- Et un nouveau
Big Brother de plus aux Etats Unis
Other Big Brother
The Pentagon has its own domestic spying program. Even its
leaders say the outfit may have gone too far
"...To U.S. Army analysts at the top-secret
Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the peanut-butter
protest was regarded as a potential threat to national
security. Created three years ago by the Defense Department,
CIFA's role is "force protection"—tracking threats
and terrorist plots against military installations and
personnel inside the United States. In May 2003, Paul
Wolfowitz, then deputy Defense secretary, authorized a
fact-gathering operation code-named TALON—short for Threat
and Local Observation Notice—that would collect "raw
information" about "suspicious incidents." The
data would be fed to CIFA to help the Pentagon's "terrorism
threat warning process," according to an internal
A Defense document shows that Army analysts wrote a report on
the Halliburton protest and stored it in CIFA's database. It's
not clear why the Pentagon considered the protest worthy of
attention—although organizer Parkin had previously been
arrested while demonstrating at ExxonMobil headquarters (the
charges were dropped). But there are now questions about
whether CIFA exceeded its authority and conducted unauthorized
spying on innocent people and organizations. A Pentagon memo
obtained by NEWSWEEK shows that the deputy Defense secretary
now acknowledges that some TALON reports may have contained
information on U.S. citizens and groups that never should have
been retained. The number of reports with names of U.S.
persons could be in the thousands, says a senior Pentagon
official who asked not be named because of the sensitivity of
CIFA's activities are the latest in a series of disclosures
about secret government programs that spy on Americans in the
name of national security..."
- Attaque au Pakistan, démenti du
Premier Ministre pakistanais sur les morts d'Al Qaeda
PM: CIA attack reports 'bizarre'
No evidence that top al Qaeda leaders were at target, he says
"Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Sunday
ridiculed as "bizarre" a U.S. report that senior al
Qaeda leaders were killed in a CIA attack on a home along the
"There is no evidence, as of half an hour ago, that there
were any other people there," Aziz said on CNN's "Late
Edition with Wolf Blitzer."
"The area does see movement of people from across the
border. But we have not found one body or one shred of
evidence that these people were there."
U.S. counterterrorism officials have said they believe the
January 13 attack killed four to eight al Qaeda-affiliated
"foreigners" attending a dinner meeting.
Knowledgeable sources have said that their bodies were removed
from the scene by comrades and buried elsewhere..."
sign of al Qaeda dead from United States strike -Pakistan
"No evidence has yet turned up of al Qaeda figures among
the dead when a US missile killed at least 18 people in a
remote part of Pakistan, the South Asian nation's prime
minister said today.
''As of an hour ago, when I last checked with our relevant
security agencies who are combing the area, they have not
found any tangible evidence that a particular group or any
individual was there,'' Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said..."
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Says U.S. Should Communicate Before Airstrikes
- Intox ! Un groupe
iranien d'opposition voit Téhéran faire un test d'arme
nucléaire en Mars
plans nuclear weapon test by March
"Tehran is planning a nuclear weapons test before the
Iranian New Year on March 20, 2006 says a group opposed to the
regime in Tehran.
The Foundation for Democracy citing sources in the U.S and
Iran offered no further information.
The FDI quotes sources in Iran that the high command of the
Revolutionary Guards Air Force have issued new orders to
Shahab-3 missile units, ordering them to move mobile missile
launchers every 24 hours in view of a potential pre-emptive
strike by the U.S. or Israel. The order was issued Tuesday,
The group says the launchers move only at night, and have been
instructed to change their positions "in a radius of 30
to 35 kilometers." Prior to the new orders the Shahab-3
units changed position on a weekly basis. Advance Shahab-3
units have been positioned in Kermanshah and Hamadan province,
within striking distance of Israel. Reserve mobile launchers
have been moved to Esfahan and Fars province."
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extends nuclear plant in secret
"Iran has secretly extended the uranium enrichment plant
at the centre of the international controversy over its
resumption of banned nuclear research earlier this month,
satellite imagery has revealed.
Seven buildings have been erected around the concealed
centrifuges which Western governments fear will be used to
manufacture weapons-grade uranium at the Natanz site, 200
miles south of Teheran..."
- Colin Powell
voit un début de retrait US d'Irak fin
US will pull troops out this year
The Observer 22/01/06
"Former Bush aide who urged caution over Iraq signals
start of withdrawal by end of 2006.
Colin Powell, who warned President Bush on the eve of the Iraq
war that US forces would have to stay for the long haul after
toppling Saddam, yesterday predicted that troop withdrawals
would begin by the end of this year..."
- Dick Cheney
ne croit plus qu'Iran et Al Qaeda aient des relations étroites
does not believe in close ties between Iran, Al-Qaeda
"..."I think you've got to remember that the
Al-Qaeda organization is primarily made up of radical Sunni
Islamists, of course, and the Iranian regime is Shia-dominated
-- Shia. So there's not a natural fit there," Cheney said
in a telephone interview with the Hugh Hewitt Show, released
by the White House.
"That doesn't mean that there haven't been relationships
over the years, but I don't believe it's close. I haven't seen
any evidence of that," Cheney added..."
sur les retraits des réserves monétaires iraniennes d'Europe
over Iran 'assets move'
"There is confusion over whether Iran is moving foreign
exchange reserves from Europe to avoid possible sanctions,
after conflicting remarks by officials.
The deputy head of Iran's central bank has said that Iran has
no plans at the moment to shift its money.
But Iranian news agencies reported on Friday that the bank
head had said the state had started to withdraw assets, amid a
row over its nuclear programme..."
Denies Shifting Assets From Europe
"Iran on Saturday denied it has shifted funds out of
Europe due to fears of economic sanctions over its nuclear
program after a swirl of contradictory reports on whether such
transfers had taken place..."
says not planning to move its money to Asia
"Iran, which has said it is shifting its money out
European accounts as the threat of U.N. sanctions mounts, will
not move its currency assets to Asia, a deputy central bank
governor said on Saturday..."
Pulling Foreign Reserves From Europe
"A defiant Iran announced Friday it has begun pulling its
foreign currency accounts out of European banks to protect its
assets from possible U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program.
As analysts estimated the amount of those funds at up to $50
billion, Iran also called for a reduction in OPEC oil
production — raising the possibility that the country would
deploy its oil prowess in its standoff with the West..."
starts transferring foreign assets
"The governor of Iran's central bank has confirmed that
the country has started to transfer assets held in foreign
Ebrahim Sheibani told the ISNA students' news agency on Friday:
"We transfer foreign reserves to wherever we see as
expedient. On this issue, we have started transferring. We are
Moves Foreign Assets amid Sanction Threat
"Iran is moving foreign exchange out of European banks in
advance of a possible referral to the United Nations Security
Council and imposition of economic sanctions over its nuclear
- Ossama Bin
Laden, une voix d'outre tombe ?
wrong to sniff blood in bin Laden tape-analysts
"White House officials listening to Osama bin Laden's
latest tape heard a weakened man on the run, but other U.S.
officials and analysts heard a dangerous leader rallying his
troops, mocking the United States and possibly setting up
The audiotape -- the first one from the al Qaeda leader since
December 2004 -- said the militant network was preparing
attacks in the United States but was open to a truce with
Americans, linked to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
As soon as the tape aired on Thursday, White House spokesman
Scott McClellan said it proved al Qaeda leaders were fugitives
under the gun and Vice President Dick Cheney said bin Laden
appeared to be in deep hiding with difficulties getting
But some counterterrorism officials and analysts say this
assessment from the White House is off the mark and fails to
examine the benefits a savvy operator like bin Laden may
derive from showing he is alive and focused on a U.S. attack.
A U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke on the condition
of anonymity, said al Qaeda was propaganda savvy and knew how
to manipulate the airwaves, in contrast to the United States,
which has had trouble getting its message across.
"In the cacophony of the media and the Internet, the al
Qaeda voice is clear and identifiable," the official said.
"They have us on that and this is another example of
Gen. Russ Howard, a recently retired army terrorism expert who
headed the counterterrorism program at the U.S. Military
Academy in West Point, New York, said bin Laden was showing
the world he was still in action.
"It's a message to rally his own forces and people loyal
to him," he said. "He gets a 'two-fer': he's
rallying his own people and psychologically he's raising the
Professor Skeptical of bin Laden Tape
"A Duke professor says he is doubtful about Thursday's
audiotape from Osama bin Laden.
Bruce Lawrence has just published ?Messages to the World: The
Statements of Osama Bin Laden,? a book translating bin Laden?s
writing. He is skeptical of Thursday?s message.
?It was like a voice from the grave,? Lawrence said.
He thinks bin Laden is dead and has doubts about the tape.
Lawrence recently analyzed more than 20 complete speeches and
interviews of the al Qaida leader for his book. He says the
new message is missing several key elements.
?There?s nothing in this from the Koran. He?s, by his own
standards, a faithful Muslim,? Lawrence said. ?He quotes
scripture in defense of his actions. There?s no quotation from
the Koran in the excerpts we got, no reference to specific
events, no reference to past atrocities.?
While the CIA confirms the voice on the tape is bin Laden?s,
Lawrence questions when it was recorded. He says the timing of
its release could be to divert attention from last week?s U.S.
air strike in Pakistan. The strike targeted bin Laden?s deputy,
Ayman al-Zawahri, and killed four leading al Qaeda figures
along with civilians.
Lawrence believes faulty Pakistani intelligence led to the
strike and the civilian deaths, and the tape was leaked by
Pakistani authorities to divert attention from their mistake.
?It led to a failed military operation where America got
blamed, but they people who are really to blame are the ones
who provided the intelligence,? Lawrence said. ?I think this
is an effort to say were not going look at this terrible
incident that happened.?..."
confirms speaker on tape is bin Laden
"The CIA confirmed Thursday that the voice on an
audiotape aired Thursday claiming al-Qaida is making
preparations to attack the United States again but offering a
truce “with fair conditions” is that of the terrorist
group’s leader, Osama bin Laden..."
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Text of Bin Laden Tape
- Technologies astrophysiques
pour détection de bombes "sales"
technology leads to dirty bomb detector
"The Department of Homeland Security has a Caltech
astrophysicist working on a new type of radiation detector
based on devices used to survey faraway galaxies.
The university reported that Ryan McLean recently received the
first phase of a $2.2 million contract to develop a
radiation-detection module that is compact, with a range of
100 meters, and can tell the difference between a "dirty"
bomb and background radiation from natural or harmless manmade
The goal of the two-phase project is to have a working device
under construction by the middle of the year.
"The idea is that if you have lots of small detectors,
you might have a better chance of detecting harmful nuclear
material than if you're stationed only at central locations,
like bridges and ports," Ryan said in a news release
earlier this week..."