Sunday, September 25, 2005

Department of Disasters (by design)

A couple of years ago the public became more than a bit disturbed to find that convicted felon John Poindexter, of Contra infamy, was working at DOD (Dept. of "Defense") creating a terror prediction system. (Such a deal, with death squads, control of the CIA and Bush in office they can control the market from end to end.)

Want to bet on when the King of Jordan will be assassinated? No problem - play the government developed "game" to predict (when the land of free and home of the brave will commit) terror in another country.

True enough Poindexter was forced to resign and the program (we were told) was dis-continued. You will find that is not so. It has simply been re-located within DOD and re-named.

Some excerpts from the News Max archive:

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/7/29/212417.shtml


Betting on Terror: Don't Bet on It

NewsMax.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

“We must become much more efficient and more clever in the ways we find new sources of data,” said retired Admiral John Poindexter, head of the government’s controversial Terror Information Awareness program (TIP). But U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., argued publicly and vociferously the past couple of days that Poindexter had gone beyond clever to the absurd with “Policy Analysis Market” (PAM), a TIP project ostensibly designed to predict terrorist events through the online selling of “futures” in terrorist attacks.

The Senators may indeed have won their short, brisk battle to shut down the federal Web site before the first “trade” flashed across the digital board. Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va., said Tuesday afternoon that he got the word from the head of the Pentagon agency overseeing the program that it would “stop all engines on this matter today.”

Before a sudden abridgment of the Web site this week, some of the possibilities the PAM Web site advised it would offer for sale when it went active and accessible were the overthrow of the King of Jordan, the assassination of Yasser Arafat, and a missile attack by North Korea. Bidders would profit if the events for which they hold futures -- including government coups, assassinations and missile attacks -- occur.

According to a report in the N.Y. Times, however, soon after Dorgan and Wyden spoke out, the White House altered the Web site so that the potential events to be considered by the market that were visible earlier in the day at www.policyanalysismarket.org could no longer be seen. By the end of business Tuesday, NewsMax found the site gone from the Internet.

Instead of the former specifics, the abridged Web site stated only, “Initially, PAM will focus on the economic, civil, and military futures of Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey and the impact of U.S. involvement with each.”

DARPA

Formerly known as Total Information Awareness (TIA), the program comes under the auspices of the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). TIP chief Poindexter is known for his 1991 conviction for perjury in testimony to Congress about his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.

In a letter to Poindexter, Dorgan and Wyden said they would advocate against any funding for such a program, and told him they want the Policy Analysis Market stopped now.

“The example that you provide in your report would let participants gamble on the question, ‘Will terrorists attack Israel with bio-weapons in the next year?’ Surely, such a threat should be met with intelligence gathering of the highest quality -- not by putting the question to individuals betting on an Internet website,” the Senators wrote.

“Spending taxpayer dollars to create terrorism betting parlors is as wasteful as it is repugnant. The American people want the Federal government to use its resources enhancing our security, not gambling on it,” the Senators added.

The Policy Analysis Market (PAM) and the FutureMAP program, which was slated to follow PAM, would have worked much like other financial markets, with investors buying “futures” in events they think are likely to happen, and selling off futures as they believe events become less likely to happen.

On-line training was scheduled to begin for registered traders on September 1, 2003. Live trading was scheduled to begin on October 1, 2003."


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Such a creative group, from weather manipulation to creating a fun game around death and mayhem.

The corporate owned media don't mention this much anymore or talk about what happened to the programs that Poindexter was working on. But then the corporate owned media is as Jon Stewart describes them: "like kids pouncing on a ball.....then another ball comes along and they pounce on that...with virtually no follow through on the story...unless it is Michael Jackson, or Kobe Bryant or some other personal exploitation to distract from the current political crisis."

Airline stock was shorted over 911 and the story fell right off the corporate radar screens. I am now wondering if that was not a trial run of the DOD system...so I am off to check it out.

If any other sleuths have topics you want to rant about - do let me know and I'll help you be heard.

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