5/25/08 Natural & Unnatural Disasters; "Humanitarianism", Genocide, Eugenics, Germany and the U.S. Connection


"...depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."
Henry Kissinger, National Security Memo 200, April 24, 1974

Note: U.S. calls fighting off U.S. history of imperialist subversion "xenophobia"
Myanmar appears to nix US Navy help, saying "strings attached"
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BANGKOK, Thailand: With their history of xenophobia, no one expected Myanmar's generals to welcome with open arms an uninvited flotilla of U.S. warships trying to help bring relief to millions severely affected by Cyclone Nargis...
Instead, Myanmar gave a go-ahead for a far smaller operation of 10 helicopters from the U.N.'s World Food Program — which must be chartered, flown in on cargo planes and reassembled in Bangkok. "The strings attached to the relief supplies carried by warships and military helicopters are not acceptable to the Myanmar people," said the New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a mouthpiece for the ruling junta.
"This is purely a humanitarian mission," said Lt. Col. Douglas Powell, a spokesman for the stalled Operation Caring Response.
The media report hinted that Myanmar's real fear is that the U.S. would use the disaster as a pretext to invade and take control of Myanmar's oil reserves.
So instead of utilizing the U.S. military's assets, Myanmar has agreed to allow a relief operation focused more on the use of the helicopters operated by the World Food Program. It has also been more open to aid from neighboring countries such as Thailand and India.

Note: Unable to overthrow the Myanmar govt., this 'natural disaster' offered the opportunity for a more direct military 'aid' invasion, 'accepting responsibility for the aftermath', e.g. U.S. control, is the purpose. This 'back road to China' as Burma was called in WW2, has long been a key to the overall u.s. domination of Asia...
Military intervention would work in Myanmar
By Robert D. Kaplan
May 18, 2008
.... this is militarily doable. The challenge is the politics, both internationally and inside Myanmar. Because one can never assume an operation will go smoothly, it is vital that the United States carry out such a mission only as part of a coalition including France, Australia and other Western powers. Of course, the approval of the U.N. Security Council would be best, but China -- the junta's best friend -- would likely veto it. And yet China -- along with India, Thailand and, to a lesser extent, Singapore -- have been put in a very uncomfortable diplomatic situation. China and India are invested in port enlargement and energy deals with Myanmar. Thailand's democratic government has moved closer to the junta for the sake of logging and other business ventures. Singapore, a city-state that must get along with everybody in the region, is suspected of acting as a banker for the Burmese generals. All these countries quietly resent the ineffectual moral absolutes with which the United States, a half a world away, approaches Myanmar. A humanitarian invasion of Myanmar is militarily doable, but we would have to accept significant responsibility for the aftermath. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/opinion/14kaplan.html?th&emc=th

Depleted Uranium Shells Used by U.S. Military Worse Than Nuclear Weapons
David Gutierrez
The use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by the U.S. military may lead to a death toll far higher than that from the nuclear bombs dropped at the end of World War II. DU is a waste product of uranium enrichment, containing approximately one-third the radioactive isotopes of naturally occurring uranium. Because of its high density, it is used in armor- or tank-piercing ammunition. It has been fired by the U.S. and British militaries in the two Iraq wars and in Afghanistan, as well as by NATO forces in Kosovo and the Israeli military in Lebanon and Palestine....Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=44229

Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Say
An audit of $8.2 billion spent on contractors in Iraq ,,,and some $1.8 billion seized or frozen Iraqi assets... doled out in stacks or pallets of cash... was mishandled... comes on top of an earlier finding by an independent federal oversight agency, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction that occupation authorities could not account for the disbursement of $8.8 billion in Iraqi oil money and seized assets.... The Pentagon report, titled “Internal Controls Over Payments Made in Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt,” also notes that auditors were unable to find a comprehensible set of records to explain $134.8 million in payments by the American military to its allies in the Iraq war...whose amounts had not been publicly disclosed, included $68.2 million to the United Kingdom, $45.3 million to Poland and $21.3 million to South Korea. Despite repeated requests, Pentagon auditors said they were unable to determine why the payments were made.
“It sounds like the coalition of the willing is the coalition of the paid — they’re willing to be paid,”...

Spending On Iraq Poorly Tracked: Audit Faults Accounting for $15 Billion in Work
The inspector general for the Defense Department said yesterday that the Pentagon cannot account for almost $15 billion worth of goods and services ranging from trucks, bottled water and mattresses to rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns that were bought from contractors in the Iraq reconstruction effort.

QUISLING RULERS BUY ARMS FROM U.S., DESTROYER OF IRAQ, SLAUGHTERER OF 1,213,716 IRAQIS http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
Iraq to spend $3B on U.S. military gear
Mideast edition, Friday, May 23, 2008
Iraq is becoming one of the largest customers for U.S. arms...Iraq’s government has committed nearly $3 billion for U.S. weapons and equipment over the past year. "Give it another five, six or eight years and you could be talking about deals that put the Saudis to shame," Pike is quoted as saying. The oil-rich Saudis have bought American fighters and armored vehicles worth billions of dollars.

more comprador crimes...
Iraqi investment boom just around the corner
The GreenZone newspaper AlSabaah reports from Cairo, where an "investment conference" has been going on, that Iraq has signed contracts worth over $63 billion with a number of global investment corporations, for startup of a number big construction projects. "These include construction of the big port in Basra, the Baghdad International Airport, gigantic projects in Najaf, and construction of what will be the largest city in the Middle East"... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=44252

Palestinian lackey for U.S. 'development', AKA u.s. domination
From Khalid Amayreh in Bethlehem
A three-day economic conference aimed at attracting foreign investments to revive the dilapidated Palestinian economy got underway in this southern Palestinian town on Wednesday amid tight security. Opening the conference, Palestinian Authority ( PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas welcomed hundreds of Arab and foreign investors, saying that economic prosperity in the occupied Palestinian territories would expedite the political process and enhance Palestinian steadfastness vis-à-vis the Israeli occupation... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=44248

daily u.s.-israeli genocidal developments...
IOF troops destroy agriculture sector in Gaza; kill Palestinian farmers
Palestinian Information Center
The agriculture ministry in the PA legitimate government in Gaza Strip asserted on Wednesday that the IOF troops had bulldozed vast agricultural areas in the eastern sector of the Gaza Strip which is considered the food basket of the 1.5 million Palestinians living there. According to a report issued by the ministry and a copy of which was obtained by the PIC, the Israeli occupation army uprooted fruitful trees and destroyed greenhouses and artisan wells in Shokeh and Sofa villages, east of Khan Younis city over the past week in addition to ruining poultry farms estimated at 1.5 million dollars... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=44244

no question about it...
Is Patrick Cockburn repeating US and Iraqi Government propaganda?
Gabriele Zamparini, The Cat's Dream
A few weeks ago, in an article titled "The Most Important Questions to Ask About the Trial of Tariq Aziz", Patrick Cockburn, to describe the assassinated Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, used the following words: Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler, Stalin and monster, all at once. Even Bush has never dared much!...Some excerpts from Cockburn’s essay: "Many Iraqis say their lives were safer under Saddam but this does not mean they want him back. They know he ruined their country." ... forget the First Gulf War, the Anglo-American imposed UN genocidal embargo and the 2003 supreme international crime, the Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq – still going on...Like the Lernaean Hydra, propaganda has many heads. The problem is, the anti-war movement and the left are no Hercules... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=44277

u.s. killing of non-embedded press continues...
Iraqi TV station says U.S. troops killed cameraman
By Aseel Kami and Khalid al-Ansary
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi television station accused U.S. troops on Thursday of shooting dead one of its cameramen as he walked to his Baghdad home.
The body of a second journalist, Haidar Hashim al-Husseini, a reporter for al-Sharq newspaper, was found dumped in a field with nine other corpses in Diyala province, police and colleagues said. A spokeswoman for the Afaq television channel said cameraman Wisam Ali Ouda was shot dead by U.S. soldiers in eastern Baghdad's Obaidi district at around 5pm on Wednesday. "We confirm one of our employees was killed by an American sniper," said Bushra Abdul-Amir, head of public relations at the station. She added that witnesses had given testimony to the station's managers. Hadi Jalu, deputy director of Iraq's Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, said he had also interviewed witnesses on the scene who had corroborated this... "They all said an American soldier killed him," ... A spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad, Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Stover, said no civilians had been killed during military operations in Obaidi on Wednesday..."All extremists were ... either committing a violent act or posed a threat to commit a violent act," http://www.reuters.com/article/gc05/idUSGEO24738220080522

P20G: Into the Dark: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism
From the Moscow Times, Nov. 1, 2002.
Darkness Visible: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism is Now in Operation (2005)
From the Moscow Times, Jan. 25, 2005. This is the follow-up to "Into the Dark."

Iran slams US for terrorists support
Wed, 21 May 2008 22:22:39
Iran's foreign ministry summons the Swiss charge d'affair to protest the terrorist operation carried out by a US-backed group in Iran.“We have obtained strong evidence that those responsible for the explosions in Shiraz were being lead and supported by terrorist cells in the US,” Iran's deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, Mehdi Safari, told the Swiss Chargé d'affaires in Tehran. Safari called on Washington to fulfill its international commitments in fight against all forms of terrorism and to extradite the Shiraz bombing suspects. Some 13 people lost their lives and 200 others were injured in the April 12 explosion in a religious center in the southern city of Shiraz. Earlier Iran's intelligence ministry in a statement announced the terrorist group had also planned to target Tehran's international book fair as well as the Russian consulate in Tehran. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=56759§ionid=351020101

in case you missed this...
Digest commentary: Gamila Zahran takes a courageous stand exposing and opposing, on principle, the reactionary trend that attempts to equate Iran with the U.S. as equally major enemies of humanity, of Arabs in particular — which is false and serves only the real major enemy of the peoples of the world, U.S. imperialist-zionist. Iran is a reactionary government wheeling and dealing with the U.S. for regional power at the expense of the Iraqi and Iranian peoples. Its blustering is appreciated truth about the U.S., but bravado for the wrong purposes. Iran's leadership no more represents the interests of the Iranian people than the U.S. govt. represents the interests of...any peoples.
Here are Zahran’s powerful and wise words, to be heeded and spread widely by all who genuinely stand for anti-imperialist-zionist liberation:

My call is basically to stress first and foremost on the following:

- NEVER to equate the two, i.e. neither the Iranian regime with the American nor the Iranian people’s collective culture/history/track record with the overwhelming majority of ‘white’ America’s collective culture or history/track record…the difference is immense…

- As people who declare ourselves to be on the side of the masses of the poor and oppressed (who happened to be overwhelmingly in the ‘third world’) and not elites our stand should be a UNIFYING stand and not divisive. It should be with the Iranian people like it was and still is with the Iraqi people and
like it should be with any ‘third world’ poor oppressed peoples/masses against any aggression from the racist western capitalistic - imperialistic cannibalistic genocidal collective culture spearheaded by America…

- There are HIDDEN HANDS working relentlessly 24/7 with immense resources and ‘techniques’ that are behind ALL the divisiveness in Iraq and between Iraq and Iran and that are behind ALL the carnage in Iraq. They use all sorts of tactics (to mention just one such tactic– death squads with local faces be them Arabic, Kurdish, Iranian, etc. all for the purpose of divide and conquer as well as actual slaughter of ALL opponents)…and now that Iran the PEOPLE/the NATION/the CULTURE/the RESOURCES is targeted they have been working hard on all fronts (in the killing fields in Iraq as well as in the propaganda machine in the ‘free’ western media) to make it seem as if Iran is responsible for all the carnage so that Iran (in the final analysis the Iranian people) find themselves standing alone deprived from any solidarity from the poor and oppressed masses of Arabs…

…the racist Anglo-American-Zionists in their unique genocidal brand of Imperialism are not targeting (just) governments and elites but are targeting entire nations, entire populations, entire cultures, for carnage, destruction and looting. In other words, if it was wrong for some to use the sorry excuse that Saddam’s ‘atrocities’ justified an attack by the Americans on Iraq and the Iraqi people under the guise of liberating the Iraqi people and the region from such a ‘corrupt’ and ‘brutal’ ‘Bathist’ elite, and it was, it is wrong now to justify an attack on Iran and the Iranian people under the guise that Iran’s ‘Magoosi’ government- is a traitor/corrupt elite.

An attack on Iran from the same powers that attacked Iraq would be, like in Iraq’s case, an attack on Iran the country/the nation– in plain language it would be an attack on Iran the people. We cannot as Arabs/Muslims and ultimately as human beings stand on the sideways cheering, or turning a blind (moral) eye to what will sure be happening to the Iranian people. We would have no moral excuse especially after what we know had happened and continues to happen to Iraq and the Iraqi people at the hands of the Anglo-Americans and their collaborators (Sunnis, Shias, Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Persians…alike). And we will not be able to have the pretense then of naiveté to feign ignorance in an effort to assuage our conscience.

We cannot be ‘neutral’ and let “el-foukhar yekasar badoh”= “pottery breaking each other” for we are not talking about “foukhar”= “pottery”, we are talking about human beings, human lives and entire populations that are targeted for devastation and ‘creative chaos”.

We cannot be ‘neutral’ regarding yet another genocidal war against yet another (Muslim) nation and people.

We cannot be ‘neutral’ when we know that white phosphorous, napalm, and depleted uranium will be falling on people and not on ‘Safawis’ and ‘Magoosis’.

We cannot be ‘neutral’ when we know that Iranian women will be raped a la Abu Ghraib.

We cannot be ‘neutral’ when we know that the CIA will be slaughtering Iranians with death squads that will have Arabic faces/collaborators on them just like they are slaughtering Iraqis with death squads that have Iranian faces/collaborators on them.

The Arabic people and their cause is not above separate or distinct from any other people’s cause. It is NOT us “thomma al-toafan”= “us and hell with others”. This is what our common enemy –the masters of divide and conquer are hoping for, each standing alone feeling bitter and betrayed by his own kith and kin/neighbors, revengeful and vindictive at best (from the enemy’s perspective) or apathetic and indifferent at worst when each in their turn are attacked.

The Iraqi people are not above or below the Iranian people, what is good for them is good for the Iranian people and what is bad for them is bad for the Iranian people. If a genocidal destructive campaign was and is wrong against Iraq and its people by the Anglo-Americans under any pretext/excuse , it is wrong for the Iranian people under any pretext/excuse.

An attack on Iran by the racist Anglo-Americans would leave two Muslim countries and peoples ruined, crippled and destroyed, and we cannot with all clear conscience turn our heads in an opposite direction claiming that “it is not our fight”, ignoring all what will happen to the Iranian people based on our knowledge of what has happened and continues to happen to the Iraqi people by the same enemy with the same nature…It is one fight and one humanity against the common enemies of humanity…

Gamila Zahran
Arabian Sights

Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims
Formaldehyde Found in High Levels; 17,000 Say Homes Caused Illnesses
Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.Formaldehyde -- an industrial chemical that can cause nasal cancer, may be linked to leukemia, and worsens asthma and respiratory problems -- was present in many of the FEMA housing units...Weak government contracting, sloppy private construction, a surge of low-quality wood imports... inconsistent regulation ...all contributed to the crisis, a Washington Post review found. But each of the key players has pointed fingers at others, a chain of blame with a cost that will not be known for years.Already, 17,000 plaintiffs who lived in FEMA units have alleged damaging health consequences, from respiratory problems to dozens of deaths and cancer cases, in a federal class-action lawsuit naming 64 trailermakers and the federal government...roughly 350,000 people unsuccessfully filed claims against the Army Corps of Engineers over the levee breaches that flooded New Orleans....
R. David Paulison, who became acting FEMA administrator two weeks after the storm hit the Gulf Coast Aug. 29, 2005, acknowledged missteps but said changes are needed far beyond his agency. "We're taking all the darn heat. . . . You would think that I ordered them with extra formaldehyde so they didn't rot or something,"...


Leaky New Orleans levee alarms experts
NEW ORLEANS -- Despite more than $22 million in repairs, a levee that broke with catastrophic effect during Hurricane Katrina is leaking again because of the mushy ground on which New Orleans was built, raising serious questions about the reliability of the city's flood defenses. Outside engineering experts who have studied the project told The Associated Press that the type of seepage spotted at the 17th Street Canal in the Lakeview neighborhood afflicts other New Orleans levees, too, and could cause some of them to collapse during a storm.
The Army Corps of Engineers has spent about $4 billion so far of the $14 billion set aside by Congress to repair and upgrade the metropolitan area's hundreds of miles of levees by 2011. Some outside experts said the leak could mean that billions more will be needed and that some of the work already completed may need to be redone.
Seepage was reported at the 17th Street Canal before Katrina. The Army Corps denies that caused the collapse. Instead, the corps contends the floodwall flexed and finally cracked under the force of water piled against it by the storm. .... http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110ap_new_orleans_levees.html

HERE'S WHY: Racist Genocide in New Orleans Continues: "Like 911 But Add Water" http://lizburbankdigest.blogspot.com/2006/03/racist-genocide-in-new-orle...

Eugenics and the Nazis: the California connection
Edwin Black
November 9, 2003
Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a so-called Master Race. But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn't originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little-known, role in the American eugenics movement's campaign for ethnic cleansing.
Eugenics was the pseudoscience aimed at "improving" the human race. In its extreme, racist form, this meant wiping away all human beings deemed "unfit," preserving only those who conformed to a Nordic stereotype. Elements of the philosophy were enshrined as national policy by forced sterilization and segregation laws, as well as marriage restrictions, enacted in 27 states. In 1909, California became the third state to adopt such laws. Ultimately, eugenics practitioners coercively sterilized some 60,000 Americans, barred the marriage of thousands, forcibly segregated thousands in "colonies," and persecuted untold numbers in ways we are just learning. Before World War II, nearly half of coercive sterilizations were done in California, and even after the war, the state accounted for a third of all such surgeries...
Eugenics would have been so much bizarre parlor talk had it not been for extensive financing by corporate philanthropies, specifically the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune. They were all in league with some of America's most respected scientists from such prestigious universities as Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Princeton. These academicians espoused race theory and race science, and then faked and twisted data to serve eugenics' racist aims.
Stanford President David Starr Jordan originated the notion of "race and blood" in his 1902 racial epistle "Blood of a Nation," in which the university scholar declared that human qualities and conditions such as talent and poverty were passed through the blood.
In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples. From Cold Spring Harbor, eugenics advocates agitated in the legislatures of America, as well as the nation's social service agencies and associations.

The Harriman railroad fortune paid local charities, such as the New York Bureau of Industries and Immigration, to seek out Jewish, Italian and other immigrants in New York and other crowded cities and subject them to deportation, confinement or forced sterilization.

The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and even funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.

The superior species the eugenics movement sought was populated not merely by tall, strong, talented people. Eugenicists craved blond, blue-eyed Nordic types. This group alone, they believed, was fit to inherit the Earth. In the process, the movement intended to subtract emancipated Negroes, immigrant Asian laborers, Indians, Hispanics, East Europeans, Jews, dark- haired hill folk, poor people, the infirm and anyone classified outside the gentrified genetic lines drawn up by American raceologists. How? By identifying so-called defective family trees and subjecting them to lifelong segregation and sterilization programs to kill their bloodlines. The grand plan was to literally wipe away the reproductive capability of those deemed weak and inferior -- the so-called unfit. The eugenicists hoped to neutralize the viability of 10 percent of the population at a sweep, until none were left except themselves.

Eighteen solutions were explored in a Carnegie-supported 1911 "Preliminary Report of the Committee of the Eugenic Section of the American Breeder's Association to Study and to Report on the Best Practical Means for Cutting Off the Defective Germ-Plasm in the Human Population." Point No. 8 was euthanasia.

The most commonly suggested method of eugenicide in the United States was a "lethal chamber" or public, locally operated gas chambers. In 1918, Popenoe, the Army venereal disease specialist during World War I, co-wrote the widely used textbook, "Applied Eugenics," which argued, "From an historical point of view, the first method which presents itself is execution . . . Its value in keeping up the standard of the race should not be underestimated." "Applied Eugenics" also devoted a chapter to "Lethal Selection," which operated "through the destruction of the individual by some adverse feature of the environment, such as excessive cold, or bacteria, or by bodily deficiency."

Eugenic breeders believed American society was not ready to implement an organized lethal solution. But many mental institutions and doctors practiced improvised medical lethality and passive euthanasia on their own. One institution in Lincoln, Ill., fed its incoming patients milk from tubercular cows believing a eugenically strong individual would be immune. Thirty to 40 percent annual death rates resulted at Lincoln. Some doctors practiced passive eugenicide one newborn infant at a time. Others doctors at mental institutions engaged in lethal neglect.
Nonetheless, with eugenicide marginalized, the main solution for eugenicists was the rapid expansion of forced segregation and sterilization, as well as more marriage restrictions. California led the nation, performing nearly all sterilization procedures with little or no due process. In its first 25 years of eugenics legislation, California sterilized 9,782 individuals, mostly women. Many were classified as "bad girls," diagnosed as "passionate," "oversexed" or "sexually wayward." At the Sonoma State Home, some women were sterilized because of what was deemed an abnormally large clitoris or labia.

In 1933 alone, at least 1,278 coercive sterilizations were performed, 700 on women. The state's two leading sterilization mills in 1933 were Sonoma State Home with 388 operations and Patton State Hospital with 363 operations. Other sterilization centers included Agnews, Mendocino, Napa, Norwalk, Stockton and Pacific Colony state hospitals.... the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed aspects of eugenics. In its infamous 1927 decision, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind . . . Three generations of imbeciles are enough." This decision opened the floodgates for thousands to be coercively sterilized or otherwise persecuted as subhuman. Years later, the Nazis at the Nuremberg trials quoted Holmes' words in their own defense.

Only after eugenics became entrenched in the United States was the campaign transplanted into Germany, in no small measure through the efforts of California eugenicists, who published booklets idealizing sterilization and circulated them to German officials and scientists.Hitler studied American eugenics laws. He tried to legitimize his anti- Semitism by medicalizing it, and wrapping it in the more palatable pseudoscientific facade of eugenics. Hitler was able to recruit more followers among reasonable Germans by claiming that science was on his side. Hitler's race hatred sprung from his own mind, but the intellectual outlines of the eugenics Hitler adopted in 1924 were made in America.

During the '20s, Carnegie Institution eugenic scientists cultivated deep personal and professional relationships with Germany's fascist eugenicists. In "Mein Kampf," published in 1924, Hitler quoted American eugenic ideology and openly displayed a thorough knowledge of American eugenics. "There is today one state," wrote Hitler, "in which at least weak beginnings toward a better conception (of immigration) are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic, but the United States." Hitler proudly told his comrades just how closely he followed the progress of the American eugenics movement. "I have studied with great interest," he told a fellow Nazi, "the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people whose progeny would, in all probability, be of no value or be injurious to the racial stock. Hitler even wrote a fan letter to American eugenics leader Madison Grant, calling his race-based eugenics book, "The Passing of the Great Race," his "bible."

Now the American term "Nordic" was freely exchanged with "Germanic" or "Aryan." Race science, racial purity and racial dominance became the driving force behind Hitler's Nazism. Nazi eugenics would ultimately dictate who would be persecuted in a Reich-dominated Europe, how people would live, and how they would die. Nazi doctors would become the unseen generals in Hitler's war against the Jews and other Europeans deemed inferior. Doctors would create the science, devise the eugenic formulas, and hand-select the victims for sterilization, euthanasia and mass extermination.

During the Reich's early years, eugenicists across America welcomed Hitler's plans as the logical fulfillment of their own decades of research and effort. California eugenicists republished Nazi propaganda for American consumption. They also arranged for Nazi scientific exhibits, such as an August 1934 display at the L.A. County Museum, for the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

In 1934, as Germany's sterilizations were accelerating beyond 5,000 per month, the California eugenics leader C. M. Goethe, upon returning from Germany, ebulliently bragged to a colleague, "You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought . . . I want you, my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have really jolted into action a great government of 60 million people."

That same year, 10 years after Virginia passed its sterilization act, Joseph DeJarnette, superintendent of Virginia's Western State Hospital, observed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "The Germans are beating us at our own game. More than just providing the scientific roadmap, America funded Germany's eugenic institutions.

By 1926, Rockefeller had donated some $410,000 -- almost $4 million in today's money -- to hundreds of German researchers. In May 1926, Rockefeller awarded $250,000 toward creation of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Psychiatry. Among the leading psychiatrists at the German Psychiatric Institute was Ernst Rüdin, who became director and eventually an architect of Hitler's systematic medical repression.

Another in the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute's complex of eugenics institutions was the Institute for Brain Research. Since 1915, it had operated out of a single room. Everything changed when Rockefeller money arrived in 1929. A grant of $317,000 allowed the institute to construct a major building and take center stage in German race biology. The institute received additional grants from the Rockefeller Foundation during the next several years. Leading the institute, once again, was Hitler's medical henchman Ernst Rüdin. Rüdin's organization became a prime director and recipient of the murderous experimentation and research conducted on Jews, Gypsies and others.Beginning in 1940, thousands of Germans taken from old age homes, mental institutions and other custodial facilities were systematically gassed. Between 50,000 and 100,000 were eventually killed.

Leon Whitney, executive secretary of the American Eugenics Society, declared of Nazism, "While we were pussy-footing around ... the Germans were calling a spade a spade. A special recipient of Rockefeller funding was the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics in Berlin. For decades,American eugenicists had craved twins to advance their research into heredity. The Institute was now prepared to undertake such research on an unprecedented level. On May 13, 1932, the Rockefeller Foundation in New York dispatched a radiogram to its Paris office: JUNE MEETING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NINE THOUSAND dollars over three year period to kwg institute anthropology for research on twins and effects on later generations of substances toxic for germ plasm.

At the time of Rockefeller's endowment, Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, a hero in American eugenics circles, functioned as a head of the Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics. Rockefeller funding of that institute continued both directly and through other research conduits during Verschuer's early tenure. In 1935, Verschuer left the institute to form a rival eugenics facility in Frankfurt that was much heralded in the American eugenics press. Research on twins in the Third Reich exploded, backed by government decrees. Verschuer wrote in Der Erbarzt, a eugenics doctor's journal he edited, that Germany's war would yield a "total solution to the Jewish problem."...
Human genetics became an enlightened endeavor in the late 20th century...scientists finally cracked the human code through the Human Genome Project. Now, every individual can be biologically identified and classified by trait and ancestry...even now, some leading voices in the genetic world are calling for a cleansing of the unwanted among us, and even a master human species....

Edwin Black is author of the award-winning "IBM and the Holocaust" and the recently released "War Against the Weak", from which this article is adapted.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/11/09/ING9C2QSKB1.DTL This article appeared on page D - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

"Most New Orleans schools are in ruins, as are the homes of the children who have attended them. The children are now scattered all over the country. This is a tragedy. It is also an opportunity."
Former Chief Economist Milton Friedman, op-ed in the Wall Street Journal 3 months after Katrina

Earthquake and Hope
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, op-ed columnist
China may claim to be Marxist-Leninist, but it’s really market-Leninist. The rise of wealth, a middle class, education and international contacts are slowly undermining one-party rule and nurturing a new kind of politics. The Sichuan earthquake may be remembered as a milestone in the peaceful evolution of China toward capitalism and democracy.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/opinion/22kristof.html?th&emc=th


US Defends Policy Of Detention For Juveniles in Iraq, Afghanistan
The United States defended its policy of detaining about 2,500 juveniles in prisons in Iraq, and Afghanistan in war on terrorism..: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=44246

Congratulations, America ... Children are Tortured in Your Name
George Washington's Blog
U.S. has imprisoned 2,500 children since 9/11 as "enemy combatants", in violation of the Geneva Convention against classifying children as POWs. Still not disgusted? Okay . . . Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Seymour Hersh says that the U.S. Government has videotapes of boys being raped at Abu Ghraib prison. This doesn't come as a complete surprise, given that assistant deputy Attorney General John Yoo publicly argued the president can order the torture of a child of a suspect in custody – including by crushing that child’s testicles... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=44247

Children in U.S. Adult Jails
...laws in more than 40 states permit adult courts to try children as young as 14...as many as half the young people who are transferred into the adult system are never convicted as adults — and some are never convicted at all. But by the time the system is finished with them, many will have spent more than six months in adult jails, according to a report by the Campaign for Youth Justice... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/opinion/23fri3.html?th&emc=th

the ruling against state kidnapping has already been appealed...
Court Says Texas Illegally Seized Sect's Children

The Texas government turned to the state's highest court to keep children seized from a polygamy sect in custody.

Immigration Officials Arrest 905 in California Sweep
LOS ANGELES — Federal immigration agents have arrested 905 people in California in the past three weeks after a statewide search for those who had violated orders to leave the country. The operation was the latest in a series of national sweeps by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
270 Illegal Immigrants Sent to Prison in Federal Push (May 24, 2008) The arrests were the result of collaboration among teams in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco that began on May 5.
“The focal point of this operation were people who had exhausted all of their due process in the courts,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. “They have a final order of removal issued by a U.S. immigration judge, and they’ve failed to depart.”
In the process of seeking each person on the list, Ms. Mack said, agents often encountered friends, family members and others who had violated immigration laws.
“Agents may come to a house looking for a target, and someone answers the door, or there are other people in the house who have also violated immigration laws,” she said. Brian DeMore, acting director of the federal Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Los Angeles, said agents took into custody any person they encountered during an arrest who had violated immigration laws. Agents set out with a target list of just over 1,500 “fugitive aliens,” Mr. DeMore said, referring to people who have ignored orders to leave the country. In addition to the 495 of those found, 410 people were taken into custody on charges of violating immigration laws, he said. Other violations included returning after being deported, overstaying a visa, or living in the country without any legal documentation, Ms. Mack said. Over half of all arrested this month have been deported....

Man deported; where is his 9-year-old son?
Jonathon Venegas-Vielle, a 9-year-old boy has not been seen since his father was deported by federal agents in January after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving... sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said. At the time of the Jan. 24 arrest, the boy and his father had been homeless, living out of a car or staying with friends and acquaintances, Urquhart said. "That's not a good environment for a 9-year-old kid," he said.

University Tobacco Money a Secret
...At Virginia Commonwealth University, a public institution in Richmond, Va....hardly any faculty members or students there know that there is...a contract with extremely restrictive terms that the university signed in 2006 to do research for Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest tobacco company and a unit of Altria Group. The contract bars professors from publishing the results of their studies, or even talking about them, without Philip Morris’s permission. If “a third party,” including news organizations, asks about the agreement, university officials have to decline to comment and tell the company. Nearly all patent and other intellectual property rights go to the company, not the university or its professors.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/us/22tobacco.html?th&emc=th

Kennedy: A Little Like Everyone, a Lot Like No One Else
Carl Hulse
Congress is rife with types: the Serious Legislator, the Bomb Thrower, the Show Horse, the Workhorse, the Blowhard, the Orator, the Partisan, the Statesman, the Prima Donna, the Mentor, the Old-fashioned Pol and the Visionary. Senator Edward M. Kennedy is the rare man who shows flashes of them all...http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/washington/22kennedy.html?th&emc=th


Has he been charged with 'corruption' yet?
A Slap at the Dalai Lama
Last September, Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, courageously broke with her predecessors and met with the Dalai Lama. China predictably objected, soon joined by Mrs. Merkel’s vice chancellor and foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who accused her of trying to “showcase” human rights. Now Mr. Steinmeier has one-upped himself, refusing to meet with the Dalai Lama, who was on a five-day visit to Germany while Mrs. Merkel was out of the country. Mr. Steinmeier issued the cynical [TRUE!] statement that “it takes a lot of courage not to meet with the Dalai Lama these days.”

Man got the message...
Obama backs off from pledge to talk with Iran:
The emerging position is much more guarded than Obama's pledge during a YouTube debate last July to meet the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea without preconditions during his first year in the White House... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/may/22/barackobama.usforeignpolicy