INCOMPETENCE OR DESIGN?
The Pentagon let slip that one of its training camps to help fight Islamic State terrorists is in
Jordan — information the pro-U.S. kingdom had specifically requested be kept private, and the latest gaffe in a series of sensitive leaks coming out of the Department of Defense.
In order to hide its flub, which was first announced to reporters during a briefing last week, the Pentagon has scrubbed its public transcripts of any mention of the training camp.
Pentagon officials acknowledged Monday that one of its officers, who was briefing reporters on condition of anonymity last week, likely made the mistake. The Pentagon’s policy is to discuss only the contributions its partner nations are making to its operations against extremists in Iraq and Syria only after those partner nations have publicly spoken about those contributions.
Security analysts are befuddled by the high-level operational “screw-up.”
“Either the official made a mistake or is deliberately leaking information to put the administration’s plans for Syria in a better light in an attempt to defuse criticism that the administration has bungled efforts to aid Syrian rebels,” said James Phillips, a national security analyst at The Heritage Foundation.
Read more: Washington Times
Rome, February 19 – Italy told an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council late Wednesday that it was ready to play a “lead” role in finding a political solution to end the chaos in Libya. The meeting was called amid international concern about advances made by jihadists linked to ISIS following the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya at the weekend. In a video of the murders, a jihadist warned ISIS was now “south of Rome” and no longer isolated to the areas it controls on Syria and Iraq.
Italy’s permanent representative at the UN, Sebastiano Cardi, told the Security Council that Italy was ready to help watch over an eventual a ceasefire and train local armed forces as part of of a UN-mandated mission.
A German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in the group’s grisly beheading videos was being spied on for the FBI by a woman he thought was his wife.
Denis Cuspert, 39, who now calls himself Abu Talha al-Amani, embraced radical Islam and travelled to Syria to fight with militants before becoming the group’s main propagandist.
The spy transmitted critical information about the rapper and his ISIS colleagues before escaping to Turkey – where she was arrested and then turned over to the US, according to the German newspaper Bild.
The paper said German and American intelligence sources confirmed the existence of the operation, Fox News reports.
The unidentified woman fled Syria after her handlers told her it was no longer safe to continue the mission as militants had began to hunt for and flush out infiltrators.
She is now believed to be in the US.
Mehmet Aşkar, one of the 11 suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) currently being tried by the Niğde High Criminal Court, has said that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) helped them smuggle arms to opposition groups in Syria during the early stages of the country’s civil war, a Turkish daily has reported.
According to a story published in the Cumhuriyet daily on Monday, Turkish authorities are trying to divert public attention from the case because the prosecutor’s dossier has details which reveal the involvement of MİT in arms smuggling.
The 11 suspects in the case include a Syrian Turkmen who is allegedly linked with the anti-regime Free Syrian Army (FSA) and radical groups such as ISIL and al-Qaeda affiliates. Haisam Toubaljeh, also known as Heysem Topalca and who is also a suspect in the Reyhanlı attack case, according to Hürriyet, is believed to have been involved in numerous cases of smuggling as well as a transfer of rocket warheads to Syria that was intercepted in November 2013 by security forces in the southern city of Adana.
Aşkar said in the dossier that he had given his vehicle to Topalca in 2011 in the Yayladağı district of Hatay province when Topalca told Aşkar that he was planning to bring arms from Syria to Turkey and then send them to rebel groups in Syria. Aşkar added that Topalca had told him that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had seized some towns in northern Syria, blocking the previous routes that the rebel groups had used to transfer arms.
Cumhuriyet reported that Aşkar was told by Topalca that the smuggling would not be a problem in Turkey because he had contacts. Aşkar, Topalca and certain other Turkmens then took the arms to a village near the Syrian border in Hatay province. When they reached the village, Turkish gendarmerie teams carrying a jammer device asked them why they were in a military zone. Aşkar quoted Topalca as saying that they had permission to be there. “Topalca and the gendarmes made some telephone calls that I couldn’t hear. Without any checks on my vehicle, which was loaded with arms, we were taken to the border with a military escort,” Aşkar said. He then added that his vehicle, along with another that had joined them on the way, was taken by people who crossed from the Syrian side to collect the vehicles. According to Aşkar, Topalca told him that there were 100 rifles belonging to NATO in the vehicle and that the smuggling had been conducted with the approval and support of MİT.
Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Reuters / Sebastian Scheiner / Pool)
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to deliver an Iran-blasting speech before US legislators despite sparking partisan rivalry in America. Critics accuse him of rising ties with the USA to score more votes at an upcoming election.
Netanyahu was invited to speak before the US Congress on March 3 by Republican House Speaker John Boehner in a move that sparked outrage in the Democrat camp. Boehner didn’t consult with White House before inviting the foreign leader, who intends to argue against a US deal with Iran on its controversial nuclear program. The Democrats view it as breach of protocol and an attempt to sideline the Obama Administration, which learned of the upcoming speech shortly before its public announcement.
A number of Democrat representatives indicated that they would not attend Netanyahu’s speech. Vice-President Joe Biden, who would normally sit behind an orating foreign dignitary in the legislative branch, would be busy traveling abroad on March 3, his office indicated. President Obama would not meet the visiting Israeli PM, the White House said.
Pro-Israeli figures in US are advising against proceeding with the plan, saying that it would hurt Israel’s relations with the US, because it has become marred with partisan rivalries.
“One needs to restart, and it needs a mature adult statement that this was not what we intended,” Abrahm Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, a US-based organization fighting anti-Semitism, said in an interview published Friday in the Jewish Daily Forward.
“It has been hijacked by politics. Now is a time to recalibrate, restart and find a new platform and new timing to take away the distractions,”he added.
Foxman said the media frenzy around the speech has turned the entire event “into a circus” and that Netanyahu should postpone his speech until the controversy stops obstructing the message he wants to deliver. Similar calls came from the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC and several former Israeli officials, according to an AP report.
“The last thing you want is for support of the Jewish state to become the monopoly of one party,”said Michael Oren, who served as Israeli ambassador to Washington until 2013. He added that he would have suggested postponing the speech until the annual conference of AIPAC, and event attended by many US lawmakers.
Calls to postpone the speech also came from US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, influential Israeli newspapers Haarez and Yediot Ahronot and a number of Israeli politicians. Yet the PM seems determined to go ahead with his plan.
Netanyahu’s office insists that pushing back his visit to US is not an option due to urgency. The US-Iranian talks would produce “a bad deal” according to the Israeli PM, and he intends to prevent it.
The negotiations are currently at a crucial step, with US Secretary of State having met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for the second time to discuss the nuclear program on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. A March 31 deadline has been set for a nuclear deal to be reached.
Israel accuses Iran of trying to build a nuclear weapon under a guise of pursuing civilian nuclear development. A nuclear-armed Iran is viewed as a most serious threat in Israel. Tel Aviv is concerned that Washington would sign for a deal that would allow Tehran to continue enriching uranium – which Israel fears would allow Iran to push for nuclear capability.
Critics of Netanyahu, however, believe that his US trip and reluctance to avoid controversy in addressing the Congress is rooted in domestic Israeli politics rather than concern for Israel’s security. The visit would come just two days before a general election in Israel, and Netanyahu’s Likud Party is facing a tough run against competitors.
Politicians like Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Israeli parliament or former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Netanyahu is endangering Israel’s ties with America for the sake of his ambition to keep his office.
Isaac Herzog (Reuters / Mohamad Torokman)
“This speech which was born in sin, as part of an election campaign endangers the security of the citizens of Israel and the special relations it has with the US,” Herzog, Netanyahu’s prime rival at the election, told the media on Saturday.
“With all due respect to his campaign, Bibi [Netanyahu] must lead as a patriot of Israel and not throw Israel’s security under the bus of the election,” he added.
“This is not about Iran,” commented for AP Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul-general in New York. “This is 100 percent about elections.”
The tough stance on Iran is (allegedly) overwhelmingly supported by Israeli voters, but not so the current cabinet’s domestic policies. According to Pinkas, Netanyahu is trying to obscure those issues by making Iran the major campaigning point.
Washington claims to be keeping distance from the Israeli election. The White House cited President Obama’s desire not to be perceived as taking sides in the election as the reason he wouldn’t meet Netanyahu.
At the same time both US Vice-President Biden and Secretary Kerry met Herzog on the sidelines of the Munich conference. Some Israeli media reported it as a sign of Herzog having the ear of Washington. The Israeli politician himself used the international event to again attack the prime minister’s speech plans.
“I would never operate this way as prime minister,” he stated.
Nonprofits targeting populations, such as Arab Israelis, opposed to Likud… While Zionist media accuses US State Dept fixing against Likud and Bibi.
Allegedly, Israel does not use electronic voting machines…. in Israel. They use them in the US of course. Someone will be “counting the votes” … Expect a massive win for Bibi.
A coalition of U.S.-funded progressive groups has planned a massive get-out-the-vote effort to influence the Israeli elections, targeting communities that are most likely to vote against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-leaning Likud Party, according to a confidential strategy memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The U.S.-based 501(c)(3) group Ameinu sent out the fundraising proposal for the campaign to American donors on Dec. 17, 2014.
The $3 million initiative is described in the document as “a massive, non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign targeting selected demographic and geographic segments of Israeli society.”
The targeted groups listed in the memo—young secular Israelis, low-income secular Jews, and Arab Israelis—are communities that traditionally oppose right-leaning parties such as Likud.
The Arab Israeli community in particular is expected to play a larger role than usual in Israel’s March elections. The four major parties that represent Arab Israelis merged in January, a move that could make it easier for the left-leaning Labor Party to form a government.
American involvement in the Israeli elections came under scrutiny last week, after it was reported that the U.S. group OneVoice and Obama’s 2012 reelection team were assisting the V15 campaign to oust Netanyahu. OneVoice said its involvement is nonpartisan and that it is solely trying to increase voter participation.
However, the fundraising proposal by Ameinu indicates that the effort extends far beyond V15 and OneVoice.
The Ameinu memo noted that it is in contact with experts from Obama’s reelection team, which was involved in “similar” operations.
“We are already in touch with a highly talented combination of knowledgeable Israeli professionals and American experts with experience in similar recent operations, including the Obama presidential campaign,” said the proposal.
The campaign would include bi-weekly polling, messaging, an advertising effort, grassroots outreach, and an operation to bring targeted voters to the polls on Election Day.
The Israeli group Givat Haviva, which has received State Department funding, was tapped to lead the get-out-the-vote effort in the Arab Israeli community, according to the memo.
The groups planned to conduct an initial survey of 1,000 participants in the Arab Israeli community to help guide voter outreach strategy.
The proposed poll included questions such as “Whom would you vote for?” “Where do you receive information that serves you to form an opinion?” and “Whom do you trust as a guide in your voting decision?”
The information from the poll would be used to launch a $350,000 media effort and a $1 million advertising campaign, according to the proposal.
Another $1 million would go toward a “Leave No Voter Behind” operation, which would help transport targeted voters to the polls and deploy “influencers” to get the community out on Election Day.
The memo stressed the urgency of securing funding in a timely manner and indicated that the plan would be put into place immediately.
“As of the writing of this document on December 17, there are only 91 days until the election,” said the document. “We need to raise the necessary funds immediately to allow the operations to get established in order to maximize the remaining time until voting day.”
Ameinu president Kenneth Bob told the Free Beacon that his group was involved in sending out appeals to U.S. donors regarding the initiative, and he said on-the-ground efforts began in mid-January. He called the fundraising memo an “overview document” and said there have been other drafts since December, when Bob emailed it out to donors.
He stressed that the campaign was nonpartisan.
“I’m sure you know that in the Arab sector, the Likud also gets votes, they have strong pockets of support,” said Bob. “I’m very comfortable with this as a nonpartisan effort.”
Bob initially told the Free Beacon that the initiative outlined in the memo had no connection to the V15 campaign or former Obama aide Jeremy Bird.
He later said that V15 and Bird’s consulting group 270 Strategies were involved in the discussions early on, but have since parted ways with Ameinu.
“When we first began soliciting funds for GOTV efforts ahead of the Israeli elections, we spoke to a number of entities with projects in mind, including Strategies 270, which ultimately became V15,” said Bob.
“In January when we finalized our plans, Ameinu decided to limit itself to the Arab Community GOTV effort. That is why I so emphatically said to you that the Arab GOTV effort has nothing to do with V15 or Strategies 270.”
Bob said multiple groups, including Givat Haviva, were involved in the get-out-the-vote effort.
On Wednesday, Givat Haviva brought a delegation of over two-dozen Arab Israeli mayors to the United States, where they will be meeting with top Democrats and U.S. Jewish and Arab groups and learning political organizing techniques in New York and Washington, D.C.
Last Thursday, the mayoral delegation and organizers met with high-level American officials at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to discuss their plans for the trip.
More Britons dislike Israel than Iran, survey finds | 2 Feb 2015 | Thirty-five percent of British respondents to a recent survey said they feel “especially unfavorable” towards Israel. The only non-European country Britons appeared to dislike more — at 40 percent — was North Korea. Iran, Israel’s current geopolitical nemesis, was deemed “especially unfavorable” by 33 percent of the respondents. The poll was part a joint YouGov-Chatham House project that surveyed more than 2,000 Britons on their attitudes regarding their country’s foreign policy…In October, the British House of Commons voted to recognize Palestine as an independent state, a symbolic act that doesn’t affect the policies of Britain’s leadership.
Professor fired over anti-Israel tweets sues University of Illinois | 1 Feb 2015 | A professor who lost his job over anti-Israel tweets is suing several officials at the University of Illinois. Professor Steven Salaita quit Virginia Tech University, after he was offered a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). However, just two weeks before the start of the 2014 academic year, Salaita was informed of a job offer being rescinded over his “uncivil” tweets, posted mainly during the summer war in Gaza…In the federal suit, filed in US District Court in Chicago on Thursday, Salaita argues the university violated his constitutional right to freedom of speech and “trampled on principles of academic freedom.”
Ministry of Defence releases heavily redacted report identifying weaponised Ebola scenarios | 2 Feb 2015 | British military experts were asked to draw up guidance at the height of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa late last year on the feasibility and potential impact of terrorists “weaponising” the virus. The Ministry of Defence has released a heavily redacted report, prepared in October, that identified three scenarios involving the exploitation of Ebola for bioterrorism. Details of the first scenario are entirely blacked out, as are most of those of the second, which is described as “logistically and technically challenging for a non-state group to undertake”. The third scenario — details of which were also heavily redacted — was described as the “most technically challenging”.
Washington planned and implemented Kiev’s coup. Obama admitted US “broker(ing) a deal to transition power in Ukraine.”
Code language for ousting democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych. Replacing him with neo-Nazi mob rule.
In December 2013, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland told Washington-based National Press Club members:
“Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the United States..invested over $5 billion to assist Ukraine in needs and other goals.”
Code language for regime change. She was Obama’s point person involved in stoking last year’s Maidan violence.
Caught red-handed urging regime change on tape. Her conversation with US Ukraine ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt was recorded.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on Obama’s rhetoric. Saying it provided clear proof of US direct involvement in last February’s coup.
It “demonstrates Washington’s intention to continue every kind of support to the Kiev government, which apparently intends to end the conflict through violence,” said Lavrov.
On the one hand, US officials urge peaceful conflict resolution. On the other, they support Kiev’s dirty war.
Russian Academy of Science politician/economist Sergey Glazyev beliieves Washington intends “wag(ing) the battle for leadership until the last Ukrainian.’ ”
It “chose Ukraine as a tool (for) attacking Europe and Russia.”
“Launching a world war is necessary for the Americans in order to preserve their hegemony in the world through strengthening control over Europe by imposing the Trans-Atlantic free trade agreement; establishing control over Russia and Middle East, thus expanding their competitive advantage in the battle for leadership with the Asian countries,” said Glazyev.
America’s scheme “is doomed for defeat,” he believes. Multi-world polarity won’t let US plans succeed.
Great dangers remain. Washington is “starting a war in Europe against” Russia.
It’s “the main victim” of America’s strategy. There’s “no reason to (expect resolution) in the next few years.”
Every reason to expect greater conflict. America challenging Russia politically, economically and militarily risks WW III.
Oleg Tsarov is a former Ukraine parliamentary Party of Regions people’s deputy/current Novorossiya leader.
He calls Washington’s Kiev embassy a hotbed of intrigue and subversion.
Believes US “puppet-masters” together with national security/defense council chief Oleksandr Turchinov, prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and oligarch Igor Kolomoysky want president Petro Poroshenko ousted.
He has business interests in Russia he wants protected. He may negotiate peace in Donbas to do it, Tsarov believes.
Successful conflict resolution will enhance his stature. He’d “become the second most important political figure in Ukraine.”
US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt runs things for his bosses in Washington.
They want war. So do Kiev hardliners. Tsarov believes Poroshenko wants coalition government without Yatsenyuk, who, in turn, wants Poroshenko ousted.
Kolomoysky needs refinancing for his troubled businesses. Not forthcoming from Kiev.
Donbas military defeats turned Washington against Poroshenko. Kiev hardliners want him ousted.
“The stakes are very high,” said Tsarov. Much more than wealth and power. US-directed Kiev long knives may kill him.
Yatsenyuk met with other hardliners. “(T)asked them with organizing an information (war on) Poroshenko,” Tsarov explained.
Step one toward removing him. “He must be made (to) appear” responsible for Ukrainian crisis conditions.
“There is no reason for optimism.” Washington has lots of options. “(A) whole slew of” pro-US political stooges were enlisted.
“There are no non-pro-US politicians capable of coming to power,” said Tsarov.
“The bench is well protected and will implement the will of the US.”
At the same time, Kiev’s Donbas military campaign proved disastrous. Rebels keep routing its forces.
Multiple mobilizations aren’t going as planned. Increasing thousands refuse conscription.
Many thousands more are deserting. Wanting no part of Kiev’s dirty war. Kiev military forces are in disarray.
“The road from Donetsk to Kiev is full of vehicles, nationalists…fleeing (on) foot. Something similar is taking place in Mariupol,” said Tsarov.
Junta forces are surrounded in Debaltsevo. They got a choice to surrender or die.
Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko announced full mobilization.
He expects a 100,000-strong volunteer force to be enlisted. Achieving it will give rebels a greater advantage over Ukraine’s military than already.
A well-armed, committed self-defense force against an underachieving, ineffective, increasingly unwilling to fight Kiev military.
Looking more like a spent force than an army ready for battle. Whether greater US involvement can change things remains to be seen.
For sure Washington intends to try. By supplying greater numbers of heavy weapons than already. Enlisting more paramilitaries like Blackwater USA (now Academi).
Perhaps involving significant numbers of US forces on the ground. Similar to Pentagon Iraq operations.
Thousands of special forces were deployed. A so-called “advise and assist mission.” A euphemism for positioning combat-ready personnel.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants greater numbers sent. Classic mission creep. Expect direct involvement in combat.
Will similar tactics be used in Ukraine? Will Washington take full charge of combat operations?
Will thousands of US forces invade? Kiev won’t defeat rebels alone. Its military hasn’t the will or resources. Even with greater numbers of US and EU heavy weapons.
At the same time, its hardliners want war, not peace, Tsarov stresses. Confrontation, not good relations with Russia.
Washington increasingly runs things. Some parliamentary deputies left Kiev with family members. Afraid of potential fallout if Poroshenko is ousted.
Tsarov sees crisis conditions continuing “for a very long time.” Russia hasn’t intervened in Ukrainian politics since Soviet Russia’s dissolution.
Washington took full advantage. Culminating in February 2014. Eliminating Ukrainian democracy. Replacing it with neo-Nazi fascist rule.
America spends trillions of dollars advancing its imperium. Replacing independent governments with pro-Western stooge ones.
Fascists eliminating opposition elements forcefully. Abolishing fundamental freedoms. Profiting from economic plunder. Impoverishing whole populations.
Ukraine follows a familiar script. Including war on its own people. Poroshenko is more front man than leader.
Tsarov believes his ouster is planned on or around Maidan’s February anniversary. A Kiev national assembly is scheduled for February 15.
“(I)t’s entirely possible that about 8pm it will transform into an armed assault on (Poroshenk’s) administration,” replicating the beginning of Yanukovych’s ouster.
Poroshenko knows “the risks,” said Tsarov. He created an anti-coup “working group…(H)ighly placed ‘power ministry’ officials…”
Whatever he does may fail. If Washington wants him replaced, he’s toast. With mid-February approaching, it remains to be seen if Tsarov’s analysis is accurate.
His translator called his “understanding of the internal Ukrainian politics…second to none.” At the same time, If hardliners oust Poroshenko forcefully, it’ll be harder for Washington to claim their legitimacy.
Don’t bet against US dark forces not trying. Or MSM not justifying the unjustifiable. Like so many previous times.
The battle for Ukraine’s soul continues. World peace hangs in the balance.
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Im Interview mit der “Süddeutschen Zeitung” Gates criticized that especially with regard to climate change, “a kind of global government” lacks. In other words, Gates wants a world government.
“The UN system has failed”
“You can make fun of it, but in truth it was sad how the conference in Copenhagen is run, how individual who behave like the UN system failed,” the 59-year-old said in view of the often viewed as a failure UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in the Danish capital . So far there is no perfect frame, so Gates.
In view of the urgent problems in the world is a global government “badly needed,” said Gates. “Take the UN, it has been created especially for the security in the world. We are ready for war, because we have taken every precaution. We have NATO, we have divisions, jeeps, trained people. But what is with epidemics? How many doctors do we have as much planes, tents, what scientists? If there were such a thing as a world government, we would be better prepared. “
Gates founded in the 1990s with his wife Melinda, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support people in health care and the fight against poverty worldwide.
Gates is (allegedly) the richest man in the world
According to the New York business magazine “Forbes” Bill Gates leads with more than 80 billion dollars (70 billion euros) a list of the richest people . The world’s most popular computer program directs three decades billion into the pockets of the now 59-year-olds.
“The Giving Pledge”. Founded with friend and Mitmilliardär Warren Buffett Gates 2010 also “The Giving Pledge”.The club can only join who donates at least half of his fortune to charity. Richard Branson and Larry Ellison are, Diane von Furstenberg and Barron Hilton, the nearly century-old David Rockefeller and Mark Zuckerberg.