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“They Dropped Bombs On Us!”

Almost half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia’s countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt.

The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

US Air Force B-52 dropping bombs over Southeast Asia in the 1960s.© Public Domain US Air Force B-52 dropping bombs over Southeast Asia in the 1960s.

Over 200 nights in 1973 alone, 257,456 tons of explosives fell in secret carpet-bombing sweeps – half as many as were dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

The pilots flew at such great heights they were incapable of discriminating between a Cambodian village and their targets, North Vietnamese supply lines – nicknamed the “Ho Chi Minh Trail.”

The bombs were of such massive tonnage they blew out eardrums of anyone standing within a 1-kiolmetre radius.

Opposed: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.© AP Opposed: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.

War correspondent James Pringle was two kilometres away from a B-52 strike near Cambodia’s border.

“It felt like the world was coming to an end,” he recalls.

A string of bombs dropped by a US plane exploding across fields in Southeast Asia.© Supplied A string of bombs dropped by a US plane exploding across fields in Southeast Asia.

According to one genocide researcher, up to 500,000 Cambodians were killed, many of them children.

The bombings drove hundreds of thousands of ordinary Cambodians into the arms of the Khmer Rouge, an ultra-Marxist organisation which seized power in 1975 and over the next four years presided over the deaths of more than almost two million people through starvation disease and execution.

The debt started out as a US$274 million loan mostly for food supplies to the then US-backed Lon Nol government but has almost doubled over the years as Cambodia refused to enter into a re-payment program.

William Heidt, the US’s ambassador in Phnom Penh, said Cambodia’s failure to pay back the debt puts it in league with Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

“To me, Cambodia does not look like a country that should be in arrears…buildings coming up all over the city, foreign investment coming in, government revenue is rapidly rising,” Mr Heidt was quoted as saying by the Cambodia Daily.

“I’m saying it is in Cambodia’s interest not to look to the past, but to look at how to solve this because it’s important to Cambodia’s future,” he said, adding that the US has never seriously considered cancelling the debt.

Cambodia’s strongman prime minister Hen Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander who defected to Vietnam, hit back, saying “The US created problems in my country and is demanding money from me.”

“They dropped bombs on our heads and then ask up to repay. When we do not repay, they tell the IMF (International Monetary Fund) not to lend us money,” he told an international conference in early March.

“We should raise our voices to talk about the issue of the country that has invaded other (countries) and has killed children.”

Mr Pringle, a former Reuters bureau chief in Ho Chi Minh City, said no-one could call him a supporter of Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia with an iron-fist for three decades.

But he said on this matter he is “absolutely correct.”

“Cambodia does not owe a brass farthing to the US for help in destroying its people, its wild animals, its rice fields and forest cover,” he wrote in the Cambodia Daily.

American Elizabeth Becker, one of the few correspondents who witnessed the Khmer Rouge’s genocide, has also written that the US “owes Cambodia more in war debts that can be repaid in cash.”

Mr Hun Sen pointed out that craters still dot the Cambodian countryside and villagers are still unearthing bombs, forcing mass evacuations until they can be deactivated.

“There are a lot of grenades and bombs left. That’s why so often Cambodian children are killed, because they don’t know that they are unexploded ordnance,” he said.

“And who did it? It’s America’s bombs and grenades.”

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Driving Towards Nuclear Disaster: North Korea

Hard to believe this little communist nation can generate so much fuss. More manufactured diversion? One minute it’s imminent financial collapse, the next it’s imminent nuclear Armageddon.

What next…?

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A shocked international community has condemned North Korea after it launched four ballistic missiles on Monday morning, three of which fell into Japanese waters.

Calling on Pyongyang to “stop its provocative actions”, the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said the launches were in violation of multiple UN security council resolutions and threatened international peace and security.

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said “strong protests” had been lodged with nuclear-armed North Korea, saying the scale of the attack represented a new development. “It is an extremely dangerous action,” he said.

South Korea’s acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, condemned the launches as a direct challenge to the international community and said Seoul would swiftly deploy a US anti-missile defence system despite angry objections from China.

Meanwhile, North Korea warned that military exercises by the US and South Korea were driving the region towards nuclear disaster.

In a letter to the UN security council on Monday, North Korea’s ambassador Ja Song Nam claimed the joint exercises that began on 1 March were “the most undisguised nuclear war manoeuvres”.

He said: “Consequently, the situation on the Korean peninsula is again inching to the brink of a nuclear war.”

North Korea’s four missiles flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone. A fourth splashed down just outside the EEZ.

South Korea said it was too early to say what the relatively low altitude indicated about the types of missiles, but experts said the launch did not look like an inter-continental ballistic missile, but the launch of previously tested missile.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, confirmed the US had seen no ICBM launch attempt but otherwise gave no clear response to the missile launches.

He did suggest more missiles may have been fired, telling reporters: “There were four that landed. There may be a higher number of launches that we’re not commenting on. But four landed and splashed in the Sea of Japan.”

The EU foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, said the launches showed “utter disregard” for several UN resolutions, while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was “seriously worried”. “These are the sort of actions that lead to a rise in tension in the region and of course in this situation, traditionally, Moscow calls for restraint from all sides,” Peskov said.

Speaking on behalf of the UK, Johnson said: “We urge North Korea to stop its provocative actions, which threaten international peace and security. North Korea should instead re-engage with the international community, and take credible, concrete steps to prioritise the wellbeing of its own people instead of the illegal pursuit of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.”

The French foreign office said: “We call on North Korea to immediately comply with its international obligations and to ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear and ballistic programmes.”

The test launches appeared to be a reaction to huge US-South Korean military drills last week which those countries consider routine but which are viewed as an invasion rehearsal by Kim Jong-un.

The US has about 28,500 troops and equipment stationed in South Korea, and plans to roll out the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-missile defence system by the end of the year.

Japan also plans to reinforce its ballistic missile defences and is considering buying either Thaad or building a ground-based version of the Aegis system that is currently deployed on ships in the Sea of Japan.

The launches also come as Kim’s regime faces international isolation over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the leader’s half-brother, in Kuala Lumpur airport last month.

On Sunday Malaysia expelled the North Korean ambassador over the death, a move which prompted Pyongyang to announce a tit-for-tat expulsion of Malaysia’s ambassador to North Korea. State media said the Malaysian envoy would leave within 48 hours.

A Collective Organism?

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© Alphr.com US military drops swarm of self-thinking drones from jets Strange things have been happening in the Californian desert. The US military has announced that it has conducted its largest-ever test into new drone-swarm technology, having launched over a hundred from the back of three F/A-18 Super Hornet jets.

103 Perdix drones, named after the Greek mythical hero who was transformed into a partridge, were tested last October. These drones have a wingspan of around 30cm, and communicate with each other via a distributed brain.

The drones are given a mission, but instead of being programmed with specific directions, the small machines work out how to complete a task for themselves. On the fly, as it were.

“Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronised individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,” said William Roper, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office at the US Department of Defense.

“Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team.”

The Department of Defense released a video of the test online, which shows the jets launching the drones, and then an aerial view of the drones carrying out a series of missions. Perhaps most unsettling is the shot at the end, of the drones screeching collectively as they circle a target.

The machines are able to withstand speeds up to mach 0.6 and temperatures of -10°C, although the element of noise may need to be addressed if the Perdix drones want to be successful in their primary goal, which is thought to be surveillance.

The test mission took place on China Lake, in California, which may or may not give some clue about the intended targets of the Perdix drones’ future assignments. Talking to the BBC, Elizabeth Quintana, at UK military think tank the Royal United Services Institute, said that China has a significant amount of expertise when it comes to drone manufacturing.

“It’s going to be very interesting – it won’t just be about who has the biggest swarm, but also about who can outmanoeuvre who,” she told the broadcaster.

In 2015, the US Navy demonstrated testing of a similar drone swarm – of drones named Cicada (Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft), which are designed to be cheap to produce and disposable after a single mission.

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The Military Industrial Complex: Who Owns It and What Are They Doing?

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8 Aug 16  TO READ the FULL Articles, go to the links at the top of each one

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Who Really Owns and Controls the Military-Industrial Complex and What Are They Doing? – An Extensive Research Report

The following report is an extremely detailed and extensive compilation of verifiable data points describing who funds the military industrial complex—a transnational organization with ties to banking and the elite. It also details what the money was spent on, a number of projects focused on remote influencing and mind manipulation technology. 
What should become clear as one reads this report, is that most of the technology and systems developed are specifically designed for manipulating or surveilling human beings. Perception Management is the term insiders use to refer to what is essentially a form of mass mind control. 
These methods are usually subtle in nature, employing electromagnetic and sonic devices to influence the minds of targets. In addition, the whole of modern-day computer and information distribution systems, such as the internet, television, cell phones, computers and so on, are all heavily embedded with technology chiefly designed to monitor and influence human activity. 
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8 Aug 16 DESPICABLE!  Those responsible must be prosecuted to the max!
Monday, August 8, 2016
Audit Reveals the Pentagon Doesn’t Know Where $6.5 Trillion Dollars Has Gone
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by Jay Syrmopoulos, August 7th, 2016
A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times.
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The Pentagon, which has been notoriously lax in its accounting practices, has never completed an audit, would reveal how the agency has specifically spent the trillions of dollars allocated for wars, equipment, personnel, housing, healthcare and procurements allotted to them by Congress.
Beginning in 1996 all federal agencies were mandated by law to conduct regular financial audits. However, the Pentagon has NEVER complied with that federal law. In 20 years, it has never accounted for the trillions of dollars in taxpayer funds it has spent, in part because “fudging” the numbers has become standard operating procedure at the Department of Defense, as revealed in a 2013 Reuters investigation by Scot Paltrow.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016
Vladimir Putin Just Issued a Chilling Warning to the United States
by Darius Shahtahmasebi
As the United States continues to develop and upgrade their nuclear weapons capabilities at an alarming rate, America’s ruling class refuses to heed warnings from President Vladimir Putin that Russia will respond as necessary.
In his most recent attempt to warn his Western counterparts about the impending danger of a new nuclear arms race, Putin told the heads of large foreign companies and business associations that Russia is aware of the United States’ plans for nuclear hegemony. He was speaking at the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
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“We know year by year what will happen, and they know that we know,”he said.
Putin argued that the rationale the U.S. previously gave for maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons system is directed at the so-called “Iranian threat.” But that threat has been drastically reduced since the U.S. proved instrumental in reaching an agreement with Iran that should put to rest any possible Iranian nuclear potential.

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Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL

aqaba-israel_012Please ask John Key if he is aware of this, as well as they many other instances of the US, UK and Israel funding and supporting ISIS (ISIL) – Ed:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/24/iraqi-army-downs-2-uk-planes-carrying-weapons-for-isil/

Dozens of police departments suspended for losing US military-grade weaponry

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Close to 200 state and local police departments in the United States have been suspended for losing military-level equipment transferred to them by the Pentagon, a new investigation found.

According to the media outlet Fusion, its independent investigation into the Pentagon’s “1033 program,” which equips state and local police departments across the US with excess military equipment, turned up an alarming trend: Not only did many law enforcement agencies fail to comply with the program’s guidelines, they routinely lost dangerous weaponry.

Already, the investigation has found that police departments in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, and others have lost or cannot account for various types of weapons. This list includes M14 and M16 assault rifles, .45-caliber pistols, shotguns, and even vehicles.

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US Military Protecting International Banking Cartel

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“My assessment is that 90% of the value of the US dollar comes from the US military.”
— Former Assistant Housing Secretary Catherine Austin Fitts

For decades, America has used its armed strength to enforce the use of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, effectively making the US military the armed wing of the international banking cartel (IBC). Since 1971 when President Richard Nixon stopped paying US debt obligations with gold, America has increasingly used its military might to prop up the value of the dollar and enforce a global financial structure whose primary beneficiary is the US itself, and whose central bank, the Federal Reserve, serves as the IBC’s supervisory authority.

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