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March 10, 2009

Chas Freeman - Exit Stage Trap Door

Chas W. Freeman, President Obama's pick to chair the National Intelligence Council, has It's thoroughly understandable that an administration that denies the existence of a special relationship with Britain, seeing it as, "just another country," (what language do we speak, again, Mr. President?), would be happy appointing an avowed enemy of Israel to head up its intelligence council. What's less understandable is appointing someone on both the Saudi and Chinese payrolls, and who serves as an apologist for both governments.

Naturally, the only possible defense available to someone like that is that he was done in by those with a loyalty to a foreign government.

The possibility that someone who was disappointed that the Chinese government "had"
to resort to murder at Tienanmen Square because it didn't shut its people up earlier, and who considers the incoming Prime Minister of Israel to be a "right-wing yahoo," might not be the best person to be interpreting intelligence for the president apparently never crossed his mind. (Then again, it apparently never crossed Tim Geithner's mind that the Treasury Secretary should pay his taxes, either.)

For the record, we note that "A Chas W Freeman" is an anagram of both "Scares few: Haman," and "Hamas War Fence," and that he bit the dust on Purim.

February 20, 2006

An Iran-China Internet Axis?

I had a chance to talk with Lance Cotrell, President of my new favorite company,, last week, in reference to his company's plans to circumvent the Great Firewall. He mentioned that his company initially had a contract with VOA to help mainland Chinese get around the firewall, but that given circumstances in Iran, work had shifted there, with some success.

Then, this point: that while Iran hadn't been as aggressive as China, they had recently been stepping up their efforts, becoming almost as active as the Chinese in recent months.

Think maybe they've been getting some help?


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