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    Prozac for Job Growth!

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 2:19:17 pm

    A Bush campaign staffer made some interesting remarks with regard to people unhappy with their current jobs:

    “Why don’t they get new jobs if they’re unhappy – or go on Prozac?” said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt.

    So I wonder how much longer she has hers? (From American Street)

    UN Aims Half-Hearted Smack at Sudan - and Misses

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 1:20:59 pm

    I don’t know what is up with the UN but their weak attempt to stop Sundanese genocide is outrageous - they just gave the government yet another month to stop the militias themselves, all the while people, (especially children), continue to die horrible deaths from starvation, rape and other forms of violence. Let’s let every member who voted for that bureaucratic crap visit the refugee camps and then sleep on what they did…or rather - didn’t.


    My Political Compass

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 10:18:54 pm

    I figured, all my friends are doing it so why shant I? My political compass is Economic Left/Right: -4.50, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13. What does that mean? Take a peek - basically, it means I’m really, really liberal - somewhere in the middle of libertarianism & the left but closer to left.

    But, come on - how many of you were really surprised?


    DHS Finally Pays Attention?

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 5:06:01 pm

    Well, it’s about time. Someone claiming to be with DHS placed a phone call to John Young at Cryptome asking about Jim Atkinson.

    Is it me or does the whole context of this seem that DHS is pissed Jim didn’t hand over his analysis to them as soon as he found it? He’s just doing what his client asked & paid him to do and then shared his analysis with me via a private mailing list. I asked for permission to post his report and he said “sure".

    Immediately after posting said report - the FIRST time - I emailed two FBI Special Agents, (whom I had previous contact with via the BlackHat conference I worked as PR Manager for), whom I knew had some involvement in anti-terrorist activities at the Bureau. Should I have contacted FPS? DHS? Maybe. But why me? It seems from my posts that the information Mr. Atkinson was providing both me and Cryptome was common knowledge and hopefully something that would be addressed prior to the opening of the convention. Not to mention the fact that I posted links to said articles to every friggin DNC site I could find.

    I’m interested to hear what Jim has to say and whether or not DHS has contacted him first. I’m also very curious as to whether or not DHS will address the issues Jim raised - which was the point for making the posts in the first place.

    I will keep people posted.


    Sex, Politics and Religion

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 10:21:51 pm

    The Vatican is apparently taking a card of misdirection from the deck of the GOP. Today a former MA priest, Bishop John M. D’Arcy from Indiana, says that the Catholic church should screen men entering seminary for homosexuality. He seems to allude that this would help to solve the child sex abuse cases going on all over the world involving Catholic priests.

    I think the true problem is priestly celibacy - which is technically not required in the Catholic church. According to the aforelinked article, only in Western or Latin-Rite Catholocism is celibacy tradition and that Eastern Rite Catholic priests are more often than not married just like their fellow Orthodox and Oriental Christians. I’ll be the first to admit that the article I’ve referenced is not the best on the subject, but it would take me too long to trace back through Catholic dogma to make my point they way I’d want.

    You don’t hear of scandals involving celibate priests and other men - it’s the altar boys the priests seem to be after. These are young boys who are vulnerable and raised by their often devout parents to trust the church with all their soul - perfect targets for horny old men not satisfied to resort to self-gratification to satisfy repressed lust due to their errant vow. That’s child abuse, paedophilia, sexual exploitation.

    Nothing to do with homosexuality - it’s pederasty, plain and simple. Why don’t we hear about these priests going to gay bars? What about brothels? Could it just be that these trusting, vulnerable young folk are delivered right into the hands of these lusting men that they take advantage of it?

    It just really bothers me that they believe it’s only homosexuals who are perpetrating these assaults and that they believe screening for them, (works for the military, doesn’t it?!), will keep them out of the priesthood. Why not take a stronger stance against child abusers in the church and relax those rules that, frankly, aren’t canon and take a hint from your Eastern bretheren.

    (In)Security at the…..hell, it’s just NOT secure!

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 9:48:01 pm

    I have GOT to find a new title for this thread. It’s getting ridiculous. Anyway, my ‘TSCM friend’ Jim Atkinson outed himself to Cryptome yesterday and gave them a bit more information about the pictures he took. Unfortunately, JYA aggregated all of Jim’s pictures into composites so all of the EXIF metadata got lost in the process. It gives a little bit of insight as to how the pictures were taken - I wonder how many people in law enforcement are using EXIF and realize they can get a heck of a lot of information about an image on a Web site taken by some of the more recent digital cameras.

    Here’s sample EXIF data extracted from this original picture:


    unknown Flash did not fire Hitachi SH-G1000

    From that, we know what camera he used - a Hitachi SH-G1000 Pocket PC Camera Phone - when the picture was taken, and some details about what the camera did or, in this case, did not do - fire off the flash. Normally you could extract a heck of a lot more from EXIF but for some reason the Hitachi doesn’t record other camera information. Here’s one from a friend’s CanonPowerShot G3 and another from one of my Kodaks.

    Today’s Insecurity note from Jim sez:

    Boston Medflight Helicopters to MGH will have normal operations during the DNC and they will have an extra helicopter in service during this time period.

    Spaulding will not be accepting helo flights on their pad, and anything into Shriners will go to Beth Israel roof and then to ground to there. I would be most concerned about “MedFlight 2” as it holds a huge amount of fuel, and can fly at over 200 MPH (with 2,000+ pounds of cargo), and has an extremely high operating ceiling. Also, the French made Dauphin II is a popular military model/variant and would most likely be the target if a terrorist was planning on snatching and using it as a flying bomb (easy to obtain flight training).

    A 7300 pound helicopter, slamming into either the DNCC or nearby building at over 200 MPH would rip a huge hole in the building, plus the resulting fire due to the extended fuel capacity (350 gallons) and the lack of safe egress from the Fleet Center presents some interesting problems. There are no ground level exits from the Fleet Center, and the entire North Face of the building is exposed to incoming high speed air traffic so a hijacked/stolen helicopter attack would be devastating. The Fleet Center is quite literally “built on stilts", and an emergency evacuation is quite impossible.

    The Fleet Center is perhaps one of the worse possible places in they could be having this convention.

    OK - I don’t think the terrorists would try all the stuff Jim has mentioned. I think what bugs me the worst about all this - besides the complete lack of media attention - is that I’m normally a person who chastizes the Bush administration and DHS for their paranoid tendancies. we hear SO MUCH about the security of the convention in Boston but this “series” shows that it’s all lip service and eye candy. Over the next few days I’m going to float more of this to Boston-area media and see if anyone bites. This is getting ridiculous.


    (In)Security at the Fleet Center, part the third

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 6:18:59 pm

    And so it continues. My TSCM friend followed up on part one and part two by taking pictures Friday of the area surrounding the Fleet Center. Cryptome was sweet enough to make my life easier by posting them for me as well as their own look at Fleet Center Security. …..wish the Feds were paying this much attention.


    Update: (In)Security at the DNCC, part deux

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 8:38:53 am

    Well, we have an update from my friend the “TSCM Guy” and apparently Boston has done little to nothing to improve security as the convention nears. What, do I need to send these posts to media outlets? At his request, I’ve cleaned up the piece a bit.

    I visited the site of the DNCC again on today, and poked around a bit more.

    The government has moved around a small number of the Jersey barriers in front of the Tip O’Neil building to partially block one section of the sidewalk, but they have done little else with said barriers. One barrier had a single stake, but not one of the other hundred had any stakes. None of them where linked yet, and none had cables or chains. There were more visible security (FPS weenies), but they seemed more interested in scratching their butts then stopping me to ask why I was lurking around dressed like a homeless bum, and lugging a huge green duffle bag stuffed with 50 pounds of flour. The flour was to harmlessly simulate a “nefarious device or compound” (ie: explosives, chemical, biological, radiological device, etc).

    The Verizon communications trailer is still totally exposed, and STILL unlocked & right at the sidewalk.

    The two HVAC sets right on the sidewalk, (near the Verizon trailer), are totally exposed and have no type of filtration of any kind. If someone popped a smoke bomb, released a noxious gas, or (God forbid) release some anthrax it would get sucked in to the auxiliary HVAC system and dispersed throughout the entire Convention complex. This would be a lot harder to do with roof mounted units, but these smaller street level units are a glaring security hole, and an invitation to mischief. At the minimum these units should have had snorkels installed with one micro-filters.

    I did not see any evidence that the sewer had been snaked yet, (inspected for bombs with a video snake), and it is now going to be impossible to do an inspection as there is absolutely no time left to do it. None of the sewer grates & manholes have been tack welded yet, nor locked down, (you do this as you snake the pipes). It is likely that the government security weenies are just going to do a cursory check on the manholes and tack them closed (which is actually a useless action as the tack weld can be broken with one whack of a chisel, or welders scaling hammer).

    The construction of the roof of the pavilion invites thrown objects due to the low height, and if the Green line (subway) is running passengers on the loading platform could toss nasty things down on to the roof of the pavilion. [Editor’s Note: The good(?) news is that the Green Line stop at Fleet will stop running on Friday, 7/23.]

    There is still nothing in place to prevent a truck from running the light barricades being put up around the area. Essentially any vehicle weight at least 15000 pounds, (medium sized Ryder truck), and moving at 15 mph of more would be unstoppable. If the assailant increases the speed to 35-40 miles, or upsizes the truck to a 25,000 pounder (heavy Ryder truck) mischief could be conducted even though the five “gauntlets” they’re setting up.

    From what I can see the biggest, and most serious vulnerability is from trucks loaded with flammable or explosive materials approaching from the area of the Charlestown Navy Yard, or cutting though Chelsea, crossing the bridge at the power plant and going on an attack vector along the Hood Plant.

    MGH is closing off a big chunk of the hospital and is going to be transferring, (cough, cough), evacuating patients to other facilities starting next early next week so that they have a bare minimum of patients. Several family members of the Al-Saud family that were staying at Blair House (at MGH) are being transferred (at their request) this Friday morning. On a more amusing note, MGH has removed the “We Welcome the DNC” signs, and replaced them with ones with a less ironic message.

    The Heliports will still be open at all three hospitals, and nothing has been done to prevent an ambulance from getting stolen and being used for mischief - they still have access to the DNCC. In fact ambulances are going to have a special “parade route” that loops then around a series of gauntlets to ensure they can get from the hospital to the DNC or local hotels at high speeds.

    There are still major radio coverage shadows in the area, (I double checked today), and there are no new communications towers of booms up yet (or planned to go up) that would help the situation. If there is an incidet at the DNC there will be virtually no radio coverage.

    The primary command center for security is set up in a series on dressing rooms actually in the conference facility, and the FBI/CIA/FPS setting up a redundant command post in three nearby buildings nearby (sounds like the brewing of a turf war). Add to this the military has already mobilized five missile batteries within one mile of the Fleet Center, and the State Police having their own little side show nearby queuing up the SWAT trucks, (they were getting a huge shipment of chemical weapons today - 45,000 pounds of CS and CN hand grenades, shoulder-fired CS pyrotechnic projectiles, stun grenades, pepper foggers, nauseating agents, etc. The shipment came from Armor Holdings/Defense Technology in Florida.). The Navy Yard is making preparation for some serious floating iron as well, so it will be interesting to see what they float in to intercept any airborne threat.

    I could go on, but nobody is listening, nobody cares, yadda-yadda-yadda.

    I see a major clouster-fook brewing.


    Minister of Homel….Fear

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 12:37:34 pm

    Once again, Mark Fiore is dead on with his look at Tom Ridge- Minister of Fear.


    Mousepad Activism and Syndication

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 2:44:44 pm

    I’ve always been a bit of a “Mousepad Activist", that is to say that I have subscribed to about 100 environmental and
    various liberal political activist Web sites in hopes of getting emailed “Action Alerts” pertainant to my views that I can act

    However, my folders of email from these organizations is HUGE & its a small group of companies that power these Web sites -
    Capital Advantage, target="_blank">GetActive, etc. Why can’t all these groups setup user/pass logins with cookies telling me which Action
    Items I’ve already done and also offer RSS/Atom feeds of the newest action items? Or let me see all the campaigns they power
    so I have a place I can easily search? The amount of time it takes for a huge email batch to go out can be alleviated somewhat
    if there’s an RSS/Atom feed that can be grabbed easier & acted upon sooner.

    Of course, just as I get much more email than the average user, I probably also view a lot more Web sites via a newsreader
    as well - check them all out in my OPML file.

    For instance, from my various news feeds I’ve noticed that Bush is completely rolling back the Clinton-era laws regarding
    the protection of national forests under the guise of giving power back to the states.

    But then I had to go hunting for news on the PACs. The only one I found so far was at href="http://www.ourforests.org/press/pr04-07-12.html">OurForest.org. I’m sure more will be out tonight but why should I
    have to search? This can only benefit these orgs & as we get closer and closer to the 2004 election, more and more fellow
    mousepad/armchair activists want to have their voice heard.


    (In)Security at the DNCC

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 9:42:33 pm

    So I was chatting with a friend who does security evaluation & href="http://usmilitary.about.com/library/glossary/t/bldef06548.htm” target="_blank">TSCM, about security at the 2004
    Democratic National Convention. He was doing a walkthrough for a client and had a less than favorable reaction:

    [Here are] some seriously easy ones, that can be verified without mulling around, and can be seen by the layman.

    There are jersey barriers in front of the O’Neil building, but none of them are staked down, none of them are connected
    together, and none of them have interlocking cables of any sort. The same barriers are not installed properly with some of
    them either teetering across the curb, or or spaced so far apart so as to allow a vehicle to access the front of the

    The temporary communications trailer (Verizon) has been installed right at the edge of the street and is a plywood trailer
    with a fiberglass/sheet metal shell. Easy to destroy/damage, also easy to take out from a considerable distance with a rifle.
    I actually walked through the Verizon trailer yesterday (unescorted, and uninvited) and through a fist full of red and black
    poker chips behind the switching cabinet.

    Ditto for the two large HVAC/Gensets at the outer corners of the pavilion. Easy access, easy to sabotage, fully accessible
    even now (I opened the service panel of both and mulled around for a few minutes before departing).

    Chains, cables, and nets has not yet been installed on either side of the locks on the Charles, nor does it appear that the
    moorings for these nets have yet been installed (it takes over a month to install one of these). Also, the actuators for these
    nets have not been installed either.

    While the road in front of the Fleet center is in the middle of being resurfaced there has been no provisions made for a
    hydraulic or pneumatic barrier on any of the roads, nor have any of the road been prepared to staking anchors for any other
    kind of barriers (the anchors would have to be poured before now).

    There needs to be a “sterile corridor” in place 3-4 weeks prior the DNC, which is now only two weeks out. Hot topping and
    road construction continues in the area, and there is going to be zero time left to build out the sterile corridor.

    As per the head of security at MGH, Shriners, and Spaulding Rehab (just a few blocks from the DNC) the two heliports
    associated with the hospitals will continue to operate during the DNC (major hazard).

    Semi trucks WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE the Fleet Center prior to, during, and after the convention… and tour/shuttle buses
    will be running.

    Ambulances will be stationed 7/24 on both the loading side, and access road side of the Fleet… Hint: Ambulances are
    usually left running at the local hospitals (just a few blocks away), AND will be allowed to queue up en-mass at the DNC. It
    will be very easy for a mischief maker to steal on of these ambulances and “crash the party", or steal it, pack it with
    explosives (in a few minutes), and delivery it to the pavillion.

    Only the “inbound” side of the major roads will be blocked off, and then only with a couple of J-Barriers and a police car.
    Neither is capable of physically stopping anything larger than a pickup truck.

    There is a huge radio coverage hole, or shadow if you will at and around the Fleet Center as communications by Radio is
    going to be touchy at best.

    “I could go on….” he sez.


    As a followup to the whole issue of a RF “coverage hole", I asked if that would effect wireless & TV. He agreed and also
    included: “and cell phones, PDA’s, beepers, car alarms, pacemakers, etc.” He suggested folks “WiFi off the open network at the
    O’Neil building next to the DNCC instead.”

    *shakes head* - will someone PLEASE get the Boston Police, href="http://www.dhs.gov">DHS and FBI up to speed? This is embarrassing.


    Bob Edwards Sacked

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 9:50:23 am

    I was whole heartedly disappointed to find out that today, my birthday, is the href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2004-03-23-npr-edwards_x.htm” target="_blank” title="Edwards ousted as ‘Morning
    Edition’ host">last day Bob Edwards will be hosting Morning Edition. That’s like….losing href="http://www.npr.org/about/people/bios/tgross.html” target="_blank">Terry Gross from “Fresh Air” or href="http://www.npr.org/about/people/bios/rsiegel.html” target="_blank">Bob Siegel from “All Things Considered” - href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22431-2004Mar24.html” target="_blank” title="Empty Talk at NPR - Richard
    Cohen">some share my views and NPR’s target="_blank” title="Bob Edwards Leaving ‘Morning Edition’">thoughts on the matter are pathetic in my opinion. Though
    one wonders if it is this speech of his at the University of Kentucky that caused his “demotion".


    Nader the Hypocrite(?)

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 12:51:42 pm

    I just followed this from MeFi and at the moment I’m stunned. I’ve heard
    rumors here and there that Nader was a hypocrite but I think this is the first comprehensive
    article I’ve read
    . At some point I’d love to follow up on this on my own - even if I just email the reporters cited as
    being former Naderites who have kept quiet and ask WHY? I’m not real big on supporting people who are “Do as I say, Not as I
    do” and think people in such positions should lead by example. I hope this gets picked up and goes all over the place - either
    as truth or to be debunked.

    Then again, my experience working for a Nader org was pretty bad
    too. I wonder if I could dig those memories up in more detail.


    US Pulls Afghan Troops for Iraq

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 1:52:19 pm

    don’t get it
    . Isn’t this the “War on Terrorism” ? Shouldn’t Afghanistan be our focus
    since Al Qaeda was essentially being run out of there prior to September 11th? I’ll dig up some references but from what I’ve
    heard, many of the warlords are trying to take advantage of the void left by the href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/144382.stm” target="_blank” title="‘Analysis: Who are the Taleban?’ BBC
    America. 20 December 2002.">Taliban and democracy is struggling incredibly to take hold. The Taliban is conducting attacks
    and trying to regain their foothold - if that happens, will Al Qaeda be welcomed back? Why aren’t we focusing just as hard to
    bring democracy to Afghanistan?


    Iraqi Militia Attacks Ring (Liberty) Bell, Bush Takes Vacation

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 8:35:20 am

    I was thinking on the drive into work this morning, how our involvement in Iraq could be perceived as a colonization of
    sorts resembling closely our own country’s href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0674443020/brainstream">events leading up to the Revolutionary

    OK, so Iraq was never an American Colony ruled over by King George W that had to pay taxes back to us…..but technically
    we were supposed to go in, take out Saddam, and install a new government into Iraq.

    Yet the reasons we went into that country in the first place have completely eroded away. It’s been well established by href="http://www.potomacinstitute.org/who/staff_kay.cfm” target="_blank” title="David Kay’s biography from the Potomac
    Institute.">David Kay that there were and continue to be href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1160842,00.html” title="Border, Julian. ‘Admit WMD mistake, survey chief
    tells Bush.’ Guardian Unlimited. 03 March 2004.” target="_blank">no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq - the President
    himself now jokes about a lack of WMDs as our soldiers continue to die.
    Previous to that, it was proven that a British report Powell cited to bolster the claim of WMDs in Iraq was actually href="http://politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/comment/0,11538,892070,00.html” target="_blank” title="Leader. ‘The
    dossier that shamed Britain.’ The Observer. 09 February 2003.">plagiarized from a California post-grad student at
    University. Other claims that Saddam was purchasing nuclear materials from Niger href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3056626.stm” target="_blank” title="‘White House warned over Iraq claim.’ BBC News.
    09 July 2003.">also proved to be false, causing incredible chaos
    when someone from the administration leaked that the wife of target="_blank” title="Ambassador Wilson’s Biography">Joseph C. Wilson, (Valerie Plame), who helped to disprove those
    claims, was a CIA Operative.

    Colin Powell admitted this past week that the mobile biological warefare labs he mentioned in
    his UN presentation and case for going into Iraq was based on poor intelligence. And by my count, that leaves nothing left of
    the original reasons behind invading Iraq aside from the fact that Saddam was a Bad Guy &tm;.

    So OUR soldiers continue to pay the price of bad politics and what Bush thought would sweep him into another term is
    backfiring miserably taking our troops lives and those of the country we are occupying. Where is the UN? When is the Bush
    administration going to realize that Iraq is not ready to fully govern itself sans assistance? We need to strike a deal with
    the UN to transfer authority and bring in peacekeepers from all over the world - not just our “coalition".

    I already stated how bad I felt the situation was when
    I read that thousands of calls have been made to the GI Rights
    to find out penalties of going AWOL or how troops can just get out of there. We don’t have enough military there
    to maintain the peace so we either bring in the UN or leave. I don’t want my country’s soldiers - who pledged to die for
    us…..to die for me in this cause.

    And the last straw to provoke this rant?

    “During his stop in North Carolina on his way to a weeklong Easter vacation at his Crawford, Texas, ranch, Bush
    met with the family of Army Spec. Chris Hill, a soldier killed in Iraq. Bush usually meets with the families of fallen
    soldiers in larger groups.” - Hedges, Stephen J and Bob Kemper. “ href="http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8362735.htm">U.S. military looks for ways to
    increase troops in Iraq, if needed.” Chicago Tribune. 05 April 2004.


    “The annual Easter Egg roll at the White House is back to being open to the public this year. But, like last
    year, the show will go on without President Bush.

    Instead, Bush will be at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he is celebrating Easter and meeting on Monday with Egyptian
    President Hosni Mubarak. - Easter Egg
    Roll Reopens to Public
    .” Associated Press. 06 April 2004.

    A WEEKLONG vacation? How many vacations does this guy take? In
    this time of chaos that HE initiated in Iraq, shouldn’t HE be in the White House - the primary home base of his rle as
    President of the United states being President? How many people, aside from students and teachers in various schools around
    the country, get a whole week off for Easter?

    It would be a little better if he was at least talking for himself. Instead href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0716/p04s01-uspo.html” target="_blank” title="Feldmann, Linda. ‘Scott McClellan: Cards to
    chest, voice to world.’ Christian Science Monitor. 16 July 2003.">his spokesperson is “ href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3948588,00.html” target="_blank” title="Jelinek, Pauline. ‘Rumsfeld
    Backs More Iraq Troops if Needed.’ Associated Press. 07 April 2004.">delivering messages” via proxy. This is
    not a time for him to be hiding away in Texas - he needs to be leading.

    Meeting with Hosni Mubarak? Well, since we give the second most amount of monetary aid to
    that makes sense for Bush. But shouldn’t he be meeting with the American people?


    Running Casualty List from CNN

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 1:17:28 pm

    CNN.com has a running casualty list of the real people href="http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/” target="_blank">dying for “us” in Iraq. And with href="http://news.google.com/news?num=30&hl=en&edition=us&newsclusterurl=http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/8363247.htm&q=&scoring=d”
    title="Google News search on Iraq attacks sorted by date.” target="_blank">things heating up incredibly this week - I only
    expect that list to grow.

    Someone should make this list into an RSS feed so we can all watch as it updates.


    U.S. Servicefolk Flee to Canada

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 8:37:02 am

    In a case of “you know it’s bad when…", German publication Telepolis href="http://www.heise.de/tp/english/inhalt/co/17087/1.html” target="_blank">has an article about US Servicefolk - mostly
    reservists - fleeing to Canada to escape deployment to Iraq.

    The article makes some good points. I’m not sure this is better than taking a stand as a ” Conscientious title="Official US Stance on Conscientious Objection.” href="javascript:void(0);"target="_blank">Objector“
    but it is showing the lengths people are going through to not have to fight in a war they don’t believe in.

    Update: Doug had asked if there was any other
    information of soldiers “fleeing” to Canada so I’m pulling up a few articles:

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