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  • As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

    04/21/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, a lot of them are being told they have to leave. […] Already down to about 522,000, the Army must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to get down to 420,000—a...
  • Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies

    04/18/2014 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies By Eli Lake 12 hours ago The Daily Beast The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way? As the United States and Russia face off publicly over Ukraine, behind...
  • Why Not Arm the Jews In Ukraine?

    04/19/2014 3:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    As finger-pointing and accusations tumble out about whether Russian nationalists or Ukrainian nationalist are responsible for flyers in eastern Ukraine demanding that Jews register with local municipalities, the most important thing is being lost in the shuffle. Without Vladimir Putin stirring the embers of Russian nationalism in Crimea and in Ukraine into a flame, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place. "We are skeptical about the flier's authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman said in a written statement according...
  • Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy: For the Situation Room or the Dorm Room?

    04/15/2014 2:47:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | April 15, 2014 | Rich Lowry
    The oil-services company Halliburton is an old obsession of the anti-Bush Left, and evidently of Kentucky senator Rand Paul. The libertarian standard-bearer and almost-certain Republican presidential candidate suggested to audiences a few years ago that Vice President Dick Cheney’s views on the Iraq War were influenced by his time as CEO at Halliburton. Cheney had opposed going into Iraq during the Persian Gulf War under the first President George Bush; then, after a stint at Halliburton, he supported going into Iraq under the second President Bush. Q.E.D. Asked about the Halliburton charge on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Paul...
  • Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters

    04/11/2014 2:17:41 PM PDT · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The National Guard is following a direct order — but it’s not happy with it. All of the Guard’s AH-64 Apache helicopters are scheduled to go to the active Army, and there’s nothing its top brass can do about it. “None of us like what we’re having to do,” National Guard Chief Gen. Frank Grass told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, the military website Defense One reported. “My big concern right now is figuring out how I’m going to move, and how many states I’m going to have an impact on, and what’s the cost of...
  • Hooray for Snooping!

    04/11/2014 11:04:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Our president is back with one of his grand conceptions, ideal compromises and works of staggering political genius. This one, like the others, is designed to please every special interest involved, though it may leave out a minor matter or two. Like national security. And the kind of obsessive attention to detail that national security calls for. But who cares about all that boring minutiae? In their sweeping vision and righteous indignation, the brilliances at the White House and in Congress have decided that the National Security Agency is getting much too concerned about national security. Specifically, about everybody's phone...
  • Teenagers smuggle WWI bombs on a Heathrow jet bound for Chicago

    04/09/2014 11:53:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 9 Apr 2014 | Daniel Binns
    Heathrow Airport has been forced to defend its security after a pair of students smuggled two large World War I artillery shells on to a plane and flew to the US. Baggage screeners made the discovery when the teenagers landed in Chicago, sparking a major incident. It is believed they picked up the 75mm munitions as souvenirs while on a school trip to a former artillery range in France. The find prompted the evacuation of O’Hare International Airport by the FBI before officials concluded there was no risk of the shells exploding. It is not clear how the students, aged...
  • Two drug tunnels, with rail systems, found at U.S.-Mexico border

    04/04/2014 11:38:40 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2014 | Dan Whitcomb
    U.S. federal agents have uncovered two drug-smuggling tunnels underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, both surfacing in San Diego-area warehouses and equipped with rail systems for moving contraband, officials said on Friday. The discovery led to the arrest of a 73-year-old woman accused of running one of the warehouses connected to a drug smuggling operation, according to a joint news release by four federal agencies.
  • Text of Obama's Remarks on Fort Hood Shooting

    04/02/2014 5:42:41 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 3, 2014 | The Associated Press
    Text of President Barack Obama's remarks at a Chicago restaurant about Wednesday's shooting incident at Ford Hood, Texas: ——— I just got off the phone with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sandy Winnefeld to get the latest report on the situation at Fort Hood. Obviously, we're following it closely. The situation is fluid right now, but my national security team is in close contact with not just the Defense Department, but the FBI. They are working with folks on the ground to determine exactly what happened, to make sure that everybody is secure. And I want to...
  • Border ‘More Secure Than Ever’? Illegal Alien Caught Crossing for the 15th TIME (Video)

    04/01/2014 4:33:29 PM PDT · by montag813 · 6 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-01-2014 | TRN
    Barack Obama has told us the border is “more secure than it has ever been”, and has even mocked those who say the border is unsafe: “Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.” Well, just this last week, FOX 10  in Phoenix reported on a illegal alien who was apprehended in Arizona who had been deported 14 times. Yes, count that. Fourteen. If someone can cross the border illegally that many times, can the border really be secure? WATCH:
  • White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades

    03/30/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 89 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Damage to U.S. national security caused by NSA contractor Edward Snowden will take decades to repair, the White House official in charge of cyber security said Friday. Snowden’s treachery is especially grave because he exposed how all the parts fit together—the blueprints for how America’s most significant intelligence enterprise actually works—which is also the blueprint for how to defeat it,” she said. “So what does this mean in real terms? It means that the president may not have the intelligence he needs to have for crucial decisions. Nor will the Congress. We may not see threats we should have seen,...
  • Crucial Radar Outage Scrubs US National Security and SpaceX Launches for Several Weeks from Cape...

    03/28/2014 8:26:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – The sudden and unexpected outage of a crucial tracking radar that is mandatory to insure public safety, has forced the scrub of a pair of launches planned for this week from Cape Canaveral, FL, that are vital to US National Security, United Launch Alliance, SpaceX and NASA. The tracking radar is a mandatory asset for the Eastern Range that oversees all launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center on the Florida Space Coast. The pair of liftoffs for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and SpaceX/NASA had been slated...
  • Navy says goodbye to arson-damaged nuclear submarine at formal decommissioning ceremony

    03/28/2014 11:20:00 AM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | March 28, 2014
    <p>KITTERY, MAINE – The Navy has said goodbye to the fire-damaged USS Miami.</p> <p>A formal decommissioning ceremony was held Friday at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, where the nuclear-powered submarine was ravaged by a May 2012 fire set by a shipyard worker.</p>
  • Obama’s Move to Surrender Control of the Internet Endangers Freedom Here and Abroad

    03/26/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Bob Barr
    +++++In his freedom-charting essay Common Sense, one of the most famous works of the revolutionary era, Thomas Paine describes government as a necessary evil in society. "For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver," wrote Paine; who concluded, "but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest." In other words, we all sacrifice a small amount of individual liberty in order to establish a governing body designed to protect liberty overall. As we...
  • U.S. Gives Russia Free Military Equipment Used By Army, Marines

    03/26/2014 12:17:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 26, 2014
    Behind closed doors the U.S. government is giving Russia free military equipment—also used to train American troops—even after President Obama announced punitive sanctions against Moscow and, more importantly, a suspension in military engagement over the invasion and occupation of Ukraine. The secret operation was exposed this week by members of Congress that discovered it in the process of reviewing the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget request. It turns out that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been providing the Russian Federation with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), the federal legislators say....
  • Obama to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs Cornerstone of U.S. Naval power eliminated

    03/24/2014 11:23:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 124 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/24/14 | Adam Kredo
    President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say has helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades. The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy. In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The...
  • Putin’s quiet Latin America play

    03/21/2014 3:32:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn. To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years. Russian’s defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin’s national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region. “They’re on the march,” Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said at a Senate hearing earlier this month. “They’re working the scenes where we...
  • Pvt. Manning seeks formal name change to Chelsea

    03/19/2014 9:07:57 PM PDT · by slumber1 · 47 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 3-19-14 | FROM WIRE REPORTS
    The Army private who was tried and convicted as Bradley Edward Manning for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks is petitioning a Kansas court for a name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
  • Government Agency Warns If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    03/19/2014 6:11:36 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 106 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 03/19/2014 20:49 -0400 | Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would...
  • Cruz: Reverse Obama’s disastrous missile defense policies to keep Putin in check

    03/19/2014 12:08:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Friendswood Journal ^ | March 19, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a few strokes of his pen, Vladimir Putin has in recent days both created the Republic of Crimea and annexed that new entity into the Russian Federation, thereby violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine. To hear Putin tell it in his address to the Duma, this action is not only perfectly legal, it also rights a historical wrong in which Russia was “robbed” of its rightful claim to the Crimean peninsula in 1954. President Obama has disputed the legality of these actions, observing that “President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a...
  • Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Nothing that Obama Has Done Would in Any Way Dissuade Putin’

    03/19/2014 5:17:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    National Review ^ | March 19, 2014 | NRO staff
    ".....“We have no leadership from the United States. All we get from this administration is air,” he said. “The real problem is that the next step would be, can be, might be, attack on the rest of Eastern Ukraine and there is nothing that Obama has done that would in any way dissuade Putin.”
  • U.S. aims to give up control over Internet administration

    03/14/2014 2:45:36 PM PDT · by gooblah · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 14, 4:19 PM | By Craig Timberg,
    U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move likely to please international critics but alarm many business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web. Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance last year.
  • An "Unfriendly Gesture" (PUTIN)

    03/12/2014 10:49:50 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies
    Jewish Policy Center & American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2014 | Shoshana Bryen
    In response to mounting unhappiness in the West with Russia's acquisition of Crimea and plans to split Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has struck again. The Russian Defense Ministry released a statement over the weekend saying, "The unfounded threats... are seen by us as an unfriendly gesture," raising the possibility of "new circumstances, giving Russia the right to pull out of the inspections" required under the START treaty with the U.S.Now that is an "unfriendly gesture," and one that leaves the Obama administration in a bind -- unless it wants to adjust its thinking and right a six-year-old wrong.In 2009, one of Putin's...
  • The crisis in Ukraine — America can be deferential no more

    03/09/2014 1:14:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 8, 2014 | Nile Gardiner
    The Obama administration's Russian reset, designed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was premised on the idea of Russia as a partner with the United States. Hand in hand, the former rivals would address the major international crises of the day. This initiative will be remembered as one of the biggest foreign policy follies of the modern era — a staggeringly naďve exercise in appeasement that emboldened Moscow at Washington's expense. From Damascus to Tehran to Kiev, the Russians have been running rings around a U.S. presidency that believes “leading from behind” is a serious strategy, rather than a policy...
  • Ronald Reagan's Subtle Grand Strategy

    03/06/2014 12:28:23 PM PST · by shepardspie33 · 2 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 5, 2014 | Hal Brands
    We are fast approaching grand-strategy season in Washington. Within the next few weeks, the Obama administration will release both its Quadrennial Defense Review and new updated National Security Strategy. These documents often contain the essential strategic ideas—about goals and priorities, threats and opportunities, resources and constraints—that guide an administration’s statecraft. And because they do, they inevitably provoke debate about that administration’s grand strategy—whether it actually has one, what its major tenets are and what prospects for success it has. They will also invariably provoke comparisons to the grand strategies of administrations past—to the origins and evolution of containment under Harry...
  • PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Boston bomber's widow cozies up to his mother on trip to her former Soviet state

    03/06/2014 6:52:27 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 7, 2014 | M R Freda
    months before atrocity -- as disturbing video emerges of jihad flag on wall of her homeThe widow of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev cozies up to the terrorist’s mother on a trip to see her in her homeland months before the marathon massacre, in an exclusive photograph obtained by MailOnline. In the family photo captioned Kyrgyzstan 2013, Katherine Russell, 24, is holding the daughter she had with Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police days after he and his brother Dhzokhar allegedly detonated two pressure cooker bombs along the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. The...
  • Radical Obama Arms Negotiator Negotiates Away Nuclear Deterrent Vs. Russia

    03/06/2014 7:10:38 AM PST · by drypowder · 7 replies
    Investors.com ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | unknown
    National Security: As Russia test-fires new, updated ICBMs on the heels of its Ukraine invasion, Obama's top arms negotiator is busy downsizing and mothballing America's nuclear arsenal and destroying our deterrent.
  • Putin Doesn't Threaten Our National Security, Obama Does

    03/05/2014 12:05:23 AM PST · by kingattax · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3-5-14 | Don Feder
    Vladimir Putin isn’t the Easter Bunny. On the other hand, he isn’t Joseph Stalin. It takes a truly fevered imagination to see Russian forces in the Crimea as a prelude to Russian tanks rolling across Europe toward Berlin and Paris. Putin is a power player who cares more about Russia’s national interests, and Russian minorities in his near abroad, than in that mythical force known as world opinion. Would that America had a president who cared more about our interests than in promoting globalism and the left’s social agenda. The Crimea’s population is 60% ethnic Russian. For most of the...
  • President Not-Present: Obama does not attend the meetings of his national security team

    03/04/2014 8:35:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/04/2014 | Tom Blumer
    We now know — even the Associated Press, better described as the Administration’s Press [1], has now acknowledged it — that President Barack Obama, in AP’s words [2], “did not participate” in a White House meeting of his national security team Saturday morning “to get updates on the situation and discuss policy options” in reaction to Russia’s invasion and takeover [3] of Crimea and threatened military intervention in the rest of Ukraine. Those who need help getting past AP’s whitewashing need to understand that “did not participate” means “did not attend.”Last time I checked, the president of the United...
  • He Who Controls the Energy Controls the People

    03/02/2014 2:56:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Marita Noon
    Like many conflicts before it, the current battle brewing between Russia and Ukraine has a strong energy component. Russia has a history of using its energy supplies as a control mechanism—such as the 2006 and 2009 gas wars when it cut natural gas supplies in the midst of winter and left many European nations, which rely on Russian natural gas that is shipped through Ukraine, without energy. The supply disruptions were due to “disputes over politics, price, and late payments,” says the Washington Post. Back in November, before the current conflict erupted, Reuters reported: “Ukraine has for years been a...
  • U.S. Space Assets Face Growing Threat From Adversaries, Stratcom Chief Warns

    03/02/2014 10:20:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Space News ^ | February 28, 2014 | Peter B. de Selding
    “Haney, who as Stratcom’s commander is responsible for space surveillance and protecting U.S. space systems from hostile actions, did not identify these nations by name. Nor did the commander of Air Force Space Command, Gen. William Shelton, when he warned in a Feb. 7 speech at the Air Force Association here that the threat to U.S. space assets is moving at a quick pace. “I’ll tell you the considered wisdom of the intelligence community has produced some really good seminal work on the space threats that are out there,” Shelton said. “And what we are finding is they were maybe...
  • Obama, Ukraine and the Price of Weakness

    03/02/2014 2:42:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    There may be no way for the United States to reverse the Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The Obama administration still has the opportunity to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for this aggression in response to the ouster of one of their stooge in Kiev by a popular uprising. Indeed, he would do well to listen to the advice of Senator Marco Rubio who outlined eight steps the U.S. should take in response to the crisis. But whether or not the president acts appropriately now, it’s probably too late to preserve the...
  • Waking up to Defense Cuts

    02/27/2014 9:13:40 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Jewish Policy Center ^ | February 27, 2014 | Shoshana Bryen
    If you are surprised by this week's announcement of major manpower cuts to the U.S. Army, you haven't been paying attention. For a long time.There are two components to understanding America's defense spending choices -- the political and the budgetary; they are not the same. The Administration has made the political case clear. Beginning in 2011, President Obama pronounced himself committed to "ending the wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan "responsibly."The president committed to a turn inward, beginning with a 2011 statement that "the nation we need to build is our own," coupled with the promise to cut troops deployed abroad...
  • John Kerry’s policy of surrender: His failures are redefining American exceptionalism

    02/25/2014 12:09:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick L. Smith
    We have just marked a year since John Kerry launched himself, at 69, as America’s chief diplomat. And for most of the period since it has been difficult to find anything good to say about our 68th secretary of state. Events of late require that I confess to error and change my mind. Kerry could go down as the most important overseer of American foreign policy in the post–Cold War era. The record is very mixed, it is important to add immediately. The past year’s agenda is littered with failures — Syria (Kerry’s diplomacy just reached a dead end), the...
  • In first, majority says Obama is not respected on world stage

    02/24/2014 5:25:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    For the first time, more than half of the United States public said President Obama is not respected by other world leaders, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The new poll indicates 53 percent said Obama is not respected on the world stage compared to 41 percent who said he is respected. Gallup notes the public’s opinion has shifted significantly in the last year. In 2013, 51 percent said Obama was respected internationally while 43 percent said he wasn’t. The latest results came from Gallup’s World Affairs poll, conducted Feb. 6 to 9. Obama’s perceived respect from other world...
  • Report: Hagel plans to reduce size of Army to pre-WWII levels

    02/24/2014 5:16:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to reduce the size of the United States Army to its smallest force since before World War II, according to The New York Times. Hagel reportedly will unveil the plan Monday in his 2015 budget for the Pentagon, which will also call for an entire class of Air Force attack jets to be retired. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Army peaked at 570,000 troops, the Times reports. Hagel wants to shrink the force to between 440,000 and 450,000. That would mark the Army’s smallest force since 1940. Several Pentagon officials confirmed the budget...
  • Rand Paul Versus Barack Obama

    02/15/2014 3:01:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    I’m a national security hawk. But, I’m also a free-market, anti-crony capitalist. I’m a Catholic, I’m a dad and I’m a businessman. And an American. For all these reasons, I stand with Rand in his lawsuit against Barack Obama and his co-defendants: the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey. “Paul’s suit, filed in conjunction with conservative group FreedomWorks,” says the New York Daily News, “alleges that the NSA’s bulk collection program, under which the agency has collected the telephone metadata of many Americans, violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution,...
  • Crippling the Intelligence We Used to Get bin Laden

    02/14/2014 10:55:57 AM PST · by IndePundit · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/10/14 | David B. Rivkin Jr. & Mike Pompeo
    On Jan. 17, in response to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s theft of U.S. intelligence secrets and concerns over the NSA’s bulk metadata collection, President Obama issued a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-28) that neither strengthens American security nor enhances Americans’ privacy. To the contrary, it undermines our intelligence capabilities in service of a novel cause: foreign privacy interests. All nations collect and analyze foreign communications or signals, what is known as “signals intelligence.” American technological prowess has produced the world’s most abundant stream of signals intelligence, thwarting plots against the U.S. and saving lives. PPD-28 threatens American safety...
  • ‘Obama Adm has forgotten that our immigration laws are meant to protect interests of Americans’

    02/06/2014 1:09:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2014 | Caroline May
    Sessions: ‘Obama Administration has forgotten that our immigration laws are meant to protect the interests of Americans’ Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions offered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s decision to write in new exemptions to a law barring access to asylum seekers and refugees who have provided “limited material support” to terrorists, Thursday afternoon. “Not only is this a national security issue, but a financial issue: those granted admission gain access to federal welfare programs funded by U.S. taxpayers,” Sessions said in a statement. “It seems the Obama Administration has forgotten that our immigration laws are meant to...
  • A superb foreign policy speech — from Ted Cruz (yup!)

    02/01/2014 2:05:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin - Right Turn
    "..........I differ with Cruz on a number of things and think his misguided behavior in the shutdown hurt the GOP and the cause of conservatism. Nevertheless, just as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is leading the right to a more constructive, positive domestic agenda, Cruz can do the same on foreign policy. If he does continue his defense of a strong U.S. foreign policy, he can help himself, his party and his country.
  • VERY IMPORTANT.. Obama’s Brother Funds Hamas (Proof Below)

    01/31/2014 2:31:27 AM PST · by FR_addict · 30 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    So if you think that Malik Obama, president Obama’s brother dons a Hamas scarf for sentimental reasons only, think again. The evidence he materially supports Hamas financially is another reason to begin to consider this man’s terror links. As Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization, Malik helps to lead an organization that collects funds and sends them directly to Hamas; this can be found on several Islamic websites...
  • Pentagon: U.S. Not Capable of Detecting Foreign Nuke Threats (US unclassified report)

    01/25/2014 11:56:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.
  • Pentagon to launch blimps to guard against cruise missiles

    01/24/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by Biggirl · 80 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | David Martin
    THE PENTAGON -- The Pentagon has discovered a gap in the defenses of Washington, D.C., and it's about to test a solution. But depending on your point of view, the solution is either vital for national security or a threat to American privacy.
  • Air Force Swears: Our Nuke Launch Code Was Never '00000000'

    01/21/2014 4:11:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | JANUARY 20, 2014 | DAN LAMOTHE
    For nearly a decade, an awkward debate has raged about the U.S. military's nuclear force: Did top Air Force officials really choose "00000000" as a code that could enable the launch of a nuclear missile? Ten years later, in a document obtained by Foreign Policy, the U.S. military told Congress that it never happened. But is the Pentagon telling the truth? Bruce Blair, a nuclear security expert and former launch officer , says no. Blair, now a scholar and author at Princeton University, first raised the idea in a piece published in 2004. He accused the Air Force of circumventing...
  • Gospodin Snowden (Is Snowden an agent for Russia?)

    01/19/2014 4:50:07 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 113 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/19/2013 | William A. Jacobson
    Gospodin Snowden Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 4:45pm How did Edward Snowden so carefully thread the needle to download a massive trove of highly secret documents from across the NSA and intelligence networks without detection? How did he know exactly which job to go after in Hawaii to give him that access, and how was his escape so neatly orchestrated that he ends up first in Chinese controlled Hong Kong with its difficult extradition rules, and then on to Vladimir Putin’s arms?
  • The Three Christs of Obamanism

    01/18/2014 3:27:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2014 | James Lewis
    I start with an apology to faithful Christians who believe in one Christ the Savior. This column is not about religion, but about a classical psychological study of three mental patients in Ypsilanti, Michigan, each of whom believed he was the true Christ. The study appeared in 1964, called The Three Christs of Ypsilanti. Milton Rokeach, who conducted the study, was one of the most brilliant social psychologists of the 20th century, focusing on the crucial question: why are human beings so prone to delusional beliefs? Why do we gamble everything we love on plain falsehoods? World War II was...
  • Records Prove Muslim Brotherhood Delegates Skipped Airport Inspections

    01/17/2014 4:36:44 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/2014 | Steven Emerson
    Newly released records confirm a 2012 Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) report that the State Department cleared the way for a visiting delegation of Muslim Brotherhood officials to enter the country without undergoing routine inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The April 2012 visit came before the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate was elected Egypt's president, although the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had won a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections. The expedited entry is known as a "port courtesy" normally reserved for high-ranking visiting government officials and dignitaries. [...] The Muslim Brotherhood has open connections with Hamas,...
  • US suspends 34 nuclear missile officers for cheating on exams

    01/17/2014 11:22:26 AM PST · by opentalk · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | January 16, 2014
    The US military has suspended 34 officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles for cheating on a proficiency test, Air Force leaders said Wednesday. The scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana marked the latest in a series of damaging revelations dogging the country's nuclear force,including a separate probe into illegal drugs that came to light last week. "There was cheating that took place with respect to this particular test," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told a news conference. "Some officers did it. Others apparently knew about it,and it appears that they did nothing,or at least not enough,to...
  • Doomsday Clock Set at 5 'Til Midnight (everyone can relax)

    01/16/2014 11:27:07 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 26 replies
    Live science ^ | January 14, 2014 | Stephanie Pappas
    The iconic Doomsday Clock remains poised at five minutes until midnight, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced today (Jan. 14). The clock is no doomsday device — rather, it's a visual metaphor for the danger of a "civilization-threatening technological catastrophe." Every year, the board analyzes international threats, particularly nuclear arsenals and climate change, and decides where the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock should rest. The closer it is to midnight, the closer the world is to doom. "As always, new technologies hold the promise of doing great good, supplying new sources of clean...
  • China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle

    01/13/2014 6:26:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    .....Instead of seeking military and other hot line communications, the U.S. government should build on select military superiorities in order to deter China into the 2020s and beyond, Fisher said. “I don’t see this administration being seized with this real challenge,” he added. ....... .......Ian Easton, in a report published by the Project 2049 Institute, said China’s hypersonic weapons are part of what he called “the Great Game in space.” “If there is a great power war in this century, it will not begin with the sound of explosions on the ground and in the sky, but rather with the...