Daily Archives: March 25, 2010

Police to monitor internet café users in new terrorism crackdown

Detractors see the campaign as a step closer to installing a Big-Brother style police state.

techdigest.tv | Mar 25, 2010

By Gerald Lynch

Police are trialling a new anti-terrorism measure in which owners of internet cafés are asked to monitor the content their customers access. Any suspicious behaviour pertaining to violent extremism is asked to be passed on to the Metropolitan Police for further investigation.

The trial campaign is to begin in Camden as part of the government’s £140m Prevent strategy to help counterterrorism. As previous terror convictions have included evidence of extremists using internet cafés to communicate in relative anonymity, Police believe increased surveillance of the establishments could lead to further anti-terrorism breakthroughs.

“Obviously every situation is different,” said Pc Beynsberger, a Prevent engagement officer for the Camden area. “We need to establish if there is something we need to investigate further, for example, if there’s a pattern forming.

“If the owner sees people looking at violent extremism they need to know who they can turn to.”

However, some detractors see the campaign as a step closer to installing a Big-Brother style police state.

“To ask internet cafes to spy on their customers and students is another step in the direction of creating a society of total surveillance,” said Arun Kundnani, author of Spooked: How Not to Prevent Violent Extremism.

“What is dangerous about this initiative is that it does not just focus on preventing access to illegal material but also material that is defined as ‘extremist’ without offering an objective definition of what that is.”

London Internet Cafes Told by Police to Spy on ‘Extremist’ Customers

Met wants owners to shop ‘extremist’ surfers

londonnet.co.uk | Mar 25, 2010

LONDON internet cafe owners have been recruited to spy on customers, as part of the Metropolitan Police’s anti-terrorism effort.

As yet, the snooper scheme is only on trial at an undisclosed number of internet cafes in Camden, but the BBC reports that if deemed a success, it will be rolled out to other cafes and university campuses across the country.

“If the owner sees people looking at violent extremism they need to know who they can turn to,” said PC Jason Beynsberger, one of the officers in the Met’s Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) team.

As well as keeping an eye on people as they surf, internet cafe owners have been told by the PVE squad to check hard drives for evidence of extremism.

Police argue that the anonymity offered by internet cafes is handy for terrorists and this justifies the Big Brother measures. Others disagree.

“What is dangerous about this initiative is that it does not just focus on preventing access to illegal material but also material that is defined as ‘extremist’ without offering an objective definition of what that is,” said Arun Kundnani of the Institute of Race Relations.

“It thus potentially criminalises people for accessing material that is legal but which expresses religious and political opinions that police officers find unacceptable.”

Pupils ‘left traumatised’ by fake school shooting

Pupils ‘left traumatised’ by fake school shooting

London Times | Mar 25, 2010

by Laura Pitel

Pupils at a Worcestershire school suffered panic attacks and were left crying with fear after a role-play event in which one of their teachers was “shot dead” in the school playground.

The children aged between 10 and 13 were left traumatised by the stunt, which was part of a science lesson at Blackminster Middle School in Evesham.

They were not told it was a role-play until ten minutes after the event.

The exercise on Tuesday afternoon began when pupils were told there was a gun in the school. Five minutes later, the alarm bell sounded and more than 300 pupils were sent out into the playground where they saw three teachers running across the field.

They saw a “gunman” in the distance and heard what sounded like gunfire before seeing Mr Kent, a religious education teacher, fall to the ground. His colleagues then appeared to try to resuscitate him.

Parents claimed that the children were then sent back to their form rooms. Ten minutes later they were called into the assembly hall to see that Mr Kent was fit and healthy.

Some parents said that their children were so shaken by the exercise that they were sick in the toilets, suffered panic attacks, and were still feeling frightened when they got home from school.

One parent, who has a 11-year-old daughter at the school, said: “They thought their teacher had been shot. And all this time you have kids crying in fear because they were not told this was about to happen. It’s ten minutes later that they told the children that it wasn’t real, and that it was all a joke. I think its absolutely disgusting.” Vikki Woosey, whose son is a Year 6 pupil at the school, said: “When I heard about it I just thought ‘Oh My God, that is so inappropriate’. It left some of the pupils terrified.”

Another parent said that the exercise was particularly inappropriate because the father of a pupil at the school had died in a shooting.

“One pupil’s father was shot dead a few years back and then they’re in the assembly hall calling this role-play a ‘joke’. Their wording, their timing, everything was out of order,” the parent said.

Terry Holland, the school’s head teacher, said: “The role-play was part of a science lesson where a selection of students and teachers acted out this scenario.

“The problem with a small minority of the pupils was that there was a slight delay in getting them back into the hall to explain what had just happened.

“Most of them already knew it was a spoof but a couple of them were upset and we have since spoken to them and their parents and apologised to them.

“It was one of the more popular teachers who played the victim. I don’t think there would have been as much concern if it was one or two of the others.”

In a letter to parents, the head teacher said: “We have reflected on the matter and now feel that the time delay was too long and pupils should have been reassured instantly to allay their concern.

“I wish to apologise for any upset the role-play may have caused. It was an original idea but one that went too far. Any role-play activities in the future will be based on themes that are less controversial and non-violent.”

Pope ‘failed to act’ on American priest who molested 200 deaf boys despite letters from bishops pleading with him to act

Pope ‘failed to act’ on US sex abuse claims

London Times | Mar 25, 2010

by Anne Barrowclough

The sex abuse scandal enveloping the Catholic Church moved closer to Pope Benedict XVI today with revelations that in the 1990s the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger failed to defrock an American priest who molested hundreds of deaf boys, despite receiving letters from a number of American bishops pleading with him to act.

Internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Ratzinger, warning him and other top Vatican officials that failure to act could embarrass the church, have been unearthed as part of a lawsuit, according to The New York Times.

The case, against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, involves the Reverend Lawrence Murphy, who worked at the St John’s School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin, from 1950 to 1974, starting as a teacher and rising to director.

He allegedly molested up to 200 pupils, preying on his victims in their dormitories, on class excursions and even at his mother’s country house.

According to The New York Times, in 1996 the case was forwarded to the the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office which decides on canonical trials, which Cardinal Ratzinger led at the time.

The cardinal apparently failed to reply to two letters about Father Murphy from Rembert Weakland, then Archbishop of Milwaukee.

Although Cardinal Ratzinger’s second-in-command, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, now the Vatican’s secretary of state, went on to instruct Wisconsin bishops to begin a canonical trial for Father Murphy with the intention of having him defrocked if found guilty, that trial was stopped after the priest wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger begging for leniency on the grounds that he had already repented and was in poor health.

“I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood,” Father Murphy wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger. “I ask your kind assistance in this matter.”

The documents emerged as Pope Benedict faces other accusations that, as the Vatican’s doctrinal enforcer and previously as an archbishop in Germany, he did not discipline priests accused of sexual abuse, or alert the relevant civilian authorities.

In a case in his native Germany, the Munich and Freising diocese said recently that, while archbishop there in 1980, Pope Benedict agreed to church housing for a priest suspected of child sex abuse while he received “therapy”.

Yesterday, the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee of Cloyne over his handling of clerical sex abuse allegations. Bishop Magee, from Newry, Co Down, faced criticism after the Church’s watchdog found that he took minimal action over accusations against two priests. It branded his child protection as dangerous, focusing on the needs of the accused rather than the victims.

The Milwaukee documents, which include letters between bishops and the Vatican, and victims’ affidavits, are to form part of four lawsuits against the Archdiocese.

The New York Times says that the documents reveal that three successive archibshops in Wisconsin failed to report sexual abuse claims against Father Murphy to the police.

One of Father Murphy’s alleged victims, Arthur Budzinski, who was first molested at the age of 12, said he spent more than 30 years, with other former students of the school, trying to raise the alarm about Father Murphy. At one point they distributed leaflets outside Milwaukee cathedral.

Father Murphy was never disciplined by the church. Instead, in 1974 he was quietly moved from the school to northern Wisconsin where he continued to work in schools and, according to one lawsuit, a juvenile detention centre.

In 1993, with scores of complaints about Father Murphy in front of him, Archbishop Weakland asked a social worker who specialised in sexual abuse to evaluate the priest. The social worker came back to say that Father Murphy had admitted abusing about 200 boys but felt no remorse.

The Archbishop appealed to Cardinal Ratzinger and, when his letters received no answer, to a different Vatican office warning them that a failure to act could lead to “true scandal”.

His appeals to the Vatican to defrock Father Murphy came to nothing after the priest wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger.

Father Murphy died in 1998, still a priest.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman, said the “decisive factor” in the decision not to punish or defrock Father Murphy had been his “precarious state of health” and the lack of further accusations against him.

Father Lombardi said Father Murphy had abused “particularly vulnerable” children and had violated the law in what was a “tragic case”. However the Vatican had only been made aware of the case in 1996. Canon law did not provide for “automatic punishment” but rather for investigations and punishments on a case-by-case basis.

Rome police arrest 4 US church abuse victims who showed photos of pope at news conference

John Pilmaier from Milwaukee, left, and Peter Isely of the SNAP bureau (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) show pictures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI, left, and of father Lawrence Murphy, as they stage a press conference in front of The Vatican Thursday, March 25, 2010. SNAP members denounce Benedict’s handling of the case that involved father Murphy, who died in 1998, accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys as he worked at the former St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis from 1950 to 1975. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s deputy at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ruled that the alleged molestation had occurred too long ago and that the accused priest, Rev. Lawrence Murphy, should instead repent and be restricted from celebrating Mass outside of his home diocese. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) (Pier Paolo Cito – AP)

Associated Press | Mar 25, 2010

ROME — Four American victims of clergy sexual abuse say they were detained and questioned by Italian police in Rome after showing photos of the pope during a news conference outside St. Peter’s Square.

Barbara Blaine, one of the victims, said Thursday after emerging from a police station near the Vatican that officers told them a judge will decide if they will be charged. She says they were detained because they didn’t have a permit for the outdoor news conference.

Blaine said police seemed most concerned because they displayed photos of Pope Benedict XVI and his top aide, Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. She says police also confiscated posters with slogans like “Stop the secrecy.”

According to church documents, the Vatican ordered a stop to a church trial of a priest who abused 200 deaf children in Wisconsin.

Health care dictatorship: A crime against America

“Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.”

“Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton.”

– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”, 1953

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NaturalNews.com | Mar 23, 2010

by Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) It’s amazing that the day before the health care “reform” bill is passed in America, the FDA announces that one of the most popular statin drugs sold in America causes so much kidney damage that it might kill you. And then the day after this health care bill passes, the FDA announces that a popular rotovirus vaccine made by Merck is being halted because it is contaminated with a mysterious DNA sequence from a pig virus called porcine circovirus type 1 or PCV-1.

The reason this is important is because cholesterol drugs and vaccines represent what conventional American medicine is all about: Drugs and injections. It’s not about health and prevention; it’s about drugs and injections (and surgery too, of course).

And the legislation that was just passed is focused entirely on how to expand the failed system of drugs and injections so that it causes harm to everyone rather than just those who voluntarily choose to be suckered into it. This is the medical equivalent of a wartime draft that forces soldiers into battle against their will. Except this isn’t a war against some foreign enemy — it’s a war being waged against your body by the pharmaceutical industry, the cancer industry, the surgery pushers and all the corporations that prey upon the public for their sick-care profits.

What Dr. Julian Whitaker had to say about it

I was sitting in the office of Dr. Julian Whitaker in Newport Beach, California this morning at the Whitaker Wellness Center (www.WhitakerWellness.com), chatting about this health care legislation. Needless to say, he was fuming about it, and we decided to record a quick video featuring some of his comments.

I’ll be sharing that video soon on NaturalNews, but the upshot of it is that Dr. Whitaker is extremely concerned about the government taking over health care and interfering in the all-important doctor-patient relationship. He’s also quite rightly convinced that this new legislation is going to result in tens of trillions of dollars in new sick-care cost burdens that stand to financially devastate the national economy as they rise to 30% or even 40% of GNP over the next several years.

Dr. Whitaker is the kind of “alternative medicine” doctor whose medicine should be mainstream. If all the diabetes, heart disease and cancer patients across the country were given the kind of nutritional advice espoused at the Whitaker Wellness Center, we could actually save our nation from sick-care bankruptcy by greatly reducing health care costs across the board. Use of pharmaceuticals would plummet, and many medically useless surgeries such as coronary bypass surgery would simply be abandoned.

The epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in America

The Whitaker Wellness Center tests nearly every patient for their vitamin D levels, by the way. And guess what they find? I was talking with the Whitaker Wellness lab technician this morning and found that roughly 95% of new patients have deficient vitamin D levels. (They are then prescribed very high levels of supplementary vitamin D until they get back up to “normal” levels, of course.)

Most hospitals in America — and most doctors practicing medicine — don’t even test for vitamin D levels. That’s why there is an unseen epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in America today. This epidemic, by the way, is responsible for probably 80% of all cancers, at least a third of heart disease, perhaps a quarter or all diabetes cases, and countless cases of osteoporosis, depression, psychosis and kidney disorders.

So why don’t mainstream doctors test for vitamin D levels? Here’s the shocking but uncensored answer that medicine just doesn’t want to hear: Because doctors are nutritionally illiterate. They are so lost in their drugs, surgeries, poison chemotherapy treatments and ballooning egos that they have forgotten the simplest and most powerful elements of health and healing: Nutrients.

So while America wastes trillions of dollars every decade on treating cancer, diabetes, heart disease and depression, a significant portion of all those diseases could be cheaply, safely and readily prevented with a dime a day of vitamin D supplementation. It’s the smartest investment you can probably make in the health outcome of any population.

Congressional Budget Office estimates $9.8 trillion in deficits over next 10 years

The Hill | Mar 24, 2010

By Vicki Needham

The federal government would record total deficits of 9.8 trillion between 2011 and 2020 under President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget, according to an analysis released Wednesday on the by the Congressional Budget Office.

The deficit would be $1.5 trillion in 2010 and and would decline to 8.9 percent of gross domestic product or $1.3 trillion in 2011, $346 billion more than the deficit that CBO projects in its March 5 baseline, based on current policies and laws not changing.

CBO upped the 2010 deficit projections by $20 billion in 2010 and reduced overall estimated deficits by $57 billion between the 2011-2020 period from earlier estimates.

Also, under the president’s budget debt held by the public would grow from $7.5 trillion or 53 percent of GDP at the end of 2009 to $20.3 trillion, or 90 percent of GDP, at the end of 2020, about $5 trillion more than under the assumptions underlying the baseline.

The analysis also found that revenues would be $1.4 trillion, or 4 percent, below CBO’s baseline projections from 2011 to 2020, mainly because of the president’s proposals to index the thresholds for the alternative minimum tax for inflation starting at their 2009 levels and to extend many of the tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Other proposals in the budget, including changes to the healthcare system would increase net revenues.