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Corey Booker Throws In The Towel
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
REVEALED: Top FBI official who leaked court-sealed and sensitive information about 'terrorism and law enforcement' to reporters through hundreds of texts, rounds of golf and private dinners
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] The identity of a former top FBI official who leaked sensitive information by sending hundreds of texts to six reporters and playing golf with them has been revealed.

Washington Examiner named Bryan Paarmann, the deputy assistant director of the FBI's International Operations Division from 2016 to 2017, as the official after obtaining a report through the Freedom of Information Act.

Paarmann, 53, is said to have 'improperly disclosed court-sealed and law enforcement sensitive information to the media' in violation with FBI protocol.

The incident is included in Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz's June 2018 report that called out the FBI's 'culture of unauthorized media contacts.'

Paarmann, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army officer, served the FBI's counterterrorism operations in New York City in 2017 before retiring.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The following LEGAT assignment from Paarmann's Brosnan Security LINKED account found here. Not mentioned: Any Paarmann connection to US Intelligence Community, nor any mention or photo of Paarmann and Senator Mitt Romney.

More info on Paarmann and Brosnan Security needed. More than just the smell, so to speak.

Legal Attache'
Jul 2004 – May 2007 - 2 years 11 months

Tbilisi, Georgia and Kyiv, Ukraine

Senior FBI representative and accredited diplomat in the US Embassies in Tbilisi, Georgia and Kyiv, Ukraine. Had responsibilities for enhancing FBI investigations and developing bilateral law enforcement relationships with the countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 1:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Brosnan on 'smokebomber'

Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 6:41 Comments || Top||

Reduction of Violence Not Practical: Ghani’s Spokesman
[ToloNews] With a Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
response to recent discussions about a ceasefire and reduction of violence still pending, the Afghan government on Sunday insisted on a ceasefire and said that a reduction of violence ‐ which the Taliban has apparently agreed to ‐ is not practical.
Not even a hudna? I agree, that’s not worth even talking about.
"A ceasefire is the Afghan government’s plan for beginning peace negotiations," presidential front man Sediq Sediqqi said, adding "reduction of violence does not have an accurate meaning in legal and military terms, and it is not practical."

"By ceasefire, we mean a ceasefire like the one established in the country two years ago, during the Eid days--it had a clear definition," Sediqqi said in a tweet.

He added that a ceasefire has an international precedent.

"For us, ensuring peace means the end of the war," Siddiqi tweeted, saying: "there is a need for clarity on recommended plans."

Sources have said that the US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
over the past week and has held an informal meeting with Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Within hours ... the Libyan National Army #LNA will disclose the contents of the Italian ship that was arrested for violating the ban on several sea and air ports
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Another installment of "Where's Geraldo?"
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 01/13/2020 12:22 Comments || Top||

#Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives Chairman of Presidential Council Fayez Sarraj in #Istanbul
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Speaker of east Libya parliament Aqaila Saleh calls for Egyptian army intervention in #Libya to ‘confront foreign intervention in Libya’
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Thanks Hillary.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 01/13/2020 7:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Mrs. Tirebiter: "You boys fight it out between yourselves...."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||

Mitiga Airport of #Tripoli resumes flights tomorrow, January 13
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  "Mitiga to Tehran, Flight boarding now"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

PC warns #Haftar of targeting marine facilities
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Libya’s Government of National Accord Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj invited Turkey to turn Libya into an ‘Ottoman state,’ alleges the speaker of the rival faction
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

US to announce 'actions' after Saudi military trainees review - source
Follow up to this story from yesterday.
[Jpost] The US government will announce "actions" on Monday along with results of a Justice Department criminal investigation into the December shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida that killed three US service members and maimed eight other Americans, an official told Rooters.

Several news outlets, including CNN, Washington Post and the News Agency that Dare Not be Named, reported that more than a dozen Saudi servicemen who are training at US military bases will be expelled from the United States.

Attorney General William Barr and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich will make an announcement at a presser Monday. The US official told Rooters the government will disclose some "actions" in connection with the probe, but declined to elaborate.

The probe found connections to "extremist rhetoric, possession of child pornography and a failure by a small number of people to report alarming behavior by the gunman" in the attacks.
The Saudi personnel being expelled are not accused of aiding the Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors at the Pensacola installation, CNN reported, quoting unnamed sources. The Washington Post said the probe found connections to "extremist rhetoric, possession of child pornography and a failure by a small number of people to report alarming behavior by the gunman" in the attacks.

The FBI, Justice Department and National Security Council declined to comment. The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he has signed "directives that address enhanced screening of all of our foreign students that address credentialing going forward, weapons policies."

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien told "Fox News Sunday" the shooting "showed that there had been errors in the way that we vetted."

On Dec. 10, the Pentagon announced it was halting operational training of all Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
n military personnel in the United States after the incident. On Dec. 19, the Pentagon announced that it found no threat in its review of about 850 military students from Saudi Arabia studying in the United States.

The FBI has said US Sherlocks believe Saudi Air Force Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, acted alone in the incident before he was fatally shot by a deputy sheriff.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  and a failure by a small number of people to report alarming behavior by the gunman

As a general rule, no matter what the organization, you don't want to be the guy throwing cold water on the totally genius plans of the people upstairs. Tends to be a career-limiting move when you are not on-board with The Mission.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||

#2  'More than a dozen' Saudi nationals who train with US military -- and have ties to extremists -- to be expelled, source says

not linked to the Pensacola shooting though

Other than Saudi, military, on R&R visas in the US, networked to the shooter by social, family or blood relations and 'devout' believers in an anathema mythology.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 14:09 Comments || Top||

Germany: Number of asylum-seeker deportations fell in 2019
[DW] Despite the rising number of asylum-seekers ordered to leave Germany, deportation figures fell in 2019. But the reasons why are more complicated than it may seem.

Germany deported fewer asylum-seekers in 2019 than the year before, despite a rise in the number of people ordered to leave and the government's promise to see through more deportations, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

Referring to federal police data, Welt am Sonntag reported that Germany deported 20,587 people between January and November last year, compared to 23,617 the year before.

Even without figures from December, which will be available next week, the data shows that fewer rejected asylum-seekers were deported in 2019 than in 2018. Since May last year, no more than 2,000 rejected asylum-seekers were deported each month.

Annual deportation figures in Germany have fallen consistently since 2016, when Germany carried out 25,375 deportations.

That year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists...
had said her government wanted to carry out a larger number of deportations.

"It needs to be clear: if someone's asylum request is rejected, they must leave the country," she had said at a gathering of her conservative Christian Democrats in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Germany issued deportation orders for 248,861 asylum-seekers as of November 2019, an increase of 5% over the year before, according to figures seen by Welt am Sonntag.

Of these cases, 200,598 were so-called "geduldete," or tolerated persons. In such cases, the person has received orders to leave, but the state is temporarily unable to complete the deportation.

The most common reason for a delay is that an asylum-seeker lacks the necessary travel documents. If the person's identity cannot be verified, the home country will not issue travel documents.

Once a person has been held in this status for 18 months, the deportation order becomes invalid and the state issues a residence permit.

Because the process can be long, rejected asylum-seekers often receive the right to stay in Germany through another channel, for example by giving birth to a German child or marrying a German citizen, reported Welt am Sonntag, citing the Interior Ministry's report on the decrease in figures.

Another reason is that police are often unable to carry out a deportation.

In the first three quarters of 2019, police were unable to carry out 20,210 deportations because the person in question was not at home.

Only a small minority of people are taken into police custody prior to the day of their deportation. For that reason, many people with deportation orders are able to evade arrest.

A further 2,839 deportations could not be completed after the person was taken into custody. Reasons included acts of resistance or because the airplane pilot declined to take them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Germany deported fewer asylum-seekers in 2019 than the year before

And the numbers they've deported in the year before is nothing to be proud about?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 4:03 Comments || Top||

#2  " more complicated"

They didnt want to do it. Vote accordingly Germans.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/13/2020 5:46 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
In Wake Of Soleimani Hit, One NYT Reporter Amplified Iranian Propaganda
[Daily Caller] In the days following the Jan. 2 strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, one New York Times journalist in particular became the focus of criticism for consistently amplifying Iranian messaging.

The journalist was by no means an isolated case. Iranian propaganda and propagandists managed to get air time on CNN, Yahoo, the NYT and Washington Post, among other outlets, and a fake American death toll that made headlines on MSNBC was actually sourced directly to Iranian media. Above it all though was New York Times reporter Farnaz Fassihi.

Fassihi’s aggressive dissemination of Iranian messaging started almost immediately after the Jan. 2 strike that killed Soleimani. She began Jan. 3 by peddling "unconfirmed reports" of "ballistic missiles hitting" Ain Al-Assad, the largest U.S. military base. There was no attack at that time.

NY Post reporter Jonathan Levine called her out when she later followed up to say the initial reports were false. Under pressure, Fassihi later deleted the tweet.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 09:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  We're lucky Trump wasn't President during WWII. The press would have been totally rooting for the Germans. Orange Man Bad!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  At the time you could've has the lot of them shot.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 10:13 Comments || Top||

#3  There isn't a murderous, anti-American thug the left doesn't love.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  ^Vlad?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#5  They were all in a massive circle jerk over him during Obumble and Hillary's "reset" of relations.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Unregistered agent of a foreign government? Form a grand jury in Salt Lake City to check into to this.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#7  We're lucky Trump wasn't President during WWII.

I dunno. If Trump had been president back then, the main drag in front of the Kremlin might be G.S. Patton Boulevard.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#9  We are in "I must drop my mask before Trump rips it away" times.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 12:19 Comments || Top||

#10  NYT poll - Which individual of untimely demise would you most like to see re-animated?

Pol Pot
General Giap
Che Guevara
Anastasia Somoza
Nicole Ceaucescu
Fidel Castro
Eva Peron
Ted Bundy
Jeffrey Daumer
Jeffrey Epstein
Write in
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 14:17 Comments || Top||

2008 article Brennan wrote on dealing with Iran
[Sage Journals] The Conundrum of Iran: Strengthening Moderates without Acquiescing to Belligerence John Brennan First Published July 1, 2008

link for those with Sage access ($36)

Note: “ encourage greater assimilation of Hezbollah into Lebanon's political system; and (4) offer carrots in addition to sticks, including consideration of legitimate Iranian concerns on regional security issues.”
Posted by: 3dc || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

US troops in Iraq knew of Iranian attack 2.5 hours ahead of time – report
[IsraelTimes] US troops stationed at a base targeted last week in a devastating, but not deadly, Iranian missile attack had advance warning of the assault, buying them time to either leave or take shelter in bunkers before rockets rained down on their location, CNN reported.

In what marked the first time media were given access to the base since the attack, the cable station on Saturday reviewed impact sites and spoke with troops who were on the ground in the al-Asad air base during the attack.

...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
fired over a dozen missiles as two bases in Iraq ‐ al-Asad and another base in the northern city of Irbil ‐ housing US troops last Wednesday, in Dire Revenge for a US dronezap that killed senior Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani
a few days earlier.

An Arab diplomatic source told CNN that the Iraqis had warned the US in advance of which bases would be hit after receiving the information from the Iranians. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said the Iranians gave an official verbal message warning Iraq shortly before the attack started.

Many troops at al-Asad were evacuated from the base some two and a half hours before the missile attack started, and those who remained hunkered down in shelters, CNN reported.

Beginning at just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday there were four volleys of rockets that hit al-Asad, some coming down directly on living quarters that had been evacuated due to the warnings.

CNN said little was left of the living quarters hit due to the blast damage and a fire that raged for hours afterwards. Footage from the site showed shattered buildings and large craters in the ground.

Although most troops were moved out of harm’s way, the information the US received indicated that there might be a ground assault on the base too. As a result, some soldiers remained deployed outside in the open, maintaining the perimeter as the earth-shattering kabooms rocked the base.

US sources told CNN that Iran was "not that concerned" with preventing US casualties, and that if precautions had not been taken, the rockets "could potentially have caused significant US casualties."

The rockets continued to fall intermittently for the next two hours. At dawn officers emerged from the bunkers to review the damage.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Deployment to the field and set-up takes time....radars, generators, communications equipment, cellies, chow runs, etc. (no one really wants to live at a launch site) All of that buzzing, whirling, and commotion creates both visual and electronic signatures.

As with Saddam's tanks and HETS (heavy equipment transports), those mobile Iranian launchers very likely reside in motor pools or sheds. I can still remember the CENTOM daily reporting:

"Sir: This morning's imagery indicates they have 469 HETS in station (motor pools), and 13 participating in training and local, pre-planned defensive exercises. No HETS have been seen in the VIC (vicinity) of railheads."

When the alarm sounds, you've usually got enuf time to down a cup of joe and get from the DFAC to the bunker.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Demonstration attacks are stupid. Everyone who thinks we should have given the Japanese a "demonstration" of the A-bomb, please head back to Womyns Studies, hm'kay?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 13:32 Comments || Top||

Iraq’s interior minister orders investigation into Basra journalist killings
[Rudaw] Iraq’s interior minister has ordered an investigation into the killing of two Iraqi journalists covering anti-government protests on Friday, while an Iraqi media watchdog has said 2019 saw "unprecedented" media repression due to protest coverage.

Minister of Interior al-Yasseri "directed the dispatch of a high-level team headed by the Ministry’s undersecretary for police affairs and a number of officers" to investigate the killing of journalists Ahmed Abdul Samad and his cameraman Safaa al-Ghali, a Sunday ministry statement read.

The Minister "ordered that the team not return until the completion of investigations and the uncovering of the perpetrators."
“Hokay, effendi. But we’ll need money for expenses.”
On Friday, Dijlah TV journalists Samad and al-Ghali were shot by unknown button men in their car in the southern city of Basra, while they covered Iraq’s now four month long protests. Samad was a critical voice of Iraq’s government and destructive Iranian influence in the country.

Iraqi protesters have been on the streets since October 1, 2019, to demand an overhaul of Iraq’s system and a change of the post-Iraq war political class. They have been met with deadly violence, including the fire of live rounds and military-grade tear gas.

As of December, more than 511 protesters and security forces members have been killed, and about 17,000 maimed. According to an IHCHR report sent to Rudaw English via WhatsApp in December 2019, a total of 68 protesters and activists have been kidnapped by unknown gangs due to their involvement in the movement.

Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), known in Arabic as Hashd al-Shaabi, is largely considered responsible for the killing of protesters and voices of dissent.

Journalists have been among the most targeted by the deadly repression.

The National Association of Journalists in Iraq released its report for 2019 on Sunday ‐ titling it "A Disastrous Year for Press in Iraq." The killing of three journalists was among the violence enacted on members of the Iraqi press last year, according to the report.

The year "2019 witnessed huge violations against Iraqi journalists and media organizations," the Association said.

a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
what distinguishes 2019 with regard to journalistic work in Iraq is the unprecedented repression of journalists and media institutions as a result of their coverage of the popular protests that started in the beginning of October of the same year," according to the press watchdog report.

"The violations varied between assault and detention during field coverage, prevention and harassment, leading to intimidation and threats of physical liquidation and prosecution," it added.

Through a volunteer-run monitoring team of journalists, the Association found 188 of these violations had taken place in 2019. They were conducted by official security services, and by political parties and gangs ‐ both of which went unnamed by report.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

'George Washington killed Indians because they were Muslims'
[IsraelNationalNews] Hamas Legislative Council member and Palestine Islamic Scholars Association Deputy head Sheikh Salem Salameh said in a Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) interview that it is inconceivable to Muslims that there are other Muslims who recognize and normalize relations with Israel, reports the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

He said that this constitutes betrayal of God, of Islam, and of the Muslims, and that "Palestine" and Jerusalem are Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims in the world.

He claimed that U.S. President George Washington had warned the Muslims and killed Native Americans because they were Muslims who had mosques.

In addition, Sheikh Salameh said the U.S. passes rulings that allow the Jews to kill the "Palestinians".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 16:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Heh, Islamic Scholars Association. There's an oxymoron for ya!
It's a good thing the ME is mostly desert. These mooks could find their way in from out of the rain.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 17:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Austere Religious Shitheads
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 17:22 Comments || Top||

#3  I see a chair in this man's future at a 'renowned' American university. Another 'studies' department most likely.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 17:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Not Bee, putting dollar in jar with appeal that quoting Islamic Scholars Association is not right cricket.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 17:41 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm okay with Washington killing muslims and burning their pagan temples. He wasn't called town burner for nothing.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/13/2020 18:47 Comments || Top||

#6  "He claimed that U.S. President George Washington had warned the Muslims and killed Native Americans because they were Muslims who had mosques."

"Too stupid to live" really should be a valid diagnosis. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 01/13/2020 18:54 Comments || Top||

#7  "George Washington never met a Muslim he didn't like."

- Will Rogers 1927 the lost years.
Posted by: jpal || 01/13/2020 19:05 Comments || Top||

#8  It really isn't ... the Bee? Oh, wow.
Posted by: magpie || 01/13/2020 21:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Pay attention - this is the Muslim Brotherhood's anti-colonialist strategy to crack western countries. They know our weak points politically.

In Australia they do the same thing. They cozy up to Aborigines, pretend they are on the same side then drip-feed them the idea that they were originally Muslims but white people lied to them that they were primitive animists instead

They do this to establish prior claim and brainwash them into islam

THey know to crack western countries on racial lines - look how they target black americans
Posted by: Anon1 || 01/13/2020 23:59 Comments || Top||

Eight F-16 fighter jets were damaged following intense rainfall in southern Israel
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 03:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Prob NOT the Naval edition.

Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 4:39 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if weather manipulation has been used. Severe flooding for sure.
Posted by: Dale || 01/13/2020 5:38 Comments || Top||

#3  "Prepare to snorkel!"
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/13/2020 7:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Just use the force and lift it out the water....

It'll fly,

/Star Wars.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/13/2020 7:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Appears the Partial Load List just got bigger.

(PLL aka spare parts on hand)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:38 Comments || Top||

#6  That's not a revetment, it's a sub pen. Further capabilities, close hold, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 7:53 Comments || Top||

#7  "It can't rain like this for long." Yeah, I've heard that one before...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Submersible Falcons with Lasers?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 10:23 Comments || Top||

#9  Just don't try to dry it out in the microwave.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:38 Comments || Top||

#10  "Hello, Piggly Wiggly? Could y'all please add about, um, [scratch scratch scratch], a thousand tons of rice to today's delivery? Thanks!"
Posted by: Blinky Squank8940 || 01/13/2020 12:55 Comments || Top||

#11  Put them in some rice.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 01/13/2020 20:47 Comments || Top||

#12  And where was the line watch? Even Noah had 40 days and nights to get ready......
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/13/2020 21:26 Comments || Top||

Israel admits it doesn’t enforce Palestinians’ return to West Bank, Gaza
Perhaps it is time to start.
[IsraelTimes] COGAT says there is ’no procedure’ for ensuring people with entry permits go home; since 2014 over 50,000 entries granted for visits to prisoners.

Israeli authorities have reportedly conceded that they have no system in place to ensure that Paleostinians who cross into Israel with entry permits return to the West Bank and the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...

The revelation has intensified concerns that the Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, terror group could exploit the entry permits for facilitating terror activity within Israel’s borders.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Defense Ministry body responsible for liaising with the Paleostinians, made the admission to the right-wing Im Tirtzu group.

Alon Schwarzer, head of Im Tirtzu’s policy division, told Army Radio on Sunday that "this is the most concerning answer we’ve received to any question we’ve ever asked. We saw data, like 50,000 permits for visits to inmates, most of whom are terrorists."
Im Tirtzu filed a request asking authorities for the number of people crossing the border in the past five years, if any of those people had broken any laws while in Israel, and if there was a system in place for checking whether they had returned to their places of residence.

"There is no procedure for enforcing the return of Paleostinians to areas controlled by the Paleostinian Authority or the Gaza Strip," COGAT said in response to the request.

According to a statement on Im Tirtzu’s website (Hebrew link), the data provided by COGAT said that from 2014 to mid-2019 Israeli authorities granted 2,645,696 entry permits to West Bank Paleostinians, and 335,807 to Gazooks.

For West Bank Paleostinians, the lion’s share of the permits were for work, medical purposes, traveling, and visiting family on holidays, but 53,596 of the permits were issued for visits to prisoners and 21,410 for trips abroad.

For Gazooks, most permits were for medical reasons, but 21,394 were issued for trips abroad, and others for business purposes, weddings, holidays, conferences and for work with international aid organizations.

COGAT said it did not have any information on criminal activity by Paleostinians in Israel with entry permits.

"The reality is that no one is following up on the return of residents of the Paleostinian areas who enter Israel after they receive official permits from the State of Israel, which is terrifying," Im Tirtzu said in a statement. "This is a complete gamble with the lives of Israeli citizens."

Im Tirtzu filed the request due to concerns that Hamas was using the permits to advance its terror agenda in Israel following the arrest of Hamas operatives in July, and reports that the terror group was exploiting humanitarian permits for nefarious purposes, Schwarzer said.

"This is a very big security threat for the State of Israel," he said. "Millions of people are getting entry permits to the State of Israel, and unfortunately many of them can get involved in terror activities, or criminal activity."

The Shin Bet security agency is reportedly also concerned Hamas could exploit the permit system to set up terror infrastructure in Israel.

Alon Avitar, a former adviser to COGAT, told Army Radio that the vast majority of Paleostinians who crossed into Israel were compelled to go home for personal interests and to preserve their freedom of movement, but that there were "hundreds of instances" in recent years of Paleostinians exploiting entry permits to advance terror interests, such as transferring and laundering money.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Taking lessons from the Dems?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
US Army to purchase Israeli-made Spike missiles
[Jpost] The long-range precision weapons have a range of 25 km.

The US Army has chosen the Israeli-made long-range Spike precision missile to use on attack helicopters as an interim solution for greater standoff capabilities.

According to Defense News, an Army Requirements Oversight Council authorized the decision "ahead of a bigger decision" regarding acquiring long-range precision munitions for its air fleets.

While Apache helicopters can currently take out targets like enemy tanks, light bunkers and personnel from 12 km. away with the Hellfire Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the US Army wants a missile capable of striking from a longer distance.

Developed and produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Spike is a fifth-generation precise electro-optical missile with a range of more than double the Hellfire’s.

Quoting Brig.-Gen. Wally Rugen, who is in charge of Army aviation modernization, Defense News stated that the Army carried out several successful tests of the Spike in 2019, firing Spike NLOS missiles from an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter both in IDF firing ranges and at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

During the tests, the Apache hid behind 480 m. of craggy mountain and took take aim at a target representing a Russian Pantsir medium-range, surface-to-air missile system on the opposite slope.

Nine missiles were successfully fired toward targets, including one toward a moving target in the dark.

Rugen would not state how many Spike missiles would be purchased nor where they would be deployed.

Rafael’s Spike family includes the Spike NLOS, Spike ER, Spike MR/LR and Spike SR.

Capable of penetrating a meter of armor, they can be operated in either direct attack or mid-course navigation based on target coordinates only. These modes enable defeat of long-range hidden targets, with pinpoint precision, damage assessment and the obtaining of real-time intelligence.

The Spike can be fired from vehicles, helicopters, ships and ground launchers, and has advanced electro-optic seekers which includes capabilities of a smart target tracker with artificial intelligence features.

The Spike is in use by 31 armies and navies around the world on a variety of land and sea system platforms. More than 5,500 Spike missiles have already been fired around the world, both in training and in combat.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Capable of penetrating a meter of armor. Spent uranium warhead?
Posted by: b || 01/13/2020 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Nine missiles were successfully fired toward targets, including one toward a moving target in the dark.

No results were mentioned. Must have been acceptable?

Double the range is good.

The Spike is in use by 31 armies and navies around the world

Puts U.S. on a par with 31 armies and navies in the world?

Posted by: JohnQC || 01/13/2020 10:01 Comments || Top||

#3  I love the IDF/IAF but 39 inches of armor, There is a math or translation error somewhere.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/13/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#4  /\Enlarged warhead on the TOW BGM-71(C/D variants) is supposedly 900 mm or 35.43 in. of RHA steel. So, maybe...?
(Not that I believe any technical claims in most journalist articles without verifying...)
Posted by: magpie || 01/13/2020 14:56 Comments || Top||

#5  (#2 -- JohnQC) Puts U.S. on a par with 31 armies and navies in the world?
Something to install on the LCS Surface Combat Module finally?
Posted by: magpie || 01/13/2020 14:59 Comments || Top||

#6  measurements of penetration of anti tank missiles are on RHA quality steel. And yes that is 1m or steel, no mistake. A typical helicopter AT missile of 80's had up to 800mm like the French HOT.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/13/2020 15:56 Comments || Top||

Trump Administration Tells China Not to Buy Iranian Oil or More Sanctions.
[Red State] -
...Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Sunday that the United States has asked China and some of our European allies to stop buying any oil from Iran to cut off any trickle of income to the regime in control there. If they don’t, then they will get hit by the sanctions hammer.

From Fox News...
    "We’ve cut off probably over 95% of the oil revenues, so there’s a very small amount of oil revenues, and you’re right, a component of that, a big component of that is China," Mnuchin said. "I sat down with the Chinese officials. They flew in a delegation to meet with us and the State Department to talk about this. They’ve cut off all of the state companies from buying oil, and we’re working closely with them to make sure that they cease all additional oil activities."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 04:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ^Thanks moderators.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 7:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Going for Iran's throat.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump cracks walnuts.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/13/2020 9:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Lookie here fellas, we've got this outfit called SUNOCO and.....
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#Soleimani assassination act of international terrorism: #Chomsky
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] I thought he was dead by now, otherwise I'd have expected him to say that.
As I understand it, key bits of his big linguistics theory have been pretty much disproven with regard to human language development, which is a dreadful thing to realize as one heads into old age.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Chomsky's still alive?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 4:09 Comments || Top||

#2  ..the body is. Only the lower brain stem group seems to be operating.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#3  He would know.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Well if good old Noam says so, then you know it is probably pure projection.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/13/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#5  "Renowned scholar"... yeah right. Only by commie leftards.

The fact Chomsky is still sucking air is an act of international terrorism.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 10:02 Comments || Top||

#6  There are different kinds of renowned.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2020 10:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Incidentally, "Noam" means "pleasant" in Hebrew.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Chomsky must mean what one does on the commode after a poor meal of beans.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Past his prime.... (k)No'um sayin'?
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Matt Damon "This wouldn't have happened if Howard Zinn was still alive..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 13:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Someone should create a software Chomsky comment generator. It wouldn't be that hard since he always uses all the usual soviet code words.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/13/2020 17:35 Comments || Top||

#12  ^ ... also uses the Universal Grammar
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 17:50 Comments || Top||

#13  #Chomsky's existence crime against humanity.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/13/2020 18:48 Comments || Top||

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says missiles did not aim to kill US troops
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday it did not aim to kill US troops when it fired a wave of missiles last week at Iraqi bases hosting American forces.
So you were aiming for Iraqis? How clever of you, to be sure.
"They were expendable"
"Our aim was not really to kill enemy soldiers. That was not important," the Guards’ commander, Hossein Salami, told parliament, referring to last Wednesday’s missile operation launched to avenge the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani
and Iraqi top commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes in Baghdad on January 3.

On Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
said that regional conditions require closer contacts between regional countries, according to his official website.

Khamenei, in apparent reference to United States, said those who "came to the region from across the world" oppose cooperation among regional countries.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  If the Ukrainian plane shoot down was intentional this statement would be factually correct.

Had there been US casualties the political damage inflicted on the Trump administration would have been mitigated somewhat.

Trump is being blamed by nominally non-moonbat Western elites even now.

If the US had retaliated it is not inconceivable that Trump would have been forced to resign or removed over this. In any case he would have been neutered vis-a-vis Iran.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/13/2020 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ It is difficult for me to believe that the Iranians did not know about the Ukrainian plane, it's schedule, destination, and who was aboard.

Unless I've missed something, there does not appear to be any Iranian political or military personnel on board the flight. Not one.

BBC Article, partial listing of victims.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 2:06 Comments || Top||

#3  "Our aim was not really to kill enemy soldiers. That was not important,"

No penetration.
Just an airburst.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 4:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Salami. "Ginsu" missle. A perfect match.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#6  "I meant to do that! I was aiming to miss!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/13/2020 9:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Most of the missiles hit An Assad so Iranian words are as worthless as usual. Thing I don't understand is why there weren't any anti-aircraft/missile defenses at those bases?
Posted by: Elmique Uloluck7261 || 01/13/2020 13:25 Comments || Top||

#8  why there weren't any anti-aircraft/missile defenses

Conspirators would say the event was a negotiated face-saving reprisal.
Much like the 2001 attack on an empty Pentagon wing under construction.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 14:15 Comments || Top||

Hezbollah: It's time for Iran's allies to start working to avenge Soleimani
Go for it — I triple dare you. I’ve been waiting to see those secondaries cook off for years!
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  You clearly did not understand Trump’s message.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 01/13/2020 6:55 Comments || Top||

#2  You spelled 'Hired Goons' wrong.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:22 Comments || Top||

Iran's Khamenei calls for better regional cooperation, bitches about U.S.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Kimia Alizadeh, Iran's only female Olympic medalist, defected from the country
Alizadeh is the third top Iranian sports person to stop representing the country in recent months.

In December, Iran’s Chess Federation said top rated chess champion Alireza Firouzja had decided not to play for Iran over its informal ban on competing against Israeli players.

Three months earlier, the International Judo Federation said Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei had refused to return home over fears for his safety after he ignored orders from his national federation to pull out of fights to avoid a potential final meeting with an Israeli.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Iran issues eight more visas to a team of Canadian officials in the wake of a fatal plane crash near Tehran
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] The voice of sweet reason as Khamenei and his clique ponder whether to buy first class tickets on Iran Air, or if taking the bus would be safer.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Maybe we WILL hear the black box.
Or they may be a recovery team.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 4:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran plane downing: Canadian PM promises 'justice' at memorial
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 5:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Canadian experts' conclusion: If only flight crew had been trans...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 14:39 Comments || Top||

#4  IMHO the US should stay out of the so called post crash investigation. This shoot down is a political hot potato for the MMs, and they are in damage control mode (no humor intended). The deed was done, the die has been cast. Let Iran and the MMs duke it out. I am sure that Premier Trudeau will do.....something.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/13/2020 15:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, maybe offer asylum to the MM's in Canada. I can think of a few places (way up North) they could cool their heels. Trudeau's heart must be all aflutter.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/13/2020 16:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Agree 100% w Alaska Paul. Let Jolson take point on this.

Stand back and reap the benefits of watching the mullahs show the world, again, what unbelievably shitty characters they are.
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 17:25 Comments || Top||

#7  Ah, Trudeau, you'd think with his skill set he would get his entire beard colored black.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 18:18 Comments || Top||

#8  What a cool souvenir for the grand kids! “Little Johnny, before I retired there was a country named Iran. See, I have a Visa in my old passport, and I went there once on business. Now it's not there anymore ... "
Posted by: Beau || 01/13/2020 20:35 Comments || Top||

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