Sunday, December 28, 2008

Daily Dose of Terror Archive Status

* DDOT will remain up for archives. I find terrorism passe and articles such posted below at Prison Planet (something I would post here) unhelpful to the public. What are readers supposed to do with fear? What activist projects does this lead to?
Northcom Combat Team Conducts “Humanitarian Support” Exercise in Maryland

I encourage all to organize your communities, meet with people in person. The information we put out on the internet to counter State propaganda is important, but I want to be able to offer solutions and survive the collapse of the U.S., publishing this blog does not augment this goal.

Good luck to all and please check back to see if i change my mind.....

Greg Nixon

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Homeland Security Arming Flights, Cyber War Games +

U.S. Homeland Security seeks to arm commercial airliners with anti-missile lasers
The persistent concern of when and where terrorists will strike next—heightened by the Mumbai attacks—has led to a number of tech innovations over the past several years, including full-body airport security scanners and adhesives designed to keep buildings from blowing to pieces if bombed. One of the most intriguing of these inventions is a laser system developed to keep terrorist-fired infrared, "heat-seeking" missiles from striking unsuspecting aircraft (both military and civilian).The Jeteye infrared beam, developed by London-based BAE Systems, blinds a heat-seeking missile's navigation capabilities, giving an airliner a better chance of getting away unscathed. (Although that doesn't solve the problem that the missile could do damage wherever it lands.) Jeteye senses the incoming missile's "infrared tracking signal (with which the missile paints its target) and pulses a super-intense beam of light into the missile's reticle, or eye, scrambling its brains," Conde Nast Traveler reported this week on its Web site.

Cyber War Games Confirm Flaws in US Security

After participating in a two day cyber war simulation last week, government and industry officials said that the United States is ill-equipped to cope with a major attack against computer networks Reuters reports.
The cyber war game brought together 230 representatives of government agencies, private companies and other groups, and revealed failings in leadership, planning, and communications.
Mark Gerencser, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, the consulting service which ran the simulation said: "There isn't a response or a game plan; there isn't really anybody in charge."
The threats are serious. Earlier this year, federal prosecutors charged 11 people with stealing more than 41 million credit and debit card numbers, cracking what appeared to be the largest hacking and identity theft network ever exposed.
Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, US Representative James Langevin said that a successful attack could lead to failure of banking or national electrical systems.
"We're way behind where we need to be now," said Langevin. "This is equivalent in my mind to before September 11 ... we were awakened to the threat on the morning after September 11."

Taiwan scales down military exercises amid thaw with China

Russia to cut arms if US drops missile defense

Darpa: Unleash the Stem Cells of War!

Roubini on U.S., Biden: Economy, Absolute Tanking Possible

8 really, really scary predictions
Dow 4,000. Food shortages. A bubble in Treasury notes. Fortune spoke to eight of the market's sharpest thinkers and what they had to say about the future is frightening.

We are in the middle of a very severe recession that's going to continue through all of 2009 - the worst U.S. recession in the past 50 years. It's the bursting of a huge leveraged-up credit bubble. There's no going back, and there is no bottom to it. It was excessive in everything from subprime to prime, from credit cards to student loans, from corporate bonds to muni bonds. You name it. And it's all reversing right now in a very, very massive way. At this point it's not just a U.S. recession. All of the advanced economies are at the beginning of a hard landing. And emerging markets, beginning with China, are in a severe slowdown. So we're having a global recession and it's becoming worse.

Biden: U.S. Economy in Danger of 'Absolutely Tanking'

Vice President-Elect Joe Biden said the U.S. economy is in danger of "absolutely tanking" and will need a second stimulus package in the $600-billion to $700-billion range.
"The economy is in much worse shape than we thought it was in," Biden told me during an exclusive interview -- his first since becoming vice president-elect-- to air this Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
"There is no short run other than keeping the economy from absolutely tanking. That's the only short run," Biden told me. (cont...)

Ground Zero on Wall Street
Fed Funds and T-Bills Hit 0% Interest

"....and the U.S. government, though insolvent,..."

China says lending to US will not go on forever

World War Web
In the unseen reaches of cyberspace, our enemies are quietly taking the postmodern form of warfare we witnessed on 9/11 to a new level: They are no longer just transnational—they are non-national, hiding and attacking in a world where there are no borders. They are no longer just stateless—they are place-less. And they are no longer virtually invisible—they are, well, virtual.

Russian Plant Considers Reopening Su-25 Production Line

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Economic Riots/ U.S. Collapse, Obama Prepares for Attack

* Interest rates at zero, the US dollar headed toward toilet paper, Chrysler closing for a month...
do people realize the United Sates is bankrupt and collapsing? I am investing in people and building a strong local community. Here in Vermont we have farms and water. What is going to happen where you live? Are you prepared to see the US military in your street?.....

Recommended Reading:

Ariz. police say they are prepared as War College warns military must prep for unrest; IMF warns of economic riots

A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.
“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report.
The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned Wednesday of economy-related riots and unrest in various global markets if the financial crisis is not addressed and lower-income households are hurt by credit constraints and rising unemployment.
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson brought up a worst-case scenario as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September. Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, said that might even require a declaration of martial law, the two noted.
State and local police in Arizona say they have broad plans to deal with social unrest, including trouble resulting from economic distress. The security and police agencies declined to give specifics, but said they would employ existing and generalized emergency responses to civil unrest that arises for any reason.
“The Phoenix Police Department is not expecting any civil unrest at this time, but we always train to prepare for any civil unrest issue. We have a Tactical Response Unit that trains continually and has deployed on many occasions for any potential civil unrest issue,” said Phoenix Police spokesman Andy Hill.
“We have well established plans in place for such civil unrest,” said Scottsdale Police spokesman Mark Clark.
Clark, Hill and other local police officials said the region did plenty of planning and emergency management training for the Super Bowl in February in Glendale.
“We’re prepared,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Deputy Chief Dave Trombi citing his office’s past dealings with immigration marches and major events.
Super Bowl security efforts included personnel and resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. military’s Northern Command, which coordinated with Arizona officials. The Northern Command was created after 9/11 to have troops and Defense Department resources ready to respond to security problems, terrorism and natural disasters.
Northern Command spokesman Michael Kucharek and Arizona Army National Guard Major. Paul Aguirre said they are not aware of any new planning for domestic situations related to the economy.
Nick Dranias, director of constitutional government at the libertarian Goldwater Institute, said a declaration of marital law would be an extraordinary event and give military control over civilian authorities and institutions. Dranias said the Posse Comitatus Act restricts the U.S. military’s role in domestic law enforcement. But he points to a 1994 U.S. Defense Department Directive (DODD 3025) he says allows military commanders to take emergency actions in domestic situations to save lives, prevent suffering or mitigate great property damage.
Dranias said such an emergency declaration could worsen the economic situation and doubts extreme measures will been taken. “I don’t think it’s likely. But it’s not impossible,” he said.
The economy is in recession. Consumer spending is down, foreclosures are up and a host of businesses are laying off workers and struggling with tight credit and the troubled housing and financial markets. The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and U.S. Treasury Department have pumped more than $8.5 trillion into the economy via equity purchases of bank stocks, liquidity infusions, Wall Street and bank bailouts and taxpayer rebates. U.S. automakers are seeking more than $14 billion in federal loans with fears they could fall into bankruptcy without a bailout. The U.S. housing and subprime lending-induced recession also has hit economies in Europe, Japan and China.
Gov. Janet Napolitano’s office declined comment on emergency planning and possible civil unrest. Napolitano is president-elect Barack Obama’s pick for secretary of Homeland Security, an agency that oversees airport security, disaster response, border security, customs and anti-terrorism efforts.

'As one threat fades, another may come in'
Chertoff on terrorism, immigration and the challenges of his ‘24/7 job’ at Homeland Security

With just a month left before he leaves office, President Bush and his administration can claim credit for having successfully defended this country from another terrorist attack. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said as much in a recent interview with USA TODAY's editorial board. But the secretary, who has run the department since 2005, also noted the dangers that lie ahead, including the possibility of a nuclear, chemical or biological attack on U.S. soil. What about airport security, for which he is responsible? The border fence and immigration control, which also falls under his purview? Chertoff discussed these issues and others. His comments were edited for length and clarity:

Bush Helping Obama Team Prepare For Attack

The Bush Administration is planning "table-top exercises" of terror attack scenarios for the Obama Transition Team next month. Briefing reporters at the White House, Ken Wainstein, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter-terrorism, expects a couple of such exercises to be run next month – no dates yet set

Wainstein, left, thinks all the members of the Obama Cabinet would take part – to get a feel for how each should respond and what each would do in the event of a terror attack on the U.S. Asked if it wouldn’t be worthwhile for Mr. Obama himself to take part, Wainstein hesitated and then said Mr. Obama is getting a series of briefings on these scenarios.

Kunsan personnel take part in crisis drills
Crisis-response skills were put to the test at Kunsan Air Base during training last week.
Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing faced nine crisis situations, according to an Air Force news release.
A team from Global Security and Engineering Services — contracted by Headquarters Air Force Installation and Mission Support and the Air Force Surgeon General’s office — was at Kunsan from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11 to provide the training.
"We are moving toward a homeland security exercise evaluation program and new ways of looking at incident management," Capt. Jason Monaco, 8th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs, said in the release.

Illinois guard: No powder in suspicious mail,0,1006381.story
* I bet some AJ whackos mailed some 9/11 truth videos to the Guard

Monday, December 15, 2008

Russia/Cuba, China Drills, ABL, Plague War Threat

Russian warships head for Cuba

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia said on Monday it was sending a group of warships to Soviet-era ally Cuba in its latest defiant naval move around US waters, part of a drive to revive old Cold War ties with Latin America.
The warships will visit Havana on December 19-23, the navy said, continuing a tour that has already taken in US foes Venezuela and Nicaragua and seen the ships pass through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II.
"This will be the first visit to Cuba by Russian warships since the Soviet era," the Russian naval headquarters said in a statement.
The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and two other ships already held exercises with Venezuela's navy in the Caribbean Sea last month.
The naval manoeuvres close to US waters are seen as a riposte to Washington's own moves in Russia's Soviet-era sphere of influence, including in the Black Sea.

Beijing holds air-ground collaborative anti-terror drill

On December 13, the Beijing police conducted an air-ground collaborative anti-terror drill. Wang Yi, deputy head of the Beijing Special Armed Police Unit and the general director of the drill, stated that the Beijing police force has drafted a complete emergency plan which can timely tackle all kinds of terrorist attacks.Wang also said that in response to recent international terror attacks, especially after the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the Beijing police have carried out a series of anti-terror drills based on in-depth investigations.

Bush Excluded by Latin Summit as China, Russia Loom
Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathering in Brazil tomorrow will mark a historic occasion: a region-wide summit that excludes the United States.
Almost two centuries after President James Monroe declared Latin America a U.S. sphere of influence, the region is breaking away. From socialist-leaning Venezuela to market-friendly Brazil, governments are expanding military, economic and diplomatic ties with potential U.S. adversaries such as China, Russia and Iran.

Airborne Laser lets rip on first target (update)

Plague may ravage world again in case of another world war

Random Robot Roundup
According to a recent research paper, it's difficult for humans to recognize disgust on an artificial face, but easier to recognize sadness and fear on a simulated face than a natural one. The ability to display emotions will come in handy as researchers develop robots capable of a wider range of emotional responses and interactions, such as those described in a recent Science Daily article on emotional robots. Why bother building emotional robots in the first place? A New Scientist article argues that adding emotion may be one of the most important of six ways we can develop robots that do now harm. For two other views on what the future of robots hold in store for us, see the TechNewsWorld article, The Coming Revolution, which contains a few quotes from me. In other news, Doug Emmes of the DPRG sent links to a Sean Reynolds' Wash UAV page showing an autonomous helicopter with open source Arduino code, and to the Sparkfun Electronics USB 32-Bit Whacker - PIC32MX460 Development Board. The Swirling Brain sent us links to robot concept art from the Terminator 4 movie, a BBC story on IBM's DARPA-funded cognitive computing initiative that hopes to develop a machine that mimics the structure and function of a brain, a gizmodo article on the ROMP robot (Remotely Operated Mobile Platform), a sort of poor-man's iRobot battlefield bot. The brain also noticed a Fox news piece on the coming age of tiny flying war robots. Roland Piquepaille let us know about his latest blog posts on razor clam robots, the future impact of robots on society, and an apple picking robot. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please.

Spotting Snipers With Sound

GeoEye wins big imagery order from US military

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mumbai Terror: Truth Unfolding

* Once again, 'war games/terror drills' as the operational cover for a false flag attack.

Mumbai terror: truth unfolding

The Indian response to the Mumbai tragedy has been unwise and hasty. In less than 24 hours of the ghastly terror that struck Mumbai, India started blaming Pakistan. The entire effort of the Indian authorities is focused incriminating Pakistan.
Some western media reports have now begun to criticise India for its unwillingness to confront its own failings. The Spanish daily El Pais has written: “Islamic extremism has its roots also in India. But it has always been trivialised by the Indian authorities”.
Interestingly, the Indian authorities name the accused first and investigate later. More recently, two serving officers of the Indian army, Col Srikant Purohit and Maj Samir Kulkarni, are facing trial for involvement in the Samjhota Express bombing in 2007, and another five, including a major-general and two colonels, are under investigation.
On Nov 26 within half an hour of the start of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, three senior police officers, Hemant Karkare, DIG Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar, who were investigating Col Purohit’s case, were shot at by some one from behind and killed, as if it was pre-planned.
The Mumbai police were equipped with bolt-action Lee Enfield rifles, used in the First World War, and they expected to stop terrorists using assault rifles. Hence, during the first encounter with terrorists, 14 policemen died.
When it was clear that the Mumbai police were out of their depth, Delhi dispatched its best soldiers, the NSG’s Black Cat commandos, who were equipped with clumsy old SLR rifles. It took them nine hours to make it to Mumbai when over 100 people were already killed in the Taj Hotel.
According to private rescue group ‘Zaka’ from Israel that flew ‘on its own volition’ to Mumbai for a rescue operation after the deadly terror attacks, the Indian commandos inadvertently killed some of the Jewish Israeli hostages during the raid on Chabad House (Dec 3).
American intelligence agencies had warned their Indian counterpart in mid-October of a potential attack “from the sea against hotels and business centres in Mumbai, including the Taj Hotel”. Ratan Tata, chaiman of the Taj Hotel told CNN that security was temporarily increased following a warning but enhanced measures were later eased (Dec 3). But why didn’t the American and Indian intelligence agencies share this information with Pakistani intelligence remains a question mark?
According to an Indian navy spokesman, about two dozen terrorists had landed in Mumbai after travelling in a merchant vessel, the MV Alpha, from Karachi, and the Indian navy intercepted the vessel (Nov 28). The Indian media also spoke of RAW’s intelligence intercept of Nov 17, which showed a mysterious Pakistani ship heading for Mumbai.
Interestingly, the alleged Pakistani ship managed to penetrate through Indian waters amid an ongoing naval drill which had mobilised a large section of the Indian navy. The exercise, code-named ‘Defence of Gujarat’, was aimed at stopping ‘Al Qaeda and Pakistani ships’ and yet at the height of the exercise the Pakistani ship sneaked through with its deadly cargo. This is an unbelievable proposition.The Indian claim that the surviving member of the attacking force said he worked for Lashker-i-Taiba and was trained in Pakistan is an unreliable evidence: someone willing to die for a cause would be willing to lie for that cause, even under torture.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bioterror Scare, China Russia War Games, Lockheed

Letters Containing Suspicious Powder Renew Concerns Over Bioterror Attacks

Just days after the release of a bioterror vulnerability report, nine state governors received envelopes filled with white powder.

Although initial reports suggest the envelopes contained a substance likened to flour and have been deemed an “unfortunate prank” by the spokesman for one targeted governor, the deliveries spotlight the vulnerable state of many government offices. Letters postmarked from Dallas were received at governor’s offices in Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Rhode Island on Monday, in Alaska on Tuesday and in Maine on Wednesday.Early reports suggest the powder in all cases is harmless but samples have been sent to local laboratories for more extensive testing. The letters arrived just days after the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, a bipartisan congressional committee, announced the findings of their six-month study concluding that the United States is vulnerable to a bioterrorism attack.
China, Russia to Hold War Games

Russian-Chinese Anti-Terrorist Exercises Will Be Held Next Year
(Source: Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English)BEIJING. Dec 10 (Interfax) - Russia and China will conduct joint anti-terrorist exercises in 2009, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie announced after talks with his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov in Beijing on Wednesday.
"We agreed to conduct joint Chinese-Russian anti-terrorist exercises that will take place next year," he said.
The further successful development of bilateral relations in defense calls for "maintaining the dynamics of high-level contacts, implementing existing projects of cooperation between the two armies, continuing contacts in military training and studying the possibilities of expanding military-technical cooperation," Liang said. ...

Rapid-Fire Killer Robot Passes Flight Test
That's the sound made by the "Multiple Kill Vehicle," a frightening but fascinatingly cool hovering robot meant to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles.
Video of a Dec. 2 flight test conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California by defense contractor Lockheed Martin has made it onto the Web, and it looks like something out of the "Terminator" movies.
Rival defense contractor Raytheon is also working on its own multiple-kill-vehicle program.
Inside a large steel cage, Lockheed's MKV lifts off the ground, moves left and moves right, rapidly firing all the while as flames shoot out of its bottom and sides.
The plan is to mount one or more MKVs onto carrier missiles, which would launch into space to engage enemy nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles at the apogees, or peaks, of their trajectory arcs

Obama transition eyes cuts in expensive arms systems "In particular, he mentioned "slowing" procurement of the Future Combat System (FCS), an array of land and air combat vehicles designed to take the Army into the next generation of warfare. "

Lockheed Martin TOPSCENE Upgrade for Navy Delivers Mission Rehearsal Simulations 20 Times Faster

Jim Rogers calls most big U.S. banks "bankrupt"

When money dies: The nightmare of the Weimar collapse (Unknown Binding)by Adam Fergusson (does anyone have a copy?)