UK DEFENSE MINISTRY FUNDING POSTGRAD RESEARCH IN DIGITAL INSURGENCY, NETWORK BEHAVIOR MAPPING

January 8, 2014

RT from a Guardian article: “The UK’s Ministry of Defence is channeling millions into funding postgraduate studies, such as ‘digital insurgency’, mapping hacker groups such as Anonymous, social networking, online influences on behavior, and tracking crowds by phone. PhD papers, sponsored by the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DTSL), encompass the developing role of cyberspace as it reaches through the culture of hackers and looks into behavior in crowd situations, such as at music festivals and football matches, according to the Guardian …” (Link below)

http://on.rt.com/amj1yy

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BURGLARS WHO TOOK ON THE FBI IN 1971 COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS

January 7, 2014

Linked is a NY Times story about a group of anti-Vietnam War activists’ 1971 break-in into a Pennsylvania FBI office, and break-in they got away with. The documents they seized exposed FBI illegal surveillance under the reign of J. Edgar Hoover — some have now revealed their identities and say they share a kinship with Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing about NSA surveillance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/us/burglars-who-took-on-fbi-abandon-shadows.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

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INFILTRATING SATELLITES TO SPY ON THEIR INTELLIGENCE GATHERING

January 6, 2014

From an RT news report: “The sale of two intelligence satellites to the [United Arab Emirates] by France for nearly a billion dollars could go south after they were found to contain American technology designed to intercept data transmitted to the ground station. The equipment, costing 3.4 billion dirhams ($930 million), constitutes two high-resolution Pleiades-type Falcon Eye military intelligence satellites, which a top UAE defense source has said contain specific US-made components designed to intercept the satellites’ communications with their accompanying ground station, Defensenews.com said in a report…” (Link to report below)

http://on.rt.com/dmm8mm

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THE CONVERGENCE OF TWO EVILS — INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND ORGANIZED CRIME

January 6, 2014

Though it seems almost invisible to the media for the most part, strategic analyses and studies show a growing connection between international organized crime and international terrorism — sometimes considered a “hybrid” relationship. One way to view this is through this study available at academic.edu written by Stanojoska Angelina of the Faculty of Security – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. 

Quote from the article:

“Before September 11th we could find many countries that financed state terrorism. Butafter this event, some of them stopped their activities. State sponsored terrorism activitiesdecreased. Those countries that once refused cooperation with USA now have become morevigilant in tracking money transfers through their territories.The consequence of this was the need for new financial sources. The U.S. StateDepartment’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through itsresearches has targeted some terrorist groups which are financing their activities with operations infields of organized crime.Groups such as the IRA and the German Red Army Faction raised money by robbingbanks, while groups such as the PKK used extortion. FARC in Colombia collected taxes frompeople who cultivated or processed illicit drugs on lands that were under its control. The LebaneseHezbollah and Colombia’s AUC trafficked in drugs themselves, while others in many parts of theworld such as the Abu Sayaff Group use ransom money rose through hostage – taking operations …” —

Link to article  http://www.academia.edu/2163809/The_Connection_between_Terrorism_and_Organized_Crime_Narcoterrorism_and_other_hybrids  Image


REMEMBERING …

December 10, 2013

REMEMBERING ...


REAL LONE RANGER: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN U.S. MARSHALL WHO LIVED WITH NATIVE AMERICANS

November 5, 2013

From Political Blind Spot: “The real ‘Lone Ranger,’ it turns out, was an African American man named Bass Reeves, who the legend was based upon. Perhaps not surprisingly, many aspects of his life were written out of the story, including his ethnicity. The basics remained the same: a lawman hunting bad guys, accompanied by a Native American, riding on a white horse, and with a silver trademark….” (Link below) …

http://politicalblindspot.com/the-real-lone-ranger-was-an-african-american-lawman-who-lived-with-native-american-indians/

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DEFIANT UNITED METHODIST BISHOP PERFORMS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

November 3, 2013

From the Center for Investigative Reporting: …”San Francisco’s former United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert gave a sermon at the denomination’s global conference last year, urging pastors to defy church law by performing same-sex wedding ceremonies. On Saturday, Talbert answered that call himself, performing a ceremony for parishioners Bobby Prince and Joe Openshawnear Birmingham, Ala. Church leaders predict that Talbert’s action will aggravate a conflict between conservative and liberal factions of the United Methodist Church – one of the last mainline Protestant denominations that bans same-sex marriage…” (Link below)

http://www.sfgate.com/lgbt/article/Defiant-Methodist-bishop-fuels-gay-marriage-battle-4930989.php

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