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  • South Korean troops shoot at civilian airliner by mistake

    06/18/2011 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sat Jun 18, 5:20 am ET | Sung-won Shim
    South Korean Marines fired rifles at a South Korean commercial aircraft flying near the sea border with North Korea, thinking it was one of the communist North's jet fighters, but they never hit their target, military sources said on Saturday. The shooting illustrates the level of tension between the two Koreas, still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty, which came close to all-out war last year. A Marine Corps spokesman said two soldiers guarding an island on the waters off the South's western city of Incheon fired their K-2...
  • Voice of Russia Radio Launches New U.S. Stations, Delivering Russian News & Perspective to Americans

    WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Voice of Russia (VOR) Radio announces the launch of two U.S. stations in New York and Washington, D.C. The new stations will air live programming with the Russian perspective on international news, culture, arts and events over 1430 AM and 1390 AM frequency, respectively. The stations mark the first time VOR will produce programming directly from the United States rather than broadcasting news from the Moscow-based radio program. "This is a very significant move for Voice of Russia because it is the first time in the history of the station that material being...
  • Did America really win the Cold War

    There is little doubt that global socialism is on the march and arguably at its peak. America is closer to becoming a socialist state than any time in her history. For the first time we have a president whose world view is more in line with Karl Marx than George Washington. President Obama’s political career was launched in the living room of communist extremist and domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. He has surrounded himself with more than forty Czars many of which profess to be Marxists and Maoists. In doing so he has been able to usurp Congress’ ability to perform...
  • The New Cold War

    04/15/2011 7:18:30 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-15-11 | BILL SPINDLE and MARGARET COKER
    This new Middle East cold war comes complete with its own spy-versus-spy intrigues, disinformation campaigns, shadowy proxy forces, supercharged state rhetoric—and very high stakes. "The cold war is a reality," says one senior Saudi official. "Iran is looking to expand its influence. This instability over the last few months means that we don't have the luxury of sitting back and watching events unfold." On March 14, the Saudis rolled tanks and troops across a causeway into the island kingdom of Bahrain. The ruling family there, long a close Saudi ally, appealed for assistance in dealing with increasingly large protests. Iran...
  • Cold War Neutrals Now Taking Sides, Timidly

    04/09/2011 6:33:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 9, 2011 | KARL RITTER
    Cold War Neutrals Now Taking Sides, Timidly Europe's Cold War neutrals now taking sides, timidly, as they redefine security policy The Associated Press By KARL RITTER Associated Press STOCKHOLM April 9, 2011 (AP) Swedish fighter jets are roaring into action over Libya under NATO command. Ireland is offering itself as a transit hub for U.S. military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Even famously independent Switzerland has peacekeepers in Kosovo. For Europe's once-staunchly neutral countries, much has changed in the two decades since the Cold War ended. With no East-West conflict as a reference point, the concept of neutrality has been...
  • Can Cold War Deterrence Apply to Nuclear Iran?

    03/08/2011 1:02:36 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | March 7, 2011 | Smuel Bar
    The policy documents published over the last year by the Obama administration indicate that it believes in the efficacy of traditional Cold War deterrence as the remedy to the challenge of rogue states acquiring nuclear weapons. Another assumption is that the Iranian regime is "rational" and hence deterrable. But the cultural propensity of a people toward "rationality" does not determine the behavior of their autocratic leadership. Furthermore, both Sunni and Shiite traditions of Jihad view the willingness to challenge superior force as an exemplary deed. In Shiite Islam, this is augmented by the idealization of suffering and martyrdom. Failure to...
  • Weapon of Mis-Instruction: 60s Radical “Historian” Justifies Giving Stalin the A-Bomb

    02/21/2011 4:37:30 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 10 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | February 21, 2011 | David Forsmark
    It was a blast from the past this week, as mostly forgotten one-time Life cover boy, radical historian and Yale Professor turned community organizer Staughton Lynd surfaced to add… nothing, to the subject of the Rosenbergs and the atomic bomb spy plot. His article in the Marxist rag, Monthly Review (who knew that still existed, either) was ironically titled, “Is There Anything More to Say about the Rosenberg Case?”I’m willing to say there might be—but Lynd sure didn’t prove it. But he did find some novel ways to say nothing new about the case while exposing the moral idiocy of...
  • The X-Men Get Political in “First Class”

    02/12/2011 2:39:45 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 3 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | February 11, 2011 | Calvin Frieburger
    For the better part of the past decade, moviegoers have gotten a new batch of comic-book adaptations every summer. The trend continues in 2011 with Captain America, Thor, Green Lantern, and the latest film in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: First Class. Set in the 1960s, First Class goes back to the origins of the mutant team, before leader Professor Xavier and archenemy Magneto became foes. And as the just-released trailer for the film reveals, this prequel has an unexpected political twist. It seems that the X-Men intervene in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now, there are a couple different directions this...
  • With the Mideast in Turmoil and Egypt on the Brink, What Would Reagan Do?

    02/06/2011 11:28:44 AM PST · by John R. Guardiano · 9 replies
    FrumForum ^ | 2/6/11 | John Guardiano
    As we conservatives celebrate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth amid the uprising in Egypt, we’d do well to reflect upon what it is that made Reagan such a unique, impressive and singular politician. For me, three traits in particular stand out: his strategic vision, his optimism, and his unwavering belief in the universal aspiration for liberty. Unfortunately, all three of these characteristics are sorely lacking, I regret to say, in most of the conservative commentary about Egypt, Islam and the Middle East. Reagan, you will recall, came into office in 1981 when all of the “experts” — including many...
  • Ronald Reagan: Conservative, Confident, and Visionary

    02/06/2011 8:20:52 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 6, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Learning a lesson in Iceland. Ronald Reagan was not always “conservative,” and for this, conservatives love him. The modern conservative mind thinks in a certain box – a good box, not a bad one, but a box, nevertheless. We have an ideology: government can do these specific things, and no more. Tax something and you’ll get less of it, subsidize a thing and you’ll get more of it… etc. We have a host of such pronouncements, and we are usually right. We advocate the limited government of the Constitution, and the free economy of Hayek and Hazlitt, because we believe...
  • smithsk: 3 birthdays, 3 presidents, 3 centuries, 3 defining wars ...

    02/04/2011 10:43:13 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 2 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | February 3, 2011 | smithsk
    February is one short month long on holidays from the sublime (President's Day, St. Valentine's Day) to the ridiculous (Groundhog Day). And since 1926, February has been designated Black History Month. Three outstanding American Presidents have birthdays this month - one from each century during a defining war in American history: 18th century - the American Revolution: George Washington was our first president under the Constitution, chief among our founders as well as a great general leading the Continental Army in the American Revolution. He was born in colonial Virginia on February 22, 1732. .... 19th century - the Civil...
  • The Odd Cold-War Center At NYU

    01/27/2011 10:27:19 PM PST · by OddLane
    Minding the Campus ^ | January 25, 2011 | Ron Radosh
    Many universities have set up centers to examine the history of the Cold War. The Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington D. C., for example, created an offshoot called The Cold War International History Project. That institute has over the years hosted many conferences, with panels of scholars representing all points of view. Two years ago, I was an active participant in a two days session at the CWIHP about Soviet espionage, that was based on the new book Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America. The sponsors were fully aware of contending views on the issue...
  • U.S. Will Counter Chinese Arms Buildup

    01/09/2011 3:28:04 PM PST · by Allthatucantleavebehind · 55 replies
    NYTimes.com ^ | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    U.S. Will Counter Chinese Arms Buildup “I’ve been concerned about the development of the antiship cruise and ballistic missiles ever since I took this job,” he added. “We knew they were working on a stealth aircraft. I think that what we’ve seen is that they may be somewhat further ahead in the development of that aircraft than our intelligence had earlier predicted.” Mr. Gates said he hoped his talks with Chinese leaders would reduce the need for more American weaponry in the Pacific. He also said that if Chinese leaders considered the United States a declining power because of the...
  • Reagan tribute scheduled for Super Bowl

    01/07/2011 7:03:08 PM PST · by gaexaminer · 18 replies
    Atlanta Political Buzz Examiner ^ | January 7, 2011 | Michael Francis
    On Sunday, February 6, 2011, the world will turn its eyes to Arlington, TX for Super Bowl XLV, to be held at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium. February 6 is also notable for another "cowboy" - this one, an actor-turned-President. February 6, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of this nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan. (more at link...)
  • Howard Dean Says Reagan Didn't End Cold War

    01/06/2011 3:15:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 70 replies
    usnews.com ^ | January 5, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    Outspoken former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean apparently isn't planning to celebrate Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday February 6, around which there are coast-to-coast events planned. Instead, the former Vermont governor is shrugging his shoulders, asking what all the fuss is about? At a media roundtable today, Dean suggested that Reagan had little impact other than stopping the social progression begun under FDR and seemed to dismiss the Gipper's efforts to crush communism, giving the last Soviet premier, Mikhail Gorbachev credit for ending the Cold War, a statement sure to draw sneers from Reagan fans and even historians. While Reagan is...
  • Irving Kristol, Soviet Spy?

    12/04/2010 11:13:42 AM PST · by speciallybland · 23 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 12/03/2010 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    That’s what the FBI was asking itself in 1988. That year is not a typo. Gawker has scans of the FBI documents showing that the reputed Godfather of neo-conservatism was a person of interest in an ongoing investigation into a potential Soviet spy. The FBI heavily redacted the documents—citing national security in many instances—so it’s difficult to make out exactly what happened. But it seems fairly clear that, sometime around May of 1988, the FBI’s counterintelligence division came to possess a notebook or address book belonging to a suspected Soviet agent. And Irving Kristol’s name was in it. That launched...
  • Big Hollywood's Review of (Freeper LS's) "Rockin' the Wall"

    11/18/2010 8:40:03 AM PST · by LS · 15 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 11/18/2010 | Ezra Dulis
    ‘Rockin’ the Wall’ DVD Review: A Splendid Reminder that Rock and Roll Means Freedom! by Ezra Dulis You had to hide it somewhere that no one would find it: your very first record, tape, CD– whatever medium– that Mom and Dad didn’t approve of. You had to listen to it through headphones or when they were out of the house. You had to do this because you knew it was an act of rebellion; your parents did not want you hearing that music performed that way with those lyrics, and you decided that you wouldn’t obey them. According to the...
  • Why Germany Won't Give Up Its Nukes

    11/15/2010 7:05:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/15/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Despite the end of the Cold War, and the dismantling of over 25,000 nuclear weapons, NATO still maintains a stock of nuclear bombs in Europe. These are American weapons, to be used by NATO allies with U.S. permission. They are not covered by START (the strategic nuclear disarmament treaty) because they are not strategic, they are local, or "theater" weapons. NATO would like to negotiate a disarmament treaty to cover such non-strategic nukes, but to get the Russians to do that, it helps if there are some nukes under NATO control. Like with START, a treaty covering non-strategic weapons would...
  • 'Candy Bomber' to speak at schools on Veterans Day

    11/08/2010 9:29:32 AM PST · by fungoking · 12 replies
    Lebanon Daily Record ^ | 11/05/10 | staff
    'Candy Bomber' to speak at schools on Veterans Day LDR staff editor@lebanondailyrecord.com Nov 5, 2010 Col. Gail Halvorsen garnered worldwide fame in 1948 for bombing Berlin, but he wasn’t dropping explosive devices. He was dropping candy. Halvorsen, known around the world as the Candy Bomber, will be the guest speaker at the Veterans Day assembly, Nov. 11, at the Lebanon Junior and Senior high schools. The junior high assembly will be at 9:30 a.m. at the LJHS field house, and the high school assembly will be at 1:45 p.m. in the Boswell Auditorium. Halvorsen was a pilot during World War...
  • There's No Similarity Between Reagan and Obama

    11/04/2010 7:00:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 4, 2010 | Craig Shirley
    Today, November 4, marks the thirtieth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s election as president. It is a fitting time to dispense once and for all with the myth that there is any similarity whatsoever between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Washingtonians and insecure politicians obsess with comparisons but can anyone imagine Lincoln or FDR or JFK or Reagan comparing themselves to previous presidents? Far too secure in their own skin, they enjoyed the presidency as Kennedy said paraphrasing the ancient Greeks that it was "the full use of your powers along lines of excellence." Fellini said, "you must live spherically" and...
  • The Vulcan’s final flight?

    10/28/2010 9:20:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Swindon Advertiser ^ | 10/28/2010 | David Wiles
    An Historic aircraft which was Britain’s last line of defence in the Cold War could be grounded or sold unless its owners can raise £150,000 by the end of tomorrow. The Vulcan, the last all-British designed and built military aircraft, was on around-the-clock standby to drop the atomic bomb on the Soviet Union during the east-west standoff. Now the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which displays the last flying Vulcan – XH558 – at air shows during the summer, needs to raise money urgently to maintain the aircraft at RAF Lyneham until Christmas.
  • Alex Anderson, creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle, dies at 90

    10/25/2010 7:40:11 AM PDT · by billorites · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2010 | Matt Schudel
    Alex Anderson, 90, the artist who created the cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle, the flying squirrel and hapless moose who were TV fixtures in the early 1960s, died Oct. 22 at a nursing facility in Carmel, Calif. His wife said he had Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Anderson, who grew up in a cartooning family in California, was also the creator of Crusader Rabbit, which became television's first animated cartoon series in 1949. He spent much of his career in advertising, and his role in creating Rocky and Bullwinkle was overlooked with time. He fought a long legal battle late in life...
  • Rockin' the Wall Out: Rock's Part in Unraveling Communism

    10/26/2010 10:29:53 AM PDT · by LS · 18 replies
    Rockin' the Wall Films ^ | 10/26/2010 | LS
    Our new documentary film, "Rockin' the Wall," is now out! An 83-minute documentary, this film includes interviews with rock musicians from both sides of the Iron Curtain, including Euro star Leslie Mandoki, who was a student activist and drummer against the Hungarian communist system who escaped to become the music producer for Audi and Volkswagen. Among the American musicians interviewed are Robby Krieger (Doors), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), Mark Stein and Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), David Paich (Toto), "Mother's Finest," and many others. The music is terrific, the message one of liberty. You'll be shocked at how "pro-American" some of...
  • Alexander Anderson Jr. dies at 90; created TV cartoon characters Rocky, Bullwinkle and others

    10/26/2010 1:35:36 AM PDT · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | October 26, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
    Alexander Anderson Jr., a pioneer television cartoonist who created the landmark duo of Crusader Rabbit and Rags the Tiger and two of TV's most enduring characters, Rocky and Bullwinkle, has died. He was 90. [...] The nephew of Paul Terry, whose Terrytoons cartoons included "Mighty Mouse" and "Heckle and Jeckle," the Berkeley-born Anderson had apprenticed at his uncle's studio in New Rochelle, N.Y., as a young man before serving in World War II and returned to work there after the war. [...] Anderson then teamed up with his childhood friend and former UC Berkeley fraternity brother Jay Ward, who had...
  • Cornell & The Cold War

    10/05/2010 6:42:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 5, 2010 | James F. Davis
    The irony evident in the two part article in Cornell Alumni Magazine (July-September 2010), on “Cornell in the Cold War” by Professors Glen Altshuler and Isaac Kramnick, made me laugh. The subtle-as-a-sledgehammer attempt to appear scholarly while ridiculing conservative anti-Communists was also disturbing. For example, they describe Dean Malott (Cornell’s last conservative president): “Publically, Malott, the self-proclaimed conservative, defended dissent and free thought” as if that is something a conservative would never do when he defended the admitted Communist professor, Phillip Morrison. Malott called upon “thinking citizens to stand behind the principles of freedom of thought and expression.” I wonder...
  • Soviet Collapse Ruined the U.S.

    10/04/2010 3:16:00 AM PDT · by vertolet888 · 37 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 04 October 2010 | Alexei Bayer
    In 2005, then-President Vladimir Putin called the collapse of the Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century. As time passes, I find myself agreeing with him more and more. To be sure, my regrets are fundamentally different from Putin’s. I’ve been a U.S. citizen for three decades, and my son is as American as they come. The United States is clearly my home, and I consider myself a patriotic American. This is why I decry the disappearance of the Soviet empire. Its demise may have dealt a potentially mortal blow to the United States. The Soviet Union...
  • Rewriting History on Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Accident

    08/30/2010 2:43:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 94 replies
    usnews.com ^ | Aug. 30, 2010 | Paul Bedard
    For many, the name Chappaquiddick conjures images of a drunken Sen. Edward Kennedy hitting on Mary Jo Kopechne in his Oldsmobile, losing control, and plunging into the water of Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island, adjacent to Martha's Vineyard where President Obama was vacationing. Kopechne, a family friend, drowned; and Teddy fumbled for excuses about what happened. Now, a year after Kennedy died, his lifelong biographer Burton Hersh, armed with fresh interviews with Kennedy's mistress at the time, tells Whispers that the whole July 1969 episode should have been handled as a simple crash, leaving the senator's legacy untainted. "It was...
  • Richard Nixon exposed Alger Hiss as a traitor

    08/16/2010 6:57:59 AM PDT · by Michael Zak · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | August 16, 2010 | Michael Zak
    On this day in 1948, Rep. Richard Nixon (R-CA) and his House Un-American Activities Committee questioned Alger Hiss, a State Department officer suspected of being a Soviet spy. Nixon zeroed in on contradictions in Hiss's testimony, revealing that Hiss had lied about not knowing Whittaker Chambers, another Soviet spy. Though never convicted of being a spy, Hiss did go to prison for perjury. For decades, many Democrats asserted that Hiss was innocent and that Nixon had persecuted an innocent man. After the fall of the Soviet Union, de-classified records revealed that Alger Hiss had indeed been a Soviet spy.
  • The President's False START

    07/29/2010 6:21:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 29, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    National Security: Think Moscow will violate the New START arms limitation treaty? A just-issued report says it never obeyed the first one. The motto of the Obama administration is blindly trust, don't verify and unilaterally disarm. You can forget about peace through strength, the Reagan doctrine that won the Cold War. Our policy is now peace through wishful thinking. If Neville Chamberlain and Jimmy Carter had a child, his name would be Barack Obama. The president is pushing ahead with what is called the New START Treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons, but not those who would use...
  • Iconic Photos:Amazing Imagery,History:The U-2 Incident

    07/28/2010 3:45:02 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    On May Day, 1960, Francis Gary Powers left the US base in Peshawar on a mission to photograph ICBM sites inside the Soviet Union. It would be the twenty-fourth U-2 spy mission over Soviet territory. Although it was a Soviet holiday, all units of the Soviet Air Defence Forces were on red alert as they suspected a U-2 flight and Powers was subsequently shot down. The United States used NASA to issue a statement saying the plane was a research vessel, but soon Moscow was full of rumors of a downed American spy plane. THe American story was made up...
  • "Rockin' the Wall" (film by LS) to Premiere at March on D.C.

    07/25/2010 5:16:28 AM PDT · by LS · 36 replies
    self ^ | 7/25/2010 | LS
    Our documentary film, "Rockin' the Wall," how rock ripped the Iron Curtain, will premiere in Washington, D.C. at the "March on DC" sponsored by the Tea Party and other affiliated movements, Thursday September 9, 7:00 (and there will be a matinee on Friday, September 10, 1:00) at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel. I will briefly introduce both showings, and will have a short speaking spot at the Mall on September 11. The film features interviews with 60s-70s rock and rollers from both sides of the Iron Curtain, particularly those who played near or behind the Iron Curtain, including members of the Doors,...
  • Liberal Smear of Thatcher Stresses Need for Conservative Creative Balance

    07/23/2010 9:21:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | Douglas MacKinnon
    What a surprise. It seems that another far-left liberal actor has taken a role with the express intent being to smear a conservative icon. In this case, it’s Meryl Streep allegedly trying to dishonor and cheapen the accomplishments of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. How? By of all things, playing Thatcher in an upcoming film. According to The Daily Telegraph of London, the children of the former prime minister are “…appalled at what they have learnt about the film…they think it sounds like some Left-wing fantasy.” When I was at the Pentagon, I had the honor to meet and help...
  • Russia revives Caspian Sea Monster

    07/18/2010 1:29:53 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 1+ views
    RT.com ^ | 7/17/2010 | RT.com
    The Russian government has commissioned the renewal of the “Caspian Sea Monster,” the legendary ground effect vehicle (GEV). Only 30 such crafts were built in the Soviet Union over two decades. Propeller The revival of GEV production was announced by the Alekseev design and construction bureau, which used to be the leading producer of such vehicles. According to its production branch director, Evgeny Meleshko, the bureau is working on a big model. It will spend two years making the new design with the first tests to be launched in 2012. “For our company it’s a big project, and most of...
  • Too Expensive To Maintain And Too Dangerous To Fly

    07/15/2010 5:28:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 7/13/2010 | James Dunnigan
    Four months after an Indian MiG-27 fighter bomber crashed, and all Indian MiG-27s were grounded, the aircraft have been cleared to fly again. The long delay was caused by fears that all the Russian made engines in these aircraft might have a common problem. This is not a new problem. The MiG-27, and Cold War era Russian warplanes in general, do not age well. India only has about a hundred MiG-27s still operational, and all of them were grounded for over a year (2005-6) when serious problems were discovered with the MiG-27s Russian designed engines. Things have since gotten better,...
  • The Sad Fate of a Spy Plane

    07/14/2010 3:21:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 7/1/2010 | Joe Pappalardo
    1962 the Soviets swapped a U.S. airman to the Americans in return for their spies, but they kept the pilot's plane. Here's what happened to it. By Joe Pappalardo It looks like Russia and the U.S. are negotiating the biggest spy swap since the Cold War ended, as accused and convicted spies in both nations are set to be bartered, and some being moved from prisons in America to Vienna in anticipation of a deal. The episode harkens to the 1960s, when spies were traded to maintain the brittle peace between nations. The most famous of these cases involved Francis...
  • Intrigue and Ambiguity in Cases of 4 Russians Sent to West in Spy Swap

    07/09/2010 7:19:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 9, 2010 | By SCOTT SHANE and ELLEN BARRY
    WASHINGTON — When Aleksandr Zaporozhsky, one of four Russians delivered to the West in this week’s spy swap, joins his family in the United States, it will be only the latest unexpected twist in a classic story of espionage and deception. For several years in the 1990s, Mr. Zaporozhsky, a colonel in Russian intelligence who became deputy chief of the American Department, was secretly working for the C.I.A., one of the highest-ranking American moles in history, Russian prosecutors say. After surprising his colleagues by retiring suddenly in 1997, he moved with his wife and three children to the United States...
  • Spy swap is 'all but unprecedented'

    07/08/2010 3:18:13 PM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 08 July 2010 | Jeff Stein
    John L. Martin supervised 76 espionage cases during his 26 years at the Justice Department, but he’s never seen one end like this one. Martin said swapping spies who have not been sentenced to time in prison, much less served it, is "all but unprecedented." Martin could recall only one case in which an accused spy was swapped without first being convicted and sentenced to prison. Alice Michelson, a courier for the Soviet KGB, was arrested in late 1984, indicted on espionage charges, held without bail, and eventually exchanged in a deal for 25 Europeans accused of spying for the...
  • Moscow-US Spy Swap Could Happen Today (Say What?)

    07/08/2010 12:45:56 AM PDT · by quesney · 37 replies
    A Cold War-style spy swap for the alleged Russian agents was being hammered out last night. All ten Russians held by the U.S. - including 'femme fatale' Anna Chapman - will reportedly be exchanged for ten prisoners being held in Russian jails who have spied for the West. The swap could begin as early as today, with Britain playing a pivotal role. [....] Say what? Why so fast? Have we even had a chance to interrogate these people? Are they part of bigger spy networks? What's going on here?
  • B61 Forever

    07/07/2010 10:22:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 7/7/2010 | Strategy Page
    When it comes to nuclear weapons, oldies are goodies. Take, for example, the American B61 nuclear device. About the same shape as a 1,000 pound (455 kg) bomb, many NATO fighter bombers were equipped (with the electronics) to use this bomb during the Cold War (and many can still do so). Some 3,200 B61s were built since it entered service in the late 1960s, and about a third of those remain available for use. Some are to be refurbished, but politicians are still debating doing this just to keep B61s good for another two decades. Without the refurb, all these...
  • Heathfield name same as dead baby (Someone watched 'Day of the Jackal')

    06/30/2010 5:44:27 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 5 replies
    www.boston.com ^ | June 30, 2010 | John R. Ellement
    David Heathfield, an Ontario resident, said yesterday that the alleged Russian spy known as Donald Heathfield stole the identity of his younger brother who died when he was 6 weeks old. “When we first heard about it, we thought it was a joke,’’ David Heathfield said. “Then it was a shock to us. How can somebody get away using our family name as an alias for so long and not be detected?’’ He said his mother, Shirley, is distressed by the discovery that the child she lost to crib death has had his name stolen. David Heathfield, 51, said he...
  • Putin criticizes U.S. arrests of spy suspects

    06/30/2010 3:22:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 29, 2010 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday criticized the arrests of suspects in an alleged Russian spy ring, saying U.S. law-enforcement authorities "went out of control." He voiced hope that the scandal would not harm relations between the two countries. Russia's Foreign Ministry acknowledged that some of the suspects are Russian citizens. It called on American authorities to give them access to lawyers and Russian consular officials, and to take into account the "positive character" of U.S.-Russian ties in treating the case. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday announced the arrests of 10 alleged deep-cover Russian agents, saying...
  • 'Russia may have 50 deep-cover agents in US'

    06/29/2010 7:05:04 PM PDT · by opentalk · 64 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 29, 2010 | staff
    Oleg Gordievsky, one of the Cold War's most famous defectors, says Russia may have as many as 50 deep-cover couples spying inside the United States. Gordievsky, a former deputy head of the KGB in London who defected in 1985, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would know the number of illegal operatives in each target country. The 71-year-old ex-double agent said that, based on his experience in Russian intelligence, he estimates that Moscow likely has 40 to 50 couples operating under cover in the US."For the KGB, there's usually 40 to 50 couples, all illegal," said Gordievsky, who defected to Britain...
  • Lessons From Failed Cold War Spy Mission in China

    06/20/2010 10:44:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | ROBERT BURNS
    Detail by painful detail, the CIA is coming to grips with one of the most devastating episodes in its history, a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China that stole two decades of freedom from a pair of fresh-faced American operatives and cost the lives of their two pilots. In opening up about the 1952 debacle, the CIA is finding ways to use it as a teaching tool. Mistakes of the past can serve as cautionary tales for today's spies and paramilitary officers taking on al-Qaida and other terrorist targets. At the center of the story are two eager CIA paramilitary officers...
  • Rockin' the Wall Trailer

    06/09/2010 9:44:49 AM PDT · by LS · 2 replies · 34+ views
    Rockin' the Wall ^ | 6/9/2010 | LS
    Ok, gang, the trailer to our documentary---coming in August---is now available. Among those you see in the trailer are "Mother's Finest," Robby Krieger, David Paich (Toto), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), Mark Stein and Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), LA film score composer John Van Tongeren, Voice of America legal counsel Joseph Morris, Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), Hungarian/Euro star Leslie Mandoki, and me. Glenn Beck did a 15 minute interview with me to air tomorrow, three times, and the trailer is (I think) being played behind me for part of it. Rock on! www.rockinthewall.com
  • Let's End American Dominance (Yes, he's serious)

    06/06/2010 1:45:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 347+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 5, 2010 | Peter Beinart
    Many Americans are anxious about the U.S. losing its supreme-superpower status. But in an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Peter Beinart says we need not dominate the world to enjoy it. An excerpt from the conclusion of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, forthcoming by Peter Beinart, about learning from American history that America can live safely and profitably in the world without dominating it. What America needs today is a jubilant undertaker, someone—like Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan—who can bury the hubris of the past while convincing Americans that we are witnessing a wedding, not a funeral....
  • We Want God! (31 years ago today, Pope John Paul II changed the World.)

    06/02/2010 9:27:26 PM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 7 replies · 244+ views
    Opinionjournal.com ^ | April 7, 2005 | Peggy Noonan
    On June 2, 1979, the Pope arrived in Poland. What followed will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it. He knelt and kissed the ground, the dull gray tarmac of the airport outside Warsaw. The silent churches of Poland at that moment began to ring their bells. The pope traveled by motorcade from the airport to the Old City of Warsaw. The government had feared hundreds or thousands or even tens of thousands would line the streets and highways. By the end of the day, with the people lining the streets and highways plus the people massed outside Warsaw...
  • The Russian Nuclear Button

    05/28/2010 9:42:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 729+ views
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | 5/27/2010 | David E. Hoffman
    <p>In the event of a nuclear missile attack on Russia, three hard-shell briefcases filled with electronics are set to alert their holders simultaneously. Inside each is a portable terminal, linked to the command and control network for Russia's strategic nuclear forces. One of them accompanies the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, wherever he goes. It is known as the Cheget, and allows the president to monitor a missile crisis, make decisions, and transmit those decisions to the military. It's similar to the nuclear "football" that accompanies the American president.</p>
  • The FOBS of War

    05/26/2010 12:20:41 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 357+ views
    AIr Force Magazine ^ | 6/1/2005 | Lt. Col Braxton Eisel
    In the movie “Space Cowboys,” Clint Eastwood plays a test pilot/engineer who leads a group of aging astronauts on a mission to retrieve a nuclear-armed satellite, which had been put into space by a Soviet Union that then ceased to exist. It was, at least in small part, a case of art imitating life. During the Cold War, both superpowers contemplated the deployment of nuclear weapons in space. However, Moscow did more than contemplate. During the 1960s, the USSR had an operational system ready to go into orbit to attack the United States. This weapon was a combined low-flying missile...
  • NATO unveils draft of new mission statement

    05/17/2010 2:38:15 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 301+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/17/2010 | AP via Yahoo News
    NATO must win the war in Afghanistan, expand ties with Russia, counter the threat posed by Iran's missiles, and assure the security of its 28 members, according to its new mission statement for the next decade. The draft document, released Monday, seeks to bridge a growing rift between the U.S., which favors a greater international role for NATO, and European nations that want it to retain its traditional defensive focus. "NATO must be versatile and efficient enough to operate far from home," said former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, head of the team of experts who wrote the document....
  • PAVE PAWS marks 30th anniversary

    05/16/2010 9:51:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 354+ views
    Cape Cod Missile ^ | 5/16/2010 | George Brennan
    For 30 years, it has protected the East Coast of the United States from sea and land strikes by enemy missiles. Yesterday, officials from the Air Force 6th Space Warning Squadron celebrated those three decades at PAVE PAWS — the first U.S. phased array warning system in the country and only one of four overall. "I think certainly the legacy is keeping a watch, a presence looking out over the Atlantic Ocean," Lt. Col. Max Lantz, commander of the 6th Space Warning Squadron, said Friday. "It's been one of vigilant watch for the past 30 years." Everyday, the 10-story radar...