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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The War on Us

The War on us continues:

Is the Pentagon spying on Americans?

Survey says....ding!

"Secret database obtained by NBC News tracks ‘suspicious’ domestic groups"

Feel safer?
WASHINGTON - A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.

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The Defense Department document is the first inside look at how the U.S. military has stepped up intelligence collection inside this country since 9/11, which now includes the monitoring of peaceful anti-war and counter-military recruitment groups.

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The Department of Defense declined repeated requests by NBC News for an interview. A spokesman said that all domestic intelligence information is “properly collected” and involves “protection of Defense Department installations, interests and personnel.”

The military has always had a legitimate “force protection” mission inside the U.S. to protect its personnel and facilities from potential violence.
Hollywood people, get ready.
The DOD database obtained by NBC News includes nearly four dozen anti-war meetings or protests, including some that have taken place far from any military installation, post or recruitment center.

One “incident” included in the database is a large anti-war protest at HOLLYWOOD AND VINE in Los Angeles last March that included effigies of President Bush and anti-war protest banners.
Great.

I was there.

Quick rundown of some of the effigies and banners at that protest:

1. There was a really bad Bush pinata.

2. A decent Bush-puppet, with "Our Kid" dressed up like a king.

3. An homage to Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," with a sign depicting Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld as pigs (Ozzy's lyrics included on that poster).

4. A ton of "No Blood for Oil" signs.

5. The usual crowd of "men" standing outside The Stoplight...smoking and waiting.

And to the claim that "ALL domestic intelligence information is “properly collected” and involves “protection of Defense Department installations?"

Well...

Unless the Popeye's at Hollywood & Cahuenga is a DoD installation? We have a problem.

"You don't know, commie. There might be a secret base underneath Musso & Frank's."

Hollywood's Oldest Restaurant since 1919.

You know what?

The more I think about it....

The more I'm psyched about this type of "intelligence collection" in my city.

Because I'm concerened about the RECENT WAVE of new dudes (dressed up as movie characters) who are - at this very moment - lurking about on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Theater.

I'm talking about...

Shrek, the Hulk, the Cookie Monster, ANOTHER Spiderman, Princess Fiona, Gandalf, a terrible Mr. Incredible and a guy who thinks he looks like Elton John.

(Hollywood people, please add to this list by clicking on the comment button below.)

If there's anything that's a threat to our national security, it's these people: People who spend their days scaring the tourists - one dollar at a time.

Plus...a terrorist could easily dress up as Elmo...and...you know...blow up the Hooters...and the Baja Fresh.

Capice?
Another incident mentions a planned protest against military recruiters last December in Boston and a planned protest last April at McDonald’s National Salute to America’s Heroes — a military air and sea show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Fort Lauderdale protest was deemed not to be a credible threat and a column in the database concludes: “US group exercising constitutional rights.” Two-hundred and forty-three other incidents in the database were discounted because they had no connection to the Department of Defense — yet they all remained in the database.

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Other documents obtained by NBC News show that the Defense Department is clearly increasing its domestic monitoring activities. One DOD briefing document stamped “secret” concludes:

“[W]e have noted increased communication and encouragement between protest groups using the [I]nternet,” but no “significant connection” between incidents, such as “reoccurring instigators at protests” or “vehicle descriptions.”

The increased monitoring disturbs some military observers.
I would hope so.

By the way...this monitoring stuff?

A GOOD GIG IF YOU CAN GET IT.
The database obtained by NBC News is generated by Counterintelligence Field Activity.

Since March 2004, CIFA has awarded at least $33 million in contracts to corporate giants Lockheed Martin, Unisys Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation and Northrop Grumman to develop databases that comb through classified and unclassified government data, commercial information and Internet chatter to help sniff out terrorists, saboteurs and spies.
Hey hey hey, whaddaya know about that: $33 million bucks.

Once again, I find myself chasing the wrong carrots.

("It's a cartoon about a time traveling heavy metal band, okay?")

Please read the whole piece - and try to remember what you were doing when you passed the Ripley's "Believe It or Not" Museum during that particular protest.

"You were up to no good, citizen!"

Moving on...more shenanigans from the Pentagon:

Pentagon rolls out stealth PR

Against the rest of the world:
WASHINGTON — A $300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans for placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the U.S. government as the source, one of the military officials in charge of the program says.
$300 million? That's another good gig.

Pro-American messages:

1. Every gift begins with Zales.

2. Buh duh duh duh duh...I'm loving it.

3. Jen Goes To The Love Doctor: Jen Aniston is taking Brad & Angelina's kids and potential wedding news in stride!
The three companies handling the campaign include the Lincoln Group, the company being investigated by the Pentagon for paying Iraqi newspapers to run pro-U.S. stories.
Check out last Sunday's Brandoland for more on the Lincoln Group.
It's legal for the government to plant propaganda in other countries but not in the USA.
That's why we have FOX News.
The White House referred requests for comment about the contracts to the Pentagon, where officials did not respond.

Special Operations Command awarded three contracts worth up to $100 million each for the media campaign in June. Besides the Lincoln Group, the contractors are Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) of San Diego and SYColeman of Washington.
You have your employment opportunities, people.

"There's gold in them thar hills!"

Once again, I encourage you to read the whole piece.

And remember...the Pentagon = Dandy Don Rumsfeld.

More later...

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