Chinese ship crew moon the US Navy – continued

According to The Telegraph, the soldiers mooned the Navy crew – now I’m not sure if they just dropped their pants or went all the way. As more information is made available, I’ll keep you updated with this important piece of news.

In what a Pentagon official described as a “bizarre” incident, Chinese crew members on board one vessel bared their bottoms after the USNS Impeccable had sprayed them with hoses.

via Chinese ships ‘harass’ unarmed US navy vessel – Telegraph.

The Chinese have responded to the US allegations of harassment, saying it is the US that is harassing them by conducting illegal surveying in China’s special economic zone, AND it suggests the U.S. “do more things beneficial to the stable development of China-U.S. relations. ”
Reuters Article

I think the U.S should be careful if they don’t want China to increase their interest rate.

In addition, here are some more details not shed some light on the matter:

The Impeccable did not carry large-caliber weapons and was operated by civilians for the Military Sealift Command, Pentagon officials said.

The surveillance mission, focused on undersea warfare, may be of particular interest to the Chinese military, which has invested heavily in a new fleet of diesel-powered attack submarines.

Pentagon officials say that while the diesel variety is not as potent as the Navy’s nuclear fast-attack submarines, the submarines are cheaper and can be purchased in greater numbers, giving the Chinese the potential to overwhelm American defenses at sea.

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The Pentagon, not Metallica, The Master of Puppets

The New York times today reports that a Pentagon campaign using retired officers has been used to shape terrorism coverage from inside the TV and radio networks.

I note from the screen shots Rupert Murdoch’s Fox features heavily.

The Pentagon information apparatus has used these analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance.

Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. It is a furious competition, one in which inside information and easy access to senior officials are highly prized.

Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.

From a May 16, 2006, e-mail message about "Taking groups to Iraq/Afghanistan"

Source: Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand – New York Times

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