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02.08.09
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"Now, Israel is a strong ally
of the United States. They
will not stop being a strong
ally of the United States.
And I will continue to
believe that Israel's
security is paramount...
...But I also believe that there
are Israelis who recognize
that it is important to achieve
peace. They will be willing to
make sacrifices if the time is
appropriate and if there is
serious partnership on the
other side."
        Washington DC  01.28.09
An analysis of Pentagon
budget documents by the
Associated Press reveals that
spending on military
propaganda has increased
dramatically over the past five
years.  

The Pentagon has increased
its propaganda budget by 63
percent since 2003 to
counteract image problems
faced by the US military
abroad and to furtively
inculcate support for on-going
military  occupations among
citizens here at home.  The
Associated Press reported
that the Pentagon plans to
spend $4.7 billion for
propaganda in the coming
year.

The largest portion of the
military propaganda budget is
spent to recruit new soldiers,
$1,6 billion.  The Pentagon will
spend $489 million on
psychological operations
targeted at foreign audiences
and $547 million on “public
affairs” that is targeted
specifically at American
audiences in 2009.

An example of the Pentagon’s
propaganda campaign here in
the US is the military run Joint
Hometown News Service.  The
service provides free “news
stories” to local newspapers
and television stations that are
attributed to authors by name,
but the authors are not
identified as military personnel
and the releases are not
disclosed to come from the
Pentagon news service.  The
Service plans to provide 5400
free news releases to US
newspapers in the coming
year, in addition to 3000
television video releases and
1600 radio releases.            
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all true
The crime and drug watchdog at
the United Nations said that he
believes that monies generated
by the sale of illicit drugs has
been used by the world’s banks to
remain liquid as the worldwide
financial crisis becomes more
acute and many banks face the
prospect of becoming insolvent.

Antonio Maria Costa, the director
of the UN Office on Drugs and
Crime, told an Austrian news
weekly, “In the second half of
2008, liquidity was the banking
system’s main problem and hence
liquid capital became an important
factor...In many instances, drug
money is currently the only liquid
investment capital.”  

Costa said that the UNODC has
found evidence that “interbank
loans were funded by money that
originated from drug trade and
other illegal activities.”  Costa said
that there were “signs that some
banks were rescued in that way.”  
The UN reports that the worldwide
drug trade totals $323 billion a
year and a some of these funds
have been used to by banks to
prop themselves up as the
economy declined.      
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The judges who preside over military
tribunals at the detainee holding
camp at Guantanamo, Cuba, have
responded to the presidential
directive to halt trials at the detention
center by ending hearings related to
several of the 245 captives held
there by the US military.  Although
this is the case, some of the judges
overseeing the cases, including the
senior judge in charge of the tribunal
system, have been criticized for their
delay in their implementation of the
directive of the new president.  One
of the judges commented, as a part
of the record in a proceeding
involving a detainee, that
the president’s directive was
unreasonable.
Judge James Pohl denied a motion in
a tribunal hearing regarding a Saudi
man who is accused of helping to plot
the terror attack on the USS Cole in
2000 when prosecutors sought to
delay the prosecution based upon
the directive of President Obama.  
Pohl said that the request to delay
the trial for 120 days based upon the
presidential order was “not
reasonable.”  Pohl went further to
say that the presidential order to
delay the trials while his
administration reviews the cases
against the detainees “did not serve
the interest of justice.”

The Saudi, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri,
was apprehended by US military
personnel in
2002 and had remained
uncharged and in solitary
confinement at the Guantanamo
detention facility for 6 years
before eventually being charged
with plotting the attack on the USS
Cole in 2008.

The presiding judge at the
detainee camp, Susan Crawford,
moved to dismiss the charges
against al-Nashiri so that the
presidential order could be
effectuated.  Crawford dismissed
the case without prejudice so that
al-Nashiri could be charged again
in the future.  The legal tactic has
been used before by other Bush
appointed military
judges.                
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The National Security Administration
is developing a powerful computer
based information sifting technology
that is designed to answer questions
about, and, more frighteningly,
predict the behaviors of countries,
institutions and individuals.  

The Advanced Question Answering
Research and Development Activity
(AQUAINT) program is being
designed to answer direct questions
by intuiting future behaviors based
upon analyzing data collected from
public and private sources.  
According to its developers,
AQUAINT “allows users to pose a
series of intertwined, complex
questions and obtain comprehensive
answers in the context of broad
information-gathering tasks.”  The
NSA computers posit predictive
behaviors and forecast future actions
by mining phone records, credit
card receipts, Internet searches, cell
phone locations and information from
an vast range of databases that the
agency has warrantless access to
under the broad powers accorded to
it since the inception of the so-called
‘war on terror’.

The system has been under
development by the NSA since
before the discredited “Total
Information Awareness” program
(detailed by redstateupdate.net) was
abandoned several years ago.

Congressional records reveal that
the NSA’s Intelligence Advanced
Research Projects Activity unit has
explored extracting information from
media sources to “generate
contextualized complex answers” and
uncovering “implicit knowledge” from
the trails of “networked user
populations” since before
2003.                        
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The Special Inspector General for
Iraq Reconstruction has released a
report reviewing the failures in the
multi-billion dollar effort to rebuild the
occupied country’s infrastructure that
was shattered as US and coalition
forces invaded.

Stuart W. Bowen released the report
entitled “Hard Lessons: The Iraq
Reconstruction Experience” that
found US forces and private
contracting firms hired by the US
spent a “sea of taxpayer dollars” but
were ultimately “unprepared and ill-
equipped to deal with…a post conflict
environment torn by violence,
looters, criminals, a nascent
insurgency;
a government in a state of complete
collapse; and an economy that had
slipped into idle and the switched off.”

The report details examples of
incomplete and fraud-ridden projects
in Iraq such as the “skeletal, half-
built” maximum-security prison in
Khan Bani Saad.  The prison project
cost $40 million and “will probably
never house an inmate.”  Bowen said
the unfinished prison project is
“perhaps the single greatest project
failure in the US reconstruction
program” but the problems that
plagued the project typify the types
of waste and fraud that are rampant
in occupied Iraq.

Bowen said that although he
uncovered “egregious examples of
fraud,” the largest impediment to
reconstruction was waste that
“grossly over burdened” the
program.  Bowen said that the
greatest waste of taxpayer dollars
came from “cost-plus contracts, high
contractor overhead expenses and
excessive contractor award fees.”
In a hearing before a special
bipartisan panel convened to
investigate contracting irregularities
in post-invasion Iraq, Bowen said
that the “overarching hard lesson”
learned in Iraq was to “beware of
pursuing large-scale reconstruction
programs while significant conflict
continues.”  Bowen said that the
lessons learned in the Iraq
experience should be applied as
America looks toward the
reconstruction of another invaded
country, Afghanistan.  Bowen told
the Senate panel that the Iraq
reconstruction report’s findings are
“compellingly important for this
commission and for the Congress
and for the country, as the
(reconstruction) effort in
Afghanistan expands.”  Congress
has appropriated $32 billion for
Afghanistan
reconstruction.                
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With national financial systems
reeling from the collapse of the
global economy, outbursts of popular
and political insurrection that have
swept across Europe and have
appeared in Russia, China and the
Far East are becoming more
frequent and more violent leading
politicians and social scientists to
warn that the rebellion and rioting
that is a consequence of growing
economic deprivation can be
expected to be a constant feature of
the depression the world has entered
into.  In December, with millions of
workers protesting in the streets of
Paris and throughout France,
President Nicholas Sarkozy warned
of a resurgence of “May 1968”
protests enveloping all of Europe.

The attention of the world was
focused on Greece in December,
when weeks of protests turned
violent leading authorities to
temporarily cede the streets to
looters and vandals during the worst
public demonstrations seen in the
country in more than 30 years.  The
Greek protests spawned
demonstrations of support by citizens
in Moscow,
Madrid and Berlin.  Since the riots in
Greece in the middle of December,
social unrest has occurred in France,
Iceland, Russia, China, Latvia,
Bulgaria, the Philippines and
Madagascar.          
In France, a strike staged by public
sector workers backed by France’s
largest unions was joined by private
sector employees virtually shutting
down businesses and services
nationwide.  A leader of a moderate
union in France said that the general
strike was a “cry of anger” by
common workers and citizens who
see the country’s politicians propping
up failed financial institutions with
billions of tax dollars while social
services have been cut back and
hundreds of thousands have become
jobless.  In England, a wildcat strike
by laid-off construction workers grew
rapidly into a nationwide action
supported by workers employed in
both the public and private sectors.

In Iceland, where the government
resigned after the country became
insolvent sparking large protests,
economist Robert Wade told a
gathering of protesters that a wave of
civil unrest is inescapable because of
the growing awareness of workers
“throughout Europe, America and
Asia that hundreds and millions of
people in rich and poor countries are
experiencing rapidly falling
consumption standards; that the
crisis is getting worse...and that it has
escaped the control of public
authorities, national and
international.”                
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Deaths by eating disorder
top five coountries
us      japan  germany  brazil  
canada
250
150
50
GITMO Judges Rule Executive Order to be Out of
Order
Pentagon Arms
Itself
With More Airtime
Iraq Inspector General Deconstructs the Reconstruction
Consumer Data Retention Revealing Your
Intentions
Masses Unite as World Economy
Disintegrates
Funny Money Fuels
Broke Banker Bailout
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