One of history’s most famous (or most infamous) discoveries is the invention of the Atomic Bomb. Its discovery came at a steep price, but it single-handedly altered how wars were fought across the globe. Additionally, the advent of the atomic bomb also forced world leaders to reassess how they viewed the defense of their own countries. Even though the U.S. has been the only country to ever use the atomic bomb, the country issued numerous documents on how to handle an all-out nuclear attack on the United States. Yet, the only thing government officials were not prepared for was what to do in the event that the U.S. Military dropped the bomb on American soil. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened over North Carolina in 1961.
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The US government has announced that the United States military will use long-range surveillance drones to spy on North Korea in 2014. A senior US administration official told reporters that as of next spring the Air Force will begin flying “two or three” Global Hawks from a base in Japan. The deployment of US surveillance drones in Japan marks the first time the United States has been given basing rights for the unmanned aircraft in northeast Asia. Both Japan and the United States hope the surveillance mission will augment intelligence gathering on North Korea. According to the Washington Post, the drones’ primary mission will be to fly close to North Korea where the US wants to enhance surveillance capabilities. (1) The Air Force has Global Hawks already based at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, an organized territory of the United States located in the western Pacific Ocean. However North Korea is at the periphery of the drones’ range and flights are often abolished due to bad weather.
For years now, the world has heard all about U.S. military attacks in places like Pakistan and Somalia, with the attack drone known as the MQ-1 Predator, or more recently the MQ-9 Reaper, armed with Hellfire missiles. However, now the Russian military may be actively developing a massive, 20-ton attack drone that would dwarf the General Atomics drones by comparison. The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper weighs approximately 4,901 lbs (2,223 kg), or just under 2.5 tons. If the reports from the State-run Russian media outlet, Pravda, is true – the massive Russian attack drone would be nearly ten times heavier than the Reaper. It is essentially a miniature fighter aircraft that doesn’t require a pilot. According to Pravda, the Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi is in the process of building the prototype, set to be finished by 2018.
This past week, there have been a lot of unusual side-effects as a result of the government shutdown. Numerous government websites have been either scaled back or completely shut down, and just about all agencies have scaled back normal operations that aren’t considered critical. However, it might be surprising to some readers to know that there are some unforeseen consequences for researchers who make frequent use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain information otherwise hidden from the public. According to John Greenewald of the FOIA warehouse of formerly classified documents known as The Black Vault, government agencies have started to stall all FOIA requests until the government shutdown is over. The Freedom of Information Act is a law that insures the public’s right to access information of the Federal government. The law was first enacted in 1966 and provided the public with full access to all federal agency records, unless those records are exempt from disclosure by meeting one of nine exemptions or one of the three law enforcement exclusion rules. It isn’t easy for any government agency to evade disclosing information to the public if it is not classified or doesn’t meet the rules of exemption, but during the government furlough, all of those agencies seem to have a temporary reprieve from fulfilling their responsibilities under FOIA law.
It’s not news that the US military has repeatedly tested biochemical agents on its own troops during the 1943 -1969 US biological weapons program. Nor is it news that at least eight if not more of the scientists involved in Project Paperclip were Nazi scientists who were given asylum in the US and never brought to trial for their participation in Hitler’s human experiments. None of this is new information, but it remains news because many of those military personnel who were subjected to biochemical testing now believe they are victims of those chemical agents with ongoing chronic health issues. The categories of possible types of exposure that military personnel might have include: –> Chemicals –> Radiation –> Warfare Agents Is Bacillus Globilgii Harmful to Your Health or a Safe Simulant? One of the substitutes that the military uses as a simulant for anthrax in tests is BG (Bacillus globilgii). BG can be easily traced through water and air so that how it moves can be documented. While BG is naturally found in the soil, it is the cause of many food poisons when left on produce, as well as ocular infections. The military contends that BG doesn’t pose a health hazard to troops exposed to it. This belief has come under fire during the past decade, especially for individuals suffering from compromised immune systems that some researchers believe makes BG a health risk to those people.
During a recent visit to Jerusalem, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning to Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons on their own citizenry. In his statement, Kerry said, “These are crimes against humanity and they cannot be tolerated.” (1) Such stern words are very reminiscent of the stern warning George W. Bush issued to Saddam Hussein more than a decade ago. Actually, the entire situation in Syria appears to have some parallels with the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq surrounding the 2003 invasion of the country. These parallels beg the question, is the search for Syrian chemical weapons the same as Iraq WMDs? In 2002, the UN Security Council issued Resolution 1441 to President Hussein which stated that it was providing, “a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations.” (2) Additionally, the UN sent a weapons inspector to Iraq in search of the weapons; however, the search returned no weapons of mass destruction, but also could not account for a large quantity of chemical weapons. The Iraqis claimed that these weapons were destroyed; however, the US believed that this was untrue. It was this belief, which was said to be based on CIA intelligence, and the fact that Iraq had “not genuinely accepted UN resolutions demanding that it disarm,” (3) which caused the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In 2006, a large cache of degraded chemical weapons was found, though it was thought that these weapons were created during the 1980s and well beyond their shelf life.
In 1966, the DoD (Department of Defense) initiated Project One Hundred Thousand as a way to increase the military defenses by 100,000 enlisted men annually. Subsequently, those inducted into the various military branches were known as New Standards (NS) men. The NS men term defined the changes made to the requirements for acceptance of those wishing to enlist or those drafted into one of the US military branches. The project was outlined and described in its 49 pages of what’s known as Characteristics and Performance of New Standards. Mental Standards Lowered to Recruit More Military Personnel The introduction of the project report argues past statistics of standards used during war time as justification for reducing the standards for mental test score requirements. The document cites previous mental standards as less than the current ones (1966). “Current mental standards are considerably higher than they were in World War II, and are slightly higher than the standards which were in effect during the 1951–1958 period. In other words, the Military Services have had previous experience in training and utilizing men who score low on our entrance tests. Over the years there have been improvements in training methods and assignment procedures which have helped improve our success rate with men accepted under Project One Hundred Thousand.” (1) The 1951–1958 period specifically refers to America’s involvement in the Korean War (1950-1953). The US supplied “88% of the 341,000 international soldiers which aided South Korean forces, with twenty other countries of the United Nations offering assistance.” (2)
FEMA internment camps are a conspiracy theory second only to 9/11 – and that’s a very close second. There are countless conspiracy theorists out there – some of them actually legitimate journalists – that believe the government at the very least has some sort of plan in place in the event of massive civil unrest. Whether that plan includes massive concentration camps remains debatable. We’ve previously explored the U.S. Army Manual FM 3-39.40, titled Internment and Resettlement Operations, which clearly outlines what the Army would be expected to do in the case of social collapse. The manual clearly states in no uncertain terms that internment camps may be needed to build the capacity of a government to “effectively care for and govern its population”. The manual is written from the perspective of managing foreign conflict and dealing with “Civilian Internees”, “Dislocated Civilians”, and “Detainees”. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to consider a situation where the military would turn to this same manual in the case of social collapse within the U.S. itself.
“I can’t sugarcoat this one. It’s bad!” Those words are from a person on the ground in the Middle East. They did not come through typical news sources. In fact, you will notice this person mentioning that some people are discussing why they feel the news is not covering some aspects of this story. This is an exclusive article. From two discussions, one on May 30, 2013 and the other on June 7, 2013, I received information on the effects of the Syria situation on other parts of the region. I have permission to write about this; however, he/she is to remain anonymous. I am not passing along anything that might identify this person or how I came to know him/her. If you’re like me, you wonder if an “anonymous source” is really just some party line being filtered to the public. If so, good for you. Keep a critical eye. All I can say is that this is a real person who, as far as I know, has no reason to bend the truth.
Energy. It is on everyone’s mind. Once something that many people never gave a second thought, most didn’t worry about where it came from, how much was available or even worry about saving it. However, times have changed. Energy efficiency and conservation is at the top of many lists. These lists not only belong to environmental advocates, but also major corporations, industrial facilities, and even the U.S. The Army is so concerned over energy availability and efficiency, it has focused a great deal of time an effort into its research. As a result, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has made great strides in the field of Energy Scavenging.