A Widespread Power Failure Plus An Ebola Outbreak Would Become America’s Extinction Level Event

The Common Sense Show
by Dave Hodges

nuclear meltdown just ahead

On November 13 and 14 of 2013, DHS and NERC conducted a simulated power grid takedown drill. Despite the fact the drill happened over 10 months ago and was well-publicized, the results have never been released. Additionally, many of us were concerned when we learned that the Russians and the Chinese were allowed to “participate” in the drill. Even more concerning is the result of the Grid Ex II drill which demonstrated that if a widespread power outage was accompanied by a bio-terror event, such as a release of Ebola, the impact would overwhelm our nuclear power industry and the consequences could prove devastating.

After 10 months of secrecy, the results of the drill are beginning to leak. Over the past six months, I have received various communications from nuclear power plant whistleblowers, who have warned me about ongoing FEMA visits to the nuclear power plants across the United States. The visits are being triggered as a consequence to the results of the Grid Ex II drill. All of the visits coincide with Nuclear Power Plants which lie on earthquake fault lines! Here is an excerpt from one these sources.

Hi Dave,
Thanks for all you do. I wanted to let you know that FEMA and the CDC are touring my Nuclear Plant today. I am an engineer and am being asked to accompany FEMA and the CDC, geologists and someone from DHS as we assess the structure of our plant as we sit on known earthquake fault line. I understand that this is going on all across the country. I am told FEMA is doing a risk assessment related to earthquakes. Additionally, we are being told that we risk going to prison if we reveal the results of any inspection or what is known about the results of last year’s Grid EX II drill.

Lessons Learned from Fukushima

Fukushima is often spoken of by many, as a possible extinction level event because of the radiation threat. Fukushima continues to wreak havoc upon the world and in the United States as we are being bathed in deadly radiation from this event.

Coming to a neighborhood near you.

Coming to a neighborhood near you.

Because of Fukushima, fish are becoming inedible and the ocean currents as well as the prevailing ocean winds are carrying deadly radiation. Undoubtedly, by this time, the radioactivity has made its way into the transpiration cycle which means that crops are being dowsed with deadly radiation. The radiation has undoubtedly made its way into the water table in many areas and impacts every aspect of the food supply. The health costs to human beings is incalculable. However, this article is not about the devastation at Fukushima, instead, this article focuses on the fact that North America could have a total of 124 Fukushima events if the necessary conditions were present.

More realistically,what if two or three plants were hit with a power outage caused by a massive earthquake and this event was combined with a pandemic outbreak (e.g. Ebola), what would be the result?

A Festering Problem

As a result of the Grid Ex II drill, word is beginning to leak out that the results of the drill were much more disturbing that previously believed and that the previously expressed fears related to locating a nuclear power plant on a known earthquake fault line was a disaster waiting to happen.

Even before Fukushima, American regulators knew that a power failure lasting for days involving the power grid connected to a nuclear plant, regardless of the cause, would most likely lead to a dangerous radioactive leak in at least several nuclear power plants. A complete loss of electrical power poses a major problem for nuclear power plants because the reactor core must be kept cool as well as the back-up cooling systems, all of which require massive amounts of power to work. Heretofore, all the NERC drills which test the readiness of a nuclear power plant are predicated on the notion that a blackout will only last 24 hours or less. Amazingly, this is the sum total of a NERC litmus test.   Although we have the technology needed to harden and protect our grid from an EMP event, whether natural or man-made, we have failed to do so. The cost for protecting the entire grid is placed at about the cost for one B-1 Stealth Bomber. Yet, as a nation, we have done nothing. This is inexplicable and inexcusable.   Our collective inaction against protecting the grid prompted Congressman Franks to write a scathing letter to the top officials of NERC. However, the good Congressman failed to mention the most important aspect of this problem. The problem is entirely fixable and NERC and the US government are leaving the American people and its infrastructure totally unprotected from a total meltdown of nuclear power plants as a result of a prolonged power failure. Why would the present administration fail to take the necessary steps to protect the country?

What the DHS/NERC Grid Ex II drill demonstrated was that almost any massive power failure, regardless of the cause, would most certainly last beyond 24 hours.

Interestingly, two sources have mentioned that Grid Ex II looked at the impact of a pandemic on maintaining and operating our nuclear power plants. Amazingly, one of the scenarios that was examined was the spread of Ebola. I was told that Ebola, by itself, would not prevent the running of a nuclear power plant. However, the test revealed that a widespread power outage, combined with a pandemic situation, such as Ebola, would prove catastrophic! the Ebola outbreak in a region combined with a power outage could prevent a nuclear power plant(s) from having enough qualified personnel on hand to run the plant. 

In such an event, it is not a matter of calling a substitute teacher. Nuclear power plant personnel are highly skilled people, their jobs cannot “just be taken over”. In such a scenario, we would have a critical manpower shortage almost immediately. 

Critical Analyses

According to Judy Haar, a recognized expert in nuclear plant failure analyses, when a nuclear power plant loses access to off-grid electricity, the event is referred to as a “station blackout”. Haar states that all 104 US nuclear power plants are built to withstand electrical outages without experiencing any core damage, through the activation of an automatic start up of emergency generators powered by diesel. Further, when emergency power kicks in, an automatic shutdown of the nuclear power plant commences. The dangerous control rods are dropped into the core, while water is pumped by the diesel power generators into the reactor to reduce the heat and thus, prevent a meltdown. Here is the catch in this process, the spent fuel rods are encased in both a primary and secondary containment structure which is designed to withstand a core meltdown. However, should the pumps stop because either the generators fail or diesel fuel is not available, the fuel rods are subsequently uncovered and a Fukushima type of core meltdown commences immediately. At this point, I took Judy Haar’s comments to a source of mine at the Palo Verde Nuclear power plant. My source informed me that as per NERC policy, nuclear power plants are required to have enough diesel fuel to run for a period of seven days. Some plants have thirty days of diesel. This is the good news, but it is all downhill from here. Again, what if a widespread Ebola outbreak was part of this scenario? Where would the problem solvers and the trained workers on the front lines come from?

 

The Unresolved Power Blackout Problem

A long-term loss of outside electrical power will most certainly interrupt the circulation of cooling water to the pools. My Palo Verde nuclear power plant source informed me that there is no long term solution to a power blackout and that all bets are off if the blackout is due to an EMP attack or even a massive earthquake leading to a loss of power.

A more detailed analysis reveals that the spent fuel pools carry depleted fuel for the reactor. Normally, this spent fuel has had time to considerably decay and therefore, reducing radioactivity and heat. However, the newer discharged fuel still produces heat and needs cooling. Housed in high density storage racks, contained in buildings that vent directly into the atmosphere, radiation containment is not accounted for with regard to the spent fuel racks. In other words, there is no capture mechanism. In this scenario, accompanied by a lengthy electrical outage, and with the emergency power waning due to either generator failure or a lack of diesel needed to power the generators, the plant could lose the ability to provide cooling. The water will subsequently heat up, boil away and uncover the spent fuel rods which required being covered in at least 25 feet of water to remain benign from any deleterious effects. Ultimately, this would lead to fires as well and the release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. This would be the beginning of another Fukushima event right here on American soil. Both my source and Haar shared exactly the same scenario about how a meltdown would occur. Subsequently, I previously spoke with Roger Landry, from the Liberty Beacon, who worked for Raytheon in various Department of Defense projects for 28 years, many of them in this arena, and Roger also confirmed this information and that the above information is well known in the industry.

Placing Odds On a Failure Is a Fools Errand

An analysis of individual plant risks released in 2003 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows that for 39 of the 104 nuclear reactors, the risk of core damage from a blackout was greater than 1 in 100,000. At 45 other plants the risk is greater than 1 in 1 million, the threshold NRC is using to determine which severe accidents should be evaluated in its latest analysis. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Beaver Valley Power Station, Unit 1, in Pennsylvania has the greatest risk of experiencing a core meltdown, 6.5 in 100,000, according to the analysis. These odds don’t sound like much until you consider that we have 124 nuclear power generating plants in the US and Canada and when we consider each individual facility, the odds of failure climb. How many meltdowns would it take in this country before our citizens would be condemned to the hellish nightmare, or worse, being experienced by the Japanese?

Is Armageddon At Hand?

None of the NERC, or the Nuclear Regulatory tests of handling a prolonged blackout at a nuclear power plant has answered two critical questions, “What happens when these nuclear power plants run out of diesel fuel needed to run the generators”, and “What happens when some of these generators fail”? In the event of an EMP attack, can tanker trucks with diesel fuel get to all of the nuclear power plants in the US in time to re-fuel them before they stop running? Will tanker trucks even be running themselves in the aftermath of an EMP attack? And in the event of an EMP attack, it is not likely that any plant which runs low on fuel, or has a generator malfunctions, will ever get any help to mitigate the crisis prior to a plethora of meltdowns occurring. Thus, every nuclear power plant in the country has the potential to cause a Chernobyl or Fukushima type accident if our country is hit by an EMP attack or a catastrophic earthquake.

In all of these scenarios, the country, the world cannot afford a manpower shortage which would accompany this event.

CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE 124 FUKUSHIMA EVENTS IN NORTH AMERICA HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME? THIS WOULD CONSTITUTE THE ULTIMATE DEPOPULATION EVENT.

…And There Is More…

The ramifications raised in the previous paragraphs are significant. What if the blackout lasts longer than 24 hours? What if the reason for the blackout is an EMP burst caused by a high altitude nuclear blast and transportation comes to a standstill? In this instance, the cavalry is not coming. Adding fuel to the fire lies in the fact that the power transformers presently take at least one year to replace. Today, there is a three year backlog on ordering because so many have been ordered by China. This makes one wonder what the Chinese are preparing for with these multiple orders for both transformers and generators. In short, our unpreparedness is a prescription for disaster. As a byproduct of my investigation, I have discovered that most, if not all, of the nuclear power plants are on known earthquake fault lines. All of California’s nuclear power plants are located on an earthquake fault line. Can anyone tell me why would anyone in their right mind build a nuclear power plant on a fault line? To see the depth of this threat you can visit an interactive, overlay map at this site.

Conclusion

The more facts I gather about the threat of a mass nuclear meltdown in this country, the more questions I realize that are going unanswered. With regard to the nuclear power industry we have the proverbial tiger by the tail. Big Sis, former DHS director, Janet Napolitano, once stated that it is not matter of if we have a mass power grid takedown, but it is a matter of when. I would echo her concerns and apply the “not if, but when” admonition to the possibility of a mass meltdown in this country. If we combine the cocktail of a pandemic with a power outage lasting longer than 24 hours, we have no means to recover the combination of events.

At the end of the day, can anyone tell me why would any country be so negligent as to not provide its nuclear plants a fool proof method to cool the secondary processes of its nuclear materials at all of its plants? Why would ANY nuclear power plant be built on an earthquake fault line? Why are we even using nuclear energy under these circumstances? And along these lines, why is the CDC bringing Ebola patients into the country for treatment? One more question, why the CDC, the holder of the patent for Ebola, be visiting nuclear power plants. What legitimate interest could they have unless someone believed that Ebola will be part of this scenario?

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Was Scottish Vote Rigging Caught On Tape?

Zero Hedge

Given the pre-vote polls and 300 years of historical resentment, many were somewhat surprised at the overwhelming “No” vote in last night’s Scottish Independence referendum. While we now know that the vote broke very cleanly between old (“no”) and young (“yes”) Scots, the following clip suggests the possibility that more was afoot than that. As the commentator blasts, “Busted! Absolutely busted!” You decide…

 

 

As Martin Armstrong rages, Is anything real anymore…

I have communicated directly with some Scots. I spoke to an 18 year segment to get a perspective of the youth. They used the word that they wanted a “REVOLUTION” and feel very betrayed by what they called the over “65″ crowd. This is what our model has been warning about and why this is important. Unfunded liabilities are around the global as populations enter the retirement age of the baby-boomers worldwide – post-World War II surge in births. The birth rate and marriage rate has been declining, efforts are building around the globe to encourage women to have children. In Britain, the NHS is funding a sperm bank for lesbians.Just for starters, Germany, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan are paying women to have children and the list keeps going. Why? What happened to over population? The older generation is dying off and the social programs are gauging the younger generation causing taxation to rise and the youth cannot find work.

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David Cameron basically said reading between the lines – the younger generation lost and their fate is now settled “for a generation.” This degree of arrogance is not going to be helpful. Governments will not reform and that brings us only to the bring of our right civil unrest that will rip the systems apart. No one in charge will address the long-term. They are only concerned about one vote at a time.

Now the recriminations. There is a rising tide among the YES camp that view the Scottish vote was rigged. There are videos and photographs emerging calling the votes rigged. There is special focus on Dundee where photos are circulating on Twitter and Facebook demonstrating the rigging of the election. The polling stations also accused were directly in Edinburgh. This will be like Bush stealing the election in the USA and it will linger causing tremendous resentment in Britain. The whole of Europe needed the Scottish NO vote. Since Brussels rigged the Italian elections, we cannot rule out their involvement behind the scenes yet in Scotland. This has led to so many in Scotland feeling they have been cheated and reduced to second class slaves of London and Brussels.

Crisis-Democracy

International Business Times is reporting the uproar. We all have to be deeply concern given the fact that in Europe, the Commission is a dictatorship. The people can vote for a minister to be in Brussels, but the Commission does not have to abide by whatever the people want anyway. What must be understood is this is now about maintaining Brussels.They are paying themselves outrageous amounts of money for absolutely nothing. Just one EU Commissioner will get €400,000 for not working as reported by the Telegraph.

European-Parliament

The EU Commission was threatened by Scotland because if they won their independence, the contagion would have engulfed all of Europe and that would cost jobs in Brussels. This is not about what is good for Europe, it is what is now good for the politicians to keep their huge salaries.

Europe-Separatist Movement

The most interesting evidence of DISTRUST is the capital movement. One would expect the Euro and the pound to rally with the threat of separatism dead. Instead, The pound rallied moderately but not the Euro. Capital is clearly aware that the game is still afoot.

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Cameras to Detect ‘Abnormal’ Behavior

ConsortiumNews.com
By Sander Venema

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A few days ago I read an article about how TNO (the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research, the largest research institute in the Netherlands) developed technology for smart cameras for use at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. These cameras — installed at Schiphol airport by the Qubit Visual Intelligence, a company from The Hague — are designed to recognize certain “suspicious behavior,” such as running, waving your arms, or sweating.

Curiously enough, these are all things that are commonly found in the stressful environment that an international airport is to many people. People need to get to the gate on time, which may require running (especially if you arrived at Schiphol by train, which in the Netherlands is notoriously unreliable); they may be afraid of flying and trying to get their nerves under control; and airports are also places where friends and family meet after long times abroad, which (if you want to hug each other) requires arm waving.

I suspect that a lot of false positives are going to occur with this technology due to this. It’s the wrong technology at the wrong place. I fully understand the need for airport security, and we all want a safe environment for both passengers and crew. Flights need to operate under safe conditions. What I don’t understand is the mentality that every single risk in life needs to be minimized away by government agencies and combated with technology. More technology does not equal safer airports.

Security Theatre

A lot of the measures taken at airports constitute security theatre. This means that the measures are mostly ineffective against real threats, and serve mostly for show. The problem with automatic profiling, which is what this program tries to do as well, is that it doesn’t work.Security expert Bruce Schneier has written extensively about this, and I encourage you to read his 2010 essay “Profiling Makes Us Less Safe” about the specific case of air travel security.

The first problem is that terrorists don’t fit a specific profile or they can carefully avoid “suspicious” actions. Thus, these profiling systems can be circumvented once people figure out how, and because of the over-reliance on technology instead of common sense this can actually cause more insecurity.

In the novel Little Brother, Cory Doctorow wrote about how Marcus Yallow put gravel in his shoes to fool the gait-recognizing cameras at his high school so he and his friends could sneak out to play a game outside. Similar things will be done to try and fool these “smart” cameras, but the consequences can be much greater.

We are actually more secure when we randomly select people instead of relying on a specific threat profile or behavioral profile to select who to screen and who gets through security without secondary screening. The whole point of random screening is that it’s random. Therefore, a potential terrorist cannot in advance know what the criteria are that will make the system pick him out. If a system does use specific criteria, and the security of the system depends on the criteria themselves being secret, that would mean that someone would just have to observe the system for long enough to find out what the criteria are.

Technology may fail, which is something people don’t always realize. Another TNO report entitled: “Afwijkend Gedrag” (Abnormal Behavior) states under the (admittedly tiny) section that deals with privacy concerns that collecting data about abnormal behavior of people is ethically just because the society as a whole can be made safer with this data and associated technology. It also states (and this is an argument I’ve read elsewhere as well), that “society has chosen that safety and security trumps privacy.”

Now, let’s say for the sake of the argument that this might be true in a general sense (although it can be debated whether this is always the case, personally I don’t think so, as sometimes the costs are just too high and we need to keep a free and democratic society after all). The problem here is that the way technology and security systems are implemented is usually not something we as a society get to first have a vote on before the (no doubt highly lucrative) contracts get signed.

In the Dutch airport case, Qubit probably saw a way to make a quick buck by talking the Schiphol leadership and/or the government (as the Dutch state holds 69.77 percent of the Schiphol shares) into buying their technology. It’s not something the people had a conscious debate on, and then subsequently made a well-informed decision.

Major Privacy Issues

We have established that these systems are ineffective and can be circumvented (like any system can), and won’t improve overall security. But much more importantly, there are major privacy issues with this technology. What Schiphol and Qubit are doing here is analyzing and storing data on millions of passengers, the overwhelmingly vast majority of whom are completely innocent. This is like shooting a mosquito with a bazooka.

What happens with this data? We don’t know, and we have to believe Qubit and Schiphol on their word that data about non-suspect members of the public gets deleted. However, in light of recent events where it seems convenient to collect and store as much data about people as possible, I highly doubt any deletions will actually happen.

And the sad thing is: in the Netherlands the Ministry of Security and Justice is now talking about implementing the above-mentioned behavioral analysis system at another (secret) location in the Netherlands. Are we all human guinea pigs ready to be tested and played around with?

What Is Abnormal?

There are also problems with the definitions. This is something I see again and again with privacy-infringing projects like this. What constitutes “abnormal behavior”? Who gets to decide on that and who controls what is abnormal behavior and what isn’t?

Maybe, in the not-too-distant future, the meaning of the word “abnormal” begins to shift, and begins to mean “not like us,” for some definition of “us.” George Orwell mentioned this effect in his book Nineteen-Eighty-Four, where ubiquitous telescreens watch and analyze your every move and one can never be sure what are criminal thoughts and what aren’t.

In 2009, when the European research project INDECT got funded by the European Union, there were critical questions asked to the European Commission by the European Parliament. More precisely, this was asked:

Question from EP: How does the Commission define the term abnormal behavior used in the program?

Answer from EC: As to the precise questions, the Commission would like to clarify that the term behavior or abnormal behavior is not defined by the Commission. It is up to applying consortia to do so when submitting a proposal, where each of the different projects aims at improving the operational efficiency of law enforcement services, by providing novel technical assistance. [Source: Europarl (Written questions by Alexander Alvaro (ALDE) to the Commission)]

In other words: according to the European Commission it depends on the individual projects, which all happen to be vague about their exact definitions. And when you don’t pin down definitions like this (and anchor them in law so that powerful governments and corporations that oversee these systems can be held to account!), these can be changed over time when a new leadership comes to power, either within the corporation in control over the technology, or within government.

This is a danger that is often overlooked. There is no guarantee that we will always live in a democratic and free society, and the best defense against abuse of power is to make sure that those in power have as little data about you as possible.

Keeping these definitions vague is a major tactic in scaring people into submission. This has the inherent danger of legislative mission creep. A measure that once was implemented for one specific purpose soon gets used for another if the opportunity presents itself.

Once it is observed that people are getting arrested for seemingly innocent things, many people (sub)consciously adjust their own behavior. It works similarly with free speech: once certain opinions and utterances are deemed against the law, and are acted upon by law enforcement, many people start thinking twice about what they say and write. They start to self-censor, and this erodes people’s freedom to the point where we slowly shift into a technocratic Orwellian nightmare. And when we wake up it will already be too late to turn the tide.

ConsortiumNews.com

Toothpaste & 15 Other Products Contain Cancer Causing Chemical

Occupy Corporatism
by Susanne Posel

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Colgate Total toothpaste has been found to contain a chemical called Triclosan; an antibacterial and antifungal agent added to many consumer products such as:

• Soaps
• Shampoos
• Cosmetics
• First-Aid / Antiseptics
• Deodorants
• Toothpaste
• Mouth wash
• Clothes
• Keyboard / Mouse pad
• Kitchen utensils
• Toys
• Mops
• Blankets
• Paint
• Humidifiers
• Bedding
• Socks
• Trash bags

Colgate – Palmolive states : “Colgate Total is clinically proven to work better than other toothpastes to reduce these germs that can cause the gum disease gingivitis.”

Back in 2011, Colgate – Palmolive removed triclosan from their soap products such as Dial Complete because of “changing consumer preferences”.

Triclosan causes several adverse effects including:

• Abnormalities with the endocrine system, particularly with thyroid hormone signaling
• Weakening of the immune system
• Birth defects
• Infertility
• Uncontrolled cell growth
• Unhealthy weight loss

Thomas DiPiazza, spokesperson for Colgate – Palmolive stated: “There isn’t enough evidence to justify going back to the drawing board with its toothpaste formula. In the nearly 18 years that Colgate Total has been on the market in the U.S., there has been no signal of a safety issue from adverse-event reports.”

Until recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) withheld information about the toxicological effects of triclosan which revealed that the regulatory agency relied on “company-backed science” to prove that the products worked as claimed and were safe for the general public to use.

Earlier this year, researchers from from Yale University (YU) School of Medicine have published a study examining how the FDA approves products and found that it is quite common for the agency to take the word of the corporation seeking approval rather than prove independently that products are safe.

Joseph Ross, co-author of the study, said : : “Less than half of drugs are compared to an existing alternative that’s available on the market today at the time of approval. The FDA is doing a good job of maintaining these flexible approval standards and tailoring each approval appropriately. So we can have these flexible standards that allow shorter trials and less certain trials to go forward and be the basis of an FDA approval so long as we’re continuing to study these medications in the post market period.”

Shockingly, the research observed that “fewer than half the drugs specified for long–term use are studied for more than six months.”

Ross showed that a significant portion of the medical treatments approved by the FDA are not safe nor are they thoroughly tested.

While some drugs under went severe scrutiny, others were never compared to existing treatments to judge their effectiveness.
Indeed, 37% of drugs were allowed to go to consumers with only having to withstand one clinical trial.

It was shown that:

  • 91% of approvals based on a surrogate endpoint ; meaning that the drug appeared to work
  • 74% of approvals based on a single trial
  • 77% of approvals based on only 2 trials
  • 50% of approvals based on 3 or more trials

Historically, triclosan was introduced to the public more than 4 decades ago with the allowance by the FDA to be used as a surgical scrub in hospitals.

House Representative Edward Markey received a letter from the FDA 3 years ago concerning the “effect of repetitive daily human exposure to these antiseptic ingredients.”

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Report: Terrorists Captured At Mexico Border… But Homeland Security Denies Any “Credible Threats”

SHTFplan
by Mac Slavo

A report from Joe Biggs in early September indicated that a terror threat had been identified on the Southern U.S. border just outside of El Paso, TX. According to Biggs, the Vice President of the Border Patrol Council was reportedly silenced by Federal administrators and told to keep quiet about the possibility of Islamic State militants organizing for an attack within the domestic United States.

For their part, the Obama Administration completely denied the reports. On Tuesday DHS issued the following statement:

“There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border”

But less than 48 hours later the Gateway Pundit reports that the U.S. government did, in fact, apprehend four suspected terrorists with ties to the IS organization on the border.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.”

Johnson dodged the question.

Tonight, Rep. Chaffetz told Megyn Kelly there were four terrorists arrested crossing the US border in Texas on September 10.

“There were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border, who were apprehended at two different stations, that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.”

According to a report from Fox News on Wednesday evening, additional credible threats have been identified and they are looking to strike Americans inside of the U.S.  The report says that IS related terror cells have been given instructions to identify and slaughter American military personnel by locating them via social media networks:

A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up and slaughter them.”

In one example cited in the bulletin, a British jihadist encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and LinkedIn to find and target soldiers.

“You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something,” the tweet read. “Then show up and slaughter them.”

Apparently, terrorist threats from lone wolves only matter if they are born and raised in the United States.

Local sheriffs and Border Patrol officials have been warning of terror threats on the Southern border for quite some time. Reports that individuals from Afghanistan, Iran and other hotbeds of terrorism have been captured crossing into the United States via Mexico have been circulating for quite some time.

The United States is still facing a major threat. You might be surprised to learn who agents are catching trying to cross the border from Mexico.

The above report was from May of 2010, so “credible threats” of terrorists attempting to use the southern border as an entry point into the U.S. is nothing new.

We now have confirmation from a U.S. Congressman who says that four people with suspected ties to terrorism have been apprehended in the United States on our southern border.

How is it, then, that DHS and the Obama Administration refuse to admit that a credible threat to America’s security exists?

All of this begs the question: What the hell is really going on here?

Is this a politically motivated denial in an attempt to downplay the gaping security hole the Obama administration has left in the Southern United States as a result of their immigration policies?

Or, as some have suggested, are certain officials within the United States facilitating the entry of these individuals who mean to do us harm in an effort to further the police state agenda that took hold after the attacks of September 11th?

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The Looming American Quagmire in Iraq and Syria

Strategic Culture
by Wayne MADSEN

As the Barack Obama administration seeks reliable allies to confront the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL)– the official U.S. Department of Defense nomenclature for the newest radical Islamist bogeyman that has eclipsed “Al Qaeda” as global “public enemy number one” – the United States is on the precipice of falling into another Middle Eastern quagmire.

The deeper one digs into the operations surrounding the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), or, as it is variably called, “Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham” (ISIS), “Al Dawlah” (the State), or “Da’ish” (a concatenation of “al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham,” the more the Islamist insurgent group’s links to Western and Israeli intelligence are revealed. ISIL is  an outgrowth of the Organization of Jihad’s Base in the Country of the Two Rivers or Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. As with the current leader of ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, questions surrounded the background of Zarqawi. 

As described in a PowerPoint slide created by the Multinational Force – Iraq (MNFI), Zarqawi was largely a menacing character created by the Pentagon’s psychological operations, media operations, and special operations to leverage a xenophobic response from Iraq’s religious and ethnic groups, including Shi’as, moderate Sunnis, Sufis, and Kurds.

In a 2004 slide titled “Result,” the MNFI bragged that its creation of the Zarqawi threat had the following desired results:

“Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents:

a.​ Terrorism in Iraq

b.​ Foreign Fighters in Iraq

c.​ Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)

d.​ Denial of Iraqi Aspirations (Disrupting Transfer of Sovereignty”

The slide concludes with a description of the effect of promoting Zarqawi as the top threatening terrorist in Iraq, which was to:

“Eliminate popular support for a potentially sympathetic insurgency. Deny ability of insurgency to ‘take root’ among the people.”

According to The Washington Post, General Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. Central Command’s chief public affairs officer in Iraq stated in a 2004 internal CENTCOM briefing that “The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date.”

After the Iraq debacle, many of Zarqawi’s U.S. intelligence-controlled terrorist “assets” moved to Syria, where they now threaten the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Some of these elements stormed across Syria’s border to threaten the Shi’a-dominated government in Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government in Erbil. The newest bogeyman is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a former lieutenant under Zarqawi, who has proclaimed himself “emir” of a new caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Zarqawi’s real name was Ahmed Fadeel Nazal al-Khalayleh. He was born in the Jordanian town of Zarqa. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was an alias as much as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an alias today for the leader of ISIL. Al Baghdadi, a native of Samarra, Iraq, is actually Ibrahim ibn Awwad ibn Ibrahim ibn Ali ibn Muhammad al-Badri al-Samarrai. Before he joined the mujaheddin war against the Soviets, Zarqawi was known as a drunk and drug abuser, hardly material for the fundamentalist Islamists bankrolled by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates.

Like Baghdadi, Zarqawi proclaimed himself the “Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of the Two Rivers,” which means Iraq. Some U.S. intelligence sources claimed that Zarqawi was a “myth” invented by the neocons to justify continued U.S. military operations in Iraq. Iraqi Sunni and Shi’a leaders rarely agree, however, a Sunni insurgent leader told The Daily Telegraph that he believed that Zarqawi was an American or Israeli agent and Iraqi Shi’a leader Muqtada al Sadr claimed that Zarqawi was a fake radical Islamist takfir who was in the employment of the United States.

While Zarqawi was hyped as one of America’s most dangerous enemies, the man who eventually succeeded him as the head of ISIL in Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, became one of America’s trusted allies. Al-Baghdadi, along with the leaders of the Al Nusra Front, initially placed their forces under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army. However, there is every indication that al-Baghdadi is as much a creation of the CIA as was Zarqawi.

Nabil Na’eem, a former top Al Qaeda commander and founder of the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party in Lebanon told Beirut’s Al-Maydeen television network that ISIL is a creation of the CIA and Mossad. Na’eem also stated that the intent of ISIL is to implement Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 1996 “Clean Break” policy, also known as the A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm and crafted by America’s leading Zionist neocons. The Clean Break laid the groundwork for the U.S. Syrian Accountability Act of 2003, the blueprint for American intervention in Syria to overthrow Assad.

Al-Baghdadi is reported to have undergone Mossad military and Islamist theology training in Israel for a year. Na’eem also said that the commander of the Al-Nusra Front, Mohammed al-Jawlani, who swore allegiance to ISIL, is a CIA operative.

A videotaped speech by Al Baghdadi at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, in which he claimed to be the caliph of all Muslims, was deemed a fake by an Iraqi government official. 

The Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) and its component Syria Revolutionaries Front (SRF), backed by key American neo-conservatives like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, as well as neocon non-profits like the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, maintain close links with ISIL and al-Nusra. SRF commander Jamal Maaroud, a nom-de-guerre, has publicly stated that the SRF will fight ISIL but not “Al Qaeda: although there is little evidence on the ground in Syria and Iraq that suggests there is a difference between the two groups.

The FSA and ISIL reportedly joined ranks in the invasion of Lebanon during the Battle of Arsal in August. ISIL and the FSA took several hostages after they attacked Lebanese army units and the local police. FSA commanders also stated that they and ISIL and al-Nusra terrorists had joined ranks in attacking Lebanese units in Arsal and the border Qalamoun region.

There is every indication that ISIL has significant links to Israel. Although there are claims to the contrary, ISIL absorbed most of the ranks of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) Islamist insurgent group in Syria. Al Nusra Front has coordinated its seizure of Syrian army positions along the Golan Heights border with the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Rather than hit back at Al Nusra positions on the Syrian side of the Golan frontier, the Israelis attacked Syrian army positions, giving a boost to the Syrian campaigns of Al Nusra in particular and ISIL in general. There are reports that the Israeli military has been given the coordinates of Syrian army and Hezbollah forces, as well as “Committees for the Defense of the Homeland” militia forces of Alawites, Shi’as, Christians, and Druze, by Al-Nusra/ISIL to launch missile and drone attacks from the Israeli side of the border.

Israelis so sanguine about ISIL, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz has reported that Israeli authorities routinely permit Israeli tourists, armed only with cameras and binoculars, visit the Golan Heights and peer out over the valley of Quneitra to witness Al-Nusra/ISIL jihadists fighting the Syrian army. Israel has even supplied large telescopic viewers for Israelis to peer down on the fighting in the valley. Israelis, some who bring their lunch, coffee, and lawn chairs, spend the entire day watching Arabs killing other Arabs.

In Germany, a German Muslim volunteer for ISIL, Kreshnik Berisha, is on trial for being a member of ISIL. Berisha, before joining ISIL , played soccer for TuS Makkabi Frankfurt, Germany’s largest Jewish soccer team.

The Israeli complacency about the jihadists suggests a deal having been worked out between the Israeli government and the Syrian jihadists not to bring the conflict across the Golan frontier into Israel. Or, the Syrian jihadists are under some type of operational control by Mossad and the IDF and are under strict orders to not attack Israeli targets.

Israelmasks its cross-border infiltration and exfiltration of Al Nusra/ISIL guerrillas into and out of Syria by claiming it is rendering medical assistance to wounded Syrian rebels. Some of these activities were witnessed by Philippines and Fiji UN peacekeepers who were ultimately attacked by Al Nusra/ISIL. The terrorists took 45 Fijian peacekeepers as hostages and were not released until Qatar paid a hefty ransom, thus enriching ISIL’s already-sizable coffers of cash. Another Syrian “moderate” group said to receive assistance from both Saudi Arabia and Israel is the “Southern Front” grouping led by someone named Bashar al-Zoubi.

In the internecine battles in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and probably soon in Jordan and the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, shifting loyalties, deep-pocketed Gulf Arabs, and an increasingly close relationship between Israel’s right-wing Zionists and the House of  Saud, provide all the ingredients for a quagmire. Thanks to the neocons plunging the United States into another absolute mess, America has not seen the last steady influx of body bags to its Dover Air Force Base, Delaware mortuary command.

Strategic Culture

U.S. Targets Islamic State’s Lucrative Oil Smuggling Operations

OilPrice.com
By Nick Cunningham

With U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement of an open-ended plan for airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS), the U.S. and its allies will need to degrade the power and influence of the Sunni jihadist group, and that means reducing its incoming flow of oil money.

And the Obama administration seems aware of that, according to a New York Times article that reports that the President and U.S. diplomats are pressuring Turkey to cut off the stream of oil smuggled across its border.

IS controls territory in central and northern Iraq, and is thought to be producing between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels per day (bpd). Since they cannot sell this oil legitimately, they smuggle it and sell it on the black market. Some energy analysts think IS could be pulling in between $1.2 and $2 million per day.

“The key gateway through that black market is the southern corridor of Turkey,” Luay al-Khatteeb, a fellow at the Brookings Institute’s Doha Center, told the Times. “Turkey is becoming part of this black economy.”

Turkey, no friend of IS, is hesitant to help because 49 Turkish diplomats are currently being held hostage by IS in Iraq. They were taken during the initial IS onslaught in June.

Smuggled oil could be a pivotal issue for the U.S. as it seeks to destroy IS. The militant group sells oil at a reduced price – perhaps around $25 per barrel. At first, it sold the oil to middlemen, who moved the oil to Iran, Syria, Jordan and Turkey. But as IS’ operations grew, they forced out the middlemen, beat back other militant groups, and are now providing security to their own convoys of oil tanker trucks heading out of their territory to market.

The group then uses the revenues to finance its operations, pay salaries — including support for family members of militant members, even after their death — and sign up new recruits.

The economic lifeline for IS will certainly be a top priority for the United States. Up until now, the U.S. military has not targeted the tanker trucks that flow outwards from IS-controlled territory. But an Obama administration official told the Times “that remains an option.”

The tankers are “clearly visible from the sky should any drone pass overhead, so the smuggling is not particularly furtive,” Howard Shatz, a senior economist with the RAND Corporation, writes in Politico. The roads that tankers use could also be destroyed in order to disrupt the money trail.

Another target could be “mobile refineries,” Shatz says, which IS uses to refine crude oil into useful petroleum products. Along with smuggling crude oil, IS sells refined products to local markets. But even though these mobile refineries provide IS with income, they do not have enough capacity to process all the oil coming from IS territories. There are some larger refineries in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey that refine IS oil.

IS is aggressively trying to expand, but oil remains at the heart of its fundraising strategy. The militant group has tried several times since June to take over the massive Baiji refinery, which is 130 miles north of Baghdad. The refinery can process about 310,000 barrels of oil per day, and is a critical piece of infrastructure that the Iraqi government is desperate to hold onto.

In recent days, IS has renewed its attacks on the refinery, firing mortar rounds and hitting a storage tank, according to Bloomberg News. Luay al-Khatteeb of Brookings said if they do capture the refinery, IS will struggle to operate the huge facility without the expertise of technical staff. Nevertheless, it remains a prize for the organization.

The millions of dollars IS is making from smuggling oil may sound like a lot, but the group also has a lot of costs. Paying salaries and buying weapons is one of them, but Shatz of RAND Corporation says that as a group acting as a state, it needs to provide services to the people in its territories. Just to provide the basics of electricity, water, and other administrative services, the Iraqi government spent far more in the past in IS controlled territory than the $2 million-per-day or so the militant group is earning. Ruling with an iron fist will work for now, but if IS is to last, it will need more cash.

Air strikes may succeed in destroying vehicles and other military equipment under IS control, but cutting off the flow of money – specifically from oil smuggling – will likely go further in weakening the Islamic State.

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