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Drug Company Profit Margins

Prozac 20 mg We Pay $247.47 It Costs $0.11 Mark Up = 224,973%
Just how bad are we getting ripped off here?

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Nar-Anon Family Groups

We meet to support the friends and families of drug addicts. If you, or someone you know is affected by another's drug use, join us! We're in Santa Cruz and around the world. You have the right to live your own life without chaos and insanity.

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Commentary :: Government & Elections

Ballot Access: Unsafe in Any State

Bush has moved past Kerry in the battleground states of Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin, in part because Kerry is "attracting only about four-fifths or fewer of the voters in the three states who said they want a new course." And what do the Democrats do? Crank up the Anybody But Nader campaign! In Butler, Board of Elections Deputy Director Betty McGary, a Democrat, and Board of Elections Director Robert Mosketti, a Republican, collaborated with each other to disqualify 95% [!] of the signatures on the Nader petitions.

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Enron Tapes:High Powered Hi Jinks

    Enron Tapes: High-Powered Hi-Jinks
    By Jim Jelter

    Wednesday 25 August 2004

    San Francisco - Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., seeking federal compensation for market manipulation during the West's 2000-2001 energy crisis, released two Enron tapes Wednesday that open old wounds in the region.

    In the recordings, made Aug. 3 and 4, 2000, and uncovered during an on-going investigation of the crisis, two Enron executives discuss exporting 400 megawatts of power from California - enough for nearly 400,000 homes - to take advantage of higher prices in neighboring Southwest states.

    At the same time, Bonneville Power Authority, in response to California's pleas, was sending emergency power to the state from its giant hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.

    One of the voices on the tape belongs to Tim Belden, head of Enron's Portland, Ore., trading operations, who refers to BPA's exports as "fish kill power."

    By releasing more water than scheduled though its turbines, BPA endangered thousands of salmon migrating on the Columbia.

    "This new evidence shows that as the Northwest was scrambling to supply California with emergency power, Enron was working just as hard to manipulate energy markets by shipping power out of California to the Southwest," Cantwell said.

    Cantwell again called on federal energy regulators to acknowledge power prices were being driven artificially higher and to provide some financial relief.

    California has demanded $9 billion in refunds from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for failing to intervene in the crisis, which by 2001 spiraled out of control, triggering rolling blackouts and sending the state's biggest utility into bankruptcy.

    Washington consumers also paid a high price for the crisis, with BPA passing along soaring electricity costs during the shortage to the many municipal power companies it supplies throughout the state.

    Tim Belden, whose team cooked up "Fat Boy," "Ricochet" and other trading schemes blamed for driving up power prices in the West, pleaded guilty to federal charges of market manipulation in October 2002.

    Enron fell into bankruptcy in December 2001 amid a huge accounting scandal.

    Jim Jelter is Industrials Editor for CBS MarketWatch in San Francisco.



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FBI Probes Pentagon Spy Case 8-27-04

FBI Probes Pentagon Spy Case
Aug. 27, 2004
FBI Probes Pentagon Spy
 (Photo: CBS/AP)
The FBI believes it has "solid" evidence that the suspected mole supplied Israel with classified materials that include secret White House policy deliberations on Iran.
The FBI investigation is headed by Dave Szady.  (Photo: CBS)
(CBS) CBS News has learned that the FBI has a full-fledged espionage investigation under way and is about to -- in FBI terminology -- "roll up" someone agents believe has been spying not for an enemy, but for Israel from within the office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.

60 Minutes Correspondent Lesley Stahl reports the FBI believes it has "solid" evidence that the suspected mole supplied Israel with classified materials that include secret White House policy deliberations on Iran.

At the heart of the investigation are two people who work at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

The FBI investigation, headed up by Dave Szady, has involved wiretaps, undercover surveillance and photography that CBS News was told document the passing of classified information from the mole, to the men at AIPAC, and on to the Israelis.

CBS sources say that last year the suspected spy, described as a trusted analyst at the Pentagon, turned over a presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran while it was, "in the draft phase when U.S. policy-makers were still debating the policy."

This put the Israelis, according to one source, "inside the decision-making loop" so they could "try to influence the outcome."

The case raises another concern among investigators: Did Israel also use the analyst to try to influence U.S. policy on the war in Iraq?

With ties to top Pentagon officials Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, the analyst was assigned to a unit within the Defense Department tasked with helping develop the Pentagon's Iraq policy.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been made aware of the case. The government notified AIPAC today that it wants information about the two employees and their contacts with a person at the Pentagon.

AIPAC told CBS News it is cooperating with the government and has hired outside counsel. It denies any wrongdoing by the organization or any of its employees.

An Israeli spokesman said, "We categorically deny these allegations. They are completely false and outrageous." The suspected spy has not returned repeated phone calls from CBS News.
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Middle East News Sites

UN agent: Apartheid in territories worse than S. Africa
South African law professor John Dugard, the special rapporteur for the United Nations on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, has written in a report to the UN General Assembly that there is "an apartheid regime" in the territories "worse than the one that existed in South Africa."

Israel to reroute part of separation wall near Jerusalem
A considerable section of the highway northwest of Jerusalem would remain outside the separation wall, Danny Terza, head administrator of the Defense Ministry overseeing the construction of the fence, told the Knesset's (Parliament) Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee.

AG: ICJ ruling necessitates adoption of Geneva Convention
The Justice Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a report by Haaretz that the attorney general has recommended to the government that it should "thoroughly examine" the possibility of formally applying the Fourth Geneva Convention - which governs the treatment of civilians in occupied territory...

Hunger Strike Day 10, First Prisoner Moved to Hospital
But, Prisoners Solidarity committee activists Sana' Salamah identified the prisoner to be Abdul-Halim Abdullah, spending a life sentence since 12 years, and added that he suffered a sever drop in blood pressure due to lack of minerals.

No hospital for Palestinian hunger strikers -Israel
Palestinian inmates at 10 jails are refusing food to force wardens to stop strip searches, allow more frequent family visits, improve sanitation and install public telephones. They have quickly become symbols of resistance to Israeli occupation.

Gandhi grandson to hold one-day fast in support of Palestinian prisoners
"In solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoners ... I announce I will be fasting on Friday, August the 27th," Gandhi said. "I ask the Arab world, Muslims and Christians, and I also ask the Muslim world and all peace-loving people to join us in a day of fast," he added in a statement read on his behalf as he wrapped up a visit to Jordan and headed for the West Bank.

Harsh treatment of Palestinian women prisoners
The rooms are dirty and infected with mice and cockroaches. The heat is unbearable, The windows are closed and covered so that hardly any air or daylight can enter. There are not enough ventilators, and often the electricity is cut off, so that even the existing ventilators do not work.

U.S.: Washington Denies Policy Shift On Israeli Settlement Activity
The Bush administration has denied a softening in its position toward Israeli building of settlements in the occupied territories, saying it is still pressing for a freeze of all such activity. Ereli said U.S. and Israeli officials are engaged in technical talks to clarify Israel's "intentions with respect to settlements."

Annan calls on Israel to cease West Bank settlement expansion
"The Secretary-General expresses strong concern over reports of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, through the Government of Israel's recent publication of tenders for construction of new housing units," a statement issued by his spokesman said.

PNA to ask UN to observe Palestinian prisoners' conditions
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) decided to ask the United Nations General Assembly to observe the living conditions of thousands of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, official sources said Tuesday.

Israeli-Arab reporter indicted for entering Jenin
Raslan Mahajna, a researcher for Channel 10 in the West Bank, claims that he entered Jenin on February 13, as is the custom with most Israeli journalists, through an IDF checkpoint. "Soldiers checked my Israeli identification forms, including my press card, and allowed me to enter. On the way back they told me that I am in trouble,"

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in Gaza-medics
Palestinian medics said the soldiers killed a Palestinian farmer at the site, whom they identified as Kamel Al-Astal, 20. His body was taken to Nasser Hospital in the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis. Another farmer was wounded, they said.

Malnutrition of Palestinian Children Likely To Worsen, UNICEF Says
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) warned that the escalated violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the steadily worsening Palestinian economy, both health and nutrition situations of the Palestinian children are likely to go downhill in the upcoming years.

Israeli Soldiers Assault Paramedic, Arrest Civilian
Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) sources, in Hebron, said that one of its employees, Hassan Awad 27, was wounded after having been beaten up by Israeli soldiers, north of Hebron. The soldiers stopped PRCS's ambulance, searched it and beat Hassan.

IOF Arrests 3 Medics, Detains Scores of Civilians, Breaks into Hospital
the Israeli troops imposed a tight curfew on the camp, broke into the clinic and detained a number of the medical staffs, arresting three of them, Fayez Hawamdeh, Mohammed As'ad and Mansour 'Akil.

Israeli Soldiers Confiscated Weapon of Palestinian Prime Minister' s Guards
Israeli soldiers confiscated three guns belonging to bodyguards of Palestinian Prime Minister, announced AFP. “Israeli soldiers threatened my bodyguards, who were travelling with me in the car?, he said.

PLC postpones session on reforms
Abbas Zaki told reporters that the session was postponed because of the general strike that dominated the West Bank cities, including Ramallah, in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Global Solidarity With Palestinian Prisoners Steadily Mounting
On the domestic front, the Palestinian cabinet decided yesterday that all government employees take part in the solidarity activities with prisoners, as the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat discussed with leadership members ways to back the prisoners' hunger strike.

Church researching 'selective' divestment in Israel-related firms
Bill Somplatsky-Jarman is knee-deep in Presbyterian policies, surrounded by paper-clipped piles of documents. He's beginning to research criteria the Presbyterian Church (USA) may use to select multinational corporations who do business in Israel to urge them to eliminate practices that undermine peacemaking efforts in the Middle East.

Egyptian newspaper calls on Arab countries to boycott Israel
Al-Akhbar newspaper's Editor-in Cheif Galal Dowidar wrote in Tuesday's editorial that there was an opportunity to boycott Israel following the decision made by foreign ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement last week to ban visits by settlers.

Shalom due to meet Palestinian counterpart Sha'ath in Italy
A European source said that Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini invited Shalom and Sha'ath to the conference, with the aim of encouraging a Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. The two will not, however, meet alone, an official Israeli source said, but with officals from Italy and San Marino.

Britain in split with US on West Bank homes
A significant gap opened up between the British and US governments on Middle East policy yesterday when Downing Street expressed its continued opposition to any expansion of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian West Bank.,2763,1289535,00.html

Fatah splinter group calls for killing Arafat
A leaflet distributed over the weekend by a hitherto unknown group called Fatah – The Reformist Path called for replacing the Palestinian leadership and threatened to liquidate Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and many of his top aides.

Occupation can be nothing but a temporary victory
Saladin's answer was quite calm: "Well may the young king know that he is three months away from his kingdom, sooner or later he will have to return. I, on the other hand, am already at home; every victory you have here is by definition temporary, eventually you will go home and I will be waiting, and if not me then my children."

The writing on the wall
Some graffiti writers ask if the builder of this wall can be a "man of peace". Some ask how a people whose history is full of ghettos can now be building one. And someone decided to remind us all, in those blood-red letters, that it was "Paid by USA".

"Let them starve to death"
All of these facilities are situated inside the 1948 borders. This in itself constitutes a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which provides in Article 47 that "protected persons accused of offences shall be detained in the occupied country, and if convicted, they shall serve their sentences therein".

Analysis / Arafat gains as Abbas and Dahlan return to political life
Arafat has won a significant gain: He has not given up his main demand to continue controling the security forces, and his two main rivals, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Mohammed Dahlan, are agreeing to take part in the reconciliation efforts.

Analysis / De facto, but not de jure
Israel's refusal to formally apply the convention to the territories stemmed mainly from fear that it would restrict the establishment of settlements and other aspects of Israeli control over these areas. Thus it confined itself to repeatedly pledging to uphold the convention's humanitarian provisions.

People and Politics / How to win the Jewish vote
A few hours before a senior Bush administration official leaked a story to The New York Times about an agreement with Ariel Sharon over settlement expansion, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was still talking about the need to end the occupation.

Iraqi cleric slams war coverage
"If media provide one hour of honest coverage to what the Iraqi resistance are doing on a daily basis, I bet you the mothers and sisters of US soldiers in Iraq will pour into the streets of America screaming at Bush to pull the troops from Iraq," he said. He accused the US and its "traitor agents" of planning attacks against Iraqis and their religious sites, saying Iraqi resistance fighters attack only foreign military in the country.

Rumsfeld criticised over prison abuse
Top Pentagon officials and the military command in Iraq contributed to an environment in which prisoners were abused at Abu Ghraib prison, a high-level panel investigating the military detentions has concluded, a defense official said on Tuesday.

In Najaf, even the dead are suspected of carrying guns
An artillery shell exploded 600 yards away as Radhi Salman 25, his son Rassaq, 11, and daughter Najwa, two, were lowered into the arid ground. A gravedigger waved a white cloth at an aircraft overhead. "Hurry up," he urged the Salmans. "The other day the Americans fired at a funeral group."

Two Iraqi Ministers Survive Separate Bomb Attacks
Sadr aide Ali Smeisim told reporters in Najaf the Mehdi Army was willing to hold talks to end the fighting. But another aide mocked Shalaan's threat -- the latest in a series of government ultimatums. ``Let him throw his warnings in the trash along with his previous statements about last chances in the last three weeks,''

Surprise visit to Iran by Iraq vice president
No date has yet been set for a visit to Tehran by interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who has been officially invited by Iran. Baghdad rejected calls by Tehran on Tuesday for an emergency regional summit to discuss the fighting in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, which is a major Iranian preoccupation...

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Pirate radio to moor at Republican convention

Pirate radio to moor at Republican convention
* Making the most of technology, protestors will report live over the Web and micro stations.

By Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer

Over the last few years, many political protesters have felt increasingly squeezed by law enforcement authorities, who frequently seek to restrict them to predetermined "free speech zones" and sometimes threaten them with tear gas, rubber bullets or arrest if they stray. Such tactics can lead to innovation, however, and the technologically savvy have found it in the combined use of cellphones, the Internet and low-power radio.

Such know-how will be on display outside the Republican National Convention in New York. Beginning today, RNC protesters plan to use wireless phones to call in live, in-the-trenches reports that will be streamed over the Internet and picked up for rebroadcast nationwide on community-based micro radio stations — some licensed, most illegal.

"It has become sort of a thing that whenever there's a big protest like this, someone sets up a pirate radio station the same as someone setting up the food truck or the sound system," said Pete Tridish, a longtime activist and founder of the Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project, an advocacy group for legal, noncommercial micro-radio broadcasters. "Someone knows how to start a radio station, and so someone does it."

The use of illegal — that is, unlicensed — "pirate" radio stations has a long history of giving voice to the disenfranchised, usually on a very local level because of such outlets' relatively low power (10 to 100 watts) and reach (one to five miles). Only recently has the technology become an integral protest tool, used to organize impromptu events and to provide news, interviews, even music from event sites.

At the "Battle of Seattle," the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting that resulted in riots, curfews, mass arrests and millions of dollars in property damage, radio pirates trekked in from around the country, seeing the WTO gathering as the perfect setting and illegal, low-power FM radio as the ideal medium to protest corporate power and massive media consolidation.

Calling themselves the Voice of Occupied Seattle and operating from a headquarters known as Studio X, the network of seven micro stations held workshops and set up transmitters that were used to coordinate protest activities and broadcast news and views they felt would not get out through traditional media. Some stations disguised their transmitters and antennas in briefcases and umbrellas. Others broadcast from trees. To tune in on the street, activists were urged to BYOB — bring your own boombox.

Protests at next week's Republican convention are expected to dwarf the 40,000 who showed up in Seattle, drawing perhaps six times as many activists and thousands of police for the four-day event. Between the planned and spontaneous protests and marches and the potential confrontations with police and delegates, there should be plenty of content for micro and Internet radio stations to report — live, while it's happening.

"We're the closest to the action on the street. We're the first line of information. When people call in and let us know what's going on, then we can either send reporters out or log their calls and put them on our website or patch their calls in to the Web stream," said Tarikh Korula, one of the coordinators of New York City's A-Noise NoRNC Sound Coalition, which has been holding workshops to train street correspondents, or "streetcasters."

The group will also webcast a live audio stream ( beginning today and lasting throughout the convention.

While A-Noise has "shied away from coordinating too closely with the [unlicensed FM] broadcasters for legal reasons," Korula said he anticipates its stream being picked up and broadcast illegally on multiple transmitters in New York City and elsewhere in the country.

Like most of the independent Internet and micro-radio broadcasters who will be operating during the convention, Korula is dissatisfied with activist coverage in the major media.

In lowballing protest attendance numbers and focusing on the protesters themselves instead of the issues, he said, "the mainstream media has done a really poor job of covering these events over the years. We just want to make sure that it's covered well."

There's no way to know how many people — or who — such broadcasts reach. Micro radio, by its very nature, tends to draw a micro audience. But sometimes it has a larger effect

"In Seattle, these kind of independent operations were scooping CNN. CNN was reporting on things that they had heard on micro radio," said media critic and syndicated radio host David Barsamian. "Is it reaching a large audience? The answer is self-evident, but I think it's a significant audience, and it can grow as more electronic umbilical cords crisscross the country and really create a movement for a genuine alternative to mainstream electronic media."

Free Radio Santa Cruz, a politically oriented unlicensed radio station that also streams live over the Internet (www.freak, anticipates numerous call-ins from protesters during the Republican convention. The station, which has been on the air illegally for nearly 10 years, has broadcast live, from-the-streets reports at many of the major protests in recent years — including the latest WTO meeting in Mexico and last month's Democratic National Convention in Boston.

"People from Santa Cruz that go out there make a point of calling in to us," said a longtime DJ at the station who goes by the name "Skidmark Bob."

At last November's Free Trade Association meeting in Florida, he said, a fellow DJ was calling in a live report from the protests when he was shot by a rubber bullet.

"It's pretty wild sometimes," Skidmark Bob said. "It's scary to hear that stuff, but no regular FM station's going to [air] that."

Free Radio Santa Cruz is one of about seven West Coast and New York City stations — Internet, pirate or both — that are involved with the Critical Mass Radio Network (www.criticalmass, an Internet audio stream that allows stations to contribute programming and also pick up the stream for rebroadcast. Today the L.A.-based group is debuting an RNC-themed broadcast that will be synchronized NPR style, with all of its contributing "member stations" broadcasting the Critical Mass Radio Network's live audio stream at the same time.

Micro radio stations have typically operated independent of one another, but the Web has become a potentially powerful tool to bring them together.

"It's just a natural evolution of new innovative technologies we have access to. Computers, the Internet, play a central role," said Chris Burnett, cofounder of the Critical Mass Radio Network and the L.A.-based Internet station Kill Radio (, which is contributing content and also webcasting the CMRN audio stream.

Burnett came up with the idea of a synchronized micro-radio broadcast with a former roommate. He began building the coalition late last year when he took his band, the hard rock act Saber Tooth Tiger, on a West Coast tour to network with Internet and micro radio stations in Portland, Ore., Humboldt County, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Diego — all of which are participating in today's broadcast and what Burnett hopes will become a monthly themed event.

Burnett is in New York, helping coordinate RNC webcasts with A-Noise and a dozen or so other groups from around the country, all of which are committed to bringing more voices to the ever-consolidating FM dial.

"It's definitely not going to sound like commercial radio, and that's a good thing," Burnett said. "You're going to hear real people's voices — people who are learning and teaching themselves how to use this voice instead of going through this machine called broadcast journalism that puts you into thinking about the way people expect to hear things.

"That's the whole point of what we're doing — to give people who don't normally think they have a voice a voice."

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Interview with Mordechai Vanunu

N Interview with Mordechai Vanunu
AMY GOODMAN, 19.08.2004 00:55

“So I am ready to speak because I used all my fight and want in seventeen and a half years in prison was the demand for freedom of speech. I believe the human being have the right to freedom of speech. I don't have any secrets. All what I'm speaking about is my view. My political view as a human has a right to express his view in any subject.?

to 1985. He worked there at a time when Israel was insisting it would not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East. What Vanunu discovered is that Israel had secretly developed an extensive nuclear program, hiding its existence from the Israeli people and parliament, and the world.
Vanunu leaked information and photos of Israel's nuclear weapons program to the Sunday Times in London. He was subsequently kidnapped by Israeli spy agency Mossad in Italy and then jailed. He would go on to spend 18 years behind bars including 11 in solitary confinement.
He was released on April 21 under strict government restrictions.
Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman reached Vanunu on his cell phone in East Jerusalem where he has been staying since his release in April. He defied the Israeli government's restriction on speaking with foreigners to talk with us.
The nationally syndicated radio and TV program Democracy Now! aired the first part of its interview with Vanunu on its Aug. 18th broadcast. (The remaining portions of the interview will be aired on Aug. 19th)
Below is a transcript of the first part of the interview.
AMY GOODMAN: Hello? Is this Mordechai Vanunu?
AMY GOODMAN: Hi. This is Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! And I would like to be able to talk to you. We are a public radio and television program in the United States.
AMY GOODMAN: It's good to be with you.
AMY GOODMAN: How does it feel to be free? How does it feel to be out of prison?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: Well it is wonderful to be free. But I am not allowed to speak to foreigners and I am not allowed to leave the country. So I'm not so happy. But on the other side I am very glad that I can at least enjoy some freedom.
AMY GOODMAN: The Israeli government has called you a traitor. What is your response to that?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: Well, I answer this. When I get out of the prison, I am saying many, many times that I am very glad, happy and proud to reveal its nuclear secrets to all the world and to let all the world to see the stupidity of Israel's nuclear weapons policy and the danger of a nuclear weapons policy in secret by Israel. And I was not a traitor. The real traitors are Israel's government who was behind this nuclear weapons policy for 40 years, and continues. They are betraying the Israeli citizens, and betraying the Arab community, and betraying all of humanity and the world, the human beings of all the world. They are the real traitors.
AMY GOODMAN: What are the secrets that you reveal that you think were most significant?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: Excuse me, but I could not understand, hear you.
AMY GOODMAN: Can you explain, Mordechai Vanunu, the secrets you feel were most significant for the world to know? You were imprisoned 18 years ago. Can you say what you were trying to reveal to the world?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: Well, it was very open and very clear: the secrets that were published by the Sunday Times in 1986. The main points were: one, the amount of Israel's nuclear weapons, how many Israel had, that no one could predict or know, including the CIA. They were thinking about a number like 10 or 15. But I came out with a number between 150 to 200. Second point is no one here could predict or know that Israel was involved or started producing the hydrogen bomb -- the most advanced and powerful atomic bomb that can kill millions of people. And that has no justification -- no need for Israel's existence. They don't need hydrogen bomb. That was my revelation that was proved, with photos, to all of the world. That was the very important news that I brought to the world.
AMY GOODMAN: And how did you know this?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: I knew that because I worked in the place, in the building where my job was producing the materials for nuclear weapons. My job was to produce plutonium that was used for atomic bomb. I knew how much they produced every day, every year. So I could make out the amount and see exactly how many bombs can they do. I also was producing, working on other materials for the hydrogen bomb. They call it lithium-6 and tritium. I was working on these and the only use for lithium-6 is the hydrogen bomb. And I also take photos of hydrogen bomb, from another part of the building. It was not part of my job, but I succeeded to go and take photos of the hydrogen bomb. My revelation was Israel [had] started producing a neutron bomb. I succeed to take photograph of the model of the neutron bomb. This means Israel was ready to use nuclear weapons in the next war, in 1986 if it had war with Iraq, or Iran or Syria. It could use them against armies. That means the beginning by Israel using atomic bomb.... That was the most dangerous point in the Middle East: Israel, they could have used nuclear weapons like no other state there...
AMY GOODMAN: So, Mordechai Vanunu, you say that they had 150 to 200 atomic bombs, that they had developed them. That they were building a hydrogen bomb, and a neutron bomb?
AMY GOODMAN: And have they done that at this point? It's 18 years later.
MORDECHAI VANUNU: I don't know what they did in 18 years. We can just assume they have much more and powerful, more advanced technology, all the new computers, everything could be much more easier and help them to build much more and many more nuclear weapons. I just assume. I don't have any new information, what happened in 18 years.
AMY GOODMAN: Can you describe what you did at that point? You took photographs, you wanted to get the information out. How did you end up doing that? And how did you end up being captured?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: When I worked in Dimona in 1980's, I decided I was going to bring this information to the world. Because they were lying, cheating and no one predicted or knew what exactly was happening. So, all the information was in my brain. In my mind. I worked every day there, so I knew all the details. But I needed only some proof. So the proof was photos. I smuggled the camera, it was no problem to smuggle the camera there. And I took 60 photos, two films, during the time when there was no one in the control room, in the building. Night shift or Saturday shift there are less people. After that I didn't develop the films. I keep them closed because I knew that if I develop them, someone can report me to the Shin Bet. So I decided the only place I can speak to the world is from outside Israel. So decided immediately to leave Israel as soon as possible. And with the two films went on my way towards the United States. But I decided then to take them to the far east because I knew with speaking these secrets there would be danger to my life and could end my freedom. So that was then. And I also did not have much experience with the media. But on the way, I met someone who brought me to the Sunday Times. And the Sunday Times made the story. And I gave them the films, the photos. And that's how we had the Sunday Times article.
AMY GOODMAN: And how, Mordechai Vanunu, were you ultimately captured?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: When they heard, when they receive the information about what I am doing in London. Even before London they come, two agents of the Mossad come to Sydney, Australia, when I first meet Peter Hounam, the Sunday Times journalist, they started to follow me. They continued to follow me in London and tried to stop the article by all they could do. So, what they decide to do is to kidnap me. The way is to send someone to bring me to Rome, because they did not want to kidnap me in England. They sent an agent, a woman and American citizen working for some US secret organization. They used her. They convinced her to bring me to Rome. I decided that I should leave London because I knew that they followed me in London. I said I should run away from London. So after the Sunday Times published the article I decided to go with her to Rome. When we arrived to Rome, they were waiting for me in her home, and immediately they jump on me and drug me and took me by car from that home to an abandoned ditch -- where there was a yacht waiting in the sea. From the sea came a boat with some Israeli commando soldiers who took me by the commando boat to the yacht and put me on the yacht. In the yacht I asked people, who are you. And they said we are Israelis, French and British. I saw French men who speak only French, I saw Israeli men who speak English, I never saw any British. But they say there are British. There are much more involved. Many more countries involved in the kidnapping. Like, the Italian driver who drove us from the airport, the American woman, Cindy. She is not Jewish. She is not an Israeli woman. She is an American woman from Philadelphia. All these, this cartel of spies who kidnapped me was the same group also involved in the nuclear proliferation during the Cold War. They tried to [inaudible] the man who tried to reveal their nuclear proliferation to Israel and to try and stop this nuclear proliferation. So they kidnapped me and sent me back to Israel. Israel silenced me for 18 years.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you know Cindy's full name?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: No. She just used the name Cindy. But if there is any real investigation, they can go to the British airport and find the files they filled in 1986 in October. The airplane is British Airways Flight 405 to Rome. There are files that can reveal her own identity. I have the airplane ticket from London to Rome with her signature. But Israel's Shin Bet, the Mossad do not want to give it to me. They are holding it [inaudible] at the moment.
AMY GOODMAN: So you weren't suspicious of her from the beginning? Are you saying that she lured you with a physical relationship?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: I wasn't suspecting her, because I thought what they can do in Rome they can do anywhere. They should not bring me to Rome. But her task was to lure me to Rome. And I went with her to Rome.
AMY GOODMAN: So, when they captured you, you contend that they drugged you, they brought you to Israel. Talk about the famous photograph of you in the back of an Israeli vehicle with your hand up. You'd written a number on it.
MORDECHAI VANUNU: When I arrived to Israel, they told me you are not allowed to speak about the kidnapping, just secret. I was very angry. I don't accept such rule. I said the kidnapping is a crime. I have the right to speak about the crime done against me. They didn't like me to speak about this crime. So I decided to reveal it to the public. I also was worried that they are spreading lies. They tried to say that I wasn't kidnapped. I'd come back. It means if I'd come back to Israel, it means I was a spy, a Mossad spy who had revealed some secret and come back. So the kidnapping is the proof that what I said was true... So I decided to let the world know this truth. So when I had the opportunity to come to talk to public after 7 weeks in the ShinBet jail, I wrote on my palm hand, Vanunu Mordechai kidnapped in Rome. So I used the word hijacked, not kidnapping, because I didn't know English very well at the time. And then we now added to the press, I put my palm on the ground, and they saw the message. And that message destroyed another conspiracy to cheat the CIA and many [others] who didn't know the truth about how I ended up in Israel. And those spies who kidnapped me tried to save their face or their game, their spy game, by cheating the world telling them the men who kidnapped you would return. So I destroyed another cheating by the palm hand destroyed by a very big game.
AMY GOODMAN: We are talking to Mordechai Vanunu, who is speaking out for the first time on a national broadcast in the United States on Democracy Now!, the largest public media collaboration in the country. You were imprisoned for 18 years. Can you talk about your treatment in jail.
MORDECHAI VANUNU: Well, the Shabak Mossad, ShinBet Mossad were very very angry upset with my revelations. After making a mockery [of them] to all the world... They were very angry and they tried to destroy this man who made them zero in all the world. The spy organization who was respected in all the world find themselves naked. So they decided to get him to give themselves the chance to change this man to destroy him to make him ... to prove that they are still strong, this spy organization. So from the beginning they put me in total isolation for seven weeks after my kidnapping they even didn't admit I am in an Israeli prison. No one knows where I am. Only by my standing against the judge and all the Israelis who wanted to keep me in administrative arrest. I demanded I should be in trial-no administrative arrest-- so that forced them to admit I am in an Israeli prison.
Next they decided to put me in total isolation. The first two years, they keep me in a small room, filled with light 24 hours and camera inside. I couldn't sleep for two years, they tried to break my nerves. They used a lot of psychology to brainwash. I demanded to meet a priest. They give me a priest, but without able to speak to him or him speak to me, only through notes. A ShinBet man sitting near the priest, reading the notes. I'm sending him notes, they're reading them. We couldn't meet as a human being. A woman came to Israel from U.S. I had a girlfriend. She came to see me. And again they did not let us meet, they said only by notes, you cannot speak to her, touch her nothing, so I refused to this condition.
During the 11 and half years I was in total isolation alone in a cell, only for two hours everyday to go to walk in a courtyard also alone. The cell was also isolated from all the prison. I was allowed to meet my family every two weeks for a half hour. I wasn't allowed to use the phone. My mail was delayed for three months and censored. Some of it disappeared, some destroyed. The Ashkelon prison was controlled by Shabak Mossad, because they have a section inside the prison. Could you believe Shabak Mossad are sitting inside the prison hiding themselves from the people. They used the guards to control the prison so the real people who control the prison is the Shavak Mossad
AMY GOODMAN: Where is the Ashkelon Prison?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: Ashkelon prison is... about 40 miles from Tel Aviv or 20 miles from Dalia .
AMY GOODMAN: How did you maintain your sanity? You were completely isolated for how many years in solitary confinement?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: 11 years in total isolation. I decided from the first weeks that it's going to be a big war between me and the Shabak-Mossad who are now my enemy, and they will do all they can to destroy me, and I shall do all I can to survive. So I use my simple brain, and my initiative. Like if they say I cannot speak to anyone, I decided I can speak, I spoke by reading in a loud voice from the New Testament in English... I used to do a lot of psychology exercises or physical exercise, I did Yoga. I hear the BBC World Service, I hear the Voice of America. I read books, and I used to follow anything that happened to me there, anything that come by food, by letter, anything I knew. The Shabak Mossad psychologic spy are fighting me and I should follow them. That was my way, and I also use the music after five years, I started hearing opera, opera, it was very good instrument to keep the spirit very strong because you feel like you are yourself singing opera, and I used to hear a lot of opera, they send me tapes. I used to hear the opera Fidelio. That was similar to my story. I used a lot of psychology for my initiative.
AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to Mordechai Vanunu. He is now out of jail after 18 years. Are you allowed to speak on the telephone?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: I'm allowed to use the phone, but I'm not allowed to speak to foreigners. Now when I am speaking is contrary to the restriction. But I think because I have given interview to the BBC and the day passed, nothing happened and I think - what I'm talking is about my humanity, my human rights and I think it's the government, or either a spy, who looks very stupid to fight someone who is speaking about his freedom of speech, freedom of movement, his human being, human rights. So I don't think they will be stupid [enough] to arrest me or to question. But if they can do anything - it is Israel. Israel, all of the world knows, they're [able] to do anything.
AMY GOODMAN: Mordechai Vanunu can you talk about the restrictions on you right now since you have left prison. First of all where are you?
MORDECHAI VANUNU: Since I left the prison April 21st, I took straight car from the prison to Saint George Cathedral in East Jerusalem, so I'm staying now in the Saint George Cathedral guest house. The Bishop accepted me and is expecting me to stay here, and since that day until now I'm sitting here, and the restriction is not to speak to foreigners for 6 months, that is a very stupid restriction. I can speak to any Israeli citizen about anything, but not to foreigners. And I rejected this restriction by speaking English to everyone. The other restriction is if I want to move from Jerusalem to another city, I should [notify] the police. Anywhere I want to move, I should [notify] the police. If I want to sleep in other home, I should [notify] the police. I am not allowed to go to any embassy, because they are afraid I will go ask for asylum. Another important, very danger- or important restriction is not to leave the country for one year, I'm not allowed to leave Israel for one year, they are not giving me a passport. So, those are the restrictions. We appealed to the Supreme Court. The leader of the Supreme Court followed the Shabak Mossad demand in fact they just give them another stamp. The Supreme Court again proved to be injustice, and not respecting the basics of democracy, the basics of human rights - to have the right of movement and the right of movement and the right of freedom of speech.
AMY GOODMAN: Would you like to leave Israel?

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