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1967 – Bernard Fall killed by mine in South Vietnam
Writer and historian Bernard B. Fall is killed by a Viet Cong mine while accompanying a U.S. Marine patrol along the seacoast about 14 miles northwest of Hue, on a road known as the "Street Without Joy" (which Fall had used for the title of one of his books about the war). A professor of international relations at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Bernard Fall was a French citizen and noted expert on the war in Vietnam. He was killed while gathering material for his eighth book. A U.S. Marine photographer was also killed.
1970 – Kissinger begins secret negotiations with North Vietnamese
Although the official peace talks remain deadlocked in Paris, behind the scenes, Henry Kissinger begins a series of secret talks with North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho, which will go on for two years. Le Duc Tho is the fifth-ranking member of the Hanoi Politburo. The peace talks are conducted at a villa outside Paris.
Le Duc Tho stated that the North Vietnamese position continued to require an unconditional U.S. withdrawal on a fixed date and the abandonment of the Thieu government as a precondition for further progress, which stalled the negotiations. The North Vietnamese rejected Kissinger's proposals for a mutual withdrawal of military forces, the neutralization of Cambodia, and a mixed electoral commission to supervise elections in South Vietnam. The other two meetings, in which there was a similar lack of progress, were held on March 16 and April 4.
1972 – Nixon visiting China
President Richard Nixon begins a week-long visit to China and meets with Mao Zedong and Prime Minister Zhou Enlai to forge new diplomatic relations with the Communist nation. Nixon’s visit causes great concern in Hanoi that their wartime ally, China, might be inclined to agree to an unfavorable settlement of the war to improve Chinese relations with the United States.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...
THE HARPIES (as pictured above) SASQUATCH EVIDENCE WATCH YOUR EXPRESSION FORTHCOMING PATTERSON-GIMLIN FILM DISCUSSION ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD DID THUNDERBIRDS EXIST? SUDANESE TIGER JIE - DOG WITH SCALES AMERICA'S FIRST CRYPTID? UFOs IN INDIANA ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD CALIFORNIAN DRAGON OF SORTS? AS THE CROW FLIES ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD THYLACINE CORNUCOPIA WRAITH OF MICHIGAN FASCINATING BIGFOOT TALE ARE BIGFOOTS UNDERGROUND? ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD BIGFOOT REPORTED FROM ENGLAND
This is a ground visual sighting by two Ground Observer Corps (GOC) volunteers. The explanation of parhelia is an odd one for six small silver objects circled around a larger object with a dark center, especially as these move off in varying directions and then return to encircle the larger object. That is pretty droll in that sun dogs exhibit two facing false sun images. Again, with no follow-on attempts at investigation there is nothing more to make of this report.
PROJECT BLUE BOOK - UFOB/1 LARGE & 6 SMALL DISCS/MULTIPLE WITNESS/OBLONG, ILLINOIS - 30 OCT 58 Date: Aug 15, 2013 6:34 PM
PTTUZYUW RUMOUHA0538 2271239-UUUU--RUCICSB. ZNR UUUUU RUCICSB T AUTODIN MODE V RUEOEHA T RULPALJ P R 150622Z AUG 13 FM COMMCEN CAMP SAMAE SAN TH//TERRY C// TO RUCICSB/AUTODIN MODE V//COMMCENTER-7// RUMKC/AIG 600 INFO ZEN2/CDRUSARSUPTHAI CAMP SAMAE SAN TH//S-2/PAO/MEDTC/CILTHAI// RUEOEHA/USCINCSO QUARRY HEIGHTS PN//SCJ2/INTAFF/POLAD/NCR/SCJ6/SSO// BT UNCLAS
( TWC: SCRIBBLED ''TYPICAL GOC OBSERVATION'', A LITTLE TONGUE-IN-CHEEK )
N-NNNZCZCSQP047SQF930ZCAHA092 PP RJEDSQ DE RAEDAH 5T P 311710Z ( TWC: OCT 58 ) FM COMDR 782ND ACWRON ROCKVILLE AFS IND TO RJEDEN/COMDG ADC ENT AFB COL SPRINGS COL INFO RJEDAH/COMDR 37TH ADIV DEF MAEISON 7 WISCONSIN RJEESQ/COMDR AIR TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER WPAFB OHIO RJEZHQ/ASST CHIEF OF STAFF INTELLIGENCE HQ USAF WASHINGTON 25 DC
PAGE 02 RUMOUHA0538 UNCLAS RAEZHQ/OFFICE OF IMFORMATION SERVICE HQ USAF WASHINGTON 25 DC BT /UNCLASSIFIED/ OPS 1463 PD. SUBJECT: UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT REPORT PD. IN ACCORDANCE WITH AFR 200-2, DATED 5 FEB 58,THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SUBMITTED: ITEM 1. A. ROUND B. UNK C. SILVER D. SIX E. RING FORMATION F. NONE G. NONE H. NONE I. NONE ITEM 2. A. HAPPENED TO NOTICE THEM B. 10,000 TO 50,000 C. INTO SUN D. NONE E. INTO SUN F. 10 MIN
PAGE 03 RUMOUHA0538 UNCLAS ITEM 3. A. EYE SIGHT B. NONE O C. NONE ITEM 4. A. 30 OCT/2250Z
( TWC: SCRIBBLED ''2250-6=1650'' )
( TWC: ITEMS 5, 6 & 7 ARE MISSING )
B. N/A ITEM 7. A. CLEAR-SUN SETTING B. SURFACE NOTH 7 KNOTS 6,000--010/10 10,000-360/20 16,00-350/30 20,000-350/30 O 30,000-350/30 50,000-290/35
PAGE 04 RUMOUHA0538 UNCLAS 80,000-N/A C. 07 NW 5 D. 7 MILES E. NONE F. NONE ITEM 8. NONE ITEM 9. NONE ITEM 10. NONE ITEM 11. 2/LT. GOREON W. SCHIEFELBEIN, DUTY DIRECTOR ITEM 12. NONE BT 31/1842Z OCT RJEEAH
RF121 UCZCSQC033ZCAHA216 RR RJEDSQ DE RJEDAH 10T R 202009Z ( TWC: NOV 58 ) FM COMDR 782ND ACWRON ROCKVILLE AFS IND
PAGE 06 RUMOUHA0538 UNCLAS TO COMDR AIR TECH. INTELLIGENCE CENTER WPAFB OHIO BT /UNCLASS/ OPS 1559. REFERENCE YOUR MESSAGE AFCIN-4E-11-2641-E, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SUBMITTED: STATEMENT FROM MR. (XXXXXX), OBLONG, ILLINOIS, AS FOLLOWS: ON 30 OCT 58, AT APPROXIAMTELY 2250Z, MR. (XXXXXXXXXX) AND MYSELF WERE MANNING OUR GOC POST WHEN WE NOTICED A PECULIAR FORMATION IN THE SKY, COMPOSED OF ONE ROUND, SILVER OBJECT WITH A DARK CENTER AND SIX SMALLER, SOLID, SILVER DISCS CLUSTERED AROUND THE LARGER OBJECT IN A RING FORMATION. AS WE WATCHED, SEVERAL OF THE SMALLER DISCS MOVED AWAY FROM THE LARGE ONE IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS AND DISAPPEARED. THEY RE-APPEARED A FEW MINUTES LATER AND REGROUPED AS PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED. A FEW MINUTES LATER, SEVERAL SMALL ONES DISAPPEARED IN
( TWC: MISSING LINE(S) OF TEXT )
REPORT THE SIGHTING TO GOC FILTER CENTER, TERRE HAUTE, WHILE MR. HOUSLEY(*) CONTINUED TO WATCH. ALL OBJECTS FADED PRIOR TO MY RETURN.
( TWC: (*) THE USAF CENSORS NEGLECTED TO BLOT OUT MR. HOUSLEY'S NAME HERE. )
PAGE 07 RUMOUHA0538 UNCLAS THE OBJECTS WERE OBSERVED CONTINUOUSLY FOR APPROXIMATELY TEN MINUTES. THE INVESTIGATION OF WEATHER CONDITIONS, POSSIBLE FLIGHTS IN THE AREA, ETC. FAILED TO FURNISH A CLEW TO THE IDENTITY OF THE OBJECTS SIGHTED. THE INVESTIGATION FAILED TO CONFIRM THE REPORTED SIGHTING BY ANY OTHER SOUJSE. THE INVESTIGATION OFFICERS GAVE NO POSSIBLE EXPLANATION OR SUGGESTION CONCERNING IDENTITY. BT 20/2130Z NOV RJEDAH
( TWC: PORTION OF MISSING TEXT IS ON THE PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD -- ''10. BRIEF SUMMARY OF SIGHTING ONE RND, SILVER OBJ W/A DARK CENTER & SIX SMALLER SOLID DISCS CLUSTERED AROUND THE LARGER IN A RING FORMATION. SEVERAL OF THE SMALLER DISCS MOVED AWAY FM THE LARGER AND DISAPPEARED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. THEY REAPPEARED A FEW MINUTES LATER & REGROUPED AS PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED. ALL OBJS FADED.'' )
( TWC: PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD ''11. COMMENTS BELIEVED TO BE PARHELIA.'' )
(USAF Radar Station Veterans) Subj: Re: Pentagon Spokseman Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:49 am (PST) . Posted by: "John Wisneski"
During the 1980's, my job was TV Maintenance at FEN (Far East Network) Okinawa. It was painfully obvious that most AFRTS news broadcasters were movie stars in their own minds (Marines being the least ate up with themselves). Public relations being a large part of their jobs, they were required to put the best face on the U.S. military. Over a few drinks some would elaborate on their sway and fame on the island. After getting to know them, it was easy to predict subject matter and slant of newscasts during each ones broadcast. The recent flap with NBC's Brian Williams comes as no surprise as these folks excel at parsing facts and allocating B.S. After reading Admiral Kirby's bio, it is apparent that he is a politician (or "hand-shaker" as a dear friend would describe) not a warrior. True that, he must do the bidding of his masters. My point, I guess, is that from Admiral Kirby and up warriors are being replaced with hand-shakers. God save America! John Wisneski
Re: Pentagon Spokesman Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:08 am (PST) . Posted by: "Jay Youngbluth" People not standing up for what is right is the problem we have in this country. Everyone is more interested in their career and staying in power than what is right and good for the country. You don't have to be rich, powerful or famous to be happy. God, Country.
Re: Pentagon Spokesman Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:24 pm (PST) . Posted by: When watching Admiral Kirby I would think he is saying something that he does no really believe. I feel sorry for the next sucker that will be forced to take this job.
Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program By Joseph Menn
SAN FRANCISCO Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:10pm EST
A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake City, Utah, December 17, 2013. REUTERS-Jim Urquhart
Employees work at the headquarters of Kaspersky Labs, a company which specialises in the production of antivirus and internet security software, in Moscow July 29, 2013. REUTERS-Sergei Karpukhin
1 of 2. A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake City, Utah, December 17, 2013.
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(Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.
Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. (reut.rs/1L5knm0)
The firm declined to publicly name the country behind the spying campaign, but said it was closely linked to Stuxnet, the NSA-led cyberweapon that was used to attack Iran's uranium enrichment facility. The NSA is the agency responsible for gathering electronic intelligence on behalf of the United States.
A former NSA employee told Reuters that Kaspersky's analysis was correct, and that people still in the intelligence agency valued these spying programs as highly as Stuxnet. Another former intelligence operative confirmed that the NSA had developed the prized technique of concealing spyware in hard drives, but said he did not know which spy efforts relied on it.
NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines declined to comment.
Kaspersky published the technical details of its research on Monday, which should help infected institutions detect the spying programs, some of which trace back as far as 2001.
The disclosure could further hurt the NSA's surveillance abilities, already damaged by massive leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden's revelations have hurt the United States' relations with some allies and slowed the sales of U.S. technology products abroad.
The exposure of these new spying tools could lead to greater backlash against Western technology, particularly in countries such as China, which is already drafting regulations that would require most bank technology suppliers to proffer copies of their software code for inspection.
Peter Swire, one of five members of U.S. President Barack Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, said the Kaspersky report showed that it is essential for the country to consider the possible impact on trade and diplomatic relations before deciding to use its knowledge of software flaws for intelligence gathering.
"There can be serious negative effects on other U.S. interests," Swire said.
According to Kaspersky, the spies made a technological breakthrough by figuring out how to lodge malicious software in the obscure code called firmware that launches every time a computer is turned on.
Disk drive firmware is viewed by spies and cybersecurity experts as the second-most valuable real estate on a PC for a hacker, second only to the BIOS code invoked automatically as a computer boots up.
"The hardware will be able to infect the computer over and over," lead Kaspersky researcher Costin Raiu said in an interview.
Though the leaders of the still-active espionage campaign could have taken control of thousands of PCs, giving them the ability to steal files or eavesdrop on anything they wanted, the spies were selective and only established full remote control over machines belonging to the most desirable foreign targets, according to Raiu. He said Kaspersky found only a few especially high-value computers with the hard-drive infections.
Kaspersky's reconstructions of the spying programs show that they could work in disk drives sold by more than a dozen companies, comprising essentially the entire market. They include Western Digital Corp, Seagate Technology Plc, Toshiba Corp, IBM, Micron Technology Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
Western Digital, Seagate and Micron said they had no knowledge of these spying programs. Toshiba and Samsung declined to comment. IBM did not respond to requests for comment.
GETTING THE SOURCE CODE
Raiu said the authors of the spying programs must have had access to the proprietary source code that directs the actions of the hard drives. That code can serve as a roadmap to vulnerabilities, allowing those who study it to launch attacks much more easily.
"There is zero chance that someone could rewrite the [hard drive] operating system using public information," Raiu said.
Concerns about access to source code flared after a series of high-profile cyberattacks on Google Inc and other U.S. companies in 2009 that were blamed on China. Investigators have said they found evidence that the hackers gained access to source code from several big U.S. tech and defense companies.
It is not clear how the NSA may have obtained the hard drives' source code. Western Digital spokesman Steve Shattuck said the company "has not provided its source code to government agencies." The other hard drive makers would not say if they had shared their source code with the NSA.
Seagate spokesman Clive Over said it has "secure measures to prevent tampering or reverse engineering of its firmware and other technologies." Micron spokesman Daniel Francisco said the company took the security of its products seriously and "we are not aware of any instances of foreign code."
According to former intelligence operatives, the NSA has multiple ways of obtaining source code from tech companies, including asking directly and posing as a software developer. If a company wants to sell products to the Pentagon or another sensitive U.S. agency, the government can request a security audit to make sure the source code is safe.
"They don't admit it, but they do say, 'We're going to do an evaluation, we need the source code,'" said Vincent Liu, a partner at security consulting firm Bishop Fox and former NSA analyst. "It's usually the NSA doing the evaluation, and it's a pretty small leap to say they're going to keep that source code."
Kaspersky called the authors of the spying program "the Equation group," named after their embrace of complex encryption formulas.
The group used a variety of means to spread other spying programs, such as by compromising jihadist websites, infecting USB sticks and CDs, and developing a self-spreading computer worm called Fanny, Kasperky said.
Fanny was like Stuxnet in that it exploited two of the same undisclosed software flaws, known as "zero days," which strongly suggested collaboration by the authors, Raiu said. He added that it was "quite possible" that the Equation group used Fanny to scout out targets for Stuxnet in Iran and spread the virus.