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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Sparky: Too busy to post a Guru Girl last night - Mea Culpa

Daschle: No Authority To Wiretap

"This last-minute change would have given the president broad authority to exercise expansive powers not just overseas ... but right here in the United States, potentially against American citizens."
former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle

Washington Post
Daschle: Congress Didn't OK Spying Authority
ABC News - 17 hours ago
In a file photo Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, DS.D., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, in Washington.. ...
White House claims on spying program refuted The Standard
DNC Must Read: 'Power We Didn't Grant,' by Tom Daschle U.S. Newswire (press release)
Daschle says President Bush wasn't given domestic spying authority ... WBNS
Daily Briefing: 'It Just Disintegrated Our Capacity'
Wonkette (satire), DC - 20 hours ago
Tom Daschle (DS.D.) says Congress rejected White House request for the authority to eavesdrop on US citizens: "I can state categorically that the subject of ...
Greenpeace activists clash with Japanese whaling fleet in Southern Ocean
December 22, 2005
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Inflatable boats from the Greenpeace ships - the Arctic Sunrise and the Esperanza - hinder the transfer of a dead minke whale from the Japanese whaling fleet catcher ship Kyo Maru No.1 to the Nisshin Maru factory ship.

The environmental activist group Greenpeace has attempted to disrupt Japan's Southern Ocean "scientific" whaling fleet. After searching for the whaling fleet for nearly a month, the Greenpeace ships, MY Esperanza and MY Arctic Sunrise, are floating alongside the Japanese mothership in Australia's Antarctic territorial waters, directly south of Tasmania.

The Japanese whaling fleet has an expected catch of over 900 minke whales – more than double its previous catch. The fleet - owned by Kyodo Senpaku and part-owned by Nissui, Japan's second-largest marine products firm - is also targeting endangered fin whales for what they claim is a scientific program. Fin whales are the second largest creatures on earth.

Greenpeace say they have asked the whalers to stop whaling immediately and return to Japan, but have recieved no response from the vessels. In inflatables carrying banners which read "defend the whales" and "stop the whaling," crew from the two ships declared their intention to stop the hunt.

Leader of the Greenpeace expedition, Shane Rattenbury said their eight small boats have begun to "interfere" with the whaling process.

"We positioned our two ships to the stern of the Japanese mother ship in order to prevent the whale being transferred on to the ship and we were successful in stopping that process for about 45-minutes," said Mr Rattenbury, describing a capture boat ramming the Greenpeace ship in an attempt to push it clear.

He said the Japanese boat fought back with water cannons and one of several Greenpeace inflatables capsized in the wash. All crew were retrieved without injury.

"We're going to do everything we can over the coming weeks to interfere with the whaling process, and stop the whales being killed," he said, "our small boats will be putting themselves between the harpoon and the whale.

In a radio call to the whaling vessels, from the bridge of the Arctic Sunrise, Yuko Hirono, of Greenpeace Japan called upon the whalers to stop killing whales "and leave the internationally recognised Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary." Japan's scientific whaling has been the subject of repeated criticism by the International Whaling Commission.

The Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research, claim the amount of scientific data gathered by Japan's research program (JARPAII) is extensive and that Japan's whale research programs are conducted in accordance with the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. The Institute of Cetacean Research say their research does not involve illegal whaling.

Greenpeace say over the next 2 years 40 more fin whales will be added to the annual kill, along with 50 humpback whales.

"This whale hunt is unnecessary, unjustified, and unwanted," said Rattenbury. "Once the whales have been measured and weighed by the 'scientists' the butchers get to work and the whales are cut up and boxed for market. This is all about money and not science."

The area in which the Japanese fleet is hunting has been designated as the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary, in an effort to allow whale populations to recover after stocks were depleted during the commercial whaling of the last century.

Seventy crew and campaigners from 19 countries are on board the two Greenpeace vessels, including the UK, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Ghana, Russia, Norway, Denmark, USA, France, Italy, Japan, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Austria and Argentina.

Japan's whaling program is expected to kill nearly one thousand whales this season.

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Happy Holidays - Sparks

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Sparky: As if I needed to defend my calls of repeated bad behavior on the Bush Junta II's puppet boy king's part.
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  1. President Bush defends NSA domestic intercepts
  2. U.S. President George W. Bush confirms that he has authorized the National Security Agency to conduct warrantless domestic wiretaps.
  3. Bush authorized NSA surveillance of citizens, bypassing court warrants
  4. Senate rejects short-term extension of the USA PATRIOT Act
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There the response:

San Diego Union Tribune
Bush: Spying effective tool in war on terror
Mohave Valley News, NV - 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Accused of acting above the law, President Bush forcefully defended a domestic spying program on Monday as an effective tool in disrupting ...
Bush: spying program to continue Reuters
Bush: Spying program to continue Reuters
Bush: Spying is legal, critical Winston-Salem Journal
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Portsmouth Herald News
Senators seek probe of Bush's spying orders
Reuters - 5 hours ago
... W. Bush, bipartisan members of the US Senate's Intelligence Committee called on Tuesday for an immediate inquiry into his authorization of spying on Americans. ...
Bush: spying program to continue Reuters
US senators seek Bush spying probe
Bush: Spying program warranted Tulsa World (subscription)
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Financial Times
Pressure builds for Bush spying probe
Financial Times, UK - 27 minutes ago
... Critics are questioning why Mr Bush did not request a wiretap warrant from a ... the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which must authorise spying on US ...
Bush defends eavesdropping, and restroom peeping The Spoof (satire)
Spies like US Channel 4 News
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Kerry calls Bush spying defense 'lame'
Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN - 6 minutes ago
... Bush has said Congress gave him the power to authorize the spying under a mandate to protect the country "by all means necessary.". ...

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Be angry - stay angry - don't let these monsters get away with the murder of Americans. - Sparky