Roundup of goodies, Teh military fascist takeover!!
Election update: the deadlines of polls closing across the country on election night. Know your rundown.
My buddy Peter is writing a blog out in Wyoming. nice.
Confession that formed base of Iraq war was acquired under torture: journalist, Thu Oct 26, 8:37 PM ET
LONDON (AFP) - An Al-Qaeda terror suspect captured by the United States, who gave evidence of links between Iraq and the terror network, confessed after being tortured, a journalist told the BBC.
Iban al Shakh al Libby told intelligence agents that he was close to Al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri and "understood an awful lot about the inner workings of Al-Qaeda," former FBI agent Jack Clonan told the broadcaster.
Libby was tortured in an Egyptian prison, according to Stephen Grey, the author of the newly-released book "Ghost Plane" who investigated the secret US Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA) prisons that housed terror suspects around the world.
US President George W. Bush confirmed the existence of the network of CIA holding facilities overseas during a September 6 speech defending controversial US interrogation practices.
Libby was apparently taken to Cairo, Clonan told the broadcaster, after being captured in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
"He (Libby) claims he was tortured in jail and that would be routine in Egyptian prisons," Grey said.
"What he claimed most significantly was a connection between ... Al-Qaeda and the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. This intelligence report made it all the way to the top, and was used by (former US secretary of state) Colin Powell as a key piece of justification ... for invading Iraq," he told the broadcaster.
Powell claimed in a UN Security Council meeting in February 2003, weeks before a US-led coalition invaded Iraq, that the country under Saddam Hussein had provided weapons training to Al-Qaeda, saying he could "trace the story of a senior terrorist operative", whom Grey alleges is Libby.
"At the time, the caveats to say this intelligence was extracted under torture were not provided," Grey said.
Grey said that, after being held in Egypt, Libby was transferred to a secret CIA facility in Bagram, just north of Afghanistan's capital Kabul. The journalist said he had also met other people held in that facility who describe the torture that Libby faced at the CIA facility.
Since then, "he disappeared", Grey said.
"Like hundreds of other people arrested after September 11, he's vanished into a sort of netherworld of prisons where astonishingly, President Bush now says the prisons have emptied."
Section 1076 of the massive Authorization Act, which grants the Pentagon another $500-plus-billion for its ill-advised adventures, is entitled, "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies." Section 333, "Major public emergencies; interference with State and Federal law" states that "the President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of ("refuse" or "fail" in) maintaining public order, "in order to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy."...
...Make no mistake about it: the de-facto repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) is an ominous assault on American democratic tradition and jurisprudence. The 1878 Act, which reads, "Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both," is the only U.S. criminal statute that outlaws military operations directed against the American people under the cover of 'law enforcement.' As such, it has been the best protection we've had against the power-hungry intentions of an unscrupulous and reckless executive, an executive intent on using force to enforce its will.
Alrighty then... I am doing some websites for a small business right now, and the woman running that business lent me a hard drive to put in my G5, which is great. So I'm going to dump all the links I've got going right now and get this new HD in my computer so I can finally clean things up.
Mexican rebellion: There is some kind of revolt in Oaxaca, as teachers and others resist the Mexican federal government. However it sort of appears to have been crushed, although protesters are attempting to recapture the center of the city. A journalist from new York was killed recently, but many suspect the police and other right-wing elements in his death. This is related to a north-south fault line in Mexican politics - these southern provinces overwhelmingly voted against the more conservative presidential candidate Calderon, and many disputed his election over their favored Obrador. Mexican politics is gonna be kinda weird next year but it won't get any press in the United States, anyway.
The Great Gizmondo scandal: I thought this was funny. Gizmondo, a failed video game platform, may have actually been set up by the Swedish mafia as a front intended to fail. What? Well basically, it's funny that some guys on the video-gaming website GameRevolution.com claim that the proprietors of Gizmondo were involved with the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority, something about stolen cars, it's all quite ridiculously summed up in this chart. Phat Gold Chains. Consider also the 50 worst video game names ever.
Twenty great computer geek humor moments, including Star Wars stuff and a song about BitTorrent.
Israel used radioactive weapons in Lebanon: That's the conclusion of researchers who found strange traces of what may be enriched uranium in Lebanese bomb craters. Enriched, not depleted. Using uranium in munitions should be a war crime, but the health hazards, including huge numbers of cancer victims in Iraq and former Yugoslavia, still, governments won't acknowledge the dangers of Uranium. Robert Fisk should be read on this matter. Israel's military denies it. More on the Agonist and The Guardian. Antiwar.com's Justin Raimondo characterizes him as "A Jewish Hitler?" which is of course a dicey thing to say, but this Avigdor Lieberman guy would kill a lot of Arabs without a second thought, as he has said publicly on many occasions.
Alarmingly, Israel has rolled the fanatical rightwing political party Yisrael Beiteinu into the government coalition. Yisrael Beiteinu can fairly be described as a fascist party favoring the direct ethnic cleansing of Palestinians on the West Bank. Politically, they are not as well-organized as Hamas, but Yisrael Beiteinu share the same sense of ethnic superiority and religiously sanctioned violence as their Arab counterpart. I saw this Israeli film "Time of Honor" or Hesder, about West Bank settler kids plotting to start the apocalypse. Very interesting. Also the Israeli Air Force shot at a German ship according to reports. Bomb the Egyptian border, why not?
Non-electoral politics:The Democrats have a reasonable budget for next year. Hog farming is pretty gross. Ardent Republican supporters of the war are breaking away, Warner types etc. Something about Hastert and non-sex-related impropriety in security upgrades on Capitol Hill. Why taxing the rich more highly has led to better economic growth via the Angry Bear. Job growth sucks now. Newspapers decline. Huzzah for economists roling global warming into their models. Sordid numbers games as Bushies cover up Iraqi and American dead.
Electoral politics: tenacity! The Senate race between Sen. George Macaca Allen and Jim Webb is pretty nuts. The Allen campaign desperately tried to paint Webb as a perv because Webb's old novels had some weird sex scenes. Webb fought back on it. Wolf Blitzer dared to point out to Dick Cheney's wife Lynne that she had written a lesbian-oriented book, "Sisters", full of kinky stuff, and Lynne exploded in fury and attacked Blitzer's patriotism! Which is pretty funny all around.
The ins and outs of conservative Democrats today - in ascendance or not?
There is a plot to Google Bomb conservative politicians - using hyperlinks to associate negative news stories with conservatives, so that the negative stories take over their Google results. And the strategy is working!
Orange scarves, day after?
Misc: Myths of voter turnout. The LA Times suspects Karl Rove is all-powerful, but failed to note that the reporters who wrote the story had hidden personal ties to Mr. Rove. Rove has some reasons to be optimistic about a few things, but not really.
Will we have another Bin Laden tape just in time, like 2004?
Iran adventure: Sean-Paul Kelley, the proprietor of one of my favorite sites, Agonist.org, is roaming about in Iran right now and he is also posting onto a blog in a San Antonio paper. He discovers that Iran manufactures its own cars.
Techie bits: 101 web marketing tricks. The elephant on the event horizon. Google operating system? isabel wang has some commentary on web2.0 type stuff - i found this looking at hosting info. Google apps = sweet?
Pissed off CIA dude bits: Perhaps its a bit uncharitable to call Larry Johnson a "pissed off CIA dude," but he was in the CIA and he's pissed at the Bush Administration. Some good stuff from his blog No Quarter: Near-coup alarms Musharraf: Al Qaeda types have infiltrated the Pakistani government! Shocking! Why not let them hate us, as long as they fear us? Artists vs Bureaucrats in the defense-intel circles.
Paranoid bits: this guy argues for a 9/11 Truth political party: favorite line:
I feel there is a good chance that we may be looking at martial law and a complete police state takeover sometime in the next few weeks, especially on election day or perhaps following the next soon to come false-flag attack... if that is the case, to those who survive I will see you in the underground resistance my brethren.
Huzah. Anyway Fox and Popular Mechanics don't like 9/11 conspiracies. Locals in Oregon organize to share 9/11 conspiracy theories. Insider Magazine - another one of "those" sites. The Minutemen are convinced they found a North American shadow government. The Swiss caught the CIA up to something.
"What we watched on the TVs regarding the slamming of two planes into the New York Twin Towers, was in fact a make-believe scene," Deputy Culture Minister Mohammad-Hadi Homayoun was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying, in an address to the Iran-Russia Dialogue among Civilizations Conference in Moscow.
"The sky-scrapers were destroyed through bomb explosions and afterwards the massive US media propaganda and the crusade issue began," the minister said...
Germans spotted playing with skulls in Afghanistan. Europeans going to go after bloggers "spreading propaganda"? Good luck... A former intel agent says Google is in bed with the CIA.
What if they did military tribunals for suspected Commies in the 1950s?
Well that's all for now. Have a good one, I'm going to put this sweet new hard drive in!!