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The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.

The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign.

Additionally, the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) camps have been so successful that Islamic State leaders are considering expanding the camps to Libya and Yemen. Both states have become largely ungoverned areas in recent years.

The failure to target the training camps with U.S. and allied airstrikes is raising questions among some defense and intelligence officials about the commitment of President Obama and his senior aides to the current anti-IS strategy of degrading and ultimately destroying the terror group.

“If we know the location of these camps, and the president wants to destroy ISIS, why are the camps still functioning?” one official critical of the policy asked.

The camps are regarded by U.S. intelligence analysts as a key element in the terror group’s successes in holding and taking new territory. The main benefit of the training camps is that they are providing a continuous supply of new fighters.

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An additional worry of intelligence analysts is that some of the foreign fighters being trained in the camps will eventually return to their home countries in Europe and North America to carry out terror attacks.

more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-not-targeting-islamic-state-training-camps/
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Inter-agency infighting can have huge effects on reaching and implementing tangible solutions.

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An investigation is underway into U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) after a civilian analyst from the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) accused them of distorting and reworking conclusions regarding their bombing campaign against ISIS.

The distorted analysis was prepared for government officials and even President Obama.

The investigation is reported by the New York Times as being an ‘unusual move’, beyond everyday intelligence disputes.

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DIA Headquarters. (Photo Credit: DIA)

Dissenting opinions are encouraged among intelligence agencies and must be acknowledged in reports, but specific rules state that information ‘must not be distorted’ by specific departmental agendas and ideas.

Officials with access to classified documents have said the campaign against ISIS is doing very little to weaken to the group. All it seems to be doing is putting a lot of money into the pockets of the Military Industrial Complex.

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Unified combatant commands. (Photo Credit: Lencer)

Saying one thing while doing another may as well be official policy at this point. Failing to weaken ISIS will only strengthen the case for a ground invasion, and then the ball will really be in CENTCOM’s court.

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Inquiry Weighs Whether ISIS Analysis Was Distorted

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.

The investigation began after at least one civilian Defense Intelligence Agency analyst told the authorities that he had evidence that officials at United States Central Command — the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State — were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama, the government officials said.

Fuller details of the claims were not available, including when the assessments were said to have been altered and who at Central Command, or Centcom, the analyst said was responsible. The officials, speaking only on the condition of anonymity about classified matters, said that the recently opened investigation focused on whether military officials had changed the conclusions of draft intelligence assessments during a review process and then passed them on…

Continue reading the full story on the New York Times

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Last Friday, Australians got a taste of what the operational nature of the Prime Minister’s Border Force might look like. It began with a 9.16am press release that was issued featuring Don Smith, the Australian Border Force Regional commander for Victoria and Tasmania warning that “ABF officers will be speaking with any individual we cross paths with”.

The purpose of such a seemingly dramatic exercise? Examining instances of visa fraud at the gates of one of Victoria’s busiest stations.

The Gestapo-styled directive, given the absurd title of “Operation Fortitude” had an effect that surprised authorities, which should itself be a suitable gauge about how estranged this government has become from its citizens. Operating outside Melbourne’s busy Flinders Street station, the impression given was that there would be random checks of individuals in and around the vicinity.

Originally, Operation Fortitude was intended to conduct what would have been spot checks of taxi driver licenses and visas. Someone had either bungled dramatically, or become a revisionist versed in the evils of totalitarian bureaucracy.

At 1.46 pm that same Friday, the ABF would have to clarify that it “does not and will not stop people at random in the streets”. There would be no effort to purposely “check people’s papers”, something which they attributed to a media spin.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/operation-fortitude-australias-border-force-abf/5473163

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Everyone needs to hear this remarkable woman, Cynthia McKinney, speak. She is a force out there trying to inform us as to the reality taking place in this country. I would be remiss if I did not pass this on.

She is telling it like it is. I remember before I woke up to all the lies, I bought into what the horrible things the cabal were saying about McKinney, but then I started watching her actions, and I was on the fence …no one awake to talk to so I kept my ears open.

Now that I am fully awake and aware of this corruption that has infested not only my country in the US, but the entire globe, she is a role model to me.

In addition, I knew nothing about Political Zionism to which is a terrorist organization using religion as it’s guise. If you are asleep at the wheel to this machine called Political Zionism, that destroys both jew and gentile, time to wake up!

Do members of Congress pledge an oath to Israel BEFORE they are elected?

Please start at the 7:00 minute mark. Is this a condition of the election process?

“must sign an written oath to Israel” ???

After you are finished listening to the video, please read: Introduction to the Israel Lobby (AIPAC)

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‘Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called the foreign-backed terrorists operating in Syria as the agents of Israel, saying that their crimes are much more hazardous than what the Tel Aviv regime is doing.

During a Monday interview with Lebanon’s al-Manar news channel, Assad said that to confront the Israeli regime, the Syrian government needed to primarily fight its agents inside his country.

The Syrian leader said the crisis in Syria resembles the conflict in Lebanon, since some Syrian militant groups are collaborating with the country’s enemies.’

Read more: Militants in Syria are agents of Israel: Assad

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‘The photograph shows five men harvesting opium a couple of hundred metres from Camp Bastion perimeter defences, seen in the foreground.

Not only was this illegal drug production being carried out in the shadow of ISAF’s Main Operating Base, it was being done under the protection of British soldiers. Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Army and RAF) were protecting this man’s cash crop from illicit ‘taxation’ by the Afghan National Police or Army.

The duplicity is in what the Ministry of Defence tell people we are doing, and what we are actually doing. As this photo was taken there was a World Service edition of ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ playing. The particular BBC correspondent, Quentin Sommerville, was ‘embedded’ with British soldiers in Helmand, who were assisting in the destruction of poppy fields. This must raise the question as to why poppy fields on the edge of Bastion’s airfield were protected whilst another farmer’s crop in a neighboring valley was destroyed?’

Read more: Afghan Opium Harvesting Protected by British Occupation Forces

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Why is Israel’s nuclear arsenal not mentioned in Iran deal debate?, McClatchy DC

Israel has as many as 100 nuclear warheads and systems to deliver them

But U.S. officials don’t mention them under a 1969 agreement

Iranian nukes would challenge Israel’s unique Middle East position

BY JONATHAN S. LANDAY jlanday@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON , 19 Aug 15, 

There’s one major issue that President Barack Obama, his supporters and his critics assiduously have avoided as they battle over the deal designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons: Israel’s own nuclear arsenal.

An open secret for decades, the Israeli stockpile is estimated at some 80-100 warheads, though Israel refuses to confirm or deny its existence under a policy of deliberate ambiguity. The arsenal was developed as the ultimate guarantor of the Jewish state’s survival against threats from its hostile neighborhood.

Yet as the sides joust over the Iran deal’s impact on Israel’s security, Obama has been silent on the Israeli arsenal as a potential deterrent against Iranian cheating on the accord. Opponents, led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, haven’t touched the issue, either. And it hasn’t figured in the public hearings that Congress is holding as part of a 60-day review that will culminate in a Republican-led bid to kill the Iran accord next month.

To some experts, the fierce debate over whether the Iran deal endangers Israel or makes it safer will be incomplete and misleading as long as it skirts the Middle East’s only nuclear arms stockpile………http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article31470917.html

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‘The Tianjin explosion was waged as an act of “kinetic retaliation” by the Pentagon in response to China’s currency war Yuan devaluation, according to dissident sources from mainland China. The Chinese government has put in place unprecedented secrecy surrounding the mysterious explosion, and aggressive police state tactics are now being invoked to control the flow of information surrounding this event.

“Last week’s explosions sent massive fireballs into the sky and hurled burning debris across the industrial area at the world’s 10th-largest port, burning out buildings and shattering windows kilometres away,” reports the Daily Mail UK.’

Read more: ‘Chinese dissidents’ claim Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon

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‘Aliens came to Earth to stop a nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union at the start of the Cold War, according to the sixth man to walk the surface of the moon.

Edgar Mitchell, an astronaut on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, says peace-loving aliens visited our planet during weapons tests at US missile bases and the famous White Sands Proving Ground in the New Mexico desert – where the world’s first nuclear bomb was detonated in 1945.

“White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons – and that’s what the extra-terrestrials were interested in,” the 84-year-old told Mirror Online. “They wanted to know about our military capabilities.”’

Read more: ‘Aliens prevented nuclear war on Earth’: Former NASA astronaut makes unexpected claim

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‘This is a story about the media blackout of important information about Israel: that their leaders are seriously misguided.

Two weeks ago, Electronic Intifada reported public comments by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in which he cited Hiroshima and Nagasaki as role models in responding to Iran. Ya’alon suggested that Israel might have to nuke Iran in order to prevent a long war: “at the end, we might take certain steps.” Last week Ali Gharib picked up the EI report at Lobelog and linked to the video of Ya’alon, speaking in English on May 5 to the Israel Law Center (and posted by that rightwing group, which supplied a transcript).’

Read more: US press blacks out Israeli defense minister’s citation of ‘Nagasaki and Hiroshima’ as model for dealing with Iran

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‘Dozens of hours of film footage shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the fall and winter of 1945-1946 by an elite U.S. military unit was hidden for decades and almost no one could see it. The raw footage, in striking color, languished in obscurity. As the writer Mary McCarthy observed, the atomic bombing of Japan nearly fell into “a hole in human history.”

As our nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union escalated, all that most Americans saw of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the same black-and-white images: a mushroom cloud, a panorama of emptiness, a battered building topped with the skeleton of a dome—mainly devoid of people.’

Read more: Hiroshima-Nagasaki: ‘A Hole in American History’, Atomic Devastation Hidden for Decades

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‘Passengers at all international airports across Australia are in for major disruptions and delays in the busy Monday morning peak period as customs and immigration staff strike against the Abbott government’s plans to cut A$8,000 from workers’ pay.

Airports have urged travelers heading overseas on Monday to “come in as early as they can.”

The strike will hit international airports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. At the Melbourne airport, the strike kicked off at 7 a.m. and will continue until 11 a.m., with further action set to continue from 9 p.m. on Monday until 1 a.m. on Tuesday.’

Read more: Massive strike hits Aussie airports as Abbott plans pay cuts for customs and immigration staff

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A great illustration on how corporations take control of countries, and how capitalism drives the expansion of the Military Industrial Complex.

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How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can’t resist

| 31 July 2015 | The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year. The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks [Bush/Cheney inside job], that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending. The Overseas Contingency Operations account, or OCO, has been tapped to fund tens of billions of dollars in programs with questionable links, or none, to wars, according to current and former U.S. officials, analysts and budget documents.

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Israel, Not Iran, Started Middle East Nuclear Arms Race

| 29 July 2015 | The debate about the P5+1 agreement with Iran on its nuclear program has already produced a storm of angry rhetoric and a tsunami of opinion pieces. But one issue is notably absent from the debate: the fact that Israel has a nuclear weapons arsenal and sophisticated delivery systems that are decades ahead of anything Iran could develop in the foreseeable future. Iran should be constrained by a global regime from getting the bomb, but the notion that Israel is a weak powerless state like Czechoslovakia in 1938 is ludicrous. The American intelligence community first detected the development of the Israeli nuclear weapons program through U-2 overhead imagery at the end of the 1950s.

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