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Ukrainians Are NATO Mercenaries

by Oui Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:41:45 AM EST

A short answer to respond to an RFQ in another thread would not suffice. The comment grew larger into a diary. Work in progress, so I may expand the article in coming hours.

Mercenaries are from all ages throughout history of human kind. In the time of the Roman Empire, etc. sometimes they are called what they are slaves.

In the past 100 years, the European colonial empires hired mercenaries to continue the rear fight as in Belgian Congo and the wealth of minerals in the province of Katanga

Why did the CIA/West Kill Patrice Lumumba?

Baerbock fighting Russia

I believe Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock meant to say we are fighting alongside fossil fuel empire the US and have postponed the emission limits for a further 5 years. ClimateChange is for the future generation. Boomerang energy costs on industry.

Ukrainians are fighting for our freedom - freedom fighters :-(

The Saudi Islam extremists the King preferred to fight outside, not inside the Kingdom, were trained in the AfPak districts by CIA with approval of president Carter and war criminal Brzezinski of Polish descent. The training camps where the CIA supplied weapons and lethal anti-aircraft Stinger missiles is no secret. The US and the West fought a proxy war against Communist Soviet Republic. Indeed the birth of the scourge of terror by jihadists are at the foundation of American foreign policy. For Brzezinski and Madeleine Albright the "successes" of bloodshed tasted to more success elsewhere.

World In Turmoil: Role of Brzezinski and Albright, Our Democrats | Aug 2, 2014 |

The 40,000 trained jihadists included the leaders of Osama Bin Laden and the Base, or Al Qaeda. As soon as the Taliban took over, the fighters traveled the globe and fought in the Caucasus, Chechnya, SE Asia Indonesia, Malaysia and Mindanao, Southern Philippines. Re: Abu Sayyaf Group. The colour revolutions of 2011 in the MENA countries, the same CIA trained jihadists fought in Sudan, Tunisia, Mali, Libya, Sinai, Syria and even today Chechens fighting pro- and contra-Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine.

Obama Russian Reset: Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike Capability | June 5, 2015 |

Does Capitalism Require Warfare? | by rdf on Jan 29th, 2007 |

Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

Mercenaries and War: Understanding Private Armies Today | Defense News - Dec. 4, 2019 |

A team of about 30 special operations forces was pinned down at a Conoco gas plant. Roughly 20 miles away, a team of Green Berets and a platoon of Marines stared at their computer screens, watching the drone feeds of the battle. Their collective mission was to defend the Conoco facility, alongside Kurdish and Arab forces. No one expected an enemy armored assault.

Attacking them were 500 mercenaries, hired by Russia, who possessed artillery, armored personnel carriers, and T-72 main battle tanks. These were not the cartoonish rabble depicted by Hollywood and Western pundits. This was the Wagner Group, a private military company based in Russia, and like many high-end mercenaries today, they were covert and lethal.

The American commandos radioed for help. Warplanes arrived in waves, including Reaper drones, F-22 stealth fighter jets, F-15E Strike Fighters, B-52 bombers, AC-130 gunships, and AH-64 Apache helicopters. Scores of strikes pummeled the mercenaries, but they did not waver.

Four hours later, the mercenaries finally retreated. Four hours. No Americans were killed, and the Department of Defense (DOD) touted this as a big win. But it wasn't. It took America's most elite troops and advanced aircraft 4 hours to repel 500 mercenaries. What happens when they have to face 1,000? 5,000? More?

Mercenaries are more powerful than experts realize, a grave oversight. Those who assume they are cheap imitations of national armed forces invite disaster because for-profit warriors are a wholly different genus and species of fighter. Private military companies such as the Wagner Group are more like heavily armed multinational corporations than the Marine Corps. Their employees are recruited from different countries, and profitability is everything. Patriotism is unimportant, and sometimes a liability. Unsurprisingly, mercenaries do not fight conventionally, and traditional war strategies used against them may backfire.

Provisional. I still need to do fact-check and find corroborative sources for next article ...

Analysis: Blackwater Mercenaries: NATO's secret weapon in Ukraine war

by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 02:47:19 PM EST
This is what is depressing about Eurotrib these days :
- A diary of which the title is pure misdirection.
Nonsensical in itself, lacking in any cogency,
Lumbumba, Allbright, Iraq, zero content about Ukraine, and culminating with a link to a piece of fluff written a year ago which insinuates that foreign volunteers flocking to join the Ukrainian military are Blackwater mercenaries.

Well, a year later... I think we know know whether this is true or not.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 04:48:12 PM EST
Introduction: proxy wars and proxy forces | Security and Defense Quarterly - Q4 2020 |

The use of proxy actors in warfare is not a new phenomenon. They have been an instrument of foreign policy and a feature of inter-state competition through the ages. Powerful states have frequently backed rebel groups operating on an opponent's territory or used militias and mercenaries to support a client state in an internal conflict, while seeking to avoid direct involvement. Proxy warfare was prevalent during the Cold War as the United States (US) and the Soviet Union sought to pursue their rivalry without risking a military confrontation that could lead to nuclear war. The Soviet Union supported anti-colonial and revolutionary movements opposed to the West, while the US backed anti-communist leaders and counter-revolutionaries. The use of proxy forces has again increased in the twenty-first century as states with a stake in an internal conflict seek to use military force indirectly in order to minimise the political and financial costs and risks of involvement. The tendency to outsource warfare to non-state agencies seems set to continue, as contemporary conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine illustrate.

The 2018 US National Defence Strategy emphasised great power competition as the primary national security concern (Department of Defense, 2018). The main objective of the US armed forces is now to prepare for hi-intensity warfare against near-peer competitors rather than engage in the irregular wars that have been their priority for the last two decades. However, irregular or hybrid wars will continue, involving nation states as well as non-state actors. A traditional war between the great powers would pose huge military, political and financial risks for the states involved and cause unimaginable destruction even without the use of nuclear weapons. Therefore, as great power armed conflict remains less likely than intense great power competition, the US and other major powers will not be able to ignore civil conflicts, insurgencies, and proxy wars. These confrontations will provide opportunities and challenges for rival powers just as they did during the Cold War. Rather than the direct use of military force, competing states will likely operate in the so-called grey zone between peace and war, employing information and cyber warfare, covert special forces' operations, and, of course, proxy forces to achieve their objectives while seeking to stay below the threshold of activities that might trigger a conventional military response.

In the last decade there has been a growing reluctance by major powers to put "boots on the ground". Large scale ground force operations have been replaced by what Paul Rogers calls "war by remote control", involving the use of stand-off weapons, special forces, local militias and Private Military Companies (PMCs) (Rogers, 2016, p. 160). In this respect, the current civil war in Libya has been described as a possible "testing ground for how wars will be fought in the future" (Vest and Clarke, 2020). Libya certainly illustrates the complexity of contemporary proxy wars and demonstrates how the Cold War era, unilateral sponsorship of chosen proxies has largely been replaced by what has been termed "coalition proxy warfare" (Mumford, 2013a, p. 45). A number of states currently provide military support to the combatants in Libya, while typically denying their involvement in the fighting. Russia is the main military backer of the rebel Libyan National Army (LNA) while Turkey has emerged as the military provider for the Government of National Accord's (GNA) forces. GNA and LNA ground operations have been assisted by foreign sponsor military drone and air strikes, advanced air defence systems and, especially in the case of the LNA, social media campaigns directed by its state backers Russia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. Another feature of the war is the deployment of thousands of Syrian and Sudanese mercenaries, reflecting a growing trend to exploit stateless or displaced populations to supply soldiers for proxy wars (Vest and Clarke, 2020; England, 2020).

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 07:38:39 PM EST
Why engage in proxy war? A state's perspective | Brookings - May 2018 |

    Editor's Note: States use proxies for many reasons, writes Dan Byman. For the United States, the issue is often cost: Locals fight, and die, so Americans do not have to. For many states, however, factors other than cost and fighting power come into plan. This piece originally appeared on Lawfare.

A proxy war occurs when a major power instigates or plays a major role in supporting and directing a party to a conflict but does only a small portion of the actual fighting itself.

Russia uses proxies in Ukraine, and the United States often does so in its operations in the Middle East and Africa, supporting the Kurdish "People's Protection Unit" against the Islamic State in Syria and working with armed groups in Libya to fight terrorists there. Indeed, much of the U.S. struggle against terrorism in parts of Africa and the Middle East involves working with local forces or governments to get them to more aggressively go after groups linked to al-Qaida or the Islamic State. By design, it is the proxy, not the United States, that is doing much of the lifting, with the United States providing intelligence, using special-operations forces, and deploying drones to maintain a light footprint.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 07:39:40 PM EST
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yahoo! NY Yella Cake | Hard Drinking and Murky Finances: How an American Veterans Group Imploded in Ukraine, 2 Feb
The Mozart Group, one of the most prominent, ["]private American military organizations["] in Ukraine, has collapsed under a cloud of accusations ranging from financial improprieties to alcohol-addled misjudgments.
archived From MARSOC to the Mozart Group | Andrew Milburn | Ep. 174, 8 Nov 2022 live stream A/V, recorded run time 02:14:07
... DAVID @01:29:35: When you left the Marine Corps. So you left the Marine Corps, and now, you know, you're doing this amazing thing in Ukraine. What were the intermitant years like for you?
MILBURN: Generally, they sucked actually except for The Team House podcast...
DAVID: ...when we were getting drunk in Washington D.C. That was fun.
MILBURN: It was. It's not that it's not, Dave. It was the fact that—and don't get me wrong—I left the military very, very happy to leave. I'd love my time to recall. I did not embrace my rank. I didn't want to take my rank with me....just like for a lot of us, the intervening years between getting out in Ukraine were not easy. I was a contractor. And it's not that I don't like being the bottom of pyramid. Agin, I kind of relish that, but the problem, too, is that you start getting frustrated about all things you saw in the military that sucked, and now you totally cannot f*ing change them, because you're a contractior.[...] It was good money, but it was not, there was no real sense of purpose. I just felt I was sucked into the bureaucracy again. Then, you know, now with Ukraine? I feel 100 percent differently. I feel again a sense of purpose more so perhaps, definitely, than when I was in the military.
Its struggles provide a revealing window into the world of ["]foreign volunteer groups["] that have flocked to Ukraine with noble intentions only to be tripped up by the stresses of managing a complicated enterprise in a war zone.
viewer clip | From MARSOC to the Mozart Group: Andrew Milburn | Ep. 174, 27 Nov 2022 upload, 00:02:18
MILBURN: I want people to understand this isn't about Ukraine for me. It's cool. We can get all emotional about Ukraine and this and that but Ukraine has a lot of f*ing answers to Ukrainian in a government bureaucracy, military. It's a corrupt f*ed up society. So I'm not, I'm no big fan of Ukraine for [that]. So I care deeply about its people. I care deeply about the Ukrainian soldiers, because they're human beings.
Hundreds if not thousands of ["]foreign veterans and volunteers["] have passed through Ukraine. Many of them, like Milburn and his group, are hard-living men who have spent their adult lives steeped in violence, solo flyers trying to work together in a very dangerous environment without a lot of structure or rules.
Going underground | Marine Corps Colonel CEO of the Mozart Group Andrew Milburn, hosted by Afshin Rattansi, 27 Jan 2023, A/V, run time 00:30:34
(all about Manipulation: "Subtle Art of Taking Things Out of Context" [Ep. 174 viewer clip] and humanitarian aid)
The Mozart Group thrived at first, ["]training["] Ukrainian troops, rescuing civilians from the front lines, and raising more than $1 million [!] in donations to finance it all. But then the money began to run out.
< wipes tears >
archived Mozart FKA MARSOC and the WWI "Preparedness Movement"
by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:40:17 PM EST
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Hey ... and I have never been employed by any think tank left, right or center. It ain't so difficult using political whit, analysis of facts and living through the last sixty years in both Europe - America - and Europe again. Principles of US foreign policy never changed whether a temporary Republican administration leaning towards covert action special forces or Democrats going to bloody conflict in an overt manner.

NATO vs Russia Proxy War In Ukraine Could Become a Real War | CATO Institute - Oct. 12, 2022 |

Blueprint for Disaster; Confusing a Proxy War and a Direct War with Russia in Ukraine: The United States has been waging a proxy war against Russia since Vladimir Putin's government launched its "special military operation" in Ukraine in late February. Washington has spent billions of dollars to flood Ukraine with increasingly potent weaponry. At the same time, the Biden administration has emphasized repeatedly that the United States will not become a direct participant in the fighting.

Nevertheless, the line between proxy war and direct war in Ukraine is becoming dangerously thin.

In addition to the deluge of weaponry that the United States and some of its NATO partners are pouring into Ukraine, Washington is providing Kyiv with extensive military intelligence on the deployment of Russian forces. Such intelligence appears to have helped Ukrainian forces score some impressive victories, including the downing of a Russian troop transport plane, the assassination of several Russian generals, and the sinking of the Moskva, the flagship of the Kremlin's Black Sea fleet. There are even credible reports that U.S. special operations forces are now operating inside Ukraine. Russian complaints about U.S./NATO actions are getting louder and angrier. Washington is running a growing risk that its current proxy war, dangerous as that gambit is, may culminate in something far worse: a direct war between Russia and NATO.

The model for the Biden administration's current approach appears to be the strategy that Washington pursued against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989. Both the Carter and Reagan administration provided financial and military aid to Afghan mujahidin fighters who were resisting the Soviet occupation of their country. Washington's goal was to bleed Soviet forces without becoming a belligerent in the war, relying instead on its Afghan proxies to inflict serious damage.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:07:38 PM EST
Countering the United States in Vietnam: Proxy War China and Russia with the U.S.

The United States decided to draw the line of containment at South Vietnam, while China gave large-scale assistance to Hanoi's effort to topple the Saigon government. From 1960 through 1964, Washington and Beijing step-by-step increased support for Saigon and Hanoi respectively. By 1964, the Saigon government was on the brink of collapse and Washington was considering full-scale military intervention. China tried to deter intervention by threatening another Korea, but deterrence failed. China responded to US attacks on North Vietnam with large-scale support for Hanoi. The most important support was a credible threat to intervene directly should the United States go too far. Fear of another Korea was a major factor underlying the limited way the United States waged its war against Hanoi. Beijing's rapprochement with Washington greatly eased American concerns about another Korea, outraging Hanoi. Chinese leaders began to reconsider whether Vietnam's swift unification was in China's interest.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:08:43 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 4th, 2023 at 05:11:00 PM EST
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Neo-conservatism and libertarian economy has peaked and In Europe there will be a call for a social-democratic leadership to close the gap between the 1% profiting from the middle class and majority of the working class, the labour force. Bringing some leftist views back to EuroTrib from its founding years.

Just these past days, neo-liberal Mark Rutte of the VVD party is getting a lot of criticism inside his cabinet of ministers and he became irate and blew his top. Yeah ... leading from one crisis into the next without resolving the many challenges, at last puts Mark on edge. The election of the Christian Democrats was a shot across the bow of Rutte IV and came as quite a surprise to me. The CDA calls an end to the neo-liberal economic laws that is sourced in Reagonomics of the eighties, a joint mission with darling Margaret Thatcher. Liz Truss tried to fake the policy through, but lasted only days. It's time for an economic rethink and a stop to the endless growth model with super bonuses and sky hight profits of fossil fuel companies costing the planet.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:09:38 PM EST
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Consequences of War Made Invisible

The role of government and media in concealing the consequences of war.

With formidable clarity, Solomon, the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and author of War Made Easy, documents how the so-called war on terror has spawned an endless and secretive program of foreign interventions. The author is particularly eloquent in explaining how the media's exclusive focus on past and potential "American suffering" in framing such activities has meant that "there [isn't] much room to see or care about the suffering of others, even if--or especially if--it was caused by the United States."

Solomon points out that this pattern of selective moral attention accompanies a widespread ignorance of the actual policies being carried out by the American military and its numerous contractors. Particularly persuasive are the author's illustrations of how media outlets have been co-opted into producing what is essentially war propaganda and how journalists who seek to question the honesty of government officials are routinely silenced. Solomon makes a striking comparison between the American media's strong interest in the losses endured by Ukrainian civilians after the recent Russian invasion and its indifference to the fate of Iraqi civilians after America's invasion in 2003.

As such, it should be no wonder how fantasies of an incorruptible national innocence--or what the author memorably dubs "the standard Manichean autopilot of American thought"--have been perpetuated. Solomon may have offered a somewhat deeper analysis of why American journalism fails to live up to its ideals in reporting on war and the reasons why political leaders might feel compelled to traffic in deception when addressing the public. Nonetheless, the author presents an incisive and provocative overview of the consequences of the media's appalling failures in making important truths known.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:10:47 PM EST
... Rough Riders, Lincoln Brigade, Foreign Legions and Al-Quada-in-the-* to "moderate rebels" and IS/ISIS/ISIL/DAESH
by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:50:21 PM EST
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NYT On Ukraine - Real Reporting, Propaganda For Balance, Ominous Warning | MofA |

Last months Ukraine was winning the war - at least in 'western' media. But this week the NYT's man on the ground reports the opposite:

Outnumbered and Worn Out, Ukrainians in East Brace for Russian Assault

Exhausted Ukrainian troops complain they are already outnumbered and outgunned, even before Russia has committed the bulk of its roughly 200,000 newly mobilized soldiers. And doctors at hospitals speak of mounting losses as they struggle to care for fighters with gruesome injuries.

At one frontline hospital in the Donbas, the morgue was packed with the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers in white plastic bags. In another hospital, stretchers with wounded troops covered in gold foil thermal blankets crowded the corridors, and a steady stream of ambulances arrived from the front nearly all day long.

Cakewalk | The New Yorker - April 2003 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 05:10:12 AM EST
From my favorite Dutch NATO Propagandist ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 05:11:01 AM EST
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Getting rid of old stock from elsewhere ... #armydump

Training models for maintenance crews?

Germany will start delivery Leopard 2 tanks by the end of February.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 05:13:16 AM EST
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Dutch joins Germany and Denmark to scour the open market and buy 100 Leopard 2 tanks to be delivered free of charge to border Poland and Ukraine. A new paint job, ammo, reserve parts and training will be included in the package.

The Netherlands is buying 'at least' a hundred Leopard 1A5 battle tanks for Ukraine | AD Rotterdam |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 02:19:34 PM EST
Seymour Hersh: "How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline" | MofA |

Seymour Hersh:

The U.S. Navy's Diving and Salvage Center has been training highly skilled deep-water divers for decades who, once assigned to American military units worldwide, are capable of technical diving to do the good--using C4 explosives to clear harbors and beaches of debris and unexploded ordinance--as well as the bad, like blowing up foreign oil rigs, fouling intake valves for undersea power plants, destroying locks on crucial shipping canals. The Panama City center, which boasts the second largest indoor pool in America, was the perfect place to recruit the best, and most taciturn, graduates of the diving school who successfully did last summer what they had been authorized to do 260 feet under the surface of the Baltic Sea.

Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22,planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning.

But it has since become more and more obvious that the U.S. was responsible for the enormous economic damage to Germany that its action has caused.

The gloating by Sec State Antony Blinken and his deputy Victoria Nuland is just too too obvious. It is a"tremendous strategic opportunity for the years to come" said Blinken and Nuland, in a Congress hearing, was "very gratified to know that Nord Stream 2 is now, as you like to say, a hunk of metal."

Most Germans, if not their pliant government, have drawn their conclusions from that.

Nord Stream Whodunnit UPDATE | Oct. 31, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 06:35:26 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 06:36:11 PM EST
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Declaration of Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU on leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 09:11:24 PM EST
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White House says blog about Nord Stream blast is 'utterly false' | The National |

US investigative journalist claims President Biden ordered attack on Russian gas pipeline

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 09:12:56 PM EST
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Headline Dutch rightwing news source De Telegraaf

Verhaal omstreden journalist slaat in als een bom

Amerikaanse journalist: "VS zat achter sabotage pijpleiding Nord Stream"

Who blew up oil pipeline Nord Stream 1 and 2? It was America, says the well-known American journalist Seymour Hersh based on one anonymous source.

Nord Stream Conspiracy Theories: Did America Blow Up Oil Pipeline?

Frontpage paper version highlights ...

Story controversial journalist hits home

American journalist: "US was behind sabotage pipeline Nord Stream"


History of controversial newspaper De Telegraaf -- Amsterdam.

De Telegraaf was banned after World War II for collaboration with the Nazis, but the ban was lifted in 1949. Owing to its polemic right-wing editorial policy the paper is often accused of campaign journalism. It is mainly read by low earners and the middle class.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 9th, 2023 at 08:43:58 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 15th, 2023 at 01:07:17 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 09:14:13 PM EST
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Nothing unusual as this is done more often during naval exercises and I believe the preparation mounting explosives was done weeks/months  earlier.

US Navy zeigt Flagge in der östlichen Ostsee | NDR - Aug. 3, 2022 |

The USS Kearsarge, a gigantic combat ship for amphibious operations, rushes past them at 17 knots, followed by the dock landing ship USS Arlington. The "Gunston Hall" had already passed here on Sunday.

A total of 4,000 US soldiers, helicopter pilots, marines, doctors and strategists are on their way east. At around 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the formation had already passed the Danish island of Bornholm, when the Americans switched off their automatic ship identification systems (AIS) and could no longer be located without further ado.

First underwater images of the damage to Nord Stream 1 | NDR - Oct. 18, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 9th, 2023 at 07:31:27 AM EST
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Likely take a leadership role in subsidy grants for energy transition ... thanking #Joe #Zelensky

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 09:16:58 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 8th, 2023 at 09:18:13 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 21st, 2023 at 06:28:00 PM EST
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By Sweden and Denmark.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 9th, 2023 at 10:37:03 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 12:28:02 PM EST
The story first appeared in The Times.co.uk (28 Sep, since purged) "Nord Stream Sabotage, How the explosions could have happened". Infographics published in that story appear a month later, planted in a Polish channel TVP World's interview with Lt. Chuck Pfarrer (ret'd) SEAL Team Six Cmmdr and "underwater demolition expert" (27.10.2022).

NAVY Seal expert on Russian Baltic sabotage, running time 00:42:49. (I found this interview only because of my earnest search for naval capabilities, nomenclature, and NS1, NS2 pipeline fitting after my "Whodunnit" post had closed.)

Chuck does not mention the U.S. Navy's Diving and Salvage Center. He presents an array of solutions to a journeyman's problem—from kilo-class submarines (excludes US fleet), armed ROVs, and wire-guided torpedoes to combat diver delivery of explosives and accoustic trigger drop (@ 14:46)—with the understanding that "It's undeniable that this was a Russian operation." I was skeptical then as now, since no sonar map of the crime scene, which would be a trivial task for DK-SE task force presumably still analyzing "traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects" recovered from it, has turned up in headlines.

I don't think it coincidental that Hersh's one-off substack "report" surfaced on the day the US armada was on parade to expose Chinese aerial "cyber" crime and allay lingering doubts about US authority. I think, NSA recruited Sy to indict the world's prime suspect; to add "color" rather than detail to Deep State Intrigue and a Deep Throat Informant (who unexpectedly unmasks The Impartial Observer, Norway), thus closing the book on recognizable, but untouchable, villains and marine capabilities. After all, who controls the narrative?

No one was more surprised than I though, when Lt. Chuck wandered onto the path less traveled.

PFARRER [@ 21:29]:  And one more thing I'd add quickly. Sites of these four breaks are going to be surveilled, thery're going to be looked at by repair divers. There's a characteristic of metal that has been blown up by high explosives, military-grade high explosives. It's among many other factors. There is one called spattering, and they'll be, the piece of metal will have, little craters in it. Some of them that you can see with your naked eye, many more microscopic, and that is because metal has has been turned molten by the heat and preasure of the high explosives. You can't hide that. There's no way to conceal that. I suspect on the cover of Time magazine in a week or so, we're going to looking at pieces of that metal. We'll also be able to tell if the pipeline was blown in or blown out. Russia has ..
TPV: What is the meaning of the distinction you just mentioned? It could you emphasize on that?
PFARRER: Well, there has been, it is not impossible. I think, it's a little a little less than 50 50. There are devices that are routinely put into pipelines. They're called pigs. They are basically movable plugs. So it is not impossible that at the Russian end* of the pipeline a pig, a movable plug was placed into the pipleline. Now, these are normally used to separate shipments of product [?], but one was used in a James Bond movie a million years ago to transfer people. That was not as science fictiony as people might have thought. But if a pig were put into the pipeline, modified with explosives and a timer [read: PCL], it, too, could have had the effect of cutting and blowing up the pipeline.
* RU upstream or DE downstream or midstream
by Cat on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 05:55:30 AM EST
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Sonar image of a crime scene (Photo: Kosta Kallergis, BBC)
Not specified which line NS1 or NS2. Acording to Nord Stream AG, these were laid ~ 1km apart. One this is certain, neither the acute nor "90 degrees" angled pieces damaged either Nor did the magical "vertical sector." It seems to me that the Task Force had to work with some pretty heavy equipment to re-arrange the blast site.
archived Tue Nov 1st, 2022
by Cat on Sun Feb 12th, 2023 at 03:14:46 PM EST
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Promoted by Sputnik this morning. The interview synopsis is sympathetic. I sampled a few Radio War Nerd podcast before Gary and his side-kick went Patreon and can't say that I've ever had reason to recommended this flavor of ... commentary. Now, despite the gossip circulating the innerboobs about MSM shutting out Hersh, I can't help but to question—before even listening—the merits of this venue for burnishing legendary creditials, protecting source(s), or propounding "the obvious".

running time 00:54:36, AUDIO (EN)

by Cat on Tue Feb 14th, 2023 at 06:21:14 PM EST
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Great background information ... great interview ... meshes fully with my writing and analysis of this damn war by choice ... Joe a war criminal.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 14th, 2023 at 08:27:44 PM EST
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has spawned something like moral dysphoria among credulous "media consumers"—Hersh included—who are not offended by a "covert" mission to destroy "critical infrastructure", but by executive branch appointees' supposed failure to secure the advice and consent of the legislative branch, in whole or in super-secret intelligence Gang parts, to execute a covert mission destroy critical infrastructure. A ludicrous supposition iconsidering the litany of undeclared US wars prosecuted since orchestrating a "conflict" in Korea  and after the f* renewable AUMF.

The most pitiful statement memorialized by Hersh in defense of US American foreign "policy" is this: "[HELMS] was essentially telling the Senators that he, as head of the CIA, understood that he had been working for the Crown [?!], and not the Constitution."

understand this:

  1. The US Congress flouts domestic laws 24/7; USC is a palimpsest none of them can decode.
  2. US, UK do. not. do. international law.
  3. US authority will never, ever incriminate itself. Neither will its constituents.
by Cat on Tue Feb 14th, 2023 at 09:59:17 PM EST
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First, many thanks for your interest in what the pipeline story was all about: a very dangerous Presidential decision. You are careful readers.

I'm an old hand at dropping bombshell stories that are based on the disclosures of sources I do not, and cannot, name. There is a pattern to the response by the mainstream media. It dates back to my breakthrough story: the My Lai massacre revelation. That story was published in five installments, over five weeks in 1969, by the underground media group Dispatch News. I had tried to get the two most important magazines in America, Life and Look, to publish the story, with no success. Editors at both publications had earlier invited me to do some freelance writing for them, but they wanted nothing to do with a story about a massacre committed by American soldiers.

It was a frightening time for me, in terms of my faith in the profession I had chosen. I was allowed to read and copy by hand much of the Army's original charge sheet accusing a sad sack 2nd Lieutenant named William L. Calley Jr. of the premeditated murder of 109 "Oriental" human beings. I also had tracked Calley, the Army's only suspect, and interviewed him at a base in Georgia--he was tucked away--and gotten his assertion that he was merely doing what he was ordered to do. Given all this, I was more than a little rattled--make that terrified--by the failure of senior editors at prominent magazines to jump at a story that would get international attention, especially when those editors professed to deplore the war and want it to end...

signed Seymour M. Hersh

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 15th, 2023 at 11:16:44 PM EST
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Berliner Zeitung | Seymour Hersh im Interview: Joe Biden sprengte Nord Stream, weil er Deutschland nicht traute, 14 Feb
Herr Hersh, bitte legen Sie Ihre Erkenntnisse im Detail dar. Was ist Ihrer Quelle zufolge genau passiert, wer war am Nord-Stream-Attentat beteiligt und was waren die Motive?

Es war eine Geschichte, die danach schrie, erzählt zu werden. Ende September 2022 sollten in der Nähe der Insel Bornholm in der Ostsee acht [!] Bomben gezündet werden, sechs [!] davon gingen hoch, in einem Gebiet, in dem es ziemlich flach [?] ist.* Sie zerstörten drei [?!] der vier großen Pipelines von Nord Stream 1 und 2. Die Nord-Stream-1-Pipeline hat Deutschland und andere Teile Europas seit vielen Jahren mit sehr billigem Erdgas versorgt. Und dann wurde sie gesprengt, ebenso wie Nord Stream 2, und die Frage war, wer das getan hat und warum. Am 7. Februar 2022, gut zwei Wochen vor dem Einmarsch Russlands in die Ukraine, sagte der US-Präsident Joe Biden auf einer Pressekonferenz im Weißen Haus, die er mit dem deutschen Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz abhielt, dass die USA Nord Stream stoppen würden.

* two (2) NS1 total loss, one (1) NS2 damaged, according to Nord Stream AG, and refused repair permit by EU. What a pity that Hersh's editor cut this detail from Ver. 1. Failure would go a long way to justifying 60 days of US Navy, AF, and Marines loitering around the Baltic Sea vicinity.
Sie sagen, dass die Entscheidung, die Pipeline auszuschalten, sogar noch früher von Präsident Biden getroffen wurde. Sie schreiben in Ihrem Bericht, dass im Dezember 2021 der Nationale Sicherheitsberater Jake Sullivan < wipes tears > ein Treffen der neu gebildeten Taskforce der Joint Chiefs of Staff, der CIA, des Außen- und des Finanzministeriums einberief. Sie schreiben: ,,Sullivan wollte, dass die Gruppe einen Plan für die Zerstörung der beiden Nord-Stream-Pipelines ausarbeitet."
White House taking second look at UFO response after spate of shoot-downs (14.02.23)
...The White House on Monday announced the creation of an "interagency team" to include officials from the Pentagon, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security[,] and other parts of the executive branch....The group, headed by national security adviser Jake Sullivan [!], would "help us revisit and look at the protocols and the policy implications for these kinds of objects going forward," National Security Council [NSC] spokesman John Kirby [!] told  reporters Tuesday....
Diese Gruppe wurde ursprünglich einberufen, um das Problem zu studieren. Sie trafen sich in einem sehr geheimen Büro. Direkt neben dem Weißen Haus gibt es ein Bürogebäude, das Executive Office Building, es ist unterirdisch durch einen Tunnel mit dem Weißen Haus verbunden. Und ganz oben befindet sich ein Büro für eine geheime externe Gruppe von Beratern, die sich President's Intelligence Advisory Board nennt. Ich habe das erwähnt, um den Leuten im Weißen Haus zu signalisieren, dass ich Informationen habe. Das Treffen wurde also einberufen, um zu untersuchen, was wir tun würden, wenn Russland in den Krieg zieht.

Das war drei Monate vor dem Krieg, vor Weihnachten 2021. Es handelte sich um eine hochrangige Gruppe, die wahrscheinlich einen anderen Namen hatte, ich nannte sie einfach ,,Interagency Group", ich kenne den offiziellen Namen nicht, falls es einen gab. Es handelte sich um die CIA und die National Security Agency, die die Kommunikation überwacht und abhört, das Außenministerium und das Finanzministerium, das Geld zur Verfügung stellt.

I think, I know who his Source® is, hiding in plain sight, and I invite the world to persuade me that any one of these rubber-stamping knuckleheads broke ranks.
by Cat on Tue Feb 14th, 2023 at 09:07:16 PM EST
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This interview is more precise about the whole operation ...excellent stuff.

I do not see that the Germans or the industrials are pissed off at Scholz-Baerbock-Hubeck though. Is there more (economic) suffering to come? People like Mark Rutte are overtly compliant to the wishes of the White House and US Intelligence Agencies ... SHAME.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 14th, 2023 at 10:35:59 PM EST
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democracynow | Reporter Seymour Hersh on "How America Took Out the Nord Stream Pipeline": Exclusive TV Interview, 15 Feb, A/V, transcript
And so they began their planning. They went to Norway, which is a great ally of ours. Norway was one of the original signers of the 1949 NATO treaty. I think 19 nations were involved then. [?] And Norway is a great ally. We have spent -- I write about this in some detail in the article [?] -- hundreds of millions, probably more, closer to a billion or more, upgrading facilities. Norway has a 1,400-mile border along the Atlantic coast that goes from Oslo, in Europe, all the way up north into -- it runs into the Russian border above the Arctic Circle. So, we do -- we put a lot of facilities up north there -- synthetic-aperture radar, which costs a fortune, to monitor the Russian nuclear sites around and also their military activities around there, up in the other side of the peninsula, the Kola Peninsula. So, they're just our guys. And they're also great at doing underwater stuff. And so, that's what happened. We did a plan with them. We had to clear it with Sweden and Denmark. I'll leave it to them to decide whether that they accepted the explanation we were doing exercises in the Baltic Sea for the hell of it. But so far I haven't seen much from either of them.
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...And the miners came from a [inaudible] facility in a little small town in Florida. And the mining community in the Navy is very secret, and they just do their business. They don't talk. That was perfect people to get. And they practiced it. And as you said, there was a major exercise every summer by the 6th Fleet, which -- the Americas 6th Fleet out of Italy, which controls -- also has the operational rights [?] in the Baltic Sea. Baltic Sea is a huge place.
Anyway, what happened is, there was an exercise in June, and it was supposed to -- the bombs were put in there under the cover of a NATO exercise. There were a lot of different countries running around with divers and blowing up things. It was an exercise to go find and chase mines. There never had been one before. It actually was -- whoever in the CIA or in the other agencies that thought this up should get a bow, because it was pretty ingenious.
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JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Yeah, and, Sy, lastly, the Norwegian government has claimed that one of the ships that you mentioned in your article that was involved in the planning of this or preparation of this was not present at the time of these exercises. What do you make of Norway's denial?

SEYMOUR HERSH: You know, let me tell you something about Nicaragua, if you don't know. One of the things that happened in Nicaragua...

And so, the Norwegian government, that's just completely -- oh, I'm sorry. I dropped something here. The government, not only did that ship have a -- was in the operation, it also had a compression chamber that had been flown in by the CIA. Now I'm getting into details I don't want to bother with. The CIA flew in a compression chamber that gets put on the ship, because it's just a submarine hunter [?!]. And the divers had 260 feet [79.24800m]. That's where they -- that's the level. The Norwegians found the lowest level, the shallowest part of the Baltic Sea, which is off an island called -- it's between Sweden and Denmark. And they practiced there. They had to. And for the divers, it was 260 feet deep where the landmines were [placed ?]. And the pipelines are steel-covered, but they're also covered by ["]concrete shields["]. So it's a serious job to blow them up. And at 260, without a compression chamber, they have to go up every 90 feet.

by Cat on Fri Feb 17th, 2023 at 02:38:22 PM EST
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18 Feb 01:13:43 nostalgia, professional

25 Feb 00:29:26 nostalgia, covert
RT "Going Underground" with the US intelligence community  in 2021

by Cat on Fri Feb 24th, 2023 at 09:10:58 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 01:35:48 PM EST
US Navy zeigt Flagge in der östlichen Ostsee | NDR - 03.08.2022 |

Der größte Kampfverband der US Navy seit Ende des Kalten Krieges ist unterwegs in die östliche Ostsee. Experten verstehen das als Zeichen der Unterstützung für das Baltikum und Skandinavien - und als Botschaft der Entschlossenheit gegenüber Russland.

"Controlled Escalation"

"A message," is what Sebastian Bruns calls the behavior of the Americans, as well as a "controlled escalation." Sebastian Bruns is an expert on naval strategies and naval forces at the Kiel Institute for Security Policy (ISPK). It's actually a double message, he says: "On the one hand to Sweden and Finland and the Baltic states that the United States will protect them from Russian threats." On the other hand, it is a message to Russia itself.

Response to Russian nuclear submarines in Baltic Sea
 -- Kaliningrad port city

The Russian Navy brought two of its nuclear submarines into the Baltic Sea in July and is practicing with the units off the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, among other places. The American association is an answer to that. "A fleet is like a deck of cards," says Bruns. "But you don't just show a card, you play the whole hand." So the message to Russia means that the US has the resources - and the will to use them.

"USS Kearsarge" turns on its heel

Only a few weeks ago, the "USS Kearsarge" was on a visit to Stockholm, was then ordered to the Mediterranean, but turned around last week to return to the Baltic Sea. "It's part of the US Navy's new strategy," Bruns said. "Americans want to be less predictable." That means they want to show that they can and will react at any time if a potential threat arises somewhere.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 01:37:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 01:37:46 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 01:39:03 PM EST
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Will Biden Clear F-16 Fighter Jets for Ukraine

Former top US general: Jets could seal quick Ukraine victory | DW News |

Ben Hodges stressed that Kyiv must retake Crimea to preserve the "international rules-based order" and the "UN Charter." Hodges added that it is important for Ukrainian ports to maintain access to the Sea of Azov through Crimea.

Peacemakers get fired, warmongers get honored ... crazy world.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 09:20:01 PM EST
For decades choices made ... making Russia a pariah state -- The Atlantic Council former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder and John Kerry.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 09:25:53 PM EST
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Biden to visit Poland ahead of Ukraine war anniversary

President to meet Andrzej Duda and other Nato leaders to underscore US support for alliance

Mr Biden will travel to Poland from February 20-22, where he will discuss bilateral co-operation with President Andrzej Duda. He will also meet other Nato leaders to underscore Washington's support for the alliance.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby added: "Wouldn't it be great if the President didn't have to make a trip around a one-year anniversary of a war that never should have started?

Indeed a$$holes ... decades of brutal wars and conflicts started by the mightiest military power in history ... why? why? did Joe Biden refuse to take the expansion of NATO into Ukraine as a threat to Russian national security serious and called it a "non-issue". #WeAreNato #unity

Joe wanted once again regime change to get rid of Putin. #sovereighty #cubacrisis #redux

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 09:29:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 11:08:59 PM EST
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Russia: U.S. has questions to answer over Nord Stream explosions | Reuters | February 8, 2023 @ 5:28 PM GMT

Russia's foreign ministry said the United States had questions to answer over its role in explosions on the undersea Nord Stream gas pipelines last year.

Commenting on a report published earlier that said the United States was involved in the explosions, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called on the White House to comment on the "facts" that had been presented.

Reuters was unable to verify the report, published by U.S. investigative journalist Seymour Hersh on his blog, alleging U.S. involvement in the explosions.

The White House said on Wednesday that Hersh's account was "utterly false and complete fiction".

Investigators from Sweden and Denmark - in whose exclusive economic zones the explosions occurred - have said the ruptures were a result of sabotage, but have not said who they believe was responsible.

Report over pipeline blasts causing uproar | China Daily |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 12:48:46 PM EST
Swedish seismologists register two explosions on Nord Stream routes -- TV | TASS - Sept. 27, 2022, 16:52 |

According to the data obtained by the Swedish National Seismic Network (SNSN), two clear explosions were registered by the measuring stations. One of them had a magnitude of 2.3.

SNSS spokesman Bjorn Lund said there was no doubt that these were explosions. The TV channel reports that the coordinates of the registered explosions coincide with the area where the gas leak is currently occurring.

The first explosion was recorded at about two o'clock in the morning on Monday, the second at 07:04 p.m. on the same day.

Gas leak warnings were issued on Monday at 01:52 p.m. and 08:41 p.m. respectively. Vessels passing through the area reportedly notified the Coast Guard of the seething on the sea surface.

Nord Stream: Explosions recorded prior to discovery of major gas leaks | Surfside Guardian - Sept. 28, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 12:50:50 PM EST
Search: Danish Defense Forces have released footage of the leaks at the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Photo: Danish Defense

Danish Police confirms explosions are behind Nord Stream leaks | SWZ-Maritime - Oct 18, 2022 |

Videos from The Guardian ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 12:52:01 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 12:52:48 PM EST
Coverage on website Maritime Executive ... not on its twitter account.

Claims of U.S. Involvement in Nord Stream Attack Draw Scrutiny

Published Feb 9, 2023 10:10 PM by The Maritime Executive

A U.S. Navy EOD diver participates in the Baltops 2022 exercise, June 2022. Seymour Hersh's new report alleges that a U.S. covert operation used the exercise as cover (U.S. Navy file image)

Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Seymour Hersh has self-published a bombshell report suggesting that the Nord Stream pipeline attacks were carried out by the U.S. government, using a NATO minehunting exercise as cover. Russia and China have embraced the allegations and called for a closer investigation, while the Biden administration and U.S. security services have denied involvement.

Hersh has spent most of his multi-decade career studying sensitive national security secrets. He won a Pulitzer for breaking the story of the My Lai massacre in 1969, published extensive details on Israel's covert nuclear weapons program in 1991, and exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004, with many highlights in between. He has been lauded as a "quintessential investigative reporter" for his work, but in recent years he has also attracted criticism for his sourcing - in particular [death of Osama bin Laden], a heavy reliance on a single anonymous source.

His latest report, released on his personal Substack page, suggests that the high-profile attack on the Nord Stream pipeline system was orchestrated by the Biden administration. Drawing primarily on information from a single anonymous source in the intelligence community, Hersh asserts that Biden's White House and the CIA planned a covert, time-delayed attack on the pipeline complex, executed months before the actual explosions.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 12:54:59 PM EST
'Ghost ships' emerge from the shadows of the Nord Stream mystery | Nov. 15, 2022 |

Satellite monitors discovered two vessels with their trackers turned off in the area of the pipeline prior to the suspected sabotage in September.

The first gas leaks on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea were detected in the early hours of September 26, pouring up to 400,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere.

Officials immediately suspected sabotage of the international pipeline.

New analysis seen by WIRED shows that two large ships, with their trackers off, appeared around the leak sites in the days immediately before the explosions and leaks were detected.

"Die Welt": Analiza zdjęć satelitarnych wskazuje prawdopodobnego sprawcę wybuchów gazociągu Nord Stream | Nov. 18, 2022 |


Two pixelated yellow spots on a green and purple background are all that can be seen in the images taken on September 24 by ESA's "Sentinel 1" radar satellite. What looks like bacteria in a petri dish are two ships in the Baltic on that cloudy day. And they are right where three of the four pipes of the Nord Stream gas pipeline will be blown two days later.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 12:57:06 PM EST
From the early analysis Bernard @MofA ...

Whodunnit? - Facts Related to The Sabotage Attack On The Nord Stream Pipelines | Sept. 28, 2022 |

A quote by Exxon Tanker Condi Rice of the GBW/Cheney legend and the NATO Bucharest provocation in 2008. ...

h/t Cat --  Nord Stream Whodunnit ! Oct 31st, 2022 |

Related reading ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 02:01:58 PM EST
The Nord Stream act of war and environmental international sabotage / terrorism German statement contradicts the previous statement  ... which one is it ?
    "We know who is responsible for blowing up the pipeline but cannot disclose it for national security reasons"

twitter @henning rosenbush

24 Stunden nach Hershs Artikel berichten sie nicht mal vom Dementi der USA:

Tagesschau: ⛔️. ZDF Heute: ⛔️
BILD: ⛔️. FAZ: ⛔️. SPIEGEL: ⛔️
SZ: ⛔️. DIE ZEIT: ⛔️

Was denkt ihr wieviele Deutsche wissen nicht, dass heute weltweit über ihre eigene kritische Infrastruktur gesprochen wird?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 06:25:22 PM EST

BALTOPS 22: A Perfect Opportunity for Research and Testing New Technology | Seapower Staff - June 14, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 06:27:01 PM EST
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That guy's not going anywhere near 80m in that suit. According to public info, US Navy has no 80m capable "wet" combat swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV). And pressurized, dry combat submersible (DCS) development has run into a few speed bumps and over-runs since 2011. In 2020 USSOCOM claimed that at least one would be in operation for 2021. wikiwtf anticipated fulfillment of 3 orders by Jan 2022. Now, it may seem possible that at least one delivery slipped past this SOCOM nerd, and this SOCOM program manager was hardly athorized to attribute the fait accompli of the century (so far) to DCS Next in July—after BALTOPS "great-power competition"—especially if its twin HMS Pinafore collected the brass ring. Let's hope no casualties surface before Election 2024.

Imagine instead the lessons learned! Evidently, CRS did, as is the custom preceding each NDAA.
"Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress",
21 Dec 2022

...UVs are one of several new capabilities--along with directed-energy weapons, hypersonic
weapons, artificial intelligence, cyber capabilities, and quantum technologies--that the Navy and other U.S. military services are pursuing to meet emerging military challenges, particularly from China. UVs can be equipped with sensors, weapons, or other payloads, and can be operated remotely, semi-autonomously, or (with technological advancements) autonomously. They can be individually less expensive to procure than manned ships and aircraft because their designs do not need to incorporate spaces and support equipment for on[-]board human operators. UVs can be particularly suitable for long-duration missions that might tax the physical endurance of on[-]board human operators, or missions that pose a high risk of injury, death, or capture of onboard human operators--so-called "three D" missions, meaning missions that are dull, dirty, or dangerous....
by Cat on Mon Feb 13th, 2023 at 02:13:53 AM EST
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From the Obama years, to counter information launched through whistleblowers, intelligence agencies drop conspiracy plots to undermine news and change the narrative. I have called it the piggy-back tactics to sow confusion.

Earlier this was conspiracy allegation in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Warum wir (noch) nichts wissen ...

Nord Stream: Die Stille nach der Explosion | ZDF |

Many Western states quickly made up their minds that this was an act of sabotage , most likely by a state actor. Blame was pointed at Moscow, but many governments remained very reticent on this issue.

Investigations into Nord Stream are top secret

One reason why so little is known about the acts of sabotage lies in the nature of the investigations: Western countries don't want to be given a glimpse of the surveillance technology they use in the Baltic Sea, says Johannes Peters, from the Institute for Security Policy at the university keel.

    The investigations are made with capabilities in the field of sensors and military reconnaissance. This is rarely talked about publicly. You don't want to give out what you have so you don't have to say where you got the information from.
    Johannes Peters, Institute for Security Policy

In addition to the secrecy requirements, there is also another reason for the silence: If evidence were presented, consequences would have to be derived from it, says security expert Niklas Rossbach from the Swedish Defense Research Agency in an interview with ZDFheute:

    The West doesn't want to appear weak when they name a culprit and then have no options for punishment.
    Niklas Rossbach, Swedish Defense Research Agency

In addition, the evidence must be so solid that there is no room for doubt and conspiracy theories. That was a lesson learned from the investigation into the downing of the MH-17 aircraft over eastern Ukraine.

Russia expert Gerhard Mangott said that Hersh had taken very controversial positions in the ORF in the past, for example the assassination of Osama bin Laden was staged.

    Gerhard Mangott, University of Innsbruck

No answers "for reasons of public interest"

The clarification of the acts of sabotage was also a topic in the government survey on Wednesday. However, there were no answers there either: The investigation into the explosions on the gas pipelines was classified by the secret service, said Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). In this respect, "this is not a topic for this question time," said the minister. Chancellor Wolfgang Schmidt (SPD) was no more talkative either.

In July 2014 the United States refused to release and share satellite imagery with Dutch investigators using the argument of national security and top secret intelligence gathering.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 07:58:03 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 11th, 2023 at 08:44:50 PM EST
The Polish Sikorsky Affair with Anne Applebaum - Income

In the absence of an explanation of where so much money has suddenly come from, Polish sources say they suspect that in 2012 the US Government restarted the financing of think-tanks, academics, books and journalism to produce anti-Russian material [pure propaganda], which was once a feature of psychological warfare campaigns during the Cold War. That history, including the names and records of the Anglo-American literary establishment which was on the take, can be found in the London publication, Who Paid the Piper?: CIA and the Cultural Cold War by Frances Stonor Saunders.

An example of these efforts is a publishing conduit in Amsterdam which was funded by the CIA for thirty years, called the Alexander Herzen Foundation. Its task was to assist in the smuggling out of the Soviet Union of manuscripts from dissidents, and to publish and promote them in both Russian and English. The foundation started in 1969, and reportedly closed down in 1998. Fifteen years later, a foundation of the same name has begun handing out fresh money for the same regime-change purpose. According to The Interpreter, a website launched in New York by Michael Weiss in 2013, it "aspires to dismantle the language barrier that separates journalists, Russia analysts, policymakers, diplomats and interested laymen in the English-speaking world from the debates, scandals, intrigues and political developments taking place in the Russian Federation."

Weiss (photo right) reveals that his operation was "made possible by a seed grant from the London-based Herzen Foundation and a grant from the New York-based Institute of Modern Russia, of which the journal is a special project. The Institute of Modern Russia continues to fund the project. The Institute of Modern Russia is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit in the United States, dedicated to the advancement of democratic values and institutions in the Russian Federation."

The Herzen foundation, which closed in Amsterdam, may not be quite the same entity that has now reopened in London to give money to anti-Russian publications and reporters. The Institute of Modern Russia has its own money, and according to the Russian corporate practice, the man in charge signals where the money comes from. This is Mikhail Khodorkovsky's son Pavel. The institute says it has tax-exempt status in the US because it is a "nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization--a think tank based in New York. IMR's mission is to foster democratic and economic development in Russia through research, advocacy, public events, and grant-making. We are committed to strengthening respect for human rights, the rule of law, and civil society in Russia. Our goal is to promote a principles-based approach to US-Russia relations and Russia's integration into the community of democracies."

Pavel Khodorkovsky (below left) is president and chief executive. He is also on the institute's board of trustees, which includes Margery Kraus (right), founder of a Washington public relations and regime promotion company, APCO Global.

From the diaries ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 12th, 2023 at 10:28:48 AM EST
Poland's former FM Sikorski: Putin Offered to Divide Ukraine With Poland in 2008

Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves.

Sikorski, who until September served as Poland's foreign minister, was quoted telling U.S. website Politico that Putin made the proposal during Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's visit to Moscow in 2008 - although he later said some of the interview had been "overinterpreted".

"He wanted us to become participants in this partition of Ukraine ... This was one of the first things that Putin said to my prime minister, Donald Tusk, when he visited Moscow."

More diaries @BooMan on Radek Sikorsky and Anne Applebaum ... to a hot war between Poland and Russia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 12th, 2023 at 10:29:34 AM EST
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Ukraine: U.S. hawks regain their voice | Reuters - March 21, 2014 |

Republican hawks, long on the defensive after the war in Iraq and the missing weapons of mass destruction, have found their voice again. They are attacking President Barack Obama as weak and feckless. Even some Democrats are calling for a tougher response.

During the Cold War, hawkishness was bipartisan. A Democratic president, Harry S. Truman, committed the United States to an activist policy of world leadership after World War Two. The Truman Doctrine was devised in 1947, at the beginning of the Cold War. Washington pledged to lead the free world in containing the spread of communism -- using military intervention if necessary.

By the 1960s, the Truman Doctrine had become Democratic Party orthodoxy. When it led to the tragic blunder in Vietnam, however, the anti-war wing of the Democratic Party rose up and repudiated it.

The Reagan Doctrine of the 1980s went beyond containment. It committed the United States to "rolling back" communism -- using military intervention if necessary. It worked. But when the new threat of Islamic radicalism emerged in 2001, a Republican president over-extended U.S. military commitments. The country rose up against the war in Iraq. Reckless interventionism began to be criticized even by the right. After all, big war means big government.

Clueless analysis of history and the effect of violence initiated by the United States. Pretty much the narrative of neoconservative foreign policy and the political swing to the far-right in Western nations. Not just Afghanistan and Iraq, but stupid decisions under Obama/HRC/Biden to intervene in Libya and Syria propagating regime change. Then came the opportunity for a coup d'état in Kyiv.  

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 12th, 2023 at 01:05:41 PM EST
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PlameGate, Robert Novak and Larry Johnson ...

Topic Seymour Hersh NS revelations and U.S. Culpability -- Interview Larry Johnson

The interview with Emerald focused on Sy Hersh's latest bombshell report. Many critics are insisting that Sy was duped by one lone source. Simply not true. In my experience with Sy, which spans a period of 42 years, Sy never goes with a story based on just one source. I have personal experience with one story that Sy was working on that was pure dynamite but came from only one source. Sy decided not to pursue it. Without multiple sources, he does not launch.

One of the reasons that Sy has had so much success in breaking these stories that the Washington establishment loathes is that he is fiercely protective of his sources. He does not reveal them. Period. If you want to get some real insight into Sy's life as a renegade muckraker I encourage you to buy his book, Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 12th, 2023 at 03:59:01 PM EST

Florida base gift shop with t-shirts and mugs: "Admit nothing, deny everything  make  counter accusations ..."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 12th, 2023 at 05:22:20 PM EST
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The FBI's Most Controversial Surveillance Tool Is Under Threat | WIRED |

A review of the FBI's access to foreign intelligence reveals troubling misuse of powerful surveillance tech.

AN EXISTENTIAL FIGHT over the US government's ability to spy on its own citizens is brewing in Congress. And as this fight unfolds, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's biggest foes on Capitol Hill are no longer reformers merely interested in reining in its authority. Many lawmakers, elevated to new heights of power by the recent election, are working to dramatically curtail the methods by which the FBI investigates crime.

New details about the FBI's failures to comply with restrictions on the use of foreign intelligence for domestic crimes have emerged at a perilous time for the US intelligence community. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the so-called crown jewel of US intelligence, grants the government the ability to intercept the electronic communications of overseas targets who are unprotected by the Fourth Amendment.

That authority is set to expire at the end of the year. But errors in the FBI's secondary use of the data--the investigation of crimes on US soil--are likely to inflame an already fierce debate over whether law enforcement agents can be trusted with such an invasive tool. 

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Dutch intelligence  shared data on "Cozy Bear" with US after Moscow intrusion  - Dec. 2014

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 12th, 2023 at 06:26:13 PM EST

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