by Mary Midnight - December 13, 2011, midday


Why is the U.S. operating the RQ-170 Sentinel drone over Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, when it does not have a remote self-destruct mechanism, or at least one that works. The U.S. looks stupid – forget the inevitable encryption of the drone’s software -- sure the circuit boards are encrypted and uniquely designed by computers, thus difficult to reverse engineer;  sure, there could be one or more programmable crossbar switches on all the internal buses, so that the data paths could be software encrypted, and a key could be updated at will – in real time perhaps -- thus, making the command system effectively encrypted behind a one-time-tape or an updating random number. Sure, all that stuff and more might (and the word "might" is vast) make it virtually impossible to reverse engineer it.

Mary Midnight says stop calling the enemies dummies! Or we are the dummies! All this type of protection against reverse engineering this drone is mere rationalization -- the only sure way the drone would be impervious to reverse engineering would be it were blown up – smashed into smithereens – tiny itsy bitsy dust immediately upon falling into enemy territory or enemy hands. But no.  Instead Uncle Sam is sending thousand of drones into enemy lands without a remote blow-up switch?  And this particular drone, though apparently not equipped to fire missiles, is so sophisticated it was used to track activity intelligence regarding Bin Laden. Alternatively, one could analyze that the U.S. let this superfly go down to provoke an incident? But where is the incident? If so, it is on slow fry. President Obama has yet to make his move. Of course, he asked that Iran give the drone back. The Iranians did laugh back.  On Tuesday, former VP Dick Cheney said “The right response would have been to go in immediately after it had gone down,” Cheney said this should have been achieved by a ground invasion to recover the drone or bombing the area to destroy the drone.

Of course, Cheney’s option would be considered an Act of War by Iran, and the U.S. would be in a possible overt war, and forced to respond if Iran took action to support its overt war decision. Thereby the U.S. would lose option it is now exerting – covert war with Iran which includes possible assassination of nuclear scientists, sanctions, computer works damaging centrifuges at nuclear facilities, support of the current government’s enemies, etc.

This drone incident is shining the light on how addictive or attractive remote control drone surveillance and strikes are – that even if they backfire, such as this incident has, the use of non-drone military or intelligence work is out of the question. This is assuming of course, that there is no ongoing operation now to still try to recover the drone. It could be the Iranian’s will have an tough time hiding it permanently or long enough to get it reverse engineered.  But hope is not a strategy.

Here, we go on a drone arms race which picked up speed in December 2011. What defense does the U.S. have if someone actually did reverse engineer the RQ-170 Sentinel, send it over Manhattan, evading radar all the way, and utilizing U.S. “friendly” codes, that will not necessarily be picked up the U.S. sensors?


The Salafist Al-Nour Party, or "Party of Light," came in second behind the Muslim Brotherhood (together they garnered 60% of seat) in the first round of Egyptian elections. Today, Wednesday, is the second round. Note that religious Islamic parties (to the extremist sides) are winning democratic elections – 2006 Gaza strip, 2010 Iraq, 2011 Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco. But the Salafists – they apparently cut the mustard of extremism. They rejected Egyptian free elections as being against Islam – until this one began. They were against the revolutions, contending it was infiltrated with “whores and Zionists”. They hate the Copts. The Salafist “Party of Light” is the party of Saudi Wahhabite money -- $100 million in Saudi campaign money rushed in. The Salafists want to live they way the Prophet Muhammad lived 1,400 years ago. No rights for women. Abolition of Egypt’s pharaonic heritage. Yes, they will destroy all the Egyptian cultural art and landmarks. Remember what the Taliban did to the Buddhas in Afghanistan. And they do not like Uncle Sam.

Just as in America, so goes Egypt.  Aa lot of unpopular politicians seem to win, if they have big time money to overwhelm their opposition. But this is the fault of elite power brokers in the U.S. particularly the Bush family. Until the 28-page section in the 900-page 911 report is declassified so that the public can see how the Saudi’s financed some of the 911 hijackers and murderers, no one will have the data to reinforce the guts to cut-out the cancer of fealty to Saudi money that so many Americans cultivate and maintain. So if the Salafist take over Egypt with Saudi money, and other extremists take over other Arab-Spring governments with politicians backed by Saudi money, one can only conclude that the consensus in the U.S is -- so what?   We got our lovely Saudi money to hide in our gated communities forever -- such an unpatriotic philosphy!


A green serpentine stone mask and 11 ceremonial pots were found at the base of the pyramid at Teotihuacan, north of Mexico City, announced the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH on December 14.

Worship of the rain and the sun and the elements influenced this culture’s religious life. Teotihuacan was founded about 2,500 years ago and had dominate influence over much of ancient Mexico. To this day, the identify of its rulers is a mystery. The city was abandoned when the Aztecs arrived in the 1300s and called it Teotihuacan -- "the place where men become gods." Teotihuacan is one of the great mysteries of ancient human civilization. Exploration is in order.


Finally, the Smithsonian reports that the brains of some tiny spiders – smaller than the head of a pin -- are so large they overflow into their body cavities and legs. The theory is that the smaller the animal, the more its brain extends into its body. And these creatures are mostly brain. This leads to a great question – is the human brain extended outside the skull itself into the rest of the body. Is there a bit of brain in the foot perhaps? Beyond science fiction these dear spiders go.  Beyond science fiction, humans must go. See Whole New Meaning for Thinking on Your Feet: Brains of Small Spiders Overflow Into Legs

And here is some poetry and art (Good to memorize a line or two of beauty each day, Mary reminds):

The Bride and the Daughters of Jerusalem

The Song of songs, which is Solomon's.1
1 Kings 4.32 King James Version

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth:
for thy love is better than wine.
because of the savour of thy good ointments
thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore do the virgins love thee 

Draw me, we will run after thee:
the King hath brought me into his chambers:
we will be glad and rejoice in thee,
we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee

I am black but comely O ye daughters of Jerusalem
As the tents of Kedar
as the curtains of Solomon

Look not upon me because I am black
because the sun has looked upon me.
my other'[s children were angry with me
they made me the keeper of the vineyards
but my own vineyard I have not kept

Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest,
here thou makest thy flock to rest at noon:
for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

If thou know not, O thou fairest among women,
go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock,
and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

The Bride and the Bridegroom

I have compared thee, O my love,
to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.
"Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels,
thy neck with chains of gold. with studs of silver.

While the King sitteth at his table,
my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me;
he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire
in the vineyards of Enge'di.

Behold, thou art fair, my love;
behold, thou art fair;
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant:
also our bed is green.
The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

People's Daily Intelligence Briefing 12/12/11