We live in interesting times. According to the Wall Street Journal, there is reason to believe Mr. Assange will be permitted to discover for himself exactly how interesting.
Still, the U.S. can move beyond its current paralysis without criminalizing routine leaks by focusing on Mr. Assange, the self-declared anarchist who created WikiLeaks. His stated goal is to deprive the U.S. government of a smooth flow of information by disclosing its internal communications. "An authoritarian conspiracy that cannot think efficiently," Mr. Assange wrote in an essay in 2006, "cannot act to preserve itself." We'll see.
His former top aide, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, recently wrote a book, "Inside WikiLeaks," describing Mr. Assange's focus on the U.S. as the "only enemy." Mr. Domscheit-Berg writes that when he tried to make WikiLeaks politically neutral instead of anti-American, Mr. Assange accused him in a text message of "disloyalty, insubordination and destabilization in times of crisis." This striking language comes from the Espionage Act of 1917, which makes it a crime for anyone who has "unauthorized possession to information relating to the national defense" and has reason to believe the information "could be used to the injury of the U.S." to "willfully" release it. There may be very good reason this precise language was on Mr. Assange's mind.
The Espionage Act requires willfully endangering the U.S. It may seem unusual to consider intent in the context of how information flows, but without focusing on intent, the law would raise serious First Amendment issues. Many academics and media commentators--and perhaps overly cautious prosecutors--have missed the point that WikiLeaks is different from the New York Times. It's the political motivation of Mr. Assange that qualifies him to be prosecuted. The publisher is not liable for its reporting.
US authorities describe the main Pakistani intelligence service as a terrorist organisation in secret files obtained by the Guardian.
Recommendations to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay rank the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) alongside al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon as threats. Being linked to any of these groups is an indication of terrorist or insurgent activity, the documents say.
"Through associations with these ... organisations, a detainee may have provided support to al-Qaida or the Taliban, or engaged in hostilities against US or coalition forces [in Afghanistan]," says the document, dated September 2007 and called the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Matrix of Threat Indicators for Enemy Combatants. It adds that links to these groups is evidence that an individual poses a future threat.
The revelation that the ISI is considered as much of a threat as al-Qaida and the Taliban will cause fury in Pakistan. It will further damage the already poor relationship between US intelligence services and their Pakistani counterparts, supposedly key allies in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other Islamist militants in south Asia.
If you want to clean up the ISI, the first thing you do is fire all of General Zia's appointees, then you lock the doors and burn the freaking place to the ground...computers, files, notepads, invisible ink, cell phones, everything. Then you send them all to Sri Lanka...
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
Totally agree Bill.
General Zia is still a hero to the ISI and his Islamist ideology!
Hamid Gul is one of many Zia followers to be anti American/West!
For more than five years, Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu was a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay prison, judged "a probable member of Al Qaeda" by the analysts there. They concluded in a newly disclosed 2005 assessment that his release would represent a "medium to high risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies."
Today, Mr. Qumu, 51, is a notable figure in the Libyan rebels' fight to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, reportedly a leader of a ragtag band of fighters known as the Darnah Brigade for his birthplace, this shabby port town of 100,000 people in northeast Libya. The former enemy and prisoner of the United States is now an ally of sorts, a remarkable turnabout resulting from shifting American policies rather than any obvious change in Mr. Qumu.
Are the journalists at the NY Times really this stupid? Sure, an Islamist will make nice when you give him weapons and money, but your throat will still be slit open at the first convenient opportunity.
The notorious sponsor of terror attacks Gaddafi shifted to a 'U.S. Ally of Sorts' and that was a tremendous success of diplomacy(tm) wasn't it?
Forgive and forget!
The lives of Western civilians are expendable after all.
On a serious note, what is it with western politicians being so eager to forgive and embrace unrepentant mortal enemies.
These are enemies who are willing to attack us again if they regain the ability.
It's the same story with the Taliban, Gaddafi, and now AQ in North Africa. Nuts!
Iran and Iraq on Sunday signed agreements to return each others' detainees, which could lead to the forced repatriation of an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq, Iranian state TV reported.
The countries' respective justice ministers signed agreements that including provisions for the repatriation of each others criminals and convicts to their country of origin, which could include members of the People's Mujahedeen, an Iranian opposition group long based in Iraq. Where they will be killed. That's the apparent plan. Real shame. It might could happen to a nicer bunch of cutthroats but these cutthroats will do.
So, have 50% of Gitmo releasees been confirmed to have returned to jihad yet? The other 50% waiting for confirmation.
Italy Wednesday deported a Tunisian former inmate at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo bay, accusing him of being part of an extremist cell.
Italian authorities accompanied Adel Ben Mabrouk back to Tunisia by plane, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Mabrouk, who returned to Italy in November 2009 after a period of detention in Guantanamo bay, was part of a militant group based in Milan, the ministry said.
Italian intelligence broke up the group after foiling a number of its plans, including a plot that it uncovered in 2009 to use a car full of explosives to blow up Milan's cathedral, the ministry said.
Mr. Ben Mabrouk has been busy. Clearly the vacation in Cuba did him good.
ION RELATED > NEWSMAX = WIKILEAKS: AL QAEDA ALREADY HAS NUCLEAR CAPACITY.
ARTIC = DESPITE IST EFFORTS, US FEARS THAT AQ HAS SUCCEEDED IN PURCHASING URANIUM NUCMATS FOR A NUCBOMB [one or more?]; Senior AQ Leader claims that a NucBomb is already hidden somewhere in Europe, + will be detonated iff Osama is ever captured or assassinated.
Other - AQ also had a ChemWar schema to release DEADLY CYANIDE into public Air-Conditioning Units/Systems in mass attack.
Again, there is NO CONSENSUS on how many Cold War-era NucBombs, Nucmats, WMDS or other MilTechs AQ + Radical Islam had illegally procured ala POST-SOVIET BLACK MARKETS [NGOS] ANDOR MUSLIM, EX-SOVIET ETC. STATE SPONSORS [e.g. DPRK, Pakistan]. THE CLOCK TICKY-TOCK IS NOT IN THE US-ALLIES OR UNO'S FAVOR AS PER ANTI-NUC PROLIFERATION To "ROGUE" STATES + ULTIMATELY MILTERR GROUPS.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has informed the visiting U.S. Chief of Staff of the U.S. Forces, Admiral Mike Mullen, that the remaining American troops were to leave Iraq by the end of 2011, according to the Security Agreement, signed between the two countries in 2011, an Iraqi Legislature said on Sunday.
"There is an Agreement, concluded between Iraq and the United States, reiterating that the U.S. forces must leave Iraq by the end of 2011," National Coalition MP, Ali al-Allaq, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that "the Prime Minister had informed the U.S. Chief of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces, Admiral Mike Mullen, that the American forces must leave, according to the said Agreement, because there is no need for their presence, as the Iraqi forces are able to execute the security dossier."
Um, okay, if you say so...
"Mike Mullen himself had announced that the Iraqi government had not informed him about the extension of the U.S. troops presence in Iraq, and that the talk about the extension is not necessary, with the presence of the Agreement," Allaq said, adding that "all members of the National Coalition refuse the presence of the U.S. troops in Iraq and demand the departure of the last U.S. soldier, according to the said Agreement.
Per AP, Maliki is using live ammo against demonstrators:
Iraqi officials say at least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured in a day of violent clashes across the country between security forces and demonstrators.
At least nine demonstrators were killed in separate clashes in three northern Iraqi cities during what was described as a "Day of Rage." In the western Anbar province at least two people were killed as security forces and demonstrators battled.
Putin was the tip of the iceberg. Bush has shown time and time again that he is a lousy judge of character. Maliki's antics were buried an avalanche of headlines about Egypt, but he appears to be an autocrat like the rest of his Middle Eastern counterparts:
Despite that, tens of thousands of Iraqis turned out for the protests, which began peacefully but degenerated as forces fired water cannons, sound bombs and live bullets to disperse crowds.
The death toll rose to at least 29 Saturday, as officials reported that six more protesters, including a 14-year-old boy, died from bullet wounds. The deaths were recorded in at least eight places, including Fallujah, Mosul and Tikrit.
Ssairi and his colleagues had joined the protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square, some wrapping themselves in white sheets in a sign of peace. As the sun set, helicopters swooped down into the crowd, signaling the start of the crackdown.
Around 4 p.m., Aldiyar TV manager Fiysal Alyassiry, who had broadcast the demonstrations, reported that security forces had attacked the station, beat a worker, arrested seven people including a director and an anchorman, and closed the station.
It doesn't surprise me that this anti-American autocrat doesn't want us to stick around - it would interfere with his long term career aspirations.
Anyone with a map can see that Iraq covers Iran's left flank, and Afghanistan covers Iran's right flank. Anyone with any understanding of military tactics knows a position like that is a winning combo.
Of course Hussein Osama-Bama is eager to retreat instead of tightening the screws....
"Idiot" Bush set him up with a winning hand but Osama-Bama refuses to play it.
Scooter, the geography looks like the game of Go. At the same time we flank Iran from Iraq and A'stan, our A'stn force is flanked by Iran and P'stan. And our Iraq force is becoming flanked by Iran and the rebellions in Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan & Egypt. Of course P'stan is flanked by our forces in A'stan and India.
Unlike Go, there are more than two sides; China, Russia, and 'One World Government' are watching and working with both sides to help them destroy each other.
Frontline defenses will be beefed up in response to North Korea's mushrooming special forces, with guard outposts near the demilitarized zone strengthened with reinforced concrete and equipped with sniper rifles and sound target tracking devices.
"We're enhancing the combat capabilities of frontline units," Lee Yang-koo, an official at Army Headquarters, said Tuesday. "We're going to deploy sound target tracking devices, unmanned ground monitoring sensors, and sniper rifles at guard posts within the DMZ, general outposts, the Joint Security Area at the truce village of Panmunjom, and the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine office" at the inter-Korean border.
The Army will cover the roofs of guard posts with reinforced concrete and install communications lines there with a budget of about W7 billion (US$1=W1,091) to help combat structures function properly and guarantee operational units can hold out. Guard posts are currently vulnerable to shelling and bombing by North Korea since they are barely more than huts. A military source said some facilities will be reinforced with steel plates so that they can withstand shelling or bombing.
The 300-to-400-strong search and rescue battalion at each frontline Army division will be streamlined and reorganized mainly with elite officers, an Army officer said. Restructuring will begin in 2015 or 2016, and by around 2020, each battalion will be an elite unit with 80 to 90 personnel. New battalions will consist of special warfare troops as well as ordinary army officers with special warfare qualifications.
The plan aims to resolve the numerical inferiority of South Korea's special forces, which number less than 20,000 against North Korea's 200,000. Each battalion will comprise five teams of 12 troops each and given reinforced combat vehicles as well as state-of-the-art weapons so it can carry out operations independently.
The Army also plans to boost combat capabilities by turning some special warfare regiments at frontline corps, special warfare brigades in the rear area, and mobile and military police battalions at divisions, into elite units, a spokesman said.
IMO a WORSE-CASE scenario for the ROK would likely be a SIMULTANEOUS MASS MILSTRIKE by DPRK commandos agz ROK targets, + at the same time DPRK LRBM Missle Strike agz USFK, USFJ targets includ US CVNS.
Don't underestimate Kimmie as per DPRK attack(s) agz Beijing, Russia either.
The South Korean military has deployed new Korean-made multiple rocket launchers on northwestern islands to guard against shelling or a surprise landing by North Korea.
"We've recently deployed the powerful Kooryong multiple rocket launchers on Baeknyeong and Yeonpyeong islands for the first time to respond to provocations from the North," a government source said Sunday.
Right after the North's artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island in November, the military temporarily deployed an American-made multiple launch rocket system on the island, but it was withdrawn in late December.
The Kooryong is a 130 mm 36-round truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher with a range of 23 to 36 km, significantly more powerful than the 122 mm device the North Korean military used in shelling Yeonpyeong. About a dozen Kooryongs were deployed on the islands.
The military will hand the Kooryongs on the islands, which are currently under the Army's supervision, over to the Marine Corps.
"The permanent deployment of the multiple rocket launchers on the northwesternmost islands is a symbolic measure to show we're willing to use formidable firepower to punish the North in case of further provocations," a military source said.
North Korea has deployed multiple rocket launchers along the shore north of Yeonpyeong, Baeknyeong and Ganghwa islands in response to a planned South Korean artillery drill on Yeonpyeong, government sources here say. The North earlier threatened an "unpredicted self-defense counterattack" to the drills.
A South Korean government source said, "After making the threat in a message sent Friday, North Korea raised the alert level at artillery divisions on the west coast and deployed the multiple rocket launchers." The source added the South Korean military is monitoring the situation.
The North also reportedly made coastal artillery ready to fire and put some fighter jets on the west coast on standby.
The North Korean Army has newly moved about 50,000 elite special troops to the frontline near the demilitarized zone.
'Elite' doesn't mean what we in the west usually think it means.
A South Korean government source on Wednesday said, South Korean and U.S. intelligence believe that the North Korean Army completed the move of seven light infantry divisions, which are special warfare units, to the frontline.
Specializing in irregular war tactics?
The deployment took place gradually over two or three years.
Each light infantry division consists of about 7,000 troops, out of a total of 180,000. That means some 27 percent of all special forces are deployed at the frontline.
...Y'know, I just had an awful thought. What if these 'special forces' are intended to get over the DMZ and just start randomly killing South Koreans without benefit of a declaration of war? The grim fact is that the Norks have already killed a bunch of Southerners, and they've gotten away with it.
"Hey," Kimmie says, "we got no idea who these jokers are, and if anybody says they're one of ours they're outta their freakin' minds, capish? And if you wanna blame us for the acts of some goombahs we have nothing to do with, well, I got some generals and they got some nukes, they might get upset. But now, on the other hand, you help us out with a few things, and maybe I can try talkin' to 'em and see if we can't get this most unpleasant situation stopped, whaddya say?"
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
The Norks have been one trick ponies for 50 years. Their entire playbook is ratcheting up and down threats of military action. After 60 freaking years of the same tune, the U.S. is still reacting. DUH! If we were credible as a world power we would have long ago told the little jackasses that run that place to heel, and that if they actually did anything naughty we would introduce them to precision, tactical, nukes, while smiling at the Chines from DefCon 1 and waiting for them to blink. But those days are sadly passed I'm afraid.
[Tolo News] Once again Afghan Senate House has urged Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak to step down. Urging the Defence officials to brief senators on the recent unprecedented attack on defence ministry, some senators said Defence Minister should be tried because of his shortfalls.
Senate House branded the comments made by Defence Ministry Spokesperson Gen. Zaher Azimi about resignation of defence minister as irresponsible.
Senators said Gen. Azimi should apologise for his comments.
A couple of days ago Gen. Azimi acknowledged this call of senators alike the intention of defence ministry attacker.
Defence minister "should not only resign, but he should also be brought to justice," Hafez Abdul Qayum, Afghan senator, said.
"I think we should make a serious decision and we should convince him that he is the one who should be blamed and that he is no longer of use. He should honourably quit his post," Senator Maulawi Faizi said.
Following a string of attacks by Death Eaters' sleeping cells that targeted military institutions, senators are doubtful about the capacities of Afghan cops to maintain peace and ensure security.
[Iran Press TV] Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... must be moved to a military hospital, says the country's Prosecutor General Abdel Magid Mahmoud.
The prosecutor general said on Sunday that Mubarak was supposed to be moved to Cairo's Tora prison hospital but the hospital was not prepared enough, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.
The move came after tests indicated that Mubarak is well enough to travel. However, The contradictory However... Mahmoud says preparations to treat Mubarak in the new hospital will take at least a month as the site is not properly equipped.
On April 12, Mubarak had heart problems during questioning by anti-corruption authorities about charges of graft and abuse of power. He was later hospitalized in an intensive care unit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The prosecutor general had summoned Mubarak and his sons for questioning over corruption and the use of violence against peaceful protesters, who eventually succeeded in bringing an end to his 30 years of authoritarian rule.
Mubarak was supposed to be in jug for 15 days until the probe about his charges is finished but the judicial authorities have recently extended the detention for another 15 days due to his health problem and the delay in the process.
On April 20, an Egyptian fact-finding commission held Mubarak responsible for the killing of protesters during the eighteen days of demonstrations that led to his downfall.
The fact-finding commission's report stated that 846 people were killed and more than 6,400 others were maimed in the historic revolution.
Egyptian activists say Mubarak must be tried for killing of protesters during the country's popular uprising, which led to his ouster on February 11.
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi ... current Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs since 13 December 2010. Perivous his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran from 16 July 2009 to 23 January 2011. He was also Iranian Representative in the ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997 to 2005... has stressed the importance of vigilance against enemy plots to sow the seeds of discord among the people of the region.
Referring to the current condition of Mohammedan countries in the region, Salehi reiterated the necessity of vigilance against enemy conspiracies to divide Shia and Sunni Mohammedans.
Salehi made the remarks in a meeting with Head of Indonesia's Ulema Council Umar Shihab on Sunday in Tehran, IRNA reported.
Shihab, who is heading a delegation of Indonesian scholars, also stressed the importance of safeguarding unity among Mohammedans.
"Relations between the two Mohammedan countries, Iran and Indonesia, have always been friendly and brotherly," Shihab said.
The head of Indonesia's Ulema Council added that the exchange of scholars between the two countries was another step in strengthening bilateral ties.
Salehi will depart Tehran for Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, later on Sunday.
[Iran Press TV] The Leader of the Islamic theocracy has advised Iranian media to refrain from suggesting there is tension in the country's peaceful atmosphere.
The media should not report in a way that, contrary to the society's current situation, suggests tension and dispute in the country, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with Iran's Interior Minister the sinister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar Interior minister of Iran and a former defense minister of Iran. He is a veteran of the Revolutionary Guards since the establishment of the body in 1980...
and a group of police commanders on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Leader urged the Medes and the Persians and officials to "not let disputes and divides appear, and the enemy [to succeed in] its propaganda and political malice."
"Unfortunately the approach taken by some newspapers with regards to these remarks was suggestive of divide and dispute in the country instead of peace," the Leader said on Sunday.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed gratitude for the efforts of Iranian coppers, and said one of the most important duties of the security forces was creating "psychological and moral security" in society.
In the meeting Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam presented a report about the activities of the security forces.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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