On this Day — The Wall Street Bombing (September 16 1920)

“Almost in front of the steps leading up to the Morgan bank was the mutilated body of a man. Other bodies, most of them silent in death, lay nearby. As I gazed horror stricken at the site, one of these forms, half-naked and seared with burns, started to rise. It struggled, then toppled and fell lifeless into the gutter.”

Reporter George Weston

A photo of the aftermath of the 1920s Wall Street bombing in New York City.

The Wall Street bombing occurred at 12:01 pm on September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The blast killed 30 people immediately, and another 8 died later of wounds sustained in the blast. There were 143 seriously injured, and the total number of injured was in the hundreds. The case was never solved. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Under pressure from the CIA, Harvard rescinds Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellowship

“[However] we are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a visiting fellow – and the perceived honour that it implies to some people – while maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the school’s forum.”

Douglas Elmendorf — Dean of the Kennedy School

“Harvard’s rescinding of Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellowship — following a backlash from current and former US officials — is a disgrace.”

Former CIA Analyst John Kiriakou

“This entire charming episode shows, regrettably, how spines go on sudden holiday in the academy when political forces knock at the door. Academics tend to be the first to fold when matters of courage are concerned, and often do so in graceless dissimulating prose. The Kennedy School of Government has not just been made safe for the CIA, but for academic hypocrisy.”

Dr. Binoy Kampmark — RMIT University, Melbourne

September 16 2017 — Harvard University has rescinded an offer to make Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow after Mike Pompeo — the current Director of the CIA —  cancelled an appearance at the university. The decision speaks volumes about academic freedom. Shame on you! INTEL TODAY can only hope that every scholar will cancel his next trip to deliver a conference at Harvard until the institution fully realizes the extend of their abject decision. Follow us on Twitter: INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Former CIA Jeffrey Sterling : “Letter From Prison”

“For now, I’m confined to the black TV room at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado. When I am free, I don’t want to feel that I’m merely going from one prison to another.”

Former CIA Jeffrey Sterling

“Sterling’s case drew nationwide attention because the Obama-era Department of Justice unsuccessfully tried to force the reporter, James Risen, to divulge the identity of his sources for ‘State of War’, a book in which he revealed the CIA had botched a covert operation against Iran’s nuclear program. Risen reported that instead of undermining the Iranians, the CIA had provided them with useful information on how to build a nuclear bomb.”

The Intercept — Peter Maass (January 19 2018)

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Former CIA Jeffrey Sterling

September 16 2016 — Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is an American lawyer and former CIA employee who was arrested, charged, and convicted of violating the Espionage Act for revealing details about Operation Merlin to journalist James Risen. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Significant Uncertainties in the Yield Estimate of North Korea H Bomb

“In the preliminary analysis conducted within hours of the event, NORSAR reported an event magnitude of 5.8. This estimate was obtained using analysis procedures developed from investigations of the previous five North Korean test explosions, all of which were around the magnitude range 4 – 5.

However, the 3 September 2017 test was an order of magnitude larger than any of the previous explosions and resulted in seismic signals dominated by radiated energy at lower frequencies. Our analysis procedures have been revised accordingly to include the lowermost part of the signal spectrum. The revised assessment estimates the magnitude to 6.1 and makes this explosion clearly the strongest so far.”

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The figure shows to a common scale the signals from the six North Korean nuclear tests and their magnitudes after applying the revised analysis procedures to data from the NORSAR seismic array station in Hedmark, Norway. The trace at the bottom shows the signal from the 3 September 2017 event, whereas the five upper traces display the signals from the five preceding tests, conducted by North Korea in 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2016 (two explosions).

September 15 2017 — NORSAR and 38NORTH have revised their initial yield estimate for the magnitude of the event on 3 September 2017. This new estimate — mb = 6.1 and a yield of about 250 kilotons TNT — is significantly higher than the yield previously suggested.  In comparison, the explosive yield of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 was estimated at approximately 15 kilotons TNT, while the bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later was estimated at approximately 20 kilotons TNT. However, depending on the burial depth of the explosion, the yield could be significantly higher than currently reported. A yield as high as 500 kt cannot be ruled out. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Havana Syndrome — US Scientist Criticizes ICNIRP Refusal to Reassess Cell Phone Radiation Exposure Guidelines

“Based on numerous incorrect and misleading claims, the ICNIRP report concludes that ‘these studies (NTP and Ramazzini) do not provide a reliable basis for revising the existing radiofrequency exposure guidelines.’ The data on gliomas of the brain and schwannomas of the heart induced by cell phone radiation are suitable for conducting a quantitative risk assessment and subsequent re-evaluation of health-based exposure limits. The ‘P’ in ICNIRP stands for Protection. One must wonder who this commission is trying to protect – evidently, it is not public health.”

Ronald L. Melnick Ph.D

“It is disconcerting that a few scientists are trying to dismiss this study which is considered the strongest toxicology study ever conducted on cell phone radiation and cancer.”

Joel Moskowitz — University of California School of Public Health in Berkeley

In an article published in Environmental Research on September 12, Ronald L Melnick, PhD, the senior US toxicologist who led the design of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) study on cell phone radiation, explains that the NTP found “clear evidence” of increased cancers (gliomas in the brain and Schwannomas in the heart) in animals and why this is directly relevant to evaluating human risks from cell phone radiation. In addition, Melnick explains how widely circulated criticisms of the NTP study are mistaken and “unfounded.”

Ronald L. Melnick Ph.D  — a former senior scientist at the National Toxicology Program [NTP] —  has issued this scientific critique of ICNIRPs dismissal of the NTP findings. On September 4, 2018 ICNIRP issued a “Note on Recent Animal Studies” that concluded the 28 million dollar US National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences study did “not provide a reliable basis” for changing the over two decades old ICNIRP guidelines on radiofrequency — cell phones and wireless – radiation. In response, Dr. Ronald Melnick went through the ICNIRP document point by point and presented the data to show the document has numerous false and misleading statements. This scandal will not surprise the readers of INTEL TODAY! Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — UK Report : Libyan Intervention Based on Erroneous Assumptions; David Cameron Ultimately Responsible

“We were dragged along by a French enthusiasm to intervene, and the mission then moved from protecting people in Benghazi, who arguably were not at the kind of threat that was then being presented… Indeed, on the basis of the evidence we took, the threat to the people of Benghazi was grossly overstated.”

Crispin Blunt — chairman of the committee

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“After Gaddafi was toppled, Libya descended into violence, with rival governments and the formation of hundreds of militias, while so-called Islamic State, also known as Isil and Daesh, has gained a foothold.”

September 15 2016 — A UK parliamentary report has severely criticised the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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France — DGSE ORGANIZATION CHART [September 2018]

“Contrary to other western Intelligence Services, the DGSE masters all the intelligence collecting methods: human sources (HUMINT), technical sensors (SIGINT and satellite imagery), operational means and open-source processing. Intelligence collected through collaboration with other Services, national and foreign, is positively increasing.”

DGSE : Who we are?

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The DGSE — The General Directorate for External Security (French: Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, DGSE) — is France’s external intelligence agency. The official website of the DGSE has not been updated since July 2017 and still refers to Bernard Bajolet as the General Director! Therefore, the chart discussed in this post may no longer be current. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Colombia — Police Boss Arrested on 6 Charges Including Criminal Conspiracy

“A cada cerdo le llega su San Martín.”

(Every pig will get his St. Martin)

BOGOTA, Colombia (September 12 2018) — One of Colombia’s most-decorated police officers has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a criminal ring that illegally intercepted the private communications of prominent politicians and business leaders. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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OBITUARY — NSA Historian Matthew M. Aid Dies at 60 (1958 – August 20 2018) — UPDATE

‘‘I have no idea how to take a normal vacation. Any spare time I have, I run up to the National Archives to do historical research.’’

Matthew M. Aid

“One of Mr. Aid’s most significant findings, which became publicly known in 2005, was an NSA coverup of erroneous records related to the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which US officials alleged that North Vietnamese torpedo boats twice fired on US Navy ships. The incident led to US military engagement in Vietnam. A report written by an agency historian in 2001 noted that US intelligence officers falsified documents about a disputed attack, but that fact was suppressed.”

WP — August 29 2018

“Mr. Aid had performed ‘a great service’ in exposing the reclassification program. His work helps all of us fight against the culture of secrecy in Washington today. We don’t have enough watchdogs.’’

Timothy Naftali — Former University of Virginia history professor

‘‘Sometimes the services (NSA) didn’t like what he wrote. But they respected him because he was right.’’

Cees Wiebes — Dutch intelligence scholar

Although a trusted friend had told me that Matthew Aid had died from heart failure, I decided not to post the news until MSM had done so. I never had any contacts with him, but I will greatly miss him. And so should anyone who still cares about facts in this post-truth world. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — SNOWDEN : Trailer & “Behind The Scenes”

“After this film, people will perceive security of their e-mails and social networks differently.”

Executive Producer Igor Lopatenok

“I think the NSA almost certainly saw who the intruders were. Why wouldn’t they? But I am also convinced that they saw a lot of other attackers on there, too. There were probably six or seven groups. The Democratic National Committee is a big target and apparently their security wasn’t very good. The DNC refused to provide these servers to the FBI, which is really weird. So, I think the reality here was it was narrative shaping about the Russians.”

Edward Snowden

“For five long years, governments have denied that global mass surveillance violates of your rights. And for five long years, we have chased them through the doors of every court. Today, we won. Don’t thank me: thank all of those who never stopped fighting.”

Edward Snowden — Twitter (September 13 2018)

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September 13 2016 — Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. UPDATE — On Sept. 13 2018, the European court of human rights (ECHR) ruled that the UK GCHQ’s methods in carrying out bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards. It is the first major challenge to the legality of UK intelligence agencies intercepting private communications in bulk, following Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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