Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wayne Madsen Report: Bank of America Dumps Trillions of Dollars of Risk onto Taxpayers


Traitor Obama now moving in to finish off middle class

AllGov
By Noell Brinkerhoff
10/25/20011

In an ominous sign for the economy, Bank of America, in an attempt to protect itself from its toxic assets, recently moved $75 trillion (with a “t”) in derivatives from its non-federally-protected Merrill Lynch securities unit to a subsidiary insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC).
 
    By doing so, BofA has positioned the FDIC to be the fall guy if the derivatives shift causes the subsidiary to fail, which would then require the federal agency to step in and save the day. The situation is disturbingly similar to that the one that led to the financial crisis just three years ago.

 FDIC officials reportedly argued with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, which sanctioned the move by BofA. The FDIC disapproved because it may not be able to handle a rescue of this size—in which case the federal government would have to engage in yet another costly bailout of the nation’s second largest bank and leave taxpayers footing the cost.
 
    Three years ago, BofA received $45 billion from the Department of the Treasury to keep it from crashing during the financial crisis.

STRATFOR: Afghanistan Weekly War Update: Failed Attack on the Interior Minister


Afghanistan continues to spiral out of control, Taliban clearly gaining ground

STRATFOR
October 25, 2011 | 1209 GMT

As Afghan Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi’s convoy was passing through Syed Khel district in Parwan province Oct. 23 en route to Panjshir Valley, a man who had been hiding under a bridge approached the convoy wearing a suicide vest. The interior minister’s bodyguards spotted and shot the man before he could detonate his explosive vest. The would-be bomber later died of his wounds.

Afghan Interior Minister Mohammadi
The interior minister was not actually in the convoy at the time of the attempted attack; Mohammadi had planned to travel along in his usual vehicle, but at the last minute sent his deputy instead, according to a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. While the attempted attack was tactically inept — the bomber failed to even set off his explosives before being incapacitated — he or whatever group was responsible for sending him may have acquired intelligence on the interior minister’s plans. The incident demonstrates a security vulnerability that will only grow more serious as U.S. and allied forces withdraw from the country and the task of ensuring diplomatic security — which had been a joint U.S.-Afghan responsibility — falls to the less-capable Afghan security forces, making it more likely that even unsophisticated attacks like this one will succeed in the future.

    The incident occurred while the convoy was stopped along the road to allow passengers to conduct their daily prayers. The bomber, estimated to be in his mid-20s, emerged from under a bridge and ran toward the convoy, at which point he was shot and wounded by the armed guards. It is not clear whether the attacker knew the convoy would be stopping near the bridge. However, given that he or the group that sent him had acquired information regarding the interior minister’s itinerary, they may have also known in advance (by way perhaps of a source that has infiltrated the ministry) where the stop was planned, and launched the attack accordingly. 

Taliban once more on the rise
Compared to the complex and well-planned attack that killed Afghan High Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani, this attempted hit was relatively unsophisticated. Any time a militant group has accurate information on the location of a high-value target like the interior minister (as appeared to be the case here, until the minister abruptly changed his travel plans), it has a strong incentive to deploy all of its available resources to conduct a successful attack. Deploying a single suicide bomber against a convoy protected by armed guards is less effective than an assault that includes gunmen, or additional bombers capable of drawing the security guards’ fire as the bomber moves closer to the intended target. Still, the simple fact that an attack occurred can serve to make a significant point about the security environment in the country — especially when a militant group has received actionable intelligence on an official.

    This raises the question of who may have been responsible. No group has thus far claimed the attempted attack, possibly because its failure could reflect badly on the capabilities of the group in question. The Taliban and the Haqqani network have both been engaged in an assassination campaign. Each would benefit from killing the interior minister since his death would open up a power vacuum and further undermine the confidence in the Afghan government — casting doubt on its ability to even protect the lives of its top officials. In addition, the attempted attack on the interior minister took place in a province where the Taliban have previously demonstrated the capability to conduct attacks. 

Haqqani fighter
Mohammadi’s Tajik ethnicity makes him an even more appealing target to the country’s insurgents, whose ranks are dominated by ethnic Pashtuns. Given the tactical shortcomings of the attack, it is possible that it was organized by a smaller faction within the Taliban or the Haqqani network, operating on its own initiative. The involvement of a group with fewer resources or capabilities in training militants would help explain the tactical deficiency of the attack and could give the larger group plausible deniability about an assassination attempt — a benefit the Taliban and Haqqani network appear to have sought in the past.

    The attack was unsuccessful and Afghan security personnel were able to quickly engage and take out the bomber, but the incident should serve as a warning. As the U.S. withdrawal continues, many facilities and Afghan government officials that had previously been protected jointly with U.S. or other NATO forces will become the sole security responsibility of Afghan security forces, which have repeatedly shown they require U.S. assistance and advice on intelligence, planning, logistics and maintenance. The absence of foreign forces is going to put additional strain on protection details that are already overwhelmed by their task, and increase the likelihood that attacks — even ones that are not necessarily elaborate or particularly well-planned — will succeed in the future. Assassinations have long been a part of Afghan politics, but given the sensitive situation in the country — with negotiations on a post-U.S. withdrawal political settlement ongoing — the Taliban’s incentive to take out political leaders as they become more vulnerable will only increase.

 

Training Offer by Pakistan

 

    Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Oct. 21 met with an Afghan parliamentary delegation visiting Islamabad and reiterated Pakistan’s offer to train the Afghan armed forces. Pakistan has offered such training on several previous occasions, but Afghanistan has not accepted it. This time, Gilani emphasized Pakistan’s willingness to work cooperatively with Afghanistan, and said that Islamabad “supported the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation.” 

The timing of the statement is notable, as it comes a few weeks after India agreed to provide training for Afghan forces. There are a number of players in the region looking to secure their own interests in Afghanistan. For Pakistan, this means ensuring it has influence within its neighbor’s borders, while avoiding encirclement — by India to its east and security forces with connections to India to its west. Providing training to Afghan security forces would allow Islamabad to maintain its presence in Afghanistan and to collect intelligence on the activities of Indian trainers in the country.


 This STRATFOR intelligence update republished with permission and thanks from The 5th Estate.

EURO : Single Currency is Close to Collapse


Long overdue bogus monopoly money fraud is flushing Europe down the drain; governments and dictators will fall as more and more Europeans become aware of what has been done to them

The Telegraph
10/21/2011

Yet again, Europe stands on the brink of abject disaster, apparently unable to resolve its differences. A monetary union that was meant to bring former enemies together, binding them to each other via irreversible economic integration, is succeeding only in tearing them apart. It is a crisis that this newspaper has consistently warned of since the single currency’s creation; it gives no pleasure to see our predictions come true.

Euro:  Funny money
With a meltdown in the sovereign debt markets fast metastasising into an all-embracing economic and political calamity, the Continent’s position has rarely seemed quite so imperilled since the days of the Second World War.

Most worrying is that the Franco-German partnership which lies at the heart of the European project is fracturing as never before, with deep divisions over almost every aspect of the grand rescue plan.

Majority sentiment toward fake Euro
It has already been conceded that this weekend’s meeting of EU leaders in Brussels – billed as the summit to end all summits – will be unable to agree anything of importance. Few have any confidence that a separate meeting on Wednesday will do much better. Whatever is agreed is almost guaranteed to fall short of expectations. Solutions that might have worked if enacted at an earlier stage are being rendered progressively obsolete by fast-deteriorating economic conditions and debt dynamics. Even Germany now seems to be slipping back into recession.

    No longer is it possible to rely on the post-war assumption that, while Europe’s leaders may quarrel and disagree, they will always – in extremis – find a way through. Continental solidarity is being tested to its very limits, and the differences could be intractable. 

Economists:  No rescue, Euro is toast, dollar will surge in value
The detail of the disputes over bank bail-outs and the scale of the European rescue fund is tortuous and convoluted. But the underlying problem is simple enough. Europe’s political elites know that for the euro to survive in its present form, it must move – with speed – towards full fiscal and political integration. Yet national leaders, and the voters they answer to, are as yet unwilling to accept the loss of sovereignty, and indeed the shared liabilities, that such a revolution demands. 

     
    Germany, for example, has yet to accept that it must take on a share of the responsibility for the peripheral nations’ debts; it must also enable them to regain competitiveness by engaging in unprecedented economic stimulus in Germany itself, thereby surrendering some of its own competitiveness and accepting higher inflation. Brought up on the strict monetary disciplines of the Bundesbank, most Germans find such potentially reckless policies anathema. 

Euro supporters/shills can bend over, kiss their asses goodbye
By the same token, France is struggling to deliver the structural, pensions and labour market reform that would put it on a par with Germany. Politically, the French and many others find it virtually impossible to accept the loss of fiscal sovereignty that the Germans would demand in return for bailing out their neighbours. Predicting how these standoffs might play out remains close to impossible. The only guarantee is that, whatever Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel manage to cobble together next Wednesday, it is most unlikely to solve the underlying problem.

    In front of our eyes, one of the biggest financial and economic storms of the modern age is brewing. It may need to break with full force before workable solutions are contemplated. That could involve cutting Greece and others loose, and establishing a more tightly knit, fiscally solvent eurozone. Or it could mean splitting it in two, with France allying itself with the Mediterranean south so as to limit the scale of the devaluation, its inflationary consequences for the south, and the loss to the creditor nations of the north. 

Euro is now Dead On Arrival; will Europe fall with it?
To many, this would seem like the end of the European dream. But that dream was always doomed by the imbalances that the single currency enshrined. The question now is how best to minimise the damage, so that the single currency does not take the world economy down with it – and reconstitute the euro as an entity based on economic reality, not ideological folly. 


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STRATFOR: Libya; Gadhafi's Death in Perspective


Dead doofus dictator may just leave power vacuum in wake

STRATFOR
10/24/2004

Rebel fighters killed former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Oct. 20 outside the town of Sirte. His body was then brought back to Misurata, where it was filmed being dragged through the streets. Several close aides, including family members, have been reported killed or captured as well. 

Better days:  Gadhafy in military uniform
Gadhafi’s death is symbolically important for the rebels, but the fall of Sirte is even more significant for the effect it will have on the future stability of Libya. With the final holdout of the pro-Gadhafi resistance overtaken, the National Transitional Council (NTC) can now move to form a transitional government. But multiple armed groups across the country will demand a significant stake in that government, which will have serious implications for the future unity of the people who heretofore were referred as the Libyan opposition.

Ghadafi very recently was the darling of NATO
Though the Benghazi-based NTC has been widely recognized in the international community as the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people, this has long since ceased to be the case in the eyes of many Libyans.

The NTC is one of several political forces in the country. Since the rebel forces entered Tripoli on Aug. 21, there has been a steady increase of armed groups hailing from places such as Misurata, Zentan, Tripoli and even eastern Libya itself that have questioned the authority of leading NTC members.

    These groups have been occupying different parts of the capital for two months now, despite calls by the NTC (and some of the groups themselves) to vacate. They also have been participating in the sieges of cities in which pro-Gadhafi remnants continued to hold out after the fall of Tripoli. Throughout this period, the NTC has repeatedly delayed the formation of a transitional government, in recent weeks citing the ongoing fight against Gadhafi as the reason. NTC leaders said that once the war was finally over, the official “liberation” of Libya would be declared and a transitional government would be formed. The fall of Sirte means this moment is at hand.

    With so many armed groups operating in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya, a peaceful resolution to the question of who should take power is unlikely. The main groupings come from Benghazi, Misurata, Zentan and Tripoli, but there are other, smaller militias as well that will want to ensure they are represented in the new Libya. The divide is not simply geographic but also exists between Islamists and secularists as well as between Berbers and Arabs.

Reaping in death what he sewed in life
The shape of the new Libya is highly uncertain, but what is clear is that the NTC is not going to simply take control where Gadhafi left off. Certain members of its leadership may play a key role in any transitional government, but not without serious compromises or, even more likely, violence occurring in the process. Pro-Gadhafi tribal elements in the last region to fall to rebel fighters also will be a potential source of violence in the coming months, as they will fight to make sure they are not left out of the future power structure.


This STRATFOR intelligence article republished with permission and thanks from The 5th Estate.



Security Sector Reform Resource Center Part 3: How the Mission in Afghanistan Changed Canada


Canada got a taste of Vietnam in Afghanistan, and it burned their asses

Center for International Governance Innovation
By Mark Sedra
10/20/2011

[Series] From the Afghan detainee scandal to our more bellicose presence on the world stage, the legacy of the mission remains inextricably tied to the future of peace in Afghanistan.

 

    This is Part 3 in a three-part series examining the outcomes and legacy of the Afghan war.  Part 1 outlined how the international intervention was lost, and described the grave consequences this failure is likely to have for a people intimately familiar with war. Part 2 offered a focused discussion of the factors that led to NATO’s breakdown, and outlined why the resurgent Taliban raises the spectre of a return to protracted war and violence in a post-NATO landscape. Concluding the series, Part 3 discusses what legacy the war has left for Canada.
The conflict in Afghanistan now has the distinction of being the longest-ever war for both Canada and the United States – longer than the first and second world wars combined. A well-travelled cliché describes Canada’s involvement in the Afghan war by saying that it has “punched above its weight.” Canada took on one of the riskiest assignments of the war: the pacification and stabilization of Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban movement. Seeing some of the heaviest fighting since the Korean War, the Canadian Forces have suffered among the highest per capita casualty rates of the major NATO troop-contributing nations. Because of this bold assignment and our significant aid commitment, Canada has enjoyed a level of status and prestige among its international partners that it has not seen for some time. Canada’s voice matters in Afghanistan, and we have been present at every major decision-making table.

    So, what does all this mean for the legacy of Canada’s mission? Canada did a lot of good in Afghanistan, making major contributions to development and security in Kabul and Kandahar. Even the best of intentions, however, could not overcome Afghanistan’s political and security morass.

Canadians die just the same as Americans do in Afghanistan
Canada first intervened in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, which laid bare the reality that a fragile Afghanistan posed a threat to the international community. Al-Qaeda had set up shop in Afghanistan – it had become a sanctuary for a litany of global jihadi groups. In fact, a whole generation of Islamist militants, who would launch attacks in Bali, London, Madrid, and New York, cut their teeth and learned their trade in Afghanistan, first during the anti-Soviet jihad, and later in its training camps. Another collapse of the Afghan state would make Afghanistan an Islamist destination once again.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already referred to Islamist terrorism as one of the most serious threats facing Canada. Considering the successes of domestic law-enforcement bodies and international intelligence agencies in thwarting attacks and seriously degrading the capabilities of groups like al-Qaeda, including by killing its leader, one could rightfully call this an exaggeration. However, the blowback from a failed Afghanistan mission could, in fact, make the prime minister's claim accurate.

    For Canada, the Afghan mission has already had an enduring impact. First, it gave a significant boost to the image of the Canadian Forces, both within Canada and globally. The Canadian public’s pride in the Canadian Forces, which had waned over the past decade, has now reached new heights. A friendly Conservative government has upgraded the Canadian Forces’ equipment and expanded the resources available to it. The mission has seemingly reinvigorated the force, restoring its morale and fighting spirit after many years of apparent decline.

Canadian howitzer:  Lots of punch, little results
Second, the mission has appeared to challenge the position of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) as the driver of Canadian Foreign Policy. It was only after the co-ordinating role for the mission was transferred to the Privy Council Office, at the centre of government, that the Canadian effort appeared to achieve some coherence. DFAIT has seen its powers over foreign policy gradually leak to other departments in recent years, at the same time that it has had its funding cut. Under a Conservative government, it appears that DFAIT will continue to be on a short leash.

    While the war buoyed the public image of the Canadian Forces, it may, paradoxically, have increased public skepticism of government. The Afghan detainee scandal, and the government’s attempts to bury it, has given cause for many Canadians to question their government’s motivations, which, on the surface, have been couched in the rhetoric of democratization and humanitarian concern. The way DFAIT official Richard Colvin was treated for blowing the whistle on the scandal – called out publicly by Conservative party cabinet ministers as insubordinate and disloyal rather than principled and high minded – proved to some that, as far as the government is concerned, politics can trump principle. The episode also sent a chill through the Canadian civil service, which was already muzzled by a Prime Minister’s Office more eager than ever to control the message and stay out in front of sensitive policy issues. In some ways, the Afghan file seemed to crystalize an adversarial relationship between the government and parts of the bureaucracy, creating new and unnecessary complications for the development and implementation of good policy.

    On the international stage, the Afghan mission has helped to shift perceptions of Canada’s role in the world from one of a moderate peacekeeper that operates almost exclusively through multilateral arrangements, to a more partisan, bellicose player willing to act unilaterally or in coalitions of the willing if needed. Perception never fully reflects reality, but the Canadian interventions in Afghanistan and Libya, coupled with the country’s controversial policies on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, climate change, and other issues, have begun to shift global attitudes toward the country, for better or worse. Afghanistan was one catalyst for this.


Afghan dope does not discriminate between Canada and U.S. Forces
Some Canadians may have accepted Prime Minister Harper’s wildly premature statement in May 2011 that "Afghanistan is no longer a threat to the world," compared by many to former U.S. president George W. Bush’s ill-fated 2003 “mission accomplished” speech on Iraq. As the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, raising the spectre of a return to civil war, Harper may yet be forced to re-evaluate just how impactful Canadian and international assistance has been. Defeat in Afghanistan could indeed spark a much-needed national debate on our evolving global identity, and will likely discourage further international intervention on the scope of Afghanistan.

    Like the U.S. with Vietnam (and now with Iraq), we now struggle with the questions of whether the outcome in Afghanistan was worth the human and financial toll, whether we did more harm than good, and whether our political leaders failed our troops and aid workers, not to mention the Afghan people. History has yet to yield answers to these questions, which may well hang heavy on the political consciousness of the nation in the years ahead.


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Moammar Gadhafi buried in unmarked grave


Murdering mutant tyrant gets well deserved dirt nap; see ya scumbag, don't forget your umbrella

Associated Press
10/25/2011

MISRATA, Libya (AP) -

Moammar Gadhafi, the dictator who ruled Libya for 42 years, was buried early Tuesday in an unmarked grave with only a few people allowed to attend. The modest Islamic ceremony closed the book on the 8-month civil war that ousted him and ended in the gruesome spectacle of people lining up for days to view his decomposing corpse on display in a cold storage unit.

    A Gadhafi nephew read a prayer for the dead before Gadhafi's body - along with those of his son Muatassim and former defense minister Abu Bakr Younis - were handed over for burial, said Ibrahim Beitalmal, a spokesman for the military council in the port city of Misrata.

Looks like Gadhafi could use a facial, good chew of khat
The bodies had been kept in a commercial refrigerator in Misrata for four days before they were taken under cover of darkness to the burial site, which Beitalmal said was "not far" from the city. As part of the ceremony, the bodies were washed in line with Islamic tradition. A Muslim cleric, a nephew of Gadhafi and sons of Abu Bakr then recited prayers before handing the bodies over for burial, which took place at 5 a.m.

    Libya's new leaders have said they would not reveal the location of the grave, fearing it could be vandalized or turned into a shrine for die-hard supporters.

    Gadhafi was captured alive on Thursday as he tried to flee his hometown of Sirte, where he had been hiding since revolutionary forces swept into the capital, Tripoli, two months earlier.

Getting a little ripe:  douchebag dictator finally gets burial
He died later that day in unclear circumstances, and Libyan leaders have promised an investigation in response to international pressure to look into how he was killed. Video has emerged showing Gadhafi being beaten and abused by a mob after his capture, and researchers for the New York-based Human Rights Watch have said there are strong indications he was killed in custody.

    Human rights activists have warned that the new Libya could get off on the wrong foot if vigilante justice is condoned. However, many Libyans appeared relieved that Gadhafi is dead, saying a long trial for the former dictator would have been disruptive and made it harder on the country to get a fresh start.

    Earlier this week, interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil formally declared an end to the civil war, starting the clock on what is to be a two-year transition to democracy.

    The bodies of Gadhafi, Muatassim and Younis had been kept in a refrigerated produce locker in a warehouse area of Misrata for the past four days. Hundreds lined up every day to view the corpses, some coming from hundreds of miles away. Visitors donned surgical masks, and at times guards arranged separate lines for men and women.

War Criminal Blair misses butt-buddy already
Misrata suffered immensely during the war. It was besieged for nearly two month this spring by Gadhafi forces, who shelled the city indiscriminately before being pushed out in fierce street fighting. Gadhafi was captured by fighters from Misrata, who brought him back to the city as a trophy.

    International organizations asking to see the burial site would be given access, Beitalmal said.

  Over the weekend, Libya's chief pathologist, Dr. Othman el-Zentani, performed autopsies on the three bodies and also took DNA samples to confirm their identities. El-Zentani has said Gadhafi died from a shot to the head, and said the full report would be released later this week, after he presents his findings to the attorney general.

    Gadhafi and Muatassim had been wounded before capture, but an investigation is to determine how they ended up dead. Government officials have suggested Gadhafi was killed in crossfire.

    Tirana Hassan, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said she spoke Monday to a 30-year-old Sirte resident who had traveled in the convoy that tried to smuggle Gadhafi out of Sirte.

Obama/Blair/Ghadafi a' trois
Hassan quoted the woman as saying that Gadhafi did not sustain serious injuries during the NATO strike on the convoy.

The woman said the former Libyan leader and members of his entourage left their vehicle after the attack and took cover for about three hours in an abandoned building. Gadhafi then left the hideout with a small group on foot, and they were captured a short while later, Hassan quoted the woman as saying.

    The woman, who had volunteered at a field clinic in Sirte treating wounded Gadhafi loyalists, was released by the revolutionary forces and has returned to Sirte, Hassan said.

    The Libyan uprising that began in mid-February and quickly turned into civil war has decimated the Gadhafi family.

Rice wanted Ghadafi all to self
His wife, Safiya, fled to Algeria with their daughter and one son, while another son fled to Niger. At least other three sons - Muatassim, Seif al-Arab and Khamis - have been killed. Another son, former heir apparent Seif al-Islam, remains at large.

A high-ranking Tuareg official in Niger said Tuesday that Seif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, is headed for Niger with the help of ethnic Tuaregs, a tribe that was among Gadhafi's strongest supporters.

    Also Tuesday, Bani, a revolutionary spokesman, said an explosion rocked a fuel depot near Sirte a day earlier and that there were casualties. Bani said the blast is being treated as an accident, but that an investigation has been opened.

    Hassan, the Human Rights Watch researcher, said that while in Sirte on Monday, said she saw 11 people with severe burns arrive at the city's Ibn Sina hospital. Nurses said the injuries were from the blast.
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Associated Press writer Maggie Michael contributed to this report from Cairo.

 

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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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