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Author: Subject: Terrorism Domestic & Foreign Policy Vol. XI

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  posted on 4/28/2019 at 03:22 PM
STRAITS OF HORMUZ

Because some of the press mis-report things that are said, let's make it clear what WAS said.

"Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a gathering of Police commanders in Tehran on Sunday, Major General Baqeri said the Iranian Armed Forces are in charge of security of the Strait of Hormuz.

Tehran wants the Strait of Hormuz to remain open with sustained security, he noted, saying the Iranian oil and commodities are being freighted through the strait just like the shipments of other countries.

“If anybody is to make the Strait of Hormuz unsafe, we will certainly counter it, and if our oil is not to be shipped over through the Strait of Hormuz, then the oil of others will definitely not go through the strait either,” the top general underlined.

“This would not mean the closure of Strait of Hormuz, we have no intention of closing it, unless the enmity of enemies would reach a limit that there is no other choice. That day, we will be fully capable of closing the strait,” Major General Baqeri added."

Highlighting Iran’s strict control over the southern waters, the commander said American warships and trade vessels have to respond to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy when crossing the Strait of Hormuz several times a day.

He said the most recent reporters show that American forces continue to respond to the IRGC Navy’s questions and there is no sign of a change in their behavior at the Strait of Hormuz.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2019/04/28/1999238/top-general-iran-not- intending-to-close-strait-of-hormuz


REMARKS: If the US or others create conditions where Iranian oil cannot go thru the straits, or oil for other countries, THEN they would close it and they can do it in one day, but they HAVE NO INTENTION TO DO THAT AT THIS TIME.



 

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  posted on 4/29/2019 at 07:39 PM
IRAQ/SYRIA

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and well and Isis released a recent video with mention of the Sri Lanka attacks. It is not an old video because he has aged with time. He does not think they are defeated he said:

"Our battle today is a battle of attrition, and we will prolong it for the enemy, and they must know that the jihad will continue until Judgment Day,” he said in the video.

Now that territory is gone, after a four-year battle that ended in defeat last month at the hands of American-backed forces in the town of Baghuz, Syria.

Mr. al-Baghdadi acknowledged that loss in the video, an 18-minute infomercial released by an Islamic State media group on Monday and distributed by the SITE Intelligence Group. Seated cross-legged on the ground in an Arab-style sitting room, he calmly told a group of unidentified followers that the battle was far from over.

“Truthfully, the battle of Islam and its people with the crusader and his people is a long battle,” he said. He called on his followers to continue pursuing their enemies “with all of their abilities.”


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/isis-mysterious-leader-is-not-dead-new -video-shows/ar-AAAI45M


REMARKS: All I will say is IF Osama was not in that house in Abbottabad, Pakistan as the world was told that he was, he may be running Isis from behind the scenes with Baghdadi as the spokesman.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2019 at 05:12 PM
CALIFORNIA

Army veteran who served in Afghanistan was planning a mass murder event in California. 8 lbs. of 3 inch nails, pressure cooker ied with remote control detonation....


https://www.dailynews.com/2019/04/29/fbi-team-arrests-reseda-army-veteran-s uspected-in-long-beach-bomb-plot/


REMARKS: It is troubling that these things are going on, because it is said that if you kill one innocent man, it is like killing all of humanity. To randomly just kill groups of people is not Islamic. Repentence is very important in Islam, if people are just murdered, there is no way the can repent, it takes away their right to repentence. God himself reserved judgement and punishment for himself. When he finds a people to be total disbelievers, the worst of the worst, he will destroy them, if he wills. He may use them to harass others and then punish them later, pitting one false group against another. It is up to him. Others should not take it upon themselves to do this. If someone fights you by a place of worship, then you may fight them, but you cannot just go and blow people up or shoot them at places of worship. That is not permissable. Just going out killing large numbers of people is not a religious mandate for anyone in any group.



[Edited on 4/30/2019 by gina]

 

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  posted on 4/30/2019 at 06:04 PM
VENEZUELA AND THE IMMINENT COUP

Erik Prince of Blackwater, has offerred his organizations help to remove President Maduro from office.

"Prince sketched out a plan to field up to 5,000 soldiers-for-hire on behalf of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, according to two sources with direct knowledge of Prince's pitch.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/blackwater-ceo-offered-send-mercenar ies-venezuela-report-190430071721696.html


REMARKS: The theme is we need to liberate oppressed people around the world, take down dictators by any means possible including using mercenaries and guns for hire. The Sandanista revolution in Nicaragua is an example of when mercenaries were deployed to assist in that effort. Trump has recently said that Cuba needs to get out of Venezuela and not help them or they will be sanctioned. Russia says that we need to get out of Venezuela and stop meddling there. With the US embassy staff being ordered to leave the country, military action is imminent.






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  posted on 5/6/2019 at 05:37 PM
IRAN

We just sent another warship to the area near Iran. The USS Abraham Lincoln.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48173357

 

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  posted on 5/8/2019 at 07:25 PM
PAKISTAN

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/08/asia-bibi-begins-new-life-in- canada-but-her-ordeal-may-not-be-over

Asia Bibi has arrived in Canada hoping to start a new life after her years on death row. But although there is huge relief among campaigners for religious freedom that she is out of Pakistan, her ordeal may not be over.

Islamic extremists have pledged to pursue the Christian woman and kill her for the act of blasphemy of which she was accused and later acquitted. Bibi may spend the rest of her days looking over her shoulder in fear of an international assassin.

Bibi’s backstory is well known after international attention was focused on her case. The former farm labourer was sentenced to death on flimsy evidence in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy in a dispute with Muslim women in her village over a cup of water. Two Pakistani politicians were later killed for publicly supporting her and criticising the country’s draconian blasphemy laws.


REMARKS: There are other countries she could have went to. She went to Pakistan from France to do farm labor work. Why couldn't she just go from France to Canada. Canada has been welcoming people including refugees for quite a while now. As a Christian, why is she wearing a hijab? The whole thing just does not add up.

 

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IRAN

Iran is seeking support from other countries including China who have been effected by the waivers and tarriffs.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/08/iran-challenges-europe-china- us-nuclear-deal

Iran is now giving them 60 days to take significant strides or face a potentially severe new crisis in the Middle East
By raising the stakes, Iran has challenged Europe and China to wean themselves off dependence on the dollar – for both a long-term aspiration. Iran is now giving them 60 days to take significant strides or face a potentially severe new crisis in the Middle East.

The initial two steps announced by President Hassan Rouhani are at the very low end of the scale of available measures. Iran will stop exporting low enriched uranium (LEU) and heavy water – a trade which had kept its stockpiles of both under the levels set by the 2015 deal.

Much more serious are the steps Iran is threatening to take after the 60-day deadline. Rouhani has it will lift the agreed 3.67% limit on the level of purity to which it enriches uranium. For every percentage point that figure is allowed to creep up, Iran gets exponentially closer to the capacity to produce weapons-grade uranium.

Rouhani said that if the ultimatum is not met, Iran will also end a Chinese-led initiative to redesign its heavy water reactor in Arak. If that happened, the route to producing plutonium would be open once more.



The US is putting sanctions on metal and mining sectors of the Iranian Economy.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/08/595459/US-imposes-sanctions-on-Ir an-metal-mining-sectors

"US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to impose new sanctions on Iran to deny it of revenue from exports in the metal and mining sectors.

"Today's action targets Iran's revenue from the export of industrial metals -- 10 percent of its export economy -- and puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated," Trump said in a statement Wednesday. "Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct."


REMARKS: Hurting the economy of another country, a sovereign nation, is a direct provocation. Encouraging other countries to join an axis of economic deprivation is much more than just grandstanding. The impact on our economy will not be favorable. The stock market dropped over 500 points. Do we need another 2007 economic crisis?

 

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  posted on 5/13/2019 at 04:39 PM
IRAN - The Plan to Get Iran Out of the Nuclear Deal - planned by John Bolton in 2017

First Iran are not the bad guys. They are a sovereign nation minding their own business. Our sanctions have threatened them yet they still speak about peace. They DID NOT damage those oil tankers in the Gulf this past weekend, which included 2 Saudi tankers, and 1 from the United Arab Emirates, the other one from Norway. Someone or a couple of someone's want to create a reason for action to be taken against Iran.

One thing that is very troubling is that John Bolton, the US National Security Chief actually had a plan in 2017 on how to force Iran out of the 2015 Nuclear Deal which was signed under the Obama administration.

"Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US National Security Advisor John Bolton, along with anti-Iran figures in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Israel were planning to push Washington out of a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal with Iran even before Bolton was appointed to his current post.

Zarif made the remarks in a tweet addressed to US President Donald Trump, which appeared on his official Twitter page on Sunday, saying, “ICYMI, before you hired him [John Bolton], this was the plan that @AmbJohnBolton and his #B_Team cohorts had for Iran.”

The hawkish “B-team” is comprised of US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Zarif included in his tweet the link to an article by Bolton, which was published by the National Review magazine in 2017 when he was not Trump's national security advisor, in which the hawkish American politician reflected on how the United States could get out of the Iran nuclear deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)."

"Under the JCPOA, reached in July 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries including the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

On May 8, Iran announced that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal to take practical measures towards ensuring Iran’s interests in the face of the American sanctions.

“A detailed blueprint for #FakeIntelligence, #ForeverWar and even empty offers for talks—only phone numbers were not included,” Zarif added in his tweet in what is a clear allusion to a recent CNN report, alleging that the White House has contacted Swiss authorities to share a telephone number with Iran in hopes that Tehran will contact Trump."

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https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/08/iran-nuclear-deal-exit-strategy-john -bolton-memo-trump/

II. Campaign Plan Components

There are four basic elements to the development and implementation of the campaign plan to decertify and abrogate the Iran nuclear deal:

1. Early, quiet consultations with key players such as the U.K., France, Germany, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, to tell them we are going to abrogate the deal based on outright violations and other unacceptable Iranian behavior, and seek their input.

2. Prepare the documented strategic case for withdrawal through a detailed white paper (including declassified intelligence as appropriate) explaining why the deal is harmful to U.S. national interests, how Iran has violated it, and why Iran’s behavior more broadly has only worsened since the deal was agreed.

3. A greatly expanded diplomatic campaign should immediately follow the announcement, especially in Europe and the Middle East, and we should ensure continued emphasis on the Iran threat as a top diplomatic and strategic priority.

4. Develop and execute Congressional and public diplomacy efforts to build domestic and foreign support.

III. Execution Concepts and Tactics

1. Early, quiet consultations with key players

It is critical that a worldwide effort be initiated to inform our allies, partners, and others about Iran’s unacceptable behavior. While this effort could well leak to the press, it is nonetheless critical that we inform and consult with our allies and partners at the earliest possible moment, and, where appropriate, build into our effort their concerns and suggestions.

This quiet effort will articulate the nature and details of the violations and the type of relationship the U.S. foresees in the future, thereby laying the foundation for imposing new sanctions barring the transfer of nuclear and missile technology or dual use technology to Iran. With Israel and selected others, we will discuss military options. With others in the Gulf region, we can also discuss means to address their concerns from Iran’s menacing behavior.

The advance consultations could begin with private calls by the President, followed by more extensive discussions in capitals by senior Administration envoys. Promptly elaborating a comprehensive tactical diplomatic plan should be a high priority.

2. Prepare the documented strategic case

The White House, coordinating all other relevant Federal agencies, must forcefully articulate the strong case regarding U.S. national-security interests. The effort should produce a “white paper” that will be the starting point for the diplomatic and domestic discussion of the Administration decision to abrogate the JCPOA, and why Iran must be denied access to nuclear technology indefinitely. The white paper should be an unclassified, written statement of the Administration’s case, prepared faultlessly, with scrupulous attention to accuracy and candor. It should not be limited to the inadequacies of the JCPOA as written, or Iran’s violations, but cover the entire range of Iran’s continuing unacceptable international behavior.

Although the white paper will not be issued until the announcement of the decision to abrogate the JCPOA, initiating work on drafting the document is the highest priority, and its completion will dictate the timing of the abrogation announcement.

A thorough review and declassification strategy, including both U.S. and foreign intelligence in our possession should be initiated to ensure that the public has as much information as possible about Iranian behavior that is currently classified, consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods. We should be prepared to “name names” and expose the underbelly of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard business activities and how they are central to the efforts that undermine American and allied national interests. In particular, we should consider declassifying information related to activities such as the Iran-North Korea partnership, and how they undermine fundamental interests of our allies and partners.

3. Greatly expanded diplomatic campaign post-announcement

The Administration, through the NSC process, should develop a tactical plan that uses all available diplomatic tools to build support for our decision, including what actions we recommend other countries to take. But America must provide the leadership. It will take substantial time and effort and will require a “full court press” by U.S. embassies worldwide and officials in Washington to drive the process forward. We should ensure that U.S. officials fully understand the decision, and its finality, to help ensure the most positive impact with their interlocutors.

Our embassies worldwide should demarche their host governments with talking points (tailored as may be necessary) and data to explain and justify abrogating JCPOA. We will need parallel efforts at the United Nations and other appropriate multilateral organizations. Our embassies should not limit themselves to delivering the demarche, however, but should undertake extensive public diplomacy as well.

After explaining and justifying the decision to abrogate the deal, the next objective should be to recreate a new counter-proliferation coalition to replace the one squandered by the previous Administration, including our European allies, Israel, and the Gulf states. In that regard, we should solicit suggestions for imposing new sanctions on Iran and other measures in response to its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs, sponsorship of terrorism, and generally belligerent behavior, including its meddling in Iraq and Syria.

Russia and China obviously warrant careful attention in the post-announcement campaign. They could be informed just prior to the public announcement as a courtesy, but should not be part of the pre-announcement diplomatic effort described above. We should welcome their full engagement to eliminate these threats, but we will move ahead with or without them.

Iran is not likely to seek further negotiations once the JCPOA is abrogated, but the Administration may wish to consider rhetorically leaving that possibility open in order to demonstrate Iran’s actual underlying intention to develop deliverable nuclear weapons, an intention that has never flagged.

In preparation for the diplomatic campaign, the NSC interagency process should review U.S. foreign-assistance programs as they might assist our efforts. The DNI should prepare a comprehensive, worldwide list of companies and activities that aid Iran’s terrorist activities.

4. Develop and execute Congressional and public diplomacy efforts

The Administration should have a Capitol Hill plan to inform members of Congress already concerned about Iran, and develop momentum for imposing broad sanctions against Iran, far more comprehensive than the pin **** sanctions favored under prior Administrations. Strong congressional support will be critical. We should be prepared to link Iranian behavior around the world, including its relationship with North Korea, and its terrorist activities. And we should demonstrate the linkage between Iranian behavior and missile proliferation as part of the overall effort that justifies a national-security determination that U.S. interests would not be furthered with the JCPOA.

Unilateral U.S. sanctions should be imposed outside the framework of Security Council Resolution 2231 so that Iran’s defenders cannot water them down; multilateral sanctions from others who support us can follow quickly.

The Administration should also encourage discussions in Congress and in public debate for further steps that might be taken to go beyond the abrogation decision. These further steps, advanced for discussion purposes and to stimulate debate, should collectively demonstrate our resolve to limit Iran’s malicious activities and global adventurism. Some would relate directly to Iran; others would protect our allies and partners more broadly from the nuclear proliferation and terrorist threats, such as providing F-35s to Israel or THAAD resources to Japan. Other actions could include:

&#8208; End all landing and docking rights for all Iranian aircraft and ships at key allied ports;

&#8208; End all visas for Iranians, including so called “scholarly,” student, sports, or other exchanges;

&#8208; Demand payment with a set deadline on outstanding U.S. federal-court judgments against Iran for terrorism, including 9/11;

&#8208; Announce U.S. support for the democratic Iranian opposition;

&#8208; Expedite delivery of bunker-buster bombs;

&#8208; Announce U.S. support for Kurdish national aspirations, including Kurds in Iran, Iraq, and Syria;

&#8208; Provide assistance to Balochis, Khuzestan Arabs, Kurds, and others — also to internal resistance among labor unions, students, and women’s groups;

&#8208; Actively organize opposition to Iranian political objectives in the U.N.

IV. Conclusion

This effort should be the Administration’s highest diplomatic priority, commanding all necessary time, attention, and resources. We can no longer wait to eliminate the threat posed by Iran. The Administration’s justification of its decision will demonstrate to the world that we understand the threat to our civilization; we must act and encourage others to meet their responsibilities as well.


1 Although this paper will refer to “the JCPOA,” the abrogation decision should also encompass the July 14, 2015, statement by the Security Council’s five permanent members and Germany, attached as Annex B to Security Council Resolution 2231. The JCPOA is attached as Annex A to Resolution 2231.




[Edited on 5/13/2019 by gina]

 

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  posted on 5/13/2019 at 04:51 PM
IRAN Continued

Iran's position now in response to the sanctions, the discontinuance of the waivers for other countries so that they can buy Iranian oil is this.

On May 8, Iran announced that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal to take practical measures towards ensuring Iran’s interests in the face of the American sanctions.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi also said in an interview on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic has put a "step-by-step" withdrawal from the nuclear deal on the agenda.

"We have not left the JCPOA so far, but we have put such a move on our agenda and that would happen step-by-step," the senior Iranian diplomat said, adding, "No country can accuse Iran of breaching or leaving the nuclear deal."

Elsewhere in his interview with Press TV, Kamalvandi said Iran has no intention to stop fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA, but decided to suspend parts of them for six months.

Tehran’s decision to suspend some of its nuclear deal commitments was meant to give time to Europeans to comply with their obligations and to bring the international agreement back on its right track, he added.

The Iranian nuclear official also criticized the European signatories to the agreement for failing to implement the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) aimed at circumventing the US sanctions.

"Iran waited for a year to see what Europeans are going to do, they have given promises … they have taken good positions, but their promises about SPV and INSTEX have not been fulfilled," Kamalvandi said.

Late in January, the three European parties to the 2015 deal issued a joint statement, announcing the launch of a long-awaited direct non-dollar payment mechanism meant to safeguard their trade ties with Tehran in the face of the sanctions.

Germany, France and Britain had registered the mechanism, named INSTEX, which would be based in the French capital, Paris, and managed by a German banking expert.

Head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi on Saturday censured the European signatories to the landmark nuclear agreement for failing to fulfill their obligations under the deal, urging them to speed up implementing the non-dollar direct payment channel with Tehran.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran negotiated honestly and, as a result, a nuclear accord was reached which has also been endorsed by the UN Security Council [Resolution 2231]. But despite Iran's fulfillment of its commitments, Europe has only taken a political stance and reneged on its obligations," the senior Iranian official added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Iran had every right to scale back some of its commitments under a multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran clinched with major world powers in 2015.

Speaking after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Sochi on Monday, Lavrov said the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), includes clear provisions that enable Iran to halt some of the commitments it accepted voluntarily if other signatories to the deal fail to comply with their obligations under the agreement.

He added Russia and China believe that it is essential to preserve the JCPOA and that the unilateral US sanctions against Iran are illegitimate and aimed, in particular, at halting oil exports from the country.

"We also noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran remains committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but expects the same from our European colleagues, who also have to implement their part of the agreements," Lavrov said.

The top Russian diplomat expressed hope to hold "candid" talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the issue. He also expressed optimism that the European signatories to the deal would comply with their obligations despite Washington's pressure.

"This plan and this resolution, which is binding, guarantee that Iran will freely supply its oil to world markets. Therefore, the Russian Federation will make sure that other parties to the deal, first of all our European colleagues, will fulfill their part of the agreement. There's simply no other way", the Russian foreign minister said.

A German government spokesman said on Monday that Berlin is working on maintaining a legal channel for trade with Iran.

"Along with our E3 partners, we're undertaking efforts to keep enabling legitimate trade with Iran, in particular by providing a payment channel," Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference.

Germany, France and Britain had registered the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) which would be based in the French capital, Paris, and managed by a German banking expert.

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Britain met with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in the EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran’s recent decision to stop implementing parts of its commitments under the JCPOA.


REMARKS: France is against our sanctions. They are allied financially with Germany, they formed a financial bloc not that long ago. Russia and China are against what we are doing. Iran has given the other countries 60 days to not implement/follow the US sanctions after that they will go back to pre May 7th levels of uranium enrichment and heavy water production.








 

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WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITH THE SANCTIONS

The ministers from the EU signatories to the nuclear deal with Iran have expressed concern about a military escalation between the United States and Iran as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a surprise visit to Brussels.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian each held talks with Pompeo on May 13, following a joint session with EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini focused on efforts to keep a landmark 2015 deal with Iran afloat.

Pompeo canceled a planned trip to Moscow in order to brief the European allies on Washington's latest moves. He is still set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi on May 14.

https://www.rferl.org/a/european-foreign-ministers-to-seek-way-forward-on-i ran-nuclear-deal/29937253.html

 

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THE ATTACKS ON THE SAUDI OIL TANKERS 5-11-19

"The Iranian Foreign Ministry described the incidents as "alarming and regrettable," called for further clarification about what exactly happened, and warned of "adventurism" by foreign players to disrupt maritime security in the region."

https://www.rferl.org/a/saudi-arabia-oil-tankers-sabotage/29936955.html


REMARKS: Yes, I agree with that, foreign players. There are those who seek to destabilize the Middle East, formerly those included the Operation Clean Break authors, contributors, but the narrative still lasts to this day.

http://yalibnan.com/2019/05/09/pompeo-warns-of-imminent-iran-threat-on-surp rise-trip-to-iraq/


No, I am NOT saying rogue US forces were behind this, there are Yemeni Houthi rebels who are fighting back the ongoing war and carnage in their own country, they have plenty of reason to want to sabotage Saudi. There is also a prophecy given to the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him and all the prophets, that in the End Times, one of the things that would happen would be that the oil fields in Saudi would all be on fire, and the fires would be so bad that people would have to migrate up to al Sham, which is Syria. How could that happen? My best guess would be by nuclear attack. By who? who would have the motivation? Iran does not want a war, but if you bring it, they will fight. Their Revolutionary Guards are fedayeen, that means that they do not worry about losing body parts, they will fight till they are victorious against their enemy or they are martyred. Either is fine with them.





[Edited on 5/14/2019 by gina]

 

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HOW IRAN CAN GET AROUND THE SANCTIONS AND SELL OIL ANYWAY

1- Use ghost tankers

One tactic previously employed by Iran to bypass U.S. sanctions and sell its oil is through the use of "ghost" tankers. Iran has hidden the destination of its oil sales by strategically switching off oil tankers' AIS signal, an automatic tracking system. This has made it difficult to pinpoint the origin, route, and the date a tanker is loaded and unloaded.

2- Discharge and reload at remote ports.

Other tactics used by Iran at sea include ship-to-ship oil transfers and discharging and loading oil at remote ports. Tehran has also been known to reflag its tankers and use documents from other countries to mask their ships' origins.


3- Trade in other currencies not US Dollars

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran plans to get around U.S. sanctions by selling oil in other currencies.

"You can use your own currency," he told reporters in New York in September, saying countries were making deals with Tehran to use their own currencies in bilateral trade. "Sell stuff in your own currency, buy stuff in the other country's currency, and at the end of a specific period, balance it out in a non-dollar currency. It's quite possible. And may even be profitable."


4 - Barter deals with other countries

ussia has said it would buy at least 100,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil. Moscow has offered to pay for the oil with Russian machinery and food, according to Russia's Oil Ministry. Moscow has also pledged to invest in the Iranian oil sector as Western companies draw back.

In 2017, Russia implemented an oil-for-goods program with cash-strapped Iran, with Moscow buying Iranian oil in exchange for Russian goods, including oil pumps and pipes, gas-drilling equipment, metal and wood products, leather, and wheat. The two countries have been working on oil-for-goods deals worth up to $20 billion.


5 - Sell on a private exchange -

Iran also has the option of selling oil through the Iran Energy Exchange (IRENEX), a rial-based, domestic oil exchange.


https://www.rferl.org/a/ghost-tankers-bartering-and-middlemen-iran-s-playbo ok-for-selling-oil-in-the-face-of-u-s-sanctions/29926565.html


REMARKS: Iran is trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution to this problem, but if push comes to shove they will not lay down, whimper and die from a sanctions stranglehold.




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WHY SANCTIONING CHINA IS A BAD STRATEGY

Trump's Trade War is Already Over by Tom Luongo

"China is still running a massive trade surplus and that is true. But from the perspective of US trade, that is as much a function of Trump’s own profligate spending habits as any structural inequalities.

Trump is running a $1 trillion budget deficit. This is money that is conjured up out of thin air by the miracle of selling bonds. $1 trillion in bonds. Where do you think those $1 trillion in government expenditures goes to?

No. It goes to China. It also finds its way into the US equity market Trump is so in love with and other places that produce goods that we Americans buy with that money. If Trump wants to win the trade war with China he should consider spending a little less money, allow consumer prices here in the States to fall and let his tax cuts continue to attract capital for the right reasons – the value the American workforce is capable of generating.

hina’s not going to implode over these tariffs. It will give Xi and his central bank the opportunity to devalue the yuan in response to the slower flow of dollars. It has to protect the lion’s share of its trade with Southeast Asia and Europe whose currencies are already in trouble.

And it will bail out the most strategically-sensitive banks and businesses over-exposed to them. It’s what they did last year in response to the 10% tariff and it is what will happen this time.

Lastly, however, is the part no one actually wants to discuss which is that China has to protect its trade with Southeast Asia and Europe. The Yuan didn’t devalue in a vacuum. The euro is down 13% from its high as are currencies like the Indonesian Rupiah, the Malaysian Ringgit and Thai Baht.

What Trump and his team are arguing for in trade negotiation is no different than what they’ve offered Iran and Lebanon, surrender your sovereignty or face punishment.

So, China reciprocates and cuts off US soybeans and other food exports. Now, a year later, Midwest banks are facing surging bankruptcies from farmers hit with the double whammy of no exports to China (who now buys them from Brazil) and massive flooding from an abnormally vicious winter and spring.

They have Trump to thank for this. He didn’t help them by not thinking through how we could be hurt by China’s reaction to his belligerence.

The same way Wisconsin dairy farmers are also going bankrupt thanks to the continued flood of cheap European dairy keeping wholesale milk prices low. Why is this happening? Russia countered European and American sanctions over Crimea with a ban on imports of European dairy.

Trump’s team would be fine with a trade deficit if China was still recycling that trade surplus into US Treasury bonds. They aren’t. The Chinese have held their stock of US debt between $1.1 and $1.25 trillion for two years now.

They are sending a lot of those dollars back out into the world to fund their massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). They are also using them to power swap arrangements with countries feeling the bite of Trump’s sanctions. Countries like Turkey, Pakistan and Iran, for example.

The next steps will be interesting. I expect Trump isn’t bluffing now about raising tariffs to 25%. I also expect that China will again stop all purchases of US oil like it did between November and March under the threat of sanctions due to buying Iranian oil while letting the Yuan fall sharply.

After that the real energy war starts as Russia completes Power of Siberia and begins pumping natural gas to China. And China directs its state oil companies to buy more oil from Iran while lowering its purchases from Saudi Arabia unless the Saudis accept Yuan for it."


Remarks: I am no economist, but China loans us money which funds our budget/economy. Sanctioning them is not a smart move when we are trillions of dollars in debt and can only make payments on the interest we owe them not the principal. What is the point to our trying to beat up China? To collapse our economy, so we can move to a one world currency, I sure hope not because the future after that is very bleak indeed.





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CHINA's RESPONSE TO US SANCTIONS

China said on Monday it will impose tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods from June 1, in apparent retaliation after Washington announced plans to tax almost all Chinese imports.

Beijing will hit a number of American imports with tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent, according to a statement by the Tariff Policy Commission of the State Council.

The announcement came after the latest round of trade negotiations to resolve disputes between the world’s top two economies ended Friday without a deal.

US President Donald Trump has increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent and ordered the start of a process to impose new duties on another $300 billion worth of items.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/economy/2019/05/13/China-to-impos e-tariffs-on-60-bln-worth-of-US-goods.html


How It effects us.

"The escalation sent stock markets down, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing more than 600 points lower. China has raised tariffs on more than 5,000 US products, with the new rates ranging from 5% to 25%.

Items affected include beef, lamb and pork products, as well as various varieties of vegetables, fruit juice, cooking oil, tea and coffee.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48253002


REMARKS: Trump's answer to China was "“China should not retaliate-will only get worse!” the US president wrote in a series of tweets on trade." China funds our economy. I don't think this is a great strategy.





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IRAN 5-14-19

5-14-19 Iran
The White House reportedly had a meeting with NSA Chief John Bolton, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Department of National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff, General Joseph Dunford, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, at which several plans were discussed regarding Iran. War plans. The worst one was the US deploying 120,000 troops in response to IF Iran increases their uranium enrichment OR attacks US forces/allies. 1

Iran gave Europe 60 days to defy the US sanctions so that they can continue trading in Iranian oil.
Federica Mogherini, the European Union's diplomatic chief, stressed the need for dialogue following a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made a last-minute visit to Brussels on Monday to share information on "escalating" threats from Iran. 2

Comment:

"Federica Mogherini, the European Union's diplomatic chief, After talks with the E3, Mogherini said they aimed to get INSTEX up and running and have the first transactions "hopefully in the next few weeks". That will be trading in currencies other than the US dollar to be able to buy oil from Iran.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's foreign minister, joined the criticism saying Washington's move to step up sanctions against Iran "does not suit us".

1 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-plans/white-house-reviews-milit ary-plans-against-iran-new-york-times-idUSKCN1SK070

2 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/restraint-europe-allies-reject-escal ation-iran-190513193300744.html


REMARKS: So the Europe rejects the US escalation plan(s) for Iran. Will Iran boost their enrichment of uranium and the US send 120,000 troops starting WW III? There are 60 days for this foreign policy problem to be solved.

France does not want to comply with our sanctions, neither does the UK, Germany or any other of our allied nations, as well as the other countries who need Iranian oil.

China does not support our sanctions against Iran, nor does Russia.

If we start this war, the only one cheering us on will be Saudi Arabia. Iran has considerable oil reserves, if other countries cannot get oil from them, then Saudi stands to profit if they have to get it from them. So who stands with us, Saudi and that is it.


UPDATE, Trump denies there is a plan to send 120,000 troops to Iran.

US President Donald Trump has rejected a New York Times report that American officials are preparing a military plan to deploy up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any threat by Iran.

"I think it's fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we're not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we'd send a hell of a lot more troops than that," Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/14/595950/Trump-denies-US-plan-to-se nd-120000-troops-to-counter-Iran




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PALESTINE AND SAUDI ARABIA

From 5-1-19

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas $10 billion if he accepts US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century,” the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Tuesday.

Referring to meetings between the Saudi crown prince and Abbas, the newspaper said that “according to information obtained by Al-Akhbar, Salman briefed Abbas about the details of the deal of the century and asked him to accept it. According to the information, Salman asked Abbas: What is the annual budget of your entourage? Abbas replied: I’m not a prince to have my own entourage.”

At the stage, according to the newspaper, the Saudi crown prince asked Abbas “How much money does the Palestinian Authority and its ministers and employees need?”

Abbas replied that the Palestinians need $1 billion each year, the report said. “I will give you $10 billion over 10 years if you accept the deal of the century,” Salman was quoted as telling Abbas.


MORE: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Saudi-Arabia-offered-Abbas-10-billion-to- accept-Trumps-peace-plan-report-588294


REMARKS: So Saudi Arabia is very interested in the Palestinian Authority accepting Trump's peace deal offer, which includes building a Jewish Temple on Temple Mount (Islamic religious prayer land), and they are okay with declaring Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel, rather than Tel Aviv, etc. etc. An Islamic country going along with furthering Judaism, most unusual.

 

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HOUTHIS/SAUDI ARABIAN PIPELINE ATTACK

While many in the world including some in our govt. seem to ERRONEOUSLY believe that Iran attacked Saudi oil pipelines. THE DRONE WAS SENT BY HOUTHI REBELS IN YEMEN. Iran had nothing to do with it.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/saudi-uae-coalition-carries-deadly-a ir-raids-yemen-sanaa-190516072613862.html

On Tuesday, the Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for twin drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's main East-West oil pipeline, saying they were a response to "crimes" committed by Riyadh during the bloody air war it has led in Yemen since March 2015.

Saudi Arabia's deputy defence minister accused Iran on Thursday of ordering the drone attacks on two Aramco pumping stations as a "tool to implement its expansionist agenda in the region".

"The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts," Prince Khalid bin Salman said on Twitter.

The head of the Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committee denied that Iran directed the strike and said the movement manufactures its drones locally. Tehran also denies providing arms to the Houthis.

"We are not agents for anyone," Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said. "We make decisions independently and do not take orders for drones or anything else."


COMMENTS: The Houthis in Yemen are Shiites, as are most the Iranians. It is incorrect and wrong to conclude that Iran is sending weapons to the Houthis. The attack was done by an unarmed drone which had crashed in Yemen and the Houthis fixed and then sent back to Saudi. It flies under the radar and was undetected which is how it was able to strike them. There are those who want to believe that Iran is causing all kinds of trouble, but this is plainly just not so. They have said they will NOT go to war against the US. The US and Saudi seem hellbent on pushing them into a war. They are a sovereign country, they have abided by the United Nations Resolutions. The war mongering has to stop.

 

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TERRIFYING PREDICTION FOR AUGUST

"On August 1, 2019, Mike Pence is forced to resign for misdeeds he allegedly participated in Indiana.

In a classic October surprise, Donald Trump is forcibly sequestered in the Oval office by a contingent dispatched by the Pentagon. The President’s family is fathered up and held prisoner at the Trump Towers. The President’s family is essentially held hostage but they are alive so long as what the President’s captors say. The cover story is that the President has taken ill as has many in Cabinet. The President “voluntarily submits to the 25th Amendment and resigns for “health reasons”. Meanwhile, a fake virus is sweeping America and the UN has already emerged under the Kigali Principles to take over the handling of this co-called epidemic which involves the unveiling of FEMA camps which are ostensibly being used as quarantine centers (ie detention centers).

Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as President and Hillary Clinton is appointed to be the Vice-President. It is the presumptive assumption that Hillary will become the President in 2020 as all campaigning at the Federal level is suspended in order to prevent Russian tampering with our elections.

Effectively, Trump is deposed and the country goes under medical martial law under the assistance an auspices of the United Nations."


REMARKS: This is by an esteemed aware person whose Father was an Officer in the CIA. He has military contacts, he has a radio show....I don't know if this is just ideas from old information or if it is new but we are almost to June, so I surely hope not.

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More Unusual News - FELIX SATER/OSAMA BIN LADEN/RUSSIA/MOSCOW/TRUMP

Felix Sater, who became an FBI informant after pleading guilty in a 1998 fraud scheme, later helped drive talks for a potential Trump Tower Moscow.

By NATASHA BERTRAND 05/16/2019 06:30 PM EDT

A federal judge has confirmed for the first time that Felix Sater, a former Donald Trump business associate who drove Trump Tower Moscow negotiations during the 2016 election, helped the U.S. government track down Osama bin Laden.

During a hearing on Thursday in the Eastern District of New York — held as part of a lawsuit brought by First Look Media to unseal records related to Sater’s longtime cooperation with the government on various national security issues — Judge I. Leo Glasser said the media group already knew all of the “very interesting and dangerous things” Sater had done through his decade as an FBI informant.

“He cooperated,” Glasser said. “And you know what he did over the 10, 11 years, because you told me that you know. He provided the telephone number of Osama bin Laden. He has done an awful lot of very interesting and dangerous things.”

The detail is just another bizarre side plot that has emerged over the two-plus years that federal investigators, lawmakers and journalists have tried to uncover every detail about possible interactions between the Trump campaign and Russian intermediaries during the 2016 election. The probes have put spotlights on a cast of figures in Trump’s extended orbit, many of whom possess unusual backgrounds.

Sater was pulled into the public eye because of his role in trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The deliberations have been of interest to investigators for two reasons. One, they occurred as the Kremlin was orchestrating an extensive campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. And two, Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen later lied to Congress about how deep into campaign season the negotiations lasted.

As congressional investigators turned their attention to Sater, he regularly promoted the work he did as an FBI informant, arguing it displayed his patriotism.

He said in written remarks to lawmakers that he “provided crucial intelligence information” about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida “before and after the 9/11 attacks.” He gave BuzzFeed more details — which the publication independently confirmed — saying that he obtained five of the personal satellite telephone numbers for bin Laden before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

On Thursday, the judge confirmed the bin Laden anecdote.

But Glasser seemed hesitant about revealing more about Sater’s classified work.

The Judge indicated that unsealing Sater’s 5k1 letter — which is a memo outlining the extent of a defendant’s cooperation, and to what extent that should be taken into consideration for sentencing — still risked disincentivizing other confidential informants from coming forward and cooperating with the government in the future.

The judge asked what else the public needed to know “that would affect these House of Representatives hearings and Mr. Trump?”

Sater had been planning to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in March, but his hearing was postponed after Attorney General Bill Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s primary findings, marking the end of the probe.

Sater’s informant work stems from a 1998 case in which he pleaded guilty to participating in a $40 million stock fraud scheme orchestrated by the mafia in New York. Sater agreed to secretly collect information for the government, which described his cooperation as “extraordinary” in national security cases that have never been named or confirmed in open court before Thursday.

But despite Thursday's disclosure, most of the details of Sater’s cooperation with the government still remain officially secret.

Glasser noted that the interest in Sater’s case has “nothing to do with the criminal prosecution going back to 1998. Not a thing.”

Sater landed in the middle of the Russia investigation when emails he wrote to Cohen were published by the New York Times in 2017.

“I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” Sater wrote in a November 2015 email to Cohen, pitching him on a massive real-estate deal in Moscow and implying it could help Trump win the election. “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it…I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”

Sater and Cohen have known each other for years, going back to Sater’s partnership with the Trump Organization on the construction of Trump SoHo in Manhattan. Bayrock, the real-estate development company that Sater co-founded, was accused in a lawsuit of being “substantially and covertly mob-owned and operated,” and engaging in “related crimes,” including money laundering and racketeering. Sater has long denied the allegations and settled the lawsuit in principle last year.

Sater also helped Trump scope out Russia deals in the early 2000s. He showed Ivanka Trump and her brother Donald Trump Jr. around Moscow in 2006 when their father was scouting real estate there.

Mueller’s team interviewed Sater about his emails to Cohen. Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann — the same prosecutor who supervised the 1998 stock fraud case against Sater — was part of the interview.

Sater, for his part, views the judge’s public acknowledgment of his help in the bin Laden case as proof of his loyalty to the United States and further evidence that he’s not working to advance the interests of his birth country, the former Soviet Union.

“I am proud and honored to have been able to help my country fight this terrorist and killer of Americans,” he told POLITICO.


REMARKS: Judge Leo Glasser adjudicated at John Gotti's trials. Now there is an alleged link between someone who had Osama's satellite phone numbers, Moscow and the Trump election? This is waaay beyond Twilight Zone stuff.


https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/16/felix-sater-osama-bin-laden-trump -number-1329662

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Part 2

Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
First published 23 May 2018

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/05/24/blockbuster-bin-laden-and-the-deep -state-published-in-russia/

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.

Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.

On September 24, 2001, a dying Osama bin Laden released his last statement to the world. It is published below, the full CIA transcript with no redactions or editing. In this now declassified but heavily suppressed document, bin Laden describes the role of the Deep State in 9/11:

“President Bush or any other US President, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United States? That secret government must be asked as to who made the attacks.”
Bin Laden’s words – and we assert these are his last words – mean much more today than they did even while the ruins in New York and Washington were still smoldering. One might note that the “jet fuel” fires in New York burned for months, billions of BTU’s melting boots well into 2002.

Bin Laden will explain the world today and tell the truths that warned the world of what was to come. His words are riveting.

In March 2007, during an interview with Amy Goodman, former NATO commander, General Wesley Clark told of plans drafted by White House advisor and admitted architect of the Iraq War, Paul Wolfowitz, to invade 7 Middle Eastern nations including, not just Iraq, but Syria and Iran.

The election of Barack Obama may have offset their timetable, but in light of Clark’s revelation made 11 years ago and “buried”, and bin Laden’s transcript, published below, events today are able to be seen in a different and perhaps “Hitleresque” light.

From Salon, October 12, 2007:

“In A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country, published by Palgrave Macmillan last month, the former four-star general recalls two visits to the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks of September 2001. On the first visit, less than two weeks after Sept. 11, he writes, a “senior general” told him, “We’re going to attack Iraq. The decision has basically been made.”

Six weeks later, Clark returned to Washington to see the same general and inquired whether the plan to strike Iraq was still under consideration. The general’s response was stunning:

“‘Oh, it’s worse than that,’ he said, holding up a memo on his desk. ‘Here’s the paper from the Office of the Secretary of Defense [then Donald Rumsfeld] outlining the strategy. We’re going to take out seven countries in five years.’ And he named them, starting with Iraq and Syria and ending with Iran.”

While Clark doesn’t name the other four countries, he has mentioned in televised interviews that the hit list included Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Indeed, he has described this same conversation on a few occasions over the past year, including in a speech at the University of Alabama in October 2006, in an appearance on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” broadcast last March, and most recently in an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

On “Democracy Now” he spoke about the meetings and the memo in slightly greater detail, saying that he had made the first Pentagon visit ‘on or about Sept. 20.’”

The Death that was not a Death

The world has never been told the truth about Osama bin Laden and 9/11. On December 11, 2001, the Pakistan Observer published an article announcing bin Laden’s death. They are generally a respected news source; and news agencies around the world, including Fox News and others in the US, reported the same.

Moreover, in 2009 I was given direct access to documents at the headquarters of Pakistan’s intelligence and information agencies, the ISPR and ISI, where I met with directors of both agencies.

We reviewed their files, along with other intelligence, and then had a roundtable discussion with their top analysts in a secure location in Rawalpindi.

They said bin Laden was dead, that they had captured and interrogated witnesses, as grim pictures raced through my mind, but they were clear.

Thus, when bin Laden showed up years later only to be “buried at sea” and his killers, a Navy SEAL team to suffer a catastrophic helicopter crash only days later, it became clear that the entire bin Laden story is a hoax.

Bin Laden was kept alive as a “deception and cover” operation by the intelligence agencies of the US, Britain and Israel in order to justify a broad war intended to reshape the world map.

The real architects of 911 saw how events, Sarajevo and Pearl Harbor could be used to create a world, not safe for democracy, but safe for banking, arms sales, and big oil.

On May 1, 2014, a Federal Judge in New York ordered the Islamic State of Iran to pay $6bn in damages to the victims of 9/11. The case against Iran is unclear, and the process for suing Iran is equally obscure. In doing so, however, a door has been opened.

Iran has decided to fight back, much as Russia has when accused of complicity in the use of deadly poison gas in both Britain and Syria.

In both cases, Iran’s and Russia’s, nations believe their sacred honor has been violated by charges so heinous, perhaps even ridiculous, that reality itself is strained.

In Russia’s case, they openly told the US that pushing such bizarre and unfounded accusations, much less using retaliatory force in response to “utter fiction,” violated all “unspoken rules of statecraft,” to paraphrase Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.

What neither Russia nor Syria and Iran know, is that the Federal gag orders imposed by a secret grand jury in Houston, Texas – a grand jury impaneled not to investigate 9/11, but to administer the coverup – are to expire this year.

Why This is Vital

Less than two weeks after 9/11, the only proven statement on 9/11 made by Osama bin Laden was intercepted by the CIA station in Doha, Qatar. The date was September 24, 2001.

Bin Laden had issued a statement, in Arabic, broadcast on an Al Jazeera channel, made to the people of Pakistan.

I mention Arabic while I add the fact that bin Laden, according to former White House Intelligence Advisor Lee Emil Wanta, spoke perfect English. I have spoken with Wanta on this several times, where he has outlined meetings with bin Laden in Peshawar, Pakistan, Ontario, California and in Washington DC, at the Metropolitan Club.

Those meetings began during the 1980s when bin Laden worked for the CIA supplying weapons to the Mujahedeen; and the last meetings were far later than anyone would guess, with Wanta alleging bin Laden was receiving medical care at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, while the US was searching for him in Sudan and elsewhere.

True or not, details on meetings, which include discussions that included Oliver North and General Secord among others, will be available as testimony at some point if Iran seeks to fight the US in an international court.

First, however, it is important to supply the first, last and only bin Laden statement. Once one reads this, it will become abundantly clear not only that bin Laden died in 2001 but that those who submitted all subsequent statements did so to obscure the truth.

Of note, all alleged bin Laden videos and audio recordings received after September 24, 2001 came from one source, an Israeli intelligence officer born in Iraq named Rita Katz. Her “organization” was called SITE Intelligence and it had only one purpose at that time, to deceive the world about bin Laden and lead investigators away from one obvious suspect, Israel.

The CIA memo, received by Veterans Today in 2010 through the Freedom of Information Act:

“CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY FOREIGN BROADCASTING INTERNATIONAL SERVICE:

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

WEBSITE OF DOHA AL-JAZIRAH SATELLITE CHANNEL TELEVISION IN ARABIC [FBIS REPORT] WEBSITE OF DOHA AL-JAZIRAH SATELLITE CHANNEL TELEVISION IN ARABIC,INDEPENDENT TELEVISION STATION FINANCED BY THE QATARI GOVERNMENT, WHICH CAN BE ACCESSEDAT URL: HTTP://WWW.ALJAZEERA.NET, CARRIES AT 2011 GMT ON 24 SEPTEMBER THE TEXT OF THE FOLLOWING LETTER BY USAMA BIN LADIN “TO THE PAKISTANI PEOPLE.”

“We hope that these brothers would be the first martyrs in Islam’s battle in this age against the new Jewish crusade that is being led by the biggest crusader, Bush, under the banner of the cross. This battle is one of Islam’s immortal battles.”

“We beseech God to grant him victory against the forces of infidelity and arrogance, and to crush the new crusader-Jewish campaign on the land of Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

“I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.”
“Neither I had any knowledge of these attacks nor I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people. Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle.”

“All that is going on in
Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”
“Whoever committed the act of 11 September are not the friends of the American people. I have already said that we are against the American system, not against its people, whereas in these attacks, the common American people have been killed. According to my information, the death toll is much higher than what the US Government has stated.

“The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself; the people who are a part of the US system, but are dissenting against it. Or those who are working for some other system; persons who want to make the present century as a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity so that their own civilization, nation, country, or ideology could survive.”

“They can be any one, from Russia to Israel and from India to Serbia.”

“Then you cannot forget the American Jews, who are annoyed with President Bush ever since the elections in Florida and want to avenge him.”

“Then there are intelligence agencies in the US, which require billions of dollars worth of funds from the Congress and the government every year. This [funding issue] was not a big problem till the existence of the former Soviet Union but after that the budget of these (FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 180) agencies has been in danger. They needed an enemy. So, they first started propaganda against Usama and Taliban and then this incident happened.”

“Drug smugglers from all over the world are in contact with the US secret agencies. These agencies do not want to eradicate narcotics cultivation and trafficking because their importance will be diminished. The people in the US Drug Enforcement Department are encouraging drug trade so that they could show performance and get millions of dollars worth of budget. General Noriega was made a drug baron by the CIA and, in need, he was made a scapegoat.”

“President Bush or any other US President, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United States? That secret government must be asked as to who made the attacks.”

“Supporting the US act is the need of some Muslim countries and the compulsion of others. However, they should think as to what will remain of their religious and moral position if they support the attack of the Christians and the Jews on a Muslim country like Afghanistan.”

“I have already said that we are not hostile to the United States. We are against the system, which makes other nations slaves of the United States, or forces them to mortgage their political and economic freedom.”
“This system is totally in control of the American Jews, whose first priority is Israel, not the United States. It is simply that the American people are themselves the slaves of the Jews and are forced to live according to the principles and laws laid by them. So, the punishment should reach Israel.”

“The Western media is unleashing such a baseless propaganda, which make us surprise but it reflects on what is in their hearts and gradually they themselves become captive of this propaganda. They become afraid of it and begin to cause harm to themselves.”

“Terror is the most dreaded weapon in modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against its own people. It can add fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing that. You can understand as to what will be the performance of the nation in a war, which suffers from fear and helplessness.”

The world long ago accepted that the Iraq invasion of 2003 was an illegal act of aggression and that both Bush and Blair, in a “perfect world,” should be hanged as war criminals.

As noted from proof provided here, bin Laden never admitted complicity in 9/11, though audio tapes provided time and time again by Israeli intelligence asserted as much.

Were those tapes an admission by Israel, if seen in light of what we know of “fake news” today, of their role in 9/11?

Was 9/11 staged to bring down, as General Clark may well be asserting, a way of pushing forward a master plan to take down Iraq, Syria, Iran and four other nations?

Has America, now that Israeli policy and neocon politics are predominant, moved back to the same direction, to conquest of Israel’s neighbors?

How do bin Laden’s words play so long after what we assert was the date of his real death?

In light of his September 24, 2001 statement, is it perhaps obvious why a fake bin Laden, vilified by the equally fake media, was needed to push the wars that never seem to end?


REMARKS: If part of the Deep State wants to try to connect Cohen, Trump to someone who said he could get Putin to support Trump before the elections, it is probably just another ploy of the new world/now they call it the international world order - same people, same goal.


[Edited on 5/17/2019 by gina]

 

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Still don't know what went on? The CIA provided weapons, our govt. provided money to other groups thru whom Osama and Al Qaida received it. Hundreds of millions of dollars, Steve Coll reports. At some point he no longer wanted to work for the US, even in a covert, clandestine way, and it is at that point they decided to destroy him, his image. 9-11-01 was the event to do that.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_assistance_to_Osama_bin_La den

 

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This is absolutely chilling. The contemplation of an EMP World War. They have been doing scenarios on this.

Page 56

Evidence is substantial that Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are tacit allies. Russia and
China conduct military exercises together, support each other at the UN, and typically have a united front on most international issues. China's new and growing military power is largely built
on Russian technology. Russia and China have both helped North Korea and Iran's nuclear and
missile programs, and often protect them from sanctions at the UN.

102
Is it a coincidence that all four of these powers are now embarked on major acts of aggression in
Europe, Asia, and the Middle East that challenge international law and the existing world
order—simultaneously?

An EMP World War might unfold by sequencing the already described theater EMP scenarios as
follows:

&#61623; Iran Strikes Israel comes first, while Russia, China, and North Korea wait for U.S. forces
to concentrate in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. military is now so diminished by cuts in
budget, material, and manpower that it can no longer fight more than one big theater war.

After perhaps a week, when U.S. forces and crucial C3I assets are committed and en
route to the Middle East, simultaneously or in rapid succession:

&#61623; North Korea Strikes South Korea and Japan

China Strikes Taiwan

&#61623; Russia Strikes European NATO

Finally, if necessary:

&#61623; North Korea Strikes the United States

&#61623; Russia Strikes the United States

This sequencing of EMP attacks would maximally exploit the U.S. "hollow" military. Where the
U.S. is no longer able to support major military operations in more than one theater, the proposed
plan would confront the U.S. nearly simultaneously with an EMP World War in four theaters—
in five theaters if the U.S. itself is attacked.103

EMP is essentially an anti-technology weapon—and perhaps the perfect "silver bullet" to defeat
and humble the high-tech military of the United States that is the basis for its claim to be "the
world's only superpower."


http://www.firstempcommission.org/uploads/1/1/9/5/119571849/nuclear_emp_att ack_scenarios_and_combined-arms_cyber_warfare_by_peter_pry_july_2017.pdf


REMARKS: The weapons that highly industrialized nations have these days are so dramatic, no war should even be considered. How can rational people contemplate sending other countries back to the stone age to subdue them, murder millions or hundreds of millions of people?

 

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There were scenarios done a long time ago about war in the middle east, just using nukes, no emps.

In one 26 million people in Iran were obliterated in ONE day.

https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/legacy_files/files/media/csi s/pubs/071119_iran.is%26nuclearwar.pdf


From the Center for Strategic and International Studies - Anthony Cordesman, Chair

 

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5-17-19 (it is 5-17-19 over THERE)

Iran tells Iraqi militias to prepare for proxy war

he commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has recently met Tehran-backed Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war,” the Guardian reported.

Two senior intelligence sources said that Soleimani summoned the militias three weeks ago amid a heightened state of tension in the region.

While Soleimani has met regularly with leaders of Iraq’s Shiite groups over the past five years, the nature and tone of this gathering was different. “It wasn’t quite a call to arms, but it wasn’t far off,” one source said.

Leaders of all the militia groups that fall under the umbrella of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were in attendance at the meeting called by Soleimani, the intelligence sources told the Guardian.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1726856/iran-tells-iraq-militias-pr epare-proxy-war


On Thursday Maj Gen Hossein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guards and the country’s overall military leader, said the two countries were on the verge of a full-scale confrontation. “This is the most decisive moment for the Islamic revolution because the enemy has come to the battlefield with all of its capacities at its disposal,” he told a meeting of subordinates.

On Thursday Saudi state media called for “surgical strikes” against Iranian targets in response to the attack on the oil tankers. One intelligence official who spoke to the Guardian said the Saudis had specifically asked Washington whether it would act to defend their interests.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/17/us-iran-conflict-would-hit-en ergy-supplies-says-iranian-general


REMARKS: Will the Saudis push us into the war with Iran which will decimate our economy via the HUGE increase in oil prices which will cause prices on everything to rise, businesses to fail, [everything that comes here comes by boat, plane, train, they all need fuel] and ultimately make us into a third world country? This should not happen.

[Edited on 5/17/2019 by gina]

 

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Trump awaiting response from Iran they have not called him.
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1498471/middle-east


Well maybe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would talk to Trump. Here is his twitter.
https://twitter.com/Ahmadinejad1956



A senior Iranian legislator has called for the United States and Iran to hold talks in Iraq or Qatar to defuse tensions amid a US military build-up in the Gulf. Hashmatullah Falahat Pishe, head of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, urged negotiations on Friday, citing attempts by "third-parties" to provoke a conflict despite senior officials in Tehran and Washington rejecting war.

"There must be a table in Iraq or Qatar where the two sides can meet in order to end this tension," the independent legislator said in a post on Twitter.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/top-iranian-legislator-calls-iran-ta lks-tensions-190517175426716.html

IRAN/CHINA/RUSSIA
Iran calls for Concrete action to save nuclear deal.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged "friends", including China and Russia, to take "concrete action" to safeguard the 2015 nuclear deal following the United States's decision to tighten sanctions on Tehran after exiting the agreement last year.

During a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Friday, Zarif said: "Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order."
Zarif's meeting with State Councillor Wang Yi was part of an intense diplomatic effort to salvage the 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/iran-fm-concrete-action-needed-save- nuclear-deal-190517093843500.html


REMARKS: Iran does not want war, they want their own sovereignty, which as a nation they are entitled to have. They want to save their trade deals with Russia and China, and the European nations. If we and Saudi start a war with them, there will be no NATO allies to back us up. We will get nuked and cease to exist as a country. Sure maybe Iran cannot destroy us, but Russia and China can, and the whole world has denounced what we are doing to Iran.

[Edited on 5/17/2019 by gina]

 

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