Putin Says that the Oil Wars with Russia will Make the West Bleed

April 22, 2014 by  
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Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer.


If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session.

To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said.

The president added he didn’t expect Saudi Arabia, which has “very kind relations” with Russia, will choose to cut prices, that could also damage its own economy.

If world oil production increases, the price could go down to about $85 per barrel. “For us the price fall from $90 to $85 per barrel isn’t critical,” Putin said, adding that for Saudi Arabia it would be more sensitive.

Also the President said that being an OPEC member, Saudi Arabia would need to coordinate its action with the organization, which “is very complicated.”

Meanwhile, Russia supplies about a third of Europe’s energy needs, said Putin. Finland, for example, is close to Russia economically, as it receives 70 percent of its gas from Russia.

“Can Europe stop buying Russian gas? I think it’s impossible…Will they make themselves bleed? That’s hard to imagine,” the Russian president said.

Since oil is sold internationally on global markets cutting the price would mean lower dollar circulation, diminishing its value in the global currency market.

“If prices decrease in the global market, the emerging shale industry will die,” Putin said.

The US shale industry has boosted domestic production, but President said that the so-called “shale revolution” was expensive and not quick to come.

Russia’s economy largely relies on energy. In 2013 more than 50 percent of the national budget was funded by gas and oil revenues. The main revenue comes from oil, as last year, oil revenues reached $191 billion, and gas $28 billion.

“Oil and gas revenues are a big contribution to the Russian budget, a big part for us when we decide on our government programs, and of course, meeting our social obligations,” the president said.

Why The Other Ranchers Support Cliven Bundy

April 22, 2014 by  
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Statement from Kena Lytle Gloeckner, Nevada rancher


Cliven Bundy - Bundy Ranch


Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy


There have been a lot of people criticizing Clive Bundy because he did not pay his grazing fees for 20 years.

The public is also probably wondering why so many other cowboys are supporting Mr. Bundy even though they paid their fees and Clive did not.

What you people probably do not realize is that on every rancher’s grazing permit it says the following:

“You are authorized to make grazing use of the lands, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and covered by this grazing permit, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this grazing permit and payment of grazing fees when due.” The “mandatory” terms and conditions go on to list the allotment, the number and kind of livestock to be grazed, when the permit begins and ends, the number of active or suspended AUMs (animal units per month), etc.

The terms and conditions also list specific requirements such as where salt or mineral supplements can be located, maximum allowable use of forage levels (40% of annual growth), etc., and include a lot more stringent policies that must be adhered to.

Every rancher must sign this “contract” agreeing to abide by the TERMS AND CONDITIONS before he or she can make payment.

In the early 90s, the BLM went on a frenzy and drastically cut almost every rancher’s permit because of this desert tortoise issue, even though all of us ranchers knew that cow and desert tortoise had co-existed for a hundred+ years.

As an example, a family friend had his permit cut by 90%. For those of you who are non ranchers, that would be equated to getting your paycheck cut 90%.

In 1976 there were approximately 52 ranching permittees in this area of Nevada.

Presently, there are 3. Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM.

Clive Bundy was one of these people who received extremely unfair and unreasonable TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Keep in mind that Mr. Bundy was required to sign this contract before he was allowed to pay. Had Clive signed on the dotted line, he would have, in essence, signed his very livelihood away. And so Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us.

He refused to be destroyed by a tyrannical federal entity and to have his American liberties and freedoms taken away. Also keep in mind that all ranchers financially paid dearly for the forage rights those permits allow – – not rights to the land, but rights to use the forage that grows on that land.

Many of these AUMS are water based, meaning that the rancher also has a vested right (state owned, not federal) to the waters that adjoin the lands and allow the livestock to drink. These water rights were also purchased at a great price. If a rancher cannot show beneficial use of the water (he must have the appropriate number of livestock that drinks and uses that water), then he loses that water right. Usually water rights and forage rights go hand in hand.

Contrary to what the BLM is telling you, they NEVER compensate a rancher for the AUMs they take away. Most times, they tell ranchers that their AUMS are “suspended,” but not removed. Unfortunately, my family has thousands of “suspended” AUMs that will probably never be returned. And so, even though these ranchers throughout the course of a hundred years invested thousands(and perhaps millions) of dollars and sacrificed along the way to obtain these rights through purchase from others, at a whim the government can take everything away with the stroke of a pen. This is the very thing that Clive Bundy single-handedly took a stand against.

Thank you, Clive, from a rancher who considers you a hero.

Republished from original. Kena Lytle Gloeckner On FaceBook


White House asks American parents to monitor their children for signs of terrorism

April 21, 2014 by  
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“If I sit for this photo Op Lisa – you wont look like such a little person” – Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Boston native Lisa O. Monaco w/ POTUS


In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists.

Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15.

Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Muslim terrorists behind the Boston bombings.

In the very next paragraph, Monaco specifically noted racist and disgustingly anti-Semitic beliefs of Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of gunning down three people at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas last Sunday. (RELATED: Guess what college the Jewish Community Center shooter lectured at)

The White House bureaucrat then settled into the heart of her speech: That Obama “has been laser-focused” on preventing “violent extremism” “by homegrown violent extremists” right here “in the United States.”

The president can’t do it all, though. He needs “local communities” to assist in observing “warning signs a person” is becoming “radicalized to violence.”

This is where the American parents of American children in America’s towns, cities and countryside can provide the greatest assistance, Monaco said.

“For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home—becoming confrontational,” she asserted.

Schoolteachers and community members can help as well.

“Teachers might hear a student expressing an interest in traveling to a conflict zone overseas,” she added—in an ambiguous allusion to various religious conflicts around the world.

“Or friends might notice a new interest in watching or sharing violent material.”

Monaco then went on to explain some of the localized initiatives that various government entities have initiated to thwart terrorist activities in the United States.

Read more:  Daily Caller

RIP: In Memory of John Judge – JFK Historian / Pioneer of Alternative Media

April 21, 2014 by  
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He was an absolute ORIGINAL! Never forget those that Brought you to the many truth’s you have banked today. ~ JB

Selected Writings of John Judge


Excerpts from 21 century Wire:

John Judge died on Wednesday of a suspected stroke. He was described by friends and colleagues as “an intellectual giant”, a tireless worker and one of the godfathers of alternative media and research.

It is a fact that John’s life of research, public speaking and new archiving (pre-internet), was one of the cornerstones on which today’s alternative media has been built. Many of the political, and exo-political topics and concepts he articulated decades ago, like US covert wars and operations, the rise of Fascism in America, National Security State and a One World Government – have since come to full fruition, proving he was a true visionary who made it his life’s work to help inform and warn us of future obstacles to society and geopolitics.

OccupyTheGrassyKnoll.org described Judge as follows:

“He grew up in the shadow of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA. His parents were career civilian employees of the Pentagon; his mother was the highest paid woman employee for many years, and was five levels above top security.”

“Author of Judge for Yourself, a compendium of his research articles and lectures about covert operations, hidden history and assassinations, he co-founded the Committee for an Open Archives in 1989 to free the JFK and MLK assassination files. That organization joined with others to form the national Coalition on Political Assassinations in Washington, DC, following appointment of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board in 1994.

… promoted the release of 4 1/2 million pages of records on the JFK assassination, the largest release of classified documents to date. He continues working for a full release of the MLK records.

His research unearthed startling information concerning Jonestown, programmed asssassins, post-war international fascism, Watergate and Contragate, the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, organized political crimes, and so-called “UFO’s”

As a writer and researcher, Judge distinguished himself as a tireless JFK conspiracy researcher, and was co-founder of 911 CitizensWatch, and co-founder of Committee for an Open Archives, Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA), and Committee for High School Options and Information on Careers, Education and Self-Improvement (CHOICES), described as “a group countering military recruitment in the schools and providing civilian alternatives”. He also served on the board of the Washington Peace Center.

Later in his career, Judge also served as a Congressional aid to firebrand Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney from Georgia. Author Daniel McAdams knew Judge and commented in his passing, “We had the pleasure of working briefly with John while he served as Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s aide in Congress. He would occasionally come by the office and I recall being so enormously impressed by his fierce intelligence and his great courage. In a world dominated by 20-something staffers who in the main were convinced they ruled the world but whose arrogance was only matched by their ignorance, you can imagine what a treat it was when John Judge stopped by. He was a giant and he will be greatly missed.”

John Judge also collaborated with another ‘pre-internet’ researcher of note, Mae Brussell, herself dedicated to revealing the inner gangster workings of the US government and its thuggish corporate ‘friends’. It’s been said that theUS government were so afraid of Brussell that a house was built across to spy on her.

Of course, some alternative media personalities today were not in 100% agreement with some of Judge’s opinions or theories on the JFK assassination, or 9/11, but few would deny his dedication to the cause of truth and justice, as evidenced in his own sharp political activism.

McKinney’s eulogy demonstrates the measure of the man, “It is with even great sadness that I report to you the loss of my dear, dear, dear, dear friend John Judge of the 9/11 Truth Community. If ever there was a loyal friend to me, it was John Judge.


Flight MH370 – equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, source says …

April 21, 2014 by  
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Flight MH370 climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of safe operating limit 

(CNN) — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 drastically changed course then soared to near its peak altitude, a senior Malaysian aviation source said — adding yet another wrinkle to the enigma of the plane’s last flight.

Before disappearing from radar screens on March 8, the commercial airliner deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian aviation source told CNN’s Nic Robertson.

The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER’s 41,000-foot safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

Why? That and so much else — including where the plane is now — remains a mystery. Investigators have been trying for weeks to piece together bits of information trying to get the answers being demanded by relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane, not to mention millions more around the world who have been captivated by this ordeal.

In addition to this newly revealed development, investigators have determined that the missing jet was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, which are designed to transmit a plane’s location to an emergency satellite when triggered by a crash or by contact with water, the source added.

Photos: The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Photos: The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The ELTs were at the plane’s front door, its rear door, in the fuselage and in the cockpit, said the source, who was puzzled over why they appear either not to have activated or, if they did activate, why they were not picked up by the satellite.

Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew have raised questions about the ELTs with Malaysian authorities, suggesting there were at least three aboard the plane, including two portable units and one fixed device.

No comment from Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has declined to answer CNN’s questions about the ELTs and other matters pertaining to the flight, which vanished six weeks ago after taking off shortly after midnight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The airline said it could not comment on “any questions that relate to information held by other authorities and/or fall under the jurisdiction of the ongoing investigation. …”

Besides this probe, the plight has spurred an expansive, expensive search to find the aircraft.

That includes the dispatching of up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships Saturday across three areas off Perth, Australia. They will cover about 20,000 square miles (50,000 square kilometers) and brave isolated showers, according to Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

There may not be much more of this, however. Officials have said searches from air and ships are probably nearing an end.

That doesn’t surprise former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director Peter Goelz, given the results so far. “There’s a lot of resources being expended there; it’s turned up nothing,” he said.

But Goelz predicts the underwater phase of the search will continue for the six to eight weeks needed to cover the current search zone. If that turns up nothing, he predicted, towed array sonar probably would be used to search a wider zone.

“This is a very complex operation,” ocean search specialist Rob McCallum said. “It’s going to be a game of patience now.”

As of early Saturday, the underwater drone scouring the bottom of the Indian Ocean had taken six trips looking for the missing jetliner with a seventh mission then underway.The Joint Agency Coordination Centre said the Bluefin-21 search has covered about 50 square miles. While the information gleamed from the sixth trip was still being analyzed, the first five didn’t yield any breakthroughs.

Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein tweeted Friday that authorities are looking at deploying more unmanned underwater probes.

Officials might consider searching along a large portion of sea highlighted by a partial digital “handshake” between the jetliner and an Inmarsat PLC satellite, said Martin Dolan, Australia’s top transport official.

That arc of sea is more than 370 miles long and 30 miles wide.

A prolonged undersea search by private contractors could cost a “ballpark rough estimate” of $234 million, said Dolan.

Passengers’ kin list questions

The continuing search efforts came as relatives of the people who were aboard the jetliner pressed for answers.

They have drawn up 26 questions that they want addressed by Malaysian officials, who are to meet with them next week in Beijing. Most of the Flight 370 passengers and crew were Chinese.

Among their questions: What’s in the flight’s log book? Can they review the jet’s maintenance records? Can they listen to recordings of the Boeing 777 pilot’s conversations with air traffic controllers just before contact was lost?

Hishammuddin has defended his government’s handling of the operation and accused members of the news media of focusing on the Chinese families. He said relatives of passengers and crew from other nations represented have not had problems.

“The most difficult part of any investigation of this nature is having to deal with the families,” he said.

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Lack of progress angers Chinese families

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Obama seeks boost for flagging TPP agenda in Asia-Pacific trip

April 21, 2014 by  
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President Obama is heading to the Asia-Pacific next week to try and build support for a massive “trade deal” that is central to his economic agenda and America’s strategic pivot toward the region.

The White House is intensifying efforts to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would expand trade from the Pacific Rim to Latin America, but is struggling to break a stalemate with Japan over market access. The pact is also facing staunch opposition from congressional Democrats.Obama is looking to build momentum for the deal during a four-nation Asia trip.

The key meetings will come Wednesday and Thursday, when Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to review the status of outstanding negotiating issues in Japan’s sensitive auto and agricultural sectors.

The president is expected to underscore the importance of Japan’s participation in the TPP for both economies while reminding Tokyo of its commitment to refrain from slowing down the talks or reopening closed issues, a senior administration official told reporters on Friday.

Susan Rice, the president’s national security adviser, said negotiators have made a great deal of progress over the last few months on the trade deal “and we expect very much that the president’s travels and our continued work in the coming weeks and months on TPP will continue to yield progress.”

“We expect that as a result of that, we will be able to conclude an agreement,” she said.

Trade analysts don’t expect Obama to single-handedly break the logjam between Tokyo and Washington, but they are hoping a dose of diplomacy will propel the negotiations forward.

“We expect them to come out and say that, ‘We see a way forward and we’re very optimistic in getting this done as quickly as possible,’ ” said Tami Overby, vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“We have an opportunity to take full advantage of these meetings and we hope that our Japanese friends do that, too,” she said.

A bilateral deal between the U.S. and Japan, which is being worked out on a parallel track with TPP, could boost the chances of completing the trade deal.

Even though negotiations have been a heavy lift, Obama won’t have a hard time persuading Abe, who hopes that completion of the TPP can revive Japan’s sluggish economy.

A senior administration official said Friday that Abe wants to strike a deal, and that the hardest part for Japan and its negotiators is to take a massive step into a realm where Tokyo has never gone before.

Meanwhile, Abe has struggled to convince politically powerful farming co-ops that the agricultural sector needs a structural overhaul and that tariffs can be dropped on five “sacred” agricultural areas: rice, meat, wheat, dairy and sugar.

“They are really trying to move forward in a way that allow them to do this,” said Jim Fatheree, president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council at the Chamber.

“We’re the ones everyone is looking at to break through the current logjam,” he said.

Fatheree said Abe is trying to “thread a needle” in support of Tokyo’s long-term economic interests.

The trip also weighs heavily on the president’s hopes of gaining congressional support for his trade agenda.

During a brief side meeting at The Hague last month, Obama and Abe agreed to accelerate TPP talks, Fatheree said.

There has been no expectation that a deal could be ready in time for the Obama-Abe meetings, and chief negotiators were already scheduled to meet next month in Vietnam to continue talks.

“At this critical juncture the U.S. government can ill afford to let the TPP talks stall,” said Mireya Solis, a senior fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies, in a blog post this week.

Ahead of next week’s summit, discussions between top trade officials have continued in earnest.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman recently traveled to Japan, and he and Akira Amari, Japan’s minister for economic and fiscal policy, wrapped up another round of talks on Friday in Washington.

The USTR’s office called the discussions “focused but difficult,” but said negotiations yielded more progress “and we are now faced with a reasonable number of outstanding issues.”

“These issues are important to both sides and considerable differences remain,” the statement said.

The goal is to continue peeling away the layers of Japanese protections on their agriculture and auto sectors to achieve meaningful market access, a senior administration official said of the TPP negotiations.

Obama will spend three days in Japan on the state visit — a situation where more pomp and circumstance is required — giving top government officials a chance to tout the relationship between Washington and Tokyo.

Obama’s swing through the Asia-Pacific includes stops in Malaysia, another TPP nation, as well as South Korea and the Philippines, each of which have expressed interesting in eventually joining the TPP.

Congress approved a free trade agreement with Korea in 2011.

Critics of the Obama administration’s trade agenda say that TPP talks are floundering, putting the United States into a position to cave on high-priority issues such as tariff elimination that would open up Japan’s tightly controlled markets.

“As the conventional wisdom goes, if Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues, agriculture, automobiles, then this massive trade deal can at last be concluded,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), one of the pact’s leading opponents.

“This is not really the case. What the argument obscures is that TPP negotiators are grappling with many seemingly intractable problems,” she said.

Read more:  The Hill

U.S. Man Detained After Threats at LA Times Building

April 21, 2014 by  
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A man suspected of making threatening statements about a shooting and forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building was being held Saturday for a mental health evaluation, police said.

A psychologist requested a 72-hour hold for the 28-year-old man at a hospital after he was detained Friday night, Sgt. Keith Green said. The sergeant didn’t identify the man.

The man works at a call center that rents office space in the Times building. Officer Norma Eisenman told the newspaper that after he was reprimanded by his supervisor, he gave her a pillowcase containing ammunition and told her: “I’m not afraid to shoot people, but I don’t want to go to jail.”

He also told his supervisor that he was depressed and that he carried a weapon because he felt bullied at work, Eisenman said.

Green said officers seized the ammunition and determined it belonged to the man.

The Times building is across the street from Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. Officers quickly searched the building and found no weapon inside.

More at ABC

Investigative Unit Inside ‘The Bunker’ Security Command for Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014 by  
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OR…. Just keep govt contractors – such as Craft International OUT! Also: Do not stage drills at the same time as the race. (ahem)

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Every year the Boston Marathon attracts thousands of spectators who cheer on runners, but this year thousands more eyes – some digital and some undercover – will be watching intently as well, looking for anything that might warn them of a repeat of last year’s tragedy.

Authorities in charge of security for the marathon Monday are taking no chances, with an unprecedented security apparatus that includes some 4,000 deployed police officers, including 500 plainclothes officers, more than 100 surveillance cameras and a underground, futuristic coordination center boasting some 260 security officials representing more than 60 local, state and federal agencies.

“A lot of eyes,” Kurt Schwartz, Massachusetts’s Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, told ABC News. “There’s cameras, but you know there’s 4,000 police officers out there and they will be very engaged this year. They’re all watching the public, watching the crowds, trying to detect suspicious behavior, trying to manage areas that just get too crowded… We have expanded across the board.”

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Schwartz and other top intelligence officials said there have been no specific threats made against the marathon. Then again, there weren’t any last year before two brothers from Dagestan allegedly detonated two bombs near the finish line, killing three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring some 260 others.

So starting at 6 a.m. Monday inside the coordination center, which ABC News toured this weekend, dozens of officers and analysts will be monitoring wide-screen video displays relaying images from along the marathon route. Schwartz said that unlike last year, every section of the 26.2 mile race will be monitored by high-resolution cameras.

Nicknamed “the bunker,” the Cold War-era underground facility has no windows and is barren in military-style, save for the high-tech monitors, laptops and computer servers, with separate rooms for tactical, intelligence and other units. In addition to the surveillance capability, the center will be communicating in real-time with other offices across eight nearby cities and towns along the marathon path.

“We’ll be looking for somebody who just doesn’t feel right,” said Boston’s new police commissioner Bill Evans. “The characteristics – a lot of our officers, during their training, [are] looking at the characteristics of someone who might be carrying explosives.”

Beyond just watching, Schwartz said security officials will be tailoring their tactical security on the ground throughout the day of the marathon based on what the surveillance cameras and officers on the scene are seeing.

Evans told ABC News that though security will be tight, it won’t be overwhelming for runners or attendees.

“I don’t want it to be an armed camp where people are going to be intimidated by the police presence,” he said.

Evans’ men got a trial run last week when an alleged hoaxer dropped two bags near the finish line of the marathon, in a similar manner to how the real explosives were planted last year. Authorities reacted quickly and destroyed the ultimately harmless objects.

“It was a nice drill,” Evans said. “It just got us on our toes a little earlier… But I think we did a super job. We did what we were trained to do.”

In the case of last year’s bombing, authorities suspect it was carried out by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, two brothers from Dagestan who lived in the U.S. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days after the explosions and Dzhokhar, his little brother, was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the bombing. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

A full 36,000 runners signed up to race this year, undeterred by last year’s tragedy, including last year’s winners Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo from Kenya.

“So I came here to support the whole injured and all the families [of the] lost ones,” Jeptoo told ABC News. “I’m not scared because I know there is security.”

DARPA producing sea-floor pods that can release attack drones on command

April 21, 2014 by  
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DEATH from above ( Current Drones) and now death from below…


The Pentagon’s research arm, DARPA, is developing robot pods that can sit at the bottom of the ocean for long stretches of time, waiting to release airborne and water-based drones to the surface upon an attack command.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently called for bids to complete the final two phases of its Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) program. The UFP operation is an effort to position unmanned systems around far-flung regions of the sea floor. The housing pods would be left in place for years in anticipation of the US Navy’s need for non-lethal assistance.

The UFPs would come equipped with electronic and low-power laser attack capabilities, surveillance sensors, and airborne and aquatic drones that would have the ability to act as decoys or offer intelligence and targeting data, Ars Technica reported.

DARPA recently solicited proposals for the UFP. It wrote, “To succeed, the UFP program must be able to demonstrate a system that can: (angel) survive for years under extreme pressure, (beer) reliably be triggered from standoff commands, and (coffee) rapidly rise through the water column and deploy a non-lethal payload.”


This artist's concept shows a potential communications application of an upward falling payload. (Image from darpa.mil)This artist’s concept shows a potential communications application of an upward falling payload. (Image from darpa.mil)

Autonomous, non-lethal systems are the priority for DARPA, given the remoteness of the UFPs’ stationing on the ocean floor. Recovery in the deep ocean would be difficult, and the pods with weaponry or hazardous materials could cause harm to ships upon expiration.

The UFP program’s first phase, launched in 2013, focused on designs for the robot pods and the capsules that will live inside, as well as communication logistics for UFPs to communicate with other modules. The next phase aims to develop prototype testing and demonstrations at sea in the next couple of years. The third and final stage will include “full depth” testing of various scattered modules working as one system by spring 2017.

Much of the UFP testing will likely occur in the Western Pacific, given the United States’ ongoing “pivot” to the region – not coincidentally near China’s realm. Other tests will occur near US shores to reduce costs.

DARPA is seeking a 59 percent increase for the Upward Falling Payloads budget, from $11.9 million to $19 million, it was reported in March.

In addition, DARPA has asked for a boost to its budget for underwater drone fleets. The agency has asked for its current spending to double, from $14.9 million to $29.9 million, for its Hydra program. Hydra was conceived to be a large, mothership-like craft capable of moving through the water and deploying a number of smaller surveillance drones.

The research agency also announced recently that it is launching a program to unite existing and future drones into hives, where individual autonomous aircraft will share data and operate together against targets on a battlefield under the oversight of human operators.

Columbine Shooting: Evan Long on The Jack Blood Show

April 20, 2014 by  
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