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Jun 13 10:22

5 REASONS TO QUESTION THE OFFICIAL STORY OF THE ORLANDO SHOOTING

FBI Foreknowledge, ISIS Sympathies, Taliban Ties

What may at first sound like an instance of senseless violence, brings with it a number of other questions. For instance, the FBI was already well aware of Mateen and his connections to radical jihad and terrorism. According to CNN’s article, “50 Killed in Florida Nightclub, Shooter Pledged ISIS Allegiance,” two officials tell CNN that the FBI had investigated Mateen at some point for possibly having ties to or sympathizing with Islamic extremism. A law enforcement official said there were two cases opened involving Mateen but the probes didn’t result in enough evidence to charge him with anything.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the LGBT community in Orlando and beyond: you are all absolutely in my prayers, and this massacre should never have been allowed to happen, period, end of discussion.

And the FBI?!? It should now be known as the Federal Bureau of Idiocy; the Federal Bureau of Intimidation; the Federal Bureau of Incompetency; or the Federal Bureau of Impotence.

Take your pick.

Functioning intelligence agencies, which actually CAN protect the people of their respective countries around the world, are collectively shaking their heads on this.

Please note that this agency, and this entire government, under President Obama's watch, couldn't (or wouldn't) protect you from this act of terror, even though the FBI had interviewed this guy several times.

And remember; so-called "gun free zones" create soft targets for bad guys to hit.

Just look at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Chicago, also an allegedly "gun-free zone". As reported this morning by chicago.cbslocal.com this morning on last weekend's gun violence:

Seven people were killed and at least 35 others — including a 5-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday night and Monday morning.

So, after the horrific numbness starts to lift; after the last memorial services are done to commemorate the fallen; after the last candles go out; and and after the last flowers are placed in loving memory of those whose lives got snuffed out, you, and we, need to delve deep into some kick-ass logic....

And there are a couple of terribly uncomfortable questions you have to ask yourself, when something like this happens in this country and beyond: who benefits from this tragedy, and how are they going to spin this?!?!?

Of course, there will be a demand for more stringent gun control in this country, but that never, ever affects the bad people, who are going to use guns to get what they want anyway.

The US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan has gone from bad to worse; will this be used as the "justification" for yet more US blood and money spent in this hubristic war of conquest, which has gone so horribly badly?!?

Right now, I would not bet against this; but only time will tell.

But in the meanwhile, to the members of the LGBT community in Orlando and beyond: I would strongly caution you to choose not to continue to be potential victims.

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was written into the Bill of Rights by people who understood the evil and misery which could be caused by governmental overreach, and the need for a population to be able to protect itself against that, or the evil madness of someone coming to hurt you, or people you care about, as happened in in Orlando.

Buy a licensed firearm, and get trained in how to use it effectively and responsibly.

Because let's be clear here; one person, with a concealed carry permit, could have prevented the scope of damage which happened here in a heartbeat; far fewer would have been killed, or injured.

Through this incident, United States Government has demonstrated, beyond a reasonable doubt, that it is completely incapable of protecting you.

Jun 13 09:34

Russia Is Developing Gliders That "Guarantee Penetration" Of Any Missile Defense System

The launching of the European missile defense system (Aegis) by the United States in May has repeatedly been criticized by Russia as an attempt by the US to take away first mover advantage in the event that the US ever decided to attack.

While Russia has already indicated that the deployment of of Iskander missile systems would be one certain response to neutralize the the anti-ballistic missile defense system, Russia has wasted no time in developing future responses.

Jun 13 08:42

Civilians Killed Fleeing Fallujah; 149 Killed Across Iraq

Security forces opened a relatively safe escape route out of southwest Fallujah. About 4,000 people are estimated to have used the al-Salam (Peace) Junction route since it was secured on Saturday.

Jun 13 07:56

BREAKING: Top Obama Gov Official IS GOING TO PRISON!

It’s no secret that President Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs (VA) agency has not treated our veterans well.

Long lines and secret waiting lists have resulted in the deaths of countless veterans. The same men and women who risk their lives and survived war have been mistreated and allowed to die by greedy Obama VA bureaucrats.

Now, there is some justice… The former head of of the VA in Cleveland will be sentenced to prison for years!

Jun 13 07:27

(UNBELIVEABLE) Hillary Clinton laughs about possible war against iran


"The best thing that could happen to us is be attacked by somebody because it would unify us and legitimize the regime... We're going to provoke an attack because then we will be in power for as long as anyone can imagine".

Jun 13 07:24

How Hillary Clinton Is Responsible For Civil War In Ukraine and The Possible War With Russia

Jun 12 15:34

Only 10 Countries in the Entire World Are Not Currently at War

A troubling report by the Institute for Economics and Peace found a mere ten nations on the planet are not at war and completely free from conflict. According to the Global Peace Index 2016, only Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam are free from conflict. Iceland tops the list of most peaceful countries in the world, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and Slovenia — while the United States ranked far lower, at 103. Palestine, placed in the index of 163 nations for the first time this year, ranked 148th.

Jun 12 10:23

NATO begins Latvian stage of military drills in Baltic region

Member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have started a new phase of their International military drills in the Baltic states amid persisting tensions with Moscow.

Jun 12 08:11

Hitler vs (((Rothschild)))

All Wars Are (((Banker))) Wars!!!

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 11 15:18

What Four Syrian Refugee Children have Achieved for Humanity in Lebanon

Another consequence of the attention given to the case of the 4 Syrian refugee children being “bought” at Ramlet el Baida beach was to provoke a long delayed police action shutting down a Syrian refugee girls (and women) sex slave operation in Maameltein, the red-light district of Jounieh about twenty miles north of Beirut on Mediterranean coast

Jun 11 14:09

US Army Major Charged For Trying To Kill Muslims

A US Army officer has been arrested for trying to kill Muslim worshipers and making death threats against members of a mosque in North Carolina before they were going to pray in observance of the holy Ramadan, authorities say.

Jun 11 10:10

This Might Be Funny....by Charlie Reese

By Charlie Reese: A former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel.

This might be funny if it weren’t so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.........

Jun 11 07:42

French Forces Begin Construction of Military Base in Syria's Aleppo

According to a Kurdish source, French forces stationed in northern Syria have begun constructing a military base near the city of Kobani in Aleppo province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should be pointed out that Syria has not asked France, nor given permission, for a military base in Aleppo.

So, how would you feel if Mexico just decided to build a military base in Texas without permission from the US?

Jun 11 07:26

Turkey commanding Daesh near Syria’s Aleppo: Russia

Russia says Turkey’s military advisers are commanding Daesh terrorists operating around Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, which has been the scene of fierce fighting over the past few weeks.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that up to 2,000 militants are taking part in the Aleppo battle based on mass media reports.

“Journalists say Turkey’s military advisers are commanding them,” she said.

Jun 11 07:02

Bill Clinton Reportedly Took At Least 26 Trips On The 'Lolita Express,' Some Without Secret Service

Jun 11 06:58

Hillary Clinton is Evil! (REMIX)

Jun 11 06:54

Obama authorizes more military force in Afghanistan

'15 years later, lives lost, billions spent...'

Jun 11 05:31

Planetary Doom? The consequences of constant military and propaganda provocations against Russia — Paul Craig Roberts.

On the eve of World War II, the United States was still mired in the Great Depression and found itself facing war on two fronts with Japan and Germany. However bleak the outlook, it was nothing compared to the outlook today.

Jun 11 04:47

Why Israel is blocking access to its archives

Most of the files should have been accessible after 15 years, with the most top-secret documents locked away for up to 70 years. In many cases, Akevot says, the classified status of documents has expired, but they have still not been made public. Reasons for denial of access are rarely given.

In other instances, documents that were already declassified – some of them decades ago – have been re-sealed and are now unavailable.

Despite the mounting secrecy, historic war crimes are still coming to light.

Jun 10 13:20

Interview with Paul Craig Roberts: Vote for Clinton, vote for war

"What should we expect from a Hillary Clinton at the White House?" Reply: "War".

Jun 10 12:59

NEW NATION, LONG WAR

Rebel forces in southern Sudan began using child soldiers long before seceding from Sudan in 2011. The United States, on the other hand, passed a law in 2008 that banned providing military assistance to nations that use child soldiers. The law was called the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, or CSPA, but after South Sudan’s independence, the White House issued annual waivers that kept aid flowing to the world’s newest nation despite its use of child soldiers. President Obama stated in 2012 that the waiver that year was in “the national interest of the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone in the press needs to have the "male attributes" to challenge her on this issue of those waivers, allowing South Sudan to conscript child soldiers.

Please: don't listen to what Clinton says in her campaign speeches; after all, it was President Obama in 2008, who said, publicly, that she would say ANYTHING in order to get elected.

Rather, look at the history of her actions at the State Department and as New York State Senator: she supported the disastrous war in Iraq; the assassination of Qaddafi in Libya; and created an absolute fiasco of the alleged "Reset" with Russia.

IS this REALLY the person we want running our country?!?

Jun 10 12:58

Hillary Clinton’s Project For A New American Century

Here we go again. Earlier this year, some were surprised to see Project For The New American Century (PNAC) co-founder and longtime DC fixture Robert Kagan endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

They shouldn’t have been. As is now clear from a policy paper [PDF] published last month, the neoconservatives are going all-in on Hillary Clinton being the best vessel for American power in the years ahead.

The paper, titled “Expanding American Power,” was published by the Center for a New American Security, a Democratic Party-friendly think tank co-founded and led by former Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy. Flournoy served in the Obama Administration under Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and is widely considered to be the frontrunner for the next secretary of defense, should Hillary Clinton become president.

Jun 10 12:23

U.S. Weighing Whether to Go After More Targets in Afghanistan

The Obama administration is considering a plan that would allow the U.S. military to strike more targets with fewer restrictions throughout Afghanistan, officials told NBC News on Thursday.

A senior U.S. official said active discussions are under way to give U.S. forces new authority to strike Taliban fighters simply for being part of the Taliban.

Under current authority, they may carry out strikes only in self-defense, to protect Afghan forces deemed to be in imminent danger or to target al Qaeda and ISIS.

A senior defense official said the military has been "advocating" to expand its mandate, noting that the Taliban made significant advances last year and that Afghan forces couldn't keep up.

Targeting Taliban assets in general could help Afghan forces take back territory, particularly in Helmand and Oruzgan provinces, where the Taliban have shifted much of their effort recently, this official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why in the name of all that's holy, are we still in Afghanistan?!?

I would like to politely remind both the civilian and military leadership in this country that it is NOT characterized as "the graveyard of empires" for no particular reason.

And aerial strikes to "neutralize" alleged Taliban members (no due process, no day in court, of course) is only going to antagonize more young men into becoming jihadists.

How many military personnel have we lost here?!?

As reported at watson.brown.edu:

The number of United States troops who have died fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had passed 6,800 at the beginning of 2015. They died in a host of ways. The causes of death include rocket-propelled grenade fire and the improvised explosive devices that have been responsible for roughly half of all deaths and injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their deaths were also the result of vehicle crashes, electrocutions, heatstroke, friendly fire, and suicides in theater. Official Pentagon numbers do not include the many troops who return home and kill themselves as a result of psychological wounds such as PTSD. The DOD does not report suicides among non-active duty reservists. However, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released data on suicides among all veterans, in a comprehensive February 2013 report. The VA issued a public statement that it is using this data in order to implement rigorous suicide prevention measures. The military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have also produced fatalities among large numbers of private contract workers. A full and accurate accounting of contractor deaths has not yet been done by the Pentagon. Over 6,900 contractors working for the US have been killed in the two war zones. The true number is likely much larger: the majority of US contractors are the citizens of other countries, many of whose deaths appear not to have been reported.

How much has the US government spent on the Afghanistan war?!?

According to time.com in January of 2015, the cost has been Afghanistan has cost $685.6 billion to that date.

AND FOR WHAT, PLEASE?!? How am I, or any of the people reading this blog, more "safe and secure", for this war having dragged on as it has, over the last 14 years?!?

Has this brought "democracy" to the Afghani people?!?

No. The "elections" here have been pretty much a rubber stamp of whatever US-Centric thug the US government wanted in power.

Have we managed to help the Afghanis improve their economy?

As reported last February in an article in antiwar.com, the following statement was quoted by Peter Van Buren:

Hey, did you wake up today wondering what was going on in Afghanistan, America’s 51st state, you know, the one we’ve been occupying for over 14 years, that one where thousands of Americans have died and where thousands still serve? Yeah, that Afghanistan. Sure, of course, I can be more specific. But better let the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) tell the tale, via it released its thirtieth Quarterly Report to Congress. The quarterly report notes: Despite more than a decade of reconstruction and development efforts, the Afghan economy remains in fragile and worsening condition. Intractable insurgents, cutbacks in foreign military personnel, persistent emigration of people and capital, and a slowing global economy are shifting Afghanistan’s economic prospects from troubling to bleak.

So can someone in the US government please tell me, with a straight face, why the hell we are still here?!?

The answers here are both clear, and disturbing, and involve corporate greed; the pathological inabilities of the US government and military to admit they made a mistake; and the incredible flow of heroin from opium poppies, the cultivation of which is booming in present day Afghanistan, courtesy of the US and NATO occupation.

Private mercenary firms, such as Academi, have been making a killing (literally, and figuratively), with contracts for services like training Afghani security forces from 2002 through 2014 (and we have seen just how well THAT has gone).

Has this government never heard of performance-based pay?!? Why was Academi allowed to continue with its services, when the outcome of those services was so abysmally lousy, that even with the US, NATO and Afghan forces working against them, the Taliban are gaining ground?!?

IBM has also made a great deal of money through its mandate to "stabilize" Afghanistan by facilitating private investment in its vast mineral wealth."

Bluntly put, this war has neither improved the security, nor the quality of life for the American people; it has been a meat grinder through which elite corporatists and druglords have been able to make obscene amounts of money.

Those military who were killed outright, or maimed for life, were only "collateral damage" in the eyes of these people, and irrelevant.

In my eyes, these military are neither collateral damage nor irrelevant; they were people with lives, lives that mattered, thrown into a war based on a pack of lies.

It has been a 14 year mistake that can only be remedied by the US and NATO withdrawing their forces as quickly as would be safe.

And now would be a pretty damned good time to start that process, thank you very much.

Since that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld will never be prosecuted for lying this country into a war, which has broken this country both morally and fiscally, the withdrawal of US and NATO troops is the best outcome we can hope for now.

Jun 10 11:40

What pushes the US towards war with Russia?

First of all the US does not have a media. It has a ministry of propaganda. The media in the US is a function of the military security complex and of neoconservatives, and their ideology is world hegemony. That means American control of the entire world includes Russia and China. The neoconservative ideology says that history chose America to be the empire to rule the world. That is why they say that the United States is an indispensable country, and that the American people are the exceptional people. So, what you have here is the same ideology as Adolf Hitler. No one else matters.

There are the efforts of neoconservatives to destabilize Russia. This is the reason for Georgia and Ukraine. This is the reason for military activities on the part of the US and NATO on the Russia’s borders. This is an effort in part to destabilize the Russian government, but the neoconservatives are preparing to take this all away to war.

Jun 10 11:21

SDF Kills 50 ISIS Terrorists and US Kills 30 civilians in and Around Manbij

In past 36 hours Heavy fighting between Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS around strategic city of Menbej 50 ISIS terrorist killed and 75 villages and farms came under control of SDF, SOHR anounced based from reliable sources.

The US Attacks resulted in the death of a woman and four of her children, and injured her husband, which rise the number of civilians killed by the international coalition’s warplanes since the beginning of the operations on areas around the city and its countryside to 30 persons, including 11 children and four citizen women.

Jun 10 11:16

Syrian Army just 20 kilometers from Tabqa Airbase – Raqqa map update

US backed forces are retreating.Syrian forces with a wall of Russian airpower are advancing towards Raqqa.

Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the Sfaiyeh crossroad after clashing with ISIS in western Raqqa province; the Sfaiyeh intersection leads directly north to Tabqa Airbase. The advance was spearheaded by the Desert Hawks Brigade and Syrian Marines, who were assisted by the SAA’s 555th Regiment of the 4th Mechanized Division.

The SAA also seized the adjacent Sfaiyeh oil field and its electrical station.

Jun 10 10:23

MOSCOW WARNS OF PROMPT RESPONSE AFTER US SENDS DESTROYER TO BLACK SEA

Having sent not one but two aircraft carriers into the Mediterranean in what, as we reported yesterday, was meant to be a "clear message to Russia", the US decided to further antagonize Russia when on Monday it sent the US destroyer Porter in the Black Sea "for a series of drills with allies and forces of partner nations in what the United States called a routine deployment", the US Navy announced. To be sure, the US Navy was quite clear about its intentions with these deployments: “It provides some needed presence in the Med to check…the Russians,” the official said. “The unpredictability of what we did with Truman kind of makes them think twice.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question one has to ask is, why is the US government confronting Russia militarily in an election year?!?

The answers are complex, but the following scenarios are hardly improbable.

First, the US economy is in a tailspin, except for the fortunes of the 1 percenters.

Under President Obama's watch, decently paying jobs, which used to be the bedrock of a comfortable, middle-class existence, continue to be offshored and outsourced, leaving many Americans with no choice but to be working several minimum wage jobs, if they can get them, and running further and further into personal debt.

To say that there is a lot of anger and resentment on this issue, in the heartland, is like saying that the Titanic hit a little bit of ice.

So if in fact there is a war against Russia and/or China before the election, it will have been very cynically created, in order to attempt to misdirect Americans' anger at the horrific economic conditions in which so many find themselves toward those two nations.

Secondly, internal polling by the White House may indicate that Trump could well pull off a miracle, and soundly win the 2016 election, even with all of the vote fraud and vote suppression the Democrats can muster.

Should this happen, the Establishment will want to pile on as much pain and misery on the Trump Administration as humanly possible, by initiating a war with which Trump must contend, even before he has taken the oath of office, and perhaps deliberately crashing the economy just as hard as they can before he becomes President.

Thirdly, should Clinton win/steal the election, she very much wants to be perceived as a "war president"; the smell of blood (other people's, of course) is the ultimate aphrodisiac of power for her.

Expect her to recklessly declare war against Russia and China, as her first act as President, rather than looking for any possible way of diffusing geopolitical tensions with both countries.

Look for her to reinstitute the draft; and if there is any major public protest against such wars, look for her to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and declare martial law.

After all, her good friends on Wall Street, and in the banking industry, will be making billions from such activities; and for her, money isn't everything: it is the only thing.

I would, frankly, hate to be the military strategists and weapons specialists who, ultimately, will have to tell her that the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

Clinton should be getting educated on these issues now, but in her hubris, believes she will have "plenty of time" to be schooled on these once she has taken the Oath of Office; she absolutely does not have the luxury of time at all, if she is looking at winning a war against Russia and/or China.

Jun 09 20:56

Only 10 Countries in the Entire World Are Not Currently at War

A troubling report by the Institute for Economics and Peace found a mere ten nations on the planet are not at war and completely free from conflict. According to the Global Peace Index 2016, only Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam are free from conflict. Iceland tops the list of most peaceful countries in the world, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and Slovenia — while the United States ranked far lower, at 103. Palestine, placed in the index of 163 nations for the first time this year, ranked 148th.

Jun 09 18:26

Terrorism as Pretext for Intervention in Middle East

In order to understand the hype surrounding the phenomena of Islamic radicalism and terrorism, we need to understand the prevailing global economic order and its prognosis. What the pragmatic economists have forecasted about the free market capitalism has turned out to be true; whether we like it or not. A kind of global economic entropy has set into motion. The money is flowing from the area of high monetary density to the area of low monetary density. The rise of the BRICS countries in the 21st century is the proof of this tendency. BRICS are growing economically because the labor in developing economies is cheap; labor laws and rights are virtually nonexistent; expenses on creating a safe and healthy work environment are minimal; regulatory framework is lax; expenses on environmental protection are negligible; taxes are low; and in the nutshell, windfalls for the multinational corporations are huge

Jun 09 12:40

US Official: Russia Could Overrun Reinforced NATO Forces Within 60 Hours

Despite NATO’s intense military buildup in Eastern Europe, the largest since World War II, US officials warn that, in the event of an invasion, alliance forces could be overwhelmed by Russia in less than three days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason not to start a war!

Jun 09 09:22

NATO Exercises Encircling Russia: U.S. Might be Sleepwalking into a Doomsday Scenario

As U.S. destroyers and warships enter the Black Sea for the first time since the Cold War, NATO's ten-day military exercises encircling Russia threatens peace in Europe says Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at University of Kent

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's the whole point!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 09 08:41

EXTENDING AMERICAN POWER Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order

Over the course of the last year, a group of current and former government officials, strategists, and scholars spanning the political spectrum met for a monthly dinner series through the Center for a New American Security’s “Extending American Power” project, co-chaired by Dr. Robert Kagan and the Hon. James P. Rubin. The goal of the series was to bring together a bipartisan group to help shape the national conversation on America’s role in the world during the run-up to the presidential election in November 2016. The group convened multiple times to discuss a range of regional and functional issues from the Middle East to Asia to the international economy. At a time when partisanship in the American political establishment has reached unprecedented heights, CNAS believes it is more important than ever to rebuild the national consensus on America’s role in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "Center for a New American Security" smells like the old "Project for the New American Century" with a new coat of paint!

Robert Kagan, the current co-chair of CNAS, was a co-founder of PNAC along with William Kristol!

Certainly the agenda is the same, global domination by the United States through perpetual war!

Jun 09 07:17

US-Japan Sign Historic Defense Cooperation Deal to Counter China’s Reach

The deal that Tokyo has long resisted threatens to intensify regional tensions and may come at a big cost to American workers and the US military-industrial complex.

Jun 09 07:14

Why NATO's Growing Presence in Black Sea Won't Change the Strategic Balance

On Tuesday, warning that the North Atlantic Alliance seems to be looking to up the ante of NATO-Russian confrontation in the Black Sea, Russian NATO envoy Alexander Grushko emphasized that the body of water will never become "NATO's Lake." Speaking to a leading independent Russian online newspaper, military experts explained why this is the case.

Jun 09 07:14

‘Graphic representation of capability’: 2 US aircraft carrier groups deployed in Med

Deployment of a second US air carrier in the Mediterranean has been called to deter a Russian task force deployed in the region, a US official told the Wall Street Journal.

“It provides some needed presence in the Med to check…the Russians,” a military official in Washington told the WSJ. “The unpredictability of what we did with Truman kind of makes them think twice,” he said, noting that the new deployment demonstrates that the US Navy can be agile and adaptive.

Jun 08 23:05

Tactical missile complex "Tochka-U"

The Russians are using these against Al Nusra in Aleppo tonight.

Published on Nov 26, 2012
TRC "Point" is designed to engage point for small targets deep in the enemy's defense: ground-based reconnaissance-strike complexes, control of various arms, parking of aircraft and helicopters, reserve troops, munitions storage facilities, fuel and other supplies.
The two first Guided Missile Launch "Point" was produced in 1971 officially adopted in 1975 had a complex range of 15 to 70 km and the average deviation of the circular 250 m in 1989, began to come into service a modified set of "point -U. " The main difference is its greater range and accuracy.
Complex "Tochka-U" was used extensively in the first and second Chechen campaign, and was also used during the fighting in South Ossetia in 2008

Jun 08 22:29

Video: Russian Fighter Jets Overnight Strike on Nusra Positions in Northern Aleppo

The Russians are launching massive strikes across Syria tonight. Even using Tochka ballistic missiles fired from the Russian airbase.

The Russian fighter jets have bombed heavily the Nusra terrorist groups' concentration centers in the Northern parts of Aleppo, destroying terrorists' gatherings and ammunition depots.

Jun 08 22:19

Russia unleashes massive bombardment on Islamist rebels in western Aleppo

Around midnight, the rebel-held town of Darat Izza (western Aleppo) was struck by two long-range Russian ballistic missiles, fired from positions at Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia.

The missiles were of the type ‘OTR-21 Tochka’, a fierce long-range artillery weapon first developed during the 1980’s Soviet era.

Locals in Idlib were in awe at the sight and photograped one of the missiles mid-air:

Jun 08 19:03

US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

The FAA has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warning [PDF] that on June 7, GPS readouts will be unreliable or nonexistent for 253 nautical miles (291 miles) at 50 feet above sea level, for 340NM (391 miles) at 4,000 feet, and for 375NM (431 miles) at 10,000 feet, covering a huge area of very busy airspace. The above map shows the Los Angles Basin, the San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas in Nevada are among the areas affected in some way. In addition, the FAA is warning pilots flying the Embraer Phenom 300, one of the world's most popular executive jet aircraft, that the testing could interfere with flight stability controls and has said extra care should be taken in the area.

Jun 08 15:58

The US military just crashed 2 more jets, bring to 6 jets crashed in the last 12 days.

Two F-16 fighter pilots ejected safely when their jets collided over Georgia late Tuesday

The U.S. Coast Guard responded off the North Carolina coast Thursday morning after receiving reports of an in-air mishap between two jets.

Last Thursday a pilot with the Navy's elite Blue Angels squadron was killed in Tennessee — Just hours after an Air Force Thunderbird pilot was forced to eject from his jet in Colorado.

Jun 08 15:48

Calling Out Drone War As A War Crime

Leading the charge against the U.S. “drone war” — now a key part of the Pentagon’s forward fighting strategy — is an unlikely individual, Colonel Ann Wright, who spent most of her adult life as a diplomat, working in the U.S. State Department.

Jun 08 15:32

All Smoke, No Mirrors: Appearance Vs Reality In Drone Strikes

In 2009, a reported 27,000 people were employed in the public relations wing of the Pentagon (AP). I presume that there are even more today. Their job, as is true of every state-funded Ministry of Propaganda, is to win over “hearts and minds”, while the rest of the institution focuses on homicide.

Jun 08 15:29

Beijing calls on Washington to halt spy flights over East China Sea

Beijing has called on Washington to halt its surveillance flights over the East China Sea after Chinese jets intercepted a US flight in the region.

Jun 08 14:41

Two US F-16s Crash After Mid-Air Collision

Two American F-16 warplanes have crashed over eastern Georgia after a mid-air collision during “routine night-flying operations.”

The incident occurred on Tuesday night, when at around 9:15 pm the South Carolina Air National Guard jets collided over a military area in Jefferson County, Georgia and then hit the ground, the South Carolina Air National Guard stated on Facebook.

Jun 08 14:21

Roseanne Barr for Trump: Illegal Immigrants Get Benefits ‘Our Own Veterans Don’t Get’

Actress-comedian Roseanne Barr praised Republican Donald Trump, blasted Democrat Hillary Clinton and expressed doubts about the American political system in a wide-ranging interview with the Hollywood Reporter this week.

“I think we would be so lucky if Trump won,’ the 67-year-old Roseanne star told THR on the eve of the California primary. “Because then it wouldn’t be Hillary.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree. If the November ballot has Clinton and Godzilla, the lizard gets my vote!

Jun 08 13:33

British Police Training Saudis Amid Torture Fears: Documents

British police are training Saudi officers to use high-tech detection skills despite concerns that they have led to suspects being tortured.

Senior British MPs called Tuesday for the suspension of the controversial program by the College of Policing.

Jun 08 11:39

Blair Blame Game: Ex-PM Prepares Iraq War Excuses Ahead Of Chilcot Report

Former PM Tony Blair will respond to the Chilcot report on the legality of the 2003 Iraq invasion by arguing the Middle East state was devastated by Iran, Al-Qaeda and a powder keg of tribal animosity unleashed by Saddam’s removal, reports suggest.

Jun 08 10:55

Israel Wants A Peace Process, But Only If It’s Doomed To Fail

In a familiar muddying of the waters, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent the past week talking up peace while fiercely criticising Friday’s summit in France – the only diplomatic initiative on the horizon.

Jun 08 10:42

Silencing America as It Prepares for War

The 2016 election campaign is remarkable not only for the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders but also for the resilience of an enduring silence about a murderous self-bestowed divinity. A third of the members of the United Nations have felt Washington’s boot, overturning governments, subverting democracy, imposing blockades and boycotts. Most of the presidents responsible have been liberal – Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

Jun 08 10:33

NATO War Games Near Russia 'Pushing Humanity Towards World War III'

NATO has begun its Anaconda-16 war game, calling for the largest assembly of foreign forces in Poland since World War II.

Jun 08 10:01

Rehearsing for World War III

As I write this, US troops are building a bridge across Poland’s Vistula river, and conducting a nighttime helicopter assault to secure the eastern part of the country against a Russian assault.

Has World War III started? Well, not quite yet, although it’s not for want of trying.

Jun 08 09:18

Pentagon Defends Use Of Russian Rocket Engines As Matter Of National Security

The Pentagon has used budget, schedule and national security concerns to justify the use of Russian rocket engines as its most viable option, despite Sen. John McCain’s personal vendetta to limit dependency on Russian tech in space.

McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), has long since been proposing to get rid of reliance on Russian rocket engines, after the US retired its shuttle program in 2011.

Jun 08 09:13

Chinese fighter makes 'unsafe' intercept of US plane over East China Sea

Second high-speed encounter within weeks takes place as Washington warns Beijing against setting up air defence zone over disputed Asia-Pacific waters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the same US Government that declares no-fly zones all over the world!

Jun 08 08:16

US Failed To Part Rebels From Al-Nusra, Asks Not To Bomb Them – Lavrov

On Sunday night, Al Nusra front militants launched a new wave of attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has already been devastated by conflict.

Jun 08 03:00

In meeting with Orthodox, Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

NEW YORK (JTA) – There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday’s one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him. He’s a great friend of Israel. He has many Orthodox Jewish friends, including his chief lawyer, Jason D. Greenblatt. And he considers himself a very loyal boss.

But in a 20-minute question-and-answer session that touched on religious liberty in the workplace, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and federal education tax credits, Trump offered scant details.

On some substantive policy questions, the Republican front-runner for president didn’t answer at all, instead delegating the question to Greenblatt, a real estate attorney from Teaneck, New Jersey — one of two people he said he’d appoint as his White House Israel policy advisers.

More at:
http://www.jta.org/2016/04/14/news-opinion/politics/in-meeting-with-or...

Jun 07 17:58

Rand Paul Honors Muhammad Ali By Introducing Bill To End Selective Service

By Derrick Broze

United States Senator Rand Paul has announced that he will introduce a new bill to end the practice of registering for Selective Service for the military.

On Monday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul announced that he will be filing legislation designed to end the requirement for registration for Selective Service. Senator Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said he would introduce a bill titled “The Muhammad Ali Voluntary Service Act” in honor of the recently deceased boxer who famously refused to be drafted into military service for the Vietnam War...

Jun 07 16:14

The Disturbing Truth Behind U.S. Drone Assassinations That The Government Tried To Keep Secret

From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed—through secretive processes, without indictment or trial—deserving of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.

Jun 07 15:19

UK Secretly Upgrading Trident, Developing Warhead: Report

The UK has been secretly upgrading its arsenal of Trident nuclear weapons and is working on a new warhead, a report shows.

The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is running a program to produce a more powerful and accurate nuclear warhead called the “Mark4A,” the Nuclear Information Service (NIS), a London-based research body, reported Tuesday.

Jun 07 15:03

When Phoenix Came To Thanh Phong: Bob Kerrey And War Crimes As Policy In Vietnam

By now everybody knows that former Senator Bob Kerrey led a seven-member team of Navy Seals into Thanh Phong village in February 1969, and murdered in cold blood more than a dozen women and children.

Jun 07 15:03

'US Humvees Perfect Vehicle For Daesh Bombs'

The Daesh Takfiri terrorists have been repurposing US military Humvees in Iraq, turning them into improvised car bombs.

Of the thousands of the armored vehicles supplied by the US to Iraqi security forces, some 2,300 or two-thirds of them have fallen into the hands of the terror group, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Jun 07 13:30

Iraq War Made Tony Blair ‘Defensive, Awkward, Self-Conscious’ Individual – Ex-PM’s Ally

Criticism of his decision to invade Iraq in 2003 has “destabilized” Tony Blair, yet he is expected to come out “all guns blazing” when Sir John Chilcot publishes his long-delayed Iraq War Report on July 6, according to a close ally.

Jun 07 13:27

Obama’s Defense Of Hiroshima Mythology – RAI With Peter Kuznick

With vague language about evil in his Hiroshima speech, President Obama essentially defended the mythology that the nuclear attack “saved lives”.

Jun 07 11:07

‘Absurd’: Russian envoy to NATO ridicules allegations of plans to invade Poland

Russia has no plans whatsoever to attack Poland and any talk about such a scheme is both absurd and dangerous, Russian envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko has said.

Jun 07 10:06

US Forces Fighting Daesh Terorists 'Getting The Job Done'

A United States top military official is claiming gains in the campaign against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists, saying 16 targets have been hit in Iraq and Syria.

On Monday, US Navy fighter jets flew from an aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and dropped bombs on 16 new ISIL targets in the two Middle Eastern countries, Reuters reported.

Jun 07 09:43

In 1971, Ali Helped Expose the FBI’s Secret Murder Plots of Activists and Antiwar Disinformation

By Matt Agorist

As the mainstream media praises Muhammad Ali for his boxing career and Parkinson’s while only glossing over his antiwar bravery, there are untold stories of how this amazing man changed the world.

One of these such contributions manifested through a terrible loss during Ali’s fight against the darling of the military industrial complex — Joe Frasier. Although Ali would take one of the worst beatings of his career, his fight provided cover for a burglary that would expose the FBI’s secret spying, murder plots, and COINTELPRO that would change the world forever...

Jun 07 09:15

Canada's lone working submarine has stopped working again. (They bought their subs used from the Brits)

During a recent sail on board HMCS Windsor, the Star had a chance to see firsthand the complexities of running the diesel-electric subs.

News of the sub’s aborted Atlantic crossing comes as the federal government has dramatically boosted maintenance budget to keep the four submarines operational until 2023.

Higher than expected repair bills have forced Ottawa to add $900 million to the budget, bringing the total service contract to $2.6 billion until 2023.

Yet this latest problem means that none of Canada’s four submarines are mission-ready. HMCS Corner Brook is undergoing heavy maintenance, which is expected to take until 2018. Faulty welds will keep HMCS Chicoutimi and Victoria, both based in Esquimalt, B.C., out of operation for the foreseeable future.

Jun 07 07:39

Kurdish Forces Engage In HUGE Battle With ISIS…You Need To See The SHOCKING Ending

Kurdish soldiers, who have historically fought against ISIS since day one, posted a video of a battle between the two.

Jun 07 07:26

BEX ALERT - NATO shows Putin who's boss: 31,000 troops, tanks and jets from 24 countries begin the largest war game exercise in eastern Europe since the Cold War in response to Russian aggression

NATO has deployed 31,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and jets to take part in the biggest war game exercise in eastern Europe since the Cold War as it responds to Russian aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me see if I have this right. The US (aided by allies, many of whom who are members of NATO) has started military offensives against Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Mali, Uganda, Jordan, Cameroon, and is currently provoking China and Russia ... and Russia is the aggressor?!? Are you people on drugs?

Let's be honest, NATO is massing at the Russian borders! You don;t see Russian troops massing north of the US border with Canada or south of the US border with Mexico. You don;t see Russian aircraft carriers sailing around the Gulf of Mexico playing with their warplanes. We can see for yourselves who the aggressor is!

Jun 07 07:16

Is The New York Times On Dope?

The New York Times editorial board is supposed to be a beacon of enlightened opinion, a sort of oracle of thought for the readers of the most influential print news media ever drafted. 16 people inhabit those hallowed halls in New York City, 16 journalists from a wide swath of expertise. And “Vladimir Putin’s Dangerous Obsession” is their latest and greatest contribution to astute thinking, the best and most intellectually stimulating editorial these brilliant journalists could come up with. The latest damnable Russophobic, anti-Putin rant, from well paid political trolls, it’s a big-fat-lie. Sorry, but 16 pairs of pants are on fire right now, and here’s why.

Jun 07 07:08

Distributed Database Defence: Datos IO Delivers Its Distinctives

Datos IO has announced the launch of its RecoverX distributed database protection and recovery tool, designed, we’re told, to specifically protect against the sort of AWS outage in Sydney El Reg reported on Monday.

Enterprises, Datos IO declares, need dedicated cloud-native data protection to recover applications quickly and completely from disasters like this rainy washout.

Jun 07 07:07

Britain secretly upgrading its nukes without asking MPs - report

Britain is secretly upgrading its arsenal of Trident nuclear weapons and is developing an entirely new warhead, according to a report from the Nuclear Information Service (NIS). Controversially, Parliament is yet to consent to its renewal.

Jun 07 06:56

The Disturbing Truth Behind U.S. Drone Assassinations That The Government Tried To Keep Secret

From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed—through secretive processes, without indictment or trial—deserving of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.

Jun 07 06:55

Germany Preparing For War Against Russia

According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN says: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper. In advance of the paper’s publication, a harsh note of protest has been sent to Berlin: The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexei Puschkow, has posted the Twitter message: ‘The decision of the German government declaring Russia to be an enemy shows Merkel’s subservience to the Obama administration.’”

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 17:49

War and the health of the state

Wars are not for our freedom or patriotism or democracy, as we are propagandized. Wars are to kill and to benefit big business — which reaps massive profits from the killing and sacrifice of young men (lambs) on all sides of combat – and for the banksters.

Jun 06 15:42

Clinton Presidency Will Lead World To WWIII: Writer

If Hillary Clinton gets elected president of the United States, she would lead the world towards World War III, an American political analyst says.

Stephen Lendman, a writer, syndicated columnist, TV commentator, and radio show host in Chicago, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday, after Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, said her campaign has evidence that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump supported the 2003 Iraq war.

Jun 06 15:17

Western State Sponsored Terrorism: False Flags Spreading Islamophobia, Race and Religious Wars and New World Disorder

A lot of good stuff with a couple of poison the well BEX's thrown in. A good example of disinfo. 95% truth with some fairy tales thrown in.

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.”
Josef Stalin

Jun 06 13:46

Onslaught On ISIS: Kurdish-Led Forces Target ISIS Supply Route In Manbij

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue their offensive against the Islamic State in and around Manbij, north-east of Aleppo.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 06 12:47

John Pilger On The Threat Of World War Three (Going Underground)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the outcome of whoever wins the White House in November.

Jun 06 10:33

American Military Forces March In Lithuania

American forces have entered Lithuanian territories ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s annual military exercises in the Baltic states.

Convoys of American and NATO military vehicles performed the “Dragoon Ride II” tactical march Monday, which is designed to “demonstrate NATO forces’ freedom of movement along NATO interior lines.”

Jun 06 10:18

The U.S. Military Personnel’s Smoking Gun Documentation Regarding the Anthrax Vaccine

If readers thought information a CDC whistleblower revealed in the movie VAXXED was disturbingly shocking, absolutely regrettable, and pure scientific fraud, what you are about to learn regarding the Anthrax vaccines given to U.S. military personnel, plus how the U.S. government and armed services top brass reacted regarding Anthrax-vaccine injuries, aka “Gulf War Syndrome,” and subsequently neglected vaccine-damaged service people ought to have everyone in this country, regardless of your stand on vaccinations—and especially the U.S. Congress—literally “up in arms” demanding ALL vaccinations be stopped as “crimes against humanity.”

Readers won’t believe the in-person testimonials they hear! Furthermore, as mentioned in this Democracy Now 45 minute exposé “Direct Order”, even the Hitler regime didn’t do that to its military personnel!

Jun 06 09:44

US Military Wants India To Counter China’s Rise

The US military is reaching out to India for possible cooperation on counterbalancing China’s rise as a maritime power.

According to Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, Washington is looking to garner more support from India and other regional players to continue the so-called freedom-of-navigation patrols in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

Jun 06 07:44

Everyone’s Paying For America’s War on Russia, Including America

US sanctions aren’t just hurting everyone including the US, they are accomplishing nothing. The US State Department’s Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) notified readers of a diplomacy campaign by the United States aimed at “urging” Europe to maintain sanctions against Russia. While the US claims the necessity of these sanctions are self-evident and beneficial to the US and Europe, such campaigns would not be needed if that were truly the case.

Jun 06 07:34

27 Nations Set to Join RIMPAC Exercise in Hawaii, California

Brazil, Denmark, Germany and Italy will take part for the first time in the biennial RIMPAC, which is slated to begin June 30 and end Aug. 4, the Navy said Tuesday. China, which joined the exercise in 2014, will also participate.

This year's U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted drills -- which will focus on disaster relief, maritime security, sea control and complex warfighting -- will include 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.

Participating nations include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga and the United Kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is always impressive to look down on Pearl Harbor when RIMPAC is in progress!

Jun 06 07:29

South China Sea

Rumors of war – this time in the South China Sea. Washington appears – step by step – to be moving away from a policy of engagement with Beijing to one of confrontation. This is a policy approach counterproductive for all involved.

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Jun 06 07:29

‘Over 20 Religious Radicals’ Suspected In Attacks On Military HQ & Gun Shops In Aktobe, Kazakhstan

Several people were killed and injured by suspected Islamists, who stole weapons from gun shops and attacked a military base, the country’s Interior Ministry said. Earlier, local media reported firefights and mass evacuations in the city of Aktobe.

Jun 06 07:27

'It's Time to Leave NATO Now!' Europeans Launch New Anti-War Campaign

While NATO officials are preparing for a July summit in Warsaw, European social activists and prominent politicians have launched a new anti-NATO campaign, protesting against the bloc's nuclear buildup and anti-Russia provocations, French journalist Karel Vereycken told Sputnik.

Jun 05 18:02

US Military Personnel In Japan ‘Forces Of Occupation’: Analyst

Thousands of US forces stationed in various military bases across Japan are in fact forces of occupation with a mission to promote violence, says an American political commentator.

Don DeBar made the comments while discussing crimes committed by American forces in the East Asian country.

Jun 05 15:38

9/11's Conspiracy Trio Falling Apart

Alarmed by the willingness of its regional ally Saudi Arabia to question the official version of 9/11, Israel weighed in with New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer to place a “poison pill” in the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) bill that cleared the Senate in a unanimous vote. The bill would allow the families of the victims of foreign government-sponsored terrorism to sue the governments involved for damages. The law, which President Obama indicated he would veto, would lift “sovereign immunity” on countries like Saudi Arabia, thus making them liable for civil law suits. Schumer placed an amendment inside the JASTA bill that would allow Saudi Arabia to avoid law suits so long as the U.S. State and Justice Departments certified to the trial judge hearing any JASTA case that the two departments were making good faith efforts with the defendant country to resolve any issues bilaterally. Schumer’s amendment—the Stay of Actions Pending State Negotiations—would also allow the State and Justice Departments to seek from the court continual 180-day stays, thus killing any lawsuits indefinitely.

Israel is also concerned that it, too, could face lawsuits under the provisions of JASTA. WMR has previously reported that some of the footnotes in the classified 28 pages provide links that lead to Israeli involvement in 9/11. It is noteworthy that the Saudis are blaming the George W. Bush administration for carrying out 9/11 and are leaving Israel out of the equation. Schumer’s actions on behalf of the Saudis are a clear indication that the Saudi-Israeli alliance remains intact.

Jun 05 14:53

Retired Generals, Diplomats Warn Obama Against Troop Cuts

A group of retired US generals and senior diplomats has warned President Barack Obama that a planned drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan threatens to undercut Afghan security forces and bolster the Taliban.

The thirteen men, who oversaw US military and diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan, urged Obama in an open letter to maintain current US troop levels in that country through the end of his term.

Jun 05 13:59

Syria: Army enter Raqqa province in offensive to liberate IS-held Raqqa

Combat Footage

Published on Jun 4, 2016
Government troops made further gains into Raqqa province, Thursday, as a Russian backed military assault is underway to liberate the city of Raqqa, which under control of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Jun 05 13:54

Syrian army 'crosses into Raqqa province'

The Syrian army has crossed the boundary of Raqqa province after advancing in a major Russian-backed offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Heavy Russian air strikes hit ISIL-held territory in eastern areas of Hama province, near the boundary of Raqqa, on Friday to facilitate the Syrian army's advance, the UK-based SOHR said on Saturday.

Jun 05 13:46

US Navy To Develop Killer Lasers In Bid To Dominate Future Battles

The US Navy plans to develop a ship-board laser weapon that would swiftly incinerate enemy drones, sea vessels, aircraft and missiles through a 3-year deal with major arms maker Northrop Grumman, officials have said.

Jun 05 13:45

Ms. Armageddon

“Clinton to Paint Trump as a Risk to World Order.”

Thus, did page one of Thursday’s New York Times tee up Hillary Clinton’s big San Diego speech on foreign policy.

Inside the Times, the headline was edited to underline the point:

“Clinton to Portray Trump as Risk to the World.”

That only works on people who think the World Order is just fine as it is!

Jun 05 12:20

ARMED ROBBERY, NO PROBLEM, YOU'RE HIRED AT THE VA!

Two minutes with Gingrich as he tells a completely ridiculous story about VA corruption.

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Jun 05 12:01

Offbeat: Men raid vegan café, pelt patrons with meat

In Georgia – the country, not the state – men raided a vegan café and pelted patrons with meat. "Some of them," the story says, " . . . were wearing sausage necklaces," which seems to be a bold and possibly odoriferous, bacteria-prone fashion choice. Then a brawl broke out and the assailants escaped into the night. The whole episode, the café owners say, shows just how intolerant people are. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, owners of a vegan café say they've been getting death threats since they decided to start eating meat again. Talk about your food fights.

Jun 05 09:38

Washington Is Using Russia’s Reliance on Diplomacy To Revive ISIS And To Involve Russia In Long-Term War In Syria

Russia Fiddles While Syria Burns

by Stephen Lendman

Make no mistake. Putin’s strategic intervention in Syria last September was a bold, vital step. He deserves credit and praise for taking it.

Things changed dramatically on the ground. Reinvigorated government forces retook large swaths of earlier lost territory, freeing them from the scourge of US-sponsored terrorism.

At the same time, Russia’s all-out efforts for ceasefire and conflict resolution peace talks failed. On the one hand, the alternative is endless war. On the other, the only language America understands is force.

Moscow’s genuine diplomatic efforts can’t succeed because it has no peace partner in Washington – under Obama or whoever succeeds him.

Jun 05 08:54

Three Somali-Americans In Minnesota Found Guilty Of Plotting To Join ISIS

A federal jury found three Somali-Americans guilty of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State and commit murder outside the US. The conviction could carry a life sentence.

Jun 05 08:23

US Requests Protection for Al Qaeda as Terrorist Atrocities in Aleppo Escalate

This morning as the US, NATO & Gulf backed terrorists continue to rain missiles down upon the Syrian people besieged [by the terrorists] in the western sectors of Aleppo that are refuge to the majority of Aleppo’s population, a further 8 Syrian Arab Army soldiers have been taken prisoner and paraded on camera, blindfolded and shackled. Their fate is in the hands of drug fuelled terrorists supported, armed and defended by the US who has just requested that Russia desists from targeting Al Qaeda in Syria, Al Nusra.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is now overtly supporting Al Qaeda!

Jun 04 14:57

Taxpayers wasted billions of dollars on a war on cocaine that didn’t work, economists say

American taxpayers got a dismal return on their $4.3 billion investment in the Colombian drug war between 2000 and 2o08, according to a new analysis by economists at MIT and Colombia's Universidad de los Andes. In the paper, which will be published in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Daniel Mejia and Pascual Restrepo analyzed the cost to U.S. taxpayers of the two big U.S.-funded anti-cocaine efforts in Colombia: eradication of coca plants via the aerial spraying of herbicides, and interdiction efforts to block cocaine transit routes and seize shipments of cocaine. These efforts took place under the umbrella of Plan Colombia, a decade-long U.S.-backed initiative to fight the drug trade and organized crime in Colombia.

Jun 04 13:46

Who are the Syrian Desert Hawks?

The Syrians have their own proxy army.

In a matter of two years, the Syrian Desert Hawks (var. Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra) have become one of the most effective fighting forces in the Syrian War; however, very little is known about this paramilitary group.
Often described as a unit from the pro-government “National Defense Forces” (var. NDF), the Desert Hawks actually have no affiliation with the latter or the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The man behind the Desert Hawks:
The Desert Hawks were originally started by a retired Syrian Army officer, General Mohammad Jaber, in early 2013.

The Desert Hawks are now leading the charge to the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa, where they are looking to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham before the U.S. backed rebels reach the city.

Jun 04 10:16

New Report: Suicide Kills Almost 5 Times as Many U.S. Troops as Combat Does

By Amando Flavio

A new report by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has revealed that suicide death among troops on combat missions on foreign lands, is higher than actual combat death among troops. Actual combat death is death recorded during fighting ‘enemy’ troops. Suicide death is committed by the troops themselves, who take their own lives due to some factors.

The disturbing report is the DoD 2014 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths of United States service members...

Jun 04 09:07

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

Jun 04 08:30

What Most Syrians See of Their War

What Most Syrians See of Their War

Jun 04 07:59

FLASHBACK - Clinton: Russia and China will ‘pay price’ for supporting Assad

President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 42 people, who are serving time in the U.S. for drug-related offenses. According to reports, 18 of these were originally sentenced to life imprisonment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A vote for Hillary is a vote for WW3!

Jun 03 16:17

Putin trips up US AGAIN? Syrian army and allies with Russian air force help blocking US/israel's takeover of prized Syrian air base.

Advance units of the Syrian Arab Army, supported by forces of Hezbollah, Iranian volunteers and Russian Aerospace fighter/bombers are advancing on the ISIS held Tabqa Military Airport, just south of Raqqah.

Sources in Damascus have told VT that this drive, supported by Russian Aerospace sorties, is advancing through the night to seize the ISIS held airport after it was learned that America planned to open a major base there, dominating this vital region, part of a secret agreement to split Syria, a plan made showing a shocking level of cooperation between “strange bedfellows,” most notable an American deal with ISIS against Damascus.

Jun 03 16:10

New Report: Suicide Kills Almost 5 Times as Many U.S. Troops as Combat Does

A new report by the United States Department of Defence (DoD) has revealed that suicide death among troops on combat missions on foreign lands, is higher than actual combat death among troops. Actual combat death is death recorded during fighting ‘enemy’ troops. Suicide death is committed by the troops themselves, who take their own lives due to some factors. The disturbing report is the DoD 2014 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths of United States service members. The report only focused on the 2014 calendar year.

Jun 03 15:35

Hillary Comes Out As The War Party Candidate

On June 2, a few days before the California primary, Hillary Clinton gave up trying to compete with Bernie Sanders on domestic policy. Instead, she zeroed in on the soft target of Donald Trump’s most “bizarre rants” in order to present herself as experienced and reasonable. Evidently taking her Democratic Party nomination for granted, she positioning herself as the perfect candidate for hawkish Republicans.

Jun 03 14:54

Skynet: UK To Upgrade War Satellites To Expand Global Drone Kill Operations

Britain’s military plans to replace its ageing Skynet war satellites to meet the bandwidth demands of its expanding Special Forces and drone operations.

It is the first sign of the UK’s ambitions to create the next generation of military space satellites to replace the Skynet A5, the original version of which came into service in the 1960s.

Jun 03 14:45

Hellfire Missile Replacement JAGM Fired By Drone For 1st Time

The air-to-surface missile intended to replace the time-tested Hellfire has been shot from a drone for the first time.

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) was fired on May 25 from a Gray Eagle UAV, a variant of the US Predator platform, and hit a moving pickup truck at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.

Jun 03 14:11

Somali War Criminal & Murderer Found Working As DC Airport Security Guard

A Somali man accused of leading mass executions and torturing people during the country’s bloody civil war in the 1980s has been quietly working as a security guard at a Washington, D.C., airport for the past six years – all while passing FBI and TSA checks.

Jun 03 13:31

VA Secretary REFUSES To Apologize For Disneyland Comment

Because war is just like Disneyland...

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Jun 03 12:16

2 Jet Fighters Go Down In US, Killing One Pilot

One pilot has been killed as a couple of US warplanes have crashed during separate incidents in the country.

The pilot of a Blue Angles fighter jet lost his life during practice for a weekend show in the city of Tennessee.

Jun 03 11:52

China Aviation Drill Challenges Military Pilots In Heavy Tasks

Drill in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China, aims to conduct live fire exercise in special missions, including specific circumstances of mountains, night battle and long-distance shooting.

Jun 03 10:39

Hawks Hand Hillary A Foreign Policy Blueprint: Will She Bite?

The neoconservative, Democrat-heavy Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has created a foreign policy blueprint for what they hope is a future Hillary Clinton presidency. Unsurprisingly, it is heavy on the “need” for the US military to much more aggressively dominate the globe. The Obama Administration was far too dovish, according to CNAS “experts.” No one should be shocked that yet another militaristic Beltway “think tank” is funded predominantly by the military-industrial complex. Will Americans continue to be fooled by those who line their pockets with cash while making the rest of less safe and more poor? We give it our two cents in today’s Liberty Report:

Jun 03 09:38

A Hellfire From Heaven Won’t Smash The Taliban

So Taliban supremo Mullah Mansour’s white Toyota Corolla was rattling across the Baluchestan desert just after it had crossed the Iranian border when a Hellfire missile fired from a US drone incinerated it into a charred / twisted wreck.

That’s the official narrative. The Pentagon said Mansour was on Obama’s kill list because he had become “an obstacle to peace and reconciliation.”

Jun 03 08:49

Saudis rooting for Clinton to win White House: Oil analyst

“It is no secret that the Saudis and other [Persian] Gulf Sunni powers are rooting for Mrs. Clinton,” Bob McNally, president of Washington-based consulting firm Rapidan Group, told CNBC from Vienna on Thursday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) holds its semiannual meeting Thursday in Vienna, but is unlikely to announce any strategy changes.

McNally said that there is “a lot of concern and anxiety” about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the oil market.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has questioned the protective nature of the US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

He has suggested that the United States should consider ditching Riyadh because Washington is increasingly getting less dependent on overseas oil.

Jun 03 08:16

Trump's Most Bitter Enemies

Donald Trump may be underestimating his neocon enemies, who are now grouped around Bill Kristol, and working relentlessly to upend Trump’s bid for the presidency. Contrary to what Trump tells us about Kristol as a “loser” and “lightweight,” the GOP’s presumptive nominee’s opponents are not to be treated as inconsequential. For all their ethnic hang-ups and lack of any recognizable conservative principle, Trump’s neocon enemies have an extremely strong hand. Their control over the conservative movement is much more formidable than he suggests; and their public presence, which stretches from the Murdoch media empire into the national press, is still a thing to behold. I am pulling for the Donald in this fight but am still not willing to bet on his victory over those who deserve to be defeated.

Jun 03 07:56

Defense Secretary Claims Bombed Syrian City Used to ‘Plot Against US’

A day after reports that US airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Manbij had killed at least 15 civilians, Pentagon officials still aren’t confirming the incident, but are suddenly talking up Manbij as a big threat that needs attacking.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told reporters today that the US knows there is “external plotting from Manbij city,” and that ISIS is using it as a base to hatch plots against the US homeland, saying attacks on it are “essential and important.”

Carter offered no evidence for this claim. The US is backing the “Syrian Democratic Forces” in attacking the area on the ground. This force is overwhelmingly the Kurdish YPG, though the US insists that the specific troops attacking Manbij have an unusually high number of Arabs, an attempt to placate Turkey, who has warned against Kurdish expansion across the Euphrates.

Jun 03 07:54

Satan's Choice for Vice President

The Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has made his short-list of vice presidential choices. The news is out that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is top on the list. This is great news for billionaire Jewish money-men, but it is very sad news for patriotic Americans.

The billionaire Jews who own the Republican Party establishment are eager to see their long-time puppet, Gingrich, sitting just a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Then, at the crack of an assassin’s bullet, the President could be slain and—ka-ching!—the cash registers would be rung as President Gingrich, an ardent Zionist and Israel-firster, is sworn in.

Jun 03 06:18

Families of Iraq War dead will have to pay £767 for full Chilcot report

The families of British soldiers who died in the Iraq War will have to pay £767 for a hard copy of the full Chilcot report.

Jun 02 21:33

Declassified CIA Document Reveals Iraq War Had Zero Justification

Waking Times Media

The justification for going to war in Iraq thirteen years ago, was based on a 93-page classified document that allegedly contained “specific information” on former Iraqi leader President Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs he was apparently running. Now that document has been declassified and it reveals that there was virtually zero justification for the Iraq war.

Jun 02 18:05

Before you Vote for Hillary, If you have any morals or dignity...

Hillary laughs repeatedly while explaining how she got a 12 year old child rapist off the hook because the crime lab made a mistake in the chain of evidence.

Watch

or read http://freebeacon.com/politics/the-hillary-tapes/

“The crime lab took the pair of underpants, neatly cut out the part that they were gonna test, tested it, came back with the result of what kind of blood it was what was mixed in with it – then sent the pants back with the hole in it to evidence,” said Clinton (LISTEN HERE). “Of course the crime lab had thrown away the piece they had cut out.”

Clinton said she got permission from the court to take the underwear to a renowned forensics expert in New York City to see if he could confirm that the evidence had been invalidated.

Jun 02 15:21

Pilot killed after US Navy Blue Angels jet crashes in Tennessee

The pilot of a US Navy Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet was killed Thursday when the aircraft crashed in central Tennessee, a Navy official confirmed to Fox News.

The crash involving the jet happened after 3 p.m. southeast of Nashville in the town of Smyrna, a Rutherford County dispatcher told Fox 17.

La Vergne, Tenn. Fire Chief Rick McCormick told Fox News that the jet crashed off airport property just after takeoff.

He added that the jet did not crash into buildings off the runway.

Jun 02 12:54

UPDATE: Pilot ejects after Thunderbird crashes

A Thunderbird crashed outside Colorado Springs just after the performance Thursday.

11 News is told the pilot was able to eject from the aircraft. Sources say the pilot was uninjured, but 11 News is still working to confirm this information.

Jun 02 12:36

Russia to respond to NATO aggression with hypersonic vectors

When analyzing American ballistic missile capabilities and anti-aircraft missiles with long range ballistic capabilities, Russian experts have found that the problem is that Americans rockets cannot intercept any ballistic missile in the mesosphere (the altitude of 35000-80000m). Therefore, Russia has focused on developing means of hypersonic cruise flight running for long distances at this difference of heights.

The principle used by the US antiballistic shield is to send a rocket into space or within a point of impact before calculating the trajectory of ballistic missile. Therefore, American interceptor missiles are operating as suborbital rockets with solid fuel. Once they are started they cannot be stopped and traction cannot be adjusted. If it does not comply with ballistic missile target trajectory calculations or avoidance maneuvers, missile intercepting misses.

Jun 02 12:33

Meet The Ten-Year-Old Palestinian Journalist

Janna Jihad, 10 years old, has been reporting from Palestine for two to three years now, sharing with the world the message of “the Palestinian children”.

Jun 02 09:48

DOD PUBLIC RELATION'S HIGHEST-RANKING CIVILIAN GETS COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR STEALING LICENSE PLATES AND HARASSING NEIGHBOR'S NANNY

ryan Whitman -- familiar to many as the Pentagon's top spokesman during much of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq -- has settled a case with people who live near him in DC, who caught him repeatedly stealing the license plates off their nanny's car using a hidden camera. The neighbors also believes Whitman is responsible for leaving harassing, threatening messages on their nanny's windscreen, incorrectly asserting that she was breaking neighborhood rules by using their parking pass. They say that even after the settlement -- in which Whitman agreed to pay $1,000 in restitution and perform 32 hours of community service -- he continued to harass them, parking and pacing in front of their home.

Jun 02 09:32

Will The November US Presidential Election Bring The End Of The World? -- Paul Craig Roberts

What this means is that no matter what you think of Trump, if you vote for Hillary you are definitely voting for the end of the world.

Jun 02 09:01

Phoenix VA blocks local doctor from giving lecture on marijuana study

A Phoenix doctor is conducting a study this summer focusing on how marijuana affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Sue Sisley wants to give a lecture on her cannabis study to medical staff at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She said the hospital is blocking her from making a presentation, even though her study has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Jun 02 08:34

Caracas Warns of Military Intervention Into Venezuela Amid Clash With OAS

Venezuela’s government has warned of a danger of a military intervention into the country and has slammed the Organization of American States (OAS) for its decision to hold an emergency meeting on Venezuela.

Jun 02 08:27

'Carter’s visit suggests US preparing for war with China'

An American political analyst says US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s going over to the Southeast Asia region suggests that the United States is gearing up for war with China.

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Jun 02 08:10

WHY DO THE POSTAL SERVICE, USDA, EPA, AND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEED SWAT TEAMS?

All throughout the United States there are government agencies who have no association with national security acquiring military-like equipment, according to news talk KFLD. Many agencies are receiving SWAT teams including the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department. In almost prophetic fashion, Ron Paul in a 1997 warned about the militarization of federal bureaucrats; including the BLM, which was not yet armed.

Jun 02 07:10

Syrian Border Chaos as NATO Aims to Win Proxy War

Reuters, however, leaves out very crucial information – information that if concludes, would raise suspicions about the entire narrative alleged across Western media outlets like Reuters.

If rebels are being directly supplied across the Turkish-Syrian border by a multinational coalition, how is it possible that ISIS forces are somehow better equipped and able to overwhelm these forces? The length of any ISIS logistical line supporting its fighters in this alleged battle – if not also extending over the Turkish-Syrian border in the immediate vicinity of the fighting, must be hundreds of miles long and in itself an immense strain on ISIS’ fighting capacity.

It would be rather remarkable, in fact, unbelievable for ISIS to somehow not be being aided and abetted from directly across the Turkish-Syrian border where allegedly “foreign-backed insurgents” are allegedly receiving aid from nations like the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Jun 01 15:47

DARPA Moving Forward With Drone ‘Space Plane’

The US military’s research arm says its robotic “space plane” program has received funding for the next phase of development. Aiming to provide a quicker and cheaper way to launch satellites, the still-conceptual vehicle may fly as early as 2019.

The Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program is intended to prove that “routine and responsive access to space can be achieved at costs an order of magnitude lower than with today’s systems,” according to Jess Sponable, program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Jun 01 15:27

Preparing For The Next Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend was replete with parades, American flags, and tributes to our war dead, but little reflection on war, particularly the tragic fact that the United States has fallen into the death trap that President Eisenhower warned us about: the military-industrial complex.

Jun 01 15:09

At Least 4,164 People, Including Americans, Killed In Iraq During May

During May, at least 4,164 people were killed and 2,396 were wounded in Iraq. These figures should be considered very low estimates. Heavy fighting at the Fallujah and Mosul frontlines prevents independent verification of any reports, but we do know there is heaving fighting going on. In April, 4,609 were killed and 1,772 were injured.

Jun 01 14:42

America’s Sinkhole Wars

Here’s last week’s good news on America’s war fronts: finally,
there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

Jun 01 12:10

China Prepares to Send Nuclear Submarines into Pacific Ocean

While the timing is uncertain, the move ups the ante in an intensifying nuclear arms race between the US and China that heightens the risk of war. Since coming to office, the Obama administration has engaged in a military build-up and strengthening of alliances throughout Asia in preparation for war with China. It has committed more than $1 trillion over 30 years to the upgrading and expansion of the US nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.

Jun 01 10:05

BLACKWATER/ACADEMI MERCENARIES PROCURED BY UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ARE NOW FIGHTING IN YEMEN

Receiving scant attention from Western mainstream media outlets except for a few notable exceptions, Americans and many alternative media outlets have remained ignorant to the fact that private mercenaries from Blackwater (aka Academi) appear to have been contracted by the GCC Gulf state feudal monarchies to assist in the military war of terror in Yemen against the Houthi rebels and the embattled Yemeni people.

Still, on December 9, a flurry of reports from media outlets such as Press TV, TeleSur TV, Al-Manar, Al –Bawaba, and Colombia Reports have revealed that around 15 Blackwater mercenaries have been killed in a fierce battles with the Houthi forces.

Al-Masirah, Yemen’s Arabic language website reported that the Commander-In-Chief of the firm’s operation in Yemen, a Mexican national, was killed in the al-Omari district of Ta’izz Province.

Press TV reports that a number of British, French, and Australian advisers and commanders as well as six Colombian soldiers were killed.

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Translation: in over one year, the Saudi Arabian military, enabled by US intelligence and weapons, has not been able overwhelm either the Houthi rebels, or the Yemenite people, meaning they have been unable to "pacify" them into accepting their former dictator, Al-Hadi, back.

Saudi Arabia is in real financial trouble, from the precipitous drop in oil prices last year. Apparently, they cannot make this war work without having their allies hire private mercs to fight the war for them.

And when you are at that point in a military campaign, you know it is going terribly badly.

Jun 01 10:04

US on Nuclear Weapons: Do As I Say Not As I Do

Op-Ed by Michael Hicks

Obama recently made another call to end nuclear weapons during his speech at Hiroshima; while I’m sure the words were well-intentioned they start to lose meaning when you look at the actions our country has taken on this issue in recent times. If we really want to pursue a world without nuclear weapons we should lead by example and not just preach what other countries should do while we do it ourselves.

Obama recently said in a Washington Post op-ed that we “remain on track to meet our New Start Treaty obligations so that by 2018 the number of deployed American nuclear warheads will be at their lowest levels since the 1950s.” That sounds nice but it’s not the whole picture...

Jun 01 09:50

‘Prolonged Breakdown’ Between MI5, MI6 Over War On Terror

Government-sponsored abductions by UK’s foreign intelligence service MI6 led to a “prolonged breakdown” in ties with MI5, the domestic agency, at the time of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, a new report reveals.

MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller wrote a letter to Blair, slashing MI6’s rendition operations, leading to the torture of the suspects as part of the so-called war on terror, saying they were endangering the agency’s spies and other assets, the Guardian reveled, citing Whitehall sources Tuesday.

Jun 01 09:41

OVER HALF OF EVERY TAX DOLLAR YOU GIVE TO UNCLE SAM IS SPENT ON THIS

Most people probably don’t think too much about this, but are you aware of just how much of your income is being used to fuel the military industrial complex?

Conveniently omitted from the corporate/state-run media organizations is the fact that some 53 percent of your tax dollars are spent on the military. That’s right, more than half of the money you give to Uncle Sam for the privilege of being American income is spent directly on military.

In 2011 the budget for the US Government was over 3 trillion dollars, while military spending included a $717 billion request from the pentagon, $200 billion towards “overseas contingency funding” for the two major conflicts we are engaged in, and $40 billion in black budget intelligence which includes the CIA, NSA, and other agencies where the amount of money given is never fully disclosed.

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This is what is immoral to the core about US military spending; it is predicated upon claiming the physical resources of other countries to which the US government has absolutely no moral right.

I have a family member who is a professor emeritus of Constitutional Law, and a very bright guy.

When we talk, he frequently mentions that if the US government had been smart some time back, and spent just a fraction of what we have spent (and will be spending in the future) in Iraq on practical, alternative energy resources (the kind which can power a tank or a plane), we would have never gone into Iraq to secure the oil pipelines in the first place.

Unfortunately, logic - and the US government - have not had an in-depth relationship for the last 30 years, as the US government has has fallen under the Svengali-like spell of the money junkies who fund campaigns of those who do their bidding.

I mean, after all, it's never their kids who fight, bleed, die, and get maimed for life to enhance these corporations' bottom line; it's always other people's kids, and for the money junkies, that is a perfectly acceptable loss, because those kids doing the fighting are irrelevant, in their minds .

They are NOT irrelevant in my world.

This is why the money junkies, corporations and banks love Hillary Clinton; that is because they understand that she will deliver more wars; more income inequity; more offshoring/outsourcing of jobs; and more driving down of the middle class into absolute serfdom: and of course, that is precisely their vision for this country.

Jun 01 08:08

Flashback: USS Liberty veterans' letter to Netanyahu, Memorial Day 2011

On June 8, 1967 the USS Liberty was cruising in the Mediterranean in International waters ordered to monitor the Israeli-Arab war. In the morning the ship was circled a dozen times by low flying Nord propeller "boxcars" at mast height with Israeli designation. The planes flew at mast height; the men on the ship could see the teeth of the pilots as they smiled. They waved at them. The ship was flying a 4’ x 7’ American flag; it stood straight out on a clear, breezy day. The ship had large letter designation on the bow GTR-5. The attack by unmarked Israeli planes (Israel says the attack was an accident – the ship was an Egyptian horse carrier – less than 1/2 the size of the USS Liberty) commenced in the afternoon in International waters. After the attack with cannon, rockets, napalm and torpedo fire; the torpedo boats came back and machine gunned the life rafts as they were thrown overboard (a war crime according to International Law). 34 men were killed and 171wounded (out of a crew of 291) this day by the Israelis. The men on board the ship call it murder. Captain Ward Boston was given one week to conduct an investigation of the attack. Before he died Ward Boston signed an affidavit stating that the attack on the USS Liberty was deliberate.

Jun 01 08:02

EXPOSED: Hacker Who Got Hillary’s Emails Drops Bombshell About What He Found

Lehel stated that he had access to then-Secretary of State Clinton’s personal email server. He saw that it was an easy target and described it as “an open orchid,” basically stating that the security surrounding the server was easily bypassed.

Lehel, who spoke via a translator, said that Clinton’s server was unprotected and that he had total access to the server. Her email server to him, an experienced hacker, “was like an open orchid on the Internet, as many such servers are.”

During the interview, McFadden added that Lehel told her he had downloaded things from the server but he could not provide those materials because he was in prison.

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Jun 01 07:59

The Evolution of The War on Terror - An Israeli Mega-Fraud

After 14-and-a-half years of the War on Terror the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars, waged war across the Middle East and North Africa, and destroyed the lives of millions of people, many of them American. At least seven nations have been devastated under the guise of fighting terrorism: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. In spite of all the money spent and lives lost, more people are dying from terrorism than ever, particularly in the nations where the War on Terror has been waged. It is not really a war against terrorism, but a "War of Terror" in which terrorism, mostly false-flag operations, plays the key role.

All of the indications point to the War on Terror going down as the biggest boondoggle or criminal scam in history, yet no one running for the highest office in the land is calling for it to come to a screeching halt. Why not?

Jun 01 07:29

Moscow Was Right All Along: US Broke Its Promise on NATO and Docs Prove It

The United States and NATO have repeatedly accused Russia of being the key source of instability and tensions in Europe, yet documents show that Moscow was right all along – Washington broke its pledge not to expand the alliance to the East. This decision has been at the heart of current troubles.

Officials and experts in the West might insist that the US and Soviet Union never made any agreement. But Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson, an international security fellow at Dartmouth College, has recently pointed to "hundreds of memos, meeting minutes and transcripts" stored in US archives that beg to differ.

Jun 01 07:28

NATO Parliament Has 'No Choice': More Troops to Eastern Europe, Yet Again

In the latest sign of increasing NATO expansion, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has promised to deploy more troops to Poland.

Jun 01 07:23

Czech veteran moons US convoy in anti-Nato protest

A Czech veteran opposed to the “aggressive missions” of the US in Europe has decided to take a stand against the major drills across central and Eastern Europe by launching a semi-naked protest.

Martin Zapletal, a member of a group of Czech and Slovakian soldiers opposed to Nato, described the US soldiers as “aggressors, killers and occupiers” as Dragoon Ride II paraded through the country over the weekend.

Jun 01 07:20

Trump Keeps Ripping Russia-Hating Bill Kristol: "A Dummy, A Loser" (Video)

You can't say he wasn't asking for it... Trump nailed it when he said:

"All the guy wants to do is kill people and go to war."

Put a fork in Kristol. He's done.

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Kristol wants OTHER people to go to war and kill people FOR him! He lacks the manly attributes to do it himself.

Jun 01 07:18

Information Released on June NATO Exercise in Kherson

During the intelligence activities by the "Odessa" brigade it became known that military exercises under the auspices of NATO will be held on the territory of the Kherson region in the first half of June. Such countries as Ukraine, USA, Turkey, and other contingents of NATO forces will take part.

Military equipment and heavy weapons involved in the above event will arrive and be unloaded at the deep-sea ports of Odessa and Nikolaev. With the above mentioned ports, it will spill over into the territory of Kherson region, namely the venue of military maneuvers.

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Note how the NATO forces will be in the perfect position to blitzkrieg into Crimea!

Jun 01 07:09

Will Any More European Powers Contribute to NATO’s Eastern Force?

Now that the U.S. is only sending one—not two—battalions for the alliance military force on the eastern flank, there is a big question regarding which country will fill the void.

May 31 21:09

A Russian warning

But we are just as certain that if Russia is attacked, or even threatened with attack, she will not back down, and that the Russian leadership will not “blink.” With great sadness and a heavy heart they will do their sworn duty and unleash a nuclear barrage from which the United States will never recover

May 31 19:16

Ken O’Keefe in Canada - on beating the bankers, Israeli brutality, and the 9/11 ‘gift’

O’Keefe told his audiences that we won’t solve our biggest problems until we understand that we have been subjugated by an international financial system that concentrates power in the hands of an ultra-rich and very shadowy elite. And this elite routinely uses war as a tool to increase its power.

“I’ve travelled all over this world, and we are all basically the same,” he said in his first Toronto talk. “We don’t want war. But we have war – all the time. Why? Because the bankers run the world, and war is the best thing for them. Not only does it provide more profits for them but more importantly it divides people. What can divide people more than killing each other?”

“We’re consenting to the destruction of our world,” he said.

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Embedded videos of O'Keefe's Toronto appearance at link.

May 31 18:41

US Increasing Air, Naval Maneuvers In Asia Pacific: Report

The United States has dramatically increased its military maneuvers across the South China Sea over the past months, prompting angry protests from China and Russia who accuse Washington of fueling unrest in the Asia Pacific region.

May 31 14:11

Al-Qaeda Never Existed

The number of ‘whistleblowers’ that have emerged over the years regarding the ongoing ‘war against terror’ is truly eye-opening. Unfortunately, many remain innocently ignorant given the fact that mainstream corporate media will not touch this stuff. They are, however, very quick to jump on the ‘terrorist’ bandwagon when an alleged attack is carried out, supposedly by ‘The Islamic State.’

May 31 12:20

‘Human Catastrophe’ Unfolds As Iraqi Army And ISIS Clash Outside Fallujah

“A human catastrophe is unfolding in Fallujah. Families are caught in the crossfire with no safe way out,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the organizations helping families displaced form the city.

“For nine days we have heard of only one single family managing to escape from inside the town,’’ he said in a statement on Tuesday. `Warring parties must guarantee civilians safe exit now, before it’s too late and more lives are lost.”

Fallujah is the second-largest Iraqi city still under control of the militants, after Mosul, their de facto capital in the north that had a pre-war population of about 2 million.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the assault on Fallujah on May 22 after a spate of bombings that killed more than 150 people in one week in Baghdad, the worst death toll so far this year. A series of bombings claimed by Islamic State also hit Baghdad on Monday, killing over 20 people.

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The US government absolutely doesn't mind bloodbaths, as long as "their side" appears to be winning in foreign countries.

But the reclaiming of Fallujah may well be a Pyrrhic victory for the Iraqi government, at an unbelievably high cost in the slaughter of civilians.

May 31 10:11

HIDDEN PLANS FOR EU ARMY COMMAND CENTRE LEAKED AHEAD OF BREXIT VOTE

The European Commission had been keeping the plans in a sealed room, which could only be entered by a small number of EU political and security committee ambassadors, leaving all electronics at the door.

However, one individual managed to take notes and leak them to The Times. It was revealed that in terms of how the EU functions, “security and defence [are] where a step change is most urgent”.

Federica Mogherini, head of foreign policy in the EU, has allegedly spent years preparing the plans, conveniently due to be discussed by EU leaders just one week after Britain’s referendum.

The plans will, of course, be seen as a major power grab, and an incursion on national sovereignty and the effectiveness of NATO in the lead up to the Brexit vote – thus the secrecy.

The UK vetoed similar proposals in 2011, and David Cameron and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) continue to deny an EU army is possible.

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A short memo to Ms. Federica Mogherini; in the words of my late grandmother., "the horse is already out of the barn", so PLEASE, cut the bovine excrement and tell the truth to the British people.

In making the decision about the Brexit next month, they need, and deserve, to be fully informed of what the EU is planning.

IF you don't think Brits can handle the truth, perhaps you really need to resign from your position, and right the heck now.

May 31 09:43

‘Suicide Bombs & Chem Weapons Drones’ Euro 2016 Could Be Key Target For ISIS Attacks – Report

An Islamic State sleeper cell reportedly has plans to carry out attacks targeting English and Russian football fans at Euro 2016 during a match in Marseilles, data retrieved from the main Paris attacks suspect's laptop reveal.

May 31 09:41

Memorial Day USS Liberty Veterans Get-together

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Yesterday, survivors of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty got together. Here are some photos.

May 31 09:17

The Sociology Of War

The breakout of World War I upended many lives, including those of two great thinkers: the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises and the American journalist Randolph Bourne.

The young Mises had just revolutionized the economics of money and the business cycle. And he was on the verge still more breakthroughs when his career was interrupted by the Great War. Other economists in Austria were given cushy assignments in war planning offices. But Mises, who was radically out of step with prevailing politics, was sent to the front lines as an artillery officer.

May 31 09:04

Families Of British Soldiers Killed In Iraq May Sue Tony Blair After Chilcot Report

The families of slain British soldiers might sue former UK PM Tony Blair if evidence suggests the equipment provided to the troops during the Iraq War was inadequate, Roger Bacon, father of an army serviceman killed in a roadside bomb blast, told RT.

May 31 08:47

Memorial Day Should Make Us Rethink Platitudes About The US Military

As the nation once again honors American war dead on Memorial Day, instead of spouting the usual nationalistic platitudes that U.S. soldiers fought to keep the country “safe and free,” perhaps we should analyze whether that is really true.

May 31 08:44

Fight For Fallujah: Iraqi Forces Enter Major ISIS Stronghold

Iraqi forces have entered Islamic State-held Fallujah, one of their key strongholds in Iraq, capturing a police station, Reuters reported.

May 31 08:03

Always Unjustified

To declare war means to state one’s intentions to attack another until the death or surrender of one or both participants. Some wars, like World War I, are the result of foreign entanglements that spin out of control. On the eve of the bloodshed, every side stands and watches thirstily for someone else to make the first move so that they’ll have an excuse to punch the other side in the mouth. In this incarnation of war, each tribe has their own side that waits anxiously to sink their bombs into each other’s civilian populations. We would all agree that seeking out trouble and violence is unjustified, but what about self-defense?

May 31 08:00

POLISH foreign minister publicly admitted: The missile shield is directed against Russia

The head of Polish diplomacy Witold Vaš?ikovski rejected the allegation that Vladimir Putin will have to do something regarding the US missile defense shield in Romania and Poland.

According Vaš?ikovskog, Poland, Russia repeatedly threatened for years, and anti-missile shield is only Polish response to the aggressive attempts of Russia to radically rewrite the architecture of security in Europe.
"The threats we suggest years. Just shield the answer, the American presence is the answer. It's not that there's something we decide what suits Russia. Russia is the one that changes the character of international relations, Russia is seeking to rewrite the architecture of security in Europe. We respond to the aggressive actions of Russia ", said today Vaš?ikovski Polish private television TVN24.

May 31 07:58

Used And Betrayed: 100 Years Of US Troops As Lab Rats

On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.”

This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members — but their greatest enemy.

May 31 07:20

NATO Summit to Raise Military Presence in Poland, Region

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that an upcoming "landmark summit" will enhance the alliance's defensive and deterrent presence in Poland and in the region, but decisions as to the number still haven't been finalized.

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Here's your rifle, Jens.

May 31 07:13

Donald Trump Gives A Powerful Speech On Memorial Day At The Freedom Ride Rally!

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