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Fusion center

In technology & innovatons on September 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

fusion center is a terrorism prevention and response center, many of which were created under a joint project between the Department of Homeland Security and theUS Department of Justice‘s Office of Justice Programs between 2003 and 2007. They have been criticized for Mission Creep, and linked to violating the Civil Liberties of law abiding citizens. The fusion centers gather information not only from government sources, but also from their partners in the private sector. They are designed to promote information sharing at the federal level between agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI), Department of JusticeUS Military and state and local level government. As of July 2009, the Department of Homeland Security recognized at least seventy-two fusion centers. One such fusion center has been involved with spying on anti-war and peace activists as well as anarchists in Washington State.  Fusion centers may also be affiliated with an Emergency Operations Center that responds in the event of a disaster. State and local police departments provide both space and resources for the majority of fusion centers. The analysts working there can be drawn from DHS, local police, or the private sector. A number of fusion centers operate tip hotlines and also invite relevant information from public employees, such as sanitation workers or firefighters

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Operation Sledgehammer

In history, operations and projects on September 19, 2011 at 7:05 am

Operation Sledgehammer was a World War II Allied plan for a cross-Channel invasion of Europe, as the first step in helping to reduce pressure on the Soviet Red Army by establishing a Second Front. Essentially, Allied forces were to seize the French ports of either Brest or Cherbourg during the early autumn of 1942 along with areas of the Cotentin Peninsula, and then amass troops for a breakout the spring of 1943. The operation was eagerly pressed for by both the United States and the Soviet Union, but it was never actually carried out as it was finally realized that it was wholly impractical at that period in time, an assessment which was vindicated by the Dieppe Raid of August 1942.

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The Canaris Conspiracy

In history on September 19, 2011 at 6:41 am

On 20 July 1944, an attempt was made to assassinate Adolf HitlerFührer of the Third Reich, inside hisWolf’s Lair field headquarters near RastenburgEast Prussia. The plot was the culmination of the efforts of several groups in the German Resistance to overthrow the Nazi-led German government. The failure of both the assassination and the military coup d’état which was planned to follow it led to the arrest of at least 7,000 people by the Gestapo. According to records of the Führer Conferences on Naval Affairs, 4,980 of these were executed, resulting in the destruction of the organised resistance movement in Germany for the remainder of World War II.

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Operation Valkyrie

In operations and projects on September 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Operation Valkyrie  was an emergency continuity of government operations plan developed inNazi Germany for the Territorial Reserve Army of Germany to execute and implement in case of a general breakdown in civil order of the nation. Failure of the government to maintain control of civil affairs could be caused by the Allied bombing of German cities, or a rising of millions of foreign forced laborers working in German factories.

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In geopolitics, operations and projects on September 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

The operation, known by the code name Operation PBSUCCESS, lasted from late 1953 to 1954. The CIA armed and trained an ad-hoc “Liberation Army” of about 400 fighters under the command of a then-exiled Guatemalan army officer, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, and used them in conjunction with a complex and largely experimental diplomatic, economic, and propaganda campaign. They even established a Voice of Liberation radio station, actually located across the border in Honduras, which relayed programming originating in Miami, and pretended to be the spontaneous voice of patriots opposed to the elected government. The operation effectively ended the experimental period of representative democracy in Guatemala known as the “Ten Years of Spring“, which ended with Árbenz’s official resignation.

The operation was preceded by a plan, never fully implemented, as early as 1951, to supply anti-Árbenz forces with weapons, supplies, and funding, Operation PBFORTUNE. Afterwards there was an operation, Operation PBHISTORY, whose objective was to gather and analyze documents from the Árbenz government that would incriminate Árbenz as a Communist puppet.

1954 Guatemalan coup d’état

Gemstone File

In history, wild card on September 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

The Gemstone File is a series of documents by the American writer Bruce Porter Roberts (1919–1976). The best-known document is probably the 23-page “A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File”, written by Stephanie Caruana in 1975, which presents a brief, undocumented series of claims that conspiracies and suppressed information played a major role in shaping world events since the 1950s. In particular, this document named three individuals as the shooters of President John F. Kennedy, and suggested connections between a number of political assassinations which occurred within a relatively short time frameThe Gemstone File proposes that Aristotle Onassis, Joseph P. Kennedy, and other prominent figures were involved in various schemes to forward a vast global conspiracy, involving the Mafia and corrupt politicians, brutal oil and drug cartels, rogue military operations, and more. It also posits that early in 1957, Aristotle Onassis had Howard Hughes kidnapped from his Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow; that Hughes suffered a massive brain injury during the forcible kidnapping, and that Hughes was subsequently a virtual prisoner of Onassis on Skorpios and injected regularly with morphine, while Onassis took over the operation of Hughes’s considerable financial affairs, including airlines and U.S. defense contracting. At the time, Onassis had a permanent suite rented at the same hotel, along with his many other residences around the globe. Thus he was a “neighbor” of Howard Hughes, and in a position to conceive of, plan, and have the kidnap executed more readily.

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