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anthony @ 15:40 GMT

migrants

JAMES SLACK | UK Daily Mail | Wednesday February 13, 2008

More than 860 immigrants pour into Britain every day – a figure which does not even include those entering illegally.

Official statistics reveal that the immigrant population has leapt by almost 2.4million since Labour came to power a decade ago.

They were released as the Government faced accusations of “fiddling the figures” after claiming the number of migrants from outside the EU was over half.

The figures show an increase of 316,000 immigrants – or 865 a day – for 2006 alone, the latest period for which figures are available.

At the same time, 715,000 British citizens have packed their bags and left – including 126,000 in 2006. (more…)

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Corporations Rush to Build Gov’t Domestic Spying Network!

GEF @ 8:08 AM MST

Is this why the GOP are so in a hurry to pass the FISA Surveillance Act including Telecom Immunity ??

Looks like Corporate immunity is the plan they’ve had all along! It’s all about money and shielding Corporations from lawsuits in regards to New World Disorder tracking schemes and compromised information liabilities.

Lockheed wins Big Brother contract

Grant Gross, IDG News Service

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$1 billion contract to build a next-generation biometrics-based identification system.

The biometric collection system and database, which has raised concerns of privacy groups, would include imaging of irises, faces and other identifying characteristics, the FBI said in a news release late Tuesday. Lockheed Martin will design, develop, test and deploy the Next Generation Identification System over the 10-year life of the contract.

The new system will expand on the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), primarily a fingerprint-based identification system operated in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the FBI said.

“IAFIS has been a fantastic tool in support of criminal justice and the war on terror,” Thomas E. Bush III, assistant director of the FBI’s CJIS Division, said in a statement. “[The new system] will give us bigger, better, faster capabilities and lead us into the future.”

The American Civil Liberties Union has raised concerns about the biometric database, saying it’s part of the U.S. government’s efforts to collect more and more information about residents.

The new system will expand fingerprint capacity, doubling the size of the FBI’s current database, and will also include palm prints, iris and facial recognition, Lockheed Martin said in a news release. The system will be designed to be flexible enough to accommodate future biometric technologies, the company said.

Among the companies working with Lockheed Martin on the contract will be Accenture and BAE Systems Information Technology.

Lockheed Martin will provide program management and oversight as well as development of biometric and large systems, the company said. Accenture’s responsibilities will include interoperability and change management. BAE will work on external interface requirements engineering and security design.

The FBI contract was awarded through an open bidding process. Northrop Grumman and IBM also bid on the contract.

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anthony @ 13:30 GMT

Daily Mail | Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Princess Diana could have been murdered by security services in a plot that mirrored plans to kill Slobodan Milosevic, a former MI6 spy told the inquest into her death yesterday.

Richard Tomlinson said the way Diana died bore an “eerie similarity” to assassination plans he was shown in 1992.

He said documents shown to him by an MI6 officer suggested three ways that the Serbian President could be murdered.

One way was to kill him “in a staged car crash, possibly during one of his visits to the ICFY (International Conference on the former Yugoslavia) in Geneva”.

It “even provided a suggestion about how this could be done, such as disorientating Milosevic’s chauffeur using a blinding strobe light as the cavalcade passed through one of Geneva’s motorway tunnels”.

Witnesses to the events of August 31, 1997, claim to have seen a “bright white flash” in the Alma tunnel in Paris moments before the crash in which Diana and Dodi Fayed died. (more…)

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Ethics Committee Gives Tap Tap Craig a Valentines Letter!

GEF @ 6:08 AM MST

Senate Ethics Committee Wags Finger at Larry Craig

The Senate ethics committee sent a letter admonishing Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) this evening. We’ll have the letter and details in a moment.

Update: Here’s the letter.

Update: The complaint dings Craig for disorderly conduct (“The Committee accepts as proven your guilty plea”), trying to bully the cop who busted him by showing his business card and asking “What do you think about that?” among other things.

His attempt to erase the guilty plea, the senators write, is a craven attempt to avoid fault: “Your claims to the court, through counsel, to the effect that your guilty plea resulted from improper pressure or coercion, or that you did not, as a legal matter, know what you were doing when you pled guilty, do not appear credible.”

The senators also ding him for using campaign funds to pay his legal bills without first seeking approval from the committee.

They conclude:

“The conduct to which you pled guilty, together with your related conduct as set forth above, constitute improper conduct reflecting discreditably on the Senate and through this letter the Select Committee on Ethics, on behalf of and pursuant to authority granted by the United States Senate, publicly admonishes you for that conduct….The Select Committee on Ethics resolves this matter through your public admonition so that, on behalf of the United States Senate, it may make known clearly that the conduct to which you pled guilty, together with the related and subsequent conduct discussed in this letter, is improper conduct which has reflected discreditably on the Senate.”

The letter is signed by committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and John Cornyn (R-TX), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ken Salazar (D-CO), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).

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Accountability Now!

The U.S. House of Representatives under the so-called leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) is failing We the People at an alarming rate.

She has not only taken impeachment off of the table for her cohorts, George Bush and Dick Cheney, but she has taken ending the illegal, immoral and unconscionable occupation of Iraq off the table, too. Along with an almost daily onslaught of fresh assaults on our liberties, these things are clearly not acceptable.

I am running against Ms. Pelosi to challenge her lack of leadership and her abandonment of the good people of the 8th District. As a “Decline to State,” my “party” affiliation, I cannot get on the ballot in California until August for the November General Election. In a perfect world, a credible Democrat will take her on in the primaries to make her answer to her constituents on certain charges: ie: if she knew BushCo was torturing human beings as early as 2002, why did she remain silent? Why does she continue to fund the war crimes of the Bush Regime? Why will she not advocate for the decontamination of Bay View/Hunter’s Point and for affordable housing, not just there, but all over San Francisco? Why did she exclude our transgender brothers and sisters from the ENDA legislation? Why does she support “Free” Trade agreements that hurt workers and unions all over the world? These are just a few questions that need to be urgently asked and answered because many of her policies directly contradict the values of San Francisco.

Cindy for Congress is not opposed to the idea of a Democratic challenger to Pelosi in the June primaries. We will still be continuing our challenge as we gather signatures to appear on the ballot and consolidate support for our general election victory in November. The bigger the tent, the more people can fit!

The more voices, the better the Democracy!

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush’s war of terror on 04/04/04. Sheehan is a congressional candidate running against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. You can visit her campaign website at CindyforCongress.org She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. Read other articles by Cindy.

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American Teachers and the War

Sudhan @12:15 CET

Stephen Zunes | Foreign Policy In Focus, February 13, 2008

Many Americans would be surprised to learn that among the most important constituencies backing the Bush administration’s disastrous agenda in the Middle East and promoting anti-Arab policies has been the one million-strong American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The AFT leadership has gone so far as to make a series of public statements and push through resolutions with demonstrably inaccurate assertions in its defense of administration policy. A key constituent union of the AFL-CIO, the AFT – which also represents a significant number of health care and other public service workers – gives over $5 million in contributions to congressional candidates each election cycle.

In January 2003, as anti-war activists were scrambling to prevent a U.S. invasion of Iraq war by challenging the Bush administration’s claims about Iraq having reconstituted its chemical and biological weapons capability, offensive delivery system, and nuclear weapons program, the AFT’s executive council decided to weigh in on the debate.

The AFT executive council issued a public statement claiming that Iraq at that time posed “a unique threat to the peace and stability of the Middle East” and “to the national security interests of the United States.” This decision to parrot the Bush administration’s rhetoric regarding Iraq’s alleged military capabilities flew in the face of substantial evidence gathered from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN Special Commission on Iraq, and the UN Monitoring and Verification Commission. In addition, testimony by former UN arms inspectors, articles in scholarly journals by arms control experts, reports by investigative journalists, and analyses by independent research institutes available at that time cast serious doubts on such allegations.

Continued . . .

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