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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Friday, June 21, 2024

Hezbollah ready to defeat Israel

 

 

Moon of Alabama

On October 8, a day after Hamas attacked Israel, the Lebanese Hezbollah joined the fray. It sent missiles towards military installations in north Israel. 80,000 Israeli settler living in the north fled from their homes. They are still sitting in hotels around Israel and are waiting for the return of quietness to that front.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had announced that the current northern tit-for-tat campaign between Hezbollah and Israeli forces would continue until a permanent ceasefire is agreed upon in Gaza.

But the radicals in charge of Israeli policies do not want a ceasefire in Gaza. They want to eradicate Hamas and as much of the Gazan population as possible. A ceasefire would prevent them from doing so.

On the other hand there is pressure from northern settlers who want to return to their homes. But without a ceasefire in Gaza the low level conflict in Israel's north and southern Lebanon is bound to continue.

Instead of working towards a ceasefire in Gaza the Israeli military and government are planning to invade southern Lebanon and to occupy it up to the Litani river.

The plan is delusional. Hezbollah is grounded in the Shia communities which inhabit south Lebanon. Is Israel expecting that population to move out? That is not going to happen.

Hezbollah, with its number of forces exceeding 100,000 men, is well prepared for a fight. South Lebanon is criss-crossed with well prepared fighting positions and tunnels. More than 150,000 missiles, many of them long range, are ready to be launched against military and economic targets in Israel. The 2006 invasion of south Lebanon ended in an utter defeat for the Israeli army. There is no reason to believe that a renewed fight would have a different outcome.

In case of a new conflict Hezbollah has plans to cross the border and to occupy parts of northern Israel. It is also ready to expand a war should this be necessary:

The leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, warned of a war “without rules or ceilings” in the event of a full-scale Israeli offensive against the Lebanese militia, as he threatened that Cyprus could become a target if it allowed Israel to use its territory in any conflict.

Cyprus and Israel have a bilateral defence cooperation agreement which has seen the countries conduct joint exercises.

“Opening Cypriot airports and bases to the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon would mean that the Cypriot government is part of the war, and the resistance will deal with it as part of the war,” the Hezbollah chief said.

Nikos Christodoulides, the island’s president, responded on Wednesday evening: “Cyprus remains uninvolved in any military conflicts and positions itself as part of the solution rather the problem.”

 


 

Starting a war with Hezbollah may well spell the end of Israel as a settler state. Missile attacks on its infrastructure and military will lessen the confidence the settlers still may have in the Zionist state. Many are likely to return to their home countries if a conflict endures.

Despite such danger to its Zionist project the U.S. administration is backing any and all Israeli plans:

The US has indicated it is open to backing an Israeli offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon, amid mounting frustration that the group continues to link a truce with Israel to an elusive broader ceasefire in Gaza. [Pentagon has sent a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group to the Mediterranean Sea. There are credible rumors that the Pentagon has placed several thousand troops in Lebanon.] 

In his meetings in Beirut on Tuesday, US envoy Amos Hochstein delivered "blunt" warnings to Lebanese officials that Israel is preparing to launch a limited offensive on Hezbollah and will have the US's support if a diplomatic solution isn't found, a senior Arab official told Middle East Eye.

Hochstein met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri on Tuesday, both of whom the US has used as intermediaries with Hezbollah, the Iran-backed group the US designates a terrorist organisation.

Hochstein told Lebanese officials that Israel anticipates roughly five more weeks of intense fighting in Gaza, after which it will pause its main offensive across the enclave. However, it will continue to target senior Hamas officials and conduct attacks to recover hostages.

From the perspective of the current Israeli government a continuation of the war on Gaza requires an additional war in Lebanon:

Hochstein warned that once fighting in Gaza pauses, Israeli officials intend to turn their full focus to the northern border with the aim of pushing Hezbollah back from the area so the roughly 60,000-96,000 displaced Israelis can return to their homes before the start of school in the fall.

Israel and Hezbollah have exchanged near-daily fire since 8 October, but the conflict ratcheted up last week after Israel killed Taleb Sami Abdullah, one of the most senior members of Hezbollah. The group responded by launching hundreds of drones and rockets at Israel.

The Israeli military said on Tuesday night that it had approved plans for an offensive in Lebanon. Earlier in the day, Israel launched strikes on Hezbollah drone launch squads, the Israeli military said.

In a speech on Thursday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah doubled down on military action saying Hezbollah has "a complete bank of targets", against Israel that include in the Mediterranean.

"The enemy should expect us on land, sea and air, and we will fight without restraints, rules or limits," he said.

Hezbollah published a nine minutes long drone video which showed military and economic targets around the Israeli harbor city of Haifa. That multiple Hezbollah drones could fly over Israel without being bothered by air defenses is a huge loss of face for the Israeli military.

The members of the resistance axis, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Shia groups in Syria, Iraqi militia and the Houthi in Yemen, are ready to fight. Even without attacking Iran, the main power behind the resistance, Israel and the U.S. are likely to lose such a war.

Without a chance to win they would of course, as usual, escalate the war most likely towards Iran, potentially Turkey, and elsewhere. Where it would go from there is unpredictable.

Why they would even launch such an avoidable war is beyond me. 

Tech impacts on Mother Earth

 


 

Techno-ecocide: the systematic destruction of our ecosystem by the exploitive use of technology

While many have seen advertisements promoting 5G’s speedy wireless capacities connecting everything and everyone… and promises that these smart technologies will provide a renewable energy future, scientific research and environmental advocacy efforts shows the opposite of what these profit-driven industries promise—with hundreds of scientists, climate change activists, and public health experts demanding a moratorium on the rollout of these technologies.

Our mission is to support the global movement to rein in wireless expansion on Earth, in the skies and in the ocean because it poses an immediate threat to all life. It is our hope that we will bring greater public awareness about the harms of 5G, satellites, and “smart” oceans, and start a dialogue about wiser and more balanced technology options for a safer and more life-affirming future.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Wales (UK) opposition to U.S. space warfare radar

 


 

In this month's Global Network Space Alert podcast Bruce Gagnon interviews Roy Jones about a US war fighting radar facility planned for his beautiful natural wondrous part of Wales in the UK.

The radar called DARC would help the US and UK monitor, track and attack satellites in space used by China and Russia. Currently the UK Air Force is practicing flying high into space where during time of war they could launch anti-satellite (ASAT) missiles from the planes to knock out 'enemy' satellites.

Local residents in Pembrokeshire are currently organizing to stop the planned facility with 27 radars. The US DARC program would also have similar radars in Texas and Australia giving the Space Force the capability to monitor all the skies above our Mother Earth.

 


On June 27 PARC Against DARC will have a public meeting to discuss the entire slate of problems from the planned radars including the health risks.

A senior Israeli radiation scientist, Dr. Michael Peleg, a man whose study on highly elevated cancer rates in the very young military personnel operating Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence radar system, stands right now as perhaps the world’s most cutting-edge and renowned study into the subject of military radar. 

Dr. Peleg of Technion (the Israeli Institute of Technology) has produced an outstanding video presentation for PARC Against DARC. The video will be presented at the public meeting on June 27th, 7 PM, in Solva Memorial Hall. He will give a vital, behind-the-scenes glimpse into exactly the facts the US—the architect of both the Iron Dome and DARC—refuses to open up for scrutiny by the public, by scientists, and by the medical community.

You can reach Pembrokeshire Against the Radar on Fazebook at https://www.facebook.com/parcagainstdarc

The PARC Against DARC website is here

You can also learn more about DARC in the video just below.

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

German WW2 Nazi leaders went to work for US-NATO

 

Nazi Major General Reinhard Gehlen went to work for US-NATO after WW2

 

By Diana Johnstone

While the Russians and Anglo-Americans joined in condemning the very top Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg trials, denazification proceeded very differently in the respective zones occupied by the victorious powers.

In the Federal Republic established in the Western zones, very few officials, officers or judges were actually purged for their Nazi past.  Their official repentance centered on persecution of the Jews, expressed in monetary compensation to individual victims and especially to Israel.

While immediately after the war, the war itself was considered the major Nazi crime, over the years the impression spread through the West that the worst crime and even the primary purpose of Nazi rule had been the persecution of the Jews.  

The Holocaust, the Shoah were names with religious connotations that set it apart from the rest of history.  The Holocaust was the unpardonable crime, acknowledged by the Federal Republic so emphatically that it tended to erase all others. As for the war itself, Germans could easily consider it their own misfortune, since they lost, and limit their most heartfelt regret to that loss.

It was not Germans but the American occupiers who determined to create a new German army, the Bundeswehr, safely ensconced in an alliance under U.S. control.  Germans themselves had had enough. But the Americans were intent on solidifying their control of Western Europe through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 

 

NATO’s first secretary general, Lord Ismay – who had been Churchill’s chief military assistant during World War II – succinctly defined its mission: “to keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down.”


The United States government wasted no time in selecting qualified Germans for their own alliance reversal. German experts who had gathered intelligence or planned military operations against the Soviet Union on behalf of the Third Reich were welcome to continue their professional activities, henceforth on behalf of Western liberal democracy.

This transformation is personified by Wehrmacht Major General Reinhard Gehlen, who had been head of military intelligence on the Eastern Front. In June 1946, U.S. occupation authorities established a new intelligence agency in Pullach, near Munich, employing former members of the German Army General Staff and headed by Gehlen, to spy on the Soviet bloc.  

The Gehlen Organization recruited agents among anti-communist East European émigré organizations, in close collaboration with the C.I.A. It employed hundreds of former Nazis.  It contributed to the domestic West German political scene by hunting down communists (the German Communist Party was banned).  

The Gehlen Organization’s activities were put under the authority of the Federal Republic government  in 1956 and absorbed into  the  Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND or Federal Intelligence Service), which Gehlen led until 1968.

In short, for decades, under U.S. occupation, the Federal Republic of Germany has fostered the structures of the Alliance Reversal, directed against Russia.  The old pretext was the threat of communism.  But Russia is no longer communist.  The Soviet Union surprisingly dissolved itself and turned to the West in search of lasting peace.  

In retrospect, it becomes crashingly clear that the “communist threat” was indeed only a pretext for great powers seeking more power. More land, more resources. 

 

The Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, like the Anglo-American liberals, looked at Russia in the way mountain-climbers proverbially look at mountains.  Why must you climb that mountain? Because it’s there. Because it’s too big, it has all that space and all those resources. And oh yes, we must defend “our values”.

It’s nothing new. The dynamic is deeply institutionalized.  It’s just the same old war, based on illusions, lies and manufactured hatred, leading us to greater disaster.  

Is it too late to stop?

~ Diana Johnstone was press secretary of the Green Group in the European Parliament from 1989 to 1996. In her latest book, Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher (Clarity Press, 2020), she recounts key episodes in the transformation of the German Green Party from a peace to a war party. Her other books include Fools’ Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions (Pluto/Monthly Review) and in co-authorship with her father, Paul H. Johnstone, From MAD to Madness: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War Planning (Clarity Press). She can be reached at diana.johnstone@wanadoo.fr

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

I read it in the alt news....

 


Children in Palestine
(Gaza and the West Bank)
are being slaughtered in droves,
starvation, dehydration, disease,
set on fire,
beheaded, limbs blown off,
if still alive
taken to 'hospitals' with no capacity
to treat the victims.

All the while Blinken, 
Sullivan, Austin, Kirby,
the toothless self-declared
zionist Joe Biden,
and a bi-partisan 
war-mongering Congress,
fall to their knees
in subjugation
to AIPAC, Wall St,
and the MIC.

We have no real government
in the US, 
UK, EU, and
the rest of the mafia led
western entities.

How long does this go on?
Zionists continue daily
to perpetuate genocide.
 
Rumors of ceasefires
abound in western
crap media,
news conferences are held
but nothing ever changes.

The killing goes on.
Settlers take more of the
West Bank each week.
 
Parts of Syria, Lebanon,
Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia,
and of course all of Palestine,
are the goal of Tel Aviv's 
'Greater Israel'.

These very sick
killers 
must be stopped.

Bruce

Pine Gap’s (Australia) secret expansion

 


   The United States’ satellite surveillance base at Pine Gap has been expanded more in recent times than at any point in its history, and the Australian public has been largely kept in the dark.

 

By Peter Cronau

The United States satellite surveillance base at Pine Gap, jointly run with Australia, has been undergoing its largest and most rapid expansion ever, with 10 new satellite antennas or dishes being constructed over the past few years.

Three large satellite dishes have been built in the west of the base, in Central Australia, along with another four smaller dishes in the northern section and three new dishes in the south.

The new satellite dishes are built inside radomes, large ball-shaped structures covered with a plastic and fiberglass composite material to protect from the desert dust and sun, and from observation.

The total number of satellite radomes, smaller dishes and antennas at the base is now the highest ever, at 45, with 25 of the largest housed inside radomes and the other 20 uncovered, according to the latest research by Professor Richard Tanter, of the Nautilus Institute. 

 

Linked remotely from Buckley Space Force Base in Colorado, these new Pine Gap satellite antennas can collect an enormous amount of intelligence on missile and rocket launches, including location, size, type, likely warhead, range, speed, trajectory, tracking and target location. They operate as an integral part of the US nuclear war-fighting strategy, providing real battlefield intelligence.

The expanded thermal imaging capability to detect and track ballistic missiles through all phases of flight will play a new critical role in US battlefield operations worldwide and in upgrading missile defence for the US and Japan.

The capability, which is enabled by the new Pine Gap radomes, gives an enormous advantage to the US in countering new generation weapons in future wars, whether they be defensive or pre-emptive. Their focus in particular is the growing power of China.

The Americans cleared about 14 hectares outside the western boundary of the Pine Gap base to expand the footprint for construction of the three huge new satellite radomes.

In March 2020, contractors began land-clearing the desert oaks and spinifex, and in June foundations for the three radomes were being prepared.

Only by scrutiny of publicly available satellite photographs of the base has Declassified Australia been able to follow the many stages of construction from 2020. No announcement was made to the Australian population, no permission sought from parliament, no development application to the regional council for the works.

It is an irony that it is the same sort of capability used by the US satellites to spy on the world, that allowed the base expansion to be detected.

By August 2020 the first of the concrete foundations was finished, the second under way. All three of the foundations to support each of the 20-metre radomes holding the three new satellite antennas were completed by December 2020.

A new extended boundary fence was put up in September and the following month small concrete pads, possibly movement sensors, were in place in the ground along the boundary.

Over the course of 2021, the large number of vehicles appearing each day in the car park outside the north-east visitors’ entrance to the base betrayed the presence of building and engineering contractors and the frenetic construction work under way. Dozens of shipping containers were delivered. On some days more than 100 vehicles could be counted in the outside visitors’ car park.

Construction of the three huge satellite antennas with their radome covers took about 10 months, with the first completed by June 2021, the second in August and the third finished by October.

The base has also had major new building works in the main complex, thought to be for an expanded data centre for the collection and analysis of signals intelligence (SIGINT). The building site clearing began in March 2021, with foundations laid by August, and the roof going on in February 2022.

One of the largest radomes for the SIGINT collection was rebuilt in 2022. As I reported for the ABC in 2017, it is the SIGINT capability of the base that gives it the battlefield surveillance capability to spy on military command and data communications, as well as on personal phones and communications. It also allows the geolocation of targets for elimination, most notably by lethal drone.

The expansion of Pine Gap’s capabilities to assist a US strike on China amplifies the risk of such a nuclear war as China and the US manoeuvre in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait and adjacent areas. 

 


Other parts of the base are expanding, too. In a separate compound to the south of the main section of the base, the multi-sensor Torus satellite dish has received a new sensor dish and three new small satellite dishes, likely for communication and enhanced surveillance.

The Torus system, now located in six countries, is directed at secretly gathering a massive volume of signals intelligence from most of the present 400 commercial communications satellites operated for the world’s phone, internet and data communications.

This is the collection system that US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed as using the XKeyscore analysis system, enabling the NSA to boast of its “collect it all” spying network. The expanding Pine Gap is helping the NSA to spy on the world. 

 

At Declassified Australia I reported that Pine Gap was providing intelligence to the US for use by the Israel Defense Forces, most likely focusing on the “remote launch signals for Hamas rockets, as well as any threatened missile launches from Lebanon or Iran”. The new enhanced Pine Gap radomes add to this intelligence with rapid detection and tracking of the thermal signature of launches of rockets and missiles.


However, while Pine Gap base presently has a heightened attention to Ukraine and Gaza, these limited wars are not the main aim of the huge US investment in the Australian-sited base. 

 

The development of the three new satellite antennas at Pine Gap is the subject of a new study by Professor Tanter. He says they indicate “a greater Australian involvement with US nuclear war fighting planning and operations”. The primary purpose of the new antennas is believed to be to hunt and target Chinese nuclear missile silos.


Despite the end of the Cold War, the US has never totally abandoned its “first use” nuclear policy, with US President Joe Biden saying of the policy in 2020, “the sole purpose of the US nuclear arsenal should be deterring – and if necessary retaliating against – a nuclear attack”.

That changed after a Pentagon-led review of US defence strategy and nuclear weapons policy. The National Defense Strategy included a revised nuclear posture review.

In March 2022, in an article in The Wall Street Journal, Biden reflected this new policy when he opened up his options by saying the “fundamental role” of the US nuclear arsenal was to deter nuclear attacks.

This “fundamental” purpose is a clear move away from the administration’s previous policy of “the sole purpose” of the use of nuclear weapons. It raises the prospect that US nuclear weapons may now be used in “extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners”, in response to a serious conventional attack or other non-nuclear threat.

With the US retaining this policy option to respond to a serious military threat with nuclear weapons, a pre-emptive nuclear war with China is not impossible. If this happened, Australia would be on the nuclear frontline.

Clearly the Pine Gap base, and the other main surveillance and communication bases in Australia used by the US, at Kojarena near Geraldton and at North West Cape near Exmouth, will be prime targets in any war-planning by China.

It was at the Pine Gap base in March 2022 that the US Indo-Pacific commander, Admiral John Aquilino, head of US Space Command General James Dickinson, and the deputy head of US Cyber Command, Lieutenant General Charles Moore, met to discuss boosting security cooperation in space and the cyber domain.

They reassured Australian military and intelligence officials who gathered there that Australia was “an extremely high-end partner”. 

 

Admiral Aquilino said the US and Australia would accelerate the Pentagon’s “integrated deterrence”. General Dickinson pointedly described how Australia helped the US military overcome the “tyranny of distance”: “It’s really location, location, location. This is a perfect location for a lot of the things we need to do.”

If China believes a war will turn nuclear, it may believe its only chance of survival is to shoot first and cripple the US to such an extent its retaliation is muted. De-escalation would be impossible.

The expansion of Pine Gap’s capabilities to assist a US strike on China amplifies the risk of such a nuclear war as China and the US manoeuvre in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait and adjacent areas.

China knows the crucial role Pine Gap plays in locating Chinese command centres, missiles, warships and submarines, and that it is providing this intelligence to US nuclear-armed ships, submarines and bombers within easy reach of China.

Professor Paul Dibb, an academic at the Australian National University and former director of Australia’s Joint Intelligence Organisation, in a policy paper in 2022  confirmed Pine Gap was definitely a target if a conflict between the nuclear powers arose in the Indo-Pacific.

“We need to plan on the basis that Pine Gap continues to be a nuclear target, and not only for Russia,” says Dibb.

“If China attacks Taiwan, Pine Gap is likely to be heavily involved. We need to remember that Pine Gap is a fundamentally important element in US war fighting and deterrence of conflict.”

Peter Cronau is an award-winning former senior Four Corners producer and is co-editor of Declassified Australia.