Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Voice of the White House

Washington, D.C., January 21, 2007: “There was quite a flap some months ago about the NSA snooping on Americans without legal warrant. The Bush people claim it was ‘ecessar’ because of their phoney ‘War on Terrorism.’ Interesting to note that this fascistic snooping started well before 9/11 and was part of the Bush/Rove program to intimidate voters as well as to destroy their perceived enemies. I will quote below from a lawsuit against various American telephone companies and will include the important part of the complaint that shows what we have been dealing with.

I should also observe that a number of popular search engines have agreements with the government whereby individuals wishing to look up information on subjects the government has arbitrarily decided are dangerous have their requests automatically forwarded to the competent agency by the cheerfully cooperative internet service. There exists a good deal of highly damaging information on this and in the future, I will dig out specific services and stick knives into them. I mean they could spy on me as well as you and I don’t like that at all. It is a good idea to understand that what with fake “credit agencies,” “search engines” and so on, we have no more privacy.

The DHS can, and does, go into banks, (in California they go to the Bank of America who is always cooperative) and open customer’s safe deposit boxes and poke around. Oddly enough, gold coins, cash and drugs have vanished from these boxes. Where ever does it go? To the Salvation Army? Would honorable, highly intelligent and very moral federal agents actually steal? Is there a cow in Texas? Is the Pope Catholic? “

Mayer v. Verizon et al, Southern District of New York, Docket No. 16, filed June 23, 2006, entered June 27, 2006:

Defendant ATT's Construction of a Call Monitoring Center for the Exclusive Use of the NSA. (excerpted)


81. Within eleven (11) days of the onset of the Bush administration, and at least seven (7) months prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001, defendant ATT began development of a center for monitoring long distance calls and internet transmissions and other digital information for the exclusive use of the NSA. (Emphasis added. Ed.)

82. The center was put into development by ATT following a proposal by the NSA for the construction and development of a network operations center identical to ATT's own network operations center located in Bedminster, New Jersey for the exclusive use of the NSA.

83. The NSA proposal was accepted by the ATT sales division and referred to ATT Solutions, an ATT project development division situated in Florham Park, New Jersey.

84. The NSA proposal sought construction of a duplicate ATT Network Operations Center for the exclusive use of the NSA with the capacity to monitor all calls and internet traffic placed on the ATT long distance network, as well as ATT's wide area, fiber optic, T-1, T-3, T-5 and high speed data networks.

85. Such a data center would also enable the NSA to tap into any call placed on the ATT network and to monitor the contents of all digital information transmitted over the ATT network.

86. The project was described in the ATT sales division documents as calling for the construction of a facility to store and retain data gathered by the NSA from its domestic and foreign intelligence operations but was to be in actuality a duplicate ATT Network Operations Center for the use and possession of the NSA that would give the NSA direct, unlimited, unrestricted and unfettered access to all call information and internet and digital traffic on ATT's long distance networks.

87. Said data center would enable the NSA to tap into any phone line and to monitor any digital transfer of information on ATT's networks including voice telephone calls, facsimile transmission and all internet traffic.

88. Such project was in development not later than February 1, 2001, within eleven (11) days of the onset of the Bush Administration.

89. The NSA program was initially conceived at least one year prior to 2001 but had been called off; it was reinstated within 11 days of the entry into office of defendant George W. Bush.

90. The NSA program was code-named Pioneer-Groundbreaker and was also known at ATT Solutions division as GEMS (Groundbreaker Enterprise System).

91. International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) was one of the parties working with ATT and the NSA to develop the monitoring center and IBM personnel participated in meetings with ATT and NSA officials in the development of the monitoring center.

92. Among the purposes of the Pioneer-Groundbreaker project was the storing and monitoring of all phone call information coming across ATT's networks; by means of this program NSA sought to duplicate all of the phone call information that came across ATT's networks for real time, contemporaneous analysis or, alternately, for downloading and later use by the NSA.

93. The proposed project was to be a storage entity modeled on ATT's network operations center in Bedminster, New Jersey, and would have the capability to monitor all data and traffic that came across ATT lines, including ATT traffic and traffic originating from other carriers that used ATT lines or that sent calls to ATT customers.

94. The NSA was seeking to duplicate the ATT network operations center and sought by means of the Pioneer-Groundbreaker program the ability to monitor all traffic coming across ATT's network.

95. The contact list for the Pioneer-Groundbreaker project consisted of a minimum of 35 ATT employees dedicated in whole or in part to the Pioneer-Groundbreaker program.

96. An ATT Solutions logbook reviewed by counsel confirms the Pioneer-Groundbreaker project start date of February 1, 2001.

97. The ATT Solutions logbook confirms the dates and transmissions of copies of ATT, IBM and NSA e-mails setting forth the existence of the Pioneer-Groundbreaker program; said e-mails remain in the custody, possession and control of ATT, IBM and NSA.

98. Said logbook was maintained pursuant to ATT Solutions policy in the regular course of business by telecom engineers at ATT Solutions.

99. Counsel have been informed of the foregoing information by several informants who had direct knowledge or who have received direct admissions by ATT personnel as to the foregoing facts.

100. ATT has not denied any of the allegations in the media disclosures of May 11, 2006.

101. Accordingly, defendant carrier ATT was engaged in active and knowing participation and conspiracy to violate 18 U.S.C. 2702, et seq., in concert with the United States not later than February 1, 2001. …….

The Green Zone Follies

Baghdad, 20 Jan 07: “Mr. Gates, the new Führer of the DoD, has issued some interesting orders, a copy of which I have seen but not copied as it is classified and intended for the brass. Mr. Gates, at the request of the President, has ordered the Pentagon PR people to cut down “drastically” the death lists they report daily. “Far too many reported deaths are creating a very negative public image,” is the one specific phrase I can quote. Everybody here involved with PR knows that at least 12,000 have died both here and in Afghanistan since 2003. The number of wounded is ca 25,000. Many of these later die (and are not reported on public sites) and many, too many, more are badly maimed for life.

As we understand it here, Bush is going to ship off 50,000 to 100,000 more troops, mostly yanked from the National Guard and Reserve units but in smaller increments so as not to present the irate American public or Congress with a large target all at once. They have no intention of standing down and any senior officer who dares to suggest this gets the sack.

I, personally, witnessed the Camp Falcon destruction. We are here inside the growingly unsafe Green Zone, at least 13 miles from Falcon which is to the south of us were mute witnesses to the disaster last October . Terrible, heavy explosions all night from around midnight until the sun came up. Flames, smoke, and massive blasts made it impossible to sleep. And how did our PR boys handle this? They didn’t. There was an instant blackout which continues to this day. No one “unauthorized” is allowed to go near what is left of the camp and no reports of deaths or injuries (terrible burns on many we all know) are allowed and anyone stupid enough to dig into this gets only one warning. I don’t suppose they know at home that all email messages, incoming and outgoing, go through a choke point and all are read, even intimate family ones. God help the grunt who darers to criticize the collapsing situation here.

Suicides, desertions, homosexual rapes, shooting and bayoneting civilians, including children, soaring drug use and, of course, many daily terrible deaths are verboten. The rag heads are now using shaped charge small rockets that will blast any tank or HUMVEE apart, splattering the human contents across the immediate area. We don’t talk about that, do we? We also do not talk about the growing influx of members of American criminal street gangs who are now here, no doubt with Bush’s gleeful approval (viz his setting up so-called “Contractors” who are nothing more than professional killers) and they are demoralizing, and dealing drugs to, the more innocent young GIs. Nothing to be done about this filth, either.

Now, Gates wants to hint that Iran is supplying these but an unexploded missile picked up by EOD shows it was made in China!

I see in the stateside press that the rumormongers want us to believe we are going to hit Iran “pretty soon.” Not likely. We don’t have the troops but the Israelis stationed here are really pushing for us to do this. If we want real peace in the Mideast, we should “accidentally” nuke Israel (blame it on the French why not?) and then all the militant Muslims would at once shut up and go away.

On the other hand, one of my lunch friends told me this morning that his cousin in the Pentagon tipped him off that the real reason why Bush wants more troops here is to attack Iran with them when he has built up a significant force! We have Israeli intelligence and political people here inside the Green Zone, courtesy of Bush who adores them, and they have been gossiping about a projected attack on Iran (with the U.S. leading the way) The Navy is in the Gulf now and the Air Force is capable of bombing Tehran flat but whether or not the massing of ships and aircraft units in recent weeks is a presage of another suicidal and bloody useless war is not a certainty.

There is always the element of bluff here. Iran won’t budge on their atomic program and Bush goes into a foaming fury when he is crossed by anyone so one view of all these yammering threats is that George wants Iran to collapse and give him a cheap victory to drag around to show the very disillusioned American public like a very dead skunk.

Our intelligence people here know that both Russia and China have been supplying Iran with very sophisticated weaponry that could make terrible hash out of a U.S./Israeli attack but the real worry is that the Iranians might lob some major rocketry right into the Green Zone because all our top brass, and the Israelis too, are all concentrated in one spot. Of course Bush couldn’t care about this any more than he cares about the daily death lists or the thousands of permanently crippled young GIs. For sure he doesn’t care about the tens of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians or that a really bloody civil/religious war is tearing what is left of Iraq to pieces and us with it.

Sending massive naval task forces into the Gulf is pure stupidity because the entire Gulf is well within the range of new Iranian missiles and they could easily bottle the entire fleet up by closing the Straits of Hormuz. A Navy officer here was having a break with me and went over this. Our 6000 man carriers would be picked off like pigs in a pond, as he put it.

The entire Iranian side of the Gulf is very mountainous and in spite of constant overflights by unmanned intelligence drones, no one here knows if there are any rocket batteries and if there are, what they contain. It is suspected that the Russians have built dummy positions to keep our people interested and happy but since it is known that they have our spy satellites’ paths and times of overflights, they can dig, ship in missiles and whatever, unobserved.

I mentioned China. Bush is so dumb that he doesn’t realize that China gets its vital oil from Iran and is not happy with the prospect that the Jews and Bush will try to blow the country up.

Or to be more accurate, the Jews will get us to do their dirty work for them. As usual, and Bush and Cheney will trip all over themselves to accommodate Tel Aviv. “


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