Tuesday April 14th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 0825 PST
Sen. Reid on Cattle Battle: "It's not over"
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn't been very vocal about the
cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says "it's not over."
Reid tells News4's Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle
battle in southern Las Vegas. "Well, it's not over. We can't have an
American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So
it's not over," Reid said.
FLASHBACK: Breaks Ground for Solar Farm Near Ranch...
Standoff could leave dirt on reputation...
BUNDY: Why I Refuse to Recognize Federal Authority...
Judge Napolitano: Americans 'Drawing Line in the Sand'...
Sheriff: Feds now strategize for 'raid' on Nevada ranch...
US Postal Service Joins in Federal Ammo Purchases
Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to
purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large
quantities of ammunition.
Earlier this year, the USPS posted a notice on its website, under the
heading "Assorted Small Arms Ammunition," that says: "The United States
Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms
ammunition. If your organization wishes to participate, you must
pre-register. This message is only a notification of our intent to
China urges greater military use of space
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated
air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a
response to the increasing military use of space by the United States
While Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes, a
Pentagon report last year highlighted China's increasing space
capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed
at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a
From the Archives
By Geoff Metcalf
March 10, 2008
Russia says Ukraine close to civil war as Kiev begins offensive
Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev
said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was
under way, with troops and armored personnel carriers seen near a
flashpoint eastern town.
Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the rebels to
lay down their arms, witnesses however saw no signs yet that Kiev
forces were about to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east
that armed militants have occupied.
Fragile Europe Weakens U.S. Push for Russia Sanctions
The U.S. readiness to impose new economic sanctions on Russia over
Ukraine is offset by the European Union’s reluctance to introduce
stronger measures that could threaten its already fragile economic
While the Obama administration said yesterday that it’s prepared to ramp
up sanctions, possibly to target specific sectors of the Russian
economy such as financial services and energy, the EU limited its
decision to expanding an existing list of individuals under asset
freezes and travel bans.
Blood Moon Eclipse and Mars
The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years turned the moon
into a cosmic red ball early Tuesday —and there's still more to come.
Total lunar eclipses occur when Earth is positioned precisely between
the sun and the full moon. Because of the tilt of the moon's orbit,
total eclipses don't happen all that often — about twice in the course
of three years, on average. When they do, it can be a spectacular sight:
The darkened moon takes on a reddish glow because of the sunlight
refracted by Earth's atmosphere.
Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College?
Law Passed in 9 States So Far
A plan, now stealthily making its way through state
legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College
and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.
The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to
select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner
regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this
law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral
College, it will take effect.
Stories abbout NSA surveillance, Snowden leaks win Pulitzers for two news groups
Two news organizations' stories about National Security Agency
surveillance, based upon documents leaked by Edward Snowden, have been
awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service, often described as the
highest prize in American journalism.
The Washington Post and United States arm of The Guardian each received the prize on Monday.
The Pulitzers are administered by Columbia University. More than a dozen
prizes were announced on Monday, but the recognition of the NSA
reporting was most significant because of the questions raised by
Snowden's leaks and the reaction to them.
GOP Massaging Tea Party to Keep Unelectable CAndidates Home
A quiet campaign has been underway by traditional Republicans to
assuage the tea party as part of the GOP’s bid to reclaim the Senate in
the midterm elections, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The crusade has been mostly successful, according to the newspaper. One
exception is Mississippi, where tea party state Sen. Chris McDaniel has
momentum in his Republican primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Thad
Cochran, Breitbart reported.
In addition to filling conventional candidates’ campaign coffers, party
leaders have also resorted to "diplomacy" with members of the tea
party, according to the Journal.
Snowden and His Accomplices
former NSA contractor, in league with journalist Glenn Greenwald and
others, has exposed nothing illegal. He has done great harm.
and security are not the natural state of affairs. It is a fact of life
that many of those who live comfortable middle-class existences in
affluent, liberal, pluralistic democracies in the 21st century seem to
have forgotten. Those who live without a full grasp of the risks and
sacrifices taken by others on their behalf will not understand the
constant battle for law and freedom against disorder, anarchy and
terror. Just as a gardener fights a constant war against untrammeled
nature, but casual observers see only order and tranquillity, a
constant struggle is being waged against the forces of disruption and
destruction so that we can take the safety and security of our daily
lives for granted.
intelligence services to operate effectively, and to protect us from
these threats, they need to be able to do things in secret, secrets
whose public disclosure would be damaging to our national interests. We
depend on the legal and moral partnership of our governments and the
employees and contractors it uses to maintain the confidentiality of
these secrets. Yet all of this has been imperiled over the past 10
months by the slow public parading of intelligence secrets stolen by
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, working with
Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald and others. As recently as last
month secrets were still being spilled, this time about an NSA malware
Lingering too long in Afghanistan
The endgame for U.S. presence has become a new game
presidential election — now set to enter the runoff stage — will mark
the first peaceful transition of power in the history of that
unfortunate country, ravaged by endless war since 1979. Afghans,
displaying courage in the face of adversity, braved Taliban attacks and
threats, and voted in large numbers on April 5 to bring about a
peaceful transfer of power.
After almost 35
years of bloodletting, Afghans are desperate for peace. President Hamid
Karzai’s successor has his work cut out for him, including promoting
national reconciliation by building bridges with the country’s
disparate ethnic and political groups, strengthening the
still-fledgling, multiethnic Afghan Army, and ensuring free and fair
parliamentary elections next year.
From the Geoff Metcalf Archives
learned a long time ago to notice changes. Changes indicate "something"
and are in many ways a natural early warning device. We may not know at
the time what that "something" is, but awareness leads to preparedness.
If you sit in a forest, a swamp, or a jungle and actively "listen," you
can easily identify a change. Background noise of birds and critters will
get less, or increase; you can hear the difference. Something caused that
change. Likewise most people can even smell a change. It might be the smell
of a salt marsh at low tide, or a campfire or diesel engine. I've known
guys who could smell the oil on a gun amongst assorted mountain fragrances.
There is also what I believe to be a very real instinctive warning device
designed I guess to spark the "fight or flee" reaction. The Godan (fifth
degree black belt) test in one martial art requires the testee to kneel
with his back to the teacher. The teacher "projects" a killing intention
and swings a sword at the kneeling student's head. If the target head isn't
there when the sword arrives, the student passes and is promoted.
20th of last year (1998) I wrote a WorldNetDaily column entitled "Big Brother
Watching" that referred to a program called,
Since then I have seen Echelon stories in a variety of magazines and European
movie, "Enemy of the State," although fiction, shed light on the real world
realities of Echelon, and the unbridled assault on both the concept and
essence of personal privacy.
in both the United States Congress and British Parliament are now asking
questions I raised last year. Even the San Diego Union has written about
Echelon: "Is the government listening in on your phone calls? Reading your
e-mail for words like 'plutonium,' 'Clinton' or 'terrorism'?"
eclectic and strange collection of distaff allies have joined the "What's
the deal with Echelon" crowd. Congressman Bob Barr, himself a former CIA
analyst, The European Parliament, and a gaggle of computer mavens calling
themselves "hacktivists" are all looking into the what, where, when, why,
and how of Echelon. They are not having joint board meetings, but they
are pursuing similar objectives along fairly parallel lines. This Thursday
the "hacktivists" are planning what may be the first mass protest using
electronic mail as a weapon. It cannot be confirmed or denied that FBI
Director Louis Freeh has bought out the entire D.C. stock of Imodium.
target may sound more like something out of "The X-Files" than a real computer
network operated by five countries. But it is real. Echelon is not officially
acknowledged by the U.S. government despite more than ample documentation
of the treaty that sparked it, and the facilities from Menwith Hill in
England to Alexandria, Va. "We don't confirm or deny the existence of Echelon,"
said a spokeswoman for the U.S. National Security Agency, although they
are the agency believed tasked with operating the system.
European Parliament started asking questions about Echelon last year. The
European press has been reporting on it longer than I have. Yet again,
either as a function of malfeasance or complicity, the United States mainstream
has been silent.
Congressman Barr actually said the word ("Echelon") out loud on the floor
of the House for God and everyone to hear.
I noted last year, Echelon is a complex, interconnected worldwide network
of satellites and computerized interception stations operated by the governments
of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
to Christopher Simpson, an American University professor who has written
four books about national security technology, Echelon scans e-mail for
hot-button words like "militia," "Davidian," "terrorism" and "AK-47." It
can recognize individual voices in telephone calls and track who is calling
have often received e-mail with a long litany of "key words and phrases"
(Death to the New World Order, Clinton, Butch Reno, Branch Davidians, TWA
800, Ruby Ridge, Oklahoma City, Abolish the Federal Reserve, None Dare
Call it Treason, Cocaine, AK-47, Stinger, Vince Foster, etc.) above a routine
note such as "Like your column. Keep it up." When I asked, "Why the laundry
list?" I was told it was a small protest intended to overburden the snoopers.
European Parliament published an official report last year and concluded
Echelon has listening posts all over the world that can intercept any phone
calls, e-mail or faxes transmitted by satellite. "Echelon is designed for
primarily nonmilitary targets: governments, organizations and businesses
in virtually every country," the report said.
May a follow up report said there is evidence that the U.S. government
has used Echelon to pick up the secrets of foreign corporations and pass
them on to American companies. Some of you may recall talk that when the
Cold War allegedly ended, intelligence assets would shift focus from military
to industrial espionage.
Barr has called for congressional hearings on Echelon. "By all appearances,
what we have is a massive government program that scoops up unbelievably
huge numbers of private communications, indiscriminately, without any oversight
or court involvement," Barr said. "There's a very important, but fine,
line between legitimate foreign intelligence gathering and unconstitutional
eavesdropping on American citizens, and it appears that line has been crossed."
that Echelon could and would illegally intercept Americans' private communications
sparked the ACLU to write to congressional representatives back in April.
They said, "The troubling aspect is that Echelon is this huge system that
operates without any oversight or scrutiny from anybody." THAT was and
is the whole idea.
not going to re-write last year's column again, you can check out the
However, Echelon is the bastard child of the UKUSA Treaty. The primary
purpose of the treaty AND Echelon was to maintain perception, and obscure
these cousin countries sit down and "in the interest of national security"
with a wink and a nod agree to the following:
is illegal (supposedly) for the United States government to spy on its
is illegal for the British government to spy on its citizens.
in Canada and Australia.
the deal, Nigel: Let's set up an inter-connected information gathering
apparatus. I'll spy on your citizens to determine if they mean us any ill,
and you spy on my citizens to see if anyone is planning nastiness to your
country. THEN I'll show you my data, and you show me your data. You'll
know what's going on with your blokes, and I'll know what's happening with
Joe-six-pack, and it's all legal ... kinda."
you sit in the shadows of the international intelligence jungle, you can
hear a change in the background noise, and the background silence. You
can smell "something" different. Right about now there are Echelon managers
and operatives who can feel that uncomfortable tingle? The same premonition
that martial artist feels just before the sword swings for his head ...
the same tingle a rat feels the heartbeat before the lurking cat springs.
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.
Sgt Dakota Meyer
US Marine Corps
Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members
of his team moved on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and
Border Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with
village elders. Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by
more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars,
and machine guns from houses and fortified positions on the slopes
above. Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut off,
Corporal Meyer seized the initiative. With a fellow Marine driving,
Corporal Meyer took the exposed gunner's position in a gun-truck as
they drove down the steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to
disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U.S. team. Disregarding
intense enemy fire now concentrated on their lone vehicle, Corporal
Meyer killed a number of enemy fighters with the mounted machine guns
and his rifle, some at near point blank range, as he and his driver
made three solo trips into the ambush area. During the first two trips,
he and his driver evacuated two dozen Afghan soldiers, many of whom
were wounded. When one machine gun became inoperable, he directed a
return to the rally point to switch to another gun-truck for a third
trip into the ambush area where his accurate fire directly supported
the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers fighting their way out
of the ambush. Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Corporal Meyer made
two more trips into the ambush area in a third gun-truck accompanied by
four other Afghan vehicles to recover more wounded Afghan soldiers and
search for the missing U.S. team members. Still under heavy enemy fire,
he dismounted the vehicle on the fifth trip and moved on foot to locate
and recover the bodies of his team members. Corporal Meyer's daring
initiative and bold fighting spirit throughout the 6-hour battle
significantly disrupted the enemy's attack and inspired the members of
the combined force to fight on. His unwavering courage and steadfast
devotion to his U.S. and Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain
death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest
traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.