Chinese government ‘hacks into White House office in charge of the nuclear launch codes’ (Oct 2012 Re-Post)

 Editors note: (Ralph Turchiano) Requested Re-Post from 2012

  • White House  confirmed the hack but downplayed it, saying no damage was done and it was  unsuccessful
  • Military  Office targeted which controls the President’s travel, interoffice  communications, and nuclear codes

By Meghan Keneally

PUBLISHED:08:16 EST, 1  October 2012| UPDATED:11:54 EST, 1 October 2012

The White House revealed today that cyber  attackers linked to the Chinese government attempted to hack into a computer  system in the White House Military Office.

While the official statement down played the  attack, saying that it was aiming for an unclassified ‘isolated’ network, one  report claimed that the hackers targeted the White House Military Office which  safeguards sensitive data like the nuclear launch codes.

‘This was a spear phishing attack against an  unclassified network. These types of attacks are not infrequent and we have  mitigation measures in place,’ a White House official told MailOnline.

Spear phishing is a common form of hacking  where a cyber attacker will send an email to it’s target and hope that the  recipient clicks on the links of downloads the attachments enclosed in the email  in order to allow their malicious software to infiltrate the recipient’s  computer and data.

White House officials confirmed that a hackers did try  to ‘phish’ into the Military Office server but said there was no damage done

‘In this instance the attack was  identified,  the system was isolated, and there is no indication  whatsoever that any  exfiltration of data took place. Moreover, there was never any impact or  attempted breach of any classified system,’ the  White House official  continued.

A conservative newspaper that has been  regularly critical of the Obama administration, called The Washington Free Beacon,  first published the report on Sunday and said that the attackers were linked to  the Chinese government.

They wrote that the attack, which allegedly  occurred earlier in September, was yet another example of the ‘failure of the  Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks’.

In response to the article, an unnamed White  House official contacted Politico to clarify the story, saying that  while the ‘attempted’ hack did take place, it did not cause any damage because  the targeted system did not contain any sensitive data.

The breach occurred using a ‘spear phishing’  tactic, in which a hacker sends uses common phrases or inviting subject lines to  draw the recipient in and attract their attention in hope of gaining access ot  their computer.

Sensitive: The Military Office, which was targeted in the attack, is in charge of securing the 'nuclear football' which is the black briefcase (pictured) that contains the nuclear launch codesSensitive: The Military Office, which was targeted in  the attack, is in charge of securing the ‘nuclear football’ which is the black  briefcase (pictured) that contains the nuclear launch codes

Once those steps are taken- and it is unclear  whether they were in this case- the links or attachments enable the hacker to  download their malicious software, also known as malware.

HOW CHINESE CYBER-HACKERS ARE  TARGETING AMERICA

While the attacks on government officials  provides the greatest risk in the political realm, private American businesses  have also been the target of Chinese hackers.

In November 2011, the National  Counterintelligence Executive  released a report detailing the extent of damage done by Chinese and Russian  hackers on various companies.

One example was that of a paint company  called Valspar Corportation, which had a number of its proprietary paint  formulas stolen. The move cost the company $20million.

Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer  that produces products sold in America including iPhones, was hacked in February  by a group called Swagg Security which then obtained and released the email and  credit card data for banking information for American companies including Apple  and Microsoft.

The state-run Medicaid system in Utah was  hacked last month, prompting calls for tightened security around any government  health databases that would be implemented in accordance with the Affordable  Care Act. Administrators claimed that no personal medical data was removed from  the site but it was not operational for ten days.

Though the political slant of the Free  Beacon reporting is clear, it is also true that this is not the first  time  that Chinese hackers have gotten unnervingly close to White House  communications.

The New York  Times reported that in June 2011,  Google and FBI officials confirmed that a  wide-ranging phishing attack had  taken place after the hackers had  directed malware towards the personal Gmail  accounts of an unknown  number of White House staffers.

The FBI never released the names, or even t  he number of staffers who were thought to be targeted in the attack.

In the latest hacking, however, the target  was much more clear and focused solely on the White House Military Office.

The Military Office is in charge of arranging  the President’s travel, coordinating inter-office conference calls between top  government officials, and most notably the security of the so-called ‘nuclear  football’, the nickname for the suitcase that contains and controls all of the  nuclear launch codes.

The Free Beacon, which Politico points out  published a story about a Russian submarine trolling in North American waters  which was flatly denied by numerous government agencies, says a breach in this  office would be devastating to the country’s security.  ‘This is the most  sensitive office in the U.S. government,’ an unidentified former U.S.  intelligence official told the paper.

‘A compromise there would cause grave  strategic damage to the United States.’

The threat of a damaging cyber attack has  raised the alarm in the highest levels of government, as President Obama penned  an op-ed in the Wall Street  Journal last year pushing for more  dedication to digital security.

‘So far, no one has managed to seriously  damage or disrupt our critical infrastructure networks. But foreign governments,  criminal syndicates and lone individuals are probing our financial, energy and  public safety systems every day,’ he wrote

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Obama made ‘a secret deal to support Hillary Clinton’s 2016 White House bid in exchange for Bill’s support during re-election campaign'(Re-Post from JUN 2013)

 Editors Note: (Ralph Turchiano) Requested Re-Post from JUN 2013

  • Explosive revelations about a behind-the  scenes deal between the political rivals
  • Bill Clinton dubbed Obama ‘incompetent’ and  ‘an amateur’ during secret meetings, sources claimed

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 11:35 EST, 2 June  2013 |  UPDATED: 12:01  EST, 2 June 2013

President Obama made a secret pact with the  Clintons where he agreed to endorse Hillary in a 2016 run for the White House –  in exchange for Bill’s seal of approval during his re-election campaign last  year.

The explosive revelations are made in an  exposé published this week on the Obama administration. It also claims that no  love was lost between Bill Clinton and Obama before the deal was brokered.

According to campaign sources quoted in The  Amateur by Edward Klein, Bill Clinton tried to have Hillary challenge Obama for  the presidency during his last term.

The pact: Bill Clinton agreed to endorse Barack Obama during his second run for the White House... in return for the same favor for Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to an explosive new book

The pact: Bill Clinton agreed to endorse Barack Obama  during his second run for the White House… in return for the same favor for  Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to an explosive new book

At a meeting in their home town of  Chappaqua, New York, Bill complained that  Obama was ineffective in the Oval Office, calling him ‘incompetent’ and an  ‘amateur’, according to the New York  Post.

 

Obama returned the hostile sentiment and had  already frozen former president Clinton out of the Democratic campaign in  2008.

 

However, the President’s tactics reportedly  changed when support dropped in 2012 and chief strategists advised that Bill  Clinton’s endorsement could give Obama a boost with dubious voters.

Subsequently at the 2012 Democratic  National  Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bill Clinton  officially nominated the  sitting President for re-election.

Frosty: President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012. According to a new exposé, each agreed to endorse each other at strategic points in their political careers behind the scenes

Frosty: President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton in 2012. According to a new exposé, each agreed to endorse each other at  strategic points in their political careers behind the scenes

Scathing: The latest exposé on Obama's two terms in the Oval Office

Scathing: The latest exposé on Obama’s two terms in the  Oval Office

Obama was nominated unanimously by the 5,556  delegates of the convention.

Clinton’s 11th-hour support for Obama came  with the condition that his wife would have the President’s support in  2016.

However, the book then claims that Obama  began to reconsidered this idea – enraging Bill Clinton.

The reported culmination of the  behind-the-scenes wranglings was an on-camera love-fest nterview with Obama and  Hillary Clinton when the Secretary of State stepped down in January.

The pair lavished compliments on one another  as they gave a rare joint interview.

Obama said during the interview that he  considers Mrs Clinton ‘a strong friend’ and she described their relationship as  ‘very warm, close’.

More than anything, their camaraderie and  grins appeared to show that time had healed the bitter rift from when they faced  off in the Democratic primary leading up to the 2008 election.

The ongoing tension between Obama and Bill  Clinton has been well-documented.

During the election campaign in 2012, Clinton  said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s business career was  ‘sterling’ and criticized the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney’s background at  the private equity firm Bain Capital.

Around that time, he caused more headaches  for the Obama administration when he said he favored the extension of all of  George W Bush’s tax cuts. Obama has campaigned on repealing the cuts for the  richest Americans.

During the 2008 Democratic primary, Clinton  made headlines for calling the premise of Obama’s campaign, his opposition to  the Iraq War, ‘the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.’

The  Amateur, by Edward Klein, is out this  week.

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Health insurers using drug coverage to discriminate

Public Release: 28-Jan-2015

In some US health plans, HIV drugs cost nearly $3,000 more per year than in other plans. If left unchecked, this practice could partially undermine a central feature of the Affordable Care Act.

Harvard School of Public Health

Boston, MA — Some insurers offering health plans through the new federal marketplace may be using drug coverage decisions to discourage people with HIV from selecting their plans, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers found that these insurers are placing all HIV drugs in the highest cost-sharing category in their formularies (lists of the plans’ covered drugs and costs), which ends up costing people with HIV several thousands more dollars per year than those enrolled in other plans.

The study appears online January 28, 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Eliminating discrimination on the basis of preexisting conditions is one of the central features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” said Doug Jacobs, MD/MPH candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and lead author of the study. “However, the use of formularies to increase costs and dissuade those with preexisting conditions such as HIV from enrolling in the plan threatens to at least partially undermine this goal of the ACA.” Continue reading “Health insurers using drug coverage to discriminate”

US to open its doors to foreigners for Ebola treatment

India Today  New Delhi, October 19, 2014 | UPDATED 15:01 IST

President Barack Obama plans to allow foreign nationals suffering from deadly Ebola to receive treatment in the US, a report said.

As part of Obama’s open door policy, non-US citizens from the Ebola infected countries may be allowed on US soil to receive treatment, it said.

It was, however, not immediately known who would bear the high costs of transporting and treating non-US Ebola patients.

The plans include special waiver of laws that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola in the country.

The proposal is yet to be presented to the Congress even though it would require its approval, the report said citing Judicial Watch.

In West Africa, there are about

Of some 9,200 Ebola cases reported in West Africa, some 4,500 cases have been fatal, WHO said.
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‘In many cases Americans can do better on benefits than in an entry level job’: Data shows more than a THIRD of the U.S. is on welfare handouts

 

Around 110 million Americans are now on government welfare benefits
This equates to more than one third of the country relying on handouts
At least 51 million are using food stamps and 83 million are on Medicaid
Analysts are calling for the minimum wage to be increased to $10.10 an hour

By Jenny Awford for MailOnline

Published: 11:24 EST, 29 August 2014 | Updated: 14:54 EST, 29 August 2014

Around 110 million Americans are now receiving government assistance, one third of the country

A third of Americans are now on welfare benefits, prompting calls to raise the minimum wage and encourage more people to stay in work.

New census data has revealed that around 110 million Americans are receiving government assistance of some kind.

The number includes people receiving ‘means-tested’ federal benefits and subsidies based on income.

Federal welfare was administered through the n...

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US Salaries Down 23% Since 2008

U.S. jobs pay an average 23% less today than they did before the 2008 recession, according to a new report released on Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors.

In total, the report found $93 billion in lost wages.

Jobs lost during the recession paid an average $61,637. As of 2014, jobs in the same sectors paid an average of $47,171 annually.

“Under a similar analysis conducted by the Conference of Mayors during the 2001-2002 recession, the wage gap was only 12% compared to the current 23%–meaning the wage gap has nearly doubled from one recession to the next,” stated the Conference of Mayors in a statement.

The report also found that 73% of metro area households earn salaries of less than $35,000 a year.

President Barack Obama, who is on a two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, has yet to comment on the dour economic findings. Continue reading “US Salaries Down 23% Since 2008”

US Law Enforcement sees Sovereign Citizens as Top Terrorist Threat

Monday, 04 August 2014

The sovereign citizen movement is considered the top threat for domestic terrorism, according to a survey of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

Islamist extremists and militia/patriot groups round out the top three threats to communities in the United States considered most serious by 364 officers of 175 state, local, and tribal law enforcement entities, according to a survey conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

The survey – “Understanding Law Enforcement Intelligence Processes” – found that “52 percent of respondents agreed and 34 percent strongly agreed that sovereign citizens were a serious terrorist threat” as opposed to 39 percent of respondents who agreed and 28 percent who strongly agreed that Islamic extremists were the most serious threat.

A previous sample on terror threats taken in 2006-2007 found that sovereign citizens were the eighth-most serious threat to non-federal law enforcement. Islamic extremists led that survey’s threat index.

The latest survey found that while sovereign citizens as a whole have moved into the top position overall, the threat posed by many individual groups that are considered part of the broad movement has decreased since the previous survey.

“[A]lthough estimates about some groups were a serious terrorist threat increased comparing the two time periods, (e.g., Left-Wing Revolutionaries; Extreme Anti-Abortion Extremists), the concern about whether most groups were a serious terrorist threat actually declined for most groups (e.g., the KKK; Christian Identity; Neo-Nazis; Racist Skinheads; Extremist Environmentalists; Extreme Animal Rights Extremists).” Continue reading “US Law Enforcement sees Sovereign Citizens as Top Terrorist Threat”

Obama failed to stop the Islamic State when he had the chance

By Marc A. Thiessen July 28

From Europe to the Middle East, we have seen how disaster follows U.S. retreat and disengagement from the world. But the one area where President Obama seemed to be leaning forward was drone strikes. He personally approved terrorist “kill lists” and has taken out many hundreds of terrorists with drones in Pakistan, Yemen and East Africa.

So why, when Iraqi officials began pleading with him one year ago to strike Islamic State terrorists with drones, did Obama repeatedly refuse — standing by while terrorists overran the country?

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce made the stunning revelation in a congressional hearing last week that Iraq had been urgently requesting drone support against the Islamic State since August 2013 and that those requests were repeatedly turned down. Continue reading “Obama failed to stop the Islamic State when he had the chance”

Revealed: How a taxpayer bail out that could run into BILLIONS was built in to Obamacare to protect insurance companies if they lost out in reform

 

  • The Affordable Care Act included a way for insurance companies to recoup their losses from covering everyone regardless of their health
  • If insurers lose money, the government’s funds – taxpayer dollars – cover between 50 and 80 percent of the losses for three years
  • Premiums for 2015 are expected to skyrocket before the November elections, and Democrats hope the payments will keep prices down
  • When the Obamacare law passed in 2010, it omitted the authority for the government to make these ‘risk corridors’ payments
  • But in a bit fo regulatory sleight-of-hand last week, the Health and Human Services Department quietly issued a regulation authorizing them

By David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor

Published: 12:17 EST, 21 May 2014 | Updated: 12:53 EST, 21 May 2014

Health insurance companies are poised to have access to billions of taxpayer dollars in what Republicans are calling an Obamacare ‘bailout.’

In a little-noticed regulation issued late last week, the Department of Health and Human Services authorized massive payments to insurers that lose money because of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that they cover even the oldest and sickest Americans. Continue reading “Revealed: How a taxpayer bail out that could run into BILLIONS was built in to Obamacare to protect insurance companies if they lost out in reform”

China tells U.S. to mind it’s own business

US must ‘get used to China’s rise’

(China Daily)    07:38, May 22, 2014

Washington’s engagement in territorial issues ‘complicates problems’

Chinese and Western observers seemed to reach a consensus on Wednesday over President Xi Jinping’s proposal to establish a new framework for security cooperation in Asia, and he also sent a veiled warning to Washington.

“To beef up a military alliance targeting a third party is not conducive to regional common security,” Xi said without mentioning the United States when delivering a keynote speech at a regional security forum in Shanghai on Wednesday.

The Chinese navy conducts drills in the South ...

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China warns Vietnam to leave South China Sea drilling area – Situation is Escalating Rapidly

Beijing accuses Vietnamese vessels of ramming Chinese ships, and tells Washington to mind its own business as tensions rise in South China Sea

 

English: Map (rough) of South China Sea, own w...

Teddy Ng in Beijing
teddy.ng@scmp.com

China has demanded that Vietnam withdraw its ships from a part of the disputed South China Sea where a Chinese firm is establishing an oil rig, and accused Vietnamese vessels of ramming Chinese ships in the area.

After the latest confrontation between vessels from the two countries, a senior Foreign Ministry official in Beijing said China was “shocked” at the “provocations of Vietnam” and vowed the drilling in the disputed Paracel Islands would continue. Continue reading “China warns Vietnam to leave South China Sea drilling area – Situation is Escalating Rapidly”

Judicial Watch: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points

APRIL 29, 2014

 (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-relatedState Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and a possible kidnap attempt.

Logo of the United States White House, especia...

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Diaoyu Islands vow ‘may backfire / Obama’s remarks may lead to unforeseen problems because the military commitment

‘By Zhang Yunbi (China Daily) 07:26, April 25, 2014

The PLA is fully capable of safeguarding China’s Diaoyu Islands, says spokesman

US President Barack Obama’s promise of military cover for Japan’s claim on the Diaoyu Islands faces the potential of backfiring, observers said.

Senkaku Islands(Diaoyu Islands) Left:Uotsuri J...

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius being replaced by Sylvia Burwell ( Yes That One )

 

EEV: Repost from OCT 2013

 

Meet Sylvia Burwell, the woman who ordered the government shutdown

By Elizabeth Chuck

Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

Sylvia Mathews Burwell smiles as President Barack Obama announces her as his choice to be the next White House budget director on March 4.

A single person shut down the entire U.S. government for the first time in 17 years.

Not a congressman, but an unelected woman named Sylvia Burwell who, as the relatively new director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent the email that initiated the process that has closed national parks, visitors’ centers and even the “panda-cam” at the National Zoo. Continue reading “U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius being replaced by Sylvia Burwell ( Yes That One )”

US arms Syrian rebels with first heavy weapons, anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles – raising war stakes

English: Hellenic Army BGM-71 TOW antitank mis...
English: Hellenic Army BGM-71 TOW antitank missile sights (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2014, 8:56 AM (IDT)

BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile

Two Syrian rebel militias judged moderate in Washington have in the last few days taken delivery and begun using – mostly in the Idlib region – the first advanced US weapon to be deployed in more than three years of civil war, debkafile’s military sources reveal. It is the heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW, which is capable of piercing 50mm thickness of Syrian tank armor and Syrian fortifications at a range of 4 kilometers. Armed with this weapon now are Brig-Gen. Abdul-Hila al Bashir, the new commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army, which is headquartered at the Golan town of Quneitra, and Jamal Maarouf, head of the rebel Syrian Revolutionary Front fighting in the north. Continue reading “US arms Syrian rebels with first heavy weapons, anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles – raising war stakes”

Tens of Thousands Sign Petition to Reunite Alaska With Russia

Tens of Thousands Sign Petition to Reunite Alaska With Russia

18:43 25/03/2014
MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti) – Over 22,000 people have signed a petition calling for the secession of Alaska from the United States to seek reunification with Russia.

The petition, available on the White House website, opened on March 21. If the motion attracts 100,000 signatures within a month, the Obama administration is obliged to respond according to its guidelines.

The petition, entitled “Alaska Back to Russia,” encourages a vote on secession, citing historic travels of Russian explorers to Alaska, as far back as the crossing of native Siberians across the Bering land bridge over 10 thousand years ago.

The document tracks the settlement of the region by Russians, including Aleuts colonizing the Aleutian Archipelago, and the expedition of famed explorer Mikhail Gvozdez who first sited Alaska in 1732.

. Continue reading “Tens of Thousands Sign Petition to Reunite Alaska With Russia”

NSA ‘records all phone conversations’ in unnamed target country ( MYSTIC )

US agency records every phone conversation in unnamed target nation, according to exiled whistle-blower Edward Snowden and others

UPDATED : Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 4:23am
The Washington Post

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NSA taps ‘all calls’ in one country.

The US National Security Agency is recording every single phone call in one particular country, with the agency able to rewind and review conversations up to a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden. Continue reading “NSA ‘records all phone conversations’ in unnamed target country ( MYSTIC )”

Russia TV host: Russia could turn USA into radioactive ashes

Published on Mar 17, 2014

Subscribe to ITN News: http://bit.ly/1bmWO8h A Russian TV host has threatened the United States with a nuclear strike in his news broadcast. The remarks made by Dmitry Kiselyov were broadcast at the same time as the polls closed in the disputed Crimean referendum about secession from Ukraine. With a picture of a nuclear explosion behind him and words “Into radioactive ashes” written across the screen, Kiselyov said: “Russia is the only country in the world that is really able to turn the USA into radioactive ashes. He also referenced an official Russian government article published in January and urged US officials to read it as it “very clearly explained in detail how our system of guaranteed nuclear revenge works. It is called ‘Perimeter’. In the USA it was nicknamed ‘Dead Hand’. Actually I advise you to read it.” Kiselyov is seen as a loyalist of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has been awarded a friendship medal and made the head of the Russia Today news agency. Report by Ashley Fudge. Continue reading “Russia TV host: Russia could turn USA into radioactive ashes”

Russia Mulls Banning US Nuclear Arms Inspections – Source

Russia’s Defense Ministry

Russia’s Defense Ministry

© RIA Novosti. Anton Denisov

05:33 09/03/2014

MOSCOW, March 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Defense Ministry is considering a ban on US inspections of Russian nuclear weapons under the New START deal over the standoff in Ukraine, a ministry source told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

The ban would be a reaction to the US decision to suspend military cooperation with Russia over Ukraine, said the source, who requested anonymity. Continue reading “Russia Mulls Banning US Nuclear Arms Inspections – Source”

Ukraine Crisis Deepens as Sevastopol Votes to Join Russia

– The city, which has a separate administrative status from the rest of Crimea

Political map of Ukraine, highlighting Sevastopol
Political map of Ukraine, highlighting Sevastopol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:37 07/03/2014

MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Crimean city of Sevastopol has voted to become part of Russia, mirroring an earlier vote by the region’s parliament and consolidating support for the majority ethnic Russian region to formally secede from Ukraine in an upcoming popular vote.

The Sevastopol city council voted “to join the Russian Federation as a subject,” the council said in a statement Thursday evening.

The city, which has a separate administrative status from the rest of Crimea, will still take part in a public referendum to formalize the decision, scheduled by the Crimean parliament for March 16. Continue reading “Ukraine Crisis Deepens as Sevastopol Votes to Join Russia”

Does the West need a war against Russia? Pravda

EEV: It appears they made this move, because they perceive the Western Powers as weak. They are already projecting additional scenarios for a possible violent escalation.
 
– The U.S. Sixth Fleet headquartered in Naples may enter the Black Sea, but it has to pass through the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, a move that Turkey that must authorize the passage of warships considers highly undesirable.
– Any decision on the land deployment of the U.S. forces or NATO near the borders of Ukraine is also hard to imagine. The West simply has neither resources nor desire to do this. All latest NATO’s military operations were air bombings.
– In Europe, Germany is generally averse to military actions, and is reluctant about getting involved even in peacekeeping operations. Paris is involved in Africa, and Francois Hollande has the lowest approval rating in the history of France
05.03.2014
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There have been remarkable changes in the U.S. rhetoric against Russia in the last few days. They ranged from threats to isolate the Russian Federation politically and economically to the acknowledgement that Moscow has its own interests in the Crimea, and Washington is ready to help Russia in “taming the hooligans.”

The change occurred after a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama.

On Sunday, immediately after the Council of the Federation gave Putin permission to conduct military operations on the territory of Ukraine in the event of extraordinary situations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. and the West were “prepared to put sanctions in place, … prepared to isolate Russia economically.”

“There are visa bans, asset freezes, isolation with respect to trade, investment,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “American businesses may well want to start thinking twice about whether they want to do business with a country that behaves like this. These are serious implications.” President Barack Obama mentioned that “there will be costs” if the troops are entered. Continue reading “Does the West need a war against Russia? Pravda”

Turkey Scrambles Fighter Jets Over Russian Plane

Possible new front opens in Ukraine-Russia standoff, which has escalated with Russian missile tests and shots fired in air.

– Eight F-16 fighter jets were scrambled in the event

By Ari Yashar

First Publish: 3/5/2014, 1:13 AM
F-16 fighter jet (file)

F-16 fighter jet (file)
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As the Ukrainian-Russian standoff has threatened to escalate into all-out war, a new front nearly opened on Monday, as Turkey scrambled fighter jets in response to a Russian surveillance plane that flew along Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

Eight F-16 fighter jets were scrambled in the event, according to a Turkish military statement on Tuesday reported by the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. The statement noted the Russian plane did not end up entering Turkish air space.

Turkey borders the Black Sea on the south, while the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula is at the sea’s north, and has been the site of the military standoff between Russia and Ukraine. Russia has voiced upset that its ally, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, was forced to flee the country due to a popular movement that successfully installed a pro-West interim government. Continue reading “Turkey Scrambles Fighter Jets Over Russian Plane”

Russia: Yanukovich asked Putin to use force to save Ukraine

EEV: This now sets the next step for a mainland incursion.

Source: Reuters – Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:32 PM

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Russian Tank T-80 with Gas Turbine Еngine. Танк Т-80 с газотурбинным двигателем. (Photo credit: Peer.Gynt)
Author: Reuters

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, March 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting that he use Russia’s military to restore law and order in Ukraine, Moscow’s U.N. envoy told a stormy meeting of the Security Council on Monday.

“The country has plunged into chaos and anarchy,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin read from an unofficial translation of the letter while speaking to reporters after an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. “The country is in the grip of outright terror and violence driven by the West.”

“People are persecuted on political and language grounds,” he read. “In this context, I appeal to the President of Russia Vladimir V. Putin to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to re-establish the rule of law, peace, order, stability and to protect the people of Ukraine.”

Churkin held up a copy of the letter for council members to see during a heated council session in which Western envoys and the Russian ambassador hurled allegations at each other for two and a half hours. He said the letter was dated March 1. Continue reading “Russia: Yanukovich asked Putin to use force to save Ukraine”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry: Threats of US Secretary of State against Russia unacceptable

March 03, 18:45   MOSCOW

“If Ukraine is only a territory of geopolitical games for certain Western politicians, this is the brotherly country for us,” the ministry said

ITAR-TASS/Boris Kavashkin

MOSCOW, March 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow considers US Secretary of State John Kerry’s threats against Russia due to the latest events in Ukraine unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.

  

“By ignoring any attempts to study difficult processes in the Ukrainian society and to assess the situation, which continues to deteriorate after radicals seized power in Kiev by force the US Secretary of State uses ‘the Cold War’ clichés and proposes to punish the Russian Federation and not who committed a coup d’état,” the ministry said. Continue reading “Russia’s Foreign Ministry: Threats of US Secretary of State against Russia unacceptable”

NSDC Declares Mobilization In Ukraine / Says Facebook?

(11:29, Sunday, March 2, 2014)
     Парубий

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andrii Parubii has declared the nationwide mobilization.Ukrainian News learned this from his Facebook account.

“According to the decision of the NSDC, the mobilization is being held throughout the country,” he said.

He said that according to the mobilization plan, military registration and enlistment offices expect those willing to be mobilized in the morning.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin won the approval of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on March 1 to send Russian troops into Ukraine.

Ukraine is calling on UN member states to protect its territorial integrity.

The NATO Council will discuss the situation in Ukraine on March 2 Continue reading “NSDC Declares Mobilization In Ukraine / Says Facebook?”

Obama’s national security team met on Ukraine without him

EEV: To be fair we are only operating on available information. As it stands, no one is at the helm. (Schedule added by EEV)

 

DEBKAfile March 2, 2014, 8:49 AM (IST)

“The president’s national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options,” a White House official said Saturday night. Washington sources noted that President Obama skipped the meeting, which was attended by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and CIA Director John Brennan. Vice President Joe Biden reportedly only attended via videoconference, while Obama was briefed later by National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

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Continue reading “Obama’s national security team met on Ukraine without him”

Russian S-400 AIR DEFENCE heading to UKRAINE Latest News

EEV: Video is not confirmation, but if accurate the Russians are for more fortified than currently analyzed. If the date on the video is accurate, than the EU has the worst Intel ever.

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Russians strike Ukraine army post in Crimea. Kiev fears Ukraine army putsch. US warships on standby

EEV- Russian forces Saturday, March 1, staged their first attack on a Ukraine military installation in Crimea ( Requiring 2nd Confirmation )

DEBKAfile Special Report March 1, 2014, 1:49 PM (IST)

Russian armored forces build up for Ukraine

As Moscow’s master plan for Ukraine continued to unfold, Russian forces Saturday, March 1, staged their first attack on a Ukraine military installation in Crimea, while completing their takeover of the region and its severance from Ukraine. Interfax reported from a Ukrainian source that 20 soldiers had entered an anti-aircraft missile command post in western Crimea and that negotiations rather than a clash were under way.

Earlier Saturday, Crimea’s new pro-Moscow prime minister Serhiy Aksyonov asked President Vladimir Putin for help in “maintaining peace in the region,” saying he was in control of the region’s interior ministry, armed forces, fleet and border guards. Continue reading “Russians strike Ukraine army post in Crimea. Kiev fears Ukraine army putsch. US warships on standby”

Putin: Russian citizens, troops threatened in Ukraine, need armed forces’ protection

 

Pro-Russian protesters wave Russian flags during a rally in the industrial Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 1, 2014. (AFP Photo/Alexander Khudoteply)
Pro-Russian protesters wave Russian flags during a rally in the industrial Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 1, 2014. (AFP Photo/Alexander Khudoteply)

Published time: March 01, 2014 12:53

Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested the use of Russian military forces in Ukraine to settle the situation there. The Russian population and the Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet are threatened by the situation in the country, he said. Facts  you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil Putin’s request was filed after the Chairman of the Federation  Council, Valentina Matvienko, said that in order to “protect  the people” Russia could theoretically send troops to  Ukraine. She particularly referred to the crisis in the  Autonomous Republic of Crimea, where Russians make the majority  of the population. “It’s possible in this situation, complying with a request by  the Crimean government, even to bring a limited contingent of our  troops to ensure the safety of the Black Sea Fleet and the  Russian citizens living on Crimean territory. The decision is for  the president, the chief military commander, to make, of course.  But today, taking the situation into account, even that variant  can’t be excluded. We need to protect the people,” Matvienko  said.

“In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the    threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our    compatriots, and the personnel of the armed forces of the    Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory (in the Autonomous    Republic of Crimea)… I submit a proposal on using the armed    forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine    until the normalization of the socio-political situation in the    that country.” Continue reading “Putin: Russian citizens, troops threatened in Ukraine, need armed forces’ protection”

Obama begins Mexico summit with orders lowering trade barriers ( Executive Order )

Before meeting Mexican and Canadian heads of state, president bypasses Congress by signing trade liberalisation orders

in Toluca

theguardian.com, Wednesday 19 February 2014 09.46 EST

President Barack Obama on the south lawn of the White House departing for his trip to Mexico.
President Barack Obama on the south lawn of the White House departing for his trip to Mexico. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

Barack Obama begins a North American summit in Mexico on Wednesday with a gesture of defiance toward allies in Congress who are hampering his ability to negotiate controversial trade liberalisation agreements.

In the latest in a series of so-called executive actions promised in his state of the union address, the US president will sign new measures to speed up imports and exports for businesses by reducing bureaucratic barriers. Continue reading “Obama begins Mexico summit with orders lowering trade barriers ( Executive Order )”

Democrats promote positive message on Obamacare and work hours

– casting an expected decline in American work hours as a boon to worker freedom and family values

– Obamacare would mean more family time for mothers, more study opportunities for college students and less job stress for older workers.

– “The single mom, who’s raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of healthcare, can now spend some time raising those kids. That’s a family value,” Democratic Senator Charles Schumer

– “Any law you pass that discourages people from working can’t be a good idea. Why would we want to do that? Why would we think that was a good thing?  How does that allow people to prepare for the time when they don’t work?”

Through the Great Depression
Through the Great Depression (Photo credit: B Tal)

Source: Reuters – Sun, 9 Feb 2014 06:44 PM

Author: Reuters
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By David Morgan

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a positive political message on Sunday by casting an expected decline in American work hours as a boon to worker freedom and family values. Continue reading “Democrats promote positive message on Obamacare and work hours”

Catfish oversight, weather radios and a Christmas tree tax: Meet the pork-filled $956 BILLION Farm Bill

EEV: Would Like Verification on the Claim ” $100 million will go to study how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup “

  • The massive five-years agriculture spending plan, signed Friday by President Obama, includes a $3 million plan for Christmas tree taxes
  • Most of the bill covers food stamps, with the number of benefit recipients doubling since Obama took office
  • The U.S. will spend $1 billion per year loaning money to sugar barons so they can keep prices stable and avoid overseas competition
  • Another $100 million will go to study how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup
  • $1 million will buy weather radios for rural Americans, despite plunging hundreds of weather apps for smartphones and plunging access rates

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

UPDATED:          19:33 EST, 7 February 2014

 

The federal government pays for a $15 million ‘wool trust fund,’ runs a $170 million program to protect catfish growers from overseas competition, sets aside $3 million to promote Christmas trees, funds another $2 million to help farmers sell more sheep, and plunks down $100 million researching how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup.

And that spending is just three one-hundredths of one per cent of the Farm Bill that President Barack Obama signed Friday in Michigan.

Liberal and conservative watchdogs alike are hopping mad at what they say are pork-barrel projects included in the five-year agriculture spending law as home-state perks to lawmakers that are  unneeded or redundant.

There’s a new 15-cent levy on every live-cut Christmas tree, a proposal that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had blocked but will now be beyond his control. Tree growers will put the money into a fund for ‘industry-funded promotion, research, and information program[s],’ but the cost will inevitably be passed on to consumers.

A table made from a pork barrel? Obama signed the nearly $1 trillion Farm Bill in Michigan on Friday

A table made from a pork barrel? Obama signed the nearly $1 trillion Farm Bill in Michigan on Friday Continue reading “Catfish oversight, weather radios and a Christmas tree tax: Meet the pork-filled $956 BILLION Farm Bill”

Affordable Care Act Software ongoing investigation, if the software was written in Belarus

U.S. says no evidence Obamacare software written in Belarus

Hayden confirmed that a U.S. intelligence agency had  recently issued, then retracted, a report related to possible involvement by a Belarus company in writing the software.

Valery Tsepkalo, director of the government-backed High-Technology Park (HTP) in Minsk, said: “One of our clients is the health ministry of the United States – we are being paid to help Obama with the healthcare reform.”

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Source: Reuters – Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:08 PM

Author: Reuters

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON Feb 4 (Reuters) – U.S. health officials have investigated whether some of the software used in computers at the heart of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform was written in Belarus, but have found no evidence of that being the case, a White House official said on Tuesday. Continue reading “Affordable Care Act Software ongoing investigation, if the software was written in Belarus”

Obama implies It is Ok to Lie to legislative bodies tasked with overseeing the powerful spy agencies

Obama admits intelligence chief fault over false Senate testimony

– members of Congress who warn of the dangerous precedent set by allowing an intelligence chief to lie to legislative bodies tasked with overseeing the powerful spy agencies

President continues to defend James Clapper in the face of calls for his resignation after ‘untruthful’ statement about bulk collection

in Washington

theguardian.com,  Friday 31 January 2014 11.19 EST

James Clapper testifying
James Clapper, director of national intelligence, listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington this week. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Continue reading “Obama implies It is Ok to Lie to legislative bodies tasked with overseeing the powerful spy agencies”

Obama’s claim US tops China as No 1 investment destination questioned

Denise Tsang denise.tsang@scmp.com

UPDATED : Thursday, 30 January, 2014, 9:15am

 

US President Barack Obama proclaimed America had usurped China as the world’s No 1 investment destination, a bold statement that left some economists scratching their heads.

The White House cited an AT Kearney survey as the basis for Obama’s remark in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, noting the US topped the global consulting firm’s list for expected foreign direct investment.

But the US ranks lower in other prominent surveys. Forbes’ annual report on the best country to do business in put Ireland at the top, with the US at No 14, according to Politico’s website. It also noted that the Milken Institute – which measures countries on 67 variables, including economic fundamentals and regulations – put the United States at No 22, behind Hong Kong at No 1. Continue reading “Obama’s claim US tops China as No 1 investment destination questioned”

Pictured: Obama’s half-brother wearing Hamas scarf that boasts ‘Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING’

EEV: Shoebats report linked below is worth a view. In addition please linked here is another Malik relation:

Malik Obama maintained close relationship with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi for decades

  • Malik Obama runs the Barack H. Obama foundation and was the Best Man at the president’s wedding
  • He appeared at the 2010 Orphans Development Fund conference wearing a Hamas ‘keffiyeh’ scarf with well-known Palestinian slogans printed on it
  • The sayings included ‘Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING’ and ‘From the river to the sea,’ a statement that suggests Israel doesn’t exist
  • The president has been tight-lipped about his relationship with Malik, who told GQ in 2013 that the two are closer than Americans think

By David Martosko

PUBLISHED:          14:55 EST, 29 January 2014       | UPDATED:          19:43 EST, 29 January 2014

 

Malik Obama, the president’s Kenyan half brother, was photographed in 2010 at a public event in Yemen wearing a ‘keffiyeh’ – a special scarf – bearing two anti-Israel slogans of the terror group Hamas, it emerged today.

‘Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING,’ reads one saying. ‘From the river to the sea,’ says the other statement.

That rallying cry refers to Palestinian militants’ belief that the territory representing Israel, with the Jordan River to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, rightfully belongs to them – and Israel should not exist.

Obama’s pick for Norway ambassador doesn’t know anything about Norway

George Tsunis should have Googled ‘Norway’ before his Senate hearing.

 

Right about now Obama is wishing he hadn’t nominated George Tsunis to be the next ambassador to Norway.

Why?

Partly because he doesn’t know really basic things about Norway (like the fact that they don’t have a president). But mainly because he made that very clear at his Senate hearing by doing things like referring to Norway’s “president.”

Oy.

Tsunis, shockingly enough, is a top political donor. The businessman and lawyer from Long Island raised $988,550 for Obama in 2012.

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Among his other blunders at the hearing, Tsunis referred to Norway’s Progress Party as being among “fringe elements” that have been denounced by the government. Continue reading “Obama’s pick for Norway ambassador doesn’t know anything about Norway”

Navy’s second-in-command investigated in corruption scandal forced to resign

Published time: January 15, 2014 22:25                                                                            

Robert Martinage (Navy)Robert Martinage (Navy)

The US Navy has forced the second-highest ranked civilian official to resign as a result of a growing investigation into an alleged contracting conspiracy, which revealed sexual misconduct with a subordinate officer.

Robert C. Martinage, who was acting undersecretary of the Navy,  was asked to step down by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus “following  a loss of confidence in [his] abilities to effectively perform  his duties.” The Navy announced the news Wednesday in an  official statement. Continue reading “Navy’s second-in-command investigated in corruption scandal forced to resign”

Coming ‘oil glut’ may push global economy into deflation

OPEC spare capacity set to reach levels last seen in the depths of the financial crisis in 2009, analysts say

A worker of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation checks oil flow of well PK-2 during its inauguration at Ingoli village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Ahmadabad, India

The dangers of dwindling oil supplies in the long-run have not gone away Photo: AP

 

8:52PM GMT 15 Jan 2014

One piece of the jigsaw puzzle is missing to complete the deflation landscape across the West: a slide in oil prices. This is becoming more likely each month.

Turmoil across the Middle East and parts of Africa has choked supply over the past two years, keeping Brent crude near $110 a barrel despite a broader commodity slump. Cotton and corn prices have halved, as has the UBS index of industrial metals. Such anomalies rarely last.

“We estimate that crude oil is now the mostly richly priced commodity in the world,” says Deutsche Bank in a fresh report. Continue reading “Coming ‘oil glut’ may push global economy into deflation”

Former US defense secretary criticizes Obama administration in new memoir

–  “suspicion and distrust of senior military officers by senior White House officials – including the president and vice-president – became a big problem for me”

Robert Gates, who also served under George W Bush, says relations between White House and Pentagon are strained

 

Dan Roberts in Washington

theguardian.com,   Tuesday 7 January 2014 18.45 EST

Robert Gates
‘The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy,’ writes Gates. Photograph: Jason Reed /Reuters

Strained relations between the White House and its military leaders have been laid bare by former US defense secretary Robert Gates, who accuses President Barack Obama and his top civilian advisers of lacking faith in their own strategy for conducting the war in Afghanistan.

In a forthcoming memoir leaked to the New York Times and Washington Post that threatens to exacerbate current criticism of US policy in Afghanistan and Iraq, Gates – who was first appointed to his post by former President George W Bush – reveals, in a series of swipes that are surprisingly combative coming from such a senior former official, problems between the White House and the Pentagon that have made for troubling relations at the very highest levels. Continue reading “Former US defense secretary criticizes Obama administration in new memoir”

DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility

Posted By Patrick Howley On 7:11 PM  12/28/2013

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.

The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.

The DNC email discussed the “I-Word” and said that “Republicans are actually excited about the idea.” Continue reading “DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility”

NSA mass collection of phone data is legal, federal judge rules

• Dragnet program deemed ‘controversial but lawful’

• Lawsuit brought by ACLU dismissed

NSA phone data collection deemed legal: full ruling

in Washington

theguardian.com,              Friday 27 December 2013 11.52 EST

Cell phone data records
Judge said the phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect the dots before the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Lucas Jackson /Reuters

A legal battle over the scope of US government surveillance took a turn in favour of the National Security Agency on Friday with a court opinion declaring that bulk collection of telephone data does not violate the constitution. Continue reading “NSA mass collection of phone data is legal, federal judge rules”

Hidden Obamacare taxes will appear on health insurance bills starting in 2014

Phone companies might have to store snoop data instead of NSA, Obama says

 

 
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 December, 2013, 5:49am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 December, 2013, 5:49am
 

The Washington Post

 

 

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US President Barack Obama winds up a press conference on possible NSA reforms. Photo: AFP
 

US President Barack Obama signalled that he might halt the National Security Agency’s collection and storage of millions of Americans’ phone records and instead require phone companies to hold the data.

Speaking at a White House news conference, Obama said he would have a “pretty definitive statement” on proposed NSA reforms next month. Continue reading “Phone companies might have to store snoop data instead of NSA, Obama says”

Global Arctic wars already started

 Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.

  Published time: December 19, 2013 11:02                                                

RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina
RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina

Today’s globalized geopolitical grand chessboard often plays out in interestingly complex and roundabout ways. Such is the case of the on-going tug of war between the US, UK and EU on the one hand, and Russia and its allies on the other. Continue reading “Global Arctic wars already started”

Merkel compares NSA to ‘Stasi police’ in heated exchange with Obama

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up. Continue reading “Merkel compares NSA to ‘Stasi police’ in heated exchange with Obama”

South African ‘interpreter’ fake-signed anti-white song, also accused of murder [VIDEO]

EEV: Would like second confirmation on the validity of the claim. As much as the claim is repugnant, the facts must be sorted. This is about the sub culture of hate, and not about ethnicity or race.
South African ‘interpreter’ fake-signed anti-white song, also accused of murder [VIDEO]
A man passing himself off as a sign language interpreter punches the air during a speech being given by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee at a memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the FNB soccer stadium in Johannesburg December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

2:34 PM  12/13/2013

The man who used jibberish sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service also used incoherent hand gestures to sign a notorious anti-white song sung last year by current South African President Jacob Zuma.

Thamsanqua Jantjie, 34, late said that he is schizophrenic and was hallucinating during the Mandela memorial speeches. The interpreter also admitted that he’d been prone to fits of violence in the past, an admission that was worrisome given his proximity to President Barack Obama and other world leaders.

According to NBC News, Jantjie has worked two other gigs on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s majority party. He was paid $85 per diem for his work at the memorial, NBC reported.

One was an event where President Zuma led gatherers in “Kill the Boer,” an apartheid protest song that South African courts have ruled is hate speech.

Boer is an Afrikaans word for farmer and is often used to refer to whites. Thousands of South Africa’s white farmers have been murdered since the end of apartheid. Some have called this a form of genocide and claim that the song provokes racial violence.

Zuma and other ANC leaders have come under fire in the past for singing the song. The ANC largely defends the song as part of the history of its struggle against apartheid-era oppression.

But the hearing-impaired would not have understood Jantjie’s interpretation of the violent song, which contains lyrics like “We going to shoot them with the machine gun” and “You are a Boer, we are going to hit them and you are going to run.”

“He does not interpret a bit at the beginning where Zuma says ‘Come together all the winners,’” said Bencie Woll, director of the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College, London. “As an interpreter, he should be interpreting everything said by the speaker. When he does sign, there is little evidence of any facial expression, just as in the Mandela clip.”

Woll said that while she cannot say whether Jantjie was using South African sign language, “Kill the Boer” has many iconic signs.

“I can identify SHOOT, RUN, WILL etc., and these are repeated throughout the various verses. All of what he does looks very inexpressive and mechanistic,” Woll told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Jantjie, who stands as close to Zuma during the song as he did to Obama during his Mandela memorial speech, gestures sporadically during the song. He mimics what looks like someone firing a machine gun and also pumps his arms as if running, though he offers no signs for other song lyrics.

Jantjie’s fraudulent interpretations may be some of his least disturbing behavior. On Friday, eNCA.com reported that Jantjie was accused of murder in 2003. He also faced charges for kidnapping, theft, housebreaking and attempted murder. Jantjie was sentenced to three years in prison in the theft case, though there are no records to indicate whether he served the sentence, according to eNCA.

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Hunt for mysterious interpreter who faked sign language at Mandela memorial / Catastrophic Security Failure

 Published time: December 11, 2013 21:06                                                                            

President Barack Obama delivers a speech next to a sign language interpreter (R) during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.(AFP Photo / Alexander Joe)President Barack Obama delivers a speech next to a sign language interpreter (R) during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.(AFP Photo / Alexander Joe)

South Africa is searching for a sign language interpreter who failed to translate what world leaders said at the memorial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. Outraged by the incident, the deaf community has confirmed the man was a fake.

The unidentified man, who had a security pass, stood next to  world leaders as they addressed the crowd in the 95,000-seat  Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Millions saw the fake  interpreter gesticulate pure gibberish during the broadcast of  the event, which was televised across the globe. Continue reading “Hunt for mysterious interpreter who faked sign language at Mandela memorial / Catastrophic Security Failure”

Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a FAKE: South Africa’s deaf federation confirms his movements had ‘no meaning’

  • Standing on stage during televised event at the FNB stadium
  • Some members of the deaf community took to Twitter to express outrage

By  Jill Reilly

PUBLISHED: 06:12 EST, 11 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:08 EST, 11 December 2013

An interpreter who was seen by millions of television viewers worldwide translating Nelson Mandela’s memorial service into sign language was a ‘fake’, according to South Africa’s deaf federation.

The unidentified man, who was broadcast standing alongside world leaders including US President Barack Obama, was making up his own signs, according to the Deaf Federation of South Africa.

With the eyes of the world watching the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, the interpreter was ‘moving his hands around but there  was no meaning in what he used his hands for,’ claimed Bruno Druchen, the  federation’s national director.

The embarrassing claim comes after yesterday’s ceremony which saw crowds in the third empty stadium boo the country’s president Jacob Zuma.

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Accusations: The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial has been accused of being ‘a fake’ because he was not signing properly Continue reading “Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a FAKE: South Africa’s deaf federation confirms his movements had ‘no meaning’”