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Judge Orders Immediate Injunction on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Police, Military, & War

Source: NY Times

A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday immediately stopping enforcement of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, suspending the 17-year-old ban on openly gay U.S. troops.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ landmark ruling also ordered the government to suspend and discontinue all pending discharge proceedings and investigations under the policy.

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Pentagon and Department of Justice officials said they are reviewing the case and had no immediate comment.

The injunction goes into effect immediately, said Dan Woods, the attorney who represented the Log Cabin Republicans, the gay rights group that filed the lawsuit in 2004 to stop the ban’s enforcement.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell, as of today at least, is done, and the government is going to have to do something now to resurrect it,” Woods said. “This is an extremely significant, historic decision. Once and for all, this failed policy is stopped. Fortunately now we hope all Americans who wish to serve their country can.”

Legal experts say the Obama administration is under no legal obligation to appeal and could let Phillips’ ruling stand....

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NATO Contractors “Bombing own vehicles” in Pakistan

Posted on Oct 07, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: BBC

Nato supply convoys travelling through Pakistan to Afghanistan have regularly come under attack in the past, but following Pakistan’s decision to block their route through the Khyber Pass, they now face an even bigger security threat.

Hundreds of tankers and trucks have been left stranded on highways and depots across Pakistan, with little or no security. Taliban militants have regularly been targeting the convoys, even when they are heavily protected.

But many believe it is not just the militants who pose a security threat to the convoys.  The owners of oil tankers being used to supply fuel to Nato in Afghanistan say some of the attacks on their convoys are suspicious.

They say there is evidence to suggest that bombs have been planted in many of vehicles by the “Nato contractors” – individuals or companies who have been contracted by Nato to supply fuel and goods to forces in Afghanistan.

The contractors subsequently hire the transporters who then carry the goods.

Selling fuel

Dost Mohammad, an oil tanker owner from Nowshera district, said a Nato contractor had recently been caught trying to plant a bomb in an oil tanker....

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Army Embeds Active-Duty PSYOPS Soldiers at Local TV Stations

Posted on Oct 04, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: The Upshot

The U.S. Army has used local television stations in the U.S. as training posts for some of its psychological-operations personnel, The Upshot has learned. Since at least 2001, both WRAL, a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., and WTOC, a CBS affiliate in Savannah, Ga., have regularly hosted active-duty soldiers from the Army’s 4th Psychological Operations group as part of the Army’s Training With Industry program. 

The PSYOPS soldiers used WRAL and WTOC to learn broadcasting and communications expertise that they could apply in their mission, as the Army describes it, of “influenc[ing] the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign audiences.”

WRAL and WTOC were on a list of participants in the Army’s Training With Industry program provided to The Upshot in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, and a spokeswoman with the Army’s Human Resources Command confirmed that PSYOPS soldiers worked at the stations.

The relationship between PSYOPS, Training With Industry, and television news operations has stirred controversy in the past. In 2000, after a Dutch newspaper reported that PSYOPS troops had been placed in CNN’s newsroom under the program, CNN discontinued the internships and admitted that they had been a mistake....

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Dozens of NATO Oil Tankers Attacked in Pakistan

Posted on Oct 01, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: MSNBC

Suspected militants in southern Pakistan set ablaze more than two dozen tankers carrying fuel for foreign troops in Afghanistan on Friday, highlighting the vulnerability of the U.S.-led mission a day after Pakistan closed a major border crossing.

Hayden’s Note:

This is called “blowback” and was desperately explained in Congress during the 80’s and 90’s to no avail.  Military and Intel commanders simply think that if we continue bombarding a civilization with enough bombs and hit them with enough Predator Drone strikes, they will surrender and walk out of their huts with white flags.  Good luck.  This isn’t the Cold War – we’re engaged in a guerilla insurgency that was propped up and brough to power by our own actions.

It’s like batting a mosquito.  It will never go away and it will never stop buzzing you.

The Pakistani government shut the Torkham border in the northwest in apparent protest at a NATO helicopter incursion that killed three of its soldiers on the border. The events raised tensions between Pakistan and the United States, which have a close but often troubled alliance in the fight against militants....

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Two New Orleans Police Officers Charged with Perjury & Obstruction in Shooting Death

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Update –

Source: ProPublica

Law and Disorder

A federal grand jury indicted two New Orleans police officers today for lying and obstruction of justice in connection with the shooting death of Danny Brumfield Sr., a 45-year-old man shot in the back by police in the days after Katrina.

Police said they fired a single blast from a shotgun at Brumfield after he jumped on the hood of their squad car and made a lunging motion with a “shiny object” through the passenger window. According to the police version, a pair of scissors was found near where Brumfield fell to the ground. The presence of the “shiny object” and the threatening manner with which it was wielded, gave the officers justification to shoot, an NOPD investigation into the shooting found.

But in today’s indictments, the grand jury said the officers had perjured themselves when they testified about the shooting in a 2007 civil lawsuit brought by the widow of Brumfield, and that Brumfield had been waving his hands — not an object — at the officers immediately before the shooting occurred....

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More Soldiers Arrested for Murder Last Week than Combat Casualities

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Raw Story

US soldier in custody after fatal shootings of 2 American personnel in Iraq.

An American serviceman is being held in Iraq in connection with the fatal shootings of two soldiers and the wounding of another following an apparent argument, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

A statement by U.S. forces said Spc. Neftaly Platero was in custody during the investigation into last week’s slayings in Fallujah, a former insurgent stronghold 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. military spokesman, said a “verbal altercation” broke out among four soldiers last Thursday and the suspect “allegedly took his weapon and began shooting the other soldiers.”

Hayden’s Note:

Ya know what’s sad about this whole situation?  Twice as many US soldiers have been arrested for murder in the last 7 days than combat casualities for the month of September in the so-called ‘Operation New Dawn’.  That’s kind of scary, don’t ya think?  When they come back home they’ll be hired by your local police dept. and begin patrolling your streets, responding to your house and pulling you over for speeding with all that PTSD, anger and depression built up inside. 


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GPS & the Police State We Inhabit: Living in Oceania

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

Source: Lew Rockwell

Voicing his discontent with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in United States v. Pineda-Moreno, which declared the warrantless use of a GPS tracking device to be constitutional, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski warned, “We are taking a giant leap into the unknown, and the consequences for ourselves and our children may be dire and irreversible. Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we’re living in Oceania.”

Indeed, we are already living in George Orwell’s totalitarian state known as Oceania, where the all-seeing government sees and tracks everything we do. By asserting that the police can constitutionally sneak onto a private driveway without a warrant and stick a GPS tag on your car so that they can remotely track you, the Ninth Circuit didn’t necessarily break any new ground. Rather, they merely confirmed what we have suspected all along: that the concept of private property is dead and along with it, the right against unreasonable searches and seizures once protected by the Fourth Amendment.

Having outstripped our ability as humans to control it, technology has become our Frankenstein’s monster....

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Organized Rebellion and Police Brutality

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden

The purpose of this article is not to demean, exploit or belittle the fine work that most police officers do each and every day.  I wore a badge for 5 years in a very violent city and understand the physical and mental demands of the job.  I also recognize the lack of appreciation most officers get.

But sadly, many of our public servants – our peace officers – have become incomprehensible machines of random violence and oppression.  Most officers do not even realize how they are being used by their own Departments and cities to become Corporate Revenue Collectors and essentially, the country’s largest and most well-armed street gang. Furthermore, many of our police officers nowadays have combat experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. With that comes PTSD, instability and an exaggerated Alpha-male personality. These men and women have been trained over and over to kill; they have been shot at, blown up and invaded cities in the middle of the desert, day after day. And now we give them a uniform and ask them to patrol our streets?...

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Population Registration Division to Issue 1.65 Million Biometric IDs to Afghans, Coming Soon to America

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Wired


Scanning prisoners’ irises is just Step 1. In Afghanistan, local and NATO forces are amassing biometric dossiers on hundreds of thousands of cops, crooks, soldiers, insurgents and ordinary citizens. And now, with NATO’s backing, the Kabul government is putting together a plan to issue biometrically backed identification cards to 1.65 million Afghans by next May.

The idea is to hinder militant movement around the country, and to keep Taliban infiltrators out of the army, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan commander Lt. Gen. William Caldwell tells Danger Room. “The system allows the Afghans to thoroughly screen applicants and recruits for any potential negative past history or criminal linkages, while at the same time it provides an additional measure of security at checkpoints and major facilities to prevent possible entrance and access by malign actors in Afghanistan,” Caldwell e-mails.

It’s a high-tech upgrade to a classic counterinsurgency move — simultaneously taking a census of the population, culling security forces of double agents and cutting off guerrilla routes. (Plus, bombs and weapons can be swabbed for fingerprints to build files on insurgent suspects.) Gen....

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UN Council says Israel Guilty of Violating Geneva Convention During Flotilla Raid

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Guardian


A UN-appointed panel said today that Israeli forces violated international law, “including international humanitarian and human rights law”, during and after their lethal attack on a flotilla of ships attempting to break the blockade of Gaza in May.

The UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission judged Israel’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory to be “unlawful” because there was a humanitarian crisis in Gaza at the time.

The panel’s report, published today, described Israel’s military response to the flotilla as “disproportionate” and said it “betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality”.

Eight Turkish activists and one Turkish-American were killed in the raid, which prompted international criticism of both the attack and Israel’s policy of blockading the Gaza Strip. Israel has since eased its embargo, although still refuses to allow full imports and exports and the free movement of people.

Israel says the soldiers acted in self-defence. But the mission criticised the Israeli government for failing to co-operate with its inquiry. “Regrettably to date, no information has been given to the mission by or on behalf of the government of Israel,” it said....

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(U//LES) DoJ “Paths to Radicalization” Briefing

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Public Intelligence

Unclassified // Law Enforcement Sensitive Briefing

Bureau of Justice Assistance

  • Dr. Jonathan White
  • Law Enforcement Sensitive
  • June 2010


Radicalization Process
• Adopting violent extremist position
• To address perceived injustice
• By taking violent actions

Six Observable Factors
1. Adopting legalistic, literalist form of religion
2. Trusts only selected legalistic sources
• Ahmed ibn Taymiyya
• Mohammed ibn Abdul Wahhab
• Hassan al Banna
• Sayyid Qutb
• Abdullah Maududi
3. Accepts “Clash of Civilizations”
• West at war with Islam
• Ayman al Zawahiri – 3 choices for infidels
– Slavery
– Conversion
– Death
4. No tolerance for theological deviance
5. Vehemently tries to convert other Muslims
to narrow interpretations
6. Publically advocates
violence against
U.S. policies

Hit the download link for the entire presentation.


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BioTech Terrorist Monsanto Hires Blackwater Operatives to Infiltrate Activist Groups

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

Source: Raw Story

Also on list: Royal Caribbean, Deutsche Bank, Chevron

Almost three years ago exactly — Sept. 17, 2007 — a cadre of guards from the security firm then known as Blackwater shot and killed 17 Iraqis at a public plaza in Baghdad.

The company, long in the public eye, has been known for brutal tactics and as a mercenary for the US State Department in countries where the US has boots on the ground. What hasn’t been known, however, is that the same company was handling intelligence ops for publicly-traded US companies.

Atop the list is Monsanto, the biotech giant, who The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill revealed Wednesday accepted a proposal through a Blackwater subsidiary which “offer[ed] to provide operatives to infiltrate activist groups organizing against the multinational biotech firm.”

Monsanto doesn’t stand alone. Through a network of 30 subsidiaries and shell corporations, Blackwater-linked entities provided “intelligence, training and security services” to a cache of major multinational firms, including: Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents Scahill obtained.

Full Article


Another Source: The Nation

Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation....

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US Makes $60 Billion Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration is set to notify Congress of plans to offer advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia worth up to $60 billion, the largest U.S. arms deal ever, and is in talks with the kingdom about potential naval and missile-defense upgrades that could be worth tens of billions of dollars more.

The administration plans to tout the $60 billion package as a major job creator—supporting at least 75,000 jobs, according to company estimates—and sees the sale of advanced fighter jets and military helicopters to key Middle Eastern ally Riyadh as part of a broader policy aimed at shoring up Arab allies against Iran.

The talks between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been widely known for months, but many new details are only now coming into focus. These include the number and type of aircraft involved, how much the Saudis intend to spend in an initial installment, and the ongoing negotiations to also upgrade the kingdom’s navy and missile defenses.

The $60 billion in fighter jets and helicopters is the top-line amount requested by the Saudis, even though the kingdom is likely to commit initially to buying only about half that amount....

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The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda – the CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis”

Posted on Sep 07, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Global Research

Andrew Gavin Marshall

Part I


As the 9th anniversary of 9/11 nears, and the war on terror continues to be waged and grows in ferocity and geography, it seems all the more imperative to return to the events of that fateful September morning and re-examine the reasons for war and the nature of the stated culprit, Al-Qaeda.

The events of 9/11 pervade the American and indeed the world imagination as an historical myth. The events of that day and those leading up to it remain largely unknown and little understood by the general public, apart from the disturbing images repeated ad nauseam in the media. The facts and troubled truths of that day are lost in the folklore of the 9/11 myth: that the largest attack carried out on American ground was orchestrated by 19 Muslims armed with box cutters and urged on by religious fundamentalism, all under the direction of Osama bin Laden, the leader of a global terrorist network called al-Qaeda, based out of a cave in Afghanistan.

The myth sweeps aside the facts and complex nature of terror, al-Qaeda, the American empire and literally defies the laws of physics....

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The Wolf You Feed

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Lew Rockwell

by Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., Retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel

Legend has it that one evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

As guidance for individual lives, it works. In philosophy or religion, this story has a sure place. But when it is applied to government, there may be a completely different lesson to be learned. And Americans are going to learn it soon, ready or not.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen rightly understands that the national debt is the biggest single risk to the enterprise to which he has devoted his entire adult life, the military industrial complex....

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