paper gum wrappers stacked on top of each other.
Charged particles stick to the metal sheets and move quickly across
EEStor's proprietary material. The result is an ultracapacitor, a
battery-like device that stores and releases energy quickly.
For many exciting articles about new, efficient and clean energy
inventions, click

Free-lunch foragers

September 11, 2007, Los Angeles

Nelson, 51, once earned a six-figure income as director of communications
at Barnes and Noble. Tired of representing a multimillion dollar company,
she quit in 2005 and became a "freegan" -- the word combining "vegan" and
"free" -- a growing subculture of people who have reduced their spending
habits and live off consumer waste. Though many of its pioneers
are vegans, people who neither eat nor use any animal-based products, the
concept has caught on with Nelson and other meat-eaters who do not want
depend on businesses that they believe waste resources, harm the
environment or allow unfair labor practices.
"We're doing
something that is really socially unacceptable," Nelson said. "Not
everyone is going to do it, but we hope it leads people to push their own
limits and quit spending." Nelson used to spend more than $100,000 a year
for her food, clothes, books, transportation and a mortgage on a
two-bedroom co-op in Greenwich Village. Now, she lives off savings,
volunteers instead of works, and forages for groceries. Her annual
expenditures now total about $25,000. Freeganism was born out of
environmental justice and anti-globalization movements dating to the
1980s. The concept was inspired in part by groups like Food Not Bombs, an international
organization that feeds the homeless with surplus food. Last year, Nelson
asked her family if she could make Thanksgiving dinner out of foraged
food. They ... agreed, and ended up enjoying an elaborate feast. She has
never been happier.

Key Articles From Years Past

Lou Dobbs Tonight: Agenda to Create a North
American Union

November 29, 2006, CNN

Mexican president Vicente Fox leaves office this week and Felipe Calderon
takes his place, President Bush will be the last of the so-called three
amigos. Bush, Fox, and, of course, Canadian prime minister Paul Martin
were the originators of the so-called Security and Prosperity
which critics call nothing more than a North American [U]nion. It means
open borders, commerce of all [kinds] ... without the approval of either
American voters or the U.S. Congress. An effort, the governments say, to
harmonize regulation and increase cooperation between three very
countries. A new Canadian prime minister [is] joining the discussions as
this North American partnership barrels ahead, with departments and
ministries of all three governments working quickly to integrate North
America by 2010. Now Mexico's new president, Felipe Calderon, [is] widely
expected to keep the progress moving. Critics, though, say there's too
little transparency and no congressional oversight. [Tom Fitton of
Judicial Watch says] "There's nothing wrong with neighboring governments
talking to each other, synchronizing their watches to make sure they're
all on the same page in the cases of emergency or on trade issues or even
on the flows of goods and people. But if policies are being made that the
American people might oppose, or that are contrary to the law ... they're
doing something a bit more nefarious." [Fitton] points to SPP documents
urging the free flow of goods and people across borders and a
list from business interests that borders remain open during a flu
pandemic. Worse, critics say foreign policy elites are promoting a
European-style union, erasing borders between the three countries and
eventually moving to a single North American currency called the

To view the CNN broadcast of the above, click
here. The Canadian TV network CNBC also carried a two-minute report
one of the supposed outcomes of the SPP, the Amero, which is a new common
currency being planned for use by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. To watch
this news report, click here.

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