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Obama’s October Surprise – Creating and Steering Hurricane Sandy ?

“We want to see storms that become hurricanes, and we want to see some that don’t become hurricanes, so we can compare the data. The same is true for hurricane intensification.” ~ GRIP Project Manager Marilyn Vasques | Oct 31, 2012

The US government is using the HAARP Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) platform to intensify and steer the man made Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy is Obama’s October surprise – create and steer a hurricane and cause mass destruction. The US Air Force / Navy SBX is steering Hurricane Sandy into New York City.

This isn’t the first time the US government steered a hurricane into a major US city. In 2005 they (George W Bush and Dick Cheney) successfully steered Hurricane Katrina into New Orleans. In 2010 NASA successfully intensified Tropical Depression Earl into a Category 4 Hurricane and steered (controlled its path) Hurricane Earl for 11 days in Project GRIP (Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes).

On August 11, 2010 NASA announced that it was less than 2 weeks away from initiating Project GRIP (Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes) – their quest for the holy grail of hurricane research. Project GRIP discovered the exact conditions required to kickstart a tropical depression into a hurricane. Scientists already knew how hurricanes develop and how to steer them but NASA wanted to perfect the processes that intensifies depressions to form into very intense, spinning storms of mass destruction. NASA was creating a weather modification weapon of mass destruction.

“Hurricane formation and intensification is really the ‘holy grail’ of this field,” said Ed Zipser, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Utah and one of three program scientists helping to lead the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP)Project.

“We want to see storms that become hurricanes, and we want to see some that don’t become hurricanes, so we can compare the data. The same is true for hurricane intensification.” ~ GRIP Project Manager Marilyn Vasques

NASA used various weather modifying technology to develop, intensify and steer a hurricane. The available technology included a powerful microwave radiometer and a “radar” and a NASA-designed and built lidar (laser radar). The laser radar were mounted on a Global Hawks and were used to heat the top of a hurricane – to weaken a hurricane and steer them. The “radar” that NASA used was the Sea-Based X-Band Radar – a floating, self-propelled, military controlled and operated mobile radar station capable of operating in high winds and heavy seas. The Sea-Based X-Band Radar Platform (SBX) is part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System.


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All-seeing eyeballs, secret handshakes and satanic skulls: The Odd Fellow’s strange comeback


The Odd Fellows got their start (and weird symbolism) by doing good works, such as burying the dead and looking after orphans.

Rufus still thinks that the Iron Maiden looks satanic — which, to a retired minister, is a bad thing. But soon after Kenny installed the toggle switch, Rufus began teaching him the Odd Fellows’ forgotten rituals: ancient secret handshakes, special songs and ceremonies that disappeared from most lodges decades ago.

He shows off the props used in the Odd Fellows initiation — weird stuff, he says happily, pointing to a half-sized casket with a skeleton inside. I’d heard rumors of a stuffed goat, but Kenny jokes he can’t show it to nonmembers: “Then we’d have to kill you.”

Houston Chronicle | Sep 9, 2008



Heights Odd Fellows Lodge members Rufus Bryant, from left, Kenny Browning, and Ramon Martin. Rufus has taught Kenny Browning and Ramon the secret handshakes. Julio Cortez: Chronicle

Find us some new members, the old guys told Ramon Martin, who was by several decades the youngest member of Odd Fellows Lodge 225 in the Houston Heights. That lodge had been around for a century, but like fraternal groups across the country — the Elks, Jaycees, Shriners — the Odd Fellows had largely failed to attract new generations. The old guys were afraid Lodge 225 would die with them.

Ramon, a musician, tried recruiting history buffs and battle re-enactors. (Such great old costumes and photos at this lodge!) He tried recruiting Goths. (Floating eyeballs! Coffins! Other weird old symbols!) But none of those recruits stuck.

Ramon mentioned the lodge to some art-car people he knew. They thought it was cool, and they brought friends.

But he didn’t expect that crowd to stick, either.


They wear goofy hats with skulls and bones. Julio Cortez: Chronicle

“Look!” says Kenny Browning, sticking out his foot. “Skull camo!” When I look closely at his Chuck Taylor sneakers, I see little skulls grinning among the gray blotches. The shoes will look great with one of his art cars.

Seven years after Ramon began his recruitment drive, Kenny is the Heights lodge’s Noble Grand — which is to say, its grand poohbah — and he’s an obvious symbol of the Odd Fellows’ odd comeback. The lodge claims 45 members and is growing fast. This year, it’s on track to become the largest Odd Fellows lodge in Texas.

Tonight’s gathering, a potluck to welcome prospective members, is sneakers-and-shorts casual. About 30 lodge members stand around, drinking beer and cheerfully arguing over which recent volunteer stint provoked the most sweat: outdoors, tending graves at Olivewood Cemetery, or indoors, loading food in an unair-conditioned warehouse for the Houston Food Bank. Most members are in their 40s and 50s. For the Odd Fellows, that constitutes a youthquake.


The Bible usually stands on a centerpiece. Julio Cortez: Chronicle

Many of the new members drive art cars, the kind you see in Houston’s Art Car Parade, embellished vehicles that look like hallucinations on wheels. Graphic designer Kelly Blakley, a new recruit, turned a car into a giant genie’s bottle. She chats with first-degree Odd Fellow Rebecca Bass, an art teacher whose classes’ rolling sculptures regularly win prizes.

Kenny himself is a plumber, co-owner of an outfit that installs tankless water heaters, but he’s better known for art cars. His giant rusty roach may be the most recognizable vehicle in Houston, but he’s just as proud of the Iron Maiden, a black Jeep with enormous stainless-steel snakes writhing over the wheel wells. It looks like Satan’s own all-terrain vehicle.

Only a nonconformist would drive a car like that. But being a nonconformist is not the same as being a loner. And it doesn’t mean that you hate tradition.

“Anybody ready for the tour?” Kenny yells, summoning three prospective members.

Explanations of the Odd Fellows name vary. Kenny likes to say the international organization began as a traditional tradesman’s guild, except that it was composed of different trades. Many villages, he says, were too small to support more than one or two people in a given profession, so tinkers, tailors, bakers and whatnot joined forces. They became a band of “odd fellows” — a group composed of distinct individuals.

Kenny leads his newbies up the staircase. The lodge, a two-story brick building, doesn’t look like much from the outside, and downstairs, it’s downright dumpy. Upstairs, where nothing has changed much in a hundred years, is where the action is. Kenny quotes a lodge member: “It smells like ghosts.”

In the costume room, he pauses beside a rack of embroidered robes, most from the ’20s. Some have always resided at this lodge; others came from eBay, which Kenny and Ramon troll faithfully. For formal meetings, lodge members don robes worn by their forebears.

“How cool is that?” Kenny asks.

He shows off the props used in the Odd Fellows initiation — weird stuff, he says happily, pointing to a half-sized casket with a skeleton inside. I’d heard rumors of a stuffed goat, but Kenny jokes he can’t show it to nonmembers: “Then we’d have to kill you.”


The lodge’s new members adore the Odd Fellows’ old-school secret-society paraphernalia, such as these robes from the 1920s. Julio Cortez: Chronicle

Military-style uniforms hang on a rack across from the robes. Kenny explains that he and other Odd Fellows wear them for flag ceremonies, such as Texas Independence Day at the San Jacinto Monument. The Heights Odd Fellows took over that stately traditional ceremony more than five years ago, after an Elks Lodge became too depleted to carry it out.

“You?” I ask Kenny, whose sneakers bear skulls and whose car could belong to Satan. “You wore a military uniform?”

“Yeah,” he says. “Ramon played the bagpipes. I carried the American flag.”

He grins — he knows full well that it’s strange — but he sounds proud. Just plain proud. No irony at all.

In the lodge’s grand meeting room, Kenny points to his seat, an enormous wooden throne. Lesser poohbahs — the Past Grand, the Warden, the Chaplain — are assigned smaller thrones.

At meetings, Kenny’s right-hand man (which is to say, the Noble Guardian Right Supporter) is Rufus Bryant, an Odd Fellow for 40 years and one of the last surviving old-timers. Rufus, a retired preacher, hardly ever misses a gathering, but he’s sick tonight. Kenny wishes he were here.

Even when Rufus is in good health, his hands shake — so much so that he’s broken keys trying to unlock his car. After one meeting, he broke a key in his ignition. Kenny fixed the problem by installing a toggle switch so Rufus wouldn’t need a key anymore. Kenny thought it was the kind of thing one lodge brother ought to do for another.

The switch made Rufus’ life easier. Nobody, he told Kenny, had ever done anything like that for him before.

Rufus still thinks that the Iron Maiden looks satanic — which, to a retired minister, is a bad thing. But soon after Kenny installed the toggle switch, Rufus began teaching him the Odd Fellows’ forgotten rituals: ancient secret handshakes, special songs and ceremonies that disappeared from most lodges decades ago.

“We’re old school!” Kenny exults.

He used to think that fraternal lodges were for old farts, people his parents’ age.

“Maybe I’m an old fart now,” he says. He sticks out his foot: “At least I’ve got my foot in the door.”

On his sneaker, the skulls grin back.



This medal belonged to Odd Fellow Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Julio Cortez: Chronicle

• Odd Fellows’ early history is hazy, but newspaper accounts of Odd Fellows groups date to 18th-century England. Working men pledged to provide a social safety net for each other’s families, promising “to bury the dead” and “to educate the orphan”

• The “burying the dead” pledge accounts for the group’s skull and coffin icons.

• Texas’ first Odd Fellows lodge debuted in Houston in 1838, two years after the city was founded.


FDR’s New Deal programs, such as Social Security, may have been based on Odd Fellows principles. Mayra Beltran: Houston Chronicle

• Famous Odd Fellows include President Franklin Roosevelt, Rice University founder William Marsh Rice, and publisher and power broker Jesse Jones.

• Worldwide, Odd Fellows claims more than 10,000 lodges. Roughly 1,750 are in the U.S.

Arrest of Thai academic for insulting royalty raises free speech fears


His comments were broadly critical of government spending on the lavish 2006 celebrations for King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Golden Jubilee.

Reuters | Nov 7, 2008

By Nopporn Wong-Anan

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The arrest of a renowned academic on charges of insulting Thailand’s king in a lecture a year ago is a blow to freedom of speech and makes debate of the country’s political problems more difficult, analysts said on Friday.

Sulak Sivaraksa, 75, was taken from his Bangkok home late on Thursday and driven 450 km (280 miles) to a police station in northeast Khon Kaen province to be charged with lese majeste for a university speech he gave there in December, his lawyer said.

His comments were broadly critical of government spending on the lavish 2006 celebrations for King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Golden Jubilee. After an hour of questioning, he was freed on bail and allowed to return to Bangkok, his lawyer told Reuters.

The Welsh-educated scholar of Buddhism is no stranger to the lese majeste law, which could land him in jail for 15 years, although on the two previous occasions he has been charged, in the 1980s and 1990s, he was acquitted.

However, it is the timing of his arrest, amid a struggle between the royalist, military “old guard”, represented loosely by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) street campaign, and forces loyal to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, that has caused most concern.

Thailand’s revered royals are officially above politics, even though the 80-year-old king, by his own admission in a 1989 interview with the New York Times, “must be in the middle and working in every field”.

But claims to royal neutrality have been questioned since Queen Sirikit attended the funeral last month of a PAD protester killed in clashes with police, giving explicit royal backing to the campaign to oust the elected government.

“The more clear it becomes that the monarchy is caught up in politics, the more they are attempting to clamp down on local and international discussion of this role,” said Thailand researcher Andrew Walker of Australian National University in Canberra.

“It seems that the authorities are trying to keep a lid on discussion of this political role,” he said.

The PAD, a group of royalist businessmen, academics and activists, accuses Thaksin and his allies in the current administration of wanting to turn the kingdom into a republic — a charge they deny.

Under pressure from the protest movement, army chief Anupong Paochina has urged the police and government to leave no stone unturned in rooting out critics of the royal family, triggering little short of a lese majeste witch-hunt.

Police have set up a task force to monitor web sites that might defame royalty, and the Telecommunications Ministry has told Internet service providers to block offending web pages or face criminal action.

David Streckfuss, a lecturer from the University of Wisconsin at Madison who has studied the law, said he expected the number of lese majeste cases to rise as both the pro- and anti-Thaksin camps try to appear more royalist than their rivals.

The long-term impact on the palace is only likely to be negative, Streckfuss said, as it would make the monarchy “more of a focal point” and “put it under greater scrutiny by the people.”

“Maybe the genie is out of the bottle, and it is impossible to put the genie back,” he said.

Study finds grandparents a safe source of childcare


Eurekalert | Nov 4, 2008

For working parents, having grandparents as caregivers can cut the risk of childhood injury roughly in half, according to a new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Compared to organized daycare or care by the mother or other relatives, having a grandmother watch a child was associated with a decreased risk of injury for the child. The study is among the first to examine the relationship between grandparents’ care and childhood injury rates. The results are published in the November 2008 issue of Pediatrics.

In addition to source of caregiving, researchers examined the connections between family structure and the likelihood of injury. According to the researchers, the odds of injury were significantly greater among children whose parents never married compared with children whose mothers stayed married throughout the child’s life. Similarly, odds of injury were greater for children living in homes in which the father did not co-reside. These associations were independent of family income.

“Recent growth in the number of grandparents providing childcare has some observers concerned they don’t adhere to modern safety practices,” said lead study author David Bishai, MD, PhD, MPH, a professor with the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. “To the contrary, this research tells us not only is there no evidence to support this assumption, but families that choose grandparents to care for their children experience fewer child injuries.”

Bishai and colleagues analyzed data from the National Evaluation of the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program, which includes information on over 5,500 newborns enrolled in 15 U.S. cities in 1996-97 with follow-up for 30-33 months. Data on child care arrangements reported by the mother were linked to claims reporting children’s office visits, allowing researchers to identify medically attended injuries.

“As injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, it’s critical we continue to determine risk and protective factors,” said study co-author Andrea C. Gielen, ScD, ScM, a co- author of the study and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Additional studies of how households choose relatives to watch their children and the actual caregiving style of grandparents are warranted because the protective effect of grandparents may depend on choosing the right grandparent.”


Additional authors of “Risk Factors for Unintentional Injuries in Children: Are Grandparents Protective” are Jamie L. Trevitt, MPP, Yiduo Zhang, PhD, Lara B. McKenzie, PhD, Tama Leventhal, PhD, and Bernard Guyer, MD, MPH.

The research was funded by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau R40MC05475.

Additional media contact: Alicia Samuels, MPH, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, 410-614-5555 or

EU finance ministers debate New Financial Order

The G-20 Washington summit will debate an update of financial rules created in 1944 at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, that helped nations cope with economic problems following World War II. That conference led to the creation of the IMF and World Bank.

AP | Nov 3, 2008


BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — EU finance ministers on Monday opened two days of talks aimed at crafting proposals for a new global financial order as the gloom in world markets hung over the euro-zone economy’s outlook.

As the ministers arrived, forecasts published by the European Commission painted a bleak portrait of the region’s future. They predicted the economy of the 15 countries using the euro was probably already in recession and would expand by just 0.1 percent in 2009.

The euro-zone’s largest members — Germany, France and Italy — will come to a standstill or shrink, it said, warning of a deeper credit crunch that would brake the economy, strain government finances and put a near-freeze on household spending.

With that dire situation to grapple with, ministers were eager to find an agreement on what should be done to reverse — or at least contain — the turmoil that has driven growth down sharply in Europe.

EU officials said European governments were beginning to rally around a consensus to boost the role and powers of the International Monetary Fund to support faltering economies — an issue that will top the agenda of a Nov. 15-16 summit in Washington of G-20 countries, which includes the G-7 industrialized democracies as well as developing powers such as Brazil, India, Russia and China.

The IMF has already dipped into its $250 billion reserves to provide emergency loans to Iceland, Hungary and Ukraine totaling $30 billion. Pakistan has said it may call on the international body for another $5 billion.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was in the Middle East on the weekend to push Arab nations into providing hundreds of billions of extra dollars to the IMF, saying the current fund was not enough.

European governments have taken the lead in stabilizing the financial system by injecting scores of billions of dollars into failing banks and mortgage lenders. They called on the financial sector to do its share and end behavior that encouraged reckless risk-taking.

“Incentives in financial institutions and markets are directed too much to short-term private gains,” Wouter Bos, the Dutch finance minister wrote in the Financial Times Deutschland Monday.

Bankers must “take responsibility in changing risk and reward systems,” and if they refuse governments should force them, he added.

“To effectively prevent excessive risk taking, we can, for instance, strengthen the countervailing powers in financial institutions by giving the risk manager a seat in the executive board, with the power of veto. We can (make) salary structures subject to scrutiny by the financial stability supervisor.”

The finance ministers will debate ways to make global financial markets more transparent and accountable ahead of a meeting of the 27 EU leaders on Friday.

The G-20 Washington summit will debate an update of financial rules created in 1944 at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, that helped nations cope with economic problems following World War II. That conference led to the creation of the IMF and World Bank.

The financial crisis and the economic downturn that has followed it have led governments to inject huge sums of money to prop up faltering financial institutions.

The European Commission has proposed to provide 40 billion euros ($50 billion) in soft loans to help Europe’s ailing car makers create greener vehicles. France wants EU governments to create state-run investment funds to defend companies against unwanted foreign takeovers or help them financially through a rough spot.

Neither proposal is likely to be supported. Germany and several other countries, diplomats said, see both as politically undoable.

France, officials said, will again push for reduced value added (sales) taxes, especially restaurant bills, to stimulate economic growth. Germany, Denmark and Baltic EU states oppose this for fear of losing revenue that, in turn, means less public spending.

The no-growth outlook has revived a debate over easing the rules underpinning the stability of the euro and the independence of the European Central Bank.

Two euro-zone nations — France and Ireland — will have a budget deficit in 2009 exceeding 3 percent of gross national product. The ceiling is a key benchmark intended to keep their shared currency stable.

The Ron Paul revolution ends, followers continue campaigning

The Pendulum | Oct 28, 2008

by Miriam Williamson

When Ron Paul’s name showed up on the list of potential Republican presidential nominees, grassroots efforts sprung up across the nation supporting the Republican Congressman from Texas and his Revolution campaign.

Some of these supporters were long-time Paul fans, while others were simply intrigued by his ideas and campaign.

“He was running on the ticket before I even knew who he was,” junior Vince Barrett said. “I guess I kind of got suckered in by the YouTube videos, and I just had immediate interest. I started reading a lot and got really into it.”

Although he was running for the Republican nomination, Paul has different ideas and policies than many modern-day Republicans. Instead, Paul claims to follow the more traditional, fundamental Republican ideals.

“I consider myself a Republican, but I don’t want to associate with the current administration,” Barrett said. “The Republican party doesn’t follow the principles they preach.”

One of Paul’s most well-known ideas is his advocacy for limited federal government control. He also backs freedom principles, which support the rights of individuals.

For some, Paul’s ideas made him the only viable choice, even though his name did not make the ballot.

“He’s the only person I could trust to vote for,” Barrett said. “He says the same thing no matter where he goes. I’m not going to vote for Obama or McCain because they demonstrate a complete lack of understanding for the issues we face.”

Paul’s consistency is a strong factor in many of his supporters’ faith in him.

“I read his articles and saw how consistent he was, even when it wasn’t popular,” said Cameron DeJong, an Elon alum and Paul supporter since 1996.

His differences from mainstream Republicans led many to deem him a third-party candidate, but Paul refused to run as such.

“Ron Paul said that if he didn’t win the primary, he wasn’t going to run anymore, so I saw it coming,” Barrett said. “I was following it very closely so I knew the indications.”

Since Paul’s name won’t be on the ballot come Nov. 4, his supporters must choose otherwise.

“Most Ron Paul supporters will either vote for Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr or they won’t vote at all,” DeJong said. “Some of those who may not vote will write in Ron Paul’s name.”

Barrett will be writing in a candidate, but it will not be his initial choice.
“I’m actually voting for Hunter Bacot,” Barrett said. “He asked for my vote, and I’m giving it to him. I just figured it’d be kind of funny to vote for him.”

Barrett said that although he will not be casting a serious vote for president, he will be supporting Paul’s ideals by voting for libertarians on the rest of the ballot.

Paul is on the ballot in two states: Louisiana and Montana.

British police could kill again, Brazilian’s inquest hears

Britain’s Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, seen here in 2007, told the inquest into the police shooting of the innocent Jean Charles de Menezes that British police could shoot dead another innocent person because of the “high risk” of anti-terror operations. (AFP/POOL/File/Stephen Hird)
AP | Oct 7, 2008

LONDON (AFP) — British police could shoot dead another innocent person because of the “high risk” of anti-terror operations, a police commander said Tuesday, at the inquest into the shock killing of an innocent Brazilian.

Cressida Dick, deputy assistant commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, told the inquest into the police shooting of the innocent Jean Charles de Menezes that police always attempted to reduce the risk to the public.

But she admitted the risk could be minimised by a “less than perfect extent” when suspected suicide bombers were on the run, making possible a recurrence of the events that led to the shooting of de Menezes.

De Menezes, 27, was shot seven times in the head at Stockwell Tube station on July 22, 2005 after being mistaken for Hussain Osman, who had unsuccessfully tried to detonate a suicide bomb in a train the day before.


CCTV proves police lied: de Menezes behaved normally before being murdered

Dick was in charge of the control room coordinating the pursuit of the Brazilian electrician by surveillance and firearms officers who mistook him for Osman.

Watched by the victim’s mother Maria Otone in the court, Dick was asked by the family’s lawyer Michael Mansfield if the fatal shooting was a one-off.
She said: “I’m afraid, sir, I do believe that this or something like this could happen again.

“The nature of these operations is that they are incredibly high risk to all concerned.

“And that is because of the nature of the threat that we face from suicide terrorists, and the difficulty that there is in dealing with such a threat and the very fast timescale in which these things can happen.

“Our job is to reduce the risk to everybody as best as we possibly can all the time… but I do fear that in the future a bomber might not be prevented from setting a bomb, and there would be a huge scrutiny of why we did not manage to prevent that.

“Our job is to minimise the risks. Given the huge scale of the risks, we may only be able to do that to a less than perfect extent.”

Big Brother watching every move of the British people

In many cases information is kept by companies such as banks and shops, but in certain circumstances they can be asked to hand it over to a range of legal authorities Photo: ANTHONY UPTON

In our ever-growing surveillance society, the average Briton is being recorded 3,000 times a week.

Telegraph | Aug 16, 2008

How Big Brother watches your every move

Richard Gray reports

With every telephone call, swipe of a card and click of a mouse, information is being recorded, compiled and stored about Britain’s citizens.

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has now uncovered just how much personal data is being collected about individuals by the Government, law enforcement agencies and private companies each day.

In one week, the average person living in Britain has 3,254 pieces of personal information stored about him or her, most of which is kept in databases for years and in some cases indefinitely.

The data include details about shopping habits, mobile phone use, emails, locations during the day, journeys and internet searches.

In many cases this information is kept by companies such as banks and shops, but in certain circumstances they can be asked to hand it over to a range of legal authorities.

Britain’s information watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, has called for tighter regulation of the amount of data held about citizens and urged the public to restrict the information they allow organisations to hold on them.

This newspaper’s findings come days after the Government published plans to grant local authorities and other public bodies access to the email and internet records of millions. Phone companies already retain data about their customers and give it to 650 public bodies on request.

The loss of data by Government departments, including an incident where HM Revenue and Customs mislaid computer disks containing the personal details of 25 million people, has heightened concerns about the amount of information being stored.

David Smith, deputy information commissioner, said: “As more and more information is collected and kept on all of us, we are very concerned that appropriate safeguards go along with that.

“People should know what is happening with their information and have a choice.

“Our concern is that what is kept with the justification of preventing and detecting terrorism, can then be used for minor purposes such as pursuing people for parking fines.”

Earlier this year the Commons home affairs select committee recommended new controls and regulations on the accumulation of information by the state.

Mobile phones

Every day the average person makes three mobile phone calls and sends at least two text messages.

Each time the network provider logs information about who was called as well as the caller’s location and direction of travel, worked out by triangulation from phone masts.

Customers can also have their locations tracked even when they are not using their phones, as the devices send out unique identifying signals at regular intervals.

All of this information can be accessed by police and other public authorities investigating crimes.

The internet

Internet service providers (ISPs) compile information about their customers when they go online, including name, address, the unique identification number for the connection, known as an IP address, any browser used and location.

They also keep details of emails, such as whom they were sent to, together with the date and time they were sent. An average of 50 websites are visited and 32 emails sent per person in Britain every day.

Privacy campaigners have expressed concern that the country’s three biggest ISPs – BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk – now provide this data to a digital advertising company called Phorm so that it can analyse web surfing habits.

ISPs are already voluntarily providing information they hold about their customers if requested by law enforcement agencies and public authorities. A consultation published last week by the Government would make it a legal requirement for ISPs to provide a customer’s personal information when requested. A total of 520,000 requests were made by public officials for telephone and internet details last year, an increase from around 350,000 the previous year.

Internet search engines also compile data about their users, including the IP address and what was searched for. Google receives around 68 searches from the average person each day and stores this data for 18 months.

Dr Ian Brown, a research fellow on privacy at Oxford University, said: “Companies such as Google and internet service providers are building up huge databases of data about internet users.

“These companies may be compelled, through a legal action, to hand over this information to third parties or the Government, or the companies may lose the data and it can then be misused.”

Loyalty cards

Store “loyalty” cards also retain large amounts of information about individuals who have signed up to use them. They link a person’s personal details to the outlets used, the transaction times and how much is spent.
In the case of Nectar cards, which are used by more than 10 million people in Britain once a week, information from dozens of shops is compiled, giving a detailed picture of a cardholder’s shopping habits.

A spokesman for Loyalty Management UK, which runs the Nectar programme, insisted that information about the items bought was not compiled, but some partners in the scheme, such as Sainsbury’s, use their till records to compile that information.

She admitted that the personal information that is compiled under the Nectar scheme is kept indefinitely until individuals close their account and ask for their information to be destroyed. In criminal inquiries, police can request the details held by Nectar.


Banks can also be required to hand over personal account information to the authorities if requested as part of an investigation.

They also provide personal data to credit reference agencies, debt collectors and fraud prevention organisations.

Debit and credit card transactions can give information about where and on what people are spending their money.


The biggest source of surveillance in Britain is through the network of CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras. On average, an individual will appear on 300 CCTV cameras during a day and those tapes are kept by many organisations for indefinite lengths of time.

On the London Underground network, Transport for London (TfL) keeps footage for a minimum of 14 days. TfL operates more than 8,500 CCTV cameras in its underground stations, 1,550 cameras on tube trains and up to 60,000 cameras on buses.

Network Rail refused to say how many CCTV cameras it operates or for how long the footage is kept.

Britain now has more CCTV cameras in public spaces than any other country in the world. A study in 2002 estimated that there were around 4.2 million cameras, but that number is likely to now be far higher.

Number plate recognition

The latest development in CCTV is the increased use of automatic number plate recognition systems, which read number-plates and search databases for signs that a vehicle has been used in crime.

A national automatic number plate recognition system is maintained by the Association of Chief Police Officers along motorways and main roads. Every number plate picked up by the system is stored in a database with date, time and location for two years.

Public transport

Travel passes such as the Oyster Card used in London and the Key card, in Oxford, can also reveal remarkable amounts of information about an individual. When they are registered to a person’s name, they record journey history, dates, times and fares.

A spokesman for TfL, which runs the Oyster Card system, insisted that access to this information was restricted to its customer services agents.
Police, however, can also obtain this information and have used Oyster Card journey records as evidence in criminal cases.

The workplace

Employers are increasingly using radio-tagged security passes for employees, providing them with information about when staff enter and leave the office.

Bush wishes for freedom from tyranny

“I wish for a world free from tyranny…free from tyrannical governments.”

UPI |  July 7, 2008

TOYAKO, Japan, July 7 (UPI) — U.S. President George Bush, in Japan to meet with other world leaders, Monday wished for freedom from tyranny at a wishing tree with his colleagues in Toyako.

Bush traveled to Japan for the Group of Eight meeting and much of Monday’s session focused on Africa — both the need for G8 members to honor pledges and the situation in Zimbabwe.

Following an evening photo session at which Bush ignored reporters’ shouts to look their way, Bush approached the tree in which world leaders placed their wishes.

“I wish for a world free from tyranny: the tyranny of hunger, disease and free from tyrannical governments. I wish for a world in which the universal desire for liberty is realized. I wish for the advance of new technologies that will improve the human condition and protect our environment. I wish God’s blessings on all. George W. Bush,” the president’s missive read.

Later, world leaders and their spouses huddled under umbrellas to watch costumed dancers and fireworks.

America Seized With Fear |  Jul 2, 2008

By Joan Veon

Unbeknownst to the American people who are besieged with  a fear and trembling over the falling stock market, the sub-prime credit  crisis, the flooding in the Midwest, and the all-time oil, gas and food  prices, a much greater, more enduring and lasting evil is taking over the  country through new regulations proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department.  To give you a better understanding of the BIG picture, we will address  it in three segments: (1) “America Seized with Fear and Trembling–Again”  (2) “The Final Globalization of the U.S. Banking System by the Federal  Reserve,” and (3) “How to Survive in a World Without Safety Nets.”

While covering global meetings I have observed over and  over again that most of the “problems,” which arise, are often  part of the agenda of whatever global meeting is being held at the time.  During the past twelve months, beginning specifically the end of July,  2007, I started to understand that the sub-prime crisis had another side  to it-the globalization our entire financial structure. To understand what  is at stake, we’ll review first the changes to our Republic.

The first major change came in 1913 with the establishment  of a new central bank; a private corporation we call the Federal Reserve,  setup to control the financial, economic and monetary system of the United  States, and run by a group of powerful financial opportunists. (It was  Andrew Jackson who shutdown the second of the two original central banks, approved with limited charters by our Founding Fathers.) This is why we, the American people, cannot forgive ourselves the interest on our current the debt. We do not owe it to ourselves, but rather to our privately-owned Federal Reserve Corporation. Since its inception, the Federal Reserve charter  has been amended more than 195 times, which included the passage of HR12,  “The Banking Modernization Act.”

According to the March 31, 2008 “Treasury Blueprint  for a Modernized Financial Regulatory Structure,” the Fed is about  to seize its final empowerment over the rest of the American banking and  financial system. While the Blueprint states it will take years for all  of this legislation to be put in place, Paulson gave a speech on June 19  to Women in Housing and Finance in which he stated, “[W]e must dramatically  expand our attention to the fundamental needs of our system, and move much  more quickly to update [the outdated nature of our financial regulatory]  system.” Once this is finalized, the Congress of the United States  of America become useless because their main purpose since 1913 has been  to surrender to the Federal Reserve more and more powers over our economic  and financial structure. In other words, what we are witnessing a complete  take over of our economy by a private corporation!

The second series of major changes is called “globalization”.  This is the tearing down of barriers between the nation-states. When Presidents  Clinton and G.W. Bush along with England’s Prime Ministers Tony Blair and  the current Prime Minister Gordon Brown, refer to “interdependence”  they are speaking of the fact that there are no more economic, political,  legal, trade, military, or intelligence barriers separating the nation-states.  In 1944, a post-World War II economic conference was held in New Hampshire. “Bretton Woods”, dubbed after the conference hotel, birthed the  first two international pieces, which now comprise an international/ global  world- government structure: the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Today on a regular basis, all the treasury secretaries of the world meet to resolve how to change their nation’s financial and economic laws  to meld into an ever evolving international financial and economic world.

In 1945, the United Nations was founded in San Francisco.  Today, all the foreign ministers of the UN meet to “keep the peace.”  That is so laughable considering the fact that the UN is ready to sign  off on its biggest peacekeeping budget, $7.3B, in their history. There  are more wars now globally than at any other time in the history of the  UN. They have failed miserably at keeping the peace.

Primarily because there are those who only want the WHOLE  PIECE and not PEACE as we think of it. The U.S. should not only withdraw  from the United Nations but all of the related UN organizations. It should  also be remembered that the Commonwealth of Nations, a special league of  nations which pledge allegiance to the Queen of England operate within  the UN and have the potential of 54 votes to our ONE vote.

As the trade barriers fell in 1994 it changed the entire  structure of the world. No longer could the average American compete with  his neighboring farmer, manufacturer, architect, or technician, but now  would compete with ALL counterparts worldwide. The globalized workplace  has affected many American industry workers. We cannot, with our higher  standard of living, compete with the Chinese slave laborers. Buying cheaper  cannot be better when it destroys the very backbone of the American dream.

In 1998, the foreign ministers of the world approved  an International Criminal Court. For the first time since the Roman Empire,  a global body now has the right to transcend national sovereignty in order  to search, seize, arrest and deport an alleged international criminal.  What else can I say? We are all terrorists until proven innocent.

In 2001, the final barriers between the nation-states  came down when alleged terrorists attacked the World Trade Towers in New  York City. My extensive research revealed very simply that if all the other  barriers between states had already fallen, then the two most sensitive  barriers still remaining had to be erased: the military and intelligence  barriers. Currently we have two global militaries: the U.S. “Coalition  of the Willing” and 90,000 United Nations peacekeepers. In regard  to the UN, when they need more supplies, i.e., food, uniforms, guns, ammunition,  tents, planes, boats, etc., they basically call on the countries of the  world to ante up. Britain might supply uniforms while the U.S. provides  military transport planes. In regard to the intelligence barriers, beginning  as early at 1996, the G8 countries were working to establish a global intelligence  gathering room where the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Russia’s KGB and other G8  intelligence agencies would work together to help maintain world peace  and to track international terrorism. Today it is fully functional.

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