11/5/7 'Gangs' as "Terrorists"; Thought Crime Prevention Bill; Sarkozy the Sayan; 'Humanitarian' Kidnapping; U.S. Bombe

"...Political Islam is not targeted by the United States -- what is targeted is resistance under any label. In South America and South East Asia the resistance takes a leftist form (FARC, the Filipino and Nepalese Communist parties), so the U.S. attacks them. In the Arab region, the resistance takes an Islamist form, so the U.S. attacks them... The common factor is resistance to Washington's hegemony and agenda for control, not Islam..."
As'ad al-Azzouni, Jordanian Marxist activist and writer

"...terrorism’ is a floating signifier attached at will to Western enemies... The vagueness and inconsistency of its definition is key to its political usefulness... for those rejecting U.S. domination and fighting to free themselves from U.S.-Israel occupation."
Eqbal Ahmad, Pakistani scholar

"Whether it be Afghanistan or Iraq, we got more work to do. We the free world has more work to do, and I believe those of us who live in liberty have a responsibility to promote forms of government that deal with what causes 19 kids to get on airplanes to kill 3000 students."
Video: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=37756

Deja Vu: The US is smearing IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei for not finding evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons
Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovich criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency and its chief, Mohamed El Baradei, calling it a "hindrance" in the battle against the Iran's nuclear armament.

futile fascist fantasies of world domination...
Abizaid: Mideast wars may last 50 years
Associated Press
It may take half a century before U.S. troops can leave the volatile Middle East, according to retired Army Gen. John Abizaid. "Over time, we will have to shift the burden of the military fight from our forces directly to regional forces, and we will have to play an indirect role, but we shouldn't assume for even a minute that in the next 25 to 50 years the American military might be able to come home, relax and take it easy, because the strategic situation in the region doesn't seem to show that as being possible," Abizaid said Wednesday at Carnegie Mellon University... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=37762

how electoral 'opposition' works for capitalism
Democrat Defections Clear Path for Mukasey
The nomination fight over attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey effectively came to an end yesterday, as two key Senate Democrats parted from their colleagues and announced their support for the former judge despite his controversial statements on torture.
(By Dan Eggen and Paul Kane, The Washington Post)

U.S. scraps Iraq-Russian oil deal: Russia threatens to retaliate:
Guided by U.S legal advisers, the Iraqi government has canceled a controversial development contract with the Russian company Lukoil for a vast oil field in Iraq's southern desert, freeing it up for potential international investment in the future. http://snipurl.com/1t50j

The deepening structural - conjunctural crisis of U.S. capitalism driving its failing global juggernaut for hegemony:

Prince quits as head of Citigroup
Chuck Prince quit as chairman and chief executive of Citigroup on Sunday night as the company revealed it was facing between $8bn and $11bn of further losses on its holdings of mortgage-related securities. Mr Prince said that in the light of the losses stepping down was “the only honourable course”. Mr Prince is the biggest casualty yet of the US subprime mortgage crisis which has already led to the removal of the heads of Merrill Lynch and UBS.... The losses were particularly embarrassing for Mr Prince, who told the Financial Times in July that Citi was “still dancing” in the leveraged lending business even as the crisis in subprime mortgages was turning into a broader credit squeeze.
The value of mortgage securities packaged into collateralised debt obligations has fallen further in recent weeks sharply increasing the losses Wall Street banks face. Stan O’Neal was last week ousted as chairman and chief executive of Merrill Lynch, after it estimated it faced writedowns of $7.9bn, almost double the figure it announced less than three weeks earlier. After Merrill Lynch, Citi was the largest underwriter of CDOs last year and the credit squeeze has left both with large holdings of securities and CDOs. Citi said it had $55bn of subprime-related direct exposures in its securities and banking business of which $11.7bn was in its lending and structuring business and $43bn consisted of super senior tranches of CDOs
Citi’s shares fell 11 per cent last week as analysts increased estimates of the further losses it is facing on mortgage-backed securities.
The shares are now down 32 per cent this year and have fallen 19 per cent since Mr Prince was appointed chief executive.

Citigroup Names Rubin as Chairman and Plans More Write-Downs
The board of Citigroup accepted resignation of Charles O. Prince III and appointed Robert E. Rubin, the former Treasury secretary, as its chairman...
Last month, Citigroup’s third-quarter earnings fell 57 percent after it took the write-off and virtually all of its businesses took heavy losses. And the problems continue to mount. At a meeting today, Citigroup’s board is expected to be briefed on the possibility of even greater losses. Mr. Rubin, however, has emerged largely unscathed. Executives say he offers advice but does not insist that people act on it. And he has long been adamant that he has no responsibility for the decisions made by Mr. Prince and Citigroup’s other leaders. That contrast has allowed Mr. Rubin to float above the fray, even as he has helped guide the bank during Mr. Prince’s tumultuous tenure.... Citigroup will also announce tomorrow that it will take another $8 billion to $11 billion in write-downs, this person said. That would be in addition to the $5.9 billion that it wrote down in early October, when it reported third-quarter results.The appointments are intended to reassure Wall Street while the board looks for a successor to Mr. Prince, whose resignation came after the company suffered major losses as a result of its large exposure to bad loans and mortgage-related securities. Mr. Rubin, who has held the largely advisory role as chairman of the bank’s executive committee, will take on a wider role, though he continues to balk at supervising the bank’s daily operations. Mr. Rubin has long insisted that he does not want to take over as chief executive. ...

Total Intelligence Solutions
The spies who came in for the gold
By Dana Hedgpeth
The Washington Post
First it became a brand name in security for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it's taking on intelligence. The Prince Group, the holding company that owns Blackwater Worldwide, has been building an operation that will sniff out intelligence about natural disasters, business-friendly governments, overseas regulations and global political developments for clients in industry and government. The operation has assembled a roster of former spooks — high-ranking figures from agencies such as the CIA and defense intelligence — that mirrors the slate of former military officials who run Blackwater. Its chairman is famed spy Cofer Black, the former head of counterterrorism at the CIA known for his leading role in many of the agency's more controversial programs, including the rendition and interrogation of al-Qaida suspects and the detention of some of them in secret prisons overseas.
Its chief executive: Robert Richer, a former CIA associate deputy director of operations who was heavily involved in running the agency's role in the Iraq war. Total Intelligence Solutions, which, like Blackwater, is part of the Prince Group, is one of a growing number of companies that offer intelligence services such as risk analysis to companies and governments. Because of its roster and its ties to owner Erik Prince, the multimillionaire former Navy SEAL, the company's thrust into this world highlights the blurring of lines between government, industry and activities formerly reserved for agents operating in the shadows. Richer, for instance, once served as the chief of the CIA's Near East division and is said to have ties with the king of Jordan. The CIA had spent millions helping train Jordan's intelligence service in exchange for information. Now Jordan has hired Blackwater to train its special forces. "Cofer can open doors," said Richer, who served more than two decades at the CIA. "I can open doors. We can generally get in to see who we need to see. We don't help pay bribes. We do everything within the law, but we can deal with the right minister or person."

Total Intel, as the company is known, is bringing "the skills traditionally honed by CIA operatives directly to the board room," Black said. Black had a 28-year career with the CIA. "They have the skills and background to do anything anyone wants," said R.J. Hillhouse, who writes a national-security blog called The Spy Who Billed Me. "There's no oversight. They're an independent company offering freelance espionage services. They're rent-a-spies." The heart of Total Intel operations is a suite on the ninth floor of a tower in Arlington, Va., patterned after the CIA counterterrorist center Black once ran, with analysts sitting at cubicles in the center of the room and glass offices of senior executives on the perimeter. A handful of analysts in their 20s or 30s sit hunched over Macintosh computers, scanning Web sites, databases, newspapers and chat rooms. The lights are dimmed. Three large-screen TVs play in the background, one showing Al-Jazeera. The room, called the Global Fusion Center, is manned 24/7, as analysts search for warnings on everything from terrorist plots on radical Islamic Web sites to possible political upheavals in Asia, labor strikes in South America and Europe, and economic upheavals that could affect a company's business. "We're not a private detective," Black said. "We provide intelligence to our clients. It's not about taking pictures. It's business intelligence. We collect all information that's publicly available. This is a completely legal enterprise. We break no laws. We don't go anywhere near breaking laws. We don't have to."

Total Intel was launched in February by Prince, who a decade ago opened a law enforcement training center in Moyock, N.C., that has since grown into a half-billion-dollar business called Blackwater Worldwide. Prince has nine other companies and subsidiaries in his Prince Group empire, offering a broad range of security and training services. (One, Blackwater Security Consulting, is under scrutiny because of a Sept. 16 shooting incident that involved some of its armed guards in Iraq, in which 17 Iraqi civilians were killed.)

Prince built Total Intel by buying two companies owned by Matt Devost, the Terrorism Research Center and Technical Defense Inc., and merging them with Black's consulting group, called the Black Group. Devost, a cyber security and risk-management expert, is now president of Total Intel....
The company won't reveal its earnings, the names of its customers or other details of its work. Even looking at the screen of an analyst at its Global Fusion Center wasn't allowed.... In their conference room overlooking the Global Fusion Center, Total Intel executives fired off a list of some of their work. Are some recent bombings at major cities in India isolated incidents or should you pull your personnel out? What are the political developments in Pakistan going to mean for your business? Is your company popping up on jihadist Web sites? There's been crime recently in the ports of Mexico, possibly by rogue police officers. Is the government going to be able to ensure safety?
Since 2000, the Terrorism Research Center portion of the company has done $1.5 million worth of contracts with the government, mainly from agencies like the Army, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Special Operations Command ...

London Police Faulted in 2005 Killing on Subway
Jurors cleared individual officers but in the killing of a man misidentified as a terrorist.

7 Acquitted in Madrid ['Terrorist'] Bombing: none of the accused ringleaders of the attack were convicted.

"They would rather have a stable Pakistan -- albeit with some restrictive norms -- than have more democracy prone to fall in the hands of extremists."
- TARIQ AZIM KHAN, Pakistan's minister of state for information, describing U.S officials' reaction to Gen. Pervez Musharraf's suspending of the Constitution. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/05/washington/05diplo.html?th&emc=th

Musharraf has support of US, UK:
Musharraf clearly took care to consult Washington and Britain before announcing his move. Benazir Bhutto's abrupt departure for Dubai against the advice by her party leaders also suggests that Musharraf took her into confidence. http://ia.rediff.com/news/2007/nov/04guest.htm

U.S. 'PROTESTS' ITS OWN PERFORMANCE : Bhutto & the bombing on her return serve U.S. 'democracy' facade
U.S. Is Likely [SIC] to Continue Aid to Pakistan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 — The Bush administration signaled Sunday that it would probably continue to keep billions of dollars flowing to Pakistan’s military, despite the detention of human rights advocates and leaders of the political opposition by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the country’s president.
In Islamabad, aides to General Musharraf ... said they had anticipated that there would be few real consequences. They called the American reaction “muted, ” saying General Musharraf had not received phone calls of protest from Mr. Bush or other senior American officials. In unusually candid terms, they said American officials support stability over democracy....“We’ve got U.S. and NATO troops dying in Afghanistan, and a war on terrorism” that cannot be halted while General Musharraf tries to shore up his eroding powers", [said a senior official] ... Until a few days ago, they said, General Musharraf had been offering private assurances that any emergency declaration would be short-lived. “They have made this crisis more acute by the way they’ve done this,” the official concluded.President Bush, who has made spreading democracy a major foreign policy theme, has said nothing in public about General Musharraf’s action. His silence contrasts sharply to his reaction to the crackdown on dissidents in Myanmar last month. In that case, Mr. Bush announced specific steps against Myanmar rulers....
For more than a year before Saturday’s declaration, American officials have seethed in frustration over Pakistan’s poor performance against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. General Musharraf’s effort to strike a deal with tribal leaders — who he said would attack terrorist groups in return for autonomy — quickly failed. When General Musharraf ordered troops back into the region in recent months, many were killed or kidnapped [digest note: most actually refused to fight what majority in Pakistan correctly see as U.S. war]
In interviews before and after the emergency declaration, Western diplomats and former Pakistani military officials said General Musharraf had done a poor job countering growing militancy in the country, particularly this year. The military-led government has moved too slowly, prepared poorly for operations and often appeased militant groups.... While Washington does not assemble in one place all of its various forms of aid to Pakistan, a study published in August by the Center for Strategic and International Studies estimated the total to be “at least $10 billion in Pakistan since 9/11, excluding covert funds.” Sixty percent of that has gone to “Coalition Support Funds,” essentially direct payments to the Pakistani military, and 15 percent to purchase major weapons systems. Another 15 percent has been for general budget support for the Pakistani government; only 10 percent for development or humanitarian assistance [SIC].
General Musharraf’s supporters argued Sunday that his government — now unencumbered by legal constraints and political concerns by the emergency decree — will be in a better position to eradicate extremists and that if the United States wants that security, it has no other choice than to back him.

Musharraf Adopts Bush-Cheney Doctrine of "Lawfare"
["Judicial activism": with Bush this] ... political code word integrated into the National Security Doctrine of the United States. Scott Horton of Harper's, writing on "Bush's War on the Rule of Law" describes how the attack on judicial activism entered national security doctrine through the concept of "lawfare":
According to Major General Charles J. Dunlap Jr., now the Air Force’s deputy judge advocate general, lawfare is the “strategy of using or misusing law as a substitute for traditional military means to achieve an operational objective.” As the neoconservative lawyers David Rivkin and Lee Casey have put it, lawfare aims to “gain a moral advantage over your enemy in the court of world opinion, and potentially a legal advantage in national and international tribunals.” The concept, which has been discussed in the Federalist Society and at National Review Online, became doctrine in the March 2005 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America: “Our strength as a nation state will continue to be challenged by those who employ a strategy of the weak using international fora, judicial processes, and terrorism.” Note the equation of “international fora, judicial processes, and terrorism.” In other words, turning to courts for the enforcement of legal rights, appeals to international tribunals, and terrorism are seen as the elements of a single consistent enemy strategy. In the strange reasoning of the lawfare theorists, lawyers who defend their clients, or who present their claims to domestic or international courts, might as well be terrorists themselves... a cogent summary of the doctrine presented by President Musharraf. Unlike Bush, Musharraf at least had the decency to announce to the whole world that he was placing the constitution "in abeyance" and arrogating all power to his sole person. http://icga.blogspot.com/2007/11/musharraf-adopts-bush-cheney-doctrine.h...

Bush & Blair Holocaust Commission
Gideon Polya, MWC News
HOLOCAUST DENIAL is repugnant because it denies the horrendous suffering of those who died; adds to the continuing suffering of their surviving families and descendants; and threatens repetition of like atrocities because History ignored or denied yields History repeated... denial of the Jewish Holocaust is so repugnant to some countries particularly affected by this catastrophe that it is illegal to deny the actuality of the Jewish Holocaust (6 million victims) in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. Indeed France and Belgium are variously extending this crime of holocaust denial to include denial of the World War 1 Armenian Genocide (1.5 million victims).

The post-1950 Muslim Holocaust involving 0.6 billion post-1950 excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) in the Muslim World (as estimated from UN Population Division data ) is of course IGNORED by the First World-dominated world, as is the post-1950 Third World Holocaust involving 1.1 billion avoidable deaths...

...Using the[Lancet] figure for Iraq and a UN-derived estimate for Afghanistan, the post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan total 0.9 million and 2.1 million, respectively – a total of 3.0 million deaths, 1,000 (one thousand) times the number of people murdered on 9/11. These estimates are consonant with independent UN data on post-invasion under-5 infant deaths, currently 0.4 million and 1.7 million, respectively, for Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan...
2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature, British playwright Harold Pinter, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech entitled "Art, Truth and Politics" (delivered by videotape on 8 December 2005 ) in which he accused US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair of war crimes in Iraq. After detailing the huge human cost of decades of violent US interventions in Central and South America, Harold Pinter described the invasion of Iraq as "an act of blatant state terrorism" and called for the arraignment of Bush and Blair before the International Criminal Court, declaring: "How many people do you have to kill before you qualify as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought."
3.0 million?." http://www.uruknet.de/?p=37749

Bush says since troop surge "slowly but surely, the people of Iraq are reclaiming a normal society."

Caged & Lonely...
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
...Iraq the model of American/Western democracy. In Iraq, you smell putrefied, decomposing bodies daily, it has become part of the National "flavor." So have abandonment and neglect – our new national emblems. And loneliness a by-product of our Liberation "à l’0ccidentale." You have managed to export not only, your "freedom" with its death, exile and misery. Not only your puritanical, perverted sexual repressions finding release- Abu Ghraib style. Not only your men and weapons that guarantee instant rapture. Not only your culture that consists of nothing but junk. But you have also managed to export your soul sickness over here...Loneliness. "Dozens of Baghdadis flock to the centre of the Iraqi capital on Friday mornings, ignoring the threat to their lives, with a sole aim -- to ease their loneliness in the company of a bird. Their destination is not a cinema, theatre or concert hall -- a rarity in the Iraqi capital -- but central Baghdad's Al-Ghazl bird market Fuad is one of them. "I do not go out of my home. Because of the dangers, I prefer to stay at home rather than seek work. So I decided to buy a parrot who can entertain me," says Fuad, an unemployed graduate.<(...) Ironic don’t you think ? Here is a people unable to venture out, unable to enjoy the fruits of "their liberation," unable to taste the "culture of democracy," unable to have a normal life like any other people. So they go and risk their lives, and head to a pet market. Braving it all, to buy a bird to entertain them ! and ease their loneliness. A caged people seeking a caged bird to give them the illusion of Freedom. How terribly sad. How terribly criminal... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=37795

Palestinian Corpses Computer Screen Graphics
Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice
Trading photos on their cell phones of Palestinians corpses they have murdered on the Gaza Strip, is the hobby among Israeli Zionist state terrorist soldiers... traded and used as screen savers in their morbid interest in Palestinian pain and death, a new amusement in swapping photos taken with their cellphones during their missions of murder on the Gaza Strip... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=37761 http://www.uruknet.de/?p=37792

French President Sarkozy Accused of Working for Israeli Intelligence
Sarkozy the Sayan
By Gamal Nkrumah
Online Journal Guest Writer
"Sarco the Sayan" has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of French President
Nicolas Sarkozy. The influential French daily Le Figaro last week revealed
that the French leader once worked for -- and perhaps still does, it hinted
-- Israeli intelligence as a sayan (Hebrew for helper), one of the thousands
of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate with the katsas (Mossad case-officers).

War is Peace
The Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar, citing diplomatic sources, said this morning (Saturday Nov 3) the US administration has given the green light to Israel to launch a wide-ranging attack on the Gaza Strip, although timing is complicated by preparations for the Annapolis peace conference. The paper said the planned incursion is based on Israeli intelligence warnings about the arming of various Palestinian groups, including an allegation about funding from Lebanese Hizbullah, and Israeli demands for more US pressure on Egypt on the issue of arms-smuggling (...) The sources said Olmert and Barak have since then been meeting frequently to work out the timing and other details for the attack on Gaza, adding however that the American green light is being complicated or held up by current multi-party efforts to come up with some kind of an Israel-Palestine agreement ahead of the Annapolis peace conference. They said the Israeli troops currently on the Gaza border are receiving instructions and training, in preparation for a giant military operation in the Gaza Strip which will begin in the north and central parts of the Gaza Strip, and then be extended throughout.... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=37874

Deliberate Hypocrisy
By Ghali Hassan

While in Moscow in October 2007, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice still had the time to preach U.S. “democracy” and “human rights”. Meanwhile in Iraq, daily indiscriminate bombing raids by U.S. forces on Iraqi civilians are continuing in flagrant violation of international human rights law. The aim of this deliberate hypocrisy is to manufacture delusions and induce moral bankruptcy among the population, and to justify the use of violence to further U.S.-Western imperialist agenda.
The deliberate destruction of Iraq and the creation of a dependent U.S. proxy serving U.S.-Western interests is part of the U.S.-Israel imperialist agenda. It is now clear that the U.S. primary goal in Iraq has to do with the protection of the Israeli fascist regime and U.S. imperialist domination of the region and its oil resources. Every one knows that U.S. rhetoric (of democracy and justice) is nothing short of fascist propaganda masquerading as “democracy” and “human rights”. It is worth remembering that when Adolf Hitler invaded other nations (Czechoslovakia, Poland, Ukraine, etc.), Hitler uses the same concocted “human rights” pretexts to justify his war crimes.

Today’s Iraq is a lawless land where foreign mercenaries, and expatriate criminals and extremists are terrorising the civilian population with impunity. By arming and financing one faction against the other, the U.S. exacerbates the violence and hence justifies the ongoing Occupation. This criminal colonial policy is not new, as many have suggested. In order to serve their imperialist interests, U.S. and Western governments have always had strong love affairs with criminals and terrorists. Indeed, U.S. support for terrorism is part of U.S. strategy to continue the Occupation of Iraq.

Speaking of terrorists, Kurdish warlords and their militia in northern Iraq have been used by Western governments and Israel and proved to be reliable pawns. The Kurds treacherous collaboration in the murderous Occupation of Iraq is just one epoch in their history of treason and serving imperialism’s interests at the expense of ordinary Kurds. The Kurdish armed groups, the so-called Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan (PKK) or Kurdistan Workers Party, are now described by the Western media as “Kurdish fighters” fighting for autonomy and are allowed to remain in a safe haven in U.S.-occupied northern Iraq. Of course, this sounds like a decent group of ‘freedom fighters’, like Roland Regan’s Contras murderers in Latin America. Forgotten is the decades-long history of the PKK campaign of terror against the Turkey.

In contrast, the image of the legitimate Iraqi Resistance against the murderous Occupation is distorted and the Resistance is portrayed as an “insurgency” and a collection of “al-Qaeda” terrorists. Likewise, Afghans who are resisting the occupation of their country are labelled “terrorists”. The democratically-elected Palestinian Resistant Movement (HAMAS) is also labelled ‘terrorists’ for legitimately resisting Israel’s terror. Hence, Palestinian children have to suffer the wrath of a U.S.-EU blockade enforced by Israel’s terror.

In 2006, the Bush Administration was behind Israel’s invasion of Lebanon to destroy Hezbollah fighters there. In addition to the destruction of Lebanon vital infrastructure, Israeli aggression killed some 1,500 innocent civilians and turned more than half a million into refugees, with tacit U.S.-EU approval. Condoleezza Rice called Israel’s premeditated terror, the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”. And to make the situation worse, the U.S. and its allies not only refused to condemn or stop Israel’s terror against the civilians population, but the U.S. shipped bombs to Israel knowing in advance that the Israeli army was deliberately targeting innocent Lebanese civilians. Now, compare this with U.S. opposition to Turkey’s plan to stop Kurdish terror.

It follows, the term ‘terrorist’ is reserved for those who are rejecting U.S. domination and fighting to free themselves from U.S.-Israel Occupation. As rightly described by the late Pakistani scholar, Eqbal Ahmad, ‘terrorism’ is a floating signifier attached at will to Western enemies to evoke moral revulsion. The vagueness and inconsistency of its definition is key to its political usefulness.

Furthermore, let’s take a look at the U.S.-West hypocrisy of holding Turkey responsible for allegedly committed an “Armenian genocide” some 90 years ago while deliberately ignoring the ongoing Iraqi Genocide. As Professor Mahmood Mamdani of Columbia University in New York accurately elaborated, that genocide is being instrumentalised in a way that mass slaughters which implicate the U.S adversaries are being named “genocide” and those that implicate the U.S. and its friends are not being named genocide. In the case of Turkey – a U.S.-NATO ally –, the aim is to blackmail Turkey and distort the image of Muslims and Islam, and associate Muslims with violence and deflect guilt away from U.S.-Western perpetrators of the Iraqi Genocide.

If you reflect on the ongoing violence and suffering inflicted on millions of people around the world you will realise that whether it is the mass murder of innocent Iraqi civilians and the deliberate starvation of Palestinian children or the destruction of the environment and the spread of poverty, the U.S. and its Western allies are the main perpetrators...

The push for war with Iran is part of a fascist anti-Muslims/anti-Arabs propaganda campaign in the U.S. and Europe. There are concerted efforts by inherently racist Zionists, the U.S.-Western media and the entertainment industry to dehumanised and vilified Arabs. Take a look at how the mass killing of innocent Iraqi and Afghan civilians is justified and applauded by U.S.-Western leaders and sold as part of U.S.-Western “shared values” to spread “democracy” and “human rights”. The campaign is a deliberate effort to spread fear and hatred, and build public support for war on Muslim nations, including Iran.

In the U.S., thousands of Muslim immigrants and American citizens have been illegally hounded in witch-hunt roundups, held in secret detention centres, “black holes”, where they disappear for months into extreme solitary confinement, and many illegally deported without due process. Their “crime” is their Muslim faith. (For more, see Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 29/10/2007).

The immoral and illegal policy of “extraordinary rendition” in which CIA agents kidnap innocent Muslims and so-called “terrorism suspects” anywhere in the world and illegally transfer them to prisons in countries where they are tortured on behalf of the U.S. or sent them to secret CIA prisons (“black sites”) hidden across Europe, where they are tortured by CIA agents is flagrant violation of international human rights law. Many Muslims, mostly innocent, include prisoners of the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq have ended-up in the Pentagon official Concentration Camp at Guantánamo Bay where some of them were tortured to death.

Furthermore, Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, including women and children, are imprisoned in countless U.S.-run prisons throughout Iraq. They are denied basic human rights and enduring systematic torture, abuse and murder in violations of International Law, including the UN Convention and the Geneva Conventions against torture and mistreatment of detainees and prisoners. The infamous Abu Ghraib (where George Bush known to have perfected the practice of torture) is just the tip of the iceberg in America’s global network of torture centres.

The Russians must be wondering about the U.S. Secretary preaching “democracy” and “human rights” in their country while deliberately ignoring not only the inequality and violations of human rights in her own country – where at least 50 million of her fellow Americans (mostly African Americans) are denied health care and treated with contempt –, but also a catalogue of U.S. government violations of International Law and contempt for human lives around the world.

In sum, the primary aim of U.S.-Western deliberate hypocrisy is to control the public, induce moral bankruptcy and justify the use of violence to further U.S.-Western imperialist agenda, using “democracy” and “human rights” as political tools. Thus, as long as U.S.-Western leaders continue to ignore their own war crimes and their complicity in war crimes, they have no moral authority or credibility to judge other countries or interfere in the affairs of other countries.
Ghali Hassan is an independent writer living in Australia.
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the loyal imperialist electoral 'opposition'...
Sen. James Webb (D-VA) and 29 other US Senators who oppose a U.S. war against Iran have written a letter to the president telling him that he cannot attack Iran without express approval in advance from the Congress. A letter! If Congress is serious it need only revoke the 2001 AUMF. A simple resolution declaring it ended, and stating that the war on terror is not a war....
The aircraft carriers, loaded with Tomahawk missiles and the largest bomber fleet ever assembled, are in place. Stealth bombers are being retrofitted to carry a new 15-ton bomb. The army has built a base right near the Iranian border in Iraq. There was the bizarre case of the six missing nuclear missiles. The verbal threats against Iran are increasing. US special forces are reportedly already operating in Iran, encouraging and perhaps participating in acts of terror against the regime and its military forces there. Oil prices are starting to rise to unseen levels as commodities traders bet on the impact of a closing of the Persian Gulf to oil traffic. Time grows short to stop a catastrophe. http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff11022007.html

Rumsfeld memos urged staff to 'keep elevating the terrorism threat'
From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld.
By Robin Wright
In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that oil wealth has detached Muslims "from the reality of the work, effort and investment that leads to wealth for the rest of the world. Too often Muslims are against physical labor, so they bring in Koreans and Pakistanis while their young people remain unemployed ...An unemployed population is easy to recruit to radicalism." [digest note: he forgot to explain apparently how U.S. handles this with racist anti-immigrant propaganda and witchhunts]
If radicals "get a hold of" oil-rich Saudi Arabia, he added, the United States will have "an enormous national security problem."
The memos delve into issues beyond Iraq and terrorism. In a memo to national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley in July 2006, Rumsfeld warned that the United States is "getting run out of Central Asia" by the Russians, who are doing a "considerably better job at bullying" than Washington is doing to "counter their bullying." and wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran" and develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18647.htm

imperialist godfathers...
Double-crossing in Kurdistan
By Pepe Escobar
The George W Bush administration would not flinch to betray its allies in Iraqi Kurdistan if that entailed a US "win" in the Iraq quagmire. And it would not flinch to leave its Turkish North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies in the wilderness as well - if that entailed further destabilization of Iran. Way beyond the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) vs Turkey skirmish, one of these two double-crossing scenarios will inevitably take place. Washington simply cannot have its kebab and eat it too....

... The US and Israeli establishment regards Hezbollah as a group of evil super-terrorists. But the PKK consists of just "minor" terrorists, and very useful ones at that, since the US Central Intelligence Agency is covertly financing and arming the PJAK (Party for Free Life in Kurdistan), the Iranian arm of the PKK, whose mission is to "liberate" parts of northwest Iran. Not accidentally, the new PKK overdrive coincides with US - and also Israeli - covert support for the PJAK. Israel has not only invested a lot in scores of business ventures in Iraqi Kurdistan, it has also extensively trained Kurdish peshmerga special commandos, who could easily share their knowledge with their PKK cousins. The new PKK offensive coincides with a PKK flush with new mortars, anti-tank weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and even anti-aircraft missiles. And most of all, the PKK drive coincides with the mysteriously vanished scores of light weapons the Pentagon sent to Iraq with no serial numbers to identify 97% of them.The person responsible for this still unsolved mystery is none other than the counterinsurgency messiah and top commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus....

The Turkish-Israeli plan
US corporate media totally ignore the US/Israeli coddling of the PJAK - and by extension the PKK. The larger context is lost. No one bothers to ask how come the Bush administration seems to be such a huge fan of a greater Kurdistan.As much as the PJAK - and the PKK - use American largesse for greater Kurdistan ends, the Bush administration uses especially the PJAK for its wider "war on terror" target: the destabilization of Iran. Turkish-US relations in this case are no more than a casualty of war. Now the Turks are up not only against Massoud Barzani's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), but also the US and the European Union in Brussels. And in addition, the PKK denies it has attacked Turkey out of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Turkey has angrily reacted to the US Senate proposal for "soft" partition of Iraq. This is the famous US "Plan B" for Iraq - more an "A" than a "B" because it was floated years ago. And the authors are Israel and ... the Turks themselves. The plan has been extensively documented, among others, by the Center for Research at the Kurdish Library in New York. According to its "Kurdish Life" newsletter, "Back in 1990, Turkey's then prime minister Turgut Ozal made a deal with the US and Kurdish leaders Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani. Masterminded by an Israel obsessed with breaking up the 'sea of Arabs' in the Middle East, the plan has proceeded apace ever since, influencing and directing virtually all of Washington's political and military tactics in Iraq. And yet even today it remains nobody's business." The Israeli mastermind was Leslie Gelb... The plan duly featured in the Turkish press at the time. It proposed a federal Iraq, with a Kurdistan, a section of Kirkuk and Mosul for the Turkomans; and the rest, in fact most of the country, for "the Arabs", Sunni and Shi'ite alike. To get their autonomous mini-state, the Iraqi Kurds just had to guarantee to smash the PKK. As for Turkish Kurds, the Turkish prime minister's spokesman said at the time that since "two-thirds of Turkey's Kurds are scattered through the country" and the rest "fully integrated into Turkish society", they would have no business dreaming about autonomy...Barzani and Jalal Talabani, Iraqi Kurdish leaders, rival warlords and wily opportunists, duly fulfilled their part of the deal - especially in October 1992 during a joint offensive with the Turkish army against the PKK. They may have sold out the PKK 15 years ago, but that won't happen again; at least that's what the two have vocally promised. For their part, the PJAK-PKK have been tremendously helpful for the Bush administration agenda of "destabilizing" Iran.
The Kurdish Life newsletter argues that the cause of Turkey's current woes is not the US or the Iraqi Kurds. It's a self-inflicted wound, all spelled out in Ozal's plan. "With his untimely death in 1993, the plan was revised, with an autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan to include Kirkuk, and more, and the remainder of Iraq to be divided between Sunni and Shi'ite Arabs. The Bush administration cemented it into the Iraqi constitution under the rubric 'federation'." That's no less than the "soft" partition the US Senate recently voted for. That's the future Washington wants for Iraqi Kurdistan. And that's the scheme the US - and Israel - don't want their all Turkey to spoil by attacking the PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan. No wonder the Turkish leadership - not to mention Turkish public opinion - is fuming....

US plans for Iraqi Kurdistan, stretching back to that 1990 Israeli-devised Turkish plan, are in jeopardy. And once again all because of the enemy within. Washington played the ethnic card in Afghanistan, pitting Tajiks against Pashtuns; the result, apart from a never-ending war in Afghanistan, was that Pashtuns on both sides of the border united and are now destabilizing even further the US ally, Pakistan.
Washington played the Kurd card to destabilize Saddam Hussein's Iraq and as a beachhead for its control of the country after the invasion. Not only Iraq turned into a quagmire, Washington helped to plunge Kurdistan into the line of (Turkish) fire. There's no evidence these lessons have been learned. No matter what happens in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Bush administration will still insist on the ethnic card to precipitate regime change in Iran.
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007). He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

US Bombed Syria: Report: USAF Struck Syrian "Nuclear" Site
By JPOST.COM STAFF, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1192380718519&pagename=JPost%...

11/02/07 "JPost" -- -- The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, the Al-Jazeera Web site reported Friday. The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying that two strategic US jets armed with tactical nuclear weapons carried out an attack on a nuclear site under construction. The sources were quoted as saying that Israeli F-15 and F-16 jets provided cover for the US planes...
The sources added that each US plane carried one tactical nuclear weapon and that the site was hit by one bomb and was totally destroyed.

At the beginning of October, Israel's military censor began to allow the local media to report on the raid without attributing their report to foreign sources. Nevertheless, details of the strike have remained clouded in mystery. The New York Times reported on October 13 that Israeli planes struck at what US and Israeli intelligence believed was a partly constructed nuclear reactor in Syria on September 6, citing American and foreign officials who had seen the relevant intelligence reports.According to the report, Israel carried out the report to send a message that it would not tolerate even a nuclear program in its initial stages of construction in any neighboring state.
On October 17, Syria denied that one of its representatives to the United Nations told a panel that an Israeli air strike hit a Syrian nuclear facility and added that "such facilities do not exist in Syria." A UN document released by the press office had provided an account of a meeting of the First Committee, Disarmament and International Security, in New York, and paraphrased an unnamed Syrian representative as saying that a nuclear facility was hit by the raid. However, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA said media reports, apparently based on a UN press release, misquoted the Syrian diplomat. See also Alleged Syrian atomic reactor 'vanishes'

Analysis of al Qaeda Images Reveals Surprises
By Kim Zetter
Neal Krawetz, a researcher and computer security consultant, gave an interesting presentation today at the BlackHat security conference in Las Vegas about analyzing digital photographs and video images for alterations and enhancements.
Using a program he wrote (and provided on the conference CD-ROM) Krawetz could print out the quantization tables in a JPEG file (that indicate how the image was compressed) and determine the last tool that created the image -- that is, the make and model of the camera if the image is original or the version of Photoshop that was used to alter and re-save the image.
Comparing that data to the metadata embedded in the image he could determine if the photo was original or had been re-saved or altered. Then, using error level analysis of an image he could determine what were the last parts of an image that were added or modified. . . .
You can see the difference in the two pictures (below right) of a bookshelf. Krawetz added some books and a toy dinosaur to the original image -- both of which show up clearly in the second picture after he's completed the error level analysis.
But more interesting were the examples Krawetz gave of al Qaeda images [...].

FRENCH IMPERIALIST TERROR: Racist Kidnapping and Slavery as 'Humanitarian Aid:
Chadians protest against Zoe's Ark
Hundreds [SIC] of Chadians have protested against 16 Europeans charged over a plan by a charity to fly 103 children to France from the border with Sudan's Darfur region. The protesters in the eastern town of Abeche accused France of being involved in the attempt to take the children from Chad, demanding that the Europeans be tried in a Chadian court.

Fear it may disrupt imperialist intervention aka "humanitarian aid"
'Orphan' debacle in Chad raises risk to aid efforts

...Zoe's Ark members flew to Chad on French Army planes, according to French media stories yesterday. The French foreign ministry in Paris and the French embassy in Chad were in conversation with Zoe's Ark several times since last spring.
Almost from the moment it landed in Chad, the group's ideas for helping children changed. Members set up a camp on the border between Chad and Sudan, in a village called Adre, operated under a new name, and begin hiring local villagers to identify and rescue children in need. It shifted goals from saving starving children, to saving orphans, to helping injured children....French media yesterday reported that local middlemen working on behalf of Zoe's Ark did not go into Sudan, but found children in local villages in Chad. Many were, apparently, not orphans, and many were Chadian...
Next month, more than 3,000 European soldiers are scheduled to arrive in Chad, half whom are whom are from France. Chad has assured France that the Zoe's Ark incident will not affect plans to deploy the peacekeepers, a French official said Monday.
The dispute over the effort to take the children out of Chad has resonated powerfully in Chad. In Abéché, in eastern Chad, the fury is palpable."I'm angry and all the people here are angry... This is a new system of child trafficking." In the past couple days, residents have demonstrated outside the compound where Zoe's Ark is located, denouncing the group.
"I'm very sad because this is an inhumane action," says Jafar Abakar Mohammed, a merchant from the Adre region of eastern Chad where the majority of the children are from. "I can't imagine that people would come from a rich country and do something like that here. When people see white people come to help us and do bad things like this," he adds, "it means the white man is dangerous."

Zoe's Ark…From Tsunami to Darfur
... French police have been investigating the charity since July on charges of illegal adoption. [Eric] Breteau, who heads both Zoe's Ark and Children Rescue, was questioned in August about plans to adopt children from Darfur.
But the government is under mounting pressure to explain its own role in the controversial operation. From the outset, Zoe's Ark said the operation was being carried out with the knowledge -- but not the support -- of French authorities. It has been revealed that French military planes in Chad carried charity members on several occasions.
France has 1,000 troops and fighter jets stationed in Chad, home to some 236,000 refugees from Darfur as well as some 173,000 people displaced by a local rebellion. Le Figaro newspaper reported that a French government official and gendarmes were due to "welcome" the flight carrying the 103 children at an airport east of Paris.
Dozens of angry Chadians assembled outside the court house in the eastern city of Abeche, calling the arrested Europeans "thieves, killers."... accusing former colonial power France of being an "accomplice" in the crime... "I would like to know exactly what the French authorities' role was," said former premier Laurent Fabius. "It is obvious the French authorities know what goes on in Chad."

Le Monde has also criticized the government's handling of the controversy, particularly with regard to "decent explanations."
Zoe's Ark launched in June a controversial plan to airlift 1,000 children from Sudan's troubled Darfur region and place them in foster care with French families, to "save them from certain death". It confirmed outright singing up 500 foster families to cover evacuation costs, each paying 4,000 to 8,600 dollars.

Chad to charge French with abduction: prosecutor
By Stephanie Hancock

ABECHE, Chad (Reuters) - Chadian authorities will charge nine French nationals with abducting children and fraud, a prosecutor said on Monday, after they tried to fly 103 African children out of the country to live with European families... The children were due to be housed in host families who paid the group several thousand euros each....
Chadian President Idriss Deby called the operation "pure and simple abduction" and demanded tough penalties for those responsible. He suggested the children could have ended up being sold to a pedophile ring or used to supply human organs. "These people ... treat us like animals. So this is the image of the savior Europe, which gives lessons to our countries. This is the image of Europe which helps Africans,"...
"Contrary to what was claimed, these children are not orphans and are not in a situation of distress," Chadian Justice Minister Albert Padacke said in an interview with French newspaper L'Est Republicain..."Some children told me people took advantage of their parents' absence to abduct them by force,"...

a modern imperial white supremacist 'foreign legion'
Profile: Zoe's Ark
...The group was formed by motoring enthusiasts from the French four-wheel-drive community to aid victims of the December 2004 Asian tsunami. Its founder, Eric Breteau, is a volunteer firefighter and former president of the French 4x4 Federation. Zoe's Ark says it is motivated by the firefighter's spirit and sense of duty, as well as the catchphrase "courage and devotion". The group, which describes itself as a non-profit organisation "dedicated to orphaned children", is now focusing its activities on children caught in the four-and-a-half year war in Sudan's Darfur region.
...'Evacuation campaign'
In April, Zoe's Ark announced a campaign to evacuate 10,000 orphans from Darfur alongside other French charities including Sauver le Darfour (Save Darfur). It said it wanted to place orphaned Darfuri children aged under five in foster care with French families, invoking its right to do so under international law.
But the charity has been accused of child trafficking in the case of the 103 children it attempted to fly out of Chad. UN officials say many of the children are from Chad, not Sudan, and there is no evidence that they are orphans. ...

Gang Member Is Convicted Under Terror Law
In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, 36 states enacted laws that would guarantee harsher sentences in terrorism cases. Gov. George E. Pataki signed New York’s law within six days of the attack. Like the others, it was aimed at international terrorism organizations...But yesterday, in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, jurors for the first time found a defendant guilty under New York’s statute, and he did not fit the stereotype of a terrorist. The defendant, Edgar Morales, is a 25-year-old recreational soccer player and gang member [accidentally] fatally shot a 10-year-old girl and wounded a second man outside a christening party in 2002. Mr. Morales, a baby-faced construction worker, was a member of the St. James Boys, a gang described in the trial as being formed by Mexican immigrants to protect themselves from being assaulted and robbed by other gangs in the west Bronx....

The jury deliberated for four days after testimony ended last Thursday, but despite their disagreements on other elements of the case, jurors said yesterday they had concluded very early that Mr. Morales was guilty of terrorism...[a] member of the jury said “When we think of terrorism, we think of Sept. 11th, so I was skeptical at first, but when we heard the definition of terrorism — to inflict fear and to dominate — from the get-go we agreed.”...
The only witness who testified that he saw Mr. Morales shoot the gun was Enrique Sanchez, another member of the St. James Boys, who was among those present that night. In a deal with prosecutors, Mr. Sanchez agreed to testify against Mr. Morales in exchange for the chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder. Mr. Sanchez said he watched Mr. Morales fire the .38-caliber revolver, killing Malenny with a bullet to the head, and striking Javier Tocchimani, 32, three times, leaving him paralyzed.
Though jurors said they did not believe portions of Mr. Sanchez’s testimony, they blamed Mr. Morales for not leaving once he felt that a shooting would take place.“He knew about the gang, he knew what it was all about, he saw there was a problem that night, why didn’t he leave?” one juror said. “Why didn’t he drop the gun when it was handed to him?” ...
The terror legislation was sponsored by Michael A. L. Balboni, then a state senator from Nassau County, who has called its use by Mr. Johnson an “unanticipated application.” Mr. Balboni, who now oversees the state’s Office of Homeland Security, did not return a call seeking comment yesterday.

NYT: racist trivialization obscures both the severity of the disaster destroying nearly a million poor peoples' meager lives...and the absence of U.S. aid
In Mexico, Residents Contend With a Flooded City
While much of Villahermosa remained under water on Sunday, in a city that floods frequently there is a certain pride in toughing out the waters.

Michael Chertoff , Homeland Security chief, calls Iran, Venezuela Relationship 'Troubling':
In a speech to the 2007 B'nai Brith policy conference in Washington, D.C., Chertoff spoke in what may be the starkest terms so far about the developing relationship between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and suggested the emerging alliance may have considerable implications for national security.

F.T.C. to Review Online Ads and Privacy
Whitney Chianese was exchanging e-mail messages with her mother a few weeks ago, discussing the recent death of her grandmother, when advertisements for health care products began popping up on her computer screen.
Behavioral targeting is not the only kind used online. Some companies scan e-mail messages and search queries to figure out which ads might be relevant to people. Google scans e-mail messages like Ms. Chianese’s message about her deceased grandmother — but only uses the most current ones in its tracking. Facebook, the social networking site, is expected to announce an advertising policy soon that will deliver ads based on user information like college, friends, marital status and hobbies. The ad network 24/7 Real Media has been experimenting with linking offline ad databases to people’s computer addresses, though the company says it is not actually provided the names or addresses of people. Acxiom, a direct mail database company, said recently that it had begun selling such data to online companies...."They're tracking where your mouse is on the page...",Jeff Chester executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, on information collected when people use the Internet....

National Strategy for Information Sharing
Posted: 01 Nov 2007 10:07 AM CD

"...The Department of Homeland Security's efforts to prevent ideologically-based violence and homegrown terrorism as described herein shall not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights, and civil liberties of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents...."

House Passes Thought Crime Prevention Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955 titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. This bill is one of the most blatant attacks against the Constitution yet and actually defines thought crimes as homegrown terrorism. If passed into law, it will also establish a commission and a Center of Excellence to study and defeat so called thought criminals. Unlike previous anti-terror legislation, this bill specifically targets the civilian population of the United States and uses vague language to define homegrown terrorism. Amazingly, 404 of our elected representatives from both the Democrat and Republican parties voted in favor of this bill...

definitions of violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism as defined in Section 899A of the bill.

The definition of violent radicalization uses vague language to define this term of promoting any belief system that the government considers to be an extremist agenda. Since the bill doesn’t specifically define what an extremist belief system is, it is entirely up to the interpretation of the government. Considering how much the government has done to destroy the Constitution they could even define Ron Paul supporters as promoting an extremist belief system. Literally, the government according to this definition can define whatever they want as an extremist belief system. Essentially they have defined violent radicalization as thought crime. The definition as defined in the bill is shown below.

“(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.”

The definition of homegrown terrorism uses equally vague language to further define thought crime. The bill includes the planned use of force or violence as homegrown terrorism which could be interpreted as thinking about using force or violence. Not only that but the definition is so vaguely defined, that petty crimes could even fall into the category of homegrown terrorism. The definition as defined in the bill is shown below.

“(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM - The term `homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

Section 899B of the bill goes over the findings of Congress as it pertains to homegrown terrorism. Particularly alarming is that the bill mentions the Internet as a main source for terrorist propaganda. The bill even mentions streams in obvious reference to many of the patriot and pro-constitution Internet radio networks that have been formed...

“SEC. 899B. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following [...]

The Energy Department has not finished plans to consolidate storage of nuclear bomb fuel and other high-risk materials now spread among numerous sites, even though the department said in 2005 that it would do so within about a year, according to a Government Accountability Office report to be released Monday. As a result, the department is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to defend additional sites.
The G.A.O. had reported that the Energy Department was putting off making security improvements at some of the storage sites because the sites were due to be phased out. But the new report makes clear that the goal of shutting down some obsolete weapons and research centers, and simplifying the security job by centralizing “special nuclear material,” as bomb fuel is called, has yet to advance from concept to plan, let alone to finished project. The Energy Department “has completed only two of the eight implementation plans for consolidating and disposing of special nuclear material,” the new report found, and it cited problems with those two plans.
The concept is to remove plutonium and highly enriched uranium from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in a part of California that is now largely suburban; surplus plutonium from the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington State, a site that is mostly being decommissioned; and plutonium-238, used to generate heat for space probes, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Highly enriched uranium from Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico, and plutonium and uranium-233 from Los Alamos, also in New Mexico, would also be moved. Uranium-233 was manufactured decades ago from thorium, and can be used in weapons but is now considered impractical for that purpose. The various materials would go to another Tennessee site, Y-12; the Savannah River Site, in South Carolina; Pantex, near Amarillo, Tex.; the Nevada Test Site; and the Idaho National Laboratory.

The report says that one problem is poor coordination among different parts of the department, including the divisions of environmental management, defense programs and nuclear energy. It said that terrorists might invade one of the sites and detonate a weapon, assemble an improvised nuclear explosive from the materials at hand or steal a weapon for use elsewhere. [no end to state terrorism's use of 'terrorist threat']

Walt Disney, hailed as great U.S. ambassador... spreading patriotic racist amerikan values
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The Walt Disney Company owns the ABC Television Network, numerous cable networks including ESPN, The Disney Channel, SOAPnet, A&E and Lifetime, 72 radio and 10 television stations, music and book publishing companies, production companies such as Touchstone, Miramax and Walt Disney Pictures, and six theme parks around the world.

How To Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology In The Disney Comic
Armand Mattelart and Ariel Dorfman
Edition: pb
Publisher: Disney
Release Date: 2003-04-03

Is Walt Disney that innocent? Why are there no parents in his comic books?
How come the natives and savages always give up their riches to the duck invaders?
What are Huey, Dewey, and Louie doing in Vietnam?
The Chilean people began to ask these and other questions in revolutionary Chile in 1970. This seminal deconstruction was, of course, banned and burned during the U.S. backed fascist period in Chile—and is still banned here in America (Disney will sue into oblivion anyone who publishes it). A product of the political struggle, the book is a profound and imaginative critique of the sacred cow of children's culture: the Disney myth....

Was Walt Disney a fascist?
A Staff Report by the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board

... In 1933, the German American Bund was founded by Fritz Kuhn. Kuhn was evidently quite a character--he had met Hitler in the early thirties and
reportedly was profoundly loathed by the Nazi leader. An association of German immigrants to America, the Bund had a definite pro-Nazi slant. Disney animator Art Babbitt claimed his boss had a strong interest in, if not outrightsympathy for, the Bund: In the immediate years before we entered the War there was a small, but fiercely loyal... following of the Nazi party . . . There were open meetings, anybody could attend and I wanted to see what was going on myself. On more than one occasion I observed Walt Disney and [Disney's lawyer] Gunther Lessing
there, along with a lot of prominent Nazi-afflicted Hollywood personalities. Disney was going to meetings all the time.

The German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, whose documentaries in the mid-30s had helped to glorify the Nazis, claimed that "after Kristallnacht [1938], she approached every studio in Hollywood looking for work. No studio head would even screen her movies except Walt Disney. He told her he admired her work but if it became known that he was considering hiring her, it would damage his reputation."...

...Jewish people were ready fodder for the animators' gags and Disney approved every scene in every short the studio made. In one scene in the original version of "The Three Little Pigs," the Big Bad Wolf comes to the door dressed as a stereotypical Jewish peddler. Disney changed the scene after complaints from Jewish groups. They didn't catch them all, though. In the short "The Opry House" Mickey Mouse is seen dressed and dancing as a Hasidic Jew.

Disney... was virulently anti-communist and he was suspicious of unions, much like other studio heads of his day. In 1941, a strike was called against the Disney studios by animators and other artists dissatisfied that they got no onscreen credit for their work and were paid less than animators at other studios. Walt felt his company was more of a family and that the camaraderie compensated for substandard wages. He considered the strike a result of the "growing Communist conspiracy" in the United States....

Eventually he was called before the House Unamerican Activities Committee as afriendly witness, naming names of suspected communists in Hollywood. (The complete transcript of his testimony can be read at www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/06/documents/huac/disney.html.) There is some inconclusive evidence that he might have been an FBI informant...
from Marc Eliot's 1993 book Walt Disney: America's Dark Prince...