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October 15, 2016

The Apprentice


I watched their two-hour show on who these candidates are, since the broadcast media mostly has such difficulty in an even-handed presentation of the two candidates for the Office of the President of the United States.

NSA logo The senseless leaders – Clinton-Trump. Dirty Harry. American can-do heroism? A clash of patriots? Blood poison? When you do not capture so very many . . .  voters.  So out of our leaders, what is missing? As a place is changing before our eyes, what will happen to people who idolize the new heroes? Or to this Land? 

“How dare THEY question!” Did you notice all the arrogance in Campaign 2016? It is the Age of “how dare they question.” And it seems fair that the kids who grew up believing in this New Age creed — with the mantra of this generation “How dare they judge!” — got these two candidates. What better memory would anyone have of this campaign but “How dare THEY question!” perspective of each candidate.  With the kind of attention from press and public that would inflate the ego of a weaker human, where is from the opportunity to question any candidate these days for public office, the much needed direct response to any question?

As ‘attack ads’ have been replaced by just attack. No matter the ages of the two nominees from the majority parties for president of the United States, the candidates are playing to the egregious generation so wounded in what they have come to know about American History. There is a reason that the issues will never be discussed in this election.  For an American generation carrying the egregious scars of September 11, 2001 and the 2008 financial crisis, in the political Olympics of the have’s and the have-not’s, there is the mental agony that is attached to being a hero, in the public’s eye. Most people carry around at different levels the poison of color, gender, belief in the normalizing middle-class perspective that comes out of Rome, of Mecca, or out from the Orthodox Slavic world, above the Equator. Most people carry around at different levels the poison…. a poison in a local nationalism that comes out of the land, if that is all the land has given to you. That local nationalism is the foundation of the National Football League – who plays for us? So is Donald playing for the other team? Is Hillory playing for the other team, with the coming of age SPLIT, again , as if Gender is some kind of scientific choice?  What does gender matter?

With his great understanding about the world and all of the sciences, the “Make America Great Again” candidate wants to begin by attacking the world of Muslims, as the broadcast media sits asking ONLY their “how does it feel?” and“ how important is it?” questions.

Was there the missing interest in these candidates who do not FEEL because they do not KNOW real people? It is the “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous” campaign. Who needs to watch this long-running reality show, either with the 24 years with one or the 14 years of the other, as “The Apprentice” working their way to the Presidency?   You had to just know how to use the broadcast media.

Behold this mental agony of a someone who will firmly justify their actions in public while inwardly craving solid, objective proof that they have done their duty, civilly.  Or even if criminally hiding their professional government emails, or hiding the agony of justifying your need to go public, taking  down your share-holders, to avoid personal bankruptcy.  Behold the naked public lives, sacrificing all decency along the way, of both candidates.  As the egregious generation thought this – Campaign 2016 – was all normal?   

In America, just as anyone can be sued for anything. In America, with the blessed culture, anyone can run for President. Though “the inheritance” is not shared so well for an American generation carrying the burden of freedom, now more as a historic preservation task than out of any real joy.  With what might have been — how had either candidate even claimed a nomination — a discussion about freedom in the world?  Who do egregious people idolize, purely on what they see on commercialized television?  The issues will never be discussed,if they ever had been in that never-ending primary season?  In the political Olympics of the have’s and the have-not’s, is the motto about taking what is not yours to take, after failing to hold onto what you once had?  The Bill of Rights?  Spying?  If education is about being led somewhere, behold the next generation with the enormous debt, living in the Promise Land with the lost sense, of being free.  There is the lost sense of human touch, everywhere, perhaps due to the over-dependence on your cell phone.

Reflecting public education these days, represented by one candidate educated in public school, there is this piece in Commonweal magazine:

A conversation widened more broadly to discuss race and racism. This soon-to-graduate senior, after a moment of silence, nervously chuckled and said: “Hey Doc! Guess what? Not every student of color gives a damn about how they are seen from the normalizing white-middle-class perspective.” I flinched from a punch that I never saw coming, in another blind spot revealed.

The instant-replay generation. The preponderance of evidence, if this was only a civil trial, weighing the facts. Did you see the mistake on the replay that you might have missed the first time? For both of the candidate. On the old media called television like the old device called the Video Cassette Recorder, with still all the talking heads, these were the Re-runs.  For “The Apprentice.”

The “American can-do” heroes? Like a first-responder?  The underling theme from barking dogs which, in an urban kettle as a noise, could be annoying after 11 o’clock at night, signifying that there was no THERE there anyway.  I am still waiting to hear what was really inside, in the way of ideas.  As the media is only checking the polls first?

“Unhappy is the land that needs a hero,” mourns Galileo in the Bertold Brecht play.

Proving your greatness, in institution, privately, in the land that has mostly welcomed immigrants since the beginning. “Ready to make America great again!” One man? 

So all alone.

With all of the surveillance workers watching. The police shootings. On Youtube. “The only thing surveillance workers are protecting is the supremacy of the government, and a counter-terror is their excuse for surveillance?”

As more and more in this campaign, counter-terror if not heroism is grown here! I carry the scale with a concern for justice. There is the preponderance of doubt. My measure is “beyond a reasonable doubt,” over the egregious generation, taking over everything.

Is this a courageous ideal – medical insurance without limits, like governments without limits? With her espoused great concern for all children, never counting the cost to the average citizen, as the writer of National Health Insurance as a new tax which is an imposition on everyone that no one can afford, is this a courageous idealist? Will a nation ever get to hear a discussion about the new ideals, from the original author of Affordable Health Care Act that has yet to address the actual costs being billed by health care providers?

Police shootings, with this mental agony of Dirty Harry. Nerve-wracking flashbacks to all of these police shooting. Of police. By police. With impunity. Like “The Troubles” in the North of Ireland, which side do you believe?

The helpless. Instructed to just pay the premiums, as a brand new kind of American tax as just a regular part of this thing called “The Economy.” The elephant in the room is the blessed Economy. The work producing the sweat of human brow.  From out of an unblessed emptiness, treating humans as animals. Animal Farm, with the trained helpless animals.

Fiscal policy.  Monetary policy.  Debt!  The ever increasing debt, without anyone being asked to sacrifice, except to pay the sky-rocketing health care premiums, with the increasing strength of the dollar.  This is the same dollar that waned, invisibly, so much in the early years of the New Millennium with the war in Iraq and the war again in Afghanistan, with ever an increase in federal taxes.  Those wars so far away were the basis for the ongoing Monetary War centered on currencies.  With innocent nations all over the world paying more and more visible price. There are these candidates with a shared lost sense of touch. Or out of touch?  

There is a terror in money along with all the other things shared here: Language. Belief, both public and private. Law and law enforcement. With public policy directed over the off-the-books expenses of National Security? There is worry over sectarian violence in San Bernardino, over racial violence in Jefferson, Missouri.  And gender violence.  What would resolve the problems of verbal assaults, on behalf of all the suffering women, after all the uncovered sexual assaults? Legalized marijuana?  The “p___y” remark from his video past, sacrificing all decency along the way. I heard the same “p___y” remark 30 days ago while in the public skyway directed at a beautiful young African-American woman – as if, I believed, the young African-American man should have the social culture of what he viewed to be the white society. In public. To impose my values on the young African-American, who had descended not from slaves but the missing real culture in slavery.

“How dare they judge!” One self-made man. As inequality threatens stability, with all the shared concern for a nation’s safety, is it time to leave here? In the Book of Genesis, the people who descended from the perfect son – always found to be the Victim in the story – do not end up so perfect themselves. Perfect people have no need for God, to bless America.

So all alone, Hillory.  After all the joy over electing a black president, polls show that young women are not particularly moved by her solitary goal, in her promise to make history as a woman.  It might be time when a nation might concentrating again on electing a stateswoman or statesman?

The jury is still out on the question – So, revolution or restoration?  The counter-terror is in the candidates, plural, in a land that has these two-faced candidates, unqualified to unite the states for the next generation based upon their checkered past.  W. E. B. DuBois wrote in 1903: ‘It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness – a sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others – measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness.’

Missing. There is something missing in Clinton-Trump.  Mostly each of them seem to be missing a soul.  For me, Hillory’s loud voice is as empty as her opponent.  It is difficult to win over the hearts and minds of an electorate when you were missing a soul, running on anger. As the world looks on in amused contempt and pity. That this IS really a true story. Of two candidates running on anger.

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August 7, 2014

The Great Chill

Filed under: Journalism — baseball91 @ 9:41 PM
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mourning The Great Chill, set off on September 11, 2001,  has followed the Cold War.  Or was the new Great Chill just another result of Global Warming?

Contributing to the drying up the flow of information, is it the generation of journalists or just the affect of the environment over the past thirteen years which has contributed to the missing edge at my daily newspaper? This will happen when the news room is reduced to fifty percent of its size from ten years ago.

In July 2014, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report that “access to data as detailed in leaks by former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden, coupled with the Obama administration’s prosecution of people for leaking classified information, is having a chilling effect…”

Said Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, in a copy-write article, “People have to work harder, it takes longer, and you … won’t have as many stories.” So it is not just the new generation of reporters on the sports page that do not seem to be interesting? For ten years, half of the best and the brightest graduates of MIT went to Wall Street to apply their engineering knowledge of the world for the rewards of the financial world. Where were the interesting writers going?

The New Millennium is more than ever about the use and exploits of power by the exploitors over the exploited. Like Chris Lehman recent wrote about the Federal Communications Commission, “a notionally independent regulatory body so infested with industry shills that the leaders of the FCC and the lead wireless telecom lobbying consortium recently traded places without so much as a hiccup of public dissent,” in the same edition of Al Jezeera, Gregg Levine published the following article.

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Concerning cyber security. “Now a private consultant, Keith Alexander has made news this summer by seeking six- or seven-figure sums for hacker-proofing private computer networks. But this raised a number of eyebrows, and not just because of the price.

Keith Alexander filed seven cybersecurity patents while he was director of the National Security Agency. In his retirement, he has offered help to large corporations to fend off malicious hackers with his new “behavioral models” for spotting pre-crime (patent pending — seriously — nine of them, says Alexander).

Keith Alexander first partnered with a regulatory compliance consultancy for the financial industry (Promontory Financial Group) that per almost every report out calls “shadowy.” The Promontory Financial Group has made a science out of classic Washington revolving-door regulation — building a kind of 400-resident strong retirement home for ex-government employees, where the guys who wrote the rules then cash in by showing banks how to flout them.

As the longest-ever-serving director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexanders reports that his new cyber-consulting in no way trades on the classified information he perused during his long tenure as a spymaster which would be illegal. He states that his new way to stop cybercrime did not come to him until after just leaving his government job, after input from an unnamed business associate.

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has retained Alexander to “facilitate” the coming joint effort; Alexander brought in Michael Chertoff, the former Department of Homeland Security chief, to assure extra facilitating.

The unprecedented sharing with private industry of classified government intelligence on cyberthreats is the kind of data essential to consultant Alexander’s for-profit security model. You know, assuming he doesn’t just use the classified information he accrued during his time as the head of U.S. Cyber Command. Because, as noted, that would be illegal.

That was all a little too pat for Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who wrote to some of Alexander’s potential clients in June, asking just what the former NSA chief was offering in exchange for his hefty fees.

“I question how Mr. Alexander can provide any of the services he is offering unless he discloses or misuses classified information, including extremely sensitive sources and methods,” Grayson wrote. “Without the classified information that he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you.”

One of the recipients of this letter was SIFMA, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a trade group representing banks, securities firms and asset managers.

“Thank you for your inquiry about our efforts concerning cyber security,” starts the letter from Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) to Grayson. “I am glad that you share our interest in this important issue. Cyber attacks are increasingly a major threat to our financial system. As such, enhancing cybersecurity is a top priority for the financial services industry. SIFMA believes we have an obligation to do everything possible to protect the integrity of our markets and the millions of Americans who use financial services every day.”

And to be clearer, SIFMA’s language in this letter reflects its lobbying efforts on behalf of a public-private mind meld of grand proportions:

“We know that a strong partnership between the private sector and the government is the most efficient way to address this growing threat. Industry and investors benefit when the private sector and government agencies can work together to share relevant threat information. We would like to see more done in Congress to eliminate the barriers to legitimate information sharing, which will enable this partnership to grow stronger, while protecting the privacy of our customers.”

In the reference to “more to be done” with the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA) which won approval from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last month. CISA, like its House sibling CISPA (Cyber Information Sharing Protection Act) has drawn the ire of civil liberties groups, while drawing the solid advocacy of a recent NSA director — back when he was still NSA director.

To further probe the provenance of the former intelligence official’s official intelligence, journalist Jason Leopold (who has written for Al Jazeera on other topics) has sued the NSA over Alexander’s financial disclosure forms.

To be clear, as has been noted by Marcy Wheeler, this is not about, say, protecting consumers from thefts of credit card data, like that which befell Target customers last year (because Target had not actually implemented its own cybersecurity plan). Those Americans in the financial markets to whom SIFMA refers are actually high-volume, high-frequency traders — i.e. the banks and brokerages represented by SIFMA.

As a matter of policy, government officials are supposed to make information on their income and investments publicly available. The only exception to that rule is for intelligence personnel, and only if the President of the United States determines that “due to the nature of the office or position occupied by such individual, public disclosure of such report would, by revealing the identity of the individual or other sensitive information, compromise the national interest of the United States.”

It is already known who is involved here — Alexander — and what his job was, but even so, there is no indication from the government that the president has made any ruling pursuant to the law. The NSA is just refusing to make Alexander’s financial disclosure forms available.

But whatever Alexander was making, he is undoubtedly poised to make much more now. Still, the question remains, “Why?” Alexander is, after all, the man who was at the head of the NSA when a private contractor named Edward Snowden downloaded a treasure-trove of top-secret information, and did so without ever being detected.

And to this day, the NSA has made it clear it has no idea as to the total amount, scope or nature of the data Snowden copied.

Alexander is probably not talking much about that in his sales pitch. What he is talking about, it seems, is something called “Wiper,” a vicious bit of malware that targeted the Iranian Oil Ministry in 2012, erasing large amounts of data.

The irony here, according to security experts, is that is that “Wiper is a cousin of the notorious Stuxnet virus, which was built by the NSA — while Alexander was in charge — in cooperation with Israeli intelligence. The program disabled centrifuges in a nuclear plant in Iran in a classified operation known as Olympic Games.”

The U.S. has never officially acknowledged involvement with Stuxnet.

But the idea of a man selling cybersecurity based on a threat his former agency likely had a hand in at least hyping and, most likely, launching, sounds suspiciously like a protection racket.

Or maybe it is just extortion. Legal minds can hash that out, but the whole seamy business led one observer to channel Alexander and comment, “For another million, I’ll show you the back door we put in your router.”

Basing a $1 million-per-month charge on the NSA’s actual investigative work during Alexander’s tenure might be a tough sell. An analysis of a decade of NSA bulk surveillance programs revealed that their contribution to stopping terrorism was, at best, minimal. But offering a conduit to classified government information, that might be worth something. Throw in a little insider knowledge on the design of the threat and maybe some added, erm, protection, and Alexander might be pitching a deal at that.

If this is the “Hope and change” of the past two election, you can keep the change. How many more government servants will set off to apply their engineering knowledge of the world that they help set up, under the questionable misuse of power, for the so personal financial rewards of the cyber world?

Did you ever note the Land in the story of miracles — and the things which grew over time from deep within the land?

“This land is your land, this land is My land.”

Do you remember the first time that you heard the fire alarm in school? There is this innate human sensation — of alarm. To be alarmed – by noise, by sight, by something set off by your nose! I remember the childhood fear when I heard in the movie “The Diary of Anne Frank” the sound of the European police siren.

With this Climate Change, I am alarmed by the current people in power who thought and acted: those who knew that they could not be above the laws, so they framed the law in such a way, in some form of ‘arc of economic justice’ to ride above this arc and seek the benefits for themselves. In their new ways, to be above the the law, in cyberspace. In this new form of invisible inside trading.

The first public miracles of cyberspace involved taking away freedom for personal profit, in the taking away from the “Holy Space,” liberty … to enslave the future generations. The horror was to see a retired U S Army General, after the cost of human life in American history in creating holy space, the invisible crimes of this inside trading against humanity that are spiraling to the local law enforcement agencies, from people like Keith Alexander. Men exploiting the weak and the powerless, and the fears of the masses, not out of any real emergency but for more wealth. And for more power.

As the safe-sex generation had grown and become more visible, their kids walked to the bus stops by over-protective parents had grown old. And the irony was that this generation would be taking away my liberty, more and more. It is what happened with every form of excess. It was not the fault of the over-protected kids … it was what they were born into. As the invisible became visible, over time, under a democratic form of government, the foreign threat of the Cold War has become this chilling domestic threat, so close to home, while living in the Information Age, about what constituted the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.

AS you learned to live without …. this was The Great chill.

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June 7, 2013

While America Slept, Under Surveillance

Filed under: FISA,Journalism — baseball91 @ 1:28 AM
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There was Amy Goodman, in 2008. There were Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in the summer of 2011.

Had you heard about the recipients of Section 215 National Security Agency letter which you were not allowed to tell anyone about, as a result of the Patriot Act passed after the Twin Tower terrorism? Have you heard about the provision that authorizes the government to seek secret court orders for the production of “any tangible thing” relevant to a foreign-intelligence or terrorism investigation? Or The NSA letter? At the time with Colin Powell’s kid running the The FCC. And have you noticed the silence of national broadcasting companies with their renewable FCC licenses? Was this a flavor of recent life in Iran?

It was all legal, in a police state. Though continuously denying that the NSA spies on domestic communications, expansion of its original charter to eavesdrop on communications between countries, not inside the United States, happened soon after September 11, 2001. In response to questions presented by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who asked in a letter to the the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the summer of 2011 whether the intelligence community has the authority to collect geolocation information on American citizens, Kathleen Turner, the director of legislative affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, responded that the government is still defining its “view of the full contours of this authority and will get back to you.” This was well past day one thousand of the Obama Presidency.

The Washington Post reported efforts to target the conservative groups reached the highest levels of the Internal Revenue Agency by May 2012 -—far earlier than the agency had acknowledged. Reuters reported high-level IRS officials, including its chief counsel, knew in August 2011 about the targeting. There was much going on that summer.

“The White House is reported to be shell-shocked at public reaction to the scandal,” Peggy Noonan wrote in May 2013. “Were they so highhanded, so essentially ignorant, that they didn’t understand what it would mean to the American people when their IRS—the revenue-collecting arm of the U.S. government—is revealed as a low, ugly and bullying tool of the reigning powers? If they didn’t know how Americans would react to that, what did they know?”

What they didn’t know? Will there one day be concern about the database of evidence being surrendered “in secret to the demands of unaccountable intelligence agencies,” in a program put in place under the Patriot Act’s Section 215 where recipients of Section 215 orders, such as telecommunications companies, are prohibited from disclosing — in this case by Judge Robert Vinson of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court –to anyone that they gave the government their customers’ records. This is the NSA letter. With a big telecommunication carrier responsible for one terabit per day, the actual physical transmission of this data is no big deal, out of a total 4 billion phone calls per day, and about 4 terabits of data at 100 bytes of metadata per call. A single DS3 line is nothing special with a potential for about 4 terabits per day.

To meet extremists there was now extreme secrecy. Would there ever one day be concern about the present day Inquisition against people from the Middle East, or just Muslims? Like the latter day concern about Japanese internment camps? These Muslim folks surely cannot scream. Since 9/11, the government has increasingly classified and concealed not just facts, but the Patriot Act’s Section 215, itself, inconsistent with the values of a transparent open government, with accountability. Under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, there are secret courts, approved secret judges, and approved secret attorneys. It is said that these secret courts have expansively interpreted the section of the law and effectively given the administration an array of powers Congress never intended. Sometime in mid 2011, with Section 215 of the Patriot Act scheduled to expire, Congress reauthorized Section 215 without amendment until 2015.

During an investigation of administration leaks by the Justice Department, there had been another NSA letter tracking FoxNews reporter Rosen’s movements, with a search of his personal emails. Was there irony in the secretive and controversial seizure and surveillance on Associated Press phone records, in lieu of the Obama Administration own security breaches of classified or sensitive information disclosed by Leon Panetta to the filmmakers of “Zero Dark Thirty”? This top-secret information was mentioned at a June 2011 awards ceremony about the bin Laden raid’s participants.

Legal and illegal. There is an underlying contempt to this president’s administration that seemed to arise with his predecessor in the same office. For the last two years, “the government” has refused to describe its secret interpretation of the Patriot Act. And Mr. Obama has been in office for 52 months. And then the convenient leaks to get their own angle of the news out – maybe like Eric Holder’s off the record meeting this week with reporters that the New York Times refused to attend the spin session. .

After a government had finished with one enemy, who would be the next enemy singled out? In 2012, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) wrote to the Justice Department, about the Obama Administration views about this legality: “When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they are going to be stunned and they are going to be angry.” In a 2012 followup, the ACLU filed a new Freedom of Information Act request in an effort to learn more about unaccountable intelligence agencies and a referenced “secret interpretation” made by Sens. Wyden and Udall.

In almost certainly a universal dragnet which applies to every United States phone service provider, Verizon, under a top secret NSA letter or a court order issued from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25, 2013, was compelled by law to pass on records of all calls made on its network until July 19th….as part of the program secretly authorized by President Bush in October 2001, implementing bulk collection of domestic telephone, internet and email records. What was not mentioned is how much Verizon is charging for their records. Verizon previously objected having to provide under the Freedom of Information Act proprietary information about what was given to the government because the company would be ridiculed and publicly shamed were their surveillance price sheets made public. To his knowledge, said U S Senator Saxby Chambliss, there has not been any citizen who has registered a complaint, though he might want to check the litigation filed by the American Civil Liberty Union. Every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this, he said. Under the terms of the order, location data, time and call duration, the phone numbers of both parties are handed over, though the contents of the conversation itself are not covered. Even the Mother Jones periodical thinks it is all fine. “Bush approved this, Obama thinks it’s a great idea, and most congressional leaders, who have known about this for a long time, seem fine with the universal dragnet. Congress basically gave it its official blessing in 2007.” And during the most recent debate renewing the Patriot Act, it was the hypercritical and hypocritical senators from California, Feinstein and Chambliss, thwarting any robust discussion by Sens. Wyden and Udall in what falls under the category of BAD LAW, about what exactly was legal under the US Constitution which is not based upon what the vast majority of the American public seem concerned about.

Is there evidence that NSA, given free rein, has abused the surveillance program – perhaps like the IRS has been revealed to have abused their office – which allegedly thwarted a “significant” case of domestic terrorism “within the last few years?” The vast majority of the American public do not really seem concerned, in a world with 3 billion Google searches per day, with spy agencies having access to their phone records, with a free trade-off for personal safety, if they even knew? Do the vast majority of the American public seem concerned about the race, color, or creed of these humans operating in secret courts, as approved secret judge, and as approved secret attorneys. After all the Title 9 legislation of Congress. And wasn’t the War in Iraq about exporting this kind of democracy, in a new form of philanthropy, that was mentioned in speeches at the time. That they might have what “we” have.

As Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) asked just where such authority might come from, the response from the director of legislative affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was that though the amount of evidence that can be collected and the procedures required to get it haven’t been settled yet, “the government has some authority to collect cell phone mobility data under appropriate circumstances.”

Classified information, “under appropriate circumstances,” as people becomes just commodities. There are a 1.2 million Americans with top secret government clearance, for the 76.7 million classified documents in 2010; there were 8.6 million classified documents in 2001, per Andy Greenberg in the book, This Machine Kills Secrets. In August 2011, Congressman Peter King became concerned about reports that classified or sensitive information might have been disclosed by the CIA and he sought the release of the report of the Pentagon inspector-general. He complained as much about the delay as what the report says about then CIA director and the film “Zero Dark Thirty.” The report concluded the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs did not keep adequate records” of its dealings with “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow and screen writer Mark Boal; CIA employees did not always comply with regulations designed to protect sensitive information while dealing with the film-makers; and the CIA did not seek as much monetary reimbursement for the costs of its extended cooperation, as it should have, from the filmmakers. And Mr. Panetta would not be prosecuted, under the law.

In late May 2013 at a conference in Washington, Keith Alexander said the National Security Agency does not have the bandwidth to read the 420 billion e-mails generated by Americans daily, even after tapping into the largest Internet companies for nearly six years. Though Alexander’s job is like that of the pope of national security, and he was going to protect his church and his priests the way the folks in Rome had on all the issues of abuse within the system. Obama officials contend it operates within the parameters of the Patriot Act, as the extensive surveillance of the NSA has continued under the Obama Administration, with their own version of infallibility when it came to the faith and morals of the Spiritual not Religious.

In lieu of all this surveillance, with public access to private lives, my state legislature formulated new bullying laws in school, but beat up on religious institutions in so many ways. As the Spiritual but not Religious, without any defined parameters, took over. And there was no THERE there any more. When people believed in nothing except fear itself, because of the lack of understanding about the ideals of a constitution.

More and more there is evidence of low, ugly, bullying tools of the reigning powers, not unlike what happened in the history of Inquisitions, in the quest of public access to private lives. In discovery and search for production of “any tangible thing.” The BBC reported yesterday on the force-feeding of some of the one hundred prisoners on a hunger strike, about lodging provided to so many without charge, ten years after September 11th. In our Spiritual but not Religious world, few Americans questioned the morality of a president who contends his administration operates within the parameters of the Patriot Act, though not defining those parameters to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.). In our Spiritual but not Religious world, few Americans questioned the morality of a president pretending to have virtue and principle who once promised to close the GITMO prison where theses people, not yet prosecuted under the law, remain. In the vanity politics of hope and change, with an emphasis on charm over authenticity orchestrated now in two campaigns, comes this second-term president, believing that he is still “curating information” like a very special museum worker or like the gatekeeper on the information superhighway. Where, in the name of community-organizing, is the change, Mr. President?

Using their bullying tools, it is John Boehner, Senator Dianne Feinstein and John Bolton who are the traitors to the ideals of the constitution. With such rhetoric, trying to win the battle of their viewpoint with the parameters of unlimited power over who is evil, how soon will the armies be called out against the civilians here in these United States? Leaders who somehow were educated to think that the US Constitution which is based upon — so much the way political leadership is now based upon the latest polls — what the vast majority of the American public seem concerned about. Living in their cyber-world, Boehner, Feinstein, Bolton giving the intelligence agencies blank checks throwing around money like it was not real. Snowden was paid $122,000 a year for his work as a systems administrator in his less than three months under contract to the NSA, Booz Allen Hamilton announced, clarifying that this was substantially less than the $200,00 a year that Snowden claimed in his information to The Guardian while working at an NSA Threat Operations Center in Hawaii. How much money was Booz Allen Hamilton making while not detecting threats, off the books, without the same U S guidelines?

Doing a Google search of a guy named John Young, the creator of Cryptome, you will find out that in 2009, Cryptome published Yahoo’s 17 page guide which described Yahoo’s data retention policies and the surveillance capabilities it offers law enforcement, revealing how Yahoo retains the IP addresses from users who login to its site for a year; how Yahoo instant message logs are retained for 45 to 60 days and include an account holder’s friends list and the date and times the user communicated with them; and Yahoo was charging the government about $30 to $40 for the contents, including e-mail, of a subscriber’s account. Yahoo, the internet corporation notorious for helping China spy on its citizens had been doing the same in the United States. Yahoo, the internet corporation notorious for sharing information about me to the drug-company Viagara, like the phone companies themselves routinely store call and location data from your phone, aggregate it, and sell it to third parties.

Concerning the construction of Chinese Walls, what was it about Asian history which created barriers to the logic of constitutions based upon civil liberty? With the essential idea that some people were above the law, John Yoo who so poorly served the government of the United State as part of the Bush Administration as far back as July 2009 wrote, (), “As the 9/11 Commission found, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s wall between domestic law enforcement and foreign intelligence proved dysfunctional and contributed to our government’s failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks….In a report issued last week, they suggested that President George W. Bush might have violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by ordering the interception of international communications of terrorists without a judicial warrant.”

And the Minnesota Highway Patrol kept data assembled from 11 cameras in town off scanned license plate, to monitor the vicinity of vehicles, for “public safety.” Scanning license plates, saving license plate reader data after the litigation in the Minneapolis police department of “authorized people” looking up information about a pretty female police officer.

What form police brutality? What could an authorized person do, like Leon Panetta, without fear of punishment? And how soon would be the day, like seen this week in Turkey, when you lost an ability to trust? Because in a civil society, when the majority lose an ability to trust in legal authority, a society loses its ability to function.

There was a quote in the New York Times last week from a farmer in Kansas, which could have been –but wasn’t –about the NSA: “Don’t let people tell you this is caused by drought. We are in climate change.”

Too much like the police brutality case, what happens at the IRS is the government’s every day essential business. And these reports designed to capture all forms of communication were of a new kind of brutality, in the once much feared but undefined Y2K problem. But other than Amy Goodman, who I had never heard of until 2008 when I thought she was a nut case –and Dana Priest, but too few others — where have the journalists been on these goings-on for the past ten years? Until the latest administration leak to a British newspaper, about Verizen. As a lesser evil supersedes other evil. For now, when apparently the end, under a constitutional form of government, justifies the means to maintain a semblance of world order.

Code Name Prism
Democracy Now
Medea Benjamin

POST SCRIPT: The senator from Colorado was defeated in his quest for re-election in 2014.

January 3, 2010

And the Winner Is…………

Filed under: Journalism,Journalists,Media,movies,Music,Nebraska,newspapers — baseball91 @ 11:16 PM

There has been a dearth of engineering and math majors pouring forth from universities over the past generation, as evident by the number of news article championing various compact disc, books, movies, as the best of the decade. It was the start of the No Child Left Behind generation.

It still takes 365 days to celebrate an anniversary. And the anniversaries are not numerically counted until the second one. Ten years make up a decade, and from my count I thought we had one more year to go!

Newspapers all over the country this week have written of news stories, movies of, books of, compact discs of the decade.

October 25, 2009

On Human Growth & Those Hormones

Commissioner Bud Selig told a New York Times columnist. “I’m concerned about the pace of the game.

Hypocrisy is a charge leveled when someone fails to live up to the virtuous standards being expounded.

On spectating. On the theatrics of spectating. I attended sports events to watch. More and more there are these spectating participants. Who stood up and blocked my view. And they looked for others in the crowd to do as they did. As if they were participating in what was gonna happen on the next pitch. Orchestrated. Over-managed ritualized standing, watching the Joe Girardis and the Ron Gardenhires over manage. Baseball 2009. Embracing the language of the age, and ritualistic noisemaking. On Fox Television.

Fox Sports. The prior owner of the Dodgers. Bigger than life Fox Sports that gave me week in and week out on their local affiliated cable station broadcasters that stole enjoyment from the game. It was like that Mr. Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life who owned everything in town. When the Mr. Potters controlled the broadcast rights. With an FTC that just allowed the media to drain credibility with sponsors who equally sponsored politicians through lobby groups. When baseball was just a small part of the problem, only reflecting all off society’s ills. Drugs. Steroid use. Sexual harassment, with the Mets, at ESPN. Those Stanford grads managing the Diamondback to a last place finish. Bud Selig’s New Age Baseball.

Bud Selig and dermatology. His thin Wisconsin skin that was bothered if he spent any time in October in New York. About criticism of umpires versus instant replays. Bud Selig making TV more important each October. What now happened each year with all post season baseball. Making the audience at home more important than the ticket buyer. With a disregard of playing conditions once a game began. Like the scheduling of baseball in November. Bud Selig New Age Baseball.

Fox Sports. During the regular season. Making television so important until no one was watching televised baseball during the regular season. Without regard to the clocks. And those 4 hours games. As if this was the NFL. Fox Sports and their good drones who cover the games, and don’t ask any uncomfortable questions.

TBS. And Chip Caray, never mentioning the incident of Miguel Caberra in the playoff game, of the circumstances of his drinking until 6 a.m. Too inconvenient for everyone. Those MLB partners. The Tigers. And Caberra’s wife. Not explaining how there might not have been a playoff in Minnesota.

TBS. And Chip Caray, making more errors than the umpires. Let’s share the performance enhancement drugs with the broadcaster. And Joe Buck. Whatever happened to likable broadcasters? Honest broadcasters who were not some shills of MLB, TBS, or Fox Sports. People who knew something and were worth listening to discuss baseball. Likable guys. Like Skip Caray. Or Jack Buck? Men not born with silver microphones in their mouths. People who reached the national stage not on their pedigree. But based on talent.

Joe Buck. Where there was melodrama everywhere. And “good at-bats.” Melodrama everywhere, created by your broadcasters. And Joe Buck encouraging those spectating participants in the crowd. To stand and block my view. While he sat in his pressbox. Elevated above it all.

I was a spectator. I knew my role. I had paid to watch. As ticket prices escalated. Thanks to collusion. When the commissioner was now colluding with the Major League Players Association. Every 4 or 5 year. In the basic agreement. When Bud Selig gets his $15 million cut each year. He was good at colluding, as an arbiter had once ruled. And so was Donald Fehr who was just given an $11 million severance package with his retirement. Collusion to increase revenue from the working stiffs who bought baseball tickets. While those artificial drones in the broadcast booths, and journalist still cheerleading the expenditures of dollars on free agents. In publicly financed stadiums. Thirty three years later after free agency began. New stadiums were needed to pay for this system.

Free agency. Because players would talked to the Peter Gammons s and the Murray Chase s who fed Marvin Miller’s New Age Music. All this artificial participation. By stand up guys everywhere. In the stands and in the dugouts. Guys like Scott Boras and all the other stand up cheerleaders in L.A. With the Yankees playing the Angels in the American League Championship Series in Anaheim, did Scott Boras, visible in virtually every center-field camera shot conspicuously standing in the home plate suite, ever sit down? And in Chavez Ravine. But not just in L.A. Give Scott Boras a visible location and maybe more of his clients will sign with the Dodgers, the Angels, or the Yankees. All this endorsed artificiality by Boras and all those stand up cheerleaders in Dodger Stadium.

According to Joe Buck, there should not have been a focus in the attention given in an 10-1 game on umpires and the bad calls. Not in the newspapers. Joe Buck who thought about it, and five minutes later, in an intro of “not to beat a dead horse” umpire discussion, talking about the threat of baseball’s credibility, about replays. Instant replay.

About the threat of the loss of credibility. Joe. Get a mirror. Or listen to yourself tells us what wonderful baseball we were watching in New York, in spite of the rain and cold temperatures. And all these good at-bats that contributed to the perversions of length of game. The game was supposed to be about hits, not walks. When the purpose of the bat was to swing. And not have to listen to Joe Buck drone on and on. Get out of your heated booth and feel the conspicuous rain for 210 minutes. Then tell us of the wonders of a good at-bat. Umpires used to postpone such games because of rain and cold. Maybe you can tell the writers what to write about in those wonderful games 10-1 games when the games take 210 minutes, however hard it was to be consistent in the spotlight so much on one microphone.

As ticket prices escalated. The threat of baseball’s credibility. When Commissioner Bud Selig told a New York Times columnist. “I’m concerned about the pace of the game.” With instant replays which would add to the length of game. Other than making TV and Fox Sports even more important. Those fans at home more important than anyone in the park. People in the park who paid to conspicuously watch everything except the instant replays. Or what those spectating participants did not obstruct.

Bud Selig’s New Age Baseball. And Selig’s concern about “the pace of the game.” Hey Bud, what about the length of the season?

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August 9, 2009

In the Wake of the Aquino Death

Cory Aquino died this week.

There had been a revolution in the Philippines after her husband who was the opposition leader had been killed.

In 1972, Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. No one knew how long it might last. Marcos effectively exiled and deported Benito Aquino, probably the most popular politician in the country. In 1983, following a kidney transplant, with access to the president curtailed by physical health issues, Imelda Marcos and Chief of Staff General Fabian Ver limited access to the president. Imelda Marcos was said to have flown to New York in May 1983 to convey that Benito Aquino would never again set foot on Philippine soil. There was total chaos as no one knew what was happening, and how the Filipinos might regain control of their country.

Benito Aquino swore to return and, in August 1983 he did, amidst the medical and political crisis. Aquino was assassinated on the tarmac of the airport as his plane landed, by one of the aircraft guards. The guard then committed suicide. Though it was widely believed that Imelda Marcos pursued the elimination of the opposition leader, the chief of staff Ver was tried for the assassination and received a not guilty verdict. The day of the verdict, Cory Aquino announced her candidacy for president, as the EDSA ‘People Power’ revolution removed the Marcos dictatorship and restored democracy in the Philippines in 1986.

The majority of the young people in the Philippines today immediately give an adjective of their Congress men and women. Corrupt is the adjective. Filipino history provides the basis for these feelings, for what occurred both before Cory Aqunino’s election and in the history subsequent to her time in office.

The strength of a democracy is judged by the safety extended to journalists pursuing their stories. Th Philippines ranks next to Russia with pursuit of justice when either an opposition leader or a journalist is killed.

July 25, 2009

Those Domestic Situations

The New York Times reports today that the Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power.

According to U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said that as U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September 2008, he brought up that that the crisis might even require a declaration of martial law, as a worst-case scenario.

The Associated Press notes that dispatching troops into the streets is virtually unheard of. “The Constitution and various laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property.”

A 1994 U.S. Defense Department Directive (DODD 3025) allegedly allows military commanders to take emergency actions in domestic situations to save lives, prevent suffering or mitigate great property damage. The Clinton administration had set up the Joint Task Force-Civil Support in October 1999 as a “homeland defense command.”

In 2002 the Pentagon established the U.S. Northern Command, charged with carrying out military operations within the United States. Prior to this, under the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, the U.S. armed forces had been barred from domestic operations, except in specific, limited circumstances.

So that Associated Press note about “dispatching troops into the streets as virtually unheard of” is a historic note. It is a mistake to say the “constitution and various laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property.”

Pentagon officials at one point to end 2008 were projecting some 20,000 active-duty U.S. troops to be stationed in the United States by 2011.

July 23, 2009

Those Arizona Diamondbacks

The wife of Senator John McCain did have some tangential relationship to news on the passing of Max Dunlap in prison. Cindy McCain was the daughter of a Budweiser distributor in Arizona who had, according to an investigation in 1976 following the death of reporter Don Bolles, acquired his business from mob connections. And if not for the mob connections of his in-laws family, the Henselys, John McCain would never have been the senator from Arizona. Professional journalists sent a contingent force to complete the investigation begun by Don Bolles.

In 1993, Max Dunlap was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for arranging the killing of Don Bolles. Bolles’ brother wrote the book What Color Is Your Parachute ?? Max Dunlap, 81, was serving a life sentence for the car-bomb in a parking lot of a Phoenix hotel of an Arizona Republic reporter Bolles who at the time had gone to meet a tipster as he was investigating land fraud and organized crime. A bomb made of dynamite planted under the car was detonated by remote control. There is a blockbuster movie in the story if anyone ever gets funding to put a production company together.

Newsday’s Bob Greene at the time made a pitch to the Investigative Reports and Editors  board that, at the very least, the project to expose corruption “in a community in which an investigative reporter has been murdered,” would result in the Arizona community and other like communities in reflection on what had happened and hopefully would result in thinking “twice about killing reporters.” Thirty-eight journalists from 28 newspapers and television stations across the country descended on Arizona.

“For all of us – particularly newspapers with high investigative profiles – this is eminently self-serving. As individuals we are buying life insurance on our own reporters. If we accomplish only this, we have succeeded.”

Working under Greene, they set out not to find Bolles’ killer but to finish his work of exposing Arizona’s tangled underworld. This piece reflects the result of that investigation, that touched the family of Cindy McCain. 

Prosecutors believed Bolles was targeted because of stories that he had written which upset a liquor wholesaler who was a mentor of Dunlap. Bolles’ car exploded as he backed out and he died 11 days later from those injuries. Max Dunlap was one of three men convicted in his killing. John Adamson, who police said put the bomb on the car, was released from prison in 1996 after serving a 20-year sentence. He died in 2002. James Robison, who was accused of setting off the bomb, was convicted of murder and conspiracy, but his conviction was overturned.

The team-produced series made its debut on March 13, 1977, amid continuing controversy. Among those publishing the series: Newsday, The Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Boston Globe, The Indianapolis Star, and The Denver Post. The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson was the sole newspaper in Arizona to publish the series. Many others carried reports from the Associated Press that began on March 18, five days after the first stories started.

It was said that Arizonans would never be told the true background to any of this by the Arizona media, like the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette, which were started by a guy called Eugene Pullium, at the instigation of Kemper Marley.

James Danforth “Dan” Quayle (born February 4 1947) is an American politician and a former Senator from the state of Indiana. He was the forty-fourth Vice President of the United States under George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). Quayle was born in Indianapolis to Martha Corinne Pulliam and James C. Quayle. He has often been incorrectly referred to as James Danforth Quayle, III. In his memoirs, he points out that his birth name was simply James Danforth Quayle. The name Quayle originates from the Isle of Man. His maternal grandfather, Eugene C. Pulliam, was a wealthy and influential publishing magnate who founded Central Newspapers, Inc., owner of over a dozen major newspapers such as the Arizona Republic and The Indianapolis Star. James C. Quayle moved his family to Arizona in 1955 to run a branch of the family’s publishing empire. While the Quayle family was very wealthy, Dan Quayle was less so; his total net worth by the time of his election in 1988 was less than a million dollars.

McCain’s father-in-law got his start as the top henchman for Kemper Marley, who was for 40 years, until his death in 1990, the undisputed political boss of Arizona, acting as the behind-the-scenes power over both the Republican and Democratic parties. But Marley was more than a politician. He was the Meyer Lansky crime syndicate’s chief Arizona operative front man for the Bronfman family—key players in the Lansky syndicate.

After Prohibition, Lansky-Bronfman associates such as Marley got control of a substantial portion of liquor (and beer) distribution across the country. In fact, Marley’s longtime public relations man, Al Lizanitz, revealed it was the Bronfman family that set Marley up in the alcohol business. However, in 1948, 52 of Marley’s employees (including Jim Hensley (the manager of Marley’s company) were prosecuted for federal liquor violations. Hensley got a 6 month suspended sentence and his brother Eugene went to prison for a year. 

The story in Arizona is that Hensley took the fall for Marley in 1948 and Marley paid back Hensley by setting him up in his own beer distribution business. Newsweek implied in an article that Hensley’s company was a “mom and pop” operation that became a big success, but the real story goes to the heart of the history of organized crime. It was the late Tom Renner, Newsday’s mob expert who spent most of his time undercover working “deep and dirty,” on the organized crime background. 

Hensley’s sponsor, Marley, was also a major player in gambling, a protégé of Lansky lieutenant Gus Greenbaum who set up in 1941 a national wire for bookmakers. After Lansky ordered a hit on his own longtime partner, “Bugsy” Siegel, who was stealing money from the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas—which was financed in part by loans from an Arizona bank chaired by Marley—Greenbaum turned day-to-day operations of the wire over to Marley while Greenbaum took Siegel’s place in tending to Lansky’s interests in LasVegas. 

In 1948 Greenbaum was murdered in a mob “hit” that set off a series of gang wars in Phoenix, but Marley survived and prospered as did his protégé, Jim Hensley, whose fortune through his daughter, Cindy, sponsored McCain’s rise to power.

Jim Hensley, McCain’s father-in-law also dabbled in dog racing and expanded his fortune by selling his track to an individual connected to the Buffalo-based Jacobs family, key Prohibition-era cogs in the Lansky network as distributors for Bronfman liquor. Expanding over the years, buying up racetracks and developing food and drink concessions at sports stadiums, Jacobs enterprises were described as “probably the biggest quasi-legitimate cover for organized crime’s money-laundering in the United States.”

In 1955, James Hensley acquired the Anheuser-Busch distributorship for Arizona. 

June 2, 1976 – Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles, one of the founding members of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., was called to meeting in a downtown Phoenix hotel by a source promising him information about land fraud involving organized crime. The source didn’t show up. Bolles left the hotel, got into his car parked outside and turned the key. A powerful bomb ripped through the car, leaving Bolles mortally injured. Bolles, 47, is gravely wounded when six sticks of dynamite are detonated beneath his compact car in the parking lot of the Hotel Clarendon, 401 W. Clarendon Ave. Bolles, who had been lured to the hotel by the promise of a news tip, whispers the name “Adamson” to his rescuers.

Over the next 10 days, doctors amputated both Bolles’ legs and an arm, but could not save him.  

His shocked IRE colleagues reacted in a way unprecedented and never copied since. They descended on Arizona for a massive investigation. They set out to find not Bolles’ killer, but the sources of corruption so deep that a reporter could be killed in broad daylight in the middle of town. They were out to show organized crime leaders that killing a journalist would not stop reportage about them; it would increase it 100-fold. 

The project was exceedingly controversial and remains so. The New York Times and The Washington Post, giants in the business, chose not to participate. Some journalists, including IRE members, disliked the idea of reporters on a crusade.

June 13, 1976 – Bolles dies. Phoenix Police arrest John Harvey Adamson, racing-dog owner and a former tow-truck operator.

June 16, 1976 – Max Dunlap, a Phoenix contractor, is questioned by Phoenix Police homicide detective Jon Sellers, the lead investigator. Police say Dunlap had been observed delivering cash to Adamson.

Jan. 15, 1977 – In an agreement with prosecutors, Adamson admits planting the remote-control bomb and pleads guilty to second-degree murder. He agrees to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a 20-year, two-month prison sentence. Dunlap and James Robison, a Chandler plumber who allegedly helped Adamson by triggering the bomb, are arrested.

July 6, 1977 – Trial begins for Dunlap and Robison, who are charged with first-degree murder. During the trial, Dunlap’s attorney tries to cast suspicion on Phoenix attorney Neal Roberts, who had dealings with both Adamson and Dunlap, as the real mastermind in the murder plot.

Nov. 6, 1977 – A jury finds Dunlap and Robison guilty primarily on the strength of Adamson’s testimony. They also are found guilty of conspiring to kill then-Arizona Attorney General Bruce Babbitt and advertising man Al Lizanetz, because Babbitt had filed an antitrust lawsuit against the liquor industry in 1975. Adamson testifies that Dunlap wanted the three killed because each had angered Dunlap’s friend, millionaire rancher and liquor wholesaler Kemper Marley Sr., who never is charged in the case. Adamson testified he was hired to kill Bolles by Max Dunlap, a Phoenix contractor and close associate of Marley’s. Marley had extended a $1 million loan to Dunlap, which had not been repaid. Adamson said Dunlap hired him to kill Bolles because Marley was upset over Bolles’ stories.

Jan. 10, 1978 – Dunlap and Robison are sentenced to death.

Feb. 25, 1980 – The Arizona Supreme Court, saying defense lawyers should have been allowed to question Adamson more closely, overturns the convictions of Dunlap and Robison and orders a new trial.

June 2, 1980 – The murder charge against Dunlap is dismissed after Adamson balks at testifying against him again. Adamson had asked prosecutors to grant him certain concessions, but was denied.

June 6, 1980 – The Arizona Attorney General’s Office withdraws Adamson’s 1977 plea bargain and reinstates the original charge of first-degree murder.

June 13, 1980 – The murder charge against Robison is dismissed after Adamson refuses to testify.

Oct. 17, 1980 – In a trial held in Tucson, a jury finds Adamson guilty of first-degree murder.

Nov. 14, 1980 – Adamson is sentenced to death.

May 9, 1986 – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturns Adamson’s death sentence, saying that he improperly was condemned to die after a trial judge had ruled that a prison term was appropriate.

Dec. 22, 1988 – Adamson’s death sentence having been reinstated, it is again overturned by the circuit court.

Nov. 27, 1989 – After a renewed investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, led by investigator George Weisz, James Robison, the Chandler plumber is recharged with the murder of Bolles.

June 25, 1990 – Kemper Marley, Sr., 83, dies of cancer in La Jolla, Calif. In 1976 Bolles had written a series of articles exposing organized crime’s involvement in land fraud. Three men were convicted of Bolles’s murder. The three men were connected with Kemper Marley, Sr., an Arizona liquor wholesaler who was reportedly angered by Bolles’s articles and thought they had cost him a seat on the Arizona Racing Commission. Marley was not charged in Bolles’s murder. Mr. Marley, one of Arizona’s wealthiest men, was the son of an early pioneer family cottonseed oil, produce, a liquor distributorship and cattle and sheep ranches. He also had holdings in Sonora, Mexico, and the Imperial Valley of California, and was a founder of the Farmers and Stockmen’s Bank in Phoenix. (Don Bolles. Bolles wrote extensively about Marley’s lucky past. And about how the Hensleys (Marley’s managers) bought Ruidso Downs racing track in New Mexico. He wrote about Eugene Hensley spending five years in federal prison for a skimming scam. And about the Hensleys selling their track to a buyer linked with Emprise Corp. And about Marley’s liquor ties with Emprise … one of Bolles’ final dispatches appeared as Marley was about to become a member of the Arizona Racing Commission – the agency that regulates racetracks, including those run at the time by Emprise … the story dispatched Marley’s appointment. Two months later, a car bomb killed Bolles.)

June 28, 1990 – The U.S. Supreme Court leaves intact the 1988 appeals court ruling overturning Adamson’s death sentence.

Dec. 19, 1990 – Dunlap is recharged with Bolles’ murder. Dunlap and Robison also are charged with conspiring to obstruct a criminal investigation into the slaying. Adamson agrees to testify against the pair in return for the reinstatement of his 1977 plea bargain and 20-year, two-month prison sentence.

Jan. 11, 1993 – Dunlap and Robison are granted separate trials.

March 22, 1993 -An attorney for Dunlap, John Savoy, is sentenced to two years’ probation on perjury conviction for telling a grand jury he didn’t have any records dating from 1977 related to Dunlap. Prosecutors believed some of the records detailed secret cash payments from Dunlap to the girlfriend of James Robison, the Chandler plumber .

April 20, 1993 – Dunlap is found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiring to obstruct the investigation of the case, and is later sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 25 years.

Dec. 17, 1993 – Robison is acquitted, despite admitting under cross-examination that he asked a fellow jail inmate to arrange for the murder of Adamson, the chief witness against him.

July 26, 1995: Robison, having pleaded guilty to soliciting an act of criminal violence for trying to have Adamson killed, is sentenced to five years in federal prison.

Aug. 12, 1996: Adamson is released from prison and goes into the federal Witness Protection Program, which he will voluntarily leave a few years later.

1998: Robison, 76, is released from prison.

Jan. 28, 1999: Phoenix attorney Neal Roberts dies in poverty at the age of 66 of coronary artery disease, cirrhosis and emphysema. His former secretary says Roberts told her he was involved in the Bolles murder at various levels, but investigators say his statements may have been influenced by his heavy drinking and taste for melodrama.

In a subsequent lawsuit against Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.. an investigative group that was formed after Bolles’s killing, a jury in Phoenix awarded Kemper Marley, Sr., $15,000 for emotional distress resulting from a news article that was written about the slaying. The same jury found that the article, which linked Marley to figures in organized crime, had not libeled him and that his privacy had not been invaded.

Marley was never charged in the case. In 1989, State Attorney General Bob Corbin said new leads indicated that Mr. Marley had no connection to the killing.

Hard Call, Faith of My Fathers, Why Courage Matters, 13 Soldiers

July 6, 2009

Those Milwaukee Bucks

The story over the next 3 years will be about the value of the U S dollar.

If drugs continue to be injected which mask symptoms rather than address the disease (medicine in the form of debt destruction), the likelihood of a seismic readjustment increases in kind, writes Todd Harrison, about the dollar. “As governments take on more risk—as they price assets on behalf of the market and transfer debt from private to public—the common denominator, or release valve, becomes the currency.” Asset classes will, as a whole, deflate, and my economic condition measured in greenback will appreciate. And so will my taxes. To pay for it all.

The seeds of discontent have been sowing under the surface for years, with the greenback off 30% since 2002.

With quantitative easing came a concern for flight of capital from the U.S. A position paper was written by the Federal Reserve a few years back, discussing the option of a two-tiered currency, one for U.S. citizens and one for foreigners.

Joining the growing chorus questioning the U.S. dollar’s unofficial position as global reserve currency, in India, chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, Suresh Tendulkar, is urging India to diversify its foreign-exchange reserves and hold fewer dollars, according to Bloomberg News.

Zeng Peiyan, the head of China Center for International Economic Exchanges and the former Chinese Vice-Premier, in a speech in Beijing on Friday called for a new system to ensure the stability of the major reserve currencies. China Daily reported.

Tensions mounting between the People’s Bank of China’s economic concerns over China’s holdings of dollars, with the earlier call by central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan for the development of a new super-sovereign currency largely taking the place of the dollar, and the Chinese government, with their “diplomatic reasons” for toning down their criticism, said Stephen Gallo, head of market analysis at Schneider Foreign Exchange. The Chinese government is still more happy to play to the tune of the Bernanke-Geithner camp which sees leaning against the wind in order to protect the U.S. dollar as a necessary evil,” Gallo said.

There is a palpable likelihood that the global balance of powers will fragment into 4 primary regions: North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with ramifications which would manifest through social unrest and geopolitical conflict, writes Todd Harrison at

May 17, 2009

The Summer Driving Season

I am not a sabermatics guy. But….

In Europe, deflation was shown in the 16 nations of the European Union in the reduction of the economies in the the 4th quarter of 2008, down 1.4%. And now down 2.5 percent in the first quarter. Reuters had a piece that according to the French daily Les Echos, the French economy shrank 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2009 as compared with the previous three months.

It ain’t over. Economics had a way of testing all relationships. Time will tell how the European Union is holding up. The question was not whether politics would turn ugly, but how.

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