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380 CNN fires Hispanic host Rick Sanchez for saying CNN & media are run by Jews & elitists

CNN fires Hispanic host Rick Sanchez for saying CNN & media are run by Jews & elitists

The point is that other minorities are accorded status only on condition that the Jewish minority remains #1. Other minorities share vicariously in Jewish victimhood; if they try to usurp the main victim, they're cut out.

Suppose Arabs ran Hollywood and the top news media - would we notice, then?

Re item 5: no sign here of Chomsky's Empire treating Israel as a satrapy; rather, it's Obama doing the pleading.

(1) Israelis caught again pretending to be art students
(2) CNN fires Hispanic host Rick Sanchez for saying CNN & media are run by Jews & elitists
(3) Iran 'Detains Western Spies' after Stuxnet worm Cyber Attack on Nuclear Plant
(4) New Scientist: Why the Stuxnet worm is like nothing seen before
(5) Obama appeal to Netanyahus: Extend settlement freeze for two months
(6) First World War Officially Ends As Germany Pays Off Imposed Reparations Debt
(7) Wal-Mart Jews turn to Judaism in wake of move to to small-town America
(8) Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war

(1) Israelis caught again pretending to be art students

From: ReporterNotebook <> Date: 01.10.2010 12:07 AM


ABC 4 report (text):

Door-to-door spies in Utah County?

Reported by: Brent Hunsaker
Last Update: 9/29 2:15 am

Saratoga Springs Police blog
SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Sales people working neighborhoods in Northern Utah County have been asking some odd questions that have nothing to do with making the sale. Folks are reporting that they're asking about the new National Security Agency's data center that is being built at Camp Williams.

The sales people say they're Israeli art students and are selling their works to raise money for a gallery. Some have even produced what appear to be legitimate Israeli passports.

So, why would art students be interested in an NSA data center?

Blogs and even church bulletins are buzzing. One such bulletin sent out to LDS women in Highland said, "This is a scam! These are not art students and federal law enforcement groups are actually investigating their ties to organized crime and terrorist groups." The note went on, "Part of their mission here is to gain information on the new NSA installation coming to our area."

One Israeli artist knocked on Gail Black's door in Eagle Mountain. She bought a painting from him knowing that the price was too high, but she explained that she felt sorry for him. I asked her if he looked like a Mossad spy, she laughed and said, "No, just a poor thirsty boy." She said the subject of the NSA did not come up in their conversation.

Saratoga Springs residents have complained to their police department about the art students. Officer Matt Schauerhamer tracked down one group at a restaurant. He  does not know if they were spies, but they're definitely not artists. "I told them, 'If you're actually an artist, why don't you draw something?' I gave them a piece of paper and gave them my pen. They produced a picture that was about on par with what my kindergartner could have done."

Officer Schauerhamer cited the group for soliciting without a city business license and then passed along their information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He said ICE is investigating.

ABC 4 also contacted other agencies that might have interest in possible door-to-door spies. We were told by a spokesman for Utah Homeland Security that they were unaware of the Israeli artists and the FBI had no comment.

Copyright 2010 Newport Television LLC

(2) CNN fires Hispanic host Rick Sanchez for saying CNN & media run by Jews & elitists

Fri Oct 1, 6:17 pm ET

CNN fires host Rick Sanchez over controversial remarks

By Michael Calderone

CNN host Rick Sanchez came under fire Friday after making controversial remarks the previous day on a satellite radio show.

Sanchez called out Comedy Central host Jon Stewart as a "bigot" for mocking him, and complained that Jews — like Stewart — don't face discrimination. He also suggested that CNN, and perhaps the media industry more broadly, is run by Jews and elitists who look down on Hispanics like himself.

Clearly, those comments didn't sit well with the network, which put out a terse statement around 6 p.m. Friday.
"Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company," the CNN statement read. "We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well."

So far, Sanchez hasn't spoken out about the explosive interview Thursday on "Stand Up! with Pete Dominick." On the radio show, the now-former CNN star didn't just make a single impolitic statement, but spoke at length — for roughly 20 minutes — about Stewart and a media world he believes to be filled with "elite Northeast liberals" who consider Hispanic journalists "second tier." Sanchez is a Cuban-American.

He specifically called out Stewart as someone with "a white liberal establishment point-of-view" who "can't relate to a guy like me." Also, Sanchez claimed that Stewart is "upset that someone of my ilk is at, almost, his level."

Sanchez also has yet to address the controversy via Twitter, where he is a frequent user. He even made the social media platform a signature part of his afternoon show, "Rick's List." Sanchez didn't appear on his 3 p.m. show on Friday, but CNN's public relations department put out word that he was going to be at a book signing at the CNN Center in Atlanta. It's unclear whether he attended it.

Sanchez joined CNN in 2004 after working as an anchor in Miami. Prior to that, Sanchez worked as a correspondent at MSNBC, providing breaking news updates at CNBC, and at other local stations.
CNN plans to air "CNN Newsroom" in the "Rick's List" time slot, weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
You can listen to part of Sanchez's rant against Stewart and his dismissive comments about Jews

(3) Iran 'Detains Western Spies' after Stuxnet worm Cyber Attack on Nuclear Plant

From: Prez <> Date: 03.10.2010 06:36 PM
Subject: GREEN YIPPIE!: A Day in the Life: 10/2/10

Iran 'Detains Western Spies' after Cyber Attack on Nuclear Plant

Iranian government accuses the west of launching an 'electronic war' following sophisticated Stuxnet worm attack

by Peter Beaumont

October 2, 2010

Iran says it has detained several "spies" it claims were behind cyber attacks on its nuclear program.

The intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, said western "spy services" were behind the complex computer virus that recently infected more than 30,000 computers in industrial sites, including those in the Bushehr nuclear power plant, appearing to confirm the suspicion of computer security experts that a foreign state was responsible.

The announcement also suggests that the attack involving the Stuxnet worm virus, which computer experts believe may have been designed to spy on Iran's nuclear facilities rather than destroy them, has caused more alarm in the regime than has so far been acknowledged.

In remarks carried on Iranian state television and the Mehr news service, Moslehi said Iran had discovered the "destructive activities of the arrogance [of the west] in cyberspace", adding that "different ways to confront them have been designed and implemented".

"I assure all citizens that the intelligence apparatus currently has complete supervision on cyberspace and will not allow any leak or destruction of our country's nuclear activities."

Moslehi gave no details of when the arrests had taken place or whether those detained were Iranians or foreign citizens.

According to experts the Stuxnet worm, designed to be delivered through a removable drive like a USB stick, is one of the most complex pieces of malicious code ever deployed. It was written specifically to attack Siemens industrial control units of the kind used in the Iranian nuclear program.

Suspicion for responsibility for the attack has inevitably focused on Israel and the US, although there is little evidence to support this.

The announcement of the arrests, intended to reassure Iranians, follows comments last week by another senior Iranian official, Mahmoud Liaii, who said: "An electronic war has been launched against Iran".

Iran has denied that the worm damaged the main control systems at Bushehr, rather infecting the laptops of some workers at the plant. However, the disclosure of the attack coincided with an announcement that the plant's inauguration has been delayed until at least next year because of continuing technical problems.

It was confirmed earlier this week that Iran will start fueling the Bushehr nuclear reactor with enriched uranium fuel over the next few days, months later than had been originally announced.

The vice-president, Ali Akbar Salehi, maintained the delay had nothing to do with the computer worm and said the plant had not been affected in any way.

"We hope to load the fuel into the Bushehr reactor by early October and the necessary groundwork for this is coming together, God willing, so it [the fuel] will be completely put in place in the heart [of the reactor] by November," he told the semi-official ISNA news agency.

In recent years Iran has announced the arrest of nuclear spies on a periodic basis. Three years ago it announced it had broken up a spy ring that had handed nuclear intelligence to the UK.

(4) New Scientist: Why the Stuxnet worm is like nothing seen before

From: chris lenczner <> Date: 01.10.2010 02:42 PM

...The Stuxnet worm is different. It is the first piece of malware so far able to break into the types of computer that control machinery at the heart of industry, allowing an attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms and valves in an industrial plant...

Stuxnet is the first worm of its type capable of attacking critical infrastructure like power stations and electricity grids: those in the know have been expecting it for years.

On 26 September, Iran's state news agency reported that computers at its Bushehr nuclear power plant had been infected by Stuxnet.

New Scientist explains the significance of the worm.

Why the fuss over Stuxnet?

Computer viruses, worms and trojans have until now mainly infected PCs or the servers that keep e-businesses running. They may delete key system files or documents, or perhaps prevent website access, but they do not threaten life and limb.

The Stuxnet worm is different. It is the first piece of malware so far able to break into the types of computer that control machinery at the heart of industry, allowing an attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms and valves in an industrial plant.

In the worst case scenarios, safety systems could be switched off at a nuclear power plant; fresh water contaminated with effluent at a sewage treatment plant, or the valves in an oil pipeline opened, contaminating the land or sea.

"Giving an attacker control of industrial systems like a dam, a sewage plant or a power station is extremely unusual and makes this a serious threat with huge real world implications," says Patrick Fitzgerald, senior threat intelligence officer with Symantec. "It has changed everything."

Why is a different type of worm needed to attack an industrial plant?

Industrial machinery is not controlled directly by the kind of computers we all use. Instead, the equipment used in an industrial process is controlled by a separate, dedicated system called a programmable logic controller (PLC) which runs supervisory control and data acquisition software (SCADA).

Running the SCADA software, the PLC controls the process at hand within strict safety limits, switching motors on and off, say, and emptying vessels, and feeding back data which may safely modify the process without the need for human intervention – the whole point of industrial automation.

So how does a worm get into the system?

It is not easy because they do not run regular PC, Mac or Linux software. Instead, the firms who sell PLCs each have their own programming language – and that has made it tricky for hackers to break it.

However there is a way in via the Windows PC that oversees the PLC's operations. Stuxnet exploited four vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows to give a remote hacker the ability to inject malicious code into a market-leading PLC made by German electronics conglomerate Siemens.

That's possible because PLCs are not well-defended devices. They operate for many years in situ and electronic access to them is granted via well-known passwords that are rarely changed. Even when Stuxnet was identified, Siemens opposed password changes on the grounds that it could cause chaos as older systems tried to communicate using old passwords.

Where did the initial Stuxnet infection come from?

It appears to have first arrived in Iran on a simple USB memory stick, says Fitzgerald. His team in Dublin, Ireland has been analysing Stuxnet since it was first identified by a security team in Belarus in June.

The first of the four Windows vulnerabilities allowed executable code on a USB stick to spread to a PC. The USB may have been given to an Iranian plant operative – or simply left somewhere for an inquisitive person to insert into their terminal.

Says Fitzgerald: "It then spreads from machine to machine on the network, exploiting a second vulnerability to do so, and reports back to the attacker on the internet when it finds a PC that's running Siemens SCADA software. The attacker can then download a diagram of the industrial system set-up the SCADA controls."

The next two Windows vulnerabilities lets the worm escalate its privilege levels to allow the attacker to inject Siemens PLC format computer code – written in a language called STL - into the PLC. It's that code which is capable of performing the skulduggery: perhaps turning off alarms, or resetting safe temperature levels.

How do we know where Stuxnet is active?

Symantec monitored communications with the two internet domains that the worm swaps data with. By geotagging the IP addresses of Stuxnet-infected computers in communication with the attacker, Fitzgerald's team found that 58.8 per cent of infections were in Iran, 18.2 per cent in Indonesia, 8.3 per cent in India, 2.6 per cent in Azerbaijan and 1.6 per cent in the US.

Who is behind the worm?  

No one knows. It is however very professionally written, requiring what Fitzgerald calls "a broad spectrum of skills" to exploit four new vulnerabilities and develop their own SCADA/PLC set-up to test it on.

This has some commentators suggesting that a nation state with plenty of technical resources may have been behind Stuxnet. But computer crime is a billion dollar business so such an effort is not beyond extortionists.

Stuxnet comprises a 600-kilobyte file and it has not yet been fully analysed.

Is a defence against Stuxnet possible?

A "massive investment in security" by SCADA/PLC makers is now critical, says Yuri Rivner, head of new technologies at the global computer security firm EMC Corporation in Hertzelia, Israel. And people in critical industries have to be wary of social engineering attacks – being handed USB sticks, say, or even clicking an untrusted link on Twitter while at work.

Rivner points out the world is moving towards more distributed control over networks like the internet, for smart electricity grids. "That could be dangerous as such networks could become a softer target for attacks. Security will have to be embedded into smart grids from the start

(5) Obama appeal to Netanyahus: Extend settlement freeze for two months

{no sign of Chomsky's Empire treating Israel as a satrapy; rather, it's Obama doing the pleading}

Published 13:32 30.09.10

Latest update 13:32 30.09.10

Obama in personal appeal to Netanyahu: Extend settlement freeze for two months

Netanyahu inclined to reject Obama's offer, which includes string of security incentives, citing lack of political support.

By Barak Ravid

U.S. President Barack Obama offered to support the presence of Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the Jordan Valley even after the establishment of a Palestinian state, if Israel would agree to a two month settlement building freeze, in a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, according to a researcher with ties to an Obama aide.

Netanyahu is inclined to reject the offer and has not replied to the letter as of yet, though the Prime Minister's office has refused to answer questions regarding the issue.

The contents of the American president's letter and the Israeli prime minister's response were revealed by David Makovsky, a researcher with ties to Dennis Ross, Barack Obama's chief advisor on the Middle East.

Makovsky published the story in an article on the website for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In it, he states that President Obama's letter is a result of talks between senior U.S. administration officials and Israeli Defense Minister Barak and chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho.

Obama's letter is reported to include a long list of American favors in exchange for an extension of the settlement building freeze, which ended this week. Most of these favors are critical to Israel's strategic security needs that Netanyahu has been demanding for years.

President Obama's advisors met with Jewish senators and congressman on Wednesday in Washington, informing them of the contents of the letter. Ross told the lawmakers that Netanyahu would not agree to the deal because it did not meet all his demands, and because he did not have the political support to extend the building freeze.

Other commitments that Obama offered Netanyahu in the letter include an agreement not to ask for any more building freeze extensions, an agreement to veto any anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution in the next year, and an agreement that the future fate of the settlements be dealt with only as part of a final status agreement with the Palestinians.

Obama's letter included additional commitments, including a series of guarantees to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles into a Palestinian state, a lengthy period of interim security arrangements in the Jordan Valley and a comprehensive regional defense pact for protection from Iran to follow the establishment of the Palestinian state.

The American President also vowed to upgrade Israel's security capabilities and increase the three billion dollar security aid package that Israel receives annually. The letter included commitments to advanced weapons and early warning systems, including satellites.

(6) First World War Officially Ends As Germany Pays Off Imposed Reparations Debt
The Telegraph (Britain)

First World War officially ends as Germany pays off its debt


Almost 92 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front, the final act of the First World War will be played out on Sunday when Germany pays the last chunk of reparations imposed by the victorious allied powers.

The payment of 59.5 million pounds ($96.9 million Cdn) ends the crippling debt that was the price of one world war and laid the foundations for the next.

Germany was forced to pay the reparations under the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as compensation to the war-ravaged nations of Belgium and France and to pay the Allies some of the costs of waging what was then the bloodiest conflict in history, in which almost 10 million soldiers died.

The initial sum agreed in 1919 was 226 billion Reichsmarks, a sum later reduced to 132 billion ($35 billion Cdn) - at the time. The bill would have been settled much earlier had Adolf Hitler not reneged on reparations after taking power.

Hatred of the settlement agreed at Versailles, which crippled Germany's Weimar Republic as it tried to shape itself into a democracy following the armistice, was significant in propelling the Nazis to power.

Most of the money will go to private individuals, pension funds and corporations holding debenture bonds as agreed under the Treaty of Versailles, where Germany was made to sign the "war guilt" clause, accepting blame for the conflict.

(7) Wal-Mart Jews turn to Judaism in wake of move to to small-town America

From: ReporterNotebook <> Subject: Wal-Mart Jews
TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006

Wal-Mart Jews

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006

Wal-Mart Jews

There's an interesting story in today's NY Times about how the Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas has brought Jews to the area for jobs, changing the demographics of the town significantly.

When many of these Jews, called "Wal-Mart Jews" in the article, first moved to Bentonville, they were not affiliated at all, but moving to a city bereft of Jews changed that:

There were, for example, Betsy and Marc Rosen, who moved to Benton County from Chicago in 2000 after Mr. Rosen was offered a job in Wal-Mart's technology department. The family did not attend a synagogue in Chicago because, Mrs. Rosen said, "you didn't need a synagogue to have a Jewish identity." There were Jewish neighbors, Jewish friends, Jewish family.

But not in Bentonville, where her daughter brought home from day care a picture of Jesus to color in. Suddenly, a synagogue did not seem like a luxury anymore, but a necessity to preserve her family's Jewish heritage.Bentonville, where, according to the article, natives knew next to nothing about Jews and Jewish life, are slowly being introduced to the details of Judaism that most non-Jewish residents of more diverse cities have always been familiar with.

Recruited from around the country as workers for Wal-Mart or one of its suppliers, hundreds of which have opened offices near the retailer's headquarters here, a growing number of Jewish families have become increasingly vocal proponents of religious neutrality in the county. They have asked school principals to rename Christmas vacation as winter break (many have) and lobbied the mayor's office to put a menorah on the town square (it did).

...Not everyone is ordering the knishes, but Christians throughout Benton County are slowly learning the complexities of Jewish life. Gary Compton, the superintendent of schools in Bentonville and a member of a Methodist church in town, has learned not to schedule PTA meetings the night before Jewish holidays, which begin at sundown, and has encouraged the high school choir to incorporate Jewish songs into a largely Christian lineup.

The piece talks about some challenges the new synagogue faces, one being the fact that the members are all from different denominations and at different observance levels, which has led to differences over questions such as whether to allow photography during services (yes). Another challenge the synagogue is facing is competition, from a Chabad Rabbi who headed over to Bentonville to hang up his shingle as soon as the Jewish community started to grow, offering Orthodox services and kosher meals - apparently an almost impossible-to-get amenity in Bentonville. high turnover also seems to be an issue.

The piece highlights how when Jews move to a town with no Jewish identity, it can bring changes to the town, as well as to the Jews themselves.


(8) Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war

From: IHR News <> Date: 02.10.2010 04:20 PM

By Steve Luxenberg

Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 12:11 AM

President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

Frustrated with his military commanders for consistently offering only options that required significantly more troops, Obama finally crafted his own strategy, dictating a classified six-page "terms sheet" that sought to limit U.S. involvement, Woodward reports in "Obama's Wars," to be released on Monday. (The Washington Post will print excerpts of Woodward's book beginning Monday on the Web, mobile and print editions.)

According to Woodward's meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review, the president avoided talk of victory as he described his objectives.

"This needs to be a plan about how we're going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan," Obama is quoted as telling White House aides as he laid out his reasons for adding 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation. "Everything we're doing has to be focused on how we're going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It's in our national security interest. There cannot be any wiggle room."

Obama rejected the military's request for 40,000 troops as part of an expansive mission that had no foreseeable end. "I'm not doing 10 years," he told Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a meeting on Oct. 26, 2009. "I'm not doing long-term nation-building. I am not spending a trillion dollars."

Woodward's book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, "We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger."

But most of the book centers on the strategy review, and the dissension, distrust and infighting that consumed Obama's national security team as it was locked in a fierce and emotional struggle over the direction, goals, timetable, troop levels and the chances of success for a war that is almost certain to be one of the defining events of this presidency.

Obama is shown at odds with his uniformed military commanders, particularly Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command during the 2009 strategy review and now the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan.

Woodward reveals their conflicts through detailed accounts of two dozen closed-door secret strategy sessions and nearly 40 private conversations between Obama and Cabinet officers, key aides and intelligence officials.

Tensions often turned personal. National security adviser James L. Jones privately referred to Obama's political aides as "the water bugs," the "Politburo," the "Mafia," or the "campaign set." Petraeus, who felt shut out by the new administration, told an aide that he considered the president's senior adviser David Axelrod to be "a complete spin doctor."

During a flight in May, after a glass of wine, Petraeus told his own staffers that the administration was "[expletive] with the wrong guy." Gates was tempted to walk out of an Oval Office meeting after being offended by comments made by deputy national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon about a general not named in the book.

Suspicion lingered among some from the 2008 presidential campaign as well. When Obama floated the idea of naming Clinton to a high-profile post, Axelrod asked him, "How could you trust Hillary?"

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