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July 16, 2005
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Papers show Mitterrand approved Rainbow Warrior bombing
July 10, 2005, New Zealand Herald (New Zealand's Leading Newspaper)
The sabotage of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior 20 years ago in Auckland was carried out with the "personal authorisation" of France's late president Francois Mitterrand, documents showed today. Le Monde newspaper published extracts in its Saturday edition of a 1986 account written by Pierre Lacoste, the former head of France's DGSE foreign intelligence service, giving the clearest demonstration yet of Mitterrand's direct involvement in the sinking of the campaign vessel. Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira died in the attack on the ship that was leading Greenpeace's campaign against French nuclear tests on the Mururoa Atoll in the Pacific. "I asked the president if he gave me permission to put into action the neutralisation plan that I had studied on the request of Monsieur (Charles) Hernu," Lacoste wrote. Hernu was defence minister at the time. "He gave me his agreement while stressing the importance he placed on the nuclear tests.
CNN tours Gitmo prison camp
July 7, 2005, CNN
Military rules prevent crew from getting full picture. President Bush himself challenged reporters to visit the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay amid allegations that American troops mistreated suspected Islamic terrorists held there, so CNN took him up on the offer. "These people are being treated humanely. Very few prison systems around the world have seen such scrutiny as this one," Bush said Wednesday."And for those of you who are here and have doubt, I suggest buying an airplane ticket and going down and look -- take a look for yourself." But military ground rules -- including censoring video shot at the facility -- made it nearly impossible for a CNN crew that visited the prison the same day to get a full picture of the prison. A lawyer for some of the detainees called press tours of the camp "one big charade." CNN employees who visited the prison were not allowed to speak to the prisoners.
West turns blind eye as police put Saddam's torturers back to work
July 7, 2005, London Times
forces, set up by American and British troops, torture detainees by pulling
out their fingernails, burning them with hot irons or giving them electric shocks,
Iraqi officials say. Cases have also been recorded of bound prisoners being
beaten to death by police. In their haste to put police on the streets to counter
the brutal insurgency, Iraqi and US authorities have enlisted men trained under
Saddam Hussein's regime and versed in torture and abuse, the officials told
The Times. They said that recruits were also being drawn from the ranks of outlawed
Saudis warn of shortfalls as oil hits $61
July 6, 2005, Financial Times
Oil prices hit
new record highs above $61 a barrel on Thursday, driven by short-term supply
fears as the first hurricane of the season threatened crude production and refinery
operations in the Gulf of Mexico. But private warnings also point to a worsening
long-term outlook, with Saudi officials saying that the Organisation of the
Petroleum Exporting Countries will be unable to meet projected western demand
in 10 to 15 years. Senior Saudi energy officials have privately warned US
and European counterparts that Opec would have an "extremely difficult time"
meeting that demand. Saudi Arabia calculates there is a 4.5m b/d gap between
what the world needs and what the kingdom can provide.
Increase in Number of Documents Classified by Government
July 3, 2005, New York Times
Driven in part by fears of terrorism, government secrecy has reached a historic high by several measures, with federal departments classifying documents at the rate of 125 a minute as they create new categories of semi-secrets bearing vague labels like "sensitive security information." A record 15.6 million documents were classified last year, nearly double the number in 2001. Meanwhile, the declassification process, which made millions of historical documents available annually in the 1990's, has slowed to a relative crawl, from a high of 204 million pages in 1997 to just 28 million pages last year. Thomas H. Kean, chairman of the Sept. 11 commission and a former Republican governor of New Jersey, said the failure to prevent the 2001 attacks was rooted not in leaks of sensitive information but in the barriers to sharing information between agencies and with the public.
Boffins create zombie dogs
June 27, 2005, NEWS.com.au
created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical
death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans. US scientists
have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving
the way for trials on humans within years. Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for
Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject's veins are
drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution. The animals are
considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat
or brain activity. But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie
dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock. Plans to test the technique
on humans should be realised within a year, according to the Safar Centre. However
rather than sending people to sleep for years, then bringing them back to life
to benefit from medical advances, the boffins would be happy to keep people
in this state for just a few hours. But even this should be enough to save lives
such as battlefield casualties and victims of stabbings or gunshot wounds, who
have suffered huge blood loss.
How the leaked documents questioning war emerged from 'Britain's Deep Throat'
June 26, 2005, London Times
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1669292_2,00.html (page 2 of article, for page one, click here)
Ministry of Defence
figures for the number of bombs dropped on southern Iraq in 2002 show that virtually
none were used in March and April; but between May and August an average of
10 tons were dropped each month, with the RAF taking just as big a role in the
"spikes of activity" as their US colleagues. Then in September the figure shot
up again, with allied aircraft dropping 54.6 tons. If this was a covert air
war, both Bush and Blair may face searching questions. In America only Congress
can declare war, and it did not give the US president permission to take military
action against Iraq until October 11, 2002. Blair's legal justification is said
to come from UN Resolution 1441, which was not passed until November 8, 2002.
Pentagon Creating Student Database
June 23, 2005, Washington Post
The Defense Department began working yesterday with a private marketing firm to create a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits. The program is provoking a furor among privacy advocates. The new database will include personal information including birth dates, Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, grade-point averages, ethnicity and what subjects the students are studying. "The purpose of the system is to provide a single central facility within the Department of Defense to compile, process and distribute files of individuals who meet age and minimum school requirements for military service." Some information on high school students already is given to military recruiters in a separate program under provisions of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. Recruiters have been using the information to contact students at home, angering some parents and school districts around the country.
A child's return from autism
May 25, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle
A Lafayette couple, certain that chelation therapy has helped their autistic son, stepped squarely into the controversy surrounding the causes of autism and its treatment Tuesday as they joined 150 other parents in launching an international support group that will aggressively promote the treatment. The Handleys are now among a small minority of parents -- who, believing that the autism was caused by the mercury in thimerosal, a preservative that was routinely used in vaccines until recently -- are treating their children with chelation therapy, a lotion or pill that strips the body of heavy metals. It has been used for decades to detoxify people contaminated in industrial accidents, but no studies have proved whether it is an effective treatment for autism. For Jamie's parents, the proof they need is in front of them: Jamie, now 3 years old and several months into treatment, is plump and playing baseball. His smile has returned. The Handleys said the new support group, Generation Rescue, www.generationrescue.com, will offer information on chelation therapy and connect parents with those who can help.
Read the book, seen the movie? Now smell it too
April 7, 2005, The Guardian
Sony....has patented a device to evoke smells, flavours and even a sense of touch in audience's brains, in the hope of enhancing the movie-watching experience. Sony has been granted a series of patents that outline how the device works. According to the documents, pulses of ultrasound would be fired at the audience's heads to alter the normal neural activity in key parts of the brain. "Changes in the neural firing timing induce various sensory experiences, depending on the location," the company's first patent states. Elizabeth Boukis, a spokeswoman for Sony Electronics, said the device remained only an idea at the moment. According to Sony's patents, carefully directed ultrasound beams could evoke different sensations in people's brains, including tastes, smells and touch, and even moving images. "One of the advantages is that no invasive surgery is needed to assist a person, such as a blind person, to view live/recorded images," the patent says.
August 1, 2004, The Guardian
Sullivan, a Tennessee power company worker who lost both arms in a job-related accident, has been outfitted by Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago researchers with a kind of bionic arm, which is controlled directly by his thoughts. Sullivan doesn't have to think hard anymore about doing something; he simply does it the way he always did. "I feel my hand when I want to pick something up, then I just close my hand," he says. When he wants to grab a bottle of water, for instance, the computerized arm moves forward, the elbow bends and the mechanical hand grasps the bottle, bringing it to his lips, as his natural arm once did.
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