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21 November 2003
"Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate
the day when this planet may no longer be habitable.
Every man, woman, and child lives
under a nuclear sword of Damocles,
hanging by the slenderest of threads,
capable of being cut at any moment by
accident or miscalculation or madness."
--John F. Kennedy
1) Candidates see energy bill as flawed
2) The Federal Reserve and JFK
3) Deal on 9/11 Briefings Lets White House Edit Papers
4) Richard Perle admits invasion was illegal
5) Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack
6) Washington demands "triggers" for attack on IranEditor's Notes:
‘Candidates see energy bill as flawed' is item 1. Meanwhile the development of a 200kW Stirling engine
gets stalled for lack of funding. Yet at least this technology exists that can one day significantly reduce pollution emissions. Item 2 is on subject of John F. Kennedy and the Federal Reserve. Saturday marks the 40th anniversary since JFK's assassination. Peter Jennings spent two hours spinning inconsistencies of the case and then supposedly proving that a conspiracy is nonexistent – not for ‘rational' people. The spin was almost laughable, if it were not quite so serious of an issue. The article in this item gives another incentive for a shadow government to want to off President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy signed an executive order that could take away the strangle-hold economic power of the US Federal Reserve. Item 3 is on the government getting editing rights over 9/11 documents? And for more news of the weirdest kind, in item 4, a London Guardian article reported on Richard Perle's admission that the US invasion was -- in deed -- illegal. But item 5 takes the cake -- General Tommy Franks doubts that the Constitution will survive a weapon of mass destruction attack. Time to wake up and do something, maybe to help register those non-registered to VOTE – before it is too late. Time is growing short, as reported in the article in item 6 -- Washington demands "triggers" for attack on Iran. Watch out for those in power of the US government. They have been too quick on the trigger -- destabilizing the world for military and corporate totalitarianism.
Please note that updated at FlybyNews.com under ‘Actions, Campaigns and Events' is a "Silent March for Woody" on December 2nd in Brattleboro, VT. Woody was a friend of mine that was gunned down by two police officers while seeking political asylum in a Church. We will be updating more on this 911-gone-mad case of police-over-reaction and a cover-up in dealing with a loss of life and integrity in a peaceful community. Justice was not served on December 2nd 2001 in Brattleboro, VT, with many unanswered questions. To learn more, visit justiceforwoody.org
On a side positive note, I am delighted to report that I heard from Bart Jordan. He will be sending us some more of his writings, and information to show how he correlated numbers from alphabets of ancient civilizations, providing advanced measurements in and beyond our planetary solar system. Flyby News first posted Bart Jordan's Commentary on the Cassini-Earth flyby on August 13, 1999. Bart Jordan's work with science: anthropology, astronomy, metrology (the art of measurement), his genius as a concert guitarist with Andres Segovia, his abilities with languages, beginning as a young child, brings together unimaginable unique features that behold a story about humankind and our solar system challenging us to awaken and see life and evolution in a whole new way.
For information that was posted by Bart Jordan, see:flybynews.com/bartjordan/
"The problem is that such total, global American
military dominance would require a huge federal bureaucracy
And even worse:
It would require an essentially permanent state of war,
as well as a climate of fear at home --
leading to ever increasing levels of government power."
Congressman Bob Barr
August 7, 2002
1) Candidates see energy bill as flawed
"Kucinich is the only candidate so far to have voted against the bill."
Published in The Boston Globe
"Candidates see energy bill as flawed"
By Susan Milligan, Globe Staff, 11/21/2003
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidates are virtually united in their opposition to the energy bill before Congress, a position that could put the contenders on the defensive with Iowa farmers who stand to profit substantially from the legislation.
The complex mix of programs in the energy legislation pits different regions of the country against each other, including the competing interests of two early voting states, Iowa and New Hampshire.
Corn growers in Iowa like the bill, since it requires a doubling of the national use of ethanol, a gasoline additive made from corn.
Many political leaders in New Hampshire oppose a provision that protects producers of MTBE, another gasoline additive, from certain legal liability. New Hampshire and other jurisdictions have lawsuits pending against makers of MTBE, which has contaminated groundwater in the region; the pending bill would throw out those lawsuits.
''It's a terrible conundrum for them,'' said a Republican operative who asked not to be named. ''You cannot underestimate the importance of ethanol to the Midwest.''
Senators John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, John Edwards of North Carolina, and Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut have all announced their opposition to the bill. Former Vermont governor Howard Dean, retired Army General Wesley K. Clark, former senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, Representatives Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri and Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, and Al Sharpton of New York are also opposed to the bill, although Gephardt missed the House vote on the bill because he was campaigning on Wednesday.
''It is a mistake,'' Dean said when asked in New Mexico about the energy bill. ''It's bad for the country and great for big corporations, which is the hallmark of the Bush administration.'' Dean said he was in favor of such renewable energies as ethanol and biodiesel, but said ''we can get [them] without having to give $20 billion to the oil and gas interests.''
Kucinich is the only candidate so far to have voted against the bill. Two of the three sitting senators, however, may not show up today for what is expected to be a very close vote to block a threatened filibuster of the bill. Kerry is scheduled to file his candidacy papers in New Hampshire, and an Edwards spokesman said he did not know if Edwards would be in Washington for the vote. Lieberman is taking a red-eye flight back from California for the roll call, a spokeswoman said last night. ''I am tired of them coming up here and telling us what they stand for, and then not going to vote,'' said Jan Pendlebury, New Hampshire director for the National Environmental Trust.
Technically, the three senators' votes would not be needed to uphold a filibuster, since the onus is on the bill's supporters to produce 60 votes to end debate, spokesmen for Kerry and Edwards said.
Ethanol use is an important issue for corn producers. Doubling production ''would raise corn prices, increase the cash to farmers, and create jobs,'' said Lucy Norton, an official with the Iowa Corn Growers Association.
Corn growers ''are an isolated sector of the economy'' and more Republican-leaning, said Dennis Goldford, chairman of the department of politics and international relations at Drake University in Iowa. ''Are these people the Democrats would expect to get votes from anyway?''
Sarah Schweitzer of the Globe staff contributed to this report from New Mexico.
This story ran on page A5 of the Boston Globe on 11/21/2003.
© Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/articles/2003/11/21/candidates_see_energy_bill_as_flawed/
2) The Federal Reserve and JFK
President Kennedy, the Federal Reserve and Executive Order 11110
by Cedric X
From The Final Call, Vol15, No.6, on January 17, 1996 (USA)
On June 4, 1963, a little known attempt was made to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest. On that day President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the U.S. government the power to issue currency, without going through the Federal Reserve. Mr. Kennedy's order gave the Treasury the power "to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury."
This meant that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury's vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation. In all, Kennedy brought nearly $4.3 billion in U.S. notes into circulation. The ramifications of this bill are enormous.
With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Kennedy was on his way to putting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York out of business. If enough of these silver certificates were to come into circulation they would have eliminated the demand for Federal Reserve notes. This is because the silver certificates are backed by silver and the Federal Reserve notes are not backed by anything.
Executive Order 11110 could have prevented the national debt from reaching its current level, because it would have given the government the ability to repay its debt without going to the Federal Reserve and being charged interest in order to create the new money. Executive Order 11110 gave the U.S. the ability to create its own money backed by silver.
After Mr. Kennedy was assassinated just five months later, no more silver certificates were issued. The Final Call has learned that the Executive Order was never repealed by any U.S. President through an Executive Order and is still valid. Why then has no president utilized it? Virtually all of the nearly $6 trillion in debt has been created since 1963, and if a U.S. president had utilized Executive Order 11110 the debt would be nowhere near the current level. Perhaps the assassination of JFK was a warning to future presidents who would think to eliminate the U.S. debt by eliminating the Federal Reserve's control over the creation of money. Mr. Kennedy challenged the government of money by challenging the two most successful vehicles that have ever been used to drive up debt - war and the creation of money by a privately-owned central bank. His efforts to have all troops out of Vietnam by 1965 and Executive Order 11110 would have severely cut into the profits and control of the New York banking establishment. As America's debt reaches unbearable levels and a conflict emerges in Bosnia that will further increase America's debt, one is force to ask, will President Clinton have the courage to consider utilizing Executive Order 11110 and, if so, is he willing to pay the ultimate price for doing so?
Executive Order 11110 AMENDMENT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 10289
For the complete article, see:http://www.john-f-kennedy.net/executiveorder11110.htm
3) Deal on 9/11 Briefings Lets White House Edit Papers
The New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/14/national/14TERR.html
November 14, 2003
Deal on 9/11 Briefings Lets White House Edit Papers
By PHILIP SHENON
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 — The commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said on Thursday that its deal with the White House for access to highly classified Oval Office intelligence reports would let the White House edit the documents before they were released to the commission's representatives.
The agreement, announced on Wednesday, has led to the first public split on the commission. Two Democrats on the 10-member panel say that the commission should have demanded full access to the intelligence summaries, known as the President's Daily Brief, and that the White House should not be allowed to determine what is relevant to the investigation.
An umbrella group of victims' families joined the criticism, saying the terms of the accord should be public.
While spokesmen for panel refused again to provide the terms, citing the sensitivity of the talks with the White House, its executive director acknowledged that the White House would be able to remove information from the reports unrelated to Al Qaeda and to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"An entire P.D.B. will have articles about China, South Africa, Venezuela," the executive director, Philip D. Zelikow, said in an interview. "The notion that the commission should want to read P.D.B. articles that have nothing to do with Al Qaeda would be a novel suggestion. The commission has not asked to see the country's most sensitive intelligence information on China or North Korea."
A Democrat on the panel who has criticized the accord, former Representative Timothy J. Roemer of Indiana, said in an interview that he believed that the panel had agreed to terms that would let the White House edit the reports to remove the contexts in which the intelligence was presented and to hide any "smoking guns."
"The President's Daily Brief can run 9 to 12 pages long," Mr. Roemer said. "But under this agreement, the commission will be allowed to see only specific articles or paragraphs within the P.D.B.'s. Our members may see only two or three paragraphs out of a nine-page report."
He said the commission should have insisted on access to the full reports, because "you need the context of how the P.D.B. was presented to the president in order to determine whether or not there were smoking guns."
The other Democratic critic on the panel, former Senator Max Cleland of Georgia, has described the agreement as unconscionable.
Administration officials have acknowledged that they are concerned that intelligence reports received by Mr. Bush in the weeks before 9/11 might be construed to suggest that the White House failed to respond to evidence suggesting that Al Qaeda was planning a catastrophic attack. The White House acknowledged last year in response to news reports that a copy of the Daily Brief in August 2001 noted that Al Qaeda might use hijacked planes in an attack.
Commission officials have said that under the agreement the panel will be able to designate four members to read the reports. They will be allowed to take notes on the documents, and the White House will be allowed to review and edit the notes to remove especially sensitive information.
In its statement, the victims' family group, the Family Steering Committee, said the agreement would "prevent a full uncovering of the truth and is unacceptable." The group is led by many advocates who were most responsible for pressuring Congress to create the commission last year over the initial objections of the White House.
"As it now stands, a limited number of commissioners will have restricted access to a limited number of P.D.B. documents," the group said. "The commission should issue a statement to the American public fully explaining why this agreement was chosen in lieu of issuing subpoenas to the C.I.A. and executive branch."
The group said, "All 10 commissioners should have full, unfettered and unrestricted access to all evidence, including but not limited to all Presidential Daily Briefings."
A spokesman for the group, Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband, Ronald, was killed at the World Trade Center, said the families were alarmed that the terms of the accord were kept secret.
`'I think this entire deal needs to be explained to the public," Ms. Breitweiser said. "This is an independent commission that is supposed to be transparent, that is supposed to be open."
Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/14/national/14TERR.html
4) Richard Perle admits invasion was illegal
"War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal"
Oliver Burkeman and Julian Borger in Washington
Thursday November 20, 2003
International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with astonishment yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded that the invasion of Iraq had been illegal.
In a startling break with the official White House and Downing Street lines, Mr Perle told an audience in London: "I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing."
President George Bush has consistently argued that the war was legal either because of existing UN security council resolutions on Iraq - also the British government's publicly stated view - or as an act of self-defence permitted by international law.
But Mr Perle, a key member of the defence policy board, which advises the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said that "international law ... would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone", and this would have been morally unacceptable.
French intransigence, he added, meant there had been "no practical mechanism consistent with the rules of the UN for dealing with Saddam Hussein".
Mr Perle, who was speaking at an event organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, had argued loudly for the toppling of the Iraqi dictator since the end of the 1991 Gulf war.
"They're just not interested in international law, are they?" said Linda Hugl, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which launched a high court challenge to the war's legality last year. "It's only when the law suits them that they want to use it."
Mr Perle's remarks bear little resemblance to official justifications for war, according to Rabinder Singh QC, who represented CND and also participated in Tuesday's event.
Certainly the British government, he said, "has never advanced the suggestion that it is entitled to act, or right to act, contrary to international law in relation to Iraq".
The Pentagon adviser's views, he added, underlined "a divergence of view between the British govern ment and some senior voices in American public life [who] have expressed the view that, well, if it's the case that international law doesn't permit unilateral pre-emptive action without the authority of the UN, then the defect is in international law"..
For the complete article, see:http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1089158,00.html
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2003
5) Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack
Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack
John O. Edwards, NewsMax.com
Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of
Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military operation to liberate Iraq, expressed his worries in an extensive interview he gave to the men's lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado.
In the magazine's December edition, the former commander of the military's Central Command warned that if terrorists succeeded in using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) against the U.S. or one of our allies, it would likely have catastrophic consequences for our cherished republican form of government.
Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to the U.S. in the wake of Sept. 11, Franks said that "the worst thing that could happen" is if terrorists acquire and then use a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon that inflicts heavy casualties.
If that happens, Franks said, "... the Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy."
For the complete article, see:http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/11/20/185048.shtml
6) Washington demands "triggers" for attack on Iran
WSWS : News & Analysis : Middle East
Washington demands "triggers" for attack on Iran
By Mike Head
20 November 2003
Even as its occupation of Iraq plunges further into disarray, the Bush administration is stepping up its drive for similar "regime change" in neighbouring oil-rich Iran. Ever since President Bush named Iran, along with Iraq and North Korea, as an "axis of evil" in his January 2002 State of the Union address, the White House has maintained a barrage of allegations and threats against the Iranian regime, repeatedly accusing it of conducting a secret nuclear weapons program.
Washington's provocative campaign reached new heights this week, with US Secretary of State Colin Powell flatly rejecting as "deficient" a European draft resolution criticising Iran for allegedly concealing various nuclear activities. Briefing reporters after meeting European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Powell condemned the British-French-German resolution for not having "trigger mechanisms" for intervention against Iran, a country with 65 million people.
Powell added a thinly-veiled threat of unilateral military action if Washington did not get its way at today's scheduled meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "If a resolution [is] totally inadequate, then maybe we don't have a resolution right now," he said.
For the third time this year, the US has demanded that the 35-member IAEA board of governors declare the Islamic republic in "non-compliance" with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It wants the IAEA to cite the breaches to the UN Security Council, paving the way for a UN resolution to justify punitive measures.
The resistance of the EU powers reflects definite economic and strategic conflicts. European companies, together with Russian, Japanese and Malaysian firms, have multi-billion dollar contracts for exploration and drilling in Iran, which has the fourth largest crude oil reserves and the second biggest natural gas reserves in the world.
These companies have substantially supplanted the US and British firms that effectively controlled Iran's oil and gas riches for 25 years under the Shah of Iran. The US and British contracts were revoked following the 1979 revolution that ousted the US-backed dictator. A US economic embargo on Iran since 1979 also allowed its European and Asian rivals to win large shares of the country's substantial internal market.
The aim of any US intervention would be to instal a puppet regime that would privatise the country's oil industry and turn it over to US-based transnationals. More broadly, along with the US occupation of Iraq and the stationing of thousands of US troops throughout the former Soviet central Asian republics, "regime change" in Iran would seek to establish unchallenged American hegemony over the Middle East and Central Asia..
IAEA report rejected
Despite the complete collapse of its "weapons of mass destruction" fabrications in Iraq, the White House is making equally unsubstantiated allegations against Iran, accusing it of secretly pursuing a massive nuclear munitions program. Last week, it rejected out of hand a draft IAEA report, which concluded that "no evidence" of such a program existed.
Instead, the Bush administration seized upon Iran's admissions of earlier minor failures to report nuclear-related activities to the IAEA. According to the IAEA report, which was widely leaked to the Western media, Iran has admitted producing small amounts of nuclear materials, including low-enriched uranium and plutonium..
For the complete article, see:http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/nov2003/iran-n20.shtml
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