Sunday, June 4, 2017

U.S. Missile Defense Triggers Alarm From Russia, China, Snipers Surround Venezuelan State TV Building, Seth Rich Murder Cover-Up Continues

US missile defense triggers alarm from Russia, China

  • The U.S. sets new interceptor missile tests and looks to deploy laser weapons to destroy ICBMs.
  • Beijing is worried America's anti-missile system 'breaks strategic balance among nuke-armed countries.'
  • Moscow is critical of U.S. missile defenses and mulling how to respond.

The Pentagon's successful interceptor missile defense test this week is seen as a step toward reducing the nuclear risk from North Korea, but now China and Russia are seeing the U.S. technology as a threat.

Regardless, North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Thursday that its military was "ready to conduct an ICBM test-fire at any time." 

During Tuesday's test, the U.S. military intercepted a mock intercontinental ballistic missile target fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California during a test of its Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, system.

Besides California, the U.S. also has the GMD system deployed at Fort Greely in Alaska. The interceptor test took place a day after the North Korean regime fired its ninth ballistic missile test this year.

Tuesday was only the 10th successful test out of 17 conducted since 1999. This week's test also was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM target.

Russia and China already have developed countermeasures to increase the chance of a missile reaching a target. And the North Koreans also are believed to be developing similar capabilities, which creates additional national security concerns given Pyongyang's rapid advances in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Friday quoted a military spokesman for the hermit state as saying the U.S. is "sadly mistaken if they think such missile interception system can prevent the shower of [a] nuclear strike."

"This destroys the strategic balance in the world," Reuters quoted Putin as saying in remarks at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Added the Russian leader: "What is happening is a very serious and alarming process. In Alaska, and now in South Korea, elements of the anti-missile defense system are emerging. Should we just stand idly by and watch this? Of course not. We are thinking about how to respond to these challenges. This is a challenge for us."
At the same time, China's semiofficial Global Times said this week that the interceptor test is proof the U.S. may be preparing for military action against North Korea and also that the technology "breaks strategic balance among nuke-armed countries."

"The enhancement of America's missile defense capability will, in theory, undermine the effectiveness [and] efficacy of nuclear strikes launched by its main strategic rivals, thus consolidating its own domination," according to an op-ed Thursday on the Chinese military's official web portal.

Meantime, Russia and China also are concerned with the THAAD anti-ballistic missile systems deployed in South Korea. THAAD, a system manufactured by Lockheed Martin, stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

Analysts suggest one way Russia could respond to the U.S. anti-missile technology is by increasing its cyberweapons targeting missile defense systems as well as pushing more space-based anti-missile solutions. Russia also could increase the number of fake missiles it has coming down on targets so more interceptors go to the wrong missile.

Venezuelan student groups and opposition leaders who assembled before the doors of Venezuela’s state television network VTV Friday afternoon were met with armored tanks, dozens of soldiers, and snipers awaiting them on the network building’s rooftop.

The protesters are targeting VTV in protest of their 24/7 broadcasts of pro-socialist propaganda, which depict dictator Nicolás Maduro as a benevolent democratic leader and routinely refer to anti-socialist demonstrators as “fascists.”
Local news outlets began reporting Friday morning that locals near the VTV center in Caracas had seen an influx of Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) soldiers surrounding the building, driving armored tanks near it, and placing soldiers on the rooftops with long-distance firearms. Police and soldiers also blocked entry by vehicle into the entire street.
Student groups and opposition parties scheduled a march to walk through the block on which VTV’s headquarters are located in the Venezuelan capital on Friday to demand that the state-run network, which taxpayers keep functional, broadcast fair coverage regarding the protests.
“We demand VTV show the reality, that they have ethics and show solidarity with those killed,” Rafaela Requesens, president of the FCU-UCV Federation of University Centers, told reporters at the protest.
“We are coming with a very clear demand: broadcast the truth, we want students to have space within the network to speak,” Santiago Acosta, Requesens’ counterpart at the Andrés Bello Catholic University, said. The march, he added, was “to demand that the network tell Venezuelans the truth.”

“We want to advise journalists and workers who make decisions at state networks that they shouldn’t sink with Maduro,” Freddy Guevara, the acting head of the Popular Will political party, said Friday. The head of the party, Leopoldo López, is serving a 14-year prison sentence for organizing peaceful protests in 2014. He asserted that VTV’s image of Venezuela was “a nation of wonders” when, in reality, Maduro’s Venezuela is falling apart.

ABC 7’s Scott Taylor was recently denied a Freedom of Information Act Request that he filed with the Government of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department which requested copies of video footage captured at the crime scene by police officers body cameras and surveillance video captured from the hospital where DNC staffer Seth Rich was taken before his death.

Frustrated with the official response, the investigative journalist tweeted:

The response from DC Metro Police makes no sense, especially because body camera footage has been released by the department in the past and can only help in solving the case.
Furious about the whole ordeal, Taylor tweeted:
An additional FOIA request filed by Taylor was denied by the Chief Medical Examiner.
The response from DC Metro Police makes no sense, especially because body camera footage has been released by the department in the past and can only help in solving the case.
An additional FOIA request filed by Taylor was denied by the Chief Medical Examiner.

Taylor tweeted:
How deep does the deep state go?

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