Cydonia is the ONLY Quadrant on Mars where it's map legend states: “Origins:Enigmatic” to NOT place ANY NEW ROVERS in CYDONIA is simply Scientific Maleficence bordering on Scientific Criminality in wasting taxpayer money. If you TRULY want to discover the UNKNOWN, then why is Cydonia the LEAST “released” photographed quadrant on Mars???
Both the ESA and Russia should land there rather than ANY other spot. NASA/JPL should also land there with their 2020 Rover.
From current news, neither agencies are looking at landing there.
To ALL political candidates THIS is a SERIOUS issue in Space Exploration and in understanding WHERE the BEST place for a Human Colony is to be.
To NOT send a rover there, after two movies used the area as a 'theme' really is Scientific Cowardice and Scientific Maleficence. Mission to Mars was the more realistic movie than The Martian as the 1st address the Ares Face which is NOT just a pile of rocks that there is NO Digital Terrain Map telling us WHAT kind of 'rocks' they are. The Martian landed in the South West Quadrant of Cydonia and with ALL the current Orbiters around Mars now...NASA was somehow “surprised” by the enormity of Dust Storm ?!?! And also NOT telling the returning crew?
Shows PERFECTLY how the NEXT President MUST ABSOLUTELY shake NASA/JPL upside down like a badly sick and choking baby and pound the back HARD and CLEANLY to dislodge the chunk of DARK SECRET AGENDA out of it, so it can be what got us to the Moon and Back.
Vital StatisticsLocation: 40.2°N, 350.2°EInstrument: VISImage Size: 87.5 x 106.6 km 54.2 x 66.2 mi 4860 x 5923 pixelsResolution: 18m (59 ft)Download Feature Image
SO WHERE'S THE ALIEN CIVILIZATION? The famous mesa formerly known as The Face lies in the foreground at right, where it is slowly eroding along with the other mesas in Cydonia. About 300 meters (1,000 feet) high, its north and east sides (seen here) are covered with "pasted-on terrain." This is the term geologists give to a mantle of material that may be ice-rich and which they think was deposited during the last Martian ice age, more than half a million years ago. This view looks south. (A 340 kB version of the image is available.) Credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University, R. Luk.
Cydonia Mensae lies in Mars' northern hemisphere, on the ragged boundary between the cratered highlands of western Arabia Terra and the sprawling, flat northern lowlands of Acidalia. A geological transition zone, Cydonia includes eroded mesas, impact craters, and generally smooth ground separating them. The famous "Face" is one of those eroding mesas.
Two scientific stories unfold here. One story concerns the difference in elevation between the highlands and lowlands, amounting to 1 kilometer (half a mile) in most places. What caused this sharp dichotomy in the crust? Despite years of debate, no one knows for sure.
The other story - spurred by data from the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey missions - centers on the presence of water (or ice) in the ground, revealed by spacecraft instruments. Scientists want to know how the water got there and what role it has played in shaping the landscape. Frozen-ground features seen in Earth's polar regions can be found here and elsewhere on Mars, hinting that similar processes are at work.
And like Earth, Mars also undergoes ice ages. These climatic changes unroll over thousands of years, driven by slow periodic shifts in the Martian orbit and the tilt of the planet's axis. The result was to cover the ground in middle and even equatorial latitudes with deposits that mingle dust with snow and ice.
The equatorial regions have since dried out to depths of hundreds of meters (yards) or more, but the middle latitudes, including places such as Cydonia, may have water-ice-rich ground only a few meters down. Water's presence has implications for the chances of possible life - and it might even be of direct use to future human explorers.
This Cydonia image combines numerous frames taken at visible wavelengths by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), a camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter. THEMIS views Mars at 5 visible and 10 infrared wavelengths; its multi-band picture of the Red Planet gives scientists clues about the surface materials, and its wide-field yet sharp views put geological features into context.
Old and New
These two craters look markedly different and, between them, both offer hints at changes in the Martian climate. The crater at top is noticeably larger, 9 km (5.6 mi) wide, compared to the lower crater's 5.2 km (3.2 mi). And depth measurements find the lower crater is about 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) deep, some three times deeper than the larger crater.
The size of a crater depends on impact velocity, but even more on the size of the meteorite. And as a general rule of thumb, bigger meteorites tend to meet their fates earlier in solar system history rather than later. But these two craters come close enough in size to make the general rule risky to apply here.
Instead, what really sets these two craters apart is how fresh they appear - or how old, in the case of the larger one. The smaller crater is a smooth-sided bowl with a sharp rim and a relatively deep interior. The larger crater is much shallower, its flat interior looks like smooth debris fills it almost completely, and the rim's edge appears soft and rounded.
The small crater might have formed last week or last century, while the larger one has a much greater age. (By how many years is a question no geologist can answer as yet.)
Between these two craters, and throughout their vicinity, the ground shows meandering, braided patterns that suggest flow. This ground is some of the mantling material that scientists suspect contains ice at shallow depths. The debris covers most of the surface - and it left deposits over the big crater's interior.
But not the smaller crater's: no soft mantle lies across it. Whenever this crater formed, the latest episode of Martian climate change has left no marks on it. The most reasonable explanation is that the crater formed since Mars' last ice age, which ended very approximately 400,000 years ago.
Signs of flow are prominent across many parts of Cydonia, including these narrow channels, which lie on the northern side of a relatively fresh crater. The crater is 8.6 km (5.3 mi) wide and about 900 meters (3,000 feet) deep.
From its appearance, the crater is not quite as fresh as the smaller crater mentioned in the previous section - but it is far from being as debris-filled as larger one. Thus it is likely closer in age to the smaller one.
Gullies furrow the upper parts of the crater's interior, showing where slides of debris have widened the rim a little and kept it looking sharp-edged. These slides may have been helped along by flows of groundwater or melting snow coming out of the rock just below the rim level.
The ground lying north of the crater is not as flat as it appears. In fact, from the crater rim the terrain rises some 60 meters (200 feet) to reach a broad ridge about halfway up the image. This ridge is imperceptible in the photo, but revealed by laser altimeter measurements. This means that much of the flow we see here went downhill toward the crater.
When an ice-rich mantle of material starts to melt, the water escapes, either into the air by flowing downhill. As this happens, scientists conclude, the mantle will collapse as the supporting ice goes away. The result will be a smooth landscape cut by thin channels. If all the ice were removed, the mantle would collapse totally, and much of it might blow away as dust.
Water In the Basement
The scientific evidence for water underlying the surface of Cydonia comes from the neutron and gamma-ray spectrometers on the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. These found strong evidence of hydrogen in the ground throughout this entire part of Mars. As a gas, hydrogen would soon leak away, but in the form of water-ice it could linger.
Second, many landscape features, such as the rounded ring of ejected debris around this crater, suggest water-saturated ground. Geologists think this kind of ejecta apron, called a pedestal crater, forms where the ejected debris from the meteorite impact covers ice-rich ground with a rocky layer that is relatively durable.
As climate change erodes the ice-rich ground, the portion that lies under the ejecta remains intact. Over time, the crater ends up on its pedestal because the surrounding surface has lowered. An identical ring appears in Utopia and other locations where the evidence for ground ice is just as strong.
Elsewhere in Cydonia and in geographically similar Deuteronilus Mensae, debris at the foot of isolated mesas appears to have flowed down from them. Even the flat ground between mesas shows flow-features in many places.
A Warm Face
Among the scattered mesas in Cydonia is a famous one whose appearance earned it the nickname "The Face." Despite fanciful theories, the mesa is simply a hill about 300 m (1,000 feet) high. Other mesas nearby have generally similar shapes.
High-resolution images of The Face, however, reveal its northern and eastern sides have a smooth covering material. Where it occurs on slopes, scientists have dubbed it "pasted-on terrain" because that's just what it looks like. The material likely has the same origin as the mantles of dust-covered snow and ice seen elsewhere.
The pasted-on material lies on the sides of The Face that point away from the greatest solar heating, much like the snow that survives into summer lies on the poleward-facing slopes of mountains on Earth. Thus the material may still contain water (as snow or ice) just below the surface. On the warmer sides of this and other mesas, however, the material has eroded away.
The flat ground around the mesas shows several small impact craters. There are also a number of features that look like cones with dimples in the top. (See at the foot of the other mesa in the picture.) These might be what geologists call "rootless cones" - basically, places where volcanic heat met subsurface water and the resulting steam blasted through the surface, creating a cone.
Yet other signs of volcanism - obvious lava flows, for example - are rare in Cydonia, so scientists think a more likely explanation is a pingo. Pingoes are found commonly on Earth in polar regions. Essentially, a pingo is a gigantic frost heave or a kind of ice-blister. This would fit in with the spacecraft observations of a water-rich ground.
Hey Stu and Lincon!!! Bamf wondered aloud to Dr.neukum back in the old days.
"If Odessey shows no knob on the forehead... Where is it???"
Dr.Neukum couldn't duck the issue.
Bamf knows now that Stu Lincon just realised those taunts will haunt them Courtesy of THM
And Malin and Edgett can't planetocentric fudge it either.
There are more than 4,000 3-D Stereo images which can make Digital Terrain Maps from the “People's Camera MRO HiRise”, but there are now... only 1 ... from the ONLY QUANDRANT on Mars that has its “Origins: Enigmatic” JUST released A few weeks ago. There is YET to be released a Digital Terrain Map which combines, Spectrographic mineral indetifying and radar topography that has ALREADY been collected. It is FULL of water ice surface material as "seep" images have shown. Also shown here is the Scientific Maleficence that NASA/JPL have undertaken in recent years about images from the Monuments in this area.
THIS IS A CAMPAIGN ISSUE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE AND SPACE FANS ARE AWARE OF NASA/JPL ENGAGING IN IMAGE TAMPERING !
It is my supposition that since such “Extant” vehicles and interactions have been going on for some time that the reason for the “People's Camera” to be “HiJacked” instead of “HiRise” is going on present day in the Monuments Quadrant of Mars near the Ares Face, DiPietro & Mollenar Pyramid Pentagon, the Smoking Pyramid with vapor venting no bottom seen in only football field wide “hole”.
This was the very FIRST release with PR campain to say that "See nothing but a pile of rocks"! It is called NASA/JPL/Malin "Catbox".
A properly processed image from the "Catbox" looks like this:
An Animated Gif Morphing the Viking image of the Ares Face with PROPERLY processed image from Mars Global Surveyor
Admin Note: VOTERS NEED TO ADDRESS LANDING A ROVER IN CYDONIA ASAP !!!
Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister's support for war at summit with U.S. President in 2002
Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told 'the UK will follow our lead'
Publicly, Blair still claimed to be looking for diplomatic solution - in direct contrast to email revelations
New light was shed on Bush-Blair relations by material disclosed by Hillary Clinton at the order of the U.S. courts
A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the ‘deal in blood’ forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War.
The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started.
It flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
He told voters: ‘We’re not proposing military action’ – in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
Scroll down to read the documents in full
All sewn up: Tony Blair and President George Bush at the infamous 2002 summit at Bush's ranch house in Crawford, Texas, where the two men spoke about invading Iraq
Bombshell dossier: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, left of Bush, wrote to the President to say the UK 'will be with us'
The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a glorified spin doctor for the President by presenting ‘public affairs lines’ to convince a sceptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction – when none existed.
In return, the President would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s poodle but an equal partner in the ‘special relationship’.
The damning memo, from Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George Bush, was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas.
In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair ‘will be with us’ on military action. Powell assures the President: ‘The UK will follow our lead’
Big man? Blair's ego was flattered by the President during his visit to his ranch home. He is pictured above embracing First Lady Laura Bush
The disclosure is certain to lead for calls for Sir John Chilcot to reopen his inquiry into the Iraq War if, as is believed, he has not seen the Powell memo.
A second explosive memo from the same cache also reveals how Bush used ‘spies’ in the Labour Party to help him to manipulate British public opinion in favour of the war.
The documents, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, are part of a batch of secret emails held on the private server of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which U.S. courts have forced her to reveal.
Former Tory Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: ‘The memos prove in explicit terms what many of us have believed all along: Tony Blair effectively agreed to act as a frontman for American foreign policy in advance of any decision by the House of Commons or the British Cabinet.
‘He was happy to launder George Bush’s policy on Iraq and sub-contract British foreign policy to another country without having the remotest ability to have any real influence over it. And in return for what?
'For George Bush pretending Blair was a player on the world stage to impress voters in the UK when the Americans didn’t even believe it themselves’.
Davis was backed by a senior diplomat with close knowledge of Blair-Bush relations who said: ‘This memo shows beyond doubt for the first time Blair was committed to the Iraq War before he even set foot in Crawford.
'And it shows how the Americans planned to make Blair look an equal partner in the special relationship to bolster his position in the UK.’
Blair’s spokesman insisted last night that Powell’s memo was ‘consistent with what he was saying publicly at the time’.
The former Prime Minister has always hotly denied the claim that the two men signed a deal ‘in blood’ at Crawford to embark on the war, which started on March 20, 2003.
The Powell document, headed ‘Secret... Memorandum for the President’, lifts the lid on how Blair and Bush secretly plotted the war behind closed doors at Crawford.
Powell says to Bush: ‘He will present to you the strategic, tactical and public affairs lines that he believes will strengthen global support for our common cause,’ adding that Blair has the presentational skills to ‘make a credible public case on current Iraqi threats to international peace’.
Five months after the summit, Downing Street produced the notorious ‘45 minutes from doom’ dossier on Saddam Hussein’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction. After Saddam was toppled, the dossier’s claims were exposed as bogus.
Nowhere in the memo is a diplomatic route suggested as the preferred option.
Instead, Powell says that Blair will also advise on how to ‘handle calls’ for the ‘blessing’ of the United Nations Security Council, and to ‘demonstrate that we have thought through “the day after” ’ – in other words, made adequate provision for a post-Saddam Iraq.
Critics of the war say that the lack of post-conflict planning has contributed to the loss of more than 100,000 lives since the invasion – and a power vacuum which has contributed to the rise of Islamic State terrorism.
Mere hours after defeating Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has told US President Obama that he will withdraw Canadian jets from Syria and Iraq.
According to Reuters, the pledge was made as President Obama called to congratulate Trudeau on his election win.
The Liberal leader ran on a promise to withdraw Canada’s CF-18 bombers from the US-led coalition’s military campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group. Earlier this year, Canada’s Liberal Party fought against the Conservative government’s proposal to extend combat missions from Iraq into Syria.
On the campaign trail, Trudeau also floated the idea that his administration may consider bolstering local forces in the region, and increasing Canada’s humanitarian aid.
Earlier on Tuesday, the US State Department addressed questions as to whether or not it was concerned that Canada’s new government may not support US foreign policy regarding IS presence in Afghanistan.
“These are all decisions the Canadian people have to make and Canadian legislators have to make…and their Prime Minister [has to make],” department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.
“We have stood shoulder to shoulder with Canadian armed forces…in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he added.
A top NSA whistleblower says that the NSA had all of the information it needed prior to 9/11 to stop the attacks. The only reason NSA didn’t share that information with other agencies is because of corruption … in an effort to consolidate power.
Top security experts agree that mass surveillance is actually ineffective … and actually makes usmore vulnerable to terrorism, because it distracts people and resources from tried-and-trued counter-terrorism efforts which are effective and actually work.
For example, the former head of global intelligence for the NSA – Bill Binney – says that the mass surveillance INTERFERES with the government’s ability to catch bad guys, and that the government failed to stop the Boston Bombing because it was overwhelmed with data from mass surveillance on Americans. And see this.
Binney says government officials and contractors actually don’t want to solve the terrorism problem … Because once they solve it, they don’t have the “problem” to use as a basic justification to get more money (note … the video clips below are very brief clips which are well worth watching):
William Binneys Heartfelt Plea to the American People
Binney says “the primary reason [the government is spying on everyone] is for money and building an empire”. But that – by pulling in information on all Americans – it’s making us more vulnerable to terrorism:
Afghan Hospital Bombed USG sent TANK into grounds crushing destroying evidence.
WASHINGTON (AP) — American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on an Afghan hospital days before it was destroyed by a U.S. military attack because they believed it was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity, The Associated Press has learned.
It's unclear whether commanders who unleashed the AC-130 gunship on the hospital — killing at least 22 patients and hospital staff — were aware that the site was a hospital or knew about the allegations of possible enemy activity. The Pentagon initially said the attack was to protect U.S. troops engaged in a firefight and has since said it was a mistake.
The special operations analysts had assembled a dossier that included maps with the hospital circled, along with indications that intelligence agencies were tracking the location of the Pakistani operative and activity reports based on overhead surveillance, according to a former intelligence official who is familiar with some of the documents describing the site. The intelligence suggested the hospital was being used as a Taliban command and control center and may have housed heavy weapons.
After the attack — which came amidst a battle to retake the northern Afghan city of Kunduz from the Taliban — some U.S. analysts assessed that the strike had been justified, the former officer says. They concluded that the Pakistani, believed to have been working for his country's Inter-Service Intelligence directorate, had been killed.
No evidence has surfaced publicly suggesting a Pakistani died in the attack, and Doctors without Borders, the international organization that ran the hospital, says none of its staff was Pakistani. The former intelligence official was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.
The top U.S. officer in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, has said the strike was a mistake, but he has not explained exactly how it happened or who granted final approval. He also told Congress he was ordering all personnel in Afghanistan to be retrained on the rules governing the circumstances under which strikes are acceptable.
USG Special Ops Knew Afghan Site Was Hospital
The new details about the military's suspicions that the hospital was being misused complicate an already murky picture and add to the unanswered questions about one of the worst civilian casualty incidents of the Afghan war. They also raise the possibility of a breakdown in intelligence sharing and communication across the military chain of command.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said questions about what the Defense Department knew about the clinic and whether it was communicated to personnel operating the gunship would be part of the Pentagon's investigation. He said President Barack Obama was expecting a "full accounting."
"As Gen. Campbell has said, we would never intentionally target a protected medical facility," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. "We have confidence that the ongoing investigations into this tragic incident will uncover exactly what happened and why this hospital was mistakenly struck."
Doctors without Borders has condemned the bombing as a war crime. The organization says the strike killed 12 hospital staff and 10 patients, and that death toll may rise. It insists that no gunmen, weapons or ammunition were in the building. The U.S. and Afghan governments have launched three separate investigations. President Barack Obama has apologized, but Doctors without Borders is calling for an international probe.
Doctors Without Borders Airstrike was a war crime
Doctors without Borders officials say the U.S. airplane made five separate strafing runs over an hour, directing heavy fire on the main hospital building, which contained the emergency room and intensive care unit. Surrounding buildings were not struck, they said.
US Plan to Spread Cholera Across Syria and Turkey May be Failing
America has launched a second attack on the Aleppo power plants (read below)
They say an animal is most dangerous when cornered
Last week two American F16s attacked the city of Aleppo in Syria, a city of 2.5 million people, one of the oldest inhabited cities on earth. Russia’s President Putin called the attack “strange” and questioned America’s motives. In the aftermath of the attack, the reasoning behind the seemingly bizarre assault has become clear, America is trying to bring down the Assad government using germ warfare.
Syria’s natural water supply, the Euphrates River, carries cholera of course, but also dozens of waterborne illnesses totally resistant to antibiotics where even the best palliative care is unlikely to guarantee a favorable outcome.
Back in 2013, Aleppo was under a similar assault, Sarin gas, blamed on the Damascus government, a “red line” that nearly brought on an American air assault against Syria. When it was discovered that the Sarin gas had been produced by an American research facility in Tbilisi, Georgia, later subject of a Russia Today documentary banned in the US, and smuggled into Syria witnessed by a Press TV film crew headed by Serena Shim (murdered in Turkey), America stood down.
The current attack, coinciding with both the refugee crisis in Europe and the large scale military operations that are cleansing Aleppo Province of coalition backed “moderate terrorists,” is in all probability what brought the Pentagon to the point of taking out Aleppo’s water purification facilities. America’s goal was to start a cholera epidemic in one of the largest cities in the Middle East, driving tens of thousands of refugees into the middle of a massive military operation against terror groups the Pentagon has been playing with for some time.
Thus far, however, the Pentagon plan has been a failure. Were it more successful, up to 100,000 refugees may have fled into Hatay Province, Turkey, infecting up to a million more there in a region clogged with refugees.
You see, cholera is a “gift that keeps on giving,” a massively infectious disease. A dozen cholera patients can overburden any clinic or even regional hospital. A dozen cholera carriers can, within days and under the right conditions, war and refugees for instance, recreate conditions not seen since the Middle Ages.
Coinciding with the America attack has been a total blackout of all reports from the region, including Twitter and Facebook postings, a total cleansing of all reports of the American bombing with the exception of Veterans Today, TASS and Russia Today. Even the statements of President Putin, and he mentions the American attack on 3 occasions, are banned from all western press and cleansed from the internet.
The Pentagon plan is specifically biological warfare and not the first time it has been used in Syria. The Free Syrian Army, with both Israeli and American special operations advisors with every unit, has targeted water supplies across Syria, particularly Damascus.
From EMedicine on biological warfare:
Cholera is an acute and potentially severe gastrointestinal disease (stomach and intestines) caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae. This agent has been investigated in the past as a biological weapon. Cholera does not spread easily from human to human, so it appears that major drinking water supplies would have to be profusely contaminated for this agent to be effective as a biological weapon.
Cholera normally can infect water or food that becomes contaminated by human bowel waste. The organism can survive for up to 24 hours in sewage and as long as six weeks in certain types of relatively impure water containing organic matter. It can withstand freezing for three to four days, but it is killed readily by dry heat, steam, boiling, short-term exposure to ordinary disinfectants, and chlorination of water.
The toxin causes a person’s intestines to create massive amounts of fluid that then produces thin, grayish brown diarrhea.
We know of the Pentagon plan to destroy Aleppo’s chlorination facility. The Euphrates River with its endless supply of human waste would do the rest.
Anyone who doesn’t believe the Pentagon and CIA are capable of this is a fool.
Update: Warplanes of US-led alliance attack power plant in Aleppo
Aleppo, SANA – In blatant violation of international law, warplanes of the US-led alliance violated Syrian airspace and attacked a power plant that feeds Aleppo city, causing a blackout in the city.
A military source told SANA that warplanes of the Washington alliance violated Syrian airspace and attacked civilian infrastructure in Mare’a, Tal Sha’er, and al-Bab in Aleppo countryside on Sunday.
The source added that the warplanes attacked the biggest electric power plant that feeds Aleppo city, which resulted in cutting off power from most neighborhoods in Aleppo city.
This transgression comes only 8 days after two F-16 warplanes belonging to the alliance targeted two power plants in al-Radwaniye area east of Aleppo city, cutting off power from the area.
What Israeli general’s number is 34356578765Az231434 ?
US-Russia showdown imminent but postponed – Zionists within the US Administration fiddle behind the scenes – Israeli officer captured by Iraqi popular army via DESI Intel
Another power plants that feeds the city of in Aleppo was struck by US fighter jets. Reliable source, who spoke with VT, said “ hidden hands within the Administration have an “axe-to-grind to attack civilian installations in Syria, in light of continuous Russian airstrikes against ISIS and its subsidiaries.”
US planes attacked civilian infrastructure in Mare’a, Tal Sha’er, and al-Bab in Aleppo countryside on Sunday. The attack resulted in cutting off power from most neighborhoods in Aleppo city.
This transgression comes only 8 days after two F-16 warplanes belonging to US lead coalition targeted two power plants in al-Radwaniyeh area, east of Aleppo city, cutting off power from the area. The important question here is “who ordered the planes to fly and destroy Syrian infrastructures?”
The source is of the belief that US-Russian conformation is imminent but now postponed. The Russians are aware of the fact that,
“Zionist elements are working on tensing up US-Russian relations, via instructing their Partisans to severe any feasible cooperation between the two world powers on Syria and the Region.”
Batmen, operating in the darkness, are saving no efforts to spoil the smooth personal relationship established between US president Barack Obama and his Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin. It is no secret that Obama is currently not in full control of the military. There are insiders who have an agenda of their own not compatible with the codes normally followed by the US army.
The Foreign Affairs High Representative at the USA Parliament and Secretary General of the “DESI” European Department for Security and Information Ambassador Dr. HAISSAM BOU-SAID confirmed that Iraqi popular Army captured an Israeli officer whose name is Yussi Elon Shahak, based on the Intel provided by the “US international Parliament and European Department for Security and Information.” The officer’s rank is Brigadier and his military No is Re 34356578765Az231434. This reminds us of the Israeli Brigadier killed in the Syrian city of Quneitra, while meeting with the leaders of the terrorist groups.
Bou Said also revealed that there were mass executions of more than ninety-five ISIS leaders from the “elite unit,” mostly Chechens, in addition to a small number of Iraqis, in Al “SAYNIEH Region” adjacent to Mosel. They were indicted for communicating with the enemy .
“A group of Chechen and foreigners that entered Russia from Ukraine coming from Mosel were caught by the local authority,” Bou Said stated. The Intel was confirmed by the Quartet Security committee comprised of Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq. It is believed that others groups are still positioned in Ukraine to undertake terrorist activities against Moscow. The men in charge are electronic and bombing experts.
From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed — through secretive processes, without indictment or trial — worthy of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.
DRONES ARE A TOOL, not a policy. The policy is assassination. While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word “assassination.” This has allowed proponents of the drone wars to rebrand assassinations with more palatable characterizations, such as the term du jour, “targeted killings.”
When the Obama administration has discussed drone strikes publicly, it has offered assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to boots on the ground and are authorized only when an “imminent” threat is present and there is “near certainty” that the intended target will be eliminated. Those terms, however, appear to have been bluntly redefined to bear almost no resemblance to their commonly understood meanings.
The first drone strike outside of a declared war zone was conducted more than 12 years ago, yet it was not until May 2013 that the White House released a set of standards and procedures for conducting such strikes. Those guidelines offered little specificity, asserting that the U.S. would only conduct a lethal strike outside of an “area of active hostilities” if a target represents a “continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons,” without providing any sense of the internal process used to determine whether a suspect should be killed without being indicted or tried. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been one of trust, but don’t verify.
The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret slides that provides a window into the inner workings of the U.S. military’s kill/capture operations at a key time in the evolution of the drone wars — between 2011 and 2013. The documents, which also outline the internal views of special operations forces on the shortcomings and flaws of the drone program, were provided by a source within the intelligence community who worked on the types of operations and programs described in the slides. The Intercept granted the source’s request for anonymity because the materials are classified and because the U.S. government has engaged in aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers. The stories in this series will refer to the source as “the source.”
The source said he decided to provide these documents to The Intercept because he believes the public has a right to understand the process by which people are placed on kill lists and ultimately assassinated on orders from the highest echelons of the U.S. government. “This outrageous explosion of watchlisting — of monitoring people and racking and stacking them on lists, assigning them numbers, assigning them ‘baseball cards,’ assigning them death sentences without notice, on a worldwide battlefield — it was, from the very first instance, wrong,” the source said.
“We’re allowing this to happen. And by ‘we,’ I mean every American citizen who has access to this information now, but continues to do nothing about it.”
The Pentagon, White House, and Special Operations Command all declined to comment. A Defense Department spokesperson said, “We don’t comment on the details of classified reports.”
The CIA and the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) operate parallel drone-based assassination programs, and the secret documents should be viewed in the context of an intense internal turf war over which entity should have supremacy in those operations. Two sets of slides focus on the military’s high-value targeting campaign in Somalia and Yemen as it existed between 2011 and 2013, specifically the operations of a secretive unit, Task Force 48-4.
Additional documents on high-value kill/capture operations in Afghanistan buttress previous accounts of how the Obama administration masks the true number of civilians killed in drone strikes by categorizing unidentified people killed in a strike as enemies, even if they were not the intended targets. The slides also paint a picture of a campaign in Afghanistan aimed not only at eliminating al Qaeda and Taliban operatives, but also at taking out members of other local armed groups.
One top-secret document shows how the terror “watchlist” appears in the terminals of personnel conducting drone operations, linking unique codes associated with cellphone SIM cards and handsets to specific individuals in order to geolocate them.
The costs to intelligence gathering when suspected terrorists are killed rather than captured are outlined in the slides pertaining to Yemen and Somalia, which are part of a 2013 study conducted by a Pentagon entity, the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force. The ISR study lamented the limitations of the drone program, arguing for more advanced drones and other surveillance aircraft and the expanded use of naval vessels to extend the reach of surveillance operations necessary for targeted strikes. It also contemplated the establishment of new “politically challenging” airfields and recommended capturing and interrogating more suspected terrorists rather than killing them in drone strikes.
The ISR Task Force at the time was under the control of Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Vickers, a fierce proponent of drone strikes and a legendary paramilitary figure, had long pushed for a significant increase in the military’s use of special operations forces. The ISR Task Force is viewed by key lawmakers as an advocate for more surveillance platforms like drones.
The ISR study also reveals new details about the case of a British citizen, Bilal el-Berjawi, who was stripped of his citizenship before being killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2012. British and American intelligence had Berjawi under surveillance for several years as he traveled back and forth between the U.K. and East Africa, yet did not capture him. Instead, the U.S. hunted him down and killed him in Somalia.
Taken together, the secret documents lead to the conclusion that Washington’s 14-year high-value targeting campaign suffers from an overreliance on signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and — due to a preference for assassination rather than capture — an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. They also highlight the futility of the war in Afghanistan by showing how the U.S. has poured vast resources into killing local insurgents, in the process exacerbating the very threat the U.S. is seeking to confront.
These secret slides help provide historical context to Washington’s ongoing wars, and are especially relevant today as the U.S. military intensifies its drone strikes and covert actions against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Those campaigns, like the ones detailed in these documents, are unconventional wars that employ special operations forces at the tip of the spear.
The “find, fix, finish” doctrine that has fueled America’s post-9/11 borderless war is being refined and institutionalized. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be unleashed, these documents lay bare the normalization of assassination as a central component of U.S. counterterrorism policy.
“The military is easily capable of adapting to change, but they don’t like to stop anything they feel is making their lives easier, or is to their benefit. And this certainly is, in their eyes, a very quick, clean way of doing things. It’s a very slick, efficient way to conduct the war, without having to have the massive ground invasion mistakes of Iraq and Afghanistan,” the source said. “But at this point, they have become so addicted to this machine, to this way of doing business, that it seems like it’s going to become harder and harder to pull them away from it the longer they’re allowed to continue operating in this way.”
Matt McMullen has almost single-handedly changed the world of sex toys with his startlingly lifelike RealDolls—which sell for $5,000 and up. Vanity Fair gets an eye-opening look at Abyss Creations, where McMullen and his team build some body to love.
RealDoll creator Matt McMullen in his office at Abyss Creations’ factory, outside San Diego. Photograph by Jonathan Becker.
It’s a beautiful morning in Huntington, West Virginia, but David Mills wants to drink beer in the same ramshackle house where he has lived since birth. In the other bedroom is his ailing, nonagenarian father. Mills the younger is best known for writing Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism. In the foreword, Carl Sagan’s son Dorion praised Mills’s “impeccable logic, intellectual bravery, and professional clarity.” Richard Dawkins gave the book a blurb—“an admirable work”—and mentioned it two times in his best-seller The God Delusion.
In his introduction to a new edition, in 2006, Mills gleefully informed readers that he has been publicly condemned as a spokesman for Satan, a disgrace to human dignity, a moron, a shrimphead, and, his favorite, a “pitiful middle-aged man, embarrassed by his lifelong unemployment, and frozen, emotionally and intellectually, in early adolescence.”
At 55, he is tired of atheism activism, which he’s been doing since the late 1970s, and ready for a career reboot. Recently he became the owner of a RealDoll—the Rolls-Royce of sex dolls, created two decades ago by artist and entrepreneur Matt McMullen. Mills, who learned about them from an episode of the sitcom Family Guy, visited the company’s Web site and was convinced the photos were of models, not dolls, because they all looked so realistic. More research proved otherwise.
“I thought, Well, gee, I would enjoy something like that!” he recalls. “I mean, I love women. God, I absolutely love women.” And especially their legs. “That’s what attracts me to a woman as much as a face, if not more.” Big problem, though: “My fundamental personality conflict is that I really like women but I don’t like to be around people.”
A loner since childhood, he met his first wife in 1984 in Communist Poland through a mail-order-bride catalogue and was with her for 18 years, until he met his future second wife online. That marriage ended right before she was arrested by the F.B.I. for a white-collar crime. Mills has avoided relationships ever since. He estimates that of the approximately 180 women he has had sex with, a little over half were prostitutes. That profession has gone way downhill in Huntington over the years, so Mills thought a RealDoll might do the trick. He ordered a “Body A” RealDoll2 model (83 pounds, 33–24–35 measurements, custom freckles) and named her Taffy the same day he mailed a check for $7,149 to a factory in San Marcos, California, called Abyss Creations.
Watch: The Making of RealDoll, the Customizable, High-End Sex Toy (NSFW)
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Three and a half months later, a coffin-like crate arrived. Thrilled, he pried it open, tore away the plastic, and screamed. The extremely human-like doll was looking right at Mills, and it reminded him of the Twilight Zone episode where William Shatner comes face-to-face with a monster on an airplane wing.
Then he became aroused.
Rise of the Sexbots
In 2006, Dr. Henrik Christensen, the chairman of the European Robotics Network at the Royal Institute of Technology, at the University of Stockholm, predicted that “in the next five years” humans would be having sex with robots. Even if they were pretty basic ones, it wouldn’t matter, he told The Economist, because “people are willing to have sex with inflatable dolls, so initially anything that moves will be an improvement.”
In Love & Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, artificial-intelligence expert and international chess champion David Levy professed that by 2050 robots “will have the capacity to fall in love with humans and to make themselves romantically attractive and sexually desirable to humans.” One expert surveyed in a Pew Research Center report out last year predicts that robot sex partners will be “commonplace” by 2025 and foresees robot sex being both popular and “the source of scorn and division, the way that critics today bemoan selfies as an indicator of all that’s wrong with the world.”
In the new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, a young employee of a Google-like company (Domhnall Gleeson, who played a sweet-natured synthetic manbot in an episode of the highly acclaimed British TV series Black Mirror) visits a secret research facility in the mountains, where a reclusive tech mogul (Oscar Isaac) shows off his latest creation, a very attractive, emotionally intelligent android named Ava (Alicia Vikander). Believe it or not, something goes wrong.
As for robot sex partners, which Abyss is in the early stages of developing, Mills has been skeptical. He likes the way the dolls are now and can’t envision a walking, talking sexbot indistinguishable from humans happening for 500 years. “It’s just too horribly complicated,” he reasons. “I just think the more moving parts you have with anything, a car or an airplane, the more problems you have, and if you can’t send it back to the factory … shit, I couldn’t even get a plumber for goddamn two weeks. Am I going to call the local RealDoll repairman?”
A doll ready for shipment to a client. Photograph by Jonathan Becker.
Then, suddenly, he warms to the idea of having one. “Well, I hope. I mean, yes, that would be one more option.”
“Modern technology has now progressed to the point where factory-built partners are at least as good as human partners,” Mills says later at a downtown bar. “Not everybody wants to be in a relationship, especially an emotionally draining, costly, anxiety-filled one. If a man says, ‘I don’t want to be in a relationship,’ most of the time that’s probably a fucking good decision! And he can order a RealDoll, which will end up being a helluva lot cheaper than the women he was dating! If a man has a hundred or no girlfriends, RealDolls are a good option no matter what.”
A hovering waitress says, “Last call.” Mills orders a beer and returns to a pet peeve. “Women have enjoyed sex toys for 50 years, probably 5,000 years, if the truth be known, but men are still stigmatized! We have to correct that! I want to be the Rosa Parks of sex dolls! Men are not going to sit in the back of the bus anymore!”
Western civilization is in collapse. Every public and private institution in every western country, with the sole exception of Iceland, is corrupt. Government at every level is corrupt. The courts and judicial systems are corrupt. Justice is nonexistent. The financial systems are corrupt. The media is corrupt. The corrupt corporations continue to maximize their profits by destroying the environment and by replacing domestic workers with foreign ones. The income and wealth continues to gravitate to the One Percent.
Even sports, which once consisted of games played for fun, are corrupt. Participants in every competitive sport have to be drug tested, whether a skier, a bobsledder, a football, baseball, basketball, or hockey player, a boxer, a bicyclist, a distance runner, a sprinter, a high jumper, a pole vaulter, or whatever. Sports were corrupted by money. The rewards for success are so high that people sacrifice their personal integrity and cheat in order to obtain the money, just as government officials and regulators betray their constituencies in order to be rewarded by special interests who profit at the expense of society.
But not all corruption is financial or money-motivated. Spiritual corruption is even more dangerous as it erodes the character of people. Once people’s concerns do not go beyond themselves and their own feelings, a culture is dead. There has always been betrayal between husbands and wives, but not on the mass scale of today when vows play second fiddle to one’s personal desires. Another way of saying this is that keeping one’s vow or one’s word is no longer an important desire or contributor to self-esteem.
Consider something as ordinary as sexual relations between the genders. Sexual intercourse is one of the most common activities in which people engage. Yet there are those who go up the wall when the subject is mentioned. The prudery is silly, because the sexual relationship between a man and a woman is the foundation of society. Civilizations have protected the relationship in marriage, the basis for procreation and enculturation that perpetuates the society. What we see today is a growing separation of the sexual relationship from its social purpose and the loss of parental control over children to the state and outside forces. Indoctrination replaces enculturation.
I remember when sex was romantic. Apparently those days are gone. Today sex is about two people (or more) getting each other off. Sex has been reduced to an orgasmic act. The Ashley Madison website, where wives and husbands sign up for extramarital sex with strangers, testifies to the purely orgasmic character of sex today.
Another article in Cosmopolitan explains sex as “fun. If it weren’t we would never bother leaving the house to meet new people to have sex with and we’d all just masturbate instead.”
Years ago in a waiting room I picked up a copy of Cosmopolitan. The cover story was “How to get your man hard and keep him coming back for more.” At least it was normal sex, if denatured. But we have moved on. The October 9 digital issue of Cosmopolitan has an article by a “former escort and current dominatrix who specializes in balloon fetish play.” She calls herself “an adult play facilitator” and “the type of work I do is much broader than just BDSM or fetishistic type stuff. I specialize in helping people to open this part of their sexual selves, and be playful and creative.” She puts them inside giant balloons. Balloons are “erotic and playful” and “a very friendly catalyst.” http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a47457/i-put-people-into-balloons-as-a-sexual-fetish/