Archive for November, 2011

Two hunters dead, countless animals spared!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Posted by Sentinel Source

READSBORO, Vt. — Two Vermont deer hunters are dead following an incident Saturday in the woods of Readsboro.

Vermont State Police say Timothy Bolognani, 49, of Readsboro accidentally shot Benjamin Birch, 39, also of Readsboro, with whom he was hunting, while chasing a deer. Bolognani then shot himself, according to State Police.

According to a news release, State Police received a 911 call at 12:13 p.m. regarding the incident, which occurred in the woods about a mile west of Howe Pond Road. Troopers from Shaftsbury and Brattleboro arrived to find Birch and Bolognani dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

Detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations learned Birch and Bolognani were hunting with their friend Mark Colford in the woods. At some point, Birch shot a deer, which continued to run. He tracked the deer along with Bolognani and Colford.  Bolognani fired and heard Birch shout out. Colford and Bolognani found Birch lying on the ground,  shot. After Birch died, a distraught Bolognani used his rifle to take his own life, police reported.

Police said no evidence of foul play has been found and the case is pending the results of the autopsies.

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New Look for Bull-Torturing Coward Juan Jose Padilla! :D

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

On October 8, we published the story, “Bull-Torturing Coward Gets Off Light with a Gored Face,” along with the pleasant images of Juan Jose Padilla’s mangled face:

Today, The Daily Mail reports that Padilla intends to re-enter the bullfighting ring to continue his reign of sadism against incapacitated  and tormented bulls.

In the meantime, if Padilla does decide to torment another bull to death, my love  goes out to his next victims and I hope to be able to publish a video of Padilla’s ultimate demise very soon…

-Camille

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Anarchists sabotage rail line… with revolutionary greetings and love to Walter Bond

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Posted by Anarchist News

On the night of November 28th, 2011, we sabotaged a rail line in Southern Oregon as part of a coordinated effort to disrupt the flow of commerce on the West Coast. We got tired of watching trains pass through our towns loaded with lumber, ore, cheap commodities, and other resources pillaged from the earth without consequence. We didn’t do this out of a desire to create a more green, sustainable or humane civilization–we want nothing less than to see the total failure of this sick and rotten society.

This action was not only easy to carry out, but positively satisfying. We used 4AWG copper wire with the ends stripped of insulation and wrapped around the two sides of the track with the rest of it buried in the middle, which falsely indicated to a sensor that there was a train stopped on the railway.

We did this in solidarity with currently imprisoned members of the Long-Live Luciano Tortuga Cell/Indonesian FAI, to whom we send our most passionate revolutionary greetings.

We would also like to send our love to ALF prisoner of war, Walter Bond.

Towards an end to this nightmare world

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Halliburton Confirms US Concentration Camps Ready to Detain up to 2 Million “Terrorists”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Editorial Note: Reminiscent of the WWII internment camps in which Japanese-Americans were stripped of their civil liberties, detention camps have been built across the US and are ready to imprison up to 2 million Americans deemed “terrorists”… for a list of Terrorist-Americans, please see “Who’s a Terrorist?

Click HERE to find your local concentration camp.

Posted by Shadow Government

On February 17, 2006, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke of the harm being done to the country’s security, not just by the enemy, but also by what he called “news informers” who needed to be combated in “a contest of wills.” In 2002 Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his desire to see camps for U.S. citizens deemed to be “enemy combatants.”

A Defense Department document, entitled the “Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Supp.ort,” has set out a military strategy against terrorism that envisions an “active, layered defense” both inside and outside U.S. territory. In the document, the Pentagon pledges to “transform U.S. military forces to execute homeland defense missions in the . . . U.S. homeland.” The strategy calls for increased military reconnaissance and surveillance.

The Washington Post reported on February 15, 2006 that the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) central repository holds the names of 325,000 terrorist suspects, a fourfold increase since fall of 2003.  A Pentagon official said the Counterintelligence Field Activity’s TALON program has amassed files on antiwar protesters.

Shortly after Bush orchestrated 9/11, he issued “Military Order Number One”, which empowered him to detain any noncitizen as an international terrorist or enemy combatant. Today that order extends to U.S. citizens as well.

Halliburton subsidiary “KBR has been awarded a contract announced by the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) component. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contingency contract is to support ICE facilities and has a maximum total value of $385 million over a five year term. The contract provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the United States, or to support the rapid development of new programs”.

click image for summary of "civilian inmate labor program"

Why exactly are prisons being built for “the rapid development of new programs”.  Halliburton’s company site confirms that the government is engaged in a massive construction and preparation exercise to build concentration camps and prisoner processing facilities in the United States.  This is particularity astonishing and disturbing considering that the U.S. already incarcerates more orders  of magnitude more people than any other nation, about on-par with U.S.S.R. at the height of Stalin’s era.

The contract of the Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build immigrant detention facilities is part of a longer-term Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of “all removable aliens” and “potential terrorists.” In the 1980s Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld discussed similar emergency detention powers as part of a super-secret program of planning for what was euphemistically called “Continuity of Government” (COG). These men planned for suspension of the Constitution, not just after nuclear attack, but for any “national security emergency,” which they vaguely defined in Executive Order 12656 of 1988.

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Senate approves military arrest and indefinite detention of US citizen terrorist allies

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

by Charlie Savage (New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Defying the Obama administration’s threat of a veto, the Senate on Tuesday voted to increase the role of the military in imprisoning suspected members of Al Qaeda and its allies — including people arrested inside the United States.

By a vote of 61 to 37, the Senate turned back an effort to strip a major military bill of a set of disputed provisions affecting the handling of terrorism cases. While the legislation still has several steps to go, the vote makes it likely that Congress will eventually send to President Obama’s desk a bill that contains detainee-related provisions his national-security team has said are unacceptable.

The most disputed provision would require the government to place into military custody any suspected member of Al Qaeda or one of its allies connected to a plot against the United States or its allies. The provision would exempt American citizens, but would otherwise extend to arrests on United States soil. The executive branch could issue a waiver and keep such a prisoner in the civilian system.

A related provision would create a federal statute saying the government has the legal authority to keep people suspected of terrorism in military custody, indefinitely and without trial. It contains no exception for American citizens. It is intended to bolster the authorization to use military force against the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which lawmakers enacted a decade ago.

The administration has strongly opposed the mandatory military custody provision, saying it “would raise serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.”

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Congress to authorize military arrest and indefinite detention of US citizens

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

by Stephen Lendman (The Intel Hub)

Congress is now considering legislative language to mandate indefinite military detentions of US citizens suspected of present or past associations with alleged terrorist groups, with or without evidence to prove it. More on that below.

The 2006 Military Commissions Act authorized torture and sweeping unconstitutional powers to detain, interrogate, and prosecute alleged suspects and collaborators (including US citizens), hold them (without evidence) indefinitely in military prisons, and deny them habeas and other constitutional protections.

Section 1031 of the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act contained the 2009 Military Commissions Act (MCA). The phrase “unprivileged enemy belligerent” replaced “unlawful enemy combatant.”

Language changed but not intent or lawlessness. Obama embraces the same Bush agenda, including keeping Guantanamo open after promising to close it, allowing torture there and abroad, and treating US citizens as lawlessly as foreign nationals.

MCA grants sweeping police state powers, including that “no court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider any claim or cause for action whatsoever….relating to the prosecution, trial, or judgment of a military commission (including) challenges to the lawfulness of (its) procedures….”

MCA scraped habeas protection (dating back to the 1215 Magna Carta) for domestic and foreign state enemies, citizens and non-citizens alike.

It says “Any person is punishable… who….aids, abets, counsels, commands, or procures,” and in so doing helps a foreign enemy, provide “material support” to alleged terrorist groups, engages in spying, or commits other offenses previously handled in civil courts. No evidence is needed. Those charged are guilty by accusation.

Other key provisions include:

  • legalizing torture against anyone, letting the president decide what procedures can be used on his own authority;
  • denying detainees international law protection;
  • letting the executive interpret or ignore international and US law;
  • letting the president convene “military commissions” at his discretion to try anyone he designates an “unprivileged enemy belligerent,” detaining them indefinitely in secret;
  • denying speedy trials or none at all;
  • letting torture coerced confessions be used as evidence in trial proceedings, despite US and international law prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment at all times, under all conditions, with no allowed exceptions;
  • letting hearsay and secret evidence be used; and
  • denying due process and judicial fairness overall.

On May 21, 2009, Obama addressed national security and civil liberties issues, including Guantanamo detainees, military commissions, and torture.

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What gives you the right?

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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Fighting a war to protect our animals is not controversial at all!!!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

by Sybelle Foxcroft (Cee4life)

What I do in cee4life is to hunt poachers, usually of the tiger, and expose wildlife traders, along with conservation and environmental education.

However, I have a great deal of contacts who are in the field and when things get desperate they will contact me to put out my feelers to seek help for them. In regard to the these particular rhino, I have been able to get this information to an anti-poaching friend of mine in Africa who is now trying to get some help to the farmers.

You know from where I stand, fighting a war to protect our animals is not controversial at all. I have been a solider (medical sargeant) in the Australian army for 20 years, and these poachers are totally militant, and they are using military tactics, they will shoot to kill and have killed many people. My anti-poaching friends name is Damien Mander and he runs the IAPF in Africa. He is an ex-Australian soldier who trained troops in Iraq. He knows that he may be killed doing his work.

The threats dont get any more real than this, it is a war. There is no fluffy negotiations with these people, unless of course you have millions of dollars to give them.

There are people out there in the world that would like to think that conservation is all happy and cuddling animals or having a few harsh words while tying yourself to a tree, but that just isnt the case.

Numerous conservationists have been murdered or mysteriously killed, they just arent making the headlines. People might need to be reminded of the well known murders of Dian Fossey, or George Adamson, and then there are all the others, numerous anti-poachers have been killed, conservationists mysteriously disappearing and one such case strangely dying of poisoning etc. I have been working on a report to release to the people in regard to the deaths of so many conservationists, animal advocates, and anti-poachers.

My personal accountant with life threats came direct from inside the Tiger Temple, where I was told I would not make it out of Thailand. I had to contact the Australian Embassy who told me to they feared for my life and I had to run for 4 hours until I made it to Bangkok. And these people hide behind the monks robes and the buddhist faith. I have nothing against religion except for the people who use it as something that shields them from there vile acts.

There was no doubt that the Australian Embassy thought I would disappear off the face of the earth, and they told me this. I managed to record some of the threats though. I get threatened alot, usually from people who may have money to loose if a place of animal abuse is exposed.

I will have a talk to the person who is monitoring/protecting the rhinos over in hoedspruit, they currently didnt want their name known, however he may be interested in telling you about these things.

The majority of people who contact me asking me ‘what can they do’ have grown extremely tired of only being able to sign petitions or donate to somewhere. They are sick of giving and speaking and trusting in either Governments or conservation groups that claim to be saving these creatures, yet still species are spiralling into extinction.

There are some that have told me they are selling all their belongings and are heading to ‘shoot the poachers’ in places like Africa and India, because they have no idea how else to stop the slaughter.

There is a fast growing movement for hands on action, people wanting to band together and form small militant type groups to fight the poachers. That seems acceptable to me, except for the fact that most of these people have no military training, and the poachers do.

So unless someone has the guts to recognise the war that is raging for our animals, then it will escalate into a true war zone, and many lives will be lost.

And all of this is preventable.

It is easy for many to give in to the anger and devastation of the murder of our creatures, it is understandable. How many more slaughters and murders can people take before they break and hunt the hunters.

Many people forget that the Government is there to work for the people (well, most…) so this is a peaceful way of showing the Governments what the people want. And that is to get rid of the poachers, expose the medicinal myths of animal body part use TCM, and protect the last of the wild things.

But I dont know how long the ‘peaceful’ side will last.

A fire is raging in thousands of people and if it ignites, it will burn fiercely.

Follow the campaigns against student vivisectors (WOS) & animal experimentation at the University of Florida & HERE.

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Big Pharma Paying Out Huge Fraud Settlements

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The big pharma business model: a drug company can earn $6 billion off of a drug through lying and fraud, only pay out $1 billion in fines, and no CEO goes to jail. Imagine if you could rob a bank, take $5 million dollars, and your only penalty is that you have to give back $1 million.

Posted by FOX Business

The cost of doing business for big pharma is rising – dramatically. And it’s not because of research and development of new blockbusters to cure cancer, alleviate pain or help people get a good night’s sleep.

Merck (NYSE: MRK) on Tuesday said it will pay $950 million to settle criminal and civil allegations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice related to Merck’s marketing of Vioxx, a widely-used painkiller that was pulled from the shelves in 2004 after a study revealed the drug increased the risk of heart attacks.

To make a very long story short, prosecutors believed Merck knew the drug posed a threat but lied about the potential risks in its marketing and sold it anyway. Why not? The drug raked in $2.5 billion in revenue in 2003.

The astounding thing about the Merck settlement is that it’s not even the largest of its kind this month.

Three weeks ago, British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK: 42.35, +0.85, +2.05%), which, like Merck, has extensive operations in the U.S., reached a $3 billion settlement related to sprawling allegations tied to that company’s marketing of its diabetes drug Avandia.

The GlaxoSmithKline deal broke a record, topping a $2.3 billion settlement reached by Pfizer in September of 2009. And Pfizer’s deal came hard on the heels of a $1.4 billion settlement reached by Eli Lilly in January of 2009.

So, for those keeping score, Merck’s payout ranks fourth on the all-time list of massive settlements stemming from allegations of fraudulent marketing tactics by giant pharmaceutical companies.

Wall Street takes these settlements in stride, shrugging them off as “the cost of doing business.” To wit, a note to investors from Barclays Capital analyst Brian Bourdot earlier this month in the wake of the record-breaking Glaxo deal: “We regard such disputes as an innate risk for large multinational pharmaceutical companies,” the analyst wrote in a note published in the New York Times.

Indeed, Glaxo’s shares have barely moved since the Nov. 3 announcement of the huge settlement, and its shares are up more than 3% from a year ago.  Merck’s shares we down 50 cents, or 1.48%, Wednesday. But that had little (if anything) to do with Tuesday’s announcement and everything to do with another broad market selloff tied to Europe’s debt crisis.

The fines levied against big pharma have gotten markedly bigger in recent years, perhaps growing in direct proportion to the industry’s desperate need to generate additional revenues. Profit growth has stalled over the past five years as, one after another, the companies have lost huge revenues as patents have expired on blockbuster drugs and competition from cheaper generic products has eaten away market share.

That loss of revenue has created intense pressure on companies like Merck, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to either come up with new blockbusters or wring every last nickel out of the blockbusters they still market.

In the next year or so 10 of the top selling blockbuster (sales of $1 billion or more) prescription drugs will see their patents expire, which will allow competition from generic products. This is good news for consumers but not so much for the drug companies that make the blockbusters.

Pfizer’s cholesterol fighter Lipitor is probably the most well-known and widely-used of these blockbusters. Lipitor earned Pfizer $11 billion in 2010 ($5.3 billion in the U.S. alone), but a generic version is now available. Merck’s Singulair, used by asthma sufferers, took in $5 billion in 2010. A generic version is due next summer.

To put big pharma’s recent settlement figures into perspective, consider the following: in July 2010 Goldman Sachs (GS: 91.59, +2.84, +3.20%) reached a record-breaking settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission related to charges of fraud. Goldman allegedly profited from securities it created and sold to its own clients, products Goldman knew from the outset were lousy investments.

Goldman’s fine, touted by the SEC at the time as the “largest-ever penalty paid by a Wall Street firm,” was a mere $550 million, a sum that wouldn’t even crack the top 10 for drug company settlements.

Cynics suggest the reason Wall Street fines pale in comparison to those shelled out by big pharma is that Wall Street wields far more power in Washington, D.C. Political contribution figures compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics bear this out: in the 2010 election cycle financial sector interests contributed $317 million to federal candidates and committees, according to the CRP. Big pharma, meanwhile, contributed $31.6 million.

Do the math.

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US reaffirms its commitment to torture

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Posted by the ACLU

Yesterday, the ACLU and over 30 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate asking them to oppose an effort in Congress that threatens to revive the use of torture and other inhumane interrogation techniques. If passed, an amendment introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) to the Defense Authorization bill would roll back torture prevention measures that Congress overwhelmingly approved in the 2005 McCain Anti-Torture Amendment, as well as a 2009 Executive Order on ensuring lawful interrogations. It would also require the administration to create a secret list of approved interrogation techniques in a classified annex to the existing interrogation field manual.

In a related development, republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann renewed her attack on the prohibition of waterboarding and other forms of torture in her claim that the ACLU runs interrogations. But in fact, the director of the CIA, General David Petraeus and the Secretary of Defense (and former CIA Director) Leon Panetta have both said that the 2009 Executive Order applying the Army Field Manual government-wide and the 2005 McCain Anti-Torture Amendment work and are consistent with good national security.

Such a move to undermine these protections in the Senate would fly in the face of American values and U.S. legal obligations, and would obstruct U.S. military missions and endanger troops deployed abroad. The ACLU is far from alone in opposing the use of torture. Senior military officers and interrogation experts agree that U.S. interrogators need not and should not resort to so-called enhanced methods of interrogation because they are unnecessary and counterproductive. Even the Bush Defense Department opposed the inclusion of a secret annex to the military’s interrogation manual because such secrecy would inhibit training and obstruct collaboration with our allies in the field.

Our letter argues that we “cannot afford to return to practices that degraded our country in the eyes of the general public,” and asks the Senate to oppose the Ayotte Amendment. You can join our call by asking your Senators to oppose Amendment 1068.

The Senate will return to the Defense Authorization bill next week (we’re also fighting indefinite detention provisions tucked inside the bill — you can read more details here).

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