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Trump Putin Make Billions From Arms Sales: Arms sales Increase by 33%

What do Putin and Trump talk about in private? Their secret collusion is promoting a sense of war so each make billions from arms sales.

Trump and Putin are co-conspirators in a game to increase the sales of complex weapons systems, tanks, jets, and Air Defense Systems. Their puppets are the American people and the brain-dead American press chasing its tail over the misdirect of Russia-USA 2016 election collusion. It is a classic information warfare operation while Rachel Maddow’s head spins over Mueller they loot America.

The two leaders have a push and pull relationship. Trump pulls his support from treaties like the JCPOA with Iran, pulls support from Korea and NATO, and pulls the plug on the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty and Putin pushes weapons sales for both countries, with his stoic glowering presence. It is the story of the Clown and Evil Wizard, and no need to define who is the clown, that has pushed both countries to increased weapons sales.

The following chart shows the explosion in USA weapons sales since Trump and Putin started their routine,


source: tradingeconomics.com

This chart show how Russia has moved into second place in the world’s arms market.

Trump and Putin have played their game no where better than in the Middle East. Trump stokes war between Israel and Iran by backing Israel’s aggressive bombing campaign in Syria and moving its capital to Jerusalem. Not one news anchor sought to explain why Trump turned his back on Qatar, especially when it houses America’s largest airbase in the region. The answer is simple: Trump could make money from arms sales. The following chart makes this only too clear.

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia has exploded. Middle East countries take five of the top 10 USA weapons buyers. The proof of this theory is South Korea. Trump edged South Korea into the top 10 buyers by getting it to agree to a 8.5 percent increase in weapons sales this year.

The final proof is the stock of Lockheed Martin, America’s largest maker and whose not so tongue-in-cheek motto is: “If it kills we sell it.”

It started 2017 at $259 a share and ended 2017 $360, a 30 percent increase in value. Compare this to Trump’s first year in office and the start of his money making strategy, the Dow Jones only rose 14% (February 17 to February 18.

What do Trump and Putin talk about? They laugh about how easy it is divide America and control the news cycle while America’s and Russia’s billionaires loot the world.

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Book Review: Spy Tells All How To Avoid Surveillance

British philosopher Jeremy Bentham wrote about Panopticon, the open air prison, where there are no doors or bars because the guards are constantly watching. Michel Foucault applied this to the modern surveillance state. Today America is the embodiment of Panopticon. The government with its tech partners like Google, Facebook, Amazon and your internet provider know every move you make. It is control of your actions because you know you are being watched.

William Church in his bestselling Citizen’s Privacy Manual provides the detailed method to avoid this surveillance. It deserves its five star rating on Amazon with reviewers calling it the “real deal.”

Church’s solution is practical and simple: let the government watch the “public” you while you operate as a private “you”. He provides detailed explanation how to establish a private you, how to communicate so that you can never be traced back to the public you, and the tools you need to a avoid all types of surveillance.

The methods are low cost–under $250–and readily available without any technical knowledge. His method can be followed anywhere in the world at any time. Church warns that encryption is worthless because it is the first thing governments look for and most important it is widely known encryption can be cracked. So called whistler-blower sites are full blown traps because the government can easily trace you by ISP traffic or simply get a warrant.

These methods are ideal for business people who want to conduct negotiations away from a corporate discovery framework. Ideal for private communications that you want to separate from your private life.

Citizen’s Privacy Manual is available on Amazon as both a paperback or ebook;

 

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Trump and His Generals: A Fish Rots from the Head

The American public are assaulted each day with pictures of President Trump surrounded by US military generals or senior law enforcement. They serve as a backdrop at many of his news conferences and it displays the marriage of the most corrupt president in US history with the most corrupt military in American history.

Generals like Michael Flynn have been caught lying to investigators and possibly working for a foreign government while a senior security official, in another time and place this would be called treason. General Kelly demonstrated his unwavering Trump support by attacking a member of Congress, which is a direct violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). General Petraeus, ex-CIA director, was convicted of leaking Top Secret documents. Another General was recently court-martialed for years of sexual assault on a child.

Sexual assaults are at an all time high in the US military. Since 2013, military investigators documented at least 500 cases of serious misconduct by generals, admirals and senior officers. One general ran a swinging sex club and lived rent free in the home of a defense contractor.

This corruption and misconduct goes all the way to the top. In 2017, six generals were punished for misconduct. A member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was demoted for sexual harassment. General Wayne Grigsby, 1st Infantry commander, was punished for sexual harassment which displays a complete breakdown in discipline in the US military.

This comes with a period of documented lack of readiness by the military, a shortage of Air Force pilots, falling Army recruitment numbers, and continual naval and aviation accidents leading to the unnecessary death of service members. Nothing displays this lack of command discipline that the death of four special operators killed in Niger last year and a court martial found the officers in charge of a failure of command.

General Mattis was aware of this trend. Before being forced out by President Trump he commissioned a study that showed the failure of the military command to enforce discipline. Court-martials were down 70 percent over the past 10 years and the lessor category of administrative punishments was down by 40 percent.

The military command corruption shows up with disastrous results. Troops guarding America’s nuclear arsenal at F E Warren Air Force Base in March 2016 were convicted of taking LSD on and off duty. This unit managed a third of the US Minuteman missiles. Another group of airmen at Malmstrom Air Base ran a drug ring between 2011 and 2014.

Corruption in America’s nuclear force runs deep. In 2014, 34 nuclear Air Force officers were convicted of cheating on readiness and proficiency tests putting the nuclear arsenal in jeopardy. The US Navy has not been exempt for the Trump era corruption.

Navy Captain Heather Cole funneled nearly a million dollars to her own manufacturing company when managing US defense contracts. Another Navy officer stole 2.7 million dollars to feed his gambling habit.

Is it a coincidence that the most corrupt president in US history has married himself to the most corrupt US military in history?

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Flash Cable: Did USA Stage Coup in Gabon

The new Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has a choice today. He should either admit he is totally over his head for the job or admit he is willing to lie for President Trump to Congress and US people.

Deep Background Information

  • President Bongo is a long term dictator in the West African country of Gabon
  • Last year President Bongo on a visit to Saudi Arabia was described as having a heart attack; however, MBS has detained Lebanese President Hariri, assasinated US based journalist, invaded Bahrain, and blockaded Qatar. It is clear MBS is a President Trump henchman.
  • Oil production in Gabon has steadily fallen over last decade threatening US/French financial interests
  • France has 300 troops stationed in Gabon
  • December 2018 had constant demonstrations and civil disruptions in Gabon and the country verged on a coup the entire month.

Gabon SitRep

USA Military Assessment

Current situation is fluid and hostile. On Friday 4 January 2019 President Trump, as required by law, notified Speaker Pelosi of the deployment of 80 combat troops to Gabon with appropriate equipment to follow. The stated purpose was the potential unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the eve of election results.

It appears the unit was from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response unit and not from the Marine Security Augmentaiton Unit, which is a backup unit to protect US embassies. (unconfirmed). Nor did they deploy the hyper-capable Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Teams (FAST). (unconfirmed)

The distinction is critical because these units are specially trained in EXFIL and intense combat situations, which would be required if the deployment was to protect US citizens. Whereas, the deployed units do not appear to have this special training.

DRC Election Sitrep

After 17 years of strongman rule Joseph Kabila agreed to elections in the DRC. After postponements and fraud, a vote was held and the results were due to be announced on 6 January 2019. Kabila’s strongest opposition and most explosive region is the Eastern Congo which is over 3000 miles from Kinshasa. This analyst worked in Kinshasa and can verify it is a heavily garrisoned city by friendly Kabila troops; however, Eastern Congo is highly disputed with opposing militia and the FDLR which are the remains of the former Rwandan government that commited the 1994 genocide.

It is unlikely that a force of 80 combat troops would be effective in Kinshasa. First, Kabila’s troops would be openly hostile. Second, Kinshasa is a slum ridden urban centre where ten thousand demonstrators could easily flood the streets within an hour, which would, without much effort, overwhelm any USA force. (Think Blackhawk Down.)

Third, the most likely point of conflict will be in Eastern Congo over 3,000 miles away and the USA has a very capable force in Uganda near the Eastern Congo border. The USA Uganda force (thought to be primarily US Army Special Forces) would be the most likely deployable force for Eastern Congo violence.

Based on the above information, this analyst believes the 80 person force recently deployed to Gabon was targeted at Gabon and not the DRC elections violence.

Gabon SitRep

Within 24 hours of the US troops arrival announcement, five Gabon senior officers staged a coup attempt. This analyst believe it is important to note that US military is currently training Gabonese troops. USA has access to top levels of command. As part of its mission, it regularly performs leadership assessments. There is zero chance that this came as a surprise to USA military command.

The current reporting is that the coup was squashed and the leaders arrested. Until this anlayst receives more accurate information, it is difficult to assess if the USA promoted the coup or was there to support non-coup officers.

Summary

It is clear, at least by this analyst’s view, President Trump and Secretary Shanahan misled the United States Congress, which is a crime. It is clear President Trump has consolidated his grip on the US miltary and found an ally in SecDef Shanahan who is more willing to serve the President than the terms of the US constitution.

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Five Reasons Why General Mattis Had to Go

When dealing with military or national security issues it is important to avoid political discussions. This article is neither an endorsement of President Trump nor General Mattis.

The reality with General Mattis was he was a failure as Secretary of Defense. Here are the reasons why.

1. The SecDef’s Syria and Afghanistan strategies failed to recognize the on-the-ground realities and he became another commander who saw everything as a nail since his only tool was a hammer.

The reality of Syria is that American troops in Syria are there illegally. Americans can not bemoan the loss of the old international order when that order was built on international law that makes it illegal for one country to occupy another country by force under United Nations Charter. The USA is in Syria without the permission of the Assad government and it, whether Americans like it or not, is the government of that territory. Americans do not get to pick which laws they want to follow.

The US military does not have a Status of Forces Agreement with the Assad government. This makes them subject to international charges. The Islamic State has been driven from much of Syria except for isolated pockets in the Syrian Desert; therefore, any pretext for US presence in Syria is gone. The reality is that Assad has enough fire power with the help of Iranians and Russians to handle the Islamic State. The United States view that they are there to stop Iran has no basis in international law and is just another form of imperialism under the new world order that General Mattis seems to pine for.

SecDef Mattis’ strategy of builidng a base in al-Tanf was a suicide mission for US troops and a failed strategy that harkened to Dien Bien Phu or Khe Sanh. Some 2000 troops surrounded by hostile forces on the border of Syria/Iraq can only spell disaster or a trap to provoke further military involvement. It is against the will of the American people who voted for a president who vowed to end the senseless Middle East wars.

Finally, the United States is not part of the Astana Reconciliation process, which is run by Syria, Turkey, and Iran. The Kurds must cope with that situation and look for a peaceful solution. A military solution is not an option and United States support will only cause further death and destruction. President Assad has signaled he is open to autonomy for the Kurds and this may be a viable political solution. Not everything is a nail for the United States hammer.

2. SecDef Mattis has failed to improve the readiness of US troops. I am not denying he was dealt a bad hand after 8 years of neglect but readiness has not improved and General Mattis’ solution of throwing money at the problem is a failure. Today, Air Force readiness hovers at marginal levels. Deployment availability is at a record low. The ongoing naval accidents have not stopped and the epidemic of Naval/Marine air training disasters continue. All of these factors show a military in decline and it is the direct responsibility of the SecDef to fix this problem. SecDef has failed in this area.

3. SecDef Mattis’ Afghanistan strategy, against the wishes of President Trump, did not work. The Taliban continues to take territory and it clear that President Trump’s view seeing Afghanistan as a political problem to be solved by the Afghan people was correct. The old adage applies: When in a hole stop digging. SecDef Mattis kept digging and should resign.

4. Though I agree with the civil rights issues of the transgender and HIV issues regarding deployment, SecDef was part of the politicization of these issues and they could have been handled in a different way. These issues were used as a way to jab at the Commander in Chief and could have been handled by waivers if the politics had been removed.

5. It is time to take the blinders off. President Trump is the Commander in Chief. It is not the place of General Mattis to rebuke him in public, even if he is correct. The overall affect is that the Commander in Chief has been weakened. President Trump was elected and General Mattis was not. He should have resigned for his failures and then if he wanted to enter politics as a private citizen that is his right.

William Church

Editor

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Recap of Jihadi News 1 Dec 2018

The following are some of this week’s reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to jttmsubs@memri.org with “Membership” in the subject line.)

www.memri.org/reports/jihad-and-terrorism-threat-monitor-jttm-weekend-summary-330



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IWB Editors Pick: Five New Books on Terrorism

War and Peace in Somalia: National Grievances, Local Conflict and Al-Shabaab Paperback – March 1, 2019

by Michael Keating (Editor), Matt Waldman (Editor)

For the last thirty years Somalia has experienced violence and upheaval. Today, the international effort to help Somalis build a federal state and achieve stability is challenged by deep-rooted grievances, local conflicts and a powerful insurgency led by Al-Shabaab.

Consisting of forty-four chapters by conflict resolution specialists and the world’s leading experts on Somalia, this volume constitutes a unique compendium of insights into the insurgency and its impact. War and Peace in Somalia explores the legacies of past violence, especially impunity, illegitimacy and exclusion, and the need for national reconciliation. Drawing on decades of experience and months of field research, the contributors throw light on diverse forms of local conflict, its interrelated causes, and what can be done about it. They share original research on the role of women, men and youth in the conflict, and present new insight into Al-Shabaab–particularly the group’s multi-dimensional strategy, the motivations of its fighters, their foreign links, and the prospects for engagement.

This ground-breaking volume illuminates the war in Somalia, and sets out what can and should be done to bring it to an end. For policymakers and researchers covering Somalia, East Africa, extremism or conflict resolution, this is a must-read.

• Paperback: 480 pages

• Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 1, 2019)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 0190947918

• ISBN-13: 978-0190947910

Targeting Top Terrorists: Understanding Leadership Removal in Counterterrorism Strategy (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare) Paperback – December 18, 2018

by Lt. Col. Bryan C. Price (Author)

When President Barack Obama announced the assassination of Osama bin Laden, many Americans hoped the killing of al-Qaida’s leader would sound the death knell for the organization. Since 9/11, killing and capturing terrorist leaders has been a central element in U.S. counterterrorism strategy. This practice, known as leadership decapitation, is based on the logic that removing key figures will disrupt the organization and contribute to its ultimate failure. Yet many scholars have argued that targeted killings are ineffective or counterproductive, questioning whether taking out a terror network’s leaders causes more problems than it solves.

In Targeting Top Terrorists, Bryan C. Price offers a rich, data-driven examination of leadership decapitation tactics, providing theoretical and empirical explanations of the conditions under which they can be successful. Analyzing hundreds of cases of leadership turnover from over two hundred terrorist groups, Price demonstrates that although the tactic may result in short-term negative side effects, the loss of top leaders significantly reduces terror groups’ life spans. He explains vital questions such as: What factors make some terrorist groups more vulnerable than others? Is it better to kill or capture terrorist leaders? How does leadership decapitation compare to other counterterrorism options? With compelling evidence based on an original dataset along with an in-depth case study of Hamas, Targeting Top Terrorists contributes to scholarship on terrorism and organizational theory and provides insights for policy makers and practitioners on some of the most pressing debates in the field.

• Series: Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare

• Paperback: 288 pages

• Publisher: Columbia University Press (January 8, 2019)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 0231188234

• ISBN-13: 978-0231188234

Syria: From National Independence to Proxy War 1st ed. 2019 Edition

by Linda Matar (Editor), Ali Kadri (Editor)

This edited collection aims to analytically reconceptualise the Syrian crisis by examining how and why the country has moved from a stable to a war-torn society. It is written by scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, all of whom make no attempt to speculate on the future trajectory of the conflict, but aim instead to examine the historical background that has laid the objective conditions for Syria’s descent to its current situation. Their work represents an attempt to dissect the multi-layered foundation of the Syrian conflict and to make understanding its complex inner workings accessible to a broader readership. The book is divided into four parts, each of which elaborates on the origins and dynamics of today’s crisis from the perspective of a different discipline. When put together, the four parts provide a holistic picture of Syria’s developmental trajectory from the early twentieth century through to the present day. Themes addressed include Syria’s postcolonial development efforts, its leap into socialism and then into neoliberalism in the late twentieth century, its politics within the resistance front, and finally its food and health security concerns.

• Hardcover: 296 pages

• Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2019 edition (October 9, 2018)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 3319984578

• ISBN-13: 978-331998457

Hezbollah: Socialisation and its Tragic Ironies Paperback – January 1, 2019

by Adham Saouli (Author)

What drives Hezbollah’s political behaviour? For three decades we believed that the impetus of establishing an Islamic state in Lebanon was its main goal. This book disagrees. Drawn from over fifteen years of research, it traces Hezbollah’s political trajectory, or socialisation process, from its birth in 1982 to 2017. It identifies the religio-political identity and doctrine that inspire Hezbollah and the politico-strategic goals that motivate it. It argues that war-making with Israel has driven Hezbollah’s socialisation in Lebanon and the region, transforming the Islamist movement from a loose organization into one of the world’s most powerful and sophisticated armed political movements.

• Paperback: 224 pages

• Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (February 1, 2019)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 1474419518

• ISBN-13: 978-1474419512

The Oxford Handbook of Terrorism

by Erica Chenoweth (Editor), Richard English (Editor), Andreas Gofas (Editor), Stathis N. Kalyvas (Editor)

The Oxford Handbook of Terrorism systematically integrates the substantial body of scholarship on terrorism and counterterrorism before and after 9/11. In doing so, it introduces scholars and practitioners to state of the art approaches, methods, and issues in studying and teaching these vital phenomena. This Handbook goes further than most existing collections by giving structure and direction to the fast-growing but somewhat disjointed field of terrorism studies.

The volume locates terrorism within the wider spectrum of political violence instead of engaging in the widespread tendency towards treating terrorism as an exceptional act. Moreover, the volume makes a case for studying terrorism within its socio-historical context. Finally, the volume addresses the critique that the study of terrorism suffers from lack of theory by reviewing and extending the theoretical insights contributed by several fields – including political science, political economy, history, sociology, anthropology, criminology, law, geography, and psychology. In doing so, the volume showcases the analytical advancements and reflects on the challenges that remain since the emergence of the field in the early 1970s.

Erica Chenoweth is a Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and, beginning in 2019, the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013 for her work to advance the empirical study of civil resistance. Her book, Why Civil Resistance Works(Columbia University Press, 2011) with Maria J. Stephan, also won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Chenoweth has authored or edited five books and dozens of articles on political violence and its alternatives. She earned a PhD and an MA from the University of Colorado and a BA from the University of Dayton.

Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice. He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews.

Andreas Gofas is Associate Professor of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens and director of the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism and European Security (CATES) at the European Law and Governance School. His publication include The Sage Handbook of the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of International Relations (co-edited with Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf, Sage, 2018), and The Role of Ideas in Political Analysis (co-edited wtih Colin Hay, Routledge, 2012).

Stathis N. Kalyvas is the Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of All Souls College. Prior to his appointment at Oxford, he was the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also founded and headed the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence. His publications include Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP, 2015), and The Logic of Violence in Civil War (CUP, 2006).

• Hardcover: 848 pages

• Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 14, 2019)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 0198732910

• ISBN-13: 978-0198732914