NORAD was conducting excersises on 9-11 and now this week they are conducting another series of exercises. Could they be that stupid to initiate another false flag attack on American and blame it on Al-Qaeda?? Who will fall for this?? There will be a major Revolution in this Country if that happens!!
NORAD and USNORTHCOM exercise planned for mid-June
PETERSON AFB, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command are planning to conduct a combined exercise June 18 - 24 that will incorporate several military exercises with a National Guard exercise. These linked exercises are referred to as ARDENT SENTRY 09. Events will take place in multiple venues across the country including Iowa, Kansas, Oregon, Wyoming, and off the East and West Coasts.
The exercise will allow several Department of Defense organizations and some federal and state partners to implement plans and respond to a variety of notional events. Historically, exercises like these have helped both DoD and other agencies review their processes and procedures and focus their future training efforts on closing gaps and identifying areas that need additional attention.
September 9-11, 2001
NORAD Begins Northern Vigilance Military Operation. For this military operation, it deploys fighters to Alaska and Northern Canada to monitor a Russian air force exercise in the Russian Arctic and North Pacific Ocean, scheduled for September 10 to September 14. The Russian exercise involves its bombers staging a mock attack against NATO planes that are supposedly planning an assault on Russia.
There were at least 15 drills in progress that day... four of which were specifically designed to stand down attacks of hijacked aircraft by military interceptors and involved "live fly" aircraft. The war games & terror drills played a critical role in ensuring no Air Force fighter jocks - who had trained their entire lives for this moment -would be able to prevent the attacks from succeeding. These exercises were under Dick Cheney's management.
Anonymous Coward User ID: 434204 6/19/2009 3:27 PM Re: OPERATION BLACKJACK DECODED BY GLP Quote
I think someone wrote a message in binary code for fun, along with the comic strip operation blackjack. If nothing happens on the 22 nd, this will be just another hoax. I think tptb are either doing these hoaxes themselves, or one of a programed sleeper.That way you will see many false predictions, and when the real one comes along, you won't know what hits you until it's to late.
Hallorann User ID: 146370 6/19/2009 3:31 PM Re: OPERATION BLACKJACK DECODED BY GLP Quote
To quote Jeff Spicoli...
You people are the sh*t.
Well done, and all that other complimentary stuff.
Last Edited by Hallorann on 6/19/2009 at 3:31 PM "It can be held certain that information that is withheld or suppressed contains truths that are detrimental to the persons involved in the suppression." ~ J. Edgar Hoover
Di poster User ID: 706631 6/19/2009 3:40 PM Re: OPERATION BLACKJACK DECODED BY GLP Quote
Hey fellas 51 29'51.05"N, 0 8'45.43"W
Those coordinates from the code are for Beeston Place London, not Beeston, Nottingham.
DI poster Cheers
Anonymous Coward User ID: 423573 6/19/2009 3:43 PM Re: OPERATION BLACKJACK DECODED BY GLP Quote
AND THIS sh*t IS PINNED>>>>>>>
what a bunch of retards who need medication....or need to reduce their medication...
This is so LOW....
Anonymous Coward User ID: 706633 6/19/2009 3:44 PM Re: OPERATION BLACKJACK DECODED BY GLP Quote
in simple read, please explain what this means
Anonymous Coward User ID: 639175 6/19/2009 3:45 PM Re: OPERATION BLACKJACK DECODED BY GLP Quote
To quote Jeff Spicoli...
You people are the sh*t.
Well done, and all that other complimentary stuff.
yes indeed..!! the GOOD sh*t! well done OP. you gotta be an r fan..
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California government declares fiscal emergency over budget
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday declared a fiscal emergency to force lawmakers into a special session to tackle a state budget gap that has widened to $26.3 billion from $24.3 billion after they failed to close it on Tuesday.
Lawmakers debated late into the night Tuesday but could not agree on a plan to balance California's budget for its new fiscal year, which began early Wednesday morning.
That cleared the way for state officials to suspend payments owed to vendors and local agencies, who instead will get "IOU" notes promising payment.
The notes would mark the first time in 17 years the most populous U.S. state's government would have to resort to the unusual and dramatic measure -- and would follow warnings by Wall Street that the state's credit ratings may be lowered, which would increase its borrowing costs.
"Though the legislature failed to solve our budget problem yesterday, rest assured that solving the entire deficit remains my first and only priority, and I will not rest until we get it done. I will not be a part of pushing this crisis down the road -- the road stops here," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
While California lawmakers struggle with budget deadlines nearly every year, this budget fight is taking place amid the state's worst drop in revenues from personal income taxes since the Great Depression as recession and rising joblessness worsen damage done to the state economy from the housing slump.
Democrats, who control the legislature, could not convince Republicans to either back their plans to tackle the shortfall or make a stopgap effort to ward off the IOUs. The two sides agree on the need for spending cuts, but are split over whether to raise taxes to help fill the gap.
Democrats have pushed for new revenues while Republican lawmakers and Schwarzenegger, also a Republican, have ruled out tax increases. They want deep spending cuts to balance the budget. Democrats say that would slash the state's safety net for the needy to the bone.
California bonds due in 10 to 30 years traded stronger in the secondary municipal market as it priced in a missed budget deadline, said Municipal Market Data analyst Domenic Vonella.
"We've seen Cal GO paper widen for the last three weeks or so ... Today things are a few basis points better," added Parker Colvin, head of municipal securities trading at Stone & Youngberg in San Francisco.
CASH CRISIS LOOMS
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Obama administration is keeping a close eye on California's woes. State officials have proposed the U.S. government help with financial aid or by vouching for state debt. "We continue to watch the situation and we'll see as it develops," Gibbs said.
In Sacramento, California's capital, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer's office is preparing plans to issue short-term debt assuming Washington will not guarantee it.
"We've been operating since May under the assumption that there will be no help forthcoming," said Lockyer spokesman Tom Dresslar. "We did not ask for a bailout, repeat, we did not ask for a bailout. We wanted the federal government to step in and provide a backstop for our cash-flow borrowing."
Meanwhile, the lack of a budget may trigger action by Wall Street credit ratings agencies.
Fitch last week downgraded its rating on California's general obligation debt by one notch to A-minus, placing it four notches above speculative, or "junk" status, and making it the lowest rating of any U.S. state.
Fitch also warned of further downgrades, just as Standard & Poor's has warned of possible downgrades to California's general obligation debt. Moody's has said the state could see a multinotch downgrade of its A2 rating.
Moody's had no immediate comment on California's IOU plan or its failure to pass a budget. Fitch and S&P analysts were not immediately available to comment.
In Sacramento, tempers flared in the state Senate as the midnight start of the new fiscal year and IOUs neared.
"There is no excuse to hold this whole state hostage," state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told Republicans during a floor debate.
Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth countered that major cuts are urgently needed. Otherwise, "there will be entire programs that will have to be lopped off," he said.
Due to its steep decline in revenue, California risks running out of cash later this month to pay all of its bills unless its books are balanced quickly. To conserve cash, State Controller John Chiang [CHIANG'S SISTER DISAPPEARED AND WAS NEVER FOUND IN WASHNGTON DC SHORTLY AFTER THE STILL-UNSOLVED CHANDRA LEVY-DISAPPEARANCE IN 2001 AND THE TWO ARE THOUGHT TO BE PERHAPS LINKED. CHANDRA LEVY INTERNED FOR CA CONGRESSMAN GARY CONDIT---BEATLIES] plans to issue IOUs by Thursday to state vendors, some local agencies and various recipients of state aid, including the elderly, disabled and college students.
Chiang plans to send $3.36 billion in IOUs this month to help make $10.9 billion in other payments, including money owed to investors holding California's debt. "The general obligation bonds will be paid," he told Reuters. "California has never defaulted on its debt obligation and we don't plan to do so."
California, which had the eighth largest economy in the world in 2006, according it its Legislative Analysts' Office, now needs to reassure Wall Street because state officials see the need to sell $7 billion to $9 billion of short-term debt once there is a budget agreement.
(Additional reporting by Marianne Russ in Sacramento, Lisa Lambert and Doug Palmer in Washington))
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From another forum. It's unclear to me how much of a real danger there is of this actually becoming law:
Warning REAL ID has returned with a new name The PASS ACT S 1261 (updated with video) Quote
Dear friends and fellow Americans, I have an EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT for you that requires your immediate and direct attention.
This ALERT is regarding the MORPHING of REAL ID in to the PASS ACT. The REAL ID as you may or may not know was the failed law that snuck through congress in May of 2005 that would require all Americans to Carry a standardized FEDERAL ID card with an embedded trackable chip.
NATIONAL EMERGENCY VIDEO ALERT: Stop The PASS Act
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Farce of the Facebook spy: MI6 chief faces probe after wife exposes their life on Net
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Sir John Sawers
Probe: Sir John Sawers
MI6 faced calls for an inquiry last night after an extraordinary lapse of judgment led to the new head of MI6's personal details being plastered over Facebook.
Millions of people could have gained access to compromising photographs of Sir John Sawers and his family on the social networking website.
The information, posted by his wife Shelley, included details about where they live and work.
Sir John is due to take over as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in November, putting him in charge of all Britain's spying operations abroad.
His wife's blunder is deeply embarrassing for MI6, who were last night facing questions over why the family had not been more closely vetted before Sir John's appointment.
Lady Sawers had put virtually no restrictions on her account, making it visible to the estimated 4million on the open-access 'London' network, and potentially 200million more worldwide.
Her Facebook page was taken down after the Mail on Sunday exposed the lapse yesterday.
* BEL MOONEY: This pathetic addiction to letting it all hang out on Facebook
Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Ed Davey, one of those who has called for an inquiry, said: 'Normally, I would welcome greater openness in Government for officials or politicians - but this type of exposure verges on the reckless.
'The Prime Minister should immediately commission an internal inquiry as to whether this has breached the security of the incoming head of MI6 too seriously to allow him to take up the post.' John Sawers Shelley Sawers
Cover blown: Lady Sawers posted this picture, left, of Sir John on the beach Shelley Sawers and Corinne Sawers
Lapse in judgment: The MI6 chief's wife Shelley displayed personal pictures of the Sawers' life on Facebook, including this one of herself and daughter Corrinne Hugo Haig-Thomas
Half brother: Hugo Haig-Thomas (left) sawers
Playing Santa: Sir John in a New York park at Christmas 2007. The Mail has obscured the identities of his friends
Senior Tory MP Patrick Mercer said that Sir John had left himself open to blackmail, while security experts warned that his family might have to be rehoused.
Lady Sawers disclosed many personal details, including the location of the London flat used by the couple and other details of their three children and of Sir John's parents. David Miliband
'No security risk': Foreign Secretary David Miliband
Her photographs included an embarrassing picture of Sir John in his swimming trunks, posted the day after his appointment was announced.
There were also snaps of [b]Lady Sawers's half-brother Hugo Haig-Thomas - once a researcher for the historian David Irving, who was jailed for three years in Austria in 2006 after pleading guilty to Holocaust denial [/b] [/u]- and Moir Leslie, a star of The Archers.
Professor Anthony Glees, director of Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, said the Sawers family would almost certainly need to be rehoused[??] and the children might require extra protection.
'It is a most distressing and unfortunate security lapse that will take a great deal of money to put right,' he added. But Foreign Secretary David Miliband yesterday denied that national security had been compromised.
He told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: 'What are you leading the news with... The fact that there's a picture that the head of the MI6 goes swimming? Wow, that really is exciting.
'It is not a state secret that he wears Speedo swimming trunks. Let's grow up.' Enlarge Facebook page John Sawyers
Nothing to hide: Lady Sawers' Facebook page
Minutes after Mr Miliband expressed amazement that the Facebook blunder was leading the headlines, it was dropped from the top of the BBC's bulletins.
Tory business spokesman Ken Clarke also said he doubted Britain's enemies relied on Facebook for information. 'In the old days we used to keep the name secret, all photographs were banned and I never really believed that the Russians didn't know who the head of MI6 and MI5 was,' he told Sky News programme Sunday Live.
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Personlly I found David Milliband's inane comments (which I heard live - why didn't Andrew Marr pursue the stupidity of this more forcibly with him?) as naive and stupid as the original action of Shelley Sawers. Is there an atom of intelligence (sorry!) in any of them?
- Carol, London UK, 06/7/2009 09:41 Click to rate Rating 59
When I worked alongside Special Branch they never showed their faces in photographs nor divulged anything personal about themselves. This is how it should be.
This woman is a complete fool and may have cost her husband his job. The image of her and her daughter make me cringe.
- Alexandrina, London, 06/7/2009 09:38 Click to rate Rating 91
Let's just hope he's more intelligent than the Mrs.
- Kate, England, 06/7/2009 09:25 Click to rate Rating 71
One hopes that Sawers will be more enlightened when choosing his subordinates for MI6 than he was when choosing his airhead wife. What on eartn possesses otherwise sensible people to publicise themselves on Facebook and the like?
- Alan Haugh, Reading, 06/7/2009 09:23 Click to rate Rating 64
What a complete plonker - I hope this corrupt Government now has to appoint another MI6 chief - what fools - do you wonder why the USA now treat the UK as a risk with any secure information - get real and start taking security seriously
- Brian Morris, London, 06/7/2009 09:17 Click to rate Rating 52
The fact that details have been plastered on facebook is not the issue here. The point is that his wife and other members of his family (through their postings on her page) cannot be trusted with sensitive information as they seem to be all too keen to open their mouths about things. The facebook issue may not be a matter of national security but the familys openess with talking about his position IS. David milibands flipant remarks over this issue prove that this labour government can't take a single thing seriously until it's too late.
As for the BBC removing the article from its headline upon Mr Milibands remarks, well...
- simon, manchester, 06/7/2009 09:09 Click to rate Rating 74
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A few short months ago Goldman Sachs was deemed too big to fail, and allowed to sink its fangs into the public vein. Not only did it receive direct assistance from lowly tax-payers like you and I, the gaggle of Goldman alumni that run the Treasury Department and implemented the Troubled Asset Relief Program funneled tens of billions to insurance giant AIG to assure that it could cover about 13 billion in Goldman's losses. Goldman paid back the TARP loans -- because caps on executive pay are a form of socialism, of course -- but is still making hay on the public dime, specifically on the sale of $28 billion worth of subsidized debt courtesy of the FDIC.
But today, as the New York Times put it, "up and down Wall Street, analysts and traders are buzzing" about the fact that Goldman is reporting "blowout profits" to the tune of $3.4 billion in the 2nd quarter. In a masterful bit of understatement, the Washington Post notes that "the New York investment bank profited from turmoil in the financial markets, the absence of former rivals and the continued support of the federal government."
It's good for Goldman's shareholders and great for its traders -- according to the WaPo, "Goldman said it set aside $6.65 billion for employee compensation in the second quarter." But for everyone else? Not so much. And not only because of the costs borne by the public, not only for the moral hazard this kind of crony capitalism represents, not just for the unfairness inherent in the pervasive reverse socialism we're seeing these days, but also because of the lessons that support has left unlearned. Protected from the fallout of their bad bets, Wall Street's casinos are open for business again. Just this week, Bloomberg reported that Morgan Stanley was trotting out another "collateralized debt obligation" backed by shaky loans that's again getting a AAA rating (if you have no idea what that means, see my piece from last October titled, "How Wall Street's Scam Artists Turned Home Mortgages Into Economic WMDs").
Now, let's just consider for a moment what's supposed to happen when businesses make catastrophic decisions, take on too much risk and get burned (never mind bringing down much of the global economy with them, as in the present case). We were told that if any of these "money center" banks failed, we'd end up living in a Mad Max-like dystopia, but let's think for a moment what other scenario might have played out had we just let the f**kers face the music.
From today's WaPo:
As large banks continue to nurse their wounds -- many self-inflicted -- some of the Washington area's less exposed community bankers are using the financial chaos to draw in new business, even by pursuing new branch locations in the midst of the recession.
Alexandria-based family bank Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust, which has $1.9 billion in assets, saw $45 million in new deposits during one two-week period last fall. It hopes to lure more by opening new outposts.
Here's the CEO, E. Hunt Burke:
"Show me any bank that's in trouble, and I can show you some place they took a risk and got caught, whether it be in subprime loans, or by getting too heavy in housing developments that dried up," Burke said. "Burke & Herbert didn't follow any of those paths."
The bank said that as of July 1, it had increased its reserves for potential loan losses to $11.3 million, from $9.9 million at that date last year. Loans delinquent for 90 days or more, otherwise declared as uncollectible, accounted for 0.5 percent of the bank's total loans, up from 0.09 percent at the end of 2006.
I'm sure Alexandria-based Burke & Herbert is a dreadfully dull business and working there is nothing like the high-flying life on the Street, with its multi-million dollar bonuses and attendant Masters of the Universe lifestyle. But banking is supposed to be dull and bankers are supposed to be boring and cautious. Instead of keeping Wall Street's hustlers in caviar on the public dime, we should have put a few banking giants into receivership and sold off their good assets in an orderly manner to staid, dull community-based banks like Burke and Herbert -- banks that would fulfill the core function of a banking system: taking deposits and lending money to people who have a good chance of repaying it.
I'm not one to fall on my knees and pray to the Gods of Capitalism . I think of it much as Churchill regarded democracy: as the least bad system around. But it is supposed to be efficient at allocating resources, and in classical economic terms, we have created a market failure by handing trillions into the hands of irresponsible actors.
With the exception of Goldman's shareholders and employees, we're all big suckers today.
*Also see: "Let the Banks Fail: Why a Few of the Financial Giants Should Crash".
The events preceding Goldman Sachs' new "blowout profits"
(Updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)
Remember all of this -- the $700 billion bank bailout, the AIG scandal, dark and scary threats of imminent global meltdown if there wasn't full-scale capitulation by the citizenry to the immense transfer of public wealth to the private investment banking sector? Such distant, hazy memories: so many exciting celebrity deaths and riveting celebrity resignations ago. If sequences of events like these don't cause mass citizen outrage, then it's hard to imagine what will:
The New York Times, September 19, 2008:
WASHINGTON - It was a room full of people who rarely hold their tongues. But as the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, laid out the potentially devastating ramifications of the financial crisis before congressional leaders on Thursday night, there was a stunned silence at first.
Mr. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. had made an urgent and unusual evening visit to Capitol Hill, and they were gathered around a conference table in the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"When you listened to him describe it you gulped," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York.
As Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, put it Friday morning on the ABC program "Good Morning America," the congressional leaders were told "that we're literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system, with all the implications here at home and globally."
Mr. Schumer added, "History was sort of hanging over it, like this was a moment."
When Mr. Schumer described the meeting as "somber," Mr. Dodd cut in. "Somber doesn't begin to justify the words," he said. "We have never heard language like this."
"What you heard last evening," he added, "is one of those rare moments, certainly rare in my experience here, is Democrats and Republicans deciding we need to work together quickly."
ABC News, September 26, 2008:
The embattled Goldman Sachs investment banking firm and its employees have spent more than $43 million dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions to cultivate friends and buy influence in Washington, D.C. since 1989, according to an ABC News analysis of campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
As a group, Goldman Sachs bankers have been the country's top political campaign contributors this year and have given $29.5 million in contributions since 1989, according to the Center.
"They are almost in a class by themselves," said Sheila Krumholz, the executive director for the Center for Responsive Politics.
"Their top executives are in a class that is way above the clout and name-dropping that most other American businesses can achieve," says Krumholz.
The New York Times, September 27, 2008:
Two weeks ago, the nation's most powerful regulators and bankers huddled in the Lower Manhattan fortress that is the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, desperately trying to stave off disaster.
As the group, led by Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., pondered the collapse of one of America's oldest investment banks, Lehman Brothers, a more dangerous threat emerged: American International Group, the world's largest insurer, was teetering. A.I.G. needed billions of dollars to right itself and had suddenly begged for help.
One of the Wall Street chief executives participating in the meeting was Lloyd C. Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Mr. Paulson's former firm. Mr. Blankfein had particular reason for concern.
Although it was not widely known, Goldman, a Wall Street stalwart that had seemed immune to its rivals' woes, was A.I.G.'s largest trading partner, according to six people close to the insurer who requested anonymity because of confidentiality agreements. A collapse of the insurer threatened to leave a hole of as much as $20 billion in Goldman's side, several of these people said.
Days later, federal officials, who had let Lehman die and initially balked at tossing a lifeline to A.I.G., ended up bailing out the insurer for $85 billion.
MSNBC, October 3, 2008:
President Bush signed into law Friday a historic $700 billion bailout of the financial services industry, promising to move swiftly to use his sweeping new authority to unlock frozen credit markets to get the economy moving again. . . .
But Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said compromise was needed. He said that while he strongly opposed the Senate's decision to pay for many of the tax breaks with debt, he could not forget everyday Americans at home who were struggling. "For their sake, we must act," Hoyer said in a floor speech.
Wall St. Journal, October 6, 2008:
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is expected to tap Neel Kashkari, a key adviser on whom he has come to rely heavily during the financial crisis, to oversee Treasury's $700 billion program to buy distressed assets from financial institutions, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Kashkari, 35 years old, a Treasury assistant secretary for international affairs and a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker, is expected to be named interim head of Treasury's new Office of Financial Stability as early as Monday. The position confers substantial power on Mr. Kashkari. . . .
New York Times, December 13, 2008 -- "A Champion of Wall Street Reaps Benefits":
Senator Schumer plays an unrivaled role in Washington as beneficiary, advocate and overseer of an industry that is his hometown's most important business.
An exceptional fund raiser - a "jackhammer," someone who knows him says, for whom "'no' is the first step to 'yes,'" -- Mr. Schumer led the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the last four years, raising a record $240 million while increasing donations from Wall Street by 50 percent. That money helped the Democrats gain power in Congress, elevated Mr. Schumer's standing in his party and increased the industry's clout in the capital.
But in building support, he has embraced the industry's free-market, deregulatory agenda more than almost any other Democrat in Congress, even backing some measures now blamed for contributing to the financial crisis. . . . But Mr. Schumer, a member of the Banking and Finance Committees, repeatedly took other steps to protect industry players from government oversight and tougher rules, a review of his record shows. Over the years, he has also helped save financial institutions billions of dollars in higher taxes or fees.
He succeeded in limiting efforts to regulate credit-rating agencies, for example, sponsored legislation that cut fees paid by Wall Street firms to finance government oversight, pushed to allow banks to have lower capital reserves and called for the revision of regulations to make corporations' balance sheets more transparent.
USA Today, January 27, 2009:
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions.
Mark Patterson will serve as Geithner's chief of staff at Treasury, which oversees the government's $700 billion financial bailout program.
Reuters, March 16, 2009:
President Barack Obama's nominee to oversee U.S. futures markets, who has confessed he should have done more to rein in exotic financial instruments that have battered global markets, was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday.
The approval of Gary Gensler, a former Goldman Sachs executive, clears the way for a Senate vote putting him in charge of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
He was approved by a roll-call vote.
Robert Reich, March 18, 2009:
We've also learned that much of the 170 billion has been used by AIG to pay off AIG's putative obligations to other Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs. Goldman has maintained that it got no bailout money from the Treasury. But in fact it received some $13 billion through AIG. More troubling is that the original plan to bail out AIG was concocted at a meeting held last fall, run by then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson who, before becoming Teasury Secretary, had been CEO of Goldman Sachs. Also attending the meeting was Lloyd Blankenfein, the current CEO of Goldman Sachs. Also at the meeting: Tim Geithner, then head of the New York Fed.
Tom Edsall, The Huffington Post, April 2, 2009:
Decisions made during the final months of the Bush administration created an environment in which the most politically connected investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, not only flourished, but saw their competitors laid waste, with firms like Lehman in bankruptcy, and others, like Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, forced to merge in desperate hope of surviving.
Former federal bank regulator Bill Black, The Bill Moyers Show, April 3, 2009:
BLACK: The Bush administration and now the Obama administration kept secret from us what was being done with AIG. AIG was being used secretly to bail out favored banks like UBS and like Goldman Sachs. Secretary Paulson's firm, that he had come from being CEO. It got the largest amount of money. $12.9 billion. And they didn't want us to know that. And it was only Congressional pressure, and not Congressional pressure, by the way, on Geithner, but Congressional pressure on AIG.
Where Congress said, "We will not give you a single penny more unless we know who received the money." And, you know, when he was Treasury Secretary, Paulson created a recommendation group to tell Treasury what they ought to do with AIG. And he put Goldman Sachs on it.
MOYERS: Even though Goldman Sachs had a big vested stake.
BLACK: Massive stake. And even though he had just been CEO of Goldman Sachs before becoming Treasury Secretary. Now, in most stages in American history, that would be a scandal of such proportions that he wouldn't be allowed in civilized society.
MOYERS: Yeah, like a conflict of interest, it seems.
BLACK: Massive conflict of interests.
MOYERS: So, how did he get away with it?
BLACK: I don't know whether we've lost our capability of outrage. Or whether the cover up has been so successful that people just don't have the facts to react to it.
The Washington Post, April 4, 2009:
Lawrence H. Summers, one of President Obama's top economic advisers, collected roughly $5.2 million in compensation from hedge fund D.E. Shaw over the past year and was paid more than $2.7 million in speaking fees by several troubled Wall Street firms and other organizations. . . . Fees ranged from $45,000 for a Nov. 12 Merrill Lynch appearance to $135,000 for an April 16 visit to Goldman Sachs, according to his disclosure form.
New York Times, April 27, 2009:
An examination of Mr. Geithner's five years as president of the New York Fed, an era of unbridled and ultimately disastrous risk-taking by the financial industry, shows that he forged unusually close relationships with executives of Wall Street's giant financial institutions.
His actions, as a regulator and later a bailout king, often aligned with the industry's interests and desires, according to interviews with financiers, regulators and analysts and a review of Federal Reserve records.
Former IMF Chief Economist and current MIT Professor Simon Johnson, The Atlantic, May 2009:
THE ATLANTIC: The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government -- a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. . . . .
JOHNSON: Squeezing the oligarchs, though, is seldom the strategy of choice among emerging-market governments. Quite the contrary: at the outset of the crisis, the oligarchs are usually among the first to get extra help from the government, such as preferential access to foreign currency, or maybe a nice tax break, or-here's a classic Kremlin bailout technique -- the assumption of private debt obligations by the government. Under duress, generosity toward old friends takes many innovative forms. Meanwhile, needing to squeeze someone, most emerging-market governments look first to ordinary working folk -- at least until the riots grow too large. . . .
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, this month:
Any attempt to construct a narrative around all the former Goldmanites in influential positions quickly becomes an absurd and pointless exercise, like trying to make a list of everything. What you need to know is the big picture: If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain -- an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.
Paul Krugman, The New York Times, today:
At this point, however, the acute crisis has given way to a much more insidious threat. Most economic forecasters now expect gross domestic product to start growing soon, if it hasn't already. But all the signs point to a "jobless recovery": on average, forecasters surveyed by The Wall Street Journal believe that the unemployment rate will keep rising into next year, and that it will be as high at the end of 2010 as it is now.
Now, it's bad enough to be jobless for a few weeks; it's much worse being unemployed for months or years. Yet that's exactly what will happen to millions of Americans if the average forecast is right -- which means that many of the unemployed will lose their savings, their homes and more.
The New York Times, today:
Most of Wall Street, and America, is still waiting for an economic recovery. Then there is Goldman Sachs.
Up and down Wall Street, analysts and traders are buzzing that Goldman, which only recently paid back its government bailout money, will report blowout profits from trading on Tuesday.
Analysts predict the bank earned a profit of more than $2 billion in the March-June period, because of its trading prowess across world markets. If they are right, the bank's rivals will once again be left to wonder exactly how Goldman, long the envy of Wall Street, could have rebounded so drastically only months after the nation's financial industry was shaken to its foundations. . . .
Startling, too, is how much of its revenue Goldman is expected to share with its employees. Analysts estimate that the bank will set aside enough money to pay a total of $18 billion in compensation and benefits this year to its 28,000 employees, or more than $600,000 an employee. Top producers stand to earn millions.
Other than those individuals whose life purpose is to serve as reverent apologists and servile defenders for the most powerful financial elites, is there anyone who would be willing to claim with a straight face that the last event is unrelated to all the ones that preceded it? Add to that all the Serious consensus-talk about how the country can't afford health care reform and how Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be cut because they're too expensive, and the picture couldn't be clearer.
Read the above-excerpted paragraph from Simon Johnson describing how, in his experience, fundamentally corrupt emerging-market nations respond to financial crises ("at the outset of the crisis, the oligarchs are usually among the first to get extra help from the government. . . . Under duress, generosity toward old friends takes many innovative forms. Meanwhile, needing to squeeze someone, most emerging-market governments look first to ordinary working folk -- at least until the riots grow too large"). That "until" provision never seems to be triggered, which is why, as Johnson points out, the behavior continues unabated.
UPDATE: Several commenters add a crucial point: back in September, the Federal Reserve allowed Goldman (and a few other surviving institutions) to convert from an investment bank into a bank holding company. The Wall St. Journal claimed at the time that the move meant the firm would "come under the close supervision of national bank regulators, subjecting them to new capital requirements, additional oversight, and far less profitability than they have historically enjoyed." A mere nine months later, Goldman boasts of "blowout profits." So much for "less profitability." As for allegedly greater regulations and capital restrictions, they freely admitted from the start: "'We don't believe we'll have to get out of any businesses,' says Lucas van Praag, a Goldman spokesman. Adds Morgan Stanley's Mark Lake, 'There will not be much in terms of divestitures'."
But what the conversion did allow was access to lending from the Federal Reserve. Since then, the Fed has increased its balance sheet by $2 trillion while steadfastly refusing to disclose the beneficiaries of that credit. Thus, even aside from the bailout money it directly received and the billions in bailout money which it indirectly received (through AIG), Goldman has had access to massive amounts of Fed lending in order to fuel its bulging profits. That unimaginably enormous (though entirely secret) lending is, in part, what is behind the Ron Paul-sponsored bill to audit the Fed -- a bill that is now co-sponsored by a majority of House members from across the political spectrum (progressive, conservative and everything in between), yet which continues to be blocked by Congressional leaders from receiving a floor vote.
UPDATE II: I've been commenting on the Sotomayor hearing on Twitter -- only because my sanity precludes my remaining silent as I watch this ludicrous spectacle. Those interested can follow the feed, and read the commentaries from today, here.
UPDATE III: It's worth recalling this bit of central truth, blurted out in April by the number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Dick Durbin:
And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.
That was nice and blunt. That same week, it was announced that the newly-hired top lobbyist for Goldman Sachs, Michael Paese, was -- immediately prior to his hiring -- the top staffer to Rep. Barney Frank on the House Financial Services Committee chaired by Frank. If one's goal were to make all of this as blatant as possible, what else could one do besides what's being done?
UPDATE IV: The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim has details on growing anger among Congressional Democrats at the refusal of the Treasury Department to provide even basic disclosure and transparency regarding the disposition of TARP funds. Indeed, Geithner is simply refusing even to acknowledge their inquiries, and it looks as though the Democratic-led Congress will impose a legal deadline for him to do so.
One key to the 9/11-collaboration of the Simpsons writers is the heavy presence of Harvard Lamthingy alums on the show staff. A little web/library reseach on the HL connections is very revealing.
The writer-producers from the HL on staff from the 1995-1997 seasons with the known 9-11 clue/signal episodes:
David X. Cohen, name changed from David S. (Samuel) Cohen Bill Oakley Josh Weinstein (wrote for the Harvard Lamthingy as an honorary member while at Stanford, and is Oakley's writing partner) Dan McGrath Steve Tompkins Daniel Greaney Rachel Pulido Oakley (Bill Oakley's wife) Richard Appel
The Harvard Lamthingy functions like a semi-secret society on the Harvard College campus, with its own week-long hazing rituals, multi-million dollar trust fund, and huge, impressive building nearly 100 years old, modeled after a medieval castle. Also an internal hierarchy with elected president, VP, officers etc. and internal secrets and documents (e.g. some known only to the president and VP, not the lower ranked members). Membership is only open to Harvard undergraduates and writing/art contributions are allowed only from members (elected by the staff) or honorary members. Just your average, all-american college humor magazine.
Also a conduit for the CIA.
Billy Kimball, another Harvard Lamthingy alum, is older than the above Simpsons staffers, they all graduated in the Harvard classes of 1987-89. He graduated in the early 1980s. From what I can tell he's acted as a sort of ringleader for this late 80s group, getting them started as a group on an early comedy network comedic game show called "The Clash." Kimball was a sucessful TV comedy writer himself, and collaborator with Al Franken. Franken is a Harvard grad, but did not win election to the Lamthingy while there(though he tried and got blackballed). Kimball also directed some operations of A.I.D., Agency for International Development in Ukraine in the 1990s, well known as a CIA front group.
Randi Rhodes, the brash, former show host on Franken's liberal Air America radio network, once complained on air of CIA infiltration of the AA network, repeating what Franken said in response to the question "wasn't Air America airlines (in the Vietnam War) CIA?" "So are we (also CIA)" ---Franken's "kidding on the square" as he calls it. Rhodes was fired from AA this year. Kimball was a board executive of Franken's Air America and occasional on-air guest and guest host, until recently.
Kimball wrote and co-produced The Simpsons for the 2006-2007 season.
These details come from just skimming the surface of what you can find online; needs much more research. But as for the 9/11 complicity of those horrifying episode pre-signals, the following path is becoming obvious: Harvard Lamthingy) --> CIA --> 9/11 inside job collusion.
Note: there are two people named Josh Weinstein who were TV comedy writers in the 1990s. One wrote for Mystery Science Theater 3000 but not The Simpsons. Let's be sure not to confuse the two.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
In his "unauthorized autobiography" Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, originally published in 1984, [Chuck] Barris claimed to have worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an assassin in the 1960s and the 1970s. In interviews, when asked about whether he was really a CIA operative, he tends neither to confirm nor deny it. In 2002, a film adaptation of the book was made. Directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind depicted Barris as being responsible for 33 killings. In 2004, Barris wrote a sequel to the book called Bad Grass Never Dies. The CIA has denied claims that Barris ever worked for them, in any capacity. The agency remained silent for many years regarding Barris' claims to be a hit man, but after the release of the movie, CIA spokesman Paul Nowack said of Barris' assertions that he did wet work for the spy agency, "It's ridiculous. It's absolutely not true."
 Family Barris married Lyn Levy, niece of one of the founders of CBS, which caused her family to disinherit her. His 1974 novel, You and Me, Babe, is loosely based on this marriage. Their daughter Della Barris, who often appeared on The Gong Show, died of a drug overdose in 1998 at age 35. He married twice more, to "Red" Robin Altman, and later to Mary Barris. His uncle was singer/songwriter/actor Harry Barris. He now lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States.
 Shows $1.98 Beauty Show The Bobby Vinton Show Camouflage The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show Cop-Out (unsold pilot) The Dating Game Dream Girl of '67 Family Game The Game Game The Gong Show How's Your Mother-In-Law The Newlywed Game Operation Entertainment The Parent Game People Pickers (Sold pilot) Three's a Crowd Treasure Hunt/The New Treasure Hunt Your Hit Parade (CBS, 1974)
 Discography Barris composed music and released them on the following 45 rpm records. Songs with an asterisk (*) are songs not composed by Barris, yet featured on the recordings:
Too Rich / I Know A Child (Capital Records) Baja California / *Donnie (Dot Records) Why Me Oh Lord / Sometimes It Just Doesn't Pay To Get Up (MCA Records) Barris also composed the following songs (with performer, who performed the music first, listed on each). The first two songs were released on "Swan" 45rpm records, and the third released on a "Decca" LP record:
Summertime Guy (Eddie Rambeau; an instrumental version of this song was used as the theme for The Newlywed Game) Palisades Park (Freddy Cannon) Love Sickness (Milton Delugg) Barris released an LP of television game show music called "Chuck Barris Presents Themes From TV Game Shows" (Friends Records). All tracks are instrumentals and are arranged by Tom Scott, Mike Barone, and Dale Oehler. The tracks for the LP, as listed from the back of the LP jacket, are as follows: Side 1
Dating Game Theme (January/CBP Music, Inc. BMI Chuck Barris/David Mook) Dating Game Closing Theme (Little Rosie) Newlywed Game Theme Treasure Hunt Theme True Grit — Winners Theme (Bernstein) Famous Music ASCAP Treasure Hunt Losers Theme People Pickers Theme (Pretty Maidens) Side 2
Operation Entertainment Theme (Road Of Love) Family Game Theme (Too Rich) Cop-Out Theme (Little Russian Song) Mother-In-Law Theme (Mother Trucker) Parent Game Theme (Baja California) Dream Girl Theme (Hunk Of Love)
 Books You and Me, Babe (1974) Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (1984) The Game Show King (1993) Bad Grass Never Dies (2004) The Big Question (2007)
 References ^ a b c d "celebritynooz.com". Whatever Happened To Chuck Barris. Retrieved on October 13, 2007. ^ Palisades Park – Mr. Freddy “BOOM BOOM” Cannon Epinions.com Accessed 28 October 2008 ^ Stein, Joel. 13 January 2003, Time Magazine, "Lying to Tell the Truth". Accessed 2 September 2008.
THE GONG SHOW MOVIE (with a then-obscure PHIL HARTMAN, also CIA murderer/accomplice?), Chuck Barris is wearing a YALE (known for being a CIA hatchery) sweatshirt:
Phil Hartman writing partner PEE WEE HERMAN (Paul Reubens) also on the Gong Show; back when he was obscure in the 1970s. He is a highly skilled vocal impressionist and impersonator, a valuable skill for covert operations. Who is the annoying woman with him? Creepy---
[CTRL] The Strange Tale of Eugene Dinkins RoadsEnd Sat, 19 Dec 1998 22:33:20 -0500
In this story is one of the raison d' etre of this list. What I call 'reading the river.' Eugene Dinkins called it "exercise in 'psychological sets.'" Om K -----
The Strange Tale of Eugene Dinkins by Robert Mitchell
The amazing facts contained in the follow- ing F.B.l. document, which we are reprinting in full, are true. Dinkin's story has been verified through the existence of cablegrams between the C.l.A.'s Geneva and Washington offices. both before and after the Kennedy assassination. Careful examina- tion of those cablegrams, as well as other documents. reveal that the C.I.A. actively tried to coverup the fact that prior to November 22, 1963 PFC Dinkin was at- tempting to reveal the existence of a plot to assassinate Kennedy. The cablegrams also, reveal that efforts were made to silence Dinkin and suppress the story.
Following the assassination, published reports revealed that someone had advance information of the assassination. and the Warren Commission requested to be fur- nished documents relative to the allegation.
In a secret memo to J. Lee Rankin, Chief Council of the Warren Commission, C.I.A. Deputy Director Richard Helms states "Im- mediately AFTER the assassination (our source in) Geneva, Switzerland reported allegations concerning a plot to assassinate President Kennedy were made by PFC Eugene Dinkin, U.S. Army, on 6 and 7 November. 1963." But Helms appeared to be withholding the fact that the Agency had knowledge of Dinkin's allegations prior to the assassination.
One of the cablegrams, titled "IN CABLE No. 56631," dated November 7 1963. reported on Dinkin's background and allega- tions of a plot. At the end of the cable, Geneva asked: "DIRECTOR: Advise any ac- tion desired. will continue to monitor developments via army attache, F.B.l, Geneva contacts, but will not become involv- ed visavis Swiss unless so directed." Thus. the C.I. A.. and others in the intelligence communi- ty had full knowledge of Dinkin's assertions. prior to the assassination.
Evidence abounds that the cables were weighted with subliminal suggestions, design- ed to give a predisposition to the notion that PFC Dinkin was mentally unstable. For exam- ple, cablegrams tend to be written in short. choppy sentences. often including abbrevia- tions. omitting articles, and avoiding adjec- tives. However. when Dinkin is referred to, adjectives are freely added, intending to imp- ly that Dinkin was a crackpot. "IN CABLE 56631" dated November 16. 1963 refers to Dinkin's "Wild but amazing coincidence. . . " and states that Dinkin ". . . had given his wild story in Souisee"(Switzerland). Later, it states that a Time-Life stringer ". . . RECOLLECTED. OR THOUGHT SHE RECOLLECTED TALE TOLD BY SUBJ." This wording subtly-throws a shadow of doubt on the corroborating reporter. Dinkin is further referred to as "unbalanced" on two separate occasions in this one, short cable.
Evidence that the C.I.A. tried to suppress the story and keep it from coming to the at- tention of the Secret Service, also, emerges. In early cable communications, pertinent facts are conspicuously absent, thus carefully suppressed. Coupled with evidence that the cables were weighted in an obvious attempt to discredit Dinkin indicates that the C. I. A. was trying to cover up the matter prior to the Kennedy assassination in an effort to silence the many who were attempting to expose the plot But for the two journalists in Geneva. the story might never have sur- faced.
The shocking tale of what happened to Eugene Dinkin following his revelations has finally come to light It includes frame up. false arrest and imprisonment. unlawful medical treatment. and medical malpractice. Dinkin has also suffered libel and misrepresentation at the hands of the Government.
Mr. Eugene B. Dinkin, 534 West Oakdale, Chicago. Illinois, advised that he had been recently discharged from the United States Army after having been in detention for four months while undergoing psychiatric tests. Dinkin advised that while stationed in Europe with the U.S. Army in 1963. he had begun a review of several newspapers in- cluding the Stars and Stripes as an exercise in "psychological sets." He explained that he had taken courses in psychology at college and was extremely interested in this subject matter. He advised that "psychological sets'' was a term referring to a series of events, ar- ticles, etcetera which, when coupled together, set up or induce a certain frame of mind on the part of a person being exposed to the series. He stated that this method of implanting an idea was much in use by the "Madison Avenue" advertising people who attempted to influence one who was expos- ed to these "psychological sets" to "buy" the product being advertised, whether this produce was physical or an idea.
Dinkin stated that while so reviewing the newspapers for "psychological sets" he discovered that Stars and Stripes, as well as certain unidentified Hearst newspapers, were carrying a series of "psychological sets" which he believed were deliberately maneuvered to set up a subconscious belief on the part of one reading these papers to the effect that President John F. Kennedy was "soft on communism" or "perhaps a communist sympathizer." Further study of these newspapers and the "psychological sets" contained therein made it evident to Mr. Dinkin that a conspiracy was in the mak- ing by the "military" of the United States. perhaps combined with an "ultra-right economic group," to make the people of the United States believe that President Ken- nedy was, in fact. a communist sympathizer and further, that this same group planned to assassinate the President and thus was prepar- ing these "psychological sets" to pave the way for this assassination to the point where the average citizen might well feel that "President Kennedy was sympathetic to communism and should have been killed. " In addition. Dinkin believed the "psychological sets" were adjusted to present a subliminal predisposition to the effect that a "com- munist" would assassinate President Ken- nedy.
Dinkin advised that he discussed his theories with certain individuals stationed with him in the Army, but had declined to furnish this information to persons of authority in the United States Army since he believed that the plot against President Ken- nedy was being set in motion by high ranking members of the military. He said that in Oc- tober, 1963. his research had not, in fact, reflected a certain date. but that he believed the assassination would take place on or about a religious or semi religious occasion which he felt would be picked by the group behind this plot in order that the murder itself would become even more reprehensi- ble to the average citizen because of the religious connotations, since he believed that the plot consisted in part of throwing blame for the assassination onto "radical left-wing" or "communist" suspects, he stated that the religious tie-in would lead the average citizen to accept more readily the theory that a "communist" committed the crime since "they were an atheistic group anyway."
Dinkins advised that he had been in trouble with the officers of his military group, the 599th Ordinance Group stationed in Ger- many, due to his refusal to purchase United States savings bonds. He stated that he was against the enforced purchase of these bonds because of his political convictions which made him believe that the United States should not spend 52 per cent of its income for material of war, part of which would be financed by any enforced purchases made by him. He stated that he had been outspoken in his views concerning these bond purchases, and that he and others who felt that compulsory purchase of bonds was an infringement on their civil rights, had been denied "passes" as a result of their stand.
As a result of his opposition to the bond purchases. according to Dinkin, he was removed from his position in the code sec- tion and transferred to an Army Depot at Metz. France. On October 25, 1963. Dinkin went to the United States Embassy at Lux- embourg where, he stated, he attempted for several hours so see a Mr. Cunningham, the Charge D'Affaires at the Embassy. He stated that he sent word to Mr. Cunningham that he had information concerning a plot to assassinate President Kennedy, and at one point spoke to Mr. Cunningham by phone. He said that Cunningham refused to see him in person or to review the newspapers and research papers which Dinkin said were evidence proving his theory of the impending assassination. Dinkin advised that he spent ap- proximately two hours with the United States Marine Corps guard at the Luxem- bourg Embassy and had generally set forth his theories to this individual, whose name he did not know.
Following this incident, Dinkin was notified by his superiors that he was to undergo psychiatric evaluation on November 5, 1963. Due to this pending development, Dinkin said he went absent without leave to Geneva Switzerland, where he attempted to present his theory to the editor of the "Geneva Diplomat," a newspaper published in Geneva. Switzerland. In addition to this editor, Dinkin spoke to a Mr. Dewhirst (phonetic). a Newsweek reporter based at Geneva. Dewhirst would not listen to Dinkin's theories. While in Switzerland, Dinkin attempted to contact officials of Time-Life publications and succeeded in speaking to the secretary, name unknown, of this organization in Zurich. According to Dinkin, all of his efforts in Luxembourg and Switzerland were made to present to ap- propriate officials his warning of the impen- ding assassination of President Kennedy. He stated that he did not attempt to see these people in connection with his personal dissatisfaction with the program of the United States Army in regards to bond pur- chases.
When he was unable to accomplish his pur- pose in Switzerland. Dinkin advised that he then returned to Germany where he gave himself up to the custody of the military authorities.
Dinkin advised that he first became aware of this "plot" to assassinate President Ken- nedy in September. 1963. At first, he did not have enough facts, as taken from the newspapers, to support his theory, but as of October 16. 1963, he felt that his research into the "psychological sets" had substan- tiated his theory. As of October 16. 1963. he wrote a registered letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in which letter he set forth his theory that President Ken- nedy would be assassinated, adding that he believed that this assassination would occur on or about November 28. 1963. He stated that he signed this letter with his own name and requested he be interviewed by a representative of the Justice Department.
He said that on the envelope, he placed the return address name of PFC Dennis De Witt an Army friend. He said he did this to preclude anyone from intercepting this letter since he felt that Army authorities might well be censoring his mail. He stated that he never received any answer to this letter, nor was he ever contacted by any representative of the Justice Department prior to his interview with agents of the Federal Bureau of In- vestigation.
Dinkin advised that on his return to the custody of the United Sates Army in November 1963, he was held in detention. While in detention. he stated he was con- tacted by a white male who identified himself verbally as a representative of the Defense Department. This individual asked Dinkin for the location of the newspapers which Dinkin had compiled as his proof of the theory of the assassination of President Kennedy. This individual stated that he desired to obtain these proofs and would furnish Dinkin a receipt for the papers. Dinkin advised that he instructed this individual as to where the papers were located at the base, at which point this man left. Dinkin advised that on his release from detention, he discovered that all of his papers and notes were missing and presumed that the individual mentioned above had taken them. He never received any receipt for his papers.
Mr. Dinkin advised that he had undergone numerous psychiatric tests at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington. D.C. He stated that he was aware that the Army psychiatrist had declared him to be "psychotic" and a "paranotic." He said that several of the tests given him were familiar to him from his studies in psychology at the University of Chicago. Because of his familiarity with these tests, and his background knowledge as to what the test answers should be, he believed it impossible that the results of these tests could have shown him to be "psychotic" and ' 'paranotic.'' He stated that: if he had desired. he could have "faked" the answers to prove he was sane even if he were, in fact. mentally disturbed. Mr. Dinkin stated he believed that the psychiatric evaluation given him by the Army psychiatrist was, in fact. and attempt on their part to cover up the military plot which he had attempted to expose.
Dinkin advised that during his detention at Walter Reed Army Hospital, arrangements had been made through his family for him to be given a psychiatric test by a private psychiatrist chosen by his family. He stated when these arrangements were finally made, he had declined the services at this private physician. Dinkin explained that he had reach- ed a point where his only desire was to be released from custody and discharged from the Army. He stated that in order to do this, he had felt it necessary to "go along" with the examining Army psychiatrist and pretend that he had. in fact been suffering from delu- sions but was now cured. He was afraid that if an outside psychiatrist should examine him and be told by Dinkin the facts as set forth herein, that this psychiatrist would probably believe Dinkin to be mentally disturbed. and this would result in further detention. Mr. Dinkin stated that he was well aware that his theory and the facts surrounding his attempts to bring the theory to the proper authorities was extremely "wild" and could be con- strued by a person untrained in psychology to be "crazy." Despite this, Mr. Dinkin advised he was still of the belief that there had been, in fact. a plot plot perpetrated by a "military group" in the United States and aided and abetted by newspaper personnel working with this military group, which plot had to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. -YIPster Times, Jan/Feb. 1977
A former CIA deputy director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo ---one of the rae CIA bigwigs now actually being exposed (partially) for his personal criminal activities (perhaps on the losing end of an internal CIA power struggle, hence the (still limited, though) public exposure and prosecution attempts):
The executive director ("EXDIR", the number three position) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) until 2006, Foggo was charged on February 13, 2007 with fraud and other offenses in the bribery case of convicted US congressman Randy Cunningham. This indictment was superseded and expanded with an indictment returned on May 10, 2007, charging fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering in relation to his dealings with defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes. On September 29, 2008, Foggo pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment, admitting that while CIA executive director he accepted a bribe to steer a CIA contract to the firm of his lifelong friend, Brent R. Wilkes. In a presentencing report filed by prosecutors in February 2009, Foggo was also described as having a record of on the job corruption and off the job assaultive behavior stretching back 20 years.[
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James Cameron, Peter Jackson talk future of film
Buzz up!63 votes Send Email IM Share Delicious Digg Facebook Fark Newsvine Reddit StumbleUpon Technorati Yahoo! Bookmarks Print AP – In this undated photo provided by 20th Century Fox, 'Avatar' director James Cameron is shown on the set … Slideshow:Comic-Con International
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen, Ap Entertainment Writer – Sat Jul 25, 6:36 am ET
SAN DIEGO – "Titanic." "Lord of the Rings." "Aliens." "King Kong." "The Terminator."
The men behind those movies, [CIA/NSA/MI6 media shills] James Cameron and Peter Jackson, are among modern film's special-effects kings, advancing technology in computer-generated imagery, motion-capture photography and 3-D.
They met up at Comic Con Friday for an hourlong discussion moderated by Entertainment Weekly about the future of film, sharing details on their latest projects, their high-tech hopes and the undiminished allure of original, character-driven stories.
The two filmmakers say they inspired each other. Cameron said it was the artistic use of "humanoid CG" in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films that got him rolling on "Avatar," set for release Dec. 18.
Jackson has said that the technology he used was borne out of Cameron's CGI work on "The Abyss" and "Terminator 2."
Both are thrilled by the possibilities of 3-D and plan to convert their biggest hits, "Titanic" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, into the format. Then they lamented the shortage of 3-D screens.
"There will be a lot more 3-D screens when they know the 'Lord of the Rings' films are going to be available," Cameron said.
The movie industry needs 3-D, he said, to inspire originality and boost its bottom line. A "3-D ecosystem" could be built on big films converting to the format.
"If 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Titanic' are available in 3-D, that sends a signal all the way back to the consumer electronics manufacturers: Make the screens, make the modified Blue Ray DVD players so you can have it in your home," Cameron said.
That would reinvigorate sagging DVD sales, which would give studios the financial flexibility to take more risks on original and boundary-pushing material.
"The film industry is in this weird state of falling box office, or so the studios feel; DVDs are down, internet piracy, and it's in a fragile state," Jackson said. "It feels like the entire industry is playing a defensive game at the moment."
Both men continue with high-tech pursuits outside of feature films. Jackson is developing a "King Kong" attraction for Universal theme parks that surrounds visitors with 3-D images and effects. Eight projectors will beam images onto giant screens surrounding the park tram, which will be stationed on a surface that shimmies and shakes with action as Kong battles a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The ride is set to open next summer, he said.
Cameron, meanwhile, is developing a company to expand the use of performance-capture technology, 3-D photography and digital projection for sports and music events.
"It could change the way we absorb music," he said.
But their first love is film, even without all the technical trappings.
The medium is "infinitely superior to any other" because of its emotional core, not its fancy dressing, Jackson said.
"The whole thing about the future of movies and technology is, to me, it's just a huge red herring, because movies are all about story and character," Jackson said. "They always have been and that's all that they're ever going to be about."