Monday, February 28, 2011
The logo designed to represent the London Olympics has been declared racist by the Iranian government, the Londonist reports.
Apparently if you look closely enough, and the thought is put into your head, the imagery can be interpreted as spelling the world "Zion." Which, in the eyes of the Iranian government, would make it racist.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
It sounded like a scene from the George Clooney movie The Men Who Stare at Goats.
In that film, Clooney was part of a top secret military unit that worked at controlling the minds of others. You know, like Obi-Wan telling the storm troopers "These are not the droids you are looking for" in Star Wars Episode IV.
Apparently, there is such a unit. And, according to an allegation published in Rolling Stone, the military ordered its members to use mind control techniques to get members of Congress to continue funding the war in Afghanistan.
Now, the Pentagon is ordering an investigation into that claim.
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, announced he will appoint an investigator to determine if Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV used information operations officers in an attempt to influence distinguished visitors to his command, NATO Military Training Mission Afghanistan.
Caldwell's command is responsible for training Afghan soldiers and police. Afghan and NATO plans call for Afghan security forces to take over lead responsibility for security in their nation by the end of 2014.
The investigation "is not focused on any particular person other than determining the facts and circumstances that were raised in that story," said Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan.
The article alleges an information operations team was ordered to prepare dossiers on visiting distinguished visitors, including senators, congressional representatives and senior military officers. A lieutenant colonel told Rolling Stone he was punished after he refused the order to use the techniques on members of Congress.
|By Tark Siala|
There are rumors as well that people who have used their cellphones to call CNN or al Jazeera have been killed, the Huff Post reports.
The spate of seething, youth-inspired Middle East uprisings that are toppling governments, reshaping the geopolitical landscape and roiling world markets blindsided the world’s intelligence community.
Not the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff or National Security Council saw it coming. Mossad and MI5 missed it! None of the mainstream media’s star-studded stable of scholars, experts and think-tank policy wonks were thinking ahead.
So says Trends Journal publisher Gerald Celente, who notes that, in the Summer 2010 issue, he predicted the current turmoil:
What’s happening in Greece will spread worldwide as economies decline. There are no organizations behind this response, it’s a public response. This is a 21st century rendition of ‘Workers of the World unite' … Initially the strikes, riots and protests by unions, student groups, the unemployed, pensioners, and the outraged were sloughed off as predictable (but short-lived and ineffectual) responses that would either peter out on their own or be stomped down by the police … The unofficial reality was that, as Gerald Celente has repeatedly warned: “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”
By the Autumn of 2010, Celente's Globanomic methodology pointed to socioeconomic conditions rapidly deteriorating to such an extent that he warned readers of an imminent explosion: “Off With Their Heads 2.0” read the headline, capturing the revolutionary impulse of people who could no longer ignore the toll financial hardship was taking on their lives.
Celente subsequently identified the role the social media would play in tipping the balance of political power and breaking the grip of government control. In December 2011, just days before the world tuned into Tunisia, the Trends Journal released its “Top Trends of 2011.” Among them was “Journalism 2.0” which predicted an arsenal of digital/Internet weapons in the hands of virtually every citizen via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. that would bypass corporate/government media, outwit intelligence agencies, outflank the military and police and rally the populace into the streets and onto the barricades.
So, what's next?
Celente says that, in response to the current Middle East uprisings, gold has broken above $1,400 an ounce and Brent Crude climbed to $111 a barrel. There is no end in sight, he says, to market volatility. As the violence escalates and expands, the fallout, he predicts, will be felt around the world.
Zachary Adam Chesser, 21, of Fairfax County, Virginia, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for communicating threats against the writers of the South Park television show, soliciting violent jihadists to desensitize law enforcement, and attempting to provide material support to al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
"Zachary Chesser attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and used the Internet to incite violence," said Assistant Attorney General David Kris.
According to court documents filed with his plea agreement on Oct. 20, 2010, Chesser maintained several online profiles dedicated to extremist jihad propaganda. Chesser admitted to taking repeated steps in April 2010 to encourage violent jihadists to attack the writers of South Park for an episode that included Muhammad in a bear suit, including highlighting their residence and urging online readers to "pay them a visit." Among the steps he took was posting on multiple occasions speeches by Anwar Al-Awlaki, which explained the Islamic justification for killing those who insult or defame Muhammad. Al-Awlaki was designated by the United States as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" on July 12, 2010.
Chesser also admitted that in May 2010, he posted to a jihadist website the personal contact information of individuals who had joined the "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" group on Facebook, with the prompting that this is "Just a place to start."
Chesser also pleaded guilty to soliciting others to desensitize law enforcement by placing suspicious-looking but innocent packages in public places. Chesser explained through a posting online that once law enforcement was desensitized, a real explosive could be used. Chesser ended the posting with the words, "Boom! No more kuffar." According to court documents, "kuffar" means unbeliever, or disbeliever.
According to court records, Chesser also admitted that from at least January 2010 through July 2010, he posted numerous messages online that included calls from Al-Awlaki to join violent jihadists and step-by-step actions individuals needed to take to leave for jihad. Among those postings included a video Chesser made that featured images of mujahedeen in Somalia and a song, sung by Chesser, with the translated title, "America We Are Coming."
Chesser admitted that he promoted online what he called "Open Source Jihad," where he would direct jihadists through his online forums to information on the Internet that they could use to elude capture and death while maintaining relevance and striking capability. This included linking to the entire security screening manual used by the Transportation Security Administration and hundreds of books that contained information on the construction of anti-aircraft missiles and tactics, techniques and weapons for targeting aircraft such as jet airplanes and helicopters.
In addition, Chesser pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to al Shabaab. On Feb. 29, 2008, the U.S. Department of State designated al Shabaab as a foreign terrorist organization, describing it as a violent and brutal extremist group based in Somalia with a number of individuals affiliated with al Qaeda. This designation prohibits providing material support or resources to al Shabaab.
According to court records, Chesser admitted that he twice attempted to leave the United States and travel to Somalia for the purpose of joining al Shabaab and engage in violent jihad as a foreign fighter. The first attempt was in November 2009, which was postponed because his wife was unable to obtain her passport. The second attempt was on July 10, 2010, when he sought to board a flight from New York to Uganda with his infant son. He was prevented from boarding the plane, and Chesser admitted that he brought his son with him as part of his "cover" to avoid detection of his intention to join al Shabaab in Somalia. He also attempted to board the plane with a video camera, which he admitted in court that he intended to use to make production quality videos for al Shabaab's propaganda campaign.
Chesser also admitted in court that he posted several online messages in support of al Shabaab, including videos of attacks by al Shabaab on a government building in Mogadishu, a video claiming that African Union troops are responsible for killing civilians in Somalia, a video supporting the merger of al Shabaab with another organization, and links to what Chesser described as the "Al Qaeda Manual" that included instructions in support of violent jihad.