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Russia expects Washington to provide an explanation after a report claimed that Pentagon cyber-offensive specialists have hacked into Russia’s power grids, telecommunications networks, and the Kremlin’s command systems for a possible sabotage.
“If no official reaction from the American administration follows, it would mean state cyberterrorism exists in the US. If the threats of the attack, which were published by the US media, are carried out, Moscow would be justified in charging Washington,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, according to the ministry’s website.
NBC News said earlier in an exclusive report that US military hackers have penetrated crucial infrastructure in Russia, “making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the US deem it necessary.”
Russian officialdom has every right to ask about this; but I wouldn’t expect them to get an honest answer from the US government, at this point.
The United States that has imperial ambitions will continue to favor military resolutions to the conflicts waging wars to maintain its economy and military posture regardless of who becomes the next president, a newly elected member of the Icelandic Parliament from the Pirate Party of Iceland told Sputnik.
US President Barack Obama is putting the goal of nuclear primacy into place, starting with implementation of Ronald Reagan’s proposed «Star Wars», Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) defense system, now called the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, and technically called by the name of its current embodiment: Lockheed Martin’s, Boeing’s, and Raytheon’s, Aegis Ashore system, which Obama first made operational in Romania on 12 May 2016. It’s designed so as to enable a surprise nuclear attack against Russia in which any missiles that Russia might be able to launch in retaliation will supposedly (if the system works 100%) be annihilated during their launch-phase. Officially, however, its purpose is to defend Europe from being attacked by Iranian missiles. Any public US admission that this ‘defensive’ system is actually preparation for a blitz US nuclear assault on Russia is obviously out of the question.
The United States on Friday formally prohibited U.S. financial institutions from opening or maintaining accounts created on behalf of North Korean banks, extending sanctions imposed on the isolated Asian country over its nuclear and missile programs.
The U.S. Treasury Department said North Korea was using front companies and agents to conduct illicit financial transactions to support the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to evade international sanctions.
“Such funds have no place in any reputable financial system,” Adam Szubin, the department’s acting under secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said in a statement.
It said that while U.S. law already generally prohibited transactions with North Korean financial institutions, the move would support international sanctions and better protect the U.S. financial system from illicit North Korean activity.
To a child with a hammer, everything it sees is in desperate need of getting nailed down.
IF the US Treasury Department really wanted to accelerate North Korea’s missile testing program, it couldn’t have pulled a better tactic than by issuing these sanctions.
However, in the immortal words of the American comedian Ron White: « You can’t fix stupid. »
And the most completely stupid thing the US government could have done right now is behaving in such a way as to move Kim Jong Un away from potential talks to end the armistice with South Korea, and replace it with a peace treaty, with guarantees and permissions, in exchange for stopping its nuclear weapons development program.
And of course, to have that happen, you will need a lot of TLC from China, to make such talks palatable to North Korea.
So apparently not understanding that, what did President Obama do at the last G-20 meeting in China in September?
To accuse one’s host country of « aggression » in such a charged, rarefied atmosphere as a G-20 meeting, is the geopolitical equivalent to relieving yourself in someone’s face, then making the remark that « it’s really raining, isn’t it?!? »
So help from China on this issue will not be forthcoming, at least not while President Obama is in power, and perhaps not for a long time afterward: the Chinese government has a very long memory for insults like this, and may well just bide its time until it believes it is in their best interests to get North Korea to the negotiating table
France’s government last week announced the creation of a highly controversial new database that will collect and store personal information on nearly everyone living in the country who holds a French identity card or passport. The massive database, known as Secure Electronic Documents (Titres électroniques sécurisés or TES), was decreed by the government on October 30 in an effort to crack down on identity theft.
Like Iraq, the Media Now Sells the Political Class’ Lies on Russia, Syria
When Bush was trying to sell the Iraq war to Congress, Hillary Clinton, then a New York senator, voted in favor of authorizing his administration to go into Iraq, basing her decision “as much on advice from her husband’s advisers as from Bush administration officials.”
While she now claims her vote was a mistake, she proved herself to be consistently pro-intervention as secretary of state under President Barack Obama and as a presidential candidate, having gone so far as to suggest that going against Russia in Syria by enacting a no-fly zone could “save lives and hasten the end of the conflict.” Privately, however, she gave a speech to Goldman Sachs in which she acknowledged establishing a no-fly zone is Syria would kill “a lot” of Syrian civilians.
Ever since Bush’s lies about Saddam Hussein having « weapons of mass destruction », and his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, I have not been able to listen to a word this government says, because I understand both the depth, and breadth, of those lies, and for whose benefit they are told.
Wars are fought not for freedom; honor; and protecting the alleged « American way of life », whatever that is; they protect, and enhance the profitability of large corporations, which are given carte blanche to develop natural resources in other countries, to which the US government and those companies have absolutely no moral right whatsoever.
When Karl Marx made the statement « All wars are economic », the man was not at all far from the truth.
No matter who ultimately wins the White House, a war against Russia over Syria – or anything else, for that matter – would be a really terrible choice for this country’s leadership, even if it has collectively swigged the Koolaid that such a war is winnable.
At this moment, our military does not have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia.
The US’s weapons procurement program is completely corrupt and incestuous, in that those same (alleged) Congressional representatives who greenlight these weapons program frequently take generous donations from the same companies to which they have given these contracts.
The result for our military in the field is weapons which absolutely do not work as advertised; are so late in delivery that that they have become obsolete even before they are delivered; and come with hideous cost overruns which drive prices through the roof.
Russia and China spend far less for their weapons, but at the end of the day, many times, get far superior weapons than do their American counterparts.
Our American military deserve far better than this, and the process of weapons procurement must be cleaned up so that they do.
The Turkish authorities have arrested the leaders of the country’s main pro-Kurdish opposition party as part of an ongoing terrorism inquiry.
The arrests have drawn criticism from the UN and EU, as part of a widening crackdown on dissent under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Who has been arrested?
Officials say Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, co-leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) are in prison, having been held in overnight raids.
Ten other HDP lawmakers were also detained, although some were later released.
“I will not hesitate to be held accountable in front of a fair and impartial judiciary. There is nothing I cannot answer for,” Demirtas said in a statement to the prosecutor.
But I refuse to be an actor in this judicial theatre just because it was ordered by Erdogan, whose own political past is suspicious,” he continued.
Police also raided and searched the party’s head office in central Ankara.
By attempting to suppress Kurdish discontent in this manner, Erdogan is setting the stage for a civil war in Turkey.
The late President Kennedy said it best; « When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable. »