Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles

by Adam Johnson, FAIR

As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to rise, one think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has become a ubiquitous voice on the topic of missile defense, providing Official-Sounding Quotes to dozens of reporters in Western media outlets. All of these quotes speak to the urgent threat of North Korea and how important the United States’s deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system is to South Korea:

  • “THAADs are tailored to those medium-range threats that North Korea has in spades—North Korea regularly demonstrates that kind of capability,” says Thomas Karako, the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “THAADs are exactly the kind of thing that you would want for a regional area.” (Wired, 4/23/17)
  • But [CSIS’s Karako] called [THAAD] an important first step. “This is not about having a perfect shield, this is about buying time and thereby contributing to the overall credibility of deterrence,” Karako told AFP. (France24, 5/2/17)
  • THAAD is a decent option, says Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, citing a perfect intercept record in trials to date. (Christian Science Monitor, 7/21/16)
  • Seeing THAAD as a “natural consequence” of an evolving threat from North Korea, Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told VOA that Washington should continue to tell Beijing “this system is not aimed at China … and [China] will just have to live with this decision.” (Voice of America, 3/22/17)
  • Victor Cha, a Korea expert and former White House official now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, played down the chances that THAAD would be rolled back. “If THAAD is deployed prior to the elections and given the North Korean missile threat, I don’t think it would be prudent for a new government to ask that it be walked back,” Cha said. (Reuters, 3/10/17)
  • Thomas Karako, senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said China’s indirect, retaliatory measures over the THAAD deployment would only stiffen the resolve of South Korea. He called the Chinese intervention “short-sighted.” (Voice of America, 1/23/17)

The list goes on. In the past year, FAIR has noted 30 media mentions of CSIS pushing the THAAD missile system or its underlying value proposition in US media, most of them in the past two months. Business Insider was the most eager venue for the think tank’s analysts, routinely copyingandpasting CSIS talking points in stories warning of the North Korean menace.

Omitted from all these CSIS media appearances, however, is that one of CSIS’s top donors, Lockheed Martin, is THAAD’s primary contractor—Lockheed Martin’s take from the THAAD system is worth about $3.9 billion alone. Lockheed Martin directly funds the Missile Defense Project Program at CSIS, the program whose talking heads are cited most frequently by US media…

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Marco Rubio Introduces Bill To Allot $20M Toward Regime Change in Venezuela

(All those Young Republican protesters and corrupt opposition parties need to get paid. Color revolutions aren’t cheap baby.)

from Mint Press News

This week’s bipartisan Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act not only seeks to pump US$10 million to Venezuela as part of a “humanitarian assistance” package but also looks to provide millions to efforts to undermine the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

The bill also allots an additional US$10 million for ‘democracy promotion,’ including “US$500,000 to carry out the activities … with the Organization of American States to ensure credible international observation that contributes to free, fair, and transparent democratic electoral processes in Venezuela” and “US$9,500,000 to carry out the activities … directly, or through nongovernmental organizations to defend internationally recognized human rights … support the efforts of independent media outlets … facilitate open and uncensored access to the Internet … and to combat corruption.”

As part of the 11 section plan, the legislation aims to support the move by the head of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro, to invoke the “Democratic Charter” against the country. The bill states that Maduro’s government and Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice have “carried out systematic efforts to undermine, block, and circumvent the authorities and responsibilities of the Venezuelan National Assembly as mandated by the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”…

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration for Files on Botched SEAL Raid in Yemen

by Alex Emmons, from the Intercept

Donald Trump’s administration is trying to close the book on its first major military operation – a botched Navy SEAL raid in Yemen that turned into a village-wide massacre, killing as many as 25 people, including 10 children. But the ACLU, which made a Freedom of Information Act request in March, has just filed a lawsuit to force the government to open its files.

When the residents of al Ghayil village in central Yemen heard gunfire the night of January 29th, they returned fire, thinking that they were under attack by a local party in Yemen’s civil war. U.S. forces then strafed the village with helicopter gunfire, killing villagers, damaging a dozen buildings, and wiping out the village’s livestock.

The raid, which Trump reportedly authorized over dinner, also resulted in the death of a Navy Seal, William “Ryan” Owens, and the destruction of a $70 million Osprey helicopter. The raid did not kill its intended target — a senior al Qaeda leader — and villagers denied that Al Qaeda had a presence in the village.

President Trump has insisted the raid was “highly successful,”…

The White House took it a step further and tried to shame the raid’s critics into silence. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that “anyone who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and [does] a disservice to the life of Chief Owens.” The next day, Trump tweeted that criticism from Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., “emboldens the enemy.”…

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MIT Professor Postol on Bellingcat (“they are less than amateurs. they are frauds”)

by Scott Creighton

For those of you who don’t know, Bellingcat is a website that is devoted to promoting any and all anti-Russian propaganda they can get their hands on. They are also pro-regime change where ever that regime change happens to be. More likely than not they are either a State Department/Pentagon “hearts and minds” contractor or they are CIA/MI6/Mossad. They came to my attention previously during the first chemical weapon false flag event and of course during my work on Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17. They constantly lie and fabricate “evidence” regarding things like Russia “invading” Crimea and election “hacking” and crap like that. Total bunk website run by globalist zealots pushing junk science on people who don’t know any better.

H/T to Syricide for posting this video.

“MIT Professor Postol who debunked HRW, Bellingcat and his own government with his analysis of the Ghouta chemical weapon attack of August 2013, rips into the “expertise” of Bellingcat and their chemical weapon “expert” Dan Kaszeta.”

Make Ready the Elysian Fields: Globalization Wins French Election Thanks To Worst Turnout in 50 Years

by Scott Creighton

The globalists are celebrating this morning because their ideology of integrating the whole of the world and turning it into one big free trade zone (ala that film Elysium) won out over populism and protectionism yesterday in France.

The official results are in and former Rothschild bankster Emmanuel Macron beat Marine La Pen handily with over a third of the registered voters either not showing up or not making a decision on their ballots:

These results are based on 99.99 percent of the votes being counted, and come from the interior ministry:

Macron 66.1 % with 20.7 million votes

Marine Le Pen 33.9 % with 10.6 million votes

“Abstention at 25.38 percent According to official results, the abstention rate stood at 25.38 percent – the highest since the presidential election in 1969. 8.5 percent gave blank votes The interior ministry reported a record number of blank and invalid ballots, accounting for 8.49 percent of all registered voters, compared to two percent in the first round. So adding the blanks to the abstentions, a third of French voters declined to choose between Macron and Le Pen — a record rate in nearly half a centuryThe Local, France

La Pen had promised to lead France out of the European Union (EU) and take them off the euro as the globalist currency of Europe. La Pen looked to normalize relations with Russia and do away with France’s participation in the bogus sanctions leveled at Russia for supposedly “invading Crimea” which they never did. And La Pen promised to end the open door immigration policy which is a big factor in neoliberal economic ideology as it pits poor working class migrants against poor working class indigenous populations in a race to the bottom in terms of labor costs which only serve to make the investor class happy.

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