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Israel Debuts the Panther Drone, a Tilt-Rotor UAV

Posted on Oct 06, 2010 in Science & Technology

Source: AOL News

Sharon Weinberger

Israel, one of the world’s leading makers of unmanned aircraft, unveiled today a new, small drone that can hover like a helicopter and fly like an airplane.

Israel Aerospace Industries debuted its Panther unmanned aerial vehicle in Israel, touting its ability to take off without a runway and then fly for up to six hours. “An intriguing option is the Panther’s ability to hover or land quietly in enemy territory, conduct surveillance like a ground sensor and then take off again,” industry magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology reported.

Hayden’s Note:

Marching like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums….

An undated handout photo of the Panther drone from Israel Aerospace Industries shows the aircraft on a runway.

Like the American V-22 Osprey, the Panther is a tilt-rotor, meaning it has rotors mounted on the end of its wings that can rotate and allow the aircraft to transition between hovering and fixed-wing flight. This gives the aircraft the ability to take off like a helicopter without the need for a runway, but then fly like fixed-wing aircraft.

As an unmanned aircraft, however, the Panther is much smaller than the V-22 Osprey, which is designed for transporting troops.


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Israel Defense Forces Seize Another Humanitarian Ship Headed for Gaza

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 in Global & National News

Source: CNN

The Israeli navy took over an aid vessel that attempted to sail to Gaza on Tuesday despite a blockade to the occupied territory, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said.

No one was injured when the navy took over and boarded the boat, named the Irene, which the navy was taking to a port in Ashdod, the IDF spokesman said.

Israeli authorities questioned the five Israelis aboard at a police station in Ashdod, said Smadar Ben Natan, their lawyer.

But she is being denied access to the foreigners, she told CNN, and said she is concerned.

Previous passengers of ships trying to break the Gaza blockade have been allowed to see lawyers, she said.

One of the organizers of the boat condemned the Israeli action, saying it showed Israel has “no real intentions of reaching peace.”

The boat and its fate are a symbol of the chances for peace in the region, Richard Kuper of Jews for Justice for Palestinians said in a statement.

The IDF said the yacht was boarded “without incident and no violence of any kind was used by either the passengers on board or the Israel naval forces....

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UN Council says Israel Guilty of Violating Geneva Convention During Flotilla Raid

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Guardian


A UN-appointed panel said today that Israeli forces violated international law, “including international humanitarian and human rights law”, during and after their lethal attack on a flotilla of ships attempting to break the blockade of Gaza in May.

The UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission judged Israel’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory to be “unlawful” because there was a humanitarian crisis in Gaza at the time.

The panel’s report, published today, described Israel’s military response to the flotilla as “disproportionate” and said it “betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality”.

Eight Turkish activists and one Turkish-American were killed in the raid, which prompted international criticism of both the attack and Israel’s policy of blockading the Gaza Strip. Israel has since eased its embargo, although still refuses to allow full imports and exports and the free movement of people.

Israel says the soldiers acted in self-defence. But the mission criticised the Israeli government for failing to co-operate with its inquiry. “Regrettably to date, no information has been given to the mission by or on behalf of the government of Israel,” it said....

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US Makes $60 Billion Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration is set to notify Congress of plans to offer advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia worth up to $60 billion, the largest U.S. arms deal ever, and is in talks with the kingdom about potential naval and missile-defense upgrades that could be worth tens of billions of dollars more.

The administration plans to tout the $60 billion package as a major job creator—supporting at least 75,000 jobs, according to company estimates—and sees the sale of advanced fighter jets and military helicopters to key Middle Eastern ally Riyadh as part of a broader policy aimed at shoring up Arab allies against Iran.

The talks between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been widely known for months, but many new details are only now coming into focus. These include the number and type of aircraft involved, how much the Saudis intend to spend in an initial installment, and the ongoing negotiations to also upgrade the kingdom’s navy and missile defenses.

The $60 billion in fighter jets and helicopters is the top-line amount requested by the Saudis, even though the kingdom is likely to commit initially to buying only about half that amount....

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Israel Has One of World’s Largest ‘Eavesdropping’ Intel Bases

Posted on Sep 06, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Haaretz

Israel has one of the largest signals intelligence (SIGINT) bases in the world in the western Negev, Le Monde Diplomatique reported. The base, near Kibbutz Urim, is central to the activities of the main Israel Defense Forces signals intelligence unit, 8200, the report says.

According to the report, the base has 30 antennas and satellite dishes of different sizes and types, capable of eavesdropping on telephone calls and accessing the e-mail of “governments, international organizations, foreign companies, political groups and individuals.”

One of the base’s main purposes is to listen to transmissions from ships passing in the Mediterranean, the report says. The base is also the center of intelligence activity that “taps underwater communication cables, mostly in the Mediterranean, connecting Israel with Europe.”

The data collected at the Negev site is relayed for processing to a 8200 base near Herzliya, the paper says. Other reports say 8200’s base is near the Mossad headquarters, which receives the intelligence along with IDF units, the paper says.

The report quotes a former soldier in 8200 who said her job was to intercept telephone calls and e-mails in English and French....

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US Terrorism Against Iran: Understanding the CIA Propaganda

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Source: Kurt Nimmo

Iran’s Mass Graves: Gen. Hayden Spins “Adult” Propaganda

Former Spook Central boss, Gen. Micheal Hayden, told Fox News yesterday Iran’s latest propaganda effort is offensive.

Gen. Hossein Moghadam, a top Republican Guard official, told the Associated Press Iran has dug mass graves for the bodies of U.S. soldiers in the event Israel and the United States attack. Moghadam said the Republican Guard dug mass graves in the 1980s for Iraqi soldiers when Iran was at war with Iraq under Saddam Hussein, an effort supported by the United States, Israel, and the banksters. The western-instigated war ultimately cost Iran and Iraq around a million dead.

Considering the CIA’s successful efforts to destabilize Iran, Hayden’s comments are grotesquely ironic.

In 1953, the CIA launched Operation Ajax, a coup designed to overthrow Iran’s democratically elected president, Muhammad Mosaddeq. The CIA promptly installed the monarch Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah’s secret police, SAVAK, were trained by the CIA and Israel’s Mossad and were as brutal and terrifying as the Nazi Gestapo in World War II. The CIA provided the Shah and his sadistic secret police with lists of communists and other political dissidents to be tortured and assassinated....

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Iran Attack Moves Forward

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Kurt Nimmo

Iran permitted the U.S. and Israel to score a propaganda victory on Monday when it refused to allow two International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors entry into the country for an inspection of its nuclear program.

“This action [banning the inspectors from entering Iran] is in reality a regulatory notice to Amano to be careful so that the agency’s inspectors do not violate the international entity’s charter,” Iran’s state news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying on Tuesday. “Amano should manage the agency professionally.”

Yukiya Amano took over as head of the agency in December. The Japanese diplomat has adopted a less flexible approach toward Iran than his predecessor, Mohamed ElBaradei. On numerous occasions ElBaradei stated there is no evidence Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, said on Monday that the two inspectors made an ”untruthful” assessment of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, according to state media. Salehi added that the ban imposed on United Nations personnel falls under an IAEA “safeguards agreement” and stressed Iran’s commitment to the the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty....

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US Warns Citizens Not to Attempt to Enter Gaza by Sea

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 in Global & National News

Source: JPost

The US State Department is cautioning American citizens not to participate in future attempts to infiltrate Gaza by sea as part of a new travel warning released late Sunday night.

“US citizens are advised against traveling to Gaza by any means, including via sea. Previous attempts to enter Gaza by sea have been stopped by Israeli naval vessels and resulted in the injury, death, arrest and deportation of US citizens,” the warning states.

The new travel advisory comes after Israel requested that countries issues such directives to discourage further attempts to break the Gaza blockade, following a May raid in which IDF commandos killed nine passengers, one a Turkish-American, on a ship that refused to be inspected in Israel.

On that ship as well as the five others in the same flotilla, many Americans were arrested and deported, with several sustaining various degrees of injury.

The Foreign Ministry earlier welcomed a similar warning issued by Britain last week, saying that such statements were significant because they made it clear that these governments view the attempt to break the blockade negatively, and hint that those who do take part in the flotillas anyway should not later come to their home governments looking for support....

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Israel’s Leader Capital Markets CEO “Commits Suicide”

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Source: Reuters

The chief executive of Leader Capital Markets, one of Israel’s top investment banks, has committed suicide, a company spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Danny Barak, 48, jumped from his office on the 17th floor of one of Tel Aviv’s most prominent office towers on Friday, the spokeswoman said.

[See also: UN Nuclear Scientist Plunges from 17th Floor of UN Building]

Barak, who is survived by his wife and four children, did not leave a note explaining his suicide.

“It is a mystery,” the spokeswoman said.

Barak, who founded Leader Capital Markets, was CEO since 2001. He held 15.5 percent of the company, which is a subsidiary of Leader Holdings & Investments.

“Danny’s professional abilities contributed to the establishment of Leader Capital Markets as a leading entity in Israel’s capital market,” Leader Capital Markets Chairman Yair Fudim said in a statement.

Hayden’s Note:

Sooo, the CEO, who owns 15.5% of the company and is an accredited professional; a leader and innovator in his field, simply decides to take a flying leap off of a building and we’re supposed to assume it’s just another day in Israel, eh? ...

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Putin: Israel Won’t Get Any of Our Gas

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 in Global & National News

Source: Bloomberg

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that they don’t plan to export natural gas to Israel via a new pipeline to Turkey.

“There is no such thing on our agenda,” Erdogan said at a news conference with Putin in Istanbul when asked about the gas.

Russia has held talks on shipping fuel to Israel from a pipeline under the Black Sea. OAO Gazprom, Russia’s natural-gas export monopoly, is negotiating supplying the fuel, Gazprom chairman Viktor Zubkov said on March 22.

Israel may not need the extra gas, which could be transported to Syria or Lebanon instead via the planned Blue Stream-2 pipe, Putin said.

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Castro Speculates Obama Will Strike Iran to Secure 2nd Term

Posted on Jun 04, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Digital Journal

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes if United States President Barack Obama orders a nuclear strike of Iran, he will win a second term. He also believes the U.S. could attack North Korea soon.

On Wednesday, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not been in the media since 2006, published a column in a Cuban state media publication titled “The Empire and War.”

In the article, Castro speculated that President Barack Obama could order a nuclear strike against Iran to help him win a second term in the White House, according to the Associated Press.

The former President further added that Obama could attack North Korea because of the recent incident where North Korea was accused of attacking a South Korean ship. Castro went on to state that the U.S. Commander-in-Chief lives in a world of fantasy because many of his advisers are planting such things in his head.

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Israel Stations Nuclear Submarine Off Iran Coast

Posted on Jun 01, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: Times Online

Hayden’s Note:

This might mean that we will see military action within the next 45-60 days.  Stay tuned.

Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline.

The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers.

The submarines of Flotilla 7 — Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan — have visited the Gulf before. But the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels.

The flotilla’s commander, identified only as “Colonel O”, told an Israeli newspaper: “We are an underwater assault force. We’re operating deep and far, very far, from our borders.”

Each of the submarines has a crew of 35 to 50, commanded by a colonel capable of launching a nuclear cruise missile.

The vessels can remain at sea for about 50 days and stay submerged up to 1,150ft below the surface for at least a week....

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America’s Complicity in Evil

Posted on Jun 01, 2010 in Featured Articles

Source: Infowars

UPDATE Posted at bottom –  White House Official says the US will stand with Israel. – June 1st, 2010

As I write at 5pm on Monday, May 31, all day has passed since the early morning reports of the Israeli commando attack on the unarmed ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, and there has been no response from President Obama except to say that he needed to learn “all the facts about this morning’s tragic events” and that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu had canceled his plans to meet with him at the White House. Thus has Obama made America complicit once again in Israel’s barbaric war crimes. Just as the US Congress voted to deep-six Judge Goldstone’s report on Israel’s war crimes committed in Israel’s January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed Israel’s latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn’t know what has happened.


Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010

No one in the world will believe that Israel attacked ships in international waters carrying Israeli citizens, a Nobel Laureate, elected politicians, and noted humanitarians bringing medicines and building materials to Palestinians in Gaza, who have been living in the rubble of their homes without repairs or medicines since January 2009, without first clearing the crime with its American protector....

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Israeli Commandos Fire Upon Relief Workers, Activists & Politicians – Video

Posted on Jun 01, 2010 in Global & National News

Source: RawStory

Update: Turkey will reportedly send military escort with future Gaza aid boats

In what could be a serious blow to Israel’s narrative on the killing of at least nine humanitarian activists making their way to Gaza through international waters, raw video by an Al Jazeera producer, who was filming during the raid, appears to provide evidence that the IDF opened fire on the flotilla even before boarding it.

Israeli forces assert they came under attack by the pro-Palestine civilian group, and video released by the IDF appears to show one soldier being tossed overboard amid a scuffle with unidentified individuals wielding melee weapons, like clubs and chairs.

However, in raw video captured by an Al Jazeera producer and published to YouTube late Monday, two journalists provide a play-by-play of the harrowing event as pops and cracks echo in the background. Even before the Israeli forces were aboard, one says, they were pelting the boat with tear gas and stun grenades, injuring numerous people.

Then he confirms the first death, saying the individual was killed by “munitions,” but not specifying whether it was a bullet or something else....

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad Calls for UN to Conduct New 9/11 Investigation

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 in Police, Military, & War

Source: France24

Hayden’s Note:

While I am painfully aware that there is a possibility Ahmadinejad is expertly using the “art of war” in his speeches and requests, I can’t help but think he could be showing all of his cards in an honest “last move.”  He knows that IF Israel and the US engage Iran in warfare, he is toast.  The entire country will be toast.  As much as he brags about being able to defend against Israel, we all know he can’t and so does he.  Is he throwing everyone under the bus, so to speak, because he knows his ship is about to go down in flames?

If I were in his position, I would be declaring every single state secret I knew about my enemies and publicly outting them.  While he lacks the military strength to actually fight an all out, sustained war, his words will echo  through American and European minds for a decade.  Add to that, if an independant investigation were to occur of 9/11 and find some American interests at fault (for complacency, negligence, or even out-right being an accomplice), it would shatter any support there was for America. ...

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