May 31, 2006
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Uncertainty was driver in Zyprexa deal
Seven months of talks led to proposed Lilly $690M payout
By Jeff Swiatek
Trial lawyers say they agreed to an unusually early settlement with Eli Lilly and Co. on 8,000 claims of damages over the company's top-selling drug Zyprexa, as both sides saw the value of avoiding prolonged litigation that was full of uncertainties.
Other Lilly settlements
ProzacIn 2000, The Indianapolis Star estimated from court documents that Lilly had settled at least 30 Prozac lawsuits filed since 1990 for at least $50 million. Additional cases have been settled since then, but the number of outstanding Prozac lawsuits has remained low, numbering perhaps a dozen a year, according to trial attorneys who follow the litigation.GemzarThe Kansas City Star reported Lilly paid $48.55 million to settle the case involving Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney, who in 2002 was sentenced to 30 years in prison for diluting Lilly's Gemzar cancer drug.Price overchargesLilly agreed in 2000 to provide $11.9 million worth of free drugs and $2.3 million in cash to settle a class-action lawsuit by California drug consumers.
The $690 million settlement, announced Thursday, came after only five plaintiffs had given depositions in the mass litigation and before any substantive depositions had been taken from Lilly executives or scientists, said one trial attorney, Ramon Rossi Lopez, of Newport Beach, Calif. Also, the first trial from the hundreds of lawsuits was at least six months off.
"A lot of things came into play" to drive the seven months of talks that led to the proposed settlement, Lopez said. But both sides in the high-stakes litigation knew one thing: "There were too many variables out there that could have falsely driven the value of the case" to hurt either side, Lopez said.
Investors reacted indifferently Friday to the proposed settlement's impact on Lilly. The Indianapolis drug maker's stock price fell 8 cents a share, to $56.99.
The $690 million deal, which has yet to be officially signed by both sides and by judges who might intervene, appears to be the largest settlement Lilly has undertaken of product liability claims against any of its drugs.
Lilly's previous No. 1 drug, the antidepressant Prozac, has been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits since it came on the market in 1988. The company has secretly settled dozens of those lawsuits, with the collective payouts estimated to run in the tens of millions of dollars, according to an ongoing analysis of court documents by The Indianapolis Star.
In the litigation over its antipsychotic Zyprexa, Lilly said it agreed to the payout in large part to remove the "enormous distraction" from the litigation to the company and physicians and patients. "It was a decision we arrived at after a great deal of thought. We are very confident we made the right decision," said John C. Lechleiter, Lilly executive vice president of pharmaceutical operations. Zyprexa is Lilly's most important product, generating $4.4 billion, or one third, of Lilly's sales last year. It treats schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but is also prescribed by doctors for a host of other ailments.
Plan for charge
Lilly said it expects to take a charge against earnings of at least $700 million in the current quarter to cover the cost of the Zyprexa settlement and other, unspecified product liability claims. That number is the net charge Lilly would take after its product liability insurance policies pay out, said Terra Fox, a Lilly spokeswoman.
Lilly won't estimate the amount of money it expects to collect on its insurance policies for the settlement, she said.
The special charge is expected to wipe out all or most of Lilly's second-quarter profits. In the first quarter, Lilly posted profits of $737 million.
Even so, "We don't have any liquidity concerns," Fox said. "We'll be OK on the cash side."
The product liability payouts come during a cash-rich time for the drug maker, which has in hand $8 billion in repatriated foreign profits that it plans to spend in the next three years. The foreign profits were brought back to the United States in late 2004 under a one-time offer by the U.S. government that extended tax breaks to companies that repatriate the money from abroad.
Foreign profits plan
None of the foreign profits will be expressly used for the product liability claims, Fox said. Lilly's board has directed the foreign profits be spent primarily on research and development, capital expenditures and compensation for new and existing employees, said Lilly spokesman Phil Belt.
He said the foreign profits will allow Lilly to redirect ongoing profits from its U.S. sales to reduce long-term debt, which at the end of last year totaled $4.5 billion.
Moody's Investors Service cited Lilly's strong cash position, bolstered by the foreign profits, as it reaffirmed the company's financial ratings Friday.
May run higher
"Eli Lilly's strong balance sheet can absorb payments of this magnitude," the investment ratings company said of the expected $690 million payout. But Moody's said in its rating report that the Zyprexa settlement could run higher than estimated.
"Other product safety cases in the pharmaceutical industry -- particularly Wyeth's diet drugs -- have proven to be difficult to estimate and to contain," Moody's said.
Lilly has estimated that 75 percent of the claims against Zyprexa that it knows of fall under the proposed settlement.
Trial lawyers said they expect more Zyprexa patients to file new claims against Lilly, which has vowed to fight in court any additional claims that aren't part of the proposed settlement, which 12 law firms signed.
Lilly's legal liability to claims from new patients is less now, compared to a few years ago, because the company in March 2004 sent a letter to doctors warning that Zyprexa could cause the diabetes-related problems that are at issue in the proposed settlement, said Michael A. London, a New York attorney who is vice chair of the plaintiff's steering committee.
"That is protection for Lilly," he said of the 2004 warning letter.
Under the settlement, the steering committee will appoint a panel to administer the claims payouts, using a formula that will award more money to those more seriously injured by the diabetes complications linked to the drug, said Lopez. He said retired judges might be selected for the panel, which might contain as few as three people.
Paying out the money could take up to a year-and-a-half, London said. Figuring that attorney's fees in mass-tort litigation typically run 30 percent of the award or settlement amount, that would leave about $500 million to distribute to claimants.
David Bell, of Oaks, Pa., said he read about the settlement offer and hopes to contact an attorney to join in the lawsuits against Lilly, in the hopes of collecting money for his 18-year-old daughter, Patricia. He said she gained 50 pounds while taking Zyprexa over the past 18 months for bipolar disorder. Reading about Lilly's willingness to pay money to Zyprexa patients "scared me to death," said Bell, who fears his daughter's weight gain increases her risk of becoming diabetic.
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Ont. class-action suit alleges Zyprexa caused diabetes
Last Updated Tue, 08 Feb 2005 12:01:13 EST
TORONTO - An Ontario law firm has launched a class-action suit against Eli Lilly on behalf of Canadians who took the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa and were subsequently diagnosed with diabetes.
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The firm, Stevenson & Associates, alleges that the drug increases the risk of developing the illness – and that the pharmaceutical manufacturer failed to warn doctors and patients of the danger.
The company, which is facing similar liability lawsuits over Zyprexa in the United States and at least one other in Canada, has vigorously denied the accusations.
The Ontario lawsuit, announced Feb. 4, is against Eli Lilly & Co. and Eli Lilly Canada Inc. for damages of $900 million. It has yet to be certified.
It was brought on behalf of Andrea Heward of North Bay, Ont., who took Zyprexa and was subsequently diagnosed as diabetic. Heward says she can no longer work and blames the drug for causing her poor health.
Class-action lawsuits filed in Ontario can also apply to other Canadians who may be affected by the claim.
A B.C. man launched a class-action lawsuit against Eli Lilly in January, alleging that it minimized Zyprexa's health risks.
Zyprexa is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, among other illnesses.
Available in Canada since 1996, the drug is Lilly's top seller with total sales of $223 million in Canada in 2002 and $4.42 billion worldwide in 2004.
The cross-border trade in prescription drugs is booming and Canadian pharmacies are reaping the benefits. Low Canadian drug prices and close proximity add up to big savings for American consumers hungry for affordable medication.
The trade is huge and is estimated to have been worth more than $1 billion annually. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Americans are on the receiving end of more than two million packages of prescription drugs per year.
But, a new U.S. drug benefit plan, Medicare Part D, is threatening to cut the profits of online pharmacies. It gives those with Medicare coverage prescription drug benefits the way an insurance plan would, though patients must still pay deductibles and premiums to opt into the plan.
How much savings?Canadian pharmacies dispense drugs identical to those south of the border – in many cases for a fraction of the price. A quick comparison of popular drugs shows just how much difference the border can make. Take Tamoxifen for example. Walgreens – the biggest drugstore chain in the U.S. – sells 180 of the breast cancer treatment tablets for $380.97 US. That very same order retails for $102.90 from Manitoba-based web pharmacy Rx1. That's a 73 per cent savings worth $278.07 – an astonishing difference that's making more and more Americans take notice.
It isn't just ordinary citizens who are looking for a good buy. The states of Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota are looking into using Canadian pharmacies to supply drugs for their government employees.
MORE: WHY SO CHEAP?
Canada (Rx1 Pharmacy)
Clarinex 5 mg(allergy treatment)
Lipitor 10 mg(cholesterol treatment)
Nitro-Dur patch 0.8 mg(angina treatment)
Paxil 20 mg(depression treatment)
$289.96*(sells for $86.99 for 30)
Prozac Fluoxetine 10 mg(depression treatment)
$139.96*(sells for $41.99 for 30)
Tamoxifen Nolvadex 10 mg(breast cancer treatment)
Viagra 25 mg(erection stimulant)
$96.25*(sells for $38.50 for 4)
Vioxx Rofecoxib 12.5 mg(pain relief)
$286.63*(sells for $85.99 for 30)
Zoloft 100mg(depression treatment)
$233.30*(sells for $69.99 for 30)
Zocor 20 mg(cholesterol treatment)
$383.30*(sells for $114.99 for 30)
Why so cheap?
There are several factors that make drug prices lower in Canada than in the U.S. Perhaps the most obvious is the exchange rate. For the last few years the Canadian dollar has hovered between 60 and 70 cents, giving Americans more bang for their greenback. Another reason is the fact that Canadian drug companies are not allowed to market their products directly to consumers. That's a substantial savings not realized south of the border, where so-called direct-to-consumer marketing has been allowed since 1997. According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, drug companies spent almost $3 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising – a price that gets passed on to the consumer. But the biggest reason for the price disparity is the existence of drug price controls in Canada. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, a quasi-judicial body of the government created in 1987, reviews pharmaceutical prices and enacts caps for patented drugs and medicines prices.
How the cross-border trade works:There are three major means U.S. consumers use to access Canadian pharmacies:
1. By visiting a store-front businesses in the U.S.A U.S. customer brings her prescription to a store-front processing centre in the United States. The prescription is then sent along to a Canadian pharmacy. At that point, a Canadian physician re-writes the prescription (to make it valid in Canada) and the prescription is filled and shipped to the customer.
2. InternetA customer can access a pharmacy website to consult prices and download order and information forms. The customer then faxes a copy of his prescription (electronic orders are not allowed) along with his doctor's information, personal information and payment to a Canada-based online pharmacy.
3. Personal shoppingMany Americans, particularly in border states, simply hop in their cars and cross the border to get their prescriptions filled in person. Dedicated drug-buying bus tours are also gaining in popularity.
Some of the most popular pharmacies for Americans are in Manitoba, where pharmacists were quick to recognize the efficiency of using the internet to reach the U.S. market. A steady supply of cheap warehouse space combined with more relaxed rules for issuing prescriptions over the phone make Manitoba a popular destination for U.S. consumers. Today, it's estimated that anywhere between 10 and 20 per cent of Manitoba's 1,500 pharmacists work for an internet pharmacy.
While U.S. consumers are singing the praises of cross-border pharmacies, many government representatives and pharmaceutical companies are vehemently opposed.Already three major companies – Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC – have curtailed their supplies to Canadian pharmacies. And already those restrictions have driven up Canadian prices. While most drugs are cheaper in Canada than in the U.S., Pfizer's Viagra and Eli Lilly's Prozac are selling for more north of the border (see price comparison chart). It's becoming a growing concern for Manitobans. They're worried the cross-border trade will effectively subsidize U.S. consumers at the expense of Canadians and that drug supplies will suffer because of the growing amount of prescription drugs being siphoned off by U.S. consumers. A group called the Coalition for Manitoba Pharmacy says that if the trade is allowed to continue to grow, it would have "disastrous" effects on Manitoba's health care system. The group is especially concerned about the prospects of state governments using Canadian pharmacies to source their drugs. Michele Fontaine is the CMP's vice-president. She says the increased appetite for Canadian pharmaceuticals has led to a shortage of drugs and pharmacists in Manitoba. In an October 2003 letter, she implored Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich not to turn to Manitoba pharmacies for his state's drug supply. "It would be a disaster," wrote Fontaine. "A huge volume of drugs diverted to Illinois would make the shortages we're seeing even worse. I think the governor will listen to what we have to say. I don't think any American politician wants to try to solve a domestic problem by taking prescription drugs and pharmacy care away from Manitobans."
There are concerns on both sides of the border about online pharmacies. Some question the ethics of Canadian doctors who are willing to write prescriptions for U.S. patients they've never examined. Meanwhile, others are concerned Canadians could face supply shortages, lower quality service and risk losing federally regulated prices as pharmacists try to cater to the U.S. market.
Across the border safety is the greater issue. Worries about quality control and unregulated or counterfeit drugs being imported into Canada for sale in the U.S. are being voiced.
Michael@Monheit.com - Michael Monheit, Esquire
Law Articles June 12, 2005
Zyprexa litigation has been targeted at a number of Zyprexa side-effect problems: Some patients have reported the Zyprexa side-effect of gaining up to 65 pounds after taking Zyprexa. After the weight gain some developed the Zyprexa side-effect of diabetes or glucose abnormalities. Patients who already had the Zyprexa side-effect of theit diabetes growing worse while taking Zyprexa. Worse yet -- patients died from developing diabetes. These patients were never treated for diabetes and didn’t know they had diabetes. Patients under 54 years old, face the highest risk of developing the Zyprexa side-effect of diabetes or having heart attacks and comas when taking Zyprexa.
Man pleads guilty but insane in random street stabbingOregonLive.com, OR - 4 hours ago... Paul Moore is taking Zyprexa for schizophrenia and the anti-anxiety drug Ativan, and Bassos said the medicine has largely restored Paul Moore's faculties. ...
Study Suggests Olanzapine and Fluoxetine Combination Capsules ...DG News - 15 hours ago... eight-week, double-blind studies (Studies 1 and 2) and were assigned 1:1 to Symbyax (olanzapine 6, 12, or 18 mg/day plus fluoxetine 50 mg/day), Zyprexa alone (6 ...
"These Drugs Are Not Chocolate Ice Cream"New Haven Independent, USA - 16 hours ago... clinicians. Half the patients were treated with Eli Lilly’s antipsychotic drug Zyprexa Olanzapine. The other half was given a placebo. ...
George Stone: The Plan to Drug US School ChildrenScoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand - May 29, 2006... million for Risperdal. Eli Lilly had the biggest jackpot; it gave only $109,000 and collected $328 million for Zyprexa. As the Governor ...
The President's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: The Plan ...The People's Voice, TN - May 29, 2006... million for Risperdal. Eli Lilly had the biggest jackpot; it gave only $109,000 and collected $328 million for Zyprexa. As the Governor ...
Drug makers rein in the freebiesAsbury Park Press, NJ - May 29, 2006... First to undergo the change this year was the neuroscience sales force, which sells Lilly's top drug Zyprexa, an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia. ...
Medicare plan cuts giveaway programsArkansas Democrat Gazette, AR - May 28, 2006... A program announced earlier this month by Eli Lilly would offer help with only two drugs — Zyprexa, a schizophrenia drug, and Forteo, an injectable drug for ...
Medicare plan cuts giveaway programsArkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription), AR - May 28, 2006... A program announced earlier this month by Eli Lilly would offer help with only two drugs - Zyprexa, a schizophrenia drug, and Forteo, an injectable drug for ..
Neither side wants Lilly case in District CourtWest Virginia Record, WV - May 26, 2006... McGraw sued Lilly in February, claiming that sales of an antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa, violated state consumer protection law and the state Medicaid Fraud Act. ...
Eli Lilly using legal tactic to stall Zyprexa lawsuits
Eli Lilly issues Zyprexa warning, takes hit on downgrade
Lilly to Cut Costs in Response to Loss of Prozac Revenue
Eli Lilly Sued for Its Zyprexa Drug
Zyprexa Sales Hurting Because of Safety Concerns
Zyprexa Lawsuits Consolidated for Pretrial
Zyprexa Class Action Lawsuit Announced
Eli Lilly and Co. Under Federal Probe for Marketing Practices
Zyprexa Lawsuits Filed Due to Serious Cases of Diabetes and Pancreatitis
Government May Investigate Zyprexa Promotions
Elderly Warned of Off-Label Zyprexa Use
Diabetes Risk Increased by Antipsychotic Drugs
Lilly Voices Disagreement with American Diabetes Association Panel
Zyprexa Trial Puts the Rights to the Most Lucrative Drug in History on the Line
Eli Lilly and Co. Shares Fall Following Zyprexa Study
Zyprexa Efficacy Questionable
2004 Safety Alert: Zyprexa (olanzapine)
The following information is from Eli Lilly and Company. Contact the company for a copy of any referenced enclosures.
March 1, 2004
Re: Safety data on Zyprexa ® (olanzapine) - Hyperglycemia and Diabetes
Eli Lilly and Company would like to inform you of important labeling changes regarding Zyprexa (olanzapine). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked all manufacturers of atypical antipsychotic medications, including Lilly, to add a Warning statement describing the increased risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes in patients taking these medications, including Zyprexa. In addition to Zyprexa, the atypical antipsychotic class includes Clozaril ® (clozapine, Novartis), Risperdal ® (risperidone, Janssen), Seroquel ® (quetiapine, AstraZeneca), Geodon ® (ziprasidone, Pfizer), and Abilify ® (aripiprazole, Bristol Myers Squibb and Otsuka American Pharmaceutical). Accordingly, the Zyprexa prescribing information has been updated with the following information:
Hyperglycemia and Diabetes Mellitus
Hyperglycemia, in some cases extreme and associated with ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar coma or death, has been reported in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics including Zyprexa. Assessment of the relationship between atypical antipsychotic use and glucose abnormalities is complicated by the possibility of an increased background risk of diabetes mellitus in patients with schizophrenia and the increasing incidence of diabetes mellitus in the general population. Given these confounders, the relationship between atypical antipsychotic use and hyperglycemia-related adverse events is not completely understood. However, epidemiological studies suggest an increased risk of treatment-emergent hyperglycemia-related adverse events in patients treated with the atypical antipsychotics. Precise risk estimates for hyperglycemia related adverse events in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics are not available.
Patients with an established diagnosis of diabetes mellitus who are started on atypical antipsychotics should be monitored regularly for worsening of glucose control. Patients with risk factors for diabetes mellitus (e.g., obesity, family history of diabetes) who are starting treatment with atypical antipsychotics should undergo fasting blood glucose testing at the beginning of treatment and periodically during treatment. Any patient treated with atypical antipsychotics should be monitored for symptoms of hyperglycemia including polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, and weakness. Patients who develop symptoms of hyperglycemia during treatment with atypical antipsychotics should undergo fasting blood glucose testing.
In some cases, hyperglycemia has resolved when the atypical antipsychotic was discontinued; however, some patients required continuation of anti-diabetic treatment despite discontinuation of the suspect drug.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this important safety information, please contact your Eli Lilly and Company sales representative or contact the Lilly medical department at 1-800-Lilly-Rx . Please refer to the full prescribing information for Zyprexa included with this letter. As always, we request that serious adverse events be reported to Lilly at 1-800-Lilly-Rx or to the FDA MedWatch program by phone (1-800-FDA-1088 ), by fax (1-800-FDA-0178 ) or by email (www.fda.gov/medwatch).
Dr. Paul EisenbergVice President, Global Product SafetyEli Lilly and Company
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Easily Dispensable: Iraq's Children
By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t Perspective22 May 2006
Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
~ Joan Ganz Cooney
That women and children suffer the most during times of war is not a new phenomenon. It is a reality as old as war itself. What Rumsfeld, Rice and other war criminals of the Cheney administration prefer to call "collateral damage" translates in English as the inexcusable murder of and other irreparable harm done to women, children and the elderly during any military offensive.
US foreign policy in the Middle East manifests itself most starkly in its impact on the children of Iraq. It is they who continue to pay with their lives and futures for the brutal follies of our administration. Starvation under sanctions, and death and suffering during war and occupation are their lot. Since the beginning of the occupation, Iraqi children have been affected worst by the violence generated by the occupying forces and the freedom fighters.
While I had witnessed several instances of this from the time of my first trip to Iraq in November 2003, I was shaken by a close encounter with it, a year later, in November 2004.
In a major Baghdad hospital, 12-year-old Fatima Harouz lay in her bed, dazed, amidst a crowded hospital room. She limply waved her bruised arm at the flies that buzzed over the bed. Her shins, shattered by bullets when American soldiers fired through the front door of her house, were both covered in casts. Small plastic drainage bags filled with red fluid sat upon her abdomen, where she had taken shrapnel from another bullet.
The doctors' anger was mild if we consider the magnitude of suffering that has been inflicted upon the children of Iraq as a direct result of first the US-backed sanctions and then the failed US occupation.
In a report released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on May 2nd of this year, one out of three Iraqi children is malnourished and underweight.The report states that 25% of Iraqi children between the ages of six months and five years old suffer from either acute or chronic malnutrition. In addition, the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) press release on the matter added, "A 2004 Living Conditions Survey indicated a decrease in mortality rates among children under five years old since 1999. However, the results of a September 2005 Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis - commissioned by Iraq's Central Organization for Statistics and Information Technology, the World Food Program and UNICEF - showed worsening conditions since the April 2003 US-led invasion of the country."
Also this month, on May 15th , a news story about the same UN-backed government survey highlighted that "people are struggling to cope three years after US-forces overthrew Saddam Hussein." The report added that "Children are ... major victims of food insecurity," and described the situation as "alarming." The story continued, "A total of four million Iraqis, roughly 15 percent of the population, were in dire need of humanitarian aid including food, up from 11 percent in a 2003 report, the survey of more than 20,000 Iraqi households found.Š Decades of conflict and economic sanctions have had serious effects on Iraqis. Their consequences have been rising unemployment, illiteracy and, for some families, the loss of wage earners."
But the hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes.
~ Carson McCullers
This past March, an article titled "Garbage Dump Second Home for Iraqi Children" addressed the appalling situation in the northern, Kurdish-controlled Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah where young children assist their families in searching the city garbage dumps. It said that children as young as seven often accompany their parents to the dumps before school, in order to look for reusable items such as shoes, clothing and electrical equipment which is then resold in order to augment the family income.
This disturbing news is not really news in Baghdad. Back in December 2004 I saw children living with their families in the main dump of the capital city.
A Washington Post story, "Children Pay Cost of Iraq's Chaos," read, "After the rate of acute malnutrition among children younger than 5 steadily declined to 4 percent two years ago, it shot up to 7.7 percent this year, according to a study conducted by Iraq's Health Ministry in cooperation with Norway's Institute for Applied International Studies and the U.N. Development Program.
The story read, "It was early last October that Kasim Mehaddi Hilas says he witnessed the rape of a boy prisoner aged about 15 in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. 'The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets,' he said in a statement given to investigators probing prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.
Another section of the report added, "Information on the number, age, gender and conditions of incarceration is limited. In Basra and Karbala children arrested for alleged activities targeting the occupying forces are reported to be routinely transferred to an internee facility in Um Qasr. The categorization of these children as 'internees' is worrying since it implies indefinite holding without contact with family, expectation of trial or due process." The report went on to add, "A detention centre for children was established in Baghdad, where according to ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) a significant number of children were detained. UNICEF was informed that the coalition forces were planning to transfer all children in adult facilities to this 'specialized' child detention centre. In July 2003, UNICEF requested a visit to the centre but access was denied. Poor security in the area of the detention centre has prevented visits by independent observers like the ICRC since last December ."
A section of the report which I found very pertinent, as I'd already witnessed this occurring in Iraq, stated, "The perceived unjust detention of Iraqi males, including youths, for suspected activities against the occupying forces has become one of the leading causes for the mounting frustration among Iraqi youth and the potential for radicalization of this population group."
Shortly thereafter the doors were unlocked, releasing the frightened students who flocked out the doors. The youngest were 12 years old, and none of the students were older than 18. They ran out, many in tears, while others were enraged as they kicked and shook the front gate. My interpreter and I were surrounded by frenzied students who yelled, "This is the democracy? This is the freedom? You see what the Americans are doing to us here?"Another student cried out to us, "
The tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles that were guarding the perimeter of the school began to rumble down the street beside us, on their passage out. Several young boys with tears streaming down their faces picked up stones and hurled them at the tanks as they drove by. Imagine my horror when I saw the US soldiers on top of the Bradleys begin firing their M-16's above our heads as we ducked inside a taxi. A soldier on another Bradley, behind the first, passed and fired randomly above our heads as well. Kids and pedestrians ran for cover into the shops and wherever possible.
His uncle, who had joined us for tea, leaned over to me and said, "The Americans are creating the terrorists here by hurting people and causing their relatives to fight against them. Even this little boy will grow up hating the Americans because of their policy here."
In a response which has now become notorious, Albright replied, "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it."
We are guilty of many errors and many faults but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer "Tomorrow." His name is "Today."
Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist who spent over 8 months reporting from occupied Iraq. He presented evidence of US war crimes in Iraq at the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York City in January 2006. He writes regularly for TruthOut, Inter Press Service, Asia Times and TomDispatch, and maintains his own web site,
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Elders move to restore calm at Six Nations
Posted: May 26, 2006
by: Jim Adams / Indian Country Today
Photo courtesy Cathie Coward/Hamilton Spectator --
Michael Laughing smiled while speaking to Ontario
Provincial Police Inspector Van Straalin as Jim Meyer
looked on. Laughing and Van Straalin were part of
May 23 talks that sought a solution to the Native
blockade at Six Nations Reserve in Caledonia,
Ontario, which involves construction plans on
land claimed by the reserve. A flare-up on
May 22 resulted from a miscommunication
between Caledonia residents and protesters.
An agreement was reached.
OHSWEKEN, SIX NATIONS RESERVE, Ontario - Calmer heads regained control in the Six Nations land reclamation standoff and road blockades began coming down after a mid-May eruption of fighting between Natives and non-Native counterblockaders. A riot was averted by elders as local town of Caledonia residents pressed down on the Native group when elders in both communities took the lead to calm heated tempers and establish communications between sides. At the height of the tension on May 22, a fire at a local utility company transformer near the Native encampment at the Douglas Creek Estates site shut down the power supply to some 1,500 homes in Caledonia and about four times that number in the surrounding area, including one-third of the Six Nations reserve. Native protesters abandoned an attempt to dig a trench across the blockaded road after Jan Kahehti:io Longboat and her niece, Lisa Van Every, stood in the way of their backhoe and told them sternly to stop.
May 30, 2006
Military Men Who Oppose Neo-Con Warmongering Under Attack
By Michael Piper
For generations, Republicans were strong supporters of the American
military. But now that top military men are in open rebellion against the
armchair civilian war hawks—the hard-line pro-Israel ideologues who
directed President George Bush to order an invasion of Iraq and
who now want war on Iran—the angriest voices condemning the
military are from GOP circles.
Following the lead of the neo-conservatives, who are viewed as fanatics
but still dominate the Bush administration and key GOP policy groups,
many GOP loyalists are declaring war on the battle-tested generals,
admirals and other military heroes who are saying, “Enough is enough.”
Although none of the military men have yet said “No more wars for Israel,”
their rhetoric in writings and public utterances says essentially that.
Conservatives roundly denounced former Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni as
an “anti-Semite” for noting that pro-Israel neo-conservatives were the
driving force behind the Iraq war and that everybody in Washington knew it.
Zinni knew what he was talking about: he formerly commanded all
U.S. forces protecting Israel in the Middle East.
More recently, another retired Marine, Lt. Gen. Greg Newbold,
former director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote
in Time that the Iraq war was “unnecessary” and that the
rationale for war by those whom he called “the zealots” made
no sense. Newbold’s choice of the word “zealots” was loaded.
The term arises from the legend of the Zealots—an ancient
sect of Jewish fanatics.
Newbold quit the service four months before the Iraq invasion,
in part, he said, because he opposed those who exploited the
9-11 tragedy “to hijack our security policy”—referring to
the zealous neo-con fanatics. He added:
“Until now, I have resisted speaking out in public.”
But, he said, “I’ve been silent long enough.”
What particularly disturbed Newbold’s critics was that
he said he was speaking out “with the encouragement of
some still in positions of military leadership.”
He also struck out at what he called “the distortion of
intelligence in the buildup to the war”—a slam at the neo-conservatives
and their Israeli allies who shoveled up garbage, disguised as “intelligence,”
and used it to justify the war.
Newbold brandished his anger at the armchair war hawks,
most of whom never served in the military, saying, “the
commitment of our forces to this fight was done with a
casualness and swagger that are the special province of
those who have never had to execute these missions—
or bury the results.”
Newbold’s statements received much media attention,
so the neo-cons fired back. Perhaps the most telling
attack on the generals came from Stephen Herbits,
a former top executive of the Seagram liquor empire,
the fiefdom of World Jewish Congress chief
Edgar Bronfman, a major patron of Israel.
This longtime Bronfman henchman was appointed by
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to make “heads roll”
in the military, screening all Pentagon promotions and
appointments, implementing the agenda of enforcing lockstep
Zionist control of the American war machine.
EXAMINE THE GENERALS
Writing in the April 20 edition of the egregiously
pro-Israel Washington Times, Herbits urged the media
to start to investigate military leaders who dared to
take on the administration.
Herbits said it would be “a service to this country when
the media digs a bit below these attacks to examine the generals.”
Herbits is obviously calling on spy agencies such as the
Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a conduit for Israel’s Mossad,
to come up with “data” on the military men and provide it
to the media to bring the dissidents into line.
But cracking the whip over the entire military will be tough.
On April 18, David Broder, senior Washington Post commentator,
revealed that some months ago after he wrote of how
Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.)—a former Marine colonel who
served in Vietnam—had called for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq,
Broder was contacted by a Pentagon officer who gave his
name and rank and then said: “This is a private call.
I am not speaking officially. But I read your column, and
I think it is important for you to know that Jack Murtha
knows us very well and speaks for many of us.”
This is no secret to those who know official Washington
since Murtha has been a leading Capitol Hill voice for
the military for years. And this is what makes pro-Israel
Republican attacks on Murtha so disingenuous: they paint
Murtha as a “pacifist,” “defeatist,” “liberal” ideologue.
He is anything but that.
For its own part, in an April 18 editorial, titled
“The Generals’ Revolt,” The Washington Post said
“the rebellion is problematic” and “threatens the
essential democratic principle of military subordination
to civilian control—the more so because a couple of the
officers claim they are speaking for some still on active duty.”
That same day, a lead editor of The Washington Times
Tony Blankley—an advocate of all-out war against the Muslim world—
declared that generals still in service who may be planning
to quit together in protest against Bush policies may be
Not content with accusing American military leaders
of being seditious, Blankley followed up the next day
with a repetition of his smears, calling for a court of
inquiry to determine whether the military leaders
are guilty of insubordination.
Echoing Blankley, shrill pro-Israel agitator
Charles Krauthammer, a psychiatrist by profession,
not a soldier, blustered on April 21 with a column in
The Washington Post crying of “The General’s Dangerous Whispers.”
In the end, though, what’s most interesting is that
prior to the explosion of reports in the mainstream
media about the dissatisfied generals—four years
after American Free Press first broke the story at a
national level, even before the invasion of Iraq—
the April issue of America’s oldest and most respected
magazine, Harper’s, featured a provocative cover story:
“American Coup d’Etat: Military thinkers discuss the unthinkable.”
This was one month after Harper’s—in another cover story—
called for the impeachment of President Bush.
Clearly, some people in high places are not happy with the
pro-Israel internationalism of the Bush regime.
(Issue #18 & 19, May 1 & 8, 2006)
A list of 9/11 links from
To me, it’s important not to focus on just one aspect of 9/11 such as the Pentagon incident. If debunkers can keep everyone focusing on this one part of it when there can never be proof either way produced, the overall aspect of what really happened on that dreadful day will never be uncovered. Let’s broaden the discussion.
I find that it's time to interject some thoughts that even my harshest critics might understand. My motivation in posting this controversial subject was to try and wake up a complacent society, even in my own small way. I am a passionate person, as you already know. Something very wrong happened on 9/11 and it wasn’t just the fact we were attacked. This goes back years and years, well before President Bush was elected President. Good men and women tried to bring information to the Justice Dept. that an attack was being planned. They were prevented from doing so. Now, if it was just one or two people, I could say that, yes the ball was dropped.
However, it is not the case. Yes, some of the material presented had political motivations, but they also bring up some very disturbing information that needs to be looked into. I hate, despise and have little respect for people using political motivations for anything, believe me. But I do look for the truth, even if it comes on the lips of an actor like Sheen. Shivers. I do not respect him but sometimes the pearl of truth comes buried in the muck.
Our rights and freedoms are being slowly stolen from us over 9/11 despite the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Now, if there is any doubt at all that the attack or the facts produced by the officials could come into doubt, any patriotic or caring person would check into diverse opinions and research on the subject. This is what I wanted people to do. To start thinking on their own. Did it ever occur to anyone how such an in-depth law such as the Patriot Act could be written so fast when the very same Congress can't even handle the immigration situation with prudence? Just throwing that out.
It may come as a shock to you all but I defend the right to bear arms. I come against those who want to take away my freedom of speech or my privacy or my property. (Eminent Domain) Our freedoms are under attack by the "Powers that Be" under the guise that there is a need to protect us from terrorism. I wholeheartedly agree that we are in a WAR and certain actions need to be done in order to protect the populace. All I ask is for people to not be so ready to give up their freedoms without questioning.
There is much more to this story than a video. Who do I trust? My father was a police officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, New York State Crime Commission, The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society, private investigator and authored the first explosives training book used by the U.S. Government in explosive safety.
I’m a daughter of a man in uniform. A man who stood for what was right and taught his daughter the same. He always told me that if you look to the people who rise to the top of any organization, business or profession, these are the ones who are usually there for the wrong reasons. It’s the people at ground level who are there because they really care. These are the people who I really trust.
He taught me to get to the truth of the matter despite the opposition. So, it was his daughter who listened to the four hours of the 9-11 conversations between David Koresh of Mt. Carmel and the local Sheriff. I know what really happened. But few other’s even cared to check it out. Most repeated the same media bull that they were fed. So a girl throws her hands up in the air and hopes that somewhere, somehow and that someone will start thinking and researching for themselves. I'll end this by inserting a part of a letter I recently received. It made up for all the criticism I've received since posting this:
I was not overly impressed with the suggested video because I thought it poorly done & have some demolition back ground but after following up & viewing Jimmy Walters' & several other videos & listening to Karl Schwartz I don't know whether to thank you or curse you for forcing me to REALLY look at it. What frightens me the most are the implications that the philosophy & people behind this may go back for decades & that our country may already be controlled by them. Thank You (I think) for making ME think Keep it up
Below is a partial list of highly regarded individuals or organizations who are questioning.
Able Danger - used to determine vulnerabilities and linkages among and within al Qaeda
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Navy CAPT Scott Phillpott, a military intelligence officer with U.S. Special Operations Command
CIA Director George Tenant...warned about an impending attack
John O'Neill, FBI counter terrorism investigator who resigned in frustration with the President's administration, went to work as security chief of the World Trade Center and died on 9/11 attempting to rescue others.
Richard Clarke, US Counter terrorism Czar, National Security Council official, who exposed the President's incompetence both pre-9/11 and post-9/11 in his book, Against All Enemies and under oath at the 9/11 commission hearings.
Colleen Rawley, FBI investigator who blew the whistle and spoke publicly about how her attempts to get action on pre-9/11 intelligence on Al-Qaeda pilot training in the US were blocked by officials at the President's Justice Dept. in D.C.
Judicial Watch - As a non-partisan, non-profit foundation based in Washington, D.C., and with offices throughout the country and roots out corruption in our government and to make sure offenders are brought to justice.
Robert Wright, an agent for 10 years, was a member of an FBI counter- terrorism taskforce. He alleges that active agents were threatened and impeded in anti-terrorism investigations.
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) speculates that a coverup may have occurred.
Steven E. Jones – Professor of Physics at Brigham Young University
Robert M Bowman - former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the United States Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations, and a former United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonol with 101 combat missions. He holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from the California Institute of Technology
David Schippers is a lawyer. He was the chief prosecutor for the impeachment of Bill Clinton and stated that the government had been warned in 1995 about a future attack on a government building and that later he was contacted by three FBI agents who mentioned uncovering a possible terrorist attack planned for lower Manhattan
Professor James Fetzer http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
University of Minnesota Duluth
David Ray Griffin http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8765.htm
David Ray Griffin is professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, where he taught for over 30 years (retiring in 2004). He has authored or edited over two dozen books, including "God and Religion in the Postmodern World," "Religion and Scientific Naturalism," and "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11."
Information regarding 9/11: VIEW WITH DISCERNMENT! I DO NOT AGREE WITH NOR HAVE WATCHED ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW. AS PEOPLE WRITE ME I POST WHAT THEY FIND. IT'S UP TO YOU TO DO YOUR OWN INVESTIGATING. THINK FOR YOURSELVES!
Philanthropist Jimmy Walters:
Other videos for your discernment:
Contact: http://www.judicialwatch.org/ to keep up with their quest to get more of the camera feeds from the Pentagon.
http://www.waronfreedom.org/bookshelf.html Lots of information good and bad
Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax 30 January 2006 press release
Simple Physics Reveals "The Big Lie" Forwarded by Nila Sagadevan
The Fall of the South Tower At video.google.com
Did Building 7 Commit Suicide? http://www.betterbadnews.com
"9/11 Revisited: Were explosives used?" http://www.911revisited.com/video.html
David Ray Griffin's Madison 9/11 Lecture www.911blogger.com
"Loose Change" (video), 2nd Edition At video.google.com
Big Lies: From JFK to 9/11 The Carp (Spring 2006), Jim Fetzer
MIT Engineer Explains WTC Controlled Demolition video.google.com
Steve Jones' UVSC PowerPoint Presentation www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy
"911 Eyewitness" (video) http://www.911eyewitness.com/
9/11: 80 Minutes of Unilateral Disarmament by Morgan Reynolds
Simple Math demonstrates the Official 9/11 Account is a Fabrication
29 Apr 2005, Global Research, Elias Davidsson
Professor Steve Jones' Utah Seminar on video www.911blogger.com
Flash lecture on 9/11 by James H. Fetzer www.youtube.com/w/?v=x-RjohsWGO4
Conspiracy and Closed Minds on 9/11 by Morgan Reynolds
Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse? by Steven E. Jones, Ph.D. (reader comments)
The Destruction of the World Trade Center: Why the Official Account Cannot Be True by David Ray Griffin, Ph.D.
Thinking about "Conspiracy Theories": 9/11 and JFK by James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
Wikipedia: What it Doesn't Say about S9/11T by James H. Fetzer
Zogby Poll Finds Over 70 Million Voting Age Americans Support New 9/11 Investigation
May 22, 2006
New 911Truth.org-commissioned Zogby Poll reveals over 70 million voting age Americans distrust official 9/11 story and support new investigation of possible US government role in the attacks.*
Zogby's "Results from Nationwide Poll" report and raw data available for downloading at end of article.
May 29, 2006
Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for OpEd News and investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America.