| 26 June 2016 | Weapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels [aka I-CIA-SIS] by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, the New York Times reported, citing American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, according to a joint investigation by the New York Times and Al Jazeera. A Jordanian officer shot dead two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and two Jordanians at a U.S.-funded police training facility near Amman before being killed in a shootout, Jordanian authorities had said in November.
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‘Russia and China’s growing military advancements have made it a serious challenge for the US to continue its military presence at their doorstep, American experts say.
American military analysts say that a continued presence in the South China Sea, near Chinese territorial waters, is no longer a safe practice as the Chinese can deploy numerous military assists to the disputed waters in no time, overpowering any adversary in the time of a conflict.
Russia has also warned the US through numerous military encounters that the Baltic Sea has become unsafe for the American military forces there, analysts note.’
With mandatory military spending cuts looming next year, the United States will use a slush fund known as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) to pay for its new military campaign in Iraq and Syria, an analyst tells Press TV.
The Pentagon has estimated that the ongoing air offensive against the ISIL terrorist group is costing up to $10 million a day.
In addition, lawmakers have approved a measure authorizing the Pentagon to begin training and arming “moderate” Syrian militants into a proxy ground army against both ISIL and the Syrian government, a plan that could take years and cost over $1 billion.
In recent weeks, US military leaders have seized on the war on ISIL and increased military spending by China and Russia, imploring Congress to eliminate the nearly $500 billion in budget cuts that were planned over the next decade.
However, analysts predict that Congress will most certainly fund the ISIL war using the OCO account, a so-called war credit card with no limits in borrowing, according to Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper.
“This is a huge unlimited amount of money aside from the declared military budget in the United States,” Don DeBar, commentator and radio host from New York, said in an interview Saturday.
“It’s a war credit card, because this economy absolutely requires spending on military activities, because that is how it was developed,” he noted.
“Here, whatever the declared military budget is [for] maintaining thousands of bases and the navies and every ocean on the planet and everything they can put in the sky and who knows what else,” DeBar said, “If they need more money that is not authorized by Congress, they can just quote unquote borrow it.”
The analyst concluded that the “military contractors” in the US have “constructed this apparatus that has unlimited funding and can kill an unlimited number of people and impose military and political structure on anyone in the world.”
“That is its objective purpose,” DeBar said of the Overseas Contingency Operations fund.
There are two major beneficiaries of the two major wars launched by the US government: one domestic and one foreign. The three major domestic arms manufacturers, Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOG) and Raytheon (RTN) have delivered record-shattering returns to their investors, CEOs and investment banks during the past decade and a half. The Israeli regime is the overwhelming foreign beneficiary of the war, expanding its territory through its dispossession of Palestinians and positioning itself as the regional hegemon. Israel benefited from the US invasion which destroyed Iraq, a major ally of the Palestinians; the invasion provided cover for massive Israel’s settler expansion in the Occupied Palestinian territories. In the course of its invasion and occupation Washington systematically destroyed Iraq’s armed forces and civil infrastructure, shredding its complex modern society and state. By doing so, the US occupation removed one of Israel’s major regional rivals.
In terms of cost to the United States, hundreds of thousands of soldiers who had served in the war zones have sustained severe physical and mental injuries, while thousands have died directly or indirectly through an epidemic of soldier suicides. The invasion and occupation of Iraq has cost the United States trillions of dollars and counting. Despite the immense costs to the American people, the military-industrial complex and the pro-Israel power configuration continue to keep the US government on a wartime economy – undermining the domestic social safety net and standard of living of many millions.
No peaceful economic activity can match the immense profits enjoyed by the military-industrial complex in war. This powerful lobby continues to press for new wars to sustain the Pentagon’s huge budget. As for the pro-Israel power configuration, any substantive diplomatic peace negotiations in the Middle East would end their naked land grabs, reduce or curtail new weapons transfers and undermine pretexts to sanction or attack countries, like Iran, that stand in the way of Tel Aviv’s vision of “Greater Israel”, unrivaled in the region.
The costs of almost 15 years of warfare weigh heavily on the US Treasury and electorate. The wars have been dismal failures if not outright defeats. New sectarian conflicts have emerged in Syria, Iraq and, now, Ukraine – opportunities for the US arms industry and the pro-Israel lobbies to make even greater profits and gain more power.
The on-going horrendous costs of past and continuing wars make the launch of new military interventions more difficult for US and Israeli militarists. The US public expresses wide-spread discontent over the burden of the recent past wars and shows even less stomach for new wars to profit the military-industrial complex and further strengthen Israel.
Posted in foreign policy, government, health, military, tagged Bionics, Central Intelligence Agency, Jon Rappoport, Medical research, military, pentagon, Project MKULTRA, Supersoldier on August 25, 2013 | 1 Comment »
The reference here is a January 2013 report funded by the Greenwall Foundation titled: “Enhanced Warfighters: Risk, Ethics, and Policy.” The report utilized military consultants, and reflects what the National Security State is promoting as “the wave of the future.”
Of course, this is a done deal. Enhancement is already an overall experiment.
Here is a key quote from the report: “…cognitive and physical enhancements aim to create a super-soldier from a biomedical direction, such as with drugs and bionics.”
This indicates pharmaceutical attempts to increase endurance, focus, and pain threshold, but also to alter states of mind: mood, emotional range (restricted), attitude (controlled, stepped up aggression).
Whatever mad chemists can fantasize about—for instance, the boosting of leadership traits—they’ll try to induce it in the lab.
Bionics, of course, means the replacement of body parts with machines. This would function as repair, in the case of wounds, but robotic devices would be installed simply because they work better than flesh. In which case, we can look forward to replacement as a general strategy—without the prior need for wounds.
“Listen, soldier, if we give you a new eye, you’ll be able to spot an enemy combatant at five hundred yards…and this miniaturized transmitter can be joined to your brain so you can receive commands directly from headquarters.”
With utter frankness, the Greenwall report continues: “For battle, we want our soft organic bodies to perform more like machines.”
This statement leaves no doubts about intentions. It also suggests that the number of bionic replacements per soldier isn’t limited. The goal is effective performance, come hell or high water, whatever it takes.
There’s more: “Somewhere in between robotics and biomedical research, we might arrive at the perfect future warfighter: one that is part machine and part human, striking a formidable balance between technology and our frailties.”
Why not call these soldiers human drones? Launched from command central, mission orders stored in their brains, operated remotely, their capabilities completely understood as elements of a program, the soldiers would fulfill the military meaning of war: complete victory as a function of underlying algorithms, regardless of the human cost.
This is the eternal wet dream of the war-makers.
It also happens to be the environment of video games. Therefore, volunteers should be plentiful.
“You’re only giving me one new arm and an enhanced ear? I was hoping for more. What about my brain? What can you do for me there?”
For those who still wonder whether the famed CIA MKULTRA mind control program of the 1950s continued after the announced cut-off date, your question is answered. Coerced brain and behavioral conditioning is at the core of creating the super-soldier.
Think about the money. The military can’t afford to risk trillions of dollars on pharmaceutical enhancement and body-part replacement, without also controlling the thoughts, responses, and actions of its high-priced personnel.
Technocrats are surely lining up, at the Pentagon, to provide this all-important MKULTRA element of warfare.
“Hi Mom. I’m home from the theater of operations. Don’t worry, I may look different with all these new enhancements, but I’m still your son. By the way, the girls love the new parts! And the Army spent $30 million on me! I’m very valuable! Oh…one little thing. If while we’re talking, I suddenly shut down or begin talking to someone who isn’t in the room, it’s okay. It’s business. What’s for supper?”
Finally, consider this. An all-out operation to transhumanize the military could not take place unless there is absolute dedication to fighting wars without end.
You don’t re-build humans for a future of skirmishes or peace treaties.
Posted in death, government, history, military, protest, Quotes, tagged Afghanistan, Congress, Federal government of the United States, government, Injustice, Iraq, mass murder, middle east, military, pentagon, terrorism, United States, war on July 24, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The most under protested murder is the continued maiming and mass killing of our youth by the Governments military in their useless and illegal wars. All races are affected and should be the one subject matter to bring all races together to free us from the governments lawless actions.
Posted in government, military, technology, tagged Lockheed Martin, military, National Defense University, pentagon, Plan, United States Department of Defense, Vietnam, Washington Post on December 3, 2012 |
The Pentagon is hoping that new efforts to reach out to the private sector will help upgrade its military force to be better prepared to fight in the digital age.
The new program, dubbed Plan X, hopes to facilitate the development of new technologies that will allow the military to ‘dominate the cyber battlespace,’ while simultaneously implementing a clearer strategy for using cyberattacks.
Plan X has already received $110 million in funding for the next five years, which it hopes to dole out in military contracts to researchers around the country
While the U.S. government has already relied on cyberwarfare, this is one of the first moves to bring in the public. Much in the same way Lockheed Martin holds contracts with the military to build conventional weapons, the Pentagon is hoping that labs, universities and even computer-game programmers will work to develop new cyber technologies.
Though the Defense Department said that Plan X will not fund the development of cyberweapons, it will work to create tools to make existing ones more effective. Experts say this could range from taking out power grids to disabling a pacemaker in an enemy combatant.
‘If they can do it, it’s a really big deal,’ Herbert S. Lin, a cybersecurity expert with the National research Council told the Washington Post. ‘If they achieve it, they’re talking about being able to dominate the digital battlefield just like they do the traditional battlefield.’
One of the main priorities for Plan X is creating a comprehensive, visual map that would plot out the digital locations of tens of billions of computers around the world. They hope that such an asset will help the military identify and target hostile servers and networks that they could then disable.
They also hope to create a stronger operating system that will allow for quicker attacks, while also making computers at home less susceptible to foreign attacks. Officials told the Washington Post that they hope this new system will look like an armored truck when compared to the SUV that is existing computer operating systems.
Plan X also hopes to set guidelines on how and when to use cyberattacks. Already, the Pentagon is working to create a playbook of sorts that will identify a myriad of possible cyber options to address any number of military situations.
‘Planners may develop specific and unique ‘plays’ to assist in planning future missions,’ Plan X reads. ‘This concept is similar to a football playbook that contains specific plays developed for specific scenarios.’
They hope this will add structure to what is currently a rather murky area for the military.
Ultimately, they hope to have the technology and organizational capabilities to be able to carry out smaller, more precise attacks orchestrated by individual commanders in the field.
Dan Roelker, a Plan X program manager, told the the Washington Post that this will allow commanders to quickly and efficiently initiate cyberattacks that would benefit their larger mission as a whole.
The practical uses, though still far out, are incredible, says Daniel Kueh, an information warfare professor at National Defense University’s iCollege. Specifically, he explains how eliminating power grids can be much more effective and less detrimental than during the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Serbia and Iraq.
‘In all of those conflicts,’ he said, ‘we went after the other side’s electricity with bombs.’
But now, the military can be much more humane, taking out power only when necessary and then being able to quickly restore it, without having to build an entirely new grid.
By Li Hongmei, Specially for Sina English
Pentagon released to Congress its annual report Friday assessing the military strategy of China, hyping the point that China continues to press for a long-range modernization of its military forces, much the way they did during the Cold War era towards Soviet Union.
China categorically rejected Pentagon’s wild speculations on its defense policy.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Saturday the report made irresponsible statements about China’s legitimate defense development and falsely claimed that the country presented a military threat.
“China is developing its limited military forces only to protect its national independence and sovereignty,” Hong said. “No country needs to worry if it harbors no hostility toward China.”
If these men did not exist, – these soldiers and policemen, – the armed men in general, who are prepared on command to commit violence and to kill all those whom they are commanded to kill, not one of the men who sign the decrees for executions, life imprisonment, hard labor, would ever have the courage himself to hang, lock up, torture to death one thousandth part of those whom now, sitting quietly in their studies, they order to be hung and to be tortured in every way, only because they do not see it and it is not done by them, but somewhere far away by obedient executors.
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged Afghanistan, Cynthia McKinney, George W Bush, Hamid Karzai, Libya, Mahmoud Abbas, Malta, military, NTC, United Nations, war on January 16, 2012 |
It is with great disappointment that I receive the news from foreign media publications and Libyan sources that our President now has 12,000 U.S. troops stationed in Malta and they are about to make their descent into Libya.
For those of you who have not followed closely the situation in Libya, the resistance to the rule of the National Transitional Council is strong. The National Transitional Council (NTC) cast of characters has about as much support on the ground as did Mahmoud Abbas before the United Nations request for Palestinian statehood or Afghanistan’s regal-looking but politically impotent Hamid Karzai or for that matter, George W Bush after eight years.