Daily Archives: July 10, 2006

U.S.-Mexico merger opposition intensifies

Some see secret efforts to scrap dollar, end U.S. sovereignty, combine nations
Are secret meetings being held between the corporate and political elites of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to push North America into a European Union-style merger? Is President Bush’s reluctance to control the border and enforce laws requiring deportation of foreigners who enter the country illegally part of a master plan to all but eliminate borders between the U.S., Canada and Mexico?


Bombs blast Baghdad’s streets


8-year-old girl, injured by crossfire during street fights in Baghdad yesterday.

Shiite gunmen hunt down, kill dozens of Sunnis in Baghdad Mosque bombing sets stage for new round of revenge killings
Shiite militiamen and Sunni Arab insurgents went on murderous sprees here yesterday, killing at least 60 people in shootings and bombings in a bloody outbreak that raised the spectre of a city sinking deeper into sectarian warfare.


U.S. no-fly lists still grounding Canadians, says civil rights group

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says it wants Ottawa to investigate why airlines in Canada are using U.S. security watch lists to screen passengers. The civil rights group says it’s disturbed by an incident last week in which Ottawa software engineer Maher Arar was singled out for additional screening on a flight between Montreal and Edmonton. The United States labelled Arar a terrorist four years ago and deported him to Syria, where he spent a year in prison.


Occult secrets of dead councillor

Ingredients for potions and spells were found in Mr Solheim’s attic
Hidden behind Peter Solheim’s public image as a parish councillor was a fascination with witchcraft, firearms and pornography. The 56-year-old served in the Cornish county parish of Budock. A murder hunt was begun after fishermen found his body five miles off the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall in June 2004.  He had been drugged and then mutilated by a machete or an axe before he died from drowning, the trial into his death was told. Ronald Hutton, professor of history at the University of Bristol and author of books on paganism and witchcraft, told the court an “extraordinarily large and impressive” store of ingredients used for spells and potions were found in Mr Solheim’s attic. Mr Hutton said more than 40 books were found on different aspects of magic and witchcraft.


Occult names, satanic symbols found at Shrewsbury Township church


Pennsylvania State Police said this morning the graffiti found last week at a church in southern York County was a devil head, a few pentagrams and the names of two founding leaders of modern satanic thought. Most famous of the two names found painted at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 11894 Susquehanna Trail, is Allister Crowley, who gained fame during the counterculture revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. Crowley and his thoughts were made famous through alleged connections to, among others, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne and The Beatles. Several Web sites identify Levey, the other name found at the church, as a reference to LeVey Satanism, or Hedonism. Followers of Hedonism basically believe that if it feels good, do it.


Stealth tracking morphs into new monster


Spy plan’s spawn emerges

THE DISCLOSURE last week of a secret databank operation tracking international financial transactions has caused renewed concerns about civil liberties in the United States. But this program is just the latest in a series of secret surveillance programs, databanks and domestic operations justified as part of the war on terror.
Consider some of the recent disclosures:

• A domestic surveillance program operated without warrants involving thousands of calls that are isolated by computers at the NSA.

• A massive databank that contains information on hundreds of millions of telephone calls of Americans that is described as the world’s largest database.

• Access to information in a massive databank that carries 12.7 million messages each day on international financial transactions.

• Use of massive private databanks with access to an array of information on citizens, including at least 199 data-mining projects.

• Quiet support for a national registered-traveler program in which citizens voluntarily submit private information and subject themselves to background checks for faster passage through airport security. (The information would then be housed in a computer system accessible to the government.)


Bag searches become routine on NYC subway

It was billed as a necessary counterterrorism tactic after the deadly mass transit bombings in London: Anyone entering the city’s sprawling subway system could be subjected to a random search of backpacks, briefcases and shopping bags. One year and countless searches later, the practice once thought of as a temporary imposition, with the potential to trample civil rights, remains in effect and is barely causing a stir.