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Archive for August 26th, 2007

More unanswered questions for Spokane reporters, activists & citizens (Part 2)

Posted by Arroyoribera on August 26, 2007

What is the relationship between Spokane-based CIA-contracted torturer designers and sleep deprivation experts Mitchell Jessen Associates and the researchers at Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC) at the joint WSU/EWU campus in downtown Spokane?

What is the relationship of the Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC) in Spokane with the CIA, Fairchild AFB’s SERE/JPRA program, and Mitchell Jessen Associates reverse engineering of SERE/JPRA programs to develop torture and illegal interrogation techniques and procedures?

Among numerous other DOD and US government grants, SPRC researchers Gregory Belenky, M.D., and Hans Van Dongen, Ph.D, received a $725,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense in June 2006. According to the June 1, 2006 publication of the Spokane Economic Development Council, “This grant will allow the research center to acquire the very latest equipment, placing it at the forefront of sleep and performance research labs worldwide”. http://www.spokaneedc.org/developments-view.php?n=78

In addition, “Belenky and Van Dongen will use the grant to acquire an integrated measurement and data management system to conduct long-term residential lab studies into sleep and performance.” In its July 14, 2005 edition, the Spokane Journal of Business reference WSU vice provost of research Jim Petersen in reporting, “Belenky, said to be one of the nation’s leading researchers in the study of sleep, is currently doing studies involving city of Spokane police officers, workers at Hollister-Stier Laboratories here, and pilots at Fairchild Air Force Base”. July 14, 2005 Spokane Journal of Business

Dr. Belenky is a retired US Army Colonel who formerly served as Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research before becoming the Research Professor and Director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University/Spokane. He has published studies on sleep and performance and on combat stress. During the 1990-91 Gulf War he was regimental psychiatrist for the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment. Belenky brought US Army and Air Force contracts with him to WSU and other U.S. government military contracts have been in the works. http://stinet.dtic.mil/

Dr. Hans P.A. Van Dongen came to the WSU Sleep and Performance Center from the Department Of Psychiatry at the the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a particular interest in sleep deprivation, including “why some individuals can resist the effects of sleep deprivation so much better than others.” In 2004 he was a participant in the Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group. http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu/vandongen.htm


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Urgent Call: Spokane Human Rights Commission August 2007 Meeting Aug. 28, 2007 6-9 PM East Central Community Center

Posted by Arroyoribera on August 26, 2007

The following note is found at the top of the agenda for the August 2007 Spokane Human Rights Commission Meeting. Despite the fact that the planned presentations by Mayor Hession and Chief Kirkpatrick to the Spokane Human Rights Commission have been postponed for the second time (and this time apparently indefinitely), it is important that concerned Spokane citizens continue to attend these meetings. The Spokane Human Rights Commission has fallen into disuse and disorganization over the last few years. As a result it is essentially a non-player in the debate and discussion on the issues affecting Spokane’s minority communities and vulnerable populations. This benefits no one in community other than those who do or would violate human rights.


(quote from Spokane HRC August 2007 agenda)

Please Note: Due to public input recieved at the July 2007 HRC Meeting regarding the events of July 4th in Riverfront Park and the Spokane Police Department and the desire for public discussion on that issue in the near future, the conversation with Mayor Hession and Chief Kirkpatrick regarding the HRC Ordinance and role of the HRC in the City of Spoakne has been postponed. Once the public discussion on the July 4th events has taken place (a public forum is being organized for September) we will reschedule the Mayor and Chief Kirkpatrick to attend a meeting for this discussion.

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The Real News

Posted by Arroyoribera on August 26, 2007


Here is a true alternative to the mainstream press, owned as it is by a handful of individuals and corporations.

A new day has dawned. The two terms of President Bush have been the birth pains of that new day.

What is needed now is for people of conscience and commitment to support endeavors which are built on solidarity among the peoples of this planet.

As I have said and written on many occasions for the last few years, the real hope for the world is that there is now not a single person on the planet earth who does not know that the United States is the great obstacle to global peace and development. Here is how I made the case in The Pacific Northwest Inlander on Dec. 2, 2004, one month after the U.S. public in its infinite wisdom and absolute incompetence, elected George Bush president for the second time.

Published in the Pacific Northwest Inlander on December 02, 2004

In the 1970s and 1980s, Americans loved to say that people around the world knew it was the U.S. government, not the U.S. people, that was the enemy of peace and justice around the world and at home. That is no longer true and the recognition is growing daily around the world. This is the hope presented by the Bush re-election — that the people of the world increasingly realize that the U.S. public is not capable of and is not interested in a U.S. government that is good for the rest of the world. The opportunity presented by Bush’s re-election is that the people of the world will realize that they must challenge and defeat the U.S. government (and the people who elect it every four years) in international forums, in the marketplace of ideas and in every other forum of international debate.

All the Democrats and “progressives” asked John Kerry to do (in 2004) was to beat George Bush. Kerry was essentially told by Democrats and so-called progressives, “Go wherever you have to go ideologically and do whatever you have to do politically. Equivocate on abortion, support the war in Iraq, do whatever you have to. Just beat George Bush.” But Kerry and his party couldn’t do even that.

Kerry didn’t beat George Bush. Despite moving as far right as he could and becoming in the end a pro-war, ruling class, conservative Democrat, John Kerry lost. You, my fellow so-called “progressive” Americans, sold out. You — Noam Chomsky, Howard Dean, Spokane Progressives, The Nation magazine, all of you — led first-time voters and young voters to John Kerry and the ideologically bankrupt Democratic Party. Several candidates out there, Ralph Nader and David Cobb among them, could have and in fact did eloquently address every issue that you claim out of one side of your mouth to believe in. But you, yes you, silenced them and their supporters.

Not to worry, right? Your house is warm, your bed is made, there’s food in the fridge and two cats in the yard. Yes, you sold out and the rest of the world knows it.

David Brookbank

Spokane, Wash.

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