Friday, April 27, 2012

DALLAS DARLING : Killer Drones, NASA and Inner Space : The Final 'Militarized' Frontier?

Drones may be shot down in U.S. when Americans fear for their lives and apply existing State Deadly Force Laws

World News
By Dallas Darling
04/27/2012

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed the Fifteenth General Assembly of the United Nations and declared, "The emergence of this new world possesses a vital issue: will outer space be preserved for peaceful use and developed for the benefit of all mankind? Or will it become another focus of the arms race and thus an area of dangerous sterile competition?", little did he realize that someday his own country would basically nix intergalactic space exploration, including the possibilities of coming into contact with other "intelligent" forms of life, for a more short-sighted and myopic vision. It would be an unimaginative and violent quest to conquer and militarize inner space (Earth's atmosphere). His words were followed by his signature to launch the National Aeronautics Space Act of 1958 (NASA), a space program that would eventually become another tool of the Pentagon's Department of Defense (DOD), along with its goals to militarily be a dominant force around the world while silencing participatory democracy at home.


Drones already cruising the skies over America

Even a decade earlier, when NASA was formed and was supposed to be kept separate from the armed forces, unimaginative and militarized "space" narratives were being planned by the Pentagon. Scientists fiercely debated, even abhorred, the militarization of space exploration but soon lost civilian control of intergalactic and peaceful travel. Enormous amounts of funds and resources were spent on developing the Atlas Missile, an intercontinental ballistic projectile,(1) in hopes of arming spaceships and establishing interplanetary military outposts. In less than one minute into flight, the missile was destroyed. It was then that military planners realized they would need more civilian funding and more scientists, provided, of course, by NASA. A coordinated effort to militarize NASA was implemented. On the surface, it would be a peaceful civilian space program. But beneath, NASA would consistently be plagued, even hijacked, by wars, militarism, the National Security Council (NSC), and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).


Civilian victims of Predator drone strike

Declassified information reveals that during the Korean War a major priority in developing space technologies was to deliver nuclear weapons in inner space. Even when Sputnik was launched in 1957, the Eisenhower Administration showed little concern, since it already had developed spy satellites. Still, the military elites fused NASA with national security in certain geopolitical regions of the world. At the same time, President John F. Kennedy's decision that the U.S. should enter, and win, the U.S.-Russia "space race," by landing a man on the moon, was to enhance national prestige(2) and to boast of the triumph of market economies over communism. The NSC was also lurking in the background, since it believed space capabilities were dual in nature, in the sense that, they can be employed for military as well as civilian purposes.(3) The same year NASA was created, so too was the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). It was the Pentagon's and DOD's own version of a militarized NASA, constituting how rearmament had been institutionalized.

ARPA believed space activities should only be of "intrinsic military value."(4) It also drained funds and scientists away from NASA, as did the U.S. war in Vietnam. After the lunar landing in 1969, President Richard Nixon approved only one of NASA's space programs. Human space flights to the moon, like Apollo, were deemed too expensive as compared to the wars being fought around the world. Therefore, Nixon's new space program was the inexpensive Shuttle, one that was for military and imperial purposes. At first, Nixon balked, but then Casper Weinberger convinced him that the Shuttle program meant the U.S. was not defeated, that it was not going to forgo its superpower status, and that America could maintain world superiority.(5) The Shuttle program was also a key to Nixon's reelection in 1972, since it would lead to new military-industrial jobs in states that were key. Again, NASA's Shuttle program had to be approved through the DOD, since the DOD wanted to use the Shuttle to launch all military payloads and spy satellites.

Throughout the next two decades, NASA operated on a restricted budget, as the U.S. continued to fight and fund dozens of major and minor armed engagements in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and in Central and Latin America. While Congress and President Jimmy Carter slashed funding for NASA and outer space explorations, in order to try and hold on to their colonies in Iran, Guatemala, El Salvador, and East Timor, and to militarily protect energy resources in the Persian Gulf, President Reagan initiated constructing the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars). Again, it was another multi-billion myopic vision to arm inner space, at the expense of outer space exploration, and to counter Russia.(6) Even the collapse of America's Cold War nemesis could not revitalize NASA's fledgling space program. NASA's spectacular planetary orbiter Magellan, which reached Venus in 1990, a tremendous feat in itself, was drowned out by Gulf War I, which was actually America's first "inner space war" and uninspired "militarized" final frontier.

The Pentagon used atmospheric space technologies and satellite systems to rain down destructive weapons on Iraq and kill its people. Meanwhile, many scientists and workers left NASA to join their peers, already laboring in massive and militarized corporations, like Martin Marietta, Raytheon, General Electric, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. Their aim was to build a new generation of enhanced versions of intercontinental ballistic missiles, such as the Phased Array Track Intercept of Target, the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for Night, and other new inner space weapons that could be used around the clock.(7) As funding and research for outer space explorations, including visions of someday making contact with new life forms, became more scarce, the Pentagon and DOD persuaded Americans of the need to dominate the Earth's atmosphere and supposed enemies. More wars and military engagements in the 1990's, mainly over energy resources, caused many to embrace an unimaginative, militarized space narrative.

Economic instability and budget deficits, due to Reaganomics, also forced Americans to turn inwards and away from intergalactic space exploration. The commercialized impulsivity to launch the Challenger and to put the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit-with a flawed primary mirror, mirrored a dystopian view of interstellar travel. President George W. Bush's devastating preemptive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have now done the same thing to NASA that the Vietnam War did. The military establishment has again seized billions of dollars from its space program, not to mention how once more it has organized a false perception and need to colonize and militarily dominate inner space. President Barack Obama's dream of a human space mission to Mars has been crucified on the cross of foreign military campaigns, only to be resurrected in atmospheric-like killer drones. They are mere symbols of how NASA has lost control over peaceful, civilian, and democratic intergalactic space travel. Personal contact of any kind is dull, unimaginative.

But killer drones also reflect a kind of sordid, technocratic, and electronic oriented combat environment where humanity has no experience, where lifeless subjects are destroyed.(8) Inner space predatory drones are terrifying weapons and will soon be developed into anti-democratic weapons of mass destruction. From now on, U.S. space exploration and travel will not consist of seeking out new civilizations or going boldly where no humans have gone before, but it will be limited to placing killer drones in the Earth's atmosphere, with capabilities of developing and employing the most effective means for carrying out various military objectives.(9) They will also be used by the Pentagon, DOD, NSC, CIA, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other federal and state agencies. While billions of dollars will be slashed from NASA over the next several years, plans are already being implemented to establish drone fleets over U.S. cities. There are 63 known sites that will launch hundreds of spy, predatory, and killer drones.(10)

For the U.S., Eisenhower's chilling scenario was never about the possibilities of outer space becoming another battleground of the arms race or militarily colonizing interstellar planets. The real dystopian visionaries, the ones that control structures of feelings and thoughts and future mythologies, or the Military-Industrial-Scientific-Academic Complex, were interested only in militarizing inner space. As the Pentagon, DOD, military commanders, and political leaders track-with their own spy satellite (Operationally Responsive Space Office or ORS-1) and killer drones-alleged enemies and suspected terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Iran, and now the United States, not to mention the rest of the world, imaginative and future possibilities of human intergalactic travels, and of making contact with other life forms, are truly alien. Visions of New Worlds (wrongly named by egocentric beings) are still just an Old World wracked with greed, violence, a rapacious appetite for cheap energies and resources, and now a new kind of virtual, human-less war, one that causes unimaginable death and destruction.

Killer and predatory drones are symbols of inner space and the final "militarized," even lifeless, frontier. They are death from above and, of course, death from within.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace.  You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) Carlisle, Rodney P. Encyclopedia Of The Atomic Age., New York, New York: Facts on File, 2001., p. 17.

(2) Rizopoulos, Nicholas X. Encyclopedia Of U.S. Foreign Relations., New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997., p. 102.

(3) Ibid., p. 101.

(4) Ibid., p. 102.

(5) Ibid., p. 102.

(6) Ibid., p. 104.

(7) Harwood, William B. Raise Heaven And Earth, The Story of Martin Marietta People and Their Pioneering Achievements. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster Press, 1993., p. 535ff.

(8) Lapham, Lewis. "Are Data-Mining and Advertising Stripping Language of its Meaning?" http://www.alternet.org.

(9) Rizopoulos, Nicholas X. Encyclopedia Of U.S. Foreign Relations., p. 103.

(10) On Drone Launch Sites, see:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134376/Is-drone-neighbourhood-Rise-killer-spy-planes-exposed-FAA-forced-reveal-63-launch-sites-U-S.html#ixzz1t6DYTcXo.



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Spaniards say US Biggest Threat to Global Security : Survey

They are right

PRESS TV
04/26/2012

A new opinion poll indicates a fall in the US popularity in Spain, where half of the population holds the United States as the biggest threat to global security. 
 
 
Obama believes he, his criminals are destined to rule the world
The results of a face-to-face survey conducted by Russia Today TV station said 51 percent of the Spaniards questioned “What country poses the biggest threat to global security?” answered, “The United States.”

Sixteen percent of the participants saw Israel as the No. 1 threat to peace in the world while 12 percent picked NATO.

The survey, which asked 1,200 people in Spain on April 5-7, 2012, found only four percent selected North Korea, one of former US president George Bush’s choices for “axis of evil.”

Spain counts as a major US ally in Europe, yet the United States is not popular with the Spanish people due to Washington’s support for the country’s dictator Francisco Franco during the Cold War era.

Anti-US sentiments in Spain have also been further provoked by Madrid’s contributions to the Washington-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

MRS/JR
 
 
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America’s Afghan Dilemma

America's Afghan SHAME:

Gulf News
By Patrick Seale, Special to Gulf News
04/27/2012

The gloomy topic of Afghanistan is expected to dominate the Nato summit in Chicago on May 20-21, when the assembled leaders will have to wrestle with three uncomfortable facts:


Here's another interesting fact:  The Taliban have won
The first is that talks with the Taliban have broken down, removing any immediate prospect of a negotiated exit from the conflict. This conjures up the spectre of a forced Nato retreat — in other words of a humiliating defeat.

This month provided worrying evidence of the Taliban’s growing ability to mount coordinated attacks all over the country, even in areas of maximum security. On April 15, Taliban suicide fighters infiltrated into Kabul and attacked the heavily-defended Embassy Quarter and Parliament. In the ensuing gun fights, some 36 insurgents were killed as well as 11 members of the Afghan security forces.

The second uncomfortable fact is that public opinion in the United States and its allies is weary of war and seems unconvinced that fighting and dying in distant Afghanistan makes them safe from terrorist attack. The Obama administration has not yet come round to this view, as may be seen from a recent statement by Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Kabul: “To get out before the Afghans have a full grip on security, which is a couple of years out, would be to invite the Taliban, Haqqani [a Pakistan-based Islamist network], and Al Qaida back in and set the stage for another September 11. And that, I think, is an unacceptable risk for any American.”


Another FACT:  children killed by U.S.Predator drone strikes

But is Crocker right? Some US allies clearly do not think so. One or two of them have already announced their decision to quit before the previously agreed 2014 deadline. Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this week that Australia’s 1,550 soldiers would shift from a front-line role to a largely support function by mid-2013. At Chicago, she is expected to try to persuade her fellow leaders that mid-2013, not end-2014, should be the date to end Nato’s combat role in Afghanistan. France’s Francois Hollande has gone one better. If he is elected President of France on May 6 — as is widely expected — he has pledged to bring France’s 3,550 troops home by the end of this year.


And another.....
Thirdly, because of what it sees as a continuing terrorist threat, the US seems determined to maintain some sort of long-term presence in Afghanistan — much to the displeasure of Iran and Pakistan. Nato leaders are bound to squabble in Chicago over who will foot the bill for continued assistance to Afghanistan after 2014. Because budgets are tight, Nato members have agreed that it will no longer be possible to fund and equip an Afghan army of 352,000 — an overly-ambitious target which is expected to be reached this year. Instead, the force is to be reduced to 230,000, at a cost to donors of about $7 billion (Dh25.7 billion) a year. The US will probably have to pay the lion’s share, with the rest coming from other Nato countries.

Contentious Issues

But if the Afghan army is slimmed down, as is proposed, what will happen to the 120,000 men laid off? Armed and trained, they might join the insurgents — a nightmare scenario for Nato. A disturbing development this year has been a rash of incidents in which Afghan soldiers turned their guns on their Nato trainers. Since January, 16 Nato troops have been killed by Afghan soldiers.

Agreement was reached last weekend on a draft US-Afghan strategic pact, providing for counter-terrorist cooperation and US economic aid for at least another decade after 2014. In the lengthy negotiations, two contentious issues were resolved which opened the way for agreement on the strategic pact. First, the US agreed to hand over to Afghans the detention centre at Parwan, where suspected insurgents are held and interrogated, and secondly, the US agreed to give Afghans control over night raids on houses of terrorist suspects by US Special Forces. To the outrage of many Afghans, these night raids often involve the forced entry into houses where families are asleep. The violation of the privacy of women has caused particular anger.


And here's another fact of the Bush/Cheney/Obama illegal war in Afghanistan, funny, isn't it, how these pesky "facts" get in the way of the lies spouted by the Obama War Criminals -you know, like the one about how great the Afghan war is going

One wonders when the US will grasp that its counter-terrorist policies create more terrorists than are killed by its drone attacks, air strikes and other violent acts. America’s ongoing ‘war on terror’ has aroused fierce anti-American feeling in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other Muslim countries, undermining the legitimacy of leaders in these countries, who are seen to be collaborating with the US in waging war on their own people.


Earlier this month, the US offered a $10million reward for information leading to the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group. Apparently undaunted, Saeed continues to criss-cross Pakistan making fiery anti-American and anti-Indian speeches. He does not seem to be in danger of arrest. Pakistani opinion is still inflamed by a US air strike last November which accidentally killed 24 Pakistani border troops. A Financial Times report from Islamabad this month noted that US-Pakistan relations had sunk to their lowest level in a decade.

Several shocking incidents have greatly damaged America’s reputation and seem to point to poor training of young American soldiers and a breakdown of discipline. In January, a video was released showing American soldiers urinating on dead Afghan insurgents; in February, the accidental burning of copies of Quran at Bagram Air Base led to widespread rioting. In March, a US sergeant went on a rampage killing 17 Afghan civilians, including women and children; in April, the Los Angeles Times published photos (allegedly taken in 2010) showing grinning American soldiers of the 82nd airborne division posing with mangled body parts of Afghan insurgents.

The US might perhaps ask itself why it has aroused such hate in the Islamic world and what it might do to restore its reputation. It might care to consider the following suggestions: Wind down the ‘war on terror’ and stop killing Muslims; put a firm check on Israeli colony building and promote the creation of a Palestinian state; reduce the US military presence in the Gulf States by reverting instead to an ‘over the horizon’ naval presence.


Then there are the most likely "inconvenient" facts for Obama such as Specialist Jose Martinez, 20, seen here visiting Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio

Above all, the US should strive with maximum goodwill to reach a fair settlement with Iran over the nuclear issue. In return for a verifiable Iranian pledge to stop enriching uranium above the limit allowed by the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, the US should end its economic warfare against Tehran. Instead of inciting the Arabs against Iran — and thereby fuelling Sunni-Shiite antagonism — the US should encourage Gulf States to include Iran in the region’s security architecture.


And then there are these "facts," which will soon become huge "problems" for Obama when the REAL DEATH NUMBERS are finally exposed

Washington seems unaware that it will need Iran’s help if peace and stability are ever to be established in Iraq and Afghanistan. ‘Crippling sanctions’ on the Islamic republic are unlikely to win its cooperation. This is not the least of the many incoherent features of American policy.

Patrick Seale is a commentator and author of several books on Middle East affairs.



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Oklahoma House Approves Designer Drug Death Measure

Yet another law that makes setting  people (read dissenters) up and killing them a whole lot easier, look for outspoken patriots to become instant designer-drug traffickers

The Oklahoman
04/26/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —

The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that would allow first-degree murder charges against the makers and dealers of synthetic drugs if fatal overdoses occur.


Innocent?  Too bad
The measure passed Thursday on an 89-1 vote and was sent to the Senate for consideration of House amendments.

The bill expands the definition of first-degree murder to include deaths resulting from the manufacture or distribution of a synthetic drug. First-degree murder is punishable by death or life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.

The measure's author, Rep. Tom Newell of Seminole, says he was saddened by the deaths of two East Central University students last year after they used a designer drug purchased on the Internet. Current law does not provide for a first-degree murder charge against the drug's supplier.


What a nice way to go:  Innocent, strapped down like a dog, publicly humiliated before a bunch of vampires in the "witness room" and then killed for your political beliefs, patriotism, religion - however there is a bright side - your organs will be stolen by the "authorities" and the money from their sale will finance a huge party with lots of whores for them, along with the latest designer-drugs while they laugh at the even newer law requiring the families of those murdered to pay for the lethal drugs or go to prison, just like that nice Chinese government:  But that's not a nice thing to say now is it: as China is now more free than the U.S.:  Imagine it Americans, what it's going to feel like watching them laugh as you are put down; that law was not enacted to let it sit idle

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THE GLOBAL SPY APPARATUS: You Are All Suspects Now. What Are You Going To Do About It?

That's just fine and dandy; U.S. criminal "intelligence" agencies may threaten and posture all they wish - however should they decide they are big enough to take us on - again - be prepared to get in return what you dish out, WE, THE FREE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED STATES IN EXILE ARE NOT AFRAID OF YOU - reference what we did to former U.S. Ambassador to Jakarta Ralph "Skippy" Boyce after he attempted to do us in over our reporting on the CIA-engineered Bali bombings of 2002 - WE SURVIVED, and came back years later to get him and his deviant, pedophile DoS lackeys TERMINATED AND REPLACED

Global Research
By John Pilger
04/26/2012

You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished. Turn on your computer and the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center may monitor whether you are typing not merely "al-Qaeda", but "exercise", "drill", "wave", "initiative" and "organisation": all proscribed words. The British government’s announcement that it intends to spy on every email and phone call is old hat. The satellite vacuum cleaner known as Echelon has been doing this for years. What has changed is that a state of permanent war has been launched by the United States and a police state is consuming western democracy.


The American CIA, along with other "intelligence agencies" in the West are responsible for THIS and will eventually be brought to justice

What are you going to do about it?

In Britain, on instructions from the CIA, secret courts are to deal with "terror suspects". Habeas Corpus is dying. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that five men, including three British citizens, can be extradited to the US even though none except one has been charged with a crime. All have been imprisoned for years under the 2003 US/UK Extradition Treaty which was signed one month after the criminal invasion of Iraq. The European Court had condemned the treaty as likely to lead to "cruel and unusual punishment". One of the men, Babar Ahmad, was awarded 63,000 pounds compensation for 73 recorded injuries he sustained in the custody of the Metropolitan Police. Sexual abuse, the signature of fascism, was high on the list. Another man is a schizophrenic who has suffered a complete mental collapse and is in Broadmoor secure hospital; another is a suicide risk. To the Land of the Free, they go -- along with young Richard O’Dwyer, who faces 10 years in shackles and an orange jump suit because he allegedly infringed US copyright on the internet.


CIA, Boyce responsible for THIS
As the law is politicised and Americanised, these travesties are not untypical. In upholding the conviction of a London university student, Mohammed Gul, for disseminating "terrorism" on the internet, Appeal Court judges in London ruled that "acts... against the armed forces of a state anywhere in the world which sought to influence a government and were made for political purposes" were now crimes. Call to the dock Thomas Paine, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela.

What are you going to do about it?

The prognosis is clear now: the malignancy that Norman Mailer called "pre fascist" has metastasized. The US attorney-general, Eric Holder, defends the "right" of his government to assassinate American citizens. Israel, the protege, is allowed to aim its nukes at nukeless Iran. In this looking glass world, the lying is panoramic. The massacre of 17 Afghan civilians on 11 March, including at least nine children and four women, is attributed to a "rogue" American soldier. The "authenticity" of this is vouched by President Obama himself, who had "seen a video" and regards it as "conclusive proof". An independent Afghan parliamentary investigation produces eyewitnesses who give detailed evidence of as many as 20 soldiers, aided by a helicopter, ravaging their villages, killing and raping: a standard, if marginally more murderous US special forces "night raid".


And THIS....

Take away the videogame technology of killing – America’s contribution to modernity – and the behaviour is traditional. Immersed in comic-book righteousness, poorly or brutally trained, frequently racist, obese and led by a corrupt officer class, American forces transfer the homicide of home to faraway places whose impoverished struggles they cannot comprehend. A nation founded on the genocide of the native population never quite kicks the habit. Vietnam was "Indian country" and its "slits" and "gooks" were to be "blown away.


And THIS

The blowing away of hundreds of mostly women and children in the Vietnamese village of My Lai in 1968 was also a "rogue" incident and, profanely, an "American tragedy" (the cover headline of Newsweek). Only one of 26 men prosecuted was convicted and he was let go by President Richard Nixon. My Lai is in Quang Ngai province where, as I learned as a reporter, an estimated 50,000 people were killed by American troops, mostly in what they called "free fire zones". This was the model of modern warfare: industrial murder.


And THIS

Like Iraq and Libya, Afghanistan is a theme park for the beneficiaries of America’s new permanent war: Nato, the armaments and hi-tech companies, the media and a "security" industry whose lucrative contamination is a contagion on everyday life. The conquest or "pacification" of territory is unimportant. What matters is the pacification of you, the cultivation of your indifference.

What are you going to do about it?

The descent into totalitarianism has landmarks. Any day now, the Supreme Court in London will decide whether the WikiLeaks editor, Julian AssangeGillard has conspired with those in Washington she calls her "true mates" to ensure her innocent fellow citizen is fitted for his orange jump suit just in case he should make it home. In February, her government wrote a "WikiLeaks Amendment" to the extradition treaty between Australia and the US that makes it easier for her "mates" to get their hands on him. She has even given them the power of approval over Freedom of Information searches – so that the world outside can be lied to, as is customary.

What are you going to do about it?

For more information on John Pilger, visit his website at www.johnpilger.com
John Pilger is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by John Pilger



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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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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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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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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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