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Did you know that the United States has the highest prison population per capita than any other nation in the entire world? Did you know that we have already surpassed Russia in the number of individuals behind bars?
"With a record-setting 2 million people now locked up in American jails and prisons, the United States has overtaken Russia and has a higher percentage of its citizens behind bars than any other country," according to a new story in the Baltimore Sun, June 1, 2003.
The fact is, prisons are big business today. There are big dollars in incarceration and government is working hard and furious to get their share, just as they are on a multitude of other fronts.
Unless you have a friend or family member behind bars you would probably not know this but in some prisons the public phones are operated by a third-party firm that charges outlandish prices to use them. Of course, the prison facility cashes in on this deal I would think. I've heard horror stories concerning the high, exorbitant prices charged when calls are made collect to family and friends by inmates therein.
Take for example the common, ordinary building department in your average county or municipality. More and more officials are working to increase the amount of money that a business has to pay government before they can open their doors. For example, in years past, when an electrical firm submitted a set of prints and obtained a permit to do wiring, it was assumed that other systems were included, even when prints and specifications had to be later submitted for approval.
Not so today. In some communities, each and every subsystem constitutes another plans examination and permit fee, which are sometimes two different things. It has become so bad in some communities that you cannot run so much as a speaker wire without submitting a set of prints and paying high exorbitant fees to have the work done. And whom do you think pays this bill? Is it the business owner? Sure it is, up front, but you can bet that this additional money is charged back to YOU and I whom they must do business with, and rightly so as it is an integral part of doing business.
Another example of this was seen several years ago when one of the major code making bodies held seminars for city and county officials concerning international codes and how to cash in on harmonization, which is an integral part of globalization (if local and state officials are to harmonize their laws with international ones, globalists must offer them innovative ways to fund the deal). When a local city official arrived back home, so I am told, he told one fire alarm technician he talked to that eventually the city will invoke a plan where all service companies within the municipality will be required to pay a $50 permit fee for every service call they perform.
But what about the bottleneck, he asked? No problem, the official replied, you will be given cards to fill out and send in. Go ahead and do the service call, but be sure to send us the card with your $50 fee. That particular tech is still watching and waiting for the other shoe to drop in his locale.
The illegal means by which the State of Ohio derives operating capital for public schools is another example where government has found a number of innovative ways to confuse and bilk their citizens. First, when the Ohio Lottery was pitched to the people of the State, they were told that the proceeds from this money would go for education. Well, it did, but little did Ohioans know at the time, but their state fathers simply displaced current money with lottery money. Thus, the Ohio Lottery did not provide "additional" money at all.
Another case in point pertains to how revenue is derived for public schools as a function of property taxation. Despite the fact that the Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the state to find another way to go about the task, the State has drug their feet, refusing to find another way to do it.
All of the above dribble is simply to point out that when the United States contained and sustained millions of hard industrial jobs, high plans examination and permit fees, state lotteries, and other innovative ways to replace lost tax revenue were not necessary. If you notice, these things have only come into play since these industrial jobs went out of country. The Ohio Lottery, for example, came into play in the 80s, and that was when America should have realized that she was in serious trouble.
This past week I was further dismayed to find out that even Argentina is in dire straights because China has taken most of their industrial jobs. Some time ago, in an article I had read, probably in U.S. News and World Report, I also noted that jobs in Mexico were moving off shore to China.
Ask yourself one question, how long will it be until China owns it all? How long will it be until we must go to them for armament, for munitions, for war materiel? At what point will America finally have nothing else to offer as most of our money has moved off shore to China? ? How long will it be until they decide that they can have it all? When that day comes, America will be a virtual sitting duck.
Let me hear you say, "Quack, Quack!"
| Laws And Leaks Of Classified Intelligence:|
Costs And Consequences Of Permissive Neglect
I want to thank Professor John Norton Moore and Suzanne Spaulding for the invitation to participate in this discussion. I also want to add that I am here in a personal capacity, speaking unofficially, and that the views I express are my own. They do not necessarily represent the views of the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, or the Intelligence Community.
But I also want to emphasize that I would not have these views had I not come to them from the vantage point of my 20 years in the intelligence business, and particularly the last seven with the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee. This committee represents a small interagency effort of the Intelligence Community to understand how foreign adversaries—hostile countries and terrorist groups, for example—learn about, then try to defeat, our secret intelligence collection activities. I have come to appreciate, perhaps more than most who do not or cannot see this problem from the unique vantage point I have, that unauthorized disclosures of classified intelligence pose a serious, seemingly intractable, problem for US national security. The Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet, made the point in an interview that unauthorized disclosures of classified information “have become one of the biggest threats to the survival of US Intelligence.” (USA Today, 11 October 2000). A skeptical public can rightly question whether the DCI isn’t exaggerating the seriousness of the problem. Unfortunately, he is not, and no intelligence specialist with real familiarity with this issue would disagree.
This presents an important anomaly in public discourse: Nearly all of the compelling evidence in support of this argument is available only in the classified domain. It thus seems daunting to make a persuasive public case for new laws to address unauthorized disclosures when so little of the evidence for it can be discussed publicly. So proponents for better laws—you will soon see why I am one of these—sometimes feel that this isn’t a fair fight. Freedom-of-the press advocates and professional journalists who control the press therefore exert disproportionate influence on this debate, at least when compared to advocates of criminal penalties, as I am here, for the leaking and publishing of sensitive classified intelligence. But I have come to believe that First Amendment objections to civil and criminal penalties for disclosing classified intelligence are probably exaggerated. And that once we get over this hurdle, it’ll be more of a fair fight, a more reasonable debate. It is in this spirit that I offer the following remarks.
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Make Way for the UNternet?
Pressure is mounting to hand over control of the Internet to the United Nations. On December 10, 2003, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) convened at Geneva, under the auspices of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The summit’s chief purpose was to explore ways to bring the Internet under government control, both domestically and internationally.
According to Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, "we are seeing a clear shift away from the mid-90s when governments were told to stay away [from the Internet]. Governments have shown they are very interested in getting involved on a domestic level and now they are looking at the international level." Certain governments with an acute interest in domestic control over — and strict censorship of — the Internet, including Communist China, Egypt and Brazil, pushed hard at Geneva for a new UN agency to regulate and censor Internet content. Such an agency would replace the California-based International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which has been criticized since its creation in 1998 for its alleged pro-business and private-sector bias.
|China throws more people into jail for online opinions|
US vendors accused of aiding and abetting repression
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL www.amnesty.org said that China has arrested and imprisoned more and more people for expressing their opinions online.
In a report, Amnesty said that 54 people were detained or imprisoned for internet related activities, that's a jump of 60% in just under a year.
China has also imprisoned people for filing information about the spread of SARS over the Internet, Amnesty said.
And the human rights organisation hit out at US vendors Microsoft, Cisco, and Sun Microsystems, which it claimed have provided technology to censor and control the use of the Internet in China.
|Democrats offer plan on aliens
House Democrats yesterday proposed granting legal residency and the eventual option of U.S. citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants now working in the United States.
Laying out their own principles for revamping the nation's immigration laws in response to what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called President Bush's "political ploy," Democrats went beyond Mr. Bush's plan for a temporary-worker program and called for a system of "earned legalization" for illegal aliens.
At a Capitol Hill press conference, Democrats proposed allowing illegal immigrants who have worked in the United States for a yet-to-be-determined minimum period of time to stay here and be granted permanent legal residency, creating a "pathway" to eventual citizenship.
|Briggs & Stratton warns of 22,000 lost jobs
Briggs & Stratton Co. said Tuesday it has evidence that 22,000 jobs across 24 states could be lost if California adopts tougher emissions standards for small engines.
California is attempting to impose unreasonable standards that force us to consider moving operations overseas. - Thomas Savage, senior vice president, Briggs & Stratton
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has called for an investigation into whether Briggs violated securities laws by making what she says were contradictory statements in an SEC filing and a press release.
|Boys suspended for tiny G.I. Joe guns|
District's zero-tolerance policy bars inch-long plastic toy
Three boys were suspended for bringing to school miniature toy guns from G.I. Joe action figures.
The toys are about one to three inches about half the size of a pencil but Bemiss Elementary School in Spokane, Wash., says it stands by its zero-tolerance policy on weapons, which does not specify the type or size, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported.
"We've been very clear with our students and parents that you don't bring anything that resembles a gun to school," Bemiss Principal Lorna Spear told the paper.
The mother of one of the boys, Terry Wilson-Spence, called their suspension Friday an overreaction.
|Religion's Role in the Road Map for Peace
In an independent initiative to find a roadmap to peace, religious leaders resolved to build bridges, not walls, in the Middle East, and to replace the rhetoric of war with restraint and conciliation. Convinced that current diplomatic efforts are omitting a fundamental piece of the peace puzzle, the group is focusing on religious reconciliation.
The resolution came at the conclusion of a four-day conference entitled "Good Governance for a World in Crisis," held in Seoul from Jan. 25-29, and sponsored by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. Attendees included politicians, diplomats, scholars, and leaders from all the major world religions, representing 120 nations.
Pointing out that the Israeli-Palestinian crisis is rooted in religious conflict, the delegates, who included Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders, discussed the spiritual principles that could reconcile the three faiths of Abraham. Acknowledging their common ancestor and their common parent -- whether by the name of God, Allah, or Jehovah -- is the first step, these men of faith declared.
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MI5 HUNT FOR AL QAEDA TERRORIST FROM AUSTRALIA
Britain's security service, MI5, are hunting an Al Qaeda terrorist who flew from Sydney to Paris before boarding the Eurostar train from the French capital to London.
MI5 agents believe he is one of two Islamic terrorists now at large in Britain who are still planning to use a British airliner for a suicide mission.
|Palm Beach County to buy printers for electronic voting machines
Palm Beach County voters could be among the first in the state to have paper printouts against which to double-check their ballots cast on touch-screen voting machines.
The County Commission on Tuesday is expected to pass a mandate requiring the county to buy paper printers for its touch-screen machines, once those printers are manufactured and certified by the state.
Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore, who has said she doesn't think such printers are necessary, agreed Thursday to use the printers, with conditions. It is uncertain whether they will be in place in time for the Nov. 2 election.
|Newest police crime scandal rocks Mexico
MEXICO CITY -- Federal authorities have detained 13 state police officers in Ciudad Juarez in connection with the discovery this week of 11 bodies buried in clandestine graves in that border city.
The police, who worked the night shift, have been brought to Mexico City for interrogation, Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha announced Thursday. Arrest warrants have been issued for four other state agents, including a police commander, in connection with the case.
Macedo said the agents were questioned because other suspects had pointed to state police involvement.
|Second Caller Threatens to Attack Ohio Cops
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A day after announcing that a 911 caller had claimed responsibility for a string of highway shootings, investigators said Saturday that a second man has stepped forward and threatened to attack police officers.
Investigators say they believe the man who called early Saturday morning is different from the man who repeatedly called 911 on Monday to claim responsibility for 20 shootings at cars, school buses and homes on or near a section of Interstate 270 south of the city. One person was killed in November.
"It's gonna get worse," the latest caller said. "I intend to start shooting at the police now."
|New Free Speech Zones Mock First Amendment|
Founding Fathers would be ashamed of ‘free’ speech policy
It was the second time around when last October Brett Bursey was arrested while protesting a president’s arrival at Columbia airport in South Carolina. Thirty-three years ago, at the same airport, Bursey was seized by Secret Service agents protesting the Vietnam War as he held a placard denouncing President Richard Nixon’s visit to the state. On that occasion, he was fortunate when a state court judge ruled that a protester could not be charged with trespassing on public property.
This time, the state court also dropped charges, but that was not the end of the matter. The U.S. attorney in South Carolina, J. Strom Thurmond Jr., son of the late Sen. Thurmond, stepped in and charged Bursey with “threatening the president.” The charge was filed under an obscure statute that permits the Secret Service to restrict access to areas visited by a president. The statute has only been used 12 times by the courts since 1992.
On Jan. 6, a federal judge dismissed Bursey’s defense that he was entitled to free speech and ruled that he had broken a law designed to shield President Bush. Bursey was fined $500 and immediately announced he would appeal.
|Surveillance powers should stand, U.S. officials say
The Bush administration is warning Congress not to tinker with the Internet surveillance powers that the USA Patriot Act awarded to federal police.
In a four-page letter to the Senate on Thursday, Attorney General John Ashcroft said that defanging the controversial law, which has been criticized by every major Democratic presidential contender, would "undermine our ongoing campaign to detect and prevent catastrophic terrorist attacks."
Were Congress to vote to amend the USA Patriot Act, Ashcroft indicated, President Bush would veto the bill.
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Gov't advisor: Slight chance of ICJ hearing cancellation
There is only a slight chance that the International Court of Justice hearing on the West Bank security fence will be canceled at this stage, Foreign Ministry legal advisor Alan Baker said Sunday.
Baker's comments came after officials at the United Nations indicated Friday that they cannot ignore the objections that more than 30 countries submitted regarding ICJ's authority to rule on the fence, and said that the hearing itself was in doubt.
Fifteen members of the European Union and 10 members-in-waiting, as well as the United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, South Africa and Senegal joined Israel in submitting affidavits to the ICJ opposing the hearing. Several EU countries, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, submitted their own separate affidavits to the court.
|No Evidence CIA Slanted Iraq Data
Congressional and CIA investigations into the prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons and links to terrorism have found no evidence that CIA analysts colored their judgment because of perceived or actual political pressure from White House officials, according to intelligence officials and congressional officials from both parties.
Richard J. Kerr, a former deputy CIA director who is leading the CIA's review of its prewar Iraq assessment, said an examination of the secret analytical work done by CIA analysts showed that it remained consistent over many years.
"There was pressure and a lot of debate, and people should have a lot of debate, that's quite legitimate," Kerr said. "But the bottom line is, over a period of several years," the analysts' assessments "were very consistent. They didn't change their views."
|Researchers Unveil New Form of Matter
Scientists have manufactured a new form of matter. Findings published online this week by the journal Physical Review Letters describe the so-called fermionic condensate, which is comprised of pairs of atoms in a gas at temperatures close to absolute zero. Its creators hope it will inform the design of room-temperature superconductors in the future.
The 1995 production of a Bose-Einstein condensate, in which thousands of ultracold atoms occupy the same quantum state and therefore behave identically, garnered a Nobel Prize in Physics. Ever since, scientists around the world have been working on an appropriate follow-up, says Eric Cornell of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, one of the three recipients of the prize. Now Deborah S. Jin and her colleagues (also at NIST and UC-Boulder) have succeeded. By cooling potassium atoms inside a vacuum chamber to 50 nanokelvin and applying magnetic fields and laser light, the researchers induced the atoms--which typically resist occupying the same quantum state as any of their neighbors--to pair up. Once paired, the atoms’ aversion to acting alike lessened, allowing the team to observe condensation. (The spike in the image above represents the fermionic condensate.)
|Information about the Effects of Immigration on Georgia
Over and over we hear the same ole politically correct theme, "immigrants only take jobs that Americans will not do ..." Of course the politically correct are the same people who bring you searches of 80 year old grandmothers so that Moslem males are offended and a man losing his job for telling a female that her ear-rings look nice. Ridiculous stuff.
Political correctness run amok will destroy this great country if it is not reigned in.
Excessive immigration is just one of the fronts that they push, against the will of the American people, to continue the destruction of the principles upon which our country was founded. No wonder they always want Ten Commandments Displays removed, they can only count to Nine! Not lying is beyond their comprehension.
|The machine that invents
Technically, Stephen Thaler has written more music than any composer in the world. He also invented the Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush and devices that search the Internet for messages from terrorists. He has discovered substances harder than diamonds, coined 1.5 million new English words, and trained robotic cockroaches. Technically.
Thaler, the president and chief executive of Imagination Engines Inc. in Maryland Heights, gets credit for all those things, but he's really just "the man behind the curtain," he says. The real inventor is a computer program called a Creativity Machine.
What Thaler has created is essentially "Thomas Edison in a box," said Rusty Miller, a government contractor at General Dynamics and one of Thaler's chief cheerleaders.
|On A Pre-Sept. 11 FBI Memorandum |
On Flight Schools
"I am troubled by the Associated Press report that an FBI agent had raised concerns before September 11 about Arabs training in U.S. flight schools. It is imperative that we learn exactly what information was contained in the FBI report, to whom it was sent and what actions were taken in response.
"Shortly after September 11 I wrote to the Attorney General and to the FBI Director to ensure the preservation of all records, such as this memorandum, relating to information obtained by the FBI prior to September 11.
"Sen. Hatch and I made a joint request earlier this year for additional resources for a bipartisan Judiciary Committee investigation of the adequacy of our law enforcement and prevention capabilities before and after September 11, to determine how it happened and what steps are needed to prevent future attacks. Our bipartisan request was blocked by Senate Minority Leader Lott, and it is unfortunate that partisan pique is limiting the Senate Judiciary Committee as it fulfills its oversight responsibilities. The revelations in the AP report only underscore the need for a thorough and constructive congressional examination of the facts.
|Exposing the Global Surveillance System
For 40 years, New Zealand's largest intelligence agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) the nation's equivalent of the US National Security Agency (NSA) had been helping its Western allies to spy on countries throughout the Pacific region, without the knowledge of the New Zealand public or many of its highest elected officials. What the NSA did not know is that by the late 1980s, various intelligence staff had decided these activities had been too secret for too long, and were providing me with interviews and documents exposing New Zealand's intelligence activities. Eventually, more than 50 people who work or have worked in intelligence and related fields agreed to be interviewed.
The activities they described made it possible to document, from the South Pacific, some alliance-wide systems and projects which have been kept secret elsewhere. Of these, by far the most important is ECHELON.
Designed and coordinated by NSA, the ECHELON system is used to intercept ordinary e-mail, fax, telex, and telephone communications carried over the world's telecommunications networks. Unlike many of the electronic spy systems developed during the Cold War, ECHELON is designed primarily for non-military targets: governments, organizations, businesses, and individuals in virtually every country. It potentially affects every person communicating between (and sometimes within) countries anywhere in the world.
Allan B. Colombo