Daily Archives: August 13, 2007

Chinese Tycoon Inspired by Bush’s Invasion of Iraq to Create Super Surveillance Police State

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IBM and Cisco help Chinese Communist govt create super surveillance system to track citizens


  • Mr. Lin said the success of American technology during the invasion of Iraq inspired him to acquire the predecessor company for China Public Security and turn it to police work. “I really felt strongly that the police would absolutely benefit from such technology,” he said. “Bush helped me get my vision.”
  • At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets here in southern China and will soon be guided by sophisticated computer software from an American-financed company to recognize automatically the faces of police suspects and detect unusual activity.
  • Western security experts have suspected for several years that Chinese security agencies could track individuals based on the location of their cellphones, and the Shenzhen police tracking system confirms this.
  • Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address, but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial one-child policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the card.
  • They also could help the Communist Party retain power by maintaining tight controls on a prosperous population at a time when street protests are becoming more common.
  • “We have a very good relationship with U.S. companies like IBM, Cisco, HP, Dell. These are all very good partners with us,” said Robin Huang, the chief operating officer of China Public Security. “All of these U.S. companies work with us to build our system together.”
  • China Public Security proudly displays in its boardroom a certificate from I.B.M. labeling it as a partner.

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China Enacting a High-Tech Plan to Track People

New York Times | Aug 12, 2007

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Lin Jiang Huai, the chief executive of a computer company that has contracts to develop technology to aid police.

By KEITH BRADSHER

SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 9 — At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets here in southern China and will soon be guided by sophisticated computer software from an American-financed company to recognize automatically the faces of police suspects and detect unusual activity.

Starting this month in a port neighborhood and then spreading across Shenzhen, a city of 12.4 million people, residency cards fitted with powerful computer chips programmed by the same company will be issued to most citizens.

Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial “one child” policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the card.

Security experts describe China’s plans as the world’s largest effort to meld cutting-edge computer technology with police work to track the activities of a population and fight crime. But they say the technology can be used to violate civil rights.

The Chinese government has ordered all large cities to apply technology to police work and to issue high-tech residency cards to 150 million people who have moved to a city but not yet acquired permanent residency.

Both steps are officially aimed at fighting crime and developing better controls on an increasingly mobile population, including the nearly 10 million peasants who move to big cities each year. But they could also help the Communist Party retain power by maintaining tight controls on an increasingly prosperous population at a time when street protests are becoming more common.

“If they do not get the permanent card, they cannot live here, they cannot get government benefits, and that is a way for the government to control the population in the future,” said Michael Lin, the vice president for investor relations at China Public Security Technology, the company providing the technology.

Incorporated in Florida, China Public Security has raised much of the money to develop its technology from two investment funds in Plano, Tex., Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund. Three investment banks — Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach, Calif.; Oppenheimer & Company in New York; and First Asia Finance Group of Hong Kong — helped raise the money.

Shenzhen, a computer manufacturing center next to Hong Kong, is the first Chinese city to introduce the new residency cards. It is also taking the lead in China in the large-scale use of law enforcement surveillance cameras — a tactic that would have drawn international criticism in the years after the Tiananmen Square killings in 1989.

But rising fears of terrorism have lessened public hostility to surveillance cameras in the West. This has been particularly true in Britain, where the police already install the cameras widely on lamp poles and in subway stations and are developing face recognition software as well.

New York police announced last month that they would install more than 100 security cameras to monitor license plates in Lower Manhattan by the end of the year. Police officials also said they hoped to obtain financing to establish links to 3,000 public and private cameras in the area by the end of next year; no decision has been made on whether face recognition technology has become reliable enough to use without the risk of false arrests.

Shenzhen already has 180,000 indoor and outdoor closed-circuit television cameras owned by businesses and government agencies, and the police will have the right to link them on request into the same system as the 20,000 police cameras, according to China Public Security.

Some civil rights activists contend that the cameras in China and Britain are a violation of the right of privacy contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Large-scale surveillance in China is more threatening than surveillance in Britain, they said when told of Shenzhen’s plans.

“I don’t think they are remotely comparable, and even in Britain it’s quite controversial,” said Dinah PoKempner, the general counsel of Human Rights Watch in New York. China has fewer limits on police power, fewer restrictions on how government agencies use the information they gather and fewer legal protections for those suspected of crime, she noted.

While most countries issue identity cards, and many gather a lot of information about citizens, China also appears poised to go much further in putting personal information on identity cards, Ms. PoKempner added.

Every police officer in Shenzhen now carries global positioning satellite equipment on his or her belt. This allows senior police officers to direct their movements on large, high-resolution maps of the city that China Public Security has produced using software that runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

“We have a very good relationship with U.S. companies like I.B.M., Cisco, H.P., Dell,” said Robin Huang, the chief operating officer of China Public Security. “All of these U.S. companies work with us to build our system together.”

The role of American companies in helping Chinese security forces has periodically been controversial in the United States. Executives from Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Cisco Systems testified in February 2006 at a Congressional hearing called to review whether they had deliberately designed their systems to help the Chinese state muzzle dissidents on the Internet; they denied having done so.

China Public Security proudly displays in its boardroom a certificate from I.B.M. labeling it as a partner. But Mr. Huang said that China Public Security had developed its own computer programs in China and that its suppliers had sent equipment that was not specially tailored for law enforcement purposes.

The company uses servers manufactured by Huawei Technologies of China for its own operations. But China Public Security needs to develop programs that run on I.B.M., Cisco and Hewlett-Packard servers because some Chinese police agencies have already bought these models, Mr. Huang said.

Mr. Lin said he had refrained from some transactions with the Chinese government because he is the chief executive of a company incorporated in the United States. “Of course our projects could be used by the military, but because it’s politically sensitive, I don’t want to do it,” he said.

Western security experts have suspected for several years that Chinese security agencies could track individuals based on the location of their cellphones, and the Shenzhen police tracking system confirms this.

When a police officer goes indoors and cannot receive a global positioning signal from satellites overhead, the system tracks the location of the officer’s cellphone, based on the three nearest cellphone towers. Mr. Huang used a real-time connection to local police dispatchers’ computers to show a detailed computer map of a Shenzhen district and the precise location of each of the 92 patrolling officers, represented by caricatures of officers in blue uniforms and the routes they had traveled in the last hour.

All Chinese citizens are required to carry national identity cards with very simple computer chips embedded, providing little more than the citizen’s name and date of birth. Since imperial times, a principal technique of social control has been for local government agencies to keep detailed records on every resident.

The system worked as long as most people spent their entire lives in their hometowns. But as ever more Chinese move in search of work, the system has eroded. This has made it easier for criminals and dissidents alike to hide from police, and it has raised questions about whether dissatisfied migrant workers could organize political protests without the knowledge of police.

Little more than a collection of duck and rice farms until the late 1970s, Shenzhen now has 10.55 million migrants from elsewhere in China, who will receive the new cards, and 1.87 million permanent residents, who will not receive cards because local agencies already have files on them. Shenzhen’s red-light districts have a nationwide reputation for murders and other crimes.

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Iraq invasion inspired Chinese tycoon to develop software for police work

International Herald Tribune | Aug 12, 2007

SHENZHEN, China: Behind Shenzhen’s aggressive introduction of new police technologies is an unusual computer software company that has won some of the initial government contracts, China Public Security Technology, and the tycoon who runs it, Lin Jiang Huai.

China Public Security is traded in the United States on the obscure over-the-counter bulletin board market, but it has a market capitalization of almost $180 million. It is preparing to seek a Nasdaq listing next year, Lin said.

Lin, 38, who holds more than $100 million worth of China Public Security stock, said he dreamed as a boy of becoming a police officer to fight crime and defend the helpless. A powerfully built amateur weightlifter who is also a devout Buddhist, he made his first fortune as a manufacturer of an important component for DVD players.

Lin said the success of U.S. technology during the invasion of Iraq inspired him to acquire the predecessor company for China Public Security and turn it to police work.

“I really felt strongly that the police would absolutely benefit from such technology,” he said. “Bush helped me get my vision.”

Lin bought an obscure e-commerce business here three years ago and changed its business focus. He then bought a tiny Florida printing company with sparsely traded stock, renamed it China Public Security, and turned the software business here into a subsidiary of the U.S. company.

Helping Chinese police agencies has been profitable for China Public Security and its investors. The company estimated in May that it would earn an after-tax profit of $12.5 million on sales of $27 million this year. Two hedge funds that bought stakes have more than doubled their money since investing in February.

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RELATED BUSINESS INFO

China Public Security (Private Site)

Company Overview

Through its wholly-owned Chinese subsidiary, CPST is focused on the development and implementation of large scale high-tech public security and Geographic Information System (GIS) related projects. The Company provides a broad portfolio of fully integrated solutions and services, including public security information technology (First Responder Coordination Platform, Intelligent Border Control and Intelligent Security Surveillance), Geographic Information System (Police-use GIS and Civil-use GIS), and e-Government Platform, software sales and maintenance as well. CPST currently has the licenses to 16 registered and copyrighted software applications in China, through its exclusive business turnkey agreement with Shenzhen iASPEC Software Engineering Company Limited (iASPEC). Under this agreement the Company acts as iASPEC’s exclusive subcontractor to all its customers.

JIANG HUAI LIN, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer — Mr. Lin has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since September 6, 2006 and he became the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer on October 3, 2006. Mr. Lin has also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s subsidiary, Public Security Technology (PRC) Co, Ltd., since its incorporation in January 2006. During the period from September 2000 to June 2004, Mr. Lin served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong United Development Group, a consolidated enterprise engaging in investment, high technology and education. Prior to that, Mr. Lin served as a Director and the General Manager of Fujian Wild Wolf Electronics Limited, a company engaged in the business of manufacturing electrical consumer products from February 1995 through August 2000. Mr. Lin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Xiamen University.
http://www.chinacpby.com/index.htm

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China Public Security managed by Ministry of public Security of PR China was borne in 1993. Our aim is promoting development of public security in China.
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China Public Security Technology Wins Phase I of the Shenzhen City Residence Card Information Management System Project

PR Newswire

Pilot Project Part of Key, Multi-Year Initiative to Automate China’s Household Registration System

July 27, 2007: 08:30 AM EST

SHENZHEN, China, July 27 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — China Public Security Technology, Inc. , (“China Public Security” or the “Company”), a leading provider of public security information technology and Geographic Information Systems (“GIS”) software services in China, today announced that the Company has won the contract for construction of Phase I of the Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System Project.

The Shenzhen Residence Card program is the one of the pilot projects advocated by China’s Ministry of Public Security to reform the nation’s household registration system. Construction of the entire Shenzhen Residence Card program is expected to take three years, with a total investment of approximately $390 million, an estimated $39 million of which has been set aside for the development and implementation of Information Management System. China Public Security has won the contract for construction of Phase I of the Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System, valued at approximately $2.2 million dollars. Construction is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2007.

Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System is an integral part of the entire Shenzhen Residence Card program. Through an integrated information transfer platform, the new system will facilitate several social programs in Shenzhen, including social welfare management, one-child policy family planning management, education management, and house rental management. The system will enable various government agencies to access information regarding immigrant populations and improve public management capabilities. In the near future, the Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System may be expanded to be compatible with other applications, such as Trans Card , and could be used to access medical history, personal credit history, and driving records.

China’s Ministry of Public Security plans to first deploy the Residence Card Information Management System in China’s largest cities, including in Shanghai and Shenzhen, and if successful, the system may be extended to 660 cities across China. The Residence Card Information Management System is designed to provide better visibility and control of the large scale urbanization and internal immigration associated with China’s economic development. According to national statistics, there are over 150 million internal immigrants in China, and in many large and medium-sized cities, the population of recent immigrants from rural areas now exceeds the resident population. The bidding process for Phase 2 construction of the Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System, which has an estimated value of $7 million USD, is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2007, and other Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System projects are planned for implementation in 2008 and 2009.

“We are very excited and proud to have won the Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System Project. Successful performance on this project will further showcase our technology prowess and large scale execution capability in the Public Security sector,” said Mr. Jiang Huai Lin, the Company’s CEO. “Our development of three key integrated operation platforms, including our Police GIS system, First Responder Coordination Platform and the pending Shenzhen Residence Card Information Management System, shows our ability to address China’s critical security needs in an era of rapid development and increasing mobility, and puts us in a good position to win additional Residence Card Information Management System contracts in other regions across China. We believe that our successful completion of this contract will be an important step in achieving our financial goals for 2007.”

About China Public Security Technology, Inc.

Through its wholly-owned Chinese subsidiary, CPST is focused on the development and implementation of large scale, high-tech public security and Geographic Information System (GIS) related projects. The Company provides a broad portfolio of fully integrated solutions and services, including public security information technology (First Responder Coordination Platform, Intelligent Border Control and Intelligent Security Surveillance), Geographic Information System (Police-use GIS and Civil-use GIS), and e-Government Platform services, software sales and maintenance as well. CPST currently has the licenses to 16 registered and copyrighted software applications in China, through its exclusive business turnkey agreement with Shenzhen iASPEC Software Engineering Company Limited (iASPEC). Under this agreement the Company acts as iASPEC’s exclusive subcontractor to all its customers. To learn more about the Company, please visit the corporate website at http://www.chinacpby.com .

For more information, please contact:

Company Contact:
Mr. Michael Lin
Vice President, Investor Relations
China Public Security Technology, Inc.
Tel: +1-949-743-0868
Email: mlin@chinacpby.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Mr. Crocker Coulson
President
CCG Elite Investor Relations
Tel: +1-646-213-1915 (NY office)
Email: crocker.coulson@ccgir.com

China Public Security Technology, Inc.

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China Public Security

Lin Jiang Huai the CEO of China Public Security

For the past 5 years, Mr Lin was appointed as the President and CEO of Hongkong United Development Group

China Public Security managed by Ministry of public Security of PR China was borne in 1993. Our aim is promoting development of public security in China.

JIANG HUAI LIN, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer — Mr. Lin has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since September 6, 2006 and he became the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer on October 3, 2006. Mr. Lin has also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s subsidiary, Public Security Technology (PRC) Co, Ltd., since its incorporation in January 2006. During the period from September 2000 to June 2004, Mr. Lin served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong United Development Group, a consolidated enterprise engaging in investment, high technology and education. Prior to that, Mr. Lin served as a Director and the General Manager of Fujian Wild Wolf Electronics Limited, a company engaged in the business of manufacturing electrical consumer products from February 1995 through August 2000. Mr. Lin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Xiamen University.

Ex-MI5 Agent Shayler’s girlfriend reveals: How the bullying State crushed him

He was drawn to the spiritual teachings of kabbalah, and became obsessed with the subject instead of focusing on what we should do to survive.

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Annie Machon with David Shayler in happier times

Daily Mail | Aug 11, 2007

By ANNIE MACHON

Ten years ago this month former MI5 officer David Shayler made shocking revelations in this newspaper about how Britain’s spies were unable to deal with the growing threat of global terrorism.

He disclosed how MI5’s peculiar obsession with bureaucracy and secrecy prevented crucial information being used to stop bombings.

And he told how insufficient agents and inept decision-making meant that terrorist groups were not properly monitored.

None of his original disclosures was shown to be wrong.

Indeed, in 2005 the bombings in London proved the whistleblower correct: MI5 was not equipped to counter terror on our streets.

The Government response to David’s disclosures was to place a gagging order on The Mail on Sunday and launch a six-year campaign to discredit and persecute Shayler.

Alastair Campbell threatened to ‘send in the heavies’ and the whistleblower was forced into exile abroad, jailed twice and sued for damages; his friends and family were harassed and some arrested.

He faced a bleak, uncertain future and for many years he was under intense stress and pressure, often isolated and always under surveillance.

I had a ringside seat for the ‘Get Shayler’ operation because I was an MI5 officer at the same time (1991-96) and also his girlfriend and co-campaigner until last year when I ended my relationship with a broken man.

I witnessed first-hand the extraordinary psychological, physical and emotional burden of being a whistleblower when the full power of the secret State is launched against you.

A decade on the results of that pernicious campaign became clear when I heard that David had proclaimed himself as “The Messiah” and “God” and could predict the weather. I was saddened but not shocked.

The story of David Shayler is not just one of a whistleblower but also an indictment of the lack of democracy and accountability in Britain.

I first met David when we were both working in F2, the counter-subversion section of MI5, where we were repeatedly reassured that MI5 had to work within the law.

We were young and keen to help protect our country. I noticed David immediately, as he was very bright, and always asked the difficult questions.

Over a period of a year we became friends, and then we fell in love.

In the run-up to the 1992 General Election we were involved in assessing any parliamentary candidate and potential MP.

This meant that they all had their names cross-referenced with MI5’s database.

If any candidates had a file, this was reviewed. We saw files on most of the top politicians of the past decade, from Tony Blair down, something that gave us concerns.

We then both moved to G Branch, the international counter-terrorist division, with David heading the Libyan section.

It was here that he witnessed a catalogue of errors and crimes: the illegal phone-tapping of a prominent Guardian journalist, the failure of MI5 to prevent the bombing of the Israeli embassy in London in July 1994, which resulted in the wrongful conviction of two innocent Palestinians, and the attempted assassination of Colonel Gaddafi of Libya.

David raised this with his bosses at the time but they showed no interest.

So we resigned from MI5 after deciding to go public to force an inquiry into the Gaddafi plot.

After The Mail on Sunday revelations we decamped to France while David tried to get the Government to take his evidence and investigate MI5’s crimes, something, to this day, it has refused to do.

Rather than addressing the problem, the Intelligence Services tried to shoot the messenger.

They planted stories claiming David was a fantasist, overlooked for promotion, and was too junior to know what he was talking about.

These are classic tactics used against whistleblowers and were wheeled out again when Dr David Kelly took his life.

We eventually returned home in 2000, by which time David felt isolated and angry.

He began to distrust friends and thought that many of them might be reporting on him.

He was convinced he was constantly followed and began to take photographs of people in the street.

When the trial started, and with David effectively gagged, the jury had no choice but to convict.

He received a six-month sentence but the judgment exonerated him of placing agents’ lives at risk, conceding that he had spoken out in what he thought to be the public interest.

David had blown the whistle with the best of motives.

He had exposed heinous State crimes up to and including murder, yet he was the one in prison with his reputation in tatters.

His release from jail saw a changed man.

David was full of anger, frustration and bitterness and became depressed and withdrawn.

He was drawn to the spiritual teachings of kabbalah, and became obsessed with the subject instead of focusing on what we should do to survive.

Last summer, I went away for a weekend. When I returned, David had shaved off all his hair and his eyebrows as part of his spiritual evolution.

He knew that I had always loved his long, thick hair, so it felt like a personal slap in the face.

He was in trouble. He was quick to anger if anyone questioned him. He became obsessive about little details, espoused wacky theories and shunned his family and old friends. His paranoia also escalated.

His experience of being hounded and vilified for a decade had left a deep persecution complex.

Eventually the strain was too much and I ended the relationship.

It was difficult as we had shared so much over the 14 years we had been together, but it felt that we were no longer a team – David was focusing only on esoteric issues.

Looking back, I am still proud of what we did. I believe that if you witness the crimes that we did, you have to take action.

But the price for taking that stand against a bully State can be high.

It is tragic to see an honourable and brave man crushed in this way. The British Establishment is ruthless in protecting its own interests rather than those of our country.

Today David Shayler is living testimony to that.

“DAN RATHER REPORTS” to Present Conclusive Evidence of Voting Machine Failures

We the People (those with half a clue) do not want any upgrades or testing or inspections of these infernal machines. We want to toss them into the garbage where they belong and go back to paper ballots that we can see and count and recount if need be. Period!

Far from making things easier, they dramatically increase staffing requirements to fix all the bugs and glitches, but that isn’t the issue. The issue is whether or not they can be hacked and manipulated and the answer is yes, they can. Therefore, we can never put our trust in these pieces of crap because we have no way to know whether or not they have been manipulated or just malfunctioned. To make matters worse, a lot of them are made with near slave labor in deplorable conditions and no quality control over in Asian sweat shops. Then your local government has to shell out $3000 bucks a piece for them? It’s a boondoggle for the greedy corporate raiders, a total ripoff for the public and the election process is just too critical to allow it to be fouled up either through deliberate tampering or mechanical errors.

Hand counting of paper ballots is the only way to get a reasonably truthful rendering of an election. It has worked well enough for over two hundred years and it will work for another two hundred years. It’s not hard to do or understand, so let’s demand that these bloody unreliable machines are never used in another election anywhere in America.

PW

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BUSINESS WIRE | Aug 12, 2007

Screener Clip of Controversial Findings Now Available

What: This Tuesday, DAN RATHER REPORTS presents conclusive evidence of the failure of touch screen voting machines across the country. The episode, “The Trouble with Touch Screens”, is an entire hour devoted to new information on this story. From scientists involved in testing the equipment, to manufacturers in third world countries who shipped these defective voting machines to the United States DAN RATHER REPORTS will present new information showing that these defective machines may have altered the outcome of multiple elections.

A screener clip from this controversial episode

When: Dan Rather Reports “The Trouble with Touch Screens” will air Tuesday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The program also airs at 11:00 p.m. ET to accommodate west coast prime time.

Welcome to the Jungle: US Military Psychological Operations and You

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“…the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

– Benjamin Franklin, 1787

Democrats.com | Aug 12, 2007

by Heather Wokusch

They say that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water it will immediately jump out, but that if you raise the pot’s heat gradually, the frog won’t react.

The US public has been on a slow boil since 2001. This administration’s rollbacks have been so consistent and so egregious that it’s no surprise many Americans feel apathetic.

And that begs the question: What exactly would it take to get the US public spurred into action?

Sentient World Simulation (SWS) may have an answer. It’s a computer-based project designed to “generate alternative futures” and no surprise, the US Defense Department is actively involved.

According to one of the project’s developers, Purdue University professor Alok Chaturvedi, “SWS will consist of a synthetic environment that mirrors the real world in all it key aspects – Political, Military, Economic, Social, Information, and Infrastructure.” The goal is to copy each person on earth into the SWS parallel universe, and then see how they respond to external events such as natural disasters or political upheavals.

The concept paper Chaturvedi co-authored additionally notes, “SWS provides an environment for testing Psychological Operations (PSYOP),” to help the military “develop and test multiple courses of action to anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners.”

To anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners.

Blurring the lines between military and civilian Psychological Operations is nothing new. In 1989, US forces in Panama blasted Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” into the Vatican Embassy during negotiations for the handover of General Manuel Noriega, and from 1998-1999, US military PSYOP personnel interned at both CNN and NPR.

More recently, a 2003 Pentagon document called Information Operations Roadmap detailed the US military’s approach to exploiting information in order to “keep pace with warfighter needs and support defense transformation.” Personally approved by former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, the document was declassified in 2006 and covers everything from the Pentagon’s plans for Computer Network Attack (“We Must Fight the Net”) to beefing up the use of Psychological Operations (“We Must Improve PSYOP”) to manipulating information through means including: “Radio/ TV/Print/ Web media designed to directly modify behavior and distributed in theater supporting military endeavors in semi or non-permissive environment.”

While The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 forbids US propaganda intended for foreign audiences from being used domestically, Information Operations Roadmap acknowledges that “information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and PSYOP, increasingly is consumed by our domestic audience and vice-versa.”

The 2003 Pentagon document adds, “the distinction between foreign and domestic audiences becomes more a question of USG [U.S. government] intent rather than information dissemination practices.”

Perhaps that’s why a top US general ordered public affairs to be joined with combat PSYOP into one “strategic communications office” in Iraq in the summer of 2004.

Domestically, it doesn’t help that SWS and other developments in military Psychological Operations are accompanied by rollbacks in the right to dissent and bipartisan support of government surveillance of American citizens.

Makes you wish our cyberspace clones could tell us how best to fight the Matrix.

At the very least, we must become more vigilant about the ongoing use of military PSYOP and misinformation – the Pat Tillman case is a perfect example. Holding the Defense Department and media accountable for every mislead regarding the Bush administration’s military adventurism is more important than ever.

Action Ideas:

1. For a great database on the Bush Administration’s misleads about Iraq, see Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s Iraq on the Record. (http://oversight.house.gov/IraqOnTheRecord).

2. One Defense Department group particularly especially interested in these topics is The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its Information Exploitation Office, (http://dtsn.darpa.mil/ixo/) for example, is focused on “shaping the battlespace before conflict” and its site is filled with snappy computer graphics reminiscent of militaristic video games. Taxpayer dollars hard at work.

3. For media watchdog groups, check out Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (http://www.fair.org) and Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org)

4. Had enough? E-mail, call or write the White House, Congress or state and local government at http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/.

Chinese Toy-Factory Owner Hangs Himself Amid Recall

Reuters | Aug 13, 2007

BEIJING (Reuters) – The boss of a Chinese toy manufacturing company involved in a Mattel recall after its products were found to contain excessive lead levels has hanged himself, Chinese media reported on Monday.

Zhang Shuhong, a Hong Kong businessman in his 50s and boss of the Lida Toy Company in the southern province of Guangdong, was found dead in his factory workshop on Saturday, the semi-official Southern Metropolitan Daily said.

About 1.5 million preschool toys made by Lida Toy, a Foshan-based contract manufacturer for Mattel Inc.’s Fisher-Price unit, were recalled across the globe by the U.S. company last week.

The recalled toys included popular preschool characters such as Elmo and Big Bird and dozens of other items. The case was the latest in a deluge of product safety scares that have tainted the “made-in-China” brand.

Lead paint has been linked to health problems in children, including brain damage. China’s quality watchdog had banned Lida from exports.

A close friend of Zhang who was also one of the major paint suppliers for the company sold the problematic paint to Lida, the newspaper said.

“(He) was so evil-hearted to have sold the fake paint to our boss … our boss was ruined by his best friend,” a manager of the company, surname Liu, was quoted as saying.

Lida was not immediately available for comment. Calls to its factory went unanswered. A spokeswoman for Mattel in Hong Kong said she was not in a position to comment.

Police were investigating the case, the newspaper said.

Chinese goods have been under fire after a chemical additive in pet food caused the death of some pets in the United States, and toxic ingredients were found in Chinese toothpaste and fish exports.

Deaths of patients in Panama were blamed on improperly labeled Chinese chemicals mixed into cough syrup.

Global warming hysteria is new eugenics

World Net Daily | Aug 11, 2007

The BP oil company ads on television are, or should be, enough to make you never buy another drop of British-Petroleum gasoline. The farmer-type guy who stands there and talks about how wonderful it would be if you could grow a crop, convert it into fuel and put it in your tractor to plant next year’s crops is disingenuous, deceptive and disgusting. So is the ad that shows a kid, holding what looks like a sugar beet, talking about making fuel out of the thing he’s holding and replanting it year after year. BP airs these ads to suggest that it is working toward converting to this new “natural” fuel.

What a joke. If every acre of productive land in America were converted to growing corn, sugar beets or other so-called renewable fuel, it would not come close to meeting the demand. Moreover, it would essentially destroy the environment, since these crops are heavy feeders of both water and soil nutrients. It would force the importation of food from other countries, and the fuel product would cost more per gallon and deliver less energy than petroleum products.

This is the future BP’s ads suggest, but the company is not alone in its deception. Guru-in-chief Al Gore’s relentless tent-revival evangelism calls environmental sinners to the global warming altar to confess their carbon dioxide emissions and to seek baptism in ethanol and salvation in a Toyota Prius.

Gore’s global warming religion is reminiscent of the eugenics phenomenon in the 20th century. The elite of the scientific community, and well-to-do of the social set, embraced eugenics as the enlightened way to the perfect society. Skeptics were ridiculed, denounced and pointed to as the kind of scum that would be eliminated if eugenics became the official policy of government.

Like the eugenics fiasco, the global warming debate left the scientific arena and has become a matter of belief, or social acceptance. The in-crowd “believes” that people are causing global warming and that the only way to stop it is to have government force people to stop using fossil fuel. The in-crowd is no longer interested in science. Their only interest seems to be to discredit the people they call “deniers” and to pressure government into adopting the policies that will ultimately prevent the use of fossil fuels.

Gore’s army of in-crowd zealots are in precisely the same position the pro-eugenics in-crowd occupied when they convinced Hitler’s government to implement the policies necessary to advance their point of view.

Should Gore’s army prevail, the consequences will take longer than Hitler’s violence but the end result will be quite similar: The destruction of a significant portion of society. At U.N. Climate Change meetings, Non-Government Organizations function much like the “local eugenics societies” in a prior century, lobby the policy makers to deny developing countries the use of fossil fuel and promote the use of solar panels and windmills. Consequently, thousands of people die each day, needlessly, because they do not have access to affordable energy to power water pumps, refrigerators, stoves, transportation and factories.

Just as the eugenics advocates had little or no concern for the people who did not measure up to their standards of genetic perfection, global warming advocates seem to have little or no concern for the people who are, or will be, denied the benefits of abundant, affordable energy. Note that the most verbose proponents of restrictive global warming policies are eager to tell everyone else to avoid the use of fossil fuels, and then they get on their private jets and return to their private mansions, powered by fossil fuels.

Al Gore used tons of fossil fuel to jet his entourage to Singapore, where he lambasted the “deniers” who have the audacity to disagree with the in-crowd – even though their disagreement is based on a mountain of scientific evidence.

Gore whines about what he calls the “big oil” industry spending $10 million per year advancing their anti-global warming views. But he fails to mention that government and foundations are spending several billion – billion with a “B” – each year to promote their global warming religion.

Like the eugenics fiasco, in the end the truth will prevail. Science will prevail, and the nonsense preached by guru-Gore will be rejected in the same way eugenics was rejected. Gore’s global warming gospel will prove to be just as empty as was the global cooling gospel of the 1970s.

Danger to the current generation lies with the hundreds, if not thousands, of misguided policy makers who have fallen under the spell of Gore’s charismatic religion. The folks who hold positions in state legislatures and in Congress can inflict major damage on the economy and the lifestyle of America, all the while thinking they are doing something good.

Hitler – and his eugenics advocates – were absolutely convinced that they were doing something good.

Hillary and Johnny plotting to “cut the numbers” of candidates in the debates

Hillary & Edwards’ Secret to 86 Other Dems in Pres. Debates

Posted by BeyondTheNews.com

When will these candidates learn to turn or take off their microphones? At the end of an NAACP Presidential Forum in Detroit in which fringe candidates Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich repeatedly upstaged the top two tiers, John Edwards approached Hillary Clinton at her podium and, perhaps forgetting that microphones were still on, can clearly be heard saying “we should think about at some point… maybe some time in the fall, we’ll try to have a more serious debate with a smaller group of people.”

Hillary agreed with Edwards, saying “We’ve got to cut the numbers of these, because they are just being trivialized.” Edwards responded “And they’re not serious. They’re not serious,” then walked away. Hillary caught up to him to add “I think there was an effort by our campaign to do that, but it somehow got detoured,” saying “We’ve gotta get back to it.” While shaking Dennis Kucinich’s hand, she added “our guys should talk.”