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|Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:33:45 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.06.10 1. Haiti/CTV 7.06 5pm 2. Conversation 7.06 6:30pm 3. Amnesty Intl 7.06 7pm 4. Uhcan-mn 7.06 7:15pm 5. Alliant vigil 7.07 7am 6. Bill Hinkley 7.07 5pm 7. Merriam neigh 7.07 6pm 8. Pastors/peace 7.07 6pm 9. CRA meeting 7.07 6:30pm 10. Letters to ed 7.07 6:30pm 11. Palestine film 7.07 7pm Northfield MN 12. Christina Tobin - Green Party congratulated, Dem Party scolded 13. David Macaray - Scapegoating civil servants/race to the bottom 14. David K Thomson - Toronto is the World/ defeat 15. Tom Burghardt - Military spying and torture continues under Obama 16. ed - Country-Western Song Title --------1 of 16-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Haiti/CTV 7.06 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on SPNN Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 5pm, midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. Tues, 7/6 @ 5pm & midnight + Wed, 7/7, 10am "Standing With Haiti" In January, disaster hit the people of Haiti. A 7.0 quake cost an estimated 50,000 - 200,000 lives. With guests Laura Flynn of the Aristide Foundation and Rebecca Cramer of the Haiti Justice Committee, we go in-depth to provide historical context as to why the earthquake was so devastating. We talk about US-Haiti relations, relief efforts and current dangers facing the courageous people of Haiti. (4/10) --------2 of 16-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Conversation 7.06 6:30pm Tuesday, July 6, will be Open Conversation. [Scripts may be provided for those who aren't up to improvisation. -ed] The last Tuesday of July is The Little Book of the Odd Month Club and we are reading Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder. The Story of Paul Farmer and Partners in Health. Then we have to pick out another "little" book with meaning. So, do you have one to suggest? Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------3 of 16-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 7.06 7pm Saint Cloud Area Amnesty International meets on Tuesday, July 6th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Public Library, 1300 W. St. Germain, Saint Cloud. For more information contact Jerry Dirks, 320-251-6491 or jerry.dirks [at] gmail.com. --------4 of 16-------- From: Joel Albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: Uhcan-mn 7.06 7:15pm due to the long july 4th holiday weekend, the next UHCAN-MN mtg is scheduled for: TUESDAY, July 6, 7:15pm, Walker Church, 3104 16 th ave s (1 block south of lake str and bloomington ave) in Mpls, 55406. Some issues to address include: -Brief reportback of Pawlenty Free clinic action, Pride tabling, etc - how to support the nurses strike - how to keep single-payer at the forefront in the governor's race - joining in Take Action's rally for the MN Health Plan, single-payer on sunday, July 11 other items ? joel 612-636-3838 --------5 of 16-------- From: AlliantACTION <alliantaction [at] circlevision.org> Subject: Alliant vigil 7.07 7am Join us Wednesday morning, 7-8 am Now in our 14th year of consecutive Wednesday morning vigils outside Alliant Techsystems, 7480 Flying Cloud Drive Eden Prairie. We ask Who Profit$? Who Dies? directions and lots of info: alliantACTION.org --------6 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Bill Hinkley 7.07 5pm Wednesday, July 7, 2010 5:00pm - 11:00pm Memorial Celebration of the life of Bill Hinkley Nicollet Island Pavilion 40 Power Street Minneapolis MN There will be a program honoring Bill, followed by music and shared memories. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. There is a collection being taken up to help cover costs. Checks can be made out to Judy Larson and sent to 1015 20th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55418. Money can also be sent via PayPal as a gift to pegheads [at] aol.com. Any excess donations will be used to set up a scholarship in Bill's name. There are also volunteer needs for the day of the event, Wednesday, July 7th. For more information about volunteering for the memorial, please contact MJ Mueller at mj_mueller [at] hotmail.com. --------7 of 16-------- From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at] MPPeace.org> Subject: Merriam neigh 7.07 6pm Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace Meetings First Wednesday of each month 6:00-7:45 p.m. (Note time change due to reduced library hours) Merriam Park Library - Basement Meeting Room A or B 1831 Marshall Avenue (at Fairview Avenue), St. Paul, MN Wednesday, July 7, 2010 --------8 of 16-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Pastors/peace 7.07 6pm Benefit: 21st Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Send-Off - Jul. 7 Jul 7 2010 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location details: Name of place or institution: Plymouth Congregational Church 1900 Nicollet Avenue and Franklin Anevue Minneapolis Contact phone number: 612-721-8440 More information: http://www.minnesotacubacommittee.com --------9 of 16-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: CRA meeting 7.07 6:30pm Just a reminder - the Mpls Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA) holds their board meetings the first Wednesday of every month. So that would be tomorrow, Wednesday, July 7, 6:30pm in Room 333 of City Hall. The website says that the meeting will start at 5:30 this month, but that is for a non-public section of the meeting (discussion of cases, or lawyer- client relationship). The public portion will start no earlier than 6:30pm. It's always good to have public attendance, and any member of the public has an opportunity to speak on any topic relevant to the CRA for 3 minutes in the middle of the meeting. I don't know exactly what will be on the agenda this month. But the most important thing facing the CRA board right now is how to deal with the new requirement to release information on the disposition of cases, whether they were sustained or not sustained. For the last three years, the City Attorney has declared that that is not public data - not even the Complainant was allowed to know the decision made by the CRA about their case. The CUAPB recently won a very favorable ruling from the State Court of Appeals which declares the Mpls City Attorney's Office to be wrong. So now, there is a three-year backlog of Complainants (and the public) to be notified of the outcome of their cases. Public attention and pressure is still a good thing to make sure that the CRA board and staff deal with this in a timely way. I hope to see at least some of you there! Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 --------10 of 16-------- From: Rowley Clan <rowleyclan [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Letters to ed 7.07 6:30pm WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR JULY 7th Advice on how to write powerful and effective letters to the editor?! Environmental activists are having a letter writing night on July 7th: Some of Reed's friends who do work on environmental issues, but peace, social justice and human rights activists are invited too! Getting together to write letters to the editor July 7th, 6:30-8:30pm Sierra Club Office, 2327 East Franklin, Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Why: Advice and encouragement on how to write letters to the editor and get them published. --------11 of 16-------- From: Bill McGrath <billmcgrath52 [at] gmail.com> Subject: Palestine film 7.07 7pm Northfield MN The award-winning movie, "Encounter Point," will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Just Food Community Room, 516 Water Street, in Northfield 55057. The film is a true story about everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates. "Encounter Point" is one of three movies being shown this month by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel. Information: Bill McGrath (507) 645-7660 --------12 of 16-------- Free and Equal Elections Congratulates Green Party of Texas, Scolds Democratic Party Christina Tobin Email: christina [at] freeandequal.org [Dem politicians seem most of the time very laid back, unexcitable, willing to go with the flow, not get their panties in a twist. No health care? Too bad. More and longer wars? So? But there is one topic that makes them all go ballistic and act as nastily as possible - the Green Party. They HATE the Green Party and DO everything possible to sabotage it. Red in the face, yelling, insinuating, name-calling... Dems say, O you're just exaggerating, they're not so bad, where are your facts, you must be a bit you know loony... And they usually can get away with it, because the (corporate) press doesn't like the Greens either. So here are some inconvenient facts for Dem unbelievers. -ed] Free and Equal Elections Congratulates Green Party of Texas, Scolds Democratic Party Christina Tobin Email: christina [at] freeandequal.org AUSTIN, Texas - The Green Party of Texas has been facing Democratic Party lawyers and court challenges to their ballot access for the November election and The Texas Supreme Court released a ruling, July 2, 2010, that denied Democratic Party efforts to block statewide Green Party candidates from participating in this election. Christina Tobin, founder and chair of Free and Equal Elections Foundation, congratulates the Green Party of Texas on their win in the Texas Supreme Court to place their statewide candidates on the ballot. Covering the battle between the Green Party of Texas and the Democratic Party over ballot access, The Wall Street Journal released three articles: "Texas Democrats See Red Over Green Party's Ballot Coup," published June 15; "Texas Green Party Appeals Ballot Decision," published June 28; and the latest article, "Texas Green Party Gets Favorable Ruling," published July 2. "Texas has unfair ballot access laws for independent and alternative parties, like the Green Party of Texas," Tobin said. "In addition to unfair ballot access laws, the Democratic Party is not acting democratic with this effort to reduce voter choices. The Democratic Party is showing a pattern of anti-democratic behavior in Texas and across this country that all voters should be paying attention to. I know first-hand how Ralph Nader's candidacies faced attacks from organized Democratic Party efforts paid for by their typical corporate funders. It is a shame that the Texas Democrats are playing the same legal games." Free and Equal applauds Ralph Nader's recent efforts to hold the Federal Election Commission (FEC) accountable for failing to do their jobs. Ralph Nader is suing the FEC in the U.S. District Court of Washington D.C. with Judge Henry H. Kennedy presiding. "Once again, Ralph Nader is standing up against the powerful - in this case, the corporate-controlled Democratic Party leadership," said David Cobb, 2004 Green Party presidential nominee. "Although Ralph and I do not agree on all matters, we both agree with the vast majority of Americans that more choices at the ballot box is a good thing." Ralph Nader's 31 page complaint shows that the FEC did not properly investigate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for their actions towards keeping Ralph Nader off many state ballots in 2004. Nader previously contended that the Democratic National Committee failed to report millions of dollars spent by the DNC in a coordinated effort to block Nader from getting on state ballots. Nader also questioned the DNC using the services of legal corporations without reporting those donations to the Democratic Party, a violation of federal campaign law. "Ralph Nader's struggles with the Democratic Party in getting on state ballots should be enlightening to everyone who believes in a free and equal democracy," Tobin said. "The Democratic Party was not transparent with their efforts to kick Ralph Nader off ballots. The same thing should be feared with the Democratic Party efforts in Texas to remove the Green Party. Voters deserve choices on their ballots, not the legal obstruction and games the Democratic Party has been playing." ### Free & Equal is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the politically marginalized and disenfranchised, particularly those of third party and Independent candidates. The Free and Equal Elections Foundation | 407 S. Dearborn Street | Suite 1170 | Chicago | IL | 60605 fwd by Danene Provencher --------13 of 16-------- Scapegoating Civil Servants Race to the Bottom By DAVID MACARAY Weekend Edition July 2 -5, 2010 CounterPunch "Beggars don't envy millionaires; they envy other beggars who have better shoes". -Bertrand Russell With most states in the union now experiencing economic hardship (and some, like my state of California, being billions of dollars in the red), attention has been focused on the wages and pensions of public sector employees - the cops, firemen, school teachers and civil servants who have been around forever. When things were going well, when states were flush with money, few people envied, resented, or even paid much attention to the wages and pensions these folks received. Obviously, no one was getting rich working as a court bailiff or clerk in the Department of Motor Vehicles; and even with a decent pension, they had to put in their 25 or 30 years before collecting it. As far as most people were concerned if you came out of high school or college and wanted a job in the public sector, more power to you - undeniably, we needed those teachers and firemen - but no one was gushing over those jobs. And why weren't they gushing? Because there was nothing to gush over; clearly, the public sector wasn't the "fast track". People didn't start resenting these jobs until recently; until the private sector betrayed us; until America's private sector abandoned its manufacturing base, cut back on medical coverage, cut back on stable 40-hour per week jobs, began using part-timers and temps, and eliminated traditional retirement plans. Only then did the perceptions begin to curdle. But let's be fair; these citizen-taxpayers have a legitimate gripe. After all, it's one thing to get laid off, lose your health insurance, watch your retirement fund dry up, and find out, at age 52, that you're probably too old to be readily rehired in a depressed job market. But it's a whole other deal to see people not only still employed and getting good pensions, but getting those pensions with your tax dollars. Labor unions aren't stupid. They fully recognize that when things are tough - when one in ten are out of work, when half the states in the union are broke and the other half hanging on by their fingernails - attention is going to be focused on the obvious targets. And the obvious targets are union people employed by state, county and municipal governments, people still fortunate enough to be clinging to the middle-class. While these workers don't deserve to be victimized, they accept victimization as inevitable. They realize taxpayers will blame them before they'll look to Wall Street, corporate welfare, the defense industry or the U.S. Congress. They realize that payback will raise its ugly head. But even with their willingness to bite the bullet, one thing still rankles these workers: It's the revisionist history that's taking place. We need to be clear about the work. No one was getting rich taking these public sector jobs. What they were doing was optimistically hoping to enter the middle-class and remain in it - hoping to be able to afford a home, educate their children, and retire in modest comfort. Despite the hyperbole and anecdotal exceptions, for the vast majority of public workers, the pensions are decent but far from exorbitant. Indeed, back in the day, these civil servants were viewed as having "settled for less," as being far less ambitious than the go-getters among us, as willingly relinquishing any chance of becoming wealthy or doing anything exciting or glamorous or cool - relinquishing it in return for the relative security of a boring, safe, nondescript job. But now, in a frenzy of revisionist history, these jobs are being portrayed as shady coups of some sort, as sinecures, as a freeloader's passport to a life of leisure. This is not only absurd, it's insulting. The public sector is what it's always been. The only thing that's changed is the economy itself. And with the American economy having been systematically ravaged, these modest government jobs are going to look very sweet. With the taxpayer underwriting these jobs, it was only a matter of time before envy and resentment - not to mention old-fashioned fiduciary practicality - kicked in. The really sad part is that we're going to be jettisoning much of what's left of the middle-class. David Macaray, a Los Angeles playwright, is the author of "It's Never Been Easy: Essays on Modern Labor". He served 9 terms as president of AWPPW Local 672. He can be reached at dmacaray [at] earthlink.net --------14 of 16------- Toronto is the World Defeat By DAVID Ker THOMSON CounterPunch July 2 -5, 2010 This is the most cosmopolitan city in the world. There are more different kinds of people living close together here than anywhere else. We won the battle of Toronto with empty hands and open hearts. But we are losing the war. We have seen the future. This is it. More troops, more brutality, more police pretending to be protestors and smashing whatever they want at $80/hour, more acceptance from a population that will submit to any limitation on its freedom as long as it can pay someone to make them feel temporarily safe. We were brave. We have been hunted on our own turf like dogs. We love dogs, and find no animosity in our hearts even for the horses that bore down on us over and over. "Son," I've been saying to my tall fourteen-year-old, "we should do something together as father and son. Shoot some pool, maybe catch a movie". In the end, the bonding activity was to be hunted by cavalry and foot soldiers amongst campus buildings in which I have often taught, near Knox Church where pictures of our great great and great great great grandfather hangs. Our people have been protestant for a long time. We didn't go looking for trouble that day, but we dealt with it. "Sons," I say to both my sons now, "I've got two words for you now: Par-kour". Things change. We will probably not be so lucky again. Many, many were not. We honour our fallen comrades. "If you go a third day into that," my wife said, "you will not come back". They didn't teargas us because their horses were so thick in our midst. We are Scottish from way back. Scottish we are - when we are not the people who have canoed the Great Lakes for five thousand years. In either case we knew and know what the English can do. We remembered things from deep down inside, the feel of being prey. Above us a hawk flew. Many of us pointed up to it. The fight must be waged with empty hands. If we had done anything - anything at all to even the odds and make it something like a fair fight against these massively outfitted warriors - even so much as raising a stick, they would have killed us on the spot. We're not naive. We understood that what we were in was a rout, a defeat, at best an organized withdrawal. That the only victory, if there could be one, would be on camera for a world we could seduce away from football only with the spectacle of our suffering. And yet we understand today what the bourgeois left, with its stern and pompous little warnings against what it calls violence, will only understand when future generations look back at them in anger. This is why we do not chide any person who, hounded from pillar to post for the crime of wishing to walk in her neighborhood, smashes the icons of our capitalist basilica, our holy of holies, our glass, our possessions, our things. Is there anything more smug than bourgeois people offering to be scandalized by broken glass? The slightest disintegration of their spectacle unnerves them. "Violence!" they cry. By violence, they do not wish to indicate the forty thousand children who die each day from hunger and other capitalist depredations. They do not mean the millions of children forced each day into servitude around the world to keep them in cargo. By violence they mean the destruction of objects. [And worse, showing disrespect and disobedience to the ruling rich bastards. Like what I'm showing here. -ed] "I agree with peaceful protesting," they say, like they're offering some special indulgence, "but I think it's terrible when there's violence". Oh, thank-you, Pope of Peoria. It's pathetic. Perhaps an undercover cop at $80/hour breaks the glass of the American franchises or perhaps it's some kid who has understood justice and decided to act. That's not the important question. The real question is: Why is the franchise there destroying the neighborhood and leaving its backtrail of environmental filth in the first place? To the tongue cluckers we say: Do you think future generations will be as indulgent with you as you are with yourselves, you pompous whitewashed sepulchers? Stop destroying the world, and we'll worry about some plate glass later. I have seen my ten-year-old attacked in broad daylight on a peaceful afternoon by your police, I have seen the people falling under the horses, I have seen peaceful people dragged down, beaten, and hauled off to face what you call "justice". Shame on you, giving your little sermons against the iconoclasts. Our group never broke anything, never offered the least resistance except for shank's mare and a few eggs and the art of the skedaddle. I would have stopped anyone from molesting the shop of some small business person. None of us were interested. I remain absolutely committed to nonviolence (even this little formula will not, I assure you, stand the test of time) and, for strategic reasons, to not spending a lot of time smashing the machine. But I do not think future generations will be grateful for our nonviolence. Your platitudes about violence are your way of avoiding looking at the real violence your system is causing every day. You know you are doing wrong with your commerce, yet you carry on destroying the world. Stop it. Wake up. There may be somewhere a full measure of pacifism, a cup of bravery and truth a strong man might drain to the dregs, but it is not to be found in the tidy little prissiness of those burgher kings, the bourgeoisie. We're not fighting a few irritable fat cops with nightsticks anymore. The wall is impenetrable. We are losing. The leaders have floated to the top as scum always does, and we are drowning. * * * Little Liam says he never dreams, but today three days after being attacked he tells us of his night vision: a wall, a tower, a joker. The wall is the wall of giant men that suddenly raced at him without warning. The tower is our city, the stronghold. The joker is the man holding the little sign, "Free Hugs," who is attacked and dragged under as the men sprint at Liam. But the joker has always been me, as well, Eva-Lynn points out. I am the jester, the juggler. On another, far more innocent day - almost another era it seems, though it was just 24 hours before - I did more juggling and jesting and flower speeching than the hugs man, yet I was not crushed or beaten. Luck of the draw. In fact, if the wall had attacked three seconds later, my son would have seen his father dragged under, because I had just stepped forward to hug the man of hugs. Man of hugs, I salute you! We are a mirror for each other. If you get out, find me! We are defeated not by force of arms but by those who abide the law, who welcome it, who know in their heart of hearts it is evil and not to be abided, yet acclaim it anyway. [And those who vote lesser evil election after each worse election, feeling "good" right _now_, but aiding the long decline into fascism. -ed] By those in my extended family, for example, who have given up being protestants, given up on Jesus smashing things in the temple, given up on iconoclasm entirely, and gone with the Pauline sycophantism for "kings and those in authority," as if the gospel were or ever could have been conservative. One loves one's family, but it doesn't make it any easier to see them pledging allegiance to the false gods of nation-states. We are not defeated by the police, but by their keepers, the kind of people who write to chide me for going for a walk with my children and wife in my own land, on my own streets, telling me I am endangering them. We are defeated by the law abiders. Canadians love the law. They love the boot. Perhaps this is why in the end their police are so much more vicious than those of Argentina or America or England. They abide, when they ought not to. The world is theirs and the fucked fullness thereof. Wall upon wall of police. Gangs of blueshirts in the street. Peace, peace they cry. But there is no peace when it's paid for in the blood of the world's children. Leaderville is winning, its burgher kings are choking the world, and the willing population bends to suck at the tube of its own spiritual destruction. As its gains the whole world, does it even know what it has lost? David Ker Thomson's description of how he stayed on his analyst's couch talking about his mother while the building was under siege is at Maisonneuve Magazine, where you can also find a link to the CP article describing the attack on his son. He wishes to thank the many people who have written with encouragement. He plans to respond to each email at some point. This is the first part of a two-part series, Defeat/Victory, but the second portion may be delayed. dave.thomson [at] utoronto.ca --------15 of 16-------- Military Spying and Torture Continues Under Obama: CIFA's Nine Lives by Tom Burghardt July 5th, 2010 Dissident Voice Despite promises to the contrary, the [worse than worthless -ed] Obama administration has consolidated, even expanded privacy- and civil liberties killing programs launched by the Bush government. >From warrantless spying and driftnet surveillance to the indefinite detention and torture of foreign suspects held in U.S. gulags, and from the murderous drone wars in Pakistan to threats to assassinate American citizens merely on the suspicion they might be terrorists, 18 months into Obama's new "change" order, facts on the ground paint a grim picture indeed. As egregious as these central facts are in demolishing the veracity of the President's long-forgotten campaign pledges, when it comes to enlisting the services of defense and security corporations for waging America's bogus "War On Terror 2.0.1," the current regime delivers! Spawned in Darkness, Nurtured by Corruption: the Counterintelligence Field Activity Nearly two years ago, Antifascist Calling reported that the Pentagon shuttered its controversial spy shop, the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the military office launched in early 2002 in a now infamous Directive from former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and top aide, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Stephen A. Cambone. Remember CIFA? Under Cambone's watch, the outsourced "activity" (some 70% of the office's employees were contractors) was caught in flagrante delicto spying on antiwar activists, people who attended peace rallies outside military bases, and dispatched agents provocateurs into groups opposed to military recruitment, including the Quakers. [Typical actions of/for the ruling class -ed] Before being run to ground after journalists exposed the shady operation, CIFA had compiled a massive database on activists and other suspect heimat citizens considered threats to the military. The Threat and Local Observation Notice database, TALON/CORNERSTONE, became a Pentagon repository for alarmist tittle-tattle and misinformation generated by the office's army of corporate spies. What was this Rumsfeldian satrapy doing with our hard-earned tax dollars, lovingly doled out to their security partners? Why subverting our rights, of course! TALON/CORNERSTONE reports subsequently published by The National Security Archive are a chilling read and reveal a systematic pattern of profiteering and lawbreaking by both the Pentagon and some of the biggest firms servicing the secret state. One CIFA-supported project, NBC Nightly News reported in 2005, was run by security giant Northrop Grumman. Designated "Person Search," the initiative included capabilities to search government and commercial databases and was intended to "provide comprehensive information about people of interest". Another program, stood up by Computer Sciences Corporation (a firm now heavily-leveraged in the emerging "cybersecurity" niche market) developed "systems able to detect, mitigate and investigate insider threats," as well as to "identify and document normal and abnormal activities and '.behaviors'". By late 2005, TALON/CORNERSTONE had evolved into a joint military intelligence and civilian law enforcement system for sharing information held in Pentagon databases on "persons of interest" deemed "national security threats". Project VOYAGER and the related Joint Protection Enterprise Network were TALON subprojects deployed by military counterspies to "enhance" coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. As investigative journalist Tim Shorrock revealed in his essential book, Spies For Hire, amongst the upstanding corporate citizens pulling down hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars were: the scandal-plagued MZM, Inc., convicted fraudster Mitchell Wade's firm that bribed disgraced congressman, Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) with antiques, cash, a yacht and hookers in return for "earmarks" crafted by Wade, and Cunningham associate, Brent Wilkes, the former CEO of ADCS, Inc. For their labors, Cunningham and Wilkes earned eight year sentences in federal prison, while Wade was rewarded with twelve years in the slammer and a big "thanks" for "keeping us safe". While MZM garnered the lion's share of publicity in the wake of the Cunningham scandal, other, bigger players in the CIFA debacle escaped media scrutiny, including: Lockheed Martin (America's No. 1 defense corp.) for "CI operations and CI/Antiterrorism investigative support", U.S. Investigations Services, a former subsidiary of the secretive Carlyle Group for "technology protection and force protection missions". Analex Inc., a subsidiary of the British security firm QinetiQ. After being kicked to the curb when Rumsfeld was booted from the Pentagon, Cambone became an executive vice president at QinetiQ and quickly "secured" a $30 million, five year contract to provide "a range of unspecified 'security services'". to CIFA, according to CorpWatch' ManTech International for the firm's work monitoring and searching intelligence and law enforcement databases and providing "line analysis", data extraction and other analytical methods" for senior DoD and other agency officials, Harris Corp., a Florida based contractor that provided IT and professional engineering services to CIFA to "support the protection of critical research assets and technologies" for DoD. And last but certainly not least, SRA International Inc., provided counterterrorism and counterintelligence "analytical solutions" for CIFA and now, for the Defense Intelligence Agency. But that's all in the past, the tainted legacy of the discredited Bush/Cheney era, right? Wrong! Next-Gen Counterspies with a new Mission: Torture The CIFA brand may have been fatally wounded but its shameful bequest lives on. DIA securocrats claimed that their new spy shop, the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC) would "combine CIFA resources and responsibilities with longstanding DIA CI and HUMINT capabilities". DCHC director, Army Maj. Gen. Theodore Nicholas said that "the realignment of CIFA's functions and resources into DIA strengthens the close historical and operational relationship between counterintelligence and HUMINT". The Washington Post reported at the time, that DCHC would carry out "strategic offensive counterintelligence operations," but that the enterprise would not target American citizens according to a spokesperson for Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Jr., Obama's nominee for Director of National Intelligence. The DoD stressed that "CIFA's designation as a law enforcement activity did not transfer to DIA. The new center will have no law enforcement function". In other words, DCHC supposedly will not spy on Americans. But unlike its classified budget, talk is cheap and the devil is in the details. In the intervening years since the center's stand-up, a few hard facts have penetrated the penumbral shroud spread like giant bat wings over the Pentagon, and what we've learned is that it's business as usual. Last month, The Washington Post reported that the DIA "wants to open a new repository for information about individuals and groups in what appears to be a successor to a controversial counterintelligence program that was disbanded in 2008". According to SpyTalk blogger Jeff Stein, the "new Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records section will be housed in DIA's Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center, or DCHC". Surprise! Stein disclosed that "its records database - seems to be headed to the new unit". A June 15 notice posted on The Federal Register informs us that DCHC's Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records will house information on "individuals involved in, or of interest to, DoD intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and counternarcotic operations or analytical projects as well as individuals involved in foreign intelligence and/or training activities". Accordingly, "categories of records may include identifying information such as name, Social Security Number (SSN), address, citizenship documentation, biometric data, passport number, vehicle identification number and vehicle/vessel license data". In other words, under our current "change" regime, the Pentagon's new secretive office will continue to amass personal data on Americans, especially those engaged in legal political activities such as protesting and organizing against the Empire's illegal wars and occupations. The purpose of such spying is to "document intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and counternarcotic operations relating to the protection of national security, DoD personnel, facilities and equipment, to include information systems," and this information may be disclosed outside DoD to "Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies for the purpose of law enforcement, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, counter narcotic activities and homeland security as authorized by U.S. Law or Executive Order, or for the purpose of protecting the territory, people and interests of the United States of America against breaches of security related to DoD controlled information or facilities and against terrorist activities". With enough airspace to fly several squadrons of F-35s through with little in the way of either congressional oversight or privacy protections, FBI whistleblower and current policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, Mike German, told Stein that "it's a little hard to tell what this is exactly, but we do know that DIA took over 'offensive counterintelligence' for the DoD once CIFA was abandoned - it therefore makes sense that this new DIA data base would be collecting the same types of information that CIFA collected improperly, so Americans should be just as concerned". German told the Post that DoD has also started collecting so-called Suspicious Activity Reports or SARs "which they share with federal, state and local law enforcement through the FBI eGuardian system". Which is another way of saying, armed with new Pentagon authorization, both TALON and Project VOYAGER have been folded into the Bureau's already extensive domestic surveillance operations. Federal Computer Week reported in May that "Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered the Defense Department to use the FBI's eGuardian suspicious activity reporting system to record and track law-enforcement information about potential threats against the military or military installations". What type of information would enter the Pentagon's black box data management system was not specified, however, "data will be entered into eGuardian only by authorized personnel trained in the federal guidelines and FBI procedures protecting civil liberties, Gates said, and data will be reviewed to ensure that information based solely on ethnicity, race or religion is not entered into the system". One can only assume, given the fact that some 30% of DIA personnel and 70% of DCHC's operatives are contractors, that SARs will be handled by many of the same shady corporate outfits that "assisted" CIFA during the Bush years. Indeed, CorpWatch has reported that DIA's principal contractors currently include BAE Systems North America, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Titan Corporation, now a subsidiary of L-3 Communications, firms that designed and ran CIFA's illegal programs. While DIA spokesman Donald Black told Newsweek that "the new database would not include the highly controversial aspects of TALON," two anonymous "U.S. officials" told reporter Mark Hosenball "that while CIFA had been disbanded on paper, many of its personnel and some of its functions were transferred to DCHC. One of the officials said that DCHC is now in the same office space that CIFA once occupied, in a complex near suburban Washington's Reagan National Airport". But wait, there's more! Keeping America's "warfighters" safe from unruly mobs of antiwar "anarchists" and Quakers aren't the only disreputable activities which the Pentagon's new spy shop are busily engaged. While we're at it, let's add torture to the mix! The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder disclosed in May that the DIA "runs a classified interrogation facility for high-value detainees inside Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, defense and administration officials said, and prisoners there are sometimes subject to tougher interrogation methods than those used elsewhere". While the Bagram "black jail" torture facility was previously thought to be run by members of the Pentagon's secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Ambinder reports "it is manned by intelligence operatives and interrogators who work for the DIA's Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC). They perform interrogations for a sub-unit of Task Force 714, an elite counter-terrorism brigade". Although personnel at the facility are mandated to follow interrogation guidelines listed in the Army Field Manual, The Atlantic revealed that "under secret authorization, the DIA interrogators use methods detailed in an appendix to the Field Manual, Appendix M, which spells out 'restricted' interrogation techniques". In other words, the same repulsive CIA-perfected techniques first developed by MKULTRA and Project ARTICHOKE and summarized in the Agency's torture manual, KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation, including isolation, sleep deprivation and the use of mind-altering drugs are currently being employed today as [human rights criminal -ed] Obama wages his "right war". While Ambinder employs the same euphemisms and weasel-words as his colleagues over at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post in describing Obama regime torture programs, psychoanalyst and war critic Stephen Soldz is far less circumspect. "For those who think that President Obama banned torture centers like this [Bagram's "black prison"], think again". Writing on the Psyche, Science, and Society blog, Soldz avers that "Obama's Executive Order only banned CIA secret prisons. This administration thus intended from the beginning to maintain its torture facility, only under a Defense Department label. Obama apparently was thinking ahead". A fierce critic of the American Psychological Association's (APA) tainted record of collaborating with imperialist torture programs, Soldz writes that "over the years" APA "has devoted considerable lobbying resources to maintaining Congressional funding for CIFA. Now that CIFA has been folded into DCHC in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the APA is lobbying Congress for money for 'behavioral science' to support the DIA's military intelligence activities". Apparently such lobbying efforts have paid off rather handsomely. As psychologist Jeffrey Kaye and investigative journalist H.P. Albarelli revealed in a recent piece at Truthout, the mind-control legacy of the CIA's Project ARTICHOKE is alive and well at Bagram's "black prison". Kaye and Albarelli write that "interest in the use of drugs and mind control techniques in military research and operations persists to the present day. A November 2006 instruction from the Secretary of the Navy (3900.39D) informs that the Undersecretary for the Navy would heretofore be the 'Approval Authority for research involving: (a) Severe or unusual intrusions, either physical or psychological, on human subjects (such as consciousness-altering drugs or mind-control techniques)'". "Techniques" that most certainly have been employed at Bagram Air Base under DCHC's baleful watch. Legal scholar and Harper's Magazine columnist, Scott Horton adds that a top APA "research scientist," Susan Brandon, "who worked in the Bush Administration's White House Office of Social and Behavioral Sciences - had dealings with interrogation policy. She now works for the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA), Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC)". As America's imperial wars and occupations bog down and the bodies pile up, as unemployment and home foreclosures sky rocket, and as the Gulf of Mexico is transformed into a vast aquatic dead zone courtesy of BP and their friends in Washington, is it intemperate of me to ask Obama fans: "How's that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?" Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly and Global Research, an independent research and media group of writers, scholars, journalists and activists based in Montreal, his articles can be read on Dissident Voice, The Intelligence Daily and Pacific Free Press. 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