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MessagePosté le: Mer 6 Nov - 00:07 (2013)    Sujet du message: 'PURGE SURGE': OBAMA FIRES ANOTHER COMMANDER Répondre en citant


Naval commanding officer alarmed by 'relentless' attack on Armed Forces

Published: 20 hours ago

  F. Michael Maloof About | Email | Archive

F. Michael Maloof, staff writer for WND and G2Bulletin, is a former senior security policy analyst in the office of the secretary of defense.

WASHINGTON – After multiple top generals described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation.

Nine generals and flag officers have been relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama administration as close to 200.

In response, prominent retired generals – ranging from Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News senior military analyst, to Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, a founder of the Army’s elite Delta Force, to Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick Henry Brady – have all gone on the record with WND, characterizing Obama’s actions as nothing less than an all-out attack on America’s armed forces.

According to U.S. Army Japan, Col. Eric Tilley was suspended from his job by Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer Sr., commander of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) for a “lack of confidence” based on the results of an inquiry.

A spokesman for U.S. Army Japan, Maj. Kevin Toner, would not elaborate on what prompted a “lack of confidence,” saying it would be “inappropriate to make public the allegations because the investigation did not lead to findings of criminal misconduct.”

Tilley is to be replaced by Col. Joy Curriera.

Tilley’s dismissal is only the latest in what retired Navy Capt. Joseph John refers to as a “bigger picture” in which some “135 senior officers have been purged.”

“The ‘bigger picture,’” John told WND, “is that the U.S. Armed Forces have been under relentless attack by the occupant of the Oval Office for five years.”

A Naval Academy graduate, John had three tours of duty in Vietnam, served as an al-Qaida expert for the FBI, and was a commanding officer with SEALs embedded on special operations. He was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals and 22 medals and unit citations for combat operations in Vietnam, Philippines, Desert Storm and on anti-terrorist operations.

Today, John is chairman of Combat Veterans For Congress PAC (Political Action Committee), which has helped elect 20 combat veterans to Congress.

“I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views,” John told WND.

“The truly sad story is that many of the brightest graduates of the three major service academies witnessing what the social experiment on diversity … is doing to the U.S. military, are leaving the service after five years,” he said. “We are being left with an officer corps that can be made to be more compliant, that is, exactly what Obama needs to effect his long range goals for the U.S. military.”

In an email to WND, John outlined what he termed “a very few of the most egregious” aspects of Obama’s “attack” on the military over the past five years.

He referred specifically to the Rules of Engagement in combat that were put in place after Obama took office, asserting that the changes resulted in very high casualty rates in Afghanistan, including the loss of 17 members of SEAL Team 6 in one incident.

“The Rules of Engagement precluded the use of suppression fire at a landing zone,” John said.

Echoing what other high-ranking officers have told WND, he said the Pentagon policy of repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” resulted in the first openly “gay” “major military force in the world.” The development has brought about “massive” sexual assaults on “thousands of straight military male personnel that have been covered up,” he said.

He also cited military chaplains’ being prohibited from reading letters in the pulpit from their cardinals during Sunday services as a restriction of freedom of religion.

These and other “social experiments,” he said, have constituted “a massive assault to restructure the military mindset, destroyed unit cohesion, unit morale and is negatively affecting combat effectiveness.”

John also referred to major cuts in the military budget that resulted in, for one example, restricting as many as seven aircraft carriers to port, “leaving them open to another Pearl Harbor-type of attack.”

Physical fitness qualifications for “tip of the spear units” such as the Rangers, SEALs, Green Berets and combat infantry are being downgraded, he said, so “women can be placed into those units.” Likewise, he added, “women have been assigned to submarines and ships resulting in relationships at sea that have broken up military families.”

Some senior enlisted personnel and commanding officers in the midst of six-month deployments, he said, have been removed because they got involved with the opposite sex, which degrades the ships’ battle readiness.

John sums up this way: “The net result of the occupant of the Oval Office’s new policies set for the U.S. armed forces changed and enforced by his civilian appointees at DOD continues to degrade the most effective military organization ever created.”

If John’s comments about Obama sound dire, they are no more so than those expressed to WND in recent days by top generals.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.

“There is no doubt he [Obama] is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.

“They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” another military source told WND.

Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness being reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, colonels – those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was a founding member of Delta Force and later deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.

“Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said.

“I believe there is a purging of the military,” he said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”

The future of the military is becoming more and more of concern, added Boykin, since colonels who would become generals are also being relieved of duty if they show that they’re not going to support Obama’s agenda, which critics have described as socialist.

“I talk to a lot of folks who don’t support where Obama is taking the military, but in the military they can’t say anything,” Boykin said.

As a consequence, he said, the lower grades have decided to leave, having been given the signal that there is no future in the military for them.

Referring to recent reports that Obama has purged some 197 officers in the past five years, Boykin said the reports suggest these officers were suspected of disloyalty or disagreed with the Obama administration on policy or force-structure issues. As Boykin pointed out, a number of them have been relieved of duty for no given reason.

“Morale is at an unprecedented low,” Boykin added, part of which is due to sequestration.

Sequestration has seriously cut back operational readiness for the military to the point where Boykin said that often they have no ammunition and are unable to conduct training because of the planned cuts.

Brady, who was a legendary “Dust Off” air ambulance pilot in Vietnam and detailed his experiences in his book, “Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam,” told WND, “The problem is military people will seldom, while on duty, go on the record over such issues, and many will not ever, no matter how true. I hear from many off the record who are upset with the current military leadership and some are leaving and have left in the past.”

Brady referred to additional problems in today’s military including “girly-men leadership [and] medals for not shooting and operating a computer. This president will never fight if there is any reason to avoid it and with a helpless military he can just point to our weakness and shrug his shoulders.”

Brady made similar references in a recent article he wrote for WND in which he said “just when you thought the leadership of this government could not get any worse, it does. Never in history has an administration spawned another scandal to cover the current one.”

The reference was to the recent firing of a number of generals to mask “Obama’s serial scandals, all prefaced by lies – Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA, IRS” among others.

WND reported that three of the nine firings by Obama this year alone were linked to the controversy surrounding the Sep. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the CIA special mission in Benghazi, Libya.

In one case, U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command when the consulate was attacked and four Americans were killed, was highly critical of the decision by the State Department not to send in reinforcements.

Obama has insisted there were no reinforcements available that night.

But Ham contends reinforcements could have been sent in time, and he said he never was given a stand-down order. However, others contend that he was given the order but defied it. He ultimately was relieved of his command and retired.

Now, new information in the Washington Times reveals there were Delta Force personnel in Tripoli at the time of the attack and two members volunteered to be dispatched to Benghazi to assist in protecting the Benghazi compound, contrary to stand-down orders from the State Department.

Another flag officer involved in the Benghazi matter – which remains under congressional investigation – was Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette. He commanded the Carrier Strike Group.

He contends aircraft could have been sent to Libya in time to help the Americans under fire. He later was removed from his post for alleged profanity and making “racially insensitive comments.”

Army Major Gen. Ralph Baker was the commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa. Baker contended that attack helicopters could have reached the consulate in time on the night of the attack.

“To understand the insufferable assaults on our military and veterans, who should be exempt from political squabbles but are often at the forefront of Obama threats, we need to understand the psyche of the elite in this country led by Obama,” Brady said.

“It is no accident that the president used the Obama sequester and shutdown to punish the military family,” he said. “It is part of his DNA. In fact it is in the psyche of the entire liberal/progressive establishment – the elite. President Clinton outed himself and this ilk when he declared his loathing of the military. Who could believe progressives/liberals care about veterans and military?”

Army Major Gen. Paul E. Vallely similarly has been very vocal in his opposition to the Obama administration.

Vallely said the White House won’t investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

Vallely served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1993 as deputy Commanding General, Pacific Command. Today, he is chairman of the Military Committee for the Center for Security Policy and is co-author of the book “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”

Duty personnel seem to back up this concern, suggesting that the firings are meant to send a message to “young officers down through the ranks” not to criticize the president or White House politics.

Is Obama purging U.S. military of top officers because of politics?
  • No, it's called the changing of the guard and happens in every administration
  • No, he's just cleaning house of old, dead wood
  • No, he's just reminding the military that it is run by a civilian
  • No, he's just making sure that women, minorities and LGBT officers are well-represented
  • I don't know, but I feel there's something really wrong going on
  • Yes, and it's about time
  • Yes, it's what they do in the Third World to avoid coups
  • Yes, because of neo-Marxist politics to be precise
  • Yes, he's purging those who owe allegiance to Constitution in favor of allegiance to him
  • Other

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Story Number: NNS131105-03Release Date: 11/5/2013 10:00:00 AM

From Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs

USS MCCAMPBELL, At Sea (NNS) -- Naval forces from India and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2013, Nov. 5 - 11.

Malabar is a regularly scheduled bilateral naval field training exercise and has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2013 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.

The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. While ashore in Chennai, India, training will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations and anti-submarine warfare operations.

The at-sea portions will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal. They are designed to advance coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in a multinational environment.

Events planned during the at-sea portions include liaison officer professional exchanges and embarks; gunnery exercises; visit, board, search and seizure; Surface Action Group operations; helicopter evolutions; underway replenishments.

The Indian navy and U.S. 7th Fleet have a common understanding and knowledge of a shared working environment at sea. This exercise helps to advance the level of understanding between our Sailors and we hope to be able to continue this process over time. Participants from the U.S. Navy include guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), Destroyer Squadron 15 and embarked "Warlords" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51.

The United States and India share common values and seafaring traditions. The two navies are natural partners, and look forward to continuing to strengthen bonds and personal relationships.

For a list of participating Indian forces, please contact the Indian navy headquarters.

For more news from Commander Task Force 70, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf70/.


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MessagePosté le: Jeu 7 Nov - 11:43 (2013)    Sujet du message: Today Tonight : POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMS Répondre en citant


Modern day policing is very different to how it was before, so how do the Australian police prepare for the new challenges they face on the beat? Report by Bryan Seymour.

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MessagePosté le: Ven 8 Nov - 03:11 (2013)    Sujet du message: URGENT: UPDATED INFO ABOUT CONFIRMED BLACKOUT IN 6 DAYS. NEW VIDEO ADDED Répondre en citant


Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:50

(Before It's News)

(N.Morgan) As reported on the 20th of September, FEMA is planning a blackout drill. We now have confirmation of this exercise occurring November 13th- 14th.  This is why thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, F.B.I. anti terrorism experts and officials from government agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico are preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical attacks and cyber attacks that could take down large sections of the power grid.

Another report that has come to my attention, even more confirmation of this drill. Iowa Utilities Joining Drill Simulating Knockout Blow To Nation’s Power GridThanks to Debra Dew for the new video! You rock, Sister!

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They will practice for a crisis unlike anything the real grid has ever seen, and more than 150 companies and organizations have signed up to participate. “This is different from a hurricane that hits X, Y and Z counties in the Southeast and they have a loss of power for three or four days,” said the official in charge of the drill, Brian M. Harrell of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, known as NERC. “We really want to go beyond that.” One goal of the drill, called GridEx II, is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain for everyday necessities. “If we fail at electricity, we’re going to fail miserably,” Curt Hébert, a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a recent conference held by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Mr. Harrell said that previous exercises were based on the expectation that electricity “would be up and running relatively quick” after an attack. Now, he said, the goal is to “educate the federal government on what their expectations should or shouldn’t be.” The industry held a smaller exercise two years ago in which 75 utilities, companies and agencies participated, but this one will be vastly expanded and will be carried out in a more anxious mood.

Most of the participants will join the exercise from their workplaces, with NERC, in Washington, announcing successive failures. One example, organizers say, is a substation break-in that officials initially think is an attempt to steal copper. But instead, the intruder uses a USB drive to upload a virus into a computer network. The drill is part of a give-and-take in the past few years between the government and utilities that has exposed the difficulties of securing the electric system. The grid is essential for almost everything, but it is mostly controlled by investor-owned companies or municipal or regional agencies. Ninety-nine percent of military facilities rely on commercial power, according to the White House. The utilities play down their abilities, in comparison with the government’s. “They have the intelligence operation, the standing army, the three-letter agencies,” said Scott Aaronson, senior director of national security policy at the Edison Electric Institute, the trade association of investor-owned utilities. “We have the grid operations expertise.” That expertise involves running 5,800 major power plants and 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, monitored and controlled by a staggering mix of devices installed over decades. Some utilities use their own antique computer protocols and are probably safe from hacking — what the industry calls “security through obscurity.” But others rely on Windows-based control systems that are common to many industries. Some of them run on in-house networks, but computer security experts say they are not confident that all the connections to the public Internet have been discovered and secured. Many may be vulnerable to software — known as malware — that can disable the systems or destroy their ability to communicate, leaving their human operators blind about the positions of switches, the flows of current and other critical parameters. Experts say a sophisticated hacker could also damage hard-to-replace equipment.

In an effort to draw utilities and the government closer, the industry recently established the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council, made up of high-level executives, to meet with federal officials. The first session is next month. Preparation for the November drill comes as Congress is debating laws that could impose new standards to protect the grid from cyberattacks, but many in the industry, some of whom would like such rules, doubt that they can pass. The drill is also being planned as conferences, studies and even works of fiction are raising near-apocalyptic visions of catastrophes involving the grid. A National Academy of Sciences report last year said that terrorists could cause broad hardship for months with physical attacks on hard-to-replace components. An emerging effort led in part by R. James Woolsey, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is gearing up to pressure state legislatures to force utilities to protect equipment against an electromagnetic pulse, which could come from solar activity or be caused by small nuclear weapons exploded at low altitude, frying crucial components.

An attack using an electromagnetic pulse is laid out in extensive detail in the novel “One Second After,” published in 2009 and endorsed by Newt Gingrich. In another novel, “Gridlock,” published this summer and co-written by Byron L. Dorgan, the former senator from North Dakota, a rogue Russian agent working for Venezuela and Iran helps hackers threaten the grid. In the preface, Mr. Dorgan says such an attack could cause 10,000 times as much devastation as the terrorists’ strikes on Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the growing anxiety, the government and the private sector have had trouble coordinating their grid protection efforts. The utility industry argues that the government has extensive information on threats but keeps it classified. Government officials concede the problem, and they have suggested that some utility executives get security clearances. But with hundreds of utilities and thousands of executives, it cannot issue such clearances fast enough. And the industry would like to be instantly warned when the government identifies Internet servers that are known to be sources of malware. Another problem is that the electric system is so tightly integrated that a collapse in one spot, whether by error or intent, can set off a cascade, as happened in August 2003, when a power failure took a few moments to spread from Detroit to New York. Sometimes utility engineers and law enforcement officials also seem to speak different languages. In his book “Protecting Industrial Control Systems From Electronic Threats,” Joseph Weiss, an engineer and cybersecurity expert, recounted a meeting between electrical engineers and the F.B.I. in 2008. When an F.B.I. official spoke at length about I.E.D.’s, he was referring to improvised explosive devices, but to the engineers the abbreviation meant intelligent electronic devices. And experts fear government-sponsored hacking. Michael V. Hayden, another former C.I.A. director, speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center conference, said that the Stuxnet virus, which disabled some of Iran’s centrifuges for enriching uranium, might invite retaliation. “In a time of peace, someone just used a cyberweapon to destroy another nation’s critical infrastructure,” he said. “Ouch.”


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MessagePosté le: Ven 8 Nov - 13:37 (2013)    Sujet du message: CANADA : MONTREAL COPS’ $360,000 SWAT VEHICLE IS DESIGNED TO REDUCE USE OF FORCE Répondre en citant


Cadeau pour le nouveau maire de Montréal, le Chevalier de Malte Denis Coderre???

Thursday, November 7, 2013

MONTREAL – Montreal police have shown off the latest addition to their crime-fighting arsenal – a $360,000 armoured vehicle they say has been in development for the past 11 years.

Francois Houle, the commander of the Montreal force’s SWAT team, says the grey-coloured vehicle, similar to those that transport money, will be used primarily to protect officers against armed suspects, who may be involved in situations like hostage-takings.

Reporters were invited Wednesday to get a closer look at the imposing police wagon, which is designed to allow officers to use less force when negotiating with someone threatening to use weapons.

Houle says it could be used to protect an injured citizen or a police officer who is trying to get inside a perimeter where a person is using firearms.

He adds that the mobile barricade can take a pounding from projectiles, but he won’t provide any precise details about its capabilities.

The SWAT team boss notes that other major police forces in Canada have similar armoured vehicles, including the RCMP, Quebec provincial police, Ontario provincial police and municipal forces in Quebec City, Ottawa and Vancouver.


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MessagePosté le: Lun 11 Nov - 00:10 (2013)    Sujet du message: TWO MORE MILITARY COMMANDERS PLACED ON LIEAVE PENDING DISMISSAL! Répondre en citant


Posted by: Brandon Walker Posted date: November 09, 2013 In: News, Videos

If anyone saw the article entitled Sex, Lies, and Lady Gaga! you had heard of the scandal that rocked the United States Navy. Contractors had a couple in the Naval Intelligence Division to divert the fleet to port where they were entertained in Singapore with hookers, drugs, and Lady Gaga tickets.  Just when you thought that they had all that was responsible for that fiasco, two more commanders have been placed on leave pending indictment.

The problem comes in when the responsible parties have all been apprehended supposedly and all of a sudden here comes commander 13 and 14, one shy of Adolf Hitler before his coupe. With the first 9 Commanders Obama Purged, the main reason was sex related and these two seem no different.

We even have the Liberal NBC reporting, although they say that the military is moving to suppress evidence.

The sanctions against Vice Adm. Ted Branch, the director of naval intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, the director of intelligence operations, are related to “illegal and improper relations” with Leonard Francis, chief executive of Glenn Defense Marine, a Singapore-based defense contractor, the Navy said in a statement.

The admirals are the highest-ranking officers to be implicated so far in the investigation, which began in 2010. Three lower-level officers have been charged with accepting prostitutes, luxury travel and cash from Francis in exchange for classified and internal Navy information.

Francis appeared in federal court Friday in San Diego on allegations that he supplied the lower-level officers — Cmdr. Mark Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 46, Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez, 41, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service Supervisory Special Agent John Bertrand Beliveau II, 44 — with plane tickets, access to prostitutes and concert tickets.

In return, they arranged to have ships dock at Asian ports controlled by Francis, who overcharged the Navy for fuel, food and other services, according to criminal complaints filed in San Diego.

All of the men have pleaded not guilty, as has Alex Wisidagama, a Glenn Defense executive. Prosecutors say Wisidagama overbilled the Navy for services in ports throughout Southeast Asia.

The complaints don’t mention the two admirals, who haven’t been charged, and the Navy’s statement went into no further detail about their connection to the investigation.

“There is no indication, nor do the allegations suggest, that in either case there was any breach of classified information,” the Navy said.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Pletcher said in court Friday that Beliveau provided Francis with internal NCIS documents about the bribery investigation, NBC San Diego reported.

Prosecutors said Friday they would seek a protective order to shield any of the evidence from the media and the public.~NBC

Notice that the case does not include the two Admirals.  Also that it is mentioned that there is no indication of breach of classified information. But NCIS is after these two for this incident. Isn’t that convenient.


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MessagePosté le: Lun 11 Nov - 20:13 (2013)    Sujet du message: BREAKING! CHINESE TROPPS ARE COMING TO TOWN! TOMORROW! Répondre en citant


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By Judi McLeod (Bio and Archives)  Friday, November 8, 2013

Aloha Hawaiians!  If you see what you think are soldiers from the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army wandering about in your neck of the woods Tuesday through Thursday next week, your imagination is not playing tricks on you.

For the first time in history the U.S. Army will host the Communist Peoples Republic of China’s Army on American soil Nov. 12-14, 2013. But don’t worry while Chinese soldiers will have boots on the ground in Hawaii, they are only really “simulating”.

Simulating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country”.

You can’t make this stuff up when GridEx 2 is doing it for you.

GridEx 2 (there was already a GridEx 1in November of 2011) is a massive ‘emergency drill’ planned to take place across the whole of North America with thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, FBI antiterrorism experts and officials from government agencies, in the United States, Canada and Mexico (who) are preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical attacks and cyberattacks that could take down large sections of the power grid. (New York Times, Aug. 16, 2013).

The exercise is touted as a unified move “to test the resiliency of the U.S. power grid to withstand major damage causes by a natural disaster or deliberate attack”. “Fears about the possible detonation of a nuclear warhead in the skies about the United States, for the purposes of creating an electromagnetic pulse aimed at sizzling electronics on the ground, have led a number of public figures to call for significant steps to strengthen the power grid.  Ex-CIA head R. James Woolsey is planing a campaign to convince state governments to pass laws requiring utilities to harden their electronics against potential EMP attacks.

“A key objective of GridEx 2 is to learn how governments would handle a loss of electrical power that is large enough to drastically affect the delivery of common and essential goods and services.” (NYT)

Hoping that the U.S., Canada or Mexico aren’t GridEx 2’s “fictional third country” and that the soldiers out on reconnaissance in Blue Hawaii don’t stamp ‘Made in China’ on it.

The New York Times reported on GridEx 2’s massive, Nov. 13-14 drill on August 16,  but never mentioned the participation of the Peoples Republic of China’s Army.

China’s Xinhua Agencies kicked in on November 6 reporting that American and Chinese soldiers will train together in the November exercise.

“The US military Pacific Commander, Samuel Locklear, said here Tuesday that a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise to be held this month helps improve the relationship between the United States and China.” (Xinhua Agencies, Nov. 6, 2013)

”Locklear told a news briefing that the Pacific Command’s Army component commander in Hawaii has been looking forward to the Nov. 12-14 exercises “for some time”, as the Army will host the People’s Liberation Army soldiers of China to train together in a field environment, simulating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country.

“Summing up his expectations for the joint exercise, Locklear said both militaries can learn something in disaster management and “better prepare tomorrow than yesterday”.

“In relation to our ability to do this with our Chinese counterparts”, he said, “this kind of exercise gives us a place to start, and get into the rhythm of understanding and trusting each other.”

“The joint exercise was announced during an August visit to Washington by Chinese Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan, as China and the United States expand their military-to-military relationship and explore cooperation opportunities in non-traditional security areas.”

On August 19, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel escorted China Minister of National Defense Gen. Wanquan during an honor cordon at the Pentagon.

In a same day press conference, Gen. Wanquan said China’s military has never supported any hacker actions, expressing at the joint press conference that the cyber space is a new field and cyberspace security threats have become a world wide problem. “China is one of the major victims of hacker attacks, suffering serious threats from network attacks,” he said. 

Meanwhile, let’s hope the last one out of the GridEx 2 simulation exercise turns North America’s lights back on.

China Deploys New Bomber with Long-Range Land Attack Missile
Bill Gertz FreeBeacon, November 7, 2013 4:35 pm

China’s military recently deployed an upgraded strategic bomber that will carry the military’s new long-range land attack cruise missile, capable of attacking Hawaii and Guam, according to a draft congressional report.

The Oct. 8 draft of the forthcoming report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission also reveals that China has developed a new armed drone nearly identical to U.S. military’s Reaper. The Chinese missile-firing drone likely was developed through Chinese cyber espionage against U.S. defense contractors.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 6 Déc - 15:21 (2013)    Sujet du message: USS SHILOH TO PARTICIPATE IN TRILATERAL NAVAL EXERCISE WITH UNITED KINGDOM AND REPUBLIC OF KOREA Répondre en citant


Story Number: NNS131205-01Release Date: 12/5/2013 11:09:00 AM
By Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

SEOUL, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) will join ships from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea navy Dec. 8-9 for a trilateral naval exercise in waters to the south of the Korean Peninsula.

The naval exercise is aimed at improving teamwork and interoperability between the three navies in theater security cooperation and humanitarian relief operations. The guided-missile destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992) and Royal navy destroyer HMS Daring will join USS Shiloh for the exercise.

"This is an exceptional opportunity to bring together three navies that have historically worked very closely together as allies and close friends," said Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea. "This exercise provides our navies a chance to work together and learn from each other so we may continue to fulfill our common interests in preserving a safe and secure maritime environment."

USS Shiloh, with a crew of approximately 400 Sailors, is part of the U.S. 7th Fleet and assigned to Commander, Task Force 70. The ship is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan to support security and stability operations and exercises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfk/.


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Un autre bel article nous prouvant la "laïcité" de la France. L'Empire Romain est encore une fois aux premières loges, sous le sceau de la Vierge de Fatima.

PMI à  Lourdes en mai 2014 Lourdes, 8 novembre 2013 (Zenit.org) Anita Bourdin

Dans le cadre d’une grande mobilisation au profit de la maison Saint-Louis, futur siège du Diocèse aux armées françaises, un concert est organisé le 25 novembre à 20h30 à Saint-Louis-des-Invalides, à Paris.

La Musique de la Brigade de Sapeurs Pompiers de Paris et les Choeurs de Suresnes interprèteront l’ouverture de la « Norma » de Bellini, la suite « Les Planètes » de Gustav Holst, le « Casanova » de Johan De Meij, le 3emouvement de la « Sinfonia Hungarcia » de Jan Van Der Roost et la « Rhapsody in Blue » de Georges Gershwin.

Mgr Luc Ravel souhaite en effet « doter le Diocèse aux armées d’une maison au centre de Paris, bâtiment qui sera à la fois lieu d’habitation pour l’évêque et ses principaux collaborateurs, pour aumôniers de passage ainsi que pour  des étudiants. La maison comprendra en outre un centre culturel et historique qui recueillera toutes les traditions de l’aumônerie militaire française ».

Ce projet immobilier est en cours de réalisation dans un immeuble appartenant à la congrégation des Soeurs du Bon Secours de Paris, au 16, rue Notre-Dame des champs à Paris. La fin des travaux est prévue pour l’été  2014.

 Ce projet d’une maison diocésaine nécessite un appel de fonds, c’est pourquoi diverses manifestations sont envisagées pour faire connaître le projet : concert, exposition et vente aux enchères des Peintres des Armées. Mais le site Internet du diocèse permet à tous les visiteurs qui le souhaitent de participer à cette collecte de fonds pour le chantier.

L'année 2014 sera particulièrement importante pour le Diocèse aux armées, avec le centenaire du déclenchement de la Première guerre mondiale, dont l'année de commémoration a été lancée ce 7 novembre par le présient français, M. François Hollande.

Des représentants, civils et miliaires, des 72 nations en guerre il y a un siècle sont invitées à participer au traditionnel défilé des Champs-Elysée, le 14 juillet prochain.

L'anniversaire de l'entrée en guerre sera célébré le 3 août en présence du président allemand, M. Joachim Gauck .

Le Diocèse aux armées, mais aussi le diocèse de Verdun, sous la houlette de son évêque, Mgr François Maupu, et l'archidiocèse de Strasbourg, et Mgr Jean-Pierre Grallet, seront particulièrement engagés dans des célébrations du souvenir, de la PAIX et de la RECONCILIATION.

Le Pèlerinage militaire international (PMI), "plus grand rassemblement militaire au monde", pacifique, aura lieu à Lourdes, du 16 au 18 mai, avec la participation de la Garde suisse pontificale, comme chaque année.

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Tout était prévu depuis de longues années. Maintenant que Nelson Mandela est mort, le destructeur et sa nouvelle guerre vont aller de l'avant.

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4 décembre, 2013 Posté par Benji sous Argent et politique, Big Brother/sécurité! 9 commentaires

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La France était restée un des rares pays européens à ne pas accepter, par la loi, de sociétés de mercenaires, même si celles-ci existaient déjà sous une forme ou une autre. Sarkozy, en fin de mandat, se préparait à ouvrir la porte à de telles sociétés. Occupé à d’autres urgences qui lui tenaient particulièrement à cœur, comme le chômage, les retraites, le bien-être des français, tenir ses promesses électorales…(si, si), ce n’est que maintenant que le gouvernement Ayrault s’attèle à concrétiser le projet. Se basant sur un rapport réalisé en 2012 par les députés Christian Ménard (UMP) et Jean-Claude Viollet (PS), Jean-Marc Ayrault a annoncé qu’un projet de loi sera bientôt déposé dans ce sens.

Les différents commentateurs parlent surtout de création de sociétés privées de mercenaires maritimes destinés à être embarqués sur des navires pour lutter contre la piraterie. C’est le grand retour des corsaires.

Les corsaires, ces sortes de pirates légaux, étaient à l’origine de leur création par Philippe Auguste au XIIème siècle des mercenaires destinés à sécuriser les navires, en lieu et place d’une armée insuffisante. Peu à peu, ils sont devenus ces grands coureurs des mers que nous connaissons, héros pour les uns, pirates et pendables pour les autres, tant la législation internationale à leur sujet était floue.

On retrouve aujourd’hui les mêmes difficultés à poser les conditions légales à l’existence de sociétés militaires privées, car les buts qui se cachent derrière leur création sont multiples. La protection des navires contre les pirates n’est que le motif le plus acceptable par le public. Il fallait bien que la piraterie serve enfin à quelque chose d’avouable. Déjà, dans le rapport Menard/Viollet, on avait envisagé leur utilisation dans les opérations de maintien de la paix ou de sécurité internationale. De nombreuses sociétés anglo-saxonnes le font depuis longtemps, par des contrats ponctuels avec l’ONU. C’est un marché plein d’avenir dont la France ne voudrait pas être écartée, mais ce n’est pas la seule raison.

Ce que Sarkozy avait commencé, Hollande va le mettre en œuvre. On se doute bien que la pression des armateurs et des assureurs, entre autres, n’est pas étrangère à tout cela. En plus des acteurs économiques, étant donné la nature de ces nouvelles futures sociétés, on ne peut s’empêcher de penser aux grands acteurs géopolitiques habituels. Il suffit juste de retracer l’histoire des guerres récentes avec leurs cohortes de mercenaires, d’opérations clandestines et de coups fourrés pour comprendre à qui et à quoi je fais allusion.

Nul doute que, dans quelques années, nous entendrons beaucoup parler des ESSD français. ESSD c’est Entreprises de Services et de Sécurité de Défense. Le gouvernent a dû trouver que ça sonnait mieux et, surtout, que ça faisait moins peur que SMP (Sociétés Militaires Privées).

Pour un gouvernement belliqueux, c’est une aubaine d’avoir à sa disposition de telles entreprises. Ce sont généralement d’anciens militaires encadrés par des officiers à la retraite ou ayant préféré quitter l’armée, mais tous aguerris. Finis les OpEx officiels pour lesquels il faut rendre des comptes au parlement ou à la nation et qui peuvent plomber une réélection. Avec les mercenaires, il sera enfin possible de faire la guerre sans la faire officiellement. Déstabiliser un pays en jouant l’innocent deviendra un jeu d’enfant. Et, cerise sur le gâteau, on évite de se mettre les vrais militaires à dos pour certains actes un peu délicats.

Mercenaires, corsaires, de vielles recettes qui ont fait leurs preuves dans le voyoutisme. Le 21ème siècle est bien parti.

Source: Reseauinternational.net via Sott.net


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Chers amis,

La sinistre réalité des films « Terminator » n’est plus de la fiction, désormais !


Nous voyons donc qu’il y a TOUJOURS de l’argent pour ce que l’élite souhaite… malheureusement, elle ne souhaite absolument pas défendre les droits, les économies ni les libertés  de la population !!!

LES DRONES EN QUESTION PATROUILLERONT « 24H SUR 24 » LES RUES DES QUARTIERS OÙ IL Y A (NOTEZ BIEN L’EXPRESSION, CAR ELLE EST CAPITALE) DE LA « TENSION SOCIALE » ! Il est intéressant de noter ce « détail » dans une situation de crise et potentiellement d’écroulement économique mondial, avec toutes les « tensions sociales » que cela peut impliquer…  La dictature soi-disant « sécuritaire » est donc désormais confirmée !

Bien entendu, on peut s’imaginer que Montréal et l’Amérique du Nord ne sont qu’un début… la Grande-Bretagne a déjà embrayé, et surfe sur cette tendance techno-nazie. D’ICI 3 OU 4 ANS, SI RIEN N’EST FAIT, DANS LES GRANDES VILLES DES PAYS DITS « INDUSTRIALISÉS », ON VERRA SYSTÉMATIQUEMENT CE GENRE DE BOÎTE DE CONSERVE LUTTER CONTRE LES « CRIMINELS »… C’EST-À-DIRE, EN RÉALITÉ, CONTRE N’IMPORTE QUI !

Il est plus qu’intéressant que ceci se produit juste au moment où de potentielles révoltes populaires liées à la crise sont en train de se développer un peu partout… et croyez-moi, ce n’est pas un énième « hasard », mais bien un projet longuement PRÉMÉDITÉ ET PLANIFIÉ !


Bien entendu, c’est l’éternel prétexte de la prétendue « SÉCURITÉ » qui est utilisé pour mettre ceci en place. Mais lorsqu’on a trop de mesures « sécuritaires », la société se transforme alors en DICTATURE, devenant donc totalement NON sécuritaire !  

Mais qu’à cela ne tienne ! Suite à une propagande RASSURANTE des autorités sans nul doute, la population lobotomisée et débile a d’ores et déjà bien ACCEPTÉ cette dictature nouvelle !


Ces pauvres IMBÉCILES manipulés ne se doutent même pas que la situation va inévitablement finir par se retourner contre eux, contre ceux qu’ils aiment et contre leurs descendants !  


Surtout, ne vous rassurez pas bêtement en lisant les articles qui suivent, car C’EST L’ENFER SUR TERRE QUI NOUS EST GARANTI, AVEC CES DRONES !

Les mondialistes, eux, doivent se frotter les mains : tous leurs plans les plus infects arrivent à maturité, et ce sans la moindre opposition des populations apathiques et mentalement attardées !

Les 2 articles, ci-dessous…


P.S. : un immense merci à la personne qui m’a signalé ces articles !

Un cas à méditer : la petite Shakira, 4 ans, a été la victime innocente d’une attaque de drones au Pakistan par les « services » (sévices ?) du prix Nobel de la « Paix », Barack Hussein Obama (pour l’histoire complète, en anglais, cf. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/21/us/texas-drone-strike-victim )... 

ARTICLE 1 : source : http://www.journaldemourreal.com/montreal-nord-le-spvm-deploiera-des-drones…

novembre 28th, 2013


Le service de police de la ville de Montréal a dévoilé en grande pompe ce matin l’achat de 24 DRONES DE SURVEILLANCE QUI SERONT DÉPLOYÉS DANS MONTRÉAL NORD POUR FACILITER LES POLICIERS DANS LEUR LUTTE CONTRE LE CRIME ORGANISÉ ET LES GANGS DE RUE. L’achat de PLUS DE 400 MILLIONS DE DOLLARS s’inscrit dans la politique de la ville de RÉDUIRE SES EFFECTIFS POLICIERS D’ICI LES 15 PROCHAINES ANNÉES et d’assurer la sécurité des forces de l’ordre dans un des quartiers les plus à risque de la ville.


Interrogé quant aux moyens utilisés par les drones pour neutraliser les suspects, un porte-parole du SPVM nous a expliqué que « LES DRONES SERONT MUNIS DE TECHNOLOGIES PERSUASIVES, MAIS DE TYPES NON LÉTALES, TEL QUE DÉCHARGE ÉLECTRIQUE, GAZ AVEUGLANT OU PARALYSANT ». « Les possibilités sont infinies, mais il n’y aura pas d’armes létales, DU MOINS, CE N’EST PAS PRÉVU POUR L’INSTANT » a-t-il bien voulu commenter.

Le programme devrait être mis en application dès les premiers mois de 2014 et seulement dans certains quartiers de Montréal Nord nous a confirmé le responsable du projet.

ARTICLE 2 : source : http://www.journaldemourreal.com/montreal-nord-trois-membres-de-gangs-de-ru…

décembre 4th, 2013



« On est très heureux du déroulement de la situation. C’EST LA PREMIÈRE FOIS QU’ON LANÇAIT DES DRONES À RECONNAISSANCE FACIALE ET ARMÉS DE PISTOLETS ÉLECTRIQUES. Les drones étaient automatisés à 100%, ON N’A MÊME PAS EU À INTERVENIR, SAUF À LA FIN, LORSQUE LES INDIVIDUS ÉTAIENT NEUTRALISÉS ET GISAIENT INCONSCIENT SUR LE SOL. On a eu qu’à les cueillir ensuite en auto-patrouille. C’est vraiment extraordinaire, ça assure à nos hommes de demeurer en SÉCURITÉ dans un quartier où la multiethnicité rend nos interventions très dangereuses » a confirmé un responsable des opérations.

« Moi ça me RASSURE beaucoup de voir ces petits robots volants un peu partout » nous explique Yolande Fréchette, une résidente du quartier depuis plus de 32 ans. « Avec toutes ces ethnies dans le coin, ça fait peur en mosus! Si les petits robots peuvent les tenir tranquilles, moi je suis pour ça! » nous a confié la dame de 74 ans.

« En effet, les gens se sentent plus en SÉCURITÉ depuis l’arrivée des drones » nous assure un porte-parole du SPVM. « Ils ONT ÉTÉ TRÈS BIEN ACCUEILLIS PAR LA POPULATION jusqu’ici » a-t-il rajouté.

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By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 7, 2013 – In a speech before the Manama Dialogue security conference here today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the strength of America’s presence in the Middle East and called for closer cooperation with the Gulf states.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the Manama Dialogue in Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 7, 2013. Hagel emphasized the importance of the Gulf Cooperation Council to the region and new initiatives that the Defense Department will implement in working with the organization. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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The six-month interim agreement aimed at preventing Iran from producing nuclear weapons reached in November between Iran and the five permanent member of the United Nations Security Council -- the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom and France -- plus Germany, Hagel said, will not alter U.S. presence or determination in the region.

“It is only a first step,” he said. “But it could be an important step. It halts any further expansion of Iran’s nuclear program, begins to roll it back in important ways, and provides sweeping access to verify … Iran’s intentions.”

The Defense Department will not adjust its forces in the region or its military planning as a result of the interim agreement with Iran, the secretary said.

“We have bought time for meaningful negotiation, not for deception,” Hagel said. “All of us are clear-eyed … about the challenges that remain to achieving a comprehensive nuclear solution with Iran.”

He noted that in Syria, international pressure and the threat of U.S. military action created an opening for diplomacy with Russia. That led to a U.N. Security Council resolution and the involvement of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, which put inspectors on the ground in Syria to oversee the removal and destruction of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons.

“We remain on track to destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons,” the secretary said. “The United States is working closely with our key allies and the international community in this process and has offered its unique technical capabilities and technology to help dispose of these weapons. … Once the destruction is complete, a major chemical weapons threat will be eliminated. This will benefit the entire region and the world.”

Issues remain in Syria, Hagel said, but he vowed to work with regional partners to find a political settlement to the conflict.

“We must also confront the rise of violent extremist groups in Syria, and we must work together to ensure that our assistance to the opposition does not fall into the wrong hands,” he cautioned. The secretary noted that humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people remains a serious concern.

“The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian aid for displaced Syrians, and we will continue to support Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as they provide refuge for victims of the conflict,” the secretary said. “The Syrian regime must also allow humanitarian assistance to reach the Syrian people.”

Hagel pointed out that the potent threat of U.S. military intervention helped to spur progress in resolving the nuclear and chemical weapons threats posed by Iran and Syria respectively, though each country continues to pose regional challenges.

The secretary set out the U.S. presence here: ground, air and sea forces number more than 35,000 U.S. troops in the Gulf area, he said, including “more than 10,000 forward-deployed soldiers in the region, along with heavy armor, artillery, and attack helicopters, to serve as a theater reserve and a bulwark against aggression.”

The secretary said the United States has deployed its most advanced aircraft, including F-22 fighters, throughout the region “to ensure that we can quickly respond to contingencies. Coupled with our unique munitions, no target is beyond our reach.”

The United States also employs its most advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets here to provide a continuous picture of activities in and around the Gulf, Hagel said.

“And we have fielded an array of missile defense capabilities -– including ballistic missile defense ships, Patriot [surface-to-air missile] batteries, and sophisticated radar,” he added.

To ensure freedom of navigation throughout the Gulf, the secretary said, the Navy routinely maintains a presence of more than 40 ships in the broader region, including a carrier strike group, and conducts a range of freedom-of-navigation operations.

“These operations include approximately 50 transits of the Strait of Hormuz over the past six months,” he noted.

The Navy has added five coastal patrol ships to U.S. 5th Fleet here this year, the secretary said, and has ramped up its minesweeping capabilities. DOD also will invest $580 million in a construction program to support expanding 5th Fleet capabilities, Hagel said.

“Yesterday, I visited the Navy’s new afloat forward staging base, the USS Ponce,” he said, calling the ship “a unique platform for special operations, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, in areas where we do not have a permanent, fixed presence.”

Hagel said during this trip, he also will meet with U.S. service members stationed at the Combined Air Operations Center in Qatar, “where we have representatives from our [Gulf Cooperation Council] partners training and working together.”

Hagel called for closer multilateral coordination among council members, the Persian Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

He offered three avenues the United States would like to pursue toward that end:
-- A unified focus on missile defense through the regional Air and Air Defense Chiefs’ Conference, which meets several times a year;
-- Making the Gulf Cooperation Council as an entity eligible for the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program; and
-- Convening a regular forum, beginning within six months, where U.S. and Gulf defense leaders come together annually to assess progress and threats in regional security.

These measures constitute “a natural next step in improving U.S.-GCC collaboration,” Hagel said, adding that foreign military sales “will enable the GCC to acquire critical military capabilities, including items for ballistic missile defense, maritime security and counter-terrorism.”

The secretary noted that during his last trip to the region, in April, “we finalized agreements worth nearly $11 billion that will provide access to high-end capabilities including F-15s, F-16s and advanced munitions such as standoff weapons.” These capabilities are the most advanced the United States has ever provided to the region, he said.

“We will continue to ensure that all of our allies and partners in the region – including both Israel and the Gulf States – have these advanced weapons,” the secretary pledged.
In the future, Hagel said, the Defense Department will place even more emphasis on building the capacity of regional partners to complement the strong, proven and enduring U.S. military presence in the region.

“Nations are stronger, not weaker, when they work together against common threats,” the secretary said. “Closer cooperation between the GCC and the United States is in all of our countries’ interests.”

This year’s Manama Dialogue, the ninth of its kind, drew hundreds of delegates from more than 20 countries. Other speakers at the gathering included representatives from Bahrain, the United Kingdom, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Iraq, India, Qatar, Canada and Norway.

Yesterday, Hagel met here with Saudi Arabian Deputy Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Sultan to discuss regional issues, including Iran, Egypt and Syria. Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said the secretary underscored in that meeting the strength of the bilateral relationship and noted that defense partnership is key in maintaining the long-standing ties between the two countries. Hagel said the United States remains committed to regional security and stability, a shared objective with Saudi Arabia, Woog reported.

The secretary indicated U.S.-Saudi defense cooperation is essential to maintaining the two nations’ shared priorities. He highlighted the Saudi purchase of F-15SA aircraft and advanced weapons as an example of future of improved interoperability and coordination between both militaries, Woog said. The defense secretary will visit Saudi Arabia on Dec. 9.

Hagel also met yesterday at the Safria Palace here with King Hamad al Khalifa of Bahrain.

Hagel and the king discussed the long history of the –U.S.-Bahrain bilateral relationship, Woog said. The secretary emphasized U.S. commitment to Gulf security, and the two exchanged views on shared regional security challenges, including Iran and the signed joint plan of action between the P5+1 and Iran.

The meeting included significant discussion of reform in Bahrain and the importance of political inclusiveness for long-term stability. The secretary thanked the king for hosting the U.S. 5th Fleet and for Bahrain’s ongoing security cooperation, Woog said.

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Le Représentant permanent de la France auprès des Nations Unies, Gérard Araud, est le Président du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois de décembre 2013. ONU Photo/Devra Berkowitz (Photo d'archive)

4 décembre 2013 – Le Président du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois de décembre a confirmé l'adoption, jeudi 5 , d'une résolution sur la République centrafricaine (RCA). Venu présenter le programme de travail mensuel de l'organe de l'ONU chargé de la PAIX et de la SECURITE INTERNATIONALES, le Représentant permanent de la France auprès des Nations Unies, Gérard Araud, a également annoncé que la Syrie figuererait en bonne place dans les discussions du Conseil.

Invoquant une situation « dont nous avons à maintes reprises souligné la gravité », M. Araud a expliqué que l'adoption d'une résolution sur la RCA doterait la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique sous conduite africaine (MISCA) d'un mandat de protection des civils et de stabilisation du pays, créerait un fonds fiduciaire pour financer les activités de la Mission, appuierait le déploiement d'une force française et instaurerait une commission chargée d'enquêter sur les violations des droits de l'homme commises dans le pays.

Alors que la crise humanitaire ne cesse de s'aggraver en RCA, les signalements de violations graves des droits de l'homme s'y multiplient, notamment de violences interconfessionnelles. Hier, le Bureau intégré des Nations Unies pour la consolidation de la PAIX en République centrafricaine (BINUCA) a déploré des tueries perpétrées par des groupes armés à 100 kilomètres de la capitale Bangui, au cours desquelles au moins 12 personnes ont été tuées et 30 autres blessés, notamment des enfants. Des incidents qui portent, selon l'ONU, « la marque de la violence aveugle et de la stigmatisation communautaire ».

Le Président du Conseil a ajouté que la résolution adoptée jeudi ouvrirait la possibilité de transformer la MISCA en une opération de maintien de la PAIX. « Cette transformation s'effectuerait sur la base de l'examen d'un rapport du Secrétaire général sur l'évaluation de la situation, qui serait remis dans trois mois », a-t-il précisé.

Selon lui, le Conseil est parvenu à un texte équilibré qui vise à la fois à poser les bases juridiques d'une transformation de la MISCA en opération de maintien de la PAIX , mais ne signifie pas une transformation automatique.

Abordant la situation en Syrie – qui sera de nouveau examinée cet après-midi lors de consultations en présence de la Coordonnatrice spéciale de la mission conjointe ONU-OIAC, Sigrid Kaag –, M. Araud a déclaré que la Secrétaire générale adjointe aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnatrice des secours d'urgence, Valerie Amos, avait confirmé, hier, devant le Conseil, que « la crise humanitaire dans ce pays est la plus grave depuis le génocide rwandais ». La question de l'accès humanitaire vers les localités assiégées demeure une priorité commune des membres du Conseil, a-t-il relevé.

Le Président a ensuite annoncé la tenue d'une réunion, le 12 décembre, sur la PAIX et la SECURITE en Afrique, au cours de laquelle le Secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon fera un exposé récapitulatif sur sa récente visite au Sahel, tandis qu'une autre réunion sur cette même réfion est prévue une semaine plus tard. Cette réunion , a noté M. Araud, aura pour thème le trafic de stupéfiants au Sahel et en Afrique de l'Ouest. Le Secrétaire général et le Directeur de l'Office des Nations Unies contre la drogue et le crime (ONUDC) prendront la parole sur un phénomène que l'Ambassadeur Araud a qualifié d'entrave croissante et de menace continue pour la gouvernance et la sécurité régionales.

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Story Number: NNS131206-09Release Date: 12/6/2013 11:06:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum, NPASE Det Europe

DOUALA, Cameroon (NNS) -- A course focused on writing Maritime Operations Center (MOC) standard operating procedures (SOP) began Dec. 6 with several Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) coast nations.

The course is the second and final part of a two-week MOC workshop. The MOC workshop began with a course on command and control techniques before continuing into the SOP phase.

Standard Operating Procedures are lists of steps to perform a routine operation and the draft SOPs used in the workshop will be based on those of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet.

During this part of the workshop the countries will work together with U.S. Navy Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCAST) personnel to tailor the SOPs to the ECCAS nations' needs. The procedures will help participating nations better coordinate their maritime assets to ensure maritime security.

"If within a region everyone uses the same or similar SOPs then steps taken by a MOC in a given situation can be anticipated and the other MOCs can contribute as the situation permits," said workshop instructor Chief Operations Specialist Daniel Moreno, assigned to Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet. "In the case of ECCAS we have several countries that have already united together to conduct maritime operation. If we standardize their reactions/responses to situational events they would work more efficiently together."

Moreno also said that with these procedures in place they can better work with the U.S. and its Europe and African partners to ensure maritime safety and security in the region. This would allow the U.S. Navy to reach out to African maritime forces' MOCs in ECCAS nations for information on vessels that could be involved in illegal activities and in turn, the MOCs can gather information from internal agencies within that nation.

Africa Partnership Station (APS), established in 2007, is a collaborative international security cooperation initiative aimed at improving maritime safety and security in the waters surrounding Africa by developing African maritime forces' information sharing practices, response capabilities, and regional interoperability.

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December 6, 2013

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The Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative is widely viewed as having an important, ground breaking regional approach to the prevention, protection, response and recovery efforts associated with terrorism and disasters both natural and man-made, that is recognized and may be replicated throughout the state and across the country. A multi-year agreement allows the coordination of UASI funds with other federal funding sources towards all hazards preparedness, response or recovery initiatives such as Regional Catastrophic Planning, Interoperable Communications, Information Sharing, and Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear capabilities.

The Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative program's footprint is comprised of three major cities (Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose) and ten counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma), and more than 100 incorporated cities.

The Bay Area UASI:  
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Dec 9, 7:32 PM EST

Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the U.S. military to transport troops from Burundi into the Central African Republic to help quell the latest upsurge in violence there.

Hagel approved the order after speaking with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian Monday night from Afghanistan where he was visiting troops. Le Drian asked the U.S. to help get African troops quickly into the country to prevent the violence there from spreading, said Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog.

There are more than 1,000 French troops in the Central African Republic, where more than 400 people were killed in two days of violence last week between Christians and Muslims. Christian armed fighters oppose the Muslim ex-rebels now in charge of the former French colony.

Woog said Hagel directed the U.S. Africa Command to begin transporting forces in coordination with France because the U.S. believes immediate action is needed to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. And he said the Pentagon will be evaluating what other U.S. resources might be available if additional requests for assistance come in.

Hagel's order came hours before President Barack Obama recorded an audio message urging calm in the Central African Republic.

Obama taped the message Monday in Dakar, Senegal, as Air Force One was refueling on its way to South Africa for a memorial service honoring former President Nelson Mandela, who died last week.

Addressing his remarks to "the proud citizens of the Central African Republic," Obama said citizens have the power "to choose a different path" than violence.
Those who commit crimes should be arrested, Obama said, adding that the United States will support the efforts of African countries and the French to restore security and protect civilians.

The transport flights are expected to begin in a day or two, according to a senior defense official who was not authorized to speak by name about the planning and thus requested anonymity. The official said there would be no other U.S. troops on the ground except any air crew needed for the flights into the Central African Republic.

AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace, aboard Air Force One, contributed to this report.


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Une autre bonne propagande de guerre qui va sûrement animé le coeur des salafistes français pour conditionner l'esprit des musulmans à combattre contre la France et la population non-musulmane. Une autre guerre en préparation mais qui s'en rend vraiment compte? Ce que nous voyons, c'est que Nelson Mandela n'est même pas encore enterré que tout est déjà en place pour un autre génocide africain de la part de ces dieux de la guerre, qui commence d'abord par désarmer les populations afin de pouvoir mieux les contrôler, et qui ensuite pourrons tuer et asservir les populations jusqu'à leur destruction complète au nom de la PAIX et de la SECURITE, tout en n'oubliant pas de s'emparer, en passant, avec l'aide du grand Pontif de l'Amérique, de toutes les richesses se trouvant sur ce grand pays. La ruine continue d'avancer sur les nations...

10 décembre, 2013 Posté par Benji sous Argent et politique, Géopolitique, Manipulation

Comme nous le craignions dans nos précédentes éditions, le scénario à l’ivoirienne semble dramatiquement se répéter en République Centrafricaine. Une fois de plus la France intervient militairement avec le blanc-seing de l’ONU, pour officiellement mettre fin à des massacres de civils et « sauver des vies humaines », selon son super-président François Hollande et le Ministre des Affaires Étrangères, le philanthrope Laurent Fabius. Charitables déclarations et louables intentions qui masquent difficilement la responsabilité et surtout l’implication de Paris, dans la déstabilisation de ce pays, majoritairement chrétien, livré à une rébellion musulmane venue du Nord. Pourquoi en effet avoir tant tardé pour intervenir, alors que la France maintient sur place une force militaire et ne peut ignorer les affrontements meurtriers opposant depuis de nombreux mois des groupes d’autodéfense de villageois, surnommés « anti-balaka » (ou anti-machettes) à l’ex-rébellion Séléka. Une alliance de groupes hétéroclites arrivée justement au pouvoir en chassant l’ancien président Bozizé en mars 2012… avec la bénédiction tacite de Paris ! Alors volonté politique ou impuissance
diplomatique ?

Les enjeux de cette nouvelle opération militaire française, baptisée Sangaris, semblent multiples. Bien que classé parmi les pays les plus pauvres de la planète, en raison de son instabilité, la Centre-Afrique dispose de riches ressources en bois, or, diamants et uranium. Les nouvelles forces armées centrafricaines qui ne sont en réalité qu’un ramassis de milices incontrôlées n’obéissant qu’à des seigneurs de la guerre locaux, mettent le pays sous leur coupe réglée. Sous couvert d’intervention humanitaire et de sécurisation d’une région, que la France a pourtant sacrément contribué à perturber depuis 2011, notamment en Libye et en Côte-d’Ivoire, Paris cherche surtout à s’assurer du contrôle des ressources. Quitte pour cela à conforter un pouvoir minoritaire et illégitime, en désarmant des milices chrétiennes qui chercheraient à se venger sur des populations musulmanes, notamment d’origine Peules, des multiples exactions, violences et pillages à répétition dont elles sont victimes. Rien de mieux en tout cas pour attiser un conflit ethnico-confessionnel que de croire qu’un gouvernement d’obédience musulmane puisse diriger un pays comportant 80 % de chrétiens. À ce stade, ce n’est plus de l’incompétence mais une réelle politique de tension permanente et les masques tombent enfin, malgré les grandes déclarations de principe prononcées lors du sommet sur la sécurité et la coopération qui se tient actuellement. = N'est-ce pas plutôt le contraire concernant les islamistes et les chrétiens?

Paris semble avoir lâché l’Afrique. Ou en tout cas s’être mis en retrait au profit du bloc atlantiste, États-Unis en tête, qui entendent diriger les opérations et superviser progressivement l’ancien pré-carré français. La Françafrique semble avoir cédé le pas à l’Américafrique comme le déclare Patrick Mbemko, auteur de plusieurs ouvrages de géopolitique.

Le projet est dorénavant connu : remodeler le monde en fonction de la nouvelle guerre économique mondiale qui a débuté, et dont l’Afrique sera l’un des champs de bataille, au propre comme au figuré. Aucun pays ne pourra rester neutre et les chefs d’état africains n’ont guère le choix. Soit ils alignent leurs pays sur les visées atlantistes et ils se maintiennent au pouvoir. Soit ils passent outre et ils se retrouvent dans le camp des parias, mis à l’index des nations « éclairées » et s’exposant à des rébellions qui trouveront toujours, miraculeusement, les fonds nécessaires pour armer et entretenir une troupe de plusieurs milliers d’hommes, capables de mettre en échec les armées nationales.

Le but est clair : verrouiller au plus vite le continent africain face à l’avancée commerciale des pays émergents comme la Chine, la Russie ou le Brésil. Pour cela il faut s’approprier rapidement les terres agricoles, les ressources énergétiques ou l’exploitation des richesses minérales. Mais il faut aussi contrôler les corridors d’évacuation comme la « route transversale » qui traverse l’Afrique D’est en Ouest, de l’Océan indien au Pacifique et passe… par la république centrafricaine. Étrangement aucun expert médiatique français n’aborde ces questions. On se contente seulement d’appuyer la version officielle d’une urgence humanitaire. Certains allant même jusqu’à dénier toute légitimité à la moindre réserve ou critique prononcée. Le syndrome rwandais oblige, la culpabilisation artificielle de la France joue parfaitement son rôle de censure psychologique et politique.
Toutes ces guerres humanitaires dissimulent en réalité des opérations néo-coloniales qui n’en portent pas le nom. « L’intervention française sera rapide, elle n’a pas vocation à durer et je suis sûr de son succès », c’est la dernière déclaration d’Hollande-le-va-t-en guerre. Souhaitons-le en tout cas.

Car comme personne ne semble se bousculer pour financer cette opération, ni l’ONU, ni l’Union Européenne, ni les sociétés privées qui pourtant tirent d’énormes bénéfices de leur situation sur place, il faut souhaiter effectivement que cette probable victoire tactique, ne se transforme en une défaite stratégique, faute de financements. = Et les 50 millions d'Euro
qu'ont débloqué l'EU pour la Centrafrique, c'est quoi au juste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2xAC6wXD_Y&hd=1 et les troupes américaines que va maintenant envoyé Hagel qui les payera?

À moins que comme, certains le supputent, Paris ne consente à supporter toute la charge financière. La Hollandie en est réduite à rendre de martiaux services en échange d’une partie de sa dette, de son déficit ou de délais supplémentaires à titre de remerciements dans le cadre des relations économiques et politiques avec l’Afrique, espérant ainsi redorer l’image ternie de M. Bricolage. Les militaires français coûtent moins cher que les intérêts de la dette. On comprendrait dès lors plus aisément le retournement stratégique français général et son alignement sur des intérêts contraires aux siens. Comme l’écrivait François de La Rochefoucauld : « Quand on croit servir les autres, on ne fait que se servir à travers eux ». fin de citation. Tout homme a son prix et il est indéniable en tout cas, que même en temps de crise financière, l’argent demeurera toujours le nerf de la guerre.

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December 11, 2013

Forward presence, maritime security, crisis response, throughout Europe and Africa ready power for PEACE.

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Actu | Jeudi 12 décembre 2013 17:05:37


Fadhel Achour, secrétaire général du syndicat des cadres des mosquées,  a commenté jeudi 12 décembre sur les antennes d’Express FM  le projet de loi organisant les mosquées.

Il a, à cet égard, estimé qu’il s’agit d’une tentative partisane, selon ses dires, de détourner l’attention des affaires principales et importantes, par des problèmes illusoires.

“Ce projet de loi, fera des Imams des mosquées, une sorte de police religieuse”, a-t-il signalé.

Il a par ailleurs indiqué que le ministère des affaires religieuses a veillé à retarder une loi sur les cadres des mosquées et à ne pas la présenter à l’assemblée nationale constituante.

“Le gouvernement actuel a bloqué l’affaire religieuse durant deux années”, a-t-il précisé.

Au nom du syndicat des cadres des mosquées, Fadhel Achour a en outre tenu, le ministère des affaires religieuses et ses conseillers, qu’il qualifie d’incompétents, pour responsables de tout échec, et les a accusé de privilégier leurs appartenances partisanes.

Il a également signalé que le syndicat s’opposera légalement à toute loi pouvant menacer l’intérêt général et le caractère civil de l’Etat, en précisant que la loi organisant les mosquées est une preuve sur l’existence d’agendas extérieurs qui tentent de promouvoir l’islam wahabite en Tunisie à travers les mosquées et la jeunesse tunisienne. Radio Express FM


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Published time: December 16, 2013 18:12

Iskander high-precision missile system in place during military exercises. (RIA Novosti/Alexei Danichev)

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed media reports on the deployment of short-range Iskander missiles in the country’s west, near its borders with the Baltic states and NATO members, saying that it does not violate international agreements.

German newspaper Bild wrote this weekend that Russia stationed several Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems - which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads - in its westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad, along the border with Baltic states. The paper said it obtained “secret satellite” images showing at least 10 Russian missiles close to the EU border, which were deployed over the past year.

Commenting on the matter, Moscow confirmed that it did station the missiles, which have been designated by NATO as SS-26 Stone, in the region.

Rocket and artillery units of the Western Military District are really armed with Iskander tactical missile systems,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, head of the Defense Ministry’s press service, told reporters on Monday.

The concrete areas of the deployment of Iskander missile battalions in the Western Military District do not contradict any international agreements or treaties,” he added, as quoted by Interfax.

Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said earlier that he was concerned over the reports of Russian missiles near his country’s border. He added that the former Soviet state had discussed with its neighbors and NATO partners “how to react and protect” themselves, because “any incidents were hypothetically possible,” Delfi news website reported on Monday.

Neighboring Latvia sees no threat to its security from the Iskanders being stationed in the Kaliningrad region, according to Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. “NATO guarantees to us rather high security level,” he said in an interview with LNT on Monday, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Meanwhile, Poland says it is worried about the deployment of Russian missiles near its border and plans to hold consultations on the matter with alliance partners.
Iskanders have been stationed in the region for over 18 months now, a senior official at Russia’s Defense Ministry told Izvestia daily.

Everything works as planned there. I don’t know why the Germans are raising a scare now,” the source noted.

Russia is not going to ease its defense on European borders, where the western military alliance keeps its strategic missile forces, said deputy head of the State Duma’s defense committee, Viktor Zavarzin.

NATO has American tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Who can it be aimed against if not Iran? Only against us,” he told the daily. The official pointed out that Russian missiles do not pose a threat to anyone. Rather, they are solely for defensive purposes.

The deployment of Iskanders in Kaliningrad came in response to the development of the US missile defense system in Europe – which has long been a stumbling block in relations between Moscow and Washington.

Back in November 2011, when the US failed to agree to make the missile defense shield a joint project with Russia, then-President Dmitry Medvedev announced sweeping plans to address what Moscow considered to be a threat to national security. He said he would deploy strike systems in the west and south of the country, as well as station Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad region in order to counter the risk posed by the European missile defense shield.

Moscow has long been calling for legally-binding guarantees that the missile defense system will not be aimed against Russia, but the US has so far refused to deliver such a promise. For years, the necessity of building the missile defense shield in Europe was justified by the perceived threat from countries like Iran. However, as the controversy over Tehran’s nuclear program seems to be nearing an end, the US is not altering its intentions.

We realize clearly that the anti-missile defense system is only called defensive, while in fact it is a significant part of the strategic offensive potential,” President Vladimir Putin said in his address to the Federal Assembly last week.


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Written by Allen West on December 14, 2013

President Obama infamously stated his “foreign policy” strategy was to pivot away from the Middle East and focus on China.

Well, China seems to welcome that pivot as they have assumed territorial control of the Japanese Senkaku Islands and had another direct confrontation with the US Navy in the South China Sea earlier this month.

According to Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon:

A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials. The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.

The Cowpens was conducting surveillance of the Liaoning at the time. According to the officials, the run-in began after a Chinese navy vessel sent a hailing warning and ordered the Cowpens to stop. The cruiser continued on its course and refused the order because it was operating in international waters. Then a Chinese tank landing ship sailed in front of the Cowpens and stopped, forcing the Cowpens to abruptly change course in what the officials said was a dangerous maneuver.

Chinese naval and air forces also have been pressing Japan in the East China Sea over Tokyo’s purchase a year ago of several uninhabited Senkaku Islands located north of Taiwan and south of Okinawa. China is laying claims to the islands, which are believed to contain large undersea reserves of natural gas and oil.

What an amazing turn of events. Back in the late 1930s it was Japan who sought more natural and energy resources and built a huge naval force, with supplemental air forces, to extend its regional hegemonic dominance. I’m quite sure China remembers that. It’s always amazing how history plays such games on those who fail to learn from it.

Regardless, we find ourselves in a dangerous situation with Chinese expansion and incursion not just into the South China Sea, but also threatening the Philippines. I’m not a Navy guy but would guess this little maneuver by the Chinese navy towards the USS Cowpens was an intentional act of belligerence — our response seems to have been to issue a protest statement. I bet that was really scary to the Chinese.

Welcome to the inept foreign policy world of President Obama. We pivot from the Middle East, destabilizing it and promoting the rise of Islamic totalitarians. Then we negotiate with the Iranians while they march forward to a nuclear capability. When we “pivot” to the Pacific, China threatens one of our ships. We hit the reset button with Russia, and it’s stuck on stupid. Whatever happened to “peace through strength?” I’m not digging this “lead from behind” stuff — down South we call that following.


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Lundi 16 décembre 2013

  La Russie aurait installé plusieurs batteries de missiles Iskander aux frontières de l'Union européenne, rapporte le quotidien allemand Bild, se référant à des sources au sein des renseignements du pays.     

Des clichés satellites permettent de constater qu'"au moins une dizaine" de batteries de missiles de type Iskander-M ont été déployés à Kaliningrad (enclave russe au cœur de l'Europe), le long de la frontière avec les pays baltes, indique la source, ajoutant que les systèmes d'armes en question y auraient été placés au cours des douze derniers mois.  

Pour le moment, aucun commentaire officiel n'a été émis sur ce sujet.    

Les missiles opérationnels tactiques Iskander-M de haute précision sont destinés à détruire différentes cibles terrestres, qu'il s'agisse de missiles, de l'artillerie à longue portée ou de systèmes antimissiles et de DCA. Ils  ont une portée de 280 km.   

Fin 2011, Dmitri Medvedev, alors président de la Russie,  a promis de déployer dans la région de Kaliningrad des missiles Iskander garantissant la destruction des installations européennes du bouclier antimissile si les Etats-Unis poursuivaient leur déploiement.  

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Hervé Ladsous, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix, en conférence de presse. Photo: ONU/Amanda Voisard.

13 décembre 2013 – Hervé Ladsous, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix, a fait vendredi le bilan des activités de son Département au cours d'une année, selon ses mots, « très active », passant en revue les situations en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), au Mali, au Soudan, au Soudan du Sud, en Syrie et en République centrafricaine.

Il a également parlé des améliorations constatées dans la conduite des opérations de maintien de la paix par l'ONU, notamment en termes de qualité et de réduction des coûts.

M. Ladsous a insisté sur la nécessité de poursuivre ces efforts en mettant l'accent sur la qualité des services fournis, la formation des Casques bleus et les partenariats stratégiques. Nous continuons à introduire des nouvelles technologies dans la conduite de nos opérations, a-t-il fait remarquer, donnant l'exemple des drones récemment déployés dans l'est de la RDC.

Le Département des opérations de maintien de la paix a réussi à « faire plus avec moins », s'est félicité M. Ladsous. Ainsi, a-t-il précisé, le coût de chaque membre du personnel en uniforme a baissé de 16% en 5 ans, grâce à une gestion plus efficace des ressources. En outre, a-t-il ajouté, nous sommes en train de réduire la taille de certaines opérations qui sont parvenues à un certain stade de vie, comme celles encore présentes en Haïti, en Côte d'Ivoire, au Libéria et au Darfour.

M. Ladsous a aussi exprimé sa tristesse en évoquant le décès de 90 collègues, dont 29 ont été victimes d'attaques délibérées à leur encontre. « La sécurité de notre personnel reste une priorité », a-t-il cependant tenu à souligner.

En ce qui concerne la RDC, où M. Ladsous a indiqué qu'il s'est rendu la semaine dernière, la victoire militaire du Gouvernement sur le Mouvement du 23 mars (M23), obtenue avec le soutien de la Mission de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO), constitue une étape majeure, a-t-il dit. Il a salué l'accord politique signé à l'issue des pourparlers de Kampala.

M. Ladsous a indiqué que la première priorité en RDC était maintenant de régler le problème posé par la présence des autres groupes armés. Il s'est félicité, à cet égard, que la brigade d'intervention de l'ONU soit pleinement opérationnelle et que le projet de déployer des drones chargés de missions de surveillance ait été traduit dans les faits à Goma, le 3 décembre dernier.

Avec deux appareils de ce type en opération, et cinq d'ici au 1er avril 2014, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix a expliqué que la MONUSCO était désormais en mesure de recueillir des images de ce qui se passe sur le terrain. Ces images sont utiles sur le plan militaire, sur le plan de la sécurité de nos troupes et pour connaître les mouvements de la population civile, a-t-il expliqué. Il a indiqué que ces drones avaient été fournis par une société italienne, sélectionnée après un processus et un appel d'offres concurrentiel. Le contrat y afférent prévoit l'envoi d'une équipe de techniciens pour en soutenir le déploiement, a-t-il précisé. Il a espéré que l'on pourrait bientôt tirer des leçons de cette expérience pour envisager l'usage de ce genre d'équipement sur d'autres théâtres d'opérations.

La deuxième priorité en RDC est de faire face aux nouvelles situations, comme cela prévaut dans le Nord-Kivu, où 2.300 combattants membres de groupes armés ont déposé leurs armes, a indiqué M. Ladsous. Il a dit que l'ONU soutenait le processus de désarmement, démobilisation et réintégration (DDR) engagé par le Gouvernement. M. Ladsous a toutefois reconnu la nécessité de ne pas laisser de vide sur le terrain après ces redditions.

Passant à la situation au Mali, le Secrétaire général adjoint y a constaté des progrès importants. Il a rappelé que le deuxième tour des élections législatives allait avoir lieu et que les élections présidentielles s'étaient déroulées de manière transparente. Avec le retour d'institutions légitimes au Mali, nous devons redoubler d'efforts pour y instaurer un dialogue inclusif et traiter des causes du conflit, a-t-il dit. Il a aussi souligné la nécessité de rester vigilant en matière de sécurité, et a déploré les attaques et les menaces en provenance des djihadistes, les auteurs. Il s'est réjoui du partenariat solide instauré entre le Gouvernement malien, l'Union africaine, la Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO) et l'ONU. Nous nous approchons du déploiement complet des troupes et de forces de police de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA), a-t-il ajouté.

Concernant le Soudan, M. Ladsous a dit que la situation y a connu « une année difficile », avec une recrudescence d'attaques, des déplacements de populations civiles et le décès de 14 Casques bleus. Nous continuons à travailler dans le cadre du Processus de Doha, car il n'y a pas d'autre base de travail, a-t-il indiqué. Au Soudan du Sud, il a indiqué que la sécurité des civils posait un problème dans l'État de Jonglei. Nous commençons à redéployer les effectifs militaires de la Mission des Nations Unies au Soudan du Sud (MINUSS) et nous poursuivons le travail lancé à Baye où nous espérons un accord entre les deux pays, a-t-il indiqué.

Parlant du Moyen-Orient, le Secrétaire général adjoint a ensuite rappelé que les 1 250 Casques bleus déployés au sein de la Force des Nations Unies chargée d'observer le désengagement (FNUOD) étaient chaque jour victimes d'attaques. « Nous continuons notre travail, mais cela n'est pas facile », a-t-il reconnu. Nous espérons tous que la Conférence de Genève II aboutira à un processus politique qui mettra un terme au drame qui se déroule en Syrie. Si certaines conditions sont remplies, nous pourrions, si le Conseil de sécurité le demande, contribuer à la stabilisation de la situation en Syrie. Nous avons prévu divers scénarios, mais tout reste encore sur le papier, a-t-il précisé.

Pour ce qui est de la République centrafricaine, M. Ladsous a rappelé la présence de la mission de politique spéciale dans ce pays, le Bureau intégré des Nations Unies pour la consolidation de la paix en République centrafricaine (BINUCA), ainsi que le déploiement de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique sous conduite africaine(MISCA), aux termes de la résolution 2127. Cette résolution a aussi demandé à l'Union africaine et à la Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique centrale (CEEAC) de veiller à ce que la passation des pouvoirs entre la MICOPAX (force de la CEEAC) et la MISCA ait lieu le 19 décembre 2013. Il a indiqué que le Secrétaire général devait faire des recommandations sur les solutions possibles dans les trois mois suivant l'adoption de ladite résolution. Il appartiendra au Conseil de sécurité d'envisager la suite, a-t-il précisé.

Enfin, interrogé sur le nombre de pays contributeurs de troupes aux opérations de maintien de la paix, qui est jugé insuffisant, M. Ladsous a reconnu que « la répartition de ce fardeau » n'était pas équitable. Il a indiqué que 95% des membres du personnel en uniforme venaient d'États Membres du monde en développement, et a estimé que cette situation ne pouvait pas durer. Il a invité le reste de la communauté internationale à suivre l'exemple des Pays-Bas, qui ont récemment fourni des personnels et quatre hélicoptères de combat à la mission déployée au Mali.


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Former political bureau head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) removes any doubt over Arab support for Nazi Germany.
By Elad Benari

irst Publish: 12/19/2013, 6:11 AM

If anyone has had doubts about the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) support for the Nazis, recent remarks by one of its leaders should make things clearer.

In an interview with Russia Today TV on December 7, Farouq Qaddoumi, the former political bureau head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that Arabs were “enthusiastic supporters” of the Nazis during World War II.

The remarks were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

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“I don't think it would be wrong to say that we were enthusiastic supporters of Germany,” Qaddoumi said in the interview, when asked by the interviewer, “Were you sympathetic with Nazi Germany in WWII?”

The interviewer, seeking to clarify, then said, “You supported Hitler and his people.” Qaddoumi replied, “Germany, yes. This was common among the Palestinians, especially since our enemy was Zionism, and we saw that Zionism was hostile to Germany, and vice versa.”

These remarks are just the latest evidence of the support by Arab nationalists for Nazism and for the genocide of Jews.

Recently, MEMRI posted clips from two separate rallies at Al-Quds University, in which Islamic Jihad members, cheered on by other students, take part in a live performance at which they brandish imitation assault rifles and black Islamist flags, and give Nazi salutes.

The live "show" features terrorists killing Israeli soldiers and executing a "collaborator", who is denounced as a "traitor" and a "spy", and suggests that the initial pictures, which were first released by British journalist Tom Gross, were not from a one-off incident but evidence of a much wider phenomenon.

Many Israelis point to the lionization of Nazi and other anti-Semitic figures as a reason to doubt the sincerity of the Palestinian Authority's commitment to any future peace agreement.

Just this past October, for example, Jewish motorists were horrified to see a Nazi flag flying over a major thoroughfair near the Arab town of Beit Umar. The flag had apparently been placed there by residents of the town, located near Hevron.

That incident was in fact the second occasion in which Beit Umar residents had flown a Nazi flag over the same highway, in an apparent "gesture" to their Jewish neighbors.

Later that same month, a youth magazine linked to the Palestinian Authority published a list of "famous quotes" from none other than Adolf Hitler, aimed at glorifying the Nazi leader.

In October, reacting to ongoing incidents of incitement and anti-Semitism by the Palestinian Authority, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted the deep link between the Palestinian national movement and Germany's Nazi regime.

Netanyahu noted that Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the founder of "Palestinian nationalism", was an admirer and supporter of Adolf Hitler, had met the Nazi Fuhrer on numerous occasions and was actively involved in encouraging Hitler and his henchmen in their project of annihilating the Jewish people.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has consistently said that any future Palestinian state would be free of Israelis and Jews, much like the Nazis wanted Germany to be “Judenrein” (free of Jews).


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Video reveals how Nazi salutes at Islamic Jihad rally on campus are part of a wider trend of Palestinian Nazi glorification.

By Ari Soffer

First Publish: 11/28/2013, 12:45 AM

Palestinian Arabs hold Nazi flag at Netzarim Junction, 2000

Just over a week since an American university severed ties with the Hamas-linked Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, after pictures emerged showing a Nazi-style on-campus rally by Islamic Jihad in November, further evidence of fascist-style events at the flagship Palestinian Arab institution has emerged.

Video footage, posted by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), shows clips from two separate rallies at Al-Quds University, in which Islamic Jihad members, cheered on by other students, take part in a live performance at which they brandish imitation assault rifles and black Islamist flags, and give Nazi salutes.

The live "show" features terrorists killing Israeli soldiers and executing a "collaborator", who is denounced as a "traitor" and a "spy", and suggests that the initial pictures, which were first released by British journalist Tom Gross, were not from a one-off incident but evidence of a much wider phenomenon.

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Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Tom Gross said that the footage proved that attempts by Al-Quds to excuse the November 5th rally as an isolated event were disingenuous:

"The emergence of a video showing another Fascistic-style, militaristic Islamic Jihad rally, on what appears to be the main campus of Al-Quds University this past May - together with Palestinian students at Al-Quds who have informed me that the student factions of both Hamas and the PFLP held similar rallies at Al-Quds University this semester a few weeks ago - calls into question the claims by the Al-Quds university authorities that the November 5 rally was a one-off event, which they claim they didn't know about until they saw the photos of it."

Islamic Jihad rally at Al-Quds University, November 5, 2013 Tom Gross Media

Many Israelis point to the lionization of Nazi and other anti-Semitic figures as a reason to doubt the sincerity of the Palestinian Authority's commitment to any future PEACE AGREEMENT.

The use of Nazi symbols is worryingly common, although tends to go unnoticed by many mainstream media outlets.

Just this past October, for example, Jewish motorists were horrified to see a Nazi flag flying over a major thoroughfair near the Arab town of Beit Umar. The flag had apparently been placed there by residents of the town, located near Hevron.

That incident was in fact the second occasion in which Beit Umar residents had flown a Nazi flag over the same highway, in an apparent "gesture" to their Jewish neighbors.

Later that same month, a youth magazine linked to the Palestinian Authority published a list of "famous quotes" from none other than Adolf Hitler, aimed at glorifying the Nazi leader.

Link between "Palestinian nationalism", Nazism?

Apart from the frequency with which such instances occur, some have pointed to the role of prominent Palestinian Arab and Muslim leaders promoting anti-Semitism and encouraging the use of Nazi symbols specifically to goad Jews.

For example, during a 2009 interview with a London-based Arabic language TV station, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Ra'ed Salah, remenisced fondly about how his class once drew a swastika on the classroom blackboard to provoke their Jewish teacher.

More famous is the case of the infamously anti-Semitic Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini.

In October, reacting to ongoing incidents of incitement and anti-Semitism by the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used a keynote speech at Bar Ilan University to point to a deep link between the Palestinian national movement and Germany's Nazi regime.

Netanyahu noted that Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the founder of "Palestinian nationalism", was an admirer and supporter of Adolf Hitler, had met the Nazi Fuhrer on numerous occasions and was actively involved in encouraging Hitler and his henchmen in their project of annihilating the Jewish people.

Far from playing a "minor role" in the Holocaust, as some have claimed, the Mufti played an "important" part in ordering the extermination of Jews and "was directly involved in The Final Solution", Netanyahu said.

Back in January, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas - whose organization is currently involved in US-brokered "PEACE TALKS" with Israel - hailed the Muft as a "hero", whose ways should be emulated. The transcript of that speech - made at a Fatah party rally - was also translated by MEMRI though it garnered very little mention from the majority of international media outlets.

Zero-sum politics

But according to Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the issue extends further still. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Kedar asserts that adopting of the trappings of the ultimate enemy of the Jewish people - Nazism - is simply a manifestation of a zero-sum way in which politics and conflict is pursued in the Middle East at large.

"Unfortunately there are people in the United States of America and elsewhere, Jews and non-Jews alike - usually liberal, open-minded people - who think that the Middle East acts according to American rules, and that views and approaches which can work in America can work in the Middle East.

"These people fail to understand that the Middle East works according to totally different rules, because the mindset of people in this region is different.

"In America people think that every struggle, every dispute, has some kind of solution. In the Middle East, what prevails is the belief that a struggle finishes when one of the sides ceases to exist. This is the end of a conflict," he explained.

For him, framing the saga over the use of fascist or other anti-Semitic symbolism as a "Palestinian" issue misses the point.

"Palestinians are no different from any Arab group which lives in this region," he continued. "Whatever they do, whether peacefully or not, is meant to undermine the existence of the State of Israel...through undermining the legitimacy of the State of Israel, through vilifying it and demonizing [it]. Of course this also extends to non-violent methods, like media clips, demonstrations, etc.

"Everything revolves arond one purpose, which is to get rid of Israel altogether from the map of the Middle East."

"Religious struggle"

The fact that it is often senior religious figures - as well as political ones - who so often lead such efforts is indicative of the fundamentally religious aspect of the Arab-Israel conflict, says Kedar.

"Even universities like Al-Quds university are established especially in Jerusalem, in order to show that Arabs and Muslims are the masters of this place and not the Jews, because in their view, if Judaism will control Jerusalem it will mean that Judaism came back to life after Islam came to replace it.

"This is why the basis of the struggle over Jerusalem and over the whole land of Israel is a religious struggle - not between Israel and the Arabs but between Judaism and Islam. This is the essence of th struggle, and everything stems from this archimedic point of the struggle."

His view offers a unique glimpse into the conflicting ways in which the conflict is seen from inside and outside the region.

Dr. Kedar insists that the much of the difference in the way things are perceived in the western world stems primarily from ignorance. For him, the Brandeis-Al-Quds saga represents a unique shattering of an illusory discourse. 

"Unfortunately there are people who don't believe that this is true, and tend to accept all kind of Arab and Islamic standpoints and institutions as if they are meant to live side-by-side with Israel.

"I believe that recognizing Al-Quds university by Brandeis University came from this point: that Jews - or those that run Brandeis University - would like to see a situation where everybody in the Middle East sits by one fire and sings kumbaya together."

Pursuit of genuine coexistence isn't the problem, however. Rather, it is a lack of willingness to learn "about the realities of the Middle East" - a result, he says, of institutionalized academic bias.

"Those teachers and those books which tell the truth about the Middle East usually don't see any attention in universities in the US. School curricula in America usually are politicized, therefore the texts which students are exposed to are based on the political views and approaches of the teachers - who in too many cases have very little understanding of the nature of the Middle East."

However, "there is a limit," and incidents such as that which occured at Al-Quds are too blatant to ignore.

"When the Islamic Jihad group, which lives under the wings of Al-Quds University - comes out with a very problematic clip, even bleeding-hearts in Brandeis University cannot take it any more.

"This is the minute when they start to understand the nature of the struggle - not betwen Israel and the Arabs, but between Islam and Judaism."

Yet regardless of the cognizance of others, Kedar insists that "we Jews cannot have the luxury of not believing our own enemies."

"Some 80 years ago we didn't believe; unfortunately, some people failed to learn the lessons from those days and to start believing our enemies."


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This is not exercises, this is war against peoples to force them to be vaccinate to be able to continue the global GENOCIDE and depopulation agenda. This is the manner and the dialectic language to promote their evil agenda with all their partners under military rules and on the disguise of exercises.

By Donna Miles

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2013 – A program initially launched to help African partners prevent pandemics has expanded to encompass preparedness for a full range of natural or man-made disasters, and should one occur, to reduce the associated pain, suffering and loss.

Recognizing the global impact of a pandemic, U.S. Africa Command began helping African nations develop the capacity needed to address the challenge almost immediately after its standup in 2008, Mike Hryshchyshyn, chief of humanitarian and health activities for the command’s security cooperation programs directorate, told American Forces Press Service.

The initial three-year program relied on U.S. Agency for International Development funding to help partners plan for and establish the systems and programs to prevent an outbreak and control its spread, he explained. Africom launched a broader, Defense-Department funded initiative when that program concluded last year. The new effort addresses not just pandemics, but also natural and manmade disasters such as floods, droughts and earthquakes.

All have the potential to wreak devastation in Africa, Hryshchyshyn said. He noted that the African continent leads the world in the number of disaster declarations, particularly related to floods and droughts.

The toll is tremendous from a humanitarian standpoint, but also extends to basic communications, infrastructure, economies and, of particular concern to Africom, military and security operations.
“At the end of the day, we see a pandemic or other disaster as a potential security risk,” Hryshchyshyn said. “If it occurs on a large-scale magnitude, it has the possibility of eroding basic security institutions and systems. In a worst-case scenario, chaos can break loose.”

So as part of its security cooperation program, Africom works extensively with its African partners to ensure they’re ready for whatever comes their way.

“This is a program focused on prevention, mitigation and building partner capacity along with our friends on the African continent,” Hryshchyshyn said. “This is truly a program of partnership.”
As in the United States, a disaster response in Africa likely would involve military forces that provide support to civil authorities.

“Our theater campaign strategy talks about preparing for and responding to disasters and other crises,” Hryshchyshyn said. “Part of the way we do that is to work with both the military and civilian organizations in the partner nations to come up with plans.”

Hryshchyshyn emphasized that every country develops an individual plan based on its unique circumstances. “While we facilitate the process, they are the ones involved in writing the plan and at the end of the day, making sure that it works for their country,” he said.

So far, Africom has helped more than 20 African countries develop national pandemic response plans, he reported. The plans help define the roles various government entities, including the military, would serve in a disaster response. For many of the countries, Africom also has helped in developing broader plans that outline military support to civil authorities for a full range of catastrophes.

“One of the primary goals of our disaster preparedness program is to create that linkage between the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, International Affairs and others so they can work together as a whole of government,” he said. “It is through the leveraging of those resources that we believe – especially on the African continent – that they will be able to have a greater impact.”

Africom also promotes interagency and international collaboration through conferences and workshops. State National Guards accustomed to disaster-response missions in the United States also regularly share their experience with African militaries they are linked with through the State Partnership Program.

In addition, Africom puts a big emphasis on disaster preparedness through its exercise program. Almost every command-sponsored exercise incorporates at least some element of a disaster response that partners can use to test their national response plans, Hryshchyshyn noted.

“This is a way to identify gaps and take a look at areas that need to be strengthened,” he said.

Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, the Africom commander, got a firsthand look at the impact of these exercises during his visit to Shared Accord 13 in South Africa in August. The U.S.-South African combined joint training exercise promoted the intergovernmental collaboration that can save lives and suffering in the event of a humanitarian assistance and disaster response, Rodriguez told reporters during an online news conference in late October.

The exercise included both the South African military and the South African Ministry of Health. “This was a great example of both military-to-military and civil-to-military cooperation,” Rodriguez said. “These exercises promote regional relationships, increase capacity, and enhance cross-training and interoperability between our militaries.”

Last month, Africom sponsored a tabletop exercise in Nigeria focused specifically on a pandemic response. More than 100 civilians, military officials and representatives from Nigeria’s security sectors participated. With members of the California National Guard sharing their own experiences, they explored how the Nigerian military could partner more closely with the civilian sector and international organizations to develop a whole-of-government response, Hryshchyshyn said.

Observers from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and other countries also participated.

Hryshchyshyn said he welcomes a regional approach to disaster response preparedness, recognizing that neighbors would likely have to work together during a crisis.

“By establishing more far-reaching communications channels and ensuring greater interoperability, they are better prepared when they have to respond to a disaster or pandemic,” he said.

“They have the contacts, they understand the systems, and they have an idea of the protocols in place. That makes it much easier for them to work together in a real-life scenario,” he said. “The whole object is to alleviate human suffering, save lives and reduce the impact of devastation that comes from these manmade or natural disasters.”

That recognition has opened doors for Africom as it develops relationships across the continent, he said.

“This is important. It is something that makes a real difference. And it is something that our partner nations are really looking for on the African continent,” Hryshchyshyn said. “In these kinds of areas, they have welcomed us with open arms and have built some long-lasting relationships which I think will pay dividends to everyone over time.”

(Follow Donna Miles on Twitter: @MilesAFPS)



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