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"All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones." -Benjamin Franklin
A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday urging him to open an investigation into reports of systematic price gouging by defense contractors.
The letter, which included the signatures of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), cites a CBS News “60 Minutes” report on major defense contractors overcharging the Pentagon on a wide range of equipment and weapons.
The senators expressed concern that defense contractors were securing profits of 40 percent, and sometimes as high as 4,000 percent.
“Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and TransDigm are among the offenders,” the senators wrote, “dramatically overcharging the Department and U.S. taxpayers while reaping enormous profits, seeing their stock prices soar, and handing out massive executive compensation packages.”
s the Joe Biden administration continues its hurried push to foster an unlikely normalization deal between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, the White House is suggesting Israel make some concessions to the Saudis in the hopes of achieving an agreement, Times of Israel reported on Tuesday.
It remains unclear if the Israelis will be willing to take the recommended steps, particularly with respect to the security situation in Palestine. Likewise, it is unlikely Saudi Arabia is interested in joining the Abraham Accords which is a thinly veiled, American-led coalition against Iran. Riyadh recently restored full diplomatic relations with Tehran in an unprecedented, diplomatic feat brokered by Beijing.
According to an unsourced Channel 12 news report, cited by Times of Israel, the Biden administration and the Saudis want Tel Aviv to hold talks with the Palestinians. Washington is also said to be urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to shelve his controversial judicial overhaul, which has caused political chaos and a social uproar in Israel.
Webmaster addition: I predict that Netanyahu will be "uncooperative."
The House’s new committee on China released 10 recommendations for ways that the US should increase support for Taiwan to prepare for a future war with China over the island. Members of the panel are looking to include their recommendations in the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Some of the ideas were lessons the members of Congress said they learned from a recent war game they participated in that was conducted by the Center for a New American Security, a hawkish think tank funded by US arms makers and the Taiwanese government.
According to Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), the war game showed that the US would quickly run out of long-range missiles in a war with China over Taiwan. As a result, the first recommendation is for the US to make more long-range missiles.
Gallagher also said that the war game showed it would take the US and its allies time to craft economic sanctions to target China during a conflict. Because of that, the panel wants the US and its allies to plan economic measures ahead of time.
A short verbal exchange recently between a TV presenter and a low-profile politician and former lawmaker from a small country on the periphery of the European Union laid bare a long-standing problem of non-transparent lobbying in the highest EU institutions in Brussels.
A TV host on a popular Croatian talk show asked a guest how she copes with the growing European inflation of 13 percent since she has savings of 700-800,000 Euros in publicly available bank accounts.
This financial data was known to him because the Croatian anti-corruption institutions require that leading Croatian politicians must make their assets publicly available online every year, in order to prevent conflict of interest.
Croatian MP Marijana Petir, the guest on the show, was visibly rattled by the unexpected question.
She was not disturbed by inflation and the loss of around one hundred thousand Euros, but by the fact that this little-known information was presented in an extremely popular show watched by over half a million people, roughly a quarter of the Croatian adult population.
An under-the-radar Army missile defense mission in southern Turkey got a boost this month when a new operational headquarters that was seven years in the making finally came to fruition.
The so-called Ready Building, where soldiers are responsible for surveillance and early warning of tactical ballistic missile threats, also [services forces] operating at one of the Army’s more austere and secretive locations.
The ambassadors of Germany, Denmark and Sweden were summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 25 and made aware of Russia’s dissatisfaction over these countries' refusal to provide Russia with the results of investigations into the Nord Stream sabotage, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
"On May 25, the ambassadors of Germany, Denmark and Sweden were summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry and strongly protested over the complete absence of the results of the alleged national investigations launched by the authorities of these countries into the sabotage of the Nord Streams in September 2022, as well as over their inability to ensure the transparency of the investigations," the ministry pointed out.
According to it, Moscow notes the lack of any motivation on the part of Germany, Denmark and Sweden in establishing the true circumstances of the sabotage. "On the contrary, by their actions, they are clearly dragging things out and trying to conceal the evidence and the true perpetrators of the crime, behind which, as we think, are well-known countries. Thus, it is no coincidence that 'leaks' about low credibility pop up in the media so as to muddy the waters," the diplomats said. They also pointed out that Moscow would continue to urge the authorities of those countries to carry out "an objective and all-encompassing probe into the sabotage," with Russia's participation.
During an explosive interview with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon last week, Christian actor Jim Caviezel accused the global Deep State of colluding with the mainstream media to cover up its complicity in child trafficking.
“Epstein Island isn’t the only island out there where they have… children,” he remarked on the War Room podcast last week. “I just started noticing that any time a story came out on trafficking – anything – it was gone the next day.”
The 54-year-old Caviezel is best known for his roles in The Passion of the Christ, The Count of Monte Cristo, and the CBS series Person of Interest. He also played St. Luke in Paul, Apostle of Christ. He will reprise his role as the Savior of Mankind in Mel Gibson’s upcoming 2024 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.
During his many public appearances in recent years, Caviezel has never shied away from exposing political and cultural corruption. As a result, the corporate press has collectively labeled him a “right-wing conspiracy theorist.”
“After The Passion, I couldn’t get a job,” he explained to Bannon. “The studios wouldn’t hire me. But see, they’re all controlled by the central banks.”
Since the spring of 2021, well over 100 churches, most of them Catholic, have either been burned or vandalized across Canada. The attacks on the churches came shortly after the discovery of unmarked graves at now-closed residential schools once run by the Church in parts of Canada in the spring of last year.
In January, another historic Canadian church, St. Joseph Lutheran Church, located in Hay Lakes, Alberta, was diminished to ashes in what police said was an intentional act of arson on New Year’s Eve.
Last August, LifeSiteNews reported about the destruction by fire of one of the oldest standing Catholic churches in Alberta. Police said that the fire was a “suspicious” incident.
The fire saw the 113-year-old Catholic church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in the remote northern Alberta town of Fort Chipewyan reduced to nothing but its burned-out foundation. The church was built by the Oblate missionaries in 1909.
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told an audience in Kiev on Thursday that Washington has been helping plan the Ukrainian ‘counteroffensive’ against Russia for almost half a year.
“Even as you plan for the counteroffensive, which we have been working on with you for some 4-5 months, we are already beginning our discussions with [the] Ukrainian government and with friends in Kiev – both on the civilian side and on the military side – about Ukraine’s long-term future,” Nuland told the Kiev Security Forum via video-link from the State Department.
She added that the attack will be “likely starting and moving concurrently” with events such as the NATO summit in Lithuania, scheduled for July 11.
There is a grave risk that in three weeks’ time US and NATO forces will attempt direct combat against Russia.
The operational plan is to strike from Romanian airspace in the south and the Baltic states in the north, in camouflage of the NATO exercise called “Air Defender 23”, and under cover of US F-16 fighter aircraft purportedly operated by Ukrainian pilots but fuelled, directed, and guarded by more than two hundred US and NATO aircraft, including the most advanced US air war fighter, the F-35.
“This [is] the largest deployment exercise since the foundation of NATO”, according to the cover story published by NATO headquarters. “ Commanded at US bases in Germany, ostensibly led by German officers, a Bundeswehr “fact sheet” claims “100 [US] Air National Guard aircraft from 35 different states will make the leap across the Atlantic to participate in Air Defender 2023. In addition to the world’s most modern jets, the F35, more than 20 different types of aircraft and Airmen from 24 nations will practice air warfare operations together over Germany, but also over eastern Europe on the NATO border. Among them Eurofighter, F18, F16, A10, [Saab] Gripen jets.”
Bad population distribution, early marriage, recurrent pregnancies, customs and traditions, Illiteracy, and poverty are root causes of overpopulation in Egypt, said Talaat Abdel Qawi, member of the National Dialogue’s Board of Trustees.
China is reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia and Egypt for major arms deals as the countries seek to diversify their weapons supplies to become less reliant on the United States and Russia for their defense needs.
A peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Information Warfare (JIW) confirms a “Loss of Control” breach has occurred in the NYSVoter Database. A peer-reviewed paper of their results in a respected journal is a hard-won and “significant milestone,” according to Marly Hornik, Executive Director of the NY Citizens Audit.
The audit of the voter rolls was led by Marly Hornik and Andrew Paquette, Ph.D., Director of Research, who submitted the paper to JIW. Paquette “co-founded the International Game Architecture and Design Academy (now BUAS) in the Netherlands after a career in the feature film and video game industries. He received his Ph.D. from King’s College, London, in 2018 for a thesis on the development of expertise.”
In July 2021, Hornik and Paquette assembled a group of volunteers in New York that has grown to around 2000 individuals statewide to investigate the state’s voter registration rolls. Hornik presented the group’s preliminary findings to attendees at The Pit, sponsored by True the Vote, in August 2022.
In her recent letter to New York citizens, Hornik explains the seriousness of the group’s findings:
“Through auditing the voter roll databases, obtained directly from state and local boards of elections, we have uncovered millions of invalid registrations, hundreds of thousands of votes cast by legally invalid registrations, hundreds of thousands of votes cast by legally invalid registrants, massive vote discrepancies, and the clear presence of algorithmic patterns we reverse engineered from within the state’s own official records.
On Thursday, Governor Katie Hobbs announced that her chief of staff, Allie Bones, resigned. The resignation of Bones follows the resignation of Hobbs’ Communications Director, her Deputy Communications Director and her Legislative Affairs Director.
Capital insiders say the departure of Bones means that “the real Governor has jumped the sinking ship.”
According to the announcement, Bones is leaving her position to “pursue new opportunities.”
The Media Research Center, known as America’s Media Watchdog, has uncovered a DHS ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Propaganda Program that was apparently used to demonize conservatives. According to the MRC, the federal government has been using taxpayer funds to collaborate with universities and non-government organizations, directly to link conservative organizations with Nazism and terrorist groups.
Documents obtained by MRC Free Speech America show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Biden administration has been utilizing a grant program originally designed to combat terrorism to target these conservative groups, primarily Christians and the Republican Party.
The TVTP (Targeted Violence & Terrorism Prevention) grant program, overseen by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, awarded 80 grants totaling nearly $40 million to various organizations. These grants, under the guise of promoting “media literacy and online critical thinking initiatives,” aim to undermine conservative voices and values.
In 1974, a young man who worked at a printing company named Robert J. Urosevich had a history-altering realization: the optical mark reader machines being used to score standardized school tests (quickly by the thousands) might have other applications too. Thus was born in the brain of an otherwise unremarkable salesman one of history’s worst ideas: could these machines also read an election ballot?
Unfortunately, Bob Urosevich would live long enough to find out.
So Bob, along with his brother Todd, formed a new company in 1976 called Data Mark Systems (DESI) to get “electronic voting machines” into American politics. Because our parents were wiser than us, this new idea was a flop in the 1970s. Sadly, this failure did not stop Bob Urosevich. When the scanner manufacturer, Westinghouse, sensibly got out of the voting machine business in 1979, Bob started his second company — called American Information Systems (AIS) — to further his terrible idea and its awful legacy
The whistleblower who works for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and has alleged political interference in his probe on Hunter Biden has been identified and is preparing to testify before Congress on Friday, according to Just the News. The IRS official planned to do a brief interview with a media outlet. The whistleblower, Gary Shapley, will be testifying before the House Committee on Ways and Means in a closed-door session.
Mr. Shapley alleges in a formal complaint to the Office of Special Counsel that he was sidelined by the IRS following his protected disclosures and passed on for promotion despite his qualifications. He and his team were then removed from the Hunter Biden probe as possible retaliation at the behest of the Department of Justice. Shapley and his subordinate case agent stated that they had been noticing and trying to call attention to this political inference into the Hunter Biden investigation "[f]or the last couple years."
On Thursday, The House passed legislation that would permanently classify fentanyl-related substances (FRS) as Schedule I drugs that are subject to the toughest federal prison terms and penalties. Most Democrats objected.
Lawmakers approved the Halt All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act in a 289-133 vote that 132 Democrats opposed even though the White House signaled support for it. In the final vote, 74 Democrats supported the bill, and only one Republican voted against it.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was working in the “most effective way possible” to secure the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but declined an invitation Monday to meet the Australian citizen’s wife.
Independent lawmaker Andrew Wilkie asked Albanese if he would meet Assange’s wife Stella Assange, who was watching Parliament from the public gallery. Albanese said a meeting with Stella Assange wouldn’t help her 51-year-old husband who is in a London prison fighting extradition to the United States.
“A priority for us isn’t doing something that is a demonstration, it’s actually doing something that produces an outcome,” Albanese told Parliament. “And that’s my focus, not grandstanding.”