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14 October 2005

"To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense
of independence, self-respect, and their oneness."


- Mohandas K. Gandhi

1) Wall Street Journal - Plamegate Probe Widens
- - Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq
- - Ike Was Right About War Machine by Andy Rooney
2) The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children
- - Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant seeks 20-year extension
- - Radiation and Public Health Action and Organizations
3) Invisible Ballots, Confirming Democracy in Decline
- - The Police State Is Closer Than You Think

Editor's Notes:

Last Tuesday David Ray Griffin spoke before a capacity audience in a Church on Main Street. The "official" 9/11 Commission Report was exposed for what it is.. a sham. The Griffin talk was recorded by Brattleboro Community TV station.. David Griffin expects his next book will be ready for distribution in February, 2006. It's called: "The American Empire and a Better Possibility: A Political-Economic-Religious Statement."

This issue begins with a powerhouse article, which was published in the Wall Street Journal. This is another step from a rumor to actuality. Prosecutor Fitzgerald is taking real issues about justice into account. The article suggested that the CIA-Plame outing investigation will be expanded to what was behind it; an administration cooking up policy to make a war.. for oil and privatization-military interests. Following is on a poll where a growing majority would welcome Bush's Impeachment if he lied about Iraq. And, next, Andy Rooney hits a home run.. an essay about President Eisenhower's farewell-warning address on the military-industrial complex. Go for it, Andy!

Item two opens with a film I saw last Friday: "The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children." And yet it was not only sad, and horrific, but a human touch guided the movie for this doctor is a real human caring being. Next, be ready, Entergy Nuclear wants to keep Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant running for another 20 years after its current license expires in 2012. Can you imagine? The last subsection in this item contains resources and organizations to unite with to stop this threat.

Item 3 is a review on a film on vote fraud. And then an article on the groundwork for a Police State. Yet in the moment the future is born, and Friday night Flyby News will be rocking or sifting through the desert sand with MAWWAL, Jeff Martell, and John Coster and The Medicine Band. It is time to celebrate and support campaigns for integrity and freedom before it is too late! Check FlybyNews.com for details.

Choices are the hinges of destiny!



1) Wall Street Journal - Plamegate Probe Widens

- - Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq
- - Ike Was Right About War Machine by Andy Rooney

Wall Street Journal - Plamegate Probe Widens

Focus of CIA Leak Probe Appears to Widen
By JOHN D. MCKINNON, JOE HAGAN and ANNE MARIE SQUEO
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
October 12, 2005; Page A3

The New York Times reporter who went to jail to avoid testifying in the CIA leak case was quizzed by the special prosecutor again yesterday and has agreed to return to the grand jury today.

Judith Miller's additional testimony comes as the endgame is intensifying in the legal chess match that threatens to damage the Bush administration.

There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought. Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame.

Mr. Wilson had become a thorn in the Bush administration's side, as he sought to undermine the administration's claims that Iraq had sought to buy materials for building nuclear weapons from other countries, such as uranium "yellowcake" from Niger. Ultimately, his wife's name and identity were disclosed in a newspaper column, prompting the investigation into whether someone in the administration broke the law by revealing the identity of an undercover agent.

Ms. Miller, the Times reporter, was interviewed again yesterday to discuss conversations she had with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff. She testified on Sept. 30 before a grand jury about conversations she had with Mr. Libby in July 2003.

Since then, her lawyers have told Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the leak of the CIA agent's identity, that Ms. Miller's notes show that she also spoke with Mr. Libby in late June, information that was not previously given to the grand jury.

Mr. Fitzgerald's pursuit now suggests he might be investigating not a narrow case on the leaking of the agent's name, but perhaps a broader conspiracy.

Mr. Wilson's initial complaints were made privately to reporters. He went public in a July 6 op-ed in the New York Times and in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." After that, White House officials, who were attempting to discredit Mr. Wilson's claims, confirmed to some reporters that Mr. Wilson was married to a CIA official. Columnist Robert Novak published Mr. Wilson's wife's name and association with the agency in a column that suggested she had played a role in having him sent on a mission to Niger to investigate the administration's claims.

Until now, Mr. Fitzgerald appeared to be focusing on conversations between White House officials such as Mr. Libby and Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser, after Mr. Wilson wrote his op-ed. The defense by Republican operatives has been that White House officials didn't name Ms. Plame, and that any discussion of her was in response to reporters' questions about Mr. Wilson, the kind of casual banter that occurs between sources and reporters.

Mr. Rove, who has already testified three times before the grand jury and was identified by a Time magazine reporter as a source for his story on Mr. Wilson, is expected to go back to the grand jury, potentially as early as today, to clarify earlier answers.

Lawyers familiar with the investigation believe that at least part of the outcome likely hangs on the inner workings of what has been dubbed the White House Iraq Group. Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. Rove and Libby, worked on setting strategy for selling the war in Iraq to the public in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion. The group likely would have played a significant role in responding to Mr. Wilson's claims.

Given that the grand jury is set to expire on Oct. 28, it is possible charges in this case could come as early as next week. Former federal prosecutors say it is traditional not to wait for the last minute and run the risk of not having enough jurors to reach a quorum. There are 23 members of a grand jury, and 16 are needed for a quorum before any indictments could be voted on. This grand jury has traditionally met on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Since Ms. Miller first testified to the grand jury on Sept. 30, she has not published an article about her conversations with Mr. Libby in the New York Times, though she has given interviews to the paper and other media outlets. She hasn't publicly disclosed what she told the prosecutor.

In a memo to staffers yesterday, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller confirmed that Ms. Miller would return to the grand jury "to supplement her earlier testimony," and noted that this means Ms. Miller is "not yet clear of legal jeopardy."

Mr. Keller had earlier said the paper would publish a full account of everything Ms. Miller knew, but her continuing legal exposure has prevented the Times from doing so. Mr. Keller said yesterday in his memo that once Ms. Miller's "obligations to the grand jury are fulfilled, we intend to write the most thorough story we can of her entanglement with the White House leak investigation."

URL for this article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB112907415441266084.html
Copyright 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Write to John D. McKinnon at john.mckinnon@wsj.com1, Joe Hagan at joe.hagan@wsj.com, Anne Marie Squeo at annemarie.squeo@wsj.com

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- - Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq

From AfterDowningStreet.org

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2005

Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq

By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans say that President Bush should be impeached if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,001 U.S. adults on October 8-9.

The poll found that 50% agreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable by impeaching him."

44% disagreed, and 6% said they didn't know or declined to answer. The poll has a +/- 3.1% margin of error.

Those who agreed with the statement were also more passionate: 39% strongly agreed, while 30% strongly disagreed.

"The results of this poll are truly astonishing," said AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder Bob Fertik. "Bush's record-low approval ratings tell just half of the story, which is how much Americans oppose Bush's policies on Iraq and other issues. But this poll tells the other half of the story - that a solid plurality of Americans want Congress to consider removing Bush from the White House."

Impeachment Supported by Majorities of Many Groups

Responses varied by political party affiliation: 72% of Democrats favored impeachment, compared to 56% of Independents and 20% of Republicans.

Responses also varied by age and income. Solid majorities of those under age 55 (54%), as well as those with household incomes below $50,000 (57%), support impeachment.

Majorities favored impeachment in the Northeast (53%), West (51%), and even the South (50%).

For the entire press release, see:
www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/3528

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- - Ike Was Right About War Machine by Andy Rooney
Oct. 2, 2005

(CBS) The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney.

I'm not really clear how much a billion dollars is but the United States our United States is spending $5.6 billion a month fighting this war in Iraq that we never should have gotten into.

We still have 139,000 soldiers in Iraq today.

Almost 2,000 Americans have died there. For what?

Now we have the hurricanes to pay for. One way our government pays for a lot of things is by borrowing from countries like China.

Another way the government is planning to pay for the war and the hurricane damage is by cutting spending for things like Medicare prescriptions, highway construction, farm payments, AMTRAK, National Public Radio and loans to graduate students. Do these sound like the things you'd like to cut back on to pay for Iraq?

I'll tell you where we ought to start saving: on our bloated military establishment.

We're paying for weapons we'll never use.

No other Country spends the kind of money we spend on our military. Last year Japan spent $42 billion. Italy spent $28 billion, Russia spent only $19 billion. The United States spent $455 billion.

We have 8,000 tanks for example. One Abrams tank costs 150 times as much as a Ford station wagon.

We have more than 10,000 nuclear weapons enough to destroy all of mankind.

We're spending $200 million a year on bullets alone. That's a lot of target practice. We have 1,155,000 enlisted men and women and 225,000 officers. One officer to tell every five enlisted soldier what to do. We have 40,000 colonels alone and 870 generals.

We had a great commander in WWII, Dwight Eisenhower. He became President and on leaving the White House in 1961, he said this: "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. "

Well, Ike was right. That's just what's happened.

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By Andy Rooney MMV, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/30/60minutes/main892398.shtml



2) The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children

- - Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant seeks 20-year extension
- - Radiation and Public Health Action and Organizations

The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children

"The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children" is a documentary film by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn. This new, video just released by Ochoa-Wagner Produktion in 2004 in Germany, documents uranium contamination in Iraq following aerial bombardment and armored tank assaults by U.S. and allied forces. The story is told by citizens of many nations and opens with comments by two British vets, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called ?depleted? uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children."

International sales as well as television and theatrical showings are arranged through the international distributors. Contact Carlos Hertel, hertel@telepool.de at Telepool in Munich, Germany. www.telepool.de/mainweb/index.htm

This video is available for purchase (online or by mail) in the US
for private, home use only in VHS (ntsc) format. $30 includes shipping cost.

Traprock Peace Center has exclusive rights in the US for public,
non-theatrical showings. Contact Sunny Miller - 413-773-7427 -

To learn more, visit TraprockPeace.org: "The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children".

For more on this and other recommended FN films, see:

Films that Make a Difference!

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- - Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant seeks 20-year extension

It's official: Entergy Nuclear wants to keep Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant running for another 20 years after its current license expires.

In a brief, formal letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, reactor owner Entergy Nuclear said it would file an application for a license extension in January 2006 for Vermont Yankee and its larger sister plant, Pilgrim Nuclear in Massachusetts.

Vermont Yankee started operating in November 1972 with a federal, 40-year license. Its license expires in March 2012..

For the complete article, published by the Rutland Herald on October 12, see:
www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051012/NEWS/510120395/1003

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- - Radiation and Public Health Action and Organizations

The Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP) was established by scientists and physicians dedicated to understanding the relationships between low-level, nuclear radiation and public health. The RPHP "Tooth Fairy Project" "..grew out of the work of Dr. Jay Gould, Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project and author of The Enemy Within: The High Cost of Living Near Nuclear Reactors. By analyzing 50 years of US National Cancer Institute data, Dr. Gould proved that.of the 3,000-odd counties in the United States, women living in about 1,300 nuclear counties (located within 100 miles of a reactor) are at the greatest risk of dying of breast cancer.." Back in the days of the pre-Cassini-Earth flyby, a Letter of Concern by Dr. John W. Gofman provided ample evidence showing why there is no safe dose for alpha particles emitted by the radioactive decay of plutonium.. This concern has also been realized by the impact from the use of Depleted Uranium missile shells, which has caused much harm to soldiers and civilians, but especially to the young. For more on these issues, actions, and campaigns, visit these web sites: Nuclear Information and Resource Service, New England Coalition, Citizens Awareness Network, Traprock Peace Center, and The Radiation and Public Health Project



3) Invisible Ballots, Confirming Democracy in Decline

- - The Police State Is Closer Than You Think


Invisible Ballots, Confirming Our Worst Fears About Democracy in Decline
by Anthony Wade
opednews.com -

Re: invisibleballots.com

October 8, 2005

No matter how honest and forthright you or I may be, history has proven one inescapable truth about the human condition. Given motive and opportunity, many people will choose to take whatever short cut is available, to achieve their objectives. Translation, they will cheat. One of the hallmarks of our democracy has always been free and fair elections. That hallmark is in grave danger as we enter into a cyberspace method of voting. The documentary, "Invisible Ballots" investigates this growing crisis.

The history of these changes to our voting systems was birthed during the "pregnant chad" debacle following the 2000 presidential election. Images of people holding up punch cards to the light to interpret the intent of the voter frightened the electorate and the push toward computerized ballots was on. Invisible Ballots correctly points out however that Florida was an aberration, not a microcosm of our voting system. Nonetheless, soon an unholy alliance was born between voting machine companies and governmental officials, where ridiculously expensive voting machines were now being mandated in the country through the Help America Vote Act, which unfortunately does very little to actually protect America's votes. Thus, in just five years, we have gone from being unable to divine our votes, to being unable to trust them.

The people interviewed in the documentary are not partisan operatives, nor unreliable alarmists. They are real people, experts, PhDs, and computer programmers, who have lived these problems for years now, trying desperately to get the word out. They weave a compelling story about vote fraud and the vulnerability of our current systems.

Essentially there are two problems that can occur in any election. The first is error, as people are inherently human, and prone to mistakes. The second problem is fraud and as history has shown, it is a realistic concern. To not admit these two problems can and do exist in every election is simply inane.

..Do you want voting machines that accidentally lose 16,000 votes? Well, Diebold has now admitted that is exactly what happened to Al Gore in Florida in the 2000 election. Those 16,000 votes would mean this country would never have seen the Bush administration.

Article Truncated, for the complete review, see:
www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_by_antho_051008_invisible_ballots__c.htm

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- - The Police State Is Closer Than You Think
By Paul Craig Roberts

The hysterical aftermath of September 11 has put into place the main components of a police state.

Habeas corpus is the greatest protection Americans have against a police state. Habeas corpus ensures that Americans can only be detained by law. They must be charged with offenses, given access to attorneys, and brought to trial. Habeas corpus prevents the despotic practice of picking up a person and holding him indefinitely.

President Bush claims the power to set aside habeas corpus and to dispense with warrants for arrest and with procedures that guarantee court appearance and trial without undue delay. Today in the US, the executive branch claims the power to arrest a citizen on its own initiative and hold the citizen indefinitely. Thus, Americans are no longer protected from arbitrary arrest and indefinite detention.

These new "seize and hold" powers strip the accused of the protective aspects of law and give rein to selectivity and arbitrariness. No warrant is required for arrest, no charges have to be presented before a judge, and no case has to be put before a jury. As the police are unaccountable, whoever is selected for arrest is at the mercy of arbitrariness.

Article truncated, for the complete article, see:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10564.htm

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Dr. Roberts paulcraigroberts@yahoo.com is John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, former contributing editor for National Review, and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.



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