“Fictitious Enemies” and “Combat Scenarios”: The Pentagon and NATO Rehearse for War against Russia? By Rick Rozoff

3 July, 2012 — Global Research – Stop NATO – 2012-07-02

Last month was a busy one for U.S.-NATO military exercises in the Baltic Sea. Three major multinational training exercises, including naval maneuvers, amphibious landings and preparation for deployment to Afghanistan, occurred in the region in June, in one case overlapping.

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NATO War Council To Target Syria By Rick Rozoff

26 June, 2012 — Global Research – Stop NATO

On Tuesday, June 26 Belgium time the North Atlantic Council, the highest governing body of the U.S.-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organization military bloc, will take up the issue of Syria under provisions of its founding document that in the past ten and a half years have resulted in military deployments preparatory to and the subsequent waging of full-scale wars.
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Statewatch 11 May 2012: Support the “Call for an Open Europe”

11 May 2012 Statewatch

– freedom of information in the EU

“Access to documents in the EU is not a “gift” from on high to be packaged, sanitised and manipulated. It is a “right” which is fundamental in a democracy“: Tony Bunyan, Deirdre Curtin and Aidan White in Essays for an Open Europe 

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8 February 2012: Statewatch launches online historical archive of EU Justice and Home Affairs documents

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Statewatch launches online historical archive of EU Justice and Home Affairs documents

Statewatch today launches a unique online archive of over 4,500 official documents (rising to over 6,500 by the end of 2012) that chart the development of EU justice and home affairs policy over three decades.

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Statewatch News Online, 22 December 2011

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1.    EU: ECJ: Judgment: France’s appeal against the judgment of the General Court removing the PMOI the EU
2.    UK: POLICE OFFICER ON JURY: ECHR: Police officer’s presence on jury made trial unfair
3.    EU: EURO CRISIS: Statewatch Analysis: Draft Agreement on Reinforced Economic Union (REU Treaty) by Steve Peers
4.    UK: AUGUST RIOTS: Policing Large Scale Disorder: Lessons from the disturbances of August 2011
5.    UK: AUGUST RIOTS: HMIC report: The rules of engagement A review of the August 2011 disorders
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Statewatch News Online, 9 October 2011 (25/11)

Statewatch News Online, 9 October 2011 (25/11)
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  1. Migreurop monitoring of the Vincennes detention centre fire appeal
  2. EU: European Commission: Security features in travel documents: Belgium does not comply
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Statewatch News Online, 28 September 2011 (24/11)

28 September 2011
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  1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: Court of Justice:The NS and ME Opinions -The Death of ‘Mutual Trust’?
  2. INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS: ’10 years after 9/11, Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws’
  3. EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Letter to the European Commission signed by 34 NGOs including Statewatch Continue reading

Statewatch News Online, 7 September 2011: UK: Internet censorship looms as government finds alternatives to flawed Digital Economy Act

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1.  Statewatch Analysis: UK: Internet censorhip looms as government finds alternatives to flawed Digital Economy Act
2.  Statewatch Analysis: Using false documents against “Euro-anarchists”: the exchange of Anglo-German undercover police highlights controversial police operations
3.  EU: New Statewatch Analysis: Implementing the “principle of availability”: The European Criminal Records Information System – The European Police Records Index System – The Information Exchange Platform for Law Enforcement Authorities

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Statewatch News Online, No 2 of 2: 13 July 2011 (19/11)

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  1. ITALY: Statewatch Analysis: Italy: Series of defeats in court for the ‘security package’
  2. UK: Still spooked – Greater emphasis on the Channel project in the revised Prevent strategy gives much cause for concern
  3. EU: Statewatch Analysis: ?The Dialogue for Migration, Mobility and Security with the Southern Mediterranean countries
  4. EU: Council of the European Union: Frontex
  5. EU: Council of the European Union: Minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals
  6. EU: Meijers Committee Opinion on: Use of PNR data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime
  7. EU: Fundamental Rights Agency Report: Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work
  8. EU: “SMART BORDERS”: Commission Background Note
  9. EU: Council of the European Union: Implementing the infamous Returns Directive: Questionnaire
  10. EU: Council of the European Union: Polish, Danish and Cyprus Presidencies: JHA External Relations
  11. COE-EU-ECHR: Draft final agreement: Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights
  12. EU: 1st reading trilogue discussions between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament
  13. EU-ACTA: Opinion of European Academics on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
  14. EU: Council of the European Union: Provisional agendas for Council meetings, during the second semester of 2011

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2010 Rosemary Award for Worst Open Government Performance Goes to Federal Chief Information Officers’ Council

12 March, 2010 – National Security Archive Update

National Security Archive cites CIO Council for “lifetime failure” To address crisis in government e-mail preservation

Disappearance of John Yoo e-mail shows CIOs missing in action;
Latest debacle in two decades of red flags over saving official e-mail

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Tom Blanton – 202/994-7000


Washington, DC, March 12, 2010 – The Rosemary Award for worst open government performance, named after President Nixon’s secretary who erased 18 ½ minutes of a crucial Watergate tape, this year goes to the Federal Chief Information Officers Council, the senior federal officials (responsible for $71 billion a year of IT purchases) who have never addressed the failure of the government to save its e-mail electronically, according to the citation today by the National Security Archive.

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THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.

UK: Government will spy on every call and e-mail

Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.

GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to £1 billion to finance the first stage of the project.

Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on two of the country’s biggest internet and mobile phone providers – thought to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers.

Ministers are braced for a backlash similar to the one caused by their ID cards programme. Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said: ‘Any suggestion of the government using existing powers to intercept communications data without public discussion is going to sound extremely sinister.’

MI5 currently conducts limited e-mail and website intercepts which are approved under specific warrants by the home secretary.

Further details of the new plan will be unveiled next month in the Queen’s speech.

The Home Office stressed no formal decision had been taken but sources said officials had made clear that ministers had agreed ‘in principle’ to the programme.

Officials claim live monitoring is necessary to fight terrorism and crime. However, critics question whether such a vast system can be kept secure. A total of 57 billion text messages were sent in the UK last year – 1,800 every second.

– BY David Leppard By Times Online.

Comment by the Ed:

Note that Leppard’s one comment is that “critics question whether such a vast system can be kept secure” yet the real issue here is the state keeping tabs on every last one us doesn’t get a mention! And given how the so-called anti-terror laws have been used against those who simply protest against government policies, you can bet that if/when the shit hits the fan here, the vast state apparatus of surveillance will be used against all who don’t toe the line.