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In 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer declared, "I
am become death, the destroyer of worlds," after he witnessed
the first nuclear explosion under the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos
National Laboratory. His statement, a line from the Bhagavad-Gita,
displayed his own apprehensions with helping to create weapons capable
of overwhelming destruction.
Almost 60 years later, Los Alamos, located in northern New Mexico,
once again stands at a major crossroads in nuclear weapons development,
but this time around lab officials do not openly harbor the same
reservations as Oppenheimer. In fact, Los
Alamos, in its own entrenched institutional interest, has been driving
drastic changes in national nuclear weapons policy. Now that Bush
has been re-elected and Congress has drifted farther right, these
troublesome developments are sure to continue.
After almost a decade of management scandals and security failures
at Los Alamos, the Department of Energy has decided to open management
to outside competition, with the University of Texas System and
several corporations such as Northrop Grumman and Bechtel eyeing
Opposition to Los Alamos has been visible at both UT and at the
University of California System, the long-standing manager of the
Students, faculty and alumni have voiced opposition based on moral,
as well as more mundane reasons—the rife security, management,
and environmental problems and also whether management would, on
balance, yield benefits over the costs and risks involved.
UT and UC have both asserted that management of Los Alamos brings
research and prestige to the university that manages the Lab. However,
any qualified researcher from any university, manager or not, already
has access to working on or collaborating with research done at
Los Alamos. Due to this, several faculty members and students question
the professed research benefits to their respective universities
that would result from a management contract. Additionally,
"prestige" from management of this so-called "crown
jewel" of American science is also dubious when Los Alamos
is revealed for what it truly is: a bomb lab.
Proponents of the lab emphasize the few truly worthwhile projects
such as HIV research, but downplay the overwhelming
mission of the lab—maintaining the current nuclear stockpile
and developing new nuclear weapons. In fact, out of a total DOE
operating budget of $2 billion, the DOE budget request for fiscal
year 2005 includes $1.36 billion for
weapons programs, or about 79 percent of its total DOE budget, while
other science programs receive a mere 3.4 percent or $59.8 million.
Perhaps more revealing, is that funding for science programs has
dropped from roughly $75 million in FY 2003 to just below $60 million
requested for FY 2005. During the same time period, funding for
weapons programs at the lab has increased by about $150 million.
Los Alamos has clearly not shifted gears from its historic role
as a core component of America's nuclear weapons complex.
On the contrary, recent changes to nuclear
policy have many experts concerned that a new nuclear arms race
could soon unfold. The Bush Administration's nuclear initiative
to develop a new class of weapons coincides with the competitive
bid for Los Alamos as well as the congressional increases in lab
funding. Researchers at Los Alamos, alongside those at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, are working to develop these new
"mini-nukes." Despite the name,
these weapons are not very "mini." They range from explosive
yields of one-third to multiple times that of the bomb that was
dropped on Hiroshima in World War II which killed approximately
100,000 civilians. And like most weapons,
"mini-nukes" do not discriminate between combatants and
These new weapons are designed to deter so-called "rogue"
states from possessing their own weapons of mass destruction capabilities
Advocates, including Los Alamos personnel, claim that "mini-nukes"
provide a more credible deterrence than traditional nuclear weapons
because they decrease the amount of "collateral damage"
to civilian areas while still destroying targets such as airfields,
underground tunnels and bunkers as well as enemy stockpiles of chemical
and biological weapons
While the feasibility and possible benefits of these "mini-nukes"
remain unclear at best, Los Alamos employees along with other officials
have feverishly sought their realization. One seemingly obvious
reason for the lab's enthusiasm is that a "mini-nuke"
project would provide scientists and research with a reinvigorating
mission and direction
A March 2002 article in USA Today pointed out the relative importance
of this factor. Designing new nuclear weapons provides hands-on
instruction for future generations of weapons scientists that are
fast-replacing older Cold War personnel. Thus, the challenge allows
Los Alamos and other national labs to gain a new technological edge
and retain the top minds in research
However, persuading government leaders to dramatically change
national nuclear policy has been no easy task for lab employees.
Two analysts from Los Alamos, T.N. Dowler and J.S. Howard, authored
a landmark essay for the Fall 1991 issue of Strategic Review calling
for the development of what they referred to as "micro-nukes."
Earlier that same year, they had lobbied and secured support for
their plan from the Defense Science Board with a presentation entitled
"Potential Uses for Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons in the New World
Order." Unfortunately for Dowler and Howard, then-President
George H. W. Bush called for a moratorium on new nuclear weapons
development and testing in 1992. Subsequently, the nuclear weapons
complex suffered from almost a decade of stagnation as it struggled
to adapt to a post-Cold War era
The call for "mini-nukes" from Los Alamos employees
continued. In 2000, Stephen Younger, then head of nuclear weapons
work at the lab, wrote a paper supporting "mini-nukes"
and their possible use in the future. Most recently, in October
of 2003, four employees of Los Alamos authored an essay for the
journal Comparative Strategy entitled "An Analysis of Reduced
Collateral Damage Nuclear Weapons." This essay attempted to
reconcile the development of "mini-nukes" with the Bush
Administration's Nuclear Policy Review leaked to the public in January.
Los Alamos personnel argued that in order
for the US to reduce its nuclear stockpile but still retain a credible
nuclear deterrent against "rogue" states, greater diversity
in available nuclear weapons would be required (i.e. "mini-nukes").
They also stated that developing such weapons would allow US forces
to avoid undesirable "collateral damage." In
2003, Los Alamos marked the 60th anniversary of the lab's creation
by producing its first plutonium pit (the core of a nuclear weapon)
in 14 years. The Global Security Newswire
referred to this as "a first step toward reconstituting a nuclear
warhead production program," and by 2007 Los Alamos expects
to produce 10 such pits a year.
Along with the resumption of pit production, the passage that
same year of the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2004
signals the implementation of a new, fundamentally different nuclear
policy advocated by Los Alamos and the nuclear weapons complex.
Most importantly, the congressional Act lowers the bar for future
testing and repeals the "Spratt-Furse" provision banning
low-yield nuclear weapons.
The development of "mini-nukes"
could prove even more dangerous than nuclear weapons production
during the Cold War. As Newt Gingrich stated in 2003 for USA Today,
"This would be a weapon designed
to be used. It would not simply be a weapon of deterrence, as current
nuclear weapons are." The threshold
for nuclear weapons use will be lowered because the US will be more
willing to use smaller nuclear weapons on non-nuclear weapons states.
This would open a Pandora's Box. In turn states with weapons may
become more likely to use their weapons, and prod more states to
acquire nuclear weapons as a deterrent to US "pre-emptive"
war. On a downward spiral the
US may then utilize "mini-nukes" to attack these new nascent
The University of Texas and University of California Systems argue
that management of Los Alamos is national service. What they really
mean is that university management is active engagement with the
warfare state by lending an academic gloss to activities many of
the best and brightest might otherwise steer clear. Yet Los Alamos
and its scientists and engineers are not simply just "following
orders," in fact many of them are shaping an increasingly hostile
American nuclear weapons policy from the bottom up.
Whoever "manages" the Lab will be directly complicit in
a new nuclear arms race. Los Alamos has shown over the years that
it is a power unto itself and that, as evidenced by 60 years of
University of California management, its main function as a weapons
of mass destruction facility cannot be resolved or mitigated by
Nick Schwellenbach is a former member and John Pruett is a
current member of the student-based watchdog group, University of
Texas Watch (http://www.utwatch.org)
The head of the International Atomic Energy
Agency is convinced North Korea has built four to six nuclear bombs
out of the nuclear material the agency had monitored there until
Mohamed ElBaradei, whose team of investigators was expelled from
North Korea, said: "We know they have the fissile material
... I'm sure they have reprocessed it all."
He said enough time had passed for North Korea to solve the problems
of turning the 8000 spent nuclear fuel rods the agency was monitoring
into weapons-grade plutonium. "The production process is not
He said his claim was not based on new intelligence but on the
agency's extensive knowledge of the country. A spokesman for the
US National Security Council, Sean McCormack, said he was unaware
of any change in the official assessment of North Korea.
Dr ElBaradei's comments go beyond anything the
CIA or the US President, George Bush, have said publicly and puts
pressure on the White House to either take forcible action against
North Korea or cut a deal.
The US insists North Korea has enough nuclear material to make
only one or two weapons and that it cannot afford to sell its plutonium
or conduct a nuclear test. However, that assessment is based on
estimates from the early 1990s and has been contested behind the
A former senior State Department official, Robert Einhorn, said
the comments would "certainly create some pressure" on
Mr Bush. "Would the North Koreans ever sell their plutonium?
It becomes more plausible if they think we are turning the screws
on them," he said.
North Korea agreed in 1994 to freeze plutonium production but
in 2002 renounced the deal and ejected the International Atomic
Energy Agency after the US accused it of trying to produce highly
Since then the US had been working with China, South Korea, Japan
and Russia to negotiate the dismantling of North Korea's weapons
program, but the talks stalled in September. They are expected to
resume next year.
Last month the commander of US forces in South Korea, General
Leon LaPorte, said he was increasingly worried "North Korea,
in its desire for hard currency, would sell weapons-grade plutonium
to some terrorist organisations".
Labor's foreign affairs spokesman, Kevin Rudd, said Dr ElBaradei's
assessment was profoundly disturbing. [...]
Pakistan test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable
of carrying a nuclear warhead but insisted it was not sending a
signal to India amid continuing peace moves with its regional rival.
The Hatf-IV (Shaheen-1) missile, which can hit targets up to 700
kilometers (437 miles) away, was launched from an undisclosed location,
a military spokesman told AFP.
The test was Pakistan's sixth this year
and the second in 10 days. Pakistan and India, who carried
out tit-for-tat nuclear detonations in 1998, both conduct regular
Foreign office spokesman Masood Khan said the test was not meant
to send any message to India. The two countries are engaged in a
peace dialogue aimed at resolving all issues including the disputed
Himalayan state of Kashmir.
"It is not a signal to India. Maintaining our nuclear deterrence
is a national priority," Khan said. "Such tests are conducted
periodically to validate technical parameters of our missile tests."
Pakistan had informed its neighbours before launching the indigenously
developed missile, the military said, adding that the test was "successful".
The test was to validate "additional technical parameters"
of the missile, which is already part of Pakistan's military inventory.
Pakistan tested a Ghaznavi short-range nuclear-capable missile
on November 29.
The military said the recent tests were
"indicative of the government resolve to consolidate and strengthen
Pakistan's nuclear deterrence capability." [...]
|MOSCOW : Russia revealed it was fitting its strategic
bombers with cruise missiles capable of delivering a massive precision
strike thousands of miles away -- giving away the first clear hint
of its post-Cold War military strategy.
"Russia's long-range air force finally has a new weapon,"
the government's Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily announced in a headline.
"We now have a strategic cruise missile with a non-nuclear
warhead," the paper wrote.
"We have broken the US monopoly on the use long-range conventional
cruise missiles," an unnamed senior air force commander told
The technology appears to be similar to cruise missiles that the
United States has long attached to its own intercontinental bombers
like the B-2 Stealth bomber.
The announcement followed months of cryptic statements from President
Vladimir Putin and his top generals that Russia was developing a
new missile program that is a step ahead of any Western rivals --
including technology developed by the United States.
Putin declared last month that Russia had "conducted tests
of the latest nuclear rocket systems" in a cryptic comment
that puzzled military strategists but seemed
aimed at Washington and its mooted missile defense shield that Moscow
Russia has been developing a range of new missiles capable of
penetrating US defenses as a result.
Generals announced earlier this year the successful tests of a
hypersonic intercontinental missile that has no officially-confirmed
rival in the United States.
Moscow is also believed to be developing a multi-stage
intercontinental ballistic missile that uses cruise missile technology
to zigzag and avoid being shot down once it re-enters the earth's
Finally Russia announced that it was making its most feared and
powerful trans-Atlantic missile mobile within the next two years.
But the latest technology announced Monday would
see old Soviet-era conventional missiles be carried by strategic
bombers with a global range.
The Russian government daily said tests of the new system were
being conducted in military exercises now under way in southern
"This year, our strategic Tu-160 and Tu-95s bombers have
been equipped with new non-nuclear precision weapons," ITAR-TASS
quoted an unnamed Russian air force general as saying.
"These cruise missiles have a range
of more than 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) and can miss a target
by no more than a few meters while carrying a warhead of hundreds
of kilotons," the source said.
The report failed to specify the type of missile being used.
The bombers currently carry an intercontinental ballistic missile
called X-55 (AS-15 Kent according to Western classification) that
was first deployed in 1983.
But Russian news reports said at least some of the planes will
now be re-equipped with a new smaller missile which in Russian is
called OFAB-500 and which carries a massive cluster bomb weighing
515 kilograms (1,130 pounds).
The pudgy weapon only has a top speed of 1,200 kilometers (720
miles) an hour but would be launched from bombers that can reach
any spot on earth.
A military source told ITAR-TASS the first Tu-160 has been equipped
with 45 tons of bombs -- or about 90 missiles.
"These new cruise missiles are a very precise weapon,"
the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) official defense ministry newspaper
"The crew will be capable of delivering, as they say, a 'present'
through an open window," the paper said.
However the Russian government daily pointed out that Moscow has
a long way to go before it can catch up with Washington.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta estimated said the United States now has 5,000
non-nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with up to 700 of them attached
to global B-52 and B-2 bombers.
The unnamed general told ITAR-TASS that Russia's technology was
primarily aimed for "anti-terrorist operations" rather
than a major war.
|TOKYO : Japanese anti-war campaigners said they
planned a "people's tribunal" over the atomic bombings of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki that could symbolically hold the United States
responsible for war crimes.
Some 30 academics, lawyers and peace activists are preparing for
the trial to start next year on the 60th anniversary of the bombings,
with the verdict likely to be read out in Washington in early 2006.
Defendants could be key US decision-makers including late president
Harry Truman and secretary of war Henry Stimson, along with Robert
Oppenheimer and other scientists and the military personnel who
carried out the order.
"As the statute of limitations is
not applicable to war crimes, the responsibility should lie with
the present US government, too," the Hiroshima-based
group said in a statement.
The group has invited international law experts to act as prosecutors
The activists said the failure to pursue criminal charges over
the bombings in the final days of World War II led to the expansion
of nuclear weapons and further wars, such as those seen in Afghanistan
"The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki typifies two kinds
of crimes against humanity, indiscriminate bombing and mass killing,
both common phenomena in contemporary warfare," the group said.
Citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki "bear a moral responsibility
to represent the voices" of all victims of indiscriminate bombing
throughout the world, the trial's preparatory committee said. [...]
WASHINGTON - The Senate is expected to pass
the 9/11 intelligence reform bill late this afternoon after the
House passed the legislation 336-75 last night.
Four months after the Sept. 11 commission urged drastic changes
to protect the nation from another terror attack, Congress neared
final passage of the far-reaching legislation overhauling the nation's
intelligence network and instituting new border and aviation security
"We have walked a long and winding road to get to this day,
but ultimately we've gotten to exactly where we wanted to be, which
is on the verge of adopting legislation that will reform America's
intelligence assets," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.,
one of the lead Senate negotiators on the bill.
A compromise bill that seemed to be dead two weeks ago was getting
a final vote in the Senate late Wednesday before being sent to President
Bush for his signature.
The House passed the bill overwhelmingly on Tuesday after Bush
endorsed it and House Republicans satisfied themselves that the
measure would not negatively affect the nation's military.
The president "greatly looks forward to Senate passage and
ultimately to signing the bill into law," White House spokesman
Trent Duffy said late Tuesday as the president flew back to Washington
from a visit with Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif. [...]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The following are
the highlights of legislation that would enact key intelligence
reforms recommended by the September 11 Commission.
- establishes the new Director of National Intelligence post to
oversee the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. The director
is to be approved by the Senate and will have control over much
of the budget for U.S. spy agencies. The Pentagon retains control
over battlefield assets.
- establishes the National Counterterrorism Center to coordinate
terrorism-related intelligence and conduct "strategic operational
planning," which will include the mission, objectives, tasks
and interagency coordination.
- creates a Privacy and Civil Liberties
Oversight Board to ensure regulations and policies do not threaten
privacy rights or civil liberties.
- requires the secretary of homeland security to develop and implement
a national strategy for transportation security, including steps
to improve aviation, air cargo and maritime security.
- calls for greater coordination and communication between all
levels of government and emergency response providers.
- requires the Department of Homeland Security
to increase the numbers of border patrol agents by at least 2,000
per year and customs and immigration agents by at least 800 per
year for five years.
- tightens visa application requirements; requires a face-to-face
consular interview of most applicants for non-immigrant visas between
the ages of 14 and 79.
- increases criminal penalties for alien smuggling and allows deportation
of any alien who received military training from a group designated
as a terrorist organization.
- provides new authority to pursue "lone
wolf" terror suspects who are not affiliated with foreign terror
- authorizes funding for better technology and other federal support
to improve efforts to fight money laundering and terrorist financing;
requires better coordination and building on international coalitions
to combat terrorist financing.
- supports public diplomacy in foreign policy; supports further
financial assistance of Pakistan and Afghanistan; calls
for strengthening and assessing the relationship between the United
States and Saudi Arabia.
BOSTON, July 25 - The streets around the Democratic
National Convention site resembled an armed camp on Sunday - helicopters
overhead, bomb-sniffing dogs and their handlers, police officers
and soldiers lining the intersections, many kinds of barriers, and
an officially designated "Free Speech Zone" sealed off
with cyclone fencing and razor wire.
It looked like an empty cage.
The designated demonstration area, a dank place under abandoned
elevated tracks, failed its first test on Sunday when what will
probably be the largest demonstration of the convention period simply
walked right by it.
"We never intended to use it," said Rachel Nasca of Boston
Answer, the main protest coalition, marching at the head of the
line. "We never even bothered to take it to court. Did you
see that thing?"
Indeed, the Free Speech Zone is rapidly becoming the hottest local
issue of the convention, with most of the protest groups vowing
to boycott it. The only protesters to embrace it were members of
a pro-Palestinian group that says the cyclone fencing and barbed
wire provide an ideal visual backdrop to their message of opposition
to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
"We want to draw attention to what Palestinians have been
subjected to for years," said Marilyn Levin of the group, United
for Justice With Peace. "We can leave our cage, but Palestinians
cannot leave theirs."
Sunday's demonstrators, mostly antiwar, numbering about 3,000 by
police estimate, marched for about two hours in a big circle from
the Boston Common over the top of Beacon Hill past the FleetCenter,
the convention site, proceeding back past Government Center to the
common, without serious incident. There was a brief scuffle with
one of many anti-abortion protesters, who were also out in force.
[...] The demonstrators were escorted by hundreds of city and state
police officers, preceded by policemen on bicycles pedaling at a
gruelingly slow pace, and trailed by police S.U.V.'s, correction
department detention wagons and even school buses, to be used in
case of large-scale arrests. Lines of police - city to the left,
state to the right - moved alongside, flanking the demonstrators,
and there were phalanxes of officers at the intersections.
The police turnout was only one indication of the security precautions
that have turned the FleetCenter into a virtual fortress. Helicopters
and jet fighters patrol overhead, and Coast Guard and police gunboats
cruise the harbor. National Guardsmen in camouflage patrolled around
the convention center, which is surrounded by double rows of iron
[...] While the labor dispute was settled, the battle over the
Free Speech Zone continues. After the American Civil Liberties Union
and the National Lawyers Guild filed suit against the zone, Judge
Douglas P. Woodlock of Federal District Court toured the site last
week and said that while he intitially doubted the lawyers' claim
that the site resembled "an internment camp," he concluded
that the comparison was "an understatement."
"One cannot concieve of other elements put
in place to create a space that's more of an affront to the idea
of free expression than the designated demonstration zone,"
he said in a ruling on Thursday.
Nevertheless, Judge Woodcock said, there
was no alternative. He told the lawyers: "There really isn't
any other place.
You're stuck under the tracks."
The manipulation of computer voting machines
in the recent presidential election and the funding of programmers
who were involved in the operation are tied to an intricate web
of shady off-shore financial trusts and companies, shady espionage
operatives, Republican Party politicians close to the Bush family,
and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract
An exhaustive investigation has turned up a link between current
Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney, a customized Windows-based
program to suppress Democratic votes on touch screen voting machines,
a Florida computer services company with whom Feeney worked as a
general counsel and registered lobbyist while he was Speaker of
the Florida House of Representatives, and top level officials of
the Bush administration.
According to a notarized affidavit signed by Clint Curtis, while
he was employed by the NASA Kennedy Space Center contractor, Yang
Enterprises, Inc., during 2000, Feeney solicited him to write a
program to "control the vote." At the time, Curtis was
of the opinion that the program was to be used for preventing fraud
in the 2002 election in Palm Beach County, Florida. His mind was
changed, however, when the true intentions of Feeney became clear:
the computer program was going to be used to suppress the Democratic
vote in counties with large Democratic registrations.
According to Curtis, Feeney and other top brass at Yang Enterprises,
a company located in a three-story building in Oviedo, Florida,
wanted the prototype written in Visual Basic 5 (VB.5) in Microsoft
Windows and the end- product designed to be portable across different
Unix-based vote tabulation systems and to be "undetectable"
to voters and election supervisors.
Yang, an engineering and computer services company subcontracted
to NASA prime contractors like Lockheed Martin, was founded in 1986
by Dr. Tyng-Lin (Tim) Yang. Granted minority-owned "Section
8A" and woman-owned preferential status by the U.S. government,
Yang's clients also include the Florida Department of Transportation
(DOT). Yang's President, Li-Woan (Lee) Yang, is Tim Yang's wife.
Feeney was the registered agent for another Yang company, Y &
H Greens, Inc., a company that was dissolved in 1988 and operated
from the Yangs' residence on Merritt Island. The Yangs also serve
as co-trustees for an entity called Yang of Merritt Island, Ltd.,
founded on January 31, 2000, and also run from their residence.
In the autumn of 1999, Curtis, who served as a sort of technology
adviser for Yang, first became aware of Feeney's interest in election
rigging. Curtis said at one meeting, Feeney
"bragged that he could reduce the minority vote and deliver
the election to 'George.'" At the same meeting, according to
Curtis, Feeney said he had "implemented a list that would eliminate
thousands of voters that would vote for Democratic candidates"
and that "a proper placement of police patrols could further
reduce the black vote by as much as 25 percent."
Feeney's desire to manipulate the vote would be manifested in his
home base of Volusia County in the 2000 presidential election. According
to The Washington Post, at 10 p.m. on election night, Al Gore was
leading Bush in Volusia County by 83,000 to 62,000 votes. One-half
hour later, Gore's vote total had been reduced by 16,000 to 67,000
and an obscure Socialist candidate saw a sudden surge to 10,000
votes in a precinct with only 600 voters. The information
on the Volusia optical scanner voting anomalies came from a leaked
internal Diebold memorandum. In the end, Bush won Florida and the
White House by a mere 537 votes in the most controversial U.S. presidential
election in history.
Feeney had long been a voice in Florida GOP politics. He
was gubernatorial candidate Jeb Bush's running mate in 1994,
a race in which Democratic incumbent Lawton Chiles defeated Bush.
Chiles once referred to Feeney as "the David Duke of Florida
In 2002, Feeney asked Curtis if he could develop a touch screen
voting machine "flip flop" program. According to Curtis,
Feeney asked him, "Can you write a program to flip votes around
on touch screen machines?" Curtis said Feeney wanted the program
to merely reduce votes in heavily Democratic areas and flip Republican
votes to 51 percent and keep Democrat votes to 49 percent. Curtis
added that Feeney "did not want to win by a lot."
In return, Curtis said Feeney offered him "big jobs."
Curtis's main tasks at Yang were to develop the Florida DOT's Electronic
Document Management System. He also worked on the Project Pipeline
Information System at another one of Yang's major clients, Exxon
Mobil's Coral Gables facility.
Curtis said he developed the voting program and eventually handed
off his prototype to Feeney. The program was also reviewed by Curtis's
senior coder, Hai Lin (Henry) Nee, who according to Florida Department
of Transportation sources, was an illegal alien working in the United
States. According Curtis, not only did Nee review the vote switching
program code but he constantly downloaded sensitive data to his
computer from NASA's computers. Nee, according to Curtis, moonlighted
at an Orlando company called Azure Systems, described by The Orlando
Sentinel as a "three person engineering firm" and one
of a number of companies linked to Ting Ih-Hsu, a former Lockheed
Martin employee. At the same time Nee was reviewing Yang's vote
switching program, he was also being investigated by U.S. federal
investigators for illegally shipping Hellfire missile parts to China.
Oddly, although U.S. law enforcement agents had put Nee and his
associates under surveillance for illegal exports of technology
to China in 1999, he and his colleagues were not arrested until
March of this year.
Curtis claimed that Yang's corporate bosses stressed that the company
had "unlimited" sources of money that came "mostly"
from China. According to Florida DOT employees, House Speaker Feeney
pressured their agency to give money to Yang for nonexistent software.
The sources also revealed that Feeney was aware that Yang was employing
a number of illegal aliens on State of Florida and federal contracts.
Feeney's ties to Yang paralleled similar close ties to NASA. Feeney's
wife Ellen has worked as an engineer for NASA's Kennedy Space Center
since 1985. Jeb Bush ensured that Florida's 24th Congressional District
was redrawn so that Feeney would have an easy time in his 2002 race
against Democratic opponent Harry Jacobs. According to Florida state
officials, who spoke on the condition anonymity, 500 Yang employees
at the Kennedy Space Center were paid for their time when they agreed
to picket against Jacobs. In addition, NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe,
according to the same sources, lobbied extensively for Feeney within
NASA. In addition, O'Keefe and his close
friend and former Pentagon boss, Vice President Dick Cheney, made
campaign appearances for Feeney at the Kennedy Space Center.
Feeney's close ties to Jeb Bush and Cheney
paid off. In 2002, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
in a race that also saw the re-election of Jeb Bush. Early
in "vote switch's" development stages, Feeney had told
Curtis that he wanted the program "made to control Palm Beach"
in 2002. Palm Beach County's Election Supervisor was still the controversial
Theresa LePore, nicknamed "Madam Butterfly," who designed
the infamous "butterfly ballots" in the 2000 election.
LePore had once been an employee of Saudi multi-billionaire Adnan
Khashoggi, a Saudi link that is tied to a huge multi- billion
tranche of money distributed throughout off-shore trusts, accounts,
and corporations with interlocking directorships that are controlled
by Bush interests in Houston. It was this
Bush-controlled money cache, originating in the East, and known
in Houston by the name "Five Star" and other cryptonyms
that was, according to U.S. intelligence insiders, used to fund
the rigging of the 2004 election.
When he arrived in Congress, Feeney was
given a seat on the House Science and Technology Committee, which
oversees NASA's operations. Feeney was also appointed to the important
House Finance and Judiciary Committees. He was also given a clean
bill of ethical health by Florida's Ethics Commission, a panel that
has a Republican majority. [...]
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist
and syndicated columnist. He is the author of "Jaded Tasks:
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SAN ANTONIO - Clear Channel Communications
Inc., the nation's largest radio station
operator, has picked Fox News Radio
to be the primary source of national news
for most of its news and talk stations,
officials announced Monday.
The five-year agreement initially covers more than 100 radio stations.
Fox will provide a five-minute top-of-the-hour newscast, a nightly
news broadcast, and around-the-clock dedicated national news coverage.
In return, Fox News Radio will have access to news produced by San
Antonio-based Clear Channel's news network.
No terms of the deal were disclosed. But Fox, a unit of News Corp.,
says if all options in the agreement are exercised, its radio service
could have more than 500 affiliates by the middle of next year.
"Working this closely with a premiere
national news provider for the majority of our news/talk stations
makes overwhelming sense," said John Hogan, chief executive
officer of Clear Channel Radio. "Because of the breadth of
this relationship, our local news directors will get a more customized
and higher quality national news product — and that's great
"This deal positions Fox News to become a significant player
in the radio industry and is another example of our commitment to
the medium," said Roger Ailes, Fox News chairman and CEO.
Clear Channel, which operates 1,200 stations, has been getting
its national news feeds from a variety of providers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Border guards in International
Falls, Minn., and other busy northern crossings will start fingerprinting
foreign visitors by the end of the year as the Department of Homeland
Security clamps down on the Canadian border.
Technology including motion-detecting sensors and land-and air-based
surveillance of deserted stretches will also improve security, Asa
Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security,
said at a conference of law enforcement officials from eight Midwestern
and western states and Canada.
Fewer foreigners cross into the United States from Canada than
from Mexico, but they are from more countries and come for a wider
variety of reasons. The Homeland Security
Department aims to expand the collection of fingerprints and other
digital biometric data to the 50 busiest land crossings by the end
of the year. Fingerprinting has already started at Mexican
border crossings in Arizona, Texas and California.
"The fact still is that a terrorist, and the terrorists of
9/11, came in not sneaking across a land border but with documentation
at a port of entry," Hutchinson said. "That is obviously
their preference. We have to continue to work on our ports of entry."
The fingerprinting technology - used already
at airports and seaports - will be extended to all land border crossings
by the end of 2005. Most Canadians won't be subjected to
the scans because they don't need a visa to enter the United States.
The conference, which included representatives of tribal governments
and the RCMP, was closed to media except
for Hutchinson's speech and a brief question-answer with reporters.
OTTAWA - Dirty-bomb detectors are being installed
at the Ottawa International Airport under a federal project aimed
at eventually adding them to air facilities across the country.
The move is intended to stem post-Sept. 11 fears a terrorist will
slip a crude radiological device into luggage or onto an airplane.
Officials are particularly worried about the possibility of a
dirty bomb packed with conventional explosives such as dynamite
to scatter radioactive material stolen from a medical lab or industrial
The initial blast could kill or disable bystanders, while fallout
may claim more victims and effectively shut down a public facility
"The airport itself could be the target of, say, a dirty
bomb," said Ted Sykes, a senior project manager.
"Or the airport and aircraft could be used as a means by
which to move this stuff from one part of the country to another,
or one part of the continent to another."
Fears were heightened last year when documents discovered in Afghanistan
suggested Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network may have successfully
built a dirty bomb.
There is currently "limited capability" at Canadian
airports to detect illicit radioactive materials, says a summary
of the government project.
The $4-million pilot effort is part of the federal science community's
efforts to improve preparedness for a chemical, biological, radiological
or nuclear attack, a program known as the CBRN Research and Technology
Initiative, or CRTI.
Project partners include the federal Health and Transport departments,
the Ottawa police service, the Ottawa Airport Authority and private
firm McFadden Technologies Ltd.
The prototype system will consist of both fixed sensors in the
corridors of the Ottawa airport as well as roving detectors inside
vehicles that patrol the grounds, said Sykes, a CRTI portfolio manager.
Initially, there will be three or four outfitted cars cruising
the airport, with the first in place by the end of the year.
But it's too early for project staff to know how many mobile sensors
are needed to cover the Ottawa facility, Sykes said.
"They're going to try to determine, is that the right amount?
Do you need more, do you need less?" he said.
"And they'll combine this with the fixed-point sensors to
have a system in place that could potentially help detect illicit
transportation of material before that turned into a dirty bomb."
The project will use a geographical positioning system, cellular
communication and mapping technology to enable staff in a central
control room to monitor the various sensor readings.
A colour-coded scheme would help them interpret what each of the
detectors is reading, Sykes said.
"Green is good, yellow means there's potentially an issue
and red would mean you might have a hot radiological reading by
one of the sensors."
The Ottawa pilot should be fully operational by next fall for
a one-year testing phase, to wind up in September 2006.
The outcome will help determine the system's future and its potential
expansion to other Canadian airports, Sykes added.
The CRTI program already includes a project to install dirty-bomb
sensors in as many as 40 RCMP patrol cruisers in the national capital
Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Islamic militants
set off explosives in a booby-trapped chicken coop Tuesday as Israeli
troops approached, killing one soldier and wounding four, the army
and militants said.
The deadly blast went off east of Gaza City and triggered a gun
battle between soldiers and Palestinian militants. Israeli aircraft
fired missiles at gunmen on two occasions, killing one and wounding
The fighting came after relative calm in Gaza following the Nov.
11 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The interim Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has tried to persuade
militants to suspend attacks on Israelis ahead of Palestinian presidential
elections Jan. 9. The main militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad,
have not given a specific promise, but there had been expectations
that they would not disrupt Mr. Abbas' efforts.
Hamas claimed responsibility for Tuesday's ambush, saying it had
planted roadside bombs and land mines in the chicken coop and detonated
them as the soldiers approached.
The military said one soldier was killed and four were wounded
by the blast.
The Islamic Jihad militant group said one of its gunmen was killed
in the Israeli air strike. Three Palestinians, including
a 14-year-old boy, were wounded in the gun battle, hospital
officials said. The firefight raged for more than an hour after
the explosion. At one point, militants fired a rocket that exploded
near an Israeli tank, causing no damage. [...]
According to Palestinian eyewitness accounts,
the soldiers shot dead an injured Islamic Jihad terrorist, whom
they came to arrest.
The commander of the Israeli Navy has decided to suspend a team
from one of the IDF's most elite units, after a suspicion has been
raised the unit killed a wounded Palestinian during an operation
in Jenin earlier this week.
A preliminary investigation held by CO Central Command, Maj. Gen.
Moshe Kaplinsky and head of the Navy, Maj. Gen. David Ben-Ba'ashat,
has found several deficiencies in the unit's actions, prompting
the latter to suspend the Navy Commando team until a full probe
According to Palestinian eyewitness accounts, it appears the soldiers
arrived in the area in order to detain Mahmoud Kmayel, a wanted
Islamic Jihad terrorist. During the operation, Kmayel attempted
to escape but was shot by the soldiers who spotted him.
After a short while, the soldiers asked residents of a nearby
house to evacuate Kmayel who was lying on the ground. The Palestinians
tried to move him and even handed the soldiers his gun. According
to their testimony, Kmayel was alive at the time and even spoke
After bringing the injured terrorist closer the soldiers' position,
they were ordered to leave the scene. The residents said that several
minutes later they heard gunshots. When they approached, they realized
Kmayel was dead.
Last weekend alone, over 70 Iraqis were killed
in violence around their country. Yet these are only those reported
as a result of spectacular, "newsworthy" incidents like
car bombs or clashes between the resistance and occupation forces.
Iraqis are dying everyday from other things, like violent crime,
kidnappings where families can't afford to pay the ransom, stray
It's all too easy to lose sight of what this means by looking
only at the macro headlines; 32 Iraqis killed by a car bomb, 8 Iraqi
Police killed when Police Station stormed, etc.
The numbers don't tell the story of families the dead are leaving
There are no words to describe the sadness, nor the hopelessness
felt, when meeting with a family left behind when their 30 year-old
father was shot by US forces this past Fall.
In a small, one room house in Sadr City lives Sua'ad, a widow
of 8 young children.
"I can do nothing but look at my children and cry,"
she says while weeping throughout the interview, "What are
children to do without their father? A mother can care for them,
but it will be different. No matter what I do, it will be different.
Sometimes I need my husband for small things, and when he's not
there I just want to cry."
Her husband, Abdulla Rahman, was killed when caught in the crossfire
between occupation forces and the Mehdi Army.
She describes the day her husband was killed. US forces were attacking
fighters in the area of Sadr City where they lived.
"His last day he worked his job of selling used clothing,"
she said quietly. Abdulla had come home for his break to eat with
his family. He played with his 7 year-old son, then went outside
to see what was happening when fighting broke out.
He returned shortly thereafter to tell Sua'ad he needed to go
close his small shop. Roaring jets thundered overhead as bombs dropped,
and small arms fire was audible down the street.
"His shop is all we have," explained Sua'ad, "I
asked him not to go, but he said he would be right back."
But her husband never came back home…
"Some men told me he had been wounded, but when I found him
at the head of the street he was dead," she said softly while
Abbas, a 17 year-old neighbor hobbles in on his new crutches. One
of his legs was amputated because of wounds received from a cluster
bomb that fell near his home.
Sua'ad's oldest child, Ahmed is just 14 years old. Their small
house in the sprawling slum of Baghdad is nearly empty. Aside from
infrequent handouts from neighbors, they have no income.
"He was our father, and we are needing him so much,"
she explains while holding her arms out while a small child sits
in her lap, "His house needs many things. His children need
many things. They are children. He was like my mother and my father
and everything in my life."
She pauses to catch her breath. She never stops weeping.
"We are living alone now. I have four children with asthma.
Sometimes they can't breathe and I can do nothing for them. All
I do is stand with them and cry," she explains, "He was
helping me by taking them to the hospital and bringing the medicines,
but now I am knocking on the doors of the neighbors. Now we are
really needing him."
She looks outside as tears run down her cheeks. Remembering him,
she continues while staring out the window…
"He sacrificed everything for his children," she says
softly, "This happens for all the good people in the world,
not just me."
Her grief is mixed with anger towards the occupiers of her country…
"What can I say for the Americans? God will have the revenge
for me. Now I have 8 orphans, and I am the 9th. As they make us
orphans, God is going to kick them out of our country. All of these
young men have been killed for nothing. They killed them but they
did nothing wrong. My husband did nothing."
She sits in silence. The room is quiet, aside from one of her
baby who is crying in the next room.
Sua'ad offers food, but it is time to go.
She walks to the front gate as we leave.
I look back once more.
She is still weeping.
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Disgruntled U.S. soldiers
complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday
about the lack of armor for their vehicles and long deployments,
drawing a blunt retort from the Pentagon chief.
"You go to war with the Army you have,"
he said in a rare public airing of rank-and-file concerns among
In his prepared remarks earlier, Rumsfeld had urged the troops
— mostly National Guard and Reserve soldiers — to discount
critics of the war in Iraq and to help "win the test of wills"
with the insurgents.
Some of soldiers, however, had criticisms of their own —
not of the war itself but of how it is being fought.
Army Spc. Thomas Wilson, for example, of the 278th Regimental Combat
Team that is comprised mainly of citizen soldiers of the Tennessee
Army National Guard, asked Rumsfeld in a question-and-answer session
why vehicle armor is still in short supply, nearly two years after
the start of the war that ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
"Why do we soldiers have to dig through local
landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass
to uparmor our vehicles?" Wilson asked. A big cheer arose from
the approximately 2,300 soldiers in the cavernous hangar who assembled
to see and hear the secretary of defense.
Rumsfeld hesitated and asked Wilson to repeat his
"We do not have proper armored vehicles to carry with us north,"
Wilson said after asking again.
Rumsfeld replied that troops should make the best
of the conditions they face and said the Army was pushing manufacturers
of vehicle armor to produce it as fast as humanly possible.
And, the defense chief added, armor is not always a savior in the
kind of combat U.S. troops face in Iraq, where the insurgents' weapon
of choice is the roadside bomb, or improvised explosive device that
has killed and maimed hundreds, if not thousands, of American troops
since the summer of 2003.
"You can have all the armor in the
world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up," Rumsfeld said.
During the question-and-answer session, another soldier complained
that active-duty Army units sometimes get priority over the National
Guard and Reserve units for the best equipment in Iraq.
"There's no way I can prove it, but
I am told the Army is breaking its neck to see that there is not"
discrimination against the National Guard and Reserve in terms of
providing equipment, Rumsfeld said.
Yet another soldier asked, without putting it to Rumsfeld as a
direct criticism, how much longer the Army will continue using its
"stop loss" power to prevent soldiers from leaving the
service who are otherwise eligible to retire or quit.
Rumsfeld said that this condition was simply a fact of life for
soldiers at time of war.
"It's basically a sound principle,
it's nothing new, it's been well understood" by soldiers, he
said. "My guess is it will continue
to be used as little as possible, but that it will continue to be
|LONDON : British police were probing why a top
secret file detailing security arrangements for the visit of Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf to Britain this week was found abandoned
on a London street.
The 17-page document was reportedly found by a delivery driver
in a brown envelope on upmarket Curzon Street hours before Musharraf
and his wife touched down at Heathrow from Washington on Sunday.
Titled "Visit of His Excellency General Pervez Musharraf,
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan", the
papers reportedly disclosed the security arrangements at the London
hotel where the president and his entourage were staying.
The dossier containing maps showing Musharraf's movements, explaining
how to identify undercover police, and giving details of police
radio channels and secret police call signs, was given to the Daily
"The documents did not detail personal protection arrangements
for the president," said a spokesman from London's Metropolitan
Police. "His personal protection was not affected.
"Our understanding is that they were found by a member of
the public and handed in to the Mirror, who gave them to us yesterday,"
he said. "We have reviewed our policing operation, and liaised
with the Pakistan High Commission."
An investigation has been launched by the the police's Directorate
of Professional Standards into the circumstances surrounding the
loss of the documents.
Musharraf is in London for talks with British Prime Minister Tony
The Pakistani High Commission and Blair's office did not comment
on the security blunder.
|SYDNEY : The head of Australia's major counter-terrorism
force has called for extra powers to face increasing threats and warned
terrorists are using new technology to wreak havoc far outside their
Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty said existing
laws are inadequate and police need greater
powers of interrogation to obtain information from suspects
on who they work with and what they know about planned attacks.
In a speech to a major criminology conference in Melbourne, Keelty
said police were currently encountering several constraints imposed
by laws relating to evidence from overseas.
The Australian government has already significantly
increased police powers, increased funding for its war on terror
and signalled its intention to further strengthen laws after winning
control of the upper house for the first time at the October 9 election.
But Keelty told the conference: "If society really expects
law enforcement to prevent and disrupt terrorist activity, then
we need to look at other models that are working or that are under
development in other parts of the world."
He said counterparts overseas, such as in Britain and Northern
Ireland, had a greater ability to obtain information from suspects
than would be permitted in Australia.
"These include questions such as the
person's identity and movements, what the person knows about a recent
explosion or another recent incident endangering life and what they
know about a person killed or injured in a recent explosion or incident,"
Australia's criminal justice system should, for instance, allow
courts to admit evidence acquired in circumstances which may not
strictly conform to domestic requirements, he said.
Australian police involved in the joint investigation with Indonesian
police into the October 2002 Bali bombings were able under Indonesian
laws to elicit information from suspects which allowed valuable
evidence to be secured early.
But in Australia suspects have the right to remain silent when
questioned by police about a serious offence.
"I believe, here in Australia we are at a point in the policy
debate where it may be in the greater public interest for us to
consider a similar system (to Indonesia)." [...]
Japan is warning the White House that there
will be 'enormous capital flight' from the dollar if the Bush administration
maintains its laissez- faire approach to the mounting currency crisis.
Tokyo fears that Japan's strongest economic recovery in a decade
could be derailed by the sudden appreciation in the yen against
The criticism of President Bush's inaction, by a senior member
of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, will be taken as a veiled
threat that Japan could start to sell off
holdings of US Treasuries. 'The Japanese government is going
to ask for a strong dollar policy; if it continues to fall, there
would be enormous capital flight from the dollar,' said Kaoru Yosano,
chairman of the LDP's policy council, adding that Japan would be
calling on its fellow G7 governments to demand the US deal with
the massive fiscal deficit that has helped to prompt the dollar's
Yosano's remarks echoed a warning from a senior Japanese Ministry
of Finance official that if the US does not push up interest rates
to make the dollar more attractive, 'the one-way sentiment on the
dollar will have a negative impact on the flow of capital into the
US.' He added that Japan is urging its European counterparts to
join a campaign of coordinated currency-market intervention, saying:
'If the dollar is depreciating, we should have coordinated action:
that has already been communicated to my European counterparts.'
Like Japan, the eurozone fears that its tentative recovery could
be choked off by the fall in the dollar, which European Central
Bank president Jean- Claude Trichet has called 'brutal'. However,
the ECB has so far dismissed the idea of intervening.
Japan is taking a double hit from the decline in the dollar because
the Chinese renminbi is pegged to the US currency, so Japanese exports
are simultaneously becoming sharply dearer in both their major markets.
Takeo Fukui, the chairman of Honda, admits, for example, that an
appreciation of 1 yen against the dollar, if it lasts for more than
three months, knocks 10 billion yen off the carmaker's profits.
|Rome, Italy, - An earthquake was felt in the provinces
of Treviso and Belluno. The epicentre was between the municipalities
of Farra D'Alpago, Fregona, and Vittorio Veneto. No damage or injuries
have been reported. According to the National Geophysics and Volcanology
Institute, the earthquake took place at 3.19am, and had a magnitude
The family were walking close to Corfe Castle
A grandmother was crushed to death by a falling branch in a tornado
described by a coroner as "an act of God".
Pamela Hudson, 57, was walking with her husband and grandchild
during a family holiday in Corfe Castle, Dorset, when a pine tree
split and fell on her.
Firefighters pulled the boy free but Mrs Hudson, from Harpenden,
Herts, was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was the first person in Britain to die in a tornado since
1913. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.
Mrs Hudson's husband, Ian, suffered a fractured right hand in
He told the inquest in Bournemouth: "The most striking recollection
I have is of a terrific rushing noise which was different to a noise
I had ever heard before and then almost instantly I found myself
surrounded by tree branches.
"I noticed my wife was trapped under what presumably was
the trunk of the tree... but there were no signs of movement from
her. From that moment on it was absolute mayhem."
Meteorologist Robert Doe, a member of the Tornado and Storm Research
Organisation, said the freak tornado left a five-mile trail of damage
in its wake with one farmer losing the roof of a barn and another
tree left completely uprooted.
It started at Corfe Common and travelled as far as Wareham Channel.
Coroner Sheriff Payne said: "It was clearly an exceptional
event. Something that no human steps could have prevented happening.
(Mexico City): Smoke and ash has been spotted
coming out of the Volcano of Fire - also known as the Colima Volcano-
in western Mexico.
Officials said a light coating of ashes has reached some towns
in the area near the city of Colima, 430 miles (700 kilometres)
northwest of Mexico City. But that there was no immediate danger.
It's the latest in a series of spectacular but non-threatening
eruptions in the past few weeks. In October hot lava and rock came
out of the volcano.
Since then scientists have reported frequent eruptions from its
12,533-foot (3,820-metre) peak. The eruptions have been caused by
seismic activity, and scientists can't predict how long they will
Vulcanologists consider the Colima Volcano to be one of the most
active and potentially the most destructive of the volcanoes in
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