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Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:21 AM

Economy

As online ads fail, sites mine cryptocurrency (Yoxa)

The trend emerged in September, yet it's making news this week thanks to Twitter user Noah Dinkin spotting a Starbucks location overtaxing its customers' machines to mine for the cryptocurrency Monero (without their knowledge). The Starbucks reward site for Argentina was using its portal to run Coinhive's code (by way of injecting scripts, like a malware attack) to farm Monero coins on Starbucks customers who were using the coffee giant's wifi. Starbucks still hasn't responded to public inquiries about the cryptocurrency miner, causing speculation that the company may be purposely doing the illicit mining.

Estonia, the Digital Republic (tmn)

In the '90s, Estonia and the US had approached a fork in the road to a digital future, and the U.S. had taken one path...while Estonia had taken the other.

State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal (jdargis)

"The FCC's vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers and to everyone who cares about a free and open Internet," Schneiderman said. "The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving Internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers. Today's rollback will give ISPs new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. That's a threat to the free exchange of ideas that's made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process."

The Taking: How the federal government abused its power to seize property for a border fence (jdargis)

An investigation by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune shows that Homeland Security cut unfair real estate deals, secretly waived legal safeguards for property owners, and ultimately abused the government’s extraordinary power to take land from private citizens.

ISPs won’t promise to treat all traffic equally after net neutrality (tmn)

What actually matters is which policies ISPs say they’ll keep in the future, and few are making commitments about that. In fact, all of the companies we contacted (with the exception of Google) have supported the FCC’s plan to remove the current net neutrality rules. And one has to ask: if ISPs really plan to voluntarily follow those rules in the future, then why did they want to see them overturned? It’s clear that there must be some restrictions that we’ll ultimately see ISPs start to break.

How To Rebuild Puerto Rico (jdargis)

I arrived on the island about a week after the storm, when the sole focus of the relief effort was triage, and when everyone was trying to grade the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response in distributing food and water, tending to the wounded, and helping restore electricity. When I returned to travel around the island a second time, in mid-November, people didn’t care so much about what FEMA was or wasn’t doing, as if focusing too much on that was to miss the point of this particular recovery. Nearly everyone I spent time with—families piecing together their lives, farmers rebuilding their businesses, even aid volunteers—agreed that the future of Puerto Rico depends on more than simply mending what Maria destroyed.

"We'll Deal with the Consequences Later": The Cajun Navy and the Vigilante Future of Disaster Relief (jdargis)

Ben and his father spent their first day driving supplies like water and diapers to Houston. The next day, his wife, a nurse who had joined him on missions before, told him it looked like there was trouble in Port Arthur, Texas, three hours west of Baton Rouge. Ben connected with a local judge who was helping organize the rescue and recovery efforts and told him he had 15 boats under his command and was ready to help.

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Real conspiracies

After reading about all the conspiracy theories that have been discussed here and elsewhere, I recently was directed to a film that would be a champion of conspiracy theories if it weren't verified truth.  I have traced the trajectory of lies and conspiracy theories that led to the current Republican nightmare known as the Trump administration to the Reagan and possibly as far back as the Nixon administrations.  I was wrong only in longevity.  As it turns out, the real story consumes most of the time I've been alive, from Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his infamously corrupt lawyer, Roy Cohn, through Nixon and Reagan to Gingrich to Trump and his cast of (yes, I'll say it) deplorables and to the far right as it is made up today.  It is a tale of treachery, lies, fake news and conspiracy theories made up out of whole cloth by the one man who may have had as much influence on American politics as anyone short of FDR.  Roger Stone.  Although I have heard the name bandied about and seen videos of some of his more outrageous recent pronouncements, I had no idea how pervasive his influence has been.  He is corruption personified and his philosophical progeny are all over the far right media today.

The film is named "Get me Roger Stone."  You can find in on Netflix.

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I'll take verified truth for 100 Alex!

So in other words,  a "legitimate conspiracy theory"  is one that aligns with your political beliefs within the fake right/ left political theater that we are subjected to because Americans have lost their ability for critical thinking not to mention a basic grasp of physics and logic and live in a sea of mainstream propaganda.

Why am I not surprised?

 

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"Legitimate" conspiracy theory?

No, this is legitimate history, mostly admitted to and even bragged about by Stone. This guy is a walking pustule and proud of it.

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step 1

Well, step 1 is getting Doug to come on board with the concept that there really are things like this operating in plain sight.  Give him one that he can accept (one that fits neatly into the comfortable left/right narrative - with the bad guy being on the right) and that will start him down the dark path...

So I say, Welcome Doug to Conspiracy Land!

Here are a few more verified "historical conspiracies":

* Operation Northwoods - anti-Cuba false flag operation rejected by Kennedy

* Babies in Incubators - thought-shaping event that helped get us to invade Iraq.

* Tonkin Gulf - "shooting at the whales" - got us into Vietnam

* WMD In Iraq - Got us into Iraq again

* The Missile Gap - Fake Analysis from the CIA during the cold war that scared the US into a massive missile construction program.

* The Bomber Gap - Fake Analysis from the CIA during the cold war that scared the US into a massive bomber construction program.

I can't help noticing a pattern here.  In the modern age, whenever we find ourselves scared into war, there is always deception involved - deception engineered by "the forces" that seem to want us to be at war.

It is, of course, possible that our endless War on Terror is the sole exception, and that 9/11 was simply a lucky break that gave the warmongers the excuse to pass the Patriot Act along with the AUMF that got our country into endless war on a noun.

A war, incidentally, that was prosecuted with equal enthusiasm by Evil Bush 2 as well as Saint Obama the Kind.  (Having voted for Saint Obama, this observation helped me to separate from that left/right narrative that I was trapped in before)

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Watch the damn film

I can only assume that neither of the responders has actually watched the film given the non-responsiveness of your posts.

I've never denied that actual conspiracies have existed and still exist.  What I question vehemently is that there is some shadowy dark force that variously includes Jews, the "deep state", neocons, the Illuminati or whatever other unidentifiable groups that can possibly be attached to any specific incident.

To me it is telling that given the crazy number of conspiracy theories that have sprung up around the granddaddy of conspiracy theories, 9/11, that not one actual suspect has been named out of the literally hundreds (probably thousands) of people, before and after the event, whose participation would have been necessary to pull it off and keep it hidden.  

It is no great secret that we have been lied to by our government on occasion, some listed by Dave.  But it is also true that our current liar-in-chief and his minions of me-toos are never called out here despite the flagrant and nonstop string of lies they have spewed since his campaign and administration.  Now there's a real conspiracy and we know who the suspects are.  They include Roger Stone.  Where's the criticism of this merry band of maniacs and nincompoops?  Where are they leading us?  War with N. Korea?  War with Iran?  Stay tuned folks, the fun is just beginning.

 

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I can name plenty
Doug wrote:

To me it is telling that given the crazy number of conspiracy theories that have sprung up around the granddaddy of conspiracy theories, 9/11, that not one actual suspect has been named out of the literally hundreds (probably thousands) of people, before and after the event, whose participation would have been necessary to pull it off and keep it hidden.  

I'm stumped why you consider that "telling" but here's a partial list of people I would love to see hauled up on a court stand and asked a lot of questions that they'd be obligated to  answer.  No pleading the fifth allowed, and no secret testimony.

Public, and hard hitting.

In no particular order:

 

  • Dick Cheney
  • Robert Mueller
  • The head of NORAD at the time
  • The Justice department official who released the Dancing Five
  • The FBI agent who "found" the passport
  • Whoever loaded the "Building 7 has collapsed" text into the BBC teleprompter (and follow that chain as far as it needs to go)
  • The NIST scientists and bureaucrats involved in the WTC 7 modeling and whoever made the decision on day one  that explosives were *not* going to be tested for...
  • Rumsfled
  • Pearl, Feith, etc.
  • Whoever made the order to begin logistics preparations for the Afghan war months before 9/11

I could go on and on.

None of these people were ever questioned under oath on the stand facing severe penalties for lying by an investigator armed with subpoena power and a fat budget.

I find it wildly disingenuous of you to now claim that nobody was ever named as a result of an investigation that never happened.

For the record:

  • Amount of money allocated for the 1986 Challenger disaster investigation: $75 million
  • Amount of money allocated for the 2004 Columbia disaster investigation: $50 million
  • Amount of money allocated for Clinton-Lewinsky investigation: $40 million
  • Amount of money allocated for the 9/11 Commission: $14 million

We know a lot more about a blue dress than the event that caused trillion to be spent and millions to be killed.

Just saying...

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Oh, I see...

...you have no evidence, just speculations, again based on conspiracy theories.

Whereas, the film I cited contains lots of evidence of Stone's misdeeds and his connections to many of the movers and shakers of the last 60 years, much of it from his own mouth and from others with whom he worked.  Not least of which is Paul Manafort, his long time business partner and campaign manager for Trump.  

I think its entirely likely that your wished for investigations were never done because there was no probable cause to launch them.  The Challenger and Columbia investigations were to find technical reasons for the failures, not suspicions of intentional sabotage by the deep state.  There was probable cause for the Clinton-Lewinski investigation, but it was clearly driven by Republican manipulations in which Stone may have been involved.  During the height of that nonsense a friend commented that if Clinton could keep his 401k growing like it had been, he'd (friend) pay for Clinton's hookers.  I suspect many agreed with that sentiment.

I wish someone would watch the film and comment on it rather than just spinning more speculations that are distractions from the issue I brought up.

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Bzzzzt!
Doug wrote:

...you have no evidence, just speculations, again based on conspiracy theories.

Doug,

your willful, purposeful ignorance here is simply a case-study in psychology, or something.

I have free fall speeds for 2.25 seconds on WTC 7.

I have mass spectroscopy and elemental analysis in peer-reviewed journals showing Thermate.

I have molten steel months after the fact.

Therefore I have physics, chemistry and peer-reviewed science on my side.  And common sense and simple logic, of course.

You have a movie that conforms to your pre-existing beliefs.

How can you not see the discrepancy of how it is your belief systems, not the evidence, that forms your worldview?

It's a real question  that I am quite open to hearing your answer to so I can understand better...

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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is no longer a force

Hi Chris,

I have some thoughts on the matter. First, the recent article by Robert Fisk, then a compilation of Noam Chomsky interviews.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is no longer a Force on the World Stage

If there was anything to beat in mediocrity the childish and delinquent declaration by Donald Trump that Jerusalem is Israel's capital, it was the pathetic response from Muslim states. For there in Istanbul this week were all the tired old men to whom we have listened for so many years, none sadder or more woebegone than the ageing and useless “President” of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas. 

 

Noam Chomsky on the Media, Intellectuals, & Self-deception

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every war involved deception

Doug-

All right.  Every single recent US war in the modern age - except allegedly in the case of the War on Terror - has involved deception by the government.  This is a really standard pattern at this point.  Until I started looking into this, I didn't realize this was the case.  Now I do.

War-by-deception was so much a part of the operational scenery, Chairman of the JCS Lemnitzer thought nothing of sending a false flag operation, signed by him, to be reviewed by the President.  Not just once, but an inordinate number of times.  He fully expected the President to approve it, and he was quite unhappy when it was rejected.  The administration finally had to send him off to NATO to get rid of him.  How many other, similar cases were there that we don't know about?  [Oh, and then Kennedy got assassinated.  When Johnson's time came to approve Tonkin Gulf, he knew better.  He approved the op.  That was good for 10 years of war and 50,000 US servicemen killed.  How many servicemen did Kennedy save by saying no - possibly losing his own life as a result?]

Normally, people don't get caught on their first offense.  They've usually committed the same crime many, many times before.  I'm guessing this wasn't Lemnitzer's first offense either.  Nor do I believe he's the last JCS to submit a false flag war-starting op to the President for approval.

In my opinion, based on the pattern of deceptive activity of the government in all of its other wars, it is highly likely that the War on Terror involved deception also.  We just aren't privy to the details.

Of course you want evidence, but as civilians we cannot effectively launch investigations.  Only the state can do that.  And if the state itself is involved in a series of deceptions that the (high level) perpetrators within the state do not want uncovered, it is highly improbable that any serious state-funded investigation will be launched.  That just stands to reason.  In fact, launching such an investigation might be quite unhealthy.  People with secrets like that can be...very protective of them.

So, bottom line, I'm going with the odds.  Deception was involved in the war on terror also.  Just like in all the other wars.

As for Trump - literally everyone knows exactly who he is.  Its no mystery that he has problems with truth.  He's a used car salesman, at some level.  But he doesn't hide it.  He doesn't pretend to be otherwise.

I can totally believe the Republican dirty tricks.  I saw the video of HRC's dirty tricks guy - and I'm not in the least bit surprised that the Republicans have someone slimy too.  I would not be shocked if the Republicans were even worse.  Nixon comes to mind, I suppose.  And the Koch brothers.  And that operator Karl Rove.  And McCarthy, of course - whom the Democrats are working overtime to emulate right now in their Russia-phobia campaign.  (Irony?  Cognitive dissonance?)

But I don't have Netflix, so - unfortunately - I can't watch your [expletive deleted] movie.

Don't take offense though.  Whenever I think of Nixon, I try hard to find a place to insert [expletive deleted] in whatever it is I'm writing.  In memorium.

And I'm happy you found a conspiracy that you feel aligned with.  Its a start.   Next step - we'll find one for you that makes you feel uncomfortable, but where you can acknowledge, "yes, I suppose that did happen."

Perhaps the adventures of Peter Strzok (soon to be revealed by the FBI's IG) can supply it for us.  :)

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Get Me Roger Stone

Hi Dave,

I found a copy

Link to Get Me Roger Stone on OK.RU

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.ru links

So while I don't blame Russia for every little thing that goes wrong, I must confess that I am somewhat wary of clicking on .ru links.  :)

Pity it isn't on youtube.

 

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Odnoklassniki aint no Fly-by-night Spamfest

Dave,

don't worry yourself, I've been using the site for quite some time now. Odnoklassniki - OK.RU - has been online since 4th March 2006. As far as wikipedia is concerned - yes the site has a page - the website currently has more than 200 million registered users and 45 million daily unique visitors.

 

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Get Me Roger Stone

I watched Get Me Roger Stone back when it came out.   Not shocking at all.   If you have been involved with campaigns for things like State Senator etc on either side this is par for the course.   Stone is just more personable.   At least he isn't hiding things.   

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HyperNormalisation

Hi Kugs,

Roosevelt's Secretary of State, Sumner Welles, once said "Somoza's a bastard!" And Roosevelt replied, "Yes, but he's our bastard." So, It doesn't take much searching to find out whose blood relative Roger Stone is - and as they, psychopaths can be very personable, I'm sure.

Tell me, have you caught the Adam Curtis documentary Hypernormalisation on your side of the pond yet? Something tells me it has something good to support this thread

Brandon Harris of The New Yorker had this to say

Adam Curtis’s Essential Counterhistories

The anthropologist Alexei Yurchak, in his 2005 book, “Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation,” argues that, during the final days of Russian communism, the Soviet system had been so successful at propagandizing itself, at restricting the consideration of possible alternatives, that no one within Russian society, be they politicians or journalists, academics or citizens, could conceive of anything but the status quo until it was far too late to avoid the collapse of the old order. The system was unsustainable; this was obvious to anyone waiting in line for bread or gasoline, to anyone fighting in Afghanistan or working in the halls of the Kremlin. But in official, public life, such thoughts went unexpressed. The end of the Soviet Union was, among Russians, both unsurprising and unforeseen. Yurchak coined the term “hypernormalization” to describe this process—an entropic acceptance and false belief in a clearly broken polity and the myths that undergird it.

The British documentarian Adam Curtis has borrowed the term for the title of his newest film,“HyperNormalisation,” which was released in mid-October via BBC’s iPlayer and has already been widely pirated on YouTube. The title suggests that the West has reached a similar moment of mass delusion. “As this fake world grew, all of us went along with it because the simplicity was reassuring,” Curtis’s insistent voice-over tells us toward the beginning of his long documentary, which he also wrote and edited. In the trailer for the film, we hear Emmylou Harris’s “Till I Gain Control Again” play over various shots of troubling world events and smiling statesmen. White lines of text appear intermittently that read, “We live in a world where the powerful deceive us. We know they lie, they know we know they lie, they don’t care. We say we care, but we do nothing. And nothing ever changes. It’s normal. Welcome to the post-truth world.”

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Request for information Bitcoin/Hacking

Anyone with computer background able to tell if this makes sense?

Bitcoins--Secured by NSA Designed Encription or Backdoored?  From Hacker's World 2013

It’s been nearly three months since Edward Snowden started telling the world about the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of global communications.
 
After the last week report that the National Security Agency has leveraged its cooperative relationships with specific industry partners to insert vulnerabilities into Internet security products.
 
Bitcoin, a virtual currency, a peer-to-peer electronic cash system, which is generated on a logarithmic scale by dedicated miners who run software that generate the complex hash codes which make up a Bitcoin. 
 
The integrity of Bitcoin depends on a hash function called SHA-256, which was designed by the NSA and published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).
 
Is it hard to believe that could the intelligence community have a secret exploit for Bitcoin? While there is no evidence yet to support the speculation.
 
If you assume that the NSA did something to SHA-256, which no outside researcher has detected, what you get is the ability, with credible and detectable action, they would be able to forge transactions. The really scary thing is somebody finds a way to find collisions in SHA-256 really fast without brute-forcing it or using lots of hardware and then they take control of the network.” Cryptography researcher Matthew D. Green of Johns Hopkins University said.

 

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My 2 cents

Sandy,

My 2 cents, and probably very incomplete.

SHA-256 is used to authenticate some data. The hash is computed using the data. If said data is modified, then a new computation of hash will produce a different hash. Even if we change a few bits, then the resultant hash has many bits changed.

Of course, a 256 bits hash cannot uniquely represent the entire world. From time to time we get collisions. A collision occur when two different data produce the same hash.

In my experience, this is very rare, another way to say almost impossible, for structured data (such as Bitcoin transactions). If you change the values of a transaction, then the chances of getting exactly the same hash with the new values is almost nil.

The fact that SHA-256 has been designed by NSA (and made license free to use), does not mean there is a back door. SHA is not an encryption mechanism. NSA (or any other organization) can still look at your data and if they compare the two hash (the one attached to the data, and the one they compute from the data) they can determine if the data is original or not. That's it.

Regards

JM

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FBI supervising agent

And I'd like to know the name of the FBI supervising agent who forbade Minneapolis field agents from even submitting an application for a search warrant to a judge to get into Zacarias Moussaoui's computer.  No search warrant affidavit was submitted to a judge so the computer remained closed.  After 9-11, a search warrant was applied for and approved.  Found on the computer was evidence of the planning of the attack which would've enabled the field agents to break it up before it even got underway. So the highly unusual step of an FBI supervisor refusing to let field agents even TRY to get a search warrant allowed the plot to move to conclusion.  And the rest is history.

Assuming that FBI supervisor is still alive (I doubt it), I'd love to have him/her before a grand jury forced to testify as to his/her grounds for forbidding the application for a search warrant and to see if s/he was ever disciplined for such a monumental error in judgment.  Pulling on that thread, along with a promise of immunity, might unravel whatever conspiracy there might be among traitorious Americans. angry

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And the traitor is.....

Dave Frasca was the FBI Radical Fundamentalist Unit supervisor who denied the request for a search warrant by Minneapolis FBI field agent Harry Samit.  Other players of note are head of the FBI National Security Law Unit, Marion (Spike) Bowman, and Dave Frasca's assistant, Mike Maltbie.

The history channel keeps a Timeline on various topics.  Paul Thompson complied much of the 9/11 Timeline.  You can search the timeline of Dave Frasca or Moussaoui's names.

Here are the timeline entries on Zacarias Moussoaui

Dave Frasca, [head] of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit (RFU) denies a request from the Minneapolis FBI field office to seek a criminal warrant to search the belongings of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was arrested on August 15 as part of an intelligence investigation (see August 16, 2001 and August 16, 2001). Minneapolis agents believe they had uncovered sufficient evidence that Moussaoui is involved in a criminal conspiracy, and want to obtain a criminal search warrant instead of a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).... Harry Samit, a Minneapolis FBI agent on the Moussaoui case, calls Dave Frasca, the head of the Radical Fundamentalist Unit (RFU) at FBI headquarters, to discuss the request. Samit tells Frasca that they have already completed the paperwork for a criminal investigation, but, according to Samit, Frasca says, “You will not open it, you will not open a criminal case.” Frasca says that argument for probable cause in seeking a criminal warrant is “shaky” ... When the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) interviews Frasca after 9/11, he will claim he never spoke to Samit about this matter....

 

Staff at the FBI’s Minneapolis field office form the opinion that there is a “reasonable indication” Zacarias Moussaoui wants to commit a “significant federal crime,” meaning that, under the amended 1995 “wall” procedures (see July 19, 1995 and August 6, 2001), they must inform an attorney at the Justice Department’s Criminal Division about the case. However, Mike Maltbie, an agent with the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit, blocks the notification....  Maltbie prevents the notification from being sent, saying that he does not see any evidence of a federal crime, and that asking for a criminal warrant could unfavorably affect the chances of getting a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), if the criminal application were unsuccessful. He also says that getting a FISA warrant is easier, although two days later he says obtaining a FISA warrant will “take a few months” (see August 24, 2001).

 

August 22, 2001: Top FBI Al-Qaeda Expert Leaves FBI in Frustration; Misses Important Warnings on Moussaoui and Two 9/11 Hijackers

(slightly off topic)

Counterterrorism expert John O’Neill retires from the FBI. He says it is partly because of the recent power play against him, but also because of repeated obstruction of his investigations into al-Qaeda [especially the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen].  Barbara Bodine, US Ambassador to Yemen, deserves special mention here, as she is the person who prevented John O'Neill from examining the USS Cole's hole below the waterline by scuba divers (where evidence of a torpedo strike would be located.  O'Neill had begun to suspect and Israeli sub had fired a torpedo into the USS Cole.  50 Years of the Deep State, KL 3942)  Picture of the USS Cole in dry dock is typical of torpedo damage.

 

August 23, 2001: CIA Director Tenet Told of Moussaoui, but Does Not Inform White House and Takes No Action

CIA Director George Tenet and senior CIA senior staff are briefed repeatedly about the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui. When news of the case first reaches the CIA, Tenet is absent and his deputy John McLaughlin is briefed, probably around August 20, 2001. [9/11 COMMISSION, 4/13/20049/11 COMMISSION, 7/24/2004, PP. 541] 

Series of Briefings - Tenet is informed of Moussaoui on August 23 in a briefing entitled “Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly.” The briefing states that Moussaoui paid for his training in cash, was interested to learn a plane’s doors do not open in flight, and wanted training on London to New York City flights.

 

August 23-27, 2001: Minnesota FBI Agents ‘Absolutely Convinced’ Moussaoui Plans to Hijack Plane; They Are Undermined by FBI Headquarters

In the wake of the French intelligence report (see August 22, 2001) on Zacarias Moussaoui, FBI agents in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are “in a frenzy” and “absolutely convinced he [is] planning to do something with a plane.” Agent Greg Jones tells FBI headquarters that Moussaoui might “fly something into the World Trade Center.” [NEWSWEEK, 5/20/2002US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 11/2004, PP. 153 pdf file]Minneapolis FBI agents become “desperate to search the computer lap top” and “conduct a more thorough search of his personal effects,” especially since Moussaoui acted as if he was hiding something important in the laptop when arrested. [TIME, 5/21/2002TIME, 5/27/2002] As the Radical Fundamentalist Unit (RFU) at FBI headquarters has already blocked an application for a criminal warrant (see August 21, 2001), the FBI’s Minneapolis field office must apply for one under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Minneapolis agent Harry Samit completes an application for a warrant to search Moussaoui’s belongings on August 25....Minneapolis FBI agent Coleen Rowley later sums up how the Minneapolis agents feel at this point, when she says FBI headquarters “almost inexplicably, throw up roadblocks” and undermine their efforts. Headquarters personnel bring up “almost ridiculous questions in their apparent efforts to undermine the probable cause.” One of Jones’ e-mails to FBI headquarters says they are “setting this up for failure.” That turns out to be correct. [TIME, 5/21/2002TIME, 5/27/2002US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 11/2004, PP. 161 pdf file]

 

Tom Wilshire, a CIA manager detailed to the FBI (see May 2001), writes to Dave Frasca, head of the FBI’s radical fundamentalist unit, to obtain information about the progress of the case of Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui was arrested by the FBI’s Minneapolis field office, which Wilshire refers to as the “Minneapolis Airplane IV crowd.” Presumably, this is a reference to the films Airplane and Airplane II, which were parodies of disaster and sci-fi movies. He asks whether leads have been sent out to obtain additional biographical information and whether the FBI has photographs it can provide the CIA. He receives a reply from one of Frasca’s subordinates telling him there are no indications Moussaoui has plans for nefarious activity (see August 24, 2001)

 

Frustrated with the lack of response from FBI headquarters about Zacarias Moussaoui, the Minnesota FBI contacts an FBI agent working with the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, and asks for help. [US CONGRESS, 10/17/2002] On this day, the CIA sends a cable to stations and bases overseas requesting information about Moussaoui. The cable is titled, “Subjects Involved in Suspicious 747 Flight Training.” The cable says that the FBI is investigating Moussaoui for possible involvement in the planning of a terrorist attack and mentions his efforts to obtain flight training. It also suggests he might be “involved in a larger plot to target airlines traveling from Europe to the US.” [US CONGRESS, 9/18/20029/11 COMMISSION, 7/24/2004, PP. 540] It calls him a “suspect 747 airline attacker” and a “suspect airline suicide hijacker”—showing that the form of the 9/11 attack is not a surprise, at least to the CIA. [US CONGRESS, 10/17/2002] FBI headquarters responds by chastising the Minnesota FBI for notifying the CIA without approval. 

 

 

Mike Maltbie, a supervisory special agent with the Radical Fundamentalist Unit at FBI headquarters, writes to Tom Wilshire, a CIA manager stationed with the FBI, about the case of Zacarias Moussaoui and Hussein al-Attas (see August 24, 2001). He tells Wilshire what actions the FBI has taken on the case and concludes by saying, “Please bear in mind that there is no indication that either of these two had plans for nefarious activity as was apparently indicated in an earlier communication.” The word “no” is underlined.

 

After the FBI decides not to seek a warrant to search Zacarias Moussaoui’s belongings under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (see August 28, 2001), it fails to reconsider the possibility of applying for a criminal warrant. A criminal warrant was not sought initially, partially because if the warrant application were unsuccessful, it would adversely affect the chances of getting a FISA warrant (see August 21, 2001). Now that a FISA warrant is not to be sought, this potential consequence is irrelevant. Dave Frasca, head of the Radical Fundamentalist Unit (RFU) at FBI headquarters, will later say that he does not know why he, his subordinate Mike Maltbie, and the FBI’s Minneapolis field office do not bring this possibility up at this time, but will suggest that everybody probably forgot to raise the matter. Maltbie will say he does not think there is enough evidence for a warrant. Minneapolis personnel will say they do not bring the issue up because they do not think of it, are not in charge of the case, and the RFU has previously blocked this route. The Justice Department’s inspector general will say that the failure to reconsider obtaining a criminal search warrant is “puzzling” and “even more troubling” than the previous errors in the case’s handling, adding that it “also shows a troubling lack of initiative and acceptance of responsibility by FBI headquarters.

 

Harry Samit, an agent at the FBI’s Minneapolis field office, drafts a memo to the FAA summarizing the facts of the Zacarias Moussaoui case. In it, he writes, “Minneapolis believes that Moussaoui, [his roommate Hussein] al-Attas, and others not yet known were engaged in preparing to seize a Boeing 747-400 in commission of a terrorist act. As Moussaoui denied requests for consent to search his belongings and was arrested before sufficient evidence of criminal activity was revealed, it is not known how far advanced were his plans to do so.” He also mentions Moussaoui’s physical and marital arts training and expresses concern that France, where Moussaoui will soon be deported, may not be able to hold him or his property for long. But Mike Maltbie of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit (RFU) instructs the Minneapolis field office not to send the memo because he is also drafting a memo on the Moussaoui case that will be sent to the FAA and other agencies. However Maltbie’s memo lacks a threat assessment and does not mention Minneapolis’ suspicions that Moussaoui might be planning a terrorist act involving a hijacked airplane. The memo does not result in any FAA action. [US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 11/2004, PP. 174-7 pdf fileLOS ANGELES TIMES, 3/20/2006] A meeting between Samit and a Minneapolis FAA officer will also fail to produce any FAA action (see September 4, 2001)

 

A CIA officer involved in the Moussaoui case contacts a fellow CIA officer assigned to the FBI and complains about the FBI’s inability to obtain a warrant to search Zacarias Moussaoui’s belongings, which contain enough information to potentially prevent 9/11 (see August 16, 2001). The officer writes: “Please excuse my obvious frustration in this case. I am highly concerned that this is not paid the amount of attention it deserves. I do not want to be responsible when [Moussaoui and his associate Hussein al-Attas] surface again as members of a suicide terrorist op… I want an answer from a named FBI group chief [note: presumably Dave Frasca, head of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit] for the record on these questions… 

 

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And finally, the promotions.

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FBI Director Robert Mueller personally awards Marion (Spike) Bowman with a presidential citation and cash bonus of approximately 25 percent of his salary. [SALON, 3/3/2003] Bowman, head of the FBI’s national security law unit and the person who refused to seek a special warrant for a search of Zacarias Moussaoui’s belongings before the 9/11 attacks (see August 28, 2001), is among nine recipients of bureau awards for “exceptional performance.” The award comes shortly after a 9/11 Congressional Inquiry report saying Bowman’s unit gave Minneapolis FBI agents “inexcusably confused and inaccurate information” that was “patently false.” [STAR-TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS), 12/22/2002]

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"Just speculations, again based on conspiracy theories..."

Given the full benefit of the doubt.

 

Two words Doug: molten steel.

 

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cryptographic checksums

First, a cryptographic checksum's entire purpose is to ensure that the message hasn't been modified.  It does this with crypto-math-magic, along with a secret private key.  If you change part of the message, the checksum should change.  This makes the message unchangeable.  You want everyone to read and validate the message using the public key, but only the person with the private key is able to construct the checksum.

And yes, SHA256 was designed by our friends at the NSA.

Almost 600 billion dollars of "cryptocoin" market cap rests on SHA256 not being broken.

Here's the history of cryptographic checksums constructed by the NSA:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Hash_Algorithms

SHA0 - pub date 1993 - broken

SHA1 - pub date 1995 - broken (2010)

SHA2 [SHA256] - pub date 2001 - good, as far as we know.

Good news is, if SHA256 is broken, then DOD itself is in deep doo-doo. Here's a sense as to the difficulty of upgrading from the (broken) SHA1 to the (hopefully unbroken) SHA256.

http://www.doncio.navy.mil/chips/ArticleDetails.aspx?ID=7375

Given the amount of infrastructure that relies on SHA256 at DOD, and the amount of time and expense it would take to retrofit it all, I don't think NSA would put in a back door.

Whether or not the algorithm is actually secure is another matter entirely.

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Frustration and cynicism

Can you imagine the frustration and cynicism of Special Agent Samit and those who worked with him and agreed with him on Zaccaoui? Can you imagine how frustrated they were after 9-11 when the whole country was making wise cracks about how clueless the FBI was about the terrorists?

And still "we the people" refuse to look at and consider such plain, public evidence of a conspiracy in the US by Americans. I guess it's just too horrible for most minds to handle. So "we the people" go back to our reality teevee shows, self-medicating with alcohol and marijuana, and sports.

Sad. Scandalous. And we deserve every bit of what's coming to us.

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Japanese pension fund shouldering costs of BOJ's negative rate

Japanese pension fund shouldering costs of BOJ's negative rate

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Well, again you accuse me of having preconceived ideas that are impervious to evidence. I would gently suggest that you suffer from the same condition. Frankly all of this stuff has been discussed ad nauseum;on the 9/11 thread. Your assertions are based on two lines of thought, 1) that there are identified suspects and you list some, and 2) there is documented evidence supporting one or more of the numerous 9/11 conspiracy theories.

1. Suspects

In order to have real suspects you have to be able to tie them to specific criminal acts with objective evidence. You don't do that. I am second to no one in my dislike for Cheney, Rumsfeld and Pearl (assuming you are referring to Richard Perle), but accusing them of being complicit in 9/11 requires something more that dislike and distrust. What specific acts are you accusing them of and what is your evidence? Bob Mueller? Really? Are you falling victim to the very recent attempts by Fox News and other right wing media to smear Mueller for purely pro-Trump purposes?

2. Evidence

As I'm sure any normal citizen who has ever attempted to wade through the voluminous writings on the physical evidence would agree, there are so many claims and counterclaims that it all becomes just massive confusion. And frankly, I'm tired of doing it and it is the Christmas season.

That said, there are a couple points that I think are particularly relevant to your viewpoints. The first is your often repeated claim of melted steel at the site. I've been unable to verify that claim. Again, what is your evidence? This is pretty typical of what I've found:

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/9/11

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Rebuttal: There is no documented evidence of the presence of actually-melted steel at ground zero. The molten material noted in the 9/11 Commission report was "slag," not a molten metal. Most of the reports of "molten steel" found at ground zero were merely references to obviously red-hot solid steel. Even if they actually found "molten" metal, aluminum (which the planes were made out of) melts well under the temperature of jet fuel (pure aluminum melts at 660° C, jet fuel burns around 980° C[24] going up to +2,000 °C[25]). In addition, the mix of jet fuel, plastics, rugs, curtains etc. may burn hot enough to melt aluminum. (This can be demonstrated by placing an empty aluminum soda can on top of an ordinary campfire.)

It seems to me the evidence for thermate at the site follows the same pattern of other so-called evidence presented by the Truthers. It is wrong, overblown, misleading or there are other equally valid explanations.

http://www.911myths.com/html/traces_of_thermate_at_the_wtc.html

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Proof of thermite/ thermate, then? No. Just assumptions, and avoidance of alternative explanations for the presence of these elements. That’s just fine when you’re telling an audience what they want to believe, but convincing the rest of the world is going to take considerably more evidence than is displayed here.

I really have nothing more to offer at this time. Since so many others here seem to suffer from precisely the afflictions they accuse me of, further comment is pointless.

But, getting back to my original subject, "Get me Roger Stone", it is not just a "movie" as your referred to it. I probably made a mistake in characterizing it as a film. It is a documentary with interviews and videos of many of the principles involved in Stone's many escapades, including well known politicians and their functionaries. It paints an engaging portrait of the real venality and amorality that characterize today's political environment. And, please, don't fall into the false equivalency that both sides, liberal-conservative or Republican-Democrat or left-right, as well balanced mirrors of each other. They aren't. The absolute corruption of the far right that is destroying the Republican Party today has no equal on the left. "Get me Roger Stone" well illustrates the evolution of that corruption.

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Geeze Doug you seem to forget that important people DIED in the 9/11 attack.  They would be Mom's and Dad's, Son's and Daughter's etc, etc, etc,  You seem to be defending the "accepted" narrative -in other words - OUR questions and suspicions are not accurate or specific enough for you OR for those who would murder our family members.  Just as the love of a deceased relative will never go away neither will the questions and doubt especially when the truth has been intentionally corrupted and hidden.

You declare!

The absolute corruption of the far right that is destroying the Republican Party today has no equal on the left. "Get me Roger Stone" well illustrates the evolution of that corruption.

OMG, if Roger Stone teaches us anything it's that politics is a game and those who play the game with more skill, obfuscation, deception and finesse have a better chance of winning.  And it's about winning not about people. Trying to argue which side of a currupt system is morally superior is ...... what silly, arrogant, naive!  Far right, far left, moderate, semi moderate, it's all just political theater and rhetoric to cover up corruption.  You see it's very simple,  if their mouths are moving their lying.  And the policy should be 1) "if they are IN they are on their way out"! And 2) politics should be about service so all politicians must take an oath to live at or below the "poverty line", (with their families).  Just think the focus would change from greed to service. IMHO of course.

Here is a great quote, before you all tell us how much you know, show us how much you care.  

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 politics should be about service so all politicians must take an oath to live at or below the "poverty line", (with their families).  

I'm not holding my breath ...

 

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Granny,

please don't be offended, but I think you've entirely taken Doug out of context.

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Not mine, but someone's perhaps.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-18/why-bob-corker-flipped-yes-tax-...

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I think Bob should be having heat applied to the soles of his feet in prison Dennis.

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Not offended at all and it's very possible I missed the point entirely!  What came across to me was the stifling of questions regarding 9/11.  If details are not questioned then the lives lost are diminished. Saying your wrong to those who question supports the "official" narrative.

All too often people get caught up in the "narrative" and forget that real people are affected.  

Those of us that live nearer to the ground floor are much more affected than those of you who live at the top of the sky scraper.  On the other hand we have so much less farther to fall.  But thank god there are those who are much more clever than me who continue to ask the appropriate questions! So miss the point, it's stifle us hardworking little people, ........maybe I didn't miss the point. Not sure.

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Save The Children

Granny,

I believe that the elephant in the room that was 911 has rolled over and died. Sincerely, there's no traction left to discuss, what with the public relations machine amped out of all proportion with opinion divided, splintered and conquered. I couldn't imagine the American public have the time, energy or inclination to fight this wrong if it hasn't in the 16 years since. It doesn't even matter if we've the absolute answer to the ultimate in questions if there isn't an audience that's switched on and acting as a voice.

There are other monsters the public is equally unaware of, such as the Yemen right now, where one million malnurished children with acute malnutrition are caught in a man made cholera hot zone. 

Save The Children

More than a million children suffering from acute malnutrition are caught in areas of Yemen hardest hit by a deadly outbreak of cholera, Save the Children is warning.

The charity’s new analysis of district level data reveals more than 1,000,000 acutely malnourished children under the age of 5 – including almost 200,000 with severe acute malnutrition – are living in areas with high levels of infection.

Malnourished children have substantially reduced immune systems and are at least three times more likely to die if they contract cholera.

Diarrhoeal diseases like cholera are also themselves a leading cause of malnutrition – raising fears that even if children survive the outbreak they could be pushed further towards starvation.

Save the Children is scaling up its response and sending more health experts to the worst hit areas, including Al Hali District in Hodeidah, which has the country’s highest number of suspected cholera cases.

The district also has an estimated 31,000 children in need of treatment for acutemalnutrition, or more than a quarter of children under the age of five.

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