As presented 27 June 2011
As presented 27 June 2011
By Robert David Steele Vivas
Right up front, here is the value proposition: a revolution in national security affairs can immediately deliver three things:
1. Permit the rapid (four years) reduction of the secret intelligence community budget from $80 billion to under $20 billion and permit the rapid (four years) reduction of the active and reserve military budget from over $1 trillion a year (which is how much the US Government borrows every year “in our name”) to under $250 billion a year, with a strict focus on defense against real modern threats instead of fabricated or exaggerated threats;
Below are just a few of the people and projects we’re looking forward to bringing together this October:
Stephen M. Kohn
New York Times, 12 June 2011
The tension between protecting true national security secrets and ensuring the public’s “right to know” about abuses of authority is not new. Indeed, the nation’s founders faced this very issue.
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Later that month, without any recorded dissent, Congress enacted America’s first whistle-blower-protection law: “That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”
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Nearly two centuries later, the Supreme Court justice William O. Douglas, praising the founders’ commitment to freedom of speech, wrote: “The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice of government suppression of embarrassing information.”
Phi Beta Iota: This is not about Barack Obama–he sold out, get over it. This is about a two-party tyranny that hides its prostitution to Wall Street behind secrecy–chasing down whistle-blowers benefits both these parties all those they have shaken down for kick-backs. This is about a system that is inherently corrupt, in which 63 of 65 parties–and all Independents–are shut out, disenfranchised, and cheated.
Might this come home to roost (and bite)?
Phi Beta Iota: This is, along with the Iranian nut-jobs trying to liberate Iran with CIA and JSOG money for outside-in propaganda (instead of enpowering the people with Autonomous Internet capabilities), is a classic exposure of how little the Department of State actually knows about what is going on in the Liberation Technology movement–Freedom Box, for example, along with various elements for Wireless Mesh Internet and of course MondoNet. Others are doing much more, generally free. Internet in a box already exists, SolarOne and VECTOR are just two examples-and then there is the $169 device that turns any cell phone into a satellite phone–the $2 million being wasted on New America could have been used to create collect call capability for any of the satellites covering Iran and other places of interest. Nothing has changed–Washington is both ignorant and corrupt. This was a publicity/ sweetheart deal isolated from reality. Internet in a Box: one laptop, one cell phone, and one $169 adapter, plus a free satellite channel. Duh.
1. in a hardcore denied area, one with real population and resource controls, a suitcase full of comms gear is probably going to be perceived as a suitcase full of spy gear if the local internal service gets their hands on it;
2. if this proves out, could conceivably undercut, in part, the very rationale for US Special Forces: influencing local peoples to do USG bidding by controlling flow of supplies through US-controlled and operated secure comms between target country and base country.
From a senior engineer of Iranian descent often in Iran:
The view from within Iran is that, “help us get rid of this regime”, people are even willing to welcome an all out air assault if it ends up with an eventual regime change , move to secularize, and early stages of democracy.
I do not see an attack on Iran in the coming year. However if there is ever a good time to attack the regime with air strikes this is it. The removal of the subsidies by the government every day common goods which accrued about 3 months ago which has now resulted in a major price increase on common good is just hitting the average poke book.
The utilities have gone up over %50 and in some cases more than doubled.
The number of factories closing down and the businesses going out of business which results in major layoffs is on the rise. The oil exports are decreasing and more oil wells are being shut down due to technical problems.
The majority of people have lost hope of meaningful reform.
Patrick Meier | May 25, 2011
This is my second blog post on the U-Shahid project in Egypt. The first one analyzed 2,000+ reports mapped on the Ushahidi platform during the country’s recent Parliamentary Elections. Egypt is one of my dissertation case studies and in this blog post I summarize some initial findings based on a series of interviews I had several Egyptian activists who were part of the U-Shahid project.