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In America, TV watches you: CIA to spy on people through household items

Posted by Administrator on March 17, 2012

In America, TV watches you: CIA to spy on people through household items. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

In America, TV watches you: CIA to spy on people through household items. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

With a growing number of ‘smart gadgets,’ spying on homes may start to become much easier. In fact, CIA Chief David Petraeus admitted that Americans were effectively bugging themselves and making it easy for spy agencies to peek in on their lives.

­Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, Petraeus noted that new devices that link ‘dumb’ home appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and lighting systems to the Internet could “change our notion of secrecy.”

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies, particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft,” Petraeus noted.

Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation Internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus explained. “The latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”

In the meantime, the biggest microchip company in the world, ARM, presented new processors that can be implanted into nearly any household appliance and connect it to the Internet so that the appliance could be remotely controlled in tandem with other applications. The company described the concept as the “Internet of things.”

And the National Security Agency is already building a gigantic supercomputer to process this gigantic amount of information. It’s a $2 billion Utah-based facility that can process yottabytes (a quadrillion gigabytes) of data, according to the Gizmondo technology blog. It will be the centerpiece for the Global Information Grid and is set to go live in September 2013.

These latest announcements paint a somewhat Orwellian picture of the future, with TV’s spying on their viewers and beds recording the dreams of those sleeping in them. Perhaps this data would then be sent to the Utah supercomputer, which would assess the person’s pros and cons. And what if the computer uses statistics to decipher the likelihood that that person will commit a crime? A score could land you in jail – for a crime that had not yet happened.

But even now we see how people are being arrested for posting online or clicking the wrong button in the privacy of their own home. A British teenager is set to appear in court on charges of racially aggravated assault after posting comments about six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Source: http://rt.com/news/cia-spy-people-petraeus-795/

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British MP says West plotting Raila win

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Photo/WILLIAM OERI Irishman Ian Paisley, a Member of the British Parliament who accused foreign powers of working with the ICC to ensure PM Raila Odinga succeeds President .

Photo/WILLIAM OERI Irishman Ian Paisley, a Member of the British Parliament who accused foreign powers of working with the ICC to ensure PM Raila Odinga succeeds President .

A member of the British Parliament has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of being used by foreign governments — including his own — to clear the way for Prime Minister Raila Odinga to ascend to power.

Irishman Ian Paisley cautions that because of the ICC intervention, Kenya was heading towards a “dangerous impasse”.

Mr Painsley’s comments mirrored similar allegations in Parliament by some MPs who have accused the British government of working in cahoots with Mr Odinga to have Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru  Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto detained by the court.

“The ICC intervention is increasingly likely to drive this government and the country further apart, allowing a political leader from one ethnic group to try to remove an opponent from another ethnic group from the scene,” he wrote in the respected New York Times on Friday.

“The court’s determination to bring to trial several defendants accused of fomenting violence has enabled Odinga to call for the arrest of his main political opponent, Uhuru Kenyatta who now faces ICC charges.”

The MP raised questions about the role of Britain in the Kenyan matter, saying it had funded the protection of a prosecution witness in the Mungiki case of Mr Kenyatta and Mr Francis Muthaura, who has since stepped aside as head of Public Service.

“Kenyan case rests on a main witness who has changed his statements several times, and is under a witness protection plan partly funded by the British government, which has publicly supported the trial.”

Mr Paisley is a member of the Democratic Unionist Party, the leading in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest party in the House of Commons of the UK. He is the son of the Reverend Ian Paisley, the former leader of Northern Ireland.

He says that the British had a history of using courts to fix those opposed to them.

“At the height of the troubles in the 1970s and 1980s, the British government used the courts to prosecute its opponents in Northern Ireland. People with blood on their hands were portrayed as martyrs by their supporters,” he said.

The other suspect in the case is radio journalist Joshua arap Sang. The ICC committed the four to trial for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 2007/8 violence.

Despite the increasing odds against their candidatures, Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have declared that they will contest the presidency.

Well-oiled crusade

Mr Paisley’s comments — and the fact that they were published in the respected paper — is a strong indication of the high stakes attached to the Kenyan case.

It could also be part of a well-oiled international crusade to discredit the court and lay ground for non-co-operation by the four Kenyans accused of crimes against humanity.

Moreover, it is a well-choreographed escalation of the Kenyan case, which has been the subject of government spear-headed diplomatic efforts at home.

MPs allied to Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto last week tabled a document in Parliament sensationally claiming that Britain was pushing to have President Kibaki indicted over the 2007/8 violence.

Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo who tabled the document also accused the United Kingdom of propping up Mr Odinga and pushing for the detention of Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto.

The document, which has since been dismissed by British High Commission, claimed that the UK wants Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto arrested for allegedly threatening the security of the country through their so-called prayer rallies.

Mr Kilonzo indicated that they had obtained the document from a member of the House of Commons. The Yatta MP also told Parliament that the dossier had “divided” the House of Commons.

The  British High Commission has described the allegations as “preposterous,” and part of an unscrupulous agenda. The National Security Intelligence Service has also urged caution in handling the document.

Mr Paisley’s main argument is that peace was more important than pursuit for justice; that “peace must not be the victim of international justice”. Instead of the ICC intervention, Mr Paisley strongly encourages political negotiations and national reconciliation.

He says reconciliation is not an easy option, but it allows people to move forward with the hope of unity and the potential for justice in the future, citing the case of Northern Ireland and South Africa.

“There  is nothing more important than peace. If this means the ICC does not always intervene or deliver justice, it may be a price that is worth paying.”

Highly critical of the court’s record and ability to promote international stability, Mr Paisley says that the ICC was intended to be an instrument to deliver  peace but it has scored poorly on this.

He pointed to the Democratic Republic Of Congo where though justice had been delivered (by the Thursday conviction of militia leader Thomas Lubanga), the country remains unstable.

The anti-Hague crusade has taken many dimensions. A fortnight ago, Ugandan anti-ICC lobbyist David Matsanga produced a video purporting be a testimony by an ICC witness claiming he had withdrawn his evidence against Mr Kenyatta and Mr Muthaura.

And last month, Mr Kenyatta’s lawyer, Steven Kay accused foreign powers of fixing the Kenyan case.

“Because they don’t like violence in elections in Africa somebody has got to be made an example,” he told an audience in London.

“They are saying we have a problem in Kenya and we have to do something. Let us put a trial going and keep everybody quiet. That might be a good or bad reason but as I understand it, that is not what justice is all about.”

His remarks reinforce Mr Kenyatta’s repeated comments at the various rallies during which he has asked foreigners to stop imposing leaders on Kenya through the ICC process.

Raw anger greeted recent comments by British Foreign Affairs secretary William Hague that Kenya’s international standing and reputation could be soiled if it elects individuals indicted by the ICC.

“No foreigner can tell me that he can tell Kenyans who to elect. Kenyans must be allowed to pick their leaders including the President. Democracy will not be achieved by pouring money into NGOs to wreck peace,” said Mr Kenyatta.

In response to the UK minister, Mr Ruto asked him to keep off Kenyan politics. “We know whose messenger he is, but we want to tell him that Kenyans themselves have the ability to decide who they want to elect, and they do not need a foreigner to direct them.”

The same fears over the Western hand behind the ICC, partly fuelled the 2010 successful vote by MPs allied to the two suspects pushing for Kenya’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/British+MP+says+West+plotting+Raila+win++/-/1064/1368462/-/bc6cm8/-/index.html

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Why I Married My Own Biological Mother!!

Posted by Administrator on March 17, 2012

ANCESTOR DUTY: Son and mother say: “I do”.

ANCESTOR DUTY: Son and mother say: “I do”.

SOUTH AFRICA-In a sleepy village known as Slovo Park near Siyabuswa, villagers were torn with joy and surprise as they witnessed a rather strange wedding where, a mother and son exchanged wedding vows.

The son, a traditional healer from Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga, said he married his biological mother in a wedding ceremony to appease his ancestors. He now calls his mother “my wife”.

On Sunday more than 2000 people turned up to witness the wedding of Buti Mphethi , 28, to his mother Francinah Makunyane, 62.

Mphethi said that his forefathers had instructed him to pay lobola to his mother’s family before he could marry his wife, who stays separately from her own husband, Buti’s father.

Mphethi paid the lobola of two cows to his mother with a street value of R14 000.

The wedding was arranged and took place at his mother’s home in the same village on Saturday and finished at his home at the weekend.

Mphethi dropped out of his second year studies in sound engineering at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2003 to become a sangoma.

He felt it was a calling from his ancestors.

Mphethi said he had been married before, but it did not work out. His wife left him four years ago.

Mphethi said that his father William Mphethi was still alive, and had four wives. The father stays with the elder wife in Burgersfort, Limpopo.

He was confident that marrying his own mother had been in line with his culture.

Speaking to The New Age, the beaming bride, Makunyane, said she never imagined having a ‘white wedding’ because she was a grown up.

“I am now old enough and getting married was never in my mind. My son really did a good thing to marry me before he can marry his wife.

“This process is part of our culture. I am now a married woman because he represented his father,” she said, before bursting into tears of joy.

Source: http://tumfweko.com/2012/03/16/why-i-married-my-own-biological-mother-to-be-my-wife/

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Kenya’s elections to be held on March 4, 2013, IEBC announces

Posted by Administrator on March 17, 2012

General Election will be held on March 4, 2013

General Election will be held on March 4, 2013

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that the next General Election will be held in March 2013.

IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said that his Commission has been “compelled” to set the March 4 date since President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have failed to agree on a date as set out in a court ruling.

“….the Commission hereby announces that the general elections will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013,” said Mr Hassan during a news conference at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi Saturday.

He said before setting the date, the IEBC had consulted widely including approaching the principals with a view to them agreeing, in writing, to dissolve the Coalition Government and precipitate an election within 60 days. However, Mr Hassan said, the President and Mr Odinga differed.

“The Commission has consulted widely within and without, and in particular, it has consulted the two Principals with a view to actualise Option A of the Court Judgement,” said the IEBC boss.

“It should be understood that this Commission has repeatedly stated that it is ready to conduct the general elections in December 2012. However, after these consultations, it has become clear to the Commission that there is no agreement between the Principals as required by the Court Judgement under Option A.”

“In the circumstances, the Commission is therefore compelled to proceed with Option B of the Court Judgement which requires that we fix an election date within 60 days from the expiry of the term of the 10th Parliament,” said Mr Hassan.

He said in setting the March date, the Commission had considered several electoral processes including requirement that political parties comply with the Political Parties Act 2011 by April; need for public officers intending to contest in the polls to resign at least eight months before elections; mapping of new electoral units; voter education; inspection of voters’ register and procurement of electoral material.

“We appreciate and understand that there are Kenyans who may have preferred an earlier election date, but we call upon Kenyans to be understanding and support the Commission in delivering a peaceful, free, fair and credible election,” said Mr Hassan.

The IEBC’s announcement came just hours after Mr Odinga said he preferred a December poll.

In a statement, the PM said calls for elections next year in March were misplaced and such a move would prolong the life of Parliament beyond its current term.

“The Prime Minister prefers December to any other date for elections because it is a date Kenyans are familiar with and used to. All elections since 1992 have been held in December,” said Mr Odinga Saturday.

“Even more important, the PM feels March elections will prolong the life of the current administration and the Parliament while cutting short the life of the next by several months. This, in the PM’s view, is self serving and unjustifiable.”

Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua also disagreed with the IEBC date saying it had pre-empted a pending appeal over the matter in court.

“Announcing a March poll when the appeal against election ruling is a few days away is a move to influence the outcome of the appeal,” said on Twitter.

“The IEBC has let us down!”

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Kenya+polls+body+sets+March+elections+date/-/1064/1368032/-/14ms8jbz/-/index.html

 

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Fifa hands Kenya Sh 1.2 million fine

Posted by Administrator on March 17, 2012

Kenya has been slapped with a Kshs1.2million fine by the world football governing body (Fifa) Disciplinary Committee due to breach of security during international matches.

The committee felt that Football Kenya Federation(FKF) had failed to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure that security and order was maintained during the FIFA world cup preliminary tie between Kenya and Seychelles.

The match that Kenya won 5-0 was staged at Nyayo National Stadium on 15th November last year.

According to a report send by the match commissioner Walter Nyamilandu and the assigned security officer, it was noted with concern that spectators from the Russia stands caused a near stampede as they flocked to the main stand after a down pour before the match.

This action saw fans jump over the barriers as they tried to force their way to the sheltered VIP stand. It was also noted that the Kenya Police Security organs took time to control the situation.

In their decision, the disciplinary committee argued that the federation was held liable for improper conduct among spectators and therefore in violation of article 67 para 1 and 3 of the FIFA disciplinary code.

The stadium’s management has failed to give a correct figure on the actual capacity of the stadium forcing FIFA to down grade the stadia.

The stadium management maintain that its a 30,000 seater but Fifa has informed the federation to allow only 16,000. The Federation has been holding joint meetings with the relevant security organs on ways of improving safety measures.

Source: http://www.supersport.com/football/kenya/news/120317/Fifa_hands_Kenya_huge_fine

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Ugandan Minister: I married two wives to avoid cheating

Posted by Administrator on March 17, 2012

UGANDA: The Minister of State for Youth and member of Parliament for Mukono North, Ronald Kibuule, has two wives and four children. In an exclusive interview, the 27-year-old minister and his wives, Esther and Fortune, told Kizito-Musoke their story

 

When did you meet your wives?

 

In 2007, while atUgandaChristainUniversity, Mukono, I approached two girls at different times for a relationship. Fortunately, both of them accepted my request. I had to marry both, because I did not want to cheat on any of them.

 

What inspired you to marry two wives at the same time?

 

I loved both of them and was not prepared to cheat on any. Since I was the one who had expressed my interest in them, I had to shoulder the burden.

 

How do you balance your love between the two?

 

I have spent time with my wives, so they know me well. They hardly believe in rumours. Even if someone tells them they saw me with another woman, they will just ignore them.

 

So how do you sort out your differences?

 

I am always open-minded. We usually use dialogue to sort out any challenges. Whenever I am in the wrong, I am quick to apologise. I try my best not to fault them.

 

What has been your most challenging day in marriage?

 

That was the time my wives gave birth in the same week. I had to look after them at the same time. It was very stressful, but I overcame it. We now have four children.

 

How do you avoid conflicts in your marriage?

 

I share my love equally between the two. Some times I travel with both wives in the same vehicle and do not witness any confrontation. On holidays like Christmas Day, we may all go out as a family. Sometimes we take lunch at Esther’s home and then supper at Fortune’s.

 

 

At 27, you have two wives. How many do you expect to have at 40?

 

I am satisfied with the two and do not plan to marry any other.

 

Any advice to men in a similar situation?

 

To have two wives, one must be able to satisfy their needs equally. Those not capable should stick to one wife. I love my wives and I promise to be faithful to them.

 

Fortune is my friend, says Esther When did you meet your husband?

 

I met him in 2007, while in first year atUgandaChristianUniversity, Mukono.

 

What challenges are associated with a polygamous marriage?

 

It has challenges, just like any other marriage.

 

Can we assume that everything is going well?

Of course, I am happy in my marriage. If it was not the case, I would not still be in it.

 

What tricks do you use to win over the heart of your husband?

 

Through patience and studying him, I have learnt a lot about him. I know what he likes and I can know whether he is telling the truth or not.

 

Have you ever got in a collission path with your co-wife?

 

She is my friend and we know each other well. Our children spend a lot of time together.

 

Ronnie had qualities of a husband – Fortune When did you meet Kibuule?

 

I met him in 2006, while at the university.

 

What attracted you to him?

 

I fell in love with him from the first time I saw him. He looked confident – *a character I needed in my husband.

 

What challenges are you facing in a polygamous marriage?

 

As long as you have entered a polygamous family, you get used to the challenges.

 

How do you relate with your co-wife?

 

We are on good terms and the fact that we live in separate homes has helped us a lot. We always interact with each other.

 

What message can you give to people in such a marriage?

 

For the case of women, they need to understand the character of their husband. Men should know that what ladies need from them is comfort.

 

Any special message to your husband?

 

I love you Ronnie and I promise to do the same for the next 100

 

Source: NEW VISION

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