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Obama Promises Israel Use Of Bases For Iran Attack If It Will Wait

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 11:44 AM PST

There have been endless recent visits to Israel from high-ranking U.S. officials regarding the Iran issue, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and most recently National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

The AP reports that during the last set of meetings the Israelis defiantly told the U.S. that if they attacked Iran, they would leave the U.S. in the dark.  Here's how Mike Rogers, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee put it:

Rogers told CNN on Monday: "I got the sense that Israel is incredibly serious about a strike on their nuclear weapons program. It's their calculus that the administration … is not serious about a real military consequence to Iran moving forward.

"They believe they're going to have to make a decision on their own, given the current posture of the United States," he added.

Now, Israel's two top leaders head to Washington for separate sets of talks in the coming days.  Bibi comes for his annual triumphal curtain call before the Aipac national conference.  There he will certainly repeat his baleful predictions of what a world with Iranian nukes would be like.  It could be his last speech in this country before an Israeli attack.

It's uncertain what he will discuss with Pres. Obama, with whom he will meet.  The president seems more the supplicant than the officiant in this relationship.  He doesn't want Israel to attack.  But both he and Bibi know that he doesn't have the will to stop him.  It feels to me like possibly the final stop on the way to war.

Obama is so desperate, if this account is to be believed, that he's offered Israel use of our Middle East bases from which to launch its attack at a later date:

U.S. intelligence and special operations officials have tried to keep a dialogue going with Israel despite the high-level impasse, offering options such as allowing Israel to use U.S. bases in the region to launch such a strike, as a way to make sure the Israelis give the Americans a heads-up, according to the U.S. official and a former U.S. official with knowledge of the communications.

The idea that Israel would use U.S. bases or that we would consider allowing the Israelis to do so seems wild and far-fetched.  But if true, it indicates just how far and how harebrained we've grown in latching on to something, anything to stop the Israelis.

From the tone of this Wall Street Journal article, it appears that Bibi is coming to Washington seeking a virtual guarantee that the U.S. will attack Iran if Israel does not do so.  Israel's chief Congressional water carriers (in this case Sen. Lindsay Graham) also appear to think that such a promise is the least Obama can offer our ever faithful ally:

"The president needs to be reassuring to the Israelis that the policy of the United States is etched in stone: we will do everything, including military action, to stop a nuclear-armed Iran. I hope the administration when they talk about 'all options' will better define what those options are. We're getting too far into the game to be overly nuanced now."

I'm beginning to feel like a character in a movie watching a train barreling down the track.  He knows there will be a crash, and a disaster to follow.  There's nothing he can do to stop it.  He can only watch and wait for the crunch of steel and the screeching of brakes that cannot stop it in time.

In a related matter, an Israeli publication, Inyan Merkazi, writes (based on a Russian media report) that Avigdor Lieberman, who is known to have an exceedingly close relationship with the Kremlin, was told by Vladimir Putin to oppose an Israeli attack on Iran.  There are those within Israel who believe the current foreign minister is a Russian intelligence asset, not just a close Russian political ally, though these are so far rumors rather than proven fact.

One way to test the theory is to watch which way Lieberman votes in the ministerial meeting at which an Israeli attack much be approved.  If Lieberman votes No, you'll have a pretty decent indication of where his bread is buttered.  If he votes Yes, then at least according to this report, he'll be biting the Russian hand that feeds him, indicating he is much more of an independent figure than many believe.


Putin Offers to Save Europe From Decline and Irrelevance

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 11:29 AM PST

If Vladimir V. Putin, as he claims, seeks a closer relationship with the rest of Europe, he is going about achieving it in a funny way.

The Russian prime minister, apparently headed for a return to the presidency according to polls ahead of the first round of elections scheduled for Sunday, has done little to endear himself to his country's western neighbors during the campaign.

Aside from highlighting deep divisions over Syria and Iran, Mr. Putin has been taking pot shots at European energy policy and attacking European governments for failing to lift visa requirements on Russians. Nearer to home, his government appears to be gearing up for a new "gas war" with Ukraine.

Odd timing, then, to come up with a vision for a Union of Europe — not to be confused with the 27-member European Union — that would stretch from "Lisbon to Vladivostok."

The idea figured in a lengthy peroration on foreign policy that Mr. Putin published on Monday. It portrayed the rest of Europe — once "an oasis of stability and order" — as an economic basket case whose problems could not but affect Russia's interests.

With the tone of a distant if kindly uncle, Mr Putin wrote: "We are by no means indifferent to developments in united Europe." Russia was already involved in international efforts to support Europe's ailing economies, and was "not opposed in principle to direct financial assistance in some cases."

The concept of a Union of Europe, a phrase Mr. Putin ascribed to Russian experts, was not a new one. Nor was its objective: a strengthened alliance with the rest of Europe that would reinforce Russia's position between the United States and the emerging powers of Asia.

Sergei Karaganov, a political analyst and former deputy director of European studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, wrote in 2010 under the title: "A Union of Europe: The Last Chance?":

"If Europe does not unite, it will be the U.S. and China that will call the tune in the future world, and the brilliant half-millennium of Europe will be over."

Igor Yurgens, an adviser to Dmitri A. Medvedev, the outgoing president, made a similar argument back in 2008 when he wrote: "If isolated from one another, and of course in a climate of rivalry between Russia and Europe, neither…will be able to claim a role of a first-class center of strength in the future world order comparable with the U.S. or China, instead becoming objects of politics of external forces."

There's little indication that Europe's present leaders want to jump aboard Mr. Putin's Union of Europe bandwagon. Like their historic predecessors, they are reluctant to be embraced by the Russian bear. As Mr. Putin's warnings about Europe's energy policies indicate, Russia can prove a coercive suitor.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for foreign affairs, is among those not so easily wooed. In a speech this month, she decried another job swap between the Russian president and prime minister that "made many Russian citizens feel that things were being decided between only two men, over the heads of voters."

If anyone needed help, it was not Europe but Russia itself, she suggested. "We will continue our support to modernize both Russia's economic basis and the foundations for a dynamic society oriented towards the future," she said.


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China: US has no moral right to ‘protect’ Arabs

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 12:22 PM PST

China says the US has no right to "protect" Arab peoples, questioning "the sincerity and efficacy of US policy." The country's top newspaper replied to Hillary Clinton after she called China's and Russia's veto of a UN Syrian resolution “despicable”.

The People's Daily commentary says, ”The United States’ motive in parading as a ‘protector’ of the Arab peoples is not difficult to imagine. The problem is what moral basis does it have for this patronizing and egotistical super-arrogance and self-confidence?”

The newspaper recalls the US-led invasion of Iraq. ”Even now, violence continues unabated in Iraq, and ordinary people enjoy no security. This alone is enough for us to draw a huge question mark over the sincerity and efficacy of US policy.”

The commentary repeated China’s argument that its unwillingness to take sides in the conflict best reflects the interests of the Syrian people.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the US criticism of China’s stance on Syria is "totally unacceptable."

“China has always determined its stance on the Syrian issue proceeding from the peace and stability of Syria and the Middle East and from protecting the long-term, fundamental interests of the Syrian and Arab peoples,” Hong Lei said on Monday as cited by Reuters.

Russia, which also voted against what it called a "Syria regime change resolution" in the UN, has also criticized the US stance on Syria. In his latest article on foreign policy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned the West against the temptation to resort to a "simple, previously-used tactic: If the UN Security Council approves of a given action – fine; if not, we will establish a coalition of the states concerned and strike anyway."

Russian and Chinese criticism over US policies comes after Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying there is no enthusiasm in Washington for war. However, while on a visit to Morocco she urged those who still support Syria's President Assad, especially members of the Syrian military and business community, to turn against him.

"The longer you support the regime’s campaign of violence against your brothers and sisters, the more it will stain your honor," Clinton said.

On Sunday Syrian authorities held national referendum on a new constitution amid continuing violence. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that at least 31 people died including civilians, soldiers and opposition fighters.

Ballot counting is currently underway, with official results expected later on Monday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says if approved the referendum will lead to a multi-party parliamentary election in three months' time.

Most Syrian opposition groups boycotted the vote, demanding Assad abandon power altogether, while they say the referendum could keep him in power until 2028. The US and its allies dismissed the vote as a “farce” meant to justify the bloody crackdown on dissent.

The United States is beginning to realize the complexity of the situation in Syria and is showing signs of slightly backing off from their previous energetic push for regime change in the country, Jeremy Salt, a professor at Bilkent University, told RT.

"While we hear a lot of rhetoric from Hillary Clinton, she herself is showing signs of being more aware of complexities inside Syria," Salt said. "She was talking about the complex factors, saying 'Well we want to do something, but we do not know what to do,' and she was talking about the fact that while there are problem areas in Syria, there are large areas in the country unaffected."

"You can see there is certain change of the discourse here which indicates the Americans are not certain what step to take next," the professor added.


Russia upgrades Syria-based electronic station to warn Iran of US/Israeli attack

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 12:09 PM PST

The Russians have upgraded their Jabal Al Harrah electronic and surveillance station south of Damascus opposite Israel's Sea of Galilee, adding resources especially tailored to give Tehran early warning of an oncoming US or Israeli attack, DEBKAfile's US military sources report.

Before it was boosted by extra advanced technology and manpower, the station covered civilian and military movements in northern Israel up to Tel Aviv, northern Jordan and western Iraq. Today, its range extends to all parts of Israel and Jordan, the Gulf of Aqaba and northern Saudi Arabia.

Part two of Moscow's project for extending the range of its Middle East ears and eyes consisted of upgrading the Russian-equipped Syrian radar stationed on Lebanon's Mount Sannine and connecting it to the Jabal Al Harrah facility in Syria. Russian technicians have completed this project too. Russia is now able to additionally track US and Israeli naval and aerial movements in the Eastern Mediterranean up to and including Cyprus and Greece.

According to our sources, the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kutznetsov's stay at the Syrian port of Tartus through most of January and up to mid-February had the special mission of keeping an eye out for any Israeli preparations for attacking Iran, Syria or Hizballah. It filled the gap left by the Russian station south of Damascus which was fully occupied with feeding data on Syrian opposition movements to Bashar Assad and watching out for signs of foreign intervention, military or covert, against his regime.

The Russian vessel meanwhile followed increased traffic of US drone over Syria keeping track of the Syrian arsenal of missiles with chemical, biological and nerve gas warheads.

Washington disclosed on Feb. 25 that the US State Department had sent out warnings to six countries, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq, to beware of these deadly weapons. It was not clear whether the warning referred to a possible Assad regime's decision to use WMD against those nations or the danger of their transfer to terrorists embedded within those countries.

Moscow decided to boost its radar tracking and surveillance reach for Iran's benefit in response to a complaint from Tehran that it could not longer count on Russia for a real-time alert on an incoming US or Israeli military strike, because those resources were stretched to the limit in support of the Assad regime.

After expanding and upgrading their range to meet Iranian needs by interconnecting the two stations and adding extra Russian manpower, Moscow ordered the Admiral Kutznetsov to depart Tartus on Feb. 13 and sail to home port at Severomorsk on the Kola Peninsula. The Russian stations in Syria and Lebanon were by then ready for their expanded missions.


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Mysterious Siberian Blasts Warned Point To Rapid Pole Reversal

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 11:26 PM PST

An unsettling report prepared by Viktor Seleznyov, director of the Geophysical Institute at the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS), on the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Tyva Republic in Russia's East Siberia earlier today warns that more seismic activity should be expected within the coming weeks and that this event is part of an ever increasing body of evidence pointing to a "rapid" shifting in our Earth's magnetic poles.

Director Seleznyov, and other SB RAS scientists, have been increasingly concerned over the past fortnight about this region after the 9 February and 12 February "mysterious blasts" in the Kemerovo Region reminiscent of the 30 June 1908 Tunguska Event that remains the largest explosion of its type in modern times that for over a century has yet to be fully explained.

The "common linkage" between these mysterious explosions and increasing seismic events in Siberia, this report says, is due to the rapid shifting of our Earth's magnetic North Pole that has doubled in the last 50 years, and in the 1990s "picked up speed in a big way," bolting north–northwest into the Arctic Ocean at more than 55 kilometers per year.

To the most immediate effect upon our Earth due to this "magnetic pole anomaly," this report continues, has been the "strange disruption" of the jet stream over the Northern Hemisphere that on the North American side has produced the driest and warmest winter weather in recorded history, but on the European side has caused record-setting cold and snow that has claimed over 650 lives.

Though Director Seleznyov notes in this report that the evidence for a "full scale" geomagnetic reversal of the positions of magnetic north and magnetic south are still being debated, our Earth is, "without a doubt," currently undergoing a Laschamp-type geomagnetic "event" known as a geomagnetic excursion.

A geomagnetic excursion, like a geomagnetic reversal, is a significant change in the Earth’s magnetic field. Unlike reversals however, an excursion does not permanently change the large-scale orientation of the field, but rather represents a dramatic, typically short-lived decrease in field intensity, with a variation in pole orientation of up to 45 degrees from the previous position.

The Laschamp Geomagnetic "Event" noted in this report is interesting on a number of levels due to its having occurred between 7,000-17,000 years ago falling within the working timeframe of: 1.) The flash freezing of Siberia where still today woolly mammoths are still uncovered in near pristine condition, and 2.) The 11 August 3114 BCE start date of the Mayan Calendar that seemingly predicts the year of 2012 will, indeed, experience another such cataclysmic event.

Important to note is that in our 7 January 2011 report "Pole Shift Blamed For Russian Air Disaster, Closure Of US Airport" we had stated the growing concerns of Russian, EU and US officials due to the rapid shifting of our Earth's magnetic poles that had led the Kremlin to order an additional 5,000 survival shelters built in Moscow alone, and the Europeans to construct what is called the "Doomsday Seed Vault."

Most curious to note in all of these events, especially after 2011 experienced a record cost of $265 billion in natural disasters (a record set just the previous year, 2010, that cost $218 billion), are that the Western nations, most notably the United States, continues to coax their populations into complacency regarding the unprecedented events now occurring, and showing every likelihood to get worse.

To how abhorrent US officials are to their citizens preparing for natural disasters, or other type emergencies, their propaganda media organs this past month launched a series of news reports, magazine articles and television programmes depicting these people as "Doomsday Preppers" who are mentally ill, at best, or deranged, at worst.

This depiction by the US of people who prepare for the worst of times as "crackpots" stands in sharp contrast to the entirety of human civilization where it was a valued practice to store up food and supplies in preparation for any eventuality.  And to the "eventuality" one should, indeed, prepare for, as noted inDirector Seleznyov's report, is the growing global chaos that could very well ensue should his predictions prove accurate.

To the validity of Director Seleznyov's predictions, should they come horrifyingly true this year, one need look no further than the letter conversations held between arguable two of the greatest minds of the 20th century;  Albert Einstein (1879-1955) the German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, and Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1975) the Russian-born American independent scholar of Jewish origins.

Where on one hand Einstein represented the modern scientific community regarding the possibility of "sudden" Earth changes, Velikovsky gave voice to the all of the ancient peoples who ever lived on this Earth who stated they witnessed these "sudden" Earth changes first hand, with the "battle" between them resting on what was going to be the "final outcome" and, perhaps, best articulated by Einstein in his 22 May 1954 letter to Velikovsky that, in part, said:

"The proof of "sudden" changes is quite convincing and meritorious. If you had done nothing else but to gather and present in a clear way this mass of evidence, you would have already a considerable merit."

Though Einstein died before he and Velikovsky were able to complete their "debate," critical assumptions made by Einstein in backing his position were subsequently proved to be false, and as Velikovsky completely documented in his manuscript "Before The Day Breaks".

To us living today, and as detailed in Director Seleznyov's report, of whom to believe…Einstein or Velikovsky…will determine the fate billions…and if the ancients are to be believed, the "end" will come much, much sooner than later.

February 26, 2012 © EU and US all rights reserved. Permission to use this report in its entirety is granted under the condition it is linked back to its original source at WhatDoesItMean.Com.

Plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin foiled, Russian state TV says

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 11:21 PM PST

RUSSIA’s secret service has foiled a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state TV is reporting.

The station showed two men who said they were acting on the orders of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov.

They said they prepared the attack in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa and were planning to carry it out in Moscow.

The station said three plotters came to Ukraine from the United Arab Emirates via Turkey with “clear instructions from representatives of Doku Umarov.”

One of the men died in a blast in early January that prompted the investigation, the report said.

“They told us that first you come to Odessa and learn how to make bombs,” the station showed a man identified as Ilya Pyanzin as saying.

“And then later, in Moscow, you will stage attacks against commercial objects, with the subsequent assassination attempt against Putin,” the man said.

The state television footage, which was apparently shot in Ukraine, showed a video of Putin getting into his car being played on the laptop computer belonging to the second arrested man, identified as Adam Osmayev.

“This was done so that we had an understanding of how he was protected,” Osmayev said.

“The end goal was to come to Moscow and to try to stage an assassination attempt against premier Putin,” Osmayev said.

“The deadline was after the election of the Russian president,” Osmayev said.


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Iran stops oil flow to Greece – report

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 03:46 AM PST

Iran has denied shipment of crude oil to Greece, following similar moves against Britain and France. The moves are pre-emptive to a set of sanctions imposed by the EU, which forbids buying oil from Iran after several months of grace period.

The first oil tanker denied loading of the expected 500,000 barrels of oil in Iran has returned home, a Fars news agency report says. The shipment was meant for Hellenic Petroleum refinery. No official comment on the failed delivery was available immediately.

Western powers have been putting pressure on Iran by crippling its oil export since December, when a ban on Iranian oil was issued by the US. The EU, which unlike the US buys considerable amount of crude from Iran, joined the sanctions in late January. But it allowed import to continue for six months to allow European refineries find new supply routes and possibly to adjust to different brands of crude.

Tehran however pulled the rug from under European's feet by banning export to some EU countries ahead of the scheduled cut. On February 19, it officially denied export to Britain and France, the two key sponsors of the EU sanctions.

On Monday, Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi warned that other European countries may be sanctioned by Tehran in a similar way, “if the hostile acts… continue". Back then the news sent oil prices to a nine-month high.

Greece opposed the EU move, because switching to other source of crude would cost its already debt-ridden economy dearly. However eventually it agreed to the ban along with other EU members.

The economic sanctions against Iran are meant to arm-wrestle it into abandoning its uranium enrichment program. The West accuses the Islamic Republic of secretly trying to build a nuclear weapon. Tehran denies the allegations and insists that its nuclear program is purely civilian.


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Start of Foreign Intervention in Syria

Posted: 25 Feb 2012 03:35 AM PST

Under the protection of the United States, Turkey, Britain, France, Italy, Qatar and the UAE, the first Red Cross convoys reached Homs Friday, Feb. 24. They began evacuating untreated injured victims and bringing medical aid to the city devastated and beleaguered by Bashar Assad's troops. This ICRC corridor marked the first step toward foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis.

DEBKAfile's military sources report exclusively that it came about after Washington and Ankara warned Assad through confidential channels that if his forces interfered with the emergency medical route for Homs, US and Turkish warplanes would take off from air bases in East Turkey and give the medical convoys air cover, thereby opening the door for a Western-Arab plan for resolving the Syrian crisis (which was first revealed exclusively in DEBKA-Net-Weekly 530 out Friday, Feb. 23.)

Assad's response to the warning is unknown.

Early Saturday, US President Barack Obama delivered his harshest denunciation yet of the Assad regime.

The International community must continue sending the message to Syria's president to step down, and "use every tool available to prevent the slaughter of innocents. It is time for a transition and time for that regime to move on."

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, addressing the Friends of Syria conference in Tunis Friday, said: "I am convinced Assad's days are numbered, but I regret there will be more killing before he goes."

Neither spelled out the manner of the Syria ruler's exit but it was clear from Clinton's words that Washington did not expect him to go without a fight.

Our intelligence sources report that expectation of international protection for Homs was signified Friday by the insistence of two injured Western correspondents, Paul Conroy of the Sunday Times and Edith Bouvier of La Figaro, that they would only leave the battered city if evacuated by the International Red Cross.

They were injured in the same bombardment of the Baba Amr district of Homs which last week killed Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in their clandestine press center.

Conditions of the 20,000 to 30,000 people trapped in Bab Amr are worsening by the hour, the Red Cross spokesman in London reported, as sensitive negotiations take place between the ICRC and the Damascus government. They aim at gaining protection for the city of Homs and an aid corridor through which to evacuate the wounded to Turkey and bring in essential supplies, granting them the status of "safe havens" free of a Syrian military presence.

In the initial stage of this plan, Western officials are talking about cooperation between the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Red Cross. Such cooperation if it took place might signify Assad's willingness to go along with the international effort – or at least tolerate it without resistance.

The creation of a safe haven in Homs, initially to provide the distressed populations with medical and humanitarian aid, would serve as a precedent for other parts of Syria and obviously diminish the regime's control over the country. This is clearly more than Assad is willing to accept as of now.

There was no sign of a ceasefire Saturday morning; no letup in Syrian military shelling of Homs or savage assaults in other parts of the country after some 200 deaths were reported in the last 48 hours..

A group of Arab medics waiting in Jordan with medical supplies was refused entry to Syria. They declared a hunger strike until the Syrian authorities let them in.

The Tunis conference's formal decisions as articulated by Clinton focused on diplomatic pressure and sanctions for bringing the Syrian ruler to heel. Arab diplomats, led by the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, took exception to this line, demanding direct action and a major international effort to arm and reinforce the anti-Assad rebels who are hopelessly outgunned by Assad's forces.


Report: More Than 100,000 Americans Are Domestic Terrorists

Posted: 24 Feb 2012 12:50 PM PST

Concerns over martial law in America on a par with Islamic extremism

An L.A. Times report which characterizes the Sovereign Citizen movement as "a major threat" on a par with Islamic extremism infers that "more than 100,00 Americans" are domestic terrorists as a result of their affiliation with the group.

The article, entitled 'Sovereign citizen' movement now on FBI's radar, frames the belief that "the U.S. is essentially under martial law," along with support for reintroducing the gold standard, as political views indicative of violent extremism.

The report quotes Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who in one fell swoop demonizes "more than 100,00 Americans" as domestic terrorists.

"This is a movement that has absolutely exploded," said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization based in Montgomery, Ala., that tracks domestic terrorists and hate groups. More than 100,000 Americans have aligned themselves with the sovereign citizens, the center said.

Potok specializes in seizing upon tragedies to push his organization's political agenda. Immediately after the shooting of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Potok took to the airwaves to blame the attempted assassination on the "radical right," when the shooter, Jared Loughner, was described by those who knew him as a "left-wing pothead".

Potok has been described as "the Boy Who Cried Right-Wing Terrorist" because of his obsession with exploiting almost every act of violence to impugn conservatives.

"The fact that he is consistently wrong about, well, just about everything — from the political views of the supposed right wingers to the supposedly violent nature of conservative groups to the mere presence of violent crime — does not seem to dissuade Old Media from using him to smear conservatives," explains Lachlan Markay.

The SPLC makes tens of millions of dollars every year demonizing politically active Americans as domestic terrorists, making it the most profitable "civil rights charity" in America, and yet the establishment media continues to treat the organization and its mouthpieces like Potok as impartial observers.

Of course, any political group with such a substantial membership is bound to contain a smattering of crazies – the report claims members of the Sovereign Citizen movement have killed six police officers over the course of the last 12 years – but to demonize over 100,000 Americans as violent terrorists on a par with Al-Qaeda because they express concerns about the militarization of law enforcement is clearly asinine.

Unfortunately, it's now par for the course.

Despite the fact that the federal government was forced to back down on framing Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag, as terrorists under the infamous MIAC report, the rush to denounce legitimate political beliefs as thought crimes, or even mundane behaviors, by insinuating they are shared by terrorists, has accelerated in recent months.

Under the FBI's Communities Against Terrorism program, the bulk purchase of food is labeled as a potential indication of terrorist activity, as is using cash to pay for a cup of coffee, and showing an interest in web privacy when using the Internet in a public place.

As we have documented on numerous occasions, the federal government routinely characterizes mundane behavior as extremist activity or a potential indicator of terrorist intent. As part of its 'See Something, Say Something' campaign, the Department of Homeland Security educates the public that generic activities performed by millions of people every day, including using a video camera, talking to police officers, wearing hoodies, driving vans, writing on a piece of paper, and using a cell phone recording application," are all potential signs of terrorist activity.


Putin pledges 400 ICBMs for Russia in 10 years

Posted: 24 Feb 2012 12:41 PM PST

Russia’s armed forces will receive over 400 modern intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), more than 100 military spacecraft and over 2,300 new tanks within the next 10 years, Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin said.

Earlier media voiced fears that by 2020, Russia’ ICBM arsenal could reduce by more than half as over 400 missiles would go beyond their maximum service life without timely replacement.

“Within the next decade, the armed forces will receive more than 400 modern ground- and sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, eight ballistic missile submarines, about 20 general purpose attack submarines, over 50 surface ships and some 100 military-purpose spacecraft,” Putin wrote in a new article for the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily.

He said the number will also include “over 600 modern aircraft, including fifth-generation fighters, more than a thousand helicopters, 28 regimental sets of S-400 (SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air missile systems, 38 division sets of Vityaz air defense systems, 10 brigade sets of Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems, more than 2,300 modern tanks, some 2,000 self-propelled artillery systems and guns, as well as more than 17,000 military vehicles”.

Putin said the ground, sea and air components of Russia’s nuclear triad are stable and sufficient at the moment.

Chief of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov said Feb 15 that Russia would use nuclear weapons in response to any imminent threat to its national security.

The general said Russia’s nuclear deterrent is the cornerstone of strategic stability and serious efforts are being made by the Russian government to modernize the country’s nuclear triad.

The Russian defense ministry is planning to acquire at least 10 Borey class strategic nuclear submarines, thoroughly upgrade its fleet of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, and equip its Strategic Missile Forces with formidable Yars mobile ballistic missile systems.

Putin also wrote that he believes substantial investment in Russia’s defense sector, in particular, the armaments program, will be positive for the country’s economy.

This is Putin’s sixth article outlining the points of his election programme in Russian media. The previous articles focused on general and economic issues, ethnic problems, democratic development and social policy.

Putin served two terms as Russia’s president between 2000 and 2008, but the Constitution barred him from standing for a third consecutive term. He became prime minister after his handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, was elected president.

Russia will hold presidential elections March 4. Putin, from the governing United Russia party, is the frontrunner in this year’s election campaign. His closest rival is Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party. Other contenders are Liberal Democrat leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov and independent billionaire candidate Mikhail Prokhorov.


The Catholic Wing of Libertarianism

Posted: 24 Feb 2012 12:36 PM PST

The Jesuits were never true Catholics. Jesuits are part of a long-term Illuminati Jewish plot to infiltrate and subvert Catholicism from within, even though most Jesuits are probably not aware of it.

Indeed, Lew Rockwell is right: the Salamancan Jesuits, AKA the Illuminati, were behind modern Libertarianism.

In a reply to Proof Libertarianism is an Illuminati ploy, in which Anthony Migchels pointed to the Jewish money behind Austrian Economics, the Daily Bell noted that many prominent current Libertarians were Catholics, including Lew Rockwell, Pat Buchanan, Thomas Woods, and Justin Raimondo.

That may be true, but it does not refute the dominant Jewish character of Libertarianism. Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Ayn Rand were Jewish. Professor Martha Steffy Browne, a member of Mises’ private seminar on economics in Vienna, noted that 23 out of 29 attendees were of Jewish descent.

Jesuits AKA Illuminati

However, it is ironic that both the Daily Bell and Gary North attempted to ridicule our claim that Libertarianism was an Illuminati ploy.

Why? Because Lew Rockwell himself, the founder of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, actually identified the Spanish Jesuits associated with the University of Salamanca as the founders of modern “free-market” thinking.

Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order and himself a student at Salamanca, was linked to the Alumbrados, the precursors of the modern Illuminati. Loyola was also a Marrano, a converted Jew.

The Jesuits were never true Catholics. Jesuits are part of a long-term Illuminati Jewish plot to infiltrate and subvert Catholicism from within, even though most Jesuits are probably not aware of it.

Indeed, Rockwell is right: the Salamancan Jesuits, AKA the Illuminati, were behind modern Libertarianism. More than that: Austrian economics descend in a straight line from the ideas of the Alumbrados. Carl Menger, the founder of the Austrian School, was strongly influenced by the Salamancan Jesuits and quoted them in his Principles of Economics.

Zionists, Jesuits, Illuminati: all in it together?

Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, studied political economy with Menger, and law with his brother Anton Menger, at the University of Vienna.

The House of Habsburg, one of the most powerful Black Nobility families, was closely associated with Austrian economists. Carl Menger was the personal tutor of Archduke Rudolf von Habsburg and accompanied him in his travels for three years.

Ludwig von Mises was one of the closest economic advisors to Otto von Habsburg, head of the Habsburg dynasty and co-founder, with arch-Zionist Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, of the Pan-Europa Movement which promoted a unified Europe as early as 1923.

Later, Mises worked with Coudenhove-Kalergi, who studied at the Jesuit-controlled Theresianum in Vienna and whose father was a close friend of Herzl.

From the very beginning, Illuminati elites have supported Libertarianism from behind the scenes, and they continue to do so today. As shown in “Proof Libertarianism is an Illuminati Ploy”, the ultra-wealthy Zionist Koch family founded both the Catholic-friendly John Birch Society and the Libertarian CATO Institute.

Both groups endorse Austrian economics. The Koch brothers are also heavily involved in the Tea Party. Perennial Libertarian candidate Ron Paul is partly funded by business magnate Peter Thiel, a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group.

Jesuits and Libertarianism today

The association between Jesuits and Austrian economics is still going strong. Universities with a significant Austrian presence are all controlled by Jesuits or by Freemasonry:  George Mason University, which hosted the first “academic” Freemason lodge in Virginia, Loyola University, and Auburn University, which was originally known as “Alabama Masonic College”. The Ludwig von Mises Institute is also located in Auburn, Alabama.

“Catholic” Libertarian Pat Buchanan, a Knight of Malta, attended Jesuit-run Gonzaga College High School and Georgetown University, a Jesuit hotbed.

“Catholic” Austrian scholar Thomas Woods has struggled mightily to justify the Austrian School’s endorsement of usury, which goes against authentic Catholic teachings. Woods supported his position by quoting Jesuit theologian Leonard Lessius (1554-1623), who, “played a significant role in eroding the interest prohibition.”

What is wrong with Libertarianism?

Libertarianism emphasizes individual freedom, but fails to recognize that humans are social beings, not isolated individuals. Self-interest reigns supreme for libertarians, but there is no room for social justice.

Although informed by “Catholic” Jesuit doctrines, Austrian economics accepts and even justifies usury, which is contrary to the following Bible verses: Psalm 15:5, Exodus 22:25, and Leviticus 25:36-37. Another Bible verse, Deuteronomy 23:20, states that “you may charge a foreigner interest, but not an Israelite”.

Meanwhile, the Austrian crowd has no problem calling for deflation. In fact, Austrians deny that their coveted Gold Standard is extremely deflationary because physical gold can never keep up with the need for credit.

They blame the State for everything but ignore the Money Power. They refuse to see that Gold has been under the control of Money Power for centuries. Worse, they sell their deception by professing unabashedly that ‘Bankers hate Gold’.

Communism and Libertarianism: a 500-year old Illuminati dialectic

Of course, the same Jesuits a.k.a. Illuminati who concocted Libertarianism also perfected the system of reductions, a sort of proto-Communism, in 17th-century Paraguay. These same Jesuits later taught Karl Marx, another Jew.

Libertarianism and Communism are the two poles of a 500-year old Illuminati dialectic, with extreme individualism, exemplified by Rand’s “virtuous selfishness”, at one end, and extreme collectivism, encapsulated by Marx’s “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs”, at the other end.

The Illuminati dialectic leaves no room for a middle ground, for a balance between individualism and collectivism, between anarchy and totalitarianism. This is the trap that they have set up for us.

It is no surprise that Jesuits and the Illuminati have been banned from several countries over the last few centuries. What is surprising is that we have forgotten how dangerous their ideologies can be, and how far they can lead us away from true freedom and happiness.


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US, France, UK, Turkey, Italy prepare for military intervention in Syria

Posted: 23 Feb 2012 06:12 AM PST

Despite public denials, military preparations for intervention in the horrendous Syrian crisis are quietly afoot in Washington, Paris, Rome, London and Ankara. President Barack Obama is poised for a final decision after the Pentagon submits operational plans for protecting Syrian rebels and beleaguered populations from the brutal assaults of Bashar Assad's army, DEBKAfile's Washington sources disclose.

This process is also underway in allied capitals which joined the US in the Libyan operation that ended Muammar Qaddafi's rule in August, 2011. They are waiting for a White House decision before going forward.

In Libya, foreign intervention began as an operation to protect the Libyan population against its ruler's outrageous crackdown on dissent. It was mandated by UN Security Council. There is no chance of this in the Syrian case because it will be blocked by a Russian veto. Therefore, Western countries are planning military action of limited scope outside the purview of the world body, possibly on behalf of "Friends of Syria," a group of 80 world nations which meets for the first time in Tunis Friday, Feb. 24, to hammer out practical steps for terminating the bloodbath pursued by the Assad regime.

The foreign ministers and senior officials – Russia has excluded itself – will certainly be further galvanized into action by the tragic deaths of two notable journalists Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the 19th day of the shelling of Homs.

Preparations for the event are taking place at the Foreign Office in London. Wednesday, Foreign Secretary William Hague said: Governments around the world have the responsibility to act…and to redouble our efforts to stop the Assad regime's despicable campaign of terror."

Hague pointedly said nothing about removing the Syrian ruler. Nor did he spell out the efforts need to stop the campaign of terror. DEBKAfile's military sources note that he left these issues open because a decision by President Obama about if and how the US will act is pending until the Pentagon submits operational plans to Commander-in-Chief Obama.

The US president is also waiting for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's report on the mood at the Tunis conference. He wants to know in particular if Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and the UAR will support US-led Western intervention in Syria, both politically and financially.

The Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and the French Figaro video-photographer Remi Ochik died Wednesday in the heavy shelling of a fortified building which housed Western journalists making their way into Homs under the protection of Syrian rebels. Three other Western journalists were injured. Western military sources reported Thursday that this undercover Western press center was maintained by the rebels in tight secrecy. The building was practically gutted by a direct hit, suggesting that Syrian forces located it with the help of advanced electronic measures.

Another Western source noted that the journalists covering the atrocities in Homs from this hideout used coded channels of communications protected by anti-jamming and anti-tracking devices. The Syrians must therefore have called on Russian satellites or advanced Iranian electronic systems to locate it.

The authorities in Damascus decided to treat the press hideout as the first step in overt Western intervention in the Syrian conflict. It was accordingly razed totally with its occupants.


Iran cuts down to six weeks timeline for weapons-grade uranium

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 12:25 PM PST

Tehran this week hardened its nuclear and military policies in defiance of tougher sanctions and ahead of international nuclear talks. The threat by Iran's armed forces deputy chief Gen. Mohammad Hejazi of a preemptive strike against its "enemies," was accompanied by its refusal to allow UN nuclear watchdog inspectors to visit the Parchin facility, following which the IAEA chief cut their mission short.

Western and Israeli intelligence experts have concluded that the transfer of 20 percent uranium enrichment to the underground Fordo site near Qom has shortened Iran's race for the 90 percent (weapons) grade product to six weeks.

The International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said Tuesday night, Feb. 21: "It is disappointing that Iran did not accept our request to visit Parchin." This is the site were Iran conducts experiments in nuclear explosives and triggers.

This diplomatic understatement came amid three major reverses in the quest for a non-military solution to halt Iran's drive for a nuclear weapon:

1. Iran placed a large obstacle in the path of resumed negotiations with six world powers on which US President Barack Obama had pinned his strategy for averting a war to arrest its nuclear weapon program. This strategy depended heavily on Iran eventually consenting to making its nuclear projects fully transparent, as his National Security Adviser Tom Donilon assured Israeli leaders earlier this week.

The day after Donilon wound up his talks in Israel, the UN inspectors were sent packing empty-handed from Tehran, putting paid to any hope of transparency.

They were also denied an interview with Mohsen Fakrrizadeh, director of the Parchin project and also believed in the West to be the paramount head of Iran's military nuclear program.

2. The transfer of 20 percent uranium enrichment to Fordo is taken by Western and Israel intelligence experts to have accelerated the pace of enriching large quantities of 20 percent enriched uranium to weapons grade and shortened to an estimated six weeks the time needed for arming a nuclear bomb after a decision in Tehran.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz explained to the US official that Israel cannot afford to live with an Iran capable of build a nuclear bomb in the space of few weeks.

3. The threat that Iran will not wait for "its enemies" – Israel and/or the US – to strike and will act first.

White House spokesman Jay Carney responded to these reverses by saying Tuesday night: "Israel and the United States share the same objective, which is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," adding, however, "There is time and space for diplomacy to work, for the effect of sanctions to result in a change of Iranian behavior."

Seen from Israel, Iranian behavior has already changed – and for the worse. Its tactics in recent days have exacerbated the threat hanging over its head from Iran and brought it that much closer.

Senior Israeli military and intelligence sources said Wednesday, Feb. 22, that Israel's strategic and military position in the Middle East has taken a sharp downturn. The failure of the IAEA mission and the threat of preemptive action from Tehran present the double threat of Iran's earlier nuclear armament coupled with military action to sabotage Israel's preparations for a strike on its nuclear facilities.

As one Israeli source put it: "Since Wednesday the rules of the game have changed."


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Pentagon claims no Iranian ships docked in Syria

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 10:35 AM PST

After a report from Iranian media, the Pentagon has responded with a claim that they had no indication that any Iranian ships had docked in Syria this past weekend.

According to Reuters, Iran's Press TV reported that two Iranian warships dock at Syria's Port of Tartous on Saturday, February 18th. The ships were believed to be providing training for Syrian naval forces.

However, Pentagon officials stated that they had absolutely no indication that this occurred at all, and believed that the ships did not even dock in Syria.

The United States government claims that there is nothing striking about the latest warship deployment. It is believed to have been just a routine passage through the Suez Canal and back.


Israel may attack Iranian ships if they return to Mediterranean

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 10:26 AM PST

Two Iranian warships that docked in a Syrian port were reported on Tuesday to have left the Mediterranean, sailing south through the Suez Canal toward the Red Sea. It was not clear whether the vessels, which had docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, had unloaded cargo or had visited the port as a symbolic display of Iranian support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Should Iranian warships revisit Syrian ports it is likely that they would be targeted by Israel, two retired Saudi military attaches have said.

"An Israeli attack would come to show the Iranians that the Mediterranean is not an Iranian lake, a position shared by the European powers and the US," the retired officials told the Saudi Gazette during a reception at a diplomatic mission here Monday evening.

"It (the Israeli attack) would not be an overt military operation; the docked ships could be mined, or they might go up in flames through a secret operation using Israeli frogmen," they said.

The Iranians are trying to offset the international pressure on the ruling clique in Syria by some show of solidarity, but they have no obvious intention of engaging in direct military action on behalf of the Bashar Al-Assad regime, they maintained.

"Look," said Al-Houwaish (first name is being withheld upon request), a commander who retired in 2005 and who last served in Morocco, "the Iranians are using Syria as a bargaining chip to see how far they can get with the other superpowers. Bashar is a fool not to realize it or arrogant not to admit it. From the Iranian position, Syria can be traded for a larger regional power role in the region. Iran's main and only concern is its nuclear program, and I think ultimately they will accept international measures of supervision of their plants. Now, this does not negate the fact that their ultimate objective is to join the nuclear club by producing nuclear weapons but typical of the Iranians, they always think time is on their side. To them, time has no value."

Asked how they envision that an attack on Iranian ships could take place, Rear Admiral Al-Hethlann (first name is being withheld upon request), who retired in 2008 and last served in Egypt, said: "I do not want to speculate, but think of Entebbe in Uganda and the boats of Cherbourg, the Iranians would not know what hit them, and by then it would be over. Think of what happened to the USS Cole in Aden, the Israelis have the best Seals in MENA and are among the top three worldwide… the issue besides the attack is the consequences of the action."

Regarding the repercussions of any Israeli attack on Iranian warships, both military attaches agreed that the Iranians would not go beyond condemnation and the usual statement of reserving their right to respond at the appropriate place and time and would limit their retaliation to other places, definitely not in the Arabian Gulf. "Militarily, the Iranians are in the Stone Age; think of how Saddam's regime was dismantled. Not a drop of blood of the coalition forces was shed in the first three weeks. Yes, they have missiles and boat power to retaliate, but if damage assessment is measurable and retrievable, then taking out the Iranian nuclear installations would be feasible," said Al-Houwaish.

"Bomb the three known military air bases in Syria, the C&C center in the suburb of Damascus and the Ministry of Interior and Bashar is a sitting duck. The consequences would be in northern Lebanon, particularly Tripoli, and by their military arm Hezbollah in Lebanon," added Al-Hethlann.

On the Iranian denial about the nature of their nuclear program, both retired officials agreed that Israel is the one to go to bed with one eye open. "Israel is the target. That's how the Iranians are selling their secret activities in the region. Well, somehow one finds a measure of comfort in this. The Israelis are truly the watchdog," said Al-Hethlann. "They may bite without barking when they sense real danger to their national security," added Al-Houwaish.


Egyptian Official: War with Israel, US in Three Months

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 01:08 AM PST

Egyptian Presidential Candidate Tawfiq Okasha declared last week that the Egyptian Army will engage in armed warfare against Israel, the United States and the European Union within three months.

The declaration, made in a segment translated into English by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on February 9, Okasha slso said that “like the Nazis, the Jews aim to rule and own the world."

"Hitler's principle was that the best race must become master of the world… Hitler established German Nazism to rule and own the world. On the other hand, we find that this is precisely the same philosophy as that of the Israelites and the Jews who say: we are the Semitic people, we are the best in the world, and we must rule and own the world, because the Semites are the kings of the earth and all that is upon it," he said.

"Hitler knew that the Jews uphold the same ideology…. Hitler believed that the Germans were the masters of the world, whereas the Jews believed that they are the masters of the world."

"Thus, a battle ensued. Either the Jews would destroy Hitler, so that they would be able to continue pursuing their goals of ruling the world, or else, Hitler would annihilate the Jews…"

He continued to state that, "Hitler was defeated because the Jews conducted a clandestine battle against him. Two if Hitler's advisors were working for the Jews… Hence, the Jews managed to get close to Hitler, by means of his closest advisors."

Addressing the interviewer, he asked, "See how long the Jews have been conspiring against the world? Since the end of WWII."

It seems quite inaccurate, though, that he is blaming the Jews of "conspiring against the world" only "since the end of "WWII." After all, weren't those the same accusations used by Nazi propaganda prior to the onset of the war, and in fact, for hundreds and hundreds of years?

He then went on to say that Israel, America and the European Union are planning to destroy three institutions in Egypt with "exceptional malice," namely the Egyptian general intelligence agency, the Egyptian armed forces, and the Egyptian military intelligence.

He then declared, "as of today, the war effort of the people has begun. This is essential, a war effort!"

"This is a fierce and bitter battle which began without any shooting, but will end with shooting. I say this here and now, the Egyptian army will open fire on the armies of the enemies," he proclaimed.

When asked exactly when an armed war would begin, he replied, "within three months."


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