Black Holes. “If you want to crown them then crown their ass”. Title dates back to a Denny Green football rant. Plus Afghanistan and our buddies the NSA.

I honestly wish I knew more about astronomy. I have heard it said it may be the toughest field to be an expert in. Almost everyone has an IQ above 160. Competition is fierce apparently. What if we rethought black holes? Stephan Hawking apparently has. Some of his thoughts are very interesting.

“””””Black holes don’t actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.

Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest it can. This contradiction has been the subject of debate among physicists for years. In the paper, “Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes,” Dr. Hawking proposes a solution to this paradox: instead of devouring information and energy permanently, black holes release it back into the universe in a garbled, unrecognizable form.

Traditionally, black holes were thought to contain an “event horizon,” a sharp boundary beyond which even light cannot escape the gravitational pull of the black hole’s infinitely dense core. Now Dr. Hawking proposes a shifting boundary, the “apparent” horizon, which fluctuates according to quantum effects.

“THERE ARE NO BLACK HOLES,” THE PAPER CONCLUDES

Among other implications, this new theory would have consequences for any astronaut who happened to fall into a black hole. According to quantum physics, the unlucky astronaut would immediately burn up in a “firewall” of intense radiation. Relativity, however, holds that the astronaut would be gradually pulled and stretched like pasta until being crushed at the black hole’s core. Hawking’s theory dispenses with the paradox because without an event horizon, there would be no firewall.”””””””

verge article on

Here is a link to Hawkins paper. It is fairly short.

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.5761v1.pdf

Hawkins paper

Historical Black hole theory

“””””””The story starts in 1784, when a geologist named John Michell was thinking deeply about Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity. In Newtonian physics, a cannonball can be shot into orbit around the Earth if it surpasses a particular speed, known as the planet’s escape velocity. This speed depends on the mass and radius of the object you are trying to escape from. Michell’s insight was to imagine a body whose escape velocity was so great that it exceeded the speed of light – 300,000 kilometers per second – first measured in 1676 by the Danish astronomer Ole Romer.

Michell presented his results to other scientists, who speculated that massive “dark stars” might exist in abundance in the sky but be invisible because light can’t escape their surfaces. The French mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace later made an independent discovery of these “dark stars” and both luminaries correctly calculated the very small radius – 6 kilometers – such an object would have if it were as massive as our sun.

After the revolutions of 20th century physics, black holes got much weirder. In 1916, a short while after Einstein published the complex equations underpinning General Relativity (which Einstein himself couldn’t entirely solve), a German astronomer named Karl Schwarzschild showed that a massive object squeezed to a single point would warp space around it so much that even light couldn’t escape. Though the cartoon version of black holes has them sucking everything up like a vacuum cleaner, light would only be unable to escape Schwarzschild’s object if it was inside a particular radius, called the Schwarzschild radius. Beyond this “event horizon,” you could safely leave the vicinity of a black hole.

Neither Schwarzschild nor Einstein believed this object was anything other than a mathematical curiosity. It took a much better understanding of the lives of stars before black holes were taken seriously. You see, a star only works because it preserves a delicate balance between gravity, which is constantly trying to pull its mass inward, and the nuclear furnace in its belly, which exerts pressure outward. At some point a star runs out of fuel and the fusion at its core turns off. Gravity is given the upper hand, causing the star to collapse. For stars like our sun, this collapse is halted when the electrons in the star’s atoms get so close that they generate a quantum mechanical force called electron degeneracy pressure. An object held up by this pressure is called a white dwarf.”””””

wired article on black hole theory in History

Afghanistan pullout seen as a peril to US drone mission

” I am not here… This isn’t happening”
Radiohead–How to disappear completely.

Apparently a big concern of pulling out the troops is we will lose use of airbases that we attack militants, women and children with. It seems like a smoke screen to me to be a concern of a pullout might affect something else. Why can we just not build more efficient drones that could take off from further away? Can’t we launch drones from Aircraft carriers or other bases in the Middle East? Hasn’t drone technology improved to the point they can almost fly 24 hours non stop? ( I believe the giant new Navy Drone can do that).

Can I say as matter of my opinion. Karzhi was one of the worst decisions that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield ever had. In my estimation they had some seriously horrible decision blunders ( Patriot Act, NSA global surveillance, enhanced interrogation, rendition program! black site prisons—I could go on and on) but he is a train wreck that we backed, financed and trained.

“”””””WASHINGTON — The risk that President Obama may be forced to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year has set off concerns inside the American intelligence agencies that they could lose their air bases used for drone strikes against Al Qaeda in Pakistan and for responding to a nuclear crisis in the region.

Until now, the debate here and in Kabul about the size and duration of an American-led allied force in Afghanistan after 2014 had focused on that country’s long-term security. But these new concerns also reflect how troop levels in Afghanistan directly affect long-term American security interests in neighboring Pakistan, according to administration, military and intelligence officials.

The concern has become serious enough that the Obama administration has organized a team of intelligence, military and policy specialists to devise alternatives to mitigate the damage if a final security deal cannot be struck with the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, who has declined to enact an agreement that American officials thought was completed last year.”””””

Times article discussing drones

NSA– pulling massive data from your apps.

If you follow this blog you know I am fascinated and repulsed to some degree what big brother… I mean the NSA is doing. Nothing would surprise me at this point. I personally use emails that are encrypted and have started using the TOR browser to remain secure on my iMac. I have nothing to hide but it is the point. Why make it easy for them to read you like a book… Somewhere they have a huge database about you, me and almost everyone on the planet.

“””””””””New leaked NSA documents shed a new light on the agency’s assault on the data leaked by smartphone apps. By targeting the app configuration data, the NSA and GCHQ are able to pull date ranging from general characteristics like age and ethnicity to specific location based on GPS. The documents outline multiple tactics for unearthing this data, including a direct tap on app configuration data and information sent to ad networks. Using app data permissions as a jumping off point, the NSA is able to pull any data advertisers have access to, plotting data collected in this manner against the Marina database of web-based metadata. The documents point out Angry Birds as an example of an ad-supported app that sends potentially useful data to ad networks, allowing the NSA to grab the data in transit.

“INTERCEPTING GOOGLE MAPS QUERIES MADE ON SMARTPHONES”

The documents also specifically instruct agency staffers in “intercepting Google Maps queries made on smartphones, and using them to collect large volumes of location information.” A 2010 documents also highlights Android phones as sending GPS information “in the clear” (without encryption), giving the NSA the user’s location every time he or she pulls up Google Maps.””””””””

verge article on apps being used massively by NSA

From the Guardian article

“””””””””The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users’ private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users’ most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger.

Many smartphone owners will be unaware of the full extent this information is being shared across the internet, and even the most sophisticated would be unlikely to realise that all of it is available for the spy agencies to collect.

Dozens of classified documents, provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden and reported in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica, detail the NSA and GCHQ efforts to piggyback on this commercial data collection for their own purposes.

Scooping up information the apps are sending about their users allows the agencies to collect large quantities of mobile phone data from their existing mass surveillance tools – such as cable taps, or from international mobile networks – rather than solely from hacking into individual mobile handsets.

Exploiting phone information and location is a high-priority effort for the intelligence agencies, as terrorists and other intelligence targets make substantial use of phones in planning and carrying out their activities, for example by using phones as triggering devices in conflict zones. The NSA has cumulatively spent more than $1bn in its phone targeting efforts.

The disclosures also reveal how much the shift towards smartphone browsing could benefit spy agencies’ collection efforts.”””””””””””””

Guardian article outlining program

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Updates. Cyber warfare and Drones.

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I am always updating and learning about things that interest me. Once I have written about something here it does not mean my interest in the topic stops. I actually write about things here because I am interested in these things and I figure I can learn something if start actually looking into the topics. I started the blog for other reasons to be honest but have found it to be an incredible learning experience for me. I am always going back and editing in new things I find about articles I have written in the past. I am sure if you follow what I have done you may recognize it. Maybe you do not. Depending on the top the EDIT update can either be large or small.

If the topic is in the news often it seems like there is no shortage of things I can add back to a topic.

All this info has been edited into the main article.

I found the piece on the Iron Dome to be really interesting. Is this what Reagan had in mind with the Star Wars program? I am pretty sure the basic pieces are in place.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50141243n

Also updated my post about the black knight satellite (if it exists) with a new video I found. More information can be found in “what next?”.

They report about one of the saddest aspects of US Foreign Policy in my lifetime and pretty much clearly in our nations History. The extraordinary rendition program and the enhanced interrogation program are a low point for the Country in my view. You are free to disagree with me. The damage it did to the view of the United States worldwide I would argue did more than offset the good you got by any info obtained by Torture. There are countless reports that Torture just does not work in terms of getting information. People reach a breaking point and will just agree/admit to anything.

Globalizing Torture:

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/globalizing-torture-20120205.pdf

New Broke this Week the Chinese have been attacking (cyber attacking) various parts/targets of our Economy. Nothing shocking.. nothing anyone did not really know what was going on. The surprising thing I suppose was they were able to trace it directly back to the Chinese military.

http://intelreport.mandiant.com/Mandiant_APT1_Report.pdf

This got me thinking again about cyber warfare. I have been arguing for awhile that in reality the first shots of a ww3 have/has actually started. It is just quiet now and below the surface because most of it is a world-wide cyber war is taking place. Countries vs Countries with various economic and military importance in the targets.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/02/19/Chinese-Attacks-Reveals-an-Undeclared-Global-Cyber-War.aspx#page1

A General who thinks Cyber war is more sinister than the Nuclear age. I am beginning to think the same way. The physical damage may not be as high as say a Nuclear Weapon but a widespread Cyber Attack could cripple this Country or any Country almost to the same level.

Fmr. CIA official: Cyber war ‘more sinister than nuclear age’

How to the US defenses stack up in case of Cyber attack?

http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/the-cyber-war-real-and-our-defenses-are-weak-213016

The Kaspersky Lab breakdown of the Cyber attack known as Flame. Very interesting report.

http://www.securelist.com/en/blog?weblogid=208193522

Video with Eugene Kaspersky and Howard Schmidt, former advisor to Barrack Obama on cyber warfare issues.

PBS Newshour discussing Cyber Warfare issues.

Israel training a new Cyber Warfare training program.

http://www.zdnet.com/israel-launches-cyber-warfare-training-program-7000009264/

Nations Prepare for Cyber War

http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/07/technology/security/cyber-war/

Red October attack reported by Russian.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21013087

In England they are concerned they are behind the 8 ball when it comes to dealing with dealing with Cyber war attacks.

“In a report released today, the Defence Committee said the government did not appear to have a fully constructed plan for dealing with a major cyber attack.”

http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/cyber-warfare-government-fatal-103575

The Ever increasing Stakes in Cyber Warfare.

http://www.plantengineering.com/single-article/cyber-war-stakes-rising/9ffc699849b218f4da01e5cc8e789640.html

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News about Stuxnet ,Flame and the Chinese Hackers.

Stuxnet: Basically they have found variants on Stuxnet leading people to think it has been “in the wild” much longer than they suspected originally.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/stuxnet-worm-targeting-iran-in-works-as-early-as-2005-symantec-finds/2013/02/26/4cb562d8-8059-11e2-8074-b26a871b165a_story.html

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/02/new-stuxnet-variant-found/

Flame:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/06/flame-tied-to-stuxnet/

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/flame-coders-left-fingerprints/

Researchers are asking for help to determine the Mysterious payload on one of these Malware platforms.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/08/gauss-mystery-payload/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-israel-developed-computer-virus-to-slow-iranian-nuclear-efforts-officials-say/2012/06/19/gJQA6xBPoV_story.html

Kaspersky breakdown of Malware.

http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792262/Red_October_Diplomatic_Cyber_Attacks_Investigation

‘Red October’

http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/785/The_Red_October_Campaign_An_Advanced_Cyber_Espionage_Network_Targeting_Diplomatic_and_Government_Agencies

http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/785/The_Red_October_Campaign_An_Advanced_Cyber_Espionage_Network_Targeting_Diplomatic_and_Government_Agencies

NY Times video Pieces about Chinese Hackers.

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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/02/28/how_to_win_a_cyberwar_with_china?page=full&wp_login_redirect=0

Olympic games-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Olympic_Games

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/06/the-rewards-and-risks-of-cyberwar.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/06/did-americas-cyber-attack-on-iran-make-us-more-vulnerable/258120/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardstiennon/2012/06/04/operation-olympic-game-project-x-and-the-assault-on-the-it-security-industry/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/10/why-was-stuxnet-attack-called-operation-olympic-games.html

Drones have been in the News quite a bit recently. I have been updating my post quite often and it seems like new articles and material is being written every day. Start off with the infamous white paper that NBC acquired discussing the Obama Administration and how they deal with the Drone issues.

The infamous white Paper. I have it in another spot in the blog.. but it could be the single most important thing in the topic.

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf

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A news article that may have slipped by if you were not paying attention and interested in this type of thing. The Global War on terror seemingly has a new battlefield (yes I know about Mali etc..)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national-security/drones-and-spy-planes-over-Africa/index.html

A fantastic documentary about Drones. (highly recommended)

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2013/02/201321672854925446.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2013/02/201321672854925446.html

  • First a article about micro drones and the Military and Defense manufacturers mad rush to push the technological envelope and bring even more intrusive drones into our lives.

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/19/micro_drones_will_hide_in_plain_sight/

  • Second a article about how we now appear to be selling our drone weaponry to other countries. I have a bad feeling this could come back to hurt us down the road.. but the all mighty dollar seems to trump good judgement.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/19/uae-to-buy-us-made-drones-in-military-expansion/

  • New York Times article about some backlash Police Departments have been finding in Drone use.
  • Emmy award journalist covering the growing Drone “controversy”

  • A telegraph article about a document recently found in Mail outlining how al-Qaeda instructs people on avoiding drones. (followed by the actual .pdf)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9886637/Revealed-al-Qaedas-22-tips-for-dodging-drones.html

http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_international/_pdfs/al-qaida-papers-drones.pdf

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””These tactics are:
1 – It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russian made “sky grabber” device to infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The device
is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computerknow-how.
2 – Using devices that broadcast frequencies or pack of frequencies to disconnect the
contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone. The Mujahideen have had
successful experiments using the Russian-made “Racal.” 3 – Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building.
4 – Placing a group of skilled snipers to hunt the drone, especially the reconnaissance
ones because they fly low, about six kilometers or less.
5 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting
dynamo fitted with a 30-meter copper pole.
6 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using old equipment and
keeping them 24-hour running because of their strong frequencies and it is possible using
simple ideas of deception of equipment to attract the electronic waves devices similar to
that used by the Yugoslav army when they used the microwave (oven) in attracting and
confusing the NATO missiles fitted with electromagnetic searching devices.””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

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When Iran first announced last year they had captured a US drone it was shocking news to a lot of people. The Obama administration was caught trying to cover its rear end so to speak as were many defense contractors. Iran quickly followed that up with a announcement that they could hack a drones systems and force it down. I blew it off initially .. I thought it was just posturing/propaganda. Over the last 48 hours they have apparently captured a third US Drone. I have come to believe they do indeed have some method for overriding a drones systems and forcing them to land. Basically they are fooling the drones GPS system into thinking it is really close to home base and the drone does the rest in terms of landing. The second Wired article tells a little about what Iran claims as well as has a short video showing what they mean.

Washington Post article discussing newest Iran Drone claims

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iran-claims-it-captured-a-foreign-drone-during-military-exercise/2013/02/23/2edf30e0-7de8-11e2-9073-e9dda4ac6a66_story.html?tid=pm_world_pop

Wired articles discussing Iran and Drones.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/04/iran-drone-hack/

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/iran-drone-hack-gps/

Bonus article/pdf discussing Drones impacts on civilian populations.

http://civiliansinconflict.org/uploads/files/publications/The_Civilian_Impact_of_Drones_w_cover.pdf

Double Bonus.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/somalia-drones/all/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/drones-are-the-weapon-of-choice-in-obamas-destruction-of-due-process/5318914

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/general-mcchrystal-on-drones-they-are-hated-on-a-visceral-level/266914/

OFF TOPIC in a way. I just saw an incredible piece of video. This is the commanding officer of disaster response on 9-11 at the Pentagon speaking.. Listen to what he says. Listen again. That is why a majority of people in the US now believe that the 9-11 commission report was totally bogus.

Think I am doing Cryptography next…

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X-37 Secret Space Plane.

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English: The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle in the encapsulation cell at the Astrotech facility April 13, 2010, in Titusville, Florida. Air Force officials are scheduled to launch the X-37B April 21, 2010, at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. The X-37B is the U.S.’s newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle makes its first space flight aboard an Atlas V rocket April 22, 2010, from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”
― Thomas PynchonGravity’s Rainbow

I wanted to write a little bit and research something that has been of interest to me since I first heard about it roughly eighteen months ago. The first time I heard it mentioned on a newscast they kept calling it “A Secret Space Plane”.  If you throw those three words together you will have me  hook, line and sinker. There is something ominous sounding to me anytime the word secret is combined with Government. After reading countless things about The US Govt and NASA and Space and CIA and NSA etc.. etc.. etc.. I feel qualified enough to say that sometimes the US Government will attempt to hide something or some program based on the idea if you make it as plain sight as possible that people will not see it.  Basically the X-37 is a reusable space vehicle much in the same way the Shuttle was as evidenced by the fact it has been launched 3 times all ready and returned twice to Earth. It also is boosted into space via a Rocket and can land much the way a plane can at your local airport.  (BTW I am not saying the X-37 could land at your local airport.. it has to have a very long run way in which to decelerate.)

Per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-37B)

“The X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle is a reusable robotic spaceplane. It is a 120%-scale derivative of the Boeing X-40,[6] measuring over 29 feet (8.8 m) in length, and features two angled tail fins.[3][26] The X-37 launches atop an Atlas V version 501 rocket with a Centaur second stage.[19][3] The X-37 is designed to operate in a speed range of up to Mach 25 on its reentry.[27][28]

Basically it is much the same as a huge drone (supposedly)

Again per Wikipedia

“Among the technologies demonstrated in the X-37 include an improved thermal protection system, enhanced avionics, an autonomous guidance system and an advanced airframe.[8] The spaceplane’s thermal protection system is built upon previous generations of atmospheric reentry spacecraft,[10] incorporating silica ceramic tiles.[29] The X-37’s avionics suite was used by Boeing to develop its CST-100 manned spacecraft.[30]

  You will most likely hear the following words a lot if you follow this story.

                           “The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane is set to launch on it’s nth voyage. The details of the mission have been kept a secret.”

Has this single handily started a new space race or star wars to some degree? Do other Nations have something to worry about?

It has the ability to stay up in orbit for a long long time.

“The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Based on NASA’s X-37 design, the unmanned OTV is designed for vertical launch to low Earth orbit altitudes where it can perform long duration space technology experimentation and testing. Upon command from the ground, the OTV autonomously re-enters the atmosphere, descends and lands horizontally on a runway. The X-37B is the first vehicle since NASA’s Shuttle Orbiter with the ability to return experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis, but with an on-orbit time of 270 days, the X-37B can stay in space for much longer.” —– US Air Force X-37 Fact Sheet——-

http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=16639

From the Miltary:

http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA407255&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

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X-37 Transferred to Darpa

http://www.space.com/337-nasa-transfers-37-project-darpa.html

Dailymail article questioning what is it doing???

New York Times digs into what I believe the true missions is with the X-37:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2112146/Mystery-U-S-X-37B-space-plane-orbit-year.html

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/space-plane-record/

It recently went up again on another top secret mission length unknown:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/secret-shuttle-launch-x-37b-spaceplane_n_2279274.html

Excellent document that describes the X-37 in some degree:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/44484569/X-37B-USAF-Spaceplane

Various semi informative videos:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/secret-space-plane/

http://www.space.com/11033-photos-x37b-space-plane-2nd-flight.html

Diagrams that show some real basic ideas of functionality and scale etc. You should click on the image to have it show up a bit bigger in another window.

x-37b-cargo-transfer x-37b-derivatives-2 x-37b-size-comparison mid-aft-apas-x-37b

http://www.space.com/11240-video-secret-x37b-space-plane-skywatchers.html

I am just curious what it could possible be doing up there.? I am curious in people’s opinions. I watched the Nova documentary on Astrospies and was fairly amazed that there was a secret parallel space part of the Government that were doing things in the late 50’s perhaps but easily the 60’s. It was separate and different than NASA. I do not recommend a lot in terms of movies but I do love documentaries and do recommend watching the Nova one concerning astrospies.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/astrospies.html

-will be back to edit in more information.

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Article describing in less than very good detail what the X-37 is and what it can do. Not sure I buy into what the author is selling.

http://defense.aol.com/2012/12/11/air-force-launches-robot-space-plane-x-37b-but-whats-it-for/

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English: The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle in the encapsulation cell at the Astrotech facility April 2010, in Titusville, Florida. Air Force officials are scheduled to launch the X-37B April 21, 2010, at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. The X-37B is the U.S.’s newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Drones

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“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell1984

Drones appear silently

The night is quiet until explosion

Death is from above.

—–Drone Haiku—-

Bonus Drone link

http://counterterrorism.newamerica.net/

Edit for new articles:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/28/darpa-argus-is-surveillance/

Edit (2-13-13)

NPR had a great program yesterday on Drones and how the Obama administration is dealing with reporters and kill lists etc.

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/12/171719082/the-sticky-questions-surrounding-drones-and-kill-lists

EDIT (2-18-13) Have found 3 new excellent articles on Drones.

NY Times article about Drone use in police forces. Brings up some very interesting questions.

Supposedly everything you need to know about Drones in Popular Mechanics.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/planes-uavs/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-drones-15093934?

Link to another article found in PM.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/planes-uavs/3-questions-after-irans-claimed-shoot-down-of-us-drone-6610661

Bloomberg’s interesting take on Drones.

Obama’s Drone Attack on Your Due Process

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-08/obama-s-drone-attack-on-your-due-process.html

The infamous white Paper. I have it in another spot in the blog.. but it could be the single most important thing in the topic.

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf

EDIT::::::::::02.21.2013

  • First a article about micro drones and the Military and Defense manufacturers mad rush to push the technological envelope and bring even more intrusive drones into our lives.

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/19/micro_drones_will_hide_in_plain_sight/

  • Second a article about how we now appear to be selling our drone weaponry to other countries. I have a bad feeling this could come back to hurt us down the road.. but the all mighty dollar seems to trump good judgement.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/19/uae-to-buy-us-made-drones-in-military-expansion/

  • Emmy award journalist covering the growing Drone “controversy”

  • A telegraph article about a document recently found in Mail outlining how al-Qaeda instructs people on avoiding drones. (followed by the actual .pdf)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9886637/Revealed-al-Qaedas-22-tips-for-dodging-drones.html

http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_international/_pdfs/al-qaida-papers-drones.pdf

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””These tactics are:
1 – It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russianmade “sky grabber” device to infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The device
is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computerknow-how.
2 – Using devices that broadcast frequencies or pack of frequencies to disconnect the
contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone. The Mujahideen have had
successful experiments using the Russian-made “Racal.” 3 – Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building.
4 – Placing a group of skilled snipers to hunt the drone, especially the reconnaissance
ones because they fly low, about six kilometers or less.
5 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting
dynamo fitted with a 30-meter copper pole.
6 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using old equipment and
keeping them 24-hour running because of their strong frequencies and it is possible using
simple ideas of deception of equipment to attract the electronic waves devices similar to
that used by the Yugoslav army when they used the microwave (oven) in attracting and
confusing the NATO missiles fitted with electromagnetic searching devices.””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

EDIT::::::::::::::::::::::02.22.2013::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

A news article that may have slipped by if you were not paying attention and interested in this type of thing. The Global War on terror seemingly has a new battlefield (yes I know about Mali etc..)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national-security/drones-and-spy-planes-over-Africa/index.html

A fantastic documentary about Drones. (highly recommended)

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2013/02/201321672854925446.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2013/02/201321672854925446.html

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Drone stuff mostly.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/11/chris-dorner-drones-lapd

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/02/12/killing_isn_t_cool?wp_login_redirect=0

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/03/06/the-obama-administrations-reluctance-to-say-drone-strikes-on-us-soil-against-us-citizens-are-illegal/

Germany wants to start building Drones.. All these Drones can be nothing but good right?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01/germany-armed-drones_n_2597913.html?utm_hp_ref=world

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Drones will shift from the CIA to the defense department.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/19/exclusive-no-more-drones-for-cia.html

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/03/19/were-asking-the-wrong-questions-about-drones

 

I have decided to do Drones next.. I have found a lot of information on them in the last 10 days but will wait till I have some time to put it all together.

This is basically a heads up that Nova will be showing “Rise of the Drones” this evening. Should be a great and educational program.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/rise-of-the-drones.html

I have collected a lot of really great information about Drones and will be using this space in the coming days to arrange what I have found.

EDIT: I am putting the information together now and should be publishing it tomorrow. The full program is available to watch as well at the pbs site linked above and below.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/rise-of-the-drones.html

—It is taking me longer than I expected. There is more information that I have time to go over. It will be up shortly though.

Here is another good documentary on drones.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/07/201271872041648814.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/57295260/Targeted-Killing-and-Drone-Warfare-How-We-Came-to-Debate-Whether-There-Is-a-%E2%80%98Legal-Geography-of-War%E2%80%99-by-K-Anderson

Ethical Issues:

http://chronicle.com/article/Moral-Robots-the-Future-of/134240/

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-rise-of-the-killer-drones-how-america-goes-to-war-in-secret-20120416?print=true

http://harpers.org/blog/2010/06/rules-for-drone-wars-six-questions-for-philip-alston/

http://www.thenation.com/article/161936/cias-secret-sites-somalia?page=full

http://www.thenation.com/video/162138/obama-doctrine-drones-targeted-killings-and-secret-prisons

Drone Strikes– Have a few sources with some really solid information. Would look at the results and how it impacts relations worldwide.

http://www.propublica.org/article/everything-we-know-so-far-about-drone-strikes?google_editors_picks=true

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2012/11/03/ok-fine-shoot-him-four-words-that-heralded-a-decade-of-secret-us-drone-killings/?fb_action_ids=10151242357743481&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366

http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/thefold/drones-the-american-weapon-of-choice/2012/10/23/4743dc52-1d54-11e2-9cd5-b55c38388962_video.html

Very interesting documents..

A. The offical UK policy on unmanned aerial drones.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/33711/20110505JDN_211_UAS_v2U.pdf

B. The council on foreign relations document concerning the use of drones.

Drones_CSR65

C. Washington Post interactive concerning drones.

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/foreign/drones/

The best website covering the covert drone war.

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/category/projects/drones/

Article concerning children killed by drone strikes.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-children-killed-by-americas-drones-crimes-against-humanity-committed-by-barack-h-obama/5320570

Besides from Innocent Children being killed by drones and American citizens being sentenced to death without trial the fact the CIA targets rescuers and funerals is sickening.

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2012/02/04/obama-terror-drones-cia-tactics-in-pakistan-include-targeting-rescuers-and-funerals/

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Interesting Question posed by article on Drone Program.

I have personally wondered about whether the different aspects of the war on terror is actually driving recruitment to Al-Q and ensuring to some degree the war continues. I also know that many people do not really trust the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations). Read the article if your interested and form your own ideas.

 

http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2012/12/26/americas-failing-drone-war-in-yemen/