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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.

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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.

Who Is Powertech, Inc. USA?

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Boston, Biological Weapons and the New Arms Race 1 thru 3
Larger than the manhattan Project!



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The Road to Armageddon

By Paul Craig Roberts 

The Washington Times 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, "Explosive News," [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 members.

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 temperature fires? "A thousand 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," reports the Washington Times.

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 said: "Government 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, Erik 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 crime.

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 girders.

Before we yell "conspiracy 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 conducted 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 "Mushroom Cloud" Rice.

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 Western world.

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 Mohammed.

Sheik Mohammed outwitted the U.S. National Security Council, Dick Cheney, the Pentagon, the State Department, NORAD, the U.S. Air Force, and Air Traffic Control.

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 21  that 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 to something?

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 refute it.  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 necessary.  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 "their" 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 Impending 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 military.

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 "superpower."

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.

Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington;  Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct. His latest bookHow The Economy Was Lost, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.

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Chossudovsky: US will start WW3 by attacking Iran

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A Guide to the 9/11 Whistleblowers

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.

Full article here

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U.S. Tightens Missile Shield Encirclement Of China And Russia
Rick Rozoff
March 4, 2010
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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….” [1]

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.” [2]

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,” [3] 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.” [4]

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 crescent-shaped encirclement.”

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 deployments.

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….” [5]

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.” [6]

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.” [7]

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.” [8]

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.” [9]

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.” [10]

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 Kaliningrad district.

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” [11] in an installation that “will be equipped with elements allowing it to be integrated with the Polish defense system.” [12]

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.” [13]

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. [14]

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.” [15]

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 [16] 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….” [17]

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.” [18]

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….” [19]

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 kph].” [20]

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….” [21]

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.” [22]

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
3) Wikipedia
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
Relations
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
18) Ibid
19) Defense News, February 12, 2010
20) Associated Press, February 13, 2010
21) The Guardian, February 12, 2010
22) MyStateline.com, February 22, 2010

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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.

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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.
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.

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.

PRESS RELEASE (PR)
PRESENTATION (PS)
NEWS ARTICLE (NA)

01 (PR) 'Packetcable' Electronic Surveillance Technical Specification "a Positive Development"
FROM: FBI National Press Office DATE: September 7, 2004
URL: http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel04/cablelab.htm

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.

02 (NA) Cox closes wiretap hole for VoIP
FROM: CNET News Website DATE: April 5, 2004
URL: http://news.com.com/2100-7352-5184774.html

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

03 (PR) UTStarcom & VeriSign agreement that will offer CALEA Service to VoIP Providers
FROM: Verisign Website DATE: November 10, 2004
URL: http://www.verisign.com/verisign-inc/news-and-events/news-archive/us-news-2004/page_017569.html

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.

04 (PR) NewCross Technologies Teams with SS8 Networks to deliver CALEA-Compliant VoIP Solution
FROM: SPRING 2005 VON CONFERENCE & EXPO SAN JOSE, CA DATE: March 08, 2005
URL: http://www.newxt.com/PR%203-08-2005%20SS8.pdf

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."

05 (PR) VeriSign's Solution will enable Vonage to become CALEA Compliant by Q3 2005
FROM: Vonage Website DATE: March 8, 2004
URL: http://www.vonage-news.com/pr_march_05.html

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 compliance.

06 (PS) Release 2.0 of Carrier-class Solution
FROM: Newport Networks Website DATE: June 01, 2005
URL: http://www.newport-networks.com/pages/press070605a.html

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."

07 (PR) Israeli Cable Operators Get Ready to Launch PacketCable-based IP Telephony
FROM: CableLabs Website DATE: Aug/Sept 2004 Vol. 16, No. 4
URL: http://www.cablelabs.com/news/newsletter/SPECS/AugustSeptember_2004/story10.html

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)!!!

08 (NA) Cedar Point Lands $20 Million More in Funding for PacketCable
FROM: Cable Digital News DATE: May 2004
URL: http://www.cabledatacomnews.com/may04/may04-8.html

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.

09 (NA) NeuStar acquires VoIP CALEA compliance leader Fiducianet
FROM: Telephony Online Site DATE: February 7, 2005
URL: http://telephonyonline.com/finance/news/NeuStar_Fiducianet_acquisition_020705/

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

10 (PR) Net2Phone and Liberty Cablevision Sign Agreement
FROM: Net2phone Site DATE: Dec 9, 2002
URL: http://web.net2phone.com/cable/pr20021209.asp

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.

11 (NA) CALEA's Call Challenges MSOs Work Electronic Surveillance into VoIP Systems
FROM: Cedar Point Communications Site DATE: September 1, 2003
URL: http://www.cedarpointcom.com/pdf/CALEA_9_03.pdf.

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)!!

12 (PR) Kodiak Networks Announces First Calea Compliant Advanced Push-to-talk System
FROM: Kodiak Networks Site DATE: November 10, 2004
URL: http://www.kodiaknetworks.com/news_events/press_releases/111004_CALEA.html

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

13 (NA) Jasomi introduces the First SIP to SIP Gateway & unveiled its CALEA legal intercept technology platform
FROM: BusinessWire Site DATE: April 10, 2002
URL: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/ts_headline.sh?/bw.041002/221002379

...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.

14 (NA) Acme Packet: CALEA is next
FROM: Von Web Exclusives Site DATE: June 20, 2005
URL: http://www.vonmag.com/webexclusives/2005/06/20_AcmePacket.htm

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

15 (PR) Seeks Comment On Additional Extension Petitions for CALEA
FROM: FCC Site DATE: March 15, 2001
URL: http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/releases/da01673.doc

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

16 Petition for the Extension of the Compliance For the Following Companies
FROM: FCC DATE: September 11, 1998
URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1998/fcc98223.pdf

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
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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.

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