Did Australia Play Down Terrorists?

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“During the Olympics, Australia has six planes in the sky at all times ready to intercept any wayward aircraft.”

Is Australia playing down terrorism, again? I suspect they did so in regards to Al Queda targeting the Lucus Heights nuclear plant during the Sydney Olympics. A year before 911 officials were looking at this possibility;

“A fully loaded, fueled airliner crashing into the opening ceremony before a worldwide television audience at the Sydney Olympics is one of the greatest security fears for the Games.”

Below is my letter from Gary M. Bald who assured me there were no arrests or trial in regards to terrorist threat to Olympics in Sydney in 2000, a year before 911.

May 28, 2004

“Dear Mr. Presco

By letter dated April 22nd,

Congressman Peter DeFazio forwarded your April 9th. e-mail regarding an alleged threat to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, to the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs. Your inquiry was referred to my office because your concerns fall within the purview of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. We appreciate the interest which prompted you to write. Regarding your concerns that members of “Al-Qaeda were released after being caught with plans to blow up a nuclear plant, “near the site of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, I can assure you that the Australian and U.S. authorities aggressively investigated initial report of this potential threat. However, it was later determined that no threat existed.

Additionally, contrary to media accounts, no arrests were made because no crime was committed. The security for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games was very well organized and communication with the U.S. Government was unprecedented. I hope this information is helpful to you and will serve to allay some of your concerns.

Sincerely yours,

Gary M. Bald

Assistant Director Counterterrorism Division.

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House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

March, 2000: Possible Plot Against Sydney Olympics Foiled; Afghan Suspects May Be Linked to Bin Laden

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The Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.The Lucas Heights nuclear reactor. [Source: BBC]During a raid on a suspected people-smuggling ring in Auckland, New Zealand, police stumble upon evidence of an apparent plot to blow up a nuclear reactor during the upcoming Sydney Olympics (see also September 15-October 1, 2000). A house used by Afghan refugees contains a map of Sydney highlighting a nuclear reactor in the suburb of Lucas Heights and detailing access and exit roads. In another house, police find a notebook with information relating to the counterterrorism tactics used by New Zealand police. [CNN, 8/26/2000; BBC, 8/26/2000; New Zealand Herald, 8/26/2000] The New Zealand Herald reports that some suspects may be linked to Osama bin Laden. [New Zealand Herald, 9/9/2000] However, no one is charged with terror-related crimes and a later report will find that immigration fraud charges against two Afghan refugees have been dropped. [New Zealand Herald, 5/25/2002; New Zealand Herald, 5/27/2002]

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Olympics officials later reveal, “A fully loaded, fueled airliner crashing into the opening ceremony before a worldwide television audience at the Sydney Olympics is one of the greatest security fears for the Games.” During the Olympics, Australia has six planes in the sky at all times ready to intercept any wayward aircraft. In fact, “IOC officials [say] the scenario of a plane crash during the opening ceremony was uppermost in their security planning at every Olympics since terrorists struck in Munich in 1972.” bin Laden is considered the number-one threat. [Sydney Morning Herald, 9/20/2001] These security measures are similar to those used in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and other events, including Clinton’s second inauguration. Similar planning is already underway before 9/11 for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. [Wall Street Journal, 4/1/2004]

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/nov/24/theobserver

http://www.terrorism.com/2014/04/23/threat-to-lucas-heights-nuclear-power-plant/

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vi) You are a nation that exploits women like consumer products or advertising tools calling upon customers to purchase them. You use women to serve passengers, visitors, and strangers to increase your profit margins. You then rant that you support the liberation of women.

“The trial had earlier been told how Hambali provided Roche with access to al-Qaeda officials including Osama bin Laden, and how he travelled to Afghanistan via Pakistan to meet them. The notes of these meetings described how al-Qaeda had agreed to have three white Australian Muslims undertake firearms and explosives training in Afghanistan, while Roche co-ordinated operations in Australia.”

“Gary M. Bald Named Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence

Al-Qaeda targeted Olympics, By Martin Daly in Perth May 20, 2004

Al-Qaeda planned an attack during the Sydney Olympics and to target the Jewish community, according to notes revealed during the trial of an Australian man accused of plotting to bomb the Israeli embassy in Canberra. A notebook seized from Jack Roche’s Perth home in 2002 describes in Indonesian how al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Malaysia planned the attacks. The Melbourne Jewish leader, businessman and football identity Joseph Gutnick was identified as an
important target.

The notebook says the goal is to have a “heavy” impact on the Jewish community in hit-and-run attacks.Roche, 52, has pleaded not guilty in Perth District Court to conspiring with senior al-Qaeda figures Mukhtar, Abu Hafs and Saifto plant a
truck bomb outside the Canberra embassy in 2000, shortly after returning from explosives training at an al-Qaeda camp near Kandahar.

Indrawati Zifirdaus, an interpreter from Curtin University, yesterday read out an English translation she made from the 20-page notebook. In it, Roche describes meetings with al-Qaeda officials and Jemaah Islamiah figurehead
Hambali, and how they wanted the problems in Palestine to “be submitted again in the minds of the people of theworld”.

“I met Hambali and we discussed about the possibility to do something in Sydney, during the Olympic Games there, this year,” the notes read.”The main objective here is that this operation will not only bedone once but . . . we will do
something again and disappear. Their decision is two important targets in Australia – Israel embassyand/or Jews named Joe Gutnick.””I also need to find other Jewish targets . . . for example when there is a meeting of a lot of
Jewish, etc”.

The trial had earlier been told how Hambali provided Roche with access to al-Qaeda officials including Osama bin Laden, and how he travelled to Afghanistan via Pakistan to meet them. The notes of these meetings described how al-Qaeda had agreed to have three white Australian Muslims undertake firearms and explosives training in Afghanistan, while Roche co-ordinated operations in Australia.

The conspiracy between Roche and al-Qaeda is alleged to have occurred between February 15 and September 30, 2000. Earlier, Jacqueline Anne Wood, the former partner of Roche’s son, told the court that while staying in Roche’s Sydney flat, she found two books, one titled Terrorist Handbook and the other
How to make a bomb.

The trial continues

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Australian prime minister an enthusiastic promoter of the WMD fraud By Nick Beams5 June 2003;While the spotlight has been focused on the Bush and Blair regimes for their role in weaving the web of lies over Iraq’s “weapons of mass
destruction”, attention should also be directed to the Howard government in Australia. When it came to promoting bogus threats and circulating outright lies no one was more vociferous than the Australian prime minister. The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently remarked that “misrepresentation and deception
are standard operating procedure” for the Bush administration. The same could
equally besaid of the Howard government. After a campaign of lies and deception
targeting refugees during its re-election campaign in 2001—the Tampa crisis and
the so-called “children overboard” affair—the government eagerly joined the Bush
administration’s war drive against Iraq, initiated in July-August 2002.On July
16 last, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer proclaimed that the world should be
worried about Iraq’s ability to build a nuclearbomb, as well as its developing
chemical and biological weaponscapacity. Defence Minister Robert Hill said he
was “not surprised”by claims that Iraq was less than three years away from
developing abomb.

In September 2002, Mr. Bald was named Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Division, where he had responsibility for all FBI activities in the states of Maryland and Delaware. In that assignment he oversaw the FBI’s efforts in the Washington-area sniper investigation in the fall of 2002.

Washington, D.C. October 29, 2004

FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Washington D.C. – Director Robert S. Mueller, III, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary M. Bald as Executive Assistant Director (EAD) for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence. Mr. Bald currently serves as Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division and previously served as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Baltimore field office.

Director Mueller said, “Gary Bald has led our counterterrorism efforts through two periods of heightened threat. He has moved forward our reengineering efforts to improve our ability to prevent terrorist attacks. And under his leadership, our counterterrorism efforts have become more proactive, intelligence driven, and integrated with our partners than ever before. I look forward to working with Gary as he continues the important work of our top two priority programs.”

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Married to the Priory De Sion

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After our meeting at the Wandering Goat on April 18, I got this e-mail from Belle Burch, my beloved stalker: “On Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:34 PM, Belle Burch wrote:

Hey Jon,

It’s Belle. Still wondering if you’re real. Thank you again for the bike. Let’s set up a time for me to do some modeling. Thurs and Fri are possibilities for me.
By the way, Why “John Ambrose”? Is that your middle name? Nom de plume? Highly synchronistic, as my current partner’s legal first name is Ambrose. I’m very curious about this.

Also, I thought you preferred to spell your name without the “h”?

Here’s the poem I said I’d send you.
Haven’t read any of your emails yet, will get to that soon. ”

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If you must know, dear reader, I have proposed marriage to Belle Burch in the last twenty-four hours, because I was correct, this is the person I deserve to spend the rest of my life with (beginning in 1965) because we had so much fun together in the two hours we went on a cultural journey in Bohemiaville. Belle has a highly developed sense of humor and can grasp irony with the best of them. We took turns naming things in the world we love, and gave each other a half dozen high-fives! I love looking at Belle. She has the most beautiful hands I have ever seen. She can make a living as a hand model. When she made the motion of a woman holding a invisible rose, I creamed my artistic pants. Belle gave one artistic orgasm after another. There was no end to her good questions that…

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Woodminster Prophet

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I posted this on my blog the day before I met Belle at the Wandering Goat on April 19, 2014. I wanted to show her my work with the homeless and saving Ken Kesey’s cottage he lived in while he went to the UofO. I told her I was at the second meeting of OCCUPY that SLEEPS broke off from. She had nothing to say. She had been arrested with SLEEPS activist along with a lawyer who champions the homeless. Surely we would have made a great team. She could have introduced me to another lawyer that is on their side. Why did Belle Burch CONCEAL our connections? She agreed to model for me at my house at the end of our meeting. She offered to edit my novel after she saw this post. Three days later, she is asking me to be more explicit about my bout with cancer, homelessness, and my recovery from alcoholism. Belle and her friends were into street theater, so, my costume was not seen as, nutty. It had to be MY AGE! Why was this old guy more radical then most young hip folks in Eugene? What did I have that they didn’t! Belle had looked at my blog – before she called me to arrange a meeting! She knew what she was getting herself into! But, she made sure – I didn’t!

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Covered wagons are patriotic symbols of being homeless in the wilderness. They were portable churches where one prayed that all is well that ends well.

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She: Who Must Be Obeyed

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she2I had read ‘She’ just before I died – and came back. When I wrote most of ‘Golden Girls of the Corn Cob’ I do not think Rosamond was that well known. She had not yet married into the Benton family. Rena was somewhat based on She “the one who must be obeyed” because everyone of her wishes, was my command. I worshipped the ground SHE walked on. The idea there was a alien stowaway onboard ‘President Eisenhower’ (name of my Dodge) as we made our way over the mountain, is eerie. James Harkins was a great believer in aliens. Members of our household went up to the Lyman commune all the time. I went up there after the first snow and encountered a Family Guard packing a piece.

I think Jessie Benton was the real force to be reckoned with.

In She there is this dude named Leo Vincey…

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Wolves Amongst Sheep?

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“Organizers plan to address the problem and try to get rid of some of the scammy accounts.”

SLEEPS is described as a offshoot of OCCUPY. Does this newcomer have the same set-up for receiving donations that OCCUPY has/had, and if not, why not? I demand to know what their system is. I demand the Mayor of Eugene and Springfield launch an investigation to make sure monies are going for the benefit of the homeless.

On the morning I was to meet Belle Burch at the Wandering Goat, I put together this blog so I could show Belle what I am about, on my laptop.

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I got no response! I was puzzled. I thought she was going to say she knew the woman wearing a bonnet and hemp outfit, but, she stopped herself. Belle did not say;

“Oh! You’re involved in OCCUPY too?”

Above are my OCCUPY posters I got…

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The Godzilla Festival

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“Are you aware there is a website listing you as sexual offender?”

This was the message I got from Krysta Albert the organizer of the Eugene Festifal, that replaced the Eugene Celebration run by members of the Ken Kesey family. Krysta had asked me to be on her board, and let me inside. When I saw Anan Holtham-Keathly ‘The Queen Mother of Eugene’ was on the board, I felt obligated to inform Krysta of the trouble I had had with Belle Burch and her anarchist friends. Her lover at the time was Ambrose Holtham-Keathly who appear in a leather jacket in this video. Belle approached me, took my number, called me, and arranged a meeting where she concealed her identity, the truth she was arrested with Ambrose and his friends. Belle told me I was forbidden to write about all the Holtham-Keathleys who love to appear in all our cities media. How to deal with the Homeless is like trying to figure out what to do with Godzilla who is shitting all over your downtown.

“As long as they do not cause any damage or promote any hostility to me or my family, then I really don’t mind if someone is camping in the field across the way,” says neighborhood resident Michael Erickson.”

You can’t make this shit up! As I type CNN is talking about the U.S. going to war with North Korea over their cyber-hacking and terrorist threats to folks who go see the movie ‘The Interview’. My novel ‘The Gideon Computer’ may end in a nuclear showdown! May Hollywood folks have failed to back Sony lest they get targeted!

I had made the comment that the Kesey family could stand the competition, and Krysta told me she does not want to upset the Keseys, or get into any drama – that could hurt her business! I decided to spare her, and told her about Belle. At first she told me Anand Holtham-Keathley did not know me. I told Krysta to run Jon by her instead of Greg. That’s when Krysta was shown the preditor site by Anand. This is Cyber Stalking!

So, I go to the site that Krysta is speaking of, and I am reading the exact same words that Alley Valkerie posted on Mayor Kitty Piercy’s Facebook – that were taken down. She must have gone to this Eugene City site that says you must have permission of the victim to make a report. Did Belle Burch give Alley permission, or, are we looking at the kind of shit the invisible hackers are doing to Sony? If you do not do what they say, they will embarrass you, make your life impossible, and even scary for you! Does this apply to those who continue to associate with you?

All of a sudden, I can not access the Festival board site, am unfriended by Krysta Albert, and the Eugene City page where I posted my ideas of the Godzilla Festival, that if Godzilla willing, will be held at the end of my movie ‘Capturing Beauty’.

I have been banned and shutdown in Eugene, a town known for being a refuge for old hippies and Bohemians. Krysta expressed concern her business may be hurt. Movie theater owners are not going to show Sony’s movie on Christmas Day the day the Crucified One – was born! Consider the cock crowing thrice, and Saint Peter denying he knows Jesus. Alley and Belle tried to get the Whiteaker Council to denounce me and label me a sex fiend. Anand had served on the council.

My idea was to have a giant rope tug-of-war, a Dragon Boat Festival, and a Runaway from Godzilla, run, like the running of the bulls, with big Japanese drums pounding away! This would all take place near, and on the Mill Race down by the Cuthbert Amphitheater. Now, my creative vision, is toast, just like Alley Valkerie promised. The power she owns over our elected officials has just grown more powerful!

In my movie ‘Capturing Beauty’ I am inside a big blown up balloon made in the image of Godzilla. Before me are screaming children running for their lives – with glee – from the monster of Eugene! Suddenly, Belle and her anarchists dressed as the boys from the movie ‘Lord of the Flies’ rush at me with sharpened sticks, and poke me repeatedly. Alas, they burst my bubble, and there I stand, defeated, shamed, and looking like the inner Darth Vader, the impotent white worm of a man.

I look at my beautiful Muse, and say this with tears in my eyes;

“It was beauty that killed the beast!”

As I walk away the anarchists wonder what I am talking about, they glad now that the old fart can no longer challenge them, their claim they have all the answers, and if we do not go along with them, they will scare you, destroy you.

After Alley Valkerie delivered her evil message that forbid to write in my blog about them, Belle called me on the phone, and insisted I do what they say. I told them I can not do that because Rosamond Press is a registered newspaper in Lane County, and I owe it to my peers not to cave to threats and blackmail. I told her my newspaper was founded “for the protection of the arts”. I just heard the Commander in Chief is calling for a decisive response. Homeland Security has been alerted. I might send them a letter.

WE ARTISTS are under attack by a monster we never had to deal with on this level, before. I knew this monster when it just hatched, it laid out the ass of Ms. Alley. Then Belle came and sat on it while her anarchist klan whooped and danced around her.

In this scene from the movie ‘The Muse’ we are tickled that a Muse is not who we expect her to be. She has made several writers famous. Like Genies, you have to be careful of what you wish for. What the grand muse may have delivered is a Korean version of the Wizard of Oz, where inside the Godzilla suit is a rolly-polly dictator that looks like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Never before in history has a dictator taken over a creative endeavor in a democracy. Belle and Alley have helped create a real monster!

I suggest Sony release ‘The Interview’ on the internet, on Christmas Day, for free! There will be an intermission where viewers are bid to give to the poor, the hungry, and the disenfranchised. A image of our Nation’s Muse will be shown……giving Korea ‘The Bird’.

Time to take Kim’s monster – down!

Jon Presco

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Alley Valkyrie is cyberbulling me with the help of her radical facebook friends. She has been arrested several times for breaking the laws in my community.

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Well, I just picked a fight with quite the unstable psychopath. May not have been the most sensible thing to do, but it should definitely get interesting…

Glenn Combs: John Presco(e) has a long history of harassing young women in this area. The police seem impotent to do anything about it, though. I believe he comes from money and could be lawyered up quite well if he needed it. Whatever, it is time to take this “man” down.

Whatever, it is time to take this “man” down.
Whatever, it is time to take this “man” down.
Whatever, it is time to take this “man” down.”

I never knew or heard of Alley until she sent me this personal message. She then posted on Kitty Piecy’s FB an obscene slander.

“Facebook message from Alley Valkerie

“I’m going to make this very simple for you. I don’t know if you know who I am, but I sure as hell know who you are, and when you fuck with my friends, you fuck with me. Stop writing about Belle or I am going to make your life very difficult. I mean it. If I see one more word about her on your blog, your FB, or anywhere else, I will make sure that you experience all the fear and discomfort that she is experiencing right now. And no, this isn’t a physical threat, so don’t try to play victim. Frankly, I encourage you to contact EPD, as they already know all about you. I will not do anything illegal, but mark my word you will regret it if you write one more word about her. I will make sure that the entire community knows exactly how much of a sick fuck you are. Your picture, your name, and “samples” of your writing will be posted on every bulletin board in town. There will not be a single person in the Eugene/Springfield area who won’t know that you’re a sick stalker who won’t leave a stalker who won’t leave a young girl alone. Cut it out. Now. This is your first, last, and only warning.”

Alley Valkerie on facebook message.

“Please, go ahead and blog my threat.
You have no fucking idea what you’re getting yourself into
You also have no idea how many people are already on to you, and how many people have my back. We also have six other mutual friends who are going to learn about your behavior ASAP
And just so you know as well: if you write anything about me that could be construed as defamatory, you will be hearing from my lawyers ASAP.”

Alley Valkyrie posted to ‎Kitty Piercy

This man’s name is John Gregory Presco, DOB 10/8/1946. He lives in Springfield, Oregon.

He frequents Eugene, especially the Whiteaker neighborhood, and regularly shows up at activist events. He is a stalker, a harasser, and an obsessed de…lusional sicko.

If you need a concrete example of his behavior and why I am posting this, his delusional writings can be found at http://rosamondpress.wordpress.com/

If you see him in your neighborhood, on the street, or anywhere, call him out. Expose him. Make it known that you will not accept and tolerate someone who harasses and obsesses over young women in our community. This man is a very sick individual. Anyone who deliberately makes women feel unsafe should not be tolerated in this or any community.”

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WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’s computers, a determination reached just as Sony on Wednesday canceled its release of the comedy, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.

Senior administration officials, who would not speak on the record about the intelligence findings, said the White House was still debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of what amounts to a cyberterrorism campaign. Sony’s decision to cancel release of “The Interview” amounted to a capitulation to the threats sent out by hackers this week that they would launch attacks, perhaps on theaters themselves, if the movie was released.

Officials said it was not clear how the White House would decide to respond to NorthKorea. Some within the Obama administration argue that the government of Mr. Kim must be directly confronted, but that raises the question of what consequences the administration would threaten — or how much of its evidence it could make public without revealing details of how the United States was able to penetrate North Korean computer networks to trace the source of the hacking.

Others argue that a direct confrontation with the North over the threats to Sony and moviegoers might result in escalation, and give North Korea the kind of confrontation it often covets. Japan, for which Sony is an iconic corporate name, has argued that a public accusation could interfere with delicate diplomatic negotiations underway for the return of Japanese nationals kidnapped years ago.

The sudden urgency inside the administration over the Sony issue came after a new threat was delivered this week to desktop computers at Sony’s offices that if “The Interview” was released on Dec. 25, “the world will be full of fear.” It continued: “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.”

Sony dropped its plan to release the film after the four largest theater chains in the United States — Regal Entertainment, AMC Theaters, Cinemark and Carmike Cinemas — and several smaller chains said they would not show the film. The cancellations virtually killed “The Interview” as a theatrical enterprise, at least in the near term, one of the first known instances of a threat from another nation pre-empting the release of a movie.

While intelligence officials have concluded that the cyberattack on Sony was both state sponsored and far more destructive than any seen before on American soil, there are still differences of opinion over whether North Korea was aided by Sony insiders with an intimate knowledge of the company’s computer systems.

“This is of a different nature than past attacks,” one senior official said. A cyberattack that began by wiping out data on corporate computers — something that had previously been seen in attacks in South Korea and Saudi Arabia, but not the United States — has turned “into a threat to the safety of Americans” if the movie was shown. However, the official, echoing a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, said there was “no specific, credible threat information” that would suggest that any attack was imminent.

It is not clear how the United States came to its determination that the North Korean regime played a central role in the Sony attacks. North Korea has been a notoriously hard target for computer penetration. But four years ago the National Security Agency launched a major effort to penetrate the country’s computer operations, including its elite cyberteam, and to establish “implants” in the country’s networks that, like a radar system, would monitor the development of malware transmitted from the country.

But it is hardly a foolproof system. Much of North Korea’s hacking is done from China. And while the attack on Sony used some commonly available cybertools, one intelligence official said, “This was of a sophistication that a year ago we would have said was beyond the North’s capabilities.”

It is rare for the United States to publicly accuse countries suspected of involvement in cyberintrusions or attacks. The administration never publicly said who attacked White House and State Department computers over the past two months, or JPMorgan Chase’s systems last summer. Russia is suspected in the first two cases, but there is conflicting evidence on JPMorgan.

But in this case, there is a long forensic trail. The attackers used readily available commercial tools to wipe data off Sony’s machines. They also borrowed tools and techniques that had been used in at least two previous attacks, one in Saudi Arabia two years ago — widely attributable to Iran — and another last year in South Korea, aimed at banks and media companies.

The attacks at Sony were routed from command and control centers across the world, including a convention center in Singapore and a computer at Thammasat University in Thailand. But one of those command and control servers, a computer in Bolivia, had been used before, in a limited set of cyberattacks on South Korean targets two years ago. That suggests, but does not prove that that the same group or individuals may have been behind both attacks.

The Sony malware also shared remarkable similarities with the malware used in the destructive attacks on South Korean banks and broadcasters last year. Those attacks, which also destroyed data belonging to their victims, are believed to be the work of a cybercriminal gang known as Dark Seoul. Some experts say they cannot rule out the possibility that the Sony attack was the work of a Dark Seoul copycat.

The Sony attack also borrowed a wiping tool from an attack two years ago at Saudi Aramco, where hackers wiped out data off 30,000 Aramco computers, replacing it with an image of a burning American flag.

Security experts were never able to track down the hackers behind the attacks at Saudi Aramco, though United States officials have long said they believe the attacks emanated from Iran, using tools that are now on the black market.

In each attack, experts were never able to confirm the initial entry point. At Sony, forensics investigators are looking into the possibility that the attackers may have had some inside help. Embedded in the malicious code were the names of Sony servers and administrative credentials that allowed the malware to spread across Sony’s network.

“It’s clear that they already had access to Sony’s network before the attack,” said Jaime Blasco, a security researcher at AlienVault.

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Pope Francis and the OSF

pope-installation-new cuba2 wienekbriar2 wienekej18For several days I have been trying to locate a book about my grandmother’s cousins who were Sisters of the Order of Saint Francis. I found part of it posted on the web by a member of the Stark family. I put Mr. Stark in touch with the archivist of Briar Cliff College so they can own the complete copy of the book, and perhaps the original book. I am interested in the chapter on the Pilgrimage to Assisi. That Pope Francis said dogs can go to heaven, aligns him with the mission of Saint Francis who had a spiritual conversation with a wolf. To read this morning that Saint Francis has improved our relations with Cuba, suggest this Pope walks in the footprints of Saint Francis.

Above is a photo of Father John and his three sisters.

Jon Presco

Gross, who had been imprisoned for five years, was viewed as a stumbling block towards improving relations between Havana and Washington. Apart from Gross, Cuba will also release a US intelligence agent who has been imprisoned for 20 years.

US President Barack Obama is scheduled make a statement at 1700 GMT on Cuba, the White House said. Obama is expected to announce a shift in Washington’s Cuban policy. Cuban President Raul Castro, in turn, is scheduled to address his nation at the same time regarding his country’s relationship with the United States.

According to US officials, Washington will begin talks on normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba and opening an embassy in the country, AP reports. The embassy could be opened within months, the officials said. Cuba will also open an embassy in Washington DC.

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The Vatican’s second-in-command, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the secretary of state, moderated the October meeting after the two countries sought out the Vatican as a trusted broker near the conclusion of their negotiations.

For Francis, the breakthrough on Wednesday burnished his efforts to reposition the Vatican as a broker in global diplomacy. He has already waded into Middle East protests, hosting a prayer summit meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian presidents that bore few tangible results. Soon afterward, Israel began its military assault against Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, in Gaza.

But Francis has quickly become one of the world’s leading figures, and his role in the United States-Cuba breakthrough undoubtedly is tied to his status as the first Latin American pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

“He knows the Cuban situation by heart,” said Gianni La Bella, a professor of contemporary history and an expert in Latin American Catholicism, as well as a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio, a liberal Catholic group active in international affairs. “He visited when he was a cardinal and has a strong relationship with the archbishop of Havana, who is obviously a strategic player in this.”

In April, the Vatican and Cuba celebrated 79 years of diplomatic relations as they jointly staged a photography exhibition at a church in Rome. Although the Vatican has had problems with Havana, it steadfastly opposes the American embargo and has kept diplomatic lines open.

 

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