Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Sunday, 28 January 2007
Comments Like These Really Chap My Ass
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: Out of Control - Cheney on The Loose

First my fellow readers there was this QUOTATION OF THE DAY from the  New York Times on January 25 2007 that struck me as being rather snotty and ummmmmm.... like Cheney was speaking out of control {of our country}


"It won't stop us."
VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY, on CNN, discussing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's approval of a resolution opposing President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq.



Then there is this one today 1-27-07

Which is in response to a comment by Sen Chuck Hagel (R) who has accused the Bush administration of playing "a pingpong game with American lives" by sending more U.S. troops into Iraq:

"Let's say I believe firmly in Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican,"  Cheney said. "But it's very hard sometimes to adhere to that where Chuck Hagel is involved."

In the interview, Cheney also said he doesn't spend any time worrying about how the public or the media view him. When pressed to react to personal criticism from people with whom he has worked before, Cheney said:

"Well, I'm vice president and they're not."

Z 3er's when I hear this callous arrogant type of Rambo-talk it really chaps my ass!

This guy has no regard for what the US majority of people want.  And his sidekick bushman is appears as arrogant and determined like a delusional suicidal madman is who is heading for self destruct course!. As they both drags our country around the globe killing people and pissing people off. All this over Neocon agendas and mis-leading lies.

Ya, both these guys don't listen to the news or the massive amounts of citizens or even Congress for that matter, whom by the way are all screaming at them to knock this off. 

Oh! and this 11th commandment crap is just that ...nothing more than old ..... "good-ol-boy-crap" .....and it does not wash well with me. In fact its very biased and uncalled for by a vice president leader.

Give me some chap stick will ya!


Posted by Joe Anybody at 10:08 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007 1:44 AM PST
Saturday, 27 January 2007
GOOD MORNING USA - Hows Your Local Raytheon Gun?
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: BAD NEWS - & - GOOD NEWS

As the Evildoers and their Police-State thugs, ramp up the equipment and break out some new military toys to use on American Citizens (they are already using and testing these on foreign citizens)

Watch this 


video for a good idea what this is all about

A discussion with a Military and Human Rights Watch





A non-lethal -- but potentially harmful -- crowd control weapon that

heats human skin

is bound for Iraq, and possibly to a police department near you


When used on a Hummer its Referred to as  ...an 

"A.D.S. Humvee"

The bad news is that the PIGS are planing on using this laser beam weapon on protesters in the near future or who ever they want. More sooner than you think. It may be out on the streets as soon as 1-27-07 (today) in Washington DC from what I have read.

<Joe:: skip to last paragraph below for more on the Washington DC toy reference>

There is more here in this article on this Machine:

 (Zebra 3 readers do you notice how it is a military produced toy?)http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/v-mads.htm

And this article here covers a lot of types:


Well, that may be about to change. DefenseTech covers the latest developments, noting reports that Army just got the OK to spend $31.3 million on three deployable Project Sheriff vehicles. Furthermore, Army Brig. Gen. James Huggings, the chief of staff for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, proposes 14 vehicles: 4 for the 18th Military Police Brigade, 4 for the 42nd Military Police Brigade, and 6 for the Marine Corps. CENTCOM Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. John Castellaw fully supported the request. The vehicles, either Cougar mine-resistant vehicles or Stryker APCs, will be equipped with "Spiral 1" Sheriff equipment that can escalate its responses from a "Long Range Acoustic Device" (sonic blaster), up to a Laser Dazzler, then on to the ADS pain ray before things escalate to live ammunition. Read DefenseTech's article: Pain Ray, Sonic Blaster, Laser Dazzler - All In One; and see also "Bring the Pain." 

And don't skip this from Germany

(cant read it but it has links) -->  German Link

This link -->  http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-07-24-energy-beam_x.htm  came from USA Today back in 2005

Oh Z3 Readers don't let me forget to show you all, a few pictures of these Police-State toys!







The good news is

that wearing tinfoil can redirect the beam BACK at the frickin pigs who turned it on the protesters

Hey ...... Remember we are .......


We all show up with our peace signs and kids. The fricken Police-State shows up with their guns - Mace - and rubber bullets - military toys - and now laser beams ........problem is my tin foil hat comes with it own science trick.

Bounces of me & sticks to

 you   ...HAHAHAHA 

Copied from --> http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/ 

January 26, 2007 -- Save your aluminum foil "hats." According to a technology expert who is familiar with the Raytheon Active Denial System (ADS), tested January 24 at Moody Air Force base in Georgia, the millimeter microwave directed beam weapon can be defeated by a crowd of people using aluminum- or gold-coated Mylar to conduct the beam to ground or even direct it back to the Humvee housing the ADS system. Although the Humvee is shielded, any law enforcement or military personnel standing near the Humvee would get a burning taste of their own medicine if the directed beam were reflected back to its source or to a crowd of police. In addition to aluminum or gold coated Mylar, Mylar reflective space blankets, aluminum coated windshield heat protective screens, and more sophisticated and precise corner cube retro-reflectors or Luneburg spheres can all be used to reflect the millimeter wave beam back to its source.

The source we spoke to also revealed that the ADS technology has already been used in Iraq against civilian rioters even though the Pentagon claims it will not be deployable until 2010. The source added that even if the ADS Humvee is present at the anti-war march in Washington tomorrow, Raytheon would not permit its use because of liability issues stemming from potential eye damage and human rights violations. However, WMR has learned that Raytheon is offering the ADS technology to police departments and as a component of home security alarm systems.


Bush's new anti-crowd ray gun -- In a case of Alcoa versus Raytheon, it can be defeated and used against the users with aluminum foil.

Also my fellow readers  be sure to read about Sonic Lasers

Which are a..... sound Lasers -->




One thing is ......

Zebra3 Readers will all be

wearing earplugs and tinfoil hats !!

Thanks to A Freeman on Portland Indy Media who brought this to my attention http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/01/352906.shtml

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:45 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007 1:52 AM PST
Friday, 26 January 2007
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Lt. Watada Bus Voage For Support at Fort Lewis Court Martial

Zebra 3 Readers, I got my ticket.

And one for my teenage son.

We are "On The Bus"

This is an Important day. I requested it off and am hoping to go give support to a military man that is standing up and saying our Government was wrong to be invading and attacking Iraq. He will be sentenced. I feel he is doing an admiral thing.

I know he is nervous and concerned. He is standing on principle. And he is "Right" it is an illegal war.  I want to show him and the country that I support him and will be attending.

It was simple to order my bus ticket  (on-line) from Info below - Please Join Me and My Son in Solidarity with Lt Watada

I will bring you all more info as I receive it.      Love ya all ~joe 

MORE FROM LT WATADA HERE -->  http://www.thankyoult.org/


Feb. 5th PDX to Ft. Lewis

Bus Trip

for National Day of Action

at Watata's Court Martial

American Friends Service Committee, Recruiter Watch PDX and Veterans
for Peace Chapter 72 invite you to join us on a chartered bus from
Portland to Ft. Lewis to stand with Lt. Watata. Our friends at Code
Pink are also organizing a car caravan. Either way, we hope you can
make it to stand with Lt. Watata and say no to the war in Iraq.

Feb. 5th: Get on the Bus to Support Lt. Ehren Watata!

Portland to Ft. Lewis Bus Trip for National Day of Action at Watata's
Court Martial

On Monday, February 5 join fellow Portlanders as we travel to Ft.
Lewis Washington to support First Lieutenant Watada during his
military court martial. As the first Army officer to publicly speak
out against the war and refuse deployment to Iraq, Lt. Watada faces a
maximum six years in prison. Watata supporters are coming from around
the country to this historic day of action to support his courageous
stand against an illegal war.

American Friends Service Committee, Recruiter Watch PDX and Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 invite you to join us on a chartered bus from
Portland to Ft. Lewis to stand with Lt. Watata. Our friends at Code
Pink are also organizing a car caravan. Either way, we hope you can
make it to stand with Lt. Watata and say no to the war in Iraq.

The bus will leave 8:00 am Monday, February 5 from Gateway Transit
Center in Portland and return that evening. Tickets are $25 general /
$15 student/senior and are first come, first serve.

Reserve your bus ticket now!

To purchase your ticket online go to: 

Or to pay by check:

Email  kcampbell@afsc.org with your name, phone, address and how many
tickets you would like.
Then send a check to: American Friends Service Committee, 2249
E.Burnside Portland, OR 97214.
Please send your check right away to ensure your seat is reserved--we
cannot hold seats without payment.

To find out about the Code Pink caravan, email Cristy Murray at 

"My fellow soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq and their families
are suffering because of the lies and deceptions crafted by the Bush
Administration. The Iraq war is not only a crime against domestic and
international law but [it] is a terrible moral injustice against the
Iraqi people." Lt. Ehren Watada.

For more information on the campaign to support Lt.
Watada, and the latest news, go to, visit  

Kelly Campbell
Portland Area Peace Director
American Friends Service Committee
2249 E. Burnside
Portland, OR 97214

Visit our updated website: 

This article in this Z 3 Report

was "copied" from

Portland Indy Media



LISTEN TO A NPR AUDIO INTERVIEW HERE --> http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7017446

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:03 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, 28 January 2007 2:35 PM PST
Thursday, 25 January 2007
Robin Lloyde Gives update on SOA closing?
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: Traing Camp In US may be running into closure?


I copied this from "in these times" website

The End of the


School of the Americas?

By Robin Lloyd

Demonstrators carry a coffin symbolizing those killed by the School of the America's trained soldiers.

The annual protests against the School of the Americas—the U.S. Army’s training institute for Latin American military leaders—are unlike any in the United States. Choreographed by Catholic activists, they eschew the militant rhetoric, providing a moving experience for both religious and secular activists.

The protests began in 1990 with some 10 people, and grew to their largest in 2006. Now, with a Democratic Congress and a changing political climate in Latin America, they have an opportunity to close the School of the Americas for good.

On November 19, some 22,000 people took part in the 16th annual protest in front of the gates of Fort Benning in Georgia. On a stage, organizers from School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) read off the names of most revered “saints”—victims of repression in Latin America whose tormentors had been trained by the School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation—WHINSEC). First on the list were some of those killed in El Salvador in the ’S: Archbishop Oscar Romero, the four American religious women, and six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter.

This year, only 16 protesters committed civil disobedience by “crossing the line”—that is, crawling under or through the wire mesh fence that encircles the base to face immediate arrest for trespassing and a likely three-month sentence. Last year, 32 were arrested and served time in jail as “prisoners of conscience.” (I was one of them and served three months at Danbury Prison Camp in Connecticut.)

Organizers and participants believe that the school’s days are numbered. Recently elected leaders like Evo Morales and Michelle Bachelet, both former activists, have intimate knowledge of the repressive tendencies of the U.S.-trained militaries in their countries.

Maryknoll priest Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOAW, crisscrossed South America last year, asking leaders and human rights groups to urge their governments to stop sending soldiers to the school. “There is no need to explain the atrocities of the SOA, as the people of Uruguay are fully aware of this reality, having experienced first hand the horrors of the tortures, detentions, imprisonments and ‘disappearances’ caused by its graduates,” Azucena Berrutti, the newly appointed Defense Minister of Uruguay and a former human rights lawyer said recently.

So far, Venezuela, Uruguay and Argentina officials have said that none of their military personnel will be sent to the school. But according to the Center for International Policy Web site, those countries accounted for only 2 percent of the students last year. Countries with continuing human rights abuses and a culture of impunity are the major participants: Colombia (42 percent), Honduras (15 percent) and Peru (11 percent).

On the home front, efforts to close the school through congressional action look brighter. Last June, an amendment sponsored by Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.) that would cut funding for the SOA/WHINSEC was defeated by a 15-vote margin. Pat Bowman, legislative coordinator for SOAW, was elated as the November election returns came in. “It’s fantastic,” she wrote in an e-mail. “Thirty-five of our opponents lost their seats in Congress, 23 of which were replaced by Democrats. This is about double the margin of victory we need next year!” McGovern will reintroduce legislation in the 110th Congress.

Robin Lloyd is a filmmaker and activist who “crossed the lineâ€Â last year and served three months in the Danbury Prison Camp.

More information about Robin Lloyd
(end quote)
Z3 readers see more on this topic on my web site link below:

Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:15 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 25 January 2007 2:27 AM PST
Tuesday, 23 January 2007
Once Upon a Time a Few Old Ladies Sat In A Tree
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Old Trees & Old Ladies

Former Mayor up a Tree


On the UC Berkeley campus, there is a grove of old oak trees which is now in jeopardy. The UCB regents are planning to cut the trees to expand the university's sport stadium. They will have a difficult time, though, as a tree sit is in progress. Within the last few days, three women "of a certain age" have joined in the protest. Former mayor Shirley Dean is 71 years old. She is joined by 86 year old Betty Olds and 90 year old Sylvia McLaughlin. The women have a long history of working in the city government and on environmental issues.

They are not about to quit now.   READ More on Indy Media HERE


Then I read the following over on the site "wwwsavetheoaks.com"

"Three of the most respected and enduring civic leaders in the city of Berkeley took to the trees on Monday morning in support of the ongoing Memorial Oak Grove protest ......."
       Injunction Hearing
          Set For January 23 2007
The injunction hearing is set for Tuesday January 23rd. If an injunction is granted, it would forbid UC Berkeley from beginning work on the proposed projects until after the 4 lawsuits against them can be heard in court.  If an injunction is NOT granted then the university could try to cut down the oak trees and begin construction before  the current lawsuits can reach the courts.
At this time their are now four suits against the UC expansion plans.  The plaintiffs are - an Oaks coalition that includes the California Oak Foundation - the City of Berkeley - the Panoramic Hill Association - and the Save Tightwad Hill group.

Complete article here at: SAVE THE OAKS.COM

SIGN THE PETITION HERE (its easy to do)



Posted by Joe Anybody at 9:51 PM PST
Updated: Friday, 26 January 2007 10:44 PM PST
Sunday, 21 January 2007
Jatropha seeds = Biodiesel Fuel
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: India is activly cultivating a plant called Jatropha for fuel

India's Big Plans for

 Bio diesel

Researchers are developing new


for cultivating a plant called



Jatropha seeds, when crushed, produce large quantities of an oil that can easily be converted to bio diesel that performs at levels close to that of conventional diesel oil. In fact, a hectare of jatropha produces 1,892 liters of fuel, which is better than rapeseed and far better than soybean or corn, according to data gathered by the Global Petroleum Club, an energy networking organization funded by the private-equity firm Forrest Equity Management. 

Please read this short informing Full Article


Zebra 3 readers, I didn't know anything about this plant until I read this article today. So from what I see it looks like it could turn into a good harty reliable sustainable source of fuel?  When I first looked up this plant I seen a plant with red berries  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatropha Then in looking further I seen this 2nd article, and a picture of the green berries. The second article refers to the (same) plant but I think it is describing the bio fuel potintial more directly, and in this case, Jatropa in India.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatropha_in_india

(quote from Wikipedia)

Jatropha in India, refers to India's interest in the succulent plant Jatropha as a renewable energy source. Jatropha cultivation has been selected by the government of India as a method of providing an alternative fuel source for the coming years. Large plots of waste land have been selected for Jatropha cultivation. This will provide much needed employment to the rural poor of India and also provide a means for India to attain energy independence. Businesses are also seeing the planting of Jatropha as a good business opportunity.







Another link on Jatropha -->   http://www.biodieseltoday.com/whyjatropha.htm 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 10:57 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2007 11:57 AM PST
Thursday, 18 January 2007
Stop th G8
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: So read this and git-a-glimps



Stop Capitalism.








In the summer of 2007, the heads of state of Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Great Britain, Japan, Canada and the USA will meet for the so-called G8 summit in Hooliganism in Mealybug-Western Pomerania in north-east Germany. They will be well protected by police and the military, and they want to demonstrate their unity to the media. They will try to present themselves as the legitimate leadership of the “civilized world” and will organize to implement their common interests. Contrary to their actual policy they will again feign commitment to fighting world hunger, disease, poverty and terrorism. Just like at past summits, tens of thousands will protest against the meeting to show the real meaning of the G8.

Now my fellow Z3 readers really haven't heard me rant on Capitalism as a major issue, but you will possible agree with me that after reading this article that is linked to above this post ....the dynamics of the obvious "divide" seem to widen the more one reads along. Unnervingly the more it seemed pretty obvious,that capitalism is not to concerned with the common mans well-being (his life).

It was an ugly to think about how capitalism spits on humans and that even though there our these purported grandiose endeavors of the World Bank, IMF , etc, but the bottom line is "humans suffer" at the feet of capitalism. Not a pretty picture, I agree. But.... ya see ...its that "money is the root" concept in a bold obvious imperialist way.

Hey I get my daily average joe paycheck like most Americans, working the 9-5 ....but read this article in the link above and use some heart felt rational deduction, and you will be aware that something isn't working to well with this damn * system. 

So if one is not becoming involved or supporting in some non-violent way to show solidarity at least become a little more wiser as to why there are people up on them G8 Front-lines .....screaming and hooting and hollering and fighting, and fricking telling the whole world ......at all odds and vulnerabilities ...on the front-line face to face with the WORLD POLICE .....It can be Brutal taking on the machine, but I know they mean well and their intentions are pure and good, I joe anybody do understand and I do support change for the better in this corrupt capitalist imperialist world.

I can see we have a problem here folks.....!

Now lets digress and check out this picture of the Fence to keep Protesters out that is being constructed. There are a few more links below, but I suggest you read the link at the top of this post it explains allot of the cause. Thanks Everybody ~joe!

10 mile chain fence in Germany being built now


 the red line on the map shows the ---->  10 miles long fence being built around the town of heiligendamm to keep away the protesters from the meeting






         ....   http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/01/352446.shtml



I joe Anybody do not necessarily support all these views represented above and on these pages of the Zebra 3 Report

I am a free thinking peaceful non violent person who is aware and looking for progressive changes, I am not an Anarchist but the more I read on the topic and some of their philosophy I am amazed and intrigued. Especially how well informed and involved Anarchist are with politics, human rights, freedom, rebellion, and appear to me as more apt to care about human life. I like that.

I looked up the word Anarchy in Wikipedia and read this:

Anarchists are those who believe that all people are imbued with a sort of commonality, common sense, that would allow for people to, in the absence of the government, come together in agreement to form a functional existence. Morality falls in line with functionality, and its forms differ. Anarchy does not reject ethics, or principles, but rather imposed morality.

 You can read that yourself (and more) by clicking here to go to Wikipedia

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:17 PM PST
Updated: Friday, 19 January 2007 2:40 AM PST
Wednesday, 17 January 2007
SKIP FOR PEACE - Dennis Kayne
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Video Filmed at Camp Casey in Crawford Texas




Aint Going Back Again





I found this topic about Dennis on Portland Indy Media http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/01/352397.shtml



Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:35 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007 1:20 AM PST
Tuesday, 16 January 2007
Terror Being Used To Create Fear = Oh...! ....... Really ?
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: Defense Tech * Homeland Security Blues

  Hello z3 Readers

By the way before we get started - check out this abc news story discussing if the fear issue is being employed by fox tv towards society

...well how ironic (duhhhh)

Here is the link to the abc story and a few paragraphs

Nuclear Blast on TV's '24' Causes Fallout for Fox

Critics Ask Whether the Show Is Feeding Terror Fears


Jan. 15, 2007 — - "How much longer? I hear someone," says the nervous terrorist with a heavy Middle Eastern accent, just before U.S. agents storm a warehouse where a nuclear device is being assembled. Confusion reigns, drama builds, the device is detonated and a mushroom cloud looms over Los Angeles. Such is primetime television in the age of terrorism, or as some critics charge, has "24" gone too far?

"It's the closest television comes to roller coasters," said David Bianculli, television critic for the New York Daily News. "It works well dramatically, and as far as feeding fears, that's what '24' is all about."

Sut Jhally, co-producer and co-director of the film "Hijacking Catastrophe," says the dramatic action in the show creates a dangerous climate in which the public loses some of its perspective on what's real and what's not. Of course that may be a minority opinion given the show's enormous popularity.

"24" is taken seriously by some serious folks. Last June the conservative Heritage Foundation hosted a panel called, "'24' and America's Image in Fighting Terrorism: Fact, Fiction or Does It Matter?" Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff participated.

But some national security experts worry that television fantasy can trigger the imagination of terrorists. Jack Cloonan, a former senior agent on the FBI's bin Laden squad in New York, said that trainees in former al-Qaeda camps watched movie videos "to get ideas."

"The show has huge entertainment value, but it ups the ante for everybody," said Cloonan. "We saw what Columbine did. Fox may think they are doing a public service, but I don't see any redeeming value at all."

Josh Governale, spokesman for "24," refused to comment on tonight's episode.


My fellow resders allow me to continue,

Now below my text here ...I am copying the following post to put  in my z3 report, because it illustrates the point i have been making for a long time - about how trumped up terror fear as explained/shown in the "power of nightmares" video-series from the bbc.

Consider what this article is saying and the abc one you just read above,  and then - think about how fear is running/ruining this world and exploited by our neocon leaders and croonies to this very day, renebr the terror alerts?

the BBC article can be watched from my website here 


I urge you all to watch the bbc Nightmare 3-part-series after you read the following post which I found on a military website that is full of interesting information here titled "homeland security blues"   



More of my opinion on this terror-angle can be found on my Joe anybody website under the 'Terror' tab -->



Homeland Security


When I scan the papers for how the feds, state and locals are dealing with terrorist CBRN [Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear] incidents, I cringe. We seem to swing from pandering to our worst fears to get a few more bucks to blind rote repetition in hazard response that doesn't match logic to the threat. Here's a few examples that I hope are not typical, but I wonder...
hazmat suit.jpg

In Denver, there was a "white powder" scare on Sunday - actually, it wasn't even a powder scare, it was a number of capsules holding a yellow powder which were delivered to a bank. It tested positive for a biological organism (protein) but not anthrax. There was no threat in the envelope, no return address, no visible signs of ill effects on the employees handling the mail. So of course the locals did the routine thing - quarantine the seven bank employees and the police officer who answered the 911 call, call the feds, let the WMD Civil Support Team confirm it's not anthrax, and strip and wash the employees in the bank's parking lot. Yep - routine.

But as a precaution, the employees were scrubbed in a puffy orange tent and sent home in a hazardous- materials suit because the substance was still unknown Sunday evening. One of the female employees cried on her way out of the decontamination tent, where she was required to strip naked and get scrubbed down by a hazardous-materials team.

The police officer also was decontaminated because he came in contact with the employees when he answered the 911 call.

Okay, is it asking too much for someone - between FEMA, the FBI, the Army (assuming the 20th SUPCOM), the WMD CST, and the Denver firefighters and hazmat team - to think, hmmm, doesn't test out as a BW agent or any typical white/yellow powder, no weird messages in the envelope, maybe we don't have to recreate the decon scene from "Silkwood" for what is probably a false alarm and obviously not a chemical or radiological hazard that might cause an acute lethal reaction. Idiots.

Let's flash over to Kansas City, where Kansas State University is planning to open up a Bio-Security Research Institute, which will study food safety. About $54 million is being invested in the facility. The university has a program called "Making America Safer" which includes several projects funded by DHS. They're looking forward to helping...

Now, under the center’s purview, hundreds of researchers and students are engaged in projects aimed at keeping America safe. The center works with the departments of Agriculture, Defense and Justice and other federal, state and local agencies “to facilitate an effective strategy for rapid response to emerging agricultural threats,” Vanier said.

The center is even developing plans for training police and firefighters who would be early responders in the event of a bioterrorist attack.

No, it's not the scientists' job to limit or halt bioterrorism attacks, contrary to the article's cheery tone. Intelligence professionals find out where the terrorists are and counterterrorism units grab the bad guys. All the scientists do is preach how deadly the bugs are and why they need more money to research the hazards. Although I should take it easy on K-State's associate vice provost for research and compliance, Jerry Jaax - he paid his dues as an Army MRIID doc working at the Reston Ebola breakout in 1989 - he's still a typical medic: "a bioterrorism attack could cripple the agricultural-based economy of the [Kansas] region. Jaax said a 'significant risk' of such an attack does exist." Yadda yadda. Where's the intel assessment?

Last, let's jump up to the Fed level. ABC News gets Richard Clarke (its paid consultant) and the FBI's WMD Division to hype up the spinach E. coli incident into a potential agro-terrorism incident.

Government investigators say there's no evidence linking the current E. coli outbreak — in which tainted spinach has caused at least 171 known cases in 25 states, according to the FDA — to terrorism. But those same investigators are keenly aware that America's food supply is vulnerable to attack. An international meeting on how to fight agro-terrorism starts Monday in Kansas City.

Government agencies have held mock exercises to see what would happen if the food supply was compromised. The results were catastrophic.

"What happened was utter chaos," said Sen. Patrick Roberts, R-Kan. "We lost almost the entire livestock herd of the United States, all export stock. We had panic at the grocery stores."

What a shock. A national exercise which went for the "worst case scenario" route to test the leadership responses, despite all lack of any evidence of a current terrorist threat and the complete lack of any past history of agro-terrorism. But it justifies the USDA's research bills.

Is it too much to ask for some sanity? Some logic and common sense? Natural disasters, accidents and indigenous diseases are still the major killers out there, people. I'm not against some funds for countering CBRN terrorism - it pays my bills - but certainly we could be spending it smarter, and more importantly, talking about the topic more intelligently.

UPDATE: Offices in Denver got four "anthrax" envelopes Monday - some copycat with a sick sense of humor. We need FEMA or the state EOCs to develop procedures that will minimize panic and not automatically go to four-alarm mode, assuming that every white powder is anthrax unless otherwise proven. These hoaxes and false alarms are going to continue - better figure out a sane way to face that fact.

-- Jason Sigger, crossposted at Armchair Generalist

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:16 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2007 2:03 AM PST
Monday, 15 January 2007
Iran Focus says what I have said all along
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Chairman of the Guardians Council says 911 was a Puppet Show
Topic: 911 TRUTH

Well now isn't this interesting, but then this is not news to me I am glad the coffee is being smelled by the world at large ...for we all were scammed......

Iran Focus

Iran says U.S. planned 9/11 attacks


Fri. 12 Jan 2007


Tehran, Iran, Jan. 12 – Iran trumpeted a stunning accusation against the United States on Friday, claiming it had planned the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C.

The Chairman of the Guardians Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati described 9/11 as a "puppet show", adding that it had been orchestrated by the Americans themselves.

"They used this event as a pretext in order to create the slogan of fighting terrorism and promoting democracy to carry out an assault on Islamic countries. But the reality is that they have been defeated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Lebanon and their slogan has lost its effect", Jannati told worshippers during a sermon in Tehran. His comments were aired on state television.

In September 2006, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps accused the Bush Administration and the Israeli security service Mossad of ordering the September 11 attacks.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:34 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 15 January 2007 8:39 PM PST

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