Italy upholds guilty verdicts for CIA agents torturing Muslim

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BBC reports that 22 CIA agents tried in absentia for the kidnapping and torture of an Egyptian Muslim cleric.

While it’s not likely they’ll ever have to serve time, they obviously aren’t welcome in Italy in plain view.

What was that thing Ron Paul was talking about… oh yeah, blowback!

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The Mighty Wurlitzer.

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Das Leben der Anderen

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For some reason I thought I had already put this here. Well, I didn’t. The German film Das Leben der Anderen aka in English The Lives of Others is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen, if simply for its cinematic merit. The subject matter is of course the main focus. It is a brave peek into the world of East Germany during the 1970s and 1980s and exposes their totalitarian surveillance state in ways that my simple American mind is still trying to grasp.

When I watched this in 2010, I was utterly stunned at its artistic genius and political incisiveness. Also, I think Martina Gedeck is totally hot 🙂

Ok so fortunately it has been uploaded to youtube relatively unfettered.

Consider how thoroughly invasive this technocratic police state was and consider the exponential curve of technological progress since then and how this might be exploited by plutocrats granted absolute power.

I like how the Stasi agent who is later dubbed the guten Mensch is depicted not in black-and-white terms but as a human who starts out as a loyal servant of the Stasi and later does the Spike Lee Right Thing.

I pray to God that our military and intelligence personnel follow a similar path against the dark forces of evil corrupting our once great country.

There’s a couple pieces missing but here’s a good youtube upload:

Update 15 Nov 2012: looks like the copyright nazis have cracked down on it. It’s on Netflix, though.

Wikileaks is manufactured propaganda.

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Many people have suspected for a long time, including John Young of Cryptome, Wayne Madsen, Mike Rivero, Webster Tarpley and Alex Jones that Julian Assange is a sort of “Emmanuel Goldstein” boogeyman and propaganda tool for a larger organization. The latest round of “leaks” of State Department diplomatic chatter basically flesh this out. The summaries from the leaks are not at all surprising except for the parts that are clearly aimed at destroying Hillary Clinton and her future presidential bid against Obama and the parts that assert Saudi Arabia’s fervent desire for the US to bomb Iran – hah, more like ISRAEL’s fervent desire…

Many others speculate that Assange’s firm assertion of the threat of Al-Qaeda and their involvement in 9/11, in contrast with what is clearly an inside job, is a dead giveaway that Assange is some kind of governmental operative and not the maverick whistleblower we all wistfully want him to be.

John Young’s well-reasoned argument is based on the secrecy and lack of transparency of Wikileaks’ financial activities.

This popped up on whatreallyhappened.com today about a youtube video of Assange making various claims about what Wikileaks have leaked, including the ClimateGate leaks.

My bit of research to this snowballing scandal-within-a-scandal was prompted by observations by others of the DHS recently freezing the domain names of several websites that allegedly are linked to copyright violations while they do not bother doing so with wikileaks.org. Really? Come on. So I had to check for myself, thinking that it was possible that wikileaks.org ‘s authoritative name server was in some international territory that the US doesn’t have jurisdiction or influence over (like that would stop CIA thugs from infiltrating and influencing), but it’s frickin everydns.net which has an address in NH. That about seals the deal for me. I find it completely incredible that the DHS could not request everydns.net to remove their SOA records for wikileaks.org if they were such a threat to the US government as is being hyped in the lamestream media.

Here is the whois data on wikileaks.org which will show who the authoritative name servers are for it:

Domain ID:D130035267-LROR
Domain Name:WIKILEAKS.ORG
Created On:04-Oct-2006 05:54:19 UTC
Last Updated On:26-Aug-2010 22:38:42 UTC
Expiration Date:04-Oct-2018 05:54:19 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Dynadot, LLC (R1266-LROR)
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:CP-13000
Registrant Name:John Shipton c/o Dynadot Privacy
Registrant Street1:PO Box 701
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:San Mateo
Registrant State/Province:CA
Registrant Postal Code:94401
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.6505854708
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:XXXXXXX@dynadot.com
Admin ID:CP-13000
Admin Name:John Shipton c/o Dynadot Privacy
Admin Street1:PO Box 701
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:San Mateo
Admin State/Province:CA
Admin Postal Code:94401
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.6505854708
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:XXXXXXX@dynadot.com
Tech ID:CP-13000
Tech Name:John Shipton c/o Dynadot Privacy
Tech Street1:PO Box 701
Tech Street2:
Tech Street3:
Tech City:San Mateo
Tech State/Province:CA
Tech Postal Code:94401
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.6505854708
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:XXXXXXX@dynadot.com
Name Server:NS1.EVERYDNS.NET
Name Server:NS2.EVERYDNS.NET
Name Server:NS3.EVERYDNS.NET
Name Server:NS4.EVERYDNS.NET

and here are the relevant bits on everydns.net themselves:

Registrars.Registrant:
Inc. Hostmaster, Dynamic Network Services, XXXXXXXXXX@dyn.com
Dynamic Network Services, Inc.
1230 Elm St.
5th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
US

Domain name: EVERYDNS.NET

Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Inc. Hostmaster, Dynamic Network Services, XXXXXXXXXX@dyn.com
Dynamic Network Services, Inc.
1230 Elm St.
5th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
US
+1.6036684998 fax: +1.6036686474

Registration Service Provider:
(DynDNS) Dynamic Network Services, Inc. XXXXXXX@dyndns.com
Login to your account at http://www.dyndns.com/+domains/ to manage
nameservers and contacts for your domain name.

Record last updated on 03-Jun-2010 05:00:19 UTC.
Record expires on 27-Apr-2012.
Record created on 27-Apr-2001.

Does the DHS not have jurisdiction in New Hampshire? I call bullshit. I agree with the general assessment that this is a last-ditch attempt at drumming up international support for an attack on Iran and that it’s also a convenient opportunity for the Obama administration and its handlers to derail Clinton’s bid for the 2012 presidential elections. Considering how deep the AIPAC/AMDOCS tentacles go in governments worldwide, it’s not at all surprising that there are no cables referencing Israel in these “leaks”.

Update: even Zbigniew Brzezinski smells a rat!
Also, very pithy in-depth analysis before the last leak

Update: one thing I forgot was to also note the 2 IP addresses that wikileaks.org resolves to are in netblocks owned by OVH SAS in France and Bahnhof Internet in Sweden.

Update 2010 Dec 03: Interesting coincidence – wikileaks.org has been suspended. While the main site is still responsive by IP, it comes back with

“not found, overloaded or other issues …

We are sorry but we cannot answer your request at the moment.

This may be any kind of error.”

The blog is still responsive by IP.

Velly interestink…

Update 1 year later, 11 Dec 2011:

Assange powwows with fellow disinfo agents

I stumbled into the Land Destroyer blog and an expose on a Thai newspaper that sells itself as independent but is apparently funded by the National Endowment for Democracy in the USA which doesn’t sound very independent to me. Something that caught my eye was the above photo of Assange videophoning in to an International Media Support funded gathering of journalists. The article author makes links between Soros-funded organizations and IMS – apparently the Media Development Loan Fund was one of the initial fund contributors to IMS. More information on MDLF here.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if these orgs are just tentacles of the Great Beast.

Update 01 Oct 2012: Stickyfying due to Hang The Bankers reporting on a Veterans Today article talking about this subject.

Boycott Google and YouTube this Friday, 19 Dec 2008

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I’ve had a suspicious eye on Google for several years now, mostly due to the sleuthing work of Daniel Brandt and his Google watchdog site, Googlewatch. Even a casual read should make you more reluctant to use all the “free” (remember, TANSTAAFL) Google garbage, like Gmail, Google Desktop and so on.

This is inspired partly by an interview on the Alex Jones Show earlier today with a Brit whose name eludes me, but basically the idea is for everyone to not use Google or YouTube at all this Friday, or in the case of YouTube, upload a bunch of videos with nothing in them, i.e. blackness or white noise.

I decided that I would, in addition to this stop using Blogger/Blogspot altogether, which was bought out by Google a few years back, and also to not use Adsense either. Instead, I’ve decided to return to my WordPress roots and export my blog here until I can get some of my own webhosting and go back to using my own secure install of WordPress on a Linux or BSD distro.

As you can tell from my 1st blog entry, I was previously using my own installation of an early WordPress version anyway, and I have to say, it’s good to be back. wordpress.com itself is a lot better than Blogger, for that matter. Importing the Blogger version literally took 2 minutes, and no real content was lost. It was trivial to upload my obnoxious header image and find an appropriate theme, as well. WordPress for the win.

If you’re wondering, “well, what else would you use besides Google”, I’ve always been a fan of “meta” search engines that search results from multiple search engines, such as Mamma (which actually is a bit dated), Dogpile, and my current favorite, Clusty. ask.com is also very promising, and there’s of course the usual competitors such as Yahoo and MSN. Also, if you want to do real scholarly research, depending on the subject matter you should cough up the pennies for things like Lexis-Nexis and other academic search engines.

If I absolutely have to use Google, I will use it via the Google proxy “Scroogle” that Brandt has graciously setup. I actually use the SSL version exclusively, which not only has the features of Scroogle, but also executes your search over an encrypted connection so any would-be sniffers upstream will have a tougher time figuring out what you are searching for.

The main feature of Scroogle is that it caches Google’s massively privacy-violating cookie which it will not erase until the year 2038 (which is a sort of id that links your IP address and your search terms – suuure nothing could go wrong there…) and forces it to expire manually. This way, Google always sees the IP of scroogle and never gets the cookie it wants to monch on for decades.

Think that’s paranoid, huh? You should think again. You are delusional if you don’t think that Google is selling this information to the highest bidder, especially given that it’s practically in bed with the CIA. Go read more on the Googlewatch site and read for yourself. They’re a non-profit, by the way.

You might think such information is harmless, but if you combine this with all searching that is done on your Gmail account, Orkut profile and any other personal information that might be stored by its search engines in Google’s giant datacenters all across the globe in already available software that correlates information to do in-depth profiling, there is really no point in the NSA and CIA bothering with having their own stuff for this when they can just outsource it to Google and occasionally contribute some experienced information analysts.

And just today, the Wall Street Journal of all publications came out and said that Google was pushing to negotiate with telcos to violate the very net neutrality it has purported to support via ostensible activism.

You connect the dots yourself. If that still doesn’t bother you, then go back to downloading ringtones and instant messaging your friends about who Tony Romo is dating.

Smash them into a thousand tiny bits…

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and scatter them away into the wind, to paraphrase JFK.

Looks like you guys are gonna get busted!

Thanks… for all the wiretapping, spying, illegal wars

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No Thanksgiving is complete without a recitation of one of William S. Burroughs’ finest:

I might as well cough out my own updated take on this:

Thanks to the Maryland State Police for spying on antiwar activists as if they were terrorists, even after you determined they were harmless

Thanks to the DC Gang for leeching off the prosperity of the nation, for bankrupting our country and covering it up, and for listening to your corporate masters on Wall Street instead of the people who elected you

Thanks to the globalist bankers at the Federal Reserve who have illegally and unconstitutionally manipulated our once great country’s economy to their benefit and to the detriment of hard-working Americans

Thanks to Al-CIAda for assassinating one of the greatest leaders this country has ever known and for perpetuating the most heinous evils in the name of our country, such as drug distribution to our own people to finance your nefarious black operations and pitting Iran and Iraq against each other in collusion with non-American citizens

Thanks to Blackwater and Helliburton for circumventing our Constitution and creating enemies of the USA faster than we can kill them

Thanks to the Mossad for killing loyal Navy sailors on the USS Liberty, for dragging my country into endless conflicts against our will, and for that most recent false-flag operation you just pulled off in Mumbai

Thanks to the spineless, America-hating telecommunications companies who have us all by the genitals with their full complicity with NSA wiretapping, for locking us into draconian mobile phone contracts and nickel-and-diming us for an Internet that we as taxpayers paid for a large part of

Thanks to the DoD for bleeding what is left of our great nation for its war profiteering

You will all get what you deserve in due time.