November 12, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects #115: Corporate/Military-Enforced Mayhem and Terror Around the World

Hello everyone

With the airplane downed in New York this morning (shot down from a nearby helicopter according to a local witness - anyone else heard something like this?), we have perhaps another chapter in the unfolding covertnment's phoney War on Terror - but let's hope it's a mere, and indeed very sad, accident. Once again you'll find below lots of hard-to-find material shedding a quite different light from what the US-led propaganda-media tries to sell us.

Expect something truly awesome in the next Light Series compilation, now readied for tomorrow.

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

P.S. See also Media compilation #27: Some Truths, Past and Present, That Need to be Exposed - posted at and the attached pics worth a thousand words...

"Most Americans do not recognize that Congress has just passed a bill that would give the government expanded power to invade our privacy, imprison people without due process and punish dissent."

- Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU, October 12.


1. Personal action
2. Words of thanks and update from John Bunzl
3. Virtual Sit-In against the WTO
4. September 21 Remarks by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Before the US Congress
5. Another Bombshell
6. Human rights & other irrelevancies
7. Help for the peaceful Falun Gong people
8. Operation Enduring Avarice
9. Concentration Camps in America!!!

See also:

Petition to world leaders to halt the bombing for the Ramadan

Afghan Refuges Shunned and Scorned - An In-Depth Report on a Complex Region (1512K)

Rumsfeld: Iraq May be Target (28 October 2001)
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he cannot rule out military action against Iraq in the US-led war on terrorism. He was speaking after the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz, said he believed the US planned to attack 300 Iraqi targets with 1,000 missiles. However, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw dismissed the idea, telling America's ABC News he had seen no evidence to link Iraq with the 11 September attacks on New York and Washington. CLIP

Fury as Bush keeps key to the archives,7369,586903,00.html

Is Bush trying to protect dad?
Is the Bush White House trying to protect the reputations of prominent political players -- especially George H. W. Bush -- through suppression of historic data?

Noam Chomsky Interview at B92 Radio Belgrade on the 9-11 Attacks (Sept 19)

Osama's nuclear bomb (November 8, 2001)
Does Osama bin Laden possess the ultimate weapon – a nuclear bomb – in one form or another? Amid the heightened terrorist alert in the United States and elsewhere, examination of this radiating topic reverberates around the halls of Western governments, security services and in the international press. Meanwhile, I continue to be haunted by the words of an FBI agent, spoken to me when I was visiting Washington, D.C., in 1995. He revealed that federal officials had uncovered "substantial evidence" that bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network had smuggled several Soviet-built nuclear suitcase bombs into the United States. CLIP


From: "Wendy Anderson" <>
Subject: Personal action
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001


Once again thank you so much for your website. I would also like to mention to people that individually, we can do some very substantial things in addition to the important meditations.

The primary reason that our government is fighting for oil is because we are using it. Get rid of your car - or reduce your trips. Buy a hybrid, an electric car, a vehicle that gets at least 40 mpg. Reduce your electrical use - get energy efficient appliances, compact fluorescent bulbs, etc. Weatherize your house and turn down your heat in winter to 68 F and 75 F in summer.

Buy organic produce.

Vote for someone else.

We don't have to keep the machine running. Think of the world you want.

Thanks again.

Monica Russell


From: "John Bunzl" <>
Subject: Thank You
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001

Dear Jean,

Once again many thanks for publicising information concerning the Simultaneous Policy (SP) campaign. You kindly mentioned the interview I gave recently to Jay Fenello's on-line radio show "Aligning With Purpose" from which a number of contacts have resulted.

The SP campaign is now operating in 20 countries around the world and is gathering strength. We remain undeterred by the enormity of the task. The following message I just received from Prof. Christopher Leo of Dept. of Politics at the University of Winnipeg certainly helps:

"I agree with the case your organization is making about the failure of anti-globalization forces to propose effective alternatives to the status quo. I believe your organization's proposals are an important step forward. They address the real problems we face with proposals that deserve to be taken seriously. I hope that many of those who took important first steps in Seattle, Washington and Quebec City will now take the second step and take either the ISPO programme, or any alternatives they wish to propose, into the political arena. Anti-globalization demonstrators have the attention of the world. If they wish to hold that attention, and start to make an impact on policy, they must now follow the ISPO's lead and propose workable alternatives to the status quo."

Many thanks, Jean, for your continued support for SP. All the best to you and your many readers around the world.

John Bunzl - Director

International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO)


From: "Judith Iam" <>
Subject: Virtual Sit-In against the WTO
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001

Can't be in Doha to make your voice heard??? Well, now you can join the

The WTO thinks that by meeting in Doha they will be able to ignore the voices of millions around the world who are organizing to say NO to a model of globalization that places corporate profit above the environment, labor rights, and human rights. But protests are taking place in cities around the globe... and we will add our virtual bodies to the presence of the physical bodies of people who are taking to the streets. Why? To drive home to the WTO that we will not stop until people take priority over profit.

you will find instructions there.




The Office of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney

Special Order Remarks

September 21, 2001

Mr. Speaker,

Our armed forces are poised to conduct military strikes in foreign lands. My own State of Georgia is contributing significantly to our overseas Forces with troops being committed from the: 116th Bomb Wing from Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins in Savannah 117th Air Control Squadron, from Hunter Army Airfield in Warner Robins 293rd MP Company from Fort Stewart in Augusta 224th Joint Communications Support Squad. Brunswick, GA.

I have no doubt that men of the elite 75th Ranger Battalion fro m Fort Benning are currently, or will soon be, deploying overseas. I pray for God's intervention in ensuring the safe return of our many Young men and women who are now being sent off to fight this war against terrorism. They face tremendous dangers and uncertain futures and their families will endure many long and sleepless nights waiting for their safe return. We must remember them all, including their families and loved ones, and acknowledge the great personal sacrifices they are going to have to make on our behalf in the coming days.

Mr. Speaker, our nation suffered a terrible injury last week with the Attacks in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. Many thousands of our Innocent civilians were unjustly taken from their families and loved ones and we as A nation must now respond. We must find and hold accountable all those who perpetrated those most terrible crimes against our nation and its people. But just how we should do that and how should we respond to these attacks, both internationally and domestically, is now giving rise to consider able debate.

We have read and heard the Bush Administration's call to arms to fight The first war of the 21st century. I understand that our nation's full Military resources are soon to be turned against, not just the terrorists Responsible for last week's attacks, but international terrorism generally. Our intelligence agencies have allegedly identified terror cells in some 60 countries and that, whether or not Afghanistan actually surrenders Osama Bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of last week's attacks, our military Intends fighting a long and bitter worldwide campaign against international Terrorism in many of those 60 countries. Or as Secretary of Defense Rusted Announced this earlier this week, "We intend to drain the swamp".

And now we hear calls from the Bush Administration asking, cajoling and Even demanding additional wide ranging law enforcement powers and suspensions Of fundamental civil liberties in order that our nation might better fight terrorism.

I understand a draft bill, which is the first of a far larger package of anti-terrorist legislation, is now circulating Capitol Hill and I am told it proposes giving law enforcement the power to detain non-US citizens for indefinite periods without charge, giving immigration authorities greater and accelerated powers to deport non-US citizens, and at the same time curtailing rights of non-US citizens to judicial review and appeal. M any of these reforms that the Bush Administration is now proposing are the very same types of state powers that we routinely criticize other nations for possessing in our State Department's annual report on international human rights - prolonged and arbitrary detention, denial of access to legal counsel and limited judicial review of government decision making to name but a few.

I am greatly concerned that we are about to engage in an extremely Hazardous military campaign of unknown duration, with unrealistic objectives and perhaps even ultimately harmful long-term consequences for our nation.

'Already there is growing disquiet in the Muslim world that the US is poised to turn its terrorist campaign into a war against Islam. The Bush Administration has already had to change the name of the military Mission once when it used the term Crusade and they are now about to change it a second time because of the term Infinite Justice is still offensive to the world Muslim community. All these gaffes feed the growing Muslim fear that this impending US military action could become a broader campaign against them. Mr. Speaker, I know I don't need to address the impending catastrophe should large sections of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims unify and turn against the US.

I am also worried that by enacting the anti-terrorist legislation Proposed by the Bush Administration we will be eroding long standing fundamental freedoms, many of which form the bed rock of our nation's political and social justice systems. And more importantly, we still won't know that by enacting this legislation if we will really have any positive impact on preventing or even reducing terrorist acts at all. It would be ironic indeed if we as a nation destroyed democracy in the name of saving democracy.

Surely, before we grant more powers and massive resources to our law enforcement, military and intelligence communities we should be examining why they didn't detect the threat of these and other attacks. Especially, since we're being told the attacks last week were sophisticated, involved many people over a considerable period of time and maybe even involved assistance from a foreign government. We knew, or should have known, that Bin Laden was capable of attacking our major cities. Just 7 months ago during the trial of suspects charged with the embassy bombings in Africa federal prosecutors detailed the Bin Laden network in open court. Details of Bin Laden's business and financial history, his international terror network, as well as, his hatred for America were all systematically dissected by federal prosecutors.

Given these revelations it was clear, or should have been clear, that Our nation and its citizens were in grave danger from Bin Laden and his supporters.

I don't understand how our intelligence services have the ability to penetrate, analyze and publicly distribute records of Bin Laden's alleged cellular phone traffic in the hours immediately after the bombings and from these conversations we learnt of Bin Laden's alleged celebrations with supporters. But in stark contrast these same US intelligence services appear to have heard nothing at all of Bin Laden's planning and preparations of the attacks, or any of the other attacks that we attributed to him, in the months and years prior to September 11th.

I am deeply concerned at recent reports in the press of specific, Credible and quite extraordinary warnings of terrorist attacks on our citizenry, Which were ignored by our government. And Mr. Speaker, some of these warnings directly referred to the use of hijacked aircraft attacking the WTC. For example: - The LA Times reported on 20 September, 2001 that MOSSAD, the Israeli Intelligence Service, had warned FBI an d CIA officials that a major Terrorist force of some 200 individuals was entering the US and planning a major assault on the United States. MOSSAD cautioned that it had picked indications that a major US target had been selected and that Americans would be very vulnerable.

The Advertiser Newspaper from the Murdoch Group reported on Monday 17th September, 2001 that a man in the Cayman Islands wrote to US authorities On August 29th and warned them that he had just overheard 3 Afghan me n in a Bar talking of impending attack on US targets. The CIA is said to have Followed up the report on September 6th but apparently did not take it any Further because of a shortage of staff. And then it's also reported that a week Later an Iranian in Hamburg, Germany contacted police and warned them of an impending terrorist attack against the United States using hijacked planes. Apparently, his warning specifically mentioned the World Trade Center.

The same news paper report also speaks of FBI agents tracking some of the Alleged terrorists at their flight schools in the US and that the CIA was told As long as 2 years ago that a suspicious group of Middle Eastern men were gathering in Florida.

But Mr. Speaker, NOTHING, and I repeat NOTHING was done with any of this extraordinary information. Mr. Speaker, it appears that possible that the tragic attacks on New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania could have, or indeed should have, been prevented.

And tragically I am forced to say this doesn't appear t o be the first Time our intelligence services have been caught flatfooted.

Earlier this year Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, a former aide to Osama Bin Laden, while testifying In New York against the four men accused of the US Embassy bombings in Africa, said that he told US officials that Bin Laden's group was trying to make War on the United States and in particular would bomb a US embassy. Similarly, Prudence Bushnell, the US Ambassador in Nairobi, warned the State Department of the poor security of her embassy in Nairobi. Regrettably, and with tragic consequences, these warnings appeared to be ignored. Not surprisingly, our government now finds itself subject to civil actions by survivors and Family representatives of those killed in the US Embassy bombings in Africa for failing to heed these warnings.

But whatever the state of our intelligence agencies precise knowledge of these attacks surely, give n Bin Laden's history of violence against our nation in recent years I would have thought that our law enforcement and intelligence agencies would have long had Bin Laden and his network under a microscope.

I don't want to be unduly critical, but I do think the observation needs To be made at this time. Count up the combined assets of our nations law enforcement, military and intelligence agencies charged with fighting terrorism over the last 10-15 years and you have budgets worth billions and billions of dollars, space age technology that most nations only dream of and staffing levels made up of tens of thousands of men and women. And despite all these resources we've sustained terrible attacks upon our military bases, our embassies, our warships and now even our own cities. In my view this is not a problem of resources but rather a failure of implementation on a scale that shames us all. Indeed, I note that yesterday Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee told CNN: "I think it was a debacle. It was a real massive failure...In my judgment too many bureaucratic failures, not enough coordination between the Agencies." But what frustrates me most is that no one in a position of leadership In our nation has yet sought to seriously ask why has our nation been attacked In this way. Why have our cities, our embassies and our military forces been systematically targeted by terrorist organizations. Why is it that our Nation and its people are being attacked in these ways? Our politicians and political observers have for years been ready, willing and able to analyze and then discuss the complex reasons why groups such as the IRA waged war on England, why the Shining Path fought in Peru and why Red Brigade terrorized Italy. But now when it comes to our own recent exposures to terrorism all our national debate appears to be focused on the "how to respond to" question without ever really stopping to ask the "why did it happen" question. And unless and until we analyze why these attacks against us occurred then How can we realistically ever really hope to develop a coordinated course of actions that will ensure that they will never happen again? People I have spoken to who have lived in cities under siege from terrorism, like London for example, tell me that increased law enforcement and military measures only go so far to combat terrorism. Indeed, they only seem to deal with the symptoms and not the root cause. These people have told me that ultimately, the long-term solution to terrorism is found in policy and not war, diplomacy not military subjugation. Secretary of State Colin Powell is absolutely right: Give diplomacy a chance.

We must honestly ask ourselves what is the root cause of this war being waged on our people and our country. I suspect that we will need to look at altering some of our foreign policy positions in some parts of the world.

Unless we do this I fear that a military campaign, unsupported by sound foreign policy strategies, will only cause immeasurable civilian suffering throughout the world and may well actually lead to more terrifying attacks upon our cities and our citizenry.

I would ask our President to sidestep the Rambos in the White House and The Pentagon who are reported to want to use nuclear weapons and free our Secretary of State to do his job.

Finally, I pray that common sense and reason will prevail.


02 Nov 2001

The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Muhammad el-Baradei, warned yesterday that the events of Sept. 11 have increased concerns that terrorists might try to fashion nuclear weapons or launch attacks directly against nuclear facilities. El-Baradei's remarks came one day after the U.S. restricted airspace around all nuclear power plants due to security concerns, and just prior to a conference in Vienna on safeguarding against nuclear terrorism. The remarks were directed at the five acknowledged nuclear powers, as well as at India, Israel, and Pakistan, all of which are believed to have nuclear capabilities. Pakistan recently detained three atomic scientists for questioning about whether atomic weapons may have been obtained by Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.

New York Times, John Tagliabue, 02 Nov 2001

Take action to demand the clean up of nuclear weapons
Although U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told the Senate that he would make it a priority to clean up the nuclear-weapons complex, he and President Bush have in fact proposed big cuts to the clean-up budget while boosting spending levels for new weapons. Tell Abraham to keep his promise.
(Action by Physicians for Social Responsibility - Feb 2001)

(...) According to the current Department of Energy (DOE) budget proposed by President Bush, DOE's Defense Budget, which contains all of the programs concerning nuclear weapons design, production, and maintenance, will enjoy a hefty increase of approximately $275 million, while the Environmental Management (EM) budget, containing nuclear weapons complex cleanup programs, will be cut by some $400 million. The cut in the EM program budget is bound to promote spending on the U.S. nuclear weapons program at the expense of human health and environmental safety. CLIP

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Human rights & other irrelevancies

A psychological overview of problems experienced by asylum-seekers. The author of this article has been a stateless asylum-seeker for the last 19 years. It's NOT a nightmare - it's a reality - living in a *soap opera* scripted jointly by Kafka, Machiavelli, Dante, de Sade & Torquemada, being inflicted on asylum-seekers by governments & those are the good days! Most of the time - psychologically - it's a daily trauma of survivorship in what can justifiably be called the atmosphere of an open-air concentration-camp. It's soul-destroying & dehumanizing.

In general, the present methods of reception & dealing with asylum-seekers by the host-countries are Machiavellian, inhumane, sadistic & medieval. For asylum-seekers it's a continuation of the terror we have recently escaped - whatever the degree of that terror plus the new problems of adapting to a new life-system which induces yet more insecurity & vulnerability, although of a different nature, over an extended time period. This causes increased levels of Dissociative Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Host countries and aid organizations, due to their treatment of and attitude to asylum-seekers, frequently cause far more traumas than those originally undergone by us within our own countries & during our escape. CLIP

Explore this extensive website on this issue at

See also:

Human traffic
A new background paper presents an overview of proposals for addressing migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Europe. The US government estimates that 1-2 million women and children are trafficked every year.



From: "David Snape" <>
Subject: Help for the peaceful Falun Gong people
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001

I am writing to seek help from the meditation focus list. The help is not for me, but for the millions of Falun Dafa practitioners that are being illegally jailed, beaten, tortured, some are raped, and some killed for their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. These are good people.

These are two great resources to learn about what is going on:

In addition I am readily available to answer any questions you might have or clarify any issues, etc. Please feel free to contact me.

The two websites above also have petitions on them that anyone could sign if they wish to. In addition to your meditation, maybe people on the list could know about the petitions?

Anyway, I hope that you will find it in yourself to help us put an end to the atrocities and human rights violations against the peaceful Falun Gong.




Five Female Falun Gong Practitioners Murdered in Custody

NEW YORK, August 30, 2001 - Five more female Falun Gong practitioners in China have been murdered by authorities, according to family members of the victims and eye witnesses. The victims died in police custody under suspicious circumstances, with multiple accounts pinning torture and beatings as the cause of death.
More details at

See also:

On Death Row, China's Source of Transplants



Operation Enduring Avarice
by Arianna Huffington

October 31, 2001

According to our leaders, we are not supposed to let the war on terror disrupt our normal lives. And, to their credit, they're leading by example.

For instance, far from the war disrupting the House's normal run of shameless corporate toadying, it's enhancing it. Indeed, it's giving our leaders cover to put forward their answer to each and every problem America faces: a massive corporate giveaway. And they even have the gall to call it patriotism. Others, using the English language more rigorously, call it war profiteering.

The so-called economic stimulus package that passed the House last week would have been scurrilous in times of prosperity. But in this time of national crisis it is, quite simply, grotesque.

The grisly details include a retroactive elimination of the corporate alternative minimum tax and a 10 percent cut in the capital gains tax. And on the other side of the Capitol, the Senate Republicans are proposing an acceleration of all the top-bracket tax cuts and a return of that old favorite, the fully tax-deductible three-martini lunch.

The House package is little more than a rehashed corporate wish list, doling out $115 billion in tax breaks to big business and the wealthiest taxpayers, and a comparatively measly $14 billion to poor and moderate-income families in the form of tax rebates and unemployment benefits. And while the tax cuts for the haves are permanent, those for the have-nots are good for only one year.

What's more, the money given to corporate America is given without conditions -- not tax credits tied to investments, but handouts more likely to end up in CEOs' Christmas bonuses than back in the economy.

All you really need to know about the true nature of this bill can be found in a largely unnoticed provision that makes permanent a gaping tax loophole that was about to expire. It allows multinational corporations such as GE and Ford to avoid paying taxes by shifting profits to their offshore subsidiaries -- but only if those profits remain overseas. Tell me, how exactly is providing incentives to keep money out of our economy supposed to stimulate our economy?

The House bill is so outrageous that even some top GOP officials are balking. In a rare slip from the party line, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill colorfully criticized it as "show business." Rep. Greg Ganske, R-Iowa, one of seven Republicans who voted against the bill, labeled it "an early Christmas card" for "already profitable corporations." And the president's budget director, Mitch Daniels, informed the nation in a poetic outburst that "the corral gates" have been blown open and "the animals are running loose."

The galloping beasts in this case are corporate lobbyists and their chums on the Hill, Dick Armey and Tom DeLay chief among them.

The juiciest goodie in this box of corporate bon-bons, the retroactive repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax, will lead to $25 billion in instant corporate rebate checks to needy companies such as IBM (slated to get $1.4 billion), GM ($833 million) and GE ($671 million).

Of the $25 billion refund, over $6.3 billion will be given to just 14 corporations. Not surprisingly, these 14 lucky winners have been regular and generous political donors. Over the last 10 years, they've poured almost $15 million in soft money into the national committees of both parties. It turns out that may be the smartest investment they've ever made.

Such a blatant quid pro quo is so indefensible that the main champions of the grandly named Economic Security and Recovery Act aren't even trying very hard to justify it. Take Armey's wan effort on "Meet the Press." There he was, half-heartedly trying to convince Tim Russert that we need these massive tax cuts because the last round of massive tax cuts were not geared to stimulating the economy. Really? Wasn't that him at a House subcommittee hearing back in March, selling the last tax cut bill as "just the shot in the arm that this economy needs"?

Armey then offered us all a lecture on how big corporate giveaways are the best way to create new jobs. Unfortunately, the facts don't bear him out. The $15 billion Congress just handed the airline industry hasn't kept it from laying off 140,000 workers.

Armey also called enhanced unemployment benefits "a feeble response" and not "commensurate with the American spirit." He went on to promise that the new stimulus package "will create 170,000 new jobs next year alone." Not exactly the most heartening news to the 7.8 million people currently unemployed in the country. What are the 7.63 million left on the sidelines supposed to do, sit around and cross their fingers, hoping one or two of the lucky 170,000 will eventually rub their new bosses the wrong way? Is that more in keeping with the American spirit?

It's time to declare war on war profiteering. But we'll need political leaders able to dramatize the betrayal of the public trust this bill represents.

Maybe there are too many numbers with too many zeros to draw the public's attention away from the latest "general alert" issued by the attorney general. So let's forget the numbers and focus on the moving story of good overcoming evil. Let history record that, after Sept. 11, our leaders brought the nation together and decided to fight the war on terrorism by making business lunches fully tax-deductible and levying no taxes on corporate profits patriotically funneled off shore. Call it Operation Enduring Avarice.

It's enough to put a lump in your throat.





There over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States.

In a revealing admission the Director of Resource Management for the U.S. Army confirmed the validity of a memorandum relating to the establishment of a civilian inmate labor program under development by the Department of the Army. The document states, "Enclosed for your review and comment is the draft Army regulation on civilian inmate labor utilization" and the procedure to "establish civilian prison camps on installations." Cherith Chronicle, June 1997