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  • 3 NATO Activists Accused Of Plotting Attacks

    05/20/2012 9:47:16 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2012 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Three activists who travelled to Chicago for a NATO summit were accused Saturday of manufacturing Molotov cocktails in a plot to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets. But defense lawyers shot back that Chicago police had trumped up the charges to frighten peaceful protesters away, telling a judge it was undercover officers known by the activists as "Mo" and "Gloves" who brought the firebombs to a South Side apartment where the men were arrested. "This is just propaganda to create a climate of fear," Michael Duetsch said. "My clients came...
  • Join Us Tomorrow in Chicago

    05/19/2012 10:33:40 PM PDT · by Lurker · 14 replies
    5 19 2012 | Lurker
    Mrs L and I will be in the Loop tomorrow counter protesting the freaks who have been a gigantic pain in the ass to those of us who are trying to make a living. Let's show them who the 1% really are. Drop us a Freepmail if you are willing to join us.
  • Two Suspects from Broward County Targeted Rahm House, Obama HQ: Reports

    05/19/2012 2:26:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, May 19, 2012
    Each held Saturday on $1.5 million bondTwo Broward County men were among three arrested this week in a nighttime police raid after they planned to attack four police stations, President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house, according to court documents. The men arrested Wednesday in an apartment building in the Bridgeport neighborhood. They're accused of trying to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the two-day summit that starts Sunday. They were each held Saturday on $1.5 million bond. Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla. and Jared Chase, 24, of...
  • Taliban Death Threats: The West's Afghan Workers Fear NATO Withdrawal

    05/19/2012 12:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Matthias Gebauer and Shoib Najafizada in Berlin and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
    … By the end of 2014, at the latest, almost all international troops are to be withdrawn from the country in the Hindu Kush mountains, at least according to plans by nations present in the country going into the NATO summit in Chicago that begins on May 20. NATO leaders are hoping that the Afghan security forces can take over full responsibility for their country by then. The German government likes to call this plan the "responsible handover." But if that happens, then (Muhammad) Shah* and his colleagues will have to fear for their lives. "The Taliban knows exactly who...
  • 3 NATO Protesters Face Terror Conspiracy Charges

    05/19/2012 1:58:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 19, 2012 (AP) | (Associated Press)
    Police say three protesters at the NATO summit in Chicago have been charged with terrorism conspiracy stemming from allegations that they planned to make Molotov cocktails. Chicago police Lt. Kenneth Stoppa told The Associated Press early Saturday that the three were being held on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support. He says they face a bond hearing later Saturday morning. Stoppa identified the men charged as 20-year-old Brian Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 24-year-old Jared Chase of Keene, N.H.; and 24-year-old Brent Vincent Betterly of Oakland Park, Mass. …
  • ‘[snip] the Police’: First Wave of Anti-NATO Protests Hit Chicago

    05/18/2012 7:23:37 AM PDT · by tomkat · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 17, 2012 | Mytheos Holt
    Chicago isn’t exactly a hotbed of homespun America and apple pie motivated sentiment. But apparently even the residents of Chicago have limits regarding what they’ll tolerate in their neighborhood. And one of those limits is, apparently, anarchist and communist protesters. Today marks a moment when radical Leftist anti-NATO demonstrations in the city, affiliated with “Occupy NATO,” are hitting their stride. And as with all Leftist demonstrations, black bloc tactics are involved. To that end, a group of masked thugs from the protests went to the trouble of taking over Chicago’s Halsted Street, even going so far as laying down in...
  • Lawyers for NATO protesters allege improper arrests

    05/18/2012 6:13:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Chicago Trib ^ | David Heinzmann and Jeff Coen
    Officers wearing Chicago Police uniforms raided an apartment in Bridgeport late Wednesday and detained at least eight activists without justification, lawyers working on behalf of NATO protesters alleged today. Police refused to provide any details about the alleged raid or whether they were detaining people. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was asked about the allegation after announcing at a news conference this afternoon that there had been “zero arrests, as far as protest activity today.” Asked about the Bridgeport incident, McCarthy said only that there was an “inquiry” authorities were looking into and he would have to gather further information before...
  • Fighter Jets In Skies Over Chicago On Friday Morning Before NATO Summit

    05/18/2012 4:53:33 AM PDT · by Falcon4.0 · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 18 2012 | CBS
    "snip"CHICAGO (CBS) – U.S. fighter jets will be actively flying over Chicago on Friday as part of a security drill in the days before the NATO Summit. The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command Region fighters–including Air Force KC-135 tankers, Air Force F-16s, and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters–will be visible on Friday morning, beginning around 9 a.m..
  • NATO’s New Neighbors

    05/17/2012 8:34:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2012 | Seth Mandel & Christina Lin
    In late February of 2002, the New York Times reported on the creation of the NATO-Russia Council, with officials heralding a new era of cooperation and trust between Putin’s Russia and the alliance of democracies. They were former rivals and future friends, with a period of strategic partnership easing the transition. Yet the tone of the reporting betrayed the presence of tension in the proceedings.The Times headlined the story: “NATO Offers Russia New Relationship, but Without Any Veto.” As if repeating this like a mantra would make it true, the report stated, in the second paragraph, that Russia “will...
  • ‘**** the Police’: First Wave of Anti-NATO Protests Hit Chicago

    05/17/2012 2:45:14 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 17, 2012 | Mytheos Holt
    Chicago isn’t exactly a hotbed of homespun America and apple pie motivated sentiment. But apparently even the residents of Chicago have limits regarding what they’ll tolerate in their neighborhood. And one of those limits is, apparently, anarchist and communist protesters.
  • Hacked

    05/17/2012 6:12:05 AM PDT · by tomkat · 7 replies
    Second City Cop ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Second City Cop
    NATO protestors have infiltrated the CPD computers with a worm that is wreaking havoc across the board. 35th Street and OEMC are in a full panic. The entire Department Intranet is in danger of a meltdown on an unimaginable scale, just in time for a potential "mass arrest" situation this weekend that would bring the Department to a grinding halt. (from our e-mail)
  • Surveillance Drone Spotted Near Chicago - For NATO Summit?

    05/16/2012 8:50:33 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 60 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 13th 2012 | MisterBees
    This was filmed in Elgin, Illinois about 40 miles from Chicago. I assume it's for the NATO summit this week as a security measure.
  • One in Five Turkish Generals Now in Prison

    05/14/2012 11:28:19 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Commentary ^ | 5/14/2012 | Michael Rubin
    The Turkish press is reporting that, with the latest round of arrests of former military officers for allegedly forcing the resignation of Necmettin ErbakanÂ’s Islamist government in 1997, one-in-five Turkish generals is now in prison. Even those who see the end of military influence in Turkey as the litmus test for democracy should worry. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan now targets political opponents, real or imagined, without restraint.
  • NATO underplayed civilian deaths in Libya: HRW

    05/14/2012 6:03:28 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 5 replies
    REUTERS via Yahoo ^ | May 14, 2012 | Sebastian Moffett
    NATO air strikes killed 72 civilians in Libya last year, Human Rights Watch said on Monday, accusing the western alliance of failing to acknowledge the scope of collateral damage it caused during the campaign that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi. In a report based on investigations at bombing sites during and after the conflict, the New York-based HRW said NATO strikes killed 20 women and 24 children. It called on the alliance to compensate civilian victims and investigate attacks that may have been unlawful. "Attacks are allowed only on military targets, and serious questions remain in some incidents about what exactly...
  • Israel Not Invited to NATO's Chicago Summit

    05/12/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-11-12 | Slobodan Lekic
    Israel will not be invited to NATO's May 20-21 summit in Chicago, the alliance's top official said Friday. But he denied that alliance member Turkey had blocked Israel's participation. Instead, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the reason is because Israel does not participate in NATO's main military missions. News reports have claimed that Turkey blocked Israel's participation because of the raid in 2010 by Israeli troops on ships heading to Gaza in which eight Turks and a Turkish-American died. NATO has a system of partnerships with dozens of nations across the globe such as the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO...
  • Metra Unveils Commuter Rail Security Restrictions For NATO

    05/11/2012 8:35:23 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/11/2012 | unknown
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Some commuters will have to make alternate plans during the NATO Summit, as Metra today said it will close several stations on the Electric Line. All Metra passengers–not just those on the Electric Line–will also face carry-on restrictions and security screenings from May 19-21. Riders will be allowed one briefcase-sized bag up to 15 by 15 inches and four inches deep. Riders will not be allowed to carry boxes, luggage, backpacks, pocket knives, bikes, food or liquid. This includes all beverages, such as coffee and soda.
  • The Shadow Cabinet; Obama meets with left-wing critics of Israel to plot next moves

    05/10/2012 5:50:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/12 | Adam Kredo
    President Obama sat down yesterday with a cadre of far-left foreign policy writers, several of whom regularly lambast the state of Israel, to get advice on a range of critical foreign policy issues, among them Afghanistan, Israel, and NATO, according to press accounts. The group of nine included several writers who promulgate fringe views about the state of Israel, advocate in favor of divestment from Israel, and describe the Jewish State as an “apartheid” state—views that are also endorsed by the most extreme anti-Israel advocates. Liberal author Peter Beinart—who has compared Israel to the segregated South and advocates boycotting areas
  • What not to wear during the NATO summit (Obama's SA wins)

    05/08/2012 11:27:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | May 8, 2012 | Ryan Ori
    Downtown workers may experience casual Friday and casual Monday later this month when the NATO summit arrives. Workers at some Chicago office towers are being encouraged to dress down to avoid being targeted by protesters during the meeting of world leaders May 20 and 21. Safety procedures in some high-rises include the recommendation that employees set aside suits, ties and anything with corporate logos.
  • Highway Limitations During the NATO Summit

    05/07/2012 10:24:59 AM PDT · by deang · 7 replies
    Trucking Port ^ | 7-5-12 | Deang
    The NATO Summit will be held on May 20th -21st in Chicago and the Illinois DOT is requesting everybody to avert the city areas and mainly the downtown and the South Loop during the Summit week. Some limitations are also going to be placed on excessive and overweight shipments. From May 18th -22nd excessive and overweight shipment would not be allowed on the expressway and ramps. [Read More....]

    05/06/2012 9:53:33 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 6, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When the president’s former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel (D, Wilmette) became Mayor of Chicago, many expected him to use his many Washington contacts to bring some big business his way, and he delivered. Mayor Richard M. Daley had sought to bring the Olympics to Chicago… no such luck. But Emanuel did indeed deliver, if on a slightly lesser scale: in his first year, he secured two big meetings for Chicago, the first, a G-20 conference, and the second, a NATO summit. The G-20 meeting was quietly pulled, under cover of darkness, to be held at Camp David instead (good...
  • Chicago, capital of Illinois? NATO goofs in video

    05/04/2012 7:22:59 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 4, 2012 | Rob Manker
    With 16 days remaining until hundreds of diplomats descend upon Chicago for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit, NATO is working hard to educate world leaders on their host city. But that effort may have briefly backfired. A video about Chicago posted Thursday on the website of NATO's in-house television news network,, could leave leaders fumbling the facts at the international water cooler.
  • Summit Could Mean Airport-Style Security On Metra Electric, South Shore Trains (Chicago)

    05/04/2012 7:15:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    CBS 2 -Chicago ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jay Levine
    Some stations on the Metra Electric Line and South Shore Line could be shut down during the upcoming NATO summit, and passengers at other stations could face airport-style security screenings, due to the Secret Service security plan that could be released as soon as Friday afternoon. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has exclusive details on those security measures, which the Secret Service is expected to officially unveil on Friday, or at the very latest, on Monday. Federal officials have promised the announcement will include a “comprehensive list of street closures and parking restrictions surrounding the NATO summit.”
  • Russia's military threatens pre-emptive strike if NATO goes ahead with missile plan

    05/03/2012 4:29:29 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 03, 2012 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW – Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system. Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. "A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens," he said at an international conference attended by senior U.S. and...
  • Russia threatens to strike NATO missile defense sites

    05/03/2012 12:33:33 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 156 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    Russia’s most senior military officer said Thursday that Moscow would preemptively strike and destroy U.S.-led NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if talks with Washington about the developing system continue to stall. “A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov said at an international missile defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials. The threat comes as talks about the missile defense system, which the U.S. and its allies insist is aimed at Iranian missiles, appear to have stalled. “We have not been...
  • Russia official warns of pre-emptive strike against U.S.-led Europe missile defense

    05/03/2012 9:23:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    Haaetz | AP ^ | 3/5/12
    Moscow rejects Washington's claim that a planned missile defense system is solely to deal with any Iranian missile threat and has voiced fears it will eventually threaten Russia. Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system. Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further...
  • NAFTA's Evolving NATO?

    05/02/2012 4:10:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | May 2, 2012 | Austin Bay
    NAFTA isn't NATO, at least not yet. However, the North American defense ministers conference hosted by Canada the last week of March sent the low-key but categorically public message that Mexico has emerged as the U.S. and Canada's regional security partner. The conference, held in Ottawa, was the first scheduled trilateral defense ministers meeting involving all three North American countries in which Mexico officially participated. The three countries agreed to increase their efforts to combat drug cartels, to include sharing intelligence and cooperating in land and sea missions to stop cartel operations. As allies in World War I and World...
  • Bin Laden files show al-Qaida and Taliban leaders in close contact

    04/29/2012 5:22:33 PM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 29, 2012 | Jason Burke
    BLOW TO AFGHAN PEACE HOPES AS DOCUMENTS REVEAL BIN LADEN, ZAWAHIRI AND OMAR DISCUSSED JOINT OPERATIONS AGAINST NATO. Documents found in the house where Osama bin Laden was killed a year ago show a close working relationship between top al-Qaida leaders and Mullah Omar, the overall commander of the Taliban, including frequent discussions of joint operations against Nato forces in Afghanistan, the Afghan government and targets in Pakistan. The communications show a three-way conversation between Bin Laden, his then deputy Ayman Zawahiri and Omar, who is believed to have been in Pakistan since fleeing Afghanistan after the collapse of his...
  • 'Turks clashing with NATO allies over Israel'

    04/24/2012 4:37:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-24-12 | HERB KEINON
    Israeli official: By blocking Israel's involvement in NATO events, Turkey also keeping 6 other regional countries from taking part. Turkey’s opposition to Israeli participation in NATO events blocks the inclusion of six other regional countries, something irritating other NATO states and increasingly becoming a contentious issue inside the alliance, Israeli diplomatic officials said Monday. According to the officials, the issue was raised last week at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. The officials denied Turkish media reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blocked Israel’s participation in the NATO summit in Chicago at the end of May, saying...
  • Homes abandoned amid riot warnings in Chicago

    04/21/2012 6:20:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    WND ^ | April 21, 2012 | Aaron Klein
    In a sign of what may be coming, residents of a Chicago condo building located near the site of next month’s NATO summit have been asked to leave for the event or risk being caught in a storm of rioters. WND first reported in August 2011 that radicals, some with ties to President Obama, were planning to riot during the NATO summit. FOX Chicago News reported the people living in the 17-floor Library Tower building at 520 South State Street were warned in a letter from condo management that “we are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay...
  • Chicago condo residents warned to leave during NATO summit

    04/21/2012 3:52:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    Residents of a Chicago condo whose building will be in the eye of the NATO storm are being warned that they should move out for the weekend or risk being trapped inside by rioters. The people living in the 17-floor Library Tower building at 520 South State Street were warned in a letter from condo management that "we are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21." ... The condo is hiring two off-duty police officers to provide security; those cops will be armed. "In the event of a riot...
  • Taliban Launches Largest Attack On Kabul In 11 Years [Has Obama Lost Afghanistan?]

    04/15/2012 6:46:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | April 15, 2012
    Taliban Launches Largest Attack On Kabul In 11 Years Government areas in Kabul and several other key locations in Afghanistan rocked by gunfire and explosions Jon Boone Emma Graham Harrison in Kabul 15 April 2012 10.44 EDT In a brazen demonstration of its ability to hit some of the best defended targets in Kabul, the Taliban mounted its largest ever co-ordinated attack in 11 years of resistance to Afghanistan's post-2001 rulers. Dozens of fighters launched gun, rocket and suicide attacks on embassies, Nato bases, parliament and government buildings in the capital, as well as Nato targets in three eastern provinces,...
  • Obama in Colombia plotting US Gun confiscation using foreign troops

    04/15/2012 1:07:28 PM PDT · by yank in the UK · 84 replies
    Enter the US Army Military Personnel Exchange Program, wherein officers in the US Army are being exchanged with officers from countries around the world for the purported purpose of cross training for international crisis.  What is happening right before our eyes is the international soviet socialist elite are putting together an international coalition army for the purpose of disarming the American citizens. Understand, this army must be coordinated and considering the reality of diverse languages requires a communication system which has to be established before this foreign army can begin operations in the United States.  This is why we have...
  • Putin calls NATO 'relic of the Cold War'

    04/13/2012 8:50:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    AP via Cybercast News ^ | April 11, 2012 | AP Staff
    Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called NATO a "relic of the Cold War era," but said Russia should nonetheless continue supporting the alliance's mission in Afghanistan. Putin, who won a third presidential term last month, defended the government's intention to offer NATO a new logistics facility on Russian territory to facilitate transit of military cargo to and from Afghanistan. "It's in our national interests to help maintain stability in Afghanistan," Putin told lawmakers who voiced concerns that a NATO facility on Russian soil would threaten its security. Moscow has provided the U.S. and other NATO member states with air corridors and...
  • Impeach Obama: No Surrender of American Military to U.N.

    04/13/2012 8:03:58 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/13/2012 | Eliana Benador
    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” Sir Winston Churchill America is taking time to wake up. But, the effervescence of the nation cannot be allowed to vanish when the enemy brings nothing that can contribute to make this a better world -nothing except aberrations such as beheading, stoning, mutilation, honor killing, terrorism against innocent civilians, and so much dreadfully more. When such a low-life enemy wants to quietly enter our country, our cities, our towns and our homes, it means the time has come to make a choice. And,...
  • Spain Will Port US Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense

    04/07/2012 1:24:59 AM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/7/2011 | US Department of Defense
    Spain’s agreement to port U.S. ships at Naval Station Rota on the Atlantic coast will forge a deeper bilateral security relationship between the two nations and support NATO’s missile defense system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today. Late in the afternoon on the first of two days of meetings among NATO defense ministers, Panetta, along with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero took the stage in Luns Auditorium at the alliance’s headquarters to announce the agreement. “Today the [NATO] security partnership takes a major step in the right direction,” Panetta told...
  • Deaths in northern Afghanistan suicide blast

    A suicide attack on a NATO foot patrol has left 15 people dead in northern Afghanistan, according to local officials. "A suicide bomber targeted a group of foreign friends" near a park, provincial governor Abdul Haq Shafaq told the AFP news agency of the motorcycle-riding attacker. Among the dead were four US soldiers, four Afghan police, an Afghan interpreter for the US soldiers and six Afghan civilians including two women and two children, local police sources told Al Jazeera. Another 30 Afghan civilians and four US soldiers were wounded in the attack.
  • Peace activists in failed bid to swarm NATO HQ

    04/01/2012 2:33:12 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 2 hrs 28 mins ago
    Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police. The demonstration, organised by the Belgian association Action for Peace two months before a NATO summit in Chicago, was called to protest the alliance's intervention in Afghanistan and Libya, and nuclear arming. "No demonstrator was able to enter NATO headquarters," spokesman for Brussels police, Christian De Coninck, told AFP. "We detained 483 people for questioning and all of them should be free in the evening." De Coninck said no one was...
  • Canada mulls replacing aging CF-18 jets

    03/27/2012 9:25:44 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Space War ^ | 3/26/2012 | Space War
    Canada is aiming to replace its aging CF-18 Hornets fleet, or what remains of it after nearly three decades of service, and much hangs on what will replace the aircraft. The planned replacement of the CF-18s, some dating to the early 1980s, coincides with intense discussion on Canada's plans to buy up to 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets as part of a much delayed air force modernization. Debate has flared on the F-35's escalating costs and the feasibility of buying the jets when, according to critics, cheaper alternatives are available in the market. Critics have called for closer scrutiny...
  • Europe’s armed forces team up on refueling aircraft

    03/26/2012 1:06:41 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/26/2012 | Defense Talk
    European defence ministers facing shrinking budgets agreed Thursday to join forces to get more air-to-air refueling planes, deploy extra field hospitals and exploit "green" energy. The projects are part of the European Union's efforts to pool and share military resources as the debt crisis and a US strategic pivot towards Asia forces Europe's armed forces to band together. The ministers, who met in Brussels, emphasized in a statement "the urgent political necessity to retain and develop the military capabilities for sustaining and enhancing" their common security policy. They signed a political declaration to pursue ways to purchase or share airborne...
  • Special Report: Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent

    03/24/2012 8:40:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, March 23, 2012 | Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball
    The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran's nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead. Those conclusions, drawn from extensive interviews with current and former U.S. and European officials with access to intelligence on Iran, contrast starkly with the heated debate surrounding a possible Israeli strike on Tehran's nuclear facilities. "They're keeping the soup warm but they are not cooking it," a U.S. administration official said. Reuters has learned that in late 2006 or early...
  • 2008 Security Pact Between Iran and Turkey Should Call Into Question Turkey’s NATO Membership

    03/23/2012 10:22:01 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 24 March 2012 | Unattributed
    A security pact signed in 2008 between Turkey and Iran should call into question Turkey’s membership in NATO.
  • Russia to offer air base to US for Afghan transit

    03/15/2012 12:59:29 AM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Newsday ^ | 3/14/2012 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    A new deal allowing the United States and its NATO allies to use a Russian air base for transit of troops and military cargo to Afghanistan would help ensure Russia's own security, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday. Sergey Lavrov said a plan to permit the U.S. and other NATO nations to use the base in the city of Ulyanovsk on the Volga River will soon be considered by the Russian Cabinet. If approved, the deal could help repair Russian ties with the United States, which have become increasingly strained over Washington's missile defense plans in Europe and the Syrian crisis....
  • Enhancing NATO’s Missile Defence

    03/14/2012 8:41:30 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 3/14/2012 | Defense Aerospace
    The proliferation of ballistic missiles poses an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. This is the reason why the Netherlands decided to contribute to NATO’s Missile Defence system. “From intelligence we know that now more than 30 countries have or are acquiring ballistic missiles. They do not pose an immediate threat, but in the long run it could become a threat and in order to be prepared for that, we think it is important that NATO develops ballistic missile defence capability and that the Netherlands participates in contributing to that capability,” says Pieter-Henk Schroor from the Dutch...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'received Ł42 million from Muammar Gaddafi for 2007 election'

    03/14/2012 8:38:15 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies ^ | 12MAR12 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Nicolas Sarkozy received Ł42 million from Muammar Gaddafi in funding for his 2007 presidential election campaign, it was claimed on Monday. The “terms” for handing over the money were agreed in a meeting between the two men in Libya two years before Mr Sarkozy’s election, documents published by a French investigative website suggest.A memo obtained by the Mediapart site and handed to a judge alleges that the meeting on Oct 6, 2005 resulted in “campaign financing” of “NS [Nicolas Sarkozy]” being “totally paid”. At the time Mr Sarkozy was France’s interior minister with well-documented ambitions to succeed Jacques Chirac. Political...
  • Chinese Spies Use Fake Facebook Pages to Gain Intel

    03/12/2012 7:58:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/12/2012 | Defense Tech
    We’re always hearing about high-end cyber epionage but sometimes, enemy spies can steal military secrets without investing a ton of time or money breaking into Pentagon networks. In fact, Chinese spies just used a fake Fasebook account to get personal information from a ton of NATO officials. Yup, Chinese spies set up a face Facebook page for Adm. James Stavridis, chief of U.S. European Command and fooled a bunch of high-ranking military officials into friending the fake admiral and sharing info with them. This is a pretty common move, just a couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with...
  • Chinese Spies Friended NATO Officials With a Fake Facebook Account

    03/12/2012 3:02:09 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | March 12, 2012 | Gizmodo
    Last year, a huge swath of senior British military officers and Defense Ministry officials became friends with who they thought was United States Navy admiral James Stavridis. While Stavridis is a real US Commander, sadly it now turns out that the man behind the Facebook profile wasn't him; it was actually a Chinese spy. In friending the spy, those British officials obviously leaked their own personal information reports ZDNet. That includes e-mail addresses, phone numbers, pictures, the names of family members, and possibly even the details of their movements. Perhaps understandably, NATO is recultant to state exactly who was behind...
  • U.S. pilots plant SEAD with Turkish counterparts

    03/09/2012 9:19:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    U.S Air Force ^ | 3/9/2012 | Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee
    U.S. pilots plant SEAD with Turkish counterparts by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee Anatolian Falcon 2012 Public Affairs 3/9/2012 - KONYA, Turkey (AFNS) -- The Turkish and U.S. air forces continue to combine their air assets and share tactics in large-force employments during Exercise Anatolian Falcon 2012 here March 5-16. During LFE exercises, units oftentimes take advantage of the high number of aircraft participating to test mass communication efforts, but the 480th Fighter Squadron pilots from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are sharing suppression-of-enemy-air-defenses tactics with their Turkish counterparts. SEAD, the 480th FS's specialty, is any action taken to deter enemy surface-to-air...
  • Norway F-35 decision about 4 to 5 weeks away

    03/08/2012 10:51:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/8/2012 | Flight Global
    Norway's defence secretary Roger Ingebrigtsen and an entourage of military officials visited the F-35 test force at Edwards AFB, California, during the last week of February. The visit to the desert base comes at a time when Norway is trying to finalise how many aircraft it will ultimately buy. "Right now we're in the process where the Norwegian government is about to make a recommendation to their parliament as far as how many F-35s we want to buy and where we should base these aircraft," says Major Eystein Kvarving, a spokesman for the Norwegian Defence Ministry on 29 February in...
  • REPORT: Eastern Libya Is About To Declare Itself An Autonomous State

    03/05/2012 5:03:18 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 3/5/12 | Michael Kelley
    Civil war could be on the horizon again in Libya. A report from British intelligence company Exclusive Analysis states: • Eastern Libya is about to declare itself a self-governing state within a federal Libya. The new state will extend beyond historical Cyrenaica to include part of oil-rich Fazzan in the Gulf of Sirte. Eastern Libya has 66% of Libya’s oil production but only 25% of its population. • The state is to be called 'Barqa' (Arabic for Cyrenaica) and its territory will stretch from the Egyptian border in the east to the city of Sirte in the west. The declaration...
  • Graves of British troops smashed and desecrated by Libyan Islamists (Shorten Title)

    03/04/2012 6:02:27 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 7 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 3/5/2012 | Mail Online
    Youtube Video Linky Here A furious mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery amid continuing fury in the Middle East over the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers. Headstones commemorating British and Allied servicemen, killed during World War II campaigns in the Western Desert, lay smashed and strewn across Benghazi Military Cemetery. Protesters rampaged through site on Friday, despite efforts by America to calm tensions sparked when it emerged U.S. soldiers had burned Muslim holy books in a pile of rubbish at a military base in Afghanistan.