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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.

May 03 16:40

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

Much has already been said on how unbelievably wasteful the F-35 program really is, but the hits just keep on coming. This Swiss army knife plane has cost the American taxpayer well over a trillion dollars over the years, and what does the military have to show for it? A bug ridden aircraft with poor maneuverability that in many cases, can’t even fly.

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.

May 03 11:04

Russia Has Been Encircled And Pushed To The Brink Of War: “They Have Exercised Remarkable Restraint”

To summarize, Russia has been very well justified in taking action and shifting its military personnel throughout the theater. If anything they have exercised remarkable restraint…more than many nations would in its situation. Naturally they have to defend their interests, and these latest maneuvers and troop positionings by the U.S. and its allies are threatening those interests. As I have written before, it is the U.S. that will cause or initiate a war with Russia, because the colonizing power is with – and has been with – the United States for decades, now. Russia is no shrinking violet, and this time we’re going to receive at least as well as we give.

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

May 02 16:01

4,609 Killed in Iraq During April

The United Nations issued its casualty report for April. The organization found that 741 Iraqis were killed and 1,374 were wounded last month. Of those fatalities, 410 belonged to civilians, while 331 of the dead were security personnel. Another 973 civilians and 401 security personnel were wounded. The U.N. does not tally casualties in Anbar due to the security situation; however, the Health Directorate in Anbar reported 27 civilians killed and 225 injured. These figures should be considered very conservative. The actual numbers of killed and injured are likely to be much higher.

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 12:37

Donald Trump’s anti-interventionist foreign policy causes a panic among the warmongers

Donald Trump continues to make establishment heads explode. The foreign policy prescription he laid out in a speech hosted by The National Interest magazine last week was more Ron Paulian than neocon, and for that it drew ridicule – like everything Trump does – from the Republican establishment, mainstream media talking heads and foreign policy “experts” whose policies, ideas and opinions have the world in flames and edging us closer and closer to all-out World War III.

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.

Apr 30 12:04

War is Not ‘Good’ For the Economy (Except for the merchants of death…)

Only the Pentagon would think we need to discover a morality behind appropriate methods to kill people using machines that can decide who to murder based off of a software program. Wow. Can anyone imagine what’ll happen when they get a computer virus? “Well, we regret the loss of innocent life at the Market Square Massacre, but it was a software glitch. But there’s good news! It’s covered under the warranty!” Pardon me while I puke. We’ve gone from building bicycles and stoves to death machines and robot soldiers.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Apr 28 13:56

ISIS Executioner ‘Jihadi John’ Posed As Migrant ‘To Get Out Of UK’

A fascinating account details how British extremist Mohammed Emwazi fled the UK and passed through six countries to became the notorious Jihadi John – the British face of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Apr 28 13:42

Smaller, Smarter Than Tank: DARPA Awards Contracts To Develop GXV-T Ground Battle Vehicle

Modern fighting vehicles are losing the battle against increasingly-effective armor-piercing weapons. DARPA engineers decided to break this trend with a high-speed hard target without excessive armor – a GXV-T buggy. Eight contracts have been awarded.

Apr 28 12:30

The Pentagon’s Medal Inflation

It should be clear that the Global War on Terror (GWOT) launched by George W. Bush and perpetuated by Barack Obama is a bust. It is now the longest war in U.S. history; it is now the second most expensive war in U.S. history; and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Apr 28 11:14

More Steps Toward WW III

On April 27th, NATO member-state Turkey, which on 24 November 2015 had shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet near the Syria-Turkey border, refused Russia’s request to investigate Turkey’s having murdered the surviving Russian pilot. (The plane’s weapons-systems officer was rescued, but the pilot was shot dead while parachuting down from the plane.) Turkey admits having in custody the man, Alparslan Celik, who murdered the parachuting pilot. On April 25th, Turkish authorities had said that they might try Celik for murder; but, now, the Turkish Ambassador in Moscow says Turkey won’t.

Apr 28 10:38

VIDEO: Coach Bob Knight: '"Donald Trump Is The Most Prepared Man In History To Be President Of This Great Country."

This is a truly outstanding clip from last night's Trump rally.

"But let me tell you another thing about Mr. Trump. And I think we are a little bit alike in this regard. If we're involved in something that we want to win, and particularly something that’s necessary, we're going to try and beat your ass every time we can!"

And the crowd goes crazy in response.

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Apr 28 07:11

US ARMY STUDY: WE’VE LOST THE TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE TO RUSSIA

This story could almost serve as a textbook example of the consequences of American post-9/11 unipolar hubris. And it is strange writing this story at this time, perhaps almost ironic, for as I write it, one hundred years ago, at this approximate time, the Allies and Germany were locked in two of the bloodiest, and stupidest, battles of World War One: Verdun, and the Somme. The massive French, British, and German casualties and bloodletting accomplished next to nothing militarily, and the trench warfare deadlock of the Western front continued for two more bloody years. We'll get back to World War One in a moment, because it holds an ominous lesson for today's article, shared by Mr. V.T., and which appeared on Russia's Sputnik English language online magazine:

Apr 27 14:45

Wartime Washington Lives In Luxury… Guess Who Pays The Bills?

Washington war contracts have enriched northern Virginia at a level equal to the total budgets of countries like Belgium and Sweden. That post-9/11 security- and military-industrial complex financial bonanza is why north Virginia counties are the wealthiest in the nation.

Apr 27 14:07

Poland’s Patriot Act: PiS Government Proposes New Anti-Terrorism Law

Seizing on the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22, the Polish government is rapidly moving to introduce a reactionary anti-terrorism law that drastically limits basic democratic rights. Although Poland has not seen any major terrorist attack, the authorities present the stepped-up security regulations as a necessary move to insure the safety of Polish citizens in the face of the supposed inadequacy of the European Union’s anti-terrorist measures.

Apr 27 14:02

How NATO-linked Think Tanks Control EU Refugee Policy

A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Islamic countries destabilized by Washington’s ‘Arab Spring’ Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II. By now it has become clear to most that something quite sinister is afoot, something which threatens to destroy the social fabric of the very core of European civilization. What few realize is that the entire drama is being orchestrated, not by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or by faceless EU bureaucrats of the Brussels EU Commission. It is being orchestrated by a cabal of NATO-linked think tanks.

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So, all the refugees streaming into Europe are going to find themselves the front line bullet-blockers in the coming war with Russia?

Apr 27 12:55

US Sends Advanced Warplanes to Russian Frontier

With US officials continuing to talk up “Russian aggression,” the Pentagon has sent a pair of F-22 Raptors to Romania, in what is being described as a “show of force” to prove US capabilities to deploy such planes anywhere in NATO territory.

Apr 27 12:51

US-NATO Military Escalation on Russia’s Doorstep, Deployment of “Nuclear Attack Units”. Moscow Has Issued Warning

The United States feigned surprise during the simulation of an attack by the Russian aviation against the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. And yet, as we have reported, Russia already has the capacity to block the ship’s Communications & Commands, and did so, observes Manlio Dinucci, because the ship was in the process of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

Apr 27 12:33

FLASHBACK: The Origins of American Military Coup of 2012

In 1992, General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, awarded the prize for his strategy essay competition at the National Defense University to Lieutenant Colonel Charles Dunlap for ‘The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012’.

Apr 27 12:27

‘ISIS Has Terror Cells In England’ – US Intelligence Chief

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has actively “plotting” terror cells in England and other European nations, according to US director of Intelligence James Clapper.

Clapper told the audience at a Christian Science Monitor event in Washington DC on Monday that their presence “was a concern of obviously ours and our European allies.”

Apr 27 10:41

Erosion Of The ‘War On Drugs’

In 1998, assembled delegates to the United Nations vowed to largely eliminate the world drug problem within a decade. Eighteen years later, of course, the problem is bigger than ever. This April 19-21, the UN held its next global summit on drug control in New York City, with less laughable results.

Apr 27 10:15

French Tv Just Aired This Moment of When a Terrorist Blew Himself up in a Paris Cafe

This is reportedly the moment one of the alleged Paris attackers blew himself up in a cafe. It was just aired for the first time on French TV.
Does this look… weird at all to you?

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Webmaster addition: That doesn't look like a very powerful explosion to me at all.

Apr 27 09:56

War looming large over Western Sahara: Polisario

Polisario Front, a group seeking Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco, says the region could become engulfed in war if the United Nations fails to press for a regional independence vote.

Apr 27 09:49

‘Knock-On-The-Roof’: US Military Adopts Israeli Battlefield Tactic For ISIS

The Pentagon has adopted an Israel Defense Forces tactic for bombing the Islamic State. “Knock on the roof,” the IDF method of firing a missile at a civilian home to alert occupants that a larger attack is pending, is often used in Palestinian territories.

Apr 27 09:48

World War III Has Begun

The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage?

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Apr 27 09:32

US Navy Orders $800Mln Prototype Systems for Electromagnetic War – Pentagon

The US Navy has awarded contracts worth $800 million to 12 major high tech defense contractors to develop new systems to integrate the different functions needed to wage and defend against electromagnetic war, the Department of Defense said in a press release.

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More costly whiz-bang.

Apr 27 09:30

How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury

In no place in America are the abrupt changes in the nation’s security posture so keenly reflected in real estate and lifestyle than the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In the decade after 9/11, it has grown into a sprawling, pretentious representation of the federal government’s growth, vices and prosperity, encompassing the wealthiest counties, the best schools, and some of the highest rates of income inequality in the country.

“People hate Washington but they don’t really know why,” says Mike Lofgren, a longtime Beltway inhabitant and arch critic of its culture. But show them what is underneath the dignified facades—particularly the greed and excess financed by the overgrown military-industrial complex—and the populist resentment recently harnessed by insurgent candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders just might have a concrete grievance that can drive real change.

Apr 27 08:52

Inside One Of Syria’s Largest Oil & Gas Facilities Retaken From ISIS

Inside Jabisa oil and gas facility, with estimated daily capacities of 2mn cubic meters of gas and 80,000 barrels of crude, which was recently recaptured from ISIS by Kurdish militia.

Apr 27 08:24

Pentagon identifies cause of F-35 radar software issue

Last month the Pentagon said the software instability issue meant the sensors had to be restarted once every four hours of flying.

Kendall and Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, the program executive officer for the F-35, told a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing in written testimony that the cause of the problem was the timing of “software messages from the sensors to the main F-35” computer. They added that stability issues had improved to where the sensors only needed to be restarted after more than 10 hours.

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That's not a fix; that's a tweak!

Apr 27 06:49

McCain Says F-35 Fighter Program 'A Scandal'

Sen. John McCain says the history of the Air Force's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."

Apr 27 05:25

World War III Has Begun — Paul Craig Roberts

The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage?

Apr 26 15:56

ISIS Slave Trade Suspects Acquitted By Turkish Court ‘Lacking Evidence’

New details have emerged in a criminal case alleging that Islamic State conducts a slave trade through the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

Apr 26 15:56

Do We Really Want China Living In Fear Of A U.S. Nuclear Attack?

Russia, Iraq — the list of countries that the United States has threatened with a nuclear attack is short. Some may know that China was in our sites when we used to lump it in with the Soviet Union. But Americans today are aware that we threatened China with a nuclear attack during the Korean War. China, however, hasn’t forgotten.

Apr 26 15:44

Obama Reveals Plans To Build A "Missile Defense Shield" Around North Korea

While it has amounted to nothing more than mere populist posturing and jawboning, with the occasional entertaining (fabricated) clip of a submarine missile launch thrown in for good measure, North Korea's launches of ballistic missiles have succeeded in provoking anger among the international community, which has so far been unable (or unwilling) to provide an adequate response to Kim Jong Il's periodic "shows of strength", mostly for domestic consumption.

However, Obama now appears ready to respond. In an interview with CBS' Charlie Rose, Obama described the regime as "a massive challenge."

"Our first priority is to protect the American people and our allies, the Republic of Korea, Japan, that are vulnerable to the provocative actions that North Korea is engaging in," Mr. Obama said.

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And just who is paying for this new boondoggle?

Apr 26 15:16

Hillary Clinton's Business Of Corporate Shilling And War-Making

Digging deep into Hillary’s connections to Wall Street, Abby Martin reveals how the Clintons’ multi-million-dollar political machine operates.

Apr 26 14:48

Oppose Imperialist War!

This coming Sunday, on May 1 at 1:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time, the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) will celebrate May Day with an online rally. Featuring speeches by leaders of the Fourth International from all over the world, its central purpose will be to build a global anti-war movement of working people, students and youth against the expanding tide of imperialist militarism that threatens the destruction of the planet. Among the speakers will be Jerry White, the 2016 presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States.

Apr 26 11:53

ISIS-Aligned Hackers Leak Confidential Info On 43 US State Dept Employees

The Islamic State-aligned United Cyber Caliphate claims to have hacked into US State Department records, releasing online information on 43 employees it wants dead. The leak also includes staff with Homeland Security and other agencies, media reported.

Apr 26 10:49

The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn't: The Shameful Ordeal Of Abu Zubaydah

The allegations against the man were serious indeed.

Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in al-Qaeda.

The Central Intelligence Agency informed Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee that he “served as Usama Bin Laden’s senior lieutenant. In that capacity, he has managed a network of training camps… He also acted as al-Qaeda’s coordinator of external contacts and foreign communications.”

Apr 26 09:45

Germany to build air base in Turkey for Isis campaign

The German military are planning for a long-term military operation against terror group Isis, with plans for a €65 million air base in southern Turkey, Spiegel reports.

Apr 26 09:40

State Dept never heard of Obama’s ‘no boots on the ground’ in Syria

There's confusion in Washington over the US president's order to send an extra 250 troops to Syria. Barack Obama had repeatedly pledged to avoid putting boots on the ground - although according to the State Department, that's not the case.

Apr 26 09:33

DHS TO CREATE A NEW 'THREAT INDEX CHART' TO KEEP AMERICANS IN FEAR

It seems like DHS will go to any lengths to keep Americans in fear, even if that means reviving a useless color-coded threat chart. A recent AP story revealed, DHS spent $90K in taxpayer money to review whether they should bring back their color coded threat chart. The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) hired by DHS, found their color-coded threat chart to be simplistic and misleading, noting that colors were a "disaster" for communicating terror threats.

Apr 26 09:30

OBAMA SENDS MORE TROOPS TO SYRIA AS SPOKESMAN MEMORYHOLES PLEDGE

On Monday, it was announced that President Barack Obama was ordering an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria. The US has already been bombing Syria and Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). The US already has forces operating in Syria, even establishing a military base in Syria’s Hasakah province. The base at the Rmeilan airfield is the first US military base in Syria ever, though it has yet to be officially recognized as such.

Apr 26 09:18

Female Suicide Bombers Motivated By Revenge, Radicalized By Death Of Loved One – Study

Female suicide bombers tend to be motivated by revenge after having lost a loved one, usually a husband, according to a new study on female violence.

Dr. Helen Gavin, a psychology lecturer from the University of Huddersfield and co-author of a new book on female aggression, told an audience at the Defence Science and Technology Lab (DSTSL) she had been trying to identify “distinct” psychological traits in failed female suicide bombers.

Apr 26 09:07

Hidden Costs Of US Air War

USA Today reported on April 19 that U.S. air forces bombing Syria and Iraq have been operating under new, looser rules of engagement since last fall. The war commander, Lt Gen Sean McFarland, now orders air strikes that are expected to kill up to 10 civilians without prior approval from U.S. Central Command, and U.S. officials made it clear to USA Today that U.S. air strikes are killing more civilians as a result of the new rules.

Apr 26 09:03

KILLER AIRWAVES: RUSSIA STARTS TRIAL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WARFARE SYSTEM

Russia’s electronic warfare equipment producer launched tests of a tactical electromagnetic combat complex fully integrated with latest air-defense systems. It guarantees complete neutralization of all enemy electronics.
Factory testing is underway for components of the new system, capable of protecting troops and civilian facilities from air and space attacks, a representative of Russia’s leading producer of electronic warfare systems, Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told TASS. The tests are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Integrated with air defense systems and networks, the new complex “maintains automated real-time intelligence data exchange with the airspace defense task force” to facilitate centralized target distribution, the source said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would almost be willing to bet that US weapons makers are not anywhere near having this technology available for our troops; and in the immortal words of Larry the Cable Guy (who, I believe said it before Mythbusters did, "There's your problem!!"

Apr 26 08:36

HOW BRIBES TO POLITICIANS FROM ARMS DEALERS KEEP WARS GOING

With leaders all over the world on the take for millions, the defense industry has spawned a global business that profits from war, supports corruption everywhere, and must, for its survival, fan the flames of civil wars and global conflict.

That is the premise of “Shadow World” — a powerful new documentary. In this week’s podcast, WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schectman talks to the film’s director Johan Grimonprez and its writer Andrew Feinstein.

As a member of the African National Congress in South Africa, Feinstein saw firsthand how the corruption and payoffs worked — and their grim consequences:

“Within five years of the advent of our democracy, our country decided to spend $10 billion on weapons that we didn’t need, that we barely used, and the primary reason for that was that $300 millions in bribes were paid. And it had a profound effect of South Africa’s democracy.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; these merchants of death are pervasive,profoundly evil, and have had their consciences collectively removed in order to peddle their products.

Apr 26 07:27

POLL: Should Homeless Veterans Be Taken Care Of BEFORE Muslim ‘Refugees’?

Apr 26 06:41

U.S. Sends F-22 Warplanes To Romania

Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea. CNN's Clarissa Ward reports.

Apr 26 05:00

KILLER AIRWAVES: RUSSIA STARTS TRIAL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WARFARE SYSTEM

Russia’s electronic warfare equipment producer launched tests of a tactical electromagnetic combat complex fully integrated with latest air-defense systems. It guarantees complete neutralization of all enemy electronics. Factory testing is underway for components of the new system, capable of protecting troops and civilian facilities from air and space attacks, a representative of Russia’s leading producer of electronic warfare systems, Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told TASS. The tests are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Apr 25 15:54

‘No License To Kill’: Military Should Not Be Exempt From Corporate Manslaughter

Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials should face the same threat of criminal prosecution for corporate manslaughter as staff in any other UK workplace, Britain’s Defense Select Committee has said.

The committee of MPs, which oversees MoD operations and the work of associated bodies such as the armed forces, made the recommendation in a report published Monday.

Apr 25 15:34

Possible End Game: The United States Has Created a Climate That Could Easily Be Transformed Into a War

To summarize, akin to ancient Rome, the United States has over-extended herself. She has created a climate that could easily be transformed into a war on a slight pretext. Wars, as it is well known are also a means a nation can extricate itself from debt and financial responsibility. The dying Petrodollar system has been on life support for some time, and it appears other nations such as the BRIC’s are taking the initiative to return to a true monetary standard. This is the same gold and silver standard that the U.S. should never have left in the first place.

Apr 25 15:25

US Deploys F-22 Stealth Fighter Jets To Romanian Base On Black Sea

Two American F-22 Raptor 5G stealth fighter jets and a refueling aircraft have been deployed to an airfield in Romania as manifestation of NATO’s support to its Eastern European members against “Russian aggression.”

Apr 25 14:50

Project Mercury: Foreign 'dirty bomb' responders will start training in Nevada

In today’s world it could be called the University for Dirty Bomb Studies. Founded in 1998, it was a niche at what was then the Nevada Test Site for emergency responders to learn how to deal with disasters caused by weapons of mass destruction.

Apr 25 14:42

“This Gun Saved My Life”: Disabled Vet Survives Home Invasion

Waking up to the sound of intruders attempting to enter his home, a disabled veteran readied his M&P Shield 9mm and prepared to respond with deadly force. Once inside, the robbers saw that the homeowner was armed and quickly ran off, spraying fire into his house. The homeowner returned fire but the would-be burglary suspects had already made their escape.

Apr 25 13:31

David Swanson: US Wars Are Not Waged Out Of Generosity Or For Democracy

In this interview, David Swanson, author of War Is a Lie, counters the theory that war is an inevitable part of human nature, says the antiwar movement is larger than the dominant media suggest and shares the view that wars are fought primarily for money and markets.

Apr 25 12:21

Is China Massing Troops Along North Korea's Border?

n Saturday, North Korea test fired a submarine based ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. Though the missile only traveled 19 miles, which has led South Korean officials to deem the test a failure, the test is the most successful to date. The US military tracked a previous submarine launch on April 14th, which didn’t appear to reach flight at all.

Prior to the launch, multiple international news agencies reported that 2,000 Chinese soldiers were massing along the border with North Korea, in anticipation of a possible 5th nuclear test (which hasn’t happened). China’s Defense Ministry vehemently denied the claim, saying “The relevant report does not accord with the facts…the Chinese military maintains normal combat readiness and training on the China-North Korea border.”

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Apr 25 11:40

A Brief History of U.S. Interventions: 1945 to the Present

The engine of American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:

* making the world safe for American corporations;

* enhancing the financial statements of defense contractors at home who have contributed generously to members of congress;

* preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model;

* extending political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as possible, as befits a "great power."

This in the name of fighting a supposed moral crusade against what cold warriors convinced themselves, and the American people, was the existence of an evil International Communist Conspiracy, which in fact never existed, evil or not.

The United States carried out extremely serious interventions into more than 70 nations in this period.

Apr 25 10:48

David Swanson: US Wars Are Not Waged Out of Generosity or for Democracy

Why do we seem to be trapped in an endless cycle of war, with each new military adventure promised to be different than the last? David Swanson's War Is a Lie takes apart and thoroughly refutes every major argument that has been used to justify wars, especially those wars most widely trumpeted as just and good.

In this interview, David Swanson, author of War Is a Lie, counters the theory that war is an inevitable part of human nature, says the antiwar movement is larger than the dominant media suggest and shares the view that wars are fought primarily for money and markets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress - and the White House - are all purchased commodities in the struggle for market domination by corporations.

And those naive enough to believe that the American election process gives us the candidates - and ultimately - the right people for the jobs of Congressional representatives and president, are fooling themselves.

By the times candidates are vetted, and chosen (and financially supported) by the corporations which own them, it matters not what the voters think at all; voting in this country has devolved to a Kabuki-like exercise in which people have the illusion that they have had some say in the matter of American leadership, when they have none whatsoever.

And the degree of vote-rigging in this country?!? Absolutely amazing. If you have not seen it, please see Bev Harris' video, "Hacking democracy", which demonstrates, painfully clearly, how voting machines can be rigged in favor of a particular candidate.

Apr 25 10:43

Mighty missiles: Russian Tor-M2U SAM fires from moving launcher

The Russian Defense Ministry has released rare footage of a Tor-M2U surface-to-air missile launcher firing on the move, a feat as yet unachieved by any competitor.

Apr 25 10:42

Russia testing 6-Mach Zircon hypersonic missile for 5G subs - reports

First trials of a sea-based Zircon hypersonic cruise missile have begun, a top defense industry source told RIA Novosti. The secretive missile is said to be capable of flying five to six times the speed of sound. It is launched from a 5G submarine.

Apr 25 10:41

Russian S-500 Prometheus ballistic missile defense to be deployed in 2016

Russia's newest S-500 Prometheus mobile air and space defense complex is expected to enter service this year. The Defense Ministry is allegedly planning to order five S-500 complexes capable of intercepting ballistic and hypersonic missiles.

“We are expecting the first models of the S-500 air defense systems very soon,” Russian Aerospace Forces Vice-Commander Lt.-Gen. Viktor Gumenny told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The S-500 has a very short boost phase, making boost detection by satellite harder, and the missile is maneuverable during the coast phase, making ballistic prediction and interception impossible. The warheads are also maneuverable, obsoleting the entire US ballistic missile defense system, because the S-500 and its warheads are no longer behaving in a ballistic manner.

Apr 25 10:14

Obama Dismisses NKorea Proposal on Halting Nuke Tests

A day after North Korea's foreign minister told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, interviewed Saturday by the AP, also defended his country's right to maintain a nuclear deterrent and warned that Pyongyang won't be cowed by international sanctions. And for those waiting for the North's regime to collapse, he had this to say: Don't hold your breath.

"Stop the nuclear war exercises in the Korean Peninsula, then we should also cease our nuclear tests," he said in his first interview Saturday with a Western news organization.

Obama dismissed North Korea's latest overture at a news conference Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover, Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama: the longer you wait to engage with China in serious negotiations to replace the Armistice (which is simply a cessation of military activities)with a real peace treaty, the sooner Kim Jung Un, or his successor will possess - and be able to successfully aim - a nuclear weapon.

This should have been on your "to do" list from the very moment you took the oath of office; but obviously, you have chosen to just let the situation fester here, because you have been hoping for a potential war with China, in order to defeat the rise of the yuan.

But sir, I need to ask you: did you happen to get the memo that last week that China is issuing a gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible at all into US dollars?!?

Apparently, Mr. President, the Chinese government was way ahead of you on this.

Apr 25 09:37

IT’S A MAD, MAD WORLD

We have a choice of trains: greed and self-interest train taking us over the cliff OR the train of collective work towards a sustainable future.

Apr 25 08:41

US Military to Conduct Large-Scale Drills to Counter 'Strategic Threats'

Beginning Saturday, the drill entitled "Global Lightning 2016" will integrate "nearly every conceivable strategic threat to our nation to ensure the resilience, redundancy and survivability of our strategic deterrent forces, while stressing the STRATCOM capabilities provided to geographic combatant commanders in a crisis or contingency," the release noted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Final dress rehearsal for WW3?

Apr 25 08:41

Drone command center set up on U.S. aircraft carrier

The U.S. Navy reports that it has installed the first command center for unmanned aerial vehicles aboard an aircraft carrier.

The carrier is the USS Carl Vinson, which is currently in San Diego, Calif.

"This marks the start of a phased implementation of the MQ-XX system on an aircraft carrier," said Capt. Beau Duarte, program manager of the Unmanned Carrier Aviation program office Duarte. "The lessons learned and ground-breaking work done here will go on to inform and influence future installations on other aircraft carriers."

Apr 25 08:40

US Could Be Stuck Fighting Daesh 'for a Decade, Maybe Even a Generation'

The US-led coalition's war against Daesh isn't going to end in the speedy victory Washington and its allies may have hoped for, according to senior American defense and international politics experts Stephen Biddle and Jacob Shapiro.

Apr 25 08:00

Norwegian F16 jet mistakenly shoots up control tower with officers inside

The Norwegian Air Force has been left feeling awkward after one of its F-16 jets on a drill mistakenly opened fire on a control tower with three officers who were inside at the time of the mock attack.

An investigation has been started into the grave error, which took place on Tarva, off Norway’s west coast, AFP was told by military spokesman Captain Brynjar Stordal. Astonishingly, no one was injured in the incident.

On April 12-13, two F-16s were performing a mock attack on an enemy station on the uninhabited island, when one of them mistakenly opened fire on the control tower with its M61 Vulcan cannon, capable of making Swiss cheese out of metal and concrete at 100 rounds per second.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oops!

Apr 25 07:45

VOTE TRUMP, VETERANS BEFORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

Apr 25 05:53

Senate Majority To Obama: Boost Israel Military Aid

Large U.S. Senate Majority Urges Obama to Boost Israel Military Aid

More than four-fifths of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new defense aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.

Eighty-three of the 100 senators signed the letter, led by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Coons. Senator Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, was one of the 51 Republicans on board. The Senate's Democratic White House hopeful, Bernie Sanders, was not among the 32 Democrats.

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Apr 24 10:04

How the US Blew Millions of Dollars Airlifting Cashmere Goats to Afghanistan

The Pentagon airlifted Italian goats to Afghanistan as part of a failed $6 million project aimed at boosting the country’s cashmere industry. That’s one of the latest findings from John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, who testified at a Senate hearing yesterday on the Defense Department’s efforts to boost the Afghan economy at a cost of more than $600 million.

Apr 24 07:42

Russia’s hypersonic Zircon missile to go into serial production in 2018 — source

Russia’s cutting-edge hypersonic missile Tsirkon (Zircon), which is now undergoing state tests is expected to go into serial production in 2018, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex told TASS on Tuesday.

"State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 in accordance with the contract, and the missile’s serial production is planned to be launched next year", the source said.

Apr 24 07:29

Trump Ransacks Hillary's Foreign Policy

Apr 23 18:16

Hillary ‘The Hawk’ Clinton

Mark Landler has an interesting extended article in the New York Times about how Hillary Clinton came to views about the use of military force that have made her, in Landler’s words, “the last true hawk left” in this year’s presidential race.

Apr 23 15:04

It Doesn’t Require Much For A Nuclear Ban Treaty To Be Successful

What if a most of the world declared nuclear weapons — as they have cluster bombs, and chemical and biological weapons — illegal? As you can imagine, the chances of nuclear weapon states being among them are slim to nonexistent. But a growing movement believes that a nuclear ban treaty, also known as the Humanitarian Initiative, can be a first step toward global disarmament.

Apr 23 08:57

73,846 US Iraq War Soldiers Dead How they manipulated the numbers to fool you.

The casualties in the Vietnam War were pretty simple to understand. If a soldier was dead from his combat tour, he was a war casualty. There are 58,195 names recorded on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

But something odd has happened with the Iraq War. The government, under the Bush administration, did something dishonest that resulted in a lie that's persisted since the war began -- and continues to this very day. They decided to report the war deaths in Iraq only if the soldier died with his boots on the ground in a combat situation.

The actual figures have been hidden from the American public just like the returning, flag draped coffins were censored from the press. But the figures are now available and we can only hope that the American people will be outraged when they learn how they have been misled.

Apr 23 08:37

Reserving the Right to Refuse Service, Silicon Valley Sells Tech Abroad

According to Defense One, at least three Silicon Valley companies have turned away from US military contracts in favor of foreign buyers. American tech companies cite unreasonable demands, including overly long decision-making cycles, and a rapacious hunger by the Defense Department for the blueprints and schematics of proprietary technology.

Apr 23 08:24

GoPro Captures Intense Gun Battle In Northern Latakia

The Syrian Arab Army continued its large-scale military offensive to liberate strategic settlements in north-east of Latakia.

Apr 23 08:13

Hillary's Foreign Policy? An 11 second Video: "We came, we saw, he died!" then Peals of Laughter...

Is this the kind of Foreign Policy America truly wants its president to implement?

An 11 second clip, with HRC getting a big laugh out of "the rebels" killing Gaddafi. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y

This is the same Sanders opponent who on Feb. 12 in the Milwaukee debate said that Henry Kissinger was her mentor, to which Sanders immediately responded: "Now, I find it rather amazing, because I happen to believe that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country. " I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger." Clinton responded that Sanders has failed to answer questions about whom he would have advise him on foreign policy. Sanders told her, "Well, it ain't Henry Kissinger. That's for sure."

Apr 23 03:56

First, Let’s Get the Facts on Saudis and Iranian Involvement in 9/11

(*And unfortunately , this long winded , humongous pile of BEX , coming From The NATIONAL REVIEW does just about everything EXCEPT; Get The Facts Straight .)

Apr 22 19:16

Syrian Army Receives Russian All-Seeing Portable Radars

Another Russian invention has been added to the arsenal of Syrian government forces.

That is a close range reconnaissance radar station "Fara-1" that allows you to track and to destroy the enemy at any time of the day in the absence of optical visibility.

The device, according to the "Vestnik of Mordovia", entered into the service of a number of divisions.

Apr 22 19:11

Here's The Controversial AUDIO Of Paul Manafort Saying 'Trump Has Just Been Playing A Part On Stage'

REPUBLICAN ELITE NOW AT DEFCON 5

Ted Cruz, a gelatinous slice of Canadian bacon who is running to be your President, is officially toast. He's history. Kinda like a creepy mouth booger hanging on for dear life (you MUST clink this link) in the most interesting election of our lifetimes. Anyway, Cruz supporters plus a bunch of Neocons fossils like William Kristol, and establishment tools like David Brooks are all up in arms today about these benign comments.

These people are idiots. Every candidate projects an image on stage, and usually the best image projector wins the White House. That's how all elections work.

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Apr 22 13:52

Controversial $400bn F-35 fighter jet now has computer 'brain' problem which could see entire fleet grounded

Lack of testing on software may mean it's not ready for its deployment
The problem is with the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS)
Major issue is data produced by ALIS goes through a on operating unit
The lack of back up could mean that the entire feet has to be grounded.

The issue is with what the Department of Defense officials call the 'brains' of plane, also known as the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS).
A Government Accountability Office report says a failure 'could take the entire fleet offline' because there is no backup system.
The report also says a lack of testing done of the software will mean it's not ready for its deployment by the Air Force in August and the Navy in 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the myriad reasons I would strongly caution the President, Pentagon, and State Department against any major wars against Russia or China right now.

In Russia and China, when weapons are delivered, they field test as advertised, or better.

But unfortunately, the US weapons systems are many times delivered very late, very much over budget, and do not live up at all to the weapons developers' hype.

There is a problem with the institutional culture of US weaponry, because weapons companies' executives will support every Congressional representative with money to get all the weapons contracts they possibly can.

It is painfully clear that this F-35 is an absolute turkey, which continues to cost Americans billions of dollars, with no real correction of its problems and flaws in sight.

Apr 22 13:28

Netanyahu’s Neocon Mind

Dan Illouz is an Israeli lawyer and a former legal adviser to both the Knesset’s leadership coalition and the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He is also a big fan of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On April 13, he wrote an opinion piece for the Jerusalem Post entitled, “A Fresh Perspective: Understanding Netanyahu’s Mind.”

Apr 22 12:43

The Pentagon’s Twisted Potlatch

Among the Kwakiutl and several other indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the potlatch was a ritual of hospitality. The host would invite guests to a big feast and then distribute gifts. The distribution was a way of demonstrating the host’s status: the more significant the gifts, the more important the host. Think: swag bags for the pre-celebrity era.

Apr 22 09:47

British Military Used ‘Creative Accounting’ To Hit NATO Spending Targets

Some ‘creative accounting’ was employed by the British military in order for it to hit the symbolic 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) spending target required by NATO members, the Commons Defence Select Committee claims.

Apr 22 09:14

China Test Nuclear Missile That Could Reach London or America In 30 Minutes

Apr 22 07:28

US war on ISIS costs American taxpayers over $11 million daily – Pentagon report

The Pentagon has spent $7 billion on its fight against Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, since starting operations. Having conducted over 11,000 strikes, the Pentagon chief is mulling a new strategy with greater number of US troops and expenditures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government is apparently unaware that the American people now know that ISIS and Al Qaeda are US creations, and the wars are against Iraq and Syria.

Apr 21 16:01

After Fighting for Freedom, 76-yo Vet Sentenced to Die In Prison for Treating His Illness With Cannabis

By Claire Bernish

As public frustration helps sound the death knell for the drug war, its arbitrary laws and policies appear even more absurd. In the latest inexcusable enforcement of an antiquated law, 76-year-old disabled veteran Lee Carroll Brooker will live out what should be his golden years behind bars — for simple possession of cannabis.

Brooker had been treating multiple chronic conditions with cannabis he grew in his son’s backyard; but when officials in Alabama officials discovered the three dozen plants, they threw him in prison for life — without the possibility of parole...

Apr 21 15:57

MPs Defy Cameron, Unanimously Agree ISIS Committed Genocide Against Yazidis & Christians

MPs have voted unanimously to classify the treatment of Yazidis and Christians by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as genocide, despite strong government opposition to the move.

The British government has never formally recognized a genocide while it is ongoing, and is rumored to have demanded its MPs abstain from the vote.

Apr 21 15:48

New Zealand Government Plans Major Increase In Military Spending

New Zealand’s National Party government is finalising its 2016 Defence White Paper, which will outline spending and strategic priorities for the country’s military. The document was initially planned for release at the end of last year but has been delayed for months.

Apr 21 14:32

This Industry Is Literally Making A Killing

The 2016 presidential elections are proving historic, and not just because of the surprising success of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, the lively debate among feminists over whether to support Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump’s unorthodox candidacy.

Apr 21 13:59

BEX ALERT - ISIS Wants To Launch Chemical Or Nuclear Attacks – EU/NATO Security Chiefs

During the Security and Counter Terror conference in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, a group of policing and counter terrorism experts delivered a dire warning.

Apr 21 12:18

VA accused of shredding documents needed for veterans' claims

Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs audited 10 vererans benefits offices around the country and found that staff were destroying mail related to claims, according to a report by Military.com, citing an OIG report released on Thursday.

The surprise audit, which was conducted at the offices on July 20, 2015, came after reports of such document shredding in Los Angeles, the website reported.

Apr 21 11:39

Obama administration refuses to fire or prosecute two Veterans Administration officials who stole $400,000 from the Veterans Administration

The Obama administration has decided that it will neither fire nor prosecute two Veterans Administration officials who have stolen $400,000 from the Veterans Administration.

This does not surprise me.

It disgusts me.

But it does not surprise me.......

Apr 21 11:35

Is This The End Of The U.S Dollar? Geopolitical Moves “Obliterate U.S Petrodollar Hegemony “ by Mac Slavo

It seems the end really is nigh for the U.S. dollar.

And the mudfight for global dominance and currency war couldn’t be more ugly or dramatic.

The Saudis are now openly threatening to take down the U.S. economy in the ongoing fallout over collapsing oil prices and tense geopolitical events involving the 9/11 cover-up. The New York Times reports:

Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

China has been working for years to establish global currency status, and will strengthen the yuan by backing it with gold in moves clearly designed to cripple the role of the dollar. Zero Hedge reports:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not if, but when the dollar no longer maintains its global hegemony.

And many times, monetary wars turn into actual shooting wars, and the US seems to be very close to starting those wars with both Russia and China, to prevent this.

I am doing my best to be the voice of calm, rational thinking here; but please, prepare yourself, if you have not already, for what may be a very difficult transitional time for this economy and nation.

Apr 21 11:26

Bahrain's parliament calls on state to declare war on Iran and Hezbollah

The Parliament in Bahrain issued a statement calling on the government to declare war on Iran and its client terror organization in Lebanon, Hezbollah, following recurrent terror attacks against the state's security forces.

Apr 21 10:53

The Occupied Mentality Syndrome

Since the Korean War, but particularly since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 until today, the United States has been steadily escalating its military presence in the Persian Gulf.

Apr 21 10:17

NATO to Condemn Russia at Planned Meeting

Russia and NATO haven’t had any joint meetings in nearly two years, but got together today, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg saying it is important to keep the line of communications open. In practice, it was just an excuse for the US et al, to condemn Russia.

US officials are complaining about incidents in the Baltic Sea, claiming “Russian aggression” there, and in Ukraine, even though the Ukraine “war” they’ve been condemning Russia over has been in a state of ceasefire for well over a year.

Russia’s not to happy with those Baltic issues either, insisting the US was deliberately trying to intimidate Russia by parking destroyers off the coast of Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, and flying spy planes around on the outskirts of Russian airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The way the US and NATO have been parking resources and troops around Europe, coupled with massive exercises on Russia's border, concretely telegraphs that some kind of military aggression against Russia is on its way; they only question is when.

Apr 21 09:16

UK Killing Civilians for Oil Again in the King Salman Canal Project

The UK government insists on continuing the massive supply – £2.8 billion since the start of the attack – of high tech weapons for Saudi Arabia to use against civilians in Yemen, despite opposition from the EU Parliament and every major human rights group. Furthermore UK special forces are operating inside Yemen in support of the onslaught. Thousands of civilians have died as a result, including many children.

Given this is not exactly popular in the UK, and that after the law takes its tortuous course there will very probably be embarrassment for the government down the line, the prize which Cameron perceives must be great. Of course, western elite support for the appalling Saudi regime is a given, because Saudi cash pumps primarily into banking, armaments and high end property, the three areas most dear to the interests of the 1%.

Apr 21 09:01

BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault On Russia

Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare -- each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin

Apr 21 08:00

Cloudy with a chance of Humvees: Military vehicles plummet from sky in failed air drill

It was raining Humvees last week when a US Army training exercise at Hohenfels military base in Germany went wrong.

Apr 20 17:32

British Soldier Waterboarded, Spanked, Made To Lie In Vomit & Urine, Court Hears

Commando Carlo Nicholson was made to lie in a paddle pool of bodily secretions then waterboarded by a senior marine, who also ordered other recruits to wrestle in olive oil and eat dogfood, a military court has heard.

Apr 20 17:01

Enemies Everywhere – The US War On The World

The USS Donald Cook, equipped with the Aegis combat system, recently found the Russian air force unwelcoming as the US conducted military maneuvers just 50 miles from Russian soil. The Russian flyover was greeted in Washington with howls of “aggression!” But why was a US Naval vessel whose purpose is to target enemy missiles — nuclear and conventional — conducting exercises so close to Russia? Is that not also provocative? And what about the US Navy in the South China Sea? And near North Korea? And the Black Sea? Is the US at war with the world really the best idea for our security, or is Washington more interested in the financial security of the military-industrial complex?

Apr 20 17:00

Democratic Debate ‘Constrains’ British Military – Fallon

Too much democratic debate would “constrain” the UK from deploying troops, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said, as Britain moots sending 1,000 soldiers to Libya to support the new unity government.

Apr 20 14:41

Russian Su-30 Jets Escort WFP Aid Delivery To ISIS-Besieged Syrian Town

Russian Su-30 fighter jets have provided a safety corridor for an IL-76 cargo plane freighted by WFP to carry out the delivery of vital humanitarian cargo to the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, besieged by the Islamic State militants.

Apr 20 14:32

‘We fund terrorists, if those terrorists serve our purposes’ – retired US Lt. Col.

US authorities are continuing the gravy train for many Washington bureaucracies, increasing insecurity around the world, according to retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski . The more conflict the bigger the market place for arms, she adds.

Apr 20 12:35

Sailors Banned From Sharing Photos Of Terrible Royal Navy Food

British sailors have been banned from posting pictures of their highly-unappetizing Royal Navy meals on social media, according to one Tory MP.

The allegations concern the Navy’s HMS Sultan facility, an onshore training base in Wiltshire.

Apr 20 12:21

Israel Actively “Cooperates” with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. Military Aid Channelled into Syria out of the Golan Heights

Syria’s chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks Bashar Ja’afri accused Israel of “cooperating” with the Islamic State and Al Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaeda in the Golan Heights

According to Ja’afari (quoted by RT):

“This Israeli provocation confirms without any doubt the cooperation between Israel and terrorists of Daesh (Isis) and Nusra Front on the demarcation line between where the Golan is and UN troops are positioned.

“It is no coincidence at all that this Israeli escalation was accompanied by irresponsible statements by members of the so-called Saudi delegation at talks here in Geneva,” Ja’afari added, referring to the main opposition group.

Apr 20 11:22

The bad smell hovering over the global economy

All is calm. All is still. Share prices are going up. Oil prices are rising. China has stabilised. The eurozone is over the worst. After a panicky start to 2016, investors have decided that things aren’t so bad after all.

Put your ear to the ground though, and it is possible to hear the blades whirring. Far away, preparations are being made for helicopter drops of money onto the global economy. With due honour to one of Humphrey Bogart’s many great lines from Casablanca: “Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but soon.”

Central banks, of course, swear blind that they are fully in control and that there is nothing to worry about. Perhaps not, but something doesn’t smell right. The fact that economists at Deutsche Bank published a helpful cut-out-and-keep guide to helicopter money last week is a straw in the wind.

Apr 20 10:45

Debunking the 28 Pages

Apr 20 10:15

Washington’s Fake War on ISIS “Moves” to Libya

Libya is one place the “Islamic State’s” sponsors believe Russia can’t get them… In 2011, a NATO coalition led by the United States used its own engineered regional campaign of political destabilization, the “Arab Spring,” as a pretext to militarily intervene in first Libya directly, and in a more indirect way, Syria. US and European forces also “quietly” intervened in several other nations, including Mali and the Ivory Coast amid this regional conflagration.

Even in 2011, it was clear to geopolitical analysts that military intervention in Libya was an attempt to divide and destroy the country, giving the US and its collaborators a base of operations to further disrupt and reorder the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Almost immediately after US-led strikes on Libya coordinated with terrorist factions on the ground successfully overthrew the Libyan government, weapons and fighters were sent to Syria via NATO-member Turkey.

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