Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Google is not "too cooperative" to Chinese government

You can't serve two masters at the same time. This was just Google wanted to.
By acting this way they only received criticism by western media, of being too cooperative to a red dictatorship.
Reading this report - published on washington post - we know that even Chinese government is satisfied.

Chinese Media Assail Google
Internet Giant Said to Face Probe for Operating Without License

By Philip P. Pan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, February 22, 2006; Page A09

BEIJING, Feb. 21 -- A state-run newspaper reported Tuesday that Google Inc. is under investigation for operating without a proper license in China and quoted an unnamed government official as saying the Internet giant needs to cooperate further with the authorities in blocking "harmful information" from its search results.

The report, in the Beijing News, was published the same day that another state newspaper ran a harshly worded editorial about Google. The paper accused the firm of sneaking into China like an "uninvited guest" and then making a fuss about being required to follow Chinese law and cooperate in censoring search results such as pornography.

The unusually bold attacks in the state media suggest that the Chinese government is unhappy with Google's efforts thus far to filter politically sensitive results from its popular search engine in China, and that its ability to do business in the country may be in jeopardy.

Google's cooperation with the Chinese government in censoring the Internet has already sparked outrage from free speech advocates and U.S. lawmakers who accuse it of betraying its corporate motto, "Don't be evil." The firm announced last month that it was launching a censored search engine,, to improve its service in China, where its regular site and its search results are sometimes blocked.

Dubbed the "eunuch edition" by some Chinese Internet users, the new search engine withholds results from Web sites the governing Communist Party finds objectionable, and returns limited results when users enter politically sensitive keywords.

Google has defended its decision to launch the censored site, arguing that people in China can continue to use the Chinese version of its regular search engine, It has also pointed out that the new search engine is the first in China to inform users when results have been removed because of the government's "laws, regulations and policies."

But it appears Chinese authorities are now pressuring Google to cut off access in China to its regular search engine, and to stop telling users of the new site every time a search is censored.

"Is it necessary for an enterprise that is operating within the borders of China to constantly tell your customers you are following domestic law?" said the editorial published Tuesday in the China Business Times, a financial daily.

Both the editorial and the Beijing News accused Google of operating its new site without an ICP -- or Internet content provider -- license. The editorial also accused Google of starting a debate about censorship in China to draw attention away from its "illegal" activity. "Can Google get away with this?" it asked.

In a written statement, Google spokeswoman Debbie Frost said Google uses a license held by a local Chinese firm,, in an arrangement that is common for foreign Internet firms in China.

A source familiar with the government's position said the Ministry of Information Industries has raised the ICP license issue to put pressure on Google to comply with its demands. He said the government wants Google to make a larger investment in China and do more to censor its search results.

"The main problem isn't the ICP dispute, but the awkward relationship between Google and the Chinese government," the source said. "To be honest, the ICP dispute is a minor thing, and that's not what will get Google into trouble."

Another Chinese source said Google recently rejected an urgent request to remove from its stored Web pages information related to an internal dispute at an influential Chinese agency. That information had been posted on the Internet.

"Foreign-invested search engines must strengthen control and management of how they handle search results with Chinese information," an unnamed government official was quoted as saying in the Beijing News.

He said blocking "harmful information" from search results was a "very practical problem," and added that Google "still needs to strengthen cooperation with the government's relevant functional departments" in this area.

The Beijing News also quoted an unnamed Google official as saying it was "very likely" that all Chinese searches on its regular site would be redirected to the censored search engine because of "pragmatic considerations."

But in congressional testimony last week, Elliot Schrage, Google's vice president for global communications, appeared to rule that out. "We will not terminate the availability of our unfiltered Chinese-language service," he said.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Vacation time

To all my readers: I will be out until 02/26.
Don't worry: It's just v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n.
See you!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

A new revelation -- Did Castro Kill Kennedy?

Months ago I published the theory that Chilean President Allende was killed by Castro.
Now this new revelation emerges: Castro could killed Kennedy too.
The most impressive is the reason to keep it in the shade for more than 42 years: politics.

Read this transcript

"Alexander Haig, then a military adviser to President Johnson, went on camera to say that Lyndon Johnson believed Cuba was responsible, but he believed that if the evidence came out of a Castro link to the Kennedy murder, it would turn the country to the right politically, and keep the Democrats out of power for years to come. Added Haig: "He (Johnson) said 'we must simply not allow the American people to believe Fidel Castro could have killed our president.'"

Now read here the full transcription of the article of Roger Aronoff from "Accuracy in Media" and all the articles linked to it

PS.: Thanks to Miguilim for sending these links by e-mail.


Did Castro Kill Kennedy?
By Roger Aronoff | February 2, 2006
Shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, a Cuban connection was investigated.

Compelling new evidence of a Cuban Communist role in the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy has come to light, but has received little attention in the U.S. media.

It comes at a time when there has been renewed interest in the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II and the alleged Soviet role behind that.

Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, was released from jail in Istanbul, Turkey, after nearly 25 years in prison. Most of the reports labeled him as being from the far-right, because for a time he was a member of a militant nationalist group in Turkey. At best, the reports have said that because of Ali Agca's changing stories, we still don't know who was behind the attempted assassination.

But at his trial, the Italian prosecutors made the case that he was in fact carrying out an operation by the Bulgarian secret service. The act took place in 1981, during the height of the Cold War. If the Bulgarian secret service was involved, it was clearly on behalf of the Soviet Union and its intelligence service, the KGB.

Accuracy in Media commented here and here on evidence that was later presented on the CBS 60 Minutes program, making a strong case that the Soviets were ultimately behind the assassination attempt. The Soviets saw the Polish-born Pope as a threat to the survival of the Soviet empire, and they were right.

In the Kennedy matter, the big news comes from a German TV documentary that claims that the Cuban government was behind the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. The film is called "Rendezvous With Death," by award winning director Wilfried Huissman. It took five years to make, and reports suggest that it makes a compelling case.

Among those talking on camera is Oscar Marino, a former Cuban intelligence agent. He says that the Cubans wanted Kennedy dead because he had opposed the Cuban revolution, and had tried to have Castro assassinated. Marino told Huissman that he knew for certain that the Cuban secret service G2 had carried out and financed the operation, though he wouldn't say if Castro had directly ordered it. But under Castro's brutal dictatorship, which has endured for nearly half a century, it is not conceivable that this would have happened without his blessing. As Marino described it, Oswald "was so full of hate, he had the idea. We used him."

According to Marino, the Cubans contacted Oswald after being tipped off by their patrons, the Soviet KGB. Oswald had lived there for three years after deserting from the U.S. military. There he married the niece of a KGB colonel. He was allowed to return to the U.S. and bring his wife with him. He continued to call himself a Communist, and demonstrated on behalf of Cuba. And as a Marine, he had been sharpshooter, thus capable of hitting the intended target from the Texas Schoolbook Depository, where he went to work. Marino said that Oswald offered to kill the president. He said that Oswald traveled to Mexico City in September 1963 where he met up with Cuban agents who paid him $6,500 to carry out the assassination.

Shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, a Cuban connection was investigated. The trail led to Mexico City. An FBI agent by the name of Laurence Keenan was sent to Mexico City, but he was recalled after only three days. Keenan is now 81, and he also spoke to Huissman for the documentary. "I realized that I was used," Keenan said. "I felt ashamed. We missed a moment in history." Keenan called it "perhaps the worst investigation the FBI was ever involved in."

Alexander Haig, then a military adviser to President Johnson, went on camera to say that LBJ believed Cuba was responsible, but he believed that if the evidence came out of a Castro link to the Kennedy murder, it would turn the country to the right politically, and keep the Democrats out of power for years to come. Added Haig: "He (Johnson) said 'we must simply not allow the American people to believe Fidel Castro could have killed our president. '"

Thanks to the Internet and Google News in particular, it is easy to find a few articles on this new documentary from the BBC and The Australian and other papers from around the world. In this country there were stories in, The Washington Times, and Miami But nothing was carried on the major broadcast networks, the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Human Events had the most comprehensive report on the film, including director Huissman's claim that LBJ was concerned that if we followed the trail and it led to the Cuban government, the pressure would have been intense for the U.S. to invade Cuba, possibly sparking a world-wide nuclear conflict with Castro's patron, the Soviet Union.


Newly Released Movie Pins Blame on Castro for JFK's Assassination

by Jim Burns
Posted Jan 10, 2006

Another theory has arisen on to the death of America's 35th President John F. Kennedy. A newly released film that explores JFK's death is claiming that his accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was directed and paid to kill the president by Cuba's Castro government.

A German documentary film entitled "Rendezvous with Death ---why Kennedy had to die" will be shown on German television on Friday. Journalist Wilfried Huismann, the filmmaker, says Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, traveled to Mexico City a few weeks before the assassination and met agents from Cuba's G-2 intelligence service.

Huismann told Germany's Deutsche Welle radio, "We settled the question of why in three years of research on this documentary in Mexico, USA and Cuba. Oswald had been an agent for the Cuban intelligence services since November 1962."

"He (Oswald) was a political fanatic and allowed himself to be used by the Cuban intelligence services to kill John F. Kennedy," said Huismann. "It was a Cuban reaction to the repeated attempts of the Kennedy brothers, above all the younger Kennedy, Robert, to get rid of Fidel Castro through political assassination -- a duel between the Kennedys and the Castros, which, like in a Greek tragedy, left one of the duelists dead."

Several have said since the Kennedy assassination that Cuban intelligence officials contacted Oswald after he was alerted by the Soviets intelligence agency the KGB in 1962. He returned to the United States after living in the Soviet Union for several years. One source has told this writer that Oswald met in Mexico City with some Castro operatives' just days before JFK died.

Huismann was asked why the United States did not pursue the Mexican lead.

"Kennedy and Castro were out to kill each other," Huismann says.

" After Kennedy's death on Nov. 22, 1963," Huismann continued, "[President] Lyndon B. Johnson found out that the US had a secret, illegal murder program focused on Fidel Castro. He hadn't been informed before that." "He (Johnson) knew that Castro knew, and he was afraid that the discovery of these mutual assassination attempts could force him to carry out an invasion of Cuba, which he believed could result in a third -- nuclear -- world war. And as a conservative pragmatist, he (Johnson) decided within a few hours, in agreement with Robert Kennedy, to drop the whole thing and to ban FBI and CIA officials from pursuing the trail leading to Cuba," said Huismann. Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig says in the film that President Johnson believed Cuba was to blame and feared a pronounced swing to the right if the truth were known that would keep the Democrats out of power for a long time. Haig -- a US military adviser at the time -- said, "He (Johnson) said 'we must simply not allow the American people to believe Fidel Castro could have killed our president'. "He (Johnson) was convinced Castro killed Kennedy and he took it to his grave," Haig concluded. Before he left office in 1969, President Johnson had told ABC News commentator Howard K. Smith, "Kennedy was out to get Castro but Castro got him.
Meanwhile, BBC Radio quoted ex-Cuban agent Oscar Marino, as saying that Havana had "exploited" Lee Harvey Oswald, who was arrested but shot to death on live television before he was transported from the Dallas police jail to the Dallas County jail.

Conspiracy theories on the killing have variously accused Cuba, Russia and the US of acting alone or jointly.

However, an FBI officer sent to follow the Oswald's trail during a visit to Mexico was recalled after only three days and the investigation called off.

Laurence Keenan, now 81, told BBC that it was "perhaps the worst investigation the FBI was ever involved in".

"I realized that I was used. I felt ashamed. We missed a moment in history," Keenan said.

Lee Harvey Oswald, an ex-Marine sharpshooter who worked in a book depository building that overlooked the assassination site. Oswald had a Russian wife, called himself a Communist and agitated on behalf of Castro's Cuba.

The film was five years in the making and will be shown on Germany's main ARD public TV station. It was funded by a series of German public broadcasters as well as Japan's NHK television network.

Huismann concluded, "It's history. Only people's awareness will change, the impression they have. And it will provide an answer to the question that has very much upset many million people over the years: Why did this horrible thing happen?"

Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, over a year after he faced off with Castro and Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev over the placement of missiles in Cuba in what became known as the "Cuban Missile Crisis." The Soviet Union removed those missiles even though in later years several people contended that many of those missiles were left behind.

Shortly after Kennedy's death, President Johnson appointed a commission headed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren to investigate the assassination. One of the commission members was then House Republican Leader and later President Gerald R. Ford.

The Warren report concluded that Oswald for Kennedy's the assassination. The commission could not find any persuasive evidence of a conspiracy, either domestic or foreign involving any other persons, groups, or countries. The theory that Oswald acted alone is also informally called the lone gunman theory.

The commission also concluded that only three bullets were fired during the assassination, and that Lee Harvey Oswald fired all three bullets from the Texas School Book Depository behind the motorcade. It noted that three empty shells were found in the sixth floor sniper's nest in the book depository, and the rifle was found with one live cartridge left in its chamber on the sixth floor.

The commission released its report in 1964. Upon its release all commission files were sealed away from public view until 2039 by executive order of President Johnson. According to the 1992 Assassinations Records Review Board laws, other Kennedy all assassination related documents that have not been destroyed are scheduled to be released to the public by 2017.

Film: Cuban secret service organized JFK's murder
A Cuban secret service agent claims in a German film that his colleagues chose Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Financial Times

BERLIN - Hoping to scoop the world on one of America's supreme historical puzzles, Germany's leading television broadcaster has claimed in a documentary film that it was the Cuban secret service that organized the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The 90-minute film, Rendezvous with Death, features an interview with Oscar Marino, a former agent of the Cuban G2 secret service, who says he knew before the assassination in November 1963 that Lee Harvey Oswald -- Kennedy's killer -- had been picked by his colleagues to do the job.

''He offered to kill Kennedy, and we used him to do this,'' Marino says during the film, made by Wilfried Huismann, a prize-winning German director.

Marino claims that Oswald, a Communist who lived in the Soviet Union for three years, was identified to Cuba by the Russian KGB secret service.

In Havana, the official Granma newspaper Friday dismissed the documentary's claim, saying it was the latest chapter in the long history of efforts ``to annihilate the Cuban revolution.''

A Cuban involvement is one of the dozens of conspiracy theories that have long surrounded the JFK assassination. The Warren Commission concluded that Oswald acted alone.

Huismann, who worked on the project with Gus Russo, the Baltimore-based author of a book on Fidel Castro, told the Financial Times his exclusive interview with Marino provided ''decisive new evidence'' beyond the dozens of existing inquiries, books and films on the subject.

He admitted many Americans were ''very skeptical'' that he had solved the Kennedy assassination puzzle, but argued that his research focus on Mexico City -- which Oswald visited two months before the assassination in Dallas -- was his breakthrough. He interviewed Marino in the city, Huismann said, and gained exclusive access to parts of the country's secret service archive.

''I ask skeptical Kennedy assassination specialists - have you ever done research on the case in Mexico? Most, if not all, have not,'' he said.

Marino knew before the killing that Oswald had been recruited in Mexico City in September 1963 to do the killing, according to the filmmaker. In addition, in late 1962 the Cuban spy saw a list of about 100 foreign agents financed by the Cuban secret service. ''Oswald was on the list,'' Huismann said. The G2 decided to have Kennedy killed because it believed the U.S. government planned to kill Castro, according to the film.

Another key witness in the film is Lawrence Keenan, a retired FBI agent, who was sent to Mexico after the assassination to investigate Oswald's activities and says he was withdrawn after only a short time.

BS Pins Shooting of Pope on KGB Part 1

By Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid | June 19, 2001
"If Bulgarian agents were involved, then the government of Bulgaria was involved. If Bulgaria was involved, the Soviet Union was involved."

On May 29, "60 Minutes II" pinned the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II twenty years ago on the Soviet Union's KGB. This belatedly made up for the failure of CBS to give this story the attention it deserved when it first surfaced in November-December 1982. Three Bulgarians were arrested in Italy after Ali Agca, the Turk who shot the Pope, claimed that the Bulgarian Special Services was behind the plot. They made the plans, furnished the gun, took him to Saint Peter's Square, promised to help him escape and paid him three million German marks.

Ali Agca talked after he had been in prison for eighteen months and no effort had been made to free him. Dan Rather reacted in a radio broadcast in which he said that if true, this would be the story of the decade. He explained: "If Bulgarian agents were involved, then the government of Bulgaria was involved. If Bulgaria was involved, the Soviet Union was involved. Why? Because it has long been accepted as fact that Bulgaria does nothing without marching orders from the Kremlin." But a week later, when Italy made official statements that included calling the Bulgarian actions "an act of war," the CBS Evening News aired only a 35-second report.

CBS was not alone in brushing off this important story. A French paper had quoted the former head of the Bulgarian Special Services who said, "On operations of a truly international character, they always follow the directives of the KGB." Terrorism expert Claire Sterling quoted that statement on "Nightline," the only publicity that it got in our national media at that time.

Most media were skittish about covering this story, perhaps because Yuri Andropov, who ran the KGB when the Pope was shot, had just become president of the Soviet Union. White House spokesman Larry Speakes refused to comment on reports linking Bulgaria to the plot and would not even confirm that Bulgarian intelligence was linked to the KGB. The State Department and CIA were also silent. It was reported that intelligence officials remained unconvinced by allegations in Italy that Bulgaria was behind the plot.

The New York Times helped absolve Andropov in an editorial on December 18, 1982. It gave three absurd explanations of what might have happened. One was that Agca "might have found help in Bulgaria solely from a flourishing underworld of arms and drug smugglers." Another was, "zealous Bulgarian security agents might have acted on their own, without clearance from their Soviet allies." Finally, it said that "a government's ambiguous signal might have been construed as a wink of approval."

Having exposed the involvement of the Bulgarians, Ali Agca was the most important witness at their trial. The case was solid, but at the trial Ali Agca claimed to be Jesus Christ reincarnated. He was promptly labeled a madman. The trial was halted and the defendants were sent home. In our next commentary we will tell how "60 Minutes" found the explanation for Ali Agca's bizarre behavior and validated the Bulgarian-KGB role in the plot to kill the Pope.


CBS Pins Shooting of Pope on KGB Part 2
By Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid | June 20, 2001
"Find a way to discredit the trial, or the KGB will find a way to kill you."

In our last commentary we showed how the media in 1982 had given inadequate attention to revelations that the Bulgarian secret service, which was then a puppet of the Soviet KGB, was behind the plot to kill Pope John Paul II. That was revealed by Ali Agca, the Turk who shot the Pope. We reported that "60 Minutes II" had recently obtained new information that explains why, in 1985, Agca sabotaged the trial of three Bulgarians who were his co-conspirators. Agca, the key witness in the trial, discredited himself, terminating the trial by claiming to be Jesus Christ reincarnated.

"60 Minutes" had obtained a copy of a long letter handwritten by Ali Agca to an Italian lawyer, Ferdinando Imposimato, who had been chief prosecutor in the case and had spent many hours talking to Ali Agca. Imposimato had kept the letter under wraps for more than three years before giving it to "60 Minutes." It claimed that the KGB was behind the plot to kill the Pope and that there was a KGB colonel who could confirm this.

In the letter, Agca explained that was why he proclaimed himself to be Jesus Christ. He said that before the trial, a Bulgarian lawyer named Stefan Markov came to question him in prison. He said Markov told him: "Find a way to discredit the trial, or the KGB will find a way to kill you." He took the warning seriously. He decided to feign insanity, and he began to claim that he was Jesus Christ reincarnated. He made that claim at the trial, and the prosecutors saw that they had lost their key witness. They halted the trial and the three Bulgarian agents were freed and sent back to Bulgaria.

"60 Minutes" had obtained the letter from an Italian lawyer named Ferdinando Imposimato who had investigated the attempt on the Pope's life for nearly 20 years. He had many hours of conversations with Agca when he was imprisoned in Italy. He was convinced that the KGB was involved in the assassination attempt and that the Bulgarians were acting as their agents. He did not believe that Agca was crazy, but it was not until he got his letter some three years ago that he understood why he had feigned insanity.

..... "60 Minutes" found Stefan Markov in Bulgaria. He said that the KGB and the Bulgarian Special Services were not involved in the plot to kill the Pope. He claimed his questioning of Agca was monitored by the Italians. But "60 Minutes" learned that during breaks Markov could have given Agca a message in Turkish that the Italian magistrate would not have understood.

Markov insisted that Agca had lied about the three Bulgarians who were put on trial, but Agca had shown that he knew a lot about them. He described the apartment of Sergei Antonov, the top agent, very accurately. Imposimato said he brought the two men together, and Agca confronted Antonov with so many details that Antonov could not explain that he became very angry. The "60 Minutes" segment, in explaining why Agca sabotaged the trial of the Bulgarians who directed his attack on the Pope, made an important contribution to history. A Nexis search could not find a single story reporting that contribution in the print or electronic media.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Quotes on Russia: Golitsyn was right!!

The outstanding blog Once Upon a Time in the West , cites many quotes that put light on the real role of Russia in the present (aka "Golotisyn was right") :

"There is no such thing as a former KGB man".
-- Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation President, 2005

"Russia has ceased being a free and democratic country".
-- Andrei Illarionov, Putin's former economic advisor, 2005

"It stretches credulity to its absolute bounds to think that suddenly, overnight, all those who were Communists will suddenly adopt a new philosophy and belief, with the result that everything will be different. I use this opportunity to warn the House and the country that that is not the truth".
-- Christopher Gill, British parliamentarian, 1995

"In October 1917 we parted with the old world, rejecting it once and for all. We are moving towards a new world, the world of communism. We shall never turn off that road"!
-- Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary, CPSU, 1987

"Yet it was, in reality, one of the shrewdest pieces of international hoodwinking in historical record . . . So the Comintern was dissolved [in 1943], and the misguided democratic world rejoiced . . . A glance at your newspaper will show that the former Comintern officers had little difficulty in finding new employment. The Comintern was never dissolved . . . Military Intelligence took over the old chores of the Comintern. It became an active part of the Soviet Fifth Column in democratic countries".
-- Igor Gouzenko, This Was My Choice, 1948

"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots [then] may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil".
-- Jeremiah 13:23