The Games Nations Play

Jade Helm 15 is a training exercise or basically a “war game”…..(how is the fight against martial law going in Texas?)……..nations are always playing some sort of war game to exercise their military and to demonstrate their capabilities to their neighbours…..in essence it is an intimidation technique…..a flexing of muscle, if you will.

The US teams up with their allies and play like an invasion is occurring…..Russia will do the same…….China pretty much flexes its own muscle without the need for too many allies…….

I bring all this up because of the situation in Ukraine.  The US/NATO has teamed up with Poland, the Baltic countries and other minor players in the region in a massive war game recently……..but are these exercises truly needed ?  Are they a deterrent?

We have been doing these almost non-stop of several years……are we preparing for war?  The old saying…..”an unused weapon is a useless weapon” comes to mind…….

Like a game of Risk, Russia and NATO have not only been suspiciously eyeing each other in recent months, but also conducting military exercises in border areas that the Washington Post says are making Europe “a region of high military drama.” Now a UK-based think tank is warning that these war games could lead to real conflict if they don’t start communicating and scaling down their activities, the Guardian reports. The European Leadership Network says that although reps from both sides may insist these training exercises—including a flurry of activity in March for Russia and in June for NATO, per the Post—are against hypothetical opponents, it’s clear there are definite foes in mind, and that alleviate measures need to take place ASAP to stave off a possible confrontation.

“Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia,” the report asserts, adding that even though this doesn’t make a real conflict unavoidable, it helps perpetuate tension in the region—especially thick since the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The organization’s recommendation: Tamp down the size and scale of said exercises, start hammering out a new treaty on limiting the types of weapons used along the borders, and publicly announce beforehand when exercises are being held (Russia is pointed out as a prime offender in this regard). But a NATO rep told Bloomberg that the ELN report “misleadingly puts NATO and Russian exercises on par” and that “the scale and scope of Russia’s exercises are far beyond anything the alliance is doing. Russia is deliberately avoiding military transparency and predictability.”

To me this is just the roll up for a more real confrontation..….Ukraine is as unstable as a country can get……Russia is as aggressive as a country can get……..and the US/NATO is as persistent as a country can get……

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Exonerate ! / True Patriotism ! / Lincoln ! / Obama !!

President Abraham Lincoln’s timeless legacy Is.”Emancipating the African-American .”

He is the greatest emancipator in the history of mankind.

Mr.Barack Hussein Obama’s legacy ,”he won the prestigious Nobel peace prize,

And he emancipated the gays and the lesbians .

He also illuminated the people’s White House,

With the colours of the gays and lesbians flag.

India ,Russia and the conservative 3rd.world countries including 57 Muslim Countries,

Need emancipator to do what the Ultra liberals and progressives did in the USA.

Nigeria ,the largest Muslim African country outlawed gays and lesbians and will be ,

Jailed for 14 years if they are caught  in the act.

Most Muslim countries  will flog and execute the gays and lesbians according to Shari’s laws.

(( Mr.Nobel peace prize winner ,you are in Alaska today talking about Climate Change ,wasting your time and the Tax payers money.  Mother Nature been taking care of herself for billions of years.Its a phenomena no scientist can comprehend.Except hypocrites who live in 20 room mansions and complain about global warming.

Why don’t your  senior administration’s adviser talk about crimes exploding  in our cities,exploding of hate and racism,exploding of division.Why don’t you talk about Iran scandal.(Iran is holding 4 American captive in it’s torture chambers.)Cuba scandal,IRS scandal,NSA scandal, Clinton’s foundation scandals,email scandals .Your unwillingness to confronting  the murderous ISIS is a mystery?

,,,,etc,etc,etc.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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War Journalists Labeled Spies, Unprivileged Belligerents. That’s What A New Pentagon Manual Calls Some War Reporters

 

imageedit_3_4673052415First published on August 26, 2015

By | on August 26, 2015

By Lorra B. Staff Writer

US defense Secretary, Ash Carter, is being asked by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) to amend a new Pentagon manual that is labeling war journalists as spies, unprivileged belligerents and saboteurs.

Is this new manual an indication the U.S. government is openly marking journalists who challenge Washington’s objectives?

An open letter was published by RWB to Carter about the Law of War Manual. The manual has infuriated reporters “for saying war reporters may be held liable for ‘engaging in hostilities’ or spying, sabotage and similar acts behind enemy lines’,” according to The Guardian.

The War Manual, was published on June 24 and is 1,176 pages of revisions, the first revisions since 1956.

The revisions include terminology marking journalists stating “in general, journalists are civilians,” and that in some instances these reporters may be viewed as “unprivileged belligerents.”

But what does unprivileged belligerents really mean? Well, ‘unprivileged belligerents,’ according to veteran war corresponded Don North, simply replaces the term ‘unlawful combatants’ and that journalists, therefore are looked upon as nothing more than those in the ranks of Al Qaeda.

Based on this assessment, broad interpretation and hazy wording, journalists could not only be asked to leave military bases but they could also be detained for perceived wrongdoings.

Secretary General Christophe Deloire of Reporters Without Borders stated, “This terminology leaves too much room for interpretation, putting journalists in a dangerous position.”

“Liking journalistic activity to spying is just the kind of ammunition certain repressive countries like Iran, Syria and China would seek out to support their practices of censorship and criminalization of journalists.”

Columbia Journalism Review’s managing editor, Vanessa Gezari, stated, “It’s very threatening. I believe it contradicts at least the spirit of customary battlefield relationships, if not the letter. The relationship between journalists and combatants has always been complicated. The way the language about spying is placed in there is alarming to me in that is says, ‘journalism is a lot like spying’ and then it leaves that to people to make up their own mind. It gets at the commonalities but not the differences.”

The craftily worded manual sets journalist in a whole new category. Journalists will not be classified as either civilian or soldier and therefore have no protections. The manual states that ‘like other civilians, civilian journalists who engage in hostilities against a State, may be punished by that State after a fair trial.”

The “relaying of information,” according to the new manual, may be construed as such an act.

Governments, according to the manual, “may need to censor journalists’ work or take other security measures so that journalists do not reveal sensitive information to the enemy.”

Censor journalists’ work? Really? This does not sound like the ‘America The Free’ I remember. Press freedoms are vitally important to America remaining free. Without them we will become no better than a dictator state.

When the Pentagon begins to crack down and round-up all journalistic work to be reviewed and possibly censored then we will be playing in a whole new ball game and not one for the betterment of American citizens.

Will we become nothing more than the New China or New Russia? When we begin to censor and impede on journalistic freedoms then we start chipping away at the very fabric this great nation was built on. Just where that chipping will lead is a road I, for one, don’t wish to travel.

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ISIS: The Day After The Day After

Or News From The Battle Front……

While the country was a marvelling at the gender transformation…..or trying to decipher the lunatic ramblings of a presidential candidate…..there has been some interesting happens in our battle with ISIS…..you remember them right?

In the beginning there the horrors of a group called ISIS……the be-headings and the people trapped on a mountain threatened with death, the Yazidis……think back it is not hard………

As usual in the moment the country was shocked and appalled (as usual did not last long) and the country demanded action (why they are not exactly sure but it seems to be the thing to do)…….to appease the M-IC the president went on TV and promised that the US would do all it could to “degrade and defeat” this terrorist group……and there we are……..

After that short retrospective behind me……let us look at how bad the group ISIS was “degraded”…….I chose “degraded” because we know we have not defeated them as of yet………after about a year of the US involvement through airstrikes in support of a limited ground action…..how have we done on the “degrading” front?

Recently a think tank (cannot remember which of the 100’s out there) issued a report declaring that ISIS over the past year of involvement has lost 9.4% of the territory that has captured…..now that should illustrate that the tactics used by the coalition are working …..but ever so slowly….good news……..right?

Hate to pee on y’all’s parade but the US intel people did it for me……

According to officials familiar with the situation, US intelligence agencies have offered a new assessment of ISIS, cautioning that a solid year of US airstrikes against them in Iraq and Syria hasn’t left ISIS any weaker than they were when the strikes began.

Surprisingly, even though the military has bragged about how great the war is going throughout the year, military commanders aren’t disputing the assessment, and are simply saying that they believe progress will come at some point in the future, when Iraq retakes Ramadi

To me that assessment is just “wishful thinking” and I do not see that as a viable tactic for victory……do you?

A further pee pee on the admin’s parade………

………reports have emerged of al-Qaeda’s Syrian faction, Jabhat al-Nusra, capturing a number of top members of the US-trained “Division 30,” also known as the “New Syrian Force.” The group is now reported to have been routed outright from its headquarters in northern Syria, and had to flee into Kurdish territory.

This is the most recent news coming to us from the front and you had to read it here and not hear it from the MSM……..does that raise a red flag for anyone?

“Degrade and defeat” is a cutesy slogan but the reality is that we are spinning our wheels and it is becoming a comedy of errors.

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Lord Lambton Scandal. Link to Child Abuse. Who was the third man?

Norma Levy was a prostitute who slept with Lord Lambton, then Under-Secretary for Defence in Ted Heaths Conservative government. Photographs were taken of the liaison and attempts made to sell them to the papers.

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Lord Lambton and Norma Levy

In the aftermath, Lord Lambton resigned. Due to confusion with the Jellicoe building and the minister, George Jellicoe (the Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords) also resigned after admitting casual affairs with call girls [8].

Norma named a third and possibly a fourth minister but this were denied by the Government [2]. Police were told to investigate the Sunday Peoples dossier by Home Secretary Mr Carr, but did not contact Norma Levy [2].

To add to the intrigue a German “hostess operator” Hans Ulrich-Altoff was  tried for pimping in Germany [1] and had claimed to work with Norma and that they had an arrangement to swap girls between English and German outfits [1]. Part of the charges against Hans were that he tried to entice children to pose for erotic pictures, which he denied [1].

In 2004 the BBC stated that “Documents released by the National Archives on Thursday under the 30-year rule show MI5 feared a scandal and Mr Heath had ordered a Security Commission inquiry into the implications of the affair” [7].

In 2007 Norma Levy was interviewed by the Independent, she maintained that there was a third minister who used call girls and named him. The newspaper, which knows but has not divulged the minister’s name, describes him as “today one of Britain’s most respected and best-known elder statesmen”. He was said to use a blonde German girl called “Rocha”[3] .

There is National Archive Document PREM 15/1906 labelled Consideration of publicity for statement made by Norma Levy concerning third minister in the Lambton/Jellicoe affair [4]

Colin Levy, Normas husband, has been described as a taxi driver ‘I never saw him drive any cab,’ she scoffs. In fact, she says, he never seemed to do much work at all, but he always had plenty of money, and a yacht in St Tropez. He also travelled extensively, went out at strange times, and mingled with mysterious people, prompting Norma to believe he was somehow involved with the security services.[5]

The Mail continues “Norma insists, not unconvincingly, that she had no part in the plot to trap Lambton on film. The first she knew about the notorious photographs taken in her bedroom, she says, was when a man – whom she presumes to have been a government agent – called at the flat, and suggested that she move abroad because a scandal was about to break.”[5]

Norma Levy died in 2007 of pancreatic cancer [10]. She was terrified powerful enemies were still out to get her’. Did they?

Heath has also slept with prostitutes [11] so depending on the timing of his use, could have been lucky to get away without scrutiny. The cabinet also had Reg Maudling, who previously had to resign in the Poulson affair and Keith Joseph who has been linked to child sexual abuse [12]

This leaves many questions some of which are below.

What is in the National Archive Document PREM 15/1906?

Who was the third minister named by Norma Levy? and who the possible fourth?

Was the Heath cabinet stuffed with users of prostitutes?

What were the results of the Report of the Security Commission inquiry?

What happened to Hans Ulrich-Altoff, what were his links to photographing children and his links to English pimping and prostitution?

At the time of Altoffs trial Heath was on a private visit to Bavaria -what was he doing, especially in view of the allegations about him being a DVD agent? [9]

What was the role of Colin Levy?

What was the role of MI5, especially given all the indications of the “elite” child sexual abuse paedosadism scandal that MI5 oversee it for blackmail purposes?

Time for the citizen sleuths to dig out more…

Additions since publication

via @snowfaked  . There appears to be a diary, uncovered from a probe into pornography rackets, with politicians names in it [14] [15] Whose was this and what names were in it?

via @cassandracogno  . There appears to be also a call boy scandal which was overshadowed by the Lambton scandal

lambton call boy

News of the World 27 May 1973

There is also another article on this which unfortunately I cannot quite read  [17]  [18]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.  National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.

Links

[1] 1973 May 31 via Google Sydney Morning Herald Sex Trial Told of Girl Swap Plan https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19730531&id=bfhjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qO
UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3331,165701&hl=en

[2] 1973 May 30 The Age Definitely no Third Man UK assured  https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19730530&id=IthjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0p
ADAAAAIBAJ&pg=3999,7774991&hl=en

[3] 2007 Jan 27 Independent Third minister in 1970s sex scandal, says Norma Levy http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/third-minister-in-1970s-sex-scanda
l-says-norma-levy-434020.html

[4] National Archives Consideration of publicity for statement made by Norma Levy concerning third minister in the Lambton/Jellicoe affair http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/record?catid=8399644&catln=6

[5] 2007 Jan 26 Daily Mail Call girl who nearly toppled a government reveals all http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-431781/Call-girl-nearly-toppled-govern
ment-reveals-all.html

[6] Wikipedia Anthony Lambton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Lambton

[7] 2004 Jan 1 BBC Sex scandal Tory blamed pressure http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3360629.stm

[8] Wikipedia George Jellicoe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jellicoe,_2nd_Earl_Jellicoe

[9] Cathy Fox Blog Michael Shrimpton on Ted Heath https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/michael-shrimpton-on-ted-heath/

[10] Daily Mail Lonely death of call girl who brought down the Government: Norma Levy destroyed the careers of two Conservative ministers. And now she’s taken secrets of a THIRD Tory grandee – who’s still alive – to her grave http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2519622/The-lonely-death-girl-nearly-brought-Government.html

[11] 2015 Aug 15 Mirror Edward Heath ‘had male prostitutes delivered to Westminster hotels’ claims former madam http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/edward-heath-had-male-prostitutes-6260685

[12] Wikipedia Heaths Minstry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heath_ministry

[13] 2014 Jul 13  Mirror Tory child abuse whistleblower: ‘Margaret Thatcher knew all about underage sex ring among ministers’ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-child-abuse-whistleblower-margaret-3849172

[14] 1973 May 23 https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=I_FcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xlkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6339%2C3723349

[15] 1973 May 23 The Morning Record Sex Drug Scandal cont. Part 2 https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2512&dat=19730523&id=I_FcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xlkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1079,3911193&hl=en

[16] 1973 May 27 News of the World Gay Adverts Probe May 27 http://t.co/tf8COLH8tk

[17] 1973 May 26 The Sun Call Boys Sensation https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CMtbE3fWEAAwpZ1.jpg

[18] https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CMtbkamWwAAuP11.jpg

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

[G] Jim Hopper Mindfulness http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/

[H] Jim Hopper Meditation http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/#cultivate

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Suffocating Refugees and Illegal Migrants Avalanche Heading Croatia’s Way

Refugees and illegal migrants making their way from Greece to Macedonia to continue into EU Photo: AP Photos/ Sakis Mitrolidis

Refugees and illegal migrants making their
way from Greece to Macedonia
to continue into EU
Photo: AP Photos/ Sakis Mitrolidis

Countless thousands of refugees and illegal migrants from war-torn Syria, Iraq and other Middle East territory, Africa… are reaching Europe via Greece and Italy as points of entry in particular. According to interviews published on all world’s media all those coming from Greece across Macedonia and Serbia and Hungary are intent on making it to Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, United Kingdom… they know where they want to go and expect to succeed in it, trampling over and destabilising European countries they cross towards their desired destination.

Refugees and illegal migrants of today appear to have expectations that they will reach their desired destination and stay there. How very different from the refugees fleeing WWII Europe – most were happy to wait in refugee camps and go to a country offered to them. Personal preferences played little part.

Refugees and illegal migrants reaching border of Macedonia from Greece August 2015

Refugees and illegal migrants reaching border of Macedonia from Greece August 2015

Today, we are seeing a humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes, a political crisis and a standard of living crisis of those living in the countries where this is occurring. We witness a great deal of criticisms directed to the countries or individuals for seemingly failing to assist or for using caution in allowing total strangers into their towns, countries etc. We have seen force being used at the Macedonian border with Greece against the refugees and illegal migrants; tear gas used to send them back to Greece…and then let them trough, or they break through police lines, in order to reach other countries where they want to go.

Train station in Gevgelija, Macedonia Refugees and illegal migrants wait transportation

Train station in Gevgelija, Macedonia Refugees and illegal migrants wait transportation

While doing everything within its power and control on a humanitarian base to assist the needy, to my view, countries have a moral obligation in protecting their borders especially when it’s known that there are most likely many Islamic State affiliates or fighters or supporters among them. And who can assure me that this is not a strategy to strengthen the IS within Europe? Please do if you can with certainty.
Croatia, has so far avoided the avalanche simply due to its geographical position. But, after Hungary builds its 174 Km, 4-meter high border wall with Serbia, Croatia becomes an alternative route for the entry of refugees into the Schengen Area. Croatian government has said all past week that it has a strategy how to care for refugees and illegal migrants and has begun preparations in the event that refugees and illegal migrants start entering Croatia en masse.
According to HRT TV news from 21 August 2015 “Croatia has enough facilities from Ilok to Dubrovnik that can accommodate immigrants if it is needed. There should be no problems as far as the accommodation of refugees is concerned. State Office for Property Management has a list of fifteen potential facilities which can be quickly put into operation if it is required“, said Mladen Pejnovic, director of the Office of Government Owned Property Management.

There are, according to Pejnovic, about 15 disused large objects that can be fixed and ready for use fairly quickly, if required. The majority of these facilities are former, now disused, army barracks, coastal resorts with unresolved ownership issues, as well as facilities, which Croatia received according to the agreements on succession of the former Yugoslavia.

While a will to help the needy is a gesture we should all follow, this declaration by Croatia’s government certainly seems most irresponsible, as it does not address the reality pressing upon Croatia’s own people and indeed the population of other European countries caught in this avalanche of fear, misery and instability. Croatian government announcement of having enough space to house refugees fails to address the safety of Croatian people and alarms raised in Schengen Zone countries, such as Germany, regarding behaviour of some EU countries not taking their “share” of refugees and illegal migrants. It, also, lacks criticism towards the UN for failing miserably at pooling resources of all UN member countries and establishing safe, clean and decent refugee camps at agreed sites across various countries.
This way, fear and uncertainty and human misery seem to be the only “currencies” UN is interested in.

Germany's Angela Merkel

Germany’s Angela Merkel

Germany has called on Britain to take more of a share of migrants coming into Europe. Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said along with other countries it needed to be ‘more aware’ of its responsibilities as a member of the European Union. He made his call for the British to welcome more refugees after it was revealed Germany expects to receive 800,000 asylum applications this year – more than all 28 EU countries combined in 2014. Britain is not of the Schengen area of 26 European countries that have removed all border checks and passport controls between each other. It has an opt-out on taking part in a scheme to distribute migrants arriving into the EU between different countries and has so far refused.

Mirela Holy

Mirela Holy

Back in Croatia, Mirela Holy, leader of The Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) a small green party and member of Croatian parliament has Saturday, 22 August 2015, sent to Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, and his government, an open letter regarding a refugee wave that has swamped the Balkans, calling on him to present a strategic plan for refugees, if his government had one, and to explain to the public how it would be implemented, reported HRT TV news on Saturday.
She also asked the PM how much budget funding had been set aside for the accommodation of refugees and their basic supplies and whether Croatian intelligence services cooperated with other countries’ services to efficiently prevent the infiltration of terrorists traveling with refugees, as well as how the government planned to prevent possible acts of terrorism and whether the security aspect of the crisis was being considered at all.
She said that the refugee crisis was a consequence of conflicts in Syria and other countries in the Middle East and that the exodus of a large number of people from those areas was expected to continue if no peace and security was established there.
Holy added that considering the fact that this was unlikely to happen without an international intervention led by the UN, Milanovic should inform the public about the government’s position on securing peace and stability in those regions militarily.
The EU has warned that it is currently facing ‘the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War’. Its border agency Frontex has said some 340,000 migrants have arrived already this year.
This is an emergency situation for Europe that requires all EU member states to step in to support the national authorities who are taking on a massive number of migrants at its borders,” said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.
Frontex has called on member states to provide additional equipment and people to support our operations in Greece and in Hungary and the European Commission has approved national programmes to provide significant financial assistance to the Member States to address these challenges,” he added.

A member of the Macedonian special police forces holds a baby as migrants try to cross into Macedonia near the southern city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 22 August 2015 Photo: EPA/Georgi Licovski

A member of the Macedonian special police forces holds a baby as migrants try to cross into Macedonia near the southern city of Gevgelija, 22 August 2015 Photo: EPA/Georgi Licovski

Croatia has always been willing to assist and take a quota of refugees (550 was the most recent number confirmed by the government) but I believe that the government’s announcement of having adequate space in disused objects to receive refugees and illegal migrants may be deceitful (as no limit to numbers these objects can take are mentioned) and encourage the avalanche to start falling on Croatia much before Hungary builds its announced border fence. It’s a shame we haven’t heard more about the plan or strategy Croatia’s government has developed to contribute in dealing with this humanitarian crisis, but I too suspect it hasn’t got a tight strategy. And it must! People in Europe are torn between the instinct to offer shelter and help to those in need and the instinct to shut the borders, lock the doors, while the leaders portray no unity in this crisis that’s threatening all – no one seems to be helping the other and no major UN Security Council meeting on this at the horizon. This is not a passing storm or an avalanche that will come quickly and dissipate just as fast. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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Exposed: Obama’s Secret Side Deals With Iran

dIn A move that has raged the GOP, President Obama has made secret side deals with Iran.

According to the Associated Press, a side deal was made between Iran and the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency allowing Iran to use its own inspectors to inspect a location accused of building nuclear arms. It is usually the U.N. who inspects such sites, so why not this site?

“International inspections should be done by international inspectors,” stated Ed Royce, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman. “Period.”

It was a document seen by AP that brought this issue to light and that has the Republican lawmakers angered. Already very critical of Obama’s Iran Deal because it is basically built recklessly on trust alone with the Iranians, the GOP finds this new development imprudent.

It was the Obama Administration who insisted it would depend on reliable scrutiny over the Iranian sites in question. Not only the GOP but many of us want to know why, then, are the Iranians inspecting their own sites?

House Speaker John Boehner stated, “President Obama boasts his deal includes ‘unprecedented verification.’ He claims it’s not built on trust. But the administration’s briefings on these side deals have been totally insufficient—and it still isn’t clear whether anyone at the White House has seen the final documents.”

“Worse,” according to ESHRAF, “Obama didn’t even reveal the existence of these secret side deals to Congress when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol Hill. The agreements were uncovered, completely by chance, by two members of Congress — Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) — who were in Vienna meeting with the U.N.-related agency.”

It was President Obama who signed into law The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. This law unequivocally states that all materials and ‘annexes’ associated with the Iran Deal must be transmitted by the president to Congress. Well, it seems that the president has broken the law, one in which he wrote.

All of this aside, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is not sure what the disclosure has to do with the Iran Deal because, according to her, the disclosure relates to past military efforts and not any nuclear efforts moving ahead.

Pelosi stated, “I truly believe in this agreement.” If there were a vote today “the president’s veto would be sustained. But I feel very confident about it…We will sustain the veto.”

Before voting on the Iran deal Congress should be adamant about seeing the side deals. How many of us would buy a piece of land site unseen and just take the sellers word for it that the land was fertile, especially when that seller has a bit of a track-record for embellishments?

It will take a two-thirds vote in both houses to override the president’s veto, 45 House Democrats and 13 Senate Democrats.

Pompeo stated, “My mission in the next 45 days is to convince 45 House Democrats to override the veto. It’s a long climb, but this is important.”

Iran is getting ready to come into $150 billion dollars in sanctions relief. These relief moneys are based on negotiated agreements between Iran and IAEA that not one U.S. representative has viewed.

Is this wise, Mr. President? You may very well be putting our national security at great risk. “We need to see these documents in order to evaluate whether verification is ample to make such a big concession to the Iranians,” Pompeo said.

“No member of Congress should be asked to vote on an agreement of this historic importance absent knowing what the terms of the verification process are.”

First published on August 17.2015 by Lorra B.

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