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  • Feds Developed App That Predicts ‘Psychological Status’ of Americans

    09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the “psychological status” of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can “deliver an automated...
  • Is Precognition Real? Cornell University Lab Releases Powerful New Evidence

    11/08/2010 8:33:23 AM PST · by The Comedian · 110 replies
    H+ ^ | November 4, 2010 | Ben Goertzel
    Is Precognition Real? Cornell University Lab Releases Powerful New Evidence that the Human Mind can Perceive the Future Written By: Ben Goertzel Date Published: November 4, 2010 According to today’s conventional scientific wisdom, time flows strictly forward — from the past to the future through the present. We can remember the past, and we can predict the future based on the past (albeit imperfectly) — but we can’t perceive the future. But if the recent data from the lab of Prof. Daryl Bem at Cornell University is correct, conventional scientific wisdom may need some corrections on this particular point. In...
  • Open Letter to Mark Sanford, with freeper comments

    09/01/2009 3:22:39 PM PDT · by BlueStateBlues · 42 replies · 992+ views
    self | September 1, 2009 | BlueStateBlues
    (If someone can get this to Gov. Sanford, thank you. Please add to it.) Dear Governor Sanford, You have the chance of a lifetime. When true love emerges in a life, when a soul-mate returns that knowledge, your life has began anew. To put aside preconceptions of what you "should be" to sacrifice what you are sorely requires too hard a price. The route seems simple. Your long time companion and wife and you are in a situation which will probably never heal. Your love for her and the children will live on. Yet your true love, Ms. Chapur, if...
  • War & Responsibility (President Bush:“It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history...”

    11/11/2005 3:01:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,366+ views
    NRO ^ | November 11, 2005 | George W. Bush
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version November 11, 2005, 2:18 p.m. War & Responsibility “It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.” EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the text of a Veterans Day speech President George W. Bush delivered at Tobyhanna Army Depot, in Pennsylvania, as released by the White House. Thank you all very much. Thank you all for coming, please be seated. Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm glad to be back in Pennsylvania and I'm proud to be the first sitting President to visit Monroe County. (Applause.) I'm especially...
  • (2nd LD) S. Korea joins PSI after N. Korea's nuke test

    05/25/2009 8:39:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 510+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/26/09 | Lee Chi-dong
    (2nd LD) S. Korea joins PSI after N. Korea's nuke test By Lee Chi-dong SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Tuesday declared full participation in the U.S.-led campaign aimed at curbing the spread of the weapons of mass destruction and related materials, a day after North Korea conducted its second nuclear test. South Korea made the decision to join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) following the North's April 5 rocket launch, but it had delayed a formal announcement in consideration of its efforts to resume dialogue with the communist neighbor. Government officials said there was no reason to...
  • (2nd LD) Seoul decides to join PSI, announcement due Wednesday

    04/14/2009 6:28:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 348+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/14/09
    (2nd LD) Seoul decides to join PSI, announcement due Wednesday (ATTN: UPDATES throughout with Seoul's decision on PSI membership) SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea decided Tuesday to participate in the U.S.-led global effort to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction, but it withheld announcing it until President Lee Myung-bak signs a related document, a diplomatic source said. Seoul's widely anticipated decision to join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) came at a regular Cabinet-level meeting on foreign and security policy, presided over by the country's top diplomat, Yu Myung-hwan, the source added.
  • (LEAD) U.S. welcomes S. Korea's move to fully join PSI: State Dept.

    04/08/2009 7:39:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 718+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/08/09 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    (LEAD) U.S. welcomes S. Korea's move to fully join PSI: State Dept. By Hwang Doo-hyong WASHINGTON, April 8 (Yonhap) -- The United States Wednesday welcomed a move by South Korea to fully join the U.S.-led effort to check North Korean vessels carrying weapons of mass destruction and their parts abroad. "We would welcome a decision by the Republic of Korea to join the Proliferation Security Initiative," a State Department official said, asking for anonymity due to the sensitivity involved. The official, meanwhile, hinted the U.S. government will discuss the possible extension of South Korea's missile range from the current 300...
  • N. Korea: DPRK blasts S. Korea's intention to participate in PSI

    03/30/2009 5:14:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 164+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 03/30/09
    DPRK blasts S. Korea's intention to participate in PSI 2009-03-30 22:30:43 Print PYONGYANG, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) blasted the intention of the South Korea to participate in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) on Monday, warning "resolute countermeasure" against it. "We solemnly declare that should the Lee group participate in the 'PSI,' oblivious of this reality, the DPRK will consider this as a declaration of a war and promptly take a resolute countermeasure against it," the official KCNA news cited a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea as saying....
  • Democrats (Pelosi) want to gut The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and make it a UN Function

    01/09/2007 2:05:49 PM PST · by rlmorel · 14 replies · 728+ views
    The American Conservative Union ^ | 1/9/2007 | J. William Lauderback
    Dear Fellow Conservative: In the first bill being rushed through the 110th Congress, liberal House Democrats are attempting to surrender a key aspect of our homeland security to the United Nations. H.R. 1, Mrs. Pelosi and her ultra-liberal pal’s first attempt to draft legislation to make America safe since 9/11, contains language that would subject our country's most effective counter proliferation initiative to limitations imposed by the UN Security Council. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) is a four year-old program, created and led by the United States that allows America and our allies to interdict the transfer of banned weapons...
  • Report: S.Korea to ban entry from North

    10/26/2006 6:12:25 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 5 replies · 541+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Thursday, October 26, 2006 | KWANG-TAE KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said Thursday it will ban the entry of North Korean officials who fall under a U.N. travel restriction — Seoul's first concrete move to enforce sanctions imposed after the North's nuclear test. Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok also said Seoul will control transactions and remittances relating to inter-Korean trade and investment with the North Korean officials, Yonhap news agency reported. A U.N. committee on the sanctions, passed in response to North Korea's Oct. 9 nuclear test, has been working to outline how they will be implemented. Meanwhile, Japan's foreign ministry on Thursday denied a news...
  • North Korea tell South sanctions could mean war(join PSI, and you will pay)

    10/25/2006 8:33:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 721+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/25/06
    North Korea tell South sanctions could mean war SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) -- North Korea warned South Korea on Wednesday against joining U.S.-led sanctions against Pyongyang and said it would take action after any such move by Seoul. South Korea's participation in sanctions would be seen as a serious provocation leading to a "crisis of war" on the Korean peninsula, a North Korean spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. The North issued a similar warning in September shortly before it conducted a nuclear test,...
  • N. Korea:MSDF set to monitor 2 sea-lanes(U.S. takes over the other two for inspecting NK ships)

    10/22/2006 7:01:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 877+ views
    MSDF set to monitor 2 sea-lanes / To check ships near Okinawa, Tsushima Strait The Yomiuri Shimbun The government intends to conduct inspections of cargo to and from North Korea in the Tsushima Strait and in waters northwest of Okinawa, in line with a U.N. Security Council resolution, sources said Saturday. As part of sanctions imposed in response to North Korea's nuclear test, the government is considering deploying several destroyers and P-3C patrol aircraft of the Maritime Self-Defense Force to the two sea areas and airspace. According to the outline of the government's action plan on possible inspections of cargo...
  • N. Korea: Cyprus halts Syria-bound ship(carrying mobile radar units from N. Korea)

    09/07/2006 8:50:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 822+ views
    Cyprus halts Syria-bound ship A ship suspected of carrying illicit cargo from North Korea to Syria has been impounded by port authorities in Cyprus and its crew arrested while police search the cargo, the head of maritime security at the port of Limassol said on Thursday. "It was stopped because it was initially suspected of carrying weapons for Syria ... We had information from Interpol and action was taken on it," Fokas Riris, head of port facility security in Limassol said by telephone from Cyprus. "All 15 crew have been arrested and are being questioned by police, all government agencies...
  • N. Korean Missile Export... Blocked by China(a factor in forcing missile launches?)

    09/04/2006 4:42:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies · 1,161+ views
    MBC (SKor TV) ^ | 09/04/06 | Shin Kyung-min
    N. Korean Missile Export... Blocked by China [MBC TV 2006-09-04 21:30]     (Translator's Note: This is the transcript of an evening news segment)[News Desk] Anchor: N. Korea's missile export is being blocked. After shipment by sea had been blocked, N. Korea has been trying to use air shipment, but China is blocking it, according to what we have found. Sino-N. Korean relation is not what it used to be. Correspondent Shin Kyung-min will be reporting.  Correspondent: S. Korean government confirmed to us that N. Korean planes carrying missile components have been blocked by China from using Chinese airspace on many occasions since 2005. U.S. intelligence monitoring...
  • Proliferation in Asia needs management

    07/24/2006 4:46:04 AM PDT · by John Carey · 1 replies · 95+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 24 | Editor
    Asia's WMD Laggards July 24, 2006; Page A14 The Wall Street Journal In the wake of Pyongyang's missile tests this month, the U.N. Security Council passed a unanimous resolution that "requires" member states to work to halt the proliferation of WMD and missile technology to or from North Korea. As it happens, there's a multilateral operation already up and running if more nations would join the effort. Since its creation three years ago, the Proliferation Security Initiative has quickly become the world's most effective check (short of regime change) against WMD traffickers. A U.S.-led initiative, PSI is a new, flexible...
  • The covert war to strangle North Korea (Kim's trump card: plutonium)

    07/09/2006 12:10:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 873+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 10, 2006 | Michael Sheridan
    A program of clandestine action against nuclear and missile traffic to North Korea and Iran is to be intensified after last week's missile tests by the Pyongyang regime. Intelligence agencies, navies and air forces from at least 13 nations are quietly co-operating in a secret war against Pyongyang and Tehran. It has so far involved interceptions of North Korean ships at sea, US agents prowling the waterfronts in Taiwan, multinational naval and air surveillance missions out of Singapore, investigators poring over the books of dubious banks in the former Portuguese colony of Macau and a fleet of planes and...
  • Oh What A Tangled Web!

    03/03/2006 3:54:46 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 6 replies · 506+ views
    The Strata-Sphere ^ | March 2nd, 2006 | AJStrata
    What do China’s President, Sandy Berger and US Port Security have in common? More importantly, why should they have anything in common! Sandy Berger is a confessed thief of national security information which he claims he destroyed using scissors in his office (was the shredder not working?). China is not an ally of the form or nature of The UAE - not even close. So what is this all about [hat tip to our reader SBD for the comment/lead]? Port Security International (PSI) is an international partner’s network composed of an array of financial, strategic, technological and in-country port industry...
  • Sandy Berger & son of China President linked to Port Security International

    03/01/2006 2:55:37 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 23 replies · 1,393+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, February 27, 2006 | By Judi McLeod
    Forget Dubai-based DP World poised to run commercial operations in six leading American ports, it’s the players in the chess game called Port Security that Congress members should be losing the most sleep over. While it’s true that port security falls under the jurisdiction of Coast Guard and U.S. customs officials, agents of both entities will need a program just to recognize all the players. Port Security International (PSI) is an international partner’s network composed of an array of financial, strategic, technological and in-country port industry related companies. PSI has an alliance with the China-based Nuctech, a company that "possesses...
  • Living in the shadow of the bomb

    08/07/2005 12:00:50 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 9 replies · 392+ views ^ | Sunday Aug 7 2005
    Sixty years ago today, an atom bomb exploded over Hiroshima, killing 80,000 people, mostly civilians. Tens of thousands more died from radiation sickness in the years that followed. The memory of that day offers a horrific reminder of what is at stake when the nuclear non-proliferation regime comes under attack as it is today. The direct challenge comes from the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. Both expose serious shortcomings in the non-proliferation treaty (NPT). It permits non-weapons states to develop nuclear fuel cycles, allowing them legitimately to proceed to the brink of weaponisation. If Iran and North Korea...
  • US Intercepted Two NK Shipments

    06/02/2005 9:01:34 AM PDT · by Barlow Hearst · 10 replies · 978+ views
    (via North KoreaZone) The United States and its allies have intercepted two deliveries of materials useful in making nuclear and chemical weapons by North Korea, the State Department said Tuesday. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher made the disclosure in remarks to reporters, citing 11 successful efforts in the past nine months by the United States and its allies in an anti-proliferation campaign, called the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). `I have cited two cases involving North Korea. IˇŻve cited several cases involving countries of proliferation concern, including Iran,ˇŻˇŻ Boucher said in a press briefing. ``In addition, we worked to impede the...
  • Global Anti-WMD Drive Notches Up Successes - (Bush launched program in '03 - getting results!)

    06/01/2005 5:45:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 386+ views
    On 11 occasions over the past nine months, the U.S. and allies cooperating in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) have successfully prevented the spread of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or related items. At least two of those incidents involved Iran, two involved North Korea and another involved an unidentified third country, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher confirmed. Tuesday marked the second anniversary of the PSI, a project launched by President Bush during a 2003 visit to Krakow, Poland. With a focus on stopping and searching ships, planes, trains or trucks, the PSI aims to prevent terrorists and rogue states...
  • Rice warns N. Korea against nuke proliferation, eyes PSI, UNSC

    04/28/2005 7:52:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 395+ views
    Yahoo - Asia News ^ | 04/27/05 | Kyodo News
    Rice warns N. Korea against nuke proliferation, eyes PSI, UNSC (Kyodo) _ U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned North Korea against its nuclear ambitions and possible proliferation, citing an ongoing multilateral interdiction initiative and the possibility of referring the case to the U.N. Security Council. While reiterating the United States remains committed to peacefully resolving the nuclear issue through six-party talks, Rice made the warning in a press briefing en route to Brazil on Monday, according to a transcript of her remarks made available Tuesday by the State Department. "The Proliferation Security Initiative is always there. It does...
  • N. Korea: Drug Addiction On the Rapid Rise(regime pushing drug - PART I)

    04/12/2005 8:40:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 989+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 04/11/05 | Lee Young-hwa
    /begin my translation N. Korea: Drug Addiction On the Rapid Rise Last Year [Analysis By Lee Young-hwa] [Japanese Expert Analysis: Part I] Overseas sale blocked by PSI; outfits such as N. Korean security now resorting to domestic sale [ 2005-04-11 16:20 ] N. Korean spy ship sunk in Japanese water in Dec., 2002 <photo: Yonhap News> Recently, drug addicts in N. Korea are rapidly increasing. According to some experts, the  drug addction in some border area (with China)  is so widespread that it reminds them of waning days of Ching Dynasty(translator's note: late 19th century China.)N. Korea is the only country...
  • As Nuclear Secrets Emerge in Khan Inquiry, More Are Suspected

    12/26/2004 5:27:25 AM PST · by Arjun · 17 replies · 1,471+ views
    When experts from the US and the IAEA came upon blueprints for a 10-kiloton atomic bomb in the files of the Libyan weapons program earlier this year, they found themselves caught between gravity and pettiness. The discovery gave the experts a new appreciation of the audacity of the rogue nuclear network led by A. Q. Khan, a chief architect of Pakistan's bomb. Intelligence officials had watched Dr. Khan for years and suspected that he was trafficking in machinery for enriching uranium to make fuel for warheads. But the detailed design represented a new level of danger, particularly since the Libyans...
  • Dubya: Mr. Multilateral (Serious SGO under the radar)

    07/28/2004 8:44:20 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 57 replies · 2,059+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | July 29, 2004 | Bryan Preston
    It is playing a key role in curbing and caging North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. It played a key role in disarming Libya, discovering and rolling up the Pakistani A.Q. Khan nuclear smuggling network, and has become a framework for international military and police exercises organized by the United States. Its membership includes most of the world's largest economic powers, most of the world's largest military powers, and most of the most influential states on earth. The United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Netherlands, France, Australia and Germany are among its 15 member states, and it is one...
  • BUNKER-BUSTER DEBUNKER. . . . John Kerry seems to misfire..

    06/02/2004 9:38:34 AM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 15 replies · 226+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/02 09:04 AM | jim geraghty
    Kerry Spot BUNKER-BUSTER DEBUNKER. . . . John Kerry seems to misfire.. . . . 06/02 09:04 AM The presidential campaign focused on containing nuclear weapons Tuesday, as President Bush touted his Proliferation Security Initiative and Senator Kerry outlined his plans to keep nukes out of the hands of terrorists. The clearest distinction between the two candidates is their perspective on whether America needs "bunker-buster" nuclear weapons. The lesson the rest of the world took from the first Persian Gulf war was that the U.S. military can target any site, anytime, anywhere — provided it is above ground. Beyond several...
  • Russia Signs Onto Bush's WMD Anti-Proliferation Drive

    06/02/2004 2:40:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 118+ views ^ | 6/02/04 | Patrick Goodenough and Sergei Blagov
    ( - One year after President Bush launched a global drive aimed at preventing weapons of mass destruction from reaching rogue states and terrorists, the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) has been boosted by Russia's agreement to join. The announcement came shortly before Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry charged in a campaign address that the U.S. had done "too little, often too late" in efforts to prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons. Speaking in Florida Tuesday, Kerry said he wanted the U.S. to "launch a new mission ... to prevent the world's deadliest weapons from falling into the world's most dangerous...
  • US welcomes Russia's joining of WMD non-proliferation accord

    05/31/2004 12:10:44 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 2 replies · 137+ views
    AFP ^ | Mon, May 31, 2004
    KRAKOW, Poland (AFP) - Up to 80 nations gathered in southern Poland to mark the first anniversary of a Washington-sponsored pact aimed at stemming the spread of weapons of massive destruction, hailing Russia's decision to come aboard. John Bolton, US under secretary of state for arms control, described Russia's announcement earlier Monday that it would sign up to the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) as a "major development", which should close off valuable lanes to traffickers of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). "This is a major development, a very welcome decision," Bolton told a news conference, after Russia's foreign ministry announced...
  • Russia set to join antiproliferation group

    04/30/2004 10:25:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 99+ views
    Daily Yomiuri ^ | April 30 2004 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    Russia is expected to join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), an international program to stamp out proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including ballistic missiles, possibly before a Group of Eight summit meeting scheduled for June in Sea Island, Ga., a government source said Thursday. The PSI currently comprises 14 countries including Australia, Britain, Japan and the United States. The members currently are coordinating over whether to formally admit Moscow to the PSI at a meeting to mark the first anniversary of the group's founding in late May, according to the source. Russia would be the last country among the...
  • Hazardous Seas: Maritime Sector Vulnerable to Devastating Terrorist Attacks

    04/01/2004 7:50:25 PM PST · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 691+ views
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. The recent attacks on the USS Cole (DDG-67) and the French supertanker MV Limburg offer a stark illustration of terrorist interest in maritime targets. U.S. intelligence officials have identified between 12 and 300 ships possibly owned and/or operated by al Qaeda. Upon his capture, the alleged al Qaeda mastermind behind the USS Cole attack, Abdul Rahim Mohammed Hussein Abda Al-Nasheri, reportedly confessed to planning future attacks against U.S. and British warships in the Straits of Gibraltar. Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence agencies have described an increase in terrorist "chatter" regarding ships, port facilities,...
  • Pearl Harbor-based Cruiser Returns Home

    03/10/2004 3:47:08 PM PST · by BykrBayb · 519+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | 3/11/2004 | Fire Controlman 2nd Class Joseph W. Lovett, USS Port Royal, and Lt. Chris Davis, ESG 1 Public Affair
    Story Number: NNS040310-05 Release Date: 3/11/2004 3:00:00 PM By Fire Controlman 2nd Class Joseph W. Lovett, USS Port Royal, and Lt. Chris Davis, ESG 1 Public Affairs PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- USS Port Royal (CG 73) returned home to Pearl Harbor March 11 following a six-and-a-half month deployment with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1. The 350 crew members assigned to Port Royal returned to “the Navy’s best homeport” following operations in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Port Royal deployed Sept. 2 with ESG 1, supporting a Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps-sanctioned...
  • Multilayered Lessening: The race against proliferation.

    03/05/2004 11:08:33 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 102+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 05, 2004 | Rich Lowry
    How high are the stakes in the war on terror? We are working to prevent the detonation of a nuclear device in an American city some day. That has made weapons proliferation — hitherto the obscure province of arms-control experts and international lawyers — an issue of the utmost priority. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton is a Bush administration point man on proliferation, promoting a policy that — like much else having to do with President Bush — is under harsh attack. John Kerry, citing Bush's alleged inability to work with other countries,...
  • WMRC report blames Indonesian corruption for rise in piracy in south-east Asian waters

    02/15/2004 8:44:19 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 150+ views
    Financial Times ^ | February 14 2004 4:00 | By Mark Huband, Security Correspondent, in London
    Corruption in Indonesia's maritime law enforcement agencies was blamed yesterday for a rapid increase in piracy in south-east Asia, where concern is also growing about a link between piracy and terrorism. A detailed analysis of the growing dangers facing shipping in the region, released yesterday by the UK-based World Markets Research Centre (WMRC), blames coastguard and naval forces for the failure to confront the threat. "It is not pure coincidence that ships passing through [adjoining] Malaysian waters - mere miles away - suffer a fraction of the pirate attacks that occur in Indonesian waters. Corruption also helps to explain why...
  • Pact With Liberia Lets U.S. Search Ships

    02/13/2004 8:23:48 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 176+ views
    Associated Press | February 14, 2004 | EDWARD HARRIS
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - U.S. Navy sailors may board thousands of commercial ships in international waters to search for weapons of mass destruction under a landmark pact between the United States and Liberia, the world's No. 2 shipping registry. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher confirmed Friday that the United States is seeking similar deals with other nations, but he declined to identify them. Wednesday's accord - the first of its kind, Boucher said - comes amid fears that terror networks would use ships for attacks, taking advantage of comparatively lax security on the waters after crackdowns in the skies....
  • US, Russia Discuss Non-Proliferation Efforts

    01/30/2004 10:16:20 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 112+ views ^ | January 30 2004 | Sergei Blagov
    Moscow ( - The Russian Foreign Ministry described non-proliferation talks with the United States on Friday as "serious, businesslike and pragmatic," but Moscow has so far refrained from a clear commitment to join the U.S.-backed Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton traveled to Russia this week for talks aimed largely at urging Russia to join the PSI, which is designed to further curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Bolton met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak, who is in charge of non-proliferation issues; Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev, and other officials. So far,...
  • US, Allies in Board-and-Search Exercise in Arabian Sea

    01/16/2004 7:46:52 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 156+ views ^ | January 16 2004 | Patrick Goodenough
    Pacific Rim Bureau ( - The United States is leading a military exercise in the Arabian Sea this weekend that will further test the ability of a new security coalition to prevent rogue states and terrorists from transferring non-conventional weapons by sea. The air and sea maneuver involves naval forces from Australia, Singapore, Spain, Britain and Italy, with several other countries sending observers. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), launched by President Bush last year, aims to prevent the illicit buying or selling of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and related technology by stopping and searching suspect ships or planes. The...
  • The New Multilateralism

    01/08/2004 2:22:27 AM PST · by The Raven · 3 replies · 206+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 8, 2004 | editorial
    <p>The media have barely noticed, but the Bush Administration has embarked on a burst of "multilateral" cooperation. It's called the Proliferation Security Initiative, and in only a few months of existence it has already had more success than the United Nations in controlling weapons of mass destruction.</p>
  • German Ship Seized with Uranium (enrichment)-Making Parts for Libya (for nuclear bomb)

    01/01/2004 2:02:22 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 94 replies · 536+ views
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Jan. 1, 2003 | DW staff
    Officials have confirmed that a German-flagged ship was carrying parts to build a nuclear bomb from a Persian Gulf country to Libya in October. Investigators seized the shipment before it reached its destination. Just a few months before Libya declared it would cease its efforts to create weapons of mass destruction, American and British agents seized a German freighter ship loaded with centrifuges and other parts that are used to create enriched uranium, the material needed to build nuclear bombs. The seizure is believed to have influenced Tripoli’s decision to suspend its weapons program last month. On Wednesday, U.S. State...
  • U.S. find led to Gadhafi decision

    01/01/2004 1:38:48 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 64 replies · 830+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 1, 2004 | By Barry Schweid
    <p>The United States intercepted an illegal shipment of thousands of parts of uranium-enrichment equipment bound for Libya in October, leading to Tripoli agreeing to cap its weapons program, U.S. officials confirmed yesterday.</p> <p>Senior State Department official John R. Bolton plans to fly to London today to make plans with Britain for holding Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to his pledge to dismantle his nuclear-weapons program.</p>
  • Seizure Helped Speed Libyan Cooperation on Weapons

    12/31/2003 8:11:34 AM PST · by knighthawk · 27 replies · 174+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 31 2003 | Robin Wright
    U.S. and British intelligence in late September discovered a secret shipment bound for Libya that contained thousands of parts for centrifuges, a key component for producing nuclear weapons, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday. Officials said the interception of the cargo was a critical factor in squeezing Libya to give up its deadliest weapons programs. The shipment was headed from a Persian Gulf port aboard a German ship. With help from the German government and the German shipping company, the United States was able to get the freighter BBC China diverted to a southern Italian port in early October, when it...
  • U.S. Intercepted Libyan WMDs

    12/21/2003 11:51:32 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 20 replies · 260+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/21/03 | Limbacher
    While many analysts are crediting the U.S.'s capture of Saddam Hussein for the decision by Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi to change his ways, it was actually the discovery by U.S. intelligence of a cache of Libya's WMDs that convinced the duplicitous dictator that the jig was up. According to Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, "One thing that pushed Gadhafi over the top in making this deal was that we intercepted a ship on the high seas sometime in the summer or early fall that had weapons of mass destruction components being shipped to Libya." Kristol told Fox News Sunday that...
  • Revealed: The Real reason for Gaddafi's WMD Surrender

    12/20/2003 8:14:25 PM PST · by quidnunc · 4 replies · 147+ views
    December 21, 2003 ^ | The Telegraph | Julian Coman and Colin Brown
    Libya's promise to surrender its weapons of mass destruction was forced by Britain and America's seizure of physical evidence of Col Muammar Gaddafi's illegal weapons programme, the Telegraph can reveal. United States officials say that America's hand was strengthened in negotiations with Col Gaddafi after a successful operation, previously undisclosed, to intercept transport suspected of carrying banned weapons. The operation is said to have been carried out under the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), an international, American-led scheme to halt the spread of WMD by seizing them in transit. The PSI was first mooted by President George W Bush in May...
  • U.S. may down aircraft thought to carry WMD

    12/20/2003 10:21:33 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 14 replies · 145+ views
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | 12.20.03 | Takao Hishinuma
     U.S. may down aircraft thought to carry WMD Takao Hishinuma / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent The U.S. government is considering shooting down any aircraft suspected of transporting weapons of mass destruction as a last resort under the United States' proposed Proliferation Security Initiative, U.S. government sources said Wednesday. The sources said planes could be shot down if they refuse to land and be searched under the proposed international initiative aimed at preventing proliferation of WMD by North Korea and Iran. The consideration of the use of force indicates the determination of the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, which considers...
  • Secret U.S. Trips to Libya Led to Weapons Pledge

    12/20/2003 5:01:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 256+ views
    Secret U.S. Trips to Libya Led to Weapons Pledge 2 hours, 18 minutes ago Add Top Stories - Reuters to My Yahoo! By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secret trips by American intelligence officers, late night meetings with Muammar Gaddafi (news - web sites) and disclosures that the United States knew about Libya's arms programs led to Tripoli's pledge to give up its unconventional weapons, senior intelligence officials said on Saturday. A team of American and British intelligence officers flew to Libya clandestinely in October and December for stretches of about two weeks, visiting sites where they were shown parts...
  • Revealed: The Real Reason For Gaddafi's WMD Surrender

    12/20/2003 4:28:18 PM PST · by blam · 71 replies · 355+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-21-2003 | Julian Coman/Colin Brown
    Revealed: the real reason for Gaddafi's WMD surrender By Julian Coman and Colin Brown (Filed: 21/12/2003) Libya's promise to surrender its weapons of mass destruction was forced by Britain and America's seizure of physical evidence of Col Muammar Gaddafi's illegal weapons programme, the Telegraph can reveal. United States officials say that America's hand was strengthened in negotiations with Col Gaddafi after a successful operation, previously undisclosed, to intercept transport suspected of carrying banned weapons. Col Muammar Gaddafi The operation is said to have been carried out under the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), an international, American-led scheme to halt the spread...
  • Bush's WMD Interception Initiative 'Accelerating'

    12/18/2003 12:32:29 PM PST · by bdeaner · 13 replies · 104+ views
    CBS News ^ | 12/18/03 | Patrick Goodenough
    Bush's WMD Interception Initiative 'Accelerating' By Patrick Goodenough Pacific Rim Bureau Chief December 18, 2003 Pacific Rim Bureau ( - President Bush's initiative aimed at intercepting and seizing non-conventional weapons in transit is steadily winning more international support, with another five countries in Asia and the West joining the original line-up of 11. Two days of talks on the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) in Washington ended with participating nations agreeing to hold six more joint exercises during the first half of next year. Joining the 11-nation core group at the "operational experts" meeting were Turkey, Singapore, Canada, Denmark and...
  • Russia spurns weapons hunt plan

    10/13/2003 11:09:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 150+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 14 2003 | John Kerin
    RUSSIA has hurt efforts to stop North Korea's trade in weapons of mass destruction and missile technology by rejecting a global plan to intercept suspect cargoes. But 50 other countries have added their support to the 11-nation US-led Proliferation Security Initiative following a flurry of diplomatic activity by Australia and other member countries in the past month. The PSI was founded by US President George W.Bush in May to stop weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists. Its first maritime interception exercise was held off the Queensland coast in September, drawing claims from North Korea that it...
  • North Korea condemns WMD exercises off Australia

    09/14/2003 9:17:36 AM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 152+ views
    AFP ^ | 09-13-03
    SEOUL, Sept 14 (AFP) - North Korea on Saturday condemned US-led exercises aimed at stemming the trade in weapons of mass destruction as a "blatant military provocation". The United States, Japan, Australia and France took part in the simulated pursuit and boarding of a vessel carrying illicit weapons in the Coral Sea off Australia's east coast this weekend. The manoeuvre has been interpreted as a veiled warning to North Korea, which is believed to make about a billion dollars a year in arms trading to prop up its collapsed economy. "Such moves of the United States are blatant military provocations...
  • Allies Show Off Maritime Security Skills

    09/13/2003 8:13:44 PM PDT · by blam · 214+ views
    Allies Show Off Maritime Security Skills Sunday September 14, 2003 1:09 AM By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer ON BOARD HMAS SUCCESS (AP) - Japanese coast guardsmen slid down ropes from a helicopter to a cargo ship Saturday, during a high seas exercise showing rogue nations that the world is serious about preventing the transport of weapons of mass destruction. The maneuvers on the Coral Sea allowed the United States, Japan and Australia to fine tune moves to intercept ships suspected of carrying the deadly armaments. The exercises served as a special warning to North Korea and Iran because of...
  • Practice anti-WMD interceptions planned

    09/12/2003 8:47:57 PM PDT · by maui_hawaii · 1 replies · 199+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The United States, Australia, Japan and France will send ships to the western Pacific next week for an exercise simulating an interception of weapons.</p> <p>According to a report in Asia Times, some 11 industrialized nations decided last week in Paris to step up plans to intercept ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction. While the Proliferation Security Initiative group is not specifically aimed at North Korea, there is no doubt that Pyongyang, which Washington and others accuse of making clandestine shipments of drugs, counterfeit cash and missiles, is the primary target.</p>