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Iran claims to catch 17 CIA spies, sentences some to death
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Former CIA agent exposes the Deep State
[WND] He describes himself as "the only CIA officer in history to publicly expose government illegal activity and cover up, [and] stand up against the state secrets privilege at great personal risk." In 2012, he wrote an exposé on the CIA’s abuse of government secrecy called "From the Company of Shadows." (A preview can be read on Scribd.)

Kevin Shipp held several positions in the CIA and had top security clearance. Since leaving the CIA, he has become a whistleblower about the corruption he saw there and in other intelligence agencies.

According to a 2011 New York Times story, Shipp sued the CIA over the dangerous conditions of the housing the agency gave him and his family. After he moved to a new job at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, he felt the agency was surveilling his family and harassing him in other ways.
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Posted by: Besoeker || 07/22/2019 12:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336074 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, he was a misinformation conspiracy dissemination specialist at the agency? What a great tattler of tales the WMD contributor is. She's hit all of the hot buttons we've been programmed with.

Don't blow a whistle, show me the reference data.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/22/2019 14:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The reference data is classified, of course.

If anyone did come forward and expose their crimes, you'd call him a traitor like you did Snowden. You're setting up an impossible to satisfy condition and you know it.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 07/22/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh Defender of all that is good and noble, how do you know how any of us referred to Snowden?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/22/2019 14:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Some of this has rings of truth. So I ask myself, what parts do I know to be true? The Clinton NGO fraud, yup, the bussing in of votes in AZ, yup, the dems leaving the party in droves, just ask the Blue dogs and a large Jewish constituents who they are voting for. Are the dems desperately trying to block Trump, of course. And are the globalists coming unhinged at Trump? Of course. So other than the chicken little way it was written, what is not the truth in this?
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/22/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||

#5  It's all true because we've been told so.
All of this lies so shallowly beneath the thin facade of order I find it hard to believe.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/22/2019 15:25 Comments || Top||

#6  I agree with 100% of what he is saying. However, reality will be worse.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 07/22/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Sounds more.like 17 in iran!
Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 07/22/2019 15:48 Comments || Top||

#8  I'll believe the part about indictments when the perps are led into court.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/22/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Boy, this guy sure is smart! How does he ever do it /sarc
Posted by: KBK || 07/22/2019 17:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Are the Dems denying it? Blaming Trump? Maybe their reaction will tell the tale.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/22/2019 18:23 Comments || Top||

#11  Soros is pushing for globalism. He’s "kind of a puppet of the Rothschilds,"

The Rothschilds? Seriously?? As if they’d have anything to do with a little nouveau riche like George Soros, except to bank his money for him. They know his type — he’d have betrayed them to the Nazis just as fast as he did his Jewish neighbours back in Hungary. They want stability— he prefers to take his profits by creating financial disasters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2019 19:48 Comments || Top||

#12  Hope Shipp has contingency planning against Arkancide.
Posted by: warthog || 07/22/2019 20:24 Comments || Top||

Hafiz Saeed’s arrest
[DAWN] PRIME Minister Imran Khan
... aka The Great Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
’s departure for the US has been preceded by a most timely development: the arrest of Hafiz Saeed
...founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and its false-mustache offshoot Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The United Nations declared the JuD a terrorist organization in 2008 and Hafiz Saeed a terrorist as its leader. Hafiz, JuD and LeT are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Pak intel apparatus, so that amounted to squat...
, leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
and a UN- and US-designated global terrorist.

The holy man was apprehended on Wednesday by Punjab’s counterterrorism police while on his way from Lahore to Gujranwala to obtain bail in a terror-financing case.

There is a palpable sense that the government of late has moved its campaign against Death Eater groups into high gear, with over two dozen cases of terror financing filed earlier this month against JuD’s top leaders. The world is watching Pakistain’s actions closely, particularly in connection with JuD and Jaish-e-Mohammed; any perceived kid-glove treatment of them will feed into global misgivings that the country has a selective policy vis-à-vis holy warrior organizations.

The latest turn of events has therefore gone down well, with President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
hailing the arrest of "the so-called Mumbai ’criminal mastermind’ after a ten-year-long search".

Pakistain must continue to plough ahead to put Death Eater groups out of business and prosecute their members under the provisions of the Anti Terrorism Act. Otherwise, Hafiz Saeed’s arrest could be perceived as little more than an opportunistic move calibrated to coincide with an important state visit.

Even more importantly, however, such a course correction has a critical bearing on Pakistain’s internal security and its future as a responsible member of the international community.

The countrywide crackdown against Death Eater groups a few months ago ‐ in which provincial administrations in Sindh, Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

and Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
sealed or took control of hundreds of madressahs, schools, mosques, etc run by these organizations ‐ marked what appeared to be a definitive shift in the state’s approach. Interior Minister retired Brig Ijaz Shah confirmed as much at a presser on Thursday when he said the policy pertaining to suspected Death Eater organizations had undergone a change, for which the PTI government deserved credit.

It is unfortunate that such a reversal did not come about some years earlier when fears were repeatedly expressed both in political circles and the media that appeasement of certain Death Eater organizations carried inherent risks that would hurt Pakistain’s long-term interests.

History has shown that such groups cannot be ’managed’, nor their inherently violent proclivities turned on and off at will.

Moreover, all murderous Moslems at some level ‐ even those that are not pan-Islamist ‐ share an ideological affinity which leads them to enable each other, even if indirectly. Be that as it may, now that the state has resolved to eliminate them, it must close off every avenue that Death Eater outfits use to survive and proliferate. They should not, for example, be able to circumvent a ban on their activities by emerging with new names,
fake noses and henna wigs,
helmed by the same toxic individuals as before. Nor must they be mainstreamed into electoral politics unless they unequivocally renounce violence. Anything less will be a temporary reprieve.
Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure
[Global Research] In this article, we examine America’s war strategies, including its ability to launch an all out theater war against the Islamic Republic on Iran.

A follow-up article will focus on the History of US War Plans against Iran as well as the complexities underlying the Structure of Military Alliances.

Under present conditions, an Iraq style all out Blitzkrieg involving the simultaneous deployment of ground, air and naval forces is an impossibility.

For several reasons. US hegemony in the Middle East has been weakened largely as a result of the evolving structure of military alliances.

The US does not have the ability to carry out such a project.

There are two main factors which determine America’s military agenda in relation to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

1. Iran’s Military

There is the issue of Iran’s military capabilities (ground forces, navy, air force, missile defense), namely its ability to effectively resist and respond to an all out conventional war involving the deployment of US and Allied forces. Within the realm of conventional warfare, Iran has sizeable military capabilities. Iran is to acquire Russia’s S400 state of the art air defense system.

Iran is ranked as "a major military power" in the Middle East, with an estimated 534,000 active personnel in the army, navy, air force and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It has advanced ballistic missile capabilities as well as a national defense industry. In the case of a US air attack, Iran would target US military facilities in the Persian Gulf.

2. Evolving Structure of Military Alliances

The second consideration has to do with the evolving structure of military alliances (2003-2019) which is largely to the detriment of the United States.

Several of America’s staunchest allies are sleeping with the enemy.

Countries which have borders with Iran including Turkey and Pakistan have military cooperation agreements with Iran. While this in itself excludes the possibility of a ground war, it also affects the planning of US and allied naval and air operations.

Until recently both Turkey (NATO heavyweight) and Pakistan were among America’s faithful allies, hosting US military bases.

From a broader military standpoint, Turkey is actively cooperating with both Iran and Russia. Moreover, Ankara has acquired (July 12, 2019) ahead of schedule Russia’s state of the art S-400 air defense system while de facto opting out from the integrated US-NATO-Israel air defense system.

Needless to say the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is in crisis. Turkey’s exit from NATO is almost de facto. America can no longer rely on its staunchest allies. Moreover, US and Turkish supported militia are fighting one another in Syria.

Moreover, several NATO member states have taken a firm stance against Washington’s Iran policy: "European allies are grappling with mounting disagreements over foreign policy and growing irritated with Washington’s arrogant leadership style."

"The most important manifestation of growing European discontent with U.S. leadership is the move by France and other powers to create an independent, "Europeans only" defense capability" (See National Interest, May 24, 2019)

Iraq has also indicated that it will not cooperate with the US in the case of a ground war against Iran.

Under present conditions, none of Iran’s neigbouring states including Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia would allow US-Allied ground forces to transit through their territory. Neither would they cooperate with the US in the conduct of an air war.

In recent developments, Azerbaijan which in the wake of the Cold War became a US ally as well as a member of NATO’s partnership for peace has changed sides. The earlier US-Azeri military cooperation agreements are virtually defunct including the post-Soviet GUAM military alliance (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova).

Bilateral military and intelligence agreements between Iran and Azerbaijan were signed in December 2018. In turn, Iran collaborates extensively with Turkmenistan. With regard to Afghanistan, the internal situation with the Taliban controlling a large part of Afghan territory, would not favor a large scale deployment of US and allied ground forces on the Iran-Afghan border.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  "A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility."
(3) It would be unnecessary and extremely unpopular. Better to bomb strategic targets if e must go to war. Only boots on the ground should be special forces working alongside locals.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/22/2019 1:44 Comments || Top||

#2  almost their entire navy could be disabled in an hour or two

similarly all their air bases could be disabled in even less time

Posted by: lord garth || 07/22/2019 2:29 Comments || Top||

#3  ...I say we target their electrical generating capability. You want to live in the 12th century? We can arrange that.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/22/2019 4:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Anyone else notice everytime they write one of these articles (everyday) , there seems too be a crisis in the command structure? Maybe that could be charged too Obama , since he purged the military.
Posted by: chris || 07/22/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#5  What we should have done in Afghanistan on 9/12...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#6  The Pentagon is another bureaucracy that should be somewhere far away from DC.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2019 7:28 Comments || Top||

#7  What's old is new again. I recall an article written back when the Shah was still in power, basically saying the same thing.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/22/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

#8  "Iran is ranked as "a major military power" in the Middle East... "

So was Saddam.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/22/2019 7:40 Comments || Top||

#9  I would love a major confrontation with Iran to replace the muslim mullahs in Iran with a civilian government (reverse the Carter supported 1979 revolution).
But because of all the bad actors who have aligned themselves with Iran, including Russia and Turkey, it would be a very difficult situation to counter Iran and all of its proxies.
But I do believe the current strategy of starving Iran with sanctions is the right approach because Irans proxies require money to support their activiities.
The signs are the sanctions are working.
I hope the US can avoid a major conflict yet continue to bleed Iran through effective sanctions and to cause unrest amongst their civilian population.

I hope the US can work with our allies like the Kurds to achieve these goals against Iran and even against Turkey to hopefully get Erdogan out of leadership.
Because the Kurds were able to defeat ISIS they have been a great ally.
If Iraq wants to side with Iranian proxies rather than with the US we should side with the Kurds so Iraq will understand the cost.

Of course at the same time Russia and China are waiting for any chance to take advantage of the US by getting us involved in proxy wars like Korea and Vietnam in the past
Now Afganistan, Iraq, Syria and Yeman have become proxy wars.

I hope the apeasers of Iran and Russia (like Turkey and Germany) suffer collateral damage of any conflict.

Posted by: boomerc || 07/22/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Prior to WWI, a Russian economist said war in Europe was impossible because all of their economies were interlocked and dependent.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/22/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#11  I guess the Pentagon needs some forty years more to come up with a war plan.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 07/22/2019 9:44 Comments || Top||

I hope the apeasers of Iran and Russia (like Turkey and Germany) suffer collateral damage of any conflict.

Well the Deutche Bank pending total implosion is not a positive Karma event for Germany. $49 Trillion in derivative exposure is pretty fricking major.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/22/2019 10:00 Comments || Top||

#13  LINK to 49 trillion derivative story
Posted by: 3dc || 07/22/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#14  "European allies are grappling with mounting disagreements over foreign policy and growing irritated with Washington’s arrogant leadership style.

What I've always heard is we bribe them massively with defense welfare, unfair trade agreements, and free US Navy protection for the vaunted European exports. All paid straight out of the pocket of the suffering American taxpayer. In return, we are purchasing compliance with the goals of the globalists in the unelected US government.

If we're not even getting that, then what the hell are we bribing Europe for? Why are we in NATO? Europe is getting into bed with Russia, I say cut them loose if they don't see the threat. They're not children and we're not the parent, we don't have to "save them from themselves".
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 07/22/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#15  It doesn’t matter who the American president is, nor how much they love him at the start of his term in office, the Europeans will quickly become annoyed by his arrogant leadership style. It’s all a question of who ought to be leading, you see, especially when a closer look reveals how many members of a given European government (plus senior bureaucrats) are actually members of the hereditary aristocracy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#16  Cut those ungrateful bastards loose. I've never seen so much hate for those who have done so much for Europe. 75 years of peace and they can't even say thank you.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 07/22/2019 14:11 Comments || Top||

#17  More silliness and hand wringing. They are strategically vulnerable. While a conventional war, such as Iraq is not the best option, beating Iran is not a difficult task depending on the end state your after. If your after a post WWII reconstruction all you need to do is look at Iraq and Afghanistan to see it does not work in Arab nations. Removing them as a threat to the world and region is a short task that can be completed with a very limited force structure. And this is where the rub is. All the Pentagon generals want their piece of the fight to go, so the plan puts everyone on the boat, even if they are not needed. We need to give this fight to SOCOM and the US Marines, those two organizations can pull from the other services for support and end Iran within a week or two.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/22/2019 14:32 Comments || Top||

#18  We need to give this fight to SOCOM and the US Marines

Occupy the oil port facilities and what else do they have? Oh yeah, gather and gas the Imams then turn the mosks into REAL education centers.

I like your thinking.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/22/2019 15:30 Comments || Top||

#19  Chermany vill just have to zell efen more dual use schtuff to Iran!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2019 17:23 Comments || Top||

#20  Oh woe is us
Posted by: KBK || 07/22/2019 17:59 Comments || Top||

#21  Punitive expedition.
Inflict pain. Strike fear.
Posted by: Lex || 07/22/2019 20:33 Comments || Top||

#22  Didn't we drop one-use pistols into occupied France for the resistance? Something like that might limit the Mullahs public appearances and cause them to lose face.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/22/2019 21:47 Comments || Top||

#23  Stamped US .45 Liberator pistol. If you have one today, it's worth between $1500. $2000.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/22/2019 22:53 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Mariano Rivera, first unanimous Hall of Famer in MLB is actively pro Israel
More on this story from yesterday
[JewishPress] The usual bio for Mariano Rivera includes retired New York Yankees relief pitcher, all-time saves leader, first player voted unanimously into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 13-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion.

Add that he is a staunch supporter of Israel.

Rivera, 49, spoke
[in early July 2019]
..at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington, D.C. CUFI describes itself as the country’s largest pro-Israel group and consists largely of evangelical Christians.

Rivera, who is an ordained pastor himself, became involved with CUFI after meeting the group’s founder and chairman, Pastor John Hagee.
Posted by: lord garth || 07/22/2019 01:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Be entertaining to see how MLB backs this off...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#2  God forbid that Hall of Fame membership be about your baseball career.

The hard left's purity tests will destroy our culture.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 07/22/2019 12:26 Comments || Top||

How the Left Turned Words Into ‘Violence,' and Violence Into ‘Justice'
[Quillette] Responding to news that journalist Andy Ngo had been beaten by antifa protestors in Portland last month, a woman named Charlotte Clymer tweeted that "Ngo intentionally provokes people on the left to drive his content. Being attacked today on video taken by an actual journalist (because Ngo is definitely not) is the greatest thing that could have happened to his career. You know it. I know it. He knows it. We all know it. Violence is completely wrong, and I find it sad and weak to allow a sniveling weasel like Andy Ngo to get under one’s skin like this, but I’m also not going to pretend this wasn’t Ngo’s goal from the start. I mean, let’s cut the shit here. This is what they do."
One sees this all over the place on the left. They put words or thoughts into other people and then blame them for the things they imagined.
Who is Charlotte Clymer? She is an activist who works at the Human Rights Campaign, America’s "largest LGBTQ civil rights organization," which supposedly "envision[s] a world where LGBTQ people are ensured equality at home, at work [and] in every community." Andy Ngo, who has written for Quillette, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other publications, happens to be gay. So this is where we are right now: A staffer for a human-rights organization dedicated to helping gay people is publicly cheering the beating of a gay man. This should raise an eyebrow.

The idea that one’s disagreement with Ngo’s point of view disqualifies him from the physical protection granted to other ordinary citizens proved to be quite common in the aftermath of Ngo’s beating. Aymann Ismall, a staff writer at Slate, for example, tweeted: "I’d argue what the fear mongering he’s done against Muslims plus the work he’s done to discredit hate crimes, helped create an atmosphere of violence that vulnerable people all have to live through just for being who they are. This is bad, but he’s guilty of worse." Writer Jesse Singal, responding to this spate of violence apologism among Social Justice progressives, put it best with four words: "awful, awful, awful, awful."
It goes on and dissects how leftist intellectuals and academics have redefined words so that any speech they don't like is violence, which justifies their violence as righteous self-defense.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 07/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Yes, yes. And eggs VS omelets. Commie assh*les...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/22/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Reply if it is also true that women in short skirts are "asking for it and they want to be raped"?

It seems victim blaming may be more selective once the pink haired once preferred groups are treated the same.

But then of course the left is all about treating people differently based on what group they say they belong to.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/22/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

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  Iran claims to catch 17 CIA spies, sentences some to death
Sun 2019-07-21
  Kurdistan: Killer of senior Turkish diplomat arrested
Sat 2019-07-20
  Saudi King approves additional deployment of US troops
Fri 2019-07-19
  'HOSTILE ACT' Iran seizes British oil tanker in the Gulf with 23 crew on board days after clash with Royal Navy
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  Iran seizes foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil
Wed 2019-07-17
  Pakistani police arrest Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed (again)
Tue 2019-07-16
  United Arab Emirates oil tanker vanishes after drifting into Iranian waters
Mon 2019-07-15
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Fri 2019-07-12
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Thu 2019-07-11
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Wed 2019-07-10
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