Friday, October 30, 2009

Lemaricus Davidson Sentenced To Death

The sooner this damn nigger goes to hell the better.

KNOXVILLE - The gates of Tennessee's only death row prison opened wide for Lemaricus Davidson tonight, hours after a Knox County jury sentenced him to die for his role as the ringleader in the January 2007 carjacking, torture and killings of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

Davidson arrived at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution's Unit 2 in Nashville around 6 p.m. local time, said Dorinda Carter, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Correction. He'll spend 23 hours per day alone in his cell every day, with just one hour of daylight in a caged yard.

That status won't change for at least 18 months, Carter said. Depending on his behavior, Davidson could eventually be upgraded to allow occasional phone calls or the chance to apply for inmate jobs such as cleaning, she said.

"Regardless of their status, they don't ever leave that building," she said.

The jury of five women and seven men deliberated about four hours before returning its decision this afternoon to a packed courtroom.

"The punishment is death," the jury foreman said.

The victims' families gasped at the verdict, but Davidson showed no reaction. Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner admonished those in the courtroom to control any outburst.

"The murder was especially heinous, atrocious and cruel," the foreman said, reading from the verdict form.

Davidson, 28, most likely will be taken to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville where death row is housed. Some male inmates, however, are incarcerated at Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg for security reasons. Two inmates with the death penalty are currently housed at that prison.

Interview With The Parents Of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

Courtoom Updates From The Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom Trial

Starts at the bottom.

October 30, 2009 - 10:32am
After the jury left, defense attorney Doug Trant raised an objection to part of the jury's instructions. He claimed that Newsom's death cannot be called "mutilation" because that legally requires that the victim's head or limbs are cut off.

That was not the case with either of the victims.

October 30, 2009 - 10:27am
The jury is now being sent to deliberate.

October 30, 2009 - 10:23am
After reading his instructions, the judge reviews the forms the jury must fill out upon deciding the sentence.

October 30, 2009 - 10:13am
Judge Baumgartner explains the jury's choices. One is life, which can come with the possibility of parole after 51 years. Another is life without parole. The final sentence option is the death penalty.

"You are the sole judges," he tells jurors.

October 30, 2009 - 9:53am
Closing arguments are done and the judge is now giving instructions on how they should reach their decision on a sentence.

"You have to decide unanimously, beyond a reasonable doubt, that an aggravating circumstance exists," he says.

October 30, 2009 - 9:50am
"These crimes cry out for the maximum punishment," Price says. "The maximum!"

October 30, 2009 - 9:40am
Leland Price takes up the final closing argument for the state, asking the jury to "use your common sense."

"Everybody has choices," Price says. "And what did he do? He threw those choices away."

"Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, the aggravating circumstances are overwhelming."

"Heinous and atrocious doesn't begin to describe what Chris Newsom suffered. Channon Christian either."

"Why were they killed?" he asks. "They knew too much."

October 30, 2009 - 9:37am
"I'm going to ask you to spare the life of Lemaricus Davidson," Trant says.

"I'm going to ask you to do it for that little boy who waited at the courthouse for his mama to pick him up, but she never showed up."

October 30, 2009 - 9:29am
The jury will be deciding between life in prison with or death.

There are currently 89 people on Tennessee's death row.

"Why would you sentence him to life without parole?" Trant asks.

He talks about the Alice Rhea and the Rudds who testified that Davidson was like a son to them. "They want their son to live," Trant says.

October 30, 2009 - 9:25am
Doug Trant now begins the defense's closing argument.

"We are not talking about excuses," he says. "We're talking about explanations."

Trant reviews the abuse and rejection that Davidson suffered as a child. Criminal, sexual molestation and drugs run in Davidson's family for generations, he says. "No question Lemaricus Davidson was neglected."

October 30, 2009 - 9:18am
Fitzgerald shows that Davidson continued to have opportunities and make choices after going to prison on the aggravated armed robbery conviction.

"The opportunities for the defendant continues," Fitzgerald says, even after the abduction of Christian and Newsom.

At the end, Chris Newsom and Channon Christian had only their lives left, but Davidson took that, says Fitzgerald.

October 30, 2009 - 9:15am
Fitzgerald reminds the jury that Davidson's sister had the same mother and lived in the same home, but that didn't cause her to make the same decisions as Davidson.

The same was with Davidson's uncle. "He had dope problems. He didn't let that get him down," she says.

"But at age 16 he had opportunities that the other two didn't have," she continues.

She tells about the foster parents and the group home that gave him a chance.

"Just obey the rules, Mr. Davidson."

October 30, 2009 - 9:13am
Judge Baumgartner is addressing the jury on what to expect today. After the closing arguments, he tells the jurors, he will give them final instructions.

Takisha Fitzgerald will begin with the state's closing argument.

October 30, 2009 - 9:09am
Court is in session for the final arguments of the penalty phase.

Courtoom Updates On The Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom Trial

October 27, 2009 - 5:06pm
The jury has not gone home yet, but defense attorney Doug Trant tells 6 News it won't be reaching a verdict tonight.

October 27, 2009 - 4:46pm
Judge Baumgartner says he will check with the jurors at around 5:30 to see if they wish to continue deliberating or break for the evening.

He's now called for a recess until then.

October 27, 2009 - 4:39pm
The judge is now reviewing photos of the victims that the lawyers may use during the sentencing phase.

October 27, 2009 - 4:31pm
Judge Baumgartner asks Deena Christian to not make a reference to Chris and Channon as being victimized by defense tactics. They are clearly victims, the judge says, but she should not refer to trial tactics.

October 27, 2009 - 4:23pm
"She was a beautiful young woman with a beautiful soul," Deena Christian says about her daughter. She stops to wipe away tear.

"Neither Channon nor Chris deserved what happened to them," she says.

"Our kids are the victims. They should not have been put on trial here."

"What she had to endure haunts me."

"It breaks my heart to see the pain in Gary and Chase's faces knowing there's nothing I can do."

October 27, 2009 - 4:22pm
This was the first time Chase took the stand to remember his sister. He was too emotional to speak at Letalvis Cobbins' trial.

October 27, 2009 - 4:16pm
"We did everything together. She was truly my best friend," Channon's brother, Chase Christian, says.

"'I love you Chaser,'" he says Channon told him. "Those were the last words I ever heard from my baby sister."

October 27, 2009 - 4:13pm
The jurors have returned to the courtroom because they have a question. They say they're struggling with the difference between aggravated rape and facillitation of rape.

Judge Baumgartner explains what the law says to distinguish the two.

"Look at the elements and then compare; and then make up your mind beyond a reasonable doubt," he says.

October 27, 2009 - 4:09pm
Judge Baumgartner asks Mr. Newsom to take out of his statement anecdotes about weddings Chris was not able to attend and a Halls High School scholarship baseball game.

Also, although Mr. Newsom can say his son was never in serious trouble, he cannot name off the offenses that Davidson has been charged with.

"I just don't want to venture too far beyond where the court says we can go," the judge says.

October 27, 2009 - 4:06pm
Nearly the whole courtroom is crying

October 27, 2009 - 4:03pm
Davidson listens as the family members read their impact statements.

October 27, 2009 - 3:52pm
"I go up to his room from time to time, but (despite all the memories) to me the room is empty," says Hugh Newsom, father of Chris.

Mr. Newsom says he taught his son, just as his father had taught him, to never speak ill of the dead.

"I know without a doubt, as he drew his last breath... that his concern was for Channon."

October 27, 2009 - 3:48pm
"I mourn the loss of Chris and the life he'll never live," says Chris's sister, Andrea Bowers.

October 27, 2009 - 3:38pm
The first person to give her victim impact statement is Mary Newsom, Chris' mother. She tells of how proud she was of him. "I knew what kind of kid he really was." "I have many sleepless nights," she adds.

October 27, 2009 - 3:26pm
As the jury continues its deliberations, family members will be reading their impact statements soon. It's a dry run in the event that the jury finds Davidson guilty and the case moves to a sentencing phase.

We're expecting they will start at around 3:30.

October 27, 2009 - 12:22pm
The families are scheduled to read their impact statements to the judge today at 3:30. This is a sort of rehearsal for the sentencing phase in the event that Davidson should be found guilty.

October 27, 2009 - 12:16pm
Judge Baumgartner show the jury how to use the charge to determine guilt or innocence on each indictment.

He then sends the jury to lunch. He tells jurors he doesn't want them to begin deliberations until after they've eaten lunch.

October 27, 2009 - 12:08pm
"Each of you must decide the case for yourself," the judge tells jurors.

"You must render your verdict with absolute fairness and impartiality."

October 27, 2009 - 11:53am
The judge says the burden of proof is on the state and its proof must be beyond reasonable doubt.

He defines reasonable doubt, telling the jury that "absolute proof is not required, but moral certainty is."

October 27, 2009 - 11:40am
The jury is back. Judge Baumgartner says three pages have been inserted into the instructions being given to the jury.

This is being done because, when there is a reference to more than one sexual assault, the state is required to select just one for the charge.

"Of course it's up to you to decide if any assault has occurred beyond a reasonable doubt," he adds.

October 27, 2009 - 11:31am
The closing arguments have concluded. The judge is now working on some last minute changes to the jury's instructions before he delivers them.

October 27, 2009 - 11:26am
"This is not a 'Law and Order' episode," Price says. "This isn't 'CSI.""

"You have to put it all together. This is real life."

Price tells the jury that the only two people who can really tell what happened aren't here. "Mr. Davidson made sure of that," he says.

October 27, 2009 - 11:24am
About Davidson's interrogation with police, Price asks, "What does a good liar do?"

"He mixes in a little bit of the truth," he answers.

"Sort out the truth from the lies," he tells the jury.

October 27, 2009 - 11:21am
Price shows the jury the two revolvers introduced as evidence. He asks which gun is capable of firing "pop! pop! pop!" in rapid succession. It's Davidson's gun, he says.

October 27, 2009 - 11:17am
Price calls the stories told by defense witnesses Freeman and Bradley as "crazy" and "absurd."

He reminds Bradley told jurors he saw Christian with Davidson in Stacy Lawson's Grand Am, but that weekend she was already in Kentucky.

"Another rabbit hole," Price calls the story.

October 27, 2009 - 11:15am
By Sunday night, Price asks, what did they have?

He describes Newsom and Christian, brutalized and murdered. "They had lost everything."

October 27, 2009 - 11:12am
Price asks what the victims had on Saturday night. They had jobs and bright future, he says.

And what did Davidson have that night? He had no job, no ride, no girlfriend. Lynn Freeman was hounding him for money. The rent man was hounding him for money.

"He had nothing, except a gun."

October 27, 2009 - 11:05am
Leland Price begins with the state's rebuttal. He thanks the jury for serving. "It's a tough case," he says.

Price reminds the jury of Daphne Sutton's testimony. She tried to retrieve some of her items, "and who was it that stopped her?" he asks.

He emphasizes Davidson's reaction. "This is my house!"

October 27, 2009 - 11:00am
Eldridge continues his closing argument. He talks about certainty of guilt. An absolute certainty is not required, but a moral certainty will be, "so you can rest easy at night."

October 27, 2009 - 10:40am
The judge calls for a 10 minute break.

October 27, 2009 - 10:33am
Eldridge continues to point all of the evidence to the "gang from Kentucky." They killed Newsom 100 yards from Davidson's house. They left a body in his house. They fled the state.

Eldridge reminds the jurors Davidson left his identification in his house. He claims Davidson only lied during his interrogation out of his fear of police.

October 27, 2009 - 10:19am
"There's no evidence that Davidson killed Christian," Eldridge says.

About the defendant's palm prints being found on the garbage bags, he says, "It's his house!"

"Prints would be on your garbage bags at home, folks."

Eldridge also works to poke holes in the medical examiner's time of death. He tries to show Davidson wasn't in his house at that time.

October 27, 2009 - 10:11am
About the "gang from Kentucky," Eldridge tells the jury that Cobbins used bleach to his DNA. Coleman tried to hide Cobbins' gun.

"Did she know he used it to kill Newsom?" he asks.

But Eldridge also reminds the jury that forensics experts could not put a fix on which gun fired the bullets found in Newsom.

He tells jurors they cannot convict Davidson on Newsom's death based on possibilities.

"You don't send somebody to life in prison or worse," says Eldridge, "because a gun could've been used to kill Chris Newsom."

October 27, 2009 - 10:08am
Gary Christian sits in the front row, rocking back and forth while twirling a small cross in his fingers.

October 27, 2009 - 10:02am
Eldridge turns his attention to Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman. He reminds the jury that Cobbins' DNA was found on Christian.

Did the couple's connection to Davidson put them tragically in contact with the "gang from Kentucky?" Eldridge asks.

October 27, 2009 - 9:56am
"We know that Mr. Davidson and Miss Christian had been seen together by Mr. Bradley," Eldridge says.

"He's absolutely certain," Eldridge adds, while noting that Bradley didn't want to be in the courtroom to testify. He discounts the prosecution's observation that the car Bradley says he saw wasn't in Knoxville at that time.

"Is it possible they were supposed to bring drugs to party?" Eldridge asks.

At that point, Christian's friend, Kara Sowards, leaves the courtroom.

October 27, 2009 - 9:52am
Eldridge reminds the jury there was no proof offered that Christian was raped repeatedly or that she was killed before 2 a.m. Monday.

He calls these parts of the state's "made up story."

October 27, 2009 - 9:47am
Eldridge tries to poke holes in prosecution testimony by pointing to parts of the prosecution's narrative that are not supported by evidence it presented.

One example cited by Eldridge is the testimony of Xavier Jenkins, who says he saw four black men in Christian's SUV. Later, the state says Newsom may have been bound in the back, but there's no evidence of that.

These are stories, Eldridge tells the jury, not proof.

October 27, 2009 - 9:45am
"The absence of clarity is reasonable doubt," Eldridge says.

October 27, 2009 - 9:40am
David Eldridge begins the defense's closing argument by quoting John Adams. "Facts are stubborn things," he says.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is a case in which passions are high," he continues.

Eldridge also tells the jury that there is nothing about the allegations of drug use the defense has made that makes the crimes any less horrible.

October 27, 2009 - 9:37am
Family members and friends wearing red today.

October 27, 2009 - 9:31am
The judge has entered the courtroom. He is explaining that a meeting with lawyers in his office was the cause of the long delay.

He says Fitzgerald argued that there was potentially more than one sexual assault. But the indictment defines specific acts, so there was discussion on how to frame that in the judge's instructions to the jury.

October 27, 2009 - 9:16am
The Christian family is in red today, just as the Newsom family was yesterday.

Davidson's ex-girlfriend testified he hated red. Is it a gang thing?

October 27, 2009 - 9:12am
We are still awaiting the judge to enter the courtroom.

The defense is scheduled to give its closing argument, then the state will be given time for a rebuttal.

After that, Judge Baumgartner will give the jury its final instructions and it will begin deliberations on a verdict.

Fuck Larry David

 The jews seem to be increasingly open about their complete contempt for Jesus Christ.  I'm sure this baffles many Christian Zionists (most of them) and they pass it off as just some random occurrence and think that it has nothing to do of his Jewish roots. 

Let's recall what Jesus Christ thinks of the jews.

John 8:44
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
Now what does the jewish holy book the Talmud have to say about Jesus and his followers?

Kallah, 1b. (18b) -- Illegitimate and conceived during menstruation.

Zohar III, (282) -- Died like a beast and buried in animal's dirt heap.

Abhodah Zarah (15b) -- Suggest Christians have sex relations with animals.

Abhodah Zarah (22a) -- Suspect Christians of intercourse with animals.

Makkoth (7b) -- Innocent of murder if intent was to kill Christian.

Kethuboth (3b) -- The seed of Christian is valued as seed of beast.

Iore Dea (146, 15) -- Refer to Christian religious articles with contempt.

I could literally go on for an hour citing passages from the Talmud that equate Christians to beasts, encourages molestation of children, the killing of Christians etc. The saddest part of all is that Christians are taught that the Jews are God's chosen people.

This is Paul's qualification of Elders taken from Titus Chapter 1, now tell me how many Elders and pastors today fit these qualifications?

9Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

10For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

11Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

13This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

14Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

15Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Here is the story of Jew Larry David pissing on a Picture of Jesus Christ.

Comedian Larry David is under attack from critics who say he pushed the mocking of religion and Christian belief in miracles over the edge in the latest episode of his HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which the cable network defended as "playful."
On the show's most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying.
Deal Hudson, author and publisher of, said he doesn't find any humor in the episode.
"I don't think it's funny," Hudson told "Why is it that people are allowed to publicly show that level of disrespect for Christian symbols? If the same thing was done to a symbol of any other religions -- Jewish or Muslim -- there'd be a huge outcry. It's simply not a level playing field."
Hudson said an apology from the show's producers and writing team should be issued.
"Somebody should [apologize]," Hudson said. "When is it going to stop? When is common sense going to dictate that people realize this willingness of artists to do to Christianity what they would never do to Judaism or Islam?"
In a statement to, HBO downplayed the controversy.
"Anyone who follows Curb Your Enthusiasm knows that the show is full of parody and satire," the statement read. "Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself.  The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious."
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, also criticized the episode, saying David should "quit while he's ahead," and that the show is proof that the comedian's best years are behind him.
"Was Larry David always this crude? Would he think it's comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother?" Donohue said in a statement. "This might be fun to watch, but since HBO only likes to dump on Catholics (it was just a couple of weeks ago that Sarah Silverman insulted Catholics on 'Real Time with Bill Maher') and David is Jewish, we'll never know."
During Sunday's episode, David, who created, wrote and produced "Seinfeld," visits a bathroom in his assistant's home and splatters urine on a picture of Jesus. Instead of wiping it off, David leaves the restroom. Minutes later, David's assistant enters the bathroom and concludes that Jesus is crying. She then summons her mother to the bathroom, where both women kneel in prayer.
"When David and Jerry Seinfeld (playing himself) are asked if they ever experienced a miracle, David answers, 'every erection is a miracle,' Donohue's statement continued. "That's what passes for creativity these days."
The episode, "The Bare Midriff," primarily revolves around David's assistant and her belly-revealing attire. According to the show's Web site, a "new pill" increased David's urine flow, leading to the "misunderstanding about a miraculously weeping Jesus."
HBO promoted the controversial scene on the show's site, complete with a "squirm-o-meter" that ranked the urine incident ahead of David's confronting his assistant about her exposed midriff.

Ron Paul vs. Michael Moore On Larry King

Monday, October 26, 2009

Courtroom Updates From The Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom Trial

 Starts At The Bottom

October 26, 2009 - 4:51pm
The jury is dismissed.

October 26, 2009 - 4:49pm
The judge is considering putting the defense closing on hold. He checks with the jury and the consensus is to hear the defense's closing argument tomorrow.

He acknowledges it would be tempting to deliberate on just what they've heard today, but he reminds them they need to wait until they hear the rest tomorrow.

October 26, 2009 - 4:40pm
Fitzgerald tells the jury the defense can say what they want about the couple. It doesn't matter what the accusations are. They are made by people who don't know them.

"It doesn't matter what name you call me," she says, "it matters what name I answer to."

"It wasn't a drug deal gone bad, but it doesn't matter. The family knows better."

"You can think they were dope doers. We don't care. We just want justice."

October 26, 2009 - 4:37pm
Fitzgerald uses Davidson's own words against him. She plays his statement where he says, "I never seen them in my life. Never been in my house before."

October 26, 2009 - 4:24pm
"What we have to do is prove the elements of these crimes beyond a reasonable doubt," Fitzgerald tells the jury.

"There's no way that with four defendants we're going to tell you exactly what happened." But, Fitzgerald adds, the state does not have to do that because of the criminal responsibility they bear.

If he has the intent to rob the couple, it doesn't matter who killed them.

"We think our strongest proof is on premeditation," she says. "We know they wanted him dead."

October 26, 2009 - 4:17pm
Fitzgerald contends Davidson used Newsom's cell phone 25 minutes after he's shot to death.

October 26, 2009 - 4:14pm
As his parents listen, Fitzgerald describing what likely happened to Chris Newsom in the final moments of his life.

October 26, 2009 - 4:00pm
Fitzgerald points out several of the lies Davidson gave to police when they interviewed him following his arrest.

He said he never touched Christian, but his DNA was all over her.

Fitzgerald also reminds the jury that there are no records of phone calls between the victims and Davidson. She strikes down the defense theory that they were in the neighborhood to buy drugs.

October 26, 2009 - 3:53pm
Davidson calls several of Suttons friends on Sunday afternoon, still looking for her. Her friends call each other.

On Sunday evening, he talks to Sutton and she goes to Chipman Street. Davidson give Christian's clothes to Sutton. She leaves. Then she calls him and he shows in a 4Runner.

Fitzgerald reminds the jury of Sutton's statement that he stays with her Monday night. She says he was wearing Nike Shox shoes that were too small for him.

October 26, 2009 - 3:46pm
Fitzgerald reminds the jury that at 3:13 a.m. Davidson tries to track down his ex-girlfriend, Daphne Sutton.

Freeman calls Davidson on Sunday morning. "Slow down," she says.

What was Davidson doing, Fitzgerald wonders?

In the meantime, from the cell phone records, Christian's voice mail is checked. If she was able to use her phone, why didn't she phone home? Why didn't she phone Newsom?

Fitzgerald reminds the jury that Christian was dependable, responsible and loved her mother.

October 26, 2009 - 3:32pm
Fitzgerald spends some time to deconstruct and debunk the statements of the defense witnesses. She uses a timeline to show that at 9:02 p.m. Newsom called Christian. That refutes Freeman's account of seeing the couple at an Exxon state between 9 and 10.

The couple was expected to arrive at a party at 10, but they don't arrive.

Fitzgerald points out that a Waste Connections worker testified seeing her 4Runner around midnight on Chipman Street. He says he saw four black men in it.

October 26, 2009 - 3:21pm
Fitzgerald describes the condition of Chris Newsom's body. He was Rape, then moved to the railroad tracks where he was shot three times and set on fire.

Floral fabric found on his body is the same as what was found in the Chipman Street house. He was shot by bullets consistent with the gun Davidson had.

Newsom's ball caps were found in the house.

We know that Channon Christian was held in the house and raped multiple times. Davidson's DNA was found on her. She was also brutally beaten.

Davidson's DNA was also found on her clothing and hits prints were found on the garbage bags that wrapped her body.

October 26, 2009 - 3:15pm
Takisha Fitzgerald has begun the state's closing argument.

"What happened to Chris and Channon? That's what everyone wants to know," she says as she begins to layout the state's version of what happened.

October 26, 2009 - 3:03pm
Judge Baumgartner said he's set no time limit on the lawyers for their closing arguments. The best guess is both sides will take an hour. If so, then the jury likely won't begin deliberating until tomorrow.

The Cobbins jury spent 6-7 hours deliberating over two days. Davidson faces about the same number of charges as Cobbins did.

Davidson listens as Judge Baumgartner reads the charges against him.

October 26, 2009 - 2:51pm
After an hour of reading the charge, the judge has finished. He's called for a break before the closing arguments begin.

October 26, 2009 - 2:21pm
The courtroom is nearly filled as the judge reads the charge against Davidson

October 26, 2009 - 2:05pm
The verdict form the jurors will use once they've decided on verdicts can be found here. :

It is 41 pages long.

October 26, 2009 - 1:58pm
There are 12 distinct offenses listed in the charge, covering among them first degree, felony, and premeditated murder, aggravated robbery, theft, aggravated rape, and kidnapping.

October 26, 2009 - 1:43pm
The judge is explaining procedures, the law and the charges against Davidson to the jury. The charge is lengthy, nearly 100 pages long. He warns it will take him some time to go through it.

October 26, 2009 - 1:42pm
Judge Baumgartner reminds the audience that they are not to react to what's said.

October 26, 2009 - 1:38pm
There was a long line outside the courtroom of spectators waiting to come in for closing arguments.

October 26, 2009 - 1:36pm
Court is back in session.

October 26, 2009 - 12:52pm
The jury in this case will have a mountain of information to wade through. The jury form is 95 pages. The verdict form is around 20 pages.

October 26, 2009 - 11:54am
Judge Baumgartner says the jury will be given the case today, but won't be able to begin deliberating until tomorrow morning. Closing arguments begin this afternoon at 1:30.

October 26, 2009 - 11:33am
The state rests.

Judge Baumgartner sends the jury to lunch. He says he will take up additional matters with the attorneys before they give their closing arguments.

October 26, 2009 - 11:28am
Kimberly Elkins is brought in to testify about Newsom's bank account at TVA Federal Credit Union. Elkins is a fraud examiner there. She says Newsom withdrew $100 on the night of the abduction and he had more than a $900 balance. The defense asks Elkins that there is no way for her to know if marijuana or amphetamines were bought with the money. She says no.

Another bank official, Barbara Thomas, with First Tennessee, says records show Christian spent $5.05 at Walgreens on Jan 6. 2007 and had more than $200 available in her account.

October 26, 2009 - 11:20am
The state calls Shara Johnson, an employee with Select Specialty Hospitals, to testify about Channon Christian. She was Christian's employment supervisor and is asked about drug testing at the hospital.

Johnson says Christian's test was negative except for oxycodone. The defense then objects to questioning related to a car wreck, so Johnson is dismissed.

October 26, 2009 - 11:10am
The first rebuttal witness called by the state is Josh Shafer, a drug crimes investigator with the Knoxville Police Department. Takisha Fitzgerald asks Shaffer about where different types of drugs are sold in the Knoxville area.

He says pills are typically sold in north and and west of the UT campus. Crack cocaine is sold in East Knoxville. Marijuana is sold everywhere.

October 26, 2009 - 11:08am
The defense rests after introducing the record of Cobbins' conviction in New York.

October 26, 2009 - 11:05am
The judge has allowed the defense motion to introduce Cobbins' prior robbery conviction in New York.

October 26, 2009 - 10:59am
Judge Baumgartner asks Davidson if he wants to testify. Davidson answers that he agrees with his lawyer's advice and has decided not to testify.

October 26, 2009 - 10:37am
The court is taking a break.

October 26, 2009 - 10:33am
Is STR any less accurate than YSTR testing, a juror asks?

Lewis says neither test is any less accurate. They just look at different evidence.

October 26, 2009 - 10:29am
Is it possible that the DNA profiles that were not identified came from skin cells, Leland Price asks?

Lewis says it's possible.

Could the sample have been contaminated by the handling of the underwear?

"It's possible," she says.

He testimony was not on sperm DNA, just unknown male DNA.

October 26, 2009 - 10:15am
The independent lab did not do any tests to verify the presence of semen.

October 26, 2009 - 10:07am
Lewis says there was not evidence of Davidon's DNA on the underwear using the YSTR profile testing used by the lab. There were unidentified contributors.

The tests on DNA taken from the rectal swab of Newsom also didn't show Davidson's DNA, she says.

October 26, 2009 - 10:02am
DNA analyst Kelli Lewis is now on the stand for the defense. She is testifying on tests performed on samples found on Channon Christian underwear.

October 26, 2009 - 9:46am
Defense attorney David Eldridge has asked Carlisle a lot of questions about how long drugs remain in the body. It seems the defense wishes to show that the victims could have taken drugs and have them not show up in toxicology tests.

In her cross examination, Takisha Fitzgerald asks Carlisle if being high on drugs would prevent feeling of pain from raped or shot.

Carlisle answers no.

October 26, 2009 - 9:44am
A source tells me Davidson will not testify in his own defense.

October 26, 2009 - 9:39am
The defense has called Melanie Carlisle, a TBI toxicology expert, to testify.

October 26, 2009 - 9:31am
The judge says his gut reaction is that the evidence does not apply, but he will not rule on the motion until later.

He also says the reluctant witness will not be testifying.

October 26, 2009 - 9:26am
Judge Baumgartner says Cobbins hasn't testified in this case.

"I don't understand what rule would permit the introduction of evidence of someone who is not a witness in this case," the judge says.

He also points out that he excluded that evidence in Cobbins' trial.

October 26, 2009 - 9:22am
The defense motions to introduce evidence that Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins, was convicted in New York on an armed robbery charge.

The state objects, saying there's no relevance that prior bad acts show evidence other crimes have been committed.

October 26, 2009 - 9:21am
Court is in session. Day 7 in the Davidson trial begins.

October 26, 2009 - 9:12am
I'm hearing there is a change in the jury makeup. A female juror became ill yesterday. She'll be replaced this morning by an alternate juror.

October 26, 2009 - 9:04am
Davidson has entered the courtroom.

Attorney Mike Whalen is also in the courtroom. He represents the reluctant witness.

October 26, 2009 - 8:55am
We don't have any word yet on whether or not Davidson has decided to testify in his own defense. He will have to give his decision to Judge Baumgartner today.

Also, we expect to hear the judge's decision on a motion regarding a reluctant defense witness.

Who Is The Victim?

The poor negro?  Or the White man that he murdered?

Now before you racists jump to conclusions you should know that this poor black male grew up with a father in prison (for murder).  The father was only 16 years old when he knocked up the killers poor innocent black kids mother, a 13 year old girl.  The only one who made it to the poor kids trial was his grandmother.

While The US Crumbles, Obama Golf's

I'm actually surprised Politico ran this story. Now even though 108 more men have died in Afghanistan in his first year than died 2001-2005 under Bush of course you will never hear that statistic.

President Barack Obama has only been in office for just over nine months, but he's already hit the links as much as President Bush did in over two years.

CBS' Mark Knoller — an unofficial documentarian and statistician of all things White House-related — wrote on his Twitter feed that, "Today - Obama ties Pres. Bush in the number of rounds of golf played in office: 24.
Took Bush 2 yrs & 10 months."

This news comes on the heels of today's news that Obama played golf with a woman — chief domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes — for the first time since taking office.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Updates To The Blog

Currently we have almost 50 subscribers according to feedburner, and get roughly 200 unique visitors per day, I am very pleased with the amount of traffic generated.

I have added a link on the side in case you would like to have new posts emailed to you daily.  This is just a trial and if after a period of time nobody subscribes I will take it off.

I am also in the process of adding links to the bottom of each post allowing you to link to a Truth In Our Time post from facebook, stumbleupon, or digg.  Most blogs already have this so I'm sure you have seen it before.   On the technical side we are kinda behind the game but as far as content goes I think we are top notch.

African Nurse Taking Care Of 81 Year Old Woman With Dementia Wanted To "See Her Suffer"

A licensed practical nurse in Montgomery County, who is trusted to care for the elderly, has been arrested after being accused of causing harm to one of his patients.

Abiodun Oke worked at the Arista Care at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting.

According to court documents, Oke was taking care of an 81-year-old female patient at the facility who suffered from dementia, pneumonia and who has a tracheotomy.

The facility has a visual and audible alarm that goes off when a patient's ventilator becomes detached.

According to court documents, Oke reattached the 81-year-old patient's ventilator two times in one day, but when the alarm went off a third time for a minute and a half, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office says Oke did nothing.

Instead a respiratory therapist who also heard the alarm, but was not responsible for the patient, responded.

The respiratory therapist told Plymouth Township police she found Oke in the patient's room behind the door with his hands folded. She reconnected the patient who was blue and in respiratory distress to the ventilator.

Then she allegedly asked Oke if he saw that the patient was disconnected.

According to court documents, Oke told her: "I connected her twice, now I want to see her suffer."

The facility fired Oke right after the alleged incident and has cooperated with authorities.

Arista Care at Meadow Springs issued CBS 3 a statement that read:

"We look forward to justice being served and take comfort in knowing that the systems and processes we have in place to protect the heath and safety of our patients has yielded results."

The elderly patient is said to be doing OK.

Oke has been charged with aggravated assault, neglect of a care dependent person and recklessly endangering another person.

He has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Montgomery County Friday morning.

The Usurpers Daughters Haven't Had Swine Flu Vaccine

 Big surprise. The Creators of the Vaccine won't take it either Link

President Obama's school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus. At this time only children with chronic medical conditions are receiving the vaccination because their immune system is not strong enough to fight off the strain. The CDC also says a regular seasonal flu shot does not protect against the virus.

Courtroom Updates From The Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom Murder Trial

October 24, 2009 - 12:46pm
Judge Baumgartner is calling for a break for the day. The court will not be in session tomorrow.

He concludes by saying, "Go Vols!"

October 24, 2009 - 12:40pm
Price reads off several different crimes and asked Bradley if he's the person who was convicted of the crimes. Bradley says he is. The crimes include felony theft and unauthorized use of a credit card. One of the crimes happened just 19 days ago.

October 24, 2009 - 12:28pm
Bradley says when he saw Davidson and the female he's identified as Christian, the woman was shorter than Davidson. The other woman "wasn't real skinny." The arrived in a teal Grand Am.

He turned around and they walked so quickly he never saw them go in the house.

Bradley says Davidson was holding the woman's shoulder.

Price points out that there was previous testimony that a teal Grand Am was in Kentucky on the weekend of the murders.

October 24, 2009 - 12:23pm
In cross examination by the state, Bradley says he saw Davidson just one other time.

He says on the night he saw the 4Runner it was there with two doors open and a police car with its light on, but he didn't see any other vehicles there.

October 24, 2009 - 12:21pm
Bradley admits to being convicted of misdemeanor theft charges.

October 24, 2009 - 12:16pm
The defense calls Jeffrey Bradley, a resident on Chipman Street.

He says he saw police around the 4Runner SUV on Sunday. He says a night or two before that he was looking for his mother's cat and saw Davidson get out of a car. He says Channon Christian and another female also get out of the car.

He says they went into the house.

Later, he identified Davidson and Christian when shown pictures of them in the police station.

October 24, 2009 - 12:09pm
The judge tells the jury to take a break.

October 24, 2009 - 12:04pm
The jury has several similar questions for Freeman, so he summarizes. Does she remember what the couple was wearing that night?

No, she says.

Did Channon and Chris appear to be by themselves? She says she didn't see anyone else.

Did they appear to be under stress? No.

October 24, 2009 - 11:59am
Freeman repeats that she saw Christian and Newsom at the Exxon station between 9:30 and 10:00 on the Saturday they were abducted. They asked her for gas money, but she notes, they didn't look like they needed money.

October 24, 2009 - 11:55am
Fitzgerald brings into evidence of phone records showing Freeman called Davidson at around 3 a.m. Sunday, the night of the abduction. The call lasts for just under two minutes.

October 24, 2009 - 11:48am
When Freeman got home, she says, Davidson called her. She told him to come by her apartment with the money in the afternoon, but he didn't.

On Monday she went by the house, but when she saw some police looking around she went home.

On Tuesday she learned there was a body found in the house. She says she called Sutton.

October 24, 2009 - 11:44am
When Freeman arrives on Chipman Street she says she saw George Thomas walking down the street.

"I didn't care for him," she says. "He was, what I would call, creepy."

At that point she went into Rhonda Dukes house and never went to Davidson's house.

She was unable to go home the route she planned because there was a train stopped on the tracks. She says she later learned the train was stopped because a body had been found there.

October 24, 2009 - 11:38am
Freeman says she was expected Davidson to come to her apartment on the night of the abduction, but he didn't show up.

Later, Freeman says, she called Davidson. She says he didn't sound like himself, like he was busy. She told him he needed to slow down.

Freeman says Davidson promised to make the payment on Sunday, but he didn't.

On Sunday morning she went to Davidson's house on Chipman Street.

October 24, 2009 - 11:32am
The state is now asking Freeman questions about knowing Davidson, Cobbins, Thomas, and some of the others who have been associated with Davidson. She says they helped her move into her apartment at Washington Ridge Apartments.

She sold some of the furniture to Davidson, but he didn't have enough money to pay for it. "We had a payment arrangement," she said.

She also gave him several items, including some items for Sutton's kids.

My Thoughts On The Final Gun Grab

I will keep this post brief as I just want to convey my musings on the subject of the Government taking guns from We The People. Many people have many different opinions on how the Government will go about it the two I hear most often are, "there will be laws passed and then Law Enforcement will go door to door collecting them", or "they will tax and regulate them so strictly across the country that it will be incredibly difficult and expensive to legally obtain a firearm".

Although I find both of these scenarios to be plausible I would like to throw another thought out there. The companies just quit making the guns, ammo, and parts. Sound crazy? Why would companies just voluntarily shut their doors? I don't know what they would tell the public but I'm sure they are smart enough to concoct a plausible story, maybe a labor dispute, major fires, possible staged sabotage who knows. This still doesn't answer the question of why they would shut their doors. Enter Eric Feldstein.

Eric A. Feldstein, born in Brookline, Mass. in 1959. Feldstein had worked in the office of the treasurer at GM Corp. from 1981-91 and was regional treasurer in Europe from 1991-93. In 1993, he returned to New York as assistant treasurer. In March 1996, he was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of GMAC and chairman of the GMAC Mortgage Group, where he oversaw corporate activities responsible for general finance, audit, and worldwide borrowings.

Feldstein became treasurer of General Motors in November 1997, and was elected vice president the following month. In June 2001, Feldstein was named General Motors' vice president, finance, and corporate treasurer. When GM and GMAC failed in 2008, Feldstein went to work for Cerberus Capital Managment.

Eric Feldstein is the son of Donald Feldstein, a high-ranking member of a number of Zionist organizations in New York and New Jersey. The elder Feldstein is one year older than Larry Silverstein and has a long history of leadership in the same Zionist organization as Silverstein. Donald Feldstein was an executive director of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation Jewish Philanthropies in New York City from 1976-81. This is the huge Zionist fund-raising organization that Larry Silverstein headed as the chairman of the board and where he is an honorary board member. The connection between Donald Feldstein and Larry Silverstein at this Zionist organization certainly played a role in Eric Feldstein's decision to use GMAC money to back Silverstein's bid for the World Trade Center. It is through such Zionist organizations like the UJA-Federation and the secretive order of B'nai B'rith, an international organization of Jewish Freemasons, that the Zionist network functions. In this way actions and decisions that affect whole nations can be made without anyone outside the "community" being aware.

GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp., under the leadership of Donald Feldstein's son, provided an $800 million loan to fellow Zionists Silverstein and Lowy to back their bid for the soon-to-be privatized World Trade Center in the summer of 2001. This privatization deal, initiated by the Zionist Ronald Lauder and managed by Lewis Eisenberg of the Port Authority, was finalized at the end of July 2001. The WTC complex was finally put into private hands – Zionist hands – only 6 weeks before it was demolished and pulverized with super-thermite.

So what does this have to do with gun control?  Cerberus Capital Management acquired Bushmaster Firearms, Inc., from Windham, Maine native Dick Dyke for an undisclosed sum in April 2006, and purchased Remington Arms in April 2007. Under Cerberus direction, Bushmaster Firearms acquired Cobb Manufacturing, a well-respected manufacturer of large-caliber tactical rifles in August 2007. Cerberus also acquired DPMS Panther Arms December 14, 2007.[22][23] Remington Arms acquired Marlin Firearms in January 2008.[24][25] In October 2009, Remington Military products acquired silencer manufacturer Advanced Armament Corporation.[26]

The above taken from wikipedia.

So as you can see Cerberus Capital Management a jewish controlled company now controls a sizable portion of the firearms and ammunition industry.  I have proven their ties with Zionist Jews such as Larry Silverstein who profited immensely from the destruction of the WTC (he took out the largest insurance policy in history on the buildings)

At any time and for any given reason a Jewish corporation can halt the sale of weapons to anyone it chooses.  So now that you know the facts your duty as an American is to spread this to your friends and family, to chatrooms and forums and let people know that at the behest of a handful of Jews the firearms industry could be brought to it's knees.

They might not have to jump through hoops in Congress to pass laws, they might just let the "private" enterprise take care of gun control for them.

Madoff Associate Jeffry Picower Found Dead In Pool

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Authorities say Jeffry Picower, a Florida philanthropist and a friend of Bernard Madoff for decades, has died. He was 67.

Picower was the former New York lawyer and accountant alleged to have extracted billions of dollars from the

Bernard Madoff investment scheme.
Authorities say he was found at the bottom of his Palm Beach home's pool Sunday afternoon by his wife and could not be revived by Palm Beach fire rescue workers. Picower was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 1:30 p.m.

The Truth About Facebook

CIA And EU To Build "Automatic Dossiers" On You From Blogs, Facebook, Twitter Etc.

I am one of the very few people who has never had a myspace, facebook, twitter etc. My thoughts were why do they need to use an RFID to track you when you voluntarily tell them where you are and what you do 24/7? Here is a good video on facebook.

By Tom Burghardt - BLN Contributing Writer

Social networking sites and applications such as Facebook, Twitter and their competitors can facilitate communication and information sharing amongst diverse groups and individuals is by now a cliché.

It should come as no surprise then, that the secret state and the capitalist grifters whom they serve, have zeroed-in on the explosive growth of these technologies. One can be certain however, securocrats aren't tweeting their restaurant preferences or finalizing plans for after work drinks.

No, researchers on both sides of the Atlantic are busy as proverbial bees building a "total information" surveillance system, one that will, so they hope, provide police and security agencies with what they euphemistically call "actionable intelligence."

Build the Perfect Panopticon, Win Fabulous Prizes!

In this context, the whistleblowing web site Wikileaks published a remarkable document October 4 by the INDECT Consortium, the Intelligence Information System Supporting Observation, Searching and Detection for Security of Citizens in Urban Environment.

Hardly a catchy acronym, but simply put INDECT is working to put a human face on the billions of emails, text messages, tweets and blog posts that transit cyberspace every day; perhaps your face.

According to Wikileaks, INDECT's "Work package 4" is designed "to comb web blogs, chat sites, news reports, and social-networking sites in order to build up automatic dossiers on individuals, organizations and their relationships." Ponder that phrase again: "automatic dossiers."

This isn't the first time that European academics have applied their "knowledge skill sets" to keep the public "safe"--from a meaningful exercise of free speech and the right to assemble, that is.

Last year The Guardian reported that Bath University researchers' Cityware project covertly tracked "tens of thousands of Britons" through the installation of Bluetooth scanners that capture "radio signals transmitted from devices such as mobile phones, laptops and digital cameras, and using the data to follow unwitting targets without their permission."

One privacy advocate, Simon Davies, the director of Privacy International, told The Guardian: "This technology could well become the CCTV of the mobile industry. It would not take much adjustment to make this system a ubiquitous surveillance infrastructure over which we have no control."

Which of course, is precisely the point.

As researchers scramble for a windfall of cash from governments eager to fund these dubious projects, European police and security agencies aren't far behind their FBI and NSA colleagues in the spy game.

The online privacy advocates, Quintessenz, published a series of leaked documents in 2008 that described the network monitoring and data mining suites designed by Nokia Siemens, Ericsson and Verint.

The Nokia Siemens Intelligence Platform dubbed "intelligence in a box," integrate tasks generally done by separate security teams and pools the data from sources such as telephone or mobile calls, email and internet activity, bank transactions, insurance records and the like. Call it data mining on steroids.

Ironically enough however, Siemens, the giant German electronics firm was caught up in a global bribery scandal that cost the company some $1.6 billion in fines. Last year, The New York Times described "a web of secret bank accounts and shadowy consultants," and a culture of "entrenched corruption ... at a sprawling, sophisticated corporation that externally embraced the nostrums of a transparent global marketplace built on legitimate transactions."

According to the Times, "at Siemens, bribery was just a line item." Which just goes to show, powering the secret state means never having to say you're sorry!

Social Network Spying, a Growth Industry Fueled by Capitalist Grifters

The trend by security agencies and their corporate partners to spy on their citizens has accelerated greatly in the West since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This multi-billion industry in general, has been a boon for the largest American and European defense corporations. Among the top ten companies listed by Washington Technology in their annual ranking of the "Top 100" prime government contractors, all ten--from Lockheed Martin to Booz Allen Hamilton--earned a combined total of $68 billion in 2008 from defense and related homeland security work for the secret state.

And like Siemens, all ten corporations figure prominently on the Project on Government Oversight's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD), which tracks "contract fraud, environmental, ethics, and labor violations." Talk about a rigged game!

Designing everything from nuclear missile components to eavesdropping equipment for various government agencies in the United States and abroad, including some of the most repressive regimes on the planet, these firms have moved into manufacturing the hardware and related computer software for social networking surveillance in a big way.

Wired revealed in April that the FBI is routinely monitoring cell phone calls and internet activity during criminal and counterterrorism investigations. The publication posted a series of internal documents that described the Wi-Fi and computer hacking capabilities of the Bureau's Cryptographic and Electronic Analysis Unit (CEAU).

New Scientist reported back in 2006 that the National Security Agency "is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks."

And just this week in an exclusive report published by the British high-tech publication, The Register, it was revealed that "the government has outsourced parts of its biggest ever mass surveillance project to the disaster-prone IT services giant formerly known as EDS."

That work is being conducted under the auspices of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the British state's equivalent of America's National Security Agency.

Investigative journalist Chris Williams disclosed that the American computer giant HP, which purchased EDS for some $13.9 billion last year, is "designing and installing the massive computing resources that will be needed to analyse details of who contacts whom, when where and how."

Work at GCHQ in Cheltenham is being carried out under "a secret project called Mastering the Internet." In May, a Home Office document surfaced that "ostensibly sought views on whether ISPs should be forced to gather terabytes of data from their networks on the government's behalf."

The Register reported earlier this year that telecommunications behemoth Detica and U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin were providing GCHQ with data mining software "which searches bulk data, such as communications records, for patterns ... to identify suspects." (For further details see: Antifascist Calling, "Spying in the UK: GCHQ Awards Lockheed Martin £200m Contract, Promises to 'Master the Internet'," May 7, 2009)

It seems however, that INDECT researchers like their GCHQ/NSA kissin' cousins in Britain and the United States, are burrowing ever-deeper into the nuts-and-bolts of electronic social networking and may be on the verge of an Orwellian surveillance "breakthrough."

As New Scientist sagely predicted, the secret state most certainly plans to "harness advances in internet technology--specifically the forthcoming 'semantic web' championed by the web standards organisation W3C--to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals."

Profiling Internet Dissent

Pretty alarming, but the devil as they say is in the details and INDECT's release of their "Work package 4" file makes for a very interesting read. And with a title, "XML Data Corpus: Report on methodology for collection, cleaning and unified representation of large textual data from various sources: news reports, weblogs, chat," rest assured one must plow through much in the way of geeky gibberish and tech-speak to get to the heartless heart of the matter.

INDECT itself is a rather interesting amalgamation of spooks, cops and academics.

According to their web site, INDECT partners include: the University of Science and Technology, AGH, Poland; Gdansk University of Technology; InnoTech DATA GmbH & Co., Germany; IP Grenoble (Ensimag), France; MSWiA, the General Headquarters of Police, attached to the Ministry of the Interior, Poland; Moviquity, Spain; Products and Systems of Information Technology, PSI, Germany; the Police Service of Northern Ireland, PSNI, United Kingdom (hardly slouches when it comes to stitching-up Republicans and other leftist agitators!); Poznan University of Technology; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria; University of Wuppertal, Germany; University of York, Great Britain; Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic; Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia; X-Art Pro Division G.m.b.H, Austria; and finally, the Fachhochschule Technikum, also in Austria.

I don't know about you, but I find it rather ironic that the European Union, ostensible guardians of democracy and human rights, have turned for assistance in their surveillance projects to police and spy outfits from the former Soviet bloc, who after all know a thing or two when it comes to monitoring their citizens.

Right up front, York University's Suresh Manadhar, Ionnis Klapaftis and Shailesh Pandey, the principle authors of the INDECT report, make their intentions clear.

Since "security" as the authors argue, "is becoming a weak point of energy and communications infrastructures, commercial stores, conference centers, airports and sites with high person traffic in general," they aver that "access control and rapid response to potential dangers are properties that every security system for such environments should have."

Does INDECT propose building a just and prosperous global society, thus lessening the potential that terrorist killers or other miscreants will exploit a "target rich environment" that may prove deadly for innocent workers who, after all, were the principle victims of the 2004 and 2007 terrorist outrages in Madrid and London? Hardly.

As with their colleagues across the pond, INDECT is hunting for the ever-elusive technological quick-fix, a high-tech magic bullet. One, I might add, that will deliver neither safety nor security but rather, will constrict the democratic space where social justice movements flourish while furthering the reach of unaccountable security agencies.

The document "describes the first deliverable of the work package which gives an overview about the main methodology and description of the XML data corpus schema and describes the methodology for collection, cleaning and unified representation of large textual data from various sources: news reports, weblogs, chat, etc."

The first order of business "is the study and critical review of the annotation schemes employed so far for the development and evaluation of methods for entity resolution, co-reference resolution and entity attributes identification."

In other words, how do present technologic capabilities provide police, security agencies and capitalist grifters with the ability to identify who might be speaking to whom and for what purpose. INDECT proposes to introduce "a new annotation scheme that builds upon the strengths of the current-state-of-the-art," one that "should be extensible and modifiable to the requirements of the project."

Asserting that "an XML data corpus [can be] extracted from forums and social networks related to specific threats (e.g. hooliganism, terrorism, vandalism, etc.)," the authors claim they will provide "different entity types according to the requirements of the project. The grouping of all references to an entity together. The relationships between different entities" and finally, "the events in which entities participate."

Why stop there? Why not list the ubiquitous "other" areas of concern to INDECT's secret state partners? While "hooliganism, terrorism, vandalism, etc.," may be the ostensible purpose of their "entity attributes identification" project, surely INDECT is well aware that such schemes are just as easily applicable to local citizen groups, socialist and anarchist organizations, or to the innumerable environmental, human rights or consumer campaigners who challenge the dominant free market paradigm of their corporate sponsors.

The authors however, couldn't be bothered by the sinister applications that may be spawned by their research; indeed, they seem quite proud of it.

"The main achievements of this work" they aver, "allows the identification of several types of entities, groups the same references into one class, while at the same time allows the identification of relationships and events."

Indeed, the "inclusion of a multi-layered ontology ensures the consistency of the annotation" and will facilitate in the (near) future, "the use of inference mechanisms such as transitivity to allow the development of search engines that go beyond simple keyword search."

Quite an accomplishment! An enterprising security service or capitalist marketing specialist need only sift through veritable mountains of data available from commercial databases, or mobile calls, tweets, blog posts and internet searches to instantaneously identity "key agitators," to borrow the FBI's very 20th century description of political dissidents; individuals who could be detained or "neutralized" should sterner methods be required.

Indeed, a surveillance scheme such as the one INDECT is building could greatly facilitate--and simplify--the already formidable U.S. "Main Core" database that "reportedly collects and stores--without warrants or court orders--the names and detailed data of Americans considered to be threats to national security," as investigative journalists Tim Shorrock and Christopher Ketchum revealed in two disturbing reports last year.

The scale of "datasets/annotation schemes" exploited by INDECT is truly breathtaking and include: "Automatic Content Extraction" gleaned from "a variety of sources, such as news, broadcast conversations" that identify "relations between entities, and the events in which these participate."

We next discover what is euphemistically called the "Knowledge Base Population (KBP)," an annotation scheme that "focuses on the identification of entity types of Person (PER), Organization (ORG), and Geo-Political Entity (GPE), Location (LOC), Facility (FAC), Geographical/Social/Political (GPE), Vehicle (VEH) and Weapon (WEA)."

How is this accomplished? Why through an exploitation of open source materials of course!

INDECT researchers readily aver that "a snapshot of Wikipedia infoboxes is used as the original knowledge source. The document collection consists of newswire articles on the order of 1 million. The reference knowledge base includes hundreds of thousands of entities based on articles from an October 2008 dump of English Wikipedia. The annotation scheme in KBP focuses on the identification of entity types of Person (PER), Organization (ORG), and Geo-Political Entity (GPE)."

For what purpose? Mum's the word as far as INDECT is concerned.

Nothing escapes this panoptic eye. Even popular culture and leisure activities fall under the glare of security agencies and their academic partners in the latest iteration of this truly monstrous privacy-killing scheme. Using the movie rental firm Netflix as a model, INDECT cites the firm's "100 million ratings from 480 thousand randomly-chosen, anonymous Netflix customers" as "well-suited" to the INDECT surveillance model.

In conclusion, EU surveillance architects propose a "new annotation & knowledge representation scheme" that "is extensible," one that "allows the addition of new entities, relations, and events, while at the same time avoids duplication and ensures integrity."

Deploying an ontological methodology that exploits currently available data from open source, driftnet surveillance of news, broadcasts, blog entries and search results, and linkages obtained through a perusal of mobile phone records, credit card purchases, medical records, travel itineraries, etc., INDECT claims that in the near future their research will allow "a search engine to go beyond simple keyword queries by exploiting the semantic information and relations within the ontology."

And once the scheme is perfected, "the use of expressive logics ... becomes an enabler for detecting entity relations on the web." Or transform it into an "always-on" spy you carry in your pocket or whenever you switch on your computer.

This is how our minders propose to keep us "safe."

CIA Gets In on the Fun

Not to be outdone, the CIA has entered the lucrative market of social networking surveillance in a big way.

In an exclusive published by Wired, we learn that the CIA's investment arm, In-Q-Tel, "want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates--even check out your book reviews on Amazon."

Investigative journalist Noah Shachtman reveals that In-Q-Tel "is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It's part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using "open source intelligence"--information that's publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day." Wired reported:

Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. (It doesn't touch closed social networks, like Facebook, at the moment.) Customers get customized, real-time feeds of what's being said on these sites, based on a series of keywords. (Noah Shachtman, Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm that Monitors Blogs, Tweets," Wired, October 19, 2009)
Although In-Q-Tel spokesperson Donald Tighe told Wired that it wants Visible to monitor foreign social media and give American spooks an "early-warning detection on how issues are playing internationally," Shachtman points out that "such a tool can also be pointed inward, at domestic bloggers or tweeters."

According to Wired, the firm already keeps tabs on 2.0 web sites "for Dell, AT&T and Verizon." And as an added attraction, "Visible is tracking animal-right activists' online campaigns" against meat processing giant Hormel.

Shachtman reports that "Visible has been trying for nearly a year to break into the government field." And why wouldn't they, considering that the heimat security and even spookier black world of the U.S. "intelligence community," is a veritable cash-cow for enterprising corporations eager to do the state's bidding.

In 2008 Wired reports, Visible "teamed-up" with the Washington, DC-based consulting firm "Concepts & Strategies, which has handled media monitoring and translation services for U.S. Strategic Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among others."

According to a blurb on the firm's web site they are in hot-pursuit of "social media engagement specialists" with Defense Department experience and "a high proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, French, Urdu or Russian." Wired reports that Concepts & Strategies "is also looking for an 'information system security engineer' who already has a 'Top Secret SCI [Sensitive Compartmentalized Information] with NSA Full Scope Polygraph' security clearance."

In such an environment, nothing escapes the secret state's lens. Shachtman reveals that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) "maintains an Open Source Center, which combs publicly available information, including web 2.0 sites."

In 2007, the Center's director, Doug Naquin, "told an audience of intelligence professionals" that "'we're looking now at YouTube, which carries some unique and honest-to-goodness intelligence.... We have groups looking at what they call 'citizens media': people taking pictures with their cell phones and posting them on the internet. Then there's social media, phenomena like MySpace and blogs'."

But as Steven Aftergood, who maintains the Secrecy News web site for the Federation of American Scientists told Wired, "even if information is openly gathered by intelligence agencies it would still be problematic if it were used for unauthorized domestic investigations or operations. Intelligence agencies or employees might be tempted to use the tools at their disposal to compile information on political figures, critics, journalists or others, and to exploit such information for political advantage. That is not permissible even if all of the information in question is technically 'open source'."

But as we have seen across the decades, from COINTELPRO to Operation CHAOS, and from Pentagon media manipulation during the run-up to the Iraq war through driftnet warrantless wiretapping of Americans' electronic communications, the secret state is a law unto itself, a self-perpetuating bureaucracy that thrives on duplicity, fear and cold, hard cash.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Almost 1/4 Of Brits Would "Seriously Consider" Voting For The BNP

One fifth of the UK electorate would consider voting for the BNP in the wake of Nick Griffin’s Question Time appearance, according to a poll.

The YouGov poll, taken hours after the BBC show aired, indicates that 22% of people in this country would ‘seriously consider’ voting for the far-right party in an upcoming election.

The BNP’s leader’s invitation to join the Question Time panel was condemned by minsters and prompted chaotic anti-fascist protests outside the BBC’s studios on Thursday.

There were fears that Griffin would receive a boost in popularity among voters as a result of his appearance on the corporation’s flagship current affairs program.

In the poll for a British national newspaper the proportion of people who would vote BNP in an election tomorrow had risen to 3%, from 2% a month ago.

More than half of the 1,314 people polled said they agreed, or thought the party had a point, in 'speaking up for the interests of indigenous, white British people'.

The poll indicates anti-BNP sentiment is strong among the majority of people with over two-thirds saying they would never vote for the party under any circumstances.

Welsh Secretary Peter Hain was one of the most vocal critics of the BBC’s decision saying they were handing the BNP a gift on a platter.

Comparisons were drawn with France's Jean-Marie Le-Pen's appearance on L’Heure de Vérité in 1984 which saw a surge in support for his ultra-right National Front party.

Responding to today’s survey Hain said: “This is exactly what I feared and warned about."

The show, which attracted a record audience of eight million viewers, was largely devoted to Griffin’s extremist views and previous comments on the Holocaust, inter-racial marriage, white supremacy and homosexuality.

While the BNP claim it has boosted their membership by about 3,000, Griffin himself has lodged a complaint with the BBC saying the programme’s format was twisted against him.

The BBC defended their invitation for Griffin to sit alongside politicians from the three major parties, claiming they had to be politically impartial and reflect the BNP’s recent success in the European elections, which saw them gain two MEP seats.

The YouGov poll indicates that more than 75% of people supported the BBC’s decision, up from 63% questioned last week.

Washington Is Next

A great song by Megadeth which surprisingly enough lays out where we are as a society.

The quiet war has begun with silent weapons
And the new slavery is to keep the people
Poor and stupid, "Novus Ordo Seclorum"

How can there be any logic in biological war?
We all know this is wrong, but the New World Order's
Beating down the door, oh something needs to be done

There was a King (evil king) who dreamt the wickeness of dreams
An ancient mystery no prohet could interpret
Of seven years of famine, the wolf is at my door
As predicted years ago, that that was, that is, that is no more

The word predicts the future and tells the truth about the past
Of how the world leaders will hail new Pharao
The Eighth False King to the Throne, Washington is Next!

Disengage their minds, sabotage their health
Promote sex, and war, and violence in the kindergartens
Blame the parents and teachers; it's their fault, "Annuit Coeptis"
Attack the church dynamic, attack the family
Keep the public undisciplined till nothing left is sacred and
The "have-nots" get hooked and have to go to the "haves" just to cop a fix

I am the King (evil king) who dreams the wickedest of dreams
An ancient mystery nobody could interpret
Of seven empires falling, the wolf is at my door
As predicted years ago, that that was, that is, that is no more

The word predicts my future and tells the truth about my past
Of how the world leaders are waiting to usher in
The Eighth World Power of modern Rome, Washington is Next!

There was a King (evil king) who dreamt the wickedest of dreams
An ancient mystery no prophet could interpret
Of seven empires falling, the wolf is at the door
As predicted years ago, that that was, that is, that is no more

I am a King and I dream the wickedest dreams
And nobody could interpret
Seven empires falling, the wolf is at my door
Oh, that that was, that is, that is no more

There's something at my door
Some ancient mystery
The future tells the truth about the past
I'm the Eighth False King to the throne
I've got you in my crosshairs, now, ain't that a bitch?

Washington, you're next!

Full List Of Obamas Czars

CZAR Czar Position Summary
Richard Holbrooke Afghanistan Czar Ultra liberal anti gun former Gov. of New Mexico. Pro Abortion and legal drug use.
Ed Montgomery

Auto recovery Czar Black radical anti business activist.Affirmative Action and Job Preference for blacks.Univ of Maryland Business School Dean teaches US business has caused world poverty.ACORN board member.Communist DuBois Club member.
Jeffrey Crowley

AIDS Czar Homosexual. A Gay Rights activist. Believes in Gay Marriage and Special Status, including free health care for gays.
Alan Bersin

Border Czar former failed superintendent of San Diego .Ultra Liberal friend of Hilary Clinton.Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno "" to keep borders open to illegals
David J. Hayes California Water Czar Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, "Progress Policy"?.No training or experience in water management.
Ron Bloom Car Czar Auto Union worker. Anti business & anti nuclear.Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of business.Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now Auto Union owned.How did this happen?
Dennis Ross Central Region Czar Believes US policy has caused Mid East wars.Obama apologist to the world.Anti gun and pro abortion.
Lynn Rosenthal Domestic Violence Czar Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration.
Gil Kerlikowske Drug Czar devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal,Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle.Believes no American should own a firearm.Supports legalization of drugs

Carol Brower Energy and Environment Czar Political Radical Former head of EPA – known for anti-business activism.Strong anti-gun ownership. SOCIALIST on Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.
Joshua DuBois Faith Based Czar Political Black activist-Degree in Black Nationalism""seek a separate black nation..Anti gun ownership lobbyist.
Cameron Davis Great Lakes Czar Chicago radical anti business environmentalist.Blames GeorgeBush for "Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink."?No experience or training in w ater management.Former ACORN Board member
Van Jones Green Jobs Czar (since resigned).Black activist Member of American communist Party and San Francisco Communist Partywho said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes.MARXIST, said whites are poisoning blacks, said transformation from "suicidal gray capitalism to econ-capitalism to the complete redistribution of wealth."?Black activist with strong anti-white views.
Daniel Fried Guantanamo Closure Czar Rights activist for Foreign Terrorists.Believes America has caused the war on terrorism.
Nancy-Ann DeParle. Health Czar Former head of Medicare / Medicaid.Strong Health Care Rationing proponent.She is married to a reporter for The New York Times.
Vivek Kundra Information Czar born in New Delhi, India.Controls all public information, including labels and news releases.Monitors all private Internet emails.
Todd Stern International Climate Czar Anti business former White House chief of Staff- Strong supportrer of the Kyoto Accord.Pushing hard for Cap and Trade.Blames US business for Global warming.
Dennis Blair Intelligence Czar Ret Navy. Stopped US guided missile program as "provocative"?.Chair of ultra liberal "Council on Foreign Relations"? which blames American organizations for regional wars.
George Mitchell Mideast Peace Czar Fmr. Sen from Maine Left wing radical.Has said Israel should be split up into "2 or 3 " mediumer more manageable plots"?.Anti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual
Kenneth Feinberg Pay Czar Chief of Staff to TED KENNEDY.Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs.
Cass Sunstein Regulatory Czar Liberal activist judge believes free speech needs to be limited for the "common good"?.Rules against personal freedoms many times ""like private gun ownership. Says animals should be able to sue people. Anti-hunting..
John Holdren Science Czar Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, Anti business activist.Claims US business has caused world poverty.No Science training.OK to abort a child until the age of two.Thinks TREES should be able to sue humans.
Earl Devaney Stimulus Accountability Czar spent career trying to take guns away from American citizens.Believes in Open Borders to Mexico .Author ofstatement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico .
J. Scott Gration Sudan Czar Native of Democratic Republic of Congo.Believes US does little to help Third World countries.Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations
Herb Allison TARP Czar Fannie May CEO responsible for the US recession by using real estate mortgages to back up the US stock market. Caused millions ofpeople to lose their life savings.
John Brennan Terrorism Czar Anti CIA activist.No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs.Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military
Aneesh Chopra Technology Czar No Technology training.Worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti doctor activist.Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan
Adolfo Carrion Jr. Urban Affairs Czar Puerto Rican.Anti American activist and leftist group member in Latin America .Millionaire "slum lord"? of the Bronx , NY.Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from "sweetheart"? deals with labor unions.Wants higher taxes to pay for minority housing and health care
Ashton Carter Weapons Czar Leftist.Wants all private weapons in US destroyed.Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in America .No Other "policy"?
Gary Samore WMD Policy Czar Former US Communist.Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith.Has no other "policy"?.

Kevin Jennings SAFE SCHOOL CZARS As a teacher when a 15 year year said he was having sex with an older man, instead of turning in the man "the law for a teacher, he asked how it was going and suggested they use condoms.Held a conference with the MAXIMUM age of 18 to teach homosexual issues like fisting.?Wrote the intro to the book, "Queering Elementary Education."? Has repeatedly praised and claims to be inspired by Harry Hay, early supporter of NAMBLA, (Noth American Man Boy Love Association).