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SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORT: Vpatriot observes several helicopters over Huntington Beach, 30 November 2010 December 1, 2010

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Suspicious Activity Report!

Observed by Vpatriot on 30 November 2010 afternoon :
(Note that I saw 4 helicopters, and heard at least 2 additional ones that I couldn’t get out fast enough to see.)

Date: 30 November 2010
Time: 12:18 PM and again at 2:48 PM
Location: (estimate) 3,000 feet over Beach Blvd. and 405 freeway, Huntington Beach
Traveling: (estimate) 70 mph towards the North East.
A/C Type: Twin rotor Helicopter (CH-47 Chinook)
SORRY, NO PHOTO, I THINK THESE BOTH WERE OLIVE DRAB

Date: 30 November 2010
Time: 3:00 PM and again at 3:09 PM
Location: (estimate) 3,000 feet over Beach Blvd. and 405 freeway, Huntington Beach
Traveling: (estimate) 70 mph towards the North East.
A/C Type: Twin rotor Helicopter (CH-47 Chinook)
SORRY, NO PHOTO, I THINK THESE BOTH WERE BEIGE DESERT CAMOUFLAGE

Photo of a typical Chinook, taken on an earlier date:

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Blog Update November 30, 2010

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FINANCIAL ALERT: Millions cashless in bank glitch November 28, 2010

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Can we say possible test run for a “cyber” attack?

The banking system (globally) is already bankrupt. China and Russia are abandoning the dollar. Insider trading is at astronomical levels. We should see some major stock market rumblings in the next couple of weeks as the dollar is dumped on Wall Street and there are growing movements calling for citizens en masse to take their money out of the globalist banks. Either way, we’re in for a financial nightmare of biblical proportions.

— Silver


Millions cashless in bank glitch
Jacob Saulwick
The Sydney Morning Herald

November 27, 2010

ONE of Australia’s biggest banks is scrambling to process payments to millions of customers, who potentially face days of uncertainty about when they will be able to access their money.

A corrupted file in the National Australia Bank’s computers on Wednesday jammed its payment system, hitting customers from a range of banks who rely on the NAB to process payments.

The bank, which last night was considering opening extra branches during the weekend, could not say when the problem would be fixed. It had hoped to resolve the problem on Thursday.
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The Herald has been inundated by anxious NAB customers, some of whom had checked online to find their past month’s transactions rubbed out and their accounts credited with nothing.

Property deals were being put on hold, car sales suspended, wages not transferred, and direct debit payments for mortgages and bills stopped.

The glitch is a humiliation for the chief executive, Cameron Clyne, who this week said customers were beginning to appreciate the bank’s efforts to differentiate itself from its rivals.

A spokeswoman said any charges incurred because of the computer failure would be covered by the bank. But customers would have to make their own arrangements to contact the NAB.

The smaller banks Citibank and HSBC confirmed that their payments had also stalled because they use the NAB to process transactions.

The executive director of the Australian Retailers’ Association, Russell Zimmerman, lamented the possible impact on the weekend’s trade. ”It is a huge disappointment for the retail industry, and for those people who have been relying on their funds to come in from their wages and can’t access them.

”People have to be aware that if they are going to use taxis, or load up their supermarket trolleys, they could get to the counter and find they can’t process their sales,” he said.

NAB customers expressed anger, grief and disbelief that such a crippling problem could hit one of the big four banks.

Peter Bogdanoff, a car salesman at Central Coast Eurocars Gosford, said not only had his pay not gone in, but a whole month’s worth of transactions appeared to have been wiped from his online account.

Mr Bogdanoff also had clients with no money to finalise their car purchases this weekend.

Derek Sequeira, a manager at Charles Sturt University in Albury, said he would try to organise a class action against the NAB.

Emma Jane, a 34-year-old administrator from Townsville, said she had just returned from holidays and was relying on her pay packet to last the weekend.

The NAB spokeswoman said the bank had put on additional call centre staff. Some customers would also have difficulty taking money out from ATMs.

On Thursday Mr Clyne issued a rallying call to the banking industry to acknowledge why it was so unpopular with the public.

”The industry needs to stop being as arrogant as it has been. It needs to be less defensive, less dismissive. It needs to be more open, it has to do more listening, it has to display more empathy, it has to display more action,” he said.

Naked Body Scanners: Not Just for Airports November 23, 2010

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As these two articles show, the government has so many new wonderful uses for those naked body scanners. As a bonus, check out the LA Mayor supporting the federal talking point and even goes through the back-scatter scan twice.

— Silver



Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro

Jordy Yager
TheHill.com
November 23, 2010

The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

“[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.”

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”

Napolitano’s comments, made a day before one of the nation’s busiest travel days, come in the wake of a public outcry over newly implemented airport screening measures that have been criticized for being too invasive.

The secretary has defended the new screening methods, which include advanced imaging systems and pat-downs, as necessary to stopping terrorists. During the interview with Rose, Napolitano said her agency is now looking into ways to make other popular means of travel safer for passengers and commuters.

Napolitano isn’t the only one who’s suggested that advanced scanning machines could be used in places beyond airports.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, introduced legislation this past September that would authorize testing of body scanners at some federal buildings.

Napolitano’s comments were in response to the question: “What will they [terrorists] be thinking in the future?” She gave no details about how soon the public could see changes in security or about what additional safety measures the DHS was entertaining.

The recently implemented airport screening methods have made John Pistole, who heads the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the focus of growing public ire.

On Monday, Pistole said he understood peoples’ privacy concerns and that the TSA would consider modifying its screening policies to make them “as minimally invasive as possible,” but he indicated the advanced-imaging body scans and pat-down methods would remain in place in the short term, including during the high-volume Thanksgiving period of travel.

Lawmakers from both parties have received hundreds of complaints about the new methods — some have likened the pat-downs to groping — and have called on Pistole to address the privacy concerns of their constituents, who were not informed about changes ahead of time.

Many lawmakers say the public should have been informed before the pat-downs and body-imaging techniques were put into practice. As a result, any move to implement new security screening measures for rail or water passengers is likely to be met with tough levels of scrutiny from lawmakers.

Pistole, who spent 26 years with the FBI, told reporters Monday that he rejected the advice of media aides who advised him to publicize the revised security measures before they took effect. Terrorist groups have been known to study the TSA’s screening methods in an attempt to circumvent them, he said.

Napolitano said she hoped the U.S. could get to a place in the future where Americans would not have to be as guarded against terrorist attacks as they are and that she was actively promoting research into the psychology of how a terrorist becomes radicalized.

“The long-term

is, how do we get out of this having to have an ever-increasing security apparatus because of terrorists and a terrorist attack?” she said. “I think having a better understanding of what causes someone to become a terrorist will be helpful.”

DHS and intelligence officials are not as far along in understanding that process as they would like, Napolitano said, adding that until that goal is reached, steps need to be put in place to ensure the public’s safety.

“We don’t know much,” she said. “If you were to try and devise a template about what connects this terrorist to this terrorist and how they were raised and what schools they went to and their socioeconomic status, or this or that, it’s all over the map.

“I think there’s some important work that’s being done on that but … the Secretary of Homeland Security cannot wait for that.”



Full-body scanners popping up at courthouses
Associated Press

November 23, 2010

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Taking a trip during the holidays isn’t the only time that people might get a full-body scan to pass through security.

People heading to court to testify, get a restraining order, pay a ticket or answer criminal charges could also face a full-body scan at courthouses.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which is in charge of protecting federal judges nationwide, is exploring their use at federal courthouses. And two state courthouses in Douglas and El Paso counties in Colorado have already deployed full-body scanners that use radio waves to detect all objects on a person, including paper.

A guard in a separate room monitors the gray images with pixelated faces and genital areas, and the images aren’t stored on a computer. officials said. All visitors to the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colo., undergo full-body scans, while guards at the El Paso County Judicial Center in Colorado Springs use the scanners during peak hours.

Angela Hellenbrand received a quick pat down Tuesday by security guard Mike Couts at the Castle Rock courthouse about 30 miles south of Denver. A guard in another room monitoring the full-body scans alerted Couts to an object in Hellenbrand’s left rear pocket. It was the paper backing of a “Junior Deputy Sheriff” sticker that one of the guards had given her two young boys.

“It’s OK,” Hellenbrand said. “It’s how they do security here. It’s my second time through.”

TSA officers, who handle security at airports, have been called molesters and threatened as they try to carry out patdowns called for in security measures for people who refuse to go through full-body scanners, including some that use X-rays.

The new security techniques are meant to thwart plots by would-be terrorists to use liquid explosives and bombs hidden in shoes and inside underwear. Court observers note that the threat in a courtroom is somewhat different.

“What we are still worried about at a courthouse is angry divorce litigants with a gun,” said Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. “Metal detectors are pretty good at that.”

Still, court officials note that evolving technology in materials, including plastic guns and knives, aren’t detected by the 1970s technology of metal detectors.

“Although we have no current plans for deployment, the U.S. Marshals Service believes in the technology,” said Washington-based Michael Prout, assistant director for judicial security for the U.S. marshals. “We will continue to explore the use of body scanners as a security measure for the federal judiciary.”

Prout declined to discuss the results of a full-body screening test, citing sensitive law enforcement and procurement information.

In a statement, the marshals said they didn’t receive any complaints from people passing through the scanners during the tests. The images of the full-body scans were saved on a computer hard drive, but weren’t accessible without an administrative password and weren’t reviewed by the marshals, according to the agency.

However, privacy became an issue when it was learned the images were stored. The Marshals Service received a request for the information under the Freedom of Information Act, but it wasn’t immediately known who made the request.



L.A. Mayor Demonstrates Airport Body Scanners

L.A.’s mayor is imploring those expected to pass through the airport for the Thanksgiving holiday to not put up a fuss if asked to go through body scanners. To show just how easy it is, he twice stepped inside a scanner as reporters watched. (Nov. 22)

VIDEO: Pentagon, Military Actively War Gaming ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’ and ‘Civil Unrest’ November 23, 2010

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Hello, people!

This is the rehearsal for the main event. CNBC is now openly covering the Pentagon’s plans to “deal with” the American people. Pass this clip around to your sleepy-head friends who require mainstream news cover police state news to make it “real.”

— Silver


Pentagon, Military Actively War Gaming ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’ and ‘Civil Unrest’

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORT: Cee reports on unusual Air Force activity in Las Vegas 11/18/10 November 23, 2010

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SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORT!

Observed by Cee on November 18, 2010:

Last week, on November 18th, 2010, the local news media announced that there would be an “Annual” fly over Las Vegas of 40 Air Force Cargo Planes going from the Nellis Air Force Base to California and then would be seen flying back again at approximately 2:00 PM. I did not actually get to see them and that is why I didn’t post an alert. However, I do know that it is NOT an annual event as described by the newscaster. This begs the question as to why the Airforce would fly 40 Cargo Planes from and to Las Vegas in the middle of November. Did anyone in California hear about this event? Cee

FALSE FLAG ALERT: Fully loaded ammunition clip found on Phoenix bound Southwest flight November 23, 2010

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Special thanks to Cee for this heads up. And last I checked revolvers don’t take clips and most police don’t use revolvers as their service firearm anyway.

— Silver


Fully loaded ammunition clip found on Phoenix bound Southwest flight
AP

November 23, 2010

Phoenix, AZ (AP) — A passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight found a fully loaded ammunition clip belonging to police officer’s service revolver during a flight from Burbank to Phoenix Tuesday.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Paul Flaningan says that after the passenger found the clip in flight, he handed it over to the flight crew.

The plane landed safely in Phoenix and the passengers on flight 1297 were taken off and rescreened. The plane was also swept and no other weapons were found.

The passenger was met by TSA and Phoenix police at Sky Harbor International Airport and questioned.

Flaningan says the clip apparently was dropped accidentally by a licensed law enforcement officer who declared he had the clip. The law enforcement officer was on a previous flight.

It’s not clear how long the ammunition clip was on the plane or the caliber of the clip.

Flanigan was unable to say if the officer was an Air Marshal or a police officer.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORT: Demensha23 observes armed F-16s over Benicia, CA 11/22/10 November 23, 2010

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SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORT!

Observed by Demensha23 on Nov. 22, at 11:30 am:

2 F-16’s flew over Benicia CA Nov 22, at approx 11:30 am. Altitude was around 3,000ft and they had aux fuel tanks(belly tanks) and sidewinder missiles. I read a tweet that these aircraft were spotted over Ocean Beach in San Francisco a bit earlier. I have seen F-16’s before WITHOUT the missiles.It alarms me to see them armed, as there is usually a good reason to scramble these birds “hot”. There are two fighter groups the 144th and 194th of the Air National Guard based out of Fresno CA. A reasonable explanation is a high level dignitaries jet escort? Or was that really a missile launch and not a jet contrail off of Socal Nov 9? I saw these fighters with my own two eyes and can draw my own conclusion.

FALSE FLAG ALERT: NORAD opens up military airspace for commercial travel November 23, 2010

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This just seems odd to me and I’ve been reading NORAD pages for over a year and half. After all the protesting of the TSA sexual assaults, we know that the government would love an excuse to force everyone thru the body scanners. Many have suggested that the government might false flag a commercial aircraft.

This announcement on the NORAD and NORTHCOM websites comes on the heels of several intercept response capability drills (11/17, 11/16, 9/14, 9/9, 8/26, 8/24, and 8/17) which NORAD has been conducting since August (and had not previously announced such drills prior to August).

There is also an article on the NORAD site about the intercept procedures used by the DoD should an aircraft get outside of its prescribed flight path. Draw your own conclusions. The Lord’s protection to those of you and your loved ones who are flying this weekend.

— Silver


FAA Works to Ease Delays for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel
Paul Takemoto
NORAD.mil
Nov. 18, 2010

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing for a busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week by working with the Department of Defense to clear the way for commercial aircraft to fly in airspace normally reserved for the military.

“We want to do everything we can to make it easier for people to travel so they can spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We appreciate the military’s help in making this happen.”

Air traffic controllers may begin routing commercial aircraft through the restricted airspace at 6 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 23, a day earlier than in previous years. The use of restricted airspace will end at 6 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 29. The busiest travel days are expected to be Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Under the agreement, DOD will release airspace off the east coast above 24,000 feet. The added capacity is expected to ease delays during one of the busiest travel periods of the year, saving time and money for passengers and airlines while reducing fuel burn.

The FAA has developed dedicated routes off the east coast to allow airlines to plan their flights through the normally restricted airspace. Normal inland routes will still be available. Weather permitting, the combination of both sets of routes is expected to ease congestion.

“The FAA is using all the tools available to try and give airlines the most efficient routes so air travelers can reach their destinations safely and on time,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

“The nation’s air traffic controllers are committed to upholding the safety of the system while working the most efficient airspace system in the world,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. “Over the past year we’ve experienced a movement toward collaboration at all levels of the agency and we look forward to continuing to work together to improve air travel for the flying public.”

The DOD is also allowing commercial flights to use restricted airspace in other parts of the country. These include:

* Airspace over the Gulf of Mexico to ease congestion for commercial aircraft flying between Florida and the Louisiana and Texas areas, as well as points beyond.
* Airspace over Twentynine Palms in California to ease congestion for commercial aircraft flying to and from markets in Southern California.
* Airspace over the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to allow for more direct routings for aircraft flying over the Southwest.

Air travelers interested in flight and airport status should visit http://www.fly.faa.gov for real-time updates.

FALSE FLAG ALERT: U.S. Warns Of ‘Huge’ Cyber Threats November 20, 2010

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This is old news by now, but the fact that they keep re-hyping & re-packaging it into new news stories is disturbing …

— Kim M.


U.S. Warns Of ‘Huge’ Cyber Threats
Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are monitoring Stuxnet worm and China, among other critical infrastructure risks.
Elizabeth Montalbano
InformationWeek
November 18, 2010

Officials from the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS) this week warned that the prospect of a cyber attack remains imminent even as their agencies continue to monitor threats to U.S. critical infrastructure.

Speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates said the future threat of a cyber attack is “huge,” while there is a “considerable current threat.”

“That’s just the reality we all face,” he said according to a transcript of his comments.

He said the DoD thinks it has adequately secured the .mil domain but is working to protect U.S. partners in the defense industrial industry so they are shielded.

Gates added that the DoD’s recent agreement with the National Security Agency to work together more closely on cybersecurity also should help the federal government protect its websites from intrusion.

His comments came only a day before a report by a congressional commission unveiled that China Telecom diverted traffic for 18 minutes in April from U.S. government sites — including those from the .mil and .gov domains — away from normal traffic routing and through servers in China.

While the annual report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said it could not determine what China was doing with the traffic, a report by Northrop Grumman prepared for the same commission last year said that China is likely using the Internet to spy on the U.S. government in preparation for a future cyber attack.

If China isn’t enough to worry about, there is also Stuxnet, a complex computer worm, which was discovered in July when it was believed to be targeting Iranian power plants.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs convened Thursday to discuss how to protect U.S. critical infrastructure in light of Stuxnet.

Testifying before the committee, Sean McGuirk, acting director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at the DHS, said that federal officials have considerable concern about Stuxnet because of the unique nature of the threat it poses.

Stuxnet, unlike other computer worms, is highly complex, containing more than 4,000 functions, which is comparable to the code in some commercial software, he said, according to a transcript of his testimony.

The worm also is difficult to detect because it “uses a variety of previously seen individual cyber attack techniques, tactics, and procedures, automates them, and hides its presence so that the operator and the system have no reason to suspect that any malicious activity is occurring,” McGuirk said.

DHS officials also are concerned that the underlying Stuxnet code could be adapted to target a broad range of control systems — such as the electricity grid and power plants — in “any number of critical infrastructure sectors,” he added.

To combat Stuxnet, the DHS has been analyzing and reporting on the worm since its detection and has briefed dozens of government and industry organizations, as well as advised the control systems industry about how to detect and mitigate an attack.

As perimeters melt away, security goes beyond encryption, authentication, and monitoring. We also need to ensure privileged users aren’t betraying trust. In this report, we’ll cover ways to track who did what to which system, and when. Download the report here (registration required).