Cover-up News Summary
August 2, 2005
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Suit claims CIA hindering bin Laden book
July 28, 2005, CNN
The CIA is squelching
publication of a new book detailing events leading up to Osama bin Laden's escape
from his Tora Bora mountain stronghold during the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan,
says a former CIA officer who led much of the fighting. In a story he says he
resigned from the agency to tell, Gary Berntsen recounts the attacks he coordinated
at the peak of the fighting in eastern Afghanistan in late 2001, including how
U.S. commanders knew bin Laden was in the rugged mountains near the Pakistani
border and the al Qaeda leader's much-discussed getaway. During the 2004 election,
President Bush and other senior administration officials repeatedly said that
commanders did not know whether bin Laden was at Tora Bora when U.S. and
allied Afghan forces attacked there in 2001. A Republican and avid Bush supporter,
Berntsen, 48, retired in June and hasn't spoken publicly before. Berntsen's
book is one of a handful written recently by former CIA officers who have wrestled
with the agency over what could be published.
E.P.A. Holds Back Report on Car Fuel Efficiency
July 28, 2005, New York Times
poised for a final vote on the energy bill, the Environmental Protection Agency
made an 11th-hour decision Tuesday to delay the planned release of an annual
report on fuel economy. But a copy of the report, embargoed for publication
Wednesday, was sent to The New York Times by a member of the E.P.A. communications
staff just minutes before the decision was made to delay it until next week.
The contents of the report show that loopholes in American fuel economy regulations
have allowed automakers to produce cars and trucks that are significantly less
fuel-efficient, on average, than they were in the late 1980's. The average
2004 model car or truck got 20.8 miles per gallon, about 6 percent less than
the 22.1 m.p.g. of the average new vehicle sold in the late 1980's, according
to the report. Releasing the report this week would have been inopportune for
the Bush administration, its critics said, because it would have come on the
eve of a final vote in Congress on energy legislation six years in the making.
The bill, as it stands, largely ignores auto mileage regulations. [Note:
For more, see our New
Energy Information Center]
Solar Challenge Finishes in Calgary
July 28, 2005, Open Source Energy Network
- Detroit News
- CBS affiliate
U of Michigan
takes prize, finishing the 2500-mile course in 54 hours. Fourteen of the twenty
entrants completed the race. The last to cross the finish line (Kansas State
U) came in 12.5 hours after the winner. The ten-day solar car race from Austin
to Calgary came to a successful finish yesterday. The University of Michigan's
Momentum placed first, completing a few seconds under 54 hours. They also set
a record by averaging 46.2 mph in this, the world's longest solar car race.
The University of Minnesota's Borealis III came in second, trailing by 12 minutes.
MIT's Tesseract came in third. Canada's leading team, the University of Waterloo,
came in fifth with their Midnight Sun. Fourteen cars went all the way to the
finish line, with the last to cross being Kansas State University's Paragon
on its maiden race, at 87.5 hours, a little over 12 hours after the winner.
A solar powered car averaged 46.2 mph in over a 2,500 mile course! Why isn't
this making mainstream news headlines? I invite you to do a Google news search
on "Solar Challenge" (the annual solar car race). You will find that
almost no major media covered this event at all. The few who did (see two links
above) somehow fail to mention anything about the speeds attained by these cars.
Why is the media not covering these incredible breakthroughs?
Tommy Thompson Is His Own Best Ad
July 25, 2005, U.S. News & World Report
(second news clip)
We bet that former
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson wishes he had gone
to work for Breyers or Hershey's. To set a good example, he's preparing to
consume his new company's product--VeriChip Corp.'s flesh-embedded medical radio
chip. "It doesn't cause any pain," he assures us, explaining that
a rice-size chip will be inserted into his arm. The chip stores coding that
makes the user's health records available worldwide. Hospitals wave a radio
wand over the arm to get the info. "People are dying all the time,"
he says, "because they can't access their medical information overseas."
Organic farming produces same corn and soybean yields as conventional farms,
but consumes less energy and no pesticides
July 13, 2005, Cornell University News Service
produces the same yields of corn and soybeans as does conventional farming,
but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides, a review of a
22-year farming trial study concludes. David Pimentel, a Cornell University
professor of ecology and agriculture...is the lead author of a study that is
published in the July issue of Bioscience (Vol. 55:7) analyzing the environmental,
energy and economic costs and benefits of growing soybeans and corn organically
versus conventionally. The study is a review of the Rodale Institute Farming
Systems Trial, the longest running comparison of organic vs. conventional farming
in the United States. "Organic farming approaches for these crops not
only use an average of 30 percent less fossil energy but also conserve more
water in the soil, induce less erosion, maintain soil quality and conserve more
biological resources than conventional farming does," Pimentel added.
Weapons in space put the world at risk
July 13, 2005, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
(Seattle's leading newspaper)
Within the next
few weeks, President Bush is expected to release his administration's new national
space policy. There have been a series of reports since 2001 that essentially
advocate deploying space weapons. The Commission to Assess United States National
Security Space Management and Organization, initially chaired by Donald Rumsfeld,
argued that the United States must take steps to avoid a "space Pearl Harbor."
The Rumsfeld report said there is no current bar to "placing or using weapons
in space, applying force from space to Earth, or conducting military operations
in and through space." Not so coincidentally, seven of the 13 members
of the Rumsfeld space commission had ties to aerospace companies that could
stand to gain from the launching of a major space weapons program. There
are also plans afoot to develop Hypervelocity Rod Bundles, frequently called
"Rods from God," designed to drop from space and hit targets on Earth.
[And why aren't other major newspapers reporting this critical news?]
The nerd who saw too much
July 13, 2005, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia's
geek faces 70 years in jail for hacking into the top levels of US defence. He
had, the US prosecutors said, perpetrated the "biggest military computer
hack of all time". What McKinnon was hunting for, as he snooped
around NASA, and the Pentagon's network, was evidence of a UFO cover-up.
"What was the most exciting thing you saw?" I ask. "I found a
list of officers' names," he says, "under the heading 'Non-Terrestrial
Officers' …. It doesn't mean little green men. What I think it means is not
Earth-based. I found a list of 'fleet-to-fleet transfers', and a list of ship
names. I looked them up. They weren't US Navy ships. What I saw made me believe
they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet." "The Americans have
a secret spaceship?" I ask. "That's what this trickle of evidence
has led me to believe." 'The whole world thinks it's cooperating in building
the International Space Station, but you've already got a space-based army that
you refer to as Non-Terrestrial Officers'."
Allegations of Fake Research Hit New High
July 10, 2005, MSNBC/AP
of making up data in medical studies. Allegations of misconduct by U.S.
researchers reached record highs last year as the Department of Health and Human
Services received 274 complaints - 50 percent higher than 2003 and the most
since 1989 when the federal government established a program to deal with scientific
misconduct. Chris Pascal, director of the federal Office of Research Integrity,
said its 28 staffers and $7 million annual budget haven't kept pace with the
allegations. The result: Only 23 cases were closed last year. Of those, eight
individuals were found guilty of research misconduct. In the past 15 years,
the office has confirmed about 185 cases of scientific misconduct. Research
suggests this is but a small fraction of all the incidents of fabrication, falsification
and plagiarism. In a survey published June 9 in the journal Nature, about 1.5
percent of 3,247 researchers who responded admitted to falsification or plagiarism.
(One in three admitted to some type of professional misbehavior.)
Bush administration to keep control of internet's central computers
July 2, 2005, The Guardian (one of England's
The Bush administration
has decided to retain control over the principal computers which control internet
traffic in a move likely to prompt global opposition, it was claimed yesterday.
The US had pledged to turn control of the 13 computers known as root servers
- which inform web browsers and email programs how to direct internet traffic
- over to a private, international body. But on Thursday the US reversed its
position, announcing that it will maintain control of the computers because
of growing security threats and the increased reliance on the internet for global
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