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From Design to Belief: Realizing the "Counter Intuitive"

The slogan of Integrated Consultants, Inc. is "design to reality". One service they offer is the generation of animation to reenforce official government/corporate narratives when "a particular incident has a counter intuitive outcome".

As a demonstration they have posted a video online, which seeks to corraborate the official narrative of the 9/11 Pentagon strike. The video rehashes widely available materials, but offers no commentary on obvious questions such as why the Pentagon, headquarters of the military efforts of the world's only superpower, had no video surveillance directed from the building. The only released video recording wasn't from the building and doesn't show what hit the Pentagon.

Bush Transportation Secretary Resigns: Had Revealed Cheney's 9/11 Role

Bush Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta resigned on June 23, 2006, the day after his 9/11 Commission testimony had been referred to by a guest on FOX News' "Hannity & Colmes" program.

Norman Mineta had testified nearly three years before, during the second public hearings of the commission. His testimony revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney had allowed Flight 77 to hit the Pentagon:
Mineta: "During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President...the plane is 50 miles out...the plane is 30 miles out....and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president "do the orders still stand?" And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said "Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!??"

1984 Realized: Bush Executive Order Will Bypass Media With Orwellian Broadcast System

President Bush has issued an Executive Order which will allow him to utilize public and private communication infrastructure to directly communicate his ideas to America.


Malcolm interviews Mike about the proposed EAS

The order creates the Emergency Alert System (EAS) which will replace existing alert systems, allowing the administration to "ensure that under all conditions the President can communicate with the American people". Mention of the existing "Emergency Broadcast System" will be replaced with the new term "Emergency Alert System".

What this means is that George Bush, like "Big Brother" in Orwell's 1984, will be able to bypass media criticism to push forward his agenda.

Right-Wing Blogger Suggests Readers "Track Down" NYT Reporters, Gets Tracked Down Himself in Blog Comments

George Bush's support base has been energized by the administration's recent threats to level treason charges against the New York Times for daring to report on more secret government surveillance.

Bush's base is now looking for any excuse to direct venom at the Times. After a recent fluff piece mentioned the widely known locations of Rumsfeld and Cheney's vacation homes, one enterprising right-wing blogger spun the piece as more "treason". The blogger, calling himself Dennis K (screen capture backup here), suggested that the New York Time's reporters and editors be "tracked down":
Let's start with the following New York Times reporters and editors: Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. , Bill Keller, Eric Lichtblau, and James Risen.

US Supreme Court Rules Secret Guantanamo Bay Trials Illegal

The US Supreme Court ruled in favour of a Guantanamo detainee who is fighting to have an open trial. Under the Bush administration, secret military tribunals, which violate the Geneva Contentions, have been used to avoid open court.

BBC News has a good analysis of the differences between military tribunals and open court:
* Convictions in civilian courts must be unanimous, while the military tribunals proposed by Mr Bush would be able to convict by a two-thirds majority

* Different rules of evidence apply, with lower standards for admission in military tribunals

* Defendants are not guaranteed the right to appeal against convictions in military tribunals

* Civilian trials must be open to the public, while military tribunals can be held in secret.

Ask the Better Business Bureau to Drop AT&T's Privacy Seal

AT&T is retroactively claiming to own its customers' information, a gross violation of privacy and business ethics.

AT&T has a Better Business Bureau privacy seal on their WorldNet page (above right), which doesn't seem to fit with their involvement in illegal government surveillance.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Fight for Traditional Hunting Grounds

US Republican efforts to encroach on parklands have taken an interesting turn. Congress is currently battling over a last-minute addition to a defense spending bill that would interfere with preservation plans for Santa Rosa Island, a 53000-acre island in Southern California.

Off-Route Mines: New Insurgent Technology in Iraq

Roadside bombings continue to be one of the Iraq insurgency's most effective tactics against occupying forces. The public perception of the technology used is that it is improvised and crude (FrogStyle has previously featured pictures of IEDs based on artillery shells).

US State Bans Forced RFID Implants

Wisconsin has become the first US state to ban the involuntary implanting of a microchip into humans. Scott Silverman, chairman of Verichip (the only US company with FDA approval for implanting RFID chips into humans), recently suggested that immigrant workers be implanted with RFID chips.

Cryptome Celebrates 10th Anniversary

"Our goal is to be the most disreputable publisher on the Net, just after the world's governments and other highly reputable bullshitters." -John Young

In the wake of the return of Pirate Bay, another notorious website is celebrating its 10th anniversary.