“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 615, 29 April 2013, summary version

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power                                     ISSN 1245-2122
N. 615, 29 April 2013
Every Two to Three Weeks
Next issue, 13 May 2013

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 615, 29 April 2013

WORLD MEDIA – JUST THE BEST & THE ESSENTIAL TITLES – 8-29 APRIL 2013

CIA 0325 Aviation Week/ UAV Turf War II – Will Pentagon or CIA control unmanned air wars
Iraq 0406 ABC/ Suicide Bomber Kills 20 at Political Rally in Iraq
FBI 0406 AP/ Ohio courts illegally jailing the poor
Exr 0406 Southern Poverty Law Center/ The Year in Hate and Extremism [US extreme right]

Pak 0407 NYT/ 2004 secret deal with Pakistan on drones shifted CIA mission [in-depth article with background and dates]
West 0407 Ind/ Tony Blair and Iraq … former PM “accepted Libya was a bigger threat” [when will the US media and government get around to admitting the same thing]

CIA 0408 NYT/ USA – Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror [another well-documented in-depth article]
West 0408 NYT/ New Trouble for Euro in Portugal [reducing civil servant pay was judged discriminatory by court]

Pak 0410 VOA/ Pakistan Gunmen Kill Police Officer Guarding Polio Workers [in Mardan]
Asia 0410 NYT/ China’s Former Rail Minister Is Charged with Corruption [when will something like that happen to American financiers]
West 0410 NYT/ Cameron Opens Debate on Thatcher Legacy … Cameron lauded her on Wednesday as a woman who had broken through Britain’s “glass ceiling” [she “broke” a lot of other stuff in GB and “gave” the press to Murdoch]
East 0410 Euronews/ Russian NGOs face more scrutiny … campaign groups that engage in political activities and receive overseas funding [just when it’s become a free-for-all in the US for political money]

Syr 0411 NYT/ Move to Widen Help for Syrian Rebels Gains Speed in West [this must mean the West has obtained assurance from the rebels that jihadists don’t control the rebel forces and the weapons]
West 0411 NYT/ UK – Parliament Debates Thatcher Legacy, as Vitriol Flows Online and in Streets [if there is still such divisiveness, after leaving power over 20 years ago, then her major contribution without argument is “diverseness”]
Guns 0411 NYT/ Loopholes in Gun Regulations Allow Buyers to Skirt Background Checks
Isr 0411 JP/ Israel – Sharansky, [Jerusalem Western Wall] Kotel arrests flag need to resolve issue [of women’s presence]

Afr 0413 NYT/ Tasting Good Life, Opposition in Zimbabwe Slips off Pedestal [given Mugabe’s obstructions, including illegal arrests by the police, the opposition is lucky to be alive at all]
Env 0413 Facing South/ Arkansas TV Stations Pull Ad Criticizing Exxon after Legal Threats
Tor 0413 NYT/ Russia Bars 18 Americans after Sanctions by US … [those] responsible for “the legalization of torture” and “unlimited detention” [Bush-Cheney torture policy keeps coming back since 2001]

Tor 0414 WP/ Guantanamo Bay detainees and military clash – hunger strike continues
Pal 0414 NYT/ Palestinian Prime Minister Resigns … the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank [“governs” means “took over” the West Bank with US-Israeli backing after Hamas won the 2006 elections]
DOD 0414 NYT/ USA – Conduct at Issue as Military Officers Face a New Review … to be evaluated by the people they command [is this because there are problems with how underlings are being treated]
Tor 0414 NYT/ Gitmo Is Killing Me, Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel [a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, told this story, through an Arabic interpreter, to his lawyers at the legal charity Reprieve in an unclassified telephone call]

Mide 0415 Gua/ Turkish composer Fazil Say convicted of blasphemy and inciting hatred [toward Islam] and inciting hatred through a series of comments he had made on Twitter last year
West 0415 Telegraph/ French ministers to release all personal asset information
West 0415 BBC/ Liverpool teenagers sentenced [to live in prison] for homeless man’s murder
West 0415 IHT/NYT/ How should we rate Thatcher’s legacy … such elaborate obsequies are wholly inappropriate … the funeral should be privatized [yes, privatized just like rail transportation that resulted in profits for the owners but shoddy service for the public and deaths for privatized rail workers, and ultimately a failure of the privatization project without government surveillance, so Yes indeed, privatize Margaret’s burial]

FBI 0416 NYT/ Boston Marathon Blasts Kill 3
Tor 0416 NYT/ US Practiced Torture after 9/11, Nonpartisan Review Concludes, Scott Shane
Guns 0416 NYT/ Senator’s Absence Worries Democrats as Gun Votes Near … With Democrats scrambling to secure enough votes on sweeping gun legislation [if it’s down to one or two votes, that’s bad news]
Isr 0416 Telegraph/ France – Black workers “banned from Gare du Nord during Israeli president visit” [since there are black Jews, this attitude should be called racism]
FBI 0416 Bloomberg/ Homeland Security’s new $3.9 Billion Headquarters [big money during tight austerity just when the Boston marathon gets bombed and social security gets cut]
Amer 0416 NYT/ Venezuela – Maduro’s Gloomy Victory [what’s “gloomy” is the NYT’s insistence to toe State Dept. and CIA anti-Chavez lines]

Amer 0417 NYT/ Post-Election Tensions Escalate in Venezuela as Demonstrations Turn Deadly [could America interests, including those of the CIA, have anything to do with this]
FBI 0417 NYT/ Boston – Bombings End Decade of Strikingly Few Successful Terrorism Attacks in US … decline in the number of terrorist attacks since the 1970s [yes, but 9/11, with over 2,000 deaths, was only counted as one attack, so it depends, as always, on how you count]
West 0417 The Hindu/ Airbrushing the Thatcher years … if the Tories loved her so much, why did they get rid of her in what has been dubbed the worst political parricide in the history of post-war Britain [it’s the same with Reagan policies and conservatives in the US]
Isr 0417 BBC/ Israeli city of Eilat hit by two [Grad] rockets … fired from Sinai in Egypt [which is very important to note since it’s a major extension of possible rocket launch sites to be kept under surveillance]
Asia 0417 Hindustan Times/ India – 16 injured in blast near BJP [very pro-Hindu and very anti-Muslim] office in Bangalore, party claims terror attack
Isr 0417 Daily Beast/ How the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Became the World’s Greatest Bore [a realistic and sarcastic look at the “peace” process]
Amer 0417 AP/ US Won’t Accept Venezuela Election Result, Says Full Recount Still Needed
Guns 0417 Progress Report/ Shameful – 45 Senators Side with Gun Lobby As Newtown Families Look On

Tor 0418 Democracy Now/ After Obama Shuns Probe, Bipartisan Panel Finds “Indisputable” Evidence US Tortured Under Bush
Isr 0418 Truthout/ Palestinians in Hebron – “To Be Here Is a Form of Resistance”, Sarah Lazare
Guns 0418 WP/ On gun control, courage in short supply … The overwhelming majority of Americans favor the sort of background checks that Manchin [Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat] and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) had proposed

CIA 0419 Wired/ ACLU Appeals Ruling Allowing Feds to Stay Mum on Drone Targeted Killings
Pak 0419 VOA/ Pakistan’s Former President [and military dictator Pervez Musharraf] Under House Arrest [judges don’t easily forget bad treatment like dismissals]
Iraq 0419 RTT/ At Least 27 Killed In Baghdad Cafe Bombing
Syr 0419 UN/ Syrian refugee numbers could reach “incomprehensible” levels [Assad, “your people” have left]
FBI 0419 ABC/ The Stories of Two Brothers Suspected in Boston Marathon Bombing [an in-depth article]
Guns 0419 Huff Post/ Adolphus Busch IV Resigns from NRA after Gun Control Defeat in Senate [this may be the beginning of change since it will probably only come through the NRA and not through the NRA-influenced Senate]

Tor 0421 McClatchy/ Nearly Half of Guantanamo Prisoners Now on Hunger Strike
Tor 0422 Fringe-WP (0102)/ Renditions continue under Obama – Despite due-process concerns
Isr 0423 Haaretz/ Palestinian hunger-striker refuses to participate in trial, likens health to Holocaust victim

Can 0424 Gulf News/ Exemplary move helps unearth Canada terror plot – Imam’s action in alerting Canadian officials shows stereotypical perception of faithful is wrong
Egy 0424 Bloomberg/ Egypt Premier to Keep Job in Cabinet Shuffle, Presidency Says – Egyptian Prime Minister [and former Interior Minister and head of the police] Hisham Qandil will retain his post
Iraq 0424 NYT/ Dozens Killed in Battles across Iraq as Sunnis Escalate Protests against Government
Amer 0424 Gua/ The United States Shows Its Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy [with Chavez gone, the CIA is back in business and working hard]

East 0426 USA Today/ Russian court nixes parole for Pussy Riot band member [Nadezhda Tolokonnikova] … she “didn’t repent” [so the sentence is not only for behavior but also for attitude]
Egy 0426 Fox/ New video shows Egyptian police allowing deadly attack on Coptic cathedral
Amer 0426 NYT/ US Filmmaker Held in Venezuela Sought to Show Political Divide, Friends Say [calling an internationally-recognized democratic election result a “bitter political divide” is quite clearly “taking sides” against Chavez’s successor and is typical of the NYT, the State Dept. and the CIA]
Env 0426 Andrew Gavin Marshall/ “Human Beings Have No Right to Water” and Other Words of Wisdom from Your Friendly Neighborhood Global Oligarch
Pol 0426 Buzz Flash/ George W. Bush’s Presidential Library Is a Fraud – He Was Installed in a Right Wing Putsch [since Bush was “appointed” by the Supreme Court which stopped a recount of Florida votes, Bush’s time in office constitutes a “regime” and not an “administration” or “government” which are elected institutions]

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“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 614, 8 April 2013, summary version

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power                                     ISSN 1245-2122
N. 614, 8 April 2013
Every Two to Three Weeks
Next issue, 29 April 2013

Publishing since 1980

Editor
Olivier Schmidt
Email: intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr
Blog: https://intelligenceadi.wordpress.com/
List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/intelligence-secrecy-power-adi/
Postal: ADI, 16 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France

Copyright ADI 2013, reproduction in any form forbidden without explicit authorization from the ADI.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 614, 8 April 2013

WORLD MEDIA – WESTERN EUROPE, PAKISTAN, ECONOMICS & US POLITICS

The full statistics for media reports in this issue of ISP are, respectively, by volume: Western Europe (8K kilobytes, 18X reports and 1* noteworthy reports); Pakistan (7K 19X 4*); Economics (7K 17X 2*); US Politics (7K 19X 0*); US Guns (6K 23X 1*); FBI (6K 12X 0*); Africa (6K 18X 0*); Asia (6K 14X 1*); Afghanistan (5K 12X 0*); Tech Reports (4K 11X 0*); Syria (4K 11X 0*); Israel (4K 7X 1*); Environment (4K 12X 0*); Egypt (3K 10X 1*); DOD (3K 5X 0*); CIA (2K 6X 0*); Latin America (2K 5X 0*); Palestine (2K 7X 0*); Iraq (2K 4X 0*); Middle East (1K 3X 0*); Iran (1K 2X 0*).

In the last issue of ISP, the leading topics were Africa, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, all of which except Pakistan are now no longer major topics, having been replaced by Western Europe and associated economic problems, and US domestic politics, especially gun control laws and debates. Even further back in issue 612, FBI, US Politics, Asia and Israel were the major topics, of which only US Politics remains near the top.

In terms of noteworthy or exceptional reports, there are 11, dominated by Pakistan:

PAKISTAN
• 0329 NYT/ Taliban Terrorize Karachi as the New Gang in Town [but they may be in Karachi because their losing the fight in the frontier regions]
• 0402 VOA/ Militants Kill 7 in Attack on Pakistan Power Station [even electricity is too modern for jihadists]
• 0403 BBC/ Pakistani youth “prefer Sharia to democracy” [islamists better than elected officials – at least the real problem has been identified]
• 0405 NYT/ Pakistan’s Precipitous Decline, William Milan [former US ambassador to Pakistan] – [of course, one well know way to “keep the country together” would be another war with India, but this time it will be nuclear]

ECONOMICS
• 0403 FT/ UK considers cut in minimum wage
• 0405 NYT/ Data Leak Shakes Notion of Secret Offshore Havens and, Possibly, Nerves

GUNS USA
• 0404 CNN/ Connecticut governor signs sweeping gun measure, saying he hopes it sets an example for the nation

WESTERN EUROPE
• 0330 SMH/ Assange prosecutor quits while accuser sacks lawyer

EGYPT
• 0403 NYT/ Egyptians Struggle as Wary Tourists Stay Away [it’s not just Egyptians who thinks the islamists are doing a bad job running the country]

ISRAEL
• 0403 OpEdNEws/ Israeli Drone Strikes in Gaza in November 2012 Attack – Two-Thirds Killed Were Civilians

ASIA
• 0405 NYT/ Beijing Flaunts Cross-Border Clout in Search for Drug Lord [Naw Kham in Laos]

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GLOBAL TOPICS, TECHNOLOGY & TECHNIQUES

ECONOMICS – CYPRUS, STILL LOWER UK PAY, CORRUPTION LIST
TECH REPORTS – RELIGION, ARMS TRADE, TORTURE, WOMEN & NORTH DAKOTA
ENVIRONMENT – FRACKING, EARTHQUAKES, BEES, TAR SANDS & FLOODS

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

USA – POLITICS, GAY MARRIAGE, ABORTION & MEDIA
USA – GUNS, NRA, NO UN TREATY, BLOOMBERG BLITZ & CONNECTICUT LAW
USA – FBI, IMMIGRANTS, DETROIT, WOMEN SECRET SERVICE CHIEF & PRISONS
USA – DOD, MONEY, COST OF IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN, & GITMO
USA – CIA, WOMAN TORTURE CHIEF PROMOTED & “PHOENIX JIHADIST”
WESTERN EUROPE – BEREZOVSKY, UK, CYPRUS, ITALY, SPAIN, FRANCE & ASSANGE
EASTERN EUROPE – Balkan Warlord Jailed & Mending US-Russia Rift.
LATIN AMERICA – VENEZUELA, HONDURAS & MEXICO
AFRICA – CAR COUP, TRIALS OF LEADERS, KENYA VOTE & DEATHS, SUDAN & MALI
EGYPT – ARRESTS & SEX ASSAULTS UP, BUT MONEY, FOOD, SECURITY & TOURISTS DOWN
PALESTINE – LAND DAY, PRISON DEATH & PROTESTS IN ISRAEL
ISRAEL – OBAMA VISIT, TURKS & DRONE STRIKES
SYRIA – WAR, IRAQ, IRAN & RECORD NUMBER OF CASUALTIES
IRAQ – Bombs, Suicide Attacks & No Future.
IRAN – Sanctions, Nuclear Program & Internal Power Struggle.
MIDDLE EAST – Israel & Turkey, Libya & Kurds.
AFGHANISTAN – BAGRAM PRISON, NATO HANDOVER, GREEN-ON-BLUE ATTACKS & TALIBAN
PAKISTAN – MUSHARRAF BACK, TALIBAN ATTACK KARACHI & KILLING TEACHERS
ASIA – NORTH KOREA NOISE, JAPAN & CHINESE ANTI-DRUG OP IN LAOS