Headlines of interest for March 2018 [updating]…
We usually end with science news, but for this edition we begin…
arXiv.org (S. W. Hawking, Thomas Hertog) – A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?
Washington Post (Christopher Mellon) – The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?
To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science – 2015 GO FAST FOOTAGE
Noted, a common theme to be found in the Overview statement of the To The Stars Academy…
The public interest in the outer edges of science and the understanding of phenomena has always been suffocated by mainstream ideology and bureaucratic constraint.
We believe there are transformative discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience, but they can only be accomplished through the unrestricted support of breakthrough research, discovery and innovation.
To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science has mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the US intelligence community, including the CIA and Department of Defense, that have been operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades. The team members all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity.
Without the restrictions of government priorities.
And Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly…
President of Russia – Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly
Finally, the world is now accumulating a tremendous technological potential making it possible to achieve a real breakthrough in improving the people’s quality of life and modernising the economy, the infrastructure and state governance and administration. How effectively we will able to use the colossal potentialities of the technological revolution, and how we will respond to its challenges depends on us alone. In this sense, the next few years will prove decisive for the country’s future. I reiterate, these years will be decisive…
The speed of technological progress is accelerating sharply. It is rising dramatically. Those who manage to ride this technological wave will surge far ahead. Those who fail to do this will be submerged and drown in this wave.
Technological lag and dependence translate into reduced security and economic opportunities of the country and, ultimately, the loss of its sovereignty. This is the way things stand now. The lag inevitably weakens and erodes the human potential. Because new jobs, modern companies and an attractive life will develop in other, more successful countries where educated and talented young people will go, thereby draining the society’s vital powers and development energy.
As I have said, changes concern the entire civilization, and the sheer scale of these changes calls for an equally powerful response. We are ready to provide it. We are ready for a genuine breakthrough…
That to which he may be referring…
OilPrice.com – The New Atomic Age: Nuclear Fusion And Beyond
Towards the end of the address, Putin reveals one Russian breakthrough in military technology which subsequently has gotten much press, particularly with those outlets which specialize in pimping fears of Russian bogeymen. Now we truly have something to fear. What hasn’t gotten much attention however are the conditions which helped to bring about this development. Let this be a lesson in the perils of uni-polar hubris, as Putin explains:
Back in 2000, the US announced its withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Russia was categorically against this. We saw the Soviet-US ABM Treaty signed in 1972 as the cornerstone of the international security system. Under this treaty, the parties had the right to deploy ballistic missile defence systems only in one of its regions. Russia deployed these systems around Moscow, and the US around its Grand Forks land-based ICBM base.
Together with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the ABM Treaty not only created an atmosphere of trust but also prevented either party from recklessly using nuclear weapons, which would have endangered humankind, because the limited number of ballistic missile defence systems made the potential aggressor vulnerable to a response strike.
We did our best to dissuade the Americans from withdrawing from the treaty. All in vain. The US pulled out of the treaty in 2002…
For a certain time, the question was not whether we would be able to develop a strategic weapon system – some wondered if our country would even be able to safely store and maintain the nuclear weapons that we inherited after the collapse of the USSR. Russia had outstanding debts, its economy could not function without loans from the IMF and the World Bank; the social sphere was impossible to sustain.
Apparently, our partners got the impression that it was impossible in the foreseeable historical perspective for our country to revive its economy, industry, defence industry and Armed Forces to levels supporting the necessary strategic potential. And if that is the case, there is no point in reckoning with Russia’s opinion, it is necessary to further pursue ultimate unilateral military advantage in order to dictate the terms in every sphere in the future.
Basically, this position, this logic, judging from the realities of that period, is understandable, and we ourselves are to blame. All these years, the entire 15 years since the withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, we have consistently tried to reengage the American side in serious discussions, in reaching agreements in the sphere of strategic stability…
Despite our numerous protests and pleas, the American machine has been set into motion, the conveyer belt is moving forward. There are new missile defence systems installed in Alaska and California; as a result of NATO’s expansion to the east, two new missile defence areas were created in Western Europe: one has already been created in Romania, while the deployment of the system in Poland is now almost complete. Their range will keep increasing; new launching areas are to be created in Japan and South Korea. The US global missile defence system also includes five cruisers and 30 destroyers, which, as far as we know, have been deployed to regions in close proximity to Russia’s borders. I am not exaggerating in the least; and this work proceeds apace.
So, what have we done, apart from protesting and warning? How will Russia respond to this challenge? This is how…
New York Times – Putin’s ‘Invincible’ Missile Is Aimed at U.S. Vulnerabilities
i24 (AFP) – Russia test-fires ‘ideal’ hypersonic missile
Consortium News (Gilbert Doctorow) – Missile-gate: U.S. Intel Misses Russia’s Big Advances in Nuclear Parity
Club Orlov – Better Nukes for a Safer Planet
Washington Examiner – Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps
Antiwar (David Stockman) – Trump’s Spur of the Moment ‘Yes’ Unmasked 68 Years of Washington Duplicity
Strategic-Culture (Peter Korzun) – With World Focused on North Korea, Japan Quietly Expands Its Military Might
ThereAreNoSunglasses (Tolo News) – Pak/US Historical Sabotage of ANY Afghan Peace Efforts
Eurasia Future (Andrew Korybko) – The FSA’s Victory In Afrin Exposed Alt-Media’s Fake News About Syria
Global Research (Eric Zuesse) – Trump Seeks Congressional Funding for 60,000-Man Army to Overthrow Assad
By the end of the month – after Putin’s address and Tillerson’s exit – Mr. mixed-messages Trump was doing an about face…
Wall Street Journal – Trump Freezes Funds for Syrian Recovery, Signaling Pullback
Meanwhile, however, a warm up for Armageddon?…
Breaking Defense – US, Israel Begin Joint Anti-Missile Operations In Juniper Cobra
“The United States and Israel enjoy a strong and enduring military-to-military partnership built on a trust that has been developed over decades of cooperation,” said USAF Third Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Richard Clark, who also serves as the commander for the deploying Joint Task Force – Israel…
And those US troops who would be deployed to Israel, are prepared to die for the Jewish state, Clark said.
Unmentioned were the 34 Americans who already gave their lives for Israel, at the hands of the IDF, in 1967…
American Free Press – USS Liberty Memorial Planned for Visible Site Near Jerusalem
Times of Israel – Liberman: Abbas trying to force Hamas into conflict with Israel
Middle East Eye – Saudi corruption prisoner ‘died with swollen body and twisted neck’
ThereAreNoSunglasses (a rough google translation of Ad-Diyar) – Saudi Boy-King A College Dropout and A Loser, Leading King’s Vanity Army To Hell
Al Jazeera (Mohamed Elmenshawy) – JASTA: Still a thorn in the side of US-Saudi relations
Justice-Integrity (Les Jamieson) – 9/11 Case Against Saudis Moves Forward: The Tide Has Turned
Al Monitor – US still pouring weapons into Yemen war
Maghreb Confidential – Misrata Free Zone declares independence from Tripoli
Raialyoum – Qadhafi’s Revenge
INTERNATIONALIST 360° – US Military Base in Ghana Sparks Nation Wide Protests
Popular Resistance – Western Sahara Calls For Independence In Historic Symbolic Referendum
ThereAreNoSunglasses (Kyiv Post) – MH17-Linked Ukrainian Pilot Shoots Himself In Ukraine
Oriental Review – Fatal Quad: Who Is Assassinating MI6 Assets On British Soil?
Craig Murray – The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam
Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – The UK government is manufacturing its nerve agent case for ‘action’ on Russia
Moon of Alabama – The British Government’s ‘Novichok’ Drama Was Written By Whom?
For the tone-deaf, Snopes sets the record strait – Did British Police Find Putin’s Passport at Scene of Salisbury Poison Attack?
Regrettably, this story is not a spoof, though it ought to be…
Washington Examiner – Nikki Haley warns: Russia could use chemical weapons in New York
Across the pond, the D.C. Merry-go-round…
Steemit (Caitlin Johnstone) – Trump Promotes Longtime Russia Hawk Just As Russiagate Loses Momentum
The American Conservative (Gareth Porter) – The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran
Just prior to his appointment as National Security advisor…
Wayne Madsen Report – March 13-14, 2018 — John Bolton seen more frequently around the White House
John Bolton, the only unconfirmed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to have ever represented his country in the international organization, has recently been seen more frequently around the White House. There are strong rumors that Donald Trump’s next purge will claim the National Security Adviser, Lt. General H. R. McMaster, and that Bolton has the inside track to replace him. Bolton taking over the National Security Council will, after a nine-year hiatus, put the neo-conservatives back in the foreign policy and national security driver’s seat in Washington…
Bolton, like Trump, is plagued by allegations of bizarre sexual activities. Bolton’s first wife, Cristina Bolton, claimed in court filings in Virginia that Bolton forced her into having group sex at Plato’s Retreat, a Manhattan swingers club that catered to heterosexual couples and bisexual women and operated between 1977 and 1985. The club was located in what had been a gay bathhouse known as Continental Baths. Plato’s Retreat moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where it changed its name to “321 Slammer” and is now a gay male sex club. On August 15, 1982, while John Bolton was on a two-week trip in his position as assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Mrs. Bolton fled their residence at 918 Grand Court, Vienna, Virginia, taking with her all of her personal possessions and most of the furniture…
Trump may not be the only top U.S. official with a blackmail problem over sex claims. A photograph of a bulletin board at Plato’s Retreat clearly offers customers the videotaping of their sex acts. [Pictured] Whether or not Bolton knows it, his “swinging acts” may have been captured on video, which may explain his subservience to Israel. Plato’s Retreat was founded by a high school friend of New York pornographer Al Goldstein. Goldstein had something in common with Trump’s convicted child molester friend, Jeffrey Epstein: they both shared the same criminal defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz has also been an ardent defender of Trump and his policies…
There are increasing worries that Donald Trump’s special adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, specifically requested Top Secret intelligence files to pass gleaned information to Israeli intelligence. WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources that Kushner’s compromise of National Security Agency and allied FIVE EYES partners’ intercepts of foreign leaders led to his losing his temporary access to Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (SCI).
According to our sources, NSA intelligence analysts became suspicious when Israeli companies specializing in not only gathering signals intelligence (SIGINT) information, but also protecting against such collection, began aggressively marketing their services to particular countries, especially those in Africa.
Kushner has already been accused of passing NSA communications intercept transcripts on key government and business leaders in Saudi Arabia to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). After determining who in the House of Saud and Saudi business community were opposed to his rise to power, MbS singled them out for arrest and torture. In a few cases, MbS’s targets were executed.
NSA fears that not only transcripts of its intercepts of Saudi officials were passed by Kushner to MbS, but also to the Israeli government. [right, Kushner pictured with his Israeli handlers in Jerusalem] This not only compromised targets of NSA’s wide surveillance net, but also the agency’s sensitive sources and methods for collecting such intelligence.
What alarmed NSA officials more than anything else is their observation that Israeli signals intelligence (SIGINT) companies, comprised of former SIGINT officers with Israel’s Unit 8200 communications intercept agency, began aggressively marketing offensive and defensive SIGINT capabilities to other countries. These countries are routine targets for NSA collection efforts. Through the use of the joint NSA-Central Intelligence Agency Special Collection Service (SCS), intercepts of diplomatic, military, and other official communications are provided in either full or abridged transcript form to cleared U.S. policymakers. These are the files that were routinely requested by Kushner for no apparent reason, raising eyebrows within the upper echelon of the National Security Council. One of those who raised concerns about Kushner’s “curiosity” for such information was Lt. General H. R. McMaster, who was recently fired by Trump, largely at the urging of Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump. National Security Adviser John Bolton, a pro-Israeli neo-conservative, has vowed to fire those who questioned Kushner’s motives and those of his father-in-law in not taking immediate steps to curtail Kushner’s access to such intelligence.
Kushner, who has no intelligence or military experience, specifically requested intercept transcripts on governments that are now on the receiving end of aggressive Israeli marketing efforts. Although Kushner has reported responsibilities for U.S. relations with the Middle East, Mexico, and China, there is no valid reason for him to have requested and read NSA transcripts of intercepted communications of such African leaders as Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouatarra, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, or Gabon’s President Ali Bongo.
Many African countries use low-level forms of encryption, mostly supplied by French firms, that are easy to break. NSA is able to decrypt foreign communications, including those transmitted over Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), using a system code-named BIRDWATCHER, which forwards such coded communications to other NSA systems for code-breaking. However, Israeli firms are now able to sell more sophisticated systems to such governments. What the foreign governments do not realize is that Israeli intelligence has the decryption keys. Upgrading foreign government encryption with Israeli products also makes it that much harder for NSA to decrypt the communications, including e-mail. By providing such information on communication security vulnerabilities to the Israelis, Kushner has caused irreparable harm to U.S. national security. If such a security violation resulted in a criminal indictment, Kushner could be looking at multiple life terms in federal prison.
One such Israeli company that has moved into Africa to the chagrin of NSA and its partners in Britain and Canada is SAFNA, a firm headquartered in Israel’s “intelligence city” of Herzliya, where Unit 8200, [pictured left] the lesser known Unit 8100, and various Mossad operations are located. The company’s president is a Moroccan-born Jew named Didier Sabag, who also runs two Israeli firms based in Hong Kong, Hamsa Ltd. and Orot Ltd., both of which appear to be Israeli intelligence fronts. NSA is concerned that SAFNA will stymie its ability to monitor governments in the Sahel region that are also targets for the Islamic State and Al Qaeda jihadists. Governments courted by SAFNA include Morocco, Guinea-Bissau (a major transshipment point for narcotics from Latin America to North Africa and Europe), Benin, and the Central African Republic.
Another Israeli firm, A.D. Consultants of Nes-Ziona, Israel is marketing communications intercept and security equipment to President Alpha Condé of Guinea. Guinea is the location of mining resources coveted by Kushner’s real estate business partners, the Steinmetz family of Israel. Other African countries receiving full-court presses from A.D. Consultants, include Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Cabo Verde, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Gabon, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Niger.
Other Israeli SIGINT firms are marketing their services in India. A recent visit by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to India cemented growing military and intelligence links between Tel Aviv and Delhi. Similar aggressive Israeli SIGINT marketing is being reported from Azerbaijan, which shares a border with Iran; Angola; Mozambique; Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; and the United Arab Emirates.
The compromise of SIGINT by Kushner followed the revelation that Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s short-lived National Security Adviser, had a contractual relationship with another large Israeli cyber-warfare firm specializing in hacking computer systems. The firm was NSO Group Technologies, also located in the Herzliya espionage metroplex. Trump –whose presidential campaign’s links to the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica have been established — may also be linked to another Israeli electronic surveillance firm, Black Cube, primarily consisting of ex-Mossad officers. Black Cube cyber-spies were retained to penetrate the email and medical records of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, while he was a presidential candidate; and to dig up dirt on Kenyan opposition politicians; Mexican, United Arab Emirates, Moroccan, and Bahraini human rights activists; and women who accused disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
USA Today (Gregory Korte) – A pardon expert emailed me his life’s work. Then he killed his two sons and himself.
Mint Press News – Israel’s Online Shadow Operations
Zero Hedge (citing Forbes) – Israeli Firm Can Now Hack Into Virtually Any Cellphone, Tablet
Electronic Intifada – How “Russiagate” helps the Israel lobby
Politico (citing Buzzfeed) – Felix Sater, businessman linked to Trump, claims to have been U.S. spy
Sara A. Carter – Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, the FBI and the Mob
As we’ve previously noted, this man has a knack of finding himself in the general vicinity of D.C. skullduggeries and the corpses left in their wake…
George Webb (Youtube) – Day 134.8. Don’t Rush North Gate at White House – Day 135.3 Marine Ones Become Attack Helicopters – Fiddler Knocked Off WaPo Roof? – Day 136.5. Two Loud Booms, Not Pistol Shots. – Day 138.4 Why Go To DC From Florida To Commit Suicide When You Are Happy? – Day 140.5. Children Protective Services Needs More Scrutiny
Infowars – Are Austin Bombings Zodiac Part 2?
Orlando Sentinel – Police seize first firearms under Florida’s new gun-control laws
ThereAreNoSunglasses – Orlando Gunman’s Afghan Father Collecting Money For Terrorism Against Pakistan
Newsbud (Kurt Nimmo) – Gun Control Mass Murder: The 25th Anniversary of the Waco Siege.
Who What Why – What’s Buried in the Missing JFK Documents?
World Socialist Web Site – The CIA Democrats
American Intelligence Media – DOJ SeS 500 DISCOVERED – THE PAYMASTERS OF THE DEEP STATE
Since October a mysterious, purportedly deep-state-white-hat oracle has been keeping the alt-blogosphere occupied with cryptic missives on 4/8chan; we haven’t been keeping up with it all, but thanks to “Rose” we can find it collated here…
roseramblesdotorg – Find then here…all QAnon posts ~ March 7, 2018
A Russian version of the same?…
Newsbud (Philip Kovacevik) – Top General Reveals Russian Intelligence Documents: Secret Technology, Antarctica & the “Escape” of Hitler
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – Suspected Russian Cocaine Trafficker Blames U.S. For Argentina Bust
Crypto Insider – Puerto Rico: Crypto-Utopia or Crypto-Cult?
New York Review of Books – The New Military-Industrial Complex of Big Data Psy-Ops
Bella Caledonia – SCL – a Very British Coup