Monday, June 11, 2012

This Day In Naval History - June 11 2012

> From: Skip Leonard
> Subject: The List 3130
> Date: Monday, June 11, 2012, 7:36 AM
> THE LIST 3130
  To All,
 I hope you all had a great weekend.
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 Skip
 
>
> This Day In Naval History - June 11
> 1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the
> Communications Security Group
> 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease
> Act
> 1942 - In a PT boat, LCDR John Bulkeley leaves the
> Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur to Australia
> 1945 - Use of first Navy landing craft to cross Rhine River
> at Bad Neuenahr
> 1965 - Market Time patrols begin off South Vietnam coast
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> The Washington Times (June 7, 2012) had essay on the use of
> drones to collect information about U.S. persons.
> Excerpt: If the military personnel see something of
> interest from a drone, they may apply to a military judge or
> "military commander" for permission to conduct a
> physical search of the private property that intrigues them.
> Any "incidentally acquired information" can be retained
> or turned over to local law enforcement. What's next?
> Prosecutions before military tribunals in the United
> States?
> The quoted phrases above are extracted from a now-public
> 30-page memorandum issued by President Obama's secretary
> of the Air Force on April 23. The purpose of the memorandum
> is stated as "balancing … obtaining intelligence
> information … and protecting individual rights guaranteed
> by the U.S. Constitution." Note the primacy of
> intelligence-gathering over protection of freedom, and note
> the peculiar use of the word "balancing."
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> NAPOLITANO: Big Brother's all-seeing eye
> Use of military surveillance drones overhead would be
> un-American
> By Andrew P. Napolitano
> For the past few weeks, I have been writing in this column
> about the government's use of drones and challenging their
> constitutionality on Fox News Channel, where I work. I once
> asked on air what Thomas Jefferson would have done if - had
> they existed at the time - King George III had sent drones
> to peer inside the bedroom windows of Monticello. I suspect
> Jefferson and his household would have trained their muskets
> on the drones and taken them down. I offer this historical
> anachronism as a hypothetical only, not as someone who is
> urging the use of violence against the government.
> Nevertheless, what Jeffersonians are among us today? When
> drones take pictures of us on our private property and in
> our homes and the government uses the photos as it wishes,
> what will we do about it? Jefferson understood that when the
> government assaults our privacy and dignity, it is the moral
> equivalent of violence against us. Folks who hear about
> this, who either laugh or groan, cannot find it humorous or
> boring that their every move will be monitored and
> photographed by the government.
> Don't believe me that this is coming? The photos that the
> drones will take may be retained and used or even
> distributed to others in the government so long as the
> "recipient is reasonably perceived to have a specific,
> lawful governmental function" in requiring them. And for
> the first time since the Civil War, the federal government
> will deploy military personnel inside the United States and
> publicly acknowledge that it is deploying them "to collect
> information about U.S. persons."
> It gets worse. If the military personnel see something of
> interest from a drone, they may apply to a military judge or
> "military commander" for permission to conduct a
> physical search of the private property that intrigues them.
> Any "incidentally acquired information" can be retained
> or turned over to local law enforcement. What's next?
> Prosecutions before military tribunals in the United
> States?
> The quoted phrases above are extracted from a now-public
> 30-page memorandum issued by President Obama's secretary
> of the Air Force on April 23. The purpose of the memorandum
> is stated as "balancing … obtaining intelligence
> information … and protecting individual rights guaranteed
> by the U.S. Constitution." Note the primacy of
> intelligence-gathering over protection of freedom, and note
> the peculiar use of the word "balancing."
> When liberty and safety clash, do we really expect the
> government to balance those values? Of course not. The
> government cannot be trusted to restrain itself in the face
> of individual choices to pursue happiness. That's why we
> have a Constitution and a life-tenured judiciary: to protect
> the minority from the liberty-stealing impulses of the
> majority. And that's why the Air Force memo has its
> priorities reversed - intelligence-gathering first,
> protecting freedom second - and the mechanism of reconciling
> the two - balancing them - constitutionally incorrect.
> Everyone who works for the government swears to uphold the
> Constitution. It was written to define and restrain the
> government. According to the Declaration of Independence,
> the government's powers come from the consent of the
> governed. The government in America was not created by a
> powerful king reluctantly granting liberty to his subjects.
> It was created by free people willingly granting limited
> power to their government - and retaining that which they
> did not delegate.
> The Declaration also defines our liberties as coming from
> our Creator, as integral to our humanity and inseparable
> from us, unless we give them up by violating someone
> else's liberties. Hence, the Jeffersonian and
> constitutional beef with the word "balancing" when it
> comes to government power versus individual liberty.
> The Judeo-Christian and constitutionally mandated
> relationship between government power and individual liberty
> is not balance. It is bias - a bias in favor of liberty. All
> presumptions should favor the natural rights of individuals,
> not the delegated and seized powers of the government.
> Individual liberty, not government power, is the default
> position because persons are immortal and created in God's
> image, and governments are temporary and based on force.
> Hence my outrage at the coming use of drones - some as
> small as golf balls - to watch us, listen to us and record
> us. Did you consent to the government having that power? Did
> you consent to the American military spying on Americans in
> America? I don't know a single person who has, but I know
> only a few who are complaining.
> If we remain silent when our popularly elected government
> violates the laws it has sworn to uphold and steals the
> freedoms we elected it to protect, we will have only
> ourselves to blame when Big Brother is everywhere. Somehow,
> I doubt my father's generation fought the Nazis in World
> War II only to permit a totalitarian government to flourish
> here.
> Is President Obama prepared to defend this? Is Mitt Romney
> prepared to challenge it? Are you prepared for its
> consequences?
> Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court
> of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News
> Channel. He is author of "It Is Dangerous to Be Right When
> the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom"
> (Thomas Nelson, 2011).
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> Thanks to AL
>     I am proud of my American heritage and those
> who have so honorably defended our freedoms. I celebrate
> Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day.
> There are parades, picnics, and barbecues where citizens
> proudly wave our flag.
>     As an American, I have the right to wave my
> flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and
> cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose.
>     If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you
> don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider
> deleting this message before reading…and maybe find a
> better place to live, IF THERE IS ONE.
>
>
> I Am Your Flag
> by James M. Fillmore
>     I am your Flag. I have been kicked, trampled,
> burned, and shot full of holes. I have fought battles, but I
> prefer the untroubled air of a world at peace.
>     I am your Flag. I represent the freedom of
> humanity, and I shall fly high, thundering in silence for
> the whole world to hear. My gentle rustling in the breeze
> sounds out the warning to all who would bury me forever that
> below stands a population dedicated to liberty.
>     For those who have perished for my right to
> freedom of flight, for those who will die, and indeed for
> those who will live, I stand as a symbol of freedom-loving
> people.
>     I have been carried into battle in faraway
> lands, always for the cause of freedom. I am blood-stained,
> torn, and many times wearied and saddened by the thousands
> who have paid the supreme sacrifice.
>     Do not let it all be for nothing. Tell me the
> brave has died for a worthwhile cause. Be proud of what I
> represent, and display me for all to see.
>     Whether you call me "Old Glory," Stars and
> Stripes," or "Star Spangled Banner," I shall fly forever as
> a symbol of your freedom, as I did for your ancestors, and I
> shall for your heirs.
>
>
>
> It's the soldier, who salutes the flag,
> Who serves others with respect for the flag, and whose
> coffin is draped by the flag,
> Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
>
>
> The Pledge of Allegiance
> by Senator John McCain
>     As you may know, I spent five and one half
> years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the
> early years of our imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary
> confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved
> us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with
> as many as 30 to 40 men to a room.
>     This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful
> change and was a direct result of the efforts of millions of
> Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from
> home.
>     One of the men who moved into my room was a
> young man named Mike Christian. Mike came from a small town
> near Selma, Alabama. He didn't wear a pair of shoes until he
> was 13 years old.
>     At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. He later
> earned a commission by going to Officer Training School.
> Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and
> captured in 1967. Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of
> the opportunities this country and our military provide for
> people who want to work and want to succeed.
>     As part of the change in treatment, the
> Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from
> home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves
> and other items of clothing.
>     Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a
> period of a couple of months, he created an American flag
> and sewed on the inside of his shirt.
>     Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of
> soup, we would hang Mike's shirt on the wall of the cell and
> say the Pledge of Allegiance.
>     I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem
> the most important part of our day now, but I can assure you
> that in that stark cell it was indeed the most important and
> meaningful event.
>     One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as
> they did periodically, and discovered Mike's shirt with the
> flag sewn inside, and removed it.
>     That evening they returned, opened the door
> of the cell, and for the benefit of all of us, beat Mike
> Christian severely for the next couple of hours. Then, they
> opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We cleaned him
> up as well as we could.
>     The cell in which we lived had a concrete
> slab in the middle on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs
> hung in each corner of the room.
>     As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well
> as we could.  After the excitement died down, I looked
> in the corner of the room, and sitting there beneath that
> dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth, another shirt and
> his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian. He was
> sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the beating he
> had received, making another American flag. He was not
> making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better.
> He was making that flag because he knew how important it was
> to us to be able to Pledge our allegiance to our flag and
> country.
>     So the next time you say the Pledge of
> Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage
> that thousands of Americans have made to build our nation
> and promote freedom around the world.
>     You must remember our duty, our honor, and
> our country
> "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of
> America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation
> under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
>
>
> Beetle Bailey gets it right at:  http://www.werren.net/flag.swf
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> 'Vitamin D Guide' infographic explains importance of
> vitamin D for optimal health
> by Ethan A. Huff, Originally published June 11 2012
> (NaturalNews) The vital importance of getting plenty of
> vitamin D as part of a healthy lifestyle cannot be
> overstated, and a newly released NaturalNews infographic
> explains some of the many reasons why vitamin D is crucial
> to health, as well as how much of it you should be getting.
>
> You can view the infographic here:
> http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-The-Vitamin-D-Guide.html
> Vitamin D can prevent practically every disease known to
> man
> A prohormone, vitamin D is a crucial component of proper
> development, growth and maintenance of the human body.
> Without it, the body is prone to develop practically every
> disease in existence, as vitamin D's metabolic product,
> 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (calcitriol), is responsible for
> unlocking more than 2,700 binding sites on the human genome
> (http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/what-is-vitamin-d/).
>
> Vitamin D deficiency, in other words, can lead to high
> blood pressure, osteoporosis, rickets, depression, diabetes,
> heart disease, kidney disease, influenza, obesity, hair
> loss, and cancer. NaturalNews has covered many of the
> studies over the years that show this to be true, but now
> this information is available all in one place on the
> infographic.
> Government guidelines for vitamin D are too low
> Did you know that the federal government's guidelines for
> vitamin D intake are far lower than what you really need to
> stay healthy? The daily dosage of 600 international units
> (IU) of vitamin D that the government says is adequate for
> children and adults under the age of 70 is a mere 15 percent
> of the 4,000 IU daily recommendation given by many
> nutritionists.
> While 600 IU may prevent you from getting rickets, it is
> not nearly enough to prevent the host of illnesses that are
> on the rise in modern society today. In fact, the
> government's recommendations are so low that government
> advisory boards in recent years have proposed increasing the
> recommended intake guidelines for vitamin D.
> Vitamin D more effective than flu shot at preventing flu
> The Vitamin D Guide infographic also points out that
> vitamin D has been shown to be far more effective than the
> flu shot at preventing influenza. While a mere one out of
> every 100 people that take the flu shot are said to avoid
> the flu as a result, every person that maintains optimal
> blood levels of vitamin D should be able to avoid the flu.
> Be sure to check out the Vitamin D Guide infographic here:
> http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-The-Vitamin-D-Guide.html
> Natural sunlight exposure, vitamin D3 best ways to get
> vitamin D
> The best way for humans to get vitamin D is to regularly
> expose their skin to natural sunlight. Individuals with
> fairer skin tones need about 15 minutes of daily sun
> exposure during the summer months to produce adequate levels
> of vitamin D in the body. Those with darker skin, depending
> on the shade, will need as much as an hour and a half of
> daily sunlight exposure.
> During the winter months, it is much more difficult to get
> enough sunlight exposure, which is why supplementing with
> vitamin D3 may be necessary. You can also obtain minimal
> amounts of vitamin D from salmon, sardines, mackerel,
> shrimp, cod, eggs, fortified cow's milk and fortified
> yogurt. Raw milk is also said to have high levels of
> naturally occurring vitamin D.
> Be sure to share the Vitamin D Guide with your friends and
> family so they can learn more about the importance of
> vitamin D:
> http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-The-Vitamin-D-Guide.html
>
> You can also find even more detailed information about
> vitamin D, including the latest published studies, over at
> the Vitamin D Council website:
> http://www.vitamindcouncil.org.
> Sources for this article include:
> http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-The-Vitamin-D-Guide.html
>
> http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/what-is-vitamin-d/
>
> http://www.naturalnews.com/z036132_vitamin_D_reference_guide_health.html
>
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> Item Number:1 Date: 06/11/2012 AFGHANISTAN - RESIDENTIAL
> BUILDINGS PLACED OFF-LIMITS FOR NATO BOMBING (JUN
> 11/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Following an airstrike
> that allegedly killed 18 civilians, NATO has agreed not to
> bomb residential buildings in Afghanistan, reports the Los
> Angeles Times.   Afghan President Hamid
> Karzai and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, commander of
> NATO forces in Afghanistan, signed an accord to that effect
> on Saturday night, said a NATO
> spokesman.   On Friday, Allen flew to Logar
> province to personally deliver an apology for the strike
> earlier in the week that hit a wedding party, reported ABC
> News.   Coalition troops will continue to
> pursue insurgents who hide in residential compounds, "but
> when there is concern over the presence of civilians,
> air-delivered bombs will not be employed while other means
> are available," said the spokesman.   The
> presidential palace was more direct, saying that Allen
> "promised that from now on the NATO force will never bombard
> the people's homes and villages, and that they will
> completely stop this act."
> Item Number:2 Date: 06/11/2012 AFGHANISTAN - ROADSIDE BOMB
> HITS AMBULANCE (JUN 11/DPA)  DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR --
> A pregnant woman being taken to the hospital was among five
> people killed by a roadside bomb blast in northern
> Afghanistan, reports Deutsche
> Presse-Agentur.   On Sunday, a mine struck an
> ambulance in the city of Sar-e-Pul, the capital of the
> province of the same name, said security
> officials.   Four other members of the same
> family were killed and two others were injured, said
> Interior Ministry officials.
> Item Number:3 Date: 06/11/2012 BELARUS - MORE MISSILES
> FROM RUSSIA TO REINFORCE AIR DEFENSES (JUN 11/INT-AVN) 
> INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Moscow has agreed to supply
> Belarus with additional Tor M2E surface-to-air missile
> systems, reports Interfax-AVN.   A battery
> will be delivered later this year, said Russian
> officials.   Belarus received four of the Tor
> M2E air defense systems from Russia in late 2011.
> Item Number:4 Date: 06/11/2012 CANADA - REMOTELY OPERATED
> UNDERWATER VEHICLES BOUGHT FROM NOVA SCOTIA FIRM (JUN
> 11/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- The
> Royal Canadian Navy has ordered six remote operated vehicles
> (ROV) for use in underwater environments, reports the
> Canadian Dept. of National Defense.   Aurora
> ROV Systems of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, will produce
> the small, remotely controlled, underwater robots, which can
> operate at depths of up to 950 meters (more than 3,100
> feet).   The order was announced on Thursday
> by Peter MacKay, the minister of national
> defense.   The total cost was estimated at
> Can$1.66 million (US$1.61 million).   The
> ROVS can be used to locate aircraft lost at sea, retrieve
> objects jettisoned by smugglers, inspect suspicious objects,
> deliver ordnance that can destroy naval mines and survey the
> bottom hulls of ships, noted defense officials.
> Item Number:5 Date: 06/11/2012 FINLAND - SAAB
> COUNTERMEASURES SYSTEM MAKES 1ST FLIGHT ON F-18 (JUN
> 11/SAAB)  SAAB -- The Finnish air force has completed
> the first flight with a Saab countermeasures system on the
> U.S.-made F-18 Hornet, reports the Swedish defense firm that
> developed the system.   The integration of
> the BOL countermeasures dispenser on the F-18 is part of
> Finland's Hornet mid-life upgrade 2 (MLU2) program, said
> officials.   Saab was awarded the contract
> for production and integration in September 2009, according
> to a company release.   According to Saab,
> its system protects against both heat-seeking and radar
> guided missiles by distributing a chaff- and infrared
> payload from wingtip vortices.   Each BOL
> holds 160 chaff/IR packages, five times more than
> conventional pyrotechnical dispensers, said the release
> Item Number:6 Date: 06/11/2012 GERMANY - ORDER PLACED FOR
> 110 ARMORED LOGISTICS TRANSPORTS (JUN 11/MB) 
> MERCEDES-BENZ -- The German military has ordered more than a
> hundred armored vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks
> in Woerth, Germany, the company
> reports.   The Federal Office of Defense
> Technology and Procurement signed an agreement last month
> with Daimler AG for the delivery of 110 Zetros 4x4 GTF
> armored logistics vehicles.   Under the terms
> of the contract, the first 25 vehicles will be delivered
> this year, with the remaining 85 expected by July
> 2014.   The vehicle has been designed
> specifically for operation in difficult territory, with the
> powertrain and chassis originating from Mercedes-Benz's
> large-scale production program, said Mercedes officials.
> Item Number:7 Date: 06/11/2012 GUINEA-BISSAU - LAST
> ANGOLAN TROOPS LEAVE (JUN 11/ANGPRESS)  ANGOLA PRESS --
> The Angolan government says it has finished its force
> withdrawal from Guinea-Bissau, reports Angola
> Press.   The Angolan Military Mission in
> Guinea-Bissau (MISSANG) set up in the region in March 2011
> to oversee police and military reforms.   The
> troop withdrawal was completed at noon on Friday, said
> military officials.   The decision to end the
> mission followed the military coup in Guinea-Bissau in
> April, said officials.   The Guinea-Bissau
> troops who seized power accused Angola of having a secret
> pact with the government to destroy the army, reported
> Reuters.   The Angolan force was replaced by
> troops from the Economic Community of West Africa States
> (ECOWAS), led by Lt. Gen. Guibanga Barro of Burkina Faso.
> Item Number:8 Date: 06/11/2012 IRAN - MILITARY DENIES
> CLAIMS OF COVERING UP NUCLEAR EFFORTS (JUN 11/INTERPS) 
> INTER PRESS SERVICE -- The International Atomic Energy
> Agency (IAEA) and Western governments have charged Iran with
> trying to cover up evidence of nuclear weapons work at the
> Parchin military complex, reports the Inter Press Service, a
> global agency headquartered in
> Rome.   Satellite images have shown several
> physical changes at the site, including a stream of water
> coming out of a building, the demolition of two small
> buildings and the movement of earth, said
> officials.   The IAEA issued a report in
> November 2011 saying a bomb containment chamber at Parchin
> was used for "hydrodynamic tests," which utilize natural or
> depleted uranium as a substitute for fissile
> materials.  Last month, nuclear experts said Iran might
> destroy evidence of such tests by grinding down the surfaces
> inside the building, collecting the dust, washing, repairing
> and repainting the building and removing dirt around the
> building.   Other experts have said there is
> no way to completely remove all traces of such a
> test.   The military, through Iranian state
> media, denied the allegations on Monday.
> Item Number:9 Date: 06/11/2012 KENYA - SECURITY MINISTER,
> 5 OTHERS DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH (JUN 11/INDEP) 
> INDEPENDENT -- The nation's minister of internal security
> was among six people killed in a helicopter crash outside
> Kenya's capital of Nairobi, reports the Independent
> (U.K.).   A police helicopter went down on
> Sunday shortly after takeoff from an airport in Ngong, said
> officials.   Internal Security Minister
> George Saitoti, an assistant minister, two pilots and two
> bodyguards were killed in the crash, reported
> AFP.   Saitoti, a leading presidential
> candidate, pushed for Kenya's military intervention in
> Somalia last year.   A message from the
> Al-Shabaab militant group said it welcomed the "death of the
> evil minister."   The helicopter involved, an
> AS 350, was built in 2011 and delivered to Kenya last year,
> said Eurocopter -- which is helping with the investigation,
> reported AFP.
> Item Number:10 Date: 06/11/2012 LIBYA - MAIN CROSSING WITH
> LIBYA CLOSED (JUN 11/TAP)  TUNISIAN NEWS AGENCY -- The
> Ras Jedir border crossing, the main crossing between Tunisia
> and Libya, has been closed on the Libyan side following
> armed clashes, reports Tunis Afrique
> Presse.   Fighting between Zouara militiamen
> and troops from the Libyan army took place overnight
> Saturday into Sunday, said Tunisian
> officials.   The militia is in control of the
> border crossing, sources
> said.   Demonstrators also blocked the
> Tunisian side on Sunday, demanding the release of their
> countrymen being held in Libya, security sources told Agence
> France-Presse.
> Item Number:11 Date: 06/11/2012 MOROCCO - FOLLOWING SEA
> ACCEPTANCE TRIALS, FRIGATE TO BE COMMISSIONED SOON (JUN
> 11/DSNS)  DAMEN SCHELDE NAVAL SHIPBUILDING -- Morocco's
> third SIGMA frigate has passed sea acceptance trials,
> reports Dutch manufacturer Damen Schelde Naval
> Shipbuilding.   The frigate left the shipyard
> in Vlissingen on May 22 to conduct the acceptance trials in
> the North Sea, said a company
> release.   During the trials, the frigate
> tested its sensor weapons and communications
> suite.   This frigate is scheduled to be
> delivered in September 2012.   The modular
> SIGMA frigates are equipped to conduct traditional naval
> tasks and maritime security operations, as well as
> humanitarian aid missions. The class name is an acronym for
> "ship integrated geometrical modularity
> approach."   The first in the class is the
> Tarik Ben Ziyad; the third unit is yet to be named
> Item Number:12 Date: 06/11/2012 NIGERIA - CHURCHES AMONG
> TARGETS FOR BOKO HARAM ATTACKS (JUN 11/DTRUST)  DAILY
> TRUST -- The Boko Haram Islamist sect has claimed
> responsibility for four weekend attacks in northern Nigeria,
> including a pair against Christian worshippers, reports the
> Daily Trust (Nigeria).   At least six were
> killed and dozens wounded in the incidents.  On Sunday,
> a Boko Haram suicide bomber blew himself up near a church in
> Jos, Plateau state, killing two people and wounding 40
> others, a group spokesman said.   In Biu,
> Borno state, Boko Haram members opened fire on worshippers
> in another church, killing one and wounding several more,
> said the spokesman.   The group was also
> behind the Saturday killing of a customs officer in Kano, as
> well as the death another officer of the State Security
> Service (SSS), said the spokesman.   The
> north of Nigeria is largely Muslim, while the south is
> predominantly Christian.
> Item Number:13 Date: 06/11/2012 NORWAY - C-130JS, GEAR,
> SUPPORT SOUGHT FROM U.S. (JUN 11/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE
> SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The Defense Security
> Cooperation Agency has announced to the U.S. Congress a
> possible Foreign Military Sale to Norway for C-130J-30
> airlifters.   The potential US$300 million
> order includes two aircraft, eight Rolls Royce AE2100D3
> engines, one spare engine, countermeasure systems and other
> support, said the agency announcement on
> Thursday.   Norway intends to use these
> aircraft in support of NATO missions in Afghanistan, noted
> the DSCA.  The potential prime contractor is Lockheed
> Martin-Aerospace in Marietta, Ga.   Congress
> has 30 days to review the
> Item Number:14 Date: 06/11/2012 PAKISTAN - CIA GIVEN MORE
> FLEXIBILITY WITH DRONE STRIKES IN TRIBAL AREAS (JUN
> 11/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- The Obama administration
> has given the CIA more leeway to step up the unmanned aerial
> vehicle campaign against militants based in northwest
> Pakistan, reports the Los Angeles Times.   As
> ties with Islamabad continue to be strained, the U.S.
> government is authorizing strikes that previously might have
> been vetoed so not to anger officials in Pakistan, said a
> senior U.S. official.   Officials noted that
> the CIA has launched eight Predator drone strikes since
> Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was invited to attend
> the May 20-21 NATO summit in Chicago. Zardari has refused to
> reopen the key supply routes for coalition efforts in
> Afghanistan.   Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
> recently commented that Washington is "reaching the limits
> of our patience" because Pakistan has not cracked down on
> insurgents on its territory.   The
> administration believes that relations with Islamabad are
> bad enough that there is nothing else to lose, suggested
> unnamed officials
> Item Number:15 Date: 06/11/2012 SOMALIA - TOWN AGAIN FALLS
> TO AL-SHABAAB (JUN 11/RFI)  RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE
> -- A central Somali town is again in the hands of Al-Shabaab
> fighters, reports Radio France
> Internationale.   Ethiopian troops and
> pro-government tribesmen withdrew from Elbur and evacuated
> residents before the town was retaken by the militants on
> Sunday, said locals.   Islamic sharia law
> will be implemented soon, an insurgent commander reportedly
> told residents.   The town had been an
> Al-Shabaab stronghold before Ethiopian and Somali troops
> took control two months ago
> Item Number:16 Date: 06/11/2012 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. UNIT
> RECOGNIZED FOR RESPONSE DURING N. KOREAN SHELLING IN 2010
> (JUN 11/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A U.S. Army
> brigade has been given a unit award for its response to a
> North Korean artillery attack on a South Korean border
> island in 2010, reports the Stars &
> Stripes.   The 210th Fires Brigade will
> receive the Army Superior Unit Award during a ceremony on
> Monday at Camp Casey in South Korea.   The
> award was earned through a variety of criteria, including
> the unit's actions during and following the Nov. 23, 2010,
> attack on Yeonpyeong Island, said a 2nd Infantry Division
> spokesman.   U.S. military officials have
> kept quiet about what the 28,500 troops stationed in South
> Korea did when North Korea launched about 170 shells at the
> island, killing four.   Observers say the
> presentation of the award seems to indicate the U.S.
> military supported the South Korean
> army.   Asked what the 210th Fires Brigade
> did the day of the Yeonpyeong attack, the spokesman said:
> "We can say [the unit] quickly established firing
> capability, uploaded 100 percent of its pre-positioned
> authorized combat load of multiple launch rocket system
> ammunition, uploaded missile essential equipment and
> deployed counter-fire radars and launchers" to support the
> South Koreans.
> Item Number:17 Date: 06/11/2012 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. WON'T
> ALLOW FLIGHT TESTING IN F-35 FOR FIGHTER COMPETITION (JUN
> 11/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea's attempt to assess the
> performance of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
> using simulators has stirred up a small storm, reports
> Yonhap News (Seoul).   Boeing's F-15SE,
> Lockheed's F-35 and the EADS Eurofighter are competing for a
> US$8.5 billion deal to sell 60 combat fighters to South
> Korea. A decision on the winner is expected in
> October.   According to South Korean
> officials, on-site performance tests are scheduled this
> month for the F-35; in August for the F-15SE; and in
> September for the Eurofighter.   While Boeing
> and EADS have agreed to allow actual flights with a South
> Korean pilot on board, Lockheed refused to do so, saying the
> warplane is not in service and still under
> development.   "Because the F-35 is now under
> development, only F-35 pilots can fly it," an official from
> the Defense Acquisition and Program Administration (DAPA)
> said.   DAPA reportedly asked Lockheed to
> conduct performance tests with simulators and a Korean pilot
> on board a different fighter jet that tracked the F-35, the
> official said.   Lockheed has since issued as
> statement noting that that it is the U.S. government that
> makes all the decisions over government-to-government offers
>
> Item Number:18 Date: 06/11/2012 SYRIA - GOVERNMENT'S
> CHEMICAL WEAPONS AT POSSIBLE RISK, SAYS ISRAELI GENERAL (JUN
> 11/RIAN)  RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- Stockpiles
> of Syrian chemical weapons may end up in the hands of
> terrorists if the country becomes more destabilized, says an
> Israeli general cited by RIA
> Novosti.   "Syria's chemical arsenal is the
> world's largest. It has missiles that are capable of
> destroying targets on the entire territory of Israel," Maj.
> Gen. Yair Naveh, the deputy chief of the general staff, said
> on Kol Israel radio on Monday.   He urged the
> Israeli army to stay vigilant to prevent the chemical
> weapons from ending up in the hands of Al-Qaida, Hezbollah
> or other radical militant groups
> Item Number:19 Date: 06/11/2012 SYRIA - SECURITY FORCES,
> REBELS CLASH IN DEIR AL-ZOUR (JUN 11/BLOOMBERG) 
> BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Opposition activists say six Syrian
> soldiers have been killed during fighting with rebels in the
> country's east, reports Bloomberg
> News.   Clashes were reported Monday in the
> oil-producing region of Deir Al-Zour by the U.K.-based
> Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Four
> other security personnel died when an explosive device hit
> their vehicle in Idlib in the north, the group
> said.   Army helicopters attacked rebels in
> the central city of Rastan, said the opposition
> group.   Syrian security forces killed 21
> people on Monday, mainly in Hama, Al Arabiya television
> reported
> Item Number:20 Date: 06/11/2012 TURKEY - DECISIONS LOOM IN
> MILITARY COMPETITIONS (JUN 11/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- A
> senior Turkish official says Ankara is about to announce
> purchases totaling US$5.5 billion for air defense systems
> and corvettes, reports Defense News.   The
> US$4 billion competition for a long-range air and missile
> defense system includes systems from U.S. partners Raytheon
> and Lockheed Martin, offering the Patriot-based system;
> Eurosam (which includes Thales and MBDA), with its SAMP/T
> Aster 30; Russia's Rosoboronexport, marketing the S-300 and
> S-400 systems; and China Precision Machinery Import and
> Export Corp. (CPMIEC), offering the
> HQ-9.   NATO authorities have expressed
> concern that including the Russian and Chinese systems could
> compromise security if the weapons are integrated with
> alliance systems.   Meanwhile, local
> shipyards RMK Marine and Dearsan A.S. are also competing in
> a US$1.5 billion program to build six corvettes -- the third
> through the eighth of the Milgem program.  In July,
> Turkey's Defense Industry Executive Committee is expected to
> announce final decisions or cut the list of competitors
> Item Number:21 Date: 06/11/2012 UKRAINE - 2 N. KOREANS GET
> 8 YEARS FOR SPYING (JUN 11/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY
> NEWS AGENCY -- A court in Ukraine has sentenced two North
> Korean trade mission employees to eight years each in prison
> for spying, reports Interfax-AVN.   The spies
> were exposed by Ukrainian Security Service officers in
> Dnipropetrovsk, said officials.   The North
> Korean traveled to Dnipropetrovsk from Minsk in Belarus to
> recruit an employee of the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, Ukrainian
> prosecutors said.   The design bureau
> employee reported the contact to the security service, which
> set up a sting operation, said officials
> Item Number:22 Date: 06/11/2012 USA - EXPERTS SAY COMPUTER
> VIRUS IS COVERING ITS TRACKS (JUN 11/JP)  JERUSALEM
> POST -- A leading computer security firm says a virus
> targeting Middle Eastern energy facilities has been given an
> order to self-destruct to hide its origin, reports the
> Jerusalem Post.   In an official blog post,
> California-based Symantec revealed that the "Flamer" virus,
> also known as Flame, was sent a directive from its
> command-and-control servers ordering its removal from
> compromised computers.   The Russian
> Kaspersky Lab announced Flame's discovery on May 28, saying
> it was mostly found in Iranian computers, but also noted in
> Israel, the West Bank, Syria and Sudan.   The
> virus has been active for as long as five years, the experts
> said.   Its discovery spawned rumors that it
> was created by the U.S. and Israel to steal information
> about Iran's nuclear program, reported
> AFP.   The virus is believed to be related to
> the Stuxnet virus, which was found in Iranian centrifuges in
> 2010, as well as the Duqu worm, said experts.
> Item Number:23 Date: 06/11/2012 USA - ORDER PLACED FOR
> HUNDREDS OF TOMAHAWK MISSILES (JUN 11/DOD)  DEPT. OF
> DEFENSE -- Raytheon has received a $337.8 million order from
> for 361 Tomahawk Block IV missiles, reports the Dept. of
> Defense.   The cruise missiles, to be used by
> the U.S. Navy, were ordered by the Naval Air Systems
> Command   The order consists of 238 vertical
> launch system (VLS) missiles, which are fired from surface
> ships, and 123 capsule launch system (CLS) Tomahawks to be
> used on submarines, according to a Pentagon
> release.   Work is expected to be completed
> in August 2014
> Item Number:24 Date: 06/11/2012 USA - REBUILT KIOWA WARRIOR
> HELICOPTERS START ARRIVING (JUN 11/FWST)  FORT WORTH
> STAR-TELEGRAM -- The U.S. Army has taken delivery of the
> first rebuilt OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout/attack helicopter
> from Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter, reports the Ft. Worth
> Star-Telegram.   The aircraft is the first of
> 50 to be produced over the next five years for the Army to
> replace OH-58s taken out of service because of combat or
> accidents, said officials.   The helicopter
> was delivered to 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, at the
> Corpus Christi Army Depot.   With no
> purchases of new scout helicopters likely for years, the
> Army has been upgrading, and now rebuilding, the heavily
> used OH-58 fleet.   One aircraft is expected
> to be rebuilt per month, at a coast of around $10 million
> each, said officials.
>

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