By Ken Dilanian and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times -The CIA has stepped up secret contingency planning to protect the United States and its allies as the turmoil expands in Syria, including collecting intelligence on Islamic extremists for the first time for possible lethal drone strikes, according to current and former U.S. officials.
President Obama has not authorized drone missile strikes in Syria, however, and none are under consideration.The Counterterrorism Center, which runs the CIA’s covert drone killing program in Pakistan and Yemen, recently shifted several targeting officers to improve intelligence collection on militants in Syria who could pose a terrorist threat, the officials said.Read more LAT
Training for ‘all-out war’ with the West: North Korea uses live artillery in drills near border as Kim Jong Un continues threats
Posted by Endtime Headlines – North Korea has carried out a drill using live artillery near its disputed border with the South, according to official media.The exercise was personally supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, who has issued a series of inflammatory threats against South Korea and the U.S. in recent days.The drill is the latest sign of worryingly high tensions between the neighbours after North Korea cancelled the ceasefire signed at the end of the Korean War. The border where the exercise took place is seen as the most likely site of any clash between the North and the South. North Korea has threatened a nuclear war with the U.S. after being enraged by new UN sanctions and military drills being held bySouth Korean and American troops.
Bilderberger says Obama going to Israel to ask for “new beginning”
By James P. Tucker Jr. - President Obama, who takes dictation from Bilderberg, has done an about-face. After having been critical of Israel’s expansionist wars in the past, he is visiting Israel for the first time March 20 to grovel apologies.
“This trip is a signal that the president has an interest in . . . the broader concerns that Israel is facing,” said Dennis Ross, a Bilderberg luminary and senior Middle East adviser in Obama’s first term. “It will be the president traveling to Israel to ask for a new beginning.” (He will also be “asking” for a Middle East war.) Read More…
DNI says new N. Korean missile being fielded -North Korea is close to deploying a new road-mobile intercontinental missile that can threaten the United States, the director of national intelligence told Congress on Tuesday.DNI James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the new weapon was rolled out during a military parade in Pyongyang last April.“We believe North Korea has already taken initial steps towards fielding this system, although it remains untested,” Clapper said.The new missile comes amid recent threats by North Korea to launch nuclear missile strikes against the United States.More at WFB
Cyberattacks are an increasing threat at home, while extremists continue to make inroads in Middle Eastern and African countries that are in transition after the Arab Spring, according to the U.S. intelligence community’s worldwide threat assessment.
The annual document was released Tuesday.
“Threats are more diverse, interconnected and viral than at any time in history,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in testimony prepared for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
For the first time, the emphasis of the report was on cyber threats, in the form of cyberattacks or cyberespionage.
“Attacks, which might involve cyber and financial weapons, can be deniable and unattributable,” Clapper writes in the document. “Destruction can be invisible, latent and progressive.”
North Korea’s repeated willingness to ignore the demands of the international community to desist from testing nuclear weapons testing can only send the worst signals to Iran, which is that the U.N. will have meetings and denounce actions, but will not prevent further tests.
Two of the world’s most brutal regimes, Iran and North Korea, each hell-bent on intimidating any country which dares to challenge it, signed an agreement in September to cooperate on science technology and education. In other words, North Korea is officially helping Iran move forward on its path to nuclear weaponization.
The deal was signed by the two countries when a North Korean delegation traveled to Tehran for the Non-Aligned Movement Summit which took place on August 31 and September 1, 2012.
That agreement was described by North Korea’s state-run news agency in non-threatening terms, simply as one involving “cooperation in science, technology and education,” but former State Department official David Asher, who testified at a congressional hearing on North Korea before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last week, described it as very much like the agreement entered into by North Korea and Syria in 2002. Asher warned that the 2002 agreement was the “keystone for the commencement of covert nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Syria, which ultimately resulted in the construction of a nuclear reactor complex.” Read more Jewishpress
The sequester won’t stop the US Air Force from acquiring new extended-range drones for overseas operations, a recent report says. Experts speculate why the US is so keen on advancing the drone program, allegedly pushing it to the 2014 budget.
According to a report issued by Defense News, an extended-range (ER) version of the unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 Reaper is due to be purchased by the US Air Force. The new drone’s design would allow it to operate for 42 hours, or 35 hours if loaded with a missile, significantly extending UAV’s flying range.
Although there has been no official comment on related budget submissions, a senior Defense Department source told the media that a request for funding the program will be considered by Congress as early as this March. Read More worldtruth.tv
- Police surveillance drones pose a threat to domestic privacy (mysecuritysign.com)
- Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Always Afraid to Ask (motherjones.com)
WASHINGTON – The Stuxnet virus played havoc with Iran’s nuclear development program, and now sources say a similar strategy is being considered to stem North Korea’s nuclear plans, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin
The idea is to make North Korea’s computer network dysfunctional and to delay a concerted North Korean effort to miniaturize its nuclear weapons to fit on its missiles.
A Defense Department spokesman had no comment on the use of a computer virus such as Stuxnet to target North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program.
“Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to a preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” said the statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.