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US taunts China and neighbors with guided missile destroyer warship sail-by

© U.S. Navy / Ted Banks / Reuters
The US Navy has sent a guided missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of an island in the South China Sea which Beijing considers its sovereign territory. The move is meant as a challenge to the Chinese claim.

The USS Curtis Wilbur sailed unopposed near the Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago, Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told the media. The island is administrated by China, but is also contested by Taiwan and Vietnam.

"This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants - China, Taiwan and Vietnam - to restrict navigation rights and freedoms," Davis said.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry called the sail-by illegal, saying permission from the Chinese authorities was necessary.

Stormtrooper

Mystery sniper is picking off terrorist commanders: Fearful Libyan ISIS launches a manhunt

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A fighter from Misrata shouts to his comrades as they move to fight Islamic State militants near Sirte
Libyan ISIS chiefs are fearful of being picked off by a renegade sniper, who is already behind three long-range kills of high-profile figures in the terrorist group, all in the new Libyan "mini-caliphate" in the city of Sirte. The terrorists holed up in Colonel Gaddafi's home town still don't know if the sniper is one person, or several. The killings started on January 13, with the latest kill made 10 days after that. This now has Islamic State (IS, ISIS/formerly ISIL) fearing someone is on a mission to hunt them down.

And they appear to be showing it too. The terror group has been carrying out arrests and executions in the town, The Telegraph reports. Black-clad 'religious police' has also been carrying out public floggings to keep the population in a perpetual state of fear. According to The Telegraph, reports indicate the marksman is locally-trained and probably became who he (or she) is today during the uprising against the late President Moammar Gaddafi.

Comment: Sirte was said to be the safest jihadist stronghold in the world, when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi arrived there around December 9th. Terrorists in Sirte initiated a complex operation to make safe passage for their leaders - residents were cleared out, a perimeter was imposed, and a communications black-out was thrown over the city.

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Eye 1

Spies in the sky, Israeli drone feeds hacked

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Israeli drone awaiting its mission.
American and British intelligence secretly tapped into live video feeds from Israeli drones and fighter jets, monitoring military operations in Gaza, watching for a potential strike against Iran, and keeping tabs on the drone technology Israel exports around the world.

Under a classified program code-named "Anarchist," the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, working with the National Security Agency, systematically targeted Israeli drones from a mountaintop on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. GCHQ files provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden include a series of "Anarchist snapshots" — thumbnail images from videos recorded by drone cameras. The files
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Hacked image from Israel's drone fleet.
also show location data mapping the flight paths of the aircraft. In essence, U.S. and British agencies stole a bird's-eye view from the drones.

Several of the snapshots, a subset collected in 2009 and 2010, appear to show drones carrying missiles. Although they are not clear enough to be conclusive, the images offer rare visual evidence to support reports that Israel flies attack drones — an open secret that the Israeli government won't acknowledge. "There's a good chance that we are looking at the first images of an armed Israeli drone in the public domain," said Chris Woods, author of Sudden Justice, a history of drone warfare. "They've gone to extraordinary lengths to suppress information on weaponized drones."

Comment: Israel has been utilizing drone warfare since 1982 in the run up to the Israeli invasion and occupation of Lebanon and has since sold drones to over 50 countries.

Elbit Hermes drones were one of the two main unpiloted aircraft used to attack people in Gaza during Israel's 2009 Operation Cast Lead attack which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW state that "The Hermes can stay aloft for up to 24 hours at altitudes of up to 18,000 feet and has an array of optical, infra-red, and laser sensors that allow the operator to identify and track targets as well as to guide munitions in flight. The Hermes carries two Spike-MR (medium range) missiles."

Further, HRW report that the Hermes drone is equipped with a camera system which allows the drone pilot to see if a person is armed or if they are a child or an adult. The drone's missiles are also equipped with cameras and can be diverted up to the last second. This means that Israel's drone pilots and their commanders would have known that they were targeting civilians and are culpable for war crimes carried out by Elbit drones. HRW has also called for the disclosure of camera footage shot by Hermes drones, to assist in the investigation of war crimes. Needless to say, this request has not been granted.

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Eye 2

US govt admits to murdering Afghan civilians in attempted assassination of British hacker

"With nearly 10,000 air strikes, we're taking out their leadership, their oil, their training camps, their weapons," Obama stated during his farewell State of the Union address earlier this month. Conveniently, in those 10,000 air strikes, he failed to include the bombings of hospitals, weddings, tribal council meetings, and, at least, eight U.S. citizens, with no concern for due process or a constitutionally mandated fair trial.

The Obama administration is also responsible for allowing the CIA to deploy drone strikes against a Yemeni wedding and a Pakistani tribal council meeting with total impunity.

On October 3, 2015, a U.S. airstrike killed at least 20 patients and MSF staff at a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, occupied by the group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the French charitable organization, "Doctors Without Borders."

There is no question that the United States, in its carrying out of drone strikes and bombing campaigns throughout the Middle East, has killed thousands. However, the last thing the warmongers ever do is admit to these killings.

On Friday, that changed as the US Central Command admitted that they killed and injured multiple civilians in the 'vicinity' of a drone strike meant for Junaid Hussain, on August 13, 2015.

Comment: A generation raised on video games has had its purpose revealed. War and murder are just another game when it's all onscreen. Those with consciences seem to be waking up.


Eye 1

German media caught lying about 'tanks & chaos' on the streets of Crimea

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Immigrants from the former Soviet Union who are currently residing in Germany support Russia's position with regard to Crimea, a German politician stated.

After his visit to Crimea, the head of the German party UNITY (EINHEIT) Dimitri Rempel said that the German media presents the situation on the peninsula in a biased manner.

In reality, Crimean residents live their everyday life, in which "there is no place for the military and tanks on the streets," the politician claimed.

Bad Guys

Anti-Russian hysteria: Leaks reveal Sweden is preparing for war with Russia

© Flickr/ Susanne Nilsson
Despite an official policy of neutrality, leaked documents show that Sweden may be preparing for war with Russia.

In 2014, Swedish authorities were convinced that a Russian submarine was patrolling the waters around Gotland Island. The ensuing hysteria was based on grainy photographs, and the Swedish government finally admitted the panic had been for nothing.

Stockholm's paranoia has, however, not diminished. According to an internal brochure circulated by Swedish Army chief Major General Anders Brannstrom, the military must be prepared for a "qualified opponent."

Comment: Further reading: Putin calls out Obama's big lie on missile defense, yet the press is completely silent


Bandaid

Facepalm: U.S. says Russia will face quagmire in Syria like they did in Afghanistan - U.S. faces quagmire in Afghanistan


American freedom. Come get some!
The U.S. military now plans for a permanent occupation of Afghanistan. A discussion of the historic analogy of the Soviets in Afghanistan shows that this is unlikely to be a successful endeavor.
A Pakistani official summed up the Soviet dilemma in Afghanistan as follows:
The Soviets can continue to occupy the country, but they can not win over the people. The longer they stay, the more they alienate the people. The more they alienate the people, the longer they must stay. This Russian dilemma is also the Afghan dilemma, and both seem condemned to suffer the consequences.
Quoted in Joseph. J.Collins, Afghanistan: The Empire Strikes Out, Perimeters, 1982
The above is an apt description of the current situation in Afghanistan, just replace Soviet with American.

Comment: The U.S. wouldn't be facing this problem if it didn't illegally invade and occupy Afghanistan in the first place. But the principle of 'garbage in, garbage out' holds true. Wherever U.S. invasion and occupation forces wander, you can be sure that the stench of rot and decay will follow. And meanwhile idiots like the above-quoted "top Pentagon official" will be scratching their heads, oblivious to the reality that the ones really calling the shots just want to watch the world burn while the pen-pushing bureaucrats play catch-up.


Eye 2

Iran nuclear deal part of the same US plan to destabilize and destroy Iran

US policymakers have long conspired to broker what would be meant to appear as a historic deal with the political order in Tehran. It would be a deal almost unreasonably compromising for the United States, in order to enhance the illusion that the West sought every means to integrate Iran peacefully back into the "international community" before resorting to armed and direct military aggression.

Knowing that Iran will never exist within Washington, Wall Street, London, and Brussels' "international order" as an obedient client state, a prescription for regime change in Tehran has long been formulated. Best summarized in the 2009 Brookings Institution paper titled, "The Path to Persia: Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran" (.pdf), this regime change formula includes absolutely everything from economic sanctions and US-backed political upheaval, to the use of terrorism and proxy war to undermine and overthrow Iranian sociopolitical stability and eventually the Iranian state itself.

In the lengthy 220 page document, Brookings policymakers acknowledge the necessity to first neutralize Syria before moving against Iran itself. It also prescribes the delisting of US State Department foreign terrorist organizations in order for the US to then arm and back them in a proxy war against Tehran. Among the terrorist organizations mentioned was Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), a terrorist organization guilty of years of violence including the kidnapping and murder of American service members and American civilians. MEK has also continued carrying out terrorist attacks against political and civilian targets in Iran up to present day.

Comment: Iranian leadership most likely knows this is the plan. It will just be a matter of waiting to see what the U.S. will try, and if Iran can counter it when the stab in the back comes. In light of the above, recent developments should make one curious: We also wonder if there is more to the U.S. Navy story than meets the eye. There is speculation going around that Iran was testing out some GPS jamming technology to essentially lure the American (spy?) boats into Iranian waters as a demonstration of "what we can do". Either way, Iran would do well to keep all eyes open. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than your American 'partners'.


Top Secret

CIA releases thousands of declassified documents on UFOs and aliens

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The day has finally come for all UFO lovers and those who still believe 'the truth is out there'. The CIA has released thousands of declassified documents on flying saucers.

The agency humorously noted that X-Files' Fox Mulder would certainly love to use them to prove the existence of extraterrestrials.

"We've decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting. Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity," the agency said.

All the documents date from the late 1940s and '50s.

The CIA picked several documents which may be particularly interesting. They include files from East Germany (1952) where the agents were investigating a story of "a huge flying pan" which had a diameter of about 15 meters.

TV

Burundi government arrests British and French 'journalists' as Western media cooks up 'mass graves' claim


A 'satellite image' Western intelligence is attempting to pass off as evidence of 'mass graves' in Burundi
Police in Burundi have arrested a British and a French journalist during a sweep for rebels in flashpoint districts of the capital, officials said on Friday, a move likely to further strain tense relations with western donors.

Moise Nkurunziza, deputy police spokesman, said the police had picked up Phil Moore, a British photojournalist, and Jean Philippe Remy during raids on Thursday in the Jabe and Nyakabiga neighbourhoods of Bujumbura.

"The police arrested five people including a British national who was a journalist," said Nkurunziza, adding that the Frenchman had then come to ask about his British colleague's whereabouts and was also arrested "for interrogation motives". Both men had journalist accreditation in Bujumbura, he said.

Comment: Burundi authorities have every reason to suspect these 'journalists' are only there to cause trouble.

There is no 'escalating crisis' in Burundi.

The Western media is spinning one in order to make the case for Western intervention to remove Nkurunziza from power.

See also: Western NGOs' war propaganda prepares way for R2P 'Humanitarian Intervention' in Burundi