Headlines of interest, early to mid May, 2016…
The Monroe Doctrine surging again?…
Dilma Roussef’s last stand…
The BRICS Post – Senate votes to unseat Rousseff in Brazil
Her replacement is the U.S. pick Michel Temer…
See State Dept. cables courtesy of WikiLeaks – PMDB CHIEF AFFIRMS PARTY’S POSITION AS POWER BROKER BUT BALKS AT PREDICTING PRESIDENTIAL RACE – PMDB LEADER PONDERS PARTY’S ELECTORAL OPTIONS
A flashback to 2013 reminds us of why she was a target…
Independent (18 September 2013) – Brazil plans national Internet redesign in order to avoid US web surveillance
Though she had moderated in this particular effort (see Foreign Policy, June 16, 2015: Why Did Brazil’s President Change Her Tune on Spying?), the BRICS factor sealed her fate, as anticipated by William Engdahl in 2014…
New Eastern Outlook (18. 11. 2014) – BRICS’ Brazil President Next Washington Target
In other news, NATO/crypto-Nazi forces assemble in 21st Century bid to conquer Russia’s lebensraum…
Executive Intelligence Review – NATO’S NEW OPERATION BARBAROSSA: What Business Does the German Military Have in Lithuania?
ThereAreNoSunglasses – Insane Foreign Policy Highlighted By Dueling, Simultaneous US/Russian War Games In Moldova
Pravda – Who is rattling nuclear club?
Yonhap News Agency – N. Korea threatens to build up nuclear attack capability against U.S.
Voltairenet (Valentin Katasonov) – The SWIFT System: A Potential Weapon in the Hybrid War
WikiLeaks – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Executive Intelligence Review – ‘Will the 28 Pages Turn Into 80,000 in Saudi 9/11 Connection?’
Fars News – Israeli Airstrikes over Damascus Confirmed
Antiwar – Heavy Fighting in Anbar Province; 362 Dead in Iraq – Bloody Day for Baghdad; 188 Killed in Iraq – Dozens Afflicted in Chemical Attack; 163 Killed in Iraq – Escalating US Air Strikes Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul – 242 Killed in Iraq, Including U.S. Soldier
Hurriyet Daily News – Davutoğlu stepping down as Turkish PM, AKP to hold snap congress
Fort Russ (translation of Известия) – Davutoglu Paid the Price for Disagreements with Erdogan
Al Monitor (citing pelikandosyasi) – How mysterious new Turkish blog exposed Erdogan-Davutoglu rift
Journalists under fire all over the place…
Free Thought Project – Police Throw Stun Grenades Into Crowd, Ripping a Journalist’s Face Open
Berbatullaz (2/5bz Vimeo channel) – GEZiLLA 10000 YEARS
— On 19 September 2014, all preparations for the camp and the festival had been completed. Everything seemed to be allright, until the we hear the devastating news about the massacre, on the first day of the festival.ISIS had attacked Kobane. People who tried to save their lives and escape to the other side of the border were attacked by the soldiers.We were confronted with companies trying to eliminate the habitat of millions of beings, states trying to control the water politics in the Middle East and the ISIS. I believe that it was the first time that we faced the most bitter form of the phrase “if i can’t dance, i don’t want to be part of the revolution”which was widely shared in the social media. This situation must have scared the State Water Authority, so the second day, they opened the dam shutters.The concert venue and the camp area right at the banks of the river Tigris (Dicle) were under control by helicopters whereas where everything was under the flood, The Festival continued with audio-visuals performance,enhanced with images and speeches of Yılmaz Güney and Gezilla footages continued. Hasankeyf Castle and it’s caves which was closed to general public, have been reopened for visit and had been occupied on the third day of the festival. They opened the dam shutters and they applied this method later on, on the villages of Kobane, as well. –
Academia.org (Joost Jongerden) – Dams and Politics in Turkey: Utilizing Water, Developing Conflict
Wayne Madsen Report – May 13-15, 2016 — U.S. Navy riverine craft captured by Iran were on spy mission
WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources that two U.S. Navy riverine patrol boats, captured near Iran’s military-sensitive Farsi Island on January 12 of this year, were on a National Security Agency-linked electronic surveillance mission. The Iranians captured the two Riverine Command Boats (RCB 802 and 805), which were assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, when they drifted into Iranian territorial waters while en route from Kuwait to Bahrain. The two boats were to be refueled by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy before they were taken into custody by members of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. The seizure of the boats and their total crew of ten came as the U.S., Iran, and other nations were hammering out the last details of the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran.
WMR has learned that Secretary of State John Kerry, a veteran of U.S. Navy riverine intelligence penetrations of neutral Cambodia during the Indochina War, reacted quickly to defuse the incident when he became aware of the botched U.S. Navy intelligence mission targeting Farsi Island. Kerry phoned his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif within five minutes of being informed about the seizure and demanded their “quick” release.
The two RCBs were built by SAFE Boats of Bremerton, Washington but were designed and licensed to the Bremerton builder by Dockstavarvet of Sweden. The Swedish design is intended to maximize the ability of the craft to quickly enter and retreat from hostile waters while covertly collecting electronic and photographic intelligence. The boats’ weapon systems are controlled by a system manufactured by the Israeli defense company Rafael.
The Obama administration was criticized by Republicans because the Iranian captors of the American crewmen forced them to keep their hands behind their heads while being videotaped for later viewing by worldwide television audiences. The U.S. personnel were held for 16 hours and one of them apologized to Iran on videotape. WMR has learned that the reason the Iranians forced the Americans to keep their hands behind their heads was to prevent one or more of them from disposing of thumb drives overboard or pushing any data destruction buttons on the boats that were rife with surveillance gear.
Initially, the U.S. Navy claimed the boats suffered a “navigation error.” However, there was nothing wrong with the Global Positioning Systems on board the vessels or on portable units in the possession of the crew.
[image] RCBs 802 and 805 on maneuvers in Kuwait prior to their capture by Iran in sensitive waters off Iran’s heavily-fortified Farsi Island.
The capture of the two RCBs by Iran resulted in one of the worst compromises of U.S. intelligence information since the April 1, 2001 forced landing of a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries electronic intelligence aircraft on China’s Hainan Island. The compromise of NSA and other intelligence by the capture of the RCBs has led the Navy, as a result of a formal review of the incident, to remove from his duties Commander Eric Rasch, the Executive Officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3. Rasch began his Navy career as an intelligence specialist. Rasch was removed from his duties for failure to “provide effective leadership.” The Commanding Officer of CRG 3, Commander Gregory Meyer, is presently on administrative hold with CRG-1, pending the completion of the formal investigation.
After Iran returned the boats to the U.S., an inventory accounted for all weapons, ammunition, and communications, except for two satellite phone SIM cards. The Navy made no mention of surveillance or navigation equipment. The Obama administration has resisted efforts by Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain to subpoena the ten sailors captured by Iran. WMR has been informed that some of them may actually be assigned to a U.S. intelligence agency and were on the boats under U.S. Navy official cover.
Boiling Frogs Post (Filip Kovacevic) – What is Cooking in the Bosnian Pot? CIA Director’s Visit to the Balkans
Jerusalem Post – Analysis: Intelligence agencies succeeding in penetrating Hezbollah
Intelligence Online – Black Cube targeted by Israeli intelligence
Schneier on Security – NIST Starts Planning for Post-Quantum Cryptography
Wall Street Journal (mirrored at Cryptome) – Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service
GovTechWorks – Intel Chiefs Eye Social Media for Internal Security Risks
Secrecy News – Punishing Leaks Through Administrative Channels
Intercept – Snowden Archive ——The SidToday Files
Edward Snowden – Inside the Assassination Complex
Traditionally, in the context of military affairs, we’ve always understood that lethal force in battle could not be subjected to ex ante judicial constraints. When armies are shooting at each other, there’s no room for a judge on that battlefield. But now the government has decided — without the public’s participation, without our knowledge and consent — that the battlefield is everywhere. Individuals who don’t represent an imminent threat in any meaningful sense of those words are redefined, through the subversion of language, to meet that definition. Inevitably that conceptual subversion finds its way home, along with the technology that enables officials to promote comfortable illusions about surgical killing and nonintrusive surveillance.
Take, for instance, the Holy Grail of drone persistence, a capability that the United States has been pursuing forever. The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, smartphone, and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route. Once you know the devices, you know their owners. When you start doing this over several cities, you’re tracking the movements not just of individuals but of whole populations.
By preying on the modern necessity to stay connected, governments can reduce our dignity to something like that of tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and they’re in our pockets. It sounds like fantasist paranoia, but on the technical level it’s so trivial to implement that I cannot imagine a future in which it won’t be attempted. It will be limited to the war zones at first, in accordance with our customs, but surveillance technology has a tendency to follow us home…
Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – The Pentagon is building a ‘self-aware’ killer robot army fueled by social media
International Man – They’re Bringing Back Feudalism… and Nobody Seems to Notice
Trump seals the deal…
Lame Cherry – obliteraTED
The Common Sense Show – By Securing the Nomination, Trump Has Put Every Loyal American In Danger
LewRockwell (Thierry Meyssan) – Mattis Versus Trump
Sipsey Street Irregulars – From Mike: Milestone on the road to the civil war.
Black Agenda Report – Bernie to Deliver Captive Constituencies to the Democratic Convention
American Mirror – SALLY MILLER: Bill Clinton’s fantasies inspired by his mother
N.Y. Post – Hillary Clinton is unraveling quickly
Washington Examiner – Washington Post assigns army of 20 to dig into ‘every phase’ of Trump’s life
For more about Felix Sater, see Courthouse News from May 14, 2013, Did CIA Help a Swindler Walk?; The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 10, 2012, Strange bedfellows: Swindler, Stinger-missile brokers, the CIA; Securities Lawyer 101 from Dec. 16, 2015, Cry Me a Sater…Felix Sater & Donald Trump
ENENews – EPA data reveals “sharp spike in radiation level” around US nuclear site — “It’s been reportedly leaking huge amounts of radioactive materials for more than 2 weeks” — Evacuations enacted… Almost 50 workers have sought medical attention… Symptoms include bleeding ulcers, burned lungs
Science – Zika causes microcephaly in mice
FOX 13 (Salt Lake City) – Dugway declassified: A rare look at the mysterious Utah site’s experiments, then and now