Thread: Terrorism, Domestic & Foreign Policy Vol. XII

gina - 1/22/2020 at 08:52 PM

OIL - We'll start off with that.

Libya, the land we liberated from Moammar Qaddafi, has lost all it's oil production.

"Libya’s National Oil Company has confirmed that is has lost virtually all of its oil production, at 1.2 million barrels per day of oil production, and $77 million in daily financial loss, according to the Libya Herald.

NOC has confirmed that the ports of Hariga, Brega, Sidra, and Ras Lanuf ports are closed and under force majeure.

The US Embassy in Libya today announced that the NOC should be allowed to immediately resume oil operations that have been offline since this weekend, after groups loyal to General Khalifa Haftar blocked all major oil ports. The US cited a worsening humanitarian emergency in the country.

The NOC responded favorably to the US calls for resuming oil production, but said that “operations can only resume when illegal blockades are lifted. Blockading hurts Libyan people and inflicts severe damage to the country’s economy. All responsible parties should lift blockades and respect rule of law.”


https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Libyas-NOC-Confirms-It-V irtually-Lost-All-Of-Its-Oil-Production.html

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gina - 1/22/2020 at 08:54 PM

BP quits Kirkuk Oilfield. Nice of the Brits to manage the Iraqi oil isn't it? Nice of the US to liberate Iraq so foreign companies could help out those nice Iraqi people who have already told the US they want out troops to leave their land.

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/BP-Quits-Iraqs-Kirkuk-Oi lfield-As-Studies-Disappoint.html


gina - 1/22/2020 at 08:58 PM

Solemeini's assassination jeopardizes the field in Iraq. Did any of the folks in DC consider that before assassinating him? Oh well if oil prices go up here, it's okay. Right? Remember 2008 Exxon made 400% profit and we were paying $3.47 at the pump? Will the coincental events that occur make it seem acceptable to the US people to go and take Iranian oil, with the 'it's us vs. them, we need it, they have it, we take it'.


https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/How-The-Assassination-Of-Soleima ni-Could-Crush-Iraqs-Oil-Ambitions.html



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gina - 1/22/2020 at 08:59 PM

SOUTH KOREA SENDING SHIPS TO THE STRAITS OF HORMUZ

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/South-Korea-To-Send-Anti -Piracy-Ship-To-Strait-of-Hormuz.html


Is this supposed to help the Iranian situation? I don't think it will.


gina - 1/22/2020 at 09:09 PM

https://www.rigzone.com/news/wire/us_shale_suffering_from_sustained_contrac tion-21-jan-2020-160849-article/

Oil folks in the US have already determined the Marcellus shale deposits in upper NYS, PA will not yield what is necessary. The big companies are focusing on Texas. [Permian Basin].


Chesapeake Energy was very profitable for awhile, but their CEO died in what many speculate was a suicide. The company was heavily invested in the Marcellus shale deposits.


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aubrey-mcclendon-no-evidence-suicide-d eath-indicted-oil-man-n588181

https://money.cnn.com/2016/03/14/news/aubrey-mcclendon-crash-89-miles-hour- chesapeake/index.html

"The founder and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy and a part owner in the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, McClendon died in March when he slammed his speeding Chevrolet Tahoe into a highway embankment and the vehicle burst into flames.

At the time, Balderrama said the cause of the crash seems "pretty cut and dry."

"He pretty much drove straight into the wall," Balderrama said on March 2, according to NBC affiliate KFOR. "The information out there at the scene is that he went left of center, went through a grassy area right before colliding into the embankment. There was plenty of opportunity for him to correct and get back on the roadway and that didn't occur."

You want to poke around start here.

http://oilshalegas.com/shalefields.html

SOME still say the Utica (NY) and PA, WV, Ohio Marcellus Shale is still a big thing. Fracking to get the gas will cause earthquakes. Fracking is something that should be abandoned. Why can't these companies use solar energy? Oh yeah they cannot make big profits off the sun's energy. No patents there.

https://www.jobsohio.com/industries/energy-chemicals/?utm_source=bing&u tm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ec-attracting-0719&msclkid=038877f714651 5859eff29dfd0dcdf68

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gina - 1/22/2020 at 09:20 PM

AFGHANISTAN - hope springs eternal for a peace plan, even amidst horrific carnage going on in the country.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/01/22/616839/US-official-holds-talks-wi th-Taliban-in-Pakistan


gina - 1/22/2020 at 09:21 PM

Nope I am not getting into Bezos's phone and info. being hacked and another sordid article about Jared Kushner allegedly authorizing the arrest of Jamal Kashoggi. Nope. Not going there but Congress ought to look into these things. Bezos wants to know who jacked his phone and info.

[Press TV from Iran].

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/11/04/610350/Kushner-Okayed-MBS--Khasho ggi

"Kushner’s ties with the crown prince have come under scrutiny after it was learned that the White House official was communicating on the online messaging service WhatsApp with bin Salman. Kushner reportedly called Khashoggi a “terrorist” in an off-the-record conversation with a reporter.

In May, Newsweek cited US journalist Michael Wolff as saying in an upcoming book that Kushner said of the slain Khashoggi, “This guy was the link between certain factions in the royal family and Osama [bin Laden]. We know that. A journalist? Come on. This was a terrorist masquerading as a journalist.”





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gina - 1/22/2020 at 09:31 PM

LEBANON - their government was/is failing. A new one is coming out. Some say it is Hezbollah all the way.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/hezbollah-major-architect-lebanons-g overnment-200122143439455.html


gina - 1/24/2020 at 10:45 PM

BEZOS HACKING, ISRAELI SPYWARE DEVELOPER etc.

I was not going to get into this, but there is too much to ignore. Firstly, the Crown Prince of Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman was accused of HIS phone sending a hacking file to Jeff Bezos' phone. The Kingdom denies this, but Bezos said he had a private company look into the matter and they still think the hack came from an infected file.

Firstly, the program in the file is called Pegasus. It is from an Israeli software developer. Now normally I would say it's Mossad doing it spying on everybody, EXCEPT Saudi bought the program. So they must have planned to use it and there are those considered activists/dissidents who believe it has and is being used on them.


https://www.wired.com/story/bezos-phone-hack-mbs-saudi-arabia/

The UN report points to Pegasus malware, developed by the cyberarms dealer NSO Group, which has adapted it for use on numerous iOS and Android versions over the past four years. Saudi Arabia first bought Pegasus from NSO Group in November 2017, according to the UN. Investigators suggest Galileo, a Hacking Team product, as another possibility. Analysis of those tools by third-party and academic researchers have shown that both are capable of compromising a device and accessing almost any data on it, from text messages, calls, contacts, and emails to apps, browsing history, and even location data.

"Our technology cannot be used on US phone numbers. Our products are only used to investigate terror and serious crime. Any suggestion that NSO is involved is defamatory.

“It sounds like whatever implant they had self-destructed and wasn't there when they went for the forensics,” says Dave Aitel, chief security technology officer at the secure infrastructure firm Cyxtera and a former NSA analyst. “It seems about right that you would have a self-destruct capability on any real implant. And US investigators probably have other classified information that validates their attribution.”
Additionally, Facebook patched a vulnerability in November that "could be triggered in WhatsApp by sending a specially crafted MP4 file to a WhatsApp user."


https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-phone-hacked-saudi-crown-prince- mbs-report-explained-2020-1#how-do-you-know-whether-your-phone-is-infected- with-spyware-like-pegasus-if-the-hackers-are-doing-their-job-right-its-extr emely-difficult-to-find-out-4

Pegasus has been linked to the death of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and it was reportedly used to track a student in Canada who was critical of the Saudi government. "His name is Omar Abdulaziz," Scott-Railton said. "He's a Saudi critic going to college in Montreal. We found that his infected phone was bouncing back and forth between his home network and his university gym over last summer."

https://www.businessinsider.com/un-calls-investigation-saudi-crown-prince-m bs-hacking-jeff-bezos-2020-1

https://news.yahoo.com/jeff-bezos-iphone-x-hacked-132154978.html


https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-saudi-arabia-phone-hack-reports- national-enquirer-link-2020-1

https://www.businessinsider.com/saudi-hack-jeff-bezos-phone-mohammed-bin-sa lman-months-gigabytes-2020-1

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/21/amazon-boss-jeff-bezoss- phone-hacked-by-saudi-crown-prince


https://www.businessinsider.com/read-emails-jeff-bezos-naked-photos-nationa l-enquirer-2019-2
descriptions of the photos used to blackmail Bezos.


https://news.yahoo.com/fbi-reportedly-stopped-saudi-plot-035809237.html

The FBI reportedly stopped a Saudi plot to kidnap a You Tuber on US soil after he criticized MBS for Jamal Kashoggi’s killing.
• The plot was only foiled when the FBI caught them just as their plane arrived into LAX, the Beast said.
• The critic, 27-year-old Abdulrahman Almutairi, used social media to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.






gina - 1/24/2020 at 11:01 PM

BEZOS Commentary:

So what is going on here? We know MBS (the Crown Prince of Arabia) has plans for development, investment and modernization in the Kingdom in what is called Vision 2030. We know he is in contact with high level important people politically and from business sectors.

We know read that Arabia bought an Israeli spy program, the program believed to have hacked into Jeff Bezos's phone. Why target him? He owns the Washington Post, the newspaper Jamal Kashoggi worked for. Jamal Kashoggi, the ex-loyal whistleblower on the Saudi Royal family, who was ultimately murdered in Turkey when he went to the Saudi Embassy under the belief he would get the necessary papers to marry his fiance who was waiting outside. He got murdered, dismembered and his body parts never found. Those in the embassy at the time, involved or witnessing the incident flew away in two airplanes. Some were sentenced to death, others not.

Were the Arabs getting the goods on Bezos so that his paper would now have to start saying complimentary things about them, or at least stop publishing dissident points of view?

Is this what it has come to? People from other countries can hold US citizens/businessmen hostage by info. they get from spying? Our govt. spies on people. I think it was Comey who admitted that the FBI sent trojan horses to US citizens computers as a way to get in there to spy on them.

Dissidents hiding from Saudi Arabia are so scared they don't even want to hide out here in the land of the free, they go to Canada where they are more likely to have some rights.

It is partially the fault of the US, our intel agencies pay top dollar for spy programs to spy on our people and everybody else, but you don't know whose hands it will end up in, and who died and left Israel boss to develop stuff to spy on everybody and then demand THEY need protection because people want to obliterate them. Why don't they just spy and find out who, what, when, why and then report in to us, then we can send a drone and kill people internationally because we assigned that right to ourselves to be the global sheriff and execution squad ignoring state sovereignty because it may be in disagreement with our political agenda(s) at any time.

We all worry what if solar flares take the grid down. I am starting to see the positivism in that. Yes it will be hard in this country, but you might finally not be spied on. Imagine a day without being spied on. That's how it used to be before high-tech. We are waaay beyond George Orwell's 1984 and if the globalists have their way things will only get worse with artificial intelligence making decisions even the corrupt politicians cannot come up with.





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gina - 1/26/2020 at 05:58 PM

Bezos continued 1-26-20

Over the last couple of days the narrative is now that it was not the Saudis that sent the pictures of Bezos to the National Enquirer, it was Bezos' fiance Laura Sanchez sent the naughty pictures to her brother who sold them to the Enquirer? Whaaat. Does this make sense to anyone? But there is more.

As I mentioned under the new impeachment thread, this is quite disturbing.

"The Guardian’s revelations about the effort by US and British authorities to ensure Cengiz was protected follows a report by the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius that the US state department recently rejected a proposal by a US defence company, DynCorp, to train Saudi intelligence services because the kingdom did not have “proper safeguards in place to prevent lawless covert operations” like the killing of Khashoggi."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/24/saudi-arabia-planned-to-spy-o n-jamal-khashoggi-fiancee-hatice-cengiz-in-uk


Comments: The US has agencies like Dyn Corp who can train foreign nationals in other countries to spy for the US. The software used to spy on the beleagured Mr. Bezos was from an Israeli company. The idea that Saudis would buy ANYTHING from Israel is beyond comprehension. They will not even allow someone who has an Israel stamp in their passport book to enter the country. But they buy software from them? Did they even KNOW the software was from an Israeli company, or were they sold a bill of goods by the US or someone else because whoever sold it to them KNEW they could use it to spy on the Saudis. SPYING in Islam is not acceptable. Most Muslims know that.

This seems like another intel operation to spy on the arabs, possibly on Bezos and blame it on someone else etc.


gina - 1/26/2020 at 06:08 PM

Yes this should be under weather and it will go there also, but it is coming under here because IF the world does not do something about the climate change and other problems coming (cosmic rays through the magnetosphere, ability to stop the asteroid debris fields debris from entering our atmosphere, the consequences will become catastophic - ie. it has been said by an astronomer/scientist that California will have the BIG quake when an asteroid hits Jupiter and the debris from that come to our atmosphere. It will happen in two segments, the first one will just cause earthquakes, the second one five months later will cause a big piece to fall into the Pacific Ocean [space stuff comes in at 36,000 miles per hour], the jolt from that will cause the BIG one separating California from the rest of the US. They know this, yet you hear nothing.]


https://finance.yahoo.com/news/davos-2020-imf0-kristalina-georgieva-larry-f ink-climate-115530685.html

Kristalina Georgieva said during a session at Davos on Thursday: “The big eye opener was when last year I read IPCC report. I tell you, I could not sleep that night.”

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018 published a landmark report warning that there are just 12 years left to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees this century.

The report, which took two years to compile, warned that warming above this threshold would severely increase the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty.

“All I could think of was my 8-year-old granddaughter,” Georgieva saiad. “What have we done? By the times she’s 20 there could be 100 million more poor people because of climate change. By the time she’s 40 there could be over 100 million climate refugees. If she lives to be 90 and the temperature is 3 to 4 degrees warmer, this planet will be barely liveable.”


Comments: President Trump does not think there is a problem with climate change. Many others have said well I am old, I'll be dead before it all happens so why should I worry about it? Your grandchildren will deal with it.


gina - 1/26/2020 at 06:14 PM

Is the government doing anything about these things? Yes they have plans, at least to try to deflect asteroids. But like the missile shield program we use which is 99% effective at stopping incoming nukes, you only need one to get thru and there will be serious problems. In 2022 an asteroid will be out there.


"That's the possibility the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA want to investigate with their Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission, proposed to launch in 2020. And Monday (Nov. 14), a group of planetary scientists and space experts released a letter here at Berlin's Museum für Naturkunde to drum up support for the asteroid-nudging test run, just weeks before European officials will decide whether to go ahead with the mission.

AIDA is really two missions: ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) and NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). Both would fly to the binary asteroid system Didymos, which is set to pass within 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers) of Earth in 2022.

This binary system consists of the 2,625-foot-wide (800 m) asteroid Didymos and its smaller "moonlet," Didymoon, which, at just 560 feet (170 m) in diameter, is about same size as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

If the mission goes ahead as planned, the AIM spacecraft (which would be about the size of an office desk) will launch in October 2020 and arrive at Didymos in June 2022 to study the asteroid system and put a lander on Didymoon. AIM will also have a front-row seat to witness DART's impact with Didymoon. When DART crashes, it will slightly adjust the orbit of Didymoon around Didymos, testing the type of technology that could one day be used knock a dangerous asteroid off its trajectory."


https://www.space.com/34723-nasa-esa-asteroid-deflection-mission-aida.html


gina - 2/13/2020 at 09:52 PM

13 minutes ago. Iran launched a Katyusha rocket that hit the M1 US airbase near Kirkuk near where the troops are. It is 935 pm there now. What is troubling is on Thursday Iran threatened to strike Israel and the US for the 40 day anniversary of the assassination of General Solemeini.

More at
Https://presstv.com

P.S. The US decision to suppress news from Fars news is ill- advised. We have a right to know.


gina - 2/15/2020 at 07:36 PM

AFGHANISTAN

Defense Secretary Mark Esper,
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Met regarding peace plan wit the Taliban. They say they have a 7 day ceasefire worked out. No official response has come from the Taliban.

In Munich,Germany Esper further had this to say regarding the proposed peace plan

"Esper told reporters that if the plan is successful, the US would cut the number of troops stationed in Afghanistan from 12,000 to 8,600."

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/02/15/618745/US-Taliban-Deal-Esper


REMARKS: Everyone wants the war to end, except of course Isis, they want a global caliphate and to re-conquer al Quds, Jerusalem. General Dostum said that if it is proven there was fraud in the Afghan elections, he will help to run a "parallel government". General Dostum oversaw a brutal massacre of Taliban in the deserts of Dasht-i-Lal, they will NOT work with him for any kind of parallell government.

Regarding the other Talibs, Shehyrar Mehsud, Successor Amir to the Pakistani Taliban, formed his own group Jamaat ul Abrar. He was recently assassinated.

However, one of the original Pakistani Taliban under the guidance and jihad of Baitullah and Hakimullah Mehsud, spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan who had been under wraps by the Pakistan Army Intelligence wing, escaped his captivity and is very happy to be free.

Khalid Haqqani who also had a separate faction of Taliban Hizb-Ahrar was assassinated.

For peace to occur in Afghanistan, the Afghan Army needs to do a ceasefire, the US needs to stop drone attack and other assassinations, and Isis cannot be in Afghanistan.



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gina - 4/26/2020 at 12:09 AM

NORTH KOREA. IRAN

As some of you know, North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jung Un reportedly suffered cardiac distress on April 12, and subsequently received treatment which was reported to include placing a stent in him. It was said he retreated to his private complex in Wonson to peacefully recover and rejuvenate. Then there were satellite image reports from a Washing th on based North Korean monitoring agency, 38 North, which said a train was parked in the "leadership position" at the train station which is reserved for the Kim family on 4-21 and 4-23. There have been unverified reports saying Kim Jung Un was recovering but took a turn for the worse and was believed to be in a vegetative state or coma or possibly dead. The Vice Director of Hong Kong Satellite television, a Beijing Broadcast network in the weekly Shukan Gendai reported Chinese Doctors went there on Friday and they believe he is clinically brain dead. Chinese President Xi Jinping dispatched doctors.

We do not know or have confirmation on his condition, but it is very important to our national security. If or when he dies a successor must come from the Paekta bloodline. His sister Kim Yo-Jung would be a peacemaker. Anyone else who would assume power would be interested in nuking us quite promptly.

Https://www.yahoo.com/news/train-possibly-belonging-north-korean-190223161. html

Https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11480224/

Https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/reports-kim-jong-un-gravelly-ill-after-surger y/


gina - 4/26/2020 at 12:30 AM

IRAN 4-24-20 Friday

Iran sent it's first military satellite into space Wednesday. France called on them to halt any activity related to the development of ballistic missiles designed to be ABLE to carry nuclear weapons including space launched vehicles. Iran General Ali Hajizadeh head of the IRGC Aerospace Division told state television that ground stations are communicating with the military satellite which takes a week to reach full capacity. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said neither the US nor Europe can lecture Iran on its missile program, adding "the US has been bullying all against UNSC Resolution 2231 since 2017".

Iran has said their satellite is not armed with weapons, but they plan to send more satellites up there and higher up for defensive monitoring purposes.

Https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/concern-uk-condemns-iran-ballistic-m issile-launch-200424110411558.html

Https://www.presstv.com/detail/2020/04/24/623801/Zarif-resolution-2231-

REMARKS: The prophecy is the 7 year war with Israel begins between the US and Iran. We still have free will. Let's not start the war that would cause Russia and China to band with Iran and one or more of those countries launch nukes at us. One of Annie's prophecies was that Russia would nuke us hitting Chicago and Washington DC. The other prophecies are from Islam and foretell of the rise of the anti-Christ. We are in no condition battling a pandemic to see these events come to pass right now. Let peace prevail and fact check any intel reports before launching anything.



gina - 4/27/2020 at 05:50 PM

IRAN, ISRAEL

IRAN

Mike Pompeo Grant's brief extension till May 31st for Iraq to import electricity from Iran. The US hopes a stable, permanent government will be formed in Iraq.

Https://english.alarabiya.net/en/news/middle-east/2020/04/27/pompeo-grants- brief-extension-for-iraq-to-import-electricity-from-Iran.html


ISRAEL

Benjamin Netanyahu is confident the US will allow West Bank annexation in two months. He is forming a unity government July 1st, which will be the start of Cabinet discussions on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and annexing the Jordan valley - land taken by the Palestinians during the six day war in 1967.

Https://english.alarabiya.net/en/news/middle-east/2020/04/27/Netanyahu-conf ident-US-will-allow-west-bank-annexation-in-two-months.html


I don't know why the links don't work, they look fine.



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gina - 5/16/2020 at 08:51 PM

AFGHANISTAN

The attack specifically on a Doctors Without Borders hospital Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul.
was carried out by ISIS. They admitted it, the Taliban denied having anything to do with it. The massacre targeted the maternity ward specifically. They even shot women in the delivery room with their unborn babies. They passed by other wards because they were targeting pregnant women. Shooting them in their beds in a four hour long gun battle.

Https://www.yahoo.com/news/afghan-maternity-ward-attackers-came-144358852.h tml





After reading that, I don't think you need commentary from me.



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gina - 5/17/2020 at 05:25 PM

Sunday 5-17-20

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah sign power sharing deal.

Abdullah to head peace talks with the Taliban and lead the National Reconciliation High Commission and his group gets 50% of the Cabinet positions and other Provincial Governors posts. Per his spokesman Fraidoon Khawzoon and also Ghani's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

Ghani is making General Abdul Rashid Dostum [his former VP] a Marshall of the Armed Forces.

Dostum in 2016 is accused of ordering the rape and torture of a political rival in 2016 and has run the miserable prison in Shibergan which has been described like a Nazi death camp, AND killed more than 750 Talibs in the desert of Dasht-i-Lal by putting them in metal shipping containers and leaving them in the desert. When the prisoners were suffering and having heat strokes his men shot holes in the containers for ventilation with the prisoners still inside so now they had dead compatriots in there with them with the stench of rotting flesh in desert heat for DAYS till the live prisoners succumbed to the heat and lack of air and water and also died.

These are examples of the tactics of General Rashid Dostum military policies. This man is going to lead the armed forces.

And you expect the Taliban to stop the violence against the Afghan forces?

Https://www.yahoo.com/news/afghan-president-ghani-rival-abdullah-sign-power -sharing-115342433.html



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