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    controlling over relevant U S statutes or authorities Under the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza Bush agreed the U S would work through the U N system influenza coordinator to develop a continental emergency response plan operating through authorities under the WTO North American Free Trade Agreement and the U N Food and Agriculture Organization WND could find no evidence the Bush administration presented the Influenza Partnership plan to Congress for oversight or approval The SPP plan for avian and pandemic influenza announced at the Canadian summit last week embraces the international control principles Bush first announced to the U N in his 2005 International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza declaration The SPP plan gives primacy for avian and pandemic influenza management to plans developed by the WHO WTO U N and NAFTA directives not decisions made by U S agencies The U N WHO WTO NAFTA plan advanced by SPP features a prominent role for the U N system influenza coordinator as a central international director in the case of a North American avian flu or pandemic influenza outbreak In Sept 2005 Dr David Nabarro was appointed the first U N system influenza coordinator a position which also places him as a senior policy adviser to the U N director general Nabarro joined the WHO in 1999 and was appointed WHO executive director of sustainable development and health environments in July 2002 In a Sept 29 2005 press conference at the U N Nabarro made clear that his job was to prepare for the H5N1 virus known as the avian flu Nabarro fueled the global fear that an epidemic was virtually inevitable In response to a question about the 1918 1919 flu pandemic that killed approximately 40 million people worldwide Nabarro commented I am certain there will be another pandemic sometime Nabarro stressed at the press conference that he saw as inevitable a worldwide pandemic influenza coming soon that would kill millions He quantified the deaths he expected as follows I m not at the moment at liberty to give you a prediction on numbers but I just want to stress that let s say the range of deaths could be anything from 5 to 150 million In a March 8 2006 U N press conference that was reported on a State Department website Nabarro predicted an outbreak of the H5N1 virus would reach the Americas within the next six to 12 months On Feb 1 2006 NORTHCOM hosted representatives of more than 40 international federal and state agencies for an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions including military support would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States NORTHCOM and other governmental websites document the growing role the Bush administration plans for the U S military to be involved in continental domestic emergencies involving health including avian flu and pandemic influenza NORTHCOM participated in a nationwide Joint Chiefs of Staff directed exercise code named Exercise Ardent

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    the District and Park Service over their right to post signs in public places The D C government has fined the coalition about 20 000 for posting signs and the Park Service has asked the group to remove them The coalition countered by filing a lawsuit challenging the District s regulations The suit is pending The group assembled for a news conference yesterday at Lafayette Square to promise to put up more posters regardless of possible sanctions Within minutes the pledge was tested An officer approached and asked whether the demonstrators had a permit for their gathering As news cameramen focused in on the officer he commanded the protesters to get back ordered them to dismantle a table and called for backup The officer then got into a tussle over a bucket of paste with Tina Richards the mother of an Iraq war veteran Let go of this he shouted If you don t you will be arrested More officers arrived including several dressed in black commando style uniforms and one atop a horse that he maneuvered to push back the crowd Back up he shouted An officer placed handcuffs on Richards of Missouri and put her in the back of a police car A few feet away Kristine Klein 13 Richards s daughter started crying She said that another officer had grabbed her arm and pushed her As Richards tried to call to her daughter from the cruiser another officer closed the window When an officer went to speak to Kristine a member of the Park Service s SWAT team advised him to stay away from her Don t feed into that the cameras are rolling Let her go the officer said By then officers had also handcuffed Adam Kokesh a Iraq war veteran who lives in Washington and

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    Iraq War is the most important issue on people s minds he says that they wouldn t allow this opinion to be on the public airwaves means that they want to make sure that the messages don t conflict with the large multinationals that are profiting from this war CBS wouldn t even allow Harritt to circulate an anti war petition where he wanted to in the park he says The petition was to defund the war and refund human needs I had been circulating through the crowd of about 1 000 people collecting signatures he says when this same CBS staffer came by and said You can t do that I wasn t even in camera view But she reported me to a security officer He told me I had to leave A person was signing the petition at that moment When he finished the security officer threatened to arrest me if I didn t move So I moved Corva Murphy wasn t so lucky She got handcuffed The 60 year old activist is a member of Peace Works an anti nuclear weapons group She and her husband Everett often join the AFSC members at peace rallies And so they came to Liberty Memorial at 5 00 a m on August 10 We had our anti war signs she says My husband s is bright yellow with red letters It says Out of Iraq Now Mine says If you like this war you re going to love the draft and the words war and draft are in red letters Corva and Everett Murphy s son served in Iraq in 2005 as a Navy corpsman He was in Mosul she says He s OK but if this war keeps going he ll have to go back Corva Murphy says that s not the sole reason they are protesting We do it for all our sons and daughters and all the innocent Iraqi people she says That s why we re out there every chance we get At Liberty Memorial Corva and Everett Murphy decided to stand near where Harry Smith was going to be broadcasting She says other people were holding signs including ones that said I Love Big and Rich and Hey Dad We Made It But it was only their sign that was verboten After a few minutes somebody from security came and said You can t be here Then someone from CBS said You have to put your signs down CBS doesn t want any political signs Corva and Everett Murphy insisted that this was a public park but they were told it wasn t My husband said Yes it is Our tax dollars pay for this But a police officer responded You ll really have to go I ll escort you Your friends are down below referring to the AFSC demonstrators He escorted us to where the Cost of War banners were Corva says Then my husband and I moved about ten feet back to where

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    20 and are being conducted throughout the United States and in conjunction with several partner nations including Australia Canada and the United Kingdom as well as the Territory of Guam VS 08 and National Level Exercise 1 08 will provide local state tribal interagency Department of Defense and non governmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises The participating organizations will conduct a multi layered civilian led response to a national crisis USNORTHCOM s primary exercise venues for VS 08 include locations in Oregon Arizona and a cooperative venue with USPACOM in the Territory of Guam NORAD s aerospace detection and defense events will take place across all the exercise venues to exercise the ability to mobilize resources for aerospace defense aerospace control maritime warning and coordination of air operations in a disaster area 30 NOTE FOR MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS For more information on the exercise or for potential media coverage during the exercise please contact Mr Michael Kucharek or Lt Cmdr Gary Ross at the NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs Office 719 554 6889 Click to download the VS 08 Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 Background VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffdesignated North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD and U S Northern Command USNORTHCOM sponsored and U S Joint Forces Command supported Department of Defense exercise for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 will be conducted concurrent with TOP OFFICIALS 4 TOPOFF 4 the nation s premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 108 These linked exercises will take place 1520 October 2007 and are being conducted throughout the United States with several partner nations Australia Canada and the United Kingdom as well as the Territory of Guam National Level Exercise 108 will include the simulated detonation of three radiological dispersal devices within the USNORTHCOM and U S Pacific Command areas of responsibility These exercise events and others are designed to test the full range of incident management response procedures at the local state and federal levels Purpose Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 and National Level Exercise 108 will provide local state tribal interagency Department of Defense and nongovernmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises The participating organizations will conduct a multilayered civilian led response to a national crisis Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD Objectives Demonstrate multiagency multijurisdictional unity of effort in support of a civilianled response to a national crisis through collaboration with local state and federal responders to a series of catastrophic events Reinforce operational and strategic relationships between USNORTHCOM and the Department of Homeland

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    of 6 of the Ohio vote in 2006 But they still lost Why Because they were so massively unpopular that even a 6 bump couldn t save them Outgoing Governor Bob Taft who pled guilty to four misdemeanors while in office left town with a 7 approval rating that s not a typo Blackwell entered the last week of the campaign down 30 in some polls So while the GOP still had control of the electoral machinery here in 2006 the public tide against them was simply too great to hold back even through the advanced art and science of modern Rovian election theft In traditional electoral terms that may also be the case in 2008 Should things proceed as they are now it s hard to imagine any Republican candidate going into the election within striking distance The potential variations are many but the graffiti on the wall is clear What s also clear is that this administration has a deep profound and uncompromised contempt for democracy for the rule of law and for the US Constitution When George W Bush went on the record twice as saying he has nothing against dictatorship as long as he can be dictator it was a clear and present policy statement Who really believes this crew will walk quietly away from power They have the motivation the money and the method for doing away with the electoral process altogether So why wouldn t they The groundwork for dismissal of both the legislative and judicial branch has been carefully laid The litany is well known but worth a very partial listing The continuation of the drug war and the Patriot Act Homeland Security Act and other dictatorial laws prompted by the 9 11 2001 terror attacks have decimated the Bill of Rights and shredded the traditional American right to due process of law freedom from official surveillance arbitrary violence and far more The current Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has not backed away from his announcement to Congress that the Constitution does not guarantee habeas corpus The administration continues to act on the assumption that it can arrest anyone at any time and hold them without notification or trial for as long as it wants The establishment of the Homeland Security Agency has given it additional hardware to decimate the basic human rights of our citizenry Under the guise of dealing with the immigration problem large concentration camps are under construction around the US The administration has endorsed and is exercising its right to employ torture contrary to the Eighth Amendment and to a wide range of international treaties which Gonzales has labeled quaint With more than 200 signing statements the administration acts on its belief that the unitary executive trumps the power of the legislative branch in any instance it chooses This belief has been further enforced with the administration s use of a wide range of precedent setting arguments to keep its functionaries from testifying before Congress There is much more In

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    Hitler Mussolini Franco Suharto and Pinochet and identified 14 characteristics common to those fascist regimes This page is a collection of news articles dating from the start of the Bush presidency divided into topics relating to each of the 14

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    secrets privilege in arguing that the 9th U S Circuit Court of Appeals must dismiss the cases because they threaten to expose information authorities say is essential to the nation s security The case cannot be litigated in light of the national security interest involved one official said The officials spoke on the condition that their names would not be published because they said it was the government s protocol not to comment on pending litigation The Bush administration has invoked the state secrets defense often from spy cases and patent disputes to employment discrimination litigation Still two judges have ruled recently that the defense does not apply in two lawsuits challenging Bush s surveillance program President Bush acknowledged in 2005 that the government was eavesdropping without warrants on communications in the United States as long as one of the parties to the communication was suspected of terrorism and outside the United States On Wednesday the government will urge the San Francisco based appeals court to dismiss the case on grounds that the case could expose state secrets the justice department officials said In our view those claims should always be dismissed a senior administration official said A year from

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    were and the bizarre behavior of the supposed anarchists shuffling toward not away from the police line once suspicions about their identities were made the discussion one seems to behaving with police before they were apprehended and of course the amazing coincidence of the fact that these anarchists and the police happen to be wearing identical boots right down to the tread patterns and company logo make any other conclusion

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