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Obama’s Private Army
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” ~ Barack Hussein Obama, 2008 campaign
“I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not”. Those who will not are being removed.” - Dr. Jim Garrow – January 21, 2013
The US Army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots as it deals with sweeping troop cuts. A senior American officer has said he is considering shrinking the size of the Army’s brigade combat teams by a quarter and replacing the lost troops with robots and remote-controlled vehicles. The American military is still far from fielding armies of Terminator-type robotic killers though.
Ideas under discussion instead include proposals to see manned lorries and transporters replaced by supply trains of robots vehicles. Generals are studying proposals as the US Army is to slim down from 540,000 to about 490,000 soldiers by the end of next year. Some reports suggest it could dip below 450,000 by the end of the decade.
In response, Gen Robert Cone, head of the army’s training and doctrine command, is considering shrinking the army’s brigade combat teams from about 4,000 soldiers to 3,000 and using more robots, according to Defense News, a US military magazine.
He told a seminar: “I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force.”
Options under discussion, he said, included trains of robot vehicles that would following vehicles with human drivers in long supply convoys.
He said the army should also follow the lead of the navy in using technology to cut manpower. “When you see the success, frankly, that the Navy has had in terms of lowering the numbers of people on ships, are there functions in the brigade that we could automate – robots or manned/unmanned teaming – and lower the number of people that are involved, given the fact that people are our major cost?”
However, there are no immediate plans for autonomous robots to be deployed with lethal firepower. Huw Williams, an expert on military robots and unmanned vehicles at the defence publication IHS Jane’s, said armies were focusing on investigating robots vehicles for transport.
He said: “If you have a lead manned vehicle, you could have several unmanned vehicles following behind, or a train solely of unmanned vehicles.”
Research into remote-controlled military vehicles had so far largely concentrated on allowing commanders to keep soldiers out of harm’s way, but they could also see a reduction in the number of troops, he added.
Several robot ground vehicles have already been tested in Afghanistan, including the Squad Mission Support System, a six-wheeled robotic buggy to carry soldiers’ kit and baggage. America has meanwhile waged an aggressive drone campaign targeting insurgents and al-Qaeda terrorists in the border regions of Pakistan.
Campaigners claim the secretive campaign has killed hundreds of civilians. Britain already has hundreds of remotely-piloted drone aircraft ranging from tiny surveillance helicopters to large Reaper drones armed with deadly hellfire missiles.
The rise of the new technologies has provoked fears of future battlefields one day stalked by unaccountable robotic killing machines, and in 2012, Human Rights Watch called for a pre-emptive ban on killer robots “before it’s too late”.
Former US commander General Stanley McChrystal, who oversaw Nato forces in Afghanistan, warned yesterday that America’s drones programme created “a tremendous amount of resentment” in the areas it targeted.
Asked by the BBC’s Today programme what the future was for drone warfare, he said: “There’s a danger that something that feels easy to do and without risk to yourself, almost antiseptic to the person shooting, doesn’t feel that way at the point of impact. And so if it lowers the threshold for taking operations because it feels easy, there’s danger in that.” source – Telegraph UK
In Mr. Obama’s highly-distorted view of the county over which he is the president of some of the people, his job performance could never be the reason why people dislike him. Never mind that he is currently presiding over the NSA Spying Scandal, the IRS 5013C Against Conservatives scandal, the Fast and Furious Gunrunning Scandal, and the Benghazi Cover-up scandal, all of which were created either directly or indirectly by him and his administration. His massively unpopular attempt at American Marxism, aka Obamacare, is so unpopular that Nancy Pelosi screamed at the top of her lungs that “it’s not called Obamacare, it’s the Affordable Health Care Act!!”.
Yet, in the midst of all this political stupidity, gross incompetence and New World Orderism, Mr. Obama can only see the color of his skin as the reason why less and less people like him.
Bloomberg: President Barack Obama said that racial tensions may have softened his popularity among white voters within the last two years, according to a story posted on the New Yorker magazine’s website today.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in the article by David Remnick, appearing in the magazine’s Jan. 27 edition.
“Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president,” Obama said in his most direct comments on how race has affected his political standing since he’s been in office.
Obama’s second term has been marked by controversies including a partial government shutdown in October, revelations that the National Security Agency has gathered personal mobile phone data and the troubled rollout of health-insurance expansion.
Obama’s approval rating among all voters is 39 percent and his disapproval rating is 53 percent, according to a Gallup Poll conducted Jan. 14-16. In the 2012 presidential election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney won 59 percent of the white vote, compared with Obama’s 39 percent, according to exit polling by a consortium of major news outlets. Obama won 43 percent of the white vote in 2008 against 55 percent for opponent John McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona.
“Poll after poll makes it very clear that Obamacare and other job-killing policies are the reason” for the president’s decline in popularity, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said in a phone interview today.
Obama offered reflections on a variety of subjects in the New Yorker story, including his view about the dangers of playing professional football, which has been the subject of media scrutiny over players’ head injuries.
“I would not let my son play pro football,” the article quotes Obama, the father of two daughters, as saying. When asked by Remnick how those dangers squared with his enjoyment of the game as a spectator, Obama said professional players are aware of the inherent risk in playing a full-contact sport.
“They know what they’re buying into,” Obama said. “It is no longer a secret. It’s sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?”
Obama acknowledged that reports of U.S. surveillance programs, including allegations that the government tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, had created a “breach of trust,” Remnick reported.
Obama said he also assumes others are trying to spy on him, and for this reason he doesn’t have a phone, according to The New Yorker.
He said, “there are European governments that we know spy on us, and there is a little bit of Claude Rains in ‘Casablanca’ — shocked that gambling is going on,” the magazine quoted him as saying, referring to the actor who played the police captain in the 1942 movie. source – Bloomberg
Welcome to Obama’s America
“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Jeremiah 5:31
One of the greatest thing any elected president brings to the nation is influence. More than laws passed or mandates set, a president sets the mood, orchestrates the tone for the period in which they govern. When Ronald Reagan was president, it was a time of great patriotic fervor, and the God of the bible was mentioned often. Christians felt empowered to openly display their faith.
Since Mr. Obama was elected in 2008, something also has risen over this nation. It is a spirit of darkness that is seeping into every aspect of our daily lives. After 5 years of Obama rule, every Socialist, Communist and Marxist within the Continental US feels like they now have a voice. There has never been a greater demand or outcry for entitlement programs and “free stuff”. There is more One World Government dictates and totalitarian rule in the Obamacare bill than there is in George Orwell’s 1984.
The LGBT has come so far out of the closet, the closet doesn’t even exist anymore. And before long, acceptance will be demanded, and obtained, for pedophiles and every other manner of deviant behavior. The public school system is now encouraging transgendered children to “embrace their diversity”. We have become an alley cat nation, with no rules, no morals and no God.
Pot has become open and legal in both Colorado and Seattle, with dozens more states soon to follow. We have become a nation of Godless pleasure-seekers who can no longer discern between right and wrong. We are daring the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to judge us.
POT BACKERS CHEER FOR A DENVER-SEATTLE SUPER BOWL: WASHINGTON — If odds-makers are correct, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will win Sunday’s National Football League conference championship games, advancing to a truly historic Super Bowl on Feb. 2:
The Marijuana Bowl?
The teams represent the biggest cities in Colorado and Washington, the only states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana.
Shortly after those voters made their decisions in November 2012, travel guide Arthur Frommer said both cities should brace for “a torrent of new tourism.” Now the two cities might face off in one of the world’s biggest sporting extravaganzas, giving the media a fresh story hook for the next two weeks.
Pot backers are tickled.
“It’s something that those of us in the movement have had an eye on for a long time,” said Steve Fox, who works for a marijuana-industry law firm in Denver.
If the matchup does materialize, said Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, it will feature “the two most pro-cannabis-legalization cities in the U.S.” He jokingly suggested that the game be renamed “The Super Oobie Doobie Bowl.” read more at McClatchey
HOW OBAMACARE HELPS THE LGBT COMMUNITY: Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to advance equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
Since taking office, the President has demonstrated that his vision for a brighter future includes greater equality for LGBT Americans. The President and his Administration are dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country.
This site is a tool for you to learn about how President Obama and his team are working to win the future for LGBT Americans. read more at whitehouse.gov/lgbt
Last year, high-ranking NSA official Bill Binney said, “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.” Now, Binney says that the U.S. has already become a full-blown police state.
Binney told Washington’s Blog on Wednesday that:
“The main use of the collection from these [NSA spying] programs is for law enforcement. [See the 2 slides below].”
“These slides give the policy of the DOJ/FBI/DEA etc. on how to use the NSA data. In fact, they instruct that none of the NSA data is referred to in courts – cause it has been acquired without a warrant.”
“So, they have to do a ‘Parallel Construction’ and not tell the courts or prosecution or defense the original data used to arrest people. This I call: a ‘planned programed perjury policy’ directed by US law enforcement.”
“And, as the last line on one slide says, this also applies to ‘Foreign Counterparts.’” “This is a total corruption of the justice system not only in our country but around the world. The source of the info is at the bottom of each slide. This is a totalitarian process – means we are now in a police state.”
Binney, a 32-year veteran of the agency, was instrumental in the creation of the NSA’s surveillance program for digital information. He also served as the NSA’s senior technical director.
As a result, he’s been sought after by a multitude of media outlets, like CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, and PBS. Concerning the collection of data by federal agencies mentioned by Binney, Washington’s Blog added that:
“By way of background, the government is spying on virtually everything we do.”
“All of the information gained by the NSA through spying is then shared with federal, state and local agencies, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes. The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” the information gained through spying, i.e. to pretend that they got the information in a more legitimate way … and to hide that from defense attorneys and judges.” source – CNS News
There is no bigger, stronger or more vocal advocate for the furthering of Iranian nuclear ambitions than Barack Hussein Obama. When Iran finally finishes building the nuclear bombs they lust after for much, the signature of the president of the United States of America will be on each and every one of them.
WASHINGTON – Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday.
Abbas Araqchi disclosed the existence of the document in a Persian-language interview with the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.
The new agreement, announced over the weekend, sets out a timetable for how Iran and the six nations, led by the United States, will implement a deal reached in November that is aimed at restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
U.S. officials said Sunday that Iran would be allowed to continue existing research and development projects and with pencil-and-paper design work, but not to advance research with new projects. Araqchi, however, implied that the program would have wide latitude.
“No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded,” he said. “All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”
The research and development issue has been an important one for many U.S. lawmakers, who fear that Iran will try to forge ahead with its nuclear program while the negotiations are underway. At an administration briefing for senators Monday, members of both parties raised concerns about the centrifuge research issue, aides said.
“My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I’ve sent the message to Congress that now is not the time for us to impose new sanctions; now is the time for us to allow the diplomats and technical experts to do their work,” Obama said. “What we want to do is give diplomacy a chance and give peace a chance.” source – LA Times
Welcome to the New Normal
Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%? The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%. source – Zero Hedge
And the piece de resistance: Americans not in the labor force exploded higher by 535,000 to a new all time high 91.8 million.
The jobless, laborless recovery continues to steam on.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with intelligence and privacy experts Wednesday as they look to finalize the White House response to the uproar over the government’s vast surveillance programs.
First, they met with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a group which will release a report on the controversial bulk phone collection program and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and then with various leaders of the intelligence community in the afternoon.
“This was a useful opportunity for the president to hear the group’s views directly as we begin to finalize our internal review,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
But Obama is likely to release his changes before the group, which Congress created in 2004 to oversee the government’s expanded intelligence collection operations, releases its report in late January and early February.
“The board welcomes the chance to provide input into the administration’s decision-making process as the president evaluates whether and how to reform the Section 215 program and the operations of the FISC,” according to a statement from the board.
Obama met with his team, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and others after the meeting with the board.
“This was an important chance for the president to hear directly from his team as he begins to make final decisions about how we move forward with key intelligence collection programs,” Hayden said.
Obama suggested in December that he may make significant changes to the government’s surveillance programs, including the contentious mass collection of phone records.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that Obama will announce changes before his State of the Union address Jan. 28.
Since June, former contractor Edward Snowden has leaked documents showing the National Security Agency has been collecting telephone and email records on tens of millions of Americans and foreigners, eavesdropping on allies such as Germany and Brazil, and spying on a host of global institutions.
An advisory panel recommended nearly 50 changes to the NSA’s surveillance programs, which have guided intelligence gathering by the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The proposals include an end to the NSA’s storage of Americans’ telephone records, more stringent handling of Americans’ data that is collected incidentally through targeting foreigners, concrete standards for targeting communications of foreign leaders, and the creation of a public interest advocate to represent Americans’ interest in front of the secret court that authorizes the spying programs.
Obama could administer some of the recommendations through executive actions, but others would require approval from a divided Congress, where support for NSA changes does not fall strictly along party lines.
Obama will meet with a select group of lawmakers at the White House Thursday. source – McClatchy