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I Guess Microsoft really is Evil…

February 25th, 2010

MindSet

Microsoft has a 22-page document which outlines how they store all your private data in their online servers. The document also tells government agencies how they can get it. But, oh surprise, they don't want you to see it!

The document was unearthed by Cryptome, the site who previously unveiled similar papers by Facebook, Skype, and other online giants. When Microsoft learned about it, they sent their rabid law dogs to tear Cryptome apart, Digital Millennium Copyright Act in one hand, iron bar in the other. So far they have managed to coerce Cryptome's host company to take down the site the pages aren't taken down. Network Solutions complied with Microsoft's barking, passing along the message to Cryptome that, if they don't take down the "secret" material, they would take down the whole site.

Obviously, Microsoft and Network Solutions don't give a damn about public interest. Make no mistake: Knowing what Microsoft can disclose and how, no matter if you are a criminal or just some innocent dude using Microsoft's services, should interest you

Read the full Document Here

Via Gizmodo

David Icke gets a new Site!

February 23rd, 2010

MindSet

After years of having one of the most clumsy and ugliest sites on the net, Conspiracy Maestro David Icke has finally overhauled his web site.

Icke's site has always contained vast amounts of information, but the ability to find that information has always been a challenge.  Not any longer, as the new site breaks all information into easy to find sections, making it extremely easy to drill down on any topic.

While Icke's world view might not be for everyone, the site contains a wide verity of Parapoitical news and updates that are definatly worth checking out.

Click on the image, to visit Icke's new site.

UK Police : 14 Million Image Reads Per Day

February 12th, 2010

Peter John Glynn

The Register reports that the National Policing Improvement Agency are using 10,000 cameras to automatically read and process 14m number plates of Britain's motorists per day.

Quite what this body are doing with the information is not disclosed.  In fact the Agency, run on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers, refuse to disclose where their secret cameras are located.

But they do admit that they now have the capacity to record up to 50 million each ( and every) day.  Presumably their hard drive will be groaning under the bytes stored.  And it is not just a 'numbers game'.   Some police forces also use their ANPR cameras to capture larger images of drivers and passengers which are then stored for up to one year.  WHY???

Full Report HERE

First UK Arrest By Military Drone

February 12th, 2010

Peter John Glynn

Suddenly Drones (UAVs) are in the news everywhere. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq... and Merseyside.  U.K. Police made their first Drone assisted arrest, tracking down a suspected car thief using thermal imaging technology to track one of the suspects.  Chief Inspector Nick Gunatilleke from the Force's Anti-social Behaviour Taskforce, which operates the UAV, said:

“We are the only police force in the country currently using a UAV like this and this is the first time the thermal imaging equipment has led directly to an arrest since the UAV went live in November so we are very pleased."

BAE, who recently escaped bribery charges , is racing to corner the Drones market in the UK. Meanwhile, a 20 year old and 16 year old youth were released on police bail pending further enquiries following the incident on 26th January 2010.

Full Report HERE

Obama NASA Announcement Starts Moon Wars

February 1st, 2010

Peter John Glynn

The decision to drop plans to return astronauts to the Moon has opened the door for China , Russia and India to take the initiative in establishing a permanent base on Earth's close neighbour- and all the military strategic advantages that such a base would deliver.

The Obama proposal “begins the death march for the future of U.S. human space flight,” Senator Richard Shelby, the senior Republican on the subcommittee that determines NASA’s budget, said in a statement. If the budget is enacted, NASA “will be the agency of pipe dreams and fairy tales,” he continued.

Possibly there may be other considerations as to why the USA has abandoned its once most pressing space initiative. Whether the reason is simply financial - doubtful as the USA administration continues to pour billions of dollars down a military drain - or by other more non-earthly reasons , only time will tell.

Full story HERE

Drone Wars

January 22nd, 2010

Peter John Glynn

Robot Wars loomed a little larger after Pakistan requested a dozen unarmed drone aircraft from the USA. The use of the armed variety against militants within Pakistan has led to outpourings of anger aimed at the United States.

In an interview by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates to a Pakistan TV station, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) had been used with good effect in other arenas of conflict.

"There are some tactical UAVs that we are considering, yes," Mr Gates stated. "I'm not going to discuss operations but I will say this. These unmanned aerial vehicles have been extremely useful to us, both in Iraq and in Afghanistan."

Meanwhile India have sought assurances that these drones , part of a $1 Billion military aid package promised to the Pakistani military machine , will not be targetted upon New Delhi.

Full Report Here