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Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site?
The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of
centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange
for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other
sites, officials have told The Associated Press.
The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at
its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do
work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to
international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with
details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required
to scale back the number of centrifuges it runs at its Natanz facility
and accept other restrictions on nuclear-related work.
US Declassifies Documents Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program
Obama revenge for Netanyahu's Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel's top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.
In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the
Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense
top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert
topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional
nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining
But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly
breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers
for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.
The timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as
tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu's March 3
address in Congress, in which he warned against the dangers of Iran's
nuclear program and how the deal being formed on that program leaves the
Islamic regime with nuclear breakout capabilities.
Saudis begin aiirstrikes against rebels in Yemen
Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions
in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to
restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed
In an unusual tableau, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States
announced the rare military operation by his country at a Washington
news conference about a half-hour after the bombing began. The strikes
started at 7 p.m. EDT, he said.
Loud, house-shaking explosions could be heard in the Yemen capital of
Sanaa and fire and smoke could be seen in the night sky, according to an
Associated Press correspondent whose home is near the military airbase
in the capital.
The Houthis said in a statement to reporters that Saudi jets are hitting
the military base, known as al-Duleimi, in Sanaa. They said they fired
anti-aircraft missiles in response.
Proxy war with Iran...
Other Gulf states consider intervention...
Air base used by American troops attacked...
Severe damage to intel networks after Iran-backed rebels seize files...
Crashing drones spilling secrets...
Germanwings Co-Pilot Appears to Have Intentionally Brought Airbus Down
The co-pilot of the crashed
Germanwings plane appears to have "intentionally" brought the plane down
while his captain was locked out of the cockpit and banging to be let
back in, prosecutors said Thursday.
First Officer Andreas Lubitz,
28, was alone at the controls of the Airbus A320 as it began its rapid
descent, Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin told a news conference.
Passengers' cries were heard
on the plane's cockpit voice recorder in the moments just before the
plane slammed into the French Alps, Brice said.
"Banging" sounds also were
audible, he said, suggesting the captain was trying to force his way
back into the cockpit. However, the reinforced cockpit door was locked
from the inside and could not be overridden, even with a coded entry
'Islamist extremists,' phrase rejected by Obama, embraced by allies
While President Obama and his aides insist that Muslim extremists have
nothing to do with Islam the religion, other world leaders are leaving
that approach behind.
British Home Secretary Theresa May on Monday announced a get-tough
policy that includes a comprehensive strategy to combat what she called
“Islamist extremists,” a phrase the Obama administration officials have
repeatedly refused to use.
Ms. May said the new counter-extremism measures include the power to
close sites “that are owned or occupied by extremists or are used to
host extremist meetings or speakers.” It was widely interpreted in
Britain to mean closing Islamic centers and mosques that foment
intolerance and violence.
FTC says regrets release of documents on Google probe
Three U.S. Federal Trade Commission members said on Wednesday they
regretted the inadvertent release of part of an agency report about its
probe of Google Inc as the company continues to face antitrust scrutiny
from European authorities.
The document, which was at the center of a report by The Wall Street
Journal, indicated that key staff members at the FTC were in favor of
suing Google for allegedly breaking antitrust law. The agency settled
with the search and advertising company in early 2013.
In a statement the commissioners -- Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Julie Brill and Maureen Ohlhausen -- defended the final outcome.
Hillary's Supporters 'Warn' Reporters words they can't use?
Do you work in the media and have the gall to think that the entire
Webster’s dictionary is at your disposal? Think again, you sexist.
When it comes to reporting on Hillary Clinton, George Carlin’s “Seven
Words You Can Never Say on Television” have turned into “Twelve Words
You Can Never Say About a Powerful Politician.”
“We will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism,”
the pro-Hillary group HRC Super Volunteers warned The New York Times’
Amy Chozick Wednesday.
Federal Taxes Hit Record...Gov't Still Runs $386B Deficit
Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1,185,613,000,000
in the first five months of fiscal 2015, but the federal government
still ran a $386,537,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the
latest Monthly Treasury Statement.
Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s “total receipts,”
including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income
taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes (including Social Security
and Medicare taxes), unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate
and gift taxes, customs duties, and “miscellaneous receipts.”
Bergdahl desertion charges rekindle debate over Taliban swap
Some Afghanistan veterans charged that soldiers had been killed or hurt while searching for Bergdahl.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is facing life in prison on charges of desertion
and “misbehavior in the face of the enemy” — and President Barack Obama
is facing more blowback over his handling of the case.
The Army on Wednesday referred Bergdahl’s case to the military
equivalent of a grand jury, known as an Article 32 proceeding. And Col.
Daniel King, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Forces Command, said that
process will determine whether the case goes to a full court martial,
which would finally try him and determine any potential punishment.
If convicted Bergdahl, who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was
held by the Taliban and other terrorist groups for five years, faces
prison, demotion and forfeiture of the back pay he earned as the Army
promoted him in his absence during his time in terrorist hands. Army
officials in Texas will determine when the Article 32 moves forward,
Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Released from Prison
Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an
Alabama prison on Thursday after serving time for misusing about
$750,000 in campaign funds on luxuries including fur capes and a Rolex
watch, local media reported.
Jackson, a former Illinois lawmaker and the son of civil rights leader
the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., spent roughly half of the 30-month
sentence he received in August 2013 behind bars.
His father told reporters that the younger Jackson was doing well when he left the prison facility in Montgomery early Thursday.
"I was so sad the day he left," the elder Jackson said, according to the
CBS affiliate in Chicago. "I'm so glad he'll be returning. It excites
me to no end."
Tom Cotton, tragic hero
His warning to Iran would make him a scapegoat if the nuclear talks fail
The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — “It was worse than a crime; it was a
blunder” — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter
written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46
They wrote to the Iranian theocracy that any agreement on nuclear
proliferation negotiated with President Obama will not constitutionally
bind the next administration — unless it is properly ratified by
Democrats were outraged. They charged that Mr. Cotton’s letter is a
crime, a violation of the 216-year-old Logan Act. That law bars
unauthorized individuals from conducting negotiations with foreign
Even some Republicans sighed that the letter was a political blunder.
It supposedly plays into President Obama’s caricature of right-wing and
In fact, the letter was not a crime or a blunder.
Senators and House members have a long history of freelancing in
foreign policy. Sometimes they do it wisely, sometimes stupidly.
A better 2016 agenda
“In your heart you know he’s right,” was Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign slogan in 1964.
The critics of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who announced Monday he is
running for president, are effectively saying of him: “In your head you
know he’s nuts.”
Even before his announcement, Cruz was labeled with the typical
modifiers the left uses to scare people who don’t pay much attention to
politics — extreme, far right, out of the mainstream.
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army.
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk