Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Oil prices hit record high 122.49 dollars

Oil prices hit record high 122.49 dollars

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Oil prices spiked to a record high 122.49 dollars here on Tuesday as the market was driven by concerns over violence in key producer Nigeria and the weak US currency, analysts said.

After hitting the fresh high, New York's main oil futures contract, light sweet crude for June delivery, pulled back slightly to stand at 122.35 dollars per barrel, still up 2.34 dollars from Monday's close.

London's Brent North Sea crude for June also reached an all-time high at 120.96 dollars, before slipping back to 120.59 dollars for a gain of 2.46 dollars.

Runaway oil prices have almost doubled in the past year and have surged by more than 20 dollars since the start of 2008.

The latest record price levels beat the previous all-time highs that were set earlier Tuesday.

"Market headlines are dominated by the impact of currency fluctuations, geopolitics in the form of actual and potential threats to supply in Nigeria, Iraq and Iran, plus better-than-expected recent US economic data," said Barclays Capital analyst Kevin Norrish.

"Of these three drivers, we think it is supply losses that are the key driver at present."

Nigerian militants attacked an oil ship off the coast of the west African country and took two people hostage over the weekend.

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, has seen an upsurge in violent attacks on its oil industry in the past two years.

Events surrounding Iran, the world's fourth biggest oil producer, gave added support to prices on Tuesday.

Iran said Monday it would reject any offer that violates its right to master the full nuclear fuel cycle after world powers said they had prepared a new package to end the atomic crisis.

The West fears Iran could use uranium enrichment to make atomic weapons.

Iran denies it wants to do this and insists it has a right to enrich and make nuclear fuel as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Oil prices also continued to profit on Tuesday from the weak dollar, which helps boost demand for commodities priced in the US unit as they initially become cheaper for foreign buyers.

"US economic data recently has surprised to the upside, with the non-farms and unemployment data on Friday being better than expected," said Sucden analyst Michael Davies in London.

"However, many would argue that the US economic outlook remains bleak and that recent dollar strength may just be a correction."

Record-breaking oil prices have sparked widespread international concern among consumer nations.

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Mohammad al-Olaim last week said that OPEC may hold an extraordinary meeting on oil prices before a scheduled conference in September and did not appear to rule out higher production.

However, Libya's acting oil minister Chukri Ghanem recently indicated that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries could not pump more crude.

On Tuesday, the Indonesian government said it was considering withdrawing from OPEC, which produces about 40 percent of the world's oil.

Indonesia is the only Southeast Asian member of the oil cartel but declining production levels have turned it into a net importer.

Gen. Sanchez: Iraq policy driven by Bush reelection politics

Gen. Sanchez: Iraq policy driven by Bush reelection politics

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Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded coalition forces in Iraq in 2003-04, made headlines last fall when he described the Iraq War as having been “catastrophically flawed” from the start and called it “a nightmare with no end in sight.”

Now Sanchez is further slamming the Bush administration for gross incompetence in his new memoir, Wiser in Battle. Although he sees plenty of blame to go around, he is particularly critical of the subordination of the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis in 2004 to the demands of the presidential campaign.

Sanchez writes, “It was now crystal clear that a major success had to occur in Iraq before the presidential elections. Critical decisions affecting Iraq would be tied directly to ensuring the success of President Bush’s reelection campaign.”

In an interview on CNN, Sanchez noted that one very obvious effect of this need for a major success was that “we stopped the Fallujah attack because it would have a detrimental effect on the transfer of sovereignty. It would probably have collapsed.”

“Every American has to understand that wars are fought based on political objectives,” Sanchez explained. “What I describe in the book is that I’m fighting two different wars. I’m fighting the actual war on the ground, and I’m also fighting the war back in the United States, where the administration is attempting to get re-elected. … What I am faced with in the end is a situation where it is impossible for me to continue.”

This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast May 5, 2008.

House panel subpoenas top Cheney aide

House panel subpoenas top Cheney aide

By PAMELA HESS

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The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to compel a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney to testify to the committee about the Bush administration's interrogation practices.

David Addington, Cheney's chief of staff, refused to testify without a subpoena. No date has been set for his appearance before Congress.

Addington is one of several lawyers believed to have played a key role in crafting the administration's interrogation policies shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, policies which some say amounted to torture.

John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who wrote a now-repudiated memo allowing the harsh interrogations of military prisoners agreed late Monday to testify to Congress about those practices, averting a subpoena. Yoo is now a law professor at University of California-Berkeley.

Yoo's memo, dated March 14, 2003, outlines a legal justification for military interrogators to use harsh tactics against al-Qaida and Taliban detainees overseas — so long as they did not specifically intend to torture their captives.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Under Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith, and former Assistant Attorney General Daniel Levin have also agreed to give testimony at a future hearing. Former CIA Director George Tenet is still in negotiations with the committee, according to House Judiciary Committee spokeswoman Melanie Roussell.

The Judiciary Committee hearings are meant to determine what role administration lawyers played in creating and approving interrogation procedures that went far beyond those traditionally used by U.S. forces, and whether any of them violated their legal or ethical obligations, said Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich.

Justice System for Detainees Is Moving at a Crawl

Justice System for Detainees Is Moving at a Crawl

By Josh White

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No 9/11 trials likely before Bush leaves office, officials say.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - At the end of a tattered, sunbaked runway dotted with large green tents here is a building aptly called the Expeditionary Legal Complex Courtroom, surrounded by coils of concertina wire, where the most notorious alleged terrorists in U.S. custody are supposed to face charges related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Nearly seven years later, however, not one of the approximately 775 terrorism suspects who have been held on this island has faced a jury trial inside the new complex, and U.S. officials think it is highly unlikely that any of the Sept. 11 suspects will before the Bush administration ends.

Though men such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, are expected to be arraigned in coming months - appearing publicly for the first time after years of secret detention and harsh interrogations - officials say it could be a year or longer before worldwide audiences will see even the first piece of evidence or testimony against them.

"I think it's a near-impossibility that these cases will be in court before the end of the administration," said Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, who has observed numerous court hearings on the island.

"Some of the detainees haven't even seen their lawyers yet, there's incredibly complicated issues about access to evidence and discovery, and as we've seen with every single case to date, it's incredibly hard to move through a system that lacks established rules and precedent," she said. "Every little detail ends up being contested, because it's an entirely new system of justice."

That new system, set up by Congress's Military Commissions Act of 2006, so far has been entangled by numerous motions that challenge its fairness and constitutionality. Military officers presiding over the cases have had to make critical decisions on the fly, including some appealed to another new court created by the same legislation.

Although defense officials have said they want to start the Sept. 11 trials before the Bush administration ends - and one high-ranking Pentagon officer has been quoted talking about the "strategic political value" of doing so before the November elections - those involved privately agree that opening statements could be a year or more away.

Lawyers for some of the detainees jointly charged in the 2001 attacks say they are going to have to navigate an unprecedented volume of classified evidence and complex legal issues, and to mount a defense against the death penalty - all matters that have not been adjudicated in earlier detainee cases.

Susan Crawford, who supervises the military commissions process, has not yet even formally referred the Sept. 11 cases to trial, although arraignments could occur a month or so later.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann, the top legal authority in the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions, said: "Assuming it's referred, I expect there to be vigorous litigation by the defense community and the prosecution community." He declined to speculate how long it might take but said: "It will be helpful to the process for there to be a litigated case."

Since the U.S. detention facility on this southeastern corner of Cuba opened in January 2002, only one military commission has reached a verdict, when Australian David Hicks pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in March 2007. It was part of a politically orchestrated deal that returned Hicks to his home country to serve out his sentence. He was released Dec. 29.

None of the other 14 Guantanamo Bay detainees charged with crimes, including the six alleged Sept. 11 co-conspirators, has seen a courtroom for anything other than arraignments or legal motions.

The comparable figures in traditional U.S. criminal courts are less clear-cut, because the Justice Department has come under wide criticism for claiming terrorism-related convictions in cases that actually turn on immigration or other violations. But the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law has identified Justice Department charges against 202 people in connection with terrorism offenses since Sept. 11, 2001, and finished trials for 116. Of those, 80 were convicted, the center said.

Notably, Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria in May 2006 for links to the Sept. 11 plot and is now serving a life sentence in a Colorado supermax prison, a case that defense lawyers and human rights activists say is proof that such cases can, and should, be tried in U.S. criminal courts rather than by military commissions. They decry the military rules that allow coerced statements and hearsay into evidence and say there is no way the cases can be opened to the scrutiny they deserve.

"This is a self-inflicted wound," said Michael Berrigan, deputy chief defense counsel for the military commissions and a former longtime Army lawyer. "It's a sad day in the history of this republic when we have abandoned the rule of law."

Col. Lawrence Morris, the chief prosecutor for military commissions, said to the contrary that different rules are required for "enemy fighters" captured on a battlefield - where evidence is collected under different procedures - than ordinary criminal defendants. Even the interrogations of such detainees are focused more on gathering "wartime intelligence, not ... criminal prosecution," he said.

Authorities here had hoped that the first full military commission case, against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni who was an alleged driver for Osama bin Laden, would proceed smoothly. It is now scheduled to begin June 2. But last week Hamdan became the latest detainee to boycott the process, arguing that he wants no part in the military commissions because they do not reflect American justice.

In a 40-minute exchange with Navy Capt. Keith J. Allred, who is presiding over the case, Hamdan said that he would do anything to get into a regular American courtroom and that the military commissions process is a sham designed to trap him at Guantanamo Bay. He said his victory in a 2006 Supreme Court case, which forced the government to rewrite the rules for military commissions, was hollow because he has been incarcerated for seven years without any change in his conditions.

"I would like the law, I would like justice. Nothing else," Hamdan said.

Hartmann, who colleagues say has been trying to accelerate the process, responded that "the trials are not going to be held up because an accused exercises his right not to be present." He said that defendants have the right to waive their presence at the hearings and that it is up to them to choose. He also said the military commissions system affords defendants "astounding" rights that in some cases exceed the rights received by members of the U.S. military who are tried at courts-martial.

But Daskal of Human Rights Watch said trials without defendants present "would be a disaster" and the "last thing America needs" because of existing perceptions of unfairness in the process.

Hamdan's motions hearings have highlighted concerns that are likely to arise before all the military commissions, including whether rules allow defense attorneys to adequately represent their clients and gain access to government evidence. Even the interpreting at last week's hearing was fraught with technical difficulties, delaying the proceedings.

Berrigan testified last week that military defense teams do not yet have an appropriate secure facility to use in representing clients such as Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, whose conversations are classified at the highest level of secrecy. The installation of secure computers at the teams' Virginia office is still underway, and defense attorneys must carefully isolate their classified conversations about different clients because of potential legal conflicts.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer, who represents Hamdan and alleged Sept. 11 co-conspirator Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, said he thinks Ali's case will take a long time to get to court.

"The arraignment was a year ago in Hamdan, and there is very little classified information," he said. "Ali's case is going to involve dozens of wire transfers, witnesses from various locations around the world, and you add that the death penalty may be sought. I realistically do not think these cases can be rushed to trial."

When they do start, the trials will be only partially open.

Hamdan's hearings partly involved transcripts of conversations that two prosecutors had with investigators for the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General, but military defense attorneys were allowed only to read the documents and were barred from copying them. News reporters who asked the court for copies of the unclassified documents were denied access.

A plexiglass wall and a delayed audio transmission in the new high-security courtroom will keep reporters and observers separated from the proceedings, a measure meant to allow officials to censor classified information. Mizer said it is possible that observers will not hear much of what the high-value detainees say, if they choose to speak.

Hartmann said that within the military commissions process, "the principal obligation is not to the press," and that the cases are full, fair and open because of the rights afforded to the defendants. "That's what we do in the American system of justice," he said.

Racial Disparities Persist in Drug Arrests

Racial Disparities Persist in Drug Arrests

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Washington - The U.S. "war on drugs" disproportionately targets urban minority neighborhoods with African Americans being arrested and imprisoned on drug charges at much higher rates, according to a pair of reports released on Monday by rights groups.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said a review of new statistics across 34 states found persistent racial disparities among drug offenders sent to prison.

The 67-page report concludes that a black man is 11.8 times more likely than a white man to be sent to prison on drug charges, and a black woman is 4.8 times more likely than a white woman.

In 16 states, African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at rates between 10 and 42 times greater than the rate for whites, the report said.

"Most drug offenders are white, but most of the drug offenders sent to prison are black," said Jamie Fellner, a Human Rights Watch official and author of the report.

"The solution is not to imprison more whites but to radically rethink how to deal with drug abuse and low-level drug offenders."

Wisconsin, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Colorado, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan were listed as the 10 states with the greatest racial disparities in prison admissions for drug offenders.

In a separate study, the Washington-based Sentencing Project examined data from 43 of the largest American cities between 1980 and 2003.

The study found that, since 1980, the rate of drug arrests for African Americans increased by 225 percent, compared to 70 percent among whites.

In nearly half of the cities, the odds of arrest for a drug offense among African Americans relative to whites more than doubled, the report said.

Among other findings, the report said African-American drug arrests increased at 3.4 times the rate of whites despite similar rates of drug use.

"These trends come not as the result of higher rates of drug use among African Americans, but, instead, the decisions by local officials about where to pursue drug enforcement," said Ryan King, a policy analyst for The Sentencing Project.

The project and Human Rights Watch recommended the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences and a return to judicial discretion in the sentencing of drug offenders.

John St. Clair Akwei vs. NSA, Ft. Meade, MD, USA

John St. Clair Akwei vs.
NSA, Ft. Meade, MD, USA

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Evidence for the Lawsuit filed at the US courthouse in Washington, D.C.
(Civil Action 92-0449)

John St.Clair Akwei vs. NSA Ft George G. Meade, MD

My knowledge of the National Security Agency's structure, national security activities, proprietary technology,and covert operations to monitor individual citizens.

The NSA's mission and
the NSA's domestic Intelligence operation.

Communications Intelligence (COMINT)

Blanket coverage of all electronic communication in the U.S. and the world to ensure national security. The NSA at Ft. Meade, Maryland has had the most advanced computers in the world since the early 1960's. NSA technology is developed and implemented in secret from private corporations, academia, and the general public.

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

The Signals Intelligence mission of the NSA has evolved into a program of decoding EMF waves in the environment for wirelessly tapping into computers and tracking persons with the electrical currents in their bodies. Signals Intelligence is based on the fact that everything in the environment with an electric current in it has a magnetic flux around it which gives off EMF waves. The NSA/DoD has developed proprietary advanced digital equipment which can remotely analyze all objects whether man-made or organic that have electrical activity.

Domestic Intelligence (DOMINT)

The NSA has records on all U.S. citizens. The NSA gathers information on U.S. citizens who might be of interest to any of the over 50,000 NSA agents (HUMINT). These agents are authorized by executive order to spy on anyone. The NSA has a permanent National Security Anti-Terrorist surveillance network in place. This surveillance network is completely disguised and hidden from the public.

Tracking individuals in the U.S. is easily and cost-effectively implemented with the NSA's electronic surveillance network. This network (DOMINT) covers the entire U.S., involves tens of thousands of NSA personnel, and tracks millions of persons simultaneously. Cost effective implementation of operations is assured by NSA computer technology designed to minimize operations costs.

NSA personnel serve in Quasi-public positions in their communities and run cover businesses and legitimate businesses that can inform the intelligence community of persons they would want to track. N.S.A. personnel in the community usually have cover identities such as social workers, lawyers and business owners.

Individual citizens occasionally targeted for surveillance
by independently operating NSA personnel.

NSA personnel can control the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals in the U.S. by using the NSA's domestic intelligence network and cover businesses. The operations independently run by them can sometimes go beyond the bounds of law. Long-term control and sabotage of tens of thousands of unwitting citizens by NSA operatives is likely to happen. NSA Domint has the ability to covertly assassinate U.S. citizens or run covert psychological control operations to cause subjects to be diagnosed with ill mental health.

NSA's domestic electronic surveillance network

As of the early 1960's the most advanced computers in the world were at the NSA, Ft. Meade. Research breakthroughs with these computers were kept for the NSA. At the present time the NSA has nanotechnology computers that are 15 years ahead of present computer technology.

The NSA obtains blanket coverage of information in the U.S. by using advanced computers that use artificial intelligence to screen all communications, irregardless of medium, for key words that should be brought to the attention of NSA agents/cryptologists. These computers monitor all communications at the transmitting and receiving ends. This blanket coverage of the U.S. is a result of the NSA's Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission.

The NSA's electronic surveillance network is based on a cellular arrangement of devices that can monitor the entire EMF spectrum. This equipment was developed, implemented, and kept secret in the same manner as other electronic warfare programs.

With this technology NSA personnel can non-obtrusively tap into any communication device in existence. This includes computers, telephones, radio and video-based devices, printers, car electronics, and even the minute electrical fields in humans (for tracking individuals).

Signals Intelligence Remote Computer Tampering

The NSA keeps track of all PCs and other computers sold in the U.S. This is an integral part of the Domestic Intelligence network.

The NSA's EMF equipment can tune in RF emissions from personal computer circuit boards (while filtering out emissions from monitors and power supplies). The RF emission from PC circuit boards contains digital information in the PC. Coded RF waves from the NSA's equipment can resonate PC circuits and change data in the PC's. Thus the NSA can gain wireless modem-style entry into any computer in the country for surveillance or anti-terrorist electronic warfare.

Radio and Television signals can be substituted at the receiving end with special EMF equipment. Replacing signals in Radios and Televisions is another outgrowth of the NSA's Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission.

Detecting EMF Fields in Humans for Surveillance.

A subject's bioelectric field can be remotely detected, so subjects can be monitored anywhere they are. With special EMF equipment NSA cryptologists can remotely read evoked potentials (from EEGs). These can be decoded into a person's brain-states and thoughts. The subject is then perfectly monitored from a distance.

NSA personnel can dial up any individual in the country on the Signals lntelligence EMF scanning network and the NSA's computers will then pinpoint and track that person 24 hours-a-day. The NSA can pick out and track anyone in the U.S.

NSA Signals Intelligence Use of EMF Brain Stimulation

NSA Signals Intelligence uses EMF Brain Stimulation for Remote Neural Monitoring (RNM) and Electronic Brain Link (EBL). EMF Brain Stimulation has been in development since the MKUltra program of the early 1950's, which included neurological research into "radiation" (non-ionizing EMF) and bioelectric research and development. The resulting secret technology is categorized at the National Security Archives as "Radiation Intelligence," defined as "information from unintentionally emanated electromagnetic waves in the environment, not including radioactivity or nuclear detonation."

Signals Intelligence implemented and kept this technology secret in the same manner as other electronic warfare programs of the U.S. government. The NSA monitors available information about this technology and withholds scientific research from the public. There are also international intelligence agency agreements to keep this technology secret.

The NSA has proprietary electronic equipment that analyzes electrical activity in humans from a distance. NSA computer-generated brain mapping can continuously monitor all the electrical activity in die brain continuously. The NSA records aid decodes individual brain maps (of hundreds of thousands of persons) for national security purposes. EMF Brain Stimulation is also secretly used by the military for Brain-to-computer link. (In military fighter aircraft, for example.)

For electronic surveillance purposes electrical activity in the speech center of the brain can be translated into the subject's verbal thoughts. RNM can send encoded signals to the brain's auditory cortex thus allowing audio communication direct to the brain (bypassing the ears). NSA operatives can use this to covertly debilitate subjects by simulating auditory hallucinations characteristic of paranoid schizophrenia.

Without any contact with the subject, Remote Neural Monitoring can map out electrical activity from the visual cortex of a subject's brain and show images from the subject's brain on a video monitor. NSA operatives see what the surveillance subject's eyes are seeing. Visual memory can also be seen. RNM can send images direct to the visual cortex. bypassing the eyes and optic nerves. NSA operatives can use this to surreptitiously put images in a surveillance subject's brain while they are in R.E.M. sleep for brain-programming purposes.

Capabilities of NSA operatives using RNM

There has been a Signals Intelligence network in the U.S. since the 1940's. The NSA, Ft. Meade has in place a vast two-way wireless RNM system which is used to track subjects and non-invasively monitor audio-visual information in their brain. This is all done with no physical contact with the subject. RNM is the ultimate method of surveillance and domestic intelligence. Speech and 3D sound, and subliminal audio can be sent to the auditory cortex of the subject's brain (bypassing the ears) and images can be sent into the visual cortex. RNM can alter a subject's perceptions, moods, and motor control.

Speech cortex/auditory cortex link has become the ultimate communications system for the intelligence community. RNM allows for a complete audio-visual brain-to-brain link or brain-to-computer link.

National Security Agency Signals Intelligence
Electronic Brain Link Technology

NSA SigInt can remotely detect, identify and monitor a person's bioelectric fields.

The NSA's Signals Intelligence has the proprietary ability to remotely and non-invasively monitor information in the human brain by digitally decoding the evoked potentials in the 30-50 hz, .5 milliwatt electro-magnetic emissions from the brain.

Neuronal activity in the brain creates a shifting electrical pattern that has a shifting magnetic flux. This magnetic flux puts out a constant 30-50 hz, .5 milliwatt electromagnetic (EMF) wave. Contained in the electromagnetic emission from the brain are spikes and patterns called "evoked potentials."

Every thought, reaction, motor command, auditory event, and visual image in the brain has a corresponding "evoked potential" or set of "evoked potentials." The EMF emission from the brain can be decoded into the current thoughts, images and sounds in the subject's brain.

NSA SigInt uses EMF-transmitted Brain Stimulation as a communications system to transmit information (as well as nervous system messages) to intelligence agents and also to transmit to the brains of covert operations subjects (on a non-perceptible level).

EMF Brain Stimulation works by sending a complexly coded and pulsed electromagnetic signal to trigger evoked potentials (events) in the brain, thereby forming sound and visual images in the brain's neural circuits. EMF Brain Stimulation can also change a person's brain-states and affect motor control.

Two-way Electronic Brain-Link is done by remotely monitoring neural audio-visual information while transmitting sound to the auditory cortex (bypassing the ears) and transmitting faint images to the visual cortex (bypassing the optic nerves and eyes, the images appear as floating 2-D screens in the brain).

Two-Way Electronic Brain Link has become the ultimate communications system for CIA/NSA personnel. Remote Neural Monitoring (RNM, remotely monitoring bioelectric information in the human brain) has become the ultimate surveillance system. It is used by a limited number of agents in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

RNM requires decoding the resonance frequency of each specific brain area. That frequency is then modulated in order to impose information in That specific brain area. The frequency to which the various brain areas respond varies from 3 Hz to 50 Hz. Only NSA Signals Intelligence modulates signals in this frequency band.

An example of EMF Brain Stimulation:

Brain Area

Bioelectric
Resonance
Frequency

Information Induced
Through Modulation

Motor Control Cortex

10 HZ

Motor Impulse Co-ordination
Auditory Cortex

15 HZ

Sound which bypasses the ears
Visual Cortex

25 HZ

Images in the brain, bypassing the eyes
Somatosensory Cortex

09 HZ

Phantom Touch Sense
Thought Center

20 HZ

Imposed Subconscious Thoughts


This modulated information can be put into the brain at varying intensities from subliminal to perceptible.

Each person's brain has a unique set of bioelectric resonance/entrainment frequencies. Sending audio information to a person's brain at the frequency of another person's auditory cortex would result in that audio information not being perceived.

The Plaintiff learned of RNM by being in two-way RNM contact with the Kinnecome group at the NSA, Ft. Meade. They used RNM 3D sound direct to the brain to harass the Plaintiff from 10/90 to 5/91. As of 5/91 they have had two-way RNM communications with the Plaintiff and have used RNM to attempt to incapacitate the Plaintiff and hinder the Plaintiff from going to authorities about their activities against the Plaintiff in the last twelve years.

The Kinnecome group has about 100 persons working 24-hours-a-day at Ft Meade. They have also brain-tapped persons the Plaintiff is in contact with to keep the Plaintiff isolated. This is the first time ever that a private citizen has been harassed with RNM and has been able to bring a lawsuit against NSA personnel misusing this intelligence operations method.

NSA Techniques and Resources

Remote monitoring/tracking of individuals in any location. inside any building, continuously, anywhere in the country.

A system for inexpensive implementation of these operations allows for thousands of persons in every community to be spied on constantly by the NSA.

Remote RNM Devices

a) NSA's RNM equipment remotely reads the evoked potentials (EEGs) of the human brain for tracking individuals and can send messages through the nervous system to affect their performance.
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c) RNM can electronically identify individuals and track then anywhere in the U.S. This equipment is on a network and is used for domestic intelligence operations, government security, and military base security, and in case of bioelectric warfare.

Spotters and Walk-Bys in Metropolitan Areas

a) Tens of thousands of persons in each area working as spotters and neighborhood/business place spies (sometimes unwittingly) following and checking on subjects who have been identified for covert control by NSA personnel.

b) Agents working out of offices can be in constant communication with Spotters who are keeping track of the NSA's thousands of subjects in public.

c) NSA Agents in remote offices can instantly identify (using RNM) any individual spotted in public whom is in contact with surveillance subject.

Chemicals and Drugs into Residential Buildings with
hidden NSA-lnstalled and maintained plastic plumbing lines.

a) The NSA has kits for running lines into residential tap water and air ducts of subjects for the delivery of drugs (such as sleeping gas or brainwashing aiding drugs). This is an outgrowth of CIA pharmapsychology.

Brief Overview of Proprietary U.S.
Intelligence/Anti-Terrorist Equipment Mentioned.

Fixed network of special EMF equipment that can read EEGs in human brains and identify/track individuals by using digital computers. ESB (Electrical Stimulation to the Brain) via EMF signal from the NSA Signals Intelligence is used to control subjects.

EMF equipment that gathers information from PC circuit boards by deciphering RF emissions thereby gaining wireless modem-style entry into any personal computer in the country.

All equipment hidden, all technology secret, all scientific research unreported (as in electronic warfare research).

Not known to the public at all, yet complete and thorough implementation of this method of domestic intelligence has been in place since the early 1980's.

Resources


These publications have only been discovered since December 1991, after Plaintiff had already notified authorities (Dept. of Justice, etc.) of Public Corruption by named NSA employees. When no action was taken against the NSA employees I researched the Intelligence Community electronic surveillance technology involved and discovered the following publications:

The Body Electric
Electromagnetism and the Foundrrtion of Life, by Robert Becker, M.D.
p. 265/313/318. Monitoringeuroelectric information in the brain. E-M wave E.S.B.
Cross Currents, by Robert Becker, M.D.
p. 70, p. 78, p. 105/210/216/220/242/299/303 E-M ESB. Simulating auditory hallucinations. p. 274, "Remote computer tampering using the RF emissions from the logic board."
Currents of Death by Paul Brodeur
p. 27/93. Driving brain electrical activity with external E-M, Magnetophosphenes, Delgado.
The Zapping of America by Paul Brodeur
DoD E-M ESB Research, simulating auditory hallucinations.
Of Mice, Men and Molecules, by John H. Heller. 1963.
p. 110, Bioelectricity. probing the brain with E-M waves.
The 3-Pound Universe, by Judith Hooper
p. 29/132/137. CIA EEG research. EEG's for surveillance.
In the Palaces or Memory, by George Johnson
E-M emissions from the brain,the brain as an open electromagnetic circuit.
The Puzzle Palace, by James Bamford
Signals intelligence, most advanced computers in the early Sixties
The U.S. Intelligence Community - Glossary terms at National Security Archives:
Radiation intelligence - information from unintentionally emanated electromagnetic energy, excluding radioactive sources.
The Search for the "Manchurian Candidate," by John Marks
p. 327. Electrical or radio stimulation to the brain, CIA R&D in bioelectrics.
Secret Agenda, by Jim Hougan
National Security cult groups.
Crines of the Intelligence Commununity. by Morton Halperin
Surreptitious entries; intelligence agents running operations against government workers
War in the Age of Intelligent Machines
NSA computer supremacy, complete control of information
Alternate Computers, by Time-Life Books
Molecule Computers
The Mind, by Richard Restak, M.D.
p. 258, EEG Systems Inc., decoding brain E-M emanations, tracking thoughts on a computer.
MedTech, by Lawrence Gallon
Triggering events in the brain" direct to auditory cortex signals.
Cyborg, by D.S. Halacy, Jr. (1965)
Brain-to-computer link research contracts given out by the U.S. Govemment
Psychiatry and the C.I.A.: Victims of Mind Control by Harvey M. Weinstein. M.D.
Dr. Cameron, psychic driving. ultraconceptual communications.
Journey Into Madness: Ihe True Story of Secret CIA Mind Control and Medical Abuse, by Gordon Thomas
p. 127/276/116, 168-69. Intelligence R & D. Delgado. Psychic driving with radio telemetry.
Mind Manipulators, by Alan Scheflin and Edward M. Opton
MKULTRA brain research for information gathering
The Brain Changers, by Maya Pines.
p. 19. Listening to brain E-M emissions.



Further Resources


These publications have only been discovered since December 1991, after Plaintiff had already notified authorities (Dept. of Justice, etc.) of Public Corruption by named NSA employees. When no action was taken against the NSA employees I researched the Intelligence Community electronic surveillance technology involved and discovered the following publications:

Modern Bielectricity
Inducing audio in the brain with e-m waves, DoD cover-up, E-M wave ESB. Remote EEGs.
Magnetic Stimulation in Clinical Neuropsysiology by Sudhansu Chokroverty
Magneto-Phosphenes. Images direct to the visual cortex.
The Mind of Man by Nigel Calder
U.S. Intelligence brain research
Neuroelectric Society Conference - 1971
Audio direct to the brain with e-m waves, two waf remote EEG.
Brain Control by Elliot S. Valenstein
ESB control of individuals
Towards Century 21 by C.S. Wallia
p. 21. Brain Stimulation for direct to brain communication.
Mind Wars by Ron McRae, associate of Jack Anderson
p 62/106/136. Research into brain-to-brain electronic communications, remote neural e-m detection.
Mind Tools by Rudy Rucker
Brain tapping, communication with varying biomagnetic fields. p. 82
U.S. News and World Report 1/2/84
p. 88. e-m wave brain stimulation. Intelligence community high tech.
Ear Magazine article on extremely low frequency radio emissions in the natural environment, radio emissions from the human body.
City Paper article on FCC and NSA "complete radio spectrum" listening posts. 1/17/92.
Frontiers in Science - 1958 - by Edward Hutchings, Jr.
p. 48
Beyond Biofeedback - 1977 - by Elmer and Alyce Green
p. 118
The Body Quantum by Fred Alan Wolf
Cloning - A Biologist Reports by Robert Gilmore McKinnell
Ethical review of cloning humans.
Hoover's FBI by former agent William Turner
p. 280. Routines of electronic surveillance work.
July 20, 2019 by Arthur C. Clarke
Lida, Neurophonics, Brain/Computer Link
MegaBrain by Michael Hutchison
p. 107/108/117/120/123. Brain stimulation with e-m waves. CIA research and information control.
The Cult of Information by Theodore Rosnak - 1986
NSA Directive #145. Personal Files in Computers. Computer automated telephone tapping
The Body Shop
1968 implantation of an electrode array on the visual cortex for video direct to the brain and other 1960s research into electronically triggering phosphenes in the brain, thus bypassing the eyes.
Evoked Potentials by David Regan
Decoding neuroelectric information in the brain

Business Bankruptcy Filings Rise 49% in U.S. Amid Deepening Economic Slump

U.S. April Business Bankruptcy Filings Increase 49%

By Bill Rochelle and Bob Willis

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May 6 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. business bankruptcy filings in April increased 49 percent from a year earlier, the biggest gain so far this year, as the slowing economy prompted more companies to shut down.

Business filings rose to 5,173 during the month, according to statistics compiled from court records by Jupiter eSources LLC in Oklahoma City. Total bankruptcy filings, including those by individuals, were up 31 percent from a year earlier to 93,096, the group said.

Signs of distress, such as bankruptcies and foreclosures, are rising as economic growth has slowed to its weakest pace since the last recession in 2001. The economy lost jobs in April for the fourth month in a row, for a total of 260,000 jobs cuts so far this year.

The latest casualty is Tropicana Entertainment LLC, the owner of 11 casinos that filed for bankruptcy reorganization last night. Tropicana blamed its filing in part on a $2.1 billion cash acquisition of five casinos two years ago which company President Scott Butera said represented, in retrospect, the ‘‘height of the real estate market.''

‘‘When you go into a downturn, the cyclical industries tend to get hit,'' said Mike Englund, chief economist at Action Economics LLC in Boulder, Colorado. ‘‘Any sudden downshift in growth will generate rises in these numbers.''

Housing Recession

As the U.S. faces its worst housing recession in a quarter century, almost 650,000 properties were in some stage of foreclosure during the final quarter of 2007, up 112 percent from a year earlier, Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac, which monitors foreclosures, said last week.

Foreclosures and bankruptcies alike are rising as falling home prices make it harder for those in the U.S. to refinance before adjustable-rate mortgages reset. Median prices for existing homes fell in 22 metropolitan areas in February, down 7.7 percent from a year earlier, the National Association of Realtors said April 22.

Tougher lending standards are also making it harder for small businesses and homeowners to stay afloat. The Federal Reserve said yesterday the proportion of U.S. banks making it tougher for companies and consumers to borrow approached a record in the past three months as the credit crunch deepened.

1.1 Million Filings in 2008

Mike Bickford, president of Jupiter's Automated Access to Court Electronic Records service, said in an e-mail that he anticipates 2008 bankruptcy filings will total about 1.1 million compared with 827,000 in 2007 and 590,000 in 2006, after a new law took effect in October 2005 that made it harder for people to erase debt.

There were more than 90,000 total bankruptcy filings in March, Jupiter eSources reported last month. Computed on the basis of daily filings of all types, April petitions declined less than 2 percent compared with March, halting increases in the first three months of 2008.

More than 18,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy protection in the first four months of 2008 to liquidate or reorganize. Through April, about 2,700 companies sought relief from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. Almost 43,000 businesses went into bankruptcy last year, including more than 6,200 in Chapter 11.


UBS Set to Cut 5,500 Jobs After $17.3 billion First-Quarter Loss

UBS Set to Cut 5,500 Jobs After First-Quarter Loss

By Elena Logutenkova

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UBS AG, battered by $17.3 billion of first-quarter losses at its investment-banking unit, plans to cut 5,500 jobs and said clients withdrew a net $12.2 billion from its asset- and wealth-management divisions.

The headcount reductions, which amount to about 7 percent of the workforce, will include as many as 2,600 positions at the securities division, the company said in a statement today. The bank also said it plans to exit the municipal bond business and sell $15 billion in distressed assets to a newly created fund managed by BlackRock Inc. UBS had a net loss of 11.5 billion francs ($10.9 billion) in the first quarter.

UBS fell as much as 5.6 percent in Swiss trading, the most in seven weeks, after clients withdrew more assets than they added for the first time in almost eight years. Chief Executive Officer Marcel Rohner told analysts he expects ‘‘tough business conditions,'' which already caused $38 billion of markdowns at Switzerland's biggest bank, to continue.

‘‘The bank's reputation is tarnished,'' said Dieter Winet, a senior portfolio manager who helps oversee 63 billion francs at Swisscanto Asset Management in Zurich. ‘‘They pointed out some problems in private banking, which is their last jewel. The other two divisions have even bigger problems, as one nearly drove UBS to bankruptcy.''

Earnings Breakdown

Pretax profit at the wealth management and business banking unit fell 1.7 percent to 2.15 billion francs, while profit from asset management slumped 17 percent to 330 million francs. The 18.2 billion-franc loss at the securities unit compares with a profit of 1.54 billion francs a year ago.

The job cuts are on top of 48,000 reductions announced by the world's biggest banks and securities firms in the past year, as writedowns and losses from the U.S. subprime crisis swelled to $319 billion.

The measures will save about 3 billion francs a year, UBS said. The bank's first-quarter loss after writedowns of $19 billion was in line with its estimate on April 1. It had a 3.03 billion-franc profit a year earlier.

UBS fell 5.2 percent to 34.96 francs as of 2:15 p.m. in Zurich, valuing it at about 76.1 billion francs. The company lost more than half its value in the past 12 months, making it the fifth-worst performer in the IND' ))">Bloomberg Europe Banks and Financial Services Index of 59 stocks.

Slimmer Securities Unit

Rohner and Kurer told shareholders last month they plan to slim down the securities unit while focusing on the ‘‘core'' wealth management franchise. The private bank had net new money inflows of 5.6 billion francs in the first quarter, while Swiss business banking and global asset management had 18.4 billion francs outflows.

Outflows accelerated towards the end of the first quarter and UBS remains ‘‘cautious'' with regards to outlook for net new money, Chief Financial Officer Marco Suter said in an interview. He declined to say if clients added or pulled money in April.

‘‘We expect this difficult environment to remain and be characterized by a continuing unfavorable global economic climate, de-leveraging by institutional and private investors, slower wealth creation and lower trading and capital market activity,'' Rohner and Kurer wrote today. ‘‘The impact will affect all of our businesses and we are required to manage costs, resources and capacity very actively.''

Fixed-Income Cuts

The bank already eliminated 1,500 jobs in the investment bank at the end of last year. It brought in Jerker Johansson from Morgan Stanley as new head of the unit in mid-March and said last month it will put assets related to U.S. residential real estate into a separate unit that may be spun off later.

UBS plans to sell subprime and Alt-A mortgage assets to BlackRock by the end of June. Outside investors are committing $3.75 billion to the fund and will carry first losses, Suter said. ‘‘These are highly professional investors,'' he said. ‘‘It just shows you that they see profit potential.''

Most job cuts at the investment bank will be in the U.S. and London, and at all levels, according to UBS. About 26 percent of headcount will be reduced in fixed-income and 9 percent in investment banking and equities, Johansson said on a conference call, adding that real estate and securitization businesses will also see some of the largest headcount reductions. UBS is in talks to sell the municipal-bond business, he said, declining to name potential buyers.

The securities unit, which at the end of the quarter employed 21,230 people, is targeting pretax profit of about 4 billion francs, down 28 percent from the level of 2006.

Citigroup, Merrill

‘‘In the coming quarters and potentially even years, the securities industry will have to live with lower transactions and lower commissions,'' said Paul Vrouwes, a fund manager at ING Investment Management who helps oversee about $23 billion, including UBS shares.

New York-based Citigroup Inc., which has suffered almost $41 billion in writedowns and losses from the subprime crisis, cut about 15,200 jobs and Merrill Lynch & Co. reduced 5,220 positions. Investment banks may have to eliminate as much as 35 percent of employees as leveraged lending dwindles and the pace of mergers and acquisitions slows, Kenneth Moelis, the former president of UBS's investment bank, forecast last month.

Chairman Marcel Ospel, who replaced half of the executive board since losses began in 2007, stepped down last month. The bank got shareholder approval to raise 15 billion francs through a rights offer after receiving 13 billion francs to replenish capital from investors in Singapore and the Middle East in March.

Some investors, including Luqman Arnold, a former UBS president whose London-based investment group holds more than 1.1 percent of the bank's shares, are demanding a split of the investment bank from other units. Rohner said today that UBS is committed to its integrated-bank model, although he wants each unit to be successful on its own.

Fannie Mae to Raise $6 Billion After Posting $2.19 billion Loss

Fannie Mae to Raise $6 Billion After Posting Loss

By Jody Shenn and Dawn Kopecki

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Fannie Mae, the largest U.S. mortgage- finance company, reported a wider loss than analysts estimated and said it will cut its dividend and raise $6 billion in capital to help overcome the worst housing slump since the Great Depression.

The Washington-based company tumbled as much as 12 percent in early trading and said its credit market losses will be worse next year than in 2008. The first-quarter net loss was $2.19 billion, or $2.57 a share, compared with a profit a year earlier. Analysts had anticipated a loss of 64 cents a share, the average of 12 estimates from a Bloomberg survey.

Fannie Mae and smaller rival Freddie Mac may each need as much as $15 billion in capital to cope with the delinquencies and foreclosures that pushed their shares down more than 50 percent in the past year. Fannie Mae was able to narrow its loss from the combined $5 billion recorded for the third and fourth quarters partly by raising fees, and seeking out safer mortgage purchases.

Financial firms have raised more than $234 billion as losses and writedowns at the world's biggest banks exceed $318 billion. Washington-based Fannie Mae arranged to sell $7 billion of preferred stock in December. McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac issued $6 billion a month earlier.

``Fannie has taken steps to mitigate some of the mark-to- market charges that whipsawed results in recent quarters,'' Morgan Stanley analyst Kenneth Posner wrote in a report. ``The worst of these marks should be behind us.''

Raising Money

Fannie Mae dropped $3.27, or 12 percent, to $25.02 in early New York Stock Exchange trading. The shares have plunged about 54 percent in the past year. Freddie Mac, down 62 percent, fell $2.02, or 8.6 percent, to $23.50.

Congress created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to increase mortgage financing and provide market stability. The companies, which own or guarantee 40 percent of the $12 trillion in U.S. home loans, profit by holding mortgage assets that yield more than their debt costs, and from fees charged to guarantee bonds they create out of loans.

Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Daniel Mudd, 49, and Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron, 64, agreed in March to raise capital after the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight allowed the companies to add more assets in an effort to pump cash into the housing market. Ofheo Director James Lockhart said that month the companies may need $10 billion each.

Portfolio Limits

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts led by James Fotheringham in New York say they will probably raise $2 billion to $5 billion each. Goldman advises investors to ``sell'' the stock. Posner said Fannie Mae will likely try to sell $4 billion in equity. Posner is telling investors in financial companies to buy shares.

Paul Miller, a Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. analyst in Arlington, Virginia, said the companies may raise $10 billion to $15 billion each and rates the shares ``underperform.''

Ofheo lifted limits on the size of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's investment portfolios this year, ending more than two years of restrictions after an accounting scandal forced the companies to restate more than $11 billion of earnings. Lockhart said at the time the companies are needed to bolster the mortgage market.

Fannie Mae said last month its holdings of mortgage assets rose at a 2 percent annual rate to $722.7 billion in March and had agreements to add another $8.98 billion in April. Freddie Mac's holdings likely expanded by $34 billion in April after a 5 percent jump to $712.4 billion in March, according to Jim Vogel, a debt analyst at FTN Financial Group in Memphis, Tennessee.

Housing Market

Freddie Mac, posted combined net losses of $4.5 billion in the third and fourth quarters, is scheduled to report first- quarter results on May 14.

Fannie Mae has already boosted estimates for credit losses to a range of 11 basis points to 15 basis points for 2008, up from a range of 8 basis points to 10 basis points. Every basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, is equivalent to 15 cents of earnings per share, according to Posner, who said he expects the losses to reach 20 basis points as the housing crisis deepens.

Freddie Mac has said its credit losses will rise to 12 basis points, or $2.2 billion, in 2008 and 14 basis points, or $2.9 billion, next year.

U.S. foreclosure filings more than doubled last quarter as payments rose for adjustable-rate mortgages and falling home prices left property owners unable to sell or refinance without losing money. Almost 650,000 properties were in some stage of foreclosure, or 1 in every 194 households, according to Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac Inc., a seller of foreclosure data.

The median U.S. home price may drop by a record 5.8 percent this year, Fannie Mae said April 7. Prices in 20 metropolitan areas as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index fell 12.7 percent in February, the most on record.

Telecoms Give Police Info Without A Warrant

Using cell phones to find missing persons pushes law

The call came in to police just after midnight April 16.

Hours before, a distraught young man had phoned his mother, hinting he wanted to kill himself. When he didn't meet her as planned, she telephoned Seattle police and reported her son missing.

Because of increasing advances in technology, officers were able to find the missing man's cellular phone using his wireless network. Two hours after he was reported missing, the man was found alive but unwell lying on his desk and taken to University Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

The night's incident was one of tens of thousands in which a life may have been saved because of the ability to find someone through a cell phone. But life-or-death missing persons cases remain rare, and locater technologies raise questions about warrantless searches.

Missing persons cases present an unusual problem for police -- it's not a crime to disappear. Without a crime, police can't get a search warrant. In a criminal case, no warrant would mean no phone records for authorities.

Instead, King County Sheriff Sue Rahr said, missing persons investigators rely on phone companies to release customers' location information voluntarily. The companies require a statement from police that the phone owner may be in danger.

"The government does not have the right to look at your cellular telephone records," Rahr said. "When we do these ... cases, it's a stretch, to speak candidly."

Each year, law enforcement agencies around the country receive an overwhelming number of missing persons reports. Seattle police alone receive 2,100 to 2,300 missing persons reports a year, or about six a day, said Officer Mark Jamieson, a department spokesman.

Adults account for only 300 to 400 of the missing, Jamieson said. The rest are primarily runaway children, but, in either case, most are found within days of disappearing.

Exceptions stand out. Take the case of Seattle radio host Mike Webb.

Webb's decomposed corpse was found in his Queen Anne home in June, two months after he'd been reported missing. Prosecutors have since charged Webb's houseguest, 29-year-old Scott Brian White, in the killing, claiming that White told police he hacked Webb to death with an ax.

High-profile missing persons cases distort the public's perception of the reasons people disappear, Rahr said.

"It's a very, very small percentage of missing persons cases where it turns out that a crime has been committed," Rahr said. "That doesn't mean we're not investigating them vigorously, but it has to happen in context."

Rahr said investigators should move to acquire a missing person's cell records only if they think something has gone wrong. Before they move forward, they also need to look for other leads -- often bank transactions in missing persons cases -- and make sure that they're not unwittingly reconnecting an abuser with a spouse who has fled.

When nothing else worked, phone records proved invaluable last September in the search for Maple Valley resident Tanya Rider.

Rider had been missing for six days when King County sheriff's deputies obtained her rough location from Verizon Wireless. Searchers using that information found her alive hours later, trapped in her wrecked SUV off of state Route 169.

Since Tanya Rider's rescue, Rahr said she's met with representatives from each major cell phone provider. She's now making plans for a series of training seminars to educate detectives about the uses of the technology in missing persons cases.

In March, sheriff's deputies used the same technology to look for Nicholas Francisco, a SeaTac father of three who went missing in February. Phone records didn't turn up any new leads, Deputy Rodney Chinnick said, but the case remains active.

"It's still a work in progress, and it will continue to be until he's located," Chinnick said.

If they had been looking for Rider or Francisco as part of a criminal investigation, investigators likely would have needed a search warrant to get their cell phone records.

In missing persons cases, though, cell phone providers require that officers assert a customer may be in immediate danger -- "exigent circumstances" in the industry's parlance -- before releasing the information, said Joyce Masamitsu, associate director for state public policy for Verizon Wireless. Verizon alone handled about 26,000 such requests last year.

Masamitsu said Verizon, like other cellular providers, requires detailed follow-up reports from investigators. But she said the company doesn't conduct any independent review of the requests before releasing location information.

"All the officer needs to do is confirm to us that an exigent circumstance exists," she said.

No legal challenges have been filed related to cell locater technology in missing persons cases. But privacy rights advocates say unambiguous guidelines are needed to ensure that the technology isn't misused.

"What you'd want is those rules to be in place, and, as far as we know, they are not," said Rebecca Jechke of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Secrecy In DHS Cybersecurity Plans

Secrecy In DHS Cybersecurity Plans

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The government's new cyber-security "Manhattan Project" is so secretive that a key Senate oversight panel has been reduced to writing a letter to beg for answers to the most basic questions, such as what's going on, what's the point and what about privacy laws.

The Senate Homeland Security committee wants to know, for example, what is the goal of Homeland Security's new National Cyber Security Center. They also want to know why it is that in March, DHS announced that Silicon Valley evangelist and security novice Rod Beckstrom would direct the center, when up to that point DHS said the mere existence of the center was classified.

Those are just two sub-questions out of a list of 17 multi-part questions centrist Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent to DHS in a letter Friday.

In fact, although the two say they asked for a briefing five months ago on what the center does, DHS has yet to explain its latest acronym.

The panel, noted it was pleased with the new focus on cyber security, but questioned Homeland Security's request to triple the center's cyber-security budget to about $200 million.
They cited concerns about the secrecy around the project, its reliance on contractors for the operation of the center and lack of dialogue with private companies that specialize in internet security.

That center is just one small part of the government's new found interest in computer security, a project dubbed the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, which has been rumored to eventually get some $30 billion in funding.

Little is known about the initiative since it was created via a secret presidential order in January, though the Washington Post reports that portions of it may be made public soon.

We are also concerned that the lack of information about the CNCI being provided to the public, other agencies, and private entities that conduct business with the government might be creating confusion and concern about the initiative. Given the broad nature and goals of this initiative, agencies may be less likely to plan for their future information technology needs, fearing that systems they purchase might not comply with the initiative. Similarly, industry will be less likely to do business with the government given the uncertainty about future technical requirements. Additionally, the public, of course, must be reassured that efforts to secure cyber networks will be appropriately balanced with respect for privacy and civil liberties.

Why might citizens be worried about privacy and civil liberties? Consider that the whole initiative appears to have been launched after the Director of National Intelligence told the President Bush that a cyber attack might wreak as much economic havoc as 9/11 did.

Consider that the NSA, which currently protects classified networks, wants to expand into protecting all non-classified federal government networks. Consider that Congress is set to legalize the NSA's monitoring rooms in the nation's phone and internet infrastructure.

For its part, the FBI says it also needs access to the internet's backbone, while the Air Force is hyping its own efforts at cyber defense and offense. Meanwhile, THREAT LEVEL's sister blog Danger Room reports that DARPA is getting in on the hot cyber-action, with a project to make a fake internet to develop new cyber attacks and defenses.

It's been said many times that if the government knew what the internet was going to become when it grew up, they would had never let it out of the lab.

Now it seems the only question is whether the government will be able to turn the net into a controllable, monitorable and trackable pre-internet AOL-type service or whether the chaotic net will live on as just another frontier for the military-industrial complex to start an arm's race and rake in billions of government dollars.

Soldier suicides may top war tolls

Soldier suicides may top war tolls

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Suicides and "psychological mortality" among US soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan could exceed battlefield deaths if their mental scars are left untreated, the head of the US Institute of Mental Health warned Monday.

Of the 1.6 million US soldiers who have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, 18-20 percent -- or around 300,000 -- show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or both, said Thomas Insel, head of the National Institute of Mental Health.

An estimated 70 percent of those at-risk soldiers do not seek help from the Department of Defense or the Veterans Administration, he told a news conference launching the American Psychiatric Association's 161st annual meeting here.

If "one just does the math", then allowing PTSD or depression to go untreated in such numbers could result in "suicides and psychological mortality trumping combat deaths" in Iraq and Afghanistan, Insel warned.

More than 4,000 US soldiers have died in Iraq since the US invasion of 2003, and more than 400 in Afghanistan since the US led attacks there in 2001, of which some 290 were killed in action and the rest in on-combat deaths.

"It's predicted that most soldiers -- 70 percent -- will not seek treatment through the DoD or VA," Insel said at the meeting, at which the psychological impact of war is expected to top the agenda over the next four days.

Left untreated, PTSD and depression can lead to substance abuse, alcoholism or other life-threatening behaviors.

"It's a gathering storm for the civilian and public health care sectors," Insel said.

He urged public-sector mental health caregivers to recognize the symptoms of psychological troubles resulting from deployment to a war zone and be ready to provide adequate care for both soldiers and their families.

Other items on the agenda at the meeting, set to be attended by some 19,000 psychiatrists and mental health practitioners from around the world, include violence in schools, the psychology of extremism, and more light-hearted topics such as how music affects mood.