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House Tea Party momentarily blocks "PATRIOT" Act renewal; Gulf poisons & seizures; George Bush fears arrest in Switzerland! Hillary: "just too much [drug] money" to Legalize It

It's not all bad news out there. The slip-by-night extension of expiring Patriot Act measures got knocked down mainly by liberal Dems and some Tea Party Republicans (Bachmann of course sided with the corporatist centrist squad behind all of this)...

Bi-Partisan Alliance Beats Back PATRIOT Act Sneak Attack in House Vote | Electronic Frontier Foundation // Extension of Patriot Act provisions fails in House - Politics - Capitol Hill - msnbc.com //

Final Vote Results for Roll Call 26

H R 514 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 8-Feb-2011 7:04 PM - QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

   BILL TITLE: To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011

Thus representing a tangible benefit of Tea Party people over regular Republicans - who knew?!

Toxic nightmares in the Gulf: The aptly named Paul Doom, a young resident of the Gulf region, apparently poisoned by swimming in the Corexit-infested but deemed-safe-for-swimmin waters. Watch this terrible video to the end - filmed by our friend Flux for MobileBroadcastNews.com.

Paul was a rebellious youth that just wanted to swim in the Gulf and eat fresh seafood like nothing happened out there. He didn't want to let the BP oil spill dictate his life, so he kept livin' it.

Wheelchair, seizures, paralyzation etc.
Watch this video to the end please.

more info @ http://leanweb.org
http://www.stopgulfoildisaster.org

Filmed February 5th 2011
via jeffreyd00: After about 30 minutes of multiple seizures an ambulance was called and Paul was taken to a New Orleans hospital. According to his parents, this will be the 15th hospital he will have visited in a seemingly endless search for answers to what they (and many) believe is a bp spill related poisioning.

"My parents throughout the summer had told me not to get in the water," said 22-year-old Paul Doom. Still Doom said he spent a lot of time last summer swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off Navarre Beach where he lives. Today, Doom has no feeling in his left leg and suffers with seizures daily.

He said, "in July, I started getting really bad headaches and internal bleeding. I would have nose bleeds and what not daily." Doom said doctors haven't been able to give him answers. Worried he could have been impacted by the Gulf oil disaster, he traveled with his family from Florida to New Orleans for a forum on the issue.
http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/tra...

Bush Swissfail: And even better George W Bush finds bragging about Torture on TV has wrecked his fun Swiss vacations --- for good?! That's a Tangible achievement for justice (derided as nitpicking by the DC crowd). WaPo: Bush trip to Switzerland called off amid threats of protests, legal action! George Bush calls off trip to Switzerland | Law | The Guardian // George Bush Cuts and Runs From Torture Case in Switzerland

Hillary: Too Much Drug Money! This is just too damn good (via Cryptogon) Hillary Clinton: We Can't Legalize Drugs Because 'There Is Just Too Much Money in It' - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine -

201102090037.jpgLast week, while visiting Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Denise Maerker of Televisa, who asked her opinion of proposals to address black-market violence by repealing drug prohibition. Clinton's response illustrates not only the intellectual bankruptcy of the prohibitionist position but the economic ignorance of a woman who would be president (emphasis added):

Maerker: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion?

Clinton: I don't think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it, and I don't think that—you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped.

The twist is the role of the Rose Law Firm during Hillary's work there in setting up & handling affairs for assorted drug and covert ops-related shells. The Whitewater scheme was kind of an attempt to cherrypick outlying deals without hitting awkwardly bipartisan larger operations. For documentary evidence of the good ol Arkansas drug smuggling system, see earlier: IRAN CONTRA LIVES: Censored FOIA CIA documents on Mena Arkansas cocaine trafficking: Barry Seal's ghost sez: Silence speaks louder than words!! | HongPong.com

Oldkewl Ruppert: A Witness List for House Hearings on Vol II of the CIA's Inspector General's Report on CIA Drug Trafficking // LA Times: Articles about Iran Contra Hearings - Page 5 - Los Angeles Times etc etc.

All right one more fun development! Centrist Democratic Leadership Council To Close: Politico | Minnesota Public Radio News - Now we only have hyper-corporatist, pro-bank Third Way and the Sorosphere to water things down - fiddlesticks! Kos agrees Third Way is the flag-carrier now. Too bad he needs to loosen up, his school is almost as buttoned down as the full-on suits!

Obama won't abide Israeli settlers -- Not a bad day for the West Bank!

It was pretty cool to see that Obama is apparently willing to throw down against Benjamin Netanyahu, perhaps everyone can bring a bit easier -- a very certain brand of craziness got knocked down several notches.
The whole Israeli settler scene is one of the weirdest things going on out there. We're in a world with a lot of strange, irrational political projects (though it's also an intensely rational project -- within a pretty radical, and frequently apocalyptic total worldview). They've been growing like kudzu -- with no one really putting the brakes on.
The cool thing about the following link is that these guys managed to get an West Bank settler outpost run by crazed teenagers shut down via "tactical media" -- or essentially, PR pressure. The greasiness of a Netanyahu-led government -- he likes to look slick -- got placed in the position of having to fold or look ridiculous. Excellent move by the peaceniks (in this case Ta'ayush). Exclusive Video: The Radical Settlers Behind Israel's Clash with Obama | World | AlterNet
The video shows the big settler rally & these kids explaining Palestinians shouldn't be allowed to stay in the West Bank. Too bad the Hlll 26 outpost stuff isn't on the video.

Meanwhile Noam Chomsky was not impressed with Obama's speech. Seems a bit premature to me!
The whole West Bank thing certainly hasn't been set right, not by a long shot. But there's quite a literal line in the sand, which should drive the annexationists right up the Wall! (so to speak :)
The West Bank situation was one of the biggest things that motivated me to look critically at messaging, war, the modern engines and profits around conflict, as well as radicalized ideologies (and their normative political defenders).
Guys like the Anti-Defamation League say that all sorts of people are offensive and messed up and threatening, but when it comes down to autonomous militants roaming around the West Bank, the ADL ain't got jack to say. It's embarrassing, people! This is a huge loss for AIPAC's squad, and a big win for J Street and reasonable people everywhere. Neener neener!

[Additionally Hillary Clinton got a Hardball Award today for her brassy defense of the anti-settler line. Well earned Hillary, well earned. America doesn't look stupid, for a change. I haven't been much of a Hillary fan but she's handled Netanyahu and his minions with aplomb. Hat tip!]
Local militant racism as well! American Jewish World » Rabbi Manis Friedman’s contribution to Moment magazine sets off a controversy in the blogosphere

NSA/FBI fun; Spook 411 prank: Cryptome lists all damn fake White House/CIA/NSA phone numbers; Obama/Hillary Denver fight fantasy

Three examples of American political culture in 2008.

First, the latest efforts of the NSA to read my email and discover its exciting secrets. (Hayden's Haystacks: Chilling Effects and Fluffy Data Goodness...)

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Well well, we got a couple funny things which are probably Too Hot To link to - or something. I don't get it...

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This is pretty funny, but first I need to take note of their latest plans to spy on everybody... Wait... first, let's go back a couple years... These guys have such a great sense of humor.

I think this latest prank tops that Total Information Awareness logo in complete Maximum Conspiracy Irony. Back in the day...

2002: 'Mythical Evil Conspiracy Irony from the Establishment': We never thought anything would top the 'all seeing pyramid staring at Mideast.' But this is the Federal Government! They are Creative!

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Fortunately the big pyramid is still up-n-beamin' around with it's Data Mining Sunshine and, yes, they are chucking all your emails and credit card transactions into the big Vortex. What were you expecting, punk?

The Wall Street Journal puts on their tinfoil hat to give us some nice radio waves: Via Cryptogon: NSA’s Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data:

Wall Street Journal: NSA’s Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data; Terror Fight Blurs Line Over Domain;Tracking Email By SIOBHAN GORMAN; March 10, 2008; Page A1

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. Opponents called it too broad an intrusion on Americans’ privacy, even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But the data-sifting effort didn’t disappear. The National Security Agency, once confined to foreign surveillance, has been building essentially the same system. The central role the NSA has come to occupy in domestic intelligence gathering has never been publicly disclosed. But an inquiry reveals that its efforts have evolved to reach more broadly into data about people’s communications, travel and finances in the U.S. than the domestic surveillance programs brought to light since the 2001 terrorist attacks. Largely missing from the public discussion is the role of the highly secretive NSA in analyzing that data, collected through little-known arrangements that can blur the lines between domestic and foreign intelligence gathering. Supporters say the NSA is serving as a key bulwark against foreign terrorists and that it would be reckless to constrain the agency’s mission. The NSA says it is scrupulously following all applicable laws and that it keeps Congress fully informed of its activities.

According to current and former intelligence officials, the spy agency now monitors huge volumes of records of domestic emails and Internet searches as well as bank transfers, credit-card transactions, travel and telephone records. The NSA receives this so-called “transactional” data from other agencies or private companies, and its sophisticated software programs analyze the various transactions for suspicious patterns. Then they spit out leads to be explored by counterterrorism programs across the U.S. government, such as the NSA’s own Terrorist Surveillance Program, formed to intercept phone calls and emails between the U.S. and overseas without a judge’s approval when a link to al Qaeda is suspected.

The NSA’s enterprise involves a cluster of powerful intelligence-gathering programs, all of which sparked civil-liberties complaints when they came to light. They include a Federal Bureau of Investigation program to track telecommunications data once known as Carnivore, now called the Digital Collection System, and a U.S. arrangement with the world’s main international banking clearinghouse to track money movements.

The effort also ties into data from an ad-hoc collection of so-called “black programs” whose existence is undisclosed, the current and former officials say. Many of the programs in various agencies began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach. Among them, current and former intelligence officials say, is a longstanding Treasury Department program to collect individual financial data including wire transfers and credit-card transactions.

It isn’t clear how many of the different kinds of data are combined and analyzed together in one database by the NSA. An intelligence official said the agency’s work links to about a dozen antiterror programs in all....

But wait! Folks, it gets better. All they gotta do is Wire in your phone number to all the others!

Social-Network Analysis

The NSA uses its own high-powered version of social-network analysis to search for possible new patterns and links to terrorism. The Pentagon’s experimental Total Information Awareness program, later renamed Terrorism Information Awareness, was an early research effort on the same concept, designed to bring together and analyze as much and as many varied kinds of data as possible. Congress eliminated funding for the program in 2003 before it began operating. But it permitted some of the research to continue and TIA technology to be used for foreign surveillance.

Some of it was shifted to the NSA — which also is funded by the Pentagon — and put in the so-called black budget, where it would receive less scrutiny and bolster other data-sifting efforts, current and former intelligence officials said. “When it got taken apart, it didn’t get thrown away,” says a former top government official familiar with the TIA program.

Two current officials also said the NSA’s current combination of programs now largely mirrors the former TIA project. But the NSA offers less privacy protection. TIA developers researched ways to limit the use of the system for broad searches of individuals’ data, such as requiring intelligence officers to get leads from other sources first. The NSA effort lacks those controls, as well as controls that it developed in the 1990s for an earlier data-sweeping attempt.

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee who led the charge to kill TIA, says “the administration is trying to bring as much of the philosophy of operation Total Information Awareness as it can into the programs they’re using today.” The issue has been overshadowed by the fight over telecoms’ immunity, he said. “There’s not been as much discussion in the Congress as there ought to be.”...

Oh yeh let's put in another tasty WSJ nibble about how the Posse Comitatus Act never covered how the Military would build the SuperOrwell HAL FBI Fishing Expedition Big Brother 2008 model...

FBI-NSA Projects

The NSA quietly redefined its role. Joint FBI-NSA projects “expanded exponentially,” said Jack Cloonan, a longtime FBI veteran who investigated al Qaeda. He pointed to national-security letter requests: They rose from 8,500 in 2000 to 47,000 in 2005, according to a Justice Department inspector general’s report last year. It also said the letters permitted the potentially illegal collection of thousands of records of people in the U.S. from 2003-05. Last Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the bureau had found additional instances in 2006.....

Alright, so these guys are tracking all transactions, yet they can't find where the drug money goes. It just gets away every fucking time!

And just to drive the point home, the guys that specialized in the drug trafficking networks back in the 1980s get honored in a whole new way, somewhere deep in the Data System....

Now, for something completely different. But also not. Our second awesome story...

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According to the spy-exposure-weird-shit site Cryptome.org, a ton of 'telephone pseudonyms and true names' were listed at 411.com for a secret CIA phone number. That is, a ton of joke and real entries all assigned to (703) 482-1100, a CIA number in McLean Virginia.

Somehow 10,000+ records got assigned many-to-one to one phone number. Just for the CIA.

And better yet, a huge swath of the names are fucking pranks. Pranks about favorite names in the Conspiracy.

2008: 'Yes, the CIA put in all the best conspiracy names onto their own damn 411 reverse phone number lookup, just to piss me off!!!'
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THIS IS TOO MUCH!!! OMG!!!! There are another 9980 fake names drawn from the great fabric of American spy conspiracy lore. Barry Seal has his place (or several). As we posted 11 months ago:

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"William Buckley" has three listed CIA phone numbers @ (703) 482-1100. Don't these guys have something better to do? God damn, 'Ahmad Chelebi' is also listed @ (703) 482-1100. And 'Libby Plame.' and 'Laiffaire Plame'. And 'Judith Plame.' And Richard Secord. and Jose Rodriguez. And felix rodriguez. And Barry Seal. And Adler Seal. Covert Ops, the Skull & Bones days, all kinds of stuff. Maybe 'real names' of current people too? Put out onto the Web's 411 system? Really?

Cryptome

White House Telephone Nyms and Names

10,751 CIA Telephone Nyms and Names

4,151 NSA Telephone Nyms and Names. More aboot that last one: NSA Telephone Pseudonyms and Names: About 4,151 NSA telephone pseudonyms and true names are available via http://switchboard.intelius.com through a reverse telephone number look-up for (301) 688-0400. Some names are humorous ("Lawrence Waterhousespy," "Bin Laden") or ironic ("Hayden Lied," "Odom Warns"); others are spoofs: "Justin Rood" is the name of a national security journalist for CQ.com......

A2 provides a full index of the 10,751 CIA nyms and names, linked to Google Search for each name:

http://cryptome.org/cia-nyms-idx.htm

All right kids, now that we are really on a roll...

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Rumors of Denver Democratic National Convention deadlock to Hillary => Really pissed off Hordes vs. the Hacks? What would happen if the Hillary people went all the way to the convention and somehow ganked the nomination? Rick Perlstein passed along some emails from people comparing it to Chicago '68.

However, this kind of fucked up violent incident isn't going to happen at the Democratic National Convention, but its pretty likely to expect a lot more of Raving Loonies in Emails getting treated as proof that the end is near. Chaos looms etc. Doom memes are self reproducing!

I think it's a good example of... political science fiction, showing how people's fantasies play out in an imagined reality. Stuff like this generates an atmosphere of tension and can be used to basically troll. It's just like everything else on the Internet. combine Obama + Battle in Seattle fantasies... Huffington Post: Some Apocalyptic Observations on the Democratic Nomination Fight from Here on Out:

A young friend who lives in a small town in a rural state sent me the following observation today:

If the Clintons push for the win in Denver, they're going to split the goddamn party down the middle. I read your chapter on 1968 Chicago, obviously. I'm of the generation who supports Obama. I know what we're like. Shit, I know what I'm like.



Rick, if the Machine tries to give the Clintons the victory at the convention, I swear to God, Chicago's going to look like a Sadie Hawkins dance. People my age are going to be throwing stones. We all have transportation -- cell phones -- disposable income -- the Internet -- free time -- and Seattle as our example. Part of me is scared of a riot. Part of me isn't. The nomination belongs to Obama. Do you think we're going to let the Democratic Leadership Council take it? "God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, fire next time."

and then the ominous Iraq vet reference... A different guy who works inside the Democratic Party somewhere told Rick Perlstein:

Not to mention that there's going to be a significant Iraq veteran contingent at the convention, ready to rock 'n' roll. We've already had planning meetings about it -- we're going about it the same way that we would plan any decent military operation.... I can't emphasize enough how potentially scary things could get -- we've got folks working on the inside of the convention, and it's all done on a cell basis, so that folks only know what they need to know.

I feel like you'd get too many hits from the Man over this kind of material. On a day like today, why not?********Well, I would say that these three elements - building the Big Brother Machine, the CIA's own prank phone index, and the fantasies of militant anti-Hillaryites, it reminds me of why American political culture has that certain outrageous, cowboy, bravado thing. Read all the emails! Why not?! Are ya... yellow?!
The British are way too half-assed to have a country where such utter bullshit holds forth. That's America!

ON TEH IOWA SCENE: Caucus day on minus one: Ron Paul, Edwards, Clintons sighted

Yes people i am in a hotel room in west des moines right now. We have been going around to all the events. Got up close to edwards at the Mellencamp thing. Hillary and Bill popped out in an SUV. Came down from mpls to see the scene.

I have been recording chunky videos on my phone the whole time. It is very postmodern.

Got a photo with Ron Paul. my friend The Captain is a big Paul fan. I am not big on anyone. Neither is Andy the renegade philosopher.

Already a priceless viral video was ruined. Ron Paul was shaking everyone's hand and getting photos with all. I asked him if he would 'reform the war on drugs' and pointed at my phone/camera. He looks right into it and says 'oh yes thats one i forgot to mention tonight. i'm not going to reform the war on drugs, i'm going to END the war on drugs!"

then of course we had to be on our way. And i discover, the phone/camera STOPPED RUNNING just seconds before. A priceless moment. The captain just wanted to hear the truth. I wanted a viral video. I didn't get it. THAT is 2008 people. The viral video that slipped thru yr fingers!

That's all right. Gotta let it go. The photos turned out really well. I can't get videos to upload from the camera. But within 6 hours we had netted BillClinton and three candidates.

Romney's people are all over this hotel. There are two secret service guys on every floor of every hotel in the chain, we were told.

a man who can't pay for his propane biked by at 1 AM. the captain's vehicle has ron paul stickers. he shouted over to use and said he supported a constitutionalist angle. we gave him some leftover sushi and propane money.

Give us a call @ 651-338-7661 or 6513387661@myhelio.com .

If anyone has any ideas about... um guerrilla ontology or such, send em along. We have no good agenda. there are a lot of weird factors. Joe Klein drifted by at the Edwards event looking pissed off. It's like your TV is exploding at you and its really cold.

Another linkdump for today; the I-35W collapse conspiracies! NAFTA Superhwy news spreads all over!

Whichever day that is. In these dark months, you get the drift of active time, as your circadian rhythms get farther and farther from the intervals of natural light.

At least, I sure do, since my job does not require me to show up anywhere at a certain time every day (besides at my computer to send out the Morning Report).

Start here: Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pictures - I Can Has Cheezburger? Incredible.

WIRED: Phone and email data mining used on War on Drugs. Surprise! AT&T invents a new programming language to parse mass data mining streams, dubbed Hancock.

The always-excellent Cryptogon changed its banner to a NATO tank behind some opium poppies, which is about as apt a geopolitical symbol as you ever need these days.

Hard Times Cafe in Cedar-Riverside is BACK!

So here are a bunch of links to spice your day: Informed Comment: Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2007.

The Charlie Wilson Afghan adventure movie: pretty awesome.

I feel sorry for Pakistan, which was a mistake anyway. What Bhutto's Death Means and Al Qaeda is not taking credit for it. This is big.

Daily Kos: FISA, SCHMISA: DHS Eye in the Sky ready to spy on Americans Related!: TwinCities.com - Inherent powers, ignoble history make new idea anything but innocuous: The Thought Crime thing and also DHS Finalizing Spy Satellite Program To Watch Americans Without Congressional Oversight.

Go here and put in funny searches. You will be amused: CIA FOIA - Overview. Putting in "Barry Seal" is what got me in trouble!

NAFTA Superhighway skepticism dominates leftie interwebs: The existing left-wing blogosphere wisdom is very skeptical: ‘There’s no such thing as a proposed NAFTA Superhighway’ - The Carpetbagger Report

The whole idea was considered bullshit propped up by Jerome Corsi, at least along the left. Example: Crooks and Liars » The NAFTA Superhighway doesn’t exist and ‘There’s no such thing as a proposed NAFTA Superhighway’ - The Carpetbagger Report and Rumors of a Superhighway - New York Times Blog. Also Matthew Yglesias, same thing: Aug 13, 2007 - The Highway That Wasn't there supporting The Nation's skepticism. But there are also impressively ugly 'tinfoil' sites like this one: NAFTA FLAG.

Here are some other random threads about the subject: NAFTA Super HighWay - Canada links to Mexico! - Canada/US Relations - CKA and NAFTA Superhighway - Ready to shit your pants?, and Anomaly Television » Is the North American Union Conspiracy Theory Really Real? Also, Aftermath News had Campaign of mass-deception exposed over NAU-NAFTA Superhighway agenda.

Interestingly, Wikipedia Nafta Super Highway goes to Trans Texas Corridor! Trans-Texas Corridor - Wikipedia.

This seems to be from the same docs that I put out there: Sound Of Cannons: Money From The SuperCorridor: Already Falling Into The Elite's Hands

The latest popular item is: WorldNetDaily: North-of-border link finishes NAFTA superhighway grid

Fake Christians: NAFTA Highway is Holy. This is weirding people out.

So here are just some of the places that the MnDOT docs I got out there ended up:

Oddly it got into what appears to be a White Supremacist forum Vanguard News Network: there are a lot of angry signatures about the Jews... Yeck. New NAFTA NASCO Superhighway Docs released from MnDOT: The whole plan - Vanguard News Network Forum

The grand list of misc Corridor Watch North American Union activists (weirdos?) etc: For your reference!

The I-35W collapse conspiracies! I really have nothing new on this but wanted to put the links anyway. I-35W bridge theories collapse « Mysterious Universe

Don the Drug Smuggling Cowboy.

I received a total of fifteen years for my crimes. Under current law, it would have been much more, perhaps in the neighborhood of twenty years, and I would not be eligible for parole. My children grew up without a father and bear the scars even today.

I think it fair to say that none of us emerged from this business unscathed.

I think it is also fair to say that we all – the smugglers, the dealers and the whores – have been replaced, and that a similar or worse fate awaits the present day crowd involved in the business. And then they will be replaced.

Don Henry Ford is really cool. He wrote stories about his times as a drug smugglin Iran Contra cowboy. And tells everyone good stories @ the Agonist. All right: Cinco Puntos Press: Portrait of a dope-smuggling cowboy by NarcoNews

Speir Publishing runs the fictional account.

Cinco Puntos Press: CONTRABANDO: Confessions of a Drug-Smuggling Texas Cowboy

Reviewed: Austin Chronicle:

He spent seven years smuggling marijuana into the United States over the border from Mexico and somehow lived to write about it. From the dusty streets of dirt-poor mountain villages to the gleaming corruption of the American justice system, Don Henry Ford paints a picture of a business where no hands are clean – it’s that old song about the war nobody wins, only this time it’s being played out of a beat-up old truck as it heads north filled with dope. All but bankrupted after a failed attempt at cotton farming in the 1970s but in possession of an indomitable work ethic and a fierce desire for self-determination, Ford slips into the role of drug smuggler with a nonchalance (“This is too damned easy”) and an audacity you have to marvel at: He just dreams it up and does it, headfirst all the way. Temerity, Ford demonstrates time and again, is the one compulsory attribute of the drug smuggler, and the one he’s most blessed with. The really remarkable thing about Ford and his book isn’t so much the experiences he’s had – his stories probably aren’t all that dissimilar from those of 10,000 of his colleagues – but rather the humanity and philosophical distance he maintains while having them. His sympathy for the plight of the working poor and disenfranchised, regardless of class, color, or country; his distaste for the indifference of the rich and the laws that favor them; his ability to step back and view the larger universe of the war on drugs, and his role in it, through the lens of a class-conscious, homegrown philosophy: They all mark him as a decent man, regardless of his occupation or criminal record. And I’d be willing to guess this kind of sympathy and awareness is rare among those who traffic in illegal narcotics, rarer even than it is among those who don’t. Don Henry Ford’s no saint and no Robin Hood but at the same time, those expecting the self-indulgent confessions of an unrepentant outlaw will be disappointed: Ford’s harder on himself than the legal system and the drug lords ever were. And it’s to his credit that in a business built on dehumanization, he managed to retain his humanity and conscience and see beyond himself to something larger.

And the Austin American Statesman too.

Repossessin' Texas--a review by the author :)

***** MISC LINKS TIME! *****

RNC Protest news for St. Paul 2008: See UnconventionalAction.org . Shh!

Useful: a large set of embedded social bookmarking HTML codes. Slashdot badges. Digg HTML embeds.

SoCal anarchists inherently a fire hazard -> Shutdown!

Cool graphic novels of 2007 - Salon.

For paranoias check out the Main Page - TinWiki.org: the first full-feature Wiki dedicated exclusively to all the topics that inspires the authors to consider "Tin foil hats". Topics such as conspiracy theories, UFO cover ups,extraterrestrial programs, New World Order, Illuminati, secret government programs, top secret bases, and nearly any other "alternative topic" that would cause paranoid fear of the government reprisals, wire taps, and email monitoring are the focus of this collaborative Wiki.

Bear Sterns reaps what they sow.

The war on greed! We Need A War On Greed.

These so-called Al Qaedas in Iraq are by and large from Saudi Arabia according to West Point. What a surprise.

Wall Street like a cockroach - interesting ideas here.

Journalism today! In cartoon form.

Fimoculous.com - misc - Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren't Reading by the guy that Started Mnspeak. Admittedly I have never heard of many of these blogs but they sounded good. MeFi was snarky on it: Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren't Readin | MetaTalk

This seemed like a weird site, which had crossposted the SRI thing but also features news about Solar X-Rays in badge form: Scientists on Acid: The Story Behind “Changing Images of Man”

Anonymous email services have been bought out by the NSA. Someone on Digg said "Poor big brother is going to have to read a shitload of Viagra ads." Hah.

Air America Notebooks very complete.

This story has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING: 2,600 Pages of Clinton Records Withheld: These nothings: Barry Seal, Air Contra, and Mena Airport - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard [Free Republic]. Also: Political Friendster - Rose Law Firm - Connections and Political Friendster - Mena, Arkansas 1980's Narcotics Ring - Connections Awesome LOLS!

Best of The MadCowMorningNews:

Kroll makes Blackwater look like wimps

Onion's worst band names of 2007 included local Gay Witch Abortion!

This seemed nuts.

About the NIE - the day the spooks cancelled the Iran war: Cool review in the Guardian. Neo-cons attack. Annapolis Iran schemes noted by ex-CIA honcho Phil Giraldi. The quiet counter-coup.

St. Paul real estate blog.

Say no to GMOs: wow! Klebsiella Planticola almost killed the earth! Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms.

Inside the CIA's notorious black sites.

AFRICOM: the Pentagon's new African fishing expedition.

Link was dropped before: Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation.

The Clusterfuck Nation: Jim Kunstler is the dude when it comes to vaguely apocalyptic visions of social collapse and such. He's The Long Emergency guy. Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler : A Christmas Eve Story

Making Sense of Ethanol and Related Fuels. | The Agonist

I was advised by someone to look at: John Taylor Gatto - Challenging the Myths of Modern Schooling

Sic Semper Tyrannis 2007: Habakkuk on the neocons' use of intelligence. Very old school.

Get Familiar with Zbigniew Brzezinski // Skilluminati Research

Interest Rate Freeze: Real Story Is Fraud

I just thought this was funny: Bill Clinton Joined Masons When He Was 15

Some stuff: The Dark Face of Populism: Why Paul and Huckabee have had a dramatic rise | The Agonist. I had some rambly response to this.

For the space cadet in all of us: Doug Yurchey's World of Tomorrow

I read this guy's book: DOD Plan: 21st Century Global Police Force

Psychotropic Drug Use Skyrockets 400%

Fun stuff: ROGUEGOVERNMENT.COM - Exposing Government Corruption and the New World Order including CIA Fights Terror With GI Joe Action Figures

The Indypendent » The RAND Corp: Here, There, Everywhere

The planned collapse of America. Why not?

I liked this guy's style: The Bwog: Blogging AIPAC: part one of two and part two of two.

HAARP: The Men who Control the Weather (and vibrated 35W to bits!):

All right, pretty weird stuff. Thanks for joining us!

DailyKos audience don't want to hear about Hillary Iran Contra documents! Still, these damn CIA planes keep crashing with coke in Mexico!

I tried putting the post below on just a few sites. After it got a strong, immediate reaction on DailyKos, the leading liberal mega-blog of our day, I decided that another, more refined post will later be needed to really get over people's bullshit filters. Or better yet, a comical video!

This was a pretty good one! My document dump on that whole Arkansas Iran Contra paper trail thingy pissed off most people who cared to notice at the Daily Kos. Pretty interesting reaction with 150+ comments: Daily Kos: Hillary's skeleton: These CIA Iran-Contra Arkansas docs reveal ugly past

Indeed the post was written pretty much off the cuff. I didn't go stuffing in links that corroborated many basic parts of Iran-Contra. In any case, many people thought that this whole area of skepticism had already been discredited (the conventional wisdom seemed to frame it as a Richard Mellon Scaife-induced Kool Aid episode.) A couple valiant souls pointed out that the broad outline of this shit is well proven, but the crowd wouldn't cop to that reality!

On the other hand, my framing of the whole thing as "rose law firm not really examined" was indeed not quite accurate. This ticked people off. But so did the idea that Hillary is "shady", which I'm surprised the DKos crowd can't handle.

The best of all was when people believed that the whole background of the Clintons in Arkansas was already off the table. And the guy who demanded about 8 times that the whole post get deleted off DailyKos because it was a 'conspiracy theory' article. Didn't have anything better to do on a Friday night.

There are a lot more double negatives to the case. It's a censored government document about a suppressed scandal the media has buried involving a presidential candidate. Therefore, um... it's too crazy to try to put into our conventional frame of reference?

A quality experiment. The people at the Agonist thought it was funny.

For some reason, it got bumped into the Ron Paul forum on the Alex Jones Prison Planet forum. Hillary's skeleton: These CIA Iran-Contra Arkansas docs reveal ugly past

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Here is a perfect example of why the Agonist is a good site: The Index of Suspicion: CIA plane and drugs in Mexico | The Agonist. This is the more recent September detainee plane with cocaine in Mexico thing. Usually they are run from Homeland Security contractors nowadays (as opposed to the CIA old days alluded to in my glorious Hillary post).

As long as we are on this, I stopped by to say hi to the biggest damn conspiracy forum on the Interwebs, Above Top Secret, about the same planes:

CIA Torture Jet wrecks with 4 Tons of COCAINE.

And: NarcoNews | Cocaine Jet That Crashed in Mexico Part of Cowboy Government Operation, DEA Sources Claim

Looks like an ICE DEA cutout kind of thing. Way to go federal bureaucracies!

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In case you have not yet discerned my new pattern, I have decided to step back from being a partisan crusader for a limited set of issues, and instead try to hit a wider target by putting out weird government documents that totally cut against the grain of conventional wisdom, in an effort to rattle the frames of lame ordinary political perceptions.

This is merely the first step in a larger process of action!

(And also there will be a healthy proportion of weird spoofs, like the Telepathy SRI thing. Hell yeah!)

Hillary's skeleton: These CIA Iran-Contra Arkansas docs reveal ugly past

I am crossposting this all over the Internets! Feel free to cross post all of it, yourself!! -D

Many people don't like Hillary Clinton because she seems dodgy and shady. Her background at the Rose Law Firm in the 1980s has really not been examined, because the American press, the GOP and the Democrats don't want to once again wheel out the huge, Bush-powered empire of 1980s corruption labeled Iran-Contra.

However, the truth will reveal itself. The corporate fronts, the paper trails, and most persuasive of all, government documents like these freely available FOIA CIA docs candidly talk about how branches of the scandal were set up in Arkansas. Hillary is not clean here. It's a heavily censored discussion between GOP Rep. Leach of IOWA, the CIA and the DIA. There ain't a real smoking gun, *but* this should be enough to prove to any sane person that *more of these documents are out there.* Can we get some sunshine on this??!! Can we get this into the Iowa scene??

To get this document: go to http://www.foia.cia.gov
Search for "Barry Seal" in the document search box up top.
Select the first result: "BRIEFING FOR REPSENTATIVE JAMES LEACH (R-IA) REGARDING MONEY LAUNDERING IN ARKA"

OR: The whole darn thing can be printed straight off the CIA's website here:
http://tinyurl.com/2kz8fu
Which goes here:
http://www.foia.cia.gov/browse_docs_full.asp?doc_no=0000812916&title=und...
(You can't beat that for credibility!)

The Rose Law Firm set up Trinity Oil & Gas, and one Iran-contra veteran, Al Martin, has claimed that Hillary was counsel on that deal. Webster Hubbell certainly chartered a lot of these 'funny' businesses. (See "The Conspirators: Secrets of An Iran Contra Insider, ISBN 0-9710042-0-X , I can provide scans of the Hillary pages upon email request)

So: This doc asks all the funny questions about those old scandals. More stuff like this has to be out there. The totally uncensored version of this would look bad for both the Clintons. All voters should know about the existence of this document (and documents like this!!).

The journalistic and political problem with this document is that no one wants to go here, so Sen. Clinton is totally immunized from the issue. But at the same time, the full version of this doc, and surely plenty of others probably stashed around VP Cheney's wallet, could get dropped into the media as an October Surprise!

Make your own judgments. The media's reluctance to go back into old scandals and old documents doesn't mean the GOP won't try it on October 25th, 2008. Maybe I'm being too conspiratorial or crazy, but I say, let this document speak for itself!

--Dan Feidt - hongpong@hongpong.com

NAFTRACS Strategic Objectives: You're FUcked!

This, people, is from about four pages of One PDF file. Of which I have just gotten about 600 I think. Yes, 5 minutes into this stuff, we're already inside a huge all-encompassing grid of control run by Lockheed Martin. It's like Minority Report, see?

We'll cut our eyes out to escape the "prescence" provided along Interstate 35.

Wow that was quick eh?

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS? MORE COMING SOON.


OMG


by the way: I bet hillary knows.

Cover your ears: Democratic candidates debate tonight

The Democratic presidential candidates debate at 8 PM on MSNBC tonight. If only we could set up windmills to collect the hot air...

All right, I have to admit that I sort of like watching the presidential debates, as long as I can drink or do something else alongside the spectacle. Every time Ron Paul lays into the "war propaganda" of the military-industrial complex, or Kucinich floats his dreamy utopia stuff, at least that's interesting.

The 2008 presidential campaign itself is a doom-laden spectacle of horror, and has pretty much sucked all around so far. McCain and Giuliani compete to sound the most maniacal, and even aw-shucks Huckabee plots foreign wars of obliteration. Tancredo still refuses to go back to Italy where "his type" infest us from.

The best recent news was when McCain visited the Smith & Wesson manufacturers and promised to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell, and kill him with their product. Stephen Colbert called that a 720° Triple Bank Shot, and I have to agree.

McCain personally requested the stop at the Smith and Wesson-owned Thompson-Center Arms factory, where he scrutinized hunting rifles, watched workers cast parts from molten steel and enjoyed a closed-door session with executives seated around a table with an AR-15 military-style rifle on top.

During a talk with more than 100 of the company's employees, the Republican presidential candidate promised to "bring Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell and shoot him with one of your products." The line got a big round of applause.

Obama's campaign has been an extreme disappointment. Somehow the last 8 to 10 weeks have slid by without Obama daring to point out that Hillary Clinton Sucks All Around, and so he's viewed as weak, in the all-important frame of the Bitchslap Theory of Electoral Politics. As Josh Marshall explained, as we saw with SwiftBoats in the summer of 2004, you keep slapping them with stupid shit, and when they don't fight back, you look too weak for the American public:

One way -- perhaps the best way -- to demonstrate someone's lack of toughness or strength is to attack them and show they are either unwilling or unable to defend themselves -- thus the rough slang I used above. And that I think is a big part of what is happening here. Someone who can't or won't defend themselves certainly isn't someone you can depend upon to defend you.

Demonstrating Kerry's unwillingness to defend himself (if Bush can do that) is a far more tangible sign of what he's made of than wartime experiences of thirty years ago.

Hitting someone and not having them hit back hurts the morale of that person's supporters, buoys the confidence of your own backers (particularly if many tend toward an authoritarian mindset) and tends to make the person who's receiving the hits into an object of contempt (even if also possibly also one of sympathy) in the eyes of the uncommitted.

This is certainly what Bush's father did to Michael Dukakis and, sadly, it is what Bush himself did, to a great degree, to Al Gore.

It worked against Kerry, and so far against Obama. Hillary's campaign has resisted sniping a lot at Obama directly, but they've gone the next level up to set the Frame of Polls and other assorted Voodoo Chicken Guts to create a Conventional Wisdom that she can't be touched.

Then there is the ready victim gender language thing, wherein such ideas as "a Conventional Wisdom that she can't be touched" flips around to represent domestic violence and sexism and other stuff. Any Hillary assault is sort of like hitting your wife. This seems to be working, and it's kind of surprising no one has ever tried it before at the national level. I guess it wouldn't have helped much with Geraldine Ferraro in '84.

New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who I have always thought of as a Basically Good Guy and also Very Experienced with the Wily World Out There - a diplomatic Grandmaster - has basically run an invisible campaign. He was hobbled for early 2007 by having to spend all his time finishing the session of the New Mexico legislature. This kept him off the radar while the HillaryBots locked up the entire Democratic Party hierarchy.

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The conventional wisdom of the race depresses me. The media sucks and they follow Baby Boomer rules of sugarcoating all awkward realities of 2007. The media is just horrible and only care about these dumb polls. The left of the alternative media is letting everything slide, pretty much, with few results. This Iran shit getting ginned up is seriously their responsibility to deal with.

One other thing on the media, though: MSNBC does a unique job covering the stuff, and I have to give them some credit for the effort. Right now David Schuster, the Hardball correspondent, is grilling some pols and doing a decent enough job by today's standards. Schuster really has done better than anyone else on television covering the Valerie Plame / CIA leak / Scooter Libby scandal. When Plame was on Hardball, Plame complemented Schuster's rapidfire summary of the extremely convoluted case.

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The Rundown:

  • Bill Richardson: Shooting for VP. Wish he was doing better. Usually focuses on speaking against paranoid warmongering and conveys a positive attitude.
  • Hillary Clinton: Playing an impressive game at every level, as long as the other candidates always pull their punches. If the Teflon ain't fried tonight, we are fucked.
  • Chris Dodd: Polling behind Colbert in South Carolina. Has been principled in his foreign policy and responsive to the blogger netroots, but has had no influence.
  • Joe Biden: Breaking up Iraq is a shitty idea, smart guy. Watch no one really care, but then again, I hope he'll probably pounce on Hillary for the Iran thing (she voted for recent Kyl-Lieberman war hawk insanity bill)
  • Dennis Kucinich: Still not making himself relevant, but I wish he would.
  • Mike Gravel: They don't give him any time of course. I gave him $15 early on when he said the Military-Industrial Complex dominates our culture. I wish he'd keep injecting that hard-core antiwar idea. He probably will, but it won't get any bounce unless he really goes after Hillary specifically.
  • John Edwards: He seems to be floating away or something. I'm glad he called out Hillary's cash vacuum cleaner with Beltway lobbyists and the military-industrial complex.
  • Barack Obama: Dude you gotta git 'em. Seriously. Americans don't want a freaggin' Harvard lecturer, they need something of a pit bull. Obama needs a little more Nixon, if you will.

So my order of preference for Dem nomination, the proper combo of principles and electibility: 1) Richardson. 2) Obama. 3) Edwards. 4) everyone else. 8) HillaryCorp International.

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