Freak Radio Santa Cruz Taken Down at Gunpoint :.

At 8:20 AM on Wednesday, September 29, armed US Marshals and FCC Agents raided the house from which Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. Agents entered with guns drawn, showing the warrant to a couple of residents but not serving the warrant to anyone at that time. All residents, some wearing only their bathrobes and PJ's, were herded to the sidewalk in front of their house.


Recent .Mil and .Gov Hits

Greetings, Gentlemen:




Defense Finance and Accounting Service

A user at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (, IP, 27 Sep 2004 - 18:57) conducted the following AskJeeves search: CHARTS OF OIL RESERVES DEPLETION.

Spy Imagery Agency Watching Inside U.S. :.

In the name of homeland security, America's spy imagery agency is keeping a close eye, close to home. It's watching America. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, about 100 employees of a little-known branch of the Defense Department called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and some of the country's most sophisticated aerial imaging equipment have focused on observing what's going on in the United States.

Their work brushes up against the fine line between protecting the public and performing illegal government spying on Americans.

Woman Arrested for Talking on Cell Phone :.

Sakinah Aaron was walking into the bus area at the Wheaton Metro station several weeks ago, talking loudly on her Motorola cell phone. A little too loudly for Officer George Saoutis of the Metro Transit Police.

The police officer told Aaron, who is five months pregnant, to lower her voice. She told the officer he had no right to tell her how to speak into her cell phone.

Their verbal dispute quickly escalated, and Saoutis grabbed Aaron by the arm and pushed her to the ground. He handcuffed the 23-year-old woman, called for backup and took her to a cell where she was held for three hours before being released to her aunt. She was charged with two misdemeanors: "disorderly manner that disturbed the public peace" and resisting arrest.


Haiti Doctors Operate Without Electricity :.

Fill up your Hummer while you can!

Doctors are performing amputations without electricity or running water while waste from this city's shattered sewage system contaminates mud and floodwaters, infecting wounds that threaten to turn gangrenous.

More than a week after the passage of Tropical Storm Jeanne, the calamity in the northwest city of Gonaives has overwhelmed Haitians and foreign rescue workers.

OIL AT $50 :.

Nigerian insurgency... Isn't Africa crawling with al Qaeda!? Wait for it. You heard it here first. Nevermind the fact that the Nigerian insurgency has been smoldering for years with no sign at all of al Qaeda... They will announce an al Qaeda component to the situation in Nigeria. Note my comments from 9/8/2004:

Perhaps as "terrorists" start showing up in the G8 states, those governments will shape the political order in a de facto manner (by the arbitrary use of military power). What political order? It's pretty simple: Where there are oil and natural gas deposits, G8 states will strike "terrorists" with the right hand, while the left hand steals the natural resources.
Can you see the writing on the wall?

Oil prices reached a record $50 a barrel on Monday as Nigeria emerged as the latest focus for worries about supply in an already tight worldwide energy market.

The U.S. light crude front month contract rose a further 36 cents a barrel in after-hours electronic trading to hit $50, its loftiest level in the 21 years of trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Related: Busted Whores of War Have American and British Links

Crude Oil Soars to Record $49.75 on Nigerian Supply Threat :.

Emergency reserves are are being utilized:

Crude oil surged to a record $49.75 a barrel in New York amid concern rebel attacks in Nigeria will reduce production and U.S. refiners will struggle to replenish supplies disrupted by Hurricane Ivan.

Royal Dutch/Shell Group's venture in Nigeria evacuated 235 workers from the Niger River delta Sept. 24. U.S. oil supplies fell 10 percent in the eight weeks ended Sept. 17, leaving them close to a 29-year low. The government agreed Friday to loan refiners barrels from emergency reserves.

The Weather

I heard Michio Kaku's interview with Ross Gelbspan on the most recent "Explorations" radio program. Take a good look outside your window. How does it feel to stare disaster in the face?

This show is coming down, and right before our eyes. The chaos unfolding (in the wake of Hurricane Jeanne, 2.5 million homes and businesses are without power in Florida and Haiti is in a state of total collapse) is nothing compared to what is about to happen!

I can't begin to sum up what was said in this interview. Even if I did, you wouldn't believe me. Here is the link to Gelbspan's new book, if you dare to find out more:

Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists and Activists Are Fueling the Climate Crisis--And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster by Ross Gelbspan

Related: Pentagon Tells Bush: Climate Change Will Destroy Us

Liberation: U.S. Blitzkrieg in Fallujah Slaughters Iraqi Civilians

Or was it Mission Accomplished?

There are several stories about this, but I thought the pictures were more appropriate:

BBC Plans Radical Rethink of Panorama :.

For current events programming on mainstream television, the BBC's Panorama is as good as it gets. Obviously, that couldn't be allowed to continue:

Panorama, the world's longest-running TV current affairs programme, needs a "touchy-feely" overhaul because it has become "too distant, demanding, difficult and didactic", according to a briefing document prepared for the BBC executive in charge of the series.

The "creative brief", leaked to the Guardian, sets out a plan to restore the series to peak time that includes recruiting presenters with "warmer" faces, such as Fiona Bruce. The Newsnight presenter, Jeremy Paxman, would be used for more "analytical" subjects.

Storylines from EastEnders could be used as subjects for the programme to tackle in an attempt to make it "more accessible and enjoyable".

It is understood that the Panorama team is outraged at some of the ideas raised in the brief. But executives said yesterday it was a genuine attempt to find out how the series could be transmitted in peak time and retain its reputation for serious and authoritative journalism - without being trounced in the ratings by more popular shows on other channels.

Busted Whores of War Have American and British Links :.

Links have been discovered between senior American military officials and the failed coup plot in Equatorial Guinea that has left Sir Mark Thatcher facing trial in South Africa.

Theresa Whelan, a member of the Bush administration in charge of African affairs at the Pentagon, twice met a London-based businessman, Greg Wales, in Washington before the coup attempt. Mr Wales has been accused of being one of its organisers, but has denied any involvement.

A US defence official told Newsweek magazine yesterday: "Mr Wales mentioned in passing... there might be some trouble brewing in Equatorial Guinea. Specifically, he had heard from some business associates of his that wealthy citizens of the country were planning to flee in case of a crisis."

Applied Digital Unit Gets Air Force Deal :.

Microchip implants, .mil organizations and multi million dollar contracts. Nice:

Applied Digital Solutions Inc., a maker of embedded chips used to check vital signs and locate people and animals, said Tuesday that its Government Telecommunications Inc. unit received a $2.3 million Air Force contract to install, maintain and support certain telecommunications facilities.


Google Censors News Stories Critical of Chinese Government :.

We are all digging our own holes by relying on Google. This thing is a proven memory hole, and we all use it!

A call to all lone nut programmers, freaks, open source developers: We need an open source search system that is based on p2p technology. If millions of us ran the client and dedicated a few megs to the effort, couldn't it work?

Google's recently launched news service in China doesn't display results from websites blocked by that country's authorities, raising prickly questions for an online search engine that has famously promised to "do no evil."

Dynamic Internet Technology, a research firm striving to defeat online censorship, conducted tests that found Google omits results from the government-banned sites if search requests are made through computers connecting to the Internet in China.

Steered by an identical search request, computers with a United States connection retrieved results from the sites blocked by China.

"That's a problem because the Chinese people need to know there are alternative opinions from the Chinese government and there are many things being covered up by the government," said Bill Xia, Dynamic's chief executive. "Users expect Google to return anything on the Internet. That's what a search engine does."

Xia suspects Google is cooperating with the Chinese government's censorship efforts to smooth the way for expansion plans that could help the Mountain View-based company boost future profits.

Special Skills Draft :.

Will you serve the beast?

The Department of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) and the Selective Service System

In line with today's needs, the SSS' structure, programs and activities should be re-engineered toward maintaining a national inventory of American men and (for the first time) women, ages 18 through 34, with an added focus on identifying individuals with critical skills.

Biomod: Montreal Team Offers Build-Your-Own Solar Scooters :.

Fire it up:

A couple of entrepreneurs in Montreal are teaching people how to build their own solar-powered scooters by making the instructions freely available on the internet.

Many people are looking to alternative fuels but solar-powered vehicles are often too expensive.

"The total cost of the project was probably about $600,000," said Paul Glass, project manager for McGill University's solar car.

The Biomod company in Montreal said it can build the vehicles for much cheaper. By using surplus parts, a solar-powered scooter costs $1,600.

"It's got three off-the-shelf components that are inexpensive," said Jeff Dekzty of Biomod. "You could begin building one by just getting a small kit."

Related: Biomod Site with Pictures

U.S. State Department: Poppy Crop in Afghanistan to Jump 40% this Year :.

Do you get it yet? Is it obvious yet?

Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, the world's leading supplier of illicit opium, morphine and heroin, is expected to jump by 40 percent this year, a State Department official said Thursday.

The CIA's counternarcotics center had estimated the crop last year at 61,000 hectares (150,000 acres).

"My guess is this year, although the numbers are not in and they will be released in the next several weeks, it is probably 100,000 hectaresacres)," Robert Charles, the assistant secretary of the bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, told a congressional hearing.

Opium production this year could see a 20 to 40 percent jump, he said.

"On the narcotics front, tied like a ball-and-chain to security, justice and economic development, we stand in the darkness of a long shadow," Charles said.

Visit to Cryptogon from Microsoft

A user at Microsoft (, IP, 25/Sep/2004:19:31:24 -0700) conducted the following Google search: CIA controls cocaine.

I don't know whether to be proud or stunned by the fact that my site is the second result for this search (as of right now)!


Ibis Tek Mounts Machine Guns and Grenade Launchers to SUVs! :.

For the soccer mom with everything! Must see video!

Jobs? Affordable housing? Healthcare? Education?

How about SUVs with machine guns?

I never thought the collapse of society would be pleasant, but I always knew it would be weird and absurd:

The Viper ushers in a new generation of mobile protection and reconnaissance vehicle, built to meet the rapid deployment requirements of today's security forces. The Cobra and Viper Security Vehicles provide a stealth platform able to respond with decisive fire power. Whether you are protecting a head-of-state, engaged in peace-keeping, or involved in low-intensity conflict, the Cobra and Viper Security Vehicles should be part of your team.

Research Credit: TR

Excellent Bush Speech Remix :.

"We will embrace tyranny and death as a cause and a creed. We can be summed up in one word: evil."


Research Credit: TR


Forbes List Has Most Billionaires Ever :.

I applied for a crappy receptionist job, just for shits and giggles more than anything else. I thought you guys would get a nice laugh from this, whether I got the job or not. I just got a response back today. Boy, it's a good thing I got nearly straight A's in college and shelled out the big bucks for that private university education! HAHAHA! I think USC should use this letter for recruitment materials!


Thank you for applying for the receptionist position in the Department of

We have screened the pool of applicants and have selected for interview
candidates whose experience and skills most closely match the required
skills, abilities, and qualifications for this position. Unfortunately, you
were not included in this group to be interviewed.

I wish you much success in future career endeavors.


Cheryl XXXXX
Assistant to the Chair
Department of Education
University of XX, XXXXXX
But, things have never looked brighter, because...

It looks like the U.S. billionaire's club isn't quite as exclusive as it once was. There are now 313 billionaires in the country, the largest number ever and a huge jump over the 262 counted last year, according to Forbes magazine, which Thursday released its annual ranking of the 400 richest Americans.

The combined net worth of the 400 rose $45 billion and reached $1 trillion this year for the first time since 2000, before the dot-com bust wiped out billions of dollars in wealth.

The biggest billionaire of all was again Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, whose $48 billion in estimated wealth was up $2 billion from 2003. Gates was again followed by investor Warren Buffett with $41 billion, the list's biggest dollar gainer with a $5 billion increase, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who held the No. 3 spot although his net worth fell $2 billion to $20 billion.

Oil Back at $49 :.

Overhead resistance is $49.40:

Oil prices reversed course and jumped as high as $49 a barrel in New York Thursday, despite signs the U.S. government may release crude from the nation's strategic reserve after Hurricane Ivan sliced into supplies.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Could Imperil the Nation's Entire Financial System :.

Washington Post:

Yesterday's disclosure that government regulators have raised safety and soundness questions about mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae has given new ammunition to critics of the company and its sister firm, Freddie Mac.

Such critics, who recently have included Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, worry that the firms have grown so big so fast that if they get into financial trouble, they could imperil the nation's entire financial system.

UC Regents Lose Control of Nuclear Weapons Program :.

Teller - also known as Dr. Strangelove - went on to promote a grandiose U.S. nuclear weapons program for decades at the nuclear weapons labs: Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos. The program remained under a no-bid University of California management contract for 61 years.

In a stealth takeover by the Carlyle Group, facilitated by five admirals, the management contract will be transferred next year to the University of Texas, where the military and the Carlyle Group will have control. A new "ramping up" of the nuclear weapons program is underway, with program funding at the highest level ever - even higher than during the Cold War – extending nuclear weapons into outer space, into the very atmosphere that makes life on earth possible, and with no “real” enemy in sight.

October Surprise? Is an Attack Imminent? :.

I'm surprised that They haven't done another one already! This is from Cryptome:

>>>>> >>> Paula Martinez 9/22/2004 7:44:54 AM >>>
>> At the meeting of the Southern District of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory
>> Council (ATAC) that was held yesterday in Houston, US Attorney Michael
>> Shelby, informed the group that a terrorist attack of 09/11/01
>> proportions was going to be carried out on US soil within the next 6
>> weeks.
>> Mr. Shelby stated that on 09/13/04, US Attorney General John Ashcroft,
>> had a conference call with all 93 US Attorneys, an event which is
>> extremely rare. The US Attorneys were informed that without a doubt, an
>> attack was going to be perpetrated in the US within the next 6 weeks,
>> prior to the elections. Mr. Shelby urgently requested that all law
>> enforcement be aware of any situation that may be out of the ordinary
>> and report the activity immediately. Mr. Shelby also requested that we
>> get the word out to patrol officers and detectives to talk to their
>> informants and report anything odd or remotely suspicious. Mr. Shelby
>> ended this warning by saying that unless we get a bit of "luck" and the
>> attack can be detected and prevented, that another attack of 9/11 scale
>> will be carried out.
>> Please disseminate to all of your law enforcement contacts ASAP.

SEC Investigates Fannie Mae :.

Fannie Mae can't go down. It can't. Why? Because, it just can't:

Regulators have found serious accounting problems at mortgage giant Fannie Mae, prompting an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company disclosed Wednesday.

In at least one instance, the regulators found, it appeared that the government-sponsored company put off some accounting for expenses to a future reporting period to meet earnings targets that brought bonuses for executives.


Iraq Crisis: Emergency Military Funds Utilized :.

Could it be any worse? Just wait until later this Fall:

The Pentagon has begun tapping into its $25 billion emergency fund for the Iraq war to prepare for a major troop rotation and intense fighting this fall, administration officials said on Tuesday, despite the White House's initial insistence that it had enough money.

The Pentagon has already used more than $2 billion from what the White House dubbed its "contingency reserve" fund for Iraq. The money is being used to ramp up production of armored Humvees to support the troop rotation, as well as to buy body armor and bolster fuel supplies, the officials told Reuters.

The decision to use the $25 billion in Iraq reserves underscores concern within the administration about the rise in anti-American violence in Iraq.

The decision follows last week's announcement that President George W. Bush plans to divert nearly $3.5 billion from Iraqi water, power and other reconstruction projects to improve security.

Wind Carries GM Pollen Record Distances :.

...This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a...

Pollen from a genetically modified grass has blown on the wind and pollinated other grasses up to 21 kilometres away, says a new study. This distance is "much further than previously measured", say the authors, and is thought to be a record for any GM pollen.

IMF Sees Danger of House Price Crash :.

This article is politely and calmly telling you to run for your life:

Lofty house prices in many rich countries are in danger of a correction as central banks raise interest rates to check inflation, a fall that could ripple through the global economy, the IMF says.

Home values, adjusted for inflation, have surged by more than 50 percent since 1997 in Ireland, Britain, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands, and Sweden, the Washington-based International Monetary Fund wrote in a report to be included in its semi-annual World Economic Outlook.

While there is no actual global market, the fortunes of housing markets in different countries have become increasingly linked, the fund said on Wednesday.

"Just as the current upswing in house prices has largely been a global phenomenon, any downturn is also likely to be highly synchronised across countries, with corresponding implications for the world economy," said the report by Marco Terrones, a senior IMF economist.

"Even an orderly correction would clearly weaken growth in the countries in which it occurred ... an abrupt price correction could have significantly more serious adverse effects," the report said.

Britain on the Brink :.

Anytime I think the U.S. is f*cked, all I need to do is think about Britain:

WORK for all in a booming economy, huge sums being pumped into health and education, a better deal for mums, longer holidays.

It's tempting to think Britons have never had it so good - if you listen to the government.

But, according to a series of studies published yesterday, that confidence may be masking a looming financial disaster.

Four million homeowners stand on the brink of a crisis, fearful that an interest rate rise of just £40 a month will tip them over the edge. With rising gas bills and water rates, too, millions are struggling to pay their way.

And for 1.2million people who overstretched themselves when buying homes at the height of the boom, the news is worse: just £20 a month more on their mortgage will force a drastic change of lifestyle.

According to Purely Mortgages, seven million Britons are more worried now about an interest rate rise than at any other time in the past year.

Government Portrays Homeschoolers as Terrorists :.

Do you get it yet?

In an federally funded exercise to prepare emergency responders for a terrorist attack, a Michigan county concocted a scenario in which public-school children were threated by a fictitious radical group that believes everyone should be homeschooled.

The made-up group was called Wackos Against Schools and Education.

The exercise in Muskegon, Mich., yesterday simulated a situation in which a bomb on board a bus full of children knocks the vehicle on its side and fills the passenger compartment with smoke.

Dan Stout, director of Muskegon County Emergency Services, told WorldNetDaily the choice of the fictitious group certainly was not meant to offend homeschoolers.

Public Schools no Place for Teachers' Kids :.

More than 25 percent of public school teachers in Washington and Baltimore send their children to private schools, a new study reports.

Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.

In Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.


''Big Brother Is Watching You, and You Don't Have the Faintest Idea" :.

How many people to these pigs have to rob at gunpoint just to cover the costs associated with flying that helicopter?

From 1,000 feet up in the air, flying in a sleek, black million-dollar helicopter, it just couldn't be any better.

Until you look down onto Interstate 65 inbound.

The morning commute is in full swing. The interstate is uncomfortably, but characteristically, packed. A black truck is on the tail of a red car. They're going more than 70 mph in a construction zone with a speed limit of 45. The truck driver doesn't ease off, tailgating until he decides to switch and pass from the middle lane. And then he's off tailgating someone else.

This misbehavior in the morning, playing itself out dozens, maybe hundreds of times each day, isn't going unnoticed.

''Big Brother is watching you, and you don't have the faintest idea,'' Metro police Sgt. Terry Wills said as he commanded the chopper over the highway, keeping up with the oblivious speeding trucker.

The sergeant is one of five police officers who fly over Nashville's roads each day, eyeing the speeders, tailgaters, and illegal median-cruisers (you know who you are) from on high.

Re-Enlist or Be Sent to Iraq :.

Take your pick, soldier:

Soldiers from a Fort Carson combat unit say they have been issued an ultimatum - re-enlist for three more years or be transferred to other units expected to deploy to Iraq.

Hundreds of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team were presented with that message and a re-enlistment form in a series of assemblies last Thursday, said two soldiers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

40% of Army Reservists Fail to Report to Fort Jackson :.

HAHA! I bet the draft planned for next year will go over really well!

Only about 60 percent of reservists ordered to report to Fort Jackson have reported so far, Army officials said.

As of Tuesday, 186 of the 309 members of the Individual Ready Reserve ordered to report to the Columbia base had arrived, said Lt. Col. Burton L. Masters, spokesman for the Army's Human Resources Command.

"We're not surprised by those numbers at all," Masters said.

Most of those who have not reported are seeking exemptions from active duty or delays in reporting, he said.

Those who have not reported or applied for a delay or exemption will be considered deserters if they do not show up within seven days of the date they were told to report for duty, Masters said.

"We are going to go the extra mile to work with people," he said. "But if they don't report, the Army will track them down."

Reaping From the Wild Wind :.

A 77-acre property may have fertile soil, a stocked creek and wooded glen, but an increasingly important question is, "How much wind does it get?"

The rise in demand for clean electricity has created a parallel need for accurate data describing a location's wind-energy potential. Supercomputers running complex algorithms are now providing unprecedented detail about wind patterns in small areas in a matter of weeks.

During the past five years, the amount of wind energy produced in the United States has increased at an average rate of 28 percent, according to Kathy Belyeu, a spokeswoman for the American Wind Energy Association. Belyeu said commercial wind turbines will produce 16.7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2004, or enough power for 1.6 million U.S. households.

New modeling software means wind-farm developers no longer have to wait a year to find out the wind-energy potential of their property, according to Lee Alnes, vice president of marketing for wind-analysis firm WindLogics.

Cryptogon Reader Contributes $20!

Thanks MW!


The Cryptogon Documentary Project

I want to make a documentary on a subject that is near and dear (or at least familiar) to most Cryptogon readers. You can probably guess the topic... but if you can't, I'm not telling what it is just yet.

You might be asking: "What does Kevin know about filmmaking!?"

HAHA! Do you mean to say that I've never mentioned career plan 8d? Yes, friends, long ago, I wanted to be a cinematographer. After dropping out of one film school (and being rejected twice by another), and working on several student films and other crap projects for some coked out lunatics, I finally decided that I wanted nothing to do with "that" industry. Let it suffice to say that I moved on to career plan 8e, which was... What was it? Nevermind.

Flash forward to today. There's a lot that needs to be said about a subject that isn't getting much coverage. I know that writing a book is the LAST thing that a concerned individual should do in an attempt to generate interest in an issue...any issue! A film is a much better way to go about it.

And, no, don't think I've suddenly been swept over by a wave of optimism or hope that the present system can be reformed. I haven't. This thing is coming down. There is no doubt about it. I would, however, enjoy seeing a film like the one I want to make. Since I don't see anyone else doing it, why shouldn't I?

With the success of documentary filmmakers such as Michael Moore, Alex Jones, Morgan Spurlock, Mark Achbar/Jennifer Abbott and Greg Spotts, maybe there's a chance that people will take a look at a Cryptogon-themed film.

Oh yeah, do any of you happen to have access to a 3-chip miniDV video camera, a couple of mics and a solid tripod that I could borrow? * grin * * wink * Thanks!

I'm not worried too much about editing the raw video, since computers have TOTALLY revolutionized that entire process. I've been playing with a fancy Final Cut Pro rig at the Apple store lately. Sweet Jesus, that thing is editing Nirvana. (Baaaaaah, when I was a boy, we edited film with a splicer and tape!) That Final Cut Pro thing makes the old days of film editing, and even analog video deck editing, seem barbaric! And I thought Lucasfilm's EditDroid was a big deal back in the 1980s!!! Well, since there's no money in the budget for a Mac system (actually, there's no budget at all), I'll have to make do with something on Windows. I'll probably use Adobe Premiere Pro, because they seem to have done a decent job of knocking off Apple's Final Cut Pro.

I plan on selling the DVD for $12 and allowing people to copy it for noncommercial and/or educational use. Obviously, anyone who contributes to this project will receive mention in the credits (or not, if you wish to remain anonymous).

Liberation: Microwave Gun to be Used by U.S. Troops on Iraqis :.

Microwave weapons that cause pain without lasting injury are to be issued to American troops in Iraq for the first time as concern mounts over the growing number of civilians killed in fighting.

The non-lethal weapons, which use high-powered electromagnetic beams, will be fitted to vehicles already in Iraq, which will allow the system to be introduced as early as next year.

Classic Guerrilla War Forming in Iraq :.

Good article with lots to keep in mind:

"Guerrilla warfare is the most underrated and the most successful form of warfare in human history," says Ivan Eland, a specialist on national security at the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif. "It is a defensive type of war against a foreign invader. If the guerrillas don't lose, they win. The objective is to wait out your opponent until he goes home."

Even if the insurgents dwindle to a handful of terrorists, their impact on security and stability in Iraq could far outweigh their numbers. RAND's Hoffman points out that just 20-30 members of the Baader Meinhof Gang terrorized the former West Germany for two decades; 50-75 Red Brigadists did the same in Italy; and some 200-400 IRA gunmen and bombers required the prolonged deployment of tens of thousands of British troops in Northern Ireland.

Ireland Is Most Profitable Tax Haven for U.S. Firms :.

Ireland is the most profitable country in the world for US corporations, a detailed analysis of global tax havens has found, writes Sean O'Driscoll in New York

The analysis, in the influential US tax journal Tax Notes, found that profits made by US companies in Ireland doubled from 1999 to 2002, while profits in most of the rest of Europe plunged. While Luxembourg showed greater profitability rates for US corporations, Ireland has a much larger "real economy" and produced the greatest profitability.

The report found a huge shift in the movement of capital towards tax havens.

The Greenest House on the Block :.

I hate to say it, but outlaw builders have been firing it up in the hills of Oregon (and nevermind Idaho) for decades. I guess it's nice that this type of dwelling is finally being blessed by the authorities:

The Rose House is the smallest project Clark Brockman has worked on, and he also considers it the most exciting.

The unassuming little house on Northeast Ainsworth Street is just 800 square feet, but it incorporates technologies that thrill architects like Brockman. From its staggered-stud frame to its solar water heating system, the Rose House is the first home in Portland to create more electricity than it uses.

Brockman hopes that the Rose House will serve as a laboratory experiment, a demonstration piece and, most important, a regular house that builders will want to replicate and people will want to live in.

This house underlines so much of what I believe in philosophically," he says as he crouches in a crawl space to show off a series of ducts designed to capture waste heat. "We’re doing so much more here, with less."

The Rose House, designed by SERA Architects Inc. and built by Coho Construction Services Inc., is one of 20 buildings that will be showcased Saturday in Portland’s third annual "Build It Green" home tour. The tour will demonstrate the latest in eco-roofs, renewable resources, daylighting techniques and other green building techniques.


Britain to Cut Troop Levels in Iraq :.

The British Army is to start pulling troops out of Iraq next month despite the deteriorating security situation in much of the country, The Observer has learnt.

The main British combat force in Iraq, about 5,000-strong, will be reduced by around a third by the end of October during a routine rotation of units.

The news came amid another day of mayhem in Iraq, which saw a suicide bomber kill at least 23 people and injure 53 in the northern city of Kirkuk. The victims were queueing to join Iraq's National Guard.

Japan Shuts Unit of Citibank, Citing Violations :.

Absolutely incredible!

In one of the severest penalties ever imposed on a bank in Japan, regulators on Friday ordered Citigroup to close its Japanese private banking operations because of serious violations of the country's banking laws.

The Financial Services Agency ordered Citibank to shut the four branches in Japan where it offers private banking services to wealthy customers after the agency discovered a string of violations and improprieties over the last three years. The actions cited included failing to put in effect measures to prevent money laundering, overcharging customers for financial derivative products and making loans that helped clients carry out a variety of improper deals, regulators said.


Teacher Arrested for Carrying a Bookmark :.

Darkness at Noon:

For the past month, Kathryn Harrington has stared down the possibility of a criminal trial, a $10,000 fine and the stigma of being deemed a security risk at Tampa International Airport.

The reason? She had a bookmark with her as she passed through airport security screening.


Iraq: U.S. Military Helicopters Open Fire on Crowd of Unarmed Civilians :.

Using helicopter gunships to attack civilians is common in Israel. Obviously, the U.S. isn't timid about borrowing a few pages from Israel's playbook.

Scenes like this are evidence of prosecutable war crimes:

On Sunday, 13 Iraqis were killed and dozens injured in Baghdad when US helicopters fired on a crowd of unarmed civilians. G2 columnist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who was injured in the attack, describes the scene of carnage - and reveals just how lucky he was to walk away.

Related: Bush 'Pleased with the Progress' in Iraq

Documentary Film: "American Jobs" :.

This looks excellent. Check out the trailer and the CNN interview on the site and then buy a copy of Greg Spotts' film! It's only $11.95 for the DVD.

Iraq: Green Zone Is "No Longer Totally Secure" :.

No shit:

US military officers in Baghdad have warned they cannot guarantee the security of the perimeter around the Green Zone, the headquarters of the Iraqi government and home to the US and British embassies, according to security company employees.

At a briefing earlier this month, a high-ranking US officer in charge of the zone's perimeter said he had insufficient soldiers to prevent intruders penetrating the compound's defences.

Israeli Army Kill Five Men Execution Style :.

The Israeli military can't murder people without the generous support of all working Americans:

At 1:00am the Israeli Army attacked homes on Old Najav Street in Nablus, West of the old city. Five young men were killed and one eleven year-old girl. Medical examination evidence suggests the five men were executed.

These are war crimes.


The Pentagon's New Map :.

Resistance is futile. Supersize your freedom fries. If you don't want anything to do with Globalization Inc., you're with the terrorists:

Show me where globalization is thick with network connectivity, financial transactions, liberal media flows, and collective security, and I will show you regions featuring stable governments, rising standards of living, and more deaths by suicide than murder. These parts of the world I call the Functioning Core, or Core. But show me where globalization is thinning or just plain absent, and I will show you regions plagued by politically repressive regimes, widespread poverty and disease, routine mass murder, and—most important—the chronic conflicts that incubate the next generation of global terrorists. These parts of the world I call the Non-Integrating Gap, or Gap.

Americans Suspicious of Terror Plans, Survey Shows :.

Most Americans would not cooperate as officials expect during a terror incident such as a smallpox or dirty bomb attack, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

An in-depth survey found that the people do not trust the federal government to take care of them during an attack, and would take many matters into their own hands -- endangering themselves and their families.

Only two-fifths of those surveyed would follow instructions to go to a public vaccination site in a smallpox outbreak and only three-fifths would stay in a building other than their home after a dirty bomb explosion, the study found.

But a little more planning, and working with communities, may help improve emergency plans, leading to better cooperation, the team sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine found.

If the survey's predictions are true, said Sherry Glied, chair of the department of health policy at Columbia University in New York, "our plans will fail."

American Military Seeks Antigravity Weapons :.

In the summer of 2002 an unusual story by Nick Cook appeared in Jane's Defence Weekly. Cook, the former aviation editor at Jane's, revealed that the American aerospace contractor Boeing was investigating antigravity technology at their Phantom Works facility. Now it can be shown that the American military was also investigating antigravity technology for weapons research.

Buried in the obscure "Annual Report on Cooperative Agreements and Other Transactions Entered into During FY2001" - a report required by law - the US Army Aviation and Missile Command awarded funds to experimentally test superconductors for the manipulation of the gravitational field. Heading this effort was Dr. Ning Li and her company AC Gravity Inc.

Ning Li predicted effects similar to the claims of Russian scientist Evgeny Podkletnov, which apparently sparked Boeing's interest. Of primary concern for the military are the claims of coherent repulsive antigravity beams, capable of disrupting physical materials. Recently Podkletnov has described new experiments demonstrating an "impulse gravity" effect. Cook and others have suggested that gravity beam weapons might be used in a "Star Wars" missile defense system.


Wind Power Down to 1 Cent per Kwh :.

Put that in your gas/coal burning power plant and smoke it:

The price used to be 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, but as of June it dropped to 1 cent per kwh.

Iraq Disaster :.

Important parts of the country, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers said, are controlled by rebels. Principal cities and major roads west and north of the capital are ruled by Sunni insurgents. Al-Sadr's men launch uprisings at will across the wide Shi'ite belt, and even parts of Baghdad are no-go zones for U.S. troops and the frail forces of the interim Iraqi government. All this has helped make the peace much bloodier than the war: last month anti-U.S. attacks climbed to 87 a day, more than double the rate in 2003 and the first half of 2004. The U.S. death toll since sovereignty was returned to Iraq on June 28 has eclipsed the number killed in the invasion, and the total tally just passed 1,000. The wounded number more than 7,000.


BBC Expose of Skull and Bones

This is an excellent audio piece on Skull and Bones. While much of this will be familiar to Cryptogon regulars, the piece does include excerpts of a never-broadcast recording of one of the Skull and Bones occult/satanic/secret rituals.

BBC Radio 4, Club Class with Simon Cox, week of 9/13/2004:

RealAudio stream on BBC (Will expire in 7 days)

MP3 file located on Cryptogon (I'm not in the business of hosting audio files, but I'll keep this available for as long as it doesn't cause me any inconvenience. The point is, you should save this locally if you want to keep it. This is not a permanent mirror.

Related: BBC Piece on The Bilderberg Group

U.K. Gov to Use CCTV in Countryside to Enforce Hunting Ban :.

You might not believe it, but this story is real!

Cameras in the trees will spy on hunts
By Melissa Kite and Daniel Foggo
(Filed: 12/09/2004)

Police are planning to use spy cameras in the countryside to enforce a ban on fox hunting.

Chief constables intend to site CCTV cameras on hedgerows, fences and trees along known hunting routes to enable them to photograph hunt members who break the law after hunting with hounds is outlawed.

The controversial measure was agreed at a secret meeting between David Blunkett and the chief constables of England and Wales after the hunting ban was announced last week.

Police chiefs warned the Home Secretary that enforcing the ban would cost in excess of GBP30 million and divert resources from front-line policing. The plan to use cameras was put forward as a way of detecting illegal hunts without deploying hundreds of extra police to roam the countryside.

Research Credit: PW

Russian Siege -- Staged Psy-Ops? :.

Alex Jones ( is doing excellent work! Hats off to Alex and his staff.

Man Arrested After Leaving Small Tip :.

A New York City man accused of leaving an inadequate tip at a restaurant was arrested, fingerprinted and photographed for a mug shot.

Humberto A. Taveras, 41, faces a misdemeanor charge of theft of services after he and his fellow diners argued with Soprano's Italian and American Grill managers over the legality of requiring an 18 percent tip for large parties.

"They chased us down like a bunch of criminals," Taveras said.

Who Left the Door Open? :.

By design:

The next time you pass through an airport and have to produce a photo ID to establish who you are and then must remove your shoes, take off your belt, empty your pockets, prove your laptop is not an explosive device and send your briefcase or purse through a machine to determine whether it holds weapons, think about this: In a single day, more than 4,000 illegal aliens will walk across the busiest unlawful gateway into the U.S., the 375-mile border between Arizona and Mexico. No searches for weapons. No shoe removal. No photo-ID checks. Before long, many will obtain phony identification papers, including bogus Social Security numbers, to conceal their true identities and mask their unlawful presence.

Iraq Insurgency Explodes :.

There is no doubt that the U.S. has already lost this war:

Insurgents hammered central Baghdad on Sunday with one of their most intense mortar and rocket barrages ever in the heart of the capital, heralding a day of violence that killed nearly 60 people nationwide as security appeared to spiral out of control.

At least 37 people were killed in Baghdad alone. Many died when a U.S. helicopter fired on a disabled U.S. Bradley fighting vehicle as Iraqis swarmed around it, cheering, throwing stones and waving the banner of Iraq's most-feared terror organization.

U.S. Military Airstrike Kills Reporter During Television Broadcast :.

An Arab television journalist was killed and two other journalists were wounded Sunday when a U.S. helicopter opened fire to destroy a U.S. vehicle disabled by a car bomb, witnesses and their employers said.

Mazen al-Tumeizi, who was working for Al-Arabiya television, was taping a report when an explosion behind him caused him to double-over and scream "I'm dying, I'm dying." He died moments later, Al-Arabiya said after airing the video.


Ankle Bracelet for Alcohol Offenders :.

If you abuse alcohol and endanger others, you might find Big Brother not only breathing down your neck but wrapped snugly around your ankle.

In criminal justice terms, the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, or SCRAM ankle bracelet, is about saving lives, meting out punishment to drunken drivers, and helping alcoholics fight their addictions, according to its designers.

In technological terms, it's about sweat.

Specifically, a tiny pump inside the 8-ounce, tamper-proof device periodically scoops up a trace amount of perspiration vapor around your ankle. Then, a fuel cell similar to those used in Breathalyzer equipment tests for alcohol migrating through your skin. If it detects any, the bracelet kicks into high gear - its memory chip recording levels of alcohol, in parts per million, every half hour.

Chicago Mayor Outlines Elaborate Camera Network for City :.


From a hi-tech command center, the City of Chicago plans to monitor a vast security network. Thousands of surveillance cameras will be linked -- and authorities will be alerted to crimes and terrorist acts. The mayor unveiled the plans for this new security network at a news conference this morning.

Some people are concerned about "Big Brother" invading their privacy but Mayor Daley says the cameras will be located in public areas.

The technology that is now so much a part of crime-fighting and anti-terrorism has gone -- as one police spokesman says -- from Stone Age to Star Wars in less than a decade. This step in the evolution will link more than 2,000 public surveillance cameras in Chicago into a unified system.


Sound Cannon in Place in NY Pointed at Protesters :.

Here are photos from NY of the sound weapon in place and pointed at protesters. One time, the sound weapons was turned on to a low hum. So the weapons they are using on Iraqis are going to be used on American citizens. This is the nature of the Police State we're living in.

Half of Workers in Los Angeles Unable to Read :.

Continued immigration and a stubborn high school dropout rate have stymied efforts to improve literacy in Los Angeles County, where more than half the working-age population can't read a simple form, a report released Wednesday found.

Alarmingly, only one in every 10 workers deemed functionally illiterate is enrolled in literacy classes and half of them drop out within three weeks, said the study by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

"It's an emergency situation," said Mayor James Hahn, adding that poor literacy rates could jeopardize the region's economy by driving out high-tech businesses and other industries that pay well.


Secret Society Gathering Place Discovered in Paris' Underground Tombs :.

Oh no, secret societies don't exist! That's all a bunch of bullshit! Uh...

Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement.

Officers admit they are at a loss to know who built or used one of Paris's most intriguing recent discoveries.

"We have no idea whatsoever," a police spokesman said.

"There were two swastikas painted on the ceiling, but also celtic crosses and several stars of David, so we don't think it's extremists. Some sect or secret society, maybe. There are any number of possibilities."

Members of the force's sports squad, responsible - among other tasks - for policing the 170 miles of tunnels, caves, galleries and catacombs that underlie large parts of Paris, stumbled on the complex while on a training exercise beneath the Palais de Chaillot, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.

After entering the network through a drain next to the Trocadero, the officers came across a tarpaulin marked: Building site, No access.

Behind that, a tunnel held a desk and a closed-circuit TV camera set to automatically record images of anyone passing. The mechanism also triggered a tape of dogs barking, "clearly designed to frighten people off," the spokesman said.

Further along, the tunnel opened into a vast 400 sq metre cave some 18m underground, "like an underground amphitheatre, with terraces cut into the rock and chairs".

There the police found a full-sized cinema screen, projection equipment, and tapes of a wide variety of films, including 1950s film noir classics and more recent thrillers. None of the films were banned or even offensive, the spokesman said.

A smaller cave next door had been turned into an informal restaurant and bar. "There were bottles of whisky and other spirits behind a bar, tables and chairs, a pressure-cooker for making couscous," the spokesman said.

"The whole thing ran off a professionally installed electricity system and there were at least three phone lines down there."

Three days later, when the police returned accompanied by experts from the French electricity board to see where the power was coming from, the phone and electricity lines had been cut and a note was lying in the middle of the floor: "Do not," it said, "try to find us."

Alex Jones: Martial Law Film Trailer :.

Looks good!

Liberation: Over 10,000 Killed in Baghdad Alone Since U.S. Occupation Began :.

At Sheik Omar Clinic, a big book records 10,363 violent deaths in Baghdad and nearby towns since the war began last year - deaths caused by car bombs, clashes between Iraqis and coalition forces, mortar attacks, revenge killings and robberies.

While America mourns the deaths of more than 1,000 of its sons and daughters in the Iraq campaign, the U.S. toll is far less than the Iraqi. No official, reliable figures exist for the whole country, but private estimates range from 10,000 to 30,000 killed since the United States invaded in March 2003.

The violent deaths recorded in the leather ledger at the Sheik Omar Clinic come from only one of Iraq's 18 provinces and do not cover people who died in such flashpoint cities as Najaf, Karbala, Fallujah, Tikrit and Ramadi.

Iraqi dead include not only insurgents, police and soldiers but also civilian men, women and children caught in crossfire, blown apart by explosives or shot by mistake - both by fellow Iraqis or by American soldiers and their multinational allies. And they include the victims of crime that has surged in the instability that followed the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime.

Government Wants Secret Judicial Review for Secret Law :.

Welcome to Banana Republic USA! The U.S. legal system is now rule of the gun. It's that simple. Force is the law, because it is. Because the government has a monopoly on the use of force, it is legitimate. Want to test the theory? Think it isn't this way?

Whereas, previously, the appearances of legitimacy were maintained by the existence of a "fair and impartial legal system" (which was bullshit), they are now dispensing with the façade altogether and unfurling the star chambers, secret arrests and kangaroo courts familiar to all students of fascism. Make your time:

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked an appellate court to keep its arguments secret for a case in which privacy advocate John Gilmore is challenging federal requirements to show identification before boarding an airplane.

A federal statute and other regulations "prohibit the disclosure of sensitive security information, and that is precisely what is alleged to be at issue here," the government said in court papers filed Friday with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Disclosing the restricted information "would be detrimental to the security of transportation," the government wrote.

Attorneys for Gilmore, a 49-year-old San Francisco resident who co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, said they don't buy the government's argument and that its latest request raises only more questions.

"We're dealing with the government's review of a secret law that now they want a secret judicial review for," one of Gilmore's attorneys, James Harrison, said in a phone interview Sunday. "This administration's use of a secret law is more dangerous to the security of the nation than any external threat."

Research Credit: TR

Russia Adopts Policy of Pre-Emption :.

Don't read this post. It's gibberish/notes for something I'm writing.

And Britain supports the move. Maybe we're seeing the crystallization of the New World Order other means. The classic NWO theory called for an omnipotent U.N., global federalism, etc. Obviously, that hasn't happened. Perhaps as "terrorists" start showing up in the G8 states, those governments will shape the political order in a de facto manner (by the arbitrary use of military power). What political order? It's pretty simple: Where there are oil and natural gas deposits, G8 states will strike "terrorists" with the right hand, while the left hand steals the natural resources.

Obviously, if this is the case, back room deals have been struck between the criminal operators. Now, here's the problem. When groups of fascists/criminals/mobsters get together to make deals, someone always tries to ratfuck the rest of the group in order to take all the marbles for himself. (Just watch the Godfather movies for a quick lesson in this.) So, now that the U.S., Britain and Russia (don't forget Israel) are in on this scam, it will be interesting to see who gets screwed---and how.

There's an interesting analogy from SCUBA diving that is very useful to understanding the situation the world is now facing with regard to energy, oil and natural gas in particular. "Buddy breathing" is technique in which one SCUBA diver shares his regulator with another diver who has run out of air. In SCUBA class, they emphasize that the diver who shares his air MUST grip the regulator in a way that maximizes control of the device. Why? Because the diver who ran out of air tends to panic, and tries to fight the other diver for the regulator. The result of buddy breathing, in actual diving emergency situations, tends to result in the death of both divers.

Now, how does this relate to the current political situation?

It looks like states with the most to lose are clinging to each other in an attempt to use what's left of global energy resources to survive. Remember what happens to the divers who try to buddy breathe... Eventually, someone will panic and kill his ally for one more gasp of air. (Of course, unlike in the diving example, a catastrophic outcome in terms of the energy crisis would be absurd, because viable alternatives are available, and could be developed with ease. This, however, would loosen the grip the elite have around our necks.)

If you want a more eloquent description of this phenomenon, read The Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett Hardin. While I don't agree with his prescriptions, his description of the problem is accurate. To think things would go any other way is, I'm sorry to say, folly:

The tragedy of the commons develops in this way. Picture a pasture open to all. It is to be expected that each herdsman will try to keep as many cattle as possible on the commons. Such an arrangement may work reasonably satisfactorily for centuries because tribal wars, poaching, and disease keep the numbers of both man and beast well below the carrying capacity of the land. Finally, however, comes the day of reckoning, that is, the day when the long-desired goal of social stability becomes a reality. At this point, the inherent logic of the commons remorselessly generates tragedy.

As a rational being, each herdsman seeks to maximize his gain. Explicitly or implicitly, more or less consciously, he asks, "What is the utility to me of adding one more animal to my herd?" This utility has one negative and one positive component.

1. The positive component is a function of the increment of one animal. Since the herdsman receives all the proceeds from the sale of the additional animal, the positive utility is nearly + 1.

2. The negative component is a function of the additional overgrazing created by one more animal. Since, however, the effects of overgrazing are shared by all the herdsmen, the negative utility for any particular decision­making herdsman is only a fraction of - 1.

Adding together the component partial utilities, the rational herdsman concludes that the only sensible course for him to pursue is to add another animal to his herd. And another.... But this is the conclusion reached by each and every rational herdsman sharing a commons. Therein is the tragedy. Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd without limit -- in a world that is limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.

There are theoretical solutions to the scarcity issues, but the probability of operationalizing them before the collapse is zero. The way of dealing with warlords in a state of nature (post collapse world) would have to rely on memes held to be valid by multitudes of mostly disorganized actors, who would occasionally be called upon to swarm and destroy those aspiring to warlord status. The goal is to recognize individuals' narrow self interests through positive sum situations, WITHOUT---and this is key---relying on any heirarchcal organizations. Hint: This almost certainly won't happen.

Not long to wait now:

Col.-Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, chief of the general staff of Russia's armed forces, asserted Russia's right to strike terrorists beyond its borders.

"As for carrying out preventive strikes against terrorist bases ... we will take all measures to liquidate terrorist bases in any region of the world," he told reporters.

Baluyevsky made his comments alongside NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, Gen. James Jones, after talks on Russia-NATO military cooperation, including anti-terror efforts.


THX 1138 :.

One of the best dystopic films of all time:

You are being watched by millions of security cameras. You have a job that is both tedious and dangerous and live in a culture where war and politics have been reduced to banal forms of entertainment. You define personal freedom as the liberty to go shopping and console yourself by gorging on antidepressants and free porn.

You are the hero of THX 1138, George Lucas' first feature film, which few have heard of and fewer still have seen.

Prisons, Profits and Prophets :.

Nation's largest private prison corporation joins forces with conservative faith-based ministries

In an era where the Bush Administration touts faith-based organizations as engines of individual and social transformation, and is actively recruiting and funding religious organizations to deliver a bevy of social services, it isn't surprising that a high-powered politically-savvy corporation wants in on the action. The Corrections Corporation of America, the nations’ largest owner and operator of private prisons, is trucking out a new product line with a little help from its fundamentalist friends: Prison Conversions to Christ.

Research Credit: EG


Bush "Took Cocaine at Camp David" :.

Nobody seemed to care that Clinton was a pot-head:

GEORGE W Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David, a new book claims.

His wife Laura also allegedly tried cannabis in her youth.

Author Kitty Kelley says in her biography The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, that the US President first used coke at university in the mid-1960s.

She quotes his former sister-in-law Sharon Bush who claims: "Bush did coke at Camp David when his father was President, and not just once either."

Other acquaintances allege that as a 26-year-old National Guard, Bush "liked to sneak out back for a joint or into the bathroom for a line of cocaine".

Bush has admitted being an alcoholic but, asked during the 1999 election if he did drugs, he said: "I've told the American people that years ago I made some mistakes.

"I've learned from my mistakes and should I be fortunate enough to become president I will bring dignity and honour to the office."

Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2003-2004 :.

Not much of this will be new to regular Cryptogon readers, but just in case:

#1: Wealth Inequality in 21st Century Threatens Economy and Democracy

#2: Ashcroft vs. the Human Rights Law that Hold Corporations Accountable

#3: Bush Administration Censors Science

#4: High Levels of Uranium Found in Troops and Civilians

#5: The Wholesale Giveaway of Our Natural Resources

#6: The Sale of Electoral Politics

#7: Conservative Organization Drives Judicial Appointments

#8: Cheney's Energy Task Force and The Energy Policy

#9: Widow Brings RICO Case Against U.S. government for 9/11

#10: New Nuke Plants: Taxpayers Support, Industry Profits

#11: The Media Can Legally Lie

#12: The Destabilization of Haiti

#13: Schwarzenegger Met with Enron's Ken Lay Years Before the California Recall

#14: New Bill Threatens Intellectual Freedom in Area Studies

#15: U.S. Develops Lethal New Viruses

#16: Law Enforcement Agencies Spy on Innocent Citizens

#17: U.S. Government Represses Labor Unions in Iraq in Quest for Business Privatization

#18: Media and Government Ignore Dwindling Oil Supplies

#19: Global Food Cartel Fast Becoming hte World's Supermarket

#20: Extreme Weather Prompts New Warning from UN

#21: Forcing a World Market for GMOs

#22: Censoring Iraq

#23: Brazil Holds Back in FTAA Talks, But Provides Little Comfort for the Poor of South America

#24: Reinstating the Draft

#25: Wal-Mart Brings Inequality and Low Prices to the World

Perendev Magnetic Motor to Debut on German TV :.

What do you think? Will this be the one that finally works?

German television will be the first to document and air a demonstration of the Perendev Magnetic Motor any day now, if things go according to plans, says inventor, Michael Brady, who is in Germany to oversee the final touches on a German manufacturer's first production run of the motor.

Related: Trying to Understand the Perendev Motor

Related: Possible Perendev Fraud


Selsam Innovations Wind Turbine :.

They have come up with a way of combining multiple rotors for wind power generation. Nice!

U.S. Near Seizing bin Laden, Official Says :.

Bravo! Bravo! Uh, and what will They do for Their next trick?

The United States and its allies have moved closer to capturing Osama bin Laden in the last two months, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said in a television interview broadcast Saturday.

Alex Jones on C-Span :.

Alex Jones pulled a good one on C-Span!

Russia School Siege Toll Tops 350 :.

I looked at the photowire images related to this incident. I wish I hadn't. This is a bad one. Really bad. Slaughtered children...

The death toll in the Russian hostage crisis has climbed beyond 350 as President Vladimir Putin denounced the massacre as "an attack on our country."

In a nationally televised speech Saturday, Putin said the fall of the Soviet Union had left the country unable to react to attacks, and he urged Russians to join together.

"We must create a much more effective system of security," he said. "We couldn't adequately react. ... We showed weakness, and weak people are beaten."


Big Brother Watches Britain :.

Society is in the process of collapsing right before our eyes... and several million surveillance cameras. I couldn't be happier! I'd rather deal with a warlord and a state of nature than a government in possession of god-like powers.

While it's unfortunate that many positive aspects of present society are going to go up in flames, at least it's reassuring to know that the diabolical plans of the maniac elite will fail.* Obviously, some of them will still be around after the collapse, but they will have to build their fiefdoms out of sticks and stones since all of their gadgets will have long since been pulverized into dust:

Big Brother is always watching in Britain.

An estimated 4.2 million closed-circuit TV cameras observe people going about their everyday business, from getting on a bus to lining up at the bank to driving around London. It's widely estimated that the average Briton is scrutinized by 300 cameras a day.

The phenomenon is enabled by the arrival of digital video, cheap memory and sophisticated software. And Britain is acknowledged as the world leader of Orwellian surveillance -- perhaps because it has the experience of Irish terrorism, and is on guard for even worse today.

Authorities maintain the cameras deter crime, and despite some claims to contrary and the outrage of civil libertarians, the public seems willing to accept the constant monitoring for the greater good.

* How do I know this? Read the Peak Oil section of Mike Ruppert's recent speech at the Commonwealth Club.


Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil :.

Mike Ruppert's book is finally out:

After two and a half years of research and writing, Ruppert said:

"In my new book I will be making several key points:

1. I will name Vice President Richard Cheney as the prime suspect in the mass murders of 9/11 and will establish that, not only was he a planner in the attacks, but also that on the day of the attacks he was running a completely separate Command, Control and Communications system which was superceding any orders being issued by the FAA, the Pentagon, or the White House Situation Room;

2. I will establish conclusively that in May of 2001, by presidential order, Richard Cheney was put in direct command and control of all wargame and field exercise training and scheduling through several agencies, especially FEMA. This also extended to all of the conflicting and overlapping NORAD drills -- some involving hijack simulations -- taking place on that day.

3. I will also demonstrate that the TRIPOD II exercise being set up on Sept. 10th in Manhattan was directly connected to Cheney's role in the above.

4. I will also prove conclusively that a number of public officials, at the national and New York City levels, including then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, were aware that flight 175 was en route to lower Manhattan for 20 minutes and did nothing to order the evacuation of, or warn the occupants of the South Tower. One military officer was forced to leave his post in the middle of the attacks and place a private call to his brother - who worked at the WTC - warning him to get out. That was because no other part of the system was taking action.

5. I will also show that the Israeli and British governments acted as partners with the highest levels of the American government to help in the preparation and, very possibly, the actual execution of the attacks."

"There is more reason to be afraid of not facing the evidence in this book than of facing what is in it."

Mike Ruppert's Comments at the Commonwealth Club of California (pdf file) :.


Poll: 50% of NYC Says U.S. Govt Knew :.

Not even the troglodytes are buying the nonsense anymore:

On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbols, sound bytes and imagery, half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll conducted by Zogby International. The poll of New York residents was conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5.

FEMA CONCENTRATION CAMPS: Locations and Executive Orders :.

As I recall, The Rex84 plan was devised to handle the potential reaction (civil unrest) to a U.S. invasion of Nicaragua, not as a contingency plan for an invasion of illegal aliens from Mexico. I think this post is useful, however, because it does list several possible FEMA facilities:

There over 800 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general's signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached. Ask yourself if you really want to be on Ashcroft's list.

The Rex 84 Program was established on the reasoning that if a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA. Rex 84 allowed many military bases to be closed down and to be turned into prisons.

Operation Cable Splicer and Garden Plot are the two sub programs which will be implemented once the Rex 84 program is initiated for its proper purpose. Garden Plot is the program to control the population. Cable Splicer is the program for an orderly takeover of the state and local governments by the federal government. FEMA is the executive arm of the coming police state and thus will head up all operations. The Presidential Executive Orders already listed on the Federal Register also are part of the legal framework for this operation.

Related: Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision

FBI Informed White House of AIPAC Probe Two Years Ago :.

President Bush's top national security advisers were told more than two years ago of an FBI investigation into whether classified information was passed to Israel by a powerful pro-Israeli lobbying group, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

The counterintelligence investigation started earlier than the year-old criminal investigation now focusing on whether a Defense Department analyst passed secret documents to Israeli intelligence through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.



It was Friday, just a couple of days before the return of the Charlotte County school year, and the district's transportation director still needed drivers to pick up the 1,800 additional students who would have normally walked to school before Hurricane Charley made seven schools uninhabitable.

He made a call to the Emergency Operations Center, and the problem was quickly solved. The EOC found drivers trained to deal with stressful situations and tactical operations.

Duckworth had soldiers.

A few Charlotte High School students got an interesting surprise in the form of a Florida National Guard soldier, complete with full camouflage, driving their bus to school this week.

U.S. CEOs Who Outsource Get Bigger Pay Hike :.

Criminals in suits:

Chief executives at U.S. companies that shipped jobs overseas won a 46 percent pay hike last year, more than five times the average CEO raise, while ordinary workers' paychecks barely budged, a study showed on Tuesday.

Attackers Seize Russian School: Hundreds Held Hostage :.

Chechen rebels are stepping up attacks inside Russia:

Armed attackers have seized a school in southern Russia and as many as 400 people are being held -- half of them children -- ITAR-TASS news agency reports.

Some of the more than a dozen hostage-takers in the town of Beslan in North Ossetia were reportedly wearing explosives belts used in suicide bombings.

The attackers warned they would blow up the school if police tried to storm it and demanded talks with regional officials, Alexei Polyansky, a police spokesman for southern Russia, told The Associated Press.

They also demanded the release of fighters detained in connection with a series of attacks on police facilities in neighboring Ingushetia in June, ITAR-Tass reported, citing regional officials.


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