10/5 $5Trillion Fix; CruciFIXion Time; New US "Stability Ops"; Israeli Nukes & Modesty Patrols; Afghanistan:"Fate of Eurasia..."

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.
Audre Lorde

...the process of production appears merely as an unavoidable intermediate link, as a necessary evil for the sake of money-making. All nations with a capitalist mode of production are therefore seized periodically by a feverish attempt to make money without the intervention of the process of production.
Karl Marx, Capital, Volume II, “The Circuit of Money Capital”

'Forces of production and social relations – two different sides of the development of the social individual – appear to capital as mere means, and are merely means, for it to produce on its limited foundation. In fact, however, they are the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high.'
Karl Marx

Note: U.S. capitalism will never spontaneously collapse of its own dead weight. Parasite that it is, it will suck its survival out of the world's peoples even more brutally than it wrings its global dominance from their blood and backs

"The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."
Thomas Friedman, NYT

note: mass suicides would suit the democratic bloodsuckers infinitely more than resistance in the streets
Ohio woman, 90, shoots self, keeps home
90-year-old Akron woman, about to be evicted from her La Croix Avenue home for failing to pay her mortgage, shot herself as Summit County sheriff's deputies knocked on her door. On Friday, as Congress was preparing a bailout of Wall Street, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, took the House floor and decried Polk's plight. .By mid afternoon, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) said it would dismiss its foreclosure action against Polk, forgive her mortgage and allow her to return to the home where she's lived since 1970.Meanwhile, Polk remains in Akron General Medical Center. She is expected to recover from the chest wounds she suffered Wednesday when she apparently shot herself as deputies arrived with eviction papers.... http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008229123_ndig05.html...

Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008?
"Imperialism:The Highest Stage of Capitalism"
By V. I. Lenin
The epoch of imperialism opens when the expansion of colonialism has covered the globe and no new colonies can be acquired by the great powers except by taking them from each other, and the concentration of capital has grown to a point where finance capital becomes dominant over industrial capital. Lenin enumerated the following five features characteristic of the epoch of imperialism:

Note: Lenin's & Lotta's analysis of the "root cause" & solution: definitely not what Paulson's ruling class have in mind:
"We must now take further, decisive action to fundamentally and comprehensively address the root cause of our financial system's stresses"
Sect'y of Treasury Paulson

by Raymond Lotta
...A financial crisis has broken out because of the severe imbalances built up between the financial system—and its expectations of future profits—and the accumulation of capital, that is, the structures and actual production of profit based on exploitation of wage-labor.... U.S. imperialism has been attempting to parlay its military might into a new world order.... a restructuring of global political and production relations that will enable it to resolve or mitigate some of the problems and tensions it faces—and to lock in its global supremacy over rivals and potential rivals for decades to come....

This analysis builds on the article “Financial Meltdown and the Madness of Imperialism”...
Shifts and Faultlines in the World Economy and Great Power Rivalry: What Is Happening, What It Might Mean
Part 1, July 20, 2008
by Raymond Lotta
...U.S. imperialism is seeking to preserve and extend its supremacy against a backdrop of eroding economic strength and an increasingly fragile and unstable world financial architecture based on the privileged role of the dollar. And, importantly, this is occurring in a period of dynamic flux in the world system—in which new poles of power are appearing as cracks in U.S. global hegemony widen.

The collapse of the social-imperialist Soviet bloc in 1989-91 represented the most significant change in inter-imperialist relations since the end of World War 2. The creation of a new, more integrated geopolitical framework for capital accumulation contributed to the acceleration of a massive wave of globalization. This was facilitated by new technologies and consolidated under the U.S.-led project of neo-liberalism: privatization of government assets, opening up of markets to foreign capital, loosening of regulations over business, cutbacks in social spending and labor protections....

Leaps in the industrialization of world agriculture and the transnational integration of food production and transport have sped up the destruction of traditional agricultural systems in the countryside of the Third World. This has furthered a process of historically unprecedented urbanization focused in the Third World: the movement of populations from rural areas to cities, the breakneck growth of cities, old and new. For the first time in human history, more than half the world’s population lives in cities, with one billion people inhabiting the contemporary slums within and surrounding Third World cities. This is, as Mike Davis aptly put it, a “planet of slums.”

[digest note: Worlds Cities Have Become “The Weakest Link In The American Empire” By Mike Davis, April 19, 2004
The Mogadishu debacle of 1993, when neighborhood militias inflicted 60% casualties on elite Army Rangers, forced U.S. strategists to rethink what is known in Pentagonese as MOUT:  "Militarized Operations on Urbanized Terrain."  Ultimately, a National Defense Panel review in December 1997 castigated the Army as unprepared for protracted combat in the near impassable, maze-like streets of the poverty-stricken cities of the Third World. "The future of warfare," the journal of the Army War College declared, "lies in the streets, sewers, high-rise buildings, and sprawl of houses that form the broken cities of the world. Military theorists are now deeply involved in imagining how the evolving capacity of high-tech warfare can contain, if not destroy, chronic "terrorist" insurgencies rooted in the desperation of growing megaslums. To help develop a geopolitical framework for urban war-fighting, military planners turned in the 1990s to the RAND Corporation... One of the most important RAND projects, initiated in the early 1990s, has been a major study of "how demographic changes will affect future conflict."  The bottom line, RAND finds, is that the urbanization of world poverty has produced "the urbanization of insurgency" (the title, in fact, of their report)....
The sprawling slum peripheries of the Third World are organized by "informal, decentralized subsystems, "where no blueprints exist, and points of leverage in the system are not readily discernable."
Using the "sea of urban squalor" that surrounds Pakistan's Karachi as an example, Thomas portrays the staggering challenge of "asymmetric combat" within "non-nodal, non-hierarchical" urban terrains against "clan-based" militias propelled by "desperation and anger."  He cites the sprawling slums of Lagos, Nigeria, and Kinshasa in the Congo as other potential nightmare battlefields.
However Captain Thomas (whose article is provocatively entitled "Slumlords: Aerospace Power in Urban Fights"), like RAND, is brazenly confident that the Pentagon's massive new investments in MOUT technology and training will surmount all the fractal complexities of slum warfare[....]

"A man who tosses worms in the river isn't necessarily a friend of the fish. All the fish who take him for a friend, who think the worm's got no hook in it, usually end up in the frying pan. All these things dangled before us by the white liberal posing as a friend and benefactor have turned out to be nothing but bait to make us think we're making progress"
 Malcolm X

“‘I suspect what we're seeing in freezing up of lending markets is strategic behavior... of big financial players who stand to benefit from the bailout"
David K. Levine, economist at Washington University, St. Louis, studies liquidity constraints and game theory. in Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis, http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/

'There would be martial law in America if we voted no.'
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif., 27th District) says Congress threatened with Martial Law if bill is not passed

Terrorist State, Abroad and At Home
Arthur Silber
It would hardly do for a nation so devoted to its self-image as the noble warrior dedicated only to improving the world and the lives of all its inhabitants to embark on missions of unadorned conquest. In a meretricious, hypocritical tradition going back to a time close to our nation's origins, our rulers were careful to provoke other countries into making what appeared to be the first move, so that the United States could unapologetically announce that it acted only in self-defense. It was almost always a lie, but a lie most Americans were enthusiastically willing to swallow. Thus, we provoked Mexico into a conflict that constituted "a favor" we offered to that benighted nation -- just as the genocide unleashed by the U.S. government in Iraq constituted a benevolent, disinterested gift to more than a million slaughtered Iraqis, and to many more millions made homeless refugees. "Freedom isn't free," our viciously stupid propagandists announced to the dead, maimed and displaced Iraqis, neglecting to note that it was beneath our lofty status to inquire whether the gift was desired in the smallest degree, especially when acquired by these methods and with the associated costs. (This assumes that "freedom" was, in fact, the goal, which of course it was not. All of this is propaganda, remember.)...
a ruling class will not employ one approach in foreign policy while dealing with matters of domestic politics in a radically different manner. In any case, the U.S. ruling class never had such a desire: in one way or another, other nations would be made to submit to the demands of the U.S. government -- and the same is true for U.S. citizens. The citizens of America will do exactly as the ruling class demands -- or else. As far as the ruling class is concerned, you have as little reason to complain as the murdered Iraqis do: the ruling class only wishes to improve your life. The ruling class acts only on your behalf, and "for your own good."

You now witness these tactics of intimidation and of the most transparently, viciously manipulative fear-mongering deployed by almost every member of the ruling class in connection with the bailout bill. [fro the cruder and more obvious methods of intimidation now so beloved by our government. See an earlier essay -- "Obey or Die" --for just one kind of example of what the cruder methods entail.) The words speak for themselves, but the purpose of these pronouncements should be emphasized: our rulers do not want to scare you to death, although your death would hardly approach a matter of any serious concern for them. While your death is not (necessarily) required, your obedience is. ...be terrified and do what they say. Or else. If you don't understand the urgency and necessity of doing exactly what they say, you're just stupid. In that case, you should obviously turn your life and your money over to your betters. Let them dispose of all of it as they see fit. That's why they're your rulers, isn't it? They know what's best for you. Do what they demand -- or else. This is your government -- a terrorist state, abroad and at home.... they've added you to their list of current targets. How does it feel? (At least, they're not shooting at you. Not just yet, anyway.)...

note: the meaning of the calculated threat, "if you aren't with US, you're with the terrorists", now comes home with the capitalist crisis a signal for official debut of permanent 'homeland' military deployment as part of u.s. global 'full spectrum dominance'...
Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1
3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army
Tuesday Sep 30, 2008
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home. Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.... They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE (Consequence Management Response Force, or CCMRF (pronounced “sea-smurf”) attack.... The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals... this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities. After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.... the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,”...

The active Army’s new dwell-time mission is part of a NorthCom and DOD response package. Active-duty soldiers will be part of a force that includes elements from other military branches and dedicated National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams....A final mission rehearsal exercise is scheduled for mid-September at Fort Stewart and will be run by Joint Task Force Civil Support, a unit based out of Fort Monroe, Va., that will coordinate and evaluate the interservice event. In addition to 1st BCT, other Army units will take part in the two-week training exercise, including elements of the 1st Medical Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, and the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Bragg, N.C. There also will be Air Force engineer and medical units, the Marine Corps Chemical, Biological Initial Reaction Force, a Navy weather team and members of the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
One of the things Vogler said they’ll be looking at is communications capabilities between the services. “It is a concern, and we’re trying to check that and one of the ways we do that is by having these sorts of exercises. Leading up to this, we are going to rehearse and set up some of the communications systems to make sure we have interoperability,” he said.
“I don’t know what America’s overall plan is — I just know that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that are standing by to come and help if they’re called,” Cloutier said. “It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home.”

see more below: FBI'S NEW RULES:
no limits on the FBI's authority to investigate federal crimes or threats to national security during civil disorders or demonstrations....critics say the FBI will now be able to investigate people with no indication of wrongdoing

The Great Circus
by John Steppling
Colonialism never ended. Fascism is alive. NATO is an organ of Imperialism, and the defense budget is over two billion a day. So when we get up in the morning to go to a job we don’t like, and to get paid a wage that barely, if it all, can support our family, and when ghouls like Cheney or Biden or Bush or Gordon Brown, or Sarko, or Angie Merkle are held up as anything other than what they are, empty cardboard cut outs created to mouth the platitudes of the prevailing class interests, try to look for the places where real change might take place. The police are there to protect property, not to protect you. Same with the military, which is there to further the economic hegemony of the imperial class. Trust none of it. http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=881

Songs of Death
Arthur Silber
[In] "Dominion Over the World." In those essays, I am examining the historical, political and cultural forces that led to the development of the consensus view of our governing class and foreign policy establishment: that the United States is to be the world hegemon, and no other nation is ever to be permitted to challenge our absolute rule.... that, ever since the entrance of the United States into World War I, the Democrats have been in the vanguard of fashioning and implementing this policy, and that they have launched far more calamitous overseas interventions than the Republicans. Bush is an abhorrent exception to this general rule (although it is certainly true that Reagan had a frequently deplorable record in this regard); historically, however, the Democrats have demonstrated far more uniformity and tenaciousness in ensuring global control for the United States....The governing class, including the foreign policy establishment, have been convinced of the truth and rightness of this view for over 60 years. This view led us into Korea, into Vietnam, into Latin America, into the interventions of the 1990s, into Afghanistan, into numerous other interventions, and into Iraq. Hillary Clinton believes it, so does Obama, so does Bush. With only one or two exceptions, every national politician believes it. America is God. God's Will be done.... Hold the music. http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2007/05/songs-of-death.html

No Debate: Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Controlled Debates
By Democracy Now!
The Obama and McCain campaigns jointly negotiated a detailed secret contract dictating the terms of all the 2008 debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as topics raised during the debates. We speak to Open Debates founder and executive director George Farah....
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Black Radio Owner Produces Anti-Obama Ad
 "Never in the history of commercial Black media has a candidate for national office gotten as much free publicity of all kinds, as Barack Obama has reaped from Black-owned media." But he still shorted them on campaign advertising.  Read, download or listen to this commentary www.blackagendareport.com.

"power of that goddamn rainbow Obama"
Arthur Silber
"President Obama" could do many things. His record of betrayal on every critical issue thus far is not precisely encouraging. I understate...
Obama and the Democrats fully own the extortion bill. Obama and the Democrats, as much as the Republicans, are nothing but whores for the sickeningly corrupt financial and corporate interests that control the U.S. government. I've been pointing this out about Obama for some time. Furthermore, in their determination to make certain that the ruling class's affluence and power are maintained with the work, blood and lives of "ordinary" Americans for generations to come, both Republicans and Democrats have turned their terrorist tactics on Americans with close to full force. All that is missing are the bullets -- but they may not be long in coming as conditions deteriorate. It should be illuminating (read: nauseating) to see most of those who would condemn brutal police state actions when ordered by Republicans watch identical events in total silence -- and in this context, silence means consent -- because a Democrat orders them. http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2008/10/rainbow-called-obama.html

White America Lives in Vicious Racial Denial -- Obama Makes it Worse
by Paul Street
Most white Americans object strenuously to the idea that "past racial discrimination matters in the present." But, as anyone who examines capitalism in an honest way knows, what people get from the present and future so-called "free market" is very much about what and how much they bring to that market from the past. ...
Obama has won the gratitude of millions of whites (Democrats as well as Republicans) for gladly playing along with their vicious racial denial and for refusing to call white America on the racist policies, practices, beliefs, and structures that live on beneath and beyond the carefully calibrated corporate-crafted colored-lights clash of candidate brands.
Defending Barack Obama against blatantly racist attacks is made more complicated by - Obama, himself, who avers that, if he loses in November, it won't because of his race. This, despite abundant and compelling evidence to the contrary. But then, Obama denies that race is an important factor in American life - again, against all the evidence. Worse, "Obama has bent over backwards to align himself with mainstream white hostility to blacks." Rather than being a "transformative" influence on race relations, Obama hopelessly muddies the waters and gives comfort to the enemy: white supremacy. [...]

200 former bipartisan U.S. diplomats [aka imperialist intel.agents] endorse Obama
The letter, signed by officials from both major political parties, said the foreign policies of the Bush administration have diminished America's alliances abroad. The signatories include former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, former National Security Adviser Richard Clarke and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/09/28/200_former_US_diplomats_endorse_O...

Where did that $700 bn. figure to dump the debt on working class come from?
"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."

$5 Trillion Needed for US Financial Bailout
Marc Faber, managing director of Marc Faber Ltd. in Hong Kong and Gloom, Boom & Doom Report publisher Says $5 Trillion Needed for US Financial Bailout Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aRYu2sd9eqUI&refer=u...

*24.5 percent of all Americans earn poverty wages ($9.60 or less)
*10 percent of all Americans—15 million Americans—earn $6.79 or less
*33.3 percent of African American and 39.3 of Latino workers earn poverty wages.
*At minimum wage of $6.55hr., 40 hours a week, with no health care, no vacations, holidays, no pension, earnings are $13.624 annually.
The official poverty level for a family of three is $17,600.

Note: in fact one WORLD under u.s. capitalism...
One Nation under Capitalism It’s Time for a Crucifixion
By Jason Miller
Most of those who stand to benefit from a ‘bailout’ of any dollar amount are all about the ‘free market’ and ‘law of the jungle’ capitalism. It’s sad how quickly those in the moneyed class cast aside their ‘principles’ when adversity slaps them in the face.
‘Dog-eat-dog’ is their mantra when they’re fighting tooth and nail to cut spending on socially beneficial programs, rewarding mass firings by increasing stock values, pushing for increased regressive taxes and decreases on progressive taxes, and slaughtering millions of innocents in resource wars. But when these uber-predators become prey, they expect the rest of us to charge to their rescue.
So what of Paulson and the rest of the power elite who are coming to the working and middle classes on bended knee, begging for a hand-out? Let them twist in the wind and pray they start hurling themselves out of windows. What of the financial markets, Wall Street, and the decaying socioeconomic infrastructure of American capitalism? Let them collapse....
Motivated by pain and by the realization that our system is ecocidal, genocidal, and morally reprehensible, we of the working and middle classes can finally redeem ourselves by nailing our depraved god of American capitalism to the cross and starting to forge a just, egalitarian, democratic and humane socioeconomic order. Good for us and good for the rest of the planet!

How Barack Obama fronted the most vicious predators on Wall St.
By Pam Martens [21 years on Wall St.)
...Seven of the Obama campaign’s top 14 donors consisted of officers and employees of the same Wall Street firms charged time and again with looting the public and newly implicated in originating and/or bundling fraudulently made mortgages... These seven Wall Street firms are (in order of money given): Goldman Sachs, UBS AG, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. There is also a large hedge fund, Citadel Investment Group, which is a major source of fee income to Wall Street. There are five large corporate law firms that are also registered lobbyists; and one is a corporate law firm that is no longer a registered lobbyist but does legal work for Wall Street. The cumulative total of these 14 contributors through February 1, 2008, was $2,872,128...

Barack Obama, speaking in Greenville, South Carolina on January 22, 2008: “Washington lobbyists haven’t funded my campaign, they won’t run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of working Americans when I am president”... The Center for Responsive Politics website allows one to pull up the filings made by lobbyists, registering under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 with the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and secretary of the U.S. Senate. These top five contributors to the Obama campaign have filed as registered lobbyists: Sidley Austin LLP; Skadden, Arps, et al; Jenner & Block; Kirkland & Ellis; Wilmerhale, aka Wilmer Cutler Pickering...

According to a comprehensive report from the nonprofit group, United for a Fair Economy, over the past eight years the total loss of wealth for people of color is between $164 billion and $213 billion for subprime loans which is the greatest loss of wealth for people of color in modern history:

“According to federal data, people of color are more than three times more likely to have subprime loans: high-cost loans account for 55 per cent of loans to blacks, but only 17 per cent of loans to whites”. If there had been equitable distribution of subprime loans, losses for white people would be 44.5 per cent higher and losses for people of color would be about 24 per cent lower. “This is evidence of systemic prejudice and institutional racism”.
Before the current crisis, based on improvements in median household net worth, it would take 594 more years for blacks to achieve parity with whites. The current crisis is likely to stretch this even further.
So, how should we react when we learn that the top contributors to the Obama campaign are the very Wall Street firms whose shady mortgage lenders buried the elderly and the poor and minority under predatory loans? How should we react when we learn that on the big donor list is Citigroup, whose former employee at CitiFinancial testified to the Federal Trade Commission that it was was standard practice to target people based on race and educational level, with the sales force winning bonuses called “Rocopoly Money” (like a sick board game), after “blitz” nights of soliciting loans by phone? How should we react when we learn that these very same firms, arm in arm with their corporate lawyers and registered lobbyists, have weakened our ability to fight back with the class-action vehicle?
Should there be any doubt left as to who owns our government? The very same cast of characters making the Obama hit parade of campaign loot are the clever creators of the industry solutions to the wave of foreclosures gripping this nation’s poor and middle class, effectively putting the solution in the hands of the robbers. The names of these programs (that have failed to make a dent in the problem) have the same vacuous ring: Hope Now; Project Lifeline.

Fed Started Printing Money
Even before the House stunned the world by rejecting the Bush administration’s bailout bill, the Fed was already resorting to the oldest action in its book: printing money.... the Fed on Monday announced that it would provide an extra $150 billion through an emergency lending program for banks, and an additional $330 billion through so-called swap lines with foreign central banks to help money markets from Europe to Asia.... an extraordinary display of financial power... That was on top of the $230 billion the Fed borrowed last week so it could finance its previous efforts to prop up the American International Group and other institutions. But these are only the latest in a long series of jaw-dropping departures from normal policy that the Fed has undertaken this year as it seeks to inject vast amounts of capital into the financial system. And they are unlikely to be the last... Even if Congress refuses to pass the bailout measure, there is more money where that came from. The Treasury Department has already created a series of “supplemental” Treasury securities to finance the Fed’s activities, and there is no limit to how many more it can issue and sell.
Treasury and Fed officials made it clear after the House vote on Monday they still had a wide range of tools at their disposal....most remaining options are ad hoc, rather than systemwide. The Fed, for example, can lend money to any company it deems too dangerous to fail by invoking the same Depression-era law it has already used to deal with failing firms like Bear Stearns and A.I.G. The Treasury Department, meanwhile, has already vowed to buy up billions of dollars in mortgage-backed securities under the authority it received in the housing bill that Congress passed... Robert A. Dye, chief economist at PNC Financial in Pittsburgh, said those efforts amounted to patchwork solutions and had thus far failed to bolster confidence in credit markets.... But other analysts said that credit markets around the world were almost entirely dysfunctional on Monday morning, when political leaders and investors alike assumed that Congress had reached a firm deal and would easily approve the bailout. “It’s our view that this package, in a fundamental sense, will not solve the problem,” said Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund....
The Federal Reserve has stretched its resources to the limit. Before the crisis began in August 2007, the Fed had about $800 billion in reserve, nearly all in Treasury securities.But because of all the new lending programs for banks and Wall Street firms, analysts estimate that the Fed’s balance sheet now has less than $300 billion in unfettered reserves. The central bank can expand its reserves at will, because it controls the money supply and can create more to buy things like Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities.
“We have a lot of money to play with,” said Kenneth Rogoff, an international economist at Harvard. “As long as foreigners have a lot of confidence in our ability to solve our problems, we can borrow the $1 trillion to $2 trillion we need to solve it.” But Mr. Rogoff cautioned that the real limitation for American policy makers is whether they can maintain the government’s long-term credibility. “The real constraint is not a bookkeeping one,” he said. “It is a sense of faith on the part of foreigners that the U.S. government will repay its debt. Our most precious asset is that credibility.”

Fed Pumps Further $630 Billion Into Financial System:
Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The Fed's expansion of liquidity, hours before the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a $700 billion bailout for the financial industry. The crisis is reverberating through the global economy, causing stocks to plunge and forcing European governments to rescue four banks over the past two days alone. The Federal Reserve will pump an additional $630 billion into the global financial system, flooding banks with cash to alleviate the worst banking crisis since the Great Depression. The Fed increased its existing currency swaps with foreign central banks by $330 billion to $620 billion to make more dollars available worldwide. The Term Auction Facility, the Fed's emergency loan program, will expand by $300 billion to $450 billion. The European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan are among the participating authorities....
The MSCI World Index of stocks in 23 developed markets sank 6 percent, the most since its creation in 1970. Credit markets deteriorated further as authorities tried to save more financial institutions from collapse. ...
The bank-rescue plan being debated by Congress today would give the Fed more power over short-term interest rates by providing authority as of Oct. 1 to pay interest on reserves held at the central bank by financial institutions. That would make it easier for the Fed to pump funds into the banking system. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aP5hzUWla7Jg&refer=h...

[Ruling class] Treasury Would [DID] Emerge With Vast New Power
Rarely if ever has one man had such broad authority to spend government money as he sees fit.

"Raw capitalism is dead." -- Henry Paulson, U.S. Treasury secretary
...From a military brigade armed for action in the homeland in blatant transgression of Posse Comitatus, to what ex-hedge funder and financial personality Jim Cramer recently called "financial terrorism," ... this particularly frightening crux of historical geopolitics, fascism and environmental calamity has been a long time coming. Failing banks? Deregulation. Endless war? Homeland security. Total information awareness? Transparent government. Bankrupt economy? The fundamentals are strong....
The hyperreal credit default swap market, which few understand although it is estimated to involve tens if not hundreds of global trillions, is faltering under the weight of its own Ponzi origins. The scenario significantly worsens once you factor in the given that countries like China and others who have denominated their loans in dollars are shouldering our exploding debt, along with oil-soaked sovereign wealth funds ... if the Chinese call in our debts and oil-producing countries decide to peg their petrodollars to the euro, you can more or less kiss the dollar goodbye. Which means the last thing you'll need to worry about is your stocks, retirement or credit cards. You will instead worry whether or not the cash you have on hand will be worth anything at all. That is the loaded gun that bankers, brokers and the White House is holding to the public's head, as I write. That trillion erased on Monday, as well as the trillions that have been lost and will be lost in the coming months, was nothing more than a hostage situation engineered by the Bush administration, the Federal Reserve and their partners in crime in finance, insurance and real estate business. They don't call that sector FIRE for nothing. Fire destroys everything and leaves little in its catastrophic wake. Which raises the question: What's left to burn?...
Perhaps the Army Times has the clues:
(The brigade) may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack. ... The 1st BCT's soldiers also will learn how to use "the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded," 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal [SIC] weapons ....
By Scott Thill http://www.alternet.org/ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20901.htm

note: u.s. capitalism's geostrategic analysts & architects know 'politics' does not reduce to electoral con-game propaganda
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The Political Nature of the Economic Crisis
September 30, 200
By George Friedman
...The modern penchant to regard economics as a discrete science parallels the belief that economics is a distinct sphere of existence — at its best when it is divorced from political and even moral considerations. Our view has always been that the economy can only be understood and forecast in the context of politics, and that the desire to separate the two derives from a moral teaching that Smith would not embrace. Smith understood that the word “economy” without the adjective “political” did not describe reality. We need to bear Smith in mind when we try to understand the current crisis...

Societies have two sorts of financial crises. The first sort is so large it overwhelms a society’s ability to overcome it, and the society sinks deeper into dysfunction and poverty. In the second sort, the society has the resources to manage the situation — albeit at a collective price. Societies that can manage the crisis have two broad strategies. The first strategy is to allow the market to solve the problem over time. The second strategy is to have the state organize the resources of society to speed up the resolution. The market solution is more efficient over time, producing better outcomes and disciplining financial decision-making in the long run. But the market solution can create massive collateral damage, such as high unemployment, on the way to the superior resolution. The state-organized resolution creates inequities by not sufficiently punishing poor economic decisions, and creates long-term inefficiencies that are costly. But it has the virtue of being quicker and mitigating collateral damage.
But the key issue is this: Are the resources of the United States sufficient to redefine financial markets in such a way as to manage the outcome of this crisis, or has the crisis become so large that even the resources of a $14 trillion economy mobilized by the state can’t do the job? If the latter is true, then all other discussions are irrelevant. Events will take their course, and nothing can be done. But if that is not true, that means that politics defines the crisis, as it has other crisis. In that case, the federal government can marshal the resources needed to redefine the markets and the key decision-makers are not on Wall Street, but in Washington. Thus, when the chips are down, the state trumps the markets.


A shattering moment in America's fall from power
The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over
John Gray, The Observer
Our gaze might be on the markets melting down, but the upheaval we are experiencing is more than a financial crisis, however large. Here is a historic geopolitical shift, in which the balance of power in the world is being altered irrevocably. The era of American global leadership, reaching back to the Second World War, is over.
You can see it in the way America's dominion has slipped away in its own backyard, with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez taunting and ridiculing the superpower with impunity. Yet the setback of America's standing at the global level is even more striking. With the nationalisation of crucial parts of the financial system, the American free-market creed has self-destructed while countries that retained overall control of markets have been vindicated. In a change as far-reaching in its implications as the fall of the Soviet Union, an entire model of government and the economy has collapsed.
Ever since the end of the Cold War, successive American administrations have lectured other countries on the necessity of sound finance. Indonesia, Thailand, Argentina and several African states endured severe cuts in spending and deep recessions as the price of aid from the International Monetary Fund, which enforced the American orthodoxy. China in particular was hectored relentlessly on the weakness of its banking system. But (*)China's success has been based on its consistent contempt for Western advice and it is not Chinese banks that are currently going bust. How symbolic yesterday that Chinese astronauts take a spacewalk while the US Treasury Secretary is on his knees.

Despite incessantly urging other countries to adopt its way of doing business, America has always had one economic policy for itself and another for the rest of the world. Throughout the years in which the US was punishing countries that departed from fiscal prudence, it was borrowing on a colossal scale to finance tax cuts and fund its over-stretched military commitments. Now, with federal finances critically dependent on continuing large inflows of foreign capital, it will be the countries that spurned the American model of capitalism that will shape America's economic future.
Which version of the bail out of American financial institutions cobbled up by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is finally adopted is less important than what the bail out means for America's position in the world. The populist rant about greedy banks that is being loudly ventilated in Congress is a distraction from the true causes of the crisis. The dire condition of America's financial markets is the result of American banks operating in a free-for-all environment that these same American legislators created. It is America's political class that, by embracing the dangerously simplistic ideology of deregulation, has responsibility for the present mess.

In present circumstances, an unprecedented expansion of government is the only means of averting a market catastrophe. The consequence, however, will be that America will be even more starkly dependent on the world's new rising powers. The federal government is racking up even larger borrowings, which its creditors may rightly fear will never be repaid. It may well be tempted to inflate these debts away in a surge of inflation that would leave foreign investors with hefty losses. In these circumstances, will the governments of countries that buy large quantities of American bonds, China, the Gulf States and Russia, for example, be ready to continue supporting the dollar's role as the world's reserve currency? Or will these countries see this as an opportunity to tilt the balance of economic power further in their favour? Either way, the control of events is no longer in American hands.

The fate of empires is very often sealed by the interaction of war and debt. That was true of the British Empire, whose finances deteriorated from the First World War onwards, and of the Soviet Union. Defeat in Afghanistan and the economic burden of trying to respond to Reagan's technically flawed but politically extremely effective Star Wars programme were vital factors in triggering the Soviet collapse. Despite its insistent exceptionalism, America is no different. The Iraq War and the credit bubble have fatally undermined America's economic primacy. The US will continue to be the world's largest economy for a while longer, but it will be the new rising powers that, once the crisis is over, buy up what remains intact in the wreckage of America's financial system.
There has been a good deal of talk in recent weeks about imminent economic armageddon. In fact, this is far from being the end of capitalism. The frantic scrambling that is going on in Washington marks the passing of only one type of capitalism - the peculiar and highly unstable variety that has existed in America over the last 20 years. This experiment in financial laissez-faire has imploded.While the impact of the collapse will be felt everywhere, the market economies that resisted American-style deregulation will best weather the storm. Britain, which has turned itself into a gigantic hedge fund, but of a kind that lacks the ability to profit from a downturn, is likely to be especially badly hit.
The irony of the post-Cold War period is that the fall of communism was followed by the rise of another utopian ideology. In American and Britain, and to a lesser extent other Western countries, a type of market fundamentalism became the guiding philosophy. The collapse of American power that is underway is the predictable upshot. Like the Soviet collapse, it will have large geopolitical repercussions. An enfeebled economy cannot support America's over-extended military commitments for much longer. Retrenchment is inevitable and it is unlikely to be gradual or well planned.
Meltdowns on the scale we are seeing are not slow-motion events. They are swift and chaotic, with rapidly spreading side-effects. Consider Iraq. The success of the surge, which has been achieved by bribing the Sunnis, while acquiescing in ongoing ethnic cleansing, has produced a condition of relative peace in parts of the country. How long will this last, given that America's current level of expenditure on the war can no longer be sustained?
An American retreat from Iraq will leave Iran the regional victor. How will Saudi Arabia respond? Will military action to forestall Iran acquiring nuclear weapons be less or more likely? China's rulers have so far been silent during the unfolding crisis. Will America's weakness embolden them to assert China's power or will China continue its cautious policy of 'peaceful rise'? At present, none of these questions can be answered with any confidence. What is evident is that power is leaking from the US at an accelerating rate. Georgia showed Russia redrawing the geopolitical map, with America an impotent spectator.
Outside the US, most people have long accepted that the development of new economies that goes with globalisation will undermine America's central position in the world. They imagined that this would be a change in America's comparative standing, taking place incrementally over several decades or generations. Today, that looks an increasingly unrealistic assumption.
Having created the conditions that produced history's biggest bubble, America's political leaders appear unable to grasp the magnitude of the dangers the country now faces. Mired in their rancorous culture wars and squabbling among themselves, they seem oblivious to the fact that American global leadership is fast ebbing away. A new world is coming into being almost unnoticed, where America is only one of several great powers, facing an uncertain future it can no longer shape.
• John Gray is the author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Allen Lane)

(*) U.S. to provide $6.4 billion in arms to Taiwan
04 Oct 2008 The U.S. government will sell $6.4 billion of weapons to Taiwan, the State Department announced Friday. State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood said Congressional approval was required, but believes this will come quickly. A submission went to Congress Friday afternoon. The sales involve a range of U.S.-made weapons systems, including Patriot III anti-missile missiles, Apache attack helicopters, Harpoon missiles, and Javelin anti-tank missiles.

Note: U.S. established formal diplomatic relations with the PRC Jan. 1, 1979 that necessitated cutting its defense ties with Taiwan. To compensate, the United States passed (1979) the Taiwan Relations Act, which allows for the sale of only defensive arms to Taiwan. http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?srchst=ref&query=Arms%20Deal%20to%...
Arms Deal to Taiwan Riles China
On Saturday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Jianchao, was quoted in wire service reports from Beijing saying the government strongly opposed the deal and warning that it could damage ties between Beijing and Washington if it went through. A senior officer from the American Embassy in Beijing was summoned by Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei, who issued a protest, according to the official news agency, Xinhua.


Military recruiting bonuses grow by 25%
The Army and Marine Corps doled out nearly $640 million in the past year in bonuses to entice recruits to join the military

"Every 10 years or so, the US needs to pick up some small, crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."
Michael Ledeen

Confronting Taliban, Pakistan Finds Itself at War
Not since Pakistan forged an alliance with the United States after 9/11 has the Pakistani Army fought its own people on such a scale and at such close quarters to a major city. After years of relative passivity, the army is now engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on at least three fronts. The sudden engagement of the Pakistani Army comes after months in which the United States has heaped criticism, behind the scenes and in public, on Pakistan for not doing enough to take on the militants, and increasingly took action into its own hands with drone strikes and even a [SIC] raid by Special Operations forces in Pakistan’s tribal areas.... The new president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, spoke in New York during a visit to the United Nations General Assembly, about how the fight against terrorism was Pakistan’s war, not America’s. But even as the gruesome effects of the battles slam the national consciousness, there has been scant effort to prepare the public for the impact of the fighting. Public opinion has soured on Pakistan’s alliance with the United States and has strongly opposed military campaigns that inflict heavy civilian casualties. Pakistani law enforcement officials and residents of Bajaur and Swat say there have been many civilian deaths, but so far, no agency or government body has offered an estimate of those killed. Hanging in the balance in the fighting is the allegiance of the civilians who have seen their homes wrecked, their cattle and crops abandoned, and their loved ones killed and wounded.[...] http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/03/world/asia/03pstan.html?_r=2&th=&oref=...

Pakistanis bury 'US strike' dead
Pakistani villagers have collected the corpses and body parts of at least 20 people killed by a reported US strike.. akistan says the attacks violate its sovereignty, kill civilians and anger the local population, making it harder to tackle the militants.

"It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true."
Henry Kissinger

America's war, not ours
Ahmed Quraishi
A little noticed but major flaw in the Pakistan-US partnership in the war on terror is leading Pakistani policymakers and public opinion to make a serious error in judgment that could devastate Pakistan's stability and leave us looking like another close U.S. ally: Iraq. This error in judgment is simple but easily overlooked: Pakistan did not take part in occupying Afghanistan. The war to sustain that occupation and prolong it is not Pakistan's war. It never was. For President Zardari's government to 'own' this war at US behest is not only illogical but it also shifts the responsibility of stabilizing Afghanistan onto Pakistan's shoulders. In a worst case scenario, if anything goes wrong, this 'Pakistani ownership' can and will be used later to force a variety of foreign military interventions in Pakistan, as part of the war on terror or to protect our allegedly endangered nukes. This is why Islamabad needs to officially leave the coalition that occupies Afghanistan and squarely pin the responsibility for Afghanistan on the US.

This delineation is important because the Pakistani war is limited to our border regions and against criminal groups masquerading as the 'Pakistani Taliban'. It is not Pakistan's war or responsibility to stamp out the Afghan opposition and resistance groups that thrive inside Afghanistan and may sometimes enter Pakistani territory to seek support from tribes with whom they share ethnicity. It is not our responsibility that Washington and its puppet Karzai regime have failed or are unwilling to bring the disgruntled Afghans on board and end the civil war.

The question of alleged support from Pakistan to the Afghan Taliban, the 'sanctuaries', and the 'rogue intelligence' theory is all secondary if Washington decides today to talk to Afghan opposition groups, including the Afghan Taliban, and offers them a share in ruling their country. If this happens, the question of Pakistani support for Afghan insurgency will become obsolete since there will be no insurgency to support. This is the crux: reconciliation in Afghanistan will end the Afghan opposition's need for sanctuaries anywhere. What is happening right now is that Mr Karzai and the former Northern Alliance are refusing to bring Afghan opposition on board and instead are pushing US to a war with Pakistan to settle old scores.

Eliminating Afghan resistance could have become "Pakistan's war" if our American friends, after taking over Kabul, accommodated their Pakistani ally's legitimate interests in Afghanistan, understood Islamabad's valid strategic concerns, and rewarded it for taking a difficult decision: ditching an ally in Kabul in a country that remained hostile throughout the Cold War.
What ultimately happened is that everyone in the region was allowed a bite of the Afghan pie except Pakistan. Almost all major players – US, NATO, Iran, India, and others – were allowed to secure their interests except Islamabad. Pakistan could have swallowed this insult if Washington kept Afghanistan to itself, but the reality is that the Bush White House ceded crucial space in Afghanistan to India, while keeping Pakistan out. Even mildly Pakistan-friendly Afghanistan elements were not accepted in the power structure in Kabul. And now Afghan soil is being used by third parties to export terrorism into Pakistan and destabilize the country. If this American lapse was unintentional, then it shows US ineptitude. But circumstantial evidence indicates that Pakistan was probably part of the expanded US agenda following 9/11, which included invading Iraq, toppling the regimes of Syria and Iran and redrawing the map of the wider Middle East, including Pakistan....This war can be won. Making Pakistan 'own' America's war in Afghanistan and shifting to it to our tribal belt will exacerbate the insurgencies and could destabilize Pakistan beyond the point of return.
The writer works for Geo TV. Email: aq@ahmedquraishi.com

Winning the Battle, Losing the Faith
Sound counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan requires bolstering the government's legitimacy. If faith in the government is lost, so is faith in the foreigners who prop it up.

pretext or is he messing with U.S. control of heroin?
Reports Link Karzai's Brother to Heroin Trade
Assertions that the Afghan president's brother is linked to the heroin trade have deeply worried American officials.

Our Man in Kabul Says U.S. Strategy is Failing
... the only "realistic" way to unite Afghanistan would be for it to be "governed by an acceptable dictator ...We should think of preparing our public opinion"
British ambassador Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles British career Foreign Service officer, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Israel
Julian Borger, diplomatic editor and Simon Tisdall in Washington

Chorus of failure grows ever louder over Afghanistan

Op-Ed Contributor
A Manhunt or a Vital War?
"The fate of Eurasia hangs in the balance"
... Is the war in Afghanistan, deep down, anything more than a manhunt for a handful of individuals? And if it is, how do we define victory there? ...
Afghanistan is not the only ungovernable space with an Islamic setting around the world that can provide a base for terrorists who want to attack the United States. The world is full of them: from Somalia to the southern Philippines to the Indonesian archipelago. Better, perhaps, not to be tied down with thousands of troops in one or two places, and instead use sophisticated, high-tech covert means to hunt down hostile groups wherever they crop up. The problem with Osama bin Laden, one could argue, was not that he had a haven in Afghanistan in the 1990s but that he was not pursued there with sufficient vigor.
So, here’s my answer: In fact, Afghanistan is more than a manhunt, and it does matter, for reasons that have not been fully fleshed out by policy makers or the military.
Just because you can’t pacify all the ungovernable Islamic spaces on the map doesn’t mean you can’t fix the one or two that are the most important, that have strategic weight over wide regions. For Afghanistan looms larger than it appears.

Strategically, culturally and historically speaking, Afghanistan and Pakistan are inseparable.
Pakistan is salvageable: it has an expanding urban middle class, and recent elections have by and large seen the defeat of religious extremists in favor of moderates. Pakistan’s future may hinge on the degree to which the United States can work with the Pakistani military to keep the Taliban rebellion from expanding not only throughout Afghanistan, but into Pakistan’s own cities as well....if our drone air strikes are not accompanied by nation-building steps like constructing roads and water wells, we will fail and Pakistan will be further destabilized. A failure in Afghanistan that destabilized Pakistan would do India no favors. Indeed, Pakistan would not go quietly into history. Sindhi and Baluchi separatists talk openly of an alliance with India if Pakistan unravels. But India, while its intelligence services now and then stoke Baluchi separatism, is terrified of such a development.
India’s gravest problem — the one that has bedeviled its rise to great power status and with which its army is obsessed — is the fact that it shares long borders with dysfunctional states like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The more responsible Indian nationalists see their country’s expansion not in terms of hard conquest, but in terms of soft economic envelopment of its neighbors. And an American failure in Afghanistan would set in motion a string of consequences that threaten such a benign vision.

In the end, victory in Afghanistan can be defined by achieving the kind of security there that existed in the 1960s, when King Zahir Shah controlled the major cities and the roads connecting them, and a relative peace reigned. Even under a weak central government, Afghanistan could finally achieve economic salvation: the construction of a web of energy pipelines that have been envisioned for years connecting Central Asia with the Indian Ocean. These might run, for example, from the natural gas fields of Turkmenistan down through Afghanistan and into the dense population zones of Pakistan and India, with terminals at ports like Gwadar in Pakistani Baluchistan and Surat in the Indian state of Gujarat.

In other words, in Afghanistan we are not simply trying to save a country, but to give a whole region a new kind of prosperity and stability, united rather than divided by energy needs, that would be implicitly pro-American.... a main reason the Pakistanis have been hesitant to work with us in the tribal areas is their fear that a manhunt is all we care about, rather than the region’s long-term prospects. The Pakistanis take note of our burgeoning strategic partnership with India, even as they believe that India’s recent opening of several consulates in Afghanistan is aimed at helping Baluchi separatists weaken Pakistan. Consequently, they feel squeezed, and on the brink of being deserted by us once we track down Al Qaeda’s leading figures. Afghanistan is a strategic rear base that India and Pakistan are now fighting over; both countries fear chaos there and desperately want us to calm it.
What the Pentagon calls the “long war” is the defining geopolitical issue of our time, and Afghanistan is at its heart. The fate of Eurasia hangs in the balance.
Robert D. Kaplan is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington.

Op-Ed Contributors
Peace Under Friendly Fire
AS civilian casualties mount, American and NATO forces in Afghanistan are facing an erosion of their public legitimacy. The Taliban and Al Qaeda are exploiting this distrust, aiming to transform it into a popular rage against the Afghan government and its foreign allies. Unless the insurgents are denied propaganda tools — in particular, the growing number of images of dead women and children — no number of additional troops will bring success to the American-led mission.
The United Nations, which last month extended NATO’s mandate in Afghanistan for another year, says there were 1,445 civilian casualties from the beginning of the year to mid-September, a 40 percent increase over all of 2007. International troops were held responsible for 577 of the deaths — two-thirds of them caused by air strikes.
Like clockwork, each of these “friendly fire” incidents brings about angry demonstrations in the streets, with crowds chanting, “Death to the government — down with the foreign troops!” The latest tinder in the fire was the killing of some 90 civilians, mostly women and children, on Aug. 22 in Azizabad in Herat Province. (While the Pentagon has taken issue with the reported death count, the Afghan government and United Nations stand by the villagers’ claims.) ...
To Afghans, suspicion about the intentions of foreign forces comes easy: we have suffered through two occupations in the last three decades, first by the former Soviet Union in the 1980s and then by Pakistan — indirectly through the Taliban — in the 1990s. Every military operation that kills civilians leads to more conspiracy theories that the Americans and their Western allies want to maintain chaos so they can maintain a military presence in the region....
We understand that American goals in Afghanistan are in our country’s interest, and we hope more boots on the ground will help. But success against the insurgency in Afghanistan may ultimately lie in denying the Taliban and Al Qaeda their support, recruitment tools and external sanctuaries. To do this, Western forces must keep up pressure on Pakistan and drastically cut back on the number of operations “gone wrong,” or they will be providing the enemy with the very ammunition it needs most.
Nader Nadery is a commissioner with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Haseeb Humayoon, a student at Middlebury College, has worked as a consultant to nongovernmental groups in Afghanistan. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/05/opinion/05nadery.html?th&emc=th
[for in-depth look at U.S/NGO/HRW see http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/123]

note: Yes, u.s. capitalism is top dog & world enemy #1, with growing Russian capitalism a feared U.S. rival & major enemy
Putin: US "Irresponsiblity" Caused Global Financial Crisis -
"Everything happening now in the economic and financial sphere began in the United States, ..."This is not the irresponsibility of specific individuals but the irresponsibility of the system, which claimed leadership....The saddest thing is that we are seeing an inability to take an adequate decision," Putin said. "This is a real crisis that has hit our economy." http://www.nasdaq.com/

Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko sold arms to Georgia, with help of U.S., to help it fight the Georgian region of South Ossetia and Russia, the Russian daily Izvestia reports in its Thursday edition. Ukraine had also sold Georgia 200 Strela and Igla air-defence systems, Soviet-era T-72 assault tanks and Grad rocket-launchers "chosen with the help of the United States" had been used by the Georgian army on Aug. 8 when it launched its bid to take back control of South Ossetia by force, said Izvestia.

Explosion Kills 7 Russians in South Ossetia
MOSCOW — A car bomb in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali killed seven Russian peacekeepers and two others on Friday, raising tensions in the separatist enclave days before a scheduled pullback of Russian troops from Georgian territory.
President Eduard Kokoity of South Ossetia said he had “no doubt” that Georgian special forces were behind the explosion. The acts, he said, “undermine international efforts to stabilize the situation and torpedo the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan.”The blast comes six days before a Russian deadline to pull back from the so-called buffer zone outside South Ossetia, returning a large swath of land to Georgian control....“The last terrorist act in South Ossetia proves that Georgia has not abandoned the policy of state terrorism,” Mr. Kokoity told the Interfax news agency. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/04/world/europe/04georgia.html?th=&emc=th...

U.S. approves sale [SIC] to Israel of 25 F-35 fighter jets
The United States government approved the sale to Israel of 25 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and an option for 50 more in coming years - a deal valued at up to 15.2 billion Euros. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees major arms sales, said the deal is vital to U.S. national security interests to assist Israel as it develops and maintains "a strong and ready self-defense capability." The Pentagon agency said Israel wants to buy an initial 25 F-35s in the Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) configuration, with an option to buy an additional 50 F-35 CTOL or Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft. An embassy spokesman said that the deal is further proof of the U.S.-Israel special relationship [U.S. middleeast proxy], as Israel is the first country outside NATO to receive the aircraft. Earlier this month, the Pentagon approved up to 330 million Euros in three separate arms deals for Israel. Top Israeli and U.S. government officials met in Washington this month for the most senior bilateral high technology dialogue ever between the two allies. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1025528.html

note: U.S. puts "pair of golden handcuffs" on its proxy
Israelis Wary of a US Radar Base in the Negev
By Tim McGirk and Aaron J. Klein / Jerusalem
When a contingent of U.S. soldiers opens a radar facility on a mountaintop in the Negev desert next month, Israel will for the first time in its 60-year history have a permanent foreign military base on its soil.... around 120 American technicians and security guards ...Complained one top official, "It's a like a pair of golden handcuffs on Israel....The radar will allow the U.S. to keep a close watch on anything moving in Israeli skies, "even a bee", says one top Israeli official who asked not to be identified...Israel will have no direct access to the data collected by the radar... It will only be fed intelligence second hand, on a need-to-know basis, from the Americans — unless the radar picks up an immediate, direct attack on Israel, Israeli sources claim. Israeli officials expressed concern that the radar's installation may anger Moscow, since its range will enable the U.S. to monitor aircraft in the skies over southern Russia. When the U.S. stationed anti-missile radar and interceptor systems in Poland and the Czech Republic — ostensibly directed at a future Iranian threat, although the Russians believe their own missile capability is its real target — Moscow warned those countries that the move could result in their being added to the target list of Russia's missiles.... with the Russians already peeved at Israel for having had military advisers inside Georgia when war broke out over South Ossetia, the radar's deployment in Israel, say officials, might make Moscow even more likely to supply Iran and Syria with its highly-accurate SA300 anti-aircraft missile batteries....

Israel switches to home-made cluster bombs
The Israeli army is equipping itself with self-destruct cluster bombs to replace defective U.S.-made munitions, defense officials say. In May, delegates from 111 countries signed a landmark treaty in Dublin that bans the use, production, transfer or stockpiling of cluster munitions.The United States, however, along with Israel, China and Russia, declined to join the global drive to ban the cluster bomb.

extremely low estimate...
5,389 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers over 8 years of intifadah
Ma'an news
In the eight years since the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifadah Israel has destroyed Palestine’s infrastructure and killed 5,389 Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Marking eight years since the start of the second intifadah local Palestinian organizations Al-Haq for Legal and Human Rights, and the Health Action Committee held a press conference in Ramallah. During the press conference the organizations outlined all that had been "achieved" since the second "popular uprising" in Palestine. Of those killed by Israeli forces, they said, 194 were women and 995 children. During the same time 135 Palestinian patients died at one of the 630 military checkpoints throughout the areas. The group said 32,270 Palestinians were injured over the last eight years, and 3,530 of those injured have suffered permanent handicaps, and at least 220 Palestinians have died waiting for treatment abroad...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=47565

note:fundamentalist terror in zionist terrorist state
Jewish 'Modesty Patrols' Sow Fear in Israel
Religious vigilantes operate in a society that has granted their community influence well beyond its numbers -- partly out of a commitment to revive the great centers of Jewish scholarship destroyed in the Holocaust, but also because the Orthodox are perennial king-makers in Israeli coalition politics.... The state, catering to religious sensitivities, subsidizes gender-segregated bus routes that service religious neighborhoods. Ragen and several other women challenged the practice in Israel's Supreme Court after an Orthodox Canadian woman in her 50s told police she was kicked, slapped, pushed to the floor and spat upon by men for refusing to move to the back of the bus.Another Beit Shemesh girl, who asked to be identified only as Esther, said zealots threw rocks, cursed and spat at a friend for wearing a red blouse... the rabbis are afraid to condemn them, says Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, another community member... Israel's Justice Ministry used the term ''modesty patrols'' in an indictment against a man accused of assaulting the Jerusalem woman. The unidentified, 31-year-old woman had left the ultra-Orthodox fold after getting divorced, according to the indictment filed by the Jerusalem district attorney's office. The indictment said her assailant tried to get her to leave her apartment in a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem by gagging, beating and threatening to kill her. He was paid $2,000 for the attack, it said.
A 17-year-old who moved to Israel from New York five years ago said she was hospitalized after being attacked with pepper spray by a crowd of men outraged that she was walking down a Jerusalem street with boys.''They can burn in hell,'' said the girl...
[Rabbis]''They can't come out against zealots who champion modesty. Here and there they write against violence, but the militants ultimately set the tone,'' he said....
''It started about six months ago. They would come into the store, about 15 of them at a time, screaming, 'This store burns souls!' and they would throw merchandise on the floor and threaten customers,'' said 31-year-old Aaron Gold, a haredi worker at the Space electronic store.One Friday night, just before the Sabbath was about to begin, ''they smashed a window, doused the place with gasoline and lit a match,'' Gold said. Now, a big sign behind the counter says, ''All products sold in this store are under rabbinical supervision. By order of the rabbis, no MP4s are sold here.'' Clothing stores that sell clothes regarded as provocative have been vandalized, and bleach thrown at merchandise.
Suspicion is all that's needed to spark an attack. Girls have been expelled from school after being seen talking to boys, a punishment that ruins their marriage prospects.
''It could be very innocent; she could be talking to her brother,'' Ragen said. But once thrown out of school, ''no one -- NO ONE -- will take you in,'' she added...
Three years ago, a son of Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar, was accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old boy, beating him at knifepoint and terrorizing him with snarling dogs because he had sought the attentions of the accused's unchaperoned sister. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-ML-Israel-Enforcing-Modesty.htm...

The Mishteret Yisrael, Israeli police have invented a new, non lethal, no less inhumane and demoralizing weapon for the Palestinians who would dare criticize the fact that the IDF shut off the supply of food, water, medicines and fuel to Gaza... "Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven't been washed for weeks - topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer. Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon.
Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean....
The Israeli police force has high hopes of turning Skunk into a commercial venture and selling it to law-enforcement agencies overseas."

note: another amerikan holocaust
Genocide in Iraq
David Model
Despite the precipitous plunge in his popularity and growing criticism of his competency, character, and style, George W. Bush is not really that much different from other presidents with respect to his hegemonic ambitions or his proclivity to use force to achieve foreign policy objectives. Continuing historical patterns, President Bush and all presidents since World War II have committed horrendous crimes against humanity in order to protect and advance American interests under the guise of liberating people from under the jackboot of brutal dictators or communist subversives, bringing democracy to totalitarian states, improving the lives of those who are suffering and eradicating terrorism....
The growing appetite for the unilateral application of force resulted in the "humanitarian intervention" or "illegal but legitimate" doctrine during the Clinton and Bush presidencies. ...
...Invading and occupying Iraq under the pretext of a preemptive war, a country already decimated by Dessert Storm, sanctions and no-fly-zones, represents the quintessential tragedy and hypocrisy of American foreign policy. To verify that the American Government is guilty of genocide in Iraq, I will establish a set of criteria based on the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and apply them to Iraq. The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punish ment of the Crime of Genocide sets out a number of criteria to evaluate whether or not a war crime attains the magnitude of genocide. These criteria are not without controversy but by examining the scholarly literature on the subject and the judgments of the International Criminal Court, I have established conservative standards to assess whether the American Government is responsible for genocide in Iraq... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=47690

Pentagon Hands Iraq Oil Deal to Shell
Nick Turse
In June of this year, Andrew Kramer, writing in the New York Times broke the story that the world's oil giants, "Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP ... along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies" were "in talks with Iraq's Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq's largest fields." Subsequently, the Times went on to report that "A group of American advisers led by a small State Department team played an integral part in drawing up contracts between the Iraqi government and five major Western oil companies ... " The Times asserted that the "disclosure" was "the first confirmation of direct involvement by the Bush administration in deals to open Iraq's oil to commercial development and is likely to stoke criticism." In reality, there had long been ample evidence of deep involvement between the Bush administration, foreign firms and Iraq's Oil Ministry...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=47707

Iraq Press Roundup
By ALAA MAJEED (UPI Correspondent)
...On the impact of foreign interference in Iraqi affairs, the Arabic-language news service Iraq 4 All highlighted Friday the relationship between Iraq and Iran. The United States supported Iraqi political parties that allied with Iran. These parties are the main players impacting the security and political situation. The United States knew, however, their hand-picked leaders for Iraq were loyal to Iran and not to Iraq.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=47718

note: like this is new...
U.S. to Fund Pro-American Publicity in Iraqi Media
Karen DeYoung and Walter Pincus, Washington Post Staff Writers
The Defense Department will pay private U.S. contractors in Iraq up to $300 million over the next three years to produce news stories, entertainment programs and public service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to "engage and inspire" the local population to support U.S. objectives and the Iraqi government. The new contracts -- awarded last week to four companies -- will expand and consolidate wh at the U.S. military calls "information/psychological operations" in Iraq far into the future, even as violence appears to be abating and U.S. troops have begun drawing down... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=47692

Sunday: A significant number of small attacks left at least 51 Iraqis dead and another 138 wounded. The violence was spread out fairly evenly across northern and central Iraq. Five bomb attacks struck Baghdad on Sunday, three of them aimed at civilians who were out holiday shopping and strolling. Security sources said at least 27 people had been killed and 84 wounded. The bombings reinforced fears among a growing number of residents that the security situation in Baghdad was deteriorating, even though over all it remained at the most stable level since the American-led invasion in 2003, according to data measured by the United States military command.... another explosion shortly before sundown in Shurta, a neighborhood on the city’s southwestern side. A bomb placed in a parked vehicle at a market there killed 12 and wounded 35, according to the Interior Ministry official... the attack took place near a Shiite house of worship, or husseiniya, now occupied by the Iraqi Army....previously... the local base of the Mahdi Army militia of Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American [SIC[ Shiite cleric. It was taken over by the army in the aftermath of battles this year between Iraqi and American forces and the militia in Baghdad and the south....

Baghdad takes on control of militias
By Mary Beth Sheridan in Baghdad
October 2 2008
Iraqi authorities officially took command yesterday of about 54,000 members of the Sons of Iraq or Awakening Councils in Baghdad. US officials say they will transfer authority over the remaining members as conditions permit. The Baghdad government has begun assuming control of the US-backed armed groups that have been credited with helping to curtail violence in the country, in a high-stakes test for the US strategy to pacify Iraq.... Iraq's Shia-led government has been wary of the largely Sunni forces, which include many former insurgents. Some of them have threatened to resume attacks if the government continues carrying out widespread arrests - which have seen several detained in recent weeks - or otherwise treats them harshly....
Yesterday's transition was largely symbolic, since the US military plans to stay involved with the groups for several months The Sons of Iraq programme started in western Anbar province in 2006, when Sunni tribal leaders abandoned their fight against US forces and became their allies in combating al-Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni insurgent group. Together with a ceasefire by Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical ["anti-american"!] Shia cleric, and the US troop surge, they have greatly helped in curbing violence over the past year.

note: immunity for u.s. war crimes will not last forever
Defense contractor claims immunity in Iraq torture
DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press Writer
Defense contractor CACI is claiming immunity from an Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit because it was doing the government's work by supplying interrogators to the U.S.-run prison in Iraq, according to court documents. CACI International Inc. and sister company CACI Premier Technology Inc., both of Arlington, Va., say they will use the immunity defense in a dismissal motion they plan to file next week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. The CACI case and another civil lawsuit pending in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., against New York-based L-3 Communications Corp., formerly Titan Corp., allege the contractors conspired with others to torture Abu Ghraib detainees in 2003 and 2004....: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=47547

Govt. Uses Contractors to Probe Iraq Contractors
State Dept. Move to Let Contractors Probe Complaints Over Other Contractors Is Illegal 03 Oct 2008 In an apparent violation of federal regulations, the State Department has outsourced to private contractors the responsibility to investigate possible crimes committed by security contractors in Iraq. Earlier this year, the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security hired the private firm U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) to fill positions in the newly created Force Investigation Unit (FIU) that investigates potential misuses of force against civilians by U.S. security contractors..

"Africa's Guantanamo"
u.s. genocude exposure is 'anti-amerikanism' ---- "Darfur genocide" propaganda is pro-amerikan
The BBC has a report from inside "Africa's Guantanamo," http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7644989.stm, the Ethiopian prison where refugees fleeing the American-backed invasion of Somalia were "renditioned," often with help of U.S. agents....
I know that no one cares about this. I know that the fact that thousands of Somalis have been slaughtered and millions more driven into suffering and desolation by a vicious war being conducted at every step with American assistance, in America's name -- in your name, if you're an American -- is not nearly as important as whether or not Joe Biden strikes the proper tone in his "debate" with Sarah Palin tonight. I know that even to most true-blue "progressives," the Somalis are non-people -- except when they show up as wild-eyed beserkers on late-night re-runs of "Black Hawk Down." I wonder what Biden and Palin will say about all this! I can't wait to see the oratorical agon of these two giants of statecraft as they engage in a constructive, informed exchange over American policy in Somalia. http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/3/1621-update-not-a...


US Army elevates "stability operations" in new manual
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2008
The US Army is elevating the importance of "stability operations" in a new edition of its operations field manual, reflecting lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, army officials said Friday. "This is the blueprint for our ability to operate in an uncertain future,' said Lieutenant Colonel Gary Kolbe, an army spokesman.
It comes a year after the army's release of a new counter-insurgency doctrine produced by General David Petraeus, now the top US commander in Iraq. The operations manual is a broader document that shapes all army doctrine ...A key lesson was that the lack of preparedness for the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 contributed to the rise of a bitter insurgency that still bedevils US forces. In Iraq and Afghanistan the US military have learned that nation building is essential to long-term success, and that often only the military is capable of accomplishing those tasks in a war zone. "We've always talked about stability operations, but this doctrine elevates it to the same level as offensive and defensive operations, which for a commander in a significant change," said Kolbe.
He said the new doctrine also has at its center "full spectrum operations," meaning that the army must be organized to engage in everything from high intensity combat to nation-building, often near simultaneously. That is the goal for the army as a whole under the existing doctrine, Kolbe said. But the new editions calls for making brigade size units capable of operating along the full spectrum of operations

Command for Africa Established by Pentagon
The new regional headquarters reflects a Pentagon push to coordinate security, aid and development in Africa.... analysts at policy advocacy organizations and research institutes are warning of a militarization of American foreign policy across Africa. Mr. Gates said the new command was an example of the Pentagon’s evolving strategy of forging what he called “civilian-military partnerships,” in which the Defense Department works alongside and supports the State Department and the Agency for International Development, as well as host nations’ security and development agencies.“...Africom represents yet another important step in modernizing our defense arrangements in light of 21st-century realities,” Mr. Gates said. “It is, at its heart, a different kind of command with a different orientation, one that we hope and expect will institutionalize a lasting security relationship with Africa, a vast region of growing importance in the globe.” [already rejected by several African nations familiar with U.S. 'security & development'.
[for more on AFRICOM see http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/118 ]

Somalis resist U.S.-backed Ethiopian Invasion & Occupation
During the last week of September, unprecedented fighting took place in several areas of the east African nation of Somalia. This rising tide of armed conflict is directly related to the resistance efforts of the Somali people against the occupation of their country by the military forces of neighboring Ethiopia.

Chavez doesn't condemn capitalism, especially his social-democrat brand
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez called the US financial crisis a failure of free-market capitalism ...He said the best response to the financial crisis was to go on the offensive, pushing alternatives to the US-style free market capitalism he derided as “neoliberalism”. http://www.breakingnews.ie/world/mhqlsnidmhcw/rss2/

Ahmadinejad Accepts Israel's Right to Exist
The Iranian president has said he would accept a two-state solution if the Palestinians agree. So where are the headlines?

Ahmadinejad Meets US Peace Movement
Robert Dreyfuss
Yesterday evening, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spent a couple of hours taking questions from representatives of the American peace movement. He appeared in a ballroom at New York's Grand Hyatt hotel, at an event facilitated by the Fellowship of Reconciliation... In response to the questions, Ahmadinejad happily endorsed America's invasion of Iraq. "Finally, [US leaders] were able to make a good decision for once," he said, referring to the 2003 w ar. But now, he said, America has overstayed its welcome, in an effort to dominate the Persian Gulf and secure access to oil. Having eliminated Iran's enemy, Saddam Hussein, it's time for the United States to get out... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=47508

Arab newspapers: U.S.-Israel behind deadly bombing in Syria:
Israel's Mossad spy agency was behind a deadly car bomb attack in Damascus on Saturday which killed 17 people, according to a columnist in the semi-official Jordanian daily Ad-Dustour. "It's a US-backed Israeli conspiracy to destabilize the Syrian regime and create enough chaos to produce an opposition that would develop and grow under the sponsorship of Israel and the United States,"http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=96377

Confused About Taliban? The Good Taliban, The Bad And The Ugly
Ahmed Quraishi
28 September 2008
There used to be one Taliban, the Afghan one. The new Talibans you see today are not only fake, but also penetrated by the spy agencies of several countries. Their target appears to be Pakistan.... the result of a great game that intelligence agencies from several countries are playing to confuse the situation on the Pak-Afghan border. Some, like the Indians, are using it to send trained terrorists. Others, like the Americans, are using it to support terrorists like BLA. And Russia is suspected of financing some other militants to keep the Americans tied down.
The Good Taliban are those who are patriots, they understand the situation created by the enemies of Pakistan. They support the Army and its various agencies that are all busy protecting Pakistan. The Good Taliban also include the Afghan Taliban, who is the original Taliban. They are good not because we like or dislike their policy, but because they, too, have never attacked Pakistan or Pakistanis. They are part of the Afghan opposition to the puppet regime of Hamid Karzai and are part of the Afghan resistance to a foreign occupation...
The Bad Taliban are those who started to form various groups under the leadership of the opportunist Mullahs or Imams. Such groups formed when they found the country was rapidly slipping towards chaos and lawlessness.
The Ugly Taliban are those who are the well paid agents of the coalition that consists of India, Israel, Europe and United States, using Afghanistan as their base of operation. They are supported by the Northern Alliance and the puppet Mr. Karzai in Kabul. They have sold themselves to the enemy and are responsible for the present chaos. Their objective is to make the country weak, induce turmoil and attack the defense system and the associated personnel of the country.This last group, the Bad Taliban, whom you can also call the Fake Taliban, are the real enemy of Pakistan. The BLA of Balochistan joined this group and is supported by the above mentioned countries.

A few final fascist 'homeland' snapshots
FBI given new rules for investigations
The rules, to take effect Dec. 1, are a roadmap to the FBI's transformation... The Justice Department says it wants to ensure that the FBI can now meet the biggest threats of the 21st century: national security and terrorism.The roadmap consolidates once-separate rules for assessing threats and investigating traditional crimes and terrorism. They tell FBI agents what they can and can't do, including when to conduct surveillance, use informants and consider race or ethnicity in determining whether someone is a suspect....
Michael German, policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the Justice Department recently revised the rules to make it appear that limits have been imposed on what techniques the FBI can use to investigate demonstrations and civil disorders. He cited language elsewhere in the guidelines that appear to contradict the restrictions, saying there are no limits on the FBI's authority to investigate federal crimes or threats to national security during civil disorders or demonstrations....critics say the FBI will now be able to begin investigating people with no indication they did anything wrong. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081003/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/fbi_terrorism_1

see above: conveniently timed official debut of permanent 'homeland' military deployment as part of u.s. global 'full spectrum dominance'...
Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1
3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army

racist revenge
O.J. Simpson comes up a loser in Vegas
Simpson might spend the rest of his life in prison for what most perceived as a petty crime, a tussle among dysfunctional middle-aged men.Simpson's Las Vegas defense tried to tell the jury that the two cases had nothing to do with each other, but it was a losing battle.... Galanter and Stewart's lawyers promised to appeal, in part because unlike the predominantly black jury that decided Simpson's murder case, this panel included no African-Americans.... The case was set in motion by Thomas Riccio, a collectibles broker who tried to bring in the FBI when he heard that two memorabilia dealers were planning to sell a trove of Simpson artifacts. Failing to get their attention, he helped set up a "sting" by promoting an anonymous buyer who turned out to be Simpson. Riccio, who has peddled goods including video of Anna Nicole Smith's breast implant surgery, saw a chance to profit by recording the confrontation between Simpson and collectibles dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong. He rented a cramped hotel room away from the Las Vegas Strip for the meeting and planted a digital recorder atop an armoire. Riccio then sold the recordings of the six-minute confrontation for $210,000 before turning them over to police eight days later. Although they couldn't be authenticated, the recordings became the heart of the prosecution's case, along with audio recorded by gunman Michael McClinton at two wedding parties. The recordings were sometimes garbled, but Simpson's voice came through loud and clear: "Don't let nobody out of this room." The words formed the basis of the prosecution's kidnapping charge. The former football hero also was heard accusing the men of stealing his possessions. His lawyer would argue that Simpson was on a recovery mission to reclaim the artifacts of his life. But District Attorney David Roger argued that ownership was not a defense to robbery[except for white gangster state pimps]

Simpson Guilty in Robbery Trial
LAS VEGAS — A jury convicted O. J. Simpson of armed robbery, kidnapping and all 10 other counts stemming from a confrontation last year in a Las Vegas hotel room. ...13 years to the day after Mr. Simpson was acquitted in the highly publicized murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald L. Goldman.... Mr. Simpson has said he was seeking to retrieve only personal keepsakes like ceremonial footballs from his Hall of Fame N.F.L. career and photographs of his family that years ago were taken from his home.
The jury... considered weeks of testimony as well as hours of surreptitious audio recordings of the planning and execution of the event by Thomas Riccio, a memorabilia auctioneer who arranged the confrontation.... Mr. Riccio’s recorder picked up police officers at the crime scene seeming to exult in their chance to prosecute Mr. Simpson. He also noted that Mr. Riccio alone testified that he had made more than $200,000 in fees from the news media in exchange for interviews and rights to his recordings.... references were made in some of the audio recordings to the fact that Mr. Simpson owes the estate of Ms. Simpson and Mr. Goldman $33.5 million because in 1997 he was held liable in a civil lawsuit for the deaths[...]

NYT pimps intensified fascist legislation as a fix for same
...Christine Anderson...was with [2 year old] son Jack both times he was told that he was on the terrorist watch list...“That baby’s on the no-fly watch list,” the agent said....airlines have to compile a database of names and variants of names to check against the federal list. Once an innocent passenger shows up and voluntarily provides identification, airlines can then clear that person, case by case and trip by trip, as not being on the watch list.Airlines say they are unfairly stuck with the logistical and financial burdens of ensuring that any given passenger is not on the federal list. The federal list contains names and aliases, and usually detailed personal information, about suspects, from information provided by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Airlines can collect only names and variants of names.A program called Secure Flight, which will allow the T.S.A. to screen passengers directly, has been stalled by the privacy concerns. But with public discontent growing over the current haphazard administration of the watch list at airports, it is now expected to take effect next year.

Google's New Spy
Corporate Watch
Users of Google's newly released Internet browser, Chrome, were shocked to find out that, by downloading and using the programme, they had agreed to give up copyright to their own files. The browser's End User Licence Agreement contained a clause giving the company a "perpetual, irrevocable" licence to "reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any content" submitted or displayed through its browser, as well as "sharing" the user's info rmation with other organisations. For many, even those who would normally share their knowledge for free, this would not only include their personal details, but also things like programming code, which could then be reproduced by corporations for commercial purposes...