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« Reply #1425 on: Oct 5th, 2010, 07:30am »

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Report finds many prosecutors in California have committed misconduct
A law school study discovers 707 cases in which state, U.S. and appellate courts found misconduct in opinions between 1997 and 2009. The authors criticize the State Bar for disciplining only 6 prosecutors.
By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer

October 5, 2010

Hundreds of prosecutors in California — including many in Los Angeles County — have committed misconduct with near impunity as authorities failed to either report or discipline them, according to a report released Monday.

The misconduct ranged from asking witnesses improper questions during trial to failing to turn over evidence that could help a defendant and presenting false evidence in court, according to the report, which was issued by an innocence project at the Santa Clara University School of Law.

The researchers discovered 707 cases in which state and federal courts and appellate courts found prosecutorial misconduct in opinions issued between 1997 and 2009. Of those, 67 prosecutors committed misconduct in more than one case, including three who committed misconduct four times and two who did so five times.

The authors of the report said most prosecutors follow the law and act ethically, but they criticized the State Bar for disciplining only six prosecutors during the period covered by the study.

"Prosecutors aren't held accountable," said Maurice Possley, an award-winning journalist who worked on the study by the Northern California Innocence Project. "Absent that, why should they change their habits?"

The researchers called for legal reform to require that courts forward all findings of misconduct to the State Bar, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct. Courts are not currently required to forward cases in which they decide the misconduct was harmless.

Scott Thorpe, chief executive of the California District Attorneys Assn., criticized the report for exaggerating the scale and severity of prosecutorial misconduct.

He noted that courts found that prosecutorial misconduct was serious enough to reverse a case or take some other significant action in 159 instances — a small fraction of the more than 4,000 appeals that alleged misconduct. In the remaining cases where misconduct was found, appellate courts concluded that the prosecutor's actions did not undermine a defendant's right to a fair trial.

Thorpe said his association and district attorney's offices around the state put on regular ethics training seminars for prosecutors.

"I'm not in any way implying that prosecutors have not been guilty of misconduct," Thorpe said. But he said the report was "just not an accurate reflection."

In response to the report, State Bar officials said discipline is not always appropriate when appellate courts find misconduct. Misconduct can occur when prosecutors act unintentionally or where their errors were relatively minor, Russell Weiner, the agency's deputy chief trial counsel, said in a statement.

The agency also has the option of sending prosecutors warning letters or private reprovals for first-time offenders in cases that are not egregious, Weiner said.

But the report's authors said that district attorneys and the State Bar should be more open with the public about the actions they take — if any — against prosecutors who commit misconduct.

"Transparency is critical," said Cookie Ridolfi, a Santa Clara University School of Law professor and executive director of the innocence project.

She and Possley faulted appellate courts for frequently omitting the names of attorneys found to have committed prosecutorial misconduct. The innocence project researched the names of prosecutors in 600 cases and has included them with summaries of the cases on its website, veritasinitiative.org.

The report said courts found misconduct by Orange County prosecutor Mike Flory on five occasions. In one case, an appeals court ruled that he improperly used race as a criteria for selecting jurors. In another, he was criticized for noting in his argument to the jury that the defendant was not present in court — despite the judge telling Flory not to.

Flory said he never intended to exclude jurors based on their race and regretted his comment about the absent defendant, which occurred more than a decade ago. He noted that the appeals court found that four of the five cases involved "harmless error."

"I am an aggressive prosecutor," Flory said. "Does that mean that I purposely set out to conduct misconduct? I don't think so."

The report singled out Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Grace Rai as "a striking example of repeat prosecutorial misconduct that has not been publicly disciplined."

In 2008, an appeals court overturned a murder conviction after finding that the prosecutor disobeyed a court order, asked improper questions and committed other misconduct. Two years earlier, an appeals court concluded that Rai probably intentionally violated a court order in another murder case but that the conduct did not prevent the defendant from receiving a fair trial.

Rai did not return calls for comment Monday.

The report found that prosecutorial misconduct has far-reaching consequences, including the conviction of the innocent, new trials for the guilty and a large cost to taxpayers who foot the bill for new trials and legal settlements.

Among the cases the report's authors highlighted as egregious was that of Mark Sodersten, whose 1986 murder conviction in Tulare County was overturned in 2007, months after he died in prison. An appellate court ruled that the prosecutor, Phil Cline, failed to give the defense audiotapes of interviews he conducted with a 5-year-old witness that could have shown her testimony was unreliable.

The appellate court found that "those whose duty it was to see justice done neglected or ignored that duty." The innocence project faulted the State Bar for not taking action against Cline.

Cline, now the district attorney of Tulare County, said the courts never found he intentionally withheld the tapes. He insisted he did provide them to the defense but was unable to prove it because he had not kept records of doing so.

"Hooking us into prosecutorial misconduct is just wrong," he said.

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Die Hard director jailed for perjury
John McTiernan, director of the Die Hard films, has been sentenced to one year in prison for perjury and lying to officials in a wiretapping case involving a former private investigator who represented several Hollywood stars.

Published: 6:55AM BST 05 Oct 2010

McTiernan, 59, was also fined $100,000 at the conclusion of the long-running case which stemmed from him hiring convicted private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap a film producer after they both worked on the 2002 film Rollerball.

Oliver Diaz, McTiernan's lawyer, said in a statement that the director was a victim of "prosecutorial vindictiveness" and planned to appeal his conviction.

The film director initially lied to the FBI about his involvement with Pellicano, pleaded guilty in 2006, and then asked to withdraw his guilty plea saying he had received poor legal advice.

In 2009, he was indicted by a grand jury and pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements and one count of perjury.

"The defendant doesn't think the law applies to him, and the court has no reason to believe he will not violate the law again when it suits him," US district judge Dale S. Fischer said, before sentencing McTiernan.

Pellicano was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping in 2008 and is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence.

Mr Diaz claimed that McTiernan had not been read his rights when first speaking with the FBI, nor being told he was the subject of an investigation.

"Mr McTiernan was forced to plead guilty to a crime most people don't even know is a crime," Mr Diaz said. "Records in this case show that nearly every one contacted by this (FBI) agent denied knowledge of Pellicano's activities, making statements similar to Mr. McTiernan's."

McTiernan, whose other movies include The Hunt for Red October and the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, did not address the court at the sentencing hearing.

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'Mucking about' with pencil lead and sticky tape wins Nobel Prize for Physics
The discovery of a new wonder material derived from pencil lead and sticky tape has won two British based scientists the Nobel Prize in Physics.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
Published: 1:11PM BST 05 Oct 2010

Professor Andre Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov, at Manchester University, discovered that super-thin flakes of carbon take on unique properties that could revolutionise the electronics industry.

They produced the one atom thick material from a block of pencil lead or graphite using nothing more than sticky tape in 2004.

Despite its humble origins, the material forms "the perfect atomic lattice" – a bit like a microscopic chicken wire – and is set to revolutionise everything from computer chips, to home gadgets and even transport.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences lauded Prof Geim, 51, and Dr Novoselov, 36, for having "shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties that originate from the remarkable world of quantum physics".

Experiments with graphene could lead to the development of new material and 'the manufacture of innovative electronics,' the jury said.

Prof Geim is a Dutch national while Dr Novoselov holds British and Russian citizenship. Both are natives of Russia and started their careers in physics there.

Just one atom thick, graphene is the world's thinnest and strongest nano-material, almost transparent and able to conduct electricity and heat.

As a result, graphene is described as the best material to replace silicon semiconductors.

Graphene transistors would in theory be able to run at faster speeds and cope with higher temperatures than today's computer chips.

That would resolving a fast-growing problem facing chip engineers who want to boost power and shrink semiconductor size but without raising temperatures, the bugbear of computing.

Its transparency means it could potentially be used in touch screens and even solar cells on windows, and when mixed with plastics would provide light but super-strong composite materials for next-generation satellites, planes and cars.

The Nobel jury acknowledged that most of graphene's practical applications "exist only in our fantasies, but many are already being tested."

Prof Geim told the committee he was looking at emails and looking at archives when he got the call.

"I slept well, I didn't expect the Nobel Prize this year," he said, adding he was going straight back to work.

"In my opinion there are several categories of Nobel Prize winners, one which after getting the Nobel Prize stop doing anything for the rest of their life. It is a big disservice for the community," he said.

The other category of people, which he said he belonged to, were "people who think people think they won the Nobel Prize by accident so they start working even harder than before".

Nancy Rothwell, President and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, said they were "delighted" for the two scientists.

"This is fantastic news," she said. "We are delighted that Andre and Konstantin's work on graphene has been recognised at the very highest level by the 2010 Nobel Prize Committee.

"This is a wonderful example of a fundamental discovery based on scientific curiosity with major practical, social and economic benefits for society."

The award of the Nobel Prize means there are currently four Nobel Laureates at the University of Manchester.

Dr Mark Miodownik, Head of the Materials Research Group, King's College London, said: "The award of this Nobel Prize will bring a smile to the face of every scientist because it shows you can still get a Nobel Prize by mucking about in a lab.

"Professors Geim and Novoselov happened across graphene, a new material that has the potential to revolutionise electronics, by discovering they could pluck atomic layers of carbon from the lead of a pencil using nothing more sophisticated than sticky tape.

"It turns out that anyone who has ever held a pencil could have discovered this amazing new material, but it was Professors Geim and Novoselov who took the time to look carefully.

"Bravo! Another reason to recognise that British Science is a special culture, admired throughout the world for its originality and genius, and needs to be nurtured not cut by the government if they want to foster future technology and wealth in the UK."


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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010

American Tom Lowe has beaten hundreds of amateur and professional photographers from around the globe to win the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010. As well as securing the £1000 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG) on 10th September 2010.

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Lowe’s winning shot, Blazing Bristlecone, depicts the star-riddled Milky Way arching over an ancient bristlecone pine tree, thought to be one of the oldest living trees in the world having clocked up over 4,000 years standing sentry over the Sierra Nevada.

For information about entering next year’s competition visit www.nmm.ac.uk/astrophoto

Earth & space winner & overall winner: Blazing Bristlecone by Tom Lowe

Picture: Tom Lowe

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Oct. 5, 1931: First Nonstop Trans-Pacific Flight Ends in Cloud of Dust
By Jason Paur October 5, 2010 | 7:00 am | Categories: 20th century, Transportation

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1931: More than 41 hours after departing Japan, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr. perform a controlled crash landing near Wenatchee, Washington. After the dust settles, they emerge from the airplane to complete the first-ever nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Pangborn had served as a flight instructor during World War I, and then followed the career path of many pilots of the 1920s, traveling the country as a barnstormer.

The stock market crash of 1929 brought an end both to Pangborn’s barnstorming days and to the fledgling aircraft company he had co-founded. But the young pilot knew a fellow aviator who had flown as a demo pilot for the defunct company. And Hugh Herndon Jr. had money.

The two quickly started to put together ideas to keep them flying. The pair decided to break the around-the-world record then held by a German Zeppelin. After months of planning in early 1931, Pangborn and Herndon suffered a setback when Wiley Post broke the record flying his Lockheed Vega.

Despite the record being shortened from 20 days to less than 9, the duo decided to continue with their plans to fly. Their Bellanca Skyrocket departed New York on July 28. After landing in a storm in Siberia, the aviators were more than a day behind schedule and decided to abandon their attempt to break the record.

Instead Pangborn and Herndon decided to go for the $25,000 prize (worth about $360,000 in today’s money) offered by a Japanese newspaper for the first nonstop flight between Japan and the United States.

On Oct. 4 (Japanese time), the Bellanca, named Miss Veedol for a brand of motor oil, lifted off from an 8,000-foot runway in Masawa, north of Tokyo. The small single-engine airplane was heavily modified to carry 930 gallons of fuel on board, but Pangborn was worried they wouldn’t make it to the United States unless the weather was perfect. So he decided to save fuel by making the flight without landing gear.

Miss Veedol was modified with a primitive — and disposable — precursor to retractable landing gear. Instead of having the gear fold inside the airplane, Pangborn rigged a mechanism that simply dropped the main gear off the plane during flight. Without the gear, the more aerodynamic airplane could fly 15 mph faster and gain 600 miles in range. Of course when it came time to land, it would be a rough touchdown.

A few hours into their flight, the gear was released, but only the wheels fell off. The landing gear struts remained in place. Pangborn knew this would reduce the range and make the belly landing much more dangerous. So at 14,000 feet over the Pacific, the former barnstormer walked on out on the wing struts and freed the rest of the landing gear.

The creative aerodynamic improvement paid off, and after nearly 40 hours of flying, Miss Veedol crossed the west coast of the United States. Not content with simply making it across the Pacific, Pangborn wanted to set a new long-distance record by flying across Washington state to the eastern part of the state or all the way to Idaho. But fog blanketed the region, and the Bellanca turned around, back to the west to find a suitable landing site.

Pangborn decided to fly to Wenatchee, in the middle of Washington. He had grown up nearby, and his mother still lived there.

Just after 7 in the morning on Oct. 5, Miss Veedol flew over Wenatchee, and Pangborn managed a nearly perfect belly landing in a large open field. The propeller struck the ground, but the airplane was largely undamaged.

Pangborn and Herndon had flown more than 41 hours and covered more than 5,500 miles. Despite being the first to cross the Pacific — a flight longer than Lindbergh’s Atlantic crossing — the duo won no fame or fortune beyond the prize. It wouldn’t be until after World War II that an airplane would repeat the nonstop flight.

Pangborn went on to fly more than 24,000 hours in his 40-year flying career before dying in 1958. Today the airport in Wenatchee is known as Pangborn Memorial Airport.

The Experimental Aviation Association in Wenatchee built a replica of Miss Veedol in 2003. The cities of Masawa and Wenatchee remain sister cities to this day, and there are plans to ship the new Miss Veedol to Japan in 2011, where it will fly in celebrations on the 80th anniversary of the historic nonstop flight.

Image: Miss Veedol touched down without landing gear at Fancher Field in East Wenatchee, Washington.
Courtesy Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.


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Livescribe Echo Smartpen Lets You Do Almost Everything
By Tim Carmody October 5, 2010 | 7:45 am | Categories: Accessories and Peripherals

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Livescribe’s smartpen has two primary features: It records ambient audio along with every pen stroke of your handwritten notes. But not all its uses are immediately obvious.

I bought the new, higher-capacity, more ergonomic Livescribe Echo in August and have spent the last few weeks putting the pen through its paces. I’ve also gathered up testimonials about the device — mostly from other journalists, who understandably love it — and questions and tips from ordinary users.

Just like our How to Do (Almost) Everything With A Kindle 3, this is a list of (almost) everything you could do with a Livescribe Echo smartpen — plus a few Q&As at the end.

Indexing Audio
Among journalists, the Atlantic’s James Fallows has been the most enthusiastic and eloquent supporter of the Livescribe. In “The Pen Gets Mightier,” Fallows describes his love for the smartpen, particularly its ability to match handwriting with audio. “The result is a kind of indexing system for an audio stream,” Fallows writes. “For me this means instant access to the three interesting sentences — I just write ‘interesting!’ in the notebook or put a star—in the typical hour-long journalistic interview.”

In my experience, as in Fallows’, this is absolutely game-changing. I’ve tried a number of devices to record interviews, from traditional recorders to my iPhone’s Voice Memo app, even Google Voice for telephone calls. None of them are as reliable or useful after the fact as the Echo.

It captures ambient speech remarkably well, even at distance. It even works fairly well recording a speakerphone-to-speakerphone conference call, a feat that gives a good deal of trouble to most people’s ears, let alone their recording gadgets.

You can play back recordings using the pen’s built-in speaker, or by uploading the pencast to your computer. There the Livescribe Desktop application (on Mac or Windows) can print your written notes to a PDF file or export your audio for archiving or editing.

It’s particularly useful to export written notes to online note–management applications that can handle PDFs like Evernote for remote storage.

Recording Speeches and Classroom Lectures
In The New York Times, Wired columnist Clive Thompson profiled Brian Lacata, an Oakland math teacher whose students all use Livescribe pens in his class.

In the classroom, the smartpen is a curious mix of the traditional and the high-tech. As Thompson notes, “the pen is based on an age-old classroom technique that requires no learning curve: pen-and-paper writing.” But while audio recording has been used for some time (not without controversy) to tape lectures and meetings, it changes with the use of the smartpen.

When Lacata’s students take notes, “the pen alters their writing style: Instead of verbatim snippets of Lacata’s instructions, they can write ‘key words’ — essentially little handwritten tags that let them quickly locate a crucial moment in the audio stream.” Essentially, it offloads the raw-data–recording component of note-taking to the audio stream, while placing the tagging, indexing, thinking and questioning components firmly within script. Instead of notes, you’ve recorded a mind-map.

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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/10/livescribe-smartpen-howto/#ixzz11UM2zrB6

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Thanks to Lon from Phantoms and Monsters for this link.

Murder victim was ‘seen at his funeral’
By KATHRYN PARKES, Court Reporter
2010/10/05

A TWO-YEAR murder investigation took a bizarre turn in an East London court last week when State witnesses testified that the victim was spotted alive – at his own funeral.

The murder trial following the reported killing of 22-year-old shebeen owner Siphamandla Hlatshwayo – who was allegedly stabbed to death at another tavern in Nompumelelo in 2008 – was postponed to next year for the claims to be investigated.
Murmurs and gasps were heard in the East London Regional Court last week when the first State witness testified that he had seen Hlatshwayo just a week after the alleged murder.
Accused Bongekile Nqwiliso, 22, was arrested in 2008 for allegedly stabbing Hlatshwayo and his friend Sonwabo Walter Mpisane – who survived the attack – during a heated argument at Aaron’s Tavern.
Hlatshwayo was reported to have died on the scene, while Mpisane sustained minor stab wounds.
Nqwiliso was released on warning and has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Mpisane, called as the first State witness, said he was “shocked” when Hlatshwayo turned up at his own funeral in August 2008 – about a week after his death.
He said Hlatshwayo was wearing the same clothing as the night he had died.
After rushing to Hlatshwayo’s sister’s aid – who allegedly fainted when she saw her brother – Mpisane said he chased after Hlatshwayo, who fled the scene.
Taking the stand in the afternoon, tavern owner Aaron Simandla confirmed Mpisane’s version of events.
He said he also saw a man “who looked very much … exactly like Hlatshwayo.”
He said he also attempted to “catch” Hlatshwayo but that he “vanished”.
Chaos then erupted and community members wanted to burn the coffin with the body inside.
However, family members called off the funeral.
Instead, they had the body cremated about a week later, the court heard.
Yesterday a family friend of Hlatshwayo’s, who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, said she had witnessed the commotion at the funeral, but denied the victim had turned up to see his own burial.
“There was screaming … someone fainted … people were running around yelling that they had seen Siphamandla, but I never saw him.
“I was very close to Siphamandla … If he was there why didn’t I see him? He would have appeared to me.”
The postmortem report will be presented to the court next year on January 20.

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Oct. 6, 1927: The Jazz Singer Gives Movie Audiences the ‘Talkies’
By Hugh Hart October 6, 2010 | 7:00 am | Categories: 20th century, Communication, Inventions

1927: Prohibition-era movie audiences in New York City get drunk with excitement when they hear Broadway belter Al Jolson appear on the big screen and bark, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”

At the premiere of The Jazz Singer, attendee Doris Warner recalled that when Jolson and co-star Eugenie Besserer began their dialogue scene, “the audience became hysterical.” Jolson’s performance, which also included renditions of “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” and five other tunes, marked the first feature-length “talkie,” sounding the death knell for silent movies.

To effect the breakthrough, Warner Brothers’ 89-minute feature presentation relied on the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system. The projectionist manually synced each of the 15 film reels to its own phonograph record containing dialogue and music.

Budgeted at the then-gargantuan sum of $422,000 (about $5.3 million in today’s cash), The Jazz Singer represented a major gamble for studio boss Harry Warner, who pawned his wife’s jewelry and moved the family into a small apartment to finance the film. A popular and critical sensation, The Jazz Singer rang down the curtain for silent film stars cursed with squeaky voices.

Jolson followed up with The Singing Fool (1928), Say It with Song (1929), Mammy (1930) and Big Boy (1930). But, like Vitaphone technology itself, the vaudeville-groomed star failed to establish an enduring presence within the movie industry.

Vitaphone and rival formats Phonofilm, Movietone and Photophone gave way by the late ’20s to sound-on-film processes. To appease theater owners who had invested big money in sound-on-disc gear, studios continued to release a few sound-on-disc versions of their theatrical releases until 1937.

Vitaphone Corporation shifted focus to produce Leon Schlesinger’s Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies for Warner Bros. until 1944. Then it repurposed itself as the Vitaphone record label before going out of business in 1959.

The sentimental Jazz Singer story outlasted Vitaphone. Neil Diamond put his own spin on Jolson’s misunderstood Jewish character in the 1980 remake, and Krusty the Clown lampooned the tale in a 1991 episode of The Simpsons. In 1996, The Jazz Singer entered the American National Film Registry of “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” motion pictures. A three-disc DVD edition of the film came out in 2007.

As for the antique system that once awed filmgoers with its Avatar-equivalent achievement, some audiophiles continue to champion sound-on-disc. Vitaphone Project hobbyists, who match silent movie footage with original discs to produce new 35mm movies, argue that original discs produce superior sound fidelity when compared with archival, sound-on-film versions of the same picture.

Photo: Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer/Corbis

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October 5, 2010
Karzai’s Kin Use Ties to Gain Power in Afghanistan
By JAMES RISEN

WASHINGTON — Until recently, Taj Ayubi’s specialty was retail. Mr. Ayubi, an Afghan immigrant, ran a furniture store in Leesburg, Va., and before that, a thrift shop in Washington.

But today, Mr. Ayubi’s specialty is foreign policy. He is the senior foreign affairs adviser to the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai.

Among Mr. Ayubi’s qualifications for his post in Kabul are ties to President Karzai’s extended family. His sister is married to a Karzai, and her sons are now important junior members of the growing Karzai family network in Afghanistan.

In recent years, dozens of Karzai family members and close allies have taken government jobs, pursued business interests or worked as contractors to the United States government, allowing them to shape policy or financially benefit from it.

While the roles played by two of President Karzai’s brothers — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the power broker of Kandahar, and Mahmoud Karzai, a prominent businessman and investor in the troubled Kabul Bank — have been well documented, the extensive web of other family members has not previously been reported. Most of them lived in the United States before going to Afghanistan, leveraging the president’s position to put them at the center of a new oligarchy of powerful Afghan families.

One of President Karzai’s nephews is a top official in the intelligence service, giving him authority over some of Afghanistan’s most sensitive security operations. A brother of the president is an official in the agency that issues licenses required for all Afghan corporations; an uncle is now ambassador to Russia.

At least six Karzai relatives, including one who just ran for Parliament, operate or are linked to contracting businesses that collect millions of dollars annually from the American government.

Other brothers, cousins, nephews and in-laws wield influence in Kabul and the family’s native Kandahar, through government posts or businesses like trucking and real estate development.

The family’s expanding presence serves both to strengthen and to undermine President Karzai, according to American and Afghan officials. Corruption allegations taint his government, and Afghans routinely accuse him of turning a blind eye to the activities of some of his relatives. They include Ahmed Wali Karzai, who denies repeated accusations of ties to the drug trade, and Mahmoud Karzai, whose business dealings are under investigation by American prosecutors.

A Survival Mechanism

But even if the extended clan fosters resentment in Afghanistan, the family also helps fortify a fragile presidency.

Ronald E. Neumann, the United States ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007, said he believed that President Karzai intended to create a support network that could help him survive after the withdrawal of American troops, the same way that another Afghan president, Najibullah, survived for years after Soviet troops withdrew in 1989.

“Karzai is convinced that we are going to abandon him,” Mr. Neumann said. “What’s his answer? To create a web of loyalties and militia commanders and corrupt families all knitted together.”

“This network,” he added, “is part of his survival mechanism.”

Mahmoud Karzai defended his family, saying the Karzais worked hard — and honestly — to help Afghanistan. “You need people like us,” he said in an interview. “It’s very difficult to get qualified people to come here, and work here. We can’t build this country unless there are people willing to take the risk.”

American officials say the Karzais and a handful of other well-connected families have benefited from the billions of dollars that the United States has poured into the country since 2001. That money has helped pay the salaries of some Karzais who are government employees, kick-started real estate development and construction projects involving family members and created demand for businesses tied to the Karzais.

“Family politics is part of the culture of this part of the world,” said Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani author who has written extensively about Afghanistan. “Right now, Afghanistan is going through a phase of very primitive capital accumulation by the country’s leading families.”

Still, many relatives are hedging their bets against the decline and fall of the Karzai government, keeping their own families and homes outside of Afghanistan, either in the United States, in Dubai or elsewhere, several relatives said in interviews.

And some are increasingly critical of their kin, complaining that their rush back to Afghanistan to stake a claim has been unseemly. As more Karzais have gained prominence in Afghanistan over the last few years, some relatives have privately begun to point fingers at one another for trading too heavily on their connections to President Karzai, and accuse others of excessive political ambition and insider dealing.

“The Karzais are over there in Afghanistan cashing in on their last name,” said Mohammad Karzai, a cousin of President Karzai who lives in Maryland. “My relatives have told me they can’t understand why I don’t come over with them and get rich.”

Rising Fortunes

It is hard to quantify how the Karzais may have prospered from their proximity to power. But some appear to have significantly improved their circumstances.

Before 2001, Yama Karzai, a nephew of the president, was living with his brothers in Quetta, Pakistan, and receiving financial support from relatives in the United States, Mohammad Karzai said. Today, Yama Karzai is a top Afghan intelligence official and owns a house in Virginia, according to land records. He did not respond to inquiries from The New York Times.

Hashim Karzai, a cousin of President Karzai, now works as a consultant to Pamir Airways, an airline based in Kabul that has been controlled by one of Mahmoud Karzai’s business partners, and lives in Dubai on one of the luxurious Palm Islands. In August, he rented the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, one block from the White House, for his son’s wedding to a niece of President Karzai, according to Qayum Karzai, the bride’s father and the president’s brother.

And Mahmoud Karzai, widely considered to be the most well-connected business leader in Afghanistan, said a residential real estate project he has been developing in Kandahar was now worth $900 million, including the value of homes sold. The original five partners, including Mr. Karzai, started with an investment of $4 million, he said. The Kandahar project set off a bitter dispute with the Afghan Army, which claims ownership of the land used for the project.

One Afghan Parliament member said family members exploited their connections to get in on favorable business ventures. “They have carte blanche to be partners with anyone they want to; it’s the unwritten law,” said the official, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution. “Anyone who wants to start a business and has problems becomes partners with them.”

Before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many members of the extended Karzai family were quietly building new lives as American immigrants, and the family’s center of gravity had shifted from war-ravaged Kandahar to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, where many of them settled in the 1970s and ’80s.

Of the seven sons of Abdul Ahad Karzai, a prominent Kandahar politician who lived in exile in Quetta, Pakistan, until his 1999 assassination by the Taliban, only one — Hamid Karzai — had never lived in the United States. By 2001, a generation of Karzais who had grown up in the United States and knew little of Afghanistan was emerging.

But after the American-led invasion of Afghanistan ousted the Taliban in 2001 and lifted Hamid Karzai from obscurity to the presidency, the family’s migration pattern reversed. Only one of his brothers, Abdul Wali Karzai, a biochemistry professor at Stony Brook University in New York, declined to go back home. Many others seized the opportunity.

The Obama administration’s attitude toward the Karzais has been deeply ambivalent. The White House has sent mixed signals about whether to investigate or tolerate reports of corruption of those around the president. While federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Mahmoud Karzai’s business dealings, no inquiry has been opened into Ahmed Wali Karzai even though many United States officials have said they suspect that he benefits from drug trafficking.

Abdul Wali Karzai, the Stony Brook professor, said that his family had been unfairly attacked, but that the second-guessing of everything the Karzais did in Afghanistan explained his refusal to join his brothers. “The way the Afghan society is structured,” he said, “anything I do would be subjected to all kinds of rumors and false stories.”

Power Behind the Scenes

Some family members have had lower profiles than the three better-known brothers. Qayum Karzai, for example, served as a member of Parliament from Kandahar and then as President Karzai’s intermediary with the Taliban, while continuing to own three restaurants in Baltimore. Today, he talks of opening a university in Afghanistan. An Afghan business leader said Qayum Karzai had been a behind-the-scenes force in Kabul’s politics.

“Qayum is the interlocutor for the president with other political players in Afghanistan, and with foreign powers,” said the businessman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared the consequences of talking publicly about the president’s family. “He is a sounding board.”

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October 6, 2010
Gunmen Attack More NATO Supply Trucks in Pakistan
By JANE PERLEZ AND WAQAR GILLANI

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Dozens of tanker trucks carrying fuel to Afghanistan for NATO troops were torched near Quetta in western Pakistan on Wednesday, the third major attack on supplies since Pakistan closed a border crossing to Afghanistan a week ago and the first at the only checkpoint that remained open.

At least one person was killed after three carloads of gunmen fired at the tankers and then burned them, the police said.

“According to eyewitnesses and initial reports some terrorists came on vehicles a few minutes before morning prayer and started firing and then burned some of the tankers,” said Hamid Shakeel, the deputy inspector general of the Quetta police.

About 40 tanker truckss were at the terminal, and about half were saved from the attack, Inspector Shakeel said.

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Firefighters struggled to contain the blaze. Live television showed the fire raging hours after the attack.

“We don’t have foam to put out the fire,” the police official said.

Hours after the attack on the trucks at Quetta, Taliban militants claimed responsibility, according to reports on Pakistani television channels.

In a sign that the government was continuing to distance itself from the attacks, the police chief in Quetta, Malik Muhammad Iqbal said it was not the responsibility of the government to provide security for the convoys. In the past few days, senior police officers have said the safety of the trucks lay with the fleet owners who had signed contracts with NATO.

The standoff between the government and NATO continued on Wednesday with no definitive word from Pakistan about when the border at Torkham in the Khyber region would be reopened.

That crossing was closed last week in protest over NATO helicopter strikes against a mountainous border post at Khurram manned by Pakistani paramilitary soldiers.

A second crossing at Chaman, near Quetta, where the tankers were attacked Wednesday morning, has remained open in the past week.

Unknown assailants, never identified or captured by the police, have attacked and torched NATO oil tankers three times since the closure and there have been several other, less severe attacks against the convoys. The route is a vital supply line for NATO to carry nonlethal equipment such as food, clothing and vehicles.

The closure of the Torkham crossing has been used by Pakistan to demonstrate its leverage over the NATO supply route that courses from the port of Karachi to the Khyber region.

Haggling over the outcome of a joint Pakistan-NATO inquiry into the helicopter attacks appeared to be holding up the reopening of the Torkham crossing, the major English language newspaper, Dawn, reported on Wednesday.

Pakistan was demanding an apology from NATO for the helicopter attacks, but NATO was only willing to offer regrets, the newspaper said.

Pakistani officials have stressed that the helicopter attacks, in which three paramilitary soldiers died, were an unacceptable infringement of the nation’s sovereignty.

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Nasa greenlights £275 million mission to Mars
Nasa has given the green light to a $438 million (£275 million) mission to Mars aimed at investigating the mystery of how the 'red planet' lost its atmosphere.

Published: 9:54AM BST 06 Oct 2010

The US space agency gave the approval on Monday for "the development and 2013 launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) mission," noting that the project may also show Mars' history of supporting life.

"A better understanding of the upper atmosphere and the role that escape to space has played is required to plug a major hole in our understanding of Mars," said Maven's lead investigator Bruce Jakosky of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

"We're really excited about having the opportunity to address these fundamental science questions," he added.

Three main scientific instruments will be launched to Mars aboard a craft in November 2013 as part of the project.

Clues on Mars' surface, including features that resemble ancient riverbeds and minerals that could only form in the presence of liquid water, suggest the planet "once had a denser atmosphere, which supported the presence of liquid water on the surface," said Nasa.

However, most of the Martian atmosphere was lost as part of a dramatic climate shift.

"Looking forward, we are well positioned for the next push to critical design review in July 2011. In three short years, we'll be heading to Mars!" said David Mitchell of NASA's Maryland-based Goddard Space Flight Center.

"Mars can't protect itself from the solar wind because it no longer has a shield, the planet's global magnetic field is dead," said Jakosky, describing how the magnetic field disappeared and the atmosphere then exposed to the punishing solar wind.

Joseph Grebowsky, also of the Goddard Space Flight Center, said that previous observations "gave us 'proof of the crime' but only provided tantalising hints at how the sun pulls it off – the various ways Mars can lose its atmosphere to solar activity."

Maven, he said, "will examine all known ways the sun is currently swiping the Martian atmosphere, and may discover new ones as well. It will also watch how the loss changes as solar activity changes over a year."

"This project is a vital complement to past, present, and future Mars missions," said Michael Meyer of NASA's Mars Exploration Program in Washington.

"Maven will take us a step closer in learning about the evolution of our intriguing celestial neighbour," he said.

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin will manufacture the spacecraft based on designs of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey, launched in 2005 and 2001, respectively.


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Secret-Spilling Sources at Risk Following Cryptome Breach
By Kim Zetter October 5, 2010 | 9:07 pm | Categories: Breaches, Crime, DefCon, Hacks and Cracks

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Secret-spilling site Cryptome was hacked over the weekend, possibly exposing the identities of whistleblowers and other confidential sources, according to a hacker who contacted Wired.com and claimed responsibility for the breach.

The hacker said two intruders from the group Kryogeniks breached the long-running site, where they gained access to a repository of secret files and correspondence. Among them, the hacker claimed, were the records of self-proclaimed WikiLeaks insiders who have been the source of several unconfirmed tips supposedly detailing internal WikiLeaks matters.

Wired.com could not confirm the identity of the hacker, who asked to be identified as “Ruxpin” or “Xyrix.” To verify his claims, the hacker showed Wired.com screenshots of Cryptome founder John Young’s Earthlink account inbox and Cryptome’s directory. The latter showed two WikiLeaks file paths, a list of about 30 names and e-mail addresses of sources who communicated with Cryptome, and the contents of at least one e-mail between Young and a Wired.com contributor from 2008. The Wired.com contributor and Young have authenticated the e-mail.

The hacker said they broke into Cryptome using a stolen e-mail password for the Earthlink account belonging to Young. They then used the e-mail account to reset the password for his site’s hosting account. The hacker claims they copied 6.8 terabytes of data from Cryptome, though “no files were deleted or altered.”

“Everything was copied for analysis,” one of the hackers wrote Wired.com in an e-mail interview. “Cryptome is an interesting read indeed.” He added that “only data that had relatively new time stamps is being given thought. There is simply too much to sift through.”

Young, reached by phone, confirmed some of the information provided by the hacker but disputed other assertions.

He didn’t know how the hackers got into his site or if data was deleted but said that “all the files were inaccessible,” and that Network Solutions had to restore content from a backup. He disputed the amount of data the hackers say they obtained.

“We had a little over 7 gigabytes, but not terabytes,” he said. “We’ve never had that much.”

Regarding the WikiLeaks insiders, although he acknowledged that some of them communicated with what appear to be e-mail addresses that could identify them, he doesn’t believe they’re actual WikiLeaks insiders and says he’s never done anything to verify their identities, and that the e-mail addresses could have easily been spoofed.

“I’ve not verified any of those and don’t know how one would,” he said. “I’ve been quite skeptical of anyone claiming to be a WikiLeaks insider.”

The hack of Cryptome would seem to illustrate the real value that a site like WikiLeaks offers. Cryptome, a proto-WikiLeaks, has published many important leaks since it was launched in 1996, exposing government secrets and gaffes.

The site, however, doesn’t provide the kind of secure, anonymized submission process that WikiLeaks boasts. Instead, it uses e-mail addresses controlled by Young, raising the risk that sensitive sources could be exposed by this and other hacks. Despite many controversies surrounding WikiLeaks and its founder, that site has never had a security breach, as far as anyone knows. But now Cryptome has.

The WikiLeaks Connection
According to the hacker, Cryptome’s WikiLeaks files contain ample communication between Young and about half-a-dozen supposed WikiLeaks insiders who, out of purported discontent with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his management of the organization, have sent Cryptome unverified tips about supposed malfeasance and other activities inside WikiLeaks.

Young, who has long been suspicious of WikiLeaks’ motives, began publishing the tips this spring, despite expressing doubts publicly about their veracity. The tips prompted the ire of WikiLeaks, which referred to them as a “smear campaign” and has disputed that the sources are insiders.

Cryptome’s hacker claims that although some of the “insiders” initially communicated anonymously with Cryptome using a PGPBoard drop box, they later used personal e-mail addresses for ongoing correspondence, thus potentially exposing their identities to anyone with access to Cryptome’s files.

“Six [WikiLeaks insiders] are on familiar terms with John Young,” he told Wired.com. “Their real names are exposed in their signatures and in their messages. They are using familiar, personal accounts to communicate with Young.”

The hacker noted that “someone@wikileaks.org writes about problems with their leader and problems with money. He sends a PDF (was published to the site recently), some chat logs, and information about the encryption process for submits that he thinks is suspicious. This is from one of the regulars.”

He declined to identify the WikiLeaks correspondents or the e-mail addresses they used.

“Their privacy is to be respected, and they will not be exposed or compromised,” he wrote. “We believe in preserving the system of transparency that Cryptome and other websites represent.”

The hacker claimed that Young demanded proof from the insiders to verify their connection to WikiLeaks and that “he gets it with ease” from them.

“They are legitimate,” the hacker wrote. “Those who are not, appear to get trolled (John Young is absolutely hilarious) and moved to a different folder.”

Asked if the identities of other anonymous sources of Cryptome were also exposed, he replied, “Yes, all of them are. [Young’s] address books were compromised, and many of the messages were not sent from anonymous emails … there are over hundreds. Too many to easily quantify.”

How They Got In
The whois record for Cryptome, which is hosted by Network Solutions, listed the site contact address as jya@pipeline.com, one of Young’s accounts.

The hackers got the password for the e-mail account through Earthlink’s customer service center. Earthlink handles customer service for Pipeline accounts and uses a system, called MIDAS, that stores customer passwords unencrypted, in the clear, according to the hacker.

“Any EarthLink employee using MIDAS can do this without effort,” he wrote. “MIDAS is a legacy ssh application that many of the employees do not use, preferring a web interface called Spirtle instead.”

Earthlink did not return a call for comment.

The hacker said Earthlink’s system was breached about a month ago, at which time Cryptome’s login credentials were seized.

Armed with that password, according to a Network Solutions spokesman, the hackers then initiated a password reset for Cryptome’s hosting account using an online form. Network Solutions sent an automated e-mail to Young’s Pipeline account with a link to reset the password. The hackers, who had control of the e-mail account, then used the link to reset the Network Solutions Cryptome password twice — to passw0rd1 and then letmein1 — locking Young out of his account while they rummaged through Cryptome’s content.

The hackers said they decided to breach Cryptome primarily to harass a fellow hacker named Josh Holly, aka “TrainReq,” by posting a message identifying Holly as Cryptome’s hacker. Holly is best known for allegedly hacking into Miley Cyrus’s Gmail account and stealing provocative photos she purportedly sent of herself to singer Nick Jonas.

“Cryptome is a popular website,” the hacker wrote Wired.com. “Many people would have seen the joke (defacement), and the person (Trainreq) would have been subsequently bombarded with inquires about that to which he was clueless.”

The message included a shout-out to fellow Kryogeniks members EBK and Defiant — Christopher Allen Lewis and James Robert Black, Jr. — who were recently sentenced to 18 months and 4 months in prison respectively for a stunt in which they replaced Comcast’s homepage with a shout-out to fellow hackers.

The Cryptome hackers deleted the shout-out to Holly before many people saw it, however. “It did not have the intended effect,” the hacker wrote. “Josh Holly was sleeping and unavailable for trolling.”

They replaced it with another one identifying “Ruxpin” as Cryptome’s hacker. It’s not known if Ruxpin is one of the hackers behind the hack, since the hackers acknowledged they initially intended to point blame for the hack at someone else. It’s also not known if Ruxpin is the real handle for the hacker who communicated with Wired.com.

In addition to the shout-outs, the hackers left a note for Young: “Dear John. Rest assured that the integrity of the data hosted here has not been altered. We like Cryptome and needed your site because it was popular. Sorry. Godspeed.”

Young was not amused and says he’s determined to hunt down the intruders.

“One of the things I’m interested in is how much prowling they did beyond Cryptome,” he said. “Any rummaging in our e-mail is different than rummaging in Cryptome. We’re going to burn his or her ass with that.”

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Frustrated House still waiting for Senate action on 420 bills
By Russell Berman - 10/05/10 04:28 PM ET

The House ran another legislative lap around the Senate in September, widening the gap in the number of bills the chambers have passed this Congress to more than 400.

With only a lame-duck session remaining, the House since January 2009 has passed 420 bills that have sat on the Senate shelf, according to an updated list provided to The Hill.

The gulf in productivity has led to an escalation in tensions between the chambers, culminating in a veritable staring contest last month over the expiring George W. Bush-era tax cuts.

House Democratic leaders have frequently griped at the disparity, and the caucus chairman, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), told The Hill last week that the slow pace of legislating in the Senate, where bills can be held up by the filibuster and other rules, “infuriates” members of the House.

Rank-and-file House Democrats said the lack of Senate action on legislation they had cast tough votes on had left them twisting in the wind before an increasingly agitated electorate. At the top of the list was the June 2009 cap-and-trade energy and climate bill, which passed the House by a slim margin but never made it to the Senate floor.

The gap in approved legislation increased by 48 in the three weeks Congress was in session in September, and by 130 since The Hill first reported on the disparity in February.

Among the House-passed bills from the most recent period still awaiting action in the Senate are measures to audit the claims fund set up by BP after the Gulf oil spill and legislation to increase screening for diabetes. The Senate has also yet to sign off on naming post offices for George C. Marshall, the late actor Jimmy Stewart and the civil rights leader Dorothy Height.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declined comment. The Senate has a busy agenda for the lame-duck session in November but is expected to make no more than a small dent in the House stack before the 111th Congress concludes.

There are also bills that have passed the Senate but not the House, including a child nutrition measure being pushed by first lady Michelle Obama and the White House. (Lawmakers in the House have yet to agree on a way to pay for the funding in the bill.)

House leaders drew a line in the sand on holding a House vote on tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, saying the Senate would have to act first.

When the Senate decided to punt the issue until after the elections, the House followed suit, despite protests from liberal members who wanted to cast their vote to extend middle-class tax cuts before they left for the campaign trail.

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Somebody must like Anthony Shaffer. His book is getting outrageous coverage and look what a copy of the unedited version is going for on EBay.

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Recent UFO Encounter Reports: Roswell Connection, Triangles and Odd Flashes


MUFON CMS - Ft. Wayne, Indiana - 9/30/2010 - (unedited): On the evening of September 30, 2010 I was at Snider High School, filming the marching band for a video project I am working on. I was also with my friend. It was around 7:11 pm and as I was filming, a few of the band members point at something in the sky in the distance above the school to the west. The sun was setting in that direction. It was a fairly bright stationary object. I got curious and decided to zoom in all the way on it. Let me also point out that I was using a Sony HandyCam DCR-SR42 camcorder with 40x optical zoom and 2000x digital zoom. It was an object with 2 lights and as I watched it the lights would flash green and red over and over. Since I was zoomed in all the way, the camera would shake with every tiny motion I took, so I decided to deploy the tripod I was using. As I was messing with they tripod, I tried to draw up an explanation to what the object was, but I drew a blank. After my friend and I fumbled with the tripod we lost sight of the object for just a few seconds until it finally reappeared in a different location in the sky. I zoomed in again and it was the same object. After about a good minute or so the object disappeared. About 2 minutes later we saw another object, but this one I did not video tape, this object was in motion and was flying around in a smooth pattern, staying in the same part of the sky, while that was going on, we witnessed another object appear, but this one was stationary. I turned on the camera and zoomed in. This time it was a single light that was flashing green and red. At this point we had thought that the first single object had split in to 2 separate objects. The object in motion disappear without us realizing it. So we kept watching the stationary object. That object then dimmed out and disappeared. After about 5 min we caught sight of yet again another object. Except this one was considerably larger or closer and lower on horizon. I zoomed in on it and right as I did it seemed to grow about twice it size and it glowed red. Then it dimmed down and started to move. As I was recording I managed to get some trees in the shot as a reference to track the motion of the object. It moved to the right slowly and as it did, it suddenly stopped. Then is started moving again, stopped, moved again, stopped once more and when it started moving it did some kind of loop. It continued to move at a constant speed and got dimmer and brighter as it moved. Until finally it disappeared behind the school building. At this point it was 7:30pm and the band's late night rehearsal was ending. The band members who saw it were very puzzled and excited at what they say and watched the videos I had taken. After practice I said goodbye to my girlfriend, and told my friend that was with me to keep his eyes peeled for anything else. At this point the sky was almost completely dark. I got in my car and started driving home, the commute to my house is only 3 minutes since I live in the neighborhood behind the school. With the objects still fresh in my mind I looked up in at the sky hoping to see something and to my amazement I did. I slowed down the car to make sure I was seeing things. It was an object with 3 lights in a triangle formation traveling southeast towards the school I just came from. It was traveling at a constant speed, and was not very high up, I could not physically see the object since the sky was dark, but as it flew over some stars, the stars disappeared behind the object. There were 2 lights in the front and the light in the back had a white strobe on it. I was about 7:56pm when I saw it. I thought that it might be an aircraft. I looked around and actually saw an usual concentration of air traffic to the west where the first objects were spotted 30 minutes previously. I knew that they we're aircraft because I am quite familiar with the light configuration on conventional aircraft since I am an aviation enthusiast. I can even identify different types of aircraft such as the make and model. I stopped my car in front of someones front yard and started filming. I got in a kneeling position to hold the camera steady and took two videos of the object. I watched it for about two minutes until it disappeared behind the tree line still traveling southeast. Freaked out at this point, I called my friend I was with while I drove the rest of the way home through my neighborhood. I told him what I just saw, then he told me that he was still at the school and that he saw a very bright white light in the sky in the same direction the craft was coming from. Then it disappeared. I finally got home, very spooked, and watched the videos I had just taken. All of these events took place from approximately 7pm to 8pm. In the same area between my house and Snider High School in the neighborhood of Glenwood Park. There were about 11 to 15 witness on the first objects. And only one or two for the triangular object. The photos attached are frames taken from the videos taken that evening. I am unable to upload the videos since they are to large. The next day I also learned of a sighting of 13 objects exactly like my first sighting in West Chicago, Illinois on the same day at the exact same time.


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