Friday, June 23, 2017

Tag: DoD

Congress Votes To Give Jihadists Anti-aircraft Missiles

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that puts every American who travels by plane at risk. It is among the stupidest pieces of legislation ever written and it explains-- to a great extent-- why the US Congress has a public approval rating of 13 percent and is among the...

Congress authorizes anti-aircraft missiles for Syrian opposition

Washington, D.C. – Congress for the first time authorized the Department of Defense to provide vetted-Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. The provision is contained within the $619 billion Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the Senate on Dec. 8 and the House on Dec. 2. Under the bill,...

The Internet of Things Is a Cyberwar Nightmare

But we can still prevent our household appliances from becoming an army of malicious computer zombies out to destroy the web. The world got a glimpse of the future last month when a large-scale cyberattack prevented access to hundreds of key websites, including Twitter, the online New York Times, and...

The Pentagon Accounts for More Than Half of the Federal Government’s $1 Billion PR...

More than 5,000 people work in the federal government’s PR machines; more than at the Department of Education. Selling foreign interventions and stoking the fires of patriotism isn't always easy work, but the federal government thinks someone has to do it. That someone—or, rather, those someones—are the employees and contractors of...
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Fake News and the National Security State

In this week’s episode of The Geopolitical Report with Kurt Nimmo, we examine a recent revelation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on a Pentagon psychological operation in Iraq following the 2003 invasion by the United States. From there we look at how the CIA spawned its Operation Mockingbird...

Slouching Toward War With Russia in Syria?

The proposed Obama-Putin cooperation was killed by its enemies in Washington, with dire implications. Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. The focus is on the Obama administration’s termination of months-long negotiations with Moscow for a joint US-Russian campaign...

British firms paid $60 billion by Obama’s Pentagon

British companies have earned more than $60 billion from US military contracts since President Obama came to power eight years ago, a Bureau analysis of Pentagon spending has found. As the Bureau exclusively revealed on Sunday, controversial UK public relations firm Bell Pottinger received over half a billion dollars to run a top...

Thatcher PR guru Lord Bell ran a $540m Pentagon false propaganda campaign in Iraq

According to an investigative report, PR firm Bell Pottinger ran a secret campaign in Iraq funded by the US. British PR firm Bell Pottinger was reportedly paid $540m (£417m) by the US to create campaign material in Iraq to portray al-Qaeda in a negative light and track suspected sympathisers. A recent...

Turkey-US ties could fray further as Pentagon mulls arming YPG

Turkey's fraught relations with the United States over the US alliance with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria have taken another turn for the worse as the Pentagon considers providing more arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia while continuing to...
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Fake News and False Flags – How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm...

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger's output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could...

More Squandered Opportunities to Deal With the New Cold War

The enemies of détente with Russia sabotaged Obama's proposed alliance with Russia in Syria while the American presidential debate ignored all the perilous issues inherent in the Cold War. Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. In this...

Win, Lose, or Draw: U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record

Winning: it’s written into the DNA of the U.S.A. After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous (if purloined) maxim: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”? Americans expect to be number one. First Lady Michelle Obama recently called the United States the “greatest country on Earth.” (Take that, world public opinion,...

How the Pentagon sank the US-Russia deal in Syria – and the ceasefire

Was the first ever US strike against Syrian government forces an intentional hit by the Pentagon to block military cooperation with Russia? Another US-Russian Syria ceasefire deal has been blown up. Whether it could have survived even with a US-Russian accord is open to doubt, given the incentives for al-Qaeda and...

US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in...

President Barack Obama is engaged in Felonious conduct, mis-using the US Military to provide training, equipment and logistical support to ISIS, Al-Qaida and other Terrorists in Syria, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 2339A and 2339B. These are “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” under American law and are...

Latest Estimate Pegs Cost of Wars at Nearly $5 Trillion

The total U.S. budgetary cost of war since 2001 is $4.79 trillion, according to a report released this week from Brown University’s Watson Institute. That’s the highest estimate yet. Neta Crawford of Boston University, the author of the report, included interest on borrowing, future veterans needs, and the cost of homeland security...

Details of Syria Pact Widen Rift Between John Kerry and Pentagon

WASHINGTON — The agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry announced with Russia to reduce the killing in Syria has widened an increasingly public divide between Mr. Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, who has deep reservations about the plan for American and Russian forces to jointly target...

Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion (86 billion pounds) in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found. The report, authored by William Hartung...

Inside Menwith Hill: The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing

The narrow roads are quiet and winding, surrounded by rolling green fields and few visible signs of life beyond the occasional herd of sheep. But on the horizon, massive white golf ball-like domes protrude from the earth, protected behind a perimeter fence that is topped with piercing razor wire. Here, in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base.

Report: Contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan 3-to-1

Defense Department contractors in Afghanistan still outnumber U.S. troops by a 3-to-1 margin according to new research released this week, raising questions again about the role those workers play in the ongoing wars overseas and the oversight they receive. The data, compiled by the Congressional Research Service and first reported...

How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America’s Influence

Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’ agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington. WASHINGTON — As Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest home builders, pushed ahead with an $8 billion plan to revitalize a barren swath of San Francisco, it found...

Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit

The Defense Department over the years has been notorious for its lax accounting practices. The Pentagon has never completed an audit of how they actually spend the trillions of dollars on wars, equipment, personnel, housing, healthcare and procurements. An increasingly impatient Congress has demanded that the Army achieve “audit readiness”...

DoD Admits US Global Hegemony Threatened By China, Russia in Persistently Disordered World

By 2035, the US could find itself in an environment where Russia or China may match or even exceed the West's military and economic might in some areas, taking advantage of a “disordered and contested world,” the Pentagon’s research unit said... Conflict and war in 2035 cannot be understood by...

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East. As Belgrade slept on the night of November 28, 2015, the giant turbofan engines of a Belarusian Ruby Star Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane roared into life, its hull laden with arms destined...

Mercenaries Are the Silent Majority of Obama’s Military

The president’s "light footprint" approach to war has relied on thousands of Americans paid to fight — and die — in the shadows. Last weekend, the New York Times published one of what will be many takes on President Barack Obama's legacy as commander in chief. Retroactively shoehorning seven-plus years...

Poof! It’s Forgotten

One of the most popular apps these days is Snapchat. It allows the sender to set a timer for any photo dispatched via the app, so that a few seconds after the recipient opens the message, the photo is automatically deleted. The evidence of what you did at that...

Lockheed Martin Biggest US Government Contractor in 2015

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s top 100 contractors raked in $175.1 billion in obligated contracts in 2015, down slightly from 2014’s total of $177.6 billion, according to government figures released this week. Lockheed Martin was the largest single contractor for the US government in 2015, easily lapping the rest of the...

Tunisia’s Getting More Guns Than Democracy

As Washington earmarks nearly $100 million for military aid to Tunis, arms manufacturers sense a new gold rush. But it may come at the cost of the country's fragile democracy. In the early morning hours of March 7, dozens of Islamic State fighters appeared in the center of Ben Guerdane,...
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Defense Dept: It’s primarily al-Nusra who holds Aleppo, Colonel Steve Warren

Excerpt from the Video: COL. WARREN: ... That said, it's primarily al-Nusra who holds Aleppo, and of course, al-Nusra is not part of the cessation of hostilities. So it's complicated. We're watching it. Our focus, though, as the Combined Joint Task Force, is ISIL. And so don't forget that, that's...

US Senators Call to Counter Russian, Chinese Propaganda

U.S. Senators Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, have introduced a bill aimed at countering propaganda from Russia, China and other countries. According to its sponsors, the legislation — called the "Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act” — is aimed at improving the ability of...

Pentagon report justifies deployment of military spy drones over the U.S.

The Pentagon has deployed drones to spy over U.S. territory for non-military missions over the past decade, but the flights have been rare and lawful, according to a new report. The report by a Pentagon inspector general, made public under a Freedom of Information Act request, said spy drones on non-military missions...

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