Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Confronting the American People : Thousands of Military Drones to be Deployed Over U.S. Mainland

The slow process of desensitization led to this, just like everything else Americans are too consumed with watching American Idol, drinking cheap swill Lucky Lager 3.2 brewed with rotting GM corn and fucking in their tents to get too upset over being spied on, bombed, sprayed with chemical and biological agents by Obama's CIA drones

World Socialist Website
By Tom Carter
06/18/2012

A recent Department of Defense report to Congress as well as a number of media investigations have exposed government plans to deploy tens of thousands of drones over the US mainland in the coming years.


Soon enough, drones will be bombing, shooting, spraying Americans
An investigative report published over the weekend by the Christian Science Monitor cited the government’s own estimates that “as many as 30,000 drones could be part of intelligence gathering and law enforcement here in the United States within the next ten years.”

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones,” are extremely sophisticated remotely-operated aircraft, developed and manufactured by the military-industrial complex in recent years at a cost of billions of dollars.

Drones vary in size from the four-pound RQ-11B Raven surveillance drone, which can be launched by hand, to the giant MQ-9 Reaper combat drone, manufactured by Northrup Grumman. The Reaper has a maximum take-off weight of 7,000 pounds, including up to 3,000 pounds of bombs, missiles and other armaments.

The infamous MQ-1 Predator drone, armed with 100-pound Hellfire missiles, is the Obama administration’s favored weapon in its illegal assassination program. A Predator drone was used in the unprecedented assassination of a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, in Yemen last September.

With a push of a button, thousands of pounds of high explosives can be dropped on anyone, anywhere in the world, with startling precision. Safe behind video screens at military bases within the US, military drone operators refer to their victims as “bug splats.” Thousands of innocent civilians have already been murdered in this way in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.



Current and projected drone bases in the US [Source: US Air Force]:  Americans have had plenty of warning, more than enough time to stop it

An April Department of Defense report, titled “Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training, Operations, and Sustainability,” reveals that a massive drone infrastructure is already being erected within the US, with billions of dollars being allocated, bases being erected, thousands of pilots and crews being trained, and inventories being stockpiled.

The report identifies 110 military bases that will serve as drone launch sites. The deadly Predator and Reaper drones will operate out of Creech Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada, Holloman AFB and Cannon AFB in New Mexico, Fort Drum in New York, Grand Forks in North Dakota, Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, Whiteman AFB in Missouri, and the Southern California Logistics Airport, among others.

The accompanying map, from an Air Force power-point presentation released this month, shows current and projected locations for drone bases within the U.S.

The Department of Defense report argues for lifting the current framework of restrictions on drone flights over the US on the grounds that it “does not provide the level of airspace access necessary to accomplish the wide range of DoD UAS missions at current and projected operational tempos (OPTEMPOs).”

The language of the report is revealing and ominous. “This constraint will only be exacerbated as combat operations shift from abroad and systems return to US locations,” the report states. It expressly refers to plans to “conduct continental United States (CONVS)-based missions.”

In January, Congress passed HR 658, which requires the Federal Aviation Administration to take steps to facilitate the integration of drones “into the national airspace system.” President Obama signed the bill on February 14 with no public discussion or comment. (See “Drones come to the US”).

Since Obama signed the bill, hundreds of drones have already begun flying over the US to spy on and monitor the population. A recent ABC News investigative report entitled “UAVs: Will Our Civil Liberties Be Droned Out?” outlined the possibility of drones buzzing overhead becoming “a fact of daily life.”

ABC News reported: “Drones can carry facial recognition cameras, license plate scanners, thermal imaging cameras, open WiFi sniffers, and other sensors. And they can be armed.”

“Among the most eager to fly domestic drones are America’s police departments,” the report stated. “In Texas, a Montgomery county sheriff’s office recently said it would deploy a drone bought with money from a Department of Homeland Security grant and was contemplating arming the drone with non-lethal weapons like tear gas, rubber bullets or Taser-style rounds.”

The ABC News report identified “political protests” as one of the activities that can be monitored by drones.

In December, the American Civil Liberties Union published a detailed report on the dangers of a massive build-up of surveillance drones within the US, warning that “our privacy laws are not strong enough to ensure that the new technology will be used responsibly and consistently with democratic values.”

Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the ACLU, described last month a “nightmare scenario” of widespread drone spying leading “to an oppressive atmosphere where people learn to think twice about everything they do, knowing that it will be recorded, charted, scrutinized by increasingly intelligent computers, and possibly used to target them.”

According to a Los Angeles Times article in December of last year, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are already using Predator drones for operations within the US. Last week, a huge Global Hawk drone being operated by the US Navy for an unknown purpose crashed in Maryland.

The deployment of tens of thousands of surveillance drones over the mainland US takes on special significance in light of recent revelations that the Obama administration is secretly constructing “bottomless” databases to house information gathered about US citizens. (See “Obama administration expands illegal surveillance of Americans”).

The build-up of drone bases within the US is one component of preparations by the US government for a confrontation with its own population. Like everything else associated with the so-called “war on terror”—including torture, detention without trial, warrantless spying, assassinations, military tribunals, and expanded executive and intelligence powers—the use of drones for spying and assassination in the Middle East is a prelude to the development of systems that will ultimately be used against the American people in the event of social upheavals.

On “Terror Tuesdays” at the White House, President Obama helps draw up a list of opponents of US policy overseas who are to be illegally assassinated by drone-fired missiles. These “kill lists” have already included US citizens. With tens of thousands of drones flying overhead, and with the US mainland designated as a “battleground” in the never-ending and geographically unlimited “war on terror,” the US ruling class hopes one day soon to be able to eliminate its domestic opponents with similar ease.

Tom Carter is a frequent contributor to Global Research.  Global Research Articles by Tom Carter.



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Americans and Mental Illness : Sane Reaction to an Insane State?

The majority of Americans have been mentally ill for quite some time, meshing perfectly with the insane inhabitants of the White House and both houses of congress

World News
By Dallas Darling
06/19/2012

With the recent scientific studies and news revealing that one out of four of all Americans met the criteria for having a mental illness within the past year, including some with a "serious" disorder that significantly disrupted their ability to function on a daily basis, it might help bring some sanity to recall Stephanie Ericsson's ground breaking study, "The Ways We Lie." She wrote that mental illness was actually a sane reaction to an insane world. In other words, when people dismiss feelings, perceptions, or even the raw facts of a situation, even reality itself, mild and severe mental disorders are bound to occur.


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Ericsson also discusses Psychologist R.D. Laing's investigations into the families of schizophrenics. A common thread running through all of the families was a deliberate, staunch dismissal of the sufferers perceptions from a very early age. Each of those suffering from schizophrenia-a psychiatric disorder displaying detachment from reality, emotional and mental instability, and withdrawal into self-started out with an accurate grasp and perception of reality and the world. But through meticulous, methodical and regular denials and inflated thinking, the only reality the patient could trust was catatonia.

With the U.S. posed to rank number one globally with those suffering from a wide range of mental illnesses, including many others who will never be diagnosed, one must wonder if major causes are America's political, economic, ideological, and ethical systems. For decades, the U.S. has dismissed losing numerous military engagements-Vietnam and the current manufactured War On Terror-while trying to act like the policeman of the world, which is an extremely inflated and unrealistic view. Economically, capitalism is an extremely self-centered system, one that thrives on narcissism and enormous profits.


Millions of Americans now homeless after losing jobs, homes, retirements to Obama's program of shipping jobs overseas, encouraging their replacement with migrant worker slaves who will work for pennies; looting and transfer of U.S. Treasury to finance private islands, yachts and expensive prostitutes for criminal banker and cuts to social programs guarantee a huge increase in homeless numbers

If the goal of individuals is to accumulate greater and greater wealth and amass more and more property, then it stands to reason that some, even many, will eventually suffer impoverishment. Still, capitalism, or a "free" competitive market that is motivated by profit is not very free, since those who first arrive to such a system, or are the oldest, have more opportunities to accumulate wealth and properties. Perhaps this explains why the mental disorders are the greatest among children and youth. Capitalism also displays an utter disregard of the future, as it rapaciously exploits human and natural resources.

Socially and psychologically, America's inflated view of itself as a hyper-Super Power has consumed its leaders while trickling down to the general populaces. Like political and military leaders who have ignored the needs and desires of other nation-states while only trying to fulfill their own, some Americans exhibit demagoguery and excessive self-admiration. For years, self-centered belief systems such as: "You can do or accomplish anything you want or set your mind to" or "Let the market decide." There are universal limitations. Still, others should always be considered and treated with equality.


Most homeless victims of the Bush, Obama criminal regimes are driven insane through no fault of their own

If America's domestic and foreign policies appear to lack reasonable sight and seem extremely irresponsible, even thoughtless, then so does its behavior and ethics. A constant stream of fear and hysteria and self-victimization, due to years of perpetual wars and especially since the attacks on Sept. 11, have produced anxious, moody, depressive, and bipolar disorders. These diseases cause tens of millions of Americans to seek relief through substantive and material abuses, eating disorders, escaping into a fantasy world of virtual images-with more frightful and panicky imagery, and turning more inwards.

The result is some Americans, and "many" political, military and economic leaders, are more disconnected and less aware of the world, others and themselves. Even human nature and humanness is distorted, including teleological ethics and values (The ultimate causes of an action should always be rationally judged. The ends should humanely and compassionately justify the means.) No wonder, then, that it is easier to purchase drugs and guns in the U.S. than to be treated for mental disorders, that economic inequality is increasing, that dehumanization is rampant, and suicides have become pandemic.


No American safe, exempt from this fate; until middle-class, poor in U.S. are ready to fight for their survival the apocalypse of homelessness will continue and worsen

Regarding suicide, Chris Hedges writes, "when civilizations start to die they go insane." He also maintains that before their final collapse, "reality is unplugged" and the elites get drunk on hedonism, accumulate vast fortunes through exploitation, speculation, fraud and theft, and that the masses are thrust into extreme poverty where they are reduced to a cash product and where life has no intrinsic value.(1) In a stupefied, irrational, irresponsible, and unconscious literal State, filled with post- and profit-traumatic stress sufferers due to endless militarism and capitalism, perhaps mental illness IS a sane reaction to insanity.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) Hedges, Chris. "How Our Demented Capitalist System Made America Insane." http:www.alternet.org/story/155213/. April 30, 2012. (See also Truthdig and Truthout.

  
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Alawite Fortress and Sunni Wasteland in Syria's Homs : Obama's CIA Armed and Led "Free Syrian Army rebels" Reducing Homs to Rubble, Massacre Civilian Population - Graphic Videos

Unconfirmed reports U.S. special forces "advisers" operating on the ground in Homs, taking orders from CIA, directing "Free Syrian Army (CIA) rebels"

Reuters
By Erica Solomon
06/19/2012

BEIRUT (Reuters)  -

The view from the rooftops makes the balance of power clear. In some neighbourhoods, cars and people scurry about. In others, only the scarred shells of empty homes remain.


Children being deliberately targeted by "Free Syrian Army"
After months of fierce military assaults and rebel ambushes in Homs, the centre of Syria's 15-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has effectively become two cities.

Along the scorched and crumbling skyline is a well-preserved archipelago of districts, home to Syria's minority Alawite sect, the offshoot of Shi'ite Islam to which Assad belongs.

Alawites have mostly sided with Assad and have barricaded themselves in Homs - protected by the Syrian army that has now made their neighbourhoods a second home.

"We're always nervous, but we will stay and survive," says Abu Ali, a 60-year old sitting in his mini market in the Alawite neighbourhood of Zahra.

"It is the Sunni areas that are empty - at least the ones that asked for 'freedom'," he said, referring to districts that backed the mainly Sunni Muslim uprising against Assad.

The rebellious districts that once belonged to Sunni Muslims are ghost towns. Only about three of the 16 Sunni districts have not been pummelled by military assaults.


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Many Alawites say they feel they have no choice but to back Assad, fearing retaliatory slaughter for religious affiliation with the president as the revolt becomes increasingly sectarian.

"The Sunnis have been oppressed," said one Alawite man. "But Alawites will be the victims."

Abu Ali settles in his chair as cans and jars lined up in his store rattle from the daily bursts of gunfire and rockets. Behind him, an Assad portrait adorns the back wall.


Children being targeted by "Free Syrian Army rebels" for "value added" terror
 
"Those other people are the terrorists," he says, pointing to several cases of Alawites being kidnapped or killed by rebels. " I can tell you what is happening: War."

SLEEPING IN BUTCHER SHOPS

More people are starting to agree. The United Nations' peacekeeping chief recently said Syria's conflict looked like a civil war.

While many areas have still escaped sectarian brutality, the heart of Syria's conflict is a chilling glimpse of what the worst case scenario may be: a bloody struggle that tears the country into a jigsaw of warring statelets.

The Syrian government describes rebels fighting Assad as foreign-backed terrorists and accuses international media of misrepresenting the situation as a popular uprising against the president. But it allows little access to the country for foreign correspondents.


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The city of Homs was once the country's industrial centre, sitting on Syria's main north-south highway, 30 km (20 miles) east of the border with Lebanon.

It became the stronghold of the armed insurgency that began several months ago and overtook the peaceful protests against 42 years of Assad family rule.




With Sunni areas pounded into a shambles, refugees too poor to leave Homs have few options.

Most end up in the Waar district, a jungle of concrete apartment blocks that housed the Sunni elite. Waar's affluent residents fled the city's chaos. Soon refugees broke in and took over their abandoned apartments.

All down the streets, shops have been seized by refugees. At a butcher shop, a family has hung blankets across the meat hooks outside to cover the glass storefront.


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Refugees have even moved into shopping malls, and the former stores are now crammed with blankets and stoves

Outside, Abu Omar looks for handouts for his six children, who have been given shelter in a local mosque.

"We're living off the charity of others. And we are lucky, some people are on the streets," he says.

Homs used to be home to around 1 million people. Now, residents casually estimate that at least half have fled.

MILITARISED ALAWITES

Meanwhile, Alawite areas like Farzat's Zahra district look more like army bases than residential neighbourhoods.

Artillery is no longer stored in army barracks on Homs's outskirts but in the middle of Alawite districts, and troops are at the ready to roll them out and fire at nearby rebel areas.

The army has secured the streets connecting Alawite neighbourhoods. But its control of Homs is tenuous.

Soldiers dare not go into most Sunni areas, where somewhere unseen in rocket- and bullet-riddled buildings, hundreds of rebels hide, sporadically firing rocket propelled grenades.

"If we wanted to end the Homs problem, we'd have to grind the whole place to the ground. Hundreds of soldiers would die," said an army officer.

He said he was part of the siege of Homs's Baba Amr neighbourhood, when an onslaught by tanks and troops drove rebels out of their main stronghold.

"We're worried houses will be mined, like they were in Baba Amr. That struggle cost us many more men than was reported. So now instead, we just shell the rebel areas from here."

In addition to troops, hundreds of pro-Assad militia men have been cultivated in Alawite areas, proudly accepting the tag "shabbiha", from the Arabic word "ghost." They strut down the streets in army camouflage. They speak disdainfully of soldiers they view as treading too cautiously in confronting the enemy.

One shabbiha youth points to the tower overlooking an opposition area, where soldiers used to snipe at rebels.

"Now the shabbiha use it. You can't see people over there, there's no point sniping. We just take a machine gun and spray."

Nearby, women browse shops that have become a "Sunni market", where shabbiha bring in stolen furniture and clothes from Sunni areas after the army has raided them.

"These are the spoils of war," one woman shrugs. "It's our right to take them."

But the mood is always tense, and like many other days, the calm shatters along with the glass of a shopfront as an RPG launched by rebels smashes into the street. A bloodied passerby is quickly given first aid and whisked away by ambulance.

The government has pushed for the appearance of normality in the midst of chaos. Homs' Baath University reopened last week after a long closure. For the first time in months, Sunni and Alawite classmates were placed under the same roof.

But the division is as palpable here as in their fractured city. Sunni and Alawite students stick to their own sides, sitting on opposite ends of cafeterias and a campus yard overshadowed by a massive stone statue of former president Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father who ruled for nearly 30 years.

"I used to have a lot of Alawite friends, but now we don't greet each other. There is nothing more to say," says Ahmad, a 22-year old Sunni engineering student. "But I'm not afraid, it can't get any uglier than this."

Across the yard, fellow engineering student Hassan, an Alawite, fears the worst is yet to come.

"Even my cousins are shabbiha now. I hate that. Neither side deserves power here," he sighs.

Hassan never says he thinks Assad may be toppled, but he believes the future will not be kind to Alawites.

"The slaughter is coming to us."













(This story is based on the observations of a visitor to Syria, known to Reuters. His identity has been withheld for safety reasons).

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Saudi Man Executed for Witchcraft - Videos

Another stark example that Saudi Arabia is a failed state like Somalia, apostate "ruling family" circling the drain with death of it's chief executioner; now terrorizing population with fantasy "witchcraft" murders by the state in order to maintain control 

Reuters
06/20/2012

Saudi Arabia executed a man for practising witchcraft and committing adultery, the state news agency said on Tuesday citing a statement from the Interior Ministry.


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"Mareeh bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri (Saudi national) practised witchcraft and sorcery, and was in possession of books and talismans from which he learnt to harm God's worshippers and admitted adultery with two women," said the statement.

Asiri was executed in Najran Province near Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year the world's top oil exporter, where judges follow the strict Wahhabi school of Islam and decide cases without reference to a written penal code, beheaded a man and a woman for witchcraft in two separate cases.

Amnesty International said at least 82 people were executed in Saudi Arabia last year, many of them by public beheading.









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Striking Spain Miners Use Rockets Against Police - Video

Greek cowards that voted to stay in EU only delay the inevitable, set stage for the final confrontation between good and evil in Europe:  The Free Peoples of Europe versus the dictators Merkel, sell-out Trojan Horse Hollande, criminal bankers and their murdering coppers

Associated Press
By Emilio Morenatti and Jorge Sainz
06/20/2012

CINERA, Spain (AP) —

Striking Spanish coal miners used homemade rockets and slingshots against police Tuesday as they kept up a protest against government spending cuts by barricading a highway and a rail line in this northern town.


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At one point, some 80 officers firing rubber bullets were repelled by hundreds of miners and forced to retreat from Cinera, miners and an Associated Press photographer at the scene said.

A regional security official said he had no information about police being forced out but said the barricades in Cinera that cut off the transportation were eventually removed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries, but some miners were hit by rubber bullets.

The miners fear government mining subsidy cuts will devastate their industry. Spain is applying across-the-board cutbacks as part of an austerity-driven economic overhaul to slash its swollen deficit. But the cuts come as Spain's unemployment rate stands at nearly 25 percent.


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The strikes — which have involved road and rail closures using burning tires, garbage containers and railroad ties — have lasted for weeks in the northern provinces of Asturias and Leon, where mining has been an integral part of the economy since Roman times.

Union officials say about 8,000 miners work in northern Spain and that the sector has made big strides to become self-sufficient, but that the cuts will leave most jobless.




 
 
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Oghad Singh, Indian Father, Unrepentant After Beheading Daughter Manju Kanwar

This piece of shit posing as a man needs to first be emasculated in public and then have HIS head chopped off; India needs to psycho-screen "men" wanting to marry for "Scumbag Syndrome:"  Apostate freak of nature Oghad Singh and those like him have no honor, was most likely an incestuous, pedophile daughter molester that couldn't handle seeing his "wife" with another man - or like Singaporean "employers" that kill Indonesian maids was simply getting rid of the "evidence"

Associated Press
By Prakash Bhandari
06/10/2012

JAIPUR, India (AP) — 
A father in northwestern India remained unrepentant Tuesday after beheading his daughter with a ceremonial sword in a rage over her relationships with men, police said.
Murdering daughter molester, kaffir Oghad Singh
The father surrendered at a police station, carrying the head in one hand and the bloodied sword in the other, police said.

Residents of Dungarji village expressed shock as they performed the last rites for the 20-year-old woman.

Police said the father, marble miner Oghad Singh, accused his daughter of bringing dishonor to the family and making it hard to find husbands for her two unmarried sisters.

Women wailing in grief lined the dusty road of the village in Rajasthan state as a procession carried Manju Kanwar's remains to her funeral pyre. As in many north and west Indian villages, the women, including her mother and four sisters, were not allowed to attend the funeral.

A coroner stitched Kanwar's head onto her body for the funeral. About 100 men, many of them relatives wearing ceremonial Rajput warrior clan turbans, surrounded her muslin-wrapped body, and her brother lit the funeral pyre.

Villagers condemned the father's actions as extreme. They said the father, his shirt soaked in blood, had carried his daughter's head through the village, describing what he'd done to neighbors.
Young, beautiful girls, especially in Indian tribal areas are often raped by their fathers, other male family members and then murdered to cover up the crimes

"He told me that he took the sword out, and when the daughter was all alone in the house he beheaded her with a single stroke and the head fell on the ground," said Narayan Singh, a distant relative.

He said he persuaded Singh to surrender, and took him by motorcycle to a police station 5 kilometers (2 miles) away. Police charged Singh, 46, with murder.

"It was a ghastly sight," officer Ranjit Singh said, describing the father sitting in the station's waiting room holding the head in one hand and the sword in the other. "Oghad admitted immediately that he killed his daughter because she had earned a bad name for the family."

Police described Kanwar's recent life as difficult and unorthodox for the traditional community of about 1,000 just outside the Rajasthani tourist town of Udaipur.

She left her husband from an arranged marriage two years ago and moved back home to live with her parents. She recently began seeing several men which "disgusted" her father, deputy police superintendent Umesh Ojha said.

"Oghad said he was fed up with the lifestyle of his daughter," Ojha said.

When Manju eloped with one man two weeks ago, her father forced her to return on Sunday and killed her.

Rapidly modernizing India faces increasing social clashes as youths resist traditions like arranged marriage or limits on women venturing outside their parents' or husbands' homes.

The country is considered one of the harshest places in the world for women, with female infanticide and child marriage still common.

The U.N.'s gender inequality index places India second to last, above Saudi Arabia, based on labor, reproductive health, education and politics. The index does not consider issues of violence.


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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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