BREAKING: Hold on Keystone – Fracking Next?

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2.5 million outraged public comments and one honest state (Nebraska) — the Administration is, for the very first time, feeling the weight of collective intelligence both individual and state. Is fracking next?

US Puts off Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.

In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state.

State Department Indefinitely Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

“In addition, during this time we will review and appropriately consider the unprecedented number of new public comments, approximately 2.5 million, received during the public comment period that closed on March 7, 2014,” the State Department said.

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Apr 18

Owl: RIP Michael Ruppert, A Warrior for the Truth

Categories: Civil Society,Ethics
Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

RIP: Michael Ruppert, A Warrior for the Truth

Mike Ruppert, a former LA police officer, was best known for his book, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, which is about 9-11, peak oil and related issues. When one reads up on his life, what he fought against and went through, it is without a doubt evident he stimulated push-back from dark forces with no interest in seeing his information commonly available. From all the articles below, one can see it is very likely that he did indeed kill himself, no other people were involved, he was not “suicided.” War always entails casualties and deaths, and warring against the dark side can take its toll on the psyche or spirit and lead to suicide, another type of war casualty.

 

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Remembering Michael C. Ruppert: Wall Street, The CIA and 9/11: “The CIA had Complete and Perfect Knowledge of the Attacks”

Michael Ruppert Commits Suicide: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

9/11 truther Mike Ruppert kills himself after finishing his radio show

Crossing Over the Rubicon: R.I.P. Michael C. Ruppert

Michael C. Ruppert Suicide Note Release

Sheriff: Author Michael Ruppert dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Mike Ruppert’s last radio show 4/13/2014 before he shot himself:

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Michael Ruppert @ Phi Beta Iota

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Apr 18

Steven Aftergood: History of CIA Covert Action Against Iran in 1954

Categories: Ethics,Government
Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergoodeven

HISTORY OF 1953 CIA COVERT ACTION IN IRAN TO BE PUBLISHED

In 1989, the Department of State published a notorious volume that purported to document U.S. foreign policy towards Iran in the early Eisenhower Administration. The volume triggered an avalanche of criticism because it omitted any mention of the CIA’s role in a 1953 covert action that helped overthrow the government of Iran.

Later this year, after the passage of more than two decades, the State Department will rectify that error by publishing a supplemental volume of declassified documents in its Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series that is expected to fill in the missing pieces of the documentary record of the 1953 coup against the Mossadeq government of Iran.

The publication of the 1989 Iran volume was a milestone in the history of U.S. government secrecy that prompted widespread outrage and ridicule, but it also inspired remedial efforts that had some lasting impact.

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Apr 18

BLM halts seizure of Nevada rancher’s cattle, citing safety concerns

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BLM halts seizure of Nevada rancher’s cattle, citing safety concerns

Fearing for their safety as armed protesters gathered in the Nevada back country, federal officials on Saturday suddenly ended a controversial effort to seize hundreds of cattle that a rancher has kept illegally on public land.

The cattle ranch’s owner, Cliven Bundy, and hundreds of armed supporters had threatened to forcefully keep Bureau of Land Management employees from rounding up the approximately 900 cattle. Nearly 400 of the cattle had been seized during the past week. They were being held nearby and could be sent to Utah, authorities said.

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Apr 12

Owl: Is Nevada the New Waco or Bunker Hill? 5,000 Militia Swarm to Confront Federal “Gestapo” Abuse of 67 Year Old Land Grazer – Are Corporate Interests Behind This?

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Who? Who?

Bunkerville, Nevada: the 21rst Century Lexington, MA?

The Feds may have bit off more than they can chew if the number of militia members – 5,000, outnumbering by a wide margin the number of federal law enforcers – in article and video is correct. This might be the place where the Second American Revolution against the 1% starts, unless Obama’s BLM storm troopers back off:

“An area just outside of the little town of Bunkerville, Nevada, with a population of around a thousand people, may go down in history. This little spot in the desert may be compared with Lexington, Massachusetts, the site of the “shot heard round the world” – the first shot fired in the American Revolution. Because it looks like the second American Revolution may start there…and soon.

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Apr 11

4th Media: Latin America Chooses Russian Weapons Systems — De-Americanization Proceeds Apace

Categories: Ethics,Military

4th media croppedLatin America Chooses Russia-Made Weapons

Nil Nikandrov

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Latin American experts know it well – Russia-made weapons are known for quality. Rosoboronexport (the state intermediary agency for Russia’s exports/imports of defense-related products, technologies and services) has rich experience of doing deals in the Western Hemisphere – from Mexico to Chile. Its efforts have not gone down the drain.

The times, when Latin American military were under strict control of the Pentagon, are long gone. The tanks and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft deals with former clients of US military-industrial complex have become everyday life matters…

More often Latin Americans choose Russian producers because, unlike US companies, they never attach political conditions. FIDAE-2014, the International Air and Space Fair, took place on March 25 – 28, 2014, in Santiago de Chile. It became another step on the way of expanding Russia’s presence on Latin American arms market… The joint Russian exposition presented products of ten Rostekh companies including Russian Helicopters, SPA Bazalt, High-Accuracy Complexes and United Shipbuilding Corporation.

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Apr 7

Berto Jongman: Symour Hersh on Obama’s Wrong Red Line, CIA’s Illegal Rat Line and The Benghazi-Turkey-Syria Cluster

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The Red Line and the Rat Line

Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons. Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s offer to relinquish his chemical arsenal in a deal brokered by Russia. Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya? The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and military leaders who thought that going to war was both unjustified and potentially disastrous.

London Review of Books — long, detailed, important article.

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Apr 6

Eben Moglen: Snowden and the Future

Eben Moglen

Eben Moglen

October 9, October 30, November 13 and December 4; 2013.

Columbia Law School in association with Software Freedom Law Center

From approximately 17:11 in NSA Spying talk 3 of 4 by Prof. Eben Moglen, a presentation sponsored by the Software Freedom Law Center of the Columbia Law School.

“The anonymity of reading is the central, fundamental guarantor of freedom of the mind.  Without anonymity of reading there is no freedom of the mind, and there is literally slavery.”

This is at 6:35 from part 4:

“Collectively, we are trying to save the freedom of humanity and democracy, which cannot be otherwise saved.  As we have seen, pervasive relentless surveillance destroys freedom of thought. And without freedom of thought, all other freedoms are merely privilege, conceded by government.”

Part I: Westward the Course of Empire

 

Part II: Oh, Freedom

 

Part III: The Union, May it Be Preserved

 

Part IV: Freedom’s Future

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Apr 4

Robert Steele: CNO Realizes We Need a 450 Ship Navy — 22 Years After I Was Almost Fired for Same Idea…

Categories: Ethics,Military
Robert David STEELE Vivas

Robert David STEELE Vivas

SHORT URL: http://tinyurl.com/450-Ship-Navy

CNO Actual has arrived, more or less, at the same point I defined in 1992. That was the year when I was nearly fired by an outraged mob of Navy Captains for daring to suggest, in the Joint Strategy Board or whatever it was called, that we needed to drop at least two carrier battle groups (as I recall we had 13 at the time), and focus instead on a distributed expeditionary Navy that increased amphibious and littoral capacity from under 10% to just over 30%.

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Below are the references.  I wrote to various CNOs over the years, receiving only one response from N-85, signed by a Marine Corps Major General who told me, in essence, “go spit in the ocean.”

I am certain of two things. Yes, we need a 450 ship Navy. No, CNO has no one that can do that and simultaneously engineer the necessary 30% cut in the Navy’s budget over 4-6 years.  CNO has found the words. Now, can he actually devise and execute a plan to make it so? I doubt this very much. Certainly this is a righteous mission I would be glad to help with.

2014-03-12 CNO Tells Congress the US Needs 450-Ship Navy

1999-04-01 Muddy Waters, Rusting Buckets: A Skeptical Assessment of U.S. Naval Effectiveness in the 21st Century.”

The orginal shorter version was written in 1999 with help from Ron O’Rourke at CRS and Norman Polmar at Janes. Accepted for publication by USNI Proceedings in that year, it was withdrawn by author after they kept postponing publication in favor of articles from Admirals.

2008-11-10 2012 U.S. Naval Power in the 21st Century: 450-Ship Navy, <24 Hours to Anywhere, Peace from the Sea — Full Text Online

This is a draft updated version that brings in the knowledge I developed in the 1990′s and then presented to the US Army Strategic Studies Institute, on the four threat classes and the four forces after next. It adds the 10 high-level threats from 2004 integrated into a holistic analytic model in 2006. A tiny handful of us have been preparing for this day. We know how to win over Congress, the vendors, and the increasingly anti-military public. We know how to nurture the larger DoD context within which a 450 ship Navy is affordable and achievable.

Review: Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II

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Mar 29

Berto Jongman: Turkey Buys Chinese Missiles, Separates from NATO — De-Americanization Moves Forward

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Turkish missile deal ‘almost done’: Chinese company

Chinese firm China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corp. (CPMIEC) has made its first public statement on Turkey’s $3.4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, claiming that the finalization of the tender “is almost done.”

Wu Yang, the coordinator of the project, spoke at DIMDEX 2014 International Maritime Defence Exhibition in Doha, saying: “It’s almost done. We are also approaching the end in the evaluation of Turkey’s requests.”

In September 2013, NATO member Turkey chose CPMIEC, a firm that has been sanctioned by Washington, to co-produce the system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, United States, French and Italian firms.

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Mar 28