Individuals and groups

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Peter Khan Passes Away

Previous member of the Universal House of Justice Peter Khan has passed away today. Over the years we’ve discussed Khan’s extremist viewpoints more than a few times. He was also a key player in Alison Marshall’s expulsion as well as the UHJ member with the portfolio of Asia sent to pummel into submission the New Zealand Baha’i community when they balked at her treatment by the institutions.

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Ex-Spy Alleges Effort to Discredit Bush Critic

WASHINGTON — A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him.

Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.

{josquote}It is not clear whether the White House received any damaging material about Professor Cole or whether the C.I.A. or other intelligence agencies ever provided any information or spied on him.{/josquote}

In an interview, Mr. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council told him in 2005 that White House officials wanted “to get” Professor Cole, and made clear that he wanted Mr. Carle to collect information about him, an effort Mr. Carle rebuffed. Months later, Mr. Carle said, he confronted a C.I.A. official after learning of another attempt to collect information about Professor Cole. Mr. Carle said he contended at the time that such actions would have been unlawful.

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Ret’d. CIA Official Alleges Bush White House Used Agency to “Get” Cole

Juan Cole

Eminent National Security correspondent at the New York Times James Risen has been told by a retired former official of the Central Intelligence Agency that the Bush White House repeatedly asked the CIA to spy on me with a view to discovering “damaging” information with which to discredit my reputation. Glenn Carle says he was called into the office of his superior, David Low, in 2005 and was asked of me, “ ‘What do you think we might know about him, or could find out that could discredit him?’ ”

Low actually wrote up a brief attempt in this direction and submitted it to the White House but Carle says he intercepted it. Carle later discovered that yet another young analyst had been tasked with looking into me.

It seems to me clear that the Bush White House was upset by my blogging of the Iraq War, in which I was using Arabic and other primary sources, and which contradicted the propaganda efforts of the administration attempting to make the enterprise look like a wild shining success.

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WA teen porn sentence could set precedent

{josquote}The teenager's lawyer, Annie O'Neill, previously told the court her client knew his actions were wrong based on his Baha'i faith, but he did not know they were illegal.{/josquote}

The sentencing of a 16-year-old Perth boy who pressured girls to perform sex acts for filming on a webcam and posted the videos on Facebook has been delayed.

In the Perth Children's Court on Friday, Judge Denis Reynolds said the case could set a precedent and he wanted more information before sentencing.

The boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, previously pleaded guilty to several child exploitation offences committed between October 17, 2010, and January 24, 2011.

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TV Nation - Millennialists


A segment from Michael Moore's TV Nation (1994) in which correspondent Louis Theroux investigates the religious groups known as "Millennialists" (the most infamous of which being the Branch Davidians of Waco, TX), most of which believe the world was to end in the year 2000.

First up is Harold Camping's first attempt at predicting the End of the World.

To view the piece about Leland Jensen (Baha'is Under the Provision of the Covenant) cut to 7:30.

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