Archiv: US Department of Defense (Pentagon / DoD)


28.07.2021 - 11:28 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Report: Whistleblower Daniel Hale, responsible for revealing massive civilian cost of US Drone Program, receives 45 month sentence „It was necessary to dispel the lie that drone warfare keeps us safe, that our lives are worth more than theirs“ #DanielHale

28.07.2021 - 11:23 [ CourageFound.org ]

Daniel Hale sentenced to 45 months in prison

Before he was sentenced, Hale read a powerful and intensely emotional speech to the court, condemning the horrors of war, particularly the post-9/11 U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and drew attention to Iraqi and Afghan victims of the U.S. drone assassination program. He said he opposes war for the same reasons he opposes the death penalty, saying it’s wrong to kill and especially wrong to kill the defenseless. The U.S. often posthumously labels those it kills as “combatants,” and Hale said that sometimes up to 90% of victims in a given airstrike are unidentifiable.

23.07.2021 - 18:34 [ Common Dreams ]

‚A Huge Outrage‘: Senate Panel Approves $25 Billion Pentagon Budget Increase

The Senate Armed Services Committee agreed Thursday to add $25 billion to President Joe Biden’s already massive $715 billion Pentagon spending request, a move that prompted immediate outrage from progressive activists who have been demanding cuts to the bloated U.S. military budget.

21.07.2021 - 19:35 [ theCanary.co/uk/ ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

18.07.2021 - 19:30 [ Rick Rozoff / Global Research ]

Pentagon Gains Two New Air Bases in Hungary

With the acquisition of the two Hungarian bases the U.S, and NATO (they’re truly indistinguishable) have now moved into several air bases in former Warsaw Pact countries since the first round of post-Cold War NATO expansion in 1999.

They include:

15.07.2021 - 07:41 [ CNN ]

‚They’re not going to f**king succeed‘: Top generals feared Trump would attempt a coup after election, according to new book

The authors explain Milley’s growing concerns that personnel moves that put Trump acolytes in positions of power at the Pentagon after the November 2020 election, including the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the resignation of Attorney General William Barr, were the sign of something sinister to come.

Milley spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup, and the Joint Chiefs chairman felt he had to be „on guard“ for what might come.

„They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,“ Milley told his deputies, according to the authors. „You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.“

07.07.2021 - 21:25 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V. ]

JEDI: Microsoft vs. Amazon (II)

… Das Projekt für den Aufbau eines Cloud-Systems namens Jedi entspreche nicht mehr den Bedürfnissen des Militärs, erklärte das Pentagon.“

01.07.2021 - 12:17 [ Aktion Freiheit statt Angst ]

Anklage gegen Julian Assange bricht zusammen: Gekaufter Zeuge packt aus

(29.06.2021)

Ohne Regen wollen wir am Sa., 3. Juli ab 17h eine Geburtstags-Sonder-Mahnwache vor der US Botschaft am Brandenburger Tor in Berlin abhalten. An vielen Orten wird am Samstag für die Freilassung des illegal inhaftierten Journalisten und Whistleblowers demonstriert.

01.07.2021 - 12:12 [ Wochenblick.at ]

Assange kein Hacker – Das Ende des Verfahrens gegen Julian Assange? Kronzeuge hat gelogen!

(29.06.2021)

Der Kronzeuge Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson gab gegenüber der isländischen Zeitung Stundin zu, seine Vorwürfe gegen Assange nur erfunden zu haben. Bis zu 175 Jahre Gefängnis drohen dem australischen Journalisten und WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange im Falle einer Auslieferung in die USA.

01.07.2021 - 12:03 [ Stundin.is ]

Key witness in Assange case admits to lies in indictment

(26.06.2021)

The witness, who has a documented history with sociopathy and has received several convictions for sexual abuse of minors and wide-ranging financial fraud, made the admission in a newly published interview in Stundin where he also confessed to having continued his crime spree whilst working with the Department of Justice and FBI and receiving a promise of immunity from prosecution.

The man in question, Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, was recruited by US authorities to build a case against Assange after misleading them to believe he was previously a close associate of his.

29.06.2021 - 11:44 [ AFSC / Twitter ]

Yesterday @POTUS launched airstrikes in #Iraq & #Syria. We are devastated that the U.S. continues to use militarized approaches that will further destabilize the region. The Senate must vote to repeal the 2002 #AUMF. Call your reps via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

29.06.2021 - 11:30 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

The House just voted to repeal the AUMF in Iraq and then we get this from Biden. It’s time to bring our troops home from Iraq.

29.06.2021 - 11:20 [ Aaron Mate / Twitter ]

The fact that the US just bombed Syria & US troops are occupying it (along with imposing murderous sanctions) should underscore that it’s derelict for left media to avoid it — & avoid speaking out when those who do cover it are slandered for challenging the establishment line.

29.06.2021 - 11:01 [ Manu Raju / Twitter ]

Dems seem to be OK with the airstrikes Biden ordered over the weekend.

Pelosi says they appear „targeted and proportional“
Schiff says he believes they are „appropriate and reasonable“
Kaine said today it appears to be „classic“ self-defense

29.06.2021 - 10:47 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

America is terrorizing & bombing the middle east again. We’re the terrorists. We’re the Imperialists. We’re the blood thirsty murdering psychopaths. We’re the Bad guys. This is without Trump. Congrats!

29.06.2021 - 09:38 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Terrorbekämpfung: Anti-IS-Koalition nimmt Afrika in den Blick

Seit 2014 gibt es diese Koalition gegen die Terrormiliz „Islamischer Staat“ (IS). Deren Vertreter verwiesen bei ihrem Treffen in Rom zunächst einmal auf die Erfolge. Der IS beherrscht keine Territorien mehr, keine Städte, weder im Irak noch in Syrien. Acht Millionen Menschen wurden von dem Terrorregime der Milizen befreit.

28.06.2021 - 21:29 [ miragenews.com ]

Joint Communiqué by Ministers of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Daesh/ISIS no longer controls territory and nearly eight million people have been freed from its control in Iraq and Syria, but the threat remains. The resumption in Daesh/ISIS activities and its ability to rebuild its networks and capabilities to target security forces and civilians in areas in Iraq and Syria where the Coalition is not active, requires strong vigilance and coordinated action. This includes allocating adequate resources to sustain Coalition and legitimate partner forces’ efforts against Daesh/ISIS, and significant stabilization support, both to address the drivers that make communities vulnerable to recruitment by Daesh/ISIS and related violent ideological groups, as well as to provide support to liberated areas to safeguard our collective security interests. In this regard, the Ministers noted the 2021 Pledge Drive for Stabilization as an important means to help sustain the recovery of areas liberated from Daesh/ISIS and prevent its resurgence. The Ministers reaffirm that Daesh/ISIS will continue to be pressured by curbing its ability to raise revenue, enhancing information sharing on terrorists through bilateral and/or multilateral channels like INTERPOL, and fighting against Daesh/ISIS’ toxic propaganda and denying the group space to exploit social media online.

28.06.2021 - 12:28 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Treffen der Anti-IS-Koalition: Wie weiter gegen den IS?

83 Staaten bilden eine Koalition gegen die Terrormiliz IS. Heute treffen sich deren Vertreter in Rom – zum ersten Mal seit Beginn der Pandemie wieder persönlich. Auch Bundesaußenminister Maas und sein US-Kollege Blinken sind dabei.

28.06.2021 - 12:19 [ Mateen Adel, Diplomat of Afghanistan in Rome- Italy / Twitter ]

Honored to participate in “Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ ISIS”, June 28, 2021, Rome.

28.06.2021 - 12:00 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Irakisch-syrisches Grenzgebiet: USA fliegen Luftangriff auf Milizen

Mit einem weiteren Militärschlag unter dem Befehl von Präsidenten Joe Biden haben die USA den Druck auf den Iran und dessen Verbündete erhöht. Das US-Militär flog in der irakisch-syrischen Grenzregion Luftangriffe auf mehrere Ziele, die von pro-iranischen Milizen genutzt worden seien, teilte ein Pentagon-Sprecher mit.

28.06.2021 - 11:36 [ Haaretz ]

Four Iranian-backed Fighters Killed in U.S. Strikes in Iraq, Syria

The United States said on Sunday it carried out another round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, which killed four people according to Iran-backed militia groups.

The strikes, the U.S. said, were in response to drone attacks by the militia against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.

26.06.2021 - 13:24 [ The Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

.@IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi concluded his trip to the #UnitedStates on Friday and said the trip’s goals of discussing and warning about #Iranian #nuclear weapons development were met.

(25.06.2021)

26.06.2021 - 13:08 [ Haaretz ]

Another Mysterious Iran Strike. Totally Different Circumstances

(25.06.2021)

Did the drone strike on the Iranian site – conducted while Israel’s army chief is in Washington – surprise the Americans?

26.06.2021 - 13:04 [ News_Executive / Twitter ]

Breaking: Iranian officials say, a Sabotage attempt on a building of atomic energy organization of Iran has been foiled, it was reportedly a drone strike that targeted the building in the city of Karaj to the west of Tehran.

(23.06.2021)

26.06.2021 - 12:50 [ justsecurity.org ]

Five Senators Threaten to Derail Repeal of 2002 AUMF: Why Their Timing and Claims Are So Wrong

Following the House’s passage – on a broadly bipartisan basis – of legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 AUMF), five members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (a minority of the minority) are seeking to delay its companion bill’s movement out of committee and onto the Senate floor.

22.06.2021 - 14:57 [ theHill.com ]

Senate panel delays war authorization repeal after GOP push

The delay comes after five GOP senators asked for a public hearing with the secretaries of Defense and State as well as a classified briefing with those departments and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence before the panel votes on repealing 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF).

16.06.2021 - 09:33 [ i24news.tv ]

IDF chief Kohavi to make postponed Washington trip; discuss Gaza, Iran

Kohavi was initially set to meet with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, head of the US Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and head of the US Special Operations Command Gen. Richard D. Clark, according to The Jerusalem Post.

05.06.2021 - 12:48 [ NBC News ]

‚They are hair on fire‘: Biden administration mulls cyberattacks against Russian hackers

(03.06.2021)

Although using the military to take action against criminals wouldn’t be without precedent, it’s controversial in legal circles, and any American cyber action against targets in Russia would risk retaliation.

05.06.2021 - 12:38 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Langer Marsch eines Molochs

(10. September 2014)

Entgegen der heutigen Wahrnehmung rauschte die Regierung der USA Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts keineswegs unvorbereitet in die Attentate des 11. Septembers. Im Gegenteil waren über Jahrzehnte umfangreichste, weit verzweigte „Sicherheits“-Strukturen aufgebaut worden, bereits damals in enger Symbiose mit dem „privaten“, also internationalen kommerziellen Sektor. Sie dienten primär der Informationsgewinnung, innerstaatlich wie international. Legitimation und teils geheime, durch abermals geheime Interpretationen bzw „Rechtsmeinungen“ („legal opinions“) zusätzlich ausgelegte „Executive Orders“ der Präsidenten, bildeten die Rechtfertigung für den Aufbau eines Molochs, eines „lebenden, atmenden Organismus“, der, „jeder Kontrolle entwachsen“, von genau denjenigen finanziert wurde, gegen die er einmal marschieren sollte.

27.05.2021 - 11:49 [ NBC News ]

CDC looking into possible link between heart problem and Covid vaccines in young people

(24.05.2021)

The CDC did not respond to questions about the exact number of reports. However, NBC News identified at least 55 suspected cases nationwide.

That number includes 14 cases under investigation by the Department of Defense among members of the military, but it may be an underestimate. And some, but not all, state departments of health are tracking such cases.

07.05.2021 - 19:28 [ Amerika21.de ]

Das Massaker von El Mozote in El Salvador: US-Militärberater war dabei

Das Massaker von El Mozote, bei dem salvadorianische Streitkräfte zwischen dem 10. und 12. Dezember 1981 etwa 1.000 Frauen, Kinder und Betagte bestialisch ermordeten, ist bis heute nicht vollständig aufgeklärt. Es ist eine der schlimmsten Menschenrechtsverletzungen in der Zeit des bewaffneten Konfliktes (1980-1992) und steht stellvertretend für die Straflosigkeit, die noch heute für die Menschenrechtsverbrechen in dieser Zeit gilt. Erst ein Urteil des Interamerikanischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte im Jahr 2012 und die Abschaffung des Amnestiegesetzes 2016 ebneten den Weg für erste gerichtliche Schritte, um die Täter zu ermitteln. Seither läuft ein Verfahren zur Beweisaufnahme, geleitet von Richter Jorge Guzmán. Angeklagt sind 16 Mitglieder des Batallions Atlacatl, ein salvadorianisches Elitebataillon, das in der US-Militärbasis von Fort Benning, Georgia, in Aufstandsbekämpfungstaktiken ausgebildet wurde.

03.05.2021 - 23:51 [ BBC ]

Hillary Clinton warns of ‚huge consequences‘ in Afghan US troop withdrawal

Mrs Clinton said it was also important to protect the „many thousands of Afghans“ who had worked with the US and Nato during the conflict, and said a large visa programme should be set up to provide for any refugees.

03.05.2021 - 04:08 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit. Auf das der Krieg nicht zum Erliegen gebracht wird!

Welcher Provinz-Warlord könnte nicht in Versuchung kommen und lässt schnell mal ein Attentat inszenieren, dass dann immer die über die Grenze gekommenen Aufständigen waren? Seine Sicherheitskräfte brauchen schliesslich Arbeit, Lohn und Brot. Ohne Gefahr gibt es kein Geld – eine einfache Rechnung und ein fataler Teufelskreis. Die Ansicht der USA, dass, wenn man den Kriegsherren kein Geld mehr für ihre Dienste zur Verfügung stellt, dann eine Eskalation der Lage erfolge, kann man unterschiedlich bewerten. So wie jetzt die Lage in Afghanistan ist, hat diese bisherige Strategie nach acht Jahren keinen Erfolg für den ISAF- Einsatz gebracht und die meisten Anschläge erst hervorgerufen.

Alle gefallenen Soldaten, einschliesslich der deutschen Opfer, sowie die Toten und Verletzten der afghanischen Zivilbevölkerung oder der Hilfsorganisationen, sie alle sind gestorben in dem grausamen korrupten Machtspielen der Westmächte und den Führungskräften in Afghanistan.

Stellungnahmen der Bundesregierung, der Parteien und Medien zu dem Bericht des Zentrums für internationale Zusammenarbeit an der New York University waren bis heute in Deutschland nicht festzustellen.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

03.05.2021 - 02:47 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

03.05.2021 - 02:38 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Washington Post ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

June 22, 2010
To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt
Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

03.05.2021 - 01:50 [ CNN ]

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun

„A drawdown is underway,“ White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday. „While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to having all of US military personnel out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2020.“

Fewer than 100 troops, along with military equipment, have been moved largely by aircraft to execute President Joe Biden’s order to begin the withdrawal process no later than May 1, according to several US defense officials.

28.04.2021 - 23:29 [ Dave deCamp / antikrieg.com ]

USA warten weiterhin saudische Kampfflugzeuge, die den Jemen bombardieren

Präsident Biden sagte, er beende die Unterstützung für „offensive“ Operationen im Jemen, aber Vertragspartner des Pentagon betreuen weiterhin die saudische Luftwaffe

28.04.2021 - 14:52 [ Dave deCamp / Antiwar.com ]

US Still Servicing Saudi Warplanes That are Bombing Yemen

“The United States continues to provide maintenance support to Saudi Arabia’s Air Force given the critical role it plays in Saudi air defense and our longstanding security partnership,” a Pentagon spokesperson told Vox over the weekend.

28.04.2021 - 05:10 [ theHill.com ]

US Navy fired warning shots at Iranian vessels Monday evening

The incident happened days before the Biden administration was to begin indirect talks with Iran on reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement, set for Tuesday in Vienna. Former President Trump pulled the United States from the pact, after which Tehran resumed the development of its nuclear program.

26.04.2021 - 14:33 [ teleSUR ]

The US Maintains High Military Spending Despite Pandemic

The United States continues to increase its military spending despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report on Monday.

24.04.2021 - 20:15 [ The Hill ]

US begins moving equipment out of Afghanistan, sends bombers in

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin earlier on Friday approved keeping the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the region “for a period of time,” as well as sending several B-52 long-range bombers to the region, press secretary John Kirby told reporters.

23.04.2021 - 08:34 [ Tagesschau ]

US-Militär in Afghanistan: Erst aufstocken, dann abziehen

Die USA wollen ihre Truppenstärke im Afghanistan kurzfristig verstärken, um den geplanten Abzug abzusichern. Der zuständige General McKenzie sieht die Zukunft des Landes ohne US-Militärpräsenz pessimistisch.

18.04.2021 - 06:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Biden Rebuffed Commanders’ Advice in Decision to Leave Afghanistan

The White House says it will guard against the risk of a new terrorist danger in Afghanistan by maintaining warplanes and counterterrorism capabilities at bases outside of the landlocked country.

Current and former military officials say, however, that …

15.04.2021 - 19:03 [ antikrieg.com ]

Joe Biden bekräftigt Washingtons Botschaft an die Welt: Vertraut uns nie und nimmer

Im Februar 2020 verkündete US-Präsident Donald Trump ein Friedensabkommen mit den Taliban, das den US-Streitkräften 15 Monate Zeit für den Abzug aus Afghanistan gab. Fast ein Jahr später, als der Abzug fast abgeschlossen war und nur noch 2.500 Angehörige der US-Streitkräfte auf afghanischem Boden verblieben, legte der neue Präsident Joe Biden den Amtseid ab und begann sofort zu beklagen, dass die Frist zum 1. Mai „schwer einzuhalten“ sei.

15.04.2021 - 14:30 [ Reuters ]

U.S.’s Blinken flies to Afghanistan in show of support after Biden’s pull-out announcement

“The reason I’m here, so quickly after the president’s speech last night, is to demonstrate literally, by our presence, that we have an enduring an ongoing commitment to Afghanistan,” Blinken said at the embassy, according to a press pool report.

15.04.2021 - 08:58 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

US-Admiral Craig Faller besuchte Uruguay und Argentinien

Der Besuch markiert einen Wendepunkt in den Beziehungen zwischen Uruguay und den USA, die während der Mitte-Links-Regierungen der Frente-Amplio überwiegend distanziert waren. Das soll sich nun ändern. Die USA wollen Uruguay in ihre geostrategischen Pläne einbinden und politisch-militärisches Terrain zurückgewinnen.

13.04.2021 - 15:22 [ Tagesschau ]

USA stocken Truppen in Deutschland auf

Mit einer großen Überraschung ist US-Verteidigungsminister Austin nach Berlin gereist: 500 zusätzliche Soldaten sollen in Deutschland stationiert werden – ein deutliches Signal nach den Truppenabzugsplänen von Ex-US-Präsident Trump.

11.04.2021 - 21:19 [ The Hill ]

Defense secretary boasts ‚ironclad‘ commitment to Israel during trip to Tel Aviv

Austin’s visit to Israel is part of a multi-stop tour of U.S. allies “to discuss the importance of international defense relationships, and reinforce the United States’ commitment to deterrence and defense, burden sharing, and enduring trans-Atlantic security.“ He will also travel to Germany, the United Kingdom and NATO headquarters in Belgium.

09.04.2021 - 19:57 [ Common Dreams ]

Biden Admin. to Decide Dakota Access Pipeline’s Fate in Friday Court Hearing

The Justice Department, Energy Transfer LP—one of the owners of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) – and Indigenous tribes are set to appear virtually at 2 pm EDT in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where federal government lawyers are expected to announce the fate of the fossil fuel project.

09.04.2021 - 11:09 [ Rick Rozoff / Antiwar.com ]

US Mulls Sending More Warships to Black Sea To ‘Send Message’ to Russia

The feature mentioned that U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea, crisis or no crisis, but that dispatching additional warships to the sea would “send a specific message to Moscow that the US is closely watching.”

07.04.2021 - 02:10 [ The Hill ]

House Democrats push Biden to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police

“Decades of militarization of our nation’s law enforcement have led to some police departments looking more like an occupying army than a community-based regulatory arm of state and local government,” the 29 Democrats wrote in the letter, a draft of which was obtained by The Hill.

07.04.2021 - 01:43 [ France24 ]

US defense chief Austin to visit Israel: report

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will visit Israel next week for meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Axios reported Tuesday.

03.04.2021 - 16:48 [ junge Welt ]

Pentagon kauft bei Microsoft ein

Das Pentagon hat für bis zu 21,9 Milliarden US-Dollar (18,6 Milliarden Euro) Headsets und Clouddienste bei Microsoft bestellt. Der Vertrag läuft bis zu zehn Jahre und umfasst unter anderem die Produktion von rund 120.000 auf Microsofts Hololens-Hardware aufbauenden Augmented-Reality-Brillen, wie ein Unternehmenssprecher am Donnerstag erklärte.

25.03.2021 - 11:58 [ theGrayzone.com ]

How the US military subverted the Afghan peace agreement to prolong an unpopular war

(16.03.2021)

In an exclusive interview with The Grayzone, Col. Douglas Macgregor, a former senior advisor to the acting secretary of defense, revealed that President Donald Trump shocked the US military only days after the election last November by signing a presidential order calling for the withdrawal of all remaining US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

As Macgregor explained to The Grayzone, the order to withdraw was met with intense pressure from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Gen. Mark M. Milley, which caused the president to capitulate. Trump agreed to withdraw only half of the 5,000 remaining troops in the country. Neither Trump’s order nor the pressure from the JCS chairman was reported by the national media at the time.

11.03.2021 - 09:52 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Israeli Jets Escort US B-52s during Mideast Flyby in Warning to Iran

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday, March 2, that Israel intends to develop a “special security arrangement” with the reactionary regimes of Arab Gulf states, who share common concerns over Iran. This comes after i24 News reported that Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have discussed expanding cooperation against their common enemies. “We will continue to confront any threat, along with our new and veteran partners, chiefly the US, so that Iran will not be able to develop nuclear capacity,” Gantz said.

10.03.2021 - 19:29 [ The Hill ]

Top Biden officials to meet with Chinese in Alaska

Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to travel to Japan and South Korea next week, in what will be the first overseas trip for senior Biden officials.

10.03.2021 - 11:37 [ France24 ]

South Korea to pay 13.9% more for US troop presence

Washington stations around 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North Korea, which invaded the South in 1950, and protect US interests in northeast Asia.

09.03.2021 - 20:13 [ Ray McGovern / Antiwar.com ]

Will Lloyd Austin Speak Truth on Afghanistan?

Afghanistan: Stay or Go? The final decision will depend largely on whether Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin can face down white White House armchair warriors allergic to „losing“ wars already long lost, as well as arms makers profiteering on the ones that drag on for decades.

05.03.2021 - 16:48 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Ostasien: US-Raketen

Wie u.a. Nikkei Asia nun berichtet, hat das US-Indopazifikkommando nun Gelder für genau diesen Zweck beantragt:

01.03.2021 - 07:38 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Biden defends airstrike on Syria in letter to leaders in Congress and says US has the right to defend itself

(28.02.2021)

– President Joe Biden justified airstrikes in Syria in a letter to congressional lawmakers.
– Biden said he directed the airstrikes in response to a recent militant strike in Iraq.
– He said the US „always stands ready to take necessary and proportionate action in self-defense.“

28.02.2021 - 09:51 [ Newsweek ]

In Iraq, Joe Biden Haunted by Obama’s Foreign Policy Missteps

(26.02.2021)

The U.S. attempt to institute democracy in Iraq began with a thunderous roar nearly 18 years ago as Baghdad, already under siege by Washington’s sanctions, was bombarded by U.S. missiles in 2003. In less than a month’s time, former President George W. Bush would deliver a victory speech in front of a banner that read „Mission Accomplished.“

What exactly that mission was remains unclear to this day.

28.02.2021 - 09:41 [ Bloomberg ]

The White House Shouldn’t Get a Blank Check to Wage War

(12.02.2021)

For close to two decades, U.S. presidents have sent American troops into combat without requesting authorization from Congress. As it conducts a review of U.S. military operations around the world, the Biden administration should push to restore the legislative branch’s proper role in deciding when and where the country goes to war.

28.02.2021 - 09:15 [ Steve Herman / Twitter ]

There was congressional notification prior to the US airstrike on #Syria, @PentagonPresSec tells reporters.

(26.02.2021)

„The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night,“ confirms @PressSec
. „The administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest.“

28.02.2021 - 08:55 [ theHill.com ]

Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week

(26.02.2021)

“The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night. The Administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

24.02.2021 - 11:35 [ Yahoo.com ]

SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike defend actions in major hack – U.S. Senate hearing

Lawmakers started the hearing by criticizing Amazon representatives, who they said were invited to testify and whose servers were used to launch the cyberattack, for declining to attend the hearing.

18.02.2021 - 15:29 [ SeekingAlpha.com ]

SolarWinds breach launched from within the United States

Neuberger notably said the attack, which compromised „9 federal agencies and about 100 private companies,“ was launched from inside the United States.
SolarWinds shares are down 1.4%. Two security names closely tied to the hack, FireEye (FEYE -3.2%) and CrowdStrike (CRWD -2.5%), are also in the red.

18.02.2021 - 15:28 [ CNN ]

Biden administration says investigation into SolarWinds hack is likely to take „several months“

The US government’s probe into the devastating SolarWinds breach is likely to take „several months“ at least, according to the top White House cybersecurity official, speaking to reporters Wednesday in the Biden administration’s first public assessment of the gravity of the suspected Russian spying campaign.

02.02.2021 - 15:01 [ i24news.tv/ ]

Israel’s security cabinet to meet Wednesday over Iran issue: report

The meeting comes amid US State Secretary Antony Blinken’s latest remark to NBC that Tehran could enrich enough uranium to produce a nuclear bomb in a “matter of weeks.”

02.02.2021 - 13:56 [ U.S. Central Command / Twitter ]

Gen McKenzie appreciated the gracious hospitality and expansive discussions on regional security with Defense Minister Gantz and IDF Chief of the General Staff LTG Kochavi last week. @Israel_MOD @IDF

02.02.2021 - 13:49 [ Grayzone ]

How CENTCOM Chief McKenzie manufactured an Iran crisis to increase his power

(15.01.2021)

Almost immediately after taking command at CENTCOM in March 2019, McKenzie launched his campaign of political manipulation. By requesting additional forces to contain a supposedly urgent Iranian threat, McKenzie triggered the dispatch of an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East. A month later, he told reporters he believed the deployments were “having a very good stabilizing effect,” and that he was in the process of negotiating on a larger, long-term U.S. military presence.

As a result of his maneuvering, McKenzie succeeded in acquiring 10,000 to 15,000 more military personnel, bringing the total in his CENTCOM realm to more than 90,000. The rapid increase in assets under his command was revealed in a Senate hearing in March 2020.

28.01.2021 - 11:33 [ Jerusalem Post ]

CENTCOM chief arriving in Israel for talks with Kochavi on Iran

McKenzie’s arrival – he is scheduled to spend one day in Israel – is the first high-level visit by a top American official since Joe Biden was sworn in as president last week.

15.01.2021 - 05:32 [ Radio Utopie ]

Heim in den Verantwortungsbereich

(18. März 2010)

Nun, die Situation in Asien ist für viele Europäer verwirrend. Das liegt daran, dass viele Europäer nicht mehr wissen, wo Asien liegt. Asien beginnt am Ende Sibiriens und endet am Nil. Nun befassen wir uns mit den geostrategischen Grundlagen des US-Militärs. Das hat sich die Welt in den „Vereinigten Kampf-Kommandaturen“ („unified combatant commands) in „Verantwortungsbereiche“ aufgeteilt. Zum Verantwortungsbereich („area of responsibility“) des Europakommandos („Eucom“) gehören bislang auch drei Länder Asiens: Syrien, der Libanon und Israel. Ebenso natürlich die israelisch besetzten Gebiete, sowie der Gazastreifen.

Das möchte General David Petraeus, Chef des Zentralkommandos (Centcom), und damit u.a. direkter Vorgesetzter der US-Kommandeure in den eroberten Ländern Irak und Afghanistan, gerne ändern. Um den Zusammenhang nun denkbar ausreichend zu erläutern: dazwischen liegt der Iran.

15.01.2021 - 05:18 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Trump Orders Military Shift to Spur Israeli-Arab Cooperation Against Iran

President Trump has ordered that the major U.S. military command for the Middle East be expanded to include Israel, in a last-minute reorganization of the American defense structure that pro-Israel groups have long advocated to encourage cooperation against Iran, U.S. officials said Thursday.

15.01.2021 - 05:15 [ Gordon Lubold, White House, national security reporter @WSJ / Twitter ]

NEW: Trump ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its command structure and put Israel in US CENTCOM, in a nod to Israel’s long wishes and another last minute policy decision it will be hard for Biden to undo.

Exclusive with @mgordonwsj and me

10.01.2021 - 14:23 [ theCanary.co ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

10.01.2021 - 13:13 [ Washington Post ]

Why are we trusting a company with ties to ICE and intelligence agencies to collect our health information?

(21.05.2020)

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the contract for this platform to Palantir Technologies, a secretive data-mining firm known for its work with the Pentagon, intelligence agencies and law enforcement during the so-called global war on terrorism. The HHS Protect Now platform will aggregate data from at least 187 different sources, including the federal government, state and local governments, hospitals, and the private sector.

04.01.2021 - 11:28 [ ORF.at ]

Ex-Pentagon-Chefs warnen vor Einsatz des Militärs im Wahlstreit

Alle zehn lebenden Ex-Verteidigungsminister der USA haben vor einem Einsatz des Militärs im Streit um die von Präsident Donald Trump angezweifelten Wahlergebnisse gewarnt. Entsprechende „Bemühungen“ würden das Land auf „gefährliches, rechtswidriges und verfassungswidriges Gebiet“ führen, heißt es in einem gestern veröffentlichten Beitrag der Ex-Minister für die „Washington Post“.

04.01.2021 - 11:21 [ CNN ]

All 10 living former defense secretaries declare election is over in forceful public letter

„Our elections have occurred. Recounts and audits have been conducted. Appropriate challenges have been addressed by the courts. Governors have certified the results. And the electoral college has voted. The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived,“ the group wrote.

20.12.2020 - 09:10 [ ZDF ]

Auch deutsche Firmen betroffen – Was über den US-Hackerangriff bekannt ist

Nach einem schweren Hackerangriff auf Behörden und Institutionen in den USA ist nach wie vor unklar, wer dahinter steckt.

19.12.2020 - 21:22 [ CNBC ]

Trump contradicts Pompeo, plays down alleged Russian role in cyberattack

Trump’s comments in the form of Twitter posts on Saturday went against comments his secretary of state made less than 24 hours earlier.
SolarWinds, the company at the center of the attack, has not yet blamed any one country.

19.12.2020 - 12:27 [ federalnewsnetwork.com ]

SolarWinds breach raises stakes for NDAA Trump still threatens to veto

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said the breach makes a clear case for the work of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the cyber provisions that made it into the annual defense policy bill passed by the House and Senate.

“This is the most important bill on cyber ever passed by Congress, and that’s why I’m really hoping that the president will either sign the bill or let it become law without a signature, because there is so much critically important material in the bill,” King said during an annual summit hosted by Defense One.

19.12.2020 - 11:52 [ ORF.at ]

Pompeo macht Moskau für Cyberangriff verantwortlich

Der Angriff weitet sich stetig aus. Nicht nur werden immer mehr Betroffene bekannt, darunter die US-Atombehörde und der Softwarehersteller Microsoft, es wurde zudem offenbar weitere Software für die laut US-Behörden sehr ausgefeilten Angriffe manipuliert.

19.12.2020 - 11:07 [ theIntercept.com ]

The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads

While CIA officers run the operations, most of the ground support during strike force unit missions, including the control of air power, is provided by fighters loaned out by Joint Special Operations Command. Variations on this arrangement have been used by the CIA since the Church Committee clamped down on agency excesses at home and abroad in 1975. Originally dubbed “Omega” in Afghanistan, the program temporarily strips special forces of their regular military designation — a process known as “sheep-dipping”— and places them under CIA command. This enables the CIA to circumvent the restrictions placed on fighters who ordinarily operate under regular wartime Title 10 authority, placing them instead under the agency’s Title 50 authority for covert actions.

19.12.2020 - 10:35 [ CNN ]

Congressional backers cite cybersecurity provisions as they push Trump to sign defense bill

The massive defense bill that President Donald Trump is threatening to veto contains provisions for increased cybersecurity, which has taken on significantly more importance in the wake of a massive cyberattack on federal agencies at the hands of suspected Russian hackers.

The National Defense Authorization Act includes pay raises for America’s soldiers, modernizations for equipment and provisions to require more scrutiny before troops are withdrawn from Germany or Afghanistan.

19.12.2020 - 09:24 [ Fox News ]

After government hack, media mum on ex-cybersecurity chief highlighted for contradicting Trump’s fraud claims

„As I said in a news briefing, Election Day was ‘just another Tuesday on the Internet,’“ he wrote. „Normal sorts of scanning and probing were happening, but we did not see any successful attacks or damaging disruptions.“

Yet hackers were arms deep in a slew of federal agencies. The infiltration, believed to have been conducted by the Russians, appears to have compromised the Departments of Energy, State, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury and Commerce. His name did not appear in CNN’s story about CISA and the hack published Thursday.

18.12.2020 - 19:33 [ bleepingcomputer.com ]

FBI, CISA officially confirm US govt hacks after SolarWinds breach

(17.12.2020)

The compromise of multiple US federal networks following the SolarWinds breach was officially confirmed for the first time in a joint statement released earlier today by the FBI, DHS-CISA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

„Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have become aware of a significant and ongoing cybersecurity campaign,“ the US intelligence agencies said …

18.12.2020 - 19:18 [ Forbes ]

DHS, DOJ And DOD Are All Customers Of SolarWinds Orion, The Source Of The Huge US Government Hack

Though it’s not clear whether it uses the Orion tool, the DHS’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a SolarWinds customer too, buying $45,000-worth of licenses in 2019. The U.S. Cyber Command also spent over $12,000 on SolarWinds tools in the same year.

SolarWinds, a publicly-listed Austin, Texas-based company with a value of over $6 billion, has its own customer list, though it doesn’t break down which products clients use. That list includes more than 425 of the Fortune 500, all major US telecoms providers, the top five U.S. accounting firms, hundreds of global universities, the NSA and the White House.

18.12.2020 - 18:43 [ theHill.com ]

Lawmakers ask whether massive hack amounted to act of war

Hackers believed to be part of a nation state have had access to federal networks since March after exploiting a vulnerability in updates to IT group SolarWinds’s Orion software. The hack has compromised the Treasury, State and Homeland Security departments and branches of the Pentagon, though it is expected to get worse. SolarWinds counts many more federal agencies as customers, along with the majority of U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

09.12.2020 - 05:11 [ Common Dreams ]

‚Bad News‘: Biden Picks Retired General and Raytheon Board Member Lloyd Austin as Pentagon Chief

„The revolving door between Pentagon and industry can easily impact policy,“ Rainwater added. „We have here a double whammy: 1) Concerns about generals instead of civilians in charge and, 2) Working for a mega-contractor who benefits from some policies and whose profits are threatened by others.“

09.12.2020 - 04:30 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Biden’s Choice For Pentagon Chief Further Erodes a Key U.S. Norm: Civilian Control

Before Gen. Austin can be confirmed, Biden will need a special waiver from Congress under the National Security Act of 1947. That law, a cornerstone of the post-World War II national security state, provides that “a person who has within ten years been on active duty as a commissioned officer in a Regular component of the armed services shall not be eligible for appointment as Secretary of Defense.”

09.12.2020 - 04:25 [ NPR.org ]

Biden Explains Defense Pick Amid Concerns There Be Civilian Control Of The Military

Unlike other Biden nominees who also may face skeptical confirmation hearings or tight votes in a closely divided Senate, Austin is likely to run into trouble aside from ideological positions or previous statements that may come up. Instead, it’s the fact that he’s only been retired from active duty for four years.

Civilian control is a key aspect of the U.S. military, and to underscore that principle, defense secretaries are legally required to have been retired from active duty for at least seven years.

06.12.2020 - 13:39 [ US Central Command ]

Saudi, UK, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training

(02.12.2020)

Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 9-12.

06.12.2020 - 13:35 [ nationalinterest.org ]

Sorry, Iran: USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Back in the Persian Gulf

(02.12.2020)

Tensions in the region have been seen as extraordinarily high following the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, which Tehran has blamed on the United States and Israel. However, Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a spokesperson for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, told the AFP news agency that the return of CSG 11, under the command of Rear Adm. James A. Kirk, was not related to a specific threat but was part of regional security.

06.12.2020 - 13:11 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon spy agencies to meet with Biden transition team

Officials said that advisers to the incoming Biden administration are scheduled to meet with officials at the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and other spy services at their headquarters.

04.12.2020 - 21:50 [ CNN ]

Vaccination cards will be issued to everyone getting Covid-19 vaccine, health officials say

(02.12.2020)

„Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,“ Moore said. „Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that.“

04.12.2020 - 21:47 [ Zero Hedge ]

‚Immunity Cards‘ To Be Issued To All Americans; Enable CDC To Track COVID-19 Vaxx Status In Database

On Wednesday the Department of Defense released the first images of a COVID-19 vaccination record card as well as vaccination kits, according to CNN.

„Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,“ says Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition.

30.11.2020 - 22:49 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Israeli military prepares for possibility Trump will strike Iran

(25.11.2020)

The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.

30.11.2020 - 22:47 [ Anthony Chimente, @durham_uni / Twitter ]

No, you need to read the NYT article stating Trump wanted to use military force against Iran but the pentagon military/ some@civilian leadership balked. Now he can use SOCOM/JSOC to strike Iran without the consent of Pentagon military leadership.

(18.11.2020)

30.11.2020 - 22:45 [ Lara Seligman, Covering the Pentagon for @POLITICO / Twitter ]

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, himself a former Green Beret, announces that he has directed the Special Operations civilian leadership to report directly to the SecDef. This puts Special Operations command „on par with the military services for the first time.“

(18.11.2020)

29.11.2020 - 20:15 [ justsecurity.org ]

Defense Policy Negotiations Near Completion in Congress, With Human Rights Provisions in Play

(25.11.2020)

One measure in the House version of the NDAA would amend Section 127e of the U.S. Code — Support of Special Operations to Combat Terrorism — to include reporting on the entities with which foreign forces receiving U.S. support are in hostilities, whether those entities are covered under an existing authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), and steps taken to ensure that such support is consistent with U.S. objectives. It would also require a description of the steps taken to ensure that recipients of this support have not engaged in human rights violations or violations of the Geneva Conventions.

28.11.2020 - 12:55 [ Raw Story ]

Trump Pentagon deploys USS Nimitz aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf: report

The Pentagon is deploying a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, CNN national security correspondent Barbara Starr reported Friday.

23.11.2020 - 23:55 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Navy rear admiral visits Taiwan, report says, as yet another US warship passes through strait

The Navy sent another warship through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, which also included an unconfirmed visit to the island by the officer in charge of intelligence gathering in the Indo-Pacific region, according to wire and Navy reports.

23.11.2020 - 11:41 [ Ro Khanna, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Flournoy supported the war in Iraq & Libya, criticized Obama on Syria, and helped craft the surge in Afghanistan. I want to support the President’s picks. But will Flournoy now commit to a full withdrawal from Afghanistan & a ban on arms sales to the Saudis to end the Yemen war?

23.11.2020 - 11:22 [ theGrayzone.com ]

VIDEO: Top Biden advisors Flournoy and Blinken promise smarter, more secretive permanent war policy

Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.

Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military’s doctrine of permanent war – what it called “full spectrum dominance.”

20.11.2020 - 19:20 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Biden’s transition team is filled with war profiteers, Beltway chickenhawks, and corporate consultants

A glance at the Biden-Harris agency review teams should provide a rude awakening to anyone who believed a Biden administration could be “pushed to the left.”

19.11.2020 - 14:50 [ New York Times ]

Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia

Under a draft order circulating at the Pentagon on Monday, the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan would be halved from the current deployment of 4,500 troops, officials said.

In Iraq, the Pentagon would trim force levels slightly below the 3,000 troops that commanders had previously announced. And in Somalia, virtually all of the more than 700 troops conducting training and counterterrorism missions would leave.

16.11.2020 - 21:45 [ ORF ]

Trump dürfte weitere Soldaten aus Afghanistan abziehen

Der ehemalige Heeresoffizier Douglas Macgregor wurde zum leitenden Berater des geschäftsführenden Verteidigungsministers Christopher Miller ernannt. Macgregor ist ein ausgesprochener Kritiker der Einsätze im Irak und in Afghanistan.

13.11.2020 - 14:47 [ Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com ]

Philippines Extends Military Pact Allowing US Troops in the Country

The Obama administration started challenging China’s claims to islands in the South China Sea by sailing warships near them, maneuvers known as Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs).

13.11.2020 - 14:42 [ antikrieg.com ]

Philippinen verlängern Militärpakt und erlauben US-Truppen Aufenthalten im Land

Es ist nicht zu erwarten, dass Joe Biden die Haltung Washingtons in Bezug auf die Ansprüche Pekings auf das Südchinesische Meer aufweichen wird. Während der letzten Präsidentschaftsdebatte prahlte Biden mit der harten Haltung der Obama-Regierung in Bezug auf Chinas Ansprüche auf die umstrittenen Gewässer.

 

12.11.2020 - 23:27 [ Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com ]

Trump’s Pentagon Shake-Up Could Lead to Troop Withdrawals

A major overhaul at the Pentagon that was started with the firing of former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper could be part of President Trump’s plan to carry out last-minute troop withdrawals from countries like Afghanistan, sources have told several media outlets.

12.11.2020 - 00:05 [ The Hill ]

New Pentagon chief hires adviser who wants quick withdrawal from Afghanistan

Trump has reportedly been frustrated with the pace of the troop withdrawal, and weeks prior to the presidential election asserted on Twitter that forces would be home by Christmas.

11.11.2020 - 10:08 [ Saagar Enjeti, Host of Rising / Twitter ]

There it is. Confirmation that Esper and his team were fired for thwarting admin efforts to withdraw troops from Afghanistan Its been 20 years there is no „premature withdrawal“

11.11.2020 - 10:00 [ ORF.at ]

Erneut Sesselrücken im US-Pentagon

Die Umbildung eröffnet Trump die Möglichkeit, noch vor dem Machtwechsel am 20. Jänner nicht erfüllte Wahlversprechen einzulösen. Dazu gehört möglicherweise die Anordnung eines vollständigen Abzugs der US-Streitkräfte aus Afghanistan.

09.11.2020 - 23:17 [ The Hill ]

Top US official for Syria and ISIS to retire this month

Joel Rayburn, currently deputy assistant secretary and special envoy for Syria, will take on the responsibilities of engagement with Syria.

Ambassador Nathan Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism, will take on the role of special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

09.11.2020 - 21:15 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Flournoy: Neue Verteidigungsministerin?

Es war ja zu befürchten, dass der neue US-Präsident Joseph Biden keine radikale Abkehr von der Kriegspolitik einleiten würde, die er über viele Jahre in führender Position mit zu verantworten hatte.

09.11.2020 - 20:33 [ New York Post ]

President Trump tweets firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper

“I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,” the president said in a post.

08.11.2020 - 10:16 [ CatoTheYounger / Twitter ]

Now the Generals will sit on their hands and not remove any troops from Afghanistan. Home by Christmas is gone.

Tough luck troops, you should not have gotten your hopes up

30.10.2020 - 12:46 [ tipranks.com ]

Astrazeneca Scores $286.9M US Army Contract For Covid Vaccine

Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZN) has been awarded a $286.9 milllion firm-fixed-price contract for the delivery of 200 million doses of AZD1222 vaccine for COVID- 19.

Bids were solicited via the internet with one received, the US Department of Defense revealed.

26.10.2020 - 09:12 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Trump’s post-election execution list

If President Trump wins re-election, he’ll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two people who’ve discussed these officials‘ fates with the president tell Axios.

The big picture: The list of planned replacements is much longer, but these are Trump’s priorities, starting with Wray.

26.10.2020 - 09:03 [ theHill.com ]

Trump has list of top intelligence officials he’ll fire if he wins reelection: report

President Trump plans to fire several top officials in the national security sphere should he win reelection in November, Axios reported Sunday.

The president plans to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray, two people familiar with his decisionmaking told the news outlet. White House officials declined to comment on personnel matters.

22.10.2020 - 19:23 [ Antiwar.com ]

US Wasted Billions of Taxpayer Dollars in Afghanistan From 2018 to 2019

The 19-year-old war in Afghanistan continues to be a huge sinkhole for US taxpayer dollars. The US government’s oversight authority that monitors waste in Washington’s Afghanistan reconstruction effort released a report this month updating its findings.

22.10.2020 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth

Mr. Ratcliffe, like Maj. Gen. Willoughby before him, seems to think his job is to serve only his boss, who requires that everyone agree with him at all times. As General MacArthur is often quoted: if you control intelligence, you control decision-making.

20.10.2020 - 12:11 [ theHill.com ]

Nearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter

The 291 new signatures announced Tuesday join 489 national security leaders who previously endorsed former Vice President Biden as having “the character, principles, wisdom and leadership necessary to address a world on fire.”

12.10.2020 - 17:59 [ The Hill ]

US strikes Taliban in Helmand in defense of Afghan forces

In a tweet, U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett said the U.S. military has conducted “several targeted strikes” to defend Afghan forces “over the past two days,” which he described as “consistent” with the U.S. agreement with the Taliban.

12.10.2020 - 12:46 [ MDR ]

Raumfahrt: Warum investiert die CIA in Dresden?

Unter ihnen ist auch „In-Q-Tel“, eine amerikanische Beteiligungsgesellschaft. Sie bekommt ihr Geld direkt vom Geheimdienst CIA.

11.10.2020 - 19:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal announcement takes US officials by surprise

(08.10.2020)

Multiple officials told the Associated Press they had not been informed of any such deadline and military experts said it would be impossible to withdraw all 5,000 US troops in Afghanistan and dismantle the US military headquarters by the end of the year.

They suggested the president’s claim was aimed at shifting the news cycle away from coronavirus coverage and that the Pentagon would not act on the order before the 3 November US election.

11.10.2020 - 19:40 [ theHill.com ]

Official: Pentagon has started ‚prudent planning‘ for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May

(22.09.2020)

“I’d like to make it clear that [Defense Secretary Mark Esper] has not issued orders to reduce military personnel below this 4,000 to 5,000 level in Afghanistan, although we are conducting prudent planning to withdraw to zero service members by May 2021 if conditions warrant, per the U.S.-Taliban agreement,” David Helvey, the official performing the duties of assistant secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, told the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security at a hearing.

09.10.2020 - 00:30 [ The Hill ]

Defense Department designates $600 million for 5G testing at military sites

The funds will be used to help advance DoD’s overall 5G capabilities and include partnerships with academia and leading 5G industry groups, such as AT&T, Nokia and Ericsson. The funds will be divided between Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., Naval Base San Diego, and Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

08.10.2020 - 22:50 [ USNI News ]

Navy, Coast Guard Keep Up Operations in Africa

Burke also mentioned that the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4) was currently in the Gulf of Guinea working with African partners. U.S Naval Forces Africa also runs an exercise program in Africa called the Express Series, which includes the Obangame Express (West African coast), Cutlass Express (East African coast) and Phoenix Express (North African waters), with each exercise addressing a number of law enforcement-related scenarios from smuggling and illicit fishing to piracy.

02.10.2020 - 23:32 [ Xinhuanet ]

Morocco, U.S. sign 10-year military cooperation road map: sources

The agreement was signed in the capital Rabat by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

01.10.2020 - 03:57 [ The Guardian Nigeria ]

Pentagon chief arrives in Tunisia on North Africa tour

Tunisia in 2016 denied a Washington Post report that it had allowed the US to operate drones from its territory for missions in Libya against the Islamic State group.

But a court martial in 2017 in a case of sexual harassment by an American officer, reported in the US defence press, publicly confirmed the presence of an American squadron operating drones from within a Tunisian base in the northern region of Bizerte.

30.09.2020 - 21:32 [ Xinhuanet ]

Israel delivers Iron Dome anti-rocket system to U.S.

In August 2019, the Israeli Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense signed an agreement for the procurement of two Iron Dome defense system batteries.

23.09.2020 - 03:50 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Meets Kushner in Washington Discusses Israel’s Military Edge, Additional Peace Deals

Gantz is also expected to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other Pentagon officials in Washington on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

Gantz is also set to discuss international policy vis-à-vis Iran and strategy for stopping its expansion and entrenchment in the Middle East.

21.09.2020 - 01:30 [ antikrieg.com ]

Die USA entsenden mehr Truppen nach Syrien

Ein Vorfall ereignete sich am 17. August an einem Kontrollpunkt der syrischen Armee und führte dazu, dass US-Angriffshelikopter auf die Position schossen und mindestens einen syrischen Soldaten töteten. Wenige Tage nach dem Vorfall am Kontrollpunkt kollidierten Fahrzeuge des US-amerikanischen und russischen Militärs, wobei mindestens sieben US-Soldaten verletzt wurden.

21.09.2020 - 01:26 [ Rudaw ]

Pentagon to deploy scores of troops, fighting vehicles to Rojava: US official

Former US presidential envoy to Syria Brett McGurk criticized the deployment of the Bradleys, calling it a “sign of deterioration.”

“I used to help coordinate this mission. We never needed Bradleys to secure our personnel. Trump’s impetuous decision to abandon our posts has placed our people at heightened risk with no clear aim,” McGurk said on Friday.

20.09.2020 - 10:27 [ Responsible Statecraft ]

Trump was right to call out defense industry influence on the Pentagon

13.9.2020 President Trump’s recent remarks that top Pentagon officials continue to push for war because they want to keep defense contractors “happy” has drawn a firestorm of criticism by those who would like to conflate the remarks with the allegation that the president is anti-military. What’s actually uncomfortable for many of those commentators, however, is the degree to which the president is speaking the truth.

11.09.2020 - 17:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

15 JAHRE TERRORKRIEG UND 11. SEPTEMBER: „Stehen die Befehle noch?“

(11.09.2016)

Trotz der laufenden Manöver ist die gesamte reguläre Kommandokette sowohl der militärischen Luftverteidigung, als auch das korrespondierende Protokoll für den Fall von Entführungen ziviler Passagiermaschinen im Inland am Tag der Attentate durch eine Kette äußerst merkwürdiger „Zufälle“ lahmgelegt:

der Leiter der Luftfahrtbehörde ist gerade einen Tag im Amt,
der „hijack coordinator“ des Militärs, Michael Canavan (immerhin ehemaliger Leiter des „Joint Special Operations Command“ (JSOC), ist angeblich in Puerto Rico, ohne eine Vertretung bestellt zu haben,
die Kommandozentrale des Pentagon NMCC ist mit einem Captain besetzt, der leitende General hatte sich am Abend vorher „unabkömmlich“ gemeldet,
NEADS-Kommandeur General Larry Arnold lässt sich, während die Meldungen über Flugzeugentführungen eintreffen, entschuldigen, er sei in einem Meeting,
NORAD Kommandeur General Ralph Eberhart, der am Tag vor den Attentaten die Alarmstufe der informationstechnischen Systeme des Militärs InfoCon auf die niedrigste Stufe hatte setzen lassen, merkt nach eigener Aussage von allem nichts, bis er im Fernsehen nach dem Einschlag des zweiten Flugzeugs die brennenden WTC Türme sieht, telefoniert dann erstmal mit dem amtierenden Generalstabschef Myers, aber dann auch mit keinem anderen mehr, lässt die Militärmanöver weiterlaufen und setzt sich eine halbe Stunde ins Auto um ins NORAD-Operationszentrum zu fahren
und Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld ist unauffindbar.

Erst nach dem Einschlag der Flugzeuge in die WTC Zwillingstürme, nach dem Einschlag ins Pentagon, nach dem Kollaps beider Türme des World Trade Centers in New York und nachdem der Absturz eines vierten entführten Flugzeugs in Shanksville vermeldet ist, wird der Verteidigungsminister der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika die Kommandozentrale des Pentagon betreten.

Später wird Rumsfeld vor der 9/11-Kommission seiner eigenen Regierung aussagen, er sei sich erst nach einem Telefonat mit Vizepräsident Dick Cheney um 10.39 Uhr Washingtoner Zeit „der Situation bewusst“ geworden („gaining situation awareness“) – also anderthalb Stunden nach dem Einschlag des ersten Flugzeugs ins World Trade Center und nachdem bereits Milliarden von Menschen rund um die Welt die Ereignisse durch Live-Übertragungen verfolgt hatten.

Da der Präsident bei einer Schulklasse zu Besuch ist und trotz der Attentate immer weiter aus Kinderbüchern vorliest, endet die Kommandokette am Tag der Attentate bei Vizepräsident Dick Cheney in der unterirdischen Einsatzzentrale des Weißen Hauses PEOC („President´s Emergency Operations Center“).

Der Verkehrsminister (wörtlich: Transportminister, „Secretary of Transport“) Norman Mineta sitzt an diesem Morgen des 11. September zusammen mit Vizepräsident Dick Cheney im „Situation Room“, also der Zentrale des PEOC Bunkers. Minetas Aussage vor der 9/11-Kommission zufolge – die untenstehend in der Dokumentation als Aufzeichnung zu sehen ist – betritt mehrfach ein Mann den „Situation Room“ und berichtet Vizepräsident Dick Cheney über die Entfernung eines sich Washington nähernden Flugzeugs.

„Das Flugzeug ist 50 Meilen entfernt“, dann: „Das Flugzeug ist 30 Meilen entfernt.“ Als der Mann schließlich dem Vizepräsidenten meldet: „Das Flugzeug ist 10 Meilen entfernt“ fragt der Mann den zu diesem Zeitpunkt amtierenden Oberkommandierenden der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, Dick Cheney:

„Stehen die Befehle noch?“ („Do the orders still stand?“)

Laut Mineta wendet Cheney dem Mann nun den Kopf zu und sagt:

„Natürlich stehen die Befehle noch! Haben Sie irgendetwas Gegenteiliges gehört?“

Minuten später erfolgt der Einschlag im Pentagon.

Später werden Researcher den Mann als Cheneys Militärberater Douglas Cochrane identifizieren. Auch stellt sich heraus, dass die 9/11-„Untersuchungskommission“ Cochrane vernommen, dies aber verschwiegen hatte. Bis heute wird Cochrans Aussage vor der 9/11-Kommission geheim gehalten.

Die Aussage von Norman Mineta aber, dem am 11. September amtierenden Verkehrsminister, verfälscht die 9/11-„Kommission“ in ihrem Abschlussbericht und verändert die Angaben derart, dass sie zu den Angaben von Dick Cheney und der bis dahin bereits offiziell allgemein akzeptierten Tatversion der Attentate passen.

Mineta bleibt dennoch bei seiner Aussage und bestätigt diese später mehrfach.

11.09.2020 - 17:14 [ SilentRepublicWTC / Youtube ]

11 Commission _ Trans. Sec Norman Mineta Testimony.mov

(02.05.2010)

Mineta’s Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) testimony was also edited out of the 9/11 Commission video archive.
When questioned about this, representatives at the National Archive stated that the video may have been lost because of a ’snafu‘. Following is a brief summary of the scrubbed video along with links to recently obtained C-SPAN video.

Mineta responds to an opening question by Commissioner Hamilton about the events in the PEOC and an alleged shoot down order. He describes a conversation between Cheney and a young man:

Mineta: „During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President…the plane is 50 miles out…the plane is 30 miles out….and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president „do the orders still stand?“ And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said „Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!??“

11.09.2020 - 17:10 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Fmr. Transportation Secretary Recalls 9/11 From The White House | MSNBC

(Sep 11, 2016)

On 9/11, the passengers of Flight 93 fought the hijackers, preventing an attack on what may have been the Capitol or the White House. Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta reflects on his experience inside the White House bunker that day.

11.09.2020 - 15:51 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Duplikat, Drone, Plan

(12. September 2014)

Bereits vor Jahrzehnten entwickelte das Militär der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika den Plan ein eigenes ziviles Passagierflugzeug in der Luft gegen eine unbemannte „Drone“ auszutauschen, um diese dann selbst zur Explosion zu bringen und einen Abschuss vorzutäuschen. Ebenso wurde der Plan einer „Terrorkampagne“ in der eigenen Hauptstadt Washington, sowie die Versenkung eines US-Kriegsschiffes autorisiert. Ziel war es, diese Vorfälle einer feindlichen Macht zu unterstellen, vor der Weltöffentlichkeit das Opfer zu spielen und nachfolgend eine Invasion starten zu können.

Jahr der Entwicklung des Plans: 1962. Zielobjekt: Kuba.

11.09.2020 - 15:44 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

11.09.2020 - 15:41 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

11.09.2020 - 14:43 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Die Kommandokette

(11.09.2014)

Wie in Teil 3 unserer Artikelreihe umschrieben, waren in den USA, auch nach dem Zusammenbruch des konkurrierenden Ostblocks und seinem sowjetischen Imperium, über Jahrzehnte umfangreichste, weit verzweigte “Sicherheits”-Strukturen aufgebaut worden, in enger Symbiose mit dem “privaten”, also internationalen kommerziellen Sektor. U.a. waren vom damaligen Präsidenten Bill Clinton am 22. Mai 1998 zwei geheime “Presidential Decision Directives” (Executive Orders) unterschrieben worden, PDD 62 und PDD 63, die teilweise direkt Empfehlungen einer vorhergehenden Präsidentenkommission „zum Schutz kritischer Infrastruktur“ umsetzten, deren Mitglieder sich praktisch aus dem gesamten Spektrum des militärischen, industriellen, geheimdienstlichen und technologischen Komplex zusammengesetzt hatten. Diese geheimen PDD 62 und PDD 63 hatten die Institution eines „Nationalen Koordinators“ geschaffen, mit den offiziellen Arbeitsfeldern Sicherheit, Schutz der Infrastruktur und Konterterrorismus („counterterrorism“).

Dieses Amt, was nach 9/11 in aller Stille wieder eingestampft wurde, trat 1998 Richard Clarke an, der bereits seit 1992 im „Nationalen Sicherheitsrat“ gesessen hatte und nun in diesem aufstieg. In 2003 schied Clarke unter nicht vollständig ersichtlichen Umständen und Gründen aus der Bush-Regierung aus. In 2004 veröffentlichte er das Buch „Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror“.

Aus Clarkes Buch fiel Michael C. Ruppert, der als ehemaliger Polizist des LAPD am 15. November 1996 vor laufender Kamera den damaligen CIA Chef John Deutch mit Anwerbeversuchen der CIA und deren Verstrickung in Drogenhandel konfrontiert hatte, folgende Zeile auf:

„Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA’s radar was seeing.“

(…)

Dass der Secret Service in der Tat die Flugbewegungen im Luftraum verfolgte, belegte kein anderer als die damalige Vizedirektorin des USSS selbst, Barbara Riggs, in einem späteren Interview zu den Ereignissen. Zitat:

„Durch Radarbeobachtung und Aktivierung einer offenen Leitung mit der FAA, war es dem Secret Service möglich Information(en) in Echtzeit über ein anderes entführtes Flugzeug zu bekommen. Wir verfolgten zwei entführte Flugzeuge wie sie sich Washington, DC, näherten und unsere Einschätzung war, dass sie das Weiße Haus zum Ziel hatten.“

Dass der älteste reguläre Geheimdienst der Vereinigten Staaten, den wir hier weiter kulant mit USSS abkürzen, exakt sieben Jahre nach dem Crash der Cesna auf dem Rasen des Weißen Hauses, und nach Jahrzehnten der prioritären Sicherung des Präsidenten während des Kalten Krieges, am 11. September 2001 offensichtlich doch über eigene Luftabwehrsysteme verfügte, belegt folgender Mitschnitt (Auszug aus diesem Tondokument im National Archive, 5 DCC 1927 Ops phone 5134 Position 34 1315-1415 UTC, Zeitperiode 08:15-09:15 EDT, im File ab 50.00 min):

11.09.2020 - 13:34 [ Federation of American Scientists - fas.org ]

CRITICAL FOUNDATIONS: PROTECTING AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURES – The Report of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection

(13.10.1997)

Existing Information Sharing Efforts

(…) We also found a great deal of information sharing already underway. Trade associations, consortia, and other groups exchange information among their members and, in some cases, directly with government. Many federal, state and local government agencies have existing relationships with infrastructure owners and operators. Within all the infrastructure sectors, at least some portions are subject to regulatory control by government agencies, and information is shared, albeit sometimes within carefully defined constraints. Several federal agencies provide information to infrastructure owners and operators. The FBI’s Awareness of National Security Issues and Response (ANSIR) program gives over 25,000 industry members information that provides threat and vulnerability insights. More narrowly focused programs are the Department of Transportation’s terrorist threat notification to the civil aviation industry and the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Vulnerability Assessment Program, which provides information systems-related data to private sector partners. The Comptroller of the Currency operates another system providing advisories on information integrity and security risks to financial institutions.

(…)

The third and least predictable threat to the infrastructure comes from deliberate attack. Depending on their objectives, attackers may seek to steal, modify, or destroy data stored in information systems or moving over networks, or to degrade the operation of the systems and net-works themselves, denying service to their users. Attackers include national intelligence organizations, information warriors, terrorists, criminals, industrial competitors, hackers, and aggrieved or disloyal insiders. While insiders constitute the single largest known security threat to information and information systems, controlled testing indicates that large numbers of computer based attacks go undetected, and that the unknown component of the threat may exceed the known component by orders of magnitude.

(…)

The air traffic control system of the FAA is based on decades old technology. The replacement system, while doubtless more efficient, will be more vulnerable unless special security measures are incorporated.

(…)

The Commission recommends the Secretary of Transportation:

1) Fully evaluate actual and potential sources of interference to, and vulnerabilities of, GPS before a final decision is reached to eliminate all other radiovnavigation and aircraft landing guidance systems.

2) Sponsor a risk assessment for GPS-based systems used by the civilian sector, projected from now through the year 2010.

3) Base decisions regarding the proper federal navigation systems mix and the final architecture of the NAS on the results of that assessment. The DOT and FAA must develop a better understanding of interference and other vulnerabilities of GPS before a final decision is reached concerning the status of all other radionavigation and landing guidance systems. A federally sponsored thorough, integrated risk assessment would lay a sound foundation for decisions on future courses of action.

The National Airspace System

The Commission recommends the FAA act immediately to develop, establish, fund, and implement a comprehensive National Airspace System Security Program to protect the modernized NAS from information-based and other disruptions, intrusions and attack. Program implementation should be guided by the recommendations found in the Vulnerability Assessment of the NAS Architecture, prepared for the Commission. The Vulnerability Assessment included the following recommendations: (…)

3) The FAA should consider the implementation of full “trusted” hardware and software security capabilities for only the FAA’s most vulnerable future subsystems, since the software cost for embedded applications, together with full audit, tracking, and monitoring, may be too great if applied to all subsystems. Relaxation of the full capabilities, such as less rapid revalidation (e.g., a slower fifteen minutes down time) and less constant vigilance of data integrity, should be considered on a case-by-case basis for less critical subsystems, particularly in situations where existing air traffic control recovery procedures exist.

4) The FAA should conduct a comprehensive investment analysis of NAS INFOSEC in order to determine the degree of security protection that is needed

(…)

Transportation: A critical infrastructure characterized by the physical distribution system critical to supporting the national security and economic well-being of this nation, including the national airspace system, airlines and aircraft, and airports; roads and highways,trucking and personal vehicles; ports and waterways and the vessels operating thereon; mass transit, both rail and bus; pipelines, including natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous materials; freight and long haul passenger rail; and delivery services.

11.09.2020 - 13:29 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Langer Marsch eines Molochs

(10.09.2014)

Die Kommission

Auf dem langen Marsch der Institutionen in den 11. September gab es manchen großen Sprung nach vorn. Einen zentralen davon repräsentiert die unter Bill Clinton 1996 formierte „Kommission des Präsidenten zum Schutz kritischer Infrastruktur“. In der Kommission waren, fast schon klischeehaft, die Bausteine des heutigen imperialen Molochs, des „lebenden, atmenden Organismus“, „jeder Kontrolle entwachsen“, des “elektronischen Polizeistaates”, des “sicherheitsindustriellen Komplexes” vertreten, der fünf Jahre später durch den 11. September entfesselt und über die Welt herfallen sollte, obwohl er angeblich dafür gezüchtet worden war genau solche Attentate zu verhindern.

Neben den Konsortien AT&T (früher das landesweite Telefonmonopol Bell Company, s.o.) und dem vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg als „Computing Tabulating Recording Company“ gegründeten IBM Konzern saßen NSA, CIA, FBI, Militär, Pentagon, das Justizministerium, hochrangige Bürokraten des Präsidentenpalastes der heute „Weißes Haus“ genannt wird, die Zentralbank Fed, das Finanzministerium, das Transportministerium, das 1934 aus fünf Industrie-Vereinigungen verschmolzene Eisenbahn-Trust „Association of American Railroads“, das Handelsministerium, die Eliteuniversität in Georgetown, usw, usw.

Den Vorsitz hatte der 1925 geborene Robert T. Marsh, ein Vier-Sterne-General, bereits seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg in der Air Force, später im Kalten Krieg als Stabsoffizier im Strategischen Kommando zuständig für die Infrastruktur gebunkerter Atomwaffen, sowie u.a. Leiter der Produktions- und Entwicklungsstätte elektronischer Systeme der Air Force auf der Luftwaffenbasis in Hanscom.

In ihrem am Oktober 1997 überreichten Bericht machte die Kommission eine endlose Reihe von „Empfehlungen“ für Gesetze, Behörden und Bestimmungen, sowie dazu gleich eine ebenso lange Reihe von Rechtsbegriffen bzw Definitionen, die später durch den Präsidenten eins zu eins umgesetzt wurden, u.a. in den geheimen Präsidentenbefehlen PDD 62 und PDD 63.

Bereits zu diesem Zeitpunkt, in 1997, betonte die Kommission:

„Wir müssen unser neues Denken der Cyber-Dimension anpassen. .. Mit das Wichtigste ist zu erkennen, dass die Besitzer und Betreiber unserer kritischen Infrastruktur nun an den Frontlinien unserer Sicherheitsbemühungen stehen. Sie sind diejenigen, die gegenüber Cyber-Attacken am Verwundbarsten sind. Und diese Verwundbarkeit setzt unsere Nationale Sicherheit, unsere globale wirtschaftliche Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und unser heimisches Wohlergehen auf´s Spiel.

Es ist in diesem Sinne, dass wir unseren Bericht vorstellen.“

Leider ist die nächste Seite des Berichts „absichtlich leer gelassen“. So ganz öffentlich war der Bericht nicht.

Ebenfalls in weiser Voraussicht formulierte die „Kommission des Präsidenten zum Schutz kritischer Infrastruktur“:

„Das Transportministerium hat den Gesetzentwurf H.R. 1720, Surface Transportation Safety Act of 1997, übermittelt, der entworfen wurde um Passagiere und Angestellte in Schienenverkehr und Massentransportsystemen und die Bewegungen von Fracht durch Schienenverkehr vor terroristischen Angriffen / Terroranschlägen („terrorist attacks“) zu beschützen. Die Kommission empfiehlt diesem Gesetzentwurf starke Unterstützung durch Administration und Kongress zu geben.“

Eine „kritische“ (entscheidende, „critical“) Infrastruktur im Transport-Sektor definierte die Präsidentenkommission als

„charakterisiert durch das physische Vertriebs (Beförderungs-)system, das kritisch ist in der Unterstützung der Nationalen Sicherheit und dem ökonomischen Wohlergehen dieser Nation, eingeschlossen das nationale Luftraumsystem, Fluglinien und Flugzeuge, und Flughäfen.“

Auch was die Sicherheit im Flugverkehr anging, sprach man, vier Jahre vor 9/11, schon durchaus miteinander.

„Mehrere Bundesbehörden stellen Besitzern und Betreibern von Infrastruktur Information(en) zur Verfügung. Das ´Awareness of National Security Issues and Response´ (ANSIR) Programm des FBI gibt über 25.000 Mitgliedern der Industrie Auskunft („information“), die Einblicke in Bedrohung und Verwundbarkeit gibt. Enger gefasste Programme sind die Benachrichtigung des Transportministeriums über terroristische Bedrohungen an die zivile Luftfahrtindustrie und die informationssicherheitsbezogene Verwundbarkeits-Einschätzung („INFOSEC Vulnerability Assessment“) der National Security Agency, das informationssystem-bezogene Daten Partnern im privaten Sektor zur Verfügung stellt.“

Dem Transportministerium und seiner Luftfahrtbehörde FAA („Federal Aviation Administration“) konstatierte die Präsidentenkommission in 1997:

„Die Sicherheit (in) der zivilen Luftfahrt bleibt die erste Priorität und der Schwerpunkt des Transportministeriums. Die FAA hat die Verantwortung und die Autorität Notfallmaßnahmen für Luftfahrtunternehmen und Flughäfen anzufordern, um schnell und effektiv mit unmittelbaren Bedrohungen gegen die zivile Luftfahrt umzugehen.“

Aber:

„Das Luftfahrtkontrollsystem der FAA basiert auf Jahrzehnte alter Technologie. Das Ersatzsystem, obwohl zweifellos effizienter, wird verwundbarer sein, wenn keine speziellen Sicherheitsmaßnahmen eingefügt werden.“

Und deshalb:

„Empfehlen wir: Die Bundesluftfahrtbehörde (FAA) handelt sofort darin, ein umfassendes Nationales Luftraum-Sicherheitsprogramm zu entwickeln, etablieren, finanzieren und zu implementieren, um das modernisierte Nationale Luftraum-System vor informations-basierten und anderen Störungen, Eindringungen („intrusions“) und Angriffen zu beschützen. Umsetzung durch Programm sollte geleitet sein von den Empfehlungen, die man im ´Vulnerability Assessment of the FAA National Airspace System Architecture´ findet, die für diese Kommission vorbereitet wurde.“

Man empfahl dem Präsidenten also etwas, was einem empfohlen worden war.

Das neue System der Luftfahrtbehörde FAA

(…………………………………….)

11.09.2020 - 11:52 [ US Government Publishing Office ]

Hearings before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, August 16 and 17, 2004

(15./17. August 2004)

The following five exercise hijack events included a suicide crash into a high-value target. Synopses of exercise results are not available. They were discarded in accordance with DOD directives.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 23 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR)/Sectors
Scenario: Weapons of Mass Destruction directed at the United Nations–an individual steals a Federal Express aircraft and plans a suicide attack on the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Conducted an interception, exercised command and control and coordinated with external agencies.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 16 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center/CONR/
Canadian NORAD Region/Sectors
Scenario: Due to recent arrests involving illegal drug trafficking in Maine, an individual steals a Federal Express plane and plans a suicide attack into the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 99-3
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Learjet hijacked maintaining tight formation with Canadair airliner, loaded with explosives. Learjet planned to crash into the White House.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Communist party faction hijacks aircraft bound from western to eastern United States. High explosives on board. Intends to crash into the Statue of Liberty.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists. Federal Aviation Administration requested assistance.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Date: 6 Nov 99
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: China Air from Los Angeles to JFK airport hijacked east of Colorado Springs by five terrorists. If not intercepted, intends to crash into United Nations building.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

05.09.2020 - 11:39 [ theHill.com ]

Pentagon reaffirms decision to award multi-billion JEDI contract to Microsoft

The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed its decision earlier this year to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon.

04.09.2020 - 01:27 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Five US military facilities are among the locations selected for final coronavirus vaccine trials

The military medical facilities chosen in Texas, California and the Washington D.C. area were among dozens of locations across the country selected to participate in Phase III testing of drug maker AstraZeneca’s AZD1222, one of four vaccine candidates undergoing testing. In Phase III, thousands of volunteers are given the potential vaccines to study its effectiveness and safety, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

03.09.2020 - 06:45 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Gegen das digitale Wettrüsten: Rede beim Antikriegstag 2020 in Tübingen

Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde,

wir wissen mittlerweile, dass auch Forschung im Cyber Valley von den US-Geheimdiensten finanziert wird. Zwei Tübinger Unternehmen wurden dabei als „verbundene Startups“ angegeben, nach öffentlicher Berichterstattung aber schnell von der Homepage genommen. Dort findet sich aber bis heute das Startup eines ehemaligen MPI-Forschers, der nun in den USA am selben IARPA-Forschungsprojekt beteiligt ist, wie seine ehemaligen Kolleginnen am Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik. Dieses Startup implementiert mit Anschubfinanzierung des Pentagons Software für Datenverarbeitung auf Servern von Amazon Web Services.

02.09.2020 - 09:08 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Kolumbien: Prozess gegen Ex-Präsident Uribe zwischen Verfahrensfragen und neuen belastenden Dokumenten

Die unlängst deklassifizierten Dokumente könnten die Verteidigungsstrategie von Uribe völlig infrage stellen. Das National Security Archive, eine gemeinnützige Forschungs- und Archivierungseinrichtung an der George Washington Universität in der US-Haupstadt, hat der Presseagentur Associated Press (AP) Unterlagen zur Verfügung gestellt, die laut AP zeigen sollen, dass die Besorgnis über Uribes Verbindungen zu Paramilitärs, die von Großgrundbesitzern angeheuert wurden, um sie vor der Guerilla zu schützen, die höchsten Ebenen des Pentagon erreichte.

29.08.2020 - 23:57 [ Andersen Air Force Base ]

U.S. Secretary of Defense hosts Japanese Defense Minister

Secretary Esper and Minister Kono agreed to continue efforts to support interoperability and to enhance Alliance capabilities, particularly for integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) and for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) functions. They also agreed on the importance of secure networks and of strengthening information security to protect advanced defense technologies.

27.08.2020 - 13:42 [ Global Times ]

Esper hints no hot war, but puts allies in quandary

On August 14, US Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea told Japan’s Nikkei that the US is in talks with its Asian allies to deploy midrange missiles to counter „the immediate threat“ of China’s nuclear arsenal. This week, Esper will head to Hawaii, Palau and Guam. In Guam, he is set to meet his Japanese counterpart. He will likely put pressure on Japan and talk about the deployment of midrange missiles.

21.08.2020 - 16:39 [ Forbes ]

Over 70 Republican National Security Officials Endorse Biden, Deem Trump ‘Dangerously Unfit’ For President

Among the statement’s signees are officials who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, some of whom have served in the country’s top defense and intelligence roles.

Former CIA head General Michael Hayden, former FBI and CIA chief William Webster, former National Intelligence director Michael Leiter and former Air Force secretary Mike Donley are among the officials now siding with Biden.

17.08.2020 - 09:07 [ Defence Blog ]

China infuriated after the U.S. formalizes sale of new F-16s to Taiwan

A U.S. Department of Defense announcement on Thursday said Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $62 billion, 10-year contract for the production of F-16s for Foreign Military Sale (FMS), and the initial delivery order is for 90 aircraft.

14.08.2020 - 18:53 [ Counterpunch ]

Selective Maritime Rules: The United States, Diego Garcia and International Law

August 12, 2020

The British authorities were true to their word: the indigenous population between 1967 and 1973 was forcibly relocated to Mauritius and the Seychelles, with the US paying $14 million for the effort. The way for the establishment of a military base was cleared but only after pockets of Chagossian resistance were crushed through threats and intimidation.

14.08.2020 - 17:10 [ Antiwar.com ]

US B-2 Bombers Deploy to Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia is subject to a territorial dispute from its native population, which was expelled by Britain before the island was leased to the US. Despite ongoing lawsuits, neither the US nor Britain has any intention of allowing the natives to return.

11.08.2020 - 10:06 [ VOA News ]

Pompeo Heads to Central Europe as US Looks to Confront Russian, Chinese Influence

The top U.S. diplomat is traveling to Prague and Pilsen in the Czech Republic; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; and Warsaw, Poland, from August 11 to 15.

11.08.2020 - 08:25 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

It is not clear when he conveyed the information; however, several current and former American officials who have worked in the Middle East say that the consultant would normally have conveyed his findings immediately to the American officials who oversaw the contract, in this case the embassy, State Department or Pentagon.

08.08.2020 - 16:56 [ CNN ]

Trump advisers hesitated to give military options and warned adversaries over fears he might start a war

Our partners, adversaries, and competitors know we don’t know the next play,“ Gordon said.

With any other president or any other administration, such deliberate unpredictability might be seen as a flaw, identifying it as a criticism. But in the view of Trump and his most devout supporters, his unpredictability is a keen negotiator’s strength to be lauded.
„For him, the unpredictability is a card that he liked having,“ said Yun.

22.07.2020 - 02:03 [ Common Dreams ]

„The Fight Isn’t Over,“ Say Anti-War Groups as 139 House Democrats Vote With GOP to Reject 10% Pentagon Budget Cut

„Though our amendment didn’t pass, progressive power is stronger than ever. We will keep fighting for pro-peace, pro-people budgets until it becomes a reality,“ said Rep. Mark Pocan.

21.07.2020 - 22:06 [ The Hill ]

White House threatens veto of defense bill over Confederate provision

The White House took issue with several other provisions of the legislation, including one that would constrain Trump’s ability to withdraw American troops from Germany and another that would limit Trump’s efforts to scale back the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

15.07.2020 - 15:02 [ Prospect.org ]

How Biden’s Foreign-Policy Team Got Rich – Strategic consultants will define Biden’s relationship to the world.

(06.07.2020)

They turned to an industry of power-brokering little known outside the capital: strategic consultancies. Retiring leaders often open firms bearing their names: Madeleine Albright has one, as do Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Their strategic consultancies tend to blur corporate and governmental roles. This obscure corner of Washington is critical to understanding how a President Joe Biden would conduct foreign policy. He has been picking top advisers from this shadowy world.

11.07.2020 - 10:35 [ Aaron Maté / Twitter ]

Colin Powell politely tells MSNBC that they (& many others) botched the Russian Bounty story w/ „hysterical“ coverage. „Our military commanders did not think that it was as serious a problem as the newspapers were reporting & television was reporting… It got almost hysterical.“

09.07.2020 - 08:12 [ Scientific American ]

Let’s Defund the Pentagon, Too

Here is an example of what military R&D has produced: a drone-launched missile that, instead of blowing up people, slices them to ribbons. First deployed during the Obama regime, the weapon was designed to kill fewer innocent bystanders than explosives.

04.07.2020 - 11:40 [ CNN ]

US Navy to send two aircraft carriers and several warships to South China Sea

The US Navy will send two aircraft carriers and several accompanying warships to the South China Sea in the coming days to participate in a military exercise.
The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups are conducting dual carrier operations in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea,“ said Lt. Joe Jeiley, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet.

24.06.2020 - 00:32 [ ORF ]

IStGH-Mitglieder stellen sich gegen US-Drohungen

In einer von der Schweiz und Costa Rica eingebrachten Erklärung wird von einer „unerschütterlichen Unterstützung des Gerichts als unabhängige und unparteiische juristische Institution“ gesprochen.

18.06.2020 - 11:29 [ law360.com ]

Willkie Sues Defense Agencies For Info On Taliban Payments

(yesterday)

International law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has sued U.S. defense agencies for records of protection payments that government contractors in Afghanistan allegedly made to the Taliban, saying the agencies have failed to hand over the requested documents.

In five separate lawsuits filed in a D.C. federal court Tuesday, Willkie accuses the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency of failing to fulfill the firm’s Freedom Of Information Act requests for documents that allegedly show eight Afghanistan reconstruction companies paid the …

18.06.2020 - 10:58 [ Tagesschau ]

Afghanistan: Der unsichtbare Krieg

Vor zwei Jahren konnte SIGAR zum Beispiel noch detailliert aufgezeigen, welche Gebiete in Afghanistan von den Aufständischen und nicht von der Regierung kontrolliert werden. Diese Daten werden laut SIGAR nicht mehr von der NATO und dem US-Militär erhoben und ihnen zur Verfügung gestellt. Ebenso wenig wie Daten, die zeigen, wie viele Angriffe von Aufständischen es in Afghanistan in jüngster Zeit gegeben hatte. Diese Informationen gelten neuerdings als geheim, kritisiert SIGAR. Begründung des Militärs: Die Verhandlungen und das Abkommen mit den Taliban.

17.06.2020 - 06:48 [ Tagesschau ]

US-Truppenabzug: Kritik an Trumps „einsamer Entscheidung“

Eher schulterzuckend war dagegen die Reaktion von Grünen-Fraktionschef Anton Hofreiter. „Ich glaube, damit muss man ganz gelassen umgehen. Dieser Präsident ändert seine Meinung sehr häufig. Vielleicht haben wir ja Glück und haben im November wieder einen Präsidenten, der dieses Amtes würdig ist.“ Trumps Herausforderer Joe Biden jedenfalls will keine US-Truppen aus Deutschland abziehen.

17.06.2020 - 06:44 [ theHill.com ]

Trump’s move to pull troops from Germany draws bipartisan warnings

“The United States’ military presence in Germany is mutually beneficial to both nations, and bolsters the transatlantic alliance. It’s also an invaluable hub for U.S. military operations,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, said in a statement Tuesday.

13.06.2020 - 03:22 [ theHill.com ]

Trump heads to West Point amid fresh military tensions

Former military officials have increasingly spoken out to rebuke Trump over his response to recent protests against the police-involved death of George Floyd and the president’s threat to dispatch active-duty troops to cities to quell violence and looting that accompanied some of the demonstrations.

In an extraordinary statement Thursday, the top U.S. general expressed regret for his involvement in Trump’s photo opportunity at St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this month that followed an aggressive clearing of protesters.

13.06.2020 - 03:19 [ theHill.com ]

Pence says he didn’t accompany Trump to St. John’s ‚out of an abundance of caution‘

Vice presidents and presidents are sometimes encouraged to not be in the same location at the same time.

13.06.2020 - 03:17 [ theHill.com ]

Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op

(11.06.2020)

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley says he regrets his participation in President Trump’s photo opportunity outside St. John’s Church last week.

“I should not have been there,” Milley said during a recorded message aired at the graduation of the National Defense University on Thursday morning. “My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”

07.06.2020 - 12:32 [ New York Times ]

Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C.

On Monday night, both Mr. McCarthy and the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. James C. McConville, pressed Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, to increase his forces’ presence in the city, according to a senior Defense Department official.

An Army official declined to comment, saying that the investigation was continuing.

05.06.2020 - 01:15 [ Politico.com ]

Esper orders hundreds of troops from 82nd Airborne home from D.C. area

He initially ordered them home on Wednesday after a night of more peaceful protests in the nation’s capital, but reversed course later in the day and planned to keep them in the area for another 24 hours after further analysis, the official said.

The second reversal comes as White House aides made clear their irritation with Esper for declaring his opposition to deploying active-duty troops to quash recent unrest just two days after President Donald Trump threatened to do so. Officials say the Defense secretary is on thin ice with the president.

04.06.2020 - 07:44 [ theAtlantic.com ]

James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution

We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.

Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.

04.06.2020 - 07:24 [ Mike Mullen, Seventeenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / theAtlantic.com ]

I Cannot Remain Silent

(02.06.2020)

I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform. They will serve with skill and with compassion. They will obey lawful orders. But I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops. Certainly, we have not crossed the threshold that would make it appropriate to invoke the provisions of the Insurrection Act.

Furthermore, I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.

03.06.2020 - 17:02 [ the Hill ]

Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act

„I’ve always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations in support of local law enforcement,“ Esper said at a news conference Wednesday.

„I say this not only as secretary of Defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard, the option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,“ he added. „We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.“

03.06.2020 - 16:56 [ law.cornell.edu ]

10 U.S. Code § 252. Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority

Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.

03.06.2020 - 14:39 [ Boots Riley / Twitter ]

We should demand that every TV show and movie in production that has a police and/or pentagon or intelligence agency “advisor“ on it must fire those “advisors“ immediately they’re a huge part of the probl

03.06.2020 - 09:59 [ the Hill ]

Trump stokes backlash with threat to use military against protesters

Governors in 28 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have activated their National Guards to help with crowd control, with the Guard Bureau saying Tuesday that 20,400 soldiers were responding to “civil unrest.”

Trump, though, is pushing for a fiercer response to quash the protests. In remarks Monday evening, he threatened to deploy troops across the country if governors do not “dominate” the protesters.

03.06.2020 - 09:52 [ James N. Miller / Washington Post ]

A letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper

When I joined the Board in early 2014, after leaving government service as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, I again swore an oath of office, one familiar to you, that includes the commitment to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States . . . and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

You recited that same oath on July 23, 2019, when you were sworn in as Secretary of Defense. On Monday, June 1, 2020, I believe that you violated that oath. Law-abiding protesters just outside the White House were dispersed using tear gas and rubber bullets — not for the sake of safety, but to clear a path for a presidential photo op.

03.06.2020 - 09:47 [ CNN ]

Official resigns from Pentagon advisory board over Esper’s perceived support for clearing protest outside White House

A former top policy official at the Pentagon, James Miller, resigned from his role on the Defense Advisory Board due to what he said was Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s visible support for law enforcement officers‘ clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square on Monday.

03.06.2020 - 03:16 [ The Washington Post ]

James N. Miller, former under secretary of defense for policy, has published his resignation letter from the Defense Science Board

Here it is.

02.06.2020 - 09:28 [ Mary Walsh, CBS News / Twitter ]

Senior defense official says President Trump has not invoked the Insurrection Act

(8 hours ago)

02.06.2020 - 09:03 [ The New York Times / Twitter ]

A U.S. military helicopter used a „show of force“ maneuver as protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. on Monday night. It’s a tactic often conducted by low-flying jets in combat zones to scare away insurgents.

Correction: We deleted an earlier tweet that misidentified the type of military helicopter pictured using a „show of force“ maneuver. It was a Lakota, not a Black Hawk. A Black Hawk was also seen using the tactic in Washington on Monday.

02.06.2020 - 08:58 [ CryptøManiac101 / Twitter ]

HAPPENING NOW: Blacked out Black Hawk Helicopters low flying throughout Washington DC

(4 hours ago)

02.06.2020 - 08:39 [ NBC News ]

Trump says he will deploy military if state officials can’t contain protest violence

The president said he was an „ally of all peaceful protesters“ as police and the National Guard forced protesters away from the White House.

01.06.2020 - 09:36 [ the Hill ]

O’Brien: Trump won’t assume control of National Guard amid protests over George Floyd death

White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that the Trump administration will not assume control of the National Guard amid protests erupting over the death of George Floyd.

“We’re not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” O’Brien told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters.

01.06.2020 - 09:32 [ theAtlantic.com ]

‘Don’t Ever Tell Law Enforcement to Shoot to Kill Your Own People’ – A dispatch from the brink of catastrophe

At least 25 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews as widespread protests continue.

This tense moment calls to mind another. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, survivors searched for food and supplies, and tried to make it out of the flooded city. The national media fixated on scenes of “looting” and repeated rumors of “snipers,” describing New Orleans as a “city under siege.” President George W. Bush considered invoking the Insurrection Act, which gives the president the power to deploy military troops within the United States.

01.06.2020 - 08:01 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests. Thank you!

(30.05.2020)

31.05.2020 - 13:00 [ theNation.com ]

Exclusive: The US Military Is Monitoring Protests in 7 States

(30.05.2020)

The US military is monitoring protests in at least seven states, according to Defense Department documents obtained exclusively by The Nation.

In addition to Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report. Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support.

30.05.2020 - 20:27 [ law.cornell.edu ]

10 U.S. Code § 252. Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority

Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.