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  • High-frequency traders use 50-year-old wireless tech
    Microwave technologies have been in use for point to point connections for decades by the military and by broadcast television stations Point to point wireless microwave transmissions which operate in the 1 0GHz to 30GHz part of the spectrum require line of site though signals can be repeated along the route A good signal such as between two mountaintops can travel as much as 300 kilometers or around 186 miles Microwave use has declined in the past few decades as fiber optics communications has been able to offer greater bandwidth These days the largest microwave link can offer only 150Mbps though work is being done to develop gigabit microwave technologies One advantage microwave still possesses however is speed of transmission Electromagnetic waves travel faster through air than through glass Light an electromagnetic wave can travel at 300 000 kilometers 186 000 miles per second in a vacuum and nearly that quickly through air Light however can only travel at about 200 000 kilometers per second in even the clearest glass Another speed advantage microwave technologies offer is that their paths tend to be shorter because signals can be beamed across the most direct path between two points The length of fiber optic routes tend to be elongated due to the inability to get right of way along the most optimum routes One new hot market for microwave providers is between New York and Chicago both cities with many financial services firms In 2010 Quincy Data had applied with the U S Federal Communications Commission to secure a pathway between Chicago and New York It found only one other provider that had also submitted a similar request Since then dozens of other carriers have submitted requests to the agency Quincy Data has been operational since July selling throughput between the two

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/hft_microwave.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Strip Search Of 10-Year-Old Prompts Complaint Against Elementary School
    states that Holmes told the boy he left her no choice and that she had to search him when the boy pulled out his pockets and didn t produce the allegedly stolen money She then told the boy that she was within her legal rights to do so The court documents state that Justin went under his lunch table to retrieve money dropped by a passing female student After returning the found money to the girl Holmes who was in the cafeteria during the commotion was told that there was still 20 missing and Justin told her he did not have it When Justin was ordered to her office with a custodian witness Holmes allegedly put her fingers inside the waistband of his undershorts and ran her fingers on his bare torso She told the 10 year old that she had the authority to search him because teachers and other students thought Justin had the money However another teacher came into the office at the same time and said that the money had miraculously been found on the floor of the cafeteria Holmes defended her actions after the fact telling WRAL TV Any staff member who has ever worked with

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/10yo_strip_search.html (2016-02-14)
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  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens
    from other agencies and they don t conduct surveillance or gather clues directly Instead they analyze data provided by others The agency s best known product is a database called TIDE which stands for the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment TIDE contains more than 500 000 identities suspected of terror links Some names are known or suspected terrorists others are terrorists friends and families still more are people with some loose affiliation to a terrorist TIDE files are important because they are used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to compile terrorist watchlists These are lists that can block a person from boarding an airplane or obtaining a visa The watchlist system failed spectacularly on Christmas Day 2009 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a 23 year old Nigerian man boarded a flight to Detroit from Amsterdam wearing explosives sewn into his undergarments He wasn t on the watchlist He eventually pleaded guilty to terror related charges and is imprisoned His bomb didn t properly detonate However Mr Abdulmutallab and his underwear did alter U S intelligence gathering A Senate investigation revealed that NCTC had received information about him but had failed to query other government databases about him In a scathing finding the Senate report said the NCTC was not organized adequately to fulfill its missions This was not a failure to collect or share intelligence said John Brennan the president s chief counterterrorism adviser at a White House press conference in January 2010 It was a failure to connect and integrate and understand the intelligence we had As result Mr Obama demanded a watchlist overhaul Agencies were ordered to send all their leads to NCTC and NCTC was ordered to pursue thoroughly and exhaustively terrorism threat threads Quickly NCTC was flooded with terror tips each of which it was obligated to exhaustively pursue By May 2010 there was a huge backlog according a report by the Government Accountability Office Legal obstacles emerged NCTC analysts were permitted to query federal agency databases only for terrorism datapoints say one specific person s name or the passengers on one particular flight They couldn t look through the databases trolling for general patterns And if they wanted to copy entire data sets they were required to remove information about innocent U S people upon discovery But they didn t always know who was innocent A person might seem innocent today until new details emerge tomorrow What we learned from Christmas Day from the failed underwear bomb was that some information might seem more relevant later says Mr Joel the national intelligence agency s civil liberties officer We realized we needed it to be retained longer Late last year for instance NCTC obtained an entire database from Homeland Security for analysis according to a person familiar with the transaction Homeland Security provided the disks on the condition that NCTC would remove all innocent U S person data after 30 days After 30 days a Homeland Security team visited and found that the data hadn t yet

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/vast_database_prediction.html (2016-02-14)
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  • CIA 'tortured and sodomised' terror suspect, human rights court rules
    Congress on Thursday The US Senate s select committee on intelligence was expected to vote on whether to approve a mammoth review it has undertaken into the controversial practices that included waterboarding stress positions forced nudity beatings and sleep and sensory deprivation The report that runs to almost 6 000 pages based on a three year review of more than 6m pieces of information is believed to conclude that the enhanced interrogation techniques adopted by the CIA during the Bush years did not produce any major breakthroughs in intelligence contrary to previous claims The committee which is dominated by the Democrats is likely to vote to approve the report though opposition from the Republican members may prevent the report ever seeing the light of day The Strasbourg court said it found Masri s account of what happened to him to be established beyond reasonable doubt and that Macedonia had been responsible for his torture and ill treatment both in the country itself and after his transfer to the US authorities in the context of an extra judicial rendition In January 2004 Macedonian police took him to a hotel in Skopje where he was kept locked in a room for 23 days and questioned in English despite his limited proficiency in that language about his alleged ties with terrorist organisations the court said in its judgment His requests to contact the German embassy were refused At one point when he said he intended to leave he was threatened with being shot Masri s treatment at Skopje airport at the hands of the CIA rendition team being severely beaten sodomised shackled and hooded and subjected to total sensory deprivation had been carried out in the presence of state officials of Macedonia and within its jurisdiction the court ruled It added Its government

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/cia_torture_sodomy.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke
    HSBC s position Exactly how much money should one extract from a firm that has been shamelessly profiting from business with criminals for years and years Remember we re talking about a company that has admitted to a smorgasbord of serious banking crimes If you re the prosecutor you ve got this bank by the balls So how much money should you take How about all of it How about every last dollar the bank has made since it started its illegal activity How about you dive into every bank account of every single executive involved in this mess and take every last bonus dollar they ve ever earned Then take their houses their cars the paintings they bought at Sotheby s auctions the clothes in their closets the loose change in the jars on their kitchen counters every last freaking thing Take it all and don t think twice And then throw them in jail Sound harsh It does doesn t it The only problem is that s exactly what the government does just about every day to ordinary people involved in ordinary drug cases It d be interesting for instance to ask the residents of Tenaha Texas what they think about the HSBC settlement That s the town where local police routinely pulled over mostly black motorists and whenever they found cash offered motorists a choice They could either allow police to seize the money or face drug and money laundering charges Or we could ask Anthony Smelley the Indiana resident who won 50 000 in a car accident settlement and was carrying about 17K of that in cash in his car when he got pulled over Cops searched his car and had drug dogs sniff around The dogs alerted twice No drugs were found but police took the money anyway Even after Smelley produced documentation proving where he got the money from Putnam County officials tried to keep the money on the grounds that he could have used the cash to buy drugs in the future Seriously that happened It happens all the time and even Lanny Breuer s own Justice Deparment gets into the act In 2010 alone U S Attorneys offices deposited nearly 1 8 billion into government accounts as a result of forfeiture cases most of them drug cases You can see the Justice Department s own statistics right here If you get pulled over in America with cash and the government even thinks it s drug money that cash is going to be buying your local sheriff or police chief a new Ford Expedition tomorrow afternoon And that s just the icing on the cake The real prize you get for interacting with a law enforcement officer if you happen to be connected in any way with drugs is a preposterous outsized criminal penalty Right here in New York one out of every seven cases that ends up in court is a marijuana case Just the other day while Breuer was announcing his

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/hsbc.html (2016-02-14)
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  • City issued speed camera ticket to motionless car
    lawyer who lives in Lauraville said he and his wife were amazed that the ticket was issued calling it shockingly obvious from the images that the car was stopped He has challenged the ticket and is scheduled to appear in District Court on Friday It was like someone was so obviously asleep at the switch he said Wednesday I thought that was not supposed to happen The city s speed camera contractor Xerox State and Local Solutions says each potential citation goes through two layers of review to weed out any that have a deficiency such as an illegible license plate Then a Baltimore police officer must review the citation before approving it for issuance to the vehicle owner Each citation says the officer swears or affirms that the car was going at least 12 mph over the speed limit based on inspection of the recorded images The officer s signature is also printed The Sun asked city officials why Doty s ticket was issued Transportation Department spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes offered no explanation but said the agency would have more to say at Friday s meeting of a task force set up by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake to study the city s entire speed and red light camera program The city has 83 speed cameras and 81 red light cameras It isn t clear from the signature on the citation which police officer reviewed Doty s ticket and police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi didn t say when asked but added The department finds any error unacceptable The department has said that a single officer can review up to 1 200 citations in a given day Xerox spokesman Chris Gilligan did not address Doty s citation He noted in a statement that a system wide audit of the Baltimore photo enforcement program

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/motionless_speeding.html (2016-02-14)
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  • BIG BROTHER’S LISTENING
    documents explain the agency s rationale The purpose of this project is to replace the existing video surveillance systems in SFMTA s fleet of revenue vehicles with a reliable and technologically advanced system to increase passenger safety and improve reliability and maintainability of the system officials wrote in contract documents In San Francisco the Department of Homeland Security is funding the entire cost with a grant Elsewhere the federal government is also providing some financial support Officials in Concord N C for example used part of a 1 2 million economic stimulus grant to install a combined audio and video surveillance system on public transit vehicles records show The Lane Transit District in Eugene Ore the Bay Area Transportation Authority in Traverse City Mich the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus CT Transit in Hartford and Athens Transit in Athens Ga have also been pursuing similar systems documents show The Maryland Transit Administration which serves Baltimore announced a bus recording system last month The agency started recording audio on 10 public buses with plans to expand the system to 340 more Each bus uses six cameras A recorder stores 30 days of data the Baltimore Sun reported Some transit officials say the systems merely provide a useful way to resolve complaints from passengers From my standpoint the use of audio is a lifesaver for the drivers said Joel Gardner executive director of Ozark Regional Transit in Arkansas We can review audio and negate these false accusations But surveillance technology experts say the audio systems can easily be used for other purposes Given the resolution claims it would be trivial to couple this system to something like facial or auditory recognition systems to allow identification of travelers said Ashkan Soltani an independent security consultant asked by The Daily to review the specs of an audio surveillance system marketed to transit agencies This technology is sadly indicative of a trend in increased surveillance by commercial and law enforcement entities under the guise of improved safety Searching for audio surveillance gear some transit officials make clear their desire for fly on the wall powers In Eugene Ore for example transit officials demanded microphones capable of distilling clear conversations from the background noise of other voices wind traffic windshields wipers and engines Requesting a minimum of five audio channels spread across each bus they added each audio channel shall be paired with one or more camera images and recorded synchronously with the video for simultaneous playback Numerous private companies are seeking to gain a foothold in the market for customized audio systems in public buses Safety Vision a company based in Houston offers the RoadRecorder 7000 the hub of a high definition video system built to store 128 gigabytes of data collected from 12 cameras each with its own embedded microphone DTI Group an Australian company scheduled to exhibit its wares at the 2014 American Public Transit Association Expo promotes its specialty as the ability to merge audio recordings with video and tracking data

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/bus_microphones.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Apple, Google, Microsoft Avoid Taxes By Keeping Billions In Profits Offshore: Senate Report
    of dollars in revenue that could be used to help close the budget deficit Using complex schemes to shift U S revenue overseas Microsoft was able to avoid paying taxes on 21 billion in revenue between 2009 and 2011 amounting to about half its total U S sales according to the subcommittee report The company avoided paying 4 5 billion in taxes or about 4 million per day during that time according to the report Using similar schemes Levin said Apple avoided taxes on 34 5 billion between 2009 and 2011 and Google has dodged taxes on 24 billion Hewlett Packard meanwhile used a series of constantly revolving short term loans between itself and its subsidiaries that have helped it avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes since at least 2008 according to Levin Though he didn t say how much money H P has avoided paying Levin did say that H P has kept billions of dollars in cash offshore more than 17 billion in 2010 for example that it would then lend to its U S parent company in a steady stream HP has complied fully with all applicable provisions of the U S Internal Revenue Code and auditor Ernst Young has consistently reviewed and approved the accuracy of HP s financials Hewlett Packard responded in a statement emailed to the Huffington Post HP has always had an extremely productive and professional relationship with the IRS who has permanent offices at two of our facilities and has been continually auditing HP since the filing of our 1962 tax return They have never raised any concerns about these programs We are disappointed to see what appears to be a politically motivated attack on one of America s largest employers Apple and Google did not immediately return requests for comment

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/no-tax.html (2016-02-14)
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