“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 627, 18 November 2013, summary version

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 627, 18 November 2013

WORLD MEDIA – 2 NOVEMBER TO 15 NOVEMBER 2013 REPORTS & SYNTHESIS

This number 627 issue covers 2-15 November 2013 and includes 21 pages of data, with 232 entries in 11,629 words, and 49 noteworthy entries marked *. We continue with our format of providing information by topics and listing chronologically the media reports titles according to our traditional set of topics. We also include in this issue a “Special Reports” section on “Wikipedia-CIA, Syria, Stealth & French Spy Chief”. The numbers for this issue’s specific topics are: POLITICS (Pol, US domestic politics, 30X, 9*, up from 21X) – Food Stamps and GOP Vote Loses; NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 26X, 5*, down significantly from 45X) – Snowden as Hero and Brit GCHQ as NAS “Poodle”; IRAN (Iran, 21X, 1*, up significantly from 5X) Nuclear Negotiations Ups and Downs, USA and France; FBI (FBI, US domestic security, 17X, 1*, formerly 12X) – Shootings and FBI Spying; AFRICA (Afr, 17X, 0*, formerly 19X) – Boko Haram, M23 and Congo; PAKISTAN (Pak, 14X, 4*, up from 6X) – Fazlullah Had Malala Shot and Now Top War Lord; EGYPT (Egy, 14x, 0*, stable) – Morsi on Trial and End of State of Emergency; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 13X, 2*, slightly up from 8X) – No Progress in Talks; ASIA (Asia, 12X, 0*, stable); WESTERN EUROPE (West, 11X, 0*, stable); ECONOMICS (Eco, 8X, 2*, up from 3X) – SAC, JPMorgan and Making Money; MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 8X, 0*, stalbe) – Lebanon and Turkey; ENVIRONMENT (Env, 7X, 2*, up from 4X) – Typhoon Haiyan, GMOs Bad and Monsanto Wins; SYRIA (Syr, 7X, 1*, down significantly from 14X) – Islmist Rebels and Possible Talks with All Rebels; EASTERN EUROPE (East, 7X, 0*, stable) – Greenpeace, Russia and Ukraine; CIA (CIA, US Foreign Intelligence, 5X, 0*, stable) – Drones and Money Info; TECHNOLOGY (Tech, Technology and Global Topics, 5X, 0*) – Child Porn; TORTURE (Tor, US torture policy, 4X, 2*) – Torture and Doctors; LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 3X, 0*); DOD (Pentagon, 2X, 0*). US torture policy is back again with this issue, and Afghanistan (previously 5X, 0*) has disappeared.

This issue’s significant entries are:

POLITICS (Pol, US domestic politics, 30X, 9*) – Food Stamps and GOP Vote Loses
Pol* 1103 NYT/ Schumer Endorses Clinton for President in Iowa Speech [it’s already started]
Pol* 1105 Talking Points Memo/ Former US House Speaker Jim Wright Denied Voter ID Card in Texas
Pol* 1106 NYT/ De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor [by 73% which is a crushing GOP defeat]
Pol* 1108 NYT/ Hollywood’s Ready to Cast Clinton in Top Role [so goes the entertainment industry, so goes US politics]
Pol* 1109 TPM/ Former ’60 Minutes’ Producer – Discredited Benghazi Story Was Done to Appeal to Conservatives [so the major media caters to the right wingers, thus showing that the supposed “liberal bias” never existed]
Pol* 1111 Buzz Flash/ Southern Christian Ministers Betray Christ by Ignoring Health Insurance for the Poor [in the “modern” world, religion plays second fiddle to ideology]
Pol* 1112 Mother Jones/ House Dems Can Block GOP Food Stamp Cuts—by Killing the Farm Bill [and voting with the far right that wants deeper cuts]
Pol* 1114 NYT/ With Enrollment Slow, Some Democrats Back Change in Health Law – Only 106,000 Pick Health Insurance Plans in First Month [these rather negative NYT articles should be compared with the rather positive Progress Report article above]
Pol* 1115 Salon/ Dick Cheney, Even bigger monster than you thought – Listen to the man with a taxpayer-funded new heart wax indifferent to the life of his donor

NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 26X, 5*) – Snowden as Hero and Brit GCHQ as NAS “Poodle”
Spy* 1102 Reu/ UK – Snowden reporter’s partner involved in ‘espionage’ and ‘terrorism’
Spy* 1103 Fringe-Foreign Policy (0429)/ When America became a cyber warrior – A secret document shows the NSA has been planning attacks since the Clinton years, by Jeffrey T. Richelson and Malcolm Byrn
Spy* 1104 CNN/ NSA, British Intelligence Monitoring Branch among Worst Surveillance Offenders, Snowden Says [actually, the British GCHQ is “tasked” and “paid” by the NSA]
Spy* 1105 BBC/ Germany calls in British ambassador over spy claims [since British GCHQ does NAS’ biding in Western Europe]
Spy* 1107 Reu/ UK spy chiefs emerge from shadows to blast Edward Snowden [UK spies doing Washington’s bidding, just like for Bush and Iraqi WMD]

PAKISTAN (Pak, 14X, 4*) – Fazlullah Had Malala Shot and Now Top War Lord
Pak* 1102 BBC/ Pakistan – Hakimullah Mehsud drone strike – ‘Death of peace efforts'[a “peace effort” that was producing what besides deadly attacks]
Pak* 1102 NYT/ How the Pakistani Taliban Became a Deadly Force [the Pakistani ISI founded the Afghan Taliban, which founded the Pakistani Taliban, with the ISI “looking on”]
Pak* 1110 Daily Mail/ Pakistan bans memoir by Malala, the girl shot by the Taliban for going to school [so the government is closer to the Taliban than to Malala]
Pak* 1112 News International/ US Survey – Over 1 in 5 in tribal areas back drone strikes [“1 in 5” is only 20 percent]

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 13X, 2*) – No Progress in Talks
Isr* 1106 BBC/ Israel ex-FM Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption [and Israel’s right-wing cabinet will now shift further to the right]
Isr* 1108 Reu/ US, Israel lose voting rights at UNESCO over Palestine row

TORTURE (Tor, US torture policy, 4X, 2*) – Torture and Doctors
Tor* 1104 Buzz Flash/ Post 9/11, CIA and Pentagon Forced Doctors to Become Torturers, Study Charges
Tor* 1105 NYT/ Medical Ethics Have Been Violated at Detention Sites, a New Report Says

ECONOMICS (Eco, 8X, 2*) – SAC, JPMorgan and Making Money
Eco* 1105 Real News Network/ First Wall Street Criminal Confession in a Generation … Still No One in Jail
Eco* 1108 Truthout/ SAC Billionaire Steven Cohen Can’t Make His Mommy’s Monkey Jump

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 7X, 2*) – Typhoon Haiyan, GMOs Bad and Monsanto Wins
Env* 1103 Truthout/ A group of European scientists, physicians, academics and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) utterly reject the idea that there is any scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs
Env* 1107 Truthout/ Monsanto Wins Again – Voters Reject Washington GMO Labeling Initiative [incredible how money and buying votes can still wins out over public health and public choice]

FBI (FBI, US domestic security, 17X, 1*) – Shootings and FBI Spying
FBI* 1108 NYT/ Accounts Differ to FBI and CBS on Benghazi [and for some reason, the NYT hide this information in the “Business” section]

SYRIA (Syr, 7X, 1*) – Islmist Rebels and Possible Talks with All Rebels
Syr* 1115 CNN/ Al-Qaida-linked rebels mistakenly behead fellow fighter, rebel group says [the story could be true, but it could just as well be a covert media operation]

IRAN (Iran, 21X, 1*) – Nuclear Negotiations Ups and Downs, USA and France
Iran* 1108 NYT/ West and Iran Seen as Nearing a Nuclear Deal [except for opposition from Israel and its backers]

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power,  N. 627, 18 November 2013

DATA ENTRIES BY TOPIC – 2 NOVEMBER 2013 TO 15 OCTOBER 2013

POLITICS (Pol, US domestic politics, 30X, 9*) – Food Stamps and GOP Vote Loses
Pol 1102 The Atlantic/ Today’s Food Stamp Cuts Are Only the Beginning
Pol* 1103 NYT/ Schumer Endorses Clinton for President in Iowa Speech [it’s already started]
Pol 1104 CNN/ Harry Belafonte – Koch Brothers Are Like KKK
Pol 1104 The Nation/ Food Stamp Cuts – A Bipartisan Scandal
Pol 1105 McClatchy/ California Probe of Campaign Donations Sheds Light on “Dark Money”
Pol 1105 Mother Jones/ The Real Story behind the Phony Canceled Health Insurance Scandal
Pol 1105 Truthout/ The Rise of Chicago’s 99% Against Rahm Emanuel, “Mayor 1%”
Pol* 1105 Talking Points Memo/ Former US House Speaker Jim Wright Denied Voter ID Card in Texas
Pol* 1106 NYT/ De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor [by 73% which is a crushing GOP defeat]
Pol 1106 NYT/ Chris Christie Re-elected Governor of New Jersey
Pol 1106 NYT/ In GOP, a Campaign Takes Aim at Tea Party
Pol 1106 NYT/ Terry McAuliffe, Democrat, Is Elected Governor of Virginia in Tight Race
Pol 1106 NYT/ Though Defiant, Senator Accused of Plagiarism Admits Errors
Pol 1106 Progress Report/ This Is What Progress Looks Like – Progressives Rack up Wins on Tuesday
Pol 1107 NYT/ GOP Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing
Pol 1108 NYT/ Cut in Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices on Poor
Pol 1108 Salon/ JFK assassination – CIA and New York Times are still lying to us Fifty years later, a complicit media still covers up for the security state – We need to reclaim our history
Pol 1108 Think Progress/ CBS Reporter Apologizes To Viewers for False Reporting On Benghazi
Pol* 1108 NYT/ Hollywood’s Ready to Cast Clinton in Top Role [so goes the entertainment industry, so goes US politics]
Pol* 1109 TPM/ Former ’60 Minutes’ Producer – Discredited Benghazi Story Was Done to Appeal to Conservatives [so the major media caters to the right wingers, thus showing that the supposed “liberal bias” never existed]
Pol 1109 NYT/ CBS to Correct Erroneous Report on Benghazi
Pol* 1111 Buzz Flash/ Southern Christian Ministers Betray Christ by Ignoring Health Insurance for the Poor [in the “modern” world, religion plays second fiddle to ideology]
Pol* 1112 Mother Jones/ House Dems Can Block GOP Food Stamp Cuts—by Killing the Farm Bill [and voting with the far right that wants deeper cuts]
Pol 1112 NYT/ Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding
Pol 1112 NYT/ ‘Super PAC’ Gets Early Start on Pushing for a 2016 Clinton Campaign
Pol 1113 Progress Report/ A Million Shopping for Obamacare – First Look at Obamacare Enrollment Numbers
Pol 1113 Truthout/ As Texas Clinics Shut Down, Organizers Help Women from Rural Areas Seeking Abortions
Pol 1114 NYT/ California Health Exchange Beats All Others in Enrollment, Officials Say
Pol* 1114 NYT/ With Enrollment Slow, Some Democrats Back Change in Health Law – Only 106,000 Pick Health Insurance Plans in First Month [these rather negative NYT articles should be compared with the rather positive Progress Report article above]
Pol* 1115 Salon/ Dick Cheney, Even bigger monster than you thought – Listen to the man with a taxpayer-funded new heart wax indifferent to the life of his donor

NSA SCANDAL (Spy, 26X, 5*) – Snowden as Hero and Brit GCHQ as NAS “Poodle”
Spy 1102 CNN/ Snowden’s Russia Asylum Not Breached by NSA Spying Reports
Spy 1102 Gua/ Portrait of the NSA – No Detail Too Small in Quest for Total Surveillance
Spy 1102 Mint Press/ New “Freedom Act” Would Curtail the Patriot Act [NSA scandal]
Spy 1102 NYT/ Snowden Asks US to Stop Treating Him like a Traitor
Spy 1102 Reu/ Guardian – Europe’s spies work together on mass surveillance
Spy 1102 Truthout/ Governing in the Dark [NSA scandal]
Spy* 1102 Reu/ UK – Snowden reporter’s partner involved in ‘espionage’ and ‘terrorism’
Spy* 1103 Fringe-Foreign Policy (0429)/ When America became a cyber warrior – A secret document shows the NSA has been planning attacks since the Clinton years, by Jeffrey T. Richelson and Malcolm Byrn
Spy 1103 Fringe-National Security Archive (0426)/ NSA – The new war is in cyberspace – National Security Agency Tasked with Targeting Adversaries’ Computers for Attack since Early 1997, According to Declassified Document, by Jeffrey T. Richelson
Spy 1103 Gua/ Germany “Should Offer Edward Snowden Asylum after NSA Revelations”
Spy 1103 LAT/ Troubling disclosures are likely to change how the NSA does its spying
Spy 1103 NYT/ No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming NSA
Spy 1104 Business Insider/ Google Chief – NSA Spying “Outrageous” and Potentially Illegal
Spy 1104 NYT/ Clemency for Snowden? US Officials Say No
Spy* 1104 CNN/ NSA, British Intelligence Monitoring Branch among Worst Surveillance Offenders, Snowden Says [actually, the British GCHQ is “tasked” and “paid” by the NSA]
Spy* 1105 BBC/ Germany calls in British ambassador over spy claims [since British GCHQ does NAS’ biding in Western Europe]
Spy 1105 NYT/ As US Weighs Spying Changes, Officials Say Data Sweeps Must Continue [metadata version]
Spy 1106 NYT/ As US Weighs Spying Changes, Officials Say Data Sweeps Must Continue (Obama White House Sees “No Alternative” to NSA’s “Collect It All” Approach) [so cut their budget in half and they’ll find “alternatives”]
Spy* 1107 Reu/ UK spy chiefs emerge from shadows to blast Edward Snowden [UK spies doing Washington’s bidding, just like for Bush and Iraqi WMD]
Spy 1107 Gua/ Al Gore – Snowden “Revealed Evidence” of Crimes against US Constitution
Spy 1107 NYT/ CIA Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data
Spy 1111 PR Watch/ NSA Spying Scandal Roils US-EU Trade Negotiations
Spy 1112 NYT/ Spying Scandal Alters US Ties with Allies and Raises Talk of Policy Shift
Spy 1115 McClatchy/ Americans’ Personal Data Shared with CIA, IRS, Others in Security Probe
Spy 1115 NYT/ Google Employees Speak out about Government Spying

IRAN (Iran, 21X, 1*) Nuclear Negotiations Ups and Downs, USA and France
Iran 1107 NYT/ US Will Ease Sanctions if Iran Halts Nuclear Program, Official Says
Iran 1107 USA Today/ US negotiators offer Iran relief on sanctions
Iran* 1108 NYT/ West and Iran Seen as Nearing a Nuclear Deal [except for opposition from Israel and its backers]
Iran 1108 CNN/ Hopes rise for Iran nuclear deal amid ‘intense’ talks, but Israel skeptical
Iran 1108 Fox/ Kerry says no nuke deal yet with Iran, Israel PM criticizing plan to loosen sanctions
Iran 1108 UN/ Optimism increases on possibility of Iran nuclear deal
Iran 1108 WP/ Kerry in Geneva to join nuclear talks with Iran; officials say breakthrough is possible
Iran 1109 NYT/ As Tensions Fall in Iran, So Do Costs of Gasoline
Iran 1110 NYT/ Talks with Iran Fail to Produce a Nuclear Agreement
Iran 1111 NYT/ Iran Balked at Language of Draft Nuclear Deal, Western Diplomats Say
Iran 1111 Time/ Iran Deputy Minister Assassinated in Tehran – Police believe a “personal motive” is behind the shooting of the trade official
Iran 1111 UN/ 6-power nuclear talks with Iran falter
Iran 1111 UN/ Iran grants IAEA “managed access” to nuclear sites
Iran 1111 USA Today/ Israel, US dispute Iran deal
Iran 1113 NYT/ Iranian Official Faults Kerry and France for Breakdown in Talks
Iran 1113 Truthout/ Why Iran Nuclear Talks Failed and Why They Will Get Tougher
Iran 1114 NYT/ Kerry and Biden Ask for Room to Reach a Nuclear Deal with Iran
Iran 1114 Reu/ IAEA report – Iran putting brakes on nuclear expansion under Rouhani
Iran 1115 CNN/ Official – Talks ‘getting close’ to deal with Iran on nuclear program
Iran 1115 NYT/ Obama Calls for Patience in Iran Talks

FBI (FBI, US domestic security, 17X, 1*) Shootings and FBI Spying
FBI 1102 ABC/ LAX shooting suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia may have targeted airport security
FBI 1102 BBC/ TSA agent killed in Los Angeles airport shooting
FBI 1102 CTV/ Police – LAX shooting suspect had sent suicidal text to sibling
FBI 1102 NYT/ Security Agent Is Killed at Los Angeles Airport
FBI 1102 Other Words/ The Border Patrol’s Out-of-Control Growth
FBI 1102 RT News/ LAX Gunman Targeted TSA Employees, Police Investigate “New World Order” Conspiracy Motive
FBI 1103 Fringe-Slate (0528)/ FBI Pursuing Real-Time Gmail Spying Powers as Top Priority for 2013
FBI 1103 Fringe-Wired (0410)/ FBI smartphone surveillance tool – Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court
FBI 1104 Science Daily/ Racism linked with gun ownership and opposition to gun control in white Americans
FBI* 1108 NYT/ Accounts Differ to FBI and CBS on Benghazi [and for some reason, the NYT hide this information in the “Business” section]
FBI 1108 Think Progress/ A Mass Shooting Happened Yesterday but You Didn’t Hear Anything about It
FBI 1109 Gua/ California was Sterilizing its Female Prisoners as Late as 2010
FBI 1110 NYT/ For Riot Site in New Mexico, a Gift Shop but No Ghost Stories
FBI 1111 NYT/ In Detroit, Protests of Shooting of Woman Who Sought Help
FBI 1112 Daily Mail/ Iranian musician killed three band mates after they kicked him out of the band – with assault rifle he carried in a guitar case
FBI 1113 Truthout/ Proactive Heckling – Ray Kelly Shouted Down at Brown University
FBI 1115 NYT/ Fatal Shooting of Black Woman outside Detroit Stirs Racial Tensions

AFRICA (Afr, 17X, 0*) – Boko Haram, M23 and Congo
Afr 1102 BBC/ Two French journalists killed in Mali town of Kidal
Afr 1103 AFP/ France says ‘terrorists’ behind murder of journalists in Mali
Afr 1103 BBC/ French journalists killed in Mali
Afr 1103 Fox/ Suspected Islamic militants kill groom, 30 in Nigerian wedding convoy
Afr 1103 Reu/ Congo’s M23 rebels declare ceasefire but shelling continues
Afr 1104 NPR/ Kenya Charges Four Somali Men in Mall Attack
Afr 1104 UN/ Clashes between DR Congo troops, M23 rebels as calls made for cease-fire
Afr 1105 Reu/ Defeated M23 ends revolt in Congo, raising peace hopes
Afr 1105 UN/ Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria kill 70 in Thursday-Saturday period
Afr 1105 UN/ M23 leader tells rebels to disarm, demobilize
Afr 1107 BBC/ ‘Al-Qaida killed’ French reporters Dupont and Verlon in Mali
Afr 1107 The Hindu/ Congo’s M23 leader surrenders
Afr 1108 UN/ Peace agreement between DR Congo, M23 to be signed Monday
Afr 1109 BBC/ Mogadishu blast – ‘Suicide attack’ in Somali capital
Afr 1112 VOA/ M23, Congolese Government Fail to Sign Peace Agreement
Afr 1114 Xinhua/ French priest kidnapped in northern Cameroon
Afr 1115 BBC/ Deaths at Libya anti-militia protest in Tripoli

PAKISTAN (Pak, 14X, 4*) – Fazlullah Had Malala Shot and Now Top War Lord
Pak* 1102 BBC/ Pakistan – Hakimullah Mehsud drone strike – ‘Death of peace efforts'[a “peace effort” that was producing what besides deadly attacks]
Pak* 1102 NYT/ How the Pakistani Taliban Became a Deadly Force [the Pakistani ISI founded the Afghan Taliban, which founded the Pakistani Taliban, with the ISI “looking on”]
Pak 1102 Houston Chronicle/ Pakistani Taliban confirm leader killed by drone
Pak 1102 NYT/ Pakistan -Drone Strikes Are Said to Kill Taliban Chief
Pak 1103 USA Today/ Pakistanis fear retaliation after Taliban leader killed
Pak 1107 LAT/ Pakistan Taliban names militant [Fazlullah] who ordered attack on schoolgirl [Malala] as leader
Pak 1108 BBC/ Pakistanis react with dismay to new Taliban chief
Pak 1108 IPS/ Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan’s Strategy, Gareth Porter
Pak 1108 NYT/ Pakistani Taliban Pick Hard-Liner as Leader, Imperiling Proposed Peace Talks [were “talks with the Taliban” ever anything other than a media operation]
Pak* 1110 Daily Mail/ Pakistan bans memoir by Malala, the girl shot by the Taliban for going to school [so the government is closer to the Taliban than to Malala]
Pak 1111 LAT/ Malala’s book banned in private schools in Pakistan
Pak 1111 NYT/ Leader in Insurgent Network Is Killed in Pakistan
Pak 1112 NYT/ Militant Leader Is Killed in Pakistan
Pak* 1112 News International/ US Survey – Over 1 in 5 in tribal areas back drone strikes [“1 in 5” is only 20 percent]

EGYPT (Egy, 14x, 0*) – Morsi on Trial and End of State of Emergency
Egy 1102 BBC/ Egypt satirist Bassem Youssef’s TV show suspended
Egy 1102 Euronews/ Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt ahead of Monday’s trial
Egy 1103 Reu/ Mursi to go on trial as Egypt struggles for democracy
Egy 1104 NYT/ Morsi Calls Trial in Egypt ‘Illegitimate,’ and Case Is Delayed
Egy 1105 NYT/ Egypt’s Ex-President Is Defiant at Murder Trial
Egy 1105 USA Today/ Egypt’s ousted president in prison hospital
Egy 1108 ABC/ Islamists Protest in Egypt over Detained Women
Egy 1111 World Tribune/ Egyptian intel – Fugitive Muslim Brotherhood’s No. 2 ‘hiding in Gaza’
Egy 1112 UN/ Students clash with police in Egypt
Egy 1113 Ahram Online/ April 6 welcomes end of Egypt’s state of emergency
Egy 1113 BBC/ Egypt lifting state of emergency
Egy 1113 CTV News/ Egypt’s 3-month state of emergency ends after court ruling
Egy 1113 UN/ Ousted Egyptian president remains defiant, calls for end of “coup”
Egy 1114 WP/ Egypt hosts top Russian officials, a sign it is turning further away from alliance with US

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Isr, 13X, 2*) No Progress in Talks
Isr 1103 Aljazeera/ Israel to build wall along Jordanian border
Isr 1104 LAT/ Palestinian leader Abbas – Peace talks so far ‘without results’
Isr 1107 JP/ Palestinian killed near Tapuah junction after firing on bus stop
Isr 1107 Reu/ Experts – Evidence supports Arafat poisoning theory, wider probe needed
Isr 1108 BBC/ Palestinian officials – Israel only suspect in Arafat death
Isr 1108 LAT/ Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians in West Bank
Isr 1109 CNN/ Hopes rise for Iran nuclear deal amid ‘intense’ talks, but Israel skeptical
Isr 1109 WP/ Israeli leaders voice objections to Iran’s possible nuclear deal
Isr 1110 USA Today/ Israel-US relations frayed over Middle East threats
Isr 1113 ABC/ Palestinian Teen Stabs, Kills Israeli Soldier
Isr 1113 UN/ Palestinian peace negotiators resign over lack of progress
Isr 1114 Reu/ Sewage swamps Gaza streets as Egypt tunnel closures cut off power
Isr* 1106 BBC/ Israel ex-FM Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption [and Israel’s right-wing cabinet will now shift further to the right]
Isr* 1108 Reu/ US, Israel lose voting rights at UNESCO over Palestine row

ASIA (Asia, 12X, 0*)
Asia 1105 Time/ India Races to Space with a Mission to Mars
Asia 1105 VOA/ Bangladesh Court Issues 152 Death Sentences for Mutiny
Asia 1106 CSM/ Explosions in North China city kill 1, injure 8
Asia 1106 NYT/ 152 Bangladeshi Border Guards Get Death Penalty over Revolt
Asia 1106 WSJ/ Bangladesh Sentences 152 Soldiers to Death for 2009 Mutiny
Asia 1109 BBC/ ‘Tamils still being raped and tortured’ in Sri Lanka
Asia 1109 NYT/ Bloomberg News Is Said to Curb Articles That Might Anger China
Asia 1110 ABC/ Maldives Supreme Court suspends run-off vote sparking political chaos
Asia 1112 Fox/ North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles
Asia 1114 USA Today/ Filipinos without food, water for days see aid arrive
Asia 1115 Bloomberg/ Cameron Confronts Sri Lanka President Over Human Rights
Asia 1115 CNN/ Official – Some Philippine typhoon victims surviving on coconut juice

WESTERN EUROPE (West, 11X, 0*)
West 1102 Ind/ Two Golden Dawn supporters shot dead in Greece
West 1104 ABC/ UK – Phone hacking trial – Brooks allegedly tried to hide evidence from police, court
West 1104 CNN/ French police search for motorcyclist after Alps killings
West 1105 NY Daily News/ Man hijacks Norwegian bus, stabs three dead
West 1106 Telegraph/ ‘Anonymous’ protesters descend on Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square (England’s Guy Fawkes unlikely face of global protest, Baltimore Sun)
West 1107 India Today/ European Union Court rules homosexuality can be grounds for asylum
West 1108 Reu/ Italy arrests Somali gang leader for kidnap, rape of migrants
West 1109 BBC/ Italian police arrest Somali over Lampedusa boat tragedy
West 1109 NYT/ With Survey, Vatican Seeks Laity Comment on Family Issues
West 1112 Euronews/ Poland – Clashes erupt between far-right protesters and left-wing squatters
West 1113 Fox/ UK police – Spy whose body was found in padlocked gym bag probably died by accident

ECONOMICS (Eco, 8X, 2*) SAC, JPMorgan and Making Money
Eco* 1105 Real News Network/ First Wall Street Criminal Confession in a Generation … Still No One in Jail
Eco 1105 Daily Take/ Food Stamps Are Affordable; Corporate Welfare Is Not, Thom Hartmann
Eco 1105 NYT/ SAC to Plead Guilty and Pay $1.2 Billion for Insider Trading
Eco 1107 NYT/ Billionaires Received US Farm Subsidies, Report Finds
Eco* 1108 Truthout/ SAC Billionaire Steven Cohen Can’t Make His Mommy’s Monkey Jump
Eco 1108 Buzz Flash/ Some Behemoth Banks Lack “Respect for Law, Regulation and the Public Trust,” NY Fed Chief Charges
Eco 1113 Popular Resistance/ Pivotal Trans-Pacific Partnership Section Revealed
Eco 1114 NYT/ JPMorgan Chase’s Fruitful Ties to a Member of China’s Elite [sound like JPMorgan and Chinese leaders speaks the same language]

MIDDLE EAST (Mide, 8X, 0*) – Lebanon and Turkey
Mide 1103 Fox/ Bahrain charges opposition leader with ‘insults’ over uprising museum raided by police
Mide 1108 NYT/ After a Break, Turkey’s Prime Minister Again Courts Controversy
Mide 1112 UN/ Gunmen kill Lebanese cleric who supported Syrian government
Mide 1113 Bloomberg/ Attacks in Iraq around religious ritual kill 21
Mide 1114 AFP/ Hezbollah will keep fighting in Syria war, says Nasrallah
Mide 1114 Daily Star/ Lebanon – Nasrallah, Understanding between Iran, West or regional war
Mide 1114 USA Today/ Official – Al-Qaida in Iraq strongest since 2006
Mide 1115 NYT/ Turkey Moves to Silence Dissenters, but With One Eye on Its Image Abroad

ENVIRONMENT (Env, 7X, 2*) Typhoon Haiyan, GMOs Bad and Monsanto Wins
Env 1108 NYT/ Colorado Cities’ Rejection of Fracking Poses Political Test for Natural Gas Industry
Env 1108 NYT/ FDA Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats
Env 1109 USA Today/ Typhoon Haiyan kills up to 1200 in Philippines
Env 1110 NYT/ Philippine Typhoon Death Toll Feared in Thousands
Env 1112 CBS/ Typhoon Haiyan death toll tops 1700, likely to soar much higher
Env* 1103 Truthout/ A group of European scientists, physicians, academics and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) utterly reject the idea that there is any scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs
Env* 1107 Truthout/ Monsanto Wins Again – Voters Reject Washington GMO Labeling Initiative [incredible how money and buying votes can still wins out over public health and public choice]

SYRIA (Syr, 7X, 1*) – Islmist Rebels and Possible Talks with All Rebels
Syr 1109 Reu/ Syria rebels recapture army base near Aleppo airport
Syr 1111 UN/ Main Syrian rebel alliance sets terms for attending peace talks
Syr 1112 NYT/ Leading Syrian Opposition Group, Yielding to Pressure, Votes to Join Peace Talks
Syr 1113 NYT/ [Islamist] Private Donors’ Funds Add Wild Card to War in Syria
Syr 1113 UN/ Syrian rebels continue to receive donor funding
Syr 1115 UN/ Change in focus hinders prospects for Syrian peace talks – The decommissioning of Syria’s chemical-weapons arsenal has changed the focus of the ongoing peace negotiations, and opposition leaders feel pressured to agree to talks
Syr* 1115 CNN/ Al-Qaida-linked rebels mistakenly behead fellow fighter, rebel group says [the story could be true, but it could just as well be a covert media operation]

EASTERN EUROPE (East, 7X, 0*) Greenpeace, Russia and Ukraine
East 1104 LAT/ Thousands join in nationalist, anti-migrant marches in Russia
East 1106 Reu/ Dutch ask sea tribunal to release Greenpeace activists
East 1109 BBC/ Netherlands court bid over Russia Greenpeace detentions
East 1111 RFE/ Tymoshenko Lawyer Summoned for Questioning in Ukraine
East 1111 Xinhua/ Russia – Three given life imprisonment for Moscow airport bombing
East 1113 ABC/ Ukraine Parliament Delays Vote on Ex-PM’s Release
East 1114 USA Today/ Missing Pussy Riot member in hospital, husband says

CIA (CIA, US Foreign Intelligence, 5X, 0*) – Drones and Money Info
CIA 1103 Fringe-Daily Beast (0516)/ Blackwater’s secret CIA past
CIA 1105 Code Pink/ Drones Have Come Out of the Shadows
CIA 1110 Fringe-Business Week (0620)/ Booz Allen, the world’s most profitable spy organization
CIA 1110 Fringe-NBC (0605)/ CIA Drones Docs – CIA didn’t always know who it was killing in drone strikes, classified documents show
CIA 1115 NYT/ CIA Collecting Data on International Money Transfers, Officials Say

TECHNOLOGY (Tech, Technology and Global Topics, 5X, 0*) – Child Porn
Tech 1104 Irish Times/ Three Irish men identified as paying for virtual sex with a child
Tech 1105 BBC/ Computer-generated ‘Sweetie’ catches online predators
Tech 1105 VOA/ UN Nuclear Chief Criticizes Iran, North Korea, Syria
Tech 1114 SMH/ 348 arrested in global child porn investigation
Tech 1115 ABC/ 386 Kids Rescued in Child Porn Bust

TORTURE (Tor, US torture policy, 4X, 2*) – Torture and Doctors
Tor* 1104 Buzz Flash/ Post 9/11, CIA and Pentagon Forced Doctors to Become Torturers, Study Charges
Tor* 1105 NYT/ Medical Ethics Have Been Violated at Detention Sites, a New Report Says
Tor 1106 Science Daily/ Torture permanently damages normal perception of pain
Tor 1109 Truthout/ Amid Lingering Hunger Strike, Guantanamo Abuses Press On

LATIN AMERICA (Amer, 3X, 0*)
Amer 1105 CNN/ Brazil admits spying but says it wasn’t like NSA
Amer 1112 SMH/ Venezuelans flock to shops after army takes them over
Amer 1115 NYT/ Key Brazilians in Graft Case Must Go to Jail, Court Says

DOD (Pentagon, 2X, 0*)
DOD 1106 BBC/ Australia Guantanamo ex-detainee David Hicks files appeal
DOD 1107 AAAS/ Science and the Military – Soldier-Scientists Join Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power,  N. 627, 18 November 2013

SPECIAL REPORTS – WIKIPEDIA-CIA, SYRIA, STEALTH & FRENCH SPY CHIEF

There has been a recent series of interesting reports worth mentioning specifically. They concern, respectively, more doubtful treatment in Wikipedia of delicate CIA questions, the historical background of the civil war in Syria, US and Russian technology in aviation (both making stealth aircraft and detecting them), and a detailed presentation of the new French foreign intelligence chief.

The ADI has previously noted “Wikipedia” problems with subjects that are sensitive for Washington such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and most things dealing with the CIA and the NSA. The case of former CIA agent Philip Agee was no different. We noted with several witnesses (“Intelligence”, N. 511, 21 January 2008, “FRONT PAGE – USA – PHILIP AGEE “GETS THE CIA” ONE LAST TIME”, p.1) that on Agee’s death on 7 January 2008 that “Wikipedia” had no entry on Agee, although his name was mentioned in several “Wikipedia” entries of persons who had worked with or known Agee. His widow, Giselle Roberge-Agee, an American citizen (not a German citizen as “Wikipedia” claims) tried several times to have corrections made to the current “Wikipedia” entry, but to no avail. For Agee, “Wikipedia” has an incorrect date of birth (it’s 19 January and not 19 July) and an incorrect place of birth (Tacoma Park, Maryland, and not Tacoma, Florida), but in this it is only quoting journalists who simply have not “done their homework” and did not contact Agee before his death or his widow after his death. The general “Wikipedia” treatment of Agee as something close to a “traitor” is belied by the wide respect he was given by intelligence professionals who weren’t doing the CIA’s biding, including John Stockwell and many others (see the “Intelligence” article mentioned above). Agee’s passport was not “revoked”; it was seized by the State Department. Agee, like his wife, was never a German citizen but did have German travel documents. But perhaps the most serious “Wikipedia” mistake is simply stating that Agee took Barbara Bush (the mother of the Bush Obama replaced) to trial for claiming he was responsible for the 1977 death of CIA chief of station in Athens, Richard Welch, when not only Agee took Barbara Bush to trial and asked for damages, but he won the trial and Barbara had to take out her false accusation that apparently “everybody in the White House” was saying, including her husband who was a former CIA director before becoming president. The sloppy journalists who never contacted Agee also avoided reading articles in the British “Guardian” where this information is in clear English or the detailed article in French published by the daily “Liberation” where the people who killed Welch, the “17 November” movement, clearly described how they found Welch and killed him. These sloppy journalists and “Wikipedia” also didn’t look into the declassified State Department telegrams that Agee released and are now in the New York University Tamiment Library where Henry Kissinger reportedly had Welch warned that he should not move into the Athens house of the former CIA chief of station since local radicals knew about it. But one can easily imagine with the current Snowden-NSA and the Assange-WikiLeaks-Manning cases, “Wikipedia” doesn’t have the time and resources to correct all mistakes in published US “national security” information.

The major association of former French intelligence specialists — the “Amicale des Anciens des Services Speciaux de la Defence Nationale” (AASSDN) — in its most recent “Bulletin”, n. 229, April 2013, published a detailed historical background article on Syria (“Le Printemps Arabe”, pp. 6-12) by Alain Chouet, former head of security intelligence at the French DGSE foreign intelligence service and a specialist on the Middle East. Chouet describes in detail the various and changing alliances between different communities in Syria and, in particular, the fact the Assad Alawite regime defends not only the Alawites, but also the Christians, the Druze and other minorities from the Sunnite majority which in the past has massacred them and held them in a situation close to slavery. According to Chouet, the ongoing civil war in Syria is not new and actually started in 1980 when jihadists of the Muslim Brotherhood attacked and took over the Syrian army officer academy in Alep and systematically executed all 80 Alawite military cadets. In retaliation in 1982, then President Hafez el-Assad razed the jihadist stronghold of Hama, killing between 10 and 20,000 people.

On 16 September 2013, “Aviation Week” published an article, “Counter-Stealth – Russian Radars Shrink the US Lead” (p. 16), by Bill Sweetman, describing in detail the performance of the older very high frequency (VHF, 1-2 meter wavelengths) Russian radars and now the new 55Zh6ME radar complex which includes a VHF module, but also a L-band (decametric) module and a S-band (centimetric) module, which means that radar cross-sections (RCS) down to square centimeters can be detected, but only at certain shorter distances and in narrower windows. Supposedly this large Russian system can be transported by tuck and set up or taken down in 15 minutes, which certain specialists doubt, thus making it a target for high-speed anti-radar missiles. However, its S-band capacities would mean it could detect missiles, even stealthy cruise missiles.

In the current n. 362, September 2013, issue of “Faits & Documents” (the confidential newsletter of Emmanuel Ratier), the front page (and the second page) article is a detailed biographical description of Bernard Bajolet, appointed on 10 April 2013, the new head of French DGSE foreign intelligence. Under the preceding president, Nicolas Sarkozy, he had been appointed to the newly created function of National Coordinator of Intelligence on 23 July 2008. Bajolet is no outsider to intelligence and has previously served in Algiers and Kabul.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power,  N. 627, 18 November 2013

DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 2 NOVEMBER 2013 TO 15 NOVEMBER 2013

GOP LOSES, BRIT GCHQ AS NAS “POODLE”, IRAN NEGOTIATIONS & FBI SPYING
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