Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Bin Laden already has a safe haven-in Pakistan

* USNews:
"When President Bush talks about Osama bin Laden these days, it's usually to rally support for the U.S. effort in Iraq. Last month, he told an audience that bin Laden and his al Qaeda network "have made it clear they want to drive us from Iraq to establish safe haven in order to launch further attacks." But over the past year, U.S. intelligence agencies have completely revised their assessment of al Qaeda and reached an alarming conclusion: Bin Laden already has a safe haven-in Pakistan-and may be stronger than ever."

* OReilly did a segment on the Rasmussen poll that 22% of Americans believe that Blinky knew about 911. Fun. He thinks that will hurt the Dems.

* Chris in Paris:
"One final tidbit of interest from the (French) election yesterday is that roughly 20% either abstained or voted blank in an otherwise high turnout of 84%."
huh? 20% turned up to vote but didnt bother to actually vote???

* Ken continues to argue that the attacks on Stuart Bowen are legitimate.

* Salon:
"When Tenet hit the talk-show circuit last week to defend his stewardship of the CIA and his role in the run-up to the war, he did not mention that he is a director and advisor to four corporations that earn millions of dollars in revenue from contracts with U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense. Nor is it ever mentioned in his book. But according to public records, Tenet has received at least $2.3 million from those corporations in stock and other compensation. Meanwhile, one of the CIA's largest contractors gave Tenet access to a highly secured room where he could work on classified material for his book.

Tenet sits on the board of directors of L-1 Identity Solutions, a major supplier of biometric identification software used by the U.S. to monitor terrorists and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company recently acquired two of the CIA's hottest contractors for its growing intelligence outsourcing business. At the Analysis Corp. (TAC), a government contractor run by one of Tenet's closest former advisors at the CIA, Tenet is a member of an advisory board that is helping TAC expand its thriving business designing the problematic terrorist watch lists used by the National Counterterrorism Center and the State Department.

Tenet is also a director of Guidance Software, which makes forensic software used by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence to search computer hard drives and laptops for evidence used in the prosecution and tracking of suspected terrorists. And Tenet is the only American director on the board of QinetiQ, the British defense research firm that was privatized in 2003 and was, until recently, controlled by the Carlyle Group, the powerful Washington-based private equity fund. Fueled with Carlyle money, QinetiQ acquired four U.S. companies in recent years, including an intelligence contractor, Analex Inc."

* emptywheel:
"One thing the (wilkes) filing references is a deal that would have gone through if FBI had not raided Wilkes' office in 2005. That is not described in the indictment. So I suspect this case will consist of some slow leaks as to what the rest of that stuff is."


starroute said...

I knew the name QinetiQ looked familiar. It's not one I've ever dug into, but I do stumble on it here and there. It's another of those oh-so-conveniently privatized government contractors -- see for example here -- like some of the bioterrorism firms.

And its former chair, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, keeps some fairly strange company too -- for example, with the Neocons, Iran warhawks, Fox News analysts, and general right-wing crazies who show up at John Loftus's Intelcon. Here is Intelcon's 2005 conference brochure -- reproduced at some religious site that takes it as a sign of the NWO, but you can just ignore that part and scroll down for the Intelcon stuff -- including an appearance by Dame Pauline.

Needless to say, for Tenet to have even a second-hand connection with these loonies is not reassuring.

lukery said...

thnx SR - i thought that may have been of interest to you :-)

ewastud said...

The blurb about the high number of blank French election ballots in an election with higher-than average voter turnout lends additional credibility to what Wayne Madsen has posted at www.waynemadsenreport.com today: "The French election, from the start, has been plagued by election fraud -- bogus polling data, false exit polls, and electronic voting machine and machine counting irregularities were hallmarks of the first presidential election round. ES&S's I-Votronic machines were used in both elections across France. Only Sarkozy's party was supportive of the machines, with all the other political parties calling for a moratorium on their use. Turnout in the French election was 85 percent. With large turnouts historically favoring the left in France, the exit polling and actual polling were at odds with the turnout -- an indication of massive election fraud."

lukery said...

thnx ewastud. i wasn't aware there was any sp eculation about voting probs there.