Scandal

ECHELON GCSB military surveillance vs New Zealand & Kim Dotcom; IRC logs on Anonymous false flag attacks viewed anew; Barrett Brown setup via #OpCartel

"<omg> i'm one of those horned rimmed guys sitting behind a desk in DC dreaming of ways to manipulate Anonymous for UK's and USA's purpose :)" Backtrace Security - Pastebin.com http://pastebin.com/KtLfurP1 -posted BY: A GUEST ON MAR 16TH, 2012 | SYNTAX: NONE | SIZE: 9.62 KB | HITS: 833 |

/// UPDATE OCT 23 1AM: YET ANOTHER SHADY OP with links to OpCartel material turns up! YE GODS! Even more #OpCartel related shadiness: Anonymous hive instantly rejects @FawkesSecurity feds/contractors/fools posting violent threat, false flag or buffoonery ///

Dragging a big post together here because it's a loose thing, happening in real time, with some old logs illustrating new predicaments from New Zealand to Texas. All of this post material is out in the open, not SpySquirrel material, but drifting by quick. Everything here seems pretty tenuous but might be useful to have for review. If nothing else there is kind of an old school global hacker madness tone tying this all together, hard to tell what is truthful & hype :-/ Mostly just raises a bunch of questions for further inquiry.

Wired is covering the Kim Dotcom case - one of the world's (literally) biggest cloud hosting provider CEOs taken down by the New Zealand government and FBI; the case is collapsing in court and it's been admitted that their NSA spy sigint equivalent GCSB was illegally spying on him - even the Prime Minister had to apologize. Suggested to search Topsy.com for "GCSB Surveillance" "GCSB Scandal" etc.

Checking into backstories kind of related to realtime events From New Zealand & found some new info from Decentralise Occupy (endarken) on Twitter. There was an #O20 anti-austerity protest this weekend and a complex surveillance scandal unfolding. I don't really agree with endarken's conclusions about a bunch of things, however there is a lot worth looking at. First the New Zealand Dotcom/Surveillance scandal - let's mainline some New Zealand surveillance state inside-Cricket fail - or here is a news clip running down the illegal NZ GovOps:

The problem with riding out a political controversy is that it makes it very hard to draw a line underneath it.

High profile resignations eventually allowed the Government to draw a line under the ACC mess.

Compare that to the problems Mr Dotcom is causing, which are numerous and largely unresolved. John Banks' involvement is still creating fallout, with the Prime Minister again having to back his coalition partner. This is despite revelations in a letter from Banks' lawyer that the Act leader - who repeatedly stated he had nothing to hide - was concerned about what journalists and Opposition MPs might do with his statements to the police - see: Key still backs Banks, despite letter.

Of course the actual statements are still to be revealed - another political grenade waiting to go off, even as related issues keep John Key occupied. David Shearer's claim that there was a video of the PM discussing Kim Dotcom in February clearly wasn't a knockout blow and as Patrick Gower reports, Shearer's Labour colleagues weren't exactly enthusiastic in support - see: Has Shearer's GCSB claim backfired?.

In the (un)parliamentary melee that erupted as John Key sought to correct a previous statement to the House there were no real blows landed, just some brawling that was difficult to referee - see: Jane Clifton's Smith on a hot tin roof with points-ordering. As Corin Dann points out, however, that is probably enough for the opposition at the moment: 'The fact is that the Government is now having to fight a number of fires on different fronts. It's starting to look a little rattled' - see: No 'gotcha' moment for Key.

The nature of the GCSB may also be preventing Key from dealing with the politics of the issue says Patrick Smellie: 'If lawyers are unwilling to be open about the truth, spy agencies are both obliged and pathologically inclined to withhold information. He simply can't defend himself. In the process, however, his position is eroded' - see: Trust easily lost in age of new media. However, heads may be beginning to roll at the spy agency, albeit slowly, as it appears Hugh Wolfensohn - a key player in signing off on the illegal spying of Dotcom is on 'gardening leave' - see Patrick Gower's Senior spy faces sack over Dotcom debacle.

There will undoubtedly be some gardening leave on offer soon at the Ministry of Social Development. The seriousness and scale of the problem has been underlined by the head of the Government's IT programmes being ordered to do an urgent stocktake of all public computer systems in use by government departments: - see Claire Trevett's Scramble to safeguard IT systems.

Despite denials that the Minister, her office and her department had nothing to do with the outing of Ira Bailey, suspicion remains. Not least because the Minister has a track record: 'Ms Bennett has done a similar thing in the past, releasing the weekly benefit details of a solo mother who challenged a National Party policy. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei wants a forensic investigation of the computers in Ms Bennett's office' - see: Bennett accused of breaching privacy again. There is clear evidence that Bailey's identity was known in the Beehive. Holly Ford, a member of Ms Bennett's staff, checked out Bailey's LinkedIn profile just before it was leaked to the Herald's Claire Trevett - see: Chris Keall's LinkedIn trail leads to Bennett's office - Ng.

The independent journalist at the centre of it all wasn't impressed with his source being forced into public view, but Keith Ng will be happy with the public response to his work - over $5,500 in donations so far to support his work - see: Blogger raises donations for breaking Winz story.

KimDotcom tweets a news clip on this thing unfolding & more here. Roughly speaking @endarken says... well if i can paraphrase, between the industrial surveillance on Dotcom, the new State Dept cables and others, chunks of the overall surveillance grid are getting exposed in operations from New Zealand to the US. In New Zealand right now the Dotcom surveillance issue is really cooking!


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Other things from down under & thereabouts surfacing, including the industrial-strength US-backed spying campaign against MegaUpload proprietor Kim Dotcom, a combination of stuff including Australian diplomatic cables -- cables also showing PM Gillard being noticed as friendly new Leader material for Australia with a thumbs-up from US intelligence.

False Flagging Mossad website attack: Let's get to this purported IRC log @endarken highlights from many months back, which purports to show two hacker-handlers bragging about creating Anonymous false flag operations. The first idea is that "omg" tries to have "rooster" get "zeekill" to jam the Mossad's public website enough to cause a news story -- then they joke about their previous #op false flags and jeopardizing Texas journalist Barrett Brown's life by starting the #opCartel fight between Anonymous & the Zetas Mexican drug trafficking cartel. (google that one)

This could be another spoof writing (packs rather a lot of info, srsly) but it's getting a lot of renewed interest now, if the hit counter's any indication: http://pastebin.com/KtLfurP1

<rooster> Tell me what you told him.

<omg> <omg> just get zeekill to use his BR roots to hit mossad's IP for 20 hours and i'll make sure you and zeekill are free to stroll along with no more interference from "external" parties

<omg> <omg> or if you want just 8 hours

<omg> <omg> enough to have reporters verify Mossad's tango down

<omg> i'll make sure Interpol doesn't get a red notice on him

<rooster> why.

<omg> his little panda security stunt and with #antisec hacking the site is what will get his ass hauled by SUPO to Spain

<omg> this is what i call leverage

<omg> <omg> do you know it wasn't Sabu's idea to tell Anarchaos to deliver the emails?

<rooster> yes, i know abou that.

<omg> that was my work, along with other stupid Anonymous false operations such as

<omg> #opcartel, #opglobalbackout

<rooster> Yes, that's fine. i know

<rooster> about all of that.

<rooster> i want to know

<rooster> why.

<rooster> not only, why did you do it.

<rooster> why are you now

<rooster> telling people.

<omg> <omg> i'm one of those horned rimmed guys sitting behind a desk in DC dreaming of ways to manipulate Anonymous for UK's and USA's purpose :)

<rooster> if this is true.

<rooster> give me contact information.

<omg> Anonymous never had leadership that's why it was so easy in the last 6 months

<omg> tell your handlier in NYC

<omg> he'll know

<omg> FBI plays by the books

<rooster> alright. i'll be in touch then.

<omg> however guys like me in counter intelligence don't

<rooster> you'd be surprised.

<omg> oh i know

<omg> don't worry :) i have friends in JTTF

<omg> i assume your magneto's handlier?

<omg> if so call up Philip Selton in DC he's a good friend of my

<omg> tell him 'B' is up to his old tricks

<rooster> i'll look into that. that's what i needed in the first place.

<rooster> Thanks.

<rooster> im working on something of my own, it's a bit in your department, but i need to talk to someone official about it.

<omg> trying to mitigate the Strafor email damage unfortunally

<omg> did you see the assesment?

<rooster> no i did not.

<omg> ask CT in NYC

<omg> they have it

<omg> Senate Intelligence Committee will have a briefing on it next week

<rooster> oh, i don't go to that. i have someone who gives me things i request.

<omg> prob above your clearance level

<omg> anyways you know about their little group's HTP right?

<rooster> not really. but i'm interested.

<rooster> what can you tell me?

<omg> apparently in an attempt to SE, one of their guy's zeekill ran a SYN+ACK ddos against mossad.gov.il

<rooster> oh, the mossad ddos.

<rooster> done with brazil roots, right?

<omg> yep

<omg> from what i gather it's prob CDN servers

<omg> with the bandwidth that was pumped to the site

<omg> the site is on a tier 1 backbone provider with about 1gbs of total speed

<omg> their little gang has some serious bandwidth

<rooster> i guess so. would have to be a good amount to take out something on t1

<omg> haha much faster from what i guess Mossad has

<omg> think it's on a OC-24

<rooster> well, most public sites are on small servers isolated from anything important

<omg> onto a STM-64 uplink

<omg> dunno but what that anonyroot idiot hit CIA's site was pretty high too. The uplink pipe for DC's link was a OC-24

<omg> guys in DS&T had to rotate the public ip three times

<rooster> these guys are persistent fuckers, aren't they?

<omg> well it depends

<omg> most are idiots

<omg> their Anonymous-OS already has a sudoder backdoor

<omg> i think the offical dl count is close to 34K now

<rooster> that was well known

<rooster> and obvious

<omg> about their HTP group from what's read from previous intel reports. It was a splinter group that formed after the HB Gary hack

<omg> they previously use the irc skidr.us

<omg> and apparently the group rotates irc servers monthly

<rooster> i'll be right back.

<omg> figured i should give it a try and try to use their crazy members to try and mitigate the next wikileaks release

<omg> one of them did a quick demo yestoday and was able to bring down Mossad's site

<omg> *yesterday*

<omg> btw you know Israel already caught that 0xOmar kid right?

<omg> it's embarrassing to see Israel able to catch a hacker weeks after an intrusion, while we don't have CERN teams cyber readiness level to react quickly enough to large scale attacks

<rooster> back, sorry i have two other people relaying information to me.

<rooster> reading, sec.

<rooster> hes the israeli, right?

<rooster> no

<rooster> the saudi?

<omg> they caught him in SA

<rooster> yea, the saudi.

<omg> tracked him through credit card purchases

<rooster> yes, i remember when he pastebinned some ccs

<omg> it takes about 2 weeks min to just get a search warrent your whitecollar depts + SS with the DOJ for a simple id theft

<rooster> Yes, i know.

<rooster> fraud isn't just a slap on the wrist.

<omg> yes

<omg> and it's a constant battle

<omg> with DOJ versus state level id theft charges

<omg> though it's good to know cybercrime is monitering hardchats

<rooster> yeah, there are eyes on a lot of different places right now

<omg> that's good, though i'm prob the only guy in my agency trying to figure how to not mess things up with current investigations :)

<rooster> if you can disclose, who are you with?

<omg> sorry i cannot

<rooster> understandable

<rooster> just, personal curiosity.

<omg> just contact SSA Selton

<omg> he'll understand

<rooster> right.

<omg> but i'm not with you guy's at the Bureau

<omg> in fact because of the sealed DOJ docket's, I didn't even know about Xavier Monsegur being a CI

<rooster> Should have, it was actually leaked a while back.

<rooster> also i'm with the bureau, i have to state that if you return this back to anyone.

<omg> i had track down one of your contractors Backtrace to confirm it two months ago in Jan

<rooster> i have a position similar to you.

<rooster> just so that's clear.

<rooster> i don't want break any laws while doing my job.

<omg> i just don't want to mess up any existing investigations

<omg> i thought everything is need to know. Regardless everyone has TS clearance, but certain things such as knowing who is an CI is a need to know

<omg> at the Bureau

<rooster> again, i'm not with the bureau, i do what you do.

<rooster> and it is all need to know

<rooster> but if you look closely

<rooster> you can find out a lot on your own

<omg> <rooster> also i'm with the bureau, i have to state that if you return this back to anyone.

<rooster> hah. wow.

<rooster> that is a typo.

<rooster> meant to say not. i apologize.

<omg> i'm with DS

<omg> of the DOS

<rooster> ah.

<rooster> ive interacted with the bureau

<omg> i'm the guy responsible for mitigating damage caused by Jeremy Hammond sending the Strafor emails to Wikileaks

<rooster> hammon, sounds familiar.

<rooster> um

<rooster> what does he run

<rooster> he runs something, i think.

<omg> Anarchaos aka crediblethreat aka Hack This Site founder

<omg> btw did you ever use the nick moop?

<rooster> there are a few people

<rooster> that use that nick

<omg> my suggestion work with Jennifer Emick with Backtrace

<rooster> i've not worked with backtrace directly, but i've chatted to hubris before.

<omg> i've been helping Hubris aka david with some "special projects" such as injecting fake Anonymous operations such as #opcartel

<rooster> i understand about injecting fake ops, like a honeypot

<rooster> but opcartel

<rooster> was too far

<rooster> lives could have been at risk

<omg> not really, only Barret Brown's

<omg> the goal of #opcartel was to get CISEN into iranserv

<omg> and understand the leadership structure resulted in the recent Interpol South American arrests

<omg> and anonworld

<rooster> ah, so you're planting fake ops, to infiltrate.

<rooster> smart.

<omg> #opglobalbackout was a response by that anonyroot's idiot ddos of CIA.gov

<omg> so the NSA could argue for stronger monitering + domestic intelligence

<omg> inject stories such as: http://pastebin.com/pVmAZqWY

<rooster> so is that new internet monitoring bill related at all to OpDarknet?

<omg> opdarknet?

<rooster> also

<rooster> i dont tink

<omg> no it's because of the constant threat of China

<rooster> there is any validity

<rooster> in that pastebin

<omg> + guys like pr0f_srs's dump of the SCADA system

<rooster> i understand SCADA system dumps.

<rooster> how does china play into that?

<omg> and a simple ddos to CIA.gov is enough to invoke the "terrorism" arguement

<rooster> anything is enough to invoke the terrorism card

<rooster> it's so vague, it can be thrown around until it sticks.

<omg> when you have critical US infracture such as a Water Pump Facility, or your Intelligence Agency being under attack?

<rooster> why do you think the reason for monitoring the occupy movement, and various protesters was under a counter-terrorism effort?

<omg> how do you think Counter-Intelligence feels?

<rooster> i think they would feel like they need to step it up.

<rooster> and that's where you come in, correct?

<omg> yep

<omg> been doing the injections and manipulation of Anonymous' agenda at the sidelines to push for stronger FBI + NSA prescence

<omg> not everyone in DSS agrees with me

<omg> but when the head of the FBI + NSA is making these arguements to the National Security Council

<omg> ^-- Director

<omg> i've said i've did a good job in the last 5 months :)

<rooster> opcartel, an globalblackout were well recognized, i guess that means you're right

<omg> i'm not involved with Intelligence gathering of Occupy

<omg> it's the boys that are with DHS

<omg> then again they over-react to everything

<rooster> nor am i, but i've a few contacts of mine are.

<omg> shit like Anonymous hackers fucking up train lines?

<omg> yea... DHS your idiots

End of log. This log could be fake or partially fake but it draws a classic picture.

[Side note - the planted story they mention - http://pastebin.com/pVmAZqWY - is a rather silly "message for Anonymous from Mossad" which I remember thinking of as really silly...(BY: A GUEST ON FEB 12TH, 2012 | SYNTAX: NONE | SIZE: 12.71 KB | HITS: 12,109 | EXPIRES: NEVER) ]

Speculating but DSS could be Defense Security Service - http://www.dss.mil/ - which has a purview of defending the Defense Industrial Base generally & that could involve efforts to catch hackers eh? It is a military agency with responsibility for aspects of guarding private contractor installations, so they would seem to have an Interface or 2 to domestic political monitoring. DSS definitely scans websites a lot & shows up in logs but has virtually no public or alt-researcher profile at all. What kinds of programs have they been up to in this exciting era? etc. [Also could be State Diplomatic Security Service but I doubt it - or the odd DOJ Domestic Security Section but that dissolved in 2009 into (this is not a TV show probably): Criminal Division: the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.

Any place run from Quantico AND bonus Fort Meade DISCO Summary from their site:

About Us

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is an agency of the Department of Defense(DoD) located in Quantico, Virginia with field offices throughout the United States. The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence provides authority, direction and control over DSS. DSS provides the military services, Defense Agencies, 24 federal agencies and approximately 13,300 cleared contractor facilities with security support services.

DSS contributes to national security by serving as an interface between the government and cleared industry. DSS administers and implements the defense portion of the National Industrial Security Program pursuant to Executive Order 12829. Approximately 356 Industrial Security Representatives provide oversight and assistance to cleared contractor facilities and assist management and Facility Security Officers in ensuring the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information. DSS also facilitates classified shipments between the United States and foreign countries and implements foreign ownership, control and influence countermeasures.

The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) is located in Linthicum, Md., and provides security education and training to DoD security professionals through formal classroom and distributed learning methodologies (i.e., computer-based, web-based and tele-training).

The Defense IndustrialSecurity Clearance Office (DISCO), located in Fort Meade, Md., processes requests for industrial personnel security investigations and provides eligibility or clearance determinations for cleared industry personnel under the NISP.

OMG's comment on DHS - Homeland Security, collecting info on Occupy could have been related to the Critical Infrastructure stuff similar to DSS activities (as well as Federal Protective Service which has been the main FOIA released docs so far).

The Pastebin he references as a lol fake OMG - it's this crazy absurd Mossad threat missive that got tons of views at the time: http://pastebin.com/pVmAZqWY

//// Below the fold - more logs - coverage on the DOJ's system of illegal operations and signaling to cartels, and other loosely related elements ////

Statecraft Horrorshow! Wikileaks State Department Leakin Loose Top Sekrits PKK US sponsoring of terrorism to moaning about the French, what's next?

Ahk a quick link dump here. Wikileaks is expected to drop the big diplomatic cables starting with Der Spiegel . There's a new Wikileaks blog out there - Assange talked to some Arab reporters over videochat so apparently the fuzz hasn't gotten him yet. 2010-11-28: ARIJ Conference | WL Central . Livebloggin from teh france too ..

Maybe all launches here around 2200 GermanyTime? International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

Wikileaks: The gathering storm - leaks leave US with few friends - Scotsman.com News

WikiLeaks And Its Brave New World - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2010 - from the CIA

IB Times to publish papers on global corruption - nice framing :)

McClatchy - Diplomats bracing!

j|turn » Next Up: The “War on Journalism”? - crackdown time, you know they are seizing domains these days! RawStory - Homeland Security

For more info see RapGodfather.com! Watch out all yr DNS belong to Homeland Security New IPR Rap Forum Fusion Center! I gotta throw this in:

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It looks like PKK Turkish /Kurdish militants going to get spilled out. The long running Ergenekon Deep State Network and the likes of corrupt ex-State operative Marc Grossman exposed in all their perfidy? We could hope... But how many hilarious new drug conspiracies?

Australian - http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/wikileaks-breaking-us-laws-over-documents-state-department-tells-julian-assange/story-e6frg6so-1225962292953?from=public_rss

BBC cautious nibbles

The UK D-Notice is a show all its own! Statecraft Horrorshow! Guido Fawkes blog with DNotice Email is Hilarious!

Sunday Telegraph UK Floats this Theory:

The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that the first tranche of documents, to be published in full tomorrow after an initial release tonight, are expected to feature "lively commentaries" by US diplomats on world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, and Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.

Coalition sources say Tuesday's haul will deal with North and South Korea, as well as Guantánamo Bay, while Wednesday's tranche will include comments on Pakistan and counter-piracy operations in Djibouti.

Thursday will see attention focus on the Canadians and their "inferiority complex" while corruption allegations in Afghanistan will be under the spotlight on Friday. Saturday will cover Yemen while next Sunday will see the focus shift to China.

Video: Alex Jones vs. Wikileaks. Why does Alex Jones attack Wikileaks? : conspiracy

MORE FUN STUFF for the moment....


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PAREvolution.com has the goods from the Pennsylvania Security bulletin data. file = here // Ruffalo on terror watch list | Celebrities | Entertainment | Toronto Sun

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Silence Jesse FeMACamp episode? Jesse Ventura’s “Police State” Episode featuring Alex Jones and “We Are Change” Edited out of existence at truTV | We Are Change / forum

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A Double POMO Fed Quantitative Ceremonial Magic is scheduled too!

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As for this messy post, sorry - Data Dumps: The Bane of E-Discovery — Slaw :-D .... Let the Cables Begin!

The late great Robert Nichols, a $250 billion Treasury Note, the Octopus Wiki (all your Iran-Contra/PROMIS style tiebacks) and Main Core, to boot

In a popular culture that has gotten more sympathetic to conspiracies, things that nagged at us out on the shady Internets have been shot into the mainstream in a weird way lately - it seems people like Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann are "gatekeeping" around very weird stories -- they inject a bunch of crazy spin to some very strange, but real, facts, leaving a messy ideological wreckage behind, leaving existing small Internet communities of thoughtful observers dazed and confused...

(the leading recent example here would be how Alex Jones tried to raise alarm about the "FEMA Camp" federal paperwork and policies out there, and Bachmann and Beck parachuted in and made it all seem crazy, which caused the documentation-driven alarm from Jones to get totally overrun with nonsense. Not that Jones' analytic framework is necessarily good all the time - but in this case it was substantive).

But no one like Beck or Bachmann will stir up the loose change left behind by Danny Casolaro or the Octopus. You can bet on it.

*****

One of the great figures in the whole Iran-Contra/BCCI/Savings&Loan scandal complex mix was Danny Casolaro, a journalist who got into what he called the Octopus. Casolaro was abruptly murdered by someone like Oliver North's henchmen, or something roughly along those lines.

A new Octopus tentacle, which happens to match pretty well with an old one, washed up dead in Switzerland. Robert Nichols' name goes right back through everything, and it matches nicely the latest turn -- sadly, he turned up dead in February. From there, it gets into the Original Big Murky Ink Cloud.

One angle to this whole thing is that corrupt and powerful people can sometimes obtain really awesome letters of credit from government entities, and stash them away. The notes can then be used to build new financial instruments and complex frauds - Al Martin's book The Conspirators (almartinraw.com) had a bunch of stuff about the Bush family doing this in the 1980s.

So it made a very certain sense to me when I caught this story - off a site that seems to be run by Casolaro's daughter (or someone else whose parent was murdered in the broader Iran Contra/Octopus mix). Haters of the Federal Reserve, check it out!

$250 Billion Treasury Note Cloaked in Mystery – Evades Public Scrutiny | Desertfae

It all started with a Bloomberg News article entitled “Bayou’s Israel Cheated in Scam,” published on July 15, 2008 by court reporters David Glovin and Bob Van Voris.http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601127&sid=aLCwdJsx0V3M&refer=law

The article talked about Samuel Israel of Bayou Management Group LLC being cheated by Robert Booth Nichols, “who in a 1993 lawsuit claimed to have worked for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for 20 years. Nichols was also the target of a 1987 probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of organized crime in the entertainment industry,” wrote Bloomberg.

An excerpt of the article read as follows: “As Samuel Israel grew desperate to raise money in 2004 to save his Bayou Group LLC hedge fund firm, he turned for help to a Hawaii man who promised a windfall and then conned him out of $10 million, said a U.K. investigator.

“Robert Booth Nichols cheated Israel, later convicted in his own $400 million theft, in a ‘prime bank’ fraud, a scheme used by con-artists promising quick riches in secret markets, the U.K. investigator said in a document filed in June in federal court in New York. U.S. prosecutors seeking to recover funds for Bayou investors won a British judge’s ruling in November freezing $1 million Nichols held there, and they may be pursuing millions more in Singapore, Nichols’s lawyer said.

Robert Booth Nichols, 65, denied wrongdoing and sought to retain the $1 million in London. He said in court papers that he helped Israel invest in a legitimate, though unspecified “project” involving U.S. government obligations. Nichols said he had no reason to believe Israel was engaged in fraud.

“He was asked to find something, and he found it,” Nichols’s lawyer, Joseph Bainton, told Bloomberg, declining to elaborate. “There are very few people capable of performing this service, for which he was paid a lump sum of $10 million.

Nichols said in court papers that he believed the investment was on behalf of Israel personally, that Nichols was told his services involved matters of national interest,” and that a first cousin of President G. W. Bush, John P. Ellis, vouched for the legitimacy of the transaction. Nichols said the deal required him to contact representatives of foreign governments that he knew, according to court documents.

Nichols’ lawyer told Bloomberg that Mr. Ellis attended some meetings and gave Mr. Nichols some assurance with respect to the approval of the United States. Ellis worked at GH Venture Partners in 2004, according to Nichols’ court documents.

The criminal case is U.S. v. Israel, 05cr1039, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

The bankruptcy case is In re Bayou Group LLC, 06-22306, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District New York (White Plains).

The missing link in the above story is the $250 Billion Treasury Note secured by 2,500 metric tons of gold at the Atlanta Federal Reserve, Serial Number SC 3040-20. Robert Booth Nichols’ lawyer described this to Bloomberg as an unspecified “project” involving U.S. government obligations. However, the reporters had no knowledge at the time they wrote the story that the “project” for which Nichols was paid $10 million allegedly involved Nichols locating and obtaining the Treasury Note for Samuel Israel and depositing it at the London Safe Deposit Box Company Ltd. http://londonsafedeposit.co.uk/

Yumz. Now we are getting somewhere. Christopher Story (Worldreports.org) also talked a lot about this certain raid against the London safe deposit boxes - the idea is that several months ago the London Metropolitan Police raided a huge bunch of safe deposit boxes, and these boxes contained all sorts of weird items, blackmail, leverage, the shadow wealth of a bunch of players who believed themselves untouchable.

But London Metro managed to take their stuff, and thereby actually, roughly speaking, damaged a huge chunk of the shady "intelligence power" as Mr Story likes to call it.

So that is one side... i will leave it there for now. Wayne Madsen had stuff on it too.

Anyway the Desert Fae blog has a lot of backstories like for example the Frank Sinatra mob stuff - Dr Nichols is showing up at the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the 1980s (Cabazon was where, according to the great Iran Contra Octopus tapestry, they were hacking PROMIS backdoors, something about weird weapons and the Contras, it was quite a classic set of data points that you find, when you go looking....)

Meanwhile running attached is The Octopus Wiki! Not too shabby!! It sort of suggests that major drug cartels and the Italian mob are subsets or sub-pathways of the Octopus. From the Wiki front page, just a few of the angles you need to nibble at:

The Inslaw Affair

Danny Casolaro, Michael Riconosciuto, Robert Booth Nichols, and others were mentioned rather prominently in the final House of Representatives Report #102-857 released to the public on September 10, 1992. The Investigative Report, put together by the Committee on the Judiciary headed by Senator Jack Brooks of Texas, entitled “The Inslaw Affair,” summarized a three year investigation into the theft of the PROMIS software from Bill and Nancy Hamilton, owners of Inslaw Corporation in Washington D.C. (The investigators who handled the three-year probe were listed on the Report as James E. Lewin, Chief Investigator, and John D. Cohen, Investigator.)

As a result of media exposure, Inslaw’s owners, Bill and Nancy Hamilton, had received information which subsequently led them to believe that the Department’s actions were part of a high level conspiracy within Justice to steal the “enhanced” version of PROMIS.

Inslaw alleged that former Attorney General Edwin Meese and Deputy Attorney General Lowell Jensen forced Inslaw into bankruptcy by intentionally creating a sham contract dispute over the terms and conditions of the contract which led to the withholding of payments due Inslaw by the Department.

Two federal court judges and the House Judiciary Committee ultimately concluded that “the United States Department of Justice‎ acted willfully and fraudently” and “took, converted and stole” Inslaw’s enhanced PROMIS software by “trickery, fraud and deceit.”

EXCERPTED from High Times Magazine, August 2001 issue, Vol. No. 313 – Title of article: "The Ghost ofDanny Casolaro.” [3]

“ --- Danny Casolaro's tragic death essentially opened a Pandora's Box which the DOJ was never able to close. During the last week of his life, Danny had discovered a connection between Mike Abbell, a former director of international affairs for the Justice Department, the Cali Drug Cartel, and Robert Booth Nichols, an international intelligence operative whom he had been interviewing extensively for months. Danny's last phone bills indicated he'd spent hundreds of hours on the phone with Nichols, most of the calls averaged one to two hours. This in effect, was one tentacle of the Octopus.

“Danny had confronted Nichols about Mike Abbell and the Cali Cartel while staying in Martinsburg. It was the last conversation Danny ever had with Nichols, and with Bob Bickel, a friend whom Danny confided in. Bickel subsequently confirmed the conversation, but for reasons unknown, the Abbell - Cali Cartel connection was never published in any of the official investigative reports on Danny's death. These included the DOJ report of September 27, 1994.

“In fact, a note handwritten by Danny four days before his death, found by relatives, read as follows: ‘Bill Hamilton - August 6. MR … also brought up 'Gilberto.’ Unknown to anyone outside the DOJ at that time, a [secret]FBI investigation of Mike Abbell was underway at the time of Danny's death. Years later, an indictment unsealed in Miami on June 6, 1995 charged Abbell with laundering money for the Cali Cartel. Surveillance reports indicated he'd made frequent visits to the home of Gilberto Rodriguez, leader of the Cali Cartel in Bogota, Columbia.

Top notch.

PROMIS was originally Prosecutor's Management Information System - early in the era, it seems to have been a kind of nice IT case management system that would let the suits tie into various government databases. According to reams of odd stuff out there (yet never definitively presented to the American public) it got stolen from INSLAW and mutated by the CIA and other assorted lunatics. (American intelligence sold a backdoor'd PROMIS to the RCMP and the Mounties were fucking pissed when they found out - I want Dan Aykroyd to play the Mountie boss in the film.)

From there PROMIS sort of seems to morph into a magic skeleton key into all types of data mining - by extending its ability to probe around into all government databases.

It seems too much the handy conspiracy program: It sort of plays like a MacGuffin or other placeholder "program that all the players have, to dominate reality in bizarre and invisible ways." There's no other program out there in the Internet conspiracy world I know of that compares to PROMIS. But I don't get what that means!

The idea from Chris Ketcham is that PROMIS became extended into MAIN CORE, the master NSA program that was spun out of DARPA's Total Information Awareness effort. Check this out - it does have the areas about "Continuity of Government" -- which is often an odd kind of logistical code or cipher for hardcore martial law, it seems, especially in the REX84 era (also Operation Sledgehammer, and Ollie North's Civilian Labor Inmate Facility [CLIF] proposal) --- myahhh I'm getting caught up in keywords now.

Check the Ketcham article for how MAIN CORE grew from PROMIS:   The Last Roundup : Information Clearing House - ICH

More goods:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Core
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19871.htm
http://digitizedrevolution.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/christopher-ketcham-the-last-roundup-2/
(great google ads at the end of this one ^ )
http://harpers.org/archive/2008/05/hbc-90002972
http://cryptogon.com/?p=2590

Excerpt of Wayne Madsen: http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20090508

May 8-10, 2009 -- Was Clan Bush involved in looting of other Federal Reserve Banks?

There is additional information to report on the Treasury Note that is secured by $250 billion in gold (2500 metric tons) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. After the sudden resignation of New York Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Stephen Friedman, a one-time top economic adviser to President George W. Bush and someone who apparently profited from the government's bailout of Goldman Sachs while he served as both Chairman of the New York Fed and as a board member for Goldman Sachs, the entire Federal Reserve Bank system appears to be involved in a massive ploy to loot the United States of its gold and cash reserves.

On May 5, 2009, WMR reported: "According to WMR's sources, the FBI and London police are working together on a case that involved a $250 billion U.S. Treasury Note seized by the FBI from a London safety deposit box company, London Safe Deposit Company, Ltd. The box was reportedly placed at the London firm by self-described 20-year CIA veteran Robert Booth Nichols, who reportedly died in Geneva, Switzerland on February 14, 2009.

A heart attack was believed to have been the cause of death but there was a blow to Nichols's head. A 'friend' of Nichols, a New York stockbroker who was reportedly helping Booth move a large sum of cash, bonds and gold in Geneva, arranged for a quick cremation of Nichols's body and the U.S. embassy in Bern was notified. ........

Well, consider yourself educated at least in a few classic slices of Octopus lore, and how, in theory, they fit into the modern NSA panopticon. That's the damn thing about these freakkin conspiracies:

the same people pop up over and over and over. It's really fuckin' annoying.

Too many Toys for the Boys: incompetent counterintelligence lets sneeky Chinese run rampant in U.S. security systems

Lately it's become pretty clear that 'they' are running a lot of domestic surveillance and data mining schemes - a huge wasted effort that enriches contractors while making policymakers paranoid. In other words, it's the boondoggle from hell, the logical trap of building the biggest possible haystack in order to theoretically have all the needles.

A profitable venture, ominous, sexy, whatever gets these people off & convinces them it's real. I'm pretty sure Booz Allen Hamilton is making a ton of money on this. SAIC too. Anything to keep the contracts rolling.

Dumb, corrupt contractor ventures like MZM's Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) and TALON will keep cropping up, and they have to get exposed and cut off from their juicy funding as rapidly as possible.

These systems have a voracious appetite for data, which, regardless of quality, gets spit out as 'actionable intelligence.'

Once they get these dumb Microsoft Fusion Centers set up, we're truly fucked because desk jockey chumps will be grepping everyone's email for keywords and then scurrying around. (Here's the google search from the Orwellian Hell coming soon to your state: the modular MS Fusion Center)

In one key juncture, the U.S. military bombed the shit out of Iraqi automobile repair shops because some Arabic keyword was like 'bomb' or something. This is what happens overseas: mindless machines spitting out shitty data leading to lots of pointless death.

Meanwhile, it's clear that via systems like MAIN CORE, all kinds of dumb things, including huge volumes of inaccurate data, get funneled into super-databases that they never tell the judges about. (the programming language to filter these illegal data inputs is called Hancock, by the way).

Whenever it feels like The Man or the various machines doing voice recognition against domestic communications are possibly running against me, I'd point out that the black boxes and/or interested agents that their systems totally suck.

Or rather: it's easy to spy on Americans. It takes some goddamn skill to keep foreign intelligence agencies from playing with all the toys, and even stealing the marbles.

I wish these people would leave us all alone, sure, but it's really even worse that their fancy gear is thoroughly penetrated by foreign intelligence agencies and miscellaneous bad actors. How lame is that?

One of the better tacks I've taken over the years on my website is how, for example, networks of foreign spies have manipulated America's intelligence pipelines and thus, the foreign policy. That's where many things, including the arms trade, the Sibel Edmonds scandal, and likely even 9/11, all really come around to.

(complaints about foreign actors can be directed to Marc Grossman, Richard Perle and the usual suspects... If anyone takes on the American Turkish Council, then we'll know someone actually gives a damn.)

Another fine example is how various Israeli firms are all over the telecommunications and DOJ wiretapping system, but at the same time they tend to leak the secret DOJ data out to their buddies among the Russian-Israeli mafia, as FOX News, of all places, documented to an absurd level of detail back in 2001. (i believe the choice wiretapping penetration is in part 3 or 4). Way to go Amdocs & Comverse Infosys.

In any case, everyone gets a piece of this action. So here's my message to the ELINT geniuses: kick the fucking Chinese hackers out of your shitty Wintel boxes (and counterfeit routers!, more) before you keep spying on us.

Because your dragnet is also catching all the competitive commercial data they want too. Sooo... please quit forking everything over to China. Thanks.

National Journal Magazine - China’s Cyber-Militia

Corporate IT Security Strategy - Briefing Center

China's Cyber Attacks Signal New Battlefield Is Online: Scientific American

China Targets U.S. Computers For Espionage, Report Warns -- Network Security -- InformationWeek

Report: China stealing 'vast amounts' of data from U.S. computer networks - On Deadline - USATODAY.com

Report: U.S. Influence Will Fade By 2025, National Intelligence Council Predicts Scare Resources, Loose Nukes, A Rising China - CBS News

Seriously, people. Is Panopticon Professionalism too much to ask!?!!

It's unconstitutional, but above all, it's an embarrassment.

RNC Organizer: Doing Public Relations for Burma and the Republican National Convention = Teh Awkward

Pigs!

God Damn... pigs!

Potbelly... pigs!

Punch-drunk... pigs!

Take money, money... pigs!

Loudmouth... pigs!

Wide load... pigs!

Let's make a deal...

--Aesop Rock , "Coffee" from the excellent new album "None Shall Pass"


A delicious press release arrives:

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For Immediate Release

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Contact:

Matt Burns - 651-925-7208

mburns@gopconvention2008.com

GOP CONVENTION COORDINATOR RESIGNS

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The 2008 Republican National Convention today accepted the resignation of convention coordinator Doug Goodyear. Mr. Goodyear issued the following statement on his resignation:

“Today I offered the convention my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign. I continue to strongly support John McCain for president, and wish him the best of luck in this campaign.”

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What ever could be the matter? Oh damn, their chief Convention Flack took a ton of cash to work promoting the Burmese junta in Washington.

Exactly like Duke's excellent work for Berzerkistan on Doonesbury:


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I mean, exactly like Duke. $348,000 buys a lot of sleep, I bet.

Yeah, the chief RNC St. Paul organizer guy worked for that torture-insanity-what-the-hell Burmese military Dictatorship. Newsweek shook it loose!

McCain's Convention Chair Worked for Burma's Military Junta | Newsweek Periscope | Newsweek.com:

After John McCain nailed down the Republican nomination in March, his campaign began wrestling with a sensitive personnel issue: who would manage this summer's GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.? The campaign recently tapped Doug Goodyear for the job, a veteran operative and Arizonan who was chosen for his "management experience and expertise," according to McCain press secretary Jill Hazelbaker. But some allies worry that Goodyear's selection could fuel perceptions that McCain—who has portrayed himself as a crusader against special interests—is surrounded by lobbyists. Goodyear is CEO of DCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients.

Potentially more problematic: the firm was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta, which had been strongly condemned by the State Department for its human-rights record and remains in power today. Justice Department lobbying records show DCI pushed to "begin a dialogue of political reconciliation" with the regime. It also led a PR campaign to burnish the junta's image, drafting releases praising Burma's efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing "falsehoods" by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses. "It was our only foreign representation, it was for a short tenure, and it was six years ago," Goodyear told NEWSWEEK, adding the junta's record in the current cyclone crisis is "reprehensible."

Another issue: DCI has been a pioneer in running "independent" expenditure campaigns by so–called 527 groups, precisely the kind of operations that McCain, in his battle for campaign-finance reform, has denounced. In 2004, the DCI Group led a pro-Bush 527 called Progress for America, which was later fined (along with several other 527s on both sides of the political divide) for violating federal election laws. Goodyear, however, says that DCI is "not in the 527 business anymore."

Ironically, Goodyear was chosen for the post after the McCain campaign nixed another candidate, Paul Manafort, who runs a lobbying firm with McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis. The prospect of choosing Manafort created anxiety in the campaign because of his long history of representing controversial foreign clients, including Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. More recently, he served as chief political consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the former Ukrainian prime minister who has been widely criticized for alleged corruption and for his close ties to Russia's Vladimir Putin—a potential embarrassment for McCain, who in 2007 called Putin a "totalitarian dictator." "The Ukrainian stuff was viewed as too much," says one McCain strategist, who asked not to be identified discussing the matter. Manafort did not return calls for comment.

Then: Stumper : McCain Convention Manager Resigns After NEWSWEEK Reveals Burma Ties

Andrew Romano

Around noon today, the powers-that-be at NEWSWEEK posted "A Convention Quandary" on our website. In the story, investigative ace Michael Isikoff reported that the man chosen by John McCain's presidential campaign to run this summer's GOP convention--Arizonan Doug Goodyear--was causing some headaches within the ranks. The problem? Goodyear is CEO ofDCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients--not the most convenient association for a candidate who's already struggling to reconcile his reputation as an anti-special interests crusader with the sizable number of lobbyists on his senior staff. Further complicating matters: Isikoff's revelation that DCI was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta, leading "a PR campaign to burnish the junta's image, drafting releases praising Burma's efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing 'falsehoods' by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses." Ouch.

Apparently, Goodyear agreed.

Shortly after 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Republican National Convention announced that it had accepted Goodyear's resignation, setting a new land speed record for shortest time lapsed between the "story breaks" and "ax falls" phases of a political scandal. "Today I offered the convention my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign," said Goodyear in written statement. "I continue to strongly support John McCain for president, and wish him the best of luck in this campaign." Asked later by the Politico whether Team McCain had given him the boot, Goodyear said no. "My decision," he added. "[It was] unambiguously the right thing to do."

Nice.... Say what you will, who could possibly be more evil than a public relations strategist for an evil, corrupt Asian dictatorship?!


Negative Return on Investment Economy: Catherine Austin Fitts and the fake war on drugs

Catherine Fitts knows the Real Deal about the Shadow Economy, Iran Contra stock fraud, the basic structure of the prison industrial complex, and other key areas. She worked in GOP presidencies and observed all the marvelous cut-outs, pass-throughs, cartel rip-offs, overall money-laundering insanity and all the other 1980s-1990s Michael Milken-style insider classics.

After her software started mapping out relationships between mortgage defaults and money laundering (geospatial modeling rendered Los Angeles CIA cocaine operations' capital flows into rather obvious blips). The Department of Justice put a stop to Hamilton Securities and ripped off their stuff.

The theories of how these "waste of money" institutions like the prison-industrial complex are really quite well-designed cash funnels for the usual interlocking bastards. DynCorp and Lockheed Martin entering these areas has not done wonders for their transparency.

(She certainly helped Michael Ruppert get a handle on the Iran Contra cocaine flow from the financial side @ From The Wilderness and copvcia.com. Good times!)

I previously noted Fitts on the famous Jane Cat Witness Drive-By Shooting at MCTC College Next To My Apartment Diagram post of March 2006:

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Too much drama in the LBC; or I could have had my own Zapruder film" / Narco News: Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Prison Profits: Part IV

and also on Another Great Moment: New York Stock Exchange chairman Grasso visits Colombia - 1999 : Narco-Dollars For Dummies (Part 3): How The Money Works In The Illicit Drug Trade:



In late June 1999, numerous news services, including Associated Press, reported that Richard Grasso, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange flew to Colombia to meet with a spokesperson for Raul Reyes of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the supposed "narco terrorists" with whom we are now at war.

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Just a brief excerpt of Fitts work:

Mapping the Real Deal: The American Tapeworm

Wednesday, 30 April 2003

The “Break It-Fix It” Subsidy of a Negative Return on Investment Economy

For several years, I have been studying and writing on the corporate and banking economic warfare model of globalization. Just from a case study of one private investor, Pug Winokur, and his investments in and with DynCorp, Enron and Harvard, examples abound.

- US neighborhoods are overrun with narcotics trafficking and HUD financial fraud while systematically worked by enforcement, seizure and War on Drugs teams supported by DynCorp and generating profits for the Harvard Endowment;

- Latin American pipelines, water and other assets are sold for significant discounts to market value to Enron and other multinational investors while DynCorp helps War on Drugs military teams move peasants off the lands;

- Russian banks and pension funds are emptied out by organized crime and laundered through NY Fed member banks while Harvard as financial advisor helps privatize Russian oil companies over to their endowment investment network;

- DynCorp personnel supplying police and aircraft maintenance are active with local mafia in Eastern Europe and practice buying and selling children as slaves which they use for sex;

- $3.3 trillion is missing from the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing Development where Lockheed, DynCorp & AMS are active managing computer systems and Harvard supplies appointees and contract services.

- Manipulation of the gold markets by the US Treasury and NY Fed member banks are led by Larry Summers, Secretary of the Treasury, and now President of Harvard and his predecessor Robert Rubin, Secretary of Treasury, and now member of the Harvard Corporation Board.

These shenanigans are well documented by a series of courageous reporters and market commentators, including Anne Williamson, Greg Palast, Kelly O’Meara, William Murphy and Chris Sanders.

This tapeworm operates globally. It has been winning at economic warfare because those opposed to it cannot see it clearly and are not yet networked globally to move people, places and capital out of its reach. My pastor, Bishop Alfred Owens, says, “If we can face it, God can fix it.” Indeed, divine authority is hamstrung-- waiting for the necessary global networks to align around a common map of the real deal about global consolidation of economic and political power --- and the resulting liquidation of wealth.

This tapeworm is managed tightly by the cartels that syndicate around central banking and warfare and it has four phases:

- Phase One--Break It: Private syndicates make money destroying a place through organized crime, covert operations, warfare or a variety of both;

- Phase Two- Buy It: The profit generated from breaking it is used to buy or seize “legal control” at a discount;

- Phase Three- Fix It: Government funding, credit and subsidies are then used to “fix it” while harvesting remaining assets, including with narcotics trafficking, sex slavery and any other form of liquidating the human, intellectual, environmental and physical capital in a place:

- Phase Four—Declare Victory: Victory is then declared and a flow of foundation and academic grants funded by the “break it-fix it” profits generate awards, photo opportunities and official archives and documentations for the perpetrators to be admired for their bringing of advanced civilization to the natives.

What emerges from an investment banker’s analysis of billions of transactions involved in situation after situation, in place after place, in year after year, is surprisingly simple.

We are watching a global first world economy that has a negative return on investment.

For example, in 1997 I lead an analysis of US federal expenditures and credit activities in the Philadelphia area for a group of US pension fund leaders. After analysis of the detailed data resulting from $10 billion of government reengineering and $400 billion of federal credit portfolio strategy managed by my company, the evidence was overwhelming ---the federal investment in Philadelphia had a negative return on investment. In short, government budgets were rigging profits and income for companies and people in the area. After each year of government investment, Philadelphia spent more time doing things that were fundamentally not productive and so had been paid to grow “stupider.”

The deterioration in environment, culture, infrastructure and quality of life in Philadelphia that was obvious from walking around the city matched the numbers rather than the spin in the corporate news that the economy was doing well. Equity yields were falling steadily and only cooked government and corporate books could make it look otherwise. The primary thing on the rise was the smugness of the leaders of Philadelphia institutions as their success at covert management and personal “personnel benefits” grew ever stronger.

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See also: her column: Scoop Features: Catherine Austin Fitts - The Real Deal.

Much more recent news:

Dillon Read And The Aristocracy Of Stock Profits
Saturday, 25 August 2007
Column: Catherine Austin Fitts

I made the decision to write “Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits” in the middle of a vegetable garden in Montana during the summer of 2005. I had come to Montana to develop a venture capital model to support a healthier, fresher local food supply. If we want clean water, fresh food, sustainable infrastructure, and healthy communities, we are going to have to finance and govern these resources ourselves. We cannot invest in the stocks and bonds of large corporations, banks and governments that are harming our food, water, environment and all living things and then expect these resources to be available when we need them.

Surviving and thriving as a free people depends on creating and transacting with currencies and investments other than those printed and manipulated by Wall Street and Washington to the eventual end of our rights and assets.

What I found in Montana, however, was what I have found in communities all across America. We are so financially entangled in the federal government and large corporations and banks that we cannot see our complicity in everything we say we abhor. Our social networks are so interwoven with the institutional leadership — government officials, bankers, lawyers, professors, foundation heads, corporate executives, investors, fellow alumni — that we dare not hold our own families, friends, colleagues and neighbors accountable for our very real financial and operational complicity. While we hate "the system," we keep honoring and supporting the people and institutions that are implementing the system when we interact and transact with them in our day-to-day lives. Enjoying the financial benefits and other perks that come from that intimate support ensures our continued complicity and contribution to fueling that which we say we hate.

Standing among the beautiful vegetables and flowers that Montana summer day, I was facing the futility of trying to craft investment solutions without some basic consensus about the economic tapeworm that is killing us and all living things — while we blindly feed the worm. In a world of economic warfare, we have to see the strategy behind each play in the game. We have to see the economic tapeworm and how it works parasitically in our lives. A tapeworm injects chemicals into a host that causes the host to crave what is good for the tapeworm. In America, we despair over our deterioration, but we crave the next injection of chemicals from the tapeworm.

With this in mind, I decided to write “Dillon Read & Co Inc. and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits” as a case study designed to help illuminate the deeper system. It details the story of two teams with two competing visions for America. The first was a vision shared by my old firm on Wall Street — Dillon Read — and the Clinton Administration with the full support of a bipartisan Congress. In this vision, America's aristocracy makes money by ensnaring our youth in a pincer movement of drugs and prisons and wins middle class support for these policies through a steady and growing stream of government funding and contracts for War on Drugs activities at federal, state and local levels. This consensus is made all the more powerful by the gush of growing debt and derivatives used to bubble the housing and mortgage markets, manipulate the stock and precious metals markets and finance trillions missing from the US government in the largest pump and dump in history — the pump and dump of the entire American economy. This is more than a process designed to wipe out the middle class. This is genocide — a much more subtle and lethal version than ever before perpetrated by the scoundrels of our history texts.

This case study provides a detailed example of the financial kickback machinery that makes the process go. It works something like this. A group of executives and investors start a company. Rather than build a business the old fashioned way, company profits are pumped up with government legislation, contracts, regulation, financing, subsidies and/or enforcement. This dramatically increases the value of the company's financial equity. The company and its initial investors then sell their stock at a profit. Such profits replenish contributions made to the kind of politicians who can arrange such government benefits. Such profits also fund philanthropy to foundations and universities that have large endowments that invest along side the investors. These tax-exempt organizations provide graduates to staff positions in the game, intellectual justification to attract popular support and photo opportunities which bestow legitimacy and social stature. Personnel cycle through the management and boards of business, government and academia, as real productivity falls and government deficits grow.

The second vision was shared by my investment bank in Washington — The Hamilton Securities Group — and a small group of excellent government civil servants and appointees who believed in the power of education, hard work and a new partnership between people, land and technology. This vision would allow us to pay down public and private debt and create new business, infrastructure and equity. We believed that new times and new technologies called for a revival that would permit decentralized efforts to go to work on the hard challenges upon us — population, environment, resource management and the rapidly growing cultural gap between the most technologically proficient and the majority of people. We believed that private and public capital should flow to that which was most economically productive rather than be mixed in a complex cocktail of insider deals designed to hollow out the American economy and culture.

My hope is that “Dillon, Read & the Aristocracy of Stock Profits” will help you to see the game sufficiently to recognize the dividing line between two visions. One centralizes power and knowledge in a manner that tears down communities and infrastructure as it dominates wealth and shrinks freedom. The other diversifies power and knowledge to create new wealth through rebuilding infrastructure and communities and nourishing our natural resources in a way that reaffirms our ancient and deepest dream of freedom.

My hope is that as your powers grow to see the financial game and the true dividing lines, you will be better able to build networks of authentic people inventing authentic solutions to the real challenges we face. My hope is that you will no longer invite into your lives and work the people and organizations that sabotage real change. If enough of us come clean and hold true to the intention to transform the game, we invite in the magic that comes in dangerous times.

Yes, there is a better way and, yes, we can create it.

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This is an interesting case...

Howard Hunt admits the truth about JFK conspiracy on deathbed tape: It was the Cubans/CIA angle, the "standard" conspiracy!

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In a shocking turn, old Spymaster and Watergate plumber E. Howard Hunt admitted his role in the Kennedy assassination, and named a great many names involved, shortly before he died. His son, Saint John Hunt, made several hours of audio recordings where his father outlines the scenario.

The audio played on the venerable underground radio show Coast to Coast on Saturday, and not surprisingly the media doesn't care.

Here is the audio of 4.5 minutes of it, edited down (MP3). He will soon release the multiple hours of recordings on his website.

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E. Howard Hunt names numerous individuals with both direct and indirect CIA connections as having played a role in the assassination of Kennedy, while describing himself as a "bench warmer" in the plot. Saint John Hunt agreed that the use of this term indicates that Hunt was willing to play a larger role in the murder conspiracy had he been required.

Hunt alleges on the tape that then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the planning of the assassination and in the cover-up, stating that LBJ, "Had an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that."

Asked if his father followed the conspiracy theories into the Kennedy assassination, Saint John said the elder Hunt did follow the work of AJ Weberman, a New York freelance writer, who in the early 70's first accused Hunt of being one of three bums who were arrested in Dealy Plaza. The so-called bums (pictured above) were interrogated and later released by authorities shortly after the assassination. Weberman, one of the founders of the Youth International Party, the Vippies, published photographs of the tramps and found that two of them bore striking similarities to Hunt and Frank Sturgis, also named by Hunt in the tape as having been played a role in the assassination conspiracy.

My humorous graphic should drive home the major names. I am sorry I can't credit who did that Oswald guitar thing, it's awesome and they deserve credit but I couldn't find it.

Here's a bit from the site:

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Also duly noted is that guy who mighta been G. H. W. Bush at the Book Depository:

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LBJ and the mystery wink from Rep. Albert Thomas (image here):

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And a note to Mr. Hunt and his son: Thanks for trying to help us finally put together this most damned and ugly puzzle. It says a hell of a lot for Hunt's character that this nagged him until the very end. One hell of a whistleblower. Just amazing how it comes right in as a "centrist" conspiracy theory, like a bowling ball right down the middle...

Now that that's settled, it's on to the (related) matters of Iran-contra and Watergate!

Shock and awe in the Palfrey affair: Huge DC establishment sex scandal on the way!

Here's a funny one. A deputy secretary of state, Randall Tobias, just had to quit because he was getting hookers for a long time. Good news? Yep, but wait there's more.

Tobias' private cell number was among thousands of numbers listed in the telephone records provided to ABC News by Jeane Palfrey, the woman dubbed the "D.C. Madam," who is facing the federal charges.

In an interview to be broadcast on "20/20" next Friday, Palfrey says she intends to call Tobias and a number of her other prominent D.C. clients to testify at her trial.

"I'm sure as heck not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, four to eight years, because I'm shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever," Palfrey told ABC News.

Tobias quit because his phone number was released to the media after a DC "escort service" operator, Jeane Palfrey, has gotten herself into a huge trial. Right now ABC 20/20 is roaming all over town with a huge list of phone numbers.

The last guy to fall under Palfrey's revenge on the Dirty Old Men of the Beltway a couple weeks ago was Harlan Ullman, the defense strategist who invented "shock and awe" to intimidate Ayrabs.

I've been waiting to see if the shit would hit the fan... and indeed, now it's finally starting to. Who else will get nailed? LOL...

So we salute the efforts of the honest Palfrey, who will expose how dirty those ol moralizing hypocrites really are.

How many will fall under their own hypocrisy? We all wait with popcorn...

Washington Post on their swamp of a capital.

More Sunday bits and pieces: Helvetica: the movie! THQ & the CIA, another Sibel Edmonds bit

 X Blogger 1630 1159 1600 149926 MoonMy ol buddy Tom from Macalester bails out of professional poker, he says on his blog. He's one of the low-key, calculating types of poker players, not a high-roller. And he made an impressive amount of cash in the process. I just don't know how anyone could put in that many hours. But hey, if it pays its easier than work, right? Best of luck all around. Tom wants to work on thebrewingnetwork project apparently. Best Luck, Aces high etc.

Brother Ali's album drops at midnight on Monday night. You can go to Fifth Element and pick it up along with bonus goodies. Oddly, today's Strib reported that Aaron Sorkin, the (pot enthusiast) guru who created and wrote most of the West Wing is working on a stage version of the Flaming Lips' album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Something about a rambling Martin Sheen and giant robots come to mind. Nice.

I just got a couple books from the writers behind CounterPunch in the mail: The new End Times: The Death of the Fourth Estate and Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press are both excellent. They were only about $30 together, not bad! Speaking of the CIA and the media, one major element of both books is the crass manipulation of domestic press for the purposes of intelligence agencies. Wikipedia's entry on Operation Mockingbird is just a starting point.

The Panopticon cracks in London! It turns out that filling up your whole society with cameras won't actually work that well at catching criminals: it just swamps law enforcement with too much information. This means that the system doesn't cover its intended purpose, unless the real purpose is to spread fear and paranoia! 4.2 million British cameras aren't doing much, apparently. See also Social Fear and the Commodification of Terrorism, and London: The PhoboCity.

 Images PauloseMinnesota U.S. Attorney case gets ugly and weird: The Paulose USA here in MN looks pretty shady, and the Star Tribune (and columnist Nick Coleman) are getting into the mix. TalkingPointsMemo is interested (earlier) as is Senate Judiciary in DC. Corporate squares proclaim: move along, nothing to see here...



Helvetica: The Movie!
Yes there is a documentary coming out about the venerable Swiss font! via the pretty sweet blog 3quarksdaily.

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Minnesota House Republican leader Marty Seifert emits the memorable:

...the war in Iraq was the dominant issue [in the election] and the President’s approval rating was so low that it rivaled that of gonorrhea...

CIA/Pentagon team up with video game distributor THQ: Pentagon and CIA enlist video games: Simulations developed for training and recruitment: photo of THQ army game at right: J Msnbc 2031000 2031209.Widec

“Full Spectrum Warrior” was created through the Institute for Creative Technologies in Marina Del Ray, Calif., a $45 million endeavor formed by the Army five years ago to connect academics with local entertainment and video game industries. The institute subcontracted game development work to Los Angeles-based Pandemic Studios.

The institute’s other training program, “Full Spectrum Command,” was released for military use in February...... The game the Institute for Creative Technologies has been working on with the CIA for about a year — at a cost of several million dollars — will let agency analysts assume the role of terror cell leaders, cell members and operatives.

“Our analysts would be accustomed to looking at the world from the perspective of the terrorists we are chasing, and learn to expect the unexpected,” CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said.

RECRUITMENT TOOL: Training aside, video games are increasingly viewed by top brass as a way to get teenagers interested in enlisting.

Yikes.

Antiwar bits: Raimondo hits back against Wall Street Journal squares who try to frame the upcoming AIPAC trial as an antisemitic exercise. Former CIA dude Philip Giraldi sez Democrats Earn Their Stripes in the War Party. Also The Waste of War and Kudos to Pelosi for Visiting Syria. The Ravings of James Woolsey. James Petras: Bush AIPAC and Palestine: The Political Economy of a Disaster. Uri Avnery: Condi in the Middle East.

More bits: Ridiculous White House spin about Pelosi in Syria. You Make Peace With Your Enemies, The Sadness of American Foreign Policy.

 Images 2007 C CnpThe Council For National Policy: the Council on Foreign Relations for fundamentalist lunatics! Check it out on DailyKos, Wikipedia, and a really lengthy two-part and rather oddly conspiratorial view of what the hell they are up to. The Deep Politics of God: The CNP, Dominionism, and the Ted Haggard Scandal, part 1 and two. While there is a ton of conspiracy fluff here, I found interesting the parts about a kind of eschaton-immanentizing neo-Gnosticism that underpins Christian Dominionism's claims to initiate the Kingdom of Christ on earth through political action on the Temporal Plane is really anti-Christian and crazy.

At the Manchester United/Roma game, Police escalation sparks soccer riots, not rival fans! Is corn safe these days, or adulterated?

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Protesters try to arrest Karl Rove at American University! Bravo. Wapo on it.

Internal Crisis strikes Israel / Some of those leftists say the Palestinians lost a lot of land. What are they talking about? Bet you never saw this map before...

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Naah... Continuing the last post, A bit more about Oded Yinon's schemes to break up the Arab states into mini-statelets. Is the US implementing this? A bit last year on it in Counterpunch. Neocon David Frum rambles on about how awesome Jewish espionage is.

The Israeli ambassador to El Salvador was recently found bound and gagged wearing sex toys down in Central America! In other random news, Russian-Israeli mobster-billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak was indicted by the French for selling nearly $800 million in arms to Angola's president during the civil war there. However Gaydamak is also starting an Israeli political party, the Tzedek Hevrati (Social justice) party. A poll indicated the Gaydamak-led party would receive 14 Knesset seats, drawing the vote of Haredim after Gaydamak has spend a good bit of cash there. This would skim off Shas' Knesset share to 10 seats, according to the poll, and Kadima would only get 11, Labor 14, and worst of all, Likud 27. The extreme right in NRP gets 10, and Yisrael Beitenu 7. Looks horrible!

With many recent indictments and resignations around the top of the government (including a Presidential sex scandal and the Chief of Staff's foolish Lebanon misconduct), this article by Dror Wahrman asks if Israel is falling apart internally:

Do these events really presage the collapse of the Israeli system of governance and democracy? There certainly has never been such a deep crisis of leadership in the country that touts itself as the only democracy in the Middle East. The leader of the ruling parliamentary coalition, Avigdor Yitzhaki, said so publicly a few days ago. And the Minister of Education has suggested that all schools devote special classes to the “government crisis”, so that children can speak out about what might well seem to them like a total collapse of all systems that control their lives. Suddenly the Palestinians and the Hizbullah, and even Iranian nukes, have taken a back seat: Israel does indeed seem in danger of imploding from within, at least as a viable democracy.

......The infinite variety of devices through which Israel has condoned and often actively encouraged the breaking of the rules in its drive to expropriate Palestinian occupied land against both Israeli and international law has been documented not only by journalists, scholars and observers on the left: it was also the subject of a thick government judicial document, known as the “Sasson Report,” which created something of a furore when it was handed to prime minister Ariel Sharon in March 2005. Within months, however, the Sasson Report joined the mounting pile of legal and normative documents that have been effortlessly side-stepped by the settlers and their supporters in multiple branches of the government. It was only a matter of time, inevitably, before the lawlessness of the occupied territories – and their support networks throughout the Israeli state apparatus – began infecting Israel proper.

.......So if Sharon’s reign was the epitome of success for the activism of both 1948 and 1967, the reign of his successors has been the time of collapse and of reckoning. With Sharon’s departure Israel has been left with a weak cadre of second-rate politicians, who seem even more puny in the shadow of Sharon’s towering figure and tragic exit. The corrupt practices are all there, but no higher motives can be claimed for them, and no protection from public outrage can be afforded to their perpetrators. They are simply as petty and ugly as they look. Even when Dan Chaluz, the Army Chief of Staff, resigned for reasons ostensibly linked to the failed war in Lebanon, the one act of his that will be remembered with particular public disgust is that even as he ordered the bombing of Southern Lebanon on the 12th of July 2006, he paused to instruct his stock broker to sell his portfolio; a callous, greedy mistake Sharon would never have committed.

This article also places the shady Gaydamak's public image in context. Also: Benny Morris: From Israeli ‘New Historian’ to Hardline Rightist on the leftist Tikkun Olam blog. Many of these links come from the xymphora blog, which has a lot of stuff I don't agree with (including some generalizations I find offensive), but is still interesting with some good leads.

Bolvian resistance pays off, spreading discord and native unity in South America: Check out Oil, Water and Resistance in Bolivia: The Price of Fire!

Iraq Slog: The Under-reported story of millions of Iraqi refugees. How much can Syria and Jordan handle? More on McCain shadiness. From the Guardian: In Iraq, public anger is at last translating into unity:

The success of the occupation's divide-and-rule tactics and their insistence on basing the new political and military structures on sects, religions, and ethnicities is threatening the communal cohesion that was once the country's hallmark. This is a factor in the absence of a united movement, capable of leading the struggle to end the occupation. The occupation has sown divisions where there were none and transformed existing differences into open warfare.

And is it any wonder that the long-suffering Iraqi people find themselves at an impasse. Try catching your breath after decades of brutal dictatorship, 13 years of economic sanctions and four years of an obscene war.

But even in the absence of a unified anti-occupation front, the resistance of the Iraqi people has managed to thwart the world's greatest military empire. And there are signs of a mass rejection of these sectarian forces, and the possibility that public anger will translate into the very unity that is so desperately needed. Rage against corruption and the collapse of public services is sweeping the country, including Kurdistan. Similarly, the proposed corporate occupation of Iraq, disguised as a legal document to tie the country to the oil companies for decades to come, has reminded the population of one of the main reasons for the US-led invasion. It has also reminded them what a self-respecting, sovereign Iraq looked like in 1961, when the government nationalised Iraq's lands for future oil production.

Agent Provocateur accusations against U.S. in sparking sectarian conflict: There were a couple weird stories about random Iraqis getting set up as "suicide bombers" by the U.S. It's an odd tale but interesting from the odd and kind of inscrutable site Roads to Iraq. (I would be more impressed if they got rid of the Wordpress default theme!) Also: Robert Fisk in Egypt: The US and the West want to divide you, invade you and control your oil! How about that! Here is more accusing the U.S. of agent provocateur bombings in Iraq to incite sectarian conflict. Also "The Provocateur State: Is the CIA Behind the Iraqi "Insurgents"--and Global Terrorism?" by Frank Morales and this collection of articles.

Central/South America bits: Check out NarcoNews including stuff on Oaxaca, Low-intensity war in Chiapas, the Return of La Otra ("the other"). Fidel Castro rambles on about Ethanol.

Sibel Edmonds bit on FISA: NarcoSphere had info about the Sibel Edmonds case recently published and ignored by the media - check the comments:

Edmonds’ complaint included allegations of illegal activities by Turkish organizations and their agents in the United States, and the involvement of certain elected and appointed U.S. officials in the Department of State, Pentagon, and the U.S. Congress in these activities. In its September 2005 issue, Vanity Fair ran a comprehensive piece on Edmonds’ case by reporter David Rose, in which several former and current congressional and Justice Department officials identified former House Speaker Dennis Hastert as being involved in illegal activities with the Turkish organizations and personnel targeted in FBI investigations. In addition, Rose reported: “…much of what Edmonds reportedly heard seemed to concern not state espionage but criminal activity. There was talk, she told investigators, of laundering the profits of large-scale drug deals and of selling classified military technologies to the highest bidder.” In January 2005, DOJ-OIG released an unclassified summary of its investigation into Edmonds' termination. The report concluded that Edmonds was fired for reporting serious security breaches and misconduct in the agency's translation program, and that many of her allegations were supported by convincing evidence.

Another Former Veteran FBI Counterintelligence and Espionage Specialist at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC also filed similar reports with DOJ-OIG and several congressional offices regarding violations of FISA implementation and the covering up of several espionage cases involving FBI Language Specialists and public corruption cases by the Bureau. The cases reported by this whistleblower corroborate those reported by SA Graham and Sibel Edmonds. In an interview with NSWBC investigators the former FBI Specialist, who wished to remain anonymous, stated: “…you are looking at covering up massive public corruption and espionage cases; to top that off you have major violations of FISA by the FBI Washington Field Office and HQ targeting these cases. Everyone involved has motive to cover up these reports and prevent investigation and public disclosure. No wonder they invoked the state secrets privilege in Edmonds’ case.”

William Weaver, NSWBC Senior Advisor noted that: ”These abuses of power are precisely why we must pay attention to whistleblowers. Preservation of the balance of powers between the branches of government increasingly relies on information provided by whistleblowers, especially in the face of aggressive and expanding executive power. Through illegal surveillance members of Congress and other officials may be controlled by the executive branch, thereby dissolving the matrix of our democracy. The abuse of two powers of secrecy, FISA and the state secrets privilege, are working hand in hand to subvert the Constitution. In an abominably perverse arrangement, the abuse of FISA is being covered up by abuse of the state secrets privilege. Only whistleblowers and the congressional and judicial oversight their revelations spawn can bring our system back into balance.”

See also the ACLU on the case - but its old.

Late Breaking: Upcoming Texas Youth Commission Rove-sparked pedophilia scandal promises to kill off Gonzales??!!

"The U.S. attorney's office in Texas actually prepared indictments in this case," Angle told WND. "But when the word came from Washington, that's when [Asst. U.S. Attorney] Baumann wrote his letter declining prosecution. Sutton's office dropped the matter on the desk of the local district attorney, but nobody from [U.S. Attorney] Sutton's office said 'if you can’t go on this case, we'll help you out.'"

Embattled AG now accused in teen sex scandal 'cover-up': Attorney General Gonzales among officials who allegedly ignored abuse of minor boys

March 25, 2007 By Jerome R. Corsi WorldNetDaily.com [ A decidedly rightwing site!]

"Although it is apparent that many students were retained at West Texas State School long after their initial release date, it would be difficult to prove that either Mr. Brookins or Mr. Hernandez prevented their release."

--Assistant U.S. Attorney General Baumann Declines to Prosecute the Case. Another fine moment for DOJ.

Texas youth corrections board steps down, HOUSTON, March 17 (UPI) --

The six-member governing board of the Texas Youth Commission has resigned in unison amid reports of coverup of sexual abuse in state detention centers.

Texas lawmakers learned that a convicted sex offender was working as a guard at one of the juvenile centers and that an official, who has since resigned, was under suspicion of molesting youthful inmates and was living with a 16-year-old boy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Dallas Morning News, along with the Texas Observer Web site, reported last month that an investigation by the Texas Rangers found that "top officials at a juvenile center had molested youths in their custody." The parties under a cloud of suspicion were allowed to resign and have not been charged with any crimes.

The Texas Youth Commission houses around 2,700 violent or chronically delinquent inmates whose ages range from 10 to 20 years. Riots are de rigueur in the system and the staff turns over one-out-of-two employees every year, the LA Times said.

Lawmakers are finding a hornet's nest of allegations of sexual abuse and violence after years of complaints by parents.

ttexas youth commissionOnce in a while you hear the kind of story that basically sounds like a parody. Then again, Abu Ghraib appeared to be some sort of hellish satire, and perhaps Texas youth detention facilities are no different.

Police sent to 22 Texas youth prisons By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press Writer MARCH 6

Police were sent to 22 Texas Youth Commission facilities and the agency headquarters Tuesday to investigate claims that young inmates were sexually abused and that agency officials covered it up. Jay Kimbrough, appointed by the governor to look into the allegations at a West Texas youth prison, said the officers would conduct interviews at the prisons and halfway houses, secure equipment and collect documents if necessary.

He also issued a warning to agency employees. "If you are part of this gig, you need to move on or we're going to find you and prosecute you," Kimbrough said. The Texas Youth Commission houses offenders ages 10 to 21 who are considered the most dangerous, incorrigible or chronic. Its new board of directors chairman pledged Tuesday that the agency would cooperate with the investigations. "I'd like to assure everyone that the board is very, very interested in a new direction of the Texas Youth Commission," Don Bethel said. "We are going to cooperate with everyone."

Late last month, state lawmakers questioned agency staff about an investigation in 2005 that had found evidence that high-ranking officials at the West Texas State School in Pyote had repeated sexual contact with some of the 250 boys and young men housed there. An internal investigation found prison staff members had complained about the abuse to their supervisors but that no one took action for more than a year.

The Texas Senate asked Republican Gov. Rick Perry last week to fire the board and take over the troubled agency. Perry instead demoted the board's chairman and appointed Kimbrough, his former deputy chief of staff, as a special master to conduct an independent investigation. He also ordered the agency's acting executive director to design and implement a rehabilitation plan. The recently appointed acting executive director, Ed Owens, said the agency will have a "zero tolerance policy of any type of mistreatment of youth."

If true, it's really a grim vision. So we should hope it ain't so. But if it's true, it's going to be a damn media frenzy. I have heard this from a left-wing blogger, the right-wing news, and an item each in UPI and AP over March. So that is the major compass points, and they seem to overlap a general scenario. Basically as it appears right now:

In a nutshell:

1. The Department of Justice under Gonzales declined prosecution of administrators in Texas Youth Commission-governed facilities with detained teenage boys.

2. Administrators (the head of security and principal of one facility, in this case) were basically forcing themselves on the teen inmates.

3. The entire governing board of the Texas Youth Commission resigned a couple weeks ago. And all the facilities got searched by the Texas Rangers earlier.

4. The stuff that DOJ's lawyer wrote to dismiss pressing the case was truly creepy and NAMBLA-worthy.

5. Gonzalez was Bush's personal fixer for various things as Governor.

6. Creepy stuff has been going at these places forever. More or less. When Bush was Gov. How could it not?

7. There have been other Bush-family episodes of exploited young boys showing up in weird places (the Franklin scandal and the 1980s era callboys touring the White House at midnight)

8. Finally. No one has yet explained how disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley interfered with federal investigations, when he was chair of committee focused on exploited children, where he would have been reading the FBI top-level material. etc. Possible: The Mark Foley episode last year did not expose a broader network of sexual exploitation that Foley was covering up. A network deep in the Government, Etc.

Alright let's get briefly into the media items.

Texas youth prison scandal worsens DALLAS, March 7 (UPI) --

More than 105 pages of documents alleging sexual abuse by Texas Youth Commission staff have been provided to The Dallas Morning News.

Investigators are canvassing the state to examine more than 750 allegations of sexual misconduct committed by corrections officers and other employees dating to January 2000.

The paper said on Tuesday no TYC employee has done time for sexual abuse "committed on the job." More charges are expected. Sexual abuse of an inmate by a TYC employee is a felony. The paper says it is rarely prosecuted.

Inmate Joseph Galloway described an incident at Giddings State School where a guard placed Galloway in a cell with a stronger inmate. Galloway submitted to sodomy, telling the paper, "I couldn't fight him anymore."

Complaints include one inmate who reportedly became pregnant after sex with a staff member and guards trading tobacco for sex. In February, the paper disclosed that agency officials ignored warnings about sexual abuse at Giddings. The legislature and Gov. Rick Perry have committed to a "management overhaul" of the commission.

The TYC houses in 13 facilities more than 4,000 male and female prisoners, ages 10 to 21, who are considered the state's most violent or incorrigible.

Ok So there's some fire. I'm gonna just post a couple more fragments of big stories you should look at if you are interested in this.

It's just so fucking bureaucratic. That's what's scary here.

I recently heard the term "desk murderer" in reference to evil bureaucrats. It's hard to believe Baumann doesn't meet that kind of cold standard. Back to Jerome Corsi's article in WorldNetDaily, our rightwing source:

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