INTELLIGENCE                                ISSN 1245-2122

N. 491, 22 January 2007

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TABLE OF CONTENTS, N. 491, 22 January 2007

 

FRONT PAGE

 

IRAQ/USA - "SURGE" ENCOUNTERS "COUNTER-SURGE" p.1

 

TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES

 

TIMELINE FROM 1 JANUARY TO 19 JANUARY p.2

TECHNICAL UPGRADE FOR BRITISH SIGINT NETWORK p.3

Roadside Bombs in Iraq & Spy Coins in Canada. p.4

 

PEOPLE

 

GREAT BRITAIN - DAME ELIZA MANNINGHAM-BULLER p.5

RUSSIA - "PAUL WILLIAM HAMPEL" p.6

IRAN/GREAT BRITAIN - DANIEL JAMES p.7

 

AGENDA

 

COMING EVENTS THROUGH 22 MARCH 2007 p.8

 

INTELLIGENCE AROUND THE WORLD

 

USA - "US NO LONGER WORLD'S HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION" p.9

    - US OFFICIALLY NO LONGER A "STATE OF LAW" p.10

    - BUSH GOES ONE WAY & CONGRESS THE OTHER p.11

    - PENTAGON HOLY WARRIORS & WIRE-TAPPERS p.12

    - CIA REACTING TO BUSH REGIME p.13

GREAT BRITAIN - ONE CORRUPTION INQUIRY REPLACES ANOTHER p.14

              - TOUGH YEAR AHEAD FOR MI5 p.15

GREAT BRITAIN/IRELAND - THE DEATH OF AN AMBASSADOR p.16

BELGIUM - PRINCE OF THIEVES p.17

WESTERN EUROPE - World Bank, France, Greece & Britain. p.18

RUSSIA - THE FSB IN 2006 p.19

EASTERN EUROPE - Russia Terror Alert & Attack? p.20

LATIN AMERICA - Venezuela & Colombian Death Squads. p.21

AFRICA - Somalia, Sudan & Darfur. p.22

ISRAEL/PALESTINE - CONFLICT CONTINUES p.23

IRAQ/GREAT BRITAIN - "FIN DE REGIME" FOR BLAIR p.24

IRAQ - SADDAM DEAD & WAR CONTINUES p.25

IRAN - "NORMAL" NEWS & US COVERT CAMPAIGN p.26

MIDDLE EAST - Bush's "Surge", Syria & Israel. p.27

AFGHANISTAN - NO WAY TO FIGHT A WAR p.28

ASIA - PAKISTAN, CHINA & NORTH KOREA p.29

 

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Intelligence, N. 491, 22 January 2007, p. 2

 

 

TIMELINE FROM 1 JANUARY TO 19 JANUARY

 

 

On the world political scene, the most marking events of the

first fortnight of 2007 are the opening of a Democrat Congress

in Washington and the Bush White House announcement a "surge"

in US troops in Iraq. Bush's insistence on ignoring the results

of the 7 November 2006 elections and American -- and

international -- public opinion by escalating the Iraq war, is

putting him, and his small circle of right-wing Republicans, on

a collision course with the entire world.

 

In other contested US domains -- such as warrantless

surveillance, torture, naming right-wing judges,

lobbying/corruption, minimum wage -- the Democrat Congress has

already started undoing the excesses of the Bush White House.

But Bush's "surge" is in the process of becoming the dominant

central topic until either Bush backs down or he provokes an

attack against Iran. For the time being, the latter possibility

seems more likely, but his only ally in such an adventure --

Israeli military -- are now felling the fall out from their

failed invasion of Lebanon and their promised military

"solution" for Hezbollah.

 

Other more "secondary" conflicts -- such as Iran's nuclear

program, North Korea's nuclear arms, the war in Afghanistan,

the Israel/Palestine conflict, the war in Somalia -- will

probably continue to simmer in the background while the major

events mentioned above evolve and occupy the spotlight.

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Intelligence, N. 491, 22 January 2007, p. 9

 

 

USA

 

"US NO LONGER WORLD'S HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION"

 

 

It is indeed a sad day for the United States of America when

the United Nations and the "Washington Post" can headline -- to

little or no White House protests -- that the "US No Longer

World's Human Rights Champion" (0112 UN/WP): "The US' position

as the world's primary defender of human rights has in effect

ended because of its inhumane treatment of prisoners as part of

its war on terror, Human Rights Watch said Thursday." And even

US military agree (0104 Truthout, Guantanamo's Cost to Our

Humanity, Retired Colonel Ann Wright): "January 11, 2007, will

mark the fifth anniversary of the first detainees to be

imprisoned in the US military prison at the US Naval Base,

Guantanamo, Cuba. What are the costs to our own humanity when,

after five years of imprisonment, only ten of 770 prisoners

have been charged by the "Guantanamo process" and most have

suffered abuse at the hands of the American military and CIA?"

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Intelligence, N. 491, 22 January 2007, p. 10

 

 

USA

 

US OFFICIALLY NO LONGER A "STATE OF LAW"

 

 

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0112 EPIC, Supreme Court rejects opportunity to review secret

travel ID requirements: The Supreme Court on Monday, January

8th, refused to hear a challenge to secret Transportation

Security Administration (TSA) rules on passenger

identification. The case, Gilmore v. Gonzales, was filed after

David Gilmore was refused the ability to board a plane without

showing ID. The TSA also refused to reveal the "secret"

regulations governing passenger identification. Gilmore sued,

claiming his right to travel anonymously and a due process

right to know the regulations he was expected to follow. [USA

is, by definition, no longer a "state of law" where anything is

legal as long as it is not explicitly defined as illegal!]

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