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No Charges for CIA Destruction of Evidence, Videos – Hayden’s Note Attached

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Reuters

 

No CIA personnel will face criminal charges for destroying videotapes of harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

While the decision will spare the CIA and the Obama administration the potential backlash and embarrassment that a trial could have generated, another federal probe continues into possible abuse of detainees by CIA personnel.

Hayden’s Note:

No matter your opinion on the wars or the justification of the continued erosion of our freedoms and liberties, by supporting CIA-backed terrorism and torture, we simply become heathens ourselves.  If you are a supporter of the war effort, why would you allow yourself – your “team” to stoop to the level of the enemy?  The old adage, “One life is worth 100 lives…”  Well, is it?  And have we truly learned anything worth a damn from forced confessions and intelligence gathering techniques?  Maybe a hint here and there, but nothing worth our humanity.  While art often imitates life, we do not live in the fantasy world of Jack Bauer on ’24’.  Electrocuting, waterboarding and beating a prisoner of war not only violates the Geneva Convention but is absurd. ...

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Biometric Facial Recognition Software for Cell Phones

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Social Networking

Source: PhysOrg

Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed software for mobile phones that can track your facial features in real-time. Eventually it will be able to tell who the user is, where they are looking and even how they are feeling.

The method is believed to be unrivalled for speed and accuracy and could lead to facial recognition replacing passwords and PIN numbers to log into internet sites from a mobile phone.“Existing mobile face trackers give only an approximate position and scale of the face,” said Dr. Phil Tresadern, lead researcher on the project. “Our model runs in real-time and accurately tracks a number of landmarks on and around the face such as the eyes, nose, mouth and jaw line.”A mobile phone with a camera on the front captures a video of your face and tracks twenty-two facial features. This can make face recognition more accurate, and has great potential for novel ways of interacting with your phone.”

Originally intended as part of a face- and voice-verification system for access to mobile internet applications such as email, social networking and online banking, alternative uses for the device could include fun applications that, for instance, attach virtual objects to the user’s face as they move around....

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Pakistan Intelligence Services ‘aided Mumbai terror attacks’

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Guardian


See also: American Terror Suspect Involved in Mumbai Massacre Worked for DEA

Pakistan‘s powerful intelligence services were heavily involved in preparations for the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, according to classified Indian government documents obtained by the Guardian.

Hayden’s Note:

The ISI is also linked to 9/11.  On Oct. 9, 2001, the Pakistani daily Dawn reported the ISI director-general, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Ahmed, was fired after FBI investigators established a link between him and a $100,000 wire transfer to 9/11 lead hijacker Mohammed Atta in the summer of 2000. This report was also carried by the Wall Street Journal.

A 109-page report into the interrogation of key suspect David Headley, a Pakistani-American militant arrested last year and detained in the US, makes detailed claims of ISI support for the bombings.

Under questioning, Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the main Pakistani military intelligence service, the ISI, and senior militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

He claims a key motivation for the ISI in aiding the attacks was to bolster militant organisations with strong links to the Pakistani state and security establishment who were being marginalised by more extreme radical groups....

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Federal Agents Urged to ‘Friend’ People on Social Networks for Intel Gathering

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: FOX News

A privacy watchdog has uncovered a government memo that encourages federal agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share — and to spy on them.  In response to a Freedom of Information request, the government released a handful of documents, including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS).

As of Thursday morning, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Digg had not commented on the report, which details the official government program to spy via social networking. Other websites the government is spying on include Twitter, MySpace, Craigslist and Wikipedia, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed the FOIA request.

“Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuel a need to have a large group of ‘friends’ link to their pages, and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don’t even know,” statedone of the documents obtained by the EFF. “This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities,” it said....

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Pentagon Preps for WikiLeaks Next Release

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: MSNBC

The Pentagon is reviewing its war database to prepare for potential fallout from WikiLeak’s expected release of secret documents related to the Iraq war, according to NBC News.

The release could come as early as Sunday evening.

The problem is we have no idea what WikiLeaks has or is going to release, so we’re preparing for the worst,” one senior Pentagon official told NBC News on Friday.

WikiLeaks, the controversial online organization set up to reveal government secrets, has indicated it would release as many as 400,000 classified logs from Iraq. In July, WikiLeaks released at least 75,000 classified U.S. military documents on the Afghan war, including the names of informants and other strategic reports in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials have warned that public revelations about intelligence information can have unpredictable consequences, potentially undermining efforts to monitor and disrupt militants plotting attacks.

Pentagon officials told NBC News they were scouring over 400,000 documents from Iraq they suspect could be what WikiLeaks plans to release next.

Pentagon and military officials say there have been no conversations between WikiLeaks and the Pentagon about redacting highly sensitive or life-threatening information from any classified documents that may be released....

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Preparing for a Mumbai-style Active Shooter

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden

TruthisTreason.net

Over the last few weeks, the mainstream media has capitalized on recent intelligence reports warning of a “Mumbai-style attack” in Europe.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the details of the Mumbai incident, several gunmen took over seemingly-random buildings, such as a large hotel, cafes, a movie theater and a children’s hospital.  Over the course of 3 days, they were able to kill 173 people, injure another 308 civilians and fend off police approaches with grenades and overwhelming firepower.  After the attacks had finally been stopped, investigators learned that many of the gunmen had been injecting themselves with cocaine and steroids to remain alert and awake, some staying up for over 50 hours at a time.

Imagine a Columbine school event but with trained gunmen in a dense commerce area such as a mall, downtown business district or even a university.  It could easily happen here in America.

Now, on the other hand, there is a very distinct possibility that the media frenzy of these supposed “Mumbai-style attacks” could simply be disinformation to maintain government control and fear of terrorism, especially in Europe where riots and protests are being held against government austerity measures, cutbacks and pension problems. ...

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9/11-Linked Akamai Technologies Employee Arrested by FBI for Selling Secrets to Israel

Posted on Oct 07, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Boston Business Journal

Hayden’s Note:

Wayne Madsen had the following to say in regards to this Israel-linked story.  And if you are unfamiliar with Mr. Madsen, he is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC.  He is a former Naval Intelligence Officer and worked for the NSA and State Dept.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. employee arrested by FBI for seeling trade secrets to FBI agents posing as agents of Israel. Elliott Doxer offered trade secrets to Israeli consulate in Boston. There may be much more to this story. Akamai is linked to 9/11 and American Airlines flight 11 — Daniel Lewin, an Israeli Sayeret Matkal commando on the flight, was co-founder of Akamai. The FAA reported that one of the alleged hijackers had shot Lewin on flight 11 as it was being highjacked.

A 42-year-old Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) finance employee was arrested Wednesday and charged in federal court with stealing company trade secrets and selling them over several years to an undercover FBI agent he thought was a representative of Israel....

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FBI Agents & Supervisors Cheat on Terrorism Exams, Hayden’s Note: Big Surprise

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: The Independent

FBI agents and several supervisors cheated in an exam about new rules for terrorism and criminal investigations and for collecting foreign intelligence, according to a US Justice Department report yesterday.

The report found that some FBI employees improperly consulted colleagues while taking the exam, and others used or distributed answer sheets or study guides that provided the answers to the test.

Hayden’s Note:

This is standard practice in law enforcement. This doesn’t suprise me in the slightest. Any “in-service training” or exams that have to be taken, such as this one, are typically administered in 8 or 16 hour blocks and either the trainer will pass around hand-outs with the answers highlighted or will literally tell officers/agents the answers during the course of the lecture. This is so common and normal within LE that I can’t believe it actually made the news. Obviously, I have had an inside scoop, but this seems like such a non-news story. But, I’ve had several emails suggesting this story, so here ya go!

The sad thing is that most officers don’t learn the course material during in-service training to begin with, let alone when they are given the answers....

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Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Featured Articles

Source: NY Observer

Hayden’s Note:

This article was posted earlier last week (Sep 14, 2010 @ 14:49), but I feel as though it deserves more attention.  This is a really great read about who exactly is financing the Ground Zero Mosque and who stands to benefit the most from it.  The answers might surprise you, including Goldline Financial, Glenn Beck, private defense contractors and more!

So far, the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero has unfolded along predictable lines, with the man at the center of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, drawing attacks from the right painting him as a terrorist sympathizer with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood

But meanwhile, links between the group behind the controversial mosque, the CIA and U.S. military establishment have gone unacknowledged.

For instance, one of the earliest backers of the nonprofit group, the Cordoba Initiative, that is spearheading the Ground Zero mosque, is a 52-year-old Scarsdale, New York, native named R. Leslie Deak. In addition to serving on the group’s board of advisors since its founding in 2004 by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Deak was its principal funder, donating $98,000 to the nonprofit between 2006 and 2008....

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More FBI False Flag Terrorism – This Time in Chicago

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 in Featured Articles

Source: DeadLine Live

During the spring of 2009, FBI agents paid a confidential source (hereinafter referred to as “CS”) to meet with a twenty-two year old Lebanese Chicago resident, Sami Samir Hassoun, according to an affidavit filed Monday. The CS and Hassoun subsequently developed a friendship and met multiple times per week for approximately one year.

After the two had been well acquainted for about a year, Hassoun allegedly told the CS that he wanted to take action that would force Chicago’s Mayor Daley from power (How did the Feds know Hassoun would propose something a year before and insert an intel operative/CS as his friend?  Did they encourage the idea to start with?).  The CS told Hassoun that they had “friends” who might be interested in some of the ideas that Hassoun had recently expressed who, according to the CS, would be willing to pay the CS and Hassoun to engage in such activity.

According the CS, Hassoun had been considering attacks that would command public attention.  In one alleged scenario, Hassoun suggested placing a bomb in Daley Plaza during the then upcoming Arabesque festival....

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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.

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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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Terrorist Threat is “Exaggerated”: 120k US Troops Fighting “No More than 50 Members of al-Qaeda” says CIA, IISS, MI-6

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Global Research

 

The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is the world’s leading think tank for military affairs. It represents the top echelon of defence experts, retired officers and senior military men, spanning the globe from the United States and Britain to China, Russia and India.
 
I’ve been an IISS member for over 20 years. IISS’s reports are always authoritative but usually cautious and diplomatic, sometimes dull. However, two weeks ago the IISS issued an explosive report on Afghanistan that is shaking Washington and its Nato allies.
 
The report, presided over by the former deputy director of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI-6, says the threat from al-Qaeda and Taliban has been “exaggerated” by the western powers. The US-led mission in Afghanistan has “ballooned” out of all proportion from its original aim of disrupting and defeating al-Qaeda. The US-led war in Afghanistan, says IISS, using uncharacteristically blunt language, is “a long-drawn-out disaster”.

Just recently, CIA chief Leon Panetta admitted there were no more than 50 members of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Yet US President Barack Obama has tripled the number of US soldiers there to 120,000 to fight Al Qaeda....

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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

Introduction

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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Israel Has One of World’s Largest ‘Eavesdropping’ Intel Bases

Posted on Sep 06, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Haaretz

Israel has one of the largest signals intelligence (SIGINT) bases in the world in the western Negev, Le Monde Diplomatique reported. The base, near Kibbutz Urim, is central to the activities of the main Israel Defense Forces signals intelligence unit, 8200, the report says.

According to the report, the base has 30 antennas and satellite dishes of different sizes and types, capable of eavesdropping on telephone calls and accessing the e-mail of “governments, international organizations, foreign companies, political groups and individuals.”

One of the base’s main purposes is to listen to transmissions from ships passing in the Mediterranean, the report says. The base is also the center of intelligence activity that “taps underwater communication cables, mostly in the Mediterranean, connecting Israel with Europe.”

The data collected at the Negev site is relayed for processing to a 8200 base near Herzliya, the paper says. Other reports say 8200’s base is near the Mossad headquarters, which receives the intelligence along with IDF units, the paper says.

The report quotes a former soldier in 8200 who said her job was to intercept telephone calls and e-mails in English and French....

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Karzai Aide in Corruption Inquiry is Tied to CIA

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: NY Times

 

The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.

Hayden’s Note:

In the words of the Cryptogon.com editor, “Shocking. Are you shocked? I’m shocked.”  LoL

Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for the National Security Council, appears to have been on the payroll for many years, according to officials in Kabul and Washington. It is unclear exactly what Mr. Salehi does in exchange for his money, whether providing information to the spy agency, advancing American views inside the presidential palace, or both.

Mr. Salehi’s relationship with the C.I.A. underscores deep contradictions at the heart of the Obama administration’s policy in Afghanistan, with American officials simultaneously demanding that Mr. Karzai root out the corruption that pervades his government while sometimes subsidizing the very people suspected of perpetrating it.

Mr. Salehi was arrested in July and released after Mr. Karzai intervened. There has been no suggestion that Mr. Salehi’s ties to the C.I.A. played a role in his release; rather, officials say, it is the fear that Mr....

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