May 052011
 
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It’s been over two weeks since I last posted anything about the census story. Apologies for that, there’s been a lot happening and I’ve been holding back somewhat. The next post will be about some recent media reporting about CACI and the Irish Census, but in the meantime, to fill in some of the blanks, I want to share this story with you.

First off though, I should mention that we are in the early stages of producing a documentary about this story and the larger issue of the role private companies play in the military industrial complex. As an apparently neutral country, Ireland has many links in this war machine. The obvious thing we will be looking at is the involvement of war contractors in censuses around the world and we will look at the bigger picture of war profiteering. We welcome any input you may have. (email mc AT itison DOT tv)

Now on to a comic tale…

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Apr 092011
 
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Twas the night before the census, when all through the country,
There was hardly an air of aware, about the war contractor.
The land of Ireland had enough on it’s mind to be worrying,
About the unknown knowns.

This is the last story before census day tomorrow. Thank you to everyone for sharing the information here. Please keep it up for this one. By the way, the storified stories here enable you to embed the full stories onto other blogs. Bloggers, I encourage you do to so to help spread the news.

I will be back next week with a summary of the last five weeks.

Here we go again…
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Apr 082011
 

Earlier today I interviewed Gerard Bradley of the CSO. He was very helpful in answering my questions and I want to thank him again for doing this. The duration is 13 minutes altogether and includes his call back to me at the end where he clarifies some things.

MP3 is here…

http://www.itison.net/audion/20110408-CSO-interview.mp3

Apr 052011
 
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The census requires us to truthfully answer personal questions about our lives. As you will hopefully know by now, the CSO have being employing a company called CACI to work on our censuses since 2002. CACI have a sullied name due to their involvement in interrogation in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and have been accused of torture in 260 cases brought against them so far. They now claim immunity from questioning on these matters, granted to them by the US government, as they are considered part of the military chain of command.

What answers have the CSO got for the questions about this from members of the public?
We took a trip to their secure census premises in Swords, Co. Dublin to find out…

[EDIT 20110406 0724]
I made this a bit shorter but the original is still available here on Youtube for the moment.

Mar 292011
 
anatomy of terror

Since the last collection of stories there is still a general lack of awareness from the general public about this issue. This is largely due to the silence of politicians and journalists. As a storyteller, I again compile some information for you here..

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