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The World Below / Ron Paul on the debates
« on: September 05, 2007, 07:20:33 PM »
While everyone else sounded like parrots reading from the same dummy card (or kissing McCain's backside), Paul pounded away at the issues.  Awesome job Ron!!!
Fox News poll had him at 35%....#1 last I looked at 8:00 tonight.

Building a better America, Ron Paul '08
I'm changing my affiliation to Republican, just so I can vote for him in the primaries, I recommend that others do the same if they aren't already "Republican" voters.

-NW

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Conspiracy then and now. / War is coming to Tuscon
« on: June 05, 2007, 07:02:34 PM »
 It may not seem like much right now, but give it time.  If the pot is stirred long enough, volatile reactions may occur.  I hope it does, and I hope that Americans are the ones returning fire while flipping off the Fed.  If this spills over the border it will metastasize...the entire South West is at stake.  The Alamo II?  ;)

-NW

Lionel Waxman
War is coming to Tucson
 
 http://azbiz.com/lionel_waxman/
 
You are not going to like what I have to say today.
But it must be said, out loud. People are whispering
about it now, but if we don`t face up to it, it will
only get worse.
 
The violent incident in Cananea, Sonora, has hit the
consciousness of Tucson squarely between the eyes.
Northern Mexico is in a state of war. Who is fighting?
That`s hard to say. Officially, it is the drug- and
people-traffickers against each other and the
government. But in Mexico, you can`t tell the players
even with a program. You cannot assume the police or
the Army are loyal to their commands. Many are working
on their own.
 
In case you were out of town two weeks ago, about 50
armed men drove into Cananea and killed five policemen
and two other residents. The men fled into the hills
with police and soldiers in pursuit. In subsequent
gunfights, 16 more were killed.
 
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel
announcement saying narcotics-related `violence by
criminal elements affects many parts of the country.`
 
It is not too much to say there is a war going on
right across the border. It`s not a hot war with
firefights all the time. It is not a cold war, either,
with posturing and press releases. Let`s call it a
warm war. Violence breaks out from time to time for
reasons unknown to us, but completely unpredictable.
 
And here`s the part you don`t want to hear. Violence
has spread across the border and has resulted in
several deaths of Americans residents and visitors.
Most such crimes are reported as isolated incidents.
But the violence in northern Mexico is not stopping at
the border. It`s headed this way and a lot of
Tucsonans know it.
 
It is crossing the border because there is little to
stop it. The Border Patrol is in virtual rebellion
against its supervisors. They have felt betrayed by
prosecution of some of them for what they see as doing
their job. Union Local 2544 of the Border Patrol has
published its position of `no confidence` in
supervisory and command personnel. They have called a
meeting (members only) for June 13 to consider their
options.
 
You can`t learn about it in most media, but the
whispers around town are people saying they are
thinking of getting out. It looks like war and it`s
coming here. No government has acted to protect
Americans living in Southern Arizona. Our federal
government is in full collapse as far as the southern
border is concerned. All we get from them is talk. The
only action we see is toward integrating Mexico into
the U.S. and Canada.
 
What will it mean when the border is actually
abandoned and anybody is free to enter without
inspection? It will mean that Southern Arizona,
specifically Tucson, could become like Cananea and
other parts of northern Mexico. Violence will overtake
local police. State and federal authorities will look
the other way.
 
Our local news media talks about growth and how we
must plan for. But these events will make those plans
meaningless. When Tucsonans have to risk their lives
to go to work or shopping, this city will empty out.
Adequate water supplies will be the least of our
problems.
 
The federal government should put troops on the border
to defend the United States and its citizens. The
troops should be given orders to use as much force as
necessary to accomplish that task. No soldiers should
be detailed to do paperwork and forbidden to fire on
violators. This is another war and if we don`t act
like it, we will lose this one too.
 
This war isn`t on the other side of the world. This is
for our homes, our homes, our homes.
 
But the feds do nothing. What is happening is
according to their plan. Drop in on the Security and
Prosperity Partnership of North America`s website n
spp.gov n and read the plans. Watch discussion of the
so-called immigration reform bill, which contains
legislation advancing the integration of North
America. It`s happening whether you like it or not.
And Tucson is on the front lines.

Waxman`s Flashpoint commentaries are published in The
Daily Territorial.
 

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Trust your government!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Read it, this affects everyone nationwide as they have exploited gun privacy laws and gotten everyone's information
 
Confiscation of Registered Guns Begins in Illinois

            Chicago Anti Gun Enforcement (CAGE) unit. This elite squad, operated jointly by the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, supposedly exists to identify illegal gunrunners. However, information gained by the ISRA makes it clear that the CAGE unit is targeting law-abiding citizens, not criminal gunrunners.
            The Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police have teamed up to make good on Mayor Daley's pledge that, if it were up to him, nobody would have a gun. Daley and his elite "CAGE" unit are apparently taking advantage of gun privacy loopholes to pinpoint certain individuals for inclusion in the confiscation program.
            The ISRA is following up on leads in one case that has disturbing implications. An elderly first-generation Chicago resident was recently paid a visit by an Illinois State Police trooper. After asking to come inside the man's home, the trooper asked if the man owned a gun - to which he replied yes. The trooper then directed the individual to surrender the firearm. The man complied with the officer's demand and the trooper left with the gun. And the story gets better...
            The gun in question was purchased legally by the man in the 1970s shortly after he became a U.S. citizen. When Chicago's infamous gun registration scheme went into effect in the early 1980s, the man registered the firearm as per the requirement. However, over the years, the fellow apparently forgot to re-register the firearm, and forgot to renew his Illinois FOID Card.
            So...what does this all mean?
            In the last edition of The Illinois Shooter, we reported on the activities of a shady taskforce known as the Chicago Anti Gun Enforcement (CAGE) unit. This elite squad, operated jointly by the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, supposedly exists to identify illegal gunrunners. However, information gained by the ISRA makes it clear that the CAGE unit is targeting law-abiding citizens, not criminal gunrunners.
            Thanks to a ruling by a liberal federal judge, the CAGE unit now has the name of every single person in the United States who, since 1992, lawfully purchased more than one handgun in the period of a week. The CAGE unit also has all the makes, models and serial numbers of those guns. In essence, the Chicago Police Department is now registering guns and gun owners nationwide.
            The ISRA has also learned that the CAGE unit has compiled a list of families where more than one person in that family holds a FOID card. Acting on that information, the CAGE unit is now contacting gun shops where those families have shopped, and is illegally registering all guns purchased by those families.
            Now, it appears that the CAGE unit is scrubbing Chicago's gun registration list against the list of FOID card holders. Indications are that folks who have let their registrations and FOIDs lapse will have their guns confiscated. We have to wonder how long it will be until state troopers show up at the doors to confiscate the guns of non-Chicago residents who have let their FOIDs expire.
            More later as this story develops.
            Source: Illinois State Rifle Association

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More fear mongering....yee haw!  Why on earth would they want to prevent "panicked evacuations".  Do they want to contain an entire city in its limits to extend the radioactive fall out and ensure that it hits everybody?  Sounds like it to me.
-NW

Contingencies for nuclear terrorist attack
Government working up plan to prevent chaos in wake of bombing of major city
James Sterngold, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, May 11, 2007
As concerns grow that terrorists might attack a major American city with a nuclear bomb, a high-level group of government and military officials has been quietly preparing an emergency survival program that would include the building of bomb shelters, steps to prevent panicked evacuations and the possible suspension of some civil liberties.
Many experts say the likelihood of al Qaeda or some other terrorist group producing a working nuclear weapon with illicitly obtained weapons-grade fuel is not large, but such a strike would be far more lethal, frightening and disruptive than the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Not only could the numbers killed and wounded be far higher, but the explosion could, experts say, ignite widespread fires, shut down most transportation, halt much economic activity and cause a possible disintegration of government order.
The efforts to prepare a detailed blueprint for survival took a step forward last month when senior government and military officials and other experts, organized by a joint Stanford-Harvard program called the Preventive Defense Project, met behind closed doors in Washington for a day-long workshop.
The session, called "The Day After," was premised on the idea that efforts focusing on preventing such a strike were no longer enough, and that the prospect of a collapse of government order was so great if there were an attack that the country needed to begin preparing an emergency program.
One of the participants, retired Vice Adm. Roger Rufe, is a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security who is currently designing the government's nuclear attack response plan.
The organizers of the nonpartisan project, Stanford's William Perry, a secretary of defense in the Clinton administration, and Harvard's Ashton Carter, a senior Defense Department official during the Clinton years, assumed the detonation of a bomb similar in size to the weapon that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II.
Such a weapon, with a force of around 10 to 15 kilotons, is small compared with most Cold War-era warheads, but is roughly the yield of a relatively simple bomb. That would be considerably more powerful and lethal than a so-called dirty bomb, which is a conventional explosive packed with some dangerous radioactive material that would be dispersed by the explosion.
The 41 participants -- including the directors of the country's two nuclear weapons laboratories, Homeland Security officials, a number of top military commanders and former government officials -- discussed how all levels of government ought to respond to protect the country from a second nuclear attack, to limit health problems from the radioactive fallout and to restore civil order. Comments inside the session were confidential, but a number of the participants described their views and the ideas exchanged.
A paper the organizers are writing, summarizing their recommendations, urges local governments and individuals to build underground bomb shelters, much as people did in the early days of the Cold War; encourages authorities who survive to prevent evacuation of at least some of the areas attacked for three days to avoid roadway paralysis and damage from exposure to radioactive fallout; and proposes suspending regulations on radiation exposure so that first responders would be able to act, even if that caused higher cancer rates.
"The public at large will expect that their government had thought through this possibility and to have planned for it," Carter said in an interview. "This kind of an event would be unprecedented. We have had glimpses of something like this with Hiroshima, and glimpses with 9/11 and with Katrina. But those are only glimpses."
Perhaps the most sobering issue discussed was the possibility of a chaotic, long-term crisis triggered by fears that the attackers might have more bombs. Such uncertainty could sow panic nationwide.
"If one bomb goes off, there are likely to be more to follow," Carter said. "This fact, that nuclear terrorism will appear as a syndrome rather than a single episode, has major consequences." It would, he added, require powerful government intervention to force people to do something many may resist -- staying put.
Fred Ikle, a former Defense Department official in the Reagan administration who authored a book last year urging attack preparation, "Annihilation from Within," said that the government should plan how it could restrict civil liberties and enforce a sort of martial law in the aftermath of a nuclear attack, but also have guidelines for how those liberties could be restored later.
That prospect underscored a central divide among participants at the recent meeting, several said.
Some participants argued that the federal government needs to educate first responders and other officials as quickly as possible on how to act even if transportation and communication systems break down, as seems likely, and if the government is unable to issue orders.
"There was a clear consensus that a nuclear bomb detonated in the United States or a friendly country would be an earth-shaking event, and we need to know how we will respond beforehand," said Ikle. "I wish we had started earlier, because this kind of planning can make an important difference."
But others said the meeting made it clear that the results of any attack would be so devastating and the turmoil so difficult to control, if not impossible, that the lesson should have been that the U.S. government needs to place a far greater emphasis on prevention.
"Your cities would empty and people would completely lose confidence in the ability of the government to protect them," said Steve Fetter, dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. "You'd have nothing that resembles our current social order. I'm not sure any preparation can be sufficient to deal with that."
Fetter added, "We have to hold current policymakers more responsible" for taking all out measures to prevent a nuclear attack.
Raymond Jeanloz, a nuclear weapons expert at UC Berkeley and a government adviser on nuclear issues, said that California might be better prepared than most states because of long-standing plans for dealing with earthquakes and other natural disasters. Those plans, he said, could be a useful model for first responders.
He added, as others did, that the dislocation and panic caused by a nuclear strike could make any responses unpredictable.
"The most difficult thing is the fear that this kind of planning, even talking about it, can cause," Jeanloz said.
Michael May, a former director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, defended the survival planning, saying that people should get used to the idea that such a crisis, while dire, could be managed -- a key step in restoring calm.
"You have to demystify the nuclear issue," said May, who now teaches at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation. "By talking about this, you take away the feeling of helplessness."
E-mail James Sterngold at jsterngold@sfchronicle.com.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/11/MNG2OPP22R1.DTL

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This one gets my goat here.  If they're seizing gold, there's a damn good reason for it.

-NW

MoneyNet Producer
 

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US Government Forces E-gold Redemptions - Seizes Gold
This article is Copyright 2007. You may re-publish for free it if left intact and only if you give credit with weblink back to http://www.moneynetnews.com

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 In an unprecedented move on or just before Wednesday May 9th, 2007, the United States of America has forced Omnipay et al E-gold to redeem all the gold backing the 58 previously frozen accounts owned by e-gold, 1mdc, icegold  and a handful of other exchangers and customers to be liquidated effective immediately to a us dollar account owned by the federal government.

According to the reduction in the gold bar list, the bar count
has dropped by 48 bars of approximately 400 oz each between May 3, and May 9.

This redemption totals USD $11.357 Million.

Date       Gold Grams    ($ Value)
03-05-07    3,489,436      77.015 Million
09-05-07    2,974,871      65.668 Milllion

Gold Bars value Sold: USD 11.357 Million

MoneyNetNews has learned from a reliable source that e-gold has been ordered
to hand over a fresh copy of the customer database when the redemption
is completed.

MoneyNetNews cannot confirm if all of the 48 bars redeemed account for
the forfeiture action of the United States. It is possible that a part
of this activity can be accounted for by increased volatility in e-gold's
general market.

Not only was E-gold / Omnipay ordered to convert gold (and silver) holdings
in the seized accounts into US Dollars, but that included their own
(Omnipay's, and E-gold's) frozen (seized) accounts. This will ultimately
result is great losses of value over time even if the victims of the seizures
are found to be innocent due to the in progress bull market in gold and bear
market in US Dollars.

The seizure order appears to be unrelated to the criminal case in progress
against E-gold and OmniPay in that the seizure of the accounts by the government
was done under a (separate) civil case, for which the Government has yet to file
anything.

By doing so, the government was able to seize accounts without having
to reveal anything to the owners of the accounts themselves. By law,
the government has 30, and possibly up to 90 days to file a complaint.

Until the government civil filing is done, none of the victims of the seizures
can possibly do anything to defend themselves, not even obtain information as
to why their accounts have been seized, or what they would have done wrong.

None of the victims of the account seizures have been advised of anything
officially at this time.

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Report: National Guard May Be Needed to Enforce Quarantine in Flu Pandemic
Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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WASHINGTON `”
Military and civilian health facilities will be overwhelmed if a nationwide flu pandemic hits the United States, and the National Guard may have to be called out to provide medical help and even enforce a quarantine, the Defense Department warned in a report released Wednesday.
As the Pentagon fights criticism from congressional Democrats that the war in Iraq is depleting the National Guard's ability to help out in domestic crises, the 86-page report says a possible pandemic could require National Guard assistance in supplying medical aid or isolating groups of people to minimize further spread of the disease.
About 3 million people could die as a result of a possible pandemic, with up to 35 percent of the population falling ill, reads the report dated August 2006 and titled "The Department of Defense Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza."
According to the report, in the event of a pandemic or a bioterror attack, the Defense Department may be called by the president to assist civilian authorities in minimizing the spread of disease by placing restrictions on interstate transportation. Jurisdictions, the report adds, would be overwhelmed and unable to provide essential commodities and services. In addition, the nation will not be able to rely on airlines.
The report comes on the heels of complaints that the Guardsmen have been spread too thin to respond to a tornado that wiped out 95 percent of Greensburg, Kan. on Sunday. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and some of her allies in Washington, D.C., have complained that the Guard's emergency response to help displaced residents following the F-5 tornado that killed at least 11 was slowed because equipment is deployed in Iraq.
Speaking after a visit by President Bush to Greensburg on Wednesday, Sebelius said the absence of equipment is an ongoing issue for every governor in the country, and she conveyed her concerns to the president.
"I have been making these points for six months and I'm going to continue making these points," she said after Bush's departure.
"While this administration asks for a blank check to re-supply the Iraqi National Guard they don't have one cent in their budget to resupply the American National Guard," added Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in a speech on the Senate floor. "Now `” whether someone believes in war or not `” you would think someone would think as much about our Guard as the Iraqi National Guard."
The Pentagon has repeatedly denied claims that the Guard is not equipped to help out. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday, also noted that his defense budget request for fiscal years 2008 through 2013 includes funding to add supplies to Guard units.
"What I'm told is that that will take the national average of equipment on hand from about 56 percent today to about 76 percent. And the norm, historically, for states, has been about 70 percent," Gates said.
Touring the devastated areas in Kansas on Wednesday, Bush refused to answer a question about the National Guard's emergency response.
"Our role as government officials is to work with the states and local folks to get whatever help is appropriate here, whatever help is in the law be here as quickly as possible," Bush said.
The president did visit a destroyed John Deere dealership where officials were told that the farm and lawn equipment company had pledged to reopen the Greensburg assembly line in order to get equipment built in time for the spring harvest a month and a half away. The company is also sending extra loaders and dumpsters from other areas to help clear out the mess.
FOX News Jennifer Griffin and Nick Simeone contributed to this report.
http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,271057,00.html   Source

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Supreme Global Warming Derangement: Having Large Families `˜Is an Eco-crime`
Posted by Noel Sheppard on May 6, 2007 - 21:04.
Global warming derangement syndrome has taken a disturbing turn for the worse, as The Sunday Times published an article May 6 stating that parents should only have two children in order to avert climate change.
I kid you not.
The piece, despicably titled `Having Large Families `˜is an Eco-crime,'` unbelievably began:
HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.
Amazed? That was only the beginning (emphasis added throughout):
The paper by the Optimum Population Trust (OPT) will say that if couples had two children instead of three they could cut their family`s carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return flights a year between London and New York.
John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family planning at University College London, said: `The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights. An extra child is the equivalent of a lot of flights across the planet.
`The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child.`
Forgive me, but this is an extremely irresponsible suggestion for reasons the Times piece diplomatically addressed:
The world`s population is expected to increase by 2.5 billion to 9.2 billion by 2050. Almost all the population growth will take place in developing countries. The population of developed nations is expected to remain unchanged and would have declined but for migration.
The British fertility rate is 1.7. The EU average is 1.5. In some countries, such as France, the government is so concerned it has introduced financial incentives for women to have more than two children.
Despite this, Guillebaud says rich countries should be the most concerned about family size as their children have higher per capita carbon dioxide emissions.
Let me be less diplomatic: this proposal totally ignores the financial realities of countries like Britain, France, Japan, and many others that are facing economic crises if their populations don`t start expanding soon.
To be more specific, as most of these countries have massive entitlement programs, they`re facing huge budget shortfalls in the very near future if the number of citizens paying into the system doesn`t begin to dramatically increase. This is why countries like France have been giving tax incentives for couples to have more children.
As such, if this global warming derangement changes people's reproductive plans, the financial problems of these countries will become a storm surge significantly more devastating than anything soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore hyped in his schlockumentary `An Inconvenient Truth.`

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2007 / Terre Haute Base for new military exercise
« on: May 12, 2007, 08:16:37 PM »
Terre Haute base for new military exercises
By Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE `” An eight-day military training exercise in which the state coordinates with local emergency response officials will begin Thursday and use Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field as a forward operating base.

That means the airport will initially harbor about 1,500 personnel out of an estimated 3,000 people who will participate in one of the nation`s largest training exercises for a simulated nuclear explosion. In this simulation, a 10-kiloton nuclear device explodes in Indianapolis.

The training exercise is called `Vigilant Guard,` one part of a nationwide exercise called Ardent Sentry that will test the national response plan, said Lt. Col. John R. Newman of the 181st Fighter Wing.

The airport will be the first destination for about 2.6 million pounds of cargo, Newman said.

`That is the equivalent of 32 C-17 [military cargo airplane] missions, but that could include some C-130 or even a C-5 aircraft. This is a big deal and we are glad they are picking us to make the nation safer. While we are at the crossroads of America, we are also literally the crossroads for air space as well,` Newman said.

Once personnel and cargo are assembled, then a convoy will travel from the airport down Chamberlain Road to Indiana 42, then west to Indiana 46 and then to Interstate 70. The convoy will then go to Interstate 65 to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center near Edinburgh and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, near North Vernon.

`That means an increase in traffic and air activity. At Hulman Field, one of our key points is safety. People should not be alarmed, as it is a training exercise,` Newman said. `Don`t be alarmed if you see a lot of aircraft at the airport and increased traffic.`

The Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff`s Department and Indiana State Police will help move the convoy from the airport. State police will help coordinate the convoy statewide.

About 150 people from Task Force 7, a regional response team of local and state emergency response agencies in Vigo, Vermillion, Clay, Sullivan, Parke, Owen, Greene and Putnam counties, will participate in the drill, said Aimee Einfeld, spokeswoman for the task force and the health educator/

media coordinator for the Vigo County Health Department.

`The role of Task Force 7 includes fire, law enforcement, state and local health officials, emergency response, hazardous materials, mental health and communications. The task force has already been involved in the planning` of the exercise, Einfeld said.

Dr. Dorene Hojnicki, director of the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency, said the task force itself would have medical needs of its own if the nuclear explosion were real.

`If you have an area that has already been hit, just like tornadoes that recently hit Kansas, there is no hospital or anything,` Hojnicki said. `We will bring medical support for our members so if they have minor medical needs, we can care for them onsite and not add to the burden of the people we are trying to assist,` she said.

`There is also a logistical mission of what do we need and how do we handle things. We are also testing to see if our emergency operations center can operate` at the airport, she said.

Hojnicki said she asked the Indiana Department of Transportation to place flashing signs on the eastbound lanes of the interstate to show there is a convoy, and to move to one lane.

`This is Indiana in May, so we know we have race day and qualifications, so I-70 and U.S. 40 will be busy. We just want people to be aware of the increased traffic. This is a good test of the system.`

Airport Director Dennis Dunbar said the airport will not close to general aviation traffic. Terre Haute`s airport is the largest airport closest to Indianapolis capable of handling large, fully loaded military aircraft. The airport will close Runway 14 to park some aircraft, he said.

`In addition, we expect to see an increase in helicopter traffic, likely Blackhawk helicopters as well as VIP transport, similar to Lear jets or others,` he said.

Terre Haute Mayor Kevin Burke said the exercise can show that Terre Haute is an excellent location for similar operations. `If we do this well and it is beneficial and really benefits the participants to be better prepared for such an event, then our chances of doing this on a regular basis increase,` the mayor said.

`This is what we have talked about for the new missions for the 181st and [Terre Haute] being able to do things at the national level right here in the Wabash Valley,` the mayor said.

Howard Greninger can be reached at (812) 231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com

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Survival & Firearms / Gun control bill seeks to close "terror gap"
« on: May 12, 2007, 08:14:55 PM »
Yee haw, the fun begins.  -NW

Gun Control Bill Seeks to Close 'Terror Gap'
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
May 02, 2007

(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment group says Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign as the nation's highest ranking law enforcement officer, given his "troubling support" for a new gun control bill that seeks to close the "terror gap" in federal law.

S. 1237 would give the attorney general, a presidential appointee, the authority to suspend or cancel someone's Second Amendment right, even if that person has never been charged with a crime, the Second Amendment Foundation warned.

At the Justice Department's request, the bill was introduced last week by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), whom SAF describes as one of the most extreme anti-gunners in Congress.

The "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007" would give the attorney general discretionary authority to deny the purchase of firearms (or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses) to "known or suspected terrorists." The bill has been referred to Judiciary Committee.

The Second Amendment Foundation warned the bill would allow the attorney general to block gun sales "because of some vague suspicion that an American citizen may be up to no good."

SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said the bill "raises serious concerns about how someone becomes a 'suspected terrorist.' Nobody has explained how one gets their name on such a list, and worse, nobody knows how to get one's name off such a list."

There's also a larger concern, Gottlieb added: "When did we decide as a nation that it is a good idea to give a cabinet member the power to deny someone's constitutional right simply on suspicion, without a trial or anything approaching due process?"

Under the federal Brady Act, licensed firearm dealers must request background checks on all would-be gun buyers. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is supposed to bar convicted felons and mentally unstable people from buying guns.

But Gonzales and Sen. Lautenberg worry that there is no provision to deny "suspected terrorists" from purchasing a gun.

In January 2005, the Government Accountability Office reported that during one five-month period (Feb. 3-June 30, 2004), people designated by the federal government as "known or suspected terrorists" tried to purchase a total of 44 firearms.

The GAO said in 35 cases, the FBI allowed the transactions to proceed because field agents were unable to find any disqualifying information as stipulated in the Brady Act.

In March 2005, Sen. Lautenberg asked Attorney General Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller to look into the matter.

In response, the Justice Department created a working group that produced the recommendations on which Lautenberg's bill is based.

Lautenberg's website says his bill would deny gun purchases to "known or suspected terrorists" in cases where the attorney general "reasonably believes that the person may use a firearm or explosives in connection with terrorism."

Lautenberg said his bill includes "due process safeguards" that would allow people to challenge the attorney general's denial of a firearm purchase or license; and it would protect "the sensitive information upon which terrorist watch list listings are based."

Many Americans have complained about the secret government "watch lists" used to screen airline passengers.

"We're not surprised that General Gonzales has found an agreeable sponsor in Frank Lautenberg," Gottlieb said. "The senator from New Jersey has never seen a restrictive gun control scheme he did not immediately embrace, and S. 1237 is loaded with red flags.

"Attorney General Gonzales has no business asking for that kind of power over any tenet in the Bill of Rights," Gottlieb said. "He took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not trample it. Perhaps it is time for him to go."

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2007 / Economic Director of CFR says its time to abandon the dollar
« on: May 09, 2007, 07:23:02 PM »
Posted: May 9, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
 
 
Benn Steil   
The director of international economics at the Council of Foreign Relations has launched a scathing attack on sovereignty and national currencies.
Benn Steil, writing in the current issue of CFR's influential Foreign Affairs magazine, says "the world needs to abandon unwanted currencies, replacing them with dollars, euros, and multinational currencies as yet unborn."
In the article, "The End of National Currency," Steil clearly asserts the dollar and the euro are temporary currencies, perhaps necessary today. He argues "economic development outside the process of globalization is no longer possible."
His inevitable conclusion is "countries should abandon monetary nationalism."
(Story continues below)
Steil tempers his embrace of one world currency, writing, "Governments should replace national currencies with the dollar or the euro or, in the case of Asia, collaborate to produce a new multinational currency over a comparably large and economically diversified area."
He concludes: "It is the market that made the dollar into global money `“ and what the market giveth, the market can taketh away. If the tailors balk and the dollar falls, the market may privatize money on its own."
The "tailors" Steil has in mind are the world's central bankers. He advises that the U.S. needs "to perpetuate the sound money policies of former Federal Reserve chairmen Paul Volker and Alan Greenspan and return to long-term fiscal discipline." In our current era of large and growing trade imbalances and over $35 trillion in GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) accounted federal deficits, these targets appear unlikely.
Steil concludes "the foreign tailors, with their massive and growing holdings of dollar debt" no longer feel "wealthy and secure" in the economic environment of a resultant falling dollar. The inevitable conclusion is that the dollar, too, may be on the way out.
Steil's essay is antagonistic to the ideas of sovereignty and national currencies.
He writes, "The right course is not to return to a mythical past of monetary sovereignty, with governments controlling local interest and exchange rates in blissful ignorance of the rest of the world. Governments must let go of the fatal notion that nationhood requires them to make and control the money used in their territory."
Steil has ultimate confidence that economic globalism is irreversible, with national currencies doomed to the dustbin of history.
"In order to globalize safely," he advises, "countries should abandon monetary nationalism and abolish unwanted currencies, the source of much of today's instability."
Steil believes continued economic growth demands a global flow of capital unimpeded by the barriers inherent to "monetary nationalism." He asserts barriers created by monetary nationalism, such as national exchange rates or national monetary policy regimes, inevitably impede capital flow and cause currency crises as a consequence.
Steil fundamentally argues, "Monetary nationalism is simply incompatible with globalism."
Since Steil believes that only globalism offers the unrestrained flow of capital needed for worldwide economic development, he contends even re-establishing a gold standard would be counter-productive when the only real solution is to abandon the idea that nations have any reason to create currencies at all.
Throughout his analysis, Steil cautions that dependence upon the dollar or the euro as global currencies is not fundamental to his argument.
He stresses that "the dollar's privileged status as today's global money is not heaven-bestowed. The dollar is ultimately just another money supported only by faith that others will willingly accept it in the future in return for the same sort of valuable things it bought in the past."
In other words, if the institutions of the U.S. government fail to validate that faith, the dollar, too, merits being abandoned.
"Reckless U.S. fiscal policy is undermining the dollar's position even as the currency's role as a global money is expanding," he notes.
Steil imagines the ultimate solution is to privatize a global currency through a gold-based international monetary system.
"A new gold-based international monetary system surely sounds far-fetched," he concludes. "But so, in 1900 did a monetary system without gold. Modern technology makes a revival of gold money, through private gold banks, possible even without government support."
WND previously reported Steve Previs, a vice president at Jeffries International Ltd., in London, told CNBC Nov. 27, 2006, the amero "is the proposed new currency for the North American Community which is being developed right now between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico."
A video clip of the CNBC interview with Jeffries is now available for viewing at YouTube.com.
WND also has reported a continued slide in the value of the dollar on world currency markets could set up conditions in which the adoption of the amero as a North American currency gains momentum.
The amero was first proposed as a North American unitary currency by Canadian economist Herbert G. Grubel of the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In a publication entitled "The Case for the Amero," Grubel argued that a North American monetary union would eliminate the costs of currency trading and risk, furthering the development of a North American common market along the model of the European Common Market.
Robert Pastor, director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, supported Grubel's arguments for the amero.
In his 2001 book entitled Toward a North American Community, Pastor supported Grubel's suggestion that the creation of the amero would be accompanied by the creation of a Central Bank of North America, similar to the European Central Bank.
Grubel's argument on the amero has also been published as a book in Spanish, entitled El Amero: Una Moneda Comun para Ameica del Norte, published by CIDAC (Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo), the Center for Research for Development in Mexico.

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2007 / The Prez "OK's" integration with the EU
« on: May 09, 2007, 07:21:38 PM »
Lock and load fella's, the storm is only getting started. The Zionist cabal appears to be "fast tracking" their plans.  I see that patience has gone to the wind, they want it all now.
-NW
http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55584
Bush OKs 'integration' with European Union
Congress never asked about new obligation
May 8, 2007
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
President Bush signed an agreement creating a "permanent body" that commits the U.S. to "deeper transatlantic economic integration," without ratification by the Senate as a treaty or passage by Congress - as a law.
The "Transatlantic Economic Integration" between the U.S. and the European Union was signed April 30 at the White House by Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel `“ the current president of the European Council `“ and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
The document acknowledges "the transatlantic economy remains at the forefront of globalization," arguing that the U.S. and the European Union "seek to strengthen transatlantic economic integration."
The agreement established a new Transatlantic Economic Council to be chaired on the U.S. side by a cabinet-level officer in the White House and on the EU side by a member of the European Commission.
The current U.S. head of the new Transatlantic Economic Council is Allan Hubbard, assistant to the president for Economic Policy and director of the National Economic Council.
The current EU head of the council is Günther Verheugen, vice-President of the European Commission in charge of enterprise and industry.
The Transatlantic Economic Council was tasked with creating regulatory convergence between the U.S. and the EU on some 40 different public policy areas, including intellectual property rights, developing security standards for international trade, getting U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) recognized in Europe, developing innovation and technology in health industries, implementing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technologies, developing a science-based plan on bio-based products and establishing a "regular dialogue" to address obstacles to investment.
At a joint press conference, Bush thanked the other two leaders for signing the "trans-Atlantic economic integration plan," commenting that, "It is a recognition that the closer that the United States and the EU become, the better off our people will be."
Barroso said the Transatlantic Economic Council is meant to be "a permanent body, with senior people on both sides of the Atlantic."
As WND has reported, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez repeatedly has pushed for North American integration, much as the April 30 agreement proposes closer U.S.-EU integration.
Mexico's ambassador to the U.N., Enrique Berruga, has called for a North American Union to be created in the next eight years.
But the Bush administration's push for North American integration is facing increasing opposition within Congress.
WND reported Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 40, which opposes the administration's Security and Prosperity Partnership, blocks a NAFTA Superhighway System and expresses opposition to the U.S. entry into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.
WND also has reported a movement led by Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum has led to an increasing number of state legislatures proposing resolutions opposing a North American Union.

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2007 / N. American Union highway has Texas Candidates up in arms
« on: May 09, 2007, 07:18:57 PM »
From a militia board.  The link goes to a YouTube cut of an infowars video, but watch it if you haven't seen it.  Texans are willing to rally the troops on the NAFTA Superhighway.  
To them I say, "fear not, there isn't a problem big enough that heavy firepower and high explosives can't fix"  :D
-NW
Listen to this video! 2nd Amendment
Don't miss it and, PASS IT ON!
Subject: A Storm Is Brewing In Texas!!!
Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 21:33:26 -0700
N American Union Highway has Texas Candidates up in arms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlumHzseiYw&mode=related&search
Things are going to get interesting!!!!! pc
You bet your butt things are gonna get mightly interestin'...
and I'm gonna help move it along!

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http://www.infowars.com/articles/iraq/liberal_kingpins_help_push_bush_war_agenda.htm

Click the above if you want to read the whole thing, but it's basically, "the liberals are whores like the Republicans", which is true, but what I find most interesting is how the Jones cabal appears to have nailed the problem on the head this time.  Makes me wonder, has he seen the light, is he barely catching up, or, have his handlers given him the green light to up it up a notch and see who bites?

The bold emphasis from these snippets are mine.

-NW

Meanwhile, presidential hopefuls and MoveOn.org members Edwards and Obama continue to apologetically prostrate themselves in front of the vampires of AIPAC and the Israeli lobby, humble, submissive, and dutiful in accepting their orders to hound Iran into accepting either total subjection or facing complete annihilation.
 
Two paragraphs later......
 
But far from a "misstep," Pelosi's green light for Bush to open up another front in the empire is later attributed to "pressure from lobbyists associated with neoconservative groups that want war with Iran and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)."
 
Pelosi's duty to aid the Neo-Cons and Israel in further creaking open the gates of hell in the Middle East was made abundantly clear to her when, during a speech to AIPAC, she offered milquetoast criticism of the situation in Iraq and was met with a chorus of boos.

The short of it, she ran to Capitol Hill and sided with the Bush Crime Family Conneticut Carpet Baggers and, as it would appear, got the Kosher stamp.  Surprise, surprise.  Meanwhile, Rep. Cynthia McKinney spells out that we've been hijacked (no claims of police racism there though), calls for the repeal of a series of Stalinist measures, declares the country bankrupt (she's dead on there), and hints on the "apparent" reversal of the "Civil rights generation".  Not a bad article, and a rather bold jump for the son of a Freemason, but my initial questions still stand.  I'm voting on option 3.  He got the green light.

-NW

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WTF!!!!!  Two agencies run this country, intelligence and revenue.  What a bunch of filthy bastards.  They have to harass an old couple because of gas tax even though they don't use gas in their car.  Maybe it is high time to dust off the old AK...

-NW

http://www.herald-review.com/articles/2007/03/01/news/local_news/1021491.txt

State makes big fuss over local couple's vegetable oil car fuel 
By HUEY FREEMAN - H&R Staff Writer
DECATUR - David and Eileen Wetzel don't get going in the morning quite as early as they used to.

So David Wetzel, 79, was surprised to hear a knock on the door at their eastside home while he was still getting dressed.

Two men in suits were standing on his porch.
"They showed me their badges and said they were from the Illinois Department of Revenue," Wetzel said. "I said, 'Come in.' Maybe I shouldn't have."

Gary May introduced himself as a special agent. The other man, John Egan, was introduced as his colleague. May gave the Wetzels his card, stating that he is the senior agent in the bureau of criminal investigations.

"I was afraid," Eileen Wetzel said. "I came out of the bathroom. I thought: Good God, we paid our taxes. The check didn't bounce."

The agents informed the Wetzels that they were interested in their car, a 1986 Volkswagen Golf, that David Wetzel converted to run primarily from vegetable oil but also partly on diesel.

Wetzel uses recycled vegetable oil, which he picks up weekly from an organization that uses it for frying food at its dining facility.

"They told me I am required to have a license and am obligated to pay a motor fuel tax," David Wetzel recalled. "Mr. May also told me the tax would be retroactive."

Since the initial visit by the agents on Jan. 4, the Wetzels have been involved in a struggle with the Illinois Department of Revenue. The couple, who live on a fixed budget, have been asked to post a $2,500 bond and threatened with felony charges.

State legislators have rallied to help the Wetzels.

State Sen. Frank Watson, R-Greenville, introduced Senate Bill 267, which would curtail government interference regarding alternative fuels, such as vegetable oil. A public hearing on the bill will be at 1 p.m. today in Room 400 of the state Capitol.

"I would agree that the bond is not acceptable, $2,500 bond," Watson said, adding that David Wetzel should be commended for his innovative efforts. "(His car) gets 46 miles per gallon running on vegetable oil. We all should be thinking about doing without gasoline if we're trying to end foreign dependency.

"I think it's inappropriate of state dollars to send two people to Mr. Wetzel's home to do this. They could have done with a more friendly approach. It could have been done on the phone. To use an intimidation factor on this - who is he harming? Two revenue agents. You'd think there's a better use of their time," Watson said.

The Wetzels, who plan to speak at a Senate hearing in Springfield today, recalled how their struggle with the revenue department unfolded.

According to the Wetzels, May told them during his Jan. 4 visit that they would have to pay taxes at either the gasoline rate of 19½ cents per gallon or the diesel rate of 21½ cents per gallon.

A retired research chemist and food plant manager, Wetzel produced records showing he has used 1,134.6 gallons of vegetable oil from 2002 to 2006. At the higher rate, the tax bill would come to $244.24.

"That averages out to $4.07 a month," Wetzel noted, adding he is willing to pay that bill.

But the Wetzels would discover that the state had more complicated and costly requirements for them to continue to use their "veggie mobile."

David Wetzel was told to contact a revenue official and apply for a license as a "special fuel supplier" and "receiver." After completing a complicated application form designed for businesses, David Wetzel was sent a letter directing him to send in a $2,500 bond.

Eileen Wetzel, a former teaching assistant, calculated that the bond, designed to ensure that their "business" pays its taxes, would cover the next 51 years at their present usage rate.

A couple of weeks later, David Wetzel received another letter from the revenue department, stating that he "must immediately stop operating as a special fuel supplier and receiver until you receive special fuel supplier and receiver licenses."

This threatening letter stated that acting as a supplier and receiver without a license is a Class 3 felony. This class of felonies carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

On the department of revenue's Web site, David Wetzel discovered that the definition of special fuel supplier includes someone who operates a plant with an "active bulk storage capacity of not less than 30,000 gallons." Wetzel also did not fit the definition of a receiver, described as a person who produces, distributes or transports fuel into the state. So Wetzel withdrew his application to become a supplier and receiver.

Mike Klemens, spokesman for the department of revenue, explained that Wetzel has to register as a supplier because the law states that is the only way he can pay motor fuel tax.

But what if he is not, in fact, a supplier? Then would he instead be exempt from paying the tax?

"We are in the process of creating a way to simplify the registration process and self-assess the tax," Klemens said, adding that a rule change may be in place by spring.

David Wetzel wonders why hybrid cars, which rely on electricity and gasoline, are not taxed for the portion of travel when they are running on electrical power. He said he wants to be treated equally by the law.

David Wetzel, who has been exhibiting his car at energy fairs and universities, views state policies as contradicting stated government aims.

"You hear the president saying we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," Wetzel said. "You hear the governor saying that."

State Rep. Bob Flider, D-Mount Zion, also plans to support legislation favoring alternative fuels.

"I'm disappointed that the Illinois Department of Revenue would go after Mr. Wetzel," Flider said. "I don't think it is a situation that merits him being licensed and paying fees.

"The people at the department of revenue apparently feel they need to regulate him in some way. We want to make sure that he is as free as he can be to use vegetable oil. He's an example of ingenuity. Instead of being whacked on the head, he should be encouraged."

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I'll put the really important parts in bold face.

-NW

http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/persecution_of_patriot.html
 
PERSECUTION OF PATRIOT DISTURBING
 
Feds Target 60-Year-Old Militiaman For Stance on Second Amendment
 
By Ralph Forbes
 
Why is the government afraid of a retired, overweight, elderly man with
respiratory problems?
 
At the bond hearing for Hollis Wayne Fincher, known as `the gentlegiant,`
the federal court conceded it was at heart a free speech case`”but from the
government`s standpoint Fincher had uttered `scary` free speech, so his bond
was set at $250,000, equal to the deed to his 120-acre homestead, which has been
in his family for three generations.
 
Fincher has been accused by the federal government of possessing three
illegal machine guns. However, many believe the case has more to do with
Fincher`s writings and beliefs than it does any firearms he owned.

Yes, it is a First Amendment case, the inalienable rights to freedom of
speech, assembly and petition. But it is equally a Second Amendment case,
securing the God-given right of self-defense, which protects every American from having
his or her right to keep and bear arms from being infringed by the government.
 
In the spirit of America`s patriots of 1776, in 1994 Fincher and others
founded the Arkansas Militia, realizing that the fundamental right to protect
all other rights is the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
 
Recognizing that the best security of a free people lies in the people, not
the government, Fincher wrote The Silver Bullet, a treatise showing that
infringements upon this basic right stem from the poison tree of
unconstitutional perversions of law.
 
The Arkansas Militia then sent copies of this nearly 300- page elucidation to
Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and a host of other officials, including county
sheriffs, to educate them on the law of the land.
 
No one said it wasn`t correct.
 
On March 18, 2006, The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas published an
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) approved story on Fincher, The Silver Bullet, and
other patriots.

 
Mark Pitcavage, a Columbus, Ohio-based `fact-finder` for the ADL, an
unregistered agent of Israel, said the ADL `monitors` Americans that it deems
`potentially dangerous,` especially if they have `extreme views` and/or are `
heavily armed.`

 
The ADL was particularly concerned about the Washington County Militia,
Fincher and The Silver Bullet. So eight months later, on Wednesday, Nov. 8,2006,
federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(BATF) and FBI, aided and abetted by Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas State
Bomb Squad, the sheriffs of Washington and Madison counties and the police
departments of Fayetteville and Springdale, raided Fincher`s home and arrested
the 60-year-old man.
 
The raid was committed under color of the federal `gun violence prevention
program,` the so-called Project Safe Neighborhoods.
 
Fincher`s bond hearing was held in the Ft. Smith, Ark., federal courthouse,
under a gold-fringed flag and with a swearing-in that failed to include `so
help me God.`
 
ATF Senior Special Agent Wade Vittitow testified that Fincher`s arrest was
the result of the Morning News article, which the government submitted as Exhibit #1. 
He also testified that he `could not follow the logic` of the `dangerous` Silver Bullet.
 
Vittitow admitted Fincher had no criminal background, had never exhibited
violent behavior, had lived on the family homestead all his life, and had
family
members close within the area. Nevertheless, the feds maintained the gentle
giant was `a flight risk.`
 
Fincher did not trust the feds with the deed to his homestead, so he remains
in jail `happily preaching Jesus` and the Constitution to his fellow
prisoners. In the meanwhile the feds continue to catch and release illegal
aliens.
 
The government doesn`t fear the gentle giant or his guns; they fear the power
of his ideas for restoring our constitutional republic.
 
You can obtain a copy of his Silver Bullet by downloading it at
arkansasmilitia.com.
 

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http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1170359807560&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
Feb. 7, 2007 23:35 | Updated Feb. 8, 2007 4:58
Israel, US sign homeland security pact
 
By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
 
Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter and his US counterpart,
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, signed
a joint memorandum in Washington DC on Wednesday evening,
setting a series of goals and terms for security collaboration
between the two nations.

The joint understanding included partnership
on flight security, including passenger and cargo inspection
and information sharing on the topic of emergency planning,
response, recovery and damage control.

The understanding also encompassed sharing of research
and development progress in the field of explosives detection.
In addition, Israel and the US will share information about steps taken
to neutralize, respond to and reduce terror and criminal activities
in specific fields and will also hold joint training and staff exchanges.

Dichter had previously described the agreement as "a breakthrough
signing of an understandings agreement [with the US] for the
war on terror and establishing cooperation between the
Internal Security Ministry and the Department of Homeland Security."

Dichter, who is on a four-day diplomatic visit to North America, was
recently officially appointed as Israel's diplomatic counterpart to Chertoff.
 
The former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head is widely
recognized in Washington as an expert in counter-terrorism,
particularly following a 9 - month stint as a fellow
at the D.C. Brookings Institute think tank.
 
A preliminary document signed by both Dichter and Chertoff
took pains to describe that "the meeting was held in a friendly and
constructive atmosphere and with a spirit of mutual understanding"
and with complete agreement "that there exists a vital need
to promote operational, scientific and technological cooperation
between the parties in the field of homeland security."
 
The two parties agreed that a Homeland Security Steering
Committee will meet at least once a year in order to make sure
that the clauses of the memorandum are carried out.
The committee, which will be led by Public Security Ministry Director
Ronny Falk, was also tasked with defining, setting forth and ratifying
"broad, substantive priority areas for the joint activities
within the framework of the memorandum."
 
Specific desks will be set up at the nations' respective embassies
to make sure that the cooperation and information flows freely.
The agreement builds upon an earlier agreement signed in 1996
which outlined cooperation in preventing terror attacks, as well as
an agreement between the Defense Ministry and its US counterpart
discussing research and development in the war on terror.
 
"Iran is the largest terrorist state in the world"
Dichter said late Tuesday night to members of the public security
committee of the Canadian parliament. Moving from discussing
geopolitics to talking shop with the Canadian lawmakers,
Dichter laid out what he believes to be the guidelines
for Canadian-Israeli security cooperation in the future,
possibly similar to the agreement that the minister signed
a day later in Washington DC.
 
The Canadian MPs echoed their American compatriots in addressing
the former Shin Bet head as a world expert in the field of terror
rather than as a visiting minister of a foreign government,
asking him at one point what specific steps the parliament
could take to prevent (Faslse Flag) terror attacks on Canadian soil.
 
In his answer, Dichter reiterated the importance of strengthening
border security and use of proper investigative methods with suspects.
But the minister, who spent almost a year as a research fellow
in the US, also emphasized that democratic countries -
- Israel among them - had to work hard to find the appropriate
balance between respect for human rights and investigative procedures.
He cited the example of transparency of the investigation
as dependent on oversight of the judicial system,
as well as the oversight of groups such as the Red Cross.

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General / FBI turns to broad new wiretap method
« on: January 30, 2007, 06:47:52 PM »
FBI turns to broad new wiretap method

ZDNet | January 30, 2007

The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.

Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.

Such a technique is broader and potentially more intrusive than the FBI's Carnivore surveillance system, later renamed DCS1000 . It raises concerns similar to those stirred by widespread Internet monitoring that the National Security Agency is said to have done, according to documents that have surfaced in one federal lawsuit , and may stretch the bounds of what's legally permissible.

Call it the vacuum-cleaner approach. It's employed when police have obtained a court order and an Internet service provider can't "isolate the particular person or IP address" because of technical constraints, says Paul Ohm , a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. (An Internet Protocol address is a series of digits that can identify an individual computer.)

That kind of full-pipe surveillance can record all Internet traffic, including Web browsing--or, optionally, only certain subsets such as all e-mail messages flowing through the network. Interception typically takes place inside an Internet provider's network at the junction point of a router or network switch.

The technique came to light at the Search & Seizure in the Digital Age symposium held at Stanford University's law school on Friday. Ohm, who is now a law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Richard Downing, a CCIPS assistant deputy chief, discussed it during the symposium.

In a telephone conversation afterward, Ohm said that full-pipe recording has become federal agents' default method for Internet surveillance. "You collect wherever you can on the (network) segment," he said. "If it happens to be the segment that has a lot of IP addresses, you don't throw away the other IP addresses. You do that after the fact."

"You intercept first and you use whatever filtering, data mining to get at the information about the person you're trying to monitor," he added.

On Monday, a Justice Department representative would not immediately answer questions about this kind of surveillance technique.

"What they're doing is even worse than Carnivore," said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who attended the Stanford event. "What they're doing is intercepting everyone and then choosing their targets."

When the FBI announced two years ago it had abandoned Carnivore, news reports said that the bureau would increasingly rely on Internet providers to conduct the surveillance and reimburse them for costs. While Carnivore was the subject of congressional scrutiny and outside audits, the FBI's current Internet eavesdropping techniques have received little attention.

Carnivore apparently did not perform full-pipe recording. A technical report (PDF: " Independent Technical Review of the Carnivore System ") from December 2000 prepared for the Justice Department said that Carnivore "accumulates no data other than that which passes its filters" and that it saves packets "for later analysis only after they are positively linked by the filter settings to a target."

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This is an interesting read. The evolution of it from this points may end up on a Waco style standoff. We'll see.  So far, a couple of organizations are looking to aid the Brown's in the inevitable standoff against the Feds.  I pray so.  Keep an eye on this newspiece, and say a prayer for them.  Basically, they found a way to skirt certain laws, and therefore, they're getting fried, even though there isn't any actual laws stating that doing what they did is illegal. 
Ed Brown is all too correct in his assertion that the court there in Nazi Hampshire is a "kangaroo court".  I'm curious to see where this one goes.

-NW

http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070112/REPOSITORY/701120366&SearchID=73269238616626
 On the day in 2004 that federal agents searched her Lebanon dental office for financial records, Elaine Brown turned to her husband, Ed, and said "I knew this day would come."

According to Elaine Brown in court yesterday, her statement was a reflection of her fear that the government would punish her for uncovering the vulnerabilities of federal tax law. But federal agents who heard the statement testified yesterday that they understood it as an admission that she knew she had broken the law and could not escape punishment forever.

Yesterday was the third day of the Browns' trial. The Plainfield couple, who are representing themselves, are accused of conspiring to commit tax fraud, conspiring to disguise large financial transactions and disguising large financial transactions. Elaine Brown, the couple's breadwinner, is also accused of multiple counts of tax fraud and failing to withhold employment taxes. The Browns argue that there are no laws that compel them to pay federal income taxes. If convicted on all counts, each Brown faces decades in prison.

Several witnesses yesterday testified about the raid on Brown's office, an event that provided the government with many of the financial records they used to build their case, and one which also left a lasting impression on the Browns. The couple said they felt violated and disrespected when federal agents arrived armed and armored to download files from their computers.

When Ed Brown cross examined James John, the retired IRS special agent who led the investigation, he questioned him repeatedly about why he had chosen to surprise the couple with an unannounced search and why he had brought so many agents with so many guns. According to John's testimony, 15 or 20 IRS agents participated, along with two postal inspectors, at least three state troopers and at least one Lebanon police officer.

When asked by Brown, John said that he'd called for extra firepower because he had received intelligence that the Browns were likely armed and belligerent.
After a series of questions about the agents' numbers, guns and body armor, Judge Steven McAuliffe told Brown that he needed to stop asking about the strategy of agents performing the search.

"How the search was executed really isn't relevant to this case," he said, over Brown's objections.

Ultimately, Brown persuaded him to permit two minutes of questions about why John had allowed state police to use a sniper pointed at the office parking lot.

"The day was so traumatic, and people were in danger," Brown said to explain why he thought these questions were important.

Suit after search

Ed Brown said in an interview that he and his wife were so upset by the search that they sued John and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse, who is prosecuting the case. The suit alleged that federal employees had violated the Browns's civil rights by conducting an unlawful search. The suit was dismissed by a judge. But Ed Brown said he believes his current prosecution may be motivated by revenge.

John's testimony included his recollection of several statements the Browns made the day of the search. He recalled Elaine Brown's comment on the inevitability of the raid. John said he saw the statement as a confession.

"I think that you thought sooner or later, the government would catch up to you on this," he said.

He also described statements made by Ed Brown, who, he said, told him that he would never pay his income taxes and that he believed that federal agents had no jurisdiction to perform a search on property in New Hampshire.

In the first two days of the trial, Morse and McAuliffe have disagreed about the extent to which the Browns should be allowed to share their unusual legal views with the jury. Morse has argued that the Browns may confuse the jury about what the law actually says. But McAuliffe has ruled repeatedly for the Browns, explaining that their best chance at a defense lies in convincing the jury that they really believed the tax laws didn't apply to them.

That attitude of leniency reached its limit yesterday after Ed Brown tried to quiz John on excerpts from laws that Brown said proved his theories.

After the jury left the courtroom for a break, McAuliffe explained to the Browns that he would not allow them to use the trial as a forum for debating the law. He said that the jury would not be deliberating on the meaning of tax laws.

"They're not going to decide whether the tax laws of this nation are constitutional. They are," he said. "They're not going to decide whether the tax laws of this nation are valid. They are."

Post office testimony

Several postal employees testified about the Browns' habit of purchasing multiple postal money orders. Federal law requires purchasers of more than $3,000 to fill out a form notifying the government about the transaction. The Browns are accused of structuring, or making multiple purchases just below the $3,000 limit to evade the reporting requirements.

According to postal agents, the Browns would frequently wait on line at the post office together and each purchase $2,800 in money orders. Patricia Rebello, a postal investigator who described the pattern of purchases, said that the couple purchased more than $300,000 in money orders this way over a two-year period. All of the money orders, she said, went toward paying the couple's mortgages. According to Rebello and John Hickey, another postal investigator who testified, structuring offenses commonly go hand-in-hand with tax evasion crimes.
The government's final witness was on the stand as court closed yesterday, and the Browns will begin their defense early tomorrow. Both Browns said that they plan to testify in their own defense.

------ End of article
By MARGOT SANGER-KATZ

Monitor staff

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1st Generation cloaking
Known as Optical Camouflage, this is actually more effective then the Predator.  The first link is on japan's, and it's decent in comparison.  The last link however, has me about terrified, since they plan to employ this on gunships, APC's, tanks, soldiers, etc.
Thermal imagine and IR would be the only way to subvert it, but they plan on employing countermeasures for that as well, coupled with noise suppressors for their vehicles. 
csdl2.computer.org/comp/proceedings/ismar/2003/2006/00/20060348.pdf
http://www.military.com/soldiertech/0,14632,Soldiertech_060518_camo,,00.html?ESRC=soldiertech.nl
http://www.defensereview.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=850

-NW

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General / The Mossad in the CIA, a few names and their salaries
« on: January 11, 2007, 07:10:31 PM »
Just something you may want to print for later, add it to your intel files.  Never know when "just enough anarchy in the streets" will pop off and you'll have the opportunity to issue out some just reprisals.

-NW

http://tbrnews.org/Archives/a2608.htm#005
 
The Mossad in the CIA
 
January 3, 2007
by Nicole Bagley
 
It might be of public interest to know that a significant number of
Israeli Mossad agents are now working in the United States
as employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. These agents,
some of whom are listed below, are initially paid by the
Israeli Embassy in Washington but Israel then bills the U.S. Govt.
for the salaries and is reimbursed in full on a monthly basis.
 
Here is a partial listing of identified Mossad agents (as of 1 Jan, 2007)
along with their dates of birth and salaries. They do not have American
Social Security numbers and do not pay American taxes.
 
Gadi Regev                     12/17/1975                              $63,000  per annum
Betzalel Yanay                   9/4/1978                               $75,000      `
Eyal Artzel                        5/27/1977                             $ 87,000      `
Sharon Rotem                   8/12/1977                             $ 75,000      `
David Susi                          1/9/1975                              $90,000      `
Dana Sasson                    8/10/1980                              $70,000      `
Morin Biton                       7/14/1980                             $ 63,000      `
Gilad Lifschitz                   9/17/1978                              $87,000       `
Maya Maimon                 12/26/1978                               $65,000      `
Marco Fernandez              4/13/1977                               $54,000      `
Keren Touyz                     8/20/1978                               $75,000      `
Nofar Bahidi                         21/2/79                               $53,000      `
Michal Gal                        8/10/1979                               $92,000      `
Ophir Baer                      11/11/1956                              $102,000      `
Dilka Borenstein               3/15/1979                               $ 67,000      `
Michael Calmanovic               9/6/75                               $102,000     `
 
Most of these U.S.-subsidized spies live in
Potomac, McLean, Georgetown and Arlington.
I have their addresses and these will be published in a follow-up article.
 
These are Israeli citizens but many of the middle level
CIA officials are American-born Jews and not included in this list
but we do know who they are. All of them, without exception,
work for Israel and Israeli interests, not American interests
and more than a few are known to be friendly with a number of the
so-called Neocons, a significant number of whom are also Israeli citizens.
 

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