July 30, 2014

UKRAINE - US Veteran Intelligence Experts Slam “Intelligence” Against Russia in Letter To Obama

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FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane

Executive Summary

U.S.–Russian intensions are building in a precarious way over Ukraine, and we are far from certain that your advisers fully appreciate the danger of escalation. The New York Times and other media outlets are treating sensitive issues in dispute as flat-fact, taking their cue from U.S. government sources.

Twelve days after the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, your administration still has issued no coordinated intelligence assessment summarizing what evidence exists to determine who was responsible – much less to convincingly support repeated claims that the plane was downed by a Russian-supplied missile in the hands of Ukrainian separatists.

Your administration has not provided any satellite imagery showing that the separatists had such weaponry, and there are several other “dogs that have not barked.” Washington’s credibility, and your own, will continue to erode, should you be unwilling – or unable – to present more tangible evidence behind administration claims. In what follows, we put this in the perspective of former intelligence professionals with a cumulative total of 260 years in various parts of U.S. intelligence:

We, the undersigned former intelligence officers want to share with you our concern about the evidence adduced so far to blame Russia for the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. We are retired from government service and none of us is on the payroll of CNN, Fox News, or any other outlet. We intend this memorandum to provide a fresh, different perspective.

As veteran intelligence analysts accustomed to waiting, except in emergency circumstances, for conclusive information before rushing to judgment, we believe that the charges against Russia should be rooted in solid, far more convincing evidence. And that goes in spades with respect to inflammatory incidents like the shoot-down of an airliner. We are also troubled by the amateurish manner in which fuzzy and flimsy evidence has been served up – some it via “social media.”

As intelligence professionals we are embarrassed by the unprofessional use of partial intelligence information. As Americans, we find ourselves hoping that, if you indeed have more conclusive evidence, you will find a way to make it public without further delay. In charging Russia with being directly or indirectly responsible, Secretary of State John Kerry has been particularly definitive. Not so the evidence. His statements seem premature and bear earmarks of an attempt to “poison the jury pool.”

Painting Russia Black

We see an eerie resemblance to an earlier exercise in U.S. “public diplomacy” from which valuable lessons can be learned by those more interested in the truth than in exploiting tragic incidents for propaganda advantage. We refer to the behavior of the Reagan administration in the immediate aftermath of the shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 over Siberia on August 30, 1983. We sketch out below a short summary of that tragic affair, since we suspect you have not been adequately briefed on it. The parallels will be obvious to you.

An advantage of our long tenure as intelligence officers is that we remember what we have witnessed first hand; seldom do we forget key events in which we played an analyst or other role. To put it another way, most of us “know exactly where we were” when a Soviet fighter aircraft shot down Korean Airlines passenger flight 007 over Siberia on August 30, 1983, over 30 years ago. At the time, we were intelligence officers on “active duty.” You were 21; many of those around you today were still younger.

Thus, it seems possible that you may be learning how the KAL007 affair went down, so to speak, for the first time; that you may now become more aware of the serious implications for U.S.-Russian relations regarding how the downing of Flight 17 goes down; and that you will come to see merit in preventing ties with Moscow from falling into a state of complete disrepair. In our view, the strategic danger here dwarfs all other considerations.

Hours after the tragic shoot-down on Aug. 30, 1983, the Reagan administration used its very accomplished propaganda machine to twist the available intelligence on Soviet culpability for the killing of all 269 people aboard KAL007. The airliner was shot down after it strayed hundreds of miles off course and penetrated Russia’s airspace over sensitive military facilities in Kamchatka and Sakhalin Island. The Soviet pilot tried to signal the plane to land, but the KAL pilots did not respond to the repeated warnings. Amid confusion about the plane’s identity – a U.S. spy plane had been in the vicinity hours earlier – Soviet ground control ordered the pilot to fire.

The Soviets soon realized they had made a horrendous mistake. U.S. intelligence also knew from sensitive intercepts that the tragedy had resulted from a blunder, not from a willful act of murder (much as on July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people, an act which President Ronald Reagan dismissively explained as an “understandable accident”).

To make the very blackest case against Moscow for shooting down the KAL airliner, the Reagan administration suppressed exculpatory evidence from U.S. electronic intercepts. Washington’s mantra became “Moscow’s deliberate downing of a civilian passenger plane.” Newsweek ran a cover emblazoned with the headline “Murder in the Sky.” (Apparently, not much has changed; Time’s cover this week features “Cold War II” and “Putin’s dangerous game.” The cover story by Simon Shuster, “In Russia, Crime Without Punishment,” would merit an A-plus in William Randolph Hearst’s course “Yellow Journalism 101.”)

When KAL007 was shot down, Alvin A. Snyder, director of the U.S. Information Agency’s television and film division, was enlisted in a concerted effort to “heap as much abuse on the Soviet Union as possible,” as Snyder writes in his 1995 book, “Warriors of Disinformation.”

He and his colleagues also earned an A-plus for bringing the “mainstream media” along. For example, ABC’s Ted Koppel noted with patriotic pride, “This has been one of those occasions when there is very little difference between what is churned out by the U.S. government propaganda organs and by the commercial broadcasting networks.”

“Fixing” the Intelligence Around the Policy

“The perception we wanted to convey was that the Soviet Union had cold-bloodedly carried out a barbaric act,” wrote Snyder, adding that the Reagan administration went so far as to present a doctored transcript of the intercepts to the United Nations Security Council on September 6, 1983.

Only a decade later, when Snyder saw the complete transcripts — including the portions that the Reagan administration had hidden — would he fully realize how many of the central elements of the U.S. presentation were false.

The intercepts showed that the Soviet fighter pilot believed he was pursuing a U.S. spy aircraft and that he was having trouble in the dark identifying the plane. Per instructions from ground control, the pilot had circled the KAL airliner and tilted his wings to order the aircraft to land. The pilot said he fired warning shots, as well. This information “was not on the tape we were provided,” Snyder wrote.

It became abundantly clear to Snyder that, in smearing the Soviets, the Reagan administration had presented false accusations to the United Nations, as well as to the people of the United States and the world. In his book, Snyder acknowledged his own role in the deception, but drew a cynical conclusion. He wrote, “The moral of the story is that all governments, including our own, lie when it suits their purposes. The key is to lie first.”

The tortured attempts by your administration and stenographers in the media to blame Russia for the downing of Flight 17, together with John Kerry’s unenviable record for credibility, lead us to the reluctant conclusion that the syndrome Snyder describes may also be at work in your own administration; that is, that an ethos of “getting your own lie out first” has replaced “ye shall know the truth.” At a minimum, we believe Secretary Kerry displayed unseemly haste in his determination to be first out of the starting gate.

Both Sides Cannot Be Telling the Truth

We have always taken pride in not shooting from the hip, but rather in doing intelligence analysis that is evidence-based. The evidence released to date does not bear close scrutiny; it does not permit a judgment as to which side is lying about the shoot-down of Flight 17. Our entire professional experience would incline us to suspect the Russians – almost instinctively. Our more recent experience, particularly observing Secretary Kerry injudiciousness in latching onto one spurious report after another as “evidence,” has gone a long way toward balancing our earlier predispositions.

It seems that whenever Kerry does cite supposed “evidence” that can be checked – like the forged anti-Semitic fliers distributed in eastern Ukraine or the photos of alleged Russian special forces soldiers who allegedly slipped into Ukraine – the “proof” goes “poof” as Kerry once said in a different context. Still, these misrepresentations seem small peccadillos compared with bigger whoppers like the claim Kerry made on Aug. 30, 2013, no fewer than 35 times, that “we know” the government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical incidents near Damascus nine days before.

On September 3, 2013 – following your decision to call off the attack on Syria in order to await Congressional authorization – Kerry was still pushing for an attack in testimony before a thoroughly sympathetic Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. On the following day Kerry drew highly unusual personal criticism from President Putin, who said: “He is lying, and he knows he is lying. It is sad.”

Equally serious, during the first week of September 2013, as you and President Vladimir Putin were putting the final touches to the deal whereby Syrian chemical weapons would be given up for destruction, John Kerry said something that puzzles us to this day. On September 9, 2013, Kerry was in London, still promoting a U.S. attack on Syria for having crossed the “Red Line” you had set against Syria’s using chemical weapons.

At a formal press conference, Kerry abruptly dismissed the possibility that Bashar al-Assad would ever give up his chemical weapons, saying, “He isn’t about to do that; it can’t be done.” Just a few hours later, the Russians and Syrians announced Syria’s agreement to do precisely what Kerry had ruled out as impossible. You sent him back to Geneva to sign the agreement, and it was formally concluded on September 14.

Regarding the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down of July 17, we believe Kerry has typically rushed to judgment and that his incredible record for credibility poses a huge disadvantage in the diplomatic and propaganda maneuvering vis-a-vis Russia. We suggest you call a halt to this misbegotten “public diplomacy” offensive. If, however, you decide to press on anyway, we suggest you try to find a less tarnished statesman or woman.

A Choice Between Two

If the intelligence on the shoot-down is as weak as it appears judging from the fuzzy scraps that have been released, we strongly suggest you call off the propaganda war and await the findings of those charged with investigating the shoot-down. If, on the other hand, your administration has more concrete, probative intelligence, we strongly suggest that you consider approving it for release, even if there may be some risk of damage to “sources and methods.” Too often this consideration is used to prevent information from entering the public domain where, as in this case, it belongs.

There have been critical junctures in the past in which presidents have recognized the need to waive secrecy in order to show what one might call “a decent respect for the opinions of mankind” or even to justify military action.

As senior CIA veteran Milton Bearden has put it, there are occasions when more damage is done to U.S. national security by “protecting” sources and methods than by revealing them. For instance, Bearden noted that Ronald Reagan exposed a sensitive intelligence source in showing a skeptical world the reason for the U.S. attack on Libya in retaliation for the April 5, 1986 bombing at the La Belle Disco in West Berlin. That bombing killed two U.S. servicemen and a Turkish woman, and injured over 200 people, including 79 U.S. servicemen.

Intercepted messages between Tripoli and agents in Europe made it clear that Libya was behind the attack. Here’s an excerpt: “At 1:30 in the morning one of the acts was carried out with success, without leaving a trace behind.”

Ten days after the bombing the U.S. retaliated, sending over 60 Air Force fighters to strike the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the city of Benghazi. The operation was widely seen as an attempt to kill Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who survived, but his adopted 15-month-old daughter was killed in the bombing, along with at least 15 other civilians.

Three decades ago, there was more shame attached to the killing of children. As world abhorrence grew after the U.S. bombing strikes, the Reagan administration produced the intercepted, decoded message sent by the Libyan Peoples Bureau in East Berlin acknowledging the “success” of the attack on the disco, and adding the ironically inaccurate boast “without leaving a trace behind.”

The Reagan administration made the decision to give up a highly sensitive intelligence source, its ability to intercept and decipher Libyan communications. But once the rest of the world absorbed this evidence, international grumbling subsided and many considered the retaliation against Tripoli justified.

If You’ve Got the Goods…

If the U.S. has more convincing evidence than what has so far been adduced concerning responsibility for shooting down Flight 17, we believe it would be best to find a way to make that intelligence public – even at the risk of compromising “sources and methods.” Moreover, we suggest you instruct your subordinates not to cheapen U.S. credibility by releasing key information via social media like Twitter and Facebook.

The reputation of the messenger for credibility is also key in this area of “public diplomacy.” As is by now clear to you, in our view Secretary Kerry is more liability than asset in this regard. Similarly, with regard to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, his March 12, 2013 Congressional testimony under oath to what he later admitted were “clearly erroneous” things regarding NSA collection should disqualify him. Clapper should be kept at far remove from the Flight 17 affair.

What is needed, if you’ve got the goods, is an Interagency Intelligence Assessment – the genre used in the past to lay out the intelligence. We are hearing indirectly from some of our former colleagues that what Secretary Kerry is peddling does not square with the real intelligence. Such was the case late last August, when Kerry created a unique vehicle he called a “Government (not Intelligence) Assessment” blaming, with no verifiable evidence, Bashar al-Assad for the chemical attacks near Damascus, as honest intelligence analysts refused to go along and, instead, held their noses.

We believe you need to seek out honest intelligence analysts now and hear them out. Then, you may be persuaded to take steps to curb the risk that relations with Russia might escalate from “Cold War II” into an armed confrontation. In all candor, we see little reason to believe that Secretary Kerry and your other advisers appreciate the enormity of that danger.

In our most recent (May 4) memorandum to you, Mr. President, we cautioned that if the U.S. wished “to stop a bloody civil war between east and west Ukraine and avert Russian military intervention in eastern Ukraine, you may be able to do so before the violence hurtles completely out of control.” On July 17, you joined the top leaders of Germany, France, and Russia in calling for a ceasefire. Most informed observers believe you have it in your power to get Ukrainian leaders to agree. The longer Kiev continues its offensive against separatists in eastern Ukraine, the more such U.S. statements appear hypocritical.

We reiterate our recommendations of May 4, that you remove the seeds of this confrontation by publicly disavowing any wish to incorporate Ukraine into NATO and that you make it clear that you are prepared to meet personally with Russian President Putin without delay to discuss ways to defuse the crisis and recognize the legitimate interests of the various parties. The suggestion of an early summit got extraordinary resonance in controlled and independent Russian media. Not so in “mainstream” media in the U.S. Nor did we hear back from you.

The courtesy of a reply is requested.

Prepared by VIPS Steering Group

William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)

Larry Johnson, CIA & State Department (ret.)

Edward Loomis, NSA, Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)

David MacMichael, National Intelligence Council (ret.)

Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)

Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East (ret.)

Coleen Rowley, Division Counsel & Special Agent, FBI (ret.)

Peter Van Buren, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret)

Ann Wright, Col., US Army (ret); Foreign Service Officer (ret.)

Source - Common Dreams

The video is unrelated to the article above, but it is certainly worth a watch because it only vindicates what all the above intelligence experts are saying.

Leaked Tape: Obama Tries to Convince Netanyahu to Accept Truce For Gaza

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Evidence has emerged of US President Barack Obama’s dismissal of Israel’s position in favor of supporting the position of Hamas and its allies during ceasefire talks. According to press reports, a senior US official leaked an audio recording of a telephone conversation between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Channel One. In the 35-minute conversation, which took place last Sunday, Obama attempts to promote a truce proposal to Netanyahu.

Following the release of the conversations, US and Israeli officials rushed to dismiss the recording and even characterized then as a”fabrication”.

The following is an excerpt of the conversation, as published by Channel One:

Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities – particularly air strikes.

Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?

Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets – silence will be met with silence.

Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires, it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Obama: I repeat and expect Israel to unilaterally stop all its military activity. The pictures of destruction from Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

Netanyahu: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.

Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense - ed.], including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,

Netanyahu: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It is impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.

Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks…

Obama – interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel’s court – it is obligated to end all military activities.

Full article: In Leaked Tape, Hostile Obama Tries to Force PM to Accept Truce (Arutz Sheva 7)

Pipeline Diplomacy - Ukraine Opened the Door to A New US-Russia Energy War

The following article was written by Sylvia Todorova for the WhoWhatWhy news site and then republished by Global Research. HellasFrappe would like to advise its readers to read it carefully and thoroughly and then think back to when former prime minister Costas Karamanlis signed the extension of Russia's South Stream pipeline through Greece (as well as to what followed after this). At first half of the Peloponnese went ablaze, then there was a shooting of a young anarchist in central Athens which gave way to some of the bloodiest riots in all of Europe's history (which were suspiciously -and we would also say conveniently filmed). Karamanlis was still popular with the people, so a scandal about a couple of monks selling land in northern Greece was created, only to be debunked years later (meaning that once Karamanlis was out of the way, then it was revealed that there was never an issue to begin with). The cabal controlled media in Greece (and abroad) began to promote George Papandreou as the new hope of the Greek people, and when he came to power the first thing he did was end these agreements (which would have added Greece on the global energy map). Instead, our nation was bound (hand and foot) to the IMF (otherwise known as resource seekers). Democratically elected governments being toppled in the name of the petrodollar and energy. Slowly but surely Frappers every layer of the onion will peel away and you will realize that not only were you tricked into believing a pack of propaganda and lies, but you are equally responsible for not preventing the Greek tragedy.

Here is the article, enjoy!

Now that all eyes are on Ukraine and the potential of a bigger war looms, there’s never been a more important time to understand what is at stake. As WhoWhatWhy readers know, the real reasons surrounding a conflict are often buried under the headlines and rhetoric.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, behind the scenes, oil and natural gas is driving a big piece of the U.S. response to Russian involvement in Ukraine.

If you want to understand where the rubber meets the geopolitical road in the Ukraine war, you need to learn about the 1,480-mile South Stream natural gas pipeline.South Stream pipeline’s planned route through the heart of Europe

The pipeline is core to the larger battle being fought over Europe between Moscow and Washington. It may even have been a motivation behind Russia’s annexation of Crimea. And if there’s a crack in the unified front between the U.S. and Europe over Russia’s role in Ukraine, South Stream is it.

Why does South Stream matter? It’s a $21.6 billion project to connect Russia’s gas reserves—the world’s largest—to Europe’s markets.  Europe relies on Russia for about 30 percent of its natural gas.

Any delays in finishing the pipeline—scheduled for completion in 2018—can only help Russia’s competitors in the international energy business.  And one player gearing up to challenge Russia in the European energy market is the United States.

This year, the United States became the largest producer of natural gas and oil hydrocarbons in the world, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. There’s solid evidence that the U.S. is seeking both commercial advantage and political influence by gaining a foothold in Europe’s oil and gas markets.

The evidence comes, in part, from the targets the Obama administration has chosen to punish for Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. All of this raises the question of how much the confrontation in the Ukraine is about who gets to sell natural gas (and later oil) to one of the world’s biggest energy consumers: Europe.


South Stream owes much of its existence to the 2005-2010 Russia-Ukraine gas disputes, which left as many as 18 European countries cut off from Russian gas. Gazprom, Russia’s state-run energy company, proposed South Stream as a way to circumvent Ukraine and ensure an uninterrupted, diversified flow to Europe. It found a willing partner in the Italy’s state-controlled oil and gas company, Eni S.p.A., and seven other gas-hungry countries.

To truly understand how intrinsic South Stream is to Russian economic influence over Europe, one only has to look at some of the targets of U.S. sanctions against Russian or Russian-linked companies. Two of them were directly aimed at slowing down or stopping South Stream.

The first South Stream-related company the U.S. targeted was Stroytransgaz, which is building the Bulgarian section. Putin ally and billionaire Gennady Timchenko owns it and he’s already on the sanctions list. So Stroytransgaz had to stop construction or risk exposing other companies on the project to the sanctions.

The second entity in the sanctions cross hairs was a Crimean company called Chernomorneftgaz. After the Russian annexation, the Crimean parliament voted to take over the company, which belonged to the Ukrainian government. And guess what that company owned? The rights to the exclusive maritime economic zone in the Black Sea.

That’s important because Russia routed the pipeline on a longer path through the Black Sea that cut out Ukraine. It avoided the Crimean waters, going instead via Turkey’s.


The European Union attacked South Stream through a non-binding resolution that called for a halt to its construction. EU member states don’t have to pay attention to the resolution, which was mostly designed to put public pressure on Russia.

That’s where split among countries in Europe became evident.

Several that will benefit from the pipeline have spoken out in support of construction or moved ahead with agreements to build it. Italy wants it to proceed, and Austria and Russia signed an agreement to construct a segment, in defiance of the EU’s position that the pipeline may violate anti-competitiveness rules. Germany’s Siemens will supply the instrumentation for the pipeline.

123One country that’s trying to avoid getting trampled as the giants fight is Bulgaria. It still has close ties to Russia but is subject to pressure from the U.S.

Both have taken aim at its section of South Stream, which is where the pipeline will come ashore from Russia via the Black Sea. The European Union warned the Bulgarian government that its construction tender broke EU rules. The U.S. sanctioned the company that won the tender, Stroytransgaz.

Bulgaria is arguing to the EU that its position is legally sound, and that its economic stability is at risk without South Stream. Bulgaria has no other secure gas supply so “the national interest must be protected,” Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev said.

In the meantime, Bulgaria is hard at work finding a way around the U.S. sanctions. The government may hand the construction job to a subsidiary of Gazprom that’s building the Serbian section. And here’s a neat trick: the Bulgarian government approved an $835 million loan from Gazprom to pay for it, secured by future revenue from the pipeline.


According to Vladimir Putin, South Stream is just a business venture facing ordinary commercial setbacks that have nothing to do with Ukraine. Washington is interfering, Putin said after meeting with his Austrian counterpart in June, because the United States wants to supply the gas to Europe. “It is an ordinary competitive struggle. In the course of this competition, political tools are being used,” he said, referring to the U.S. sanctions.

Undoubtedly, the United States has a massive commercial interest in selling natural gas to Europe. Thanks to the abundant supply created by the domestic shale-gas boom, the U.S. may be able to export liquefied natural gas to European buyers in the near future. Already, Washington has licensed seven export facilities; about 30 more are awaiting approval. The first exports could start by the end of this year.

But since all the infrastructure to ship liquefied gas is not yet in place, Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic, a South Stream proponent, has ridiculed the idea of U.S. gas exports to Europe in a year or two as “fairy tales.” Meanwhile, Putin has pointedly said that piped gas will always be cheaper than the liquid form, and Moscow has consistently claimed that Europe’s gas bill will rise if it chooses alternatives besides Russian natural gas.

However, there’s more than natural gas at play in Europe’s energy future. The Obama Administration is negotiating a free trade agreement with Europe that could legalize American oil exports for the first time since 1975. This would bring U.S. exporters in direct competition with Russia, which sells 84 percent of its oil exports to Europe today.

At the moment the South Stream pipeline is projected to generate approximately $20 billion a year in income.  With that much money at stake, the politics behind the armed confrontation in eastern Ukraine takes on a new dimension: Is the shooting war there part of larger, longer-term conflict—a continuing battle between the United States and Russia for global energy dominance?

Roum & Aramean communities Rally in the Holy Land

This past Sunday, members of the Greek Orthodox and Aramean communities staged a peaceful protest in Haifa, in order to express their outrage at the continued persecution of their brethren throughout the Middle East. Participates gathered with signs and flags, and called for a peaceful resolution to the war in Gaza, as well as for an end to the on-going Genocide of Christians in Syria and Iraq.

Demonstrators expressed their dissatisfaction with the West for remaining silent while Christians are being raped and murdered in Iraq and Syria. Calling on the International Community to stand up, and protect the indigenous ethno-religious minorities of the Middle East. They also asked western countries to defend the indigenous Assyrian community of Mosul, who have recently been forced to flee their homes, in hopes of escaping the wrath of ISIS.

The protest was held, in solidarity, with the worldwide call of action by the Assyrian Diaspora. We Demand Action is a Global initiative to support the protection of the Assyrians (including Syriacs/Chaldeans) and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. To learn more about #WeDemandAction or to find a rally in your area, please follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DemandforAction or on Twitter: twitter.com/demandforaction

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July 29, 2014

Conspiracy or Truth - Putin Issues Feared “Dead Hand” Order As Global War Nears


A grim report issued by The Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), which is the main component of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF), states that President Putin earlier on Tuesday issued a feared “Dead Hand” order not used since September 26th, 1983 when the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) from bases in the United States.

The issuance of the 1983 “Dead Hand” order, this report says, was in response to a five-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command post exercise called Able Archer 83 that Soviet military officials feared was a “ruse to war”.

A “Dead Hand” order is a Cold-War-era nuclear-control system developed by the Soviet Union and remains in use today and is controlled from the massive and highly secretive underground military city at Mount Yamantau located in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

“Dead Hand” is an example of fail-deadly deterrence as it can automatically trigger the launch of the Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors. By most accounts, it is normally switched off and is supposed to be activated during dangerous crises only; however, it is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed, such as today.

To Putin’s ordering the “Dead Hand” protocols today, this report continues, is in “direct response” to US President Obama’s plan to send US military forces into Ukraine, a hostile war move Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov warned last month would lead to an immediate Russian response by his stating:
     “We cannot see such a build-up of the alliance's [NATO’s] military power near the border with Russia as anything else but a demonstration of hostile intentions. It would be hard to see additional deployment of substantial NATO military forces in central-eastern Europe, even if on a rotational basis, as anything else but a direct violation of provisions of the 1997 Founding Act on relations between Russia and NATO. We will be forced to undertake all necessary political and military measures to reliably safeguard our security.”
Critical to note about Putin’s issuing a “Dead Hand” order today was that nearly immediately after it had been issued, Vladislav Surkov, one of the most powerful men in the Kremlin, and the Russian leaders top aide, in essence, confirmed its existence when during a private interview with the Financial Times News Service on the sham US $50 billion ruling against Russia in a European arbitration proceeding (called The Fine That Rang Out Across The World) relating to the Yukos case stated why the Kremlin wasn’t responding by simply stating:
     “There is a war coming in Europe.  Do you really think this matters.”
While the barrage of trade sanctions Washington and its allies have imposed on Russia is in fact an act of economic warfare, and which they had likewise imposed on Japan in 1941 that led Tokyo to attack the Western powers, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has nevertheless stated that Russia will not respond in kind by stating:
     “We cannot ignore it. But to fall into hysterics and respond to a blow with a blow is not worthy of a major country.”
And with the US War Party’s desire to punish Putin for pushing back against American interventionism in Syria, Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East, which has left these nations devastated… in just 800 words, even the American old-guard Cold War warrior Pat Buchanan exposes the sheer juvenile delinquency embodied in Washington’s current Ukrainian fiasco.

He accomplishes this by reminding us of the sober restraint that governed the actions of American Presidents from FDR to Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush I with respect to Eastern Europe during far more perilous times and by stating of today’s events:
     “What has Putin done to rival the forced famine in Ukraine that starved to death millions, the slaughter of the Hungarian rebels or the Warsaw Pact’s crushing of Czechoslovakia?
      In Ukraine, Putin responded to a US-backed coup, which ousted a democratically elected political ally of Russia, with a bloodless seizure of the pro-Russian Crimea where Moscow has berthed its Black Sea fleet since the 18th century. This is routine Big Power geopolitics.
     And though Putin put an army on Ukraine’s border, he did not order it to invade or occupy Luhansk or Donetsk. Does this really look like a drive to reassemble either the Russian Empire of the Romanovs or the Soviet Empire of Stalin that reached to the Elbe?     As for the downing of the Malaysian airliner, Putin did not order that. Sen. John Cornyn says US intelligence has not yet provided any “smoking gun” that ties the missile-firing to Russia.”
And with a source from one of the Ukrainian defense departments now stating that a “system mix up” during a Ukrainian air defense units’ rocket launch exercise could be the cause of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in southeast Ukraine, the Obama regime backed Ukrainian military continues to wage war in this area in their bid to cover up the evidence to such an extent that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on them to halt hostilities.

Not to be forgotten, it should be further noted, is that with nearly 500,000 Russian-speaking refugees having poured over Russia’s borders fleeing from the Ukraine Civil War, the 13,000 troops of NATO's Response Force (NRF) would pose no obstacle to Russia’s 845,000 active-duty troops. In fact, by one estimate, Russia’s military could take over the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in an afternoon as sizeable portions of their populations are ethnic Russians to begin with.

As to the US military's 1.4 million active duty troops and 850,000 reservists, it can't just throw all of them at Russia — somebody has to maintain those 900 bases around the world in 130 nations, as well as defend the US homeland… a situation perhaps best summed up by Frederick the Great, the renowned Prussian warrior-king, who once warned:
     “He who tries to defend everything, defends nothing.
So to Putin’s issuance of this “Dead Hand” order today, since 1999, Russia has believed it could win a nuclear war against the United States… and with Obama believing he too can win a nuclear war against Russia… sadly the world may see, very soon, who is right.

Note: Other Conspiracy or Truth articles explaining the Crisis In Ukraine, Russian-EU relations, the revival of the Cold War, the mystery surrounding the Malaysian plane disappearance, the geopolitical events that are unfolding in the East Med as well as in Europe as well as all the threats that were made from the Saudis to the Russians, etc -and how all these stories more or less tie into one another-  include Bloodstained CIA Hands All Over Malaysian Plane Destruction Reports Russia /     Germany Races To Stop US-Backed July Terror Attack /       Power Plays by Rothschilds, Rockellers leave Putin on the defensive /    Obama Order To Execute 175 Saudi Arabian Homosexuals /   Putin Responds After Obama Orders Atomic Bombs To Europe /  : Moscow Astounded As Top Mob Boss Becomes Ukraine Leader,  / Putin Orders Feared Alpha Troops To Ukraine, Declares “Red War”/  US Refuses To Take Back 13 Dead CIA Spies Killed In Ukraine/    Armageddon Warned Near As Russia Orders “All-Out War” On Petrodollar/,    Ukraine “Rape-Murder” Squads Approved By Obama Horrifies Russia/,    US Spy Drone Shot Down Over Northern Fleet Base Alarms Russia/   Furious Putin Orders “Project Double Eagle” To Destroy US, EU Economies/,    Malaysia Flight 370 Pilot Confirmed As CIA “Asset” As Plane Exploded Over Indian Ocean/,    Russia “Puzzled” Over Malaysia Airlines “Capture” By US Navy/,    Obama In Shock After US Oil Giant Sides With Putin; Declares “No Ukraine War”/ ,   Was Ukraine’s Gold Reserves Secretely Confiscated by the New York Federal Reserve?/,    Putin In “Fury” After Saudis Brand Obama Regime Terrorist Organization/,    ,Putin Orders Massive War Moves To Protect Iraq After Saudi Threats/,   Putin Orders Largest Air Defense Drill In History As War Fears Accelerate/,    Putin Orders Russian Troops And Ministries To Atomic Shelters Over NATO Threat Of War/,    800,000 Ukrainian Refugees Flood Into Russia As Nazi Forces Continue Eastern March,/    Putin Sends Feared Shock Troops, Division Into Ukraine, Warns Obama Is “Unstable”/,    Putin Orders Military Alert To Defend Ukraine Against Western-Backed Fascists/,    Ukrainian Mob Call To “Kill All Jews” Horrifies Russia,/    Russian Threat Of War Over Ukraine Stuns Obama,/    US In “Shock And Turmoil” After Snowden Info Lets Russia Tap Top Obama Officials


BUSTED - Sister Of George Papandreou Owes State Almost Half a Billion In Taxes!

Sophia, the sister of George Papandreou, the former prime minister of Greece, and daughter of the late prime minister and founder of the PASOK party Andreas Papandreou lashed out against allegations by the Athens-based ProtoThema newspaper about her unwillingness to pay overdue taxes on her property in Kastri (a rich northern Greek suburb).

Sophia, who some say is residing in Montreal, Canada, issued a statement saying that arrangements had been made to settle all of these outstanding debts to the state.

How many debts?

According to the article in ProtoThema the family -or in this case Sophia who is handling the finances- forgot to pay dues to the Greek tax office from 2009 onwards.

(Remember that in October, 2009 her brother got elected as prime minister! How convenient...)

The money owed to the Greek state says ProtoThema mounts to more than 500,000 Euros in total, 300,000 Euros of which are overdue.

In her statement, Sophia Papandreou said that "there are past due taxes to the state," but added that "a part of these has been under arrangement since last year, and the installments are being paid regularly."

She said that another part of the taxes due "arose in tandem but is moving towards being arranged, in order to be paid."

The outstanding dues will be settled in full after the completion of a property sale, for which she will be coming to Greece shortly, she added.

Proto Thema, on the other, claims that the amount owed is from income and properties. It also claimed that Papandreou "appears irresponsible in paying her taxes" and that "tax authorities are auctioning off Kastri," her residence north of Athens.

The home housed three generations of Greek prime ministers, but according to the paper it is now burdened almost half a billion Euros worth of tax debt!

Sources told ProtoThema that the money owed by Sophia Papandreou comes from unpaid tax payments, especially on the Kastri mansion and the luxury maisonettes that were conveniently constructed on the property.

One of these ultra luxury maisonettes is currently being rented out to the former Prince Nicholas, son of the former king of Greece.

The paper also claims that between 2012 and 2013, Sophia Papandreou had given assurances that taxes worth 700,000 Euros, concerning mainly her property would be paid. Of the aforementioned amount, notes the article in ProtoThema, some 200,000 Euros have been paid, however there are still hefty back payments due.

Revenue officers are in the opinion that the Kastri mansion should have already been confiscated by the state or at the very least the rent from these properties should have been given to the state. And this is because every other citizen in Greece who delay tax payments for more than four months face legal action. In fact, a memorandum sent to tax offices stated that those who have overdue funds worth 50,000 euros or more are considered suspect for money laundering. Imagine owing the state more than 300,000 Euros!

Quite interestingly, the 5.5 acres owned by former prime minister George Papandreou’s sister at Kastri, is where the Galini mansion is also located.

The mansion that was inherited by her grandfather George Papandreou, (yet another prime minister), was characterized a historical monument in 1999. As such, it received a 50 percent slash in tax payments according to article 23 of Law 2459/97.

In 2007, Ms. Papandreou-Meneiko successfully appealed to the State Council to revoke this classification so that she could commercially exploit the property thus ending the tax break.

Her claims that Galini mansion – home to three separate Greek prime ministers – had no architectural interest came in direct contrast to a letter she had sent to former socialist PASOK environment minister Costas Laliotis in 2000 asking for funds to maintain the mansion after it was damaged by the Parnitha earthquake in 1999.
     “I believe, Mr. Minister, that the area where George A. Papandreou and Andreas G. Papandreou lived and worked deserves to be conserved in its present state in order to honor their memory and work,” she wrote.
(Lol... These people are incredible. At first they save money on taxes and get the state to pay for its restoration, -meaning you and me- and now they de-classify the property so that they can exploit it by erecting a complex of maisonettes so that they can make money from renting and selling them! ELEOS).

In fact two large constructions, each with four different luxury homes from 140 to 300 square meters were created following the declassification, complete with swimming pools, jacuzzis and all the comforts of luxury living.

Editor's Note - And then some of our readers wonder why we detest the Papandreou family and have a dire need to see them rot in jail. Go Figure!

Reference in Greek
ProtoThema - http://www.protothema.gr/politics/article/398280/i-eforia-vgazei-to-kastri-sto-sfuri/
Newspile - http://www.newspile.gr/61312/2014-07/500-000-eurw-xrwsta-stin-eforia-i-sofia-papandreou-gia-to-kastri-twn-triwn-prwthupourgwn.html
Exofitsio - http://exofitsio.blogspot.gr/2014/07/blog-post_137.html

Turkish Deputy PM: Women should not laugh in public! (What?)

Bulent Arinc, Turkish politician, ANKARA. With...
Bulent Arinc, (credit: Wikipedia)
Instead of going forward, some people are forcing enture nations to go backwards. While speaking about what he claims is “moral corruption” in Turkey, this country's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc said recently that women should not be permitted to laugh out loud in public! Arınc described his ideal of the chaste man or woman, noting that they should both have a sense of shame and honor. Here are his statements, according to the Hurriyet Daily News
     “Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” Arınç said, adding that people had abandoned their values today.
He said that Turkish citizens need to discover the Quran once again, adding that there had been a regression on moral grounds.

Editor's Note: Oh my... Too much chugging on the Hookah, or water pipe, can seriously damage brain cells. HellasFrappe hopes that he kicks the habbit.. before its too late!

Iraqi Christians Brave The Heat to Demand Help From The UN

Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants. Sahar Mansour, a Chaldean Catholic who fled Mosul, Iraq, in June, told Catholic News Service by email that she saw some of the demonstrators faint in the heat as they marched from their refugee camp in Ankawa to the U.N. base in Irbil.
     "We were holding banners in Arabic, English, Chaldean and French against the violence that happened in Mosul and (questioning) why the world was in silence against our problems," she said.
     "There were (a) few Muslim leaders with us sharing our concerns," said Mansour, a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Mosul.
     "The weather was so hot that some people were fainting, but we encouraged each other to convey our voice and pass the message to the U.N."
Many wore T-shirts or held up banners emblazoned with the Arabic symbol for "N", which was painted on the houses of Christians in Mosul to designate them as "Nasara," or Nazarenes, a derogatory Arabic term for Christians, before they were ordered to leave the city, convert to Islam, or face death.

About 500 people joined the July 24 protest. Most were refugees who had fled Mosul, the biblical city of Ninevah, 55 miles west of Irbil, before it fell to Islamic State fighters who invaded in June and July.

They were joined by other Christian refugees who had fled the militants from neighboring Syria, and by a small number of Muslims, including imams.

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil and by Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Nicodemus Daoud Matti Sharaf of Mosul led the demonstration.

At the U.N. base, they asked that the Iraqi federal government accept the legal responsibility for the humanitarian relief and compensation for all innocent civilians harmed by the fall of Mosul. The bishops also requested that the international community, as well as Iraqi armed forces, take action to protect the Christians of Iraq, Mansour said.

Read more - AINA

Teaser Trailer for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Finally Released! (VIDEO)

It's finally here. The epic conclusion to a trilogy that has captured our minds and hearts is going to make its way to the big screen on December 17th, 2014. The teaser trailer for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was just released to the public and posted on facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/TheHobbitMovie)

The third part brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.


Source - YouTube

BUSTED - German Newspaper Says Ukrainian Pilot Shot Down Malaysian MH 017 - Pilot Confesses!

HellasFrappe was preparing to release this story on Tuesday morning but the Slog was a bit quicker in doing so. We trust John Ward and decided to include his article with the information that we had already began gathering. There are quite a few stories already circulating in the Greek press about it, including one that was featured on the military NEWS site defencenet (Click HERE).

The article in defencenet claims that a Ukrainian pilot, who is reportedly one of the two pilots flying Su-25s (machine gun fighters) that apparently flew next to the fatal Malaysian plane admitted that he is responsible for shooting down -in cold blood- the aircraft. The announcement, which was made through the German Wahrheit fuer Deutschland newspaper has certainly raised a few eyebrows to all concerned. This, claims the article in defencent, could just be the fighter plane that was shown -by means of satellite images- by the Russian General Staff when they presented reporters with compelling evidence over its fatal flight last week.

The news certainly brakes the (parrot -y-) line of the  mainstream media which was quick to point the finger at Russia without any solid evidence.

Reading various reports throughout the morning, HellasFrappe also checked out the photos that were presented by the authors below and although we are not experts it is clear that the cockpit was shelled with dozens of bullets (probably from some sort of machine gun). Speaking about the bullet holes, defencent, says the angle of the holes is such that it clearly indicates that they could not have been caused from fragments of a land-surface missile.

Defencent also alleges that OSCE experts, who are presently examining (or have examined) the wreckage, also unearthed their own evidence that could possibly confirm the confession that was made by the Ukrainian pilot.

One OSCE observer, Michael Bochurkiv. said that it is obvious, even for someone who is not an expert, that the holes on the plane could have only been caused by a machine gun.

After conducting our own research we also discovered the article by Peter Haisenko which the Slog based his story on. In his article this former pilot -more or less- claims that there is no doubt in his mind, that a fighter plane shelled the cockpit of Malaysian MH 017.

But first we want you to read the Slog's story and then we will provide you with the link and the transcript of Peter Haisenko's original article (translated in English) so you too can view the pictures as well as the information and judge for yourself!

This is the Slog's post today

By John Ward (The Slog) - This is what a German pilot-cum-air technology expert Peter Haisenko (Click HERE) has just published on the subject of the MH17 disaster (my emphases):
     ‘The misfortune of the Malaysian MH 017 is known to all. The flight recorder is in England and is being evaluated. What can come of this? May be more than you want to accept….if you look at the image of Cockpit-Fragments, this picture is certainly shocking.
     Entry And Exit holes from bullets in the area of the Cockpit. This is not speculation, but analysis of clear facts: the cockpit shows clear evidence of bullet holes. You can see the entry holes and some exit points. The edges of the bullet holes are bent inwards, these are much smaller and round in shape. A 30mm calibre. The exit holes are less well formed and the edges are torn outwards.
     Furthermore it is visible that the exit holes have torn the double aluminium skin and bent them outwards. That is to say, splinters from inside the cockpit blew through the outside of the cabin. The open rivets have also been bent outwards….There is only one conclusion one can make, and that is that this: the aircraft was not hit by a missile. The damage to the aircraft is exclusively in the cockpit area….
Russia has published radar data that a Ukrainian SU 25 was close to MH 017. this corresponds with Spanish air traffic control that two Ukrainian fighter aircraft were in direct contact with MH 017. Examine the weaponry of the SU 25: it is fitted out with a 30mm cannon Type GSch-302 /AO-17A, with 250 rounds of splintering exploding bullets on a belt – shrapnel rounds. The cockpit of MH 017 was hit from TWO sides, as there are entry and exit holes on the same side….’

Very compelling stuff, is it not?

Now read this (also German) article by defence expert Bernd Biederman (Click HERE), who offers equally sound reasons why the shooting down could NOT have been from a surface to air missile:
     ‘the shooting down of the Malaysian Boeing on July 17 in the Eastern Ukraine “could not have been hit by a surface to air defense missile”.
This is the assessment of retired Colonel Bernd Biedermann in an article for the daily newspaper published in Berlin “new Germany” (Thursday edition).

Had splinters from a surface to air missile hit the plane, it would have immediately caught fire, argues the NVA anti-aircraft missile specialist.

His reasoning is because of the “enormous frictional heat that the splinters generate on penetrating the fuselage.

A single splinter contains the same kinetic energy as a 40-ton freight car hitting the buffers at 60 kilometers per hour.”

In the case of the Malaysian Boeing, scattered fires had broken out after the impact with the ground, because hot debris from the aircraft had come in contact with combustible materials.

Biedermann is familiar with Soviet and Russian air defense technology, he led units in the duty officer system in East Germany and taught at the Military Academy in the field of anti-aircraft missile troops.’

Articles are beginning to appear across the Web to the effect that Angela Merkel is disturbed by (and growing tired of) the incessant US propaganda being emitted in favour of its energy agenda…. and so we must perhaps in turn view these articles in the light of her alleged new agenda concerning the creation of an alternative bloc to that of America. (More on this here in the near future).

But spin or not, these analyses make sense.

The US State Dept has now shifted its position from ‘Russian atrocity’ to ‘tragic accident’.

The above opinions suggest that neither are true: they suggest strongly that the Ukrainian air force took out MH17.

Editor's note - Now that you have read this startling information we also suggest that you read the original article that was posted by Peter Haisenko and which is causing quite a stir in media circles today. Please note that the pics, and article below were taken from Peter Haisenko's site.
It does not want a light in the darkness to the misfortune of the Malaysian MH come 017. The flight recorders are in England and are evaluated. What can come of it? Maybe more than you would assume. Especially the voice recorder will be interesting when you look at the picture of a cockpit fragment. As an expert in aviation I looked at the pictures of the wreckage made, are circulating on the Internet.
First, I was amazed at how few photos can be found from the wreckage with Google. All are in low resolution, except one: The fragment of the cockpit below the window on the master page. This image, however, is shocking. In Washington, you can hear voices now speaking regarding MH 017 from a "potentially tragic error / accident". Given that image does not surprise me that.
I recommend to click on the little picture on the right. You can download this photo as PDF in good resolution. This is necessary, because only then is to understand what I am describing here. I'm not talking about speculation, but of clear facts: The cockpit shows traces of shelling. You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is after! inside! bent. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, about 30 millimeters caliber. The edge of the other, the larger and slightly frayed exit holes is after! outside! bent. Moreover, it is evident that at these outlet holes partially the outer layer of the double aluminum is bent or weggefetzt - outwardly! Furthermore, minor cuts can be seen, all bent outward, which indicate that splinters the outer skin from the inside of the cockpit ago by beat. The open rivets are bent outward.
In sifting through the available images of a fall on: All wreckage of the sections behind the cockpit are largely intact, except for the fact that it is a whole order fragments. Only the cockpit part is desolate destroyed. This suggests an already close: This aircraft was not hit by a rocket in the middle. The destruction is limited to the cockpit area. Now you have to know that this part is made of special reinforced material. Finally, the nose of the aircraft must be able to resist the impact of a large bird at high speed fairly harmless. You can see in the photo, that in this area significantly stronger aluminum alloys has been installed as the remainder of the outer skin. One remembers the crash of Pan Am over Lockerbie. The only largely undamaged part was a large cockpit segment. Here undoubtedly an explosion took place inside the aircraft.
So what can be happening? Russia has published radar recordings, the 25 show at least a Ukrainian SU in close proximity of MH 017. This corresponds with the statement of the lost Spanish controller that has seen two Ukrainian fighter aircraft in the immediate vicinity of the MH 017. Consider the armament of the SU 25: It is equipped with a double-barreled 30-mm gun, type GSh-302 / AO-17A, fight record: 250 rounds anti-tank fire or splinter-explosive projectiles, in a defined order a Gliederzerfallgurt are attached. The cockpit of the MH 017 has been fired from two sides: the entry and exit holes on the same page.
Now just imagine what happens when a series of armored fire and splinter-explosive projectiles hitting the cockpit, which are after all designed so that they can destroy a tank. The tanks fire shells are partially escape across the cockpit from the other side slightly deformed again. Finally, their clout is designed for a solid armor. However, the splinter-explosive projectiles will explode inside the cockpit, so they are designed. With the rapid fire sequence of GSh-302 cannon, there is therefore in a very short time a rapid succession of explosions within the cockpit area, each of which is sufficient to destroy a tank.
Because the interior of a commercial aircraft is a hermetically sealed chamber, the pressure inside the aircraft in a split second will rise to extreme levels by these explosions. But the aircraft is not equipped. It will burst like a balloon. This declaration results in a coherent picture. The largely intact fragments of the rear sections are broken at the points that are based on the construction breakup most likely under extreme pressure. The image of the widely scattered debris field and the brutally damaged cockpit segment fit to do so. Furthermore, a wing segment shows traces of a grazing shot, which directly leads to extension to the cockpit. Interestingly, I found that both the high-resolution photo of the cockpit as the segment are also now been removed from the grazing shot on the wing from Google Images. One can find virtually no more pictures of the wreckage, except smoking ruins.
If you follow the voices from Washington who speak of a "potentially tragic error / accident", all that remains is the question of what might have been "mistake" committed here. I am not now be issued in the realm of speculation, but enter the following to be considered: The MH 017 is interchangeable with that of the Russian President in her painting. Both are wearing the colors of the Russian tricolor. The machine with Putin on board was at the same time near the MH 017 when you "close" with aviator eyes considered: about 200 to 300 kilometers. To this end, we will still accept the testimony of Ms. Tymoshenko, she wanted to shoot Putin prefers a Kalashnikov. But that is pure speculation. The shelling of the cockpit of the MH not 017.



The Slog

Peter Haisenko

July 28, 2014

Papakonstantinou To Be Sent To Special Court - MIRACLES CAN HAPPEN !

Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Vasilis Pliotas on Monday decided that George Papakonstantinou, former Finance Minister (under the George Papandreou government), be tried before Greece's Special Court in connection with the controversial Lagarde list scandal. News reports in Athens claim that the judge made the relevant proposals to the competent Judicial Council of the Hellenic Supreme Court and is now simply waiting for their final decision. The council of senior judges only has to confirm the charges and arrange for a trial by a special court.

The 'Lagarde list' was an electronic file sent to the Greek finance ministry by French authorities, containing the names of Greeks with sizeable deposits in the Geneva-based branch of HSBC, which was received when Papakonstantinou was finance minister. This list disappeared and only resurfaced after several months, without any action to follow up the information it contained. Specifically, the USB stick was eventually given to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras by none other than Evangelos Venizelos -who apparently succeeded Papakonstantinou as finance minister many months later-. The deception was actually revealed after French authorities provided a second copy of the list and Venizelos had no choice but to materalize the USB stick. Further investigation showed that the copies in the hands of Greek authorities had been tampered with and some names removed, including depositors that were first cousins with Papakonstantinou.

As such, the public prosecutor proposes that Papakonstantinou be indicted on charges of breach of faith, violation of duty and doctoring a document. At the same time he also proposes that his cousin Helen Papakonstantinou, her husband Simeon Sikiaridis and Andreas Rossonis also face the same fate.

The proposal was made to the Judicial Council, which is now to convene so as to deliver the relevant Ordinance.

The expected ordinance to be issued is irrevocable (ie not subject to any appeal) and is scheduled to be indulged within a ten day period of its release to Papakostadinou as well as to the President of the Greek Parliament.

If the ordinance refers Papakonstadinou to trial, then the Head of the Greek Parliament has to hold a draw, which will choose the members of the Supreme Court and the State Council that are to rule the case. Basically he has to draw 13 names, and six more alternate names so that the formation of the Special Court (council of judges) is achieved.

The members of the Supreme Court are expected to number seven and six more of the CoE, while the highest ranking member of the Supreme Court is going to exercise presidential duties.

As such, the President of the Special Court, after receiving the list with the names that were drawn in Parliament, must  set a court date within 60 days, along with the place of the official court meeting and the list of witnesses.

Papakonstantinou, who has the right to be represented with up to three lawyers, also has the right not to appear in court. Nonetheless the case will still stand trial whether or not he is there, as was the case with Andreas Papandreou in the Koskotas scandal trial in April of 1991.

It should be noted that Papakonstantinou is not protected by the statue of limitations, which dictates that offenses allegedly committed by ex-ministers expire if two parliaments have sat since the offense.

Pliotas is convinced that Papakonstantinou deleted the names of his relatives and purposely never ordered a tax audit against them.

It should be recalled that the case also accused the former head of the Financial Crime squad Yiannis Diotis and Yiannis Kapeleris. Both men were recently given an extension until September 9th, to prepare their defence in connection with the case.

Diotis, who was given a copy of the Lagarde list on a memory stick by Papakonstantinou, is alleged to have modified it and faces charges of stealing an official document, while Diotis’s predecessor Kapeleris, who Papakonstantinou gave a sample of 20 names from the list to investigate, faces charges of breach of faith.

Papakonstantinou has been released on bail, but is still required to appear before police authorities every 15 days. He has denied all charges and claims he is being made a scapegoat for the inaction of others (meaning Venizelos) and his later departure from government.

The indictment of Papakonstantinou, who undoubtedly has enormous responsibilities in this scandalous case, simply reminds us of how corrupt and distraught the whole political system in Greece actually is. HellasFrappe also firmly believes that this very same "system" has manipulated the financial crisis so as to acquit people like George Papandreou, and EU puppet Evangelos Venizelos, but as with every crime... there is never a perfect crime, once you do the crime sooner or later you will have to pay the time.

Let us not forget, that both these men have great responsibilities in this case as well. The only difference between them and Papakonstantinou is that their friends hold more prominent positions, and have successfully spun a tight and protective web around them making them almost untouchable. The very same "system", or the friends of Papandreou and Venizelos, may have also used Antonis Samaras as a crutch to save their precious boys.

Who knows.

In any case, George Papakonstantino will be the first politician after the late Andreas Papandreou, Menio Koutsogiorga, Dimitri Tsovola, Panagiotis Roumeliotis and George Petsos who will face a Special Court.

Let us hope he begins talking....

*Editor's Note - The PASOK party and three decades of proven scandals... No the truth is not a technological breakdown in the "system" it is simply the the road to hell. (The song below is dedicated exclusively to the once mighty PASOK party that once again proved to us how rotten -and corrupt to the core- it really is.)

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