Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fw: TheList 4420




To All,
I hope your week has been going well.
Regards,
skip

BTW the headrest item that I got at the last minute for yesterday's list turned out to be a myth. Sort of…..Thanks to Micro and others who let me know

http://www.snopes.com/car-headrests-emergency-escape/

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This Day In Naval History - March 30

1944 - First use of torpedo squadrons from carriers to drop aerial mines

(Palau Harbor)


1953: During the Korean War, five enemy guns in the Wonsan area fire about 20 rounds at USS Prichett (DD 561), falling about 150 yards short. Prichett silences the enemy guns with counterbattery fire.

1972 - Easter Offensive began in Vietnam

2007: USS Hawes (FFG 53) provides medical assistance to Liberian cargo vessel MV Harmony while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the southern Persian Gulf.


Son of Quote of the Day

On this day in history (March 30):

1858: Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.


1981: President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington,


D.C., hotel by gunman John W. Hinckley Jr., who also wounded White House


news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a District of


Columbia police officer, but recovered quickly & joked about his ruined


suit. As Reagan is wheeled into surgery, he quips to the doctors, "Please

tell me you're Republicans." Hinckley wanted to impress actress Jodie

Foster. Hinckley was later found NOT guilty by reason of insanity.

1999: Model Fabio was injured while riding a roller coaster as a goose flew

into his face at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.

And today is:

National Hot Dog Day

1981 President Reagan shot

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Today in History March 30


1492

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign a decree expelling all Jews from Spain.

1840

"Beau" Brummell, the English dandy and former favorite of the prince regent, dies in a French lunatic asylum for paupers.

1858

Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patents the pencil with an eraser attached on one end.

1867

Russian Baron Stoeckl and U.S. Secretary of State Seward complete the draft of a treaty ceding Alaska to the United States. The treaty is signed the following day.

1870

The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, passes.

1870

President U.S. Grant signs bill readmitting Texas to the Union, the last Confederate state readmitted.

1885

In Afghanistan, Russian troops inflict a crushing defeat on Afghan forces, despite orders not to fight.

1909

The Queensboro Bridge in New York opens. It is the first double decker bridge and links Manhattan and Queens.



1916

Mexican bandit Pancho Villa kills 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.

1936

Britain announces a naval construction program of 38 warships. This is the largest construction program in 15 years.

1941

The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel begins its first offensive against British forces in Libya.

1943

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, Oklahoma, opens on Broadway.

1944


The U.S. fleet attacks Palau, near the Philippines.

1945

The Red Army advances into Austria.

1946

The Allies seize 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.

1950

President Harry S Truman denounces Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.

1957

Tunisia and Morocco sign a friendship treaty in Rabat.

1972

Hanoi launches its heaviest attack in four years, crossing the DMZ.

1975

As the North Vietnamese forces move toward Saigon, desperate South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets.1981
President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington, D.C. by John W. Hinckley Jr.
1987
Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is bought for $39.85 million.

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Thanks to Hal -

Here is the plot of the ways George Soros and the Deep State within our government intend to overthrow President Trump. I think it is time to see some people going to prison. Soros lives in his estate in Bedford Hills, Katonah, New York.

Hal

Tam

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-29/george-soros-behind-plot-topple-trump


Is George Soros Behind This Plot To Topple Trump?

Authored by Nick Giambruno via InternationalMan.com,


Thanks to Hal -


BY ANNE COULTER - MARCH 23, 2017




Liberals are ecstatic that a judge in Hawaii is writing immigration policy for the entire country, and that policy is: We have no right to tell anyone that he can't live in America. (Unless they're Christians — those guys we can keep out.)

As subtly alluded to in the subtitle of Adios, America: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, the goal of liberals is for the poor of the world to have a constitutional right to come here whenever they want. I can't help but notice that the Third Worlders aren't moving to liberals' neighborhoods.

After nearly 1 million Rwandans were murdered by other Rwandans in 1994, our government asked itself: Why not bring more of this fascinating Rwandan culture to America? Ten thousand of them poured in. So far, nearly 400 have been convicted in the United States of lying on visa applications about their role in the genocide.

And that's why we have to tighten our belt, America! Massive international investigations don't come cheapAlmost every immigration case is a con, something we find out every time there's a San Bernardino shooting and half the family turns out to have scammed our immigration officials. One hundred percent of the "humanitarian" cases are frauds.

Earlier this month, Rwanda's Gervais Ngombwa was convicted for lying on his immigration application by claiming to have been a victim of the 1994 genocide. In fact, he was a well-known perpetrator — even featured in Rwandan newspaper articles as a leader of the genocide. For most of the last two decades, Ngombwa has been living in Iowa with his wife and eight children in a house built by Habitat for Humanity — because no Americans need houses. He came to the authorities' attention a couple years ago by setting that house on fire after a domestic dispute, then filing a fraudulent $75,000 insurance claim.

Another Rwandan genocidalist living in America was featured in Adios, America: Beatrice Munyenyezi, granted refugee status as an alleged victim of the genocide, even though she, too, had helped orchestrate it. Munyenyezi was living safely in Kenya when she applied for a refugee visa to America. The welfare is way better here. And, luckily for us, she had a "chronic medical condition" that required constant attention from a New Hampshire hospital.

Hesham Mohamed Hadayet arrived in the U.S. on a tourist visa, then immediately applied for "asylum" on the grounds that he was persecuted in Egypt — for being a member of an Islamic terrorist group. Being a member of a noted terrorist group cannot be used to block you from coming to America, thanks to Barney Frank's 1989 amendment to the Immigration and Naturalization Act, because liberals love this country so very, very much. Being a talented neurosurgeon from Switzerland, however, is disqualifying. Hadayet's refugee application wasn't denied until he'd already been living here for three years. When he was called in for a visa overstay hearing, he didn't show up, and the INS didn't bother looking for him. After allowing Hadayet to mill about America for another year, our government granted him permanent residency and a work permit.

On the Fourth of July following the 9/11 attack, Hadayet shot up the El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles International Airport. I guess the Egyptians were right! As bodies were being cleared away from the ticket counter, including Hadayet's, his wife blamed America for the attack, denying her husband had anything to do with it. "He is a victim of injustice," she explained. "In America, they hate Islam and Arabs after Sept. 11."

At least immigrants are grateful. Immigration bureaucrats are so determined to transform America without anyone seeing what they're doing that the INS initially refused to release Hadayet's file to congressional investigators, in order to protect his "privacy."

Of course, anybody could miss Egypt's designating someone a terrorist. And maybe the INS's test for Rwandan "refugees" is: Would this person be able to convince Rolling Stone magazine that "Haven Monahan" raped her?

How about Rasmea Yousef Odeh? She waltzed into America after having been convicted and imprisoned in Israel for a supermarket bombing that left two Hebrew University students dead, and also for the attempted bombing of the British consulate in Israel. She was released in a prisoner exchange — whereupon Odeh made a beeline for the U.S. True, Odeh wasn't subjected to the Inquisition-like vetting accorded the humanitarian cases, like the Boston Marathon bombers (we were warned by Russia), Hadayet (we were warned by Egypt) or the Blind Sheik (same). But how did our immigration authorities miss a CONVICTION FOR BOMBING IN ISRAEL?

Apart from the terrorism, welfare and fraud, what great things did any of them do for our country?

Ngombwa was a custodian at the Cedar Rapids Community School District in Iowa, a job that, evidently, no American would do. Munyenyezi had a job as an advocate for refugees — just one of the many jobs being created by immigrants. Hadayet ran a failing limousine company and was $10,000 in debt. Odeh was an unemployed waitress and a Palestinian grievance activist. Recently, she's been heavily involved in anti-Trump, anti-white male protests, because who doesn't like incessant Third World unrest?

In 1960, 75 percent of the foreign-born in America were from Europe. Today only about 10 percent are. More than a third of all post–Teddy Kennedy act immigrants — not just the wretched humanitarian cases — don't even have a high school diploma.

What is the affirmative case for this? How is it making America better? Improving the schools? The job market? Crime? The likelihood of terrorism?

Can the liberals doing cartwheels over a district judge's announcement that everyone in the world has a right to come here (except Europeans and Christians), give us the cost-benefit analysis they're using? Twenty million Third World immigrants give us ( __ ) terrorists, ( __ ) welfare recipients, ( __ ) uncompensated medical costs, ( __ ) discrimination lawsuits, but it's all worth it because ( _________________ )?


Ann Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.

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Item Number:1 Date: 03/30/2017 CYPRUS - U.K. GETS BETTER RUNWAY AT RAF AKROTIRI; BASE USED TO HIT TERROR TARGETS (MAR 30/UKMOD) U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The U.K.'s main airbase in Cyprus for operations against the Islamic State has just opened a refurbished runway, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense. It took 21 months to renovate the runway, noted the Daily Express (London). The runway at RAF Akrotiri, on the southern end of Britain's sovereign base area, was officially opened on Tuesday. The runway was renovated under a 46 million pound (US$56.5 million) program to enhance the capabilities at the base. The work will improve the ability of RAF Akrotiri to support existing and future British aircraft and those of coalition partners, the ministry said. The work was also built in anticipation of British Forces Cyprus becoming the largest permanent joint operating base and permanent deployment of British troops overseas in 2019. The base has played a significant role in the fight against ISIS since 2014, with more than 1,200 strikes against the terror group, said the Express.

Item Number:2 Date: 03/30/2017 EGYPT - SENIOR S. KOREAN DEFENSE OFFICIAL SIGNS COOPERATION DEAL IN CAIRO (MAR 30/YON) YONHAP -- The Egyptian and South Korean governments have formalized an agreement on bilateral defense cooperation, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). During a meeting on Tuesday in Cairo, South Korean Vice Defense Minister Hwang In-moo signed the memorandum of understanding with Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy. The MoU is designed to promote substantive military exchanges and defense industry cooperation, said the South Korean Defense Ministry. Seoul has been strengthening its diplomatic and defense ties in Africa to place more international pressure on rival North Korea.

Item Number:3 Date: 03/30/2017 INDIA - MAJOR STEP TAKEN FOR PURCHASE OF 32 DOMESTIC HELICOPTERS FOR NAVY, COAST GUARD (MAR 30/MAILTODAY) MAIL TODAY -- The Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the purchase of 32 Dhruv helicopters for the Indian navy and coast guard, reports the India Mail Today. Sixteen of the domestically designed helicopters will be supplied to each service under the US$1.2 billion deal, according to unnamed defense ministry sources cited in the paper on Tuesday. Assuming a contract is signed, deliveries are expected to begin in 2020 and concluded in 2022, the sources said. Some of the navy helicopters may be equipped with an indigenous low-frequency sonar. The purchase is part of the Modi government's Make in India program, which aims to increase the amount of defense equipment produced domestically.

Item Number:4 Date: 03/30/2017 IRAQ - BOMBER USES OIL TANKER AS WEAPON AT BAGHDAD CHECKPOINT (MAR 30/ALJAZ) AL JAZEERA -- A suicide truck bomber has struck a police checkpoint at the outskirts of Baghdad, killing at least 17 and injuring around 60, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). The blast on Wednesday night took place in the Saytarat al Ramel area at the southern entrance to the capital, said officials. The bomber detonated an oil tanker loaded with explosive among vehicles waiting to be searched, reported TRT World (Turkey). Casualties have been reported variously. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Item Number:5 Date: 03/30/2017 IRAQ - URBAN COMBAT LOSSES HEAVY IN MOSUL: 774 IRAQI DEATHS, 4,600 INJURIES (MAR 30/REU) REUTERS -- More than 770 Iraqi security personnel have been killed and about 4,600 wounded in fighting to regain control of the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State, says the U.S. military, as reported by Reuters. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, provided casualty numbers on Wednesday during a congressional hearing. The operation to retake the eastern half of Mosul, which ran from October 2016 to January 2017, led to the deaths of 490 Iraqi security personnel and more than 3,000 wounded, said Votel. Subsequently, 284 have been killed and more than 1,600 wounded in the offensive to retake western Mosul, he said. That operation began in February and is ongoing. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top coalition commander, this week called this the "most significant urban combat to take place since World War II," as reported by USA Today. On Wednesday, Iraqi special operations forces and federal police were fighting ISIS militants near the al-Nuri mosque, in western Mosul's Old City.

Item Number:6 Date: 03/30/2017 ITALY - 3 KOSOVARS IN CUSTODY; SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR PLOTTING TERROR ACT IN VENICE (MAR 30/LOCAL) THE LOCAL -- Police have arrested three suspected jihadists amid a dozen raids in Venice, reports the Local (Italy). Overnight raids were conducted at 12 locations in Venice's historic center and in nearby Mestre and Treviso, said a police statement on Thursday. The suspects allegedly sought to blow up the Rialto Bridge in Venice, potentially killing hundreds of tourists, noted the Daily Telegraph (U.K.). Those detained were from Kosovo, but had permits to stay in Italy. They had been under surveillance by anti-terror police for possibly being radicalized, said the statement. A minor was also detained, noted AFP. The suspects were heard by wiretaps celebrating an attack last week outside the British Parliament in London and had downloaded manuals on hand-to-hand fighting and knives, reported the La Repubblica newspaper. They also reportedly discussed conducting a similar attack in Venice and joining Islamic fighters in Syria, said police.

Item Number:7 Date: 03/30/2017 JAPAN - 3 NEW C-2 TRANSPORTS DEPLOY AT MIHO AIR BASE (MAR 30/KNA) KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- After years of delays, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) has deployed a new domestically-made transport aircraft, reports the Kyodo News Agency (Japan). A ceremony was held on Thursday at Miho Air Base in Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, marking the deployment of three C-2 transport aircraft earlier in the week. The new aircraft will begin their missions in December, said air force officials. Ten C-2s are expected to be in service by the end of March 2021. They are expected to replace the service's C-1 transports. Development began on the C-2 in 2001, with deployment originally planned for 2011. Flaws in the airframe resulted in delays.

Item Number:8 Date: 03/30/2017 KENYA - E.U. DELEGATION DONATES CBRN GEAR; COORDINATING SECRETARIAT TO BE HOUSED IN NAIROBI (MAR 30/NATION) THE NATION -- The European Union has donated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection equipment to the Kenyan military, reports the Nation (Nairobi). The donated gear, valued at US$305,000, will enhance Kenya's ability to respond to incidents involving such threats, said officials. Health Secretary Nicholas Muraguri accepted the equipment on Tuesday from an E.U. delegation in Nairobi. This donation is part of five major projects between Kenya and the E.U. to ensure the West African country can mitigate these types of threats, said Muraguri. "Kenya hosts the Eastern and Central Africa secretariat for European Union's chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear center of excellence," said the minister. The secretariat will coordinate activities among 11 countries in the continent and will be located in Nairobi, he said.

Item Number:9 Date: 03/30/2017 MALAYSIA - NEW HIGH-LEVEL DEFENSE COMMITTEE WITH CHINA EXPECTED TO DISCUSS GEOPOLITICAL ISSUES (MAR 30/BERNAMA) BERNAMA -- The Chinese and Malaysian governments have agreed to establish a high-level committee including both defense ministers to strengthen relations, reports Bernama, Malaysia's national news agency. Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan will co-chair the committee. "The committee will have certain working groups, such as education and training, exchange of information, apart from current issues, like the [ISIS] threat," the Malaysian minister said Tuesday after meeting in Kuala Lumpur with Gen. Xu Qiliang, the vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission. During their meeting, the leaders discussed the ISIS threat, South China Sea and North Korea, said Hishammuddin

Item Number:10 Date: 03/30/2017 NORTH KOREA - 1,000-STRONG DRONE FLEET POSES POTENTIAL THREAT, SAYS NEW REPORT IN SOUTH (MAR 30/YON) YONHAP -- North Korea likely has around 1,000 unmanned aircraft, which could be used for attacks, says a South Korean government think tank, as reported by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Pyongyang has been focusing on building drones to make up for the inferiority of its air force and to enhance reconnaissance, says the report released Wednesday by the Korea Institute for National Unification. The air vehicles in the North are believed to fly at a maximum speed of 100 mph (162 kmh), with a payload of 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg), the report says. Such drones could be equipped with chemical or biological weapons for airborne terror attacks, according to a fellow at the institute. Last year, a North Korean defector said that Pyongyang had developed the large, stealthy Banghyun 5 unmanned aerial vehicle, which could reportedly carry conventional weapons and radioactive materials

Item Number:11 Date: 03/30/2017 PAKISTAN - MOU WITH SOUTH AFRICA SEEN INCREASING DEFENSE COOPERATION (MAR 30/SAGNA) SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT NEWS AGENCY -- Representatives of the South African and Pakistani governments have finalized a defense cooperation accord calling for collaboration in defense industry, reports the South African Government News Agency. The memorandum of understanding was signed on Monday in Pakistan by South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and her counterpart, Khawaja Muhammad Asif. This was the first visit to Pakistan by a South African defense minister, the news agency noted. The MoU lays the groundwork for a variety of cooperation through formal structures, collaborative programs, information exchange and training, a South African Defense Ministry spokeswoman said. The memo is expected to facilitate the acquisition of defense equipment and cooperation in research and development, technology transfer and co-production/joint venture efforts.

Item Number:12 Date: 03/30/2017 RUSSIA - NEW INFANTRY SYSTEM, RECON GEAR BEING TESTED IN DRILLS WITH TAJIKS (MAR 30/INT-AVN) INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian airborne forces are testing new technology during this week's exercise with the Tajik army, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia). The paratroopers were expected to employ the Strelets reconnaissance system and Ratnik infantry combat system during the joint command-and-staff exercises, said the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday. The Russian troops were airlifted from Ulyanovsk and airdropped near the Tajik border with Afghanistan to conduct an independent reconnaissance and rescue mission, the ministry said. The joint exercise began on March 27 and is scheduled to wrap up on Thursday

Item Number:13 Date: 03/30/2017 SYRIA - KEY ISIS HQ IN DEIR HAFER FALLS TO SYRIAN TROOPS (MAR 30/SANA) SYRIAN ARAB NEWS AGENCY -- The Syrian army has captured a key Islamic State-held town in eastern Aleppo province, reports state news agency SANA. By Wednesday, the army had taken control of 27 villages and towns around Deir Hafer and secured 15 miles (24 km) of a highway connecting Aleppo with Raqqa province, said the agency. Government forces are now moving toward the town of Kaskaneh, the last ISIS-held town in eastern Aleppo. The army began a siege last week of Deir Hafer as part of a major military operation against ISIS in Aleppo's countryside. Deir Hafer was the site of an ISIS headquarters, an arms manufacturing facility, field hospitals and fortifications, said a Syrian military source cited by Reuters

Item Number:14 Date: 03/30/2017 SYRIA - SPILLWAYS AT TABQA DAM WORKING NORMALLY, SAYS U.S.-BACKED SDF (MAR 30/RUDAW) RUDAW -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has given assurances that engineers repaired spillways at the Tabqa dam, where it is battling the Islamic State, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan). Taking the dam has been a goal of the SDF's offensive to surround Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS. ISIS and the Syrian government said on Sunday that the dam was at risk of collapsing because of high water levels and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The coalition and the SDF have maintained that the dam is not in danger, but paused their operations to allow engineers to repair spillways at the northern end of the dam to relieve water pressure. The engineers and a team from the Syrian Red Crescent came under ISIS mortar fire, halting the work, said the SDF on Wednesday. Nonetheless, the engineers drained excess water and the spillways are now functioning normally, said an SDF official

Item Number:15 Date: 03/30/2017 TURKEY - GOVERNMENT TERMINATES OPERATION EUPHRATES SHIELD, CALLS IT A SUCCESS (MAR 30/ANADOLU) ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Turkey has officially ended its operation in northern Syria, reports the state-run Anadolu Agency. The government left open the possibility of a new operation. Turkish troops and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels launched Operation Euphrates Shield in August 2016 to clear the border area of the Islamic State and halt the advance of Kurdish forces. Ankara views the U.S.-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party. That operation "has been concluded successfully," said a statement from Turkey's National Security Council on Wednesday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim did not say anything about pulling out forces and did not rule out other operations. "Any operation following this one will have a different name," he said. During Euphrates Shield, Turkish-backed forces gained control of the ISIS-held towns of Jarablus, Dabiq and al-Bab, noted the BBC. Turkish officials also vowed to ejected the YPG from Manbij before moving south to Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS. That has not happened

Item Number:16 Date: 03/30/2017 UKRAINE - POLISH CONSULATE IN LUTSK HIT BY RPG; POLES WILL INVESTIGATE INCIDENT (MAR 30/RFE/RL) RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Poland temporarily closed its consulates in Ukraine after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired Wednesday at one of its buildings in the western part of the country, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The Polish consulate in the town of Lutsk, near the border with Poland, was hit No one was hurt, though photos show the building was damaged. The weapon involved was apparently a Soviet-era RPG-29 anti-tank weapon, said Ukraine's Security Service (SBU), as reported by Reuters. "The investigation considers several options of the incident, including act of terrorism," said the service. Attacks against Poland only benefit Russia, said Ukrainian officials. Both President Petro Poroshenko and Polish President Andrzej Duda condemned the attack. The Polish government indicated that it would begin its own investigation, according to Polish media.

Item Number:17 Date: 03/30/2017 USA - MILESTONE REACHED FOR ARMY'S MODULAR ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEM (MAR 30/LM) LOCKHEED MARTIN -- Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Mich., recently completed initial integration for the Army's modular active protection system (MAPS), according to a Lockheed press release on Tuesday. Lockheed and Northrop Grumman have been working on an open-architecture solution for the MAPS soft-kill demonstrator program under a 2015 contract. No date was provided for the initial integration. The solution uses Lockheed's open architecture processor and Northrop Grumman's sensor and countermeasure systems. The initial integration milestone paves the way for full system demonstrations on an M1 Abrams tank later this year, said a company release on Tuesday. The open architecture allows active protection system components to be independently developed and rapidly integrated into a MAPS-based system. The soft-kill capability is designed to confuse incoming sensor-based weapons through spoofing, interference or obscuration

Item Number:18 Date: 03/30/2017 USA - STATE DEPT. EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO FBI ABOUT CONTACTS WITH CHINESE AGENTS (MAR 30/WSJ) WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The U.S. Justice Dept. has charged a senior State Dept. employee with concealing her relationship with Chinese intelligence agents, reports the Wall Street Journal. She has been charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, reported CNN. Candace Claiborne, 60, and her family received tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Chinese intelligence agents between 2011 and 2016, according to federal charges unsealed Wednesday. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, noted the Washington Post. Claiborne held a top-secret security clearance and had been posted in China, Iraq, Sudan and other countries. According to the prosecutors, she allegedly told an unidentified accomplice that the agents were "spies." One of the agents asked her to provide internal U.S. analyses of economic talks in 2011 between the two countries. Claiborne then intentionally misled State investigators and the FBI by attempting to delete evidence of the contact and gifts. The Chinese nationals both work for the Shanghai State Security Bureau, according to prosecutors. They allegedly paid for the accomplice's college tuition in China, housing, travel, a monthly stipend and intervened to stop a Chinese criminal investigation against him. Claiborne pled not guilty to all the charges against her at court on Wednesday.

Ann Coulter Item Number:19 Date: 03/30/2017 USA - STATE DEPT. SUPPORTS F-16 SALE TO BAHRAIN, APPARENTLY WAIVING HUMAN-RAIDS CONDITIONS (MAR 30/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- The U.S. State Dept. has told Congress it supports the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain, dropping concerns about its human-rights record, reports the New York Times. Under the Obama administration, State announced last fall that it would proceed with the US$5 billion sale of 19 F-16s on the condition that Bahrain curb human-rights abuses. The sale's value has been reported variously. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lifted all human-rights conditions, according to administration officials and lawmakers. State notified Congress on Wednesday. State has not commented publicly on the issue. "As a matter of policy, the department does not comment upon or confirm proposed U.S. defense sales or transfers until they have been formally notified to Congress," said an official with State. Congress has two review periods to examine the sale and raise any objections

Item Number:20 Date: 03/30/2017 USA - STUCK IN SINGAPORE FOR MONTHS, CREW OF LITTORAL SHIP CORONADO EAGERLY AWAITS RELIEF (MAR 30/NTIMES) NAVY TIMES -- The crew of the forward-deployed littoral combat ship Coronado will soon be able to return home after an extended deployment to Singapore, according to a Navy release cited by the Navy Times. The Coronado's Crew 204 deployed in June 2016 and was scheduled to return home last Thanksgiving. The replacement Crew 203 is now on its way to Singapore to relieve Crew 204, the newspaper said, citing a release from Naval Surface Force Pacific. The replacement crew departed Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on March 28, which should enable 204 to return home by mid-April. Pre-deployment training for the new crew was delayed because all available Independence-class littoral ships were in maintenance. This kept Crew 204 at sea. The delays were also exacerbated by a reorganization of the littoral combat ship program and changing training standards following a series of mechanical failures on the vessels, including some blamed on crew errors.



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