Monday, March 21, 2016

Hezbollah Prepared To Strike Israel's Nuclear Facilities, Korea On The Brink Of War, Gov't Employees Under 'Total Surveillance'

Nasrallah: Hezbollah will strike Israel's nuclear facilities if war breaks out

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened on Monday that if a future war breaks out with Israel, his Shi'ite Lebanese terrorist group will strike all targets in the Jewish state "without any limits."

"If the Israeli army escalates its aggression against Lebanon, Hezbollah will strike all the strategic targets in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the nuclear facilities," Hezbollah-linked TV station Al Manar quoted Nasrallah as saying in a televised interview on Al Mayadeen. 

The Hezbollah leader continued, stating that Israel is aware of Hezbollah's possession of rockets that can strike anywhere in the country.

In addition, he claimed that: "Hezbollah possesses all the details about the positions of the petrochemical, biological and nuclear facilities across Palestine."

While Nasrallah asserted that Hezbollah does not want to start a war with Israel, he added that his organization "does not grant Israel any security guarantees."

Nasrallah also took a stab at Arab nations in the region, seemingly in light of their decision to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. 

"Israel does not respond to the Arab regimes' demands, but some Arab countries work for the sake of the Israelis," he was quoted as saying. 

Large scale military drills, formation of elite raiding units and consecutive ballistic missile launches leave many wondering if the Korean peninsula is on the brink of war.
In early March, the U.S. began three mass joint exercises in South Korea called Key Resolve, Foal Eagle and the Ssangyong exercises. Scheduled to run until April 30th, almost 290,000 S. Korean soldiers and 15,000 U.S. Marines drilled under the scenario of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declaring war on the South and the total collapse of the N. Korean regime.
As part of the S. Korean contingent, a unit of 3000 specially honed commandos — dubbed the “Spartan 3000” — trained to raid strategic military facilities inside N. Korea, including deployments by land, sea and air within 24 hours notice.
These drills come after North Korea first started the year with an unannounced ballistic missile test and then the launch of an aerospace orbiting device. On Monday S. Korean officials said N. Korea launched its 15th projective in 2 weeks, firing several missiles into the sea off its east coast.
“We are confirming that North Korea has fired five short-range projectiles off its northeastern coast area into the East Sea,” a South Korean military officer said. “North Korea has launched 15 different projectiles on four different dates since firing the long-range missile on Feb. 7.”

South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned at a crisis meeting on Monday that the Korean peninsula is facing “a very crucial time” amid growing fears that both countries could be plunged into outright war. “Even after the international community adopted strong sanctions, North Korea continues to attempt reckless provocations as shown through Kim Jong-un’s recent order,” she said.
In response to the U.S. / S. Korean joint exercises, N. Korean state media — Korean Central News Agency — reported that Kim Jong-un oversaw military drills at unknown locations along his regimes coastline, with the scenario predicated around the repelling of a foreign incursion.
The drill was intended to prove that N. Korea’s military could “kill ruthlessly the U.S. and South Korea whenever the group of enemies gives off any sort of sparks on the land,” KCNA reported.
“Seeing the daring action of landing units, Kim Jong-un said with pleasure that such surprise landing and attack on the coast would result in a victorious battle,” KCNA said in a statement issued in English.
Kim Jong-un personally ordered his soldiers to “bury at sea any enemies that attack the land in the coast of the country,” they added.
It is not clear who would prevail in the event of a new war between the two powers on the Korean peninsula, but what is certain is both sides have been rapidly preparing for such a contingency for decades.

The US government uses an “insider threat” task force that has effectively placed thousands of its employees under “total surveillance” on the chance that they may leak sensitive information...After Manning leaked a trove of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010, the US government created the National Insider Threat Task Force to try and identify federal employees and contractors who may potentially be responsible for a major leak in the future.
Manning recently obtained a 31 page document dated April 2014 that outlines the internal surveillance program, penning a column in the Guardian calling it “unsustainable, ineffective, morally reprehensible, inherently dangerous and ultimately counterproductive.”

“The mission of this taskforce is breathtakingly broad,” she wrote. “It aims at deterring threats to national security by anyone ‘who misuses or betrays, wittingly or unwittingly, his or her authorized access to any US Government resource’. Unfortunately, the methods it outlines amount to thousands of government personnel being effectively under total surveillance.”

The Federation of American Scientists obtained documents showing roughly 100,000 government employees, including in the military, are already under “continuous surveillance,” the Guardian reported. The organization’s Steven Aftergood said that the personality characteristics highlighted by the government are very similar to those used to hunt down suspected Cold War spies.

Smartmatic Group, an electronic voting firm whose worldwide headquarters is located in the United Kingdom, will be running the online balloting process in the Utah Republican Open Caucuses on Tuesday.

The chairman of Smartmatic’s board, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, currently serves on the board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and has close ties to the billionaire.
The Wall Street Journal dubbed the Republican party’s online adventure on Tuesday as “one of the biggest online votes conducted so far in the U.S.” and the “largest experiment with online presidential voting since 2004, when Michigan allowed Democrats to vote in a party caucus via the Internet.”

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