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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

May 29 08:57

As Our Past Wars Are Glorified This Memorial Day Weekend, Give Some Thought To Our Prospects Against The Russians And Chinese In World War III

The Saker reports that Russia is preparing for World War III, not because Russia intends to initiate aggression but because Russia is alarmed by the hubris and arrogance of the West, by the demonization of Russia, by provocative military actions by the West, by American interference in the Russian province of Chechnya and in former Russian provinces of Ukraine and Georgia, and by the absence of any restraint from Western Europe on Washington’s ability to foment war. http://thesaker.is/how-russia-is-preparing-for-wwiii/

Like Steven Starr, Stephen Cohen, myself, and a small number of others, the Saker understands the reckless irresponsibility of convincing Russia that the United States intends to attack her.

May 29 08:51

Why Is Our Government Still Using Floppy Discs?

May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 29 08:37

Close Calls: We Were Closer to Nuclear Destruction than We Knew

It is difficult today to raise a strong opinion in the nuclear-weapon states for nuclear disarmament. One reason is that the public sees the risk of a nuclear war between these states as so unlikely that it can be disregarded.

It is then important to remind ourselves that we were for decades, during the Cold War, threatened by extinction by nuclear war. We were not aware at that time how close we were. In this article I will summarize some of the best-known critical situations. Recently published evidence shows that the danger was considerably greater than we knew at the time.

The risk today of a nuclear omnicide—killing all or almost all humans—is probably smaller than during the Cold War, but the risk is even today real and it may be rising. That is the reason I wish us to remind ourselves again: as long as nuclear weapons exist we are in danger of extermination. Nuclear weapons must be abolished before they abolish us.

May 29 08:03

Merkel hails Franco-German relations after Verdun invite

“What is shocking is that, 25 years later, no lessons were learnt and World War II followed the first,” once again pitting the neighbours against each other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And WWIII is following WWII.

May 29 08:01

EU army plans ‘kept secret’ from British voters until after Brexit referendum

Detailed plans to move towards the creation of a European army are being kept secret from British voters until the day after the June 23 Brexit referendum, it has emerged.

May 29 08:00

A world war has begun. Break the silence.

On my return journey, I stopped at Honolulu airport and noticed an American magazine called Women's Health. On the cover was a smiling woman in a bikini swimsuit, and the headline: "You, too, can have a bikini body." A few days earlier, in the Marshall Islands, I had interviewed women who had very different "bikini bodies"; each had suffered thyroid cancer and other life-threatening cancers.

Unlike the smiling woman in the magazine, all of them were impoverished: the victims and guinea pigs of a rapacious superpower that is today more dangerous than ever.

I relate this experience as a warning and to interrupt a distraction that has consumed so many of us. The founder of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, described this phenomenon as "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the habits and opinions" of democratic societies. He called it an "invisible government".

May 28 16:13

The UK is selling record quantities of arms – including missiles, bombs and grenades – to countries listed by the Foreign Office as having dubious human rights records

More than £3bn of British-made weaponry was licensed for export last year to 21 of the Foreign Office’s 30 “human rights priority countries” – those identified by the government as being where “the worst, or greate

May 28 09:38

U.S. Nuclear Missile Program Runs On Floppy Disks

Ridiculous details from the GAO report on waste in U.S. government technology...

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May 28 08:30

NATO in Montenegro: Securing the Rear Before Barbarossa II?

The strategic importance of Montenegro is inversely proportional to its size. With it, NATO will have full control of the Adriatic Sea, finish the encirclement of Serbia, and be emboldened to pursue a more aggressive stance towards Russia.

Last week, the government of Montenegro signed a protocol on joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. If ratified by the Alliance’s other 28 members – and it will be – the membership may become a formality by the end of this year. While the country has a population fewer than 700,000 and no more than 1,500 members of the military, the reason NATO wants Montenegro is not its military might, but in equal measures strategic location and symbolism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so, the encirclement of Russia continues apace, courtesy of NATO and the US government.

When the war with Russia will begin, I cannot tell you; however, this has moved from an "if" to "when" status at lightning speed, with current developments.

Whoever takes the Oath of Office to be the President of the United states will happen mid-January of 2017.

If the White House's internal polling indicates in any way that Trump may well win the November election, Democrats may want to inflict the most massive collateral damage they can on his presidency, by giving him a war against Russia, started before his presidency, coupled with an horrific economic collapse.

May 28 08:18

US Pads Defense Industry Profits By Arming Both Sides In Conflict

From the Philippines, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Nicaragua, right through Korea, Vietnam and Grenada, to Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine today, the United States’ blatant hypocrisy is on full display, as the citizens of those nations paid or continue to pay a high price for daring to be independent when the U.S. wanted their natural resources, or who had the temerity to democratically elect leadership that was too far to the left to accommodate U.S. corporate interests. And in the case of Palestine, being on the opposite end of a powerful political lobby causes their suffering at the hands of the U.S.

May 28 08:04

94-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran has life savings stolen by thieves

After all of his worldly experience, Holder cannot believe he fell victim to a common scam.

Someone claiming to be from the Publisher’s Clearing House called his home in Chandler and told him he’d won $4.7 million, and a new Mercedes Benz.

“I’d entered their drawings years ago, and they said they keep the entries for many years,” Holder said.

The scammers told Holder he had to pay taxes before he was given his prizes.

He and his fiancée, Ruth Calabro, wrote several checks, totaling $43,000.

May 28 08:03

Putin Says Romania, Poland May Now Be In Russia’s Crosshairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.

Putin issued his starkest warning yet over the missile shield, saying that Moscow had stated repeatedly that it would have to take retaliatory steps but that Washington and its allies had ignored the warnings.

Earlier this month the U.S. military — which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not threaten Russia — switched on the Romanian part of the shield. Work is going ahead on another part of the shield, in Poland.

“If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security,” Putin told a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Putin is saying is completely logical.

And for the US to state that the missile shield in Poland and Romania are there to protect these countries from Iran is pure, grade A, 100% unmitigated codswallop.

The Iranian government and leadership is many things, but one thing it is NOT is stupid.

It understands that, were it to attempt to attack any part of Europe, or Israel, that the country would be reduced to molten glass, courtesy of return nuclear attacks by Israel and the US. That is not an outcome the country's leadership wants to see happen at all.

So yes, Putin understands completely that these missile defense systems have been installed against Russia, despite what the US government says.

I would suspect that his response to these moves will be asymmetric, and potentially economic.

May 28 05:52

Military equipment spotted on Kansas rail-train: Captured on tape

Typical summertime military movements in the CONUS captured on video in Kansas

May 27 11:53

Will the U.S. Egg It On? “Russia Is Ready For War” by Pepe Escobar, originally seen at RT.com

There is every indication that provocations continue. Generally, war is good for business, but too big of a war could be disastrous even for those pushing for it.

Ridiculous narratives and pretexts for interventions in Syria and Ukraine have accompanied even more ridiculous attempts on the part of the United States and NATO to prod the Russian Bear and stoke just enough conflict to keep defense budgets big, and the population fearful.

But will they ever go all the way, and push for the real thing? The hot war with Russia? It is entirely possible, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Putin is all-too-ready for his American counterparts, who would almost certainly find they have bitten off more than they can chew.

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war.

So foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-nations met in Brussels for a two-day summit, while mighty military power Montenegro was inducted as a new member.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something (like a war against Russia) is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US and/or NATO to do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that they will not do it.

May 27 11:24

The Senate Grew A Special Visa Program With Money Taken Out Of Veterans’ Pockets

The Senate used money from benefit cuts to military veterans in the 2016 budget to pay for the resettlement of an additional 3,000 Afghan interpreters in the United States. A dispute over a similar pay-for plan is behind the Judiciary Committee’s refusal to expand the program again in the 2017 budget.

The Special Immigrant Visa program allows Afghan interpreters who aide the U.S. government to get out of harm’s way by resettling in the United States, and last year the Senate authorized a major expansion of the program. The $336 million price tag of the expansion fell on U.S. military veterans in the form of increased pharmacy co-pays, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

“That’s bullshit,” former Army combat veteran Alex Plitsas told The DCNF. “Military families shouldn’t be paying for the SIV program through a pseudo tax. The program should be funded outright because of the service our interpreters rendered. This is infuriating.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely outrageous!

And a memo to the Senators who thought this was a good idea, to cut Veterans' benefits to pay for the SIV program: YOU'RE FIRED, COME NOVEMBER!!

May 27 09:03

MPs warn voters being 'conned' as Brussels keeps plans for EU army secret until after referendum

British voters are being “conned” by Brussels officials who are keeping plans for a European army secret until after the referendum, leading Tories have claimed.

Liam Fox, the former defence secretary who served under David Cameron, told The Telegraph that the ambitions showed the EU is wedded to the “dangerous fantasy” of creating a single defence force.

Another eurosceptic Tory MP said voters were being “deceived” and “hoodwinked” about the true scale of the EU’s drive to create a single army.

The backlash came as it emerged plans to move towards the creation of a European army are being kept secret from British voters until the day after next month’s referendum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is so horrific about this plan for a unified, European Army that Brits are not supposed to know about it until the day AFTER the referendum next month?!?

IF I were a Brit, I would want to know, and right the heck now, what Brussels had in store for this Army, and what the British commitment to it would be.

May 27 08:52

Beijing Tells America to Leave South China Sea After Intercepting Spy Plane

On Thursday, China’s defense ministry asserted that it acted within the rules of engagement after American officials criticized Beijing for a "provocative” and “unsafe" intercept of a US surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea last week.

A Pentagon spokesperson alleged that two Chinese fighter jets undertook an illegal intercept of an American spy plane during "a routine US patrol" over international airspace, heightening the risk of military miscalculation in the hotly contested region. The Chinese J-11 fighter jets flew within 50 feet (15 meters) of the US EP-3 aircraft, just east of Hainan Island.

Chinese defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujan took exception to the recounting of events, telling a monthly news briefing that the Chinese fighter pilots acted professionally and in line with international rules.

May 27 08:51

What Hillary Knew about Libya

In Official Washington’s propaganda world, the U.S. government and its “allies” are always standing for what’s right and good and the “enemies” are the epitome of evil doing the vilest things. But some emails to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton depicted a far different reality, writes Robert Parry.

May 27 08:44

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TROOPS ASSAULTED DOWNTOWN TAMPA … ALL TO THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE

On Wednesday, Special Operations troops from more than a dozen countries jumped out of helicopters, rappelled from buildings and expended hundreds of rounds of ammunition as they attempted to rescue the mayor of this Florida city.

The operation was, of course, an exercise, but it was also a public spectacle for a force that has tried desperately to remain in the shadows despite now being at the forefront of America’s wars.

Aside from U.S. Special Operations forces, including Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and Army Green Berets, countries such as Ireland and Jordan also participated in the exercise. Many of the participants covered their faces, and only a select few were allowed to speak to the media afterward.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War - as the Prussian General Von Clauswitz used to say - is diplomacy carried on by other means.

And unfortunately, US foreign policy has been murderously transformed in the 21st century to an era of regime change, and the illegal and immoral acquisition of foreign resources to which the US, and US and multinational corporations, have absolutely no moral right.

We are no longer a nation of laws, but decrees and Executive Orders, courtesy of the alleged "Divine Right" of the President, who can order extrajudicial assassinations just as easily as one might order a piece of pie at a restaurant. And decades ago, H. Rap Brown made the observation that "Violence is as American as cherry pie." Unfortunately, when it comes to US governmental misappropriation of military power, he was absolutely correct.

There has to be a peaceful reckoning here, and a collective moral, and spiritual awakening of the American people; how dare this government be doing such things while our Vets sleep homeless in our streets; our infrastructure crumbles, and jobs keep leaving this country?!?!?

Sadly, We the People are no longer represented at all by our alleged State and Federal Representatives; this is a government of the corporations; for the corporations, and by the corporations. Except for giving the appearance of participating in a democratic republic, by that Kabuki-like process of "voting" ( for two individuals who have been vetted by the major corporations who have been assured that they will get everything they want from those candidates, ), We the People have become irrelevant.

In looking at the two presumptive Presidential candidates, I am frankly looking the person who seems least likely to start World War III, and that person is Donald Trump.

Clinton has already threatened to start a war with Iran. As reported at glolbalresearch.ca on the 15th of this month:

Note: This piece which is of extreme relevance to the US election campaign was originally published in July 2015. On July 3, 2015, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an “existential threat to Israel… I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program.” Even if we do get such a deal, we will still have major problems from Iran. They are the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism. They use proxies like Hezbollah to sow discord and create insurgencies to destabilize governments. They are taking more and more control of a number of nations in the region and they pose an existential threat to Israel. We…have to turn our attention to working with our partners to try to reign in and prevent this continuing Iranian aggressiveness. Fact: US and Israeli intelligence both say Iran’s nuclear program has no military component. No evidence whatever suggests Tehran wants one. Plenty indicates otherwise. As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she addressed AIPAC’s annual convention saying: The United States stands with Israel now and forever. We have shared interests….shared ideals….common values. I have a bedrock commitment to Israel’s security. (O)ur two nations are fighting a shared threat” against Islamic extremism. I strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense (and) believe America should aid in that defense. I am committed to making sure that Israel maintains a military edge to meet increasing threats. I am deeply concerned about the growing threat in Gaza (and) Hamas’ campaign of terror. No such campaign exists. The only threats Israel faces are ones it invents. Clinton repeated tired old lies saying Hamas’ charter “calls for the destruction of Israel. Iran threatens to destroy Israel.” “I support calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard what it is: a terrorist organization. It is imperative that we get both tough and smart about dealing with Iran before it is too late.” She backs “massive retaliation” if Iran attacks Israel, saying at the time: “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

Iranian leadership is many things, but stupid is not one of them; Iran will not attack Israel because they know that if they do this, the country will be reduced to a puddle of green glass by US/Israeli counter attacks.

But in this equation, there is a 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on the Bosedorfer baby grand piano, which Clinton is avoiding talking about like the plague, and that is Russia.

And unfortunately, when Clinton spews this kind of hubristic rhetoric, none of the alleged correspondents covering her speeches ever has the gonadal tissue to ask her, "If Iran is attacked, what will Russia do?!?"

And please do not believe, for one second, that Russia's leadership, from Putin, or his successor will be on down, will just hold hands and sing "Kumbyah" if such a thing should happen as a US war against Iran.

Russian political and military leaders have been very clear, and very public, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid, militarily. And right now, the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry,or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

The fact that Secretary Clinton would make this threat against Iran without really knowing what the facts are on the ground, in order to get "better into bed" with Israeli Prime Minister's ultra-rightist regime, scares the stuffing out of me. There is a willful recklessness in her nature, as demonstrated by the email scandal, which makes her unworthy to be the President of this country.

May 27 08:00

EU Army Fears Among Brexiteer Military Chiefs Are ‘Fanciful’ – Expert

Fears among former senior military officers that British forces will be absorbed by a pan-EU army are misplaced to the point of being fanciful, according to a respected professor of international security.

In a comment piece for the Conversation website, Professor David J Galbreath, who teaches International Security at the University of Bath, said Prime Minister David Cameron had been right to describe the creation of an EU army as “fanciful.”

May 27 07:42

Caught On Camera: US Special Forces On ISIS Frontline In Syria

US Special Forces operatives have been photographed fighting alongside the Kurdish militia in northern Syria in a drive against the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa. The Pentagon insists the Americans are there in “advise and assist” capacity only, however.

A photographer for Agence France-Presse (AFP) took pictures of the American special operatives in what The Washington Post identified as the village of Fatisah, roughly 30 miles (48 km) north of Raqqa. Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in northern Syria – identified the men as Americans.

May 27 06:14

NEW TURKISH-U.S. QUARRELS ABOUT SYRIA

Some 300 U.S. special forces illegally invaded Syria to support the Syrian Kurds of the YPG organization. The Turks see the YPG as a sister organization to the Kurdish PKK guerrilla in Turkey which area designated terrorist organization while they are fighting for autonomy within Turkey. Only yesterday six Turkish security personal died during fights with the PKK. To Turks the YPG are terrorists. Yesterday the U.S. special forces screwed up mightily by displaying the insignia of the "terrorists" while combating the Islamic State. Leading U.S. media though try to calm the situation down by misleading their readers.

May 27 04:43

BRITAIN: PLANS TO CREATE AN EU ARMY ‘KEPT SECRET’ FROM VOTERS

Plans to move towards the creation of a European army are reportedly being kept secret from British voters until the day after next month’s referendum. Drawn up by the EU’s foreign policy chief, the Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy foresees the formation of new European military and operational structures.

May 26 15:42

Tony Blair in Big Trouble Over Iraq War Lies?

With just over six weeks to go before the long-awaited release of the Chilcot report into the Iraq War, the calls for former Prime Minister Tony Blair to be properly held to account for the lies he told us in the lead up to the illegal invasion are increasing by the day.

May 26 13:53

America's nuclear guinea pigs: Astonishing film that shows how Marines were used to test atomic weapons

They were the nuclear guinea pigs of the Cold War.

And this is the shocking film to show how U.S. Marines were used in hundreds of experiments by the US military to test the limits of nuclear bombs between 1951 and 1957.

During many of those tests, soldiers who thought of themselves as ‘ground grunts’ and were sworn to secrecy witnessed the atomic explosions first-hand, and from close range, before the devastating health risks of those bombs were fully understood.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government did in fact know the health risks due to accidents that happened during the development of the bomb.

May 26 13:26

Army Officer In NJ Denied Concealed Carry Permit Because Terrorist Threats Aren’t Enough Justification

This is a dangerous game New Jersey plays with the men and women in uniform who help protect this great country. Every single person in that judicial oversight ought be reprimanded for not only needlessly putting people in uniform in jeopardy but also denying a basic constitutional right afforded to nearly every other citizen throughout this country.

May 26 13:09

NFL’s War Against Science And Reason

Perhaps it’s because I just watched the movie, “Concussion,” which tells the story of the National Football League’s haughty denial of the science proving football-related brain damage – and the NFL’s abuse of the truth-tellers – but I still can’t understand why so many people side with Commissioner Roger Goodell in the absurd “Deflategate” case against Tom Brady.

May 26 13:06

Do Clinton Voters Care About War?

In America, we do not lock up our murdering politicians. We rarely prosecute or impeach them. The only scandals that stick are sex ones. Serious voters, writers, pundits, and anyone else who feels as if they have deep principles invariably buckle under the partisan weight of the political system.

May 26 11:54

Isis Close? Looks Suspicious! Unfortunately Named Street Address ‘Blocked By PayPal’

PayPal has been accused of blacklisting all addresses containing the word ISIS, according to a technology expert.

Oxford University Professor Ray Corrigan claims the online payment firm is refusing to allow cash transfers to a local haberdashery located on a street named Isis Close.

May 26 10:03

U.S. Army to Test Convoy of Driverless Vehicles on Public Roadways

By Joseph Jankowski

The U.S. Army is set to send a convoy of vehicles along a stretch of Interstate 69 in Michigan as part of an initial testing of driverless military vehicle equipment on public roadways.

The vehicles will be testing a piece of equipment that is critical to the development of driverless technology.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation held a public information session on Monday in eastern Michigan to talk about the testing...

May 26 09:30

Hillary Clinton: “We Created Al Qaeda”.

The following video features Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledging that America created and funded Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization in the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war:

““Let’s remember here… the people we are fighting today we funded them twenty years ago

… let’s go recruit these mujahideen.

“And great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam so that we can go beat the Soviet Union.”

May 26 08:37

The Empire’s Reach Is Galactic

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight.

Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose “its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies.”

And what is Scarborough Shoal?

May 26 07:56

Obama Administration Cuts Benefits to U.S. Military Veterans to Pay for Visas for Muslim Immigrants

In last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, Congress cut benefits to veterans by increasing co-pays for prescriptions. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the increased co-pays saved the federal government approximately $1.5 billion. (See CBO Estimate FY2016 NDAA) However, it now appears that $336 million generated from the veterans’ cuts was used to pay for 3,000 additional Afghan interpreters to be resettled in the United States. (The Daily Caller News Foundation, May 16, 2016)

May 26 07:55

60,000 US War Veterans Suffering from Health Problems the Govt Wants to Ignore - The Toxic Legacy of Burn Pits

There are over 60,000 U.S. veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are now sick and dying. But the Pentagon denies there is such a health crisis, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is denying these suffering men and women the benefits they desperately need and deserve.

May 26 07:51

Missing Pieces Of Bin Laden’s Execution Mystery

According to Seymour Hersh, the original plan of the Obama Administration regarding the disclosure of the execution of Osama bin Laden to the press was that he had been killed in a drone strike in the Hindu Kush mountains on the Afghan side of the border. But things didn’t go as planned during the operation as a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and the whole town now knew that an operation was underway.

Webmaster addition: Except that the real Osama bin Laden died of Marfan Syndrome in late 2001, and someone else was killed at Abbottabad and claimed to be him.

May 26 07:31

NSA and DARPA using patented brain-computer interface technologies that can read your thoughts!

Subsequently on February 28, 2016, The Telegraph from the U.K. announced that “DARPA has successfully tested a brain modem on an animal subject, and the device will [also] let the brain communicate directly with computers.”

May 25 17:09

U.S. Military Uses 8-inch Floppy Disks to Coordinate Nuclear Force Operations

Maybe they use the '80s flick "War Games" as a training film, too?!

May 25 15:08

Kosovo: Hillary Clinton’s Legacy Of Terror

Kosovo is Clinton Country: a 10-foot-high statue of Bill overlooks “Bill Clinton Boulevard” in the capital city of Pristina. Hillary is also memorialized in what has become the crime capital of Europe: right off the street named for her husband is a store named “Hillary,” featuring women’s clothing modeled after the putative Democratic party nominee for President. Pantsuits figure prominently. As Vice puts it: “While former President Bill Clinton has had a boulevard named after him, it’s without a doubt that his wife’s the real star out here.” Why is that?

May 25 14:50

VA Admits to Wrongly Declaring Over 4,000 Veterans Dead

The Department of Veterans Affairs admitted it wrongly declared more than 4,000 veterans dead over the past five years, cutting off benefits for them and their dependents.

The agency disclosed that it wrongly terminated benefits for 4,201 veterans between 2011 and 2015 in a letter to Rep. David Jolly (R., Fla.) this month. The admission came more than six months after Jolly initially requested information on veterans whose VA benefits had been erroneously cut off following a series of mistaken death cases by the VA in the Tampa Bay area.

More than 1,000 veterans had their benefits disrupted in 2015 alone when the VA erroneously declared them deceased.

May 25 13:58

US neocons and neo-libs want Clinton in Oval Office: Writer

An American writer and political analyst says both US neoconservatives and neo-liberals want to see Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton sitting in the Oval Office of the White House doing their bidding.

May 25 13:53

US Navy SEALs Training in Bulgaria to Storm Russia's Crimea

Russian military analyst Sergei Ishchenko comments on the US military's apparent plans to increase their presence on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, and the possible threat to the Crimean peninsula this may pose.

May 25 13:52

Pentagon Delays F-35 Tests as Software Glitch Shuts Down Jets Mid-Flight

Despite the ongoing risks that the Lockheed Martin fighter jets will crash to the earth, the Pentagon plans to spend an additional $16 billion on another batch of F-35s.

May 25 13:47

MPs Fail To Ban Lariam ‘Zombie Drug’ Linked To Psychosis In Soldiers

A defence committee report has fallen short of recommending a full ban on issuing the psychosis-linked, anti-malaria drug Lariam to British troops.

May 25 12:55

3 new divisions at Russian border are ‘only one measure’ against NATO build-up – Russia’s envoy

Russia’s plan to deploy two new divisions in its west and one in its south is only one step along the way to countering NATO’s significantly increased military presence on its borders, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said.

“Our security interests are to be firmly protected. Deployment of the three divisions announced by the defense minister is only one of the measures, which should be considered in this regard,” Aleksandr Grushko said.

May 25 12:16

Is The UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set To “Savage” Tony Blair?

In spite of all the scepticism regarding the long delayed UK Iraq Inquiry into the illegal invasion of Iraq, with predictions (including by myself) that it would be a “whitewash” of the enormity of the lies which led to the near destruction of Iraq, to the presence of ISIS and to probably over a million deaths, The Sunday Times (May 22nd, 2016) is predicting an “absolutely brutal” verdict on those involved. The paper claims that former Prime Minister Tony Blair, his then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Sir Richard Dearlove, former Head of British Secret Intelligence (MI6) are among those who face “serious damage to their reputations.”

Not before time, many will surely be thinking.

May 25 10:05

Ann Coulter: 'Stop The Wars, America Needs A Little 'ME' Time'

Good clip from Coulter...

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May 25 08:04

Tony Blair calls for 'proper ground war' against Daesh

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that the only way to defeat Daesh (ISIL) is via “a proper ground war” against the terror network.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, if you really feel that way Tony...

Here's your rifle

Here's your parachute.

We ran out of the camo so here is a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA's torture centers.

Watch your head climbing into that transport, and we'll call the other guys and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

Because we still remember that "Dodgy Dossier!"

May 25 07:51

Peace Prize President Obama Approved $200 Billion in Arms Deals Since 2009

The US is in control of over half of the world’s arms industry, with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Iraq, and Israel as its five biggest customers.

May 24 16:35

The Pentagon's War On Accountability

Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the Pentagon’s budget is as close to a work of art as you’re likely to find in the U.S. government — if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

May 24 16:21

Blair Responsible For Creation Of Daesh: Analyst

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is responsible for the creation of Daesh (ISIL) and needs to be tried for war crimes against the people of Iraq, says a political analyst in London.

May 24 16:14

Hammering For Peace

Last winter, at the Voices home/office in Chicago, we welcomed two friends who were in town for a Mennonite church gathering focused on the symbol of beating swords into plowshares. Their project embraces a vision from the biblical “Book of Isaiah” which longs for the day when “they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they study war anymore.” Our friends quite literally enact this vision. They use saws to cut guns and rifles in half and then hammer on the broken weapons, turning them into useful tools for gardening and light construction.

May 24 15:57

‘Declaration Of War’: North Yorkshire Fracking Approval Sparks Outrage

Anti-fracking campaigners have lambasted North Yorkshire council for unleashing an assault on citizens’ rights to fresh air and clean water, after the local authority approved Britain’s first fracking operation since 2011.

May 24 15:55

US Air Force Unable To Procure Warplanes Past 2021: Report

The United States Air Force will not be able to pay for warplanes past 2021, according to a report by the Pentagon.

The annual aviation, inventory and funding plan for fiscal years 2017 through 2046, published on Monday, stated that at the current pace of downsizing, the Air Force will take a significant hit after 2021.

May 24 15:32

Fallon Syria Statement: Defeating ISIS Will Be ‘Complex’

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament on Tuesday the Syrian civil war, the persistence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Russia’s intervention have created a “complex situation” in defeating the terror group.

May 24 15:19

Armageddon Drones: Radiation-Detecting UAVs To Trial At Notorious Nevada Nuke Desert

The scorched moonscape of Nevada’s former nuclear test site will be used for drone radiation detection trials, as the US ramps up an emergency response program in case of a Fukushima-like meltdown or attack on its territory.

Two ‘Sandstorm’ drones will be tested at the site for operation in the event of large scale nuclear contamination.

May 24 15:13

Tony Blair Calls For 'Proper Ground War' Against Daesh

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that the only way to defeat Daesh (ISIL) is via “a proper ground war” against the terror network.

“There is no way of defeating these people without defeating them on the ground. Airstrikes are not going to defeat ISIS,” he said in a speech in central London on Tuesday.

Here's your rifle, Tony...

May 24 15:09

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth A War?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines
President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight.

Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose “its moral
ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies.”

And what is Scarborough Shoal?

May 24 15:00

US Urges Militants Groups In Syria To Respect Truce

The US Special Envoy for Syria has urged militants groups to observe a tenuous nationwide ceasefire after they gave its brokers 2 days to stop a government offensive near the capital Damascus.

“We recognise that the CoH (Cessation of Hostilities) is under severe stress, but believe that to abandon it now would be strategic error,” Michael Ratney said in a statement posted late Monday on Twitter.

May 24 14:56

Accepting Assad? Fallon’s Syria Policy Coming Unstuck As MPs Question War Aims

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s Syria policy is under growing pressure amid rumors MPs may quietly favor a decentralized system of government in Syria which would weaken President Bashar Assad, but leave him in power.

Fallon is expected to give his first full assessment of the situation in Syria to the House of Commons on Tuesday.

May 24 14:49

Dear Grads, Don’t Join The Military

Dear high school senior considering a military career,

Graduation is coming up. You’re probably looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation, enjoyed with the peace of mind that your next few years are pretty much covered. Maybe you’re going to enlist soon, and then be off to basic training. Or perhaps you received an ROTC scholarship and will be starting college and officer training.

May 24 14:12

Trajectory Of US Policy In Vietnam Offers A Roadmap For The Mideast

As President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam and the lifting of the arms embargo to that country represents his “pivot to Asia,” his simultaneous killing of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the Taliban leader in Pakistan, and the U.S.-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement of an assault to free Fallujah in Iraq illustrate why the pivot has not been realized.

May 24 13:51

VA Secretary Compares Veterans Waiting For Aid To Disneyland Lines

Disney park lines and veterans awaiting medical care are not two common points of comparison. However, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald placed the two side-by-side, earning the ire of several Republicans, from House Speaker Paul Ryan to Donald Trump.

May 24 13:32

Wave Of Bomb Threats Plague Dozens Of Schools In US And UK

Bomb threats prompted lockdowns and evacuations in dozens of elementary and high schools across the US and UK, leaving classes to be resumed only after police failed to find any explosives or other dangerous items.

The threats led to the evacuations of schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.

May 24 10:21

US Simulating Attacks To See How China, Russia React, Analyst Says

Washington’s concerns over “a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” as put recently by a top air force general, indicate that the US is losing more ground in areas where Beijing and Moscow exert an influence, an analyst says.

May 24 10:01

Trump leaving neocons in dust

The rise of Donald Trump is threatening the power of neoconservatives, who find themselves at risk of being marginalized in the Republican Party.

Neoconservatism was at its height during the presidency of George W. Bush, helping to shape the rationale for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

May 24 09:52

Multiple Terrorist Bombings In Civilian Areas Of Jableh And Tartous

A source at Lattakia Police Command said that 45 people were killed and others, mostly women and children, were injured, in the terrorist attacks hit Jableh city.

May 24 09:30

Pentagon-Linked Analysts Push Preemptive Strike on Russia, Missile Defense

The Beltway military punditry floats one of its most inflammatory ideas yet, in calls for a preemptive strike against Moscow along with calls to bolster America’s missile defense system.

On Friday, a DC-based think tank issued a report calling for additional funding to advance US missile defense technology to combat what they view as a rising nuclear missile threat from Russia.

Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin scoffed at Western assertions that Russia poses the preeminent threat to the US and NATO, labeling the idea of an attack against the military alliance "the type of thing that only crazy people think, and only when they are dreaming."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have these gentlemen gone utterly barking mad, to be suggesting such things, and have they completely lost their reality licence?!?

Russia has not demonstrated any national government behaviour which could possibly be construed as "aggressive" under Putin's watch; in fact, it has been more than reasonable, given the nature of US and NATO actions against it.

Rather than demonising Russia, the US government and military need to look at where its own weapons systems development and procurement systems are broken, and fix the problems.

And that problem starts with the incestuous relationship between weapons manufacturers and the Congressional representatives who award the contracts for those weapons. Those weapons companies are very "generous", in terms of how they support Congressional representatives who approve those contracts.

How this translates, at the end of the day, is that when US weapons are ultimately deployed in the field, they frequently do not work as advertised; are hideously over budget, and are delivered so late as to become very quickly obsolete.

There are two potential pieces of legislation which could fix the problem, but unfortunately could only possibly get passed when pigs fly.

The first is that US legislators cannot take any money, or any other perks, from any US weapons company, period, end of discussion. Any attempt to get around this result in getting fired from Congress, and a snap election held for a replacement.

The second is, if a weapon does not perform as specified in the field, according to the specifications defined by that company, that the weapons manufacturers will be subject not only to hefty fines, but also jail time for the heads of corporations which made those weapons.

May 24 09:30

Apology To Japan Would Mean US Admits Past Crimes: Analyst

The United States will not apologize to Japan over its 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because such an apology would mean an acknowledgment of Washington’s past crimes, says an analyst.

Keith Preston made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday when asked about President Barack Obama who has said Washington is not sorry for what it did to Japan in 1945.

May 24 09:06

Paul Ryan Slams VA Secretary, But Stops Short Of Calling For Resignation

Speaker Paul Ryan had harsh words for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Tuesday, after the top VA official earlier compared health appointment wait times for veterans to lines at Disney. But most notable were the words Ryan didn’t use: that McDonald should resign.

“I don’t know if he should resign,” Ryan said Tuesday morning when asked if he, like Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), thought McDonald’s comments rose to that level. “He should clarify his comments, and he should show some empathy for our veterans that he’s supposed to serve. This really is just beyond the pale, a comment like this.”

McDonald made the case on Monday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that the VA should be measured less by doctor’s appointment wait times and more by satisfaction. “When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line?” McDonald asked. “What’s important? What’s important is: what’s your satisfaction with the experience?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait times for our Veterans can, literally, mean the difference between life and death.

That McDonald seems to be blissfully unaware of this reality should be, alone, is a damned good reason for sacking him, and right the heck now.

As most of you who know who have read my posts on this blog, I abhor the concept of war as a way of resolving geopolitical disputes; I encourage the US government to resolve these conflicts through good faith, hard-won, honorable negotiations which relieve tensions, and let commerce flow by creating win/win situations.

But when it comes to our Veterans, I firmly believe that they should have the highest level of medical and psychological care possible available to them, and in a very timely manner; as much as I hate the concept of war, these men and women have earned, and deserve this.

May 24 08:51

Military Sources: Russia to Give Crushing Response to Terrorists' Ceasefire Violation

Syrian opposition groups put out a statement on Monday, saying that they will no longer abide by a ceasefire agreement if the Syrian military doesn’t halt a major offensive on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours.

Now military officials say that the terrorist groups' threats which means non-commitment to the ceasefire will give Russia a pretext to intensify its attacks against the militants' positions.

"Russia is now preparing for a crushing response," they add.

May 24 08:50

Anti-malarial drug linked to psychosis among soldiers could finally be banned in UK military

An almost total ban on the anti-malaria drug Lariam may soon come into effect, amid fears that hundreds of UK soldiers could sue over the affects it has had on their mental health.

May 24 08:11

Americans: A Conquered People: The New Serfs. “Russia and China stand between Washington and Washington’s Goal of Hegemony over the Entire World”

As readers know, I have seen some optimism in voters support for Trump and Sanders as neither are members of the corrupt Republican and Democratic political establishments. Members of both political establishments enrich themselves by betraying the American people and serving only the interest of the One Percent. The American people are being driven into the ground purely for the sake of more mega-billions for a handful of super-rich people.

Neither political party is capable of doing anything whatsoever about it, and neither will.

May 24 07:58

Clinton Foundation Got $100M From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm

A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

“Blood minerals” are related to “blood diamonds,” which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords.

When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the “Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative,” the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the war-torn African countries of Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, in one of the most "in-your-face" examples of how the Clintons think, and how they behave.

If Hillary wins/steals the White House, do you think, for one millisecond, that she will be have any differently?!?

May 24 04:57

CLINTON FOUNDATION GOT $100M FROM ‘BLOOD MINERALS’ FIRM

A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

May 23 19:44

Over Half of Every Tax Dollar You Give to Uncle Sam is Spent on This

Waking Times

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?

May 23 17:57

‘Japanese Rapes By US Military Just Keep Happening’ – Abuse Survivor & Women’s Rights Activist

Protesters have rallied in Tokyo after an American military worker confessed to killing a young Japanese woman.

May 23 17:16

Anti-Malarial Drug Linked To Psychosis Among Soldiers Could Finally Be Banned In UK Military

An almost total ban on the anti-malaria drug Lariam may soon come into effect, amid fears that hundreds of UK soldiers could sue over the affects it has had on their mental health.

A long-awaited parliamentary report into the effects of the drug, known as Mefloquine in the US, where it is already banned, seems likely to spur an almost full ban – and an avalanche of legal cases against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

May 23 16:53

Move To Amend And The Fight To Remove Corporate Money From U.S. Elections

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director of Move to Amend, joined us to discuss that group’s latest efforts to “legalize democracy”.

May 23 16:43

DISTURBING: Body Of Taliban Chief Mansour Reportedly Killed In US Drone Strike

A US drone strike in Pakistan has killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Afghan intelligence said.

May 23 15:38

Mansour's Death A 'Milestone' In Fight Against Terrorism: Obama

US President Barack Obama has confirmed the death of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone airstrike, calling it an “important milestone” in fight against terrorism.

“Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan,” Obama said on Monday during a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

May 23 15:27

Rebecca Gordon: Terror, Torture And US Wars Of Vengeance Diminish Our Humanity

In this interview, Rebecca Gordon, author of American Nuremberg: The US Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 Crimes, says if US officials are not held accountable for torture and other alleged war crimes committed after 9/11, the American people and US leaders are likely to allow these crimes to be committed again.

May 23 15:27

Labour Leader Preparing To Call For Tony Blair’s War Crimes Trial

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is reportedly preparing to call for an investigation into former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes in the wake of a long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the country’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war will publish a 2.6 million-word report on July 6, following seven years of analyzing evidence about how the British government acted before the invasion of Iraq and during the war.

May 23 15:02

A Pox On The House Of Nuclear Weapons

Do you long for the day when states in possession of nuclear weapons divest themselves of these nefarious instruments of the devil? You have no doubt grown tired of waiting for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty. Like movies bogged down in development, they are projects forever waiting to be greenlit.

May 23 14:40

‘Absolute Scandal’: Illegal UK-Made Cluster Bombs Found In Yemeni Village Attacked By Saudis

Banned UK-manufactured cluster bombs have been found in a Yemeni village targeted in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, leading to calls for the UK to come clean on its weapon sales and military support to Saudi Arabia.

The unexploded BL-755 cluster bomb is designed to be dropped from the UK-made Tornado aircraft used by the Saudi Air Force. It was found in a village in the north of the conflict-torn Gulf nation.

May 23 14:15

Watch the NATO tank competition where the US lost to Germany, Denmark, and Poland

On May 13, seven platoons from six NATO nations squared off for the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a three-day tank competition that tested offensive and defensive operations.

The German platoon took first place, with Denmark taking second and Poland taking third.

The US platoons did not place in the contest, which was the first of its kind since 1991.

The joint competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, underlines a large-scale effort to increase military readiness in Eastern Europe as Russia increasingly engages in threatening behaviors.

May 23 13:58

Medical Cannabis For Military Veterans Passes Congress, Heads To Obama’s Desk

Military veterans, particularly those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may soon get access to medical cannabis in states that allow it after Congress voted to lift a federal ban.

May 23 13:09

Falluja Operation Begins; 219 Killed In Iraq

Earlier on Sunday, the military warned residents to flee, but the militants are forcing many of them to stay as human shields. Those who must shelter in place have been asked to raise a white flag above their homes. Heavy artillery fire has already been reported.

May 23 12:36

VA secretary: Disney doesn't measure wait times, so why should VA?

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn't use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn't either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the tourists aren't dropping dead waiting for the Pirates of the Caribbean!

May 23 11:08

Republicans Split in Senate Battle Over Drafting Women

The House of Representatives has removed language from the 2017 military spending bill requiring women to register for the draft, but the battle over the issue continues, with intense debate ongoing over the Draft America’s Daughters Act.

May 23 10:49

Meet The New Face Of Israel's Growing Military Refuser Movement

Conscientious objectors from the Israeli military, or “refusers,” are a small but growing group within an increasingly right-wing and militarized society. Last month, several young refusers visited 12 U.S. cities as part of a speaking tour sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and the Refuser Solidarity Network.

May 23 10:33

This is the Real Threat to US and Its 'Gargantuan' Military Budget

War is a profitable business, they say, - so much so, it seems, that the US has placed it at the heart of its economy. This is why US politicians and military officials have claimed that Russia poses a threat to their nation and its allies, analyst Finian Cunningham asserted, adding that Washington's only real enemy is peace.

May 23 10:04

Obama Removes Vietnam Arms Embargo To ‘Boost Ties’

US President Barack Obama has announced the complete removal of America’s arms embargo against the “extremely important” Vietnam during a trip to Hanoi where he called for enhanced relations with Washington’s former arch foe.

May 23 09:41

U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians

A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial.

Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner.

May 23 09:23

US to Send Fewer Troops to Europe to 'Deter Russian Aggression'

The US informed its NATO allies it would send less troops to Eastern Europe for deterring “Russian aggression” than initially planned, undisclosed military sources revealed to the Wall Street Journal.

May 23 09:05

Top General Admitting That Obama Knowingly Armed ISIS!

Forget blaming the “Evil Republicans,” forget blaming Fox News, forget blaming the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy,” forget blaming race, forget blaming climate change, or lack of climate change, or any other damn thing liberals will come up with as an excuse to exercise their feigned outrage when the rest of the sane people in the country call His Highness’s Ass the TRAITOR that he is. I know how much liberals HATE facts, but they’re just going to have to deal with them here. As my favorite conservative talk show host Andrew Wilkow likes to say, “We’re right, they’re wrong. That’s the end of the story. The arguments here cannot be broken.” I'm will to bet, many of you have a hard time looking in the mirror when you finish reading this, knowing that you did not get involved.

Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution:

May 23 08:36

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – is about four generations ahead of the US, if we measure it by the development of the S-300, S-400 and S-500 systems. As a working hypothesis, we could describe the next system – already in the drawing boards – as the S-600.

Russian – and Chinese – missiles are already able to knock out the satellite guidance systems for US nuclear tipped ICBMs and cruise missiles. They could also knock out the early alert warnings that the satellite constellations would give. A Russian hypersonic ICBM flight time, launched for instance from a Russian nuclear sub all the way to the US East Coast, counts for less than 20 minutes. So an early warning system is absolutely critical. Don’t count on the worthless THAAD and Patriot to do their job. Once again, Russian hypersonic technology has already rendered the entire missile defense system in both the US and Europe totally obsolete.

May 23 08:20

Banned UK-Made Bomb Used Against Yemenis

A leading human rights group has discovered a banned British-made cluster bomb used by the Saudis in their war on Yemen.

Amnesty International found the undetonated bomb in a remote village in northern Yemen.

May 23 07:59

Heathrow Airport Attack: Al-Qaeda Boss Paid Ex-McDonald's Worker £5K To Blow Himself Up

A former McDonald’s employee from South London was personally schooled by a senior Al-Qaeda boss on how to carry out a deadly suicide attack at Heathrow Airport, targeting passengers arriving from the US and Israel, US court papers reportedly reveal.

Minh Quang Pham, a 33-year-old Muslim convert from New Cross, is facing a possible 50-year sentence after pleading guilty to joining Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist group’s Yemen offshoot.

May 23 07:52

These Six Facts Expose the American Military’s Coming Collapse

Mounting evidence presented by high-ranking US military officials to the United States’ Congress make it clear that the American army, once a powerful might backing Washington’s policies around the world, is now slowly, but surely, unraveling.

May 23 07:51

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

Global Robocop NATO predictably discussed Afghanistan (a war NATO ignominiously lost); Iraq (a war the Pentagon ignominiously lost); Libya (a nation NATO turned into a failed state devastated by militia hell); Syria (a nation NATO, via Turkey, would love to invade, and is already a militia hell).

Afghans must now rest assured that NATO’s Resolute Support mission – plus “financial support for Afghan forces” – will finally assure the success of Operation Enduring Freedom forever.

May 23 07:41

The Dreadful Kagan Clan — Hillary’s Warmongers In Waiting

Hillary Clinton presidency would only guarantee more of the same. And as the attached excellent piece from the American Conservative explains, it would also keep the nation’s leading clan of warmongers firmly ensconced in the corridors of power.

May 23 03:29

Pentagon Had 'Too Much Money for Too Long'

More Funds? Pentagon's Main Problem is It Had 'Too Much Money for Too Long'
Leaders at the Pentagon have long campaigned for increased defense spending, citing imaginary threats from Russia and China as one of the key reasons, but the US military's main problem is that it has grown too accustomed to generous budgets, international relations and security analyst Mark Sleboda told Radio Sputnik.

"The US military is still facing large degrees of corruption. Their problem is probably that they've had too much money for too long and they are able to throw it around without thinking about how it's been spent," he said. "It would actually be better for them to experience a little bit of belt tightening in that regard. A little more self-control."

The House of Representatives approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 last week. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this month. Senator John McCain is set to contest the $602 billion military spending bill, arguing an extra $17 billion is needed

>>>

May 23 03:03

Blasts Hit Near Russian Military Bases In Syria

Over 100 feared killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Jihadist group Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya took responsibility for the blasts in both Jableh and Tartus.

Later, Islamic State militants also claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

>>>

May 22 16:14

Squids and the Inner Light of Being

It was an epochal moment for the military and perhaps for all of society. Screwing up her courage, Air Force First Lieutenant Kara-Ann McBee walked into her commander’s office on the D-Ring of the Pentagon and announced that she was a giant squid.

The commander, Colonel R. Boyd Gittim, was stunned. “Squids have lots of arms. Ten, I think.”
“Yessir, ten. But…you see, sir, I feel their presence. Like ectoplasm or something.”

May 22 15:51

The West’s Needless Aggression

Last week at the United Nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin made another futile appeal for sanity in international relations. He commented that the recent activation of the U.S./NATO ballistic missile defense system in Romania, of all places, constitutes a direct threat to international security, by which he primarily meant Russian security. Another such site is being hastily erected in Poland. The Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) system is also installed on U.S. warships floating in the Mediterranean, and there are supposedly ABM-launching submarines prowling the Arctic.

May 22 12:33

Cheerleader For US Aggression, Pushing The World To The Nuclear Brink: Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon is British Defence Secretary. He is adept at making the types of statements that epitomise the pro-neoliberal, militaristic rhetoric that people in the UK have become tired of.

Following Jeremy Corbyn being elected as leader of the Labour Party in Britain, he stated:

May 22 11:38

THE US WAR MACHINE’S ANNUAL BUDGET COULD BUY EVERY HOMELESS AMERICAN A $1 MILLION HOME

When looking at this spending in context, the U.S. not only spends more than the next six countries combined, but spends almost triple the amount on military expenses than the second biggest defense spender in the world, China, according to data from the Stockholm International Peach Research Institute.

These figures come on top of the recently announced $1 trillion dollar nuclear missile modernization program that has been curiously absent from public discourse, having not even been mentioned in the televised presidential debates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers are very, very depressing, and show the real focus of the US government and military; wars, wars, and more wars to preserve the global hegemony of the US dollar.

And the writer of this article is absolutely correct, in characterising money spent on wars as becoming "dead-ended" in terms of providing any real assistance in critical areas like infrastructure repair, and childhood poverty, which is becoming epidemic in this country.

May 22 11:36

NATO’s move near Russia, preparation for war: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed Mike Billington, from the Asia Desk of the Executive Intelligence Review in Leesburg, about Russia condemning NATO for granting membership to Montenegro.

May 22 11:29

Invasion? Syrian Kurds Report Turkish Military Crossed Syrian Border

Turkish soldiers accompanied by two tanks entered the territory of Syria near the Turkish city of Nusaybin, the media center of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan reported, referring to the statements of eyewitnesses.

May 22 11:27

Russia Has Last Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Forces on Its Borders in 1941

Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO's increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

May 22 11:19

HILLARY says we will PROVOKE WAR - we'll be in POWER Forever!

May 22 11:07

Kerry Threatens War-Without-End on Syria

Alleged peace-maker John Kerry threatened to wage war-without-end on Syria - if the Middle East country does accept the US demand for regime change.

May 22 07:30

‘War minister!’ Hundreds rally in Tel Aviv to decry Israeli PM’s defense chief pick

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest the far-right turn the government has signaled by choosing Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister. Activists say PM Benjamin Netanyahu is putting Israel on a path of war.

Demonstrators came together at HaBima Square in Tel Aviv, saying that by appointing Lieberman to head the military, Netanyahu had created the “most right wing government in the history of the State,” Israeli media reported.

May 21 18:43

The US War Machine’s Annual Budget Could Buy Every Homeless American a $1 Million Home

By Jay Syrmopoulos

In 2015, the United States spent more on its war machine than the next six countries combined, with a total of $596 billion spent on military expenditures. This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with roughly $602 billion slated to be spent on military programs and armaments in the 2017 budget...

May 21 18:29

Congress Passes Bill to Lift Ban on Medical Cannabis for Vets, It Goes to Obama’s Desk to Be Signed

By Claire Bernish

In the latest development signalling the possible end of the failed war on drugs, Congress voted to lift the ban on military vets’ access to medical cannabis in states where it’s legal. President Obama’s signature is now the only thing standing between vets and possible treatment for PTSD and a host of other conditions...

May 21 11:36

The Real Nakba

This Arab Spring was used to stage revolution against Libya’s Gadhafi, who proposed a golden Dinar as a new African currency. Israel and the U.S. with the cooperation of Qatar shipped al-Qaeda terrorists to Libya, financed and armed them to devastate the country.,/STRONG>

The real target of the Arab Spring was Syria, who during the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon, had shipped weapons to Hezbollah. Robert Ford; the US Ambassador to Syria between 2011 – 2014, was the architect and financer of the rebellion demonstrations against Syrian regime.

May 21 09:22

Hillary Clinton is ‘Most Corrupt, Militaristic Candidate We Have Seen in Decades’

In the following episode of CrossTalk, three experts discuss the possibility of Hillary Clinton winning the hearts and mind of Americans.

One speaker brands Clinton as ‘the most corrupt, militaristic candidate we have seen in decades’.

With polls showing Trump can beat Hillary in the general election, it is possible that Hillary needs a huge positive PR push to get the victory.

May 21 09:21

Clinton’s Hawk-in-Waiting

If Hillary wins the White House, expect Victoria Nuland to be at her side.

May 21 09:15

Pentagon Is Spooked From What It Has Seen From Russia in Donbass

US army planners have been thoroughly shaken by what they have seen Russian artillery and electronic warfare can do and how well-protected its tanks are

May 21 06:36

Webcast starts @ 10am EST today May 21: The Fabricated Global War on Terrorism, part of a series on the Deep State

Saturday, May 21st, 7:00-8:50 am PST * 10:00-11:50 am EST * 14:00-15:50 GMT
The Fabricated Global War on Terrorism
Speakers: Jim Fetzer, Michael Springmann, Gearóid Ó Colmáin

Following 9/11, right-wing neo-cons had carte blanche to wage a planned, calculated war on “terrorists” under the guise of protecting Americans from Islamic jihadis. This manufactured worldwide assault helped ensure perpetual war and a heightened security state in the US. When al Queda was no longer threatening enough, out of thin air comes ISIS, a newly-branded, revamped incarnation.

The yellow-journalism press rarely reports that ISIS was 100% planned, created and controlled by US/NATO/Israel/Turkey/Saudi forces. Publicly this newest bogeyman is reviled and used to whip up fear and bellicosity. Behind the scenes, ISIS is our shock troops, the go-to mercenaries to effect regime change in places like Libya and Syria, and ensure wavering countries like France tow the line.
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Learn about the other "Deep State" panel discussions taking place this weekend at the 2016 Left Forum in NYC.They will also be webcast by noliesradio: http://noliesradio.org/archives/114460

May 21 00:24

What Happened at the #NVDemConvention? Fraud Here's Proof.

Roberta Lange conspired with the state party to steal complete control of the convention and gave herself dictatorial control as hundreds of Bernie voters got stuck with red tape and couldn’t enter the convention.

May 20 19:36

BREAKTHROUGH! 9/11 truth sneaks past gatekeepers into Left Forum (May 21-22 Weekend)

Entire "Deep State" track to be simulcast and archived by NoLiesRadio.org

In a major breakthrough for the 9/11 truth movement, the biggest annual left-wing event in America has suddenly opened its doors to leading critics of the Official Conspiracy Theory (OCT) and other researchers into crimes of the Deep State.

I will give three presentations, beginning Saturday at noon Eastern with “Why Chomsky is Wrong About 9/11.”

Going to the Left Forum to criticize Chomsky is sort of like going to the Vatican to criticize the Pope. But the doctrine of Papal Infallibility does not apply to Chomsky, despite what some of his admirers seem to think. So I do not expect to be met by the left-wing version of the Spanish Inquisition. (Then again, NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!)

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May 20 14:23

EgyptAir Flight MS804 Flew Right Through Phoenix Express 2016 Naval Exercises

Turns out, Egyptair Flight MS804’s flight path took them right through the area they were holding the Phoenix Express 2016 joint naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that explains why the news was screaming "terror attack" before the wreckage had even been found.

So, let's do a quick tally.

USS Vincennes accidentally shoots down an Iranian Airbus by mistake.

US Navy accidentally shoots down TWA 800 during a test of Aegis-CEC.

Witnesses say that MH 370 was shot down right where the tranmsponder stopped working, and there was a joint US Navy / Thai exercise right underneath.

And now we have MS804 exploding right over another US Navy exercise, after "taking evasive action."

May 20 12:17

Meet the Hawks for Hillary!

A running list of military interventionists who have declared preference for the long-hated Democrat

May 20 12:15

The war against historical memory is NATO’s long-term campaign

NATO is an immemorial alliance that liberated Europe from Nazism and protects us from the Russian bear, then that is what we should believe. The historical truth is very different, but NATO strives to revise it. A long-term task with dark consequences.

May 20 11:37

China says it's ready if US 'stirs up any conflict' in South China Sea

China's attempts to claim a nearly 1.4-million-square-mile swathe of open ocean are without precedent and probably without legal merit, but Beijing continues to assert its right to the economically critical zone — and increasingly puts its claims in military terms.

Speaking to a small group of reporters in Beijing on Thursday, a high-ranking Chinese official made his warning clear: The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNBC is apparently totally ignorant of history. At the end of WW2 there was a treaty, the Cairo Convention, that formally stripped Japan of the islands it had conquered in WW2 and gave them back to China.

The United States signed that treaty, and is in violation of that treaty trying to push China off those islands!

May 20 09:26

The Coming Democratic Crackup

This new Democratic crackup could come as early as this fall if anti-war progressives refuse to rally behind Clinton because of her neoconservative foreign policy – thus infuriating Clinton’s backers – or it could happen in four years if Clinton wins the White House and implements her militaristic agenda, including expanding the U.S. war in Syria while continuing other wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – and challenging Russia on its borders.

Clinton’s neocon policies in a prospective first term could generate a “peace” challenge similar to the youth-driven uprising against President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War in 1968.

May 20 09:25

UK Foreign Sec. reportedly tried to court martial top general for criticising military cuts

Tory Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond tried to have a senior British general court-martialled for publicly criticizing cuts to the military budget, tabled while Hammond was defense secretary, the retired officer has claimed.

May 20 09:04

Japan protests to US over Okinawa woman’s death

Japan has submitted an official letter of protest to the US diplomatic mission in Tokyo over the brutal murder of an Okinawan woman, which is suspected to have been carried out by an American.

On Thursday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida summoned US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to the Foreign Ministry and handed over the letter after the police arrested the 32-year-old suspect.

The body of Rina Shimabukuro, who had been missing since late April, was recently found in a weed-covered area in southern Okinawa. Police have found DNA matching the dead woman's in a car belonging to Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a former US Marine, who lives in southern Okinawa and works at the US Air Force's Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture.

The police, accordingly, suspect the man of having murdered the victim and disposed of her body.

May 20 08:54

‘Clinton as president is danger to world peace’ – French National Front party leader

Hillary Clinton winning the White House would constitute “a danger for the world peace,” as she would continue to drag Europe into her “destructive policy” of conflicts, Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front party, told RT.

While declining to endorse any of the US presidential front-runners, Le Pen said she believes there is one that would definitely not benefit France.

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"How DARE she say I am a threat to peace!!!! I oughta nuke Paris!" -- Hitlery

May 20 08:51

Washington Puts Saudi, Yemen, Libya Daesh On Terror List

The United States has placed Daesh (ISIL) branches in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Yemen on its global terrorism blacklist.

Washington on Thursday categorized the three branches as a “foreign terrorist organization,” meaning that sanctions and penalties will apply to them and those supporting them.

May 20 08:41

MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR MILITARY VETERANS PASSES CONGRESS, HEADS TO OBAMA’S DESK

Both the House and Senate approved measures Thursday to block the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) from enforcing its rule that prohibits its doctors from even discussing the treatment. Veterans are celebrating the development since they know how medical cannabis offers a natural and less addictive alternative to mainstream prescription drugs, especially painkillers. Marijuana can treat conditions like PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.

May 20 08:28

US House passes massive military budget, war fund

The US House of Representatives, one of the two chambers in Congress, has passed a $610 billion military budget to fund Pentagon programs and US-led military conflicts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... right after cutting Food Stamps!

May 20 07:20

Military Morale Bombs Under The Tories, According To MoD’s Own Survey

Less than half of UK military personnel are satisfied with service life, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) survey shows, indicating a 3 percent dip in the last year and an overall plunge of 16 percent since 2009 – the last year of Labour governance.

May 19 16:27

US B-52 Bursts Into Fireball After Crash In Guam

An American B-52 strategic military plane has been destroyed after crashing at the US airbase in the Western Pacific island of Guam.

US military officials said Thursday that the B-52H Stratofortress bomber went down in a fiery crash on Wednesday shortly after takeoff, without leaving any casualties.

May 19 16:23

Once-Powerful UK Now Cowers Behind ‘Tiny, Impotent Stick’ – Former NATO Commander

Britain is now an “impotent” European social-democracy more interested in “protecting welfare and benefits” than conducting wars, a former British Army general lamented on Wednesday.

In excerpted passages from his forthcoming book ‘2017: War with Russia’, published in the Telegraph, retired Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO General Sir Richard Shirreff said the UK had been neutered by Prime Minister David Cameron.

May 19 13:49

Pink Floyd - The Fletcher Memorial Home

The concept that Mike was talking about on today's show -- about creating a mental institution for psychotic leaders -- is exactly what Pink Floyd sings about in this video.

May 19 12:31

The Techniques of Modern Military Propaganda

Propaganda is a military technique which should be distinguished from strategic subterfuge. The former seeks to trick one’s own side, generally in order to garner support. The latter, whose antique archetype is the Trojan horse, aims to damage the adversary. As is often the case, this military technique has known many civil applications, in the commercial as well as the political sector.

May 19 11:15

House Votes Down Proposal To End 2001 War Authorization

There will be no end to the president’s endless war authority.

In a 138-285 vote, the House rejected an amendment Wednesday night that would have repealed the sprawling 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force passed in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The amendment would have revoked the 2001 AUMF within 90 days of the president signing the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed Wednesday night, 277-147.

As amendment sponsor Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) noted on Wednesday, the Congressional Research Service says the broad war authorization has been used to justify military action in 14 countries a total of 37 times — 18 from President George W. Bush, and 19 from President Barack Obama.

“And this report only looks at unclassified incidents,” Lee said. “How many other times has it been used without the knowledge of Congress or the American people?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, House of Representatives, for completely shirking your duty to those people you allegedly represent!!

The Constitution of the United States states, very emphatically, that only Congress can declare war.

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution, sometimes referred to as the War Powers Clause, vests in the Congress the power to declare war, in the following wording: [The Congress shall have Power...] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water

By not repealing the AUMF, the House has given the current, and future Presidents the power, and blank check, to wage wars against any countries where they believe the leadership of those countries to be an existential threat to the US government.

These undeclared wars have no place in activities of an alleged a democratic republic, and should be soundly, and thoroughly debated, and declared, rather than just be covert military actions the justifications for which never truly see the light of day.

And, it must be remembered that George W.Bush's activation of the AUMF was based on false claims of Saddam's weapons and involvement with 9-11, rendering the AUMF legally null and void, and the war itself a war crime.

Shame on all of you for your cowardice!!

May 19 09:23

Thanks to U.S. Congress, endless war will… not end

Attempt to repeal the 2001 authorization for a war with no apparent time or geographic limit fails in House of Representatives

May 19 08:17

Citing Chinese Hostility, US May Overturn Arms Embargo With Vietnam

In an effort to counter China’s growing influence on the world stage, the US may soon open up arms deals with a former enemy. But the move could come at a price.

May 19 08:14

Poland Calls for Permanent Troops on Russian Border Amid NATO War Games

The hostile NATO buildup along the Russian border comes after the military bloc’s missile defense system recently went online in Romania and last Friday’s announcement of ongoing construction of a separate anti-Russian missile shield in Poland.

The Pentagon aims to get Russia to use resources to respond in kind along their Western border, also suggesting that Moscow’s nuclear deterrent will be neutralized by increased NATO missile defense.

May 19 08:14

France Hesitant to Approve NATO Control of Missile Defense System in Europe

France is reluctant to approve NATO taking control of the US-built European missile defense system.

May 19 08:12

Is The Army Preparing For A Major Deployment: Orders 177,000 Bulletproof Armor Plates

Traditionally, the best way to keep track of future military deployments - absent unexpected events, of course - has been to follow key procurement contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense of mission critical offensive wartime equipment such as weapons and ammo, or, less followed, core defensive components such as kevlar, body armor and other forms of core personal protective gear. These usually take place shortly prior to major "events" involving US armed forces.

Which is why we were surprised to learn that earlier today, the US Department of Defense revealed it had placed a $93 million order for 177,000 ballistic body armor plates from the US military's traditional supplier of protective equipment, Ceradyne which several years ago was purchased by 3M. Both production and delivery are expected to be concluded over the next several months.

May 19 07:42

America’s & NATO’s Outrageous Behavior, Greatest Threat That Exists

On May 18th, two top people at NATO, one being its current Secretary General — the very top person — laid out in preliminary form the case for war against Russia, which presumably will be presented in more detail at the NATO Summit to be held in Poland on 8-9 July this year.

May 19 07:39

Obama is bullish on war, no matter how you spin it

The president has reached the dubious milestone of being at war longer than any of his predecessors. And the conflicts aren’t ending anytime soon

May 19 07:20

NATO Announces War Policy Against Russia. Chilling Scenario of Encirclement

“West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander” and reported that the former deputy commander of NATO, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff (who was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 2011-2014), expressed outrage that Britain isn’t urgently preparing for war against Russia, and also reported that “He describes Russia as now the west’s most dangerous adversary and says Putin’s course can only be stopped if the west wakes up to the real possibility of war and takes urgent action. … In a chilling scenario, he predicts that Russia, in order to escape what it believes to be encirclement by Nato, will seize territory in eastern Ukraine.”

May 19 06:59

U.S. aircraft intercepted, South China Sea tensions rise again

Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, a further escalation of tensions in and around the contested waterway.

The incident took place in international airspace on Tuesday as the U.S. maritime patrol aircraft carried out "a routine U.S. patrol," a Pentagon statement said.

China's Foreign Ministry early Thursday called on the U.S. to stop close reconnaissance activities.

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May 18 20:35

It’s Official: Obama Has Now Been at War Longer Than Any Other President in American History

Ah, the Nobel Peace Prize. Supposedly it’s award to someone who “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Guess that’s why they gave one to President Barack Obama. As All Gov explains, if America is still at war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria by the time he leaves, he will officially be at war longer than any other president ever has been in the history of the nation… Longer than Richard Nixon, LBJ, FDR, Abraham Lincoln, or George W. Bush.

Obama also bombed a total of seven countries. You know, like peace prize winners always do. For peace and stuff.

May 18 15:33

Soldiers Filmed Drinking Human Waste & Bare-Knuckle Boxing In ‘Hazing Ritual’

Several British soldiers are facing disciplinary action after a video emerged allegedly showing an abusive hazing ritual where troops bare-knuckle box and drink human waste.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) ordered an inquiry into the video footage, which was filmed at Britain’s largest Army base, Catterick Garrison barracks.

May 18 14:38

NATO Announces War Policy Against Russia

On May 18th, Britain’s Guardian headlined “West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander” and reported that the former deputy commander of NATO, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff (who was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 2011-2014), expressed outrage that Britain isn’t urgently preparing for war against Russia, and also reported that "He describes Russia as now the west’s most dangerous adversary and says Putin’s course can only be stopped if the west wakes up to the real possibility of war and takes urgent action. … In a chilling scenario, he predicts that Russia, in order to escape what it believes to be encirclement by Nato, will seize territory in eastern Ukraine.” (That’s the Donbass region, where there has been a civil war.)

May 18 14:32

Feet On The Ground

DPR Korea is thoroughly demonised. It is supposed to be the poorest country (Wikipedia); hell on earth, its national airline “the world’s worst”, its cities shambles. The demonisers did a good service for N Korea as my expectations were so low that I immensely enjoyed every minute and every meal. Actually Air Koryo, the native airline, is not too bad and comparable to provincial airlines of its neighbours Russia and China.

May 18 14:16

Queen Seated Next To Bahraini King At Birthday Bash… Because He’s Bankrolling UK Navy Base?

The seating of the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, next to Queen Elizabeth II at her 90th birthday extravaganza has been condemned by campaigners critical of the Gulf kingdom’s human rights record.

May 18 14:06

Pentagon Bought Drones That Failed Their Tests For Commandos – Report

The popular small reconnaissance drone RQ-20A Puma failed Special Operations Command tests, but the Pentagon still bought 41 of them for SOCOM nevertheless, an inspector general’s report revealed.

May 18 14:03

Yemen A Major Blot On Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

At the end of March the White House announced that it is providing logistical and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen. The main purposes seem to be to limit Iranian influence via the Houthis and deny Al Qaeda a refuge. Writes Micah Zenko in Foreign Policy, “make no mistake, the United States is a combatant in this intervention.”

U.S.-OPERATED DRONES ARE SUPPLYING TARGETING INTELLIGENCE TO SAUDI FORCES IN YEMEN, WHICH GOES WELL BEYOND THE DEFINITION OF LOGISTICS AND INTELLIGENCE, WRITES ZENKO. IN ADDITION THE U.S. IS PROVIDING AERIAL REFUELING FOR SAUDI FIGHTER AIRCRAFT.

May 18 12:58

American Aggression Against China: A World Crisis Looms

The American aggression against China continued Tuesday May 10th with the invasion of Chinese waters just off the Spratly Islands by an American destroyer as China’s limited stock of patience continues to run out.

By sending their ships into Chinese territorial waters on the bizarre claim that they are exercising “their right of innocent passage” and that, the “United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows,” they are in fact claiming the right to go anywhere they want, anytime they want. They might as well claim the right to once again send gunboats up the Yangtze River bristling with guns and marines, for their passage through Chinese waters was not only illegal, because without permission; it was also certainly not “innocent” since the passage was meant to be a display of power and control, which is prohibited by the Law of the Sea Convention.

May 18 12:58

NATO & The Humanitarian Dismemberment Of Yugoslavia

On March 24th, 1999, NATO launched its 78-day round the clock aerial assault on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia without the approval of the United Nations Security Council. Over a thousand NATO warplanes delivered over 2,000 airstrikes in nearly 40,000 sorties, dropping over 20,000 bombs over the former Yugoslavia, killing thousands of civilian men, women, and children, as well as upwards of a thousand Yugoslav soldiers and police.[1] [2] [3] NATO employed weapons considered criminal by international law such as depleted uranium and cluster bombs.

May 18 11:05

Lawmakers Are Finally Voting To End A 15-Year-Old War Authorization

It’s one of the few bills in Congress that actually matters. And for House lawmakers looking to debate current conflict authorizations, war spending, LGBT rights, civil rights, Guantanamo Bay and many other parochial issues, the National Defense Authorization Act is a rare opportunity to legislate.

And this year, in yet another win for a growing coalition of lawmakers opposed to the continued use of a vast war authorization written in the days following 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress will go on the record regarding the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.

The House Rules Committee advanced a measure late Tuesday night that would set up consideration for 181 amendments to the defense bill, including one proposal from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) that would end the 2001 war authorization within 90 days of President Barack Obama signing the bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding just how much money flows from the military industrial complex into the campaigns of legislators, I would tend to sincerely doubt that the revocation of this authorization is up for passage, particularly in an election year.

But if such legislation did pass, I would find myself pleasantly surprised.

May 18 11:05

This is Russia's Response to NATO’s Activities Near Its Borders

According to an article on the foreign affairs analysis website Voltaire Network, Washington in fact will not attack Russia. Its military buildup is rather aimed at provoking Moscow, in order to justify NATO’s expansion in Central Europe.

Amid NATO’s increased military activities near Russian borders, Moscow has announced the creation of two new units in the Western Military District (in Smolensk and Voronezh) as well as a new division in the South Military District (Rostov-on-Don).

May 18 11:03

Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize: Proof of a World turned Upside Down?

May 18 09:49

IRAN BASH BEX ALERT - Congressman: Classified details of Iran's treatment of US sailors will shock nation

The classified details behind Iran’s treatment of several U.S. sailors who were captured by the Islamic Republic during a tense standoff earlier this year are likely to shock the nation, according to one member of the House Armed Services Committee, who disclosed to the Washington Free Beacon that these details are currently being withheld by the Obama administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is more of the propaganda push to demonize Iran and start yet another war there.

Small detail everyone forgets; those sailors violated Iran's territorial waters.

May 18 09:16

US Top Brass: Beijing Doesn't 'Support Stability' of South China Sea Region

Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, the top US Marine Corps officer has criticized Beijing’s activity in the region and vowed that the Pentagon will continue its aggressive tactics around the disputed Spratly Islands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except they are not disputed! The Cairo Declaration of 1943, which the US signed, stripped Japan of those islands and restored them to China. The US is violating a treaty obligation by trying to wrest control of those islands from China the way Japan did in WW2.

May 18 09:11

Russia to counter NATO expansion with new radar station in Crimea - source

Russia will restore a missile attack warning station near Crimea’s Sevastopol to counter increasing NATO activity in the Black Sea, Izvestia daily reported, quoting a source in the Russian defense industry.

May 18 08:38

NATO announced the deployment of "five elite battalions" along the borders of Russia

EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AMERICANS WOULD RUSSIA - IN CASE OF WAR -
FIRST, AND DESTROY THEM BATTALIONS

NATO is considering the possibility of an international military contingent to deploy in the Baltic countries - said Jens Stoltenberg.

The Secretary General of the Western military alliance at the same time revealed that they are considering "several battalions", but that a decision on their dislocation has not yet been rated.

NATO at its summit in July in Warsaw should establish the concept of expanding its infrastructure and military potential in the East of Europe. This operation has already been named "spear tip".

Unofficially, it is handled by "five elite battalion", which will be placed along the western border of Russia.

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May 18 08:30

Trailer for "All Wars are Bankers Wars" video

May 18 04:58

CIA admits ‘mistakenly’ deleting copy of Senate torture report

The CIA inspector general—the agency's internal watchdog—admits to deleting its copy of the U.S. Senate's torture report, as well as a backup

May 17 17:50

UK Military Has No Idea Whether Its £3bn Spy Plane Was Compromised By ‘Double Agent’

A US Navy commander, who worked with a top-secret spy plane being purchased by the UK, went on trial on Tuesday accused of espionage – yet the British military tells RT it has no idea whether the P-8A Poseidon aircraft has been compromised.

May 17 17:50

Main Threat Of Nuclear War Comes From US: Expert

American scholar and political activist Noam Chomsky must reconsider his views about the threat of a nuclear war between the US and Russia because the main threat comes from Washington, a writer and retired professor says.

May 17 16:54

Anatomy Of A Propaganda Blitz: “Hitlergate”

The recent furore surrounding a supposed ‘Labour antisemitism crisis’ is a classic propaganda blitz of the kind described in Part 1 of this alert.

Dramatic New Evidence

As with so many propaganda blitzes, intense media coverage was triggered by ‘dramatic new evidence’; namely, the discovery of a graphic posted by Naz Shah two years ago, before she became a Labour MP. The graphic shows a map of the United States with Israel superimposed in the middle, suggesting that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict would be to relocate Israel to the US.

May 17 14:07

Preparing for the Collapse of the Petrodollar System, Part 2

In part one of this four part article series, I provided a background to our modern petrodollar system by explaining the "dollars for gold" arrangement that was put in place by global leaders through the Bretton Woods conference in the final days of World War II.

I will detail how the Washington elites sought to replace the lost global dollar demand that had been artificially created through the Bretton Woods system. Their solution would come in the form of something known as the Petrodollar system. The three primary benefits that the Petrodollar system provides to America will be explained.

The petrodollar system originated in the early 1970s in the wake of the Bretton Woods collapse.

President Richard M. Nixon and his globalist sidekick, Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, knew that their destruction of the international gold standard under the Bretton Woods arrangement would cause a decline in the artificial global demand for the U.S. dollar.

May 17 14:06

Airmen Play 'Hungry Hippos' for Team-building Experience

At first I thought this was a DuffleBlog article. It is not.

May 17 13:10

World Powers Up For Arming Libyan Government To Counter ISIS

Members of the UN Security Council say they’re ready to lift an arms embargo and supply the Libyan government with weapons to combat Islamic State terrorists.

May 17 13:01

Armed Law Enforcement Shortage Leaves UK Vulnerable To Terror Attack – Police Federation

Britain’s shortage of armed police officers may leave the country vulnerable to terror threats, the Police Federation of England and Wales has said.

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