Daily Archives: August 13, 2009

‘Medication without consent’: Townspeople getting fluoridisation without even being consulted

‘Medication without consent’: Calderdale could get fluoride in water if Kirklees and Bradford go ahead

Evening Courier | Aug 12, 2009

By Emily Heward

PARTS of Calderdale could get fluoride in their drinking water if neighbouring areas go ahead with plans to put it in the supply.

Health bosses in Kirklees and Bradford want to add the controversial treatment to their water in a bid to improve dental health – but the Courier can reveal that supplies in Calderdale could also be affected.And critics say there is a danger of Calderdale people getting fluoridisation without even being consulted.

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water said: “We operate through a grid network, which means potentially if one area got fluoride, other areas would be affected.”But she said she could not be specific about which Calderdale postcodes that could be.

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A spokesman for the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority said they were carrying out a study into the possibility of putting fluoride in the water as requested by NHS Bradford and Airedale, and NHS Kirklees.”

We will look into many issues including whether there could be an impact on other areas. Until the results of the study are known we are not able to say what the possible impact could be.”Yorkshire Water said they were looking at where in the grid system the fluoride would have to be placed to reach the requested areas and stop it filtering into other areas.

They said they were obliged to act on the strategic health authority’s decision.But Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty said: “It is medication without consent. If people want to add fluoride to their diet, they can take tablets or use a fluoride toothpaste.

It is quite wrong that any health authority should consider doing this when the outcomes are not fully known.”A spokesperson for NHS Calderdale, formerly Calderdale Primary Care Trust, said: “Once the results of the study are known we will be in a better position to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of water fluoridation in Calderdale.” The results of the study will be available in spring 2010, when the public will be consulted.

Former prime minister of Nepal tells London supporters Maoist party will usher in “world revolution”

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Prachanda flies to Belarus after promising world revolution

thaindian.com | Aug 13th, 2009

By Dipankar De Sarkar

London, Aug 13 (IANS) Nepal’s former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has left for Belarus after telling supporters in London his Maoist party in Nepal is certain to usher in “world revolution”.

“The twenty-first century will be the century of world revolution,” Prachanda told a large gathering of supporters at a meeting in south-east London.

“We in Nepal are trying to develop new strategies and tactics. We cannot mechanically repeat the strategies and practices of the Russian and Chinese revolutions.

“We are confident that we will lead the (Nepali) revolution to success,” he declared at the meeting organised by the Nepali Samaj – a sister organisation of the opposition Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), of which Prachanda is chairman.

At one point during the meeting at Woolwich town hall Monday, Prachanda told a questioner about the “ongoing struggle in eastern India against a series of mining multinationals in the tribal areas”, and said NGOs and INGOs (international non-government organisations) “confuse the masses”.

Prachanda, who was in Britain on a private visit left Wednesday for Belarus, a major European outpost of Communism, from where he will travel to Russia before returning to Kathmandu, Nepali Samaj coordinator Rana Bahadur KC told IANS.

However, the reason for Prachanda’s visit to the British capital remained unclear.

Before leaving Nepal, the Maoist leader denied newspaper reports that he wanted to attend a meeting of an umbrella of international Maoist movements and assume its leadership.

Although one Nepali source in London insisted “he came for some purpose”, Rana Bahadur KC said Prachanda wanted to interact with his supporters in Britain.

“He wanted to meet the cadres and give us some ‘prashikshan’ (education), including a briefing on the situation in Nepal and what happened in the last party meeting,” Rana Bahadur KC said.

Danish scientists comfirm explosives used in WTC demolition on 9/11

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Cause of destruction of WTC discovered

News Chief | Aug 12, 2009

by David Scrimshaw

As disturbing as 9/11 was, the peer-reviewed paper of Dr. Niels Harrit of the University of Copenhagen is causing shockwaves around the world.

In the paper, “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe, Open Chemical Physics Journal, Vol. 2 (2009),” Dr. Harrit and eight other scientists from Denmark, the United States and Australia report the actual cause of the destruction of towers 1, 2 and 7 in New York almost eight years ago.

“The whole structure was being weakened in advance.”

Nano-thermite, a mixture of aluminum and rust powder, reacts to intense heat of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, producing molten iron and an effective explosion. It can be used as rocket fuel and contains more energy than dynamite. Over 10 tons have been estimated to have been found in Manhattan near the site. While thermite can be bought by anyone for welding (which produces iron), the nano process is performed by and for military uses only.

In an interview with Germany’s gulli.com, Dr. Harrit was asked how the substance could have been placed in the towers. Mark Loizeaux, an expert on demolition and whose company was assigned the cleanup of Ground Zero, has claimed to know nothing about the existence of nano thermite. Dr. Harrit refused to speculate, calling instead for a criminal investigation. When asked if a copy of the paper had been sent to the FBI, he responded, “Yes. A copy has actually been sent to (the) FBI. I am not in a position to give a full account of the response, but as I recall, it was surprisingly receptive.”

UFO mystery as lights spotted over East Anglia

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A string of sightings of bright orange lights in the night skies over East Anglia has sparked a huge new UFO mystery.

Telegraph | Aug 12, 2009

The dazzling light shows have bewitched and intrigued eye-witnesses all over Norfolk and as far south as Ipswich, Suffolk.

John Young, 43, of Sprowston, near Norwich, grabbed his camera after spotting a strange shining light on Wednesday, August 5.

He was stunned when he woke up at about 3.30am and looked out of the window.

Mr Young said: “I glanced out of my bedroom window to see a bright light in the sky, much like a star except slightly larger in appearance and considerably brighter.

“It didn’t move but when I played it back on my computer I was surprised to see the object was a perfect sphere with a hole in the middle.”

He added: “You can even see it appears to rotate clockwise for maybe 20 seconds then anti-clockwise for the next and so forth.

“I’m perplexed as to what I saw.

“Maybe there’s a simple explanation but I haven’t a clue what it was.”

Mr Young spoke out after dozens of mysterious orange lights were spotted all over Norfolk, including Norwich, Dereham, Downham Market, Holkham and Caister.

Andrew Goodchild, 42, a helicopter pilot, was baffled by an unidentified orange light he saw over Norwich just before 10pm on August 2.

Mr Goodchild, who has flown since 1991, said he initially thought it was a low-flying chopper but quickly realised the light was unusual.

Malcolm Vicary, of Old Catton, Norwich, said he was also intrigued by the suspected UFO that night.

Mr Vicary said: “At first I thought it was a hot air balloon because of the orange glow.

“It suddenly changed direction for a short distance then resumed its original course.

“The orange glow then went out.

“It then started to descend quite fast in the direction of St Faith’s, very close to Norwich airport.”

He stressed: “I’m sure it wasn’t an aircraft because there were no navigation lights or sound.”

Dennis Sayer, of Dereham, said: “Me and the wife spotted an orange light passing our house here in Dereham from the Windsor Park area at about 11.15 on Monday night.

“We were looking out from a bedroom window and it was coming from the Norwich area heading toward Fakenham/Wells way.

“It did not appear to be going that fast – about the speed of a helicopter or less.

“I tried taking a picture of it with my mobile but the light was not bright enough.

“It was orange and pulsing and what looked like other coloured lights within it, but the main colour was orange.~

Meanwhile, further south Frank Pearsons, 89, watched a “different and strange” orange light over his home in Ipswich late last on Wednesday, August 5.

Mr Pearsons said the dazzling disc hovered magically in the sky.

He said: “I had to wait a while because the moon was so bright, but fortunately it disappeared when the orange light was at its brightest.

“I imagine anyone living in south-east Ipswich could have seen it – it was so bright and it was quite high up in the sky.”

He added: “At about 11.45pm I saw a speedy flash of silver dash into the orange globe.

“I would have thought it went straight inside it.

“And then about 15 minutes later I saw the same silver flash shoot out of the other side of the globe and there were two more flashes from it at 15-minute intervals until about 12.30am.”

Mr Pearsons said it was the first UFO he had ever seen.

“I don’t think British technology could produce anything like that, he said. Somebody suggested to me it could be a satellite but it would not behave in that way and it wouldn~t be the bright orange colour.

“I want to know if anybody else has seen the same light.”

Immune system cancer found in young 9/11 officers

AP | Aug 10, 2009

By DAVID B. CARUSO

NEW YORK — Researchers say a small number of young law enforcement officers who participated in the World Trade Center rescue and cleanup operation have developed an immune system cancer.

The numbers are tiny, and experts don’t know whether there is any link between the illnesses and toxins released during the disaster.

But doctors who coordinated the study, published Monday in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, said people who worked at the site should continue to have their health monitored.

“What we are trying to get out there is: Be alert,” said Dr. Jacqueline M. Moline, director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The researchers looked at 28,252 emergency responders who spent time amid ground zero dust and found eight cases of multiple myeloma.

Those findings were no surprise. Multiple myeloma is the second most common hematological cancer in the U.S. after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Normally, researchers would expect to find about seven cases in a group as large as the one examined in the study.

However, four of the people who fell ill were under age 45, and multiple myeloma is thought to be more rare among people of that age. Under normal circumstances, researchers would have expected to find only one case of the disease in that age group.

Those four young multiple myeloma patients included one officer who was caught in the dust cloud on 9/11 and then spent months working long hours at the site. Another spent 111 days at the Staten Island landfill where the rubble was sifted. Two others had less exposure, working 12 and 14 days each in the pit and rubble pile.

The study said it is possible the monitoring program was simply more effective at finding the illness among people who wouldn’t ordinarily be subjected to intense medical tracking.

Nevertheless, Moline said, “You shouldn’t be seeing so many cases of myeloma in younger folks.” The median age of diagnosis for that cancer in the general public is 71.

Several groups are studying New Yorkers exposed to toxic dust when the skyscrapers collapsed.

To date, no study, including the one published Monday, has established a link between that dust and cancer, said Lorna Thorpe, a deputy commissioner and epidemiologist at New York City’s health department.

The timing of the four cases examined by the team at Mount Sinai also raised questions about whether they are related to their work at ground zero, she said.

Most research on multiple myeloma indicates that it usually takes 10 to 20 years for someone to develop that cancer after an environmental exposure to a carcinogen.

In these cases, the cancers were diagnosed in as little as three to four years after the attacks, suggesting that something else caused the disease.

Report: Torture Program Architects Made Millions

CBS | Aug 12, 2009

by Daniel Carty

tortureTwo military retirees and psychologists with “no relevant scholarship” made millions of dollars as the driving force behind the CIA’s controversial interrogation program ultimately terminated under the Obama administration, according to a New York Times report Wednesday.

Beginning in 2002, the CIA contracted Dr. Jim Mitchell and Dr. Bruce Jessen to devise an interrogation strategy for suspected al Qaeda operatives that included waterboarding, a technique later characterized as torture.

The ripple effects of the program are still being felt months after it was cancelled by the White House, as Attorney General Eric J. Holder Jr. weighs the pursuit a criminal investigation. He’s expected to make a decision in the coming weeks. The CIA is also set to release a 2004 report on the program by the agency’s inspector general, according to the Times.

Mitchell and Jessen, who both served as Air Force psychologists training service members in interrogation resistance, pursued completely different research while obtaining their degrees, according to the report.

After serving in the Air Force as an explosives expert, Mitchell completed his doctorate at the University of South Florida in 1986. His research compared diet and exercise in controlling hypertension.

Jessen studied “family sculpting” – where patients construct models of family members to define their emotional relationships – on his way to earning a doctorate from Utah State University.

Both men worked in the Air Force’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape, or SERE, training program, which was created to prepare service members for the harsh Chinese-style interrogations undergone by Americans during the Korean War. Jessen served as the program’s top psychologist during the 1980s before moving on to head a “graduate” training program. Mitchell replaced Jessen after the move.

Around the time of the 9/11 attacks, the now retired Mitchell created training company Knowledge Works. Using his extensive military contacts, Mitchell began circulating his theories on demoralizing al Qaeda suspects into cooperation, according to the report. His ideas were well received within the CIA and, with Jessen, he wrote a proposal that based American interrogation strategy on enemy practices – slaps, stress positions, sleep deprivation, wall-slamming and waterboarding.

In 2002, Abu Zubaydah, reportedly al Qaeda’s third in command, was being interrogated at a CIA prison in Thailand. FBI investigators had originally used conventional techniques like rapport-building to obtain intelligence. Mitchell arrived later and directed a more coercive treatment for Zubaydah including sleep deprivation and 83 waterboarding sessions over several months. During the interrogation, FBI and even some CIA officials reportedly expressed reservations about the use of torture techniques.

Jessen joined his partner in July before both men determined that the suspect had no more information to yield.

With Justice Department authorization of the enhanced interrogation techniques, business was booming for the pair. The each made between $1,000 and $2,000 a day. What started out as a home-based operation became a 60-employee business with offices in Spokane and Virginia by 2007.

But it just as quickly dried up. Beginning in 2006, elements within the Bush administration, notably Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, started questioning the legitimacy of the program. Public opinion began to steadily deteriorate until the Obama administration took office and terminated the program.

Now in danger of becoming ensnared in a criminal probe, Mitchell and Jessen have retained well known defense lawyer, Henry F. Scheulke III, according to the Times.

Allies may torture terror suspects, top UK ministers say

The ministers did not specify which of their allies practice torture

CNN | Aug 9, 2009

LONDON, England (CNN) — Britain cannot guarantee that its allies are not torturing terror suspects, two top government ministers said Sunday.

And it’s possible that information used to thwart planned terror attacks was obtained through torture abroad, Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Home Secretary Alan Johnson said.

The ministers did not specify which of their allies practice torture.

But a parliamentary report last week examined allegations of British complicity in torture at Guantanamo Bay — the United States’ detention facility in Cuba — and in Pakistan, Egypt and Uzbekistan.

British police are investigating Binyam Mohamed’s allegations that British security agents colluded in his being tortured at Guantanamo.

Parliament’s Human Rights Joint Committee recommended setting up an independent investigation into the allegations that the British government is complicit in torture.

Miliband and Johnson insisted that British security services do not mistreat people in custody

“When detainees are held by our police or Armed Forces, we can be sure how they are treated,” the ministers wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.

“By definition, we cannot have that same level of assurance when they are held by foreign governments.”

The ministers did not specify which of their allies practice torture, but they defended working with countries that might.

“Intelligence from overseas is critical to our success in stopping terrorism,” they wrote. “All the most serious plots and attacks in the UK this decade have had significant links abroad.”

And, they said, Britain makes every effort to ensure it does not obtain information through torture practiced by other countries.

“Our agencies are required to seek to minimize, and where possible, avoid the risk of mistreatment,” Miliband and Johnson said.

“Operations have been halted where the risk of mistreatment was too high. But it is not possible to eradicate all risk,” they said. “Judgments need to be made.”

Reprieve, a human-rights organization, said the ministers’ statement was not good enough.

“As usual, our government is hiding behind general statements rather than addressing specific allegations. This is simply not good enough,” a Reprieve representative said.

The group is demanding that the government publish information about what happened to Mohamed at Guantanamo Bay, pointing to a British High Court ruling in July that the government fed the CIA questions to ask Mohamed when he was held there.

“The judges make clear that the British knew as early as May 2002 that Binyam was being tortured,” Reprieve wrote last week to Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, which oversees the British secret services.