My Common Sense Politics
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Posted by Veterans Today
from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Well it seems the drone makers and drone killers are going to enjoy secure employment for some time. Hardly a month goes by that we don’t hear of some advance in the technology.
Looking back on it, drones have turned into a Pandora’s box. They were just wonderful in the beginning when no one else had any — cost effective, no lives at risk and difficult to track and shoot down.
But just like the US was the leader in cyber-warfare in the beginning, it forced everybody else to get into the game pronto. We now see that happening big time.
Major countries are developing their own production capabilities so as not to be exposed to the Western sanctions monster. Most have been having to develop these in stages, except for Iran who captured two of our state-of-the-art drones and had copies up in a little over a year.
This new China drone is not really for traditional military defense, as it is limited to targets under 500 meters. Unsaid in the report is that mini-nukes are now small enough to be carried on these, a tremendous threat. So their new 5-second countermeasure is a welcome advance, and the test results are impressive, if they are true. Countries never publish that things don’t work well.
We live in an age of un-war tested major weapons systems. And we hope that we do not get to see if ICBMs can be intercepted in space, far from their targets, in case they don’t work.
Stealth technology is already outdated as countries with full spectrum radar satellite platforms can see the air turbulence behind a Stealth plane.
And yet the US is burying the defense budget in the “stealth” F-35, or using its huge cost overruns as a screen to fund black projects.
This makes us vulnerable to someone making a dumb move by over estimating their offense or the target’s defense. This I feel is why the US changed their preemptive strike policy to target anyone that could retaliate on an attack from us… pushing the bully thing to the max.
They don’t want potential opponents to have a defense, which is about an aggressive a stance as you can have. It is the position that Israel has enjoyed with its neighbors and their millions of occupation prisoners inside Israel. Did we learn it from them?… Jim W. Dean
China has developed and successfully tested a highly accurate laser defense system against light drones. The homemade machine boasts a two-kilometer range and can down “various small aircraft” within five seconds of locating its target.
Published On: Tue, Nov 4th, 2014
By nsnbc David Pilgrim
As a second chairwoman resigns from the UK government’s inquiry into historic child abuse allegations, it’s clear that questions need to be asked about who should lead this investigation and what its remit ought to be.
Home secretary Theresa May has announced that a new leader will be sought to replace Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf, who has stepped down over accusations that she has too many ties to the people implicated in the investigation.
May has vowed to run any appointment by the survivors of child abuse that opposed Woolf as well as the MPs who grilled her before her resignation. But, speaking in the House of Commons, she said finding someone with enough gravitas who can clear their diary for what could be a very long haul, will be very difficult.
But a replacement must be found and it must be someone who can challenge people in high places. Woolf’s appointment and resignation has led to questions about whether the British establishment can be trusted to police itself.
May has now made it clear that the inquiry team will be given stronger powers to call witnesses if it asks for them but such important pragmatic considerations are coloured at all times by the fundamental suspicion that the rich and powerful will ultimately protect themselves when the chips are down.
Labour MP Tom Watson – the nearest the political class currently has to offer as an honest broker – has highlighted just how deep this problem runs. Having worked as an instrumental voice in the hacking scandal, he has moved on to pushing for information about what happened to a dossier implicating several high-profile people of child abuse. In 2012, Watson made an explosive statement in parliament:
The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring. One of its members boasts of his links to a senior aide of a former prime minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad. The leads were not followed up …
Righton was a child protection expert later revealed as a founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange. He was eventually exposed in 1992 as a child abuser but the police failed to investigate him convincingly. Public school and Oxbridge educated (like many in senior parliamentary roles in Britain) Righton died a free man in 2007, despite extensive evidence about him being party to organised child sexual exploitation.
by Mike Edelhart
October 19, 2014
Given the frenzy of interest following the announcement of the Apple Watch, you might think wearables will be the next really important shift in technology.
Wearables will have their moment in the sun, but they're simply a transition technology.
Technology will move from existing outside our bodies to residing inside us.
That's the next big frontier.
Here are nine signs that implantable tech is here now, growing rapidly, and that it will be part of your life (and your body) in the near future.
1. Implantable smartphones
Sure, we're virtual connected to our phones 24/7 now, but what if we were actually connected to our phones?
That's already starting to happen.
Last year, for instance, artist Anthony Antonellis had an RFID chip embedded in his arm that could store and transfer art to his handheld smartphone.
Researchers are experimenting with embedded sensors that turn human bone into living speakers.
Other scientists are working on eye implants that let an image be captured with a blink and transmitted to any local storage (such as that arm-borne RFID chip).
But what takes the place of the screen if the phone is inside you? Techs at Autodesk are experimenting with a system that can display images through artificial skin.
Or the images may appear in your eye implants.
2. Healing chips
Right now, patients are using cyber-implants that tie directly to smartphone apps to monitor and treat diseases.
A new bionic pancreas being tested at America’s Boston University, for instance, has a tiny sensor on an implantable needle that talks directly to a smartphone app to monitor blood-sugar levels for diabetics.
Scientists in London are developing swallowable capsule-sized circuits that monitor fat levels in obese patients and generate genetic material that makes them feel "full".
It has potential as an alternative to current surgery or other invasive ways to handle gross obesity.
Dozens of other medical issues from heart murmurs to anxiety have implant/phone initiatives under way.
3. Cyber pills that talk to your doctor
Implantables won’t just communicate with your phone; they’ll chat up your doctor, too.
In a project named Proteus, after the eensy body-navigating vessel in the film Fantastic Voyage, a British research team is developing cyber-pills with microprocessors in them that can text doctors directly from inside your body.
The pills can share (literally) inside info to help doctors know if you are taking your medication properly and if it is having the desired effect.
4. Bill Gates' implantable birth control
The Gates Foundation is supporting an MIT project to create an implantable female compu-contraceptive controlled by an external remote control.
The tiny chip generates small amounts of contraceptive hormone from within the woman's body for up to 16 years.
Implantation is no more invasive than a tattoo.
And, "The ability to turn the device on and off provides a certain convenience factor for those who are planning their family.", said Dr Robert Farra of MIT.
Gives losing the remote a whole new meaning.
5. Smart tattoos
Friday, October 31st, 2014
When Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Gary Webb – subject of the new movie Kill the Messenger - died of a “two shots to the head suicide,” John Hankey hired renowned forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to do an autopsy.
As far as I was concerned, you didn’t have to be Cyril Wecht to know that Gary Webb was murdered. Gary Webb had exposed the CIA drug mafia, and he paid the ultimate price.
But it would have been nice to have Cyril Wecht’s testimony that yes, of course it was murder, not suicide.
That’s why John Hankey was so shocked when 9/11 truth superstar Mike Ruppert went all-out to prevent an autopsy, trumpeting the ludicrous “yes it was suicide” cover story and even convincing the Webb family to have Gary cremated before the autopsy could begin.
I’m convinced Ruppert’s psychology was the root cause of this shameful episode in an otherwise mostly brilliant career. But John Hankey isn’t so sure. On the contrary, he suspects foul play on Ruppert’s part.
John Hankey debated this issue with me and Gordon Duff (who shares my view) on Friday night’s Truth Jihad Radio. Gordon’s high-level abilities in profiling and understanding people are on display during the last twenty minutes of the first hour. (The show will be posted here by Sunday – and available sooner than that to TruthJihad subscribers.)
Meanwhile, here is John Hankey’s review of the new film about Gary Webb.
Movie Review: Kill the Messenger – the life and death of Gary Webb; and more lessons about CTKA and other guardians of “the truth”
… by John Hankey
I think Kill The Messenger is perhaps the best movie that was ever made. And I would like to urge you to stop reading this review, and run out to see it. My wife does not watch political movies, and she loved it. So take a date! All the reviews I have seen, in the LA Times, The New Yorker magazine, the Huffington Post, etc. have been full of the highest praise – astonishing for a film that lays the blame for the crack epidemic at the door of the Reagan administration: that is, CIA protected mega-dealers provided virtually ALL of the cocaine that destroyed millions of lives in in the US inner-cities in the 1980’s. Such films are typically ignored or attacked. And it is worth stopping to make some observations about what is going on. In addition, it is a quirk of fate that I know some things about the story. You are not going to read these things anywhere else.
Gary Webb was a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News (an up-and-coming, highly ambitious, but still relatively small-town paper at the time) when he was accidentally confronted by the story that the CIA was involved in protecting Danilo Blandon, by far the biggest cocaine dealer in the history of the world. Rick Ross was Los Angeles’ biggest dealer, and got 100% of his trade from Danilo Blandon, a CIA protected affiliate of Reagan “Contras”.
With help from Gary Webb, Ricky Ross’s attorney got Blandon to admit that money from his sales were going to the CIA’s “Contra” terrorists, who were attacking mainly unarmed citizens in Nicaragua. Because of the outrageous atrocities committed by the Contras, and other CIA-created death squads in Central America, the Congress had specifically outlawed US support for such operations. (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4iMJcX8DMs at 19:26 for some horrifying details of these atrocities) Webb won the Pulitzer Prize for his work…and then suffered the professional consequences he knew were bound to come when he decided to write the article in the first place: he was fired. He got so depressed that he shot himself in the head. Twice.
When I heard that Gary’s two-head-shot death had been ruled a suicide, with no autopsy, I was beside myself. When I found that none of his “friends” were doing anything to demand an autopsy, I lost my cool altogether. And decided that I would do whatever I could.
I was able to contact Cyril Wecht, a leading forensic pathologist of national stature. Wecht told me that he had heard of the case and was fascinated, to the extent that he agreed to do the autopsy for $5000, half his usual fee; and he put me in contact with his assistant to arrange the transport of the body to his facilities in Pennsylvania. The assistant told me that Wecht told him that in 35,000 autopsies, he’d never encountered a two-head-shot suicide. Dr. Wecht explained to me that veins and arteries are like balloons, very greatly expanded by blood pressure, and tight, when we are alive; and deflated and limp like empty balloons when we are not; and that determining whether Gary was alive or dead when the second shot was fired would be a simple and routine matter.
I contacted a friend, who is a private investigator in San Francisco, to try to help make arrangements to obtain the body for shipping to Wecht. He immediately drove to the Sacramento funeral home where Gary’s body was located, and encountered the ex-wife and two sons in the parking lot. They agreed to the autopsy and signed a document saying so; and then allowed the investigator to examine and photograph the body. His surmise, supported by the photos he took, was that Gary was shot twice in the right ear canal, and that both bullets exited his left cheek. (You can see the key photo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4iMJcX8DMs at 24:46)
The investigator told me that of Gary’s two sons, the younger brother did not believe his father had committed suicide (I have been attacked for saying that “the brother thought it was murder”. Not Gary’s brother. His younger son.) Perhaps the key portion of this story is that the extant photos show clearly that there was no autopsy of any kind performed.
I was also put in touch with an attorney who, because of the cases she was involved in, had been forced to become an expert in gunshot wounds to the head. She explained the history of the weapon with which Gary is alleged to have taken his own life, his father’s “police special”. It seems that police were being killed by suspects, who had already been mortally wounded, but who, in their last moments of life, got off fatal shots at the pursuing officers. The police wanted a weapon that was so powerful that it would knock a person to the ground, whether or not it killed them. The attorney assured me that no one could shoot themselves in the head twice with such a weapon. She said that a person would be killed by the explosion, before they were hit by the bullet; that being shot with a blank in the head would be like being hit in the head with a sledge hammer – and would be unsurvivable.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Israeli PM Benyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is suddenly embroiled in controversy – over the two biggest unsolved murder cases in American history. First, a cartoon in Haaretz, Israel’s liberal flagship newspaper, depicts Netanyahu as a kamikaze pilot flying a jetliner into the World Trade Center. Then Netanyahu, angered at being called a “chickenshit,” snarls out a threat to Obama referencing the famous Grassy Knoll from whence JFK’s brains were blown out.
What in tarnation was THAT about?
It seems that the insane war party (the neocons) and the relatively restrained war party (the realists) are trading threats – by referencing the two most infamous (and most obviously true) “conspiracy theories” of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Netanyahu-as-9/11-pilot cartoon was the realists threatening “chickenshit” Bibi. They had already told him he was too chickenshit to start a war, and too chickenshit to even think about making peace. The cartoon was a not-so-subtle reminder: “Any time we want, we can reveal the truth about 9/11 and have you and your neocon friends and assets hanged from a thousand lampposts.”
Bibi responded with his “grassy knoll” reference – yet another threat to Obama’s life, like Jewish Times editor Andrew Adler’s calling on the Mossad to assassinate Obama, and the various White House “intrusions” that have showed the President cannot be protected from the world’s biggest and baddest international crime syndicate.
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
No, it’s not the inside job of 9/11
Whenever there is a truth so powerful that it could derail the overall controlling paradigm, the Controllers first try to shroud that factuality with mystery.
The corporate media immediately begins to tell us that such a truth is impossible, so the truth is not a truth, but a hoax. All mainstream reporting is centered around not proving the truth, but “proving” the hoax with distortions and out-right lies. Lies, however, told long enough began to sound much like truth; but they are still lies – lies many of us will swear by.
So now the stage is set for the long and fiercely contested dispute: Truth versus Hoax – which of course is controversy.
A controversy is the Controllers’ method of buying time. Somewhat exciting at first, a controversy eventually loses its steam and becomes old hat. And old hat means uninteresting, or at least tritely familiar; but in any case, not worth pursuing.
And that is how those who would enslave us have used mystery and controversy to neuter and cover-up the greatest truth man has yet been exposed to.
Please note: once I have divulged this all-important but castrated truth, you will, I hope, perceive how the Controllers have deceived you.
Are you ready for this crucial truth?
The truth is … No, wait! I first want to say something. If you come away from this article only learning one thing, let it be a gut realization of how the major media has controlled your thinking on this key truth. Feel it viscerally, not intellectually, but in your bones know you have been had by the powers that wish to trap man in the five-sense reality forever.
If you are able to do that, you will have experienced an epiphany that could change your life and perhaps save your soul.
The truth is we are not alone in our world and certainly not alone in the universe– and crop circles prove it.
Disappointed? Feel let down? The climax did not match the build-up? You’ve heard all you want to hear about ETs UFOs, and crop circles?
Being fed up with hearing about crop circles is exactly how the Controllers want you to feel, because with enough of our widespread understanding of crop circles and their messages the ninety-nine percent of us could for the first time in recorded history oust the one percent from their pinnacles of tyrannical power.
True, there are some government hoaxed crop circles made for the express purpose of using them as examples to discredit the thousands of crop circles made by unknown sources.
To buttress this truism are some facts you will never hear in the controlled media.
There are benign beings in our universe who, unlike the Controllers, have our best interests at heart; and their messages, using pictograms and sacred geometry, may be proof of that.
Only uniquely positive beings could create the extraordinarily complex and beautiful crop circles – all in a matter of seconds, all without damage to the grains displaying the messages. No power on earth could come close to doing that no matter how omnipotent they pretend to be.
By ignoring all the video proof that shows plasma-looking balls of light creating gigantically complex crop circles within seconds, the international media has successfully influenced group opinion, so that most people have no idea about the true phenomenon of crop circles as they can be seen every summer in the grain fields of Europe, America, and Canada.
LOCK ON THE TRACTOR BEAMS-Researchers build reversible tractor beam that moves objects 100 times farther than other efforts
by Bob Yirka
Concept of photophoretic light–particle interaction in gases. Credit: Nature Photonics (2014) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.242
A team of researchers working in Australia has built a tractor beam that bests the distance of other efforts a hundred fold—and it can both push and pull objects. In their paper published in the journal Nature Photonics, the team describes their tractor beam project, how it works and what purpose it might serve.
A tractor beam is of course a beam emitted by a source that is used to hold and/or move another object. The idea was popularized by the Star Trek series and other science fiction works, and was used typically by one starship to trap and move another starship. In real life, physicists have made some inroads into developing a tractor beam (mostly based on the movement of photons to propel particles) but thus far, the objects trapped and moved have been extremely small and the distance moved even smaller. In this new effort the researchers used a different technique to move an object that was bigger and to move it much farther—a hundred times as far.
The new tractor beam is based on heat—a laser that shines a doughnut-shaped beam (it has a cold center) was fired at a gold covered tiny (0.2mm diameter) glass bead that was small enough to just fit inside the beam, where it was cold. The heat from the surrounding beam caused the surface of the bead to heat—creating hotspots. When the hotspots came into contact with air particles, those particles were repelled, which in turn caused an opposing force against the glass bead, pushing it (up to a distance of 20cm). The researchers found they could change the movement of the beads by adjusting the polarization of the laser, causing changes in the hotspots on the beads. That meant the beads could be pushed forward, stopped, pulled back, or held in place.
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
[ Editor's note: NEO’s Ulson Gunnar brings us a timely piece on the Valdai Club meeting this year where international experts were brought into Russia for extensive discussions on the country and the world.
This included the opportunity to mix with top Russian leaders as they did this year with Putin attending.
A simple way to describe its work is really a “window to the world”, a show of openness and no fear of comments and critiques about what Russia is doing. On the contrary, the Russian leadership values the input.
The West has been attacking Russia now with its upscaled color revolutions and where outside terrorists are now brought in where violence is needed to turn over a targeted regime.
We all had a front row seat to this with the ravaging of Ukraine after Victoria Nuland revealed the American taxpayers had spent $5 billion in support of the pro EU opposition groups, and as it turned out, the ultra nationalists.
While this has been widely reported on and covered in the alternative media, the US coverage of Valdai this year focused on Putin’s comments about the current Western assault, its motivations and goals.
Our media is fully involved in the pysops move on Russia, spinning our obvious aggression to encircle Russia and China again, a la Cold War style, with their endless pandering about Russia aggression. Where that does not work their plan B pitch is “planned aggression”.
When the Presstitutes role out what they call evidence of these hostile intentions, an idiot can instantly see that everything they mention are just the reactions to our own aggression. The elites have their heads so far up their behinds they cannot grasp that we see through this in two seconds. It’s a cheap con, and they seem to have an endless supply of it... Jim W. Dean ]
Russian President Vladimir Putin, before an international audience, exposed an international order capitalizing on the end of the Cold War to reshape the world according to its own interests, sidelining concepts such as basic international relations, international laws, systems of checks and balances, and even the very concept of national sovereignty itself.
Amid President Putin’s speech, he would condemn the United States’ support for neo-fascists, terrorists, and its contempt for national sovereignty around the world.
Curious language accompanied the New York Times’ account of the Valdai International Club discussion in the Black Sea coastal region of Sochi, Russia in front of which President Putin spoke.
In an article titled, “Putin Accuses U.S. of Backing ‘Neo-Fascists’ and ‘Islamic Radicals’,” the NYT attempts to portray President Putin’s statements about US support for neo-fascists and terrorists as merely baseless accusations.
The NYT claims, “instead of supporting democracy and sovereign states, Mr. Putin said during a three-hour appearance at the conference, the United States supports “dubious” groups ranging from “open neo-fascists to Islamic radicals.”” The NYT would also report,
““Why do they support such people,” he asked the annual gathering known as the Valdai Club, which met this year in the southern resort town of Sochi. “They do this because they decide to use them as instruments along the way in achieving their goals, but then burn their fingers and recoil.””
It is difficult to understand why the NYT attempts to portray this statement as particularly controversial, or as a “diatribe,” as the Times puts it, rather than a factual, timely, and necessary observation.
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014
SpaceShip Two, the suborbital space tourism plane financed by Virgin’s Richard Branson, exploded seconds after separation from its mother-ship White Knights and crashed in the Mojave desert of California. One of the pilots died, one was admitted to hospital with severe injuries.
Richard Branson’s space tourism project has received a severe blow when the experimental SpaceShip Two exploded shortly after separation from its carrier plane and the ignition of the experimental, suborbital tourist plane’s engine.
The Virgin subsidiary Virgin Galactic commented on the fatal crash in a tweet, saying that the spacecraft developed “serious problems” during the test flight. The cause of the catastrophic failure of the craft is still unknown.
Multi-billionaire Richard Branson immediately traveled to the crash site in California’s Mojave Desert, reports Virgin Galactic. The suborbital spacecraft crashed about 150 kilometers from Los Angeles, not far from the launch site.
Branson’s space tourism project is reserved for the super rich who can afford the estimated $ 250,000, which the pleasure of being elevated to an altitude of 100 kilometers above ground and to feel the effects of micro or near zero gravity will cost once the project is ready for commercial flights.
SpaceShip Two is designed to carry a crew of two pilots and six paying passengers. Even though the craft is still experimental, there are some 800 celebrities and “better-offs” who have booked a ride once the craft is ready for commercial use. Among them is, reportedly, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks. It’s unknown whether he will take a box of chocolates with him on the flight.
After approval for commercial use, Virgin’s Richard Branson, his daughter Holly, and his son Sam have booked tickets for the commercial “maiden flight”.
The craft has previously been flown in over fifty test flights. In April 2013 it broke the sound barrier above California’s desert. The explosion of SpaceShip Two right after the ignition of its engine, the death of one of the two test pilots and the serious injuries the other pilot suffered, however, may indeed be a blast and setback to Branson’s commercial space tourism plans.
Fri, Oct 31st, 2014
For months now, Western mass media have been in lockstep with the US State Department and the NATO military alliance, promulgating claims of Russian aggression in Ukraine and towards Europe generally. The mantra-like repetition of these claims, with scant substantiation, resembles the Big Lie technique of Third Reich master propagandist Josef Goebbels. Told often and brazenly enough, the claims acquire normalcy as «accepted facts».
Western news media, from the BBC to the New York Times, uncritically peddle NATO and Washington claims that Moscow has «annexed» Crimea and infiltrated troops into eastern Ukraine to destabilise the pro-Western «government» in Kiev.
Last month at the NATO summit in Wales, outgoing secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen asserted: «So we continue to call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukrainian borders, [and] to stop the flow of weapons and fighters into Ukraine».
Last week, that narrative was debunked by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The OSCE has been appointed to monitor the border between Russia and eastern Ukraine. The organisation’s monitoring chief Paul Picard confirmed that since the beginning of its observer mission at the end of July to present, it has not recorded any movement of military equipment or units from Russia into Ukrainian territory.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh-Rasmussen.
«The movement of military equipment has not been seen by the OSCE from our border point [of observation]», said Picard during a press conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don last week.
The OSCE monitoring chief did say that there was Russian military movement of airplanes, helicopters and drones inside Russian territory along the border, but that there was no cross-border incursion. «We observed their movement, but didn’t see them fly into Ukraine, so they did not cross the border», Picard said.
Tellingly, the OSCE assessment nullifying Washington and NATO claims of Russian invasion and infiltration of Ukraine was given negligible reportage in the Western media, which persists with the anti-Russian narrative that seems to operate on the basis of not letting the facts intrude on a convenient storyline.
However, the OSCE version of reality was surprisingly corroborated by an unlikely source – Radio Free Europe – albeit unintentionally, it would seem.
RFE was set up during the height of the Cold War as a mouthpiece for the American Central Intelligence Agency to broadcast anti-Soviet propaganda across Eastern Europe. As a recent France 24 headline put it: ‘Radio Free Europe back on frontline over Ukraine’ in which the obsequious report said gushingly:
«A quarter of a century after it helped topple totalitarian Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is duelling Moscow again, this time in a media war over the Ukraine crisis.»
In any case, in a RFE report last week under the headline ‘He was just a boy’, the American broadcaster told of the anguish of a Russian mother who recently buried her 18-year-old son after he was killed fighting in eastern Ukraine earlier this month. A grief-stricken Zalogina Pushkaryov told RFE how her son, Yevgeny, was shot dead by Kiev military forces after he had volunteered to join anti-Kiev militia. That part of the story is real enough.
But the significant detail is that the report makes clear that young Yevgeny travelled from his hometown of Kronshtadt, near St Petersburg, to eastern Ukraine after he was recruited via the internet social media. He did so surreptitiously without his mother’s knowledge. The RFE report also quotes other Russian «volunteers» who have gone to take up the fight for independence in the Donbass region from Kiev. It noted that these individuals are «ill-equipped and unprepared» for military action and are often «cannon fodder» in the battle against Ukrainian regular army units and self-styled National Guard battalions.
Thus RFE inadvertently spills the beans on the real nature of Russian involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. As Moscow has been consistently saying for several months, it has not sent weapons, troops or commandos into Ukrainian territory to support the pro-independence self-defence militia battling against Kiev forces, since the latter were dispatched in April on a so-called anti-terror operation against the dissenting ethnic Russian population of Donetsk and Luhansk.
To the extent that there is a Russian connection it is mainly on the basis, as the RFE report acknowledges, of young men volunteering unofficially through informal internet channels. These hapless volunteers are driven by personal reasons to defend what they see as a compatriot population under fire from an illegal regime. The RFE reported that these Russian volunteers have to arrange and pay for their own travel to the conflict region. That is obviously the behaviour of private Russian citizens, who are taking it upon themselves to take up arms in eastern Ukraine. It is not the kind of channel that Moscow would be operating if there was any official covert military plan to destabilise Ukraine – as Washington, NATO and the Western media, including RFE, have been claiming ad nauseam without the slightest proof.