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Here Come The Drones, Or The True Reason For The Mali Incursion

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Given our recent discussion (here and here) of the rising importance of Africa in the world's power and money echelons, it is not entirely surprising that the NY Times reports that US military command in Africa is actively preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase "unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups" that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region. It would appear Niger will be the most likely place for the base - from which officials envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones though, of course, they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens. “This is directly related to the Mali mission, but it could also give Africom a more enduring presence for I.S.R.,” one American military official said Sunday, referring to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Perhaps, actually scratch the "perhaps", what is really happening is the US now has a drone base with which to supervise Chinese expansion in Northweast Africa, anda drone fleet to use defensively and offensively as it sees fit.

From - "The Beijing Conference": See How China Quietly Took Over Africa

 

And so it would appear we can draw a big red circle over northwest Africa in the map above which is where the US will literally have a bird's eye view of all the resources that China is sequestering, and all the infrastructure that the world's most populous nation is setting up.

Next we need a little dose of the perpetual "Al-Qaeda" bogeyman in Central, Eastern, and finally South Africa and the US will have military control over a continent that China is rapidly doing all it cen to colonize from the ground up.

Via NY Times,

The United States military command in Africa is preparing plans to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

 

For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.

 

If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in Niger, a largely desert nation on the eastern border of Mali, where French and Malian troops are now battling Qaeda-backed fighters who control the northern part of that country...

 

The immediate impetus for a drone base in the region is to provide surveillance assistance to the French-led operation in Mali. “This is directly related to the Mali mission, but it could also give Africom a more enduring presence for I.S.R.,” one American military official said Sunday, referring to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

 

A handful of unarmed Predator drones would carry out surveillance missions in the region and fill a desperate need for more detailed information on a range of regional threats, including militants in Mali and the unabated flow of fighters and weapons from Libya. American military commanders and intelligence analysts complain that such information has been sorely lacking.

 

The United States military has a very limited presence in Africa, with only one permanent base, in Djibouti, more than 3,000 miles from Mali. ...

 

If approved, the base could ultimately have as many as 300 United States military and contractor personnel, but it would probably begin with far fewer people than that, military officials said.

 

Some Africa specialists expressed concern that setting up a drone base in Niger or in a neighboring country, even if only to fly surveillance missions, could alienate local people who may associate the distinctive aircraft with deadly attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

 

Officials from Niger did not respond to e-mails over the weekend about the plan, but its president, Mahamadou Issoufou, has expressed a willingness to establish what he called in a recent interview “a long-term strategic relationship with the U.S.”

 

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who heads the Intelligence Committee, said on the CBS program “Face the Nation” on Sunday that in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, there was “an effort to establish a beachhead for terrorism, a joining together of terrorist organizations.”

 

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General Ham said during an interview on his visit to Niger that it had been very difficult for American intelligence agencies to collect consistent, reliable intelligence about what was going on in northern Mali, as well as in other largely ungoverned parts of the sub-Saharan region.

 

“It’s tough to penetrate,” he said. “It’s tough to get access for platforms that can collect. It’s an extraordinarily tough environment for human intelligence, not just ours but the neighboring countries as well.”

 

The State Department has been extraordinarily wary of allowing drones to operate in the region, fearful of criticism that the United States is trying to militarize parts of Africa...

 

American drones regularly conduct surveillance flights over Somalia and occasionally launch airstrikes against people suspected of being members of the Shabab, a militant group linked to Al Qaeda.

 

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“Without operating locations on the continent, I.S.R. capabilities would be curtailed, potentially endangering U.S. security,” General Ham said in a statement submitted to the House Armed Services Committee last March. “Given the vast geographic space and diversity in threats, the command requires increased ISR assets to adequately address the security challenges on the continent.”

 

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Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:34 | 3193016 Aurora Ex Machina
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Want a current map of the US drone bases in Africa to replace that old Chinese resource one?

 

 

Here ya go, use this, much better.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:36 | 3193026 Tyler Durden
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The map above is of Chinese activity on the ground in Africa as of mid-2012.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:46 | 3193034 Aurora Ex Machina
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Sorry, I was being sarcastic: that's the "sanitised" Washington Post version that forgets to mention all of them.

 

I'll dig something better up as an apology. And yes, I know where the map is from.

 

Out of date, but useful comparison of French / USA military-resource base in Africa, 2004ish. [Useful to track progression of bases: USA / French shared base in N.Somalia & so on]

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:47 | 3193063 john39
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And here comes the debt to further enslave Mali... iMF approves billions in loans for Mali:

http://rt.com/news/line/2013-01-29/#id44145

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:49 | 3193075 tsx500
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dunno about you , but i think i've seen this movie before . . . . . . . .

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:06 | 3193129 Fortunate Fool
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So the french attacked Mali to allow the US to install a drone base in Niger? Lol!
Another example of twisted logic, Durden...

By the way, how is your "disastrous" french military operation going in Mali?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:13 | 3193150 knukles
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WTF?
Same sequence of events from Egypt to Libya to Syria. 
Europeans bitch, piss and moan, intervene first and the US follows lickety split full Monty...

Worked out swell, fellas.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:20 | 3193180 CH1
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It's ALL about resources.

Everything else is PR.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:14 | 3193348 tbd108
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The Chinese are all over Africa buying up mines, etc. The US wants to stop it using whatever it takes (drones, boots on the ground, whatever).

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:19 | 3193515 Joe Davola
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URGENT TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR ALL US CITIZENS ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT:  Keep your rfid passport on your person at all times, it helps the hellfire targeting mechanism.

Also, the nearest US embassy or safe house may not be your best choice if you feel threatened.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:42 | 3193576 Enslavethechild...
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All your continents are belong to us

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 07:40 | 3194289 Muppet Pimp
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Would be interesting (perhaps Eye Opening) to see a similar map showing Chinese assets in the Americas.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 10:07 | 3194553 flapdoodle
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Every Wal-Mart?

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 11:07 | 3194756 zerozulu
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ultimately china will have to quell the dollar.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:25 | 3196281 Lore
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This is ridiculous. America would never encroach on the airspace of another sovereign nation.  It would be like Venezuela reconnoitering over Florida.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:20 | 3193521 Janice
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I'm sure that this is an irrelevant fact, But isn't Mali a large gold producing country?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:58 | 3193820 tbd108
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Yes.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 03:10 | 3194156 Muessin
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All this French kissing in Mali may also be linked to the uranium, non?

France is the world's second largest producer of nuclear powered Megawatts. And it supplies more than 75% of its domestic energy from nuclear power - second to none in the world.

Currently French state owned energy giant Areva strips a great deal of its uranium needs from Mali's eastern neighbor Niger and its largest mine in the Touareg region - however it is believed that Mali also has considerable uranium reserves, on top of a lot of other shiny stuff…

"It's the uranium, stupid!"

 

 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 10:22 | 3194598 SamAdams
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This is why Baby Bush was reported to be in Africa about 3 wks ago before any of this happened.  Murder Inc.

Now, China... really, you think the USA cares about China in Africa?  Did you forget that the USA has sold US energy resources and land to China?  Did you forget that O'bama had the US southern border radar removed?  Did you notice China has been vocal in requesting the disarmament of US citizens?  Did you notice that the sell-off of US paper by China was actually a "trade-off"???  In Soviet States of Amerika, everyone work for Government!

And yes, the powers will control the Uranium without doubt.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 00:35 | 3193604 palmereldritch
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 "The Chinese are all over Africa buying up mines, etc. The US wants to stop it using whatever it takes (drones, boots on the ground, whatever)."

The US wants to stop the Chinese?  You mean the same bankrupt French and US forces that are captive to currency debt held by the Chinese are going to turn on their creditors or follow their instructions and keep the Globalist mercantile ponzi expansion moving?

If in fact this is even somewhat true the real question then becomes: Is this the same client-enforcer arrangement piloting the drones over the US mainland?  And eventually one must consider asking, By whom and from where will the drones ultimately be piloted?

EDIT - Addendum:  This war, if pitched as the West vs China for resources will be as phony as that war of the West vs Communism for 'democracy and freedom' aka The Cold War which was just another phony war for MIC expansion and Globalist geopolitical resource consolidation. Same war, just different continent and different role players this time. All building blocks for the global feudal control grid policed and enforced by omnipresent drones controlled by the top of the pyramid. 

The gold is real though and it's definitely in demand so maybe, in the short term at least, we have The Gold War.

Wake up and smell the dystopia people!

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:30 | 3196313 Lore
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America wants to send drones to keep watch and make sure the Chinese get all the raw materials they need so they can keep manufacturing stuff for the shelves at Wal-Mart.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:24 | 3193709 Race Car Driver
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> The Chinese are all over Africa buying up mines, etc. The US wants to stop it using whatever it takes (drones, boots on the ground, whatever).

Nonsense. It's not real... this is a global(ist) heist and it's been coordinated since day one.

 

This particular Hegelian scam is just another case of The Boy Who Cried Rat

Plot 

When Ren and Stimpy are caught stealing out of garbage cans, they are chased out on the streets, and begin to starve. The pair then hatches a plan to get money and food: disguise Ren as a mouse and put him in a family's home, and turn Stimpy into a neighborhood mouse catcher.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 00:17 | 3193875 tbd108
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The Western powers have been looting Africa for a long time. The game has been played by hiring mercenaries to teach locals a lesson in case they don't behave and do what they are told. If that doesn't work the US Army is sent in. I have an old friend who was a tank commander in the 70's who was sent to Central Africa to work with the French Foreign Legion to teach a local tribe that was interfering with a mining operation that it wasn't good for their health. I suppose you could call that "globalist" but whatever. The Chinese are now interfering with these sources of commodities to try to secure them for their own industry. Their trillion dollar hoard is not going to stop the Western powers from running low-level wars over African commodities.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 09:26 | 3194441 trav777
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bullfuckingshit.

the western powers have been building roads, bridges, power lines, hospitals, and telecommunications in africa for a long time.

Hardly looting it.  Why do you hate yourself so much?

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 18:09 | 3196273 tbd108
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Dear High School History Book Believer,

I am a successful retired engineer married to a wonderful woman from a most respectable and successful family. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (on the edge of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State). All of my children have good jobs and are living quite well. I am surrounded by good neighbors (not rich but comfortable) and a beautiful salmon filled river passes through my property. I have two good dogs who are not only friendly but are good watch dogs too! My health is good and is the same for virtually all of my family. Hate myself? You are a confused half-wit who still is looking to CNN to tell you what is going on in the world. Please say hello to Piers Morgan for me next time he is over for dinner. And don't forget to take out your mother's trash after all she is allowing you to live in her basement (or is it the crawl space?) for free and is feeding you on her social security checks.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:27 | 3193209 nmewn
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Nous avons reçu nous-mêmes perdus dans les déserts d'Afrique du Nord ont à nouveau et en panne d'essence, d'eau et de nourriture. Ne être un bon allié et envoyer certains au-dessus pronto.
Merci

I say send Hillary to the rescue...again.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:13 | 3193491 goldfish1
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The true reason?

Quel surprise.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:43 | 3193269 SafelyGraze
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"drone" rhymes with "bathtub"

 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 09:23 | 3194438 Go Tribe
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It's called the Hillary Doctrine. Overweight, depressed, double-vision.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:20 | 3193185 Dealer
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Twisted logic?  You're a clown.  

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:04 | 3193460 Fortunate Fool
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I guess you are the fucking clown. Since when the CIA/NSA need intervention of a foreign army to install a drone base?

You guys are fucking morons that have been swallowing the fucking bullshit puked by Durden ever since the conflict in Mali started.

I've exposed his bullshit in his other posts already. It seems that critical thinking is seriously missing around here. Not too surprising from all the US public school (un)educated commenting here.

Last question. Where were the US drones currently flying over Mali based before?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:17 | 3193509 goldfish1
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"Biography: A desperate mind in a lost world..."

Sums it up perfectly.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 01:05 | 3194015 JOYFUL
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Alright, alright, so you caught us out, Big Fella. This talk about motives for malfeasance in Mali is all smoke n mirrors...but stop torturing us with your logic, and we'll confess to the whole thing.

For years now, the Pentagon and State have itched with the urge to fight back against scamming Nigerian fraudsters, who have stretched across the Atlantic with impugnity to conduct a campaign of terror against helpless victims -old ladies, millionaires, joesixpacks, no one has been spared.

The loss of countless peoples savings to these letter-launching lunatics is nothing compared to the loss of face which the USA has suffered in seeing it's own tools of capitalist wealth creation turned against it, and by people who have never even worked for GoldmanSachs, JPM, or any of the main pillars of phony finance and weapons of mass finacial destruction.

General Ham, speaking for the porcine producers of Merika's monopoly of international mischief, has finally laid it on the line, for international terrorists to take note -

  “Given the vast geographic space and diversity in threats, the command requires increased ISR assets to adequately address the security challenges on the continent.”

No longer will African letter-writing wannabee wallstreet walla wallas be able to conduct their evil adventurism in the privacy of their walled earthen compounds, he went on to say...

This is the age of full spectrum dominance, and if we see so much as a pen, or other potential terroristic weapon, being picked up by suspects in Afreaka, you know that we are going to intervene in kinetic fashion. the soon to be retired, and newly minted member of some corporate board or other said in closing, while pounding the desk with his shoe!

 

There; we've made a clean breast of it, and admittedly, it feels good to have told the truth here for once. Mr Fool. The Tylers.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 07:46 | 3194295 Miss Expectations
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"For years now, the Pentagon and State have itched with the urge to fight back against scamming Nigerian fraudsters..."

You know that Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezinsky (Goldman Sachs).  Marc is the son of Ed Mezinsky (felon):

An ABC News investigation revealed that Mezvinsky, a former Democratic Congressman from Iowa, had been caught up in a series of Nigerian e-mail scams and began to steal from people to further his schemes.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/father-groom-figure-chelsea-clintons-weddi...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 09:26 | 3194442 Go Tribe
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Chelsea's a pathological liar, just like mom. Funny that her father in law always wanted to go for the "home run". Shoulda bought physical. Another dumbshit.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:31 | 3193225 john39
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maybe you missed it, but zato ignores borders

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:10 | 3193086 Aurora Ex Machina
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2008 Africom - USA base - Oil - Arms Sales - Proposed action Google interactive map of Africa.

 

Hint: this is where the action's at: you can do the same kind of overlay, without using other software for 2012 / 13. Give a man a fish, and all that. I'd urge you all to start playing around with the Open Source Analytical tools you can find out there.

 

Within 30 mins, even without using automated trackers like Recorded Future, you can start creating maps that would make the NSA / CIA of the 1980's cry with envy. Most stuff is open source these days, if you look hard enough - that's the trick. The wider your infosphere, the easier things are to spot. [And why the current Ancient Mummies in the US Gov are such a handicap]

 

Be Seeing You.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:13 | 3193154 knukles
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Afrocom.

(there, fixed it for ya)

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:18 | 3193170 nmewn
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"What does it matter!?!?!"

(Sorry...lol)

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:20 | 3193174 Aurora Ex Machina
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Their site has been down for a bit you know. Now back up. "Ours is not to wonder why, ours is just to do..."

 

Weeble, weeble.

 

p.s. Check the 2004 map for known Salafist operational zones, that's why I used it. This isn't a new issue... just a useful one now.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:35 | 3193239 Zer0head
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AEM you need Contributor staus

(not that any here want to see Ilene become a 99er but I hear Leo is looking for a shill)

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:39 | 3196368 Lore
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Fascinating. Thanks AEM for the link.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:25 | 3193455 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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It is pretty cool just how quick you can parse through documents using nothing more than google and make cluster maps (among other things) showing seemingly unrelated items using a few simple search terms with something like a 3 machine Hadoop cluster. All done with open source software and freely available documentation.

For all you finance and tech people out of work right now looking to refocus your skill sets.
http://infolab.stanford.edu/~ullman/mmds.html

Mathematics bitchez.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:09 | 3193137 TideFighter
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Which one of those spots is the Rat Patrol? The best series, ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZcbifYqpGc

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:28 | 3193215 praxis
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Oh I loved Rat Patrol.  Four guys in two jeeps with 2 .50 mounted machine guns were able to defeat and hold back 1/3 of Rommel's Africa Corp on a weekly basis.  Almost as good as the never ending History Channel specials on American flying "aces" in P-51's that dominated the skies over Europe.  And I'm sure those krauts in their ME-262's just turned and fled in abject terror...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 09:32 | 3194452 trav777
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only when they saw the "Red Tails"...I saw that in a movie

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:09 | 3193135 NoClueSneaker
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... nope. The map shows inability of TBTF to put Bernank's forfeited money on the table. To be contiinued - the solution is an Trillion Plutonium coin.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:20 | 3193175 ebworthen
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My immediate thought was whether or not the U.S. would ever use the drones against the Chinese or if this was simply an extension of slavery - since the U.S. Military and Police forces use them right here in the good 'ole U.S.S.A. and have long since sold us out to the Chinese.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:24 | 3193196 Aurora Ex Machina
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Stop thinking in terms of Nation States. That's 20th Century thinking.

Pop Quiz: What do you know about chip hardware hacks, and who built the chips for the drones?

 

 

Enjoy.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:37 | 3193251 ebworthen
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Right, with you.

I'd wager China built the chips.

There is no U.S.A., only the Crony Kleptoligarchy that enslaves the citizens of the U.S.S.A., China, Europe, and most of the "civilized" world.

They have to wipe those Muslims out because they don't believe in usury.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:09 | 3193476 A Nanny Moose
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iJediMindFuck. These are not the drones you are looking for. Keep moving along.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:55 | 3193606 The Heart
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"What do you know about chip hardware hacks, and who built the chips for the drones?"

This has been a well known problem that goes back several administrations. Not only does the usaf have still yet unknown problems, but so does the navy and every other branch of our defense systems. Even supposed hardened stuff is NOT safe from secret attacks through the satellite and internet system. Anything that has a computer involved in it, or is modern electronics in nature, might be suspect to an attack at possibly the exactly wrong time to have one.

http://news.yahoo.com/counterfeit-chinese-parts-slipping-u-military-airc...

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/over-a-million-fake-chinese-electroni...

http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/us-military-aircraft-contain-potentia...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/29/tonelson-us-must-stop-us...

Suppose there could be some concern since they do not even know where all these possible backdoor containing chips might be, or exactly WHO made them with nefarious intentions that had lucrative contracts to supply them.

Move along folks, no conspiracy here.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:32 | 3193739 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Same thing we did to Mother Russia. The US leaked chips with backdoors to the Russians to copy, and they got into EVERYTHING. Hell, the Iranians have backdoored the US power and water grid, why do you think there hasn't been an attack? A rogue nation trading oil in non-petrodollars, or gasp, gold? TERRORISM!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:21 | 3193528 The Heart
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"since the U.S. Military and Police forces use them right here in the good 'ole U.S.S.A. and have long since sold us out to the Chinese."

Bing-badda-boom! You hit the nail on the head here oh boy yep! For a well made informational report on these nasty evil critters, take a look see at this video and then go watch the last two episodes of Terminator 3&4 just for fun eh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-9A7pJwyMXo

But are they preparing to watch the chinese? Heck no. The babylonian govt thugs and murderers will use them in a war declared on it's own people, then the chinese will come to take them out if they do not surrender first. Can you imagine the insanity of a govt declaring war on it's own people so they will be set up for an easier conquering later by the say, red hoard?

If one were to do some real homework, they might find massive amounts of red hoard in the panama canal, on the mexican border, in america, and all over the canadian border that have silently been getting ready to come claim what they feel is theirs. It should be pretty easy after our poor servicemen and women have been spread out all over the world and killed off in these last 10 years of imperialistic murderous barbarism for the bankster money changers that profit from war. All planned well of course.

The red hoard and marxists traitors in this evil govt of satanic gore and guts wicked evil is all ready to see 97% of ALL AMERICANS get killed off. They will show no mercy to anyone as the protocols speak to. They see an easy conquest after this country falls to the planned chaos and the well used again Divide and Conquer methodologies. Works every time. We sure hope these babylonians do not use some day like the super bowl, or groundhog day for some sort of world changing false flag event to put the country into that shock-n-awe kind of mindset to easily manipulate and then implement something like martial law or some ndaa kinda anti-constitutional marxist dictatorial kind of thing ya know to cover up the crash that is really the big deal. Yup!

One has to wonder why, why in the face of all this, the point blank corruption and blatant criminality is still allowed to go on day after day by who ever is supposed to protect the American people from this kind of real deal not so good stuff. Every soul on board can be sure of one thing, what effects the one, shall effect all, and there is no escape from the karmic hell that none will be excluded from. Each soul on board should be sure they are in the right up place because those treasures layed up well are getting closer and closer to claim for many.

Peace be with you ALL.

 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 03:09 | 3194155 Archduke
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may want to check the legend. see Fe Cu and hydro.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:36 | 3193024 Overfed
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We've always been at war with Africa.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:38 | 3193039 john39
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We have always been at war with humanity...

Just wait until the drones are fully AI, programmed of course by your fascist overlords... Terminator becomes reality.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:47 | 3193062 Freddie
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Anyone remember Somalia?  Clinton changed the mission and Poppy should have totally stayed out.  Clinton turns it into military.  The army brass ask for M1 tanks and M2 Bradleys.  The Congressional Black Caucus (who backed Fannie & Freddie giving mtgs to anyone) said no U.S. tanks will be used against Africans.   The Army asked repeated times and Clinton chicken out.  This is why you had Blackhawk Down.

Obam will win another Nobel Piece Prize for this.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:15 | 3193160 knukles
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LO-fucking-L

Congressional Black Caucus says no tanks to be used in Africa?
Is this some razzizt joke?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:41 | 3193417 lakecity55
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Hmmm, maybe it should have been WhiteHawk Down.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:10 | 3193143 NoClueSneaker
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... indeed ...  - Bandar rides again :-P

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:36 | 3193030 EscapeKey
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More fucking Al Qaeda bullshit.

No doubt they cause global warming as well.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:48 | 3193066 nmewn
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Haven't you heard?

Al Qaeda's dead & GM''s alive!!!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:16 | 3193163 knukles
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Hear tell Al Gore's got hemorrhoids.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:10 | 3193478 nmewn
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Large, bleeding, nodules of sublime Al Gorzeera squeeze in fact, everytime some rabid, foaming at the mouth Greenie, thinks with their heart, instead of their head, I will think of him ;-)

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:13 | 3193493 knukles
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Green puss.........

Yo!  Puss boy!

 

(omg)

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:21 | 3193181 NoClueSneaker
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...lot of rubbing causes a global warming. Saudis warm mutually their asses trough the deep penetration, cooled by the tongues of the US- far right evangelicals wich tongues get cooled by sucking the israeli cocks. The whole complicated situation produces the weirdos, some of them r stupid enough to engage in the global JP/GS commodities cornering ( without money ) policy - as scape goats. Enough drugs for the stunt. Al-Wankeda gets mightyer every fuckin day, 6 Bn. idiots enjoy the show.

Something like that. Where is my Bandar Bush Bitch, bitcheZZZ !?!

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:37 | 3193032 falak pema
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chinese presence is currently heaviest in anglo speaking regions. 

Niger is where all the uranium is; aka Areva's big open mining operations. 

Oil, Oil, Oil stays the obvious focus along with Congo copper. 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:10 | 3193136 Bunga Bunga
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But but but it won't be war for oil.

Niger is Africa's Uranium producer No 1  and No 4 in the world.

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf23.html

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:38 | 3193038 Randy Goodnight
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I thought Obummer already took care of Al Qaeda, Islamist extremists, and the taliban.  

I guess the boots on the ground don't really count because their just there to run the drones.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:40 | 3193040 dick cheneys ghost
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I thought we were broke?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:47 | 3193068 Overfed
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As long as we have a printing press, we'll never be broke!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:19 | 3193358 tbd108
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That is until the world stops taking dollars for real assets.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:16 | 3193166 knukles
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No, it's the French who're broke, silly.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 05:10 | 3194219 Disenchanted
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We the Peons(and our 'entitlements') are broke.

The Fat Katz still gonna get their taxpayer subsidized wars and war toys(and bailouts).

Amerika, fuck yeah!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:49 | 3193041 LongSoupLine
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News you'll never fucking see: (Insert country here) is placing a drone base in the United States to survail it's enemies present in the north American region. It has not ruled out conducting missile strikes if threat levels warrent such. Fuck you Obama. Fucking choke on your peace prize asshole.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:58 | 3193101 kridkrid
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so sure... fuck Obama... and I agree, but fuck you fucking americans (I'm one) who never consider the point you just made.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:22 | 3193363 YuShun
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Consider a drone base in Cuba established by the Russians or Chinese.
The U.S would start shooting down drones from that base, which
would provide a precedent for countries near Niger to allow Russian
or Chinese bases in order to shoot down the American drones. 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:05 | 3193117 Cheesy Bastard
Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:35 | 3193233 ebworthen
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Border security?

ROFLMAO!

The only thing they are going to shoot at those illegals crossing from Mexico are drivers licenses, EBT applications, and the addresses of the nearest emergency rooms!

The missiles will be reserved for U.S. Citizens brandishing firearms attempting to defend the Constitution.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:21 | 3193527 Cheesy Bastard
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Yup.  I hope I get to make wallets and go fishing and eat all the french fries I want at Fema camp. 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 05:13 | 3194221 Disenchanted
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No they'll be shooting at the poor US citizen slobs who are trying to GTFO.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:04 | 3193118 Tijuana Donkey Show
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The United States is placing a drone base in the United States to survail it's internal enemies present in the north American region. It has not ruled out conducting missile strikes if threat levels warrent such.

 

Fixed that for you. 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:06 | 3193125 Umh
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Yea. The problem is that drones are relatively cheap so foreign drones are due soon. From a moral position like ours how can we complain. Yeah I know we will complain anyway.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:30 | 3193222 ebworthen
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And all the peacenicks re-electied him anyways.

WTF?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:10 | 3193480 knukles
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Ain't that the truth.
Ask 'em about it....

"But it's different insert horseshit here."

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:48 | 3193280 krispkritter
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This thing can tell if you're circumcised from 10,000 feet or what cup size your girlfriend is wearing...scary shit.

http://www.petapixel.com/2013/01/28/argus-is-a-1-8-gigapixel-drone-camer...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgon_Stare

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:40 | 3193045 Fedaykinx
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resource wars incoming, headfake a pivot to asia, stat!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:41 | 3193047 HD
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 "unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups"

I honestly laughed out loud when I read this.  I don't know why they even bother with the pretense anymore. Expansionist military abroad, oppressive police state at home.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:44 | 3193056 EscapeKey
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No fucking shit.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:56 | 3193096 Lucius Corneliu...
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Its unbelievable to me that most people are ignorant enough to belive it ... but they do!

TASS and Xinhua are amateurs compared to the Western MSM!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:45 | 3193061 bobthehorse
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America only produces two things.

Weapons of mass destruction and pornography.

If we stop killing and masturbating, my country will fall over the fiscal cliff.

Let's be reasonable.

http://www.angrysinner.blogspot.kr/2013/01/yesterday-we-went-to-mcdonalds-for.html

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:19 | 3193171 knukles
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OK everybody, quit the killing.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:03 | 3193322 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

America only produces two things.

Weapons of mass destruction and pornography.

...and fraud.

<Michael Palin, festooned in Spanish Inquisition garb> America only produces three things...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 10:49 | 3194697 thisandthat
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It would be great if that was all they did, but they "market" them too...

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:47 | 3193065 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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This is pretty fucked up and sort of related.
http://www.infowars.com/attack-helicopters-let-loose-with-machine-gun-fi...

Watch the local Miami TV news piece in the article.

Really makes you wonder if they are testing the civilian population when they do shit like that.

This comment sums it up the best

How does any civilian down on the ground know this is not another hijacking in progress, involving a hijacked black helicopter, that’s raining down real machine gun fire on US citizens?

The idiots are lucky someone did not fire back from the ground.

What do we do when it’s actually Al Qaeda, or a muslim airman from the US that’s gone postal? What is any US citizen supposed to think when fired upon by machine guns, IN THIS DAY AND AGE?

If a citizen went into a government building or attempted to face off with law enforcement using a machine gun firing blanks, they’d shoot em dead ASAP!!!

How are US citizens suppose to know if it’s Al Qaeda, another hijacking, or a drill and should the government be firing machine guns loaded with blanks down onto our streets???

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:56 | 3193092 EscapeKey
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There is no fucking Al Qaeda. It never existed, or at least what is portrayed in the corporate media is absolute load of fucking drivel, designed to do one thing, and one thing only.

Keep us entertained with perpetual war, against an invisible, elusive enemy, who can never conclusively be beaten, thereby necessitating the perpetual war.

That some people make shitloads of money selling arms, that bankers stand ready to finance said arms, and politicians stand ready to whore themselves out to both of these groups is just a lucky coincidence.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:04 | 3193102 Lucius Corneliu...
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Every fascist/imperialistic regime needs a boogeyman.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:59 | 3193109 john39
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Emmanuel Goldstein lives... Orwell tried to warn us, but here we are, with most Americans so fat and dumb that they cant even figure out that the Fed is a private bank.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:54 | 3193301 kchrisc
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I am Winston Smith.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 03:48 | 3194176 Andrew G
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There is Al Qaeda, but the definition is not well known. Basically if you're a pissed off Muslim who doesn't mind killing some Amerikans or their vasals, you're Al Qaeda.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 06:13 | 3194250 EscapeKey
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"Al Qaeda" is not an "anonymous" like structure. The ooger-boogerman narrative we're being sold is that it is loosely connected sleeper cells located... everywhere, just ready to capitalize on perceived weakness aka "acts of terror".

The original "Al Qaeda" wasn't that by a million miles.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Al-Qaeda-True-Story-Radical-Islam/dp/0141031360/...

 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 11:32 | 3194875 thisandthat
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Obviously, folks in Washington never got the invitations to Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice premiere...

Just look up Zbigniew Brzezinski and anything related to "Al Qaida", "terror", etc.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:07 | 3193132 Aurora Ex Machina
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They've done that training exercise for at least 4 years now. Go search the local news papers for similar "WTF" stories. Hint: Infowars is selling FUD: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, stop being a sucker.

 

How best to convince you? They warned the local gov. 4 days beforehand, and asked nicely.

 

Black Ops / MKULTRA etc don't ask nicely. And yes, I know those exist - but this kind of low-level training is common (remember the Helicopters airlifting out of BaC headquarters? They're like the Boy Scouts, bless them, which is easy to do if you have a huge budget from the WoT).

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:14 | 3193158 Cheesy Bastard
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In Houston today too. 

People have been calling police, as well as our newsroom, saying they're hearing gunshots in the area of Scott and Airport. It turns out, the Army says, it's a multi-agency training drill. They're doing it at the old Carnegie High School.

Helicopters were also involved. The Army isn't giving any details of what the training is about.

So if you see the helicopters or hear gunfire, it's only a drill.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8971311

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:50 | 3193267 Aurora Ex Machina
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Yes, fine: if you want to make a case that training drills in urban areas are used as a way of conditioning people to them, then, yes, you've a serious argument.

 

So, let us not forget two things:

1) The first time Israel used F16s to bomb Palestinians [remember: Geneva conventions ban using military planes against civilians, it's REALLY FAMOUS, and why the Nazi's were universally condemned at that point] there was international outcry - and UN protests. Now? Now... well, I'd urge you to look up the CNN footage of them recording the drone "buzz" over the West bank in the last upset. That is exactly the same as using F16's, it was a measuring stick to international outcry - and everyone was silent. [Hint: it's also psychological warfare, but that's a given]. Oh, and F16's are now commonly used to disperse munitions in civilian areas.

2) The USA (unlike, say, Europe), is used to gunfire / violence, at least in some major metropolitan zones; I can't see automatic gunfire being so shocking in Detroit, L.A, etc. So, hmm: probably not the same thing going on.

 

If you're under any illusion that the West Bank isn't currently being used as a measuring stick for "ze plan", then grow up. However, the only way "ze plan" gets altered is if people continue to protest against it, and don't just adapt to the 'new reality'.

 

Wolf / Big Cat Training 101 - never let them bite you, and if it does, growl harder at it, and assert dominance. The moment you cease to do so, you're no longer pack leader - Guernica is important here.

 

 

If you tolerate this, your children will be next. And yes, it was specifically about the Spanish Civil War. Get off your knees, and start protesting.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:37 | 3193406 lakecity55
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We have no pending operations OCONUS in urban areas.

YOU are the targets.

When the Tyrant lets loose, it's gonna be SHock and Awe, US Citizen Slaughter.

I'll bet he kills 100,000 in the first 24 hours.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:18 | 3193356 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I agree with on Alex Jones being a sensationalist. It just happens to be the source I found it at. I know they warn ahead of time, when the do the "terrorist" dirty bomb drills here the local media will run a piece ahead of time to keep the populace from panicking. This is a bit different though when you are firing living rounds, blanks or not. Did the local media publish the fact they were going to use gunfire in their training ahead of time? Frankly I don't know the answer but will go research it now and respond back.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:40 | 3193399 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Best I can find on a quick search.
Earliest time stamp was 1/21 here
Very sparse announcement at most.
http://miami.cbslocal.com/tag/military-exercise/

There’s no need to worry about those military helicopters buzzing through your neighborhood. It’s probably a military training exercise.

Next earliest one was 1/22 from the Miami Herald. More detailed than the first.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/22/3195815/traffic-alert-roads-closed...

Streets around the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts were closed Tuesday night by Miami-Dade police.

Officers in the area about 10 p.m. said the closure was because of an “event,” and that the streets would reopen in about an hour. It is possible that the event is connected to military training exercises.

Miami-Dade police sent out a warning Monday that multiple police agencies would provide support for a joint military training exercise somewhere over Miami and elsewhere in the county. The exercise was to include the use of military helicopters.

But police did not give the exact date or time for when the exercises would take place.

Not one mention of using live rounds or blanks so the original comment stands about people panicking and/or grabbing guns to shoot back once they heard the gunfire part.

Also hardly what I would call advance warning if the police put out a warning on Monday 1/21 and that cbs article was published the same day with that little information in it.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:54 | 3193442 knowless
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i love how there can be military incursions in major us cities, and the mass media is still believed. seriously, maybe it's just my day. but how many more times do there have to be "cross jurisdiction police military "exercises"" before people realise that when they emplore you to send them footage of the event, it's so they can trace you and forcibly wipe it? wtf people?

 

black helicopters tracing the highway unanounced, HERPDERPIMRETARED, totally a training exercise, like the london bombings, or 9/11.

 

BUT I'M A FUCKING CRAZY PERSON.

 

the news will feed you what it needs to idiots. seriously. you have no idea what's been going on the past few years if you think the media is anything but a shill, social media? wait.. soo.. filtered through giant data centers controlled through the NSA? think if they are planning shit they would keyword target? fuck you people.

 

wake up, all numbers are manipulated, all images lies. FOCUS ON YOUR COMMUNITY.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:47 | 3193067 ShakaZulu
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And I saw a pale horse and he who sat upon the horse was named Death and Hell followed with him.  And by these was one fourth of the earth destroyed.

Meet your new neighbor China:  The Pale Rider.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:33 | 3193396 lakecity55
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Nah, the Rider's name is Ozone; unless he is the AntiChrist.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:49 | 3193069 reader2010
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The Chinese send their whores and we send our killing machines. 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:22 | 3193187 knukles
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After a hard day of killing, there's nothing like a cheap disease infested whore to keep one's spirits elevated.
That or a few hours of electro-shock therapy which has been deemed dangerous to one's health.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:51 | 3193078 Bicycle Repairman
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"The State Department has been extraordinarily wary of allowing drones to operate in the region, fearful of criticism that the United States is trying to militarize parts of Africa..."

LOL.  Then what is Africom all about?  The Africans didn't ask for it and didn't want to host it.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:11 | 3193146 Pants McPants
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I read that as the State Department is fearful of the criticism....no so much concerned about the actual militarization of Africa.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:51 | 3193291 Bicycle Repairman
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Africom was very publicly announced.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:11 | 3193142 chump666
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Africa as the battle ground between the West and China.  Makes sense.

 

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:21 | 3193182 AgAu_man
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Long drone makers and their subcontractors.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:24 | 3193194 AgAu_man
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Doesn't China have its own (stealth) drones? Especially after one of those stealth choppers crashed when they got Osama?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:26 | 3193198 slackrabbit
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkzXTgslFNE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Having worked in Africa, the Chinese have built some impressive infrastructure.

The west not so much.

Already I hear word the western troops are causing issues and chinese trooops are on the way to protect their investments.

 

Despite what the MSM shows about 'happy crowds', we are not wanted there.

Africa remembers the west and east using it during the Cold war.

For them the cold war did not finish in 1989, but continued on till about 8 years ago.

This is going to end badly, unless the public reigns these idoits in.

At least one MP is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth......

 

 

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:25 | 3193201 element115
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Niger, please.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:28 | 3193212 digalert
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Drones to watch al Qaeda?

When command center USA issues paychecks and the following weeks agenda to our al Qaeda operatives, do they warn them they'll be spied on?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:33 | 3193232 chump666
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The cosmic wash-cycle.  

http://youtu.be/s6g_ZpJd0YU

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:35 | 3193240 Everybodys All ...
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Does Obama like playing video games after a ride in the presidential choomwagon?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:27 | 3193374 tbd108
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No dummy! He shoots skeet. He says so himself. Oh, and would you buy a used car from him?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:47 | 3193277 sasebo
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Emergency ---- Emergency ---- Emergency   

 

 

 

The delusional, psychopathic assholes who have deceitfully gained control of this country we live in have secretly devised & are implementing a plan to confiscate all private firearms & ammunition.

In brief, using gun control as a diversion, they (mostly DHS) are secretly & quietly purchasing as many firearms & as much ammunition as they can afford (using our tax dollars). They are starting with the most popular & effective calibers, .223 AR-15’s. Currently there are no AR-15’s or .223 ammo for sale anywhere on the internet or elseware. Anybody who thinks private citizens caused this with DHS buying BILLIONS of rounds is goofy.

Once they have acquired an overwhelming number of these weapons & ammo for them, they can proceed to declare a national emergency or whatever & proceed to confiscate all private firearms & ammo BY FORCE. Not by some unconstitutional law or mandate. I want to make this quite clear BY FORCE with their overwhelming firepower. DHS had already purchased BILLIONS of rounds of personal attack ammo before Sandy Hook.

Don’t say you weren’t warned. Be there or be square.

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:30 | 3193389 lakecity55
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It will be up to USA citizenisms; Ozone plans to ship the army off to Africa.

DHS is his preferred killing machine.

Long Death Squads, Daddy going missing  in the night, torture and slaughter.

No longer any doubt. They ARE planning to move on us all, and soon!

 

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8971311

This is happening suddenly, all over the country!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:06 | 3193470 knukles
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So what happens to the Free Shit Army?

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:18 | 3193512 lakecity55
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I guess they will find out their O' Brother is going to make them work in the salt mines.

Let's see how popular he is then...

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:55 | 3193807 knukles
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Yeah.... seems to me that a few folks thinkin' different ain't gonna be the problem.  If the SHTF or in my opinion, the demise is ever so long and slow, drawn out just as the majority of empire declines, the problem gonna be the inner city/poor types taking the beating of the poverty/inequity/crime in spite of the sec 8 ebt programs.
Not gonna be some older gents sitting on their computers.... remember, the Egyptians found that out in spades.  The social media was hotting up... folks sitting home talking.  ...
Sitting home talking...
So in a moment of poorly conceived judgement, the social media was shut down.
And what happens?
Everybody gotta go outside to talk... called crowds, getting to be big motherfucking angry crowds that then get confronted by police... and we all know what happens then.
Makes the hometown Superbowl winners look like a nativity scene and the Rodney King riots church school.   

The social media, etc., is part of the circus.
And the foam on the runway is bread and circuses.....

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:43 | 3193425 nmewn
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They're a little late...as usual. Most people with ANY common sense stocked up when this idiot was selected the first time.

"or .223 ammo for sale anywhere on the internet or elseware."

Harry Beckwiths has got it by the case, shameless Floridian plug ;-)

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:50 | 3193284 Bansters-in-my-...
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..........Fuck Off Big Brother USA..... The world don't need you......

And is sick of your shit.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:53 | 3193294 shovelhead
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Droney don't talk no baloney.

Hellfire Productions proudly announces the Allah Express.

Coming to your neighborhood soon.

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:58 | 3193309 heavymetaleconomist
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The legend on the map is fudged up. Copper, Iron Ore, Hydroelectric Dams and Civil Construction all have mixed up icons. Someone should tell those guys; just sayin'.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:59 | 3193314 BigInJapan
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Roundeye starting recoronozation!

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 03:02 | 3194152 Manic by Proxy
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Well, that's your slant on it.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 08:41 | 3194356 kralizec
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LOL - "It’s an extraordinarily tough environment for human intelligence."

If you ain't black, step back, Jack!

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:17 | 3193354 DR
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Drones are so cool.....

Rise of the Drones

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/rise-of-the-drones.html

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:57 | 3193449 Temporalist
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Yes the NOVA program I was going to link "Rise of the Drone"  Thanks for sharing

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:31 | 3193378 sethstorm
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It'd be a shame if there were a ton of "accidents" that just happened to all take out Chinese-built infrastructure, PRC-linked politicians in Africa, and anything else that just happened to take PRC blood money.

 

The more China-linked anything France topples in Mali, the better; hopefully Hollande has the Chinese stuck on voicemail.

 

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:53 | 3193441 alentia
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I did say that about 2 weeks ago on 1st "Mali" article...

However what author is missing... where is the profit here? Selling intellegence on China business operations? To whom?

US will spend few billions just to check on China expansion - BS!!!

US is establishing military operations in Africa to control everything with position of force not investments. Read "Bully"!

Whoever wants to do business in Africa will have to pay US for "protection".

This is very much like Al Capone, but on global scale. Whoever does not pay will feel the wrath of Al-Quada - global racketeering arm of US Government.

Wow what a setup. This is just amazing. The same as US established already in the Middle East.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 22:08 | 3193472 Fix It Again Timmy
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The illegal invasion of Iraq when swimmingly well for the first 3 weeks.  2 weeks after it started, Dickie Cheny had a Saturday evening dinner party to celebrate the resounding success.  Looks like crow must have been on the menu...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 03:00 | 3194150 Manic by Proxy
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Excellent non sequitur. Try coming up to speed. Right now the outlaw Obama administration is pursuing an expanding menu of military misadventures, having fucked up in Libya, Egypt and now Niger and soon Iran. Oh, and trashing the Constitution, murdering US citizens and preparing for civil war, as he and his hangable henchmen gallop toward totalitarian nihilism. And you are stuck a decade back complaining about Cheney! What a libtard douchebottle.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 05:36 | 3194232 Disenchanted
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libtards or (neo)conservatards, same same("douchebottles").

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:11 | 3193673 NaN
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"...only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens."

That is not much of an assurance, so it is nice to see them hedge about how that could change. What's the chance that CIA will fly it's drones from the same base? 


Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:53 | 3193806 ekm
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Finally, ZH is expanding on this topic, finally.

It's been more than a year I've been trying to attract attention to this.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:56 | 3193812 the grateful un...
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Mali? how about the Rio Grande? Drones will soon be flying over the US Mexico border, (as part of the comprehensive amnesty bill)

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 00:22 | 3193892 SmittyinLA
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we provide "free security" for the Chicoms in Africa, they get "free reign"and we get the Middle East with no manpads.

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