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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 flawed electronic
voting machines in Ohio and California, a fabricated terror group in
the destroyed CIA torture tapes, and more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim
from the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link
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

Ohio Elections Official Calls Machines

December 15, 2007, New York

All five
voting systems used in Ohio, a state whose electoral votes narrowly swung
two elections toward President Bush, have critical flaws that could
undermine the integrity of the 2008 general election, a report
by the state’s top elections official has found. “It was worse than I
anticipated,” the official, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, said of
the report. “I had hoped that perhaps one system would test superior to
others.” At polling stations, teams working on the study were able
to pick locks to access memory cards and use hand-held devices to plug
false vote counts into machines. At boards of election, they were able to
introduce malignant software into servers. Ms. Brunner proposed replacing
all of the state’s voting machines
, including the touch-screen
ones used in more than 50 of Ohio’s 88 counties. She wants all counties to
use optical scan machines that read and electronically record paper
that are filled in manually by voters. Florida, another swing state with a
history of voting problems, is also scrapping touch-screen machines and
switching to optical scan ones for the election. Such systems have gained
favor because experts say they are more reliable than others and, unlike
most touch screens, they provide a paper trail for recounts. The study
released Friday found that voting machines and central servers made by
Elections Systems and Software; Premier Election Solutions, formerly
Diebold; and Hart InterCivic were easily corrupted. The $1.9 million
federally financed study assembled corporate and academic teams to conduct
parallel assessments.
“All of the studied systems possess critical security failures that render
their technical controls insufficient to guarantee a trustworthy
the team wrote.

This article somehow fails to mention the fact that as these machines were
used in the 2004 presidential election, the results could easily have been
flawed. For a summary of many major media reports on the problems with
electronic voting machines, click here.

CIA Destroyed Tapes Despite Court

December 12, 2007, New York
/Associated Press

courts had prohibited the Bush administration from discarding evidence of
detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that
revealed some of its harshest interrogation tactics. Normally, that would
force the government to defend itself against obstruction allegations. But
the CIA may have an out: its clandestine network of overseas prisons.
judges focused on the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and tried
to guarantee that any evidence of detainee abuse would be preserved, the
CIA was performing its toughest questioning half a world away. And by the
time President Bush publicly acknowledged the secret prison system,
interrogation videos of two terrorism suspects had been destroyed. The CIA
destroyed the tapes in November 2005. That June, U.S. District Judge Henry
H. Kennedy Jr. had ordered the Bush administration to safeguard "all
evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of
detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay." U.S.
District Judge Gladys Kessler issued a nearly identical order that July.
the time, that seemed to cover all detainees in U.S. custody. But Abu
Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the terrorism suspects whose
interrogations were videotaped and then destroyed, weren't at Guantanamo
Bay. They were prisoners that existed off the books -- and apparently
beyond the scope of the court's order. Attorneys say that might not
David H. Remes, a lawyer for Yemeni citizen Mahmoad Abdah and others, ...
said "It is still unlawful for the government to destroy evidence,
and it had every reason to believe that these interrogation records would
be relevant to pending litigation. It's logical to infer that the
were destroyed in order to obstruct any inquiry into the means by which
statements were obtained."

Was Pelosi aware of CIA's

December 12, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

When the
CIA destroyed those prisoner interrogation videotapes, were they also
destroying the truth about Sept. 11, 2001? After all, according to the
Commission report, the basic narrative of what happened on that day - and
the nature of the enemy in this war on terror that Bush launched in
response to the tragedy - comes from the CIA's account of what those
prisoners told their torturers. The commission was never allowed to
interview the prisoners, or speak with those who did, and was forced to
rely on what the CIA was willing to relay instead. On the matter of the
existence of the tapes, we know the CIA deliberately lied. Why
should we believe what we've been told about what may turn out to be the
most important transformative event in our nation's history? On the basis
of what the CIA claimed the tortured prisoners said, President Bush
launched ...
an endless war that threatens to bankrupt our society both financially and
How important were those "key witnesses" to the 9/11
Commission report? Check out the disclaimer on page 146 about the
commission's sourcing of the main elements laid out in its narrative:
"Chapters 5 and 7 rely heavily on information obtained from captured al
Qaeda members ... Assessing the truth of statements by these witnesses ...
is challenging. Our access to them has been limited to the review of
intelligence reports. We submitted questions for use in the
but ... were told that our requests might disrupt the sensitive
interrogation process." Videos were made of those "sensitive"
interrogations, which were accurately described as "torture" by one of the
agents involved, John Kiriakou, in an interview with ABC News. Yet when
9/11 Commission and federal court judges specifically asked for such
they were destroyed by the CIA, which then denied their existence.

Author Robert Scheer goes on to ask what did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
other key Congressional Democrats know about the torture techniques used
the CIA, and when did they know it? For a powerful summary of many
major-media reports raising questions about what really happened on 9/11,
click here.

Egypt 'fabricated terror group'
December 11, 2007, BBC News

US-based human rights group has accused the Egyptian government of using
torture and false confessions in a high-profile anti-terrorism case.
Twenty-two alleged members of an unknown Islamist group, the Victorious
Sect, were accused of planning attacks on tourism sites and gas pipelines.
Human Rights Watch says its research suggests the security forces may have
fabricated the group's name. It reports claims the case was used to
renewing emergency laws. The BBC's Ian Pannell in Cairo says this is just
the latest in a run of accusations by human rights organisations against
Egypt's police and state security apparatus. The authorities' claims made
headlines in April 2006 when they said they had smashed a previously
unheard-of terrorist group plotting a series of attacks against soft
targets including tourists and Coptic Christian clerics. "Beyond
coerced confessions, there appears to be no compelling evidence to support
the government's dramatic claims," HRW says. "Indeed, it appears that SSI
(state security investigations) may have fabricated the allegations made
against at least some and possibly all of them,"
its report says.
Detainees quoted by HRW said they had been beaten and kicked by their
interrogators, and some were given electric shocks on their bodies,
including their genitals. A spokesperson for the organisation said the
was not unusual, but was part of a pattern of detention and torture by the
Egyptian security services in order to obtain false confessions. The
"Victorious Sect" arrests came to light shortly before Egypt renewed its
enduring and controversial emergency laws, which give sweeping powers of
detention to the security forces.

New solar systems
December 11, 2007, CNN

anxiety about the damaging effects of burning fossil fuels, coupled with a
genuine fear that oil and gas will become scarce before the century ends
are fueling a renewed interest in renewable energy and, in particular,
solar power solutions. Research is increasingly focusing on 'concentrated
solar power' systems -- CSP for short. CSP systems focus direct solar
radiation through optical devices onto an area where a receiver is located
-- much like burning a hole in a piece of paper with a magnifying glass.
This solar radiation is then converted into electricity. In practice, the
CPS system comprises of four elements - a solar field, solar collector
elements, a solar receiver and ... the remaining systems required to
operate a power plant. In Europe, a number of solar projects are
being rolled out. Germany leads the way with over 10 solar power plants.
Located in the Tabernas Desert in southern Spain, however, is the
Solar de Almeria -- a solar power research facility where new solar
technologies are being tested.
One of the concepts being trialed
is the 'central tower' configuration which utilizes a collection of
heliostats -- mirrors which automatically track sunlight -- which act as
solar collectors. The heliostats then concentrate the solar radiation onto
a central receiver located at the top of a tower. Europe's first
concentrated solar power plant was officially opened in Seville, Spain in
March 2007. The new Planta Solar 10 (PS10) is the first commercial solar
thermoelectric power plant in the world. 624 large heliostats focus the
sun's rays on to a single solar receiver 115 meters high. With
reaching up to 250 degrees Celsius, the solar receiver then turns water
into steam, which in turn powers a turbine. It has a peak capacity of 11
... enough to generate 23 million kWh of electricity per year. That's
enough to power 6,000 homes and save 18,000 tons of carbon emissions every

For other reports of exciting breakthrough developments in new energy
technologies, click

Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S.,

December 10, 2007, ABC News

Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers
in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the
incident. Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by
multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under
guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left
Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be out of a job. "Don't plan on working
back in Iraq. There won't be a position here, and there won't be a
in Houston," Jones says she was told. In a lawsuit filed in federal court
against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held
the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR,
which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her
leave. Finally, Jones says, she convinced a sympathetic guard to loan her
cell phone so she could call her father in Texas. "I said, 'Dad, I've been
raped. I don't know what to do. I'm in this container, and I'm not able to
leave,'" she said. Her father called their congressman, Rep. Ted Poe,
R-Texas. "We contacted the State Department first," Poe told,
"and told them of the urgency of rescuing an American citizen" -- from her
American employer. The State Department ... dispatched agents from the
Embassy in Baghdad to Jones' camp, where they rescued her from the
container. According to her lawsuit, Jones was raped by "several attackers
who first drugged her, then repeatedly raped and injured her, both
physically and emotionally." Over two years later, the Justice
Department has brought no criminal charges in the matter.
ABC News could not confirm any federal agency was investigating the case.
Legal experts say Jones' alleged assailants will likely never face
a judge and jury, due to an enormous loophole that has effectively left
contractors in Iraq beyond the reach of United States law.

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Bel Air man writes of UFOs in

December 9, 2007, Baltimore Sun
(Baltimore's leading newspaper),0,284181.story

peculiar red orb hung motionless in the summer sky. A boy at the time,
Keith Chester vividly recalls that day in 1966. "The hair on the back of
neck stood straight up," Chester said. "I was so scared that I ran into my
neighbor's house. I still think it was a UFO." The incident sparked an
interest in unidentified flying objects.
In recent years, Chester's interest has grown into a passion that led him
to write Strange
Company: Military Encounters with UFOs in WWII
. The ... book
contains descriptions of UFO sightings by American and British service
members culled from research that included documents at the National
Archives. In 1989 ... he met Leonard Stringfield, who was ... a sergeant
the 5th Air Force during World War II and ... told him about how he was
among the first people to fly into mainland Japan after the bombing of
Nagasaki. Stringfield said that he was on a plane flying between Le Shima
and Iwo Jima, when he looked out the window and saw three luminous,
disk-shaped objects flying in formation. "He told me that the objects had
no outline, no exhaust, and no wings," Chester said.
Stringfield heard a commotion in the cockpit - the engine was
malfunctioning. But when the objects disappeared, the plane was able to
land safely. In 1999, [Chester] began visiting the National Archives ...
study military records for information about UFO sightings during the war.
Throughout almost four years of research, Chester found documents
detailing sightings described as objects, lights, flares, strange lights
rockets [including] a silver, cigar-shaped object that looked like an
He also found ... information about unexplained objects
reported by members of the 415th Night Fighter Squadron, a former Army Air
Forces fighter squadron that fought during World War II. "Some of
the soldiers thought the objects they saw were beyond the realm of
conventional technology,"
Chester said.

To read a powerful summary of evidence on UFOs from highly respected
military and government professionals, click here.

A determined voice lost in the wilderness of
mass media

December 7, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

Palast may be the only journalist with a New York office who works, as he
says, "in journalistic exile." There, with a team of a half-dozen
researchers largely supported by $50 donations from readers, Palast
out documents and smoking-gun-toting insiders from Washington to Ecuador
and uses them to gird his bitingly sardonic investigative essays that most
American mainstream outlets won't touch. He was one of the first to write
about the manipulation of voter [rolls] in the 2000 election, and he used
combination of unnamed sources, leaked documents and gumshoe reporting to
critique the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq War and Hurricane
Palast says his desire to expose class-warfare stories is rooted in his
upbringing in [a poor Los Angeles] neighborhood wedged between a power
plant and a dump. Kids in the neighborhood had two choices, he said: go to
Vietnam or work in the auto plant. "We were the losers," he said. After
graduate school at the University of Chicago ...Palast became an
investigator, a "forensic economist," unearthing documents exposing fraud
and racketeering on behalf of labor unions and consumer groups. One of the
first stories that received widespread attention ... was about the
manipulation of the Florida vote count during the disputed 2000 election.
Palast predicts the 2008 election won't be stolen by faulty
touch-screen voting machines or even through computers at all. It will be
done by making it hard for voters - particularly people of color in
traditionally Democratic enclaves - to register and vote by a series of
challenges to their registration. "What we see is a systematic
of the electoral system."
To support his investigative work,
years ago he created a nonprofit fund. It raises more than $100,000 a year
- most of it in $50 and $100 donations from individuals. "It's the only
thing that's kept us alive," said Palast, who takes no money from the

Greg Palast is one of many brave journalists who have been silenced by the
mainstream media. To read our summary of his highly revealing essay on the
media cover-up, click
Secretary of state casts doubt on future of
electronic voting

December 2, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

voting systems used throughout California still aren't good enough to be
trusted with the state's elections, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said.
While Bowen has been putting tough restrictions and new security
requirements on the use of the touch screen machines, she admitted having
doubts as to whether the electronic voting systems will ever meet the
standards she believes are needed in California. "It's a real challenge,"
she said at a ... conference on voting and elections. What's available now
isn't as transparent or auditable as the paper ballot systems they
replaced. Earlier this year, Bowen put together a top-to-bottom review of
voting systems used in the state and found that most of the voting
were vulnerable to hackers looking to change results or cause mischief
the systems. Despite loud howls from county voting officials,
decertified almost all the touch screen systems used in California,
allowing only their most limited use. "When the government finds a car is
unsafe, it orders a recall," she said. "Here we're talking about systems
used to cast and tally votes, the most basic tool of democracy."

The secretary admitted that she wants to see California's counties use
optical scan systems in their polling places, especially because most of
them already use the systems to count mail ballots. Optical scan systems,
where voters mark their choices on a paper ballot that then gets inserted
into a tallying machine, "are old and boring, but cheap and reliable,"
Bowen said, because the paper ballots make it easy to recount the ballots
and ensure the accuracy of the vote. "I want to make sure the votes are
secure, auditable and transparent and that every vote is counted as it was
cast," she said. Although Bowen's review of the voting systems affected
only California, it had a nationwide impact, because the same systems are
used in many other states.

For a summary of major media reports on the problems with electronic
machines, click

All his company's profits go to the

November 26, 2007, Pocono
/Associated Press

company operator Hal Taussig buys his clothes from thrift shops, resoles
his shoes and reads magazines for free at the public library. The
83-year-old founder of Untours also gives away all of his company's
to help the poor — more than $5 million since 1999. He is content to live
on Social Security. Taussig takes a salary of $6,000 a year from his firm,
but doesn't keep it. It goes to a foundation that channels his company's
profits to worthy causes in the form of low-interest loans. (About seven
years ago, the IRS forced him to take a paycheck, he said, because they
thought he was trying to avoid paying taxes by working for free.) If he
money left at the end of the month in his personal bank account, he
it. At a time of the year when many people are asked to give to the poor,
Taussig provides a model for year-round giving. "I could live a very rich
life on very little money. My life is richer than most rich people's
lives," Taussig said. "I can really do something for humanity." His
decision to give away his wealth stems from a moment of clarity and
he felt when he wrote a $20,000 check — all of his money back in the 1980s
— to a former landlord to buy the house they were renting. It didn't work
out, but the exhilaration of not being encumbered by money stuck with him.
"It was kind of an epiphany," he said. "This is where my destiny is. This
is what I was meant to be." Taussig has his bike for
transportation, which he faithfully rides to and from work every day,
miles round trip. He calls consumerism a "social evil" and "corrupting to
our humanity" because of what he said is the false notion that having more
things leads to a richer life. "Quality of life is not the same as
of living,"
he said. "I couldn't afford (to buy) a car but I
learned it's more fun and better for your health to ride a bike. I felt I
was raising my quality of life while lowering my standard of living."
Not Buying It: the Church of Stop

November 25, 2007, ABC News

are expected to spend nearly half a trillion dollars this holiday season
... splurging on presents for loved ones and themselves. But as some
shoppers drive themselves into debt, maxing out their credit cards and
wiping out already slim savings, one man says it's time to stop. Actor and
activist Bill Talen, also known as Reverend Billy, heads the self-styled
Church of Stop Shopping, which replaces more traditional beliefs with the
gospel that consumerism is destroying the American spirit. "I think, in
United States, we are addicted to shopping. Every Christmas ... we're
supposed to save the economy by shopping ourselves to death," said Talen,
whose persona as Revered Billy is part performance act, part serious
protest. "No. There are other ways. There is another way." As Reverend
Billy, Talen spends his days preaching on the street or protesting outside
large chain stores, like [Macys,] Wal-Mart and Starbucks. Members of the
church's "Stop Shopping Choir" and the "Not Buying It Band," dressed in
colorful robes and clapping, often accompany his teachings with energetic,
anti-consumerist chants. Talen is also
the subject of a new documentary, "What Would Jesus Buy?" which tracks the
efforts of the church as it tries to prevent what Talen and his followers
call "shopocalypse." "We have to slow down our consumption, now," Talen
said, gesturing at the hordes of shoppers trampling down Manhattan's 6th
Avenue to take advantage of this year's sales. "The real cost is not
the sticker price," he continued. "We have to stop. The Earth is telling
us, we're telling each other, we have to stop." Until his message catches
on nationwide, Reverend Billy seems content saving one American
soul at a time. "We can ask the god that is not a product, the god that is
not a multinational corporation ... to come into these wonderful citizens.
And give them the power to be careful, conscious shoppers this year. Amen.
Hallelujah. Praise be."

To watch the short clip of this fascinating piece, click

Key Article From Years Past

Does Deep Earth Host Untapped

January 19, 2005, ABC News

Gold was not your typical radical. Far from being a mad scientist, he was
brilliant professor of astronomy at Cornell University, but he succeeded
driving many others mad with theories that flew in the face of
wisdom. His most controversial idea was among his last, and geologists and
petroleum experts around the world still rage against Gold for suggesting
they were dead wrong in their understanding of how oil and gas are formed
in the Earth's crust. Now, a couple of decades after Gold first suggested
that hydrocarbons are formed deep underground by geological processes and
not just below the surface by biological decay, there is increasing
evidence that he may have been on to something. Gold argued that all
hydrocarbons are formed in the intense pressure and high heat near the
Earth's mantle, around 100 miles under the ground. Oil and gas fields are
continually replenished by hydrocarbons manufactured far below the Earth,
he argued. Several prestigious organizations have found evidence that
methane, the main component of natural gas, can indeed be formed under
conditions like those found deep in the Earth. "All we've done is
show experimentally that at the pressure at the Earth's mantle and pretty
high temperatures you can indeed make methane,"
says Henry Scott,
a physics and geology professor at Indiana University and lead author of a
report on the research in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the
Academy of Sciences. "Gold said that when you squeeze things down
at very high pressures, the basic chemistry can change," he says. "That's
exactly what we are doing."
Lawrence Livermore [National
Laboratory] picked up at that point and found that methane production was
most productive at 900 degrees Fahrenheit and 70,000 atmospheres of
pressure. That's still hot, and it's still deep, but it suggests that
methane may be abundant throughout the planet.

Thomas Gold has written two books on the "abiotic" origins of oil, Power
From the Earth
and The
Deep Hot Biosphere
His intriguing theories have been unsettling mainstream scientists for
decades. He also proposed and
advanced the now-accepted explanation of the strange stars called pulsars
years ahead of anyone else. Read more about his work by clicking here.
Could it be that oil is not as limited as some would have us believe?

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