Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cisco and Abuses of Human Rights in China: Part 1

This is the first in a two-part series explaining the background around the EFF call to action over Cisco assisting the Chinese government in abusing human rights. This article outlines the background of the issue and the first of our two demands to Cisco: intervening on behalf of dissident writer Du Daobin. Our next post will outline specifically how Cisco and other similar networking companies can pledge to uphold human rights.

If you have not done so, we urge you to sign our petition to Cisco. And if you’ve already signed, please continue to spread the word.

Understanding Du v. Cisco

What responsibility do corporations have to consider human rights when making business deals? Are companies that build and market equipment for the purpose of surveilling and censoring pro-democracy activists in authoritarian regimes culpable when those activists are imprisoned or tortured? Do companies bear a special responsibility if they customize products to improve the efficacy of tracking dissidents and choking free speech? What if the companies train government agents in using the technology to ferret out activists?

Did Princess Aid 9/11 Hijackers?

U.S. lawmakers are calling for the Bush administration to investigate whether Saudi money made it into the hands of two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers.

At issue is whether money from an account in the name of Princess Haifa al-Faisal, wife of the Saudi ambassador to Washington, reached the hijackers. Newsweek published a story making such an allegation.

Besides a U.S. probe into the charge, members of Congress who spoke on the Sunday morning news programs also demanded that Bush officials press Saudi officials for answers.

"The greatest weakness in the president's foreign policy is that he refuses to tell the Saudis to fess up, which side of the fence are you on?," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said on ABCNEWS' This Week.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Terrorism in the U.S. Since 9/11

John Mueller and his students analyze the 33 cases of attempted [EDITED TO ADD: Islamic extremist] terrorism in the U.S. since 9/11. So few of them are actually real, and so many of them were created or otherwise facilitated by law enforcement.

The death toll of all these is fourteen: thirteen at Ft. Hood and one in Little Rock. I think it's fair to add to this the 2002 incident at Los Angeles Airport where a lone gunman killed two people at the El Al ticket counter, so that's sixteen deaths in the U.S. to terrorism in the past ten years.

Given the credible estimate that we've spent $1 trillion on anti-terrorism security (this does not include our many foreign wars), that's $62.5 billion per life saved. Is there any other risk that we are even remotely as crazy about?

9/11: A Hot Case in an Igloo

In a real-life mass murder investigation by real investigators a document like this, explicitly stating the desire for a mass murder like this would immediately make its way into the evidence bag, and signatories such as these people with a real motive and unlimited means would be automatically added to the top of the investigators’ initial list of suspects. They would remain there until further investigated, eliminated, or possibly prosecuted. Of course this was not a real investigation, and with no real investigators, and there never was a real list of suspects.

In a real-life investigation highly suspicious suspects like this would not easily disappear into thin air just like that.

In a real-life investigation any suspect accessory like this would be investigated, interrogated, and accordingly cleared or apprehended. And other highly suspicious persons or possible witnesses like this would be questioned and examined very thoroughly, rather than being directly assisted in fleeing the country.

In a real-life investigation key witnesses and investigative experts like these would be held with the highest regard, and their knowledge, first-hand information, and documented evidence would be considered of great value. They certainly wouldn’t be censored, classified and officially gagged.

In a real-life investigation if the highest-level criminal investigative body declares the capriciously designated perpetrator only a ‘suspect’ with no real hard evidence ever linking him to the crime in question, the case would be categorized as ‘never-solved & so very much open.’

The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight

The Misconception:  You celebrate diversity and respect others’ points of view.

The Truth: You are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others.

Source: "Lord of the Flies," 1963, Two Arts Ltd.

In 1954, in eastern Oklahoma, two tribes of children nearly killed each other.

The neighboring tribes were unaware of each other’s existence. Separately, they lived among nature, played games, constructed shelters, prepared food – they knew peace. Each culture developed its own norms and rules of conduct. Each culture arrived at novel solutions to survival-critical problems. Each culture named the creeks and rocks and dangerous places, and those names were known to all. They helped each other and watched out for the well-being of the tribal members.

'They come from ISI' - Afghan colonel on insurgent threat

'Arab Spring false flag from start, Libya ultimate goal all along'

Researchers Uncover RSA Phishing Attack, Hiding In Plain Sight

Ever since security giant RSA was hacked last March, anti-virus researchers have been trying to get a copy of the malware used for the attack to study its method of infection. But RSA wasn’t cooperating, nor were the third-party forensic experts the company hired to investigate the breach.

This week Finnish security company F-Secure discovered that the file had been under their noses all along. Someone — the company assumes it was an employee of RSA or its parent firm, EMC — had uploaded the malware to an online virus scanning site back on March 19, a little over two weeks after RSA is believed to have been breached on March 3. The online scanner, VirusTotal, shares malware samples it receives with security vendors and malware researchers.

RSA had already revealed that it had been breached after attackers sent two different targeted phishing e-mails to four workers at its parent company EMC. The e-mails contained a malicious attachment that was identified in the subject line as “2011 Recruitment plan.xls.”

Slackistan Trailer

BBC journalist “shot dead by US special forces during raid on the Taliban”

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Should Law Profs Who Demonstrate a Lack of Expertise in Providing Real World Legal Advice Be Allowed to Teach Doctrinal Law Classes?

As previously noted, Harvard Law School is a rarity in the legal academy in that it unofficially bifurcates faculty members who are hired to teach and those hired because they are recognized rock stars (or potential rock stars) who do offer courses (even 1L courses) but are essentially members of the HLS faculty to retain and enhance Harvard Law's reputation by scholarly publications and by being players on the national, even international, stage. Stanford Law's Faculty Director, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and Professor of Law, John Yoo, is both a recognized scholar and has been a player on the national stage. While author of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005), War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror (Grove/Atlantic, 2006), and Crisis and Command: The History of Executive Power From George Washington to George W. Bush (Kaplan, 2010) plus numerous articles as well as speaking engagements on the law prof lecture circuit, Yoo is best known for his work in DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel during George W. Bush's War on Terror administration. You remember his DOJ OLC work product, the "Torture Memo" advice he rendered, right?

Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein closes on his purchase in Manhattan's 15 Central Park West celebrity tower; honcho pays $26M for his unit

After Taking A $10 Billion Bailout, Goldman Sachs Announces It Will Outsource 1,000 Jobs To Singapore

Goldman is so concerned about the potential for criticism that the firm’s representatives have been alerting staffers of lawmakers in Washington of the hiring spree in recent weeks as a way to mollify any concerns they may have about previously undisclosed plans to add 1,000 jobs to the firm’s Singapore office, according to people in Washington with direct knowledge if the matter. Goldman is concerned about criticism because it is adding those jobs while it is planning what could be a significant retrenchment in its U.S. workforce, these people say.

After Taking A $10 Billion Bailout, Goldman Sachs Announces It Will Outsource 1,000 Jobs To Singapore

Goldman is so concerned about the potential for criticism that the firm’s representatives have been alerting staffers of lawmakers in Washington of the hiring spree in recent weeks as a way to mollify any concerns they may have about previously undisclosed plans to add 1,000 jobs to the firm’s Singapore office, according to people in Washington with direct knowledge if the matter. Goldman is concerned about criticism because it is adding those jobs while it is planning what could be a significant retrenchment in its U.S. workforce, these people say.

Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive

The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists, and the public, it presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis.

Television is our pre-eminent medium of information, entertainment and persuasion, but until now it has not been a medium of record. This Archive attempts to address this gap by making TV news coverage of this critical week in September 2001 available to those studying these events and their treatment in the media.

Explore 3,000 hours of international TV News from 20 channels over 7 days, and select analysis by scholars.

Remember Building 7 Posters

Lindy Hop - Hellzapoppin (1941)

Even Topiary Didn’t Know What He Was Getting Into

CIA Response to August 24 Associated Press Story

Today’s Associated Press story mischaracterized the nature and scope of the Central Intelligence Agency’s support to the New York City Police Department, an important counterterrorism partner in a city that has been the target of numerous terrorist plots. Our cooperation is exactly what the American people deserve and have come to expect following 9/11. The Agency’s operational focus, however, is overseas and none of the support we have provided to NYPD can be rightly characterized as “domestic spying” by the CIA. Any suggestion along those lines is simply wrong.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

C.I.A. Fights Memoir of 9/11 by F.B.I. Agent in Terror Fight

WASHINGTON — In what amounts to a fight over who gets to write the history of the Sept. 11 attacks and their aftermath, the Central Intelligence Agency is demanding extensive cuts from the memoir of a former F.B.I. agent who spent years near the center of the battle against Al Qaeda.

The agent, Ali H. Soufan, argues in the book that the C.I.A. missed a chance to derail the 2001 plot by withholding from the F.B.I. information about two future 9/11 hijackers living in San Diego, according to several people who have read the manuscript. And he gives a detailed, firsthand account of the C.I.A.’s move toward brutal treatment in its interrogations, saying the harsh methods used on the agency’s first important captive, Abu Zubaydah, were unnecessary and counterproductive.

Neither critique of the C.I.A. is new. In fact, some of the information that the agency argues is classified, according to two people who have seen the correspondence between the F.B.I. and C.I.A., has previously been disclosed in open Congressional hearings, the report of the national commission on 9/11 and even the 2007 memoir of George J. Tenet, the former C.I.A. director.

NYPD confirms CIA officer works at department

New York's police commissioner confirmed Thursday that a CIA officer is working out of police headquarters there, after an Associated Press investigation revealed an unusual partnership with the CIA that has blurred the line between foreign and domestic spying. But he and the CIA said the spy agency's role at the department is an advisory one.

Speaking to reporters in New York, commissioner Raymond Kelly acknowledged that the Central Intelligence Agency trains NYPD officers on "trade craft issues," meaning espionage techniques, and advises police about events happening overseas. Kelly also said he was unaware of any other U.S. police department with a similar relationship with the CIA.

"They are involved in providing us with information, usually coming from perhaps overseas and providing it to us for, you know, just for our purposes," Kelly said.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Terrorists for the FBI Exclusive

9/11: al-Qaeda didn’t act alone

On September 11, bereaved family members will mark the 10th anniversary of the cataclysmic terrorist attacks on American cities. They will gather around the pools of remembrance at the newly opened memorial, where the names of the 2,982 known victims who died on the day and in the earlier bombing of 1993 are engraved on parapets of bronze. President Obama and his predecessor, George W Bush will be on hand.

Two official inquiries have investigated the who, the how, and the why of 9/11. A decade on, however, many questions remain. Osama bin Laden and his terrorist cohort plotted and executed the operation, but did they act alone? Only days after the onslaught, President Bush's defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said the terrorists "live and work and function and are fostered and encouraged, if not just tolerated, by a series of countries… I know a lot… It's a sensitive matter."

Monsanto and the mortal danger to traditional agriculture

The greatest threat to the future of food production in the world is the introduction of genetically engineered foods from the bio-tech industry. Contrary to their mendacious propagandized promises of solving the problem of world hunger through the so-called second green revolution, the bio-tech companies are instead in the process of destroying the world's ecosystems, and thus the natural food chains and life cycles. Their goal is certainly not to solve any problem at all, but instead to fill the corporate coffers with the profits from selling their dangerous products to countries with already high mortality rates from malnutrition and starvation.

Despite its growing economy, India is still a country with enormous poverty. What is happening in India is the most visible example of what is going on in the poor countries all over the world. Giving the green light for genetically modified (GM) products, which have caused medical and financial disasters for poor farmers, is outrageous and a positive danger to Indian agriculture in general.

S.E.C. Illegally Destroyed Documents, Whistle-Blower Alleges

WASHINGTON — An enforcement lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission says that the agency illegally destroyed files and documents related to thousands of early-stage investigations over the last 20 years, according to information released Wednesday by Congressional investigators.

The destroyed files comprise records of at least 9,000 preliminary inquiries into matters involving notorious individuals like Bernard L. Madoff, as well as several major Wall Street firms that later were the subject of scrutiny after the 2008 financial crisis, including Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and Bank of America.

The S.E.C. is the very agency that is charged with making sure that Wall Street firms retain records of their own activities, and has brought numerous enforcement cases against firms for failing to do so.

The agency’s records were routinely destroyed under an S.E.C. policy, since changed, that called for the disposal of records of a preliminary inquiry that was closed if it did not get upgraded to a formal investigation, according to Congressional records and people involved in inquiries into the matter.

9-11 Facts

Federal Reserve Secretly Gave $1.2 Trillion In Taxpayer Funds To The Banks That Caused Crisis

Zimbardo shows how most evil comes from hierarchy

Inside 9/11 - Hijacking the air defense

Stratfor disputes OBL killing in Abbottabad

ISLAMABAD - Globally recognised intelligence and forecast STRATFOR has rejected the US Central Intelligence Agency claim that the man killed in Abbottabad’s compound by US Naval SEALs was al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. This was one of the reasons the CIA kept Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in dark.

The STRATFOR says: “The possibility that bin Laden was already dead and in terms of his impact on terrorist operations, he effectively was. That does not mean, however, that he was not an important ideological leader or that he was not someone the United States sought to capture or kill for his role in carrying out the most devastating terrorist attack in the US history.” In its latest intelligence gathering, the STRATFOR claims that aggressive US intelligence collection efforts have come to fruition, as killing of Osama bin Laden was perhaps the top symbolic goal for the CIA and all those involved in the US covert operations. Indeed, President Obama said during his speech on May 1 that upon entering the office, he had personally instructed CIA Director Leon Panetta that killing the al-Qaeda leader was his top priority. The logistical challenges of catching a single wanted individual with Bin Laden level of resources were substantial and while 10 years, the United States was able to accomplish the objective it set out to do in October 2001.

The Invisible Hazards of “Smart” Meters

©Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri.  August 19, 2011

 “The Seletun Scientific Statement recommends that lower limits be established for electromagnetic fields and wireless exposures, based on scientific studies reporting health impacts at much lower exposure levels. Many researchers now believe that existing safety limits are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread. Current US…standards for radiofrequency and microwave radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They were never intended to address this kind of exposure from wireless devices that now affect over 4 billion people.”  - The Seletun Scientific Statement, Feb. 3, 2011

Who–and What–Are Behind the “Official History” of the Bin Laden Raid?

9/11 Joe Biden Meets To Finance The Pakistani ISI Who Supply And Control The Taliban

Sunday, August 21, 2011

1896 Film: Loie Fuller's Psychedelic Serpentine Dance

9/11: False-Flag Terrorism - The Precedents & The Reality-Webster Tarpley

9/11 The Federal Reserve Gives The Financial Institutions 'A Blank Check'

Government Corruption - Goldman VP Name Change

9/11 Joe Biden Calls The September 13th Hijackers The Second Team

Don't Buy This Nonsense

'Bank of America. We will help you out.'

"Walled In!" Germany's inner border

A CIA interrogator gives inside look at the War on Terror and the mysterious Hotel California

The plot goes like this: A CIA agent is given the task of interrogating a prisoner who is believed to be a high-ranking member of Al Qaeda and could lead the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. The prisoner has been kidnapped off the street in an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

The only problem? Over the course of the interrogation, the agent concludes the CIA has the wrong man. He advises his masters of his conclusions.

But the CIA doesn’t listen. It instructs the agent to press harder. The spy agency believes the prisoner’s refusal to answer certain questions is proof of his guilt.

When he still fails to reveal anything, the CIA sends both the prisoner, known as Captus, and his interrogator to Hotel California — the CIA’s most secret detention centre — where the prisoner is tortured.

A page-turner, right? Well, this tale is not the creation of a master of spy thrillers. Glenn Carle, a former CIA officer with 23 years in the service, lived it.

Did Tenet Hide Key 9/11 Info?

Exclusive: With few exceptions – like some salacious rumor about the Kennedy family – the mainstream U.S. news media has little interest in historical stories. Such was the case when an ex-White House terrorism official accused a former CIA director of withholding information that might have prevented a 9/11 attack, Ray McGovern reports. 

By Ray McGovern

Bulletin for those of you who get your information only from the New York Times, the Washington Post and other outlets of the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM): Former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has accused ex-CIA Director George Tenet of denying him and others access to intelligence that could have thwarted the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11.

Deliberately withholding critical intelligence from those who need it, and can act on it, is — at the least — gross dereliction of duty. 

Questions for Richard Clarke on COG, the UAE, and BCCI

A recent interview with former “Counterterrorism Czar,” Richard Clarke, is making a splash in the alternative media.[1]  In this interview, Clarke speculates about CIA malfeasance related to the pre-9/11 monitoring of two alleged September 11 hijackers.  This interview is somewhat interesting due to Clarke’s vague suggestion that the CIA had courted 9/11 suspects as sources, but it is far more interesting for what was not said with regard to Clarke’s personal history and associations.

The seeming point of these new statements from Clarke is that the CIA might have withheld information from him, the FBI, and the Department of Defense (DOD) in the twenty months leading up to the 9/11 attacks.  Clarke is not suggesting that the CIA did this maliciously, but only that his good friend, George Tenet, and two others made a mistake in their approach.  Clarke says of these CIA leaders — “They understood that al Qaeda was a big threat, they were motivated, and they were really trying hard.”  The mild twist that Clarke now puts on the story is that  the CIA’s diligent effort to secure much needed sources within the al Qaeda organization was pursued without any suspicion that these sources might turn out to be “double agents.”

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Security flaw found in feds' digital radios

Expensive high-tech digital radios used by the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security are designed so poorly that they can be jammed by a $30 children's toy, CNET has learned.

A GirlTech IMME, Mattel's pink instant-messaging device with a miniature keyboard that's marketed to pre-teen girls, can be used to disrupt sensitive radio communications used by every major federal law enforcement agency, a team of security researchers from the University of Pennsylvania is planning to announce tomorrow.

First Responders Not Invited To 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony Because Bush And Obama Will Be There

A wiggly approach to smartphone keylogging

Two researchers from the University of California Davis, Hao Chen and Lian Cai, have successfully divined the keystrokes on an Android on-screen keyboard by measuring the wiggles, jiggles, and vibrations picked up by the device’s accelerometer. This is significant because the data from accelerometers is not thought of as a potential attack vector, and is thus freely available to any application on any smartphone or tablet.

Logging the keystrokes on a Windows or Mac desktop or laptop is incredibly easy: just install a piece of software (or get infected by a Trojan), configure where it should save or send the stolen keystrokes to, and that’s it. When it comes to smartphones, however, complex permission systems make this approach all but impossible — unless you use what’s known as a “side channel.” Strictly speaking, a side channel is an insecure source of information that helps a cracker break a cryptographic system. Broadly speaking, a side channel could be a blinking light on a router that mimics the binary data passing through it or the clackity-clack sounds of a physical keyboard. In other words, side channels are the characteristics of a system that have had their potential risks overlooked.

Experts think Breivik’s manifesto contains secret code

A group of hundreds of international experts are scouring the accused Norway shooter's 1,500-page manifesto for signs of a secret code.

Rolf Frøysa, the chief technology expert at a broadband internet company in Norway, told the UK Telegraph that when he learned that Anders Breivik left behind a manifesto that plagiarized large portions of the writings of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, he began to wonder if Breivik also made use of codes in the text of his broadside. Kaczynski famously embedded a code in his writings that took years to crack.

"Walled In!" Germany's inner border

9/11 Strange Object With Wires Coming Out Of Structural Floor Window On WTC Face

Friday, August 19, 2011

Little evidence links mob violence to social media

CNN) -- This summer Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has wrestled with one of his biggest challenges since taking office five years ago.

Worried that flash mob violence would overrun city streets as it had elsewhere, the Cleveland City Council unanimously passed legislation that would criminalize the use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media for assembling unruly crowds or encouraging people to commit a crime.

But Jackson, after consulting with advisers, defied the council and vetoed the ordinance -- his first use of that power as mayor.

"It's very difficult to enforce something that's unconstitutional," Jackson said in an interview with CNN. "To make a criminal activity of just having a conversation, whether some acts of criminal activity are associated with it or not, it goes beyond reason."

FUD

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Why the NIST report on the WTC towers is false

Federal judge: CIA not in contempt for destroying interrogation tapes

New York (CNN) -- A federal judge on Monday rejected arguments that the CIA should be held in contempt for destroying videotapes allegedly showing the torture of detainees during interrogations.

The ruling by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York came in a motion by the American Civil Liberties Union that the intelligence agency be held in contempt. Although he ruled against the ACLU motion, the judge applauded the efforts of the ACLU's legal team for prompting the disclosure of thousands of documents related to detainee treatment.

New IBM computer chip mimics the human brain

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George Bush's Iraq War Lies State Of The Union Address 2003

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

9/11 George Bush - The Nation Needs To Understand, Global War Is Now The Focus Of My Administration

"Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future " by John C. Yoo

Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security

John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley

Abstract

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States went to war. With thousands of Americans killed, billions of dollars in damage, and aggressive military and security measures in response, we are still living with the war a decade later. A change of presidential administration has not dulled controversy over the most fundamental objectives, strategies, and tactics of the war, or whether it is even a war at all.

Confronting Terror sets the stage for a reasoned and robust discussion of the future with a collection of new essays examining the meaning of 9/11 and the law and policy of the war on terrorism. The contributors include principled supporters and critics of the war on terrorism alike, from former Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Michael Mukasey to Alan Dershowitz and former long-time president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen.

Confronting Terror presents stark differences of opinion on issues, such as the president’s authority to detain, the assertion of state secrets, the limits of surveillance, the use of unmanned drones and targeted killing, the treatment and interrogation of detainees, the Patriot Act, and the peculiar nature of our foe. More surprising, perhaps, are the areas of agreement, particularly the fact that the policies of two very different presidents are remarkably the same. In surveying these views, Yoo and Reuter hope to clarify the debate, both for our society and for those responsible for waging the war.

Contributors include John D. Ashcroft, Bob Barr, Michael Chertoff, Alan Dershowitz, Viet D. Dinh, Richard Epstein, Victor Davis Hanson, Arthur Herman, Charles Kesler, Andrew C. McCarthy, Edwin Meese III, Michael B. Mukasey, Theodore B. Olson, A. Raymond Randolph, Dean Reuter, Anthony D. Romero, Paul Rosenzweig, Laurence Silberman, Nadine Strossen, Marc Thiessen, Jonathan Turley, and John C. Yoo.

Suggested Citation

John C. Yoo. Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security. New York: Encounter Books, 2011.

John Doe v. Donald Rumsfeld case to proceed

Al-Qaeda Claims U.S. Mass Transportation Infrastructure Must Drastically Improve Before Any Terrorist Attacks

How Do Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons?

The Center for a New American Security offers this detailed case study of Aum Shinrikyo. "Sixteen years ago, a Japanese apocalyptic cult, Aum Shinrikyo, dispersed sarin, a chemical weapon, in the Tokyo subway system, killing 13 people and prompting 6,000 others to seek hospital treatment."

Aum Shinrikyo: Insights into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons puts forward several lessons to better understand attempts by other terrorist groups that acquire chemical or biological weapons.

A summary of observations of the Aum Shinrikyo (Aum) case include:

"1. Aum’s biological program was a failure, while its chemical program was even more capable than would have been evident from its successful release of sarin in the Tokyo subway system in 1995."

"2. Effectively disseminating biological and chemical agents was challenging for Aum."

"3. Accidents recurred in Aum’s chemical and biological programs but did not deter pursuit of these weapons."

"4. When Aum’s top members transitioned to using violence, they readily brought other leaders down this path and effectively persuaded, isolated or killed dissidents."

"5. Though police pursuit of Aum was remarkably lax, even intermittent or anticipated enforcement actions highly disrupted the cult’s efforts to develop chemical and biological weapons."

"6. The key work on Aum’s biological and chemical programs was conducted largely by the leadership group."

"7. Aum’s hierarchical structure facilitated initiating and resourcing biological and chemical programs."

"8. Even a retrospective assessment of biological and chemical weapons programs like this one is difficult and burdened with gaps and uncertainties."

"9. Aum displayed impressive persistence and produced successes despite its commitment to many bizarre ideas, its misallocation of resources and its numerous operational failures."

"10. Significant failures preceded or accompanied Aum successes."

9/11 The Families Had To Fight..

Monday, August 15, 2011

NSA “Declassified” Publicly Available Text on Cryptology

"Last month the National Security Agency announcedthe declassification of various historic records as evidence of its “commitment to meeting the requirements” of President Obama’s policy on openness and transparency. Among the newly declassified records was a 200 year old publication on cryptology. (“NSA Declassifies 200 Year Old Report,” Secrecy News, June 9, 2011.)

NSA listed the 1809 study as a “highlight” of the new releases in a press statement, and the National Archives featured it in a promotional blog posting. But upon inspection, it turns out that the newly released document was already in the public domain and freely available online.

Instead of providing cause for celebration or congratulation, the NSA “release” is a disturbing sign of futility and irrelevance in the nation’s declassification program..."

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2011/07/nsa_krypto.html

Friday, August 12, 2011

9/11 Hijacker Atta’s ‘Wife’ Attempts to Clear His Driving Record in Florida'

"9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta’s “wife” attempts to clear Atta’s driving record. On April 26, 2001, Atta was issued a citation for driving without a license (see April 26, 2001). Because he failed to show up for a hearing, an arrest warrant was issued for him on June 4, 2001 (see June 4, 2001). According to an FBI report on hijacker activities after 9/11, “A woman claiming to be Atta’s wife arrived at Broward County Courthouse on September 11, 2001 and attempted to clear his record.”[FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, 4/19/2002]

There will be no known reports of Atta having a wife or even a serious girlfriend. There are no media reports on the day of 9/11 itself mentioning Atta. The FBI makes no further mention of who this woman may be or what her motive may be, and this incident will not be reported by the media."

http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091101attawife#a091101attawife

Secrecy Kills

Thursday, August 11, 2011

9/11: Interview #07 (Washington, DC)

James Orlin Grabbe - Wikipedia

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Apple still runs a few listservs.

AP Releases Style Guide for 9/11

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"The AP has issued a style and reference guide for reporters to follow when writing about 9/11 and the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Many of the terms already appear in the AP Stylebook, but the organization thought it prudent to compile a complete list of words, phrases and proper names to help journalists develop consistency of coverage over the final month leading up to September 11, 2011.

As you might expect from the standard-bearer, the guide does contain a hint of imperiousness, as when it chides those journalists who might be considering conjuring up their own terms:

"Do not make up names, however. There is no Boston Airport, for example. The Boston airport (lowercase airport) would be acceptable if for some reason the proper name, Logan International Airport, were not used..."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/10/idUS221159963020110810

FAIL: DEA Raid

9/11 victims not registered as dead by Social Security

"Why are the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 missing from an official federal registry of death?

According to the Death Master File - the official record of 90 million deceased Americans who had been issued Social Security cards since 1937 - there were 6,298 deaths recorded on that awful day in 2001 when terrorists struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and caused a plane crash in a rural area in Pennsylvania.

But, because an average of 6,200 Americans die every day, there should have been more than 9,000 deaths recorded for Sept. 11, 2001.

Conspicuous by their absence in the federal file are many prominent victims of the attacks, including New York City Fire Chief Peter Ganci Jr., Fire Department Chaplain Mychal Judge and businessmen Daniel Lewin, founder of Akamai Technologies, and Thomas Burnett Jr., chief operating officer of Thoratec Corp.

"The mystery about 9/11 baffles me," said Beth Givens, executive director of the San Diego-based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, which has received complaints about the accuracy of the death file. "The only things that come to mind are some of the conspiracy theories that we hear out there - and I don't want to go there..."

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/jun/26/911-victims-not-in-database/

'Multiverse' theory suggested by microwave background

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Quaquaversal multiverses. Indra's net comes to mind.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indra%27s_net

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nick Turse: The Pentagon's New Power Elite

"Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you're done... for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world's countries. This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and scope has never been revealed, until now.

After a U.S. Navy SEAL put a bullet in Osama bin Laden's chest and another in his head, one of the most secretive black-ops units in the American military suddenly found its mission in the public spotlight. It was atypical. While it's well known that U.S. Special Operations forces are deployed in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and it's increasingly apparent that such units operate in murkier conflict zones like Yemen and Somalia, the full extent of their worldwide war has remained deeply in the shadows.

Last year, Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reported that U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed in 75 countries, up from 60 at the end of the Bush presidency. By the end of this year, U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told me, that number will likely reach 120. "We do a lot of traveling -- a lot more than Afghanistan or Iraq," he said recently. This global presence -- in about 60% of the world's nations and far larger than previously acknowledged -- provides striking new evidence of a rising clandestine Pentagon power elite waging a secret war in all corners of the world..."

http://counterpunch.com/turse08042011.html

The NSA & 9/11: Failure to Exploit the US-Yemen Hub & Beyond

Message from Anonymous: Operation Facebook, Nov 5 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Senate Intel Committee Blocks Report on “Secret Law”

"The Senate Intelligence Committee rejected an amendment that would have required the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence to confront the problem of “secret law,” by which government agencies rely on legal authorities that are unknown or misunderstood by the public.

The amendment, proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Mark Udall, was rejected on a voice vote, according to the new Committee report on the FY2012 Intelligence Authorization Act.

“We remain very concerned that the U.S. government’s official interpretation of the Patriot Act is inconsistent with the public’s understanding of the law,” Senators Wyden and Udall wrote. “We believe that most members of the American public would be very surprised to learn how federal surveillance law is being interpreted in secret...”

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2011/08/ssci_secret_law.html

One in seven Americans lives on food stamps

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"Washington, Aug 5 (IANS) Believe it or not, one in seven Americans - 15 percent of the country - now need government-provided food stamps simply to survive, according to latest government figures.

Nearly 46 million Americans receive food stamps out of a population of some 311 million people, the US Department of Agriculture, which administers what's officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme reported Thursday.

The continued high unemployment and the weak US economy have contributed to the explosive growth of the food stamp programme with no end in sight to the monthly increases, CNN said noting that 27 million people were dependent on food stamps in October 2007.

Under the food stamps programme, an eligible individual gets $200 a month in food stamps - in the form of a debit card that can be used at supermarkets and stores to buy authorised food..."

http://in.news.yahoo.com/one-seven-americans-lives-food-stamps-030034247.html

Get Your Social Security Statement...Oh wait.

GM Crops Farmer to Farmer‬‏

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bosnia, Kosovo, and Now Libya: The Human Costs of Washington’s On-Going Collusion with Terrorists

"Twice in the last two decades, significant cuts in U.S. and western military spending were foreseen: first after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and then in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. But both times military spending soon increased, and among the factors contributing to the increase were America’s interventions in new areas: the Balkans in the 1990s, and Libya today.1 Hidden from public view in both cases was the extent to which al-Qaeda was a covert U.S. ally in both interventions, rather than its foe.

U.S. interventions in the Balkans and then Libya were presented by the compliant U.S. and allied mainstream media as humanitarian. Indeed, some Washington interventionists may have sincerely believed this. But deeper motivations – from oil to geostrategic priorities – were also at work in both instances.

In virtually all the wars since 1989, America and Islamist factions have been battling to determine who will control the heartlands of Eurasia in the post-Soviet era. In some countries – Somalia in 1993, Afghanistan in 2001 – the conflict has been straightforward, with each side using the other’s excesses as an excuse for intervention.

But there have been other interventions in which Americans have used al-Qaeda as a resource to increase their influence, for example Azerbaijan in 1993. There a pro-Moscow president was ousted after large numbers of Arab and other foreign mujahedin veterans were secretly imported from Afghanistan, on an airline hastily organized by three former veterans of the CIA’s airline Air America. (The three, all once detailed from the Pentagon to the CIA, were Richard Secord, Harry Aderholt, and Ed Dearborn.)2 This was an ad hoc marriage of convenience: the mujahedin got to defend Muslims against Russian influence in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, while the Americans got a new president who opened up the oilfields of Baku to western oil companies..."

http://japanfocus.org/-Peter_Dale-Scott/3578

8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

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"Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. Yet despite their lack of confidence in the availability of Social Security for them, few have demanded it be shored up by more fairly payroll-taxing the wealthy; most appear resigned to having more money deducted from their paychecks for Social Security, even though they don’t believe it will be around to benefit them. How exactly has American society subdued young Americans?..."

http://www.alternet.org/story/151850/8_reasons_young_americans_dont_fight_bac...

UN Department Of Peace Keeping Operations Nation Building Security and Rule of Law‬‏

The Center for Torture Accountability

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"The Center for Torture Accountability is dedicated to ending the culture of impunity that enables and nourishes all systems of torture.

Currently, our primary project is the Torture Accountability Archives -- a careful and comprehensive documentation of the people and organizations that created and justified the Bush administration's torture regime.

Once we complete the archives, we will explore options for action, toward the goal of holding accountable those who have committed crimes against humanity. We will not give up.

One day, justice..."

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http://tortureaccountability.org/

Time Cycle Academy: 9-11 And The War On Terror Preview

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9/11 WTC 7 Imploded Cleanly Into Its Own Footprint With A 70 Foot Debris Field Radius‬‏

9/11 Truth IMPLICATIONS‬‏

Monday, August 1, 2011

9/11 Continuity Of Shadow Government And Plan To Invade Afghanistan Before Attacks‬‏

"...our goal was to ensure continuity of operations..."

"...From its beginning in 1982, two of the key planners on the secret COG planning committee were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, the same two men who implemented COG on 9/11.33 The committee had been established by Reagan under a secret executive order, NSDD 55 of September 14, 1982. Despite what Weiner implied, the committee continued to meet without interruption until the George W. Bush presidency in 2001.34"

http://japanfocus.org/-Peter_Dale-Scott/3448

9/11: We must hurry on FOIA Requests. Evidence is being deleted

9/11 Pentagon Eyewitness Videographer - Bob Pugh Describes Shooting Footage‬‏

9/11 Flight 93 Crash Scene Investigators Cannot Find A Large Boeing 757

9/11 Explosion Concussive Force Blast Victims At Hospital - Barry Cunningham WPIX News 5:15 pm‬‏