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May 05 11:52

U.S. to Beef Up Military Presence in Eastern Europe

U.S. officials say the Pentagon will be deploying an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region to reassure allies worried about threats from an increasingly aggressive Russia.

The officials said the Army will announce Wednesday that it will be sending a full set of equipment with the brigade to Europe. Earlier plans had called for the Pentagon to rotate troops into Europe, where they would have used a set of training equipment pre-positioned there.

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That might explain that train full of A-1 tanks seen in Texas.

May 05 09:30

Obama Admits US Military Policy Responsible for Terrorist Attacks in Europe

While Obama hyped the fact that "a majority of the nations here are part of the global coalition against ISIL," he also noted that this same coalition was a major recruiting conduit for ISIS militants. "Just about all of our nations have seen citizens join ISIL in Syria and Iraq," Obama admitted, without offering any thoughts as to why this situation exists.

May 05 08:27

One Last Chance For Peace In Yemen

On the night of January 5, a squadron of F-15 fighter jets from the Royal Saudi Air Force carpet-bombed a neighborhood in the densely populated Yemeni capital of Sanaa. Following the assault, the Al-Noor Center for the Blind lay in ruins.

May 05 08:19

Russia's Deadly S-500 Air-Defense System: Ready for War at 660,000 Feet

The new weapon—which will form the upper tier of Russia’s layered integrated air defense system—is expected to be able to engage targets at altitudes of about 125 miles—or 660,000 feet. That means that S-500 will be able to engage targets such as incoming ballistic missiles in space at ranges as great as 400 miles. The first regiment of S-500 will be deployed to protect Moscow and central Russia.

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That also means Russia can take out low-orbit military satellites.

May 05 08:08

US Military Arrives at Training Ground in Moldova

A column of US military equipment that was blocked on the border by representatives of the opposition Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) arrived on the Negresht training range, 40 km North of Chisinau. Here the joint exercise Dragon Pioneer 2016 began, which will be held until 20th May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another attempted coup, which will lead to another quagmire and chaos.

May 05 06:21

THE U.S. NAVY NOW HAS AN UNMANNED DRONE WARSHIP. COULD IT BE HACKED AT SEA?

The U.S. Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are now testing a new unmanned drone warship. The first Navy drone ship is a 132-foot ACTUV (Antisubmarine warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel) known as Sea Hunter, which cost around $120 million to build. The military says more can now be produced for $20 million or so each. But some are concerned that with no humans at the controls, these “robot ships” could be hacked, pwned remotely, and used by America's enemies to attack the United States.

May 05 02:02

Russia Creates New Military Divisions to Respond to NATO Buildup

NATO Secretary General Insists Buildup 'Defensive'

Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced its intention to create three new military divisions for its westernmost territory in response to NATO’s announcement last week of another 4,000 ground troops to be deployed along the Russian border.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insists that NATO’s deployments were a response to Russia’s “use of force against Ukraine in 2014,” which both happened two years ago and has been in a state of ceasefire for well over a year.

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May 04 23:03

State Dept: We Never Said No Boots on the Ground in Syria

Doublespeak. Noun. Language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.

To the laughter and bewilderment of the press, retired Navy Rear Admiral turned State Dept spokesperson John Kirby actually stood at a podium recently and claimed that Obama and his administration never said there would be no boots on the ground in Syria...

May 04 20:28

Mattis versus Trump

Trump was invited last week by the The National Interest to give his first speech on foreign policy.

To everyone’s surprise – but probably not that of the organisaters - «the Donald» did not have anything to say about his position on various subjects, aimed at satisfying one lobby or another, but instead delivered an analysis of US policy and describing its total overhaul.

He delivered a criticism of neo-conservative ideology, which has held power since the coup d’etat of September 11th 2001.

He continued with an indirect attack on the «military-industrial complex», blaming the general excess of weapons in the world. There was no mistake – for the first time since the assassination of John Kennedy, a presidential candidate was denouncing the omnipotence of the arms manufacturers, who have eaten up almost all of US industry.

May 04 16:07

Israel settlement construction should keep going: Trump

I gotta bad feeling!

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says Israel should continue construction of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.

Asked in an interview with the British paper Daily Mail whether there should be a pause in settlement construction in the occupied territories, Trump responded: “No, I don't think there should be a pause.”

Trump said the settlement construction must “keep going” and “keep moving forward,” because Palestinians fired “thousands of missiles” at Israel.

May 04 14:58

Torture: Stopping Terrorism… Or Is It Terrorism?

Just ten years after America was shocked at the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and just a year and a half after the Senate torture report, a recent poll suggests that three-fourths of the population would support torture of terrorism suspects. Have we so quickly forgotten the fallout from the CIA’s shameful practices, where innocents were tortured for information they did not possess?

May 04 14:52

New Risks From Brussels’ ‘Security’

In the days following the March 22 terrorist attack at Zaventem, Brussels’ international airport, the Belgian government was confronted with a walkout by airport security employees who resisted plans to restart services without any far-reaching changes to procedures. The employees demanded, in particular, provision for screening all passengers before they entered the airport building, which would require substantial increase in their own numbers.

May 04 14:51

The Pentagon Shouldn't Get To Absolve Itself For Bombing A Hospital

The Pentagon just made it official: No war crime was committed when a U.S. plane attacked the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, killing 42 patients and health workers and injuring many more.

May 04 14:02

Army Captain Sues Obama for Unconstitutional War Against ISIS

The fact that it would even come to this — that our military members are to the level of suing our president to get him to follow the Constitution — should tell you how far gone things are.

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May 04 13:29

Trillion Dollar F-35s Can Barely Get off the Ground

During a recent flight test at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, the F-35 proved little in the way of combat and deployment capabilities. If anything, the fighter jets proved that they’re capable of hugging the ground and little else. According to J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s chief weapon’s tester:

“The Air Force attempted two alert launch procedures during the Mountain Home deployment, where multiple F-35A aircraft were preflighted and prepared for a rapid launch, but only one of the six aircraft was able to complete the alert launch sequence and successfully takeoff.”

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May 04 10:17

Iraq’s political chaos makes Canada’s war there trickier

Canadian troops are training Kurdish forces for a planned assault on Mosul, a city controlled by the Daesh militants since 2014. But as Time magazine has reported, the much-delayed assault is hampered by tensions between the Kurdish peshmerga and the Baghdad-controlled Iraqi army.

Again the dispute centres on territory: Should areas won back from Daesh go to semi-autonomous Kurdistan? Or should they go to Iraq proper?

This poses a problem for Canada. Like the U.S., Ottawa supports the concept of a unified Iraq.

But in practice, it finds itself training Kurdish soldiers who don’t view themselves as Iraqi and who might well end up fighting Iraqis.

May 04 09:43

Newly surfaced footage of Hillary Clinton could damage her on ISIS/Terror/Iraq

2014 - Hillary Clinton laughs about the "hard choices" of sending US soldiers to the Middle East, while admitting she made a mistake voting to authorize the Iraq War.

2011 - Hillary Clinton is excited about Iraq's promising future as a business opportunity for US companies and Oil.

2002 - Hillary Clinton parrots Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld as she votes "with conviction" to give Bush the authorization to invade Iraq.

May 04 09:22

US Army Is Getting Ready for a Great Power War (Read Russia or China)

Forget a lighter army for 'low-intensity' expeditions. US Army is arming to take on a heavily mechanized force

May 04 09:21

The Grisly Truth About How World War II Was Won

Russians know that it was their soldiers who really won the war. They remain angry that their military achievements are ignored by American triumphalists and myth -makers.

May 04 09:02

Carter accuses Russia of 'nuclear saber-rattling'

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has criticized Russia for what he described as “nuclear saber-rattling” and pledged to continue a robust military buildup on NATO’s eastern flank to deter the Russian “aggression.”

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May 03 18:16

Hundreds of M1 Abrams battle-tanks spotted in Houston on rail-train

Several rail-trains have been spotted moving through the area this week, carrying hundreds of U.S. M1 Abrams battle-tanks.

May 03 17:24

Jeremy Scahill And Glenn Greenwald Probe Secret US Drone Wars

As the Obama administration prepares to release for the first time the number of people it believes it has killed in drone strikes in countries that lie outside of conventional war zones, we look at a new book out today that paints a very different picture of the U.S. drone program.

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May 03 15:46

UK At War? SAS In Syria, 25,000 ISIS Dead, British Troops In Somalia & Anti-Chem Tanks On Patrol

British special forces are to be parachuted into Syria, it has emerged, as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claims coalition airstrikes have killed 25,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters since bombing began.

May 03 15:41

Aftermath Of Fatal Hospital Rebel Rocket Attack In Aleppo

Dozens of people have been killed and injured in a rocket attack on a hospital in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo, state media reported.

May 03 14:42

Govt-Backed Counter-Extremist ‘Propaganda’ Program Operating Without Oversight – Report

Counter-narratives on extremism are being peddled by a secret government propaganda program in the absence of oversight under the guise of “grassroots Muslim voices,” an investigation by a UK advocacy group suggests.

May 03 14:29

The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get To Absolve Itself For Bombing A Hospital

The Pentagon just made it official: No war crime was committed when a U.S. plane attacked the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, killing 42 patients and health workers and injuring many more.

May 03 14:09

Blood Money: How Britain’s Ex-Diplomats Are Profiting From Global Conflict Zones

Former UK diplomats are cashing in on their contacts and experience and advising despots, venture capitalists and Gulf regimes, according to a new investigation.

Britain’s ex-ambassadors to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, as well as former MPs, are legally profiting from conflict zones and poor countries in the Global South, according to the Daily Mail.

May 03 13:25

Gotta Shoot ‘Em, Trump Says – As Pentagon Downplays Russian Warplane Encounters

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said US may have to shoot down Russian warplanes approaching American military assets. Meanwhile, the Pentagon said such encounters were meant by Russia to send a signal rather than to provoke.

May 03 13:23

Snowden: "We Are Like Tagged Animals"

In a new piece out in The Intercept, whistleblower Edward Snowden has summed up what smart phones really are...

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May 03 11:34

US And UK Arms Sales Fueling War Crimes In Yemen

Prof. Sheila Carapico says many humanitarian groups have implicated the US and other Western countries in war crimes in Yemen.

May 03 11:18

Bomb Attack, WW3, Meteorite?! Sonic Boom Causes Panic In Northern England

Loud blasts caused a stir in the north of England late Monday, with residents in the Yorkshire area taking to social media to express worries that an attack or a serious accident had taken place. The sounds were reportedly caused by supersonic RAF jets.

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May 03 10:20

Ron Paul: Drafting Women Means Equality In Slavery

Last week the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act requiring women to register with Selective Service. This means that if Congress ever brings back the draft, women will be forcibly sent to war.

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Forced conscription for military service violates the 13th Amendment.

May 03 10:15

Neocons Make Trump Sound Like Peacenik on Foreign Policy

Donald Trump's long-awaited, much-discussed speech on foreign policy has been praised by some and slammed by others, but the more neocons recoil in horror over his ideas, the more those who are not otherwise inclined to support him might warm up to the Republican frontrunner's 'radical' ideas.

May 03 09:39

Germany pushes for European army

Germany is pushing for a European army in the 28-member EU bloc, according to a white paper put forward by the German government. The army is envisaged to have a joint headquarters and shared military plans.

May 03 08:04

China, Russia criticize US missile system in S Korea

China has for the second time in as many months officially protested Washington’s expected deployment of an advanced missile system in the Korean peninsula.

The US and its South Korean ally have been in talks for the past three months to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, as a response to Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests; experts warn that some are designed for carrying nuclear warheads.

During a press conference with his Russian counterpart in Beijing on Friday China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that both countries considered the US move far exceeding relevant actual defense needs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, I am tired of pussy-footing around! I only have another 7 months in office. Let's get this @#$%ing World War going, already!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 03 08:02

US Demands Obedience from Its German Clients in Conflict With Russia

The US demands the active cooperation of the German armed forces on the eastern borders of NATO, which it considers crucial to militarily shunning Russia. Germany has been avoiding the topic so far, but now Washington is increasing the pressure on Angela Merkel

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Dear Angela. Please remember that the LAST time Germany invaded Russia, it didn't work out so well.

May 03 08:01

Germany's "brainless compliance" with US military build-up in Eastern Europe

"For this you need obedient vassals in Europe - and they have them" -- Alexander Neu
Sputnik Germany, March 31, 2016

May 03 08:00

UK begins troop deployment to South Sudan, Somalia

A team of UK Army soldiers has arrived in Somalia as part of Britain’s plans to deploy hundreds of troops in several African countries, following a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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May 02 15:23

Suspected ISIS Car Bomb Strikes Police HQ In Gaziantep, Turkey, Killing 2

At least two police officer have been killed after a car bomb exploded near a police headquarters in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, according to the city’s governor.

May 02 14:33

NATO Deploys 4000 Troops To Russian Border As EUCOM Chief Urges "Return To War-Planning"

With anti-establishmentarians on the rise in the US & Europe, it appears the neocons and their NATO proxy aren't wasting any time and are stepping up not just the words, but their deeds, against a so-called "resurgent Russia." NATO's European Command (EUCOM) "needs to change," blasts General Philip Breedlove, urging the military to get back to the business of war planning, a skill lost during the post-Cold War era saying his objective is to send a signal of deterrence to Russia. That signal was heard loud and clear as NATO is deploying an additional four battalions of 4,000 troops to the Russian border in Poland and the three Baltic States, according to a report citing US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.

May 02 14:02

ISIS Releases New Kill List of 3,600 Random New Yorkers — FBI to Visit Each Personally

Now we’re supposed to believe that ISIS’ Caliphate Cyber Army has leaked the names and home and email addresses of 3,600 average people living in New York, urging terrorists to randomly target and kill them because… terror?

The info was reportedly posted on an ISIS-only channel along with the statement, “We want them #Dead” — because even terrorists know the importance of hashtags.

Meanwhile, this situation is being taken so seriously, it is being reported that police and the FBI are going to personally visit each person on the list and warn them that they have been personally threatened by ISIS… so they can… do…

What exactly?

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May 02 14:01

‘Now Live-Tweet Bay Of Pigs’: CIA Lambasted Online For Live-Tweeting Bin Laden Kill

The CIA ‘live-tweeted’ the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan five years on, reporting the operation as if it were happening right now. Some found the social media exercise distasteful and arrogant.

May 02 13:15

Sikh Community Furious At Texas Authorities After Detention On False Terrorism Accusations

A Sikh man and a Pakistani-American man were arrested at gunpoint after fellow bus passengers claimed they were discussing a bomb threat in Arabic – even though they were speaking Punjabi. The Sikh Coalition has filed a complaint against the accusers.

May 02 12:47

The CIA Live-Tweeted a Play-By-Play of the Bin Laden Raid... As If It Just Happened

They even sent out the debunked situation room photo for the live feed of the raid which the CIA itself later admitted did not exist

Makes you wonder why they are priming everyone by dragging this out of the basement and putting it on display… the Saudis being implicated in 9/11 perhaps?

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May 02 11:33

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books («Whose Sarin?» and «The Red Line and the Rat Line») has reported that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria; and Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn’t come from Assad’s stockpiles. Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad. «By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria».

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, these charges are true, is this REALLY "the woman" you want to have in the White House as President?!?

The woman for whom money and power mean....EVERYTHING, and she will do or say ANYTHING to hang on to it if elected, no matter how badly it effected the American people?!?

The woman who has proven that she will do ANYTHING to "regime change" governments not to the US government's liking?!?

Please remember, if she is on the Democratic ticket in November, and steals the election, or gets voted in, she is a warmonger of the highest order, and has never seen a US military intervention she did not like.

Oh yes, and bet on this: the return of the military draft, for both young men and women.

I remember, in those days right after the false flag sarin attack in Syria, how intensely Obama and Kerry were arguing that the US military had no choice but to invade Syria, and regime-change the country.

And the man who became Syria's international saviour, Russia's Vladimir Putin, was, fortunately, able to talk some sense into the American government, and the US government blinked.

The wars which the US has started, and are festering and simmering, globally, like a bad, contagious infection, will continue apace under a second Clinton presidency; that's just the cold hard reality.

May 02 10:09

OSAMA BIN LADEN VOICE ACTOR REVEALS HE FAKED PROPAGANDA VIDEOS

In an interview with the New York Times, a former ABC News intern reveals that he was responsible for “faking” Osama bin Laden’s accent, which the network used to dub over various bin Laden videos and broadcast to the world.

The 22 year old intern worked on ABC’s program “Nightline”, and as soon as the September 11 attacks occurred he was asked by a producer to voice-over an English translation of bin Laden’s alleged “confession”.

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The attachment of Osama bin Laden to 9/11 was simply a ruse, and completely as fraudulent as was using this kid's voice to record a an false "confession" from Bin Laden regarding this horrific false flag.

It was all about the US government getting " emotional traction" by steering the narrative in the direction they wanted it to go, to justify the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and attempting to quash all reasonable arguments against these wars.

May 02 09:31

The Trump Test

The reaction to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s much-awaited foreign policy speech from the Washington elites was all-too-predictable: they sneered and snickered that he had mispronounced “Tanzania.” The more substantive criticisms weren’t much better: perpetual warmonger Lindsey Graham, whose presidential bid garnered zero percent in the polls, tweeted “Trump’s FP speech not conservative. It’s isolationism surrounded by disconnected thought, demonstrates lack of understanding threats we face.” For Graham, anything less than starting World War III is “isolationism” – a view that gives us some insight into why his presidential campaign was the biggest flop since the “new” Coke.

May 02 07:38

China tests ICBM capable of striking US within half an hour

Beijing has successfully tested a new long-range ballistic missile capable of engaging any potential target worldwide. The rocket takes just 30 minutes to cover its maximum 12,000km range and can deliver multiple strikes on any nuclear-capable state.

The launch of China’s Dongfeng-41 (East Wind, DF-41) missile was registered by the US satellite tracking system in real time, the Washington Free Beacon reports, although the location of the launch was not immediately revealed. The launch was made from a new road-mobile platform, and is reportedly the seventh test-firing of the DF-41.

May 02 07:36

Who Authorized Preparations for War with China?

—The Pentagon has concluded that the time has come to prepare for war with China, and in a manner well beyond crafting the sort of contingency plans that are expected for wide a range of possible confrontations. It is a momentous conclusion that will shape the United States’ defense systems, force posture, and overall strategy for dealing with the economically and militarily resurgent China. Thus far, however, the military’s assessment of and preparations for the threat posed by China have not received the high level of review from elected civilian officials that such developments require. The start of a second Obama administration provides an opportunity for civilian authorities to live up to their obligations in this matter and to conduct a proper review of the United States’ China strategy and the military’s role in it.

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May 02 07:36

‘ US planning dubious game in Syria, that has a devastating impact on Syrian people’

The Free Syrian Army has refused to recognize partial ceasefires or local lulls in violence, claiming that if the UN-backed truce is not implemented in full, the group reserves its right to withdraw from the Geneva talks and respond to any attacks.

May 02 07:34

The Small Islands Holding the Key to the Indian Ocean

The rise of China, changing power dynamics, territorial disputes in the East and South China Sea, and the U.S. rebalance to Asia have all led to the re-emergence of the Indian Ocean as the center stage for power politics in the Indo-Pacific.

May 02 07:19

Russian Missiles' Global Reach: Does Moscow Need Military Bases Abroad?

Throughout the 20th century, military analysts have considered military bases abroad to be an indicator of a state's power and influence, demonstrating whether or not a country has the right to call itself a great power. Recently, with advances in military technology, Russian politicians and the military have begun questioning this logic.

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The same applies to the United States. Why do we need hundreds of military bases in foreign nations to "protect" us when US nuclear missiles can strike anywhere on the globe if we are attacked? And the answer is obvious. Those foreign US bases do not protect the US; they exist to enforce the US' will on those foreign governments!

May 02 07:06

The First Casualty Is Truth

In the fifth century B.C., Greek dramatist Aeschylus said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” Quite so. Whenever national leaders decide to go on the warpath for the sake of their own ambition or self-aggrandisement, it’s the citizenry that will pay the bloody price for their aspirations. Since war is rarely desired by the citizenry, it has to be sold to them. Some form of deception, exaggeration, or outright lies must be put forward to con the populace into getting on board with the idea.

War, after all, represents a monumental failure of national leaders to serve the rightful national objectives of a citizenry – peace and prosperity. Of course, in the case of an empire going to war, this represents a monumental failure on steroids – the outcome may well be world war in such a case.

May 01 18:22

‘Human Error’: No Criminal Charges For US Army Personnel Over Kunduz Hospital Bombing

The Pentagon will not place criminal charges on the military personnel responsible for the airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan last year. Sixteen servicemen have received disciplinary punishments for errors that led to the deaths of 42 people.

May 01 11:27

Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president?

Does the U.S. Constitution permit a native-born Canadian to serve as president?

The answer is yes.

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I am certain that Associate Law Professor Anthony J. Gaughan's was handsomely paid for his opinion that a Canadian citizen born in Canada fulfills the Constitutional Requirement of "Natural Born Citizen" to be President. But Associate Law Professor Anthony J. Gaughan is wrong. His entire argument (provided by the Cruz campaign) is that since Ted Cruz's mother was born in Delaware, Ted Cruz himself is a US citizen by birth. There are two problems with this claim. First, Ted's mother surrendered her US citizenship to become Canadian. Canada in 1970 did not recognize dual citizens. So both of Ted's parents were Canadian citizens and ONLY Canadian citizens at the time of his birth.
Not quite.

Ted Cruz's father was still married to his previous wife when Ted was born, and under Section 309(c) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, children born out of wedlock to American citizens in a foreign land do NOT acquire birthright citizenship. Under US law, Ted Cruz was Canadian by birth and ONLY Canadian by birth!

As for the "Natural Born"requirement, the Cruz campaign holds that since the Founding Fathers did not provide a definition of what it meant, therefore we should ignore it. Maybe the Cruz people think that the Founding fathers were worried that someday a GMO human might run for office?

"Natural Born" was defined in the legal references used by the Founding Fathers to write the Constitution. It means "born inside the country." The Cruz campaign says that this should nebver have been added to the requirement for the Presidency, but Cruz doesn't get to re-write the Constitution. ONLY an Amendment can do that.

The fallacy of the Cruz position can be illustrated with a simple thought experiment.

Let us say that back in the 1960s an American woman emigrates to the Soviet Union, marries a Russian, and conceives a child. Then, when the child is 18 or 19, the woman returns to the United States with her child. Under the argument presented by the Cruz campaign, this child, born and raised a Soviet citizen, should be allowed to run for President.

Does that make any sense?

Of course not, which is why that "Natural Born" requirement is in there!

UPDATE: Az-Central is now blocking comments on these stories about Cruz being eligible.

May 01 11:05

US Worried That Military Advantage Over Russia, China Getting Ever Smaller

The US's global lead in advanced weapons capabilities is shrinking as Russia and China move to close the gap, and "push the US out of areas on their front doorstep," writes Washington-based political newspaper The Hill.

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"Don't you understand? It is our manifest destiny to be on their doorstep!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 10:57

Five of six F-35 fighter jets were unable to take off during testing because of software glitches but the Air Force still plans to declare the aircraft combat-ready this year

Out of the six Air Force F-35 fighter jets, only one was able to successfully take off during a recent exercise that left the other five grounded due to 'immature systems and software'.

The F-35s, which are the world's most sophisticated and most expensive warplanes, were being tested for readiness but only one of the $100 million Lockheed Martin planes was able to boot its software and get itself airborne, according to Flight Global.

May 01 10:57

The F-35’s Software Is So Buggy It Might Ground the Whole Fleet

Last summer, F-35 program officer Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said the F-35’s logistics system was “the brains and blood of operating this weapons system.”

Despite many fixes, the aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is so flawed that government auditors believe the computer system may not be deployable. These problems may also delay the Air Force’s declaration of Initial Operational Capability. And now, in a surprising twist, Bogdan is saying ALIS is not really critical after all, insisting the F-35 can fly without it for 30 days.

F-35 supporters enjoy telling people how the plane is a “flying computer,” as if that alone makes it worth the hundreds of billions of dollars spent so far. Lockheed Martin goes one step further, calling it a “supercomputer” in its own promotional materials.

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May 01 10:55

Germany to Send Bundeswehr Troops to the Russian Border?

“Chancellor Angela Merkel is committing an irresponsible provocation, when, 75 years after the attack on the Soviet Union, she is sending the Bundeswehr to the Russian border,” said Sahra Wagenknecht, Chairman of DIE LINKE.

Wagenknecht further: “The federal government is playing with fire if they blindly support NATO’s aggressive game. A permanent presence of NATO combat troops on the Russian border is contrary to the existing agreements with Russia.

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I would like to remind Merkel that the last time German troops invaded Russia ... it didn't work out too well!

May 01 07:16

As Obama Preps To Send Troops Into Syria The US Gov’t Is Already Planning Their Next Major Coup

A nonviolent coup to depose a democratically-elected president and install some of the most corrupt politicians — who, not coincidentally happen to be favored by the U.S. political establishment — is currently underway in Brazil. As the public’s attention zeroes on the readying of troops for deployment to Syria, the U.S. government has been able to quietly lend its approval to the crooked and baseless move to oust Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Indeed, though the controversy over quintupling U.S. ground troops in Syria — despite vows by the Obama administration at least 16 times there would be ‘no boots on the ground’ — constitutes a valid and pertinent debate, it can’t be allowed to obfuscate what’s taking place in Brazil. To understand the importance of the ongoing tumult, you need only look at who matters to both the Brazilian and U.S. political elite — and it clearly isn’t the 54 million people who re-elected Brazil’s first female president just 18 months ago.

Apr 30 18:48

What If The Catholic Church Declares No Wars Are Justified?

Where did the justification for war come from? Early versions appeared in India and the Roman Empire. In Christianity the seeds were sown by Saint Augustine and reaped by Thomas Aquinas.

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Apr 30 10:20

"Don't Fly Near Our Borders" - U.S. Spy Plane Again Intercepted By Russian Jet

According to CNN, yet another close encounter took place between the U.S. and Russia yesterday, as a Russian SU-27 allegedly conducted a barrel roll over top of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic sea. The incident was in international airspace according to the Defense Department.

This is the second time a Russian jet has allegedly barrel rolled over a U.S. plane flying over the Baltic, and the incident marks the fourth close encounter between the two countries just this month, as tensions continue to rapidly escalate between the two countries.

The Russian SU-27 approached alongside within 25 feet of the U.S. aircraft, and then flew inverted over the top of the plane to the other side, according to Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a U.S. Army spokesperson.

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It appears that the Obama administration is hell-bent on provoking war against Russia.

It would be very interesting to see just how far from "international airspace" the US reconnaissance jet had actually strayed.

Apr 30 09:37

President Obama’s Race for the “Imperial Legacy”: A World of Chaos and Disintegration

The Obama regime is desperate to overcome the consequences of his political, military and economic failures of the past six years and establish the US as the uncontested global economic and military power.

At this stage, Obama’s supreme goal is to leave an enduring legacy, where he will have: (1) surrounded and weakened Russia and China; (2) re-converted Latin America into an authoritarian free-trade backyard for US plunder; (3) turned the Middle East and North Africa into a bloody playpen for Arab and Jewish dictators bent on brutalizing whole nations and turning millions into refugees to flood Europe and elsewhere.

Once this ‘legacy’ is established, our ‘Historic Black President’ can boast that he has dragged our ‘great nation’ into more wars for longer periods of time, costing more diverse human lives and creating more desperate refugees than any previous US President, all the while polarizing and impoverishing the great mass of working Americans.

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With the exception of the P5+1 deal with Iran, everything this man has touched, geopolitically, or economically, has become an absolutely and thoroughly wrecked, epic fail.

This desire to lock in his "legacy" is obviously driving Obama to set up conditions where it is only a matter of time, in the twilight of his presidency, that we will be at war with both Russia and China.

I would like to politely suggest that these wars will be absolutely suicidal for this country, because right now, the American military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia and China.

A narcissist of the highest order, President Obama is pathologically incapable of taking responsibility for anything wrong which has gone on in this country during his watch; that is a dangerous quality in any governmental leader, let alone the person with the honorific title "President of the Free World".

Apr 30 08:30

US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy'

Apr 30 08:21

DESI: US special operations forces to Syria to prepare for a ground invasion

US-Russian showdown is looming in the horizon after the arrival of 250 US special operations forces to Hasakeh, Syria, and the number is believed to reach 500 in the coming days.

European Department for Security and Information Secretary General Haissam Bou Said Divulged that US special operations forces dispatched to Rumelan, province of Hasakeh, in Syria were tasked with “preparing for a ground invasion if and when the truce fails.”

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"And we will make SURE the truce fails!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 30 08:01

Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton?

AFTER nearly a decade in the political wilderness, the neoconservative movement is back, using the turmoil in Iraq and Ukraine to claim that it is President Obama, not the movement’s interventionist foreign policy that dominated early George W. Bush-era Washington, that bears responsibility for the current round of global crises.

Even as they castigate Mr. Obama, the neocons may be preparing a more brazen feat: aligning themselves with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her nascent presidential campaign, in a bid to return to the driver’s seat of American foreign policy.

Apr 30 07:52

The Mass Atrocities We Allow and Pay For

We are now advised that 250 more American troops are being sent to Syria solely to "advise and assist" the Syrian "people." Translated from propaganda, this means that our military forces in Syria will be increased to a total of.... well, who really knows, and not to include in-country CIA and armed American "contract employees," or the raiding air crews from carriers and nearby land bases. Nor can we be certain which side of the several shooting and gassing each other will our advisers and assisters be "helping."

Seems to me we've heard this song before. Korea comes to mind, and especially Viet Nam, from where 60,000 of our ultimate force in excess of half-a-million "advisers and assistants" were sent back home in wooden crates before we retreated to leave that land to its natives and their conquering masters.

Apr 30 07:36

AS MORE AMERICAN BOOTS HIT THE GROUND IN SYRIA, U.S. PARSES “BOOTS” AND “GROUND”

After President Obama announced on Monday that he would deploy 250 additional special operations troops to Syria, State Department spokesperson John Kirby tried to deny that Obama had ever promised not to send “boots on the ground” there.

“There was never this ‘no boots on the ground,’” said Kirby. “I don’t know where this keeps coming from.”

The problem for Kirby was that Obama has repeated the promise at least 16 times since 2013:

For instance, on August 30, 2013, Obama said: “We’re not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach.”

On September 10, 2013, he said: “Many of you have asked, won’t this put us on a slippery slope to another war? One man wrote to me that we are ‘still recovering from our involvement in Iraq.’ A veteran put it more bluntly: ‘This nation is sick and tired of war.’ My answer is simple: I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria.”

On September 7, 2014, he said: “In Syria, the boots on the ground have to be Syrian.”

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The long memory of the net hurls the defy at this, and many other issues.

And we all know, now, when members of the Obama Administration lie; they open their mouths... and words come out of them.

Apr 30 07:32

US GENERAL FINALLY TELLS THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT OUR TROOPS ARE DOING IN IRAQ

Speaking yesterday at the Senate Armed Services Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joe Dunford confirmed that US troops in Iraq are “fighting and dying” in combat operations, confirming that the October 22 death of a Army sergeant was in combat.

That admission is a big one, as US officials have danced around the question of “combat troops” by presenting the troops being deployed to Iraq, and elsewhere in the region, as “trainers” or “advisers” in official comments.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R – AK) pushed particularly hard on the matter, saying he believes the attempt to present Iraq as “non-combat” diminishes the sacrifices of the soldiers slain in the country, and that it iss important to “level with the American people.”

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The current Administration has simply undercut any shred of credibility it might once have had by pathologically lying to the American people about everything, from war to employment numbers; you cannot believe anything that anyone says from the Obama Administration, and they have no one to blame but themselves for this.

Apr 30 07:29

Assad's military claims to have seized Israeli arms shipment in S. Syria

Syrian army sources claimed Wednesday that they had ambushed and captured a group of vehicles packed with Israeli weapons in the southern part of the country. The sources did not say specifically that the shipment came from Israel but alleged that the weapons and ammunition were marked with Hebrew writing, indicating their origin. The sources also failed to specify the exact location of the ambush, only saying that the vehicles were travelling in the area of Swaida, the main Druze city in the Jebel Druze area.

Apr 30 07:25

China and Russia are boosting their military cooperation to try to contain the US

China and Russia will increase military exercises to strengthen security and defence cooperation amid growing tensions in the ­disputed South China Sea.

Russian Defence Minister ­Sergey Shoigu unveiled the plan at a meeting with his visiting ­Chinese counterpart Chang ­Wanquan on Wednesday, Tass news agency reported.

“We highly appreciate a high level of Russian-Chinese contact both at the state and defence levels,” Shoigu said. “This year we are going to hold more exercises and events than in past years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian and Chinese leadership are no fools; they can see what's coming, from a standpoint of US and NATO aggression, and are taking appropriate steps to prevent it, or at least contain it.

As I mentioned in a post the other day, this horrific push toward a new world war, being engineered by by the US government, has two objectives.

First, to distract many Americans from the financial misery in which they have found themselves, courtesy of President Obama's foreign and domestic policies.

Secondly, to attempt to prevent the rise of the Yuan and Ruble against a badly failing US dollar.

Unfortunately, such a war may well fail for the US government.

And I say this because the painful, and unvarnished, truth here is that the US military does not have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome of a conventional war against Russia and China.

In Russia and China, when weapons are field tested and deployed, they work as described, or even better.

The US weapons procurement system is corrupt from top to bottom, because our Congressional Representatives get contributions, overt and covert, from the weapons manufacturers, to make sure it is their companies which get the weapons contracts.

How this translates, once US weapons are deployed in the field, is that they are generally delivered late, hideously over-budget, chronically flawed,and don't come up at all to the standards of performance they were supposed to meet.

Apr 29 18:23

Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance

Apr 29 16:43

Air Strikes On Aleppo Hospital Indiscriminate Or Targeted?

Patrick Cockburn and Joseph Daher discuss the escalation of bombing in Syria that has killed 200 people in six days and undermined the peace talks in Geneva.

Apr 29 15:20

US Apocalypse In Mosul In The Guise Of Bombing ISIS

THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE ALIBI OF TYRANTS.
— ALBERT CAMUS, 1913-1960

On May 1st, 2003, George W. Bush stood in a dinky little flying suit on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and in a super stage managed appearance told the lie of the century:

Apr 29 15:06

Henry Kissinger Doesn’t Care What You Think

By Derrick Broze

On Tuesday April 26, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger participated in a Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas. Kissinger discussed his role as Security Adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford during the Vietnam War before opening the floor to questions from the audience. The event was promoted as unrestricted questions for Henry Kissinger because this is likely the last time he will publicly discuss his role in the war...

Apr 29 06:41

Army chief to leaders: Winning is everything in combat

Competence, compassion and character should drive the men and women who want to lead America’s sons and daughters into battle, the Army’s top general said Thursday as he marked the 100th anniversary of the ROTC program at Norwich University.

“Our sons and our daughters of this nation deserve good leadership,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said to an audience filled with ROTC cadets.

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But we got the Bushes, Clinton, and Obama instead!

Apr 28 15:31

The All-Volunteer Military And American National Security

Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the inefficiency of an all-volunteer force and how it increases the possibility of conflict.

Apr 28 15:15

Warhawk Clinton - She Loves A Man In A Uniform

Many think Hillary Clinton’s willingness to use force overseas — most infamously her 2002 vote for the Authorization to Use Military Force in Iraq — was just politics. As I wrote at Focal Points in January:

IT WAS WIDELY ASSUMED THAT CLINTON EITHER SAW THE WRITING ON THE WALL AND THAT RESISTING WOULD ONLY HURT HER POLITICAL FUTURE OR, MORE PROACTIVELY, THAT IT WOULD GIVE A BOOST TO HER POLITICAL FORTUNES (ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT OSTENSIBLY SHOWED THAT, AS A WOMAN, SHE COULD BE TOUGH ENOUGH FOR HIGHER OFFICE).

Apr 28 15:11

US Troops Responsible for Murdering 45 in Hospital Bombing Given Counseling as a “Punishment”

By Claire Bernish

After bombing a Doctors Without Borders (Médicins Sans Frontières, MSF) hospital in Afghanistan — and shooting at terrified victims as they fled the chaos, and then attempting to cover up its role in the tragedy — the Pentagon is refusing to press charges against any of the 16 service members found to be responsible.

Following a six-month Pentagon investigation, those 16 service members were found culpable in the attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, last year that left 42 patients, staff members, and civilians dead...

Apr 28 14:46

Good Enough? Ignoring All Evidence, US Marines Accept Faulty F-35 Software

As multiple government organizations express their concerns with the beleaguered F-35 joint strike fighter, the Marine Corps remains persistent, insisting that the unproven aircraft is the future of the US military.

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Apr 28 14:32

Graphic: Syrian Army Battles Jihadists In Latakia Hilltops

Syrian Arab Army continued its large-scale military offensive against forces of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Turkistan Islamic Party in north-eastern Latakia Governorate on Tuesday.

Apr 28 14:21

ISIS Using Female Jihadists For Frontline Combat, Europol Chief Warns

As the number of European women joining terror group Islamic State soars, many of them are being trained to fight on the frontlines for the first time, the European police chief has warned.

Apr 28 14:08

GOP Grouse About Bird They Falsely Claim Can Cripple World’s Largest Military

Congressional Republicans used a fake excuse to vote against protecting a small bird called sage-grouse, which they claim could damage the world’s biggest military – even though the Pentagon says they’re wrong.

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