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Dec 20 09:06

Donald Trump vows to ‘pick up Hotline’ on VA reform

The incoming president is “not inclined” to keep the department’s current secretary Bob McDonald in his administration. Instead, Trump is considering several potential successors who would align more with the sweeping VA overhaul Trump championed on the campaign trail as he railed against what he called the “most corrupt” and “most incompetently run agency in the United States.”

Jason Miller, communications director for the transition team, insisted that the delay is a result of an extra attention on the position, not disinterest.“This is an area that he cares deeply about, reforming VA and making sure the person who comes in has the appropriate skill set to address the many challenges,” said transition team spokesman Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee. “This is an area near and dear to his heart.”

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 19 18:23

War Reporter: There Is No Genocide In Syria, MSM Are Lying

Brave independent journalist Eva Bartlett, one of the few reporters to actually set foot on Syrian soil during the bloody war, has returned to North America and declared that “Whatever you hear in the corporate media is completely opposite to reality.”

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 15:28

US Spy Planes, Drone Shadowed 10 Chinese Jets Near Taiwan: Report

Two US spy aircraft were dispatched last week to closely follow a fleet of at least 10 Chinese warplanes as they flew close to Taiwan’s airspace, a Taiwanese official has revealed.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 19 12:08

Scott Adams: Persuasian and ISIS

Experts say ISIS can’t be beaten by military means alone. You have to get to the “deep” causes. Here are two experts saying just that, including a former head of the CIA. The problem is that observers seem to have different ideas of what is at the root of it all.

Dec 19 10:18

COMMANDOS WITHOUT BORDERS: THE US'S ELITE TROOPS PARTNER WITH AFRICAN FORCES BUT PURSUE US AIMS

A SOCAFRICA planning document obtained by TomDispatch offers a window onto the scope of these "multi-national, collective actions" carried out by America's most elite troops in Africa. The declassified but heavily redacted secret report, covering the years 2012-2017 and acquired via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), details nearly 20 programs and activities -- from training exercises to security cooperation engagements -- utilized by SOCAFRICA across the continent. This wide array of low-profile missions, in addition to named operations and quasi-wars, attests to the growing influence and sprawling nature of US Special Operations forces (SOF) in Africa.

Dec 19 09:37

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll
More than half of the population are now food insecure with 7 million enduring hunger
Image Credit: Reuters
A woman puts her malnourished son on a scale at a malnutrition intensive care unit in the RedSea port city of Houdeidah yesterday.
Published: 17:05 December 16, 2016 Gulf News
Reuters

Geneva: Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is set to worsen as the war has ruined the economy and is stopping food supplies getting through, driving the country to the brink of famine, the top UN aid official in the country told Reuters.
“Throughout the whole of this country kids are dying,” said Jamie McGoldrick. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.
Nearly two years of war between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Al Houthi movement has left more than half of Yemen’s 28 million people “food insecure”, with 7 million of them enduring hunger, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Prime Ministers Cameron, and May, and President Obama, on having made the US and UK complicit in genocide against the Yemeni people and their children, by aiding and abetting the Saudi war against it; looking at images like those below must make you all feel very happy at this "accomplishment".

But then again, it is understood that when a politician comes to power in a country, before that happens, they have their conscience surgically removed, as I am certain you have done:

images starving yemeni children, 2016

And if you don't like me posting these images, to witness to the world the magnitude of humanitarian catastrophe you are creating in Yemen, then stop the bloody enabling of the Saudi military!!

Dec 19 09:28

America’s Elite Troops Partner With African Forces But Pursue US Aims By Nick Turse

Publicly, the command claims that it conducts its operations to "promote regional stability and prosperity," while Bolduc emphasizes that its missions are geared toward serving the needs of African allies. The FOIA files make clear, however, that U.S. interests are the command’s principal and primary concern – a policy in keeping with the America First mindset and mandate of incoming commander-in-chief Donald J. Trump – and that support to "partner nations" is prioritized to suit American, not African, needs and policy goals.

Shades of Gray

Bolduc is fond of saying that his troops – Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, among others – operate in the "gray zone," or what he calls "the spectrum of conflict between war and peace." Another of his favored stock phrases is: "In Africa, we are not the kinetic solution" – that is, not pulling triggers and dropping bombs. He also regularly takes pains to say that "we are not at war in Africa – but our African partners certainly are."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, US government troops are in combat in Yemen; Iraq; Syria; Afghanistan; Libya; Somalia; Cameroon, Djibouti; South Sudan; and Niger?!?

Forgive me, but am I having a "senior moment", in recollecting, Constitutionally, that only the US Congress has the power to declare war?!? Well, checking my facts, I found this at Wikipedia:

War Powers Clause

But under the Bushbama Presidencies, and particularly after 9/11, all of a sudden, you have Congress abandoning this responsibility entirely, and from the moment of the passage of the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq" in 2002, you have seen the ability to start, or enhance wars, swiftly move from the Legislative branch of the American government to the Executive branch.

Africa has an abundance of riches, in terms of its natural resources; and ultimately, all wars are economic.

These military actions in Africa, by the US military, are certainly not about African nations being able to fulfill their own destinies, and develop their economies to take care of their citizens.

They are created to expropriate the continent's resources, to which the US government has absolutely no moral right; make insure that they are controlled by US/Western-centric leaders and corporations; and only sold in US dollars.

Dec 19 08:00

‘Fake News’ Psyop Exposed! Mainstream Media Caught Red-handed! Guilty of Massive Cover-ups!

Volumes of Fake News Manufactured by the MSM to Support USA Warmongering for More Than a Century
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Major Networks and Newspapers of Record have conspired to
cover up numerous acts of high treason, war crimes, genocide,
and crimes against humanity

Dec 19 07:51

BRITISH CLUSTER BOMBS USED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S YEMEN CAMPAIGN, RESEARCH FINDS

Despite strenuous denials, UK-made cluster bombs are indeed being used by Britain’s theocratic ally Saudi Arabia in its war on impoverished Yemen, according to the government’s own inquiries.

The new details have emerged through a leak to the Guardian from sources which claim that internal investigations support claims in the media that the outlawed munitions are in use.

The source said that the findings had been known by the government for up to a month.

However, the paper has also been told that Saudi Arabia – a major UK ally and one of its top arms customers – has not confirmed itself that the banned munitions are being used.

The revelations seem set to pile even more pressure on the UK to stop selling arms to the authoritarian regime.

The UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty banning cluster munitions, which drop many tiny bomblets from the main device and can create what is in effect a minefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, cluster bombs: to little children, they look almost the same, and the coloration on them is identical, to that of humanitarian food packages. And when there is no adult around to tell them not to touch the bombs, they can shred curious children who touch them into almost non-recoverable bits.

images: cluster bombs and food aid packages

This is what cluster bombs have done to children in Yemen: (warning: this image is very graphic and disturbing, but needs to be shared)

Results of Saudi use of cluster bombs in Yemen

And a small memo to the UK's Prime Minister May; congratulations; the UK is now complicit in war crimes, just as are your American cousins in the US government!

I am certain you are quite proud of your arms industry, Prime Minister, and it is obvious that this illegal sale of cluster munitions made someone in the UK a killing; literally.

But hey, profits uber alles, right?!? No matter how many innocent children and non-combatants these weapons kill, that's the only thing which matters.

You and your predecessor, David Cameron, should be standing in the docks in Old Bailey for crimes against humanity here, in aiding and abetting the Saudi Government by having supplied them with these weapons; all the more so, because the UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty, banning cluster munitions.

Unfortunately, this will only happen when pigs fly, because politically, power protects the criminals who have used it for ill purposes.

You might want to ask Bill Clinton about that, particularly with his little "runway encounter" with Loretta Lynch, to "persuade" her to not charge Hillary Clinton for having mishandled classified documents with her personal email server.

Dec 18 17:17

DHS Election Hacking Scandal Spreads to More States

In response to an inquiry from Georgia 4 more states confirm traffic from the DHS network that hacked Georgia’s election system.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 17 12:21

14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors Captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo

14 US-Led military advisors assisting the rebel terrorists have been reportedly captured in a bunker by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo.

Dec 17 11:00

UN to debate 'killer robot' ban next year as experts warn time is running out to stop AI weapons

Over 100 nations that are part of the international Convention on Conventional Weapons will debate a ban on so called 'killer robots' next year, it has been announced.

At their five-year review conference in Geneva, the 123 nations that are part of the international Convention on Conventional Weapons, agreed to formalize their efforts next year to deal with the challenges raised by weapons systems that would select and attack targets without meaningful human control.

It comes as experts warn 'time is running out' for controls on the technology.

Dec 17 09:15

UK 'secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere under opaque licencing system'

The UK is secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and other countries under an opaque type of export licence, it has been reported. The military and defence industry is a major player in the UK economy, worth about £7.7bn a year.

Dec 17 09:07

Did Satellites Expose A Secret American Drone Hangar In A Saudi Desert?

Buried deep in the heart of one of the most barren deserts in Saudi Arabia, and the entire planet for that matter, a commercial satellite happened upon what appears to be a very modern airport that suddenly appeared out of thin air from one year to the next. What makes the airport even more mysterious is the fact that there are no planes on site and no government claims ownership of the facility. So, is this airport a mere "Border Guard" facility, as Google Maps would suggest, or did this satellite just happen to reveal the location of a secret U.S. military airport used to conduct drone operations in Yemen?

And it does seem somewhat odd that such a massive airport, with 3 large hangars, would be required to conduct "border operations."

While we may never know the true owner/function of this mysterious facility, we're almost certain that Russia hackers are behind the leak of it's location.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way what you will about Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com; the man does have a wicked sense of humour!!

Dec 17 08:39

THE US NAVY’S AUTONOMOUS SWARM BOATS CAN NOW DECIDE WHAT TO ATTACK

In a recent demonstration, waterborne robots collaborated to identify, surround, and harass an enemy vessel.

The U.S. Navy’s swarm boats can identify a potential enemy vessel and execute more complex operations to defeat a wider variety of threats, the Office of Naval Research, or ONR, announced on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if the sensing devices make a mistake here?!?

Can the commanding human over-ride?!?

Not having that capability would make me very nervous, were I a CO here.

Dec 16 16:33

Chinese Warship Captures US Navy Underwater Drone

A Chinese warship has captured US Navy underwater drone collecting information in the South China Sea, according to the Pentagon.

US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, on Friday did not name the underwater glider but claimed that it was collecting unclassified scientific data in the sea.

Dec 16 15:29

The US Navy’s Autonomous Swarm Boats Can Now Decide What to Attack

In a recent demonstration, waterborne robots collaborated to identify, surround, and harass an enemy vessel. The U.S. Navy’s swarm boats can identify a potential enemy vessel and execute more complex operations to defeat a wider variety of threats, the Office of Naval Research, or ONR, announced on Wednesday.

Dec 16 13:09

US to ship 1,600 tanks to Dutch arms depot in ‘clear message’ to Russia

The US has started moving tanks to a storage facility in the Netherlands in a bid to “deter” Russia, amid the biggest NATO buildup in Europe since the Cold War.
A total of 1,600 vehicles are due to be stored at a six-warehouse complex in the southeastern village of Eygelshoven, near the Belgian and German borders. The Eygelshoven facility was originally opened in 1985 during the Cold War, when it was used by US troops to practice drills in case of a possible Soviet attack.

Read more
An intercontinental ballistic missile Russia to continue developing nuclear forces in 2017 to deter any aggression – General Staff
Abrams Tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Paladin artillery have already started arriving in what is part of a $3.4 billion Congress-approved scheme to increase NATO military capability in Europe. Storage sites are also planned to be reopened in Poland, Belgium and Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out to General Middendorp, the Nato High Command, the US Pentagon, and State Department, that the "Ukrainian crisis" was generated by elements of the US government, Soros Organisations, and the IMF to throw the duly elected Ukrainian President Yanukovich under a bus, and "anoint" the more Western-centric Poroshenko as President in 2014..

And BTW, before this writer goes to the false, "Russia annexed Crimea" story, let us remember that when the Crimean people realised that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, they first did a referendum of their people, to ask if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to accept Crimean membership in that organisation. The people voted yes; the petition was accepted by the Russian Federation, and the Crimeans decided upon peaceful self-determination, in their break with Ukraine.

Of course, because Crimea had been the industrial powerhouse of Ukraine, but now it was about to become the industrial powerhouse of Russia, Ukraine and the US got mad enough to lie that Russia had simply annexed Crimea, when nothing could possibly be further from the truth.

The aggression here has been coming from NATO and the US, in the pre-positioning of weapons and military assets in such a way as to be encircling Russia.

Dec 16 11:46

NDAA Would Allow US to Send Anti-Aircraft Weapons to Syrian Rebels

It wasn’t widely reported during the debate of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), nor indeed was it mentioned in either the House or Senate versions of the bill, but the NDAA has a provision within it that would allow the US to send shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to rebel factions in Syria.

The provision was slipped into the conference report by Rep. Ted Yoho (R – FL) during the conference to reconcile the House and Senate versions, and would allow such arms shipments so long as Congressional committees approve of the move.

Incredibly, Rep. Yoho had previously successfully put an amendment into the House version which forbade the US from sending any anti-aircraft missiles to the rebels at all. There was no amendment at all in the Senate bill, and Yoho presented the the new version as a “compromise” that would ensure Congress at least had some say on the secret weapons smuggling program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment right now, at warp speed.

Apparently, Representative Yoho is unaware that the US government has been doing this for 4 years in Syria, in an effort to effect "regime change", and such efforts have gone spectacularly badly for the US.

He also appears to have forgotten that one of the classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

Dec 16 11:23

Sweden Is 'Preparing For War' With Russia

Officials in Sweden have been ordered to ensure that they are ready for war as fears of a Russian invasion grow.

The country’s Civil Contingencies Agency has sent out a letter to all local authorities telling them they must be better equipped to respond to the threat of war.

Dec 16 11:11

Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy – a hidden one – has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten minutes a child in Yemen is now dying from malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections. A new UNICEF report shows over 400,000 Yemeni children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Without immediate medical attention, these children will die. The situation is so dire that over half of the entire nation’s 25 million people lack sufficient food.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, through its enabling of the Saudi government, has become complicit in its war crimes against the people of Yemen.

This is what life looks like through the eyes of a starving to death Yemeni child:

Images: wounded, starving, and dead children, courtesy of Saudi Bombing Raids

Still proud to be an American, understanding that your government is complicit in the genocide of Yemini kids, after seeing these images?!?

When I was a kid growing up, I would never have imagined that my country would wind up a proud partner in war crimes.

And yet, at this point in its history, sadly, it has become one, regarding the humanitarian catastrophe Yemen has become, courtesy of American governmental assistance.

Dec 16 10:19

China Seizes U.S. Submarine Drone in Disputed Territory Of The South China Sea

By Nicholas West

An ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea over a stretch that comprises more than 750 reefs, banks, and shoals known more generally as the Spratly Islands continues to heat up...

Dec 16 10:13

Obama Says U.S. Will Retaliate for Russia’s Election Meddling

President Obama said on Thursday that the United States would retaliate for Russia’s efforts to influence the presidential election, asserting that “we need to take action,” and “we will.”

The comments, in an interview with NPR, indicate that Mr. Obama, in his remaining weeks in office, will pursue either economic sanctions against Russia or perhaps some kind of response in cyberspace.

Mr. Obama spoke as President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday again refused to accept Moscow’s culpability, asking on Twitter why the administration had waited “so long to act” if Russia “or some other entity” had carried out cyberattacks.

The president discussed the potential for American retaliation with Steve Inskeep of NPR for an interview to air on Friday morning. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our election,” Mr. Obama said, “we need to take action. And we will — at the time and place of our choosing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A polite, but strong, word of caution to President Obama; to accuse any foreign government of hacking the American election process, without any incontrovertible proof that such a thing actually happened, puts you on extraordinarily thin geopolitical ice, Mr. President.

And to double down with this accusation, and threat of retaliation, when your own Attorney General, Attorney General Lynch stated publicly, yesterday, that there was no evidence of 'technical interference' from Russia in this last election cycle?

Attorney General Lynch: No ‘Technical Interference’ From Russia During The Election?

Why is she making this statement, in the wake of your accusation and threat against Russia, sir?!?

Because the reality is, you cannot both be right.

NSA, FBI, and ODNI also say the CIA claim lacks foundation.

Ever since Trump was elected in November, President Obama, the Democrats, and Clinton, bruised by their stinging defeat, have been trying, desperately, to find something or someone to blame; fake news; anti-Clinton propaganda; and now, Russian hacking.

Your party bears the responsibility for this failure, first, by not allowing the candidate who could have beaten Trump, Bernie Sanders, to receive the the nomination.

The DNC party machinery used every possible trick in the book to keep this from happening, as the many lawsuits addressing this issue, will most probably prove.

And secondly, at the end of the day, Mr. President, you and your party must, inevitably, take responsibility for running such a deeply flawed candidate, whose history, health situation, and temperament, made her totally unfit for the White House.

So what do you, and the DNC, do now, and who do you groom for 2020?!?

If you and the DNC were smart, you would be looking for a candidate among your ranks who is bright, and relatively young, untainted by the kind of baggage and corruption which swirled at Clinton's feet like a cesspool when she was Secretary of State.

Her name...is House Representative Tulsi Gabbard, from Hawaii; she is a lady for whom I have a great deal of respect, although I am not, myself, a Democrat.

If the Democratic party wants to be perceived as having any shred of credibility whatsoever in the next election cycles, it must re-invent itself by returning to its roots as a fighter for justice for the underdogs in this country.

Because right now, the Democratic Party is perceived as an arrogant tool of the monied and entitled classes which has thoroughly abandoned those it allegedly represents, and has completely forgotten its history.

Dec 16 09:59

Vietnam Is Well, But That Angers Western Imperialism

Some fifteen years ago, when I lived in Hanoi, I used to come very often to the rooftop bar at the Meritus Hotel for an evening drink, just to feel the gentle breeze and to spot ancient cargo boats majestically sailing on the surface of the Red River. Sometimes the river could be clearly visible, but often it was covered by fog, like in an old Vietnamese painting.

Dec 16 09:40

Obama Says US Will Respond to Russian Hacking

President Barack Obama today promised the U.S. would "take action" in response to Russia's pre-election hacking, >>>

(*all because we didn't do as we were told , and elect CLINTON)

Dec 16 09:24

NEW NDAA PROVISION WOULD ALLOW US TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS WITH ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS

It wasn’t widely reported during the debate of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), nor indeed was it mentioned in either the House or Senate versions of the bill, but the NDAA has a provision within it that would allow the US to send shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to rebel factions in Syria.

Dec 16 08:26

Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange goes on the offensive over claims Russia was behind Clinton email hack, saying Kremlin is NOT its source

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange flatly rejected U.S. intelligence claims that his organization received leaked Clinton emails from the Russian government, saying the allegations are part of a 'foolish' and 'dangerous' effort by Democrats to overturn Donald Trump’s election victory.

'Our source is not the Russian government,' Assange told Sean Hannity on his radio show on Thursday, in his first U.S. interview since the election. 'We have U.S. intelligence saying that say they know how we got our stuff and when we got it, and us saying we didn’t get it from a state.'

Dec 15 13:57

Massive NATO drills in eastern Bavaria

Large-scale military exercises are taking place in eastern Bavaria as German troops prepare to lead NATO operations in Lithuania.

Dec 15 09:37

Assad: US Support Terrorists By Calling Them Moderate Opposition

President Bashar al-Assad has accused the US of sponsoring terrorist groups in Syria by labeling them ‘moderate opposition’.

Dec 15 08:56

“TRANSPARENT” OBAMA ADMIN JUST ORDERED BUSH’S WAR CRIMES TO REMAIN SECRET FOR 12 MORE YEARS

Those who wished to read the full text of the notorious Senate report on documenting the CIA torture of detainees after 9/11 will have to wait for 12 years. The White House ordered it kept under seal after Barack Obama leaves office.
Seven US senators urged the Obama administration to declassify the 6,770-page Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program so the public could have a full account of past torture practices.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston, in responding to the request, said the president had told the National Archives and Records Administration that access to the classified material should be shielded from public access requests for 12 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Mr. President: this report on CIA torture should be released immediately.

The American people deserve to know what was done, in their names, and with their tax dollars, to torture prisoners of war into confessions. Consider the case of one Benyam Mohammed, as reported in the working papers, 2006, of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Council, and I warn you: the language is very graphic, but I think Americans should definitively know what went on in the torture sessions the US military did directly, or outsourced, as was the case here.

206. At its worst, the torture involved stripping Binyam naked and using a doctor's scalpel to make incisions all over his chest and other parts of his body: "One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once and they stood for a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress myself, but I was screaming. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists."

207. Eventually Binyam began to co-operate in his interrogation sessions in an effort to prevent being tortured: "They said if you say this story as we read it, you will just go to court as a witness and all this torture will stop. I could not take any more... and I eventually repeated what they read out to me. They told me to say I was with bin Laden five or six times. Of course that was false. They continued with two or three interrogations a month. They weren't really interrogations —more like trainings, training me what to say."

The bottom line here is, torture will get the tortured person to say anything their torturers want them to say in order to get the torture to stop; they were getting precisely the false confessions his torturers wanted from this guy, which he gave in order to get the torture to stop.

It does not produce actionable intelligence.

One of the finest interrogators of all times, Germany's Hanns-Joachim Scharff, during World War 11, never used any torture; only kindness, but wound up with great intel from the process. In fact, after the war, because he was so respected by the American military, he was invited to give courses in his methods of interrogation here in the states.

Hanns Scharff

And I will tell you what else happens, when the US government either tortures, or outsources torture.

1. It demonstrates to the world that the United States does not believe in the
rule of law at all, so its treatment of prisoners of war absolutely does not
follow the Geneva Conventions, which provide for the humane treatment of
these prisoners.

2. It gives carte blanche to leadership of other countries to torture American
civilians and military personnel.

3. It demonstrates, both at home and abroad, that US leadership has utterly
no moral compass whatsoever.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

Dec 15 07:27

Veterans Groups Urge Donald Trump to Keep Current VA Secretary

Six groups send a letter seeking a meeting with the president-elect
Several national veterans advocacy organizations are urging Donald Trump to reappoint Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, while, separately, the six most prominent groups sent a letter Tuesday seeking a face-to-face meeting with the president-elect to discuss the future of veterans programs.

Dec 14 16:10

Georgia Finds 9 More DHS Attempts To Hack State Election System

Georgia is calling on Donald Trump to investigate the Department of Homeland Security after the discovery of 9 more attempts by the agency to hack the state’s election system.

Dec 14 13:49

Army recruiter admits funneling guns to drug cartel

A former Army recruiter from San Antonio has admitted he funneled dozens of assault rifles to operatives of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel last year by organizing other soldiers to help him buy the weapons.

Dec 14 12:54

NATO-Russia War Seen As Top "Conflict" Risk For 2017 By CFR

A NATO-Russia confrontation has been deemed a top risk by by the CFR survey, conducted by foreign policy experts. This placed it alongside the risk of a nuclear crisis with North Korea, a highly disruptive cyberattack, and a severe terrorist attack on the US among the events with the highest impact on the US.

The likelihoods for the biggest potential conflicts coming true were split into two groups – those with a moderate likelihood of happening, but causing a high impact; and those with a high likelihood of happening, but causing a moderate impact.

Unlike prior years, in 2017 no scenario was deemed both highly likely and highly impactful to U.S. interests, a change from last year when an intensification of Syria’s civil war was considered the most urgent threat. Respondents still considered a worsening of Syria’s civil war to be highly likely in 2017, but downgraded its impact on U.S. interests from high to moderate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I certainly wish that the esteemed members of the CFR could prove one incident of alleged "Russian Aggression"; because all I have seen is the polar opposite fact that NATO has been surrounding Russia with weapons and troops, calling for more expanded moves in that direction for next year!

Russia NEVER "annexed Crimea"; in the Spring of 2014, the US government, in collusion with the IMF, NATO, and various Soros organisations, threw the duly elected Yanukovich under the proverbial bus, then anointed Poroshenko as Ukraine's President, in an election even more crooked than a dog's hind leg!!

Victoria Nuland, in a presentation, even bragged about how much the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine, in a presentation:

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

At that point, Crimean officials understood that there was no honest representation in Kiev, so they first asked their people, in an observed, and honest, referendum as to whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or request to join the Russian Federation. The Crimean people voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation. A petition was put forward to the Russian Federation, asking if Crimea could be accepted as a member, and the Russian Federation accepted.

But this act of peaceful self-determination by the Crimeans made the governments of the Ukraine and US so angry, that they accused Russia of having "annexed" Ukraine, so punished them with sanctions, and insisted that the EU follow along.

NATO, Ukraine, and the US government continue to lie about something which Russia never did, and THAT is their basis for characterizing Russia's behaviour as "aggressive".

In fact, this headline should more clearly read "NATO WANTS WAR WITH RUSSIA"; with all the verbal belligerence on the part of NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, against Russia recently, particularly concerning its involvement with getting rid of Jihadists, that headline would be more real.

US-RUSSIAN WAR TENSIONS MOUNT OVER EASTERN EUROPE AND SYRIA

NATO to increase its combat readiness amid Russian activity - Stoltenberg

What is needed here is a pullback from the rhetoric, and the introduction of some common-sense, intelligent negotiations here between Russia, NATO, AND THE US Government.

War does not have to be inevitable here.

Russia is not the enemy here, despite NATO's best efforts to paint it as such.

Dec 14 10:16

Iran Increasingly Sees IS as Threat to Islamic Republic

In an unusual display of public candor, Iranian authorities have said in recent speeches that Islamic State infiltrators are becoming a growing threat to the Islamic Republic.

At least three times in recent months, Iranian officials have spoken about breaking up IS-related terror cells and arresting IS-affiliated militants planning attacks inside Iran.

The claims lack many details, including when the alleged incidents took place, the identity of most suspects and concrete links to IS. And at times, the information has conflicted with other accounts.

But the growing emphasis by Iranian officials on the militant group's possible threat has caught the attention of Western analysts who monitor developments in Iran and offer varying views on the extent of the threat and Iran's aim by speaking publicly about them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although concrete details have not been released, the Iranian government has every reason to be concerned about such infiltration; and the reason is as follows:

ISIS USED AS TOOL BY SAUDIS, US & TURKEY WHEN IT SUITS THEIR INTERESTS – US SENATOR

There is nothing that would be more satisfying to some US and Saudi officials than to see regime change in Tehran, and both countries would certainly not be above using ISIS to do it, as a proxy force, in order to keep their own troops' hands clean, as much as possible.

Dec 14 10:01

U.S. ready to confront Beijing on South China Sea: admiral

The United States is ready to confront China should it continue its overreaching maritime claims in the South China Sea, the head of the U.S. Pacific fleet said on Wednesday, comments that threaten to escalate tensions between the two global rivals.

China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

The United States has called on China to respect the findings of the arbitration court in The Hague earlier this year which invalidated its vast territorial claims in the strategic waterway.

But Beijing continues to act in an "aggressive" manner, to which the United States stands ready to respond, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said in a speech in Sydney.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Admiral Harris; although I am certain that these statements were crafted for your Sidney audience's consumption; however, the unfortunate unfortunately reality is that the US military is absolutely unready for even a conventional war against China, and/or Russia, because it does not have the weaponry; the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to do so.

Yes, China and Russia spend considerably less than does the US military for its weapons, but they get far more bang for their buck.

When weapons are deployed in the field, many times they are obsolete before delivery; do not at all function as promised, and come with huge cost over-rides; that is currently a fact of life for the US military.

Do I need to remind you of the debacle which has been the F-35, or the Navy's $480 million-per-ship littoral combat ships, which currently fall apart if you scowl at them?!?

Sir, this is absolutely not a way to run a weapons program, but I do have some suggestions for curing the problem.

With every weapon, ship, or munitions contract, if any of these are late, or do not perform as promised, that company gets fined within an inch of its financial life, and that requirement is clearly stipulated in the signed contract between the US military, and the manufacturing corporation.

And if there are problems with anything, that corporation will fix that problem at its own expense, NOT at the expense of We the People.

These actions by the US military should cause some re-thinking on the part of our defense corporations, and move them in a much better direction, and make what they produce infinitely more useable.

Dec 14 09:40

U.S. Continues Support For Saudi Arabia In Yemen While Halting Some Arms Sales

The United States has decided to limit military support to Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties and will halt a planned arms sale to the kingdom, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The United States will also revamp future training of the kingdom’s air force to focus on improving Saudi targeting practices, a persistent source of concern for Washington.

The decision reflects deep frustration within President Barack Obama’s government over Saudi Arabia’s practices in Yemen’s 20-month-old war, which has killed more than 10,000 people and sparked humanitarian crises, including chronic food shortages, in the poorest country in the Middle East.

It could also further strain ties between Washington and Riyadh in the remaining days of Obama’s administration and put the question of Saudi-U.S. relations squarely before the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Obama; Mr. President, in enabling the Saudi Government to buy their bombs from companies like General Dynamics, you, sir, have allowed this country's government to become complicit in Saudi war crimes in their "scorched earth" campaign in Yemen.

There is no polite way around this sir, and somewhere, in your heart of hearts, you know that this is true.

If gun manufacturers are to blame for gun crime, then the United States is responsible for the war crimes being committed in Yemen.

Saudis strike schools, hospitals, and open air market places with utter impunity; their actions in Yemen border on genocide.

(Warning: very graphic images follow)

dead and wounded Yemeni children, as a result of Saudi air strikes

Oh, and the blockade of Yemen's ports has meant that no food supplies can be delivered, which translates to children who are starving to death, slowly and painfully.

Images of Yemeni children, dying from starvation because of the Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports

When you kill or starve children to death, you take away the potential for a country's future, and it appears, even though you are a father yourself, that you are perfectly comfortable with this slaughter of Yemeni children.

That you use the starving children in Syria as "justification" to prolong that atrocity, is the rankest of hypocrisy.

But then, such an attitude, which dismisses these children as "merely collateral damage",is completely consistent with a sociopathic personality.

This military enabling of Saudi Arabia against the Houthis, rather than developing a strategy of engaging elements of both the Al Hadi government and the Houthi rebels in negotiations to end the bloodshed here, will go down as one of the worst, epic fails of your administrations, worse even than your attempt to keep the fighting in Syria going so you could "dump" your inability to regime-change Damascus on Trump.

History, sir, will not judge you kindly; and I can guarantee that it will judge you on the content of your character, and how that has been made evident by your failure to stop the wars you promised to stop; a further involvement in more wars; the embracing of the horribly immoral act of extrajudicial assassination; and your success at creating more wealth for the one percent, while leaving an economy in which 94 million American workers are not participating in the labor force.

As you strut around the country, and the world, on your "victory lap" before leaving office; please remember that the above is your "true legacy", both to Americans, and to the world.

Dec 14 09:07

Video: DRONE FOOTAGE: Old City Of Aleppo After Army Liberate Citadel Area

The battle for eastern Aleppo continues as militants still maintain control over the strategic Sheikh Saeed, Bustan Al-Qasr and Kalassah districts.

Dec 14 08:53

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Totalitarianism, and I Don’t Mean Russia

If we smell precisely the stench of the totality of steps taken in NATO countries in recent months, especially in the United States and the European Union, we can smell the stench of totalitarian rule or some would call it, fascism, being quietly imposed on our basic human freedoms. Some recent examples give pause for reflection as to where we are allowing our world to drift.

Dec 14 08:47

German minister sparks outrage after REFUSING to wear hijab during Saudi Arabia visit

GERMANY’S defence minister has sparked fury in Saudi Arabia after she willingly refused to wear a hijab during an official visit to the Kingdom.

According to an Iranian newspaper, Von der Leyen said: “No woman in my delegation will be required to wear the abaya, as the right to choose one’s attire is a right shared by men and women equally.”

Shortly after her meeting with the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, Saudis took to twitter to express their disdain for her actions.

Der Leyen wore a dark blue suit while donning the traditional ghutrah head covering.

Michael Ohnmacht, a German Embassy official, quickly tried to change the focus on the debate.

He said: “The talks between Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed and the German minister focused on ways and means to beef up Saudi German cooperation in different areas, including high-level exchanges, personally education and training, defence, mutual visits and security affairs."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The above is diplo-speak for the reality that Von der Leyen was most likely in Saudi Arabia to push weapons sales, now that Obama has denied the sales of some weapons to Saudi Arabia because of the war crimes they are committing with them in Yemen, and the reality that the Saudis funded approximately 20% of Clinton's campaign through the Foundation, and were expecting some quid pro quo, if she got elected.

Nature abhors a vacuum; that may well account for the timing of this visit.

Profits uber alles, right?!?

And please remember; back in March of this year, Germany sold choppers to Saudi Arabia.

Germany Approves Sale of Military Helicopters to Saudi Arabia.

Dec 13 16:16

Obama Halts Some Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, Following Alleged "War Crimes" In Yemen

Whether it is retaliation for dumping Treasuries, blackmail to keep to OPEC production quotas, or - more likely - being implicated in war crimes for supporting a Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, President Obama has decided that after shipping billions in weapons to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports it will halt a planned arms sale to The Kingdom.

As we detailed previously, citing government documents and the accounts of current and former officials, Reuters reveals that while the Obama administration and the Pentagon rail against Russian bombing in Syria, State Department officials have been skeptical - in private of course - of the Saudi military's ability to target Houthi militants without killing civilians and destroying "critical infrastructure" needed for Yemen to recover.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By selling the Saudis the weapons with which they are killing innocent civilians, the US government has absolutely been complicit in war crimes!!!

And don't think for one second that the Saudis didn't believe they were going to get an enormous "return" on their "investment" in Clinton's campaign!

I wonder if they are going to want their money back, now that Clinton has lost the election!! THIS...could get messy, indeed.

Dec 13 13:35

US Marine Osprey crashes off Japan, 5 rescued, US officials say

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey crashed roughly 6 miles off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, on Tuesday, marking the second crash of a Marine aircraft in the area in less than a week, two Pentagon officials told Fox News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yeah; we're ready to go to war against Russia and China all right!

Dec 13 13:14

ISIS Used As Tool By Saudis, US & Turkey When It Suits Their Interests – US Senator

Speaking to RT on the advance of ISIS militants from Mosul toward Palmyra, Virginia Senator Richard Black (R) expressed doubt that the US-led coalition could have overlooked such a regrouping, pointing to possible interests of the US and regional players.

Dec 13 11:26

Bomb Threat Forces Lufthansa Emergency Landing At JFK, 500 Evacuated

A Lufthansa plane was forced to make an emergency landing at New York’s JFK Airport after a bomb threat was received via telephone, according to media reports. The NYPD Bomb Squad is en route to investigate the aircraft.

Dec 13 11:07

CIA Torture Report To Be Sent To Obama’s Archive

US President Barack Obama will send to his presidential archive a comprehensive Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture.

Obama ordered that the material remain classified for 12 years, read a letter from White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Dec 13 10:43

FORMER BRITISH AMBASSADOR SAYS RUSSIA ELECTION HACK CONSPIRACY THEORY IS KAFKAESQUE

For the political class and the establishment media, fantasy has become hard, cold fact: Russia hacked the US election. There is absolutely no evidence of this. The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, Politico, on and on, the entire establishment media is feeding on a lie given credence by an organization that has lied, cheated, and killed people for almost 70 years—the CIA.

Dec 13 10:33

It's 2016. Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?

The long national nightmare that was the 2016 presidential election is finally over. Now, we’re facing a worse terror: the reality of a Trump presidency. Donald Trump has already promised to nominate a segregationist attorney general, a national security adviser who is a raging Islamophobe, a secretary of education who doesn’t believe in public schools, and a secretary of defense whose sobriquet is “Mad Dog.” How worried should we be that General James “Mad Dog” Mattis may well be the soberest among them?

Dec 13 09:02

Spies Recruited Me Then ‘Threw Me To The Wolves’ – Terrorism Convict

A convicted terrorist suspect who aided the Brussels bombers has claimed that he was recruited and groomed by UK spies before being thrown “to the wolves” once he was no longer deemed useful.

Zakaria Boufassil, who was sentenced to three years in jail on Monday after being convicted of aiding terrorism, had handed £3,000 to a jihadist named Mohammed Abrini in the city of Birmingham in July of 2015, just months before Abrini was involved in the 2016 Brussels bombing.

Dec 13 08:47

The Bloodthirsty Hawks Want To See The Cold War Boil Over

Was the Cold War against communism, or against Russia? Russia was our ally in World War II, and we’d have a Nazi world today if 26 million Russians hadn’t died from Hitler’s bombs and attacks while Russia fought on with courage amidst desperation, finally to crush his regime.

Dec 13 07:27

How Pro-Israel Neocons Pushed for War in Iraq (Alison Weir)

Alison Weir calls the names of the 25 or so Israel-firsters inside US government behind all the wars.

Dec 12 23:12

Exclusive Interview with President-elect Donald Trump Dec 11 2016

The Trump Wave – Chris Wallace with President-elect Donald Trump

When asked why would the CIA put out the story that the Russians wanted you to win, Trump said I don’t think it is the CIA, I think it is the Democrat’s,because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics.

I am open-minded… I’m somebody that gets it…other countries are eating our lunch…the great American people have been forgotten…millions of people have given up looking for work… I understand our country – Donald J Trump

Dec 12 16:14

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’

American lawmakers have introduced a so-called Stop Arming Terrorists Act that aims to protect US taxpayers’ dollars from being spent on supporting and arming international terrorist groups through covert operations and third states.

Dec 12 16:10

Trump Says F-35 Program Cost ‘Out Of Control’, Wants To Save ‘Billions Of Dollars’

The latest target of President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism is the Joint Strike Fighter program. He tweeted that, under his administration, the US military will end the overspending and save billions of dollars.

“The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” he wrote.

Dec 12 16:09

Can Laws the Globalist Made Be Used to take Down New World Order’s Treasonous Subversives Under a Trump Administration?

The Patriot Act, The John Warner Defense Authorization Act, The Military Commissions Act, The Insurrection Act, NDAA of 2012 and Presidential Directive 51 were designed to quash the resistance to the New World Order by using the Military to take over state legislators and remove governors, local governments that will not go along with the globalist agenda. To arrest public servants and dissidents defiant to the tyrannical government coming out of Washington DC. To come after and arrest veterans, gun rights advocates, pro-life supporters and devout Christians. To remove the opposition was the goal.
Now the tables might have turned where these laws can be used against them. The New World Order has a good reason to be scared.

Dec 12 15:13

A “Soft Coup” Attempt: Furious Trump Slams “Secret” CIA Report Russia Helped Him Win

The Washington Post reports a secret anonymous CIA assessment claims Russia tried to help Trump win the election . The Post falsely claimed there is a consensus in the CIA while Lawmakers briefed on the report say there is no direct evidence of Russian involvement, the evidence is circumstantial and not all agents agreed on the assessment.

Dec 12 15:01

Warnings From The Cuban Missile Crisis

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1962, now known as “Black Saturday,” was the day I arrived in Havana to report on the Cuban missile crisis, completely oblivious that 50 years later it would be considered “the most dangerous moment in human history,” the day we came closest to nuclear Armageddon.

Dec 12 13:22

Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimp

The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag.

Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

Dec 12 13:16

Stop the CIA Coup – The Deep State versus Donald Trump

The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal US assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior US official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.” [emphasis added]

Dec 12 09:03

Trump says F-35 program cost ‘out of control’, wants to save ‘billions of dollars’

"The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th," he wrote.

...

Trump’s tweet followed similar criticism he voiced in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

"It's out of control. And the people that are making these deals for the government, they should never be allowed to go to work for these companies. You know, they make a deal like that and two or three years later, you see them working for these companies that made the deal," the president-elect said.

After the Monday tweet, shares of Lockheed Martin Corp. dropped 2.7% in premarket trade.

Dec 11 13:29

DARPA Aims For Simple Way To Control Swarm Of Attack Drones

The US military’s research agency has announced a program to devise elaborate technology which could allow easy control over a swarm of attack drones, which should help urban warfighters to achieve supremacy on future battlefields.

Dec 11 12:38

Fake News and War Party Lies – Pat Buchanan

Now, Americans should be on guard against “fake news” and foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

Yet it is often our own allies, like the Brits, and our own leaders who mislead and lie us into unnecessary wars. And is not meddling in the internal affairs, including the elections, of regimes we do not like, pretty much the job description of the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy?

Dec 11 12:32

‘Total respect!’ Troops show their love for Trump at Army-Navy game; check out the video, photos

This is the year of breaking records, Army beating Navy after 14 years
The annual Army-Navy game is a proud American tradition often attended by U.S. Presidents ever since Theodore Roosevelt first attended a snow-filled event in 1901.

The 117th annual game, however, saw the first president-elect on record in attendance.

If you were at the game or watching on television, you couldn’t have missed Trump’s entrance thanks to the massive cheers coming from the military cadets in attendance.

Dec 11 10:39

CONGRESS RELEASES FINAL REPORT, SHOWS OBAMA TOOK $2.6B FROM VETS TO GIVE TO SYRIAN REFUGEES

American heroes cannot make doctor appointments, the cost of treatment is insanely high, and over 307,000 veterans have died while waiting for care. As bad as the problems have gotten, no one has been held accountable.

The most recent act of treason came when the VA appeared before Congress and argued that they were short $2,600,000,000 in their budget because that money was taken by Obama and placed in his Syrian refugee program.

Dec 11 10:16

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

Then there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons laboratories". Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction.

The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented illustrations such as this one to the United Nations on February 5th, 2003.

This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as we are in a war between Corporate Media and Independent Media over who really is the "Fake News", it is time to remind everyone of this whopper that started a war and got a lot of people killed, including Iraqis tortured to death by the US!

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Dec 11 09:59

THE MIDDLE EAST’S WORST NIGHTMARE: THE COMING WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND RUSSIA

THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE HAS BEEN REGULARLY PAYING VISITS TO SYRIA FOR YEARS, ATTACKING CONVOYS TRANSPORTING IRANIAN WEAPONS TO HEZBOLLAH, OR DESTROYING A SYRIAN NUCLEAR REACTOR IN 2007.

Dec 11 09:49

LEAKED FOOTAGE EXPOSES CNN PRODUCING FAKE NEWS DURING FIRST GULF WAR

Leaked footage has emerged of Charles Jaco when he was the CNN anchor made internationally famous for heroically covering the 1990 Persian Gulf War.

The first part of this video shows the stage set he was on while he clowns around with fellow CNN staff. The Saudi Arabian “hotel” in the background is adorned by fake palm trees and a blue wall in a studio. This clip was leaked by CNN staff.

The second part of this video is a live CNN satellite feed recorded onto VHS showing the final cut. Charles Jaco is wearing a different jacket, but he had the same act. Even though the acting is terrible as Charles Jaco wore a gas mask, and his fellow correspondent Carl Rochelle wore a helmet—the American public were manipulated and duped en masse. The sirens and missile sound effects are part of the stage set. The camera never pans out or shows the sky as they appear terrified of chemical weapons being dropped from above.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you want fake news, just continue watching the corporate prestitutes obediently regurgitating the propaganda, and narrative, the US government wants you to believe is real!!

Dec 11 09:46

BARACK OBAMA AUTHORIZES DELIVERY OF WEAPONS TO JIHADISTS IN SYRIA, BY BARACK OBAMA

SUBJECT: PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION AND WAIVER PURSUANT TO SECTION 2249A OF TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE, AND SECTIONS 40 AND 40A OF THE ARMS EXPORT CONTROL ACT TO SUPPORT U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS TO COMBAT TERRORISM IN SYRIA

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2249a of title 10, United States Code, sections 40 and 40A of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2780 and 2781), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby:

determine that the transaction, encompassing the provision of defense articles and services to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating ongoing U.S. military operations to counter terrorism in Syria, is essential to the national security interests of the United States;
waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Obama continues to wage war against a sovereign nation, Syria, with this desperate, and immoral, act in his outgoing Presidency, in his fervid, delusional hope that somehow, prolonging this war is going to bring down Bashar Al-Assad, which it will not.

Dec 11 09:42

US Lawmaker And Marine Veteran Insulted For Opposing Mattis As Pentagon Chief

A US congressman and Marine veteran, who fought with invading American forces in Iraq, has said he will stand by his bid to oppose retired Marine General James Mattis as the next defense secretary despite being harshly insulted by fellow veterans.

Dec 11 09:26

OBAMA’S LEGACY: HUMAN COST OF EIGHT YEARS OF WAR

President Barack Obama declared during his second inauguration speech, “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” However, one of the main legacies of Obama’s presidency may be that his administration further institutionalized a framework for a global “war on terrorism” with no end in sight.

In a report released on December 5 on the “legal and policy frameworks” for pursuing war, Obama suggests the frameworks show the U.S. is capable of defending its interests at home and around the world in a manner consistent with the “laws, values, and traditions” that are a “source” of America’s “greatest strength.”

There are six “theaters” of war, which the report highlights: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. It omits Pakistan, where the CIA has launched drone strikes, as well as countries in Africa, like Mali.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And PLEASE, will someone from the Nobel Peace Prize Committee have the "male attributes" to call the White House, and ask for Obama's Peace Prize to be returned?!?

As warmonger-in-chief, he has hardly deserved it!!!

Dec 11 08:59

TERROR IN TURKEY At least 38 killed including 30 police officers by two bombs in ‘inhuman terror attack’ at Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul

A TWIN bomb attack outside a football stadium in Istanbul has killed 38 people – including 30 police officers.

Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for the “inhuman” terror attack which wounded 160 others hours after the end of a match between two top teams at the Vodafone Arena on Saturday night.

The two bombs, a car packed with 300kg of explosives and a suicide bomb, struck at about 10.30pm in the Be?ikta? neighbourhood in the Turkish city.

At least 13 people have been arrested over the twin bombing which was carried out by militant group TAK, also known as the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons.

TAK, an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was also behind a deadly car bomb that claimed 11 lives in southeastern city Diyarbak?r last month.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmu?, said Saturday’s attack was “clearly planned”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very sorry for all those who died, or were wounded in this savage attack, and their families and friends.

But IF, in fact, this offshoot of the PKK actually did this, they did it with the sure and certain knowledge that they have set the stage for a complete ethnic cleansing ,and genocide against, the Kurdish population in Turkey, which makes me doubt that they were, in fact, to blame.

They had to know what the consequences of what such an act would be; how could they do this, when they knew that Erdogan's response will be the most total annihilation of the Kurdish population in Turkey possible?!?

Something here just doesn't make sense at all.

Dec 11 08:15

Tulsi Gabbard – If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Why does our gov get a free pass on this?

Dec 10 17:27

President-elect Trump Delivers Remarks At “Thank You” Rally In Michigan

President-elect Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“You the American people will be in-charge. Your voice will never fall on deaf ears again.”

“Thank you Michigan. We are going to bring back your jobs & together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Dec 10 17:23

Marine Generals on Trump’s Team

"Mad Dog" Mattis Plays no Games" - Donald Trump

Former members of the Marines, the military’s smallest but proudest branch have gone on to become senators, governors, and senior government officials. But never has a former Marine become president of the United States. Perhaps with the elevation of these Marines into senior foreign policy roles, that could change.

Dec 10 09:12

A New Cold War Or A New Detente

The U.S. presidential election presented the American voting public with a clear choice on the issue of the New Cold War with Russia, between worsening tensions and a chance for détente.

Hillary Clinton offered a continuation and intensification of the policies of isolation, denigration and confrontation with Russia that President Obama has pursued over the past three years, bringing us closer to nuclear war. Donald Trump favored a policy of outreach to Russia, initially focused on a common struggle against Islamic State and Al Qaeda terrorism, but having the potential to mature into a broad constructive relationship.

Dec 10 08:15

The 9th F/A-18 crashed in less than 6 months, poor quanlity control cost lives

USA crashed its 7th F/A-18 in less than 6 months, and NATO countries loses another 2 F/A-18 within the same period of time, without any combat mission:

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The USA now qualifies as a enemy ace!

Dec 10 00:44

Rolling Back the Empire: Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo

It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

Dec 09 14:18

Bipartisan Bill Would Forbid US Funding ISIS, al-Qaeda Affiliates

The Stop Arming Terrorists Act (SATA) has been introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D – HI). The bill is a bipartisan effort, co-sponsored by Reps. Peter Welch (D – VT), Barbara Lee (D – CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R – CA), and Thomas Massie (R – KY) which would forbid the US government from using taxpayer dollars to arm, fund, or train terrorist organizations.

Rep. Gabbard noted that it has been against the law for years for individual Americans to fund terrorist organizations, but that the US has been routinely doing so for years in Syria, providing arms to many terrorist-linked groups within Syria’s rebellion.

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Good on you, Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii's Own Representative!

The CIA is not going to like you for having introduced this legislation, but you had the guts to do this, knowing who you were up against: bravo, my dear!

Dec 09 14:13

US Navy Refuses Pentagon Orders to Budget for Spending Cuts

With Congress having today passed the 2017 military spending bill, most of the Pentagon is hard at work preparing another massive military spending bill in 2018. That does not include the US Navy, however.

Ordered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to prepare a budget that incorporates $17 billion in cuts over the next five years, the Navy is outright refusing to do so, with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus declaring the cuts to be “intolerable.”

At the center of the issue is that the Pentagon wants the cuts to center on major new shipbuilding programs, while the Navy is determined to see the number of ships they are fielding at any given time grow. This eagerness for more ships has led the Navy toward programs like the Littoral Combat Ship, a small coastal ship that officials have argued is mostly useless, but does count as a ship in between its many breakdowns.

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President-elect Trump has to crack down on fraud, and weapons, ships, and fighter jets which do not perform, and have to be refitted at staggering costs, when they break down.

And the contracts for these weapons systems should contain the rider that should these items fail, the contractor will be obligated to fix it at their own expense.

And if that is not enough, potentially hard jail time for the Presidents and Board members of those companies whose weapons chronically fail.

Yes, I know these measures sound quite draconian; but so help me, Hieronymus Bosch, they will cure the problem the US is having with equipment which fails consistently, and quickly.

Dec 09 14:06

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNo Evidence, But Pentagon Tries to Convince Turkey Iran Killed Their Troops

A late November attack on Turkish soldiers in northern Syria, which killed four troops, was initially and falsely blamed on a Syrian airstrike by Turkish officials. Turkey met with Russia over the matter, who confirmed that this wasn’t the case, and indeed that the indication was that the attack wasn’t an airstrike at all, but an ISIS suicide bombing.

ISIS was quick to take credit for the bombing the day it happened, so it wasn’t clear why Turkey needed a solid week to concede that their initial claim of an airstrike was wrong. The Pentagon, however, is trying to sell Turkey on the idea that everyone is wrong and Iran attacked them for no apparent reason.

Unnamed Pentagon officials quoted in the Turkish press offered no evidence of Iranian involvement, but noted that the site of the attack, which again apparently was an ISIS suicide attack, was sort of close to some places where Shi’ite militias are located, and since Iran is a Shi’ite state “it might be Iran.”

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This is what the Pentagon has become in the 21st century; a fact-challenged, conspiratorial false narrator, attempting to anger Turkey against Iran, when there is not a shred of evidence to support it's claim.

Folks, this makes me very nervous!!

And who are these alleged "Pentagon officials" which made this accusation ?!?

IF in fact Turkish officials spoke to them, I want them named, and interviewed by responsible independent journalists.

Want to talk about fake news and fake accusations?!?

The US government takes the cake, hands-down, on this!!.

Dec 09 13:55

US Hawks Lay Out Plan for Getting Into a War With Iran

United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), an organization packed to the gills with a bipartisan who’s who of hawkish figures, held an event on the “Future of Iran Policy” in Washington DC. Unsurprising, given the list of attendees, the future they envision is war, and lots of it.

The event headlined by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman saw calls to “restore coercion” against Iran, with several figures advocating that the US accept the limits of sanctions alone by sinking Iranian naval vessels in the Persian Gulf.

This call, pushed by Lieberman and Foundation for Defense of Democracies head Mark Dubowitz, who sought to parlay those intermittent events in which the US warships parked off Iran’s coast complain Iran’s boats, inside Iran’s territorial waters, are “too close” by simply attacking and sinking those boats at every opportunity.

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Israel has long been demanding some kind of US attack against Iran, even to the point of threatening to do it themselves, which will inevitably lead to US into war against both Iran and Russia.

"Israeli speculation over Iran strike reaches fever pitch"(Guardian, August 14, 2016)

One has to wonder if that huge military aid package from the US to Israel U.S. $38B military aid package to Israel sends a message was the secret component of a quid pro quo for Israel not attacking Iran.

But the Israeli firsters are not giving up, and this call to "restore coercion" against Iran is nothing less than total insanity; I am sorry, but these folks have collectively lost their reality licenses,to be advocating such reckless US military actions, and need to be gently housed in soft, locked facilities with soft toys preventing any choking hazards.

The P5+1 deal may be many things, and is certainly not perfect, by anyone's standards; but going to war against Iran (which will almost inevitably mean going to war with Russia), right after Trump is inaugurated, is one of the most idiotic things I have heard

Dec 09 13:21

BIG MEDIA’S CONTRA-COCAINE COVER-UP

Twelve years ago, a campaign of character assassination by the major U.S. newspapers drove an honest journalist to suicide. Now those papers claim to be paragons of truth-telling, says Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry

Amid the mainstream U.S. media’s current self-righteous frenzy against “fake news,” it’s worth recalling how the big newspapers destroyed Gary Webb, an honest journalist who exposed some hard truths about the Reagan administration’s collaboration with Nicaraguan Contra cocaine traffickers.

Webb’s reward for reviving that important scandal in 1996 – and getting the CIA’s inspector general to issue what amounted to an institutional confession in 1998 – was to have The New York Times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times lobby for, essentially, his banishment from journalism.

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I put the phrase "committed suicide" in quotes, because Webb did not commit suicide; it was simply the most "convenient explanation" for his death by those in government who never wanted his Iran/Contra story to get out, even though it was the truth.

As reported at prisonplanet.com in December of 2004:

Coroner: Gary Webb's Death Confirmed as Suicide

The article goes on to state: "We're still treating this as very suspicious. They have flip-flopped AGAIN. First it was multiple gunshot wounds, then it was just one and now it's multiple again. The coroner is right we have seen multiple wounds before in suicides, but only in Arkansas. Would somebody stealing your motorcycle really drive you over the edge? Remember what 'Freeway' Ricky Ross said? "The last time I talked to Gary he was excited and happy about life. He was thriving and looking towards the future." We owe it to Gary to exhaust all possibilities, that's what he would have wanted being the meticulous researcher he was."

So, we are supposed to swallow the absolute impossibility that this guy shot himself TWICE?!?!?

BULL BISCUITS!!!! He was taken down in an extrajudicial assassination, most likely, courtesy of elements of the US government who have their assassins on "speed dial".

Dec 09 13:05

ISIS LEADER TERMINATED: RUSSIAN KILLER ROBOT GUNS DOWN HEAD EXTREMIST AND 4 OTHERS

A machine-gun-wielding Russian robot was sent in to “take out” an ISIS emir and four other militants in a raid this week designed to stop terrorist attacks in the Republic of Dagestan, according to Russian security services. A video showing the killer robot indicates that the mechanical shooter was maneuvered into position and received supporting fire from a special forces unit.

The Sun reported this week that Russia has acquired a new soldier in the ongoing war against ISIS terrorists — a robot. The device, equipped with a machine gun, rolled into battle against the extremists in Makhachkala, Dagestan, where ISIS emir Rustam Aselderov was reportedly holed up with members of his terrorist group.

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The US is also developing these kinds of capabilities, as demonstrated by the used of an armed robot in July of this year to gun down an armed suspect tied to 5 fatal police shootings.

Killer robot used by Dallas police opens ethical debate

But I see a disturbing parallel in both the Dallas and Dagestan, as the military and police of both countries were using these weapons domestically, rather than internationally.

Such weapons are, unfortunately, the future of both warfare, and domestic extrajudicial assassinations; this is simply the reality here.

Dec 09 12:20

@Wikileaks Strikes Again, This Time Is Even Worse Then Ever!

Dec 09 12:14

Congress okays $600m. for Israel missile defense

Defense Bill provisions include cooperation on research and development programs, procurement of Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow 3

Dec 09 10:11

Ron Paul Asks: Will Gen. Kelly Re-Militarize The Drug War?

As head of the US Southern Command, Gen. John Kelly was in charge of the US military involvement in the drug war in Central and South America. He blames the liberalization of marijuana in some US states for the ongoing failure of the drug war, even though the drug war has drug on for decades and marijuana decriminalization is a very recent phenomenon.

Dec 09 09:38

House Bill Introduced For US Govt to Stop Funding and Arming Terrorists

By Activist Post

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act yesterday.

The legislation would prohibit the U.S. government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to groups like the Levant Front, Fursan al Ha and other allies of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries that are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups...

Dec 09 09:09

‘US weapons will absolutely end up in the wrong hands again’

Obama’s decision to lift restrictions on aiding “moderate” militant groups in the hope that they will fight ISIS will only empower terrorists, prolong the Syrian conflict and inevitably undermine Russia-US negotiations, geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen told RT.

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"Yeah? So?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 09 09:08

‘Madness must end’: US lawmakers introduce bill to cut aid & funding for terrorists

American lawmakers have introduced a so-called Stop Arming Terrorists Act that aims to protect US taxpayers’ dollars from being spent on supporting and arming international terrorist groups through covert operations and third states.

Dec 09 08:27

Drones Better Option Than Airstrikes & Invasions In Terms Of Casualties – Obama

In his final national security speech, outgoing US President Barack Obama addressed drone warfare, the rise of the Islamic State under his watch, as well as the future of counterterrorism and other foreign policy issues to a military audience at the MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida, headquarters of the US Central Command.

Dec 08 18:21

A Carefully Planned Operation to Prevent President-elect Donald Trump’s Accession to the White House?

Once you get past the first few opinion paragraphs very interesting.
The Yankee and Cowboy War is still ongoing. YEEHAHHH!!!

A carefully coordinated operation is ongoing. The propaganda ploy emanating from the outgoing Obama government and the pro-Clinton faction of the corporate media consists in relentlessly accusing Moscow of having interfered in the election campaign on behalf of Donald Trump. This initiative is supported by major corporate lobby groups (including defence contractors and oil conglomerates) which are behind Hillary’s hawkish foreign policy agenda.

At the height of the election campaign Trump was portrayed by the US media as ”an agent” of the Kremlin, a modern Manchurian candidate.

Dec 08 16:22

Loose nut costs Air Force $62.4 million in accident

An Air Force reconnaissance airplane caught fire in April, endangering the lives of 27 airmen aboard the plane -- all because a retaining nut connecting oxygen tubing was not tightened properly, accident investigators have determined. The report blamed a private defense contracting company for the accident.

Dec 08 16:22

Military aircraft accidents costing lives, billions of dollars

A rash of recent military crashes has cost the lives of several service members as well as billions of dollars worth of damages. The wave of accidents has raised questions about the training of pilots and the maintenance of aircraft, with top brass pointing to slashed budgets and aging fleets strained by prolonged conflict.

Last week, an MH-60S helicopter crashed in the James River in Virginia during a training mission. Earlier this month, two F-16C fighter jets collided in the skies over Georgia.

Dec 08 16:21

More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge

A record number of Air Force drones crashed in major accidents last year, documents show, straining the U.S. military’s fleet of robotic aircraft when it is in more demand than ever for counterterrorism missions in an expanding array of war zones.

Dec 08 16:11

Military jet crashes on rise as some cite training and fleet issues

Marine Maj. Sterling Norton, 36, was killed when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed on July 28 during a live-fire nighttime training accident in Southern California.

Less than a week later, another F/A-18 from the same squadron crashed outside Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev. The pilot ejected safely – but it was the squadron’s third F/A-18 crash since October - two of which were fatal.

Dec 08 15:39

Pope Francis: "We are at war. The world is conducting a third world war."

"I think that "No more war!" has not been taken seriously, because after the First there was the Second, and after the Second there is this third war we are experiencing now, piecemeal. We are at war. The world is conducting a third world war: Ukraine, Middle East, Africa, Yemen - It is very grave... There is an economic theory that I have not tried to confirm, but which I have read in several books: that in the history of humanity, when a State saw that its accounts were not in good shape, waged war to balance its budget. That is, it is one of the easiest ways to produce wealth. Certainly, the price is very high: blood."

Dec 08 10:43

Lieberman: Israel Attacked Syria to Prevent Hezbollah Getting WMDs

Throughout Syria’s Civil War, Israel has repeatedly, despite insisting they are neutral, attacked Syrian military targets, launching several airstrikes and artillery attacks and Syrian military bases and convoys over the years. They virtually never make official statements on the attacks.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, however, isn’t a big fan of this official coyness about the strikes, and not only publicly confirmed the attacks, but claimed Israel had to attack Syrian military targets to try to prevent Hezbollah from acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Lieberman did not indicate what sort of WMDs he is talking about, and is likely just exaggerating the scope of the run-of-the-mill conventional weapons Hezbollah is always getting shipments of to prepare for the next time Israel invades southern Lebanon.

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I hope that whatever Russian influence exists over Israel will be used to get this kind of military grandstanding by Israel to stop, or that Russia will "teach Israel a lesson" which prevents it from doing this kind of military exercise in Syria again.

Dec 08 10:24

US Navy may increase Black Sea patrols – Admiral

Washington may send more ships to the Black Sea in order to extend the amount of time they can patrol the area, according to a senior US Navy officer.

The US has sent a string of warships into the Black Sea since the Ukraine crisis broke out in 2014, and NATO refused to recognize Crimea’s reunification with Moscow or Russia’s military presence on the peninsula.

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So, all they need to do is sneak a submarine in through the Bosphorus, sink a US ship, blame it on Russia, and get their war!

Dec 08 09:59

Assad Says Aleppo Victory Will Change Course Of War In Syria

The Syrian President said that a victory in the battle for the city of Aleppo will be “a huge step” toward bringing the war in Syria to an end.

Dec 08 09:51

NYT, WAPO FAKE NEWS STILL BRINGING REAL GUNS TO IRAQ, KILLING THOUSANDS

Fake news propagated by the US government and collaborating organizations such as the New York Times and Washington Post helped create an environment in which the US was able to illegally invade Iraq in 2003, killing at least one million and possibly upwards of two million people, including the deaths of some 4,500 US soldiers, according to a meta-study by Nobel-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Just this November, nearly 6,000 people were killed in Iraq thanks to the conflicts that are still raging due to the invasion (which is ongoing), and it was not an atypical month – even more were killed in October.

Regarding the fake news that laid the groundwork for the US war of aggression, award-winning journalist Robert Parry notes that, for example, Judith Miller of NYT and Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt “repeatedly stated the ‘fact’ of Iraq’s hidden WMD as flat fact and mocked anyone who doubted the ‘group think.'”

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Fake news from the presstitutes which generates wars and death should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of US law.

Dec 08 09:27

The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs — Paul Craig Roberts

The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news.

Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on president-elect Trump from within the US intelligence community make it clear that pressures on truthtellers are increasing.

Dec 08 09:24

Is Peace Possible? A Dialogue With Johan Galtung On Ukraine; Trump, Putin, And…

I expect these two men to cooperate — Johan Galtung

JG: I think there is a big difference in the campaigner Donald Trump, with his horrible remarks, and all his prejudices, and the President-Elect—who announces himself as the President for all Americans! While we are focusing on Ukraine, I was particularly interested in a statement made by a member of the Trump team about the 200-year relationship between Russia and the United States: the point was made that Russia supported what became the United States, against the French and the English empires. And that was Tsar Alexander I!...

It helps to have a long time-perspective! This is the first time in my life that I have heard of a President-Elect, or a President, having an historical perspective!

Dec 08 09:10

President al-Assad: Failure of Western states and Turkey in the battle in Aleppo means failure of outside project and the transformation of the course of the war in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad asserted that all Western and regional states rely on Turkey in implementing their incendiary and destructive project in Syria and in supporting the terrorists, asserting that the failure of these states in the battle in Aleppo means a total transformation of the course of the war throughout Syria, and consequently the collapse of the outside project

Dec 07 18:41

5200 Pentagon Employees Busted Buying Child Porn

Back when Anderson Cooper’s show was about “Keeping them honest” he reported on an undercover internet child pornography sting operation which was abruptly halted after 8 months when it was learned that 5,200 targets in the operation were actual pentagon employees.

Dec 07 17:47

License To Kill? Berlin Finally Admits Hosting Key US Drone War Base

After years of denial, Berlin has acknowledged that the US Air Force is using Ramstein Air Base in Germany to carry out drone attacks in anti-terrorist operations.

Dec 07 16:40

Army Doctor Denies Official Recognition Of Chelsea Manning Gender Transition

Despite gender reassignment procedures, Chelsea Manning will remain a man in the eyes of the US Army after it denied a request from the jailed whistleblower to her prison psychologist to recommend her gender be officially changed.

Dec 07 14:23

On Obama’s Nod, Major Defense Contractors Plan To Build Jets In India

The Obama administration gave the defense industry the go-ahead on plans to build classic American fighter jets in India.

Dec 07 12:59

America The Warmonger: Reckless And Crazed Neo-Conservative Regimes

Years ago when I was staff associate, House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, a tutorial was provided on the destructive power of the Soviet ICBM SS-18, known as Satan. Employing hyperbole, the lecturer said that one SS-18 on Washington would kill everyone from Boston to Atlanta.

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 12:38

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality.

Mattis exemplifies the dual nature of the new administration.
This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on the other hand, he declared that he would crush ISIS, that it was a mistake to leave Iraq, and that we have to “rebuild our military,” as if we don’t already spend as much as the top ten defense spenders.

Dec 07 12:19

Bahrain authorities block Al Jazeera from GCC summit

Al Jazeera journalist Jamal Elshayyal was refused entry at Bahrain International Airport on Tuesday even though AJMN had followed all necessary procedures and submitted all requested documents to the relevant authorities on time.

"We applied for accreditation well before the deadline, submitting the names and passports as requested," Elshayyal said in Qatar's capital, Doha, after his return.

"I flew out to Manama this morning and upon reaching the immigration counter, I filled out the required form specifying I was a journalist and I was there to cover the summit.

"I was asked to sit on the side by the immigration officer who later informed me the Ministry of Information said Al Jazeera was not allowed to cover the event and I was rejected entry."

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said he did not have details on the incident but noted the Gulf kingdom's track record on press freedom.

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This guy is lucky; the Bahraini government has a nasty reputation with regard to press access.

And not only have peaceful Bahraini protestors been jailed, tortured in order to confess to crimes they did not commit and have received extraordinarily long sentences; but also, the first responders who cared for them have been jailed, tortured to confess to crimes they did not commit, and received extraordinarily long prison sentences.

The Al-Khalifa monarchy is sitting on a power keg, when all that peaceful protesters have asked the government to do is establish a constitutional monarchy.

But there most likely be a point where the protests go from peaceful to violent, and even calling in the Saudi military, as the Bahraini government has done several years back, will not work.

Before that happens, I sure as heck hope that the US Navy is deliberating where in the Middle East, the 5th Fleet could call home, as any new Bahraini government would find itself very hostile to the US government, as the US government has enabled the sitting Bahraini government with what are called "dual use" weapons. As reported at theguardian.com in 2013:

Revealed: America's arms sales to Bahrain amid bloody crackdown

Dec 07 11:47

Guess Who’s Bombing the Crap Out of Libya

Twice in November 2016, the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, or BRSC?—?a group with ties to Al Qaeda?—?published photos of United Arab Emirates Air Force AT-802 and Reaper-style drones in the sky over the Ganfouda area of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

On Nov. 2, 2016, an S-100 Camcopter drone performed a reconnaissance mission over this district two hours before a Reaper or similar unmanned aerial vehicle carried out an air strike on a residential area.

Ten days later, an Air Tractor belonging to the UAEAF struck the same area, killing at least four civilians including two children?—?and injuring another child.

Drones launched four others air strikes in Ganfouda later the same day.
Evidence is mounting that the UAE is indiscriminately bombing militant strongholds in Libya. And civilians are caught in the crossfire.

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This is going to stop abruptly, and for the following reason:

RUSSIA TO SUPPLY LIBYA’S HAFTAR WITH ARMS IN EXCHANGE OF MILITARY BASE

With a foothold military base in Libya, Russia will make short work of any country's bombing raids against Libya

Dec 07 11:42

US Officials: Al-Qaeda’s Loss in Aleppo Is Also America’s Loss

The increasingly public re-branding of America’s war in Syria as a proxy war against Russia has suited a lot of officials, particularly in the Pentagon, who see a new Cold War as a ticket to a bigger budget. With Russia’s fighting focusing on al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, this Russo-centric view has seen the administration realigning US interests more directly with al-Qaeda.

Embarrassing as America’s realignment toward al-Qaeda is, officials see the defeat of the al-Qaeda-dominated rebels in Aleppo as an even bigger blow, presenting the loss of Aleppo as Russia’s victory and America’s loss, in addition to being al-Qaeda’s loss.

This “loss” is being presented by current officials as potentially hindering President-elect Donald Trump’s policy choices going forward, though since Trump was not in favor of backing al-Qaeda, or backing Syrian rebels in general, it probably makes his go-to plan of moving toward fighting ISIS even simpler to sell to the public.

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So now, the alleged "bad guys", ISIS and Al-Qaeda, are the US government's friends and allies, in a continued, futile effort to regime change Damascus?!?

This is completely insane!!

Dec 07 10:38

Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy

President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.

In the latest stop on a "thank you" tour of states critical to his Nov. 8 election win, Trump introduced his choice for defense secretary, General James Mattis, to a large crowd in this city near the Fort Bragg military base, which has deployed soldiers to 90 countries around the world.

"We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with," Trump said. "Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS, and we will."

Trump's rhetoric was similar to what he said during the election campaign when he railed against the war in Iraq.

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what Trump is saying absolutely makes sense.

But what he is going to have to do, in implementation of this policy, is make sure that waste and corruption in the procurement process is stamped out as completely as possible, as it is an ongoing problem.

As reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

PENTAGON SUPPRESSED STUDY THAT REVEALED $125 BILLION IN ‘WASTE’

Dec 07 09:25

Japan's Abe to Visit Pearl Harbor; Will Not Apologize for Attack

In another sign that conventional diplomatic protocol is changing on a daily basis, on Monday Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would visit Hawaii on Dec. 26 and 27 for his final summit meeting with outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, and to remember the victims of Japan’s Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago.

Dec 07 09:16

Pearl Harbor vs. 9/11

For months Roosevelt had been doing almost everything he could to provoke Hitler into attacking us, but Hitler would not go for the bait. Even Roosevelt’s greatest defenders will admit that this was true. They argue that it was simply the right thing to do to ally ourselves with Britain (and the Soviet Union) against “Nazi aggression.” The big problem, from that perspective, is that the mood of the country was still strongly against our involvement in “foreign wars,” based upon our bitter World War I experience. In a campaign speech on October 30, 1940, as the European war raged, Roosevelt had catered to the national mood with these words, “And while I am talking to you mothers and fathers, I give you one more assurance. I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”

Dec 07 08:49

Democrats Attempt to Hide Illegal CIA Torture Methods

A significant report into CIA torture will not be released, according to Representative Adam Schiff.

The 6,700-page Senate Intelligence Committee report contains details of waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’, widely considered to be acts of torture and a violation of international laws.

Dec 07 07:39

The McCollum Memo: The Smoking Gun of Pearl Harbor

On October 7, 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum of the Office of Naval Intelligence submitted a memo to Navy Captains Walter Anderson and Dudley Knox (whose endorsement is included in the following scans). Captains Anderson and Knox were two of President Roosevelt's most trusted military advisors.

The memo, scanned below, detailed an 8 step plan to provoke Japan into attacking the United States. President Roosevelt, over the course of 1941, implemented all 8 of the recommendations contained in the McCollum memo. Following the eighth provocation, Japan attacked. The public was told that it was a complete surprise, an "intelligence failure", and America entered World War Two.

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Dec 07 05:33

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 06 19:14

Terrorist Rebels Secretly Negotiating Withdraw from Aleppo Syria

The Syria rebel commander has informed an Arabic news source off the record the terrorists are in secret negotiations with the U.N. to withdraw from Syria.

HNN has just been informed that an Arabic news source in communication with the Syria rebels has reported the rebels in Syria have decided unanimously to leave Aleppo.

According to the source the terrorists are secretly negotiating terms and a process to withdraw their forces through their U.N. representatives in Turkey.

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