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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has
ordered a comprehensive review of
US nuclear weapons protocols,
including a physical inventory of the
nation’s nuclear arsenal, following
revelations that highly restricted
ballistic missile fuses were mistakenly
shipped to Taiwan. The error, which
wasn’t discovered by top Pentagon
officials for 18 months, has resulted
in a diplomatic rift with China over
potential violations of international
arms control treaties. It is the second
major blunder involving US nuclear
forces in less than a year; in August
the Air Force unwittingly allowed
nuclear warheads to be transported
within US airspace in an incident
involving   
numerous procedural violations and
security lapses.

Taiwan reportedly contacted the US
military in 2006 about the mistaken
shipment, and was surprised by the
lack of urgency in the Pentagon’s
response. According to a report in
the
Washington Post, the
Taiwanese Vice Minister of Defense
told parliament, “We informed the US
of the erroneous
shipment…Afterward, they didn’t do
much about it.” At one point,
unnamed US personnel instructed
Taiwanese officials to dispose of the
missile fuses themselves. The top-
secret electronic nose cone
assemblies had apparently  
been mislabeled as helicopter
batteries.

The August episode, in which the
Air Force essentially lost track of
six live nuclear warheads while
they were flown from North Dakota
to Louisiana, had more
dangerous implications. According
to an official report on the
incident, multiple  oversight
failures occurred simultaneously,
allowing the live warheads to be
loaded onto a B52 bomber and
flown over US airspace. Military
analysts remain skeptical that the
full details of the event have been
made public.          
it's all true
In a new book published this week
to coincide with the start of the
Major League Baseball season,
former star outfielder Jose
Canseco makes new allegations
of widespread use of steroids and
other performance enhancing
drugs among the top players in
the game. New names appearing
in
Vindicated, Canseco’s second
book on the subject, include
Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio
Ordonez and New York Yankees
infielder Alex Rodriguez, the
reigning AL MVP and the sport’s
highest paid player. The book
also goes to great lengths to
defend disgraced pitcher Roger
Clemens.

Rodriguez, who denied steroid
use in an interview in December,
had no comment on Canseco’s
assertion that he had introduced
A-Rod to a “known supplier of
steroids.” The Yankee star also
refused to comment on claims in
the book that he had pursued a
sexual relationship with Canseco’s
wife. In an interview with
Sports
Illustrated
, Canseco said of A-
Rod’s response, “His lawyers
want him off the subject. The less
he says the better for him.”        
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The first week of the second quarter
began with Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson unveiling his department’s
proposed regulatory overhaul for the
financial markets, which met with
general approval on Wall Street, as
analysts quickly pronounced the
package “toothless”. This was
followed by two days of
uncharacteristically gloomy testimony
by Federal Reserve Board Chairman
Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill,
including discussion of a recession,
further disruptions in the housing and
banking sectors, and a warning that
“risks remain to the downside”.
Stocks continued to rally fitfully in
spite of a steady stream of data that
portend further economic upheavals
like the institutional bank run that
wiped out investment bank Bear
Stearns in a few days, prompting an
unprecedented intervention by the
Fed.

The situation that compelled the Fed’
s bailout of Bear Stearns by means
of an underwritten sale at a fraction
of the firm’s book value to banking
group JPMorgan Chase is at the
heart of the timid blueprint for
regulatory reform presented by
Paulson, a former head of Goldman
Sachs. The continuing implosion of
what economist Nouriel Roubini calls
a “shadow” financial system
involving global markets leveraging
massive amounts of securitized debt
has made even members of the
business-friendly Bush Treasury
Department realize the need to be
seen to be doing something. The
administration also sees a chance to
act preemptively against legislative
initiatives expected to emerge from
Congress before the elections.
Lawmakers have privately said that
most of the Treasury measures will
be "dead on arrival" in committee.

If Paulson’s proposals are destined
for legislative oblivion, Bernanke
probably won’t be too disappointed,
judging from the tepid endorsement
he gave the package when asked
about it during his appearance
before the Joint Economic Committee
on Wednesday. The Fed chief called
his colleague’s plan “a very
interesting and useful first step”.
Many analysts believe that the Fed
will attempt to consolidate as much
authority as it possibly can at this
critical time, so that Bernanke will
have broad powers to manage crises
and avoid “disorderly” disruptions,
such as market crashes and bank
runs.

Pessimistic forecasters fear that
multiple bank failures would
overwhelm the Fed's capacity to
respond.            
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Gates Goes Ballistic Over Recent Spate of Nuclear
Mishaps
Fed Up : Paulson Plans, Bernanke
Schemes
A-Roid Puts Up
Offensive Numbers
A telecommunications
research firm estimates that
computer technology is
responsible for 2 percent of
the world’s carbon dioxide
emissions.  
Der Speigel
reported that the firm Gartner,
Inc. said that computer
technology creates carbon
dioxide emissions that are
roughly equivalent to the
carbon emissions created by
the world’s aviation traffic.

Gartner’s estimate took into
consideration “the in-use phase
of PCs, servers, cooling, fixed
and mobile telephony, local area
network (LAN), office
telecommunications and printers
(and) it also included all
commercial and governmental IT
and telecommunications
infrastructure worldwide.”

Der Speigel reported that
over the years that personal
computing has become
integrated into the fabric of
everyday life, the infrastructure
that serves computer users
has increased.  Computer
servers use a tremendous
amount of electricity and also
have to be cooled constantly
requiring the use of even more
energy.  The paper reported
that Google has begun
construction of a computer
server center near a
hydroelectric dam in Oregon.  
Google will be able to buy
electricity directly from the
powerplant and use the use
water from the river to operate
cooling towers at the  
complex.   
Der Speigel said
that a single Google search
“consumes enough electricity
to run an 11-watt, energy
saving light bulb for 15
minutes.”             
it's all true
Two foreign press reports in the
wake of Vice President Dick Cheney’
s visit to the Middle East have raised
new concerns that the US is
preparing for a military action of
some kind in Iran.  The Saudi
newspaper
Okaz and the Russian
News and Information Agency

report on separate recent incidents
that suggest that the Bush
administration has at least not
entirely abandoned the idea that the
US preemptively attack Iran to
eliminate its nuclear facilities.

The day after Cheney departed
Saudi Arabia having attended high-
level meetings with Saudi officials,
Okaz reported that the Saudi Shura
Council is preparing “national plans
to deal with any sudden nuclear and
radioactive hazards that may affect
the kingdom following experts’
warnings of possible attacks on Iran’s
Bushehr nuclear reactors.”
The Russian News and
Information Service
said last week
that Russian military intelligence
services are “reporting a flurry of
activity by US Armed Forces near
Iran’s borders.”  The service quoted
a high-ranking security source who
said, “The latest military intelligence
data point to heightened US military
preparations for both an air and
ground operation against Iran.”  The
source said that the US wants to
“bring the country to its knees at
minimal cost.”

The reports come at the same time
that the US Navy has recently
deployed a second carrier battle
group, the USS John C. Stennis, to
the Persian Gulf.  The US already
has a battle group stationed in the
Persian Gulf and the addition of the
second group of war ships increases
the US naval presence in the Gulf to
its largest level since the
invasion of Iraq in 2003.

As the military build up in the Gulf
region continues, administration
spokespersons have escalated
their rhetoric against Iran
suggesting that the country is
seeking to arm itself with nuclear
weapons.  Although the CIA and
the US intelligence community
reported in December  that Iran
abandoned its nuclear weapons
program in 2003, Vice President
Cheney recently told ABC News
that he believes that Iran is
“heavily involved in trying to
develop nuclear weapons
enrichment," and in
Congressional hearings last week,
the head of the CIA, Michael
Hayden said that he has a
“personal belief” that he
conceded is “hard to explain” that
the Iranian leadership is seeking
nuclear weapons.            
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The New York Times recently
reported on an American arms dealer
whose company has handled over a
quarter of a billion dollars worth of
contracts to provide weaponry for the
Iraqi military and the Afghan
government that routinely delivered
substandard equipment, some over
40 years old, that was purchased
from known traffickers
of illegal arms and through
arrangements with countries that
violate US law.

Since 2003, the Pentagon has hastily
arranged to arm the NATO supported
Afghan army and the national military
in occupied Iraq.  The arms dealer,
22-year-old Efraim Diveroli, got into
the multi-million dollar arms trading
business by bidding for contracts
from the Pentagon to supply rifles,
pistols, hand grenades, rockets and
ammunition in 2004.  Since that time,
Diveroli’s company, AYE, Inc.,
has received many government arms
contracts, including a $5.2 million
contract to arm the Iraqi military and
a contract worth nearly $300 million
to provide 52 different types of
munitions to Afghani forces.

Diveroli took advantage of the
Pentagon’s lax vetting standards and
sketchy contracts with limited quality
assurance restrictions to furnish
antiquated arms and ammunition
purchased from former East bloc
countries stock plies and China to
the Pentagon.  AYE’s purchase of
Chinese ammunition may have
violated US law.  The Pentagon
accepted the bid of Diveroli’s
company to fulfill the Afghan military
contract in 2007 because the
company’s proposal “represented
the best value to the government.”   
AYE was one of only ten firms to bid
on the contract.                      
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