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Überwacht: 600 Millionen „Communications“ – pro Tag

2013-06-22T17:38:00Z

Dr. Alexander von Paleske ----- 22.6. 2013 ----- Es ist nahezu unfassbar, was die britische Zeitung Guardian aufgrund von Informationen des Ex- US-National Security Agency (NSA) Mitarbeiters Edward Snowden heute berichtete: Screenshot: Dr. v. Paleske Das britische Government Communications Headquarter (GCHQ) scannte jeden Tag bis zu 600 Millionen Communications. GCHQ ..... 600 Millionen Communications täglich Screenshot: Dr. v. Paleske Also von E-mails über SMS, Instant Messages, Telefon und Skype alles, was an Informationen über die nationalen und internationalen Glasfaserkabel lief. Karte siehe hier Und, wie praktisch, man sass ja an einer günstigen Stelle, denn viele dieser Unterwasserkabel gehen im Vereinigten Königreich „an Land“.Ein Knotenpunkt im internationalen Datenverkehr also. Vorbei sind längst die Zeiten, wo ein Knacken in der Telefonleitung anzeigte, dass hier jemand mithörte, und wo man einen Beamten zum Abhören einer Telefonleitung brauchte. Natürlich wurde mit freundlicher Unterstützung der US National Security Agency gescannt, und natürlich liess man diese Datenströme nicht nur an sich vorbeiziehen, man speicherte auch ordentlich. Codename Tempora Das Ganze lief unter dem Codenamen „Tempora“ Die gesetzlichen Grundlagen hatte die konservative Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs im Jahre 2012 geschaffen. Ein früherer Gesetzesvorstoss der Labour-Regierung war seinerzeit gescheitert – auch am Widerstand der Konservativen, die ihn wieder einbrachten. Nicht nur Terroristen Die Frage, die sich hier stellt, ist ganz einfach: Ging es hier um eine Überwachung, um mögliche Terroristen oder Schwerkriminelle herauszufischen, wie bei einer Rasterfahndung, oder ging und geht es weit darüber hinaus um massive Eingriffe in die Privatsphäre möglichst vieler Bürger des eigenen Landes, und weit darüber hinaus. Angesichts der unvorstellbaren Datenmenge, gescannt aber auch gespeichert, geht es hier um letzteres: Um Totalüberwachung und mehr noch, um Profiling, um die Herstellung möglichst vieler Personen-Profile. Der Zugang zu Google und sozialen Netzwerken wie Facebook ist zwar dafür sehr nützlich, aber keineswegs ausreichend für eine Totalerfassung, und vor allem auch Kategorisierung. Jedermann Über jeden Bürger, der sich irgendwie kommunikativ betätigt, und das tut ja eigentlich jeder, auch wenn er selbst nicht im Internet aktiv ist, lässt sich mit ausreichenden Daten nicht etwa nur ein Bewegungsprofil, also wo er sich jeweils aufhält, oder ein Netzprofil, also mit wem er in Kontakt tritt, sondern ein Persönlichkeitsprofil erstellen, dass tagtäglich angepasst, komplettiert und vertieft werden kann: Es ist der gläserne Mensch in einem bisher unvorstellbaren Ausmass. Das ermöglicht natürlich auch weitergehend die Einordnung in bestimmte Kategorien, Gesellschafts-Schubladen. Eine unvorstellbare Karteikartensammlung, wenn man so will, die jederzeit für einen bestimmten Personenkreis zugänglich ist: Z.B. bei Bewerbungen, Rasterfahndungen, Razzien, darauf aufgebauten gezielten Überwachungen u.s.w. Eine Gesamtbevölkerung wird unter Generalverdacht gestellt, und entsprechend „erkennungsdienstlich“ behandelt. Man muss Edward Snowden dankbar sein, dass er dies publik gemacht hat, denn erst dieses Wissen ermöglicht es, den Kampf gegen diesen Regierungs- Daten-Kraken mit seinem täglichen Eindringen in die Privatsphäre der Bürger aufzunehmen. Edward Snowden Screenshot: Dr. v. Paleske Auch wenn die Politiker in Deutschland sich überrascht zeigen, von "Neuland" schwafeln, wie die Bundeskanzlerin: es ist zu bezweifeln, dass sie nichts von alledem wussten, zumal die Abteilung Internetüberwachung des Bundesnachrichtendienstes gerade mit hohen Millionenbeträgen aufgerüstet wird. Zum BND Libyen: Rebellenkommandeur beschuldigt Bundesnachrichtendeinst (BND) an Folterbefragungen beteiligt gewesen zu sein Mail an BND-Noch-Präsident Ernst Uhrlau Brief an BND-Präsident Ernst Uhrlau: Klären Sie eine[...]



Der Fall des Mossad-Spions Ben Zygier weitet sich zum Skandal aus – auch in Australien

2013-02-15T02:20:00Z

Dr. Alexander von Paleske 15.2. 2013 --- Der Fall des Mossad-Spions Ben Zygier weitete sich immer mehr zu einem Riesenskandal aus, nicht nur in Israel, sondern auch in Australien. Dabei geht es um folgende Bereiche: - Der Umfang an Information über die Verhaftung Zygiers seitens Israels an sein Heimatland Australien. - Die anfänglichen Unwahrheiten seitens des australischen Aussenministers Bob Carr - Die näheren Umstände des Todes Zygiers trotz 24 Stunden-Videoüberwachung in einer angeblich selbstmordsicheren Zelle - Die Druckmittel der israelischen Behörden gegenüber Zygier, um zu einem Geständnis zu gelangen. Druckmittel, die wiederum mitverantwortlich für den Selbstmord gewesen sein könnten. - Schliesslich die Umstände der Verhaftung: wurde Zygier in Israel verhaftet, oder unter Verletzung internationalen Recht, wie in einigen Medien berichtet, in einem fremden Staat gekidnappt und nach Israel verbracht? Beginnen wir in Australien Dort ist mittlerweile eine Auseinandersetzung darüber entbrannt, was das australische Aussenministerium von der Verhaftung wusste, wann es etwas wusste, und warum es seinen konsularischen Pflichten, also einem Besuch im Gefängnis, nicht nachkam. THE AGE 15.2. 2013 Offenbar war, entgegen den ersten Statements des Aussenministers Carr gegenüber der der australischen Rundfunkanstalt ABC, die mehr einem Cover Up dienten, die australische Regierung seinerzeit nicht über normale diplomatische Kanäle, aber über den australischen Geheimdienst ASIO informiert worden, der wiederum die Info vom israelischen Inlandsgeheimdienst Shin Bet erhielt. Australischer Ausssenminister Bob Carr .......Cover up Screenshot: Dr. v. Paleske Zwar besass Ben Zygier auch die israelische Staatsangehörigkeit, aber das entbindet nach Auffassung führender australischer Rechtsexperten die australische Regierung keineswegs von ihren konsularischen Verpflichtungen, wozu selbstverständlich auch ein Besuch im Gefängnis gehört hätte. Aber nichts dergleichen geschah. Zur gleichen Zeit Etwa zur gleichen Zeit kam es auch zu einer diplomatischen Auseinandersetzung zwischen den Regierungen Israels und Australiens: Es stellte sich nämlich heraus, dass auch offenbar gefälschte australische Pässe bei der Einreise von Mossad-Agenten in Dubai benutzt wurden. Agenten, die dort den Hamas-Waffenbeschaffer Mahmoud el-Mabouh im Januar 2010 ermordeten. Möglicherweise war Zygier selbst an der Ermordung beteiligt, wie von einigen Medien berichtet. Die australische Regierung, damals unter Premier Kevin Rudd, legte scharfen Protest gegen den Passmissbrauch ein, und ordnete als eine Art Vergeltung die Ausweisung eines israelischen Diplomaten an, eines Mossad-Mitarbeiters. Mehr noch: der Name des Mossad-Mannes, Eli Elkoubi, wurde der Presse mitgeteilt, was diesen für zukünftige Einsätze disqualifizierte. Fragen in Israel In Israel stellen sich derweil bohrende Fragen nach der mangelnden Überwachung des Häftlings, der ganz offenbar mit Drohungen unter Druck gesetzt worden war, um ein Geständnis zu erhalten. Neben einer langen Gefängnisstrafe wurde ihm auch in Aussicht gestellt, de facto von seiner Familie mangels Besuchsmöglichkeit für so gut wie immer getrennt zu sein. Derweil gehen die Vermutungen weiter, ob er tatsächlich, und in welchem Umfang, Staatsgeheimnisse weitergegeben hat, oder aber kurz davor stand. THE AGE 15.2.2013 Was sich jedoch bereits jetzt herausstellt, ist wieder einmal die Verhöhnung des Rechtsstaats - gegenüber Palästinensern sowieso an der Tagesordnung, einschliesslich des Einsatzes von Todesschwadronen der Armee - auch gegenüber Israelis selbst, soweit sie als Verräter angesehen werden. Mr. X - Der Mossad-Spion, der aus Australien kam[...]



Mr. X - Der Mossad-Spion, der aus Australien kam

2013-02-13T21:22:00Z

Dr. Alexander von Paleske ---- 13.2. 2013 ---- „Schleierhafte Agenten-Affäre: Rätsel um Tod von Israels "Gefangenem X" lautete heute die Schlagzeile im STERN. Andere Medien zogen nach. Gleichwohl blieb einiges im Dunkeln, selbst in dem SPIEGEL-Artikel, der behauptete "ausführlich" zu sein. Die Medien in Australien, insbesondere in Melbourne, wo ich mich gerade zu einem Krankenbesuch aufhalte, sind da längst weiter The Age vom 14.2. 2013 mit der Story und Bild auf Seite 1 Foto: Dr. v. Paleske Genauer gesagt: seit drei Jahren, noch bevor dieser Mossad Agent namens Ben Zygier von den israelischen Behörden verhaftet wurde, und sich im Dezember 2010 das Leben nahm. , Die australische Presse hatte nämlich bereits im Jahre 2010 über diesen Fall berichtet, noch bevor Zygier von den israelischen Behörden in den Hochsicherheitstrakt des Gefängnisses Ayalon nahe Tel Aviv gesteckt wurde, und zwar im Zusammenhang mit dem Verdacht auf Namesänderungen zum Zwecke der Passfälschung. Ayalon-Gefängnis in Ramla nahe Tel Aviv - Screeshot: Dr. v. Paleske Was steckt dahinter? Ben Zygier, der aus einer prominenten jüdischen Familie in Melbourne stammt, wanderte 2000 im Alter von 24 Jahren aus Australien aus und in Israel ein, heiratete dort eine Israelin und zeugte mit ihr zwei Kinder. Hochzeitsfoto des Paares Screenshot:Dr. v. Paleske Der israelische Auslandsgeheimdienst Mossad ist auch bei der Einwanderungsbehörde präsent. Auf zwei Dinge ist man dort scharf: Potentiell rekrutierbare Agenten und ausländische Pässe. . Das Interesse des Mossad konzenntriert sich also darauf: - Wer kommt als Spion in Frage? - Wessen Pass können wir beim Mossad gebrauchen? – nach Fälschung versteht sich. Der Mossad benutzt zur Tarnung seiner Agenten nicht etwa Phantasienamen, sondern die Namen und Daten von lebenden Personen, wie wir bereits im Zusammenhang mit der Mossad-Superspionin Sylvia Rafael berichteten.Die Pässe werden dann von erprobten Fälschern frisiert, also gefälscht bzw. neu ausgestellt als sog. Totalfälschung. Mit derartigen Pässen lassen sich dann als Handelsvertreter, Journalisten oder Touristen getarnte Agenten in arabische Länder im Nahen Osten schicken. Jüdisch klingender Name unbrauchbar Sollte aber der Pass einen israelisch klingenden Namen enthalten, ist das eher hinderlich. Aber dieses Hindernis lässt sich ja durch eine Namensänderung beseitigen. Und genau das machte Ben Zygier, der sich zunächst in Ben Allen umbenannte, drei weitere Namensänderungen folgten, darunter Ben Alon, und Ben Burrows, ganz offiziell und legal in Australien, und schwupps wurde aus seinem verdächtigen Pass mehrere unverdächtige. Entweder reist dann der Passbesitzer selbst als Agent in arabische Länder ein, oder aber ein anderer Mossad Agent mit einem entsprechend gefälschten Pass. So geschehen, als bei der Ermordung des HAMAS-Waffenbeschaffers Mahmud el-Mabuh in Dubai im Jahre 2010 die Mossad-Agenten mit gefälschten Pässen einreisten. Die Daten stammten aus echten europäischen Pässen, auch aus Deutschland, was sofort zu heftigen Protesten seitens der betroffenen Länder führte. Nicht der einzige Zygier war aber nicht der einzige jüdische Mitbürger, der eine derartige Namensänderung beantragt hatte, sondern noch zwei weitere jüdische Mitbürger, und das alarmierte den australischen Auslandsgeheimdienst Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO). Der hatte wenig Interesse daran, dass Australien in das Fadenkreuz der Islam-Terroristen gerät, sozusagen als Pass- Helfershelfer des Mossad. Wer Melbourne besucht, was ich zu Zeit umständehalber mache, der bekommt eine Ahnung über die Zahl der Immigranten und Studenten auch aus moslemischen Ländern, eine wahre Multikulti-Gesellschaft, die hier friedlich zusammenlebt. Und das soll auch so bleiben. Also begann der australische Geheimdienst ASIO zu ermitteln, und liess offenbar auch ein paar Infos an den Nahost-Korrespondenten der Mediengruppe Fairfax [...]



Genfer Ex-Spion Claude Covassi gestorben

2013-02-11T11:15:00Z

onlineredaktion - Der Genfer Ex-Spion Claude Covassi ist am Freitag im Alter von 42 Jahren gestorben. Covassi hatte 2004 im Auftrag des Schweizer Geheimdienstes das Genfer Islam-Zentrum (CIG) ausgehorcht. Eine Untersuchung der Todesumstände ist im Gange, wie die Genfer Polizei eine Meldung von «Der Sonntag» bestätigte. Covassi hatte 2006 vor den Medien erklärt, für den damaligen Inlandgeheimdienst DAP als «Maulwurf» illegalerweise das Islam-Zentrum unterwandert zu haben. Er hätte dabei dem Zentrum als «Lockvogel» Verbindungen zu islamistischen Terroristen unterschieben sollen. Claude Covassi hat damals über Nachrichten Heute seine Geschichte kommuniziert und einige Beiträge verfasst. Die Geschäftsprüfungsdelegation (GPDel) der eidgenössischen Räte befasste sich darauf mit dem Fall. Sie kam zum Schluss, dass keine illegalen Aktionen angeordnet worden waren. Das Parlamentsgremium widerlegte damit die Anschuldigungen Covassis. Wie Ständerat Hans Hofmann (SVP/ZH) seinerzeit als GPDel-Präsident vor den Medien ausführte, hatte Covassi im Rahmen einer Operation «Memphis» einen Operationsbefehl des Inlandgeheimdienstes, den «Puls des CIG zu fühlen» und Informationen über den islamischen Fundamentalismus zusammenzutragen. Er wurde dafür mit 2200 Franken entschädigt. Nach diesen Untersuchungen liess das Medieninteresse an Covassi nach. 2009 wurde Covassi in einer anderen Angelegenheit wegen Anabolika-Handels zu einer bedingten Freiheitsstrafe von acht Monaten verurteilt. Covassi, ein Ex-Agent, "der die Gerechtigkeit sucht" Dossier Claude Covassi Affaire Covassi: Quand la Suisse couvre ses services secrets par des mensonges d’Etat Dossier affaire Covassi: Communiqué ATS/SDA : Claude Covassi, la «taupe du Centre Islamique» n’ira pas en prison La mondialisation de l’idéologie islamophobe Affaire Covassi - pourquoi les Services Secrets voulaient pieger Hani Ramadan Pour quelle raison, selon vous, les services secrets voulaient-ils piéger Hani Ramadan? Concerne: Claude COVASSI / Son retour en Suisse Claude Covassi: Menes Communiqué ATS/SDA: ULTIMATUM Claude COVASSI / Son audition par la Délégation des Commissions de Gestion Covassi: lettre à la Delegation des Commissions de Gestion Covassi: Communiqué à l’ATS/SDA Lettre à Monsieur Hofmann et La Délégation des Commissions de gestion Claude Covassi: Communiqué à l’ATS/SDA Affäre Covassi: Wer trägt die Verantwortung? Communique a l’ATS-SDA Streng öffentlich: Ex-Spion droht Geheimdienst bloßzustellen Schweiz: Covassi - der Spion, der in die Kälte kam ... Vereitelte Schweizer Geheimdienst Terroranschlag auf El-Al?[...]



World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout

2012-07-05T10:08:00Z

George Mapp - How, when and why I first met Viktor Bout is too fascinating and too long a story to discuss here. In fact so intriguing that I am currently write a book about it. Viktor Bout is a part of but by no means entails my entire book. The book will also discuss my intimate encounter in the foothills of the Himalayas with David Headley’s — Mumbai’s 26/11 terrorist mastermind — wife Faiza that led to India’s intelligence agency tracking me down for interrogation and questioning along with the FBI. My book is in five parts: India, Thailand, Morocco, America and Russia. For a brief description see below: In his fascinating new book, Drug Smugglers, Gun Runners, Russian Intelligence Officers and Terrorists’ Wives, George Mapp describes how he went from an international equity trader on Wall Street, to massage therapist to international globe trotter to an accused terrorist. His unique book will discuss international travel to exotic destinations, a spiritual journey, love affairs, diverse cultures, religious clashes, drugs, terrorism, intelligence agencies, spies, lies and spy games as well as his eye witness account of 9/11. The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India in flames after the terrorist attacks on November 26 2008. Contact and Book Donation Details for Viktor Bout Since I first met Viktor back in October of 2010 in a Bangkok court room, I have followed his case extensively. I attended everyday of his New York trial, form opening remarks to the jury’s decision to the sentencing. I have visited him more than once in prison in Brooklyn and continue to communicate with him frequently via the prison email system dubbed CorrLinks. By default, I got to know him, his close friends, ex-partners and family quite well. Viktor is quite a gifted linguist — he was able to read my Sanskrit tattoo’s with no problem. I can’t even read them, of course I know what they say but I am unable to read Sanskrit. When you read the entire interview you will understand what extremely isolated conditions he is currently being held under. I am asking on Viktor’s behalf that anyone that would like to or that has the means to please consider sending a letter — or better yet ordering books for him online or perhaps donate money to him directly via the U.S. prison system so he can buy items from the commissary and phone his daughter, wife and mother in Russia which is extremely expensive. Just so that there is no confusion — Viktor does NOT have access to the internet — ONLY a prison email system that is tightly monitored and restricted. Thus, Viktor can not read any news or websites, he can not download books or movies nor Skype. He is — with very few exceptions — completely isolated. Viktor would especially love books in Portuguese, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Russian and yes even in English. Please remember — you can NOT send him books directly — they must come from a publisher directly. No more than 5 books at a time.The best way is too order online and have them sent to him — they MUST include his register number along with his name. PLEASE NOTE: The BOP’s rules are extremely strict, Viktor can NOT receive any books or magazines directly from ANY individual — ONLY a company like Amazon or a newspaper subscription that comes directly from a publisher — for example Gazeta.ru. If you have any questions here are some links: Inmate Locator Inmate Mail/Parcels Inmate Money Viktor Bout Contact Info: IMPORTANT: Please make sure you include his prisoner Register number VIKTOR BOUT Register # 91641-054 USP MARION U.S. PENITENTIARY P.O. BOX 1000 MARION, IL  62959   Viktor Bout with the Marion, IL. prison inset in foreground. photo credit: © Collage: The Voice of Russia Viktor Bout Exclusive First Interview from Marion, IL. Prison By George Mapp Jr     Viktor, first of all I want to thank you for taking time out for this interview. I haven’t seen you in person since April at MDC in Brooklyn. A lot has happened to you sin[...]



Blackwater's Black Ops

2012-06-12T21:54:00Z

Jeremy Scahill / The Nation - Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation. Blackwater's work for corporations and government agencies was contracted using two companies owned by Blackwater's owner and founder, Erik Prince: Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Center (TRC). Prince is listed as the chairman of both companies in internal company documents, which show how the web of companies functions as a highly coordinated operation. Officials from Total Intelligence, TRC and Blackwater (which now calls itself Xe Services) did not respond to numerous requests for comment for this article. One of the most incendiary details in the documents is that Blackwater, through Total Intelligence, sought to become the "intel arm" of Monsanto, offering to provide operatives to infiltrate activist groups organizing against the multinational biotech firm. Governmental recipients of intelligence services and counterterrorism training from Prince's companies include the Kingdom of Jordan, the Canadian military and the Netherlands police, as well as several US military bases, including Fort Bragg, home of the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and Fort Huachuca, where military interrogators are trained, according to the documents. In addition, Blackwater worked through the companies for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the US European Command. On September 3 the New York Times reported that Blackwater had "created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq." The documents obtained by The Nation reveal previously unreported details of several such companies and open a rare window into the sensitive intelligence and security operations Blackwater performs for a range of powerful corporations and government agencies. The new evidence also sheds light on the key roles of several former top CIA officials who went on to work for Blackwater. The coordinator of Blackwater's covert CIA business, former CIA paramilitary officer Enrique "Ric" Prado, set up a global network of foreign operatives, offering their "deniability" as a "big plus" for potential Blackwater customers, according to company documents. The CIA has long used proxy forces to carry out extralegal actions or to shield US government involvement in unsavory operations from scrutiny. In some cases, these "deniable" foreign forces don't even know who they are working for. Prado and Prince built up a network of such foreigners while Blackwater was at the center of the CIA's assassination program, beginning in 2004. They trained special missions units at one of Prince's properties in Virginia with the intent of hunting terrorism suspects globally, often working with foreign operatives. A former senior CIA official said the benefit of using Blackwater's foreign operatives in CIA operations was that "you wouldn't want to have American fingerprints on it." While the network was originally established for use in CIA operations, documents show that Prado viewed it as potentially valuable to other government agencies. In an e-mail in October 2007 with the subject line "Possible Opportunity in DEA—Read and Delete," Prado wrote to a Total Intelligence executive with a pitch for the Drug Enforcement Administration. That executive was an eighteen-year DEA veteran with extensive government connections who had recently joined the firm. Prado explained that Blackwater had[...]



Pentagon outsources War on Drugs to Blackwater

2012-06-12T21:49:00Z

For skeptics of how the American government has conducted its so-called War on Drugs, don’t worry, it will soon be out of their hands.

The US Department of Defense has transferred its armed efforts in Latin and Central America in the War on Drugs to Academi, the private military contractors formerly known as Blackwater, reports BBC Spanish. Before they altered their branding to be known as Xe, then most recently Academi, Blackwater underwent immense criticism for a series of scandals involving contract employees executing civilians throughout the Middle East.

That same company that trained contractors to mercilessly slay helpless Iraqis will now be ushering military contractors south of the border to help combat the War on Drugs there, the outlet reports. With the Constitution only legally allowing the Pentagon to get away with so much, the BBC reports that the transition of control to private contractors will allow them to get away with what “US military forces are not allowed or not encouraged to do.”

The company previously known as Blackwater is just one of several private contractors that have been awarded contracts out of the Department of Defense, reports BBC, and their specific deal will award them several million dollars towards “providing advice, training and conducting operations in drug producing countries and those with links to so-called ‘narco-terrorism’ including Latin America.”

What’s more, it is reported, that those contracts were no-bid agreements authorized by the Pentagon. Under such deals, the DoD forks over federal funds to private companies without ever seeking better offers from competitors.

As long ago as 2007, the Pentagon was considering billions of dollars worth of contracts to private contractor aid in the War on Drugs, but the BBC reports that the latest deal will actually aid in the “transfer” of control out of Washington and instead put the actions of enforcing drug production and trafficking in the hands of civilians, not servicemen bound by certain rules and regulations.

Additionally, the transition will allow the government to usher billions into the War on Drugs, but to the public it will appear as if the effort is, on the periphery, nothing more than another DoD contract. Opposition has long existed to the lengthy War on Drugs, and by continuing the efforts in Central and South America without relying on further Pentagon expenditures, less money will appear to be focused on ongoing operations.

“They surreptitiously want to reduce anti-drug budget by transferring it to private agencies,” Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs tells the BBC. “The drug war is unpopular and has no political weight except in an election year like this, so the Department of Defense wants to remove that spending from their accounts.”

Bruce Bagley, head of International Studies at the University of Miami, tells BBC that the move will appear to cut out “the high political cost” of continuing the War on Drugs directly out of the Pentagon, but could create a massive backlash of the citizens of the countries in question become aware that private mercenaries are being installed to conduct armed operations.

The move is expected to send contractors into Mexico, Colombia and Caribbean and other locales to the south of the United States.



Inside the Secret Service's hooker hot spot

2012-04-19T09:03:00Z

Edgar Sandoval In Cartagena, Colombia , Alison Gendar In Washington & Bill Hutchinson - In the dingy Colombian love club where locals say President Obama’s Secret Service agents picked up a harem of hookers, scantily clad women do dirty dances and brazenly sell their bodies. Small black tables covering a dimly lit dance floor at the Pley Club in a low-rent district of Cartagena were filled Sunday night mostly with tourists. A white stage was reserved for dancers wearing form-fitting, brightly colored dresses that showed off enough cleavage and leg to entice customers to dig deep in their wallets. It was in this one-story, windowless, brick building with a cheesy neon sign on top that 11 Secret Service agents assigned to protect the President ended up embarrassing their country all for a little fun and flesh, local sources told the Daily News. Drinking beers and whisky that range in price from 40,000 to 150,000 pesos ($24 to $84) for bottle service, the agents had their pick of young girls with long, black and brown hair and lots of makeup. “The gringos got rowdy at the bar. They drank fine whisky and slept with the prettiest ones, the ones that charge 300,000 pesos (about $180),” one club worker told the El Heraldo newspaper of Cartagena. “Some did not want to pay. To make it worse, they almost beat up employees who wanted them to pay up.” Despite the newspaper report, confirmed by locals, Juan Carlos, manager of the club, insisted as far as he knows, the agents never set foot in his premises. But he was quick to explain the ground rules for buying more than a dance. “The girls dance for the audience. They put on a show,” Carlos told The News. “Then, they walk around and talk to the guys. A dance can cost from 80,000 to 90,000 pesos. “Then, if they like each other, they negotiate a deal,” he said. “The tourists come here and have a good time. We don’t let them mistreat the girls. They come to us if someone isn’t treating them right. Customers get drunk, but it never gets out of hand.” The agents are accused of bringing their hookers back to the luxury Hotel Caribe in Cartagena and throwing a room-trashing tantrum like a rowdy rocker when confronted about not paying one of them for her services . The latest twist in the embarrassing international scandal — which has thrust a spotlight on the agency responsible for watching Obama’s back — came as the President said he’s reserving his anger until all the facts are in. But Obama surely won’t be pleased by details dug up by The News at the hotel, where the President and other world leaders met for an economic summit over the weekend. A staffer at Hotel Caribe said one agent started tossing furniture and others pulled their badges to try to deflect the controversy when the hotel manager intervened for a prostitute who wasn’t paid. “When the hotel manager showed up, one of the agents starting throwing chairs and tables around,” the staffer told The News. The brouhaha prompted the manager to call local police, who were forced to make a report exposing the misconduct charges against the agents to the world. “They were showing their badges saying, ‘Look, look who we are!’ ” the hotel staffer said. “He didn’t want to pay one of the girls. They had huge egos.” Pley Club working girl Maria Jose, 34, said she’s often experienced johns not wanting to pay. “ A lot of us girls have to put up with tourists like that,” she said. “ It happens every day.” Officials said 11 Secret Service agents, including two supervisors, embroiled in the South American shenanigans were yanked back home and are under investigation. The agents were part of Obama’s security detail dispatched to Colombia to do advance work for the President’s three-day trip to the Summit of the Americas. Obama arrived in the seaside city on Friday after the misbehavior imploded[...]



In Colombia, some not-so-secret and unpaid service

2012-04-19T07:50:00Z

Sandra Hernandez - As far as international diplomatic meetings go, the Summit of the Americas in the Colombian seaside city of Cartagena that concluded last weekend may not have produced any memorable initiatives or free-trade agreements, at least not as part of the official agenda.

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U.S. Secret Service agents walk around Cartagena, Colombia, days before the launch of the Summit of the Americas. (Fernando Llano / Associated Press / April 14, 2012)

But unofficially, the summit managed to grab headlines after allegations surfaced that U.S. Secret Service agents assigned to pre-arrival security detail for President Obama may have engaged in misconduct, including hiring prostitutes.

The scandal broke after one woman felt shortchanged and complained that an agent who took her back to his Cartagena hotel failed to pay for services performed, according to published accounts.

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Prostitutes walk a street of the old city, as heads of state met for the Americas Summit in Cartagena April 14, 2012. Headlines from this weekend's gathering of more than 30 heads of state have focused on an embarrassing scandal after members of U.S. President Barack Obama's security detail were caught with prostitutes in historic Cartagena. Picture taken April 14. Reuters

The scandal has left military officials red-faced, and some in Congress are demanding a fuller inquiry. Clearly, questions about security breaches are legitimate. As are some reports that suggest the men boasted they were providing security for the American delegation at the summit. It seems the operative word in the job description -- secret -- was not followed.

But it’s interesting to note that at least one group is taking issue with their alleged role in the sex scandal. Escort clubs in Colombia are legal in some areas, including in parts of Cartagena.

Some newspaper reports have said that the American men met the women at El Pey Club, an escort club in Cartagena. Now an accountant at the club, Leonardo Quintero, is questioning whether the agents in fact visited the club. Quintero told the Miami Herald that El Pey has a pay-before-you-play policy, and thus a fight over money sounded unlikely.

Other employees at other clubs also defended their business practices.

One man, identified only as Fabio, an employee of the Prepago 1000, or Prepaid 1000 club, told the paper that patrons of reputable clubs just don’t get “those kind of surprises.”



Secret Service DoD Sexual Entrapment by CU/VZ

2012-04-18T19:31:00Z

Odd that Cuba and/or Venezuela have not openly been accused of orchestrating the Secret Service/DOD Cartagena sexual honey pot -- an entrapment long employed by spy services against the US and its allies, as well as by the US and its allies. Neither CU nor VZ took part in the Cartagena conference where the US failed to get approval for continued Cuba sanctions considered by Latin Americans to be US-Monroe Doctrine abusive.

Senator Collins has raised the possibility of a trap but will likely be briefed into silence. Neither Democrats or Republicans want to open this top secret Pandora's Box (excuse the pun).

The Open Government Partnership conference in Brasilia which followed Cartagena also camouflaged with triple-crossing "openness" the legacy of Monroe Doctrine covert operations in Latin America to enforce hemispheric hegemony with stealth and bribery.

The chances are high that the sexual entrapment was a CU/VZ counterspy operation against the nest of spies operating in Cartagena, and that White House and Congressional investigations will perfectly cloak the dust-up as it has since President Monroe ordered the standard deception in 1823.



Viktor Bout Stung By DEA Operation ‘Relentless’: Sentenced to 25 Years

2012-04-18T17:52:00Z

George Mapp - The DEA sting operation dubbed ‘Relentless’ ironically may have been both Viktor Bout’s demise as well as sparing him a life behind bars in a U.S. Federal penitentiary. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said 25 years was sufficient and appropriate because there was no evidence the 45-year-old Bout would have been charged with seeking to harm Americans if not approached by informants posing as Colombian rebels. “But for the approach made through this determined sting operation, there is no reason to believe Bout would ever have committed the charged crimes,” Scheindlin said. Inside The Court Room On Thursday afternoon 5 April 2012 their was a very large crowd gathering outside room 15C that was comprised mostly of journalists but also included sketch artists, Federal agents and other attorneys. The Federal marshals began to let people in at approximately 4:10pm. After several postponements at the request of Viktor Bout’s defense attorney, his long anticipated sentencing would finally take place. They allowed the journalists to fill the entire jury box, the entire right side of the court room as well as having additional folding chairs added on both sides of the room. In addition room 26A was designated as an overflow room for those that did not make it inside room 15C but would see the sentencing via closed circuit TV. Inside room 15C the Federal marshals were wearing bullet proof vests underneath their shirts for the 1st time during the proceeding as well as having extra marshals and close protection guards for Viktor Bout. I was in the second row directly behind the DEA agents. To my right was Viktor’s daughter Lisa, then Alla and next to her was the New York Russian Vice-Consul Alexander Otchaynov. Viktor Bout whom I just saw face-face less than 24 hours earlier at his prison in Brooklyn was wearing tan khaki’s. His hair was freshly cut and cut much closer than he has usually been wearing it over the last several years. He told his wife Alla in Russian that everything is going to be okay and gave her a thumbs up and his classic wink. The judge entered the packed court room at approximately 4:41pm. A sketch of Viktor Bout and judge Scheindlin. Andrei Garkusha a member of Bout’s defense team — whom would later translate Bout’s Russian to English — got a front row seat during the proceedings. He sat to Viktor Bout’s left and to Bout’s right was defense attorney’s Albert Dayan and to his right attorney Kenneth Kaplan. Viktor Bout addressed the judge and the court room and spoke for the first time during the proceedings. He stood up tall and straight directly facing the judge and said  “I am not guilty,” in Russian as Garkusha translated. Bout suddenly spun around to face the three DEA agents in the first row — including agent William S. Brown who testified against Bout — less than 3 feet from his out stretched arm and pointed finger. He looked angrily directly into agent Brown’s eyes and said, “The truth is known to these people.” Bout still staring and pointing at the DEA agents as he continued to speak,“They will have to live with this truth, they will go to bed with this truth, they will have to get up with this truth, they will raise their children with this truth, and they will love their wives with this truth.” Bout added, “Let God forgive you, and you will answer to him, not to me.” Shortly after Bout sat down lead prosecutor Brendan McGuire stood up to try and make a hard sale to the judge why Bout should be sentenced to life. When McGuire said that Bout had agreed to sell weapons to kill Americans, Bout shouted in English, “It’s a lie!” Finally when Bout was being led out of the court room, he told his wife and daughter that he loved them. He then sang a line from an old Soviet military song called[...]



WikiLeaks: The Global Intelligence Files

2012-02-27T15:35:00Z

LONDON—Today, Monday 27 February, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example : "[Y]ou have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual or psychological control... This is intended to start our conversation on your next phase" – CEO George Friedman to Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla on 6 December 2011, on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant providing information on the medical condition of the President of Venezuala, Hugo Chavez. The material contains privileged information about the US government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks. There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. The emails also expose the revolving door that operates in private intelligence companies in the United States. Government and diplomatic sources from around the world give Stratfor advance knowledge of global politics and events in exchange for money. The Global Intelligence Files exposes how Stratfor has recruited a global network of informants who are paid via Swiss banks accounts and pre-paid credit cards. Stratfor has a mix of covert and overt informants, which includes government employees, embassy staff and journalists around the world. The material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government clients. For example, Stratfor monitored and analysed the online activities of Bhopal activists, including the "Yes Men", for the US chemical giant Dow Chemical. The activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India. The disaster led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage. Stratfor has realised that its routine use of secret cash bribes to get information from insiders is risky. In August 2011, Stratfor CEO George Friedman confidentially told his employees : "We are retaining a law firm to create a policy for Stratfor on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I don’t plan to do the perp walk and I don’t want anyone here doing it either." Stratfor’s use of insiders for intelligence soon turned into a money-making scheme of questionable legality. The emails show that in 2009 then-Goldman Sachs Managing Director Shea Morenz and Stratfor CEO George Friedman hatched an idea to "utilise the intelligence" it was pulling in from its insider network to start up a captive strategic investment fund. CEO George Friedman explained in a confidential August 2011 document, marked DO NOT SHARE OR DISCUSS : "What StratCap will do is use our Stratfor’s intelligence and analysis to trade in a range of geopolitical instruments, particularly government bonds, currencies and the like". The emails show that in 2011 Goldman Sach’s Morenz invested "substantially" more than $4million and joined Stratfor’s board of directors. Throughout 2011, a complex offshore share structure extending as far as South Africa was erected, designed to make StratCap appear to be legally independent. But, confidentially, Friedman told StratFor [...]



The Spy Who Bilked Me: Meet Bush’s War Profiteering Chief Bin Laden Hunter

2011-12-31T14:24:00Z

Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp - You've probably never heard of Marty Martin. He spent most of his life as an anonymous CIA operative. But he very recently came out of the closet as the man Bush put in charge of finding Osama bin Laden in the aftermath of 9/11, and guess what? It turns out the man Bush put in charge of finding bin Laden is an extremely shady and allegedly corrupt war profiteer. Who would have thought? Martin, of course, never succeeded in catching bin Laden. He ran the CIA's bin Laden unit from 2002 to 2004, a fact that we now know only because he emerged to grab some credit for bin Laden's death and celebrate the agency's discontinued torture program: "We got beat up for it, but those efforts led to this great day," he told the Associated Press three weeks ago. Prior to that, he was just a nondescript former agency official who went into the security consulting business after retiring. The closest hint to just how key an official he was came from references to a "Marty M."—described as a sort of Jack Bauer of the bayou—in former CIA director George Tenet's memoir. Now that we know who Martin really is, we can get a sense of what kind of guy Bush turned to for arguably the most crucial job in the war on terror. 1. The Kind of Guy Who Bilks Taxpayers for His Own Enrichment In 2007, after leaving the CIA, Martin joined International Oil Trading Company, a Florida company that delivered fuel to U.S. forces in the Middle East. In 2008, congressional investigators accused it of ripping off the Pentagon to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. This year, the Pentagon's own audit found that the company overcharged the government by as much as $204 million on a series of massive Iraq war fuel contracts. 2. The Kind of Guy Who Bribes Foreign Officials According to a Florida lawsuit against International Oil's owner Harry Sargeant III, Martin paid a $9 million bribe to the head of the Jordanian intelligence service back in 2007 to secure his company's exclusive rights to ship fuel across Jordan to U.S bases in Iraq. (That allegation comes from the Jordanian king's brother-in-law, Mohammad al-Saleh, who is suing Sargeant for purportedly screwing him out of a $100 million stake in the company.) 3. The Kind of Guy Who Helps Launder Illegal Political Contributions In 2008, the Washington Post reported that Sargeant, a billionaire, raised funds for John McCain's presidential campaign with help from an unnamed "former head of the bin Laden unit" who worked for him. The men reportedly skirted campaign finance laws by funneling the money through Arab-American "straw donors." McCain quickly returned $50,000 of Sargeant's lucre. The Post never named the ex-chief of the CIA bin Laden unit involved in the fundraising, but unless two former heads of the bin Laden unit were working for Sargeant at the time, that man was Marty Martin. 4. The Kind of Guy Who Gets Totally Psyched When People Die In a War He Profits From In a court filing last week, attorneys for al-Saleh quoted from an e-mail that Martin wrote to Sargeant in 2008 in which he appeared to gloat over the escalation of violence in Iraq: Fyi, word of a 're-surge' is floating around amidst shit hitting the fan in Iraq today. ☺ The "shit hitting the fan" was the Battle of Basra, the Iraqi Army's attempt in March 2008 to finally roll up militias loyal to Moqtada al Sadr. It was widely seen as a debacle and victory for al-Sadr, and many feared the conflict threatened to reignite the civil war. That month, 40 Americans died in Iraq. ☺! In other words, he's a former CIA agent. Anyway, that's Marty Martin, the guy Bush put in charge of the bin Laden hunt. Glad it worked out for him. Harry Sargeant's lawyers couldn't be reached for c[...]



Viktor Bout is Fair Game: In the Midst of the Shadow Wars

2011-11-14T20:08:00Z

George Mapp - On Wednesday November 2, 2011 I was on the 8th floor cafeteria of the Federal court house in New York located at 500 Pearl street. At approximately 1:35pm,  I stood up from the lunch table as Albert Dayan was walking towards me. Viktor Bout’s defense lawyer whispered to me, “the jury reached a verdict.” Alla Bout was at still at home and she had told me during an earlier phone conversation, “that it was too difficult for her and her daughter to sit around and wait at the court house.” Alla Bout outside MCC prison before she visit's her husband Viktor. I immediately grabbed my bag and started to rush to the pay phones to call Alla so that she might have a chance to make it to the verdict reading in time. A tense and nervous looking Albert Dayan said, “don’t run walk, they told me not to tell anyone, just his family.” Walking swiftly to the pay phones on the 8th floor and while passing Dayan, I asked him, “did you call Alla?” He replied, “I don’t know where she is.” At approximately 1:58pm the jury entered the packed court room to read the verdict. There were extra security guards, many journalists, the DEA agents occupied the entire first bench directly in front of mine. The seconds before the verdict were very tense and time seemed to sit still. Then Heather H. Hobson, the jury’s appointed forewoman stood up and read the jury’s verdict to the court room focusing mostly on the judge until after the third count was read, she starred directly at Viktor Bout before reading out loud the the fourth and final guilty. I called Alla Bout three times since I heard the jury had reached a verdict. The last time was shortly after the verdict was read to warn her of the media frenzy awaiting her so that she had the option of whether or not to come to the court house. Needless to say she did not come to the Federal court house on that unforgettable day. The jury in only  approximately 2 hours of deliberations on Tuesday and approximately 3 hours on Wednesday, unanimously found Viktor Bout guilty on all 4 counts of the indictment [entire indictment PDF 37 pgs]. You can see a summary of the indictment from the actual charge sheet on the jury verdict form. The previous day the judge ruled, only after agreement from both attorneys, that the jury was able to take the chargesheets home with them on Tuesday night. The Honorable judge Shira A. Scheindlin told the jury explicitly that the were not to show it anyone including their family and spouses. Jury forewoman in the Viktor Bout trial Heather H. Hobson. A New York Times piece titled, Arms Dealer’s Own Words Convicted Him, Juror Says ran the day after the verdict. According to the article, jury forewaoman, Ms. Heather H. Hobson was very proud of what she did and said that “she felt a sense of pride and accomplishment.” Here is a short excerpt from the article: When it came time to deliver the verdict, Ms. Hobson paused after reading the first three counts. She turned her gaze away from the judge, and purposefully stared at Mr. Bout. Then she resumed, announcing the final finding of guilt. It was a simple gesture, she said, one that was motivated by respect, not scorn. Ms. Hobson seemed to put a lot of weight into the DEA informants testimony according to her own words. She said, “the informants, working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, had been “very convincing” FARC representatives who had made it clear to Mr. Bout that their whole purpose was to take down U.S. helicopters with U.S. pilots.” Ironically, as a person who sat though the entire trial from the opening statements to the reading of the verdict, I personally thought that was the prosecutors weakest argument. During Carlos’ cross ex[...]



CIA following Twitter, Facebook

2011-11-06T06:43:00Z

KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer - In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day. At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the "vengeful librarians" also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly. From Arabic to Mandarin Chinese, from an angry tweet to a thoughtful blog, the analysts gather the information, often in native tongue. They cross-reference it with the local newspaper or a clandestinely intercepted phone conversation. From there, they build a picture sought by the highest levels at the White House, giving a real-time peek, for example, at the mood of a region after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden or perhaps a prediction of which Mideast nation seems ripe for revolt. Yes, they saw the uprising in Egypt coming; they just didn't know exactly when revolution might hit, said the center's director, Doug Naquin. The center already had "predicted that social media in places like Egypt could be a game-changer and a threat to the regime," he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press at the center. CIA officials said it was the first such visit by a reporter the agency has ever granted. The CIA facility was set up in response to a recommendation by the 9/11 Commission, with its first priority to focus on counterterrorism and counterproliferation. But its several hundred analysts — the actual number is classified — track a broad range, from Chinese Internet access to the mood on the street in Pakistan. While most are based in Virginia, the analysts also are scattered throughout U.S. embassies worldwide to get a step closer to the pulse of their subjects. The most successful analysts, Naquin said, are something like the heroine of the crime novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," a quirky, irreverent computer hacker who "knows how to find stuff other people don't know exists." Those with a masters' degree in library science and multiple languages, especially those who grew up speaking another language, "make a powerful open source officer," Naquin said. The center had started focusing on social media after watching the Twitter-sphere rock the Iranian regime during the Green Revolution of 2009, when thousands protested the results of the elections that put Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back in power. "Farsi was the third largest presence in social media blogs at the time on the Web," Naquin said. The center's analysis ends up in President Barack Obama's daily intelligence briefing in one form or another, almost every day. After bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in May, the CIA followed Twitter to give the White House a snapshot of world public opinion. Since tweets can't necessarily be pegged to a geographic location, the analysts broke down reaction by languages. The result: The majority of Urdu tweets, the language of Pakistan, and Chinese tweets, were negative. China is a close ally of Pakistan's. Pakistani officials protested the raid as an affront to their nation's sovereignty, a sore point that continues to complicate U.S.-Pakistani relations. When the president gave his speech addressing Mideast issues a few weeks after the raid, the tweet response over the next 24 hours came in negative from Turkey, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, the Persian Gulf and Israel, too, with speakers of Arabic and Turkic tweets charging that Obama favored Israel, and Hebrew tweets denouncing the speech as pro-Arab. In the next few days, major news media came to the same conclusion, as did [...]