On Friday, a Syrian news agency reported that at least 25 people were killed and their bodies mutilated by the FSA or an associated “terrorist” group in northern Syria.
On Wednesday, a diplomat at the United Nations, Major General Robert Mood, praised the FSA for its “efficacy.” Mood is a Norwegian major general and heads up the United Nations “peacekeeping” Supervision Mission in Syria.
“Don’t Be Alarmed”: Army Trains MPs To Drive Tanks On U.S. Streets
St Louis City residents have been warned to not be alarmed at the sight of U.S. Army tanks rolling down residential neighborhoods after sightings of the vehicles provoked fears of martial law.
The “exercise” is part of a U.S. Army program run by military police from Fort Meade, Maryland focused around training MPs from St. Louis how to drive heavily armored tanks “on highways and on city streets.”
Reporting that he was told by the Army not to disclose the location of where the exercise was operating out of for “security reasons,” KSDK reporter Casey Nolan downplayed the exercise as “not such a big deal.”
U.S. Army Sergeant Cornelius Ivory discouraged citizens from taking video and photographs of the tanks and urged them not to get too close.
“They need to know to stay away from it,” Ivory told KSDK.
skip to 3:29 in the video to see footage of the Miami PD’s latest little helper. A small robotic flying drone that resembles something out of a sci-fi movie.
Concerns regarding the unconstitutional use of spy drones against the American people in violation of the fourth amendment have exploded in recent weeks after Congress passed legislation paving the way for what the FAA predicts will be somewhere in the region of 30,000 drones in operation in US skies by 2020.
Revealed: CIA Secretly Operates on Syrian Border, Arms Rebels
American secret service operatives are distributing illegal assault rifles, anti-tank rocket launchers and other ammunition to Syrian opposition, the New York Times reports. But due to some rebels’ links to Al Qaeda, the CIA’s task is precarious.
The paper reports that for weeks now, officers based in southeast Turkey have supervised the flow of illegal arms to numerous opposition factions ready to fight the regime of President Bashar Assad. The only problem is some of the rebel groups have links with terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda.
Arms and ammunition are being brought into Syria mainly over the Turkish border with the help of Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood network and other groups, the report says. Expenses are being shared by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The NYT source, an unnamed Arab intelligence official, revealed that American officers are also collecting information on Syrian opposition groups and recruiting informants among their ranks. The source said the Obama administration is considering sharing its intelligence data, such as satellite images and detailed information on the location and maneuvers of Syrian troops.
Moscow has consistently denied supplying to Damascus any types of assault weapons that can be used against armed rebels.
Russia is not violating any international sanctions against Syria, and Moscow has declared it will not cease military cooperation with Damascus.
Tensions Between UK and Russia Soared Over Syria-bound Helicopters
Britain came alarmingly close to a dangerous clash with Moscow when David Cameron was asked to consider giving an order to forcibly board a ship headed towards the English Channel carrying three Russian-made helicopters for delivery to the regime in Syria, it emerged today.
Any seizure would have been carried out by members of the Special Boat Service, SBS, the only military unit authorized to performing opposed embarkations at sea. The helicopters are believed to be the same ones that prompted US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, recently to berate Russia for sending military hardware to Syria.
Officials traveling with the Prime Minister on an official visit to Mexico City yesterday gave the first detailed account of a series of high-level meetings that happened at Whitehall at the end of last week as the authorities tracked the ship, the MV Alead, which was steaming southwards through the North Sea after departing from Leningrad port.
Will Toledo, Ohio Be The First Major American City To Be Owned By China?
It has been said that there are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One way is by using the sword, and the other is by using debt. Fortunately, America is not in danger of being conquered by the sword right now, but America is being conquered by debt. The borrower is the servant of the lender, and today we owe China more than a trillion dollars.
Now China is gobbling up U.S. real estate and U.S. assets at an astounding pace. In fact, some cities are in danger of becoming completely dominated by Chinese ownership. One of those cities is Toledo, Ohio.
According to a recent Fortune article, Chinese investors have been very busy purchasing distressed commercial real estate in Toledo lately….
In March 2011, Chinese investors paid $2.15 million cash for a restaurant complex on the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. Soon they put down another $3.8 million on 69 acres of newly decontaminated land in the city’s Marina District, promising to invest $200 million in a new residential-commercial development. That September, another Chinese firm spent $3 million for an aging hotel across a nearby bridge with a view of the minor league ballpark.
Toledo is being promoted to Chinese investors as a “5-star logistics region“. From Toledo it is very easy to get to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Indianapolis.
With a population of 287,000, Toledo is only the fourth largest city in Ohio, but it lies at the junction of two important highways — I-75 and I-80/90. “My vision is to make Toledo a true international city,” Toledo’s Mayor Mike Bell told the Toledo Blade.
U.S. Expands Secret Intelligence Operations in Africa
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project.
At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat patterns, and vacuum up radio and cellphone signals, the planes refuel on isolated airstrips favored by African bush pilots, extending their effective flight range by thousands of miles.
About a dozen air bases have been established in Africa since 2007, according to a former senior U.S. commander involved in setting up the network. Most are small operations run out of secluded hangars at African military bases or civilian airports.
The nature and extent of the missions, as well as many of the bases being used, have not been previously reported but are partially documented in public Defense Department contracts. The operations have intensified in recent months, part of a growing shadow war against al-Qaeda affiliates and other militant groups. The surveillance is overseen by U.S. Special Operations forces but relies heavily on private military contractors and support from African troops.
A former TSA agent stood up to security screeners during a recent attempt to board a flight to Cleveland, Ohio, but the altercation ended with the would-be passenger being booked for misdemeanor battery.
Carol Price, 59, says that an agent with the Transportation Security groped her genitals and breasts during a recent routine security screening at Southwest Florida International Airport. Instead of enduring the personal pat-down, however, Price turned to a nearby supervisor and showed her just exactly what she had been subjected to.
Price was removed from her airplane and charged with battery. Because she missed the flight, Price was unable to attend the funeral for her own brother.
On Price’s part, however, her attorney argues that she was in the righ t— after all, she had previously been employed as a TSA agent and is believed to have worked with the female screener who initiated the encounter.
The TSA has said… “The pat down was conducted correctly in accordance with our procedures. Violence against our officers who work every day to keep the traveling public safe is unacceptable.”
Presidential hopeful Ron Paul has publically attacked the Obama administration’s abolishment of due process in a new editorial, calling the move a turning point in American history.
Responding to Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent justification for the extrajudicial killings of three American citizens on foreign soil, Republican Party candidate Ron Paul has penned a scathing op-ed condemning the White House for circumventing the US Constitution. Earlier this month Holder spoke at Chicago’s Northwestern Law School to discuss last year’s execution of alleged terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki and two other US-born clerics in Yemen, a decision he says the White House still defends despite criticism from citizens and lawmakers alike.
“It is particularly bizarre to hear the logic of the administration claiming the right to target its citizens according to some secret selection process, when we justified our attacks against Iraq and Libya because their leaders supposedly were targeting their own citizens,” writes Rep. Paul. “We also now plan a covert war against Syria for the same reason.”
Obama bars Congress from obtaining Fast and Furious papers
US President Barack Obama has intervened in a Capital Hill probe centered on Attorney General Eric Holder, asserting executive privilege to keep documents linked to the Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation withheld from Congress.
In the midst of an investigation being spearheaded by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, President Obama once more departed from his campaign promise of a transparent presidency by granting executive privilege on behalf of Holder early Wednesday to keep Congress from obtaining documents involved in the gunwalking scheme. The House committee was considering charging Holder with being in contempt of Congress for refusing to release documents to the panel, to which the White House responded on Wednesday by allowing the attorney general to go ahead with his refusal.
Nonetheless, Rep. Issa has remained adamant about obtaining information that the panel considers being crucial into the botched gun smuggling ring orchestrated by the Justice Department. Holder, however, insists that the documents being demanded by Congress pertain to the "deliberative process" on how to handle congressional and media inquiries and are unfit for release.
"We regret that we have arrived at this point, after the many steps we have taken to address the committee’s concerns and to accommodate the committee’s legitimate oversight interests regarding Operation Fast and Furious," Cole’s letter reads. “Although we are deeply disappointed that the committee appears intent on proceeding with a contempt vote, the department remains willing to work with the committee to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues.”