Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Will the real Wikileaks please stand up.

From the infamous “Collateral Murder” video leak, through to the Afghanistan and then Iraq cache of files released, US authorities have been whacking on about the terrible peril this puts US service people in.

But the rhetoric exploding from Washington over the latest Wikileaks dump is astonishing; allegedly they are “infuriated”.

It was reported that US Homeland Security Committee Rep Peter King, urged that Julian Assange be prosecuted for espionage and that Wikileaks be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.

Hillary Clinton described the disclosures as an “attack on the international community”, blah, blah, blah.

At first I suspected that authorities were just running with this, using the leaks as an excuse to justify what looks like happening, introducing a next wave of authoritarian censorship measures, like we weren’t already oppressed enough.

The great security threat being screamed about is clearly a hoax. A good deal of the diplomatic cables thus far released, reveal exactly what we already know. In example; North Korea selling missiles to Iran and the US bombing targets in Yemen while the Yemen Government, so as not to upset various interests, is claiming that it is they who are conducting the assaults.

This was all public knowledge before the leaks. The only previously hidden info is the rather personal assessments on various leaders by various diplomats. While embarrassing it’s hardly a security issue.

Perhaps there is something much more nefarious going on here though than just the US Government making the most of an opportunity, to use this as an example for requiring more restrictions on freedom of speech.

One of the most popularised headlines from the leaks has been that of the Saudi King urging the US to attack Iran. In response to the revelations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the release was simply psychological warfare against Iran.
"We don't think this information was leaked," he said. "We think it was organised to be released on a regular basis and they are pursuing political goals."

Maybe Ahmadinejad is quite perceptive here. Today it was reported a new leak shows that China, long viewed as the protector of North Korea, is ready to "abandon" the regime and would accept unification of the peninsula. Sound familiar?

In March of 2010, Wikileaks published what it said was a secret US military report from 2008, assessing the danger Wikileaks posed to the military. The report recommended counter attacks on Wikileaks which included; placing fabricated information as a means of discrediting its reliability, spreading propaganda, and of prosecuting anyone within the US military, intelligence or government departments found leaking to it.

At the time Assange said:
"As two years have passed since the date of the report, with no WikiLeaks source exposed, it appears that this plan was ineffective."

Just weeks later however, Bradley Manning became famous after his arrest for leaking the Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” video. The circumstances are puzzling; Manning allegedly, confessed all to a hacker named Adrian Lamo.

Lamo turns out to be a volunteer for “Project Vigilant”, an organisation many bloggers made a big deal about as being a sinister secret FBI based spy ring, monitoring regional ISP traffic and forwarding on info to authorities.

Other sources claim though that “Project Vigilant” is a fraud. CNET also reports it is “nothing but a publicity stunt” and that front man Chet Uber survives on disability cheques.

Good luck to anyone ever trying to get to the bottom of the Manning-Lamo-Vigilant story. Back to that military plan though, to attack Wikileaks by disseminating fabricated information and spreading propaganda, it may well be that they have now been exceedingly successful in those endeavours.

Perhaps Wikileaks has been under Military or CIA control for sometime now. In an article posted at Rense.com on the 11th of August, F. William Engdahl writes:
Since the posting of the Afghan documents some days ago the Obama White House has given the leaks credibility by claiming further leaks pose a threat to US national security.

The one figure most prominently mentioned, General (Retired) Hamid Gul, former head of the Pakistani military intelligence agency, ISI, is the man who during the 1980's coordinated the CIA-financed Mujahideen guerilla war in Afghanistan against the Soviet regime there.

In the latest Wikileaks documents, Gul is accused of regularly meeting Al Qaeda and Taliban leading people and orchestrating suicide attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The leaked documents also claim that Osama bin Laden, who was reported dead three years ago by the late Pakistan candidate Benazir Bhutto on BBC, was still alive, conveniently keeping the myth alive for the Obama Administration’s War on Terror at a point when most Americans had forgotten the original reasons the Bush Administration invaded Afghanistan, allegedly to pursue the Saudi Bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks.

The London Financial Times says Gul's name appears in about 10 of roughly 180 classified US files that allege Pakistan's intelligence service supported Afghan militants fighting Nato forces. Gul told the newspaper the US has lost the war in Afghanistan, and that the leak of the documents would help the Obama administration deflect blame by suggesting that Pakistan was responsible. Gul told the paper, "I am a very favourite whipping boy of America. They can't imagine the Afghans can win wars on their own."

Gul has been outspoken about the role of the US military in smuggling Afghan heroin out of the country via the top-security Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan.

In a UPI interview on September 26, 2001, two weeks after the 9-11 attacks, Gul stated, in reply to the question who did back Sept. 11?, "Mossad and its accomplices. The US spends $40 billion a year on its 11 intelligence agencies. That's $400 billion in 10 years. Yet the Bush Administration says it was taken by surprise. I don't believe it. Within 10 minutes of the second twin tower being hit in the World Trade Center CNN said Osama bin Laden had done it. That was a planned piece of disinformation by the real perpetrators"

Assange told Der Spiegel, one of three outlets with which he shared material from the Afghan leak, that the documents he had unearthed would "change our perspective on not only the war in Afghanistan, but on all modern wars."

Yet a closer examination of the public position of Assange on one of the most controversial issues of recent decades, the forces behind the September 11th 2001 attacks, shows him to be curiously establishment. When the Belfast Telegraph interviewed him on July 19, he stated:

"I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud."

That statement from a person who has built a reputation on being anti-establishment is more than notable. Thousands of physicists, engineers, military professionals and airline pilots have testified, the idea that 19 barely-trained Arabs armed with box-cutters could divert four US commercial jets and execute the near-impossible strikes on the Twin Towers and Pentagon over a time period of 93 minutes with not one Air Force NORAD military interception, is beyond belief.

I’m not prepared to guess anymore, what the hell is going on in this cloak and dagger world of complex deceit. There appears to be but one truth, everything is a f**king lie.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Leakers should be fired, jailed, fined and lose pensions

With the next impending Wikileaks release, US authorities have been in pre-emptive damage control overdrive. Their now tired rhetoric is once more in our media; the leaks will endanger the lives of service personnel and department employees around the world.

A snippet from Congressional Records I happened to stumble upon, reveals one Mr Bond, in Senate proceedings for S 510 of all places, contributing his opinion on the matter. That would be Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond I presume, and I have no idea how this related to food safety modernization, but here is the excerpt;

[Congressional Record: November 17, 2010 (Senate)]
[Page S7934-S7946]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

In addition, I wish to address an obvious problem--leaks. I have
already made reference to some of the more disastrous leaks that
occurred during my tenure, but unfortunately, these were just the tip
of the iceberg. There are simply too many to list. I shudder to think
about the sources and methods that have been disclosed, and the lives
that will likely be lost, as a result of the obscene amount of
classified information compromised by Wikileaks. Of course, to call
this a leak case is gross mischaracterization; it is more like a tidal

We are blessed with our open society and our many freedoms. However,
our ability to protect these freedoms and preserve our national
security depends upon our ability to keep our secrets safe.

This problem needs a multifaceted solution. We must first deter and
neutralize the leakers. There should be significant criminal, civil,
and administrative sanctions that can be imposed on leakers. Leakers
should face significant jail time, pay heavy fines, forfeit any
profits, lose their pensions, and be fired from their jobs. We should
also not allow the first amendment to be used as a shield for criminal
activity. It should be a crime to knowingly solicit a person to reveal
classified information for an unauthorized purpose or to knowingly
publish or possess such information. Leaks will not stop until a
significant number of leakers have been appropriately punished.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Daniel Ellsberg explains that Wikileaks has previously, in the case of the Iraq and Afghanistan docs releases, disclosed to the Pentagon in advance what is being released, and offered the Pentagon the opportunity to request redactions of names for security purposes. The Pentagon has refused all such offers.


Who the Hell Do You Think You Are?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

U.S. Government Seizes Domains

by enigmax – TorrentFreak.com

Without any need for COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has just seized the domain of a BitTorrent meta-search engine along with those belonging to other music linking sites.

While complex, it’s still possible for U.S. authorities and copyright groups to point at a fully-fledged BitTorrent site with a tracker and say “that’s an infringing site.” When one looks at a site which hosts torrents but operates no tracker, the finger pointing becomes quite a bit more difficult.

When a site has no tracker, carries no torrents, lists no copyright works unless someone searches for them and responds just like Google, accusing it of infringement becomes somewhat of a minefield – unless you’re ICE Homeland Security Investigations that is.

This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.

Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner.

Yesterday we reported that the domain of hiphop site RapGodFathers had been seized and today we can reveal that they are not on their own. Two other music sites in the same field – OnSmash.com and DaJaz1.com – have fallen to the same fate. But ICE activities don’t end there.

Full list of seized domains @ TorrentFreak.com

Domain seizures coming under the much debated ‘censorship bill’ COICA? Who needs it?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Airport Porno Scanners

I must be becoming desensitised in my old age because none of this got me overly angry, not until I saw this ABC news article.

President Obama Re: public concern about porno scanners

The ABC reports:
Mr Obama said he "understands people's frustrations" over the measures.

He said that following the attempted Christmas bombing, "TSA personnel are, properly, under enormous pressure to make sure that you don't have somebody slipping on a plane with some sort of explosive device on their persons."

Since the explosive on Nigerian "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "was not detected by ordinary metal detectors, it has meant that TSA has had to try to adapt to make sure that passengers on planes are safe."

"One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism is that it has created a whole security apparatus around us that causes huge inconvenience for all of us. And I understand people's frustrations."

He said he has asked the TSA to "constantly refine and measure whether what we're doing is the only way to assure the American people's safety."

But TSA and US counter-terrorism experts say that the procedures are the only ones they believe are "effective against the kind of threat that we saw in the Christmas Day bombing."

Liar, liar, f*cking pants on fire!

Schiphol Amsterdam, the undies bomber’s departure airport, has had the ‘naked’ scanners in operation since 2007.

Although that's irrelevant in Abdulmutallab's case, because he was escorted around normal security procedures.

Abdulmutallab who was on a terrorism watch list in the US, didn’t have his visa revoked by the US State Department, because they said, they had been begged not to revoke it by federal counter-terrorism officials.

"Surely if US intelligence was aware that Mutallab was a terrorist threat they would have at least taken the precaution of making very sure that the flight onto which he was to be escorted was not a target.

Surely a thorough rub down or a strip search would not have been out of the question for such a threat to US national security?

Take your pick; either US intelligence is so incompetent that they did not first check if this known terrorist was carrying a bomb onto the plane, or they staged the entire operation themselves in order to keep the Islamic terrorism bandwagon rolling."

Johns Hopkins University Safety Assessment of the Rapiscan 1000 backscatter, prepared for TSA and Dept Homeland Security, 30th October 2009.
"An area exists above each of the units, due to primary beam overshoot, where the 100 mrem per year general public dose limit could potentially be exceeded. This area extends up to a height of about 14 ft and 4.6 ft behind each of the units.

A second area exists at the entry and exit locations of the scan area, where the 100 mrem per year general public dose limit could potentially be exceeded. This area extends approximately 1.7 ft from the side of the units at the entry and exit locations."

download Safety Assessment zip file

Monday, November 8, 2010