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What Obama's Nominations Mean: The Military Is Being Downsized '... But Covert Operations Are Gearing Up - Washington's Blog

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The CIA Is Taking Over the Dirty Work in Fighting America's WarsObama has nominated a veteran '' not a chickenhawk '' to serve as Secretary of Defense. The Washington Post reports that Chuck Hagel:

'... was deputy director of the Veterans Administration during the Reagan administration and later served as president of the United Service Organizations.

U.S. News and World Report notes:

The Vietnam War veteran and the recipient of the purple heart, Hagel would be the first enlisted soldier in the military to rise to the ranks of defense secretary.

Indeed, while all of the neocon warmongers are chickenhawks who dodged service to their country, many veterans and active-duty service men are opposed to the endless wars, which only weaken our national security and increase terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

No wonder Hagel is more moderate than those who want to start conflagrations all over the world.

U.S. News and World Report continues:

While Hagel is a Republican, his views on foreign policy alarm some of his GOP colleagues. During his time in the Senate, Hagel was verbose in his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he voted against sanctioning Iran on multiple occasions and has suggested Israel should negotiate with Hamas directly. Republicans and Democrats alike worry he's not a strong enough friend to Israel '...

The Washington Post reports:

Last year, Hagel endorsed a report by the advocacy group Global Zero that called for an 80 percent reduction in the U.S. nuclear-weapons arsenal. Such a cut could save $100 billion over 10 years, the group estimated.

On the other hand, Obama's nominee for CIA director '' John Brennan '' endorsed torture, assassination of unidentified strangers without due process, and spying on all Americans. As Glenn Greenwald writes:

Brennan, as a Bush-era CIA official, had expressly endorsed Bush's programs of torture (other than waterboarding) and rendition and also was a vocal advocate of immunizing lawbreaking telecoms for their role in the illegal Bush NSA eavesdropping program.


Obama then appointed him as his top counter-terrorism adviser'.... In that position, Brennan last year got caughtoutright lying when he claimed Obama's drone program caused no civilian deaths in Pakistan over the prior year. He also spouted complete though highly influential falsehoods to the world in the immediate aftermath of the Osama bin Laden killing, including claiming that bin Laden ''engaged in a firefight'' with Navy SEALS and had ''used his wife as a human shield''. Brennan has also been in charge of many of Obama's most controversial and radical policies, including ''signature strikes'' in Yemen '' targeting people without even knowing who they are '' and generally seizing the power to determine who will be marked for execution without any due process, oversight or transparency.

What do these two nominations tell us?

That the Obama administration doesn't plan on fighting as many conventional wars with men in uniform '' soldiers, sailors, pilots and marines '' but does plan to crank up assassinations, drone strikes and other covert operations worldwide.

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CNN lineup changes could push Piers Morgan's show into later-night spot - NYPOST.com

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CNN host Piers Morgan could join the late-night crowd.

The slumping cable news network is considering moving his hour-long interview show from the prized 9 p.m. slot back to 10 p.m. '-- or even later, The Post has learned.

While sources said no decisions have been made, incoming CNN chief Jeff Zucker and his new bosses at Time Warner are focused on boosting ratings in the primetime hours from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

One source said Zucker may look to carve out a role for Morgan when his three-year, $8 million contract expires next year. In 2010, the British journalist was hired to replace the retiring Larry King and help win back viewers from rivals.

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Media boss Jeff Zucker may soon make some big changes at ratings weakling CNN, including moving Piers Morgan (above) to a late-night slot.

''They will keep Piers. He'll be the kind of person Zucker will want to keep. They are not interested in doing a total cleaning of house,'' said one exec familiar with the discussions.

CNN, which is lagging behind Fox and MSNBC in the ratings, is also looking to stop showing repeats of Anderson Cooper's news show. The network has been airing ''AC360'' at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. after the cancellation of Eliot Spitzer's show more than a year ago.

(News Corp. owns Fox and The Post.)

''As for Anderson Cooper, I'd expect he'd no longer keep the 8 p.m. slot and the 10 p.m. slot, and Piers Morgan would be moved out of 9 p.m.,'' said the executive.

Even before the arrival of Zucker, the network had been combing Hollywood talent agencies, touting the possibility of a late-night talk show.

CNN declined to comment. Morgan's agent, John Ferriter, didn't return calls.

A 10 p.m. slot would pit Morgan against Charlie Rose on Bloomberg TV. An even later slot at 11 p.m. would put him in competition with late-night hosts such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel.

Morgan has had to be flexible and cover breaking news, still CNN's bread and butter. He recently did a show on Hurricane Sandy with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.


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Mental health 'reforms' could cast 'blanket dragnet' for gun rights disabilities

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"While the rest of the nation squabbles over how to address the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, we Alabama citizens can unite behind a no-cost change to our laws that all of us should clamor for immediately," Mike Marshal of AL.com wrote in an editorial board opinion piece last Thursday. "Let's reform the way we report involuntary mental health commitment records to the FBI."

The problem, Marshal lamented, is "Our state law governing reporting to the NICS specifies that probate courts must only report cases including testimony from a sworn law enforcement officer. The officer must testify that the patient had a history of inappropriate use of firearms or posed a threat to use them inappropriately. Otherwise, the probate court is forbidden by Alabama law from reporting that case."

In fairness, Marshal does address a key concern expressed by gun rights activists who have seen what should be called "government's mental health loophole" abused.

"We should also create an appeals process for former patients who feel they were wrongly committed or believe they have sufficiently recovered and should be allowed to purchase firearms," he writes. "Such appeals should start at the probate level, with the ability for further remedy in Alabama's circuit courts."

So can we unite behind a proposal he seems so sure 'we' will all clamor for? After all, who wants violent crazies running around with guns?

Perhaps we might also ask who wants violent crazies running around, period. After all, the greatest mass murder in the nation's history was ostensibly enabled by mail room/office tools, the second greatest ostensibly committed with commonly available fuel oil and fertilizer, and the third perpetrated with about a buck's worth of gasoline (albeit at 1990 prices). And like it or not, these atrocities bolster my longstanding contention that anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian, due to the easy and ubiquitous availability of box cutters, farm supplies and matches.

Because that's true, and it is, you know, looking at quick fix kneejerk 'solutions' such as changing state and federal information loop protocols on recorded mental health incidents may not produce any appreciable public safety improvements, and may in fact, endanger not only rights, but people disabled by 'law' who have been denied full due process.

The potential for that has come to a head in recent days with the news about 'well-liked' Vermont math teacher Steven Davis, who, per the New York Daily News, "was briefly hospitalized this week for a mental health evaluation on the recommendation of Bennington police.

"Davis had been discharged from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center," the report informs us, adding he "voluntarily surrendered the Bushmaster AR-15, the same rifle used in the Newtown, Conn. massacre, as well as two high-capacity magazines [and] Police later seized about 500 rounds of ammunition during a search of Davis' home."

His crime? Neighbors saw him walking to his car with a rifle. His behavior was described as "bizarre." He "had recently had recently become disgruntled with his job, posting a series of videos to YouTube in which he criticized the school's administration and union." His wife has left him and filed a restraining order.

But his crime?

"I just felt something was wrong with him," Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette said, reporting on his interactions with Davis, and describing some of his behaviors.

In fairness, it sounds like Chief Doucette has reason to be concerned, and the actions of the police up to this point appear to be focused on making sure the man is not a danger to himself and others. But now, Davis must be afforded due process before infringements on his liberties are extended indefinitely, and that includes all liberties, including his right to keep and bear arms.

To not focus on that before permanently separating him from it would also create a danger to himself and others, all of us, by expanding what colleague and gun rights organizer Russ Howard calls a "mass confiscation by way of blanket dragnet gun rights disability.

"It's a dangerous path that should be studied calmly by congress, not passed in hysterical reaction," Howard declared. "It wouldn't sound so bad if all we did was help make sure people who are actually a danger can't get guns. But the mental health disability path has gone far beyond that into mass confiscation from decent people who are not a threat. By 2008, HR 2640 had already turned over 100,000 returning war veterans into prohibited persons without true due process.

"Veterans who served in wartime were denied constitutional protections that are automatically accorded to the lowest common criminals -- due process, presumption of innocence, jury trial, right to competent representation. They weren't even given so much as 'adjudicated due process' with a burden of proof on the government," Howard recalled. "No one should be deprived of the right to self defense -- a penalty fit for a grave crime -- unless they're a threat NOW, not just because they're on a list or saw a counselor for PTSD.

"We actually need to go on the offensive, move to roll back some of this to promote human rights and public safety, restore gun and carry rights to decent people who can contribute to civilian mutual defense," he advocated. "And we need to fight any extension of this sort of thing.

"Of course we must be clear that we have no desire to give those who are a danger to society access to guns," Howard admitted. "Which, by the way, means that dangerous people shouldn't be loose in society with 300 million ubiquitous guns. However, we also need to openly oppose any extension of blanket prohibition-confiscation without due process.

Howard's evaluation was a direct response to concerns that some in the broader "gun rights community" are preparing to offer up a mental health expansion bill as a sop to forestall more draconian legislation that's on the table.

If such legislation is going to advance he cautions "we must establish general overriding principles, and ensure that anything meriting support must First Do No Harm.

"Oppose anything that harms the USA, the Constitution, or the gun rights movement, or sacrifices groups of decent gun owners 'for the greater good'," Howard warned. "Don't help expand unconstitutional systems to more innocent people. Oppose implicit scapegoating diversions.

"Oppose any expansion of the approach that disarmed an estimated 140,000 legally innocent veterans.

"Second, Do Some Good," he urged. "Anything we support should provide real benefit to the social problem ostensibly addressed, be it a Constitutional or pro-gun improvement over current status, and should improve the lot of at least some gun owners who have been sacrificed in the past.

"Include potential relief for decent harmless people who have been subject to unconstitutional prohibited person status," Howard proposed, saying possible legislation should guarantee, "before permanent prohibited person status is imposed, a right to a judicial hearing with burden on the government to prove the person is a true danger, and a right to appeal the adjudication with full constitutional due process, jury trial, presumption of innocence, competent representation, and reimbursement of costs as well.

"For citizens such as the veterans who are currently permanently prohibited due to [existing] dragnets, ensure a periodic right to judicial hearing with burden on the government to prove the person is a true danger now, and a right to appeal any adjudication with full constitutional due process," Howard advocated. "We need to fight for our agenda, not the deadly gun grabber agenda. If we call it what it is (backdoor mass gun confiscation) and fight the good fight, we might win."

"However, if we fight the good fight and still lose, and millions or tens of millions of decent Americans lose rights as was done to veterans, then the new mass of 'prohibited people' will be upset with gun grabbers and appeasers, not with us." Howard predicted. "Many will be motivated to become activists to get their rights back, or at least get some payback by ousting gun grabbers and sellouts of both parties. These potential agents of a long wave of gun rights activism will not be eager to join groups that either sold them down the river or winked and didn't try to stop it."

"We don't have to 'just say no', nor should we,'' Howard advocated. ''If our side wants to 'give them something" to do, unashamedly give them our agenda: Above all, move legislation to abolish the 'gun free' school zones and penalties that facilitate these tragedies, move it federally, state by state, even district by district, and at least provide for civilian carry by teachers and other existing school employees. That should be our main contribution, since it's the only direct, real, guaranteed, immediate solution.

''Take the offensive, and make them remember we will organize to hold them politically accountable not only for any gun control, whether backdoor or front door, and any scapegoating, but for failing to move our agenda,'' he concluded.


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America's Real Criminal Element: Lead | Mother Jones

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The results were dramatic. In 1996, the New York Times reported that crime had plunged for the third straight year, the sharpest drop since the end of Prohibition. Since 1993, rape rates had dropped 17 percent, assault 27 percent, robbery 42 percent, and murder an astonishing 49 percent. Giuliani was on his way to becoming America's Mayor and Bratton was on the cover of Time. It was a remarkable public policy victory.

But even more remarkable is what happened next. Shortly after Bratton's star turn, political scientist John DiIulio warned that the echo of the baby boom would soon produce a demographic bulge of millions of young males that he famously dubbed "juvenile super-predators." Other criminologists nodded along. But even though the demographic bulge came right on schedule, crime continued to drop. And drop. And drop. By 2010, violent crime rates in New York City had plunged 75 percent from their peak in the early '90s.

All in all, it seemed to be a story with a happy ending, a triumph for Wilson and Kelling's theory and Giuliani and Bratton's practice. And yet, doubts remained. For one thing, violent crime actually peaked in New York City in 1990, four years before the Giuliani-Bratton era. By the time they took office, it had already dropped 12 percent.

The PB EffectWhat happens when you expose a generation of kids to high lead levels? Crime and teen pregnancy data two decades later tell a startling story.Second, and far more puzzling, it's not just New York that has seen a big drop in crime. In city after city, violent crime peaked in the early '90s and then began a steady and spectacular decline. Washington, DC, didn't have either Giuliani or Bratton, but its violent crime rate has dropped 58 percent since its peak. Dallas' has fallen 70 percent. Newark: 74 percent. Los Angeles: 78 percent.

There must be more going on here than just a change in policing tactics in one city. But what?

There are, it turns out, plenty of theories. When I started research for this story, I worked my way through a pair of thickcriminology tomes. One chapter regaled me with the "exciting possibility" that it's mostly a matter of economics: Crime goes down when the economy is booming and goes up when it's in a slump. Unfortunately, the theory doesn't seem to hold water'--for example, crime rates have continued to drop recently despite our prolonged downturn.

Another chapter suggested that crime drops in big cities were mostly a reflection of the crack epidemic of the '80s finally burning itself out. A trio of authors identified three major "drug eras" in New York City, the first dominated by heroin, which produced limited violence, and the second by crack, which generated spectacular levels of it. In the early '90s, these researchers proposed, the children of CrackGen switched to marijuana, choosing a less violent and more law-abiding lifestyle. As they did, crime rates in New York and other cities went down.

Another chapter told a story of demographics: As the number of young men increases, so does crime. Unfortunately for this theory, the number of young men increased during the '90s, but crime dropped anyway.

There were chapters in my tomes on the effect of prison expansion. On guns and gun control. On family. On race. On parole and probation. On the raw number of police officers. It seemed as if everyone had a pet theory. In 1999, economist Steven Levitt, later famous as the coauthor of Freakonomics, teamed up with John Donohue to suggest that crime dropped because of Roe v. Wade; legalized abortion, they argued, led to fewer unwanted babies, which meant fewer maladjusted and violent young men two decades later.

But there's a problem common to all of these theories: It's hard to tease out actual proof. Maybe the end of the crack epidemic contributed to a decline in inner-city crime, but then again, maybe it was really the effect of increased incarceration, more cops on the beat, broken-windows policing, and a rise in abortion rates 20 years earlier. After all, they all happened at the same time.

To address this problem, the field of econometrics gives researchers an enormous toolbox of sophisticated statistical techniques. But, notes statistician and conservative commentator Jim Manzi in his recent book Uncontrolled, econometrics consistently fails to explain most of the variation in crime rates. After reviewing 122 known field tests, Manzi found that only 20 percent demonstrated positive results for specific crime-fighting strategies, and none of those positive results were replicated in follow-up studies.

Did Lead Make You Dumber?Even low levels have a significant effect.So we're back to square one. More prisons might help control crime, more cops might help, and better policing might help. But the evidence is thin for any of these as the main cause. What are we missing?

Experts often suggest that crime resembles an epidemic. But what kind? Karl Smith, a professor of public economics and government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has a good rule of thumb for categorizing epidemics: If it spreads along lines of communication, he says, the cause is information. Think Bieber Fever. If it travels along major transportation routes, the cause is microbial. Think influenza. If it spreads out like a fan, the cause is an insect. Think malaria. But if it's everywhere, all at once'--as both the rise of crime in the '60s and '70s and the fall of crime in the '90s seemed to be'--the cause is a molecule.

A molecule? That sounds crazy. What molecule could be responsible for a steep and sudden decline in violent crime?

Well, here's one possibility: Pb(CH2CH3)4.

In 1994, Rick Nevin was a consultant working for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on the costs and benefits of removing lead paint from old houses. This has been a topic of intense study because of the growing body of research linking lead exposure in small children with a whole raft of complications later in life, including lower IQ, hyperactivity, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.

But as Nevin was working on that assignment, his client suggested they might be missing something. A recent study had suggested a link between childhood lead exposure and juvenile delinquency later on. Maybe reducing lead exposure had an effect on violent crime too?

That tip took Nevin in a different direction. The biggest source of lead in the postwar era, it turns out, wasn't paint. It was leaded gasoline. And if you chart the rise and fall of atmospheric lead caused by the rise and fall of leaded gasoline consumption, you get a pretty simple upside-down U: Lead emissions from tailpipes rose steadily from the early '40s through the early '70s, nearly quadrupling over that period. Then, as unleaded gasoline began to replace leaded gasoline, emissions plummeted.

Gasoline lead may explain as much as 90 percent of the rise and fall of violent crime over the past half century.

Intriguingly, violent crime rates followed the same upside-down U pattern. The only thing different was the time period: Crime rates rose dramatically in the '60s through the '80s, and then began dropping steadily starting in the early '90s. The two curves looked eerily identical, but were offset by about 20 years.

So Nevin dove in further, digging up detailed data on lead emissions and crime rates to see if the similarity of the curves was as good as it seemed. It turned out to be even better: In a 2000 paper (PDF) he concluded that if you add a lag time of 23 years, lead emissions from automobiles explain 90 percent of the variation in violent crime in America. Toddlers who ingested high levels of lead in the '40s and '50s really were more likely to become violent criminals in the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

And with that we have our molecule: tetraethyl lead, the gasoline additive invented by General Motors in the 1920s to prevent knocking and pinging in high-performance engines. As auto sales boomed after World War II, and drivers in powerful new cars increasingly asked service station attendants to "fill 'er up with ethyl," they were unwittingly creating a crime wave two decades later.

It was an exciting conjecture, and it prompted an immediate wave of'...nothing. Nevin's paper was almost completely ignored, and in one sense it's easy to see why'--Nevin is an economist, not a criminologist, and his paper was published in Environmental Research, not a journal with a big readership in the criminology community. What's more, a single correlation between two curves isn't all that impressive, econometrically speaking. Sales of vinyl LPs rose in the postwar period too, and then declined in the '80s and '90s. Lots of things follow a pattern like that. So no matter how good the fit, if you only have a single correlation it might just be a coincidence. You need to do something more to establish causality.

As it turns out, however, a few hundred miles north someone was doing just that. In the late '90s, Jessica Wolpaw Reyes was a graduate student at Harvard casting around for a dissertation topic that eventually became a study she published in 2007 as a public health policy professor at Amherst. "I learned about lead because I was pregnant and living in old housing in Harvard Square," she told me, and after attending a talk where future Freakonomics star Levitt outlined his abortion/crime theory, she started thinking about lead and crime. Although the association seemed plausible, she wanted to find out whether increased lead exposure caused increases in crime. But how?

In states where consumption of leaded gasoline declined slowly, crime declined slowly. Where it declined quickly, crime declined quickly.

The answer, it turned out, involved "several months of cold calling" to find lead emissions data at the state level. During the '70s and '80s, the introduction of the catalytic converter, combined with increasingly stringent Environmental Protection Agency rules, steadily reduced the amount of leaded gasoline used in America, but Reyes discovered that this reduction wasn't uniform. In fact, use of leaded gasoline varied widely among states, and this gave Reyes the opening she needed. If childhood lead exposure really did produce criminal behavior in adults, you'd expect that in states where consumption of leaded gasoline declined slowly, crime would decline slowly too. Conversely, in states where it declined quickly, crime would decline quickly. And that's exactly what she found.

Meanwhile, Nevin had kept busy as well, and in 2007 he published a new paper looking at crime trends around the world (PDF). This way, he could make sure the close match he'd found between the lead curve and the crime curve wasn't just a coincidence. Sure, maybe the real culprit in the United States was something else happening at the exact same time, but what are the odds of that same something happening at several different times in several different countries?

Nevin collected lead data and crime data for Australia and found a close match. Ditto for Canada. And Great Britain and Finland and France and Italy and New Zealand and West Germany. Every time, the two curves fit each other astonishingly well. When I spoke to Nevin about this, I asked him if he had ever found a country that didn't fit the theory. "No," he replied. "Not one."

Just this year, Tulane University researcher Howard Mielke published a paper with demographer Sammy Zahran on the correlation of lead and crime at the city level. They studied six US cities that had both good crime data and good lead data going back to the '50s, and they found a good fit in every single one. In fact, Mielke has even studied lead concentrations at the neighborhood level in New Orleans and shared his maps with the local police. "When they overlay them with crime maps," he told me, "they realize they match up."

Location, Location, LocationIn New Orleans, lead levels can vary dramatically from one neighborhood to the next'--and the poorest neighborhoods tend to be the worst hit.Maps by Karen Minot

Put all this together and you have an astonishing body of evidence. We now have studies at the international level, the national level, the state level, the city level, and even the individual level. Groups of children have been followed from the womb to adulthood, and higher childhood blood lead levels are consistently associated with higher adult arrest rates for violent crimes. All of these studies tell the same story: Gasoline lead is responsible for a good share of the rise and fall of violent crime over the past half century.

When differences of atmospheric lead density between big and small cities largely went away, so did the difference in murder rates.

Like many good theories, the gasoline lead hypothesis helps explain some things we might not have realized even needed explaining. For example, murder rates have always been higher in big cities than in towns and small cities. We're so used to this that it seems unsurprising, but Nevin points out that it might actually have a surprising explanation'--because big cities have lots of cars in a small area, they also had high densities of atmospheric lead during the postwar era. But as lead levels in gasoline decreased, the differences between big and small cities largely went away. And guess what? The difference in murder rates went away too. Today, homicide rates are similar in cities of all sizes. It may be that violent crime isn't an inevitable consequence of being a big city after all.

The gasoline lead story has another virtue too: It's the only hypothesis that persuasively explains both the rise of crime in the '60s and '70s and its fall beginning in the '90s. Two other theories'--the baby boom demographic bulge and the drug explosion of the '60s'--at least have the potential to explain both, but neither one fully fits the known data. Only gasoline lead, with its dramatic rise and fall following World War II, can explain the equally dramatic rise and fall in violent crime.

Patient Prescription Drug Records May be Used to Deny Americans their Constitutional Rights :

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By Mike AdamsNatural NewsJanuary 7, 2013

All Americans who have been prescribed psychiatric medications could be denied their constitutional rights under gun control legislation expected to be introduced into the U.S. Senate on January 22nd.

Although the actual text of the bill is not yet available to the public, the heavy emphasis on ''mental health'' in recent gun control discussions echoes the present-day denial of Second Amendment rights to veterans diagnosed with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

In an effort to deny gun ownership ''privileges'' to as many Americans as possible, Sen. Feinstein and other proponents of total citizen disarmament could simply expand the definition of those deemed ''mentally unfit'' for gun purchases to include anyone who has ever been prescribed an antidepressant or a drug for ADHD.

I give credit for this realization to Jon Rappoport, editor of No More Fake News. In a phone conversation yesterday evening, he brought this to my attention, even describing psychiatrists as ''the new cops'' who get to determine whether you have any rights at all.

Conducting further research on the subject, I found that a national database of prescription drug users already exists. It was created by the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER) signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005.

A government prescription drug surveillance program is already in place

The intent of the NASPRE law was to stop patients from ''doc hopping'' from one city or state to another in a scam to acquire prescription ''controlled substances'' such as powerful painkillers. But the effort to monitor controlled substances has morphed into something far more insidious: a multi-state, data-sharing prescription drug surveillance program now run by 48 states.

The website for that program is www.pmpalliance.org which lists its board members as heads of the very same pharmacies that sell controlled substances for profit. And guess where PMPalliance.org gets its funding? The U.S. Dept. of Justice.

This means Obama can simply issue an executive orderrequiring the DOJ start using the patient prescription surveillance data for a whole new reason:

To add people to a ''NO GUN BUY list'' in much the same way people are mysteriously added to the TSA's ''no-fly lists'' today. (Once you're on the no-fly list, there's no way to remove yourself from it, no way to challenge being on the list, no due process and absolutely no ability to sue the government to try to get off the list.)

If you take antidepressants, you could be denied the right to self defense

The upshot of all this is that if you ever have purchased prescribed antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs, that record already exists in a government database that could soon be used against you as a weapon to deny you your constitutional rights.

All the government has to do is copy the entire database of psychiatric medication patients it already possesses, then paste that list into the FBI's instant gun-purchase background check system known as NICS.

Once flagged in the NICS database, you will never be able to legally purchase a firearm again in America.

Importantly, this action does not require any new laws to be passed by Congress. Obama can simply invoke this with an executive order, then demand the FBI and ATF begin to immediately enforce this new regulation, even if it is utterly unconstitutional.

Yet another reason to never purchase antidepressants or other psych drugs

The possibility of this ''mental health crackdown'' on Second Amendment rights is yet another reason to avoid ever purchasing or using such medications.

Not only are SSRI drugs linked to violence and suicides; simply purchasing a bottle of such medications causes your name to be recorded in a government database as having done so. This can immediately flag you as ''guilty'' even if you've never done anything wrong.

Your prescription drug history can obviously be used against you, completely outside any court of law or due process. In the same way, counseling records of your sessions with psychologists may also be used against you.

Although such records are supposed to be protected by law, those laws can simply be overridden by a single signature from President Obama, invoking a ''national emergency for the children'' or similarly manipulative language. As long as it's ''for the children,'' you see, gutting the entire Bill of Rights is morally justifiable, isn't it?

Parents may be denied Second Amendment rights if their children are taking psychiatric drugs

It's not even necessary that you take the drugs yourself in order to be added to the ''no gun buy list.'' Merely having your children on such drugs could be sufficient to have your name added to the list.

Why? Because, as you may recall, the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut involved a young man undergoing psychiatric treatment who stole firearms from his mother and used them to carry out the crime.

Thus, government lawyers or bureaucrats can simply argue that no household in which a psychiatric drug patient resides can be allowed to purchase or possess any firearms of any kind.

Don't think this is possible? Ten years ago, nobody would have thought the TSA would be sexually molesting elderly woman at the airports.

Nobody thought the U.S. President would sign a law ''legalizing'' secret arrests and detainment of U.S. citizens. Nobody thought the government would take over health care and thereby build a federal database of patient records.

Nobody ever thought the government would launch a network of domestic surveillance drones to spy on us from the skies. And on top of all that, Obama promised he would never come after your guns.

The road to tyranny is paved with ''nobody ever thought'' realizations. This is why it's so important to keep government small and out of our private lives.

When the government doesn't run healthcare, it doesn't have access to patient prescription records. When the government doesn't control what food you can buy and sell, we don't end up with armed raids on raw milk distributors.

When the government doesn't run the education system, we don't end up with insanely stupid ideas like announcing all our children are completely unprotected by posting ''Gun Free Zone'' signs outside public schools. (That was a federal program, can't you tell?)

Get the government out of our lives and we'll have no wars, no terrorism, no overpriced health care and no school shootings. The government is the PROBLEM. The solution is to drastically cut the size and scope of government.

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This is the best toy ever. Finally, I can pretend that I'm a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize!It's like I'm sitting right there in the White House with my very own kill list!Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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5.0 out of 5 starsHelped me teach my son about the Imperial forces, December 17, 2012

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My son is very interested in joining the Imperial forces when he grows up. He says he's not sure if he wants to help police the homeland or if he wants to invade foreign countries. So I thought a new Predator drone toy would be a nice gift for him. These drones are used both domestically and internationally, to spy on people and assassinate them at the Emperor's discretion. He just loves flying his drone around our house, dropping Hellfire missiles on Scruffy, our dog. He kept saying that Scruffy was a terror suspect and needed to be taken out. I asked him if Scruffy should get a trial first, and he quoted Lindsay Graham, Imperial Senator: "Shut up Scruffy, you don't get a trial!" I was so proud. I think I'll buy him some video games that promote martial law for Christmas.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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5.0 out of 5 starsHours of Racist, Imperialist Fun!, December 17, 2012

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I bought this for my son and he spent countless, blissful hours simulating massacres of weddings, funerals, and other family gatherings of brown skinned foreigners! He even realized that if he circled the drone back around on the first responders, his effective kill rate soared! Neat-o!Educationally, this toy can't be beat - inculcating a predilection for indiscriminate, imperialist violence against non-combatants from oppressed and marginalized communities is precisely in accordance with truly "American values!"

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3.0 out of 5 starsEducational and fun!, December 17, 2012

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I really wanted to show my toddler that it's okay to murder people and still come out a "hero" as long as you're in an air conditioned trailer remotely operating a Predator Drone 10,000 miles away in Pakistan.I mean, if the government sanctions murder, it must be ok, right?

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1.0 out of 5 starsDouble Tap Drone Strikes, December 17, 2012

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Whether your violating constitutional rights at home, or bombing children abroad, this toy's perfect for all clandestine missions! Double tap strike to triple your pleasure and casualties!Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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4.0 out of 5 starsOnly one flaw!, December 18, 2012

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This is an awesome toy to instill a sense of exploration in your child. Geography of foreign lands will come naturally as you and your child act out imaginary strikes on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, and many more! Combined with the optional targets, the wedding,the funeral and the dusty road with an American citizen and his son, you can act out these scenarios very realistically! Teaching the moral superiority and callous disregard for other people and nations has never been easier.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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5.0 out of 5 starsTeaching Your Kids About the Government Has Never Been So Fun, December 18, 2012

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I just picked this little guy up locally as a stocking stuffer for my kids...I can't wait to see their eyes light up on Christmas morning when they find them. I'm sure they'll have endless hours of fun pretending to drop Hellfire missiles on other little 6 year olds across the globe or snooping on the wacky Constitution lovin'/homeschooling/food stockpiling/gun toting neighbors down the road. Toys like this make teaching the kids about modern US/world government so much easier. Thank you Maisto...thank you!!!!Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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4.0 out of 5 starsDemolition and Death, December 18, 2012

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I remember playing with toy bulldozers when I was a young boy thinking how cool it was to be able to destroy things with my awesome machine. God what I would give to be able to be a child my sons age these days. They can make believe destroying houses and buildings from miles away up in the sky. They don't have to get dirty, and are more environmentally clean than those dirty diesel engines. Plus, as an added bonus, the little brown people don't have a warning to be able to run away so you get to kill many more people while you destroy the buildings. Plus, the mindset that this instills in my son will one day, I hope, allow him to become a productive member of the ruling class.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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5.0 out of 5 starsKnocks spots of the V1 and V2, January 1, 2013

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The Maisto replica RQ-1 Predator satisfies the requirement for realism, accuracy and detail in manufacture alongside excellent of playability. The blister pack reminds us of the danger of choking, this attention to detail (especially when the Predator is used in dusty countries in the troubled Middle east) suggests that the Maisto marketing department have really done their homework. I bought ten of these for my boy because, as he so rightly says, "So many countries, so little time". He hasn't played with his Matchbox V2 Buzz Bomb once since he became a "Drone Operator". It's given him a real grasp of imperialism, murder of innocents, the art of war and the complex geography of the Middle East. Thank You Maisto, we look forward to your Cluster Bomb, Land Mine and Gas canister multi pack with anticipation hitherto unseen in the world of play.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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2.0 out of 5 starsSlaughter foreigners for Pax Americana, December 27, 2012

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The coolest detail about this toy are the small body fragments you can litter around your target area following a drone missile strike on a wedding party. THEN (this is where the real fun begins) you circle back in an hour and fire MORE missiles at the people rescuing survivors and mourning the dead! Sure if another country did such a thing we'd decry it as heinous terrorism, but when good Ol' Uncle Sam's finger is on the joystick, you can bet that we call what we hit our target, no matter what.Seriously? This toy is inappropriate and ought to be removed from Amazon as soon as possible. If it hasn't occurred to you, "drone" murder is still murder. As in "war crime". As in "international tribunal".

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Japan and China step up drone race as tension builds over disputed islands | World news | The Guardian

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The row between China and Japan over the disputed islands '' called the Diaoyu by China and the Senkaku by Japan '' has escalated recently. Photograph: AP

Drones have taken centre stage in an escalating arms race between China and Japan as they struggle to assert their dominance over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

China is rapidly expanding its nascent drone programme, while Japan has begun preparations to purchase an advanced model from the US. Both sides claim the drones will be used for surveillance, but experts warn the possibility of future drone skirmishes in the region's airspace is "very high".

Tensions over the islands '' called the Diaoyu by China and the Senkaku by Japan '' have ratcheted up in past weeks. Chinese surveillance planes flew near the islands four times in the second half of December, according to Chinese state media, but were chased away each time by Japanese F-15 fighter jets. Neither side has shown any signs of backing down.

Japan's new conservative administration of Shinzo Abe has placed a priority on countering the perceived Chinese threat to the Senkakus since it won a landslide victory in last month's general election. Soon after becoming prime minister, Abe ordered a review of Japan's 2011-16 mid-term defence programme, apparently to speed up the acquisition of between one and three US drones.

Under Abe, a nationalist who wants a bigger international role for the armed forces, Japan is expected to increase defence spending for the first time in 11 years in 2013. The extra cash will be used to increase the number of military personnel and upgrade equipment. The country's deputy foreign minister, Akitaka Saiki, summoned the Chinese ambassador to Japan on Tuesday to discuss recent "incursions" of Chinese ships into the disputed territory.

China appears unbowed. "Japan has continued to ignore our warnings that their vessels and aircraft have infringed our sovereignty," top-level marine surveillance official Sun Shuxian said in an interview posted to the State Oceanic Administration's website, according to Reuters. "This behaviour may result in the further escalation of the situation at sea and has prompted China to pay great attention and vigilance."

China announced late last month that the People's Liberation Army was preparing to test-fly a domestically developed drone, which analysts say is likely a clone of the US's carrier-based X-47B. "Key attack technologies will be tested," reported the state-owned China Daily, without disclosing further details.

Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of the Canadian-based Kanwa Defence Review, said China might be attempting to develop drones that can perform reconnaissance missions as far away as Guam, where the US is building a military presence as part of its "Asia Pivot" strategy.

China unveiled eight new models in November at an annual air show on the southern coastal city Zhuhai, photographs of which appeared prominently in the state-owned press. Yet the images may better indicate China's ambitions than its abilities, according to Chang: "We've seen these planes on the ground only '-- if they work or not, that's difficult to explain."

Japanese media reports said the defence ministry hopes to introduce Global Hawk unmanned aircraft near the disputed islands by 2015 at the earliest in an attempt to counter Beijing's increasingly assertive naval activity in the area.

Chinese surveillance vessels have made repeated intrusions into Japanese waters since the government in Tokyo in effect nationalised the Senkakus in the summer, sparking riots in Chinese cities and damaging trade ties between Asia's two biggest economies.

The need for Japan to improve its surveillance capability was underlined late last year when Japanese radar failed to pick up a low-flying Chinese aircraft as it flew over the islands.

The Kyodo news agency quoted an unnamed defence ministry official as saying the drones would be used "to counter China's growing assertiveness at sea, especially when it comes to the Senkaku islands".

China's defence budget has exploded over the past decade, from about £12.4bn in 2002 to almost £75bn in 2011, and its military spending could surpass the US's by 2035. The country's first aircraft carrier, a refurbished Soviet model called the Liaoning, completed its first sea trials in August.

A 2012 report by the Pentagon acknowledged long-standing rumours that China was developing a new generation of stealth drones, called Anjian, or Dark Sword, whose capabilities could surpass those of the US's fleet.

China's state media reported in October that the country would build 11 drone bases along the coastline by 2015. "Over disputed islands, such as the Diaoyu Islands, we do not lag behind in terms of the number of patrol vessels or the frequency of patrolling," said Senior Colonel Du Wenlong, according to China Radio International. "The problem lies in our surveillance capabilities."

China's military is notoriously opaque, and analysts' understanding of its drone programme is limited. "They certainly get a lot of mileage out of the fact that nobody knows what the hell they're up to, and they'd take great care to protect that image," said Ron Huisken, an expert on east Asian security at Australian National University.

He said the likelihood of a skirmish between Chinese and Japanese drones in coming years was "very high".

US drones have also attracted the interest of the South Korean government as it seeks to beef up its ability to monitor North Korea, after last month's successful launch of a rocket that many believe was a cover for a ballistic-missile test.

The US's Global Hawk is piloted remotely by a crew of three and can fly continuously for up to 30 hours at a maximum height of about 60,000 ft. It has no attack capability.

The US deployed the advanced reconnaissance drone to monitor damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami on Japan's north-east coast.

U.N. wants to use drones for peacekeeping missions - The Washington Post

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By Colum Lynch,UNITED NATIONS '-- The United Nations, looking to modernize its peacekeeping operations, is planning for the first time to deploy a fleet of its own surveillance drones in missions in Central and West Africa.

The U.N. Department of Peacekeeping has notified Congo, Rwanda and Uganda that it intends to deploy a unit of at least three unarmed surveillance drones in the eastern region of Congo.

The action is the first step in a broader bid to integrate unmanned aerial surveillance systems, which have become a standard feature of Western military operations, into the United Nations' far-flung peacekeeping empire.

But the effort is encountering resistance from governments, particularly those from the developing world, that fear the drones will open up a new intelligence-gathering front dominated by Western powers and potentially supplant the legions of African and Asian peacekeepers who now act as the United Nations' eyes and ears on the ground.

''Africa must not become a laboratory for intelligence devices from overseas,'' said Olivier Nduhungirehe, a Rwandan diplomat at the United Nations. ''We don't know whether these drones are going to be used to gather intelligence from Kigali, Kampala, Bujumbura or the entire region.''

Developing countries fear Western control over intelligence gathered by the drones. Some of those concerns are rooted in the 1990s, when the United States and other major powers infiltrated the U.N. weapons inspection agency to surreptitiously collect intelligence on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's military.

The growing American use of drones in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere to identify and kill suspected terrorists has only heightened anxieties about their deployment as part of multilateral peacekeeping missions.

U.N. officials have sought to allay the suspicions, saying there is no intention to arm the drones or to spy on countries that have not consented to their use.

The U.N. drones would have a range of about 150 miles and can hover for up to 12 hours at a time. They would be equipped with infrared technology that can detect troops hidden beneath forest canopy or operating at night, allowing them to track movements of armed militias, assist patrols heading into hostile territory and document atrocities.

''These are really just flying cameras,'' said one U.N. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. ''Our best method of protection is early warning. We recently had a patrol ambushed in Darfur. If you had a drone ahead of the patrol, it could have seen the ambush party.''

''If you know armed groups are moving in attack or battle formation early enough, you can warn civilians,'' the official added.

The United Nations, which manages a force of more than 100,000 blue helmets in 15 peacekeeping missions, views drones as a low-cost alternative to expensive helicopters for surveillance operations.

Along with the pending deployments in the Congo, the organization has ordered a feasibility study into their use in Ivory Coast. U.N. military planners say they see a need for drones in many other missions, including Darfur, Sudan and South Sudan, where the United Nations monitors tensions along the border of the two countries. But they acknowledged that they have little hope that Sudan would permit them.

The United Nations has previously turned to the United States and other governments to provide with over-flight imagery. Rolf Ekeus, the former Swedish chief of the U.N. Special Commission in Iraq, persuaded the United States to loan the United Nations U-2 spy planes to monitor Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program in the 1990s.

More recently, Ireland, France and Belgium supplied unmanned aircraft to U.N.-backed, European-led missions in Chad, Lebanon and the Congo, and Belgium sent four drones to the Congo to help provide security for presidential and legislative elections. Two days before the 2006 election, one of the drones crashed, killing one woman and injuring two in Kinshasa, the capital.

Interest in drone technology has picked up among U.N. humanitarian and relief agencies. Last February, the U.N. Institute for Training and Research deployed the United Nations' first drone in Port-au Prince, Haiti, to survey earthquake damage and help coordinate recovery efforts.

The use of drones in peacekeeping missions has proved more sensitive.

Pakistan's U.N. ambassador, Masood Khan, recently told reporters that member states understand the importance of surveillance in ensuring the safety of peacekeepers. But he said there are differing views over the appropriateness of deploying drones.

Others say the dispute centers on questions about who would have access to the images and intelligence collected by the drones and whether the next step would be arming them.

To address such questions, the U.N. special committee on peacekeeping operations, which is made up of more than 140 countries, has asked the secretary general to assess the effect of drones and other modern technology on peace missions.

Herve Ladsous, the U.N. undersecretary general for peacekeeping, asked the Security Council in a closed door meeting Tuesday to support his plan for drones in Congo.

The United States, Britain, France and other Western members of the council backed the proposal, saying the United Nations needs to modernize its peacekeeping role. But China, Russia, Rwanda, Pakistan and Guatemala voiced concern, setting the stage for a contentious debate over the U.N. plan. Rwanda's U.N. ambassador, Eug¬ne-Richard Gasana, told the council that the U.N.'s introduction of drones carries the risk of transforming the peacekeeping mission into a belligerent force, according to a council diplomat.

But Richard Gowan, an expert on U.N. peacekeeping at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, said much of the resistance is driven by fear that drones would replace the legions of U.N. peacekeepers.

''This really boils down to a concern from the troop contributors that they are going to be sidelined. A drone is a cheaper and more efficient alternative to an infantry patrol,'' said Gowan. ''I think, very frankly, that a number of the large African and Asian troops contributors are worried that if the United Nations gets involved in high-tech operations like this, that their personnel will be made redundant.''

BBC News - Rheinmetall demos laser that can shoot down drones

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8 January 2013Last updated at06:25 ETA laser weapons system that can shoot down two drones at a distance of over a mile has been demonstrated by Rheinmetall Defence.

The German defence firm used the high-energy laser equipment to shoot fast-moving drones at a distance.

The system, which uses two laser weapons, was also used to cut through a steel girder a kilometre away.

The company plans to make the laser weapons system mobile and to integrate automatic cannon.

The 50kW laser weapons system used radar and optical systems to detect and track two incoming drones, the company said. The nose-diving drones were flying at 50 metres per second, and were shot down when they reached a programmed fire sector.

Weather trialsThe weapons system locked onto the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by using radar for a rough approximation of the location of the targets, then fine-tuned the tracking using an optical system.

The high-energy laser system was used to cut through a 15mm-thick steel girder, and to shoot out of the air a steel ball designed to mimic a mortar round.

The company has tested the laser system in a variety of weather conditions, including snow, sunlight, and rain.

Rheinmetall plans to test its laser weapons mounted on different vehicles and to integrate a 35mm revolver cannon into it.

A number of governments and defence firms are in the process of developing weapons that use or incorporate lasers. For example, Raytheon unveiled a 50kW anti-aircraft laser at the Farnborough Airshow in 2010, and in June 2012 the US Army released details of a weapon that can fire a laser-guided lightning-bolt at a target.

Storingen maken einde aan Amsterdams politiedrone | Webwereld

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Gepubliceerd: Dinsdag 8 januari 2013Auteur: Henk-Jan Buist

De drone die de Amsterdamse politie wilde inzetten is geschrapt wegens technische storingen. Dat ontdekte Rejo Zenger na een procedure waarin hij documentatie over de UAV opeiste.

Privacyvoorvechter Rejo Zenger heeft documentatie geist van de Amsterdamse politie over de inzet van hun drone en ontdekte dat de UAV niet meer wordt gebruikt. Het toestel kwam aan de grond te staan wegens technische problemen en het politiekorps zou niet van plan zijn een vervangend toestel aan te schaffen "in het licht van ontwikkelingen richting de Nationale Politie".

Drone kan niet tegen Nederlands weerIn 2007 was de Amsterdamse politie nog heel enthousiast over de mogelijkheden die de UAV biedt na het uitvoeren van diverse testvluchten. "De proef heeft aangetoond dat de AirRobot zeer goed gebruikt kan worden bij de uitvoering van politietaken", staat te lezen in een document van de ICT-onderzoeksafdeling van de politie Amsterdam Amstelland (PDF) dat Zenger heeft losgekregen.

"Het inzetten van de AirRobot levert bruikbare informatie op uit het beeldmateriaal hetgeen ten goede zal komen aan de veiligheid van burger en politieman." Wel waarschuwt het document dat de drone niet altijd inzetbaar is. Bij regen of bij windsnelheden van meer dan 7 kilometer per uur kan de AirRobot geen vluchten uitvoeren.

Veroudering hardwareDrie jaar later was de koers gewijzigd en werd de AirRobot afgedankt wegens technische storingen. In de documentatie die Zenger heeft opgevraagd staat niet precies welke problemen de drone ondervond, maar het verslag maakt wel melding van de "veroudering van hardware en techniek". De politie was voornemens de drone in te zetten bij onder meer opsporing, controleacties en het volgen van personen.

De UAV is nauwelijks zichtbaar en hoorbaar en daarom goed bruikbaar voor onopvallende acties. Zenger is benieuwd hoe het helikoptertje is ingezet. In de documentatie wordt alleen gesproken over de testvluchten, maar niet over de daadwerkelijke inzet. "Bij de ontruiming van een Amsterdams Hell's Angels-terrein zag je op de beelden op AT5 een KPLD-drone hangen", weet Zenger. Hij is benieuwd of de drone van Amsterdam-Amstelland ook zo is ingezet.

De Bits-of-Freedom-medewerker vermoedt dat er meer documentatie is dan nu is vrijgegeven en gaat dan ook bezwaar aantekenen. "Er staat bijvoorbeeld niets vermeld over de aanschaf van de drone." Over de aanschaf, inzet van het apparaat en de periode tussen de testvluchten en het schrappen van de drone moet logischerwijs ook documentatie zijn, vindt Zenger.

Update 14.22 uur: Stukje toegevoegd over de KLPD-drone bij de Hell's Angels-ontruiming. En 'onbemande drone' verwijderd.

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Report: Immigration leads federal law enforcement spending - The Washington Post

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The United States spends more on immigration enforcement than on all other major federal criminal law enforcement agencies combined, and it has increased that spending dramatically over the past Ðquarter-century, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

The report, ''Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery,'' found that the U.S. government spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement in 2012. That is 24 percent more than it spent collectively for the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The spending went to the government's two main immigration enforcement agencies '-- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement '-- and to US-VISIT, a fingerprinting and photograph initiative to log international travelers at ports of entry.

The report also found that more people, nearly 430,000, are detained each year for immigration-related violations than are serving sentences in federal prisons for all federal crimes. And it found that deportations have soared from 30,000 in 1990 to nearly 400,000 in 2011. Taking into account the latest ICE statistics, which counted 409,849 removals in fiscal 2012, more than 4.4 million people have been deported since 1990, the report's authors said.

''Today, immigration enforcement can be seen as the federal government's highest criminal law enforcement priority,'' MPI senior fellow Doris Meissner, a co-author of the report, said in a statement.

The numbers have starkly increased since 1986, when the Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed, marking the first time that hiring illegal workers became a crime and ushering in a new era of immigration enforcement.

Spending on immigration enforcement was then only one-quarter of overall federal law enforcement, according to the report. Since then, the United States has spent $187 billion on immigration enforcement, the report said.

The findings are likely to feed the debate over comprehensive immigration reform. To some, they signal a need to broaden the government's approach.

Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports stricter limits on immigration, said increased spending and detentions do not mean that the government has been inefficient in fighting illegal immigration. ''One of the reasons there are more detentions is that we have more illegal immigration'' since 1990, he said.

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Texas school can force students to wear locator chips, judge rules - U.S. News

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By Jim Forsyth, Reuters

A public school district in Texas can require students to wear locator chips when they are on school property, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday in a case raising technology-driven privacy concerns among liberal and conservative groups alike.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said the San Antonio Northside School District had the right to expel sophomore Andrea Hernandez, 15, from Jay High School because she refused to wear the device, which is required of all students at the magnet school.

The judge refused the student's request to block the district from removing her from the school while the case works its way through the federal courts.

School policy prompts mom's privacy crusade

The American Civil Liberties Union is among the rights organizations opposing the district's use of radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology.

"We don't want to see this kind of intrusive surveillance infrastructure gain inroads into our culture," ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley said. "We should not be teaching our children to accept such an intrusive surveillance technology."

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The district's RFID policy has also been criticized by conservatives, who call it an example of "big government" further monitoring individuals and eroding their liberties and privacy rights.

The Rutherford Institute, a conservative Virginia-based policy center that represented Hernandez in her federal court case, said the ruling violated the student's constitutional right to privacy, and vowed to appeal.

The school district -- the fourth-largest in Texas, with about 100,000 students -- is not attempting to track or regulate students' activities, or spy on them, district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said. Northside is using the technology to locate students who are in the school building but not in the classroom when the morning bell rings, he said.

Texas law counts a student present for purposes of distributing state aid to education funds based on the number of pupils in the classroom at the start of the day. Northside said it was losing $1.7 million a year due to students loitering in the stairwells or chatting in the hallways.

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The software works only within the walls of the school building, cannot track the movements of students, and does not allow students to be monitored by third parties, Gonzalez said.

The ruling gave Hernandez and her father, an outspoken opponent of the use of RFID technology, until the start of the spring semester later this month to decide whether to accept district policy and remain at the magnet school or return to her home campus, where RFID chips are not required.

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Iran to Extend Gas Pipeline to Iraq, Syria

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MOSCOW, January 9 (RIA Novosti) '' Tehran is planning to build a gas pipeline to Iraq and Syria, the Iranian Oil Ministry said on Wednesday.

''A 56-inch pipeline is to be laid from Assaluyeh [near the South Pars gas field in southern Iran] to the Iran-Iraq border to feed three Iraqi power plants running on gas,'' ministry spokesman Alireza Nikzad Rahbar was quoted by Press TV as saying.

A tripartite meeting will soon be held in Baghdad between Iran, Syria and Iraq to develop a plan for extending the pipeline from Iraq to Syria, he added.

Iraq has requested 30 million cubic meters of natural gas per day from Iran in the first phase, which is scheduled to come on-stream by next summer, Nikzad Rahbar said.

Syria has requested 25-30 million cubic meters per day, but the route for the pipeline from Baghdad to the Syrian border has yet to be surveyed, he added.

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said in July that his country, which has the world's second largest natural gas reserves after Russia, should start exporting gas to Iraq by March 2013.


War on diversity! Obama taps all white male candidates for key positions

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Heh. Well, Matt Yglesias jumps right in!

Others are noticing that President Obama seems to think girls drool and boys rule.

Sexist and racist! Plus, Bush.

If only President Obama had some cooties spray so he could open up one of those handy binders full of women.

Obama does have another kind of binder, though.

Will the lapdog media yelp over this latest act of war on women and diversity?

Paging Brian Williams! Remember, he asked Romney if he wanted an ''incredibly boring white guy'' as vice president.

And these Twitter users remind us of another act of war on women in Obama's administration.


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Ministry of Truth

Zero Dark 30

Megan Ellison - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Megan EllisonBornb. 1986OccupationFilm producerYears active2007 - presentMegan Ellison (born 1986) is an American film producer and founder of Annapurna Pictures. She is the daughter of billionaire Oracle Corporation CEO Larry Ellison and Barbara Boothe. Her brother is film producer David Ellison.

[edit]Life and careerMegan Ellison started out in the film business in 2006 when she contacted Katherine Brooks, the writer and director of Loving Annabelle, about investing in the filmmaker's next movie. The duo made plans for Waking Madison which told the story of a woman who tries to cure her multiple personality disorder by locking herself in a room without food for 30 days. Ms. Ellison wrote checks for a budget that was reported to be $2 million. Principal photography took place in 2007. It screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2011 and went straight to DVD in July of that year.[1]

Ms. Ellison provided some financing for more movies in 2008 and 2009. The first was Main Street starring Colin Firth. It received little attention at film festivals and failed to gain general release. Passion Play, also made in 2009, got a release but fared poorly at the box office despite a well-known cast of popular actors. However, her investment in the Coen Brothers western remake True Grit paid off as that movie found major commercial and critical success when it came out at the end of 2010.[1]

After that, Megan Ellison received access to much larger sums of money from her father for the production of more movies and partnered with Michael Benaroya to produce and cofinance the thriller Catch .44 starring Bruce Willis and Forest Whitaker, and John Hillcoat's Prohibition-era crime drama, Lawless. Around that same time, she began to collaborate with the Creative Artists Agency's film finance group headed by Roeg Sutherland and Micah Green.[1]

She has since founded Annapurna Pictures, a company that plans to take a so-called "Silicon Valley" approach to filmmaking by investing in original, daring movies made by prestigious directors and screenwriters. Believing that risk-averse Hollywood studios have largely abandoned sophisticated dramas, period pieces and the visions of auteur, Annapurna Productions released Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, a period drama about a cult that resembles Scientology, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Zero Dark Thirty, an action thriller about the killing of Osama bin Laden from the writer/director pairing that made the Oscar-winning movie, The Hurt Locker.[1]

Megan Ellison is currently developing a film based on ''The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest,'' an article about the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by the departing executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller and her company is financing the next collaboration of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman.[2]

In 2011, Megan Ellison outbid Lionsgate for the rights to the Terminator franchise.[3]

[edit]Filmography[edit]References[edit]External linksPersondataNameEllison, MeganAlternative namesShort descriptionAmerican film producerDate of birth1986Place of birthDate of deathPlace of death

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal respond to Zero Dark Thirty torture row | Film | guardian.co.uk

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Standing firm '... film-maker Kathryn Bigelow at the 2012 New York Film Critics Circle awards. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

The makers of Zero Dark Thirty, the Oscar-tipped film about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, have once again poured scorn on suggestions that they endorsed torture by including scenes of waterboarding and sexual humiliation in the drama.

Zero Dark ThirtyProduction year: 2012Country: USADirectors: Kathryn BigelowCast: Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Joel EdgertonMore on this filmDirector Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who won Oscars three years ago for their highly acclaimed Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker, made the comments as they took to the stage to accept prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle last night. The release of their new film has drawn a stream of criticism from media commentators and high-profile politicians over its depiction of the CIA's alleged use of torture to find and kill the head of al-Qaida, but both film-makers made it clear they stood by their work.

"I thankfully want to say that I'm standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices; no author could ever write about them; and no film-maker could ever delve into the naughty subjects of our time," said Bigelow as she accepted the best director award at the Crimson Club in Manhattan.

Boal, accepting the best film award, referenced the cases of two CIA agents who have either been jailed or are currently facing prison time following revelations of torture. "There's been a lot written about this movie; some of it has popped off the entertainment page to the news page," he said. "Let me just say this: there was a very interesting story on the front page of the New York Times today by Scott Shane, about a CIA agent who is now facing jail time for talking to a reporter about waterboarding," he said. "This gentleman is going to jail for that. And all I can say is that I read that story very closely. It sort of reminds me of what somebody else said when they were running for president, which is: 'If this shit was happening to somebody else, it would be very interesting. For us, it's quite serious.'

"But nevertheless, I stand here tonight being extremely proud of the film we made '... In case anyone is asking, we stand by the film. I think, at the end of the day, we made a film that allows us to look back at the past in a way that gives us a more clear-sighted appraisal of the future."

Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke, has received considerable praise from critics and yesterday picked up more awards from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Vancouver Film Critics, to follow influential prizes from New York, LA and Boston-based critics' organisations. However, its status as one of the frontrunners for next month's Oscars has been overshadowed by the criticism with which it has been targeted. Guardian commentator Naomi Wolf last week compared Bigelow with the infamous Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl for showing the successful use of torture to capture Bin Laden.

Both the former Republican US presidential candidate John McCain and the Democratic chair of the Senate intelligence committee, Dianne Feinstein, have suggested Bigelow and Boal endorsed the use of torture by their depiction of its use. The committee is currently probing whether the pair were granted "inappropriate access" to classified CIA material.

"I think [the committee] have a job to do, and it's very different from my job," Boal told the Hollywood Reporter after accepting his prize in New York. "It's a movie. I've been saying from the beginning it's a movie. That shouldn't be too confusing," he joked. "It's in cinemas, and if it's not totally obvious, a CIA agent wasn't really an Australian [Jason Clarke] '... and Jessica Chastain isn't really a CIA agent; she's a very talented actress. But I think most American audiences understand that."

Mint The Coin

Be Ready To Mint That Coin - NYTimes.com

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:28

Should President Obama be willing to print a $1 trillion platinum coin if Republicans try to force America into default? Yes, absolutely. He will, after all, be faced with a choice between two alternatives: one that's silly but benign, the other that's equally silly but both vile and disastrous. The decision should be obvious.

For those new to this, here's the story. First of all, we have the weird and destructive institution of the debt ceiling; this lets Congress approve tax and spending bills that imply a large budget deficit '-- tax and spending bills the president is legally required to implement '-- and then lets Congress refuse to grant the president authority to borrow, preventing him from carrying out his legal duties and provoking a possibly catastrophic default.

And Republicans are openly threatening to use that potential for catastrophe to blackmail the president into implementing policies they can't pass through normal constitutional processes.

Enter the platinum coin. There's a legal loophole allowing the Treasury to mint platinum coins in any denomination the secretary chooses. Yes, it was intended to allow commemorative collector's items '-- but that's not what the letter of the law says. And by minting a $1 trillion coin, then depositing it at the Fed, the Treasury could acquire enough cash to sidestep the debt ceiling '-- while doing no economic harm at all.

So why not?

It's easy to make sententious remarks to the effect that we shouldn't look for gimmicks, we should sit down like serious people and deal with our problems realistically. That may sound reasonable '-- if you've been living in a cave for the past four years.Given the realities of our political situation, and in particular the mixture of ruthlessness and craziness that now characterizes House Republicans, it's just ridiculous '-- far more ridiculous than the notion of the coin.

So if the 14th amendment solution '-- simply declaring that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional '-- isn't workable, go with the coin.

This still leaves the question of whose face goes on the coin '-- but that's easy: John Boehner. Because without him and his colleagues, this wouldn't be necessary.

Greg Walden's bill bans minting $1T coin - Bobby Cervantes - POLITICO.com

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Walden is looking to address a possible loophole in the debt ceiling fight. | M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

CloseLawmakers are still positioning themselves for a debt ceiling fight in a few months, but one Republican congressman wants to snuff out a particular idea immediately: the U.S. Treasury minting $1 trillion platinum coins to avert a debt ceiling showdown.

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill to specifically ban President Barack Obama from minting the coins.

''This scheme to mint trillion dollar platinum coins is absurd and dangerous, and would be laughable if the proponents weren't so serious about it as a solution,'' Walden said in a statement. ''My bill will take the coin scheme off the table by disallowing the Treasury to mint platinum coins as a way to pay down the debt.''

The idea, which has won the support of Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and economist Paul Krugman, would allow Obama to mint the platinum coin if the nation moves close to defaulting during the debt ceiling debate with Republicans in the coming months.

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Why #MintTheCoin Is A Good Strategy | Crooks and Liars

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I'm a big fan of Felix Salmon, and I love the Flying Spaghetti Monster, too so when he says,'If you believe that the country is best run by grown-ups, you can't believe in #mintthecoin, because it simply isn't a grown-up strategy,' He makes the case for me. You see, the country is not run by the grownups, but by a cruel conservative caucus of tea party nuts that care nothing about the people of the US, but will give everything to a Jack Abramoff ideology of governing.

Josh Barro and Atrios have been pushing the mint the coin idea hard and I have become a huge supporter.

This morning, Joe Weisenthal and I took our message in favor of minting a trillion-dollar platinum coin to "Bloomberg Surveillance," where we were met with the usual shock and horror from hosts Tom Keene and Sara Eisen. Platinum coin opponents are so distressed that one, Republican Representative Greg Walden, has said he will introduce legislation to ban the coin, citing my post from last week as a dangerous instigation.Walden, Keene and Eisen are all wrong. Here are my responses to the most common objections we are getting to the platinum coin proposal, in increasing order of persuasiveness:

1. "That's silly/zany/juvenile!" This is probably true, but it's not a dispositive objection. Republican intransigence over the debt ceiling is juvenile. There is no particular reason that the president should not use a juvenile strategy in response.The key question to ask about the platinum coin is not "is it juvenile?" but "will it work?" Minting the coin will allow the federal government to continue to meet its spending obligations despite hitting the debt ceiling. It will allow President Barack Obama to pressure Congress to repeal the debt ceiling. That -- not whether it seems silly -- is the important thing.

2. "Where will we get all the platinum?" I'm honestly surprised by this question, but I'm hearing it a lot, including from the Guardian's Heidi Moore and from Keene this morning.To be clear: We do not need a trillion dollars' worth of platinum to make the trillion-dollar coin -- less than an ounce will do. This is not a move to a "platinum standard," and it shouldn't even have any impact on the markets in platinum. There will be no need for dump trucks full of precious metal to head toward the mint.

3. "But that will be inflationary!" This is a more serious objection, and it gets at what the platinum coin strategy really is -- financing the federal government's operations by printing money instead of borrowing it. The trillion- dollar coin will never circulate, but it will be used to back cash payments coming from the Treasury that would have otherwise been financed by bond purchases.

Paul Krugman has been weighing in also and says if the freaks in Congress continue to hold the debt ceiling hostage then just mint the damn thing.

So minting the coin would be undignified, but so what? At the same time, it would be economically harmless '-- and would both avoid catastrophic economic developments and help head off government by blackmail. What we all hope, of course, is that the prospect of the coin or some equivalent strategy will simply take the debt ceiling off the table. But if not, mint the darn coin.

Ezra Klein has been doing some reporting on the coin also and debunks a childish attack on the platinum coin idea from the NRCC:

Funny, but quite wrong. The NRCC is suggesting that you need $1 trillion worth of platinum to mint a $1 trillion platinum coin. For some bullion coins, that may be true'--the coin is worth the value of the underlying metal. But there's a clear exception for U.S. platinum coins. Again, here's Section (k) of 31 USC ¤ 5112:

(k) The Secretary may mint and issue platinum bullion coins and proof platinum coins in accordance with such specifications, designs, varieties, quantities, denominations, and inscriptions as the Secretary, in the Secretary's discretion, may prescribe from time to time.

That's why the platinum coin option could technically work. The Secretary of Treasury can order up a small platinum coin and give it any value he wants. Say, $1 trillion. That coin would be deposited at the Federal Reserve. The Fed would credit the Treasury's accounts with $1 trillion. Now the federal government would have enough money to pay its bills without having to worry about debt-ceiling restraints on borrowing. At least for a little bit.

Any idiot who takes a minute to think about seigniorage understands that you don't need an equal weight for value trade off when minting currency. And the former head of U.S. Mint agrees: The platinum coin option would work

*The media refuses to report any real facts about the tea party politicians and Conservatives so when they once tried to renege on the debt in 2011 which would have collapsed economies world wide, nothing much was made of it.

*When they refused to raise taxes on the wealthy even after the election, nothing much was made of it by the media and now they are once again trying to hold hostage the US government by kidnapping the debt ceiling.

*They've made a mockery out of the filibuster rules ever since Obama took office and the media said nothing.

* An insanely low number of judges have been appointed under Obama's White House because Republicans block the nominations.

With a record like this it's not hard to see why the platinum coin is a strategy worth considering and using if need be. That's why I'm behind it.

War on Ca$h

Woede om dure creditcards

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Woede om dure creditcards | @infomagnlGeplaatst @ 7 januari 2013

Nederlandse winkeliers gaan de barricaden op tegen de hoge tarieven die creditcardbedrijven in rekening brengen voor betalingen. ,,De verschillen tussen een pinbetaling en een creditcardbetaling zijn absurd", zegt Tom Ponjee, secretaris Betalingsverkeer bij brancheorganisatie Detailhandel Nederland. ,,Daar is zowel de consument als de winkelier de dupe van.",,Wij zullen vanaf vandaag flink aan de bel trekken op het Binnenhof en daden eisen. Dit moet op de agenda komen. In de politiek moet men er toch ook van overtuigd zijn dat de kosten voor betalingsverkeer zo laag mogelijk moeten zijn?"In ons land zijn tussen banken en winkeliers afspraken gemaakt over de tarieven voor pinbetalingen. Zo mag een pintransactie nooit meer kosten dan 8 cent per keer. Maar bij creditcardbetalingen lijkt het wel een wildwest. Creditcardmaatschappijen kunnen vragen wat ze willen. Van een maximumbedrag is geen sprake.

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Hiding Hillary

Clinton Publicly Linked Benghazi to Video Before Woods and Doherty Were Killed | CNS News

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Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods (left) and Glen Doherty were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi along with U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and State Department employee Sean Smith. (AP Photo)

On the night of Sept. 11, 2012 '-- before former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by a terrorist mortar strike '-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a public statement linking the attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with an anti-Muslim video, which she referred to as "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."

Clinton's statement, still posted on State's website, is dated Sept. 11, 2012, and headlined: "Statement on the Attack in Benghazi."

The statement first notes that a State Department officer had been killed in Benghazi '-- an apparent reference to Information Management Officer Sean Smith, whose body had been recovered at the U.S. mission in Benghazi by U.S. security officers by about 5:30 p.m. Washington, D.C., time on Sept. 11 '-- or 11:30 p.m. Benghazi time.

The statement then talks about Clinton's communications that night with Libya's president and refers to what Clinton calls "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."

"I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today," Clinton said in the statement. "As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

"This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya," Clinton continued. "President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government's full cooperation.

"Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet," Clinton said. "The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."

"In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide," Clinton's statement concluded.

On Jan. 8, I contacted the State Department press office three times by telephone and once by email to ask when exactly on Sept. 11, 2012, the department released this statement by Clinton.

"I just want to know at what time on Sept. 11, 2012, this statement was released," I asked in an email that I sent at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time after my second phone inquiry.

I was later told that a group that answers questions on Benghazi for the State Department was working on an answer for me.

However, the Associated Press first published a story quoting Clinton's statement at 10:58 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 11.

The AP released a story that night datelined Cairo, written by Maggie Michael and Sarah El Deeb, and carrying the headline, "American killed in Libya protest over film." The story noted that Clinton had confirmed that "one State Department officer had been killed in the protest at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi." It also quoted directly from Clinton's statement: "Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet."

The Associated Press' Media Relations office confirmed to me that the AP first published its version of this story quoting Clinton's statement at 10:58 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 11.

A CIA timeline of the Benghazi events provided by a senior U.S. intelligence official, the Senate Homeland Security Committee's report on Benghazi and the State Department's own Accountability Review Board Report all indicate that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed at the U.S. "Annex" in Benghazi sometime between about 5:14 a.m. and 5:26 a.m. Benghazi time on Sept. 12. That would be between 11:14 p.m. and 11:26 p.m. on Sept. 11 in Washington, D.C. '-- or at least 16 minutes after the AP reported Clinton's statement.

The CIA timeline indicates that a security team sent to the rescue by the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli got to the Benghazi Annex about 5:15 a.m. Benghazi time. "They arrive with Libyan support at the Annex by 5:15 a.m., just before the mortar rounds begin to hit the Annex," says this timeline. "The two security officers (Woods and Doherty) were killed when they took direct mortar fire as they engaged the enemy. That attack lasted only 11 minutes then also dissipated."

The State Department ARB report provided additional details, but also set the time of the attack that killed Woods and Doherty at approximately 5:15 a.m. Benghazi time.

"The seven-person response team from Embassy Tripoli arrived in Benghazi to lend support," said the ARB report. "It arrived at the Annex about 0500 local. Less than 15 minutes later, the Annex came under mortar and RPG attack, with five mortar rounds impacting close together in under 90 seconds. Three rounds hit the roof of an Annex building, killing security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty."

On Dec. 31, Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Maine, published their own report on Benghazi. This report confirmed both that Woods and Doherty were killed between 5:14 a.m. and 5:26 a.m. Benghazi time on Sept. 12 and that Benghazi was six hours ahead of Washington, D.C.

"American government officials outside of Benghazi learned of the attack shortly after it started at 3:40 p.m. EST (9:40 p.m. Benghazi time)," said the Lieberman-Collins report. "DS (diplomatic security) agents, in addition to notifying personnel at the Annex, immediately alerted officials at the U.S Embassy in Tripoli and the Department of State Headquarters in Washington, D.C."

"The team from Tripoli finally cleared the airport and arrived at the Annex at approximately 5:04 a.m., about 10 minutes before a new assault by the terrorist began, involving mortar rounds fired at the Annex," said the report. "The attack concluded at approximately 5:26 a.m., leaving Annex security team members Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty dead and two others wounded."

Statement on the Attack in Benghazi

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I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government's full cooperation.

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.

PRN: 2012/1421

Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi on Jan. 22 - POLITICO.com

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Clinton was originally scheduled to testify last month before falling ill. | Reuters

CloseSecretary of State Hillary Clinton will likely testify Jan. 22 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the deadly U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, the panel's top Republican said Tuesday.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on MSNBC that he has spoken with Clinton's chief of staff and said she seems ''anxious'' to testify on the Hill, following weeks of hospital visits after a concussion.

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''I think they feel she's going to be healthy enough to come in that day,'' he said. ''If that were to occur, and again this is Sen. [Robert] Menendez's decision, we could move very quickly, maybe even that afternoon, to Sen. [John] Kerry's [nomination] hearings.''

Clinton was originally scheduled to testify last month before falling ill. She returned to work at the State Department on Monday.


Obama's Libyan War Breeds Horror in Mali

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''When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded,'' the thief said. ''Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off.''

This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death.

Borders are an illusion in Africa. No more than paper mirages that cannot be seen from the air or the roads where a thousand ethnic groups with dreams of glory move back and forth, striving and feuding, until the blood begins to flow.

The Tuaregs were one of them. Like so many others they wanted their own country. Like so many others they were a minority that felt aggrieved and persecuted by the majority. Like so many others they found neighborhood patrons willing to give them money and a sanctuary in exchange for more fighting. After their uprising failed, the Tuaregs set up shop in Libya under Gaddafi who was always looking for a few more African mercenaries to remake the continent into his hashish-fueled visions. And when Gaddafi fell, the Tuareg separatist militias still dreaming of glory, took his weapons and went west to carve out a state in Mali.

For the last hundred years there have been two kinds of movements in the Muslim world. Nationalist and Islamist. Some Tuareg dreamed of a nation. But others dreamed of merging into a Caliphate that would impose Islamic law on thieves and little girls, on Gao and Timbuktu and then on the whole world. Both sets of Tuaregs had stockpiles of Libyan weapons. But the Islamists had a lot more money and support from the dark heart of the Middle East where the oil wells pump and the preachers scream the call to prayer. And the Nationalists didn't have a prayer.

Al Qaeda now has its own Alqaedastan in Northern Mali, a territory the size of Texas. Al Qaeda began its true war against the West in Africa. The continent which wavers between a Christian and Muslim majority is to Islamic Colonialism in the 21st Century what it was to European Colonialism in the 19th Century. But the Muslim colonizers were here first, ferrying cargos of slaves into caves and then selling them in the slave markets of Gao.

The Tuaregs are among the few in Northern Mali to still keep slaves, but now that the Islamists have taken Mali, it is uncertain who the masters and the slaves are. Many of the Islamist fighters wandering around Gao are foreigners, from North Africa and beyond, dedicated Salafis and mercenaries drawn by Gulf oil money, aspiring drug dealers looking to protect smuggling routes and rapists and thieves plying their trade with the authority of the Koran.

Around the core of Koranic students who memorize verses and preach death, is a larger outer ring that consists of sociopaths, stray killers, hustlers, junkies and young men looking for adventure and a group that is organized enough to feed them and provide them with a spot on the ground floor of a shiny new Emirate where women have no rights and their weapons are the only law that counts. That is what Al Qaeda really looks like: a ball of dung gathering speed and growing in size as it rolls downhill. A gang of sadists building their own forts in the cliffs and fighting to hang on to the new kingdom that opened up for them when Libya fell.

Nations are oases of order in the desert. As cruel and ugly as they might be, they provide some structure to the eternal feuds and grudges that are only ever truly settled with slavery or death.

Obama toppled Gaddafi without considering or caring for the consequences. An Alqaedastan in Mali is one of those consequences. Weapons from Libya have gone west and east carried by old militias looking for a new fight. Gaddafi's weapons stockpiles are in Gaza and Aleppo now, they will soon find their way to Afghanistan, if they haven't already, and tens of thousands more will die.

Mali remains under an arms embargo, but the embargo is no handicap for Al Qaeda, glutted with weapons liberated from Obama's overthrow of Gaddafi.

George W. Bush stepped in when Al Qaeda tried to seize Somalia but Obama has been out to lunch when it comes to Mali. The African Union is struggling to assemble a fighting force to take back the land, but they are getting little to no help from the United States. Unlike Europe, Obama has refused to send trainers to help the Mali government rebuild its military. And the word out of the State Department is the familiar one that the Taliban have grown used to. Appeasement.

''Negotiations need to go on before, during and after,'' Time quotes an American diplomat as saying. As in Afghanistan and Egypt, Barack Hussein Obama is still seeking his moderate Islamists. The negotiations with the Taliban have gone nowhere, but Obama will be happy to spend years negotiating with Ansar Al-Dine in Mali while little girls grow up in prisons of cloth under the rule of a new African Taliban.

The women of Northern Mali want help. Obama wants new elections first. Mali is full of Al Qaeda leaders with cell phones, but not a single drone can be found to take them out. The same man who eagerly rushed into Libya, unleashing the chaos and bloodshed that splattered the walls of the US mission in Benghazi and the public square in Gao, plays the delaying game when it comes to stopping Islamists in their tracks.

''I've told my friends that we must have the courage to march with our heads uncovered to protest all this. But we are afraid,'' a woman in Northern Mali tells a reporter. Obama has even less courage. While child soldiers are trained, fortresses are built and girls are turned into slaves, the man responsible for all this smiles and practices his swing for the camera.

While an Alqaedastan grows in Africa, Obama vacations in Hawaii.

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Cyber War$

Online Banking Attacks Were Work of Iran, U.S. Officials Say

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SAN FRANCISCO '-- The attackers hit one American bank after the next. As in so many previous attacks, dozens of online banking sites slowed, hiccupped or ground to a halt before recovering several minutes later.

Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York TimesJames A. Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington believes that recent online attacks on American banks have been the work of Iran.

But there was something disturbingly different about the wave of online attacks on American banks in recent weeks. Security researchers say that instead of exploiting individual computers, the attackers engineered networks of computers in data centers, transforming the online equivalent of a few yapping Chihuahuas into a pack of fire-breathing Godzillas.

The skill required to carry out attacks on this scale has convinced United States government officials and security researchers that they are the work of Iran, most likely in retaliation for economic sanctions and online attacks by the United States.

''There is no doubt within the U.S. government that Iran is behind these attacks,'' said James A. Lewis, a former official in the State and Commerce Departments and a computer security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Mr. Lewis said the amount of traffic flooding American banking sites was ''multiple times'' the amount that Russia directed at Estonia in a monthlong online assault in 2007 that nearly crippled the Baltic nation.

American officials have not offered any technical evidence to back up their claims, but computer security experts say the recent attacks showed a level of sophistication far beyond that of amateur hackers. Also, the hackers chose to pursue disruption, not money: another earmark of state-sponsored attacks, the experts said.

''The scale, the scope and the effectiveness of these attacks have been unprecedented,'' said Carl Herberger, vice president of security solutions at Radware, a security firm that has been investigating the attacks on behalf of banks and cloud service providers. ''There have never been this many financial institutions under this much duress.''

Since September, intruders have caused major disruptions to the online banking sites of Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, PNC, Capital One, Fifth Third Bank, BB&T and HSBC.

They employed DDoS attacks, or distributed denial of service attacks, named because hackers deny customers service by directing large volumes of traffic to a site until it collapses. No bank accounts were breached and no customers' money was taken.

By using data centers, the attackers are simply keeping up with the times. Companies and consumers are increasingly conducting their business over large-scale ''clouds'' of hundreds, even thousands, of networked computer servers.

These clouds are run by Amazon and Google, but also by many smaller players who commonly rent them to other companies. It appears the hackers remotely hijacked some of these clouds and used the computing power to take down American banking sites.

''There's a sense now that attackers are crafting their own private clouds,'' either by creating networks of individual machines or by stealing resources wholesale from poorly maintained corporate clouds, said John Kindervag, an analyst at Forrester Research.

How, exactly, attackers are hijacking data centers is still a mystery. Making matters more complex, they have simultaneously introduced another weapon: encrypted DDoS attacks.

Banks encrypt customers' online transactions for security, but the encryption process consumes system resources. By flooding banking sites with encryption requests, attackers can further slow or cripple sites with fewer requests.

A hacker group calling itself Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters has claimed in online posts that it was responsible for the attacks.

The group said it attacked the banks in retaliation for an anti-Islam video that mocked the Prophet Muhammad, and pledged to continue its campaign until the video was scrubbed from the Internet. It called the campaign Operation Ababil, a reference to a story in the Koran in which Allah sends swallows to defeat an army of elephants dispatched by the king of Yemen to attack Mecca in A.D. 571.

But American intelligence officials say the group is actually a cover for Iran. They claim Iran is waging the attacks in retaliation for Western economic sanctions and for a series of cyberattacks on its own systems. In the last three years, three sophisticated computer viruses '-- called Flame, Duqu and Stuxnet '-- have hit computers in Iran. The New York Times reported last year that the United States, together with Israel, was responsible for Stuxnet, the virus used to destroy centrifuges in an Iranian nuclear facility in 2010.

''It's a bit of a grudge match,'' said Mr. Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Public-Private Collaboration Needed to Combat Cyberthreats, Business Leaders Say - Blog

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By Yasmin TadjdehIn order to stop the onslaught of dangerous and costly cybercrime, businesses and the government must work together to share vital information related to attacks, top business leaders said Jan. 9. But they insisted that government mandates were not the way to go.''Robust, two-way information sharing that has the appropriate legal and privacy protections between business and government [is needed],'' said Michael Manchisi, group executive for global processing business at MasterCard Worldwide '-- a business that alone suffers hundreds of thousands of attacks each day.

Collaborative efforts will help mitigate the growing and increasingly sophisticated attacks that occur non-stop, said John Engler, president at Business Roundtable (BRT), a trade association that represents more than 200 top CEOs from various industries.

''Cyber-assets in the private sector are '... the foundation of modern enterprise and when you threaten those assets you're actually threatening both those specific companies and our country's economic vitality,'' said Engler at a BRT media briefing.

The organization's recently released report, ''More Intelligent, More Effective Cybersecurity Protection'' calls for increased information sharing among government and private entities in order to create better defense systems.

As cyberthreats have grown, CEOs are becoming increasingly aware of the necessity to address and stop them, said Liz Gasster, vice president at BRT.

''Cyber-infrastructure and cyber-issues have gone from kind of collateral concerns to, at the CEO-level, '... being front and center,'' said Gasster. Part of the reason that CEOs are paying more attention is because the threats are becoming increasingly more nefarious, she added.

''We're seeing that the significance of threats and the seriousness of threats [are] evolving from kind of annoyances that need to be dealt with '... operationally to much more significant, pernicious threats,'' said Gasster.

The association is calling for businesses to work hand in hand, but also wants the government to becomes involved. Top-down regulations won't do the trick, Manchisi insisted.

''We need action on this space, but we need action that is less focused on a legislative and administration approach, but action that's really the true public-private collaboration '-- not a mandate in terms of a top-down regulatory approach,'' said Manchisi.

Members of the 112th Congress introduced several bills that would have imposed information-sharing mandates on industry, but they did not pass in the face of widespread opposition from Republicans who didn't want to add more federal regulations. The Obama administration is said to be working on an Executive Order that may address some of the shortcomings. Executives at the briefing echoed some of the misgivings that emerged last year.The nature of the legislative process works against effective counter-cybercrime measures, Engler said.

''Your traditional check-the-box kind of regulatory approach doesn't work because it's always, from day one, out of date,'' he said. ''Speed matters here.''

But the government can work harder to tackle cybercrime and set harsher penalties, Manchisi said. Engler compared it to looting the U.S. Treasury '-- you wouldn't let a thief get away with it, yet hackers every day get away with stealing valuable intellectual property from companies across the globe.

Besides sharing information '-- even when it involves classified information '-- it is essential that the government put in protections to safeguard intellectual property when an entity shares details about an attack, Manchisi said.

Gasster stressed that no longer is it just tech-related companies worried about cybertheft, but companies in every industry.

''It's not just high-tech companies that view their cyber-infrastructure as key to their economic profitability,'' said Gasster. ''We have retail companies and companies across the sectors where now their cyber-infrastructure is vital to the work that they do.''

Businesses and the government must work together to meet the current challenge, Engler said.

''The people who are coming at us '... they are some of the most creative, smartest kind of people in the world,'' said Engler. ''We have to be just as good. We've got to be better."

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About Us | Business Roundtable

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About UsBusiness Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $7.3 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 16 million employees. BRT member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock market and invest more than $150 billion annually in research and development '' equal to 61 percent of U.S. private R&D spending. Our companies pay $182 billion in dividends to shareholders and generate nearly $500 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually. BRT companies give more than $9 billion a year in combined charitable contributions.

Business Roundtable was established in 1972, founded on the belief that in a pluralistic society, businesses should play an active and effective role in the formation of public policy.

Uniting and amplifying the diverse business perspectives and voices of America's top CEOs, Business Roundtable innovates and advocates to help expand economic opportunity for all Americans.

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More Intelligent, More Effective Cybersecurity Protection | Business Roundtable

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More Intelligent, More Effective Cybersecurity ProtectionBRT CEOs outline their plan for developing a more modern, flexible and collaborative approach to protecting America's strategic information assets.


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White House Bans Paparazzi Images of Sasha and Malia Obama on Hawaiian Beach (EXCLUSIVE) - Celebuzz

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Five things that the POTUS and Jay Z have in common. Read More >>A paparazzo who took photographs of the daughters of President Barack Obama walking along a Hawaiian beach last week made a big mistake '-- at least, in the eyes of the Oval Office.

Because as soon as the images of Sasha and Malia were sent out to news outlets around the world, the photographer received an official letter from the White House telling him to immediately stop their release, Celebuzz has exclusively learned.

Ironically, the man was waiting for pregnant Hollywood star Jessica Simpson to leave her Kailua Beach retreat in Honolulu County when the Presidential sisters, vacationing with their famous parents in an adjacent property since Dec. 21, came walking-by.

''After he took the photographs, agents from the United States Secret Service came over and asked him for identification,'' according to a source who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Celebuzz has chosen not to name the photographer.

''They were nice enough to him and didn't seize his camera equipment.

''But when he sent the photographs out via the agency's wire, he received a letter, on a White House letterhead, requesting that the images not be released.''

The letter was from the White House Press Office, the source added.

''It stated that Sasha and Malia's privacy should be maintained as they were on a private holiday,'' the insider told Celebuzz.

''The letter said that other media had been respecting these requirements.''

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are known to be very protective of Malia, 14 and Sasha, 11, previously demanding that the media respect their privacy unless they are attending a public or pre-arranged event.

The Obamas returned to Washington on Sunday after their annual end-of-year visit to the President's native state.

The family was staying at a 7000 sq ft rental home in the upscale Kailua area that boasts five bedrooms, a media room and a secluded lagoon style pool with tropical waterfalls and a spa.

The President '-- who spent eight years at Punahou School in Hawaii before he graduated '-- has his vacation disrupted just after Christmas when he was forced to return to the capital to help broker a solution on the fiscal cliff crisis.

He returned to Hawaii less than an hour after Congress and the White House resolved the fiscal cliff, at the eleventh hour.

Obama boarded Air Force One on Jan. 1 to return to his planned holiday vacation and later reunited with his wife and daughters, who have been vacationing there since just before Christmas.

The president began his family holiday '-- his first extended personal time outside of Washington since the presidential campaign.

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Report: Team Obama ''Starting To Seriously Worry'' About Low Turnout At Inauguration Ceremony'...

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No doubt the hardcore Obamabots will still be there to worship Chicago Jesus.

Via NY Post:

It would be difficult to upstage President Obama's starry inauguration four years ago where an estimated 1.8 million descended to see Beyonc(C),Bono and Bruce perform. But things are so grim this time that Presidential Inaugural Committee members are sweating over the Jan. 21 event, sources say.

The number of inaugural balls this year where the president and Michelle Obama will appear has sharply dwindled from 10 to two. And donors have also dropped, sources say. ''Some on the presidential inaugural committee are starting to seriously worry,'' said a political insider. ''They've dramatically cut the number of balls from 2008 to two, and both will be taking place in the Washington Convention Center.'' It will mark the fewest number of official inaugural balls since 1953.

Meanwhile, DC hotels that were booked solid for Obama's first inauguration have struggled to attract visitors. ''Hotels have been slashing prices, and ticket prices to the inaugural events are expected to go down,'' said a source, who added, ''The committee has been working hard to find benefactors to raise funds.''

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Georgians want Saakashvili to step down - Pravda.ru

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Georgia's major cities - Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti - held protests demanding the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili. In the Georgian capital, protesters gathered outside the presidential residence, holding banners "Mikhail, leave" and "Come on, goodbye."

The protests were organized by a number of public organizations. Activists of the anti-presidential campaign said that their requirement was consistent with "legal, political and moral norms."

Mikhail Andguladze, the leader of one of the organizations, said that "a large proportion of the population has the will to ensure Saakashvili steps down." The protesters said they had collected more than 800,000 signatures for the resignation of the sitting President of Georgia.

"January 20 will mark five years after Saakashvili's second inauguration, so he should resign. If he does not step down as president by that time, such public actions will become regular and larger," said Andguladze.

The protesters drew attention to the fact that Saakashvili's presidential term expires on January 5, 2013, according to the Georgian Constitution, but he artificially extended it before the fall of 2013. Saakashvili himself has repeatedly said that he would not leave his post until the presidential election in October.

Georgia has found itself under the conditions of dual power. Opposition coalition The Georgian Dream won the parliamentary elections on Oct. 1, 2012. Billionaire Boris (Bidzina) Ivanishvili became the Prime Minister, whereas President Mikhail Saakashvili and the former ruling party "United National Movement" went into opposition.

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Badakshan must survive

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Major General Ashok K Mehta (retd)The fall of Badakshan must be prevented at all costFinally it is happening. India's proactive Afghan policy is shaping. The Russians, old hands at the Great Game south of the Caucasus, are joining hands with India among others and the USA to work out a strategy to bail out the anti-Taleban alliance represented by the Masoud militia of what is left of the Northern Alliance.

India's third front may be saved from crumbling. This strategic frontier lies astride the Pamirs and the Hindukush in Afghanistan where the Northern Alliance commander, Ahmed Shah Masoud, is battling the Taleban for survival.

Masoud is being kept on drip by Russia, Tajikistan, India, Iran and others but there is no collective strategic vision among them on how to deal with the Taleban.

Many people say India's Afghan policy is in tatters starting from the flawed decision to support the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Others argue that while geography has limited India's policy options, the lack of contiguity confers the advantage of strategic deniability. Unfortunately, there is no game plan.

Geography and history are so entwined in the land of the Great Game that unless one has a grasp of both, chances of success are zero. How times have changed.

By the mid seventies, Pakistan had committed two army corps, one each at Quetta and Peshawar, guarding its western front. On the east, it was hemmed in by India. Afghan officers trained in the USSR and USA, would pore over maps of the northwest frontier, playing war games with their Indian colleagues on restoring the Durand Line along the Indus river.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, all that changed. Pakistan with American backing, sought to fill the vacuum with the creation of the Taleban. Pakistan's former interior minister, Major General Nasirullah Khan Babar, had once proudly told this writer that the Taleban was his baby.

Till recently, India had a one point agenda: to ensure a pro-India regime in Afghanistan and limit the influx of the Taleban into J&K.

With the Taleban now in control of 95 per cent of the territory and Kabul becoming the fount of terrorism, narcotics and jehad, India has to think beyond supporting Masoud and look across the Amu Dariya at the untapped treasures of energy, mineral resources and markets.

The issues range from choosing between Taleban and Masoud, to the kind of help India should provide to ensure political and military stability in Afghanistan.

With fresh sanctions against the Taleban on the anvil, nearly on million Afghans face the threat of starvation with Pakistan bound to be affected by a fresh wave of refugees. Officially Pakistan hosts 1.2 million refugees, though the actual figures is nearly three times.

It is well known that even if the Taleban's conquest of Afghanistan is complete, guerilla warfare will ravage much of the north.

A victory for the Taleban will be seen as victory for Pakistan and those hankering for strategic depth. The surplus Jehadis will flood Pakistan and Kashmir bringing greater instability to the region. Pakistan's military forces will, however, continue to be committed in Afghanistan.

India's options have therefore, to be weighed carefully after consulting Russia, Iran, and the Central Asian Republics.

In another two weeks, the snows will settle over the Hindukush mountains signaling the end of the campaigning season. The battlelines are very confused. Masoud has lost much ground in the last two years and been boxed into the Badakshan province, containing the strategic Wakhan corridor, straddling Pakistan, China and Tajikistan. He has lost Taloqan province but recaptured Imam Saheb and Khwaja Ghar.

The fearless commander of the Northern Alliance has to secure his lines of communication to his bases along the Amu Dariya like the river port of Sherkhan Bander, to Tajikistan in the north from Faizabad (the capital of Badakshan province) and to Panjhshir valley north of Kabul from Charikhar and Jabal us Siraj.

With a rag tag force of around 7000 armed guerillas, Masoud is fighting on two fronts: Badakshan and Panjhshir. He has the skills and cunning, if not the wherewithal, to defend Badakshan. The new winter defence line is likely to be approximately 20 km east of Taloqan while his forces further south try to gain ground north of Kabul.

The Taleban is a full fledged conventional force under the command of Lt Gen Said ul Zafar, GoC, Peshawar-based 11 Corps, responsible for Afghanistan. His field commanders are Brigadiers Rashid, Shamim and Khanzada, the last two from the ISI. As many as 5000 soldiers - a brigade - are helping the 50,000 strong army of Taleban. Of these, around 1200 regulars are leading a force of 10,000 Taleban in the Badakshan theatre of operations. They are backed by 4000 volunteers from madarsas in Pakistan with another 3000 in reserve at Chaman.

Like at Mazar-e-Sharif in 1998, the Taleban is employing conventional tactics and being supported by tanks and APCs where these are usable. The moment of truth will come next year when Taleban launch their summer offensive to capture Faizabad and link up over the 15,000 foot high Dorah Pass with Chitral in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.

If they succeed in capturing Badakshan, Panjhshir will become untenable and the Northern Alliance will have no organised presence left in Afghanistan.

With Masoud under threat of being squeezed from Taloqan and Chitral, well-wishers of the Northern Alliance need to forge a strategy that will ensure not only his survival but also an increased military capacity to bleed the Pakistan Army inside Afghanistan. Commander Masoud is the best man for this job.

Although there is some networking in the CAR with Russia, no counter Taleban politico-military strategy is visible. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are the three countries which share borders with Afghanistan in the north. Turkmenistan and Taleban enjoy good business relations. Pakistan is keen to start work on a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through western Afghanistan. Uzbekistan, like Tajikistan, being vulnerable to Islamic fundamentalism, is sitting on the fence.

President Karimov has acknowledged Taleban's preeminence but is worried the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan will get Taleban to help set up an Islamic state in Ferghana valley in Uzbekistan. This is not all. There have been shoot-outs in Tajikistan and Kyrghzstan involving fundamentalists.

Russia fears not only the Talebanisation of CAR but also an influx of Muslim volunteers in Chechnya and Dagestan. Its 201 Army division located in Tajikistan is patrolling the southern borders with Afghanistan.

The Taleban has described the Russian presence as threat to Central Asia. In the meantime, diplomatic activity to contain Taleban has gone multidimensional.

At Russia's behest, the Shanghai Five is being expanded to the Shanghai Forum with Indian participation: there is a new regional security pact of Kazakistan, Kyrghzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Armenia and Russia; separate bilateral working groups between Russia-India, Russia-USA, US-India on Afghanistan and counterterrorism and Russia-Pakistan discussions on Afghanistan are operational or in the offing.

While the Taleban wants the Afghanistan seat in the UN, US is demanding Osama Bin Laden, ban on opium production and a liberal human rights record. More UN sanctions on the Taleban which could include closure of land borders are likely even while efforts are on to get the warring factions around the negotiating table. The Taleban however, is most unlikely to accept the formation of a broad-based government after its military seizure of Afghanistan.

Lt Gen K Matinuddin of Pakistan in his book The Taleban Phenomenon has described Pakistan's backing of the Taleban as the biggest clandestine operation undertaken by his country. He has severely criticised his government's Afghan policy and suggested the formation of a broad-based government. It seems the UN has managed once again to bring the Taleban around in talking to the Northern Alliance about powersharing.

The first meeting of the Indo-Russian joint working group on Afghanistan later this month could decide the fate of the Northern Alliance. As India needs to create strategic space for itself in Afghanistan it must, in concert with other states, do much more for Masoud than just giving medicines and blankets.

The fall of Badakshan must be prevented at all costs. It is high time India not only salvaged its third front but also raised the costs for Pakistan for its interference in Afghanistan.

Major General Ashok K Mehta (retd)


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A Flu Pandemic Will Inevitably Kill You

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Global Flu Pandemic 'Inevitable,' Expert Warns ... It may only be a matter of time before bird flu can be passed between humans A new global flu pandemic within the next couple years is inevitable, one prominent flu vaccine manufacturer says. Joseph Kim, head of Inovio Pharmaceuticals, which is currently working on a "universal" flu vaccine that would protect against most strains of the virus, says the world is due for a massive bird flu outbreak that could be much deadlier than the 2009 swine flu pandemic. "I really believe we were lucky in 2009 [with the swine flu] because the strain that won out was not particularly lethal," he says. "Bird flu kills over 60 percent of people that it infects, regardless of health or age. It is a phenomenal killing machine'--our only saving grace thus far is the virus has not yet jumped to humans." '' US News and World Report

Dominant Social Theme: Be very frightened. Your life could end tomorrow from a hacking cough ... and then worse!

Free-Market Analysis: This is a scary article that fits right in with our larger theory about power elite fear-based promotions. We call them dominant social themes and theorize with a good deal of corroborative evidence that these memes are intended to scare people into giving up power and wealth to globalist solutions.

Those solutions are provided by the same power elite and we regularly catalog them. The bought-and-paid-for mainstream media are used to distribute them. A subdominant social theme, by the way, might be that only a global public health facility is capable of combating such catastrophes.

That brings up WHO '' the UN's World Health Agency that is relentlessly flogged by globalist types. Just as we are now seeing the advancement of universal criminal justice, so WHO is constantly advanced as the solution to inevitable global health challenges.

Here's some more from the article:

Fears about the possibility of an H5N1 avian flu pandemic first surfaced in the mid 2000s'--since then, it has infected more than 600 people, killing more than 350 of them, mostly in southeast Asia. The global toll thus far has been mild because the disease can only be transmitted from bird to bird and from bird to human. But experts fear that a few simple mutations in the virus could make it transmissible from human to human.

Last year, Ron Fouchier, a dutch flu researcher, genetically modified a strain of H5N1 so that it was transmissible between ferrets, which are often used to test human-to-human transmissibility. At the time, Fouchier said he had created "probably one of the most dangerous viruses you can make." Paul Keim, a geneticist with the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, echoed that sentiment: "I can't think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one," he said. "I don't think anthrax is scary at all compared to this."

The discovery led the World Health Organization to call for a moratorium on laboratory-modified H5N1 research and recognize "that research on naturally-occurring H5N1 influenza virus must continue to protect public health."

Kim says that if a deadlier version of H5N1 is going to emerge naturally, it will probably come from southeast Asia, where there are large pig, human, and bird populations. If a pandemic were to occur, the virus would likely be passed from birds to pigs, where it would mutate, and then from pigs to humans, he says.

"If I was a betting man, I'd say Southeast Asia," he says. "The last few pandemics have come from that area'--you have a huge pig population, a humid climate, and a proximity of many birds, ducks, and geese."

After the original emergence of H5N1 in the mid 2000s, governments worldwide began stockpiling bird flu vaccines'--but there's no telling whether the vaccines would offer much protection against a mutated strain or not.

Sure "government" began stockpiling bird flu vaccine! The point of the exercise was likely simply to reinforce the idea that only government can provide the appropriate services during a pandemic crisis.

Well ... we're sorta beyond that logic by now. Turns out there were never any double-blind tests done to confirm the efficacy of the polio vaccine. Even today, many vaccines are apparently NOT rigorously tested. And there is considerable confusion about just what has been "wiped out" by vaccines.

We're certainly not ready to say that vaccines don't EVER work. But we're just as sure that vaccines have side effects that render their blanket application questionable indeed. The idea of a medicine that MUST be universally distributed to be efficacious is a bit too good to be true. There is a lot of talk these days about herd immunity but we wonder if that's just not more "pharma jargon."

The idea that diseases can be wiped out if only everyone takes the proper vaccination is a bit too pat ... Also, we recall that diseases that have been declared "wiped out" occasionally make a comeback. Inevitably, someone announces the reason that such "wiped out" diseases have reoccurred is because vaccination programs have lagged.

Our larger point '' one we're trying to advance regularly '' is that the scary pandemics that we've grown up hearing about may not have been real, or at least not as catastrophic as we've been led to believe. It simply doesn't make sense that a biological organism would attempt to wipe out hosts on a massive scale.

More likely, what begins as deadly will soon morph into a more benign version. There's plenty of evidence for this but reading articles like this one will not remind anyone that the goal of organisms is life not death. No, we're taught by these alarmist articles that a bug will start out deadly and stay that way until it has literally slaughtered billions.

The last time this supposedly happened was during the influenza bug after World War I. But as it turns out, first-hand accounts (long suppressed until the advent of the Internet Reformation) claim that it was corrupted vaccines themselves that caused the terrible influenza outbreak.

Many troops, weakened by the war and privation, were given these damaged vaccines and subsequently developed virulent symptoms and often died. The "history" handed down to us emphasizes the deadly effects of the flu but neglects to explain a possible causation.

Over and over we find these lacunas. It is difficult to avoid the suspicion that much of what passed for 20th century factual renditions was indeed what we call "directed history." Whether it is world war, national space programs, environmental degradation or potential global pandemics, we are constantly instructed that only the most massive bureaucratic agencies can salvage our life ... our health ... our hope.

It's our suspicion that if someone ever wrote a "debunker" history of the world's grand pandemics it might be concluded that while such illnesses were deadly, they were not as horrible as modern history makes them out to be.

Conclusion: It is the elites that circulate such grim speculations to fortify their globalist solutions. But with the progress of alternative medicines in the 21st century, a new medical history is gradually being constructed. Let us hope it is more sensible and less fear-based than the old. Articles like this one in US News don't help.

Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) Facts

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Do you have one of these conditions?Alzheimer's disease or other dementiasStrokeTraumatic Brain Injury (TBI)Multiple Sclerosis (MS)Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)Parkinson's DiseaseHave you experienced sudden outbursts of uncontrollable crying or laughing?If so, you may have PBA. Learn more about this neurologic condition that affects nearly 2 million Americans.

Meet Dr. FellusDr. Jonathan Fellus has worked with Avanir to create the content for PBA Facts because of his experiences as a neurologist with PBA patients.

Dr. Fellus specializes in the neurorehabilitation of acquired Brain Injuries, including traumatic and non-traumatic causes. Dr. Fellus, Chief Medical Officer of the International Brain Research Foundation, has served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, and has also been appointed to the Governor's panel on brain injury research.

He graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his neurology residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Look for the videos throughout this website as Dr. Fellus helps explain the science and facts behind PBA.

Jonathan Fellus M.D., Neurologist

Chief Medical Officer, International Brain Research Foundation

Don't call it dePressionMost people have never heard of a neurologic condition called PseudoBulbar Affect [PBA]'--yet it affects nearly 2 million Americans with certain neurologic conditions and brain injuries.

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Click on the video to watch our television commercial and learn more about this misunderstood neurologic condition called PBA.

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"There Will Be Another Mass Shooting In America In The Next Few Months!" Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan Has a 'Multi-Year' Deal With CNN | TheWrap TV

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Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:51

CNN's hiring of Piers Morgan to a multi-year contract is the result of weeks of negotiations to arrange a deal that allowed him to juggle the hosting job with his many existing gigs.

Morgan's arrangement with CNN will allow him to maintain his positions at NBC's "America's Got Talent" and the British channel ITV, but his future on "Britain's Got Talent" is uncertain.

The cable news network announced Wednesday morning that Morgan would replace Larry King as host of the 9 p.m. hour in January. John Ferriter, Morgan's agent, wouldn't reveal the amount of the CNN contract.

"It's a multi-year deal and he's very happy," was all Ferriter would say when asked about numbers.

Ferriter also said that Morgan has a "multi-year" deal to continue judging on "America's Got Talent" on NBC. Morgan's NBC contract was renegotiated to allow him to do double duty with CNN. An NBC spokesperson declined to comment on the specifics of Morgan's "Talent" deal.

Morgan, who got his start as a tabloid journalist in the U.K., also works across the pond as host of the ITV interview show "Piers Morgan's Life Stories" and as a judge on "Britain's Got Talent."

An individual close to Morgan told TheWrap that Morgan will continue to host the ITV show, but that it remains to be seen whether he will stay on "Britain's Got Talent."

Earlier this week, Simon Cowell, the creator of "Britain's Got Talent," told the British newspaper Daily Star that he plans to make "big changes" on the show in 2011.

"Expect big changes. I like the idea of doing something different next year. No one is safe. No one should feel they have the show guaranteed," Cowell said.

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Patricia Maisch, one of the people who helped disarm Jared Lee Loughner after his 2011 shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday to mark the two year anniversary of that tragic attack. She twice told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, were it not for the ''20 little martyrs'' who died in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, new legal restrictions on gun ownership may never have materialized.

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VIDEO->> ''I Don't Want That Man to Have a Gun'' Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

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Kurt NimmoInfowars.comJanuary 8, 2012

After CNN ejected Alex Jones following his impassioned defense of the Second Amendment on the Piers Morgan Show last night, Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said Jones is ''a piece of evidence'' for the disarmament case made by the gun grabbers.

''We lawyers refer to people like that not as witnesses, but as exhibits,'' Dershowitz told Morgan. ''He was an exhibit, like a piece of evidence. You just see him speaking and you say to yourself, 'I don't want that man to have a gun.' I wouldn't feel comfortable having an argument with him in his home where he had access to his 50 weapons, and if he got really mad at something I said, or I disputed his contentions, or I told him he was lying about the FBI statistics, and that he was lying about the claim more guns equal less crime, I would be worried he would grab for his semi-automatic and try to resolve it.''

Alan Dershowitz's comments epitomize the effete East Coast intellectual response to the so-called gun culture in America '' that Americans in Texas or Oklahoma or the backwoods of Michigan who are not victims of government disarmament like they are in New York are homicidal maniacs who will murder people when they disagree with them.

Piers Morgan and Dershowitz are dedicated to pushing the government and establishment media manufactured meme that those of us who exercise the Second Amendment and possess firearms for self-defense or '' the primary purpose of the Second Amendment, to defend against government tyranny '' are irrational and dangerous yahoos who need to be disarmed and restrained.

Morgan voiced his concern over the growing influence of Jones and millions of Americans who listen to him and watch his television show. ''He foments this fear of a tyrannical regime,'' Morgan said, ''and that is why everyone in America needs to be armed with AR15s, and it's the stuff of nonsense, isn't it?''

In other words, for Morgan and the establishment, warnings about tyranny expressed by the founders were little more than nonsense and Thomas Jefferson was a fool when he said, ''The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.''

Jefferson's admonition about government tyranny is as relevant today as it was when he spoke it more than two hundred years ago.

Sam Adams said the ''liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards'' and ''it is our duty to defend them against all attacks'' and the ''artifices of designing men,'' such as Piers Morgan and the establishment lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

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VIDEO-New details emerge in hearing for Colorado theater shooting suspect - CNN.com

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NEW: Youngest victim was shot four times, according to coronerProsecutors say video shows Holmes in theater complex, using a ticket kioskSuspect James Holmes kept theater door unlocked with piece of plastic, officer saysHolmes's attorneys are expected to present a "diminished capacity" defenseCentennial, Colorado (CNN) -- So much blood the theater floor had become slippery. Bodies with horrific injuries. The eerie sound of cell phones ringing, over and over again.

This is the scene Aurora police Officer Justin Grizzle said he encountered moments after entering the theater where, according to authorities, 25-year-old James Holmes killed 12 people in a July 20 shooting rampage.

Grizzle testified Monday on the opening day of the preliminary hearing for Holmes, who is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.

The 13-year veteran wiped away tears while describing his efforts to rush badly wounded victims to the hospital in his police cruiser, including shooting victim Ashley Moser and her husband, who wanted Grizzle to turn around and head back to the theater.

"He was shot in the head somewhere. He kept asking where his ... daughter was," Grizzle said. "He opened the door and tried to jump out."

Grizzle said he had to drive and hold the man by his shoulder to keep him in the car.

The girl the man was seeking, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, was shot four times and was among those killed in the shooting at a midnight showing of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises." Veronica's mother, Ashley, faces a long recovery after being paralyzed in her lower half and miscarrying after the shooting.

The scene was still gruesome when Detective Matthew Ingui arrived 12 hours later with other investigators.

"We saw the first victim laying on the ground," he said "There's shoes, blood, body tissue and popcorn on the floor."

Blood was everywhere, he said.

Ingui described how he outlined each of the victims and marked where the bodies were found. Holmes had no visible reaction during the testimony.

The detective said investigators found 209 live rounds of .223 ammunition and 15 cartridges of .40-caliber rounds inside the auditorium.

The preliminary hearing that began Monday is designed to show a judge that the state has enough evidence to proceed to trial. Prosecutors are calling scores of witnesses and outlining their evidence in the case. The hearing could go on for days.

A gag order imposed by the judge in the case has limited the flow of information about the attack. However, a source said Holmes allegedly went out a rear exit door, propped it open and gathered his weapons. He then returned to the theater and tossed a canister inside before opening fire, the source said.

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The public gets its first glimpse of James Holmes, 24, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting during his initial court appearance Monday, July 23. With his hair dyed reddish-orange, Holmes, here with public defender Tamara Brady, showed little emotion. He is accused of opening fire in a movie theater Friday, July 20, in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. More photos: Mourning the victims of the Colorado theater massacreOnlookers gather outside the Century Aurora 16 theater.Cell phone video taken by someone at the theater showed scores of people screaming and fleeing the building. Some, like this man, had blood on their clothes.Police Chief Dan Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman, and FBI spokesman Jason Pack said it did not appear the incident was related to terrorism.Colorado movie theater shooting

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Screaming moviegoers scrambled to escape from the gunman, who shot at random as he walked up the theater's steps, according to witnesses.

It was a scene "straight out of a horror film," said Chris Ramos, who was inside the theater.

While none of the four law enforcement witnesses who testified Monday offered insight into a possible motive for the shooting, some new details emerged.

Prosecutors showed surveillance camera video taken inside the theater complex that they said shows Holmes -- dressed in dark trousers, a light-colored shirt with a T-shirt underneath and a ski cap covering his hair -- using a cell phone at a ticket kiosk. Holmes printed out a ticket that had been purchased July 8, they said.

The cameras also captured the aftermath of the shooting as waves of people ran out of doors with theater staff behind counters. One employee even leaped over a counter.

There was no video from inside the auditorium where the shootings occurred.

Police Sgt. Gerald Jonsgaard said Holmes stopped the theater door from locking by using a small piece of plastic commonly used to hold tablecloths onto a picnic table. Jonsgaard also said he spotted a shotgun and a large drum magazine that appeared to be jammed on the floor of the theater.

Holmes' attorneys are expected to argue that their client has "diminished capacity," a term that, according to the Colorado Bar Association, relates to a person's ability or inability "to make adequately considered decisions" regarding his or her legal representation because of "mental impairment or for some other reason."

Several times, on cross-examination, they have asked witnesses about Holmes' demeanor and what he looked like when police found him.

The day's testimony concluded with a detective who interviewed people wounded in the attack and the two coroners who conducted the 12 autopsies.

After the hearing, Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester will determine whether there is enough evidence for Holmes to stand trial.

Security was tight at the hearing. Spectators had to pass through a metal detector and then were searched again before entering the courtroom. At least nine armed officers stood guard inside, some of them scanning the audience packed with reporters and victims' family members.

Holmes did not speak during the hearing. His bushy hair and long beard contrasted with the bright red hair and close-cropped looks he sported during previous appearances.

During portions of the hearing, family members of victims held one another, sobbing.

Earlier in Monday's hearing, police Officer Jason Oviatt -- the first officer to encounter Holmes after the rampage ended -- testified that Holmes seemed "very, very relaxed."

Holmes, his pupils dilated, sweating and smelly, didn't struggle or even tense his muscles as he was dragged away to be searched.

"He seemed very detached from it all," Oviatt testified, describing Holmes as unnaturally calm amid the chaos and carnage.

Oviatt testified Monday that within minutes of the first calls, he responded to the theater and found Holmes standing outside in a helmet and gas mask, his hands atop a white coupe that turned out to belong to him.

At first, Oviatt said, he thought Holmes was a police officer, but as he drew within 20 feet, he realized something was terribly wrong.

"He was just standing there. All the other officers were running around, trying to get into the theater," Oviatt said.

A trail of blood led from the theater. The rifle that authorities believe Holmes used in the attack lay on the ground near the building.

Holmes calmly complied with all Oviatt's orders, the officer testified.

Another officer, Aaron Blue, testified later that Holmes matter-of-factly told him, without prompting, about the complex web of explosives that authorities would later find in his Aurora apartment.

He told Blue that the devices "wouldn't go off unless we set them off."

Holmes was a doctoral student in the neuroscience program at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado, Denver, in Aurora, until he withdrew a month before being arrested outside the bullet-riddled movie theater. He had been a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist, according to a court document filed by his lawyers.

His only brush with the law in Colorado appears to have been a 2011 summons for speeding from Aurora police.

If Holmes is ruled incompetent to stand trial, the hearing could provide the best opportunity for victims and the public to understand what happened and why.

To at least one victim, it doesn't matter if Holmes stands trial.

"I obviously don't want him to walk, but as long as he doesn't see the light of day again, it doesn't really much concern me beyond that," said Stephen Barton, who suffered wounds on his face, neck and upper torso in the shooting that night. "To me, I see the trial as being an opportunity to learn more about what happened that night beyond just my own personal recollection."

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CNN's Casey Wian and Jim Spellman reported from Colorado; Michael Pearson wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Michael Cary and Greg Botelho also contributed to this report.

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Drones. These unmanned flying robots''some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds''do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, and kill has remained secret. But now, with rare access to drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful as we see how a remotely-piloted drone strike looks and feels from inside the command center. From cameras that can capture every detail of an entire city at a glance to swarming robots that can make decisions on their own to giant air frames that can stay aloft for days on end, drones are changing our relationship to war, surveillance, and each other. And it's just the beginning. Discover the cutting edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history as NOVA gets ready for "Rise of the Drones."

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Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) Facts

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Do you have one of these conditions?Alzheimer's disease or other dementiasStrokeTraumatic Brain Injury (TBI)Multiple Sclerosis (MS)Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)Parkinson's DiseaseHave you experienced sudden outbursts of uncontrollable crying or laughing?If so, you may have PBA. Learn more about this neurologic condition that affects nearly 2 million Americans.

Meet Dr. FellusDr. Jonathan Fellus has worked with Avanir to create the content for PBA Facts because of his experiences as a neurologist with PBA patients.

Dr. Fellus specializes in the neurorehabilitation of acquired Brain Injuries, including traumatic and non-traumatic causes. Dr. Fellus, Chief Medical Officer of the International Brain Research Foundation, has served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, and has also been appointed to the Governor's panel on brain injury research.

He graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his neurology residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Look for the videos throughout this website as Dr. Fellus helps explain the science and facts behind PBA.

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Chief Medical Officer, International Brain Research Foundation

Don't call it dePressionMost people have never heard of a neurologic condition called PseudoBulbar Affect [PBA]'--yet it affects nearly 2 million Americans with certain neurologic conditions and brain injuries.

That's why we worked with Dr. Fellus to create the PBA Facts Kit. We wanted people who're experiencing sudden outbursts of uncontrollable crying or laughing to understand that they are not ''crazy'', that they may not just be ''depressed'', and they're not alone.

Click on the video to watch our television commercial and learn more about this misunderstood neurologic condition called PBA.

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CBS Bizarrely Wonders About 'Normal Kinds' of Shootings; Promotes Pro-Gun Control Protests

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CBS This Morning's slant towards gun control emerged again on 8 January 2012 as they reported on the upcoming meetings of Vice President Joe Biden's task force on new firearms regulations. Despite a graphic spotlighting how "activists on both sides" were ready for a "fight" on the issue, the morning show only featured pictures of pro-gun control demonstrations, including one of a far left Code Pink protester disrupting a recent NRA press conference.

Anchor Charlie Rose also asked CBS News political director John Dickerson an eyebrow-raising question regarding the passage of federal gun control legislation in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut:

CHARLIE ROSE: How much pressure comes from the gun control lobby?...do they believe that there's something different, though, because this was about those 20 young kids, rather than normal kinds of awful tragic shootings?

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