Judicial Watch Asks Court to Force U.S. Secret Service to Release Obama's Hidden White House Visitor Logs From the Desk of Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
Who is visiting the Obama White House? This is the central question in Judicial Watch's ongoing legal battle with the Obama administration over the White House visitor logs.
The law recognizes the American people's right to know who visits the White House and for what reason. President Obama disagrees, and his administration has been scraping and
clawing to keep these records hidden. (So much for making openness and transparency the “touchstones” of his administration!)
On February 22, we took a key step forward in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit over the logs by filing a “Motion for Partial Summary Judgment” against the Secret Service asking the court to force the release of all White House
visitor logs from January 20, 2009, to August, 10, 2009.
The Obama administration, for its part, continues to advance its ridiculous and bogus claim that the visitor logs “are not agency records subject to the FOIA.”
But the Obama administration doesn't have a legal leg to stand on. As we noted in our original complaint filed on December 7, 2009, the administration's claim “has been
litigated and rejected repeatedly” by the courts. In fact, it has been rejected by every court that has considered it.
Here's a quick excerpt from our court motion filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: “At issue here is whether Secret Service visitor logs
are agency records subject to the Freedom of Information Act (‘FOIA’), 5 U.S.C. § 552. To date, every court that has reached this issue has concluded that the
requested documents are agency records and must be processed in response to a properly submitted FOIA request. As no disputes of material fact exist as to the nature of the
records, summary judgment as to this straightforward legal issue should be entered now.”
Noting court precedent, our lawyers detail how the White House visitor logs were “created by” the U.S. Secret Service and that they remain “under agency
control.” Our brief also notes that the Secret Service had released White House visitor logs in response to previous FOIA requests from Judicial Watch and other parties, further demonstrating that these records are under the control of the Secret Service and
subject to FOIA.
Of course, the Obama administration attempted to take the “high ground” in the debate by releasing a select number of visitor logs last year. But tens of
thousands of other records continue to be withheld in defiance of FOIA law. Why release some and not all? Only when all visitor logs are released can the American people be
assured that the Obama White House is being forthright about who is visiting the White House. Of course, as usual, we have been emphatic in expressing our view on this subject.
And our enthusiasm has definitely caught the attention of the Obama White House.
Update readers may recall that, at the request of the White House, last October Judicial Watch staff visited with senior White House official Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government, to discuss Judicial Watch's pursuit of the White House visitor logs. The White House encouraged us to publicly praise the
Obama administration's commitment to transparency. However, the Obama team refused to abandon their legally indefensible contention that White House visitor logs are not subject to FOIA law.
And then, in a November 30 letter, Norm Eisen reiterated the Obama administration's stonewall position. So we filed a lawsuit to ask the court to enforce the law.
The bottom line here is that the Obama administration is trying to evade the Freedom of Information Act in order to protect its hidden Secret Service visitor logs. Instead of wasting taxpayer resources stonewalling the release of these documents, the Obama administration should respect the rule of law and court precedent, and release all White House visitor logs immediately. These hidden visitor logs again show the “Big Lie” of Obama's supposed commitment to transparency.
Uranium Mining In The Black Hills – Debra White Plume’s Response to ‘Clean Nuclear’ by Debra White Plume, Feb 2010
The planned uranium mine site in the southern Black Hills can impact four aquifers. Powertech, Inc. USA plans to begin uranium extraction in 2011 and operate for 15 years in the permit area of 10,580 acres located in Dewey and Burdock Counties, north of Edgemont, SD. PT plans to drill 4000-8000 wells to a depth of 400-800 feet underground to extract 1 million pounds uranium per year, initially using 4000 gallons of water per minute. As well as the four aquifers in this area, the site includes the surface water of Beaver Creek and Pass Creek, which empty into the Cheyenne River downstream from the mine site.
To permanently store the mining waste of radioactive water and sludge, PT plans to use several evaporation ponds and deep disposal wells. Thirty-eight people currently live within a 6 mile radius of the proposed mine, with a cattle ranch nearby that raises beef for sale as food. PT plans to locate its’ processing plant in the Burdock area. Once this area is mined out sometime around the year 2026, PT plans to continue to use the area as a yellow cake processing site for uranium extracted from its mines in Wyoming and Colorado, according to PT’s Environmental Protection Agency Aquifer Exemption Application.
is a newspaper that looks with favor upon the
Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars of aggression in the
Middle East and favors making terrorists pay for 9/11.
Therefore, I was surprised to learn on February 24 that
the most popular story on the paper’s website for the
past three days was the
"Inside the Beltway" report,
[By Jennifer Harper, February 22, 2010]about the 31
press conferences in cities in the US and abroad on
February 19 held by
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, an
organization of professionals which now has 1,000
I was even more surprised that the
news report treated the press conference seriously.
How did three World Trade Center
skyscrapers suddenly disintegrate into fine dust? How
did massive steel beams in three skyscrapers suddenly
fail as a result of short-lived, isolated, and low
architects and engineers want to know, and are calling
on Congress to order a new investigation into the
destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7,"
The paper reports that the
architects and engineers have concluded that the Federal
Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute
of Standards and Technology provided
"insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the
circumstances of the towers’ destruction" and are
"calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials."
The newspaper reports that Richard
Gage, the spokesperson for the architects and engineers
officials will be notified that ‘Misprision of Treason,’
U.S. Code 18 (Sec. 2382) is a serious federal offense,
which requires those with evidence of treason to act.
The implications are enormous and may have profound
impact on the forthcoming Khalid Sheik Mohammed trial."
There is now an organization,
Firefighters for 9/11 Truth. At the main press
conference in San Francisco,
Lawyer, the head of that organization, announced the
firefighters’ support for the architects and engineers’
demands. He reported that no forensic investigation was
made of the fires that are alleged to have destroyed the
three buildings and that this failure constitutes a
Mandated procedures were not
followed, and instead of being preserved and
investigated, the crime scene was destroyed. He also
reported that there are more than one hundred first
responders who heard and experienced explosions and that
there is radio, audio and video evidence of explosions.
Also at the press conference,
physicist Steven Jones presented the evidence of
nano-thermite in the residue of the WTC buildings found
by an international panel of scientists led by
University of Copenhagen nano-chemist Professor Niels
Harrit. Nano-thermite is a high-tech
explosive/pyrotechnic capable of instantly melting steel
Before we yell
theory," we should be aware that the architects,
engineers, firefighters, and scientists offer no theory.
They provide evidence that challenges the official
theory. This evidence is not going to go away.
If expressing doubts or
reservations about the official story in the 9/11
Commission Report makes a person a conspiracy theory
kook, then we have to include both co-chairmen of the
9/11 Commission and the Commission’s legal counsel, all
of whom have written books in which they clearly state
that they were lied to by government officials when they
conducted their investigation, or, rather, when they
presided over the investigation
by executive director
Philip Zelikow, a member of President George W.
Bush’s transition team and Foreign Intelligence Advisory
Board and a co-author of Bush Secretary of State Condi
There will always be Americans who
will believe whatever the government tells them no
matter how many times they know the government has lied
to them. Despite expensive wars that threaten Social
Security and Medicare, wars based on non-existent Iraqi
weapons of mass destruction, non-existent Saddam Hussein
connections to al Qaida, non-existent Afghan
participation in the 9/11 attacks, and the non-existent
Iranian nukes that are being hyped as the reason for the
next American war of aggression in the Middle East, more
than half of the U.S. population still believes the
fantastic story that the government has told them about
9/11, a Muslim conspiracy that outwitted the entire
Moreover, it doesn’t matter to
these Americans how often the government changes its
story. For example, Americans first heard of Osama bin
Laden because the Bush regime pinned the 9/11 attacks on
him. Over the years video after video was served up to
the gullible American public of bin Laden’s
pronouncements. Experts dismissed the videos as fakes,
but Americans remained their gullible selves. Then
suddenly last year a new 9/11
"mastermind" emerged to take bin Laden’s place, the captive Khalid
Sheik Mohammed, the detainee waterboarded 183 times
until he confessed to masterminding the 9/11 attack.
In the Middle Ages confessions
extracted by torture constituted evidence, but
self-incrimination has been a no-no in the U.S. legal
system since our founding. But with the Bush regime and
the Republican federal judges, whom we were assured
would defend the U.S. Constitution, the
self-incrimination of Sheik Mohammed stands today as the
only evidence the U.S. government has that Muslim
terrorists pulled off 9/11.
If a person considers the feats
attributed to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, they are simply
unbelievable. Sheik Mohammed is a more brilliant,
capable superhero than V in the fantasy movie,
"V for Vendetta."Sheik
Mohammed outwitted all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies
along with those of all U.S. allies or puppets,
including Israel’s Mossad. No intelligence service on
earth or all of them combined was a match for Sheik
Sheik Mohammed outwitted the U.S.
National Security Council, Dick Cheney, the Pentagon,
the State Department, NORAD, the U.S. Air Force, and Air
He caused Airport Security to fail
four times in one morning. He caused the
state-of-the-art air defenses of the Pentagon to fail,
allowing a hijacked airliner, which was off course all
morning while the U.S. Air Force, for the first time in
history, was unable to get aloft interceptor aircraft,
to crash into the Pentagon.
Sheik Mohammed was able to perform
these feats with unqualified pilots.
Sheik Mohammed, even as a
waterboarded detainee, has managed to prevent the FBI
from releasing the many confiscated videos that would
show, according to the official story, the hijacked
airliner hitting the Pentagon.
How naive do you have to be to
believe that any human, or for that matter Hollywood
fantasy character, is this powerful and capable?
If Sheik Mohammed has these
superhuman capabilities, how did the incompetent
Americans catch him? This guy is a patsy tortured into
confession in order to keep the American naifs believing
the government’s conspiracy theory.
What is going on here is that the
U.S. government has to bring the 9/11 mystery to an end.
The government must put on trial and convict a culprit
so that it can close the case before it explodes. Anyone
waterboarded 183 times would confess to anything.
The U.S. government has responded
to the evidence being arrayed against its outlandish
9/11 conspiracy theory by redefining the war on terror
from external to internal enemies. Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano said on February 21that American extremists are now as big a concern
as international terrorists. Extremists, of course, are
people who get in the way of the government’s agenda,
such as the 1,000 Architects and Engineers for 9/11
Truth. The group used to be 100, now it is 1,000. What
if it becomes 10,000?
Cass Sunstein, an Obama regime
official, has a
solution for the 9/11 skeptics: Infiltrate them and
provoke them into statements and actions that can be
used to discredit or to arrest them. But get rid of them
at all cost.
Why employ such extreme measures
against alleged kooks if they only provide entertainment
and laughs? Is the government worried that they are on
Instead, why doesn’t the U.S.
government simply confront the evidence that is
presented and answer it?
If the architects, engineers,
firefighters, and scientists are merely kooks, it would
be a simple matter to acknowledge their evidence and
Why is it necessary to infiltrate them with police
agents and to set them up?
Many Americans would reply that
"their" government would never even dream of killing Americans by
hijacking airliners and destroying buildings in order to
advance a government agenda. But on February 3, National
Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told the House
Intelligence Committee that the U.S. government can
assassinate its own citizens when they are overseas. No
arrest, trial, or conviction of a capital crime is
Just straight out murder.
Obviously, if the U.S. government
can murder its citizens abroad it can murder them at
home, and has done so. For example, 100 Branch Davidians
were murdered in Waco, Texas, by the Clinton
administration for no legitimate reason. The government
just decided to use its power knowing that it could get
away with it, which it did.
Americans who think
government is some kind of morally pure operation would
do well to familiarize themselves with
Operation Northwoods. Operation Northwoods was a
plot drawn up by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff for the
CIA to commit acts of terrorism in American cities and
fabricate evidence blaming Castro so that the U.S. could
gain domestic and international support for
regime change in Cuba. The secret plan was nixed by
President John F. Kennedy and was declassified by the
John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. It
is available online in the National Security Archive.
There are numerous online accounts available, including
Wikipedia. James Bamford’s book, Body of Secrets, also
summarizes the plot:
"Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman
[Gen. Lemnitzer] and every member of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American
streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be
sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism
to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and
elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did
not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony
evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus
giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as
the public and international backing, they needed to
launch their war."
Prior to 9/11 the American
neoconservatives were explicit that the wars of
aggression that they intended to launch in the Middle
East required "a
new Pearl Harbor."
For their own good and that of the
wider world, Americans need to pay attention to the
growing body of experts who are telling them that the
government’s account of 9/11 fails their investigation.
9/11 launched the neoconservative plan for U.S. world
hegemony. As I write the U.S. government is purchasing
the agreement of foreign governments that border Russia
to accept U.S. missile interceptor bases. The U.S.
intends to ring Russia with U.S. missile bases from
Poland through central Europe and Kosovo to Georgia,
Azerbaijan and central Asia. [See
Explosion: U.S. Intensifies Threats To Russia And Iran,
by Rick Rozoff, Global Research, February 19, 2010]U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke declared on February
20 that al Qaida is moving into former central Asian
constituent parts of the Soviet Union, such as
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and
Kazakhstan. Holbrooke is soliciting U.S. bases in these
former Soviet republics under the guise of the
ever-expanding "war on terror."
The U.S. has already encircled Iran
with military bases. The U.S. government intends to
neutralize China by seizing control over the Middle East
and cutting China off from oil.
This plan assumes that Russia and
China, nuclear armed states, will be intimidated by U.S.
anti-missile defenses and acquiesce to U.S. hegemony and
that China will lack oil for its industries and
The U.S. government is delusional.
Russian military and political leaders have responded to
the obvious threat by declaring NATO a direct threat to
the security of Russia and by announcing a change in
Russian war doctrine to the pre-emptive launch of
nuclear weapons. The Chinese are too confident to be
bullied by a washed up American
The morons in Washington are
pushing the envelope of nuclear war. The insane drive
for American hegemony threatens life on earth. The
American people, by accepting the lies and deceptions of
"their" government, are facilitating this outcome.
When losing a discussion on the facts of 9/11, a so-called 9/11 "debunker" will often rely on an old canard to "prove" that 9/11 could not have been an inside job: "So many people want their quarter hour of fame that even the Men in Black couldn't squelch the squealers from spilling the beans," write self-satisfied defenders of the government story. According to the logic of this argument, if there are no 9/11 whistleblowers then 9/11 was not an inside job.
So what if there are 9/11 whistleblowers? What if these whistleblowers come from every level of government and private industry, individuals who have even had their cases vindicated by internal government reports? As you are about to see, there are numerous such whistleblowers and each one is a thorn in the side of those who want to pretend that the 9/11 Commission represents the sum total of knowledge on the 9/11 attacks.
U.S. Tightens Missile Shield Encirclement Of China And Russia Rick Rozoff
March 4, 2010
So far this year the United States has succeeded in inflaming tensions with China and indefinitely holding up a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia through its
relentless pursuit of global interceptor missile deployments.
On January 29 the White House confirmed the completion of a nearly $6.5 billion weapons transfer to Taiwan which includes 200 advanced Patriot anti-ballistic missiles.
Earlier in the same month it was reported that Washington is also to provide Taiwan with eight frigates which Taipei intends to equip with the Aegis Combat System that includes
the capacity for ship-based Standard Missile-3 interceptors.
The Aegis sea-based component of the expanding U.S. interceptor missile system already includes Japan, South Korea and Australia, and with Taiwan added China would be
justified in being apprehensive.
On February 28 the U.S. House and Senate foreign affairs committees permitted the “sale to Taiwan of missiles, helicopters and ships valued at about $6.4 billion”
despite weeks of protests from China. “The U.S. Defense Department wants to sell Taiwan the most advanced Patriot anti-missile system….The system, valued at $2.8
billion, would add to Taiwan’s network of 22 missile sites around the country….” 
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang recently stated “The responsibility for the current difficulties in China-U.S. relations [belongs] completely to the U.S.
side” for failing to recognize and respect China’s “core interests.” 
If the proposed placement of U.S. missile shield components in Poland, the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Alaska and elsewhere were explained by alleged
missile threats emanating from Iran and North Korea, the transfer of U.S. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles to Taiwan – and, as was revealed in January, 35
miles from Russian territory in Poland – represents the crossing of a new threshold. The Patriots in Taiwan and Poland and the land- and sea-based missiles that will
follow them are intended not against putative “rogue states” but against two major nuclear powers, China and Russia.
The PAC-3, “one of the most comprehensive upgrade programs ever undertaken on an American weapon system,”  is in theory a strictly defensive anti-ballistic
missile system, targeting cruise and tactical ballistic missiles. However, it has seven times the range of its PAC-2 predecessor and with plans for a yet further major upgrade,
the Missile Segment Enhancement, its operational capability will be doubled again. With a future range of some 300 kilometers, the PAC-3 would be able to intercept and destroy
missiles over Chinese and Russian territory.
The English-language government newspaper China Daily published an article on February 22 called “China circled by chain of US anti-missile systems,” which
observed that “Quite a few military experts have noted that Washington’s latest proposed weapon deal with Taiwan is the key part of a US strategic encirclement of
China in the East Asian region, and that the missiles could soon have a footprint that extends from Japan to the Republic of Korea and Taiwan.” 
The article cites a Chinese air force colonel and military strategist as contending that “China is in a crescent-shaped ring of encirclement. The ring begins in Japan,
stretches through nations in the South China Sea to India, and ends in Afghanistan. Washington’s deployment of anti-missile systems around China’s periphery forms a
Regular Pentagon military exercises in Mongolia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Cambodia as well as solidification of military ties with the nations of the Indian
subcontinent – Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – are further cause for concern in Beijing.
The China Daily feature also quoted an expert in military affairs at the Institute of Political Science and Law as saying “The US anti-missile system in China’s
neighborhood is a replica of its [the U.S.'s] strategy in Eastern Europe against Russia. The Obama administration began to plan for such a system around China after its project
in Eastern Europe got suspended.”
In fact the current U.S. administration has by no means abandoned plans to surround Russia as well as China with a ring of interceptor missile installations and naval
Last month’s revelations that Washington is going to station land-based interceptors in Bulgaria and Romania were followed by a report that in addition to the Patriot
missile batteries that will be set up in eastern Poland next month “The US is still looking to build missile silos in northern Poland” and, even more alarming,
“The US is also interested in building longer-range missile silos near the Poland-Kaliningrad border. These would be capable of shooting down missiles from as far as 5,500
kilometers away….” 
The distance between the capitals of Poland and Iran is less than 4,000 kilometers, so American missiles with a range of 5,500 kilometers are designed for other purposes.
They could take in a broad stretch of Russia.
The above-cited Chinese feature noted in addition that “the ring encircling China can also be expanded at any time in other directions….Washington is hoping to
sell India and other Southeast Asian countries the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missile defense system.”
The U.S. has had Patriot interceptor missiles deployed in Japan, South Korea and in Taiwan even before the planned delivery of 200 more to the third state.
“Analysts say that China is closely monitoring US-India missile defense cooperation since any integration of India into the US global missile defense system would
profoundly affect China’s security.” 
On February 24 Russian Lieutenant General Yevgeny Buzhinsky was paraphrased by one of his nation’s main news agencies as stating “China could strengthen its
nuclear capability in response to U.S. global missile defense plans.”
Indicative of what reaction U.S. missile shield deployments in China’s neighborhood could provoke, he said: “At present, China has a very limited nuclear
potential, but my recent contacts with Chinese military representatives indicate that if the United States deploys a global missile defense system, in particular in the Far
East, China will build up its offensive capability.” 
In response to U.S. insistence on supplying Taiwan with hundreds of Patriot missiles, Blackhawk helicopters and Harpoon missiles, on February 23 the Pentagon announced that
China had delivered on its pledge to postpone military contacts with Washington by canceling scheduled exchanges, including “a visit by Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander
of U.S. Pacific Command, and visits to the U.S. by China’s chief of the general staff, Chen Bingde, and a Chinese regional commander.” 
A Russian commentary on March 2 placed the developments in stark perspective. “The differences between the USA and China have gone so far that some time ago Beijing
announced that all contacts with Washington in this field would be stopped….The visit to China by Pentagon Chief Robert Gates, which was set for the first half of this
year, is also put into question. Besides, bilateral consultations on strategic security were also delayed on Beijing’s initiative.” 
Another analysis from the same country added a historical dimension to the burgeoning crisis in U.S.-China relations.
“This winter has been a cold one for China-US relations. So many serious disagreements between the two countries have not surfaced simultaneously for decades….In
the past China and the US avoided taking harsh measures against each other serially, but evidently things have changed beyond recognition over the past several months.”
As mentioned above, the U.S. is implementing plans to replicate the interceptor encirclement of Russia in regards to China. China’s sense of alarm and its
government’s response, then, can be expected to parallel those of Russia.
In late February Polish President Lech Kaczynski ratified a Status of Forces Agreement for American troops to be based at the Patriot missile battery near Russia’s
All American and NATO claims to the contrary, “Poland’s former Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and the Polish president himself earlier admitted that they are not
concerned about threats from Iran, but they are interested in establishing an ‘American umbrella’ above Poland, thus trying to show that they see Russia as an aggressor and a
threat to Poland.”
“According to the agreement, about 100 American soldiers will service up to eight US Patriot missile launchers”  in an installation that “will be
equipped with elements allowing it to be integrated with the Polish defense system.” 
Early last month General Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russia’s General Staff, warned that American interceptor missile plans jeopardize his nation’s national
security and have sabotaged the finalization of a successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which has been in limbo since December 5.
Makarov said of the U.S. project, “We view it very negatively, because it could weaken our missile forces.” 
Echoing his fears over the fate of START talks, on February 19 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Washington’s missile project “in the most
immediate sense” is negatively influencing negotiations on a replacement to a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. 
Five days later Konstantin Kosachev, head of the State Duma committee for international relations, said “If the connection between the strategic arms reduction treaty
and missile defense is not exhaustively fixed by the sides in preparing the treaty… this would automatically create obstacles for subsequent ratification of the document
in the State Duma and create additional difficulties for further advance[s] in cutting strategic offensive weapons.” 
The provocative decisions by the U.S. on missile deployments in Poland, Romania and Bulgaria since the expiration of the START last December lead to no other conclusion than
the White House and the Pentagon intend the indefinite postponement if not the aborting of any comprehensive agreement to limit and reduce nuclear arms.
Russia’s permanent representative to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, has recently voiced the concern that the U.S. still plans to base anti-ballistic missile facilities in Poland and
the Czech Republic  in spite of statements by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates last September 17 that previous plans for both countries are being
replaced by “stronger, smarter, and swifter” deployments.
The U.S. has not substituted the missile encirclement of Russia with that of China. It is conducting both simultaneously.
As it is doing so, the Pentagon announced on February 12 that “A U.S. high-powered airborne laser weapon shot down a ballistic missile in the first successful test of a
futuristic directed energy weapon, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said….” 
A Reuters report of the test launched from a base in California over the Pacific Ocean, one which has been touted as finally realizing the Ronald Reagan
administration’s plans for the Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly known as Star Wars, described its purpose: “The airborne laser weapon is aimed
at…providing the U.S. military with the ability to engage all classes of ballistic missiles at the speed of light while they are in the boost phase of flight.”
One of weapon’s manufacturers, the Boeing Company, issued a press release for the occasion which said in part: “This experiment marks the first time a laser
weapon has engaged and destroyed an in-flight ballistic missile, and the first time that any system has accomplished it in the missile’s boost phase of flight….The
laser is the most powerful ever installed on an aircraft….” 
Northrop Grumman, another partner in the project (Lockheed Martin being the third), added: “While ballistic missiles like the one ALTB [Airborne Laser Testbed]
destroyed move at speeds of about 4,000 miles [6,500 km] per hour, they are no match for a superheated, high-energy laser beam racing towards it at 670 million mph [one billion
The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency was no less enthusiastic about the results, stating “The revolutionary use of directed energy is very attractive for missile
defence, with the potential to attack multiple targets at the speed of light, at a range of hundreds of kilometres….” 
The airborne laser weapon is mounted on a modified Boeing 747 commercial airliner. Its potential range is global.
Ten days later it was reported by the U.S. Army that the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico will receive a new laser
weapon and “The Army may soon blast missiles out of the sky with a laser beam.” The weapon contains “100-kilowatt lasers that can rapidly heat a target,
causing catastrophic events such as warhead explosions or airframe failures.”
Pentagon officials said it has “successfully worked in the laboratory and on the battlefield and now they want to begin shooting down missiles with it.” 
Airborne laser anti-missile weapons will join the full spectrum of land, sea, air and space interceptor missile components to envelope the world with a system to neutralize
other nations’ deterrence capacities and prepare the way for conventional and nuclear first strikes.
1) Bloomberg News, March 1, 2010
2) Bloomberg News, March 2, 2010
4) China Daily, February 22, 2010
5) Warsaw Business Journal, March 2, 2010
6) China Daily, February 22, 2010
7) Russian Information Agency Novosti, February 24, 2010
8) Stars and Stripes, February 25, 2010
9) Voice of Russia, March 2, 2010
10) Roman Tomberg, Collapse of the G-2 Myth, or Stalemate in China-US
Strategic Culture Foundation, March 2, 2010
11) Russia Today, February 27, 2010
12) Polish Radio, February 28, 2010
13) Associated Press, February 9, 2010
14) Associated Press, February 19, 2010
15) Russian Information Agency Novosti, February 24, 2010
16) Voice of Russia, February 23, 2010
17) Reuters, February 12, 2010
19) Defense News, February 12, 2010
20) Associated Press, February 13, 2010
21) The Guardian, February 12, 2010
22) MyStateline.com, February 22, 2010
List of sites that spy on you when you are on the internet and give access of your activity to govt agencies. Thanks Dorothea!
Also below my suggestions for free cleaner software for your machine.
(Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) -CALEA-COMPLIANT COMPANIES Link
Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs)
Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.
CableVision Systems Corp.
Cox Communications, Inc.
SS8 Networks, Inc.
Newport Networks, Inc.
Golden Channels (Merged as Hot Telecom)
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Matav-Cable Systems Media (Merged as Hot Telecom)
Lucent Cable Solutions
Cedar Point Communications
CTC Communications Corp.
Liberty Cablevision Puerto Rico
Acme Packet, Inc.
Americell PA-3 Limited Partnership
Concho Cellular Telephone Company
Guam Telephone Authority Cellular Services
Nextel Partners, Inc.
Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Copper Valley Wireless, Inc.
Pine Belt Cellular, Inc.
Pine Belt PCS, Inc.
Texas RSA 1 Limited Partnership dba XIT Cellular (XIT Wireless)
AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.
Lucent Technologies, Inc.
PrimeCo Personal Communications, L.P.
United States Telephone Association
Ameritech Operating Companies
Ameritech Mobile Communications, Inc.
AirTouch Paging, Inc.
AirTouch Communications, Inc.
SBC Communications, Inc.
ICG Telecom Group, Inc.
Centennial Cellular Corp.
Comcast Cellular Communications, Inc.
BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.
BellSouth Cellular Corp.
BellSouth Personal Communications, Inc.
Bell South Wireless Data, L.P.
CommNet Cellular, Inc.
United States Cellular Corporation
PageMart Wireless, Inc.
Conxus Network, Inc.
MobileMedia Communications, Inc.
PageMart Wireless, Inc.
Preferred Networks, Inc.
RAM Technologies, Inc.
Real Time Strategies, Inc.,
Redcom Laboratories, Inc.
Skytel Communications, Inc.
Iridium United States, L.P.
360^(o) Communications Co.
Centurytel Wireless, Inc.
Paging Network, Inc.
EVIDENCE 01 CableLabs, Time-Warner, Comcast, CableVision & Cox Communications
02 Cox Communications
03 VeriSign & UTStarcom (JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT)
04 NewCross Technologies & SS8 Networks (JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT)
05 Vonage & VeriSign (JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT)
06 Newport Networks
07 Golden Channels, Tevel & Matav-Cable Systems Media (JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT) Lucent Cable Solutions, Nortel Networks, Siemens, Netcom Systems, Gallery Networks, Audio Codes, Nuera & C-Cor
08 Cedar Point Communications
09 NeuStar, Fiducianet, Bell Atlantic, Verizon, CTC Communications, Northwest Telephone & Cbeyond Communications
10 Net2Phone & Liberty Cablevision Puerto Rico (JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT)
11 Cisco Systems & Syndeo Corp.
12 Kodiak Networks, ALLTEL, Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular, Orange & IT&E
13 Jasomi Networks
14 Acme Packet, Jasomi Networks & Kagoor
15 Americell PA-3 Limited Partnership; Sagir, Inc.; Concho Cellular Telephone Company; NTCH, Inc.;
NTCH-CA, Inc.; NTCH-Colorado, Inc.; NTCH-Idaho, Inc.; RIO-TEL, Inc.; Guam Telephone Authority Cellular Services;
Nextel Partners, Inc.; Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc.; Copper Valley Wireless, Inc.;
Nevada Wireless; Pine Belt Cellular, Inc.; Pine Belt PCS, Inc.; XIT Wireless
16 AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.; Lucent Technologies, Inc.; Ericsson Inc.
PrimeCo Personal Communications, L.P.; Powertel, Inc.; United States
Telephone Association; Ameritech Operating Companies; Ameritech Mobile
Communications, Inc.; AirTouch Paging, Inc.; AirTouch Communications, Inc.;
Motorola, Inc.; SBC Communications, Inc.; ICG Telecom Group, Inc.;
Centennial Cellular Corp.; Comcast Cellular Communications, Inc.; BellSouth
Corporation; BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.; BellSouth Cellular Corp.;
BellSouth Personal Communications, Inc.; Bell South Wireless Data, L.P.;
CommNet Cellular, Inc.; Metrocall, Inc.; United States Cellular Corporation;
PageMart Wireless, Inc.; Ardis Company; Conxus Network, Inc.; Metrocall,
Inc.; MobileMedia Communications, Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; PageMart Wireless,
Inc.; Preferred Networks, Inc.; RAM Technologies, Inc.; Real Time Strategies
Inc.; TekNow, Inc.; Redcom Laboratories, Inc.; Skytel Communications, Inc.;
Iridium United States, L.P.; 360^(o) Communications Co.; Centurytel Wireless
Inc.; Paging Network, Inc.
FBI CALLS CABLELABS' RELEASE OF ITS PACKETCABLE' ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION "A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT" FOR CABLE INDUSTRY
COMPLIANCE WITH CALEA AND THE LAWFUL ACCESS NEEDS OF FEDERAL, STATE AND
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Washington DC - FBI response of CableLabs release
of a technical specification known as "PacketCable Electronic Surveillance
Specification" was developed to facilitate the cable industry's compliance
with CALEA and meet lawful access needs of all levels of law enforcement.
"... this technical specification represents a milestone in the cable
industry's efforts to address law enforcement's concerns regarding VoIP
services made available by cable companies," said Kerry Haynes, FBI Asst.
Director responsible for Investigative Technologies. "This specification
is an extremely positive development which ultimately empowers all law
enforcement agencies with technical capability to continue to protect the
public by effectuating court-authorized electronic surveillance. We look
forward working with the industry in its development of technical solutions
based on this specification & with companies as they implement PacketCable
in their IP networks." CableLabs initial effort to specify a technical
solution for electronic surveillance of IP-based networks was released Dec.
1999 as Issue 1 of the "PacketCable Electronic Surveillance Specification."
Following its release, law enforcement identified a number of capabilities
absent from Issue 1. Since that time, CableLabs has actively sought law
enforcement input into its technical specification process to ensure that
law enforcement's need to intercept communications was addressed adequately.
The recent release of Issue 4 of the PacketCable Electronic Surveillance
Specification represents the culmination of the cooperative endeavor
between CableLabs & Law enforcement in establishing a set of technical
requirements to facilitate law enforcement's future use of court-authorized
electronic surveillance. Haynes said "this document is an great example of
law enforcement & industry collaboration in the public interest. It stands
as a model for future industry-law enforcement cooperative efforts."
Special recognition & appreciation to Time-Warner, Comcast, CableVision,
& Cox for their diligent efforts in collaboration with CableLabs.
Police can now wiretap all Internet phone calls on Cox Communications'
network, kicking off a new era for law enforcement. The cable & broadband
provider turned to security specialist VeriSign to supply the know-how,
announced Monday. Law enforcement officers can now eavesdrop on every call
made by Cox's nearly 1 million VoIP phone subscribers. Police can already
tap calls on 12 of Cox's 13 phone markets because they rely on traditional
telephone equipment equipped with eavesdropping abilities. But in December,
Cox deployed VoIP, a much cheaper alternative that uses the unregulated
Internet. Roanoke, Va., is the first of several small markets where Cox is
deploying VoIP technology. There is no requirement to tap Net phone calls
yet, but all broadband providers are feeling pressure from a far-reaching
FBI proposal that would require compliance of 1994 CALEA. This act requires
telecommunications carriers to rewire their networks to government specs to
provide police with guaranteed access for wiretaps. Cable operators "realize
they are going to have to do it one day," a VeriSign representative said.
VeriSign Vice President Raj Puri said VeriSign is talking with "all major
cable companies selling VoIP" but did not announce any additional deals
Monday. Cable operator Comcast offers broadband phone service that uses a
mixture of VoIP & traditional phone switches. Time Warner Cable and Cable-
vision are VoIP-only. Telephone services are playing an increasingly
important role for US cable companies, which are winning new customers by
offering low-priced bundles of broadband, television and phone services.
Traditional phone companies have responded with a "triple play" of services
of their own. By Ben Charny
Agreement Helps Both Companies Reach New Markets, Gives VoIP Providers Easy
Access to Leading IP Softswitch & CALEA Compliance Services Alameda, CA., &
Tulsa, Ok., Nov. 10, 2004 - As a Part of the joint marketing agreement,
UTStarcom will refer its mSwitch IP telecom softswitch platform customers --
those who need assistance in compliance with the CALEA -- to the VeriSign
NetDiscovery Service. The two companies have made NetDiscovery interoperable
with mSwitch in order to support service providers' VoIP and other voice-over
-broadband (VoBB) deployments. mSwitch platform supports traditional PSTN &
softswitch protocols, bridging the gap between existing circuit-switched
platforms and packet-switched networks, while enabling service providers to
offer VoBB services. NetDiscovery Service is a lawful-assistance & CALEA
compliance service that handles provisioning, access, delivery & collection
of call information for service providers & network operators, to facilitate
directives from Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA). CALEA applied only to PSTN
switches but FCC published a proposed rulemaking regarding the applicability
of IP voice services to CALEA. "Interoperation between our mSwitch and
NetDiscovery Service will meet service providers' needs for regulatory
services," Farshid Mohammadi, general manager, North America/International,
at UTStarcom. "FCC recommends VoBB service providers to comply with CALEA.
UTStarcom can take advantage of the agreement with VeriSign to make the
widest range of options, including the leading hosted CALEA service,
available to service providers that offer VoBB..." It is Cost-Effective
meeting CALEA compliance with assistance from VeriSign's outsourced service
model to help providers employ UTStarcom's mSwitch. CALEA requires carriers
to assist LEAs in lawfully authorized interception and subpoena requests for
subscriber records. To comply, carriers often have to purchase dedicated
hardware, invest heavily in training, and maintain connectivity with a
variety of LEAs. NetDiscovery Service greatly streamlines CALEA compliance
requirements by maintaining all LEA connections, and it eliminates the need
for mSwitch users to purchase costly equipment. VeriSign service offers
secure and streamlined administration and a multitude of connectivity
options that help reduce the burden of compliance for a service provider,
allowing them to more easily fulfill the mandates of lawful interception.
PAGE 1: IMMEDIATE RELEASE Solution to Empower Service Providers to Deploy
Broadband VoIP & IP Centrex Services with Confidence. NewCross Technologies,
a provider of softswitch solutions announced it has joined forces with SS8
Networks, provider of IP messaging systems & lawful intercept solutions for
the global telecommunications industry, to deliver CALEA compliant lawful
intercept functions for VoIP & multimedia services. Both companies have been
working together to support large service providers the needed technology to
satisfy the legislative mandate for assisting law enforcement. "NewCross
Technologies' offerings now incorporate SS8 Xcipio (TM) lawful intercept
platform, solution to an extremely complex problem, the need to have
intercept capability over packet networks," Robert K. Young, Chief Executive
Officer NewCross Technologies. "We are committed to helping service providers
migrate their services to a converged network predicated on performance and
regulatory compliance ..." The NewCross solution with SS8's Xcipio enables
service providers to deploy broadband VoIP and IP Centrex with confidence
that these services are compliant with CALEA (PAGE 2): implementation
standards. Service providers also can rest assured in the knowledge that
these services have been tested extensively. Joint customers benefit from
the full compliance of these applications with CALEA rules as well as a
greatly expedited process of responding to emerging VoIP requirements. "IP
telephony is continuing to be an ever growing offering in the consumer
marketplace," said SS8 Networks CEO Dennis Haar. "That's why the lawful
intercept capabilities of Xcipio for VoIP networks are so vital, and, by
making Xcipio part of its offerings, NewCross is helping service providers
in their CALEA compliance responsibilities."
SAN JOSE, CA. Spring VON 2005 VeriSign and Vonage Holdings Corp., announced
that Vonage has selected VeriSign NetDiscovery Services to help develop the
capability for law enforcement to legally intercept calls on its VoIP-based
digital phone services. Vonage is not presently subject to the requirements
of CALEA, but is voluntarily complying with its provisions through this
relationship. NetDiscovery was selected by Vonage to support their network
infrastructure used in VoIP deployments & to assist Vonage in meeting CALEA
compliance through a managed service model. NetDiscovery Services comply
with legal, regulatory, technical & operational aspects of CALEA and other
mandates to assist law enforcement agencies. "VeriSign provides considerable
industry expertise in matters of CALEA compliance with their NetDiscovery,
Vonage considers CALEA compliance and cooperation with law enforcement a
priority in our VoIP-based telephone service. VeriSign came in with a
solution which considerably reduced the complexity and cost for our CALEA
implementation. Already supports top cable MSOs, CLECs & wireless carriers
with their legal assistance and CALEA compliance needs, and we are pleased
to add Vonage to our list of top customers, and assist in meeting their
legal obligations." said Louis Mamakos, Vonage chief technology officer.
CALEA requires service providers to assist Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs)
in lawfully authorized electronic surveillance. To comply, service providers
often have to purchase dedicated hardware, have trained operation staff and
maintain connectivity with a variety of LEAs. NetDiscovery Service greatly
streamlines the CALEA compliance requirements, and eliminates the need to
purchase costly equipment, and requires only a single connection to the
VeriSign network. NetDiscovery Services provide telecom network operators,
cable operators, and Internet service providers with a streamlined service
to help meet requirements for assisting government agencies with lawful
intercept and subpoena requests for subscriber records. NetDiscovery
Services are the premier turnkey service for provisioning, access, delivery
and collection of call information from operators to LEAs. By outsourcing
the service to VeriSign, service providers maintain continuous, hassle-free
FRISCO, TX, June 01, 2005 - Newport Networks announced Release 2.0 software
for its 1460 Session Border Controller adding geographic service resilience,
link aggregation (802.3-2002) capabilities and a series of enhancements that
deliver carrier-class reliability, bandwidth utilization. Also Regulatory
Compliance: The 1460 solution complies with CALEA and Emergency 911 mandates.
In keeping with requirements, Lawful Intercept is performed without the end
users' knowledge and monitored details are delivered in real-time over secure
interfaces to the law enforcement agency and Great processing performance.
"VoIP has reached a critical mass where customers demand quality and Service
Providers are looking for session border controllers to ensure PSTN-caliber
performance," says Newport Networks' Chairman Terry Matthews. "The 1460 has
been architected as a true carrier-class platform from the start. Newport
the first major enhancement to set higher standards for the US VoIP Market."
Despite ongoing struggle with the Palestinians & a slumping economy, three
Israeli cable operators are counting on PacketCable to service nation's
consumers. The three cable companies Golden Channels, Tevel & Matav-Cable
Systems Media gearing up to launch PacketCable-based VoIP service (CALEA-
compliant) in Israel after gaining the government's permission to set up a
national inland telephony network last November. Plans call for the trio to
start offering the service in Oct. or Nov. under the companies' year-old
operating & marketing consortium, Hot Telecom. This will put Hot Telecom
against Bezeq Israel's powerful national phone company. Golden Channels,
Tevel & Matav say they will spend a total of $100 million over next 3 years
to set up and deploy new PacketCable-based IP telephony network. They intend
to invest at least another $65 million in the network as they try to make
inroads against Bezeq, which is partly owned by the government but is in
process of being privatized. They hope to turn the Hot Telecom entity into
full-blown corporate merger after completing VoIP service launch. Israeli
government said the companies that they can carry out their merger if they
meet conditions: starting voice service by late November and investing at
least $80 million in voice infrastructure by June 2006. "We're pretty
excited, we think this is a good plan" Dave Dial, president Lucent Cable
Solutions, which was chosen as the primary network integrator to set up the
network. Golden Channels, Tevel & Matav should score well in the telephony
market, after spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade their
facilities for advanced new services. Israeli's government holds a 50% stake
in Bezeq but showing strong support for Hot Telecom's competitive thrust.
The three cable operators have also enlisted a number of prominent equipment
suppliers & other tech vendors. As primary network integrator, Lucent heads
the list with a contract worth $35 million over the next 3 years. Hot
Telecom selected Lucent in July. Nortel Networks, Siemens & Netcom Systems
also bid for the highly prized contract. Israeli cable operators looked at
equipment from Cisco Systems & Terayon Communication Systems. Under the $35
million contract, Lucent's role is to provide "end-to-end solution" for Hot
Telecom, including network design, engineering, deployment & maintenance.
"We're working with over 20 vendors, They've got a dual-vendor strategy in
many of those elements... There's quite a mix.' Lucent's list of other cable
tech vendors includes: Nortel & Gallery IP telephony, which are providing
the soft switches; Audio Codes & Nuera, which are supplying the media
gateways; & C-Cor. "We've been working this opportunity since last January
or February." By Alan Breznick (VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE REST OF
THIS, MANY POLITICAL ISSUES)!!!
Cable IP telephony switching start-up Cedar Point Communications said it
secured $20 mill, additional funding through JP Morgan Partners. Previous
Cedar Point investors Ascent Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Charles
River Ventures, Comcast Interactive Capital & STAR Ventures all participated.
The latest capital infusion follows investment rounds of $25 million in March
2003 & $19 million in Sept. 2002, bringing Cedar Point's fundraising total to
more than $60 million. Cedar Point's Safari C3 switch integrates PacketCable
Call Management Server, Media Gateway, Record Keeping Server, Announcement
Server, Signaling Gateway & CALEA server functionality in a single platform.
Fiducianet founded by 29-year FBI veteran Mike Warren in January 2002 & began
operations in May of that year with the industry's first service bureau for
CALEA compliance. In pursuit of more homeland security business & it efforts
to grow its portfolio of third-party trusted services to communications
providers, NeuStar acquired Herndon, Va-based law enforcement compliance
company, Fiducianet. Joining Warren under NeuStar, Douglas McCollum, general
counsel & vice president of services at Fiducianet. Former assistant U.S
attorney & has 26 years experience in carrier compliance with Bell Atlantic
& Verizon. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Not only
are they a CALEA compliance solution, they provide fraud management & service
assurance solutions. Among Fiducianet's customers are CTC Communications,
Time Warner Communications, Northwest Telephone and Cbeyond Communications.
Primary focus for NeuStar will be to bring the CALEA platform to a broader
market, particularly the VoIP market. "Service providers are legally on the
hook to solve this problem, Fiducianet has the platform that solves it. They
can do it better, more efficiently than carriers can themselves." said Jeffrey
Ganek, chairman & CEO of NeuStar. NeuStar/Fiducianet are providing solutions
for traditional CALEA compliance on circuit switched networks, but VoIP
providers face more complex problems trying to comply with law enforcement
requirements. "Our customers face tremendous administrative costs to comply
with existing legislation," Ganek said. Discussions among groups like IETF
to establish standards for complying with VoIP lawful intercept resulted in
leaving the effort to individual vendors. Non-standard interception functions
have made the problem harder to solve, especially compared to the legacy
environment where the functionality is baked into circuit switches. "The
challenge is dealing with a single level of granularity as to what type of
session you need to monitor. You have to be able to detect when a session
that is to be lawfully intercepted is in fact being initiated," Foster NeuStar
senior vice president & CTO said. Fiducianet saw the number of requests from
law enforcement go from more than 1 million in 2001 to over 2 million in 2003.
Its service bureau model is designed to help service providers in the VoIP
cope with the continued increase. By Tim McElligott
Net2Phone & Liberty Cablevision Sign Agreement to Launch Phase II of Cable
Telephony Pilot Newark, NJ - Dec 9, 2002 - Net2Phone, Inc., leading provider
of VoIP services, & Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico launched Phase II of
their fully managed end-2-end IP telephony service over Liberty Cablevision's
HFC cable network. Local & long distance residential VoIP phone service will
be available to as many as 4,000 Liberty Cablevision subscribers. Regulatory
features such as emergency 911 service & CALEA will be tested & deployed in
stages during Phase II, which will be available in Dec. 2002 & is scheduled
to run through summer 2003.
Cable operators with VoIP services are apparently making the call to support
law enforcement's electronic-surveillance capabilities under 1994 CALEA.
Moorestown, NJ, lab, Comcast is now testing 2 CALEA-delivery strategies. The
first uses original PacketCable architecture, where the softswitch & voice
-signaling gateway are separate devices. In that scheme, Comcast is using
softswitches from Syndeo Corp. & more recently added Cisco Systems Inc. To
provide a centralized CALEA call intercept, Comcast is using software and a
box provided by start-up SS8 Networks, which links to each of the devices in
the network, allowing it to flag the call to be wiretapped. By Karen Brown
(EVEN MORE INFO ON OTHER CALEA SCHEMES AND MOST OF THE COMPANIES MENTIONED HERE)!!
Innovative technology enables wireless operators to meet Digital Wiretapping
Requirements. Kodiak Real-Time Exchange (RTX) System complies with CALEA.
Kodiak RTX System enables premium voice services like push-to-talk (PTT),
compliant since it was introduced in July 2003. Current PTT systems based on
VoIP technology don't comply with CALEA. Important issue since FCC recently
issued a declaratory ruling stating PTT are subject to CALEA, regardless of
the technologies that operators choose to deploy in offering these services.
GSM, CDMA & UMTS wireless net. operators deploying the Kodiak RTX System in
the U.S. & abroad are assured that these systems meet all U.S. government
Interception requirements whether subscribers are in their home territory or
roaming outside their service area. "From the beginning, Kodiak's architects
& designers considered the need for lawful surveillance & ensured that CALEA
compliance was maintained as one of the key development principles of the
Kodiak RTX System, Essentially, any voice communication that goes through US
infrastructure must be CALEA compliant, whether the carrier is U.S.-based or
not. When these operators deploy the Kodiak RTX Systems, they are ensuring
immediate compliance across the entirety of their voice networks." Craig
Farrill, CEO of Kodiak Networks. Intercept equipment & monitoring costs,
averaged more than $62,000 per intercept 2003. Growing list of global system
deployments of the highly scalable standards-based Kodiak RTX System include:
ALLTEL, Cellcom, & Bluegrass Cellular, headquartered in the U.S.; European-
based carrier Orange and Asia Pacific operator IT&E, located in Guam. Kodiak
Networks works with its wireless carrier customers abroad to ensure that
their lawful intercept capabilities are fully operational and meet their
respective national requirements. Details on CALEA & how the Kodiak Networks
technology complies go to: http://www.kodiaknetworks.com/solutions/KodiakCALEACompliance.pdf
...A separate announcement, Jasomi Networks unveiled its CALEA legal intercept
technology platform which, enables the many & varying IP streams that make up
each VoIP call to be collected & forwarded to law enforcement agencies. Both
technologies are being demonstrated at the Spring 2002 VON Show in Seattle,
April 9-11 2002 (www.pulver.com/von). Further information about these unique
offerings can be found at http://www.jasomi.com.
Seamus Hourihan, VP of Marketing & Product Management for Acme Packet, said
complying with federally-mandated CALEA lawful intercept provisions will be
the next area of VoIP public policy mandate. "FCC will issuing a bill during
the summer, basically requiring VoIP providers to provide lawful intercept
capability, For implementing lawful interception on a discreet basis, "You
need a session boarder controller to do that, to identify signaling flow for
that target & the RTP flow as well," Acme Packet's future seems to be pretty
simple for the time being. If we build a successful business, hopefully
something good will happen." Kagoor and Jasomi were valued & bought on the
basis of their developed technology. Total revenue in the SBC space for 2004
was $64 million & 1722 units sold. By Doug Mohney
WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU EXTENDS CALEA SECTION 107(c) PRELIMINARY
DETERMINATION PERIOD FOR WIRELESS CARRIERS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2001; SEEKS
COMMENT ON ADDITIONAL EXTENSION PETITIONS Report No. CALEA-004 Pursuant to a
recommendation from FBI CALEA Implementation Section (CIS), 1. letter in
support filed by Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, 2. the
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is extending the preliminary determination
period for wireless carriers seeking extensions of the deadline for complying
with section 103 of CALEA from March 31, 2001, - September 30, 2001. Sec. 107
(c) of CALEA, 47 U.S.C. 1006(c): Commission may, after consulting with
Attorney General, delegated this consultative responsibility to CIS, grant
petitions by telecommunications carriers for extensions of the date for
complying with the assistance capability requirements of sec. 103 of CALEA.
Specifies that the only basis for an extension is that compliance is not
reasonably achievable through application of technology available within
compliance period. The Commission set out procedures the staff will follow in
considering such petitions in CALEA Sec. 103 Compliance & Section 107(c)
Petitions. It has become clear that the complexity of the hard & software
wireless carriers need to implement CALEA capability requirements has impeded
its availability. As a result... CIS has recommended that the Commission
extend the preliminary determination period for wireless carriers until Sept.
30, 2001. Extension petitions & supplements received since June 30, 2000. The
wireless telecommunications carriers listed have filed petitions with the
Commission seeking extensions of deadline for complying with the capability
requirements of section 103 of CALEA, or have supplemented earlier petitions.
LIST 1 Petitioners have satisfied requirements in the CALEA Public Notices
for a preliminary determination that their circumstances warrant an extension
of the compliance deadline. These petitioners are deemed to have an extension
of the deadline for complying with CALEA section 103 until Sept. 30, 2001
LIST 2 Petitioners have not satisfied requirements for a preliminary
determination, but may do so by supplementing their petitions. If they fail
to comply with section 103 by the June 30, 2000, deadline & have not received
either a preliminary or final determination on their extension petitions,
they remain subject to enforcement action under section 108 of CALEA.
LIST 3 Petitioners were originally listed on the June 30, 2000, public notice
of wireless petitions. At that time they did not satisfy the requirements for
a preliminary determination, but they have supplemented their petitions & now
qualify. These petitioners are deemed to have an extension of the deadline
for complying with CALEA section 103 until September 30, 2001, unless earlier
revoked by the Commission or superseded by a final determination on the
underlying extension request. LIST 1 PETITIONS: Americell PA-3 Limited
Partnership; Sagir, Inc.; Concho Cellular Telephone Company; NTCH, Inc.;
NTCH-CA, Inc.; NTCH-Colorado, Inc.; NTCH-Idaho, Inc.; RIO-TEL, Inc.; Guam
Telephone Authority Cellular Services; Nextel Partners, Inc.
LIST 2 PETITIONS: Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc.; Copper Valley
Wireless, Inc.; Nevada Wireless. LIST 3 PETITIONS: Pine Belt Cellular, Inc.;
Pine Belt PCS, Inc.; Texas RSA 1 Limited Partnership dba XIT Cellular
This Memorandum Opinion & Order, we grant an extension until June 30, 2000,
of deadline for complying with the CALEA Act. In providing this extension,
we grant, in part, the relief requested of the below-captioned petitions.
AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., Lucent Technologies, Inc. and Ericsson, Inc.
(AT&T) Joint Petition for Extension of Compliance Date, filed Mar. 30, 1998;
PrimeCo Personal Communications, L.P. (PrimeCo), Petition for an Extension
of Compliance Date, filed April 21, 1998; Powertel, Inc., Petition for an
Extension of Compliance Date, filed April 23, 1998; United States Telephone
Association (USTA), Petition for an Extension of Compliance Date, filed
April 24, 1998; Ameritech Operating Companies and Ameritech Mobile
Communications, Inc. (Ameritech), Petition for an Extension of Compliance
Date, filed April 24, 1998; AirTouch Paging, Inc. (AirTouch Paging),
Petition for an Extension of Compliance Date, filed May 4, 1998; AirTouch
Communications Inc. and Motorola, Inc. (AirTouch), Joint Petition for an
Extension of Compliance Date, filed May 5, 1998; SBC Communications, Inc.
(SBC), Petition for Extension of Compliance Date, filed May 8, 1998; ICG
Telecom Group, Inc. (ICG), Petition for Extension of and Comments, filed
May 8, 1998; Centennial Cellular Corp. (Centennial), Petition for an
Extension of Compliance Date, filed May 6, 1998; Comcast Cellular
Communications, Inc. (Comcast Cellular), Petition for Extension of
Compliance Date, filed May 29, 1998; BellSouth Corporation, BellSouth
Telecommunications, Inc., BellSouth Cellular Corp., BellSouth Personal
Communications, Inc. and BellSouth Wireless Data, L.P. (BellSouth), Combined
Comments and Petition for Extension of Time, filed May 8, 1998; CommNet
Cellular Inc. (CommNet), Petition for Extension of Compliance Date, filed
April 30, 1998; Metrocall, Inc. (Metrocall), Petition for Extension of
Compliance Date, filed May 21, 1998; United States Cellular Corporation
(USCC), Comments and Petition for Extension of Compliance Date, filed May 8,
1998, PageMart Wireless, Inc. (PageMart), Petition for Extension of CALEA
Compliance Date, filed June 10, 1998; Ardis Company, Conxus Network, Inc.,
Metrocall, Inc., MobileMedia Communications, Inc., Motorola, Inc., PageMart
Wireless, Inc., Preferred Networks, Inc., RAM Technologies, Inc., Real Time
Strategies, Inc., and TekNow, Inc. (Ardis, et al.), Joint Petition for
Extension of Compliance Date, filed June 10, 1998; Skytel Communications,
Inc. (Skytel), Request for Extension of Time to Comply with the Assistance
Capability Requirements of Section 103 of CALEA, filed July 24, 1998; Redcom
Laboratories, Inc. (Redcom), Petition for Extension of CALEA Compliance Date,
filed June 1, 1998; Joint Petition For an Extension of the CALEA Assistance
Capability Compliance Date of Iridium United States, L.P. and Motorola,
Inc. (Iridium), filed June 30, 1998; 360^(o) Communications Company (360^(o))
Comments at 8 n.15, filed May 8, 1998; Centurytel Wireless Communications,
Inc. (Centurytel) Comments at 8 n.27, filed May 8, 1998; Paging Network,
Inc. (PageNet), Petition for Extension of Compliance Date, filed June 8, 1998.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released unemployment numbers today for the month of February 2010. We saw a payroll decline in February of 36,000 jobs. If you discount the hiring of 15,000 temporary census workers, 51,000 jobs were lost. The official unemployment rate stayed the same at 9.7%, but including "discouraged workers" the U-6 unemployment rate increased by 0.3% to 16.8%. Interestingly, the BLS revised payroll data for April through July 2009, which included the addition of 54,000 payrolls in April of 2009 for people that had been hired in preparation of the census. If the BLS can't accurately count the number of people hired to work for the census, NIA wonders how on earth these census workers will be able to accurately count the hundreds of millions of people living in this nation?
If you have recently watched any financial show on television, 90% of the guests talk about the "economic recovery beginning to take hold." NIA believes it is impossible for there to be an economic recovery when the imbalances that need to be corrected are growing larger than ever. Although U.S. consumer spending was up 0.5% in January, the U.S. savings rate fell to a 15-month low of 3.3%. In order for our economy to be on a road to recovery, we need to see a sharp contraction in consumer spending along with a savings rate north of 10%. The truth is, any positive U.S. economic data only serves as an indicator that inflation is beginning to take hold.
We receive countless emails from NIA members on a weekly basis asking about what countries would be best to move to in the event of economic chaos in the U.S. Reports coming out of Greece that tram, rail, subway and bus services have shut down as employees protest cuts in bonuses and other holiday payments, are only a small preview of what could potentially happen in the U.S. as our government approaches default. Our hope is, we can educate America about the upcoming hyperinflationary crisis before it takes place, so that we can replace most of the politicians in Washington today with new representatives who will cut government spending and allow the economy to enter a much needed recession.
This past Tuesday, a couple of NIA's co-founders attended the Republican Debate for the U.S. Senate in the State of Connecticut. Although the format for the discussion did not allow for much debate between the three candidates, it is our belief that Peter Schiff was the only candidate who demonstrated the knowledge of what needs to be done to prevent hyperinflation. Linda McMahon is someone who we greatly respect for building World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a business that employs 500 people and entertains millions of Americans; but based on her support of the government's destructive TARP program, we believe she would likely be another Republican that acts like a Democrat after elected. Rob Simmons is someone who we greatly respect for his service to the country as a former member of the U.S. Army who earned two Bronze Star Medals, but Rob Simmons has absolutely no business or economic experience. We stood up and cheered after Peter's closing line of the debate, "if you send me = to Washington, I promise you one thing, that town will never be the same again."
Canada is now taking steps to implement a new five-year plan to cut government spending and reduce its budget deficit from C$53.8 billion last year to only C$1.8 billion in 2014 and achieve a balanced budget by 2016. Australia's central bank has now raised its benchmark interest rate in 4 of its past 5 meetings to a level of 4%. Australia has been increasing exports of iron ore and other raw materials and is now on track to see a small trade surplus by the end of 2010. If the U.S. doesn't take steps soon to follow in the footsteps of Canada and Australia, instead of Zimbabwe, we could see massive emigration out of this country.
We previously reported how China reduced their U.S. Treasury holdings in December by $34.2 billion. It appears as though China is now beginning to spend their U.S. dollar holdings to acquire assets in the U.S. at depressed levels. China's overseas investments rose 6.5% in 2009 to $43.3 billion and could reach $60 billion this year. Although China's non-Treasury U.S. asset purchases last year were only $6.4 billion, this number could explode in 2010. China has been acquiring shares in U.S. companies like Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson. This does not show that China believes in a U.S. economic recovery. It only shows that China is becoming increasingly concerned about U.S. inflation and believes that U.S. stocks are a better investment than U.S. dollars.
NIA believes China is continuing to quietly acquire gold reserves and plans to acquire the gold sold by the IMF in the open market. It was last reported that China's gold reserves are now 1,054 tons, equaling just over 1% of its total foreign currency reserves. In order to ensure the stability of their foreign currency reserves with a declining U.S. dollar, China needs to rapidly increase its gold holdings. The Chinese newspaper China Youth Daily recently quoted Ji Xiaonan, chairman of the supervisory committee overseeing large state-owned enterprises under the State Council, who said, "We recommend China increase its gold reserves to 6,000 metric tons within three-to-five years and possibly to 10,000 tons in eight to 10 years."
In our opinion, a breakout in the price of gold along with a reversal in the recent U.S. dollar rally is likely to occur in the months ahead as we see more clarity in the Greece situation and proposed IMF gold sales. With the St. Louis Fed?s Adjusted Monetary Base surging by $90 billion in the recent weeks to a record $2.184 trillion, we see little downside risk for precious metals at this time. It is only a matter of time before the world wakes up and realizes the U.S. economic recovery is phony and the only way our debts will be paid back is through monetization.