U.S. Cyber Command: Waging War In World’s Fifth Battlespace By Rick Rozoff

27 May , 2010 — Global ResearchStop NATO – 2010-05-26

On May 21 U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the activation of the Pentagon’s first computer command. And the world’s first comprehensive, multi-service military cyber operation.

U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), initially approved on June 23, 2009, attained the status of what the Pentagon calls initial operations capability eleven months afterward. It is to be fully operational later this year.

CYBERCOM is based at Fort Meade, Maryland, which also is home to the National Security Agency (NSA). The head of the NSA and the related Central Security Service is Keith Alexander, U.S. Army lieutenant general on the morning of May 21 but promoted to four-star general before the formal launching of Cyber Command later in the day so as to become its commander.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Alexander for his new position on May 7. In written testimony presented to Congress earlier, he stated that in addition to the defense of computer systems and networks, “the cyber command would be prepared to wage offensive operations as well…” [1] Two days before his confirmation the Associated Press reported that Alexander “said the U.S. is determined to lead the global effort to use computer technology to deter or defeat enemies.” [2] The conjunction “and” would serve the purpose better than “or.”

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Obama’s new security strategy just rhetoric

28 May, 2010 — RT Top Stories

US President Barack Obama laid out a new national security strategy that is not to be limited to military might and addresses security, prosperity, values and maintaining international order.

‘It’s representing a new era, not a new strategy, but rather new rhetoric,’ said Adam Kokesh, an Iraq war veteran and a candidate for Congress in New Mexico.

Kokesh said the newly announced strategy is not really new. He argues that the plan continues the same approach to military conflict carried out by former US President George W. Bush.

‘Going after the problems of terrorism with a hammer rather than a scalpel, which is what this strategy recommends, seems to continue,’ said Kokesh.

Obama’s security agenda calls for improved American diplomacy, development aid and intelligence gathering in an effort to make the use of military action less likely. This comes after Obama increased the number of American troops on the ground in Afghanistan and made plans for an offensive this summer.

Kokesh would like to see the ideas in the new strategy implemented, but said he thinks it is merely more of the same rhetoric Obama campaigned on and has not yet live up to, citing the president’s continuation of Bush-era military policies.

‘Clearly the current strategy isn’t working. The strategy document calls for that more precise strategy, but nothing Obama is doing really reflects that, including his bowing to world leaders, really sacrificing America’s power when he’s representing us internationally and continuing the Bush policy with surges and throwing more troops at problems where we are propping up the corrupt Karzai government now in Afghanistan,’ said Kokesh.

Kokesh argues that a mere change in wording and a change in rhetoric do not change the situation if actions remain the same.

The security challenges posed by Iran and North Korea and have not changed significantly under Obama’s policies. Kokesh said this is because the US has not taken a hard-line approach and is indecisive in its foreign policy.

‘Every time he [Obama] faces any kind of confrontation it seems that he just runs away,’ said Kokesh.”

Russia Baffled by U.S. Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Poland By Ilya Arkhipov

26 May, 2010 — Business Week

(Bloomberg) — Russia “doesn’t understand the logic” of a U.S. decision to deploy a Patriot air-defense missile battery in Poland near the Russian border, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

“Such military activity doesn’t help to bolster our common security, the development of relations or predictability in the region,” the spokesman said by telephone in Moscow today, declining to be identified in line with ministry policy.

The U.S. missiles and their crews arrived in Poland on May 23 for the first stage of a rotating, two-year deployment. The battery will be located in Morag, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the border with Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, for training with Polish troops, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said hours after the election of his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, that he’d deploy short-range Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad if the U.S. went ahead with plans for a missile shield in Europe. In September 2009, Obama said he was scrapping the missile-system proposal, championed by his predecessor George W. Bush.

As Medvedev prepares for a state visit to the U.S., the Patriot deployment “doesn’t fit into the overall fabric of our relations at this stage,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

“It’s not clear why they need this,” the spokesman said. “This is an anti-aircraft system. There’s an element of anti- missile defense, but not very big.”

Statewatch News Online, 27 May 2010: Surveillance of “violent radicalisation” to embrace suspects from across the political spectrum

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1.   Statewatch Analysis: Surveillance of “violent radicalisation” to embrace suspects from across the politcal spectrum
2.   EU: FOOTBALL: Evaluation report
3.   EU: European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): Revision of FRONTEX’s mandate
4.   EU: Top EU leaders mark the International Day Against Homophobia
5.   EU: PRUM: Exchange of personal data: fingerprints, DNA and Vehicle registration data
6.   Update: EU: PRUM FRAMEWORK DECISION ON FINGERPRINTS: “Fishing expeditions”
7.   EU: Jesuit Refugee Service: Conference: Detention of Vulnerable Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants
8.   EU: Council of the European Union: The Council adopts negotiation mandate on SWIFT
9.   UNITED: List of 13,621 documented refugee deaths through Fortress Europe
10. EU: Council of the European Union: Schengen acquis and best practices: data protection
11. EP: Civil Liberties Committee refers Frontex surveillance at sea measures to the European Court of Justice
12. EU: Reflection Group report: Project Europe 2030
13. EU: Fundamental Rights Agency: Data Protection in the European Union
14. EU: Statewatch Analysis: The proposed European Investigation Order
16. UK: Statewatch’s Observatory: ASBOwatch: updated:
17. European Commission: Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors
19. UK: ERASING DAVID film: He has nothing to hide but does he have nothing to fear?
20. EU: SIS II still in a mess?
21. EU: European Commission: First Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum
22. EU-USA: European Parliament: SWIFT: MEPs want to limit data transfers to USA
23. EP study: Current challenges regarding respect of human rights in the fight against terrorism
24. EU Fundamental Rights Agency: Separated, asylum-seeking children in European Union Member States

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 27 May, 2010: The American Century Is So Over

US Demands Crackdown on Pakistan Taliban Within Weeks
The American Century Is So Over
NYT’s Friedman Rejects Iran Nuke Deal
The Arms Circus:
Israel Keeping The World In Turmoil
Humanitarian Flotilla Vs Israel’s Evil Navy
Forget Dialogue
Neocon Vampires Sink Their Fangs Into the Tea Parties
Credit Storm in Europe; Politics on Capital Hill 
The Cult of Subprime Central Bankers
Cooking The Books? Banks Trim Debt, Obscuring Risks
Russia vows support for Iran fuel swap:
and much more…

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 26 May, 2010: Ahmadinejad: Obama must seize 'historic opportunity' for improved Iran cooperation

US Special Forces Pave the Way for a Military Strike on Iran
General Petraeus’s Secret Ops
Iran, Brazil, Turkey and the Ghost of Lord Palmerston
$1 Trillion for Wars Makes No Sense By Any Measure
Nuremberg: It’s Lessons For Today!
How The Global Oil Watchdog Failed Its Mission
Airstrike kills ‘mediator’ in Yemen, tribes hit pipeline US diplomat declines to say if US involved:
Visiting MEPs decide to visit Gaza and ignore Israelis:
Alarm over Apple factory suicides:
and more…

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Why is Israel afraid of a few boats? By Yousef Munayyer

27 May, 2010 — The Jerusalem Fundforeignpolicy.com

free-gaza.jpgPolicy Brief
Hundreds of activists are on their way to the blockaded Gaza strip via a “flotilla” of boats carrying humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, which are badly lacking in the impoverished Palestinian territory.

Israel has promised to intercept the good-willed boats and arrest and deport the activists. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has exerted great effort in the past few days to convince onlookers to this confrontation on the high seas that the activists carrying humanitarian goods are terrorist sympathizers, and that everything is just fine and dandy in the Gaza Strip. The ministry has portrayed Israel (the country enforcing the blockade of Gaza’s ports) as a benevolent victim, who despite the threat from Gaza’s Hamas government is still caring for the civilian population.

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Gourmet in Gaza By Jesse Bacon

28 May, 2010 — The Only Democracy?

pestle.jpgAs a food snob, I immediately think what restaurants are nearby when planning any excursion. Even if its to a besieged war zone that Israel forbids from rebuilding. So it’s good to hear from the Israeli government that if by some chance they let me into Gaza there would be a gourmet restaurant waiting for me! No coriander allowed, but I am sure that leads the creative cooks into all sorts of Iron Chef-like challenges.

I learned of this latest outrage from Lisa Goldman’s new to me, but excellent-looking blog.

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New on nacla.org 27 May, 2010: Latin America & China / Puerto Rico / Bolivia elections

North American Congress on Latin America

What’s Left for Latin America to Do With China?
by Kevin Gallagher
The high-gloss, made-for-flat-screen multi-billion dollar signing ceremonies between Chinese and Latin American officials have been staged to portray the triumphant return of the New International Economic Order. Yes, it’s true, the Global South is banding together again to trade once more. But wait a minute. Why are recent reports by the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development also hailing this increase in China-Latin American trade relations?

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2010 edition of NACLA Report on the Americas.

Student Strike in Puerto Rico Continues With Increasing International Support
by Paola Reyes
Monday, May 24 marked the sixth week of a student strike at the University of Puerto Rico after protests began on April 21. Students are protesting $100 million budget cuts, increases in tuition, and changes to the university program. The student strike was intended to be only a 48 hour stoppage, but university officials were unwilling to negotiate with students. Now, after six weeks, the strike continues amidst reports of police brutality. International support is increasing for the students, including from New Yorkers who held a rally on May 18.

Bolivia: Elections Deepen Local Democracy
by Emily Achtenberg
While the results of Bolivia’s April 4 regional and local elections are now officially certified, their significance-who really won and lost-continues to be debated. President Evo Morales’s political party MAS has extended the geographic reach of its support, making important gains in the resource-rich lowland regions, a bastion of the right-wing opposition. But the vote also shows that MAS is far from a hegemonic political machine. Moreover, the major political challenge confronting them today is coming not from the largely discredited right, but from emergent new forces on the left, including strong, local grass-roots initiatives.

Black Agenda Report 26 May, 2010: Obama Prepares Iran Attack / Rand Paul's Racism / Aiyanna Jones Murder

Iran Apocalypse Soon
Thu, 05/27/2010 – 11:30 – Glen Ford
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The Obama administration’s behavior toward Iran is eerily reminiscent of George Bush’s mobilization for war against Iraq in the half-year before the actual invasion. A recently leaked Pentagon directive and a host of other factors are “consistent with preparations for a general mobilization, as begun against Iraq by the Bush regime in the summer of 2002.”

Freedom Rider: America Kills Peace
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Nothing scares the United States more than the possibility that peace might break out. Turkey and Brazil committed an unforgiveable sin, by finding a way to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear fuel stocks. The U.S. pushed the agreement aside, preferring to move closer to war – as if that is Washington’s desired result.

Her Name Was Aiyana Jones
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.
Rev. Al Sharpton preached that her death was a “breaking point” – but he’s said that too many times before. Even the police execution of a child fails as a catalyst for change. “These issues are the result of a legacy of enslavement which has seemingly permanently inscribed an archetype of Black people as property and predators.”

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Rand Paul Tells On Self and Fellow Tea Partyers
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
It was like pulling teeth, but Tea Party star Rand Paul finally blurted out his core, racist ideology in front of national TV cameras. Property rights trump Black rights, every time. “White supremacy is the connective link that holds the ‘Tea Party’ together – that, and relentless media coverage.”

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New York City Beats Arizona Hands Down in Police Abuse of Citizens
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
New York City – a place imagined as a center of liberality – is a mega-human rights violator, where 8:30pm curfews are enforced to make minority neighborhoods into “ghost towns.” In the Bedford-Stuyvesant section, police “are told to make arrests for incidents they have not seen and probably didn’t happen, all to meet quotas and clear the streets.”

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The Media and the Murder of Aiyanna Jones
by Sikivu Hutchinson
During the same week that CNN aired a program on children’s perception of the race and social values, the Detroit police provided their own lesson on the subject, callously killing a 7 year-old Black girl. Any kid might conclude that Aiyanna Jones was not a valuable person. Certainly, society had treated her as worthless.

The Rise of Rand Paul: Dissecting the Reactionary Right on Civil Rights, the Environment, and Worker Safety
by Anthony DiMaggio
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is credited with “outing” Tea Party champion Rand Paul, winner of the Republican senatorial nomination in Kentucky, as a racist. In point of fact, Paul’s opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act has long been known. Most of the corporate media chose to cover it up. “While a Lexis Nexis search shows that Rand Paul was mentioned in 66 national newspaper articles from April 25th to May 19th, not a single one mentioned his position on the Civil Rights Act.”

What Really Separates the Tea Party from The Black Panther Party
by Crystal Hayes
TheRoot.com, the online site targeted at Blacks but owned by the huge Washington Post corporation, recently ran an idiotic piece comparing the Tea Party to the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense – an insult to history and a painful affront to the author, the daughter of a Panther political prisoner. “When our history is so carelessly blurred, we do not know the right questions to ask or the right steps to take to rectify the societal ills that plague us today.”

The story of Kamau Marcharia (a.k.a. Robert John Lewis)
by Kevin Alexander Gray
Over decades of fighting to empower Blacks in South Carolina, Kamau Marcharia has made lots of enemies. Marcharia is running for a seat in the state legislature, but his foes are mounting a campaign against a fellow named Robert John Lewis – the guy he used to be.

Israel’s Secret Nuclear Alliance with Racist South Africa
by Stephen Gowans
In the mid-70s, the world’s two pariah states, Israel and South Africa, sought to seal their relationship with a nuclear kiss. A new book claims Israel tried to sell South Africa nuclear-tipped missiles – the price was too high. Israel denies the charge, but Tel Aviv has never told the truth about its atomic arsenal and activities, so why should anyone believe them.