posted on Jan, 22 2006 @ 01:50 PM
In May of 2003, Paul Wolfowitz of the Defense Department created a special group within the top-secret group Counterintelligence Field Activity
(CIFA). The special group was a "force-protection" outfit known as TALON (short for Threat and Local Observation Notice) and their job was to
collect information about terrorist threats on American soil and to assist in the Pentagon's terrorist threat warning process.
One of the first major breakthroughs that TALON made was information that it collected on a group of about 10 peace activists who put on a bit of
spontaneous street theatre, giving out peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches to employees of Haliburton outside the corporation's Houston headquarters.
They were trying to call attention to the growing scandal of Haliburton overcharging the US military for food service in Iraq.
The second victory for the daring and courageous TALON was their busting wide open the well-known terrorist group People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals. They followed that up with an infiltration of a cell of the worldwide terrorist organization Greenpeace. Both PETA and Greenpeace, it was
learned, had been organizing peaceful protests against corporations involved in either mistreatment of animals or destruction of the environment. But
TALON wasn't fooled by these peaceful protests. It was the work of TALON that led to the report filed by Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez last week
stating that the number ONE domestic terror threat was from ecoterrorists, although they haven't really gotten around to killing anyone yet.
I mentioned eralier that both TALON and CIFA are "force protection" units. This means that their job is making sure that terrorists don't attack
military installations or personnel. So what are they doing, you may ask, acting as security for some of the largest, best-connected corporations in
America? The answer to this question cuts to the very heart of the War on Terrorism.
We know that there are people in this world who want to kill Americans. Some of them are in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Indonesia,
Pakistan, Africa. But for some reason, the "War on Terror" has focused only on the parts of the world that have 90% of the world's remaining oil.
Besides being a contractor that provides everything from cafeteria services to security for Army Generals travelling overseas (can you imagine that
the Army needs to hire security?), Haliburton is the world's number ONE company for providing infrastructure to the oil industry. Oh, the companies
that PETA and Greenpeace were protesting against when they came into the crosshairs of the brave men of TALON? ExxonMobil and Shell Oil.
Last month, NBC News got its hands on a 400 page report on Talon's surveillance efforts. That report described how TALON kept tabs on nearly 50
antiwar protests, including a meeting of about 20 Quakers in Florida and a demonstration held by Students Against the War on the University of
California's campus. No indications that any violent or subversive activity took place were given in the TALON report. The most extreme act
described in the report was the burning of an effigy of George W. Bush. Another group described as presenting a "national threat" turned out to be
about 15 protestors waving a giant "Bush Lied" banner in front of an Army recruitment office.
An interesting part of the TALON report dealt with the secret organization's efforts to glean information on terrorists from the World Wide Web. It
was here that it was first learned that efforts were being made to get the records of searches made by people searching the web with tools such as
Google, MSN or Yahoo. Special attention was paid to online forums which had discussions of terrorist or political issues (say "cheese", ATS!).
TALON has a motto (don't they all). It is:
"Counterintelligence 'to the Edge'"
It appears that the "Edge" to which they referred is the boundary of the right to speak, to assemble, to think.
God Bless America.