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According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Obama administration is threatening CIA operatives who were on the ground during the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi to keep them silent:
It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career. In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”
President Barack Obama is rapidly expanding the borders of the undeclared wars he’s waging in the name of the United States.
In a study entitled “How Many Wars Is the U.S. Fighting Today?” Harvard professor Linda Bilmes and Michael Intriligator of UCLA estimate that the United States government is fighting at least five “unannounced and undeclared” wars around the world.
The paper reports that these unconstitutional combat operations represent a “tradition of many previous covert US military incursions,” such as those carried out in past decades in Chile, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and others. With the advancement in drone technology, the government is able to be “involved in more conflicts worldwide.”
And the evidence is that the Obama administration is taking full advantage of those capabilities. The paper reported:
Today US military operations are involved in scores of countries across all the five continents. The US military is the world’s largest landlord, with significant military facilities in nations around the world, and with a significant presence in Bahrain, Djibouti, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to long-established bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and the UK.
That list, of course, does not include the less well defined “military presence” in Colombia, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Add to that the following summary of the combat operations published by Global Research:
Many smaller US military operations in Africa and the Middle East are increasingly utilizing drones. Former US Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander General Carter Ham stated in February that his forces required a 15-fold increase in surveillance and reconnaissance capacities for the continent. US Air Force drones have already been flying sorties across North Africa, and the US already operates drone bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia and the Seychelles.
As part of “Operation Nomad Shadow,” a secret US military surveillance program, the US military is currently launching drones from the Incirlik air base in Turkey to provide surveillance for the Turkish military in its campaign against the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The drones fly into northern Iraq to gather data, which is then transmitted to a “fusion cell” in Ankara for analysis.
An explosive study on the problem was published in February 2009, but it has only attracted attention in the professional world until now. A team working with geochemist Avner Vengosh of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, had tested radioactivity levels in 37 samples from the Disi aquifer. According to the findings, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the water from the aquifer, which is about 30,000 years old, is up to 30 times as radioactive as the WHO considers safe.
The radioactivity is caused by natural uranium and thorium that can occur in sedimentary rock. Their decay products include radium, which can cause bone cancer if it enters the human body. Two isotopes, radium-226 and radium-228, with half-lives of 1,600 years and less than six years, respectively, are especially dangerous.
Using Vengosh's data, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) has now calculated the magnitude of the health risk.
According to its estimates, a person who drinks two liters of water a day from the Disi aquifer is exposed to radiation levels of between 0.99 and 1.53 millisieverts a year, or 10 to 15 times as much as WHO considers safe.
According to the BfS, if we assume that the population receives an average annual dose of one millisievert and has an average life expectancy of 70 years, the radioactive drinking water will increase the normal number of deaths by four people per 1,000.
What does that translate to in a population of millions?
When this estimate is extrapolated to the roughly two million residents of Amman, who are to be supplied with drinking water from the Disi aquifer in the future, it comes to about 8,000 additional deaths. The calculation only applies to the absorption of radium that occurs when people drink the water, without taking into account other ways in which radiation can enter the body, such as when the water is used to irrigate fields and radiation becomes concentrated in vegetables.
As part of a USAID (Middle East Research Cooperation, MERC) funded-project that included scientists from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the US, we investigated the occurrence of radium isotopes in groundwater from the Middle East, particularly in fossil groundwater from the Nubian Sandstone basins in Jordan and Israel.
In contrast, in highly conductive aquifers, such as the Nubian sandstone aquifers, the balance between uniform recoil contribution of Ra from the aquifer solids and limited retardation due to the relatively low adsorption sites would generate Ra-rich groundwater.
Effects on brain function
Radiation can cause changes in the brain tissue. Small blood vessels may slowly become scarred and blocked. This cuts off the blood supply to areas of the brain and so some brain cells will die off. The symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on how much radiation damage there is. You may have
Problems thinking clearly, or managing tasks you previously found easy
Symptoms you had from your original tumour
Tripoli, 31 January 2013:
Life Technologies, an American-based biotechnology company, has said that it will provide a complete laboratory system to help identify bodies from mass graves, and other missing persons.
The new laboratory, which will be set up in Tripoli, will help identify the remains of an estimated 20,000 people who were found in mass graves after the revolution. It will also try to shed light on cases of missing persons dating back to the old regime.
“It is our hope that many families will find the answers to what happened to their loved ones,” said Peter Silvester, president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa division of Life Technologies.
Some 50,000 samples a year will be processed at the new laboratory which, it is anticipated, will be up and running by the end of the year. Using the latest technologies, DNA samples will be employed to generate profiles from human remains. The extracted DNA will be compared with samples from relatives of missing people may help with identification.
To lift the plant’s current environmental emission levels up to current internationally accepted standards, a number of actions have been proposed during rejuvenation. These actions include:
Installation of a spent caustic neutralisation unit. Currently spent caustic is discharged directly into the sea.
Provision of acid gas treatment to combat Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) venting over the Brega region.
Replace or modify burn pits. Burn pits are no longer considered best practice in modern oil and gas plants.
Installation of boil off gas recovery system and storage and loading flare. The boil off gas is currently vented direct to atmosphere.
Installation of a neutralisation pit with a controlled discharge for the process waters, particularly targeting hydrocarbon containing streams.
On 22 July during the 2011 Libyan civil war, one of the two plants making pipes for the project, the Brega Plant, was hit by a NATO air strike. At a press conference on 26 July, NATO explained that rockets had been fired from within the plant area, and that military material, including multiple rocket launchers, was stored there according to intelligence findings, presenting a photo showing at BM-21 MRL as an example.
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Originally posted by Wiz4769
reply to post by MrInquisitive
I find it amusing that people complain that nothing was done when mistakes or bad stuff went down under other presidents, like people were not in an uproar over them. But when their guy is under fire, they say hey you let the other guy go, so let this one go, you owe us...Sorry it needs to stop, and if we didnt do it right last time, its even more important to make sure it stops happening, so you can claim people are only complaining now there is a black man in charge all you want. The fact remains, if he and Hilary are guilty, they need to go down. And I dont see Obama taking the hit so she can take the helm next election either. Face facts, it doesnt matter if you have a D or an R next to your political name, they are on the opposite team as we the people plain and simple, once you accept that, things might start changing.
I doubt we ever get this whole story, just like the others. They cant have the people united, as long as we are divided, they win. And 95% of you go right along with it.. Im black , hes white, we cant get along...hes a republican and Im a democrat, we cant hang out...she had an abortion, I dont believe it should be legal...you get the point, all that matters about as much as if you drive a honda or a toyota.
Among those identified as a suspect or person of high interest from the hours after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack – by both U.S. and Libyan officials – is Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a leader of the Islamist organization Ansar al-Sharia. But in a recent conversation with CNN's Arwa Damon, Khattalah acknowledged being at the U.S. diplomatic mission after the attack but denied any involvement. In that conversation – in Benghazi – Khattalah told CNN he has not been questioned by either Libyan authorities or the FBI.
In their letter, the lawmakers write, "We encourage you to be aggressive in your investigation to properly hold accountable those who attacked our compounds in Benghazi. We owe the families of those killed, and the people of this nation, answers to who was responsible and ensure they are held accountable."
Just hours before the CNN interview was revealed, eight GOP lawmakers sent a letter to newly confirmed FBI Director James Comey insisting that the Bureau’s investigation into that attack has thus far yielded “unacceptable” results.
“Rumors continue to swirl about the whereabouts of suspects involved in the attack,” the letter read. “The FBI continues to add pictures of potential assailants to its website and asks the Libyan people to assist with identifying the alleged perpetrators. We struggle to understand why we don’t know more about those who attacked two U.S. compounds and murdered four brave Americans.”
“We ask that you provide a status report on the investigation within 30 days of the date of being sworn in as the Director,” the letter concludes.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has issued two subpoenas to the State Department for documents related to the deadly assault last year on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Republican congressman Darrell Issa of California said in a statement Thursday that he wants all documents the department gave to an independent review board headed by former diplomat Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen. Issa also asked for all documents and communications related to interviews conducted by the board.
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CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s frustrations with the White House’s continued stonewalling on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, boiled over Friday in a series of tweets she released that sums up the FBI’s willingness to share information with the American public
Not even one page about an investigation that killed an ambassador and three other Americans that the administration — including the president himself — attributed to a “protest” over a video no one had seen.
Not even one page about an act of terrorism that took place two months before the re-election of a president who tried to make another terrorist’s death two years before — with the the Navy Seals’ killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — a claim to his security credentials.
And the FBI’s reason for stonewalling? A tried-and-true law enforcement dodge …:
we can't have any visuals either (incl surveillance video CIA agreed to release before Petraeus was fired.)
Following the ARB investigation into the incident, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton placed Diplomatic Security Chief Eric Boswell, security officials Charlene Lamb and Scott Bultrowicz and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Maghreb Region Raymond Maxwell on administrative leave. They continued collecting their government paychecks during their leave, but have remained in employment limbo until this week.
Boswell resigned his position in December 2012, just months after the Sept. 11 attack which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American security personnel dead.