China reacts coolly. Whilst the long running Sino-Japanese war threat now has the makings of a Clancy thriller – but check out the dates within the < article - back from the future????
Global research has analysis on the US-Japanese/China ‘conflict’.
IPS, By Ramy Srour, October 17
On Tuesday, the largest deregulation in the history of U.S. arms exports took place as part of the Barack Obama administration’s export reform initiative.
But a day after the new reforms came into effect, former government officials and critics from the human rights community are warning of the serious [...]
Alexander, who was rocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations, has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, officials say.
Reuters, October 16
The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, Julie Tate & Barton Gellman, October 16
It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband in the crosshairs [...]
After just a little more than a day into the Great Government Shutdown of 2013, the federal government quietly called back all of the Defense Department workers who had been furloughed. All CIA, NSA and other intelligence agency federal employees were brought back on the job as well. In the multiple discussions that are underway [...]
Los Angeles Times, By Brian Bennett, September 26
Washington – Operating with almost no public notice, the FBI has spent more than $3 million to operate a fleet of small drone aircraft in domestic investigations, according to a report released Thursday by a federal watchdog agency.
The unmanned surveillance planes have helped FBI agents storm [...]
(WaPo) -The U.S. military has been forced to relocate a large fleet of drones from a key counterterrorism base on the Horn of Africa after a string of crashes fanned local fears that the unmanned aircraft were at risk of colliding with passenger planes, according to documents and interviews.
Air Force drones ceased flying this [...]
When diplomacy fails
The United Nations weapons inspectors report on the August 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus has become a propaganda festival for the Western powers, including the United States.
Since the U.S. and Russia reached their deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, the report will have little impact on military action [...]
A couple of ruminations came up in my head over the weekend when I contemplated the latest from Syria:
1) Do you think that the corporatists are screaming bloody murder that their chosen party, Republicans, are not falling in line like the sheeple they are?
2) Is part of the reason Teabaggers [...]
The Obama Administration’s effort to rally public and congressional support for retaliation against Syria for using chemical weapons has come up against unexpectedly strong and broad-based opposition. This must come as an unwelcome surprise to the Neocons, whose international aspirations regarding the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear progeam are now very much in question. [...]
Russian President Vladimir Putin made his position clear on the pending Obama administration attack on Syria in an interview with RT on September 4.
Putin can’t fathom why the Syrian government would initiate a chemical weapons attack. He said,
“I’ve already said I find it absolutely ridiculous that [the Syrian] government’s armed forces, which [...]