Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

"Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years":
"An American jihadist who set up the terrorist training camp where the leader of the 2005 London suicide bombers learned how to manufacture explosives, has been quietly released after serving only four and a half years of a possible 70-year sentence, a Guardian investigation has learned.

The unreported sentencing of Mohammed Junaid Babar to "time served" because of what a New York judge described as "exceptional co-operation" that began even before his arrest has raised questions over whether Babar was a US informer at the time he was helping to train the ringleader of the 7 July tube and bus bombings.

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A remark from the sentencing judge that Babar "began co-operating even before his arrest", has raised the possibility, supported by other circumstantial evidence obtained by the Guardian, that he may have been an informant for the US government before his detention by the FBI in April 2004.

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Further inquiries uncovered allegations from a top US terrorism lawyer who has reviewed sealed evidence in the case which suggests Babar could have been working for the US authorities before his arrest in April 2004.

Having reviewed the court transcript himself, bereaved father Graham Foulkes said: 'There's a hint from one or two of the sentences [in the transcript] that do strongly suggest [Babar's] co-operation was going well beyond his official arrest. And it looks as if the Americans may well have known in detail what Babar was up to in Pakistan [at the time] and that is a very, very serious matter.'"
"The Dangle: Illusory Promises of Content Farms" or how to make millions or billions by having people voluntarily work for you for free.

"Can you disappear in surveillance Britain?"  No.

"Matt Stoller: The Egyptian Labor Uprising Against Rubinites"  We assume all social progress has to come from the 'West', Europe and the Anglo-American world.  Yet it was Tunisians and Egyptians who figured out how to manage a popular uprising using social media.  While the victims of turbo-capitalism in Europe and the United States glumly sit on their asses, the North Africans did something about their oppression, using considerable courage and smarts.  We all have something to learn from both their techniques and their brave initiative.

"How the Egyptian mind influenced the west":
"In a case of ironic symbolism, the far left-most satellites are the Whitehouse, State Department, and Wael Ghonim's employeer, Eric Schmidt, who is merely a speck on the map. And that's probably how everyone in the rest of the network would like this future to look."
The American government and military, and the American media, were essentially out of the loop.

"Groundhog Day...All Over Again"
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