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Sunday, November 05, 2006

November 5, 2006: Recent links of interest

Homeland Security Tightens Grip on International Travel

Sunday, 5 November 2006 4:27 P GMT-05
Current practices already represent a severe restriction on the right to travel. The "no-fly list" dates back to 1990, but Patriot Act I created a new agency, the Transportation Security Administration, that was charged with creating and maintaining a list of people who were not allowed to board airplanes. The list was reported to have contained around 1,000 names by the end of 2001 of people strictly forbidden to fly plus a second longer list of "selectees" who were to be called out of line and subjected to closer searches and intense questioning before they were allowed to board. Many American politcal activists reported that they were on the "selectee" list. These lists of names were provided to airlines who were charged with the task of separating out listed passengers and notifying authorities. In December, 2005, a Swedish airline leaked that the list had grown from 1,000 to over 80,000. The new procedure will completely eliminate the opportunity for the public to find out how many people are on the list. No airline or cruise company will ever receive a "no-fly" or "selectee" list. Instead of providing a passenger manifest after departure as now required by the Customs and Border Patrol, airlines, cruise lines and other public carriers will have to provide a provisional pasenger list prior to departure. This list will be checked against a Homeland Security list of citizens approved for international travel, and the carrier will be ordered not to board those who are not approved.

Boston 9/11 Truth to Stage 9/11 Truth Tea Party December 16th in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, 5 November 2006 4:12 P GMT-05
In the spirit of American patriots who on December 16, 1773 rebuked the lack of representation and tyranny to which the colonies were subjected by Great Britain, by tossing crates of British tea into Boston Harbor, the Boston 9/11 Truth Committee will enact a "9/11 Truth Tea Party" on December 16, 2006, calling on "all American Sons and Daughters of Liberty to cast-off the tyranny, deceit and lies imposed on the American public by way of the official 9/11 Commission Report."

1999 war games foresaw problems in Iraq

Sunday, 5 November 2006 3:11 P GMT-05
The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, and even then chaos might ensue.

Bush Admin Posted Nuclear Bomb Building Guide On The Internet...

Friday, 3 November 2006 9:37 P GMT-05
In Europe, a senior diplomat said atomic experts there had studied the nuclear documents on the Web site and judged their public release as potentially dangerous. “It’s a cookbook,” said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his agency’s rules. “If you had this, it would short-circuit a lot of things.” The New York Times had examined dozens of the documents and asked a half dozen nuclear experts to evaluate some of them. Peter D. Zimmerman, a physicist and former United States government arms scientist now at the war studies department of King’s College, London, called the posted material “very sensitive, much of it undoubtedly secret restricted data.” Ray E. Kidder, a senior nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, an arms design center, said “some things in these documents would be helpful” to nations aspiring to develop nuclear weapons and should have remained secret.

Former 'enemy combatant' claims torture

Thursday, 2 November 2006 6:57 P GMT-05
Padilla's lawyers say that he was kept from sleeping, kept in shackles for hours and housed in a small cell at a Navy brig in South Carolina. They also allege that interrogators threatened to cut him and pour alcohol on the cuts and gave him drugs, possibly LSD or PCP. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke told federal prosecutors to respond to the torture claims by Nov. 13.

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