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About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from crazy.

Journal Archives

Heads are rolling at NSA!!!!

Reuters) - The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.

Army General Keith Alexander's eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's widespread scooping up of telephone, e-mail and social media data.

Alexander has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, while his civilian deputy, John "Chris" Inglis, is due to retire by year's end, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

One leading candidate to replace Alexander is Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, currently commander of the U.S. Navy's 10th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, officials told Reuters. The 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command both have their headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, between Washington and Baltimore. The NSA is also headquartered at Fort Meade.


Senate deal: create a deficit-reduction panel..

and fund Gov. thru Jan. 15.
Breaking News just said.

Ok, someone here called this, in a post of this late morning.Maybe you remember which one it was.
Saying it was all theater to bring about austerity.

A deficit reduction panel, eh?

Any guesses what they will come up with?

Hint: it will NOT be serious Defense cuts.
It wil NOT be fraud and waste in Gov. programs.

US ship with armed guards detained at Tuticorin ( India); no papers authorising possession of arms

This is loaded with mystery...
a US Ship ( see link for picture of it) of contractors, with firepower, but no documentation, admits to roaming around the Arabian sea.

New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard on Friday intercepted and detained a vessel belonging to a US-based firm off the coast of Kanyakumari. MV Seaman Guard had 10 crew and 25 armed security guards on board.
The crew and guards have not been able to satisfactorily explain why they had entered Indian waters, sources in defence agencies have said.

Semi-automatic weapons have been found on board the ship, but sources say, the crew has failed to produce the necessary documents required to carry such weapons.

The ship's Captain has reportedly told investigators that the guards belong to a company which provides armed escorts, especially to merchant vessels in pirate-infested areas of southern Indian Ocean as well as Gulf of Aden.


Wikileaks new release: journalist killed in Pakistan was CIA employee

This is really fascinating....
emails between Stratfor employees, which state that Pakistani government officials sanctioned the murder of the Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who was kidnapped in late May and later found dead.
(Shahzad had been published in several US magazines,papers)

Reading down thru the email list is fascinating.
Mention is made that David Ignatius's new book Blood Money contains the truth:
"Suggest everyone read David Ignatius new book on CIA NOC and front
company operations in Pakistan"

(shortened wiki leaks url)

Captured al Qaeda leader to be tried in United States instead of Gitmo.

U.S. officials have opted not to send Libyan national Anas al Libi to the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to reports on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS's "Face The Nation."

Al Libi will likely stand trial in the southern district of New York, where he was indicted for his alleged involvement in the bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998.

Al Libi, 49, who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, was captured in his native Libya Saturday by U.S. forces, according to the Pentagon.


Hmmm...new policy?
Are they waiting for all the Gitmo prisoners to die off, and not sending new ones to Gitmo?
Or is this guy different somehow?

New law to permit Turkish police to detain ‘possible’ protesters

Very creepy, hope it does not give other countries ideas:

A new regulation will allow Turkish police to detain those who possess the “risk of conducting a protest” from 12 to 24 hours without the demand of a prosecutor or a judge, prompting acute worries from opposition deputies.

The new regulations that will be conducted jointly by the justice and interior ministries will allow the police to detain a suspect who “may hold a protest” for up to 24 hours without any court decision while also increasing the penalties for resistance to police and damaging public property.

The move to strengthen police powers was precipitated by the countrywide Gezi Park protests, which began at the end of May.
Organizations which “tend to hold protests” will be monitored and their members could be detained by police if intelligence reports suggest they are planning to conduct a demonstration or action.

A judge will also be able to extend the 24-hour detention period if desired. Under the current law, a judge’s or prosecutor’s order is necessary to detain people in such cases.


Treasury Sec. Lew admits the country is broke.

He said:
"US has been using 'extraordinary measures' to keep paying the bills since May;
says he informed Congress that he won't have any more measures on Oct. 17"
"I'm telling you that on the 17th, we run out of our ability to borrow, and Congress is playing with fire - "


Since the TBTF banks seem to have all our money, shouldn't they be forced to give some of it back??x
(said with tongue in cheek, they are broke except on paper)

We are setting a new weather record!

For what may be the first time in modern records, the contiguous U.S. is facing a simultaneous threat from
a tropical storm landfall,
tornado outbreak,
and extreme wild fire event.


All we need is a volcano......

BitTorrent Launches ‘NSA-proof’ Serverless Messenger App....FREE

Branded “BitTorrent Chat,” the new application allows people to chat safely and securely without having to rely on any central servers, making it nearly impossible for these conversions to be tapped. The project is currently in private Alpha stage and BitTorrent is inviting the public to give it a try.

The San Francisco-based company just launched BitTorrent Chat, a secure messenger app that allows people to communicate without storing the conversations on any central servers.

The new tool is based on BitTorrent technology and is offered free of charge to help people regain complete control over their own data.

“This year alone, more than 6 million people have been impacted by data breaches. The right to own your own conversations online: it’s not a given. It should be,” the company says.


Earlier this year BitTorrent launched its Sync application which provides a secure alternative to centralized cloud backup solutions such as Dropbox and Google drive.


Popular fast-food chain to grow food 60 miles from Fukushima plant

TOKYO -- A Japanese fast-food chain has announced plans to grow rice and vegetables on a farm 60 miles from the crippled Fukushima power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Yoshinoya Holdings, which sells "gyudon'', or stewed beef over rice, has formed a joint-venture with local farmers to grow onions, cabbage and rice for use in outlets across the country.

YOSHINOYA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. operates a fast food restaurant chain in Japan, the United States, Taiwan, China, and Singapore. The Company mainly sells "gyudon" (seasoned beef over cooked rice). Yoshinoya supplies food materials to franchise stores. The Company also operates Japanese style fast food restaurants, curry restaurants, and revolving sushi restaurants.
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