Wednesday, December 17, 2008



Arizona Police Trained for Economic Civil Unrest

Kurt Nimmo
December 17, 2008

Mike Sunnucks, writing for the Phoenix Business Journal, reports that Arizona state and local police “say they have broad plans to deal with social unrest, including trouble resulting from economic distress. The security and police agencies declined to give specifics, but said they would employ existing and generalized emergency responses to civil unrest that arises for any reason.”

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A recent report by the U.S. Army War College discusses the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used in the event of civil unrest due to the economic crisis.

The Phoenix Police Department told the newspaper it has a Tactical Response Unit that trains “continually and has deployed on many occasions for any potential civil unrest issue,” according to Phoenix Police spokesman Andy Hill. Scottsdale Police spokesman Mark Clark said his department has similar plans “in place for such civil unrest.”

The Phoenix Business Journal notes Clark, Hill and other local police officials said the region did plenty of planning and emergency management training for the Super Bowl in February in Glendale. The training at the Super Bowl included personnel and resources from the Department of Homeland Security and the Northern Command, which coordinated with Arizona officials.

As Infowars and Prison Planet have documented, Northern Command is specifically tasked with implementing martial law under Continuity of Government. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 voided restrictions placed on the military to support civilian administration by the Posse Comitatus Act, the latter restricting the military from working with local law enforcement. In addition to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, a 1994 U.S. Defense Department Directive (DODD 3025) allows military commanders to take emergency actions in domestic situations.

A recent report by the U.S. Army War College discusses the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used in the event of civil unrest due to the economic crisis, “such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks,” according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

On December 16, Steve Watson and Paul Watson detailed the U.S. Army War College report, entitled Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy Development.






Russian S-300 anti-air weapon already delivered to Iran

DEBKAfile Special Report

December 18, 2008, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russian S-300s on way to guarding Iran's nuclear sites

Russian S-300s on way to guarding Iran's nuclear sites

Despite the efforts of US and Israeli leaders, Moscow has begun delivering the highly sophisticated medium-range air defense S-300 system to Iran for securing its nuclear and strategic sites against potential attack.

The RIA news agency reported Wednesday night, Dec. 18: "Moscow has earlier met its obligations to supply Tor-M1 (short-range) systems to Iran and is currently implementing its contract to deliver S-300 systems."

DEBKAfile's military sources disclose the S-300 deliveries began two weeks ago.

Their installation, coinciding with the return home of members of Iranian air defense officers from training in Russia, means that air or missile attacks on Iranian sites will henceforth be extremely difficult and carry a high price.

On 9th October, DEBKAfile's Moscow sources reported that Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert failed in the key mission of his trip to persuade Russian leaders to refrain from selling this advanced weapon to Iran and Syria.

On July 9, US Secretary of State Robert Gates said: "Based on what I know, it's highly unlikely that those air defense missiles would be in Iranian hands any time soon." Clearly, Gates was misinformed and his intelligence wrong, since five months on, those missiles are on their way to Iran.

While both the Bush administration and Israeli leaders insisted that a military option remained on the table if Iran persisted in its nuclear weapons program, neither took into account that Tehran was not deterred or standing idle.

This week, the Israeli defense ministry announced that Amos Gilead, a high official, would travel to Moscow Wednesday, Dec. 17 in a final bid to hold the Kremlin's hand. But Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak had missed another boat.

DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources report that after Iran, Moscow will install the S-300 in Syria, focusing on securing the Russian naval bases going up in the Mediterranean port of Tartous. By selling these countries top-line weaponry, Moscow is strengthening its military presence and influence in two Middle East countries of especial interest to the United States and Israel – a tactic Soviet Russian employed in the Cold War.


New bombs change Middle East dynamics
Israelis could hit Syria, Iran without leaving their own airspace


A protester holds a molotov coctail next to a burning barricade in athens on December 8, 2008. Fury at the fatal police shooting of a schoolboy, 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, erupted in a third day of rioting across Greece on Monday, with youths burning banks and shops, attacking hotels and clashing with the security forces. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protester shouts at riot police in central Athens on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. Athens and other Greek cities were ravaged by three successive nights of rioting after police shot teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos dead. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) #

Greek riot police go after protesters, not seen, that had thrown molotov cocktails, as fire fighters spray foam on a burning vehicle during a violent protest in central Athens, Friday Dec. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)#

A woman writes the plate number on the hood of her burnt-out car parked opposite a burned store in Athens on December 11, 2008. (LOUISA

December 18th, 2008

Southern California is only $32,500 Away from Seeing Housing Prices Fall by 50 Percent from the Peak: The Precipitous fall from $505,000 to $285,000.


Is the Middle East "Freer, More Hopeful, and More Promising"?

In a Middle East valedictory speech today, summing up the nearly eight years of his two administrations, George W. Bush declared that "the Middle East in 2008 is a freer, more hopeful, and more promising place than it was in 2001."

I disagree. Count some of the important ways things are now worse:

  • George W. Bush delivering his swan song on the Middle East.

    Iran is closer to nuclear weapons, perhaps the single most alarming development of Bush's era.
  • Pakistan is close to becoming a nuclear-armed, Islamist rogue state.

  • The price of oil reached all time highs and only collapsed in recent months due to a U.S.-led recession.

  • Turkey has gone from being a stalwart ally to the most anti-American country in the world.

  • The doctrine of preemption has been discredited.

  • Arab rejectionism of Israel has spread.

  • Democracy efforts in Egypt have collapsed.

  • Hizbullah grows in power in Lebanon.

  • Hamas took power in Gaza and may next control the West Bank.

  • The Taliban may again run Afghanistan.

And Iraq? Bush made an almost direct reply to my appeal since 2003 to place a "democratically-minded strongman" in power in Baghdad, stating that "when Saddam's regime fell, we refused to take the easy option and install a friendly strongman in his place." Bush remains convinced he did the right thing, I remain convinced that the Iraq story will end badly for the United States.

What are the positive Bush legacies? I count two. No Saddam Hussein in Iraq and a Libya that is only quasi hostile. (December 5, 2008)


Russia bids for first Israeli military purchase – spy drones

DEBKAfile Special Report

December 16, 2008, 7:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Heron 2 spy drone

Heron 2 spy drone

A $10-12 million transaction for Moscow to purchase Israeli spy drones for the Russian army is in negotiation with Israel's Aerospace Industries. The Russian Kommersant reported Tuesday, Dec. 16 that Gen. Vladimir Popovkin, head of Russia's armed forces, visited Israel in November for talks on the purchase of a first batch of the unmanned reconnaissance drones which Georgia used successfully in its conflict with Russia last August.

DEBKAfile's military sources report that the sale, if finally approved by the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, would be Israel's first advanced hardware sale to Russia. It would also mark a reversal of Israeli policy, since the Russian army would almost certainly use the drones in another future round of hostilities with Georgia over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

A drone transaction with Moscow would give the Russian army a technological-intelligence edge over Caucasian and Caspian nations, like Georgia and Azerbaijan, and therefore place in doubt their future arms purchases from Israel.

Jerusalem consulted with Washington over the deal, as required under the US-Israel 2006 security pact covering Israeli weapons transfers to third countries. The advanced state of Israel-Russian negotiations indicates its approval by the outgoing Bush White House and incoming Obama administration in line with their efforts to improve relations with Moscow.


Obama citizenship issue has merit, AOL poll says Nation seeks answers to questions about president-elect's eligibility

Posted: December 16, 2008
9:11 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

America Online is conducting a new poll asking readers whether they believe there is any merit to the controversy surrounding Barack Obama's citizenship – and most respondents say "yes."

With nearly 77,000 national votes in the unscientific survery, some might say the poll chart looks somewhat similar to this year's electoral map, except in orange and yellow.

A full 48 percent of nationwide respondents believe people should be concerned about Obama's citizenship, 45 percent say the controversy has no merit and 7 percent of voters remain undecided.

In all, 32 states agree that there could be merit to the Obama citizenship controversy.


Witness: 'Patrick Fitzgerald would be terminated'

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Tony Rezko associate Elie Maloof (pictured above, right) just testified that when he received a grand jury subpoena, Rezko told him not to talk to the feds. Why?

"The federal prosecutor will no longer be the same federal prosecutor," Maloof just testified that Rezko told him. What did Rezko mean prosecutor Chris Niewoehner asked? "That Patrick Fitzgerald would be terminated and Dennis Hastert will name his replacement. The investigation will be over."

Maloof, who once helped run some of Rezko's fast-food businesses, said Rezko told him of Fitzgerald's replacement: "That they will order the prosecutor to stop the investigation."
It is the first time jurors heard an accusation that Rezko worked behind the scenes to oust Fitzgerald.

Last week, prosecutors revealed that future witness Ali Ata will also testify that he knew of a plan by Rezko to eliminated Fitzgerald and replace him with someone who wouldn't go after Rezko.
On cross examination, though, Defense lawyer William Ziegelmueller asked whether he knew that it's President who appoints U.S. Attorneys.

Maloof also testified that Rezko told him not to bring up his name to prosecutors because it would only link to Gov. Blagojevich.
The conversation with Rezko, took place in February, 2004 inside of Rezko's Wilmette mansion. Only Rezko's housekeeper was there, aside from Maloof and Rezko.
Maloof said as they talked, Rezko had three cell phones in front of him.
"It was kind of weird, he had three cell phones in front of him," Maloof said.
When Maloof asked why, Rezko explained: "Just in case somebody’s listening," Maloof said.
What did he mean? “If the feds were listening.”
Was Mr. Rezko joking?
"No, it wasn’t a joke," Maloof said.

Maloof left the stand without ever invoking Barack Obama's name, despite previous allegations by prosecutors that he made a straw donation for Rezko to Obama's Senatorial campaign fund. It is clear that lawyers -- and the judge -- have been careful not to bring Obama's name into case, even outside the presence of the jury.

After Maloof left the stand, cameras chased him out of the federal courts building.
Newspaper photographers and television camera crews hustled to get in front of Maloof and, in what is a common scene in federal court, walked backwards, attempting not to run into one another while staying out of the rain.
Then Maloof asked something surprising: "You need me to slow down for you?"
Everyone nodded.
He did.


S. Calif. residents trade guns for groceries

Program brings in record number of weapons, thanks to tough economy

Image: Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies
Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Gordon, right, and colleagues examine and process weapons turned in Sunday in Compton, Calif., as part of the annual Gifts for Guns program.

Prepare with Guns and Ammo

November 10, 2008 at 1:01 am

Gun sales are at a record high despite a failing economy. Stores across America are selling out of guns and ammo due to the anti-gun policy of Barack Hussein Obama. With a decrease in supply, you can expect the price to increase in the near future, and then increase again after they are banned. Buying guns and ammo is an investment against a tyrannical and oppressive government. The expectation is that Obama will ban guns:

Despite a sluggish economy and shoppers that are cutting back on almost everything, sales of handguns, rifles and ammunition have surged in the last week, according to gun store owners around the nation who describe a wave of buyers concerned that an Obama administration will curtail their right to bear arms. Buyers across the country are snapping up firearms at a record pace.

Self-defense is a necessity for anyone serious about emergency preparation. This includes guns (handgun, shotgun, and rifle), ammunition, martial arts, monitored security systems, security cameras, et cetera. You want to make sure that you have an ample supply of ammo, not just a handful of bullets.


Cold Steel Knives: Cold Steel Black Sable Knife, CS-60BS


AMMUNITION (copied and pasted from a forum)

Rumor or not there are a lot of people who believe with Obama and a democratic majority in the house and senate will enact stiffer gun laws.

People are buying guns and ammo like crazy, my wife and I have been married nearly 50 years and for the first time this week, she asked me several times if I had a good supply of ammo. Seems she seen something on the news about a large tax on ammo is coming.



טו וְהָיָה, אִם-לֹא תִשְׁמַע בְּקוֹל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, לִשְׁמֹר לַעֲשׂוֹת אֶת-כָּל-מִצְו‍ֹתָיו וְחֻקֹּתָיו, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם--וּבָאוּ עָלֶיךָ כָּל-הַקְּלָלוֹת הָאֵלֶּה, וְהִשִּׂיגוּךָ. 15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.
טז אָרוּר אַתָּה, בָּעִיר; וְאָרוּר אַתָּה, בַּשָּׂדֶה. 16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
יז אָרוּר טַנְאֲךָ, וּמִשְׁאַרְתֶּךָ. 17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy kneading-trough.
יח אָרוּר פְּרִי-בִטְנְךָ, וּפְרִי אַדְמָתֶךָ--שְׁגַר אֲלָפֶיךָ, וְעַשְׁתְּרֹת צֹאנֶךָ. 18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the young of thy flock.
יט אָרוּר אַתָּה, בְּבֹאֶךָ; וְאָרוּר אַתָּה, בְּצֵאתֶךָ. 19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
כ יְשַׁלַּח יְהוָה בְּךָ אֶת-הַמְּאֵרָה אֶת-הַמְּהוּמָה, וְאֶת-הַמִּגְעֶרֶת, בְּכָל-מִשְׁלַח יָדְךָ, אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה--עַד הִשָּׁמֶדְךָ וְעַד-אֲבָדְךָ מַהֵר, מִפְּנֵי רֹעַ מַעֲלָלֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר עֲזַבְתָּנִי. 20 The LORD will send upon thee cursing, discomfiture, and rebuke, in all that thou puttest thy hand unto to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the evil of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken Me.


George W. Bush’s political epitaph

By Michelle Malkin • December 16, 2008 06:05 PM

“I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.”

George W. Bush