The Dark Allience - Gary Webb / SJMN Series Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the chief congressional champion of a thorough investigation into the newspaper's findings, insisted yesterday that the Mercury News, while acknowledging problems with its series, has not retreated from findings that some drug money went to the contras. from Investigative journalist Gary Webb speaks to a packed house on the CIA's connection to drug trafficking, and the failure of the media to expose the truth. by Charles Overbeck Matrix Editoreasterisle@aol.com Dark Alliance author Gary Webb gave a fascinating talk on the evening of January 16, outlining the findings of his investigation of the CIA's connection to drug trafficking by the Nicaraguan contras. It was a fascinating exchange packed with detailed information on the latest developments in the case. In the meantime, you get another opportunity to see a ParaScope article come together from scratch, from behind the scenes.
voice against the Afghanistan war Link to video: Congresswoman Barbara Lee on her lone vote against the war in Afghanistan: 'It's about peace' – video With her voice cracking and the nation still in mourning Barbara took to the floor of the House of Representatives on 14 September 2001, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, to give the sole speech and deliver the sole vote in Congress against the Afghanistan war. Immediately afterwards friends in Congress followed her to the cloakroom to tell her: 'I think you made a mistake, you better go and change your vote.' Almost 11 years on, Lee's speech sounds incredibly prescient. "We are not dealing with a conventional war," she said. Today 60% of Americans believe the country should not be involved in Afghanistan, 59% believe the war has not been a success, two thirds oppose the war and more than half want US troops out quicker than 2014. In her speech she warned Congress: "As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore." But Lee isn't gloating.
Obama ad hits Romney on China, outsourcing On the eve of the first election debate, President Obama's campaign is running a new ad hitting Mitt Romney over outsourcing and China. In an ad called "Since When," Obama team says that Romney's private equity company, Bain Capital, invested in an appliance company that "maximized profits by paying its workers next to nothing under sweatshop conditions in China. "When Mitt Romney led Bain, they saw Global Tech as a good investment even knowing that the firm promoted its practice of exploiting low-wage labor to its investors," the ad says. "Mitt Romney, tough on China? The ad is running the swing states of New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. Romney aides said the ad is Obama's latest attempt to cover up his own record, including ineffectiveness in dealing with China's unfair trade practices. From Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg: "This is another 'overboard' ad from a president who is trying to distract from his failure to stand up to China.
Chinese Ape-Men: In Science and Myth Investigative Files Joe Nickell Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012 Figure 1. Southwest of Beijing, in the mountains around Zhoukoudian, the fossil primate Peking Man once flourished. The term ape-man is used in two major ways: scientifically, it designates any extinct primate having structural characteristics that are intermediate between man and ape (Webster’s 1980); popularly, the term also describes any of the various legendary hairy creatures that are characterized as “human-like apes or apelike humans”—the North American Sasquatch/Bigfoot, for example (Clark and Pear 1997, 207, 467). Extinct Primates One of my excursions out of Beijing was into the cave-pocked mountainous countryside at Zhoukoudian (Figure 1), site of a major twentieth-century paleontological find. Subsequently, at that World Heritage Site, I climbed the steep trails to the caves where Homo erectus pekinensis once lived (Figure 2), possibly making fire and using tools of chipped flint. Figure 2. Figure 3. Yeti, et al.
Trafficking Networks and the Mexican Drug War The abstract: Drug trade-related violence has escalated dramatically in Mexico during the past five years, claiming 40,000 lives and raising concerns about the capacity of the Mexican state to monopolize violence. This study examines how drug traffickers’ economic objectives influence the direct and spillover effects of Mexican policy towards the drug trade. Some numbers: . . . the probability that a drug trade-related homicide occurs in a municipality in a given month is 8.4 percentage points higher after a PAN mayor takes office than after a non-PAN mayor takes office. . . . the presence of a predicted drug trafficking route increases the value of illicit drug confiscations in a given municipality-month by around 18.5 percent. What happens when a law-and-order mayor gets elected? This map shows drug trade routs: Fascinating !!!
The Ignorance of ‘Intelligence’ Some years ago, I met a major in American intelligence, a member of the “Red Cell Unit.” As he explained it to me, his unit was actually charged with assessing other spy shops by offering other views, critiquing intelligence estimates and perhaps even evaluating security systems like the specialists who test airport systems by probing for their soft spots and vulnerabilities, and seeing if they can beat them. This soldier had been sent as one more gung-ho officer into the war in Iraq only to return, like many, if not disillusioned, aware that all was not working well. He was actually involved in guarding so called HVP’s (High Value Prisoners) including Saddam Hussein himself, who he came to respect for his intelligence before his untimely demise with a rope around his neck. Saddam’s many crimes and errors were often dwarfed by our own. The United States today has a vast intelligence apparatus, on the ground, in the sky and even in space. NPR Reports: Crist is no Daniel Ellsberg.
Sanctions on Iran: A prelude to war? Being in South Africa reminds me that I am in a country that resisted foreign sanctions for years. Ironically, when an oil boycott was imposed to undermine the apartheid system, the Shah of Iran sold oil to the then ostracised nation, and South Africans became dependent on Iranian oil. Today, it is the revolution that toppled the Shah that sells oil to South Africa. Back in the 1980s Washington refused most calls for sanctions under the argument that would hurt the people the world wanted to help, not just the regime. That was then. Last week, the New York Times reported, "The imposition on Sunday of new international measures aimed at cutting Iran's oil exports, its main source of income, threatens to make the distortion in the economy even worse. The tightening of sanctions follows the unleashing of malicious software viruses, an escalation in threats in tandem with Israel, and sending surveillance drones into Iranian air space, one of which crashed and was captured. Et cetera.
The Case for Getting Much Tougher on China - Rick Newman It's a sleeper issue in this year's campaign, since the state of the economy is most voters' biggest concern. But U.S. relations with China remain a touchy and even explosive matter, and China may have more to do with the stagnant U.S. economy than a lot of people realize. [Photo Gallery: iPhone 5 Draws a Crowd] Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney accuses China of using illegal trade practices to keep export prices artificially low, which robs American jobs. He frequently bashes President Obama for being soft on China and says that adopting tougher policies will be a "Day One" priority if he's elected. The Obama administration, sensitive to Romney's charges, recently lodged a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization charging China with illegally subsidizing autos and auto parts to undercut American and global competitors. [See why our "Obamanometer" shows the economy favoring Romney.] [See why borrowing from China is good for America, not bad.]
The Ultimate 9/11 'Truth' Showdown: David Ray Griffin vs. Matt Taibbi -- Part II October 5, 2008 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. This is Part II of the "The Ultimate 9/11 'Truth' Showdown: David Ray Griffin vs. [The following is Matt Taibbi's five follow-up questions to Griffin's responses, which follow in order of the questions). ] August 7, 2008 -- Professor: As you've noticed, I struggled for quite some time with the question of how to answer your responses. Then it hit me, and probably far too late: the correct play here is to ignore you and your arguments entirely. After all, the thing that was always the most unrealistic aspect of 9/11 Truther theory was this notion that anyone in power in this country would need to pull off a stunt like this in order to further its nebulous imperialist agenda. The recent financial crisis shows most graphically that the financial powers that run this country have had a completely free hand to do as they pleased for decades, and certainly long before 9/11. 1. Uh, okay.
Study: 22 million Americans use illegal drugs More than 22 million Americans age 12 and older - nearly 9% of the U.S. population - use illegal drugs, according to the government’s 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The overall rate of drug use is only slightly higher than the 2009 study but nearly a percentage point above the 2008 survey. “I am encouraged there were no significant increases in drug use over the past year,” Gil Kerlikowske, the U.S. director of national drug control policy, said in a statement. Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants and some prescription drugs used for non-medical purposes were counted in the survey. In 2010, 7 million people used psychotherapeutic drugs (including stimulants, tranquilizers, painkillers and sedatives) for non-medical purposes, and 1.2 million people used hallucinogens, according to the study. One and a half million people used cocaine, similar to recent years' study results but a drop of nearly 1 million from 2006. Alcohol use Treatment
DARPA To Develop Technology To Analyze Social Media Image via Wikipedia A contract proposal from the Defense Department’s research arm DARPA revealed the Pentagon is looking to develop computer algorithms which would mine data from social media websites and use it to track and analyze the behavior of various criminal and terrorist groups ( h/t Mashable ). In order to understand group dynamics and “forecast trends”, the DOD hopes to understand how a group evolves, interacts, recruits, influences other groups and affect the opinions of individuals and communities. In phase 1, DARPA wants a system developed which would first track groups and their state changes and research “key indicators” of interactions. In phase 2, the system developed would learn the “dynamics of group behavior and inter- and intra-group interactions in an unsupervised manner,” then achieve a 90% accuracy rate in detecting state changes in 1,000 groups with a combined total of more than a million members with 100,000 postings a day. Related posts: