November 23, 2010
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Military tacticians and historians often make use of the term ‘tip of the spear.’ It refers to a combat force that is used to puncture the enemy’s initial lines of defense, to be quickly followed by concentrated forces which destroy any remaining threat.

Tactically, the tip of the spear is a bit of a blitzkrieg– an unexpected onslaught of firepower and destruction that takes the enemy by surprise, scatters his resources, and fractures his morale.

I’m convinced that what we’re seeing right now from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the tip of the spear in the government’s battle for increased control of the public.

The groundwork has been laid for years– legislation empowering the TSA has gradually eroded civil liberties to the point that airports in the United States have now become ‘no rights’ zones. “Please remove your shoes” has now become “Take out your prosthetic breast so I can check it for explosives.”

Passengers who show up to an airport in the United States are now given two options: (a) go through the radiation bath [don’t worry, the government says it’s safe…] and let the TSA see you naked, or (b) let the TSA thugs grope you and fondle your children’s genitals.

This is not enhanced security protocol, this is a systematic desensitization to government intrusion. The idea is to get people used to new procedures, then continue to add more layers of government control.

Certainly, people will complain. They will be outraged… YouTube videos will abound of TSA agents stroking women’s breasts and disrobing 5-year old boys. The government will hold firm, though, responding that the tactics are necessary and that they will ‘look into’ egregious violations.

To be clear, some of the tactics are designed to be scaled back as concessions. It’s like turning up the volume from 0 to 10… everyone starts screaming that it’s too loud, so the government turns it down to 8. People think, “ah, that’s not as bad…” and eventually become accustomed to the noise.

In time, the government turns it up from 8 to 20. People pour into the streets again, protesting until the government turns it down from 20 to 15. People once again become accustomed to the noise as the new normal. This cycle escalates until no one can remember the sound of silence any longer.

It’s fairly easy to do– there will always be politicians and bureaucrats who can invent stories about innocuous white powders and men in caves that scare the daylights out of people.

Similarly, there will always be long lists of sociopaths, perverts, and pedophiles who are attracted to a job description that authorizes them to grope, fondle, humiliate, and intimidate others.

And of course, there will always be spineless nincompoops who stand by without protest as their wives and children get violated by government agents… and then rationalize their inaction as a necessary sacrifice for safety.

When I was in Bali the other day, I was flipping through channels on the TV and saw Mike Huckabee interviewing Whoopi Goldberg on FoxNews. “Now there’s a couple of intellectual luminaries,” I thought to myself. Whoopi wasted no time in summing up her intellect when she had this to say of the TSA’s tactics:

“… if it’s going to keep me from getting blown out of the sky, you can check anything you want; and if you feel something you like and squeeze it… what am I going to do? [acknowledging laughter from Huckabee]”

This coming from a woman who used to be a prostitute speaking to a man who thinks the earth is 5,000 years old.

The fact is that body scanners are as ineffective at threat detection as metal detectors. Furthermore, the government has ruled out the idea of scanning air or seaborne cargo… because, clearly, cargo would never be a target. The little old lady with the prosthetic hip? Definitely. Cargo? No chance.

These tactics are not about security… they’re about submission, obedience, and cultivating the slave mentality– that people should be afraid of their government and happily yield to authority without question or hesitation.

To be fair, it’s not just in the US; I woke up this morning to a front page photo in the Wall Street Journal of a machine gun toting policeman in Germany cruising a passenger train because of some hackneyed terror threat. Much of the world is living in a similar state.

This is the tip of the spear, and what comes next can only be worse. I don’t say this to stir emotion or create a sense of panic, but rather to appeal to reason:

The threat is very clear– we need not fear men in caves or silly powders, but rather the malignant intentions of our governments and the perverse men who are attracted to its works. If these aren’t the clearest signs of a police state, I don’t know what else could be.

I’m really interested to hear from you about this– what have you experienced during recent travels? Are these offenses -finally- enough to make you consider leaving? If not, where is the limit?


Does This Mexican Compound House Tons of U.S. Spies?

[Spencer identifies the building at 265 Paseo de la Reforma as a compound; it looks more like a modern high-rise to me, complete with an enormous helicopter landing pad on the roof.  From Google “street view,” the street address is clearly seen on the front of this gigantic, super-secret lawman’s nest, which the CIA and the Pentagon both claim doesn’t exist.  Reminds me of the super-embassies that the State Dept. is throwing-up all over the world.]

FireShot Pro capture #128 - 'Paseo de La Reforma 265, Morelos, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mé - Google Maps' - maps_google_com_maps_hl=en&tab=wl

FireShot Pro capture #127 - 'Paseo de La Reforma 265, Morelos, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mé - Google Maps' - maps_google_com_maps_hl=en&tab=wl

Does This Mexican Compound House Tons of U.S. Spies?

Located just down the street from the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, this unassuming compound might house a smorgasbord of U.S. government agencies, devoted to spying on drug cartels, crime syndicates the Mexican security services and anyone else its inhabitants feel like. But Pentagon says the truth is much more boring.

In a recent story for Mexico’s Proceso, Jorge Carrasco A. and J. Jesús Esquivel introduced the world to the Office of Bi-National Intelligence, supposedly a joint U.S.-Mexico spy apparatus that isn’t so Bi in practice.

Located at 265 Paseo de la Reforma, the “super spy center” is home to (deep breath) the CIA; the FBI; the Department of Homeland Security; the Treasury; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the National Reconnaissance Office, the NSA; the Defense Intelligence Agency; and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Not evidently included: Mexican agencies.

That might be because Mexican Presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon authorized and stood up the office “without taking into account any objections from the Mexican military,” according to the Procesopiece, and allowed it to “spy on Mexican government agencies, including the Secretariat of National Defense, Navy, and the diplomatic missions in Mexico.”

The U.S. government says it’s doing nothing of the sort. Representatives from the Pentagon and the CIA say there is no Office of Bi-National Intelligence.

A Pentagon spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ditchey, says the compound is actually called the Bilateral Implementation Office for the Merida Initiative, a two-year old multimillion-dollar program providing U.S. aid to train Latin American law enforcement entities. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced its establishment in March 2009 during a Mexico City presser, and it opened its doors this past August 31.

“We have space within the office to use when we visit and attend coordination meetings,” Ditchey says, “however, we do not have personnel assigned there at this time.”

We’re told by a different government agency — cough — there aren’t any spies at the compound. Um, OK. But there appears to be information being exchanged at the facility. When announcing it, Clinton pledged that the Merida Initiative would “use every tool at our current disposal through administrative actions to track illegal guns, to arrest and punish those who are trafficking in illegal guns, to share more information with the Mexican Government so that they can also track and seize these guns.”

Since the establishment of Merida, the United States has become involved in Latin American efforts to stop the flow of drugs and guns to the tune of $1.3 billion. Roberta Jacobson, a senior State Department official for Latin American affairs, bragged in April about seizing “record amounts of drugs” from the cartels and “strengthening institutions, working with the Mexican government on the expansion of their national police.”

The United States has also provided Mexico with five Bell 412 Enhanced Performance helicopters for tracking and harassing the drug dealers — which has alarmed some in Mexico as a measure to even further militarize the increasingly violent struggle with the cartels.

And that’s what really concerns the Proceso writers. As the U.S. military increases its training efforts in Mexico, they write, “the Pentagon has brought counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism expertise from Iraq and Afghanistan to their offices in central Mexico.” Indeed, Robert Killebrew, a retired Army colonel now at the Center for a New American Security, argues that the best way to understand the rise in cartel violence across the Americas is through the prism of insurgency.

But Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been careful to avoid such characterizations. “In terms of helping Mexico, we’re prepared to help the Mexicans insofar as they want our help. They are a sovereign state,” he said in Bolivia yesterday. I would say that our military relationship is probably better now than it has been ever. But there are still obvious sensitivities in Mexico and we have to be attentive to those.”

Still, should the United States ratchet up its aid to Mexico — or move firmly into spycraft down there — 265 Paseo de la Reforma is likely to be where it’s coordinated.

Image: GoogleMaps

Relatives of Chabad Victims on 26/11: Obtain U.S. court summons for ISI chief Pasha, and Terrorist Saeed

26/11: U.S. court summons ISI chief, Saeed


A U.S. court has issued summons to senior Inter-Services Intelligence officials including its powerful chief Maj. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, along with Mumbai attack masterminds and Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi in response to a lawsuit filed by relatives of two American victims accusing them of providing material support for the 26/11 attacks.

The 26-page lawsuit was filed before a New York Court on November 19 against the ISI and LeT by the relatives Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who were both gunned down by militants at the Chhabad House in Mumbai. Their son Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny.

The 26-page lawsuit accusing the ISI of aiding and abetting the LeT in the killing of more than 160 people was filed before a New York Court on November 19, following which the Brooklyn court issued summons to Major Samir Ali, Azam Cheema, the ISI, Major Iqbal, Lakhvi, LeT, Sajid Majid, Mr. Pasha, Saeed and Nadeem Taj.

“The ISI has long nurtured and used international terrorist groups, including the LeT, to accomplish its goals and has provided material support to the LeT and other international terrorist groups,” said the lawsuit filed by relatives of the slain Rabbi.

Mr. Pasha, who has been director general of the ISI since September 2008, has been summoned, so is Nadeem Taj, the director general of ISI from September 2007 to September 2008.

Major Iqbal and Major Samir Ali are other ISI officers who have been issued summons.

The one of its kind lawsuit also brings as defendants Lashkar operatives like operations commander Lakhvi, JuD chief Saeed, and Azam Cheema.

“The Mumbai terrorist attack was planned, trained for and carried out by members of defendant, the LeT. Defendant ISI provided critical planning, material support, control and coordination of the attacks,” the lawsuit alleges.

It accuses ISI officers Mr. Pasha, Mr. Taj, Maj. Iqbal and Major Ali of being purposefully engaged in the direct provision of material support or resources including weapons and explosives.

“On and prior to November 26, 2008, the ISI, Pasha, Taj, Iqbal and Ali (as well as other officials, agents and employees of the ISI) directed, engaged and/or relied upon the efforts of U.S.-based individuals, including but not limited to David Headley and Tahawwur Rana, for raising funds, building a network of connections, recruiting participants and planning the operation of the Mumbai terror attack,” the lawsuit claims.

Noting that the LeT still operates training camps in Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan, the petition said the group has openly advocated violence against India, Israel and the United States.

It names Muridke, Manshera and Muzaffarabad as centres of training camps operated by the LeT.

The 10 LeT members who undertook the on-the-ground Mumbai terrorist attack underwent extensive training in the LeT camps in Pakistan, the lawsuit alleged.

It also says that Pakistani American LeT operative David Headley, who has already pleaded guilty for his role in the plotting of the attack, built a network of connections from Chicago to Pakistan, undertaking these efforts at the direction and with the material support of both LeT and the ISI.

Prior to and following each trip to Mumbai, Headley reported to and received further instructions from both the LeT, including defendants Majid and Maj. Iqbal, and the ISI, it alleges.

“In September 2008, the 10 LeT attackers were moved to Karachi and installed in an ISI/LeT safe house and isolated from outside contact,” it said, adding that while staying in the Karachi safe house, they received specific instructions on Mumbai targets.

The safe house was part of the ISI’s “Karachi Project,” an initiative by which anti-Indian groups were tasked and supported by the ISI in a surreptitious fashion to engage in acts of international terrorism.

“During the period Headley communicated with and took directions from the ISI regarding the Mumbai plot, defendant Taj, as ISI’s Director-General, exerted full command and control over the ISI.

“During the final two months of training of the LeT attackers and throughout the attack, defendant Pasha exerted full command and control over the ISI,” it alleged.

During the Mumbai attacks, the lawsuit alleges defendant Majid along with other LeT men operated from a mission control room in Karachi, passing instructions and encouragement to the attackers via telephone.

“By reason of the foregoing, LeT, Saeed, Lakhvi, Cheema and Majid are each liable to each plaintiff, individually and as the personal representative and/or surviving family member of their decedents, for compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, such amount to be determined by a jury,” it said.

The “Legitimate Press” Almost Gets It On Afghanistan

[If you didn’t read past the second paragraph, the following would be interesting news.  As it is, the author then honors her Washington press credentials and blames our losing the Afghan war on everybody but us.  My point in posting it is the issue of fake “Taliban.”  Anytime the legitimate press raises this topic I feel that we should all join in.  The British creation of this fake Taliban negotiator, “Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour” is just the British “Plan B” to their failed attempt to create the “fake Taliban” (SEE: What exactly were Mervyn Patterson and Michael Semple doing in Helmand?).  I guess that I shouldn’t consider Patterson and Semple’s efforts as “failures,” since they DID accomplish their objective by creating the fake “Taliban,” the Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP).  They seem to be stuck on the name “Mansour,” since they used infamous Taliban warlord Mullah Dadullah’s little brother Mansour for their gambit in Wana, S. Waziristan (SEE: Dissecting the Anti-Pakistan Psyop).

The spooks have a tendency to reuse aliases and psy-ops over and over.  That makes it easier for us to spot the “anomalies” that they create in our Matrix world.

“A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix; it happens when they change something”—Trinity.]

The Great Game Imposter

The Great Game Imposter By MAUREEN DOWD / NY times
And we wonder why we haven’t found Osama bin Laden.







Though we’re pouring billions into intelligence in Afghanistan, we can’t even tell the difference between a no-name faker and a senior member of the Taliban. The tragedy of Afghanistan has descended into farce. In the sort of scene that would have entertained millions if Billy Wilder had made a movie of Kipling’s “Kim,” it turns out that Afghan and NATO leaders have been negotiating for months with an imposter pretending to be a top Taliban commander — even as Gen. David Petraeus was assuring reporters that there were promising overtures to President Hamid Karzai from the Taliban about ending the war.
Those familiar with the greatest Afghan con yet say that the British had spent a year developing the fake Taliban leader as a source and, despite a heated debate and C.I.A. skepticism, General Petraeus was buying into it. The West was putting planes and assets at the poseur’s disposal, and paying him a sum in the low six figures.

Karachi: The underside of a scandal that has rocked the French Republic

Karachi: The underside of a scandal that has rocked the Republic

Le Nouvel Observateur is back this week on the political issue what has become the investigation into the attack in Karachi. After the declarations of Charles Million and those of Dominique de Villepin, the investigations of the judges have just taken a new turn. They highlight a war that tore the right.

  • Jacques Chirac et Dominique de Villepin (AFP) Jacques Chirac and Dominique de Villepin (AFP)

The old ghosts have reappeared as devils in their box. Those cursed at the time of the Chirac-Balladur war, hatred annealed, the dirty tricks, large and small betrayals, which had plunged the French right in a suicidal battle. That was more than fifteen years. The 1995 presidential election. An eternity. Since, after the victory of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007, both sides observed a peace army, believed to be final. In fact, nothing has been forgotten. It was enough of a spark. The case of the attack in Karachi, which killed eleven of our compatriots, May 8, 2002, refers to this major confrontation between Chirac’s and balladuriens, sarkozystes become today. And old scandals buried, and suffocated, emerge. Dominique de Villepin, Clearstream, the specter of war chest of Balladur, dirty money from arms sales, the alleged role of future President Sarkozy in gloomy stories of shell companies and retro-commissions. An explosive issue that follows the Elysee under the microscope. He reappears at a worse time for the President of the Republic comes out just the "sequence" catastrophic Woerth-Bettencourt. The tenant of the Elysee Palace, after six months of indecision, chose a reshuffle "light" and tasteless, but had one goal: resolder family around sarkozystes UMP and Chirac’s. The case of Karachi could be shattered this beautiful scenario. For, cruel irony of history: his key ministers today, Alain Juppe (see interview page …), Michele Alliot-Marie, Baroin, Bruno Lemaire, and some others, have all experienced the clashes. The opposite side. The first two, in varying degrees, have experienced very closely the record deal that judges and Trévidic Marc Renaud Van Ruymbeke.


Brief history. 1993-1995, right Chirac lives with Francois Mitterrand. Edouard Balladur, Prime Minister, prancing in the polls, betraying the agreement with Jacques Chirac not to stand for election. He brings with him Nicolas Sarkozy, Francois Leotard, Charles Pasqua and a host of other ministers. The Chirac’s are a handful of faithful, irreducible described as "suicidal Grunts".Among them, Dominique de Villepin, Alain Juppe. Problem for Balladur: the "traitors" have failed to seize the RPR and can not qualify for funding a political party. In disasters, they are seeking funds. At the time, rumor has thinned the ranks of Chirac’s team that Balladur was thrown arms shortcuts on arms sales contracts, sector where huge commissions are paid, and where the opacity of transactions allows all manipulation. The prosecution is based?Anyway, in 1994, balladuriens are very active in this sector.

The three cases that gave rise to suspicions? The contract Agosta, concluded September 21, 1994, related to the sale to Pakistan by the Directorate of Naval Construction, three submarines equipped with high technology (5.4 billion). Sawari II contract, signed November 19, 1994, concerning the purchase by Saudi Arabia of three frigates Lafayette (19 billion francs). The third contract, called "Bravo" is the sale of six Lafayette frigates to Taiwan. It is initialed on the left, to 14.7 billion francs in 1991, then, to the surprise of experts, under the Balladur government, amounted to 16 billion francs.During this period a little agitated, many senior defense officials at the Directorate General of Armament, but also to the staff of the Navy, surprised the excess precipitation policies. And also the impromptu appearance of a multitude of intermediaries. Observers point out these anomalies. In vain. Suspicions of retro-commissions balladuriens are then practically an open secret. Must still prove it. Because, officially, these three contracts, supervised by Nicolas Sarkozy, then budget minister, and Francois Leotard, Minister of Defence, are validated properly. Commissions, legal until 2000, are declared to the Inland Revenue (see page document …). Nothing can detect a lump of dirty money in a box of party or candidate for President of the Republic. But suspicions remain.

Elected in 1995, Jacques Chirac blocked in July 1996, payments of commissions for all the questionable contracts. Dominique de Villepin, the then Secretary General of the Elysee, oversees this "purge". Charles Millon, Minister of Defence, is responsible for triggering internal investigations. Some plays are performed on employees of Francois Leotard and other logically with the green light from Alain Juppe, the Matignon. An investigation is launched at the Budget Department, which operated Nicolas Sarkozy (see document …). The DGSE is mobilized to try backtracking payment of commissions. The Secret Service, despite their infiltration systems data bank, their most successful hackers, stumbles on the identity of "corrupt" French, hidden behind a thicket of offshore companies, a myriad of nominees and company screen-based in tax havens.Finally, Jacques Chirac and Dominique de Villepin, a time forget their resentment against the "traitors", not without putting the sound files they have sulfur in the elbow against Sarkozy and his friends. "It is especially important to remember that in 1997, Jospin arrived at Matignon, said a former officer of the DGSE. The new cohabitation complicates the game because Chirac has more elbow room for further investigation. It is supervised. Especially since the left is itself involved in the issue of Taiwan frigates, with suspicions of corruption around Roland Dumas and Christine Deviers-Joncour, back then followed by Judge Eva Joly. As a result, the operation ‘Clean Hands’ is put to sleep … " Forget the three contracts that were threatening to blow up the Republic … The reason the State then carries the low political revenge.

Occurs when the attack in Karachi, May 8, 2002, where eleven employees of the Directorate of Naval Construction of Cherbourg in the death, Jacques Chirac has just been reelected. The shock was immense in the opinion. Soon, the leaders of the DCN are convinced that the tragedy is linked to the blocking of committees and that the trail of a revenge sponsored cheated by middlemen is most likely. In September 2002, one of their investigators, Claude Thevenet, a former officer of DST, a terrorism expert and the Muslim world, provides a report, called "Nautilus" incredibly accurate. "After numerous contacts, both in Europe and Pakistan," wrote the investigator, we reach the conclusion that the attack in Karachi on 8 May 2002 was carried out with complicity in the military and within offices to support Islamist guerrillas of the ISI (Pakistani Secret Service, Ed). The military figures who manipulated the Islamist group which has carried out the action pursued a financial goal. It was about getting the payment Fees not paid, and promised by the network El Asir when signing the contract in September 1994. The cancellation of these commissions was issued in 1995, following the political change in France, and sought to dry up the networks covert funding of the Association for the Reform of Édouard Balladur. "

Claude Thevenet has not worked alone. He was "coached" by Gerard Philippe Menai, CFO of the commercial arm of DCN, the man who oversees the network of intermediaries and payment of commissions. This specialist behind the scenes of world arms sales knows any dealings cheated by intermediaries since Operation Clean Hands "by Jacques Chirac. But revealing such information would cause an earthquake in the country. The report Nautilus he was sent to the Elysee, as seems logical? Dominique de Villepin said he had a copy in the fall of 2002? In any case, it is buried in the cellar of state secrets and is not sent to Judge Bruguiere following the trail of Al Qaeda. The scenario suits everyone. Despair and the families of victims. In 2008, their spokespersons, and Sandrine Leclerc Magali Drouet, decided to change lawyers and designate Me.Olivier Morice. Paris Bar, the lawyer, former rugby third center, contemporary art lover, has a reputation bomber and a maverick. This is great: to move this folder that gets stuck, it takes a man that is not afraid to "plunge into the fray." He hammered for months on the formula shock all media: "Sarkozy is at heart of corruption." The lawyer made the thundering seat of Judge Marc Trévidic, anti-terrorist judge known for his pugnacity and his composure. The first is hometown and lover of good wine. The second is built like a marathoner, dry and tireless. The two men discover the existence of the report Nautilus, thanks to a revelation of the weekly Le Point, December 4, 2008. Since then they searched the track in the middle of vengeance shortchanged without qualms. In May 2010, they are helped by the publication of a book written by two journalists from the site Mediapart, Ardi and Fabrice Fabrice Lhomme, "The Contract", published by Stock. The book is a goldmine for the magistrate, and a model of investigative journalism "American." The two investigators have recovered hundreds of documents, interviewed key players back, including Gerard Philippe and Claude Thevenet Menai. They also interviewed at length by a man never heard justice, key witness for the inquiry, the Comptroller General Porchia. This senior official of the Directorate General of Armament, which specializes in monitoring programs, investigated the case Agosta, from the summer of 1997, the beginning of the Chirac-Jospin cohabitation. It makes a "confidential defense" in March 1999. Its conclusions are unequivocal: we must institute criminal proceedings in the highest level, even in the entourage of Francois Leotard. Is this the report that prompted the former defense minister to quit politics?

In the process, the officer will investigate the contract Sawari 2. We find in fact the same network of intermediaries in the case Agosta, the network K, El Asir, and Ziad Ben Musalam Takieddine. Refusal of the authorities. The report Porchia, strangely, was never brought to justice. Marc J. calls Trévidic the past six months. Contrary to the assertions of the highest state authorities, to the Elysee, nothing has been done to facilitate the task of the magistrate. Instead … But Magali Drouet and Sandrine Leclerc did not intend it that way. They multiply media interventions. They have a grudge against Nicolas Sarkozy since he awkwardly responded to Brussels, a journalist from AFP’s questions on his role in the affair. "Who can believe such a fable? (…) Finally, if there is a robbery in Brussels today, I was …" (Laughter in room) The President drops a sly smile, pleased with his joke, then, including his blunder: "No, sorry, eh, I laugh at all, because Karachi is the grief of families and stuff like that … " (Video nouvelobs.com). Front of their television, families are appalled. With this President too casual, "rupture" is used.

Then comes the record another actor, Renaud Van Ruymbeke, appointed since October on the component ‘obstruction "and" corruption and abuse of social goods "in the investigation Karachi, alongside Marc Trévidic . For victims, the arrival of Renaud Van Ruymbeke is a blessing. For the Head of State, however … "Van Ruymbeke can be regarded as a personal enemy of Sarkozy, said an adviser. The President has not forgotten that this judge has officiated in the Clearstream affair and sought his smoky secret accounts. Van Ruymbeke is in revenge. On its political corruption, he came out through the door, he came back out the window … It is not clear that justice would be greatly enhanced … "In Within a few weeks, the judge many actions punches, claiming a search of the DGSE, recovers the tax investigations, collects records of Claude Thevenet and those of Jean-Marie Boivin, CEO Heine-off society Luxembourg shore responsible for ventilating the money committees of the three suspects contracts, Agosta, Sawari 2 and Bravo. This last contract, he knows by heart. He has investigated for years on dirty money from Taiwan frigates, which involved balladuriens networks, but also socialist. He hit consistently at the Secret-defense that led him to pronounce a place not in 2008. But this time, the case seems more solid.

That is indeed to update the judge? Jean-Marie Boivin, in September 2001, was commissioned by the French authorities to negotiate an arrangement with the intermediary Andrew Wang, Geneva, and once he had handed over the sum of 83 million francs against his silence and refund of the original contracts of all commissions for Taiwan frigates. Prudent, Boivin retained the document in his safe at UBS in Zurich. In the middle of intermediaries, such sprained blocking commissions by Jacques Chirac caused outrage and anger.DCN and some contacts with the Department of Defense are then threatened with retaliation. "The trail of a revenge cheated network, namely that of the Lebanese and Saudi Assir El Sheikh Ali bin Musalam, is more plausible, says a police officer in charge of the investigation. The two men were very close Pakistani intelligence services and Islamic terrorist networks. Musalam Ben Ali, who died in 2004, curiously, in unknown conditions, was known to fund the most radical movements in Pakistan. Was he the victim of a homo operation, execution, by the French at that time?

Other key information collected by the judges in the fall of 2004, surrounded by Clearstream affair, Boivin is ousted from all contracts for the DCN. Reason: it is feared that the money ventilated commissions, it filtered through a sub-account of the Clearstream bank (see note Gérard-Philippe Menai) is spotted and identified beneficiaries. Furious, Boivin threatens to reveal the contents of his trunk. He claims 8 million euros. The direction of the DCN refuses to pay, considering the exorbitant sum. Boivin wrote to Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy. According to Boivin, emissaries of the latter would have visited October 26, 2006, threatening him if he did not keep his tongue and if he does not destroy the famous documents locked in his safe in Zurich (see page document) . Boivin, frightened, then decided to make an appointment with Me Claude Arnaud, friend and partner of Nicolas Sarkozy over twenty years. The latter firmly rebuffed. That have said the two men?

A few weeks later, against the opinion of management of the DCN, Boivin the blackmailer is successful. In January 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding is signed on the Isle of Man between DCN, Thales and the French state. Since then, Luxembourg has been muted. What state secrets he will reveal to the judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke when it wants to hear? With Judge Trévidic, the magistrate Financial much left to do.From fishing to documents first. Retrieve the deliberations of the Constitutional Council, which in 1995 had approved the accounts of Edouard Balladur against the advice of rapporteurs (see article by Olivier Tosca).Then, to consolidate all documents "Secret Defense" that Nicolas Sarkozy has suddenly promised to deliver to the magistrates, whose eavesdropping on DGSE clan Balladur. And so, irony of history, Nicolas Sarkozy himself had been tapped in 1995? The King of hearings is just beginning …

Serge Raffy

“Borg-man” To Watch His Own Back

The NYU Professor With a Third Eye

By Matthew Uhlmann

Ever have a teacher in grade school tell you they had eyes in the back of their head? A performance artist and professor at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts implanted a camera in back of his head as an allegory for the things that we never see and leave behind.

Wafaa Bilal will wear a small camera in the back of his skull for an art project that will appear at the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, titled “The 3rd I.”

The camera is 2 inches wide and one inch thick. It will make Bilal look like a very low tech cyborg, and for a man of Middle Eastern descent, surely he’ll be completely screwed at allTSA security checkpoints. Other than a Turban or a Burqa, The only greater bullseye for a TSA agent is probably a piece of electronic equipment projecting from the body.

Airport security concerns aside, the art piece is one of several by the NYU professor that are not only controversial, but seemingly approachable, avoiding unnecessary abstraction. He tattooed a map of Iraq on his back for a piece titled “…And Counting”, with American deaths dotted in regular ink and Iraqi deaths dotted in UV ink, only detectable under blue light.

Not only is his work politically relevant, it is also a testament to his being something of a hard-ass.

Besides the tattoo piece, he did another in 2007 titled “Domestic Tension”. For the piece, viewers were allowed to shoot Bilal with paintballs over a 24 hour period. Soon after, the Chicago Tribune named him Artist of The Year.

In 2008, he designed a video game piece titled “Virtual Jihadi” that would eventually be censored from the city of Troy, NY. The game narrative involved him as the main character of a suicide bomber hunting former President Bush. Bilal said it was meant to point out the hateful stereotypes that are injected into modern video games like “Call of Duty” or “Quest For Saddam.”

The art piece will be unveiled on December 15th in Qatar, and it will also be streamed onBilal’s site. It may turn out to be less entertaining than a video game and less masochistic than a full body tattoo, but it will mark the first performance art piece by a man/machine hybrid.

The Birth of A.I.?

MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors

DARPA’s new memristor-based approach to AI consists of a chip that mimics how neurons process information



Page 12345 // View All

Illustration: Chad Hagen

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: In the near future, we’ll be able to build machines that learn, reason, and even emote their way to solving problems, the way people do.

If you’ve ever been interested in artificial intelligence, you’ve seen that promise broken countless times. Way back in the 1960s, the relatively recent invention of the transistor prompted breathless predictions that machines would outsmart their human handlers within 20 years. Now, 50 years later, it seems the best we can do is automated tech support, intoned with a preternatural calm that may or may not send callers into a murderous rage.

So why should you believe us when we say we finally have the technology that will lead to a true artificial intelligence? Because of MoNETA, the brain on a chip. MoNETA (Modular Neural Exploring Traveling Agent) is the software we’re designing at Boston University’s department of cognitive and neural systems, which will run on a brain-inspired microprocessor under development at HP Labs in California. It will function according to the principles that distinguish us mammals most profoundly from our fast but witless machines. MoNETA (the goddess of memory—cute, huh?) will do things no computer ever has. It will perceive its surroundings, decide which information is useful, integrate that information into the emerging structure of its reality, and in some applications, formulate plans that will ensure its survival. In other words, MoNETA will be motivated by the same drives that motivate cockroaches, cats, and humans.

Researchers have suspected for decades that real artificial intelligence can’t be done on traditional hardware, with its rigid adherence to Boolean logic and vast separation between memory and processing. But that knowledge was of little use until about two years ago, when HP built a new class of electronic device called a memristor. Before the memristor, it would have been impossible to create something with the form factor of a brain, the low power requirements, and the instantaneous internal communications. Turns out that those three things are key to making anything that resembles the brain and thus can be trained and coaxed to behave like a brain. In this case, form is function, or more accurately, function is hopeless without form.

Basically, memristors are small enough, cheap enough, and efficient enough to fill the bill. Perhaps most important, they have key characteristics that resemble those of synapses. That’s why they will be a crucial enabler of an artificial intelligence worthy of the term.

The entity bankrolling the research that will yield this new artificial intelligence is theU.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). When work on the brain-inspired microprocessor is complete, MoNETA’s first starring role will likely be in the U.S. military, standing in for irreplaceable humans in scout vehicles searching for roadside bombs or navigating hostile terrain. But we don’t expect it to spend much time confined to a niche. Within five years, powerful, brainlike systems will run on cheap and widely available hardware.

How brainlike? We’re not sure. But we expect that the changes MoNETA will foment in the electronics industry over the next couple of decades will be astounding.

Artificial intelligence hasn’t stood still over the past half century, even if we never got the humanlike assistants that some thought we’d have by now. Computers diagnose patients over the Internet. High-end cars help keep you from straying out of your lane. Gmail’s Priority Inbox does a pretty decent job of prioritizing your e-mails.

But even the most helpful AI must be programmed explicitly to carry out its one specific task. What we want is a general-purpose intelligence that can be set loose on any problem; one that can adapt to a new environment without having to be retrained constantly; one that can tease the single significant morsel out of a gluttonous banquet of information the way we humans have evolved to do over millions of years.  (read HERE)