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Gaza Comes Home: Israeli Firms Armor Up Mexican Border

Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border 
It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates the Gaza Strip from Israel clicked onscreen. “We have learned lots from Gaza,” he told the audience. “It’s a great laboratory.”
 
Elkabetz was speaking at a border technology conference and fair surrounded by a dazzling display of technology -- the components of his boundary-building lab. There were surveillance balloons with high-powered cameras floating over a desert-camouflaged armored vehicle made by Lockheed Martin. There were seismic sensor systems used to detect the movement of people and other wonders of the modern border-policing world. Around Elkabetz, you could see vivid examples of where the future of such policing was heading, as imagined not by a dystopian science fiction writer but by some of the top corporate techno-innovators on the planet.
 
Swimming in a sea of border security, the brigadier general was, however, not surrounded by the Mediterranean but by a parched West Texas landscape. He was in El Paso, a 10-minute walk from the wall that separates the United States from Mexico.
 
Just a few more minutes on foot and Elkabetz could have watched green-striped U.S. Border Patrol vehicles inching along the trickling Rio Grande in front of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico’s largest cities filled with U.S. factories and the dead of that country’s drug wars. The Border Patrol agents whom the general might have spotted were then being up-armored with a lethal combination of surveillance technologies, military hardware, assault rifles, helicopters, and drones. This once-peaceful place was being transformed into what Timothy Dunn, in his book The Militarization of the U.S. Mexico Border, terms a state of “low-intensity warfare.”
 

Designing a Car-Free Future

Global shift away from cars saves US$100 trillion, eliminates 1,700 MT of CO2 pollution
by ITDP.org

Urban transportation systems an emerging priority ahead of UN climate and sustainable development meetings

NEW YORK - More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2); a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions; could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).
 
Further, an estimated 1.4 million early deaths could be avoided annually by 2050 if governments require the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultralow-sulfur fuels, according to a related analysis of these urban vehicle activity pathways by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) included in the report.
 
"Transportation, driven by rapid growth in car use, has been the fastest growing source of CO2 in the world, said Michael Replogle, ITDP's managing director for policy and co-author of the report. "
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Citizen Sterling: Trying Another Whistleblower

CIA Leak Trial: “This Case Is Not About Politics” [sic]
by Norman Solomon - ExposeFacts.org

 
Continuing to deliberate as this week gets underway, the jurors in the CIA leak trial might ponder a notable claim from the government: “This case is not about politics.”
 
The prosecution made that claim a few days ago in closing arguments — begun with a somber quotation from Condoleezza Rice about the crucial need to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

Of course prosecutor Eric Olshan was not foolish enough to quote Rice’s most famous line:

“We don’t want the smoking gun to become a mushroom cloud.”

During the seven days of the trial, which received scant media coverage, Rice attracted the most attention. But little of her testimony actually got out of the courtroom, and little of what did get out illuminated the political context of the government’s case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.
 

New York Times Lost in Its Own Propaganda on Ukraine

NYT Is Lost in Its Ukraine Propaganda
by Robert Parry - Consortium News

In late February, a conference is scheduled in New York City to discuss the risk of nuclear war if computers reach the level of artificial intelligence and take decisions out of human hands. But there is already the old-fashioned danger of nuclear war, started by human miscalculation, fed by hubris and propaganda.

That possible scenario is playing out in Ukraine, where the European Union and the United States provoked a political crisis on Russia’s border in November 2013, then backed a coup d’etat in February 2014 and have presented a one-sided account of the ensuing civil war, blaming everything on Russia.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
Victoria Nuland press conference at U.S. Embassy in
Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. State Department photo)

Possibly the worst purveyor of this Cold War-style propaganda has been the New York Times, which has given its readers a steady diet of biased reporting and analysis, including now accusing the Russians for a resurgence in the fighting.

One way the Times has falsified the Ukraine narrative is by dating the origins of the crisis to several months after the crisis actually began. So, the lead story in Saturday’s editions ignored the actual chronology of events and started the clock with the appearance of Russian troops in Crimea in spring 2014.

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Barrett Brown's Statement Upon Sentencing

Barrett Brown’s Allocution / sentencing statement
by Barrett Brown - Free Barrett Brown

Good afternoon, Your Honor.
 
The allocution I give today is going to be a bit different from the sort that usually concludes a sentencing hearing, because this is an unusual case touching upon unusual issues. It is also a very public case, not only in the sense that it has been followed closely by the public, but also in the sense that it has implications for the public, and even in the sense that the public has played a major role, because, of course, the great majority of the funds for my legal defense was donated by the public.

And so now I have three duties that I must carry out. I must express my regret, but I must also express my gratitude. And I also have to take this opportunity to ensure that the public understands what has been at stake in this case, and why it has proceeded in the way that it has.
 
Because, of course, the public didn’t simply pay for my defense through its donations, they also paid for my prosecution through its tax dollars. And the public has a right to know what it is paying for. And Your Honor has a need to know what he is ruling on.
 

The Future Imprisoned

My Future in Prison
by Kathy Kelly - Palestine Chronicle

The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I’ll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington’s federal medical center for men.

Very early tomorrow morning, Buddy Bell, Cassandra Dixon, and Paco and Silver, two house guests whom we first met in protests on South Korea’s Jeju Island, will travel with me to Kentucky and deliver me to the satellite women’s prison outside the Federal Medical Center for men.

In December, 2014, Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in federal prison after Georgia Walker and I had attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base, asking him to stop his troops from piloting lethal drone flights over Afghanistan from within the base.

Judge Whitworth allowed me over a month to surrender myself to prison; but whether you are a soldier or a civilian, a target or an unlucky bystander, you can’t surrender to a drone.

The Nathan E. Stewart: An Oil Tanker No-one Wants to See Running the BC Coast

The Nathan E Stewart 10,000-ton pusher tug/tanker that plies our coast
 
Friends. Currently, the NYC-registered pusher-tug, Nathan E Stewart and its 10,000-capacity barge are moored at Burnaby Mountain, - at the Kinder Morgan terminal, where it is loading up for its voyage north. The barge/tug combo was anchored near 2nd Narrows for the past few days, and has now moved to the terminal. I expect it to head north soon.
 
Following are links I have compiled that will familiarize you with the enormity of the risk this vessel poses, and its regular schedule through these, our waters.
 
Over the past few years I have been tracking the New York City-registered tugboat Nathan E Stewart and its two 300-ft 10,000 ton capacity petroleum-tanker barges, DBL 54, and DBL55 which currently run a regular scheduled traffic, directly past Bella Bella, and on through BC's protected Inside Passage and Great Bear Rainforest. (It only runs one barge at a time, but I have seen it pushing each of these barges)
 
This "pusher tug/barge combo" (the tug fits into a deep notch built into the stern of the tanker, from where it pushes the barge along) departs loaded several times a month, from either Everett, or Anacortes Washington,or Burnaby Mountain, Vancouver, and then heads up through Georgia Strait, often through Sabine Channel, through Johnstone Strait, Fitz Hugh, right past Bella Bella, and on up to Alaska.
 
I've also tracked it down to Portland Oregon, where its 2 barges, DBL 54, and DBL 55, are registered.
 

A BlackOps Phoenix: The Golden Age of Dark Arts

The Golden Age of Black Ops: Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015

In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight.
It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed.

On December 6, 2014, approximately 36 of America’s top commandos, heavily armed, operating with intelligence from satellites, drones, and high-tech eavesdropping, outfitted with night vision goggles, and backed up by elite Yemeni troops, went toe-to-toe with about six militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
 
When it was over, Somers was dead, along with Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher due to be set free the next day. Eight civilians were also killed by the commandos, according to local reports. Most of the militants escaped.

That blood-soaked episode was, depending on your vantage point, an ignominious end to a year that saw U.S. Special Operations forces deployed at near record levels, or an inauspicious beginning to a new year already on track to reach similar heights, if not exceed them.
 
 

Rush to Cash In on BC Seaweed Leaves Beaches Bare

Cashing in on Seaweed
by Andy Sinats
A year and a half after the BC MoA issued the first licenses for seaweed removal on Vancouver Island, beginning with 5,000 tonnes of Mazaella Japonica at Deep Bay, Bowser, all the seaweed, that herring and sand lance rely upon for spawning, is gone. The beaches are empty.

There is no other herring spawning area historically as important on BC coast.

Why this "test-fishery" is being conducted exactly here begs the question if the MoA, which regulates aquaculture, simply has it in for wild fish? To take out the bottom of the food-chain, in the chief nursery for forage fish, upon which Chinook salmon and in turn Orcas rely is simply diabolical.
 
In a bizarre twist, Beaver Meadow Farm, an "ecologically-correct," pastured-cattle operation in Comox, has received Salmon-Safe-BC "eco-certification" from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to feed 300 tonnes of seaweed to its cows.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ingmar Lee, Andy Worthington Jan 21, 2015

 
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
 
 
Though the Kouachi brothers, suspected of carrying out the January 7th Charlie Hebdo newspaper attack in Paris, are in the headlines now it is another attack by a pair of brothers that will get the front pages in coming weeks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his brother, Tamerlan is accused of placing bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is readying for trial. Separated by almost two years, and thousands of miles, the Boston and Paris cases share eerie similarities.
 
Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter, long-time muckraker, and founder of the online news site, ThisCan'tBeHappening.net.
 
Listen. Hear.

He's also author of the books, 'This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,' 'Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,' 'Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,' and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky 'The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush'.
 
Dave Lindorff in the first segment.
 
And; frequently perception trumps reality. This is just the case in British Columbia, where most of the province's environmentally concerned citizens believe the coast is protected from disasters like Alaska's Exxon Valdez oil spill by a moratorium on tanker traffic. Not so. Most are too unaware of a regularly scheduled route plied along the inside passage by the Nathan E. Stewart, a 10,000-ton pusher tug/tanker; that's oil tanker.
 
Ingmar Lee is a resident of BC's central coast. He's a long-time environmental defender from Vancouver Island who has taken on forestry practices, water safety issues in the Nanaimo watershed, and the oil extraction industry among other issues. He and a group of intrepids too maintained a tree-sit at Cathedral Grove for two years; the only thing standing between the ancient stand and Macmillan Bloedel's plan to make a parking lot of much of it.
 
Ingmar Lee and getting to the bottom of the Nathan E. Stewart before its cargo makes it into the Salish Sea in the second segment.
 
And; as he has since 2011, Andy Worthington again crossed the U.S. in 2015, marking another infamous anniversary of America's gulag at Guantánamo Bay with a speaking tour. A long-time justice advocate for the inmates of Guantánamo Bay, Worthington is also a journalist and author whose book titles include: 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,' and 'The Guantánamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.' He also co-directed the film, 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.'
 
Andy Worthington advocating for the release of all Camp X-Ray's remaining prisoners in the final segment.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft is away on business so won't join us today. So first up, Dave Lindorff and the strange case of the Tsarnaev brothers.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Now You Know, Don't Turn Away: Witness Against Torture

Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change
by Kathy Kelly  - VCNV.org
 
January 20, 2015
 
From January 4 – 12, 2015, Witness Against Torture (WAT) activists assembled in Washington D.C. for an annual time of fasting and public witness to end the United States' use of torture and indefinite detention and to demand the closure, with immediate freedom for those long cleared for release, of the illegal U.S. prison at Guantanamo.
 
Participants in our eight day fast started each day with a time of reflection. This year, asked to briefly describe who or what we had left behind and yet might still carry in our thoughts that morning, I said that I’d left behind an imagined WWI soldier, Leonce Boudreau.
 
I was thinking of Nicole de’Entremont’s story of World War I, A Generation of Leaves, which I had just finished reading. Initial chapters focus on a Canadian family of Acadian descent. Their beloved oldest son, Leonce, enlists with Canada’s military because he wants to experience life beyond the confines of a small town and he feels stirred by a call to defend innocent European people from advancing “Hun” warriors.
 
He soon finds himself mired in the horrid slaughter of trench warfare near Ypres, Belgium.