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‘We didn’t even really know who we were firing at’ – former US drone operator

| 22 Jan 2015 | Former US drone sensor operator Brandon Bryant admits he “couldn’t stand” himself for his participation in the country’s drone program for six years – firing on targets whose identities often went unconfirmed. Since 2001, and increasingly under the Obama administration, the US has been carrying out drone strikes against targets believed to be affiliated with terrorist organizations in countries like Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. The program, which has been shrouded in secrecy, has been routinely criticized for the high number of resultant civilian casualties.


One can’t help but laugh at the way in which our loathsome leaders try to pull the wool over our eyes time and again.

These cowards in high places have resorted to fantastical lies and clownish frauds to keep us complacent and ignorant.

This latest chicanery should make you grin.

Just hours after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an “anti-terrorism” pact with Israel and pledged $200 million towards the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States, ISIS released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages. 

The infamous British-accented Islamic State fighter, who allegedly beheaded a string of hostages over recent months including American photojournalist James Foley, appears in a new video demanding a ransom of $200 million in exchange for the release of the two Japanese captives.

“[Israeli PM] Netanyahu warned [Japanese PM] Abe that Japan could become a target of terrorism,” writes Dr. Patrick Slattery in an article on David Duke’s website,“and almost on cue, within a matter of hours ISIS released a video featuring two Japanese hostages in orange jumpsuits and a knife-wielding masked man who announced in British English that the Japanese [captives] would be killed if a $200 million ransom is not paid in 72 hours.” 

What timing! What convenience!

http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2015/01/22/514773the-isis-comedy-continues/


Whether we actually went to the moon or not has never been proven. What is clear, however, is that the photographic evidence, taken on the surface of the moon, is faked and shot in a studio. There is clear evidence in the photographs of a Hollywood technique called front screen projection. Front screen projection was a technique used in the 1960s and 1970s and even into the 1980s.

Now largely replaced by green screen and other digital technologies, front screen projection was the best way during those years to shoot in side the studio but make it look like the actors are somewhere else. For instance the scenes in the 1978 movie, “Superman”, where Christopher Reeves is flying are front screen projection.

Basically front screen projection uses a mirror that splits the background image so that it is projected onto a screen behind the actors and into the camera. It was invented by Philip V. Palmquist while working at 3M company in 1949. The key to its success is that the screen is made up of thousands of tiny glass beads that are highly reflective:

 process came into fruition when the 3M company invented a material called Scotchlite. This was a screen material that was made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny glass beads each about .4 millimeters wide. These beads were highly reflective. In the Front Screen Projection process the Scotchlite screen would be placed at the back of the soundstage. The plane of the camera lens and the Scotchlite screen had to be exactly 90 degrees apart. A projector would project the scene onto the Scotchlite screen through a mirror and the light would go through a beam splitter, which would pass the light into the camera. An actor would stand in front of the Scotchlite screen, and he would appear to be “inside” the projection.

The first movie to use front screen projection was the Japanese film, “Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People” in 1963.

Front screen projection was a big step up from the technique which proceeded it, rear screen projection. The main problem with rear screen projection is that the background elements were always about a full f stop below that of the actors in front of the screen, giving away that there a trick was going on. Rear screen was frequently used in automobile scenes where the background in the rear of the car where the actors are situated as going by. The background always looks fake, however, because the background is just a little darker than it should be.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/21/faking-the-moon-landings-the-parallax-experiments/


‘Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is considering a run for the GOP nomination for the presidency. This effort includes releasing a new book, giving speeches in Iowa, and taking the lead of a political action committee, Huck PAC.

Mother Jones has the scoop today on where the money from Huck PAC is actually going. Tim Murphy reports that Huck PAC gave $165,042 to his niece Katherine Harris between 2008 and 2013 for being first a staffer and then a contracted worker. His daughter Sarah Huckabee received $104,308 as the PAC’s executive director. And his daughter-in-law Lauren Huckabee netted $111,273 (his former non-profit America Takes Action, Inc. also gave her $60,548).’

Read more: Mike Huckabee Paid Own Family $400,000 With His Political Action Committee


Is Samsung technical support admitting to giving voice recordings to government? I hope this is just a misunderstanding.


Operation Northwoods
In the covert war against the communist regime in Cuba under the CIA’s Operation Mongoose, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously proposed state-sponsored acts of terrorism in side the United States.

NSA spying & mass surveillance
In the 1990′s, when anti-surveillance activists and media personalities were warning about the NSA’s huge domestic spying operation, they were treated as paranoid conspiracy theorists.

Well over a decade before the Snowden revelations, the NSA was busy intercepting and recording all electronic communications across the entire world under the Echelon program.

In 1999, the Australian government admitted that they were part of an NSA-led global intercept and surveillance program called Echelon in alliance with the US and Britain that could listen to “every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission,” on the planet.

The CIA’s heart attack gun
During Senate testimony in 1975 into illegal activities by the CIA, it was revealed that the agency had developed a dart gun capable of causing a heart attack. “At the first televised hearing, staged in the Senate Caucus Room, Chairman Church dramatically displayed a CIA poison dart gun to highlight the committee’s discovery that the CIA directly violated a presidential order by maintaining stocks of shellfish toxin sufficient to kill thousands,” a Senate web page explains.

CIA drug Trafficking
A ton of pure cocaine, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is smuggled into the United States. Robert Bonner, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, offers Mike Wallace his take on what happened — and where the CIA went wrong.

IRS Scandal
IRS staffers had singled out conservative organizations with “tea party” or “patriots” in their name that were seeking tax-exempt nonprofit status, subjecting them to extra scrutiny to see if they were abusing the tax law as it relates to political activity. They grilled these conservative groups about their members, their donors, their public statements, and who they employed. And there is no evidence yet that the IRS systemically treated non-conservative groups with the same level of attention.


‘A secret file on ‘unnatural’ sexual behaviour at Westminster that was given to Margaret Thatcher has been discovered.

The document contains allegations ‘of unnatural sexual proclivities’ against high-profile figures, and was prepared for the then Prime Minister in the 1980s.

Last night campaigning MP John Mann suggested it may form part of a cover-up over a VIP paedophile ring operating at the time.’

Read more: Number 10’s secret sex file: Uncovered after 34 years, document that told Thatcher of the ‘unnatural’ sexual behaviour of Westminster figures


A U.S. billionaire who made his fortune betting against sub-prime mortgage securities has told Americans to lower their expectations so they have ‘less things’ in life.

Jeff Greene made his remarks after flying into Switzerland on a private jet with his wife, children and two nannies.

The real estate entrepreneur, who is worth around $3billion, said: ‘America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence.

‘We need to reinvent our whole system of life.’

The 60-year-old founder of Florida-based Florida Sunshine Investments was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

He said he was due to attend several private parties during the week, including a dinner with former British Prime Minster Tony Blair.

In an interview with Bloomberg, he said the U.S. faces a jobs crisis that will cause social unrest and extreme politics.

He added: ‘Our economy is in deep trouble. We need to be honest with ourselves.

‘We’ve had a realistic level of job destruction and those jobs aren’t coming back.’

It is not clear what plane Mr Greene used to fly into the conference.

In 2013, he spoke of owning a $2million Cessna Caravan seaplane that he said saved him valuable time commuting between his homes in Palm Beach and the Hamptons and New York where he conducts much of his business.

He told The Real Deal that the plane cut a journey of more than three hours to just 35 minutes, employing two full-time pilots.

He said he and his wife Mei Sze Chan used it around 40 to 50 hours a month for themselves and friends.

Mr Greene, who is ranked the world’s 687th richest man by Forbes, said he was inspired to buy the plane after musician Jimmy Buffett was landing his own plane on the same bay near his home.


Journalists reporting on asylum seekers referred to Australian police

| 21 Jan 2015 |Journalists reporting on the federal government’s asylum-seeker policies have been repeatedly referred to the police in attempts to uncover confidential sources and whistleblowers, a Guardian Australia investigation can reveal. Over the past 12 months federal government agencies have referred stories by journalists from Guardian Australia, news.com.au and the West Australian to the Australian federal police (AFP) for their reporting on the government’s asylum seeker operations during the time Scott Morrison was immigration minister. Almost every referral made to the AFP by federal government agencies “for unauthorised disclosure of commonwealth information” since the Coalition took office in September 2013 has been directly related to immigration reporting by journalists.



Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a detainee at Guantanamo, who was sexually abused by US interrogators.

In the 1990s, Mohamedou Ould Slahi was part of the the CIA’s terrorist force which was trying to topple the moderate government in Afghanistan.
After the CIA carried out the 9 11 attacks, Slahi was taken to Guantanamo.

Proud to be an American
The purpose of Guantanamo is:
To produce mind-controlled fighters for the CIA’s al Qaeda and the CIA’s ISIS.
To produce patsies who will confess to crimes they did not commit.
To produce sex slaves for the perverted Nazis and Zionists who run the US military.

W. E. B. Du BoisWilliam Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963), at the beginning of his career, criticized the Jews, but such sentiments came to an abrupt end when Du Bois “became the editor of [the NAACP journal] The Crisis.”[1]The Jews knew that Du Bois was a closet Marxist—though he “waited until he was in his nineties to join the Communist Party”[2]—and played on those sympathies to entice him into joining their cause.

In 1903, Du Bois wrote unflattering assertions about the Jews in The Souls of Black Folk, and Jewish supporters such as Jacob Schiff and Rabbi Stephen Wise protested.

“But Du Bois let the comments stand until he revised the book in 1953, when he was eighty-five years old. He then deleted the references and apologized for his own insensitivity.”[3]

E. B. Du Bois had many Jewish associates, including the father of Bettina Aptheker, a Marxist historian, activist and author who joined the Communist Party in 1939.

In March 1953, Du Bois wrote an essay entitled “On Stalin” in which he extolled the Communist dictator as

“a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature. He was simple, calm and courageous…Stalin was not a man of conventional learning; he was much more than that: he was a man who thought deeply, read understandingly and listened to wisdom, no matter whence it came.

“He was attacked and slandered as few men of power have been; yet he seldom lost his courtesy and balance; nor did he let attack drive him from his convictions nor induce him to surrender positions which he knew were correct.”[4]

In 1931, Du Bois wrote Albert Einstein a letter in which he asked him to write “a word about the evil of race prejudice in the world. A short statement from you of 500 to 1,000 words on this subject would help us greatly in our continuing fight for freedom.”[5]

Einstein, who was living in Germany at the time, probably didn’t have a clue who Du Bois was, but Du Bois continued, “With regard to myself, you will find something about me in ‘Who’s Who in America.’ I was formerly a student of Wagner and Schmoller in the University of Berlin.”[6]

Albert Einstein

Einstein could not send Du Bois a long letter because of “excessive workload,” but he did send a short letter that led Du Bois to praise Einstein in The Crisis. Soon after, the New York Times published an article with the headline “Einstein Hails Negro Race.”[7]

Later, when Einstein moved to the United States, he was a strong supporter of Du Bois and Paul Robeson; after that, it was only a matter of time until Einstein joined their movement. In an article entitled “The Negro Question,” Einstein declared,

“[The American’s] sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices, of which I as a Jew am clearly conscious; but they are not important in comparison with the attitude of the ‘Whites’ toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me.”[8]

Einstein castigated Europeans, saying,

“Your ancestors dragged these black people from their homes by force; and in the white man’s quest for wealth and an easy life they have been ruthlessly suppressed and exploited, denigrated into slavery.”[9]

I have already addressed the issue of slavery; this kind of attitude is historically inconsistent, especially when you take into account the number of Jews in the slave trade. To make matters worse, Talmudic Judaism has some utterly disgusting views about blacks.

For example, Rabbi Hiyya declared in the Talmud,

“Ham and the dog copulated on the Ark, therefore Ham came forth dark-skinned.”[10]

The fact that Einstein did not even mention these issues shows that Einstein was either ignorant of it or had fallen victim to double standards.


 Other intellectuals, like Richard Wright, follow in Du Bois’s Communist footsteps. This would include civil rights activist Julius Lester.[11]

Martin Luther King, Jr.

While almost everyone involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s was determined to eradicate racism by any means, no one stopped to notice the sexual mores that lurked beneath the movement itself.

Martin Luther King, Jr., despite his admirable concept that “a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character,” was personally immersed in sexual debauchery, something nearly all his associates knew.

David Garrow, author of one the most thorough biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., declared that King had a “compulsive sexual athleticism.”[12]

Many black ministers could not take King’s religious messages seriously precisely because King’s personal life contradicted his public appearances. Garrow writes, “King’s sexual behavior stood at a great distance from his professed beliefs about sexuality, and the contradictions created painful and at times overwhelming guilt.”[13]

Some have suggested that had King not been assassinated, his marriage would have ended in divorce over his infidelity.

In fact, many activists saw the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as a hotbed for “getting laid.”[14] One staffer declared,

“I watched women making passes at Martin Luther King. I could not believe what I was seeing in white Westchester women…They would walk up to him and they would sort of lick their lips and hint, and [hand him] notes.”[15]

Ralph David Abernathy, a protégé of King’s, writes in his autobiography that King was involved in extra-marital affairs, even giving examples of women coming and going from a hotel where King and Abernathy were staying.[16] But Abernathy writes page after page defending King’s behavior.[17]

Taylor Branch, another historian of the civil rights movement, agrees that King was guilty of such charges.[18]


Stanley Levison

Although Friedman says Martin Luther King, Jr., was under FBI surveillance because of his extramarital affairs,[19] King was actually a person of interest because of his strong ties to Stanley Levison, a Jewish Communist and attorney, who was one of  King’s closest advisors and even made arrangements for one of  King’s autobiographical accounts to be published by Harper & Brothers.[20]

Levison did more than just coach King: he prepared King’s “tax returns,” wrote “articles and speeches,” and kept “an eye on Harper’s promotion of [King’s book] Stride Toward Freedom”[21]

Levison even told King to avoid saying a few things in the book because some of them “could create unnecessary charges of an egocentric presentation of the situation and is important to avoid even if it were the fact.”[22]

Levison ended up writing the final chapter of Stride Toward Freedom “and even drafted new passages that were incorporated verbatim into the published text.”[23]

For all of this, Levison asked for no salary. When King wrote Levison a letter asking him to bill him for his laborious work, Levison replied that no salary is needed, adding,

“It is out of the question…The liberation struggle is the most positive and rewarding area of work anyone could experience.”[24]

Garrow wrote, “King accepted Levison’s position, and their relationship grew closer.”[25]

It was communist Bayard Rustin who first introduced Levison to King in 1956.[26] Levison dedicated himself to shaping and refining Martin Luther King Jr., and the SCLC. Levison’s work was not without reward, as later King began to echo Levinson’s Communist sentiments, even making statements suggesting private Communist leanings.

“I am not going to allow anybody to put me in the bind of making me say, every time I said there must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism, [that] I am saying that we must be Communist or Marxist.”[27]

King also surrounded himself with people such as Harry Wachtel, Jack Greenberg, Rabbi Herschel, and Allard Lowenstein. But the most influential among them was Stanley Levison.[28]

Since King relied on Levison for most of his speeches and published works, Levison laughingly told one of King’s associates that he “considered himself one of the foremost religious writers in America.”

Even after King’s death, his wife Coretta sought help from Levison, who “wrote speeches and articles for her” and armed her for press conferences:

“Levison gave her materials to read beforehand and told her what to expect from her interrogators.”[29]

In general, Levison and other Jews energized the spirit of the SCLC.


Paul Tillich

In addition to falling under the spell of Communists like Levinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., was also influenced by Paul Tillich, one of the most liberal theologians of the twentieth century.

King’s Ph.D. dissertation[30] was a comparison between Paul Tillich and liberal American theologian and philosopher Henry Nelson Wieman.

Another way Tillich influenced King was sexually— King’s sexual life paralleled Tillich’s own sexual proclivities. Tillich’s wife, Hannah, recounted in their autobiography that she found whorehouses “a window into hidden truth”!

Shortly after their move from Germany to America, they settled in Harlem, New York, where they found the sexual liberation they were looking for among the blacks. Hannah writes:

“Somebody must have taken us to Small’s Paradise, where one went up a steep staircase, watched by an old pockmarked Negro, whose muddy uniform with gold and braid we feared a little.

“Later we would shake hands with him. Inside the dark, long room, we sat facing clouds that drifted behind an orchestra of Negroes, who played noisily and shrilly. It was as if we had entered a tropical forest with parrots screaming, dark faces peering out of the jungle, falsetto voices, and brilliant colors.

“A Negro danced with me, a Negress with Paul. Once we dared to go to a show in a basement were there were mostly Negroes. In the dancing space at the center of the room occasional performances were given.

“A nude Negress painted gold, having danced with a Negro twice her size, leaned her body against a post and masturbated with violent snakelike movements, while her former partner and another girl unmistakably performed the acts of intimate sex. It did not seem vulgar or fleshy. It was filled with the natural vivacity of these beautiful black people.”[31]

This not a coincidence, for immediately after being dispatched from Germany, Tillich and his wife joined Union Theological Seminary, which was known for its propagation of Wilhelm Reich’s sexual ideologies.

“Reich made contact through Alexander Lowen with the Settlement House connected with the Union Theological Seminary in New York, then home to Paul Tillich…

“Lowen arranged a speaking engagement for Reich to the people of the Union because he felt that Reich ‘could change the world’ by explaining the social implications of the sexual problems of youth.”[32]


As we have seen, the 1960s civil rights movement was subtly influenced by Jewish revolutionary activity, and many impressionable people jumped on the bandwagon without being aware that the bandwagon itself was loaded with moral and political explosives. What are the results? Since the 1960s, the black family has never been the same:

“In 1960, 78 percent of all black families were headed by married couples; today that figure is less than 40 percent. Similarly in the 1950s, black crime rates were higher than those of whites, but they were vastly lower than they are today. During that period…racism was far worse, especially in its ability to deny blacks access to basic rights and opportunities.”[33]

The modern breakdown of the family—based on a weakening of the values that defined family and community—is just that: a modern development.

This is the case even when taking into account the uncertain family life of black slaves. Historian Brenda E. Stevenson, in her conclusion to Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South, stresses the universal bonds that brought families of all races together.

“Community values and directives defined southern life in ways that would be difficult for contemporary readers to reconcile given the lack of importance many ascribe to ‘a’ or ‘any’ community today. ‘Community,’ its collective will and value system, however, was the linchpin of southern morality and the southerner’s socio-cultural ideology. It had tremendous worth and a defining presence for everyone, whether free or slave, man or woman, planter or pauper.…

“Free blacks and slaves also were determined to maintain the integrity of their families and communities despite often overwhelming pressures to the otherwise.”[34]

Even in the 1940s and 50s, black crimes were quite low, but when the number of black marriages began to decline during the 1960s,[35] things were never the same. After the civil rights era, the moral pendulum for many black families seems to have swung in the opposite direction. The number of children born out of wedlock rose dramatically, as did crime rates among black families.

Most modern intellectuals lay the blame for this moral breakdown directly at the feet of slavery. However, this widely held notion is false, historically and logically. Thomas Sowell himself wrote,

“[T]he fact is that in the late nineteenth century, when blacks were just one generation out of slavery, there was nothing like today’s levels of unwed births or failure to participate in the labor force. It has been from the 1960s onward that these social pathologies have escalated. Whatever the cause, it has arisen long after slavery had ended.”[36]

He continued,

“Over the entire 85-year history of academic success in [Dunbar High School], from 1870 to 1955, most of its graduates went on to higher education.

This was very unusual for either black or white high-school graduates during that era. Because these were usually low-income students, most went to a local free teachers’ college or to relatively inexpensive Howard University, but significant numbers won scholarships to leading colleges and universities elsewhere…

“At one time, the reputation of Dunbar graduates was such that they did not have to take [an] entrance examination to be admitted to Dartmouth, Harvard, and some other selective colleges. When Robert N. Mattingly graduated from the M Street School in 1902, he entered Amherst College, receiving credit for freshman mathematics and first-year college physics—and he graduated in three years, Phi Beta Kappa. Yet, far from being one of the elite, Mattingly was, in his own words, “At Amherst on a shoestring.”[37]

This is just the beginning:

“As early as 1899, Dunbar scored higher in city-wide tests than any of the white high schools in the District of Columbia. Down through the years its attendance records were generally better than those of the white high schools, and its rate of tardiness was lower. Dunbar meant business.”

During these flourishing years,

“Latin was taught throughout the period from 1870-1955, and in the early decades, Greek was taught as well. In the 1940s, Dunbar fought a losing battle with the superintendent of schools to have calculus added.”[38]

Yet as the years went by, Dunbar’s excellent performance crumbled:

“Now, as inadequately educated, inadequately motivated, and disruptive students flooded into the school, teachers began retiring, some as early as 55 years of age.

“Dunbar quickly became just another failing ghetto school, with all the problems that such schools have, all across the country. Eighty-five years of achievement simply vanished into thin air…During the years of Dunbar’s success, it was starved for funds and some of its classes had more than 40 students.

“As a failing ghetto school today, Dunbar has a finer physical plant than it ever had when it was an academic success.[39]

“The school was in operation more than 40 years before it had a lunchroom, which then was so small that many children had to eat lunch out on the street. Blackboards were ‘cracked with confusing lines resembling a map.’ It was 1950 before the school had a public address system.”[40]

As we have argued in the past, Sowell does not lack the academic sophistication to find out the real cause. In fact, he seems to imply that the civil rights movement was largely a failure.[41] But who was really behind it? Well, Sowell does not tell us.

But we all know that ideological movements cannot stand on their own. They all have their intellectual pinheads and mush-heads. To be more precise, you cannot have a serious ideological movement without the presence of the Dreadful Few. Take it from Benjamin Disraeli:

“You never observe a great intellectual movement in Europe in which the Jews do not greatly participate.”

The Civil Rights Movement was no exception, and ever since that era, America has never been the same. Crime rates skyrocketed and the Dreadful Few in particular began to use “race” to destroy American families, neighborhoods, and communities. Louis Wirth did exactly that in the twentieth century. As we have seen in the previous article, George Soros is following the same pattern in Ferguson.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/20/the-awful-truth-about-w-e-b-du-bois-and-martin-luther-king-jr-part-ii/

Part One: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/19/the-awful-truth-about-the-civil-rights-movement-part-i/


It’s no secret that mating works a little differently in the animal kingdom.

Stunning new photographs captured by Indonesian photographer Yudy Sauw show a particularly unique ritual performed by brown praying mantises.

One mantis can be seen standing before his counterpart near Sauw’s home in Tangerang located in the Province of Banten, Indonesia – holding a white flower out for his lover.

Fascinating images captured by Indonesian photographer Yudy Sauw show praying mantises up close

Fascinating images captured by Indonesian photographer Yudy Sauw show praying mantises up close

The 34-year-old photographer captured the stunning macro images at a bush near his home, which was apparently teaming with the long-legged creatures.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2916119/He-s-got-no-idea-s-male-praying-Mantis-pictured-presenting-lover-flower-rips-head-off.html#ixzz3PIPuIEYo


"Students love it," Florida State University Police Chief David Perry said of his department's new Humvee in an interview with The Washington Times. "They like to see the tools. We've used it during severe weather. In the event of a crisis [or] in the event of an emergency. It's also a community-building tool to help educate people about what we do." (Associated Press)

“Students love it,” Florida State University Police Chief David Perry said of his department’s new Humvee in an interview with The Washington Times. “They like to see the tools. We’ve used it during severe weather. In the event of a … more >

Under the same program that has been criticized as “militarizing” local law enforcement, campus police departments have ramped up their armed presence, with Florida State University getting a Humvee and other university officers carrying semi-automatic rifles.

Nearly all police at universities are now armed, with weapons ranging from handguns to pepper spray. About two-thirds of public and private campuses employed armed officials during the 2011-2012 school year, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report released Tuesday.


‘On January 13th, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) telecast the FRONTLINE documentary, “Putin’s Way,” which purported to be a biography of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin.

The press release about this film states: “Drawing on firsthand accounts from exiled Russian business tycoons, writers and politicians, as well as the exhaustive research of scholar and best-selling Putin’s Kleptocracy author Karen Dawisha, the film examines troubling episodes in Putin’s past, from alleged money-laundering activities and ties to organized crime, to a secret personal fortune said to be in the billions. … These accounts portray a Russian leader who began by professing hope and democracy but now is stoking nationalism, conflict and authoritarianism.”’

Read more: PBS-TV’s Frontline Misrepresents Russia’s Vladimir Putin


BAGHDAD — For more than a year, the leader of one the most notorious insurgent groups in Iraq was said to be a mysterious Iraqi named Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi.

As the titular head of the Islamic State in Iraq, an organization publicly backed by Al Qaeda, Baghdadi issued a steady stream of incendiary pronouncements. Despite claims by Iraqi officials that he had been killed in May, Baghdadi appeared to have persevered unscathed.

On Wednesday, a senior American military spokesman provided a new explanation for Baghdadi’s ability to escape attack: He never existed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/world/africa/18iht-iraq.4.6718200.html?_r=5&

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