By Ryan Singel
The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system
that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according
to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the
Freedom of Information Act.
The surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network,
connects FBI wiretapping rooms to switches controlled by traditional land-line
operators, internet-telephony providers and cellular companies. It is far more
intricately woven into the nation’s telecom infrastructure than observers suspected.
It’s a “comprehensive wiretap system that intercepts wire-line phones,
cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems,” says Steven Bellovin, a
Columbia University computer science professor and longtime surveillance expert.
Snapshots of the FBI Spy Docs
DCSNet is a suite of software that collects, sifts and stores phone numbers,
phone calls and text messages. The system directly connects FBI wiretapping
outposts around the country to a far-reaching private communications network.
Many of the details of the system and its full capabilities were redacted from
the documents acquired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but they show
that DCSNet includes at least three collection components, each running on Windows-based
The $10 million DCS-3000 client, also known as Red Hook, handles pen-registers
and trap-and-traces, a type of surveillance that collects signaling information
— primarily the numbers dialed from a telephone — but no communications content.
(Pen registers record outgoing calls; trap-and-traces record incoming calls.)
DCS-6000, known as Digital Storm, captures and collects the content of phone
calls and text messages for full wiretap orders.… Continue reading
By Amber Healy
The Fairfax Connection
Thursday 13 September 2007
More than five years after war began in Iraq, veterans speak out against the
Being a good soldier means following the orders given by higher ranking officers,
out of a sense of duty and loyalty to protect his country.
But what happens when a soldier feels his commanding officers, even the Commander
in Chief, has betrayed and abandoned the Constitution?
Tony Teolis of Fairfax wrestled with that question for years before joining
Veterans for Peace, one of many organizations that help veterans find the courage
and the voice to speak out against the current occupation of Iraq.
“As veterans, we believe in the Constitution as the law of the land, and
we took an oath to preserve, protect and defend it,” Teolis said. It is
the same oath congressmen, senators and the president also take when they step
into office, and Teolis and other like-minded veterans believe those elected
officials have abandoned the Constitution by going into Iraq under false pretenses.
“A declaration of war without a direct order from Congress, combined
with the abuse of human rights, the abuse and threat of invasion to other nations
are all signs that Congress and the president are not fulfilling their duties,”
A VETERAN of the first Gulf War in the early 1990s, Teolis spent several years
in Japan following his combat duty. With a long family history of military service,
he was proud to serve his country and for the work he had done in helping to
liberate Kuwait from Iraqi control.…
BY RIDGELY OCHS
Six years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of first responders and workers
who are ill and seeking monitoring and treatment continues to rise, a trend
that surprises the medical professionals caring for them.
“When you are seeing this many people five or six years later, that catches
everybody’s attention,” said Janet Levelle, the senior social worker at
Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Long Island World Trade Center Monitoring
and Treatment Program based in Islandia and Nassau University Medical Center.
Dr. Benjamin Luft, who heads the Long Island program, said his group saw about
1,400 responders and workers from July 2006 to July 2007, more than twice what
they expected. About 68 percent of those were first-time visitors, and more
than 35 percent ended up with some treatment, including attention for respiratory,
gastrointestinal and mental health issues.
“Very honestly, in 2001 we did not expect this level,” Luft said.
Even as more seek help, issues about workers’ compensation benefits and funding
for monitoring and treatment programs persist. “We’re at a sad point,”
said John Feal, president of Feal Good Foundation, an advocacy group for Sept.
11 workers. “After six years I thought we would be at the midpoint of recovery
but we’re still on the decline.”
An estimated 40,000 people — about 5,000 of them from Long Island — were
involved in rescue and cleanup following the attacks. About 21,000 of these
people are… Continue reading
By Barry Siegel
September 16, 2007
On Aug. 15, before an overflow crowd at the federal courthouse at 7th and
Mission in San Francisco, three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
listened to lawyers argue whether the once-obscure “state secrets privilege”
gives the government an absolute right to withhold documents, bury evidence
and block lawsuits.
The government claimed the privilege in connection with two cases challenging
the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance programs, including its controversial
warrantless wiretapping operation. Deputy Solicitor General Gregory Garre, arguing
for the government, maintained that the cases should be dismissed instantly,
no questions asked, because a trial would endanger national security. Presenting
any evidence in a courtroom, he said, would put the country at “exceptionally
When it comes to national security, Garre said, judges must give the executive
branch the “utmost deference.”
After listening to such claims for a while, the senior judge on the appellate
panel, Harry Pregerson, asked Garre whether the state secrets privilege meant
that the courts must simply “rubber stamp” the decisions of the executive.
“The bottom line here is the government declares something is a state secret,
that’s the end of it,” Pregerson said. “The king can do no wrong.”
“This seems to put us in the ‘trust us’ category,” said Judge M.
Margaret McKeown, referring to government assurances that the surveillance program
didn’t violate the law. “We don’t do it. Trust us.…
By Robert Parry
September 19, 2007
In praising George W. Bush’s new choice for Attorney General, Vice
President Dick Cheney identified one freedom in particular that retired Judge
Michael Mukasey would protect: “the freedom from fear of terrorist attacks.”
The comment spoke volumes about the Bush administration’s priorities, fitting
with the President’s oft-repeated claim that the government has no more important
duty than to protect the American people.
That this claim goes unchallenged — despite the fact that the oath administered
to federal officials demands that they defend the Constitution and says nothing
about public safety — has been a leading indicator of how Bush and Cheney
have exploited the self-centeredness of many Americans to amass unprecedented
Since the 9/11 attacks, Bush and Cheney have taken the imperial presidency
to new heights by presenting themselves as the tough guys who will protect the
traumatized American people from the world’s bad guys, particularly scary Muslims.
From the start, Mukasey has been an ally in that mission.
As a federal judge in New York, Mukasey endorsed indefinite incarceration
of hundreds of Muslims on phony material witness warrants after the 9/11 attacks.
He also signed off on Bush imprisoning an American citizen — and Muslim
convert — Jose Padilla simply on a presidential say-so that Padilla was
an “unlawful enemy combatant.”
Ironically, the post-9/11 round-up of Arab cab drivers, pizza delivery men
and students came as the Bush administration was granting special permission
for rich Saudis, including members of Osama bin… Continue reading
Hold Bush/Cheney Accountable on Constitution Day
By Stephen Rohde and Peter Thottam
Monday 17 September 2007
On this day 220 years ago, thirty-nine delegates in Philadelphia approved the United States Constitution. In honor of that historic event, September 17 has been designated Constitution Day.
Auspicious celebrations are planned around the country. President Bush will likely extol the wisdom of the founding fathers and the genius of the Constitution. But James Madison warned that the Constitution would be but a mere “paper barrier” to tyranny unless the people saw to it that its limitations on the exercise of excessive power by the government were enforced.
To that end, Madison and his colleagues included the powerful remedy of Impeachment, using the term no less than six times. In Article II, Section 4, they provided that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Today, as we celebrate Constitution Day, many Americans are asking whether President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have committed “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” justifying their impeachment and removal from office.
Have Bush and Cheney abused their powers of office by using information they knew to be false as justification for the US invasion of Iraq; condoning and authorizing the torture of prisoners of war and rendering detainees to foreign countries known to torture; maintaining secret prisons and other detention facilities in violation of the Geneva… Continue reading
The Spitzer scandals continue.
On the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, Brooklyn activist newspaper the New York Megaphone breaks this exclusive story:
NY Governor Eliot Spitzer filed an amicus brief on 1/15/03 on behalf of the World Trade Center’s controversial lease-holder, the real estate magnate Larry Silverstein. This document shows that Spitzer, as Attorney General, helped Silverstein get the whopping $4.5 billion windfall for the 9/11 attacks. The record is clear: Spitzer helped reverse a lower court’s decision, by making credible Silverstein’s argument that the two different plane crashes on 9/11/01 should be compensated as two different terrorist attacks.
This amicus brief has never been reported before today, in print or online. It was discovered in the court archives on the 17th floor of the 2nd Circuit Court (NYC), and released to the New York Megaphone by attorney Carl Person. In reporter Sander Hicks’s exclusive story, author and lawyer Carl Person says: “I was surprised to see that Spitzer had used his position as attorney general to support one private litigant over another. Normally, this is not done.”
Hicks’ story also covers Governor Spitzer’s recent scandals with police spying on rival Joe Bruno, the Roger Stone voice mail threat, as well as new information and interviews regarding the Spitzer links to Kroll executives Michael Cherkasky and Jerome Hauer. Hicks hands in an original interview with Jerome Hauer, probing his documented links to anthrax suspect Steven Hatfill. Hauer is widely believed to be the source of the White House’s foreknowledge… Continue reading
September 11, 2007
The day is somber as it always is now on September 11th. Today it is literally
somber, the weather gloomy and I feel somber. But this year I’m home, not in
New York City begging for 9/11 truth, nor in Valhalla where Vanessa is buried,
nor in Washington, D.C. lobbying persons wrapped so tight in metaphoric suits
that they cannot see beyond their own tailored personae to understand what I
want. It’s really unfair to them, after all, since I can never really have what
Somehow I am a part of the “truth” movement–a movement of those
family members and citizens who believe at least that there are key questions
to the events leading up to 9/11, the events of that day, and the events post
9/11 that were never asked (forget answered) and that these questions need to
be asked so that the world can go back to its bucolic ways pre-November 2000.
There is an irony in this position for me (at least one) and that is I never
really believed in truth before because it rarely, if ever, in human discourse
relies on a laying out of facts that are indisputable. Instead, truth comes
to mean there is consensus (or majority agreement) that facts laid out in a
particular way mean something. Truth is always dependent upon cultural and collective
agreement. It is a noun. But you cannot hold it, despite Jefferson and King’s
beautiful incantation. Truths hold us as we believe we hold them.…
I want to sincerely thank the military heroes who — even right now — may be thwarting another false flag attack in America. By way of background, I read with gratitude that the “CENTCOM Commander’s Veto Sank Bush’s Threatening Gulf Buildup”. And I also believe that good people in the military — who love this country and the Constitution — have thwarted some of the neocon’s other crazy plans. For example, someone blew the whistle on nuclear bombs which were “accidentally” loaded onto a B-52 bomber and flown above the U.S. As some have reported, it would have been virtually impossible for nuclear weapons to have been accidentally mixed up with conventional weapons. Thank you to the anonymous hero who blew the whistle and stopped whatever dark deed was being planned. So to the behind-the-scenes heroes who are “just saying no” to another false flag attack . . . Thank You. I’m just a civilian, and I don’t know what it is like to stand in your shoes. But I do know that the people of good faith in the military can save our country from dictatorship, poverty, and despair by preventing “another 9/11″; that is, an attack by elements of our very own government. We the people of the United States are counting on you to protect us from enemies foreign and domestic . . . no matter how high and mighty they may be. We thank you for doing the right thing.
I want to sincerely thank the military heroes who — even right now — may be thwarting another false flag attack in America.
By way of background, I read with gratitude that the “CENTCOM Commander’s Veto Sank Bush’s Threatening Gulf Buildup”.
And I also believe that good people in the military — who love this country and the Constitution — have thwarted some of the neocon’s other crazy plans.
For example, someone blew the whistle on nuclear bombs which were “accidentally” loaded onto a B-52 bomber and flown above the U.S. As some have reported, it would have been virtually impossible for nuclear weapons to have been accidentally mixed up with conventional weapons. Thank you to the anonymous hero who blew the whistle and stopped whatever dark deed was being planned.
So to the behind-the-scenes heroes who are “just saying no” to another false flag attack . . .
I’m just a civilian, and I don’t know what it is like to stand in your shoes. But I do know that the people of good faith in the military can save our country from dictatorship, poverty, and despair by preventing “another 9/11″; that is, an attack by elements of our very own government.
We the people of the United States are counting on you to protect us from enemies foreign and domestic . . . no matter how high and mighty they may be.
We thank you for doing the right thing.
by Dylan Avery
Posted August 31, 2007 at Loosechange911.blogspot.com
In August, 2006, Michael Bronner, a writer for Vanity Fair Magazine, received
30 hours of audiotape from the Northeast Air Defense Sector that chronicled
their response on 9/11. Mr. Bronner released 10 minutes of audio from them in
In August, 2007, we received 120 hours of audiotape, and are proud to release
them in their entirety to the public.
There are 18 WAV files, each one approximately 180 megabytes in size and six
hours in length. To download them, you will need a Bittorrent program. BitLord
is recommended for PC and Azureus is recommended for Mac.
Download the torrent file here: www.loosechange911.com/download/NORAD/NORAD.torrent
Many thanks to NORAD for sending us this material.Continue reading
BY STACEY ALTHERR
August 30, 2007
In January, John Feal was ready to give his kidney to a perfect stranger. But
they weren’t a good match.
That bad news led to a series of events that will culminate this morning in
a Manhattan hospital and potentially save not one life, but three.
The daisy chain started by Feal includes six surgeons who will conduct three
simultaneous kidney transplants at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University
Feal, 40, of Nesconset, said he will give his kidney to a recipient, whose
spouse will give a kidney to a second recipient, whose spouse will give a kidney
to Paul Grossfeld. Grossfeld, 56, from New Jersey, was the intended recipient
of Feal’s kidney, but Feal was a better match for someone else. So the chain,
called paired donation, was established.
“I feel great,” Feal said Wednesday. “I feel like I’ve been
training for a prizefight.”
There were 17,090 kidney transplants in the nation last year, according to
the National Kidney Foundation, which does not tally the number of paired donations.
But a foundation representative said that procedure is relatively new.
NewYork-Presbyterian confirmed the operations were scheduled to take place
but would not identify any of the patients, citing strict patient confidentiality
Feal heads the Fealgood Foundation, an organization that advocates for and
gives financial assistance to 9/11 responders and workers who have fallen ill
since working at Ground Zero.
Grossfeld, a former Queens resident, found Feal’s Web site last year while
desperately searching for a donor.…
Thursday, August 16, 2007
By now, you have probably heard that the government has been training ministers to convince their congregations to submit to government authority in the event of a martial law crackdown, based upon Romans 13 (see also this).
Fundamentalist Christians argue that Romans 13 states that Christians must submit to government authority, since the government is divinely empowered and sustained. This is actually the argument which Adolph Hitler used in order to convince the German churches to follow him and his policies.
“Paul … said, ‘Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.’ Meaning, our obedience to civil authority is more than just ‘because they said so.’ It is also a matter of conscience. This means we must think and reason for ourselves regarding the justness and rightness of our government’s laws. Obedience is not automatic or robotic. It is a result of both rational deliberation and moral approbation.
Therefore, there are times when civil authority may need to be resisted. Either governmental abuse of power or the violation of conscience (or both) could precipitate civil disobedience.”
The Bible therefore requires that Christians resist imposition of martial law based upon false pretenses or upon an abuse of power.
Monday, 27 August 2007, 11:11 am Evidence Suggests CIA Purposefully Spiked Investigations
Evidence Suggests CIA Purposefully Spiked Investigations
Dear Members of the Press:
A grave miscarriage of justice is afoot. After years being withheld the Administration
finally is forced to release the CIA’s IG Report on 9/11. While earlier news
accounts said the report would be released in early September it was released
in the middle of a Congressional recess, in the middle of a Summer break, thus
insuring it will not receive the attention it deserves. Worse still is the conclusion
in most press reports since its release that bolsters the official narrative,
i.e., that all the myriad failures were simply due to ‘systemic failure’ and/or
The circumstantial evidence running contrary to this conclusion is compelling
It appears that Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar were being protected by higher ups
in the CIA. Respected author Joe Trento has reported that they were working
for Saudi Intelligence. Others reported the two were removed from the watchlist
two days before 9/11. I don’t know if either was the case. It is clear, however,
that there was a concerted effort to protect them, similar in some respects to
the way authorities in FBI HQ refused to allow Rowley and company in Minnesota
to go into Mousaoui’s laptop computer or how higher ups prevented Robert Wright
in Chicago from going after the money trail of Yassin Al-Kadi (Qadi) who financed
the software company Ptech and the terrorist group Hamas and who was later named
a “Specially… Continue reading
video at youtube, and this new one, combined with these
pictures (note the shoe comparison on images 49 and 50), make a compelling
case that the masked men at the SPP protest in Montebello, QC last week were in fact police agent provocateurs (which Canadian police now admit is accurate).
The true protesters quickly figured out who they were, and the bizarre behavior
of the supposed ‘anarchists’ (shuffling toward, not away from, the police line
once suspicions about their identities were made, the discussion one seems to
behaving with police before they were apprehended, and of course the amazing
coincidence of the fact that these anarchists and the police happen to be wearing
identical boots, right down to the tread patterns and company logo) make any
other conclusion difficult to make.
This is what your government (and the Canadian government) thinks of you. It
has no respect for democratic institutions. It is happy to create the false
impression that protesters are violent, so that the crack-down on that violence
further consolidates their power.
You are not a citizen. You are a subject. At least in their eyes.
more on the story: http://ottawa.indymedia.org/en/2007/08/5383.shtml
By David Kravets
August 13, 2007
The Bush administration said Monday the constitutionality
of its warrantless electronic eavesdropping program cannot be challenged.
The government is taking that position in seeking the dismissal of federal
court lawsuits against the government and AT&T over its alleged involvement
in the once-secret surveillance program adopted after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The strategy was first recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in a McCarthy-era
lawsuit. It has been increasingly invoked in a bid to shield the government
from legal scrutiny.
Two senior Justice Department officials, speaking on condition of anonymity
in a teleconference with reporters, reiterated the administration’s position
that it was invoking the so-called “state secrets privilege” in arguing
that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals must dismiss the cases because they
threaten to expose information authorities say is essential to the nation’s
“The case cannot be litigated in light of the national security interest
involved,” one official said.
The officials spoke on the condition that their names would not be published
because, they said, it was the government’s protocol not to comment on pending
The Bush administration has invoked the state secrets defense often, from spy
cases and patent disputes to employment discrimination litigation.
Still, two judges have ruled recently that the defense does not apply in two
lawsuits challenging Bush’s surveillance program. President Bush acknowledged
in 2005 that the government was eavesdropping without warrants on communications
in the United States as long as one of the parties to… Continue reading
By Christine Kearney and Paritosh Bansal
Tue Aug 7, 2007
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Airlines sued by victims of the September 11 attacks filed complaints with a U.S. court on Tuesday to compel testimony from FBI and CIA agents in a bid to make the federal government more culpable for not preventing the attacks.
In separate complaints filed in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of New York, seven U.S. airlines sought testimony from two members of a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency unit that investigated Osama Bin Laden and five current and former FBI agents who investigated al Qaeda.
Some relatives of the victims of September 11 have filed suit against the seven airlines – including AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and UAL Corp.’s United Airlines – seeking damages for personal injury and wrongful death.
The airlines said they needed the agents’ testimony to prove their actions were reasonable.
In seeking the agents’ testimony, the airlines argued that “the inability of the federal agencies to detect and stop the plot is a more significant causal circumstance of the terrorist attacks than any allegedly negligent conduct of the aviation parties.”
Both U.S. agencies have refused to allow their agents to be questioned even though they have given public statements about their intelligence knowledge in the past, the airlines said.
The FBI and CIA had “far more intelligence information concerning the terrorist threat” than the airlines and knew that two of the suspected hijackers were in the United States, the air carriers… Continue reading
By KIMBERLY HEFLING
Associated Press Writer
August 4, 2007
WASHINGTON: Two senators want to know why a $1 billion Sept. 11 insurance fund appropriated by Congress to help ailing ground zero workers has not been used to compensate those exposed to harmful substances.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and the committee’s ranking Republican, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said in a letter to the insurance company overseeing the Sept. 11 health-related claims that they are considering convening a hearing in September.
“Reports that the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Company has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on salaries on administrators and over $45 million to private law firms are troubling,” the letter said.
The two also said they have concerns about the $74 million that reportedly has been spent on overhead costs and legal bills. The letter, dated Wednesday, was addressed to Christine LaSala, CEO of WTC Captive Insurance Co.
Michael A. Cardozo, New York City’s corporation counsel, said in a statement that Captive Insurance Company is an insurance company, not a compensation fund. He said the city has urged Congress to create a compensation fund for injured workers.
“Instead, Congress created an insurance company, and the Captive Insurance Company is obligated to defend all claims that have a reasonable and valid defense,” Cardozo said. “We would strongly welcome Congress, as we have repeatedly urged, to allocate funds for compensation without the need for litigation.”
The insurance company issued a statement saying it would respond to the letter once… Continue reading
August 1, 2007
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that if she were not Speaker she would probably back impeachment. Other Congress Members are of course free to do what even she admits she would do in their position. They should, I think, start taking her advice and ignoring her ban on impeachment.
The reason Pelosi is being questioned about impeachment has to do with Gonzo, Alberto Gonzales, and a proposal just introduced to impeach him. In the movement to impeach Cheney and Bush, is this a distraction or an opening act?
Fifteen principled members of Congress, all Democrats, have signed a bill to begin the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Hundreds of other Congress Members have stubbornly refused to heed the clear demand of the majority of their constituents.
But suddenly a completely new group of Congress Members, again all Democrats, has announced support for impeaching Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. This groups includes Congress Members who are not usually leaders in the cause of justice. And it includes Members who have been lobbied intensely to impeach Cheney and Bush but who have resisted in favor of heeding Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ban on using the Constitution in Congress.
The initial sponsor is Jay Inslee of Washington State who less than six months ago had to lobby the leadership of his state’s legislature not to permit a vote on a pro-impeachment resolution. One of the initial cosponsors is Tom Udall of New Mexico, whose state legislature also came close… Continue reading