What does the Social Security Administration National weather service need with this kind of ammo? It appears our calculation a few months back could be right after all. Getting ammo off the market before it is banned or highly restricted / regulated. By the time regular folks find out it will be too late to stock up. That or get ready for a new US Civil War…
We have received word that some people think that simply reporting on what the federal government is doing with our money, especially when it comes to purchases of ammunition on the domestic front that is in excess of a billion rounds within six months, is somehow sensationalizing the issue. That is not my intent. My intent is to inform and in that vein two very curious organizations have also purchased substantial amounts of ammunition.
However now we are discovering the Social Security Administration is requesting ammunition. Yes that’s right, The SSA is set to purchase 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets that will be distributed to forty-one locations across the country. Those locations are listed in a spreadsheet at the FBO website.
A solicitation posted by the SSA on the FedBizOpps website asks for contractors to supply 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point pistol ammunition.”
While we can speculate all day long what in the world the SSA needs weapons and ammunition for, it is even more interesting to find that the National Weather Service is also purchasing ammunition. That’s right, the NWS put in a request for 46,000 rounds of hollow points and 500 paper targets.
According to a solicitation that appears on the FBO website the federal organization,
16,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP).
8,000 rounds to: Ross Lane DOC, NOAA, NMFS, OLE, NED 130 Oak Street, Suite 5, Ellsworth, ME, 04605
24,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP).
6,000 rounds of frangible, 125-grain CFRHT .40 caliber.
LI 004, 500 Transtar II blue 24″ x 40″ paper targets to locations below:
200 paper targets to: Ross Lane DOC, NOAA, NMFS, OLE, NED 130 Oak Street, Suite 5 Ellsworth, ME, 04605
200 paper targets to: Troy Audyatis DOC, NOAA, NMFS, OLE, NED 53 North 6th Street, Room 214 New Bedford, MA, 02740.
100 paper targets to: James Cassin DOC, NOAA, NMFS, OLE, NED 3350 Highway 138, Suite 218, Wall, NJ, 07719, 500, Items;
Some will make the argument that the targets are disproportionate to the ammo. That is true in a sense, but if you figure on putting a couple of full magazines in each target, then it works out. However, if that is all this is for then why not purchase ammo to carry as well? Furthermore why does this federal agency need it in the first place?
The National Weather Service is one of six agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen emailed a statement to the Washington Post that read:
Due to a clerical error in the federal business vendor process, a solicitation for ammunition and targets for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement mistakenly identified NOAA’s National Weather Service as the requesting office. The error is being fixed and will soon appear correctly in the electronic federal bidding system. The ammunition is standard issue for many law enforcement agencies and it will be used by 63 NOAA enforcement agents in their twice annual target qualifications and training.
In addition to that WAPO reports,
NWS spokesman Chris Vaccaro said the ammunition is not for the NWS. And, in fact, despite the fact the solicitation says NWS “requires” the ammunition, the same solicitation indicates the ammunition is to be delivered to the “NMFS” – which stands for National Marine Fisheries Service. Like the NWS, NMFS is housed under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
What NMFS is doing with the ammunition is another question. It may support its law enforcement function, described by NOAA accordingly:
NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is dedicated to enforcing laws that conserve and protect our nation’s living marine resources and their natural habitat. Our goal is to assure that the many people who enjoy these resources for recreation or rely on them for business follow the rules that will maintain the species for future generations.
NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement protects fish stocks from depletion and marine mammals from extinction. We also protect the livelihoods of commercial fishers, the hobbies of recreational fishers, and the health of seafood consumers.
Again, I understand training. I really do. I understand you can go through ammunition fast, but seriously, does the Social Security Administration or the National Marine Fisheries Service need guns, let alone ammunition? As of yet there is no explanation from either agency as to why the people working for them need any of this.
Soros leverages “human rights” for personal gain – as does his global NGO empire.
by Tony Cartalucci
March 28, 2012 – Bloomberg’s report, “Soros Loses Case Against French Insider-Trading Conviction,” indicates that an appeal based on a “human rights” violation against Wall Street speculator George Soros has been rejected by the “European Court of Human Rights.” Soros, who was convicted and fined for insider trading in 2002 regarding French bank Société Générale shares he bought in 1988, has built an empire out of obfuscating global criminal activity with the cause of “human rights.”
Image: Soros runs a global empire of NGOs leveraging “human rights” to cover up institutional criminality just as he himself just attempted to use “human rights” to excuse criminal insider-trading. Soros’ disingenuous use of “human rights” is not a strategy he holds an exclusive monopoly over, but rather one he executes in concert with very unlikely allies – Neo-Conservatives of the US State Department-funded National Endowment for Democracy and its various subsidiaries.
The court’s decision in rejecting the appeal was based on Soros being “a famous institutional investor, well-known to the business community and a participant in major financial projects,” and thus should have been “particularly prudent” regarding insider-trading laws. The contents of Soros’ appeal, based on “human rights” was not heard, and the details of the appeal not yet made public, however, it is an illustrative example of how Soros and global elitists like him leverage the legitimate cause of human rights and freedom as a means to execute and defend both individual and institutional criminal behavior.
Soros has built a global empire of networked nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) allegedly promoting “human rights,” “freedom,” “democracy,” and “transparency.” His Open Society Institute funds amongst many others, Amnesty International (page 10), Global Voices, and Human Rights Watch. In reality these NGOs constitute a modern day network of imperial administrators, undermining national governments around the world and replacing them with a homogeneous “civil society” that interlocks with “international institutions” run from and on behalf of Wall Street and London. And contrary to popular belief, Soros has built this empire, not against “conservative” ambitions, but with their full cooperation.
It is difficult to find a cause Soros’ Open Society Institute supports that is not also funded, directed, and backed by the US State Department-funded, Neo-Conservative lined National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its various subsidiaries including Freedom House, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
The Arab Spring
It would be almost four months after the beginning of the so-called “Arab Spring” before the corporate-media would admit that the US had been behind the uprisings and that they were anything but “spontaneous,” or “indigenous.” In an April 2011 article published by the New York Times titled, “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings,” it was stated:
“A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington.”
The article would also add, regarding the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED):
“The Republican and Democratic institutes are loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties. They were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations. The National Endowment receives about $100 million annually from Congress. Freedom House also gets the bulk of its money from the American government, mainly from the State Department. “
George Soros and his Open Society Institute also played a leading role in the unfolding unrest. Soros, in addition to fully supporting many of the NGOs in tandem with NED and the US State Department, also funded opposition groups working well in advance to produce new “constitutions” for collapsed nations.
In “George Soros & Egypt’s New Constitution,” it was reported:
“It turns out that the new Egyptian Constitution has already been drafted, not by the Egyptian people, but by the very US-backed protesters who brought about regime change in the first place. A Reuters report quoted an opposition judge, who had been hiding-out in Kuwait until Mubarak’s ousting, as having said civil society groups had already produced several drafts and a new constitution could be ready in a month.
These “civil society” groups include the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information openly funded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Neo-Con lined NED funded Egyptian Organization for Human Rights. It appears that while the International Crisis Group may be turning out the strategy, and their trustee ElBaradei leading the mobs into the streets, it is the vast array of NGOs their membership, including Soros, fund that are working out and implementing the details on the ground.”
Myanmar (Burma) & Aung San Suu Kyi
The entire opposition in the Southeast Asia nation of Myanmar, still known by its colonial nomenclature in the West as “Burma,” is a creation of Wall Street and London. This includes the growing personality cult of “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi. And again, just as we saw during the Western-engineered “Arab Spring,” it is a tandem effort made by “right-wing” Neo-Cons within the confines of NED, and Soros’ Open Society Institute.
Image: The 2006 Burma Campaign UK report, “Failing the People of Burma?” (.pdf) reveals the entire “pro-democracy” movement, including Aung San Suu Kyi herself, is a product of US and British funding and the building of neo-imperial networks designed to overthrow and replace the government of Myanmar.
In “Burmese “Pro-Democracy” Movement a Creation of Wall Street & London,” it was reported:
The most telling information begins on page 14 of 36 of the report’s .pdf. Titled, “Failing the People of Burma?” the report enumerates the vast resources the West has invested in building a “pro-democracy” movement, in tandem with similar disingenuous movements throughout the region, and indeed throughout the world, and insists that even more support be given to initiate a “transition” in Burma. It states:
“The restoration of democracy in Burma is a priority U.S. policy objective in Southeast Asia. To achieve this objective, the United States has consistently supported democracy activists and their efforts both inside and outside Burma…Addressing these needs requires flexibility and creativity. Despite the challenges that have arisen, United States Embassies Rangoon and Bangkok as well as Consulate General Chiang Mai are fully engaged in pro-democracy efforts. The United States also supports organizations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Institute (nb no support given since 2004) and Internews, working inside and outside the region on a broad range of democracy promotion activities. U.S.-based broadcasters supply news and information to the Burmese people, who lack a free press. U.S. programs also fund scholarships for Burmese who represent the future of Burma.
The United States is committed to working for a democratic Burma and will continue to employ a variety of tools to assist democracy activists.”
The report continues with a vast array of evidence exposing the tandem roles of both “liberals” and “conservatives” in executing a singular goal of undermining a foreign government and replacing it with neo-imperial administrators that interlock directly with “international institutions” that answer directly to Wall Street and London.
Wall Street’s Thai Proxy, Thaksin Shinawatra
Like in neighboring Myanmar, efforts have been long underway to undermine the nationalist elements within Thailand and install a proxy government as well as a proxy system of governance to implement the global agenda of Wall Street and London. The proxy of choice is billionaire and long-time associate of the Bush family, Thaksin Shinawatra.
As we’ve seen in the previous two examples, Shinawatra’s association with America’s Neo-Conservative establishment in no way inhibits the “liberal” George Soros from supporting movements that facilitate not only his re-installation into power, but the expansion of his globalist “neoliberal” brand of politics – which of course benefit once again Wall Street and London in general, not any particular political persuasion.
In the example of Thai propaganda front “Prachatai,” Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Neo-Cons’ National Endowment for Democracy have heaped annual funding as well as ongoing political support to the outfit’s mission of leveraging “human rights” and disingenuous aspirations for “democracy” to mask Shinawatra and his movement’s criminal activities. NED subsidiary, Freedom House, is in fact chaired by Neo-Con Kenneth Adelman who served as Shinawatra’s lobbyist and also serves as a trustee on the Soros-funded and chaired International Crisis Group. Prachatai’s spinning of their collective agenda as “progressive” rather than one wrought of foreign corporate-fascist funding is a perfect example of Soros’ modus operandi.
Attempted Overthrow of Russia’s Government
In a fourth and final example, Soros and his Neo-Conservative counterparts can be found behind Russia’s motley opposition and their “Arab Spring-like” attempt to overthrow the government of Vladimir Putin.
The entire grounds justifying Wall Street and London’s street mobs were calls of a “rigged” Russian election. Those making such accusations included National Endowment for Democracy-funded GOLOS and the Soros Open Society-funded Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) (.pdf page 125).
And while the lion’s share of support for Russia’s multiple opposition groups comes from the National Endowment for Democracy and its subsidiaries including Freedom House and the International Republican Institute chaired by John McCain, jailed Russian oligarch and opposition leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky fashioned his entire “Open Russian Foundation” after Soros’ Open Society Institute. It should be noted that Khodorkovsky had both Jacob Rothschild and Henry Kissinger chairing his contrived “foundation.”
Clearly there is more behind Soros’ funding of NGOs globally than mere “liberal philanthropy.” That he carries out this funding in concert with notorious warmongers, corporate fascists, and confessed Neo-Conservatives indicates a very malicious and disingenuous agenda driving not only his “charity” but also the maintaining of his deceptive “liberal” persona.
Soros’ most recent attempt to leverage “human rights,” not for a global campaign of achieving economic and geopolitical hegemony, but rather on behalf of defending his own criminal behavior, lends further evidence to the fact that the West, through its vast networks of NGOs and “international institutions,” is merely hiding immensely depraved, craven criminal activity behind the facade of “humanitarian concerns” and “progress.” With Soros’ latest appeal being rejected and his criminal conviction upheld, let us resist the temptation of resorting to “left-right” bickering and recognize the grander plot that has been exposed.
F. William Engdahl is a frequent guest on the Jack Blood Show, and is scheduled to join us this coming Thursday March 1, 2012 – 11am EDT.
Washington clearly wants ‘finito’ with Russia’s Putin as in basta! or as they said in Egypt last spring, Kefaya–enough!. Hillary Clinton and friends have apparently decided Russia’s prospective next president, Vladimir Putin, is a major obstacle to their plans. Few however understand why. Russia today, in tandem with China and to a significant degree Iran, form the spine, however shaky, of the only effective global axis of resistance to a world dominated by one sole superpower.
|Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, thinking, “what the hell is she up to now?”|
On December 8 several days after election results for Russia’s parliamentary elections were announced, showing a sharp drop in popularity for Prime Minister Putin’s United Russia party, Putin accused the United States and specifically Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of fueling the Russian opposition protesters and their election protests. Putin stated, “The (US) Secretary of State was quick to evaluate the elections, saying that they are unfair and unjust even before she received materials from the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (the OSCE international election monitors-w.e.) observers.”
|Pussy Riot: one of many clench-fisted youth mobs that might be used this Winter to help solve Washington’s ‘Putin problem’ in Russia.|
Major western media chose either to downplay the Putin statement or to focus almost entirely on the claims of an emerging Russian opposition movement. A little research shows that, if anything, Putin was downplaying the degree of brazen US Government interference into the political processes of his country. In this case the country is not Tunisia or Yemen or even Egypt. It is the world’s second nuclear superpower, even if it might still be an economic lesser power. Hillary is playing with thermonuclear fire.
|western election monitors always find “irregularities”…that’s what their paid to do ….duh….template!|
The NED is also financing key parts of the Russian “independent” polling and election monitoring, a crucial part of being able to claim election fraud. They finance in part the Regional Civic Organization in Defense of Democratic Rights and Liberties “GOLOS.” According to the NED Annual Report the funds went “to carry out a detailed analysis of the autumn 2010 and spring 2011 election cycles in Russia, which will include press monitoring, monitoring of political agitation, activity of electoral commissions, and other aspects of the application of electoral legislation in the long-term run-up to the elections.”
|Moscow-based Levada Center|
In September, 2011, a few weeks before the December elections the NED financed a Washington invitation-only conference featuring the Russian “independent” polling organization, the Levada Center. According to NED’s own website Levada, another recipient of NED money,  had done a series of opinion polls, a standard method used in the West to analyze the feelings of citizens. The polls profiled “the mood of the electorate in the run up to the Duma and presidential elections, perceptions of candidates and parties, and voter confidence in the system of ‘managed democracy’ that has been established over the last decade.”
One of the featured speakers at that Washington conference was Vladimir Kara-Murza, member of the federal council of Solidarnost (“Solidarity”), Russia’s democratic opposition movement. He is also “advisor to Duma opposition leader Boris Nemtsov” according to NED. Another speaker came from the right-wing neo-conservative Hudson Institute. 
|Creative destruction: the main specialty of the NED|
Helping youth engage in political activism is precisely what the same NED did in Egypt over the past several years in the lead up to the toppling of Mubarak. The same NED was instrumental by informed accounts in the US-backed “Color Revolutions” in 2003-2004 in Ukraine and Georgia that brought US-backed pro-NATO surrogates to power. The same NED has been active in promoting “human rights” in Myanmar, in Tibet, and China’s oil-rich Xinjiang province. 
It couldn’t sound more noble or high-minded. However, they prefer to leave out their own true history. In the early 1980’s CIA director Bill Casey convinced President Ronald Reagan to create a plausibly private NGO, the NED, to advance Washington’s global agenda via other means than direct CIA action. It was a part of the process of “privatizing” US intelligence to make their work more “effective.” Allen Weinstein, who helped draft the legislation establishing NED, said in a Washington Post interview in 1991, “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” Interesting. The majority of funds for NED come from US taxpayers through Congress. It is in every way, shape and form a US Government intelligence community asset.
Putin’s well-rehearsed opposition
It’s also instructive to look at the leading opposition figures who seem to have stepped forward in Russia in recent days. The current opposition “poster boy” favorite of Russian youth and especially western media is Russian blogger Alexei Navalny whose blog is titled LiveJournal. Navalny has featured prominently as a quasi-martyr of the protest movement after spending 15 days in Putin’s jail for partaking in a banned protest. At a large protest rally on Christmas Day December 25 in Moscow, Navalny, perhaps intoxicated by seeing too many romantic Sergei Eisenstein films of the 1917 Russian Revolution, told the crowd, “I see enough people here to take the Kremlin and the White House (Russia’s Presidential home-w.e.) right now…”
Along with Navalny, key actors in the anti-Putin protest movement are centered around Solidarnost which was created in December 2008 by Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Ryzhkov and others. Nemtsov is hardly one to protest corruption. According to Business Week Russia of September 23, 2007, Nemtsov introduced Russian banker Boris Brevnov to Gretchen Wilson, a US citizen and an employee of the International Finance Corporation, a financing arm of the World Bank. Wilson and Brevnov married. With the help of Nemtsov Wilson managed to privatize Balakhna Pulp and Paper mill at the giveaway price of just $7 million. The enterprise was sucked dry and then sold to the Wall Street-Swiss investment bank, CS First Boston bank. The annual turnover of the mill was reportedly $250 million. 
|Boris Nemtsov and his Western cohort|
Nemtsov also took money from jailed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky in 1999 when the latter was using his billions to try to buy the Russian parliament or Duma. In 2004 Nemtsov met with exiled billionaire oligarch Boris Berezovsky in a secret gathering with other exiled Russian tycoons. When Nemtsov was detailed by Russian authorities for allegations of foreign funding of his new political party, “For Russia without Lawlessness and Corruption,” US Senators John McCain and Joe Liberman and Mike Hammer of the Obama National Security Council came to support of Nemtsov. 
|Former Czech President Vaclav Havel (center left) and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (right) stand with Berel Rodal (center right), vice chairman of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), one of the central organizations within Washington’s multifaceted “regime change” operational infrastructure.|
In 2009 Kasparov and Boris Nemtsov met with no less than Barack Obama to discuss Russia’s opposition to Putin at the US President’s personal invitation at Washington’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. Nemtsov had called for Obama to meet with opposition forces in Russia: “If the White House agrees to Putin’s suggestion to speak only with pro-Putin organizations… this will mean that Putin has won, but not only that: Putin will become be assured that Obama is weak,” he said. During the same 2009 US trip Nemtsov was invited to speak at the New York Council on Foreign Relations, perhaps the most influential US foreign policy think-tank. Significantly, not only has the US State Department and US-backed political NGOs such as NED poured millions into building an anti-Putin coalition inside Russia. The President personally has intervened into the process.