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Remember Richard Clarke’s warning?

Posted by Charles II on February 2, 2007

Ryan Naraine of ZDNet:

 The official Web site of Dolphin Stadium, home of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLI, has been hacked and seeded with exploit code targeting two known Windows security flaws.

In the attack, which was discovered by malware hunters at Websense Security Labs, the server hosting the site was breached and a link to a malicious JavaScript file was inserted into the header of the front page of the site. Visitors to the site execute the script, which attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities.

Richard Clarke believed that the greatest vulnerability of the US to terrorism was in disruption of electronic networks. Little did he know that Microsoft, not Al Qaida, would pose the greatest threat.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on February 2, 2007


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México vive

Posted by Charles II on February 2, 2007

There’s a tremendous documentaryby Victor Hernandez on developments in Mexico since the fraudulent election. It is subtitled for those who are Spanish-deficient (qué lástima!). It runs 1 hour 40 minutes or one can download it in 50 Meg chunks. I’ve gotten through the first half hour, but hope to see the rest this evening.

It’s well worth watching because it shows how ordinary people can break through the fantasy-reality created by television and the corrupt media, see what is really going on, and face down power. It’s remarkable in its ordinariness, in the calm dignity and genuinely free individualism with which people face what Lopez Obrador correctly calls the totalitarianism of the right. Lopez Obrador is the focus of the movement, but he is not the movement: if he fails or falters, the movement will continue. 

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“Abizaid, Give Me Back My Legions!”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 2, 2007

Share this story with any “let’s-kill-the-Iranians-too” wingnuts you know:

The U.S. military drive to train and equip Iraq’s security forces has unwittingly strengthened anti-American Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia, which has been battling to take over much of the capital city as American forces are trying to secure it.

U.S. Army commanders and enlisted men who are patrolling east Baghdad, which is home to more than half the city’s population and the front line of al-Sadr’s campaign to drive rival Sunni Muslims from their homes and neighborhoods, said al-Sadr’s militias had heavily infiltrated the Iraqi police and army units that they’ve trained and armed.

“Half of them are JAM. They’ll wave at us during the day and shoot at us during the night,” said 1st Lt. Dan Quinn, a platoon leader in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, using the initials of the militia’s Arabic name, Jaish al Mahdi. “People (in America) think it’s bad, but that we control the city. That’s not the way it is. They control it, and they let us drive around. It’s hostile territory.”

It gets worse from there:

His recruits began flooding into the Iraqi army and police, receiving training, uniforms and equipment either directly from the U.S. military or from the American-backed Iraqi Defense Ministry.

The infiltration by al-Sadr’s men, coupled with his strength in Iraq’s parliament after U.S.-backed elections, gave him leeway to operate death squads throughout the capital, according to more than a week of interviews with American soldiers patrolling Baghdad. Some U.S.-trained units carried out sectarian killings themselves, while others, manning checkpoints, allowed militiamen to pass.


Iraqi soldiers, for example, often were pushed into the field by Iraqi commanders who didn’t give them adequate food, clothing or shelter, said Etienne, a 1st Infantry Division platoon leader.

Etienne was on patrol one day when he saw Iraqi soldiers eating fresh vegetables and meat. The afternoon before, the same soldiers had complained that they had only scraps of food left. Who’d brought them their meal? It had come courtesy of Muqtada al-Sadr.

“Who’s feeding the Iraqi army? Nobody. So JAM will come around and give them food and water,” Etienne said. “We try to capture hearts and minds, well, JAM has done that. They’re further along than us.”

And if that’s not enough:

A patrol from Etienne’s company stopped by a Sunni neighborhood in east Baghdad last week. Two days earlier, three 60 mm mortar rounds fired from a nearby Shiite area, presumably by al-Sadr’s militiamen, had hit a group of children who were playing on a rooftop. Two children died, and another lost most of a leg. A funeral tent stood empty in the middle of the street.

A soldier with a U.S. Army tactical human-intelligence team – who goes only by his last name, Brady, because of the sensitivity of his work – gathered a group of Sunni men to ask about neighborhood security.

One of the men, who said his name was Abbas al Dulaimi, asked, “When the Mahdi Army comes here, why does the Iraqi army help them shoot people?”

“I was behind a car at the checkpoint on the bridge. I saw an Iraqi army soldier open the trunk,” said another man, who gave only his first name, Ahmed. “There were two men in there. The driver showed the soldier his Mahdi Army ID, and the soldier saluted him and let him drive away.”

Brady didn’t contradict any of the accounts. He took careful notes, shaking his head sympathetically at their stories of an Iraqi army gone astray.

He handed out a business card with a cell phone number to call in case of another Mahdi Army attack.

“We will send Iraqi army units that we trust,” Brady said.

Abbas al Dulaimi stared at Brady, a blond man sitting in a circle of Iraqis, and spoke as if he were explaining something to a child.

“But if the Mahdi Army comes in here,” Abbas al Dulaimi said, “they will come with the support of the Iraqi army.”

Brady didn’t contradict him.

Let’s see here:

1) Bush wants to attack (majority-Shiite) Iran.

2) Because he didn’t like the (secular/Sunni) Baathists in the old Iraqi Army, Bush dumped them all, which allowed the (Shiite) Mahdi Army to burrow into the new Iraqi Army, to the point where they are pretty much the same thing.

3) Bush has given the new Mahdi/Iraqi Army lots of weapons and training.

And Bush expects the Mahdi/Iraqi Army to fight on our side when Bush orders the bombing of Iran? Think again.
The Green Zone is going to be overrun within a week of the first planes unloading their payloads over Iranian soil. The airport will be taken, Route Irish will be cut off, and while the troops guarding the Green Zone will inflict heavy casualties, they can only hold out for so long without supplies. When they run out of bullets, they die. And so will the people they are guarding.

And Bush, who will not understand nor care about any of this beyond the feeling that one of his fraternity brothers has just wrecked the car he loaned him, will be in the Oval Office screaming “Abizaid, give me back my legions!”

Or, assuming Bush the Boy-King is willing to wait until April to attack Iran: “Fallon, give me back my legions!”

This will be a replay of Varus versus Herrmann in the Teutoberger Wald. Except that neither Abizaid nor Fallon will be at fault when their commands are hacked to ribbons. The blame will be all on Emperor Augustus’ George W. Bush’s head.

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The enemy of my enemy is my enemy

Posted by Charles II on February 2, 2007

From Dahr Jamail and  Ali ad-Fadhily of the Inter Press Service, we learn something very strange about the battle near Najaf that led to the deaths of 200 people:

Many southern Shia Arabs do not follow Iranian-born cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. They believe the religious leadership should be kept in the hands of Arab clerics. Al-Hatami and al-Khazaali are two major tribes that do not follow Sistani.

    Tribal members from both believe the attack was launched by the central government of Baghdad to stifle growing Shia-Sunni unity in the area.

    “Our convoy was close to the al-Hatami convoy on the way to Najaf when we heard the massive shooting, and so we ran to help them because our tribe and theirs are bound with a strong alliance,” a 45-year-old man who asked to be referred to as Ahmed told IPS.

    Ahmed, a member of the al-Khazali tribe said “our two tribes have a strong belief that Iranians are provoking sectarian war in Iraq which is against the belief of all Muslims, and so we announced an alliance with Sunni brothers against any sectarian violence in the country. That did not make our Iranian dominated government happy.”

…Local authorities including the office of Najaf Governor Asaad Abu Khalil who is a member of the pro-Iranian Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) had claimed before the killings that a group of primarily foreign Sunni fighters with links to al-Qaeda had planned to disrupt the Ashura festival by attacking Shia pilgrims and senior ayatollahs in Najaf.

…Many Iraqis in the south now accuse Baghdad of calling them terrorists simply because they refuse to collaborate with the Iranian dominated government.

To summarize this article:

The American people are being told that the Iranians are a grave threat to our national security. 

 The American people are being told that we must support the Iraq government because they are our friends.

The Iranians are running the Iraq government.

The goal of our army is to suppress resistance to the Iranian-run goverment.

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Maya Angelou On Molly Ivins

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 2, 2007

Just go read.  It’s lovely.

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