Headlines of interest, later in May 2015 [updated]…

Al Monitor – US clarifies position on nuclear-free Middle East

An unusual event took place May 23 when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called US Secretary of State John Kerry and warmly thanked him for the role played by the United States in halting the Egyptian initiative of “demilitarizing the Middle East of nuclear weapons,”…

The gloves are off? Videos of a massive explosion in Yemen on May 20 are raising many questions…

Veterans Today – Saudis Have Israel Nuke Yemen for Them

[June 6 edit -most recent check of the Youtube video linked at VT article is not the same as that posted when we originally linked this article. The video gave evidence of a smaller explosion just prior to the larger flash and mushroom cloud, suggesting a large ammo depot was hit.]

While VT and Gordon Duff particularly are regarded as highly dubious in many circles, the “Jeff Smith” of the IAEA cited appears to be Jeffrey Smith, PhD2002 ­- 2006: Ambassador of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency 

[June 6 edit – we have sent email to Jeffery Smith of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Awaiting reply to confirm or deny whether he is the same Jeff Smith cited at VT]

Meanwhile, across the Gulf of Aden…

Indian Ocean Newsletter – China ousts Americans from Obock

Djibouti has officially asked the United States to leave their military installations at Obock.

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Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine. There is the problem however of distinguishing a volunteer from one officially sent. The “confessions” are not credible. Original articles with comments at Fort RussRussia Daily Brief for May 20, 2015

Новая газетаОбвиняемые СБУ в терроризме россияне ответили на вопросы «Новой газеты»

Russians accused of terrorism by the SBU answer Novaya Gazeta questions

The two appear to be under the influence of anesthesia, and what does Novaya Gazeta ask them, with an SBU colonel present in the room? Whether they are Russian Army soldiers.

ВЗГЛЯДОпубликовано видео допросов захваченных у Счастья ополченцев

SBU publishes interrogation videos of the two captured Russians

Judging the videos, those don’t appear to be interrogations, but rather written statements read in front of the camera, with an occasional prompt from the “interrogator.” These two are most likely former Russian servicemembers who came to the Donbass as volunteers, and they read the statements that were placed in front of them because the alternative was being tried on terrorism charges. One wonders whether they might be under the influence of drugs of some sort, judging by their rather listless behavior.

LIFENEWSЗадержанных под Луганском ополченцев жестоко пытали на допросах

Captured Russian volunteers were tortured

LifeNews points out that the cast on Yerofeyev’s arm appeared later, and does not appear to have anything to do with his combat wound which he sustained to the opposite shoulder.

Mozgovoy and the adventures of foreign volunteers in Novorossia (video)

Nine days later…

Niqnaq – mozgovoi killed

Russia InsiderMozgovoy’s Deputies Vow to Fight to the End

Ceasefire in E. Ukraine not holding…

SputnikUkrainian Forces Want to Bring Forward Heavy-Caliber Artillery in Donbass

They are wasting no time…

RT3 civilians, including 11yo killed by Ukrainian army shell in Donbass – reports

NOVOROSSIA TODAYKiev forces deploy Tochka-U missile system near east Ukraine’s Kramatorsk — intelligence

Vineyard of the SakerUkraine SITREP May 26th, by Raskolnikova

Continuing New Cold War sabre-rattlings…

Ukrinform – Continental war may start in Donbas – Turchynov

Independent – Finland writes to 900,000 military reservists amid heightened tensions with Russia

Radio Liberty – Eyeing Russia, Sweden Shows Military Muscle On Gotland

Stop NATO – Arctic Circle: NATO Launches Massive Air Drills Near Russian Border

U.S. Deploys Guided Missile Destroyers To Black, Baltic Seas

Stoltenberg: NATO To Defend All European States

NYTimesBeau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s Son, Dies at 46

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Spook news…

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Five Eyes and Color Revolutions

Intelligence OnlineSensePost unmasks anonymous smartphones

Intercept – APPLE AND GOOGLE JUST ATTENDED A CONFIDENTIAL SPY SUMMIT IN A REMOTE ENGLISH MANSION

AP – NSA WINDS DOWN ONCE-SECRET PHONE-RECORDS COLLECTION PROGRAM

Mother Jones – The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program

Space.comAir Force’s Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Spotted by Amateur Astronomers

SeeSat-LX-37B OTV 4 search elements

Headlines of interest, mid to late May, 2015…

Sunday TimesSaudis ‘to get nuclear weapons’

ThereAreNoSunglasses – Iran, US Navies Exchange Threats Over Iranian Cargo Ship Bearing Aid To Huthis

SputnikSaudi Jets Fire on UNICEF Aid Ships

Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) – May 18-19, 2015 — Message from the MV Iran Shahed in the Gulf of Aden

There Will Be No Saudi Inspection Of This Ship! – A Message from Caleb Maupin on board the “Iran Shahed” in the Gulf of Aden

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is mercilessly slaughtering people in Yemen, has absolutely no right to inspect this vessel. Neither does the United States of America or Israel. The Iranian government has made that absolutely clear, and all of us in the delegation of peace activists from Germany, France, and the United States absolutely agree with this decision.

An inspection from the United Nations or the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Society would absolutely be permitted and welcomed. These are international bodies delegated for such tasks. However, allowing an inspection of this ship from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would recognize that somehow the people of Yemen are the property of the Saudis, which they are not. Yemenis are fighting and dying to assert this fact each day.

The Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in agreement with Yemen, is shipping 2,500 tons of medical supplies on this cargo vessel. Both Iran and Yemen are sovereign countries. They have the right to interact peacefully with each other, without interference. Saudi Arabia has no say in the matter.

The only purpose a Saudi inspection could serve would be to humiliate the Islamic Republic of Iran, or worse, to create some kind of provocation or incident. The Saudis could use the inspection of this vessel to start a scuffle with those on board, or to plant weapons, or to issue false reports in the media about what they found on board.

The Saudi regime, which beheads and tortures people routinely, and is currently burning the skin of Yemeni children with the chemical weapon called White Phosphorous, has no business entering this ship.

A Purely Humanitarian Mission

There is no question in my mind about the absolutely humanitarian nature of this mission. I have personally looked inside the cargo areas of this ship and seen nothing but humanitarian items like band-aids, disinfectant, food, and bottled water.

All Iranian cargo ships that pass through the Gulf of Aden have two machine guns mounted on the bridge, as a mechanism for self-defense from pirates or terrorists which frequent this dangerous area. However, because this is a special humanitarian mission these machine guns, which are on every Iranian cargo ship, were removed.

The emblem of the Red Crescent Society is prominently displayed throughout the ship, as are the Iranian and Yemeni flags.

I have spoken at length with the Red Crescent volunteers (we have plenty of time to socialize). They have told me about their previous international operations with the Red Crescent Society, traveling across the world to help those in need.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society, like all organizations which are affiliated to the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Society in Geneva, follows seven guiding principles of work. Among them are non-involvement in military operations, non-partisan delivery of aid, and volunteerism.

The Iranians would welcome the United Nations or the International Red Cross/Red Cresent to inspect this ship. But the criminal Saudi regime, and its US and Israeli allies are simply not welcome aboard.

If we have no interference, we will reach Hodiedah on Thursday, and deliver our 2,500 tons of supplies to the Yemeni people. We have recently been informed that the Saudis have already bombed the port of Hodiedah in anticipation of our arrival.

Let The Hungry Children of Yemen Live!
This Illegal, Immoral Blockade Must End!
Don’t Block The Rescue Boat!

Al MonitorIs Israel in cahoots with Saudi Arabia?

WMR – The Middle East’s Zionist-Salafist alliance shapes up

The indications and warnings circuit in the Middle East has focused on the recent activities of a former Israeli Mossad and Unit 8200 signals intelligence official David Meidan, former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and the chief of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) head Hakan Fidan. Meidan is the Israeli intelligence official who conducted a 2011 prisoner swap with Hamas that saw Israeli Defense Force soldier Gilad Shalit exchanged for over 1027 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. He has reportedly established a warm working relationship with Fikan [sic], who is held responsible for sustained Turkish support for the Islamic State in Syria against the wishes of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

Meidan and Fikan [sic] have repaired the Israeli-Turkish intelligence relationship damaged after the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara Turkish aid ship that was en route to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza. Prince Bandar, who plays no major role in the new government of Saudi King Salman, has gone the route of Meidan and established his own private security/intelligence consultancy and is counted as another major player in the emerging axis of Jerusalem, Ankara, and Riyadh. This alliance is mainly directed against Iran and the Iranian-influenced and predominantly Shi’a-led Iraqi government in Baghdad. Bandar brings to the axis’s table an impressive group of U.S. influence peddlers, including Central Intelligence Agency director John O. Brennan, a close friend of Bandar, and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Louis Freeh, whose Freeh Group International has represented Bandar’s interests in the United States.

The emerging alliance also brings the United Arab Emirates into the mix as an alliance partner. Meidan has recently been to Abu Dhabi, which also serves as the headquarters of former Blackwater president Erik Prince’s company, Frontier Resource Group, a private equity firm. Prince also runs a private military company in the UAE capital, called Reflex Resources or “R2.” Meidan, who serves as a special adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has been reportedly active recently in Abu Dhabi pushing for contracts for David Meidan Projects, his consulting and security firm. Meidan is not the first current or former Mossad official to travel to the UAE. There are credible reports that the current Mossad chief, Tamir Pardo, visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai to meet with UAE intelligence officials. Pardo reportedly concluded a top secret agreement that established a joint Israeli-UAE intelligence fusion center in Abu Dhabi that targets Iran. Pardo and his predecessor, Meir Dagan, have met with Saudi officials, including then-Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar, to hammer out secret basing agreements whereby Israel has pre-positioned logistics material at Saudi airfields to support an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear power installations. Pardo also has reportedly maintained contact with Bahraini intelligence officials and has met Qatari emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Bandar has been active with two security companies, one Saudi, Saudi Security Solutions and Services, and its Swedish partner, Securitas. The presence of unknown “special forces” units in fighting in Aden in South Yemen has been seen by some Middle Eastern observers as an indication that private military companies are active in combat against Houthi rebels. The Houthis, a Zaidi Islamic sect, are seen as proxies for Iran in fighting against the Saudi-supported Salafists of “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” and their Islamic State allies. The Saudi desire to have “boots on the ground” in Yemen became a problem when Pakistan said no to sending its troops and Egypt confined its involvement to offshore naval patrols to enforce an embargo on arms reaching Yemeni Houthi rebels.

The emerging axis of Jerusalem, Riyadh, and Ankara, with the UAE and Qatar as cooperating partners, may explain why UAE and Qatari officials have been so active recently in Serbia and Croatia. The United States, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, all natural gas producing countries, have been trying to prevent the building of a Russian Gazprom pipeline from Russia through Turkey and traversing Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and into Hungary to deliver Russian natural gas to Europe’s heartland. The Turks have not succumbed to Western and Arab pressure to nix the “Turkish Stream” pipeline deal, which has resulted in the CIA and its Saudi and Qatari friends pumping cash to Kosovo Albanians and Serb Muslims to set the stage for the reintroduction of ethnic warfare between Slavic Serbs and Macedonians and Muslim Kosovar and Macedonian Albanians. The recent border invasions of Macedonia by Muslim Albanians of the supposedly outlawed Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is an indication that the Saudi and Qatari destabilization funds have reached their intended recipients. The leader of an Albanian nationalist party in Albania, Koco Danaj, has called for the unification of all Albanians and he said that Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski will “end in blood.” Meanwhile, uniformed members of a renewed Handzar division of Bosnian Muslims, named after the infamous Nazi Waffen SS division of Bosnian Muslims who fought for Adolf Hitler, marched in Novi Pazar in the predominantly Muslim Sandzak province of Serbia to mark Victory over Nazism Day. These moves by Muslims in Macedonia and Serbia came after several visits by UAE and Qatari officials to Serbia and Macedonia.

Another sign of a new Zionist-Salafist alliance in the Middle East is the last-minute decisions of Saudi King Salman and UAE President, Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, as well as Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to snub President Barack Obama and not attend a summit meeting at Camp David between Obama and America’s Gulf allies. The summit was intended to assuage Gulf Arab concerns on the P5+1 nuclear framework negotiated with Iran. Israel, the Saudis, Qataris, and Emiratis are all opposed to the agreement and have been working closely together to derail it. Oman, which has good relations with Iran, cited its sultan’s poor health as a reason for his passing on Camp David. Oman and Iran enjoy close relations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the Saudi interior minister, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the defense minister, will represent Saudi Arabia at the Camp David summit.

A WMR “pithy comment”…

Obama flubs names of Saudi kings. Or did he? Obama calls Ibn Saud, the the Saudi founder, “Faisal.” Well, King Faisal, the only non-Zionist of the bunch, got a bullet in his face from a suspected Mossad dupe. Maybe Obama had a hidden message for King Salman, after all.

Penny for your thoughts – Sy Hersh’s Limited Hangout: Framing Saudi Arabia for Destruction/Destabilization

In other Middle East news…

Al Monitor – NATO taps Turkey to counter Russian threat

Trend – Turkey wants to lead high-level NATO task force in 2021

Stop NATO – Following NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting, Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Helicopter

Intelligence Online –  MIT fears Gulen-Tehran rapprochement

ThereAreNoSunglasses – The Battle for Palmyra, the Gem of Syrian Oil and Gas Industry

Moon of Alabama – U.S. Intelligence Predicted: U.S. Support For Rebels in Syria Would Lead To Fall of Ramadi

Reuters – Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas

Levant Report – 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

“THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”

Cited: Judicial Watch – Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

+972High Court okays plan to raze Arab village, build Jewish one in its place

Times of IsraelIsraeli aid to Nepal covered for baby trafficking, Spanish-language TV claims

Cited – HispanTVTerremoto en Nepal devela tráfico de menores a Israel

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MINA – Nedelkovski: There are Americans killed among Terrorists in Kumanovo

SputnikWhat’s Brewing Along the Bulgarian-Macedonian Border?

Stop NATO – Bulgaria: EU-NATO Frontline State For Wars In East, South

Wartime Interoperability: U.S. Deploys Warplanes To Slovakia

RT – ‘Not aimed at third country’: Russia & China start joint drills at Mediterranean

Russia stops transit of NATO military cargo to Afghanistan

Ukrinform – US House of Representatives approves supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine

Prison Planet – Video: US-Backed Ukrainian Militants Hang Pregnant Woman

Fort Russ (translation of Антифашист) – Ukraine is moving to Russia

Translations at May 18 Daily Brief

Телерадиокомпания Звезда – Зачем Виктория Нуланд летит в Москву?

Why is Nuland coming to Moscow?

It would appear that Nuland is coming to Moscow to continue what Kerry started in Sochi. Her visit comes on the heels of her meeting with Poroshenko, which led the Kiev commentariat to worry her job was to convince Poroshenko to “capitulate.” Which is probably true–Kerry seems to have succeeded in subordinating Nuland to his policy and even excluding Biden from Ukraine-related stuff.

Эксперт-ОнлайнСирия в обмен на Украину?

Syria in exchange for Ukraine?

That’s the speculation hitting the Russian commentariat, but Gevorg Mirzayan disagrees. It’s not even clear the US foreign policy establishment wants the Assad government to collapse, because it would not only destabilize the region even further but undermine the US-Iran nuclear deal while expanding Iran’s influence into the vacuum left by Russia’s departure. So if there is a deal, it’s not going to be as simple as that.

There are rumblings of a shift in Syria policy with another of its allies…

Intelligence OnlineTehran’s support for Assad becomes conditional

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In other world news…

Reuters – U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

DW – Burundi coup ‘failed,’ says putsch leader’s deputy

Nigerian restaurant serving human flesh…

BBC Swahili – Mgahawa wauza nyama ya binaadamu Nigeria

Guardian – 1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians

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Hacker news…

Drudge Report banner headliine: HROD17@CLINTONEMAIL.COM

Don’t forget to thank Guccifer when stories like these pop up…

NYTimesClinton Friend’s Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business

Cryptome – Guccifer: Bush Dynasty Family Tree

Ars Technica – UK government quietly rewrites hacking laws to give GCHQ immunity

APTN – Hacker told F.B.I. he made plane fly sideways after cracking entertainment system

WCPO – Cyber alert: Hundreds of thousands of unsecure cameras streaming live on the Internet

WE ARE ALWAYS LISTENINGRecordings

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D.C. murder mystery…

Daily Mail – Murdered CEO, wife, son, and maid were ‘bound and threatened’ overnight in DC mansion by attackers who ‘knew the family and wanted something from the father’

DC police and ATF agents continued to gather evidence at the Woodley Park home, which sits on Embassy Row near Joe Biden’s house and the Clinton residence…

Four more to add to the Clinton Body Count?

Apparently not this time…

The Georgetowner – ‘Got Him’: Police Arrest Prime Suspect in Woodley Park Murders, Along with 5 Others

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Highland County Press (Rep. Louie Gohmert) – Changes needed in Jade Helm military exercises

KFOX14 – video obtained of Fort Bliss soldier shows moments before his death while in custody

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ZeroHedge – Someone Finally Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal And Admits The TPP “Will Damage This Nation”

The Hill – Senate approves Obama trade bill, sending fast-track to House

Mainichi – Over 1,000 people sue Japan gov’t to halt involvement in TPP

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Voltairenet (Peter Dale Scott) – The Hidden Government Group

Feed Your Need to Read (Douglas Valentine) – Inside the CIA’s Use of Terror During the Vietnam War

JADE HELM and Private Military Corporations

There has been much fear and loathing regarding JADE HELM 15 in the independent media, where hyperbole is infectious…

InfowarsJade Helm Update: They’re About to Drop The Hammer!

Before It’s NewsJade Helm is Operational! Militia Units Fired Up! Gun Grabs Are Back! Jade Helm IS NOT A DRILL!!!!

Dave Hodges The Common Sense ShowThe Interconnections Between the TPP, Jade Helm, ISIS and the Elimination of Christianity

Veterans TodayDHS: “America is now under Wal-Martial law” – that one is satire.

The “infection” began around the Ides of March this year, with the release of two Power Point presentations titled “Request to Conduct Realistic Military Training (RMT) Jade Helm 15” at…

All News Pipeline‘Jade Helm 2015’ 8-Week Summer Special Ops Exercises Prep For End Game And ‘Mastering The Human Domain’

Listed as contacts in the documents are Mr. Thomas Mead JADE HELM Operations Planner/MSEL, Mr. Francisco Oquendo Jr., JADE HELM Operations Planner, and Mr. Richard Kimmich, JADE HELM Project Lead. Of the latter we know little; he is apparently one and the same Command Senior Enlisted Leader CSM Richard Kimmich, USA, listed in this Joint Special Operations University 2011-2012 Academic Handbook.

The name of Thomas Mead has come up in news stories where he has interfaced with local officials agreeing to conduct the realistic military training exercise in their jurisdictions…

WTAWGreen Berets Are Coming to Aggieland

mySouTexMilitary exercises to be held in county

American Contractor – Jade Helm 15 Mastering the Human Domain

On December 8, 2014, the Goliad County Commissioners Court approved a request from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command to conduct military exercises in the county. The individual who presented the military operation is a military contractor who now has the role of Operations Planner, Thomas Mead…

Mead and Oquendo both have ICE Inc. email addresses. On its news page, we find a 6/30/2014 entry that may refer to a Jade Helm related contract, presuming that Richard Kimmich would be the USSOCOM liaison…

Intelligence, Communications, and Engineering Inc. (ICE Inc.) has been awarded the USSOCOM Enterprise Wide Training and Exercise Program (UEWTEP) contract…

Another ICE Inc. contractor who has come to our attention (from DAHBOO777 and TRronic-Kontra News) is Mia Kelly…

Mia Kelly | LinkedIn

Summary – TOP SECRET/SCI – 30+ years working with DoD – 15 years working with Special Operations – Experienced in Cyber Operations and Electronic Warfare Planning, CI/HUMINT, and Information Operations – Strong written and oral communications skills – Detailed operational planner – Expert at developing viable courses of action for complex problems – Mentor and trainer

Experience

Cyber/IO Planner for Exercise JADE HELM – ICE – August 2014 – Present (10 months)Fort Bragg, NC

Cyber/IO Planner – JADE HELM – VATC – January 2014 – August 2014 (8 months)

Senior Cyber/Information Operations Planner – Northrop Grumman – September 2007 – December 2013 (6 years 4 months)

IO Planner/LNO USASOC 2007 – December 2013 (6 years)

Sergeant Major US Army, 1st IO CMD 2004 – 2007 (3 years)

First Sergeant US Army 1999 – 2004 (5 years)

Her previous employer, VATC Inc. (Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, Inc.) is a subcontractor to ICE Inc. on the UEWTEP contract referenced above…

VATC Inc. PressVATC Supports Tailored, Cost-Effective Training at Southern Strike

On their LinkedIn pages, both Mead and Oquendo list NEK Advanced Securities Group, Inc. (dead link – expired 4/22/2015) as a former employer…

Francisco Oquendo | LinkedIn

Experience

USASOC JADE HELM Operations Planner – ICE INC – July 2013 – Present (1 year 11 months)Fort Bragg, NC

Operation Planner for JADE HELM, Uncoventional Warfare Exercise.

Observer/Controller – Oak Grove Technologies – April 2013 – June 2013 (3 months)

Vice President of Operations in Latin America – NEK Advanced Securities Group, Inc. – February 2010 – February 2013 (3 years 1 month)

Company SGM – 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Thomas Mead | LinkedIn

Experience

Site Lead – Metris – July 2012 – Present (2 years 11 months) Fayetteville, North Carolina Area

IW Instructor – NEK Advanced Securities Group, Inc. – March 2012 – October 2012 (8 months) Camp Lejeune, NC

Customer Account Executive – DynCorp International – September 2010 – February 2012 (1 year 6 months)

MSG, Special Forces – US Army – October 1990 – November 2010 (20 years 2 months)

His current employer: Metris Global

Previous employer: NEK Advanced Securities Group, Inc. | LinkedIn

NEK’s mission is to provide our clients the highest quality Special Operations related services and capabilities possible in response to unique contracting requirements. The Company combines competent, highly experienced Special Operations Forces (SOF) professionals with a combination of corporate flexibility and rapid responsiveness to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Our readily available services alleviate inherent governmental restrictions in order to meet rapidly emerging foreign and domestic requirements. NEK will work with each customer to identify training requirements and objectives in order to develop a custom training program that satisfies those requirements. [our emphasis]

What does alleviation from “inherent governmental restrictions” entail? Consider the September 2005 statement of Brigadier General Karl Horst, deputy commander of the Third Infantry Division charged with Baghdad security, regarding Mead’s former employer DynCorp and other private military contractors…

Special ForcesThe private military contractors (PMC)

These guys run loose in this country and do stupid stuff. There’s no authority over them, so you can’t come down on them hard when they escalate force… They shoot people, and someone else has to deal with the aftermath. It happens all over the place.

That was in post-invasion Iraq. What then will the PMCs do under “domestic requirements,” where the “inherent governmental restrictions” include the U.S. Constitution?

Constantine ReportUS to Investigate Charge of Multiple Child Rapes by Dyncorp Employees in Colombia

As we said, hyperbole is infectious.

Headlines of interest, early to mid May, 2015…

For a second it looked as if some Senators are good for something…

Citizen’s JournalDemocrats filibuster TPP “FastTrack” trade bill

Not so fast…

The HillSenate nears deal on trade

ZeroHedgeSenate Passes Obama’s TPP Fast-Track Trade Proposal

Flush The TPPWhat You Need to Know about the Trans Pacific Partnership

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USNI NewsNavy Super Hornet Crashes in Persian Gulf, Crew Safely Recovered

The more than $60 million fighter lost power shortly after takeoff from Roosevelt and while the sailors ejected the aircraft safely the plane has been declared a total loss, the service told USNI News.

In December, U.S. Air Force Capt. William Dubois, 30, was killed in an F-16 Fighting Falcon crash as part of OIR and Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears, 21, died after bailing out of a MV-22 Osprey that lost power taking off from USS Makin Island (LHD-8).

Loss of power or other “maintenance problems” shortly after takeoff – were these the targets of EMP attacks?

Reuters – U.S. identifies wreckage of missing Marines helicopter in Nepal

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Seymour Hersh has been giving us teasers on this one for years now, so it had better be good…

London Review of BooksThe Killing of Osama bin Laden

The Spy Who Billed Me (R J Hillhouse) – Hersh Did Not Break Bin Laden Cover Up Story

AangirfanSEYMOUR HERSH – BIN LADEN DEATH STORY IS LIES

Cryptome (Twitter) – “For comparison to Hersh’s, three reports (spin) on bin Laden killing: http://cryptome.org/2013/07/pk-obl-raid-dossier.pdfhttp://cryptome.org/0005/schmidle/schmidle-access.htmhttp://cryptome.org/0005/schmidle-funds/schmidle-funds.htm …”

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Boiling Frogs PostVictoria Nuland and the Balkans

Excerpts from Wayne Madsen Report – May 7-8, 2015 — Nuland and Soros pouring gasoline on Balkans powder keg

The “color revolution” maestro team of Assistant Secretary of State for European/Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and global hedge fund tycoon George Soros have given the final green light to their operatives in Macedonia to stage an uprising against the government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. This move follows an attempt to embarrass Gruevski’s government by the release of the transcripts of intercepted phone calls of 20,000 Macedonian citizens, including political leaders and journalists by the U.S.- and Soros-supported Macedonian opposition. The collection of the calls was well-beyond the tehnical capabilities of the Macedonian intelligence service and there are suspicions that the U.S. and/or German intelligence services were behind the surveillance and the leak of the phone calls to the Macedonian opposition and media. Gruevski and his government have called the leak of the surveillance information a part of a blackmail operation directed against the government. Gruevski ordered the detention of five opposition figures connected to the blackmail case.

By staging a color revolution in Macedonia, Nuland and Soros stand to re-ignite the ethnic conflicts fostered by the Clinton administration’s foolhardy and bloody military engagements of the 1990s against Serbia and ethnic Serbs living in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo…

The real reason behind the attempt to stage a color revolution in Macedonia is that the ethnically-diverse country, where a third of the population is ethnic Albanian, is seen as the weakest link in the planned Turkish Stream pipeline that will transport natural gas from Russia through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and Hungary into central Europe. Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has been called to Washington where Vice President Joe Biden, Kerry, Nuland, and company are poised to bring about additional pressure on Serbia to abandon its nascent alliance with the other Turkish Stream partners or face rejection of full Serbian membership in the European Union and NATO. In return for Vucic abandoning the Turkish Stream deal with Russia, the United States is offering to build a new gas terminal on Krk island in Croatia that would deliver by ship natural gas from Qatar, Algeria, and the United States. However, Croatia and Serbia are old foes and Serbia would be dependent on Croatia for its gas supplies instead of the more friendly nations and its traditional allies of Macedonia, Greece, and Russia.

Biden, Kerry, and Nuland are hoping to see Serbia and Macedonia, as well as Greece and Hungary, abandon the Turkish Stream in the same manner that Bulgaria’s announcement that it would not permit the South Stream pipeline to cross its borders to transport Russian natural gas from a pipeline under the Black Sea sealed the fate of that project. It should also be noted that R. Hunter Biden, Biden’s son, is heavily involved in the natural gas industry in Europe through his employment by Burisma Holdings, Ltd., a natural gas firm owned by Ukrainian-Jewish oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.

NATO has also recently temporarily moved its Allied Joint Force Command headquarters from Naples to Cincu in central Romania as a warning to not only Russia over Ukraine but Serbia and Macedonia over the Turkish Stream pipeline deal. The NATO command in Cincu also controls the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) that is headquartered at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. The Kosovo-Macedonia border has recently witnessed border provocations by Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) personnel that could not have been carried out without the knowledge and acquiescence of NATO and the American military at Bondsteel…

The above was published to WMR subscribers (with 48 hour hold) on May 7, and as if on cue, May 10:

RT – Sniper fire, explosions: 5 Macedonian police dead after clashes in Albanian district

May 12: Macedonians rally for government resignation amid surging political unrest

Elsewhere in the region, the further stoking of hostilities…

Stop NATONATO Kicks Off War Games In Poland

Georgia: U.S. Military Prepares For War On Russia’s Southern Frontier

Estonia: U.S. Air Force Drills For Air War Near Russian Border

“Reassuring NATO Allies”: U.S. Troops’ 400-Kilometer March Through Romania

Pentagon Ready To Move 24 NATO Interceptor Missiles To Romania

Pentagon Moves 12 Warplanes, 200 Troops To Bulgaria

In response to NATO encroachments, Russia flies a propeller driven Bear near UK…

TelegraphRAF jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers

Signs of thawing?…

Fort RussLavrov met Kerry in a white”Victory” at a Sochi “Motherland” hotel

Translation of ОднакоWhy Kerry came to Sochi: will the US dump their Kiev “partners”?

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Ukraine…

The Vineyard of the SakerUkraine SITREP May 13thMay 14th

RTPoroshenko says Minsk deal ‘pseudo-peace’, vows to fight to the last drop of blood

Kyiv PostSuspicions abound as Chechen fighters make mysterious exit from Donbas battlefield

Sputnik – Poroshenko Green-Lights Bill Allowing Russians to Be Sent to Internee Camps

Daily MailTeenage girl soldier hailed as Ukraine’s ‘Joan of Arc’ by Elle magazine is revealed as neo-Nazi and is arrested over cop killing

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Victory Day celebrations…

RT‘Immortal Regiment’ marches on: World celebrates Victory Day (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Authenticity is in doubt; regardless, Russian propaganda at its best…

ThereAreNoSunglassesRussian Tanks On the White House

The new bi-polar world is taking shape…

Telegraph – A new world order? Putin and Xi put friendship on display

Fort RussRussian-Chinese New World Order. Part 1. The End of the MarketPart 2. Global DepressionPart 3. CooperationPart 4. Our Friends and Enemies

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N. Africa/Middle East…

GuardianEU to launch military operations against migrant-smugglers in Libya

Reuters – Libyan military shells Turkish cargo ship, crew member killed

Middle East EyeBombing Houthi’s shrine creates fears of sparking sectarian war

Al MonitorUS willing to ‘compensate’ Israel on Iran deal – will veto UN resolution on Palestinian statehood

Translation of As SafirJabhat al-Nusra launches war against IS in Qalamoun

RTISIS supporters claim attack on Hamas base in Gaza Strip

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Pakistan…

Dawn43 killed in attack on bus carrying Ismailis in Karachi

Jundullah, which claimed attack, is now allied with Islamic State. In the past – if not present – it has had involvement of the curious bed-fellows. From 2012…

Arutz Sheva‘Saudi Arabia Funds Mossad Anti-Iran Operations’

Express TribuneMossad agents posed as CIA to recruit Jundallah members: Report

Pakistan BlogzineBaloch people reject Saudi-sponsored Jundullah terrorists

Western cultivation of Islamic extremism comes in many flavors…

Al Monitor – Iran targets ‘MI6 Shiites’

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North Korea…

38 NorthUnderwater Test-fire of Korean-style Powerful Strategic Submarine Ballistic Missile

InquistrNorth Korea: Minister Hyon Yong-Chol Executed With Anti-Aircraft Guns

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UK elections…

MediumHow Big Money and Big Brother won the British Elections

The Irish TimesSNP wave carries with it the weight of high expectations for Scotland

Seemorerocks – Election fraud in the UK elections

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Spook news…

WikiLeaks – Bundestag Inquiry into BND and NSA

LaRouchePACU.S. Court Of Appeals Rules NSA Bulk-Collection Program Illegal

Privacy SOS – MIT and Harvard worked with NSA on SKYNET project

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Police State…

Judicial Watch – TSA Records Detail Alleged Sexual Assaults of Travelers at Three U.S. Airports

Free Thought Project – Video Shows Deputy Smash Autistic Man’s Skull into the Ground, Killing Him for Joking Around

CBS Los Angeles – Protesters Demand To See Surveillance Video Of Deadly Police Shooting In Venice

Tech Dirt – DEA Takes $16,000 From Train Passenger Because It Can

Infowars – MASTER THE HUMAN DOMAIN: THE DOMESTIC PLAN BEHIND JADE HELM

Able Danger – Marine Links SES Sister’s 60 Minute War To Jade Helm ICE-Inc Bypass With Serco’s (8a) Tor

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Updates on old news…

TelegraphRussian troops key in decisive Ukraine battles, says Boris Nemtsov report

РосБизнесКонсалтингНемцов узнал о 70 погибших российских военных под Дебальцево

English summary/critique at Fort Russ:

Boris Nemtsov found out about 70 Russian soldiers killed at Debaltsevo

This story has been bouncing up and down ever since Nemtsov’s death, and it claims that Nemtsov conducted an investigation, through his contacts in the Airborne Forces but also using “open sources”, and found out the number of Russian troops allegedly killed in the two Donbass campaigns (70 at Debaltsevo, 150 during the summer 2014 fighting at Ilovaysk). The 64-page report claims families were paid off or threatened to keep quiet about their relatives’ combat deaths. This story is running at rbc.ru, which is a stronghold of Russia’s Nemtsov-friendly economic liberals which does a decent job of running down economy stories, but otherwise lapses into conspiracy theory territory, as it does in this instance. Nemtsov’s reputation was such that nobody in the Airborne Forces would ever consider talking to him. He represented everything they hate.

Fort Russ (translating Новая газета) – “It was Buk-M1”–Classified Russian report on MH17 published

Memory Hole – Sandy Hook: Disturbing Anomalies in Noah Pozner Coroner’s Report

Matthew Aid – Israel Declassifies Documents About Failed 1954 Lavon Affair Covert Action Operation

Headlines of note, April into May 2015…

As Moscow prepares for the 70th anniversary Victory Day celebrations…

Stop NATO – Barbarossa II: 900,000 Finnish Reservists Prepared For “Crisis Situation”

NATO Deploys Command Headquarters To Romania

Black Sea: NATO Boosts Presence, War Games In Romania

Pentagon Moves Mechanized Company Across Black Sea To Georgia

Norway, Poland: NATO’s Warfare Centers On Russia’s Borders

U.S. Congress Committee Okays $200 Million For 383-Day War In Ukraine

EU, NATO Launch Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian Military Unit For Confrontation With Russia

Fort Russ – Ukraine: Hostilities (which never stopped) are on the verge of a new break out

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War in Yemen…

Sputnik – Snipers, Special Forces Reportedly Take Part in Ground Offensive in Aden

ThereAreNoSunglasses – Saudis Airdropping Weapons To Al-Qaeda In Taiz, Yemen?

US Cruise Missiles, Drones Bomb Targets Saudis Cannot Hit

Saudis Visit Eritrea To Coordinate With Zionist Entity On Dahlak Island Navy Base?

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Spook news…

Spiegel – America’s Willing Helper: Intelligence Scandal Puts Merkel in Tight Place

Phase Zero – The Secret Mountain Our Spies Will Hide In When Washington Is Destroyed

American Free Press – Pentagon Using Bribery to Control Film Scripts

Intercept – THE COMPUTERS ARE LISTENING
HOW THE NSA CONVERTS SPOKEN WORDS INTO SEARCHABLE TEXT

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Baltimore aftermath…

Washington Post – Surveillance planes spotted in the sky for days after West Baltimore rioting

ZeroHedge – What Happens If You Defy Curfew: A Shocking 90-Second Clip From The Streets Of Baltimore

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American Gladio…

Drudge headline: ISIS STRIKES IN TEXAS?

DailyMailTwo gunmen ‘carrying explosives’ attack anti-Islam art contest in Texas: Suspects dead and security guard wounded at ‘draw Muhammad’ event that offered $10k prize

Daily Dot – Anonymous activist warned Garland police days before ISIS attack

Land Destroyer – Garland Shooting: Gladio – Texas-Style

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JADE HELM fears…

Alt-Market – When The Elites Wage War On America, This Is How They Will Do It

Drama at Veterans Today…

Veterans Today – Jade Helm: We Have Met the Enemy, and He Was Us

VTN Radio – Gordon Duff: Covering for JADE HELM and the Boston bombing

Liberty Beacon Gordon Duff Caught Turning in Patriots For Prison! Red Alert!

Jeff Rense (YouTube) – Jeff’s Recent Brush with Death

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Science news…

ENENews – Billions of mysterious creatures dead along West Coast — “Literally covering all of Oregon coast” — Washing up from California to Alaska — Expert: Death totals are staggering, “it’s got to be billions”

Nature – Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

PhysOrg – Scientists achieve critical steps to building first practical quantum computer