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In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist incidents, licensed operators of amateur radio stations, also known as "hams," played a public service role by setting up radios at the Pentagon and near Dulles International Airport so that they could communicate when the phone network was jammed and cell phones went dead from too much traffic.
The ranks of hams have diminished, largely because younger people find that using the Internet is easier, but there is a growing role for the amateur radio operators: their service in providing communications during emergencies. In the first days after the terrorist incidents, the radio frequencies on which they operated were not subject to the same frustrating chaos that froze telecommunications lines. Loudoun County, Virginia, home to Dulles International Airport, gives the radio operators space at the county's emergency management center, and county officials are revising their emergency management plan to delineate the role of ham radio operators during a crisis. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national ham radio organization, received a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to train ham radio operators to respond in emergencies.
Given the potentially important public service role of hams, local and county emergency managers might consider identifying the radio operators in their jurisdictions and enlisting their support for future emergency operations.
Information about amateur
radio activities, courses, licensing, and public support is
available at the following URL:
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/index.html Public Service Communications Manual
Amateur radio operators among the missing in the World Trade Center
Be prepared to assist in the Homeland Security with a radio scanner!
Many lives were saved during the World Trade Center disaster with help of scanner listeners.
A trainmaster for the New
York City subway system (PATH) said he was monitoring the police
scanner and heard reports about the World Trade Center explosion.
The decisive actions that proceeded saved more than 5,000 lives
from the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
http://www.trainweb.org/espa/espa1201.htm scroll to PATH's Heoric Effort
RECORDED EMERGENCY SERVICES RADIO TRAFFIC WORLD TRADE CENTER 9/11/2001
"The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness."Niels Bohr. Bohr was saying that the gain in strength from openness in a democracy exceeded the gains of its adversaries, and thus openness was a weapon.
Secrecy encourages corruption and conceals inefficiency.
We need laws that require public-safety transmissions be open to provide the right of law-abiding citizens and news media to monitor them.
We need laws to control governments abuse of radio encryption when secrecy is unwarranted.
Stop closed government communications
There is a need for open
government radio communication!
The requirement for 24-hour coverage places the news media under extraordinary pressure to deliver real-time information to the public. This compulsion can lead to speculation with the potential to endanger critical infrastructures and citizens. Unfortunately, this is a no-nonsense problem, particularly for those communities occupied by a man-made or natural disaster.
Ignorance and misinformation can damage community infrastructure protection, cause paralysis among citizens, and confuse people trying to respond to a crisis. These probabilities make the strength of the news media more important than ever. They are the main communication conduits to the public capable of carrying valuable information from one place to another. With frequent releases of properly guided and packaged information, the news media can be an effective part of a community's response to an emergency.
Unless the public is well-informed, it will not know how to minimize panic and react in ways that preserve life and protect critical infrastructures. Therefore, getting quality information to the public in the midst of a crisis can be essential to the actions of emergency first responders. Since the new media focuses on rapid information dissemination, radio announcers and journalists can significantly contribute to saving lives and infrastructures. By the efficient delivery of completely reliable information fully processed through or coordinated with community leaders, including those of the emergency services, media personnel can provide meaningful assistance to all response and recovery operations.
It is recommended that government keep strong and positive connections with the news media.
It is recommended that government keep radio communications open so the public and the media can monitor to cut through the chaos for information in any catastrophe.
Recommended Federal government initiatives:
USA Freedom Corps
http://www.capnhq.gov/nhq/es/HS.htm Civil Air Patrol Homeland Security
FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters
Advice for Safeguarding Buildings Against Chemical or Biological Attack
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs.htm National Institute of Justice - Publications and Products
http://www.rspa.dot.gov/ Hazmat Safety
http://www.ourpublicservice.org/ The Partnership works to make the government an employer of choice for talented, dedicated Americans through educational outreach, research, legislative advocacy, and hands-on partnerships with agencies on workforce management issues.
An estimated 2,985 people were
killed when four hijacked U.S. commercial jets crashed into New
York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Virginia and a field
in Pennsylvania. After the 9/11 attacks another 5 people died
from Anthrax sent through the mail.
One Year later
http://www.pbs.org/americarebuilds/ America Rebuilds
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/heroes/ Heroes of Ground Zero
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/faith/ Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/terrorism/sept11/index.html Online NewsHour -- Remembering Sept. 11
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/campaign/ A Campaign Against Terror
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/wtc/ Why the Towers Fell
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/knew/ The Man Who Knew
http://www.ufoa.org/ Uniformed Fire Officers
Association of New York City
http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/mck_report/toc.html Increasing FDNY's Preparedness
http://www.webshots.com/search/search.fcgi?words=world+trade+center&search=Search some may be fake
Pentagon crash photos
The 9/11 attacks happen to
occur before the 9 a.m. ending of the live morning shows. I
usually did not watch them but did that morning. The hosts on the
shows had no idea that it was a terrorist attack at first. ABC's
Good Morning America Show was the first non-cable network to go
live then CBS's Early Show and last was NBC's Today Show.
http://client.alexa.com/tvarchive/html/ TV archive
Possible communication intercepts during the hijackings and after the terrorists hit their targets:
You can use a regular telephone or cell phone in an emergency to dial 911 after you have canceled their service. The phone companies are required by law to do that but they do not want to tell you that.
Keep in mind after the World Trade Center disaster or other disasters that cell phones became useless for a long time because the site either was destroyed or overloaded with callers. No telecommunications network can be designed to handle dramatic surges in traffic. That is why the Amateur Radio Service is so important because they are still able to communicate during disasters.
It is illegal [except for government and cell phone companies] to monitor, decode, or decrypt cell phone or air phone calls if intercepted. If you could it would give you advance warning before a terrorist attack and save you and your loved-ones life and help in post attack investigations.
It is illegal to use a cell phone aboard any aircraft but you can of course use the built-in air phones on airliners. Most airliners are fitted with individual telephones at each seat position but they are not of the variety where you can simply pick up the handset and ask for an operator. On many airliners you can talk from one seat to another in the airliner free of charge, but if you wish to access the outside world you must first swipe your credit card through the telephone.
Counterterrorism political information has moved to a new page at America.htm !
After 9/11 five people died from Anthrax sent through the mail. To this date, nobody has been found guilty!
The founder and first
director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is Jay C.
Davis. Among other things Davis is 30-year associate at the
secret Lawrence Livermore weapons lab and a consultant to the CIA.
Davis made the astounding admission that the Pentagon had never revealed the existence of Project BACHUS to anyone at the Clinton White House nor to congressional intelligence committees. The program was started in 1997 under Defense Secretary William Cohen.
Reported on September 4, 2001 before 9/11
New York Times
September 4, 2001
Next to Old Rec Hall, a 'Germ-Making Plant'
By JUDITH MILLER
CAMP 12, NEVADA TEST SITE, Nevada - In a nondescript mustard-colored building that was once a military recreation hall and barbershop, the Pentagon has built a germ factory that could make enough lethal microbes to wipe out entire cities.
Adjacent to the pool tables, the shuffleboard and the bar stands a gleaming stainless steel cylinder, the 50-liter (53- quart) fermenter in which germs can be cultivated.
The apparatus, which includes a latticework of pipes and other equipment, was made entirely with commercially available components bought from hardware stores and other suppliers for about $1 million -- a pittance for a weapon that could deliver death on such a large scale.
The factory was built by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, an arm of the Pentagon that works to contain the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Officials said the project was intended to assess how hard it would be for a terrorist or rogue nation to assemble a germ factory.
The agency also wanted to see if a small operation produced any telltale "signatures" -- sounds, chemical emissions or patterns of operation that could help intelligence agencies find such plants.
"The project also showed us how relatively simple it would be for a terrorist to assemble such a facility without being detected," said Jay C. Davis, the former director of the agency who, with the Pentagon's permission, showed the secret plant to a Times reporter and a team from ABC News.
Officials stressed that the plant never made anthrax or any other lethal pathogen. Rather, it produced only harmless biopesticides during two production test runs in 1999 and 2000. Dr. Davis declined to say how much was made. But if it had been anthrax germs, he said, it would have made enough to kill at least 10,000 people.
Officials said the Pentagon built the plant in this largely deserted camp because it was well guarded. Building 12-7, the former recreation hall and about four dozen other buildings here were abruptly closed in January 1993 after the global moratorium on underground nuclear testing took effect.
Between 1951 and 1963, more than 800 nuclear tests were conducted here at the vast Nevada Test Site, whose parched sands and eerily quiet, sagebrush-covered mesas and mountains are scarred by giant atomic craters.
The interior of Building 12-7 -- 120 feet long and 40 feet wide -- seems frozen in time. Dusty signs warn visitors not to sit on the pool tables or to talk about secret projects with anyone who has no "need to know."
Dr. Davis and other officials said the Defense Department's lawyers had carefully reviewed the project to ensure that it did not violate the biological weapons treaty or American law. Because it was purely defensive and never made deadly germs, it was both legal and appropriate, he and others said.
But apparently few outside of the agency or even in the Pentagon's upper echelons knew much about the secret project. Dr. Davis said the White House was never briefed about it, given its small scale and low cost.
When subsequently told about the germ factory, several former White House officials said they were stunned that the agency's lawyers had approved it without having referred it to the White House or Congressional oversight committees for legal review.
The Pentagon's decision to permit a visit to the site came after The Times requested information about the program, called Bachus.
Some officials said the project, with its fermentation aspect, was named for Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. But an agency spokesman said the name was an acronym for Biotechnology Activity Characterization by Unconventional Signatures.
Preparing for Germ Warfare
U.S. Performing Secret Experiments in Case of Attack
By John McWethy
CAMP 12, NEVADA TEST SITE, Nev., Sept. 4 In a remote corner of the Nevada desert, a highly restricted area once used to test nuclear bombs, the U.S. government has been running a secret experiment called Project Bachus.
It is a small germ warfare factory, set up inside an abandoned government building. U.S. officials say they built it to better understand how to detect similar operations in places like Iraq or Afghanistan or even by terrorists here at home.
The factory, built by the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, has been brought to full production for several weeks on two occasions in 1999 and again in 2000. Technicians grew several pounds of a harmless bacterium with characteristics similar to deadly anthrax.
"A terrorist could easily grow anthrax in a facility like this," Jay Davis, who was DTRA director at the time the factory was built, said in an interview at the one-time classified facility, "and produce enough quantity in a covert delivery to kill, say, 10,000 people in a large city."
The DTRA team bought all materials for the small-scale laboratory from local hardware stores and the Internet. Included in their shopping list was a 50-liter fermenter purchased "used" from overseas. "Commercial item. Off the shelf," Davis said. "Easy to find."
At no time did any of the purchases cause law enforcement to be suspicious, Davis added.
Asked if this was how a terrorist group might put together such a laboratory, Davis said: "A terrorist group would choose to do this, yes This is the size of thing you would be afraid a non-state group would do, either people in our
country or people in some other country. This is fairly concealable."
The primary reason for conducting the experiment was to place sensors outside of the building to create what the intelligence community calls a "signature," according to intelligence sources. Once in operation, technicians measured heat changes, emissions that could be sampled in the air and soil as well as patterns of energy consumption.
"The ultimate product is knowledge," Davis said. Other officials say the primary customers for the knowledge were the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency, both agencies responsible for detecting an operation like this in other countries. Officials say the FBI also was given data from the project.
And according to officials who supervised the project but asked not to be identified, what is so frightening about this top-secret project is that it shows that with the right technical knowledge, it is surprisingly easy to build and operate a small germ warfare factory. And worse, even with the most sophisticated sensors, it is extremely difficult to detect.
The project was conducted in such extreme secrecy that some worry it might be misunderstood and seen as a violation of the international treaty that bans making germ weapons.
"I think there is a very delicate line that has to be drawn between the need to keep some kinds of information secret and the need to allay suspicions about what the country is up to," said Judith Miller, a reporter for the New York Times and co-author of a new book on biological warfare called Germs.
"People overseas will think that the United States may be secretly conducting an offensive weapons program, that we may be secretly trying to develop biological weapons," she said.
As for the Bush administration, Miller said: "I think that this administration wants to not only expand these projects, but intends to keep most of them secret."
Miller and other experts on biological weapons have been concerned that the supersecret U.S. projects would be misunderstood by other governments and might lead those governments to develop offensive biological weapons.
But the Pentagon agreed to show ABCNEWS this once-secret project. Sources say it's part of an effort to anticipate a threat that has the potential to kill on a scale only nuclear weapons could match.
When Is Bomb Not a Bomb?
Germ Experts Confront U.S.
New York Times
September 5, 2001
By JUDITH MILLER
A former senior government lawyer yesterday vigorously disputed the Bush administration's assertion that the global treaty banning biological weapons permits nations to test such arms for defensive purposes.
The lawyer, Mary Elizabeth Hoinkes, who was general counsel of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1994 to 1999, said such an interpretation of the 1972 treaty was a "gross misrepresentation" that "risks doing serious violence" to an accord the United States has long championed.
The New York Times reported yesterday that the United States had made and tested a model of a small Soviet-designed biological bomb as part of a series of secret research projects that officials said were aimed at defending against a growing threat of a germ attack.
The projects were begun under the Clinton administration and approved then by Pentagon and Central Intelligence officials, but Ms. Hoinkes said she did not know details of the project at the time. She refused to discuss it further.
The treaty bars nations from developing, acquiring or stockpiling biological weapons to be used for "hostile purposes or in armed conflict." It permits experiments on microbes, provided that quantities are small and the purpose is defensive.
An administration official contended this week that the treaty also allows such experiments as long as the aim is "protective," not hostile.
The distinction, Ms. Hoinkes said, was "too cute by half."
She said the treaty was intended to bar even initial research on munitions that spread disease. The Bush administration's interpretation - apparently shared by the Clinton adminstration - gives nations too much latitude to research offensive weapons in the name of defense, Ms. Hoinkes asserted. "You see a room full of people manufacturing bombs, and they say, `I'm only doing this for defensive purposes and I have no intention of ever doing it for real because my heart is pure,' " she said.
State Department and other administration officials describe Ms. Hoinkes as a leading expert on the germ weapons treaty. She joined the State Department in 1976 and began working in 1981 at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, which was merged into the State Department in 1999.
She was not alone in her dismay.
Spurgeon M. Keeny Jr., a deputy director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1977 to 1981, expressed similar concerns about the interpretation of the treaty and how such an assertion would be perceived abroad.
"In the eyes of the world, it's going to look like we've been clandestinely violating the treaty," said Mr. Keeny, who is president of the Arms Control Association, nonpartisan experts who support efforts to curb weapons of mass destruction.
Bill Harlow, spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency, which tested the bomb model, said yesterday that the device was not a weapon because it lacked a fuse and did not contain dangerous germs. "Everything we did was in full compliance with the
treaty," he said.
The State Department declined to discuss the experts' arguments. A spokesman said the administration had found that the research programs were "in compliance" with existing treaties and that appropriate legal "mechanisms" were in place to conduct such reviews.
An international conference to discuss how to strengthen the germ treaty is scheduled for November, and Mr. Keeny said the administration could expect accusations that Washington had ignored a treaty that most nations have signed.
"If any other country was found to be doing what we were supposedly doing, they would call it a dangerous violation of the treaty, and it surely appears to be a violation of the treaty in terms of common interpretation," he added.
Victoria Clarke, a Pentagon spokeswoman, also confirmed yesterday that the Defense Department had drawn up plans to produce small amounts of genetically modified anthrax, a deadly toxin, but that the project had been "put on hold" earlier this year to make sure it did not violate international treaties and domestic laws.
Still, she said, the Pentagon intends to press ahead with the anthrax project. Pentagon officials have said that producing the stronger poison would aid in developing vaccines and other defenses.
FBI raids Net business as
part of terrorism probe
DALLAS (AP) - Federal agents continued searching computer files of an Internet company Thursday as part of an ongoing terrorism investigation, the FBI said. Muslim leaders said authorities acted on scant evidence and anti-Arab stereotypes.
InfoCom Corp., based in suburban Richardson, says it sells computer systems and Internet services to many large Islamic organizations in the United States and businesses in the Middle East.
The FBI said the search, which began Wednesday, was part of a two-year investigation by the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force. The agency did not elaborate on what evidence it sought.
More than 80 agents from the FBI and other federal agencies were searching computer files at the company's headquarters, FBI spokeswoman Lori Bailey said. The search warrant was sealed by a federal magistrate.
InfoCom attorney Mark Enoch said the company had no links to terrorist groups and was cooperating with the FBI, even helping agents navigate the computer system. InfoCom has 15 full- and part-time employees.
Internet service to the company's 500 clients was cut off by the agents, InfoCom's Internet operations manager said.
Displaced employees moved across the street to the headquarters of a client, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Muslim charity that supporters of Israel charge raises money for Hamas and other Mideast terrorist groups.
The foundation denied the accusations, and Muslim leaders who gathered outside InfoCom's offices charged that the raid was orchestrated by Israeli sympathizers.
Bailey, the FBI spokeswoman, did not immediately return phone calls Thursday for comment on the allegations of anti-Muslim bias.
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, linked the raid with U.S. opposition to international efforts to criticize Israel's handling of the conflict with Palestinians.
"We suspect that all these attempts are to please the Israeli government but not to protect the U.S. interests," Awad said. "Siding with Israel, a racist country and state, I think does not do us any good."
Others viewed the raid broadly as the product of anti-Muslim bias.
"We have deep concerns that this once again is an attempt to rush to judgment and to marginalize the American Muslim community simply because ... many of them are immigrants," said Mahdi Bray, political adviser to the Muslim Public Affairs Council. "There is a pattern of bias that often permeates all of these types of investigations."
The company has close ties to the Holy Land Foundation. Ghassan Elashi, a company vice president and brother of the owner, Bayan Elashi, is chairman of the foundation.
Holy Land Foundation officials say they provides purely humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories and to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
Israel, the U.S. State Department and congressional members have accused it of being connected to Hamas, the Palestinian movement that has taken responsibility for bombing civilian targets in the Middle East. The foundation is outlawed in Israel
Thursday September 6, 2001
FBI Denies Bias as Raid Shuts Arabic Web Sites
By Marcus Kabel
DALLAS (Reuters) - An 80-strong U.S. terrorism task force raided the Texas-based host of Arabic Web sites, including that of the Arab world's leading independent news channel, prompting charges on Thursday of an "anti-Muslim witchhunt."
But the FBI, which took part in the raid on Wednesday at privately held InfoCom Corp., in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, denied any anti-Arab bias and said it was executing an unspecified federal search warrant.
The FBI declined to specify the target of the search warrant, which is under seal in a federal court, except to say in a statement that the search was ``one aspect of a more than two-year investigation that is ongoing.''
InfoCom's owners said the raid resulted in a temporary shut-down of Web sites it hosts for about 500 customers, including that run by Al-Jazeera television and the newspaper Al-Sharq, both based in the Gulf state of Qatar.
Al-Jazeera is a major regional news source for Arabic speakers. Often dubbed ``the Arab CNN,'' it has emerged as a major force in a region where most broadcasters operate under direct state control.
The Web sites were shut down while about 80 agents copied information from InfoCom's Internet servers, said Ghassan Elashi, brother of owner Bayan Elashi.
He said many of the sites were able to start up again on other servers, while the task force continued to copy computerized information on Thursday. The office remained sealed off by FBI agents.
``We have nothing to hide. We are cooperating 110 percent with the FBI,'' InfoCom's lawyer Mark Enoch told reporters.
Enoch said whatever tips had led to the search was ``bad information.''
``If they think they're going to find that InfoCom is associated with terrorism, they're wrong. It's not,'' he said.
Elashi said InfoCom's customers were not solely Arabic or Muslim. ``They are across the board, from Dallas to California to other places around the world,'' he said.
Several American Islamic groups condemned the search as ``an anti-Muslim witchhunt promoted by the pro-Israel lobby in America,'' according to a statement from 10 organizations, including the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
``We are deeply concerned that there is a pattern of stereotyping that permeates all these types of investigations. There is a marginalization of the American-Muslim population,'' Mahdi Bray of the Los Angeles-based council said at a news conference outside the closed InfoCom office.
The FBI denied the raid was any kind of witchhunt.
``We were executing a search warrant as part of a criminal investigation. It had nothing to do with anti-Islamic or anti-Palestinian or anti-Middle East issues or anything like that,'' said special agent Lori Bailey, spokeswoman for the Dallas FBI office.
The search was conducted by the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multi-agency federal and local grouping which includes the FBI, Secret Service and the U.S. Customs Service.
It also includes the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, an arm of the Treasury Department empowered to freeze or seize the assets of individuals or organizations that have been designated by the government as terrorist.
Government will serve us well only if the citizens are well informed!
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are resulting in paranoid self-censorship. Censorship is also occurring for non-security reasons. This is only the beginning. We might as well shut down the Internet since terrorist can use it. Online censorship will be futile; it makes no sense. How many mundane pieces of information can be used by terrorist whether they get it from the Internet, library, TV, or other sources? Any piece of information could be used by a terrorist, and much of what is being altered is not directly dangerous. Censorship does not make life harder for the terrorist, it just makes life harder for taxpaying citizens.
The White House ordered all federal agencies to scrub their Web sites of sensitive information. The move alarmed scientists and open-records advocates because the government is withdrawing thousands of documents that have been available to the public for years. They believe a concern about terrorism could be used as a pretext for withdrawing all kinds of information that has little or no national security sensitivity and that is something which is happening now all over the place.
There is nothing wrong with protecting national security but the lockdown of sensitive but unclassified data is questionable because there is nothing in the law that allows the executive branch to create a whole new category called "sensitive but unclassified." It will mean that the judgment is placed on the government to determine whether you do have a need to know. And you have to justify it each and every time. There are things that a terrorist could not use but it would be enormously useful for both congressional and public oversight. The "sensitive but unclassified" category is worrisome. It is potentially a catchall and it could be an invitation to abuse because it is not defined. It could be used to justify the withholding of almost anything and leaves it to the discretion of the individual agencies that will abuse their discretion.
President Bush appointed Richard Clarke to lead a new Office of Cyberdefenses. Clarke said, "If you put all the unclassified information together, sometimes it adds up to something that ought to be classified." Now you know they will unnecessarily censor information on the Internet!
Government Censorship and Secrecy
http://www.ombwatch.org/info Right to Know
http://www.ombwatch.org/article/articleview/213/1/1/ Access to Government Information Post September 11th
Attorney General John Ashcroft desires to restrict the FOIA Act.
http://www.jou.ufl.edu/brechner/infolib.htm - http://www.jou.ufl.edu/brechner/state-access.htm
http://www.fas.org/sgp/index.html Project on Government Secrecy
http://www.rcfp.org/homefrontconfidential/ How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know
http://www.rcfp.org/foiact/ A Guide To The FOI Act
http://www.nfoic.org/web/index.htm and http://www.nfoic.org/Members.html
The Justice Department believes that the U.S. Office of Homeland Security is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Justice Department compared the role of Homeland Security to the President's National Security Council, which has been ruled exempt under the freedom of information law.
The FOIA exemptions in the upcoming new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could apply to anything submitted to the government under the heading "critical infrastructure information" such as determined by the public or private entity submitting it. This could extend to recurring safety problems at a nuclear plant or security breaches in a hospital lab and other matters of considerable public interest, especially to citizens living in the area. Any government employee who releases such information would face up to a year in prison, even a well-intentioned whistle-blower. Pretty chilling stuff.
The more a
government chooses to provide information to its citizens on a
"need to know" basis, the more citizens need to know
what their government is up to.
Secure often means secret Post-9/11, government stingy with information
DISAPPEARING DATA by Marylaine Block
or Vanishing Act: The U.S. Government's Disappearing Data by Marylaine Block
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/GODORT/ Government Documents Round Table
http://foi.missouri.edu/openrecseries.html Audits and Surveys of State Freedom of Information Laws
http://ombwatch.org/ OMB Watch monitors the deletion of government web pages.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/ Project on Government Secrecy
http://www.accessreports.com/ Access Reports, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Issues
http://www.plos.org/news/index.html Public Library of Science a nonprofit organization of scientists committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.
http://www.cfac.org/ California First Amendment Coalition
If the Al-Qaeda "had been handed the plans for a nuclear bomb, the worst they could have done is use them as kindling to start a fire," a quote from United States intelligence official.
The Federal authorities not sharing information on terrorism with local officials is "the worst kind of dysfunctional thinking in government", the New York Police Commissioner said.
Declassified Reports and Documents
http://www.blackvault.com/ and http://www.bvalphaserver.com/
The American people must have the right to know what their military is doing in their name and it must be recorded, even if it can not be put out immediately, without military surveillance and without military censorship. It becomes more important as the U.S. military becomes involved in America's homeland defense where military actions will directly effect Americans and military mistakes can kill innocent Americans. The government may try to keep secrets to avoid liability, which is a good reason not to allow military censorship.
Mission Creep Hits Home By William M. Arkin
A new Northern Command, the 10th such command in the U.S. military structure, would provide military support to federal, state and local authorities inside the United States of America in the event of terror attacks. It will also cover Canada and Mexico for the first time, being responsible for security and military coordination with the two countries that share borders with the United States. A four-star officer will head the Northern Command, increasing the military's role in homeland defense, but would not be directly connected to the White House Office of Homeland Security established shortly after Sept. 11. The new command will have headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado and start operating on Oct. 1, 2002. The head of Northern Command would also be in charge of the existing North American Aerospace Defense Command, headquartered in Colorado, which currently oversees the defense of American skies in conjunction with Canada's military.
The new leader of Northern Command is Air Force General Ralph Eberhart, who headed the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The four-star status may give the new commander a powerful voice in America's policy and budgetary debates.
The President of the United States of America has the authority to authorize the U.S. military use in civilian law enforcement.
http://www.fas.org/man/index.html Military Analysis Network
U.S. Air Force Linked to Electronic Warfare Attack in Tennessee By Alfred Webre
The National Attack Warning was not used when America was under attack!
No civil defense for the general public in America!
weather radio alarm should have been activated when it was clear
our nation was under attack on September 11, 2001. It was not
activated although NOAA reserves a message header for National
Attack Warning (AWG). Investigations should be done into why the
government did not activate the national warning when it was
clear the nation was under attack. The NOAA weather warning alarm
had better activate nationwide the next time America is under
The U.S. Government needs to send public warnings about nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological hazards via the NOAA weather radio alarm network and send it out fast as they do tornado warnings. It could be a serious mistake if government tries to keep these hazards a secret and should be penalized for doing so.
Data gathered from
hospitals, health clinics, and stores with over-the-counter drugs
will be used as a new resource for bioterrorism (BT) surveillance.
A computer network will allow local, county, state, federal and
Public Health organizations access to timely, rich clinical data,
which serves as an early warning system for a biological attack
or naturally occurring disease outbreaks. It will be shared with
government but how well will this data be shared with the public.
America can develop a good
bio-defense system with nanobombs and a network of biosensors.
Developments of nanobombs to destroy biological weapons and
biosensors for detection are underway. However, would real-time
data from biosensors be shared with the public by the government?
The US "intelligence
community," as they call themselves, is officially composed
of 13 government agencies, each of which has different (although
often interconnected) roles. Meant to oversee and coordinate all
of them is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In line with this mandate for
managerial oversight, their official website includes an
explanation of the organization and grouping of the US intelligence community.
These are the 13 government agencies of the official US intelligence community:
http://www.google.com/search?num=100&q=Mossad Israeli Intelligence Agencies
US Armed Forces Order of Battle
Keep in mind research organizations and policy think-tanks have their agenda to influence politics!
RAND is a nonprofit institution that
helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and
Preparing the U.S. Army for Homeland Security: Concepts, Issues, and Options
ANSER a public service research institute toward building our nations' future. The ANSER Institute For Homeland Security.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) study to improve our Homeland Defense
U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute studies in Homeland Security.
Naval War College Joint Military Operations does studies in Homeland Security. THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
Air War College presents The War on Terrorism
Joint Forces Staff College - National Defense University
Institute for Defense Analyses
Foreign Military Studies Office
Defense Technical Information Center
U.S. Commission on National Security
Joint Deployment Training Center
http://cns.miis.edu/ Center for Nonproliferation
http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/index.htm Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Center for Defense Information - Terrorism, Military and Security Policy Research Organization
http://www.academicinfo.net/terrorismbio.html Global Terrorism Resources
http://www.academicinfo.net/afghan.html Afghanistan Studies
http://www.ceip.org/ Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism
Freeman Center for Strategic Studies
Attack on America
Weapons of Mass Destruction
America's Response to Terrorism
Foreign Military Studies Office - Research Links
The Intelligence Network
Mario's Cyberspace Station: The Global News Portal
http://www.pircenter.org/english/publications/index.htm Policy Studies in Russia
Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies
The Federation of American Scientists
Federation of American Scientists - Intelligence Resource Program
or http://search.cetin.net.cn/internet/DSTI/FAS/irp/ or http://sun00781.dn.net/irp/
Federation of American Scientists - America's War on Terrorism
Intelligence Online: Global Strategic Information
Stimson Center projects
http://world-information.org/wio/program/events Surveillance & Control
The Complete, Unofficial TEMPEST Information Page
ECHELON: America's Secret Global Surveillance Network
MILNET_ Intelligence Agencies
kim-spy Intelligence and CounterIntelligence
National Terrorism Preparedness Institute
Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies
Loyola Homepage on Strategic Intelligence
Terrorism Research Center
Terrorism Research Center: Documents
Crisis, Conflict, or Disaster...EmergencyNet News Covers the World
Columbia International Affairs Online
THE PROFILE OF THE "TERRORIST" OR "DORMANT " AND THEIR BEHAVIOR PATTERNS
Bin Laden: Public Enemy Number One
http://www.gspia.pitt.edu/ridgway/viewpoints.htm Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism
The OSS Convenience Center
Finding Disaster Coverage At Search Engines
America Strikes Back in Context
National Academies Reports on Terrorism and Security
Black Vault FOIA on Terrorism
Dossier offers hundreds of declassified government documents and analysis of covert ops and propaganda campaigns worldwide.
http://www.parascope.com/ds/documentslibrary/documentslibrary01.htm Foreign Operations
Air University Research Net
International Atomic Energy Agency
Center for International Trade & Security
International Relations and Security Network
Foreign Military Studies Office
Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces Studies
OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Online Intelligence Project
Intelligence Online: Global Strategic Information
American Society for Industrial Security
Center for Millennial Studies
Marine Corps Intelligence Association
United States Special Operations
Net-based Open Source Intelligence (NOSI)
http://www.riia.org/index.php?id=7 Royal Institute of International Affairs - Publications
http://www.rusi.org/ Royal United Services Institute
Jane's International Security Section
Jane's Defence Glossary - Alphabetical Index
National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)
The National Security Archive
The September 11 Source Books
Digital National Security Archive, Collections
InfoManage - Intelligence Resources
http://www.pcis.org/library.cfm?urlSection=WG Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security
Security in the Asia-Pacific Region
International Relations and Security Network
http://www.sipri.se/ Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
UNBSJ Ward Chipman Library Peacekeeping Operations
http://www.jamestown.org/ Jamestown Foundation
American Society of Safety Engineers
National Archives and Records Administration Presidential Materials, Congressional, Executive agency, and Federal court records
http://www.ssrc.org/sept11/ Social Science Research Council
http://www.foresight.org/ to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition
http://www.homelandsec.org/ The Century Foundation Homeland Security Project
http://www.wmrc.com/ World Markets Research Centre
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/terrorism.htm The Library of Congress Federal
Research Division Terrorism Studies
http://www.nlsi.net/ National Law Enforcement & Security Institute
http://www.afio.com/ Association of Former Intelligence Officers
http://www.ncjrs.org/ National Criminal Justice Reference Service
http://www.spyzone.com/ - http://store.yahoo.com/spytechagency/index.html - http://www.uspystore.com/ - http://www.globalspyshop.com/ - http://www.spytec.com/spyshop/index.htm - http://www.spyworld.com/ - http://www.spyshopusa.com/ - http://www.bullnet.co.uk/spyman/Default.htm
CIA Museum Artifacts
http://www.tscm.com/reference.html Library of Intelligence and Surveillance Reference Documents
Policy Think Tanks
Keep in mind research organizations and policy think-tanks have their agenda to influence politics!
http://www.irtheory.com/links.htm International Relations Theory
National Center for Policy Analysis
The Urban Institute
The Heritage Foundation
The National Center for Public Policy Research - Conservative Think Tank
The Brookings Institution
The Hoover Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Center For Strategic & International Studies
American Enterprise Institute
The Cato Institute
The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Foreign Policy In Focus
Foreign Policy Association
http://www.brookingsinstitution.org/ The Brookings Institution
http://www.afpc.org/ The American Foreign Policy Council
Institute for Policy Studies
http://www.nipp.org/ National Institute for Public Policy
http://www.globalpolicy.org/ monitors global policy making at the United Nations
The Independent Institute
http://www.ff.org/ Frontiers of Freedom
http://www.bens.org/pubs.html BUSINESS EXECUTIVES FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
The Milken Institute mission is to explore and explain the dynamics of world economic structure, conduct, and performance by conducting research in economics, business, and finance.
National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.
http://econ.worldbank.org/ their ideas of a better world for them
http://www.fed-soc.org/ The Federalist Society
http://www.acslaw.org/ The American Constitution Society
http://www.americanprogress.org/ Center for American Progress
http://www.hpi-tech.org/ Homeland Protection Institute
House has published Freedom in the World, an annual comparative
assessment of the state of political rights and civil liberties
in 192 countries and 17 related and disputed territories. Widely
used by policy-makers, journalists, and scholars, the 600-page
survey is the definitive report on freedom around the globe.
Surveys, Essays, Country & Territory Reports, Tables &
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/ Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
http://www.undp.org/ United Nations Development Programme
http://www.transparency.org/ global non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption
http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=20 Reporters Without Borders worldwide press freedom index
http://caster.ssw.upenn.edu/~restes/praxis.html Resources For Social and Economic Development
http://www.joelskousen.com/forums/index.html Strategic Relocation
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ Country Studies: Area Handbook
Series (Library of Congress / Federal Research Division)
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/ CIA -- The World Factbook
http://www.state.gov/countries/ Country Background Notes
http://usembassy.state.gov/ U.S. Embassies
http://www.uia.org/ Union of International Associations
Family infrastructure protection minimum essential actions to consider:
Personal Infrastructure Protection 101:
http://helping.apa.org/daily/terrorism.html Mental Health
Basic stress reduction techniques:
http://www.webpal.org/ Nuclear War Fallout Shelter Survival Info
Nuclear Survival Resources
NBC PROTECTION SECTION
Part 1-Terrorism Here
Part 2-Who're Players?
Part 3-Bio-Chem Protect
Part 4-Nuke Protection
Part 5-Who's Got What?
Choosing Where to Live in America
Relocation Considerations in America
THE Greatest Deception of All Time: Fake Alien Invasions!
How to prepare for Power Outages, Terrorism, War, and Other Threats book excerpts
http://www.landrights.org/ American Land Rights Association
http://www.joelskousen.com/forums/index.html Strategic Relocation
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/534189.html Ten Typical Risky Places
http://www.providentliving.org/channel/0,11677,1706-1,00.html Food Storage and Emergency Preparation
http://money.cnn.com/best/bplive/bplive_allcities.html best places to live
http://www.morganquitno.com/ State and City Rankings go to bottom of page
http://www.50states.com/ Information on the 50 States in the US
http://www.taxfoundation.org/statelocal70-02.html Comparing the Total Tax Burden in
http://www.sbsc.org/SurvivalIndex.asp Small Business Survival Index
http://www.ejnet.org/pollution-map/ Pollution Mapping Projects and Toxics Databases
http://www.esri.com/hazards/makemap.html Make Online Hazard Map
http://seismo.ethz.ch/gshap/ Global Seismic Hazard
http://www.agiweb.org/workgroup/ Natural Hazards Caucus Work Group includes maps
http://www.bankrate.com/brm/movecalc.asp cost of living
http://www.acinet.org/ America's Career InfoNet
http://www.fedstats.gov/ and http://www.census.gov/
http://stats.bls.gov/eag/ Economy Stats
http://library.csun.edu/mfinley/zipstats.html Community Information by Zip Code
http://22.214.171.124/dataonline/ Crime & Justice Data
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics
has not developed a good Civil Defense for most Americans but has
plenty of secret underground government shelters for protecting
the few, such as America's politicians.
in control will try their best to keep secret any threat of
nuclear bomb explosions from the general public!
http://www.csi.ad.jp/ABOMB/index.html the impact of the 2 Atomic Bombs used on Japan
http://www.parowanprophet.com/Nuclear_War_Comes/fallout_map.htm can vary greatly so it is of little use
http://www.ga.gov.au/oracle/nukexp_query.html previous Nuclear Explosions
http://www.nti.org/ Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
http://www.iaea.org/ International Atomic Energy Agency - The Nuclear Authority
http://www.bullatomsci.org/ The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
http://www.isis-online.org/ Institute for Science and International Security
http://www.ransac.org/ Russian American Nuclear Security Advisory Council
http://www.nci.org/ Nuclear Control Institute
http://www.milnet.com/milnet/nuclear.htm MILNET: Nuclear Weapons
http://www.Nuc.Berkeley.EDU/neutronics/todd/frame/weapons.html Nuclear Weapons links
http://nuketesting.enviroweb.org/ Nuclear Weapons: History, Technology, and Consequences in Historic Documents, Photos, and Videos
http://www.nv.doe.gov/news&pubs/ Nevada Operations Office, News, Publications, Historical Information, Nuclear Test Films, Technical Reports
http://www.nv.doe.gov/news&pubs/photos&films/photolib.htm Nuclear Test Photo Library
http://www.atomicmuseum.com/tour/index.cfm National Atomic Museum Virtual Tour
http://www.vniief.ru/museum/museum_e.html Russian Nuclear Weapons Museum
http://www.ida.net/users/pbmck/xsovnuc/text_top.htm ex-USSR Nuclear Technologies and The World
http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/ Center For Security Policy
http://www.pogo.org/nuclear/nucindex.htm Project On Government Oversight (POGO) - Nuclear Security
http://www.clw.org/coalition/ Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers
http://www.abolition2000.org/ Abolition 2000
http://www.cnduk.org/ The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
http://www.cia.gov/search search nuclear
http://www.foia.ucia.gov/frame3.htm search nuclear
http://www.brook.edu/dybdocroot/fp/projects/nucwcost/weapons.htm The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project
http://www.sgpproject.org/ Strengthening the Global Partnership to reduce the dangers of the Soviet military legacy
http://www.ippnw.org/ International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
http://www.inesap.org/publ.htm International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation
How Col. Stanislav Petrov
Saved The World?
http://us.imdb.com/SearchPlots?for=nuclear search for Science-Fiction nuclear
Nuclear Explosions by the
USA from 1945 to 1998
http://rex.nci.nih.gov/massmedia/exesumfig1.gif rads and cancer from above ground tests in Neveda
Radiation from a nuclear
power plant caused by terrorism or malfunction could be the worst
American catastrophe to date. Remember that former President Reagan (R-CA) was very pro-nuclear. Nuclear power plants are costly
to maintain and are growing more dangerous as they age. They
should guarantee nuclear power plants are protected by anti-aircraft
missiles or shut them down for our protection.
http://www.dca.state.fl.us/bpr/EMTOOLS/Nuclear/rep.htm Florida Radiological Emergencies
http://www.e-tip.org/ Environmental Database
http://www.ananuclear.org/ The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
http://www.nirs.org/ Nuclear Information and Resource Service
http://www.ieer.org/ Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
http://www.ans.org/ The American Nuclear Society
http://www.dnfsb.gov/pub_docs/ Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
http://www.afrri.usuhs.mil/ Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
http://radefx.bcm.tmc.edu/ Radiation Health Effects Research
http://www.hps.org/ an international professional scientific organization dedicated to promoting the practice of radiation safety
http://nova.nuc.umr.edu/nuclear_facts/nuclearfacts.html Government pubs
The federal government is
stockpiling the drug potassium iodide. The drug protects against
thyroid cancer from radiation exposure. Potassium iodide protects
only against radioactive iodine, just one of hundreds of
poisonous radionuclides that people might be exposed to in a
Guidance to Potassium Iodide as a Thyroid Blocking Agent in Radiation Emergencies
Frequently Asked Questions About the Use of Potassium Iodide in Emergency Plans
http://www.ki4u.com/ Potassium Iodide Anti-Radiation Pill FAQ. Iodine pills, tablets, sources.
http://www.webpal.org/survival/books/books.htm FREE Survival Books
http://www.oism.org/nwss/ Nuclear War Survival Skills
Internet self-censorship is growing. The U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission started its
censorship on October 16, 2001. Concerns are the NRC might go too
far in taking valuable information about the performance of
nuclear power plants, including daily plant-status reports, out
of the public domain. This is information that has been available
to the public for years and it is useful for oversight.
http://1nuclearplace.com/ Nuclear News and Information
http://www.nuclearactive.org/ Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
http://www.radioactivist.org/ The RadioActivist Campaign
http://www.nucleartourist.com/ Nuclear Power Plants Around the World
http://www2.ijs.si/~icjt/plants/ Nuclear Power Plants
http://www.ananuclear.org/ Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
http://www.prop1.org/prop1/radiated/drh.htm Deadly Nuclear Radiation Hazards USA
http://www.prop1.org/2000/accident/acclist.htm Nuclear Accident Articles
http://www.ratical.org/radiation/CNR/PP/index.html Complete Book: "Poisoned Power, The Case Against Nuclear Power Plants Before and After Three Mile Island
http://www.trivalleycares.org/ Communities Against a Radioactive Environment
http://gzcenter.org/ Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Search CDC on radioactive fallout
Search USAToday articles on radioactive fallout
Search Goggle for radioactive fallout or nuclear fallout
http://www.C-10.org/ health and safety issues related to the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant
International Medcom designs and manufactures high
quality instruments and systems for detecting nuclear (ionizing)
http://www.compusmart.ab.ca/ndyrvik/nienucl.htm other Nuclear Instrumentation
Yucca Mountain site in
Nevada to be developed as the nations first long-term
geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste. Getting
radioactive waste from nuclear plants around the country to a
Nevada repository would mean it would pass through population
centers on truck, rail, or barge. The Bush administration is
looking at possible routes through as many as 45 states.
Opponents say everything under consideration would put millions
of people at risk in case of accident or terrorist attack.
Supporters of the plan to bury and seal the waste in Yucca
Mountain say that highly dangerous materials already are
transported safely every day. They say opponents are trying to
scare the public.
US scraps nuclear weapons watchdog by Julian Borger
The U.S. Senate endorsed a plan on June 10, 2003, for the government to provide loan guarantees for construction of a half dozen nuclear power plants survival. Critics called the government assistance a giveaway to a mature industry that should be left to succeed or fail on its own. But their attempt to strip the measure from a broad energy bill fell short, 50-48.
Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) the architect of the package of subsidies for the nuclear industry, said the government assistance will jump-start nuclear power. There has not been a new nuclear plant licensed since the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island reactor in Pennsylvania.
Opponents questioned why nuclear power should be singled out for such largess, which they said could cost taxpayers $14 billion to $16 billion should the future power reactors fail and be abandoned.
"We're trying to jump-start
the industry again," says Richard Myers of the Nuclear
Energy Institute, the industry trade group. "We're not
looking for a handout. We're not looking for any freebies."
SENATE VOTES TO INCREASE
CORPORATE WELFARE FOR THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY
US National Data Center
Atomic Energy Detection System
started its censorship after 9/11
http://www.tt.aftac.gov/request/ndc_request.html US National Data Center
http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/aftac/index.html Air Force Technical Applications Center
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB7/nsaebb7.htm U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System
http://www.cmr.gov/ Center for Monitoring Research
http://www.rdss.info/index_ns.html or http://www.rdss.info/index_ie.html
http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/ Seismic Data
http://www.geophys.washington.edu/seismosurfing.html Seismo-surfing the Internet http://seismo.ethz.ch/seismosurf/seismobig.html
System (IMS) Network
To detect test of underground nuclear explosions
IMS sensor network consist of:
SEISMIC (primary) - 50 stations. The primary seismic network provides the states parties with the capability for initial detection, location, and identification of underground and most underwater events.
SEISMIC (auxiliary) - 119 stations. The auxiliary seismic network provides additional data for events detected by the primary seismic network. Auxiliary seismic stations transmit their data only by request and are used to improve event location and identification.
RADIONUCLIDE - 80 stations. The radionuclide network senses the particulates and gas by-products of nuclear explosions and is the primary method for states parties to detect and identify events which release radionuclides into the atmosphere. It may also support the other networks for detection and location of events.
HYDROACOUSTIC - 6 stations. The hydroacoustic network augments the seismic networks for states parties to detect and identify explosions which are underwater or at a low enough altitude to couple energy into the water.
HYDROACOUSTIC - 5 T-phase stations. The auxiliary hydroacoustic network consists of T-phase stations (seismic stations installed on islands with steep shorelines). These stations detect T-phases generated by hydroacoustic waves impacting a shoreline. T-phase stations are less sensitive, though fully capable of observing underwater explosions at great range, as well as detecting underground explosions. Like auxiliary seismic stations, T-phase stations transmit their data only by request and are used to improve event location and identification for underwater events.
INFRASOUND - 60 stations. The infrasonic network senses the low-frequency acoustic signals resulting from explosions. It is the primary open network for states parties to detect explosions in the atmosphere, and it may augment the seismic and hydroacoustic networks for shallow underground or underwater events.
US Government Science Labs
There is serious
mismanagement at Los Alamos National Laboratory, including
inadequate physical security, unauthorized shipments of anthrax,
missing computers and disks, and firing whistleblowers who are
trying to expose corruption.
Computing Laboratory (ACL)
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Bonneville Power Administration
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Center for Computational Sciences
Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF)
Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL)
Kansas City Plant (AlliedSignal Inc.)
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBNL)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
LLNL High Energy Physics
Los Alamos Area Office
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
National Energy Research Supercomputer Center
National Renewable Energy Lab
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Pacific Northwest National Lab
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
Sandia National Laboratories
Savannah River Site (Westinghouse)
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Superconducting Super Collider (SSC)
University of California (Lab Management Home Page)
Most people think if you want to keep a secret then you are trying to hide sinister behavior!
The government and news
corporations are known to use secrecy, denial, and deceit when
informing the public. There was deceitful reporting at the start
of the anthrax attacks because officials first insisted the
victim got anthrax from an animal when hunting and that it was an
isolated and accidental incident.
Vagueness, delayed information, misinformation, disinformation, wrong information, and no information are tactics that has been used by government and corporate media. They also misuse information just to create fear to falsely justify more laws and restrictions so to apply more power and control over its people.
The U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Strategic Influence at the Pentagon, provides false information to media organizations. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has planted false information in the press.
Federal Government went to great expense to encrypt their
communications in the 1980s. So when it comes to urgent
information, government may try to control information so you
will not know it until they want you to know it.
Classified Federal communications
It is wrong for America's
government and news media to withhold vital information. In some
cases it is done on assumptions that you will be ignorant in your
reactions and you could make matters worst. You should consider
that an insult to your intelligence and dignity.
We all got to work together to fight terrorism. But America's government will loose Americans' trust and gain their anger if they are not informed, not informed immediately, not informed of the truth, and not informed well enough. America's government will serve us well only if the citizens are well informed.
Veterans of past crises note that the American people do not panic. They have a strong bias toward supporting their governmental leaders, but only when they believe they are being told the straight story.
In October of 2001 an
intelligence alert by a group of U.S. officials believed a 10-kiloton
nuclear bomb would be detonated in lower Manhattan. It could kill
at least 100,000 civilians, irradiate 700,000 more, and flatten
everything in a half-mile diameter. It was kept secret from the
public and many other political leaders. The alert went out only
to the "shadow government" and a small number of
government agencies, including the Energy Department's top-secret
Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST) based in Nevada. Also there
was a nuclear bomb threat to Washington, D.C. on the Potomac
Can We Stop the Next Attack?
Congress Not Advised Of Shadow Government
Fears Prompt U.S. to Beef up Nuclear Terror Detection
From the story above, many political leaders were left out of the loop and got a taste of their own secrecy medicine. They said we should have been told that New York City and Washington, D.C. was secretly being searched by the federal government and military for nuclear weapons. That was their comments to the press. So the control freaks left out of the loop, who also love to keep secrets, did not like it. So does the American people not like it because they deserve the right to know.
ADVANCE WARNING COULD HAVE MOBILIZED NY LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ASSIST SEARCH FOR ATOMIC DEVICE.
The Bush Administration has quietly ordered NEST to do periodic searches in large U.S. cities.
Hundreds of sophisticated radiation sensors have been deployed to US borders, overseas facilities and choke points around the US capital. The sensors are imbedded around some fixed points and temporarily at designated special events. There is a crash program to build next-generation devices at the three national nuclear laboratories to address the technological limitations of current sensors. If the sensors detect anything you will not know, it will be a secret to a select few giving them time to take survival actions.
U.S. Army 1st Special
Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D), Combat Applications
Group (CAG), Delta Force - Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Delta
Force commando unit has the mission to kill or disable anyone
with a suspected nuclear device and turn it over to the NEST
scientists to be disarmed.
Secrecy is a formula for inefficient decision-making!
Leaking information is necessary to counteract government secrecy and it is a good thing. Leaking may be a pain for decision makers but it is necessary for a democracy in a government that is becomes more and more secretive. Leaking information is a lot better in the long run than the "no comments" and deceptions of those who use national security as a shield to push their own agendas or discredit any and all questioning and dissent. Leaking information is also a useful way to uncover incompetence and irresponsibility.
If America's leaders actually care and trust the American people they would do a better job of getting information about terrorism out to the public. They should be sharing information openly. An informed citizenry aware of new dangers are more capable of defending themselves.
In the United States of America the people are suppose to rule but the people are effectively cut out of the process by a secrecy-addicted national security establishment of only a few hundred people. That is the problem, so the solution is leaking information sooner rather than later.
There is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by major press organizations, but there should be. The Federal Communications Commission position against news distortion is only a "policy," not a promulgated law, rule, or regulation.
Always keep in mind that governments, the news media, anybody can and will use technology to fake things. You can not believe everything you see, hear, or read. Live or recorded video can have areas removed with fake inserts and it still looks just as real.
Scientists have recently created the first realistic videos of people saying things they never said. Scientists warn this technology will also provide a powerful new tool for fraud and propaganda and it will eventually cast doubt on everything from video surveillance to presidential addresses. Scientists involved see ways it could be misused: to discredit political dissidents on television, to embarrass people with fabricated video posted on the Web, or to illegally use trusted figures to endorse products. There is a certain point at which you raise the level of distrust to where it is hard to communicate using video. We will have to revert to eyewitness testimony if video authentication can not be proven.
"In March 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests -- the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations -- got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press ...They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers." - U.S. Congressman Oscar Callaway, 1917
"We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries." - David Rockefeller, founder of the Trilateral Commission, in an address before that organization in June of 1991
John Swinton, the former chief of staff of THE NEW YORK TIMES, called by his peers, "The Dean of his profession," was asked in 1953 to give a toast before the New York Press Club. He rose and gave this toast: "There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the Journalist is to destroy truth; To lie outright; To pervert; To vilify; To fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
Search for secret
societies and secret clubs that have demoniac rituals whose
members included wealthy and powerful people.
New World Order
Cronkite - Media Mergers Threaten Democracy By John Nichols
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