Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ex-Chiefs at Comverse Tied to Options Fraud


Ex-Chiefs at Comverse Tied to Options Fraud

Options Charges
The Justice Department says Alexander wired $60 million from his own brokerage account to Israel "in an attempt to conceal the proceeds from the U.S. authorities."

Comverse ex- chiefs, Israel and 9/11 are closely linked (see red highlighting).

U.S. Police and Intelligence Hit by Spy Network
Charles R. Smith
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001
Spies Tap Police and Government Phones

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the FBI has stumbled on the largest espionage ring ever discovered inside the United States. The U.S. Justice Department is now holding nearly 100 Israeli citizens with direct ties to foreign military, criminal and intelligence services.

The spy ring reportedly includes employees of two Israeli-owned companies that currently perform almost all the official wiretaps for U.S. local, state and federal law enforcement.

The U.S. law enforcement wiretaps, authorized by the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), appear to have been breached by organized crime units working inside Israel and the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad.

Both Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller were warned on Oct. 18 in a hand-delivered letter from local, state and federal law enforcement officials. The warning stated, "Law enforcement's current electronic surveillance capabilities are less effective today than they were at the time CALEA was enacted."

The spy ring enabled criminals to use reverse wiretaps against U.S. intelligence and law enforcement operations. The illegal monitoring may have resulted in the deaths of several informants and reportedly spoiled planned anti-drug raids on crime syndicates.

Global Spy and Crime Network

The penetration of the U.S. wiretap system has led to a giant spy hunt across the globe by American intelligence agencies. U.S. intelligence officials now suspect the spy ring shared and sold information to other nations.

"Why do you think Putin so nonchalantly and with such great fanfare announced the shutdown of the Lourdes listening post in Cuba?" noted Douglas Brown, president of Multilingual Data Solutions Inc. and program director at the Nathan Hale Institute.

"Besides the PR benefit right before his visit here, the Russians don't need it anymore. They've scraped together a cheaper, more effective monitoring system. Is the Israeli company an element of that system? I don't know," stated Brown.

"With all the whining and crying about Echelon and Carnivore, critics, domestic and foreign, of U.S. electronic eavesdropping vastly overestimate our abilities to process and disseminate the stuff," noted Brown.

"The critics also underestimated the incompetence and total ineptness of the people running our intelligence and law enforcement services during the Clinton-Gore years. One guy uses his home computer for storing top secret documents; another high-tech guru guy can't figure out how to save and retrieve his e-mail, and the guy in charge of everything is having phone sex over an open line with one of his employees," said Brown.

"On the other hand, the Europeans, including the Russians, have been much more focused on the nuts and bolts of practical systems to process the information they scoop up. The stories linking German intelligence and the L&H scandal got very little play here but were widely noted in the European software community," said Brown.

"Except for a few Germans and an occasional Pole, nobody can match the Russians in designing and developing algorithms. We may have some of the world's greatest programmers, but the Russians and Europeans do a better job of matching up linguists and area experts with their programmers," noted Brown.

The discovery of a major spy ring inside the United States is straining the already tense relations with Israel. Although, Israel denied any involvement with the penetration of the U.S. wiretap system, the CIA and FBI are investigating the direct government ties to the former Israeli military and intelligence officials now being held by the Justice Department.

Israeli Company Provides U.S. Wiretaps

One company reported to be under investigation is Comverse Infosys, a subsidiary of an Israeli-run private telecommunications firm. Comverse provides almost all the wiretapping equipment and software for U.S. law enforcement.

Custom computers and software made by Comverse are tied into the U.S. phone network in order to intercept, record and store wiretapped calls, and at the same time transmit them to investigators.

The penetration of Comverse reportedly allowed criminals to wiretap law enforcement communications in reverse and foil authorized wiretaps with advance warning. One major drug bust operation planned by the Los Angeles police was foiled by what now appear to be reverse wiretaps placed on law enforcement phones by the criminal spy ring.

Flawed laws Led to Compromise

Several U.S. privacy and security advocates contend the fault actually lies in the CALEA legislation passed by Congress that allowed the spy ring to operate so effectively. Lisa Dean, vice president for technology policy at Free Congress Foundation, delivered a scathing critique of the breach of the U.S. law enforcement wiretap system.

"We are exercising our 'I told you so' rights on this," said Dean.

"From the beginning, both the political right and left warned Congress and the FBI that they were making a huge mistake by implementing CALEA. That it would jeopardize the security of private communications, whether it's between a mother and her son or between government officials. The statement just issued by law enforcement agencies has confirmed our worst fears," concluded Dean.

"How many more 9/11s do we have to suffer?" asked Brad Jansen, deputy director for technology policy at the Free Congress Foundation.

"The CALEA form of massive surveillance is a poor substitute for real law enforcement and intelligence work. It is an after-the-fact method of crime fighting. It is not designed to prevent crime. Massive wiretapping does not equal security. Instead, we have elected to jeopardize our national security in exchange for poor law enforcement," said Jansen.

"For example, FINCEN monitoring of all money transactions did not detect al-Qaeda, nor did it find Mohamed Atta before he boarded his last flight. It was an ATM receipt left in his rental car that led the FBI to the bin Laden bank accounts," noted Jansen.

U.S. National Security Compromised

"The CALEA approach is the same approach law enforcement has been pushing for a number of years. It's the same approach that was used to push Carnivore, Magic Lantern, FINCEN and even the failed Clipper project. This approach leads to a compromise in national security and in personal security for the American public," said Jansen.

"In addition, there is always government abuse of these kinds of systems," stated Jansen. "Law enforcement on all levels does a very poor job in policing itself. We need to hold our police and government officials to the highest standards."

"This also hurts the U.S. economy when the whole world knows that our communication systems are not secure. We cannot compete with inferior products when other countries are exporting secure software and hardware. New Zealand, India and Chile already offer security products that actually provide real security," stated Jansen.

"The current mentality of law enforcement is what failed to protect us from 9/11. CALEA wiretaps will not protect us from terror attacks in the future. The system does not provide better intelligence information. It actually leads to less security and more crime. We get the worst of both worlds," concluded Jansen


Oliver Stone: WTC Movie Review

On Sept. 11, 2001, Chuck Sereika crawled into a burning black hole in the unstable pile of debris that was once the World Trade Center, and was the first man to reach trapped Port Authority officer Will Jimeno. At least he was in real life. In Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, Sereika's glory goes to New York City police officer Scott Strauss, a member of the elite Emergency Service Unit.

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Lebanon’s Descent into Hell
Mike Whitney
...Bush and Olmert agree that the "real enemy" is Arab nationalism and Muslim solidarity; the 2 vital threats to the US/Israeli occupation strategy. The same solution applies to Lebanon as Iraq; divide and conquer; pit one group against the next until the whole society is torn apart in a paroxysm of bloodshed. Will Israel succeed in inciting chaos and civil strife or will they have to jump-start the process by packing explosives in the trunks of cars and detonating them ! in marketplaces and mosques like counterinsurgency operations in Iraq? We’ll have to wait and see. Lebanon is at the beginning of a long descent into hell. Every opportunity for peace has been foreclosed by the Bush administration. The failures in Iraq and Afghanistan have done nothing to slow the machinery of state terror. The ghastly specter of mutilated corpses crushed beneath the twisted iron and powdery debris of bombed-out buildings only whets the appetites of the imperial warlords. They won’t be happy until the fire they stared in Iraq consumes the entire Middle East in a pyramid of flames...

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Starving Babies and Making Lebanon Dark
Kurt Nimmo
It should be obvious by now Israel intends to ethnically cleanse southern Lebanon, all the way up to the Litani River where the United Nations proposed rebuilding a bridge in order to deliver humanitarian aid. "UN officials contacted the Israeli army to inform them that a team of Chinese military engineers attached to the UN force in Lebanon intended to repair the bridge on the Beirut to Tyre road to enable the transport of humanitarian supplies," reports the Gua! rdian. "According to the UN, Israeli officials said the engineers would become a target if they attempted to repair the bridge"...

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Did you know?
Sabbah's blog
Did you know that India have banned Arab TV channels under pressure from Israel. In a country widely referred to as the world’s largest democracy, the Indian government has succumbed to mounting Israeli pressure and ordered a nationwide ban on the broadcast of Arab television channels?! Now you know! Do you know the two nations that stand out above all others as notorious serial abusers of UN resolutions are the US and Israel?! Now you know! Did you know that Israel attempted to kill P! alestinian PM, Esmail Haniya, with "poison gas"?! Now you know!...

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War crimes and responsibility of the Bush administration
Rodrique Tremblay, Online Journal Guest Writer
Can a democracy turn fascist and militaristic? It sure can, and that is the most severe threat a democracy can ever face. The 20th Century example was Germany in the 1930's. The Nazi Party was elected in November 1932, with only 33.1 percent of the votes, but when its leader Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor on January 30, 1933, it immediately began subverting the German Weimar Constitution by concentrating! political power in its own hands, while increasing military expenditures. The Nazi government then suspended a number of constitutional protections of civil liberties under the pretext of external and internal threats to its security. The following steps taken by Nazi Germany were to initiate a series of illegal wars of aggression against other countries. This culminated with World War II in which more than 50 million people died. After the war, principles of international law were established in order to prevent future mischievous politicians from embarking upon wars of aggression. In the first instance, the U.S. participated in establishing the Nuremberg standard of international criminal justice, which states that it is a war crime to launch a war of aggression...

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Danny Schechter at Media Channel sent me the following notice:Israel Solidarity Mission, Tuesday August 22nd Saturday August 26th (after Shabbat). 4 days (3 nights at hotel) A Unique Way to Show Our Solidarity with the People of Israel. Not only solidarity but much more: * Touring the embattled North of Israel and personally sharing our friendship with families there who have lived through the terror of Katyusha rockets falli! ng on their homes; * Visiting an air force base where we will thank the brave pilots who are defending Israel and see, up close, the advanced F-16-I jets they fly; * Receiving a briefing from the Brigade Commander and his troops defending against Hamas terrorism in Gaza; * Meeting with top officials of Israel’s government to hear what lies ahead and to learn how we can help....

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The Failures Of The Antiwar Movement, Summer ’06
Joshua Frank
Summer is quickly winding down. President Bush is off to Crawford for his usual R&R. Cindy Sheehan, who just purchased a piece of land near the Bush ranch, is setting up camp in hopes of drawing Bush out from his dark quarters and into the light. The war in Iraq, even though it’s bloodier than ever, has taken a back seat to the crisis in Lebanon, where Israel has opted to target and kill innocent civilians to brandish Hezbollah. Conflict in the Middle ! East is worse than it was just one year ago. The only visible opposition to all this madness here in the US is Cindy Sheehan and her followers. If it wasn’t for her bravery and commitment it’s certain the antiwar movement would still be sitting here without a voice or a conscious. But for all the wonderful things Sheehan has done for us, I still don’t think she understands the importance of breaking with the Democratic Party -- the two-faced warmongers that they are...

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Morgue body count highlights Iraq bloodshed
Alister Bull
Almost 2,000 bodies were taken to Baghdad's morgue in July, the highest tally in five months of rising sectarian bloodshed which has forced the United States to boost troop levels in the capital to head off a civil war. Morgue assistant manager Doctor Abdul Razzaq al-Obaidi said on Wednesday that about 90 percent had died violently. "Most of the cases have gunshot wounds to the head. Some of them were strangled and others were beaten to death with clubs," h! e told Reuters...

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Bush's Sham 'Ceasefire' Resolution Is A Plan For More War and Aggression
Naim I. Farhat
It is now clear that tens of thousands of people are coming to Washington, DC on August 12 to condemn the U.S.-Israeli assault and show solidarity with the people of Palestine and Lebanon. Now is the time for the people of the United States to stand up and be counted. The whole world is condemning the U.S. and Israeli war that has made nearly one-quarter of Lebanon's entire population, 800,000 people, refugees in their home co! untry. The Israeli military, supplied and supported by the United States government, has destroyed the infrastructure of a nation, deprived families of water and left them starving and foraging to keep alive, and slaughtered hundreds of people, burying children and parents under their homes or in shelters where they have desperately sought refuge...

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Three US soldiers killed in western Iraq
Turkish Press
BAGHDAD - Three US soldiers were killed in action Wednesday in Iraq's restive western province of Anbar, the US military said. "Three soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division died from enemy action while operating in Al-Anbar province today," a statement said.

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Bush Wants Wider War
Robert Parry,
George W. Bush and his neoconservative advisers saw the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah as an opportunity to expand the conflict into Syria and possibly achieve a long-sought "regime change" in Damascus, but Israel’s leadership balked at the scheme, according to Israeli sources. One Israeli source said Bush’s interest in spreading the war to Syria was considered "nuts" by some senior Israeli officials, although Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has generally sha! red Bush’s hard-line strategy against Islamic militants. After rebuffing Bush’s suggestion about attacking Syria, the Israeli government settled on a strategy of mounting a major assault in southern Lebanon aimed at rooting out Hezbollah guerrillas who have been firing Katyusha rockets into northern Israel...

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Israel to expand ground offensive
Israel has ordered an expansion of its ground offensive in Lebanon aiming to strike harder at Hezbollah and curb its cross-border rocket attacks. The decision was announced on Wednesday by the office of Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, after the cabinet voted to send soldiers deeper into Lebanon, possibly as far as the Litani river, up to 20km north of the border. The statement said: "The security cabinet approved the recommendations of the defence establish! ment for the continuation of operations in Lebanon."...

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US Blackhawk down in Iraq, two crew missing
A US Blackhawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq and two of the six troops on board are missing, the US military Wednesday. "The aircraft has been located. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing for two missing crewmembers. The remaining four are in stable condition," US Marine Corps spokesman Major Riccoh Player said of Tuesday's crash...

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International Action Center
...The obstacles to peace in the Middle East are not Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria or Iran. The obstacle is the U.S. government and its client, the Israeli settler state. Republicans and Democrats alike have united to back the expansionist Israeli war against Palestine and Lebanon. This war is really an extension of the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq. The expansion of U.S.-backed Israeli aggress! ion in the Middle East is 'justified' through a widespread campaign of demonization against Hezbollah and Hamas. These are the movements of national resistance in Lebanon and Palestine. It is an urgent task, for those of us opposed to war and injustice, to clarify for the people of the U.S. he reality--that the problems of the Middle East are not rooted in a struggle between religions. The wars are driven by greedy imperialist policymakers in the U.S., like Bush and his super rich friends, to dominate, colonize, exploit and rob the natural resources (especially oil) of the people of the Middle East...

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"Positive Conditions" - The Water Crisis In Gaza
Alice Gray
The political rhetoric and frequent violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often serve to mask underlying environmental issues which, if not resolved, may pose an even greater threat to the well-being of the Palestinian population than the guns and bombs of the military occupation. Environmental degradation threatens to undermine the viability of any future Palestinian state and create conditions that will make life in many parts of the Palestinian! Territories impossible. Many environmental problems are accelerated and exacerbated by Occupation practices, which prevent effective environmental management. This problem is particularly acute in Gaza in relation to the water resources and the ongoing military conflict...

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Israeli war crimes aimed at “cleansing” south Lebanon
Bill Van Auken, WSWS
On Tuesday, Israeli warplanes struck the southern Lebanese town of Ghaziyeh, killing at least 14 people. Missiles demolished civilian homes just as some 1,500 mourners were participating in a procession to bury 15 of their relatives and neighbors slain just the day before. The explosions sent the crowd running in panic, dropping shrouded corpses in the street. Ghaziyeh’s normal population of 23,000 has reportedly been swelled by a wave of ! refugees. It is a predominantly Shiite town near Sidon, a region where most of the population is composed of Sunni Muslims. Many people from further south had fled there to stay with relatives and friends...

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Israel "warns" journalists
Siege of Lebanon
To members of the foreign press, The IDF has announced a limitation on travel in any kind of vehicle in all areas south of the Litani River in Lebanon. The limitation took effect at 22:00 on August 7, 2006, and will remain in effect until further notice. Information regarding the limitations was communicated to the population in southern Lebanon via media outlets and leaflets as well as through local channels. Passage of humanitarian convoys continues throughout all of ! Lebanon in coordination with the IDF. We would like to stress that these limitations apply to journalists as well...

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Kind Regards, The State of Israel
Lenin's Tomb
Via Angry Arab, Israel's leaflet promising massacres and translation: It reads: To the Lebanese citzens residing south of the Litani River. Read this document with full comprehension and do as it orders. The IDF will escalate its activities and will hit with the most excessive force terrorist elements that uses you as human shields and fires rockets/missiles from inside your houses in the direction of the state of Israel. Every car including any type that moves! south of the Litani river will be bombed because it is suspected in transporting rockets/missiles and military and ruining equipment It is your duty to do so as every person in any car is placing their life in danger. State of Israel...

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Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, The Damage in Lebanon -- and Beyond
Tom Engelhardt & Dahr Jamail
...According to statistics provided by the Lebanese Government on July 24th, there had already been well over $2.1 billion of damage to the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon -- all three of its airports and all four of its seaports had by then been bombed, and in the weeks to follow it was only to get worse. By estimates that go quickly out of date as the brutal bombing campaign continues, there has already been nearly $1 bill! ion of damage done to civilian residences and businesses, with over 22 gas stations as well as fuel depots bombed and the major highways along which fuel resupply would take place badly damaged. Scores of factories, worth over $180 million, have also been damaged or destroyed. Red Cross ambulances, governmental emergency centers, UN peacekeeping forces and observers, media outlets, and mobile phone towers have all been bombed, each a violation of international law. Mosques and churches have been hit; illegal weapons such as cluster bombs and white phosphorous used; and, as far as can be told at this early point, over 90% of the victims killed have been civilians. As of this writing, the Lebanese government had already announced at least 900 deaths, and that number is now certainly well over 1,000...

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Today in Iraq
The police found a beheaded body of a man in al-Zab, an area about 35 km southwest of Kirkuk. A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. patrol in eastern Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Habibiya, killing one bystander and wounding one U.S. soldier. Police found the bodies of three men who were shot in the head and dumped in two locations in southwestern Baghdad. Gunmen abducted two Iraqi contractors working with the U.S. military on Tuesday in the oil refinery cit! y of Baiji. Five people were killed and 20 wounded overnight when a rocket hit three-storey building in the religiously mixed city of Baquba. The building collapsed and witnesses said more may be trapped in the rubble...

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 8 August 2006.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
In a dispatch posted at 7:45pm Makkah time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier, a high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb went off by a US military column in the "12 Rabi' al-Awwal" neighborhood of al-Qa’im, nor far from the Syrian border in western Iraq. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses living in t! he area as saying that the blast destroyed a Humvee, killing or wounding all the Americans aboard it. The witnesses said that that explosion was so powerful that it shattered some window glass in nearby buildings. One witness said the explosion and shrapnel hurled one of the American soldiers out of the Humvee, killing him instantly...

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GI Special 4H9: 60% Disapprove Bush On War - August 9, 2006
Thomas F. Barton
60% Of Americans Disapprove Bush On Iraq War
8.3.06 Los Angeles Times
A Times/Bloomberg poll found discontent with President Bush's leadership on a variety of key fronts, including the war in Iraq, with 60 percent disapproval, and the economy, with 59 percent disapproval.

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Bloglines - The Great Boxing Day Earthquake Changed Earth's Surface Gravity

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The Great Boxing Day Earthquake Changed Earth's Surface Gravity

By ElaineMeinelSupkis

Boxing_day_quake_gravityThe data coming in from the masive earthquake a year and a half ago continues to astonish everyone. This was a significant geological event on many levels. This affected the earth very deeply as we can see from satellite images. A large area susided which has affected many communities on the edge of the ocean and a good section of ocean has risen significantly.

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9/11 Hit Pieces Get Just Plain Stupid: Part 1

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9/11 Hit Pieces Get Just Plain Stupid: Part 1

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9/11 Hit Pieces Get Just Plain Stupid: Part 1 Writing "nonsense," and giving the word its own paragraph is not a satisfactory rebuttal Paul Joseph

Tony Snow: A Vote For Lamont Is A Vote For Another 9/11

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Bloglines - Popular Mechanics debunked

9-11 Controlled Demolition
"…the loose community that some call the 9/11 Truth Movement has moved from the shadowy basements of the Internet out into the open. Across the board, the movement operates on the conviction that the U.S. government is keeping the whole truth under wraps. And that it either planned or allowed 9/11 to happen as a pretext for invading Afghanistan and Iraq and rolling back civil liberties at home". Maxim Magazine 2/17/06