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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Dec 28 13:25

Russia to Lease Bomber Jets to Argentina. UK Fears Falkland Island Military Buildup

Ministry of Defence officials fear Buenos Aires would take delivery of the planes well before the deployment in 2020 of the Navy’s 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its F-35B fighters, leaving a “real window of vulnerability”. Defence cuts have left the Falklands with just four RAF Typhoon fighters, Rapier surface-to-air missiles and fewer than 1,200 troops, supported by a naval warship that visits throughout the year.

Dec 28 11:56

Neoconservatives

If there is anything that Americans should inform themselves on, it is this growing Israeli-centric influence on American policies

“Neoconservative” is the somewhat misleading term for an increasingly influential group in Washington these days largely responsible for the push toward war in the Middle East.

Previously terming themselves “leftists,” and now calling themselves “conservatives,” in actuality neo-cons seem to be neither. Rather, their ideology largely revolves around passionate devotion to Israeli interests.

Dec 28 07:55

After 522 Years, Spain Seeks To Make Amends For Expulsion Of Jews

Some 300,000 Jews — up to a quarter of the Spanish population — had to convert to Catholicism or flee Spain, or were killed in the Spanish Inquisition.

Now their descendants may become Spanish again, under a draft law approved by Spain’s government. It would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Jews expelled in 1492. A recent amendment would let them keep their current citizenship too.

Spain says it wants to rectify what it calls a “historic mistake.” The measure still needs approval by both houses of Spain’s Parliament, and is expected to become law this spring.

The Spanish government expects tens of thousands to apply for citizenship, including many from Israel — where the offer is getting lots of attention.

Dec 28 07:54

U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq And Syria Have Cost $1 Billion

December 28, 2014 - US military operations to fight ISIL have now topped 1 billion dollars. After a review of the Pentagon, reports show that the benchmark was cleared back in mid-December. According to Pentagon spokesperson William Urban, US-conducted airstrikes pushed costs above 1 billion dollars on December 11th with an average daily cost of just over 8 million dollars.

Dec 28 07:49

US Thought-Control Goes into Loop over Sony Hollywood Hack

The hysterical over-reaction in the US to the hacking of computers at Sony is worthy of a satirical movie in itself. A case of art imitating life, or maybe vice versa.

North Korea – the «Axis of Evil» – has been roundly blamed for the Hollywood cyber-attack by US President Barack Obama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the corporate news media. Obama called it «a national security threat» while hothead politicians like Senator John McCain declared that North Korea had committed «an act of war».

Accusations of brainwashing and authoritarian state control leveled at North Korea can just as easily apply to the American public given the massive orchestration of popular perception by US news media, Washington and its closely aligned Hollywood infotainment industry.

We can imagine how far hallowed American free speech would be tolerated if a foreign country made a movie which «satirically» depicts the assassination of Barack Obama.

Dec 28 07:46

Putin: It Is Time To Play Your Ace In The Hole

The entire world is watching Putin play poker with the Western politicians led by Obama and followed by Washington quislings in London, Brussels and Berlin.

America’s goal since the end of the Cold War has been to weaken by financial, economic and, if necessary, military means any real competition to its global financial and resource domination through the petrodollar and dollar world reserve currency status. We hope Putin realizes the US is not playing games here, as this is a financial and strategic game to the death for Washington and it’s Western allies that have foolishly followed the Goldman Sachs/central banking cartel’s deadly sovereign debt recipe and for growth and prosperity. The time is up; the debts can never be repaid and sooner or later must be repudiated one way or the other.

Dec 28 07:43

Russia, China mock divide and rule

The Roman Empire did it. The British Empire copied it in style. The Empire of Chaos has always done it. They all do it. Divide et impera. Divide and rule – or divide and conquer. It’s nasty, brutish and effective. Not forever though, like diamonds, because empires do crumble.

Sergey Glazyev, on the phone from Moscow, gave a stark reading of Cold War 2.0.

There’s no real “government” in Kiev; the US ambassador is in charge. An anti-Russia doctrine has been hatched in Washington to foment war in Europe – and European politicians are its collaborators. Washington wants a war in Europe because it is losing the competition with China.

Dec 28 07:29

Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars.

Dec 28 02:19

False Flagging the World towards War. The CIA Weaponizes Hollywood

Almost all wars begin with false flag operations.

The coming conflicts in North Korea and Russia are no exception.

Mass public hysteria is being manufactured to justify aggression against Moscow and Pyongyang, in retaliation for acts attributed to the North Korean and Russian governments, but orchestrated and carried out by the CIA and the Pentagon.

Dec 27 14:08

New Pressure to Stop Iran Nuke Accord

On one hand, the political and legal system of the United States has been so thoroughly reshaped over more than two decades by Israeli interests that the hoops Obama would have to jump through to lift sanctions against Iran would be far more politically demanding than what he had to do to lift sanctions against Cuba.

It is very difficult to imagine the administration rethinking its hard line unless and until Iran walks away from the negotiations at the end of the current extension and threatens to resume the development of its enrichment capabilities that it chose to freeze as a confidence-building measure.

Dec 27 14:05

The Liberal Idiocy on Russia/Ukraine

Not only are the likes of Paul Krugman, Thomas L. Friedman and E.J. Dionne Jr. spreading dangerous propaganda, they are setting the stage for a new Cold War and possibly even a nuclear confrontation.

Instead of dealing with what actually happened in Ukraine, U.S. pundits and politicians – from conservative to liberal – have bought into a fantasy version of events in which the coup-makers all wore white hats and the elected president and his eastern Ukrainian supporters – along with Putin – all wore black hats.

Dec 27 13:59

Selling ‘Peace Groups’ on US-Led Wars

Liberal interventionists assist neocon warhawks towards their mutual goal of “full spectrum dominance” under the euphemistic guise of Pax Americana. Only the “Pax” always turns out to be endless war and occupation.

“War is peace” double-speak has become commonplace these days. And, the more astute foreign policy journalists and commentators are beginning to realize the extent of how “liberal interventionists” work in sync with neocon warhawks to produce and sustain a perpetual state of U.S. war.

Dec 27 12:03

US should be tried for World War II nuclear attacks, says Russia

The hubris and hypocrisy of ‘the victors’ continues to manifest in new ways. While today’s quisling German authorities continuously hunt down elderly German men for acting as guards at prison camps during World War II, American and Israeli psychopaths conduct wars of aggression and perpetrate false flag terrorism with impunity.

Dec 27 09:37

Pentagon to resume recruiting illegal immigrants as part of Obama amnesty

Now that the November elections are in President Barack Obama's rearview mirror, the postponement of his program to replace American citizens with illegal aliens in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces is set to resume. The Pentagon is once again seeking to attract so-called undocumented immigrants as recruits in the next several weeks, according to Military Times on Friday.

Dec 27 09:30

NY TIMES CRIES ABOUT THE PEOPLE IT KILLED

Sulzberger's Slimes has a long and disgusting history of creating disasters, and then expressing false sympathy for the very people its dishonest reporting has victimized. This was seen recently when a few editorial crocodile tears were shed for two murdered New York police officers who would still be alive today were it not for Sulzberger's unremitting race-baiting and cop-bashing.

Today's Jewish whine, a book review actually, is about "the human costs of America's forever wars". Here's a snippet:

"War cracks people’s lives apart, unmasks the most extreme emotions, fuels the deepest existential questions. Even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan morph into shapeless struggles with no clear ends in sight, they have given birth to an extraordinary outpouring of writing that tries to make sense of it all."

Dec 27 09:04

Putin: It Is Time To Play Your Ace In The Hole

The entire world is watching Putin play poker with the Western politicians lead by Obama and followed by Washington quislings in London, Brussels and Berlin. America's goal since the end of the Cold War has been to weaken by financial, economic and, if necessary, military means any real competition to its global financial and resource domination through the petrodollar and dollar world reserve currency status.

Dec 27 08:29

Why America would be foolish to wage a cyber-war against North Korea

North Korea's creaky internet crashed for nine hours on Monday, and is now mostly back up. This outage is probably no coincidence. Many observers assume that the Obama administration is behind it, retaliating to what the government called North Korean "cyber vandalism" aimed at Sony Pictures. That attack, as everyone knows, led Sony to cancel the release of a comedy, The Interview, about the assassination of North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un.

If President Obama did launch an undeclared cyberwar against North Korea, it may well be the equivalent of Bill Clinton launching cruise missiles at Osama bin Laden's empty training camps back in the 1990s. Clinton's salvo was never a real strategy to deal with a growing threat, and resulted only in intensified attacks. Obama may be making a similar mistake now.

Dec 27 08:27

The Iran's ongoing maneuvers in southern country focus on electronic warfare

A high ranking Iranian military commander says the ongoing maneuvers in southern country focus, among other things, on electronic warfare.

Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said that the drills will also focus on countering enemy’s electronic warfare in which Iranian armed forces will use their electronic warfare potentials against the attacks by hypothetical enemy.

Dec 27 06:03

U.S. to spike private mercenaries in Iraq amid expanding war, says senior official

The U.S. government is preparing to hike the number of private mercenary forces in Iraq, as part of the expanding war in that country and neighboring Syria

Dec 27 02:13

From Energy War to Currency War: America’s Attack on the Russian Ruble

A multi-spectrum war is being waged against Moscow by Washington. If there are any doubts about this, they should be put to rest. Geopolitics, science and technology, speculation, financial markets, information streams, large business conglomerates, intelligentsia, mass communication, social media, the internet, popular culture, news networks, international institutions, sanctions, audiences, public opinion, nationalism, different governmental bodies and agencies, identity politics, proxy wars, diplomacy, countervailing international alliances, major business agreements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights, prestige, military personnel, capital, and psychological tactics are all involved in this multi-spectrum war.

Dec 26 21:35

Iran kicks off massive Gulf military drills

Iran launched extensive military drills on Thursday, local media reported, in a show of strength stretching several hundred kilometres from the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Aden.

The exercises are set to last six days and involve ballistic missile and drone testing, according to military officials.

Close to 13,000 personnel will take part in the drills, which will be the first time Iran has organised military manuevers so far from its coastline.

Dec 26 11:48

Russia’s new military doctrine lists NATO, US as major foreign threats

Russia has adopted an updated version of its military doctrine, which reflects the emergence of new threats against its national security. NATO military buildup and American Prompt Global Strike concept are listed among them.

The new doctrine was approved on Friday by President Vladimir Putin. Its core remains unchanged from the previous version. The Russian military remains a defensive tool which the country pledges to use only as a last resort.

Also unchanged are the principles of the use of nuclear weapons which Russia adheres to. Their primary goal is to deter potential enemies from attacking Russia, but it would use them to protect itself from a military attack – either nuclear or conventional – threatening its existence.

The new sections of the doctrine outline the threat Russia sees in NATO’s expansion and military buildup and the fact that the alliance is taking upon itself “global functions realized with violation of international law.”

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Considering the aggressive nature of NATO's expansion right on Russia's doorstep, one has to marvel at Putin's restraint, so far.

Dec 26 11:43

US to Spike Private Mercenaries in Iraq Amid Expanding War, Says Senior Official

The U.S. government is preparing to hike the number of private mercenary forces in Iraq, as part of the expanding war in that country and neighboring Syria, an anonymous senior U.S. official told Reuters. There are currently at least 1,800 private contractors in Iraq, and the official said it is not immediately clear how many additional mercenaries will be sent, according to Reuters. Nonetheless, journalists Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart note, the plan to boost numbers "underscores Obama's growing commitment in Iraq. When U.S. troops and diplomats venture into war zones, contractors tend to follow, doing jobs once handled by the military itself."

Dec 26 07:43

Failed Again: E. Ukraine & Kiev peace talks called off

Kiev and anti-government forces have called off their peace talks, which were due to take place in Belarus today. Efforts to end the eight-month conflict in eastern Ukraine remain in deadlock, and the last round of negotiations ended with no breakthrough.

Dec 25 18:02

US Private Contractors Heading Back to Iraq

Private contractors once played a major role in the U.S. occupation of Iraq; now, they could be heading back to Baghdad. The United States is preparing to ramp up its use of private contractors in Iraq, an unnamed senior U.S. government official said Wednesday. “It is certain that there will have to be some number of contractors brought in for additional support,” the official told Reuters.

Dec 25 09:36

Russia Says Ukraine's NATO Ambitions Are Dangerous For Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

The Kiev parliament's renunciation of Ukraine's neutral status this week as a step towards joining NATO has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

Lavrov is the latest Russian official to speak out against Kiev's bid in recent days and to make it clear Russia would see the NATO membership of such a strategic former Soviet republic with a long common border as a direct military threat.

Dec 25 08:48

Europe must stop warmongering, propaganda to avoid WWII repeat – Norwegian historian

Liberalism and secularism are considered to be cornerstones of Western civilization, though many feel that their overemphasis has led away from traditional values and ethics into exceptionalism, intolerance and aggression. How have these factors influenced Western political thought, and can history's lessons help us avoid major confrontation in such a turbulent geopolitical environment? Oksana is joined by Hanne Nabintu Herland, author and historian of religions, to reflect on these issues.

Dec 24 18:00

Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis.

Dec 24 10:14

It was the EU that provoked the Ukrainian shambles, not Vladimir Putin

Quite one of the oddest and most frightening stories of the year has been the ludicrous and persistent misrepresentation in the West of the reason for the tragic shambles unfolding over Russia and Ukraine.

This has been presented as wholly the fault of the Russian “dictator” Vladimir Putin, compared by Hillary Clinton and the Prince of Wales to Hitler, for his “annexing” of Crimea and for fomenting the armed uprising in eastern Ukraine. Almost entirely blotted out has been the key part played in triggering this crisis by the remorseless urge of the EU to draw the cradle of Russian identity into its own empire.

Dec 24 09:48

Pepe Escobar On Blowback After Blowback For The "Empire Of Chaos"

At present, the choice between the two available models on the planet seems stark indeed: Eurasian integration or a spreading empire of chaos.

At the same moment that China is proposing a new Eurasian integration, Washington has opted for an “empire of chaos,” a dysfunctional global system now breeding mayhem and blowback across the Greater Middle East into Africa and even to the peripheries of Europe.

Don’t rule out a change in the dynamics of the situation, however. In the long run, it seems to be in the cards. One day, Germany may lead parts of Europe away from NATO’s “logic,” since German business leaders and industrialists have an eye on their potentially lucrative commercial future in a new Eurasia. Strange as it might seem amid today’s war of words over Ukraine, the endgame could still prove to involve a Berlin-Moscow-Beijing alliance.

Dec 24 09:28

Christmas Day truce 1914: Letter from trenches shows football match through soldier's eyes for first time

'Dearest mother, I have seen one of the most extraordinary sights...'

Dec 24 08:19

Obama Upgrading The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

President Obama’s “gift” to Americans this holiday season is to renege on his 2009 pledge “to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

He is upgrading the lethality level of an atomic arsenal already so deadly it can destroy all life on Earth. Then he’ll send Mr. and Mrs. America the bill, estimated by one Federal study at $1-trillion, to pay for the deadly upgrades he wants, rather than the peaceful improvements Americans need.

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" In the arts of peace Man is a bungler. I have seen his cotton factories and the like, with machinery that a greedy dog could have invented if it had wanted money instead of food. I know his clumsy typewriters and bungling locomotives and tedious bicycles: they are toys compared to the Maxim gun, the submarine torpedo boat. There is nothing in Man's industrial machinery but his greed and sloth: his heart is in his weapons. This marvellous force of Life of which you boast is a force of Death: Man measures his strength by his destructiveness." -- George Bernard Shaw, "The Devil and Don Juan."

Dec 24 07:28

100 years ago on Xmas Day

100 years ago, soldiers freed themselves from the mindset of their leaders and reached across trenches to find some humanity (as seen here in this constructed Sainsbury ad). We need to do this 365 days a year. Michael Rivero’s video below, “All Wars are Bankers Wars“, puts perspective on war.

Dec 23 18:06

911 False Flag - American Traitors & Mossad - Where are the Oath Keepers? - Ken O'Keefe

I am happy to offer this Christmas present to all my friends in the form of my new, revamped production of 911 - False Flag. Carefully wrapped in this present is the fingerprnts of those responsible for this false flag event. I can hardly think of a better way to celebrate Christmas then the spreading of some important truths that Jesus so rightfully said, was the key to setting ourselves free. Please share far and wide. - Ken O'Keefe

Dec 23 16:07

The Endless $1.6 Trillion War on Terror

The government has spent $1.6 trillion on warfare since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington – a staggering sum that works out to about $337 million a day every day for the past 13 years. By contrast, the U.S. spent $341 billion of inflation-adjusted dollars waging war on North Korea between 1950 and 1953, $38 billion on the Vietnam War between 1965 and 1975, and $102 billion on the first Persian Gulf War.

This new total is about half a trillion dollars more than when the CRS last tried estimating the overall cost in 2010. The entire tab for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and related military action was placed on the government’s credit card. In other words, the money going to the war through a special “Overseas Contingency Account” was added directly to the federal debt.

Dec 23 13:41

NORAD TRACKS SANTA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This used to be cute. Now it is just pathetic.

Dec 23 13:29

'Ukraine joining NATO could trigger all-out war'

In other developments in Ukraine - the country's steadily paving its way towards NATO membership. Parliament in Kiev has voted to drop the law which forbids the country from joining any military blocs, which has been in force since 2010. Soon after being elected president, Petro Poroshenko said the country would join NATO in the future.

Dec 23 13:04

WWIII - The Calm Before The Storm

Dec 23 10:27

Why Is Obama Using Flimsy Evidence to Blame North Korea for Sony Hack?

A lot of technology magazines are rather dubious at President Obama's accusations that it was the North Koreans that that it. Wired magazine, which is pretty well known for covering technology, says that it's akin to saying Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction to say the North Koreans had the capability to pull something like this off.

Dec 23 09:59

How the CIA Sold Obama on Counterinsurgency by Drone Assassination by David Price

'Best Practices' in murdering people! For the 'I'm really good at killing people' president

Dec 23 09:23

Oil Price War Blowback: EU businesses hit hard by weak Russian currency

Dec 23 09:17

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

Dec 23 08:57

DARPA's Autonomous Microdrones Designed to Patrol Inside Houses

by Nicholas West

As drone expert, P.W. Singer said, "At this point, it doesn't really matter if you are against the technology, because it's coming." According to Singer, "The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they're being watched."

DARPA is now announcing a new wave of microdrones under the Fast Lightweight Autonomy program. As the name indicates, they ideally would like humans to be completely removed from the control process...

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Dec 23 07:57

Russia starts bailing out banks as economy faces 'full-blown crisis'

The Central Bank of Russia has said it will provide £343m of support to one of the country's more troubled banks, as analysts warn of a wave of defaults in the sector.

Dec 23 07:47

As North Korea Loses Internet, Anonymous, Others Question Whether It Really Hacked Sony

On Friday, the FBI released a statement blaming the North Korean government for the massive cyberattack against Sony last month. President Barack Obama also said over the weekend that he was considering re-adding North Korea to the United States' terrorist watch list.

But North Korea has continued to deny that it's behind the Sony breach, and the group that has claimed responsibility -- the hacking collective Guardians of Peace -- is mocking the FBI online, according to The Daily Beast. Some security researchers, as well as members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, are questioning whether there is enough evidence to blame North Korea at all.

"I have yet to see evidence of North Korea behind this," Kyle Wilhoit, a senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, a Japanese security firm, told HuffPost on Monday. Wilhoit argued that just because the FBI sees similarities between the code used in the Sony hack and other North Korean malware doesn't mean it was the same attacker.

Dec 23 07:46

Cyber Command investment ensures hackers targeting U.S. face retribution

In the shadows of the Sony hacking incident and North Korea’s massive Internet outage, the Pentagon has quietly built a multibillion-dollar cyberwarfare capability and trained its commanders to integrate these weapons into their battlefield plans.

U.S. Cyber Command was officially stood up in 2010, based at Fort Meade in the Maryland suburbs of the nation’s capital, consolidating intelligence and cyberwarfare capabilities of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines under one house. Soon, billions of dollars were being invested in the concept that cyberattackers targeting America should be prepared to sustain their own damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cyber Command will be no more effective at harming the attackers than the NSA is at preventing the attacks in the first place.

Dec 23 07:39

China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said.

North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which the studio has pulled.

Dec 23 07:22

UN predictions fall short: Gaza uninhabitable today

Mads Gilbert said it spot on: “As a doctor, I say don’t send more bandages, don’t send more drugs, and don’t send equipment. Stop the bombing, lift the siege, treat the Palestinians as humans, include them in the human family, protect them by international law and find a peaceful political solution to the occupation of Palestine. That’s the preventative medicine of this mayhem that is going on.”

Dec 23 07:04

PETER HITCHENS: Forget 'evil' Putin - we are the bloodthirsty warmongers

My mother, even in middle-class suburban prosperity, couldn’t throw away an eggshell without running her finger round it to get out the last of the white. No butcher dared twice to try to cheat her on the weights.

Haunted all her life by rationing, she would habitually break a chocolate bar into its smallest pieces. She had also been bombed from the air in Liverpool, and had developed a fatalism to cope with the nightly danger of being blown to pieces, shocking to me then and since.

I am now beset by these ingrained memories of shortage and danger because I seem surrounded by people who think that war might be fun. This seems to happen when wartime generations are pushed aside by their children, who need to learn the truth all over again.

Dec 23 06:55

China reluctant to join U.S. in punishing North Korea over cyberattacks

China said Tuesday there was no proof that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, signaling its reluctance to side with the United States over the incident, while also rejecting speculation it could have cut off Pyongyang’s Internet access as punishment.

Asked about American requests for help from China to punish North Korea for cyberattacks, Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, said the United States and North Korea needed to communicate directly.

She said Beijing had not seen proof of who was behind the attack on Sony. “We need sufficient evidence before drawing any conclusion,” she said at a news conference.

Dec 23 03:08

Ukrainian Combat Jet Returned without Missiles after MH17 Crash: Reports

A Ukrainian air force Su-25 combat jet took off from an airbase in eastern Dnipropetrovsk carrying air-to-air missiles and returned without them on the day a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine in July, Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported, citing an airbase employee.

Dec 22 22:41

Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

Torture will truly disappear and the politicians will be put on trial for these crimes, only when the empire is transformed back to a republic: where impunity ends justice begins.

The CIA knows that the US Congress, under the control of the Zionist power configuration (ZPC), would be favorably disposed to any official behavior, no matter how perverse and contrary to international law, if it carried an Israeli mark of approval or ‘logo’.

Dec 22 16:49

Obama's Permanent War Agenda by Stephen Lendman

after expanding the wars for 6 years, it's impossible to claim George I, II, and Clinton are responsible

Dec 22 15:00

Even Small Towns Are Loading Up On Grenade Launchers

Custer is a nice little town in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Not quite the tourist center of the area—that’s really more up toward Keystone and Mount Rushmore—it still get its share of summer visitors’ traffic. Enough, anyway, to support just over 2,000 people, out of a county population somewhere around 8,500. Rick Wheeler, the sheriff of Custer County, presides over a department that has received at least $141,005.63 in military equipment from the federal government since 1991—including two suits of armor, a “gunner protection kit,” and eight 7.62 mm rifles.

Dec 22 12:58

McCain's 'Too Many Thanks'

"We should thank Saudi Arabia, which allowed the price of a barrel of oil to fall to the point that it significantly affected the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, [and] the [Russian] economy," McCain said. "It has nothing to do with the actions of the U.S. president," he added.
“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.

Editor's Comment:
I hope not to disappoint you, folks. But I enjoy reading for hawkish elites. entertains me!
They usually have low IQ (by the way, is there any relationship between fundamentalism and low IQ level?). Yet, they (such as McCan) are usually frank.

So basically, he thanks (1) god, (2) Saudis (especially Prince Bandar) and (3) Qatar... why not (4) ISIS too?

Dec 22 12:11

DAV Top Brass Still Raking in the Dough While Vets Suffer

In 2013, this reporter wrote a series of articles and conducted an interview with an AMERICAN FREE PRESS subscriber, concerning the country’s largest charity for disabled veterans, who were paying certain employees more than the president of the United States, while almost completely ignoring the plight of the estimated 250,000 homeless veterans spread out across this once-great nation.

Now, secretly-recorded videos taken in August, 2011 at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, reveals an organization that will do whatever it takes to add members to their rolls, even if they have no disabilities and regardless of what the organization’s own governing documents require. National Membership Director Anthony L. “Tony” Baskerville was caught on video admitting that the DAV will not question the validity of an applicant’s claim that they are disabled, stating, “You don’t have to prove anything here.”

Dec 22 12:04

Season of Goodwill… West Delivers Sanctions, Suffering and Conflict

A Christmas Carol? The EU is not only Scrooge unrepentant. It is also the biggest Stooge for American war-making.

It’s the Season of Goodwill – and Western governments are showering us with a medley of their «gifts». Sanctions, austerity, lethal military aid and red-hot coals of conflict.

Meanwhile, the contrast of Russian humanitarian aid to Ukraine could not be greater or more telling. This week another convoy of trucks from Russia – at least the tenth so far in recent months – is due to arrive in eastern Ukraine, bearing food, clothing, heating and toys for the war-torn children of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Only in the cynical, mean-spirited West would such a juxtaposition of very different Russian conduct be misconstrued.

Dec 22 12:00

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

In case you missed some of our special stories in 2014, our focus has been Israel’s drift towards greater oppression of the Palestinian people, the political deceptions and crisis in Syria and Ukraine, the cold hard facts about America’s so-called ‘war on terror’ and grim future, countering the propaganda war towards Iran & Russia and calling attention to, the new,developing, promising, strategic alliances as a consequence.

Here you have my two best choice, FACTS, facts and more facts — documenting the repetitiveness of the behavior patterns as well as the costs. Focusing on the how, highlighting the duplicity and hoping no one likes to be played for the fool!

The Day Israel Attacked America

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2014/11/the-day-israel-attacked-america/

Cross Talk: Washington’s Middle East Wars

This video deserves the widest distribution.

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2014/11/washingtons-middle-east-wars/

Dec 22 11:34

Poll: Obama’s Support Among Military Craters

Support for President Obama among members of the military has fallen drastically in recent years, according to the results of a poll published by the Military Times.

Dec 22 08:37

The FBI told their story about North Korea attacking Sony. Before we retaliate, read what they didn’t tell you.

The government blames North Korea of the Axis of Evil for the attack on Sony, a claim quite like the bogus claims of the past we so credulously believed. No matter how often they lie to us, Americans believe what the government tells us. They lie, we believe, their lies are exposed — rinse, repeat. It makes us easy to govern, incapable of self-government, and quite different than our skeptical unruly forebearers. We can do better. This is a great day to begin. Read this and decide for yourself. This is the most complete collection of information I’ve found on this story.

Dec 22 08:28

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

Coming soon to a theater near you, a US imperialist propaganda blockbuster, the latest production from CIA Pictures, made in participation with Pentagon Entertainment, and with the collaboration of American Media Partners: Cyberwar North Korea.

Dec 22 08:09

Hacking Collective Anonymous Says FBI Is Lying, “North Korea Is Not Source Of Hack”

Having confirmed unequivocally, in a statement by the FBI and reiterated by President Obama, that “the North Korean government is responsible” for hacking Sony, it appears the YouTube-less ‘evidence’ the FBI provided is being questioned by the hacking-collective ‘Anonymous’ and former Lulzsec hacker Sabu. As The Daily Beast reports, the hackers blasted, the North Koreans “don’t have the technical capabilities,” and added “we all know the hacks didn’t come from North Korea, and “all of the evidence FBI cites would be trivial things to do if a hacker was trying to misdirect attention to DPRK.” Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon, Guardians of Peace, the hacking group that’s so far claimed responsibility for wreaking havoc on Sony, posted a message online mocking the FBI’s investigation – a series of gyrating animated bodies shrieking, “You are an idiot!”

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GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FBI.

"[Your information is] too precise, too complete to be believed. The questionnaire plus the other information you brought spell out in detail exactly where, when, how, and by whom we are to be attacked. If anything, it sounds like a trap."

FBI response to the top British spy, Dusko Popov (code named "Tricycle") on August 10, 1941, dismissing Popov's report of the complete Japanese plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor: The Verdict Of History by Gordon Prange, appendix 7 published in 1986. Based on records from the JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Nov 15, 1945 to May 31, 1946.

Dec 22 07:54

Drone Down: Israel reportedly supporting Syrian rebels

Syrian military officials claim they've managed to take down an Israeli drone in its airspace. It was downed while flying over the Druze village of Hadar, which is one of the Assad-forces stronghold.

Dec 22 07:12

Rothschild Funding World War II - Dr Antony C Sutton Interview

Dec 22 04:17

Season of Goodwill… West Delivers Sanctions, Suffering and Conflict

It’s the Season of Goodwill – and Western governments are showering us with a medley of their «gifts». Sanctions, austerity, lethal military aid and red-hot coals of conflict.

Dec 21 18:54

911 False Flag - American Traitors & Mossad - Where are the Oath Keepers? - Ken O'Keefe

This is the updated version (as of December 2014) of my 911 production originally broadcast on The Peoples Voice in January 2014. It has additional footage and commentary, improved graphics and is a direct response to David Cameron's rediculous speech at the UN General Assembly in 2014. - Ken O'Keefe

Dec 21 18:28

Scottish orphans used in ‘military experiments’

The allegations centre on at least four institutions where thousands of children are said to have been experimented upon in conditions described as “like something out of Auschwitz”. It is alleged that Porton Down, the top secret military facility in Wiltshire, was involved in trialling drugs for use in the Cold War on youngsters who were regarded as “feeble-minded”.

Dec 21 16:05

Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage House Intelligence Committee

After lobbyist-run SuperPACs and big money efforts dominated the last election, legislators are now appointing lobbyists to literally manage the day-to-day affairs of Congress. For the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees government intelligence operations and agencies, the changing of the guard means a lobbyist for Academi, the defense contractor formerly known as Blackwater, is now in charge.

Dec 21 13:40

The U.S. Sanctions' Policy

The U.S. sanctions on Cuba failed to tame Cuban leadership, according to the U.S. president Obama himself. After the U.S.-Soviet nuclear escalation at the beginning of 1960s ,CIA engineered a plot to overthrow Cuban president Fidel Castro. Although the CIA utilized Cuban opponents (most of them reside in Florida), the result was failure of Pig of Bay Invasion. Does this story reminds us of CIA-engineered Syrian opponents?
Any way, Obama has finally admitted failure of sanctions policy against Cuba. Meanwhile, the U.S. congress is preparing to issue further sanctions against Russia.
I agree with this title from Huffington Post:
If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

Dec 21 13:13

Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis.

Dec 21 11:10

Police Declare “Wartime” in Internal Memo — “We Will Act Accordingly” After Two Officers Are Shot

After two NYPD were assassinated on Saturday, a startling internal memo was widely distributed to police in New York from the Police Benevolent Assocation. At first the internal memo seems like instructions for basic safety. First it requires that officers begin traveling in packs of two: “At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity…”

Dec 21 08:10

Obama: North Korea’s attack ‘cybervandalism,’ not an ‘act of war’

President Obama said Sunday he does not consider North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures to be an “act of war,” instead calling it an example of “cybervandalism” that must be met with a proportional response from the U.S. government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Of course, if those gosh darn North Koreans (with help from Russia, China, and Iran) do something worse, like shut down the non-commercial internet or black out a few cities, that is another kettle of kimchee altogether!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 21 07:41

'US could accept Crimea, stop NATO expansion if Russia complies in E.Ukraine'

The differences between the positions of Russia and the West on Crimea and Ukraine appear insurmountable. Yet both sides realise their global interests are better served by a spirit of cooperation, rather than rivalry. What are some of the pragmatic proposals that could bridge the gap and lead to a win-win-win solution, and could they satisfy the hardliners on all sides? Oksana is joined by Michael O'Hanlon, Director of Research at Brookings Institution, to hammer out these issues.

Dec 20 15:45

North Korea Says They're Being Framed for Sony Cyber Attack

Guardians of Peace, the hacker group that previously took credit for the Sony cyber attack, mocked the FBI and their investigation that determined North Korea was "centrally involved" in the Sony hack. "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eye," the Guardians of Peace wrote in a statement posted on the file-sharing site Pastebin (via CNN). "We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world. You will find the gift for FBI at the following address. Enjoy." The hackers also included a link to a YouTube video titled "you are an idiot!"

Dec 20 09:04

WW3 Countdown | China Moves Against The Dollar

Dec 20 08:46

US elite has gone far beyond Hitler's impudence and cruelty

Brutal and bloody provocations are a tool of choice of USA's politics. US intelligence greyhounds have taken a hand in white powder from Iraq, in September 11 attacks and torture. These are not conspiracy theories - this is real politics, President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems and military analyst Konstantin Sivkov believes.

"They have recently published the torture report in the United States, even though those tortures were not happening on the territory of the United States. Only 500 pages of the 6,000-page report have been published. It is unthinkable what US special services were doing to those suspects after the attacks of the Twin Towers. State Department officials said that no one would be punished for any of those tortures. Do you think that the world community will turn a blind eye on that again and continue to admire American democracy?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nope!

Dec 20 08:32

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

Senator Elizabeth Warren charged Citigroup last week with “holding government funding hostage to ram through its government bailout provision.” At issue was a section in the omnibus budget bill repealing the Lincoln Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act, which protected depositor funds by requiring the largest banks to push out a portion of their derivatives business into non-FDIC-insured subsidiaries.

Warren and Representative Maxine Waters came close to killing the spending bill because of this provision. But the tide turned, according to Waters, when not only Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, but President Obama himself lobbied lawmakers to vote for the bill.

Dec 20 08:15

HOW THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR CHANGED THE WORLD

Certainly, Hearst and his Jewish rival at the New York World, Joseph Pulitzer, helped to poison the public mind towards Spain. But this idiotic and incomplete analysis ignores the "big picture" of the Globalist hand which moves the chess pieces. The Spanish-American War was neither "pointless", nor insignificant. To the contrary, without the precedent-setting features, tactical acquisitions, and adverse side-effects of this unjust war, and the prolonged US-Philippines War which grew out of it, World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, World War II and all the other horror stories of the past 100 + years would not have been possible.

Dec 20 07:48

‘I can’t breathe’ UK & John Pilger on CIA torture, Sydney terror & nuclear war

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with a roundup of 2014. John Pilger warns of a ‘real possibility’ of a nuclear war between Russia and the US, with Western coverage of Ukraine where the truth is ‘so inverted.’ He also points out media bias over the CIA torture report, which Britain has always been ‘masters’ in, and questions the need for force in the Sydney Siege. Adrienne Makenda Kabana, the widow of Jimmy Mubenga, who died whilst being restrained by G4S officers, and Deborah Coles, of INQUEST, who have been providing support for the Mubenga family, join us to discuss the controversial case of the man who 20 people claimed had screams of ‘I can’t breathe’ ignored. And Hollywood veteran Rupert Everett argues more has to be done to protect sex workers as he accuses companies and councils of a ‘land-grab’ in Soho.

Dec 20 07:23

Sony hack: China may have helped North Korea, US states

US official states that North Korea responsible for hacking of Sony over The Interview film – and that Kim Jong-un's regime may have had Chinese help

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, according to US Officials and FOX News, North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, (and everyone else the US needs an excuse to invade) secretly create the most potent cyber-army in the world, then expose the existence of that cyber-army with a pointless attack on a movie studio?

And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Dec 20 07:18

North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

On Friday, President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the devastating cyberattack, which led to the Hollywood studio cancelling "The Interview", a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 19 15:35

How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

Giordano's research group has categorized these weapons into four broad categories: drugs, bugs, toxins, and bytes. In an email to me, he described them like this:

Drugs: There are particular drugs that act upon the central and/or peripheral nervous system that can be used to 1) alter concentration and vigilance (to increase or decrease combat warfighters' performance on various tasks), 2) alter sensation, perception and emotion (to induce feelings of fear, confusion or even amiability), and of course 3) incur profound debilitation — and death.

Bugs: There are a number of microbiological agents ("bugs") — viruses and bacteria — that can induce a host of neurological diseases (such as encephalitis, meningitis), and effects (such as cognitive and motor manifestations).

Dec 19 15:04

Pentagon’s Counter IED unit collecting intelligence on U.S. Companies

?The Pentagon’s main arm for fighting improvised explosive devices engaged in unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens and companies and improperly collected intelligence from Afghan farmers when an analyst posed as a college student, according to an inspector general’s report released Thursday.

The intelligence efforts by the Joint IED Defeat Organization — established to fight roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan — were found to violate executive orders and regulations.

Two military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, released in June after five-years captivity by the Taliban, was one of the Americans on which JIEDDO collected information.

JIEDDO acknowledged that the inspector general’s findings but a spokesman said they were minor, technical issues that have been addressed.

Dec 19 14:01

The Emperor's Behavior

"US President Barack Obama signs the Ukraine Freedom Act but does not want to impose sanctions under the law, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Thursday.

“The President signs H.R. 5859 [Ukrainian Freedom Act] into law, signing the legislation does not however signal a change in the administration’s sanctions policy…” Earnest said.

“At this time the administration does not intend to impose sanctions under this law but act gives the administration additional authorities that could be utilized if circumstances warranted,” he added.

Washington considers measures, targeting specifically Crimea, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told journalists during the daily briefing on Thursday"

Editor's Comment:
Why does the U.S. regime has the right to meddle into the others affair, but Russia and Iran are forbidden? and who decides that?

Book cover: "Are We Rome?", by Cullen Murphy

Dec 19 13:32

The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia

The U.S. government is back on that high horse and charging off to sanction Russia over Ukraine, a crisis that has been thoroughly misrepresented in the mainstream U.S. news media and in the halls of government.

Has anyone in Official Washington thought through the latest foreign policy “group think,” the plan to destabilize nuclear-armed Russia? All the “smart” people, including the New York Times editors, are rubbing their hands with glee over the financial crisis being imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, but no one, it seems, is looking down the road.

Dec 19 13:24

Ending the Cold War on Cuba? From the Freezer to the Chiller

If Washington ended its economic aggression against Cuba and others then it might just be a signal of real change. Otherwise it’s just more of the same imperialist policy that is the bedrock of American power.

As US President Barack Obama announced his surprise «historic» bid to normalize relations with Cuba this week, the New York Times swooned with glowing news. ‘US to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility’ was how its top headline put it. Welcoming the development, the American «newspaper of record» said Obama vowed to «cut loose the shackles of the past» and to «sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War».

But, purple prose aside, the hard detail is that the ongoing illegal American embargo on Cuba will stay in place. Moreover, the move comes as Washington slaps on more sanctions against Russia and unleashes new sanctions on Venezuela.

End of the Cold War? Read more...

Dec 19 13:21

Obama’s Belated Realism on Cuba

Just as ostracism and rejection of the normal give-and-take of diplomacy has been utterly unproductive in the case of Cuba, so too has been the case with Iran, with positive results having been obtained only when real diplomacy began under the current U.S. administration.

What most distinguishes the case of Cuba is the sheer length of time during which the futile posture of attempted isolation and embargo has been sustained. We long, long ago passed the point where we can say with finality and high confidence that the policy does not work.

Dec 19 12:49

Review admits CIA assassination programs strengthen extremist groups

Wikileaks on Thursday has made public a never-before-seen internal review conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency that looked at the agency's drone and targeted assassination programs in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere.

The agency's own analysis, conducted in 2009, found that its clandestine drone and assassination program was likely to produce counterproductive outcomes, including strengthening the very "extremist groups" it was allegedly designed to destroy.

Dec 19 12:25

Obama: Hollywood weak, Boston stong

President Obama said Friday that the U.S. will retaliate against North Korea for its cyberattack against Sony Pictures, and he thinks the movie studio “made a mistake” by canceling the release of a movie in response to the hacking.

“They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond,” Mr. Obama said of the North Koreans at a White House news conference. “We will respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.”

Dec 19 11:40

STRATFOR: UKRAINE COUP PLOTTED BY US OVER RUSSIAN STANCE ON SYRIA

The United States is behind the February coup in Kiev, which came in response to Russia’s stance on Syria, said George Friedman, the founder and CEO of Stratfor, a global intelligence company. Russia has repeatedly said that the coup in Kiev was organized by the US, Friedman told Kommersantnewspaper. Indeed, it was the most overt coup in history, the political analyst stressed.

Dec 19 10:38

FBI formally blames North Korea in Sony hack

The FBI said Friday that North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led the studio to cancel the release of a movie.

Confirming what government officials were saying privately for days, the FBI announced that is months-long investigation concluded that North Korea was behind the attack, based on technical similarities to previous attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Those previous hacks used computers, and we believe the SONY hackers were also using computers. That's good enough for me!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 19 10:18

Think North Korea hacked Sony? Think about this

Unlike any hack attributed to North Korea in the past

North Korea has been blamed for a string of hacks in the past, and it’s generally accepted that the country has the capability to hack and attack companies. But no previous attack attributed to North Korea—or any nation-state—has been so public and so noisy. In the past, attacks happened, North Korea was suspected, and then sometimes the country was later blamed. It rarely said anything, except for an initial denial. This time around, the hacker group has posted messages online taunting Sony and telling the FBI they cannot be caught. Early on, they were also interacting with reporters.

Dec 19 08:16

Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

The CIA officials frequently cited the Israeli ‘ticking bomb’ justification for torture in 2007, at Congressional hearings in 2005, and earlier in 2001 and 2002. The CIA knows that the US Congress, under the control of the Zionist power configuration, would be favorably disposed to any official behavior, no matter how perverse and contrary to international law, if it carried an Israeli mark of approval or ‘logo’.

Dec 19 08:14

COSTS OF WAR

Economic Costs Summary: $4.4 Trillion and Counting

Dec 19 08:05

Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, no plans to use it for now

US President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will allow the White House to levy further economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, though the Administration has said it has no immediate plans to introduce them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama claimed there were going to be no American boots on the ground in this third invasion of Iraq. Then there were going to be boots on the ground but they would not be in combat. Now they are in Combat. Obama will activate the new sanctions against Russia at the moment he thinks they will cause the most damage.

Dec 19 07:55

Congress once again insists on spending $120 MILLION on new tanks - despite the army insisting that it doesn't want them

The Ohio-based companies that provide the U.S. Army with Abrams tanks, once again proved to be one of the big winners when congress passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill this week.

The new defense spending bill will include $120 million for the 70-ton tanks – even though the army has repeatedly said it doesn't need them.

It is the third year in a row that congress has disregarded the army's expressed wish to suspend tank building and upgrades.

Dec 19 07:26

GAO Report: VA Provides Inconsistent Treatment To Veterans With Depression

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides inconsistent treatment to veterans with depression and may be underestimating the number of vets who suffer from the condition, according to a government watchdog agency..

The VA also needs to do a better job monitoring veterans who are prescribed antidepressants and in tracking suicides, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Dec 19 07:23

Veterans exposed to viruses, claim VA avoided responsibility

John Renegar Jr., wearing a careworn baseball cap emblazed with “101st Airborne”, surveyed his small living room in Smyrna Tennessee and shrugged. “It just makes you think you don’t mean nothin’ to anybody, you know,” the 66 year old Vietnam vet said. “You served a country, but you don’t mean anything to her.”

Dec 19 07:15

Brandon Martinez: “Don’t believe the mainstream media”

Geopolitical analyst Brandon Martinez was interviewed by Bulland Awaaz of Vancouver Co-op Radio today. He talked about his analysis of geopolitics and history, principally his discoveries regarding Zionist political intrigue in the 20th and 21st centuries which he outlines in his books Hidden History and Grand Deceptions.

Dec 18 21:53

South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief Erik Prince to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million euros ($23.3 million) by South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum to transport supplies and perform maintenance on production facilities at the oil fields, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Smith said by phone from New York yesterday. About 30 employees including pilots, engineers and logistics technicians have been using helicopters and airplanes to reach South Sudan’s oil fields since September, Smith said.

Dec 18 13:44

The Senate Drone Report of 2019: Looking Back on Washington's War on Terror

It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars and other American air campaigns in the 18-year-long war on terror was finally released. That day, committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, amid the warnings of his Republican colleagues that its release might “inflame” America’s enemies leading to violence across the Greater Middle East, and said:

Dec 18 12:04

FLASHBACK: No Debate and the New War

snip: The study evaluated discussion and debate segments on the Sunday talk shows (CNN's State of the Union, CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, Fox News Sunday and NBC's Meet the Press), the PBS NewsHour and a sample of cable news programs that feature roundtables and interview segments (CNN's Situation Room, Fox News Channel's Special Report and MSNBC's Hardball).

The key findings:

--In total, 205 sources appeared on the programs discussing military options in Syria and Iraq. Just six of these guests, or 3 percent, voiced opposition to US military intervention. There were 125 guests (61 percent) who spoke in favor of US war.

--On the high-profile Sunday talk shows, 89 guests were invited to talk about the war. But just one, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, could be coded as an anti-war guest.

Dec 18 11:39

‘UK govt betrayed us,’ say Al-Sweady soldiers cleared of Iraqi murder, torture

British soldiers recently cleared of accusations including torture, murder and mutilation of Iraqi detainees say they were “betrayed” by the government for having to endure “five years of hell.”

The Al-Sweady Inquiry ruled on Wednesday the troops were guilty of mistreating nine Iraqi detainees in contravention of the Geneva Convention, but that allegations of torture, murder and mutilation were “shocking and completely baseless.”

Dec 18 10:39

The Israel Lobby Cowbird

How Israel lobbying organizations flit about Washington, hatching operatives into the U.S. federal government to pursue a solitary goal—advancing the interests of a foreign state.

How is the Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds?

Cowbirds use the devious strategy of brood parasitism, arriving at the nest of more parentally-oriented birds to lay their own eggs. Cowbirds then enjoy unburdened freedom to forage and thrive while their own young are raised, fed and protected by unsuspecting parents. If an avian host dares remove the cowbird’s offspring, the host’s own eggs—if not the entire nest—will likely be destroyed by the watchful cowbird.

Dec 18 10:35

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” Conference

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” is an all-day conference which will take place April 10 in the National Press Club ballroom in Washington, DC. Questions will be addressed by experts of all ages and backgrounds from academia, government, independent research organizations and alternative news media shut out of public discourse. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust’s publication Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc (IRmep).

Register online for “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” today at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org

Dec 18 10:31

Iran nuclear deal within grasp

The US-Iranian negotiations for a nuclear deal are slated to resume on Monday amidst growing optimism that this could be the end of the year-long endgame under way, and an accord is in sight, finally. The US secretary of state John Kerry recently said that the effort will be to reach an accord even before the extended deadline of end-June.

The target is to reach a political agreement by March 1, 2015and a comprehensive agreement by July 1. To be sure, if there was any disappointment that the deal couldn’t be struck yet after intense talks began an year ago, that has dispelled. The mood in Tehran bazaar is “bullish”, according to New York Times, sensing that a deal with the US is in the works.

The main reason for this growing optimism is that the two sides have a good idea by now of each other’s ‘red lines’ and also the grey area where give-and-take is possible. In sum, there is no more a need for brinkmanship or grandstanding.

Dec 18 09:16

The Forgotten Christmas Truce of 1914. Unlearned Lessons which could have Prevented a Century of War

It was exactly 100 years ago this month when the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred, when Christian soldiers on both sides of the infamous No Man’s Land of the Western Front, recognized their common humanity, dropped their guns and fraternized with the so-called enemies that they had been ordered to kill without mercy the day before. As mentioned in last week’s column, the truth of that remarkable event has since been effectively covered up by state and military authorities (and the embedded journalists at the time) because they were angered (and embarrassed) by the breakdown of military discipline.

Dec 18 08:19

A (mild) thaw in US-Russia ties

Reports on the meeting between the US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the American Embassy Residence in Rome suggest that an urgent need has arisen for the Obama administration to seek the Kremlin’s cooperation in the Middle East crisis.

The Indian pundits must be surprised how such bonhomie could exist between Washington and Moscow at the UN SC on the very same day (Friday) in New York when the US state department mildly censored Delhi for doing ‘business’ with Russia during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India.

Plainly put, that’s how the international system works, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only understood it perfectly well but has also been prescient about the imperatives of a Russian-American working relationship sooner rather than later, and of course the transitory nature of the current chill in Russia’s relations with the West.

Dec 18 08:12

6 Insanely Stupid Right-Wing Moments this Week: Michele Bachmann Drops a Bombshell

Michele Bachmann has just one big wish for Christmas this year: Mr. President, please bomb Iran. That’s what the outgoing Minnesota Rep. told President Obama at the White House holiday party on Monday.

Festive, no?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drop Bachmann on Tehran!

Dec 17 23:05

Washington Seeks an Excuse to Wage a Nuclear War on Russia? “We’re Close to the Precipice. Will the Public Remain Silent?”

The world is more nervous about the drift toward nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia than at any time since 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. When French President Francois Hollande urgently side-tracked his return-flight from a diplomatic mission recently, in order to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, at a private room that had been scoured ahead of time to eliminate any possible bugging devices, there was speculation as to what had caused Hollande’s sudden detour, and there were even rumors of a possible cause being an American “false-flag” event in the works to be blamed on Russia as a pretext for going to war against Russia, just as Russia had been falsely blamed for the Ukrainian military’s downing of Malaysia’s airliner MH17 onJuly 17th.

Dec 17 19:46

Star Trek: TOS Errand of Mercy

Where's the Organians when you need them. My kinda folks!

The Organians: "super-evolved" and completely pacifistic.

Dec 17 19:22

Israeli role in Syrian conflict brought into the open

Israel is also capitalising on the war on the IS to misleadingly portray it as identical with the Palestinian “Islamic” resistance movements because of their Islamic credentials. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on September 29.

Dec 17 16:47

US Targeting Hundreds of Millions of Russian Civilians

White House officials are openly expressing happiness with their siege/war tactics that they say are throwing Russia into an economic collapse and are, as a scholar defending the siege notes, “hurting the Russian public’s ability to buy food or heat homes”. This eagerness to starve and freeze children is particularly relevant given the recent publicity of the US’s tactics of starving and freezing innocent detainees as well as people claimed to be “suspects”.

Dec 17 14:24

U.S. Declares (Currency) War On Russia

U.S. economic terrorism (i.e. the One Bank’s economic terrorism) has hit a new extreme this week. This crime syndicate has launched what can be termed nothing less than an all-out effort to destroy the economy of Russia.

Its modus operandi is, once again, currency manipulation. What is the quickest/easiest way to destroy an economy? Drive the value of its currency as close to zero as possible. The effect of such a manipulated “devaluation” is a massive explosion in inflation. And the effect of that is to make all Russians much poorer.

The economic destruction caused by this economic terrorism affects Russians, and the Russian economy on a percentage-for-percentage basis. Each percentage lower that the banksters drive the ruble with their criminal manipulation makes Russians, and the Russian economy 1% poorer.

Dec 17 12:12

Bradley Stone cleared by Veterans Affairs doctor one week before murders, suicide

A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist cleared former Marine Bradley Stone of suicidal or homicidal tendencies just a week before he went on a killing spree, slaying six others and then taking his own life.

Dec 17 11:58

Pro-Israel American Conservative: Thank God for ISIS... US Will Be in Middle East Forever

Dec 17 11:04

The U.S. Government Is Practically Begging for Global War

More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, it appears that the United States and Russia are engaging in the same sort of proxy wars that were so common during the Cold War. Everywhere that Western and Russian spheres of influence meet there is the potential for conflict, and the two aging superpowers have shown their willingness fight through their neighbors. However, this game of chess has taken on a whole new dimension that is radically different than what we saw during the Cold War.

Dec 17 07:18

Joint Israel-U.S. missile test fails

JERUSALEM — A senior Israeli Defense Ministry official says an exercise meant to test an advanced missile defense system developed with the U.S. has failed.

The official said a missile was launched from the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday to test the first live interception by the Arrow 3.

The system locked and was not deployed, he said anonymously according to protocol.

Dec 17 06:57

Russia Completely Jammed The U.S. Navy In The Black Sea And Could Have Subsequently Blown Them Away! [Validated]

As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up – or about to be – with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft – unarmed – repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.

After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.

Dec 17 06:42

Cold War comeback: U.S.-Russia locked in high-stakes submarine drone race

The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command’s recent announcement that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle prompted an immediate rebuttal from Russia: They, too, are close to unmanned submarine drones.

Dec 16 19:08

International Court OK's Trial of Auschwitz Guard for Early 2015

A German court says a 93-year-old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp will go on trial early next year.

Dec 16 18:37

Israel is occupied Palestine

Those of us who care and indeed struggle for justice in Palestine would do well not to fall for the old colonial tricks. Rather we should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.

Dec 16 15:08

“A Taboo on Telling the Truth About Palestine”

We are complicit in the creation of the modern Middle East. By honoring the taboo described by Edward Said, we made and now sustain Israel, not as a democracy which it claims to be, but as a war machine designed to extend the American empire over the bodies of dead children in Gaza and the WestBank.

There is no taboo against speaking of ISIS. The taboo related to ISIS is its connection to another American creation, the modern state of Israel.

Hedges opens a door into the darkness of our refusal to acknowledge our major role in Israel’s creation myth. He sees ISIS as an emulation of the modern state of Israel.

Dec 16 15:02

Is the U.S. Government incapable of breaking free from the domination of its Zionist masters?

The US Congress passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the beginning of December.

As is made clear in the article by Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League ambassador to the United States, transmitted here, at a time when European states are, hesitantly, moving toward holding Israel accountable for its crimes and taking meaningful action to end the occupation, the United States is, defiantly, moving in the opposite direction, confirming its national subservience to Israel and its continuing support (in its acts if not its rhetoric) for perpetual occupation.

Dec 16 13:28

Watch: This Is Why Russia Can’t Attack America: New Weapon Has “Near-Instantaneous Lethality”

While a World War III scenario is an event that is likely to take place in the foreseeable future, Russia and China are hesitant about any sort of military conflict with the United States because of the West’s top secret, advanced military technologies.

Dec 16 12:50

CIA medical professionals accused of committing war crimes

Federal investigators in the United States should considering weighing whether or not health workers involved in the interrogation tactics highlighted in the recent CIA torture port should be charged with war crimes, a group said this week.

Dec 16 12:37

Hot Shots? RAF’s £150 mn fighter jet could ‘shut down’ in midair due to overheating fault

The Royal Air Force’s next generation F-35 fighter jet could “shut down” in mid-flight if its fuel overheats, US test pilots have discovered. The fault is the latest in a string of embarrassments for military chiefs and manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Dec 16 11:58

Government Wastes Taxpayers' Money On Crappy "Shark-Like Spy Drone"

Here's the latest scam the government is burning your money on: a "shark-like spy drone" that looks somewhat like a shark and swims like a physically disabled fish.

Dec 16 10:34

DRONE-HUNTING BLIMP TO LAUNCH OVER WASHINGTON

On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, will launch a giant drone-hunting blimp over Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds just east of Washington D.C. The system includes a 242-foot balloon (technically called an aerostat because it’s connected to the ground) that can stay up for a month at a time and a radar to detect — among other potential threats— drones.

Dec 16 08:24

The U.S. Government Is Practically Begging for Global War

More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, it appears that the United States and Russia are engaging in the same sort of proxy wars that were so common during the Cold War. Everywhere that Western and Russian spheres of influence meet there is the potential for conflict, and the two aging superpowers have shown their willingness fight through their neighbors. However, this game of chess has taken on a whole new dimension that is radically different than what we saw during the Cold War.

Dec 16 07:57

Congress is killing the U.S. Navy: Aircraft carriers, attack submarines decaying

Politically motivated budget cuts and a hiring freeze have left the Navy with a shipyard workforce incapable of maintaining even its most valuable hardware, including the fleet of hunter-killer submarines and aircraft carriers that are crucial to projecting U.S. force across the globe.

Officials are warning that employee shortages mean completions of ongoing retrofits are being delayed, endangering deployment plans and compromising international agreements that require tight time lines.

Dec 15 22:52

CIA torture details are appalling

The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world. The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.

Dec 15 18:17

`Christopher Bollyn: Why Solving 9-11 is Our Most Urgent Task

One sure way to get a grasp of our political predicament is to logically analyze what the political leadership has done – and what it has failed to do – about the terror atrocity of 9-11.

Since September 11, 2001, four successive administrations and fourteen Sessions of Congress have utterly failed to conduct a proper criminal investigation of 9-11, a criminal atrocity that profoundly affected the course of the nation. Rather than investigate the mass murder of 3,000 people on 9-11, successive U.S. administrations have engaged in a criminal deception, using lies to take us into foreign wars while imposing police state measures at home.

The government’s egregious failure to conduct a proper criminal investigation into the events of 9-11 is exactly like the failure by the newly-installed president, Lyndon B. Johnson, to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In both cases, rather than conducting proper criminal investigations, the government appointed commissions that produced seriously flawed reports that were simply meant to support the official, but false, version of events.

Dec 15 17:34

Propaganda Works: According to the American people, torture is justified, and effective

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices in the period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 51% of the public says they think the CIA methods were justified, compared with just 29% who say they were not justified; 20% do not express an opinion. The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 11-14 among 1,001 adults, finds that amid competing claims over the effectiveness of CIA interrogation methods, 56% believe they provided intelligence that helped prevent terrorist attacks, while just half as many (28%) say they did not provide this type of intelligence.

Dec 15 15:07

Senate torture report reveals American sadism

The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world.The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.

A particularly cringe-worthy revelation is that the CIA practiced “rectal feeding” where prisoners on hunger strikes were force-fed through their rectum in order to keep them alive. The RT commentary cited above writes that, “At least five CIA detainees were subjected to ‘rectal rehydration,’ or rectal feeding, the Senate report reads, in order to keep prisoners alive who allegedly otherwise refused to eat.”

Dec 15 14:48

Nobel winners express ‘Cold War’ fears in Rome

Nobel peace prize winners in Rome on Sunday expressed deep concern about the growing threat of conflict, including nuclear war, and “a new and more dangerous Cold War”.

Dec 15 13:25

Miko Peled: This is NOT Recognition

As the recognition by European countries of a so called “State of Palestine” continues, it is becoming obvious that this is nothing but an old colonial trick dusted and reused. The fact that liberal Zionist hypocrites the likes of the Israeli writers Amoz Oz and David Grossman are all over it says it all.

In Palestine, speaking out against injustice is no longer enough. In fact it was never enough. As people of conscience we must act for the removal of the injustice and its replacement with a free, democratic system. But many forget that in order to achieve this there must be a struggle. A real struggle, and not some intellectualized version of a struggle as is often suggested by some Israeli liberals, is the only way to defeat racist, colonialist regimes.

Dec 15 13:20

The new European ‘arc of instability’

What’s certain is that the Empire of Chaos won’t relent in its strategy of heating up the new arc of instability – inside Europe, across the economic/financial spectrum – and instrumentalizing its pre-fabricated New Iron Curtain from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

The European Council on Foreign Relations and Berlin think-tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung have just reached more or less the same conclusion.

If the dangerous stand-off between the EU and Russia over Ukraine is not solved, the EU could face, up to 2030, a military build-up in eastern Europe; a new arms race with NATO as a protagonist; and a semi-permanent “zone of instability” from the Baltic to the Balkans and the Black Sea.

Dec 15 13:06

REPORTS OF US AIRFORCE CARGO PLANES DELIVERING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF ARMS TO ISIL/ISIS

US has delivered weapons to the terrorist group ISIS (Daesh, in Arabic) in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, west of the capital of the northwestern province of Nineveh, Mosul, which has become since last June a bastion these takfiri gangs, according to an Iraqi parliamentary.

"Three US aircraft carrying advanced weapons, clothes and food for ISIL, have landed at the airport in Tal Afar," reported Sunday Nahla Al-Hababi, the representative of the Nineveh province in the Iraqi parliament.

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But aren't they the BAD GUYS?!?

Dec 15 10:15

HERE'S THE PLAYLIST USED BY THE CIA TO TORTURE DETAINEES

According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.? In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees. Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.

Dec 15 08:07

Exactly how the US trained and armed ISIS

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Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 15 08:07

“ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor

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Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 15 06:56

THE OTHER TORTURE REPORT: U.S. TAUGHT TORTURE TECHNIQUES TO BRAZIL DICTATORSHIP

The United States wasn’t the only country releasing information about past human rights abuses last week. A report released by the Brazilian Truth Commission found that some members of that country’s military came to the United States for a special kind of education—to learn how to torture dissidents in their country. More than 300 Brazilians came to the School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, where instructors “recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned,” according to a Pentagon manual released in 1996.

Dec 14 20:21

DOD gave Georgia law enforcement agencies $70M in military surplus gear

According to U.S. Department of Defense records, equipment ranging from an ice cream maker to grenade launchers has been given to Georgia law enforcement and government agencies through a federal military surplus program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia agencies received more than $70 million in decommissioned military gear, mostly in the last three years.

Dec 14 16:07

Forget The Torture Report, When Will The False Flag Terror Report Come Out?

The release of the Torture Report was a political act, and the report itself is a whitewash.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others have given a pathetic and predictable defense of torture. By leaning on the false flag 9/11 events to morally, intellectually, and politically justify torture they have yet again revealed the emptiness of their arguments. They are using one crime to justify another one.

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