Hungary Battles River of Toxic Red Sludge

Hungary battles to stem torrent of toxic sludge

The spill flooded homes, roads and fields with toxic waste

Emergency services in Hungary are trying to stop a torrent of toxic red sludge flowing into major waterways, including the River Danube.

A state of emergency has been declared in three western counties after the chemical waste burst from a reservoir at an alumina plant.

So far at least four people have died and 120 injured. Six more are missing.

At least seven villages and towns are affected including Devecser, where the torrent stood 2m (6.5ft) deep.

The flood swept cars from roads and damaged bridges and houses, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

The sludge – a mixture of water and mining waste containing heavy metals – is considered hazardous according to Hungary’s National Directorate General for Disaster Management (NDGDM).

While the cause of the deaths has not been established officially, it is believed the victims probably drowned.

Some 600,000-700,000 cubic metres (21m-24m cubic feet) of sludge escaped from the plant, 160km (100 miles) from the capital, Budapest.

With 7,000 people affected directly by the disaster, a state of emergency was declared in the county of Veszprem where the spill occurred, and Gyor-Moson-Sopron and Vas, where the sludge appeared to be heading.

At least 390 residents have been relocated and 110 rescued from flooded areas, the NDGDM said.

Nearly 500 police officers and soldiers, including six emergency detection teams, have been deployed.

Plaster has been poured into the Marcal river in a bid to bind the sludge and stop further flooding.

Dr Attila Nyikos, of the NDGDM, told the BBC News website that a police investigation had been opened.

He said tests were still being carried out to determine the environmental impact of the leak.

Burn injuries

Zoltan Illes, state secretary for the environment ministry, described the flood as the worst chemical accident in Hungary’s history when he visited Kolontar on Tuesday.

He said there were fears that the sludge could reach the Raba and Danube rivers. An alert has been declared on both the Marcal and Torna rivers.

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Tamas Toldi, mayor of Devecser, told MTI news agency that between 80 and 90 people had been taken to hospital with chemical burns.

Dr Nyikos said the victims had probably been drowned by the sludge, which had flowed out with the speed of water.

The sludge, he said, triggers an alkaline reaction on the skin but the effect can be neutralised by washing with plenty of fresh water.

Peter Jakabos, a doctor at a hospital in Gyor where several of the injured were taken, said on state TV that some burns could take days to reveal themselves and what might seem like superficial injuries could later cause damage to deeper tissue.

One eyewitness in Devecser, Robert Kis, said his uncle had been taken to Budapest by helicopter after the sludge “burnt him to the bone”.

Alumina, a synthetically produced aluminium oxide, is a white or nearly colourless crystalline substance that is used as a starting material for the smelting of aluminium metal.

It also serves as the raw material for a broad range of advanced ceramic products and as an active agent in chemical processing.

‘Not hazardous’

Weeks of heavy rain are likely to have played a role in the accident, the BBC’s Nick Thorpe reports from Budapest.

The sludge escaped from a reservoir at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka. Police say they have confiscated documents from the company’s headquarters.

MAL Rt, the Hungarian company which owns the plant, earlier said that by EU standards the sludge had not been considered hazardous.

There had been no sign of the impending disaster and the last examination of the reservoir pond on Monday had shown nothing untoward, it added.

It said it believed the company management “could not have noticed the signs of the natural catastrophe nor done anything to prevent it even while carefully respecting technological procedures”.

The sludge flooded 19 streets in Devecser and two in Kolontar, where at least three of the four deaths occurred. Five other areas were under threat.

Rescue workers used an axe to cut through the living room door of Mr Kis’s house in Devecser, to let the red liquid flow out, the Associated Press news agency reports.

“When I heard the rumble of the flood, all the time I had was to jump out the window and run to higher ground,” said his wife, Tunde Erdelyi.

The Hungarian government said it was not seeking any international assistance for the time being.

Germany and France, Opposite Poles On American Propaganda B.S.

[France is sticking to the original line of bullshit thrown-out by Bush and Cheney,  staging a wimpy half-ass effort to pretend that arresting a few local gangsters is fighting “al Qaida.”

Germany, on the other hand, seems to have tired of the campaign of lies that is known affectionately as the “WAR ON TERROR.”    It is dropping the ball that Langley has just put into play in N. Waziristan, where German “al Qaidas” were allegedly just killed.  Germany was supposed to suddenly scream-out for Pakistani blood, instead of pooh-poohing the alleged connection.  German leaders stand somewhere between the Atlantic alliance and the rest of the world.  If they won’t help the US and Britain conduct the militarized political soap opera of the terror war, does that imply that exposing the scam to the world is next?

It is the psy-ops themselves that are the real problem.]

France holds 12 in Europe anti-terrorism operation

A soldier walks near tourists as he patrols near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as France continues its high alert, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

By Brian Love

PARIS | Tue Oct 5, 2010 12:29pm EDT

(Reuters) – French police arrested 12 people on Tuesday in early morning swoops the interior minister said were directly linked to a campaign to counter an elevated terrorism threat in Europe.

France is on high alert after seven hostages, including five French citizens, were kidnapped by the North African wing of al Qaeda last month, and approval by the Senate of a bill to ban full-face veils. The hostages are still being held.

The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued a warning to Americans to exercise caution while in Europe. Also on Sunday, Britain raised its terrorism threat level to high from general for those traveling to Germanyand France.

“Yes there is a terrorist threat at the moment in Europe. It must be neither overestimated nor underestimated,” Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux told France’s National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, after the raids had taken place.

“Just this morning, police operations were launched in Marseille and Bordeaux which led to arrests directly linked to the anti-terrorist campaign,” said Hortefeux, who added that he had spoken among others to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as recently as Monday night.

“On such a sensitive, difficult issue, the French government is naturally working hand in hand with our partners, our allies and even further afield,” the minister said.

As further information emerged from police sources, the number of arrested rose to 12, 11 men and one woman, and many of them were as much suspected of links to local gangster activity in Marseille as Islamic militant networks.

All 12 are still being held.

In one operation focused on a network supplying false papers for jihadists returning from Afghanistan, police arrested two men in the Mediterranean port of Marseille and a third in the city of Bordeaux in southwest France, police sources said.

The three were arrested for checks after their details were found on a man arrested in the Italian city of Naples and suspected of being connected to al Qaeda militants, they said.

In another operation, nine people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in arms and explosives trafficking, they said. Those arrests took place in a region around Marseille.

“They’re not hardcore. If they’re moving in Islamic circles, they’re second-tier,” said one police source.


In early September, Italian anti-terrorist police arrested a Frenchman suspected of belonging to al Qaeda and capable of securing explosives, Italian sources said on Sunday.

According to Italian police, the man arrested in Naples last month was part of a group that had been in Afghanistan and was in the process of returning to Europe.

Fox News’ Terror Warnings Are ‘Negligent and Damaging’

Tourists targeted: Policemen patroling next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

The German government has reacted relatively calmly to the current terror warnings, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière cautioning against being “alarmist.” German commentators believe he has the right attitude.

Since the US State Department issued an official travel advisory on Sunday warning American citizens of imminent terrorist attacks while traveling in Europe, several other countries have joined in and issued their own warnings.

On Monday, Japan and Sweden joined the US in issuing a travel alert for Europe. The UK also updated its advisory for travelers to Germany and France. While Australia did not raise its level of danger, it did re-issue travel advisories to include a reference to US warnings. Despite the fact that the US advisory has come in for criticism for being somewhat abstract, all of the nations who issued alerts were advising citizens to be vigilant and cautious while travelling. Some American troops based in Germany also had a curfew imposed upon them.

Unidentified sources told American media that tourist attractions in Europe were being targeted by terrorist cells. Fox News, quoting a “senior Western intelligence official,” reported that Berlin’s luxury Hotel Adlon, TV Tower and central train station were on a list of European targets.

There are fears of attacks similar to those in Mumbai in 2008, where gunmen simultaneously launched assaults around the city. Over 160 people were killed and 300 wounded in the co-ordinated attacks.

Much of the information about the potential terrorist plot appears to have come as a result of the capture and interrogation of an Afghan-born jihadist, Ahmad Sidiqi, in Pakistan. Sidiqi has been a naturalized German citizen since 2001 and used to live in Hamburg.

On Tuesday a US drone missile strike in Pakistan’s mountain border area with Afghanistan reportedly killed at least five German militants, who may have been linked to the group of Germans and Britons that is thought to be planning to attack European cities.

‘No Reason to Be Alarmist’

The potential threat is being viewed differently in different countries. In continental Europe itself, while security has been heightened at airports, travel hubs and tourist attractions, neither the French nor German governments have raised their current threat levels.

Speaking to reporters Monday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), warned against overreacting. Germany’s terror alert had been on “high abstract threat” for some time already, and German security services are in daily contact with their American counterparts, he said. “There is no reason whatsoever to be alarmist at the moment,” de Maizière, who has made an effort to react more calmly to terrorist warnings since he took office, told reporters.

Writing in German newspapers on Tuesday, media commentators generally felt that the government was adopting the correct attitude, pointing out that one of the prime components in a terrorist’s arsenal was fear and that giving in to terrorist intimidation was a form of defeat in itself.

The left-leaning Die Tageszeitung writes:

“What the US broadcaster Fox News and other media are putting out to the world as allegedly concrete warnings is negligent and damaging, and the substance is ridiculous. Of course, in Berlin if one wanted to conduct an attack, one wouldn’t target a snack bar, but rather the Hotel Adlon, the TV Tower, and the central train station. And maybe a couple of other places, that anyone who knows the city a little would think of.”

“The warnings, whose origins and explosiveness have not been proven, reminds one of the terror panic caused by the Bush administration, who, almost on a weekly basis, would raise and lower the alarm levels at their pleasure, accompanied by a great fuss in the media. That’s how you keep the population afraid and legitimize a foreign war.”

“When security agencies give out warnings without verifiable background, then they make the job easier for those they ostensibly want to fight. Terror is the same as fear, which can come without any attacks. We shouldn’t take part in this.”

The center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:

“The German reaction — relaxed vigilance — has been the correct one. In the face of these ever-changing scenarios and speculation, the behavior of the German chancellor and the Interior Ministry has been beneficial. Terrorism thrives on the spreading of fear, and level-headedness can be a weapon against the scaremongers.”

“The conclusion from Berlin is straightforward: In Germany’s opinion, the evidence upon which US officials have based their terror warnings is insufficient (to raise terror alert levels in Germany). Anyway, even if the Germans did conjure up the apparently omnipresent specter of Islamic terrorism, little would change, objectively speaking. People would still use buses and trains. Security services would still work in a highly professional way. And they do that anyway: The security services know far more about Islamist terror groups today than they have known about any other terrorist groups in the past.”

“With luck, and due to the expertise of those responsible, terrorist attacks in Germany have been prevented since 2001. And, one must concede, this has sometimes been due to the help from US officials.”

The conservative Die Welt writes:

“Cry wolf one too many times and you are in the wrong. Don’t cry wolf enough and you are also in the wrong. The same goes for terrorism and for terrorist alarms. Terrorism is a fight by a weaker group against a stronger one and one of the terrorists’ intentions is the spread of fear, thereby tearing apart the fabric of everyday life — that is, civilization.”

“Back when Wolfgang Schäuble was still Germany’s interior minister …, warnings from the US and from Britain were taken literally. This was not just because of political alliances, but because when it came to electronic surveillance, the Anglo-Saxons were masters in the field … and they often knew more than anyone else. The current interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, must have reasons for his restrained reaction — hopefully reasons that are motived by more that just the desire to keep things calm.”

“According to the German intelligence service, the terror warnings can be traced back to an Afghanistan-born man with a German passport, who was captured in Pakistan, where he had gone to train as a terrorist. He had talked to interrogators, and pointed to a network of armed individuals based in European cities, the majority of whom were ready to attack.”

“In the last few years, the German intelligence services have prevented six terror attacks. Two others fell apart by themselves. Germany cannot expect to always have that much luck.”

— Cathrin Schaer and Mary Beth Warner

Another Man Caught With Uranium in India, This Time in Purulia

[SEE:  Mumbai Police Seized a 5kg. Ball of Uranium, Possibly Headed for Pakistan]

Man caught with uranium in Purulia


PURULIA: A criminal with alleged links to gangs across the country and even Afghanistan was nabbed in Purulia with nearly 1 kg of uranium on Sunday. The market value of the radioactive element is said to be about $7 million.

When police raided Ishtaq Ahmed’s house at Dubra village in the Maoist-dominated Para area after a tip-off, they found a box with ‘URM, Made in USA’ stamped on it. An automatic revolver, a pipegun and 21 rounds of ammunition were also discovered during the search. Ahmed was arrested and a case filed at Para police station mentioning uranium seizure.

Police haven’t opened the sealed box as the substance inside could be dangerously radioactive. It is being sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory for tests.

German Govt. Discounts US/British Scare Mongering

No immediate risk of terror attack: Germany

* Interior minister says no reason to be alarmist at the moment

BERLIN: The German government played down on Monday, US and British warnings about the heightened risk of terrorist attacks on Europe, with Berlin saying there were no immediate signs of a threat against Germany.

“There are currently no indications of any immediate threat of attacks planned against Germany,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters. The US State Department on Sunday issued an alert, warning American citizens to exercise caution if travelling in Europe. Britain raised the threat level to “high” from “general” for its citizens travelling to Germany and France.

Incursion footage belies Nato claim

Incursion footage belies Nato claim

By Zahir Shah
Grabs from a TV video show (clockwise) a Nato helicopter hovering over hills near Mandato Kandao post inside Pakistan’s Kurram Agency and a pall of thick dust rises after the helicopter attacks the security post.—Dawn
Grabs from a TV video show (clockwise) a Nato helicopter hovering over hills near Mandato Kandao post inside Pakistan’s Kurram Agency and a pall of thick dust rises after the helicopter attacks the security post.—Dawn

PESHAWAR: As a joint team investigates the Nato air strike inside Pakistani territory, a dramatic footage of the deadly attack on Mandato Kandao in Upper Kurram Agency last week leaves little doubt about the violation by Afghanistan-based foreign forces.

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Contrary to Nato commanders’ claim of firing in self-defence on September 30, the images shown on DawnNews TV of the smouldering security post tells a different story.

The video shows Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) aircraft hovering over the security post before blowing it up. Three paramilitary soldiers were killed in the attack.

Official sources told DawnNews that the helicopters had carried out two attacks, first at about 5:25am and the second at 9:40am.

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The video filmed from a distance shows the post being reduced to rubble. According to local people, the dead and injured had suffered severe burn injuries.

After the attack, tribesmen and soldiers are seen rescuing survivors and shifting the bodies.

Not only Nato helicopter gunships but two small aircraft also flew over Mandato Kandoa, the border point with Danda Pathan area of the Paktia province of Afghanistan.

Local tribesmen claim that Isaf and Nato have set up a base in Danda Pathan where military aircraft have been spotted.

This was the third such incursion as Nato helicopters had attacked the Matta Sangar area of Upper Kurram on September 27.

In that strike Nato claimed killing six insurgents and injuring eight others while local people contradicted the claim and said those killed were Muqbal tribesmen.

As an unfriendly neighbour, Belarus a thorn in Russia’s side

Leader of tiny nation unlikely to be unseated in upcoming election


The political perspective from Moscow today can be crystallized in a single dictum: We need friendly neighbours who will follow our advice at all times.

Such a policy has meant that the dual regime of Putin-Medvedev (or Medvedev-Putin) can never accept the status quo or limit its activities to the confines of the Russian Federation. This fact is not as outrageous as it may seem. During the Cold War both the U.S. and the Soviet Union operated on a global scale to counter the other’s influence. The Americans have withdrawn somewhat of late, but remain a military superpower. Russia is slowly responding.

Russia’s policy is well illustrated by the events since 2004. In Ukraine, an Orange Revolution brought to power a president who wished to extract Ukraine from the Russian orbit and turn it toward Europe. For five years, Moscow worked to undermine the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko through a sustained propaganda campaign. In 2010, when Viktor Yanukovych was elected, that mission was considered accomplished. Ukraine became a friendly power, if not a totally compliant one.

A more militant policy was applied toward the smaller Georgia, where Russia openly supported the aspirations of two regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, for independence, culminating in a brief but bloody war in which the Georgian army was quickly defeated by the much larger Russian one in August 2008. In contrast to Ukraine, however, the incumbent president, Mikheil Saakashvili, remained in power. Nevertheless, he had been severely weakened.

Today, Russia has a new problem in the shape of the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka, who will face a new election on Dec. 19 to seek a fourth term in office. Ironically, Lukashenka was initially the most pro-Russian leader in Eastern Europe. But he has fallen foul of Moscow, which has virtually disbanded the Russia-Belarus Union, originally established in 1997.

It is not easy to say precisely how this occurred, but from the Kremlin perspective, Lukashenka has become a tiresome partner who has consistently refused to follow instructions. Though he is a Russian speaker who considers Russians and Belarusians to be one community, he has adopted a new role: protector of Belarus from incursions by Russia.

This quest for complete independence follows conflicts over the prices for oil and gas imports, and Belarus’ reluctance to be dragged into various forms of military-security agreements with Russia. The Russian media has replaced Yushchenko as the bite noise of the region with the 56-year old Belarusian leader.

The onset of a new presidential election campaign is always a tense period in Belarus, a small central European state on the EU border. This year the procedure has followed a familiar pattern: Lukashenka denounces his opponents, holds a congress of selected delegates, before gathering signatures (100,000 are needed to run) through a carefully controlled system that requires workers to register their support of the president before they can pick up their wage packets.

This year, 17 candidates have entered at the initial stage, mostly from opposition parties and groups. Perhaps a few have a realistic chance of making it to Dec. 19. They include Lukashenko, Syarhey Haidukevich, the president’s ally from the Liberal Democratic Party, Andrei Sannikau, the co-ordinator of the European Belarus campaign, and Uladzimir Neklayeu, a well-known poet and writer.

Sannikau was one of the co-ordinators of a website called Charter-97 — modelled on the Czechoslovak variant of two decades earlier — an irreverent and often controversial anti-presidential site. One month ago, the editor of the site, Aleh Byabenin, was found hanged at his country house, despite having made arrangements to meet several friends that same evening. Sannikau, a diplomat by training, dismissed the official verdict of suicide.

Belarusian television maligns Neklayeu as a Russian puppet, who has received funds from Moscow. Neklayeu’s own explanation is that the monies derive from Belarusian businessmen living in Russia.

As the election date approaches, opposition candidates can expect more harassment, detentions and arrests. This time, however, Lukashenka lacks support from Moscow, which has denounced him through documentary films and news bulletins, culminating in a public attack Monday by Medvedev.

The difficulty for Russia — it is also one that continues to frustrate the EU, which deals with Belarus through its Eastern Partnership program — is that unless the rules change, no candidate has any chance of unseating Lukashenka. Each candidate who can collect 100,000 signatures will get one hour on television. That’s just not enough time to counter five years of propaganda and repressions aimed at the opposition in the interim.

Moscow, therefore, is likely to remain frustrated. The democratic if fumbling Yushchenko has departed, Georgia has been carved up into component parts, but the hard-line leader in Belarus remains in place, illustrating that for all its economic clout, Russia is sometimes a feeble player at the regional level.

David Marples is a professor of his-tor y at the University of Alberta.

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Putin’s Useful Idiots

Useful idiots Putin

Lilia Shevtsova *

Fig. Mikhail Klimentyev AP

Reset American and European Partnership for Modernization of the Russian authorities in support play make-believe. The West can not understand. But our Eastern European colleagues, who together with us have passed a school of communism, they should remember the smell of rotten

Tandem Medvedev – Putin admitted that without the help of the West , Russia can not modernize its economy and infrastructure, which survive in the twenty-first century shows that the situation is desperate. Medvedev speaks of “modernization connection” with the major Western countries. But let us not be naive. Regarding the use of Western funds to maintain the status quo in Russia, a system built on principles alien to the West.

After that the West began to work on putinowsko-miedwiediewowską idea of reviving decaying system, the tandem has changed the rhetoric and behavior toward western elites. Instead, Putin ready to clinch the first plan put forward a “smiling face” Medvedev. It was enough, and the Western business elite has long been ready for pragmatism in relations with Russia.

“Schröderyzacja” Western policy towards the Kremlin took place in all liberal democracies. West, located on the crisis of values and identity, he wanted to normalize the miedwiediewowsko-Putin Russia. Business and politicians are willing to pragmatism at all costs. But what about those for whom support the values and principles should be the meaning of life? I am thinking of intellectuals, journalists, experts and scholars. The Kremlin used the astonishing speed of Western intellectuals to legitimize the Russian model of governance.

The Kremlin says their mouths

The mechanism of acquisition of Western elites was simple. Wałdajski Club (from the city water) is an annual meeting with Russian leaders, which the Kremlin invited Western journalists and experts. To validate the experiment, also participate in the forum selected by experts from Russia, even critics of the Kremlin. The club became one of the most effective tools of Western intelligence, brainwashing, and also its use in the interests of Kremlin propaganda.

I think all members of the Club Wałdajskiego understand how the performance involved. They are not stupid people, after all. Some may be naive. But not enough to not understand the meaning of art, in which they play, and their role in it. What draws them to a foreign for them, but apparently attractive Kremlin power? Curiosity? In any case, part of the score begins to feel admiration for them today and they want to tell our government and our government something pleasant. Then we can never talk about the power of truth.

One could understand their curiosity, if during these meetings, they learned something new about Russia or have had the opportunity to participate in discussions with Russian leaders. But set them a different role. They should ask pre-prepared questions to which answers will get known. What’s new these meetings give them? The most acute question is who will be a candidate for president in the next election. The answer is not rolled then all the newspapers. And is it news?

Thing is that after returning guests analyzed the Kremlin show. But no. Most of them you can hear the oohs. For some, an invitation to the Club is an event of life. They say then: “As I recently told Putin …”,” No, Medvedev denied. “ Kremlin begins to speak of their mouths. Let us part of the Kremlin technologists from propaganda – bravo boys!

For the “golden reserve” the Kremlin’s fall people known in their countries, willing to work to improve the image of the Kremlin. The French director of the prestigious institute in the presence of Putin exclaimed: “You are a democrat.” No less well-known French expert in trying to accommodate Medvedev: “The Lord is indeed a liberal.” Well-known British journalist: “Now I commend these steps (recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia). Another expert said after returning to the country:” How not to criticize the West, Putin, this is a great leader. “

Club Wałdajski held even after the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008 when the West began to even mutter about sanctions against Russia. The Kremlin needed urgently retouch the image. What was needed was a signal that could be interpreted as support for Russian actions in Georgia. Wald fit perfectly. Western journalists and experts did not disappoint. They met with the leaders of unrecognized South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, the Russian politicians even try to avoid.

Who dares?

Just goes to another meeting of the Club Wałdajskiego. First, warm up, a meeting with Russian experts. Then, as at a rock concert, go the main stars, a leader. Topics for discussion – the Russian modernization, the sense of history and Stalinism – are certainly important to understand where he was going to Russia. But if you really want the participants to talk about them seriously? If so, they would have to admit that President Medvedev is the modernization of desecration. You can not modernize the country, prohibiting competition, freedom of speech and assembly. The rejection of Stalinism in the words of condemnation and repression will be a lie, as long as Russia does not do what the Ukraine – not legally condemn Stalinism.

Is the risk the club members say this unpleasant truth? Do you ask President Medvedev to combine their “thaw” the expansion of powers of the Federal Security Service and an increase in the repressive functions of the state? Does anyone ask Putin: “How are the words of the Constitution you that the protesters can beat” a baton on the head ‘? “. And why in the course of the deliberations of the Club of outgoing police stopped demonstrators to the streets to defend the Constitution? Maybe someone will tell Putin that he is wrong, thinking that the West leaders also anoint their successors.

I do not believe that anyone would dare to such questions. And even then the tandem knows how to answer it. For him, words are not important, which long ago lost their meaning, but an imitation.

Thereby participating in the Club Western intellectuals will legitimize the Russian power, integrating it with Europe. Thus impede the exit of Russia from falsehood and pretense. Better would be tempting to refuse an invitation, and openly explain the reasons for refusal. But for now, any western intellectuals did not do it …

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They can not be deceived

Wald is not the only act of the Kremlin’s project “We are building a village patiomkinowską.” The next forum will be forthcoming in Yaroslavl under the aegis of President Medvedev. It is to be devoted to exchanging experiences with the West in the sphere of politics and democracy. We’ll see who will be tempted this year. A year ago, Prime Ministers exchanged experiences of France and Spain, such as the intellectual guru, Alvin Toffler, Immanuel Wallerstein and Fareed Zakaria. Former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson announced: “This is the first Forum, which gave a chance to world leaders to look deeply into the essence of the problems of the modern state.” I do not understand just what was “deep” thoughts and why it has not been announced publicly.

The idea of “exchange experience” in developing democracy and civil society is part of the reset Barack Obama. Exchange deals with the Russian-American Working Group, whose co-deputy head of Kremlin administration Vladislav Surkov, who is responsible for the cleansing of our political space. We do not know what the Americans might be up for themselves from the Russian practice of fighting corruption, migration management, the organization of prisons. Such is the case discusses the working group.

Russian liberals are critical of the participation of their Western colleagues in the Kremlin projects. That does not mean that we expect from the West, that will do for us, our work in Russia. We ourselves should reform the system. But our colleagues from Eastern Europe could help us, passing on the experience of the Polish intelligentsia under communism. Then the co-operation, and even more support for the government was not acceptable for a real intellectual, and in any case, it was contrary to his moral reputation. This would help us if our colleagues in the same way they referred to the Russian government. But no way is it different from a communist, except that it is more cunning.

Intellectuals should not be pragmatists as their leader. They carry in themselves the values that are missing in the relations between the West and Russia. Reset American and European Partnership for Modernization of the Russian authorities in support play make-believe. Maybe someone in America or Western Europe do not understand. But our Eastern European colleagues, who together with us have passed a school of communism, they should remember this putrid smell. They are not fooled.

Crisis of confidence

In Russia today are called. zapadnicy system. Accept the existing power, but would that Russia went to Europe and demand that Europe has opened before us arms. Without any conditions. On the way: accept us as we are. However, the relationship of societies built on contradictory principles is impossible! Before we start talking about the common system of taxation and energy policy, we should think about the common values and standards. But in order to approach them, the Russian government should give up the monopoly on power and the mechanism of inheritance of power by a successor, introduce competition, stop blacklisting people niewpuszczanych a television.

I think that our politicians are betting that Europe will take the Kremlin rules of the game? Unfortunately, similar dreams have consequences. Unreality of the Union of Europe and Russia [a week ago he wrote about him, Sergei Karaganov] may be another argument in the hands of the Russian elite who do not want to change anything, and is constantly looking for those responsible for their failures.

In Russia there is a deep crisis, which they feel even the authorities. Yes, Putin and Medvedev have got a huge credit of trust of 70 percent. support. But it is illusory, because only 27 percent. Russians are ready to vote for Putin, and 20 percent. for Medvedev, if the election were being held for a week. A 43 per cent. Putin does not expect anything good. 67 percent. Russians believe that the country needed the opposition, 59 percent. demands a return to direct elections of governors and more than 82 percent. believes that power is above the law. Russia entered a period of instability and destruction of an alternative political unpredictability only deepens. European intellectuals may, at least, to warn their political elites, that calm is deceptive in Russia, and Russia’s unstable structure. Is to understand, you need to go to dinner with a Russian tandem?

Crowd. Marcin Wojciechowski

* Lilia Shevtsova is a well-known Russian political scientist working at the Moscow Carnegie Centre, a lecturer at many universities in Russia and abroad. Recently published a “one-eyed state. Why was not the West, Russia and why Russia’s so hard with the West” (2010).

Source: Gazeta Wyborcza

Israel Lobby’s Failure–Only a Small Minority Wants War With Iran

The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll

Americans don’t want war with Iran, don’t like what they see in Europe, and think our species is here to stay.

Which one of the following would be most likely to CAUSE YOU TO SUPPORT a U.S. war with Iran?
Only if Iran attacks U.S. soil 25% 19% 31% 23%
If Iran attacks the U.S. fleet 25 33 19 24
If Iran tests a nuclear bomb 11 15 6 12
If Iran attacks Israel 10 14 9 7

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Trickle Down Surveillance

Trickle Down Surveillance

The Pennsylvania spying scandal reveals a deeper problem with homeland security.

James F. Powers, Pennsylvania’s director of homeland security, was miffed. Somehow an intelligence bulletin discussing the activities of natural gas drilling opponents turned up on an online forum in early September, so Powers emailed the woman who posted it. The bulletin, he wrote her, was meant only for state and local law enforcement and for critical infrastructure owners, including businesses wrapped up in the state’s enormously profitable natural gas drilling industry. But since the bulletin was posted on an unsecured forum, anyone could access it. This was not good, Powers explained, because the bulletin could fall into the wrong hands. “We want to continue providing this support to the Marcellus Shale Formation natural gas stakeholders while not feeding those groups fomenting dissent against those same companies,” Powers wrote.

There was one big problem, however: Powers didn’t look at the forum. What he thought was a pro-drilling forum turned out to be the opposite and the woman, retired U.S. Air Force Officer Virginia Cody, a drilling opponent. In just one email, Powers inadvertently revealed that Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security had not only been monitoring the activities of law-abiding citizens who oppose natural gas drilling for fear of its environmental damage, but passing the information on to the companies involved in the drilling. Powers had chosen business interests over Pennsylvanians’ rights of free speech and association.

There was more. The state’s Office of Homeland Security didn’t generate the intelligence bulletin–a private contractor Powers hired did. Since 2009, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), a private intelligence firm with offices in Philadelphia and Jerusalem, was paid over $100,000 in a no-bid contract to create intelligence bulletins on possible threats to Pennsylvania’s critical infrastructure.

Apparently, the threats were everywhere. Aside from anti-drilling activists, the 137 bulletins ITRR produced reported on the activities of anarchists, animal rights activists, anti-war activists, black power activists, Federal Reserve critics, Tea Partiers, even groups associated with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s own education policies. In one ridiculously absurd bulletin, ITRR warned that “anarchists, anti-prison ideologues and Indian rights activists” were going to attack the federal prison in Lewisburg by clogging the prison’s phone lines with calls. In ITRR’s reports, anyone with a political cause or complaint, whether left or right, was eyed as a potential security threat.

After the leaked bulletin and Power’s email were passed to the press, public outrage and bipartisan condemnation from the state house ensued. On September 14, Gov. Rendell called a press conference where he apologized for violating Pennsylvanians’ civil rights, terminated ITRR’s contract, and then publicly released the 137 bulletins the firm had produced. Last Monday, both Powers and ITRR co-director Michael Perelman faced outraged state senators, some of whom called for Powers’ termination. And on Friday, Powers’ inevitable resignation came.

The public attention, contract termination, and Powers’ resignation all make it easy to say case closed: A homeland security bureaucrat overreached and fortunately he was smacked down by the state’s citizens and their elected representatives. But what Pennsylvania’s surveillance scandal shows is that a disturbing federal trend has trickled down to the states. In July, The Washington Post released its two-year investigation “Top Secret America.” The three-part series exposed how homeland security and intelligence have become big business at the expense of taxpayers. Currently, the federal government outsources a substantial amount of intelligence duties to unaccountable armies of contractors that produce redundant reports that are routinely ignored by the intelligence community. These reports remain secret, thus ensuring no public oversight, accountability, or fiscal responsibility.

The recent scandal in Pennsylvania looks eerily similar. For one, Pennsylvania’s state police already run an intelligence shop that monitors threats to the commonwealth. Even worse, spokespeople for both the state police and the attorney general’s office told the press that ITRR’s reports were ignored because they were valueless. “I would liken it to reading the National Enquirer,” the head of the state police’s criminal investigations division told a state Senate hearing last week. “Every so often they have it right but most of the time it is unsubstantiated gossip.” The reports often caused alarm and led police to waste manpower by chasing down phantom threats until state police told “local stations” to stop responding to the threats ITRR identified. Finally, the funds used by Powers to hire ITRR didn’t come from Pennsylvania, they came from the federal government, which has time and again said that creating a domestic intelligence apparatus at the state-level is a main priority to upset developing terrorism plots.

And Pennsylvania isn’t the only state using federal funds to hire a private firm to search the Internet for threats. Last year, the North Central Texas Fusion System headquartered in Collins County also found itself at the center of a controversy after a contractor drew up an intelligence bulletin that conflated the constitutionally protected activities of antiwar activists and American Muslims as a threat to the region. Like Pennsylvania, the contractor, ADB Consulting, also received no-bid contracts, but the fiscal damage was much worse. ADB Consulting had been paid at least $1.3 millionfor fusion center operations, primarily financed through federal funds. Much like what occurred in Pennsylvania, the county’s director of homeland security barred private contractors from writing the intelligence reports.

Much as the Post uncovered a secret world of widespread surveillance inside the federal government, the incidents in Pennsylvania and Texas suggest the same thing is happening inside the nation’s statehouses. Collected together, these incidents show that a vast, multi-tiered surveillance state is under construction, greased by federal funds and aided by private companies willing to fatten up on the public dime.

Addressing the state senate hearing last Monday, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski knocked Powers’ decision to hire ITRR. “This is one of the problems you have when you contract intelligence work to amateurs,” he said.

Fair enough, but Pawlowski missed the point. The real issue here isn’t that the government should have a monopoly on domestic intelligence gathering, it’s that such gathering shouldn’t be done at all.

Matthew Harwood is a writer living in Washington DC. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly and online at the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Truthout, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book about evangelical Christian rhetoric and aggressive U.S. foreign policy.

Big government bigger threat than Islamists

Big government bigger threat than Islamists

Matt Welch

In July, while publicizing his new book To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was challenged by NBC’s Matt Lauer to name federal government programs “you would be willing to cut right now to cut deficits.” After some throat clearing about his record in the 1990s, Gingrich offered up this weak sauce: “I would start and I’d go through this budget pretty dramatically and I would eliminate a great deal of federal bureaucracy. I would reform unemployment compensation. I would reform workman’s comp at the state level. I would have a very pro-jobs, very pro-savings, very pro-take-home-pay policy.”

You may recall candidate Barack Obama’s pledge to go through his budgets “line by line” to eliminate wasteful programs and enact a “net spending cut” while also lowering taxes of the middle classes and “reforming” various programs in ways that would magically reduce the deficit. We have seen how that movie played out.

The interview got worse. “Would you make cuts in Social Security and Medicare?” Lauer asked.

Gingrich: “No, no.”

The former GOP revolutionary is still able to flip the switch from foggy bureaucracy cutter to wonkishly specific policy chef when it comes to taxes. He wants to eliminate capital gains and inheritance taxes, reduce the corporate rate to 12.5 percent, and temporarily cut Social Security and Medicare taxes by 50 percent for both employers and workers. Some or all of these may be good ideas, but in the year 2010 if you’re not talking about hacking down the size of a government that every credible economist acknowledges will continue growing rapidly unless reformed, particularly via the entitlement programs that Gingrich refuses to touch, then you are not worthy of being taken seriously.

Unfortunately, Gingrich’s frivolity is not the exception on the Republican side of the aisle. In July NBC’s David Gregory put the same question to two allegedly rock-ribbed Texas conservatives, Rep. Pete Sessions and Sen. John Cornyn: “Name a painful choice that Republicans are prepared to say we have to make.”

Sessions went first: “Well, first of all, we have to make sure as we look at all we spend in Washington, D.C., with not only the entitlement spending, but also the bigger government we cannot afford anymore. We have to empower the free enterprise system.”

An exasperated Gregory tried again with Cornyn, who replied: “Well, the president has a debt commission that reports December the first, and I think we’d all like to see what they come back with.”

We’re not just talking about politicians’ fear of attaching their names to cuts in popular programs, although that’s certainly in play here. Professional Republicans, particularly in the Senate, no longer have the rhetorical reflex to reduce the size of government even by symbolic amounts.

Cornyn, for example, was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce the budget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by $3.5 billion. Nine GOP senators opposed Obama’s plans to trim just $812 million from Washington’s massive subsidy package for agribusiness, arguing in a joint letter that “cutting farm programs in the midst of an economic downturn sends the wrong signal to rural America.”

You want to see the wrong signal, senators? Turn to page 24, where some frightening three-dimensional charts will demonstrate how the thing you ignore is going to eat you in the end. Government spending and debt, in the current, near, and long term, are swallowing up the productive capacity of America’s wealth and ingenuity. The Congressional Budget Office, the International Monetary Fund, and even the administration’s senior economic officials all agree: The course we are on is unprecedented and unsustainable.

But you wouldn’t know it from listening to Newt Gingrich and John Cornyn. As the administration’s “Recovery Summer” was turning into an Endless Bummer of economic news as lousy as it was predictable, the two men—and countless other Republicans—focused like a laser beam on the real threat to the country: American Muslims proposing to build a prayer space and community center a couple of blocks away from the site of the World Trade Center.

Cornyn, who is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, warned that it was “unwise to build a mosque in the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as the result of a terrorist attack,” insisting that “this is not about freedom of religion.” (See, he was just asking, not telling, adherents of one of the world’s largest religions to refrain from exercising their property rights.) Cornyn crowed that the “Ground Zero mosque” would be a winning issue for Republicans come November. “It demonstrates that Washington, the White House, the administration, the president himself, seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America,” Cornyn told Fox News. “I think that’s one of the reasons why people are so frustrated.”

Gingrich was considerably worse. “There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia,” he said, in one of the worst examples you’ll see of a politician trying to define American values down. “Nazis,” he also argued, with a dashing lack of accuracy, “don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington.” The building project, he explained, is “a test to see if we have the resolve to face down an ideology that aims to destroy religious liberty in America, and every other freedom we hold dear.”

Gingrich and Co. aren’t just wrong about the mosque. They’re wrong about policy priorities. They should be considered no more reliable on the pressing issue of the day, restraining the leviathan of government, than Michael Moore should be trusted with dietary advice. There’s a reason why widespread disgust at the way Obama and the Democrats are running the country has not translated into enthusiasm for the unprincipled “American values” stew of 21st-century Republicanism.

Enough already. Are you serious about understanding the problem of ever-expanding government, let alone taking concrete action to slash it before it slashes you? Then keep this issue of reason in a secure location, bust out the funny-looking glasses, and show it to any friends and loved ones interested in attacking problems that actually matter, rather than ones that make for pointless culture-war clashes in the run-up to an election. We’re not just trying to scare you with 3D charts about the coming budgepocalypse; we’re trying to arm you with very specific proposals for cutting extraneous programs that drag down the economy, butt into American lives, and self-propagate like cancer. There are uplifting tales from past victories, warning shots about future choices, and a whole lot of blood and gore. Our tongue is in our cheek, but only because the stakes are deadly serious.

Infinitely more serious, at any rate, than desiccated political husks trying to ride the great pendulum of American politics as it swings rightward. Republicans will do anything to win midterm elections except the right thing: spelling out, with both programmatic detail and philosophical conviction, how government is obstructing freedom, bankrupting the country, and impeding the great transition from top-down dictation to individual autonomy. Some day that transition will come to government. But only after we insist on it.

Matt Welch ( is editor in chief of reason.

Claims by Baloch Nationalists of “Private Guantanamo” in Dera Bugti, Balochistan

The Drastic Situation in Dera Bugti, Balochistan

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Leader of Baloch Republican Party Siresh Bugti recently gave a statement in which he specified the drastic situation of Dera Bugti where recently Pakistani army is engaged in a door to door operation, harassing the unarmed civilians in the district of sui. According to him many civilians were arrested and taken to unknown places, he said that every house has been targeted in this search operation where forces are busy harassing the Baloch women and children.

He further stated that the so called Islamic state of Pakistan from the beginning started the genocide of Baloch nation. He said that Baloch activists are being killed and thrown in deserted places but the human rights organizations don’t even see us as human, as right now their loveable army is pulling out every young or old Baloch from sui to their torture house.

According to him in Sui a mole of Pakistani army named Ghulam Qadir and company has build up private jails where the Baloch liberation seekers are kept for torture treatment. He emphasized that Dera Bugti has become a breeding ground of torture and severe human rights violation are taken here on this very land of sui, he further stated that Pakistani forces and Pakistani Lashkar (Pakistan Created Baloch Lashkar) have been busy to make sui a hotbed of extremism against Baloch nation. He ended his statement by saluting the martyred that were tortured and killed by Pakistani forces.

It is to be noted here that an audio recording (A full proof) taken by gwank with the man Qadir Buksh also emphasized the name Ghulam Qadir and company has being a loyal force to Pakistani army and are running a torture house in Dera Bugti, Sui. The article can be found here Complete Story

Baloch nation and all the Baloch nationalist Parties are very much concern over the recent killings of missing persons but what concern Baloch nation more is why the international powers are silent over the genocide of Baloch nation. This question may spark an answer which Baloch nation has already written “That the international powers are blind and deaf because of Pakistan’s fake War on Terror Drama”.

So, How Much Did Petraeus’ Mistake Hurt NATO Supplies?

So, How Much Did Petraeus’ Mistake Hurt NATO Supplies?

By Steve Hynd

It’s inconceivable that last week’s cross-border incursions in to Pakistan by US helicopters – in which three Pakistani frontier guards were killed by American gunfire – could have been authorised anywhere but at the highest levels of NATO command in the region. Specifically, General David Petraeus would have had to green-light crossing the border.

Did he not get the memo from 2008, the last time such incursions caused five closures of supply routes through Pakistan in as many months as well as Pakistani threats to shoot down any further copters across the border, or did he just not care at the time? Did he not undrestand, as most anyone who watches the region does, that while drones flying from Pakistani bases may be one thing, manned incursions across the border that kill Pakistanis in uniform are quite another? As analyst Amil Khan, aka Londonistani, wrote on Friday:

The hostility of the Pakistani public to U.S. actions in the region is obvious. However, any Pakistani government, whether civilian or military, will have to cooperate with the United States while managing public anger towards its benefactor. This increases the chances of both governments being pushed into secret, backroom deals that are less open to scrutiny and more likely to compound difficulties when they are uncovered. It also pushes the Pakistani authorities into a corner where they are forced to undertake face-saving actions such as the suspension of the NATO supply lines.

Public opinion also matters when it comes to the army. In London a few months ago, I heard Anatol Lieven of Kings College answer a question about the likely outcomes of increased ISAF incursions into Pakistani territory by saying, “Two things are likely to happen; the Pakistani army’s rank and file may decide to sit on their rifles and disobey orders. Or, they may walk away with their weapons and decide to fight the intruders themselves.”

My conversations with young, lower-ranking military personnel suggest that Dr. Lieven is probably right. Young officers feel the country’s political leaders have given away the independence they have sworn to protect and tarnished the national pride their institution is supposed to embody. Under these circumstances, a military government would feel the same pressure – perhaps even more keenly. As imperfect as the U.S.-Pakistani military relationship is, a fracture in Pakistan’s army serves no one, and repeats dark murmurings about the United States’ ultimate plans to dismember Pakistan.

Military action is achieving little in this conflict. And although it might provide useful measures for justifying the conflict to war-weary publics and legislators, the ill thought-out use of violence is counter productive.

If the Saintly general didn’t care before, he certainly cares now. Petraeus ended up calling General Kayani of Pakistan to apologise personally. Twenty seven tankers of fuel went up in smoke in what Pakistani authorities were said to have described as “just an indication of what could happen if Pakistan were to stop providing security to the convoys.” Hundreds of further tankers and container trucks are sitting by the roadside still, vulnerable, as the closure of the Torkham border crossing continues. Pakistan is now saying, post Petraeus’ apology, that the crossing will reopen as soon as public anger dies down. However, even once Torkham re-opens I think we can expect a series of closures over the next few months – just as in 2008/09 – as the Pakistani military first “accidentally” looks the other way so that militants can attack convoys, then closes the crossings for “security reasons” as they pretend to “hunt” those same militants.

With reportedly about 50% of non-lethal supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan coming through just two crossings from Pakistan – and all of that via the port of Karachi – potential for disruption of NATO logistics is pretty high. (The 80% you will see in some press reports is outdated by a year and more.) The so-called Northern Distribution Network (NDN), handles 30% of all supply traffic and another 20% by air. However, the monthly average of non-fuel supplies through Pakistan is still 4,200 containers, compared with 1,457 by the NDN, and the bulk of the fuel delivered via the North is aviation gas rather than diesel and gasoline for ground vehicles and generators. The NDN is also far slower and far more costly.

Recently, supply traffic through Pakistan had been reduced by up to 80% by floodwaters which had only just abated enough for full traffic to resume. Now it has been halted again, even if temporarily. Although NATO officials keep saying that all of this hasn’t hurt operational effectiveness, NATO only keeps a maximum of 30 days logistic reserve in its vast storage facilities inside Afghanistan – a modern army eats up fuel and supplies like a black hole. Those reserves must have been seriously impacted at the very time the offensive in the Kandahar region – the key offensive of the US military’s COIN strategy – hits full swing.

It seems that either NATO is in serious danger of hitting a supply “wall” or it is hanging on only by moving supplies through the NDN – at somewhere between three and five times the cost, which taxpayers must pay. Shortages must eventually hit operational effectiveness, if not in Kandahar then in other regions which are less important. And the Pakistani populace and military have a whole new set of reasons to be pissed at the ongoing occupation in the country next door.

All because Petraeus got cocky and forgot or ignored what happened in 2008. Still, I’ve yet to see anything in the mainstream media that questions the Teflon General’s judgement in precipitating this course of events.

Why do they do it?

Why do they do it?

Why do they do it?

Reported by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

He constantly asks for sympathy, takes risks , lies to you and when caught shows no remorse.  It is unsettling, frightening. Somehow it is your own fault. But what or why would anyone do these things?  There is an answer.

The terms, “psychopathy”, “sociopath,” “sociopath,” and others refer to individuals who look human but, in elemental ways, are not. They harbor a condition which cuts them off from us. Their automatic emotional reactions, foundational to limiting wrong behavior, do not exist. These individuals emulate compassion, concern, affection, kindness and love – only to further their purposes. They feel no compunction about stealing, lying, or committing crimes to achieve their goals. They consistently demand sympathy, knowing perfectly well they deserve none.

They do not want or need sympathy. But they do need you to feel sorry for them, to want to help them. It is all manipulation, emotions emulated to get what they want. They know we feel sorry for them and project the existence of emotions they never feel, just another lie.
People catching their eyes report feeling a chill of fear, as if looking into the eyes of a predator. Psychopaths are predators among us. The pain and suffering of those around them mean nothing, is pleasure to them. Their motivations seem inexplicable to the emotionally normal, who comprise 96% of the population.
Psychopaths have no conscience.
Where before little was written on the condition outside of professional journals, now much more is known. This is changing.
The evidence, now mounting, indicates the condition has a genetic element which becomes activated when combined with the conditions in the life of the individual. The last few years have taken understanding of the condition known as ‘psychopathy’ to new levels.
While only 4% of the population have the condition Martha Stout, PhD., points out in her book, The Sociopath Next Door, you are likely to have contact with psychopathic individuals on many occasions during your life time. You therefore need to understand the danger signs.

Experts in the field of psychology have been researching the problem since 1980. Much is now known.

In 1999 Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. published Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us. Today, thanks to Robert Hare, David Kosson, Pd.D, and others, the means exist to reliably diagnose the condition. The test, carried out by qualified professionals, allows us the tools needed to understand and to take steps to help victims. The test, known as Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and the Hare Psychopathy Checklist when used by qualified professionals makes available the means to identify those with the condition. As with other tests it, presumably, will soon be commonly used in court proceedings.

Hare’s new book, Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work, written with Paul Babiak, Ph.D., and published in 2006, opens the issue of the impact of the condition on the workplace, including large corporations.

It has been estimated elsewhere that as many as 19% of those in upper management may be psychopathic.  Disturbingly, this may well also be true in higher levels of government given the  massive  cross over which exists at the highest levels of each. Logic supports the theory.
The test originated by Robert Hare has proven to be a valuable tool both to help victims and, increasingly, to open the door for victims to find justice. The work of Hare and his associates may, possibly, be used to the benefit of business and politics as well.
Psychopaths can impact us from every direction. For individual victims there is also hope.

Through the Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy website victims participate with clinicians, therapists and others to move on with understanding. The site provides a Forum for victims, clinicians, and therapists for discussion and could well become the hub needed to generalize understanding of the condition in the general public.

Reading books on the subject, such as the excellent work by Martha Stout, Ph. D., The Sociopath Next Door, provide tools and tests which you can use personally. Dr. Stout, a practicing psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, warns the reader to beware of those who fail the simple tests she outlines. Three lies and your out, is one of simple suggestions she proposes.
In dealing with the overall problem Stout raises other questions which are profoundly on point for all of us today.
On the question of war: Should sociopaths be tolerated as useful in time of war? Are we intentionally allowing psychopaths into the military? Perhaps recruiting them?
Has our toleration and ignorance smoothed the path for ugly behavior in other parts of our culture? What would a psychopath do, if elected to office? If they were the determining factor in deciding what matters, their profit or your health?
Have we considered the dangers the unchallenged presence of psychopaths present when combined with the tendency in most of us to defer to authority?
If winning is the only thing that matters there is nothing you will not do. Recognizing no limits, psychopaths ignore the damage to others. As any small, determined group can change the world for the good, as Margaret Mead said, so a small number of individuals could destroy it. We need, therefore to  limit the access of psychopaths to power while identifying them to the public.
A short tour through the books and the Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy site raise questions which may well open up new understanding of ourselves. As individuals, parents, activists, and businesspersons, as Americans, we need to know.