8/27/08 "Continuity of Operations" Age of Katrina Not Obama; Aryan Nations Patriots Not Terrorists; Black Prison Gulag

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."
Adolph Hitler, My New World Order, Proclamation to the German Nation at Berlin, February 1, 1933

Holy trinity of racist amerikan 'manifest destiny': god, flag, and military
“We, in the Army of God, in the Kingdom of God, have been raised for such a time as this!”
General William G. Boykin
“He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country.”
General Peter Pace former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

The Christian youth movement Battle Cry holds massive gatherings in stadiums and other large public venues all over America. The rallies are high-energy, high-concept, and driven by the frenetic musical beat of a shoot-em-up video game. Live “action figures” of Navy SEALs and other military paragons charge onstage, screaming to the crowd that they are proud “Christian warriors” and acting out scenes from “the war against Islamic Fascism” while they brief the stadium full of kids on their heroic future as part of the “battle plan for Jesus.”...

“The American soldier is different from all other soldiers of all other countries since the world began. He is the advance guard of liberty and justice, of law and order, and of peace and happiness.”
Secretary of War Elihu Root 1899
As these words were being written, American soldiers in the Philippines were in the early stages of a near-genocidal rampage that would kill more than six hundred thousand Filipinos....
Stephen J. Gallagher, Council for Secular Humanism

continuity, dem or repub... the same system, same agenda, stupid
U.S. CENTCOM Conducts Fla. Training for 'Continuity of Operations'
The United States Central Command has deployed approximately 200 personnel from Tampa to Central Command Forward Headquarters in the Middle East to conduct training on the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). The training includes emergency deployment of USCENTCOM headquarters in Tampa to an alternate location forward in the CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR). The alternate command post will provide the Commander of US Central Command the ability to maintain situational awareness and command and control of contingency operations throughout the USCENTCOM AOR as well as Headquarters, USCENTCOM during a natural [SIC] disaster.

The Hideous Horror of the Biden Selection
Arthur Silber, Once Upon a Time...
...Rather a hapless victim of the Bush administration's lies and manipulation, Biden was calling for a U.S. invasion of Iraq, making false statements regarding Saddam Hussein's supposed possession of "weapons of mass destruction" years before President George W. Bush came to office. As far back as 1998, Biden was calling for a U.S. invasion of Iraq....Biden's selection as vice presidential candidate ha s nothing to do with "change" or "hope": this is the status quo of chaos, destruction and widespread death, with a vengeance... It is difficult to properly describe the murderous arrogance of Biden's plan for the "soft partition" of Iraq....: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=46725

Obama calls for stepping up pressure on Iran
U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama called on Monday for enhancing diplomatic pressures on Iran before Israel feels "cornered." He was responding to a reporter's question whether Israel will bomb Iran's nuclear sites some time in the year during a campaign stop in Iowa.

Obama's Choice of Biden: ‘The Devil Made Me Do It."
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, a politician who, as champion loudmouth and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was calling for an invasion of Iraq in 1998, two years before there was a President George W. Bush. In 2002, when Bush demanded Congress give him powers to wage war against Iraq, Chairman Biden was Bush's biggest Democratic ally. Biden depicted Bush as a man of peace, declaring, "at each pivotal moment, he has chosen a course of moderation and deliberation." That course led to a war that is now deep into its fifth year - but that should not worry Joe Biden, who said, back in 2002, that the U.S. was "committing to Iraq for the long haul; not just the day after, but the decade after...."
No sooner had the Iraqi resistance bogged down the Americans, than the blow-hard Biden proposed the country be divided in three parts: Sunni, Shia and Kurdish - a fundamental violation of international law, as was the unilateral, unprovoked invasion, itself.
Biden is as much a war monger as George Bush. And the Devil had nothing to do with Obama choosing Biden as his running mate. Obama, like Flip Wilson's Geraldine, is doing what comes naturally. He was never a progressive - he just briefly played one to win points in an Illinois Democratic primary election six years ago. Ever since, Obama has been searching for his comfort zone, and moving steadily to the Right. Obama and Biden are quite compatible. To the Devil with both of them.
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Three Years After Hurricane, the Backup Is a Fixture
Three years after Katrina, New Orleans still needs [300 Hundred National Guard soldiers] to help keep some semblance of order in certain neighborhoods. Soldiers everywhere are handling minor incidents, though itching for that big moment always just a block away, a moment away...http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/25/us/25land.html?th&emc=th

U.S. 5% of world population, 25% of world prison population
"...why Black mass incarceration began to accelerate at breakneck speed in the early 70s, and continues no matter whether crime is up or down..."
Black Prison Gulag and the Police State
by Glen Ford, Executive Editor Black Agenda Report, http://www.blackagendareport.com/ March 6th, 2008
The United States has passed an historic and symbolic watershed in its unrelenting, two generations-long quest to incarcerate as many Blacks as humanly possible. As of January 1, more than one of every 100 adults is behind bars, about half of them Black. That’s not counting Afro-Latinos and other Hispanics. The U.S. is the unchallenged leader in mass incarceration, with the largest Gulag on the planet, based on raw numbers of inmates - 2,319,258 in federal and state prisons and local jails - and per capita incarceration: 750 inmates for every 100,000 people. Russia... is number two, with 628 inmates per 100,000. The Black and brown U.S. prisoner population, alone, roughly equals that of China’s - a nation with four times the population of the U.S....
America’s model is directly derived from slavery - the virtual imprisonment of an entire people. From the post-Emancipation “Black Codes” through the 1960s, Blacks have always been locked up in vastly disproportionate numbers. Still, white inmates were in the majority until at least 1964. Then, beginning in the early 70s, the prison population exploded, multiplying seven times. By 1996, African Americans comprised 53 percent of all persons admitted to state and federal prisons. One out of nine Black males between the ages of 20 and 34 now resides behind bars, compared to just one of every 30 whites.

The debate over U.S. prison growth and wildly disparate Black incarceration - to the extent there is a debate - usually centers on draconian and racially-engineered drug sentences. That’s descriptive of one modality of prison growth, addressing the “how” of the problem, but doesn’t address the “why” of it, the political intentions of massive imprisonment of African Americans.
Countless studies have shown beyond statistical doubt that the U.S. “justice” system is stacked against African Americans at every stage of the process: hyper-surveillance of Black neighborhoods, leading to disproportionate arrests, a nationwide pattern of prosecutorial fervor to charge Blacks with more serious crimes than white defendants, harsher sentences once convicted, and far fewer opportunities for Blacks to avoid hard time through “diversion” programs that are skewed to allowing far more whites to escape long term stints in prison. Once again, these factors explain how Blacks have become majorities in prison, even in states and localities with relatively small Black populations, but do not address why Black mass incarceration began to accelerate at breakneck speed in the early 70s, and continues no matter whether crime is up or down.

“Mass Black incarceration,” I wrote in February, 2007,” is America’s answer to the Black Freedom Movement of the Sixties and early Seventies.” Just as the “Black Codes” were the white South’s response to Emancipation, and as massive incarceration of Black “loiterers” to prison plantations and chain gangs followed the crushing of Reconstruction, whites got revenge against the Black Freedom Movement of the Sixties by throwing as many as possible African Americans in prison. This “nigger-caging” response was near-uniform across the country - North, South, East and West...

The purpose of U.S. prisons is to socially erase masses of Blacks, to subject them to social death. The demonic project has mutilated two generations of African American youth, and damaged Black America to its very core - just as was planned when masses of whites were traumatized in the 60s at the nightmare sight of Black men, women and youth standing tall, demanding full rights and recognition of their humanity. OK, you can be human, if you insist, the mass incarcerators conceded, but it will have to be behind bars.

To effectively battle a system, one must understand its nature. Those states that are attempting to slow or halt the growth of their prisons are doing so only because mass incarceration is becoming too expensive for public coffers to sustain, including the explosive growth of private prisons. But the nature and purpose of the beast goes largely unchallenged.

Mass Equal Opportunity Lockups
The Pew Center on the States report on prisons was released one day after an ABC News story on the FBI’s listing of nearly a million persons as “terrorist threats.” The ACLU extrapolated the figure from the Department of Justice Inspector General’s statement, last September, that FBI watch list then stood at 700,000 names, and growing at 20,000 names per month.
Again, one must understand the nature of the beast. To believe that the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center possess a lists of 900,000 genuine “terror suspects,” by name or alias, is absurd. ABC concluded that “it appears the FBI may be adding tens of thousands of names belonging to U.S. persons it suspects of being domestic terrorists — people who have no known ties to international terrorist organizations.” No doubt the feds have many hundreds of thousands of “names,” but it is impossible to accept that the U.S. government has identified almost a million people with actual ties to real terrorism, domestically or worldwide. There aren’t that many on the planet, much less in U.S. “sleeper” cells. The domestic names are clearly a list of people to be picked up. These “action lists” are of people to be arrested when politically possible, whose politics is deemed suspect by the regime in power.
Will a Democratic administration order the lists destroyed? Not likely. Reacting to the FBI’s arrest of a group of Black Miami men for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower, in Chicago, Barack Obama said: "The men and women of the FBI have done a great job infiltrating and taking down this home-grown terrorist cell. But this is a stark reminder that landmarks in our nation’s great cities, like the Sears Tower in Chicago, remain tempting targets for terrorists and would-be terrorists." The Liberty City Seven trial ended in a mistrial and one acquittal, broadly viewed as a farcical, Keystone FBI attempt at entrapping impoverished African American men who had no capacity to plan or carry out such an attack.
Those who ask only that the federal government shorten its purely political lists of “terror” suspects – actually, all the names of progressives they can get their hands on, for convenient mass arrest – refuse to acknowledge the nature of the beast....

...There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country. According to California Prison Focus, "no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens." The figures show that the United States has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population five times greater than the U.S. Statistics reveal that the United States holds 25% of the world's prison population, but only 5% of the world's people.... http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8289

"The U.S. has both the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, including China and Russia. The U.S. incarcerates people at a rate more than 15 times that of Japan, and its prison population is more than eight times that of Italy, France, the UK, Spain, and Australia combined."

Bureau of Justice Statistics, a branch of the US Department of Justice, show that as of June 30, 2007, approximately 2.3 million persons were incarcerated in US prisons and jails, an all-time high. This represents an incarceration rate of 762 per 100,000 US residents, the highest such rate in the world... Black males incarcerated at a per capita rate six times that of white males. Nearly 11 percent of all black men ages 30 to 34 were behind bars as of June 30, 2007.

The Age of Katrina --- Not Obama 
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
"The Democrats now patch Dr. King's speech into the prologue to the Book of Obama. Yet, the unedited version of history - the real deal - commemorates another imminent anniversary, one that starkly illuminates the true political character of the age: Katrina. The events that followed the hurricane's arrival in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, would reveal the diabolical intentions of U.S. rulers towards African Americans: to methodically remove Blacks from the central cities of the nation. The ongoing, orchestrated catastrophe also demonstrated beyond doubt the moral bankruptcy and political impotence of Black national "leadership."...

Barack Obama denies that racism plays any role in this. "There's been much attention in the press about the fact that those who were left behind in New Orleans were disproportionately poor and African American. I've said publicly that I do not subscribe to the notion that the painfully slow response of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security was racially-based. The ineptitude was colorblind," said Obama on his web site, September 6, 2005. He still says so.
For three years, Power has ensured that the New Orleans Black Diaspora remains scattered. For the forces of organized racism, it is a success story; there's nothing inept about it. Barack Obama will do nothing to facilitate the return of Black New Orleans, since no "malice" was intended. "...I see no evidence of active malice, but I see a continuation of passive indifference on the part of our government towards the least of these." But Obama is worse than "passively indifferent." By denying the reality of racism, he transforms the monumental injustices of Katrina into motiveless mistakes that somehow continue to replicate themselves to the disadvantage of the same group of people...
This overarching imperative to "Negro removal" can become aggressively active in an instant - as we learned in the days following August 29, 2005 - or proceed about its work block by block over years, until the offending population is eliminated. Fast or slow, the end results are the same: seven of the top 12 cities in Black population saw a loss in African Americans as a percentage of total residents between 1990 and 2000. (See BAR "No Black Plan for the Cities, Despite Lessons of Katrina," May 9, 2007.)

The pattern becomes clear. As we reported: "...the seven cities that became less Black in the Nineties [New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington, Dallas, Atlanta] are all concentrated corporate headquarters locations or, in the case of Washington, DC, the headquarters of the federal government. These are places that corporate and finance capital are most keen to ‘make over' in order to provide the urban ‘ambience' believed most amenable to their employees, management and clients, and for the general sake of corporate prestige."

Slow-acting Katrinas in the form of gentrification are what Black folks can expect - and must find ways to resist and defeat - from the ruling Lords of Capital for the foreseeable future, Obama or no Obama. There will be no "age" named after the handsome, articulate and oh-so-slick, but otherwise ordinary corporate candidate for president who used to call himself Barry. This is the Age of Katrina, and Barry is part of the problem.

whether this very muted story is real, with the state protecting its own, or a 'race card' psyops, it bares
Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot From High Vantage Point
US Attorney: Evidence Doesn't Support Obama Threat
by Brian Maass
Denver's U.S. attorney is expected to speak on Tuesday about the arrests of four people suspected in a possible plot to shoot Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges....Law enforcement sources told Maass that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."...
Sunday morning Aurora police arrested Tharin Gartrell, 28... driving a rented pickup truck in an erratic manner, according to sources....police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine... Gartrell, who has no known address, was being held...on $50,000 bail on drug and weapons charges...
Shawn Robert Adolph, 33, who was wanted on numerous warrants... had a handcuff ring and was wearing a swastika, and is thought to have ties to white supremacist organizations....
Nathan Johnson, 32, an associate of Gartrell and Adolph... told authorities that the two men had "planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech.""He don't belong in political office. Blacks don't belong in political office. He ought to be shot," Johnson told Maass....
Johnson's girlfriend Natasha Gromek is also under arrest on drug charges....
The Secret Service, FBI, ATF and the joint terrorism task force are all investigating the alleged plot....Officials with the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver said they do not believe there is a credible threat to Obama or the convention.

u.s.a/ryan nation agents?
The three men... Shawn Robert Adolf, 33, Nathan Johnson and Tharin Gartrell... arrested on weapons charges after an apparent move to assassinate Mr Obama ... all belong to the white supremacist group Aryan Nations, according to Victor Ross...the police chief in Glendale, a suburb of Denver where one of the suspects was arrested..."We don't usually have that number of Aryan Nations people here,'' Mr Ross said. "It was suspicious to us. We turned everything over to the federal authorities." The evidence suggests a well-planned assassination attempt, with weapons assembled, a truck rented and hotel rooms booked in a town where most accommodation was full months before the convention. Prosecutors yesterday said they had evidence to charge the three men only with drugs and firearms offences.... http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Nazi-link-in-39plot-to.4428733.jp

meanwhile ...the real capitalist security issue starts erupting... still not a peep from pro-imperialist 'human rights activists'

hey this was supposed to be what bad old bejing was like....

...Monday crackdown on some real anti-capitalists "terrorists"
Police subdue and arrest protester near the City and County Building. Approximately 100 protesters were involved in the demonstration... an attempt by Unconventional Denver to disrupt what it called a capitalist fundraising orgy. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post) More than 100 people were arrested at Civic Center in a clash with police that began after officers entered the park and confronted demonstrators...Police believed protesters would run through downtown, disrupting Democratic fund-raisers after the Democratic Convention at the nearby Pepsi Center ended for the day. They got wind of the plan posted on a Web site.... http://www.denverpost.com/portlet/article/html/imageDisplay.jsp?contentI...

ABC Producer Attacked and Arrested Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors
--Asa Eslocker Was Investigating the Role of Lobbyists and Top Donors at the Convention 27 Aug 2008
Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel... charged with trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order.

*AT&T Throws Private Party to Support Dems Who Voted to Grant Telecoms Immunity for Illegal Domestic Wiretapping:
This is one of over1,200 parties during the Democratic National Convention—this one thrown by AT&T to support Democrats who voted to grant the company immunity for illegal wiretapping of Americans.... "Congress meeting with lobbyists and delegates...keeping the public out, but they’re keeping the press out...nobody was willing to talk about what their connection was to the event, how they got invited... Obama not only didn’t filibuster it, he led the effort to support it and enact it..." Glenn Greenwald, constitutional law attorney, political and legal blogger for Salon.com http://tinyurl.com/6a54c9

Police Swat Teams Encircle & Pepper Spray 15th Street protesters

some of the world u.s. imperialism in democrat drag will continue destroying for 'full spectrum dominance'...until we stop it

IOF troops arrest over 100 Palestinians within a week
Palestinian Information Center (PIC)
The PA prisoners and ex-prisoners' affairs ministry confirmed Sunday that the Israeli occupation forces have arrested close to 107 Palestinian citizens since it announced its intention to release of 199 Palestinian captives from Israeli jails last week as a goodwill gesture to Mahmoud Abbas. "Although the IOA endorsed the release of the 199 Palestinians, the IOF troops arrest campaigns against the Palestinian people didn’t stop as around 107 Palestinian citizen were rounded up at the hands of the IOF troops", asserted Riyadh Al-Ashkar, the information officer in the ministry... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=46673

digest note: China u.s. needs China more than it needs u.s. Unlikely the arrogant phony thinktank equality scheme below will fool the Chinese. But very likely that part of the Bushco. Olympics mission was 'divide et impera', urging' support against the other major u.s. rival, Russia with its biggest carrots & sticks:

A Partnership of Equals
How Washington Should Respond to China's Economic Challenge
By C. Fred Bergsten, Foreign Affairs , July/August 2008

Summary: Beijing is shirking its responsibilities to the global economy. To encourage better behavior, Washington should offer to share global economic leadership.
The integration of China into the existing global economic order will thus be more difficult than was, say, the integration of Japan a generation ago. The United States and the EU would like to co-opt China by integrating it into the regime that they have built and defended over the last several decades. There are increasing signs, however, that China has a different objective. In numerous areas, it is pursuing strategies that conflict with existing norms, rules, and institutional arrangements.... Despite calls in Beijing for "a new international economic order" and talk of how a "Beijing consensus" might supplant the so-called Washington consensus, to date China's proposed alternative approaches do not add up to a revisionist challenge to the status quo... Nevertheless, the situation is worrisome. Given its status as a powerful newcomer benefiting from an efficient economic order, China actually has a profound interest in seeing that the international rules and institutions function effectively. It should be trying to strengthen the system... Moreover, Chinese recalcitrance seems to be increasing rather than decreasing over time. At the outset of its economic reform process, in the late 1970s, China was eager to join (and to replace Taiwan in) the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. These institutional ties subsequently played important, and apparently welcome, roles in China's early development success. Later, Beijing not only endured lengthy negotiations and an ever-expanding set of requirements in order to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) but also used the pro-market rules of that institution to overcome resistance to reform among die-hards inside China itself.
But a country's attitudes can change dramatically along with its circumstances. Russia, for example, was a supplicant for international capital and support after its bankruptcy in 1998 and with world oil prices near $20 a barrel, but it is aggressively pursuing a resumption of great-power status now that it has recovered and with oil over $100 a barrel. China appears to be undergoing a similar evolution, albeit with a more cautious leadership and an incremental style. It is also experiencing the same internal backlash against globalization as have the United States and many other countries. This attitudinal shift simply has to be reversed, even if doing so requires a fundamental adjustment of the international economic architecture....
The present U.S. approach seeks to entice China to join the existing global economic order. Washington's fondness for the status quo is understandable given its basic success and the prominent role it accords Washington. But China is uncomfortable with the very notion of simply integrating into a system it had no role in developing. Both Chinese officials and Chinese scholars are actively discussing alternative structures for which China can be present at the creation. At one particularly contentious point in its negotiations to enter the WTO, the Chinese ambassador reportedly thundered, "We know we have to play the game your way now, but in ten years we will set the rules!" The existing system, moreover, has become increasingly sclerotic, and it might well be that the only way to overcome the enormous resistance to change (manifested in positions such as Europe's refusal to wind down its excessive quotas and give up some of its IMF executive-board seats) is to undertake a fundamental overhaul.

Current U.S. policy also purports to include tough enforcement measures to punish noncooperation: Washington has taken Beijing to the WTO for dispute settlement on a number of occasions and has tried to mobilize the IMF and the G-7 to penalize China for its undervalued currency. But Washington's criticism of Beijing has not been translated into any serious retaliatory pressure because too many Americans receive too many benefits from their actual or potential dealings with China for policymakers to jeopardize the relationship and because other key countries are also unwilling to confront China. Abandoning the present position and adopting a less confrontational approach might be the only way to persuade China to start cooperating....

To deal with the situation, Washington should make a subtle but basic change to its economic policy strategy toward Beijing. Instead of focusing on narrow bilateral problems, it should seek to develop a true partnership with Beijing so as to provide joint leadership of the global economic system. Only such a "G-2" approach will do justice, and be seen to do justice, to China's new role as a global economic superpower and hence as a legitimate architect and steward of the international economic order....
Since the U.S. economy is especially dependent on Chinese capital (emphasis added) without some new agreement a frontal clash could develop over this issue, triggered either by China's rejection of proposed new guidelines or by the United States' rejection of Chinese investments in particularly sensitive areas.
Whether in dealing with old or new issues, the basic idea would be to develop a G-2 between the United States and China to steer the global governance process. Other major powers, such as the EU and, on some issues, Japan, would of course need to be deeply involved as well. The new rules, codes, or norms could frequently be implemented through existing multilateral institutions, such as the IMF and the WTO.[...]

China issues 2007 human rights record of United States
Full Text: Human Rights Record of U. S. in 2007
BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China issued on Thursday the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007 in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2007 issued by the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday.Released by the Information Office of China's State Council, the Chinese report listed a multitude of cases to show the human rights situation in the United States and its violation of human rights in other countries. The report says the United States attacks more than 190 countries and regions including China on their human rights issues, but mentions nothing about its own human rights problems. By publishing the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007, the report says it aims to "help the people have a better understanding of the real situation in the United States and as a reminder for the United States to reflect upon its own issues".The report reviewed the human rights record of the United States in 2007 from seven perspectives: on life and personal security, on human rights violations by law enforcement and judicial departments, on civil and political rights, on economic, social and cultural rights, on racial discrimination, on rights of women and children and on the United States' violation of human rights in other countries.[...]

Rebel regions celebrate Independence Day:
People poured onto the streets of Abkhazia and South Ossetia today, shooting guns and waving flags, ecstatic at Russian recognition of the two rebel Georgian regions' independence

"Unjustified Assault"
PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday called Russia's actions in Georgia an "unjustified assault" and pledged to ensure the small U.S. ally's territorial integrity. "We will work with our allies to ensure Georgia's territorial integrity as a free and independent nation," Cheney told a meeting of armed forces veterans in Phoenix after Russia recognized two rebel regions of Georgia as independent states... http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKN2747273420080827

MOSCOW — Russian commanders said Wednesday they were growing alarmed at the number of NATO warships sailing into the Black Sea, conceding that NATO vessels now outnumbered the ships in their fleet anchored off the western coast of Georgia....
As attention turned to the balance of naval power in the sea, the leader of the separatist region of Abkhazia said he would invite Russia to establish a naval base at his territory’s deep-water port of Sukhumi. And in a move certain to anger Russia, Ukraine’s president, Viktor A. Yushchenko, said he would open negotiations with authorities in Moscow to raise the rent on the Russian naval base at Sevastopol, which is in Ukraine’s predominantly Russian province of Crimea. The United States is pursuing a delicate policy of delivering humanitarian aid on military transport planes and ships, to illustrate to the Russians they do not fully control Georgia’s airspace or coastline.
The policy has left American and Russian naval vessels maneuvering in close proximity off the western coast of Georgia, with the Americans concentrated near the southern port of Batumi and the Russians around the central port of Poti. It has also left the Kremlin deeply suspicious of American motives."What the Americans call humanitarian cargoes — of course, are bringing in weapons," the Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, told the BBC in an interview on Tuesday, adding: "We’re not trying to prevent it."
The White House dismissed all assertions that the Pentagon is shipping weapons under the “guise” of humanitarian aid...
It was unclear Wednesday how many NATO ships were currently in the Black Sea. A spokesman at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, in Mons, Belgium, said there were four NATO warships there on a previously scheduled exercise called Active Endeavor, for training in anti-terrorist and anti-pirate maneuvers. But he cautioned that other NATO countries could have ships in the sea not operating under NATO command.“Obviously, there are other NATO-affiliated nations out doing things,” Lt. Col. Web Wright, the spokesman, said. “But I can’t speak for those nations.”...
The United States guided missile destroyer McFaul, for example, docked over the weekend in Batumi to deliver humanitarian aid. A report on the Russian news agency Interfax cited this ship, along with three others, as operating in the sea though it was unclear whether it referred to vessels taking part in the previously scheduled exercise...

Russia Cruiser To Test Weapons In Crowded Black Sea:
Russia's flagship cruiser re-entered the Black Sea on Monday for weapons tests hours after the Russian military complained about the arrival of U.S. and other NATO naval ships near the Georgian coast. http://www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_212167410.shtml

U.S. to Rebuild Georgian Army:
" ... we would have to help them rebuild because they are a partner in the war on terror, they've been helpful. They are going to ask us, I am sure, to replace and rebuild," General John Craddock, in charge of the U.S. European Command, told reporters during a trip to Georgia.http://www.moscowtimes.ru/articles/detail.php?ID=370267

Russia claims proof of genocide:
"It has been fully established that between August 7 and 12, Georgia's armed forces invaded the territory of the unrecognised republic with the aim of fully annihilating the Ossetian ethnic group living in South Ossetia," Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin told state newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Unnamed CIA sources said Poland was the "black site" where eight "high-value detainees (HVDs)" were interrogated [SIC] , including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - alleged mastermind of the 11 September attacks on the US in 2001.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7581143.stm

Exposing U.S. ties to its new Pak president pick Asif Ali Zardari
Officially, the United States has remained neutral in the contest to succeed Mr. Musharraf, and there is concern within the State Department that the discussions between Mr. Zalmay
[U.S. envoy to UN] Zalmay Khalilzad and Mr. Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto, a former prime minister, could leave the impression that the United States is taking sides in Pakistan’s already chaotic internal politics.Mr. Khalilzad also had a close relationship with Ms. Bhutto, flying with her last summer on a private jet to a policy gathering in Aspen, Colo. Ms. Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan in December. The conduct by Mr. Khalilzad, who is Afghan by birth, has also raised hackles because of speculation that he might seek to succeed Hamid Karzai as president of Afghanistan...http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/washington/26diplo.html?th&emc=th

perfect proxy...crazy gangster
Pakistan presidential candidate Asif Ali Zardari 'suffering from severe mental problems'
Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto and himself a leading contender for the country's presidency, was suffering from severe mental illness as recently as last year, it has been reported. Mr Zardari, co-chair of the Pakistan People's Party, was diagnosed with a range of psychiatric illnesses, including dementia, major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder... said to be linked to the fact that he spent 11 of the past 20 years in Pakistani prisons on charges of corruption....

UN:60 Children Among More Than 90 Civilians Massacred by US Midnight Air Strikes
[Parliamentarian] Mr. Ahmad directly blamed the United States Special Forces, who are training the Afghan National Army and were present in the joint operation.... the United States military has to date said only 25 militants and five civilians were killed in the air strikes aimed at a Taliban ... the villagers were preparing for a ceremony the next morning in memory of a man who had died some time before. Extended families from two tribes were visiting the village and there were lights of fires as the adults were cooking food for the ceremony ... the villagers were preparing for a ceremony the next morning in memory of a man who had died... Extended families from two tribes were visiting the village and there were lights of fires as the adults were cooking food for the ceremony...http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/world/asia/27herat.html?8au&emc=au

Afghanistan attack was 'legitimate' hit at Taliban: Pentagon
"Unfortunately there were some civilian casualties, although that figure is in dispute, I would say. But this is why it is being investigated," he said.

"Mobile Mullah" PSYOPS for "Enduring Freedom"
US Special Forces Afghanistan counterinsurgency handbook (2007)
"This handbook provides guidance to the commanders and staffs of combined-arms forces that have a primary mission of eliminating insurgent forces and discusses the nature of organized guerrilla units and underground elements and their supporters. This handbook provides information on organization; training; and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) combined-arms forces, in conjunction with civil agencies, can employ to destroy large, well-organized insurgent forces in active counterinsurgency (COIN) conflicts. The focal point is the COIN fight in southern Afghanistan. Many of the examples in this handbook are derived from actual experiences of a United States Special Forces task force during its four deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. " ...

Example section ("Mobile mullah", acronyms used are: TF - Task Force, PSYOP - Psychological Operations, IO - Information Operations (propaganda), ACM - Anti-Coalition Militias, GOA - Government of Afghanistan, ANA - Afghan National Army, ANSF - Afghan National Security Forces, CF - Coalition Forces, CMO - Civil-Military Operations):

Mobile mullah: effective tool used by TF 31 PSYOP is the "mobile mullah." ...These religious leaders are held in the highest regard among the Afghan people, making them extremely influential. Their words are considered to be the words of Allah, which is why ACM use so many mullahs in their own PSYOP/IO campaign.....these religious leaders work hand in hand with CF and ANSF counters the ACM message that CF forces are there to take Islam away from the Afghan people.

Rex 84: FEMA’s Blueprint for Martial Law in America: US Government Secret Plans Allegedly Revealed
March 13, 2008 House of Representatives Secret Meeting Leaks:

European investigative reporter Duncan Campbell, a consultant to the European Parliament on electronic surveillance, claimed NSA had arranged with Microsoft to insert special "keys" in Windows software starting with versions from 95-OSR2 onwards. And the intelligence arm of the French Defense Ministry also asserted NSA helped to install secret programs in Microsoft software. According to France's Strategic Affairs Delegation report, "it would seem that the creation of Microsoft was largely supported, not least financially, by NSA, and that IBM was made to accept the (Microsoft) MS-DOS operating system by the same administration." That report was published in 1999. The French reported a "strong suspicion of a lack of security fed by insistent rumours about the existence of spy programmes on Microsoft, and by the presence of NSA personnel in Bill Gates' development teams." It noted the Pentagon was Microsoft's biggest global client.
In the U.S., Andrew Fernandez, chief computer scientist with Cryptonym, of Morrisville, N.C., found Microsoft developers had failed to remove debugging symbols used to test his software before they released it. Inside the code Fernandez found labels for two keys, dubbed "KEY" and NSAKEY". Fernandez, though, termed it NSA's "back door" into the world's most widely used operation system. He said this makes it "orders of magnitude easier for the US government to access your computer." ...
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Electronic binoculars from Northrop Grumman team to detect threats through brain activity
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in Arlington, Va., awarded the contract, which is for the first phase of the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System program, or CT2WS. DARPA officials say the CT2WS will function as an intelligent neuro-optical system, using the stimuli sensed by brain activity to detect targets at long-range over a wide field of view. The first step for the Northrop Grumman engineers is developing a broadboard system and completing a preliminary design for the company's Human-aided Optical Recognition/Notification of Elusive Threats (HORNET) system."Northrop Grumman's HORNET system leverages the latest advances in real-time coupling of human brain activity with automated cognitive neural processing to provide superior target detection," says Michael House, Northrop Grumman's CT2WS program manager. "The system will maintain persistent surveillance in order to defeat an enemy's attempts to surprise through evasive move-stop-move tactics, giving the U.S. warfighter as much as a 20-minute advantage over his adversaries." The human's subconscious mind is hypersensitive to visual images and the system will take advantage of that by using non-invasive electro-encephalogram (EEG) electrodes EEG measurement sensors placed inside the warfigher's helmet and attached to his scalp, House says. A soldier's subconscious may detect a threat his conscious mind is not registering, House says. The EEG sensors will read the soldier's neural responses to potential threats, and then the readings will educate the system's algorithms.

According to the Georgia Tech release "neuromorphic engineering is interdisciplinary, using fields that include biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science, as well as electrical and other types of engineering. Its aim is to develop artificial systems—such as vision devices or auditory processors or even robotic systems—based to a degree on natural biological systems. "This is a highly interesting platform problem because you really are trying to build, at least initially, a simple representation of one layer of human brain cortex, maybe multiple layers if you can," ...

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