Exclusive Look at FBI’s New Sentinel System: gManZboy writes: “Six years and $450 million into the project, the FBI’s Sentinel case-management system appears to be almost ready for deployment. Sentinel aims to replace a hodge-podge of digital and paper processes with purely digital workflows, helping FBI agents collaborate and “connect the dots” on investigations. The question now is how well the problem-plagued system will live up to those expectations. FBI CIO Chad Fulgham demonstrated Sentinel for InformationWeek on March 28, the first time the agency has shown its new case-management system to an outsider. ‘This isn’t just a case-management system. It’s a great platform to grow on,’ Fulgham said during the demo at FBI headquarters. The agency’s IT team plans to move other apps over to Sentinel, giving them a similar look and feel on the same underlying hardware.” [Slashdot/samzenpus/01 Apr 2012]
Brochure war — Israel’s Assassination of Gazan Leader Lays Groundwork for Iran Attack: …What did Israel gain by attacking Gaza? Israeli anti-Occupation activist Professor Neve Gordon wrote in Al Jazeera English that Israel deliberately provoked the Gaza response because it wished to test its new Iron Dome anti-missile system.
…Gaza has been a regular testing ground for new Israeli weapons systems, much as the Spanish Civil War was used by the German military prior to World War II. The IDF tests its most advanced weaponry under battlefield conditions using Gazans as guinea pigs. This, in turn, allows Israel both to use the weapons in other theaters of battle and to promote the systems when they are sold to foreign buyers. [truth-out.org/Richard Silverstein/01 Apr 2012]
Israel places high-profile prisoner in solitary: Jerusalem (CNN) — Israel has placed high-profile prisoner Marwan Barghouti in solitary confinement following his public call for Palestinians to participate in popular resistance against Israel’s occupation of lands Palestinians claim, the Israeli Prisons Authority said Monday.
Israeli Prisons Authority representative Sivan Weizman said Barghouti had been placed in isolation for a period of seven days following the publication of a letter last week “that called on Palestinians to take action against Israel.”
The letter was considered incitement, she said.
In addition to the period of solitary confinement, Barghouti will not be allowed visitors for 30 days, she said.
Last week Barghouti released 17-point letter from prison outlining what he said was a new strategy aimed at achieving Palestinian statehood.
Among his suggestions, Barghouti called on the Palestinian Authority to halt its security coordination with Israel in the West Bank. [CNN/Kevin Flower/02 Apr 2012]
Van Jones: As a Black Parent, I Don’t Know How To Protect My Sons: On This Week, there was a panel discussion on the Trayvon Martin case, as there probably was on every Sunday show this week. It’s somewhat ironic that most shows left the discussion to white men, who naturally understand what it feels like to walk down the street, unarmed, with some candy and iced tea and be looked at sideways like they’re about to start a riot or rob the little old lady down the street. At least ABC saw fit to have Van Jones join their panel to talk about the Trayvon Martin case.
As it turned out, the discussion was less important than the illustration in many ways. Here’s what George Will had to say:
WILL: Well, precisely. I mean, this is why we have what’s called due process. We have institutions that are juries and grand juries and prosecutors who are supposed to look at the evidence and come up with the answer.
The root fact is, though, Mr. Jones, that about 150 black men are killed every week in this country. And 94 percent of them by other black men.
And this is — this episode has been forced into a particular narrative to make it a white-on-black when “The New York Times” rather infamously now decided that Mr. Zimmerman was a white Hispanic, a locution (ph) that was not — was rare until then, and I think they abandoned by Friday.
Before I get to Mr. Jones’ response to this, I want to highlight why this is exactly the problem. You have George Will walking completely past the facts in THIS case in order to justify the frightened white guy shooting the unarmed black guy because there are so many cases where blacks kill blacks.
There is no equivalent there. Yes, it’s tragic that there are killings like that, but it misses the entire point of the Trayvon Martin case and makes a hollow, intellectually dishonest attempt to ignore the fact of racial profiling and racial judgments made every day by cops and citizens alike. It ignores the “otherness” factor, which Van Jones brought right back around to the forefront, thankfully. [crooksandliars/karoli/01 Apr 2012]