Russia Sentences Anti-Kremlin Campaigner Browder to Prison in Absentia

Moscow court on Friday sentenced anti-Kremlin campaigner William Browder in absentia to nine years in a penal colony after convicting him of deliberate bankruptcy. The U.S.-born British citizen has led a campaign in memory of his former employee Sergey Magnitsky, who went public with details of massive fraud by Russian state officials before dying in detention after spending 11 months in squalid prisons in 2009.

Why Is The Media Promoting Antifa? – Editorial

Over the past week, the anarchist affiliation Antifa (“Anti-fascist”) has received widespread and favorable coverage in the establishment media. On August 18, the New York Times, the main newspaper voice for the Democratic Party, published a major front-page feature article, “Antifa Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right.” The piece, written by Thomas Fuller, Alan Feuer, and Serge F. Kovaleski, showcased the views of the movement with interviews of its members. The article presents Antifa as a serious force for fighting fascism, all but inviting readers to sign up. “Unlike most of the counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville and elsewhere,” the Times reports,

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Kyrgyzstan: Showdown Deepens Between Government and Opposition

The crowd that gathered on Bishkek’s Ala-Too Square on February 27 was modest, belying the gravity of the latest political crisis gripping Kyrgyzstan.

Some of the demonstrators waved the red flag of the opposition Ata-Meken party, led by Omurbek Tekebayev, who was detained by state security agents as he flew into the country over the weekend. It appears Tekebayev will face corruption-related criminal charges.

Israel Apologizes Over Embassy Staff’s Plot to “Take Down” Senior British Politicians

LONDON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli embassy in Britain apologized for the mistakes made by one of its staff who had been caught on camera threatening to "take down" British senior politicians, local media reported Sunday.

Shai Masot, the political officer at the Israeli embassy, was secretly filmed in an episode last year during a six-month undercover operation by the Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera, which revealed plots by the Israeli officer and a British civil servant to destroy the careers of senior politicians.

In the footage obtained by the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday, Masot targeted British Deputy Foreign Minister Alan Duncan, and suggested Maria Strizzolo, an aide to Education Minister Robert Halfon, to "take down" Duncan.

Montenegro Ready to Join NATO: Visiting NATO Official

BELGRADE, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Montenegro is ready to take responsibilities within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), visiting NATO deputy secretary general Rose Gottemoeller said in Montenegro on Thursday.
According to the press release of the government, after meeting with Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, prior to the closing ceremony of the four-day 16th international field exercise "Montenegro 2016," Gottemoeller said that the quality of the organization convinced her that "Montenegro proved full readiness and capacity to take responsibility for the realization of complex activities within the NATO alliance."

Missing from Hillary Clinton’s Email: Saudis Worked with CIA to Create Terror

Hillary Clinton’s email to her current campaign manager John Podesta dated August 17, 2014 implicates Qatar and Saudi Arabia as the main "logistical and financial" supporters of the Islamic State. In the email, Clinton recommended the United States use its “diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia" to put them “in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious U.S. pressure.”

Secretary of State Clinton’s proposal appears to be a reaction to growing awareness of the role Gulf monarchies have played in supporting and funding not only the Islamic State and al-Nusra but a constellation of jihadi groups in the Middle East. Left unmentioned by Clinton is the fact the United States under a number of administrations has worked closely with the Gulf monarchies to spread Sunni Wahhabism across the Muslim world.

The financial elite in the West played a direct role in the spread of Wahhabism. In 1976 Saudi Prince Mohammed al-Faisal established the Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt (FIBE). Several of founding members were leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, implicated and in the first World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The Muslim Brotherhood became an MI6 and later a CIA asset during the covert war and assassination plot against the nationalist pan-Arab leader in Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser.

FIBE and the rise of Islamic banking following the dramatic increase in oil prices in 1973 are closely associated with neoliberal financial policies and the philosophy of the of the Chicago School of Economics and the monetary prescriptions of the International Monetary Fund. FIBE worked closely with the infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), a renegade bank used to fund covert terrorist activity and launder money, sell illegal weapons, and facilitate the international drug trade. After BCCI crashed and burned in 1991, investigators discovered it held $589 million in “unrecorded deposits,” $245 million of which were placed with FIBE. “BCCI consisted of a complex alliance of intelligence agencies, multinational corporations, weapons dealers, drug traffickers, terrorists, global bankers and high-ranking government officials,” writes David DeGraw.

The Muslim Brotherhood also established the al-Taqwa Bank in 1988. It funded radical Wahabbi groups, including al-Qaeda. The bank was associated with the late Said Ramadan, one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top leaders. Ramadan was the son-in-law of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. He also helped the Saudi monarchy establish the Muslim World League in 1962. The organization would later fund al-Qaeda and numerous other terror groups. Declassified Swiss documents from the 1960s reveal Ramadan was an asset of the CIA and British intelligence.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that Ramadan is the ideological grandfather of Osama bin Laden. But Ramadan, the Muslim Brotherhood, and their Islamist allies might never have been able to plant the seeds that sprouted into al-Qaeda had they not been treated as US allies during the Cold War and had they not received both overt and covert support from Washington,” writes investigative journalist  Robert Dreyfuss.

In addition to funding radical Islamic groups, the Saudis helped establish the so-called Safari Club in 1976. The chief instigator of the group was Alexandre de Marenches, head of the French external intelligence service SDECE. Like the BCCI, the Safari Club funded off-the-books terror operations and worked closely with al-Mukhabarat al-A’amah, the Saudi intelligence organization. Kamal Adham and then his nephew Prince Turki. Adham acted as a channel between Henry Kissinger and Anwar Sadat, the president of Egypt and former member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Safari Club was run by Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi of Iran-Contra fame. He also had connections to the BCCI.

According to author Joe Trento, the Safari Club preferred working with a rogue faction of the CIA made up of agents close to ex-CIA director George Bush Sr. and decorated CIA officer Theodore Shackley. The “private, shadow spy organization within” the CIA, according to Trento, was organized during an effort by the Carter administration to reform the agency following  revelations of the Church Committee in the mid-1970s. (See Peter Dale Scott’s The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America.)

Bush “cemented strong relations with the intelligence services of both Saudi Arabia and the shah of Iran. He worked closely with Kamal Adham, the head of Saudi intelligence, brother-in-law of King Faisal and an early BCCI insider,” Scott writes.

During a May 1979 meeting of the globalist Bilderberg Group the British historian Bernard Lewis presented a British-American strategy which “endorsed the radical Muslim Brotherhood movement behind [Iran’s] Khomeini, in order to promote balkanization of the entire Muslim Near East along tribal and religious lines. Lewis argued that the West should encourage autonomous groups such as the Kurds, Armenians, Lebanese Maronites, Ethiopian Copts, Azerbaijani Turks, and so forth. The chaos would spread in what he termed an ‘Arc of Crisis,’ which would spill over into the Muslim regions of the Soviet Union.” (See F. William Engdahl, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New  World Order. London: Pluto Press, 2004: page 172.)

The previous year the CIA began training Islamic militants in Pakistan as part of an effort to destabilize neighboring Afghanistan and draw in the Soviet Union. Robert Gates, who would become CIA director and later secretary of defense under Obama, recalled a meeting held on March 30, 1979 where Under Secretary of Defense Walter Slocumbe proposed “sucking the Soviets into a Vietnamese quagmire.” President Carter formally approved covert aid to the CIA supported Afghan Mujahideen in July. (See Robert Gates, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007: page 145.)

“The CIA became the grand coordinator: purchasing or arranging the manufacture of Soviet-style weapons from Egypt, China, Poland, Israel and elsewhere, or supplying their own; arranging for military training by Americans, Egyptians, Chinese and Iranians; hitting up Middle-Eastern countries for donations, notably Saudi Arabia which gave many hundreds of millions of dollars in aid each year, totaling probably more than a billion; pressuring and bribing Pakistan-with whom recent American relations had been very poor-to rent out its country as a military staging area and sanctuary; putting the Pakistani Director of Military Operations, Brigadier Mian Mohammad Afzal, onto the CIA payroll to ensure Pakistani cooperation,” writes Phil Gasper.

According to Dreyfuss, “America’s alliance with the Afghan Islamists long predated the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and had its roots in CIA activity in Afghanistan in the 1960s and in the early and mid-1970s. The Afghan jihad spawned civil war in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, gave rise to the Taliban, and got Osama bin Laden started on building Al Qaeda.”

The line between radical Islam in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the Islamic State remains unbroken. There is a direct correlation between al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and the Islamic State in Iraq that originated with Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn, aka al-Qaeda in Iraq. AQI was the subject of a Pentagon black op and propaganda campaign targeting the Iraqi resistance following Bush’s invasion in 2003.

Hillary Clinton’s email makes it appear the Saudi monarchy is primarily responsible for the ”logistical and financial" support of the Islamic State. In fact, the Islamic State is not the monolithic threat it is portrayed as by the government and its media. It is a loose confederation of jihadi groups sharing a similar ideology based in Saudi Wahhabism. Many of those groups are now receiving direct financial and military support from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United States, and others.

As secretary of state Clinton spearheaded an effort to arm and train “moderate” Syrian jihadists and overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. After Obama authorized the CIA effort to train and arm the jihadists in 2013, the agency used Saudi money to finance the project.

The New York Times noted in January: “In addition to Saudi Arabia’s vast oil reserves and role as the spiritual anchor of the Sunni Muslim world, the long intelligence relationship helps explain why the United States has been reluctant to openly criticize Saudi Arabia for its human rights abuses, its treatment of women and its support for the extreme strain of Islam, Wahhabism, that has inspired many of the very terrorist groups the United States is fighting.”

More accurately, the United States is reluctant to criticize its Wahhabi partner and seriously endanger the neocon-spawned “Arc of Crisis” carefully designed to divide and balkanize the Arab and Muslin Middle east.

Hillary Clinton clarified the objective in an email dated November 30, 2015. “The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad,” Clinton writes. “Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly.”

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Appeals Court Affirms NSA Surveillance Can Be Used To Investigate Domestic Criminal Suspects

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals confirms what's already known about the NSA's domestic surveillance: it's not just for terrorism.
The NSA collections -- done in the FBI's name -- are supposed to only gather info related to international terrorism. But that requirement has been phased out. The NSA "tips" a certain amount of data to the FBI for its own use and it has been shown in the past to do the same for the DEA, which it then instructs to obscure the origin of its info.
An opinion [PDF] just released by the Appeals Court, says basically the same thing: although the NSA's surveillance is supposed to be used to sniff out terrorists, there's nothing in the law that prevents it from using its collections to go after criminals.

Corbett Report- The REAL Cost of the War of Terror

We all know by now that the real terrorists (the politicians in the suits and ties and the banksters that pull their strings) are waging their war of terror on multiple fronts for multiple reasons. Domestically, it rallies the population around the flag, keeping the flock in check. At the same time it justifies the build up of the police state control grid to catch the thought criminals who resist. It also writes a blank check for the illegal wars of aggression abroad. Simply place your terrorist boogeyman in the square of the chessboard you're looking to occupy and -- hey presto! -- you've got yourself an excuse to invade. (Even if you "accidentally" end up supporting them, right Uncle Sam?).

But of course the politicians, their string pullers and their fellow travelers benefit from the war of terror in a more straightforward sense. They get to use the terror scares that they themselves create to drum up billions upon billions in the name of fighting the boogeymen.

*For show notes and transcript click here

Corbett Report- 9/11 Suspects: General Ralph Eberhart

The official story of 9/11 is a lie. But Eberhart's story is a lie within that lie, designed to absolve himself and other members of the US military charged with defending American airspace that morning from the most catastrophic failure in that mission in their history. And not only did Eberhart survive with his career intact, he was praised as a "9/11 hero" and moved into the private sector after leaving NORAD in 2004, as chairman and board member of a number of companies that directly benefited from the post-9/11 police state and the post-9/11 war on terror.

*For show notes & MP3 visit Corbett Report here

Corbett Report- 9/11 Suspects: Robert Baer

Given the exceptionally grave nature of this admission and its repercussions, one would suppose that Baer has been questioned by other media and/or the FBI and made to discuss in detail precisely who it was who cashed out and how he knew about the 9/11 plot in advance. But one would be wrong. Since making this stunning admission to the cameras of We Are Change Los Angeles, no one has ever asked Baer for more information about the case. So why is Robert Baer hiding the identity of a 9/11 accomplice or co-conspirator? And will the FBI be asking him for details of this story any time soon? Until the American public show some interest in this shocking admission, it is unlikely that anything will happen.

*For show notes & MP3 visit Corbett Report here

Corbett Report- 9/11 Suspects: Philip Zelikow

In January of 2003, just weeks after Kissinger stepped down, it was quietly announced that Philip D. Zelikow would take on the role of executive director. As executive director, Zelikow picked "the areas of investigation, the briefing materials, the topics for hearings, the witnesses, and the lines of questioning for witnesses." In effect, this was the man in charge of running the investigation itself. Indeed, given his central role in the cover up of 9/11 and deflecting concern away from legitimate 9/11 suspects, any true investigation into the events of September 11th would involve a thorough interrogation of Philip D. Zelikow.

*For show notes & MP3 visit Corbett Report here

Corbett Report- 9/11 Suspects: Rudy Giuliani

Mayor Giuliani oversaw the illegal destruction of the 9/11 crime scene and is criminally liable for the deaths of hundreds of emergency workers for not passing on prior warnings about the collapses of the Twin Towers. It is no wonder, then, that the Fire Department of New York so passionately detest Giuliani for his actions in disgracing their fallen brothers and covering up the 9/11 crime.

*For show notes & MP3 visit Corbett Report here

War Industry Muster: U.S. Academia Aiding & Abetting the Pentagon

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NOTE: This accounting only weighs the contracts issued on DOD’s website over the past three years. This accounting does not consider: the Department of Energy’s National Labs; U.S. military staff colleges (like the National Defense University and the Naval War College); and clandestine Pentagon funding of Washington, D.C., think tanks.

On 23 May 2016, the Pentagon paid Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) $8.9 million for “basic and applied research of unconstrained resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging-tracking, surveillance and identification (UROPA-TSI) in support of the Special Surveillance Program.”

According to the contract announcement, “this research will provide next-generation algorithms and cutting edge fundamental research to solve difficult scientific problems, such as low-resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging that are typically encountered during aerial and biometric surveillance.

“UROPA-TSI will combine existing and emerging technologies to dramatically, but unobtrusively, increase the safety, speed and efficiency of biometric surveillance and identification.

Work is taking place in Pittsburgh, PA (60%); East Lansing, MI (13%); Warminster, PA (11%); La Jolla, CA (8%); Menlo Park, CA (6%); and Morgantown, WV (2%).

Many other U.S. universities support the U.S. military. Some of these universities include…

University of Alabama

  • (at) Birmingham
    • clinical research support to guide 17a-ethynylestradiol-3-sulfate, sodium salt (EE-3-SO4) through FDA investigational new drug submission and good clinical practice compliant Phase 1a and potentially 1b clinical trials for an indication as a viable infusion therapy for the treatment of critical patients with significant blood loss; issued 16 September 2015
  • (at) Huntsville
    • engineering on Advanced Weapon System & Manufacturing Technologies; issued 2 September 2014
    • Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (mission support) for weapon systems, sub-systems, components and manufacturing technology; issued 16 September 2015

The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley

  • work on Phase 3 of DARPA’s Power Efficiency Revolution For Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT) program; issued 26 August 2015;

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Software Engineering Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • R&D requirements for non-DOD work in support of classified and unclassified missions, and work on software programs; issued 27 March 2015
  • operate the Software Engineering Institute (Pittsburgh, PA); issued 27 July 2015
  • the contract we discussed at the start: basic & applied research of unconstrained resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging-tracking, surveillance and identification (UROPA-TSI) in support of the Special Surveillance Program; issued 23 May 2016

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)

  • R&D services for DARPA, re: getting feeling and function back after amputation and surgery à work at contractor’s facilities in Ohio (40%); and four subcontractor facilities in MN, RI, CA, IL (60%); issued 31 March 2016

Charles Stark Draper Laboratories

  • Trident II (D5) engineering, upgrades, R&D, maintenance …
    • 30 September 2014
    • 9 February 2015
      • MK 6 Guidance System Repair Program w failure verification, test, repair, and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies, and electronic modules à work in Pittsfield, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Clearwater, FL; Cambridge, MA
    • 15 December 2015
      • guidance subsystems & reentry systems
        • work in Cambridge, MA (95%); Pittsfield, MA (3%); El Segundo, CA (2%)
      • 21 March 2016
        • MK 6 guidance system production with failure verification, test, repair and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies, and electronic modules à work in Minneapolis, MN (28%); Clearwater, FL (26%); Cambridge, MA (24%); Pittsfield, MA (22%); (similar to 9 Feb 2015 contract)
      • develop comprehensive software architecture for extracting semantic artifacts from large software corporate and represent these artifacts in a multi-representational database capable of answering both complex graph queries as well as matrix-based queries; issued 6 October 2014
      • R&D on special ISR components and systems; issued 14 April 2015 for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana
      • R&D to counteract asymmetrical threats; issued 18 September 2015
        • other organizations listed on the contract included: BAE, Booz Allen Hamilton, Exelis, Georgia Tech, Leidos, more…
          • tells us the R&D is heavy into computer software & electronic based intelligence capabilities
        • support of the Controlled Technical Services (CTS) program for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division; CTS program requires development of miniaturized multi-chip processors and other related technologies, while maintaining system functionality; issued 14 March 2016

University of Dayton Research Institute (Dayton, OH)

  • propulsion R&D for AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate; issued 1 July 2014; core areas:
    • gas turbine engines
    • energy, aerospace power & thermal management
    • advanced propulsion
  • R&D developing nondestructive technology (including where/how it can be applied); issued 18 July 2014
  • advanced behavior & life prediction of aerospace materials program; R&D advancing state-of-the-art materials performance assessment and prediction capability by developing more efficient and comprehensive methods across modeling, simulation and experimental domains; issued 29 September 2014
  • fundamental and applied combustion and component research; issued 24 June 2015
  • R&D on synthesizing organic matrix composites constituents, new integrated composite materials, computational tools for processing science, data management and multiscale modeling à work at Wright-Patterson AFB; issued 7 April 2016

University of Dayton Research Institute (Dayton, OH) and UES Inc. (Dayton, OH)

  • additional research in the areas of power, energy and thermal technologies; issued 17 May 2016

University of Delaware (Newark, DE)

  • DARPA research project under the Tailorable Feedback and Forming (TFF) Program; TFF aims to develop the manufacturing of small (20 pounds or under) DOD composite parts at costs competitive to metal using a new composite material format and novel reconfigurable forming/molding processes that enable fabrication of multiple part configurations à work in Newark, DE (65%); Blacksburg, VA (7%); Philadelphia, PA (15%); and Clemson, SC (13%); issued 11 March 2016

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. (Atlanta, GA) / GT Research Institute

  • NAVAIR Engineering & Analysis support; issued 25 July 2014
    • work on airborne, ground, and naval electronic detection, protection, and guidance devices
  • radar R&D; issued 22 September 2014
  • Air National Guard Developmental Engineering for Integrated Sensors
    • threat system modeling and simulation roadmaps; investment studies; issued 26 September 2014
  • Advanced Automated Tactical Communications aircraft and electronic warfare system testing and engineering; issued 29 September 2014
  • Communications Electronics Command, Software Engineering Center, Army Reprogramming Analysis Team multispectral sensor R&D; issued 30 September 2014
    • electronic warfare work (across multiple sensor spectrums)
  • Electronic Warfare / Sensor Technology, Modeling, Simulation & Analysis Research program; issued 25 November 2014
    • helps USAF countermeasures, information warfare, and electronic warfare
  • combustion stability modeling & design tool development; issued 30 April 2015
    • software to help design stable rockets
  • research, engineering, science & technology, analysis; issued 22 June 2015
  • R&D, engineering, state of-the-art and proof-of-concept sensor systems, and basic and advanced technology R&D for MDA; issued 14 September 2015
  • R&D to “counteract asymmetrical threats”; issued 18 September 2015
  • IT and security support to U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Army Medical Command; issued 22 September 2015
  • work on the “source multiple integrated radio frequency R&D program”; issued 30 September 2015
  • Cyber Security & Information Systems Technical Area Tasks; issued 19 November 2015 (added w 9 corporations) to earlier $5 billion contract
  • “cutting-edge weapon solutions” for AFRL (Munitions); issued 28 Dec 2015
    • R&D, analysis, integration, systems engineering, flyable and non-flyable tech demonstrators, prototypes, test & eval, rapid delivery

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) (Atlanta, GA)

  • C4I and cyberspace technology research à work in San Diego, CA (90%); Atlanta, GA (10%); issued 17 March 2016
  • R&D, engineering; state of-the-art and proof-of-concept sensor systems; basic & advanced technology R&D for MDA; issued 29 March 2016
  • R&D in Leveraging the Analog Domain for Security; provide multi-model analog sensing to adaptively determine what features to compute from signals emitted by a device during training and testing, extracting sub-bands of interest, de-noising the individual signals, and removing interfering transmission by other devices in the vicinity; issued 25 May 2016

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. (Atlanta, GA)

  • requirements pertaining to the design, development, modification, assessment, and testing of integrated electronics systems, sensors, weapon systems, communications and information infrastructure for Army Space & Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, AL; issued 23 March 2016

University of Hawaii Systems (Honolulu, HI)

  • transition of operations, management, and research development effort for Maui High Performance Computing for the operation and maintenance of a state-of-the-art computing environment that consists of large-scale parallel computing platforms and the associated software development, technical support, and network connectivity required for support in both classified and unclassified environments; issued 30 October 2015 à work in Kihei, Maui, HI

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD)

  • science & technology analysis, studies, experiments; engineering/dev for practical application of investigative findings and theories of a scientific or technical nature through employment of their 8 core competencies in support of USSOCOM; issued 3 March 2015


  • to operate Lincoln Laboratory;
    • issued 17 March 2015 … $1.7 billion
    • issued 27 April 2015 … $3 billion
  • “the study, development and creation of equipment and material”
  • DARPA’s Living Foundries program: 1000 Molecules; issued 4 May 2015 à work in Cambridge, MA; Boston, MA; Evanston, IL; San Francisco, CA
  • R&D in transparent computing; research to develop novel tagging and tracking approaches for establishing the causal relationships among activities across an enterprise environment, particularly focused on distinguishing between the "low and slow" Advance Persistent Threat (APT) and regular user and system activities; issued 29 June 2015

New Mexico State University (next door to White Sands Missile Range)

  • support the Information Operations Vulnerability/Survivability Assessment (IOVSA) program; issued 27 July 2015
    • IOVSA = methodology for evaluating DOD information technology systems

University of Pennsylvania

  • Linguistic Data Consortium (Philadelphia, PA); issued 4 September 2015
    • research work on the Low Resource Languages for Emergent Incidents (LORELEI) program; LORELEI aims to dramatically advance the state of computational linguistics & human language technology to enable rapid, low-cost development of capabilities for low-resource languages à work in Philadelphia, PA (88%); Boulder, CO (3%); Budapest, Hungary (1%); College Park, MD (8%)

Rand Corp. (Santa Monica, CA)

  • independent gov studies, issued 26 September 2014
  • acquire studies and analysis support for the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC) that supports the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, combatant commands, the defense agencies, and DOD components. RAND operates NDRI FFRDC, which is sponsored by the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics à work in Washington, DC; issued 8 October 2015
  • USAF requirements (air/space/cyber; strategy, modernization, employment, manpower, resource management), issued 21 March 2016

Research Triangle Park, NC

  • TT Government Solutions
    • cyber security collaborative research alliance; issued 26 September 2014
  • contracts involving Research Triangle Park, but based elsewhere
    • Ichor Medical Systems: immunology work, issued 1 August 2014
    • GXM Consulting (Ashburn, VA): secure tactical comms, issued 23 September 2014
    • Scitor Corporation (Reston, VA):
      • high-altitude off-nadir data collection for counterinsurgency ops, issued 26 September 2014
      • signature-based counter IED, issued 16 February 2016 AND issued 17 February 2016
      • human identification research technology assessment, issued 7 March 2016
    • Alakai Defense Systems (Largo, FL): checkpoint explosives detection systems, issued 29 September 2014
    • GlaxoSmithKline: influenza vaccine and syringes, issued 15 June 2015
    • massive $800 million contract to multiple corporations for R&D “to counteract asymmetrical threats”; issued 18 September 2015
    • Intevac Photonics (Santa Clara, CA): advanced digital low light imaging module, issued 30 September 2015
    • CAE USA (Tampa, FL) FMS to Kuwait re: KC-130J training, issued 16 November 2015
    • Sotera Defense Solutions (Herndon, VA): DARPA & Development Counter Insurgency Operations project, issued 21 January 2016
    • four separate corporations: help the Assistant Secretary of the Army Adaptive Red Team, issued 16 February 2016
    • Evistacom LLC (Atlanta, GA): develop “capability to decisively establish the identity of adversaries and effectively link that identity to other information” for DOD and allies, issued 11 March 2016

The University of Southern California

  • develop an “indexing and search system that will harvest and harmonize heterogeneous and obfuscated data to extract key elements of knowledge”; issued 29 September 2014
  • R&D and other activities within modeling and simulation core competencies in the areas of training, education, operation, health, and other arenas where research technologies and methodologies may be applied; issued 29 September 2014
  • Information Sciences Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
    • DARPA Circuit Realization at Faster Timescales (CRAFT) – FinFET Foundry/Design Aggregation Services program, Phase 1 issued 1 Dec 2015 à work in Marina Del Rey, CA

Utah State University Research Foundation / Space Dynamic Laboratory (North Logan, UT)

  • dynamic sensor support; R&D to maintain essential engineering & capability in: sensor development, image processing, data analysis; issued 15 March 2016
  • research support into ISR systems; issued 25 May 2016

University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (Seattle, WA)

  • scientific & engineering services re: design, development, upgrade of AN/BQH-9(V) [PDF] signal data recording set & tape processing system; issued 18 March 2016

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

  • Persistent Littoral Undersea Surveillance program; Digital Acoustic Communication development program; Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS) autonomous undersea vehicle; EOD “fast track” program, development and operational support for REMUS Automatic Submarine Launch & Recovery Capability program; issued 31 October 2014
    • work in Woods Hole, MA; Newport, RI; Andros Island, Bahamas; Groton, CT; San Diego, CA; Kings Bay, GA; Bangor, WA; Niantic, CT; Dresden, NY; Keyport, WA

Wright State University (Dayton, OH) / Wright State Applied Research Corp. (Beavercreek, OH)

  • R&D on sensor exploitation, issued 27 February 2015
  • R&D on how semi-autonomous UAV (drones) interact, issued 18 June 2015
  • human-machine teaming for ISR analysis; research on: (1) ISR knowledge elicitation; (2) ISR concept design and development; and (3) ISR performance assessment; issued 14 August 2015

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: California Moves to Suppress Critics of Israel

Peter B. Collins presents “A Call to Action”

On two tracks, California is embracing unconstitutional measures to restrict speech and actions by opponents of policies of the State of Israel. In March, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a “Statement of Tolerance” that only focuses on critics of Israel and conflates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. An extension of Israel’s well-funded effort to thwart the growing BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), we note that Hillary Clinton expressed her opposition to BDS in a letter the the Methodist General Conference, which is considering endorsement of BDS. And we detail a very dangerous bill that’s sailing through the California legislature that would create a blacklist to ban all public contracts with companies that support BDS.

*Rabbi Brant Rosen’s commentary, "Anti-Zionism Isn’t a ‘Form of Discrimination,’ and It’s Not anti-Semitism" is here and you can read the current draft of the California law here.

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