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Stratfor Emails Reveal Secret, Widespread TrapWire Surveillance System

Source: Russia Today

Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system

Published: 10 August, 2012, 11:23
Edited: 10 August, 2012, 17:43

Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology — and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.

Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it's the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community. The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the Pentagon, CIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation's ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented.

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Hacktivists aligned with the loose-knit Anonymous collective took credit for hacking Stratfor on Christmas Eve, 2011, in turn collecting what they claimed to be more than five million emails from within the company. WikiLeaks began releasing those emails as the Global Intelligence Files (GIF) earlier this year and, of those, several discussing the implementing of TrapWire in public spaces across the country were circulated on the Web this week after security researcher Justin Ferguson brought attention to the matter. At the same time, however, WikiLeaks was relentlessly assaulted by a barrage of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, crippling the whistleblower site and its mirrors, significantly cutting short the number of people who would otherwise have unfettered access to the emails.

On Wednesday, an administrator for the WikiLeaks Twitter account wrote that the site suspected that the motivation for the attacks could be that particularly sensitive Stratfor emails were about to be exposed. A hacker group called AntiLeaks soon after took credit for the assaults on WikiLeaks and mirrors of their content, equating the offensive as a protest against editor Julian Assange, “the head of a new breed of terrorist.” As those Stratfor files on TrapWire make their rounds online, though, talk of terrorism is only just beginning.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/news/stratfor-trapwire-abraxas-wikileaks-313/

Asher Wolf ‏@Asher_Wolf
What is TrapWire? Real-time, video facial profiling, linked to red-flag databases. Thousands of cameras across the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.

Three U.S. Soldiers Killed by Uniformed Afghan in Helmand

Source: Reuters

Three U.S. soldiers killed by uniformed Afghan in Helmand

KABUL | Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:04am EDT

(Reuters) - An Afghan wearing a uniform killed three U.S. soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, a spokeswoman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Friday.

"All we know is that they were killed by an Afghan in a uniform of some sort," the spokeswoman told Reuters, adding that it was too early to say if the shootings were by a rogue security force member or a Taliban infiltrator.

Afghan officials said the three men were all special forces members and were killed while attending a meeting in Sangin District late on Thursday.

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In a grim 24 hours for the NATO-led force, three U.S. soldiers and an American aid worker were killed earlier on Thursday in the eastern province of Kunar in an attack by a suicide bomber.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/10/us-afghanistan-shooting-idUSBRE87907Q20120810

Don Siegelman's Daughter Creates Petition for Presidential Pardon

Source: MyFoxAL

Don Siegelman's daughter creates petition for presidential pardon

Posted: Aug 09, 2012 3:02 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 09, 2012 3:02 PM EDT
By Nate Hall

The daughter of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman has created a petition to try to get her father pardoned.

Dana Siegelman is seeking 1,500 signatures to urge the Obama Administration to pardon Don Siegelman of his bribery conviction. Siegelman was recently resentenced to 6 years after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to see his appeal.

The petition is being hosted on Change.org and is prominently featured on DonSiegelman.org.

Read more: http://www.myfoxal.com/story/19239206/don-siegelmans-daughter-creates-petition-for-presidential-pardon

Okay, But What Would Romney Actually Say To Guy Whose Wife Died Of Cancer After He Got Canned?

The Most Vicious Ad Of The 2012 Campaign Blames Mitt Romney For The Death Of A Steel Worker's Wife

Brett LoGiurato | Aug. 7, 2012, 9:09 AM | 9,646 | 104

The pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA unleashed what might be the most vicious ad of the 2012 campaign cycle this morning, an ad that personally points some blame toward presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for the death of a steel worker's wife.

The ad, titled "Understands," is a much more pronounced and heavy attack than some of the others that the Obama campaign and Priorities USA have released targeting Bain Capital's closure of a GST Steel plant in Kansas City.

“Understands” features Joe Soptic, who was laid off from the plant and lost health benefits. The ad says that he later found part-time work, but his wife developed a stage-four cancer (not specified further) and "there was nothing they could do."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/priorities-usa-romney-ad-cancer-death-gst-steel-bain-capital-2012-8#ixzz22tjqHt00

Okay, But What Would Mitt Romney Actually Say To The Guy Whose Wife Died Of Cancer After He Got Canned?

Henry Blodget | Aug. 7, 2012, 10:48 AM | 8,483 | 169

An Obama support group has unleashed a brutal attack ad that effectively blames Mitt Romney and Bain Capital for the death of the wife of a steel-worker.

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The Romney campaign immediately blasted the ad, calling it "dishonest" and tried to change the subject back to Romney's talking points, which are that the U.S. economy is still weak.

And that's an understandable response. (What else can they say?)

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So, what is Mitt Romney's attitude toward that? What does he think this particular man (and others like him) should do?

Work harder to get a better job that comes with health insurance?
Be richer?

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And beyond healthcare and health insurance, what does Mitt Romney think the country's approach to all "downsized" workers should be? Should the government help them at all? Or should we just be the country of "rugged individualists" that we all want to imagine that we are and just say, effectively, "tough luck, buddy," to everyone in similar circumstances?

To be clear: Companies have to downsize sometimes. And employment should never be guaranteed.

But this seems like a case in which the government might be in a position to help some Americans--in a way in which, as a civilized society, we might want the government to help.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mitt-romney-healh-insurance-bain-2012-8#ixzz22tlNhP3J

Church of England Loses Faith in Shares of Murdoch’s News Corp

Source: Reuters

Church of England loses faith in shares of Murdoch’s News Corp

By Reuters Staff AUGUST 7, 2012

The Church of England has sold all shares in News Corporation held in its investment portfolios on ethical grounds, after a phone hacking scandal at the media empire’s UK operations.

The Church, which has three national investing bodies, sold the shares worth 1.9 million pounds ($2.97 million) after its Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) was not satisfied with the level of corporate governance reform at Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate following a year of dialogue.

“Last year’s phone hacking allegations raised some serious concerns amongst the Church’s investing bodies about our holding in News Corporation,” Andrew Brown, Secretary of the Church Commissioners said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The EIAG put forward a number of recommendations around how corporate governance structures at News Corporation could be improved. However the EIAG does not feel that the company has brought about sufficient change and we have accepted its advice to disinvest.”

Read more: http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2012/08/07/church-of-england-loses-faith-in-shares-of-murdochs-news-corp

New Tom Waits Video "Hell Broke Luce"

Background: Search "Iraq Veterans Memorial: Cpl. Jeff Lucey" at BraveNewFoundation channel on YouTube.


'Something happened to Jeff'
Jeff Lucey returned from Iraq a changed man. Then he killed himself.

By Irene Sege, Globe Staff | March 1, 2005

BELCHERTOWN -- Less than three weeks before he committed suicide, Jeffrey Lucey, lance corporal in the Marine Reserves, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, totaled his parents' Nissan Altima.

He wasn't drunk when he ran the car off the road and landed between two trees, which was surprising given how much he used alcohol to dull the torment roiling inside his head. But he'd taken the Klonopin prescribed to ease his anxiety.

So when Kevin and Joyce Lucey visit their only son's grave, they drive his Hyundai, with the Marine Corps decal Jeff put on the back window and the Marine seal he affixed to the bumper and the ''Support Our Troops" magnet and Kerry-Edwards sticker they added after he died. They pass yellow ribbons still fluttering from trees in front of the house where they raised three children, and when they arrive at the Ludlow cemetery, an expanse of small, fluttering American flags tells them Jeff finds his final rest in the company of scores of other veterans.

Jeffrey Michael Lucey was 23 and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he hanged himself with a garden hose in the cellar of his family's home last June 22. His family shares his story in hope of helping those, among the hundreds of thousands who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, who will battle similar demons.


Fighter Jets Intercept Two Small Planes in Obama Airspace

Source: Reuters

Fighter jets intercept two small planes in Obama airspace

Tue Aug 7, 2012 1:20am EDT

(Reuters) - Two F-15 fighter jets intercepted two small planes that strayed into President Barack Obama's airspace during a campaign visit to Connecticut on Monday and the planes landed without incident, media reports said.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the fighter jets intercepted a small plane over Long Island, New York, at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) and followed it until it landed, and that the pilot was met by law enforcement authorities.

Roughly half an hour later, the jets intercepted a second small plane in Connecticut near New Haven, but it was allowed to continue to its destination, NORAD said in a statement.

A local NBC affiliate, NBC Connecticut, reported on its web site that the planes had entered airspace temporarily restricted during Obama's visit to the state.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE87606F20120807?irpc=932

A Picture of a Spacecraft Landing on Another Planet Taken by Another of Our Spacecraft...


Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Snaps Photo Of Curiosity’s Descent

August 6, 2012

Image Caption: NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover. Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box; the inset image is a cutout of the rover stretched to avoid saturation. The rover is descending toward the etched plains just north of the sand dunes that fringe "Mt. Sharp." From the perspective of the orbiter, the parachute and Curiosity are flying at an angle relative to the surface, so the landing site does not appear directly below the rover. Credit: NASA

redOrbit (http://s.tt/1k6iy)

"Unrebutted Presumption ... Tax Cheat Who Would, If Audited, Owe Us All $50 Million Plus Penalties"

From Brad DeLong:



It is a presumption that Romney could rebut by releasing his tax returns since he took over running the Salt Lake City olympics. Romney has chosen not to rebut the presumption.
Michael Graetz, who knows what he is talking about:


The Mysteries of Mitt Romney’s Financial Records:

Some commentators have suggested, for example, that — like tens of thousands of other Americans who have taken advantage of an Internal Revenue Service amnesty — he might not have declared and paid taxes on his Swiss bank account. I can’t imagine that he would have engaged in such blatant tax cheating. He is far too smart for that….

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(M)y bet is that — if Mr. Romney filed a gift tax return for these transfers at all — he put a low or even zero value on the gifts, certainly a small fraction of the price at which he would have sold the transferred assets to an unrelated party. Otherwise, he should be happy to release his gift tax returns. According to a partner at Mr. Romney’s trustee’s law firm, valuing carried interests, such as Mr. Romney’s interests in the private equity company Bain Capital, at zero for gift tax purposes was common advice given to clients like Mr. Romney in the 1990s and early 2000s.

It looks to me as though a full audit of Romney's taxes would likely produce an unpaid tax liability on the order of $50 million--plus penalties.


Tom Tomorrow: Experts Agree... Nothing Can Be Done

Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/06/1116358/-Nothing-can-be-done

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