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Apr 17 06:59

Militants Surrendered to Syrian Army Say Were Trained on US Military Base - Russian Military

The once great green berets training terrorists. This has been known for quite awhile.

The surrendered militants said that US instructors had been preparing them for terrorist acts and sabotage at oil and gas and transport facilities, according to the information provided by the Russian military's centre for the Syrian reconciliation.

A group of 27 militants who surrendered to the Syrian army said they had been trained at the US military base, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for the Syrian reconciliation, said during a briefing on Wednesday.

The US also provided them with weapons and vehicles, he added.

Apr 16 06:44

China Preparing for War!

Apr 16 04:44

US Space Command Claims Russia Tested Direct-Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile

The US Space Command issued an announcement Wednesday, claiming it had knowledge that Russia had reportedly conducted a test for a direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile.

"Russia's DA-ASAT test provides yet another example that the threats to US and allied space systems are real, serious and growing," Gen. John W. Raymond, commander of US Space Command and chief of space operations for the US Space Force, said in a statement accompanying the alert.

"The United States is ready and committed to deterring aggression and defending the Nation, our allies, and US interests from hostile acts in space."

Apr 16 04:22

China’s Xi tells military to prepare for war as US Navy warns of high seas encounters

Chinese President Xi Jinping told military officials responsible for the disputed South China Sea to be better “prepared for war” as tensions with the US are rising. Beijing may be bracing for a worst-case scenario with the US.

Xi made the blunt remarks last week as he was meeting the Southern Theatre Command, the military officials responsible for one of China’s five strategic war zones. The calls were made on Thursday as part of his four-day visit to Guangdong province, but the Chinese state media reported them only on Friday.

“It’s necessary to strengthen the mission… and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,” President Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly.

Apr 16 04:20

Third World War would be ‘extremely lethal and fast’ US Army chiefs reveal as they discuss taking out Russia or China

AMERICAN military bosses have confessed that World War 3 is “almost guaranteed” and will be “extremely lethal and fast.”

Speaking at a ‘future-of-the-Army’ panel at the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, generals and other leading figures laid out their depressing forecasts for upcoming conflicts.

Apr 16 04:19

SHOCK CLAIM: United States 'is plotting surprise NUCLEAR ATTACK on China AND Russia'

US Congress has ordered a study into the “political and military leadership survivability” of China and Russia during wartime.

The report could be interpreted as a signal the US is preparing for a preemptive strike on the two nations, according to military analysts.

US intelligence agencies and Strategic Command, which is in charge of US nuclear forces, will carry out the study, a report says.

Apr 15 04:23

Air Force Deploys First Laser Weapon System Overseas

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has deployed the first high-energy laser weapon system overseas to combat drones for a 12-month field assessment.

During the field assessment, ARFL will evaluate if the directed energy weapon system can be a game-changing capability to defend high-value assets from drone swarms or drone attacks.

Several systems the AFRL will be evaluating over the 12 months include the Raytheon High Energy Laser (HELWS), Raytheon High Power Microwave (PHASER), and the AFRL Tactical High-Power Operational Responder (THOR) drone killer.

Apr 15 03:33

Meanwhile, WW3 May Be Brewing While We're Distracted

Authored by Brandon Tourbeville via The Organic Prepper blog,

Those who are paying close attention to the pandemic may have missed that another potential killer is brewing across the ocean. In Syria today, there is the real and looming threat of a third world war. Not only is Syria fighting Western-backed terrorists on its territory, there are many more players involved on Syrian soil – from the Russians and Iranians to the Americans, Turks, and Israelis and, with the recent Turkish actions, all of those players could very well come to blows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly hope that Russia's Putin can disabuse Trump of the notion that a war right now would be "good for business", and get him another cycle in the White House; the possibilities for an accidentally started, major fire fight in Syria grows exponentially stronger by the day.

Apr 15 03:28

US Flexes Military Might Near Russian Forces In Provocative F-35 Flight Over Syria

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

The U.S. military flew their new F-35 stealth jet over Syria’s skies this past week, as they display their strength in front of the Russian Armed Forces who are only a few kilometers away from the American troops in the eastern Euphrates region.

In a tweet on Monday, the Special Ops Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Syria and Iraq released three photos showing the F-35 above Syria, likely in the Al-Hasakah or Deir Ezzor governorates.

“A USAF F-35A Lightning II fighter jet flies near the ATG in Syria, April 10, 2020. Coalition and partner forces continue to strike at extremist organizations in Syria despite COVID-19, reflecting the world-wide unity to see an enduring defeat delivered against Daesh,” the U.S. military account posted.

The three photos showed up close and far away shots of the F-35A as it flew over the skies of eastern Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are there still Foggy Bottomites who sincerely believe that a war with Russia over Syria, is a "good thing" with which to "misdirect" the attention of the American people, between Covid 19 and the economic collapse of this country?!?!?

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!!!

Apr 15 03:22

Turkey Plans To Send Fresh Wave Of COVID-Infected Migrants To Europe, Report

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Voice of America reports that Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is planning to send a fresh wave of migrants to Europe, with officials fearing many of them will be infected with coronavirus.

Intelligence has been produced showing how Turkish authorities have moved migrants from inland areas to the shore, where smugglers are waiting to ferry them to Europe.

Greece’s coastguard, Air Force and Navy have stepped up patrols against what they see as another organized effort to unleash thousands of migrants as a political weapon.

Back in February, President Erdogan announced that Turkey would be re-opening its border and encouraging millions of migrants to invade Europe.

During the incursions, Christian churches were trashed and thousands of precious olive trees were chopped down as part of an economic attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to ask; what the hell is Edrogan thinking here, and what bright "prize" does he see for himself and Turkey, from attempting to do this?!?

Apr 15 02:26

DOCUMENTS REVEAL FEDS ARE EXCITED TO CREATE A MASS SURVEILLANCE NETWORK

A FOIA request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center revealed how excited the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) is about using CCTV cameras to create a national surveillance network.

An NSCAI presentation titled "Chinese Tech Landscape Overview" discusses China's facial recognition CCTV camera network in glowing terms.

"When we talk about data resources, really the largest data source is the government.'"
The presentation discusses how the Chinese government profits from encouraging companies to use facial recognition on visitors and employees.

"Now that these companies are operating at scale they are building a host of other services (e.g. facial recognition for office buildings, augmented reality)"
In America things are not all that different.

In the United States, the Feds encourage private companies like Clearview AI, Amazon Ring and Flock Safety to use facial recognition and automatic license plate readers to identify everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Face it, folks; a government this desperate to surveille, is terrified of their own populations, and for damned good reasons.

Apr 15 02:05

AIR FORCE DEPLOYS FIRST LASER WEAPON SYSTEM OVERSEAS

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has deployed the first high-energy laser weapon system overseas to combat drones for a 12-month field assessment.

During the field assessment, ARFL will evaluate if the directed energy weapon system can be a game-changing capability to defend high-value assets from drone swarms or drone attacks.

Several systems the AFRL will be evaluating over the 12 months include the Raytheon High Energy Laser (HELWS), Raytheon High Power Microwave (PHASER), and the AFRL Tactical High-Power Operational Responder (THOR) drone killer.

“THOR is a directed energy game-changer,” said Dr. Kelly Hammett, AFRL’s Directed Energy director.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Three years ago, the US military had already invested millions in systems like this;

The Air Force has invested $26.3 million dollars in high energy lasers for fighter jets.

One has to wonder to what number that previous figure has escalated in 2020, and also why the US government seems so pathologically incapable of preventing wars through intelligent, moral, hard-won negotiations at this point in its history.

Apr 14 10:43

Bill Gates’ Instagram Page Flooded With People Calling For His Arrest For ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

Indictment, arrest,trial, conviction and execution for what this scumbag has done to America and the World!

Bill Gates’ plan to “save the world” by rolling out a potentially mandatory vaccine for the coronavirus — and suggesting nobody will be allowed to resume “normal life” without a “digital certificate“ to prove they have been vaccinated — is proving extremely unpopular with internet users.

Instagrammers are hitting back against Bill Gates, punishing his posts with thousands upon thousands of angry messages telling him to stop experimenting with the health of “lesser humans” or expect to be charged with “crimes against humanity.“

Apr 14 05:32

NATO Steel Brawler Military Drills to Begin in Latvia

The six-day Canadian-led multinational NATO military exercise Steel Brawler is scheduled to begin in Latvia at the Mza Mackevici training ground in the southeastern municipality of Daugavpils on Monday.

Some 600 troops and 100 military vehicles are expected to be deployed in the area, which is close to Latvia's borders with Lithuania and Belarus. The exercise is aimed at improving cooperation within the multinational alliance in a scenario where they need to protect Europe's eastern border.

Apr 14 04:43

ESCOBAR: TOTAL SYSTEM FAILURE WILL GIVE RISE TO NEW ECONOMY

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR VIA THE SAKER

Covid-19 is like a particle accelerator, consolidating tendencies that were already developing. China had already demonstrated for the whole planet to see that economic development under a control system has nothing to do with Western liberal democracy.

On the pandemic, China demonstrated – also for the whole planet to see – that containment of Covid-19 can be accomplished by imposing controls the West derided as “draconian” and “authoritarian,” coupled with a strategic scientific approach characerized by a profusion of test kits, protection equipment, ventilators and experimental treatments.

This is already translating into incalculable soft power which will be exercised along the Health Silk Road. Trends seem to point to China as strategically reinforced all along the spectrum, especially in the Global South. China is playing go, weiqi. Stones will be taken from the geopolitical board.

Apr 13 07:18

It’s Time To Dethrone Caesar or We All Face Societal Annihilation

In order to regain even a modicum of freedom in this age of oligarchic rule, the power of the few has to be broken apart, and strewn to the winds. This will take a mammoth effort, but failure to accomplish this mission will result only in a society completely devoid of any meaning or worth. With a failure of this magnitude, only despair, enslavement, and death will remain, while the few continue to rule the many with an iron fist.

Apr 13 07:14

18-Year-Old Accused of Fatally Pushing Marine Veteran in Front of Train

An 18-year-old man accused of fatally pushing a Marine veteran in front of a train in Chicago is now facing first-degree murder charges.

Police arrested Ryan Munn Friday night and charged him with first-degree murder for allegedly pushing Mamadou Balde, 29, in front of a CTA Red Line train on Tuesday, WGN reported.

Munn was identified by witnesses as he “punched and pushed” Balde into the passing train, according to the police report.

Apr 10 15:46

Will they bomb the pandemic to death? Even with the Covid-19 crisis, the US war machine ALWAYS wants more money

Despite the impact Covid-19 has had on the global economy, the US is seeking more funding to counter and confront China in the Pacific, as well as enhancing its military preparedness for scenarios involving nuclear warfare.

Apr 10 08:37

India, Pakistan locked in border fighting amid coronavirus crisis; Pakistan says it shot down Indian drone in Kashmir: region as troops engage in worst cross-border clashes in two years.

Indian and Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir are engaged in their most frequent cross-border fighting for at least two years, official data shows, even as the nuclear-armed rivals battle surging coronavirus outbreaks.

Indian Army data reviewed by Reuters news agency shows 411 ceasefire violations by Pakistan's military in March, the highest number in a single month since at least 2018. That compares with 267 violations in March last year recorded by the Indian Army.

More:
Rebels, soldier killed in Kashmir gun battles: Indian army
Young Kashmiris want Indian forces to leave: Survey
'Demographic flooding': India introduces new Kashmir domicile law
Meanwhile, Pakistan's army said on Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir region, according to a report by the AFP news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Vlad Putin and Sergei Lavrov, courtesy telephone, and place those calls right the heck now, please, gentlemen!!

The US government, which had some degree of reputation for being an "adult in the room" in times past, is now mired by the consequences of its war crimes internationally, coupled with fiscal and medical crises at home, and has no real credibility in the world of geopolitics, other than the magnitude of damage its weapons may cause, when unleashed.

So gentlemen, you need to be working the phones with Islamabad and New Dehli, and right the heck now; to have two neighboring, nuclear-armed countries glowering at each other, with religiously-frenzied maniacs in both countries advocating for total war against the other, is not going to resolve anything, except to potentially turn a regional war into a world war, and this cannot be allowed to stand.

Apr 10 08:09

Pentagon Warns Of New Coronavirus 'Breakouts' Aboard USS Nimitz Supercarrier

After a disastrous couple of weeks for the US Navy which not only saw a nuclear aircraft carrier be diverted from its mission over coronavirus aboard the ship, but witnessed an embarrassing public spat over the dismissal of the USS Theodore Roosevelt's Captain Brett Crozier, itself leading to the resignation of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, an outbreak may have struck another major carrier crew.

On Thursday the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten warned of a new coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Nimitz nuclear supercarrier at a moment the vessel is scheduled for deployment to the Pacific region.

"There's been a very small number of breakouts on the Nimitz, and we're watching that very closely," Gen. Hyten said during a Pentagon briefing, indicating the sailors had "been isolated on the ship."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To all the families and friends of those sailors dealing with this illness, prayers, and hopes that the military will mange this as intelligently as humanly possible, both in terms of treatment of those affected, and how information about this outbreak aboard the Nimitz is handled.

Apr 10 08:02

War-Torn Yemen Confirms First COVID-19 Case, Official Says Brace For 'Millions'

Throughout five years of war Yemen has been considered by the UN and health agencies to be the 'world's worst humanitarian disaster' — but few Americans have heard much about the war or its over 100,000 dead, including tens of thousands of civilians, given that it's the US-Saudi coalition doing the bombing.

But now Yemen is about to rip back into the headlines, given the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the country, with health officials fearing "one million" could be infected if the outbreak takes hold in the war-torn country.

This as already some 25 million civilians are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including basic food, medicines, and other staples. The Saudis have essentially imposed a complete land, sea and air blockade of the country for years. Its health system also long ago collapsed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, there was a news flash in the Presstitute Non-Media from yesterday which got nearly zero traction, and the headline read: Saudi royals hit by COVID-19; King, Crown Prince in isolation. Any infected staff members will now be treated at a less elite hospital to save room for royals.

Please remember; Saudi royalty will be treated brilliantly, and their staffs, at least well, and with any and everything known to help them recover, and ease their suffering.

But once this gets hold of the Yemeni population, the Yemeni people, suffering from underlying medical conditions as malnutrition; cholera; and with infants; children; women and the medically fragile elderly maimed for life by US/Saudi bombing sorties, and God knows what else, thanks to the US/Saudi blockade, Yemenis will die by the thousands from this new scourge.

I would truly love to be a citizen of a country which does not, as a matter of national course and policy, commit war crimes; unfortunately, Mike and I are both too broke, and too old, to make that happen at this time.

But having said this, I want to make something very clear to both the present, and future, US administrations; the moment you start committing war crimes around the world in our names, and with our tax dollars, this site will, in the most peaceful, logical, and most documented manner, will call you out on it, for both our brother and sister Americans, and all the world to see.

Apr 10 05:42

What Virus? Military Asks Whopping $20B To ‘Deter Chinese Aggression’

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command submitted a $20 billion wish list to Congress requesting a billion dollars for stockpiles of long-range weapons, millions in new military funding for partner nations, and a $1.6 billion defensive ring around Guam in order to deter Chinese aggression in the region.

The wish list request is $1.6 billion over and above President Donald Trump’s whopping $740.5 billion 2020 military budget request submitted to Congress in February, which includes the largest dollar ask since World War II, adjusted for inflation. Additionally, the Pacific Command’s wish list requests an additional $18.46 billion requested for years 2022 through 2026.

Apr 10 05:41

'Zero accountability': US accused of failure to report civilian deaths in Africa

Faced with new allegations of killing civilians with drone strikes in Somalia, the US military has announced plans to make its operations across Africa more transparent.

Amnesty International accused the US military on Wednesday of providing “zero accountability” for civilian victims of airstrikes by its Africa command, Africom.

The rights group said its investigations into two February airstrikes that Africom claimed had killed al-Shabaab fighters showed “no evidence” the two victims killed were militants.

According to Amnesty, the victims were 18-year-old Nurto Kusow Omar Abukar, whose house was hit while she ate dinner with her family, and 53-year-old banana farmer Mohamud Salad Mohamud.

Apr 10 05:37

More than Half the Navy's Coronavirus Cases Are on the Carrier Theodore Roosevelt

Nearly 300 sailors on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Navy announced less than a week after that ship's commanding officer was removed from his job over the way he warned superiors about the health crisis.

As of Wednesday, 286 members of the Roosevelt's crew have COVID-19. That makes up more than half of the Navy's 548 COVID-19 cases in the ranks, the highest among the military branches.

The Navy's handling of the health situation on the carrier led to a week of chaos that ultimately unseated the service's top civilian leader, former Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.

Apr 10 05:35

The Pentagon’s supply chain faces an economy under siege

On the morning of April 2, companies up and down the Pentagon’s supply chain got an email from Eaton Aerospace, a mid-tier supplier that provides parts such as fuel pumps and hydraulics to defense primes for aircraft like the KC-46 tanker and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

“The truly unprecedented situation with [the coronavirus] COVID-19 is jointly affecting our business, families and communities we live in,” said one such email, which was obtained by Defense News. “While the health and safety of our employees and those of our supply partners remains paramount, our industry is significantly impacted. … As a result, our Eaton Grand Rapids, [Michigan], plant will [be] closed starting April 4, 2020 and will reopen on April 13, 2020."

Similar emails for other locations followed.

Apr 09 22:43

14 Ways to Be Civilly Disobedient in the Face of the Corona Ban

Let’s face it, these corona shelter-in-place orders are illegal and ineffective. Politicians, however, aren’t just going to back down over such a grandiose idea. They need to be pushed. The bigger the government mistake, the harder it is to kill. And the corona bans need to be killed if they are going to die.

The people who venture out into public, at this moment, are overwhelmingly people who aren’t falling for it. The lockdown has done you the favor of showing you who half of the troublemakers in your neighborhood are: they are the ones who leave the house. And they don’t believe what they are being fed. Open up the door to conversation, exchange contact info, get memorably disobedient together, and you might have a lifelong liberty chum that you might never have met any other way.

Apr 09 21:17

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1865 , April 09 Robert E. Lee surrenders

Almost 700,000 dead soldiers on both sides with over 100,000 civilian dead in the South. Tough people.

In Appomattox Court House, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Apr 09 21:01

Russian warplanes enter battle in eastern Syria after ISIS launches heavy attack

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Russian warplanes reportedly took off from the Hmeimim Airbase in southwestern Latakia on Thursday after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in eastern Syria.

Apr 09 04:32

Sailor on Fourth US Navy Aircraft Carrier Diagnosed With COVID-19

A fourth US aircraft carrier now has cases of COVID-19 among its crew. The USS Nimitz was preparing to deploy later this month for sea trials and had already begun bringing crew aboard.

Based in Bremerton, Washington, the Nimitz began embarking some of her crew in recent weeks in an effort to segregate them from the general population prior to her putting to sea, but despite the best efforts of Navy brass, a crew member aboard the ship has tested positive for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Politico reported on Tuesday, citing three officials familiar with the matter.

A second member of the Nimitz’s crew has also tested positive, but they had not yet been aboard the warship.

Apr 08 11:50

Iran and US preparing for new round of conflict in Iraq

The US-led Coalition has been repositioning forces in the last weeks, handing over several key posts, and training of Iraqi forces is temporarily wrapping up.

Reports indicate that Iran, the US and Iranian proxies are all preparing for a conflict in Iraq after a year of rising tensions, rocket attacks and airstrikes.

Apr 08 09:15

US intends to assassinate Iraqi PMU commanders: Iraqi MP

A member of the Iraqi parliament's security and defense committee has warned against the ulterior objectives behind redeployment of US troops to various military sites across the Arab country, saying Washington is drawing up plans to target commanders of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi.

Apr 08 06:04

Number of Novel Coronavirus Cases in US Military Soars by Nearly 50% in 3 Days - Pentagon

The US military has so far recorded 2,528 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a rise of around 800 since Friday, the Department of Defence announced on Monday.

The numbers of deaths in the US military from the virus now stands at six, with one military personnel, four civilians and one contractor, the Defence Department noted.

The largest number of reported cases is in the US Navy with 431 confirmed cases, 334 in the Army, 303 in the National Guard, 86 in the Marine Corps and 281 in the Air Force, the Defence Department said.

Apr 08 05:34

U.S. officer killed in ambush in eastern Syria: SANA

A U.S. officer, along with two Kurdish fighters, was killed on Monday in an ambush in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, state news agency SANA reported.

The ambush, carried out by an unknown group, targeted vehicles of the U.S.-led coalition and fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Sur in Deir al-Zour's countryside.

The slain U.S. officer was transported to the Shaddadi base, which is run by the U.S. forces, in the southern countryside of the northeastern province of Hasakah, SANA said, providing no further details.

The U.S. forces and Kurdish-led fighters control areas in Deir al-Zour and Hasakah after dislodging Islamic State (IS) militants in battles in 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am, frankly, very deeply concerned that the US military is in Syria at all, period, end of discussion....

Apr 08 05:04

Video: US Confirms Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Iraq. Iran Prepares for Conflict in Strait of Hormuz

Al-Kastan is located near the town of Jisr al-Shughur, controlled by the Al-Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party. The exploded weapon depot likely belonged to the terrorist group or persons affiliated with it.

On the same day, the Turkish military established three new ‘observation posts’ around Jisr al-Shughur. They are located at the villages of Baksariya, al-Z’ainiyah and Furaykah. Idlib militants see Turkish positions as an important defense line that would allow containing possible Russia- and Iran-backed anti-terrorist operations in the area.

The 46th Regiment Base of the Syrian Army in western Aleppo came under Turkish artillery shelling. In response, Syrian forces struck position of Turkish-backed militants near Kafr Amma. The attack on the 46th Regiment Base became a third incident between the Turkish military and Syrian troops in less than a week. On April 3, two Syrian soldiers were killed in a Turkish artillery strike on their positions near Tell Abyad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, no matter how much the corporate presstitutes are doing their mantra of "All Covid 19 All the time", dramatic developments are being readied to take place against Iran, and countries like Venezuela.

Please don't get "misdirected" by that to which you are not supposed to be paying.

And there is a companion piece deserving of attention, this time, from globalresearch.ca, and is written by Phil Girardi: Targeting Iran While America Locks Down

Apr 08 05:02

Corps says Marines won't be allowed to wear N95 or surgical masks, even if they own them

The Marine Corps on Monday ordered all its personnel to start wearing cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but restricted Marines from wearing masks with higher levels of protection, such as surgical and N95 masks.

Apr 08 04:59

Palestinian minister files coronavirus complaint, after Israeli police forced him to wear blood-stained mask

A Palestinian minister in occupied East Jerusalem has filed a legal complaint against Israeli police officers who he said beat him, robbed him, assaulted his wife and son, and forced him to wear a blood-stained mask, during a raid on his home last week.

Fadi al-Hidmi, Palestine's minister for Jerusalem affairs, was arrested last Friday by Israeli police, accused of conducting "illegal activities".

Local media reported that the officers smashed down a door to his home and confiscated 10,000 shekels (around $2,750) that had been earmarked for charity during a police raid last week.

On Monday, he filed a complaint against the Israeli police officers who arrested him during the storming of his home, according to Haarez.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please understand; that for all Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territory, this kind of behaviour, on the part of Israeli authorities... is absolutely normal.

Apr 08 04:31

Israeli Troops Invade Parts of Gaza with Tanks, Bulldozers

Israeli troops reportedly, incurred earlier on Tuesday, into the northwestern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, with tanks and D-9 bulldozers.

Local media outlets and witnesses said that at least four army bulldozers as well as other armored vehicles, incurred several hundred meters deep into a northwestern part of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia.

Witnesses added that the invasion took place from the so-called Zekem Israeli military gate.

They also noted that the invading bulldozers embarked on razing of farm lands adjacent to the Israel-Gaza border fence.

No causalities were reported, but some damage was reported to Palestinian-owned farm lands.

Concurrently, another force of Israeli army invaded the southeastern part of Khan Younis city, southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses said that the invading force opened heavy fire on residents’ homes and farmers in the area, with no causalities reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No casualties may have been reported in these two separate incidents, but that does not mean that no casualties actually occurred; the reporting of such incidents, frequently, linger far past the initial attacks.

Apr 08 04:28

Pentagon considers new moves, including Stop Loss program, to maintain force amid coronavirus crisis

The Pentagon is considering new steps to retain uniformed service members, including the potential revival of the military's controversial "stop-loss" policy, as the coronavirus crisis limits the arrival of new troops and disrupts its personnel pipeline.

Officials said that implementing the stop-loss policy, employed during the George W. Bush administration as years of grueling combat in Iraq and Afghanistan strained the force, was among the measures being considered but was not the preferred option.

"Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation as a whole and on the military's ability to recruit and train new service members, the Department is looking at a wide range of options that will ensure enduring national security mission capability," Defense Department spokeswoman Lisa Lawrence said in a statement. Covid-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. She said there had been no formal recommendation to take that step and no decisions had been made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the Pentagon is only considering this .... now, when, as my late Maternal Grandmother used to say, "The horse is already out of the barn"?!?

Apr 08 04:25

National Security State Left US Defenseless Against Coronavirus

Responsibility for pandemic preparation was privatized under the Obama and Trump administrations. It·s time to face down the national security state that wasted trillions on imperial wars and abandoned Americans to fight coronavirus alone.

by Gareth Porter Posted on April 08, 2020

Donald Trump’s failure to act decisively to control the coronavirus pandemic has likely made the Covid-19 pandemic far more lethal than it should have been. But the reasons behind failure to get protective and life-saving equipment like masks and ventilators into the hands of health workers and hospitals run deeper than Trump’s self-centered recklessness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you want to really know how irrelevant you were, and are, to both the previous and current Administrations, just take a look at how this pandemic is being handled, and the "decisions" which led up to this utterly disgusting national failure of preparation.

Apr 08 04:22

Corps says Marines won't be allowed to wear N95 or surgical masks, even if they own them

The Marine Corps on Monday ordered all its personnel to start wearing cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but restricted Marines from wearing masks with higher levels of protection, such as surgical and N95 masks.

In an administrative message that followed a Pentagon order to wear face coverings, the Corps directed all individuals on its property and installations to wear cloth face coverings that are "conservative in appearance, not offensive, and conform to CDC guidance."

Marines are encouraged to make their own face coverings, but are not allowed to "procure or wear" surgical masks or N95 masks, the message said, since those are "reserved for appropriate personnel."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the Covid 19 panic well and truly on, one might expect that our Marines would be authorized for state-of-the-art protections, like the N-95 masks; apparently, this is not to be the case.

Apr 08 04:18

Pompeo Threatens US Pullout From Afghanistan During Kabul Visit

Pompeo Told Ghani, Abdullah they would be help responsible if no power-sharing deal.

On March 23, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bad a very unproductive visit in Kabul about the Afghan government’s post-election split. This culminated with the US pulling $1 billion in military aid from them.

The presidential election saw both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah claiming victory, and ultimately both holding inaugurations. Pompeo demanded that they work out a deal, and warned they’ll both be held responsible if they don’t work something out.

That was apparently just the beginning of the cuts, the slashing of $1 billion, with a threat of another $1 billion cut for 2021, was followed by Pompeo threatening to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan in retaliation if the dispute continued. The State Department had not previously reported that part.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And this threat has worked out just how, please, Mr. Secretary of State, in light of the reality that this last little bit would have been music to both their individual set of ears?!?

Apr 08 04:01

NEW SATELLITES WILL BE A BIG STEP IN THE PENTAGON’S PLAN TO LINK EVERYTHING

A new “transport layer” constellation will help distribute tactical data — but won’t have defenses against anti-satellite weapons.

The U.S. military’s push to link every object on the battlefield leaped forward Thursday with the release of a request for proposals to build 20 tactical-communications satellites by 2022.

The year-old Space Development Agency, or SDA, hosted an industry day to tell satellite makers about its plans for “transport layer”: essentially, orbiting communications nodes to transfer data related to intelligence, battle management, navigation and timing; and more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For these units, which will not be cheap to manufacture and deploy, not to have any anti-satellite weapons, is a true mystery, and appears to be the oddest missing part for this request for proposals.

Apr 07 13:39

Acting secretary of the Navy has submitted his resignation after calling ousted aircraft carrier captain 'stupid'

Washington (CNN)Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted his resignation a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's crew, according to a US official and a former senior military official.
The Navy and Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment.

Apr 07 10:18

All Roads Lead to Dark Winter

The leaders of two controversial pandemic simulations that took place just months before the Coronavirus crisis – Event 201 and Crimson Contagion – share a common history, the 2001 biowarfare simulation Dark Winter. Dark Winter not only predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks, but some of its participants had clear foreknowledge of those attacks.

During the presidency of George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s, something disturbing unfolded at the U.S.’ top biological warfare research facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Specimens of highly contagious and deadly pathogens – anthrax and ebola among them – had disappeared from the lab, at a time when lab workers and rival scientists had been accused of targeted sexual and ethnic harassment and several disgruntled researchers had left as a result.

Apr 07 07:35

Fiery speech plunges Navy deeper into a political crisis over handling of coronavirus outbreak on aircraft carrier

On March 30, Crozier sent his letter to Navy officials. While Modly described it at one point as a "blast-out email" to 20 to 30 people, a person interviewed said many of the people who received it were on Crozier's staff. Baker and at least one other admiral were not on it.

"The characterization that he did not go through the chain is not accurate," the friend of Crozier's said. "He did not route it to them for distribution because they were not buying in on the plan."

Crozier said in the letter that while the Theodore Roosevelt could set sail at any time, he was requesting that 90% of the crew be removed for testing and quarantining and the disinfecting of the ship.

Apr 07 07:19

Venezuela’s Maduro pens open letter to Americans

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has released a letter addressed to the American people urging them to prevent what he calls the madness that drives the government of President Donald Trump.

In the letter, Maduro says Trump seems determined to fulfill his threats of a military invasion against the Latin American country. Maduro stated that the country cannot accept war threats, nor the intention to install an international guardianship that would violate the country’s sovereignty.

The Venezuelan leader also demanded an end to the illegal sanctions and blockade by the US, which have impeded the import of humanitarian goods to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Maduro said Trump must by no means be allowed to "lead the US into another conflict, like in Vietnam, or Iraq."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People in Caracas, including President Maduro, actually believe that Americans will have the opportunity to read this letter, and respond to it intelligently and humanely, asking their government to do the same.

However, unless one reads the English language version of presstv.com; telesurenglish.net; informationclearinghouse.info; thealtworld.com; en.granma.cu; liberationnews.org; telesurtv.net; or, ultimately, WRH, one is not going to know that such an open letter from Maduro's even exists.

IF one looks at Foxnews.com; the latimes.com; or nytimes.com, you will see nothing of this appeal by Maduro; it is as though it never existed.

So I, as an American citizen, who very much cares about her country's future, am compelled to ask the current Trump Administration; please, with regard to both Iran and Venezuela, loosen some of the worst embargo strictures on these pandemic-hit countries, and show yourselves as the international humanitarians you claim to be.

President Trump, I would politely suggest that the world is watching your actions right now, even over and above anything you might say.

Apr 07 06:20

Sailors slam Navy for virus response on ships, Naval Base San Diego

Ever since COVID-19 began spreading in the San Diego community in early March, military leaders here have been challenged to balance their mission obligations with the need to protect the health of personnel.

Some service members and their families are questioning that balancing act. They’re criticizing Navy leaders’ decisions and noting the variety of ways various units are responding to coronavirus outbreaks.

The most visible example of this questioning was a letter publicized last week from Captain Brett Crozier of the San Diego-based carrier Theodore Roosevelt to Navy brass, urging them to provide more resources and to evacuate 90 percent of the personnel on the ship after an outbreak.

Apr 07 06:15

It’s Hardly Shocking the Navy Fired a Commander for Warning of Coronavirus Threat. It’s Part of a Pattern.

In dismissing the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy once again punished the messenger, a frontline leader brave enough to tell the unvarnished truth to superiors about a threat to his sailors.

Capt. Brett Crozier, fired this week from command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, joins a growing list of Navy officers who attempted to raise concerns about the safety of their ships and crew, only to pay with their jobs.

Crozier wrote a letter dated March 30 warning that an outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was a threat to his crew of some 4,000 sailors unless they disembarked and quarantined.

“We are not at war, and therefore cannot allow a single sailor to perish as a result of this pandemic unnecessarily,” Crozier wrote. “Decisive action is required now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; would it have been a more attractive proposition, if nearly all the men on the USS Theodore Roosevelt had died of this illness?!?

It makes one wonder just how expendable Navy personnel are to the US Navy Chain of Command, and what were the alternative ways in which he would have wanted this handled?!?

Apr 07 05:34

US Marine Corps Is Deathly Afraid It Doesn’t Have a Role to Play Against China

The only aspect of the Corps that is being increased – and it’s a huge increase – is land based anti-ship missiles. Clearly, the Commandant views the Marine’s main mission, now, as sea control which, as we’ve discussed, is an idiotic concept that is simply not viable.

Even the F-35/aviation side of the Corps is going to take a substantial hit. Previous Commandants sacrificed the ground element to promote the aviation side and now it appears that, too, is fading, all so that the Commandant can attempt to take over a Navy mission in a bid to remain budget-relevant in the face of the China threat. The irony is that the sea control mission will actually make the Marines irrelevant.

Apr 06 13:59

The Naval War College Ran a Pandemic War Game in 2019. The Conclusions Were Eerie

An infectious disease breaks out in a densely populated metropolis and is spreading rapidly, causing respiratory failure and death in its victims. As local containment and response mechanisms break down and cases multiply, it becomes clear that a global response -- spanning governments, humanitarian organizations, health agencies and the military -- will be required.

That scenario is not a condensed narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic that currently has much of the globe on lockdown. Rather, it's the premise of a war game run last September by the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Apr 06 06:45

COVID-19 DEPRESSION: TRUMP NEEDS A WAR

It is seriously astounding how fast the economy is crumbling. No infusion of funny money will save the American people from the historically severe depression now evolving.

State and federal governments are becoming more authoritarian in response to serious influenza (critical data on the transmission of the disease is absent, muddled, contradictory, and the corporate media feeds a frenzy of fear and paranoia based on conflicting, revised, and often speculative numbers).

Apr 06 06:44

The Blob Sucked Away Your Public Health And Gave You War Instead

The United States will spend $1.5 trillion on the F-35 fighter plane while our health care workers do not have enough masks. We spent billions to build the health care infrastructure of Iraq and Afghanistan, but U.S. hospitals may not have enough ventilators for critically ill Americans. As a viral tsunami crashes over us, many leaders are still stuck in the past, with the secretary of state using his time to plot against Iran. In light of our scramble to find the resources to fight the pandemic, does anyone still think it was a good idea to spend more than $6 trillion on a “global war on terror?” Do you feel safer?

Apr 06 06:42

Navy’s newest aircraft carriers have clogged toilets that cost $400k to fix, report says

The Navy’s two newest aircraft carriers have a problem with their toilets getting clogged and it costs $400,000 to fix each time there’s an issue with their sewage systems, according to a Congressional watchdog report released Tuesday.

The Norfolk-based USS Gerald R. Ford and USS George H.W. Bush were both built with a new toilet and sewage system that’s similar to what is used on commercial aircraft, but increased in scale to accommodate more than 4,000 people, the report said.

But there’s been unexpected and frequent clogging of the system, causing the Navy to determine it needs to acid flush each aircraft carrier’s sewage system “on a regular basis.”

Apr 06 05:39

British army recruits can barely read and write

The recruitment crisis in the British army has reached another bizarre milestone with the revelation that commanders are enlisting recruits with the reading age of a five to seven-year-old.

The Sun newspaper is reporting that “desperate” army chiefs have signed off on the policy of recruiting near-illiterates, presumably to make up for the shortfall in recruitment.

According to the Sun, the latest available figures for army recruitment, covering the period 2016-2019, show 4,240 soldiers had the reading ability of nine to 11-year-olds.

In a shocking revelation fifty had literacy levels of a five to seven-year-old, in direct contravention of established military rules.

Apr 06 05:30

Theodore Roosevelt captain followed in footsteps of ship’s namesake by writing bombshell letter

Navy officials are finding themselves in controversial waters in the wake of Thursday’s announcement that the service was relieving Capt. Brett Crozier of his command of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, a decision made following the leak of a four-page letter Crozier penned pleading for U.S. assistance to help stymie the spread of COVID-19 on the 4,800-person ship.

“This will require a political solution but it is the right thing to do,” Crozier wrote in the letter, which was first obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”

Crozier’s letter was sent via a “non-secure, unclassified” email that included at least “20 to 30” recipients in addition to the captain’s immediate chain of command, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly told reporters Thursday.

Apr 06 05:11

US aircraft carrier should never have been sent to Vietnam

US Navy knew of the risk posed by Covid-19 on board ships but still sent the Theodore Roosevelt to Da Nang

Apr 05 19:13

John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured.

This coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the economy into a tailspin and wreaking havoc with our liberties, but they are also rendering the citizenry fully dependent on the government for financial handouts, medical intervention, protection and sustenance.

Unless we find some way to rein in the government’s power grabs, the fall-out will be epic.

Apr 05 19:10

What’s At Stake For Americans Now?

Shredding The Economy, Constitution, and Nation

The Truth About the United States’ “Continuity of Government” Plans & The Coronavirus Perfect Storm discusses the evolution of the concept of Continuity of Government and how it can now be used now to overthrow the US Constitution in any emergency – like COVID-19, not just nuclear attacks. It reports: “On Saturday, Politico reported that the Department of Justice has demanded new “emergency powers” during the current pandemic and these powers include being able to indefinitely detain Americans without trial. Politico also noted that the DOJ’s controversial new requests “span several stages of the legal process, from initial arrest to how cases are processed and investigated.”

Apr 05 14:53

Surgeon General: This week will be like a 'Pearl Harbor' and '9/11' moment

"This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that," Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on "Fox News Sunday."

Adams continued: "I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

Apr 05 14:29

I Cry For Our Country ...A Baby Boomer's Lament

At this point in our country's history, with this Covid pandemic knocking on all our doors 24/7, I find myself contemplating life, our country's future, our children's future and the rest of humanity. This crisis proves itself beyond anything I've seen in my 73 years of living.

As a baby boomer, I've lived a wonderful life. By dumb luck, I lived through the Vietnam War. I haven't died of a heart attack. I made a reasonable living as a teacher and truck driver my entire life. I explored the world on my bicycle. I'm happily married.

But as I look back on my life, and this country's history since 1950, I can't help but wring my hands and wonder what happened to the United States? What happened to our integrity as a constitutional- republic?

Apr 05 11:43

Venezuela mobilizes forces for potential confrontation with US: report

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro tweeted on Saturday that he had “ordered the mobilisation of artillery [pieces]” in the country’s strategic areas in order to protect the security of ordinary Venezuelans.

Apr 05 11:34

Crimean S-400s and Flankers Conduct Massive Drills to Counter Simulated Full Scale Missile Attack

Russian forces in Crimea have carried out massive exercises simulating a full scale missile attack on facilities there.

Apr 05 11:12

COVID-19 Depression: Trump Needs a War

A dystopian nightmare for millions spreads across the land.

It is seriously astounding how fast the economy is crumbling. No infusion of funny money will save the American people from the historically severe depression now evolving.

State and federal governments are becoming more authoritarian in response to serious influenza (critical data on the transmission of the disease is absent, muddled, contradictory, and the corporate media feeds a frenzy of fear and paranoia based on conflicting, revised, and often speculative numbers).

Critical supply lines foolishly based on the globalist profit-maximizing concept of “just in time” are now breaking down.

Apr 05 07:28

Trump and the Media Collude to Destroy American Liberty Using Coronavirus as their Pretext

Due to their complete collapse into a state of fear and panic, most Americans seem oblivious to the fact that we are right now—RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE—living in what could easily be the last days of freedom. It happened in less than 30 days—and it is happening due to mass hyperbole and media manipulation.

No, I am not saying that the coronavirus is not real. Neither am I saying that people have not died from the virus. But I am saying that the fear-mongering over the claim that corona has the potential to be a global pandemic akin to the Black Death is pure, unadulterated poppycock. Make no mistake about it: This is a planned event. The globalists—that the entire evangelical Christian and conservative Republican world kept telling us for the last three years that Donald Trump had on the run—are actually stronger than ever and have chosen this White House and this moment to launch an all-out attack against our Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Laws of Nature.

Apr 05 06:43

America, We Have To End The Wars Now

Can anyone think what our society might have spent six and a half trillion dollars on instead of 20 years of war in the Middle East for nothing? How about the trillion dollars per year we keep spending on the military on top of that?

Invading, dominating and remaking the Arab world to serve the interests of the American empire and the state of Greater Israel sounds downright quaint at this point. Iraq War II, as Senator Bernie Sanders said in the debate a few weeks ago, while letting Joe Biden, one of its primary proponents, off the hook for it, was “a long time ago.” Actually, Senator, we still have troops there fighting Iraq War III 1/2 against what’s left of the ISIS insurgency, and our current government continues to threaten the launch of Iraq War IV against the very parties we fought the last two wars for. This would almost certainly then lead to war with Iran.

Apr 05 06:33

The US Military Is Preparing For "Worst-Case Contagion Scenarios" (But It's A Secret)

The U.S. military is “preparing for worst-case scenarios with respect to the potential spread” of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters told reporters Friday.

But just what those scenarios are is a military secret. At a time when the president and his advisers hold daily press conferences where worst-case scenarios for civilians are frankly and alarmingly discussed, the Pentagon is moving to tighten what information it shares about COVID-19’s impact on the military.

Apr 05 05:44

Thailand’s Army Takes Delivery of Battle Tanks Made in China

Thailand’s Army has takes delivery of battle tanks made in China, three months after it took delivery of armored infantry vehicles from the US.

The army received 10 VT-4 main battle tanks and 38 VN-1 armored personnel carriers. They were among other military equipment, that arrived on Tuesday from China.

The tanks and armored cars were taken to the Adisorn Cavalry Center in Saraburi province for inspection.

Apr 05 05:02

The U.S. Military's Dealing With the Virus, but Keeps It a Secret

The U.S. military is “preparing for worst-case scenarios with respect to the potential spread” of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters told reporters Friday. But just what those scenarios are is a military secret. At a time when the president and his advisers hold daily press conferences where worst-case scenarios for civilians are frankly and alarmingly discussed, the Pentagon is moving to tighten what information it shares about COVID-19’s impact on the military.

The Department of Defense has been providing running totals of military-related COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and mortality, with separate figures for service members, their families, and civilian contractors. For example, as of Monday, the Pentagon reported 1,087 cases, of which 569 involved troops. These figures were higher by two-thirds than they had been Friday. But the demands of epidemiological accuracy are beginning to clash with the imperatives of operational secrecy.

Apr 04 09:36

Flu Psyop -- Pretext to Impose Orwellian Dictatorship?

You will be chipped with the vaccine and tracked by 5g. If you refuse you will not be able to buy,sell,trade or live in their NWO Utopia.

"Their goal is take away our freedoms. Then if we want them back, we'll be forced to receive vaccines to gain a digital certificate of movement which allows us to be tracked on 5G control grids."

"A future where dissenters & anyone with a brain or a spine won't be able to borrow money, get a passport, driving license, get a pensionable government job is coming without a doubt. I can smell it, it's that close." -ReplacetheIrish (on Makow Twitter feed.)

Apr 03 10:57

Sailors Cheer Ousted Navy Commander as He Departs Ship: ‘Captain Crozier! Captain Crozier!’ (WATCH)

Sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt cheered their commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, as he departed the ship after being relieved of duty for sounding the alarm over a coronavirus outbreak.

Apr 03 05:27

US aircraft carrier's commander fired after pleading for help for sailors with coronavirus

The US Navy has fired the commander of an aircraft carrier who had warned American sailors aboard the vessel would die unless the coronaviru-hit ship was evacuated.

Captain Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt with 5,000 people onboard, had called for help to save the lives of his sailors after an unconfirmed number tested positive for Covid-19 more than a week ago while the carrier was in the pacific.

In a letter, which was published by the San Francisco Chronicle and caught the Navy by surprise, Crozier described how bleak the situation was onboard the nuclear-powered carrier as more sailors were diagnosed with the virus.

Apr 02 10:39

Another Expensive War, Another Intelligence Failure?

The United States has been at war almost continuously since the founding of the nation in 1783. Some of the wars were undeclared like the centuries-long eradication of the native Americans, while others – the Mexican and Spanish-American wars – were glorified by including the names of the countries defeated by Washington’s war machine. America’s bloodiest war actually has multiple names, including the Civil War, the War Between the States, The War of the Rebellion and the War of Northern Aggression, allowing one to pick and choose reflecting one’s own political preferences.

Apr 02 04:48

No COVID-19 Test Kits For Navy Ships At Sea EXCLUSIVE

Not one of the Navy’s 82 ships currently underway has received coronavirus test kits for their crews, even as the number grows of sailors ashore testing positive.

“There are currently no FDA approved testing platforms that are suitable for placement on forward operating Naval Ships,” a Navy official told Breaking Defense via email. “So, the ships in the Pacific do not currently have the ability to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19. Depending on location, specimens can be sent for testing at shore based labs.”

The coronavirus had caused over 100 deaths in the United States — 8,000 worldwide — by Wednesday, but the federal government’s slow response to the global pandemic has led to testing rates much lower than countries like Italy and South Korea, both of which have been hit hard by the virus.

Apr 02 04:47

San Diego-based Navy ship orders crew confined on board amid soaring COVID-19 case numbers

The crew of the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock Somerset have been ordered to remain on board the ship as the Navy announced Wednesday that six more San Diego-based sailors have tested positive for COVID-19.
The order to remain on board coincides with comments made Tuesday by Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations, who said such orders are already being implemented on submarines 14 days out from getting underway.

Apr 02 03:54

Captain Who Raised Alarm on COVID-19-Infected Carrier Could Face Punishment - US Navy Secretary

Earlier this week, the captain of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which has reported dozens of COVID-19 cases while at sea, wrote a scathing letter to US Navy leaders demanding support in quarantining his crew. Now, the acting Navy secretary has said he might face a reprimand for it.

"I don't know who leaked the letter to the media. That would be something that would violate the principles of good order and discipline, if he were responsible for that. But I don't know that,” acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told reporters on Wednesday about the Monday letter from Capt. Brett Crozier.

"The fact that he wrote the letter up to his chain of command to express his concerns would absolutely not result in any type of retaliation," Modly further noted.

Apr 02 03:43

MIKE POMPEO: CORONAVIRUS CRISIS "LIVE EXERCISE"?!

SOURCE: YOUTUBE
Pompeo admitted on CNN that “we’re in a live exercise here” when referring to COVID-19 during a press conference. This is yet more evidence that the entire coronavirus crisis has been scripted, planned for and orchestrated. The language that Pompeo used – “live exercise” – is eerily reminiscent of language used in false flag operations when the exercise or drill “went live”, i.e. when the very scenario that the authorities were planning for actually happened (see 9/11, 7/7 and numerous US mass shootings) as they were in the middle of their exercise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The man needs to be deposed, under oath, and forced to tell the American public (and the world) precisely what he meant by that statement.

Of course, right now, that will happen... only when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Apr 01 18:58

"We're Thinking About Doing That" - President Trump Now Considers Limits on Domestic Flights and Passenger Trains

President Trump was asked on Wednesday by Jeff Mason from Reuters if he will shut down flights and passenger train travel over fears of the coronavirus.

President Trump responded, “We’re thinking about doing that. Those are very, very big decisions from the standpoint of the future of our country in a way.”

Apr 01 12:14

Trump says Iran planning 'sneak attack' on US troops, assets in Iraq

President Trump said Wednesday that Iran is planning a "sneak attack" on U.S. troops or "assets" in Iraq, warning the country will pay a "heavy price" if this happens.

The president made the abrupt announcement in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, coming amid lingering tensions between the two countries over past confrontations as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 01 06:59

P FOR PANDEMIC

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore – V for Vendetta

“Authority, when first detecting chaos at its heels, will entertain the vilest schemes to save its orderly facade.” – Alan Moore – V for Vendetta“
part 1
https://www.theburningplatform.com/2020/03/30/p-for-pandemic-populist-...

Apr 01 06:55

Peter Schiff: Americans Are in For a Rude Awakening

Peter said this time he thinks the world is going to kick out the dollar as the reserve currency. If that happens, the dollar will just be another currency.

And that means Americans are going to have to have to abide by the same economic rules that govern everybody else. That means if we want to consume, we’ve got to produce. If we want to borrow, we’ve got to save. And Americans are going to be in for a rude awakening.”

Apr 01 06:53

There Is No Such Thing as “Non-Essential Business” as Our Commie Governments Will Soon Find Out (As Will We)

As the coronavirus-induced economic lockdowns have tightened across the US, we’ve seen the emergence of a government-inspired fantasy – the myth of the nonessential business.

Government officials across the country have forced the closure of these so-called non-essential businesses while allowing “essential” enterprises to soldier on. Politicians and bureaucrats have developed arbitrary criteria to determine which businesses are and are not essential.

I say arbitrary because there is really no objective way to make such a determination.

Apr 01 06:50

The Biggest Fraud in History is Happening Right Before Our Eyes

More and more evidence is forthcoming daily that this new coronavirus called Covid-19, is not only being blown out of proportion, but is purposely being manipulated to show many more deaths than are actually caused by this mystery virus.

Apr 01 06:09

Three unmistakable signs that WAR is coming to America: Pompeo orders all American citizens to “immediately” return to the USA

There have been three unmistakable signs that war is coming to the United States very soon. Those signs have all emerged in the past week, all with a sense of urgency that goes far beyond any concern about a pandemic:

Sign #1) President Trump activating one million military reservists with medical skills to treat battlefield injuries. Details of this order are found in the EO text at WhiteHouse.gov.

Sign #2) The Pentagon ordering high-level staffers into deep underground bunkers in Colorado. This was announced by NORAD and NORTHCOM in a Facebook town hall meeting. Obviously, you don’t order military staffers into a 2,000-foot deep bunker just because of a virus.

Apr 01 05:58

IDF, US Military Hold Joint Drills Using F-35 Jets in Southern Israel Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Earlier in March, the two countries called off the cheduled joint exercise Juniper Cobra over concerns that it might facilitate the spread of the virus among the military.

The Israeli and US Air Forces conducted joint drills called "Enduring Lightning" in southern Israel on 29 March, the IDF reported via Twitter. The two countries' forces used fifth-generation F-35 and F-35I fighter jets to practice engaging various air and ground-based targets.

Apr 01 05:06

WITH CORONAVIRUS ALREADY ON 97 AMERICAN MILITARY BASES, THE ARMED FORCES STRUGGLE WITH THEIR MANY MISSIONS

The first of about 500 soldiers of the 1st Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, as well as soldiers in the division's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, started arriving Monday at Ft. Drum in upstate New York, making the long journey home from their duty in Afghanistan.

In a message to families posted on Facebook, division commander Maj. Gen. Brian Mennes said the troops were returning home "sooner than anticipated"—60 days earlier than previously planned—in response, he said, to the commander-in-chief's desire to downsize forces in Afghanistan but also an accelerated schedule because of coronavirus. After a 14-day quarantine in what he says will be comfortable facilities on base, soldiers and families will be reunited.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to think that there will be a reconsideration of these endless wars, because of Covid 19; unfortunately, Congress, sitting at the public trough, has no real compunction to make this happen.

After all, many of them are "making a killing" (literally and figuratively) through buying stock in (and getting supported for election through) companies whose main goal is obliteration of human life on this planet.

There is an old phrase, "Those who are unwilling to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."; this could not possibly be more true for the US Congress,. at this point in its history.

Apr 01 04:57

Preventing Liberty from Becoming a Coronavirus Fatality

Governments at all levels have taken ever more extreme (even outrageous) actions in an effort to stem the outbreak. The governors of New York, California, and other states have issued orders closing most private businesses and requiring residents not engaged in “essential” activities to remain in their homes. Nevada’s governor greatly restricted doctors from prescribing an anti-malaria drug that Trump administration experts suggested held promise for treating coronavirus, because in the governor’s opinion, such prescriptions might lead to hoarding. U.S. Justice Department officials secretly asked Congress to give the executive branch the authority to seek orders from federal judges to detain indefinitely any individual during the current emergency or any future one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be no "return to normal", because there cannot, logically be; things will have changed forever, and governments are not going to let go of those strictures against their citizens which have been adapted during this pandemic without a massive fight; and the Foggy Bottomites in DC, would love nothing better than some kind of an attempted organized armed rebellion, as a "justification" for putting it down "with extreme prejudice".

Think " Tiananmen Square in Beijing" on Steroids, and you will be able, at that point, to pretty clearly consider what the US government will be willing to do to keep social and economic constraints from snapping, although they may well be incapable of making that happen.

Think "slave labor wages" (if there are wages, for a time); forced work to keep the society going; forced conscription for the "wars du juor" which may be planned, and executed, very soon to "shore up" the President's pre-elections chances, and food rations which would probably make a maggot gag.

The most important things you can do right now, for you and the people you love, is get out there, and do a little bit of prepping from several "big box" stores, so the buying you do does not appear to be "hoarding", but just reasonably large amounts for a big family.

Then find a way to hide it, so that no one can take it from you; because in an exercise of extreme panic, the federal Government may well attempt to take it from you, to "spread the wealth" to the Covidiots who chose NOT to prep, because they had been assured, that the extreme underclass in this country would always be protected, as long they went along with the government agendas and propaganda, and did not riot.

Even when the self-isolation ends, be careful about gathering with large crowds; the government will be very keen on identifying those individuals who publicly named and shamed the government for what they felt was a very slow, and sporadic, response to Covid 19.

Notice how President Trump has declared "war" on this illness?!?

Please remember; the invocation of such language, enables him to have thrown the Espionage Act against people who criticised his administration's response to it, just as he did against Chelsea Manning, who nearly successfully committed suicide in her Federal Prison cell, and was released on the 12th of this month.

Apr 01 04:15

Contractor behind troubled Afghan propaganda program billed Pentagon $425 MILLION for unaired ads — lawsuit

The Pentagon’s one-time top propaganda producer in Afghanistan billed the US millions of dollars to produce ads it knew full well would never air, let alone win hearts and minds, a lawsuit by a company whistleblower has alleged.
The Leonie Group took in upwards of $425 million in military contracts from 2008 until 2015 to produce TV, radio, and billboard ads on behalf of the US in Afghanistan, knowing the lion’s share of the propaganda would never be seen by Afghan eyes, a recently-unsealed lawsuit by Scott Kreller, the company’s former president, claims. Adding insult to injury, Leonie allegedly retaliated against Kreller for trying to clamp down on the “fraud.”

Kreller claimed he was fired in February 2017 after refusing to submit an inflated $4.5 million invoice to the US government for “double-billed” psychological operations despite “several months” of pressure “on an almost weekly basis” from the company’s owners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but if a huge Federal agency is pathologically incapable of following the numbers when it came to Afghani propaganda, how can it be reasonably tasked with conducting wars all over the planet?!/

the short answer is, it cannot.

Apr 01 04:10

Italy Threatening To Erupt Into Riots As Nationwide Lockdown Takes Economic Toll

By Emily ZanottiDailyWire.com
APLES, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2020/03/31: Sanitary workers disinfect the streets of Naples city to counter the danger of a coronavirus infection (COVID 19). (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket via Getty Images)Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket via Getty Images
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Italy’s rate of coronavirus infections has finally slowed, but the national lockdown that helped slow the spread of the disease is now threatening to take its own toll as Italy’s poorer regions begin to push back against government regulations keeping them from working.

The “depressed south” is “turning into a powderkeg,” according to Bloomberg world news, and the Italian government is now prepared to take efforts to control the possible spread of violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With food supplies dwindling, it appears to be a question of when, rather than if, Italy will soon be hit by riots.

Apr 01 04:04

'Lack of Confidence in FBI's Procedures' - DOJ IG Audit of 29 FISA Warrants Finds Errors with All of Them

Michael Horowitz

The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General on Tuesday said in a report it still has a “lack of confidence” in the FBI’s FISA procedures.

Horowitz’s office found errors in all of the 29 FISA applications it reviewed during an audit as follow-up to an investigation of the bureau’s illegal spying of Carter Page.

Horowitz previously admonished the FBI for making “17 significant errors and inaccuracies” when it sought and obtained a total of four FISA warrants on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

The OIG released a report on Tuesday revealing the FBI’s FISA abuse is still a widespread ongoing problem.

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ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE, BUT THOROUGHLY PREDICTABLE.

Mar 31 10:05

US Data Shows NINEFOLD Increase In Cancer Risk On Nuclear Ships

You see, it was a legal ploy to get out of admitting that those aboard the USS Reagan were put in harm's way by coming to the aid of Japan after the earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns. Compare them to other crews aboard other nuclear subs. It backfired.

Mar 31 09:40

It’s Only a Matter of Time Until COVID-19 Lockdowns Lead to Civil Unrest and Violent Crime

(March 31, 2020) The United States of America is basically closed for business, leaving citizens jobless, broke, and without options. We’re facing restrictions on movement the likes of which our nation has never seen. The stores that are open have never fully restocked after the “panic buying” of previous weeks, leading to shelves barren of things like meat, flour, toilet paper, and rice.

It’s only a matter of time before these issues combine to become the flashpoint that leads to an explosion of civil unrest and violent crime.

Mar 31 08:00

Iraqi resistance forces say fully prepared ahead of reported US operation

Iraqi resistance forces say they stand fully ready to confront any possible act of aggression by the US military, which is widely reported to be gearing up for operations against the positions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) -- an elite pro-government anti-terror force

Mar 31 07:57

Chewed Up and Spit Out: What Happens to Veterans When They Retire?

22 million Americans have served in the armed forces. While the military is constantly glamorized in public life, the reality for many is that, once they are no longer of use, they are dumped like trash on a curb.

Mar 31 07:51

Corona-Madness: Authoritarianism Is Not The Answer!

Throughout the country, bureaucrats and politicians are clamping down on the Constitution in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has not shown itself more deadly than the seasonal flu. Those numbers can change and it can be a serious disease, but as after 9/11 we are being told we must sacrifice our liberties in the name of security. Government did not deliver then and it will not deliver now. Liberty stolen will not be returned. Is there a better way?

Mar 31 07:48

Is US readying itself to re-invade and occupy Iraq?

By Robert Inlakesh

In the wake of the great escalation of January 2020, ultimately resulting in the retreat of United States forces, situated across Iraq, down to a few key bases around Baghdad that now come under regular rocket attack by local anti-occupation resistance groups, American strategic planners are confronted with only two choices: leave Iraq or launch a full-scale shock attack operation in the country's west and subsequent occupation of the area to regain the strategic initiative.

The US finds itself in its current position in Iraq, for the first time since the North Korean army invasion of South Korea in 1950 - an event which nearly threw American troops, at Pusan, into the sea and forced them to fight a protracted defense.

For a military force whose historical doctrine has been to 'attack, attack, attack', America’s current position in Iraq is terribly awkward and uncharacteristic of the usual predicament of total superiority it generally finds itself in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Inlakesh puts together a brilliant, and thoughtful, scenario here; but there is a question which remains unasked in this article: should the US do this,
what will Russia do, in light of the fact that one of its chief politicians, told his Iranian counterpart last summer, that if Iran is attacked by the US, it will not stand alone.

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

This came out in the English language edition of the Moscow times on 26 June, 2019; why do I seem to be the only person still standing who remembers this being said?!??

This.... is literally the 5,000 lb polar bear, lounging on the Bosendorfer Baby Grand, on this issue.

But there is one thing that Inlakesh got absolutely correctly; this has to happen before the US end of the Covid-19 shut-down, which is, at this moment, is set for Friday, 1 May, 2020; this gives the Federal Government 30 days to either retreat entirely from Iraq, or use it, and Saudi Arabia, as the bases from which to ultimately attack Iran.

I am an American who cares greatly about this country, and the future trajectory of both its domestic and foreign policies. I care greatly about our men and women in uniform, so I am respectfully asking the civilian government in the US to use both restraint, and wisdom, in their deployment here.

A war with Russia over Iran?!?

There is nothing Israel's Netanyahu would love to see happen more than this.

But if there were any possible scenario which could create at something perceivedly good for Israel, but which would be card-carryingly horrible for We the People, I can hardly think of a worse one than this one could create.

And before I end this post, Mr. President, would you please have someone break the following down for you, in digestible format, and that would be the following.

'But Sir, It’s an American Ship.' 'Never Mind, Hit Her!' When Israel Attacked USS Liberty

Mr. President, with "friends" like this......?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I'm just saying.

Mar 31 07:47

Iran’s natural gas exports halted after pipeline explosion along Turkish border: video

A pipeline carrying gas between Turkey and Iran exploded at the Gurbulak border gate, on the Turkish side of the border with Iran, on Tuesday.

Mar 31 06:52

Israeli Forces Demolish Emergency Coronavirus Clinic for Palestinians

Israeli forces on Thursday entered a Palestinian village in the northern Jordan Valley to confiscate materials designated to build a clinic to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Officials from the Israeli Civil Administration came to the village of Khirbet Ibziq with a military escort, bulldozer and two trucks equipped with cranes on Thursday morning to demolish community clinic and emergency housing, according to Israeli human rights monitor Btselem.

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"Hey, destroying Palestinian medical clinics... is part of what makes the IDF MANLY men!!" - Official IDF Spokesock.

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