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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

CAL THOMAS: SADDAM, BIN LADEN PART OF SAME 'FAMILY'
http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/editorial/8986141.htm

9-11 commission vice chairman, Lee Hamilton, stated, "There were connections between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein's government. We don't disagree on that." Commission co-chairman Thomas Kean said, "What we have found is, were there contacts between al-Qaida and Iraq? Yes, some of them were shadowy -- but they were there." Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that his government had warned Washington after 9/11 and before military operations in Iraq that Saddam's regime was preparing attacks in the United States and on its interests abroad.

Iraq/al Qaeda link confirmed
http://www.illinoisleader.com/letters/lettersview.asp?c=16871

Abdul Rahman Yasin, a member of the al-Qaeda cell that detonated the 1993 World Trade Center bomb, found safe haven in Iraq. And documents recently found in Tikrit indicate Saddam provided Yasin with both a home and a salary. ABC News reported in 1999 that Saddam had offered bin Laden asylum, citing their "long relationship", and a December 1998 meeting in Afghanistan between Osama and Iraqi intelligence chief, Faruq Hijazi. Attorney General Janet Reno and US Attorney Mary Jo White, who in 1998 brought an indictment against bin Laden and a deputy, Mohammed Atef, charging that Saddam and Osama "reached an understanding ... that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al-Qaeda would work cooperatively with Iraq."

Iraq and al-Qaida: Connections, maybe even to 9/11
http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=39574

An al Qaeda operative now held by the U.S. confessed that in the mid-1990s, bin Laden had forged an agreement with Saddam’s men to cease all terrorist activities against the Iraqi dictator

In October 2000, another Iraqi intelligence operative, Salah Suleiman, was arrested by Pakistani authorities. Suleiman was shuttling between Iraqi intelligence and Ayman al Zawahiri.

In 1998, Abbas al-Janabi, a longtime aide to Saddam’s son Uday, defected to the West. At the time, he repeatedly told reporters that there was a direct connection between Iraq and al Qaeda

Sept. 11 conclusions: Stunningly obvious
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/8976439.htm

At the same time, it makes sense that Saddam's minions would have interacted with their al-Qaeda counterparts. Saddam's regime maintained contact with a number of terrorist groups - and provided assistance and safe haven to some of them - to advance his broad objective of disrupting adversaries.

It's worth noting, too, that various officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, have pointed to Saddam's own terrorist ambitions, which included potential U.S. targets.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Iraq -- September 11 attacks : Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen Saddam Lieutenant Colonel, Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, was present at an al Qaeda summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on January 5-January 8, 2000. U.S. intelligence officials believe this was a chief planning meeting for the September 11 attacks. Shakir accompanied Khalid al Mihdhar to Yazid Sufaat living quarters (Sufaat is the American-born al Qaeda terrorist who hosted the planning meeting). Mihdhar was aboard American Airlines Flight 77 when it plunged into the Pentagon at 9:38 A.M. on September 11.( Weekly Standard - http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/152lndzv.asp?pg=1 )

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Nikola Tesla Info.

Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943) (Baptism name: Николай; Nikolaj) was a Serbian-American inventor, physicist, and electrical engineer. Tesla's most famous contribution was the theory of polyphase alternating current electricity, which he used to build the first induction motor, invented in 1882, as well as developing the designs of numerous other electrical machines and related technology. His theory and many of his patents form the basis for the modern electric power system. Tesla is also noted for inventing the Tesla coil and a bladeless turbine (which functions on the principles of fluid viscosity and the boundary layer effect). Tesla's contributions to the modern world are widely regarded as more important and long-lasting than those of his nemesis, one-time employer, Thomas Edison.

The child of light, Tesla, in St. Louis, Missouri, made the first public demonstration of radio communication in 1893. When Tesla was 41 years old, he filed the first basic radio patent (No. US645576). On July 3, 1899, Tesla discovered terrestrial stationary waves within the earth. In 1900, Tesla began planning the Wardenclyffe Tower facility.

Nikola Tesla, in August 1917, first established principals regarding frequency and power level for the first primitive RADAR units in 1934. On Tesla's seventy-fifth birthday in 1931, Time magazine put Tesla on the cover. The cover caption noted his contribution to electrical power generation. When he was eighty-one, Tesla challenged Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, announcing he was working on a dynamic theory of gravity. Tesla's funeral took place on January 12, 1943 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan, New York City.

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

When they came ...

When the RIAA first came for the updloaders/downloaders of pop music, I didn't object because I wasn't interested one bit in that music.

Then the RIAA came for the uploaders/downloaders of c ountry music, I didn't object because I wasn't interested one bit in that music.

Then they came for the college students who were sharing files, and I didn't object because I wasn't a college student who was sharing files.

Then they came for the little webcasters whose voices began to complain about the RIAA's harsh tactics and I didn't object because I wasn't a webcaster who'd been a victim of the harsh tactics of the RIAA.

Then they came for me -- there was nobody left to object.

The recording industry announced plans to sue individuals who download music to stop music loving netizens. But, the use of file-sharing services will continue. The RIAA are making enemies and it's thier choice to do so. Consumer backlash will occur if the RIAA sues any netizen. The plan will probably result in a serious public relations fiasco.

Fans will continue to swap songs. The fact is that copyright law currently is broken, making criminals out of music fans and technologists. Any attack upon netizens by the RIAA will just expose this and push the netizens to create a file-sharing technology that keeps the individual netizens anonymous. Anonymous Peer-to-peer File Sharing (APFS) protocols will mature if the RIAA chooses to continue down this path.

some links ... The Problem With Music http://www.negativland.com/albini.html Boycott-RIAA http://www.boycott-riaa.com/ Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) http://www.eff.org/share/

Friday, June 13, 2003


I just listened to Science Friday energy policy issue. [ http://www.sciencefriday.com/ ]

What things should be the foundation of a national energy policy? I say radiant energy and solar power. Members of Congress is pushing through a major energy bill ... it's hydra of horrors, containing provisions for ethanol to expanded nuclear power plant funding.

I'm for developing any viable source of energy which is better for our enviroment than that which we are now using. The best thing would be to investigate the physics behind the space tethers [see link below]. Similar devices could be constructed on this planet to make Earth Tethers. The alternate current technology it's based off of is old though [nearly 100yrs].

http://www.spacetransportation.com/news/Tether_propulsion.pdf

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

The Case of Problems

After reading this article ...
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16142
... I have felt impelled to write this article.

John Dean has got a serious problem. Mr. Dean, it appears to this writer, didn't like the authorization of the use of American military forces in Iraq. He and I have problems with the missing WMDs. It is clear that he is very frustrated with the current situation. I am too, but for very different reasons.

Should Mr. Dean believe the President of the United States? He says he was holding a benefit of doubt. Signs, though, do not look good. He doubts the Iraqi informants thought to be reliable. He doubts the satellite photos. He doubts the evidence. The gap between reality and Mr. Dean's doubts only increases his sense that the President's misstatements may actually have been intentional lies. It sorely noted that Mr. Dean dismisses the the core reason for the war [i.e., the weapons of mass destruction], and refers to reasons such as misrepresented intelligence, 'Iraq swims in a sea of oil', and public manipulations.

Does Mr. Dean doubt that Iraq was expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons or that Iraq had stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and was rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons? Does Mr. Dean doubt that Iraq was seeking nuclear weapons? Does he doubt the old Iraqi regime had produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas? Does he deny the evidence that indicated Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program? Does Mr. Dean doubt Saddam Hussein held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, the infamous "nuclear mujahideen"? Does he doubt that the Iraq regime continued to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised?

Mabey. Probably. It's highly discouraging to this writer that Mr. Dean views statements of the President to be false [or, in the least, questionable].

The Bush's White House has not swept issues under the carpet. The issues are not out of sight, as can plainly be seen in recent articles and news reports that focus on the question of what happened to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). The questions surrounding the Iraqi war are being answered currently. It is too early to draw conclusions though it's not early enough for Mr. Dean to doubt all of this. It does seem though that Mr. Dean hopes the WMDs are found, for it will end his doubts [atleast on this issue].

Where are the WMDs?

Currently, no WMDs have been found. American military special forces searched too late for weapons of mass destruction.. Operation Freedom's penetration of Iraq and drive toward Baghdad was too late in finding the WMDs. The coalition forces gained control of Iraqi cities and countryside too late to find the WMDs. Special search teams were dispatched too late to look for WMDs. The past two and a half months were too late for military patrols to visit the suspected WMD sites throughout Iraq. The Pentagon is still searching for WMD sites. They will be looking for people who can provide information where the missing WMDs might be. None of the prohibited weapons have been found, it probably has been too late.

Saddam may have ordered the WMDs destroyed. Fearing to be taken out, Saddam covered his tracks and obscured his activities. Worst of all possibilities, the WMDs may have been taken out of Iraq. Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction due to inaction. They could be in the hands of dozens of groups.

The WMDs will be very hard to find for the delay in acting on the matter was huge and let the old Iraqi regime hide or remove them. The large quantities, "thousands of tons" of chemical weapons, may have easily be hidden or dispatched to the rogue's allies.

The lag in acting on this danger may have allowed the telltale facilities, the groups of scientists who could testify, and production equipment to be destroyed, silence, and/or removed.

How can the doubt that they may not have existed be removed, when there was plenty of time for the WMDs to be obscured?

There are a few possibilities. The Bush White House's national security operations should be more decisive. That seems difficult, as the doubters will continue to stonewall any action. The other is that the President must lead the nation, and the world, more forcefully. America has entered a new age of pre-emption when it must strike first because it cannot afford to find out later if terrorists possess nuclear or biological weapons.

Bush Administration has not intentionally manipulated public nor has there been misrepresented intelligence to get Congress to authorize military action. Saddam posed an imminent threat. Now that threat has gone underground due to inaction. Congress and the public should support more of President Bush's decisive solutions to rogue nations and terrorist groups [or as Mr. Dean likes calling "warmaking"]. The war in Iraq is all Bush's doing. His administration has tried to take out one of the many rogues that threaten peace and security in this modern day. The doubters, through inaction, may have cost all of us a bit of this security. That is my, and your, problem.

Friday, June 06, 2003

Today it rained =-\ .... i guess the midwest needed it ....

Saw a great band the other day .... Thrust @ America's pub [ http://www.americaspub.com/kc/ ].... they rocked the house ... really good show .... sounded good .... Rockfest is this weekend [heard that they are openin up for it] ... "Fuckin Bitch" is a one of the best song to get the crowd going .... if you have opprotunity, check them out ....

Thrust
http://www.thrust2k.com/
http://kjhk.rockkansas.com/thrust/

Rockfest - he annual all-day hard-rock smackdown sponsored by KQRC-FM (98.9)
http://www.989therock.com/

[moving on]

... time for links ...

Got a nice snapshot on N. Tesla's life ....
http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla

Got a link today from the physics room @ YIM ... http://www.onelook.com ... another good dictionary site to supplement http://www.hyperdictionary.com

welp, more later ....

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