War Propaganda: “Fake News” and the Pentagon’s Office of Strategic Influence (OSI)


07-11-19 07:46:00,

By Arjun Walia

  • The Facts: The influence of intelligence and government agencies when it comes to mainstream media is quite large. This article provides numerous examples from documents to whistleblowers that clearly prove this point.
  • Reflect On: Our world has become quite Orwellian with regards to free and open information. There now seems to be a ‘Ministry of Truth’ that is hiding information from people, and telling them what to believe and how to think. Censorship is rampant.

A declassified document from the CIA archives in the form of a letter from a CIA task force addressed to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency details the close relationship that exists between the CIA and mainstream media and academia.

The document states that the CIA task force “now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation,” and that “this has helped us turn some ‘intelligence failure’ stories into ‘intelligence success” stories,’ and has contributed to the accuracy of countless others.” Furthermore, it explains how the agency has “persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods.”

Although it is a document outlining their desire to become more open and transparent, the deception outlined by various whistleblowers (example) requires us to read between the lines and recognize that the relationships shared between intelligence agencies and our sources of information are not always warranted and pose inherent conflicts of interest.

Herein lies the problem: What is “national security,” and who determines that definition? JFK bravely told the world that the “dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh[] the dangers which are cited to justify it.” He also said that “there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” 

“National security” is now an umbrella term used to justify concealing information, but who makes these decisions?

The real reason why people like Julian Assange are treated the way they are treated is because they threaten immoral corporate and elitist actions/interests of various governments and institutions,

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Pentagon: Ethik von KI-Systemen


04-11-19 09:59:00,

Mission Master oder Drohnenpanzer. Bild: Rheinmetall

Der Defense Innovation Board hat ethische Empfehlungen vorgelegt, die widersprüchlich, vage, kaum moralisch argumentierend und eine Luftveranstaltung sind

Letztes Jahr hatte das Pentagon dem Defense Innovation Board aufgefordert Prinzipien für eine ethische Benutzung von KI zu erstellen. Der mit Vertretern aus der Industrie und Wissenschaft hat nun einen solchen Katalog vorgelegt, natürlich nach dem Selbstverständnis des Pentagon, dem Gegner “militärisch und technisch” überlegen zu bleiben. In der Einleitung zu dem vorgelegten Bericht heißt es noch, die Überlegenheit müsse einhergehen mit der “Wahrung und Förderung demokratischer Prinzipien, der Zusammenarbeit mit den Alliierten einem Beitrag zu einer stabilen, friedlichen internationalen Gemeinschaft”. Ob das Trumps Politik entspricht, mag ebenso dahingestellt sein wie Frage, wie die zahlreichen militärischen, auch völkerrechtswidrigen militärischen Interventionen der Demokratie und dem Frieden gedient haben.

In dem Bericht, zu dessen Verfertigung neben Vertretern von IT-Konzernen auch eine bunte Mischung von Menschenrechtsexperten, Wissenschaftler, Vertreter der Zivilgesellschaft, Philosophen, Venturekapitalisten, Wirtschaftsführer und Pentagon-Mitarbeiter” konsultiert worden sein sollen, wird apodiktisch hervorgehoben, dass KI überall eindringen und den Krieg verändern wird. Deswegen müsse man hier anderen Staaten überlegen sein. Ausgerechnet kurz nach dem Rückzug aus Rojava und der Erklärung nur die syrischen Ölfelder noch “schützen” zu wollen, wobei Amerikaner wie Türken sich völkerrechtswidrig in Syrien befinden, heißt es dort überschwänglich: “We have witnessed how deeply committed the women and men who work in the Department are to ethics: avoiding civilian casualties, adhering to international humanitarian law, and collaborating with allies in international fora to advance international law and norms.”

Das soll im Rahmen der fünf erarbeiteten ethischen Prinzipien geschehen, die die Überlegenheit der USA nicht nur technisch, sondern auch ethisch sichern sollen, wobei die Ethik natürlich einen Rahmen setzen soll, um kinetische und legale Gewalt zu legitimieren:

“Verantwortlich: Menschen sollen einen angemessenes Ausmaß an Beurteilung ausüben und für die Entwicklung, den Einsatz, die Verwendung und die Ergebnisse von KI-Ssytemen verantwortlich bleiben.
Fair: Das Verteidigungsministerium sollte überlegte Schritte ausführen, um unbeabsichtigte Vorurteile in der Entwicklung und beim Einsatz von Kampf- und Nichtkampf-KI-Systemen zu vermeiden, die unbeabsichtigt Menschen einen Schaden zufügen.
Rückverfolgbar. Die Ingenieursdisziplin sollte ausreichend fortgeschritten sein, so dass technische Experten ein angmessenes Verständnis der Technik, der Entwicklungsprozesse und Operationsmethoden der eigenen KI-Systeme besitzen.

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Aggression Only OK for US If Led by the Pentagon and Partners – Global Research


19-10-19 06:41:00,

When US forces rape and destroy nonbelligerent nations threatening no one, it’s called humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building — notions Washington’s power elites abhor.

When victimized nations defend themselves lawfully against Pentagon terror-bombing and atrocities by ISIS and likeminded jihadists used as US proxy foot soldiers, they’re wrongfully condemned for aggression — notably by establishment media, operating as imperial press agents.

The Obama and Trump regimes respectively supported Turkey’s 2016 and 2018 aggression in Syria — Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch, both flagrantly illegal under international law.

Aggression committed by other countries is only OK with Washington when serving its interests — notably when Israel smashes defenseless Palestinians, rapes Lebanon, and terror-bombs Syria, along with conducting targeted assassinations.

Throughout much of Obama’s war on Syria, now Trump’s, the Pentagon and CIA used Kurdish YPG fighters in the country’s north as proxy foot soldiers against Damascus.

They were supplied with heavy weapons, related equipment, logistical support, intelligence, and air cover for aggression, supporting Washington’s imperial aims, along with their own self-interest against Syria’s sovereign independence and territorial integrity.

When Turkey’s Erdogan launched so-called Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria days earlier, his third cross-border aggression since 2011, the Trump regime OK’d it, then expressed opposition along with congressional members for political and strategic reasons.

The US has a long history of abandoning support for allies to higher priorities, Kurds victimized time and again, early October their latest betrayal, pushing them to ally with Damascus against a common Turkish foe.

Turkey is a NATO member, its alliance with Washington uneasy at best. A rupture could happen any time over US actions Erdogan rejects, Russia the beneficiary if things turn out this way.

Trump and his handlers are trying to have things both ways, criticizing Turkey’s cross-border adventurism while stopping short of harsh actions to stop it — notably by continuing to sell Ankara weapons and munitions used for warmaking.

Neither DJT, his geopolitical team, or congressional leaders give a hoot about ordinary people anywhere, including at home.

Trump’s Wednesday letter to Erdogan showed he wants bilateral differences smoothed over, relations between both countries kept firm, saying:

“Let’s work out a good deal.

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Pentagon Joins the War on Alternative Media – Global Research


02-09-19 02:03:00,

“Fake news” is so threatening to America’s national security, the Pentagon’s DARPA research agency has announced it will launch a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” according to Bloomberg

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips. If successful, the system after four years of trials may expand to detect malicious intent and prevent viral fake news from polarizing society.

As usual, a translation is in order. DARPA is working on a system that will prevent news and analysis contrary to the establishment narrative from rising above the mosh pit that is the lower depths of social media. 

U.S. officials have been working on plans to prevent outside hackers from flooding social channels with false information ahead of the 2020 election. The drive has been hindered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider election-security legislation. Critics have labeled him #MoscowMitch, saying he left the U.S. vulnerable to meddling by Russia, prompting his retort of “modern-day McCarthyism.”

It should be obvious there isn’t any “election-security.” Even with alleged Russian interference—which has zero credibility and is remarkably evidence-free—can’t overcome the fact the election system is rigged in favor of the establishment’s handpicked “public service” careerists. Bernie Sanders knows about this and Tulsi Gabbard is learning. 

No amount of “fake news” will change or even marginally impact the system. An astute eleven-year-old, after examining the evidence or lack thereof, would conclude the Russians are not hijacking elections. That job is left up to the DNC, RNC, and the corporate propaganda media. 

President Donald Trump has repeatedly rejected allegations that dubious content on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google aided his election win. Hillary Clinton supporters claimed a flood of fake items may have helped sway the results in 2016.

Hillary Clinton followers are simply sore losers. In order to push the fallacy we live in a pluralistic democracy, the state provides the appropriate cover to effectively obfuscate the “deep fake” that is performed every election cycle. 

This cover allowed Donald Trump to win the election. Trump didn’t collude with the Russians, he didn’t need to.

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Das Pentagon und Plastik, das auf Knopfdruck zerfällt


01-09-19 10:03:00,

Zerfallendes Plastik. Screenshot von ACS-Video.

US-Wissenschaftler wollen im Auftrag der Darpa ein Polymer für Transportvehikel oder Geräte entwickelt haben, das ohne Spuren zu hinterlassen blitzschnell verschwindet

Militärtechnik war immer daran interessiert, Menschen und Material zu tarnen oder unsichtar zu machen. Viel Geld fließt in Tarnkappen-Techniken, um Schiffe, Panzer oder Flugzeuge für Radarsysteme durch die Form und die Verwendung von radarabsorbierende Materialien schwerer erkennbar zu machen. Wissenschaftler vom Georgia Institute of Technology haben nun im Auftrag des Pentagon erstmals eine Plastikverbindung entwickelt, die sich auf Befehl aus der Ferne selbst zerstört und sich praktisch unsichtbar auflöst, wie dieses Video demonstrieren soll.

Die Darpa, die Forschungsbehörde des Pentagon, wollte ein Material, um Sensoren, Drohnen oder andere Vehikel zu besitzen, die nach ihrem Einsatz verschwinden und keine Spuren hinterlassen. Damit könnte man heimlich etwas in feindliches Gebiet einschleusen, das nicht entdeckt werden kann und das man nicht bergen muss.

Das Icarus-Projekt

Um die Forschung in Gang zu bringen, hatte die Darpa das Programm Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems (ICARUS) gestartet. Vorbild dafür war Ikarus, der mit Federn und Wachs ausgerüstet zum Fliegen abhob, aber bekanntlich der Sonne zu nahe kam, so dass das Wachs schmolz und er abstürzte. Das wollte man nachahmen, aber mit positiveren Ergebnissen. Die Ausschreibung des ICARUS-Programms suchte nach autonomen Luftfahrzeugen, die eine Last von 1,5 kg mit einer Genauigkeit von 10 Metern liefern kann. Innerhalb weniger Stunden sollte das Flugzeug, das nicht größer als 3 Meter sein sollte, physikalisch verschwinden.

Das Plastik, das die Wissenschaftler nach einer Mitteilung entwickelt haben, soll stabil genug sein, die Zwecke erfüllen zu können. So wurde aus dem Plastik, das auf Polyphthalaldehyd (PPHA) basiert, ein kleines Segelflugzeug und ein Fallschirm für den Abwurf von Lasten gebaut. Gedacht ist, daraus auch Sensoren oder Baumaterialien zu entwickeln. Ob das Polymer in bioabbaubare Bestandteile zerfällt, geht aus der Mitteilung nicht hervor. Das ist dem Militär, sowieso auf Zerstörung und Töten ausgerichtet, auch sonst nicht so wichtig.

Viele Polymere haben eine “Ceiling-Temperatur”, die relativ hoch ist und über der der Umwelt liegt, weswegen sie unter normalen Bedingungen stabil sind. Wird die Schwelle überschritten, zerfallen sie in ihre Bestandteile, in die Monomere. Der Zerfall kann bei einer Überschreitung der Ceiling-Temperatur aber lange dauern,

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Pentagon Launches Investigation Into $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract With Amazon


13-08-19 05:32:00,

The Pentagon’s Inspector General has launched a probe into key aspects of the DoD’s forthcoming $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing program, and has vowed to “expeditiously” review whether there was any malfeasance in the bid process – including conflicts of interest, according to Bloomberg

“We are reviewing the DoD’s handing of the JEDI cloud acquisition, including the development of requirements and the request for proposal process,” said Pentagon IG spokeswoman Dwrena Allen in a statement, adding that a “multidisciplinary team” of auditors, attorneys and investigators are investigating JEDI matters “referred to us by Members of Congress and through the DoD Hotline.”

“In addition, we are investigating whether current or former DoD officials committed misconduct relating to the JEDI acquisition, such as whether any had any conflicts of interest related to their involvement in the acquisition process.”

Allen said the review “is ongoing and our team is making substantial progress. We recognize the importance and time sensitive nature of the issues, and we intend to complete our review as expeditiously as possible.”

The OG intends to write a report and notify Defense Secretary Mark Esper and DoD leaders of the findings, as well as inform Congress, according to standard protocols, she said. “We will also consider publicly releasing the results, consistent with our standard processes. –Bloomberg

On August 1st, Defense Secretary Esper ordered a separate review of the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract after President Trump supported critics saying that Amazon was given an unfair advantage. 

In July, the WSJ publicized new evidence showing that senior Amazon executives met with senior DoD officials, including then-Defense Secretary James Mattis, to discuss the project before the bidding even began, while the decision over the program was expected this month. 

Meanwhile, Oracle lost out on the project after losing a critical court case against the Pentagon and Amazon, allowing the DoD to move forward with either Amazon or Microsoft. 

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David Icke | The Pentagon can make you hear voices in your head. And Facebook can read your mind.


13-08-19 10:22:00,

Breakout your tin foil hats!!! Its appears you are going to need them.

We’ve all heard of people that blame their actions on “voices in their heads” or “the devil told them to do it”.

Well, what if I told you that the Pentagon has developed lasers that broadcast messages directly into your brain in the form of human speech? Yes, you read it right, talking lasers!! Scientist at the Department of Defense have been working on such technology for an initiative called the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate. Located at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA, their vision statement reads as follows: “A fully integrated non-lethal competency within each Service to complement lethal effects, enhance the Joint Force’s adaptability and support strategic objectives that include minimizing civilian casualties.” Messages sent by the lasers are meant to warn enemy combatants that they are in danger and should not continue to carry out attacks. Lasers should be able to broadcast messages across hundreds of miles very soon.

While this may be news to most, the military has been dabbling with synthetic telepathy for some time now. During the 1993 siege on the Branch Davidians  compound in Waco Texas, David Koresh  (the compounds leader) was the proposed target for a synthetic telepathy experiment . The FBI recruited Russian mind control scientist Igor Smirnov to beam the voice of God into Koresh’s mind. God’s voice was to be played by famed actor Charlton Heston. The FBI opted to not follow through with this plan.

I think its safe to say that the ability to implant ideas into our brain has been around for some time now. This technology is a threat to the privacy and freedom of every human on the planet. Unfortunately it gets worse. Not only can thoughts be transmitted into our brain,  but it appears as if our thoughts can be read as well.

Facebook has created a wearable machine that can read your inner voice. The brain computer interface device was developed by Facebook Reality Labs, a division of Facebook. It’s aim is to facilitate telepathic communication with external devices.

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Iraq Accuses Pentagon Of “Extremely Exaggerating” Numbers Of ISIS Fighters


13-08-19 08:09:00,

The US Department of Defense Inspector General released a formal report last week which claimed ISIS retains between 14,000 and 18,000 members in Iraq and Syria, which Pentagon officials used to argue for a continuing US troops presence in Syria. They touted the report as “verification” that a US draw down in Syria had enabled a a resurgent ISIS.

The Iraqi military, however, which partners with US forces, has rejected the report, calling it “extremely exaggerated”. 

“The figure announced by the Pentagon is extremely exaggerated,” the spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, said in a press statement, as quoted by Iraqi news agency Malouma and regional outlet Kurdistan24.

Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq near the border with Syria. Image source: Reuters

The general added that Iraqi national forces are in their third and final phase of an operation meant to clean out final pockets of Islamic State sleeper cells. 

Last Tuesday’s Pentagon report presented to Congress asserted that ISIS terrorists are “growing again in power” in Syria and Iraq, and painted a general picture that to the extent American troops leave the region, the Islamic State will correspondingly reestablish itself. 

“Despite losing its territorial ‘caliphate,’ the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria this quarter,” the report says.

It should be remembered that it’s precisely the same argument Syria hawks have repeatedly used to stymie previous plans voiced by President Trump to “bring the troops home”. Baghdad officials themselves have also increasingly seen little need for the unpopular US troops presence on Iraqi soil. 

Like Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in the post-9/11 years, the constantly inflated “ISIS threat” is the new bogeyman that keeps on giving: neocons and hawks will cling to it so long as in enables expanding American presence in the Middle East. 

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Pentagon gibt Präsenz von IS-Anhängern im Flüchtlingslager Al-Hol zu, Is baut sein Untergrund-Netzwerk aus


07-08-19 09:18:00,


11:00 07.08.2019(aktualisiert 11:08 07.08.2019)

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Im Flüchtlingslager Al-Hol im Nordosten Syriens, das auf dem Territorium liegt, das die von den USA unterstützten Kurden-Volksmilizen kontrollieren, halten sich zahlreiche Anhänger der Terrormiliz „Islamischer Staat“* auf.

Das folgt aus einem Bericht des Generalinspekteurs des US-Verteidigungsministeriums, Glenn Fine, über die „Operation Inherent Resolve“, die die USA und ihre Verbündeten bereits fünf Jahre lang im Nahen Osten durchführen.

„Nach Ansicht des US-Verteidigungsministeriums stellt das Flüchtlingslager Al-Hol in Bezug auf Sicherheit ein großes Problem dar, da sich dort zahlreiche Familienmitglieder und Anhänger der Terrormiliz ‚Islamischer Staat‘ aufhalten. Das Ministerium ruft dazu auf, die IS-Anhänger in ihre Herkunftsländer zurückzuführen“, heißt es im Dokument.    

Laut dem Dokument baute zudem die Terrormiliz „Islamischer Staat“, deren Zerschlagung US-Präsident Donald Trump mehrmals verkündet hatte, in den vergangenen Monaten ihr Untergrund-Netzwerk in Syrien und im Irak aus.

Gasförderungsstation in der syrischen Provinz Homs (Archivbild)

Sputnik / Michail Wosskressenskij

Nach Angaben des Kommandos der „Operation Inherent Resolve“ (OIR) hat der „Islamische Staat“ Mordanschläge, Entführungen sowie Brandanschläge auf Saatfelder sowohl im Irak als auch in Syrien begangen. Es seien auch Anschläge von Selbstmordattentätern registriert worden.   

Außerdem habe der IS Terrorzellen in Syrien gebildet und versucht, seine Kommando- und Kontrollpunkte im Irak zu stärken. Wie aus dem Dokument weiter hervorging, stellt der „Islamische Staat“ sein Finanzierungsnetz wieder auf. 

Unter anderem verwies Glenn Fine in seinem Bericht auf sinkende Möglichkeiten der kurdischen „Demokratischen Kräfte Syriens“ (SDF) im Anti-IS-Kampf.

„Innerhalb von drei Monaten hat das Kommando der ‚Operation Inherent Resolve‘ einen Teil der US-Truppen aus Syrien abgezogen, was zur Schwächung der für die Kräfte der Partner nötigen Unterstützung geführt hat, während sie diese bei der Ausbildung und Ausstattung zur Bekämpfung der sich wiederbelebenden IS-Zellen benötigt haben“, so der Militärinspekteur.

IS-Kämpfer bei Palmyra

AP Photo / Militant Photo

Wie der Inspekteur unter Verweis auf das OIR-Kommando mitteilte, hatten die irakischen Sicherheitskräfte (ISF) und die von den USA unterstützen „Demokratischen Kräfte Syriens“ (SDF) „langfristige Operationen“ gegen IS-Kämpfer nicht durchführen können.        

US-Präsident Donald Trump hatte mehrmals  den Sieg über den „Islamischen Staat“ verkündet. Damit hatte Trump im Dezember den Beginn des Abzuges der US-Truppen aus Syrien begründet.

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Pentagon testet Massenüberwachungs-Luftballons – Zeitung


02-08-19 08:19:00,

Ein auf Stratosphärenballons gestütztes Massenüberwachungssystem wird über dem Territorium von sechs US-Bundesstaaten im Auftrag des Pentagons durchgeführt. Darüber berichtet die Zeitung „The Guardian“ unter Verweis auf Dokumente, die bei der Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eingereicht worden sind.

Demnach reichte das Luft-, Raumfahrt- und Verteidigungsunternehmen „Sierra Nevada Corporation“ einen Antrag bei der Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ein, in dem es ein beständiges Überwachungssystem zur „Lokalisierung und Abschreckung“ des Drogenhandels und der Gefährdungen der inneren Sicherheit bereitstellen will.

Zecken (Symbolbild)

Sputnik / Konstantin Tschalabow

Die FCC soll die Durchführung der Tests des Überwachungssystems, die von Mitte Juli bis September stattfinden sollen, bereits genehmigt haben.

Laut der Zeitung werden bis zu 25 unbemannte solarbetriebene Ballons von South Dakota aus gestartet, die 250 Meilen durch ein Gebiet driften sollen, das Teile von Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri und Illinois umfasst.

Die Luftballons, die in der Stratosphäre in Höhen von bis zu knapp 19 Kilometer unterwegs sein sollen, tragen Hightech-Radars, die einzelne Fahrzeuge wie Autos und Boote bei Tag und Nacht und bei jedem Wetter verfolgen können.

Die Tests werden im Auftrag des Südlichen Kommandos der US-Streitkräfte (Southcom) abgehalten , das für Katastrophenschutz, Nachrichtendienste und Sicherheitszusammenarbeit in der Karibik sowie in Mittel- und Südamerika zuständig ist.


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Pentagon Wants 16-Year-Old Kids To Fight The Empire’s Wars


26-07-19 12:16:00,

Authored By Kurt Nimmo via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

The Pentagon is desperate. Far too many millennials are criminals, so luring them in to become the latest crop of bullet stoppers for the state is a nonstarter. 

Solution? Recruit 16-year-olds. Most have yet graduated to petty and violent crime, although a lot of them are in video game training for a future of violence and self-destructive stupidity. 

It’s not being widely reported in the media. Recruiters are ready to go after tenth-graders. They are itching to snag kids before they engage in a life of crime, or before they have fully-mature brains (well, some of them) and decide to kill and be killed isn’t much of a career choice.

First, though, the state will have to give these little darlings the “right” to vote for a crop of handpicked carnival barkers, euphemistically called representatives of the people. 

I don’t know about you, but when I was sixteen all I thought about was cruising in my father’s car with a freshly minted state permission to drive card in my wallet as I searched desperately for girls willing to make-out in the backseat. 

It took a year or two before I was politically aware, mostly as a result of Richard Nixon’s plan to “draft” me (polite speak for slavery) into the meat grinder he inherited from LBJ, aka the Vietnam War, where I would either be minced, traumatized for life, or lucky enough to stay behind lines and scrub latrines while other kids fought and senselessly died. 

Around this time college, high school students, and millions of other concerned Americans marched against the war, a truly remarkable one-time event now impossible in America because the military is “volunteer” and our wars are “humanitarian.” 

COMMENTARY: Why we should lower the age for recruitment to 16 https://t.co/CKn974qxis pic.twitter.com/y3BKi6z3PK

— ArmyTimes (@ArmyTimes) July 11, 2019

Most of these so-called volunteers “joined” the military because they have so few other career options (if you consider killing other people a career choice). Brought up in largely single-parent homes and taught all manner of nonsense in public schools that now resemble locked down prisons,

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New US Pentagon Chief – Vested Interest In War & Conflict


21-07-19 08:25:00,

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Mark Esper is expected to be confirmed in coming days as the new US Secretary of Defense. His appointment is awaiting final Congressional approval after customary hearings this week before senators. The 55-year-old nominee put forward by President Trump was previously a decorated Lieutenant Colonel and has served in government office during the GW Bush administration.

But what stands out as his most conspicuous past occupation is working for seven years as a senior lobbyist for Raytheon, the US’ third biggest military manufacturing company. The firm specializes in missile-defense systems, including the Patriot, Iron Dome and the Aegis Ashore system (the latter in partnership with Lockheed Martin).

As Defense Secretary, Esper will be the most senior civilian executive member of the US government, next to the president, on overseeing military policy, including decisions about declaring war and deployment of American armed forces around the globe. His military counterpart at the Pentagon is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, currently held by Marine General Joseph Dunford who is expected to be replaced soon by General Mark Milley (also in the process of senate hearings).

Esper’s confirmation hearings this week were pretty much a rubber-stamp procedure, receiving lame questioning from senators about his credentials and viewpoints. The only exception was Senator Elizabeth Warren, who slammed the potential “conflict of interest” due to his past lobbying service for Raytheon. She said it “smacks of corruption”. Other than her solitary objection, Esper was treated with kid gloves by other senators and his appointment is expected to be whistled through by next week. During hearings, the former lobbyist even pointedly refused to recuse himself of any matters involving Raytheon if he becomes the defense boss.

As Rolling Stone magazine quipped on Esper’s nomination, “it is as swampy as you’d expect”.

“President Trump’s Cabinet is already rife with corruption, stocked full of former lobbyists and other private industry power players who don’t seem to mind leveraging their government positions to enrich themselves personally. Esper should fit right in,” wrote Rolling Stone.

The linkage between officials in US government, the Pentagon and private manufacturers is a notorious example of “revolving door”.

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Pentagon solicits virtual reality tech to prep soldiers for ‘battlefield nuclear warfare’


09-07-19 09:51:00,

The Pentagon has put out a call for virtual reality training environments with “radiological/nuclear considerations” – another sign that the US’ unhealthy obsession with nuclear warfare isn’t going away anytime soon.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Department of Defense division focused on countering weapons of mass destruction, is looking for virtual reality systems it can use to train combat forces in a “battlefield nuclear warfare environment.” The agency issued a “sources sought notice” last week, seeking technical specs and other market information on “virtual training and testing programs” for combat troops “performing radiological threat objects find and interdict operations” – as well as fighting on the nuclear “battlefield.”

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“AR/VR capabilities will not replace field training requirements,” the notice states, adding that its “purpose is to test warfighter scenarios and decision-making to provide users realistic outcomes to support training and course-of-action selection when faced with radiological/nuclear threats.” It may also be used for “planning training scenarios” and “equipment testing events.” While the addition of a realistic VR overlay of post-nuclear devastation could make soldiers more reluctant to push the big red button, that decision has never been left to the rank-and-file, and it’s unlikely their commanders will be lining up to experience even the most high-tech post-apocalyptic training module.

The US military is increasingly relying on training simulators, which carry obvious advantages including cost – avoiding the need to transport troops to the countries they’re training to occupy – and safety. The army awarded two contracts for training simulators last month with the goal of ultimately generating 400 different location-specific training environments. And virtual reality is the only way to provide soldiers with training in a post-nuclear scenario – for now, at least.

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It’s the duty of a nation’s military to be prepared, and the Pentagon’s nuclear prepping wouldn’t be nearly so sinister if it hadn’t posted,

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Das Pentagon im Beeinflussungs- oder Influencer-Krieg


02-07-19 07:28:00,

Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg droht Russland wegen des von den USA aufgekündigten INF-Vertrags und erweist sich als durchsichtiger Beeinflussungsstratege. BIld: Nato

Ein Pentagon-Bericht über die “Strategischen Ziele Russlands” sieht den russischen Einfluss weltweit durch “Grauzonen-Aktivitäten” wachsen, den USA fehle ein Narrativ

Das Pentagon hat einen Bericht über die “Strategischen Ziele Russlands” vorgelegt. Interessant an dem Bericht für den Gemeinsamen Generalstab ist nicht nur, wo die Autoren, vorwiegend aus dem Pentagon, Schwächen sehen oder konstruieren, die natürlich ausgeglichen werden müssen, sondern wie insgesamt der seit Jahren eskalierte Konflikt wahrgenommen wird, der zu einem neuen Wettrüsten geführt hat.

Gerade hat die Nato Russland vor dem Auslaufen des INF-Vertrags in 5 Wochen gewarnt. Russland habe bis heute Zeit, seinen Verpflichtungen nachzukommen. Sollte es das nicht tun, werde man, sagte Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg, darauf angemessen, aber “glaubwürdig und effektiv” reagieren, Schuld trage allein Russland, das mit den SSC-8- bzw. 9M729-Raketen den Vertrag über die Begrenzung von Mittelstreckenraketen angeblich verletzt habe. Man wolle kein Wettrüsten und werde keine landgestützten Mittelstreckenraketen in Europa stationieren, aber das Wettrüsten findet auch unabhängig vom INF-Vertrag schon längst statt.

Angekündigt werden nach dem Treffen der Nato-Verteidigungsminister mehr Militärübungen, Ausbau der Beobachtung, der Luft- und Raketenabwehr und der konventionellen Kapazitäten. Verlangt wird eine Unterwerfung Russlands, an einer Diskussion war man von Seiten der USA, die den Vertrag zuerst am 1. Februar aufgekündigt hatten, und der Rest-Nato nicht interessiert.

Russland wirft den USA ebenfalls seit Jahren eine Verletzung des Vertrags durch die Installation des landgestützten Aegis-Raketenabwehrsystems vor, mit dessen modular konfigurierbarem Abschusssystem MK-41 sich auch Mittelstreckenraketen des Typs Tomahawk abfeuern lassen, was der Hersteller Lockheed Martin bestätigt bzw. anpreist. Landgestützte Tomahawk-Raketen fallen unter das Verbot des INF-Vertrags. Die Nato sieht sich nicht einmal genötigt, den Vorwürfen zu begegnen. Stoltenberg: “Russia’s choice is simple: Return to compliance and uphold its arms control commitments, or continue its irresponsible and dangerous behaviour and bear the full responsibility for the demise of the Treaty.”

Die russische Regierung folgte prompt der amerikanischen Aufkündigung des Vertrags. Beide Ländern haben kein großes Interesse daran, die Reichweite von langestützten Raketen in einem Vertrag zu regeln, der nur für Russland und die USA gilt, aber nicht für andere Staaten wie China. Zudem gilt der Vertrag nicht für see- und luftgestützte Raketen.

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Pentagon, NATO and Israel’s IDF Operate as an Air Force for Jihadists in Syria and Elsewhere – Global Research


01-07-19 02:17:00,

Trump escalated Obama’s war in Syria. Endless conflict rages in its ninth year with no prospect for resolution because bipartisan US hardliners reject restoring peace and stability to the country.

US-led aggression is all about wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing Syrian sovereign independence, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran, while pushing to return the country to US client state status — along with gaining control over its vast oil and gas resources.

The US, NATO, and Israel are waging war on Syria without declaring it, their warplanes aiding ISIS and other terrorists, proxy forces serving their interests — heavily armed, funded, trained and directed by the US and its imperial partners.

According to a Syrian military source on Monday,

“(o)ur air defenses intercepted hostile missiles fired by Israeli warplanes from the Lebanese airspace towards some of our military positions in Homs and the surroundings of Damascus.”

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said

“four civilians, including a baby, were martyred and 21 others, including children, were injured in Sahnaya town in Damascus Countryside due to the aggression,” adding:

“(M)aterial damage was inflicted on a number of civilians’ houses in Sahnaya,” injuries sustained by occupants.

Other reports indicated that powerful blasts struck Homs and the Damascus countryside, causing “material damage.”

AMN News reported that Israeli warplanes struck “a number of sites near the capital city and Lebanese border.”

Southfront reported that “most (IDF) missiles (fired from Lebanese airspace) were able to hit their targets,” adding:

“(M)ilitary positions in the districts of al-Mazzeh, al-Dimass and Jomrayah north and northwest of Damascus, as well as three bases in the outskirt of the city of Homs were hit.”

The large-scale attack suggests more of the same coming, the Pentagon and IDF likely coordinating their aggression at designated targets.

Along with the US and NATO, Israel has been waging war on Syria for years without declaring it.

Last September, an IDF statement said it conducted hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian targets in the last 18 months alone, some near Russia’s Khmeimim airbase, Lebanese airspace most often used to launch attacks.

A Lebanese source said “10 or more Israeli military aircraft entered the (country’s) airspace” ahead of the latest attack,

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Brains for hire: Pentagon spends millions researching explosives & whale detection at German unis


23-06-19 12:46:00,

Universities all across Germany have been engaged in dual-purpose and military-related projects for the Pentagon, which has reportedly poured millions into the work, sometimes in violation of local laws that promote non-violence.

The US Department of Defense seems to have outsourced some of its scientific efforts to dozens of German universities, according to Der Spiegel. The magazine scrutinized a database on US government acquisitions and found out that $21.7 million of taxpayers’ money was spent on hundreds of scientific research grants since 2008.

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Most of the projects, predictably, revolved around technology and natural sciences, and didn’t immediately relate to the military. But some of them were, indeed, eye-catching.

One grant, worth $1.72 million, was given to Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich to find a replacement for RDX, an explosive widely used since as early as 19th century. LMU, one of Germany’s best technology hubs, also received $3.7 million for 23 separate projects. 

Another center, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research, got $973,000 between 2013 and 2017 to develop infrared-based system allowing for whale detection. Der Spiegel believes that this technology – useless for the military at first glance – could be employed in submarine operations, calling it “a classic example of the dual-use thing.”

The Pentagon itself left no doubt as to why it was spending that money on German brains and know-how. Their research was crucial for “improvement of army programs or operations,” and helped ensure that there will be no “technological surprises for our nation,” according to some of the project descriptions.

Some of the funding came in violation of local laws, Der Spiegel writes. The western state of North Rhine-Westphalia requires that scholars contribute to “a sustainable, peaceful and democratic world” as well as to be “committed to peaceful goals.”

Nevertheless, many universities did engage in Pentagon-funded projects that had clear military applications.

Back in the US, the military also invests sizeable amounts of money in hi-tech projects, benefiting from its giant $686-billion budget. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most talked-about area where the Pentagon has been offering generous contracts to top companies like Google,

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Ecuador Just Gave the Pentagon Permission to Use Galapagos Island as an Airstrip


17-06-19 08:39:00,

By Eoin Higgins

The Galapagos Islands archipelago in Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse regions in the entire world, home to a number of species found nowhere else on the planet, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

So, naturally, the U.S. military wants to use one of its islands as an airstrip.

Ecuadorian defense minister Oswaldo Jarrín announced President Lenín Moreno’s administration’s decision to allow the Pentagon to expand an existing airfield on San Cristobal Island for U.S. spy planes targeting drug traffickers in comments to Telesur on June 12. The airport is at the southwest end of the island in the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

According to The Independent, “a U.S. air force Boeing 707 plane carrying radar surveillance and a Lockheed P-3 Orion plane will patrol the Pacific Ocean, using the Galapagos as a launching off point.”

The Ecuadorian National Assembly isn’t sold on the proposal. In a vote on June 13, El Universo reported, 106 of the assembly’s 137 members cleared the way for calling on Jarrín and environmental minister Marcelo Mata to appear before the chamber’s Commission of Sovereignty and International Relations.

Carlos Viteri, an assembly member from the southern region of Sarayacu, Pastaza, and a member of the Revolución Ciudadana party, said that allowing the U.S. to operate off of the airstrip was “vassalage.”

“What is being proposed by the government through the Ministry of Defense is unacceptable,” Viteri told El Universo, “and the fact that it intends to cede an inch of Ecuadorian territory should be prohibited.”

In his remarks, Jarrín said that the Galapagos Islands are a “natural aircraft carrier because it ensures permanence, replenishment, interception facilities, and is 1,000 kilometers from our coasts.”

That aircraft carrier could have an extended landing strip built on it to accommodate U.S. planes. Jarrín said that the Pentagon would pay for any needed “readjustments” to the airfield, raising concerns that Galapagos will be used as a permanent base for the U.S. military—a violation of Ecuador’s constitution, which says in Article Five that “the establishment of foreign military bases or foreign installations for military purposes will not be allowed.

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Pentagon seeks to build global ‘consensus’ on Iran. Is it time to worry?


15-06-19 08:24:00,

The Trump administration is looking to “build international consensus” against Iran following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But what does that actually mean? And to what end is it used?

“The focus for myself and Ambassador Bolton and Secretary Pompeo is to build international consensus to this international problem,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters outside the Pentagon on Friday.

Shanahan went on to say that the Pentagon would contribute to this effort by sharing intelligence with allies, as it did Friday when it released a video it claims shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) removing an undetonated mine from the hull of one of two tankers attacked that morning.

For National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, consensus-building will likely take a different shape. Pompeo has already blamed Iran for the attack, citing non-specific “intelligence” and Tehran’s alleged history of “unprovoked attacks” in the region. The State Secretary has jetted off in search of consensus before; taking a tour of the Middle East at the beginning of the year to unite the US’ Arab allies against Iran.

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Bolton has been clamoring for war with Iran for over a decade, advocating pre-emptive strikes on the Islamic Republic since 2008. Shaping consensus for him will likely entail more beating of the war drums on the international stage.

Rallying allies

Why build consensus at all? There are two reasons: moral and material.

The US paints itself not as the “world police” but as a moral beacon, an exemplar for “democracies” to aspire to and follow, so the more allies sign on to its cause the more legitimate it looks.

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On a more practical level, going against Tehran is not an endeavor the US can do alone. Iran has a population of nearly 90 million people, the world’s 14th-most powerful military,

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Teufelskreis: Pentagon erschafft IT-Riesen und kauft anschließend deren Dienste


27-05-19 02:37:00,

Tyler Durden

Mit seinen gewaltigen Finanzmitteln hat das amerikanische Verteidigungsministerium – unterstützt durch Risikokapital der CIA – beim Aufbau diverser Riesen der Informationstechnologie mitgeholfen, unter anderem bei Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google und PayPal. Später kaufte der Staat diese Firmen dann ein, damit sie ihn bei Militär- und Geheimdienstaktivitäten unterstützen. Auf diese Weise werden auch die Riesen größer und größer.

Traditionell wird der Börsenindex Fortune 500 von Unternehmen aus dem Bankenwesen, dem Energiesektor und der Industrie dominiert. Doch in den vergangenen Jahren haben Technologieriesen wie Apple und Facebook alteingesessene Konzerne vollkommen abgehängt. Deren Erfolgstechnologie beruht allerdings auf der mit Steuergeldern finanzierten Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit vergangener Jahrzehnte.

Das Internet begann als Arpanet, eine Erfindung von Honeywell-Raytheon, das damals im Auftrag des US-Verteidigungsministeriums arbeitete. Dieselben Satelliten, über die moderne Internetkommunikation abläuft, machen es US-Kampfflugzeugen möglich, Feinde zu bombardieren, dasselbe gilt für GPS, mit dessen Hilfe Online-Einzelhändler Produkte punktgenau zustellen können. Apples Touchscreen-Technologie war ursprünglich bei der US Air Force im Einsatz. Und die Drohnen, die heute so atemberaubende Videos aus der Luft schießen, sind abgewandelte Versionen von Reapers und Predators.

Steuerfinanzierte Forschungsarbeit des US-Verteidigungsministeriums bildet das Rückgrat der modernen Hightech-Wirtschaft. Doch diese Technologien erfüllen einen doppelten Zweck. Die Unternehmen, die bei vielen von uns fester Bestandteil des Alltags geworden sind – Firmen wie Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft und PayPal –, sind indirekt und teilweise auch sehr direkt mit dem militärischen und nachrichtendienstlichen Komplex in den USA verbunden.

Open the Government, eine überparteiliche NGO, die sich für mehr Transparenz einsetzt, hat kürzlich in einem Bericht aufgedeckt, wie umfangreich die Zusammenarbeit von Amazon und Pentagon ist. Das 1994 von Jeff Bezos gegründete Unternehmen wird inzwischen mit 1.000 Milliarden Dollar bewertet, das Privatvermögen von Bezos beliefe sich demnach auf 131 Milliarden Dollar. Im Bericht von Open the Government heißt es, weite Teile der US-Regierung würden mittlerweile auf Amazon laufen, was dazu führt, das Amazon in der Nähe der US-Hauptstadt Washington einen neuen Standort eröffnet.

Amazon bietet unter anderem Clouddienste, maschinelles Lernen und Systeme für biometrische Daten an. Mehr noch: Amazon steht kurz davor, aus dem 10 Milliarden Dollar schweren Programm Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) einen lukrativen IT-Vertrag des Pentagons einzustreichen.

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Pentagon sounds alarm over military ‘expansion’ of China… which only has one base abroad


03-05-19 03:35:00,

The Pentagon, whose military installations abroad dwarf those of China, is deeply worried about Beijing conspiring to build up such facilities across the world in order to protect the global One Belt, One Road project.

The Chinese military is hastily working to project power overseas, the US Department of Defense warned in a comprehensive report to Congress. Rising global ambitions have increasingly propelled China’s military “to think about how it will operate beyond China’s borders and its immediate periphery,” the paper alleges.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) currently has one overseas facility in Djibouti but Pentagon analysts believe they are eyeing others, possibly in Pakistan, the Middle East or Western Pacific. China’s projects such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) “will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects.”

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That aside, the report stoked fear of China using submarine patrols and developing an icebreaker fleet as a bulwark of spreading influence in the Arctic.

Authors of the publication also voiced concerns that Beijing’s “more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure would allow China to project and sustain military power at greater distances.”

The US has the largest and the most powerful military in the world. It is estimated to have as many as 800 bases in more than 70 countries and territories, ranging from huge air bases in Europe to small radar facilities in the Pacific.

China, along with Russia, has been named one of America’s greatest military challenges. It’s unsurprising that the Pentagon’s report minced no words to blame Beijing for using “coercion” and employing “tactics short of armed conflict.”

Such activities “are calculated to fall below the threshold of provoking armed conflict with the United States, its allies and partners, or others in the Indo-Pacific region,” it claimed, habitually mentioning the rising tensions in the South and East China Seas as an example.

The document laments Chinese maritime and aircraft patrols in the contested waters, but again, the mention of Washington’s naval deployments in the area – seen as provocative in Beijing – is nowhere to be found.

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Pentagon books so wrong on every level it’s impossible to detect fraud – Matt Taibbi


15-04-19 11:26:00,

The US Department of Defense’s (DoD) finances are so labyrinthine and full of invented numbers that it’s impossible to detect cases of rampant fraud and criminality from the books, journalist Matt Taibbi told RT’s Lee Camp.

Taibbi recently delved into the intricacies of the Pentagon’s finances to find out how a much-lauded audit of the organization, which receives half a trillion dollars a year, failed to give the DoD either a pass or fail. What he found was a system that is inherently unable to provide financial accountability, he said during an interview on Redacted Tonight.

“It’s organized so badly that when the Pentagon at the end of every year goes to ask for more money for the next year… they invent the numbers because they have no audit trail. They submit all those numbers to the Congress, saying we spent this on that, but they don’t actually have the documents,” he said. “The sheer quantity of the numbers makes it impossible to detect anything like fraud or theft because the books are all wrong at every single level of the system.”

The journalist believes the Pentagon cannot be reformed in this area until the way it gets its financing is reformed to cut off the influence of weapons contractors.

The people who sit on the Armed Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee are going to be primarily funded by military contractors. Which means that none of those people are ever going to approve any measure that threatens to stop funding of the Pentagon until they get their books in order. And the only way you can make the Pentagon to make their books in order is to yank the money.

Taibbi and Lee also discussed the collapse of the Russiagate conspiracy theory and why Taibbi considers it a worse blow to the credibility of the US press than the Iraqi WMDs fiasco under George W. Bush.

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Pentagon Audit: Evidence Proving $21 Trillion Unaccounted For – Opening Statement – Global Research


29-03-19 08:39:00,

According to United States government documents, since 1998, the Office of the Inspector General has reported $21 Trillion in unaccounted for money.

As unbelievable and absurd as that sounds, the actual total of unaccounted for money at the Pentagon is most likely significantly more than $21 trillion.

Researchers are unable to get data for every year of military spending, many Pentagon agencies do not have any publicly available records, hundreds of thousands of transactions have been erased, and an estimated millions of transactions do not have any traceable record.

As you will see in detail throughout this series of reports, not only have trillions of taxpayer dollars been knowingly dumped into a shockingly unaccountable black hole, Congress is not even sure how much money has been appropriated and given out in the first place.

United States government officials who work for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have been reporting on this stunning issue for years.

The fact that this mind-blowing amount of missing tax money has not been a lightning rod for mainstream media coverage, congressional investigations, and a lead issue for all political representatives, particularly those who claim to care about our skyrocketing national debt, calls into serious question the integrity and legitimacy of all leadership and responsible parties.

Beyond the outright disregard for the rule of law and lack of consequences for ignoring an annual audit legal requirement, the Pentagon is also flagrantly in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution in Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 specifically states:

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”


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Pentagon Helped Make ‘Captain Marvel’ Blockbuster, Case Study in Neocon War Propaganda


18-03-19 02:30:00,

The Pentagon was deeply involved in the production of the hit Hollywood film Captain Marvel, and is using the movie to spread recruitment propaganda.

The superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel is a perfect case study for how the United States military uses Hollywood to spread propaganda.

The US military is at the center of the plot of Captain Marvel. The film’s protagonist, Carol Danvers, is a former US Air Force pilot who becomes a superhero after absorbing the powers of an advanced technology created by another US military scientist. (That scientist happens to be a member of the advanced alien race known as the Kree, who for unexplained reasons decided to do groundbreaking military research for, of all the myriad places in the universe, the US of A).

As soon as the film opens, it bombards viewers with two hours of non-stop US military propaganda. And it is not even subtle; at the plot’s climax, Captain Marvel changes the colors of her suit to match those of the American flag.

But the US military is not only part of the story of Captain Marvel; as The Grayzone details below, the Pentagon was deeply involved in the production of the film itself.

The cast and directors of Captain Marvel worked closely with the United States military, relying on US military officers as consultants and advisers, employing dozens of active-duty US soldiers as extras. Several scenes were shot on a US military base. And since its release, the US Department of Defense has promoted the film relentlessly on its website and social media accounts.

Progressive cultural representation + militarist propaganda

Captain Marvel was marketed as a feminist blockbuster, a rare superhero movie featuring a female lead. As the women-centered magazine Elle trumpeted, “Captain Marvel Is Now the Highest Grossing Movie With a Female Lead Ever.”

As is so often the case in Hollywood, however, ostensibly progressive breakthroughs in cultural representation were seamlessly blended with US militarist propaganda.

Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson) has two close allies: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), a former CIA agent who finds himself directionless in life after successfully defeating communism in the Cold War; and Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), another fighter pilot in the US military.

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Pentagon releases blueprint for accelerating artificial intelligence | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


09-03-19 10:27:00,

Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: AP, Patra Kongsirimongkolchai/EyeEm/Getty Images

The Pentagon made public for the first time on Feb. 12 the outlines of its master plan for speeding the injection of artificial intelligence (AI) into military equipment, including advanced technologies destined for the battlefield.

By declassifying key elements of a strategy it had adopted last summer, the Defense Department appeared to be trying to address disparate criticism that it was not being heedful enough of the risks of using AI in its weaponry or not being aggressive enough in the face of rival nations’ efforts to embrace AI.

The 17-page strategy summary said that AI — a shorthand term for machine-driven learning and decision-making — held out great promise for military applications, and that it “is expected to impact every corner of the Department, spanning operations, training, sustainment, force protection, recruiting, healthcare, and many others.”

It depicted AI’s embrace in solely positive terms, asserting that “with the application of AI to defense, we have an opportunity to improve support for and protection of U.S. service members, safeguard our citizens, defend our allies and partners, and improve the affordability and speed of our operations.”

Stepping back from AI in the face of aggressive AI research efforts by potential rivals would have dire — even apocalyptic — consequences, it further warned. It would “result in legacy systems irrelevant to the defense of our people, eroding cohesion among allies and partners, reduced access to markets that will contribute to a decline in our prosperity and standard of living, and growing challenges to societies that have been built upon individual freedoms.”

The publication of the Pentagon strategy’s core concepts comes eight months after a Silicon Valley revolt against the military’s premier AI research program. After thousands of Google employees signed a petition protesting the company’s involvement in an effort known as Project Maven, meant to speed up the analysis of videos taken by a drone so that military personnel could more readily identify potential targets, Google announced on June 1 that it would back out of it.

But the release of the strategy makes clear that the Trump administration isn’t having second thoughts about the utility of AI.

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Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis – Global Research


25-01-19 01:57:00,

The U.S. Department of Defense produces more hazardous waste than the five biggest U.S.-based chemical companies combined and is the biggest contributor to global pollution in the world.


This week, the Department of Defense released a report to Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jim Inhofe (R-OK) detailing the threat climate change poses to U.S. national security. Not only does the report fail to mention U.S. bases that have been destroyed or evacuated recently due to natural disasters, it completely omits the outsized role the Pentagon plays in furthering climate change, as the number one polluter in the world.

Inhofe is perhaps most famous for throwing a snowball on the Senate floor in an attempt to disprove climate change, which might be the most spectacular instance of a Republican official invoking cold or snowy weather to delegitimize science to date.

But the meme itself runs contrary to science. The warming of the atmosphere causes the temperature of surface water to get hotter, thereby releasing more moisture in the air, thereby creating more snowfall.

Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019

The reports were delivered to Inhofe and President Donald Trump, who also denies the existence of climate change. Two months ago, Trump said that he didn’t believe a study on climate change involving 13 federal agencies.

Congress had compelled the Pentagon to conduct the assessment on managing “effects of a changing climate” in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018.

Report ignores billions in damage

The report studied 79 military complexes, finding that most are, or will be, at risk of becoming severely vulnerable to climate change manifest as flood, wildfires, thawing permafrost, desertification, drought and more.

The report does mention two wildfires in Colorado in March 2018 that hampered training exercises, and discusses flood at the Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. There, the sea level has risen 14 inches since 1930 and flooding has become “more frequent and severe.”

But the report doesn’t rank the 10 most vulnerable military bases,

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Pentagon Wants Big War Funding – Now | New Eastern Outlook


15-01-19 06:20:00,


We are off to a huge news cycle for 2019, with everything from shifting sands in the Mideast, to what some say could be a growing class rebellion in the EU, which might tip its house of cards over.

The Trump White House interprets its Syria policy differently day after day. More countries state their intentions to resume ties with Syria, including many in Europe. And the same EU has left Iran standing at the altar over its phantom Special Purpose Vehicle that Mogherini said would be ready by year end, but which appears to have morphed into a “dark project”.

Lost among all the current high profile stories was a Pentagon report that slipped by getting much news coverage, but continues the US long march from a new Cold War to a hot one. The US Defense Science Board issued a report titled Task Force on Survivable Logistics. Although it has a somewhat innocuous title, it is a message in a bottle to us all.

In short, the report was a maximum effort to sell a US military logistics crisis to fight a World War with a “strategic adversary”. And “crisis” was used in describing the situation, indicating that the US has allowed the military logistics supply chain to deteriorate badly, due to funding going into other things.

But there was no mention in the report of our fighting new fake wars after blowing trillions in failed and dead-end US military adventures in the Mideast that have left a wide path of destruction in their wake; and all this was done when no real war had been declared.

Wading through the report, I got the feeling that, after Trump had rolled out his nuclear modernization program with its big price tag and bragged he was going to build the biggest and best military machine on the planet, these logistics chiefs wanted to get in on the action. Dear Mr. President, when we outspend everyone else put together, just who did you have in mind to use this big bad machine on?

And as to the drafters of the report, I would ask them, if we do have crises logistics problems when we have over 700 bases worldwide, with members of NATO creeping up to the Russian and Chinese borders to be able to threaten them with a quick delivery first strike,

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Pentagon Rings In New Year With Heinous Joke on Twitter


01-01-19 04:50:00,

A Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. (William Brawley / Flickr)

While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the U.S. military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places.

In a since-deleted, U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation’s strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of “the big ball” during the countdown to midnight, “we are ready to drop something much, much bigger.”

Beneath the message was a video (see below), as the New York Times describes it, of “a B-2 stealth bomber soaring across the sky before releasing two GPS-guided bombs that exploded into a giant ball of fire after hitting the ground below.”

While Stratcom deleted the tweet after about three hours—issuing an apology that the message “was in poor taste & does not reflect our values”—plenty of people had already taken screenshots of the message:

Among the reactions of outrage on social media, Walter Schaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics, simply asked: “What kind of maniacs are running this country?”

What kind of maniacs are running this country? pic.twitter.com/0glVs2ee25

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 31, 2018

He was far from alone.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” said Derek Johnson, executive director of the anti-nuclear weapons group Global Zero, “I present to you @US_Stratcom, the stoic guardians of several thousand nuclear missiles who definitely don’t think raining death and destruction from above is some kind of joke.” Johnson then added:

#ICYMI: Here’s STRATCOM’s now-deleted NYE tweet. Because apparently this is what peace looks like. pic.twitter.com/TiTRiMXSmL

— Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) January 1, 2019

“Oops, bad call,” say the bros responsible for civilization-ending nuclear weaponry. https://t.co/rU9cnfbMg9

— Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) January 1, 2019

Here’s a tweet that contains a full version of the video Stratcom deleted:

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Pentagon: EU-Armee soll NATO zur Verfügung stehen


22-12-18 07:25:00,

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‘The Pentagon Has Steadfastly Stonewalled Against Making Its Budget Auditable’


17-12-18 09:30:00,

Janine Jackson interviewed Dave Lindorff about Pentagon budget fraud for the December 7, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.


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Janine Jackson: For those of us who remember the $640 toilet seat, the unbelievable absurdity of Pentagon spending has long been—while unbelievably absurd—taken for granted: The Department of Defense spends billions and billions on we know not what, year after year, tra-la.  Elite media reported that Congress passed a $700 billion Pentagon bill—more than Trump even asked for—and that was a blip, unchallenged, although the same press corps, faced with a proposal for healthcare, see themselves in the business of grilling proponents on how on Earth they would pay for it. Pentagon spending is untethered, unaccountable. And no one complains too loudly, because “national security”—magic words that shut down any critical conversation.

But, you know, things are changing, and people are reviving questions that have been shrugged or laughed off, like, why can’t we know what the Defense Department is doing with what, if it were a matter of a few dollars for food stamps, would be importantly described as “our taxpayer dollars.”

The Nation: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed

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Our next guest has been examining that set of questions, resulting in an exclusive for The Nation magazine. The story’s called “The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed: How US Military Spending Keeps Rising Even as the Pentagon Flunks Its Audit.

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Pentagon will mit Insekten Ernte-Ausfälle verhindern


10-12-18 09:02:00,

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The Nation: The Pentagon’s Massive Fraud


04-12-18 11:47:00,


The Pentagon’s

 Massive Accounting 
Fraud Exposed
How US military spending keeps rising even as the Pentagon flunks its audit.

By Dave Lindorff
NOVEMBER 27, 2018

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On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest discretionary cost center—the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations—after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan tried to put the best face on things, telling reporters, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” Shanahan suggested that the DoD should get credit for attempting an audit, saying, “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial.” The truth, though, is that the DoD was dragged kicking and screaming to this audit by bipartisan frustration in Congress, and the result, had this been a major corporation, likely would have been a crashed stock.
As Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, a frequent critic of the DoD’s financial practices, said on the Senate floor in September 2017, the Pentagon’s long-standing failure to conduct a proper audit reflects “twenty-six years of hard-core foot-dragging” on the part of the DoD, where “internal resistance to auditing the books runs deep.” In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act, which required all departments and agencies of the federal government to develop auditable accounting systems and submit to annual audits.  » Lees verder

Pentagon Audit, 9/11 Grand Jury, Emergency Alerts – New World Next Week : The Corbett Report


30-11-18 09:45:00,

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This week on the New World Next Week: the Pentagon fails its audit of the missing trillions; 9/11 truth to get a grand jury; and emergency alerts hit Canada.

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  1. Corbett says:

    11/30/2018 at 5:56 pm

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