Review: Tears of Autumn–A Paul Christopher Novel

5 Star, Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War, Atrocities & Genocide, Biography & Memoirs, Country/Regional, Crime (Government), Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Impeachment & Treason, Intelligence (Government/Secret), Power (Pathologies & Utilization)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious People Believe This Nails the JFK Assassination for Real

February 28, 2010

As a recovering spy who went on to champion Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), whose mantra is “the truth at any cost reduces all other costs,” I read this book long ago, found it very creidble (I was in Viet-Nam from 1963-1967 and historically have always been morally and intellectually ashamed of how CIA–not JFK–allowed and encouraged the internal assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, the Catholic Mandarin from whom we voilated the Geneva Convention and trashed Viet-Nam for a decade.

This book, I found recently, while discussing the below JFK books I have reviewed, is taken very seriously by individuals close to two Presidents. Personally I think the CIA tacit consent, Cuban exiles out of Miami trained by CIA is much more likely–the fraudelent Secret Service credentials that allowed the killers and associates to escape are one indicator for me. In any event, this novel is terribly, terribly on target with respect to the possibilities.

See also:
A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK’s Assassination, And the Case That Should Have Changed History
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History

My many book reviews on Viet-Nam are easily accessed at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, all my reviews lead back to their Amazon home page.

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This entire site is about Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and its follow-on, Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2), so your search might have been better off with just a search for basics, or training, but here is what human-in-the-loop offers both to answer your question and to result in an automated hit the next time someone asks the same question.

Definitions: The Basics

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Journal: To “Win” the Cyber War, Start with a Brain

Autonomous Internet
Marcus Aurelius

ADM McConnell has it right, although he’s understating a key aspect of the problem.  Let’s postulate that we have abundant technical capability.  The core of the problem, IMHO, lies with lawyers and legislators who will not permit effective utilization of the technical capability.  While easier said than done, particularly in terms of domestic and international politics, we need a paradigm shift to a posture akin to Winston Churchill’s charge to the World War II Special Operations Executive:  “Set Europe Ablaze.”  Let the dog bite a few malefactors.)  MA Sends.

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To Win The Cyber-War, Look To The Cold War

By Mike McConnell

The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It’s that simple. As the most wired nation on Earth, we offer the most targets of significance, yet our cyber-defenses are woefully lacking.

The problem is not one of resources; even in our current fiscal straits, we can afford to upgrade our defenses. The problem is that we lack a cohesive strategy to meet this challenge.

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How do we apply deterrence in the cyber-age? For one, we must clearly express our intent. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a succinct statement to that effect last month in Washington, in a speech on Internet freedom. “Countries or individuals that engage in cyber-attacks should face consequences and international condemnation,” she said. “In an Internet-connected world, an attack on one nation’s networks can be an attack on all.”

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Journal: Haiti Update of 28 February 2010

Cultural Intelligence, Gift Intelligence

Chile was ready for quake, Haiti wasn’t

PHI BETA IOTA EMPHASIS:   On Port-au-Prince’s streets Saturday, many people had not heard of Chile’s quake. More than half a million are homeless, most still lack electricity and are preoccupied about trying to get enough to eat.

Low Income Housing Survived--Full Story Online

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The earthquake in Chile was far stronger than the one that struck Haiti last month — yet the death toll in this Caribbean nation is magnitudes higher.

The reasons are simple.

Chile is wealthier and infinitely better prepared, with strict building codes, robust emergency response and a long history of handling seismic catastrophes. No living Haitian had experienced a quake at home when the Jan. 12 disaster crumbled their poorly constructed buildings.

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Sinclair said he has architect colleagues in Chile who have built thousands of low-income housing structures to be earthquake resistant.

In Haiti, by contrast, there is no building code.

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Haiti: recovery beginning in the heart of hellIt took half a minute for last month’s earthquake to destroy Haiti – rebuilding it will take years. Sally Williams watches the Red Cross, which has supplied 600 of the 6,000 aid workers now in the country, in action.

With a population of as many as three million, Port-au-Prince was a vibrant city, its streets choked with buses and motorcycles. Today you see the legacy of the disaster everywhere: surgeons in scrubs walk the streets; dust suffuses everything, irritating the nasal passages and lungs; surfaces are cracked and fractured – nothing seems fixed or hard; government papers from the national archive blow across the street. The decorative pink stone of the Roman Catholic cathedral, built nearly a century ago, is now a scene of utter devastation. Even those buildings that are still standing (up to 50 per cent of the city was destroyed) are at oblique angles, intersecting with a disorientating effect.

Port-au-Prince seems not like a city at all now, but a waking nightmare where even the most ordinary morning walk can turn distinctly lurid. There is a car in one of the streets behind the national palace that has been flattened by falling masonry. The driver’s body is still at the wheel.

Phi Beta Iota: Red Cross collected 90% of the money, is doing 10% of the work, and has reached, at best, 20% of the needy.  What’s wrong with this picture?  We speculate:  massive corruption–both industrial (old inefficient processes) and intentional (on-going overhead and endowment padding) inherent in “the Red Cross way.”

Haiti Rolling Directory from 12 January 2010

Journal: ClimateGate Update of 28 February 2010

Earth Intelligence
Chuck Spinney

Memorandum submitted by the Institute of Physics (CRU 39)

The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia

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The Institute of Physics is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a worldwide membership of over 36,000 and is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists through to government and the general public. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of physics.

The Institute is pleased to submit its views to inform the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry, ‘The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia’.

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2. The CRU e-mails as published on the internet provide prima facie evidence of determined and co-ordinated refusals to comply with honourable scientific traditions and freedom of information law. The principle that scientists should be willing to expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by others, which requires the open exchange of data, procedures and materials, is vital. The lack of compliance has been confirmed by the findings of the Information Commissioner. This extends well beyond the CRU itself – most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other international institutions who are also involved in the formulation of the IPCC’s conclusions on climate change.

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6. There is also reason for concern at the intolerance to challenge displayed in the e-mails. This impedes the process of scientific ‘self correction’, which is vital to the integrity of the scientific process as a whole, and not just to the research itself. In that context, those CRU e-mails relating to the peer-review process suggest a need for a review of its adequacy and objectivity as practised in this field and its potential vulnerability to bias or manipulation.

7. Fundamentally, we consider it should be inappropriate for the verification of the integrity of the scientific process to depend on appeals to Freedom of Information legislation. Nevertheless, the right to such appeals has been shown to be necessary. The e-mails illustrate the possibility of networks of like-minded researchers effectively excluding newcomers. Requiring data to be electronically accessible to all, at the time of publication, would remove this possibility.

Phi Beta Iota:  The most significant recommendation, toward the end, bears on scientific journals establishing new forms of transparency that demand that prior to publication of their claimed work, authors make available online all relevant reports and research.

Reference: ClimateGate Rolling Update

Journal: Taliban Launches Broad “Tet Offensive”

Chuck Spinney

Below is a perspective on Taliban and Nato operations viewed through an Afghan’s lens.  Chuck

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Taliban Sense Weakness in NATO


by Matthew Nasuti Kabul Press, 25 February 2010

The real story has been taking place in Afghanistan during the past two months. Last month the Taliban began attacking large Afghan population centers in such locations as Kabul, Lashkar Gah and Khost and this month there were two attacks in Kandahar, the latest on February 7th which blew up a bridge killing four police officers. There have been other attacks which have not been reported in the mainstream media, including the February 11th attack inside a U.S. combat outpost near the Pakistan border in Paktia province which injured five American soldiers from the 48th Brigade of the Georgia National Guard and there was a February 12th suicide bomb attack in Kandahar that wounded six American soldiers. In the January 19, 2010, edition of Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, British General David Richards announced that:

“The Taliban have given orders to their people to attack in as many different places as they possibly can – in order to reinforce the impression of being everywhere.”

This is the same type of strategy employed by the Viet Cong during the period of Tet, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, in February 1968. It launched a month-long series of attacks across the length of South Vietnam targeting most of the country’s provincial capitals. The assaults were militarily unsuccessful, but they had a major psychological impact which changed the course of the war and began a slow withdrawal of American forces from that country.

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Without an elemental change in thinking, which NATO bureaucrats would probably never accept or even understand, NATO will not be able to regain what it has lost. NATO is limited in its ability to launch many more Marjah-style operations. If NATO fails to innovate and reform, the agenda at the next Loya Jirga may be a proposal of amnesty extended to President Hamid Karzai to join the Taliban’s Government.

Phi Beta Iota: Below are some references.   Wrong war, wrong force, wrong allies and wrong intentions.  The US Government continues to lack a strategic analytic model or the integrity to make global foreign policy and national security decisions on the basis of 360 reality front (future) and back (history).  It is equally deficient in making informed domestic decisions.  Our newest book, INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability, speaks to this matter.   We have no doubt there will be a Voice TO America based in Cuba, within five years if not sooner,  very possibly supported by the entire Southern Hemisphere.

General Journal Entries

Journal: Lessons of Viet-Nam

Journal: Afghanistan = Viet-Nam, National Security Council Remains “Like a Moron”

Absolute Classics

Who the Hell Are We Fighting?: The Story of Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars (Hardcover)

None So Blind: A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam

War Without Windows

The Tunnels of Cu Chi

Intelligence in Viet-Nam & Laos

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

The Tet Offensive–Intelligence Failure in War

MILNET Headlines, 26 February 2010


Cloud Games:  Microsoft to Open Government-Only Dedicated Cloud Facility

Cyber-Security:  DoD Issues Responsible Internet Use Policy

Cyber-Security: Microsoft Wins Court Approval to Topple Botnet

Cyber-Security: RIAA CEO Tries To Connect China Google Hack With Google’s Attitude

US Civil Rights:  Lawmakers Punt Patriot Act to Obama

US Civil Rights:  Majority Say Government Threatens Rights

US Economy:  US Senator Warns of ‘Financial Meltdown’ Risk

US Economy:  Where Did Our Real Wealth Go?

US Government:  Secret Service Using Outdated 1980s Mainframe

US Intelligence:  An Eye for an Eye

US Military:  New Pentagon Sim Teaches Troops to Play Nice

US Privacy:  Military Monitored Planned Parenthood, Supremacists

US Privacy:  White House Says Data Mining to Focus on Government Files Only

Journal: Is US Destabilizing Baluchistan to Take Over Gwadar Port? Is the Terrorist Iran Just Captured a CIA Asset? Is China Going to Sit Still?

04 Inter-State Conflict, 05 Iran, 07 Other Atrocities, 08 Wild Cards, Military, Strategy
Webster Griffin Tarpley

The Battle for Baluchistan: Iran Nabs Top NATO Terrorist with Help from Pakistan

February 25, 2010

On Tuesday Feb. 23, Iran announced the capture of Abdulmalek Rigi, the boss of the terror organization Jundullah, which works for NATO. The capture of Rigi represents a serious setback for the US-UK strategy of using false flag state-sponsored terrorism against Iran and Pakistan, and ultimately to sabotage China’s geopolitics of oil.

Strategic Port Gwadar

Phi Beta Iota: Dr. Tarpley’s complete overview is well worth reading and we also recommend watching the short video of his interview with Russian television.  To the right  is a snapshot of the Port of Gwadar linked to its Wikipedia page–we have felt for some time that the USA is over-extended, out-foxed, and fooling no one, least of all the Chinese.

Strategic Port Gwadar

When US supply ships start going dead in the water from electromagnetic scrambling of their propulsion and navigation systems, we will know that China has had enough of this foolishness.  The days of secure non-attributable false flag operations are OVER.

MILNET Headlines, 25 February 2010


Afghanistan:  Night Raids Violate Afghans’ Deepest Moral Code

Cloud:  Ranum& Peterson Vidoe on Cloud Computing

Commentary:  Opinion: Running Out of Time

Copyright:  New ACTA Leak–U.S., Korea, Singapore, Denmark Do Not Support  Transparency

Cyber-Security:  Cybersecurity Coordinator Lacks Accountability

Cyber-Security:  Federal Regulation Urged on Cybersecurity

Cyber-Security:  Software Defects Threaten Census Rollout

Cyber-Security:  US Would Lose Cyberwar

Cyber-Security: Data Security Basics Still Trip Up Federal Agencies

Disaster:  Disaster Awaits Cities in Earthquake Zone

Geospatial:  Using Google Earthh and GPS to Track Afghan Cash

Homeland Security Contractors Outnumber Civilian Employees

Homeland Security:  E-Verify misses half of illegal workers

Homeland Security:  Napolitano Acknowledged Radicalized Islamist TerrorismThreat

Microsoft:  MS Relents on Cryptome

Microsoft:  Whistleblower Site Back After Mocrosft Withdraws Complaint

Privacy:  Security Expert: Obama Order Resembles Controversial Bush-Era Data-Mining Tool

US Military:  Both Left and Right are Wrong About Drones

Journal: England to Lose Falkland Islands/Malvinas Over Oil–China Triumphant by 2020


South Atlantic: Britain May Provoke New Conflict With Argentina–Chinese Analysis of Region’s Value (, 24 Feb 10)

CFK ‘very happy’ with massive support over Malvinas claim (Buenos Aires Herald, 23 Feb 10)

Venezuela calls for removal of submarine platform in Malvinas(Falkland) Islands (People’s Daily China, 23 Feb 10)

The Big Question: Could oil exploration of the Falklands lead to a renewal of hostilities? (The Independent, 23 Feb 10)

British Site, Argentine Content

Drilling for oil begins off the Falkland Islands (BBC 22 Feb 10)

Argentinians invade Falkland Islands website (The Register, 22 Feb 10)

Cuba pushes Latin American cooperation without U.S. (Reuters, 20 Feb 10)

Falkland Islands: Oil boom or no oil boom? (BBC 18 Feb 10)

Argentina blocks shipment in flap over Falklands (AFP 11 Feb 10)

Britain VS Argentina-2025, Britain losses!? (Answers, 20 Jan 10)

Chinese in Argentina (DanWei, 13 Jan 09)

Geography 101:  Australia is best path to Soiuth Pole for UK, China will use Argentina, USA will not have any influence of note.

NIGHTWATCH: Pakistani Education as Weapon Against USA–The Failure of US Militarization

04 Education

Pakistan: Memorizing the Qur’an, but not learning multiplication or even how to write

Pakistan: Special note. The second part of yesterday’s PBS show Frontline concerned the condition of the public school system in Pakistan. It has collapsed in nearly every respect.

The video report noted that nearly half of the 65 million school age kids in Pakistan do not attend public schools. It did not follow-up that datum to report that a large percentage of the children not in public school learn to read and write in religious schools associated with mosque. The madrasah teaches boys and girls to read, write and recite the Quran, among other basics. In many regions and cities of Pakistan, attendance at the madrasah is the only path to semi-literacy for the children of the poor.

The collapse of the public school system has been the subject of editorials and studies for decades.  The video report was not newsworthy on that account. It was significant that the overcrowded, open air school that was the subject of the video is in Lahore, one of the largest cities of Pakistan. The visual setting looked like a remote tribal village, not part of a large urban center.

Of great interest were the reporter’s brief interviews with a pre-teen Pakistani girl who attended the open air school in Lahore.  The girl believed in education and said she wanted to be a teacher. Concerning the US, she said her teacher told her to hate America.

Continue reading “NIGHTWATCH: Pakistani Education as Weapon Against USA–The Failure of US Militarization”

Journal: Cuba Makes Its Move–Hasta La Vista OAS?

07 Venezuela, 08 Wild Cards, Cultural Intelligence, Government, Strategy
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There is no reason why Latin America and the Caribbean should not have their own body of political consensus

Boys on the Beach

Speech by General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the plenary session of the Summit of Latin America and Caribbean Unity, February 23, 2010

The decision that we have just adopted to create the Community pf Latin American and Caribbean States is of great historical significance.

Cuba considers that the conditions are present to rapidly advance toward the constitution of a purely Latin American and Caribbean regional organization, comprising and representing the 33 independent nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Continue reading “Journal: Cuba Makes Its Move–Hasta La Vista OAS?”

MILNET Headlines, 24 February 2010


Bush-Obama Share Lawyers:  My Gift to President Obama

Corporate Misbehavior:  Blackwater in Kabul, or Eric Cartman gets an AK-47

Corporate Misbehavior: Microsoft Takes Down Whistleblower Site, Read the Secret Doc Here

Corporate Misbehavior: Must Watch TV: Blackwater’s ‘Team South Park’ vs the Senate

Cyber-Security: Avoiding a Digital Dark Age

Cyber-Security: Determining the motives for cyberattacks can be tricky

Cyber-Security: FTC Warns Of Widespread Data Breaches

Cyber-Security: Time to Regulate Internet Security?

Cyber-Smarts: White House, NIST launch online forum to collect public input on smart grid

Homeland Security:  Recovery: Eight Principles Vs 12 Steps

Iraq:  Iraq’s Known Unknowns, Still Unknown

Iraq: Extending Our Stay in Iraq

Satellite Mess:  Space Junk Mess Getting Messier in Orbit

Spy versus Spy:  Son of Hamas Founder Spied for Israel More Than a Decade

US Economy:  How Long Can US Dollar Defy Gravity?

US Intelligence:  More Satellites Will Act as Eyes for Troops

US Law and Terrorism:Before Justices, First Amendment and Aid to Terrorists

US State Rights: Fearing Obama Agenda, States Push to Loosen Gun Laws

Journal: Vermont Flexes Its Righteous Muscles

Commercial Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Earth Intelligence

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Vermont Senate Votes to Close Nuclear Plant

MONTPELIER, Vt. — In an unusual state foray into nuclear regulation, the Vermont Senate voted 26 to 4 Wednesday to block a license extension for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, citing radioactive leaks, misstatements in testimony by plant officials and other problems.

Phi Beta Iota: America is fed up with an inept and corrupt federal government that can no longer be trusted to uphold the public interest; and with corporations that lie to the public and constantly manipulate ownership entities to avoid responsibility and liability.  Vermont is the canary in the coal mine–it is the most likely to nullify federal laws and it is the most like to announce its secession from the United STATES of America absent a radical resurrection of the integrity of the electoral process and the three branches of government.  “Home Rule” is a meme that is spreading fast across America, with corporations learning that they must legally give up their ill-gotten personality status to do business in particular counties; this is complemented by the “move money home” movement and the “buy local” movement.

See also:

Vermont Second Republic

Secession Movement Spreads

Vermont Secession Movement Gains Traction

Nine Statewide Candidates Push for Secession from Union

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Greetings.  Never, ever search for Steele, he is “ever-present” and had to be taken off of the author tags otherwise it would be Steele and then a tiny small dot representing everyone else.

<Climate Confusion> by itself brings up two hits:

Journal: ClimateGate 19 December 2009 Morning

Journal: UN IPCC, Al Gore, & Big Doubts

“ClimateGate” is your hint–that is how we handle both the reality of climate change, and the fraud that characterizes Al Gore, Maurice Strong, and all those associated with the IPCC and the fraudulent carbon marketplace–they are the Enron of the environmental movement.  Searching for ClimateGate bring up the master list with all links:

Reference: ClimateGate Rolling Update

Climate Change is real–it is also 100 years away and a tiny fraction of Environmental Degradaton, which the vastly more responsible High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change put at #3 for the simple reason that poverty does more environmental degradation than all the corporations on the planet, and infectious disease (#2) further reduces diversity and impact on the environment.  Carbon is also a small part of climate change–paving over the wetlands, the HAARP Project, sulfer, mercury, all the toxins in our foods, all of these add up to climate change impacts–they just cannot be fraudlently traded the way the carbon market scam has been devised.