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Iran nuclear accord means little to US

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The US administration is preventing the country’s banks from doing business with Iran despite the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Washington says it has eased “secondary” sanctions targeting companies outside the US and Americans seeking certain businesses in Iran but most “primary” sanctions related to terrorism and rights accusations remain in place.

“Broadly, the US primary embargo on Iran is still in place,” John Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), told a congressional panel on Thursday.

That means the opening with Iran following the implementation of the nuclear accord “does not have any impact on us,” the AFPnews agency quoted an official with one large New York bank as saying.

“We’re still very prohibited from engaging in just about any business activity with Iran except on very limited exceptions,” the official added.

US banks interested

According to AFP, several leading US banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, are keen to enter the Iranian market.

They have reportedly turned to teams of lawyers and other specialists as they plumb the shifting legal terrain.

“We continue to monitor the developments in Iran,” Citigroup spokesman Kamran Mumtaz told the French news agency.
Several leading US banks are keen to enter the Iranian market, AFP says.

According to OFAC, all foreign banks operating in the US are forbidden from clearing US dollar-denominated transactions involving Iran through US banks.

Smith said non-US companies who provide support to Iranian entities “may face being cut off from the US financial system.”

Iranian officials say the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has decided to carry out all foreign trade in euros to avoid any complications.

Meanwhile, non-US banks that work in both Iran and the US are reportedly isolating Iranian business from their US assets to avoid possible American punishments.

The US government has also freed banks to make loans in some specific businesses and activities involving Iran such as sales of airplane parts.

Banks can further provide financing to US companies that import Iranian foods or carpets, pistachio nuts and caviar.

However, the nuclear accord still faces threats from US presidential candidates who have pledged to undo it after President Barack Obama is gone.

‘Business as normal’

Those threats have only harmed American entities which are blocked from joining a rush by non-US companies to cash in on trade opportunities in Iran.

On Monday, the world’s largest independent oil trader Vitol Group said it’s “business as normal” with Iran after the end of economic sanctions.

Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) also said it wanted to open a branch in Tehran “as quickly as possible,” becoming the first foreign lender to set up shop in Iran after the lifting of sanctions.

Major companies from Asia to Europe are rushing to resurrect trade with the global energy superpower which sits on the worlds’ biggest oil and gas reserves combined as well as massive mineral deposits.

Italy and France signed initial deals worth more than $40 billion in a variety of fields — from oil and gas to car manufacturing, construction, health and agriculture and clean energy development — last month during President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Europe.

Seeking to reassure, Paris unveiled an accord offering state guarantees to back French investments in Iran through credit management firm Coface in order to cover onsite non-payment risks.

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BOOK: GHOST TROOP

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America First Books

INTRODUCTION

Capt. Eric H. May
GT Commander

Captain Eric H. May, a Desert Storm Volunteer, served on the general staff of the Houston’s 75th Division.

In April 2003 he sat for two weeks in front of his alma mater, the University of Houston Honors College,

to take up a collection for US war dead. After 40 hours he only received $20. He spent the next three

weeks riding a bicycle 1,000 miles to Ft. Stewart, Georgia to deliver the money to the headquarters of

the 3rd Infantry Division. There he learned that his worst fears were true. Hundreds of American

casualties incurred in the Battle of Baghdad were completely covered up by the Bush Administration.

For an introduction by W. Leon Smith, publisher of The Lone Star Iconoclast, please see

Captain Courageous Witnessed: Dr. Kelly Assassinated!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Military Background
Published Essays
Unpublished Essays
July ’03 Letters
Appendices (Other Sources)

Military Background

Captain May describes his military assignments and what led him to form Ghost Troop.

Military background essay

Published Essays

Captain May’s mainstream analysis, which demonstrated early success at military predictions. 

August 12, 1992
Success of Desert Storm being judged unfairly 

December 3, 1992
Somalia intervention not as simple as it seems

February 23, 2003
Don’t laugh at duct tape; it saves lives

April 3, 2003
Visions of Stalingrad: Claim victory in Iraq now 

July 8, 2003
Worried about quicksand of war in Iraq

Unpublished Essays:

Probably better than the published essays, the unpublished essays effectively predicted the overall course of the Iraq War. The failure of his bosses in the U.S. media to publish these essays shows the extent of national media control in our post-9/11 world. 

April 13, 2003
3/7 Cavalry, tragedy and travesty 

July 29, 2003
Private Jessica Lynch, the media and the military

August 7, 2003
State of the Global War on Terror

August 15, 2003
A wake up call to New York City

August 18, 2003
Armchair analysis of the Bush League war plan

August 20, 2003
War in Iraq. past, present and future

September 5, 2003
Iraq, from bad to worse (an analysis of key Bush assumptions)

September 24, 2003
Capt. James Yee, a new Capt. Alfred Dreyfus? 

September 25, 2003
A pessimistic analysis of the tactical situation in Iraq 

July ’03 Letters:

Captain May’s personal communications with the influential figures of our times, many known to him personally. They capture the general fear that beset America’s leaders and paralyzed them after the Iraq War began. 

July 10, 2003 (noon) — e-mail:
to Senator John McCain, Republican

July 10, 2003 (1500 hours) — e-mail:
to Steve Wasserman, KPRC TV, NBC, Post Newsweek

July 10, 2003 (1600 hours) — hand-delivered letter:
to the University of Houston Honors College

July 11, 2003 — letter:
to Sergeant First Class Avery, Univ. of Houston ROTC

July 12, 2003 — letter:
to Penelope Brook, World Bank 

July 14, 2003 (1400 hours) — e-mail:
to Senator Tom Daschle, Democrat

July 14, 2003 (1600 hours) — e-mail:
to Dick and Theresa, Ireland 

July 15, 2003 (1500 hours) — e-mail:
to David Corn, The Nation magazine

July 15, 2003 (0500 hours) — e-mail:
to the Houston Chronicle 

July 15, 2003 (0800 hours) — e-mail:
to John Danford, Liberty Fund

July 15, Noon — letter:
to George W. Bush, Bush team captain

July 15, 2003 (1700 hours) — e-mail:
to Thom Shanker, New York Times

July 16, 2003 — e-mails & letter:
to Wolf Blitzer, CNN (1400 hours) 
to Senator John Kerry, Democrat (1500 hours) 
to Robert Buttermilch, reporter, ABC (1830 hours)
letter to Oliver Stone (dusk) 

July 17, 2003 (1000 hours) — e-mail:
to the media of Savannah, Georgia

July 17, 2003 (1100 hours) — e-mail:
to the Editorial Board, Houston Chronicle

July 17, 2003 (1130 hours) — e-mail:
to Tom Barton, Editor, Savannah Morning News

July 17, 2003, afternoon — e-mail:
to the Editor in Chief, Atlanta Journal Constitution 

July 18, 2003, morning — letter:
to Dr. David Kelly, England 

July 18, 2003 (twilight) — document:
Last Will and Testament

July 18, 2003, midnight — dialogue

July 27, 2003 — letter:
to Thom Shanker, New York Times

Appendices (Other Sources)

Media sources from the Iraq War in 2003, with the addition of a confirmation interview by Iraqi General Saifeddin Fulayh Hassan Taha al-Rawi and two published interviews by Captain May. Every American should have read them who can claim familiarity with the topic of Iraq, but very few have done so. 

Appendix A:
21 Broadcast Indicators observed by Captain May 

Appendix B:
The Battle of Baghdad, April 6, by Robert Fisk (UK)

Appendix C:
Russian Military Intel update: War in Iraq, April 6, 2003 

Appendix D:
Iraqi Resistance Report IV [Compiled from Different Arab Sources]
The Free Arab Voice, April 6, 2003

Appendix E:
Department of Defense Principles of Information 

Appendix F:
“The White Man’s Burden” The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history. by Ari Shavit, Ha’aretz (Israel) April 5, 2003. Israel was playing safe by distancing itself from Bush and the neocons while the Battle of Baghdad hung in the balance on April 5, 2003, and then after the cover-up held, they scrubbed the 2009-04-05 original publication date for this article, and 2009-05-04 started showing up on the Internet for American references of the article.

Appendix G
Battle of Baghdad Cover-Up Four Years Later: Interview With Captain Eric May Ghost Troop Commander,” 2 April 2007 by W. Leon Smith, Lone Star Iconoclast Publisher

Appendix H:
US accused of using neutron bombs” 9 April 2007 Al Jazeera interview with General Saifeddin Fulayh Hassan Taha al-Rawi, who commanded Iraqi forces at Baghdad Airport

Appendix I
Rambo image was based on lie, says US war hero Jessica Lynch” 25 April 2007. The Guardian, Wednesday. The Congressional hearings into the U.S. Army treatment of Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman began April 24th. This was amazingly coincidental timing in view of the public controversy stimulated by the Captain May and Al Jazeera interviews cited above.

Appendix J:
Mission of Conscience Accomplished: Battle of Baghdad Cover-up Exposed” 30 April 2007, interview by Lone Star Iconoclast editor Leon Smith with Capt Eric May.

Additional References:

Captain Courageous and the Shockingly Awful Quicksand War`First In’ Honors: The Infowar of Capt. Eric H. May” by Major William B. Fox, also featured in the March 26, 2008Lone Star Iconoclast, which provides important background on this work. Other important works either about or by Capt. May are listed in his AmericaFirstBooks.com author archive.

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UK to outlaw boycotts of Nazi Jewish settlement goods

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Public bodies in Britain are to be prevented from boycotting “unethical” goods, such as those from illegal Nazi Jewish settlements in Palestine, under a plan expected to be announced later Monday, local media reported.

Publicly funded institutions such as local municipalities and universities will face “stiff penalties” if they bar products from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco or West Bank settlements, The Independent newspaper reported, citing Zionist puppet ministers.

The proposals – due to be announced by UK Zionist puppet Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock – are being put forward on the grounds that bans on products are harming community relations and fuelling ”anti-Semitism”.

“The new guidance on procurement combined with changes we are making to how pension pots can be invested will help prevent damaging and counter-productive local foreign policies undermining our national security,” Hancock told The Independent.

Some public bodies around the U.K. have refused to buy goods from Nazi Jewish illegal settlements in recent years and they would have to reverse those decisions under the plans.

In Leicester, a city in the East Midlands, elected officials agreed in 2014 that the municipality would not buy settlement produce. That year the devolved government in Scotland issued a notice discouraging trade and investment with settlements by Scottish councils.

The UK Zionist puppet government’s plan was criticized as an attack on local democracy.

Amnesty International’s Economic Relations Program Director Peter Frankental said the proposal could encourage human rights abuses.

“All public bodies should assess the social and environment impacts of any company with whom they choose to enter into business relationships,” he told The Independent. “Where’s the incentive for companies to ensure there are no human rights violations such as slavery in their supply chains, when public bodies cannot hold them to account by refusing to award them contracts?”

Nazi Jewish settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights — lands occupied by Nazi army in 1967 — are considered illegal by the international community and a major impediment to peace with Palestinians.

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5 reasons to believe Turkey wants no peace in Syria

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By GPD

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Turkey’s Armenian Auschwitz

The Turkish army’s latest shelling of Kurdish and Syrian army positions in northern Syria comes just days after a meeting of world powers in Munich settled on a plan to bring peace to Syria. Here are five reasons why the artillery attack was no coincidence.

The Syrian crisis is entering a crucial stage that could either end in world powers agreeing that peace must be given a chance in the war-torn country – or an all-out ground invasion by foreign troops, which has been threatened by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the US. There are grounds to believe, however, that Ankara will not tolerate any peace in Syria that brings about a defeat of the anti-government forces there.

Saudi jets move to Turkish base

Saudi Arabia has been deploying military jets and personnel to Turkey’s southern Incirlik Air Base. The latest move is said to be part of the US-led effort to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The base is currently being used by the US Air Force for their planes conducting sorties in Syria.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE voiced their readiness to contribute troops to a ground operation in Syria on the condition that the US would lead the intervention. The Gulf states, just as the Turkish government, want Syrian President Bashar Assad to be overthrown.
Middle East experts have warned that sending Turkish and Saudi troops into Syria would bring“catastrophic”consequences, while Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has said an intervention by foreign powers would result in “permanent”war in the region.

Turkey cracks down on Kurds, falls out with US over YPG

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started a diplomatic row with the US over Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State extremists in Syria. Ankara has branded the Kurds as terrorists, while the US maintains they are a helpful force in fighting Islamic State.

Kurds are seen as a formidable force in the border region. They have been simultaneously fighting IS and seeking more autonomy from Syria. The YPG took full control of the IS-besieged town of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border late last June.

Meanwhile, Turkey has repeatedly been blamed for targeting Kurdish fighters in the border region rather than IS.

Ankara has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey, who are fighting for the right to self-determination and greater autonomy. Since the summer of 2015, the country has seen some of its worst violence in two decades. In one of the latest incidents, Turkish police fired tear gas at thousands of people protesting in the city of Diyarbakir, while in the town of Cizre dozens of civilians have reportedly been killed in Erdogan’s military crackdown, some of them whom had taken cover in basements.

Turkey threatens Syria op, says will defend ‘Aleppo brothers’

Turkey has already hinted that it could launch a ground invasion into Syria several times. The latest was Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu’s pledge to return a “historical debt” to Turkey’s “Aleppo brothers,” who helped defend the country in the early 20th century – just days after Russia had warned of Ankara’s intentions to invade Syria, as the rebels there falter.

The Turkish saber rattling comes as the Syrian army is successfully making gains on militant positions in the northern Aleppo Governorate and Kurds on the Syrian-Turkish border have been recapturing infrastructure from Islamists, including a military airport. Both offensives are said to be supported by Russian airstrikes.

Turkey sets up presence inside Syria

Turkey has begun building a refugee camp on Syrian territory not far from the Turkish-Syrian border.

Speculations on the development range from Ankara planning to create a “buffer zone” inside Syria, to allegations that the Turks are creating a “human shield” to prevent the recapture of border territories. Kurds are reportedly not being let into the grounds of the refugee camp.

Turkey needs ISIS oil?

Russia has repeatedly accused Turkey of benefiting from Islamic State’s illegal oil trade, which the UN is trying to crack down upon, with the Russian military directly implicating Erdogan’s family in the dirty business.

A report on IS’ illegal oil sales, compiled by Norway and leaked in December, has revealed that most of the IS-smuggled oil is trucked into Turkey, where it is sold off at very low prices.

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The B-61 – the ‘more usable’ nuke

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This tactical nuclear bomb may be the most dangerous weapon in America’s arsenal.

by Ian Greenhalgh

A few months ago, I wrote an article in collaboration with Jeff Smith about the new generation of nuclear weapons and where we were at pains to stress the point  that these modern nukes represent a far greater threat to peace because they had far higher ‘usability’ than earlier types due to their greater accuracy, lower yield and reduced radiation fallout.

We also wrote articles exposing the use of these modern tactical nukes in Yemen, Ukraine, China and elsewhere; but little did we realise that just a few short months later we could be facing the prospect of a scenario far worse than a single nuclear explosion – the use of dozens of these weapons in a full-scale nuclear, biological and chemical war.

The scenario reads like the script for a remake of Dr. Strangelove with a seemingly out of control dictator seizing control of a stockpile of nukes and using them in a first strike that ignites a terrible war.

The dictator in question is Turkey’s President Erdogan and the stockpile of nukes is the more than 80 B-61 tactical nukes owned by the US and stored at the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey.

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Erdogan – perhaps the key supporter of ISIS.

Latest intel reveals that Saudi special forces trained by Israel are ready to seize the Incirlik stockpile and thanks to the US nuclear secrets given to Israel by the Bush cabal, they are able to defeat the 5 levels of security that protect the bombs. F-16 fighter-bombers provided by the Saudis and modified into nuke carriers by the Israelis stand ready to deliver these deadly cargoes.

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Incirlik is only 175km from Aleppo in northern Syria, where the key fighting against ISIS is taking place.

Don’t doubt Erdogan’s willingness to add a nuclear dimension to this conflict; he has already used chemical (Sarin gas attacks in Syria) and biological (swine flu outbreaks in Kurdish territory) warfare so clearly the man has few scruples when it comes to WMDs.

Dr. Strangelove’s dark satire of Cold War nuclear lunacy may, half a century later, be more relevant and poignant than ever:

The weapons stored at Incirlik are B61 tactical nukes with a yield of 50 kilotons — tiny compared to the largest nuclear bombs in the megatonne  range but more dangerous due to its usability which derives from a combination of its accuracy and low-yield.

B61s in storage at Incirlik.

B61s in storage at Incirlik.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, the B61-12 will be able to strike within 30 meters of its target. This accuracy allows the bomb to destroy targets that would have previously necessitated the use of a larger but more indiscriminate weapon.

As a result of the bomb’s relatively low yield, the weapon would produce less nuclear fallout than earlier nuclear weapons, something which would limit unintended casualties from a nuclear attack.

But this lower fallout also lowers the cost and scope of a nuclear strike — which could in turn increase the possibility that the bomb would actually be used in a military engagement.

Here you can see the latest B61 mod. 12 weapon being flight tested by the USAF. The carrier aircraft is the F-15, but the Turks and Saudis possess F-16s modified by Israel that can carry  this weapon:

This infographic from Ploughshare.org explains the huge cost of upgrading these weapons to the latest mod. 12 revision:

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Here is an excerpt from a November 2015 article published in the UK Guardian newspaper on the B61 upgrade programme:

“… In non-proliferation terms however the only thing worse than a useless bomb is a ‘usable’ bomb. Apart from the stratospheric price, the most controversial element of the B61 upgrade is the replacement of the existing rigid tail with one that has moving fins that will make the bomb smarter and allow it to be guided more accurately to a target. Furthermore, the yield can be adjusted before launch, according to the target.

“The modifications are at the centre of a row between anti-proliferation advocates and the government over whether the new improved B61-12 bomb is in fact a new weapon, and therefore a violation of President Obama’s undertaking not to make new nuclear weapons. His administration’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review said life extension upgrades to the US arsenal would ‘not support new military missions or provide for new military capabilities.’

“The issue has a particular significance for Europe where a stockpile of 180 B61s is held in six bases in five countries. If there is no change in that deployment by the time the upgraded B61-12s enter the stockpile in 2024, many of them will be flown out to the bases in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Turkey.

“The row has had a semantic tone, revolving on what the definition of ‘new’ is, but arguably the only definition that counts is whether the generals and officials responsible for dropping bombs, view its role in a different light as a result of its refurbishment. Referring to the B61-12’s enhanced accuracy on a recent PBS Newshour television program, the former head of US Strategic Command, General James Cartwright, made this striking remark: ‘If I can drive down the yield, drive down, therefore, the likelihood of fallout, etc, does that make it more usable in the eyes of some- some president or national security decision-making process? And the answer is, it likely could be more usable.’”

Read more about the B61 bomb here:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/systems/b61.htm


9-11 Syllabus and VT Nuclear Education Series – 2016

  1. VT Nuclear Education:  North Korea Fission-Fusion (Hydrogen bomb) Device Claim Doubted

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9-11 Syllabus and VT Nuclear Education Series – 2015

  1. The Secret of America’s Doomsday Waste
  2. VT Nuclear Education: The History of Nuclear Weapons Design 1945 to 2015
  3. VT Nuclear Education: The Uranium Hydride Bomb
  4. VT Nuclear Education: Subcritical and microfission explosives
  5. VT Nuclear Education – Freon and the Hohlraum
  6. The Secret Nazi role in Building the Atomic Bomb
  7. How the Nazi A-Bomb Worked
  8. VT Nuclear Education: Critical Mass
  9. VT Nuclear Education: Laser and Nuke Weapon Calculator
  10. VT Nuclear Education: Germany
  11. 9/11 Science: Craters and Explosive Damage
  12. Neutron Bombs and Other Toys
  13. NEO: Building Nuclear Case Against Saudis
  14. VT Nuclear Education: The Secrets of EMP Weapons
  15. VT Nuclear Education: Explosive Properties of Reactor Grade Plutonium
  16. Nukes on Yemen, Confirming Proofs: Yield Estimation from Illumination Time
  17. Nukes on Yemen, Confirming Proofs: Introduction to Nuclear Operations
  18. Nukes on Yemen-Confirming Proofs: Calculating Nuclear Blast Yield from the Flash
  19. How Israel Was Busted Nuking Yemen
  20. Saudis Have Israel Nuke Yemen for Them
  21. VT Warning of EMP Plot Confirmed by Guardian
  22. VT Nuke Education: Thorium Warnings
  23. VT Nuclear Education: CIA/Iran Trial and more disclosure
  24. NEO – CIA Torture Report Ties Cheney/Bout to 9/11 Nukes
  25. The DOE Defends Nuclear 9/11

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9-11 Syllabus and VT Nuclear Education Series – 2014

  1. Too Classified to Publish: Bush Nuclear Piracy Exposed
  2. Nuke Cancer from 9/11 Revealed
  3. 9/11 NUKE DEMOLITION PROOF: Firefighters Radiation Cancers “Off the Scale”
  4. Doc Submitted By Russian Intel
  5. Constructing the Nuclear Child
  6. VT Nuclear Education Series
  7. Nuclear Education Series: Dimona Classified
  8. VT Nuclear Terrorism Education Series
  9. VT Nuclear Education: Undeniable Proof of 9/11 as a Nuclear Event
  10. VT Nuclear Education: As the Hammer Drops
  11. VT Nuclear Education: Mossad/N. Korea Links, MOX
  12. Nuclear Roundtable: America’s Nuclear Arsenal
  13. Officials Cite “Thermo-Nuke” in 9/11 Demo
  14. VT Nuclear Education: Fission Based Thermobaric Weapons

VT Supporting Material on 9/11, Nuclear Physics and Disclosure Issues

  1. VT Nuclear Education: Anti – gravity
  2. NEO – Mini Nukes and M16: The Economy of War (must read)
  3. VT Nuclear Education: Nukes in Iraq, Confirmation UPDATED
  4. VT Flexing Its Nuclear Muscle (must read)
  5. Nuclear 9/11 Revealed: Theories and Disinformation, the Misguided and the Inhuman (must read)
  6. VT Nuclear Education: Tactical Nuclear Warfare (must read)
  7. VT Nuclear Education: Early Reactors
  8. IAEA investigators: Audit reveals US, not Iran the problem (must read)
  9. VT Nuclear Education: History of Mini-Nukes (must read)
  10. VT Nuclear Education: Answering the Hype (must read)
  11. VT Nuclear Education: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Atom Smasher (must read)
  12. VT Nuclear Education: LENR Neutron Distribution
  13. Einsteins Theory on Magnetic Buoyancy
  14. VT Science: Fuel Cell Technology
  15. VT Science: The Farnsworth Fusor
  16. VT Science: HAARP
  17. Fusion: Junk Science For Rubes
  18. NEO – Nuclear Threats Enter the Mainstream (must read)
  19. VT Science: NASA’s Low Energy Fusion VooDoo/DooDoo
  20. The Connection Between Aurora and Black Triangles (Redux)
  21. Jeff Smith on Upcoming Able Danger Leak
  22. VT Nuclear Education: Japan
  23. VT Nuclear Education: Detonations and Deceit
  24. 9/11 Hokum: Deconstructing Christopher Bollyn and Steve Jones
  25. Why are the Commanding Generals being Sacked?

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Russia sends new cruise missile ship Zeleny Dol to Syria

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By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor

0059a2776de814ec82c75a31f80fc571[ Editor’s Note: Timing, timing… the Russians are getting these ships out to the Med maybe before a shooting war might close the Black Sea route, which would be a big, but not terminal logistics problem for Russia. Putin will play a cool hand here as always.

When the Russian tourist plane was taken down in Egypt by unknown attackers (the story has totally disappeared as to what the final black box determinations were), I wrote that Moscow would seek its revenge on the Syrian battlefield, which we are watching happen now before our very eyes.

I predict that Putin will let others overplay their hand and make the big mistakes, even if he has to take some casualties. Through all of this, he and Lavrov are the most highly respected statesmen on the planet… Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published  …  February 13,  2016 –

The Russian Navy has dispatched a new warship equipped with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, with reports saying that it is bound for Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry’s head of Black Sea Fleet’s information department said on Saturday that the Zeleny Dol Buyan-M class corvette, armed with Kalibr anti-ship missiles, departed for the Mediterranean to join the country’s permanent naval task force there, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported.

“Today, the Zeleny Dol missile corvette and the Kovrovets minesweeper of the Black Sea Fleet left [the Crimean port of] Sevastopol to begin carrying out tasks as part of Russia’s permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean,” Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

The Russian official added that the patrol ship will conduct tasks in the Mediterranean for the first time. The Russian news agency further quoted a security source in Crimea – where the Black Sea fleet is based – as saying that the corvette will join the Russian warships operating off the coast of Syria in the coming days.

“The goals of the ship are not public but considering that it is carrying long-range cruise missiles, its participation in the military operation should not be excluded,” the source said.

The report comes as on Saturday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned against any ground intervention in Syria by countries in the US-led coalition allegedly fighting Daesh Takfiri group, saying it would unleash another war.

“Don’t threaten anyone with a ground operation,” he said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference, stressing that Moscow is doing its utmost to pave the way for a lasting peace in the conflict-stricken country.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have recently expressed willingness to send troops to Syria to join the US-led campaign.

“It is important to save a united Syrian state, preventing it from falling apart into religion-based [fragments]. The world can’t afford another Libya, Yemen or Afghanistan. The outcomes of such a scenario would be disastrous for the entire Middle East,” Medvedev said.

Russia launched its own aerial campaign against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists and other militant groups in Syria on September 30, 2015, upon a request from the Damascus government. The air raids have expedited the advances of Syrian forces against militants.

The Russian strikes have drawn criticism from Western governments and their allies in the Middle East, which have been supporting the militants operating in the region

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has claimed the lives of some 470,000 people, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.

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Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

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By Finian Cunningham

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

Kerry Lavrov Staffan de MisturaRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (L-R) attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, February 12, 2016 © Michael Dalder / Reuters

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad. © SANA / Reuters

Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad. © SANA / Reuters

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

But the Western powers and their regional partners, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar in particular, are insisting – explicitly or implicitly – on their objective of ousting Assad. This premise of unlawful interference in the affairs of a sovereign state is the crux of the problem, and why the latest seeming agreement for a nationwide truce is as thin as the paper it is written on.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the proposal for a cessation of hostilities following six hours of negotiations with 15 other member states belonging to the International Syria Support Group in Munich last Friday. The truce is supposed to come into effect later this week.

Saudi air force jets © Ali Jarekji

The truce outlined in an ISSG communique does not apply to two militant groups: Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL/ISIL or Daesh) and the Jabhat al Nusra Front. Both are linked to Al Qaeda and are officially listed by international governments as terrorist organizations. The provision also exempts “other terror groups” but does not specify the names. This is a major loophole in the proposed truce deal which will make its application extremely problematic if not infeasible. That loophole also alludes to the foreign-backed nature of the conflict in Syria.

Following the Munich communique, the Syrian government and its Russian ally both said that their combined military operations against terror groups would continue.

President Assad vowed that his armed forces were moving ahead with their offensive, backed by Russian air power, to “retake the whole country.” He said the battle for the northern city of Aleppo – the country’s largest – was crucial to “cut off terrorist supply routes from Turkey.”

Given the delineation of terror groups in the Munich communique and in recent UN resolutions (2249 and 2254), it would appear incontestable that the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies have every right to maintain the military momentum.

Yet Syria and Russia’s continued offensive around Aleppo over the weekend provoked recriminations from Western powers. Western media coverage tended to portray the continuation of military operations as a bad faith breach of the tentative truce.

Reuters news agency reported: “Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on.”

Secretary Kerry expressed irritation when he said: “If the Assad regime does not live up to its responsibilities and if the Iranians and the Russians do not hold Assad to the promises that they have made… then the international community obviously is not going to sit there like fools and watch this. There will be an increase of activity to put greater pressure on them.

Kerry even warned that “greater pressure” could involve foreign troops being sent into Syria, without naming from which countries, saying: “There is a possibility there will be additional ground troops.

The top American diplomat made the comments while attending the Munich Security Conference along with several world leaders, held the day after the truce deal was brokered by the ISSG. Kerry told delegates ominously: “We hope this week can be a week of change. This moment is a hinge point. Decisions made in the coming days, weeks and months can end the war in Syria. Or, if the wrong choices are made, they can open the door to even wider conflict.”

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also addressed the Munich conference, but he warned that any ground invasion in Syria by foreign forces ran the grave risk of unleashing an all-out war.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Saudi F-16 warplanes are to begin flying out of Turkey’s NATO base at Incirlik, allegedly on combat operations against the Islamic State terror group in Syria. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that a combined Saudi-Turkish ground force was ready to intervene in Syria, and there were reports of cross-border Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian Kurdish sites.

The nub of the proposed truce is that Syria and Russia are legally entitled to eradicate ISIS, Al Nusra and related groups. Strategically, too, it can be argued that the defeat of such illegally armed insurgents is a priority task in creating conditions for an end to the five-year conflict.

However, “the related terror groups” also include many other militants whom Western governments and Western media mendaciously refer to as “moderate rebels.” So, while the Syrian Arab Army and Russian fighter planes can legitimately make the case that these groups are to be targeted, Washington and its allies will deceptively allege that Moscow is attacking “moderate rebels.”

This is a risible fiction constructed by Western governments, their regional partners and the Western media. It is well documented that groups like Jaish al-Islam, Jaish al-Fateh, Ahrar al-Sham and Farouq Brigade – heavily sponsored by Saudi Arabia and Qatar – are integrated with the officially recognized Al Qaeda terrorist organizations. Even the so-called “secular” Free Syrian Army – much championed by Washington – is in league with ISIS and Al Nusra, as are the Turkmen brigades openly supported by the Turkish government.

US government-owned news outlet Voice of America described the terror-rebel connection in the following delicate way: “The Munich deal writes out any cessation of hostilities for not only the Islamic State but [al Qaeda] affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra or other groups deemed terrorists by the UN Security Council. Some of those groups, aside from IS, have been battlefield allies of other rebel factions around Aleppo.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post admitted that Jabhat al-Nusra “in some instances fights alongside rebel forces supported by the United States and its allies.” The Post article added that even in the event of a truce taking hold: “The United States and its partners would continue their current level of equipping and training the opposition so as not to leave the rebels at a disadvantage if the cessation of hostilities collapses.”

The cessation that Washington has assiduously tried to craft is not premised on finding a genuine end to the conflict. Rather, it is evidently a tactical pause to afford proxy forces on the ground badly needed respite from the Syrian-Russian onslaught. That onslaught is threatening to wipe out the myriad terror- and terrorist-related brigades.

That’s why John Kerry has been so concerned to stymie Russia’s intervention. That intervention ordered by President Vladimir Putin less than five months ago is wiping out terror assets that Washington and its allies have invested in for regime change in Syria over five years. That investment is going up in smoke, and that is also why Washington and its regional partners Turkey and Saudi Arabia are reserving a direct military contingency – in order to salvage their regime-change project.

The proposed cessation in Syria is a long shot that will miss the mark of bringing peace to the war-devastated country. Because Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

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UK Guardian Laments Russia’s Key Role in Terror Fight

NOVANEWS

Lies and Propaganda, Come see

By GPD

Guardian tells us that life under ISIS rule was all honey and roses…what are they missing other than a conscience?

[ Editor’s note: Our new mascot, “Mr Bullshit” visits only the most obscene cheap propaganda and fabrications. The Guardian actually says that life under ISIS is pretty good, then again, I have been to Manchester and I have been to Syria and don’t think the folks at the Guardian should be talking about countries that actually have indoor plumbing. Never has a newspaper loved terrorism so much. Even the Israeli papers would never try this.Technically, one could make a point for the Guardian being guilty of “Material Support of Terrorism.” I think we could all get behind a bit of rendition and waterboarding for the phony media, perhaps just thionce Gordon Duff ]

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This article could have been titled “Why we despise corporate media so much”

'Enemies within"

‘Enemies within”

[ Jim W. Dean Note: During the Cold War the major intelligence agencies targeted media platforms extensively to create opposition propaganda and hype its size and public support. Unfortunately, when the First Cold War ended, as so often happens in such cases, the organs of the Cold War, especially the contractors, had a lot of time on their hands to invent a permanent need for their services.

One of those was pushing the concept that a “free press” was really a threat to a free society (if you have to think about that for a bit, it’s OK; I had to, also), because it could be co-opted by outside forces, as the Intel services already have done to their maximum ability. So they promoted “guarding” the press to make sure it served the political powers in office, and of course the military industrial complex.

What evolved was a process of upgrading from penetrating media with reporter spies and a few editors to what we have now, where media platforms are actually purchased using fronts and become subsidiaries of a particular intelligence agency.

Reagan played the fool in all this, and was handled like a puppet in the destruction of America’s strong and diverse guardian of the republic under the guise of “free enterprise”, in a typical intelligence psyops where you convince the target you have chosen to attack that it is being done for the opposite — for their benefit.

The "acting" president"

The “acting” president”

You all know what happened as the result of that consolidation — what got strangled in the process. As you read the article below, be thinking as you go through each paragraph what the odds are that you are reading the output of a press platform in the service of an intelligence platform.

Gordon had some fun with this, as we often try to do with the depressing work we are involved in day after day, sloshing around down in the geopolitical sewers to uncover the next scams and hoaxes against the world public.

His purpose was to show that the usual routine is to “seed” an article with a few key propaganda points, and smokescreen those points with regular middle of the road reporting.

In this Guardian piece below it appears that someone pressed the button to go way overboard. As I read through it I found it hard to believe that the psyops folks threw all caution to the wind and just stuffed this like a turkey.

To call this the work of a free press is to claim that Iran still has a secret nuclear weapons program and we did not find it because we did not look hard enough, prevented from doing that by domestic traitors and Iran lovers. VT readers know the drill. ]

China interview

Russia’s economy may be stumbling as oil prices fall, but in a week of extraordinary military and diplomatic turmoil over the war in Syria, President Vladimir Putin has proved that his global influence and ambitions have only been sharpened by financial troubles.

For now he seems to be calling all the shots in Syria’s civil war. Russian jets allowed Syrian government troops to break out of a stalemate in Aleppo, cutting supply routes into a city that has been a rebel stronghold for years.

lido_899Russia wrung so many concessions out of others around the table that the deal seemed more an endorsement of its role in Syria than a challenge to it. Hostilities would not stop for about two weeks and, even when they did, bombing campaigns against “terrorists” could continue.

That effectively allows Russia to continue bombing as before, since it has always claimed only to target extremists, while focusing more of its bombs on President Bashar al-Assad’s opposition than on Isis or al-Qaida’s Syrian operation, Jabhat al-Nusra.

Opposition groups have already said they cannot accept the ceasefire if it does not halt Russian airstrikes. “No negotiation can take place while Russia is bombing our people,” said a senior member of one major Islamist opposition group.

lido_899“It is a certainty that Russia will continue to attack us while claiming to target al-Nusra. They claimed that their campaign in Syria was to fight Isis but, so far, 85% to 90% of their attacks were against the moderate revolutionary groups, with a high percentage of civilian targets.”

So when Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, told the world’s diplomats this weekend that the ceasefire was more likely to fail than succeed, even fellow diplomats saw it as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Asked by the conference moderator to say how confident he was that weapons would be put down within a week, Lavrov estimated only a 49 out of 100 hope of success. British foreign secretary Philip Hammond, sitting alongside him, was quick to point out that Lavrov’s remarks made the chance of a temporary halt to fighting “somewhere close to zero”.

lido_899“Unless Russia over the next days is going to stop, or at least significantly scale back that bombing, the moderate armed opposition will not join in this process,” Hammond said. “They cannot be expected to join in this process.”

What unfolded in Munich looks set to have put the seal on something that has become increasingly apparent over the past months. Moscow is back as a big player in the Middle East, while Washington looks humbled, a shadow of the great power that once dominated events in the region. The cold war is back, as the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Saturday – and for now Russia seems to be in the ascendancy.

lido_899Critics warned from the day the ceasefire was announced that Moscow had outmanoeuvred Washington and was simply using the negotiations and the deal to consolidate gains, a tactic honed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

The US may have lost more than political capital. The ceasefire risks costing them the trust of the few moderate opposition groups left on the ground, who feel abandoned by a country that promised support.

lido_899“The people that the Americans had been trying to sponsor are now targets of an enemy that bombs without mercy or discretion, and the Americans don’t have a problem with that?” said one Free Syrian Army member in Aleppo, who declined to be named. “They never deserved our trust.”

Russia, by contrast, has doubled down on Assad. Around the time Lavrov was handing down his grim prognosis for the ceasefire, a missile cruiser left the naval base in Sevastopol in Crimea. It was heading towards the Mediterranean to join the Russian fleet there, a public shoring up of an already strong military presence. Refugees who had recently fled Isis rule said that the failure to challenge Assad and Russia could even put the west’s main goal in Syria – the routing of Isis – at risk. If other opposition groups are driven out, it will shore up the claim of Isis to be champions of the country’s Sunnis. “You will not find lido_899anyone in this camp, especially those who have arrived this month, who supports Isis,” said the man, who gave his name only as Jameel. “But most of them accept that at least they tried to protect us, Syrian Sunnis, who the world has abandoned. It is very dangerous to let them fill this role. And I think the world is blind to the immorality of it.”

lido_899And despite the terror inflicted by the group, which has prompted thousands to flee, many still say they would chose rule from Raqqa over rule from Damascus.

“No matter what [Isis] does, no matter how bad they are, they are not as bad as the regime. They [the government] are the first enemy. They are why Syria is ruined, and they are why I am in this camp,” said 20-year-old Khalil Efrati, who had left his Raqqa home around three weeks earlier. “Yes, Isis are merciless and they do horrific things, but the regime does worse.”

Putin’s long-term aims are hard to assess, analysts said, in part because the Kremlin itself may not have a clear vision for Syria, beyond protecting Russian prestige and influence. The president is known as a clever tactician, rather than a strategist with a grand vision, hard-nosed in negotiations and quick to react to the situation on the ground.

“The task of Russia is to preserve the Assad regime, not necessarily with Assad at the helm, but an acceptable regime that would protect Russian interests,” said analyst Alexei Makarkin, deputy director at the Centre for Political Technologies in Moscow. “If Russia doesn’t have an ally in the Middle East and influence there, then it’s not a great power, they think.”

Moscow is haunted by memories of the Nato bombing campaign in the former Yugoslavia, which led to the ousting of ally Slobodan Milošević and brought an abrupt end to its influence in the Balkans. “We don’t want to help dismantle Assad and then be told to leave, like what happened in Serbia,” Makarkin said.

Reviving Assad’s campaign after months of setbacks is a show of Moscow’s power as a patron, its willingness to spend money on friends, and ability to sow problems for enemies. In practical terms it also secures the military port in Tartus, which Russia has operated since Soviet times, and its new Khmeimim airbase near Latakia, vital to Russian ability to project power in the Middle East.

lido_899Now Russia is viewed with hatred by most Sunnis, Assad would be perhaps irreplaceable as a regional ally. “He is changing the place of pieces on the board, and he’s searching for weak spots,” said analyst Masha Lipman. “I think the goal was larger, to make the world acknowledge that Russia is a strong player in the international arena, and then Russia’s possibilities change.

Support for Assad also fits the Kremlin’s policy of opposing regime change around the world. Putin described the revolutions in post-Soviet states as western attempts to expand their influence, and argues that the Arab spring only led to bloody chaos. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Russia of planning to create a mini-state around Latakia, the Assad family’s ancestral homeland on the coast, and attacking Turkmen there.

lido_899But Russia, which is battling separatist movements at home, insists it does not want to split Syria; Assad himself in a rare recent interview also said he planned to recapture all the country, and recent advances in Aleppo make that seem more likely.

Moscow might support a restructuring that gives regions more autonomy, however, because once Assad is confirmed in power they are likely to seek some kind of long-term settlement. A “frozen war”, like the one that is destabilising Ukraine, would be expensive to maintain from a distance, and Russia sees Syria not as part of a traditional sphere of influence to be controlled at all costs, but as a site to confront the west, Lipman said.

Even if the west continues to shy away from direct confrontations, however, Russia’s dominance may not continue unchallenged.

Saudi and Emirati special forces troops are being sent to join opposition fighters on the ground, US defence secretary Ash Carter said on Friday, and Saudi Arabia is sending bombers to a Turkish airbase near the border.

lido_899Officially, the ground troops would be helping opposition groups trying to retake Raqqa from Isis, but those groups are also enemies of Assad and could be expected to turn their guns and expertise on Damascus if they are able to storm the Isis capital.

Turkey last year shot down a Russian jet that strayed into its airspace, and Medvedev called for Russia and the west to step up cooperation. “We have fallen into a new cold war,” he told the Munich conference. That may be underestimating the dangers, one Nato member and staunch US ally warned.

“We are probably facing a hot war,” Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė told the conference. “Russia is demonstrating open military aggression in Ukraine, open military aggression in Syria. There is nothing cold about this; it is very hot.”

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Greetings to Saudi Arabia, Kalibr and Hezbollah say “Hello”

NOVANEWS

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Remembering Captain Eric May

Editor’s note:  There is a reason for the Kalibr missile video.  We know the Saudi plan, to hit the Syrian Army and PYD/YPD Kurds with up to 5 small neutron type LRR (low residual radiation) thermonuclear weapons.  Saudi Arabia plans to claim they aimed for weapons storage areas to explain the same mushroom clouds their tactical nukes caused, along with plutonium core-burn flash and radiation scintillation on video.lido_903

Frame from May 2015 video of the Yemen nuclear attack by Saudi Arabia. Identified by IAEA investigators as conclusive proof of the use of a neutron bomb

Fool me once, shame on me.  When the Saudi and Turkish tanks cool down and remains of the crews are swept out with a dust pan, and the whining begins, looking for someone to take claims of two dozen Russian 10kt tactical nukes pounding the invaders into oblivion, there will be no one to speak for them.

America's precedent setting nuclear attack on Baghdad airport, 2003

America’s precedent setting nuclear attack on Baghdad airport, 2003

Nobody wants to hear about wild conspiracy theories.  To our Saudi and Turkish brothers, we invite them.  Come to Syria, meet your Russian friends.  Be aware, the agreement between Russia and Israel requires that advanced missiles never be given to Hezbollah inside Lebanon to be used against Israel.

In that agreement, there is no limit on the advanced armaments Russia can provide to Hezbollah units operating inside Syria.

When sources in Lebanon today issued the warning that Israel would come to the defense of Turkish and Saudi forces reeling in defeat, it was easy to trace this to the Saudi embassy in Beirut.

Below, read about VT’s Captain Eric May, the man who broke the story of the Baghdad nuclear attack.  We remember our comrade and good friend.

From the Jerusalem Post, better quality reporting than British or American newspapers:

On Thursday, after initial reports about Saudi military movement on the border began to emerge, Hezbollah brigades started mobilizing their forces to the border.

An Islamic coalition that is headed by Saudi Arabia and includes 20 Arab states such as Egypt and United Arab Emirates launched on Sunday “the biggest maneuver” in Middle Eastern history on the Saudi-Iraqi border, Arab media reported on Sunday.

The massive maneuver, which is expected to take place until February 25, has already aroused resentful reactions from both the Iraqi authorities and Hezbollah fighting units located in Iraq, fearing that it might be the beginning of a Saudi incursion into the country.

On Thursday, after initial reports about Saudi military movement on the border began to emerge, Hezbollah brigades started mobilizing their forces to the border to prevent a Saudi incursion.

Amid Saudi Arabia’s declarations that it is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS, a military spokesman for Hezbollah in Iraq claimed that “the servants of the Saudi entity will never be able to deal with Hezbollah’s fighters.”

He added that “if the Saudi soldiers want to try to fight against us, they will have to write their names on their graves before they even think of resisting us.”

A member of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament told Iraqi media that the country will send a large military force to inspect any movement on the border. He claimed that any Saudi infiltration into Iraqi territory would be regarded as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.

On Friday, Hezbollah deputy chief, Sheikh Naim Qasser, told al-Nour radio station that Saudi Arabia does not have its own plans regarding Syria and it only serves American aspirations in the region. Relating to the possibility of an upcoming conflict with Israel, Qassem claimed that Hezbollah is ready to confront any Israeli war against Lebanon.

Two weeks ago Truth Frequency Network published these photos in the story Micro nuke used in Baghdad?,  with the superscript, “In Gunny G’s blog there is an article that is mind blowing. It makes this photo look legit.” The article, an interview last year with the Ghost Troop CO, is below.

Introducing Captain Eric H. May, Ghost Troop CO

BOBCUP

April 9, 2011 — Few people have heard of the Battle of Baghdad, which ended eight years ago today, let alone its cover-up. They might remember Iraq’s information minister, Mohammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, warning of a surprise awaiting invading U.S. troops if they attacked Saddam International Airport. Later, al-Sahhaf claimed that the Iraqi Republican Guard had slaughtered U.S. troops, and was in control of the entire facility. His claims were mostly true, but were effectively countered by a U.S. military-media campaign of evasions and distortions that switched the subject from the airport action toPrivate Jessica Lynch, while ridiculing al-Sahhaf as Baghdad Bob.

What came to be called the Battle of Baghdad Cover-Up (BOBCUP) was an illegal deception of the American people, as well as a desecration of the military men who fought and died, only to be pushed into the memory hole by their leaders. Captain Eric H. May, a former U.S. Army intelligence and public affairs officer, was outraged. He responded by declaring himself to be self-activated on a mission of conscience, then investigated and confirmed BOBCUP. Next, he reported his findings to both the Army Inspector General and the mainstream media, only to discover that both were complicit in the cover-up.

He soon realized that the entire U.S. establishment was waging a criminal global war and erecting a criminal homeland state, and he honored his military oath “to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic” by forming and assuming command of Ghost Troop, a cyber-intelligence unit named to honor the ghosts from the Battle of Baghdad. Before long the unit had several hundred members, including veterans of all services, including a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy. *

Initially, Ghost Troop’s mission was to penetrate the propaganda of the mainstream media, government and military; and to provide the American people with the essential military information being withheld from them.

9/11-2B

Shortly after the Madrid bombing of 3/11, 2004, Ghost Troop determined that it had been a terror operation carried out by the pro-war Spanish government, then blamed on Arabs in an attempt to turn the war-weary Spanish people into pro-war hawks, just days before national elections. Ghost Troop also saw 9/11, which had kindled U.S. war fever, as false flag terror. Finally, they agreed that the U.S. government was routinely telling the public that there was going to be another 9/11 because it meant to carry it out. With grim humor, Ghost Troop began to refer to this future false flag as 9/11-2B. Using their military and media savvy to interdict 9/11-2B became their second mission, and consumed most of their efforts.

Those who know Captain May well consider his mission of conscience to be the stuff of legend. In 2008 The Lone StarIconoclast in Texas demanded that Congress investigate his uncanny ability to warn the Internet about false flag dangers. He has forecast petrochemical explosions in Southeast Texas six times, each of them possibly an averted false flag attack. In 2006 he exposed a U.S. WMD team that had infiltrated the Texas City refinery area, forcing the local politicians, press and would-be perpetrators to collaborate on a propaganda piece with a dismissive title, but damning details.

There is a growing clamor in the 9/11 truth and patriot movements for Congress to award him the nation’s highest military honor. Dr. James H. Fetzer, a former USMC officer and founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, gave voice to many with his glowing accolade:

“This is a completely brilliant and fully justified recommendation, which I wholeheartedly support. I have not admired anyone during my life as much as I have Captain May. He is a superb analyst and remarkable human being.”

Iconoclast publisher W. Leon Smith credits him with saving the Republic from 9/11-2B with his leadership of Ghost Troop.

Captain May was a vibrant man, a martial arts expert, when he started Ghost Troop. In 2006, after three years of threats from the military, the FBI, et al., he was stricken with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Despite the advanced condition of his illness, the now-paralyzed veteran agreed to an interview.

Captain May doing PT with Ghost Troop at Camp Casey, August 22, 2005. The UPI photo, which appeared on front pages worldwide, has since been sent to the memory hole. Within a month Grandmaster Yong Kyu Yu, May’s teacher, noticed that he was weakening.
Interviewing Captain Eric H. May, Ghost Troop CO

Antiwar Warrior?

B.J. Sabri: In a 2004 email to Susan Elan of The Journal News, you wrote, “I am pleased see that the antiwar is joining the infowar.” You sound like an antiwar activist. If you really are an antiwar military man, why did you take part in a war that you may have known was based on lies?

Captain May: I was no longer a serving soldier on 9/11, or during the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I accepted the official propaganda until the Battle of Baghdad Cover-Up (BOBCUP). After that I became a critic of the wars and the motives behind them.

War Crime and Punishment

BJ: You say, “War is just homicide on a national scale.” Homicide against whom, U.S. military personnel, who are the aggressors, or the people of Iraq, who were attacked? Furthermore, the word homicide sounds ordinary. Why not call itpremeditated mass murder? Whatever you call it, the war criminals who planned and carried it out likely will go unpunished. Does this mean the United States government and military are above the law?

Capt. May: No. I realize that my phrase “war is just homicide on a national scale” is cold-blooded, but it’s a professional military man’s objectivity. I agree with you that moral judgments must be made, and elsewhere I’ve judged the Global War on Terror quite harshly. In an Al Jazeerah essay I wrote that the American people have been duped into war crimes, and called for the punishment of our leaders.

Whistleblower Jesse Macbeth

Kim Petersen: I first became acquainted with you when you responded to Dissident Voice pulling an article on allegations of U.S. military atrocities in Iraq by a purported Army Ranger, Jesse Macbeth. Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) disavowed Macbeth, and his claims of service were questioned. Lacking substantiation of his claims, DV pulled the article, and other media outlets followed suit. You decried this as a “hideous failure of American journalism.” Do you still see Macbeth as a victim of swiftboating?

Capt. May: Yes, Jesse Macbeth is a perfect example of a crucial dissident voice who had both courage and a vital message. Just before the swiftboat attacks began, an Arab-American TV show host, Dr. Hesham Tillawi of Current Issues, asked me to review the Macbeth interview. It sounded credible to me, a veteran of four different decades of military service. Macbeth was specific in terminology, tactics and training; and he was familiar with Middle East geography, lifestyle, and attitude. There had already been two local Arizona mainstream media stories about him as a war veteran, neither previously challenged, and he had been drawing benefits from the Veterans Administration.

When IVAW failed to support him, it was because administrator Amanda Braxton, a lifelong civilian, had caved in to the best swiftboating attack since the presidential election of 2004. It was led by men whose records in special operations, propaganda and Republican war rallying made them seem more like mercenaries than media. When I interviewed Braxton, she admitted that she had been frightened into turning on Macbeth. Further, she mentioned that his IVAW cohorts never doubted that he was a war veteran.

Given my familiarity with the military system, I made calls all the way to the top level of the Army, requesting confirmation of claims that Macbeth had never seen the war, and found that the Army didn’t want to comment. Macbeth was attacked simply because he said that we were using SS-style tactics against Muslims.

The alternative media chickened out on a crucial story, allowing the mainstream media and political establishment to cover it up. I wrote an article about it before moving on to other critical stories.

The Battle of Baghdad

KP: I had heard about the Battle of Baghdad at the airport from my colleague BJ Sabri, where reportedly U.S. troops had suffered many losses, but you are the first person I know to have reported about it online. You wrote that it was kept from public consciousness, “hidden under the distraction story of Private Jessica Lynch.” The Battle of Baghdad still has not emerged into public consciousness. Why do you think this is so?

Capt. May: In Ghost Troop, we never left the cover-up unchallenged. In early April of 2007, as the fourth anniversary of the Battle of Baghdad approached, The Lone Star Iconoclast published an interview with me, updating my research on the cover-up. A few days later Al Jazeera published an interview with Iraqi General Mohammed Al-Rawi, who had commanded Saddam’s forces at the airport. A few weeks later the U.S. Congress held hearings about media and military failure to report the truth from Iraq and Afghanistan, especially in the cases of Pvt. Jessica Lynch and Cpl. Pat Tillman.

I believe that Ghost Troop and The Iconoclast gave Al Jazeera and Congress the encouragement they needed to do as much as they did. I believe that the continuing cover-up by the mainstream and alternative media demonstrates that they are in large part controlled by the same pro-war establishment that has orchestrated everything, from 9/11 to the present, to turn the American dream of security into the Muslim nightmare of invasion.

Popular with Camp Casey revolutionaries, Captain May explains his Cloak and Dagger radio broadcast on July 28, 2005, in which he ordered a U.S. coup d’etat during a BP/NASA Texas City attack.

 

Neutron Bombing Baghdad

BJ: There were many published emails that you wrote where you argue the public’s right to know the truth about the Battle of Baghdad. Since you were a witness to history, and since many accounts confirm that the U.S. used a neutron bomb to the end the battle, I ask you: Did the U.S. use a neutron bomb?

CaptMay: When the Battle of Baghdad occurred, I was at home in Texas, watching events on CNN. At that point I knew that something catastrophic had happened in Saddam International Airport, but I had no idea that it was something nuclear. Over the next couple of years I received many reports from both Arab and Western witnesses who said that we had used a neutron warhead. It wasn’t until I joined the antiwar Camp Casey in 2005, though, that I spoke with numerous witnesses together. They included Army and Marine veterans of the Battle of Baghdad, Arab witnesses and journalists. All their accounts, taken together, convinced me that we had used a neutron bomb. Gen. Al-Rawi confirmed this in his Al Jazeerainterview.

Bushmen and Zionazis

BJ: In your Philippic contra George W. Bush, from your 2003 report to Congress, you suggested that he should articulate this message to the nation after the Battle of Baghdad began:

We will not rest until the mission for which they gave their lives is accomplished. We will not stop until we have vanquished tyranny and terror abroad, and brought our heroes home. That will be our tribute to the fallen. God Bless America, Garry Owen, and goodnight.

To me, you kept George Bush’s essence, but just embellished the rhetoric. Can you explain?

Capt. May: It’s likely that Bush himself read my words, since we shared some acquaintances. In the philippic, I attacked him as a lying coward, and to drive the point home I wrote the words that I would have written for him had I been his speechwriter at the time of the Battle of Baghdad. At that point I still made no judgment about whether or not the war in Iraq was legal or illegal. I was just chiding him for not having enough guts to admit facts.

was writing rhetoric, of course, by putting the best face on the facts as I then believed them to be. Please bear in mind that I was slamming the most powerful man on earth at a time when he had shown himself to be tyrannical and murderous. Anyone who writes a philippic must worry that it will be a fatal act of defiance. A couple of days after I wrote mine, political dissidents in the U.S. and U.K. began to be assassinated. It was the topic of a recent article about them and me.

BJ: What do you think now about the endless wars of what many experts contend is a Zionist-controlled United States government?

Capt. May: I guess I would have to call myself one of those cynical experts. The United States has become a golem, mindlessly carrying out proxy wars for Zionists. Until we awaken as a nation to Israel’s machinations and manipulations against our interests, we shall be in great danger, and we shall be a great danger to the rest of the world.

Nuclear Obama and 9/11-2B

KP: 9/11 provided a pretext for the so-called War on Terror, and Ghost Troop has been vigilant in defending against another 9/11. Does an Obama government affect the need for such vigilance?

Capt. May: Not in the least. In his first year in office, Obama has demonstrated conclusively that he is a puppet for the war cabal. He needs another 9/11-style event to re-energize the dictatorial Homeland and the imperial Global War, which are nothing more than euphemisms for “Vaterland” and “World War.” In Ghost Troop we use an operational codename for this required next 9/11: We call it “9/11-2B” — the 9/11 that the establishment assures us is going “to be.” Just a month ago Obama’s intelligence officials were projecting 9/11-2B in 3 to 6 months. The way we look at it, that means this puppet president wants to set up such an attack before the Congressional elections. Recent emphasis on cyber operations is an indicator that 9/11-2B will entail an attack on the Internet, the only remaining free medium and the greatest impediment to totalitarian rule in the United States.

Tyrants and Terrorists

BJ: Do you really think that these wars are about tyranny and terror? In wider sense, do you think it is about time that the American people stop doing whatever their rulers incite them to do?

Capt. May: I think that these wars are about tyranny and terror, the tyranny and terror of psychopaths who have seized power in the West. They intend to do far worse deeds than they have done. The only way we can stop them is by doing what you suggest: awakening the American people to the perils of being misled by perfidious leaders and an evil establishment. I am proud to be, like you, among the dissident voices engaged in this historic struggle, in which we have transformed the Internet into the printing press of the New American Revolution.

* Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, a rare friend of both Eric May and George HW Bush, volunteered to serve as the Ghost Troop chaplain, thereby earning the GT nickname of Chaplain Chase. He was a unit member, 2003 – 2006. The GT staff considered him to be a double agent, useful to GT if left in place and out of the loop. The unit’s BOBCUP Report contains most of his 2003 correspondence with the captain.

References:

Instructor Eric H. May of Flying Dragon Tae Kwon Do
  1. Micro nuke used in Baghdad?, Truth Frequency Network, March 27, 2011
  2. Private Jessica Lynch, the media and the military, BOBCUP Report, July 29, 2003
  3. Time To Investigate Houston Is Now, The Lone Star Iconoclast, March 5, 2008
  4. The Texas Triangle: Terror and TreasonThe Lone Star Iconoclast, October 24, 2007
  5. Nuclear Attack Warning Story DismissedGalveston County Daily News, February  2, 2006
  6. Captain Eric H. May Deserves Congressional Medal of HonorThe Lone Star Iconoclast, February 2, 2010
  7. Ghost Troop Introduction, America Filed Books,  December 21, 2003
  8. Email to Susan Elan of The Journal News,  BOBCUP Report, November 12, 2004
  9. Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld:Geneva Conventions now, Nuremberg Principles laterAlJazeerah, July 3, 2006
  10. Battle of Baghdad Cover-Up Four Years Later, The Lone Star Iconoclast, April 2, 2007
  11. US accused of using neutron bombs, Al Jazeera, April 9, 2007
  12. Tillmans, Jessica Lynch to testify on Hill, Army Times, April 23, 2007
  13. Philippic contra George W. BushBOBCUP Report, July 15, 2003
  14. Captain Courageous Witnessed: Dr. Kelly Assassinated!The Lone Star Iconoclast, December 10, 2009
  15. Jesse Macbeth Interview, May 28, 2006
  16. Updating a War Crime Witness: Jesse Macbeth, Political Research, June 5, 2006
  17. BP 7/28 Nuke Plan vs. U.S. Officers Coup, The Lone Star Iconoclast, August 2, 2010
  18. Appointment of Chase Untermeyer as Ghost Troop Chaplain, BOBCUP Report, August 28, 2003
  19. BOBCUP Report (Volumes I – IV), 2003
  20. Captain Eric H. May Index, America First Books, 2003 – Present

Endnote: This interview was originally published by Dissident Voice, on February 24, 2012, as Combating the Disinformation, Psyops, and Cover-ups of the US Military. It was conducted via email by Kim Petersen, co-editor ofDissident Voice, and B. J. Sabri, an Iraqi-American antiwar activist.

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Another Day, Another Billion for Color Revolutions Near Russia’s Borders

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Last week, the Obama administration proposed its final, 2017 fiscal year budget proposal to Congress. Among the proposed outlays is a State Department request for nearly a billion dollars to counter “Russian aggression” and “promote democracy” in the former Soviet Union. In other words, Washington thinks the region needs more color revolutions.

On Tuesday, the State Department and USAID held a special joint briefing, laying out a $50.1 billion spending request for 2017, including $953 million in “critical support for Ukraine and surrounding countries in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia to counter Russian aggression through foreign assistance and public diplomacy.”

The funds, officials specified, would go toward “enhancing access to independent, unbiased information; eliminating corruption and supporting rule of law; strengthening civil society; enhancing energy security, supporting financial reforms, trade, and economic diversification; and increasing some defense capabilities” in countries including “Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova [and] in Central Asia.”The spending would be separate from the proposed $3.4 billion (up from $789 million in 2016), provided by the so-called “European Reassurance Initiative,” which aims for “a significant reinvestment in the US military presence in Europe after decades of gradual withdrawal” to counter “the growing threat Russia poses to long-term US national security interests in Europe and beyond.”With most of the Western media basically ignoring the plans and focusing on other aspects of the budget’s whopping $4 trillion in proposed spending, Russian security analysts, naturally, couldn’t let this ‘minor detail’ simply slip by unnoticed, given that the spending proposal is openly oriented against Russia.Analyzing the State Department’s proposed new spending spree, Svobodnaya Pressa columnist Andrei Ivanov says that the outlays raise as many questions as they answer.

A man flahes the V-sign for victory during an anti-government protest in downtown Skopje on May 17, 2015
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“It’s not difficult to guess what is implied by [the proposed spending for] ‘democratization,'” the journalist noted. “However, several questions arise. Firstly, this year, the State Department has already allocated $117 million ‘to support democracy’ in Ukraine, and $51 million for Moldova and Georgia. But in these countries, so-called color revolutions have already taken place, and the Americans have already almost achieved what they set out to do.”“Secondly, it’s unclear what kind of ‘countering of Russian aggression’ the State Department means in relation to Central Asia. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have long been oriented toward Moscow, and even joined with Russia in the common customs area of the Eurasian Economic Union. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan are also part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s unified security system. Russia has also signed a series of bilateral cooperation agreements with Uzbekistan.”The proposed spending, Ivanov notes, “assumes a serious US commitment to pursuing its [geopolitical] goals, which threatens Russia with obvious negative consequences. The question thus arises about the countermeasures our country might take in response.”

“According to experts, on the eve of the coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014, over two thousand non-governmental organizations were created, from training camps for militants to various clubs of political scientists and media workers.”

Unfortunately, the journalist recalls, “Moscow relied more on the agreements reached with Ukrainian elites; the result was disastrous. Today, the question again arises about the need to work actively with the civil society of neighboring states.”Asked to comment on the State Department’s new spending proposal, Andrei Manoilo, a professor of political science at Moscow State University, expressed a commonly held view among Russian security professionals.Namely, the professor told the newspaper, “when Washington talks about spreading democracy, and allocates money for this purpose, it is referring to ‘color revolutions’ – the overthrow of undesirable regimes and the drive to bring puppets who mimic democracy to power.”

“Factually, these countries find themselves under American control. Ukraine is a vivid example. Until recently, Georgia too served as a good example, with each department and ministry in the country featuring an advisor and curator from the State Department. In Ukraine, supervision is carried out through the US Embassy, and through officials loyal to Washington, charged with implementing its instructions.”

As for the earmarking funds for countries which have already undergone color revolutions, Manoilo explained that the money “is allocated for the purpose of maintaining the stability of the dependent regime.” This is especially true in Ukraine’s case, he said. It is also meant “to ensure the loyalty of local elites.”In Georgia’s case, “after Mikheil Saakashvili resigned from his post and was forced to flee the country, the American position weakened somewhat, mainly due to the perceived negativity which the color revolution had brought the country. So here, the US [spends] in order to maintain its influence. It is also possible that the US is considering ensuring the loyalty of Georgian elites by ‘nourishing’ cyclical color revolutions, thus carrying out a rotation of the elite.”As for Central Asia, the State Department announcement seems to indicate, according to Manoilo, “that color revolutions are planned there as well. The Americans need to see regime change in the countries which, for the most part, are oriented toward Russia. In Central Asia, Moscow has several projects geared toward integration, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the CSTO. Today, the countries in the region face a difficult situation, with disintegratory processes growing among them.”

In Tajikistan, the professor warned, the State Department may attempt to reignite the embers of the country’s civil war, which took place between 1992-1997, taking advantage of disagreements between the country’s north and south. “US NGOs, which operated freely in the country until recently, are taking advantage [of discontent] among both northern and southern elites. It was not until about a year ago that President Emomali Rahmon began to restrict their activities.”In Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, “the situation has changed little since the last color revolution. The protest mood remains strong. US NGOs and foundations have been working actively with the rural population, which is not very versed in politics, but is easy to agitate to participate in demonstrations against authorities, as the ‘melon’ revolution of 2010 demonstrated.”In all the countries of Central Asia, Manoilo noted, “there is the strong factor of Islamist radicalism. By and large, only the presence of Russian military bases holds back an Islamist offensive in the region.”

Unfortunately, he says, “practice has shown that when it comes to overthrowing undesirable governments, the State Department easily finds a common language with even the most rabid fundamentalists. It’s sufficient to recall the color revolutions of the so-called Arab Spring. It would not be out of place to presume that the US is preparing their repetition, except this time in the post-Soviet space.”

“In addition to Central Asia, there is the southern Caucasus. Last summer, Armenia saw a rehearsal of a color revolution under non-political slogans – a new technology called the ‘Electro-Maidan’. Armenia is a Russian ally in the South Caucasus, and the US has plans for regime change, using their methods of the so-called ‘democratic transition’.”

Ultimately, Manoilo warns, “by dismantling the political order in Russia’s neighboring countries, the US wants to create a vacuum around our country. Simply put, this indicates a repeat of the Ukrainian scenario. After all, until very recently it was simply impossible to imagine Ukraine as a country which is hostile to Russia.”

Russia’s Response

 

Asked what measures Russia can take in order to prevent new, State Department-inspired color revolutions from breaking out on its borders, the professor suggested that “the best way to counter the phenomenon is to constantly monitor the situation, and identify preparations for color revolutions.””After all,” Manoilo noted, “preparations for coups begin covertly, over a period of several years, before protesters come out to the square. Protest movements are prepared according to a well-established pattern, and if the ‘revolutionary’ activity is uncovered at the preparation stage, the State Department tends to curtail its activities, due to the risk of something going wrong, or costs exceeding the allocated budget.””Today, Russia and the countries of Central Asia coordinate their efforts within the CSTO framework to identify threats of a military nature – from Islamists and others. The same kind of coordinated work is necessary for identifying planning for the organization of color revolution. That is, there needs to be a single coordination center, and unified monitoring, intelligence and warning systems in place.””Without question,” the professor notes, “it is also necessary to expand work with civil society, especially with the youth. For this, one can rely on the governments of the countries which are at risk. But there must be a common policy –one which would help reduce the base of recruitment for the organizers of color revolutions.”

“In Ukraine, this work was not carried out. Things came to a point where the protesters were already formed into a critical mass, with which it is difficult to work, to level reasonable arguments toward, and which quickly degenerated into a state of aggression. The opportunity was missed.”

“For young people,” Manoilo emphasizes, “it is necessary to build social mobility, so that youth can look for opportunities and engage in constructive activity.”

“The ‘revolutionaries’ offer young people an instant career. It is well-known that young people are anything but patient. They want to achieve social status here and now. In day-to-day life, it demands long, hard work…But the ‘revolutionaries’ offer something different. They say to a young man: ‘Come to the square, yell against the authorities for a while, and in a week we’ll give you the title of a ‘hundreds’ revolutionary. And a member of the ‘hundreds’ is someone of status, a big cheese, the girls see him as a hero. And it is through such ‘little lies’ that the organizers of coups attract young people. They understand the psychology of young people, and the needs they seek to satisfy, very well.”

“Therefore,” the political scientist notes, “it’s necessary to carry out broad social work. Young people need to see their prospects for the future. And then they would not come out to any ‘Maidan’, no matter what someone did to urge them on.”

Ultimately, Manoilo says, “this system has to be built from scratch.” Unfortunately, “Russia does not have experience of work with civil society abroad.”

However, “we have accumulated some experience at home. Most importantly, Russia itself has experts capable of working to counteract color revolutions. We know what to do and how. The time when everyone feared color revolutions and did not know how to react to them has passed. And so in response to the American export of ‘color revolution technology’, Russia can export its own technology – political stabilization.”

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