Archive for February, 2008

Artillery, 1922 – 2006

If you’re interested in military matters, and like old kitsch, you might enjoy the huge archive of old artillery-related magazines the Army has put online for perusal. These include:

The Coast Artillery Journal, 1922-1948;

The Antiaircraft Journal, 1948-1954;

And a variety of Air Defense Artillery magazine, 1976-2006, as well as Air Defense ArtilleryYearbooks 1988-2004 and Air Defense Trends, 1969-1975.

They make for some interesting reading; if nothing else, you might discover that the Army, not the Navy, was once responsible for anti-satellite operations. Makes you wonder where that rogue satellite would have been intercepted were that still true today, doesn’t it?

Published in: Geekiness, General, History, Security | on February 25th, 2008 | Comments Off on Artillery, 1922 – 2006

Friday FOIA Stuff

Yes, it’s Friday, which means it’s time for another edition of Friday FOIA Stuff. What with one thing and another, I didn’t get the chance to make a post last Friday, so this covers updates to the gripping saga of my ongoing attempts to wheedle interesting “records” from various government bodies here and abroad.

For two weeks’ time, I’m afraid there’s not a whole lot to report…
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Published in: General | on February 22nd, 2008 | Comments Off on Friday FOIA Stuff

“Iraqi” Cessna in Florida – Updated

The “Iraqi” airplane which made an emergency landing late last night in rural Florida turns out to be a single-engine Cessna. Nobody is really saying much, except that pictures aren’t allowed, by “order of the Department of Defense”. Hmmn… Interesting, no?

Even more interesting is that an intrepid reporter got photos anyway (go to the “photo gallery” link); they show a light-grey Cessna with discrete black markings near the tail – and a bunch of other markings on the fuselage, which have been covered with paper, some kind of metallic foil, and tape. Not just any tape, mind you – look at that last link, and you’ll see the silver foil covering some large marking on the fuselage is attached with red tape marked “evidence”.

Hinky shennanigans going on in Florida? You be the judge!

Update – The aircraft in question – YI-138 – appears to be one of 18 Cessna C-172s recently “delivered” to the Iraqi Air Force. An earlier aircraft (YI-131) in similar markings can be seen on this page. Why our government is being so hush-hush about the whole incident, I have no idea…

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on February 21st, 2008 | Comments Off on “Iraqi” Cessna in Florida – Updated

Two Years for Qwest Vandal

Ian McCombs was sentenced the other day to two years in jail for his part in last year’s vandalism of Qwest telephone pedestals, which disrupted phone and internet service to thousands. Assuming good behavior – and typically lenient handling of his still-unresolved parole violations – whose original offenses had “stayed” terms of 21 and 33 months incarceration – he’ll probably be out in half that, and back to his usual tricks.

Well, on the bright side, he’ll almost certainly be in jail during the RNC convention this September, so I suppose he’s one less potential problem authorities have to worry about…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on February 21st, 2008 | Comments Off on Two Years for Qwest Vandal

“Iraqi” Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing – in Florida?

Some few, tantalizing details are coming out about a “military” airplane in Iraqi markings which made an emergency landing in rural Florida this afternoon. DHS says it’s a military contractor, not an actual, you know, Iraqi airplane – and a spokesperson from the local sheriff’s office describes the details as “classified”, while hinting that (our) military is involved.

Worth keeping an eye on, in the next few days…

(What are “Iraqi markings” for their Air Force these days, anyway? Still the big equilateral triangle?)

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on February 20th, 2008 | Comments Off on “Iraqi” Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing – in Florida?