News Items – 02.18.17

Top Air Force Official Told JCS in 1971: ‘We Could Lose Two Hundred Million People [in a Nuclear War] and Still Have More Than We Had at the Time of the Civil War,’” by George Washington University’s National Security Archive:

“The Air Force chief of staff told the Joint Chiefs at a September 1971 meeting that in a nuclear war the United States “could lose two hundred million people and still have more than we had at the time of the Civil War.” The quote comes from a recently declassified and highly revealing diary entry by JCS Chairman Thomas Moorer, published today for the first time by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University. The other chiefs did not challenge Gen. Thomas Ryan’s inaccurate numbers, seemingly choosing to ignore his comment altogether. The notes are not only an eye-opening acknowledgement of certain senior military attitudes about nuclear survivability in the early 1970s, but are part of a critically important discovery – the existence among Admiral Moorer’s files of at least a partial record of JCS meetings that were thought to have been lost after the Chiefs in the late 1970s destroyed their entire collection of minutes going back to 1947.”

If Trump Wants to Defeat ISIS, He’d Better Stop Alienating Muslims,” by Juan Cole — Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

The Guardian: “Deputy CIA director could face court deposition over post-9/11 role in torture

Center for Public Integrity: “Lobbyists helped bankroll Donald Trump’s transition: Hired guns for defense contractors, private prisons and Big Tobacco among donors


“All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (‘HUMINT’) and electronic (‘SIGINT’) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series. Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan. … Significantly, two CIA opposition espionage tasks, ‘What policies do they promote to help boost France’s economic growth prospects?’ and ‘What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?’ resonate with a U.S. economic espionage order from the same year. That order requires obtaining details of every prospective French export contract or deal valued at $200m or more. The opposition espionage order also places weight on obtaining the candidates’ attitudes to the E.U’s economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis; the role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis; the vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default; and ‘specific proposals and recommendations’ to deal with ‘the euro-zone crisis.’ The CIA espionage orders published today are classified and restricted to U.S. eyes only (‘NOFORN’) due to ‘Friends-on-Friends sensitivities.’ The orders state that the collected information is to ‘support’ the activities of the CIA, the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)’s E.U section, and the U.S. State Department’s Intelligence and Research Branch. The CIA operation ran for ten months from 21 Nov 2011 to 29 Sep 2012, crossing the April-May 2012 French presidential election and several months into the formation of the new government.”

The BND recently said that there’s no proof of Russian interference in its upcoming election, and WikiLeaks, as seen above, came out with proof that the US, not France, was meddling in French elections. Meanwhile, the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post are reporting that Russia’s interfering in US/European politics to destabilize them while we’re still the global reigning champion of foreign election meddling.

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking,” by Melvin Goodman — former CIA Office of Soviet Affairs Division Chief and senior analyst; former State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research senior analyst; adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University; and former professor at the US National Defense University.

As [Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Theresa] May Chat, a Large Nest of Israeli Spies in London Exposed,” by Craig Murray — former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, until becoming a torture whistleblower; and former Rector of the University of Dundee.


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