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Keith Alexander to Step Down from the NSA

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The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.

Army General Keith Alexander’s eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s widespread scooping up of telephone, email and social-media data.

Alexander has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, while his civilian deputy, John “Chris” Inglis, is due to retire by year’s end, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

(Read more: NSA watchdog details surveillance misuse)

One leading candidate to replace Alexander is Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, currently commander of the U.S. Navy’s 10th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, officials told Reuters. The 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command both have their headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, between Washington and Baltimore. The NSA is also headquartered at Fort Meade.

Executive Edge: NSA broke privacy rules – Reportedly, an audit found the National Security Agency was involved in unauthorized surveillance of Americans and foreign intelligence targets.

There has been no final decision on selecting Rogers to succeed Alexander, and other candidates may be considered, the officials said.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said Alexander planned to leave office in the spring after three extensions to his tenure, and the process for picking his successor was still under way.

“This has nothing to do with media leaks, the decision for his retirement was made prior; an agreement was made with the (Secretary of Defense) and the Chairman for one more year – to March 2014,” Vines told Reuters in an email.

Alexander has served as NSA director since August 2005, making him its longest-serving chief. He also serves as commander of a related military unit, the U.S. Cyber Command.

Alexander, who has vigorously defended the NSA’s activities as lawful and necessary to detect and disrupt terrorist plots, said previously he planned to leave in the first half of 2014.

Inglis, who began his NSA career as a computer security scientist, has been the NSA’s second-ranking official since 2006.

(Read more: Filmmakers look to crowdfunding for Snowden movie)

The NSA – which spies on electronic communications of all kinds and protects U.S. government communications – has been one of the most secretive of all U.S. intelligence outfits. Its employees used to joke that NSA stood for either “No Such Agency” or “Never Say Anything.”

0908imagesBut the agency became the focus of controversy this year when Snowden leaked to the media tens of thousands of highly classified documents from the NSA and its British eavesdropping partner.

Separate leaders?

While both Alexander and Inglis are leaving voluntarily, the dual vacancies give Obama an opportunity to install new leadership following Snowden’s revelations and to decide whether the NSA and Cyber Command should have separate leaders.

Cyber Command, which has grown significantly in recent years, has the authority to engage in both defensive and offensive operations in cyberspace. Many NSA veterans argue that having the same person lead the spy agency and Cyber Command diminishes the emphasis on the NSA’s work and its unique capabilities.

Rogers has been the Navy’s top cyber commander since September 2011. Before that, he was director of intelligence for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and for the U.S. Pacific Command.

(Read more: EU threatens to stop sharing terrorist data with US)

Rogers is “a good leader, very insightful and well thought of within the community,” said a U.S. defense official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Gary Roughead, who retired as the Navy’s top uniformed officer in September 2011, said Rogers would be a good choice.

“During my time as CNO (chief of naval operations), I spent a great deal of time and attention on cyber, or as we characterized it, information dominance. Mike Rogers was the best in the business and a widely recognized leader in shaping the future in that important domain,” he told Reuters. “He would be an extraordinary successor to Keith Alexander.”


October 19, 2013

BUENOS AIRES: Bariloche, a popular Argentine tourist resort ringed by the Andes, where Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke found refuge after World War II, has kept mostly silent on its long history as a home to Nazis. For 40 years, Priebke lived undisturbed among its citizens, until he was finally extradited to Italy in the 1990s over a World War II massacre for which he has never expressed regret.

Since his death in Rome last week at age 100, Priebke’s body has been in limbo, with Argentina refusing to accept the remains so that he might be buried next to his wife in Bariloche. For many modern-day inhabitants of the scenic hotspot, World War II and the Holocaust are distant historical events that leave little time for serious soul searching over the likes of Priebke.

But in their day, the Nazis of Bariloche lived under a profound sense of impunity in the isolated town. Priebke went about life under his true identity, even though he entered Argentina in 1946 under the pseudonym Otto Pappe.

Thousands of Nazis, Croatian Ustasha fascists and Italian fascists arrived in Argentina with the blessing of president Juan Peron, who led the nation from 1946 to 1955 and again briefly in the 1970s, according to the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Working first as a waiter, then as owner of a delicatessen and finally as owner of a consulting firm, Priebke was liked and respected in the German community. He was the president of Bariloche’s German-Argentine cultural association and would celebrate Adolf Hitler’s April 20 birthday alongside the town’s other Germans.

“Bariloche was heaven for the Nazis, whose presence was a taboo. Today, the old Germans are in a pact of silence. Nobody wants to tell the story of their parents or grandparents. Nobody wants to have a Nazi in the family, even if they’re dead,” said Abel Basti, author of several controversial books on Bariloche’s Germans.

The past catches up

Priebke’s past caught up with him when a local writer, Esteban Buch, who was particularly interested in the painter and Belgian collaborator Toon Maes, wrote a history of Bariloche’s exiled Nazis. Buch established a formal link between the aging man and the Gestapo officer who was responsible for the 1944 massacre at Italy’s Ardeatine Caves that killed 335 people, including 75 Jews.

“He spontaneously told me about the Ardeatine episode, arguing that it was a simple execution of orders from Adolf Hitler,” Buch, still surprised, told AFP.

Until then, Priebke had only been one of the town’s rumored famous Nazis.

“It was recently confirmed to me that my book was the origin of the arrest” of the ex-officer, who was extradited to Italy in 1995 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998.

Because of his age and poor health, Priebke was allowed to serve out his sentence under house arrest at his lawyer’s home.

Former Nazi intelligence officer Reinhard Kops, wanted by Jewish organizations for crimes against humanity, died at 86 in Bariloche under the pseudonym Juan Maler. Dr. Josef Mengele, who used Auschwitz prisoners as medical guinea pigs, lived in Buenos Aires, and perhaps even Bariloche.

Carlos Echeverria, director of “Pact of Silence,” a 2006 documentary on Priebke, says that European governments were complacent.

“The Christian, European Democracy left the fugitives in peace; Priebke didn’t hide himself. In the 1950s, the German government reincorporated SS and gestapo members. Priebke was left alone here his friends were in the German state apparatus.”

According to Sergio Wieder, head of the Simon Wiesenthal centre in Latin America, there is no current evidence of criminal Nazis in Argentina or the region, but, he warned, “we cannot rule out anything.”


WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) — An advocacy group said it was frustrated by the level of influence the private oil and natural gas industry has on U.S. policymakers.

Oil Change International, a group scrutinizing the  industry, said North American oil and natural gas companies reported a combined $271 billion in profits last year. It said a “huge share” of the overall profits can’t be accounted for, however, because private companies aren’t required to disclose their financial information.

The advocacy group said private energy companies have a significant influence over U.S. policymakers.

“Fossil fuel industry lobbying expenditure and contributions to the U.S. Congress amounted to over $536 million in the 112th Congress [2011-12],” it said in a statement Thursday.

The New York Times reported Thursday members of the U.S. House of Representatives offered a “legislative Christmas tree” to lawmakers debating a measure to prevent the government from defaulting on its debt obligations by mid-October.

House leaders included the Keystone XL oil pipeline, offshore oil and gas production and efforts to block Environmental Protection Agency regulations on greenhouse gas emissions in their fiscal legislation.

Supporters of more energy development say it would help the economy. Oil Change International said campaign financing from the energy sector “ensures that U.S. politicians represent the fossil fuel industry’s interests above those of the people that elected them.”

Daughter of Eva Rhodes believes police officer had ‘motive for murder’

Daughter of former beauty queen and London socialite Eva Rhodes believes a  Hungarian policeman had a motive for her murder, an inquest heard

October 9, 2013

The daughter of former British model Eva Rhodes believes a Hungarian policeman had a motive to get rid of her mother and organised her murder with the man convicted of the killing, an inquest heard.

Mrs Rhodes, a friend of John Lennon, disappeared in September 2008 and was originally classed as a “missing person” despite her relatives saying she had been robbed and murdered. Her body was found in woods near her home near Gyor, 65 miles from Budapest in 2009, and her caretaker Csaba Augusztinyi admitted killing her.

But her daughter Sophia Barta told Westminster Coroner’s Court she believes a Hungarian police officer, Horvath Zoltan Peter, was also involved in the   murder.

The 65-year-old, a friend of John Lennson,was a passionate animal rights activist, using her life savings to set up the Puss in Boots Animal Trust in   Hungary, which took in stray and abused cats and dogs. She campaigned to end Hungarian puppy farms, which led to clashes with police.

She disappeared in mysterious circumstances in September 2008 and her remains were eventually found more than seven months later.

Ms Barta described the original incident that sparked a series of clashes with police, when she said Officer Peter came to their home and attacked her mother and dogs.

She said: “She managed to get out of his hold which was very lucky and ran back in to the house and shut the door.

“I heard the door being kicked and so I decided to get dressed and the only way to stop him tearing down the door was to photograph him and use the flash to draw his attention.’

By this point, Mrs Rhodes had called a local judge and was trying to get him to calm officer Peter down, the inquest heard.

But Ms Barta said when she took the photo Officer Peter managed to get to her.

“He turned round and roared and ran at me and I was trying to get back into the house and lock the door but I wasn’t fast enough,” she added.

“He threw himself on the door and smashed me back on to a wall and I was concussed.

“I crumpled into a heap and he began raining blows on me with his baton – an American baton designed to break bones.

“I turned my head and looked at his face and his eyes were that of somebody taking great pleasure in what he was doing.”

She said she called for help and her mother came and started to talk him down.

She said they went to a hospital after the attack and were there “all night.”

“My mother even had a gun held to her head,” she added.

“Finally we were asked to give a witness statement and we gave them as victims.

“We were very surprised 24 hours later that our statements had disappeared and instead we had a prosecution case against us.

“The very next day we called all the lawyers in Gyor and nobody would touch our case and they told us that there career would be finished and it was not worth their livelihood.

“… Csaba Augusztinyi, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison, told his trial that he had punched Mrs Rhodes before striking her with an axe handle. He then set fire to the body using petrol, but the torso and other parts were never recovered from the murder scene. …”

“We were clearly living in a police state.’

The attack led to a long series of accusations and cover ups, including Mrs Rhodes and Ms Barta accusing police officers of making false statements to manufacture a case against them in which Peter was the victim.

A trial in 2002 saw the pair acquitted but the verdict was annulled by a judge in Gyor. Two more trials were organized, but the first in 2007 was abandoned after the judge suddenly resigned. A second trial in 2008 collapsed after Officer Peter didn’t turn up.

Ms Barta told the court: “I am of no doubt it was him (Peter) and the man who is in prison that did it together.

“The man in prison needed to let him in after my mother changed the security system.

“He had a motive – there was no way for them to get out of that trial.”

Csaba Augusztinyi, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison, told his trial that he had punched Mrs Rhodes before striking her with an axe handle.

He then set fire to the body using petrol, but the torso and other parts were never recovered from the murder scene.

The inquest hearing had been adjourned from May last year to January 2013 while the family took the case to the European Court of human rights in   Strasbourg.

Campaigners claim Hungarian Police have covered up the details of the case for five years and refused requests from the UK government for information.

Most of the former beauty queen’s body, which was discovered in Hungary where she had been living, was never recovered – it was dismembered and set alight, possibly when she was still alive – and her torso remains missing.

Her family say the authorities in Hungary refused requests for details to be handed over so Scotland Yard can investigate. They said a report by Gaille MacKinnon, one of the UK’s leading forensic anthropologists, presented to   the coroner at Westminster Coroner’s Court, contradicts evidence that underpinned the Hungarian investigations.

They claim authorities continued to cover up the case, and it was only after the intervention of her sister Judith Majlath, whose decades-long work on landmines was recognised with others by the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, that they launched a “missing persons’ inquiry.

Campaigners say William Hague, Foreign Secretary, and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the family’s MP, have championed the case and following the inquest the family will write to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, asking her to support moves for an investigation by Scotland Yard.

Mrs Rhodes was born in Hungary but moved to England when her family fled the country in 1956.

She had a successful early career, including an appearance in a film by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


Jason Osder was 11 years old and living in Montgomery County when the Pennsylvania State Police dropped two explosives onto the house at 6221 Osage Ave., ending a standoff with members of the radical political group MOVE and starting a fire that killed 11 of its members, including five children, and eventually consumed 61 houses on the street. As he walked to school, he could see the smoke from the blaze rising above the city, a moment neither he nor anyone else who lived near Philadelphia on May 13, 1985, is likely to forget.

Nearly 30 years later, Osder, now teaching media at George Washington University, has channeled that experience into a documentary called Let the Fire Burn that he’s spent most of the last decade assembling. “I think that’s what art’s about,” Osder said last week from Los Angeles, “taking the things that stick with you and trying to make something out of it. I don’t know what the answer is, but I tried to make a story of it.”

Osder started off conventionally, shooting new interviews with the only two survivors from the MOVE house: Ramona Africa and Michael Ward, then a 13-year-old known as Birdie Africa. (Ward died a few weeks ago while on a vacation cruise with his family.) But when editor Nels Bangerter joined the film, he advised Osder to drop the footage he’d shot and use only clips from the period, including news footage of the siege and televised hearings of a special investigative commission.

film-letthefireburn-poster-200“The interviews we’d shot were not particularly strong from a documentary perspective,” Osder says. “What you want to do with a documentary interview is not just provide information, but peel back the surface, get to the emotional reality. And those emotional realities were not particularly accessible.” Africa, who has remained an outspoken political activist, was too practiced a speaker to reveal anything new, and Ward, Osder says, was still traumatized to the point where he could barely speak on the topic. “Maybe someone else could have gotten Ramona Africa to talk about what happened in that back alley,” he says, “but she’s not that kind of interview.”

In a way, Let the Fire Burn’s lack of present-day perspective is a perfect match for the MOVE bombing itself, which is still an open wound, or, as Osder puts it, “a scar that didn’t heal well. It still itches. It still irritates. I went down to the block recently and you would almost think you’re looking at the burned-down buildings that were boarded up. You’d have to be told that those houses were completely destroyed, and you’re looking at the rebuilt houses that were then abandoned.”

In addition to exploring a dark day in Philadelphia’s history, Let the Fire Burn captures several extraordinary moments in the media. It’s five years after CNN’s founding, but when you see Walt Hunter crouching behind parked cars as gunfire echoes down the street, it feels as if the 24-hour news cycle is just percolating down to the local level. “It was one of the first times that they went live and stayed live,” Osder says. “At one point, you see [reporter] Harvey Clark with an untied tie around his neck. Now, you have to think someone would say, ‘Either tie the tie or take it off.’”

It’s also, Osder points out, a time when metropolitan police departments were just starting to become militarized, when they had access to weaponry they didn’t yet know how to control. “People ask me if this could happen today,” Osder says, “and my answer is ‘No,’ but not for the reason you might think. Brutality and racism haven’t gone away, but I don’t think you’d see anything like this in an American city because they’re better at controlling the story. The reason it wouldn’t happen today is that the police are better at violence. They have such better equipment, and such superior tactics, that they would storm that house and take those people out like freakin’ RoboCop.”

Let the Fire Burns screens at the Philadelphia Film Festival on Sat., Oct. 26, 2 p.m., at the Prince Music Theater and opens to the public on Fri., Nov. 1 at Ritz at the Bourse.


Also see: Review: ‘Let the Fire Burn’ an incendiary tale of a fatal decision
Los Angeles Times-Oct 17, 2013
Let the Fire Burn dives into the flames
Chicago Reader (blog)-Oct 16, 2013

Photo: A workman covers part of the sentence “Welkome back captain Priebke”, painted on a wall in central Rome, Friday, June 15, 2007.

“… The Society of St. Pius X never fails fail to shock. … First, they denied the Holocaust, and now they’re denying the acts of a perpetrator. Jews are accused of being in control of world financial and cultural institutions and of plotting to create a ‘world empire’ …”

ROME (CNN) – The Italian branch of a Catholic sect with a history of anti-Semitism held funeral rites on Tuesday for a convicted Nazi war criminal, despite protests from Jewish groups and the local mayor.

Crowds packed the streets outside San Pio X Church in Albano, a small town south of Rome, chanting “Executioner!” and kicking the hearse carrying Erich Priebke‘s body as entered the church compound on Tuesday.

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Priebke but his casket was kept outside, according to a priest from the church who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The absolution rite, which includes a prayer for clemency for the deceased, was also given outside the church, in the courtyard inside San Pio X’s compound, the priest said.

Priebke’s body is now being held in a military airport outside Rome.

The church funeral plans for Priebke sparked an outcry in the United States.

“Erich Priebke was a monster,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

“He does not deserve the dignity and respect of a proper church burial. His body should be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea, without further ceremony.”

Priebke, a former SS captain sentenced to life in prison for his role in an Italian massacre in 1944, died on Friday.

Priebke was convicted by Italian court in 1998 for helping organize the execution of 335 men and boys in retaliation for attacks on German troops. The former Nazi was unrepentant, denying the Holocaust in his final statement, according to the Associated Press.

After World War II, Priebke escaped to Argentina, where he lived for nearly 50 years. He had planned to be buried near his late wife there, according to his lawyer, Paolo Giachini. But Argentina’s foreign minister said it would not accept the remains.

Burying Priebke in Rome has proved nearly as difficult.

The Diocese of Rome said in a statement that Priebke’s lawyer was asked to hold a “small, private” funeral in the Nazi war criminal’s home rather than in a church.

“The prayer for the deceased was not denied,” the diocese said in a statement, “but rather a different manner for the ceremony was decided.” Pope Francis is the titular head of the Rome diocese but has little involvement in its daily affairs.

Priebke’s lawyer rejected that proposition, according to the diocese.

Instead, the conservative Society of St. Pius X stepped in, agreeing on Tuesday to hold a funeral Mass in their church for the former Nazi. The society has no official status within the Catholic Church.

The Italian chapter acknowledged in a statement Tuesday that Priebke was “controversial” but said he had already been convicted by Italian courts and has the right to a Christian funeral.

“A Christian who has been baptized and who has received the sacraments of the Confession and the Eucharist, regardless of what have been his crimes and sins, as he dies reconciling with God and with the Church has the right to have a Holy Mass celebrated at his funeral,” the group said in a statement.

The society also said that it “reaffirms our repudiation to any form of anti-semitism and racial hatred.”

But the Society of St. Pius X, whose leaders were once excommunicated from the Catholic Church for ordaining bishops without Vatican approval, has a long history of controversial statements about Jews.

Its founder, the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, sharply disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church’s softened stance toward other faiths, including Judaism, after the Second Vatican Council in 1962-65. It also objected to other modernizing reforms such as celebrating the Mass in local languages.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Society of St. Pius X is “mired in anti-Semitism.”

“The Society of St. Pius X never fails fail to shock,” Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, said Tuesday. “First, they denied the Holocaust, and now they’re denying the acts of a perpetrator.”

“Jews are described in SSPX documents as being cursed by God for the sin of deicide” (killing Jesus), the ADL says in an online report.

“Jews are accused of being in control of world financial and cultural institutions and of plotting to create a ‘world empire’ or obtain ‘world dominion,'” the ADL report continues.

Under Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church tried to reconcile with the ultra-conservative society, lifting the excommunication of several bishops and allowing for wider celebration of the Mass in Latin, a favored practice of SSPX.

One of those bishops, Richard Williamson, was later found to have denied elements of the Holocaust, including its death toll of 6 million Jews.

Williamson was convicted of Holocaust denial in a German court and expelled from the society in 2012.

Former Pope Benedict XVI wrote in 2009 that the Society of St. Pius X “does not have canonical status in the Catholic church” because of doctrinal, not disciplinary reasons.

It doesn’t look like the breach will close any time soon.

The Bishop Bernard Fellay, the society’s Swiss-born leader, reportedly said on Saturday in Kansas City, “The situation of the church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making it 10,000 times worse.”