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  • It's never been this bad? Remember 1968

    09/18/2016 8:04:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/18/2016 | Richard Botkin
    Our nature as Americans, in focusing on the present, is to quickly forget the past. Today the omnipresent news and social media cycles remind us 24/7 that we are in a war with an enemy our leadership fails to fully acknowledge. And we are in an ongoing culture war battling political correctness, with PC forces aggressively on the offensive. For many these first nine months of 2016 seem to be without historical precedent, the world about to spin off its axis. We fail to remember that there was an existence before the Internet, before PC became the cause celebre for...
  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/05/2016 11:21:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    BBC future ^ | 5 September 2016 | Stephen Dowling
    On 6 September 1976, an aircraft appears out of the clouds near the Japanese city of Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido. It’s a twin-engined jet, but not the kind of short-haul airliner Hakodate is used to seeing. This huge, grey hulk sports the red stars of the Soviet Union. No-one in the West has ever seen one before. The jet lands on Hakodate’s concrete-and-asphalt runway. The runway, it turns out, is not long enough. The jet ploughs through hundreds of feet of earth before it finally comes to rest at the far end of the airport. The pilot...
  • How an ex-Nazi arms dealer sold fighters to India and Pakistan during an arms embargo

    09/02/2016 12:29:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    StratPost ^ | August 31, 2016 | Saurabh Joshi
    An Indian Navy Sea Hawk taking off from INS Vikrant | Photo: The personal collection of Commander G.V.K. Unnithan (retired), Indian Navy If this were fiction, it could hardly be a more remarkable story. But a decorated ex-Nazi-turned arms dealer actually sold fighter aircraft to both India and Pakistan, which were facing an arms embargo after the ’65 war. The episode is recorded in the authoritative books, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, written by former South African MP Andrew Feinstein, and earlier, Private Warriors, written by Ken Silverstein and Daniel Burton-Rose. It is also narrated in detail...
  • In 1966, Israeli Intelligence Convinced an Iraqi Pilot to Defect with His MiG-21 Fighter

    08/29/2016 3:04:58 PM PDT · by onona · 23 replies
    The National Interest Web Page ^ | August 28, 2016 | Tom Cooper
    Tom Cooper August 28, 2016 TweetShareShare Printer-friendly version It’s been 50 years since one of biggest — and most hyped — operational achievements by Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service. On Aug. 16, 1966, Operation Diamond resulted in what is usually described as the “defection” to Israel of an Iraqi air force MiG-21-pilot, Capt. Munir Redfa. Redfa took his MiG with him. There’s been no end to the rumors surrounding this affair, and especially regarding Redfa’s reasons for defection. According to official Israeli version of the story, Redfa was an Assyrian Christian who suffered from religious and ethnic discrimination, had been passed over for...
  • My Life and Shortwave Radio

    07/04/2016 9:24:15 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 144 replies
    Self | 7/4/'16 | Zionist Conspirator
    Way back in the early 70s, my mother's youngest brother (who was a seasonal worker for the US Army Corps of Engineers), as was his habit, brought his car over to our house while he was away on "the boat" (as we all called it). But this time he left something else . . . an very plain-looking, ordinary radio. Back in those days FM was still fairly exotic. AM was still king, and that's where most of the music and regular radio programming was. This little radio happened to have both AM and FM. But it had a third...
  • Fallout likely caused 15,000 deaths

    02/28/2002 2:24:05 PM PST · by GeneD · 28 replies · 1+ views
    USA Today ^ | 2/28/02 | Peter Eisler
    <p>WASHINGTON — Radioactive fallout from Cold War nuclear weapons tests across the globe probably caused at least 15,000 cancer deaths in U.S. residents born after 1951, according to data from an unreleased federal study. The study, coupled with findings from previous government investigations, suggests that 20,000 non-fatal cancers — and possibly many more — also can be tied to fallout from aboveground weapons tests. The study shows that far more fallout than previously known reached the USA from nuclear tests in the former Soviet Union and on several Pacific islands used for U.S. and British exercises. It also finds that fallout from scores of U.S. trials at the Nevada Test Site spread substantial amounts of radioactivity across broad swaths of the country. When fallout from all tests, domestic and foreign, is taken together, no U.S. resident born after 1951 escaped exposure, the study says.</p>
  • HOW THE SOVIETS CREATED TODAY’S MIDDLE EAST

    06/07/2016 1:55:18 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 23 replies
    The Tablet ^ | June 20, 2012 | Claire Berlinski
    Stroilov, a historian now living in London, fled Russia in 2003 after stealing 50,000 top-secret Kremlin documents from the Gorbachev Foundation archives, where he was working as a researcher. He was given access to the archive in 1999, but Gorbachev refused him permission to copy its most significant documents. Having observed the network administrator entering the password into the system, Stroilov reproduced the archive and sent it to secure locations around the world.
  • Russians' Approval of U.S. Leadership Drops to Record 1%

    05/29/2016 4:12:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    gallup ^ | Julie Ray
    Just 1% of Russians approved of U.S. leadership in 2015 -- the worst rating in the world last year and the lowest approval Gallup has measured for the U.S. in the past decade. Remarkably, this is even worse than their previous record-low 4% approval in 2014.
  • The Real Agenda Behind the CIA Spawning the EU

    05/06/2016 2:47:53 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/5/2016 | Alex Newman
    The U.S. intelligence community was responsible for usurping Europeans' right to self-government, in an effort to impose what Obama recently called “one of the greatest political and economic achievements of modern times.” As British voters prepare to vote on secession from the European Union super-state, the Obama administration's bizarre intervention to support the pro-EU side has sparked a fresh examination of the shadowy origins of the controversial European regime. Under scrutiny is the critical backing the EU and its predecessor outfits received at every step of the way from top globalists within the U.S. government, and in particular from the...
  • Why the truth about the Cold War still matters today

    05/06/2016 8:54:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 6, 2016 | Kallina Crompton
    "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." On May 3, 2016, Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, an author and associate professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, repeated this quote while discussing her newly published book "A Brief History of the Cold War." Spalding wrote the book in hopes of educating people on the tyrannical nature of communism, a lesson she claims more educators neglect. Most people see the Cold War as a power struggle between the East and the West who simply "misunderstood each other." Spalding emphasizes, however, that the cause of the Cold War was more than...
  • OUTNUMBERED, OUTRANGED, AND OUTGUNNED: HOW RUSSIA DEFEATS NATO

    04/24/2016 5:28:26 PM PDT · by 4FreeSpeach · 44 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | April 21, 2016 | David A. Shlapak, Michael W. Johnson
    When asked two weeks ago in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee whether the Army was “outranged” by any adversary, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley said: “Yes … the ones in Europe, really Russia. We don’t like it, we don’t want it, but yes, technically [we are] outranged, outgunned on the ground.” Given Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, this is sobering testimony. But is it accurate? Unfortunately, yes: Nearly two years of extensive wargaming and analysis shows that if Russia were to conduct a short-warning attack against the Baltic States, Moscow’s forces could roll to the outskirts...
  • How Reagan Won the Cold War

    04/12/2016 8:40:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 12, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Ronald Reagan's legacy, long after his passing, continues to be distorted by the leftist academic community, one professor noted at a panel discussion held at the Heritage Foundation. Francis Marlo, an associate professor of International Relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, said that the Left does not like giving Ronald Reagan credit for ending the Cold War. The panel discussion centered around the recently published book, "The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War," and Marlo's remarks centered around correcting the record on Ronald Reagan's Cold War exploits. Marlo stated, "The intent of this book is to...
  • Obama tells Cubans he comes to bury a last remnant of Cold War

    03/22/2016 7:59:52 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 35 replies
    Reuters via CNBC.com ^ | March 22, 2016 | Reuters Staff
    Sitting next to Cuban President Raul Castro (R), US President Barack Obama (L) gestures during the state dinner at the Revolution Palace in Havana on March 21, 2016. Adalberto Roque | AFP | Getty Images Sitting next to Cuban President Raul Castro (R), US President Barack Obama (L) gestures during the state dinner at the Revolution Palace in Havana on March 21, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday that he had come to Havana to "bury the last remnant" of the Cold War in the Americas as he spoke directly to the Cuban people in a historic speech...
  • Flashback: Castro Urged Soviet Nuclear Attack in '62

    03/20/2016 7:41:12 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    PARIS — Cuban leader Fidel Castro asked the Soviet Union in 1962 to launch a nuclear attack on the United States if it invaded Cuba, according to letters published today by a French newspaper. The respected daily Le Monde said the letters were exchanged between Castro and Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis. In an acrimonious reply, Khrushchev suggested that Castro was irresponsible, since such a war would have killed millions of people in both East and West and destroyed Cuba. Le Monde said Castro gave copies of three of his letters and two of Khrushchev's...
  • How the love story of Nancy and Ronald Reagan changed the world

    03/07/2016 8:59:26 AM PST · by Marcus · 6 replies
    Blasting News ^ | March 7, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Friends of both Nancy and Ronald Reagan would often remark about how deeply and passionately they loved each other, even after decades of marriage, a rare thing indeed in a world where half of all marriages end in divorce. The love story of the greatest president of the 20th Century and the actress and dancer whom he met in the early 1950s would make a great subject for a movie if Hollywood cared to make it. But the romance of Nancy and Ronald Reagan also changed the world. Without her, there might not have been him.
  • Moving the giant sub B-307 to the AvtoVAZ Technical Museum

    03/04/2016 2:57:41 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    War History Online ^ | Feb 10, 2015
    The technical museum named After K. G. Sakharov is probably one of the main places of interest in Togliatti. It was founded in 1998, today it has many unique exhibits and is surely worth visiting. The museum allows to trace the historical development of the automobile, engineering, armoured, aviation, railway, missile, artillery and naval weapons. The B-307 was retired and moved to the museum! The Russian Tango-class submarines (Project 641B Som [Catfish]) were the successors to the Foxtrot-class submarine based in the Black Sea and Northern Fleet areas. The first of the class was completed in 1972 at Gorky. A...
  • March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

    03/04/2016 6:59:11 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 7 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 03/04/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. ~ Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) (speech, Fulton Missouri, 5 March...
  • 10 Reasons Why the Cold War Matters

    02/29/2016 8:26:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 29, 2016 | Lee Edwards
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Elizabeth Edwards Spalding. It is just as true today as it was more than a century ago when the philosopher George Santayana wrote: "Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it." That is why the history of the Cold War--the most protracted conflict of the 20th century--is critical to today's war on terrorism. Here are ten things to understand about the Cold War: 1. It was a war. The Cold War is sometimes referred to as World War III, which is apt. At its quietest moments, the Cold War was...
  • Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich

    02/13/2016 8:31:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Feb 2016 11:29 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War". With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: "All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia". "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War," he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or...
  • NATO agrees on stronger eastern flank against Russia

    02/10/2016 4:15:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02/10/2016 | [mz/jil (AP, dpa)]
    Defense ministers from NATO countries agreed on Wednesday to a plan that would see the military alliance strengthened in Eastern European countries feeling at risk of aggression from Russia. The "enhanced forward presence in the eastern part of our Alliance," as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg put it, is designed to "make clear that an attack against one ally is an attack against all allies, and that the alliance as a whole will respond." ...
  • The sexist double standard behind why millennials love Bernie Sanders

    02/08/2016 5:17:07 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/4/16 | Catherine Rampell
    Deploying Lena didn't work. Neither did shout-outs from Beyoncé, Kim, Ilana and Abbi, Ariana, Katy, Demi or either of the Amys. (snip) Why are so many young'uns feeling the Bern? I see two main reasons. The first is that, to millennials, Sanders's socialism is a feature, not a bug. Much of the current conversation about Sanders's "democratic socialism" is predicated on whether Americans can look past this supposedly toxic label. But millennials love Sanders not despite his socialism, but because of it. "Socialism" has never been a dirty word for the current cohort of youth, who either didn't live through...
  • US admiral: Russia's Submarine Activity In The North Atlantic Is At Cold War Levels, Why?

    02/05/2016 2:31:52 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2016 | Armin Rosen
    Armin Rosen Febuary 5, 2016Russia's submarine fleet is more active than it's been in decades in a strategically vital body of water — and US military planners can't seem to figure out why. US Navy Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, also head of NATO's maritime command, told IHS Jane's that the US has seen "more activity from Russian submarines than we've seen since the days of the Cold War" in the North Atlantic. While Johnstone didn't specify which parts of the North Atlantic have seen this uptick, nearly the entirety of the area between North America, the Western European coastline, and...
  • 14 Cold War Spy Gadgets That Put Digital Technology to Shame

    01/08/2016 5:18:13 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 4 replies
    Real clear ^ | 1/4/2016 | Patrick Wensink
    In our world of 24-hour social media and information it seems like there aren't many secrets left. Maybe that's why uncovering the covert world of Cold War spies is so appealing today. There are entire museums dedicated to the profession of secrets and with good reason. Real life spy gadgets are still amazing today.
  • Cold War Missileers Refute Okinawa Near-Launch

    12/28/2015 2:52:26 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    Stars & Stripes via Military.com ^ | December 28, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten
    Two airmen were holding an Air Force nuclear missile crew at gunpoint deep in a top-secret bunker on Okinawa. The crew had just been ordered to launch the island's missiles at targets in the Soviet Union and Asia, just as the Cuban Missile Crisis was reaching a harrowing climax in October 1962. But an Air Force launch officer was opposing the order. The officer sent "two men over there with .45's and [they were] told to shoot anybody who tried to launch until the situation was resolved ... so those two men kept that whole crew at bay while we...
  • How Margaret Thatcher Won the Cold War

    12/26/2015 6:18:45 AM PST · by Cecily · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2015 | Charles Moore
    As we confront a hostile Russia today, the West is unsure what to do. For guidance, perhaps we should look back to the Soviet era, when we possessed a decidedly stronger sense of allied purpose. In February 1984, Margaret Thatcher flew home from the Moscow funeral of the Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. Frustrated by his equally aged successor, Konstantin Chernenko, the British prime minister told her aides, “For heaven’s sake, try and find me a young Russian.” She was searching for change. In London in April 1975, as leader of Britain’s opposition, Thatcher had her first one-on-one meeting with a...
  • Declassified Cold War files reveal America’s extensive nuclear target list

    12/25/2015 1:30:51 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2015 | Fox News
    Newly declassified documents reveal the extent of America’s nuclear target list during the Cold War, showing the U.S. military was prepared to hit thousands of sites in the communist world stretching from Beijing to Moscow to East Berlin. The 800 pages of documents from a 1956 plan known as the “Atomic Weapons Requirements Study” were released by the National Archives and published this week for the first time by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. “As far as can be told, no comparable document has ever been declassified for any period of Cold War history,” the organization said,...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right to Attack the 'Neocons'

    12/17/2015 8:00:14 AM PST · by Isara · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 16, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Hillary Clinton has no record to run on. Family income is lower and the world is more dangerous. Donald Trump nailed it when he told Chris Wallace, "Hillary calls me 'dangerous'? She's killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity." Trump was referring to the Obama administration's campaign to overthrow Arab dictators like Libya's Qaddafi and Egypt's Mubarak, which contributed to the chaos in the Middle East after the so-called "Arab Spring." Marco Rubio can't attack Hillary's disastrous foreign policy record because--as Ted Cruz observes--Rubio supported all the same stupid policies. Picture a Cruz-Clinton presidential debate: Cruz denounces Hillary's...
  • Cold War spy Ronald Pelton freed from federal custody

    11/24/2015 5:40:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes / AP ^ | 11/24/15 | Eric Tucker
    A former National Security Agency employee convicted of selling defense and communication secrets he gained during his career has been released from federal custody 30 years after his arrest. The sentence for Cold War-era spy Ronald Pelton, 74, ended on Tuesday. He had been placed on home confinement several months ago to serve out the final stretch of his sentence and was released Tuesday from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, agency spokesman Ed Ross said. Pelton, a former NSA intelligence communications specialist, was arrested in November 1985 on charges of selling information to the Soviets about signals intelligence...
  • Is THIS Where We Are Headed?

    10/24/2015 7:43:37 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 16 replies
    The instrumental jazz song at the link came out at the height of the cold war in 1962. It was a hit as I recall. Everybody loved it.
  • Bridge of Spies -- personal review (vanity)

    10/18/2015 10:15:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 59 replies
    vanity ^ | 10-18-15 | vanity
    I'm wondering if anyone else on FRee Republic has seen Bridge of Spies, the new Spielberg movie? I don't see a review here, so I'll start with mine. However, I'm really interested in other opinions. The movie was a little slow moving, but gripping and attention-holding to the very end. My concern is its accuracy. It says in the disclaimer right up front that it is "inspired by true events". Yet, the tale is spun as if it is all Gospel. Somehow, I doubt some of it, so I'm rushing to Google this AM to find out what is true...
  • Here's one surprising reason Russia might not want to pick a fight with US planes over Syria

    10/17/2015 1:39:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Business Insider Via Yahoo Fiance ^ | October 17, 2015 | Armin Rosen
    Frame grab shows Russian fighter-bomber dropping bomb over Syria. The skies over Syria are dangerously crowded these days with the US, Russia, and the Assad regime all bombing various actors on vaguely opposite sides of the country's multidimensional conflict. In both Iraq and Syria, the reality of overlapping aerial operations among countries with little geopolitical fondness toward one another has already led to claims that British aircraft have been authorized to engage Russian aircraft over Iraq if threatened. The British government denied these reports, but they still underscore the possibility of confrontation between allied and Russian military aircraft. Several presidential...
  • Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war

    10/05/2015 10:45:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | David Axe
    President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Alaska helped draw attention to global climate change — and to the national-security tensions that could result from a warming Arctic region. Surveyors believe that the seabed under Arctic waters could contain hundreds of billions of barrels of untapped oil. As the North Pole becomes more accessible, and so more valuable, Arctic countries — each with its own and in some cases overlapping territorial claims — are getting ready for some serious competition. The United States and Russia are geopolitical rivals and uneasy Arctic neighbors. More and more Russian and U.S. military forces are...
  • Russia Accused Of Bombing U.S. Armed Rebels

    10/01/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by Strategy · 79 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 1, 2015
    MOSCOW -- Russian jets carried out a second day of strikes in Syria Thursday, as a senior U.S. politician and activists claimed the targets included rebels backed by the United States. "I can absolutely confirm to you that they were strikes against our Free Syrian Army recruits that have been armed and trained by the CIA, because we have communications with people there," Republican Sen. John McCain, who is head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview with CNN, according to the Reuters news agency.
  • Tired of capitalism? There could be a better way.

    10/01/2015 2:51:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-30-15 | Matt Bruenig
    "Matt Bruenig is researcher of poverty and welfare systems at the think tank Demos." By now, it is well established that capitalism is fundamentally built upon threats of force. As libertarian philosophers Robert Nozick and Matt Zwolinski have explained, the only way to turn unowned natural resources (such as land, minerals and other goods) into privately owned property is by violently preventing all others from using them. This one-sided exclusion destroys freedom of movement and cuts many people off from the things that they need to survive.
  • Vasili Arkhipov – World Hero

    09/26/2015 5:58:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 7 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | Sep 26, 2015 | Erico Matias Tavares
    You may have never heard of Vasili Arkhipov. And yet life as we know it on this planet could have ended if it were not for his crucial intervention during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Born in 1926, Arkhipov saw action as a minesweeper during the Soviet-Japanese war in August 1945. Two years later he graduated from the Caspian Higher Naval School, serving in the Black Sea and Baltic submarine fleets – just in time for the start of the Cold War, which would stay with him for the rest of his service. During the 1950s the Soviets became very...
  • The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)

    09/09/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1961 | Val Guest; British Lion-Pax
    Atomic weapon tests by the US and USSR cause the tilt of the Earth to shift by 11 degrees dooming all life. Excellent low budget British Sci Fi.
  • U.S. Came Within Seconds Of Launching Nuclear Strike On Russia

    08/14/2015 12:31:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 92 replies
    Valuwalk ^ | August 14, 2015 | Polina Tikho
    The U.S. came within seconds of launching a nuclear strike on Russia ,unleashing WW3 during the coldest period of the Cold War, according to secret documents revealed by a historian. Washington and Russia came extremely close to a massive nuclear war because of a faulty 46-cent component that caused a computer glitch, according to the documents. The secret documents were revealed and detailed in a book by American author Eric Schlosser titled Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. The documents include over 1,000 accidents with nuclear weapons that occurred due to the negligence...
  • The Truth Will Out

    07/20/2015 6:44:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    "The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light...." --Sophocles Call it a footnote to history. It's 46 pages long, but till now it's been kept under wraps: the testimony of David Greenglass before a grand jury some six decades ago on August 7, 1950. It doesn't contain any surprises. It's been known for some time that his testimony against his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, was false. A frame-up. He admitted it in a newspaper interview before he died, and explained why he'd ratted on her: to save his own skin. She...
  • Grand Jury Testimony In Cold War-Era Rosenberg Case Released (Brother's Testimony)

    07/15/2015 6:15:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/15
    Here's what we know: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953 for selling U.S. nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union after one of the most sensational Cold War-era espionage trials. They were convicted in 1951 owing, largely, to the testimony of David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg's brother. Here's what we don't know: How credible Greenglass' testimony was in court. Greenglass himself spent nearly a decade in prison for his role in the conspiracy. The Army sergeant stole nuclear intelligence from Los Alamos, N.M., and said he passed it on to the Rosenbergs. At the trial, he said Ethel Rosenberg typed...
  • Poland says Europe's peaceful period 'now over'

    06/19/2015 1:34:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | AFP
    ... "After tens of years of peace, that peaceful period after the Cold War is now over," Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told reporters in Zagan. "Because there are more and more crises erupting around Europe... It's not only the Ukrainian and Russian crisis but also ISIS and a number of different crises in northern Africa," he said, using an acronym to refer to the jihadist Islamic State group.
  • We're Running Out of the Nuclear Fuel That Powers Space Travel

    12/02/2014 7:57:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | December 2, 2014 | Sarah Zhang
    Rosetta's lander lasted just 60 hours on a comet after it bounced into the dark shadows of a cliff, where its solar panels couldn't power the vehicle. Why didn't it carry a more reliable power source, say a nuclear battery like one that's unfailingly fueled Voyager for decades? It's a simple question with a fascinating answer, one that begins with the Cold War and ends with the future space exploration. When it comes to space travel, plutonium-238 is the perfect fuel: long-lasting and, as I'll explain later, relatively safe. Without it, we have no hope of going much further than...
  • JW Gets FBI Report of USSR’s Favorite Members of Congress During Cold War

    06/11/2015 12:14:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 11, 2015
    Ten U.S. Senators and three representatives were the Soviet Union’s favorite members of Congress when the Communist nation was our worst enemy, according to a previously classified Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report obtained by Judicial Watch. The federal lawmakers had repeated contact with Communist diplomats who “cultivated” relationships with them during the Cold War, the records show. JW obtained the information by using the Mandatory Declassification Review process and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The records are from an FBI operation that monitored Soviet officials and establishments in Washington, D.C. and determine that there is a “continuing interest...
  • Trailer for Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks collaboration 'Bridge of Spies' released

    06/06/2015 9:34:26 AM PDT · by Marcus · 25 replies
    Houston Movie Examiner ^ | June 6, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Deadline Hollywood announced that the trailer for the latest collaboration between Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest directors of our time, and Tom Hanks, one of the world’s most popular actors, has been released. The collaboration is a film called “Bridge of Spies,” which relates the career of James Donovan, a lawyer who risked his career to defend Rudolf Able, a captured Soviet spy, in 1957, the height of the Cold War. Later, Donovan would negotiate for the release of captured U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, in exchange for Able. Spielberg has, for the most part, shone when...
  • China's MIRVs: Sign of a Cold War to Come?

    05/18/2015 6:19:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/18/2015 | Robert Farley
    Big news hit the front page of the New York Times on Saturday, in the form of a long article on China’s efforts to miniaturize its nuclear arsenal. The article, using the annual Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities as its primary source, noted that the decision to tackle the technical problems associated with miniaturization suggest (but only suggest) a larger shift in nuclear weapons doctrine. As the Times article notes, China has long had the latent capacity to MIRV its nuclear missiles, a step that the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and the United Kingdom took long ago....
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:36:45 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:30:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • Wargames : Operation Sagebrush - United States Army : The Big Picture

    05/04/2015 10:28:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1955 | US Army BigPicture
    In 1955 the United States military conducted a large training exercise that covered a substantial portion of Louisiana. Named Operation Sagebrush, the focus of the exercise was to evaluate the effectiveness of military operations in a nuclear environment. The exercise lasted for 15 days with 85,000 troops
  • Remembering the Last Marine to Die in Vietnam, 40 Years After the Fall of Saigon

    05/01/2015 2:55:05 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | APRIL 30, 2015 | By Kristin Toussaint
    When Corporal Charles McMahon was killed in a rocket attack by North Vietnamese troops, his home town of Woburn, Massachusetts felt the aftershocks. He was 21-years-old, had been deployed for less than two weeks, and was killed just one day before the Fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam war. Massachusetts had already lost 1,330 service members to the war, including the first killed-in-action casualty, Air Force TSgt. Richard Fitzgibbon Jr. of Stoneham. His son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard Fitzgibbon III, was killed in action nine years later, making them the sole father and son service member casualties in Vietnam....
  • The B-52 bomber turns 60

    04/26/2015 1:13:04 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 64 replies
    CNET ^ | April 25 , 2015 | CNET
    It was at the vanguard of aviation technology in the 1950s, and it's still going strong today: meet the B-52 Stratofortress.The B-52 heavy bomber continues to show that old doesn't have to mean outdated, even in an era of rapid technological change. Just the opposite: through good maintenance and occasional updates, vintage tech can hold its own against flashier but more expensive, and more finicky, next-generation (and next-next-next-generation, even) designs. The very first flight of a Boeing B-52 took place 60 years ago this weekend.
  • “Mt Father the Spy.” Vietnam, the real story

    04/25/2015 10:04:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The jungles of Viet Nam were the reality for over 54,000 deaths of America’s soldiers, but the Nam war also may be the epitome of stupidity for politicians who turned a US victory into an agonizing defeat! An important book appearing on bookshelves of an American legion post details just what went wrong and it was written by the son of John H. Richardson, Sr., the senior CIA station chief in Saigon. Much maligned after news stories popped up in homeland newspapers, written by real fly-by reporters, the Saigon headquarters of the CIA chief became the boiling point for palace...