25 June, 2008

Chomsky Interview - Healthcare is cheaper

Chomsky: USA people are irrelevant for their Leaders

Chomsky says the US can learn something from Bolivia's democracy [GALLO/GETTY]
Noam Chomsky, the renowned US academic, author and political activist, speaks to Avi Lewis on Al Jazeera's Inside USA.

They discuss whether the US election this year will bring real change, the ongoing conflict in Iraq and why Americans should look to their Southern American counterparts for political inspiration.

Avi Lewis: I'd like to start by talking about the US presidential campaign. In writing about the last election in 2004, you called America's system a "fake democracy" in which the public is hardly more than an irrelevant onlooker, and you've been arguing in your work in the last year or so that the candidates this time around are considerably to the right of public opinion on all major issues.

So, the question is, do Americans have any legitimate hope of change this time around? And what is the difference in dynamic between America's presidential "cup" in 2008 compared to 2004 and 2000?

Noam Chomsky: There's some differences, and the differences are quite enlightening. I should say, however, that I'm expressing a very conventional thought – 80 per cent of the population thinks, if you read the words of the polls, that the government is run by a few big interests looking out for themselves not for the population [and] 95 per cent of the public thinks that the government ought to pay attention to public opinion but it doesn't.

As far as the elections are concerned, I forget the exact figure but by about three to one people wish that the elections were about issues, not about marginal character qualities and so on. So I'm right in the mainstream.

There's some interesting differences between 2004 and 2008 and they're very revealing, it's kind of striking that the commentators don't pick that up because it's so transparent.

The main domestic issue for years … is the health system - which is understandable as it's a total disaster.

The last election debate in 2004 was on domestic issues ... and the New York Times the next day had an accurate description of it. It said that [former Democratic presidential candidate John] Kerry did not bring up any hint of government involvement in healthcare because it has so little political support, just [the support of] the large majority of the population.

But what he meant was it was not supported by the pharmaceutical industry and wasn't supported by the financial institutions and so on.

In this election the Democratic candidates all have [health] programmes that are not what the public are asking for but are approaching it and could even turn into it, so what happened between 2004 and 2008?

It's not a shift in public opinion - that's the same as before, what happened is a big segment of US corporate power is being so harmed by the healthcare system that they want it changed, namely the manufacturing industry.

So, for example, [car manufacturer] General Motors says that it costs them maybe $1,500 more to produce a car in Detroit then across the border in Windsor, Canada, just because they have a more sensible healthcare system there.

Well, when a big segment of corporate America shifts its position, then it becomes politically possible and has political support. So, therefore, you can begin to talk about it.

But those aren't changes coming from pressure from below?

No, the public is the same, it's been saying the same for decades, but the public is irrelevant, is understood to be irrelevant. What matters is a few big interests looking after themselves and that's exactly what the public sees.

And yet, you can see people agitating against the official story, even within the electoral process. There is definitely a new mood in the US, a restlessness among populations who are going to political rallies in unprecedented numbers.

What do you make of this well branded phenomenon of hope - which is obviously part marketing - but is it not also part something else?

Well that's Barack Obama. He has his way, he presents himself - or the way his handlers present him - as basically a kind of blank slate on which you can write whatever you like and there are a few slogans: Hope, unity …


Change. And it does arouse enthusiasm and you can understand why. Again 80 per cent of the population thinks the county is going the wrong way.

Chomsky: Understandable that Obama is generating "enthusiasm" [Reuters]
For most people in the US the past 30 years have been pretty grim. Now, it's a rich country, so it's not like living in southern Africa, but for the majority of the population real wages have stagnated or declined for the past 30 years, there's been growth but it's going to the wealthy and into very few pockets, benefits which were never really great have declined, work hours have greatly increased and there isn't really much to show for it other than staying afloat.

And there is tremendous dissatisfaction with institutions, there's a lot of talk about Bush's very low poll ratings, which is correct, but people sometimes overlook the fact that congress's poll ratings are even lower.

In fact all institutions are just not trusted but disliked, there's a sense that everything is going wrong.

So when somebody says "hope, change and unity" and kind of talks eloquently and is a nice looking guy and so on then, fine.

If the elite strategy for managing the electorate is to ignore the will of the people as you interpret it through polling data essentially, what is an actual progressive vision of changing the US electoral system? Is it election finance, is it third party activism?

We have models right in front of us. Like pick, say, Bolivia, the poorest county in South America. They had a democratic election a couple of years ago that you can't even dream about in the US. It's kind of interesting it's not discussed; it's a real democratic election.

A large majority of the population became organised and active for the first time in history and elected someone from their own ranks on crucial issues that everyone knew about – control of resource, cultural rights, issues of justice, you know, really serious issues.

And, furthermore, they didn't just do it on election day by pushing a button, they've been struggling about these things for years.

A couple of years before this they managed to drive Bechtel and the World Bank out of the country when they were trying to privatise the war. It was a pretty harsh struggle and a lot of people were killed.

Well, they reached a point where they finally could manifest this through the electoral system - they didn't have to change the electoral laws, they had to change the way the public acts. And that's the poorest country in South America.

Actually if we look at the poorest country in the hemisphere – Haiti - the same thing happened in 1990. You know, if peasants in Bolivia and Haiti can do this, it's ridiculous to say we can't.

The Democrats in this election campaign have been talking a lot, maybe less so more recently, about withdrawing from Iraq.

What are the chances that a new president will significantly change course on the occupation and might there be any change for the people of Iraq as a result of the electoral moment in the US?

Well, one of the few journalists who really covers Iraq intimately from inside is Nir Rosen, who speaks Arabic and passes for Arab, gets through society, has been there for five or six years and has done wonderful reporting. His conclusion, recently published, as he puts it, is there are no solutions.

This has been worse than the Mongol invasions of the 13th century - you can only look for the least bad solution but the country is destroyed.

The war on Iraq has been a catastrophe, Chomsky says [AFP]
And it has in fact been catastrophic. The Democrats are now silenced because of the supposed success of the surge which itself is interesting, it reflects the fact that there's no principled criticism of the war – so if it turns out that your gaining your goals, well, then it was OK.

We didn't act that way when the Russians invaded Chechnya and, as it happens, they're doing much better than the US in Iraq.

In fact what's actually happening in Iraq is kind of ironic. The Iraqi government, the al-Maliki government, is the sector of Iraqi society most supported by Iran, the so-called army - just another militia - is largely based on the Badr brigade which is trained in Iran, fought on the Iranian side during the Iran-Iraq war, was part of the hated Revolutionary Guard, it didn't intervene when Saddam was massacring Shiites with US approval after the first Gulf war, that's the core of the army.

The figure who is most disliked by the Iranians is of course Muqtada al-Sadr, for the same reason he's disliked by the Americans – he's independent.

If you read the American press, you'd think his first name was renegade or something, it's always the "renegade cleric" or the "radical cleric" or something - that's the phrase that means he's independent, he has popular support and he doesn't favour occupation.

Well, the Iranian government doesn't like him for the same reason. So, they [Iran] are perfectly happy to see the US institute a government that's receptive to their influence and for the Iraqi people it's a disaster.

And it'll become a worse disaster once the effects of the warlordism and tribalism and sectarianism sink in more deeply.

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20 June, 2008

PLEASE sign the NO STAR WARS online petition - hunger strike June 22

Brunswick display supports Czech strike http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/029184.html

A picnic table with empty plates will be set up on the Brunswick Mall this Sunday to show support for a hunger strike in Czech Republic.

Czech citizens began a hunger strike May 13 to protest the installation of a United States Star Wars base in their country.

Bruce Gagnon of Bath said the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is inviting Midcoast residents to participate in the "empty plate picnic protest."

The protest will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

PLEASE sign the
NO STAR WARS online petition
Hunger strike June 22

"I do not agree with the installation of a US military base on Czech Republic territory, as part of their NMD (National Missile Defense) project. The implementation of this project is increasing international tensions, generating a new arms race and is the first step towards the militarization and control of space. Since more than two thirds of the Czech population are against this project, I think it is only fair that the Czech people have the right to decide on such an important question by means of a referendum."


The NMD project of the United States . their national missile defense system, is a very complex project which involves the production of new weapons, and the installation of US military bases in different parts of the planet. In particular, in Europe, the first step is the installation of a radar system in the Czech Republic, as well as a base for interceptor missiles in Poland.

This plan has divided Europe, which at the moment is not able to give a united, coherent and nonviolent response to the United States. aggressive policies. The reaction of Russia and China has created a .cold war. atmosphere. International tensions are increasing, and the crazy arms race (both conventional and nuclear) has restarted. Above all, the bases are being installed to militarize and control space. More than two thirds of the Czech population are against the presence of United States military on Czech territory. Despite this, the Czech and US governments are continuing the negotiations which are, by now, reaching their concluding phase.

The Czech people will declare that any contract that the Czech government may sign with the US Government concerning the project to install US military bases on Czech territory will have no legal value. And so the Czech people will not feel in any way bound to any type of commitment. The formal respect for laws passed in Parliament by a relative majority is not enough to be considered as real democracy. When a Government takes a decision which clearly goes against the will of a majority of its citizens, it is not respecting either the spirit or deepest essence of democracy.

The US government must clearly understand that it is not carrying out a dialogue with the Czech people, but with a minority that does not represent the will of the majority of Czech citizens. For this reason, any agreement will have no legal value. Our American friends must clearly understand that their government.s policies are generating a widespread feeling of .anti Americanism. which was not present before in Czech culture, and in this way, their aggressive policies will only turn against them. We know that a nonviolent action to boycott American products has already begun, and that this phenomenon could quickly spread beyond the boundaries of the Czech Republic.

The majority of Czechs do not want foreign military bases on their territory.
The majority of Czechs want to decide these problems themselves by means of a referendum: a fundamental instrument of any democracy.

Jan Tamá.
Nonviolent Movement against US bases in the Czech Republic

Dana Feminová
Europe For Peace

Jun 19, 2008 08:10 ET
Center of Cultures Announces a Worldwide One-Day Hunger Strike to Protest Installation of U.S. "Star Wars" Radar Base

Hunger for Peace: June 22nd

Join the hunger strike June 22

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - The Center of Cultures, a non-profit organization focusing on advancing the values of New Humanism, announces that on June 22nd, thousands worldwide will join a one-day hunger strike to protest the proposed installation of a U.S. "Star Wars" radar base in the Czech Republic. Despite public polls showing 70% of the Czech citizens are against the base, the Government is ignoring the will of the majority and moving ahead with the plan. Noam Chomsky has warned that "The installation of a missile defense system in Eastern Europe is, virtually, a declaration of war."

In North America, events will be held on June 22nd in solidarity with the Czech people opposing the base. In New York, an "Empty Plate Picnic" is being organized at Bryant Park. According to Chris Wells, spokesperson for New Humanism, "We propose that everyone who opposes this absurd and immoral escalation of 'Star Wars' join us in a simple but meaningful act: not to eat for one day. We need to stop feeding the war machine, and start feeding people." The event is co-sponsored by The Center of Cultures, the Humanist Movement, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, CodePink NYC, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and Fellowship of Reconciliation. For information: www.humanism.org.

The worldwide fast grew out of the hunger strike that two Czech Humanists, Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar, began on May 13th after Tamas realized "We tried almost everything, but our government has failed to listen." Their actions drew the attention of media, politicians and personalities and inspired others to follow suit. They ended the strike after 21 days when others kept it alive in a "chain hunger strike" which is continuing in various countries.

Opposition to the U.S. base is mounting and the press is finally beginning to take notice. Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hedges, Dennis Kucinich and other notables have lent their support. The European Parliament has invited Tamas to address a special session on July 9th in Strasbourg.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to sign the radar base treaty between the U.S. and the Czech Republic in Prague on July 10. Czech opponents of the base are collecting online signatures (www.nonviolence.cz) to build pressure in advance of Rice's trip.
Nicole Myers
Center of Cultures
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13 June, 2008


Cuba sanctions Che Guevara USA strangulationThe blockade against Cuba, which was initiated some 40 years ago by the U.S., suffered a major setback this week as European Union leaders announced their intention to end their sanctions against the island country.

The announcement came as George W. Bush toured Europe, and it signaled his weakened position as a world leader and a EU rejection of the Bush administration's hardline stance against Cuba.

The sanctions under discussion were initially imposed in 2003 and suspended two years later. EU leaders cited political and economic reforms launched in Cuba since the February retirement of Cuban icon Fidel Castro as that country's president.
Getting to the heart of why they now are more favorably disposed toward Cuba, EU diplomats cited eased restrictions on consumer items, many of which will be purchased from EU-based corporations.

Nevertheless, EU leaders involved in the discussion on abolishing the sanctions permanently also proposed additional dialogue between Cuba and European countries.

The repressive, pro-Bush administration government in the Czech Republic, however, has parroted the statements of George W. Bush and Republican presidential nominee John McCain's dismissals of recent changes in Cuba. Spain, by contrast, has been the most vocal on ending the sanctions, viewing exchange and dialogue as worthier aims than blockade.

Ironically, those who oppose ending sanctions or lifting the embargo based on a belief that changes that have been made are insufficient or "cynical," as the Bush administration said this week, have to explain why such an embargo has failed to force the changes they insisted it would. Why keep pursuing a failed policy?

Like Bush administration officials and John McCain the Czech Republic insists it will only support abolishing sanctions if the EU is willing to legitimize groups in Cuba that want to overthrow the government or who have ties to proven terrorists like Luis Posada Carriles or Santiago Alvarez. John McCain, earlier this year, went so far as to hint at more direct U.S. intervention in Cuba in the event that he is elected as U.S. president.

It remains to be seen if such a directly interventionist and invasive condition as that pushed by the Czech government will be imposed on Cuba by the EU in exchange for lifting the sanctions.


cuba elections democracy USA fraudulentThe European Union is ending sanctions on Cuba in defiance of U.S.

Closed-door talks on the move are continuing in Luxembourg ... as EU leaders hosted U.S. President George W. Bush for a farewell summit in Slovenia.

The measures were imposed after a crackdown on dissent in 2003 and include a freeze on visits by high-level officials. They were formally suspended in 2005 but an abolition would be the EU's way of encouraging Cuban President Raul Castro, who took over after the Feb. 24 retirement of his brother Fidel.
"The time could be right because of changes undertaken by Cuba's new leadership," said one EU diplomat. Changes include new rules allowing Cubans to buy cell phones, rent rooms in hotels once reserved for foreigners, and an increase in public debate.

EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said political prisoners in Cuba remained a concern for the EU.
"We think human rights issues are very important ones and there are still a lot of political detainees there," she told reporters on the margins of the EU-U.S. summit in Slovenia.
Lifting sanctions would put the 27-member bloc at odds with Washington over Cuba policy.

America's security fantasies

Regarding Roger Cohen's "The world is upside down" (Globalist, June 2) : At the end of his otherwise excellent column, Cohen writes that the United States "underwrites global security at vast expense" and that the newly wealthy should "share this burden."

This is a peculiarly (indeed, almost exclusively) American view. The greatest threat to global peace and security is, and for some time has been, the United States and its bipartisan obsession with achieving permanent, "full-spectrum" military domination of the planet and outer space, as explicitly spelled out in the two blatantly aggressive national security strategies published in recent years.

If, as Cohen suggests, a new "multi-polarity of security commitments" is in order, this new world order of genuine defense should seek to contain and, when necessary, resist American hegemony - at least until this once admirable country either regains its senses or can no longer afford the "vast expense" of its military ambitions.

John V. Whitbeck Jidda, Saudi Arabia


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12 June, 2008

Sweden introducing STASI surveillance law

Piratebay has a new banner:
sweden gestapo stasi law spying on citizens

Sweden nears vote on e-mail, phone monitoring

By Mikael Ricknäs , IDG News Service , 11 june 2008

The battle for the hearts and minds of Swedish politicians is heating up. Next week the country's parliament will vote on a bill that would allow local authorities to monitor e-mail, fax messages and telephone calls. The vote could be very close.

The bill, if passed, will let the Swedish Defense Radio Establishment, a civilian organization that falls under the Ministry of Defense, listen in on wired traffic that passes Swedish borders, to protect against what has been dubbed "external threats."

On Wednesday, Stoppa FRA-lagen (which means stopping the law in Swedish) -- a newly formed network of opponents -- bought an ad in Dagens Nyheter (Daily News), Sweden's largest daily newspaper. The ad warns that everything you do on the Internet will be monitored, and all phone calls will be monitored.

Stoppa FRA-lagen's goal is to drum up public opinion against the bill, and sway the minds of at least a few members of the parliament from the ruling coalition, according to the group's spokesman Mikael Nilsson.

Sweden's parliament has 349 members from seven parties. The majority coalition in Parliament, which comprises several political parties, supports the bill. However, opposition parties oppose it. For the bill to pass, four members of that majority coalition would have to vote against the bill for it to fail.

stasi 2.0 - electronic gestapo

Sweden's new wiretapping law 'much worse than the Stasi'

Published: 10 Jun 08 11:52 CET

With just a week to go before the Swedish parliament is expected to pass a controversial wiretapping law, Pirate Party leader Rickard Falkvinge urges people to do all they can to block the legislation.

On June 17th the Swedish parliament is set to vote on the introduction of a new "signal surveillance" law.

What the law means is that all telephone and internet operators will be forced to attach a large cable to the state's supercomputer, where the state will be able to keep a record of everything said in telephone conversations, surfed on the web or written on the internet.

The law can best be described by the more explanatory term "general surveillance". Instead of just criminal suspects having their phones tapped, now everyone will be tapped via their phones, emails, web surfing, faxes etc.

But the state won't keep a record of everything. First it will scan all phone calls, emails and so on, in real time. Anything that is "considered interesting" on the basis of 250,000 search criteria, will be saved for further investigation.

All our phone calls, emails and surfing habits will be observed by Sweden's National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets Radioanstalt - FRA), which is why the proposed legislation is known as the "FRA law".

There are no courts involved, and the government and all its agencies - including the police and the security police - will be able to snoop around in the tapped phone and email correspondence of its citizens.

This is much, much worse than the East German Stasi, which was only capable of tapping a small sector of the population. This is also something that has been pointed out by German members of parliament with first-hand experience of the Stasi.

Proponents of the law say it "only concerns cross-border communications". Unfortunately this is a bare-faced lie. Records of communications will be kept at 20 nodal points, strategically placed to capture all communications that cross Sweden's borders. But any internal communications that happen to come into contact with any one of these nodes will also be analyzed by the state. Essentially this means that everyone will be affected since, for technical reasons, most phone calls and emails between two Swedes pass through another country.

Proponents say that "this has absolutely nothing to do with Swedes; FRA isn't allowed to investigate Swedes if there is no substantial cause". This is a dishonest formulation. Another way of saying exactly the same thing would be: "FRA may snoop on Swedes as part of this mass wiretapping scheme if certain criteria are met". In fact, the entire statement is dishonest, since the legislation up for debate only concerns signal surveillance for the military. What these people don't mention is that the FRA already carries out surveillance for the police using exactly the same staff and the same wiretapping network.

Proponents say that "only a very small amount of information will be listened to", and refer to the pieces of information that will be sifted out for further examination. This is also a direct lie. Everything will be listened to. Whatever information is then selected for further examination is irrelevant; the violation of personal integrity occurs when the state gives itself access to its citizens' private communications, not when one of the search terms it uses to filter the data happens to match.

Democracy is reliant on the transparency of power, not the transparency of citizens. All places where the opposite has been the case - where it has been impossible to examine the powers that be, while citizens lack any right to a private life - have been really nasty places to live.

Signal surveillance is supposed to protect us against external threats. In reality, however, it is the surveillance itself that constitutes a direct threat against Swedish democracy.

Aftonbladet has written about the law today (the first time old media have really contributed to the debate). Unfortunately they present the proponents' propaganda as fact. Proponents of the law have shown themselves to be completely unreliable. On May 31st I put forward evidence [in Swedish] showing that they know they are breaking the constitution but they just don't care.

The Pirate Party has long campaigned for the right to a private life. For example, we held a demonstration in central Stockholm recently demanding the right to civil liberties and for an end to all plans for general surveillance.

A campaign site has just gone online called Stoppa FRA-lagen! (Stop the FRA law) with more information about this draconian piece of legislation.

It's high time to get involved. Write to your local member of parliament, talk to friends and acquaintances about what's happening. Anything. Just do something. Before it's too late.

Rickard Falkvinge

'A declaration of war on Sweden's youth'

Published: 14 Mar 08 18:56 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/10492/

Plans for a new Swedish government proposal to counteract illegal file sharing met with mixed reactions on Friday. The proposal will enable courts to force internet service providers (ISPs) to give out IP addresses used in illegal file sharing to whoever owns the rights to the material.

Internet service providers were quick to welcome the move, while the Pirate Party and The Pirate Bay were scathing in their criticism.

"This is a declaration of war on an entire generation of young voters," said Pirate Party leader Rickard Falkvinge in a statement.

Falkvinge characterized as "shameful" the government's decision to renege on its promise not to start hunting young people "on behalf of the American movie and music industries."

Rather than "dismantling the rule of law", the government should recognize file sharing as "a techno-historical fact", he said.

Writing in the opinion pages of newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask and Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth said the government was now united in how to approach the issue.

Those who own the rights to illegally shared content must be able to prove that an internet service subscription has been used for infringement, the ministers pointed out.

The Centre Party, one of four parties in the centre-right coalition government, reluctantly agreed to compromise on the issue despite having certain reservations.

"It's not possible to get things 100 percent your own way in negotiations. It was with a degree of regret that we agreed to go along with this," spokeswoman Annie Johansson told Svenska Dagbladet.

The party had previously said it would not support any policy that entailed releasing IP addresses to the courts.

Speaking to Svenska Dagbladet, The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde described the move as "completely the wrong way to go and an affront to personal integrity".

With the new proposal, the government is effectively rejecting an alternative proposal put forward in a report by appeals court judge Cecilia Renfors. which called for ISPs to shut down subscribers who repeatedly downloaded films and music without permission.

"It is good that the government has reached a decision on this issue and it is good that they have clearly distanced themselves from the Renfors inquiry, which would have put us providers in a position of having to police our own customers," said Bredbandsbolaget's CEO Marcus Nylén in a statement.

These sentiments were echoed by Martin Tivéus, head of internet service provider Glocalnet.

"It is important that the new copyright laws will take into account users' rightful interest in their own personal integrity," he said. "

Neither we as a provider nor the Anti-Piracy Agency can or should make a decision as to when copyright is more important than personal integrity. For this reason it feels good that the government will hand this task to the courts."

Den 17 juni röstar Sveriges riksdag om att införa allmän avlyssning av alla svenska medborgare. Försvarets Radioanstalt (FRA) ges i uppdrag att avlyssna all kabelburen kommunikation som passerar Sveriges gränser.

Nästan all kommunikation, även inom Sverige, passerar idag gränsen och kommer därmed att avlyssnas. E-post, sms, webbtrafik, chattar och mobil- och telefonsamtal, allt analyseras.

Ingen domstol är inblandad. Ingen brottsmisstanke krävs. Alla behandlas som misstänkta.

Även regering och myndigheter ges befogenhet att söka i den privata kommunikationen. Lagen öppnar för nya, godtyckliga användningsområden. Materialet kan dessutom lätt missbrukas eller hamna i fel händer.

Källskydd och meddelarfrihet blir tomma ord när varje kontakt med media kan vara avlyssnad.

Avlyssningen ska skydda mot odefinierade ”yttre hot”. I själva verket utgör den nya lagen i sig ett allvarligt hot mot det öppna och fria samhället.

178 riksdagsledamöter från alliansen pressas att rösta ja.

Endast 4 av dessa behöver gå emot partilinjen för att förslaget ska falla.

Vilka står upp för ett fritt och öppet samhälle?

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03 June, 2008

MUST READ -- US future warfare plans - High Tech Massacre Program

The psychological basis


Greg Nixon's Defense- and Terror Exercise Watch Site jammed again
former team8plus 'freelancer' is under attack, isolation and sabotage since Day 1.
Nixon shares his dilemma with other rare authentic geopolitical observers like Geo Karras or Daniel Abrahamson, who decided to take a break some months ago.
picked up at:
Mon, Jun 2 2008

My signal keeps getting jammed and my laptop has been crippled for the second time, this time beyond repair ( + it's not even paid for yet) This post is on a loaner and I can only get on for a few seconds before being shut down. DDOT will be on hold until I get a new system with a secure connection. Please check back.

Bravo if this is the US Airfoirce and their new "cyber warfare" center.....well done....

Simulation challenge: Mimicking Earth and the brainhttp://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=208400637

Intermap wins $6.8 mln order from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agencyhttp://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2008/05/28/afx5053469.html
Army Demos Video Game-Controlled Robot (FCS)
Mock disaster drill at Kolkata Metro stations (India)
"Bold Monarch 2008"
NATO Drill
Strategic Simulation (Russia + China)
Steve Balzac Helps Facilitate Pandemic Flu Exercise
Lockheed's 'Spooky Radar' Gets U.S. Patent
Riddle Me This, General Dynamics (military robotics )
U.S. Army May Field FCS Systems Early
Boeing-SAIC Team, Future Combat Systems Program Play Key Roles in Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008

SAIC wins $20M contract for space, naval warfare
Nanorobots to improve health care ( or wreak havoc as military weapon?)

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