The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan wiped out references to his broken term-limits pledge as well as information about his huge campaign war chest in an independent biography of the Lowell Democrat on a Web site that bills itself as the "world's largest encyclopedia," The Sun has learned.
The Meehan alterations on Wikipedia.com represent just two of more than 1,000 changes made by congressional staffers at the U.S. House of Representatives in the past six month. Wikipedia is a global reference that relies on its Internet users to add credible information to entries on millions of topics. Read More
Jan 31, 2006
Jan 30, 2006
Feith and Friends are spooky deep story characters we try to keep tabs on from time to time.
Raw Story posted the following:
As previously reported by Raw Story, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) inquiry -- titled Phase II -- is waiting on a report from the Pentagon inspector general as to Feith's alleged role in manipulating pre-war intelligence to support a case for war. Feith, who is also being probed by the FBI for his role in an Israeli spy case, resigned in January 2005. Read More
...ever believe you'd live to see the day when Palestinians burned Scandinavian flags? Hej Kids of Gaza, beyond Norway, Denmark, and Sweden...well, there just ain't that many caucasian nation states left that are friendly to your causes and peoples.
But maybe that's the point. Something's PsyOpy in the state of Denmark.
Catch some unique flag burning on WebTV
Jan 29, 2006
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has allegedly decreed late Sunday evening that Danes and Swedes have 72 hours to get the fuck out of Dodge. They're passing out flyers in Gaza to that effect.
It's also being claimed from another cozy corner of the Israeli bantustan of Gaza that Islamic Jihad has announced that Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians have but 48 hours to pack up their meatballs and run.
Local chaos broke out in Denmark after the Danish rag Jyllands-Posten posted some inflammatory pictures of a certain muslim prophet late last year. A good many Danish muslims took heated offence and the game was on.
Now the controversy has seeped into Gaza. Previous Middle East reaction to the defamatory caricatures saw the launch of a boycott against the Swedish and Danish dairy cooperative Arla that conducts a significant portion of their biz in the general region.
Arla is now completely locked out of the entire region due to reactions to the illustrations. Arla is clamouring for the Danish government to make conciliatory statements to get the company back into the money (The boycott is slashing into Arla's revenues by about a million smackaroos/day).
The poor poor Swedes are getting corralled and prodded together with the Danes. All blondes look the same to me too but these Scandinavians can ramble on till meads end about all that differentiates them from one another.
Here's a link to a confused right wing Danish blog that nonetheless captures sentiments and interpretations of the unfolding story that don't exactly deviate much from your average ass-scratching Dane's perception of matters.
Danes are often seen as a more laid back version of Swedes. Danes also have the highest consumption of Benzodiazepines in Europe. They are also rather unabashedly rascist (...that means it only takes 2 Tuborgs to hustle their spooky theorems on race out of them).
They love to make a big deal about the Danish resistance during German occupation. At last count I believe the reality of their proud resistance numbered somewhere in the dozens (...that means an insignificant multiple of 12).
Perhaps occupation is not the most appropriate word for their flirt with The Reich.
Nonetheless, Copenhagen is pleasure city and the sun shines more in Faelledparken than on Key Biscayne. And the girls, oh the girls...
Jan 28, 2006
Jan 27, 2006
Somebody has to do our dirty work. Life Cereal had their bin Mikey. Some in our intelligence communities had their bin Laden.
The idea of a useful freak is old news too many - but still seemingly incredulous to most.
Excerpts from a recent interview with Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., Lt. Col. USAF
The intellectual fathers of neoconservatism—what shapes their approach internationally—are the Bolsheviks. International revolution, international change—radical change, global revolution. And these same terms, these same ideas—of international change, revolution, transformation—these are the words of Michael Ledeen and some of the other articulators of neoconservatism. And the actual people, and they’re not ashamed to really say this, but guys like Irving Crystal and other intellectuals of the 30s had actually been Bolsheviks.
....during the Reagan era, the ‘Cold War’ was their vehicle for credibility—this evil enemy that we must face, or else the end of
the world is coming. They cannot work without this global enemy, almost a kind of class warfare. You can’t just have a mere enemy; it has to be a monstrous enemy, something that can destroy us. They’ve found that in, or rather cultivated it, in what is called ‘Islamic Fascism.’ Unfortunately this doesn’t exist. No one advocates it. No one articulates it. In the 1930s, Hitler had fascism and he talked about it. Islamic Fascism is a made up thing. . But it doesn’t matter: what matters is that it’s useful in generating fear, and serves that same larger purpose—providing a platform from which to operate.
The whole idea with Iraq was to destroy Iraq. It was not to rebuild it, turn it into a democracy. It was simply to take a country that had no navy, no airforce, and a very small—you know—fourth rate army and turn it into a country with no navy, no airforce, and no army. We did this...
Read the entire interview at DJI's website
Dr. Kwiatkowski presently teaches at James Madison University, and writes regularly for MilitaryWeek.com
Jan 26, 2006
Jan 24, 2006
I was trying to write this one myself in under 15 minutes when I found a huge favour done by the Huffington Post and The New Republic Online.
Nineteen eighty-six marked the height of Dolph Lundgren's powers. Following his triumphant portrayal of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, Hollywood pundits touted Lundgren as the Swedish Schwarzenegger. With his girlfriend, the flat-topped Jamaican actress Grace Jones, he formed a muscle-bound glamour couple that paparazzi could hardly resist. Therefore, it made little sense that Lundgren would follow a rookie producer into a small African kingdom to make a B-movie called Red Scorpion.Read More of The NRO article at The Huffington Post.
Meatball Factoid. Last year Dolph Lundgren and wife were rated #54 on a tabloid list of most desirable guests at velvet rope hotspots in Stockholm.
As reported earlier, the Russians held their first joint military exercise with the Swedes on Swedish territory today. Of course this is all about conjuring up a modicum of expressed empathy for Russian sensitivities to the fact that the Swedes have for all intents and purposes abandoned any semblance of own military defence and sought all but publicly admitted protection by NATO.
Still neurotically claiming to be non-aligned in peace with the intent of remaining neutral in war the Swedes are trying their darnest to unruffle at least a few Ruskie feathers by feigning even-handed ways through their hosting of Russians for war games.
However in their rush to coo the Russians they've managed to commit a public relations disaster for their lingering and self-proclaimed titel as the consciousness of the free world. Of all the units in all of Russia, they just had to pick the notorious 138th Rifle Brigade to play tag with in the Swedish winter wonderland.
Now get this... the Swedish minister of defence is today blaming her own military for not informing her about the specific niceties of the Russian guests chosen to visit.
Col. Boris Podoprigora finds northern Sweden to be the wrong forum to discuss atrocities that occured under his command in Chechnya.
It wasn't that long ago various European governments were feigning indignation over CIA rendition activities on their sovereign territories. Of course Swedish Meatballs Confidential had to call these Eurowhiners and their faux self-righteous ways out.
For once we agreed with what we weaned to be the essence of her speech at Andrews last December as Condy admonished the Euromeatballs to "...shut the fuck up and sit down cuz we have the goods on you duplicitous electorate-pandering Eurofreak freeloaders."
Now, the Council of Europe concludes that indeed, '...it is highly unlikely that European governments, or at least their intelligence services, were unaware of the ''rendition'' of more than a hundred persons affecting Europe'.
Hate to be the Meatball that says, "Don't fuck with a Klingon named Condy"
Jan 21, 2006
Much has been written in recent months about the role of wild birds in spreading the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus. But there is a distinct lack of evidence to support these assertions.Read More at Birdlife International
"The case against wild birds looks flimsy indeed. Few would disagree that better biosecurity is the key to halting the disease's spread." —Dr Richard Thomas, BirdLife International
Jan 20, 2006
For more than 18 years, Russ Tice worked on some of the most secretive, covert intelligence programs operated by the U.S. government. Now the 43-year-old former intelligence officer says he wants to "spill [his] guts" to Congress Read More at GovExec.com
Also, read the NSA's congratulatory letter to Tice. (pdf)
Hat tip to EFFWIT
Jan 19, 2006
In a 1996 Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies paper prepared for Binyamin Netanyahu, the authors---including Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, now, respectively, chair of the Defense Policy Board and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy---advised Israel to "shape its strategic environment by weakening, containing and even rolling back Syria," and to "focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq--an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right. Read More at The Nation
If they were to do real investigations we would see several significant high level criminal prosecutions in this country. And that is something that they are not going to let out. And, believe me; they will do everything to cover this up.-Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator
Read More at Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel
The Memory Hole
Sibel's Home Page
The Swedish government is taking flak from the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights for allowing the army to take part in joint exercises with the Russian army's 138th Motorized Rifle Brigade, which according to the human rights group is guilty of naughty human rights abuses in Chechnya.
In "Operation Snowflake" Swedish and Russian troops will be working hand in dick together in exercises of a "peacekeeping" nature on Swedish territory according to Swedish military spokesfolks. However Russian defence minister Sergej Ivanov has referred to the exercises as "training for fighting terrorism" – a Russian euphemism for the war in Chechnya.
What an excellent opportunity for the Ruskies to cross-brand their product and achieve a notch of legitimacy for the abuses and war crimes of their infamous 138th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Chechnya.
Swedish foreign minister Laila Freivalds and minister of defence erosion Leni Björklund think that the brigade's participation in Operation Snowflake is a jolly good opportunity for the battle-scarred 138th to learn a thing or two about Swedish style co-determination throughout the ranks of enlisted chaps and how Swedes follow humanitarian guidelines in combat. (Swedes have been in combat?!) I think we all know who will be teaching who what.
The Russian human rights watchdog Memorial has collected plenty of goods on the 138th's track record including summary executions, rape, chopping off of captives' limbs, and other tricks of the counter insurgency trade that the Swedes don't even have words for in their blue eyed vocabulary.
The Swedes are often referred to as the 51st state in the union and this for good reason. If the Meatballs have decimated their own armed forces and deep-liaisoned their anorectic remnants with both the Ruskies and Yanks then you know ponderously deep shit is stirring. The Swedish military establishment is in impotent revolt with little leverage left with which to do anything about their state of wasting cachexia. Strange bedfellows in strange times for even stranger threat scenarios of which we are told next to nothing despite the incessant flap about this so-called War on Terror.
Jan 18, 2006
BTW, has GWB ever succeeded at anything other than the initial suiting up for various hand-me-down rolls?
You just gotta know Iran will be another in a long list of fcuk ups for this faux-cowboy of a failed son.
(Cowboys don't do coke - Book of Meatballs 23:2)
An official assessment drawn up by the US foreign aid agency depicts the security situation in Iraq as dire, amounting to a "social breakdown" in which criminals have "almost free rein".
Read More at The Guardian
Jan 17, 2006
Pope John Paul II's would be assassin Mehmet Ali Agca asked to be freed from prison to travel to Afghanistan, infiltrate bin Laden's network and subsequently whack the West's archetypal villain.
The Turkish newspaper The Hurriyet printed what is purported to be Agca's handwritten letters to the head of Turkish Intelligence making his sociopathic request (yeah, yeah...asocial request).
Perhaps worth noting is Agca's association with NATO's stay-behind operation Operation Gladio. NATO had a similar cold war stay-behind apparatus in Sweden. Of course it's existence was hypersecret as Sweden claimed to be non-aligned in times of relative peace and crossed their hearts and hoped to die if they weren't completely neutral come times of war.
Ironically, the only folks fooled by such noble declarations were the Swedes themselves. The Soviets knew exactly what was up and had understandably targeted several of their city-busting nuclear warheads at Sweden...and all this while the Swedes rested secure in the knowledge that their non-aligned stance would reasonably spare them from being pulled into a nuclear nightmare. Oh those blue-eyed Meatballs.
Jan 15, 2006
Anti-leak policy enacted at Pentagon before and after 9-11. According to a senior Pentagon official, the Pentagon issued a strict anti-leak policy to Pentagon employees prior to and just after 9-11. The order was particularly emphasized to Air Force employees at the Pentagon.
Read More at WMR (Jan 15, 2006)
Furious cabinet revolt as Blair gives green light for security services to spy on elected representatives.
Read More at The Indepenent
This time around as we Shock & Awe the bejesus outta Iran, a better job must simply be done of shutting up those pesky and conscientious Members Of Parliament who leak like laughing old ladies.
We must acquire actionable heads up on any Downing Street memos, empathetic ears at the BBC, or babbling Galloways. House shall be spring cleaned for our Persian purposes. Jawohl!
Jan 14, 2006
President George W. Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits deployment of U.S. troops on American streets. This would give him absolute dictatorial power over the government with no checks and balances.
The White House press office would neither confirm nor deny existence of Bush’s executive orders or the existence of the Northern Command for National Defense. Neither would the Department of Homeland Security.
But my sources within the White House and DHS tell me the plans are in place, ready for implementation when the command comes from the man who keeps telling the American public that he is a “war time president” who will “do anything in my power” to impose his will on the people of the United States.
Read More of Doug Thompson's Rant at Capitol Hill Blue
Jan 13, 2006
Still, one thing that appears to be indisputable is that the NSA surveillance began well before 9/11 and months before President Bush claims Congress gave him the power to use military force against terrorist threats, which Bush says is why he believed he had the legal right to bypass the judicial process.
According to the online magazine Slate, an unnamed official in the telecom industry said NSA's "efforts to obtain call details go back to early 2001, predating the 9/11 attacks and the president's now celebrated secret executive order. The source reports that the NSA approached U.S. carriers and asked for their cooperation in a 'data-mining' operation, which might eventually cull 'millions' of individual calls and e-mails."
Read More of Jason Leopold's article. Jason spent two years covering California's electricity crisis as Los Angeles bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires.
Jan 12, 2006
Read more of Ahmed Rashid's excellent article at the BBC.
Are Nato troops really prepared to move beyond peace-keeping duties and take on a combat role in a region which is the hotbed of Taleban activity?
Is Nato going to be more than just the proverbial cleaner who arrives after the battle to clear up the mess and keep the peace in a failed state?
The Netherlands, which had promised 1,000 troops, hesitated for months before agreeing to the deployment, while it took weeks of cajoling to get Denmark and Sweden to come up with a few hundred extra troops.
In 1985 Norwegian superspy Arne Treholt was convicted of running errands for Iraq and the Soviet Union. His moonlighting stints landed him a 20 year sentence. He swung a pardon in 1992 and has more or less taken up permanent residency on Cyprus since then. Mr. Treholt has subsequently been engaged in various post-pardon Russian investment activities.
In 1997 Arne Traitor became CEO of FMC Securities which operates out of his off-shore Cypriotic isle of refuge. Russian Federation First Mercantile Fund is FMC's main fund and invests primarily in publicly traded Russian companies. The fund handsomely beat the Russian bourse index last year with an 80 % return. Good work traitor fcuk!
Treholt projects major growth in the Russian retail market for 2006 and cites IKEA's aggressive expansion in Russia as an indicator of such trends. Treholt says the Rusky's IT market promises tremendous growth given the abundant domestic supply of mathematicians and programmers.
Jan 11, 2006
Swedish bourse and capital markets move in near tandem with their
A couple of Macro-dudes outta HSBC just published a study entitled Interest Sting.
They claim that near half of the U.S. housing market is in the Bubble Zone and that this zone's overvaluation is in the range of 50 % of U.S. GNP - or 6000 Billion USD if you like your bubbles expressed in such a manner.
That would roughly correlate in size to the value of the
Jan 10, 2006
Spotfire has developed some nifty visualization software for data mining olive-hued terrorists and journalists alike into crying Uncle. And to think the incurable bozos at Newsweek still have a penchant for labelling Sweden a socialist state? Dumb fcuks do appear to remain...dumb fcuks.
Jan 9, 2006
....the Jordanian parliament approved two new security laws over the weekend. One of them would shield US citizens from war crimes
prosecution in the International Criminal Court, and the other is aimed at fighting terrorist financing.
But it was the ICC waiver that provoked the most heated debate, the network reports, with many opposition MPs saying the only reason that Jordan signed it was that the US threatened to withhold aid if Jordan didn't support the US position. The Bush administration is vehemently opposed to the ICC. Read More at CSMonitor
The Office of Net Assessment's Pentagon defence adviser Andrew 'Yoda' Marshall commissioned a secret study, the results of which were suppressed by U.S. defence chiefs until the Observer obtained a copy last year.
The story slipped beneath the radar of stateside major media. It projects that in the next 20 years Swedes will be transformed into tattered and frozen refugees crawling southward in search of warmer climes.
Sweden pursued autonomous development of a post WW2 'black budget' nuclear deterrent until costs were found to be too exhorbitant for the country's population of 8 million to cloak and ultimately bankroll.
Aircraft 37 Viggen was developed in parallel as a delivery platform for Swedish nukes destined for Soviet targets. The home grown Swedish nuke program was eventually choked in favor of the continued and ambitious development of the multi-roll Viggen fighter aircraft.
Viggen's American contemporary in the R&D pipeline at that time was the American F111. Intensive ground breaking work was undertaken in the field of avionics for these planes and Sweden was eventually squeezed into contracting U.S. assistance to solve troubles with Viggen's navigational systems.
The U.S. wasted little time in exploiting Swedish vulnerabilities and offered the Swedes avionics assistance in exchange for...the U.S military's covert access to Swedish health care records (epidemiological data).
The beauty of this access pertains to the fact that Sweden has a universal health care system so any health care event can be discerned by interested trackers. I say no more. The exchange remains covert and active to this day.
The U.S. military has an illustrious recent history of conducting covert scale experiments on major U.S. populations centers. How convenient then with the addition of a Swedish petri dish with all its novelties.
Jan 6, 2006
Rice said she hoped "diplomacy has not been exhausted," but added that it was "becoming clearer" Iranians are not accepting a diplomatic compromise that constrains their nuclear ambitions. Read More at Reuters
Now we are but moments away from Bolton entering stage left in his tutu. Hey, the choreography of this dog and pony show ain't new. See you in Iran for Harvey Wallbangers in June.
Jan 5, 2006
Swedish major media has been thoroughly media mapped into U.S. submission through the diligent efforts of a handfull of eager beaver analysts. Such mischief was once part of the grind of Meatball One's formative years.
On November 21st last year, Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviewed investigative journalist James Bamford. He had just published an interesting piece on the roll of media mapping, John Rendon, and the Iraq war in Rolling Stone Magazine. Bamford's story shouldn't be missed cuz it accurately enough sketches how part of the real world chugs along on a rather mundane basis beyond the talking head mantras of shining beacons and vast parking lots of democracy. Heck Gomer, that shit's for the cretin majority of the electorate who are proud to believe in (and understand!) a Forrest Gump unified theory of world affairs.
Watch the interview with James Bamford