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Plato's Cave, Silhouettes and Shadows:You can Hide...But You Can't Run

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 04/03/2013

This past Monday, flying below the radar in more ways than one - the Federal Bureau of Investigation lost an appeal to delay a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  The  privacy advocacy group is suing the agency for information related to its StingRay cellphone surveillance technology.

 

 The name, ‘David Rigmaiden’ mean anything to you?  How about ‘StingRay’?

 

This is the techogizmo that was used to apprehend David Rigmaiden. Granted, Rigmaiden is no boy scout.  In 2008 he was a suspect in an electronic tax fraud ring. But it was Rigmaiden’s requests to provide details of how the FBI was able to locate him revealed the use of StingRay, a technology which fools cell phones within a certain range into linking with the technology., as though it was a real cell tower. By harvesting the data provided by a mass of cellphones, StingRay can physically locate a designated device.

 

 Privacy advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU argue that StingRay's bulk data collection method violates the privacy of cell phone users who are unwittingly targeted by the tool. In addition, the ACLU has presented evidence that the FBI has not always been honest about its intent to deploy StingRay when filing warrants with federal judges.

 

 If the ACLU’s lawsuit is successful, it would imply that the FBI has knowingly requested “general warrants,” which would violate Americans' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

 

Which brings us to this:  Today the Federal Aviation Administration hosts its first “online public engagement session” to allow the public to voice concerns over the threats to personal privacy posed by domestic drones.

Specifically, the FAA is soliciting comments on the privacy protocol it plans to implement at each of its six drone test sites, where the crafts will be put through a battery of tests before they’re allowed into U.S. airspace in 2015. The agency says public comments won’t drive policy but will help ensure that all voices are heard.

Says the FAA:  “They are not intended to predetermine the long-term policy and regulatory framework under which commercial [drones] would operate…Rather, they aim to assure maximum transparency of privacy policies.”

The session will begin at noon Wednesday and run until 2 p.m. The agency plans to outline its test site program and proposed privacy policy, then take comments from participants, each of whom will have up to three minutes to weigh in.

 

The test site program is vital to the federal government’s plan to safely integrate commercial drones into the already crowded national airspace. More than 30 states, including Maryland and Virginia, have expressed interest in hosting a site.

 

The locations have yet to be chosen.

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'Stockholm Syndrome': But would Bradley Manning Accept the Nobel Peace Prize?

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Air Cascadia
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Mon, 04/01/2013

 

 

www.rootsaction.org

That's the place to  go if you want to join over 30 thousand other like-minded people who want to see this year's Nobel Peace Prize go to Bradley Manning.

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"What's Your Jihad?"

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Air Cascadia
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Fri, 03/29/2013

Here's the email address that takes you to a great photo archive of photos and 'My Jihad' statements:

 

http://www.myjihad.org/chicago-buses-live-shots

 

 

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 And the week went by on the usual clouds of gory detals:  'Stingray' cellphone tracking technology, Raiders of the 'No-Fly' List and, Why not?  The Nobel Prize for Bradley Manning.

 

This week’s affront to the dignity and integrity of  private individuals is ‘Sting Ray’.  It’s a ‘Sting’ because the technology allows both the FBI and, in at least several documented cases, local law enforcement the capacity to filter through a large amount of…It’s a ‘Ray’ because:  cellphone data in a given region and locate one specific signal - and thus a suspect.

 

 

 

What troubles privacy advocates is that such tools, in this case one sold under the Stingray brand, operate by fooling cellphones into believing that they are connecting to a cell tower, when in fact they are linking up to a surveillance tool. What’s more, the technology vacuums up data of not only a potential suspect, but all individuals within the given region.

 

 

 

For its part, the US government has argued that user privacy was upheld since authorities deleted all collected third-party data after its search.

 

 

 

The hearing set to begin in Arizona concerns the case of Daniel David Rigmaiden, a suspect in a tax fraud scheme, who was found at an apartment complex with the help of the Stingray technology.

 

 

Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have an issue not only with how the technology works - which they say violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “general warrants” - but also the manner in which the FBI went about using it in Rigmaiden's and several others cases.

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Message to The Empire: The Resistance is Fractal!

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 03/26/2013

Sea Shepherd

https://my.seashepherd.org/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=184

The Dam Guardians campaign kicked off March 15th and is Sea Shepherd’s second sea lion defense campaign along the Columbia River. Up to 368 California sea lions face execution by Oregon and Washington state workers for the crime of eating endangered salmon on the Columbia River near the Bonneville Dam. The states are authorized to kill 92 of the federally protected pinnipeds annually through June 2016. The sea lions will be branded with hot irons, hazed with rubber bullets and explosives, and killed by lethal injection or shotgun for eating less than 4% of the salmon at the dam. All of this mayhem is conducted on the taxpayers’ dime while commercial, sport, and tribal fisheries are allowed to take up to 17% of the same endangered salmon and the dam itself claims approximately 17% of adult salmon.

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Dancing Nuke to Nuke: Obama in Jerusalem plus: PRWastch on The Swindle and Shahid Butar on drones

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Air Cascadia
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Thu, 03/21/2013

Like a couple of pit bulls sniffing arseholes President Obama and PM Netanyahu met in Jerusalem the other day.  Obama pledged "eternal" support (By which he meant military hardware, I believe...) for Israel and Netanyahu claimed he wanted peace talks. I wish Obama was lying and I hope Netanyahu was telling the truth.

The Singularity in this equation is this: Israelis have taken land, homes, olive grove, the water beneatht the desert, the very air, the sky above.  and left the Palestinian people refuges in their own land.  Israel is committing genocidse in  slow motioon, the drops of blood filling the days.  In serving this unholy goal, Israel has created a system of Apartheid more viscious, severe and deadly than anything that existed in South Africa. No one believes Netanyahu.  Even while he sign this mythical peace agreement, Setlers will be destroying Palestinian homes, lives, lands and future.

And Nuked-up Israel continues to goad the US into a war with Iran over that nation's presumed nuclear dreams.  While the whole world knows full well that Israel's nuclear stockpiles are far beyond the bound of international law.  That Israel is not party to non-proliferation agreements, That Israel is a stranger to the IAEA.

And here's our dear President once again, pants around his ankles, taking it hard up the arse by the Middle East's most heavily-armed, paranoid, 'terror-tory'.

Why do world leaders continue to look the other way?

If any other nation engaged in the crimes that Israel is engaged in, the world's Top Cop, the US would spring to action in the name of Freedom! Liberty! and the Free Market!

 

 

http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/#.UUtQajftkwo

Paul leads filibuster of Brennan nomination to lead CIA

On March 6, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) forced a long overdue conversation in Washington about checks and balances on executive power by leading a bipartisan filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA. Sen. Paul’s 12 hours of comments included a succinct and clear expression of his concerns:

I will speak…until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.

Sen. Paul launched his filibuster in response to a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder insinuating the authority to use drones to kill Americans within the US. After his concerns prompted a later letter conceding that the government lacks such authority, Sen. Paul ended his filibuster and Brennan was confirmed by a vote of 63-34, ending a brief period when CIA abuses were at least theoretically accountable to the public. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Especially encouraging was the reaction of other Senators, and the public, to Sen. Paul’s filibuster. While he began his filibuster without support, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) raised his voice, making it a bipartisan effort. While Wyden was the only Democrat to raise concerns about checks & balances, several GOP senators eventually joined, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Dean Heller (R-NV).

Holder’s assurances to Sen. Paul were welcome, but must also be taken with a grain of salt. It behooves observers to understand why, for several reasons, Holder’s statement may be less secure than we would ideally hope.

Holder’s letter does not define “combat,” and without the public release of all of the currently secret Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memos, the full extent of the program and its legal basis remain unknown. Moreover, the administration’s killing of multiple US citizens without evidence that they were engaged in combat belies assurances that the CIA heeds the legal constraints articulated by OLC.

Reflecting their own confusion, many have suggested that Paul's concern about extrajudicial assassination reflects paranoia. Unfortunately, it's only paranoid if unfounded.

Whatever Obama apologists may claim, our government has in fact executed multiple US citizens without trial. And a potential drone strike within the US hardly requires a flight of imagination: the manhunt that mobilized across Southern California to find LAPD officer Chris Dorner presents a scenario all too likely to recur.

Given Congress’ dismal oversight record, Paul's filibuster was a clarion call. It emboldened members from both parties in both houses of Congress, whose bipartisan concerns about checks & balances will resonate well beyond the legal authority for drone strikes, which—even after the filibuster—remain unacceptably secret and effectively above the law.

Ultimately, the people of the United States and our often timid representatives in Washington must demand a halt to lawless assassination in contravention of the Constitution, international law and human rights law. The broad claims staked out in the leaked white paper justifying targeted killing make clear that the administration is currently operating under a rubric that violates all three.

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Trust the Trout

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 03/19/2013

John Stauber’s Stab at Progressive Movement

 

By Taylor Marsh on March 18, 2013

 

 

 

hmmmm

 

 

 

IN COUNTER Punch, read it and weigh it.

 

 

 

    The self-labeled Progressive Movement that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it. The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system. But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.

 

 

 

    The Progressive Movement that exists today is their success story. The Democratic elite created a mirror image of the type of astroturf front groups and think tanks long ago invented, funded and promoted by the Reaganites and the Koch brothers. The liberal elite own the Progressive Movement. Organizing for Action, the “non-partisan” slush fund to train the new leaders of the Progressive Movement is just the latest big money ploy to consolidate their control and keep the feed flowing into the trough.

 

 

 

    The professional Progressive Movement that we see reflected in the pages of The Nation magazine, in the online marketing and campaigning of MoveOn and in the speeches of Van Jones, is primarily a political public relations creation of America’s richest corporate elite, the so-called 1%, who happen to bleed Blue because they have some degree of social and environmental consciousness, and don’t bleed Red. But they are just as committed as the right to the overall corporate status quo, the maintenance of the American Empire, and the monopoly of the rich over the political process that serves their economic interests.

 

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Mass Media: Suppress the Story / Suppress the Teller: It's the Law!

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Air Cascadia
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Thu, 03/14/2013

Remembering Rachel

 On Saturday, March 16th, Olympia will mark the 10th anniversary of Rachel’s stand in Gaza. It has been an extraordinary and challenging journey for the Rachel Corrie Foundation, for the Corrie family, and for those in our community and beyond who have worked tirelessly for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel, in the world, and here at home.

  In this month’s launch of a special year-long Peace Works effort, we will feature multiple special events and a remarkable March 16th day of action, reflection, and celebration. We will focus on how Rachel has touched our community and the world; on all that has been accomplished these past ten years through our local, regional, national, and international peace-building; and on inspiring the work to come.

  Please join us at these March events!Saturday, March 16th – Rachel Corrie – 10 YearsSylvester Park & The Olympia Ballroom (116 Legion Way SW, downtown Olympia) – expect a dynamic day of social action, speakers, music, dance, food, reflection, remembrance, and community! 1 pm – Rally at Sylvester Park: Ten years is enough! Challenge U.S. aid to Israel and the lack of accountability for how those resources are used2:30 – 9pm – Olympia Ballroom – Keynote Speakers: Phyllis Bennis and Ramzy Baroud – 10 YearsMusic and Dance- Batiste Dabke, House of Tarab, David Rovics, and more!

 

Community Potluck (5:00-7:00 pm) – an Olympia tradition

 

Remembrances – from Cindy and Craig Corrie and others

Interactive Displays- A visual feast reflecting Rachel Corrie – the writer, artist, and activist, and the continuing struggle; ten years for the Rachel Corrie Foundation; ten years for our community’s work on Israel/Palestine; and ten-years of local peace-building

 

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Censorship Reloaded

San Diego police may follow other agencies by ending media credentials as the spread of bloggers and online publications make it more difficult to define who is a journalist. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security stopped issuing credentials last month and the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Southern California did so in December.

At stake for journalists is whether they can cover certain stories. At stake for the general public is who delivers their news.

One scenario is that authorities don't allow anyone behind police tape, said Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association. Another possibility is that bloggers with large followings and high professional standards are shut out.

Three online writers sued in 2008 for being denied New York City Police Department press credentials, saying they deserved equal access. One said he was unable to cover the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory parade and Times Square New Years' Eve festivities, while another said he couldn't attend the mayor's news conferences. The lawsuit was settled after the city agreed to ease its criteria to include online-only publications.

Even before the boom in online journalism, some agencies had second thoughts. The California Highway Patrol stopped issuing credentials about a decade ago because the job was too-time consuming and some abused them for backstage concert passes and other perks, said spokeswoman Fran Clader. The CHP now accepts any press identification, even a company business card.

'On-Ice' the Opposite of 'Office'?

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 03/13/2013

On Saturday, March 16th, Olympia will mark the 10th anniversary of Rachel’s stand in Gaza. It has been an extraordinary and challenging journey for the Rachel Corrie Foundation, for the Corrie family, and for those in our community and beyond who have worked tirelessly for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel, in the world, and here at home.

 

 

 

In this month’s launch of a special year-long Peace Works effort, we will feature multiple special events and a remarkable March 16th day of action, reflection, and celebration. We will focus on how Rachel has touched our community and the world; on all that has been accomplished these past ten years through our local, regional, national, and international peace-building; and on inspiring the work to come.

 

 

 

Please join us at these March events!

 

Saturday, March 16th – Rachel Corrie – 10 Years

 

 Sylvester Park & The Olympia Ballroom (116 Legion Way SW, downtown Olympia) – expect a dynamic day of social action, speakers, music, dance, food, reflection, remembrance, and community!

 

 

 

1 pm – Rally at Sylvester Park: Ten years is enough! Challenge U.S. aid to Israel and the lack of accountability for how those resources are used

 

2:30 – 9pm – Olympia Ballroom – Keynote Speakers: Phyllis Bennis and Ramzy Baroud – 10 Years

 

Music and Dance- Batiste Dabke, House of Tarab, David Rovics, and more!

 

Community Potluck (5:00-7:00 pm) – an Olympia tradition

 

Remembrances – from Cindy and Craig Corrie and others

 

Interactive Displays- A visual feast reflecting Rachel Corrie – the writer, artist, and activist, and the continuing struggle; ten years for the Rachel Corrie Foundation; ten years for our community’s work on Israel/Palestine; and ten-years of local peace-building

 

$@#&$*!

 

 

Here's the Header:  A "top forester" want to "restore" the forests?  Really? And this is why he plans on burning another thousand miles or so of road through the last rays of ancient light?

A MANAGED FOREST IS A TREE FARM

"Blue Mountain timber: Top forester backs ambitious program of tree thinning and restoration"

 

 


A staggering 800 million board feet of wood fiber annually reaches maturity in the nearby Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla and Malheur national forests. Only 11 percent gets to sawmills, while 400 million board feet succumb to insects, disease, fire and age, said industry spokesman Tom Partin. He likened the mills' situation to "starving to death when you are standing beside the refrigerator."

 

That may soon change.

The top U.S. Forest Service official for Oregon and Washington, Kent Connaughton , has asked his foresters to plot out an ambitious, multiyear program of tree thinning and forest restoration in the Blue Mountains. Dubbed "accelerated restoration," the goal is to free more timber for mills while stiffening the woodlands' resistance to tree-killing insects, disease and wildfires.

It's not clear precisely how much lumber will become available under the plan to reduce fuel loads in forests, and funding is still being worked out. However, mill owners are hopeful, while criticism from conservationists so far is muted.

The average, The Bobo, The Neoliberal with a beer and a labrador retriever reads this stuff and calculates that long-term, this is bad news, but short term, as long as he can count on raking in half a million annually by sitting on an Aeron chair in an 'aer-conditioned' office selling camping equipment and filing FOIA requests...Well. Those trees probably were full of gluten anyway...

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Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks: 'Thank You for Your Service.'

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 03/12/2013

 

Daniel Ellsberg's voice - however briefly - lit up the 'Air Cascadia' waves

Ellsberg spoke with me via cellphone while waiting in line at the airport and going through the TSA's new! Improved! security.  Which, we are constantly reminded, is distasteful but "It's for our own good." It's because the ponderous, semi-conscious National Security apparatus cares only for our safety.

The occasion was the release on WikiLeaks of pfc Bradley Manning's voice as he explains his motivation for blowing the doors off the Great American Secret, the Star Chamber, Room 101, revealing the truth that never makes the headlines.  

Go back and review 'Collateral Murder', then listen to Manning's voice calmly and stoically stating why he pulled off the single act of courage in these years of brutal mindless war waged on behalf of corporate interests and little else.  Indeed, what Bradley Manning did has made us 'safer' than all the drones in Hell; all the Lost Boys alone in FOB's scattered across ravaged landscapes, in places they couldn't find on a map even if the names of those countries were spelling out right there on the page.

 

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/bradley-manning_n_2858850.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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Unlike Water, Money Flows Up Hill

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 03/05/2013

http://www.endtheoccupation.org/

So this squestration, eh? who'll cruise and who'll lose, you ask.  Israel, it seems is going to come loout smelinglike cordite, I mean rose.  Yes.  Roses.  But then thanks to AIPAC, Israel already gets so much weapons money that they can't tell which ways up.  It's like being buried under an avalanche and you don't know which way to dig to get to the surface...? You don't recall anything like that ever happening to you? 

Here's the numbers for Defence, first off:

Total Defense Spending – Between 2001 and 2011 the United States spent $7.2 trillion dollars (in constant FY2012 dollars) on defense, including the Pentagon’s annual base budget, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and nuclear weapons-related activities of the Department of Energy (Function 050). See below for a breakout of the base budget, nuclear weapons, and war costs. 

The following is by Nidal el Khairy, formerly of Gaza, currently stateless, living in Amman, Jordan

 

 

 

The Pentagon’s “base” budget – The Pentagon’s annual budget (Function 051) – not including war costs or DoE’s nuclear weapons activities – grew from $290.5 billion in FY2000, to $526.1 billion in FY2011. That’s a nominal increase of $235.6 billion (or 81 percent) and a “real” (inflation-adjusted) increase of $160.3 billion, or 43 percent.

 

Department of Energy – Annual funding for the nuclear weapons activities rose more slowly between FY2000 and FY2011, from $12.4 billion to $19.0 billion. That’s a nominal increase of $6.6 billion (or 53 percent) and a “real” increase of $3.3 billion, or 21 percent.

 

War Costs – The total costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the Department of Defense and all other federal agencies (Department of State, USAID, etc.) will reach $1.26 trillion by the end of the current fiscal year (FY 2011) on September 30, 2011. Of this, $797.3 billion is for Iraq, and $459.8 billion is for Afghanistan. In constant FY2012 dollars, the totals through FY2011 are $1.36 trillion, $869 billion for Iraq and $487.6 billion for Afghanistan.

 

 

 

These figures, or ones like them, are well known and fairly simple to track. Both the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide data on Pentagon and other military-related spending as part of the annual federal budget request released in February each year. The Congressional Research Service does an excellent job of analyzing the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NPP also does its own war cost analysis on its “Cost of War” website.

 

 

 

Homeland Security – One security spending figure that isn’t well known is the amount the U.S. government has spent to date on “homeland security.”  This is because homeland security funding flows through literally dozens of federal agencies and not just through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For example, of the $71.6 billion requested for “homeland security” in FY2012, only $37 billion is funded through DHS. A substantial part is funded through the Department of Defense – $18.1 billion in FY2012 – and others, including Health and Human Services ($4.6 billion) and the Department of Justice ($4.1 billion).

 

 

 

Because tracking homeland security funding is so difficult, starting back in FY2003 OMB began looking across the entire budget and providing summary tables of the annual request by agency. This analysis does not, however, provide historical data nor any cumulative funding figures. By going back and reviewing each annual request, however, NPP has been able to determine total government homeland security funding since the September 11 attacks.

 

 

Funding for homeland security has risen from $16 billion in FY2001 to $71.6 billion requested for FY2012. Adjusted for inflation, the United States has spent $635.9 billion on homeland security since FY2001. Of this $163.8 billion has been funded within the Pentagon’s annual budget. The remaining $472.1 billion has been funded through other federal agencies. For full details of the FY2012 homeland security request, see the “Homeland Security Mission Funding by Agency and Budget Account” appendix to the FY2012 budget.

 

Drones

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones.

 

And we know this because? The documents!  Of course, the documents.  Good thing no one went to prison. 

 

So what exactly do these  documents have to say? Well,  more details about the surveillance capabilities of the department's unmanned Predator B drones, which are primarily used to patrol the United States' northern and southern borders but have been pressed into service on behalf of a growing number of law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, and local police.

 

Homeland Security's specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they "shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not," meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify "signals interception" technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and "direction finding" technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.

 

The Electronic Privacy Information Center obtained a partially redacted copy of Homeland Security's requirements for its drone fleet through the Freedom of Information Act and published it this week. CNET unearthed an unredacted copy of the requirements that provides additional information about the aircraft's surveillance capabilities.

 

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Comments

membership means more

your threat of quitting your membership gives me two options for analysis:

1) you gave money to Theresa via KBOO.

2) if Theresa died tomorrow, you'd give up your membership.

my interpretation

1) that's cool, man.  you support community-based radio based solely on your dedication to one weekly half-hour show. that demonstrates that Theresa's voice represents/intrigues you (and many, many others); however you don't feel represented by any one of the other 500 people who volunteer their time and energy in the 24/7 endevour, and you don't value the input (and miraculous existence!) of the other 5-10,000 members and ten times as many listeners; neither do you support the KBOO mission of including as many underrepresented voices as possible on the air, with natural turnover, schedule changes and opportunities as new people arrive.  Membership gives you the power to affect the decision-making, which is why you gave money to Theresa via KBOO; and, by golly, you will do everything in your power to keep her on the air, and you want the KBOO website visitors to know how you feel when they read the comments.  You'd even like them to join you in your fight.

2) wow.

my opinion

Personally, Theresa's show is one of my  favourites and there are plenty of shows that I not only don't like or don't listen to, but also complain about out loud.  It's my radio station, and, like my family, I will not be quiet when they need to shape up or ship out.

writing inflammatory statements on the webpage will remain simply that: inflammatory statements with a reaction or two from trolls (see the 20 pages of Anonymous written about me because of the audio I submitted that Jenka edited), which, in the end, result in: NOTHING.  If you want to chat with others online, that's fine, but you should know that nothing said here is considered in the Committee meetings. It's just an informal public forum, not policy binding.

my advice

Instead of threatening us (volunteers, members, listeners and our very existence), why not use your valuable internet time to phrase it as, for example, a question to which one of us could easily respond:  "Have there been any changes to Theresa's show?  I noticed lately that it has been preemented or even cut.  It is my favourite show. [I fear Air Cascadia will take its place--not necessary but very telling that you chose Chris' page to write it--ed.]. "  You can copy the question to Theresa's email (though I know from experience she doesn't respond) and/or print it out and put it in her cubby hole at the station. And/or show up to the meetings.  And/or call Theresa during her show--she takes calls, you know.  Ask her if she'll train or mentor you to do the same kind of work she does.

p.s.  Air Cascadia basically is the AM News is Chris Andreae: i was engineering {i'm flattered that you liked it}and was very sad when it was cut--but that is the way of the station; we adhere and adapt to the ever-fluctuating needs of the larger community--but i watched, with great pleasure, as it morphed into Air Cascadia.  Though i adore Dennis Bernstein, 15 less minutes of his voice is no skin off my back. 

Highting!

Crystal

air cascadia

im a conservative right wing trucker and i think cris andrae is the greatest broadcaster on the radio. i try to listen when i dont need traffic reports.
her scathing commentary is the best. i would join kboo but i fear america will become too weak and barry will force me to find a green job soon . keep up the good work
michael j

The anchor news program

The anchor news program Democracy Now, conveiniently aired at 11 AM so that all could tune in was moved to 7 AM with a result that most if not all of the people who work nights won't be tuning in as they are still sleeping. Also missed the 40th anniversary bash as it was inconveinently held from 4 to 10 Pm, on a weekday, which would exclude anyone working swing from attending unless they took a day off. Why couldn't this have been held on a Saturday or Sunday?
Air Cascadia is a very rough and unpolished program that leaves me tuning to OPB or just turning it off.
The choppy, emergent voice of Cris Andreae is certainly a large part in that.
If it is true that Press Watch will be axed for this then it will be an easy decision to withhold future pledges from this listener.

What happened to Presswatch?

Is Air Cascadia taking over what Therisa has been doing? If so, I may give up my membership. First, the am news gets axed to accomodate Democracy Now, now is Presswatch going under the plow?

 

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