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06
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UN Torture Investigator Accuses US of Hiding Detainees
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The United Nations special
investigator on torture recently
expressed his frustration with the
United States for shielding prisoners
in what have come to be referred to
as ‘black site’ prisons that the
investigator alleges are located in
both Europe and throughout Asia
and Africa. Manfred Nowak said that
he had proof that the United States,
in cooperation with various
governments, was holding captives in
secret locations beyond the scrutiny
of of international relief organizations
such as the Red Cross as well as
United Nations torture investigators.
"I am 100 percent sure. I have
evidence," Nowak said in an interview
with The
Associated Press. None of
these prisoners received due
process and some of them are being
held by governments that are alleged
by the United States to regularly
engage in the systematic torture of
prisoners.

Nowak, an Australian professor of law
who is tasked with investigating reports
of torture that are filed with the UN said
that the practice of secret detention is
antithetical to the concept of open and
democratic societies and violates both
UN treaties and international law. "This
is not only unacceptable in Europe”,
Nowak told reporters, “it is
unacceptable anywhere in the world."

Amnesty International recently
released a report that chronicles the
departure  
locations and destinations of
over 1000 CIA so called
‘renditions’. As reported
previously in
redstateupdate.
net, rendition is the practice
where kidnapped suspects are
sedated with spiked anal
suppositories, clothed in adult
diapers, shackled and
delivered to disparate and
secret locations.  Amnesty
reports that prisoners who
have been rendered and then
released from US custody
have described being
subjected to inhumane
treatment and torture. The CIA
flights have delivered
detainees to dozens of
locations including Uzbekistan,
Israel and Saudi Arabia.   
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Scalia Shows
Temperament
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Machine Makers Elect to Boycott Democratic Process in Florida
County
In fulfillment of the 2002 Help
America Vote Act states and counties
nationwide have been procuring
electronic voting machines with
grants from the federal government.  
The legal requirement to use the
electronic voting machines is in spite
of a recent report by the Government
Accountability Office that found
security and reliability problems with
the machines.

More than 30 million Americans will
use such machines this spring in
primary elections that are
manufactured by three companies,
Diebold, Electronic Systems and
Software and Sequoia.  
The elections supervisor in Florida
Leon County, Ion Sancho, who has
been unable to buy machines from
any of the companies, claims that the
businesses have refused to sell to
the county.  Last year Sancho
allowed a computer scientist to test
Leon County's Diebold voting
machines.  

The tests revealed that the Diebold
machines were vulnerable to hacking
and vote manipulation that cannot be
detected.  The ATM style machines
do not give paper receipts.  Diebold
is also a supplier of many of the
nation’s ATM’s all of which produce
written receipts.  
Sancho said he had "embarrassed
the current companies for the way
they do business. And now I
believe I'm being singled out for
punishment by the vendors.”   As
the state of Florida has approved
only machines made by the three
companies, Leon County was
forced to return a $564,000
federal grant.

The dispute in Florida is only one
of many nationwide involving the
electronic equipment.  Primary
elections in Illinois, Texas and
North Carolina were marred by
irregularities.                
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When Justice Antonin Scalia, a
fervent Catholic, was asked by
a writer for the Boston Herald if
he faces questions about his
impartiality when it comes to
court matters involving religion
he responded by throwing a
common obsecene gesture at
the reporter and saying that is
what he has to say to such
critics adding that the gesture
is “Sicilian”.  A photographer
from the press apparatus of
the Boston Catholic
Archdiocese captured Scalia’s
lewd gesture.  The high court
justice ordered the
photographer, “don’t publish
that”.

The Boston Herald later
published the photograph of
the gesture. When the
photograph was made public,
the photographer was fired by
the Boston Catholic
organization. The
photographer, Peter Smith,
who had worked for the
archdiocese for ten years and
who is also an assistant
professor of photojournalism at
Boston University, said that the
Catholic Archdiocese had told
him that they would not publish
the picture and that he could
not sell the print to any other
media outlet.

Smith feels that, even though
he was fired by the religious
organization, he did the
“ethical thing” by offering the
print for publication to the
Herald as it clearly shows
Scalia making the lewd
gesture.      
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BellSouth Takes Building and Goes
Home
When the mayor of New Orleans
recently called for expanding free
wireless internet service to all of its
residents, BellSouth the city’s largest
phone service provider, responded
by rescinding a contribution it had
made to the New Orleans Police
Department after Hurricane Katrina
ravaged the city.  When the storm
had passed, the headquarters for the
New Orleans Police Department was
devastated and Bell South donated
one of its buildings to the city that
had sustained only a small amount of
damage.  Within hours of the mayor’s
announcement that he planned to
offer free high-speed wireless
Internet service, the phone company
withdrew the donation.  

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the
city of New Orleans created a
citywide municipal wireless network
for use by both law enforcement and
citizens. The
free wireless network encompasses
the central business district and the
French
Quarter. The city’s mayor instituted
the network as an emergency
measure because a Louisiana law
prohibits the provision of free high-
speed Internet services by cities and
municipalities in the state.  The
measure was intended to assist city
agencies in recovery efforts and
entice businesses to rebuild and re-
open. Because half of the city’s
phone system is still inoperative,
15,000 residents currently use the
system.  

Greg Meffert, Chief Information
Officer of New Orleans said that he
intends to keep the network running.
"If I have to go to jail, I guess I will.
We simply cannot turn off these few
lifelines we have to our city and
businesses," Meffert recently told
reporters.  BellSouth recently
announced plans to merge with
AT&T. When the $67 billion deal is
completed, AT&T will become the
USA's biggest telecom with more than
$120 billion in annual revenue.
                       
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US Personal savings - in
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Analysis
Sports : Play
Ball
Damaged Credibility a Side
Effect
As Steroids Scandal Gains
Strength
Aaron.

Mitchell, the former Senate
Majority Leader, is also a former
federal prosecutor and federal
judge, and has headed
commissions on the conflicts in
Northern Ireland and the Middle
East. He will be assisted in the
investigation by former US
Attorney Jeffrey G. Collins, and
former assistant US Attorney
Thomas F. Carlucci. Some critics
of Major League Baseball have
pointed out possible conflict of
interest concerns for Mitchell, who
is a director of the Boston Red
Sox, and a former director of the
Florida Marlins. Mitchell is also the
chairman of the Walt Disney
Company, which owns television
sports network ESPN.

Baseball instituted its first steroid
testing program in 2003 and has
amended it several times since
then. Lesser offensive numbers
and
a number of serious injuries in
2004 and 2005 may be
indications that
use of the drugs is on the
decline.
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Commissioner of Major League
Baseball Bud Selig has launched an
investigation into the use of steroids
by players, a scandal which has
recently intensified amid a spate of
high profile allegations. The probe will
look at both active and retired players
in an effort to determine the scope of
the problem in both the major and
minor leagues, according to MLB
officials. Selig has appointed former
US Senator George Mitchell to lead
the investigation.

The issue of steroid use has been
the focus of increased media
attention since the federal
investigation of San Francisco’s Bay
Area Laboratories Cooperative
produced testimony implicating
several major league players, among
them big names like Barry Bonds,
Gary Sheffield, and Jason Giambi. A
recent book by
San Francisco
Chronicle
reporters focuses on
Bonds, a controversial superstar who
holds the major league records for
home runs in a season and most
valuable player awards, and who this
season will pursue two of the game’s
most important milestones: the  
career home run totals of legends
Babe Ruth and Hank
Mets' Delgado No Longer a Free
Agent
New York Mets first baseman
Carlos Delgado will join his
new teammates on the field for
the singing of “God Bless
America” this year, ending the
silent antiwar protest he had
maintained throughout the
2004 and 2005 seasons.
Delgado has said that he is
curtailing the protest at the
request of Mets ownership,
and out of respect for team
rules.

Delgado began the protest as
a member of the Toronto Blue
Jays in 2004, to signal his
opposition to the invasion of
Iraq, and continued it last
season after
moving to the Florida Marlins as a
free agent. Former teammates say
that while many disagreed with
Delgado on the war, they were
impressed by the dignified manner of
his protest. The Mets’ request to stop
the protest comes at a time when
polls show increasing majorities
opposing the invasion and continued
occupation of Iraq.

Delgado was a key off season
acquisition for the Mets, who are
expected to contend in the National
League East. Delgado has batted .
284 for his career, averaging 28
home runs and 90 RBI’s per season.
His 369 career home runs ranks 14th
among active players.      
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Cuba Beats US Treasury En Route to WBC
Final
Despite attempts by the US
Treasury Department to bar
them from the tournament, the
Cuban baseball team made it
to the World Baseball Classic
and almost won it all, falling in
the championship game to
Japan, 10-6. On the way to the
final in San Diego, the Cubans
beat Puerto Rican and
Dominican teams filled with
major league stars.
The US had tried to block Cuban
participation in the WBC, but
pressure from both the international
community and major league
baseball led to a compromise
whereby the Cuban team could play
if Cuba did not receive any revenues
from the tournament. Entering the
final, Cuba had won 22 of 24 games
in international competition, but a
4-run first inning by Japan proved too
much of a deficit to overcome.          
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50 or more home runs
In major league history, the
feat of hitting 50 or more
home runs in a season has
been accomplished 37
times by a total of 23
different players.
1920-1989:
70 seasons,
17 times
1990-2005:
16 seasons,
20 times
source: major league
baseball
Departments

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Labor Department
Turns to Former Foe
Exxon Pays Less Than .0001% of Quarterly
Profits
For Internal Revenue Service Audit of Critics
The President’s nominee to head
the Department of Labor’s Wage
and Hour Division is a prominent
private practice attorney who has
made a career of helping
corporations fight against workers
rights and federal regulations.
Paul DeCamp has been a highly
successful Labor and Employment
Law specialist for the Washington
law firm of Gibson, Dunn, and
Crutcher.

DeCamp represented retail giant
Wal-Mart in its attempt to defend
the largest class action suit ever
certified, involving over a million
women who sued over
discrimination in pay and
promotions. He acted as a
consultant to employers
“regarding the full range of
employment law issues, including
wage and hour law compliance,”
according to the Gibson, Dunn
website.

The Wage and Hour Division
monitors compliance with federal
standards in the workplace. In
November,
redstateupdate.net
reported on a controversial
settlement by the Division in a
case involving Wal-Mart.          
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An Internal Revenue Service audit of
the environmental organization
Greenpeace was apparently the
result of lobbying by a largely
unknown public interest watchdog
group that was funded by oil
corporation ExxonMobil. An
investigation by the
Wall Street
Journal
found that Public Interest
Watch, which asked the IRS to look
into possible illegalities at
Greenpeace, received some 95% of
its funding from the petroleum giant.
Greenpeace was recently cleared
after a lengthy audit of its nonprofit
status.

In 2003, Public Interest Watch
completed an “in depth investigation”
of the US branch of the
internationally known environmental
activist group, forwarding its report to
the IRS and urging the agency to
investigate alleged money laundering
and other illegal activities. Public
Interest Watch, which says it tracks
the “growing misuse of charitable
funds by nonprofit organizations,”
accused Greenpeace of the
diversion of $24 million in tax
deductible contributions to related
entities, in a move which PIW argued
violated its federal tax-exempt status.
IRS auditors began their review of
the environmental organization in
September 2005, and conducted
their final interviews with Greenpeace
officials in December. In March the
group received two letters from the
IRS stating that their nonprofit status
was reconfirmed. During the course
of the investigation, according to
Greenpeace officials, IRS personnel
said that the PIW campaign against
Greenpeace had led to the audit. IRS
spokesmen declined to comment on
the causes of the review.

Public Interest Watch was founded in
2002 by Washington lobbyist Michael
J. Hardiman, who has represented
the American Conservative Union as
well as various business groups. PIW
declines to reveal its sources of
funding except to say that it receives
contributions from “business
organizations,” but the
Journal
reported that for the period from
August 2003 to July 2004, more than
95% of its revenues came directly
from ExxonMobil. Hardiman told the
newspaper that he left Public Interest
Watch in 2004 to work as a civilian
contractor for the Pentagon in Iraq.
                            
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"We support the
election process, we
support democracy…
…but that doesn't mean
we have to support
governments that get
elected as a result of
democracy."
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"Rafael Palmeiro is a
friend. He's the kind
of person that's going
to stand up in front of
the klieg lights and
say he didn't use
steroids, and I believe
him."
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