Archive for June 9, 2006

China : Terror Alert raised vs. westerners

The Philippines often gets these warnings of terror alerts by various embassies – more often than not the wanring alone is enough to put off such events the strange thing here is the location of this one. China. all below for US state department…                                                       


The United States Government has received unconfirmed information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. interests in China, especially in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. This threat also may exist for places where Americans are known to congregate or visit, including clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools or outdoor recreation events.

American citizens in China are advised to be aware of their surroundings and remain alert to possible threats. Americans living or traveling in China are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy or their nearest U.S. Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate directly to register in case they experience difficulties registering online.

June 9, 2006 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

CBS News: report on Manila seems so stuck in the past…

I watched this report and looked at the topic and saw one thing very weird with this "Letter from Asia" segment of a reporter who 'parachuted in' – its stuck in the past.
There was one interview a columnist -so one view- no government side- no attempt to interview people on location- one sitdown at a five star hotel and poof- story- boy I wonder how much they spent to run file video. Nice file though.
Yes there are truths to story but CBS- its not deep enough to even consider anything but a -hack job-they Didn't go to Ortigas or Eastwood or Alabang or even Makati-
if I'm not mistaken they ddint even cross the pasig river!!!! HAHAHAHA
Anyhow it is news on 'Manila' so I guess they decided to not go beyond the city limits…
No wonder they are losing thier audiance… oh well… watch it and weep.
People often ask me why there not more stories on the US networks of whats happening here – its because – this is the view of the country most of the producers and reporters have – more often than not – they never leave the comfort of thier surroundings – And they wonder why I cant get more stories out of here?
I blame the latte crowd of editors and desk editors who wouldn't know a real story if it bit em on the behind!!!
Arrghhh… this gets me mad… so one sided it wouldn't even pass the muster for local TV newscasts – what happened CBS?
Can't afford the cab fare to go beyond the hotel lobby? And so walk two blocks to the seawall for a standup?
Yeeaassshhh… whata waste! still good or bad it is publicty for the country- shame though it paints only one jaded old timer view of 'things in spin' package.

Barry Petersen looks at the Philippines nowWatch Now

Barry Petersen looks at the Philippines nowCBS News correspondent Barry Petersen examines how the Philippines have been slow to change since the fall of Ferdinand Marcos

June 9, 2006 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Pinoy Podcasts … tons of funs… to tune in

The world of Podcasts coming to pinoy audiances is growing. gruops like PCIJ have been putting out podcasts for a couple of years. The latest one is a farewell to summer from the summer capital.

[] … Farewell to summer: A special podcast from Baguio City

PCIJ Podcasts   HIS past summer, many Filipinos flocked to Baguio City in the north to escape the sweltering heat of the lowlands. Although summer is gone, they remember Baguio with fondness. Baguio has a special place in the Filipino’s heart. It is the beloved summer capital, the alluring City of Pines, the place that holds many childhood memories….[] has wealth of pod-able stuff on its website and as well on ABS-CBN Now its downloadble pod-able virtaul download areana which is a paid service.

Myself am still working my podcasts. I put up a podblog area for now- while work on my techie skills- but since my best medium has always been the visual. I really plan to have a video podcast soon… hopefully it will work to be a something that will free me from the world of news blues the industry I'm in is in.

Overseas in Hong Kong for example – a recent podcast I heard was on maids plights on the site of the Suoth China Morning post.

But there is little yet in the way of freelance pod networks for freelance podders – most content is porduced in house. SO podding for pera- is still far off- not only here but abroad as well.

One way to raise hits on podcasts though is to link up your pod with broadcasters. is home to Dean Bernardo and my little dabble in news and info overseas.

rchive Shows:

SUN – Lab Songs Lang
MON – Mabuhay Music Hour
TUES – Mabuhay Music Hour
WED – Mabuhay Music Hour
THUR – Magandang Gabi Po
FRI – Kommunity Korner
SAT – Perlas ng Silanganan

We do a portion of a show a newscast called – pilipinas direct is the name of the daily ten minute news pod we do. check it outsome time. Its more of a free to air and free to pod newscast. hopefully its something that will grow. 

June 9, 2006 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

RP: ‘NUSP:Military monitoring on campus” USA: “Military monitoring youth online”

A report online brings back memories – of when I was in campus politics… that the ISAFP or any Intelligence group is monitoring student leader groups is really not new news- we had a few even in our small university tagging along with us from time to time to watch over our activities back then in 'the Day'..

So its a common struggle to keep aware on the issues and remember that while students do have academic freedom- yes- you always do have to remember that Monitoring happens.

[]… The National Union of Students of the Philippines said the military is closely monitoring student leaders and student council officers as part of "Oplan Bantay Laya," ANC reported Friday … [].

Meanwhile on a larger global scale- the watching of the youth takes a more higher tech form of stuff of this in the Now and Online age. Basically the monitoring of sites like friednster, myspace, and others to check on those who might be or might become the persons of interest of those men in black and green and cammy!

[] … New Scientist has discovered that Pentagon's National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. …[]

After leaving college and becoming a reporter and working on a lot of stories I eventually met up with the people in the Military who monitored me. I was amazed at amount of information they gave me- photos – mostly of me around the town I grew up in.

Right down to my dating habits! some of the comments showed I was "harmless" but 'not someone you wanted dating your sister!' HAHAHA I got a laugh out of that because at that time I was going out with the daughter of a Military person- no wonder she moved to another school far-far-far away!

Anyway it always was fun to read that stuff shared with me- I don't know what happened to all those pics though. Perhaps the file has changed now- and is much longer. Wouldn't it be nice if those of us who know were 'monitored' could get access to all the information, photo's, and stuff…

I once did ask my spook assets though why they monitored schools and student leaders so much- for obvious reasons- the groups are often the subject of recruitment by fringe groups in society – from the left and right of the political extreme.

But- one Intel guy- told me a story that was funny- he was looking for a wife! So… since he couldn't afford to make a mistake in choosing – he monitored the local college and courted his way into the hearts of the lass he 'assigned' himself to look after.

funny thing about some of the intelligence groups monitoring things – oftentimes the bottom line is … fueled by hormones and testosterone. Other times the the reasons are far more ominous. There is need to make sure the 'watchers' are indeed watching and not engaged in more extreme forms of information extraction.

But I do agree with the NUSP school officials should take the mater seriously as should parents – 'Monitoring' of student groups is while not a new problem- and- what said on campus is more than not the reality of life when it leaves the classroom or tambayan –  as oftentimes the 'college" radicals of youth – are unusually the future middle class conservatives of tomorrow.

What was it Winston Churchill said on the subject?

" Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains…. "

June 9, 2006 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

ASG links to Oklahoma City Bombing to be formally probed in US Congress?

Strange story On-line – I've often seen this one raised of a link between the bombings in Oklahoma City and the ASG and other groups…. Its been the fodder of conspiracy theorists for over a decade now.

There is some truth to the formula used may have indeed come from Cebu – where Terry Nicols wife was from – but- its a common formula – the ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel mix used to make the truck bomb that Tim and Terry used to blow up the Murrah Federal building. So while it may have been inspired by dynamite fishers in the Cebu area- its somewhat a stretch to most people who look at the story.

[] …. " In what some on Capitol Hill are calling a surprising decision, Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., has given the nod for hearings into the long-debated question of whether those responsible for the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building had help from any foreign source. Spurred to action by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., Hyde has given Rohrabacher's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee the wide-ranging authority to conduct interviews and subpoena documents related to the April 19, 1995, terrorist attack that left 168 dead, 19 of them children." …. []

I wonder if Dana Rohrabacher is planning to hold hearings here in the country- there a whole bunch of people who do have information on the alleged meetings between some and the bombers in Oklahoma… it is a fact that Nicol's did come here to the Philippines in the years prior to the attack.

There are several people who have written about a alleged meeting between him and Khalid Shiek Mohamad who was in the country at around the same time – both were here- BUT- aside from that so were 77 million other people- True also is the testimony of Edwin Angeles – in a declaration he alleged to have met with Al Qaeda members and Nicol's in a Karaooke Bar in Cebu.

But remember- there is so much of this kind of stuff out there… it is good idea to look into it. Even if only to eliminate theory from reason and conjecture.

Or so the story goes… Jeyna Davis, is one person who has been chasing this story for a long time was reporter from a local KFOR a local TV station in Okka. City –

i swapped emails with her when I still was working in local TV here- but all my follow-up on this topic is often met officially by looks to check if i'm a straight jacket! Or checks to see if any tisoys have escaped from the national mental health institute in mandaluyong.

Well I do hope this investigation does come up with something… theres tons of reports out there on this much of it official record. It should be interesting to watch the outcome.

[]…. In his letter seeking authority for hearings, Rohrabacher wrote: "It is highly likely that the Arab connection and/or the Strassmeir connection played a significant role in the planning and execution of the murderous bombing of the OKC federal building. In both possible scenarios, the official investigation fell short and further investigation has been discouraged ever since." …[]

June 9, 2006 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

Zarqawi killed in a pair of 500 pound bombs that's riped apart the home where he was having a meeting with his spiritual advise- others also arrested in wake of a airstrike 17 total in different parts of Iraq.

Story links below:

The main story links to the actual events behind whats happened the other day in Iraq;
Most-Wanted Iraq Terrorist Al-Zarqawi Dead...

When anyone considers whats happened overall the actions of this person from his whole approach showed him to be even more of violent extremist than some of the leaders of the Taliban – his – goal was complete anarchy in the middle east a blood cleansing – and he was never really seen as anything more than a field commander who did much to use violence beyond the norm.

Some Dems call killing a stunt...  
And there are always the conspiracy theorists who will say the last story- those who disbelieve everything… or put or cast doubts – to them the movie matrix is a reality. 

$25M bounty 'will be honored'... So who get the cash reward- I sure how they don't give it cash poor guys- imagine $25 dollars in CASH- yikes- talk about a heavy scary load. I think fifty or so years down the line the reward winners in the middle east will be revealed- then surprise – many of those in the groups themselves will be those who got the rewards turned- because of cash. Its an old story- but it does work. A number of attack in this country have been foiled by the cash dole-outs – it was the one weapon in Afghanistan used effectively to put the taliban out of power. Greed often defeats ideology in extreme poverty situations.

Al-Qaida vows to continue 'holy war'... 'They' say they will 'carry on the fight'- I wonder for how long? people are tiring in all parts of the world about a war – with – no – ending ;

Even in the middle east there is limit to the never ending battles and street violence- if ithis keeps up it risks much. But there are those cashing in – arms makers. bullet proof vest manufacturers, munitions suppliers, defense and security companies. 

   Father of beheaded man blames Bush...  Well fathers will be fathers – Nick Berg- sad as his case was- did make the ultimate mistake in miscalculating the kindness of strangers and his choice of going to Iraq in the first place- whatever good intentions he may have had- meant he – staying in places outside secure areas – going in without a clear plan – showed that peacemakers while blessed indeed- often end up as Martyred in wars or civil strife. 

AL-ZARQAWI PIONEERED USE OF INTERNET AS TOOL FOR TERROR...Well Zarqawi was chatter and bloggers and used video service upload services and web transfers- the man had tech support to be able to send messages and information – he was not for sure one was camera shy- but by putting his face out there he certainly took the high profile route. 


More wires:

Rumsfeld sees "stunning shock" to al Qaeda network

Qaeda's Iraq leader Zarqawi killed

June 9, 2006 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

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