Daily Archives: February 8, 2007

Mexico guilty of torture, legal rights abuses: Amnesty

ABC Australia | Feb 8, 2007
 

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has accused Mexico of systematic torture and arbitrary detention.

It says even the presumption of innocence is not yet enshrined in the Mexican constitution.

Amnesty cites case after case of people who it says have had their legal rights abused.

In one example it says police arrested a political activist and bundled him into a vehicle even though he was paraplegic.

His wheelchair and medicine were discarded and he spent two months in jail before being released without charge.

Amnesty says unfair trials, torture and other abuses are systematic across the country.

The Mexican Government says it is working to clean up the abuses.

Prison sentences for picking wild flowers under EU green laws

Daily Mail | Feb 8, 2007 

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Picking wild flowers could soon be punishable by jail and hefty fines under new plans for EU-wide ‘green crimes’

Dumping hazardous waste, polluting protected areas and collecting wild flowers would all be punishable by jail and hefty fines under new plans for EU-wide ‘green crimes’.

The drive by Brussels to extend its lawmaking powers into criminal areas was revealed by the leak of a draft directive listing a string of offences.

3,500 schools now use finger print scanners in ‘Big Brother state by stealth’

Daily Mail | Feb 8, 2007

As many as 3,500 schools are taking fingerprints from pupils, often without their parents’ permission, a new poll revealed yesterday.

Soaring numbers require pupils to undergo biometric identity checks before they can register in the mornings, buy canteen meals and use the library.

But the trend has prompted furious complaints from parents who are concerned their children’s data will be stored on insecure databases.

Under current laws, schools do not have to seek parental consent before taking pupils’ fingerprints, although they should notify them.

In an attempt to ease parental worries, schools are soon to be issued with new guidance urging them to gain permission as it is “best practice”.

But campaigners claim the move does not go far enough and are demanding a change in the law to abolish biometric scanners completely from school premises.

Vaccine mandate upsets legislators

Paris News | Feb 6, 2007 

Local lawmakers have joined other key legislators in voicing disapproval of Gov. Rick Perry’s edict that requires a cervical cancer vaccine for all Texas schoolgirls.

Both state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and state Rep. Mark Homer, D-Paris, say the issue should be decided by the Texas Legislature.

“He is Gov. Perry — not King Perry — and has overstepped his bounds,” Homer said today.

“It needs to go before the elected body, and I can tell you there is an incredible level of anger in the big pink dome right now toward him,” Homer said. “Some lawmakers are threatening to boycott his State of the State speech, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Perry was scheduled to address both bodies of the 80th Texas Legislature today.

Eltife agreed with Homer’s assessment of the governor’s executive order, which was delivered Friday.

“I am adamantly opposed to the governor’s executive order mandating the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine and would ask Gov. Perry to reconsider his decision,” the District 1 senator said.

Mysterious Lights Spotted Over Phoenix, Again

CBS4 PHOENIX | Feb 7, 2007  

Nearly a decade after the highly publicized ‘Phoenix Light Phenomenon’, more strange lights have appeared in the night sky over downtown Phoenix.

Tuesday night, mysterious lights lit up the western skies over Phoenix and soon after, phones began ringing off the hook at radio, television and police stations from witnesses wondering what the lights were.

The Yuma Marine Base claims it has the answer. Base officials said the amber-colored flares came from training flights on the Goldwater Gunnery Range. They went on to explain that the amber flares are used as targets.

Witnesses said it appeared the flares were flying in a formation and base officials explained that the flares float down to Earth attached to parachutes.

Parents: School hid rapes of four 1st-graders

MSNBC | Feb 7, 2007 

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Allentown School District Superintendent Karen Angello addresses a school board meeting in Allentown, Pa., last month. The district asserts that under the Constitution it can’t be held responsible for failing to protect youngsters from assaults by other children.

Student, 12, was allowed to stay in school after first assault

After learning of the first assault from a second-grader who witnessed part of it, administrators kept quiet and allowed F.H. to remain in school, the lawsuit said. The 12-year-old sexually assaulted three more first-graders over the next four months, according to the parents.

Teachers and administrators at Central Elementary School knew they had a problem with F.H., a 12-year-old who had been accused of going into a bathroom stall and sexually assaulting a first-grade boy.

But instead of calling police and removing F.H., district officials covered up the attack and allowed him to remain in class, leading to the sexual assault of three more first-graders, parents say.

The allegations, contained in a $15 million federal lawsuit against the Allentown school system, have created an uproar in Pennsylvania’s third-largest city, with outraged parents demanding the superintendent’s ouster and state lawmakers working on a legislative fix.

The case has also illustrated how difficult it can be under the law for parents to hold a school system responsible for the safety of their children.

‘Serious issues’ in the district
“I’m disgusted,” said Yolanda Colbert, 36, whose three children attend Allentown schools. “These 6-year-olds are the most vulnerable, and if adults cannot protect them, we have some serious issues in the Allentown school district.”

The district denies wrongdoing and has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. But it has not disputed that assaults occurred, and its legal response has only further inflamed public opinion in one of the state’s poorest school districts.

In federal court last month, the district’s lawyer, John Freund III, argued that under the Constitution school officials cannot be held responsible simply for failing to protect youngsters from assaults by other students.

He cited federal court rulings that say school systems are generally immune from paying damages unless it can be shown that they actually took “affirmative” steps that put youngsters in danger, and that the action taken “shocks the conscience.”

Pastor v. Corsi: The great debate over the North America Union

WorldNet Daily | Feb 8, 2007 

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Do you want to be on the good side of history? Then fight against the NAU with all your might. Those who support the elitist CFR’s evil policies are traitors to America, plain and simple. There is no grey area here. This is all being done without the consent of the American people. It is being done by a handful of globalist elites (Rockefeller, Cheney, Pastor, etc) who hold no allegience to ANY country and have a plan to enslave us all. Don’t let them do it!

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Proponent of integration faces off with leading skeptic from WND

Robert Pastor, the architect of the “North American Community” that would integrate the U.S., Mexico and Canada, will publicly debate his proposals with author and WND columnist Jerome Corsi at NEWS EXPO 2007 in Washington, May 11.

It will be the first debate of its kind between a major proponent of North American integration and an outspoken critic.

Pastor wrote “Toward a North American Community,” a book promoting the development of a North American union as a regional government and the adoption of the amero as a common monetary currency to replace the dollar and the peso.

He was vice chairman of the May 2005 Council on Foreign Relations task force entitled “Building a North American Community” that presents itself as a blueprint for using bureaucratic action within the executive branches of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada to transform the current trilateral Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America into a North American union regional government.

He calls for the establishment of a North American Community, which some view as a significant step toward a European Union-style system of regional or continental governance.

Forced toxic vaccinations without representation = staggering profits for Merck

WorldNet Daily | Feb 5, 2007

Merck & Co., the huge drug company, hit the jackpot.

Sure, it’s the spreading nanny government and – surprise, surprise, it’s fueled by money!

As always – follow the money – but it’s more than that. The lives and safety of our children are at stake no matter what the PR says.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive order Feb. 2, requiring all girls entering 6th grade in Texas be vaccinated against some of the viruses that cause cervical cancer.

The vaccine in question is new, approved by the FDA on June 8, 2006 and added to the regular childhood immunization schedule on June 29. Talk about fast track! It’s Gardasil, made only by Merck, which says three shots over six months are necessary. Cost? $360 or more, depending on the physician.
Actually, regular Pap tests and proper treatment could solve the problem.

The vaccine doesn’t prevent any other sexually transmitted disease and does not prevent pregnancy.

We don’t know the effect if it’s administered to a girl who already has been infected with HPV – or if it’s given at the same time as other routine shots.

Girls in the 6th grade are 11- and 12-years-old but Merck says that all females, aged 9 to 26, should have the shots.

That adds up to a nice pile of bucks for Merck and right now, we’re only talking Texas. They’re aiming for the whole country – and after that, the world, probably subsidized by U.S. tax dollars in Third World countries.

No Law To Mandate Dangerous, Untested HPV Vaccine

Prison Planet | Feb 6, 2007 

Media hoax fools parents into thinking Merck shots are mandatory, big pharma laughs as obscene profits roll in

A media hoax has fooled parents in Texas and other areas of the country that the HPV vaccine, which experts have slammed as untested and has already been linked to dangerous side-effects, is now the law and young girls must take it. Merck Pharmaceuticals are set to capitalize on this fraud by making obscene profits from a crony deal with Governor Rick Perry, while children are put at risk.

Perry issued an executive order Friday requiring girls to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted HPV, or human pappilomavirus. Doctors, scientists and experts were not consulted before the sweeping mandate was put in place. Several Texas lawmakers, including Sen. Jane Nelson, have petitioned for a reversal of the decision but the Legislature has no authority to repeal Perry’s executive order.

According to the Associated Press, Perry has close ties to Merck, having received money from them for his re-election campaign .

“He also has ties to Women in Government, a Merck-funded advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country. His current chief of staff’s mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for the group,” reports the AP.

Perry’s former chief of staff Mike Toomey is on the Merck payroll as a lobbyist.

Almost immediately following Perry’s announcement, newspapers and TV stations began to report that it was “the law” that parents had to have their child vaccinated. This reflects a national and international hoax that is repeatedly being perpetrated shortly before school terms begin each year.

Are missing U.S. billions now funding Iraqi insurgents?

International Herald Tribune | Feb 7, 2007 

A House committee report has questioned whether some of the billions of dollars in cash shipped to Iraq after the American invasion — mostly in huge, shrink-wrapped stacks of $100 bills — might have ended up with the insurgent groups now battling American troops.

The report was made public Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing when Democrats sharply questioned the former American civilian administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, about lax management of the nearly $12 billion in cash shipped to Iraq between May 2003 and June 2004.

Bremer defended his performance as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, noting that the United States had to bring tons of dollars into Iraq because the country had no functioning banking system.

“We had to pay Iraqis in cash,” Bremer said of the money, most of which came from Iraqi oil sales. “Delay would have been demoralizing and unfair to millions of Iraqi families.”

Government auditors have repeatedly criticized the American and Iraqi governments for failing to monitor the money once it reached Iraq.

Representative Henry Waxman, Democrat of California and the committee’s new chairman, acknowledged that he had no evidence that Iraqi insurgent groups had received any of the cash. But he suggested that it was possible, given how much money was rushed into the country.

“We have no way of knowing if the cash that was shipped into the Green Zone ended up in enemy hands,” he said. “We owe it to the American people to do everything we can to find out where the $12 billion went.”

The committee calculated that the $12 billion in cash, most of it in the stacks of $100 bills, weighed 363 tons and had to been flown in on wooden pallets aboard giant C-130 military cargo planes. “Who in their right mind would send 360 tons of cash into a war zone?” Waxman said. “That’s exactly what our government did.”