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FBI Computer System Still A Financial Sinkhole

April 1, 2010 Comments off

 

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller (Photo credit: Stephanie Woodrow)

The New York Times has announced The FBI‘s long awaited computer system has hit the wall again. Unbelievable! The Judiciary Report’s sister site, the Sound Off Column, wrote a series of articles beginning in June 2006, www.soundoffcolumn.com/june_06.htm warning of future trouble with the FBI’s planned computer system. 

The Sound Off Column even detailed methods of creating and implementing a computer system for the FBI that was a mere fraction of the cost being tossed around in Congress and would require far less time.

America has some of the biggest computer companies in the world, yet Mueller has the nation’s main law enforcement agency looking like they start fires with rocks and sticks, instead of matches.

Four years after the Sound Off Column articles, warning the FBI to change course in how it announced it would go about acquiring a computer system and $1 billion dollars later in taxpayer money and the FBI’s computer system is delayed once again with more problems cropping up. 

The Sound Off Column warned the system would be useless if it was implemented over years, rather than weeks or a few short months, as the speed of technology is as such, one year down the road, manufacturers will have released their latest innovations, making older models obsolete.   

However, site reader, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, clearly thinks he knows more than me about computers, when he nearly fell for an identity theft scam via an email link he nearly clicked, thus he went about the computer system the long and wrong way. Now they are sitting on scrap metal, er, I mean outdated computers, with old operating systems and slower peripherals, much of which have not even been implemented. 

I have a bridge I’d like to sell Mueller, because he is just that gullible that he would buy just about anything. This wouldn’t be so sad if the country was not facing an unprecedented rise in terrorism, both domestically and internationally. 

Having a great, cutting edge computer system, makes a big difference in law enforcement matters. Technology can be used to prevent crime and boost productivity, but some people just don’t grasp that. Robert S. Mueller is one of those people. Hence, the FBI being so slow and inefficient with cases, even when people’s lives are at stake.

Side Bar: you still haven’t accounted for hundreds of millions of dollars from the computer system money that went missing and was labeled “miscellaneous.” Do we have to guess which off shore accounts that embezzled taxpayer money is sitting in. You better be glad I’m not President, because your butt would be in prison.

Massive FBI computer overhaul is put on ice (again)Carrier pigeons still viable

http://www.theregister.co.ukPublished: March 18, 2010 – WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has suspended work on parts of its huge computer overhaul, dealing the agency the latest costly setback in a decade-long effort to develop a modernized information system to combat crime and terrorism.

F.B.I. Faces New Setback in Computer Overhaul

The overhaul was supposed to be completed this fall, but now will not be done until next year at the earliest. The delay could mean at least $30 million in cost overruns on a project considered vital to national security, Congressional officials said… 

The officials said the decision to suspend work on other parts of the program reflected the lessons learned from previous setbacks. When Lockheed Martin won the contract, the F.B.I. ended the previous computer overhaul and started over because the problems had grown too big to fix.

Robert S. Mueller III, director of the F.B.I., acknowledged problems in the project when he was asked about it at a House appropriations hearing on Wednesday…

While the F.B.I. described the problems as a minor setback, Congressional officials said they were alarmed.

http://www.nytimes.com 

Posted in Government, 19th March 2010 20:35 GMT – The FBI has once again suspended work on parts of a massive computer overhaul that many say is vital to fighting crime and terrorism.

Putting the project known as Sentinel on hold has alarmed some on Capitol Hill because the upgrade was considered vital to shoring-up deficiencies in key areas, The New York Times reports. Several years ago, FBI computer systems were so poor that many agents couldn’t send or receive email and had difficulty getting case histories or tapping other databases.

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, agents in Florida had to send their counterparts in Washington, DC, photographs of the hijackers by overnight mail because they couldn’t send email attachments.

Foreclosures Hit Record High In April 2008

May 27, 2008 Comments off

Home Sales Hit 20 Year Low

George Bush

More proof the Bush administration has not turned the nation’s economic woes around has arrived in the form of news that foreclosures hit a record high last month. 250,000 homes/families went into foreclosure in the month of April. Despite all the government’s talk of helping people, this was allowed to happen anyway.

Homes sales have also hit a 20 year low. With the rising cost of living, many people can’t afford to buy homes.

The Bush administration also shot down a $290 billion dollar farm subsidy bill, deeming the nation can’t afford it. Oh really. But the country can afford a deceitful war costing taxpayers $500 million per day. The war has cost the nation a trillion dollars, when the original number Bush said it would come in at was “50 million.” Bombs before food, then, George.

Congress overrode Bush’s veto. Only an unwise legislator would not secure a nation’s basic needs – food, water and air – making sure it is clean and in adequate supply. Those basics of life always need to be protected.

I think Bush didn’t want that massive spending bill going through under his presidency, while the Democrats probably preferred it on his tab. Who cares, the farmers need the help and the country needs to maintain its food supply (look what happened with the rice shortages the other day).

Foreclosure filings hit record in April

Survey sees more than 243,000 filings, up 65% from a year earlier, creating problems for local governments.

Some 243,353 households, nearly one in 519, received a foreclosure filing during April, according to the U.S. Foreclosure Market Report from RealtyTrac, an online marketplace that tracks foreclosed properties. That was up 4% from March, and surpassed the record of 239,851 set in August 2007.

http://money.cnn.com

US home prices fall at record pace

May 27, 2008 20:23 – The gloom enveloping the US housing market intensified on Tuesday as home prices dropped at the fastest annual rate since records began 20 years ago.

http://www.ft.com

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The FBI Wiretapped 27 Million Calls In One Year

January 21, 2008 Comments off

The FBI Wiretapped 27 Million Calls In One Year

January 21. 2008

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

Recently, it was reported the FBI wiretapped 27 million phone calls in one year. Are there really that many terrorists in America. The country would cease to exist if there was that much terrorist activity in one year and not one terrorist has been caught via wiretapping.

Furthermore, if terrorists are speaking in their native tongue and using local lingo or made up jargon, translators will not know what they are talking about anyway.

An innocuous example of this is teenagers who speak English using modern slang and adults looking on baffled as to just what they are talking about.

What were these 27 million calls about, then. No wonder the agency can’t pay its phone bill:

“Can they hear you now?”

By Eric Heyl
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, January 18, 2008

WASHINGTON — National security experts are heralding a bold new FBI initiative that should significantly bolster the country’s anti-terrorism efforts.

The bureau announced today that it will set up payment plans to gradually pay off its overdue phone bills. The move is intended to enable the bureau to eventually resume numerous wiretaps that telecommunications companies have shut off because of the delinquencies. http://www.pittsburghlive.com


FBI Recorded 27 Million FISA ‘Sessions’ in 2006

At the end of 2006, the FBI’s Telecommunications Intercept and Collection Technology Unit compiled an end-of-the-year report touting its accomplishments to management, a report that was recently unearthed via an open government request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Strikingly, the report said that the FBI’s software for recording telephone surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists intercepted 27,728,675 sessions.

Twenty-seven million is a staggering number given that the FBI only got 2,176 FISA court orders in 2006 from a secret spy court using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

According to the math that means each court order resulted in 12,742 “sessions,” all in regards to phone, not internet, surveillance.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/12/fbi-recorded-27.html

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Prime Minister Of Iraq Promises To Protect Local Christians

October 31, 2007 Comments off

Iraq Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki

Due to the violence and turmoil occurring in Iraq, the Prime Minister has pledged to protect local Christians from sectarian violence.

With an already 4,000,000 Iraqis displaced, there needn’t be any more violence and disenfranchisement.

It is my sincere hope that the war will end soon, US soldiers return home and Iraqis who have taken refuge in other countries like Syria, will return and rebuild.

The President and Halliburton, since they got the bulk of the jobs, should rebuild the country they bombed on poor intelligence.

Halliburton should also do it at cost, to the American people, as the US treasury has suffered enough under mismanagement and unruly spending, via the transgressions of the President, Vice President and Congress.

Halliburton was a deciding factor behind that war and now they want to hightail it to Dubai to live and work in the lap of luxury under very favorable tax laws.

The US economy is in the worse shape it’s been in decades, and you helped make that mess, you should stay here and help clean it up.

Your tax revenues should go into the U.S. treasury. You’re one of the last companies that should be looking to leave this country:

Iraqi PM Pledges to Protect Christians

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister pledged Saturday to protect and support the Christian minority that has been fleeing the chaos and sectarian violence in the country.

After receiving the Chaldean patriarch of Baghdad, Emmanuel III Delly, Nouri al-Maliki affirmed his government’s readiness and determination to defend the small community and to stop the outflow of Iraqi Christians, according to a statement released by al-Maliki’s office.

Delly, who is the head of Chaldean Church in Iraq and spiritual leader to all Chaldeans, has been outspoken about the need to protect minority Christians from Iraq’s spiraling violence.

Earlier this month, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Delly a cardinal, when he named 23 new “princes” of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Christian community here, about 3 percent of the country’s 26 million people, is particularly vulnerable, and has little political or military clout to defend itself.

Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Iraqi Christians, who are mostly Chaldeans, have been targeted by Islamic extremists who label them “crusaders” loyal to U.S. troops.

Churches, priests and business owned by Christians have been attacked by Islamic militants.

Seeking better and safer life, about 50 percent of Iraq’s Christians are thought to have left the country, according to a report issued by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which advises the White House and Congress. http://ap.google.com

How George Bush Destroyed The U.S. Economy

September 28, 2007 Comments off

…And The Congress That Let Him

September 27. 2007

George Bush is shaping up to be the Britney Spears of Presidents. Start off strong, but shaky, substance and position questioned, then crash and burn.

Some believe he won the election, some believe he did not. It was a lip sync victory for some. All that’s left for him to do now is flash, which I trust he won’t

He proclaimed faith in God, even referring to himself as a Christian, but his conduct in very important matters has been anything but.

The war has claimed many lives and usurped over 1 trillion in tax dollars, with the President requesting tens of billions more. Congress, inexplicably, has given him a blank check, underwritten by your tax dollars, for a war the White House lied to the public regarding.

If he had told people what he was truly doing with that war they would have told him: you can’t control that rambunctious region nor its assets and you’re going to send the U.S. economy in a terrible tailspin, from which it may never fully recover.

But, moving on from the spilled blood milk for a second. Let’s look at some other lesser, but important factors, in where the nation is headed.

Record Number Of Citizens Lose Their Homes To Foreclosure

This year a record 3 MILLION Americans have lost their homes, breeding the worst mortgage crisis in U.S. history that George Bush does not have the mental capacity to fix.

Said mortgage crisis has caused foreign banks with a culminated trillions in assets to pull out of American financial institutions, freeze assets abroad and adopt a, “We’re not lending you anymore money until we see where this crisis is going” attitude.

U.S. Dollar Declines

The U.S. dollar has decreased in value. So much so that the Euro and Pound have soared and last week, the Canadian dollar caught up with the U.S. dollar for the first time since 1976. That can be interpreted as erasing 30 years of progress.

Bush In Denial

President Bush Busted Using Crib Sheets

Yale all over again, I see.

Over the last month, economists who don’t use crib sheets, have rendered some dire predictions as to where they think the economy is headed. Yet Bush in his weekly radio addresses continues to declare the economy is “strong.”

Which economy are you looking at? You do realize the £ is not the same as the $ sign.

Citizens are suffering. There is no way Bush’s daze of denial is going to help matters. Since when did denial ever solve a problem.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the world entered it with Britain being number one. By the end of the 20th century, America was number one. Citizens and immigrants from all over, engaged in free enterprise, started businesses and became success stories, and thus the American Dream was born.

You however, Mr. Bush, adopted a terrible financial philosophy on how to run a country…into the ground. You started a costly deceitful war, spent money like it was going out of style and took care of the corporations that were trampling the citizens.

Banking Industry Allowed To Gouge And Swindle Citizens

You left the banking industry unregulated at the worst possible time in history – during the country’s most expensive war. There were credible reports coming out from all over the country of deceitful banking practices gouging citizens and swindling their homes and you did nothing.

Because in your mind, corporations and big business come first, which is a stupid financial motto, but clearly one you live by.

Banks took predatory lending to new extremes during your administration. They knew the ally they had in you and gouged the financial life out the country’s citizens.

Americans were enticed with low introductory new loan and refinance rates, didn’t grasp what they were truly signing and now people who had $600 mortgages are being told THIS YEAR their new mortgage payment is $1,800 per month. How do you expect them to pay that or do you just not give a hoot because your bills are paid.

I know people that this has happened to. There were even people on the national news protesting that they are going to lose their homes to this. MANY CITIZENS ALREADY HAVE. The banks are putting the squeeze on citizens all over the country, left, right and center.

But you, Mr. President, allowed these banks to prey on citizens, because in your eyes big business can do no wrong. Well guess what, they can…and they have…and now it’s effecting the country’s bottom line:

Terrible Economic Ripple Effect

This historic mortgage crisis has created a terrible ripple effect. Home builders are going under, as they have built homes people aren’t buying. People can’t afford it, as the cost of living in the country has risen due to the war.

Higher Cost Of Living

The war has driven up the cost of living via added food and gas costs and that’s in addition to you raising many fees across the country for government services to pay for said war. It’s a vicious cycle that you initiated with your deeds.

Bad Credit

Many Americans now have bad credit after you allowed all that unprecedented predatory lending to take place that cost millions of citizens the homes they did have – while others were swindled out of their properties via mortgage scams and unscrupulous municipality boards, as you twiddled your thumbs and watched Iraqi oil…and blood flow.

Therefore, with bad credit, how are citizens going to buy new homes to replace the ones they lost. And your nonsensical excuse last month that the government is not going to bail out people who bought homes they couldn’t afford holds no water and contradicts facts.

So, you’re saying the 3 million foreclosures so far this year are 3 million irresponsible Americans who bought homes above what they could afford and not people who were scammed out of their homes as FBI stats suggest, while others were taken advantage of by predatory lenders, who out of nowhere tripled the figure of their mortgage payments this year, as news reports suggest.

One of my friends was paying $380 per month last year. She is now paying $980 with a nasty Washington Mutual bank rep even sniping “we are not obligated to send you a statement” regarding the payment hike.

Another friend, whose mortgage is with another bank, got the shock of her life today when she opened her mail, only to find out that after 15 years of home ownership with payments of $450 per month, her payment has shot up overnight to $1,800 per month.

And this is the story of many all across America with banks putting the squeeze on citizens to compensate for this mortgage crisis. One that the President and Congress allowed to happen, that is hurting millions of Americans.

I started writing about this issue last November in my Sound Off Column and if I saw this disaster coming why didn’t they. After all, they’re supposed to be the professionals, right.

Industries In Trouble

The crisis is breeding the fall of a few industries. Home builders, furniture stores and ironically, mortgage companies.

For further reference on the latter, see predatory lender Countrywide that almost folded with 28,000 employees until Bank Of America sent a cash infusion. See Eagle First Mortgage and its 75 branches that were shutdown for “illegal lending practices” that defrauded Americans. Also see American Home Mortgage that folded, leaving 6,000 people out of work.

But earlier in the year, what was the FBI’s little dingbat reasoning for this unexpected mortgage crisis: oh, rogue independent citizens are trying to take advantage of our lucrative real estate market. Yea, they were part right – they just left out the unscrupulous banks.

Home Builders Going Under

Recently, there was a developer that borrowed $110,000,000 from a bank to build a condo building on popular Miami Beach. This year he had to walk away from the condo building after failing to sell even a single unit. The bank then foreclosed. His business in ruined. That’s a true picture of what the economy is like now.

Furniture Stores In Financial Straits

Furniture stores worth billions are in financial trouble, some closing, because people aren’t buying furniture to put in the homes they aren’t buying from the builders. Once again, a vicious cycle.

Farmers

The farmers are feeling the heat with the President running away undocumented migrant workers. They can’t afford to pay others to help them run their farms that feed the nation.

Unemployment

With businesses going under in the mortgage crisis, that means jobs are lost, which can cause unemployment to skyrocket. That’s not good for any economy.

But you, Mr. President, clearly don’t grasp that, because you continue to spout your “the economy is strong” speech, while standing idly by as the crisis worsens.

Bush Administration Accused Of Rigging Big Tobacco Verdicts

Former U.S. Attorney Sharon Eubanks

Another example of this practice of yours in looking out for the corporations at the citizens’ expense is illustrated in Big Tobacco.

Last month, I read an excerpt of a book regarding how you “rigged Big Tobacco verdicts” via the court system to benefit your “Big Tobacco friends” in Texas.

Never mind tobacco killed off scores of Americans, who did not know how dangerous those little cancer sticks really were. But Big Tobacco knew, they had advance warning….but they didn’t bother to let everyone else in on what they’d discovered.

Rather than punishing them and giving the money to cancer victims who smoked for years, you protected the corporations. A U.S. attorney, Sharon Eubanks, even spoke out and stated she was instructed to rig award amounts to victims, reducing them by tens of billions of dollars, to protect Big Tobacco. That is unconscionable…and on your shift, Mr. President.

Enron

Then there’s Enron. Credible news pieces have stated that because you and your family are friends with the two CEOs of Enron and their families, they were allowed to continue running that farce of a business.

Rather than stopping the madness, when there were so many terrible warning signs, it was allowed to continue until it culminated into the biggest corporate disaster in U.S. history. Enron hurt many Americans, whose pensions and savings were wiped out.

I saw a 55 year old woman on TV that lost her pension in the whole Enron scandal. She dishearteningly stated she has to work for 10 more years rather than retiring now, as she had planned to do.

Her dreams of retiring with the money she EARNED was destroyed. She was cast into financial uncertainty. Many share her story, while Enron’s executives, your friends, had cashed out to the tune of millions.

But once again, you believe in protecting the corporation, rather than the citizens and it has become a hallmark of your presidency that history certainly will not forget.

It has further come back to burn your administration in a terrible way, as you now have the dubious distinction of being the president when America hit unprecedented financial lows.

The Middle Class Is Disappearing

The American middle class has just about disappeared. Many writers have noted this. It is now rich and poor, when before America had a very strong middle class.

Where This Is All Headed

What is forming is a similar situation to what happened in India, respectfully, with a small group of rich and a large group of poor.

Unemployment is going to skyrocket if the government is not careful.

Bad Financial Ideas

I don’t know who it is that put the idea in your head, Mr. President, that protecting corporate interests at the expense of a country with 300,000,000 citizens was the best course of action, because it wasn’t.

If citizens are broke, struggling to pay bills, losing their homes, they will spend less in the marketplace run by corporations and perform poorly at work at corporations.

You threw ethics out the window and let these corporations do whatever they wanted to the country’s citizens and now the treasury is paying a price for it.

You spent whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted as well, and now the seeds of these terrible decisions are sprouting up all over, threatening to consume the country financially.

You are going to go down as the worst president in U.S. history, but clearly you don’t grasp what that truly means or you wouldn’t have done half the bad things you did.

Senate agrees to raise U.S. credit limit

WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – With the U.S. government fast approaching its current $8.965 trillion credit limit, the Senate on Thursday gave final congressional approval of an $850 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority.

The Senate voted 53-42 to raise the debt ceiling to $9.815 trillion, the fifth increase in the U.S. credit limit since President George W. Bush took office in January 2001.

“We have no choice but to approve it. If we fail to raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. Treasury will default for the first time in its history,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus.

http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx

Lie Hard

September 26, 2007 Comments off

“Die Hard” Director Sentenced To Prison In The Anthony Pellicano Case

September 25. 2007

“Die Hard” director John McTiernan retracted his guilty plea, where he confessed he lied to the FBI regarding employing disgraced private eye Anthony Pellicano, to illegally wiretap a producer, thus killing the deal he obtained from the prosecutor in the case.

This did not make the judge happy. And guess what, said judge, Dale Fischer, put her foot in McTiernan’s butt, sentencing him to 4 months in jail for lying to the Federales A/K/A the FBI.

“When he entered his plea last year, McTiernan said he lied when he told an FBI agent the only time he used Pellicano’s services was during his divorce. In actuality, he said, he hired Pellicano to wiretap Charles Roven, a producer who had worked with him on the 2002 box-office flop “Rollerball.” – Yahoo News

Typical of Hollywood – they pay people to commit crimes – then pretend they didn’t do it, because they didn’t actually do the deed, as they commissioned and compensated someone else to execute it. That’s called conspiracy, which is even worse.

Hans Gruber can’t save you now:

“I vwant the de-tin-ay-tahs”

In my humble opinion, McTiernan should do a few years in jail, because it is evident he engaged in illegal wiretapping and more than once.

He got caught for paying Anthony Pellicano to criminally wiretap producer Charles Roven, but McTiernan’s wife had previously accused him of illegally wiretapping her as well, illustrating a clear pattern of misconduct.

Why were no charges brought regarding his alleged conduct toward his wife? She sued him for this misconduct. Why is it not in the indictment? http://www.hollywood.com/news

Why is the government being so slow in this case? It’s run on for years and the trial still hasn’t even started yet.

So many people have come out with credible evidence that they have been wiretapped yet this case is moving at snail’s pace. Hannah Montana is going to be collecting social security by the time this case wraps up.

Tom Cruise, Brad Grey, Bert Fields, Madonna, Steven Bing and other stars have been accused of using Pellicano to wiretap others, yet they have not been indicted. Why is that? Does the law not apply to them? If so, you should put it in legal statutes and the Constitution. You know, sort of as a disclaimer.

They should be investigating Cruise and Scientology, but they are too busy trying to find his wedding pictures, which the public condemned online in different forums, as a misuse of their tax dollars.

More slaps on the wrist for serious crime from FBI director Robert “Fuhrer” Mueller, who shamefully values celebrities over everyday citizens of the country that pay his salary.

To Mueller, the rich and famous, as idiotic and low class as some of them are on a daily basis, are prestigious citizens whom he must protect and firmly affix his lips to their backsides

Everyone else are taxpaying plebeians that afford him the leisure of regularly and improperly flying around in a $40,000,000 government private jet, that costs millions to fuel, and was sanctioned by Congress for other purposes.

Not to mention, the ability the people plebians grant him to illegally play with $1,000,000,000 in taxpayer money that he has yet to give an account for, including the many missing millions he tagged “miscellaneous” in the squandered computer funds.

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