During the Vietnam period, it was proposed to launch a geosynchronous sat of such size as to be able to direct reflected sunlight during the night to an area of military operations. Employing mylar similar to the earlier Echo satellites, it would create a reflective surface large enough to create an artificial moonlight. The usual suspects raised a ruckus that it would interfere with 'natural' cycles of the flora and fauna of any region [and nighttime ops of the enemy who they sided with].
One frightening passage: Our UAVs over Afghanistan fly with their strobes flashing to avoid collisions. If a Predator or Reaper crashes into a commercial airliner because it was flying blacked out while staring at the ground, that is a problem. The enemy can see our UAVs from miles away.
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
Our UAVs over Afghanistan fly with their strobes flashing to avoid collisions. If a Predator or Reaper crashes into a commercial airliner because it was flying blacked out while staring at the ground, that is a problem. The enemy can see our UAVs from miles away.
Air Tasking Orders (ATO's) are issued and parameters (altitudes and operational boxes) are well defined. There is quite a lot of planning and safety involved in this process. "Seeing" a UAV aloft from the ground is very difficult if not impossible.
[Al Ahram] The Egyptian Conference Party was formed in Cairo on Monday with 25 political parties coming together under the leadership of former Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... secretary-general Jerry Lewis doppelgänger Amr Moussa ... who was head of the Arab League for approximately two normal lifespans, accomplishing nothing that was obvious to the casual observer ... "The initiative aims to magnifying the influence of the 25 parties, and give a voice to the people who support these parties," Moussa said at the party's launch on Monday.
Moussa, who came fifth in Egypt's post-revolution presidential election, added that one of the main concerns of the party was to promote "moderate options that represent the majority of Egyptians and to preserve the civil identity of Egypt."
The Egyptian Conference Party consists of 25 parties and movements representing a spectrum of political ideologies, including a number of prominent parties such as the Democratic Front Party and Ghad El-Thawra Party.
A Libyan Salafi group which has denied it was involved in a deadly assault on the American consulate in Benghazi said on Tuesday Libya would turn into "an inferno for U.S. troops" if the U.S. military retaliated. Not mentioned: If Barky manages to grow a pair...
Yousef Jehani, a senior member of Ansar al-Sharia, told Reuters that the armed group, which espouses an austere form of Islam, wanted to avoid confrontation but was ready for a showdown if Washington acted "foolishly". Not paying attention to US "Smart Foreign Policy", which until now, we guess, had not been foolish
Any U.S. military intervention could push Libyans to wage a holy war, or "jihad", to defend their nation, said Jehani, whose group is a powerful force in Benghazi, a stronghold for Islamists and cradle of the revolution which toppled Muammar Gaddafi last year.
[Al Ahram] Newsweek's front page about the deadly protests currently sweeping the Mohammedan world has sparked a storm of controversy and derision on Twitter as netizens mock the magazine's headline "Mohammedan Rage."
"Lost nephew at the airport but can't yell for him because his name is Jihad. #MohammedanRage," one Twitter user mocked online.
"Man next to me on subway reading Koran on his Samsung Galaxy tablet just offered his seat to an older lady. #MUSLIMRAGE truly affects us all," another netizen from New York posted on his account.
The front page shows a photo of angry Mohammedan protesters shouting and putting their hands in the air, under the headline "Mohammedan Rage" and a sub-headline "How I survived it, how we can end it."
The cover story is written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a well-known Somali-born rights activist and former Dutch politician whose criticism of Islam has earned her death threats.
In it, she describes her own experience of renouncing Islam as well as making a short film with Theo van Gogh about Mohammedan women that saw the Dutch filmmaker shot and stabbed to death.
The article comes as Mohammedans in at least 20 countries have staged angry demonstrations outside US embassies and other American symbols in protest against an anti-Islam film called "Innocence of Mohammedans."
The movie -- believed to have been produced by a small group of myrmidon Christian Americans -- mocks the Prophet Mohammed and portrays Mohammedans as immoral and gratuitously violent.
A trailer for the film appeared on YouTube last week, sparking the violent backlash that has seen more than 30 people killed so far.
Newsweek's cover -- and subsequent attempts on the magazine's Twitter page to encourage netizens to comment using the hashtag #MohammedanRage -- have meanwhile unleashed a different kind of backlash.
"Well done Newsweek, bring a well-known anti-Islam activist and get them to write your cover story titled #MohammedanRage on how to stop it," one netizen responded.
Entertainment and media blog Gawker on Tuesday published 13 widely retweeted photos poking fun at "Mohammedan Rage", such as a picture of teenagers blowing bubbles in a square under the caption "violent, angry Egyptians."
Another Tweeter posted a mock-up version of the Newsweek cover called "Anti-Mohammedan Rage", with photos of crying children under the captions "Iraq War" and "Drones."
[Al Ahram] US officials Tuesday denied that protests in Cairo over an anti-Islam Internet video have stalled talks on relieving $1 billion worth of Egypt's debt to the United States.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said a report in the Washington Post that talks on wiping out the debt had been delayed was "wrong."
"We are working with the Congress now on how we will move forward on this. We've made an initial budget request," she told news hounds.
The debt relief is intended to provide crucial economic aid to Egypt's newly elected government as it grapples with daunting economic challenges in the wake of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... The Post cited US officials as saying Egypt can expect little relief -- at least until after the November 6 US presidential vote -- after Cairo's delayed response to last week's violent protest outside the US embassy in Cairo.
"Folks are going to wait and see how things materialize both with the protests and on Capitol Hill," it quoted a congressional aide as saying.
But Nuland stressed: "We have worked with the Egyptians on precisely how we see breaking down this support, and now we have to work with the Congress on ensuring we can move forward."
The Post said any delay was likely to be temporary, and that there was no major reconsideration of US aid to Egypt, which amounts to some $1.5 billion per year.
Egyptian forces were slow to react when demonstrators attacked the US embassy last Tuesday, scaling the walls, tearing down the American flag and hoisting a black Islamist flag in its place.
US President Barack Obama Because I won... called his newly elected Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi to express concern about the incident and told an interviewer that Egypt's new government was neither an ally nor an enemy.
Egyptian security forces later moved in, clashing with the demonstrators for several days but keeping them away from the embassy.
Nuland is married to Robert Kagland of the WAPO and author of "The World America Made". While some are astonished by the recently revealed connection between the Justice Department and Media Matters, here's an article Kagan recently penned.
A French magazine ridiculed Mohammad on Wednesday by portraying him naked in cartoons. The French government, which had urged the magazine not to print the images, said it was temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday.
Riot police were deployed to protect the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo after its latest cover showing an Orthodox Jew pushing the turbaned figure of Mohammad in a wheelchair. On the inside pages, several caricatures of the Prophet showed him naked.
Essam Erian, acting leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said, "We reject and condemn the French cartoons that dishonor the Prophet and we condemn any action that defames the sacred according to people's beliefs."
Calling for a U.N. treaty against insulting religion, he added, "We condemn violence and say that peaceful protests are a right for everyone. I hope there will be a popular western and French reaction condemning this."
One of the cartoons, called "Mohammad: a star is born", portrayed a bearded figure crouching over to display naked buttocks and genitals, a star covering his anus.
A second cartoon, in reference to the scandal over a French magazine's decision to publish topless photos of Prince William's wife, showed a topless, bearded character with the caption: "Riots in Arab countries after photos of Mrs. Mohammad are published."
Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier,said, "We have the impression that it's officially allowed for Charlie Hebdo to attack the Catholic far-right but we cannot poke fun at fundamental Islamists. It shows the climate - everyone is driven by fear, and that is exactly what this small handful of extremists who do not represent anyone want - to make everyone afraid, to shut us all in a cave."
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the authorities had rejected a request to hold a march against the Mohammad film in Paris. He said, "There is no reason for us to allow conflicts that do not concern France to enter our country."
I can see it now, the first phase of the war with Iran will not be a strike on their nuclear facilities, it will be an all out cartoon assault by Western countries. The islamists' will seethe, rage, go more nutser, and their heads will explode.
[ABC News] A French satirical magazine is set to publish several cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday, a move that is likely to inflame the Islamic faithful and bully boyz who have already rioted in more than 20 countries over a movie mocking the prophet.
Supplying more sandpaper to the skinless.
Depictions of the prophet are strictly prohibited and considered blasphemous by Moslems. Cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark in 2005 and then reproduced in newspapers across Europe triggered riots throughout the Mideast and Africa. Churches and embassies were torched and at least 100 people died in the outbreaks and police crackdowns.
The magazine "Charlie Hebdo" has confirmed that it will publish the cartoons, but has not revealed what they will depict. French newspaper "Le Monde" reports that some of the cartoons show the prophet in "particularly explicit poses," without providing any further detail.
The move comes as Moslems are still simmering after riots in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and nearly 20 other countries over the move "Innocence of Moslems." U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
French government ministers have criticized the magazine's decision and police in Gay Paree have stepped up security around its offices.
I've been checking to see if the French magazine called "Charlie Hebdo" really did go ahead and publish obsecene cartoons of Mohammed. Apparently the answer is YES they did. The French Gov't is supporting their freedom of expression. And 20 French consulates will be closed this Friday - to avoid a backlash after traditional Muslim prayers. My guess is that Friday and Saturday (this week) will be very ugly days for French consulates in Muslim countries.
Danish police said on Tuesday that they have arrested eight people suspected of financially supporting the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Today`s Zaman reported.
Investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said a total of 140 million kroner ($24.6 million) were shipped from Denmark to the PKK, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and the European Union. He said some 67 million kroner ($11.8 million) were raised in the past three years alone among Kurds in Denmark.
Tuesday's arrest is linked to a court a case where a Kurdish-language TV station broadcasting from Europe was found guilty of breaching Denmark's anti-terror laws.
Better late than never, I suppose.
Two days after the Obama administration's top diplomat to the United Nations insisted the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was "spontaneous," the White House opened the door Tuesday to the possibility of other explanations.
"We have provided information about what we believe was the precipitating cause of the protest and violence based on the information that we have had available," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. "The FBI is investigating, and that investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead."
Carney continued to claim that "we do not have any indication at this point of premeditation or pre-planned attacks," but went on to say: "we're not making declarations ahead of the facts here."
Perhaps significantly, Carney did not go so far as U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice in detailing what the administration thinks happened. In doing so, Carney appeared to acknowledge that the investigation could offer a different version of events.
Rice said on "Fox News Sunday" -- one of several Sunday show interviews she granted -- that the administration believes the attack was not "preplanned" or "premeditated." Instead, Rice said, it was a "spontaneous" reaction to protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film, and extremist elements "joined the fray" before it "spun out of control."
However, that account clashed with claims by the Libyan president that the attack was in fact premeditated. Other sources, including an intelligence source in Libya who spoke to Fox News, have echoed those claims. The intelligence source even said that, contrary to the suggestion by the Obama administration, there was no major protest in Benghazi before the deadly attack which killed four Americans. A U.S. official did not dispute the claim.
At last, the violent rallies against the U.S. embassy in Cairo, in reaction to an anti-Islam video, and Egypt's laxidasical efforts to defend American assets, have yielded a real result: talks about $1 billion in debt relief and millions more in aid to Egypt are suspended, according to U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity.
There will not be new aid approved for Egypt until after the November elections, and talks intended to ease to payment of funds that have already been approved are stalled, the officials said.
If Romney wins there may not be aid after the election, either, at least aid without strings...
The U.S. annual aid to Egypt comes to about $1.6 billion,
Borrowed from China...
and the Obama Administration was fully prepared to continue providing this aid, despite the election of a new government in Egypt run by the Moslem Brüderbund. Indeed, President B.O. has proposed an additional $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt, whose debt to America stands at about $3 billion.
Of course Champ did. He's favored the Muslim Brotherhood all along...
The major hurdle in the path of U.S. funds to Egypt is the Republican House of Representatives which last year attached conditions to U.S. aid, most notably a requirement that the State Department certify that Egypt is abiding by its peace treaty with Israel.
Several Congress members have been proposing additional conditions. And there's been some pushback on the part of the State Department. For instance: this week, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wanted to hold a hearing on U.S. relations with Egypt, but it was canceled because the State Department refused to send witnesses. DOS instead offered a private briefing for politicians, a congressional aide told Rooters.
According to the Washington Post, American and Egyptian officials were in the final stages of negotiating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid just as the protests went kaboom! outside the embassy and American flags were being set on fire.
And a delegation of 120 U.S. business leaders was in Cairo at the same time as well, as the State Department was trying to encourage foreign investment in Egypt.
Here's a heretical thought: let Egypt collapse. Let the Egyptians see the result of 50 years worth of knavery, thuggery and foolishness on the part, not just of their political leaders, but of the entire country. Let Egypt go thud, let Israel be prepared in case the Egyptian leaders have a death rattle within them, and let the Arab world see what happens when the most powerful country in the world turns its back on them. Might be rather instructive.
A judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that police can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, marking the first time officers can carry out the so-called "show me your papers" provision.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is the latest milestone in a two-year legal battle over the requirement. It culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that upheld the provision on the grounds that it doesn't conflict with federal law.
[Dawn] Representatives of non-governmental organizations in Lower Dir on Monday vowed to take every step to ensure that women in Lower Dir are given right to vote in the next elections.
Speaking at a news conference at the Timergara Press Club, a group of NGOs' representatives led by Akbar Khan alleged all political and religious parties had been responsible for barring women from voting in Dir in the past.
They said whenever elections drew near the politicianship in the district inked a deal not to allow women to cast votes, regretting that women formed half the population of the country and participating in political process was their basic human right.
"Women should be allowed to contest and cast votes in election on their own free will," demanded Akbar Khan, saying barring them from the process was a clear violation of their rights.
The group announced it would not remain silent on the issue in future and would take it even to the courts and the Election Commission of Pakistain.
It demanded of the government and ECP to ensure women participation in elections in Dir and declare the results of the polling stations as null and void where women participation proved less than 10 per cent of the total votes cast. It also demanded of the government to form separate polling stations for women in the region.
Seriously, the goal would not be for Israel to seize southern Lebanon. They did that once and came to doubt the wisdom. The goal would be to find that fat rascal Nasrallah and kill him, and as many Hezbies as can be found without risking their own people.
Posted by: Steve White ||
cut off their power and communications and the water and sewage systems fail as well. Enjoy your own Ein-El-Hellhole, Hezbies!
Posted by: Frank G ||
The IDF need only know exactly the hidey-hole of Al-Slobbo Nasrallah
Jordan's King Abdullah II has endorsed controversial amendments to the press and publication law seen by online journalists as a threat to freedom of expression.
The king on Monday night issued a decree approving the law in its new form, after parliament passed the amendments that require the country's 220 news websites to obtain licences from the government, which can censor content and hold journalists liable for posted comments.
The amendments also stipulate that website chief editors must be members of the Jordan Press Association.
Journalists and rights activists have urged the king to reject the law.
"We refuse to be terrorised," read a banner carried by journalists during a sit-in on Saturday.
"We have high hopes that the king will protect the media in Jordan," read another banner.
Human Rights Watch has also criticised the law. Of course they did, wringing their hands most earnestly as they did so...
"The government has long imposed restrictions on how Jordanians may express their thoughts and opinions," the New York-based watchdog's senior Middle East researcher, Christoph Wilcke, said. "The state should be rolling back those laws, not extending them to online expression."
Having a Palestinian pillow mate probably has some enfluence on King Ab's decision making. I believe this is the direction our Champ and Holder would like to move as well. I'm not certain how they might proceed with it, but it could involve prohibitions on alleged incitements to terrorist under a link to Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969).em>
A Champ second term may be very, very interesting.
See the 'companion piece' in Election 2012 news, in which Mittens indeed says what Mahmud says he said. Amazing how the dumb, inexperienced Pub gets it instantly and the smart as all heck LightBringer doesn't... Ineffectual Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas proposed canceling the Oslo Accords with Israel at a recent meeting of the Palestinian leadership, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) told AFP yesterday.
PLO Executive Committee member Wassel Abu Yusef said Abbas raised the idea of "canceling the Oslo agreement as well as the associated economic and security arrangements," at the meeting on Saturday and Sunday. Abu Yusef said that "members of the Palestinian leadership had mixed opinions on the issue, and it was decided to postpone any decision until their next meeting," due to be held after Abbas's return from the UN General Assembly later this month.
"It was the first time the Palestinian leadership put the issue of the Oslo agreement on the table since it was signed in 1993," Abu Yusef added.
His remarks came as a leaked video showed that Mitt Romney told donors the Palestinians "have no interest whatsoever" in peace with Israel and if elected president he would just kick the issue down the road. Mittens speaks truth in public. What a radical idea...
On the West Bank, Palestinians said Romney was wrong to accuse them of not seeking peace.
"No one stands to gain more from peace with Israel than Palestinians and no one stands to lose more in the absence of peace than Palestinians," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters. "Only those who want to maintain the Israeli occupation will claim the Palestinians are not interested in peace." Yes, the Paleos would indeed gain the most in a true peace. It demonstrates how insane the Paleos are that they won't consider peace.
Brutal Syrians are brutal It's what thugs do...
The Syrian government has carried out indiscriminate air bombardments and artillery strikes on residential areas that do not target opposition fighters or military objectives, and instead appear aimed solely at punishing civilians seen as sympathetic to rebel forces, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Ya think?
Much of the recent fighting has centered on the contested city of Aleppo, but the London-based group said hundreds of civilians in other parts of northern and central Syria have been killed or injured in recent weeks, many of them children, in attacks that struck people in their homes, in the street or while trying to shelter from the bombings.
DAMASCUS: UN/Arab league envoy Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday met representatives of 1,300 Syrians at Altinozu camp in Hatay city, located on the border with their violence-racked homeland, in his first encounter since taking over the mission from his frustrated predecessor.
"We hope that their country will find peace again and that they can return to their country as early as possible," Brahimi said at a meeting with Turkish local officials.
The veteran Algerian diplomat said he was visiting refugee camps in Syrian neighbors to brief the United Nations on the gravity of the situation for the homeless Syrians, according to a Turkish official involved in the meetings. He was welcomed into Altinozu by large crowds of refugees, as many marched in groups and chanted slogans against the embattled Damascus regime: "Free Syria! We will fight till freedom!"
Brahimi was also briefed by Turkish officials at the local governor's office on the conditions of the refugees and their needs, an issue raised by Ankara government as needing international support.
The Altinozu camp is one of the first refugee camps set up by Turkey soon after the unrest erupted in Syria mid-March 2011, which has already killed 20,000 according to UN figures and forced 250,000 to flee into neighboring countries.
[Jerusalem Post] US Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney ...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney has a record as a successful businessman, heading Bain Capital, and he rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from the midst of bribery and mismanagement scandals. More to the point, he isn't President B.O... questioned the feasibility of the establishment of a Paleostinian state in the West Bank in video footage published on Tuesday by US magazine Mother Jones.
"The idea of pushing on the Israelis to give something up to get the Paleostinians to act is the worst idea in the world," Romney said.
"I'm torn by two perspectives in this regard," he said at a $50,000-per-plate fund-raising dinner in Boca Raton, Florida, on May 17. "One is the one which I've had for some time, which is that the Paleostinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish."
Romney then launched into a hypothetical scenario in which Israelis allow the Paleostinians to establish a state in the West Bank and are then forced to contend with unsolvable security and border issues.
It is "maybe seven miles from Tel Aviv to what would be the West Bank," he said, repeating an oft-cited Israeli security concern that an Arab army in the West Bank could cut Israel in half in a matter of minutes.
"And now how about the airport?" he asked.
Romney said that the Paleostinians would demand full control over their borders, and suggested they could open access to military armaments.
"And of course the Iranians would want to do through the West Bank exactly what they did through Leb, what they did near Gazoo. Which is that the Iranians would want to bring missiles and armament into the West Bank and potentially threaten Israel."